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Saturday 2 January 2021

Hounslow police are reminding people who received an e-scooter this Christmas to know the law before they take it out.

E-scooters are illegal to ride on roads, pavements, and public places.

If they catch you riding one, you may receive a fine.

They are asking that you don’t risk your safety or that of others by breaking the law.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The owner of dog is offering a reward after his beloved pet was stolen whilst on a walk in Morden.

A short tailed cocker spaniel named Ted was stolen from Cannon Hill Common on the 15th of December and he is still missing.

He was taken when his owner, Mike, was punched to the floor by two men.

Mike is offering a £3000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the safe return of his dog Teddy.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes the Premier League deserves great credit for keeping football going through the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been suggestions this afternoon's game with Sheffield United could have been postponed, following a Covid-19 outbreak in their opponents' squad.

But Hodgson believes everything must be done to keep the action running, under the current safety measures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Fulham are investigating reports of striker Aleksander Mitrovic breaking coronavirus rules.

A video posted on Instagram appears to show Mitrovic at a New Year's Eve party with Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic.

It's understood the London club are looking into the validity of the video.

It comes after a number of positive Covid-19 cases at Fulham led to the postponement of Wednesday's Premier League match against Tottenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A hospital in Tooting’s so concerned about the number of coronavirus patients it's treating, that it's put plans in place to use operating theatres as an overflow.

More than 53-thousand new cases were reported in the UK yesterday - the second highest since the pandemic began.

Dr Rafik Bedair's the critical care lead at St George's Hospital.

He says theatres are being readied.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Tomorrow's Premier League match between Burnley and Fulham has been called off because of coronavirus cases within the London club.

Following the postponement of Wednesday's game against Tottenham, Fulham were retested and have since returned further positive results.

In a statement, the Premier League says it "continues to have confidence" in its Covid-19 measure, so other games will continue to go ahead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Firefighters have issued a smoking safety reminder after a fire broke out in a sheltered accommodation in West Ealing.

The accommodation was on Gurnell Grove where part of a ground floor day room was damaged by the fire.

The Brigade were called at 4:41am and the fire was brought under control by 5:42am.

Around 30 residents were evacuated from the premises and there were no reports of any injuries.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of a cigarette.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two tube stations are being added to the London Underground, extending the Northern from Kennington to Battersea.

Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are due to open as stops on the Northern Line in Autumn this year.

The move hopes to regenerate the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas by supporting new jobs and homes.

Main tunnelling finished in November 2017 and station developments have been ongoing since. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Teachers are calling for every school in England to remain closed for at least two weeks.

The National Education Union says 'chaos in engulfing schools' and has called an emergency meeting.

It's after the government decided to shut all primaries in London - when they originally said some would open.

6 year-old Fraser goes to school in Wimbledon Park and is sad he won't be going back to class on Monday:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Scott Parker is unsure whether Fulham’s game away to Burnley tomorrow will go ahead as the club awaits on Covid-19 test results.

Fulham’s game against Tottenham was called off on Wednesday after six members of the London club tested positive for coronavirus.

The Premier League’s decision to cancel the game just three hours before kick-off frustrated Parker and Tottenham head coach, José Mourinho.

Fulham are understood to have requested the match to be postponed on Tuesday, but Parker was kept in the dark about the decision until the last minute.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

A hospital in Tooting's so concerned about the number of coronavirus patients it's treating, that it's put plans in place to use operating theatres as an overflow.

More than 53-thousand new cases were reported in the UK yesterday - the second highest since the pandemic began.

Dr Rafik Bedair's the critical care lead at St George's Hospital.

He says theatres are being readied.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

More than 50 unlicensed New Year’s Eve parties were broken up by the Met in London for breaching tier 4 rules.

Five people were reported for a possible £10,000 fine while 217 others were issued fixed penalty notices for organising large gatherings.

London is currently in tier 4 meaning households cannot mix indoors, although an individual can meet one other person in an open public space.

