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Saturday 19 June 2021

Surrey Police is reminding the public that applications to become a special constable close this Sunday June 20th at midnight

Special constables work alongside officers to keep Surrey safe.

The details are on the Surrey Police website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

Harlequins produced a superb comeback to beat Bristol 43-36

 after extra-time and earn a place in rugby union's Premiership play-off final.

They had been 28-nil down in the first half.

The Twickenham side will face defending champions Exeter after their 40-30 win over Sale.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

The head of the DUP in Westminster is set to replace the ousted leader.

 Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is the overwhelming favourite to become the DUP's party leader after Edwin Poots was ousted.

Poots was forced out after three weeks when he agreed with the government to restore the power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland.

Donaldson fans support his government bid to pass laws to give the Irish language equal status in Northern Ireland.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A British Airways aircraft has been damage after tipping its nose at Heathrow.

The freighter aircraft had been parked on the tarmac.

Images on social media show the aircraft at an angle surrounded by emergency services.

As a freighter plane, there were no passengers on board.

Investigations into the issue are ongoing but it's not expected to disrupt other flights leaving the airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Around 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.

Walk the Walk, which is famous for its annual Moonwalk at Clapham Common, is trying to break down the stigma associated with it.

Doug Harper, an ambassador for the charity, was diagnosed in 2011 when he mistook a cancerous lump for a cyst.

He tells us how his experience encouraged him to raise awareness and fight the stigma.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Surge testing is to be deployed in targeted areas in Lambeth.

 It's following a rise in confirmed cases of the Delta variant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

It’s been announced by the government that Surge status in Hounslow will come to an early close.

 The programme, which began on 23 May will now end a week sooner than planned on Monday 21 June.

Around 53,000 vaccinations have been given in the borough over the past four weeks and over 100,000 residents are now fully vaccinated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Business and community organisations are backing Sutton's bid for government Levelling Up funding.

 The council has submitted a bid to the Government on reinstating a twin-track rail line between Sutton and Belmont.

They’ve also asked to rebuild the Belmont Loop Line.

The Council say that the borough has received the lowest amount of transport investment of all of London’s boroughs since 2016.

It estimates at just £73 per resident over the past five years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Richmond Council has released a further £4 million in additional funding to businesses affected by the Covid pandemic.

The Additional Restrictions Grant will be handed out to over 1,400 companies in the borough.

Businesses which have previously received an ARG award will receive a further £5,000 as well.

previous recipients of Restart Grants will also receive a 30% top up and won't have to apply for it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Police have arrested 30 people as they dealt with football fans when England took on Scotland in a much-anticipated Euros match.

 Crowds thronged into Leicester Square in central London after the goalless draw at Wembley.

They were arrested for racial aggravation, drunk and disorderly behaviour and for assaulting a police officer.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A woman from Carshalton has been awarded an MBE for her services to disabled children and their families.

Pam Fry has spent over 25 years working with disabled children, supporting their families and delivering essential hands on services.

In 2019, she co-founded the non-profit organisation PlayWise Learning that extends support to families of disabled children aged 0-8 years.

She tells us what inspires her in her work.

Pam will be awarded her MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at St James’ Palace later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 18 June 2021

A quill with ink still in its nib, thought to date back to the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, has been found in Kew.

The writing implement was unearthed by conservators at the National Archives' headquarters. 

The quill was found with its feathers flattened after centuries stuck to a 16th century lease agreement manuscript.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

Three men have been jailed for a series of knifepoint robberies across South London.

Sean Tuso, from Wallington, has been given 6-year jail term and  

Joshua Norris, from Thornton Heath, a 4-year jail term.

Joseph Hamilton-Peart from Streatham has been handed a 3-year sentence.

The trio were part of a gang which carried out a series of knifepoint commercial robberies in Sutton, Croydon and Lambeth in 2019.

In each of the robberies, the suspects arrived at the venues on mopeds, wearing crash helmets and dark clothing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

A British Airways plane has been damaged after it tipped onto its nose at Heathrow.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was parked on tarmac but because it’s a freight aircraft, had no passengers onboard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

Boris Johnson has called the Lib Dem by-election win in Chesham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire 'disappointing' and 'peculiar.

Sara Green took the seat for the Lib Dems by 8,000 votes, overturning a large Tory majority.

