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Saturday 29 May 2021

And TFL are funding accessible cycles for people in Hounslow who normally have trouble using bikes.

 These ‘adapted cycles’ are available for residents to rent and council officials say they hope they will be able to make a permanent cycling hub for them.

Cycling trial sessions were held in Inwood park for people with disabilities and the council has announced it’s now paying for a storage container for the new cycles.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Around four fire engines were called to a flat fire in South Croydon earlier this week.

On Monday, emergency services attended a third floor flat on Freelands Avenue.

The Brigade was called at 17:38 and the fire was under control within just under an hour.

There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Three money launderers have been sentenced after 5-million pounds in cash was found at an address in west London, which the Metropolitan Police says is its largest ever money seizure.

The discovery was made in Fulham in June of last year.

Two men have been jailed for almost four years each, while another received a 20 month prison term - suspended for two years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Brentford and Swansea go head-to-head this afternoon in a game dubbed the richest match in world football.

The Championship play-off final will see the winner promoted to the Premier League - with victory estimated to be worth 180-million-pounds within the first season.

Dean Windass scored the winner when Hull won the match in 2008.

He says the pressure of the occasion is huge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Thousands of fans are in Portugal for the highly anticipated Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea tonight.

Supporters have been urged to follow the country's Covid rules - after some clashed with police when bars were closed earlier in the week.

These people have made the trip to Porto and are making the most of it while they're away.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A new mental health hub is to start providing mobile support across South West London from Tuesday.

It’s been launched by Tooting based South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

The ‘Coral Mental Health Crisis Hub’ will see staff go into patients’ homes, reducing the need for hospital visits. 

The aim is to help reduce pressures on A&E.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Friday 28 May 2021

Artificial intelligence is to be used to improve the cycle lanes in Kingston and Sutton

The sensors will gather information about how many people sue the existing lanes.

It’ll also monitor the number of unauthorised vehicles illegally using the spaces.

Councillor Tim Cobbett says more accurate data will allow them to remove barriers to walking and cycling where it’s needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

15 waste carriers have been stopped in Epsom, as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping

Environment agency officers worked with the police and council to make sure the drivers had their paperwork in order.

There were a number of issues with the “duty of care” paperwork, which the EA says they’ll follow up on.

We’re being advised to avoid paying for the service in cash, and to check the registration number.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm  

Hashim Amla's 173 runs has put Surrey in control of their match with Gloucestershire in cricket's County Championship

The visitors will resume on 45 for 1 at the Oval tomorrow, after Surrey were all out for 473.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

Thames Water has been fined £4 million for allowing millions of litres of sewage to flood a park in New Malden

Storm Imogen caused a manhole around the size of three football pitches in Green Lane recreation ground in 2016.

 But a court has now found Thames Water allowed floodwaters to overwhelm the treatment works connected to it.

 Emergency fall-back systems also failed and engineers failed to respond to alarms alerting them to a night-time power failure.

 The company pleaded guilty to depositing sewage waste at the ground in February 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 pm  

A petition has been launched to try and get seals entering UK waters protected status.

“Justice for Freddie the Seal” was started in memory of the 10 month old pup which was mauled to death by a dog in Hammersmith.

Matt Millard is the co -author of a new book about Freddie’s short life. 

He explains why the petition is so important. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank is delighted with the progress Ollie Watkins has made and hopes he'll make England's squad for this summer's European Championships.

The Aston Villa striker has been named in Gareth Southgate's provisional squad which will be trimmed to 26 on Tuesday.

Watkins previously played for Brentford and Frank tells us it's nice to see one of his former players develop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A woman has been stabbed to death in Cheam Village.

An investigation has been launched and a man arrested following a fatal stabbing in Cheam.

Police were called at 9.55 last night to reports of a disturbance at a residential address in Park Road.

Officers attended and found a woman, aged in her 40s, inside the address suffering from stab injuries. 

They provided first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. 

Despite their efforts, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene; next of kin are yet to be informed. 

A man was detained nearby shortly after the call was made to police. 

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody. 

At this early stage, it is believed he and the victim were known to each other. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 7797/27MAY. 

To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

11 people have been arrested as part of a County Lines crackdown by Surrey Police.

That includes a man from Chiswick, and two men from Thornton Heath.

County Lines gangs often use children to transport materials, and a 16-year-old has been charged for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

45 pairs of high value trainers were seized, as well as over £3,000 in cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Thousands of Manchester City and Chelsea fans are travelling to the Portuguese city of Porto ahead of the Champions League final.

The two clubs meet tomorrow night in the European showpiece and many have braved coronavirus protocols despite not having a ticket for the match.

