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Saturday 21 November 2020

In the women’s rugby at Twickenham, England have staged an incredible comeback to beat France 25-23.

Emily Scarratt scored the winning 3-point penalty with the last kick of the game after England were 23-10 down with 15 minutes left.

It's the seventh time in a row the new world number one team have beaten the French.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 pm  

People in South West London who’ve already recovered from the coronavirus are being urged to donate their blood plasma to the NHS.

The health service has said a transfusion of plasma containing Covid-19 antibodies could help those who are still fighting the virus.

It’s possible to donate at centres in Twickenham, Croydon and Tooting.

Donating takes about 45 minutes and donors are being recruited through the NHS Test and Trace app.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 pm  

Wandsworth is now home to the third highest number of “school streets” in inner London.

It has only been beaten to a top spot by Islington and Hackney.

School streets mean closing roads near schools at drop-off and pick- up times to reduce traffic and pollution.

The data has been collated jointly by campaign groups Mums for Lungs and the Healthy Streets coalition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 pm  

People in South West London and North Surrey are now able to go and pick up a Christmas tree after a ban on sales has been lifted.

Tree farms and sellers were allowed to reopen from this morning and some of them are already at it.

Maurice Mandry in Ottershaw have put trees on stands so people don’t have to handle them before buying.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Four fire engines and 25 firefighters were called to a house in South Norwood yesterday.

The roof and first floor of the property on Whitehorse Lane were destroyed and most of the ground floor was damaged by a fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Officers are reminding people to turn off electrical appliances before they go to bed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Two men from Addlestone have been arrested on suspicion of theft and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

The suspects were picked up at a property in Middlesex Court at 3pm yesterday.

A bag containing cannabis was confiscated, as was a large quantity of suspected stolen goods including coffee, meat and alcohol.

One of the men has been released but the other, who was wanted on eight counts of theft, is still in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm  

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl by a canal near Woking.

It happened on the Basingstoke Canal towpath near the petrol station on Bagshot Road at about 7.30am yesterday.

The man then ran off.

Officers are asking parents not to let their children walk alone and to carry a personal alarm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

A charity in Leatherhead is celebrating its 25th birthday today!

Cardiac Risk in the Young, or 'CRY', raises awareness of sudden adult death syndrome.

Dr Steven Cox is the Charity’s CEO, he says it’s a real milestone:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Chelsea are the new leaders of the Premier League.

They've gone above Leicester on goal difference after winning 2-nil at Newcastle in the early kick off.

An own goal from Federico Fernandez gave the Blues the lead after 10 minutes; Tammy Abraham made it two just after the hour mark.

Tottenham can leapfrog Chelsea into first place if they beat Manchester City later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after a stabbing in Kenley.
Paul McCarroll

Police were called to reports of a man being attacked at a property on Oaks Road, just after 6pm yesterday evening.

45-year-old Paul McCarroll was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed.

A 34-year-old, who knew the victim, has been treated in hospital for a minor injury and is now in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

England have staged an incredible comeback to beat France 25-23 in the women’s rugby union at Twickenham.

Emily Scarratt scored the winning 3-point penalty with the last kick of the game after England were 23-10 down with 15 minutes left.

It's the seventh time in a row the new world number one team have beaten the French.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Nature lovers can now explore a part of Hammersmith in even more detail thanks to a new guide.

The trees of Ravenscourt Park map has been produced by the Friends Group to help visitors get to know the 20 acre site better.

It has downloadable photos and descriptions of 25 of the park's 600 trees, including several on the list of Great Trees of London.

It includes the famous 'fat' tree, a century-old plane which sustained a direct hit from a bomb during WWII, yet recovered and regrew.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The number of accidents in London involving e-scooters is rising sharply according to Met Police figures.

 The official figures are contested as the illegal usage means e-scooters crashes were “underreported”.

In 2019, 32 collision were recorded compared to just four in 2018.

It remains illegal to drive an e-scooter in public and on roads, but their popularity has surged during lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

England are back at Twickenham this afternoon as they take on Ireland in the Autumn Nations cup.

Eddie Jones’ team have won the last three meetings with their last win during the Six Nations in February.

It’s only the second time Jones has locked horns with Ireland’s head coach Andy Farrell.

