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Saturday 27 March 2021

Surrey Police are reminding people that there are safe and easy ways to dispose of unwanted knives.

Amnesty bins are in place across the county all year round including in Staines, Guildford and Reigate.

You can dispose of the weapons anonymously with no questions asked.

The purpose of the bins is to provide a safe and secure way to dispose of weapons to reduce the number of knives on the streets.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman has died in a house fire in Croydon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire on Sutherland Road at a mid-terraced house at around 10:45 this morning.

The ground floor of the house and half of the first floor was destroyed by the blaze.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Prime Minister says that he thinks “there is going to be a role” for vaccine certification in the future.

He says that the government is considering many possibilities.

Twickenham MP Munira Wilson is the Lib Dem’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson.

She’s spoken out against vaccine passports for domestic use and has fears about what they would mean in the future.

The government is reviewing COVID certifications, with the results being made public next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

People are being warned against riding e-scooters in Richmond and Bushy Parks.

Royal Parks Police has issued a reminder that they can only be used on private land.

Riding e-scooters on public land can incur a £300 fine and between 3 and 6 points on your driving license.

A number of e-scooter trials across the UK have already been scrapped.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters are tackling a fire at a house on Sutherland Road in Croydon.

A small area of the ground floor within the mid-terraced house over two floors is alight and a small area of the first floor is also alight.

The Brigade was called at 1043 this morning.

The cause of the blaze is not known at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man has been charged with the murder of a 21-year-old in Hounslow.

31-year-old Shaddai Smith from Romford was charged on Friday with murder.

He was also charged with wounding with intent against another man, and a burglary in Granville Avenue on 22 March.

Mr Smith is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court later today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Queen guitarist Brian May has defended his long-term chauffeur over sexual abuse allegations, insisting he’s a “gentle giant”.

59-year-old Philip Webb from Epsom has worked for the musician and his wife, former Eastenders actress Anita Dobson, for over 20 years.

Mr Webb denies abusing a girl between 1999 and 2006.

Both May and Dobson appeared at Kingston Crown Court to give evidence in Webb’s defence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

It's "really important" for businesses in Twickenham to get rugby fans back "when it's safe to do so".

That's according to MP Munira Wilson, who says a successful trial at The Stoop last year showed they can be reintroduced.

Mrs Wilson says that when crowds return, it should start with fans who live in Richmond, expanding the catchment area gradually.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Queues at Heathrow Airport will be cut as new high-tech scanners will detect liquids and laptops in bags.

The new equipment will be installed throughout the airport and be able to scan in far greater detail – ending the need to empty bags at security.

The system uses computer tomography scanners similar to those used in hospitals.

It will be the largest application of the technology in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Centre Court shopping centre in Wimbledon is the latest venue to be turned into a Covid-19 vaccination hub.
A special unit has been set up on the upper mall in the former Gap store.

Centre Court was chosen because of its easy access; next to Wimbledon train and underground station and on various bus routes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Residents at a care home in Surbiton can now enjoy holding hands with a family member for the first time in a year.

Specially adapted rooms have been set up at the Royal Star and Garter home for veterans.

All guests have to wear PPE and have a negative lateral flow test result before they can enjoy an hour long visit.

The home has provided outdoor and Covid secure visits when possible but admits physical contact is irreplaceable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

An e-scooter rider has been involved in a collision with a car in Thornton Heath.

The incident happened last Thursday lunchtime in Whitehorse Lane.

The man was taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment for potentially life-changing injuries.

The driver of the dark coloured vehicle did not stop at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 26 March 2021

Three people have been arrested after a massive flytip was found in Hook.

A load of rubbish was discovered in Argent Court, off Hook Rise South, earlier this week.

Police say it’s the “result of people not using reputable waste collectors.”

The investigation is ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Hundreds of people are expected to flock to the Surrey Hills once lockdown measures ease from next week.

The “Stay at Home” rule is due to be relaxed on Monday, meaning outdoor gatherings for up to 6 people will be allowed.

