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Saturday 20 March 2021

It would be “absurd” for the repair bill for Hammersmith bridge to be paid by a local council alone.

That’s according to Luisa Porritt, the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London, who’s calling on the Department for Transport to pay towards it.

She says that she would use the “soft power” the Mayor has to “get people round the table”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Students in Kingston are to take over the old PC World shop.

Youngsters at the School of Art and Business will set up inside the building in Fife Road to host events over the coming months.

The aim of the project is to bring empty shops to life and also evaluate how visitors use the town centre.

Funding is coming out of the £27 million allocated by Kingston Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man from Clapham Common who abused a woman on the street has been sent to prison for six weeks.

25 year-old Max Ronaldson approached the victim on 3 separate occasions; the first time, threatening to break into her house and rape her.

He was arrested and charged with threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment alarm or distress and causing harassment without violence.

He appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to both offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge is being called “one of the biggest transport issues in London” by the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London.

A ferry is being set up, but it’s going to cost £1.50 a trip.

Shaun Bailey says he wants to make the ferry free, and he has longer term plans as well.

TFL says that the ferry will restore the river connection, and allow repair work to be done at the same time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

The family of a mum and grandmother who passed away at St Helier hospital has raised over £5,000 for its intensive care unit.

They're also paid tribute to the kindness of the staff who cared for 66-year-old Kailas Patel, who had contracted Covid-19.

They say there was never a moment when they couldn't speak or get an update on Kailas's condition.

The family is imploring everyone to take the vaccine when offered, especially those from BAME backgrounds. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has defended his high turnover of managers since buying the club in 2003.

In a rare interview, he said they're "pragmatic" in their choices - after sacking 10 bosses and making 14 appointments.

Abramovich also told Forbes he can't understand why some clubs don't invest in their women's teams.

Chelsea are currently dominating the Women's Super League and they've reached the Champions League quarter-finals.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

A government “Kickstart” scheme to get young people back into employment isn’t going far enough.

That’s according to the MP for Feltham and Heston who is calling for urgent action to accelerate the scheme.

Seema Malholtra says that only 17 employers in Feltham are engaging with Kickstart, with 77 vacancies.

The Office for National Statistics backs this up, revealing over 1,400 unemployment benefit claims in the borough.

That’s almost triple the number for this time of year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

Fulham's Premier League survival hopes have been dealt a blow with a 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds.

They remain just two points from safety, but have also played two more games than Newcastle, who sit just above the drop zone.

Manager Scott Parker says his team weren't good enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Kingston, Hammersmith and Fulham and Richmond are to receive money to help children with Special Educational Needs.

Out of those, Kingston is to receive the most, with £9m straight away and £18m over the next four years, for £27m.

The other two are to receive £20m overall.

Twickenham Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson helped secure a meeting between Richmond councillors and the government.

She says “Through hard work and continued pressure in Parliament, we have secured today’s positive outcome for some of our most vulnerable children.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

People may have to pay £3 to cross a temporary Hammersmith Bridge.

A double decker structure has been proposed while the original is repaired, pencilled for summer next year.

However, a toll could be imposed to pay for the costs.

The plan will be discussed next week at a council meeting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 19 March 2021

Children in Richmond will continue to receive free school meals over the Easter holidays.

Nearly 3,500 children from the lowest income families have already received vouchers since the October half term.

The continuing support is being made available through the Council’s Winter Grand Fund.

Families can apply for funding via Citizens Advice Richmond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Work to restore a set of gates in Chiswick that were first opened by King George VI has been funded.

Almost 100 years ago, the entrance to Duke Meadows was due to become a set of gasworks spanning 80 acres, until the community stepped in to save it.

The Edensor Road entrance now has rusted ironwork and missing parts, which will all be renovated.

Nearly £58,000 has been committed to overhaul the entrance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The High Court has taken action to prevent raves at an estate in Southfields.

An injunction was granted last year after concerns that large-scale parties were planned on the Edgecombe Hall estate.

The order now prohibits unlicensed music events, and the playing of loud amplified music within communal areas.

Anyone who does so between now and the end of September could be arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The YMCA will hold its annual Sleep Easy next Friday, although this year, it’s going virtual

People are being asked to sleep anywhere but in their bed for the night to raise awareness of youngsters sleeping rough. 

Richard James is the Chief Executive of the YMCA St Paul’s in Surbiton:

To find out more or register to take part, go to
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm  

A person has died in a fire in Banstead

The blaze broke out just before 3am in Holly Lane West.

No other injuries were reported and there were not thought to be any other people in the property at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man from Brentford has been charged with causing more than £17,000 worth of damage to a train carriage

The carriage was sprayed with graffiti while stationed at Ruislip depot in October 2018.