Jones says it’s England’s “most important game of the year”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes his side are at a big disadvantage playing in the Premier League's lunchtime kick-off.

A number of players only returned from international duty on Thursday afternoon, giving them just one day to prepare for the trip to Newcastle.

Lampard says the 12-30 Saturday start should be scrapped to protect the integrity of the competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

A 14-year-old boy from New Malden has received life saving surgery after his heart rate hit 289 bpm.

 Finn was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White condition last November where his condition suddenly grew worse during lockdown.

Finn began to experience symptoms for the first time after returning home from a bike ride.

Mother Niki is now fronting a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness of heart problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am  

A major national summit looking at the impact of Coronavirus on the aviation industry will be held in Hounslow on Tuesday.

The borough is home to much of the workforce that powers Heathrow Airport, which is the UK's largest private sector employer.

Research by Oxford Economics forecasts that up to £1 billion could be lost from Hounslow's economy due to the downturn at Heathrow.

More than 40,000 jobs are at risk due to the wider impact.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Targeted Covid-19 testing has begun in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Results from swabs will be available within 30 minutes, for up to 20,000 asymptomatic people in the borough every week.

Those who test positive will be advised immediately to isolate and their contacts traced.

The council says it has launched the scheme because of the continued high infection rates.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

A rail link between Reading and Heathrow is one step closer.

Currently, passengers either have to drive, or take the train via Paddington.

The group of MPs has been set up to oversee it, and supporters are saying it could create £800m for the local economy.

It would place 20% of the UK population within one interchange of a major airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Trading Standards officers in Richmond are urging shoppers to be extra savvy when buying goods online.

47% of people have had issues with parcel delivery since the country first went into lockdown in March.

That’s according to new research by Citizens Advice.

The Council says with Black Friday and Christmas approaching, shoppers should consider options like Click and Collect to avoid problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

World Cup winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward admits it's a relief to see the government giving financial support to rugby union.

The sport will receive £130 million  in funding to help with the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Woodward says having to play matches at Twickenham behind closed doors has taken away a large part of the game's money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

The Met Police says it is looking to procure more hand-held “search wands.”

They enable officers to undertake an additional search of suspects to check for concealed weapons before taking them into custody.

The roll out follows on from a trial that started in June last year.  

The move follows the death of Sgt Matiu Ratana who was shot as he prepared to search a handcuffed suspect at Croydon Custody Centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A new dedicated Job Centre Plus Service is being recommended to support people affected by job losses at Heathrow.

Campaign group Back Heathrow is hoping the Government will fund the proposed scheme.

Heathrow is the main employer for people in a number of boroughs including Hounslow.

Coronavirus is estimated to have cost the aviation industry £64 billion in lost sales globally this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 20 November 2020

Heathrow is to reduce then scrap the Free Travel Zone next year.

Journeys on buses between each of the terminals and the perimeter are currently free, and others are subsided.

Campaigners say it’s likely to lead to more people travelling by car.

Geraldine Nicholson from Stop Heathrow Expansion says it’s “a massive step in the wrong direction”.

We’ve contacted the airport for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police say they need two women who witnessed a sexual assault in Battersea to come forward.

A woman was allegedly attacked outside a house in Wye Street at 7.30 yesterday morning.

She reported being grabbed by an unknown man who touched her inappropriately.

Initial enquiries established that two women walking along the road at the time of the incident shouted at the male causing him to run.

The suspect is described as a black male, aged in his late 20s and wearing a red hoodie with blue jeans and blue shoulder bag.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Cycle Superhighway Seven will be renamed in honour of the black community.

A public vote has opened to rename the cycle lanes across London.

The three choices on offer for CS7 are Windrush Way, Olive Lane, after black cyclist Olive Morris, and Maurice Burton Way, Britain’s first black male cycling champion.

The choices for CS8 are The Commons, The Generator, and John Archer Way, who became London’s first black Mayor by representing Battersea in 1913.

To find the shortlisted names click here.

To cast your vote click here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The RNLI has launched its Christmas appeal as this years demand for lifeboat crews soared.

The easing of lockdown in July saw a 64% increase in the number of recreational water users aided by the charity compared to last year.

Chiswick lifeboat station remains the second busiest in the UK only behind Tower. 