The “area of outstanding beauty” was overwhelmed with visitors last Easter, at one point, the police helicopter had to move people on.

Visitors are being encouraged to enjoy the nature site but avoid areas like Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A spaniel, which was one of 10 suspected stolen dogs seized in Surrey by police, has been reunited with her owners.

Willow, a two-year-old cocker spaniel, was found by Sussex Police last week.

She had been stolen during a burglary in Suffolk in July.

A 30-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The location of the site is not being disclosed for operational reasons.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There are more chain-free properties on the market.

New research has found 21% of homes are being sold by someone who doesn't need to buy one for themselves, up 6% on last year.

Rightmove says the trend was partly a sign of more people moving into rental homes to "try before they buy".

In London, the number has jumped 9% in the past year, the biggest national increase.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

More than 30 young people with learning disabilities have had their vaccinations at a clinic in Battersea, with plans for more to have them there too

Share Community set up the sensory clinic there, which had soothing lights and tranquil music.

Alice Gough, from the charity, explains why it was necessary.

Sandra’s son Brandon had the jab there, and she says he had “no problem” and she is “so relieved and grateful.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Two people have been arrested following a fatal stabbing in Hounslow

On Monday morning, police were called to Granville Avenue, where one man was found injured and another died of his injuries.

The man who died has been named as 21-year-old Renato Geci, who lived in the area.

Enquiries are ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

An 18-year-old car thief from Epsom has been jailed

Police were called to a house in Ashtead last year, after two Mercedes had been stolen, as well as a handbag and £400 in cash.

One of the cars was found using number plate recognition, and Harry Higgs was arrested.

The other vehicle was later recovered, although the car keys were never found.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

A man has been charged after police seized two loaded pistols from a car in Isleworth

26 year old Carlos Cyrus was stopped by officers in Twickenham Road on Wednesday night.

He’s been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, ammunition and Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He’ll next appear at Harrow Crown Court at the end of next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

An 18-year-old car thief from Epsom has been jailed

Police were called to a house in Ashtead last year, after two Mercedes had been stolen, as well as a handbag and £400 in cash.

One of the cars was found using number plate recognition, and Harry Higgs was arrested.

The other vehicle was later recovered, although the car keys were never found.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Kingston is to get its own digitised map celebrating its vast history

Kingston Heritage Service is currently searching for the top “100 histories” that have defined the borough.

It wants residents to upload photos, press clippings and videos along their history submissions.

The artefacts will then be pinned to a digital map with the top stories shared and used to create future activities and events in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium has been turned into a vaccination centre

It’s the third to have made the change in South-West London, with Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park and Harlequins’ The Stoop.

Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam says he’s “very grateful” to the club for the space and their “fantastic support” to the NHS.

People over 50 are being urged to get their jabs as soon as possible, with fears of vaccine supply issues in the future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Police are looking for a “dark-coloured vehicle” after a collision in Thornton Heath left a person with potentially life-changing injuries

Nothing else is known about the driver or vehicle, as the person did not stop at the scene.

Last Thursday, the vehicle collided with a person on an e-scooter on Thornton Heath High Street, near the junction with Whitehorse Lane.

There have been no arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Carshalton’s MP is one of over 70 who have written to the Chancellor asking him to introduce a lower draught beer duty

It would apply to beer sold in pubs and clubs, with the aim of supporting Britain’s pub trade.

It would not apply to beer sold in supermarkets, which have fared considerably well during the Covid-19 pandemic.

98% of all beer drunk in pubs is brewed in Britain, and beer accounts for almost half of all drinks they sell.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Six people have been jailed, for their part in a “high tech drugs delivery service” in London

The group, which included two people from Weybridge, would make narcotics to order.

They had around 30 moped couriers, who would work six days a week.

It’s believed the group sold more than £2.5m in two years, with a further £3m worth of drugs seized during the investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

People with learning difficulties have had their vaccinations at a sensory, interactive clinic in Battersea

Share Community set the area up with purple and blue lights, calm music, and videos of waterfalls on the walls.