Officers were called to a total of 58 illegal large gatherings as people celebrated the start of the new year.

Police said four people had been arrested in the capital for breaching Covid regulations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Three intensive care units at hospitals in London were at full capacity on New Year's Eve.

A leaked email obtained by Sky News said the ICUs had no more room for seriously ill people and were waiting for a transfer somewhere else.

The NHS is under increased pressure following a surge of coronavirus cases.

Expert in diseases Dr Bharat Pankhania says the situation's bleak.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

The government has confirmed all primary schools in London will remain closed for the start of the new term.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the government had “finally seen sense and U-turned”.

It comes two days after the government said only those in 22 of London’s 32 boroughs would be affected by closures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decision about when they could return to school will be reviewed on 18 January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Friday 1 January 2021

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 46-year-old man was stabbed near Oxted train station yesterday evening.

 The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and remains in hospital in a serious condition.

A large group of teenagers wearing dark hoodies were seen using a station underpass heading towards Morrison’s, shortly after the incident.

If you can assist in the investigation you are asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

300 drones above The O2 helped the capital mark the defining moments of 2020 with the UK’s largest-ever drone show

The drones formed a series of images including paying tribute to the NHS, Captain Sir Tom Moore and Black Lives Matter, as well as sending a message of love and togetherness for 2021.

As millions watched from their homes the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “it was important that we united from our homes to reflect on 2020 and look at ahead to 2021”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

A healthcare worker from Dorking has been awarded a British Empire medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

 Emrys Owen is receiving the award for his service to veterans during Covid 19.

Owen has been working for the last 38 years with the charity Royal Star and Garter, who provide care for veterans and their partners living with a disability or dementia. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

Police were called to around 58 unlicensed music events and parties across London last night.

The parties were in breach of Tier 4 rules.

217 people were issued with fines with five people being reported for a possible 10,000 fine for gatherings of large people.

Four people were arrested for breaching the Covid restrictions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

A car has accidentally driven into the wall of a doctor’s surgery in Twickenham.

The waiting room wall of the Deep Cross Surgery suffered significant damage.

Patients have been asked to use the side entrance whilst the extent of the damage is being assessed.

Only urgent appointments can be seen at present and any cancelled appointments will be notified by SMS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

A former Surrey Detective Constable has been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours.


DC Mike Taylor, based in Guildford, retired from the Force in February after 30 years’ service.

He was awarded the prestigious honour for his contribution to investigative policing and for tutoring numerous detectives throughout his career.

Described as diligent, thorough and concise he was also credited by the victims he worked for being a “miracle worker”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

A man has appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ court charged with the murder of a woman in Lambeth.

27 year old Mark Alexander was charged on Tuesday the 29 December.

He appeared in custody at Croydon Magistrates' Court yesterday and is next due to appear at the Old Bailey today.

On the 27th of December officers attended reports of a disturbance to find a 26-year-old woman pronounced dead at the scene.

She has been named as Azaria Williams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am  

The leader of Kingston Council says she’s “urgently seeking clarity” about why the area’s schools are reopening.

The borough has a very high rate of COVID-19 cases.

Caroline Kerr says the decision about which schools will open “appears to be based on a limited window of time which doesn’t represent the true picture of infection risk”.

She adds they will support headteachers as they plan for the start of the school term.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

Former Scotland, Manchester United and Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty has passed away aged 92

He played more than 300 times for Preston, before starting his managerial career with Chelsea - winning the League Cup in 1965.

Docherty then led United to FA Cup victory over rivals Liverpool in 1977.

Lou Macari - who was part of that side - says he was an excellent motivator.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Bushy Park has been locked until 7am this morning

Police say it’s due to “gatherings that breach tier 4 guidelines”.

Officers have been sent to the park to do sweeps and let out anyone who’s stuck inside.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 am  

Thursday 31 December 2020

A psychiatrist at Priory’s Roehampton hospital has outlined the benefits of cutting down on alcohol ahead of dry January.

