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Saturday 6 February 2021

A man in his 20s has died and another is in a critical condition after a stabbing in Kilburn in north London.

It's after a series of isolated knife attacks in the capital last night - which have left one man dead and ten others injured.

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan says there will be extra patrols in Croydon - where the majority of the incidents occurred:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

A man’s been injured in a stabbing attack outside West Croydon train station.
A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital following an incident at the junction of London Road with Oakfield Road just after 3pm. His condition is not being described as life-threatening or life changing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

A murder investigation is now underway following a fatal stabbing in Selhurst.
Police and paramedics were called to a property on Wisbeach Road, near Selhurst Station, just after 8pm last night. They found a 22-year-old man with a stab wound, he died at the scene. Another man had already been taken to hospital before they got there, his injuries are not described as life-threatening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

A charity in Kingston is launching a new appeal to try to permanently solve homelessness.
Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness is working to get people off the streets and out of temporary accommodation, like hotels. The team has already housed around 22 people in shared flats as part of the “In for Good” appeal. People with drug and alcohol misuse problems are also being offered places at the new residential recovery centre based at the Joel Centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

More than 15,000 people in Hammersmith and Fulham have now received the first Covid vaccine jab.
One of the first to be vaccinated was Doris Sargeant. The 90-year-old former hairdresser says she was determined to get the vaccine to make sure she would be able to see her family in Trinidad. She's aiming to return there once lockdown and travel restrictions are lifted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

One man has died and nine others have been hurt after a series of stabbings in Croydon.

They all occurred between the hours of 7-10pm yesterday evening.

Two people are said to have life-threatening injuries.

Hanisha Sethi is at the scene of one of the attacks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

England kick-off the defence of their rugby union Six Nations title this afternoon, when they face Scotland for the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham.

Despite their lack of game time due to the Championship being suspended, head coach Eddie Jones has named five Saracens players in his starting 15.

He's hoping rather than them being rusty, the rest proves to be an advantage.

The game will kick-off at 16:45.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Surge testing is to be extended to Egham and Thorpe, starting today.

It’s been going on in Woking since Monday, after the South African strain was found there.

Surrey County Council says known contacts of the original cases have been traced and informed already.

Residents will receive a test through the letterbox, and are asked to take it whether they have symptoms or not.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Fulham boss Scott Parker insists everyone at the club still believes they can be successful in their fight against Premier League relegation.

They go into their game against West Ham this evening eight points adrift of safety, having failed to win a top-flight game since the end of November.

Parker says they know they need to start picking up victories.

  Fulham kick off at 17:30 later today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

One man has died and nine others have been injured in stabbings around Croydon.

Police were called to five separate incidents but they're still investigating whether any of them are linked.

Two of the injured victims are in a critical condition in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A new NHS vaccination centre has officially opened at the home of Harlequins rugby club in Twickenham.

The Stoop is capable of hosting thousands of people each week.

It will run alongside the GP-led and hospital services that are already up and running in Richmond.

Letter's will first be going out to over 80s who have not already been invited for a Covid vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

A number of buses Spelthorne have deliberately had their windows smashed.

Police believe that the people involved are using objects such as catapults or pellets.

One incident occurred at around 6 o’clock last night on the railway bridge of Kingston Road in Staines.

Two other incidents involved a suspect firing what is believed to be a pellet from an air rifle, at buses in Woodthorpe Road in Ashford.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Firefighters are reminding peopl not to park too close to junctions.

It’s after fire broke out at a flat in Cortis Road in Putney yesterday evening and firefighters had trouble accessing the road outside.

Part of the kitchen on the fifth floor of the six-storey block was damaged by the blaze.

One woman and a child left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

25 people are facing fines for a “blatant breach” of coronavirus rules, after attending a party in Balham.

Police were called last Friday afternoon to a block on Rinaldo Road, at the junction with Balham High Road, after reports of loud music.

The attendees are to be considered for £800 fines.

Inspector Sarah Burrell says “my officers should not have to be putting themselves in harm’s way by attending flagrant breaches such as this”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 5 February 2021

The first 50 schools in England to benefit from Boris Johnson's 10-year rebuilding scheme have been confirmed.

They'll split £1bn of funding to make renovations to classrooms, science labs, and sports halls.

The majority of sites are in the north of England and Midlands.

However, locally, Coombe Boys School in Kingston, Greenshaw High School in Sutton and Fulham Cross Academy will benefit.

