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Saturday 30 January 2021

Police are hunting for two men after a burglary in New Malden.

The men gained entry to the rear of a property on South Lane at approximately 4:40pm yesterday. 

The suspects are described as two white males all dressed in black clothing and masks.

The family were still in the house at the time of the burglary, resulting in the suspects fleeing.

There are no reports of any injures and the family are safe and well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 pm  

A man and a woman have both been issued fines in Feltham after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.

They were both issued £200 covid tickets each last night after they fancied a "nice long drive" to one of their favorite fast-food places. 

It was discovered the restaurant was 20 miles way from where they live.

Police are reminding people that trips like this are not essential.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 pm  

Police are looking for the owner of a dog after an incident in Merton.


It’s reported that the dog picked up a smaller dog and attacked it in Lavender Park.

It is described as a large Mastiff or Pitbull which was off it’s lead.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 pm  

Richmond Council is on tree-planting-track.

More than 500 will have been planted across the borough by the end of the season at the end of March.

This is the highest number of trees to be planted in a single planting season for over 10 years.

The council started the mas plant in response to the climate change emergency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man from Hammersmith has been arrested for using a EncroChat device to commit crimes.

34 year old Kehinde Mensah was charged on yesterday with possession and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property.

He appeared in court yesterday.

A 33 year old woman was also arrested on Thursday but was released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A Holocaust memorial exhibition will stay in place in Richmond for the next fortnight.

Holocaust Memorial Day took place internationally last Wednesday.

Amongst the artifacts on display is the picture-story of Rolf Metzger who fled to Twickenham to escape Nazi persecution as a 10 year old.

The posters, banners and other exhibits are being displayed at numerous locations across the borough, including in parks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

How can we expect communities to work together when people don’t feel connected to London?

That’s the view of Mayoral Candidate Farah London.

The Independent from Croydon is hoping to beat Sadiq Khan to the top spot when Londoners go to the polls, a year late, on May the 6th.Farah tells us her main aim is to unite communities within the capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A restaurant in Chiswick has breached coronavirus lockdown rules.

The owner of the restaurant in Chiswick High Road has been reported for consideration of a £10,000 fine.

It’s after a group of more than 30 people were discovered at a party inside the premises on Friday night.

A total of 15 people have also been issued with fixed penalty notices
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed his squad to arrest their slump in form.

They host Wolves in the Premier League this afternoon, having only won one of their last 10 games in all competitions.

Both sides are level on points in the table.

Hodgson is confident his side can get back to winning ways soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Fulham manager Scott Parker insists this afternoon's match against relegation rivals West Brom will not define their Premier League season.

They go into the game five points from safety, with Albion two points behind them.

Parker says it's desirable, rather than crucial, that they get a victory.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A student from Brazil who tried to smuggle cocaine worth around £80,000 into Heathrow the day before Christmas has been jailed.

30 year old Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro was questioned by investigators following his interception. 

An x-ray indicated that he had swallowed around 100 packages containing cocaine before boarding a flight from São Paulo. 

He was charged with attempting to import class A drugs, entered a guilty plea in court and has been jailed for four years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A restaurant near Richmond Park is praising its staff and patrons for their continued support after it received a coveted Michelin Star.

It’s the second successive year The Dysart Petersham has received the accolade.

MD Barny Taylor says it’s such an achievement in what has been a truly awful year for the hospitality industry. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

One of London’s biggest cycling events has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

The 100-mile RideLondon event which was scheduled to take place in May will now take place virtually.

The Mayor’s office recognised it was a “responsible decision” despite being “disappointed”.

Surrey County Council withdrew its support from the festival after it was first cancelled in 2020 to focus on “smaller community led” cycling events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are losing their joint chief executive.

Paul Martin is leaving after a decade in the role.

He was due to stand down last autumn but the Coronavirus pandemic meant his departure was delayed.

He will now be leaving in March to take up a position a Interim Chief Executive of the Government of Jersey. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in London.

Over half of the capital’s 32 borough are now seeing seven-day infection rates below 400 per 100,000 people.

The Public Health England figures show large falls in cases in Ealing and Hounslow, which have recently had the highest infection rates in the capital.