An estimated 6.5 million people nationally will be going alcohol-free next month, compared to around 3.9 million last year.

Dr Niall Campbell says the older we get, the more sensitive to alcohol the body becomes and you’re more likely to experience hangovers.

Recent figures show that 1 in 20 people are drinking more than 50 units a week, which is more than five bottles of wine, a figure that is 50% higher than in March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A former Surrey Detective Constable has been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours.

DC Mike Taylor, based in Guildford, retired from the Force in February after 30 years’ service.

He was awarded the prestigious honour for his contribution to investigative policing and for tutoring numerous detectives throughout his career.

Described as diligent, thorough and concise he was also credited by the victims he worked for being a “miracle worker”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Richmond Council are reminding residents not to risk the health of their family, friends, and neighbours this New Year’s Eve.

As Richmond remains in Tier 4, the rules around New Year's Eve are the same as for any day of the year.

You cannot meet people indoors, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “It isn’t worth the risk – even for New Year’s Eve”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman has been attacked in an aggravated burglary in Clapham.

Officers were called to the Weir Road area on Monday the 28 December at 4:37pm following reports of a burglary and assault.

A woman in her 30s, was taking rubbish out when an unidentified man grabbed her, threatened her with a knife and stole about £260 in cash and jewellery.

The suspect is described as a black male, aged in his mid-to-late 20s, around 5ft 7in tall with a slim build.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with a white ‘NY’ emblem on the front, a baggy black hoodie and dark-coloured denim jeans.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

Newborn babies at Epsom and St Helier hospitals made their parents' Christmas extra special as they were welcomed into the world on 25 December.

Five babies were born across the trust on Christmas Day, with two born at Epsom Hospital and three at St Helier.

To celebrate their timely arrivals, the maternity staff presented the babies with a teddy bear and a special message as a keepsake.

Maternity matron, Mary Willocks said: "there is always something wonderful about having a baby on this date".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

A man raised in Ashtead has been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Jonathan Freeman has been awarded an MBE for his services to charity.

He is the Founder CEO of the CareTech Foundation which supports and champions care workers, those living in care and the social care sector as a whole.

The foundation has committed over £2.5M in grants to long-term partnerships to drive vital systemic change in the care sector.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

A MP for Twickenham voted against Boris Johnson's trade deal with the European Union.

Munira Wilson voted against it yesterday stating it was "bad for jobs, bad for businesses and bad for our environment".

She said the deal will lead to "more red tape, longer delays, and higher costs" that will ultimately "make people less well off".

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a grace period for business, to protect them from a double-whammy of an ongoing global pandemic and a last minute trade deal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has praised his team's desire following their 2-1 win over fellow Championship promotion hopefuls, Bournemouth.

The south coast side arrived in west London following an 11-day break, whereas Brentford have played twice a week for six weeks running.

The victory means they finish the year second in the table and Frank tells Sky Sports News his team deserves it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Residents in Richmond are reminded that the free Christmas tree recycling service will commence from Monday 4th January.

From Monday 4th to Friday 15th January the council will be collecting real Christmas trees on residents' scheduled waste collection days.

Trees will then be shredded and turned into compost, then used to feed plants in gardens, green spaces and bedding plots across the borough.

Residents should remove all ornaments and stands or pots from their trees and leave them outside their property ready for collection.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Witnesses to a collision in Tadworth involving a black VW Polo; and a pedestrian and his dog are being urged to come forward.

The incident happened at around 4.40 yesterday afternoon at the junction of Dorking Road and Chapel Road.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital with a serious head injury. The dog is being looked after by a local vet.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard the collision, the manner of driving of the vehicle, or who may have dashcam footage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

Surrey County Council has increased its funding for a key bus route between Staines and Heathrow Airport.

Due to significant financial impact, Heathrow Airport recently announced that they would need to temporarily suspend their funding.