21 free schools will also be built across the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Surrey Fire and Rescue has won a landmark court case against the owner of “an extremely unsafe vessel” on the River Thames.

The 10 bedroom boat named ‘RoR’ was being used as a hotel style resort.

Fire safety officers served the owner, Alistair Trotman from Kingston, with an enforcement notice in April 2019.

They said he had failed to comply with fire safety regulations and that the vessel was unsafe for people residing there.

Trotman appealed the notice but this was dismissed and he is now required to pay £39,000 in court costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

70% of staff at the Star & Garter care home in Surbiton, and all of the residents have now received their Covid-19 vaccine.

The charity cares for veterans and their families suffering from a disability or dementia.

Jude is one of the nurses; she says having the vaccine will make her more confident to do her job.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man from Enfield, who has been living in Syria, has appeared in court accused of sharing Islamic State group videos

27 year old Stefan Aristidou was arrested at Heathrow Airport after arriving on a flight from Turkey on Wednesday.  

The seven offences relate to alleged activity in 2014 and 2015, before he travelled to Syria.

The defendant entered not guilty pleas and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on the 19th of February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Developers hoping to build a tower block in New Malden high street have hosted a webinar with residents

Rocco Homes purchased the former Tudor Williams site and is hoping to create retail and housing units over nine storeys.

Concerns raised this afternoon included the height of the building and the fact a number of other tower blocks are also being proposed. 

Resident James Giles says these particular plans need to be radically changed:

To have your say on the proposals, email: [email protected]

“Rocco Homes is proud to be the custodian of the former Tudor Williams building and is committed to working with the community in New Malden to ensure we create a new development that will make a positive contribution to the local area.

We are still in the early stages of working up our proposals and will shortly be inviting the local community to share their thoughts on our initial plans through a consultation newsletter and via our website.

We are looking forward to working with local stakeholders in the coming weeks as we further develop our plans”

Greg Hoare, Rocco Homes

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

150 policing roles are to be created within Surrey Police after a tax increase of 5.5% was agreed earlier

The cash will come from the policing element of Surrey residents’ council tax.

The majority of the panel members present at this morning’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s meeting  didn’t support the proposal.

But there were insufficient votes to veto it and the precept was agreed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Staff at a veterans’ care home in Surbiton say they are looking forward to the day when they can all hug each other again

70% of staff at the Star & Garter, and all of the residents have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

But, as nurse Jude explains, they will continue to keep their distance and follow the guidelines until told otherwise:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Brentford Football Club are being praised for being “personal and genuine”, after calling their season ticket holders to check how they’re feeling

A post on LinkedIn by Hollie Taylor, detailing one incident, has received thousands of likes.

She says that her husband received the call, and they asked about his mental health and if there was anything they could do to help him.

She says that he’s doing well, but if he wasn’t, “the call would have made a world of difference to him.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Members of the GMB Union are striking over the claims that Chris O’Shea wasn’t truthful about a threat to fire and rehire thousands of staff

A spokesperson for the company says the “business needs to change” and they’ve “offered a fair deal”.

They’ve also written to Stephen Doughty MP to ask he retracts the comments.

"Our business needs to change to survive and protect 20,000 jobs. We know change is difficult but we have offered a fair deal that has been negotiated over 300 hours with unions - where base pay and pensions are protected. 83% of our employees have already agreed to the new terms.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

People in Egham and Thorpe are to get a knock on the door tomorrow, asking them to test for COVID-1

That’s as over 1,000 people in a part of Mitcham have been tested for the South African variant.

On Monday, it was announced that “surge testing” is to take place in Pollards Hill after a person was found with the new strain.

Labour MP for the area, Siobhan McDonagh, says “they’ve come out in the rain and wind to do their duty”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to see more from his side as an attacking threat

He continued his unbeaten start with a 1-nil win over Tottenham in the Premier League last night.

Chelsea haven't conceded in his 3 games in charge - now Tuchel wants to strengthen going forward as well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man arrested at Heathrow on terrorism offences has been charged

27-year-old Stefan Aristidou is accused of seven counts of dissemination of terrorist publications.

He was detained at the airport on Wednesday, and will appear in court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Residents at the Royal Star & Garter Care Home in Surbiton are celebrating after reaching a lockdown milestone

All of the people living at the home, and 70% of staff, have received their Covid-19 vaccination.

The charity provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Helena Maher is the home’s manager.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Workers at Heathrow Airport are on strike today

Members of Unite, including firefighters, engineers and security staff, are walking out for 24 hours.