These fans spoke to us.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

A government minister says he "can't guarantee" the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England will go ahead on June the 21st

There's growing concern the spread of the Indian variant could set us back from lifting lockdown fully.

But while cases are rising, latest figures suggest vaccines work well against the mutation.

21m fewer pints are expected to be sold this bank holiday than usual, as coronavirus restrictions continue to impact pubs and restaurants.

Things like social distancing means they can't operate at full capacity.

Business Secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng believes it's still too early to know what will happen to lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Richmond Council is making legal moves to evict travellers from Kew Green

The 12 caravans and associated vehicles were not willing to leave, and didn’t co-operate with welfare checks.

It’s expected that the process will take a number of days.

When they leave, the council says they will repair any damage and remove any waste left on the green.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Groups of Chelsea fans have travelled to Portugal for tomorrow's Champions League final against Manchester City, despite not having tickets for the match

The Chelsea Supporters' Trust called the cost of some tickets "outrageous", after the club returned 800 to UEFA.

These fans say they wanted to be as close to the action as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

A former football coach from Addlestone has been jailed for historic sex offences towards children in the 1970s

One of his victims came forward after completing a safeguarding course to work with young people.

Another victim had been detained under the mental health act, after an attempted suicide.

73-year-old Ivan Higgs has been sentenced to three years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 am  

A new book has been released to commemorate the short life of Hammersmith’s famous seal Freddie Mercury

“Freddie: Life of a Seal” is available as an e-book on the 1st of June.

Freddie was first rescued from a beach in the Netherlands before he made his way to the Thames.

The 10 month old pup was a favourite with Londoners before he was killed by a dog in March.

Authors Alison Kelly and Matt Millard decided to write “Life of a Seal” after receiving hundreds of letters and photos from his fans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Thursday 27 May 2021

A cancer care centre in Isleworth says a new telephone service is seeing a rise in users following lockdown.

The Mulberry Centre is based at the West Middlesex Hospital

Its “Befriending Service” is aimed combating loneliness and social isolation for cancer patients and their families. 

Volunteer and organiser Tom Stockton says people are desperate to speak with a friendly voice. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 pm  

More pedestrian crossings are to be rolled out in London, which prioritise people on foot.

The “Green person authority” technology only shows the red person when a sensor shows a car is coming.

They’ll be rolled out at an extra 11 crossings, including in Sutton, Richmond, Merton and Croydon.

The places have been chosen due to high pedestrian numbers and the proximity to shopping centres and schools.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 pm  

Harlequins' Mike Brown has lost his appeal against a six-match ban for stamping on the head of Wasps' Tommy Taylor during their match in rugby union's Premiership.

It means he won't play again for the Twickenham club having already agreed to join Newcastle next season.

It was the first red card of Brown's 16-year career.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

A proposal for firefighters to be wearing breathing apparatus but not actually using it, has been overturned.

The policy was only for use when carrying out a quick emergency evacuation in tower blocks when they’re starting to collapse.

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union says “the rush to do something” after the Grenfell Fire must not come at the expense of firefighters’ lives.

The Union says that the plan had serious health and safety problems, that could result in dead or injured firefighters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm  

A businessman from Tooting and his family who died in a plane crash in 2017, died after their pilot was affected by carbon monoxide

That’s what an inquest has heard, which says that the fumes left the pilot, 44-year-old Gareth Morgan, confused and disoriented.

Although there was a carbon monoxide detector on board, it was affected by sun bleaching.

The coroner concluded a verdict of accidental death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:55 pm  

A man who travelled 190 miles from Huddersfield to Clapham to sexually assault children has been jailed

30-year-old James Ritchie approached an undercover police profile online, describing his intentions and that he had a “kill-switch” on his phone that would wipe the contents.

He was arrested quickly by officers when he arrived in Clapham, to prevent him hitting this switch and destroying vital evidence.

A number of explicit images and devices were found at his address.

He’s been sentenced to eight years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

More than 1,000 people have been arrested as part of a week-long crackdown on county lines drug dealing gangs

There are around 600 such gangs operating in the UK selling drugs to customers in rural areas often using children as couriers.  

DI Bas Dickson Leach is from the Met’s South West BCU which covers Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston. 

He says criminals often target the vulnerable:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

Twickenham's MP steps in to support Teddington's Park Lane Stables as it prepares to move from its home despite £1 million fundraiser

Park Lane Stables Riding for the Disabled confirmed today that it is looking for a new home, after its landlords served a notice of eviction for the end of May 2021 when the current lease expires. 

The charity was originally served with an eviction notice on New Year’s Eve 2020, unless it paid the landlord’s £1 million asking price to buy the property. 

It ran a successful fundraising campaign to raise £1.3 million and secure its future, thanks to huge support from the public: locally, across the country and the world.