The charity is planning on running another clinic, saying “it was a very happy day for us”.

Sandra’s son Brandon has a learning disability and autism, and he had his jab at the clinic there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Thursday 25 March 2021

Two loaded pistols have been recovered and a man arrested following a firearms operation in Isleworth

Armed officers stopped a vehicle in Twickenham Road, near to the junction of London Road, just after midnight.

 During the search of the vehicle two loaded firearms were recovered.

The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

14 branches of Santander will close across South-West London and North Surrey between June and August

The bank is closing 111 across the country, as more people bank online and on their mobiles.

Around 840 will be affected, although the bank says it will try to find them other jobs within the business.

Balham High Road - June 24 2021

Banstead High Street - July 1 2021

Twickenham - July 1 2021

Chelsea Kings Road - July 8 2021

Chiswick - July 15 2021

Hounslow Bath Road - July 15 2021

Weybridge - July 15 2021

New Malden - July 22 2021

Putney - July 29 2021

Surbiton - July 29 2021

Ashford Church Road - August 5 2021

Fulham - August 5 2021

Leatherhead - August 12 2021

Cobham - August 12 2021


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm  

111 Santander branches are closing by the end of August, following a review

The bank says there'll be no compulsory redundancies, and some 5,000 staff will be offered the option to work from home.

Those going include King Street in Twickenham, Banstead High Street, Chiswick High Road and Cobham High Street.  

Most of the affected branches are near other sites, and also near at least two free-to-use ATMs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

The design of the Bank of England's new £50 note has been revealed

It features computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing and will enter circulation on June the 23rd, his birthday.

Turing, who lived in Hampton, worked at the Government’s Bletchely Park during World War II. 

The note will be made of polymer, which is in keeping with  his work, as it is set to be the most secure note yet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A group of people broke into Bushy Park last night and lit a fire

The Royal Parks says they entered a fenced off area which is protected for wildlife.

Lighting fires is against regulations, due to the impact it can have on grasses and wildlife, and the fact that it’s a huge fire risk. 

Police were alerted and attended the scene.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are still searching for witnesses to an indecent exposure in Shepperton almost one month after it was reported

Officers were called to Upper Halliford Road at around 4pm on Tuesday, the 2nd of March.

It’s after reports that a man was exposing himself close to the park.

A 67 year-old man from Sunbury has been arrested in connection and since been released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The family of an 11-year-old girl from Croydon will have to wait until April the 1st for an inquest to rule on her death.

Melody Driscoll, who had rare life limiting Rett syndrome, died at King’s College Hospital in July 2018.

Her mother and stepfather had claimed KCH medics’ actions reduced her quality of life and contributed to her death.

Emma Galland, for KCH, said a narrative conclusion would be best due to the complexities of Melody’s case.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

South Western Railways has apologised to passengers for a lack of social distancing on some trains this afternoon.

It’s after the emergency services were called to a fatality between Surbiton and Woking.

Some people had taken to social media to voice concerns that overcrowding was making social distancing impossible.

Disruption is also expected until the end of the day.

Responding to a tweet, SWR Help posted; 

“There's been severe disruption this afternoon and therefore less trains are able to run. As a result of this, social distancing is not possible on some of our trains, apologies for this.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

A man in a white Transit van in Ashford is among those who have recently tried to steal a dog

On Friday morning, the van pulled up along the man and tried to grab the leash, but the owner fought him off.

We’re being encouraged to walk dogs with somebody else, not wear headphones, and be aware of strangers.

Dogs should also be micro-chipped, and pictures should be taken ahead of time for missing posters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Around 25 firefighters have attended a flat fire on Putney Hill. The fire started in the kitchen and did not spread

One woman left the property before the Brigade arrived and was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The fire is believed to have been caused by cooking that was left unattended which spread into the extractor fan. 

The brigade has said “Cooking should never be left unattended on the hob or grill - if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Charity, Creative Youth, in Kingston is offering youngsters the opportunity to realise their creative potential.