The costs incurred were due to the need for cleaning and the removal of the train from service.

27 year old George Dimech will appear in court on April the 12th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A “serial up-skirter” who targeted a 17-year-old girl on a train in Ashtead has been jailed for 20 months


 26-year-old  Leon Chan from Sheffield has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for ten years.

The incident happened on October the 1st last year at around 3pm. 

It was captured on CCTV and Chan was identified by officers in Sheffield and arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

A fire at a house in Fulham last night is believed to have been caused by a log burner

Part of the ground and first floors of a mid-terraced property in Stephendale Road were damaged.

Meanwhile, fire also broke out at a warehouse in Beddington early this morning. 

Around 50 batteries behind the roller shutter entrance of a two-storey building  in Greenland Way caught light.

Firefighters removed and cooled two gas cylinders.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

It’s emerged Spelthorne was Surrey’s “happiest” borough last year

The Office for National Statistics looked at a range of factors which contribute to residents’ wellbeing.

These included happiness, anxiety, and life satisfaction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

People are being urged to have their say on plans to transform the old Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston

The site was closed permanently in December 2019 after it was discovered urgent repairs were needed on the roof.

The council, which has decided to knock the site down, now wants residents’ views on how to create a new focal point on the site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

The UK's leading gardening charity's pledging to go peat-free by 2025

The Royal Horticultural Society says instead it'll be trialling sustainable alternatives like farmed sphagnum moss at its gardens, including Wisley.

Healthy peatlands trap in carbon, helping to reduce emissions and tackle climate change, but it loses this function if it's damaged - when it's dug up and sold.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A man has been jailed after assaulting emergency workers at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth

When he was admitted, 52-year-old Wayne Dillon was found to be wanted by the courts and arrested.

When police were checking his personal property, he spat at the officers.

He’s been sentenced to 23 weeks in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Thousands of people across the UK will join the YMCA for its first ever “Virtual Sleep Easy” next Friday

People are being asked to sleep anywhere but in their bed for the night to raise awareness of youngsters sleeping rough. 

Richard James is the Chief Executive of the YMCA St Paul’s in Surbiton.

He says young people are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is joining a “Parliamentary Puppy Smuggling Taskforce.”

Ruth Cadbury is backing charity Dogs Trust’s campaign to put an end to the unlegislated trade and campaign for tougher laws against it.

Puppies have been arriving from across Europe with little water, no food or exercise, to be sold online to unsuspecting buyers.

Some have behavioural and significant health problems and some don’t survive at all. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

An “unprovoked” stabbing in Croydon is being investigated by police

The force have just released details of the incident on the 5th of February on Trafalgar Way, near Waddon Marsh station.

A man in his 20s was found with stab wounds to his chest, and his phone had been stolen.

His injuries were not life threatening.

The suspect is described as tall, white, in his mid to late 20s, and wearing a black and white striped facemask.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Thursday 18 March 2021

Officers from Kensington and Chelsea arrested nine people following a number of raids this morning.

They were carried out in response to ongoing drug dealing, drug use and associated knife and gang related crime across several areas.

The warrants were carried out across 12 addresses in Kensington and Chelsea.

Drugs were recovered from eight of the addresses; more than £30,000 in cash was seized from one address.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 pm  

Spelthorne Borough Council is reiterating its preference to stay singular.

Surrey County Council wants to amalgamate 11 district and borough councils, encompassing 1.2 million people.

But Spelthorne is arguing that individual authority knowledge will would be lost by centralising power.

Bosses also say that contact from residents has suggested that 90% wish Spelthorne to remain independent.

We've contacted Surrey CC for comment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An eyewitness account in the investigation into the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in Fulham won’t be re-investigated.

It was received in 2019 and related to the sighting of man who had apparently disposed a bag in the Grand Union Canal in Brentford in July 1986.

It was treated as a new line of enquiry, but officers found that the part of the canal mentioned had already been extensively searched.

The 2014 search was conducted following an unrelated homicide investigation.

During that search, no items were recovered which were connected to the Suzy Lamplugh investigation and that line of enquiry was closed.

The Met says detectives remain committed to securing justice for Suzy's family.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Passport control workers at Heathrow airport are planning to strike over Easter.

There's a dispute over what are being called "unworkable" new rosters.

Around 450 members of the PCS union will take a week of industrial action from April 1st.

It's happening at the same time as members of Unite plan to walk out in a separate dispute over pay and conditions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

The tradition of tennis fans queueing to get into Wimbledon has been scrapped this year

Supporters often camp out overnight to get a seat on the show courts at the All England Club.

General ticket sales will likely go online because of Covid-19 restrictions.