But the Stables says the landlord has now increased the asking price to the full amount raised. 

After hearing the news Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham said:

“It is with great sadness that I hear the news today of the eviction of Park Lane Stables. I know from talking to local residents how cherished the stables are by the community in Teddington, Twickenham and far beyond. For over 12 years, their horse riding, carriage driving and other horse-based therapies for adults and especially children with disabilities have been a lifeline for many families. Every year, Park Lane Stables provides 3000 sessions for 350 local people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, and mental health issues. 

“I visited the stables in December, soon after they had been informed that the site would be put up for sale. Since then, Natalie and her team have worked tirelessly on the campaign to raise enough money to purchase the property and save the charity, and the British public have shown overwhelming generosity. 

“Everyone at the stables continues to explore all options to reverse this eviction or find a suitable alternative site.  Given the importance of these special stables to the local community and the limited options for development, I urge the landlord to think again. Park Lane Stables continue to have my full support in their efforts to retain this valued service within the area. “ 

A spokesperson for the Park Lane Stables trustees said: 

“Our first concern is for the Park Lane Stables family and our horses. Thanks to the astonishing support of the public we now have the means to secure the charity’s future and are now looking at alternative locations within the borough, to ensure we can maintain our RDA activities, keep accessibility easy for all our riders, and allow us to retain our colleagues and volunteers. We are confident we can do this but sad we have to leave our current home, which looks set to signal the end of at least 200 years of horses in central Teddington.”

 From June the 1st they will move to Manor Farm Stables in Petersham on a temporary basis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

Fresh appeals for information are going out following the death of a man in Hounslow two years ago

Police were called to Exeter House on June 21st 2019 following reports of a shooting.

25-year-old Edward Simpson died at the scene a short time later. 

The weapon used to kill him was recovered a short time later.

Five people were arrested but no one has been charged. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

A warning has been issued by police after around 100 youngsters were recently spotted gathering on Teddington Footbridge

Officers say a number of them even jumped into the water.

Richmond Council and Police are asking people to respect the water as the bank holiday weekend approaches.  

PC Damian Catherall says it’s not only dangerous, but anti-social.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

A county lines drug dealer from Wimbledon has been jailed, after police saw him dealing from his car

23-year-old Ishmel Conteh was seen dealing to two known drug users by undercover police last year.

When police confronted him, they saw he had something in his mouth and was unable to speak properly.

He was hospitalised for swallowing his drugs.

Conteh has been sentenced to four years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

An extra 1,000 tickets have been given to Brentford and Swansea for their championship play-off final

The decision to only allow 10,000 fans at the game, half of what was allowed at the FA Cup Final, caused controversy.

The capacity is now up to 12,000.

Brentford says “We share your anger and frustration” and says they’ll do their best to get as many Bees fans as possible to Wembley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

An 8 year-long maintenance programme is to begin on sections of the M3 and M4 in Surrey in November

Highways England is to partner up with contractors Kier Highways.

The Kier workforce will repair road defects but also help respond to emergency incidents and provide severe weather services. 

The contract, worth over £190 million, will cover over 700 miles of motorway across the South East. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Hounslow’s council leader says he’s sure mixed messaging over Covid-19 has left businesses in the borough out of pocket

Government guidance, published online on Friday, advised against all but essential travel to Indian variant hot-spots.

But on Tuesday, ministers said the advice was just precautionary, leading to mass confusion.

Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran says the apparent u-turn came too late for some.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

A motorcyclist is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a collision in Esher yesterday

Emergency crews were called to Lammas Lane just after 11pm last night.

A grey Toyota Prius, a black Mini Cooper, and a white Kawasaki motorbike were all involved.

The driver of the Prius suffered minor injuries, while the driver and passenger of the mini were unharmed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Volunteers in Surbiton have been handed £3,000 by Kingston Council to help monitor the town’s hedgehog population.

Volunteers taking part in “London Hogwatch” will receive special cameras to install in their gardens to monitor their activity.

Hedgehog populations are estimated to have declined from tens of millions in 1950 to between 1 and 1.5 million now.

They are considered vulnerable to extinction under the International Union for Conservation of Natures Red List.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Kingston’s “Mobile Mop Up” is back after it raised over £4,000 for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust last year.

E-waste recycling company Genuine Solutions UK will once again team up with the Council to recycle unwanted handsets.

Collection points will be available throughout the borough to hand in old or unused phones.

They will be cleaned and recycled and either turned into new handsets or stripped for parts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has been praised for her work getting all staff wearing masks across the trust.

Charlotte Broughton has been given the Chief Nursing Officer silver award.

She’s also being recognised for her counselling and support to staff.

Charlotte says she’s “taken aback” and “I just came into work every day and did my job.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The MP for Twickenham has delivered a petition on toxic air in London to Downing Street.