The RNLI has spent £1.2 million on PPE, including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4 million gloves and 4,700 litres of hand sanitiser. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

There are claims of “indisputable” evidence of bias regarding the creation of a new hospital in Belmont, and the restructuring of Epsom and St Helier Hospital

Mitcham and Morden Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh says review panel head Sir Norman Williams isn’t independent, due to being a former board member at St George’s Hospital.

She says the CEO of St George’s is supporting the plan only on the condition they get a new emergency floor to accommodate more arrivals.

She also points out the chair of St George’s became chair of Epsom Hospital on the same day Sir Norman became chair of the review panel.

Sir Norman’s connections to St George’s have been called “tangential” and “not relevant” to his new post.

Health Minister Edward Argar says the scheme was chosen on its merits.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

New figures from the Met Police suggest the number of crashes involving e-scooters are rising sharply

Statistics seen by the BBC show that in  2018 there were four recorded collisions, by the following year it had risen to 32.

YouTuber Emily Hartridge died after her e-scooter hit a lorry in Battersea in July last year.

It is illegal to drive an e-scooter in public areas and on roads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

An innovative new method for repairing Richmond’s potholes has been rolled out this week

Thermal repair equipment will now be used as it is said to be more environmentally friendly, faster and better value for money.

It allows contractors to heat existing damaged road material until it is soft enough to be reshaped as a filling.

This means there is also no need to replace the existing asphalt.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

A new centre that aims to pioneer research into overcoming the ability of cancers to resist treatment has opened in Sutton

The  £75m Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery will house the world’s first “Darwinian” drug discovery programme.

300 leading scientists from mathematics, chemists, computer science and clinicians will be under the same roof.

Understanding the way cancers evolve to resist drugs is key to overcoming or redirecting the process of cancer evolution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he has no complaints with England manager Gareth Southgate's decision to play Mason Mount in all of their matches during the international break

The midfielder was the only member of the squad who is involved in a European competition with his club, to feature in all three.

Lampard hopes the experience helps to aid Mount's development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The home secretary's expected to hold onto her job, despite an inquiry that's reportedly found she broke the rules for ministers by bullying civil servants.

 Labour's demanding to see the results of an inquiry which reportedly finds the home secretary guilty of breaking rules for ministers by bullying staff.

Boris Johnson's likely to keep Priti Patel in her job, as it's claimed she did not always do it on purpose.

Health secretary Matt Hancock insists he's never had any problem with the home secretary despite an inquiry finding she bullied civil servants:

Croydon South MP Chris Philp is an immigration minister, and he says she’s “totally dedicated to our national interests” and “we are lucky to have her”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A new centre that aims to pioneer research into overcoming the ability of cancers to resist treatment has opened in Sutton

The  £75m Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery will house the world’s first “Darwinian” drug discovery programme.

300 leading scientists from mathematics, chemistry, computer science and clinicians will be under the same roof.

Understanding the way cancers evolve to resist drugs is key to overcoming or redirecting the process of cancer evolution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Some very tough judges have been selected to judge books in Kingston and Richmond

The primary school children’s book awards scheme will see schoolkids vote on their favourite, and the winner will read it to them.

Coombe Hill Junior School headteacher Mark Clutterbuck says he wanted to start it in March but it was cancelled due to Covid-19.

However, he later realised that “above all at this time, pupils need exciting stories and a sense of community”.

A fundraiser has been set up so children from low income families can have personal copies of the books.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

We’re being asked to “save Harry.”

The hedgehog awareness campaign has been launched by Leatherhead based charity Wildlife Aid Foundation.

Any hogs weighing below 600gms will be unlikely to have enough fat reserves to see them through the winter sleep. 

The initiative is asking people to look out for underweight hedgehogs, monitor them, and take them to the charity’s hospital if they need help

To survive hibernation, a hedgehog should be at least the size of a grapefruit.   

Wildlife Aid Foundation runs an annual hedgehog hotel in which it looks after over 200 juvenile hoglets that are too small to survive.

It costs the organisation £10,000 to look after 100 hedgehogs until the spring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Croydon Council is reviewing its companies and investments, as part of its bid to avoid bankruptcy

They stopped all non-essential spending last week, after facing a financial hole of £66m.

They had invested £30m in a hotel which later went into administration, and borrowed nearly £2bn.

At a meeting last night, the authority decided going forward that council committees will scrutinise the budget before its approved.