Creative Youth is asking for submissions from young film makers for the Youth Arts film festival in July.

Finalists will have their work showcased at the Rose Theatre.

The deadline for applications for three different categories is 5pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Boris Johnson's facing a Tory rebellion on lockdown rules in the Commons, just hours after telling drinkers they may need a vaccine or negative coronavirus test to go to the pub

That suggestion has upset the landlord at the Rose and Crown in Hounslow, John Corbett.

Later MPs will vote on extending emergency Covid legislation by another six months. 

It's likely to be approved, but some senior Tories are threatening to rebel, because of the impact those powers are having on people's freedoms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

22 travellers have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in Banstead

The Pastures has been home to the community for more than 40 years, and houses 15 plots.

GP Dr Eleanor Barnard says “it was a wonderful opportunity to build links” and “we were made to feel very welcome”.

More than 57,000 people have received the vaccine across the borough of Sutton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Two men arrested for burgling helped towards the arrest of a drug dealer in Kingston

Both of the burglars had messages on their phones showing they were being sold cocaine.

24-year-old Ahmed Abdullah pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

He’s been sentenced to three years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Chelsea have given themselves a good chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League

They take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their last-eight tie against 2020 runners-up Wolfsburg.

Elsewhere, the England men squad start their World Cup qualifying campaign against minnows San Marino at Wembley tonight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

The doors to a new school in Twickenham are opening next month, two floors above a Lidl Supermarket

Deer Park School is moving out of Richmond Adult Community College, which has been its temporary home since September 2015.

The site in Richmond Road is sponsored by Bellevue Educational Trust and should have a capacity of 420 children by 2024.

It will feature a library, specialist classrooms for art and design, engineering, technology and STEM maths as well as sports facilities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

200,000 Londoners are being stalked annually according to new data from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust

There has also been a 14% increase in calls to the National Stalking Helpline over the last year.

Suky Bhakar is CEO of the charity, which was set up in Suzy’s name after the estate agent disappeared from Fulham in 1986. 

She has this advice for people who are falling victim to the crime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 24 March 2021

A lorry driver has been charged with attempting to smuggle 17 migrants out of the UK

36-year-old Hakan Zengin was detained after his truck was stopped at the Wisley interchange of the M25 on Sunday afternoon.

The migrants were found in the trailer, sitting on pallets that had been laid across the load.

He’ll appear in Crown Court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Some people in a part of Croydon are living in “soaking wet” and mould-covered council homes

ITV reports that at one flat in Regina Road, one resident has four buckets to catch water, that he has to empty every six hours.

An urgent inquiry has been launched by Croydon Council into the conditions, with residents moved out of two flats.

An independent review of all 16 of the borough’s similar high rise blocks will also be undertaken.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

Kingston’s Covid-19 cases are on the decrease again after a slight rise above the London average two weeks ago.

Iona Lidington is Kingston’s Director or Public Health.

She explains which demographic has been seeing the rise. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The RSPCA has confirmed it is unable to investigate the death of Freddie Mercury the seal at Hammersmith.

The 10-month-old was sunning himself on Sunday afternoon when he was attacked by a dog and later had to be put down. 

Since then, there have been calls for the animal charity to step in and prosecute the owner.

But the charity says it only investigates deliberate acts of animal cruelty, and it is confident this doesn’t fall into that category. 

The charity has gone on to remind dog owners to keep their pets on leads when around wild animals. 

A spokesperson for the RSPCA has told us:

“We are deeply saddened by what happened to Freddie and this highlights why it is important to keep dogs on leads around wild animals.

 “We investigate animal welfare offences. Dog attacks on animals would become an animal welfare offence if it was done deliberately. If no offences have been committed under relevant animal welfare acts we are unable to take incidents further. Offences involving dogs out of control are investigated by the police.

“In this instance, we spoke to the owner and as this was not a case of deliberate cruelty, it is not an offence we would investigate. The police are continuing to look into this and we are happy to assist them if needed.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A lorry collided with scaffolding in Hampton Hill this morning.