It’s in a row over pay and conditions.

The action is expected to be followed by further walkouts starting on Tuesday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Police have released a picture of a suspect in a serious assault on Clapham High Street

In October, two men were speaking with the victim, when one of them attacked him.

He was found with severe head injuries by a member of the public, who called emergency services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Thursday 4 February 2021

A common antiseptic could be a cheap and easy way to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton found that Hydrogen Peroxide makes cancer cells more sensitive to treatment. 

It's been injected directly into the tumours in clinical trials.

Dr Navita Somaiah says it's "cheap, well understood and readily available" and they're running a "much larger trial". 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm  

A Met Police Detective who helped investigate the Tunisian Terrorist attack in 2015, has been handed a prestigious national award

DCI Simon Harding, based out of Putney, has been crowned Senior Investigating Officer of the year.

The award recognises those who excel in the field of homicide and major crime investigations across UK police forces.

DCI Harding has also overseen more than 80 murder investigations during his 30 year career. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 pm  

Would you like to “adopt” Surbiton station?

South Western Railway is allowing residents or commuters with an interest in the site to get more involved with its upkeep.

Adopters will be able to introduce art displays, plants, a book swapping service as well as co-ordinate activities like litter pics. 

Those who are keen need to submit their interest to Kingston Council.

To find out more, email [email protected]

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Volunteers are going to be taking part in a world-first study that'll look at mixing different Covid jabs.

Dr Matthew Snape is the chief investigator of the trial and explains what they're going to be doing:

It's hoped results will be available by June and July and could inform the next phase of the government's vaccine rollout.


 St George’s Hospital in Tooting is one of the sites where the trial will be happening.

Professor Paul Heath, from the Hospital, says the results “could allow us to save even more lives” with quicker and more efficient vaccinations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

People in Croydon could be asked whether they want a referendum on council leadership

 Lucy Mayer has this report:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

We’re being encouraged to open up to friends and family to help end mental health discrimination: it’s “Time to Talk” Day

Cassie Swift is an author from Wallington.

Her novel “The Girls Who Refused to Quit” shares the powerful, real-life journeys of fifteen women overcoming personal challenges. 

Cassie says it’s easy for people struggling with their mental health to become isolated, and we must reach out to them:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Former youth footballer Max Noble has spoken out about the exploitation of boys in elite academies, calling it the game's "biggest kept secret"

Signed by Fulham aged 15, he began training with the first team at a time when the club was in the Premier League.

But, Noble says chasing his dream came at a huge personal cost - claiming many others have suffered in the same way.

 In a statement, Fulham Football club said: "We condemn bullying, racism and discrimination in any form and work hard to ensure that they have no place here.

"The club is investigating and to date has found nothing to support the historic claims.

"The club will liaise with all relevant parties as the process continues."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

Volunteers are going to be taking part in a world-first study that'll look at mixing different Covid jabs

It's hoped results will be available by June and July and could inform the next phase of the government's vaccine rollout.

St George’s Hospital in Tooting is one of the sites where the trial will be happening.

Professor Paul Heath from St George’s says “The results of this research could allow us to save even more lives by enabling people to be vaccinated more quickly and efficiently against this terrible disease. 

"We encourage as many people as possible to sign up for this study.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

There are some fresh ideas for parents and support networks to help youngsters in Richmond to mark Children’s Mental Health week.

‘Express Yourself’ is the motivation being suggested to share feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity.

Art, music, writing and poetry, dance, drama, photography and film are some of the activities that help to enhance a “feel good factor”.

These interactions among children and young people along with a good night’s sleep have been shown to improve mental health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Information about coronavirus in Hindi and Punjabi from Hounslow Council has been called “very, very difficult to read”

It follows concerns about communication issues and fake news affecting vaccine takeup in the borough.

Other findings by the council have shown that people who don’t speak English as a first language have higher rates of COVID-19.

Community Representative Charanjit Ajitsingh from the Health and Wellbeing Board says there are spelling and grammatical errors.

Sterling Rippy, another board member, says they spotted the issue and stopped others going out.

She adds they’ve “used about three different translation companies” and they’re looking to find the best one.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

People living near New Malden High Street are being canvassed about plans for another tower block

CNM Estates wants to build a 5 storey block in the forecourt of the CI Tower, which stands at 16 storeys tall.

Residents are already being invited to give their views for a 10 storey tower block above the former Tudor Williams site.