Other measures include early action to support families to tackle overspends in children’s social care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Thursday 19 November 2020

British high street fashion retailers Peacocks and Jaeger have fallen into administration - putting more than 4-thousand-700 jobs at risk

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the firm which owns the clothing brands, announced earlier this year it planned to appoint administrators in an attempt to save the business.

At present, no redundancies have been announced and the firm has not revealed any store closures.

Jaeger has 76 stores and concessions including in Kingston and employs 347 staff while Peacocks has 4,369 staff across 423 stores including ones in New Malden and Sutton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

More than 600 people have signed a petition calling for better pay for care home workers across Surrey

Campaigners need 1,000 signatures before it will be considered for discussion at a Surrey County Council meeting.

Unison is calling on the authority to re-introduce enhanced pay rates to care staff who have worked during the pandemic.

The rate was being paid to those working evenings, weekends and bank holidays when the pandemic began back in March.

But was  halted at the end of September.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:50 pm  

We’ll soon be able to see pollution levels in a part of Fulham in real time

Air quality monitors are to be placed on lampposts in the Sands End and Parsons Green areas, and data uploaded every minute to the council website.

There’s currently a traffic reduction scheme in the area which has seen 170,000 fewer vehicles a week passing through.

Depending on the outcome of the project, the scheme may be rolled out to other areas doing their own traffic reduction schemes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm  

Harlequins have signed scrum-half Lewis Gjaltema from New Zealander side North Harbour

The 22-year-old will link up with his teammates at the Twickenham Stoop for the start of the 2021 season.

No details have been disclosed on Gjaltema’s contract with the south west London club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Covid-19 cases are up in 9 Surrey boroughs

Spelthorne has seen the biggest week on week increase with 257 reported cases.

Reigate and Banstead and Runnymede are close behind on 227 and 215 respectively.

More than 2,000 cases have been reported in the county in the last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

A man has been jailed for murder following a stabbing in Thornton Heath

51 year old Kenneth Pitcher will serve 14 years behind bars after being found guilty of killing 61 year old John Kennett.

Mr Kennett was found suffering from stab wounds outside a house in Woodcroft Road last December.

It is believed an altercation took place between the friends and Pitcher stabbed Mr Kennett multiple times before leaving him in the street.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A musician from Kingston has been talking about the importance of adapting his career to the Coronavirus pandemic

Singer and guitarist Stevie Bor was working on a cruise ship in Mumbai when he was forced back home in March.

With no other means of income, he turned to busking to make money:

You can see Stevie busking in Kingston town centre most days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Merton’s longest serving councillor has stood down after a decade in the role

Stephen Alambritis took part in his final council meeting last night.

He made history when he became the first Cypriot council leader in Britain in 2010 and was awarded an MBE earlier this year.

Mr Alambritis will remain a backbench councillor, representing Ravensbury Ward, which he has served since 2003.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

England Rugby's Head Coach Eddie Jones has named an experienced line up for Saturday's Rugby Union Autumn Nations Cup clash at Twickenham with Ireland

Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler all return to the starting 15 for the match at Twickenham.

Jones told Sky Sports News, he knows what to expect from tough opponents:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

A beer advert with a masked swear word in it has been banned

The environmental advert condemns Carbon Dioxide, and was seen on billboards outside The Fulham Boys School, and in Chiswick.

The Advertising watchdog says the word in question was likely to offend a general audience, despite the ad running in accordance with some guidelines.

The craft beer company says it “wanted to shock people into thinking about the planet and reducing and removing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Police in Epsom are currently looking into 58 crimes linked to domestic abuse

The force has revealed there are currently around 300 live investigations in the area, meaning 20% are domestic abuse.

There are also 32 sexual offences, and three into modern slavery.

The force says that while some will be “fairly straightforward” investigations, others can take months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton have discovered a gene that helps to identify certain cancers

A new study has revealed that copies of the EGFR gene show up in large numbers in oesophageal and stomach cancers.

Levels are detected by taking a blood sample or liquid biopsy which less invasive than a tissue biopsy.

Patients who test positive for EGFR can then be given more effective, targeted drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am  

Plans to regenerate 192 “run-down” flats in a part of Ham are one step closer today

Richmond Council says the Ham Close regeneration project is a “landmark scheme.”