Kingston MP and leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Ed Davey, is calling it “the orange force:”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:13 pm  

We’re being urged to get the “vital and lifesaving” COVID-19 vaccine

Dr Charlotte Canniff is from the Surrey Heartlands CCG, which covers areas including Elmbridge and Epsom.

She says “the offer of the vaccine is evergreen” and doing so will “bring us one step closer to freedom”. 

In the Surrey Heartlands area, 76% of adults have had a first dose, and 53% have had the second.

People from any area can turn up at the Penrhyn Road campus of Kingston University today until 7pm, for a first dose of Pfizer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

A man from Croydon has been jailed for 18 years after admitting multiple sexual offences against a child

64 year old Adeyinka Oluwaseyi Ajose had pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier court appearance in April.

He was arrested after police attended an incident at a house in Addington in November.

Officers spoke with the victim, who was under the age of 13, who alleged several counts of abuse, over several months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Naomi Osaka has joined Rafael Nadal in deciding not to play at Wimbledon

The four-time Grand Slam tennis champion withdrew from the French Open after the first round because she needed a "mental health break".

Her agent says she'll be back to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Nadal's withdrawn from both - saying he's 'listening to his body.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Squatters have finally been evicted from the old Police station in Tooting

They moved in a few days ago and banners were promptly hung outside the Grade II listed building in Mitcham Road.

Police also say graffiti was daubed on the walls. 

At the time, officers said "Absolutely gutted to see the pointless and damaging graffiti on Tooting Police Station. 

To the squatters residing within, please stop the mindless vandalism of an iconic, listed building.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm  

A British Airways plane has been damaged after tipping onto its nose at Heathrow

The freight aircraft wasn't carrying any passengers and was parked at the airport.

A spokesman says they're investigating and that safety is their "highest priority".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

A man has died after being shot in Balham

Police were called yesterday just before 11pm to Bedford Hill, where the man, who’s believed to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.

Enquiries are ongoing and there have been no arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

It seems cheerleading has firmly established itself in Clapham.

Ultimate Cheer, based in La Retraite School, has grown from a handful athletes in 2018 to 11 teams of all ages and abilities.

Six of the outfit’s teams will now compete at the national competitions next month.

Head coach, Tamsin Steer, says “cheering” is really gathering momentum.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

Surge testing has begun in Banstead, Walton on the Hill and Tattenham Corner

Reigate and Banstead Council says it has identified an increase in Covid-19 rates over the last two weeks.

The authority says it’s especially evident in the younger age groups, including secondary school age children.

Testing units have been set up at Tadworth Leisure Centre, Banstead High Street Car Park and The Mound Car Park at Tattenham Corner. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Anyone across South West London and Surrey aged over 18 can head to Kingston Uni today to get a Pfizer vaccination

 A hub will be open at the Penrhyn Road campus between 1pm and 7pm. 

It’s for anyone needing a first vaccine dose.

Kingston is currently undergoing surge testing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Thursday 17 June 2021

A drugs mule who flew into Heathrow from Ghana with 16kgs of cocaine in his luggage has been jailed for six years.

49 year old Eric Kusi Appaih hid the Class A, which had a street value of around £1.3m, in boxes of food.

When arrested at the airport in April, he claimed the food was for his brother who he was staying with for a month in the UK.

Appaih, from Ghana, admitted drug trafficking and was sentenced earlier and also ordered to forfeit the £3,000 he had on him in cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A 20 year-old is being questioned after a number of stones were thrown at houses and police cars in Stanwell.

The man from Ashford was detained earlier after the incident on Monday.

 Police had been responding to a number of complaints about objects being catapulted at homes over the weekend when the officers were targeted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A priest from St Mary’s University in Twickenham has started a mammoth fundraising challenge

83 year old Father Vladimir Felzmann is trying to raise £500,000 for a new chapel organ.

He walking the Sir Mo Farah Athletics track at the University 83 times over.

Father Felzmann tells us he’s looking forward to having a very special guest walking with him soon:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A charity which recruits police officers on behalf of forces nationwide says it’s making good progress at keeping crime at bay

Areas where Police Now officers have been posted over the last 22 months have seen around a 14% drop in anti-social behaviour.

PC Sami Halepota joined Runnymede Police after completing the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme.

He explains what makes the scheme unique:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Bournemouth are reportedly eyeing up Fulham boss Scott Parker to take over their club

Parker’s two year-stint with the club is expected to end soon, following their relegation to the Championship.