Kingston Council is also consulting on plans to build a block on the Cocks Crescent site. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

People in Sutton who are living in the CR4 postcode do not need to undergo “surge” Covid-19 testing

That’s the message from the council.

The South African variant of the virus was confirmed in Mitcham, which also shares the CR4 postcode, at the weekend.

But the advice for people living in Sutton remains the same; continue to follow the national guidelines. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

Helicopters, firemen and police are searching the Thames in Chertsey, after reports of a person in the river

Crews were called yesterday evening at around 8, and are warning of road closures between the Bridge and Shepperton as they continue their search this morning.

They’d like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time who might have noticed someone behaving suspiciously.

Police say they would like to speak to anyone who saw a man with dark hair, in a khaki jacket and black snood, baggy jeans and Timberland Style boots near Chertsey Bridge earlier in the evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Wednesday 3 February 2021

The Royal Mint has revealed that the Kew Gardens coin is the rarest 50p piece in circulation with only 210-thousand produced

They’ve published a list of the most coveted designs to mark the 50th anniversary of decimalisation.

The Olympic-themed 50p comes in second behind the Kew coin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 pm  

The coronavirus case numbers in Surrey are at one of their lowest for weeks, and they’re continuing to fall

The cases recorded over the last seven days are below 3,000 for the first time since mid-December.

Reigate and Banstead has the highest case rate, at 333 per 100,000, with the average across the county being 237.

Elmbridge has the lowest at 156.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 pm  

A houseboat tycoon has been found guilty of attacking a tenant in Hampton with a roofers tool

Sixty-year-old Myck Djurberg beat 50-year-old Klaus Beversluis with the tool in a dispute over rent at the Hampton Riviera Boatyard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 pm  

A man's been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences - including some related to Syria

He's aged in his 20s and is a British national.

He was confronted by officers after getting off a flight from Turkey.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

Homeowners across Richmond are being contacted by the council to see if they could make a donation to one of the borough’s charities

 It’s after the Voluntary Fund, an independent charitable trust, launched its appeal to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

 Off The Record, Richmond Borough Mind, Marble Hill Playcentres and Dose of Nature have been nominated to receive funding.

 The council is contacting people living in higher tax property bands G and H to explain the difference a financial donation could make.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm  

10 million people have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK

The health secretary has confirmed the news on Twitter.

Matt Hancock has called it a hugely significant milestone in our national effort against Covid-19.

One of the GPs involved in the vaccination effort is Dr Richard Van Mellaerts who’s at a vaccination centre at Kingston University:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A police officer from Addlestone has won an award for the “innovative” way he tackled criminal activity on a housing estate

PC Sami Halepota worked with support services to help the victims and young offenders, and targeted the group leaders with arrests.

There have been no further crimes in relation to the groups since July, and 50% drop in reports of anti-social behaviour on the estate.

Chief Inspector Mark Offord says PC Halepota, “took the time” to work with everyone affected and tailor the response to their needs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The MP for Richmond Park has joined a cross party group of MPs calling for ministers to go further to end “period poverty"

The Government ditched the 20% VAT or so called “tampon tax” on certain sanitary items at the start of the year. 

But reusable menstruation products like “period pants” are classified as clothing, meaning they are still taxable. 

That’s despite research showing they are 50% cheaper over 2 years than disposable products.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Former Chelsea star Paul Canoville is critically ill in hospital, after complications following emergency surgery

He made over 100 appearances for the club in the 80's, and was their first black player.

He currently heads up a charitable foundation which works with young people facing adversity.

Canoville retired from the sport aged 25 due to a knee injury, and has recovered from cancer three times.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Tributes are continuing to pour in for Captain Sir Tom Moore, following his death at the age of 100

A minute's silence has been held in the House of Commons to honour him and all victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Merton Council is flying its flag at half mast, and Council Leader Mark Allison says he was a “beacon of kind heartedness.”

The White House says it stands with the UK in remembering him.

He died yesterday in hospital, having recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Tributes to the 100-year-old NHS hero have been coming in from political leaders, army colleagues and even the Queen.

Boris Johnson is encouraging us to join in with a national clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore and healthcare workers this evening at 6pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Chelsea women's boss Emma Hayes says it's an insult to suggest the AFC Wimbledon men's job would be a step up for her

She's been linked with taking over at the League One strugglers.

But Hayes says even if she was interested, they couldn't afford her.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Seven watches have been recovered as part of a burglary investigation in Shepperton


Police have released images of many items, which also include two iPads and a telescope.

