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Saturday 24 July 2021

Experts from the bomb squad have disarmed an unexploded hand grenade found in a garden in Shepperton

The historic device, as police have described it, was found on Thursday at a residential address in Jessiman Terrace. 

It follows an incident last April in nearby Sunbury where two unexploded devices were found at a local property. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

The southern branch of the GMB union is calling for a public enquiry into the Croydon Tram accident in 2016

The results of an inquest on Thursday declared the deaths of seven people in the crash as accidental. 

The union is supporting families and calling for more witnesses from management, Transport for London and safety experts.

Its also demanding a separate enquiry into the relationship between financial targets and accidents causing injuries or deaths from TfL.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Hounslow House Library is reopening its doors for the first time in a year just in time for the Summer Reading Challenge

The challenge encourages youngsters aged 4 to 11 years-old to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure during the summer holidays.

This year the challenge has a nature theme aiming to inspire children to stand up for the planet.

They’ll be directed to books about how they can make their communities a cleaner and greener place for people and wildlife

 Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“We are delighted to be reopening another one of our libraries forced to close due to the pandemic. We know that all our libraries are much-loved and an important part of the community. Our staff have been working really hard to reopen and we look forward to welcoming residents back.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Today marks the anniversary of the first time the speaking clock was introduced in the UK, 85 years ago.

It provides precise time synchronised from an atomic clock in real time and is still alive and well.

The current UK time source comes from the National Physical Laboratory in Bushy Park in Teddington.

The first voice was recorded by telephonist Ethel Jane Cain who won a prize equivalent to £720 in a find the “Golden Voice” competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Plans to extend a protection zone around an abortion clinic in Twickenham are being considered.

The current Public Space Protection Order at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service Clinic expires next March.  

 It was put in place in 2019 to address concerns raised around protests and vigils taking place directly outside it. 

Richmond Council is now consulting with the public to extend the PSPO for a further three years. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The concept of re-wilding needs to be re-addressed.

That’s according to walkers and cyclists who say allowing paths and roads to become overgrown with shrubs and grass is dangerous. 

Councils across London and Surrey are cutting back on verge maintenance to help increase biodiversity. 

But Merton Councillor David Dean says the process of allowing everything to become overgrown, is not real re-wilding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Parks including Richmond Park across England have been filled with runners, joggers and walkers once again.

 Parks including Richmond Park across England have been filled with runners, joggers and walkers once again. 

Parkrun has returned for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit 16 month ago 

The 5K event - designed for those of all abilities - is back at more than 500 locations after 70 Saturdays away.

Parkrun returned in Northern Ireland last month, and work is underway to resume them in Wales and Scotland from mid-August.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Richmond Park is one of many parks and green spaces that will be filled with runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities today.

The 5km Parkrun is back this morning after a 16 month break due to the coronavirus pandemic which takes place all over the country 

The event is just to about start this morning in Richmond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Kingston Council has been awarded more than £1.2 million to help get rough sleepers off the streets.

The cash is coming from the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative.

More than 180 people in the borough have been taken into emergency accommodation since the pandemic began.

Support services have been commissioned through partnerships with Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness and SPEAR LONDON.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The weather has turned this morning with rain and in some areas accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Last week saw a month’s worth of rain fall in one day, leaving parts of London underwater after drains flooded.  

MPs have since called on Thames Water to carry out thorough drain cleansing to prevent a similar situation happening again. 

But Merton Councillor David Dean, says authorities need to take some responsibility for mass flooding. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Friday 23 July 2021

Twickenham’s MP says she’s “horrified” by a lack of reassurance from the Government for parents of school age children.

Munira Wilson wants clarity after new guidance from the minister for Health and Social Care, Nadhim Zahawi, was issued.

He said schools must be prepared to deliver education remotely in the Autumn and failed to rule out school closures if Covid cases rise.

Children will continue to have two supervised tests until the end of September and the vaccination of children constantly under review.

Ms Wilson has said “I am horrified by the Minister's failure to reassure us that schools will open again in September, it is a major blow to every family.  Like so many other parents I had children at home  due to COVID infections.  Parents need this government to get a grip or they will be awarded "F" for failure not freedom.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 pm  

Services at the White House Community Centre in Hampton are safe for another 12 months.

Richmond Council says it will continue to fund the site, which currently houses a foodbank and nursery, during the time.

The YMCA has also agreed to continue managing the centre until next summer.

