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Saturday 14 November 2020

Jamie George scored a hat-trick of tries as England thrashed Georgia 40-nil to open their rugby union Autumn Nations Cup campaign with a win.

The bonus point victory at Twickenham means they top their Pool ahead of Ireland.

Head coach Eddie Jones says his team produced a professional performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 pm  

The policeman shot dead by a suspect at a Croydon police station has been honoured Twickenham stadium.

New Zealand born Sergeant Matt Ratana, killed on September 25th, was a huge rugby fan and a coach at East Grinstead.

His uniform was displayed alongside England and All-Black shirts before this afternoon’s Autumn Nations Cup match.

England won the game, beating Georgia 40-0.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

People in Richmond are being encouraged to attend online workshops later this month in aid of White Ribbon Day.

The UN’s designated November 25th as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The workshops will look at things like forced marriage, faith-based abuse and honour-based violence.

An event on the 27th of November will teach viewers about the safety and support that’s available.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

England have hammered Georgia 40-0 in rugby union's 'Autumn Nations Cup' at Twickenham.

Hooker, Elliot George, scored three tries as the home side had a lot of success with the rolling maul, while Georgia only spent 39 seconds in England’s 22 in the entire match.

The boys are back at Twickenham next Saturday, hosting Ireland.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

England women’s Rugby Union side have dominated France in Grenoble before a Twickenham 'Test rematch'.

A couple of second half tries and Emily Scarratt’s accurate kicking made it 33-10 to England at the Stade des Alpes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

A nurse who was stopped and searched by police a year ago, while driving in Wandsworth, still has nightmares about it.

Natalie Bennett said: "Every time I see a police car, a marked car or a police officer... I can literally feel my heart going through my whole body."

MET police traffic stops will be reviewed after new figures have shown that black people are six times more likely to be stopped than a white person.

The mayor of London has set aside £1.7m to improve police training and increase recruitment from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Sadiq Khan also said, “there are now 5,000 BAME officers in the force – up from just over 3,000 a decade ago.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

A midwife at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has been given a very special award by the most senior midwife in the country.

Gemma Puckett was recognised for her commitment to excellence and leadership skills, particularly during the pandemic.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley presented Gemma with the Chief Midwifery Officer Award at St Peter’s yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Plans are afoot to change a former care home in Kingston into housing for children and adults with special needs.

Murray House in Acre Road is currently vacant.

The "care-ready" homes project is a council-led one.

The aim is for individuals and families to live independently whilst staying in touch with their communities and networks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

England are back at Twickenham as they take on Georgia in their first match of the newly formed Autumn Nations Cup.

 The match which kicks off at 3pm against the Eastern Europeans is England's first of four in the Autumn Nations Cup.

It won’t be the usual welcome for the Georgians as the match will take place behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions.

The one-off tournament consists of eight teams competing in two pools before the final matches for placing will occur on the first weekend of December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

 Richmond Council is to meet with the Department for Education over its special educational needs crisis.

There's been a 25% rise in the number of children meeting the criteria for council funded support over the last three years.

As a result, the council says its accumulated funding shortfall has now reached almost £18 million.

It's hoped the meeting will result in "realistic SEND [Special educational needs and disabilities] funding proposals".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

The number of food parcels delivered to those struggling to afford essentials in southwest London has risen.

Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network saw a 47% increase in need during the pandemic with food parcel deliveries rising in four out of five southwest London boroughs.

Merton recorded the highest number of food parcels delivered to hungry families, with 13,272 issued this year compared to 2,327 in 2019.

Figures are expected to be higher as many independent food banks, local authorities and individuals stepped up to help during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Restoration of an historic Jacobean site in Hounslow is to go ahead after new funding was announced.

 Work will start immediately at Boston Manor House and continue until the spring.

The money, how much of which has not been revealed, has come from The Historic Houses Foundation.

The Foundation has distributed over £11 million in grant aid to nearly 250 restoration projects nationwide over the last 17 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham council is offering grants of £100-£1000 to locally based organisations who work with at-risk groups.

The grants aim to support people who face risk this winter, including those whose vital services are affected by the social distancing and isolation measures.