Bournemouth are currently playing the Championship too, coming sixth last season.

It’s believed that Parker has had disagreements with the board at Craven Cottage and may be interested in other appointments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

Surge testing will begin in Banstead, Walton on the Hill and Tattenham Corner tomorrow

Reigate and Banstead Council says extensive surveillance of Covid-19 has identified an increase in rates over the last two weeks.

It’s especially evident in the younger age groups, including secondary school age children. 

Four mobile testing units specifically for this additional testing will be installed across the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Two men have been arrested during a drug bust in Sutton

On Friday, officers raided an address, and found 13 immature cannabis plants in a bedroom.

A large quantity of the drug, as well as a large sum of cash, was also found in the property.

Both have been accused of possession with attempt to supply, and one for cultivating the drug.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

English Heritage says it has 'no plans' to remove Enid Blyton's blue plaque in Chessington

The organisation has updated its website to include information about racism and xenophobia in her work.

When visitors use the organisation's app, they'll be given details about how the late author's work has been criticised for offensive material.

The charity says it's been looking into the historical figures that have been commemorated as part of its blue plaque scheme.

Ms Blyton, who was popular for work including “The Famous Five”  series lived at 207 Hook Road from 1920 to 1924.

Picture credit: English Heritage

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

A person has been arrested after an alleged fire attack on a business in Croydon

Crews were called just after 8.30 yesterday morning to a business close to the IKEA off the Purley Way.

There are no reports of any injuries, but it did cause a fire that destroyed some industrial equipment.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

People in Whitton are being reassured that the ward won’t be pushed out of Richmond borough

Parliamentary boundaries are currently being reviewed by the Boundary Commission for England. 

Reviews are carried out periodically to allow for population changes. 

Under proposals, people in Whitton who currently vote for their MP in Twickenham constituency, will be moved to Brentford and Isleworth. 

But Richmond council leader Gareth Roberts says the proposal would have no impact on local elections.

He says residents would still vote in Richmond Council elections, pay their Council Tax to Richmond and receive its services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

A man has been rescued from a flat fire in Croydon

The brigade were called yesterday just before 11.30pm to Syndenham Road, where a “significant amount of smoke” was coming from the building.

The control centre took 23 calls to the blaze.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A woman in her 70s is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Cheam

Police were called yesterday, just after 10am, to West Drive, after a range rover hit the woman.

The driver stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

A protester on top of a crane in Nine Elms has come down, and has been arrested

The man climbed up the structure, holding a Palestinian flag, at around 4am on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old came down yesterday just after 4.30pm, and has been detained on suspicion of aggravated trespass, criminal damage, and more.

He’s been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Road closure in the area have been fully lifted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A priest from St Mary’s University in Twickenham is walking almost four hours a day to raise funds for a new organ

83-year-old Father Vladimir Felzmann is aiming to raise £500,000 by walking the 52 laps of the Uni’s running track 83 times.

He also wants to launch a choir for disadvantaged children as well as provide community recitals.

Father Vladimir explains how being in a choir can really help a child’s development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Road users are being warned about two major projects starting in Clapham Junction town centre later this month

The works on Lavender Hill and St John’s Hill Bridge are being carried out by Transport for London and Wandsworth Council.

The council says they have been co-ordinated to run at the same time to minimise disruption.

The works are due to start on the 21st for around 10 weeks; stay tuned to Jackie, we’ll have regular travel updates across the period. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

A 20-year-old woman has died after a collision in Feltham

Police were called yesterday afternoon to Faggs Road, after reports a car had hit a female pedestrian.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver stopped and is assisting police with their enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Wednesday 16 June 2021

A woman has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after attempting to bite a police officer and paramedic in Leatherhead.

39-year-old Hanjarina Oliveira from Enfield was seen driving the wrong way down the M25, with police having to get head on with her car to stop her.

When she was removed from the vehicle, she was holding a bottle of wine, and empty beer bottles were found in the car.

It was found she didn’t hold a UK licence, and had been convicted of drink driving in 2013.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Andy Murray's been given a wild card to play in this year's Wimbledon tennis men's singles.

Three other British men also have been granted them - Liam Broady ((pron: bro-dee)), Jay Clarke and Jack Draper - meaning they escape having go to through qualifying.

Another former champion, Venus Williams, has a wild card into the women's singles.

