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Saturday 9 January 2021

A campaign’s been launched to save a horse-riding centre in Teddington.

Natalie O’Rourke from Park Lane Riding Stables has been unable to persuade the landlord to renew the lease which expires in May. 

The “Save Our Stables” crowdfunding campaign is trying raise the £1m needed to buy the property and keep the stables open.

Natalie says they have few options left:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

A property investment company based in Battersea has apologised for offering GP surgeries money for unused coronavirus vaccine doses.

The Hacking Trust emailed surgeries in Bristol and Worthing offering to pay a charity ‘or the staff member directly’ in return for jabs.

The company has said it was aware many vaccination appointments aren’t kept and its “good intentions” were “misinterpreted”.

NHS England said people "will rightly take a dim view of anyone who tries to jump the queue".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

12 people have been arrested for breaching Covid regulations at an anti-lockdown protest in and around Clapham Common.

Officers are staying in the area to prevent people getting together on the Common.

Apparently, around 30 unmasked demonstrators chanting “take your freedom back” walked along Clapham High Street just after midday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A doctor who had his bike stolen from Kingston Hospital has been given the money to buy a new one.

Josh Wilcox had just finished a long shift when he found his wheels had been pinched.

But a team effort by the community has raised enough money to buy Josh a new bike with some left over to give to charity. 

£700 has been donated to Anstee Bridge which offers “alternative” learning for struggling youngsters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Richmond Council is urging smokers to make use of its free 'stop smoking service' as part of their New Year Resolutions.

The council estimates that there are over 20,000 smokers in the borough.

They are being are encouraged to “stub it out for good...due to a general increased risk of respiratory infections”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Rapid Covid-testing is being rolled out for key workers without symptoms in Kingston.

Special schools and secondary schools across the borough have started checking staff and students showing no sign of infection. 

Testing for primary school staff is expected to begin soon and other front-line Council workers will also be eligible.

The idea is to identify asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus, as one in three do not show symptoms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists he was happy with his team's performance in last night's FA Cup defeat to Wolves - despite not having a shot on target in the game.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side booked their place in the fourth round, with Adama Traore scoring the only goal in a 1-nil win at Molineux.

Despite going out of the cup, Hodgson was defensive of his side's attacking play.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

A schoolgirl whose friend’s death was the first to be blamed on London’s air pollution by a coroner has set up a campaign to tackle the issue in their neighbourhoods.

Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah died aged nine in 2013.

She had asthma and lived near the South Circular.

17-year-old Anjali Raman-Middleton set up Choked Up with three teenagers in August to lobby against the pollution that killed her friend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

Twickenham Stoop Stadium is to become a Covid-19 vaccination centre.

The Harlequins club bar, which has been rebranded as the Chris Robshaw Bar, will host vaccinations seven days a week outside of matchdays.

In the coming weeks, people will be invited to come forward for a vaccine either by a letter from their GP or the NHS.

The club has a history of supporting the NHS as it’s hosted blood plasma donations at the stadium throughout and before the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

One in 18 secondary school pupils, and one in 23 primary children in London have coronavirus according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It comes as headteachers have asked parents to keep their children at home if possible after some schools were swamped with pupils.

More children whose parents are key workers are attending school during this lockdown than in the first.

Teacher Tapp figures suggests 35% of primary schools in England had at least 20% of pupils in class.

In March, only 1% of primaries had 20% of pupils.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

A retired Surrey police sergeant has been found guilty of raping a woman twice including once when he was on duty.

Derek Seekings was told he would face jail for the two counts of rape between 1994 and 2000.

66-year-old Seekings from Hampshire served with Surrey Police until 2005. He has denied the offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Youngsters across Merton are being asked to become "Covid-19 Community Champions".

The council is looking for people aged 18 to 30 years-old to help respond to outbreaks in the borough.

One of the aims of the group is to challenge misinformation about the virus that's being spread in the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

The spread of covid in London is “out of control” according to the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The mayor has declared a “major incident” in the capital as the coronavirus infection rate has exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 people according to figures from Public Health England.

However, the Office for National Statistics has estimated one in 30 Londoners has coronavirus.

Major incidents have been previously called for the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, and the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Young care leavers in Sutton are saying it was “really special” to have Christmas dinner and presents given to them over the festive period.

The Christmas Day Dinner is in its third year, although this time a team of volunteers had to make deliveries to the young people.