A permanent manager is still being sought to take on the 25 year contract. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

A cyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Ewell.

Emergency crews were called to Reigate Road at around 11am yesterday, after the accident between the cyclist and a bus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Two thirds of people who have taken part in a Twitter poll for Jackie News think e-scooter trials should be halted.

The news follows the death of a 53 year old man in Twickenham.

He is believed to have fallen from a scooter in Heath Road last Thursday and died from his injuries yesterday.

Lucy Mayer’s full report is on the Jackie Facebook page. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

The Government has decided to extend the existing night flights regime at Heathrow to 2025.

5,800 flights are permitted to operate every year within the restricted hours of 11pm to 6am: that’s about 16 a night in some places.  

The current schedule was due to be reviewed in October 2022, but it’s been delayed.  

Stop Heathrow Expansion says this means residents under the flight path are deprived of the 8 hours of sleep recommended per night by the WHO. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

Seven people have been arrested in New Addington on suspicion of supplying class A and B drugs.

This morning officers supported by territorial support group and dog unit carried out warrants at ten addresses in the area.

A total of 275 officers carried out the raids which recovered a quantity of drugs along with two knives.

Those arrested remain in police custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

Govia Thameslink Railway is reducing its timetable from Monday

Bosses say there are "fewer colleagues available to operate services" because a number of them are having to self-isolate. 

The Thameslink routes affected are between Sutton and St Albans City and between Gatwick Airport and Bedford.

Southern routes affected include Clapham Junction to Watford Junction and Milton Keynes, and London Bridge to Tattenham Corner

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

A caravan full of rubbish has been found dumped in Wimbledon

It was discovered on Weir Road on Wednesday evening, and it’s believed it happened between 5.45 and 6.30pm.

Merton Council says they’ve had to spend £900,000 cleaning up fly tips over the last four years.

It’s investigating CCTV in the area and is asking anyone that may have captured anything to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

A man in Twickenham who came off his E-scooter has now died in hospital

Tony Mumford had run Toes Knees shoe repairs in Church Street for around 15 years.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help his wife Cheryl with funeral and other costs.

You can find a link to it here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:57 am  

Wildlife Aid animal hospital in Leatherhead says the Covid pandemic has been a “nightmare” for fundraising

The charity says it has seen an increase in the number of casualties passing through its doors over the last year.

It costs a staggering £750,000 a year to run the hospital.

Here’s its founder, Simon Cowell.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Mohamed Sbihi hopes his selection as the first practising Muslim to carry the Union Flag at an opening ceremony will inspire more children who share his faith to take up sport

The rower, who won gold in the men's coxless fours in Rio, will share the honour of leading Team GB into the Olympic Stadium with defending sailing champion Hannah Mills.

Sbihi, who rows for Molesey Boat Club, says it's a privilege.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

People won’t be charged to use the Villiers Road refuse site in Kingston, after a petition received almost 4,000 signatures

The council’s plan was to charge people £5 to use the site when taking non-household waste, to save £5,000 a year.

Helen Hinton, who launched the petition, says there are still issues because some don’t realise the charge won’t go ahead and are flytipping.

The authority says that it’s facing extreme financial pressure because of the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Olympic champions Mohamed Sbihi and Hannah Mills will carry the flag for Team GB at the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 tomorrow.

The rower and sailor are both hoping to defend their gold medals from the Games five years ago.

Sbihi was born in Kingston and rows for Molesey Boat club, and he’s also the first practising Muslim to carry the Union Jack at an Olympics.

He admits he can't believe he was chosen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Thursday 22 July 2021

Police have released image of three men they would like to speak to in connection with an incident in Chertsey.

Officers believe the men can help with the investigation into a stolen scooter retrieved from the river Thames yesterday.

Anyone who knows these men or has any information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man in Hounslow has been arrested for shoplifting.

Officers searched a male who was found to have 20 cans of red bull on his person which he had stolen minutes before.

Officers also found a stolen bank card on him.

He was arrested, charged and remanded for shoplifting and theft.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A Cyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus in Ewell this morning.

Officers were called to reports of a collision on Reigate Road, opposite the Hazel Mead junction, at around 11am.

The cyclist sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police have released images of three men they are trying to identify after a cinema staff member was attacked in Staines.

Officers were called to Vue Cinema on Monday night at around 7 o’clock. 

The suspects had reportedly been sitting in the VIP area which they hadn’t paid for and became aggressive when asked to move. 