The 40-year-old is now ranked outside the world's top 100.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police have had stones catapulted at them in Stanwell.

A number of houses in Russell Drive are being targeted. 

Police say they think the stones are being fired at random from a nearby nature reserve. 

When officers arrived to investigate, one stone smashed their car wing mirror and another landed at their feet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Every week, somebody in Mole Valley will win £25,000 while also giving money to good causes.

The online lottery will raise money for clubs, community groups, charities, and green initiatives.

The first draw prizes include a Dorking Halls membership, a Surrey Hills Enterprises shopping voucher, and membership for Dorking Sports Centre.

Councillor Claire Malcolmson says she’s “delighted” so many good causes have joined.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

People in Spelthorne with a business idea are being encouraged to put themselves up for a Dragons Den-style competition.

The area’s MP, and business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is hosting his 7th annual competition, with a prize of £3,500.

The six best entries will present their idea to a panel of judges, with support to perfect their pitch.

Entries are welcome from individuals or teams of up to four, by anyone over 16.

To enter visit or search @Spelthorne Business Plan Competition on Facebook. The competition is open to Spelthorne residents aged over 16.

For more information or help with the application process, email [email protected]

The competition opens on the 7th June and applications need to be submitted by 16th August 2021.

The event will be at the BP in Sunbury on 23rd September 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea will allow its football stadium to be turned into an NHS vaccination clinic this weekend.

It joins the likes of West Ham, Spurs and Charlton.

The clinics will focus on first doses for younger people except Charlton, which is largely for people aged 40 and over.

Anyone aged 21 or over is currently eligible to book their first vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A Malaysian judge has overturned an inquest verdict of misadventure on the death in August 2019 of a 15-year-old girl.

The body of Nóra Quoirin from Balham was discovered in the jungle nine days after she went missing from an eco-resort in Malaysia.

Her family believe their daughter who had learning difficulties was abducted and have welcomed the new verdict of an open ruling. 

The change in verdict suggests there are still questions to be answered in the case, and leaves open the possibility of criminal involvement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A bus driver from Wandsworth has been chosen as the London face of Diabetes Week.

Phylex Green, who works out of Croydon depot, is a long-standing supporter of Diabetes UK.

He became involved with the charity after watching his mum struggling with the condition.

Phylex spends free his time educating people on the benefits of a good diet and exercise.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An historic cycle lane in Kew has seen in 82% increase in usage over the last 6 months.

The route on Kew Road is Richmond’s first ever protected cycle lane and was introduced to help with social distancing.

 Data collected from cameras show use is over three times that recorded in 2018 before any scheme was put into place. 

But some business along the route say trade has been badly affected by the cycle lane because double yellow lines have been installed.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

A temporary Post Office has opened in Kingston today.

The site in Dolphin Street is a temporary solution until the permanent office is re-opened next month.  

Plans to relocate the central Kingston branch to the Bentall Centre collapsed earlier this year.

The original Post Office in Eden Street closed in accordance with its lease to vacate the site for redevelopment of the area. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Brentford will end a 74-year absence from England's top division with a home game against Arsenal

The fixtures for next season's Premier League were published this morning, with the promoted side starting with a London derby.

Brentford coach Thomas Frank says he's delighted with their opening fixture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to keep their eyes open for injured Swift chicks

There’s been an increase in reports of casualties over the last month. 

Swift populations have declined by 50% in the last twenty years and are one of the species listed in Richmond’s Biodiversity Action Plan. 

Swifts arrive here in early May to breed before leaving in late July or early August to spend their winter in Africa.

A Swift can be  identified by its scream-like call and its long crescent-shaped wings. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A protester has spent the night on top of a crane in Nine Elms

The man is holding a Palestinian flag, on top of the 200m high structure.

Police are still attempting to speak to the 69-year-old.

The roads surrounding it have been closed, causing traffic disruption in the area. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

A man has received serious injuries after a crash in Leatherhead

It happened yesterday evening near Headley Court.

Two of the four people in the car received minor injuries, but a female passenger and the male driver have been hospitalised.

Anyone with information and may have seen the blue Vauxhall Corsa is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

A number of children at a school in New Malden have been sent home, after a person tested positive for Covid 19

Burlington Infant and Nursery says those who have been in "close contact" with the individual in the nursery must self-isolate.