Over 100 people have joined an online meeting to discuss proposals with developers Richmond Housing Partnership.

The next step involves selecting the final contractor which should happen by spring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Calls for an inquiry into the death of a boy from Chertsey during a flood in 2014 have been refused

Spelthorne Council wrote to the government, looking for a “Hillsborough level” investigation.

However, the Department of Environment, Food and rural affairs, says that the family should contact the attorney general themselves.

Seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola died during a flood, and an inquest ruled it was due to a petrol-powered pump used to clear floodwater.

His parents allege it was due to chemicals from a former dump behind their home, and the pump was not in use.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

A professor at Kingston University is calling for people with learning disabilities to be prioritised when a Covid vaccine becomes available

It’s after a report from Public Health England revealed higher numbers of coronavirus deaths within this group of people.

Those with learning disabilities are more than 6 times more likely to die from the virus than the rest of the population.

There are more than 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability.

Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne says they need to be regularly tested for the virus even if they are asymptomatic.

The same must go for their families and carers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 am  

A school in Hampton is proposing expanding in order to accommodate children with special educational needs.

A public consultation is to be launched on plans for adapting Hampton High to allow 20 extra pupils in from next September. 

The site will cater for young people Autism and mild to moderate learning difficulties.

Funding will be a collaboration between the Government and Richmond Council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 18 November 2020

The trust which runs Epsom and St Helier Hospitals is in the running for a prestigious accolade.

 It’s been shortlisted in the “Trust of the Year” category at The Health Service Journal Awards. 

The body was noted for its “ambition and visionary spirit” beating off competition from 1,000 other entries. 

The 40th annual winner will be announced in March. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Fulham and West Ham are among the clubs who’ll be fighting to sign a promising German left-back.

Kai Wagner is the standout player for American team Philadelphia Union, playing 14 times and scoring once.

He’s been valued at £3.5m.

The Mail reports that scouts have been alerted to displays, and clubs are weighing up making an offer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Plans are afoot to build a new special educational needs school in Leatherhead.

If successful, Fox Grove School would welcome its first pupils, aged between 4 and 19, next September.

Surrey County Council says it would allow more young people to be educated closer to their home.

The LIFT Partnership, which already runs two special schools in Leatherhead and Worcester Park, is behind the bid. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man from Epsom has been found guilty of a multitude of offences at Guildford Crown Court last Monday.

24-year-old Connor Higgs was sentenced for four separate offences relating to a residential burglary.

Police went to a house on 27th July in Ashtead after the theft of two cars, a handbag and £400 in cash occurred whilst the victims slept.

He was sentenced to a total of 28 months in jail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A local track and trace system for Merton has been launched today.

The council will be contacting those who have tested positive, but not responded to the national service.

The Public Health England Team have been successful in contacting 80% of cases in the borough.

People will receive calls from an 0208 number, or a home visit as a last resort.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A motorcyclist has serious injuries after a collision on the M25 near Chertsey this morning

Police were called just before 1am after the man in his 20's was hit by a minibus.

The road reopened at 7.40am but caused significant issues for over two hours afterwards.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A former primary school pupil from New Malden was one of the squad that helped England Under 21s to their win last night

Jamal Musiala scored on his first start leading the side to a comfortable 5-0 win over Albania Under 21's.

The 17-year-old has already made history as the youngest goal-scorer for current team Bayern Munich.

He went to school at Corpus Christi in New Malden before Whitgift in Croydon, the Chelsea Academy, and then Bayern.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

Two men have been jailed for a combined total of 17 years for kidnapping a man in Thornton Heath last November

19 year old Benjamin Oliveiro and 24 year old Aubin Wadman bundled their victim into the back of a van before speeding off.

The victim managed to ring his wife from inside who subsequently called police.

Following a pursuit, the defendants jumped out of the van and attempted to flee but were detained after a foot-chase.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

The inquest into the death of a teenager from Wandsworth is continuing today

15 year old Nóra Quoirin and her family were staying in an eco-resort in Malaysia when she was reported missing last August.

Her body was found two miles from the resort nine days later.

Nora’s headteacher has told the inquest he doesn’t feel she would have been able to wander off on her own as she had balance issues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Keeping fit and healthy creates an enhanced feeling of well-being

That’s according to over 70% of people who have taken part in an activity survey in Surrey.