Lib Dem Munira Wilson wants the Government to put safer legal limits on pollution levels in line with WHO guidelines. 

She acknowledges that poor air can exacerbate a range of health issues including diabetes, heart and lung disease and premature death.

Ms Wilson also led a Parliamentary debate on the matter last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Surrey is to become the first county to offer free period products.

It’s in partnership with charity Binti International, who say “this isn’t a catalyst for change if it’s not partnered with normalising the period discussion”.

An app is available to download that will point people to the nearest  pickup location.

Donation bins and collection boxes will be in libraries across the borough, as well as council buildings in Leatherhead and Walton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A teenager has been cleared of killing a musician in Barnes but found guilty of murdering a second man.

53 year old William Algar was killed at his home in December 2019.

Days later, 35 year old Ebrima Cham, was also killed at a flat in Hounslow.

A 19-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been found guilty of Mr Cham's murder at the Old Bailey.

He was cleared of the murder and manslaughter of Mr Algar.

40 year old Simon Emmons and 33 year old Zimele Dube were also convicted of Mr Cham's murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

There’s been a reduction in fly-tipping in Sutton since a new campaign was launched in October.

Council officers have been actively targeting known hotspots and investigated over 150 cases so far. 

700 tonnes of fly tipped waste is collected every year, that’s the equivalent to the weight of The Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio.

The “Let’s S.C.R.A.P fly-tipping” campaign also gives advice on 

how to dispose of waste, especially large items, responsibly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A man arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism has been released under investigation.

A 42-year-old man was detained at an address in west London yesterday.

Searches were carried out at two linked addresses, also in west London.

The investigation relates to funding Islamist terrorism overseas, and is ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm  

Art students at Kingston University have taken over a derelict shop in order to sell and showcase their work

The aim of “Not My Beautiful House” in Fife Road is to help the artists as well as encourage people to use the high street.

Although the students have been offered their space rent-free until September, it still costs £4,000 a month to run.

Grace Richards explains how it’s all working:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

More roads in Kingston are closing to traffic during school drop off and pick up times

The aim of “school streets” is to make it safer for children and their families to walk, cycle and scoot to school.  

The scheme has now been introduced outside St Agatha’s and Latchmere Schools. 

Residents who live on affected streets need to register their vehicle in order to use the road otherwise they face getting a fine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

The Foreign Secretary says the UK will do its best to help Israel and the Palestinians create a "two-state creation" to achieve peace

The Esher & Walton MP, Dominic Raab is visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank as part of efforts to help maintain a ceasefire which came into effect on Friday.

He says both sides need to be willing to hold talks - but that's not the immediate priority:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Universities are looking at ways to catch up on the “soft skills” students have missed out on

The Coronavirus pandemic means thousands of youngsters have been forced off campus and into their bedrooms for lectures.

In Kingston, arts students from the University have taken over a derelict shop in Fife Road in order to showcase and sell their work. 

Jodie is one of the team behind “Not My Beautiful House” and says being stuck at home has hindered her creativity:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

A woman in her 80s has passed away in Richmond Park.

Police were called to the area outside Isabella Plantation near to Broomfield Car Park just after 1pm.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and officers have sent their condolences to her family. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

A former Surrey Police officer has confirmed he had an inappropriate relationship with a domestic abuse victim

36 year old Stephen Kirkpatrick has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office.

He was charged following an allegation when he was the officer responsible for investigating the case.

Kirkpatrick was based at Guildford police station but resigned from the Force in September 2020.

He’ll be sentenced next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Plans to build homes on part of Sandown Park racecourse have been turned down by the Secretary of State

Robert Jenrick says the harm to the green belt wouldn’t justify the benefits caused by the blocks of flats.

Esher and Walton MP and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had written to Mr Jenrick, criticising the plan.

The Jockey Club, who run the site, say it would have brought economic and community benefits, and allowed for investment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

People in Chelsea are being warned to check the rules on E-scooters before deciding to buy or rent one

Seven boroughs will take part in a year-long trial starting next month as part of a collaboration with Transport for London. 

But Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott is calling on the Government to stop the trials on safety grounds.

Several other towns, including Coventry, have also paused pilots following numerous complaints. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

Kingston University students have taken over an empty shop in the town centre

They are selling their creations, which would usually go on show at the arts school, but can’t this year because of Coronavirus.

The students have been offered the space called “Not My Beautiful House,” in Fife Road rent-free until September.

Grace Richards is Business Development Manager at the Student’s Union. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Ministers have updated the guidance for the eight areas of England struggling with rising cases of the Indian Covid variant, including Hounslow

It's after widespread confusion about whether or not there were local lockdowns in these places.