It says it's working closely with public health England and monitoring the situation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

Girls at secondary schools in Kingston and Richmond are being urged to speak out about their experience of sexual harassment

The boroughs’ Youth Council is conducting an anonymous survey to help drive change in safeguarding policies.

It’s after Ofsted published its rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges earlier this month.   

Nearly 90% of girls and nearly 50% of boys questioned said being sent explicit pictures or videos happens “a lot” or “sometimes.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Tuesday 15 June 2021

A police officer who had flirty conversations with a female suspect has been given a final written warning.

PC Andrew Turner is attached to the South Area Command Unit, which covers Sutton, Croydon and Bromley.

In June 2020, PC Turner accessed details in a crime report and made contact with the woman.

She contacted the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which then investigated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A church in Wallington has been recognised for its efforts in providing food relief during the pandemic.

 Wallington Christian Centre has been distributing monthly food bags to nearby families. 

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Sutton paid the site a visit last week to thank parishioners personally for their efforts. 

Pastor at the centre, David Gnanaseharam, says he has big hopes to expand the service. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police in South-West London are reminding the public on how to register complaints against them.

They say that when you report a crime, you may be given a leaflet with the investigating officer’s name and the crime reference number.

If you’re concerned it’s not being investigated, you can speak to their line manager, such as the Sergeant, then their inspector.

Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple says “I know that my officers will try to do their best to resolve reports satisfactorily, but I also know there are reasons why this might not be possible in some instances.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man was assaulted in Hampton over the weekend.

Police were called at around 21:00 on Friday to Hampton Court Road.

One male victim was taken to hospital.

Due to this and numerous other calls a section 35 dispersal order was out in place.

Anyone who witnessed the assault is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A train fire broke out at Clapham Junction station earlier today

British Transport Police were called to the station at 12.48pm following reports of a blaze.

Passengers were evacuated from the train and firefighters extinguished the fire.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Students in Kingston are being urged to take PCR tests on top of their twice weekly lateral flow tests.

Council leader Caroline Kerr says it’s necessary because of the high Delta case rates in the borough.

PCR tests, unlike lateral flow tests, are able to identify the particular strain someone is infected with.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

There's been strong reaction to delays in lifting coronavirus restrictions in England, with the UK theatre industry saying it'll have "serious implications".

Meanwhile the British Beer and Pub Association says extra financial support's now "critical" for the sector.

That's also the message from the Federation of Small Businesses - warning funding's needed to prevent "further economic casualties."

Adrian Mills, chair of the Wimbledon Village Business Association, says while they’re holding fast for now, that could all change soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Two new housing developments have been given the green light in Richmond.

Richmond Housing Partnership is overseeing the projects in Hampton Wick and Heathfield in Twickenham. 

Both, which will include affordable housing, are due for completion either next year or the year after. 

The developments are on “redundant” land already owned by RHP. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Adele has made a rare public appearance to pay tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

72 people died in the disaster in Kensington and Chelsea four years ago.

In a video shared by Grenfell United the star says the campaign group is fighting "tirelessly" for justice and change.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Heathrow Airport have said that they anticipate needing 80 Million masks when they’re back at full capacity

The UK's busiest airport saw 675,000 passengers last month - just 10 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. 

Airport bosses are running a competition to find a company to produce a new sustainable single-use mask to help reduce waste.

Research for North London Waste Authority reveals that 102 million single-use facemasks are thrown away in the UK each week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The men’s and women’s finals will be played in front of full capacity crowds at Wimbledon this year

When it begins, it’ll only have 50% capacity, which will rise throughout the tournament.

Centre Court has a capacity of 15,000 people.

The All-England club says they’re working with the government to finalise the details, including any requirements for COVID-status certification.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

A protester has climbed on top of a crane in Nine Elms

He’s holding a Palestinian Flag, and roads have been closed in the vicinity since 4.30 this morning.

The crane is currently being used as part of the new development there.

The road closures are causing queues through Battersea and across Chelsea Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

The top temperature recorded yesterday, on the hottest day of the year so far, was 29.7 degrees Celsius

That nationwide top score was registered in Teddington.

It's not forecast to be as hot today, with Teddington only seeing highs of 25 degrees.

After that, forecasters are predicting thunderstorms from Wednesday night into Thursday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

There's a warning the decision to delay lifting lockdown restrictions in England will create "further economic casualties" if there's no help for firms

The Federation of Small Businesses says more support is vital from government.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the postponement of step four of his roadmap, until the 19th July because of the Delta, or Indian, coronavirus variant.