The scaffolding was on the side of a shop and the incident just after 8 o’clock led to a wall partially collapsing onto the street. 

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are releasing an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an indecent exposure on Clapham Common.

The incident happened on the same night as the Sarah Everard vigil on Saturday the 13th of March.

A woman was walking on Clapham Common Southside when a man exposed himself to her.

He is described as white, aged approximately 50 years old, around 5ft 6in tall with grey hair. 

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A group of travellers has been given until 8pm to vacate a site in Chessington.

 They set up in Lion Park Avenue earlier before police handed them an eviction notice. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The organiser of a vigil following the death of Sarah Everard has accused the Metropolitan Police of having a blanket ban on protests.

The event on Clapham Common earlier this month was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.

But big crowds attended anyway - and prompted heavy criticism of Scotland Yard over its handling of the issue.

Anna Birley from Reclaim These Streets has been addressing a Commons committee.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A drunk man needed to be handcuffed and escorted off a plane at Heathrow, after fears he would attack somebody

The Daily Record reports that 46-year-old Andrew Johnston was flying home to Scotland to see his family, and currently lives in a caravan park.

He became angry after the co-pilot announced that takeoff would be delayed to let on more passengers.

He’s been fined just over £1,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man from South-West London has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

A 53-year-old was arrested first on Monday on suspicion of possessing an explosive substance, before being arrested again yesterday, accused of terrorism.

Officers remain at the property to carry out searches.

Police don’t believe it’s necessary to evacuate addresses in the surrounding area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

A former vicar at a church in Wimbledon was allegedly abusive to at least 27 vulnerable adults

An independent review has found that found that 78-year-old Jonathon Fletcher was “spiritually abusive” to people.

His permission to officiate was revoked in 2017, but Christian Safeguarding Charity ThirtyOne:Eight says that “it is clear” abuse was known about before then.

Reverend Fletcher has declined to comment.

However, last April, he told The Telegraph that “anything that happened was totally consensual and non-sexual” but he’s “deeply, deeply sorry” to those he harmed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says luck needs to be on their side if they're to win the Women's Champions League this season

The WSL title holders meet last year's beaten finalists Wolfsburg in the first leg of their last-eight tie this afternoon.

Hayes knows a combination of form - and good fortune - will be needed to go all the way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Children are being encouraged to learn about how to use money wisely

It’s Global Money week, and the theme is “Take care of yourself, take care of your money”, encouraging people to learn how to be financially healthy.

Monica Bradley, from the mortgage broker MB Associates in Cheam, says that solving any disputes is vital to getting a good housing deal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A teenage girl has been assaulted in Ewell while she was on her way to school

She was walking along Chessington Road last Friday morning, opposite the Texaco petrol station, when a white van stopped beside her.

A man jumped out and attempted to grab her wrist, but she managed to get away and the vehicle drove off.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, wearing a grey tracksuit and cap. 

He is around 5’8” tall.

If you have any information that may assist police, you are asked to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Tuesday 23 March 2021

A charity auction has been launched by a group of artists in Clapham to raise money in memory of Sarah Everard.

Louise Gillard from Battersea, who paints on the common regularly, says “it has never occurred to me that I shouldn’t paint alone.”

All money will go to the Reclaim These Streets fundraiser on JustGiving, or a women’s charity of the bidder’s choice.

The auction by artistsreclaimthesestreets on Instagram closes at 9.30 pm tomorrow, three weeks since Sarah was kidnapped.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 pm  

Kingston has been named the most resilient large retail centre in the UK.

Retail consultancy CWN analysed towns in the UK to find which areas remained “robust” through the pandemic.

It named fifteen small retail centres as staying strong through the crisis, including Walton and Epsom.

Jonathon De Mello from the firm says, “a strong and substantial grocery offer” and other essential retail has been key to their success.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 pm  

A number of schoolchildren in Sutton have been hospitalised after eating spiked gummy bears.

They appear to be regular jelly sweets but are mixed with cannabis and have a “detrimental effect” on people eating them.

Students found in possession of them will be directed to the police.