600 people were surveyed online by Active Surrey, which promotes physical activity across the county.

The research did however highlight that work is needed to help groups including the elderly and disabled to stay active.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm  

People living in a part of New Malden are being asked if they’d like an experimental vehicle barrier installed

Elm Road has a long history of traffic problems due to the fact it is home to a school and a level crossing.

Transport for London has made funds available for a 6-month barrier near the level crossing end to try and ease queues. 

Residents are being urged to have their say by emailing [email protected] and [email protected] together.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Rugby fans are being asked to help make Twickenham Stadium feel packed once again

The RFU is asking for club shirts to adorn the seats, to make a visual representation of clubs and fans.

They’re particularly wanted for the Quilter International final on the 6th of December.

Steve Grainger, from the RFU, says they want to recognise the people “working tirelessly during the toughest of times to keep their clubs going”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Wandsworth is preparing to go purple in the fight against Polio

Over 3,000 Crocus corms have been planted in Wandsworth Park ready for next spring. 

The corms have been donated by the Rotary Club and form the shape of a Rotary wheel. 

Purple was the colour of the dye painted on the little finger of a child to signify they had received a potentially life-saving polio vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man has escaped a flat fire in Croydon this morning

Crews have been fighting a blaze on the ground floor of a block on St James’ Road, which started just before 6.

Station Commander Danny Slay says there are “a lot of possession and clutter in the property” but crews made steady progress.

He said “hoarding means exit routes can become blocked”, and fires will spread faster.

There were no injuries, and the cause is not yet known.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

British Airways is going to test passengers for coronavirus, to try to prove the UK's quarantine policy should be scrapped

It's teamed up with American Airlines to offer screenings for travellers from the US to Heathrow.

People will be able to get checked for Covid-19 three days before they leave, when they get to the west London hub and then three days later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

People in New Malden say they’re increasingly concerned over alleged plans for another tower block in the high street

Tudor Williams department store closed down last June after over 100 years in the high street. 

Now, details of plans by new owners Rocco Homes have been published on Facebook.

They allege a ground floor of retail and 12 storeys of flats on top, to be staggered near the houses in next door Cambridge road.

Residents have long campaigned against more tower blocks saying the original two near the station “set a precedent” but aren’t liked.

They also say the infrastructure, like schools and GP surgeries, are not in place for the rate of building that’s taking pace in New Malden.  

Webinars on the scheme are planned for early next month with a planning application expected to be submitted in February. 

Kingston Council says "we can confirm that if a planning application is submitted members of the public will be involved in the process in the normal way."

Rocco Homes is yet to comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

The air ambulance has been called after a collision on the M25 near Chertsey

A van and a motorcycle collided shortly before 1am this morning.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Calls are growing for virtual debates in Parliament

MP Tracey Crouch was denied access to a debate on breast cancer, despite going through chemotherapy.

Elsewhere, Sarah Jones, Labour MP for Croydon Central, is self-isolating after an alert from the NHS app.

She wanted to speak about a campaign to honour 34 people in Croydon who have died in conflict since World War Two:

Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg has previously resisted a virtual parliament, but now says he wants to “maximise what is possible within the limitations.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

The first “Covid free” flight landed at Heathrow this morning

The arrival from New York was carrying only passengers who had tested negative before boarding.

It is hoped flights with pre-departure testing will enable people to take to the skies more freely again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

The Green Party in Richmond are making three demands over Hammersmith Bridge
They’ve set up a petition calling for a firm target date, improvements to temporary measures, and the planned ferry to be free. Green councillor Andrée Frieze says a firm date would ease people’s worries: 

You can find a link to the petition here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

A quarter of people who booked appointments at a recycling centre in Richmond last month failed to turn up

Visitor numbers at Townmead Road Household Waste and Recycling centre are limited because of social distancing measures.

This means there can be up to two weeks’ wait for a slot.

The council’s asking people who can’t make their slot to cancel it to free up the space for others instead of being a “no-show”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

A tower block in Streatham has officially been told to improve its fire safety

Norwich House Apartments has cladding from the highest risk category.

An inspection also found service cupboards being used to store combustible materials, and a malfunctioning smoke extraction system.