They are described as Asian men of varying ages.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The victims of the Croydon tram crash died as a result of an accident and were not unlawfully killed.

The jury's returned its conclusion into the incident, which claimed the lives of seven people in November 2016.

The driver of the tram is believed to have been in a "microsleep" before it derailed.

Ben Posford, a lawyer representing five of the families, says this is an unacceptable outcome.

Jean Smith's 35 year old son was one of the victims 

She says the jury did the best with the limited information they had.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An 85-year-old man in Croydon has lost thousands of pounds to a scam which told him they were trying to protect him.

He received a call from a man who told him that his bank account is at risk of being scammed, and the bank were in on it.

He withdrew £2,000 and €6,000, then a man came and collected the money, saying that he’d get it back once it was safe.

A third man then called and claimed to be a police officer, and that the victim needed to go to Hammersmith and collect money.

If you know someone who is vulnerable or may fall victim to this type of scam, contact Operation Nogi at the Met Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

Over 75,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been given at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium

It passed the milestone yesterday, and NHS Matron Mandie Lavin says it’s made a “major contribution” to health and wellbeing.

Harlequins Chief Executive Laurie Dalrymple says “we see each day the happy faces of our community passing through the stadium”.

He adds that they will continue to vaccinate people at The Stoop even after they fully reopen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm  

The victims of the Croydon tram crash died as a result of an accident and were not unlawfully killed.

                                                               Pic: RAIB

The jury's returned its conclusion into the incident, which claimed the lives of seven people in November 2016.

The driver of the tram is believed to have been in a "microsleep" before it derailed.

Alfred Dorris was arrested but never charged following the incident. 

Assistant Chief Constable at British Transport Police, Charlie Doyle said: “Today  the jury in the Croydon tram crash Inquest have returned their verdict and concluded that seven people were accidentally killed in November 2016.

"While the Inquest process has now concluded, the memory of that tragic day is one that will stay with us forever as an organisation. Throughout this, the seven men and women who died, along with their loved ones, and everyone else affected by that terrible day, have remained at the very forefront of our minds. They will never be forgotten.”

The mother of Mark Smith, one of the victims, said “justice has been suffocated”.

Jean Smith, whose son was 35 when he died, called the inquest into the deaths a “farce” and said she was “bitterly disappointed” not to hear evidence from management at Transport for London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says ministers are “very concerned” about the Pingdemic

Industry bosses have warned that supply chains are "starting to fail."

It’s due to the number of workers, including lorry drivers and meat-processing staff, getting pinged by the NHS COVID-19 app.

The MP for Spelthorne says it’s a matter of safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

A fire in Mitcham yesterday at a gas storage container is believed to have been accidental

The brigade says it was caused by hot works carried out on the roof, which ignited some solid residue below.

Emergency crews were called yesterday just before 9am, and the amount of smoke meant people were advised to shut their windows.

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, will lead a debate in Parliament later calling for support for unpaid carers

A new report by Carers UK estimates an additional 4.5 million people have undertaken a carers’ role during the coronavirus pandemic.

It also found 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all over the past 12-months.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton is a carer for his son John.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Police in Staines are looking for a good Samaritan who helped save a grandmother and two very young children

On Sunday, the woman had taken her grandchildren for a walk along the Thames in a buggy.

However, whilst at the riverbank, the brake wasn’t properly applied and it slid into the water.

She jumped in but got stuck herself, and two men jumped into the water and saved the family.

While one of the men has been thanked, Runnymede Police would still like to thank the other.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi have been named as the flagbearers for Team GB at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

Sbihi was born in Kingston and rows for Molesey boat club.

Officials confirmed last year that each country could nominate one female and one male athlete for the position.

The sailor and rower are both defending their gold medals from five years ago at this year's Games.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Croydon Council calls for financial help after taking in more than 5,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Amnesty International says the government's Nationality and Borders Bill will only bring more "chaos and delay" to the UK's immigration system. 

The bill has passed its second reading in the Commons.  

It would allow the UK to send asylum seekers to a "safe third country" and to submit claims at a "designated place" determined by the secretary of state. 

The news comes after hundreds of people arrived on the shores on Kent in one day on Monday. 

Meanwhile, Croydon Council is urging the Home Office to address a funding gap in the cost of caring for unaccompanied children seeking asylum. 

Over the last decade the borough has taken in more than 5,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. 

They register in the United Kingdom via a Home Office immigration centre, Lunar House,  in Croydon town centre. 