The Winter Covid Fund focuses on people unable to cope with isolation, in need of educational support, and suffer from mental health issues.

To apply for the grant, follow the link below:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a police officer who was shot dead at a Croydon custody centre.

54-year-old Sgt Matiu Ratana was shot in the chest as the suspect was handcuffed on 25 September.

The suspect, 23-year-old Louis De Zoysa, also suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The Met police have said he remains in hospital with “life-changing injuries” as they consult with doctors before interviewing him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Industrial action by British Airways staff may be taking place in the run-up to Christmas.

Unite the Union is balloting the cargo staff among its members, as part of a dispute over contracts and pay cuts.

It has over 850 members in the cargo section at Heathrow Airport.

British Airways says “our flights continue to operate as planned”.

They also say they’re “disappointed” but “remain committed to protecting jobs and restructuring” during the “unprecedented” crisis.



Our flights continue to operate as planned.

We are disappointed by Unite's notification but remain committed to protecting jobs and restructuring our airline during this unprecedented crisis so we can continue to compete in a much-changed industry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 13 November 2020

Drivers are being asked not to use their cars in Richmond Park this weekend.

The request has come from environment group Friends of Richmond Park.

Last weekend saw queues of up to half an hour, leading park managers The Royal Parks to issue a warning.

Visitors are being asked to walk, and if they cannot walk, visit a green space that is more accessible to them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Prizes are to be given out for the most Christmassy window in Mole Valley.

Local businesses are being asked to decorate their shopfronts in a festive way, and take pictures for the public to vote on.

Voting will begin next Saturday, and close on the 17th of December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Cases of COVID -19 are still on the rise across most parts of Surrey with an average of 141.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Figures from the Council’s latest round-up indicate numbers in Mole Valley and Elmbridge have decreased.

Spelthorne currently has the highest number of cases in Surrey with 211.3 per 100,000.

Elmbridge the lowest with 103.8 per 100,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A container of drugs has been found magnetically attached to a car in New Malden.

Officers on patrol stopped the vehicle in Coombe Lane West last night after it was seen driving erratically.

It was searched and a mobile phone containing drug-related messages was found.

Underneath the vehicle was a black metal magnetic box attached to the chassis; inside were 11 bags of cannabis and £150 cash.

A 22 year old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Spreading happiness, acts of kindness and taking a break are all top tips for happiness

That’s according to Associate Professor Rowan Myron from Brentford and Ealing based West London University.

She has been sharing her expertise for World Kindness Day today.

She hopes her tips will help us to de-stress, step back and remember to be kind to ourselves and other people around us.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A couple from Mitcham have been found guilty over the death of their one month-old baby daughter

The court heard the little girl suffered 27 fractures to her ribs as well as injuries to her head and spine in September 2017.

44 year-old Clare Sanders and 45 year-old Tomas Vaitkevicius were convicted of causing or allowing the death of baby Eva.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Police investigating the murder of police officer Matt Ratana in Croydon have arrested a man

Mr Ratana was shot at Croydon Custody Centre on September 25th and died in hospital.

A 23-year-old, who had been arrested for a separate offence at the time, was detained and taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

He was considered fit to be arrested earlier today on suspicion of murder but remains in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

A burglar who accidentally wedged himself between a wall and a shed in Walton has been jailed

44-year-old Warwick Mitchell was found by sniffer dogs during the incident in August.

He plead guilty in court and has been sentenced to three years behind bars.

DC Joseph Smith says the “vigilance” of the public in reporting it quickly made “all the difference.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

10,000 rapid COVID-19 tests are being rolled out across Sutton

The rapid turnaround lateral flow tests are being offered to priority and high-risk groups.

The new testing technology can provide results in one hour without the need to process in labs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

All non-essential spending has been stopped by Croydon Council, as they try to avoid going bankrupt

A new budget will be drawn up at a council meeting later this month.

Deputy Leader Stuart King has this to say:

He says that it’s too early to be sure what the cuts will be like, but they will focus on stabilising the budget and maintaining services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Police are not treating an incident on Monday afternoon in Ham as an attempted abduction

Officers have spoken with the child concerned and have told the council they don’t believe, at this stage, that’s what it was.