The sweets come in a purple packet, with the word “cannabis infused” or similar written on them.

However, this packaging may change, so parents are being advised to stay alert.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 pm  

An investigation into a fire in Banstead that left one person dead has apparently shown there were no working smoke alarms.

Fire crews also attended in just under 14 minutes, which is over their response time target of ten minutes.

Surrey Fire and Rescue says this will form part of the investigation.

Crews were called on Friday to Holly Lane West at 3am.

It’s not believed anyone else was in the property at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 pm  

Barrels and barrels of spoiled beer have been poured down drains, as part of a protest by independent brewers

They’re calling for government support, saying that they haven’t had access to the same grants as the rest of the hospitality sector.

Josh Kearns, from the Park Brewery in Kingston, says he’s seen many other small breweries close.

He says a crowdfunding campaign and an investment round just before lockdown was crucial to their survival: 

A HM Treasury spokesperson said: 

We’ve invested more than £350 billion throughout the pandemic to protect millions of jobs and businesses.

At Budget we froze beer duty for the 4th year straight, extended our furlough scheme through to September so that businesses have certainty that help is in place, extended business grants discretionary funding for local authorities to distribute and extended loans for six more months to get us through the recovery.

“We also invest over £65m per year in craft brewing through Small Brewers Relief (SBR) and will continue to do so. This has increased since 2010 from £30m.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

Today, on the National Day of Reflection, the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher has reflected – a year on from the first national lockdown

Staff, volunteers and patients commemorated the one-year anniversary to remember all those who have died during the pandemic. 

The hospice also hosted an event via Facebook Live at 11.50 am, to share reflections from the past year.

Elsewhere, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson took part in a minute’s silence at midday.

People are also being encouraged to light a candle on their doorsteps tonight at 8pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

A third man has been charged after a 22-year-old was stabbed to death in Croydon

18-year-old Tyreece Wolfries-Parkin from Selhurst is accused of the murder of Lavaun Witter in early February.

He’s also charged with the attempted murder of a 16-year-old boy.

A 20-year-old and a 22-year-old are charged with similar offences, and will appear in court on the 10th of May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

We’re being warned about census scams, after a 78-year-old woman from Wimbledon was conned out of £500

The Mirror reports that Judith received a knock on the door from a man who said he was from the Office for National Statistics, who said she was liable for a penalty.

He said that the £1,000 late fine would be reduced to £500 if she gave him a completed survey and paid in cash.

Action Fraud says people will only be contacted about the census via a letter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Vulnerable adults in Sutton are being given the opportunity to live with a family, thanks to the Shared Lives Scheme

Carers who take part in the scheme offer their homes to provide a safe place for adults to stay. 

Those with learning disabilities, mental health needs and older people can all take part.

31 vulnerable people in Sutton are currently living with another family. It’s hoped the experience will help them develop their confidence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Police are looking for three dark vehicles, after a stabbing in Hounslow

A man died after the attack yesterday morning on Granville Avenue.

Another was injured, but has since been discharged from hospital.

Police say that “several men in dark vehicles” in the vicinity of number 9 could be related to the investigation.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Monday 22 March 2021

Police have released pictures of a person believed to have witnessed a shooting in Croydon on the 13th of March.

They’re appealing for the witness to come forward and say they may have vital information about the incident.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was left in a life-threatening condition after sustaining gunshot injuries to his leg and stomach.

Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 71-year-old has become the first person to receive a kidney transplant at St George’s Hospital, since it restarted them last month.

Transplants were stopped because the immune system needs to be supressed afterwards, putting them at increased risk of COVID-19.

Jane Altneu from Wimbledon’s health had been deteriorating for years, but she was offered a new lease of life when her daughter donated her her kidney.

Mr Abbas Ghanzanfar from the Tooting hospital, says their focus is on making sure they can get patients treated again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Streatham has been jailed for 7 years after a loaded handgun was seized by officers executing a firearms warrant.