Central government is expected to fund most of councils’ unaccompanied asylum-seeking children’s costs. 

But since 2015 Croydon has paid an excess every year of between £7m and £9m to top up the funding received from the Home Office. 

The council is also calling on the Home Office to make it mandatory for councils nationwide to share the responsibility for new arrivals.

Under government guidelines, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arrivals should make up 0.07% of each host council’s child population, with councils nationwide taking in the rest. 

If these guidelines were followed, Croydon would have responsibility for 66 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. 

However, there are currently 205 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being cared for by Croydon Council, plus 439 care leavers who arrived unaccompanied. 

This is over 40% of all children and young people the council looks after.

The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) is currently voluntary, which means other councils are not required to take in children from gateway councils like Croydon or Kent.

Croydon says its annual funding gap to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is financially unsustainable and, if left unaddressed, will in future years pose serious risk to the borough’s children’s services.

The report adds that 24 other London authorities have agreed to help ease Croydon’s unaccompanied asylum-seeking children costs by taking caring responsibility for new arrivals in the borough for the next three months. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The NHS is urging people to donate blood plasma, due to a supply shortage during the pandemic.

After 20 years of being banned due to worries about CJD, people are now allowed to donate again.

Andrew Gibb runs Twickenham donor centre, and says this to anyone on the fence about donating.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Police say raids across Surrey and London yesterday may have "significantly disrupted" a people smuggling network.

The National Crime Agency says the alleged ringleader of the network was among seven people arrested.

The operation focused on migrant workers being smuggled into the UK from Albania. 

Investigators believe the alleged smugglers had contacts across Europe and used lorries and hired vans to transport people. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Two men are behind bars following a violent assault in Laleham

31 year old Mario Chambers and 35 year old Robert Packer have been sentenced to a total of more than 50 months in prison. 

The pair were arrested in November after officers were called to reports of a man being seriously assaulted at a residential address in Monks Way. 

The victim was found by a member of the public in a pool of blood and unconscious. 

Chambers and Packer were identified as the suspects and located at a nearby flat with visible minor facial injuries. 

They were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Further enquiries and interviews revealed that the pair had been drinking with two victims throughout the afternoon.

Chambers punched one of them in the face in an unprovoked assault. 

The pair, who were becoming aggressive, were then asked to leave the address. 

However, shortly afterwards they returned and started to attack the other victim by hitting him over the head with a vodka bottle and stamping on him whilst he lay on the floor. 

The pair then ran off, leaving both victims injured and extremely shaken. 

The victims were taken to hospital with one requiring extensive treatment for serious head injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

A man has been jailed after he attempted to stab a woman in Battersea and then threatened further victims with a knife in a chaotic rampage.


30 year old Ibrahim Ajbeer has been sentenced to six years and ten months in prison. 

He pleaded guilty to six counts of making threats with a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage, burglary and theft. 

Ajbeer entered a shop on Battersea Park Road in October, went behind the counter, picking up a knife which he used to threaten store workers before being chased away. 

He didn’t stop there, going into a supermarket on Battersea Park Road to steal a bottle of vodka with the knife in his hand. 

Once outside, he approached a woman and ran after her. 

He grabbed hold of her, pulled clothing from her and held a knife over her as she lay on the ground before he was chased away by members of the public. 

His rampage continued on to Falcon Road,  where he stabbed at the window of a car, causing it to shatter, before threatening two women outside a pub on Falcon Road, pinning one to the floor.

 The events culminated when he attempted to stab a woman and threatened another before several members of the public intervened and detained him. 

Officers arrived on scene and arrested Ajbeer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

An 80-year-old from Hounslow has won an award, after pursuing her passion for art online.

 Daya Mohindra was initially worried about doing a course in digital skills due to her age.

However, she was supported by her family and the tutors at Learn Hounslow, who helped her develop the skills to take the class online.

She won the Online Learning Award from the Festival of Learning, and now even helps her fellow students with their IT problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The designer behind what could turn out to be Hampton Court’s most controversial garden, says the idea was to shock people.

 Felicity O’Rourke’s “Extinction Garden” included a plane fuselage, scattered suitcases and police tape embedded on a field of wheat.  

This year was the first time she has showcased at the famous RHS Garden Festival. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Over 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the athletics track at Tooting Stadium to be resurfaced.

 Over 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the athletics track at Tooting Stadium to be resurfaced.