There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing.

Police patrols were stepped up in the area following the report.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Where has the entrance to Shepperton gone?

The sign for the village has gone missing.

It came off its stand on Monday, and when the council came to collect it Tuesday, it had disappeared.

Anyone who has any knowledge of its whereabouts is asked to contact Spelthorne Borough Council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Joe Wicks has finished a 24-hour PE challenge to raise money for BBC Children in Need, raising over £1m

 The body coach, who recently moved from his long-term home in Richmond, is known for his lockdown work outs.

 He completed a range of activities from cycling, yoga, boxing, rowing and his signature high-intensity interval training.

 Among the stars who have sent him messages spurring him on were Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and astronaut Tim Peake  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

Two men are being hunted by police, after threatening a man with a hammer while on the train to Isleworth

They boarded the service at Clapham Junction on the 27th of August, at around 4.30pm.

Ten minutes later, they approached the man and demanded he hand over his watch.

They stayed on the train and left at Isleworth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

England head coach Eddie Jones says they're very grateful for the opportunity to be able to play rugby union at Twickenham

His side face Georgia tomorrow in their opening Autumn Nations Cup clash.

Jones says they feel privileged to be able to take to the field during the Covid-19 pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

A videophone system is being rolled out across Richmond so vulnerable residents can keep in touch with loved ones

Alcove Video Carephones will allow those with little or no technical expertise to stay in touch virtually.

Two-way video calls will be possible between family, friends and care workers.

Face-to-face visits are currently minimised to reduce the risks posed by COVID -19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

The Transport Secretary's threatened to reclaim funding from English councils to set up Low Traffic Neighbourhoods if they fail to consult communities

Grant Shapps wants local authorities to take the views of businesses and residents into account when developing schemes.

He's allocated a further 175 million pounds to create safe spaces for cycling and walking.

Consultations are being run alongside the trials in areas such as Chiswick.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Thursday 12 November 2020

Are you, or do you know someone who is worried about falling? Have you or a family member had a fall that has knocked your confidence?

Well Due to Covid-19, local NHS partners, Surrey County Council Adult Social Care, Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils have produced a series of Let’s Get Steady film clips which aim to raise awareness of falls prevention.

The Let’s Get Steady film is available on the NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

A man who racially abused a staff member at Morden station, then returned to take a picture of her, is being hunted by police

The force have just released details of the incident on the 13th of October, where a man asked for help with his oyster card.

He was asked to put a mask on before being helped, at which he point he started shouting at her.

He left the station afterwards, but is believed to have returned the next day to take the picture.

You can find a picture of him on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 pm  

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are shining a light on their doctors and nurses

 The Trust has launched a series of staff profiles as part of the

“Humans of Healthcare” initiative.

 The aim is to showcase the individual talents of the people behind the masks and uniforms.

 Every fortnight, a different staff member will be featured with a photo and text describing the work they do. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Crystal Palace's plans to redevelop the main stand at Selhurst Park have been approved by Croydon council

Part of the agreement will see the club contribute up to a million pounds to the local community, improve travel routes and create jobs.

A final agreement is to be signed.

The redevelopment will see capacity at the ground increase from 25-and-a-half-thousand to over 34-thousand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

The number of university staff earning more than 100-thousand pounds a year has increased by 14 percent

The TaxPayers' Alliance says more than 4,000 workers across the UK were on those salaries last year.

The Royal Holloway in Egham has the 13th highest number of staff on over 100,000, at 117.

Kingston University has two staff earning over £150,000.

It claims there's no correlation between the number of highly paid staff and the uni achieving excellent student satisfaction rates.

Jeremy Hutton is from the group:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

5G may not be in everyone’s pockets yet, but the work to create 6G has already begun

Surrey University is launching its 6G Innovation Centre, which will bring together global experts.

They aim to bridge the digital divide by improving coverage indoors.

They’re also working on “fusing the physical and virtual worlds,” by working on geolocation, wireless and sensor technologies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Postcodes that are home to military history boast higher house prices than other properties in nearby areas

Postcodes that are home to military history boast higher house prices than other properties in nearby areas.

The average property in Elmbridge costs just over £607,000.