Meanwhile five boroughs including Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Richmond upon Thames have rates of below 300 per 100,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

Despite their position in the Premier League, Fulham boss Scott Parker insists this afternoon's game against West Brom isn't a must win.

They're five points from safety with their opponents one of the two sides below them in the table.

Parker says getting a positive result is important but not make or break.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Fishponds Playing Fields in Tooting are being opened up to the public.

The vast green space is only usually allowed to be used by sports clubs who have pre-booked it.

But Wandsworth councillors have decided to open it for certain hours to allow people to get their daily lockdown exercise.

Dogs and cyclists won't be able to use the area though. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Teddington's Landmark Arts Centre has received a "lifeline" financial boost from the Government.

The £7,000 is coming from the Cultural Recovery Fund and will help fund urgent repairs.

One of the most pressing issues facing the listed building is the drainage, as well as a number of leaks.

Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites across the country to cover urgently needed repairs and maintenance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Chelsea defender Reece James has highlighted racial abuse he received on social media insisting “something needs to change”.

James put an Instagram story on Friday night showing the racist comments he was sent privately on the platform.

He then later tweeted, “No room for racism”.

Chelsea has since released a statement saying they're "disgusted" with the messages the 21-year-old received, and echoed his call for change.

It comes just days after Manchester United pair Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, and West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers were racially abused online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Friday 29 January 2021

Chiswick RNLI was on call this afternoon.

The team was called to Isleworth to reports up to 10 elderly people were waist deep in water.

It's believed the call was made at 5 o'clock.

Chiswick is the second busiest lifeboat station in the country behind Tower.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A new programme has launched in Richmond to try and help children break free from the cycle of crime

 Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

A 21 year old man has been jailed for 10 years for a number of sexual offences against a teenage girl in Cobham

Alex Cadwell was also handed a five year extension period and an indefinite notification period on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

He was found guilty of 22 sexual offences against his 13 year old victim. 

He was arrested in August 2019 following a report to police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Train passengers travelling between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central have a long night ahead of them

Flooding has caused mass disruption and a suspension of the service with delays expected until 9pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

More photos have emerged of people getting too close to the deer in Richmond Park

Posted on Instagram, the latest images showing two cyclists hand feeding a stag, have been re-posted by Royal Parks.

The management team is constantly asking people to stay at least 50 metres, or three London bus lengths, away from the wild animals. 

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney says Covid has had a negative impact on the situation:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is “likely” to have played a role in a plane crash in Australia on New Year’s Eve 2017

Businessman Richard Cousins and his family, who lived in Tooting, died when their small plane went down during a sightseeing tour.

The authorities have just released their final report, which points to “pre-existing cracks” in part of the engine, which released exhaust fumes.

It’s believed this “significantly degraded” the ability of the pilot to safely operate the aircraft.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

A fifth man has been charged in connected with the killing of a man in Battersea on Christmas Eve 2019

22-year-old Bawer Karear, a Swedish national, has been extradited and charged with murder.

Four others are due to appear at the Old Bailey in mid-March.

36-year-old Flamur Beqiri was killed on his doorstep at the end of 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A cat with over 7,000 followers on Facebook has gone missing, and the community around Berrylands is searching for him

An 18-person search party and a crowdfunded £250 reward have been put together to search for Baloo, who disappeared from Lower Marsh Lane a week ago.

That includes from 12-year-old Amelia, who sent her pocket money, and Sally Harrison, who says he’s “provided many a smile during these dark days”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Hear from independent candidate for the Mayor of London, Farah London, as she says why she's the right person for the capital

 Elections for the Mayor of London are due to go ahead, despite the pandemic, on May the 6th.

While some are calling for another postponement, others are angry that Sadiq Khan has completed another year in the role by default.

One of the people fighting for the top job is Independent candidate Farah London.

The businesswoman from Croydon tells Jackie News why she’s the right person for the capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

The number of bridges unable to carry the heaviest vehicles on our roads is increasing

Over 3,000 council-owned structures in Britain were deemed "substandard" as of October, according to the RAC Foundation.

Hammersmith Bridge has been closed to motorists since last August.

Further afield, the partial closure of the Clifton Bridge over the River Trent caused traffic chaos in Nottingham last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A bill which aims to put an end to “no pets” clauses in rental contracts is scheduled to have its second reading in Parliament today

Battersea Dogs and Cats home is one of a number of animal welfare charities supporting the campaign dubbed “Jasmine’s Law.”