A 29-year-old man from Ashford has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Door to door “surge” testing for coronavirus is being extended to Liverpool and Bristol today

It’s been taking place in Mitcham for a number of days after the new South African variant strain was found in Pollards Hill.

The area’s Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh explains why surge testing is needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

A dad from Surbiton has converted his living room into a football pitch for his two kids

34-year-old Roland Hall transformed the room with astroturf, goalposts, mock floodlights and banners, all for under £350.

It was after lockdown stopped his kids being able to play for their local team.

He told The Sun that “to see the joy it’s brought Lilly May and Ralph, I’d have paid double. I do crazy things for the love of my kids.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Richmond Council is condemning a government consultation on proposed changes to building use

The proposals would allow shops, cafes and restaurants to be converted into homes without a formal planning application.

They would also allow for the fast tracking of “public service” buildings like libraries into schools, hospitals and prisons.

Richmond says the changes could mean the disappearance of available high street premises which will be critical post-Covid.

Meanwhile, coronavirus restrictions, and the loss of foreign workers, has apparently damaged the chances of the government hitting its house-building target.

The Resolution Foundation says fewer than 100,000 homes were constructed during the first nine months last year.

Boris Johnson's pledged to build a million more over the next five years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Tuesday 2 February 2021

The rate of infections is continuing to fall across all of Surrey’s boroughs.

The number of new cases in the last 7 days is just over 3,000.

That’s a sharp drop compared to the same metric reported 2 weeks ago, which was 6,300, and almost 9,000 in early January.

Reigate and Banstead has the highest rate, at 362 per 100,000 and Elmbridge the lowest with 173.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:57 pm  

Elderly patients admitted to St Helier Hospital with a fractured hip are receiving some of the best care in the country.

For the eighth year in a row, the unit there has exceeded many national averages.

There are significantly fewer deaths than expected, considering the age and frailty of the patients.

Dr Nivi Singh says while it’s “always nice” to see good results in a national report, “the real comfort” is “making a very real difference” to patients.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 pm  

The health secretary says the government's working with Covid-19 vaccine providers to quickly tackle new variants.

Experts are worried a version which originated in Kent has mutated, making it similar to one from South Africa.

Siobhain McDonagh is the MP for Mitcham, one of the affected areas. 

She explains how the first case of the new variant was detected in the area of Pollards Hill.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 pm  

One of the Kingston’s oldest hay meadows is being transformed.

The area, situated on the Alexandra ward border, provides a habitat for species including bumble bees and butterflies.

A new walkway, leading from the meadow into woodland, will give the community greater access to the green space.

Kingston’s Biodiversity Officer Elliot Newton says there’s another reason this land needs to be preserved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 pm  

A mutation which could help coronavirus evade the immune system has been found in the variant originally discovered in Kent

It's also seen in the version identified here from South Africa, which has led to urgent testing in areas like Mitcham and Egham. 

But it's not thought to be any more serious and vaccines should still prevent severe symptoms.

Health secretary Matt Hancock says jabs can be easily tweaked:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man has been banned from entering parts of the borough of Spelthorne for three years, after a number of incidents

45-year-old Stephen Breen has been found guilty of anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

The area he’s banned from stretches from Sunbury in the east, then over five miles to Stanwell Moor in the west.

Borough Commander Maxine Cilia is thanking the member of the public for their help, and the officers who “worked so hard” on it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

So called “surge” Covid testing is taking place in areas including Mitcham and Woking today

But what exactly is it, and how does it differ to usual testing routes?

Lucy Mayer explains:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

Experts have found the Kent variant of Covid-19 has mutated again

It's feared the change in DNA could help the virus evade our immune systems  and possibly reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

It's an alteration also picked up in the South African version, which has been discovered in parts of England.

Thousands of people are being tested including these people in Woking:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Kingston University is taking part in a project examining the pension records of postal workers during the Victorian era.

Kingston University is taking part in a project examining the pension records of postal workers during the Victorian era.

Today is ‘Transcription Tuesday’ which marks the start of the ‘Addressing Health’ project.

Project researchers are asking for public help to transcribe over unique 20,000 records.

The digitalised records in the Postal Museum have also become available for the first time, covering the years 1860 to 1862.

They give an insight into location and occupation of workers, dates and reason for retirement, length of service and health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

15 people face fines after being found at a restaurant in Chiswick

They had no face coverings, there were no social distancing measures in place, and they were all from different households.