People who secured a place in the public ballot for last year's cancelled event will get priority this summer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Kingston Council says it’s seeing an increased cost in recycling because more people have been working at home over the last year.

The online booking system for Villiers Road Recycling Centre is to be made permanent as a result.

Households will also only be able to use the site 20 times a year.

Residents will now also be charged £15 for replacement recycling bins; 18,000 are currently handed out free of charge every year.

The news came via leaflets dropped through residents' homes this week. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

100 parking machines are being removed in Richmond and replaced with an app service

The council says the move, which follows an upsurge in machine fraud, will improve safety.

The first 50 terminals will be removed by the end of March with the remainder by the end of June this year.

Critics of the move say it will make getting around town harder for the older population.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Five swans have been possibly attacked in Surrey in the past three weeks, with two dying of their injuries

A young swan was found with a puncture wound to the head in Ewell Court Lake on Tuesday, and is now on an IV drip.

There have been reports of youths with BB guns and catapults in the area.

However, no pellet was found in the bird’s head when she was X-rayed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are investigating an alleged indecent exposure in Clapham.

A woman was walking on Clapham Common Southside on Saturday evening when she witnessed a man expose himself.

The man is described as white, aged approximately 50 years old, around 5ft 6inches tall with grey hair.

He was wearing a red waistcoat or vest over a shirt and light coloured trousers.

Detective Constable Luke Flood from the Central South Command Unit which polices Lambeth said:

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and can help identify the man involved to contact police. Clapham Common was extremely busy on Saturday evening with people who had attended the vigil; many people would have been filming or taking pictures. 

"I would ask anyone to check any material they captured and see if they can identify the man described.

“We also cannot discount that there may have been other instances of this nature in and around the Clapham Common area so I would urge anyone who has witnessed get in contact.

“An incident of indecent exposure can be an extremely distressing offence for those who witness it and it is one police take very seriously. Officers have spoken to the woman to offer her support and ensure she is kept updated with the progress of the investigation.”

Anyone who can assist police is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD2602/18Mar. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

A lawyer in Esher is facing a £50,000 legal bill, after her legal case with her neighbour over a hedge failed

61-year-old Julia Lofthouse says that when the hedge was cut, it infringed on her privacy.

Both her and her neighbour, 61-year-old Nick Hartley own houses worth over a million pounds.

A judge has ruled that a surveyor must attend the houses and work out the true boundary, and that the Lofthouses must pay the legal costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

A large fight between a group of teenagers in Leatherhead has left a teenager with facial injuries

Police received calls at around 4pm on Sunday to the large field which runs alongside the River Mole near Randalls Road.

Three teenage boys were seen hitting another on the head from behind.

All are described as wearing track suits with black balaclavas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Freeing a squirrel from the back of fridge in Wimbledon is just one of nearly 13,500 calls to the RSPCA in London since the start of lockdown.

The charity says it has continued to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals whilst adapting to lockdown rules and social distancing.

Animals have also continued to be fostered.

But bosses say fundraising has taken on a whole new theme including an online pet show which was a “world first.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm  

An inquest's opened into the death of Sarah Everard

The hearing was told work to establish the cause of her death is still underway.

Her remains were found in Kent a week after she disappeared while walking home in Clapham on the 3rd of March.

The hearing's been adjourned until criminal proceedings are complete.

Reporter Becky Cotterill at Maidstone Coroner's Court says the 33 year-old's family were watching on:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

Chelsea have eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 3-nil aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid

They were 2-nil winners over the Spanish side at Stamford Bridge last night.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says Atletico couldn't cope with the constant pressure from his team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

A female student at a £20,000 a year private school in Wimbledon is accusing it of a culture of sexual assault and harassment

The student has published an 11-page open letter, in which she alleges that male pupils attack girls while drunk, and circulate lewd photos of them in group chats.

King’s College School in Wimbledon is denying the claims, saying current and former pupils have emailed them to say they “do not recognise” the allegations.

It adds that they are “very far from complacent” but “there is clearly more work we can do”.

The student is asking the school for regular PSHE lessons, and to “admit” the alleged issue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Buildings across London have been lit up orange in respect of Sarah Everard

In Sutton, the flagpole at the Civic Centre was lit up, and the council leader says she’s speaking to organisations on how to drive change.

In Richmond, leader Gareth Roberts says it’s “one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations” today.

Orange is the colour of the international campaign to end violence against women and girls.

An inquest has opened her into death.

The hearing in Maidstone has been adjourned until after criminal proceedings are completed.

Police officer Wayne Couzens is charged with her murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A caravan and shed are on fire in Epsom

One fire engine was sent to tackle the blaze on Tonstall Road, just off Longmead Road.