But houses around the borough’s Silvermere Estate in Cobham, are priced 43% higher at over £869,000.

Facilities for developing the bouncing bomb were based in nearby Foxwarren Park during WWII.

Hampshire’s Beaulieu Palace, a former finishing school for special ops agents, is home to the biggest price premium.

House prices are currently 107% higher than in the wider authority. 

The research has been carried out by estate agent Benham and Reeves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Britain has accused China of breaching its international commitments on Hong Kong

The country's ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office over the expulsion of four opposition MPs from the territory's parliament.

The Foreign Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab, says it's a 'clear breach' of the agreement between the UK and Beijing that's supposed to guarantee Hong Kong autonomy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

A van driver has been injured after a collision on the A3

A vehicle broke down this morning southbound at Copsem Lane in Esher.

The van driver went into the back of it, and wasn’t wearing his seatbelt properly.

It meant that the carriageway had to be closed further, and traffic directed down the slip road, causing large delays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Coronavirus cases in Spelthorne have hit an all-time high

210 have been recorded in the seven days to the 6th of November, making it the most affected area in Surrey.

The Stanwell North and Stanwell Moor areas next to Heathrow are the most severely affected in Surrey, with 29 positive tests.

Elmbridge, which voluntarily went into Tier 2 lockdown, is recording the lowest rate of infection in Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Drastic action is being taken by Croydon Council to stop itself going bankrupt

They’re stopping all non-essential spending, and will be drawing up an emergency budget to try to find further savings.

They’re facing a shortfall of £66m.

New leader Hamida Ali says she’s “committed” to fixing their mistakes, and warned of “difficult decisions ahead”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

People are being asked to try and choose less crowded places to exercise this weekend

 It’s after Royal Parks had to issue a warning last Saturday about the amount of people using its open spaces.

 At one point, queues to get into Bushy and Richmond Parks exceeded half an hour with many not sticking to social distancing.  

Iona Lidington is Director of Public Health Kingston; she has this advice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Dons Local Action Group says it’s seen an increase in volunteers since the launch of Marcus Rashford’s campaign

He lobbied the government to allow around 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays.  

The Manchester United player was handed an MBE earlier this year for his work.

Dons Local Action has been fighting food poverty across Merton since March by collecting groceries for those in need. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

A no-confidence vote in the leader of Hounslow Council has been defeated

It had been brought by the Tory opposition due to the controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Thousands have signed petitions calling for consultations into the schemes.

Continuing leader Steve Curran said after the meeting he wants to lead the borough through the pandemic and put their recovery plan into action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

British Airways is reportedly having to focus on “crucial” air links, meaning some have closed.

The Heathrow to Inverness route is among those to have been suspended.

It had been reinstated in 2016 after a gap of almost 20 years, and years of campaigning by organisations.

Revenues have plummeted due to the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The National Archives in Kew has signed up to a multi-national climate initiative.

The Climate Heritage Network is a voluntary collaboration of arts, culture and heritage organisations.

Its aim is to achieve the ambitions set out by the Paris Agreement.

As the official archive of the UK Government, a spokesman says it’s committed to helping it reach its carbon neutral target of 2050. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People across Richmond are being asked for their ideas on ways to address the borough’s housing needs while tackling homelessness.

A four-week council-led consultation has launched. 

 It’ll look at subjects including how to prevent homelessness and the redevelopment of underused properties. 

The final plans will be adopted over a 5 year period. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Foreign Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab has accused China of harassment.

That’s after after Hong Kong's pro-democracy politicians resigned en masse.

The 19 members of the opposition say they stood down in defiance after four of them were disqualified by the city's government.

It follows a series of moves by Beijing in recent months to clamp down on opposition voices in Hong Kong.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council has launched a new programme for young entrepreneurs.


IGNITE is designed to equip the next generation with the skills to start, adapt and grow a business idea. 

It will cover charitable, voluntary organisations or social enterprise schemes.

The programme is being offered as a series of workshops until the 14th of December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A temporary traffic crossing while Hammersmith Bridge is closed is to be considered by the government.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia says he’s received assurance from the taskforce that they’ll look into it.

He says that residents and businesses suffer “intolerable delays”.