The “Pet in every Home” campaign means responsible pet owners who live in rented accommodation will not have to give up their pets. 

Landlords will have the security that pets will be vaccinated and microchipped and suitable for the specific type of accommodation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Thursday 28 January 2021

Universities are going to help businesses across South-West London.

Six institutions, including Kingston and Roehampton Universities, are to offer services to start-up founders, businesses and not-for-profits.

It’s a scheme from Richmond Council, and leader Gareth Roberts says there’s a “wealth” of knowledge to be tapped into.

The first phase of activity includes a chance to win a £5,000 grant to work with one of the universities on a project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A new Covid Testing Centre is opening at the Croydon Sports Arena car park to boost capacity.

Building started today, and during this time, Belmont Road will be temporarily closed to allow entry to construction vehicles.

It will be fully operational from Saturday.

It will provide extra testing capacity alongside the centres in Central Parade in New Addington and Beddington Lane

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The MP for Richmond Park is expressing her disapproval at the UK exporting its unsorted plastic waste.

It’s going abroad to underdeveloped countries who have consented to receive it.

Lib Dem Sarah Olney feels the UK take responsibility and should put a ban on contaminated waste ending up in poor countries.

According to report in the Guardian, the UK is the second largest producer of plastic waste in the world.

During PMQs yesterday, the Prime Minister said the Government was committed to banning the export of plastic waste around the world as detailed in the Conservative manifesto.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea Woman have set a new record for the Women’s Super League

They’ve gone 37 games unbeaten, following their 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

The previous record was set by Manchester City between 2015 and 2017.

The record for the Men’s Premier League is 49, set by Arsenal between 2003 and 2004.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A third of police officers in England and Wales have had someone claiming to have Covid-19 threaten to cough or breathe on them

A survey by the Leatherhead-based  Police Federation of England and Wales also found 21% have been spat at.

On Tuesday it was announced five officers at the Met Police had died with coronavirus in the past two weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police have released CCTV pictures in connection with a suspected upskirting at South Wimbledon station

On the 25th of November, a woman was travelling up the escalator when she felt something on her legs.

She turned around to find a man very close to her put something in his pocket.

The pictures show a man with his hood up in a shop and on the escalator.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

COVID-19 cases are down in all of Surrey’s boroughs

Spelthorne once again has the highest rate in the county, with 453 per 100,000.

The rate has also fallen below both the South-East, at 340 in Surrey and 354 across the region.

However, the numbers are still high, with the lowest, Waverley, still having a rate of 230 per 100,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Children in Richmond and Kingston are some of the country’s most enthusiastic readers.

That’s according to figures on library lending released by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Richmond and Kingston are the top two councils in London when it comes to children’s library book lending.

There were 2,390 fiction loans in Richmond in 2019 and 2020 and nearly 2,300 in Kingston.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

A 52 year old police officer based at Staines has died from Covid-19.

Surrey Police has announced the death of Sean Amey who passed away in hospital on Sunday.

Mr Amey had been a detention officer with the force for 20 years after serving in the navy in the early part of his career.

Surrey Police says “at this sad time, our thoughts are with his wife, Dawn and his sons Callum and Euan.”

From Staines custody team B to detention officer Sean Amey:

The names Mr Custody and - with your naval history - Uncle Albert have been used to describe you. I can think of no greater accolade to give you as it fits your persona so well.

You were a larger than life character, always ready with a story to tell (whether we wanted to hear it or not) and a love for Greggs Bakery that could only be rivalled by your love for Dawn and your boys. As a mentor you helped mould many a custody sergeant and detention officer alike during your service, and supported many colleagues through stressful times in your role as a Unison rep. Colleagues and ‘customers’ alike knew you and warmed to you, due to your unflappable and approachable manner. An example that many of us will continue to follow.

In the wake of the tragic news of your passing Terry, Chloe, Sarah, Jo, Stella, Marc, Hassan, Lucy and I are leading by your example and are extending our support to Dawn, Callum and Euan as we know you would do to any one of our families. This was a heart-warming trait that you demonstrated daily, extending compassion, a listening ear and your thoughts with anyone who needed them.