This included the meal and gifts, but also hampers with treats and essential items.

Care leaver Katie says “it was the best!” and “it meant a lot to me”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

More than 1,800 arrests have been made in London during a five week crackdown on violence.

Each week had a different focus, including robbery hotspot areas and searching for high-harm offenders.

The West Area BCU, which covers Hounslow, Ealing and Hillingdon,  says 77 arrests have been made there.

98 items including drugs, knives and other offensive weapons were also confiscated by that force.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 8 January 2021

A man has been convicted of an armed robbery at the Lidl in Morden.

On the first of December, Jamie Ludlow entered the store and threatened a member of staff, but was pushed off and he ran off.

He later returned to the shop, but this time threatened staff with a knife and grabbed cash before escaping.

He’s pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery, and possession of a knife.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A number of services are being brought back “in-house” at Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

GMB members say they’ve been told that Mitie group has lost the “soft FM” contact.

This means service like cleaning, portering and catering will be done by hospital staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A woman with links to areas all over South-West London is wanted by police.

40-year-old Tamara Clifton is wanted in relation to a robbery in Chessington in December and breaching court bail.

She has ties to Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Merton and Richmond.

Police say they’ve carried out “extensive enquiries” to locate her.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

All vulnerable people Richmond can now apply for a Covid-19 test, even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms.

The rapid turnaround, lateral flow tests can give results in under an hour, without the need for laboratory processing.

Over the past few weeks, only residents in the wards with the highest rates of new cases were able to have a test.

Now, the Council is expanding the offer, particularly to essential workers, including those who work in supermarkets.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce feels it's "morally wrong" for football to continue as the number of positive coronavirus cases increases at clubs.

Aston Villa and Derby are fielding weakened teams in the FA Cup, while four Premier League games have been postponed this season due to Covid-19.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is among those in favour of carrying on.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says there's a difficult balancing act taking place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Three suspected drug dealers have been arrested in Surbiton

On Tuesday afternoon, police stopped a vehicle and smelt cannabis inside.

During a search, they found over £8,000 in cash and 2 vacuum sealed bags of drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:33 pm  

A man from Epsom has been jailed after selling drugs in Cardiff to pay off a drug debt

21-year-old Chauncey Taylor had secured a place at University, which he was unable to take due to the pandemic.

He was discovered at the flat in Wales with 97 wraps of heroin, and his home in Epsom had scales and empty bags.

He pleaded guilty, but said he was acting under duress due to his cannabis debt and threats made to him and his family.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

A number of services are being brought back “in-house” at Epsom and St Helier hospitals

GMB members say they’ve been told that Mitie group has lost the “soft FM” contact.

This means service like cleaning, portering and catering will be done by hospital staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

A man has been blinded after a corrosive substance attack in Thornton Heath

On the 7th of December, two men were walking on Thornton Road when they were approached by the suspect, a man they didn’t know.

One of them says that the same man turned up at his home in September and attacked him there.

The suspect is described as a white or Asian man in his 30s, who was wearing black clothing and a blue face mask.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

A picture has been released of a man connected to an attempted sexual assault in Tooting

On the 28th of August, a woman was walking home along Mitcham Road, and a man followed her into her block of flats.

He then tried to sexually assault her, but was disturbed by her flat mate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

Nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Surrey over the past week

Spelthorne has a rate of just over 950 per 100,000 people, and just over 950 cases.

Reigate and Banstead is posting the highest numbers, at over 1,200.

Waverley is showing 858 cases. In early December it was showing less than 100 consistently.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

A fraudster claiming to work for the NHS has injected a 92-year-old woman in Surbiton with a fake Covid-19 vaccine

Detectives from City of London Police are hunting the man who charged the victim £160.

The NHS has reiterated its message that you will be called up for your vaccine by your GP.

No vaccines will be offered in return for cash on doorsteps. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

The boss of Heathrow Airport says a plan to test arrivals into England and Scotland should only be temporary and will mean very few people will travel

Those coming from abroad will need to show a negative result from within 72 hours of departure and will still have to quarantine afterwards.

If they don't, they'll be fined £500.

John Holland-Kaye is the chief executive of the airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

A man has been charged after a violent robbery in Feltham

42-year-old Daniel Oldcorn from Southall is accused of grievous bodily harm and two counts of being in possession of a knife.

Police were called Wednesday morning to Hampton Road West.