30 year-old Leonard Paynter, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Paynter was also sentenced to 12 months (to run concurrently) for possession of cannabis with intent to supply for a separate incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A seal pup has had to be put down after it was attacked by a dog in Hammersmith.

Named Freddie Mercury by locals, it was peacefully sunbathing on the river bank on Sunday when it was mauled by an unleashed dog.

Vets said that Freddie suffered a fractured flipper, dislocated joint and had an infection and subsequently had to be put down.

The seal had been entertaining passers-by for weeks after arriving up stream of the river last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Bus workers who have been striking in South-West London have accepted a £500 lump sum

The workers at Quality Line have also accepted the seven pence an hour pay rise, which had been called “derisory”.

Michelle Braveboy, Regional Director for Unite the Union, says it comes down to the individual circumstances of each worker:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

Four Chinese officials will be sanctioned by the UK over "appalling violations" of human rights against Uighur Muslims in China

The Foreign Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab, made the announcement in the Commons this afternoon.

Sanctions have also been placed on an official body - the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau.

Mr Raab says the international community "cannot simply look the other way."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man has died after a stabbing in Hounslow.

Police were called around 3.20 this morning to Granville Avenue, where two men in their 20s were found injured.

Officers believe they know who was the man who died is, but they await formal identification.

The second man was taken to hospital, but has since been discharged.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes Tammy Abraham can use the international break to return to full fitness

The striker missed their 2-nil FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United after aggravating an ankle injury.

Tuchel says Abraham's absence from England duty could work in his favour in the long-term.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Two people have been charged after two cannabis factories were found in Feltham

There were around 300 plants, which would give a yearly yield of half a million pounds.

The two men attempted to run, but were caught by police.

Pictures have been released of rows and rows of plug sockets and control banks that kept the high intensity lights constantly running.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Six men have been arrested after a stabbing in Mitcham

Police were called around quarter to five yesterday evening to Edenvale Road.

One man has serious injuries after being stabbed in the chest, and another man has non-life-threatening injuries.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is looking forward to testing himself at Wembley after booking an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City

They beat Sheffield United 2-nil to reach the last four and extend their unbeaten run since the German took over to 14 games.

Tuchel hasn't experienced England's national stadium.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

Richmond is landing its very own official Monopoly game

Residents are being urged to have their say on which of the borough’s landmarks should be featured.

Polling closes on Wednesday

Kew Palace, Ham House, Richmond Bridge and Twickenham Stadium are among some expected popular choices.

George Shrimpton, from Winning Moves, is producing the game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Two police officers have been treated for broken bones after a protest in Bristol turned violent

A police station was attacked, vehicles set on fire and fireworks thrown.

The home secretary's called the scenes 'unacceptable' - while the city's mayor says it was a 'shameful day'.

The demo had begun as a peaceful rally in opposition to the government's policing bill - which would allow forces to impose conditions on protests.

Sarah Jones is the Labour MP for Croydon Central, and shadow policing minister.

She says “I hope this criminal behaviour is dealt with swiftly. My thoughts are with the police who have been injured.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

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Surrey County Council is working to bring its youth centres back to life.

12 centres have been handed over to the voluntary, community and faith sector, with a further 10 due to be transferred in the coming months.

The council’s working in partnership with 8 organisations across the county who will take on the leaseholds. 

The aim is to increase access to community activities, with the prime focus being to provide opportunities for young people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People in Kingston could soon see their homes running on “poo power.”

It’s hoped heat captured from the Hogsmill Sewage works could eventually be pumped into 2,000 buildings. 

The heat would be delivered from a new facility built on site as part of the project run by the Council and Thames Water. 

The scheme would be the first of its kind in England saving up to 105 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide over 30 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Church Street in Twickenham is to be made permanently car free.

It’s after temporary measures implemented last June due to Covid-19 received a “thumbs up.”

95% of people questioned felt that the measures enhanced the atmosphere of the area and supported alfresco dining.

The council says a few concerns remain to be addressed including disabled parking and cycling provision. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for arson in Brentford.