The additional funding from Surrey County Council will mean route 442 will continue to operate from the 2nd January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Richmond council are reminding residents who are displaying Covid-19 symptoms that testing is available at a pop-up centre in Old Deer Park.

The temporary site is open on selected dates in January, including New Years Day.

In addition to the drive-in testing centre at Twickenham Stadium and walk-in centre in Teddington, the tests are being offered to anyone with symptoms.

You must not turn up without an appointment.

Those who have not booked will not be tested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Wednesday 30 December 2020

Surrey Police are reminding people to ensure their home security is up to date.

The few days between Christmas and New Year can be a blur, but for burglars, it’s a time for laser-sharp focus. 

Make sure to never leave valuable possessions on display and to dispose of rubbish properly so they don’t know what you have inside.

Don't give burglars the green light to steal from your home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Richmond is being reminded not to risk the health of families, friends and neighbours as the New Year approaches.

In the days leading up to Christmas the borough was seeing over 450 people per day testing positive for COVID-19 

Tier 4 rules remain in place and people must not leave or be outside the home or garden without a reasonable excuse'.

So the message for welcoming in 2021 is to restrict celebrations  to people that live with you or are your support bubble.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Officers are investigating a commercial burglary in Chertsey.

It took place on Ruxbury Road where a bike and an e-scooter were stolen.

You can view an image of them on our Jackie News twitter feed.

If you have been offered them for sale or have any information you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A handcrafted polar bear and its cub are on show in the Christmas window of a charity shop in Teddington.

The ‘rocking horse’ style bear was donated to Mary’s Living and Giving shop.

It was created by craftsman Trevor Wiffen who is the father of one of the shops volunteers.

Its going up for auction with a reserve of £300 although pieces by Trevor normally sell for over £2000.

All proceeds will go to Save the Children UK

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

LGBTQ youngsters are being reminded that The Wild Mind Project is offering a safe space in nature to share their feelings.

The Teddington based charity aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in young people, carers and parents.

A typical session might include a walk in nature, conservation work or gardening followed by a creative activity and talk.

Programmes are available in Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston for young people aged 16-25.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Officers from the Violence Suppression Unit have recovered a knife and made an arrest while proactively patrolling in Croydon.

Yesterday they saw a moped with both a rider and pillion passenger acting suspiciously, travelling along Brigstock Road.

When they noticed the officers, they made off at speed but after a search the 19 year old passenger was found hiding behind a vehicle.

They also found a large Rambo-style knife underneath the same car he was hiding behind. 

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and remains in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Fulham's Premier League game at Tottenham tonight has been cancelled because of a number of coronavirus cases at the club.


Boss Scott Parker was hoping to be back on the touchline after self-isolating because a member of his househould had tested positive.

He said his side's coped well in his absence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in relation to numerous vandalised vehicles in Chertsey.

It’s believed the man can help with the incident that happened in the Grove Road area at the weekend.

You can view an image of him on our Jackie News Twitter feed.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A football signed by the Tottenham 1976-77 squad including Steve Perryman is being auctioned for charity.

The Royal Star and Garter in Surbiton provides care to veterans and their partners living with dementia.

The football is being sold by Billy Stanley whose mother is being cared for at the home.

Billy who is a Fulham fan was given the football by a friend who was relative of Perryman who made a record 854 first team performances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Police in Sutton and Croydon are reminding people to stay vigilant as Action Fraud warns of a new courier fraud tactic.

On the 18th December, they received 120 reports of courier fraud, where someone was impersonating a police officer.

Courier fraud is when victims receive a phone call from a criminal, pretending to be a police officer or bank official. 

Typically, victims are told to withdraw a sum of money and someone is sent to their home address to collect it.

Your bank or the police will never call to ask you to transfer or withdraw money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information after a teenage boy was seriously injured in a stabbing in Merton.

Police were called at approximately 17:00 on the 20th December after a 17-year-old reported being assaulted by a man.