Task force head Baroness De Vere says they’re “committed to exploring” feasible options.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An artist has used lab equipment to create a new mural at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton.

Jimmy C used a pipette to hand-dispense 50,000 small dots of paint.

The painting is inspired by an image of a patient’s immune system responding to a tumour, as cells fight and evolve to keep it in check.

Jimmy is best known for his mural of David Bowie in Brixton, and says the experience was “challenging” but “rewarding”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The boss of Heathrow has described an 82% fall in passenger numbers as "catastrophic".

Around £1.25m people travelled through the airport last month, compared to more than 7 million during October 2019.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye's warned November "is likely to be even worse" because of England's lockdown, and has criticised a "lack of government action".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:49 pm  

People across Richmond are being asked for their ideas on ways to address the borough’s housing needs while tackling homelessness.

A four-week council-led consultation has launched. 

 It’ll look at subjects including how to prevent homelessness and the redevelopment of underused properties. 

The final plans will be adopted over a 5 year period. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Mole Valley District Council has been outbid in its endeavour to buy the Trinity Centre in Leatherhead.

Feedback from a public consultation last year revealed support to turn the site into a community hub. 

It was hoped that it would provide leisure, cultural and educational facilities as well as vital welfare services.

However, the current owner, The Diocese of Guildford, turned down the offer after higher ones were received.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Ham area of Richmond.

Officers had a report from a parent yesterday afternoon saying their 10 year old child was approached as they left school.

An adult male allegedly got out of a vehicle and tried to grab the youngster who was unharmed.  

Extra uniformed police will be deployed to this area tonight and over the coming days. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Coronavirus cases are rising “rapidly” in Mole Valley

The borough has the highest number of cases of any Surrey borough.

There have been 228.1 per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, compared to the Surrey average of 135.1 per 100,000 people.

Council leader Stephen Cooksey says “we are naturally very concerned and are asking everyone to be extra vigilant.” 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A poppy-themed road crossing has been unveiled in Carshalton.

 It’s on the pelican crossing on Middleton Road, at the junction with Peterborough Road, just down from the Wrythe Roundabout.

It’s the second themed crossing, with a rainbow crossing in the town centre next to the civic centre.

It’ll be one of the few in the UK, another being in Richmond next to the poppy factory.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A woman needed to be cut out of a vehicle after a collision in Belmont

Emergency services were called to Cotswold Road near the Royal Marsden just before 8, after two cars hit each other.

The woman needed to be taken to hospital with a leg injury, and a man left the second vehicle before fire crews arrived.

The man stopped at the scene, and it’s not believed there have been any arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

The country's marking Armistice Day, with homes and workplaces falling silent in memory of those killed in conflict

This year also marks 100 years since the Unknown Warrior was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Claire Chapman is doing a 5k run for the Royal British Legion, and got started in Chessington just after the silence.

Her grandfather worked in a factory during the Second World War, and she’s got this to say.

You can donate here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Lockdown isn’t going to stop children at one school in Feltham marking Armistice Day

Pupils at Oak Hill Primary normally walk to Feltham War Memorial every November the 11th to lay a poppy wreath.

Although that exact tradition cannot take place this year, Principal Rachael Saim explains how they’ll still pay their respects.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A man will appear in court this morning charged with the murder of a man killed on his doorstep in Battersea

Flamur Beqiri was shot dead on Christmas Eve.

34 year old Estevan Alexis Pino-Munizaga, a Swedish national, was extradited from Sweden to the UK yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

There’s a warning of “drastic cuts” in Merton due to the pandemic

The authority is facing a £13m financial hole due to lost income and the costs of shielding.

They’re once again calling on the government to provide the funds.

The Ministry of Local Government says they’re giving councils “unprecedented” support, and Merton have received £14.6m so far.

An MHCLG spokesperson said:

“We’re giving councils unprecedented support during the pandemic with a package  of £6.4 billion, including £4.6 billion which is not ringfenced and over £1.1 billion specifically to support social care providers.

“Merton Council has received £14.6 in non-ringfenced emergency funding across all four tranches. Additionally, their core spending power increased by over £8.5 million in 2020/21 even before emergency funding was announced.