It was set up by double Olympian Jade Johnson, and says that it’s already a decade beyond its expected life and will become unusable.

The area’s MP, Labour’s Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, says it’s historically important to the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A family of four has escaped a flat fire in Sutton.

The blaze broke out at the property, which didn’t have a working smoke alarm, in Devonshire Avenue just before 3am. 

Two adults and two children left the building before London Fire Brigade arrived. 

There were no reports of any injuries, but LFB says you should have a fire alarm in every room where a blaze could start.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The NHS is launching an appeal for plasma after a ban on British donations for over 20 years.

The health service is currently facing a shortage, as supplies from overseas have been hampered by the pandemic.

They're looking for 14,500 people to sign up to donate at 11 centres across England.

Andrew Gibb, from Twickenham donor centre, explains why plasma is needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The world-first Twins Trust Centre at St George’s Hospital in Tooting is celebrating its first birthday.

It was set up to support maternity units throughout the UK, and improve the outcomes of multiple pregnancies.

Nichola and Pete say that their babies lives were saved at St George’s, after the twins developed rare blood condition during pregnancy.

Nichola says “we were lucky as we were in the right knowledgeable hands”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm  

People in Mitcham are being urged to keep their windows and doors shut on what’s expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.

It’s after fire broke out at a disused gas holder in Western Road.

The fire is creating a lot smoke and people are also being advised to avoid the area.

A 25 metre cordon is in place and crews are expected to remain on the scene for some time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

The Home Secretary's again promising to crack down on small boat crossings in the Channel

Priti Patel has signed an agreement with France to double the number of police officers patrolling the coast.

Last night, MPs backed a new immigration bill which makes arriving in the UK without permission a criminal offence.

Home Office minister and Croydon South MP Chris Philp insists they're responding to record numbers of people arriving on the shores.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A community group in Sutton has received £350,000 in National Lottery funding

Sutton Vision, established in 1965, provides a wide range of services to help the blind and partially sighted.

It hopes to use the money to invest in new technologies and support services.

The resource centre in Robin Hood Lane is run by part-time staff and 50 volunteers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Merton Council have voted to close a nursery in Mitcham, despite opposition from the public and the area’s MP

The plan is to expand Merton Medical Education Services, which helps highly vulnerable students unable to attend mainstream schools.

The authority says it has limited resources, so a bigger building needs to be found from existing stock, rather than a new build.

A consultation was launched January, and 92% of respondents said that Lavender Nursery shouldn’t be closed to make room for MMES.

Merton have proposed alternative sites, but the nursery says they are “inadequate and incomparable to the current provision”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

One in five users has apparently turned off contact tracing on their NHS Covid app

New polling from YouGov also suggests one in ten who downloaded the app have since deleted it.

Businesses warn they're under major pressure because of the number of staff being told to self-isolate.

Julianne Ponan from Kingston runs food company Creative Nature, and says it's causing a big headache.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

After 23 years of people not being able to donate blood plasma, it appears less than a quarter of people know they can

Henry Jarvis, manager of Twickenham Donor Centre, says it’s “understandable” not many people know about it.

However, last year just over 3,900 people in London received antibody medicines made from plasma.

You can donate at the centres in Croydon and Twickenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

A circus which helps schools and charities raise money says it’s “teetering on the brink of collapse” after the pandemic

Happy’s Circus charges a fixed fee to perform, then lets the venue sell tickets and take the profits, and it also provides monthly support and lesson plans.

Pippa Lee is originally from Morden, and went to the Brit School in Croydon, but left to become a trapeze artist.

She says told us that "growing up in Morden is hard many of my friends had trained with in dance schools were out of work. So I then trained on the trapeze. 

When I joined Happy’s Circus in 2006 it changed my whole life. Not only did I get to perform every day. I also got the great satisfaction from our shows raising money for schools. The new life opened my eyes up to the world and helped me perform and grow as a person. 

Happy's Circus is so rewarding as you can see the children’s faces light up, especially now after they have been closed in for so long. The PTAs at the schools just love the joy it brings.

I feel when we come to the South London areas, we are bringing children something I never had at school. A little bit of magic, and a lot of inspiration and hope.

With a little help from others, we hope we can continue doing what we do."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Surrey Police are continuing to appeal for help following an attempted abduction in Addlestone on Friday 25th June.

A young female was walking alone on a public footpath near Philip Southcote School when she was approached.

A man tried grab her from over a fence and put his hand over her mouth. The victim managed to escape and the suspect fled the scene.