The new government advice asks people to minimise, rather than avoid, travel.

People had been asked not to travel in or out, or meet indoors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

The MPs for Brentford and Swansea have written to the government, following controversy over their teams’ playoff final

Just 10,000 people will be allowed to attend the game at Wembley, despite the FA Cup Final having 21,000 spectators.

Carolyn Harris and Ruth Cadbury say “thousands of fans, who had hoped to make the journey to Wembley to cheer on their team, will now be left disappointed”.

Fans have launched a petition to increase the capacity of games, which has been signed by people nationwide.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Surrey County Council has unanimously re-elected Tim Oliver to serve another term as leader

He’s served in the position since December 2018 and has delivered £200 million of savings in that time. 

Mr Oliver also wants to plant over a million trees by 2030.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 pm  

People are being warned not to travel in and out of Hounslow, due to the Indian coronavirus variant

The advice has been criticised as a local lockdown by the back door, as it was published on the government website overnight with little notice.

But cabinet minister Terese Coffey says she's "surprised" some people think it came "out of the blue".

Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra has this to say about why she believes that the borough has seen more surge testing:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is remembering George Floyd one year on from his death

The 46 year old’s murder by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis sparked protests on both sides of the Atlantic.

The council is hosting a series of free online events where guest speakers will share their thoughts on the impact of his death.

The authority says it is part of its commitment to “tackling racial inequality and injustice.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:35 pm  

A man has reportedly confessed to murdering a woman from Feltham in Pakistan

The country’s state media reports that Zahid Jadoon admitted killing Mayra Zulfiqar at a house in Lahore.

The investigating officer says the women’s uncle named four men who wanted to marry her, and killed her when she refused.

She had arrived in Pakistan two months ago, and was found dead on May the 3rd.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Statement from Hounslow's Director of Public Health Kelly O'Neill following this morning's news

"Following the national coverage of recently revised guidance we have met with national officials and confirmed there are no restrictions on travel in or out of Hounslow:  There are no local lockdowns.

"In areas where the new COVID variant is spreading we are all working together to boost testing and vaccination and to support self-isolation.  There are sensible public health precautions people can take as individuals in line with the sorts of advice we have all been following throughout the pandemic.

"We will keep sharing that and working with national officials to make sure people understand what they need to think about as they go about their daily lives."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Surrey County Council has unanimously re-elected Tim Oliver to serve another term as leader

He’s served in the position since December 2018 and has delivered £200 million of savings in that time.

Mr Oliver also wants to plant over a million trees  by 2030. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Two men have been charged with 19 drug related offences

Daniel Tillyard and Shamil Amin, from Purley, were arrested following a complex investigation into pharmaceutical misconduct.

This included the supply and sale of Class A, B and C drugs, including cannabis edibles, in the South East. 

They have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on June the 24th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Questions are being asked about whether people should be travelling to Heathrow at all

The airport lies within the  borough of Hillingdon, which neighbours Hounslow, where surge testing is taking place.

Richmond Council is telling people not to travel to the area unless absolutely necessary. 

Official Government advice has dropped online urging against non-essential travel to eight areas in England, including Hounslow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Hounslow’s Council leader says the authority was not informed it was subject to surge testing in advance

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in the House of Commons last Wednesday and testing began on Sunday.

But Councillor Steve Curran says, “to date, I have received no communication at all from the Government.”

He’s calling on ministers to communicate better with councils so they can put measures into place accordingly.

Councillor Steve Curran - Statement on localised COVID-19 travel guidance. 

“It is unbelievable that new guidance came to light only by checking the Government website. Hounslow Council was not informed that we were subject to surge testing and vaccination in advance of the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock’s announcement in the House of Commons last Wednesday. Ministers have been saying that we were informed prior to the changes. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, history is now repeating itself and again, we were not informed in advance of changes to the Government’s travel guidance for Hounslow. To date I have received no communication at all from the Government. This is another example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. It's shambolic.  
“This Government needs to step up and start communicating with councils properly. It needs to inform us directly of decisions and give us time to put measures in place to inform, protect and support our communities. Anything short of that risks lives.
“We need clear, joined-up thinking and communication between Central Government, the NHS, Public Health England and local authorities. The current communication from Government on our national COVID response is woefully lacking. 
“Thankfully, through the great work of the Council with NHS colleagues, we have mobilised and stepped up for our communities, rolling out extra testing and vaccination sites, and we are seeing a strong community response to that. "


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

Government ministers have written to all councils in the UK urging them to approve the return of Parkrun events

The first Saturday back for the free weekly 5K was moved from the 5th of June to the 26th last week.

Less than half of the 589 venues have been given the go ahead.

Neil Garratt, London Assembly member for Croydon and Sutton, has written to those councils urging them to review the parkrun sites.