Sean, while the team are lost for words, I know that this is something that you would find funny as you very rarely were! While the corridors of custody will remain busy, they will be forevermore a quieter place to walk without your voice and presence.

Rest in Peace our dear friend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Rita Ora's been described as "selfish" for flouting lockdown rules by a lawyer representing police

Details of the popstar's 30th birthday party have been outlined at a Kensington and Chelsea Council hearing.

It’ll decide whether the restaurant in the Notting Hill area of the borough where the event was held should lose its licence.

The singer apologised after news of the celebration emerged late last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

A serving detective for Sutton and Croydon has pleaded guilty to child sex offences

57-year-old Detective Constable Mark Collins was on duty during some of the acts.

He admitted six counts of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, and appears to have succeeded with one.

He’s been suspended, but has yet to be sentenced.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Thames Water is flushing through their pipes, after dirty water came out of taps across Merton, Wandsworth and Croydon

It says that it was caused by maintenance work it was carrying out, which disturbed iron sediments within the pipes.

It adds that drinking the water would be harmless and it’s odourless, but it “wouldn’t expect people to drink it”.

It’s apologising and thanking people for their patience.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey says he’s “disappointed” the county hasn’t received money to tackle serious violence

Only 18 out of 40 police forces received the funding, including all of Surrey’s neighbours.

The PCC is currently consulting on raising taxes by the maximum amount to provide for the police force.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said:

“We are making our communities safer by recruiting 20,000 extra police officers and Surrey Police will receive up to £262.1million funding in 2021/22 – an increase of up to £12.7million on the previous year.

“The Serious Violence Fund is part of a targeted approach aimed at addressing the drivers of serious violence at a local level in areas and communities identified as the most affected by serious violence. 

It is only one strand of our multi-faceted national programme, which also includes the surrender scheme to take dangerous weapons off the streets, the planned introduction of new Serious Violence Reduction Orders and the 10-year Youth Endowment Fund which delivers programmes to protect young people from involvement in violence.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Thomas Tuchel says he's looking forward to the challenge of turning Chelsea into trophy winners again

His first game in charge of the Premier League club ended in a goalless draw against Wolves, meaning they're five points adrift of the top four.

Tuchel admits there's work to be done to get them back to where they want to be in the table.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Epsom Hospital children’s ward is trying to raise £8,000 to take its children on a magic carpet ride

A mobile projector, motion sensor, and an interactive mat will allow young patients to be transported anywhere virtually.

The children will be able to interact with graphics allowing physical activity like dancing alongside mental and sensory stimulation.

The aim is to allow them to experience “a whole new world.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Empty shops in Richmond have been transformed thanks to an alliance of 300 businesses in the town centre

BeRichmond has funded the application of stylish graphic artwork showcasing the history, architectural and natural heritage of the area.

They will be themed around history, culture, nature and poetry.

The colourful boost to the town centre is being welcomed by businesses and residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

A 51-year-old man from Croydon has been arrested for possession of firearms and taken into custody

Officers from the Specialist Crime Command executed a firearms search warrant at an address on Norbury Avenue.

Two firearms and 38 bullets were recovered.

The Met has reassured the public that they will continue to pursue anyone involved in firearms offences during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 27 January 2021

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison, after killing a man he met on a social networking app.

The investigation was launched in June 2019, when Adrian Murphy was found dead at an address in Battersea where he had been staying.

It was found that 26-year-old Joel Osei had poisoned him and stolen from him and attempted to make an $80,000 dollar transaction in his name.

During Osei’s trial, he was seen to be passing notes to his girlfriend, at which point he pleaded guilty.

19-year-old Diana Cristea will be sentenced for murder at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The brakes have been pressed on three developments in Staines Town Centre, due to COVID-19.

Spelthorne Council says they need to review the viability of the developments and consult with the public.

They include work at the Grade II listed Oast House, the former town hall which was bought by the council in 2019.

Councillor Jim McIlroys says “now is the right time to pause and realign plans that will affect the future viability of Staines Upon Thames for generations to come”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A 91-year-old from Cheam is cycling a virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats virtual round-trip to celebrate getting his Covid vaccination.

Bahman Farazmund is also raising money for the Roundabout Dramatherapy charity which uses drama to enhance mental health.