The attack happened at the junction of Goat Road and London Road near to the Crown of Mitcham in Merton.

The teenager self-presented at a south London hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in a stable condition.

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at or around the time of the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

More than 500 new creatures and species have been identified by Natural History Museum scientists in South Kensington this year.

They include a monkey which lives on the side of an extinct volcano, miniature tarantulas and a lungless worm salamander.

In total, 503 species from almost all kingdoms of life have been studied for the first time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A business in South Norwood has been issued a Covid Fixed Penalty Notice.

Members of the public raised concerns with police regarding a venue still having customers inside.

On police arrival there were several customers inside who attempted to make a quick exit through the back door only to be intercepted by police.

The venue has now been issued with a fixed penalty notice for the breach in Tier 4 Covid Regulations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing have charged a man with murder and he’ll appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today.

27 year old Mark Alexander was charged with murder yesterday.

Police were called on the evening of Sunday, 27 December to reports of a disturbance at an address on Clapham Road in Lambeth.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended; a woman, aged in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

An eighth person has been charged following a raid in Coulsdon as part of an ongoing investigation into county lines drugs supply.

18 year old Romario Genus was charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, possession of criminal property, among others.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on the 18th of December.

Seven people have already been charged as part of the same investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Tuesday 29 December 2020

London's Nightingale hospital remains on standby, despite the removal of some of its equipment, NHS England has said.

Currently hospitals in England are dealing with more Covid-19 patients than during the April peak of the first wave.

But it’s understood some equipment, including beds and ventilators, are no longer at the ExCel Centre site.

NHS England said the facility – which has 4,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients – would be available to support the capital if needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa will be able to join a new team as a free agent in January.

Spanish club Atletico Madrid have terminated the forward's contract for personal reasons.

Costa was at Chelsea for three years from 2014, winning two Premier League titles.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

TfL is hoping to boost London’s cycling network as it opens a new cycling route in Chiswick.

 As part of the Mayor of London’s Streetspace programme, the move hopes to cut congestion and pollution by encouraging people to cycle.

2.4km of the new temporary cycle track on Chiswick High Road is the first major section of the Cycleway 9 route to open.

The new route links to other changes to create one of the longest Cycleways to have opened under the Streetspace programme so far.

TfL will continue to work with Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow Councils on plans to create the route in full.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Athens was forced to make an emergency landing after the co-pilot fell unconscious.

The captain had already turned the plane around midway through the flight as his co-pilot had been complaining about feeling unwell.

But he soon deteriorated, and the captain was ordered to make an immediate landing in Switzerland so that he could be rushed to hospital.

British Airways would not disclose what caused him to pass out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is confident if his players perform as they did against Aston Villa, they can go on another winning run.

They let a lead slip in drawing 1-all at Stamford Bridge to move to within a point of the Premier League's top four.

Chelsea have just one victory in their last five top flight games.

Lampard reckons last night's match is one they would have won a month ago.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

Winners of the Brigade in Bloom 2020 have been revealed.

Norbury Fire Station took top spot for best large garden and Richmond scooped best small garden.

Dockhead won best food growing & wildlife garden. 

These green fingered fire fighters beat more than 50 other fire stations in the competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

In sport, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists safety will be the number one priority when deciding if Sunday's game against Man City will go ahead.

Pep Guardiola's side are dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus at the club, which led to last night's match against Everton being called off.

Lampard says he hopes to get clarity from the Premier League soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Wandsworth Council is to receive more than £1 million to invest in Putney High Street after securing Government funding.

The secretary of state for housing confirmed Putney will receive a huge support package aimed at revitalising town centres.

The council will get £1million as part of the Future High Streets Fund Competition, aimed at getting town centres thriving again.

The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, welcomed the news and said it would be a massive boost for Putney and the local area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Police are looking for the owner of an abandoned e-scooter after an incident in Addlestone.