He is described as white, aged 20 to 30-years-old with short, light brown hair of medium build, in dark clothes and white trainers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Tuesday 20 July 2021

A three-year-old girl's been left with "life-changing injuries" after a collision with an e-scooter in a park in south London.

Police say they believe the man riding it, stopped to apologise to her mother, but perhaps didn't realise how seriously hurt she was.

The Metropolitan force is urging him to come forward after the incident in Myatts Field Park, in Lambeth yesterday morning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 pm  

Surrey and former England cricketer Rikki Clarke is to retire at the end of the season, after 21 years as an all-rounder.

He’s played 668 matches in all formats, including two Test matches for England and 20 one-day internationals.

Clarke says the times he represented his country are “memories that I will look back on with immense pride”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 pm  

A Premier League doctor’s urged as many people as possible involved in grassroots football to learn how to use a defibrillator.

The organisation's begun installing the devices after announcing it would fund around 2-thousand units.

That followed Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.

He's since recovered - and Crystal Palace's Dr Zaf Igbal says the rollout of the devices is very welcome.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Thames Water is commissioning a review after flash floods hit London last week.

The utility firm says its initial investigation hasn’t found any evidence of “asset” failure that would have contributed to the floods.

It’s also offering clean-ups for flooded properties. Merton Councillor, David Dean, says Thames Water has been trying to sort the problem of flooding for some time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 pm  

A man from Walton has been telling how he braved a mountain snowstorm in a gruelling bid to raise £20,000 for charity.

Mikolaj Zieleznik from Walton managed to complete a 90k mountain run and climbed two of Italy’s highest peaks in just 7 days. 

But plans to scale Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, had to be abandoned because of icy weather. Mikolaj says the challenge, in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, all got a bit hairy. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 pm  

Surrey County Council has teamed up with Education partners to help develop speech and language with their young children.

Research shows some children’s language development’s been affected by the reduction of social interaction due to lockdown.

The Schools Alliance for Excellence and early year providers have shared five simple ways to make this more fun. 

Speech and Language therapist Jack Davies describes the simple tips that will really help your child’s development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

An energy company owned by Sutton Council is to be investigated, after around 20 outages in a year.

The motion for the investigation into the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network was proposed by conservative councillor Catherine Gray.

She says that the council was wrong to try and be an energy provider.

The council says a project of its size would be “unusual” if it didn’t encounter problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Two mothers who lost their daughters to food allergies are asking the government to appoint an Allergy Tsar.

Natasha Ednan Laperouse from Fulham died in 2016, after eating a Pret a Manger baguette which didn’t have allergy advice on the packaging.

Her mother Tanya is now calling for a Tsar to ensure people receive appropriate support and joined up health care.

Her and Emma Turay have launched a petition to the government, which you can find here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The US envoy for climate is warning "time is running out" to tackle global warming.

During an impassioned plea at Kew Gardens, John Kerry called for a worldwide effort, saying the planet cannot wait until the Covid pandemic is over.

He says the United Nations' climate conference in Glasgow in November must be a "pivotal" moment for change and cut greenhouse emissions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Public Health England's extended its heat health alert to Friday - with experts encouraging us to take extra care.

Parts of the UK could reach as high as 33 degrees Celsius over the next couple of days.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far, with a temperature of 31-point-6 degrees recorded at Heathrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Tony Blair’s government was asked to close the Thames Barrier a couple of days a year to allow activities on the Thames.

Among the ideas pitched by a private secretary in 1997 were “Edwardian floating picnics at Richmond”.

The information has come out after being released by the National Archives at Kew.

However, the barrier can only be closed for limited reasons, such as training and testing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

A man's appeared at the Old Bailey to deny causing the death of a mother who was hit by a car in Cheam.

21-year-old Rhiannon Hall from Surrey was struck on Garth Road after a night out last October.

Alex Barnett, who's 28 and from the area, is due back in court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

A government minister admits it's still not been decided which crowded venues will need its guests to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus before being allowed in

But the policy, which will start at the end of September - will definitely apply to nightclubs.

It's been described as an "absolute shambles" by the industry.

Small business minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully says it's not something they wanted to do.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

An asylum seeker has been found dead in a hotel near Heathrow

The Guardian reports that he crossed the channel from Calais four months ago, and was housed in the facility for asylum seekers.

After his body was discovered, others at the hotel staged a protest saying he was “neglected to death”.