After his gym was closed by the pandemic, he continued to stay fit by completing a daily 5KM on his exercise bike.

He’s using this workout, complete with weights, a yoga ball and a treadmill, to help him complete his challenge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two- time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is due to return to tennis action next month.

 He will be playing at an indoor tournament in Biella in Italy.

He pulled out of the Australian Open after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

It'll be Murray's first appearance at a challenger event, below the main ATP Tour, since August 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Thomas Tuchel begins his reign as Chelsea's latest manager when they host Wolves in the Premier League this evening.

The German has replaced the club's all-time leading goal scorer Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Lampard's sacking was "really harsh".

He thinks however his fellow countryman is likely to make the most of the opportunity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Six people have escaped a fire in Twickenham at a shop with flats above it.

The brigade were called to Richmond Road yesterday afternoon at around 1.45, and battled the fire until just after 3.30.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Hounslow Council is urging residents to take part in the census this year which will be held on 21 March 2021

“The census is a survey for everyone run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), taking place every ten years. 

It provides a snapshot of all persons and households in England and Wales to help to plan and fund public services.

In Hounslow this information helps to inform decisions on services that shape the future of the borough such as healthcare, education, doctor’s surgeries, cycle lanes and transport.

The census will be run primarily online, making it easy for most people to complete the questionnaire on any device – whether that be a computer, a mobile phone or a tablet. 

Local Census support centres will be offering help, while paper questionnaires will be available for those who need them.

For more information visit”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Richmond Council is deploying in-home sensors to improve the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.

The technology monitors and provides carers with early alerts on issues such as potential accidents or declining health. 

 The InnOvaTe project will be piloted in 200 homes.

No visual or audio recording takes place and no personal data is collected, ensuring total privacy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

There have been no new restaurants in South-West London in the Michelin guide this year.

However, the Dysart Petersham next to Richmond Park has kept its star for a second year.

It’s being praised for its “well crafted dishes with bold flavours”.

Head Chef Kenneth Culhane says the upheaval to the industry was “impossible to imagine”, but they “look forward” to reopening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Two companies have been fined after their actions led to 20 protected trees being damaged in Chertsey.

They were damaged as part of preparation for building works in Hanworth Lane in September 2019.

The work was later found to be “excessive” and caused “unlawful damage”.

BDW Trading Limited in Leicestershire and KPS Contractors from West Sussex have to pay over £23,000 in fines and costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed to the autumn for the first time in its history because of the coronavirus pandemic

The world famous event had to be cancelled last year, but organisers had hoped it could go ahead this May with extra safety measures.

There will be a virtual show then instead, and the physical event will take place from September the 21st.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

A person has been caught climbing through the slot into a ‘small electricals’ recycling bin in Ashford


Spelthorne Council says he’s “reckless” and it’s classed as theft.

It adds that people who place unsuitable items in the bins, discard items nearby or steal them divert council staff away from their duties.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Police have released pictures in connection to “cowardly, violent attacks” in Sunbury


They occurred on the 5th of December, with the first at around 9.45pm on Staines Road West.

Two men approached the 15-year-old victim and assaulted him, before taking his e-scooter and mobile phone.

A short time later on Vicarage Road, a 14-year-old girl on a bike was attacked too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day

The annual event commemorates the loss of the 6 million Jews during World War II and other genocides and atrocities.

“Be the light in the darkness” is this year’s worldwide theme.  

 Jacqui Joseph, from Thames Ditton, is the niece of Holocaust Survivor and Educator, Freddie Knoller.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

A 20 minute COVID-19 test is being trialed at the University of Surrey this week

The Virus Hunter 6 has been shown to be 99% accurate in lab trials, and has been developed for airports and care homes.

Professor Roberto La Ragione says the initial results have been “very encouraging” and is delighted further tests will take place at Surrey.

Students wanting to return will still need to pass the standard lateral flow test, however.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A man is in hospital after being stabbed in Battersea

Police were called around 7.30 yesterday evening to Queenstown Road.

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Richmond is on course to complete Covid-19 vaccinations for the first four groups by February the 14th.

This includes everyone over 70, health and care workers, care home residents and people on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list.

The borough’s NHS team has also started home visits so people who are housebound can receive the jab.