Crews were called at 10.10, and remain at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

There’s been a surge in referrals for eating disorders among under 18s during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS data suggests there was a 46% increase in new referrals last year compared to the previous year.

Sam Crilly from Surbiton was just 13 when she was diagnosed with Anorexia nervosa.

Now recovered, she shares some insight into how the pandemic might be affecting sufferers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

The inquest into the death of Sarah Everard will be opened later

A coroner will begin proceedings in Maidstone, as police continue their investigations into what happened to her.

A second post-mortem examination was carried out on her body yesterday after the first proved inconclusive.

The 33-year-old went missing on March 3rd while walking home after visiting a friend in Clapham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Police are investigating two incidents where youngsters were intimidated in New Haw and Addlestone

The first, last Friday afternoon, involved an attempted robbery of a young girl in Scotland Bridge Road by two suspects. 

The victim was verbally and physically intimidated by the suspects but fortunately nothing was taken.

The second incident occurred at around 5.15pm in Woodham Lane, where two young boys were also approached by two suspects.

They were verbally intimidated and then threatened with violence. 

The suspects are described as a white teenage boy and girl and are to be believed to between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 17 March 2021

The plane had to return to Heathrow after a laser was shone at it over Paris

 The service to Israel had been in the air for just 25 minutes.

A spokesperson says it was a "precautionary step".

All customers were offered overnight accommodation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 pm  

Kingston University is expanding it's Covid-19 vaccination hub

 The new space at Penryhn Road now has room for 10 vaccination stations.

Lecture theatres at the campus have been repurposed as waiting and observation areas.

The site is now offering vaccination to the next priority group which includes the clinically vulnerable and over 55s. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 pm  

An app which allows children to hit a panic button if they feel threatened has been launched in Wandsworth

 The Zecure app also allows parents to tell when their child has left school and arrived home safely.

Councillor Jonathon Cook says while reports of robberies on schoolchildren are "thankfully rare", they wanted to give families "peace of mind".

Zecure's CEO, Mikkel Dissing, says he's a Wandsworth parent, and he's "happy to help families" in the area stay safe.

Use the area code WANSAF when registering. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

One of Twickenham’s most historic buildings has gone orange in tribute to Sarah Everard

Orleans Gallery will stay lit up in support of the United Nations UNiTE by 2030 campaign to End Violence against women.

One in three women and girls worldwide has experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Richmond plans to become a White Ribbon Accredited Organisation this year to tackle abuse, harassment and violence against women.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

A fresh appeal for information has been launched following an acid attack in Thornton Heath

A 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, were walking along Thornton Road on the morning of December the 7th.

As they walked near the junction with Gonville Road, they were approached by a man they didn’t know.

The suspect threw a cup of corrosive liquid over them before running off.

Both victims were hospitalised following the attack, with the 19-year-old black victim suffering a permanent loss of sight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

Uber drivers will be treated as employees from today, meaning they're entitled to holiday pay and a pension scheme

The 70,000 staff will also be paid at least the minimum wage, after a Supreme Court ruling last month.

Drivers successfully argued they were workers, while Uber claimed they were only contractors.

Business secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng supports the U-turn by the ride-hailing app.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Surrey is to become one of the first counties in the country to use artificial intelligence to spot potholes

Cameras inside council vehicles can spot defects, and report their location and size.

The software can also track the development of potholes over time, to ensure they’re dealt with when needed.

The sensors will also be used to gather data on traffic, and the temperature of the roads to make decisions about gritting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

The Conservatives have reportedly pulled all funding for their candidate for London Mayor

The Mirror reports that Shaun Bailey has only raised £575,000 since 2018, compared to £2.5m raised by Boris Johnson in 2012.

Party sources told the newspaper that he was the “worst candidate in history” and he has problems “being late everywhere”.

The Tories say that he still has their full support, and a campaign spokesman says it’s “fictional” and “hearsay”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Two men have been charged with attempted murder after a man suffered life-threatening injuries in Croydon

Pawel and Jakub Smolinski have been charged after a 37-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds in Church Street, Croydon, on Saturday 13th March.

The two men are due to appear at Croydon Crown Court on 12 April, while the victim remains in hospital in a critical condition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

A new resident led group is being set up to address any issues that may arise during the expansion of Shepperton Studios

The plans were given the “green light” by Spelthorne Council in 2019.

They include the building of new sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots and a car park.

Residents and councillors will meet every other month to consult with the studios along with contractors and consultants.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Kingston’s parking wardens are to be equipped with body worn cameras

They’ll be rolled out as part of a 4-week trial from April the 6th.

If the pilot is successful, the council will look into making them permanent.