A man in his 50s was found with a knife wound, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

The leader of Mole Valley Council is reminding people not to venture outside of their immediate area for exercise

It’s after pictures emerged on social media of people flocking to beauty attractions such as Box Hill.

Stephen Cooksey says “we must always remember our responsibilities to ourselves and each other and follow the rules.”

Surrey Police has also warned that the new mutation of Covid-19 is harder to contain.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

Fulham boss Scott Parker has urged footballers to take responsibility for their behaviour away from the training ground

A handful of players in the Premier League, including the club's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, were caught breaking coronavirus regulations over the festive period.

Parker says their actions are putting others at risk.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Secondary school children in Wandsworth can now have a Coronavirus test in the classroom

The council has distributed testing kits to 69 schools across the borough.

Schools remain open for children of essential workers.

It’s hoped primary schools and nurseries will be next to be offered the kits. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

A man who injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake coronavirus vaccine at her home in Surbiton is being hunted by police

The woman invited him into her home on the 30th of December after he said he was from the NHS.

She paid £160, which he said would be refunded.

Pictures have been released of the man when he returned to ask for another £100.

The woman has shown no ill effects and it’s unknown what she was injected with, if anything was injected at all. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Thursday 7 January 2021

A youth project group in Richmond has been awarded £100,000 for community projects by the National Lottery Community Fund.

oneRichmond was established by the Hampton Fund and the Richmond Parish Lands Charity.

The funding will be used to support charities and community groups the area.

They hope to deliver activities and services for vulnerable young people who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

The latest proposals for the redevelopment of Twickenham Riverside have launched.

The plans are the result of a collaboration between the public in a   design competition and  architects.

The scheme will deliver housing including affordable homes, offices, shops, with a café and restaurant and open spaces

Residents can register for an online Q&A event on the 23rd  of January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

It’s emerged Staines Custody Centre had to close for 12 days last month because of Coronavirus.

The move meant only two out of three custody suites in Surrey were open.

This resulted in staff having to travel further for work and to transport prisoners.

Surrey says the new strain of coronavirus has resulted in more of the forces' employees currently off sick.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for first responders to be prioritised to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

David Munro says police, ambulance drivers and firefighters put themselves at higher risk by interacting with the public.

They are also putting their loved ones in harms way because they are more liable to contract and transmit the virus. 

PCC David Munro said: “I must make it clear that I fully support prioritisation for the vulnerable based on clinical need and would not want anything to distract from that.

“This would mean that vital spaces in vaccination centres would not be taken up but that those on the frontline can get the protection they need.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Fire has broken out in Hammersmith.

Part of a flat on the fifth floor of an eight-storey block in Hammersmith Grove was damaged by the blaze earlier.

One woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews suffering with shock.

The LFB says the  smoke was very visible from the outside of the building and resulted in Control Officers taking 17 calls to the blaze.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A team of architects in Teddington are “gifting” designs for a new boutique cinema to the town.

AWK wants to bring the high street back to life and has drawn up plans for the old HSBC site.

A planning application for flats at the bank, which closed in 2017, was turned down last year.

AWK director Sam Kamleh says people are hugely supportive of their “Front Room” cinema idea; it just needs to be brought to life.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Fulham boss Scott Parker admits Aleksandar Mitrovic's coronavirus rule breach was "unacceptable".

The Serbian broke restrictions over the festive period when he was pictured with Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic on New Year's Eve.

Parker - who had to self-isolate over Christmas when a member of his family caught Covid-19 - says Mitrovic has been reminded of his responsibilities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

The TfL cycle hire scheme has seen a record number of new users this year.

Membership for the Santander cycles has risen 157%, with nearly 10.5m hires.

The team at homelessness charity St Mungo’s has been awarded a year for free, after being nominated by a person who slept rough at Heathrow for four years.

The charity supported him during lockdown and encouraged him to explore London on two wheels to boost his mood.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

The surgery visited by the health secretary to promote the launch of the coronavirus vaccine in England is among a number yet to receive supplies.

Matt Hancock's blamed manufacturers for the delay in getting jabs to hubs across the country.

The government's promised to inoculate more than 13 million people in the top four priority groups by mid-February.

But GP Dr Rosemary Leonard who works in south London says they need to solve distribution issues first.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

A councillor for Hounslow has died.

Poonam Dhillon passed away after a short illness.

She served Cranford between 2006 and 2014, and was appointed deputy mayor between 2010 and 2011.