They’re to be considered for charges of up to £200, with the owner facing a £10,000 hit.

Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner says “the legislation around COVID is extremely clear, and not up for debate."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Spending in the January transfer window was down 64% in England compared to a year ago

It closed yesterday with just three permanent moves going through on deadline day for Premier League sides.

Everton fought off Fulham to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth, while Liverpool signed Ben Davies for £2m pounds from Preston.

Top flight clubs spent £84.2m pounds in total.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to review its coat of arms for links to slavery

The authority is also looking into any building names, plaques and statues with historical links. 

The review has been commissioned by council leader Stephen Cowan.

It will “work at pace” paying particular consideration to the Black Lives Matter movement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

We are being urged to keep refuse collection teams safe from Covid-19 by binning, and not recycling

Kingston council says that anyone who is self- isolating must place gloves, tissues and used face masks in disposable bags.

These rubbish bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and put aside for at least 72 hours before being put out for collection.

They should be put in with general waste and not recycled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

People in parts of England are being urgently tested for Covid-19 after it emerged the South African variant of the virus may have started spreading in the community.

Door-to-door testing's being offered in eight areas after 11 cases were identified across the country with no links to travel.

Two parts of Woking are being tested and the so called “surge testing” may be extended to Egham over the coming days.

Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser to the government, says people need to co-operate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Bosses at Wimbledon are reportedly planning on allowing thousands of fans to attend the tournament this summer.

A letter seen by Sportsmail, addressed to residents associations and councillors, says that the tournament will go ahead in some form.

However, it’s believed that only around 30% of its usual capacity will be allowed.

In addition, to eliminate the queue, Church Road may have to be closed to help with social distancing.

The All-England Club says:

“We are actively engaged in planning for this year’s Championships and are considering multiple operational scenarios. These scenarios fall into three broad categories: a full capacity Championships, a reduced capacity Championships, and a ‘behind closed doors’ Championships, all of which will be influenced by the status of government and public health guidelines. Any potential enhancements to the public health situation, such as the introduction of vaccination programmes, will support us as we develop the detail of these scenarios, but it is naturally too soon to understand the impact at this point in time.

Our priority is to conduct a safe and secure Championships operation for all our guests and this means regularly reviewing our methods in order to achieve a best practice event. With this in mind, and working closely with Merton and Wandsworth boroughs, we plan to apply for a revised traffic management order during The Championships period. Not only will this enable us to enhance the safety and security of those attending and working at The Championships, we strongly believe it will provide a benefit to the local community, reducing congestion and environmental impact.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 1 February 2021

Crystal Palace’s ground is opening its doors as a vaccination centre.

It’s one of the biggest in London.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, lead GP for Croydon, is praising the “mammoth effort” and the “facilities and time” provided by the club.

Chairman Steve Parish says he’s “proud” that Selhurst Park is playing an “important role” in aiding the NHS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Self-driving electric delivery vehicles are coming to Banstead.

The Kar-Go was initially tested in Hounslow, and focused on making contactless deliveries to care homes.

Banstead has been chosen as a “typical British suburban location”, and will now deliver to residential addresses.

A safety driver will be in the vehicle at all times, and has been designed with multiple fail safe layers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Health officials want to urgently test up to 80-thousand people in England for the South African variant of coronavirus

Eleven people with no links to travel have tested positive in the last few days.

Mobile testing units and some home testing kits are being sent into eight postcode areas of London, the West Midlands, the East of England, South East and the North West.

Two areas of Woking in Surrey are being checked.

Tim Oliver is the leader of the County Council

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

It’s emerged fire alarms at a flat that caught fire in Kingston yesterday didn’t go off

Half of the property on the second floor of a three-storey block in Grove Lane was damaged by the blaze.

Around five people left the block before firefighters arrived and no one was injured.

LFB says smoke alarms were fitted but they did not activate and homes need multiple alarms or you won’t be properly covered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Parts of England are being urgently tested for coronavirus - after cases of the South Africa variant were identified in people with no links to the country

Over-16s in eight areas - including parts of London, the West Midlands, Kent, Surrey and the north-west - will be asked to be screened, whether they have symptoms or not.

These people in Woking are part of the so-called "surge testing."

There's no evidence that the variant's more serious than others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Surge testing for the South Africa variant of Coronavirus is also taking place in Mitcham today

Hanwell and parts of Ealing are also seeing door to door tests taking place.