All council-run care home residents are now thought to be vaccinated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 pm  

A petition has launched to try and get the loos in a part of Richmond Park re-opened.

Royal Parks closed the toilets at Ham Gate in November on monetary grounds.

But visitors say the move has been detrimental to regular park-goers, especially the elderly, those with young children and the disabled.

The cross-part petition can be found on

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

A man has been arrested after a firefighter was "violently attacked" while attending a flat fire in Thornton Heath.

Twenty-five firefighters were called to a property in Kensington Avenue when one of the firefighters was struck over the head when entering the flat. He was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

A 53-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by LFB and the Metropolitan Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:59 pm  

Can you help Surrey Police in finding a wanted man from Guildford who is wanted on recall to prison?

Peter Charman, is 32 and described as around 6ft, with dark brown hair and a brown beard and blue eyes.

He has connections across Guildford and was last seen in the town centre.  

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 pm  

Kingston Hospital says it’s committed to restarting non-urgent procedures as soon as it can

However, bosses say staff members are at “breaking point” physically and emotionally and will need a period of recovery. 

Doctors at the site feel Covid-19 admissions during the second wave have now peaked.

The news was revealed by Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Two teenagers are being held in custody after being found with a knife and a machete in Norbury

Officers say they chased the 17 and 18 year-olds last night, after trying to ditch a bag with the weapons inside.

They were first spotted riding an electric scooter, but lost control of it and ran off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Police are searching for a man who exposed himself to a woman in Thorpe

The force has just released details of the incident on the 14th of January, in a field off Ten Acre Lane near the industrial estate.

He’s described as white but tanned, between 30 and 40 years old, wearing a green and black rain jacket and walking a small dog.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

People across Richmond are being invited to hear how the Covid-19 vaccine is being rolled out across the borough

The Q&A, on Zoom on February the 11th, will be hosted by the council’s Director of Public Health, Shannon Katiyo. 

Up for discussion are topics including timelines for vaccine roll-out and Covid-19 prevalence in Richmond.

People running voluntary and community groups are being urged to sign up via the council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

A police dog has stepped up where a helicopter failed, during a search for a missing person in Hersham

Last Tuesday, PD Ludo was called after weather conditions meant the helicopter couldn’t help.

Somebody had fled the scene of a domestic incident, and was believed to be hiding in allotments.

Ludo was able to track the scent on the wind, and found the man within 35 minutes of arriving at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cost the 20 richest football clubs in Europe more than £1.7bn by the end of the season

Restrictions across the continent have impacted broadcast and match day revenues.

Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham are all in Deloitte's Football Money League top 10.

Deloitte Sports Business Group director Tim Bridge says there's one factor in particular that has been especially damaging.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

A woman is in a critical condition and a five-month-old baby has died after a collision near Cambridge

36-year-old Rachel Thorold is living in the area while she’s on maternity leave from her job at Elmbridge Council.

A van and car hit each other and crashed into the mother and child.

Baby Louis’s father, Chris, says “your ma-ma is fighting to stay with us” and “you will always be in our hearts”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

There's a warning poorly planned tree planting schemes can actually harm the environment and push out wildlife

Scientists found covering large areas with only a few non-native species causes more problems than benefits.

They claim it cuts the amount of carbon being stored in soils and reduces how much land is available for crops.

Dr Kate Hardwick from Kew Gardens helped carry out the research.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Chelsea are hopeful that new manager Thomas Tuchel will be on the bench for tomorrow's Premier League game against Wolves at Stamford Bridge

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss is expected to be confirmed as Frank Lampard's successor after the club's leading scorer was sacked after 18 months in charge.

German football reporter Max Bielefeld says Tuchel will bring many qualities to the role.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

The government's being urged to give increased legal protection to hedgehogs to help preserve their numbers

Former Transport Secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling has tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill.

It would put a legal obligation on developers to search for hedgehogs and reduce the risk to them.

It's hoped adding them to a list of protected animals would safeguard their nesting sites.

The bill is supported by 13 Tories, including former International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Referrals from the NSPCC helpline to agencies in the South East of the country have increased by 63% during the Covid-19 pandemic.

That’s higher than the first three months of last year.

In all, 1,174 referrals were made to the police and other agencies in the South East between April and December last year.