“We will continue to work closely with councils as they support their communities through the pandemic.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 am  

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Ham area of Richmond

Officers had a report from a parent yesterday afternoon saying their 10 year old child was approached as they left school.

An adult male allegedly got out of a vehicle and tried to grab the youngster who was unharmed.  

Extra uniformed police will be deployed to this area tonight and over the coming days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 pm  

A shed has been destroyed by a stray firework in Tooting

Crews were called around 10.30 last night to Church Lane, where they found the fire was already spreading up the house and into the loft.

40 people were evacuated from the surrounding area after a gas pipe was damaged.

Nobody was injured, but crews are urging people to think twice before having fireworks displays in their gardens.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

Just under half of pollution around schools in Kingston and Richmond is from diesel cars, according to a new study

Breathe London have analysed levels of pollution at nearly 1,800 schools across the capital.

The organisation says children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse health impacts of air pollution.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced new plans to clean up toxic air around schools. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

A fifth person has been charged after a fight outside a supermarket in Wandsworth last month

A 17-year-old boy was arrested last Thursday, and has been charged with murder.

Firefighter Joseph Marafini was fatally stabbed in the brawl on the 29th of October.

A second victim was also stabbed, but their injuries were not life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Top doctors say seven-day vaccine clinics could be set up if a jab is approved for use

Drug giant Pfizer revealed yesterday the one it's working on appears to be 90% effective, raising hopes the first deliveries could arrive by Christmas.

The military will help deliver it.

The UK's pre-ordered enough for 20 million people.

While supplies will be limited to start with, these people in Richmond are excited.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Stolen books worth more than £2.5m have been tracked down by police

The collection, which includes works by astronomer Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton - were taken in 2017 during a burglary in Feltham.

Met detectives travelled to Romania to retrieve them but say some were badly damaged and four still haven't been found.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A man has been jailed, after a guard at Hampton Court was killed in a collision just outside the grounds

38-year-old Kenneth Beckett was found to be twice over the drink drive limit and in possession of cannabis, during the incident in 2018.

50-year-old Johnathon Treleaven was carrying out security checks just after midnight when he was hit.

Beckett has been maintaining his innocence for two years, but has now changed his plea and sentenced to over five years in prison. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

A 15-year-old boy will appear in court today, charged with attacks on two teenage girls in Thornton Heath

The girls were attacked last Wednesday and Friday on their way to school.

The incidents occurred a ten minute walk from each other, but the girls were not known to each other and attended different schools.

They were taken to hospital, but their injuries were not found to be life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Campaigners trying to get shark fins banned in the UK will meet with Zac Goldsmith today

Charity, Bite Back Shark Conservation, will present its “No Fin To Declare” request.

The document is calling for a ban on the current allowance of 20kg of personal importation for shark fins.

The former Richmond Park MP and wildlife campaigner is Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

If you’re walking to school in Sutton this morning, you might want to take a closer look at the ground beneath your feet

A number of “Creative Pavements” featuring imaginative artwork are cropping up across the borough.

The initiative is a  collaboration between Sutton Council and Carshalton-based artist Doug Shaw.

It was trialled last year and is now being rolled out across all of the borough’s 13 “School Street Schemes.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

A quarter of a million people are set to benefit from an increase in the so-called real living wage.

It's going up to £10.85 in London, and £9.50 across the rest of the UK.

The new voluntary rates will be paid by almost 7,000 employers.

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney is among those who’ve pledged to pay the living wage.

Workers there say it “motivates us to work even harder” and “we are so happy that the hospital approaches the very hard work that we do”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 9 November 2020

There are calls for the price of a medicine to vary depending on what it ends up being used for.

The Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton held a summit to draw up nine demands to the government and industry.

Among them are calls for the full price for drugs to only be paid when they deliver the anticipated benefits.

Currently, some medications are not considered cost effective for certain uses, and the NHS cannot negotiate on those terms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man from Croydon has been jailed for an assault on a police officer while in custody.

55 year old Junior Palmer hit the victim in the head and face at Wandsworth police station last July.

He had been taken in by officers who believed he was concealing drugs.