The Home Office says they’re working with a “range of organisations” to provide support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Thames Water is commissioning a review after flash floods hit London last week

The utility provider says that their initial investigation hasn’t found any evidence of asset failure that would have contributed to the floods.

It’s also offering clean-ups for flooded properties.

Over a month’s worth of rain fell in just one hour, with areas including Raynes Park under three feet of water

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

A fundraiser from Walton says running up Box Hill prepared him to scale two of Italy’s highest peaks

Mikolaj Zieleznik has raised almost £20,000 for Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.

He ascended the 4,000 metre-high mountains during a seven day challenge which also included a 90k alpine run.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Kingston University is part of a new research project developing personalised rehab programmes for people with long Covid

It’s being undertaken with researchers at St George’s in Tooting,  University College London and Cardiff University.

The work is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

The latest Office for National Statistics data estimates nearly one million people are living with long Covid in the UK. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

A man is due in court today charged with causing the death of a 21 year old woman in Cheam

Mother of two, Rhiannon Hall, was hit by a car in Garth Road after a night out in October.

28 year old Alex Barnett was later charged with causing death by careless driving.

He’s due to appear at the Old Bailey. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Sunbury leisure centre are hosting a free open weekend to celebrate the refurbishment of its swimming pool.

It’s the first time the pool area has undergone a major renovation in more than a decade. 

The hall has been completely redecorated, with both the main pool, teaching pool and walkways retiled.

The open weekend’s on Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August and offers group exercise classes, martial arts sessions and trampolining. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A lorry driver has been arrested at Heathrow after being almost twice over the drink-drive limit.

The HGV was being dealt with for a document check when a roadside breath test was requested.

The reading was 68, when the limit is 35.

The driver has been charged and remanded for court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 19 July 2021

Former Chelsea footballer Mick Hartford has announced he has prostate cancer.

The 62-year-old will start a course of radiotherapy treatment in mid-August.

Hartford was diagnosed with cancer in December but has continued to work in his current managerial role at Luton Town.

Chelsea FC says “ we’re sending our thoughts and best wishes”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Runnymede Borough Council has signed a national Anti-social Behaviour Pledge.

The authority says the aim is to strengthen its support for victims of nuisance behaviour. 

The pledge is led by charity, ASB Help, which actively promotes the rights or people experiencing harassment and abuse. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A disqualified driver has been caught behind the wheel in Richmond Park.

He was disqualified earlier this year for driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was caught and stopped by the Royal Parks police.

He was arrested and taken into custody and his van was also seized.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Croydon police are urging residents to stay vigilant after a 92 year old woman was scammed for nearly £10,000 over the weekend.

The victim received calls from a female scammer claiming she was from the police and needed help with an investigation.

She asked the victim for bank details and persuaded her to withdraw a total of £9,700 which a courier later collected.

The victim told her daughter who realised it was a scam and contacted the bank and the police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Yesterday was the hottest of the year so far, with a temperature of 31-point-6 degrees recorded at Heathrow.

The Met Office is going to issue its first ever extreme heat warning in the UK - as temperatures continue to soar.

It's expected to cover South Wales, the West Midlands, southwest England and Hampshire until Thursday.

It's intended to raise awareness of the impact of heat on health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Surrey County Council has once again been recognised by the Ministry of Defence for its work supporting those in the armed forces.

More than 6,000 members of the military live in the county and over 750 members of council staff serve, or have previously served.  

The Gold Employers Recognition Scheme Award recognises he council’s commitment to supporting those in the forces.  

One thing Surrey does, is grant additional paid leave for reservists to undertake annual training.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Merton Council leader Mark Allison says that while they’re excited about the easing of restrictions, people need to take “personal responsibility” for others.

He adds that they want all adults to be vaccinated to try and combat a rise in cases, and tells us about these walk-in centres.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

It could get even hotter across the UK today than it was over the weekend.

Temperatures may climb as high as 32-Celsius in London and south-east England.

That's slightly warmer than the 31-point-6 degrees recorded at Heathrow yesterday.

The heatwave's likely to last for the next few days, before the weather settles to something closer to normal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Some nightclubs in England opened their doors on the stroke of midnight, as lockdown measures were being lifted

Most of the restrictions which have governed our lives for more than a year - like social distancing and mask wearing - no longer apply.

However, TfL is among the travel operators still insisting people wear masks on their services.