The charity is receiving an average of 30 contacts a day from adults worried about children living with domestic abuse across the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 25 January 2021

The Tesco Extra in Osterley is being told to close off the first floor, as it sells non-essential items.

Hounslow Council says the selling of clothes on the separate area goes “against the spirit of the law”.

Leader Steve Curran says it’s “vital” they take action to protect public health, while the borough has one of the highest COVID-19 levels in London.

The retailer is appealing against the decision.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A study has found the average first-time buyer had to put down £10,000 more as a deposit last year than in 2019.

Analysis from Halifax has found the cost was up by nearly a quarter on the previous 12 months.

Unsurprisingly, towns in London occupied the top 11 least affordable spots, with Islington at number one and Hounslow at 7th.

The bank says the overall number of people buying their first homes in 2020 was also down by 13%, the lowest figure since 2015.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Despite guiding Chelsea to the last 16 of the Champions League and FA Cup, the Premier League club have parted company with boss Frank Lampard.

Their all-time leading scorer was only in the role for 18 months.

West Ham manager David Moyes took charge at Manchester United for less than a year before being sacked.

He's disappointed for Lampard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The government is denying that prisoners are to receive the vaccine ahead of others.

It’s after reports that murderer Levi Bellfield was being offered the jab.

Bellfield is serving two life sentences after killing three girls, including Milly Dowler in Walton.

The Ministry of Justice says prisoners will be given the vaccine according to their cohort, and won’t be jumping the queue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The home of the Harlequins will be turned into a mass Covid-19 vaccination centre next month

The Stoop Rugby ground in Twickenham is due to be open 7 days a week.

There will also be a vaccination hub opening at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton in February too.

Residents are being warned not to turn up without an invitation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 pm  

Hounslow still has one of the highest Covid-19 rates in London

There have been 100 deaths this month, double that of December, and the latest figures stand at 914 infections per 100,000 people. 

Councillor Hanif Kahn says he is “really worried” by the numbers. 

He explains why he thinks they are so high:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been taken to hospital after a fire in Teddington

The brigade were called on Saturday evening to Harrowdene Gardens to a block of flats.

It’s believed it was caused by cooking left unattended.

A spokesperson for the LFB says “all it can take it for you to become distracted for a few seconds and your cooking oil can quickly go up in flames.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

An oral contraceptive for grey squirrels is being developed to reduce their numbers

That’s according to Lord Goldsmith of Richmond.

Mr Goldsmith says that grey squirrels and other non-native invasive species are costing the UK economy about £1.8 billion a year.

Grey squirrels, originally from North America, were released in Britain in the 19th century and displaced the native red squirrels.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

A person is in hospital after a four-vehicle collision on the M25 this morning

It took place around 8:20am between junction 9 for Leatherhead and 8 for Reigate.

The injuries are not believed to be life threatening or life changing.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

A mass Covid-19 vaccination centre opened in Kingston this morning

It’s based at the Hawks Road NHS site near the Cambridge Estate and is one of  four news centres opening in London. 

When it is their allocated time, people will receive an invitation to have their vaccine.

The letter will contain a link to book a vaccination slot online, as well as a number for those for whom online booking is not possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Kingston Hospital bosses are “cautiously optimistic” that they have passed the peak of Covid-19 hospitalisations for the second wave

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney has announced the news after speaking to health leaders last week.  

The highest number of Covid-19 patients in the hospital on a single day during the first peak last April was 124. 

On January the 8th there were 210 and on Thursday, the figure was 176.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.

Club statement: 

This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly.

We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.

There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.

Roman Abramovich said,
“This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

The Club will be making no further comment until such time as a new Head Coach is appointed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

Chelsea have sacked head coach Frank Lampard

He leaves with the club down in 9th place in the Premier League, five points off the Champions League spots.

Lampard took them to a top four finish in his first season in charge.

Thomas Tuchel is expected to replace him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

Five councils in London are going to the High Court over the Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme

That includes Hounslow, and Croydon, which has recently stopped all non-essential spending to avoid bankruptcy.

Campaigners are criticising it on the lack of consultation, failing to consider the impact on traffic, and air pollution.

TfL says that they’re appealing a separate High Court ruling over taxicabs and LTNs, which said it should be abolished.