29 year old Jamie Matthews was sentenced to six years after being found guilty following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

In March 2019, he was captured on CCTV leaving rapidly on a bike before smoke could be seen seconds later coming from a bike shed.

Flames reached the Travelodge Hotel next door causing damage to the building, resulting all guests being evacuated. 

Fortunately, no one was injured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says they can't take Sheffield United lightly in their FA Cup quarter-final later.

His team are unbeaten since he took charge and face a side bottom of the Premier League.

Tuchel's dreaming of lifting the cup - but says they have to take it one game at a time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

More than half-a-million pounds raised in Sarah Everard's memory will go to women's charities.

Reclaim These Streets say they wanted to pay tribute in this way after planned vigils across the country were cancelled due to lockdown rules.

The 33-year-old went missing in Clapham Common on the 3rd of March and her remains were found in Kent a week later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Thomas Tuchel is looking to take a step closer to his first silverware as Chelsea boss this afternoon when they take on Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter final.

The in form Londoners are unbeaten in thirteen games since their new head coach took charge.

Tuchel says getting through to the semi-finals will be difficult.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A trail of six new sculptures could soon be gracing the roads of Kingston.

Existing artworks across the town centre and to the north of the borough will also be incorporated in it.

These include the iconic red phone box sculpture “Out of order” in London Road.

Artists are being invited to submit their designs, which will go to a public vote, by the 30th of April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Tackling inequality is firmly on the agenda in Kensington and Chelsea following the Grenfell tragedy and Covid-19.

That’s according to the council which has announced a new “Equality Strategy.”

The task force will engage with community groups and collate data to identify inequality, exclusion and unfairness in the community.

A Citizens Panel will also be established to advise the authority on how to pinpoint problems and prioritise solutions.

Councillor Anne Cyron, Lead Member for Communities said:

“At the forefront of the Council’s values is a commitment to ‘Put Communities First’. Challenging racism and social injustice wherever we encounter it means inequality will play no part in how we deliver our services, to ensure fairer and better outcomes for the people we serve in our communities. It is therefore completely right and important that we have publicly adopted a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Intent”.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Two cannabis farms have been shut down in Feltham.

On Thursday, police officers shut down the factories where hundreds of plants where found.

Two males who attempted to run were arrested for production of cannabis and abstraction of electricity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Today is Census Day.

The survey, filled in by households every decade, is a way for the Government to see how each area of the country is changing.

But in 1911 the Suffragettes boycotted the Census, saying if women didn’t have the vote, they wouldn’t contribute.

Hundreds of women gathered on Putney Common to protest, as historian and author Elizabeth Crawford explains.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Croydon Council’s providing packages of support for thousands of children over the Easter holidays.

Children who qualify for free school meals will get one £30 supermarket voucher sent directly to parents.

They’ll also receive an activity box containing skipping ropes, balls, mindfulness colouring books and seeds and soil for growing.

Councillor Alisa Flemming said, “it is of utmost importance that we continue to work together to help as many people as possible.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 am  

Hounslow Council has launched a new enforcement team to crack down on fly-tipping and littering.

The service will patrol the borough, working with residents and businesses to gather information and investigate reported fly-tips.

They’ll also be installing CCTV cameras across the borough to ensure offenders are fined or prosecuted.

It is estimated that fly-tipping costs the Council over £1 million a year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 am  

Hounslow’s parks and open spaces have been given a new lease of life as the council plants a tree for every child born in the borough.

By the end of March a total of 4,500 trees will have been planted.

It’s part of the Council’s commitment to deliver a greener borough and increase wildlife and biodiversity.

Hounslow is one of London's greenest boroughs with approximately 40 per cent of its surface area being green.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 am  

Students and staff at Kingston University have been paying tribute to the Head of Architecture and Landscape who has passed away.

Mary Vaughan Johnson was internationally revered in her field.

She graduated in the US, gaining her PhD and then gained international acclaim in South Africa and France.

On arrival at Kingston 2018, she developed a worldwide curriculum in which students from all backgrounds were able to “flourish.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 am  

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