At 10 o’clock on Sunday night officers attended reports of a fight on Garfield Road.

They are interested in hearing from anyone living in Garfield Road end of Crockford Park Road who may have witnessed the incident.

If you have any information you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Firefighters are issuing urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people are working from home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

London Fire Brigade is calling for people to think, take action and avoid becoming a further casualty for the NHS.

Firefighters are usually called to a larger number of domestic fires between 6pm and 8pm and an increase in cooking fires during the weekend when people are home.

This comes after they attended a fire in Croydon a few weeks ago believed to have been caused by incense sticks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on George Street in Croydon last night.

Firefighters tackled a fire on the ground floor of a three-storey building. The fire also spread to the offices above on the first and second floors. 

A significant amount of the building has been damaged by the fire and some of the adjacent buildings have been damaged by the smoke.

Staff working at the restaurant left before the Brigade arrived and people in the neighbouring properties have been moved as a precaution. 

No injuries have been reported. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Sutton High Street has secured a cash boost.

More than 70 towns and cities across England are to share up to £830m from the government to help boost high streets.

Sutton will receive £11.3 million.

Rishi Sunak said the funding plan, initially revealed before the Covid pandemic, would help areas to "bounce back" through regeneration.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Monday 28 December 2020

A man has been arrested in Croydon for stealing a car.

Last night, the driver of a stolen car failed to stop for police and dog units.

The car was later seen along the M25 heading into Surrey and again into Kent.

The driver thought he was home and dry when he left the car parked up, however the police helicopter guided officers in for the eventual arrest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Bryony Frost has become the first female jockey to win the King George VI Chase, riding Frodon to victory.

The 20-1 chance led throughout the three-mile race and held off the fast finishing, waiting patiently to give trainer Paul Nicholls his 12th King George wins.

Hat-trick-chasing Clan Des Obeaux - the 85-40 favourite - came third.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

A murder investigation's underway after a woman was stabbed to death in Stockwell.

Police were called to an address in the area last night.

The victim's believed to have been in her twenties.

A 27-year-old man - who knew her - has been arrested.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

London Ambulance Service received as many emergency calls on 26 December than it did at the height of the first wave of Covid-19.

Nearly 8,000 calls were received – a 40% increase compared to a typical “busy” day.

The rapid new variant of coronavirus is said to be the cause of the increased demand.

LAS has urged people to only dial 999 with genuine life-threatening emergencies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Sutton United's National League game again Dover Athletic today has been postponed after a member of the squad tested positive for Covid-19.

The club's players and staff began self-isolating for 10 days on Wednesday.

A new date for the match will be announced in due course, in line with National League protocol.

Sutton's next competitive game is scheduled to be away at Altrincham on Saturday 9 January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Chelsea host Aston Villa this evening - looking to get back on track in the Premier League after their Boxing Day defeat to rivals Arsenal.

Despite losing three of their past four matches, victory would take Frank Lampard's side into the top four - and within as many points of leaders Liverpool.

The Chelsea boss is remaining optimistic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

An engineer for Thames Water has donated a van of food and holiday extras to Wandsworth foodbank.

Kane Bell fights fatbergs in the sewers of London, and raised the money from family, friends and colleagues.

He says nearly everyone at the foodbank is a volunteer, and if they couldn’t donate money or food, they donated their time instead.

Dan Frith, manager of the Foodbank, says they’re “busier than ever” so they’re “so grateful for this thoughtful and generous donation”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

It’s been revealed that Croydon’s Councillors were paid around £1.5 million in allowances during 2018-19.

The figure is almost double the amount paid to elected councillors in neighbouring Sutton.

The news comes as cash-strapped Croydon Council, which is effectively bankrupt, is seeking 100 job losses to help plug a huge gap in its finances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A team of officers from Hounslow council will be returning to the streets this week after Christmas to help local business deal with the new Tier 4 restrictions.

The team have spent the past nine months explaining the ever-changing rules to traders.