The operator says they’re “enabling safer essential journeys”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

It's understood Chelsea will sack head coach Frank Lampard later today

Lampard guided the team to the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over Luton yesterday.

They're down in 9th place in the Premier League - five points off the top four.

Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is expected to replace him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Hounslow Council says it’s working really hard with its Asian community to make sure Covid-19 vaccine take-up is a priority

Some doctors are warning “fake news” is behind disinformation that’s appearing on social media.

The most common being the false claim the vaccine contains animal produce which goes against the religious beliefs of Muslims and Hindus. 

Hounslow councillor Hanif Khan explains some of the ways you can find genuine information if you’re worried. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he's focusing on the "bigger picture" after reaching the last-16 of the FA Cup

He'd been under pressure before the 3-1 win over Luton, which set up another tie against Championship opposition - as they'll travel to Barnsley next.

Lampard hopes they're turning a corner.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

People across Croydon are being invited to unite to honour victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday

From 12 noon, residents will be able to join the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony from the council’s town hall via an online link.

The Mayor of Croydon will host the hour-long event and will light a candle in memory of victims of genocide.

The day commemorates the millions killed under Nazi persecution and also the genocides that followed in places such as Cambodia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Sunday 24 January 2021

Wandsworth Council is calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to implement 20mph speed limits on red routes.

The council has already introduced the limit on all the roads it manages including all of its busiest A-roads.

But the borough’s main trunk roads, known as red routes, are controlled by the Mayor’s transport organisation TfL.

Speeds of up to 40mph are permitted on them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

“Be the light in the darkness” is the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday.

The annual event commemorates the loss of 6 million Jews during World War II.

It also remembers the millions of people who have suffered in other atrocities around the world.

Jacqui Joseph, from Thames Ditton, is the niece of Holocaust Survivor and Educator, Freddie Knoller.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

It’s reported three hundred thousand people in Hounslow will be able to access to digital GP appointments via their smartphones.

They can also get same day prescriptions and instant sick-notes after local GPs chose the 'PushDoctor' platform as a digital partner. 

It’s hoped the online platform will improve services and also help tackle inequality, because it works in multiple languages.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick to send Chelsea into the last-16 of the FA Cup.

They beat Championship side Luton 3-1 to set-up a fifth-round tie at Barnsley.

Abraham is the first English player to score three goals in the competition for Chelsea since his manager, Frank Lampard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

There’s a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place across Southern England and crashes have been reported on the M3.

Surrey police are urging drivers to only travel if it’s essential and warn breaking distances are up to ten times longer than normal.

Meanwhile, Royal Parks have closed inbound gates at Richmond and Bushey Parks but are working to get them open again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

HS2 has submitted a planning application to build a new access route on scrubland in a part of Hammersmith.

The team behind the controversial rail link wants to use an area of land near Wormwood Scrubs Prison. 

The route would be used to divert essential utilities and a sewer around its Old Oak Common station building site.

There will be a public meeting about the planning application on Monday 1st February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

Today is the final day for Croydon Council’s online consultation about where cuts to jobs and services should be made.

 Today is the final day for Croydon Council’s online consultation about where cuts to jobs and services should be made. 

The bankrupt council is preparing for more than 500 job losses as it battles to close a £66 million budget deficit. 

Meanwhile trades unions are planning to stage a virtual rally on Tuesday on social media against the cuts. 

Unison, Unite and the GMB say the event will also help launch a campaign against outsourcing council services, and for more resources from central government. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

Anti-vaccine campaigners have been warned to stop leaving misleading information in the borough's parks.

 Anti-vaccine campaigners have been warned to stop leaving misleading information in the borough's parks. 

It follows a number of posters found stapled to trees and benches. 

The borough's director of public health Shannan Katiyo has reassured the public that the vaccines are fully tested and, as with past jabs, they're perfectly safe to use.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

Police in Banstead have been telling how they helped a delivery rider who was knocked off his scooter by a falling tree branch.

 Police in Banstead have been telling how they helped a delivery rider who was knocked off his scooter by a falling tree branch. 

The unfortunate rider had to be freed from under his vehicle.

He suffered a broken arm, but his customer didn’t miss out on their takeaway. It was delivered for the rider by one Sgt Schulze. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 am  

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