Palmer was sentenced for 13 charges including the assault, plus possession with intent to supply.

He was given 11 years and nine months to run concurrently.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A railway bridge in Wimbledon is one of the most “bashed” in the country.

That’s according to a new report by Network Rail.

The Watling Street bridge in Leicestershire takes the crown for most collisions with 25 in the year up to March.

But the bridge in Lower Downs Road in Wimbledon appeared at number ten on the list having been struck 11 times.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Kingston is currently seeing the biggest fall in Coronavirus cases in London.

262 confirmed cases were reported in the week to October the 31st.

That’s down 109 on the previous week, with a rolling seven-day rate of 147.6 per 100,000 people.

Iona Lidington is Director of Public Health for Kingston.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Croydon Tram Crash.

Six men and a woman died and many more were injured.

The inquest was due to start recently, but has been delayed until March due to the pandemic.

It will be at Fairfield Halls so social distancing can be maintained.

Investigators found the driver may have momentarily fallen asleep in the moments before the crash.

It was ruled last year that he wouldn’t face any criminal charges, and TfL wouldn’t face corporate manslaughter charges.

A report into the crash found fatigue was an issue in the profession.

It also found that signalling was poor, which may have lead to the driver taking the tight turn at Sandilands at nearly 3 times the speed limit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Police are stepping up patrols in Thornton Heath today, after two schoolgirls were stabbed in the area

Both are in a non life-threatening condition after being attacked on their way to school on Wednesday and Friday.

A 15-year-old boy is in custody.

Inspector James Weston says they want to make sure people know they’re about.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A man has been arrested at New Malden station after accusations of unwanted sexual behaviour on a woman

He was arrested Saturday night and will appear in court today.

Police say they take it “very seriously” and such behaviour is “totally unacceptable”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Elmbridge Borough Council is being accused of “ageism”, after reportedly saying a retirement village would sap the area’s “vitality”

There have been plans for a £100m “Beverly hills of Britain” in Walton Town Centre.

The Sunday Times is reporting that the authority believes it would “fail to add to the area’s competitiveness”.

The age equality act warns against “age discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions”

Elmbridge says they concluded it was unacceptable after a “detailed analysis of the local need for this type of accommodation”.

They’re saying that one and two bedroom homes are “much needed”.

Full Statement from Elmbridge Borough Council

"Application 2020/0832 for 222 units of care accommodation with associated communal facilities was unanimously refused by the Planning Committee on 20 October 2020. You can watch a recording of the meeting and the agenda, including the officer’s report and minutes are available to view. 

"We recognise the importance of our responsibilities under the 2010 Equality Act and we are confident that our report does not discriminate either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age. It does not discriminate towards the people who might occupy the accommodation, but is an assessment of the merits of the scheme considered against the National Planning Policy Framework and our own adopted planning policies and other material considerations. 

"The conclusion that care accommodation is unacceptable should not be viewed in isolation, it is a summation of the detailed analysis of the local need for this type of accommodation, including the concentrated supply in Walton town centre, compared with other much needed accommodation such as one and two bedroom homes for families, as well as the failure to consider alternative mixed use schemes including different types of housing and retail / entertainment units.

"No one can deny that Elmbridge works hard not only support older people in our community  but to help them thrive. We have seven Centres for the Community around the borough, each catering for the needs of our older people and running classes and support sessions on a range of subjects from ipad lessons to Zumba classes and everything in between. Our community transport provides an essential life line for our older residents and allows them access to shops and entertainment in the borough. It is the aim of this council and the countless volunteers who support us, to ensure older people lead happy, active and healthy lives in Elmbridge."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

The MP for Mitcham and Morden will host two urgent safety meetings this afternoon

Siobhain McDonagh will update parents on two incidents involving youngsters last week.

One is the serious sexual assault of a teenage girl in Mitcham, and the other is a report of a man approaching a boy in Colliers Wood. 

Ms McDonagh will be joined on Zoom at 2pm and 6pm by Police Inspector Bob Whitehead and Council officials. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

Sir Mo Farah's been confirmed as one of the contestants on this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here

The four-time Olympic gold medallist and South-West London loyalist will be taking part in the series, which will be set in a castle in north Wales rather than the Australian jungle.