Council Leader Steve Curran says “I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Councillor Dhillon’s family and friends, and fellow councillors”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Fewer people are following the stay-at-home rules now than in the first lockdown due to the Government’s mixed messaging.

Figures from Transport for London show 200,000 Tube journeys were taken yesterday morning, representing 18% of pre-pandemic demand.

In the first lockdown, that figure fell as low as 10%.

Scientists believe that because this lockdown is less stringent, people are more encouraged to leave their homes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The introduction of twice weekly coronavirus testing throughout the English Football League is being welcomed by bosses of lower division clubs

The newly announced screening programme for all 72 clubs begins on Monday.

League Two team Morecambe have had their last two games called off due to Covid-19 issues.

As they prepare to face Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend, co-chairman Rod Taylor says the news is reassuring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Children in Wandsworth who need it will receive free laptops and internet dongles so they can continue online lessons.

Those eligible for free school meals will also receive food vouchers.

More than 2,000 children are to receive the devices from the council.

Since the pandemic began, until April, the council is set to have shouldered an extra £43m in costs, with a £19m loss of income.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

186 people have been arrested in Surrey during a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving

It ran across December to the first of January.

Anyone who’s convicted will be named, with Chief Inspector Michael Hodder saying he hopes this will serve as an “extra deterrent”.

He adds that even a small amount of substance can impair your judgment and seriously increase the risk of killing yourself or others

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Over 1,000 messages have been sent to patients in Kingston Hospital by their loved ones

It launched in May to allow relatives and close friends to send their support, as visiting in person is restricted.

One person says it’s a “great idea” and is thanking the hospital for “going the extra mile to help us get in touch with each other safely”.

Relatives and close friends can send an email to [email protected]  before 12pm for their message to be delivered direct to their loved one at Kingston Hospital on the same day. Messages received after 12pm will be delivered the following day.

For messages to be passed on to a patient, the following information needs to be included with the message:

The patient’s full name

Relationship to the patient

Either the patient’s date of birth or the first line of their address

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The National Lottery is still hunting for a missing winner from Sutton

The person in question has won £10,000 a month for one year, but doesn’t appear to know it.

Patrick Lisoire is from Camelot.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Several schools in Surrey have been scammed by so called “subscription traps.”

Surrey Trading Standards has issued a warning after the schools lost out on hundreds of pounds each. 

Subscription traps take place when you sign up online or on the phone for ‘free’ trials of products or services.

Once the trial period is over you discover you have actually signed up to a subscription and are locked into costly repeat payments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

“Covid denier” and anti-vax posters are popping up across Richmond

It’s led Council Leader Gareth Roberts to slam, in his words, the “irresponsible idiots” who are spreading false information.

He says  “I have noticed an increasing toxicity, particularly on social media about Coronavirus. Now we have posters in our parks.”

The authority is removing all the posters when they are reported.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Wednesday 6 January 2021

There are calls to extend the furlough scheme and widen the scope of other support measures.

Richmond Park Lib Dem MP Sarah Olney is writing to the chancellor, saying the £4.6bn promised yesterday “will not go far enough”.

She says a “comprehensive plan” is needed and those excluded from financial support “need help now”.

Yesterday, Rishi Sunak set out support for businesses affected by the pandemic, with up to £9,000 available per property.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

Schools can now apply to some internet providers to request data increases for those without broadband and can’t afford more.

A letter calling for it was co-signed by Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh, who’s also campaigning for devices for children.

She says she had a call yesterday from a senior high school teacher asking if she could get mobiles with data for two pupils.

The Department for Education says over a million devices have been purchased and that education is a “national priority”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

The Mayor of Sutton is urging us to give blood.

Trish Fivey paid a visit to the Tooting Blood Donor Centre to donate her own blood this week. 

There’s currently a shortage of donors across London.

Men can give blood every 12 weeks whereas women have to wait 16 weeks to protect their iron levels.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Epsom Downs Racecourse has been confirmed as a mass vaccination centre opening next week

The locations of seven mass vaccination centres that will open next week have been revealed by the government.

They are: Robertson House in Stevenage; the ExCel Centre in London; the Centre for Life in Newcastle; the Etihad Tennis Centre in Manchester; Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey; Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol and Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Boris Johnson's spokesman said he expected the Covid-19 vaccination centres to be run by a combination of NHS staff and volunteers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

The locations of seven mass vaccination centres have been revealed.