Elsewhere, Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver says they’re the perfect way to get fit and socialise at the same time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

The government's denied issuing new coronavirus advice 'out of the blue' to people in Indian variant hot-spots like Hounslow

But authorities in eight areas where the cases are rising fastest claim they are unaware of the new guidance.

It urges against non-essential travel to and from the town and others including places like Bolton and Blackburn.

Speaking to Jackie on Friday, Hounslow’s Director of Public Health Kelly O’Neill assured us the situation was under control.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

It's claimed disadvantaged children are less likely to have gone back to school post-lockdown

A report by the think tank Social Finance has found the number of persistently absent children has risen by a quarter.

The majority of those pupils are either on free school meals, in touch with social services, or have special educational needs.

Maxine Clarke supports those who're at risk of dropping out at Dunraven School in Streatham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

There's been an angry response after the government advised against all but essential travel in and out of Hounslow due to the Indian coronavirus variant

The new guidance also urges people not to meet others indoors in the eight hotspots nationwide.

One Labour MP says she was 'gobsmacked' the advice appeared without a proper announcement.

Reporter Ali Fortescue's in Westminster.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

A fourth person has been arrested after a 39-year-old man was stabbed to death in Richmond

A 31-year-old man is accused of assisting an offender, and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Just before 4pm last Monday, emergency crews were called to near Kings Road, where Tim Hipperson had been attacked.

Two men and a woman have been charged, and will appear at the Old Bailey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

A man from Lower Kingswood who abused children for around 50 years has been jailed for 29 years.

68 year old Stephen Henry Walker was found guilty of 40 charges of sexual assaults relating to 15 victims, both boys and girls.

At his secnd trial, one victim spoke of the “severe and prolonged psychological harm” suffered and a serious attempt to take her life.

An investigation into Walker’s offending was launched after one of the victims came forward in March 2018.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 24 May 2021

A “festival of health” is coming to Wimbledon Common.

Friends of Cannizaro Park group want to get people  away from their screens for a whole weekend. 

There will be 11 different classes in the Italian Garden at the event including yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi.

The festival will run for one weekend starting on Friday, June the 11th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Kingston Council’s leader says it makes financial sense to the taxpayer to sell the Guildhall complex off.

The authority is floating plans to turn it into a boutique hotel, which would mean more residents get to use it than do now. 

Caroline Kerr says the council has reviewed how it uses all of its buildings and she can’t justify keeping empty ones operating. 

Campaign group “Save Royal Kingston” wants the site turned into a Community Asset so it cannot be redeveloped. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police are trying to identify a woman who was seen being potentially harassed by a man in a vehicle in Thames Ditton on Saturday.

She was seen walking along St. Leonard’s Road when the suspect in a vehicle appeared to drive alongside her and speak out of the window. 

She did not engage with him.

Officers say they want to this woman to check that she is safe and well and establish if any offence took place.

The man in the vehicle is described as a white, middle-aged man with ruddy skin and short sandy hair.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A student from Kingston University has made his way on to the prestigious Forbes “30 under 30” list.

Christian Facey, along with business partner Wilfred Obeng, founded Audiomob.

It’s an advertising company which allows gamers to listen to commercials without their play being interrupted.

They have already raised £1.4 million in funding and attracted clients including Warner Music and the Ministry of Sound Group.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

12 migrants, including 4 children, have been discovered in the back of a lorry in Ottershaw.

Police stopped the Poland registered vehicle just after 6pm on Friday on the A320 Guildford Road.  

Witnesses had reported banging sounds coming out of the lorry, and those inside were given water and blankets.  

A 38 year old man was arrested for breach of UK immigration law.

He was further arrested for possession of an offensive weapon after a baton and large knife were found.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Sutton United have joined the Football League for the first time in its 123-year history

They beat Hartlepool 3-0 at Gander Green Lane, with over 1,000 supporters cheering them on.

The win means they’ll play in League Two next season, and will have to install a grass pitch.

Sutton United Manager Matt Gray says it hasn’t quite sunk in yet:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Kingston Council’s leader says it makes financial sense to the taxpayer to sell the Guildhall complex off

The authority is floating plans to turn it into a boutique hotel, which would mean more residents get to use it than do now. 

Caroline Kerr says the council has reviewed how it uses all of its buildings and she can’t justify keeping empty ones operating:

Campaign group “Save Royal Kingston” wants the site turned into a Community Asset so it cannot be redeveloped.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:33 pm  

An acute clinic for eye emergencies at Kingston Hospital is now closed for the next ten weeks

Renovations to increase capacity in a more COVID-safe environment are taking place.

GPs are being asked to refer patients to other units in the area instead. 