The cameras will record any incidents of verbal and physical abuse against the wardens.

Additionally, footage can also be used if a complaint may be raised about an officer’s conduct.

Data captured is encrypted before being transferred to a dedicated secure storage facility at the end of each shift.

It will stay there for no more than 90 days, unless required for investigation, before being deleted. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Tuesday 16 March 2021

99.9% of bin collections in Sutton were done on schedule at the end of last year.

The Lib-Dem council has released the stats, which show that 75% of streets in the borough were found to meet litter standards. 

The figures also show that no waste was sent to landfill, with around half sent for recycling and half for “energy recovery”.

Belmont Tory councillor Neil Garratt took to Twitter to criticise the speed at which the figures had been released.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 pm  

More than £60 million has been handed out to businesses in Sutton over the last year.

It’s part of the Council’s Covid-19 response to help those struggling in the pandemic.

Despite this, the authority says it is facing a “big challenge”.

More than 70% of its budget goes to caring for vulnerable residents and its government funding has more than halved since 2011.

To see how Sutton Council is planning on tackling funding problems while maintaining services, click here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 pm  

A number of women with buggies have been targeted by pickpockets in Balham.

One woman says she was tending to her baby on Tooting Common when her phone was stolen.

Police say they’re stepping up patrols in response, both in uniform and in plain clothes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 pm  

A Croydon police officer who pretended his brother had terminal cancer so he could get time off work has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Former PC Callum McIntyre was given 30 days of compassionate leave after making the claim to his sergeant in the Metropolitan force in 2019.

He then told another team that his sibling had died while receiving treatment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 pm  

Eight people have been arrested across London and Hertfordshire after a year-long investigation into people trafficking.

That includes people in Kingston and Hounslow, arrested on suspicion of controlling prostitution offences.

The network of people are believed to be linked to the trafficking of Chinese women in the UK.

Vulnerable people at the brothels are now being supported, while officers gather evidence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 pm  

Today is Young Carers’ Action Day.

A carer is anyone who looks after, unpaid, a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support.

This could be due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

There are estimated to be around 700,000 young carers in the UK. 

This teenager from Kingston Carers Network explains exactly what her role involves. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 pm  

An inquest has recorded a verdict of suicide following the death of a man in Epsom

Ray Herridge's body was found by his wife on February the 2nd.

In a statement to Woking Coroners’ Court she said a diagnosis of Prostate cancer coupled with work-isolation  because of the pandemic had affected his well-being. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

A plumber is being credited with saving a man’s life in Hammersmith.

It’s after Patrick Oakley, who works for the council’s repair team, was called to a leak.

While talking, the resident started to feel unwell with Patrick suspecting they were having a heart attack.

He called for an ambulance and waited with the man, who says if Patrick hadn’t called in that day, the worst could have happened.

Patrick also returned to the flat to fix the leak.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

The Government’s proposed Police and Crime bill is “not fit for purpose”

That’s according to Sarah Kenyon, spokesperson for Epsom and Ewell Labour.

She’s written to Epsom MP Chris Grayling highlighting what she says are its deficiencies in the light of Sarah Everard’s murder.

The bill is proposing a 10-year maximum sentence for damage to a statue whilst grievous bodily harm to a person remains 5 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

A man has been charged following an indecent exposure in Staines

30-year-old Ratheesan Ranganathan, who lives in the area, is accused of the incident on The Causeway at the end of February.

He’s appeared before a Magistrates Court and has been remanded until next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Man appears at Old Bailey charged with murder of Sarah Everard

 A serving police constable has appeared in court for a second time after he was charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard who disappeared from Clapham on March the 3rd. 

48 year old Wayne Couzens appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Today he appeared via video link at the Central Criminal Court.

A provisional trial date has been set for the 25th of October. 

A pre-trial plea hearing has been scheduled for Friday the 9th of July. 

A woman, aged in her 30s, who was arrested at the same time as Couzens on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail to return to a police station on a date in mid-April.

Sarah's family have been informed and specialist officers are in place to support the family and friends.

The investigation continues and is being led by Specialist Crime Command detectives who are drawing on expertise and skills from hundreds of colleagues across the Met. 

They are also being supported by Kent Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

The foreign secretary says it's 'appalling' that women suffer fear, intimidation and threats as the government looks at new safety measures following the death of Sarah Everard

They include better lighting and CCTV in parks.

Plain clothes police officers could also end up patrolling bars and nightclubs.

Dominic Raab insists the matter's a priority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

27 people have been arrested in two days as part of a crackdown on violent crime in London

Five areas were targeted by police at the start of the month, including Hounslow.

More than £10,000 in cash has been seized, as well as £30,000 worth of Class A drugs.