Downing Street says hubs in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Hertfordshire are due to open next week.

Epsom Downs Racecourse is to be one of them. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

A car collided with a barrier on the A4 in Hounslow in the early hours of this morning.

The air ambulance, ambulance service and fire brigade attended the scene just before 6.00am.

A male passenger was taken to hospital with a non life-threatening leg injury.

Police are trying to trace the driver who left the scene before officers arrived. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Tributes are being paid to Albert Roux who has died at the age of 85.

The French chef, who was famous for opening Le Gavroche with his late brother Michel Roux, had been unwell for some time.

Le Gavroche became the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star.

Roux was also Chef ambassador of The Clink charity Restaurant Group.

The Clink runs restaurants at prisons including Highdown in Sutton in order to give prisoners the chance to train as chefs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

A new leisure centre in Staines is one step closer to reality.

 A new leisure centre in Staines is one step closer to reality.Spelthorne Council have submitted a formal planning application.

It will include a 25-meter, eight lane swimming pool, and a six court sport hall, and a 200-station fitness suite.

It will also be the first in the UK designed and built to ultra-low energy standards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The RNLI says it will continue to work side by side with the emergency services during the current lockdown.

Tower and Chiswick remain the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK. 

Crews were called to a number of incidents over Christmas and the new year.

For Chiswick, these included a search for a person in the water at Strand on the Green and a hunt for a missing child at Richmond Lock. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey Police say that by the time an officer has to issue a coronavirus fine, it’s already too late.

 Chief Constable Gavin Stephens says the financial element shouldn’t be the motivating factor.

He’s asking people to “strictly follow the rules” to protect all public services.

He admitted that measures such as Perspex screens and increased cleaning aren’t as effective against the new, highly transmissible variant of the disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is urging prospective pet owners to do their research

It’s after one of the charity’s newest residents, D’Artagnan, was brought to the centre because his owners thought he was feral.

The kitten was purchased “on a whim” in a supermarket car park at just six weeks old. 

Battersea says his behaviour was down to the fact he was a youngster and people need to understand what they’re taking on. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

People in London are being told they're likely to see more fines for those going to large illegal gatherings or for anyone who doesn't wear a mask, without good reason.

The Metropolitan Police says it's refreshed instructions to officers to issue penalties more quickly.

They'll also be asking more questions as to why people are out and about, during this third national lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise across all of Surrey’s 11 boroughs.

Today’s data for the last seven days shows Reigate and Banstead has had 1,227 confirmed cases.

Elmbridge is also showing over 1,000 cases, at 1,053.

The county has a rate of transmission of 738, around 50 higher than the South-East and 150 higher than England.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Brentford have missed the chance to reach the League Cup final, losing 2-nil at Tottenham last night

They had an equaliser ruled out by VAR when they were 1-nil down.

Manager Thomas Frank says they deserved more from the game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Police are investigating after a woman was seen calling to dogs in Chertsey Meads

Dog thefts are on the rise in areas including Sutton, as more people buy animals due to lockdown.

Yesterday afternoon, a woman in a blue Skoda estate, or a similar car, was seen trying to get the attention of dogs.

We’re being encouraged to make sure our pets have collars, to train them not to go out of sight during walks, and to pre-prepare photos for missing posters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Covid-19 cases are up in all of Surrey’s 11 boroughs

The latest 7 day figures released by Surrey County Council show Reigate and Banstead has seen the biggest surge with 1,079.

Elmbridge is next at 962 followed by Spelthorne at 828.

Mole Valley currently fares the best with 422 cases reported over the last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 5 January 2021

The entire ground floor and part of the first floor of a house in Thornton Heath has been destroyed by fire.

Crews were called Sunday evening to Headcorn Place.

A woman left the property before the brigade arrived and was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The cause is under investigation by both the fire service and the police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 pm  

A recently retired council officer who worked to improve the lives of unpaid carers in Surrey has been given an OBE.

John Bangs left the council in September after 26 years.

He was noted for listening to the views of carers and putting their voices at the heart of services, and supporting young carers.

He says he’s “pleased and flattered” and he’s “confident” his successors will take his work forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm  

A lorry driver has been given a suspended sentence after driving while disqualified and without insurance in Richmond.

He was found driving the 18 tonne skip lorry in mid-September, and ran off on foot when he was approached by police.

He was later caught in Twickenham.