Weddings are allowed to go ahead, but with advice against dancing among guests, communal singing, and stand-up drinks receptions.

Sutton Councillor Jed Dwight postponed his wedding last year, and says the current situation doesn’t “describe a wedding”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Lambeth Council has stopped using a controversial herbicide to get rid of weeds

The authority says it has taken the growing concerns about the health and environmental impacts of Glyphosate seriously.

Commonly known by its original trade name “Roundup”, it’s said to be the world's most widely used herbicide.

Lambeth carried out a scheduled spray of the borough in May, but August’s spray will not go ahead.

It has also stopped using the herbicide in the borough’s parks and on housing estates.

Year-round chemical-free manual weed control will be introduced in October instead.

Around 150 streets have already opted out of scheduled sprays and have been tackling the weed problem themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Monday 14 June 2021

People over 40 who still need a first vaccine dose can pick one up at Harlequins Rugby ground in Twickenham this week.

The Stoop is offering the AstraZenica jab between 9am and 7pm for anyone over that age who hasn’t yet come forward.

People aged over 40 who are awaiting their second dose can also head to the site.  

Those who are keen to get their vaccination will not need to pre-book.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

AFC Wimbledon fans are being asked to help name the new stadium’s pub.

Hopefuls have until Wednesday to submit their favourite monikers to the club.

There are already some clear favourites including, simply, The Plough for Plough Lane and The Dog and Beasant after Dave Beasant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

London is getting a brand-new park at Battersea

Nine Elms Park is due to be the largest new green space in the city.

The landscaped 4.5 hectare park will run in a near straight line from Battersea Power Station towards Vauxhall.

It will be a Privately Owned Public Space, or POPS, which means that although it is privately owned, it is legally required to be open to the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two women have been robbed on their doorstep late at night in Tooting.

Police have just released details of the incidents on the 29th of May.

The first happened at around 2.30am on Longley Road, then the next around an hour later on Sellincourt Road at 3.30am.

Police are looking to speak to a man in his late 20s with dark wavy hair, tanned skin, described as “Spanish” in appearance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

London has gone green for Grenfell.

A number of buildings including York House in Twickenham and Hounslow House in Hounslow lit up in the colour. 

Council bosses across the capital say it’s a mark of remembrance, compassion and solidarity for the 72 people who died four years ago.

Hundreds of people also lost their homes when Grenfell Tower in Kensington caught fire in the early hours of June the 14th 2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

A man from Shepperton Lock has been charged with drug offences.

51 year old Malcolm Floyd was charged today with being concerned in the supply of class A and B drugs, cocaine and cannabis.

He was also charged with one count of acquiring criminal property.

He was released on bail, to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on 20th July 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The leader of Surrey County Council has a new job, giving a voice to county councils across the country.

Tim Oliver has been elected the head of the County Councils Network.

He says he wants to focus on social care, children’s services and getting councils to work with their communities to ease inequality.

Mr Oliver says his ideas need money from government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A paramedic has suffered a racially-aggravated verbal assault and been threatened on duty in Walton.

An ambulance was called to a 39-year-old man complaining of abdominal pain at the Xcel Leisure centre on Wednesday the 26th of May. 

Upon arrival, paramedics tried to treat the man, but he and his friend then swore, used racially abusive language and threatened to kill her.

The first suspect’s described as white, around 5 ft 11, with an overweight build and brown hair. 

The second’s described as White, with a slender build, brown hair and stubble.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

It's officially the hottest day of the year so far.

28.6 degrees Celsius has been recorded at Heathrow airport. 

This beats the previous highest temperature of 28.3 degrees Celsius at Northolt on June the 2nd.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Britain's Jack Draper has beaten third seed Italian Jannik Sinner in straight sets at the Queen's Club tennis Championships.

The 19 year-old from Sutton won 7-6, 7-6 to knock out the world number 23, ranked 286 places above him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

More testing sites are to be set up in Merton, after a rise in COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta, or Indian, variant.

Additional PCR lab testing has been set up in Figges Marsh and Wyvern Industrial estate areas.

It’s expected to last for two to three days.

Council Leader Mar Alliston says “we all need to work together and stop the spread fast” after positive cases doubled over the past fornight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

A fire has broken out at a house in Houslow.