It’s after the variant cases were discovered in London and Woking; the latter had no known links to travel or previous cases.

Science Correspondent Thomas Moore says its very concerning:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

British Gas workers are back on the picket line in New Malden this afternoon

British Gas workers are back on the picket line in New Malden this afternoon. 

GMB members are striking at Shannon Corner over claims the company “lied” about a threat to fire and rehire thousands of staff.

The move has led to a repair backlog of more than 150,000 homes, with 200,000 routine annual boiler service visits cancelled so far.

Darren, who is one of those striking today, explains they’re hoping to achieve:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

A man who smuggled around £80,000 worth of drugs to smuggle it into the country has been jailed

30-year-old Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro from Brazil was intercepted at Heathrow on Christmas Eve.

The X-Ray found around a kilo of cocaine was in his system.

He’s been sentenced to over four years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

So called “surge” Covid testing could be extended to Egham over the coming days after it was launched in Woking

 Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Urgent testing for the South Africa variant of coronavirus is to start in Surrey

It’s after cases were found in two areas of Woking that have no known links to travel or previous cases.

Previous cases in the UK were traced back to South Africa.

Cases caused by the variant were identified as part of Public Health England's random checks on tests.

Covid testing teams are going door-to-door in parts of Surrey. So-called "surge testing" is being carried out in two areas of Woking.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Surrey Police's statement on surge in Covid-testing in parts of the borough

Surrey Local Resilience Forum (SLRF) is working with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to carry out a localised ‘surge testing’ programme in the Goldsworth Park and St Johns areas of Woking.

This follows notification that a specific variant of COVID-19 has been identified from two positive tests in the area, in residents who have no links to travel or previous variant cases. 

The variant is known as the SARS-CoV-2 variant (also known as VOC-202012/02) which originated in South Africa.

Residents within the affected area will be visited, with the request that they carry out a COVID-19 PCR test whether they have symptoms or not. A map of the affected area can be found here -

This will enable us, working closely with PHE, NHS Test & Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre to closely monitor any community spread of the new variant, and restrict further transmission. 

There is currently no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccine would not protect against it. 

Residents in the affected areas, and across Woking, should remain calm and continue to follow the national restrictions that are currently in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

Labour's calling for funding to remove potentially deadly cladding from buildings, which it says is affecting millions of people

The party will force a non-binding vote on the issue in the Commons later.

Putney Labour MP Fleur Anderson says she wants to “end the misery of leaseholders in unsafe housing and with unfair fire certificate, waking watch and insurance costs.”

Croydon Central Labour MP Sarah Jones says it’s an “absolute scandal” which “must be tackled now”.

The government insists it's working on a financial package.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Around 2,000 workers at Heathrow Airport will be regularly tested for coronavirus, as part of a trial scheme

It aims to find out how routine testing could be used to help identify people who aren’t showing symptoms.

It’s initially going to last four weeks.

The government is aiming to find how new technologies can be used to regularly screen large numbers of people, to rollout mass testing in society.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A man is still in hospital, after being stabbed in New Malden over a week ago

On the evening of the 21st of January, police were called to Georgia Road where they found the 42-year-old man wounded.

His injuries are not deemed life-threatening, but he has a “long road to recovery”.

No arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The MP for Richmond Park is inviting residents to join her for her next online coffee morning

Sarah Olney is keen to find out what issues people in the constituency are most worried about during the latest lockdown.

The online event is taking place on Wednesday the 10th of February. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

AFC Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges has stepped down from the role

The decision was made hours after a 2-nil home defeat by MK Dons left them in the relegation zone.

Chief executive Joe Palmer says “we were able to come to this decision together."

Hodges started his playing career with Wimbledon and made more than 200 league appearances for them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Over 100 cannabis plants have been found in Hounslow

On Thursday the 28th of January, a police officer was called to Victoria Road for a separate incident.

However, they ended up being drawn to another property instead.

Further investigation resulted in the discovery of over 100 cannabis plants and over £1000 in cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Sunday 31 January 2021

Thomas Tuchel has his first win as Chelsea manager after beating Burnley 2-nil in the Premier League.

One of his tactical changes saw Marcos Alonso recalled at the expense of Ben Chilwell.

Alonso was on the scoresheet, and Tuchel is delighted his decision paid off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 16 year old has been arrested in Wandsworth for possession a knife.

On Thursday, plain clothes police officers conducted a stop and search on two people.

One of them was armed with this large kitchen knife.