The vehicle had three defective tyres, and the speed and distance monitor was found to be defective.

He’s been given a 28 day sentence, suspended for a year, and disqualified for five years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 pm  

Coronavirus cases in Spelthorne are causing “a great deal of concern” for the Council.

The rate per 100,000 people for the last seven days has risen sharply and is now over 800, or more than one in 150 residents.

 This rate is one of the highest in Surrey and is higher than a number of London boroughs.

 Leader of the council, John Boughtflower, says it’s is putting a great amount of pressure on hospitals in the area.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A violinist who set out to raise hundreds of pounds for a church on Kew Green has raised around £8,000.

Anete Graudina wanted to help St Anne’s upgrade its piano, which had seen better days. 

She raised the money through a series of recitals using her trusty violin, which will itself, go down in history. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Brentford play in their first ever League Cup semi-final tonight at 7.45pm

The Championship promotion contenders head to Tottenham with Jose Mourinho saying its their biggest game of the season.

The Bees have already knocked out four Premier League sides in this season's competition.

Former striker Marcus Gayle thinks it will be undoubtedly the toughest tie of the lot.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Cyclists are being reminded to stick to the 20mph speed limit in Richmond Park.

 Lucy Mayer has this report

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Network Rail has launched an investigation into the cause of a wall collapse at a construction site just outside of Clapham Junction.

There were no injuries during the incident on Christmas Day but some train services continue to be disrupted.

Around 70 metres of handrail connected to a wall came away leading to its collapse. 

Network Rail says a thorough survey is being undertaken. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

There are calls for teachers to be vaccinated as a priority, to get kids back to school

Surrey County Council says it would allow for “uninterrupted” teaching.

They say they’re aware the situation is “changeable” and “volatile” and are working to support the area’s schools.

Surrey’s schools were open yesterday for one day, before the national lockdown was called.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

A senior member of the Police Federation has been found to have sent large numbers of lewd and anti-Semitic texts to a person he was representing

The Leatherhead-based organisation offers legal help to officers and acts like a trade union.

Former Detective Sergeant Redgewell was a police officer, and was also the Deputy General Secretary and Treasurer of the Federation.

He was representing a vulnerable individual, and sent offensive messages to them over the course of two years.

He resigned during the misconduct investigation, but a hearing has found that if he were still in service, he would be dismissed without notice. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A number of ex-pats claim they were stopped from boarding flights between Heathrow and Madrid at the weekend

Jackie’s Thomas McIlroy reports from Spain, having just returned there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Joe Wicks says exercise is "essential" rather than optional.

The bodycoach who took a Sports Science degree at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.

He raised more than half a million pounds for the NHS last year, is starting his virtual P.E classes once again.

He's urging everyone - not just school children - to make sure they get moving, for their mental health as well as their physical well-being.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

There's a warning enforcing England's third coronavirus lockdown will put a lot of pressure on police officers, who are already operating on reduced numbers

The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents those on the frontline in London, says 1,300 are off sick or self-isolating.

Ken Marsh wants police to be put onto a priority list for the Covid-19 vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Epsom and Ewell Council says it’s seen a rise in reports of tenants being threatened with eviction by private landlords

The authority is reminding those who rent out properties that the government has extended the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

This means landlords aren’t able to start possession proceedings in most circumstances unless they’ve given tenants six months’ notice.

Harassment and illegal eviction is a criminal offence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 am  

Boris Johnson has imposed the toughest national coronavirus lockdown in England since March, with schools shut to most pupils from today

The Prime Minister's warning we can expect the measures to last until mid-February to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed by surging infections.

The London Councils says “more resources will be needed to deliver vital local services and support businesses struggling to survive”.

We're being told to stay at home except for things like food shopping, work and exercise.

These people in Tooting explain how they feel about the new restrictions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Kingston Hospital has had to stop its homebirth service due to pressures from the pandemic.

The Ambulance service is dealing with “unprecedented” demand, and cannot guarantee a timely response if there’s an emergency.

Women booked for a home birth will be contacted, and will continue to receive antenatal and postnatal care form their midwives.

Kingston says they will resume it as soon as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 4 January 2021

Richmond Council is urging the Government to maintain the Universal Credit uplift that was introduced last March.

Councillors say it’s needed to help nearly 11,000 residents pay for everyday essentials such as food and utilities. 

Robin Brown, Finance and Resources Lead Member for Richmond Council, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

He’s asking for the £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit basic rate to become permanent.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man has appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court.