There will be a telephone triage service for advice and a limited service for pre-existing patients with acute or chronic eye conditions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

Full story: A former police officer and football coach from Lower Kingswood has been jailed for 29 years for sex assaults on children.

68 year old Stephen Henry Walker was found guilty of 40 charges of sexual assaults relating to 15 victims, both boys and girls, following the conclusion of the second trial.

Statements from a number of the victims involved were read out in court. 

One victim spoke of the “severe and prolonged psychological harm” suffered as a result of Walker’s offending, including a serious attempt to take her own life.

Another spoke about the severe depression he had suffered as a result of the abuse and the “profound and significantly detrimental effect on my mental health for most of my life”, while another described himself as having “lived a life of torture which leaves me a broken man today relying on the care of services, my parents and medication”.

Following Walker’s conviction in March, another victim said “a weight had been lifted”, and said that he was “less anxious and able to sleep for eight hours rather than being awake half the night”.

Walker was found guilty of 33 counts of sexual assault following the first trial which started on the 4th of January and lasted over seven weeks. 

The jury came back with a unanimous verdict after deliberating for just three hours.

The jury also returned a unanimous guilty verdict on a further seven counts of sexual assault following the second trial which started on the 8th of March.

An investigation into Walker’s offending was launched after one of the victims came forward in March 2018.

As the enquiries progressed, the scale of Walker’s offending, and his strong sexual interest in children soon became apparent. 

The offences included sexual assaults, gross indecency with children and inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

Walker, who worked as a salesman and was also a police officer with the Metropolitan Police for a brief period, was also a coach for a number of children’s football teams, where he met some of the victims, while others were children he knew through family friends.

Although the majority of the offences were committed in Surrey, Walker also abused children in France and Malta and other locations outside of the UK jurisdiction.

Once the full extent of Walker’s abuse started to come to light, he fled to Malta where he lived under an alias.

He returned to the UK in October 2019 and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of child sex offences. 

Two days later, he was charged and remanded into custody due to the serious risk he posed to children, as well as being a flight risk having previously fled the country.

A team from Surrey Police’s Complex Abuse Unit then worked relentlessly to locate other potential victims and witnesses in order to obtain as much as evidence as possible. 

This resulted in a large number of victims being identified and led to further charges being laid against Walker while he was on remand.

During the investigation, the team also had to provide support to a large numbers of victims and witnesses, made all the more challenging due to the pandemic that also resulted in the delay of the trials, which also impacted on the victims.

Detective Constable Emma Gibson from the Complex Abuse Unit said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses in this case for their commitment and resilience throughout the investigation. Without their support and patience we would not have been able to bring Stephen Walker to justice.

“The trial was delayed by several months and heard during a very unsettling time for all due to the coronavirus pandemic. All involved demonstrated true strength and courage in giving their evidence and I hope today’s result brings them some validity and closure, as well as some sense of justice after all these years of having to live with what he did to them.”

Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers from the Complex Abuse Unit, said: “Walker was a vile sexual predator who used his position as a football coach, trusted member of the community and friend, to gain access to children and then seriously abuse them for his own gratification. The scale of his offending, which went unchallenged for years, cannot be underestimated.

“I would also like to thank all those involved in the investigation for their hard work and dedication under extremely trying circumstances, with not only a huge number of victims and witnesses, but also the substantial delays to the trial as a result of the pandemic. 

“I hope that Walker’s conviction sends a clear message that we will always do everything we can to ensure allegations of sexual abuse are investigated thoroughly and that we will leave no stone unturned to get to the truth.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

An organised crime gang operating across London has been shut down and its members jailed for over 33 years

The group was using Encrochat, an encrypted messaging platform, to organise and carry out drugs deals. 

They were being instructed by 35 year old ringleader, Andrew Doyle from Hammersmith.

The gang would dress up as key workers in order to dodge lockdown and carry out drugs deals. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea just about made it into next season's Champions League despite losing 2-1 at Aston Villa in their final Premier League game

They finished fourth - a point ahead of Leicester - who lost 4-2 to Tottenham on the last day of the campaign.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says he'll take plenty of satisfaction from that - eventually.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Scanners at Heathrow that would allow passengers to leave toiletries and laptops in their hand luggage won’t be installed for now

It’s after the airport suffered billions of pounds of losses due to the pandemic, and it says it can’t afford the kit.

The hub has been arguing with the Civil Aviation Authority, and has been asking to increase charges on airlines to recoup its losses.

The CAA ruled that the increase in charges would not be in the interest of consumers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Brentford are “extremely disappointed” that the play-off final will have half the attendees of the FA Cup Final

A maximum of 10,000 people will be allowed at Wembley, with less than 4,000 tickets available to each finalist.

The club have been talking with the FA and EFL to “find ways to maximise the club’s allocation”.