Soap stars Shane Richie and Beverley Callard and TV presenter Vernon Kay are among the other celebs taking part.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sunday 8 November 2020

43 years after his tragic death in Barnes, T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan will be inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame.

The star was driving home to his house in East Sheen when he hit a tree on Queen’s Ride in 1977.

He’ll be inducted along with American musicians Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G.

The ceremony was supposed to take place in May at the public Auditorium in Cleveland but was delayed because of the pandemic. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Sir David Attenborough says he was "appalled" to find his name and image was used in an advert for C-B-D oil.

The broadcaster, who lives in Richmond, was first alerted to the social media ads by one of his supporters.

His spokesperson's confirmed the 94 year-old has "no involvement whatsoever" in the products, which are derived from the cannabis plant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm  

A nurse who spent three weeks at Kingston Hospital with Covid-19 has been reliving his experience.

53-year-old Mark Sheen contracted the virus in early April. 

He rapidly deteriorated a week later and had trouble breathing before being admitted to Intensive Care.

He’s told the Talk Richmond Podcast how he had to spend 22 hours a day wearing an uncomfortable breathing hood.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

A new community hub in Leatherhead is still on track to be built despite Mole Valley Council admitting there’s been a setback.

The authority’s bid for the Trinity Centre site on Aperdele Road was turned down last week by the Diocese of Guildford, who own it.

The council says the new hub would encourage people to take part in leisure, cultural and educational activities.

The news comes barely a week after Surrey County Council announced it was closing the Trinity Children’s centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

Chelsea Women are now 26 games unbeaten in the Women’s Super League football – a new club record!

They battered Everton Women 4-0 at the Kingsmeadow Stadium in Norbiton earlier, with two goals in two minutes from Bethany England.

Danish forward, Pernille Harder, added some real gloss, scoring the fourth with a stunning strike from outside the box in injury time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Non-league Hampton and Richmond Borough FC have lost 3-2 to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup first round.

Sam Deadfield scored twice at the Beveree Stadium but Hampton’s spirited performance wasn’t enough to overcome League 2 opposition.

The forward put the home side level at 1-1 with a penalty on 30 minutes but Oldham added two more either side of the break.

Deadfield then made it 3-2 late on as Hampton and Richmond piled on the pressure – but that’s how it finished.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kensington and Chelsea are down this week.

The latest figures show there were 132 reported across the borough.  

That’s a big drop from last week’s 208.

The rate of infection in the borough is now about 20% lower than the rest of London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Mole valley Council say they’re still optimistic they’ll be able to provide a new community hub for North Leatherhead despite the latest setback

 Mole valley Council say they’re still optimistic they’ll be able to provide a new community hub for North Leatherhead despite the latest setback. 

The council had been bidding to buy the Trinity centre site, but they heard last week that their bid had been turned down by the owners, the Diocese of Guildford.

The council says a new hub would encourage people to take part in leisure, cultural and educational activities. 

The news comes barely a week after Surrey County Council announced it was closing the local Trinity Children’s centre. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am  

Police investigating separate attacks on two girls as they walked to school in Croydon have arrested a teenage boy

Police investigating separate attacks on two girls as they walked to school in Croydon have arrested a teenage boy.

The fifteen-year-old was detained this morning on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

One of the victims was stabbed in the leg last Wednesday, the other in the arm on Friday morning after they were approached by a stranger.

Both were treated in hospital.

Police would still like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed either of the attacks in St Paul’s Road and Moffat Road.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Remembrance services in Wandsworth move online as people commemorate the fallen despite the pandemic.

 Across South West London and North Surrey people have been finding ways to beat the pandemic and mark remembrance day. 

In Carshalton students at Carew College have adorned their school ates with poppy-themed artworks.

Wandsworth’s annual remembrance service at Putney and Battersea is being held online.

In Hounslow the Mayor will issue and on-line address and Richmond’s Poppy factory ha to benefit from funds raised by runners  11 kilometres every day until the 11th. 

The remembrance service at the cenotaph is going ahead. Like many others around the country it’s been scaled down with social distancing and the traditional march-past cancelled due to coronavirus. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

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