Acting Detective Inspector Sarah Herson says they will “relentlessly” pursue those who use transport networks and local estates to commit violent crime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Over 40,000 rapid community tests have been carried out in Kensington and Chelsea since December

The council has been specifically targeting key workers and those who cannot work from home, who have no symptoms. 

Parents and guardians of children at school or college and their childcare and support bubbles can also get tested.

The latest figures show there were 29 cases last week, a decrease on the previous week’s 53 cases.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A Sprocker Spaniel called Ted was stolen whilst walking in Raynes Park last December

His owner, who was attacked during the theft on Cannon Hill Common, is one of many people still looking for their dog.

Now, a production company called Fusiology is looking to create a new TV programme “Muddy Paws” to highlight dog theft.

Lisa Loops and her team says people still don’t understand the dangers.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

Plain clothes police officers could patrol bars and nightclubs to protect women from being sexually harassed and attacked

It follows demands for better protection of women after the murder of Sarah Everard.

Pilot programmes in different areas would involve sending undercover officers into nightspots, looking for predatory suspects.

The idea - called 'Project Vigilant' - follows a meeting of the government's Crime and Justice Taskforce, chaired by Boris Johnson.

There'll also be increased patrols at closing time.

In addition, funding for things like street lighting is being doubled - to £45m.

Ministers will be contacting local forces and police and crime commissioners

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A former Croydon police officer who lied about his brother dying of cancer has been found proven of gross misconduct

On  his first shift in March 2019, PC Callum Mcintyre told his sergeant that his brother had terminal cancer, and was granted 30 days of compassionate leave.

He later admitted this wasn’t true.

In August that year, he failed to take a statement from a woman who had been threatened by a man on a moped, and didn’t record the incident.

He resigned in February last year, and would have been sacked if he was still serving.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Monday 15 March 2021

The home secretary's asked people not to take part in large gatherings while coronavirus restrictions are in place.

Priti Patel's has also announced an independent review into the police's handling of women at an event for Sarah Everard.

Officers were seen pinning one woman down at the vigil on Satirda on Clapham Common.

She’s since identified herself as Patsy Stevenson from Southend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands is being criticised, after saying that the Mayor of London is in charge of the Met’s policing.

The Tory MP said to the Labour Mayor, “why not you take some responsibility?”.

The Mayor is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Met, and acts as an overseer.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel, and the Commissioner Cressida Dick, are largely responsible for the delivering of day-to-day policing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A hospice in North Cheam is looking for an army of volunteers so it can reopen its much-needed charity shops next month.

St Raphael’s needs anyone who can commit to 4 hours or more to clean, tidy and re-merchandise the stores with summer stock.

Thousands of donated items stocked at the donation centre in Sutton also need sorting before April the 12th.

The eBay team is also looking for people to help get some of those more unusual items displayed online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Sutton is getting more affordable housing.

The authority delivered 93 homes across three sites in 2018 and 19, and is about to start work on a further 28 homes on five sites.

The council says its focus is on affordable properties that enhance the area’s environment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm  

The home secretary’s confirmed an independent review’s been launched into the police response to a gathering for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.

Priti Patel insists the government "backs" the Metropolitan force, but has described footage of the event on Saturday as "upsetting".

Campaigners have also raised concerns about the way reports of worrying behaviour towards women are dealt with by authorities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Met Police statement on disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh

The Metropolitan Police Service’s investigation into the disappearance and murder of Suzy Lamplugh in Fulham is ongoing, and detectives remain committed to securing justice for her family. 

Suzy Lamplugh was aged just 25 when she was reported missing on Monday the 28th of July 1986. She was last seen at around 1pm.

Suzy was working as an estate agent, and left her office to meet a prospective client to view a flat, but she did not arrive back at her office. Her car, a white Ford Fiesta, was later found abandoned in Stevenage Road.

Suzy is presumed dead, and is believed to have been abducted and murdered. Her body has never been found. More than 34 years have passed, and the police investigation into Suzy’s disappearance is still active with detectives from the Met’s Specialist Casework Team, part of Central Specialist Crime, continuing to pursue leads.

In 2018 and 2019, officers completed two extensive searches with the support of a team of forensic experts, one at a property in the West Midlands, and the other on open land in Worcestershire, as part of the investigation. No evidence was found.