Charlie Gilkes owns several nightclub venues in London, including Bunga Bunga in Battersea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

A man from Hounslow has been arrested on suspicion of posting racist abuse following the Euro 2020 final

The man in his 50s allegedly made the comments in a Facebook video.

He’s been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Twitter deleted over 1,000 tweets and have condemned the “abhorrent abuse” towards some England players.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Members of the University and College Union at Carshalton, Croydon and Kingston Colleges have voted to strike over pay

89% backed strike action which UCU said reflects the anger staff feel over having their pay held down for so long.

Staff are angry that the Association of Colleges recommended a pay rise of just 1%.

UCU is demanding an increase of greater than 5%.

The Union’s said employers have until September to meet its demands, or they will face strike action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

The final coronavirus restrictions in England have been formally lifted today

People are not now legally required to wear a mask in any setting.

Government advice, however, is to continue with face coverings in crowded spaces.

TfL is among the travel operators making it mandatory to wear one on public transport.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says that while we need to "exercise good judgement", now is the "logical time" to lift restrictions.

Feltham and Heston Labour MP Seema Malhotra represents an area which has undergone multiple surge tests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

There were three very narrow wins in the Surrey Cricket League this weekend

Both Surrey Warriors A and Sutton Challengers won their games by a single wicket.

London Gymkhana beat Bec Old Boys by only nine runs.

Top of the table Ploughmans went up against bottom of the table Balham and Tooting, with Ploughmans winning by 85 runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far in England

Met Office data shows temperatures reached 31.6 degrees at Heathrow.

Even at 10pm, the mercury was still hitting 28 there, and it didn’t go below 20 until 4am .

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am  

Croydon Council are beginning a new phase to drive down Covid-19 rates in the borough

Pop up mobile testing sites will be set up at various locations, starting outside Croydon Voluntary Action, every Wednesday and Friday.

A team from the council will offer a rapid lateral flow test on the day, with results provided in 30 minutes.

People are encouraged to get tested twice a week, particularly anyone who frequently leaves their home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Sunday 18 July 2021

Heathrow has warned of major disruption for millions of British holidaymakers if the ‘test to release scheme’ is not extended.

It comes as the pilot schemes has avoided the self isolating for those who come into contact with an infected person. 

Heathrow bosses fear if the scheme is scrapped it will mean airport staff not turning up for work during the busiest month of the season in August.

They have written to the government to extend the trial.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

Hounslow’s trees are being mapped online for the first time ever.

Interactive website Greentalk provides in-depth details about each tree, including height, how rare it is and species. 

The borough has more than 350 tree species and over 120,000 trees.

You’ll also be given the chance to adopt a tree if a particular one takes your fancy. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Hounslow Council says tennis in the borough has been given a real boost by on particular Wimbledon winner.

“Home- grown” talent Andy Lapthorne won his second quad wheelchair doubles title at the championships last week.

Andy honed his skills at Feltham Bees Disabled Sports Club.

Council Leader Steven Curran says the win has made Hounslow proud and highlighted the fantastic facility.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Banstead-based charity The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society’s welcomed its Royal Patron HRH Princess Anne to meet staff and residents.

The care home has provided housing, residential and nursing care to former seafarers, their widows, and dependants since 1865.

It’s currently getting new en-suite wet rooms for residents, enlarging bedrooms and a brand new lounge for the Home.

The Princess Royal viewed the new rooms and spent time with staff members, residents, and tenants for the first time since the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council is lowering the fee on RingGo as an incentive for drivers to go cash-less.

The authority says it wants more people to pay by touch in its carparks. 

The authority says there are a number of reasons to use contactless including not having to worry about having coins.

But those against the move says creating a “cash-less society” is alienating the older generation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The district line between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road was suspended due to staff being “pinged” by their NHS app.

The latest figures show Hammersmith and Fulham recorded the highest rate of infections in London at 436 cases per 100,000 people.

Transport unions have warned there will be "dire consequences" as restrictions are eased tomorrow.

Richard Jones, London Underground's head of network operations, apologised to customers for the disruption.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Every child born in Hounslow last year had a tree planted in their honour.

That means more then 4,500 are now growing across the borough.

The council hopes the move will act as a reminder of how important trees are at reversing the effects of climate change.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Surrey Police are reminding people to ensure their personal security is up to date.

They have suggested using “plants that fight back” as a line of defence around the boundary of your property.

Thorny, spiky and prickly plants can deter burglars from attempting to enter your property.

They’re encouraging people to have a chat to your local garden centre to find the right plants for the right location.

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