45-year-old Dennis Pettard was found causing a disturbance at a residential address in Southwark on Saturday.

He was later charged with several offences.

These included racially aggravated and harassing behaviour causing alarm and distress, threatening to kill and making bomb hoax threats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Prime Minister is about to address the nation - to outline new coronavirus restrictions in England.

It's in response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases as another record number of positive tests have been announced today.

These people in Tooting mostly support tougher measures.

In Scotland, a new national lockdown starts at midnight tonight with people being told to stay at home.

Schools are shut until February.

Classrooms in Wales will also be closed for at least two weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes the guidelines around football matches being postponed because of coronavirus need to be clearer.

Their Championship game against Bristol City on Saturday was called off due to some members of their opponent's squad showing symptoms, but none were tested for Covid-19.

Frank fears the increasing number of suspended fixtures will lead to the season having to be extended.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

There are calls for the government to help underprivileged children with remote learning.

Mitcham and Morden Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh says the number of devices pledged by the government “falls far short” of what’s required.

She’s also calling for more help with internet connections.

A Department for Education Spokesperson says they’ve scaled up their devices scheme and their tutoring offer.

They’ve also purchased more than one million laptops and tablets.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

“As the Prime Minister has said, children’s education has consistently been a national priority, which is why we want classrooms to reopen wherever possible in the new term. It is also vital that where public health advice means they can’t be, we have measures in place to prevent them from falling behind. 

 “We have scaled up our devices scheme, alongside our tutoring offer to reach as many children and young people as possible. More than one million laptops and tablets have been purchased for disadvantaged young people through this pandemic, supporting schools and students to ensure remote education is as strong as it can be.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Labour MP for Tooting has apologised after publicising claims that the Vaccine Minister had got himself and his family the jab in Wandsworth.

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan tweeted at him asking if it was true, saying “there are millions of vulnerable people waiting patiently in the queue”.

She’s since deleted the tweet, and Nadhim Zahawi says the accusation was not true.

He says “It is sad you chose to act like this, we all need to work together to beat this awful disease”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The former Chief Superintendent of Police in South-West London has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Sally Benatar received the Queen’s Police Medal for her work with the South-West BCU.

She says she couldn’t have done her job without the “leadership and support” of her deputy and executive team.

She adds that she’s feeling “happy and proud” to receive the recognition for doing the job she loved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

There are calls for the government to maintain the increase to Universal Credit brought in at the start of the pandemic.

Lib-Dem run Richmond Council is writing to the Chancellor, saying the extra £20 a week should be made permanent.

It’s co-signed by the Lib Dem MPs for the Twickenham and Richmond Park.

The letter says “people will struggle to cope” if the increase is stopped, and the previous level “was simply not enough”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A student from Brazil has been charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine into Heathrow on Christmas Eve.

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro allegedly swallowed around 100 packages containing cocaine before boarding a flight from São Paulo.

The 30-year-old was detained by Border Force officers at Heathrow Terminal 4.

He appeared in court on Boxing Day charged with attempting to import class A drugs and will be sentenced on the 28th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Frank Lampard will be given time to get things right

The Stamford Bridge boss is under some pressure, with the team picking up just one win from their last six Premier League games.

Owner Roman Abramovich has gone through a number of managers since buying the club in 2003.

But Bosnich says he expects the Russian to be patient with Lampard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Croydon Hospital is denying that its empty, saying its “extremely busy”.

It’s after a video was circulated showing the foyer and corridors empty.

The hospital says it provides care in its wards and other clinical areas, not corridors or waiting rooms.

It adds that its treating more than 210 COVID-19 patients as well as urgent and emergency care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A coroner in Malaysia has ruled the death of a teenager from Balham was not murder and there were no suspicious circumstances

That's despite the parents of Nora Quoirin believing she was kidnapped during a family holiday in August 2019.

The body of the 15-year-old, who had learning difficulties, was found 10 days later in jungle near the resort they were staying.

The coroner's ruled her death was misadventure - believing no one else was involved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has challenged his players to respond to what he calls a "period of pain" after a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City

They've won just one of their last six Premier League games but are only three points outside the top four.

Lampard says his own experience has shown it is possible to bounce back.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

A man is in hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Purley

Police have just released details of the incident on the morning of New Year’s Day at Plough Lane.