In August 2019 the Specialist Casework Team received further information. This related to the sighting of man, who had apparently disposed a large bag in the Grand Union Canal in July 1986. This was treated as a new line of enquiry, but it was found that the part of the canal mentioned by the witness and the surrounding canal stretches had been extensively searched by the Met’s Marine Support Unit and London Fire Brigade Search Unit in September 2014. The 2014 search was conducted following an unrelated homicide investigation. During that search, no items were recovered which were connected to the Suzy Lamplugh investigation and the line of enquiry re the 1986 sighting was closed.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves, the senior investigating officer, said: “We would urge anyone who believes they might know something about what happened to Suzy all those years ago to come forward. Whether you saw something that you thought was unconnected at the time, or you felt under pressure to protect someone you knew – it is not too late.

“The passage of time has not weakened our determination to seek justice and get the answers that the Lamplugh family continue to wait for. They have always been supportive of our efforts to make progress in the investigation, and they have shown remarkable strength despite the immense sadness they have endured over the years.”

One man was arrested in December 2000 and questioned, and a file was later submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service. However, it was decided that there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.

This has been a significant case for the Met, both in terms of its length and complexity, and because of the sense of tragedy of a young woman vanishing with no apparent trace. This case has been the subject of a number of high-profile media appeals, resulting in hundreds of pieces of information from members of the public which have been carefully followed up by officers.

We will continue to ensure that no stone is unturned, as we know that one piece of information could provide the breakthrough for detectives. Today, we have the benefit of being able to utilise cutting-edge forensic science and other technology where needed, to find and analyse evidence. Officers will continue to revisit forensic opportunities where viable. We will continue to assess any new information.

If you have information that could assist officers, call the Specialist Casework Team on 020 7230 4294. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. You will not be asked for your name, and your call is not traced.

Please click here if you have any information or images which may assist the investigation :

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

A man has been found injured inside a car on Wimbledon Common

Police were called at around 10.35 this morning to the area just outside Cannizaro House.

The man, aged in his 80's, was suffering from a head wound and has been taken to hospital.

The circumstances are not believed to be suspicious at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Sutton has made environmental history

Lucy Mayer explains how:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Statement from Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Emma Will, lead member for community safety, on the safety of women and girls following the death of Sarah Everard:

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by the killing of Sarah Everard and my thoughts are with her family and friends at this incredibly difficult and traumatic time.

“Sarah’s death has provoked a great deal of anxiety for many of our residents. We know there is more to do in every corner of society, from individuals and organisations, but I want to reassure you that myself and this Council is committed to tackling violence against women and girls.

“Over the last few days we have seen women sharing their stories of times when they have felt unsafe. Our experiences of abuse, intimidation and violence are all too common.

“Support is available for women affected by domestic abuse, harassment and sexual violence via the Angelou Partnership. We commission the consortia of 10 local specialist organisations and they continue to support women during the pandemic through telephone and online consultations.

“Statistics show that nationally 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault during their lifetime, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse. This is not just a women’s issue, this is an issue for every single person in society. We need men to hold other men to account, teach boys how to respect women and help us to make public spaces safe for women.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

A man has died in Mitcham

Police were called to reports of a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian in Linden Place just after 8 o’clock.

The victim died at the scene. 

One man was arrested for the offence of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

A government minister's defended the chief of the Metropolitan Police but has described scenes from a gathering for Sarah Everard as "alarming".

Footage from Saturday's vigil in Clapham shows people being pulled and grabbed by officers with one woman being held to the ground.

But former assistant commissioner Helen King says officers had to step in because coronavirus rules were broken:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

A money launderer who tried to leave the country with suitcases full of cash has been jailed

38-year-old Zdenek Kamryt was detained at Heathrow with more than £1.3m.

He initially told Border Force he was a currency trader and intended to use the money to buy watches.

He’s been sentenced to just over two years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

The Metropolitan Police is affirming that it’s investigating the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh from Fulham in 1986

The force is currently facing criticism for its handling of a vigil to Sarah Everard, who was also abducted and murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Reeves says “The passage of time has not weakened our determination to seek justice”.

The Met says new forensic technology could turn up new leads.

Its urging anyone with information to get in touch on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

The Prime Minister will chair a meeting with senior police officers later, after expressing 'concern' about how a vigil in honour of Sarah Everard was handled at the weekend

She went missing in Clapham - her body was found in Kent on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson will discuss women's safety with the Crime and Justice Taskforce which includes the head of the Metropolitan Force.

Cressida Dick says she won't be resigning in the wake of criticism.

Police investigating the death of Sarah Everard have cordoned off an area in the town of Sandwich.

A path near the town centre's been sealed.

Serving police officer Wayne Couzens, who's 48, is due to appear before the Old Bailey tomorrow charged with kidnap and murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

The iconic Moonwalk London will look very different this year

Each May, around 15,000 people gather on Clapham Common ready to walk through the capital overnight in their bras.  