He was arrested and taken into custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Four people have been fined for breaching covid-19 restrictions in Kingston.

On Saturday afternoon a flat on Burlington Road was reported to the police.

Four people were found inside the address who were not from the same household.

They were fined a total of £800.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has been convicted of two counts of rape at Isleworth Crown Court after his DNA linked him to both incidents.

22 year old Paulo Kretteis was found guilty on Thursday of sexually assaulting two women.

He was also convicted of one count of making threats to kill.

He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Kretteis was be sentenced at the same court on the 26th of March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is hoping to build its first crematorium.

The authority has submitted a planning application for the Woodhatch area.

At the moment, residents who wish their loved ones to be cremated must travel, usually as far as Leatherhead, Crawley or Croydon.

Feedback from funeral directors suggests bereaved families can wait longer than average wait times for convenient service times.

The plans are for a modern, low profile crematorium with a ceremony hall that seats 120 mourners, a waiting room and a flower court.

As part of the plans, 3,000 square metres of new woodland trees would be planted along with 100 structural trees and native hedging.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Music fans across Sutton are being urged to have their say on the future of the nightlife economy in London.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington has written to the Chancellor to request more support for people working in the industry.

Elliot Colburn is also urging residents to express their views in a new parliamentary survey on the matter.

It’ll assess the impact of Covid-19 on nightlife, including in clubs, at festivals and live events in theatres and pubs.

The link to the survey can be found here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman has died following a fire in Hammersmith.

Firefighters were called at 10:39 this morning to a house on Delorme Street.

They found one woman inside the house, who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Part of the ground floor of the mid-terrace property was damaged.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police are looking to speak to a dog walker involved in an incident in Bushy park.

It happened on Friday the 22nd at around 9am near to Ash Walk.

The incident involved a collision between a dog & a female cyclist who was subsequently taken to hospital.

The dog walker was a white male, about 50-59 years old and was  wearing a green baseball cap and green jacket.

He had two Rhodesian Ridgeback type dogs.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Café and takeaway owners in Richmond are being urged to make sure people aren’t congregating at their premises in large groups.

 The council has issued the plea following reports of lengthy queues outside some eateries in the borough.

Authority bosses say its down to the owners to be controlling the amount of people using them during lockdown.

Essential shopping and work, daily exercise, escaping domestic abuse or medical appointments are the only reasons to leave home. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Fulham boss Scott Parker knows his side need to start turning draws into wins if they are to survive in the Premier League.

Their 2-all draw at fellow strugglers West Brom yesterday, was a tenth consecutive top-flight match without victory.

Parker says although he's not panicking just yet, they need to start turning good performances into points quickly.

Fulham are four points adrift of Brighton who sit just outside of the drop zone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A UK -wide scheme to help victims of domestic abuse is now available in Richmond via certain pharmacies.

The new Ask for Action Needed Immediately allows those at risk to be able to discreetly signal for help from a trained pharmacy worker.

There will be a private space where a victim can seek advice about what support is available.

Councillor Gareth Roberts says the Ask for ANI is critical to protect those suffering domestic abuse and hopes more pharmacies will join.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A winner has been announced in a competition for a poster designed to remind drivers of the 20 mile per hour speed limits in Richmond.


 The winning design by Myla who is in year 3 at the Harrodian school in Barnes.

The 20’s Plenty poster shows a sloth clinging from a tree branch.

It makes a colourful reminder for drivers to slow speed, keep the borough safe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford says he's been subjected to "humanity and social media at its worst" after being racially abused.

The forward who was awarded an MBE for helping fight child food poverty earlier this year.

Chelsea have expressed their disgust at similar online abuse aimed at their defender Reece James.

 Milena Veselinovic says they are the latest in a string of footballers to be on the receiving end of such abuse. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Richmond Council is adopting a motion calling for the government to allow a trial of a Universal Benefit Income for everyone.

It would protect low paid workers with a regular, equal payments and avoid certain groups slipping through the social security “net”.

Higher earners would pay back their UBI through their tax returns.

A trial in Finland found UBIs had a positive impact on levels of debt, improved mental health and didn’t discourage people from working. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is criticising the Government for cuts to council funding.

 Ruth Cadbury is citing an 80% reduction in funds allotted to Hounslow Council since 2010.

Hounslow has a funding “hole” of £20 million due to support costs and lost income because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs Cadbury says councils find themselves lacking sufficient funding.

That’s despite authorities carrying out the “whatever it takes” Government advice on tackling Coronavirus. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

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