The 50-year-old was taken to hospital, but the driver fled the scene.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bale says they’re “confident” they know the identity of the driver, and are urging them to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy says the rising cases show a “total policy failure” and “nothing short of a full lockdown” will bring it down.

The number of new coronavirus cases in the UK has hit another record high - of 58-thousand-784.

There have been 384-thousand positive tests in the past 7 days - up 50 percent on the previous week.

407 more deaths of people with Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Schools in London are remaining shut this morning, as most of the rest of the country prepares to return

Parents are being urged to send their primary-age children back to the schools which are reopening.

The Prime Minister said there was "no doubt" classrooms were safe, and education has to be a "priority".

Kingston was one of the councils protesting the move to reopen, and says it’s caused a “great deal of worry” for those involved.

Surrey County Council says their Primary schools will be reopening, but they will monitor the situation closely and provide support to their schools if the local position changes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Sunday 3 January 2021

Croydon Central, Streatham, Battersea and Wimbledon are some of the London boroughs that do not have vaccination hubs.

According to analysis by The Times newspaper, one in four people in England live in an area with no vaccination centre.

London was identified as having the fewest number of vaccination centres per person.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

New Years Eve was a busy night for Hammersmith Safer Transport Team.

Officers managed to find a wanted male after a vehicle stop.

A second vehicle stop resulted in the driver running off and being caught.

He was arrested after twelve bags of suspected cocaine and a large amount of cash was found in his car.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea have lost their Premier League match against Man City.

Man City scored three goals in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

At full time the score was 3-1. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:29 pm  

A £10,000 fine has been issued following discovery of a large gathering in Kingswood.

On the 2nd January, officers were on patrol when they noticed a large number of cars going into an address in Stubbs Lane. 

An occupant at the address claimed that they were filming a video shoot for a wedding party promotion.

More than 30 vehicles were parked at the address with one car attempting to make off upon police arrival. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Chelsea gave begun their Premier League game against Manchester City.

Earlier today Man City’s Eric Garcia was the sixth player of the squad to test positive for Covid-19.

As there were no further cases in the latest testing, the game at Stamford Bridge went ahead.

It's not looking good for Chelsea. 

The score is currently 3-0 to Man City.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says fans and critics need to be more patient.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says fans and critics need to be more patient with German summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

The big money signings are yet to live up to their promise - but could be involved in today's Premier League game with Manchester City.

Lampard says he's confident the pair will improve.

The match kicks off at 4.30.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

There is a new vision for the High Street in Teddington that’s part of a Social Initiative Project.

The Front Room is a idea by design company Architecture WK for an electric style cinema on the site of HSBC that closed in 2017.

The auditorium will be based on comfort and space. A bar service will be offered for interval drinks or a table service 

A flexible stage area will be built that can be extended for events or reduced for additional cinema seating 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he's reconsidering his plan to retire from management early.

 After having their last Premier League match postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club, his side are at Chelsea this afternoon.

Guardiola's spoken before about leaving the touchline with enough time to work on other things.

He turns 50 this month - and wants to keep going.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man has died after being hit by a car in Earls Court in the early hours of New Year Day

The collision occurred on Warwick Road near the underground station. The driver of the car failed to stop.

49-year-old Paul Campbell was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.

Two men both aged 23 have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene.

Police are asking for any witnesses to call 101

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Kingston police are reminding residents to register their bikes after one was stolen earlier this week.

On Monday the 28th December, a bike was stolen from York Court, Albany Park Road between 6:00 and 10:30 in the morning.

They are asking residents to contact them if they see anything suspicious.

You can register your bike at and read more about cycle theft prevention there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says Eberechi Eze's brilliant goal in a 2-nil Premier League win over Sheffield United was no surprise to him.

The former QPR player picked up the ball inside his own half before going on a solo run to score.

Hodgson says it was a special moment.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

The Teddington based creator of one of the most watched dramas of the decade has been awarded an OBE this year.

 Jed Mercurio was responsible for the Bodyguard and Line of Duty and also wrote the Grimleys and Critical Cardiac Arrest 

He was inspired in his film career by his earlier work as a hospital doctor and an officer in the RAF.

He has also been a big supporter in the campaign to save the Landmark Art Centre during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A man has been arrested after attempting to steal cars in Whitton.

Police were called after a resident noticed a suspect breaking into cars in the early hours of news year’s day.

A male who matched the description was ID’d, arrested and taken into custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

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