The club have got to the play-off final for the second year in a row, but have never reached the Premier League.

They’ll face off against Swansea City at Wembley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Much of the Surrey Cricket league was abandoned due to rain

In the Premier division, Surrey Warriors beat London Gymkhana by 81 runs, and Sutton Challengers A lost to Ploughmans by 7 wickets.

However, in division 2, Sutton Challengers B pulled off the biggest win, beating Team Mitcham A by 111 runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

Kempton Park is issuing advice to racegoers ahead of the start of evening races next week

Tickets can only be purchased in advance and social distancing will remain in place with face coverings required indoors.

 A special “spectator code of conduct” is also in place for visitors.

Staff will monitor the situation on race evenings to make sure the rules are being followed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Kingston Council’s leader has promised the town’s historic Guildhall will not be demolished

The authority is looking at selling it to a developer with the option of turning it into a boutique hotel.

It says it can’t justify the £14 million needed to make it environmentally sustainable.  

But non-political campaign group, “Save Royal Kingston,” is trying to get the building listed as an “Asset of Community Value” so that the site is protected from development and alteration. 

Council Leader Caroline Kerr says this is completely unnecessary.

Kingston Council statement in full: 

“Our plans for a heritage-led regeneration of the Guildhall complex are about protecting, refurbishing and retrofitting the Grade II listed building and giving it a sustainable future, while ensuring the community enjoys much more access to it than is currently the case. We will not countenance any decision that does not guarantee public access to the listed building and there are absolutely no plans to demolish it.

“While the listed building is currently only really used for council meetings, the other two council buildings on the complex are under-utilised and have been largely vacant for some time – even before the COVID-19 crisis struck. Not only are all the buildings energy inefficient, it also costs us around £4m a year to maintain them and it would cost around £36m to retrofit the whole complex. This is not a sensible use of local taxpayers’ money when the Council should be focused on providing services for residents.

“We are exploring the option for a boutique hotel to potentially move into the listed building – a proposal that would strengthen the tourism and leisure economy in Kingston at a time of considerable economic challenge. In addition, we are examining the potential for commercial offices and housing – including affordable homes – to be offered on the site rather than expensive and underused council buildings.

“Whatever the final proposals, improved community use of the site is essential to us. As well as ensuring there is guaranteed public access to the listed building and investing £1.2m to make the nearby Market House an accessible space once again, we are also exploring the potential for a new public park on the complex with improved connections to the Hogsmill River.

“As this is a heritage-led project, any proposals will also give careful consideration to the future of the Coronation Stone and ensure continued public access to this crucial part of our borough’s history.

“Once detailed plans have been developed, they will come back to the Council for councillors to vote upon.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Fulham boss Scott Parker admits a lot of reflection and planning is needed to bounce back from Premier League relegation

They finished the season with a 2-nil home defeat against Newcastle.

With his name continuing to be linked with the vacant manager's role at Tottenham, Parker says he needs to get away from football for a while.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Sunday 23 May 2021

Sutton United have been promoted to the football league for the first time in their history.

A 3-nil win against Hartlepool ensured they'll finish top of the National League.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

An 18 year old man from Sunbury has been charged with a stabbing outside a shopping centre.
Kenneth Peat has been remanded in custody until 24th June and will appear at Guildford Crown Court.

 A 17-year-old from Sunbury has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and remains in custody.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information following the assault and believe there is a number of people still to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

There has been a surge in coronavirus vaccinations at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre in Hounslow.

It comes as the Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered surge testing in the borough of Hounslow because of the Indian variant.

We caught up with Kelly O Niell  Hounslow’s Director of Public Health who describes the scene the centre this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

Police are encouraging everyone to review their home security after a burglary in Thames Ditton.

The robbery was reported in Summer Road on Thursday after a resident noticed three people acting suspiciously.

Officers arrived on scene which resulted in a foot chase. 

The suspects managed to escape but officers recovered some items which will hopefully lead to the identification of the suspects. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel thinks the return of fans puts them at a disadvantage in the race for a top 4 Premier League spot.

They travel to Aston Villa today, who will have 10-thousand home supporters present - just as Chelsea did midweek.

But with rivals Liverpool and Leicester at home this afternoon, Tuchel says they're up against it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Roy Hodgson takes charge of Crystal Palace for the final time this afternoon with a trip to his former club, Liverpool.

It brings to an end his four year spell as manager of the Premier League club.

Hodgson says he's glad his last match will be competitive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Five weeks of surge testing will begin in Hounslow today.

The borough has the highest rate of the Indian Covid-19 variant in London.  

Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill, is urging everyone living there to get a test. 

But she also says the biggest factor in beating the virus will be getting vaccinated. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 am  

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