But this year’s event will see walkers carrying out the challenge on their own in order to raise funds for cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Founder Nina Barough says the virtual event is more vital than ever.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A man is in hospital in a critical condition after being shot in Croydon

A 37-year-old was found with life threatening injuries on Church Street on Saturday night.

Two men, aged 24 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Sunday 14 March 2021

London’s first-ever “tiny forest” has been created in Hammersmith.

The dense, fast-growing woodland consists of 600 trees and shrubs planted in an area the size of a tennis court.

The space in Hammersmith Park will join a future collective of more than 3,000 tiny forests around the world.

The aim is to preserve biodiversity and reconnect people with nature.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Some people in Epsom are expressing concern over proposals to start mineral recycling at Chalk Pit industrial site.

Residents fear Silica dust could be disturbed; it’s been linked to lung scarring and disease.

There are calls for Surrey County Council to review all the site’s activities.

We’ve contacted them for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The head of British Airways is urging the government to "be ambitious" and "set an example" for allowing people to travel overseas.

Sean Doyle, Chief executive of the Heathrow based airline, says the UK should lead the way in developing systems to make that happen.

He believes digital passports could be one answer, as well as new ways to prove a passenger has had a recent negative Covid test.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s defended his rotation policy since taking over.

Despite often making changes, he's pointed out the side that drew nil-nil at Leeds yesterday wasn't that different to their previous away game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Crystal Palace manager’s shown support to Wilfried Zaha, who’s become the first Premier League player to stop taking a knee before games.

Zaha remained standing while other players carried out the gesture ahead of Palace's 1-nil win against West Brom yesterday.

In a statement, Zaha said "it doesn't matter" whether players kneel or stand because they "continue to receive abuse".

And his boss, Roy Hodgson agrees.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel criticised his side's attacking play following yesterday's goalless Premier League draw against Leeds.

However, he's defended his decision to play Kai Havertz as his main striker.

Tuchel says Havertz is happy in that role - despite playing much of his career as a midfielder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Reclaim These Streets who tried to organise a vigil for Sarah Everard in south London, which was then cancelled, has criticised police for defending the actions of officers.

Scotland Yard insists it had to act as coronavirus rules were being broken.

A crowd turned up to pay their respects to the 33-year-old on Clapham Common last night.

But there are photos of women being pulled away and one person - Patsy Stevenson - pinned to the ground.

She's put a message on social media:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

A government minister's described the scenes around police action at a gathering for Sarah Everard as "upsetting" and is calling for officers to explain what happened.

Four arrests were made at the vigil in south London with photos showing a woman being pinned to the ground.

Police insist they stepped in because coronavirus rules were being broken.

Victims' Commissioner Dame Vera Baird doesn't think officers helped stop the spread of Covid-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Worcester Park Athletics club says proposals to introduce residents’ only parking in the area will reduce its viability.

The club hosts community sporting fixtures but relies on nearby streets for visitor parking.

It says members and visiting teams would face a real challenge to use the facilities if the council’s plans for a CPZ go ahead.

Bosses also worry members may be tempted to go elsewhere which would compound financial losses already incurred from lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The Carshalton branch of Diabetes UK is to host a virtual Q&A next week for people worried about the Covid-19 vaccine.

People with the disease currently fall in Group 6 of the vaccine roll-out. 

Information will be available about the jab, with a chance to discuss concerns and ask questions.

The meeting on Thursday will also raise awareness and focus on prevention of a disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A collection of poems has been released to mark Mothering Sunday.

Night Feeds and Morning Songs is an ode to the joys as well as the trepidation of motherhood.

Ana Sampson, from Ashtead, who has collated the works, says the Coronavirus pandemic has put greater emphasis on the role of mothers.

She spoke to Jackie's Emily Dexter ahead of Mother's Day:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The Home Secretary wants the head of the Metropolitan Police to give a 'full report' into what went on at a vigil for Sarah Everard - after officers were criticised for their handling of the crowd in Clapham.

The Lib Dem leader's called it a 'moral failure' and wants Cressida Dick to resign.

Other politicians have described footage from last night as 'deeply disturbing' and 'upsetting'.

The event had been cancelled over coronavirus restrictions, but many still chose to honour the 33-year-old - and were chanting on Clapham Common.

Serving police officer 48-year-old Wayne Couzens has been remanded in custody, charged with Sarah's kidnap and murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

A murder investigation remains ongoing five years on from the death of Robyn Mercer in West Molesey.

Mrs Mercer’s body was found in Walton Road just after 8 am on Monday 14th March 2016.

Officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries to identify who was responsible and establish what happened.

On the 5th anniversary, Chief investigating officer detective Chris Friday said‘We are determined as ever to find those responsible.’

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting Operation Zebu.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 am  

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