The group say their approach has been successful in helping firms understand the guidelines.

Only 22 shops have been served prohibition notices and forced to close this year for breaching the rules.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Firefighters are feeling festive after rescuing a goose whose gandering got it into a spot of bother up a tree in Kensington Gardens.

The bird, who has been named Marv by the firefighters who rescued him, had injured its leg and got stuck around 10 metres up the tree. 

Crews used a ladder and rope rescue equipment to bring the goose down. They then bandaged its leg and handed Marv over to the RSPCA.

The firefighters named it Marv after one of the bad guys in Home Alone  as they said it had to have a festive name.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Councillors in Wandsworth have approved plans to turn the vacant Debenhams store into an indoor entertainment hub.

The amusement centre will include an indoor go-karting track, bowling alley, crazy golf course, darts, pool and basketball as well as bars and restaurants.

Planning chairman Guy Humphries said “This will be an exciting new addition to the town centre and we welcome the significant investment and jobs this new commercial venture will create.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Kingston Council is waiting to find out how many parents have taken up an invitation to have children at school undergo asymptomatic testing for Coronavirus.

The borough’s Director of Public Health wrote to all schools before Christmas drawing attention to the tests, which are available nationwide. 

At present all schools are due to return by January 11th, although the spike in cases could force the Government to review the plan this week. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Sunday 27 December 2020

The border force has joined up with Kew Gardens, to use artificial intelligence to track down plant smugglers

It’s to stop native and protected plants being wiped out by people importing exotic and rare varieties illegally.

The tool looks at online shopping sites for suspicious looking plants being offered by private sellers.

Some of the red flags include a high price, being directly sold from its home region, and no mention of permits for international shipping.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Almost 2000 new cases of coronavirus were recorded over Christmas in Surrey

The biggest spike was in Reigate and Banstead where 407 new cases were recorded on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

Nine people died at Frimley Hospital of conditions related to Covid, while there were three new deaths at Ashford and St Peter’s, and another five at the Epson and St Helier University Hospitals Trust. 

The news comes a little over 24 hours after the whole of the county was placed alongside London in the highest tier, Tier 4. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

We’re being urged not to contact the NHS before we’ve had an invitation to be vaccinated

Kingston Hospital says the service is currently offering the vaccine those most at risk.

It’s currently being given to those over 80 already due in hospital, care home workers, and health care workers at high risk.

The hospital is reassuring people that it’s safe and effective and the best protection against coronavirus.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An investigation has been launched following a collision between a car and a cyclist in Chertsey

The cyclist was taken to hospital with major head injuries following the incident in Hardwick Lane just after 11am. 

Officers are searching for a red Volkswagen polo believed to be involved in the collision which failed to stop at the scene.

Witnesses are being urged to contact police on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

CCTV images have been released following a serious assault at Barnes Station which left a man with a punctured lung

It happened on the 7th of November when the 52-year-old asked two men to wear face masks on board a train.

The victim was then kicked and attacked with a weapon believed to be a knuckle duster as he left the station.

He also received treatment for several broken ribs.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact British Transport Police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A stolen van has collided with two police cars in Kingston after the driver refused to stop

Metropolitan police officers initially tried to halt the suspicious vehicle as it sped along Hook Parade towards Chessington

Officers from Surrey Police then came to their assistance, including members of an armed response unit, when the car crossed the county boundary.

No officers were hurt and the two police cars were not badly damaged. 

A man, found to be over the drink-drive limit, was arrested at the scene. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A black teenager has won £16,000 from Topshop after a tribunal found she’d been racially abused

The Mail reports Shaniqua McKenzie worked at the Wimbledon branch, and says the abuse made her fearful she would experience it at every job in her adulthood.

She says she wanted to transfer to the Kingston branch, but her manager, Michelle Polland, became angry at her wanting to leave.

The judge said Shaniqua was attacked with “words which were often seen as hallmark words denoting racism”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

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