They’ve been served an improvement notice by Lambeth Council, meaning they’ll have to make the changes, or face a fine or prosecution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Drugs and a zombie knife have been seized during a raid in Isleworth

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Police say the group were “preparing their hoard” for their ongoing sale.

If you have any information, contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

People across Kingston are being encouraged to donate their free time as the second lockdown continues

Organisation Volunteering Kingston is looking for people to sign up to array of initiatives.

Nina Westby from New Malden signed up and spent the first lockdown volunteering for learning disability charity Mencap.

She explains how donating her time lifted her well-being too. 

You can find more information here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

A number of roads and pavements across Spelthorne are to be changed to accommodate cyclists

Residents are being urged to have their say on the series of active travel schemes which are worth £1.7 million. 

There are currently four proposals in place for Spelthorne.

These include implementing a one-way system in Staines to provide a contraflow cycle facility along Gresham Road. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A “one man crime wave” who stole bikes from public spaces and shops across London has been jailed

26-year-old Francis Graham was found guilty of crimes including in Kingston, Richmond and Teddington, and on one occasion a hospital.

The judge referred to him as a “professional bike thief” with a history of offences that caused “upset and stress”.

He’s been sentenced to two years, with a five year criminal behaviour order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

People in Surrey are being encouraged to “think big”, and pitch ideas to help their communities.

The County Council is setting up an interactive map of people’s ideas, and others can comment, make suggestions, and give them thumbs up.

A £100m fund has been set up, with the first round to be given out in the spring.

Councillor Mark Nuti says they want to “expand on the good will and commitment” to the community seen during lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 16 November 2020

A person in Reigate and Banstead who almost crashed into a police car, then sped as they drove off, has been arrested.

The driver went at 49mph in a 30 zone as they tried to escape.

When police caught them, they were found to be over the legal limit for cocaine.

The legal limit takes into account naturally occurring chemicals and compounds in the body.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

500 redundancies at Heathrow have been put on hold.

Baxter Storey provides catering for British Airways, and will be putting workers on the extended furlough scheme.

The GMB Union says “credit must go to the company for recognising its highly skilled workforce”.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is running until March, and will continue to allow people to receive 80% of their income.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

If you’ve been exposed to Carbon Monoxide in the last two years, St George’s Hospital in Tooting are wanting to speak to you.

They’re launching a study on the impact of it on the brain.

The researchers are hoping to find out if blood tests can find neurological damage.

Carbon Monoxide causes around 60 deaths a year in England and Wales, often caused by faulty household appliances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Staff at Heathrow are going on strike for four days from December the 4th.

It means those with flights planned in the run up to Christmas could face significant disruption.

The action, by Unite Union, is over wage cuts and new contracts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are still trying to get to the bottom of an alleged incident involving a knife on board a train in Epsom.

Officers received a report on the 5th of November that a group of men were brandishing a weapon as it travelled through the town.

They were later arrested by Surrey Police for being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Police are appealing to anyone who was on-board the service that may have witnessed the incident to get in touch.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A consultation on cutting through-traffic in Richmond and Bushy Parks launched today

The 8 week long feedback session is being monitored by managers The Royal Parks.

Some car-parks will be closed during the period whilst others will have restricted access.  

To take part in the consultation, go to royal

Richmond Park: On weekdays, restricting all cut-through motor vehicle traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park and a full-time closure of the motor vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. Additionally, on weekends the trial will restrict all cut-through motor vehicle traffic between Roehampton, Sheen and Richmond Gates to create a quiet zone on the north side of the park.

 Bushy Park: A full-time closure of part of Chestnut Avenue between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates to motor vehicle traffic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Investigations are continuing after fire broke out a flat near Heathrow airport on Saturday

One man was rescued from the property in Bath Road.

He was suffering from smoke inhalation and treated at the scene by paramedics. 

A small area of the first floor flat was damaged by the blaze.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Police are continuing to investigate after two teenagers were stabbed within a mile of each other in Fulham and Chelsea

A 17-year-old was attacked at the World’s End Estate on Friday evening at around six.

Less than 30 minutes earlier, police had been called to Tynemouth Street where a 14-year-old had been stabbed.

Both were initially described as having life threatening injuries, but these were downgraded in hospital to non-life-threatening.

It’s not confirmed the incidents are related.