The Brigade was called to a blaze on Cromwell Road at 10:23am this morning and it was out within half an hour.

The smoke alarms inside the property weren’t working but the residents were woken by the smell and left the building. 

Its believed the fire was accidental and caused by a faulty bathroom extractor fan.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Another teenager has been charged following the murder of a 17-year-old in Streatham.

Two other teens will appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow, with another four through the month, and four more released under investigation. 

The teen is charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police were called last Thursday afternoon to Prentis Road, where Denardo Samuel-Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Around 200 suspected ravers have been dispersed from an event on Epsom Common

At 3am on Sunday, police were called to the illegal disturbance.

The force says that the events are secretive, with the location sent to mobile phones only minutes before they start.

However, they’re investigating and increasing efforts to pre-empt such events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

A teenager has been arrested after a stabbing in Putney

Police were called to Cortis Road on Saturday evening, where a 13-year-old was found injured.

It’s not believed his wounds are life threatening, and have been called “superficial”.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

People in Whitton are being urged to have their say about plans to improve a busy junction

Richmond Council wants to create better access for pedestrians using Hospital Bridge Road where it meets Nelson Road.

The authority is also looking at ways to reduce vehicle speeds.

A public meeting is being hosted on Zoom on June the 29th at 6pm and you can register via Richmond Council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Wandsworth lost to Ploughmans by eight wickets in the Surrey Cricket League this weekend, not even scoring 100 runs

However, Wandsworth remain middle of the Premier Division table, with Balham and Tooting at the bottom, yet to win a match.

Surrey Warriors faced off against Surrey Warriors A, with Surrey Warriors winning that game by just 2 wickets.

Surrey Warriors are still top of the Premier Division table.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

A man has been stabbed at a home in Sutton High Street

Police were called just before 9am yesterday, after a man in his 50s was attacked.

A 44-year-old man was arrested in Cheam on suspicion of attempted murder.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Sunday 13 June 2021

England begin their latest attempt to reach the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966 this afternoon.

Gareth Southgate's men have their opening Euro 2020 fixture against Croatia at Wembley.

Chelsea’s Reece James feels this is the best chance they've had to achieve something special.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Sir David Attenborough will urge world leaders to take action on climate change as he addresses the G7 summit in Cornwall later.

The environmentalist who lives in Richmond will tell them the decisions they make are "the most important in human history".

Boris Johnson is launching a 500-million-pound 'blue planet' fund - to protect marine life.

Rob Higgs from Ocean Rebellion in Falmouth wants action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A baby fallow deer has been killed at Richmond Park.

Wildlife officers have revealed that the fawn was knocked over and killed yesterday morning by a cyclist on Broomfield Hill.

The rider then left the scene.

They’re asking that all cyclists take extra care when visiting any Royal Parks during the deer birthing season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Two teenagers will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates court tomorrow, in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy in Streatham.

They're among four who've been charged with Denardo Samuels-Brooks' murder.

He was found with wounds to his chest on Thursday, but later died in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A man from Feltham has launched a new project that aims to ensure every child can access a pair of football boots.

Mike Foston has collected, cleaned, sorted and sized donations of used boots ready to redistribute them online for free.

He says he’d love The Feltham Boot Room to partner up with football clubs to help it go further. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

A Runnymede based police officer who won a prestigious award is backing the Home Secretary’s call for more transparency.

Priti Patel has told the Police Federation she wants forces to share more body-cam footage to combat “trial by social media.”

PC Sami Halepota was presented with a Police Now Award earlier this year for his approach to criminal activity on a housing estate.

He says forces should embrace modern technology.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A man has been jailed for 12 months and disqualified from driving for at Staines magistrates court after a high speed police chase.

24 year old Mohammed Miah was approached by officers in Farnham when he accelerated off, ramming into the police vehicle.

A 20 minute chase ensued involving multiple police cars and a helicopter, putting members of the public and officers in danger. 

The driver and passenger abandoned the car at Bagshot Station car park, but the helicopter guided officers to the suspects who were then arrested. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

There's been a hostile reaction to the suggestion England's so-called 'freedom day' could be delayed.

Entertainment and hospitality bosses want 'certainty' from the government.

Boris Johnson gave a strong hint yesterday that lockdown won't be lifted fully, a week tomorrow, as planned.

But Erich McElroy - who's Crack Comedy club in Kingston has been shut for well over a year - needs to know for sure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

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