If you have any information, contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Care homes in Hounslow are to get their deliveries by robot

The area is to be the first in the UK to trial self-driving electric vehicles.

The Kar-go will drive from the chemist and hand over prescriptions using on-board robotics, ensuring contact-free delivery.

It’s hoped that going forward, the cars' sensors could find faults in the road and report them to maintenance teams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Police have dispersed up to 80 people surrounding deer in Richmond Park

Some of the people yesterday came prepared with large amounts of carrots and other treats to entice them.

Feeding or touching the deer is illegal, and can lead them to associate people with food.

The ecosystem relies on deer grazing to maintain the habitat, and some have choked on plastic bags as they look for human food.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Jack Willis hopes he'll get another opportunity to impress in an England rugby union shirt

The Wasps flanker scored a try on his debut as Eddie Jones' side eased to a 40-nil win against Georgia in their Autumn Nations Cup opener at Twickenham.

Willis says competition for places means there's no guarantee he'll be starting against Ireland next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A survey's found more than a quarter of men admit to driving above 100 miles per hour

They're over three times more likely to travel at that speed compared to women.

The road safety charity Brake has found the highest excess speed was a motorist driving at 152 miles per hour, in a 30 zone in London.

Surrey Police found somebody doing 131 in a 50 zone.

Caroline Kirsopp's heavily pregnant daughter was killed in 2018, by a man doing over 100.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Campaigners trying to get shark fins banned in the UK say a meeting they had with Zac Goldsmith went well

Charity, Bite Back Shark Conservation, presented its “No Fin To Declare” request to wildlife enthusiast Lord Goldsmith last week.

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

The group says it was “hugely impressed” by the former Richmond Park MP’s “willingness to listen.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sunday 15 November 2020

Chelsea Women scored a late equalizer in the Women’s Super League football to preserve their unbeaten run.

They needed a freakish own goal in the 90th minute against Arsenal Women to make it 1-1.

Chelsea haven’t lost in the WSL since January 2019, that’s a run of 27 matches!

Arsenal missed the chance to go top by conceding late.

Chelsea are now third but can move above Manchester United into first if they win their game in hand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

Police in Egham are trying to track down the owners of a distinctive ornamental knife.

The blade, with its handle and carved wooden sheath were found in Manorcroft Park. 

Police don’t know whether it was stolen or hidden there for another purpose, but they’re hoping the owner will come forward and claim it. 

If not they say it’ll be placed in the knife amnesty bin at Staines and destroyed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Around 15,000 people living in Richmond are at a high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, according to the council there.

The authority’s Public Health team is urging people to find out more about the symptoms and the risks.

It’s estimated 60% of cases can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and staying active.

Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes includes dietary changes to help control blood sugar levels.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

People will be able to visit loved ones at the Royal Star & Garter care home in Surbiton again.

It’s after the Government gave it the green light to re-open despite the lock-down.

The home has built a COVID-secure indoor room, which meets newly-released criteria.

The Royal Star & Garter provides care to veterans living with disability or dementia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

A nursery in Hounslow is offering free childcare to parents who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Little Pioneers has a “Helping Hands Redundancy Scheme” for mums and dads uncertain about their employment status.

There are also free virtual consultations with finance specialists to explore employment options.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Croydon Council has denied that Westfield’s decision to review its role in a new £1.4 billion pound town centre redevelopment is responsible the borough’s parless financial position
Croydon Council has denied that Westfield’s decision to review its role in a new £1.4 billion town centre redevelopment is responsible the borough’s parless financial position. Croydon council is effectively bankrupt and has been heavily criticised in a damning report from its own auditors, Grant-Thornton. The scheme, which also involves property developers Hammerson, was put on hold in February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

People on Twitter have been telling John Lewis where to get off after it’s new Christmas ad featured a number 222 bus with the destination Tooting
Some keyboard warriors said they thought it was a mistake, pointing out the actual route 222 runs between Hounslow and Uxbridge. 

But others said they liked the idea- and there really should be a 222 to Tooting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Wimbledon organisers set for huge insurance payout
Some good news for the All-England lawn tennis club In Wimbledon. 

They’re in line for a £174 million  insurance payout after having to cancel this summer’s tournament due to the pandemic. Some of the leading players expressed their disappointment at the time. 

But the decision means the club, which took out pandemic insurance in 2003, will end the year financially unscathed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

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