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Saturday 14 August 2021

Hampton Court’s historic artefacts will now go under the microscope in more detail than ever before

  Historic Royal Palaces, which is custodian to over 60,000 objects, has unveiled its state-of-the-art scientific laboratory.

 The charity cares for six historic sites including the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.

 The HRP Heritage Science Lab has been upgraded with £1 million of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

There’s a warning that unaccompanied children arriving in Croydon to seek asylum could be put at risk by a funding gap

 Croydon Council wants more than two million pounds extra from minsters in Whitehall to cover what it says are exceptional costs.

Since 2015 the borough has helped 5000 vulnerable children who have to travel there to register their asylum claims with the Home Office Unit in the Town centre.

On Monday Croydon’s cabinet will discuss a range of emergency measures, which could include cutting the number of children they have to offer assistance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Sutton Council has struck a deal worth £26 million to buy the town’s St Nicholas Shopping Centre

 The council now has a long lease on the 4 and a half acre complex. Which it says will help shape thfuture and make Sutton an attractive destination.

The purchase comes as the closure of a number of major retailers including Debenhams has cast a question-mark over the future of high street shopping.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A "killer tobacco plant" is one of seven new species named by scientists at Kew Gardens.

Nicotiana Insecticida has sticky glands covering all its surfaces which regularly snares and kills small insects such as gnats and flies.

It is the first time a wild tobacco species has been reported to kill insects.

The plant's seeds were collected in Western Australia and cultivated in the greenhouses at Kew Gardens.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is playing down talk of being Premier League title favourites ahead of this afternoon's opening game against Crystal Palace.

 The European champions won the Super Cup in mid-week and have been boosted by the return of striker Romelu Lukaku.

Tuchel says, while claiming more trophies is a target, he's not thinking that far ahead.

 Lukaku isn't available for today's match.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Richmond Fire Station will throw open its doors to the public on September 19.

The open day will allow people to see behind the scenes of a working fire station.

Firefighter Poppy Childs says its good to be back after Covid forced many events to be cancelled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

A man who tried to inject a 92-year-old woman with a fake coronavirus jab has been jailed.

 33-year-old David Chambers claimed to work for the NHS when he visited Kathleen Martin at her Surbiton home last year.

He pressed her wrist with a "dart-like implement" on 30 December and charged her £140.

He returned five days later to ask for a further £100, Kingston Crown Court heard.

Chambers was jailed for 42 months after he admitted two counts of fraud and one count of battery.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Brentford returned to English football's top flight for the first time in 74-years with a 2-nil win over Arsenal.

 The newly promoted side got the Premier League season started in front of a packed crowd in west London last night.

Covid restrictions on capacities have been scrapped for this campaign.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says having fans back will be crucial to their hopes of staying up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

The GMB Union wants low paid workers and private hire drivers exempted from paying the Congestion Charge.

The Union says the fee of £15 per day sees some drivers paying more to work than they receive in passenger fares. 

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is also due to expand to areas like Clapham and Richmond from October.

This would mean a further  £12.50 per day in charges if a vehicle doesn’t meet the necessary requirements. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

It's emerged paramedics didn't try to treat Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman for almost 90 minutes, over fears a fake suicide belt he was wearing could be real.

He was shot by police, after randomly stabbing two people in Streatham in February 2020.

A forensic pathologist has told an inquest there was nothing medics could 'reasonably do' to save him.

It'll continue next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

All paper records at Kingston Hospital are going digital.

It’s saying you may notice health professionals looking at the screen more during your appointment.

It means they can be viewed easily 24/7.

The changes are being introduced gradually, starting this autumn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 13 August 2021

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes new signing Romelu Lukaku can have a "huge impact" this season.

The striker, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014, has returned in a 97-point-5 million pound deal from Inter Milan.

Some have suggested that makes the European champions one of the favourites for the Premier League title.

But Tuchel isn't going that far just yet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Surrey is seeing a rise in computer software service fraud.

There have been 76 reports made to Surrey Police since the start of the year.

Many of the victims have been women over the age of 75, with 34 people losing an average of £4,460. 

Callers pretend to be from reputable companies such as BT, who seek access to victims’ computers where they then steal personal details. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre is coming to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

It allows for quick assessments and treatments, so patients can go home the same day and won’t have to stay overnight.

It’s for patients who need more specialist input than at the other departments there.

From today, anyone going there for Ambulatory Emergency Care should use the entrance next to the Emergency Department.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a routine traffic stop in Weybridge.

At around 9pm yesterday, police stopped the car on Walton Lane on Desborough Island.

They initially found the driver was wanted for a violent domestic assault in the past week.

However, after more investigation, the person was further arrested for the attack earlier in the year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are investigating an attempted daylight burglary in Epsom that was foiled by the residents.

Police were called just before 4pm yesterday to Manor Green Road.

The two suspects tried to break in a back door by smashing a window, but were disturbed and ran off towards Kendor Avenue.

They’re described as white, around 5ft7, with heavy builds and short dark hair.

Police say that when an intruder is in your home you shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, and call 999.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A judge has called a 33-year-old man "shameful" for conning a woman in her nineties from Surbiton out of 140 pounds for a fake coronavirus vaccine.

David Chambers posed as an NHS worker and told Kathleen Martin he gave her the jab at her home in December – although he didn’t break the skin.

He's been jailed for 3-and-a-half years at Kingston Crown Court.

Detective Inspector Kevin Ives is convinced Chambers would've struck again:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A cricket centre will officially open its new facilities in Morden tonight.

AJ Cricket Academy is part of Morden Cricket Club which is undergoing extensive refurbishments. 

The training facilities and pavilion will be revamped over the next two years.  

The Academy’s founder Ali Jaffer explains why it’s a great sport for youngsters to get involved with. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man who sexually assaulted a 13 year old girl while she was walking to school in Mitcham has been jailed for 20 years.

26 year old Kadian Nelson pleaded guilty in April to kidnap, rape, and making a threat to kill and was sentenced today. 

Police were called shortly after 7am on November the 3rd after a member of the public saw Nelson grab the child in North Place.

He claimed the victim was his sister and tried to walk away with her, but the woman followed him, filming him before he fled.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says they need to perform well to keep the fans on side ahead of their Premier League campaign opener against Brentford this evening.

The club failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 26 years last season.

Arteta says spectators' support can really benefit them in matches.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

A man who tried to inject a 92-year-old woman with a fake Covid-19 vaccine at her home in Surbiton has been jailed.

33 year old David Chambers claimed to work for the NHS when he visited Kathleen Martin in December. 

He charged her £140 and returned five days later to ask for a further £100.

Chambers was jailed for 42 months after he admitted two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of battery. 

Detective Inspector Kevin Ives has read a statement on behalf of the victim:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank says he "can't wait" for their Premier League season opener against Arsenal tonight

The game marks the club's first match in the top flight since 1947.

Frank says it'll be a game to remember.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

A man is in hospital after a late-night house fire in Clapham

Crews were called at around 1am this morning to Hambalt Road.

Most of the ground and first floors of the building have been damaged by the fire. 

Crews took 10 calls to the blaze.

The cause is under investigation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says he’s “happy to meet any Gurkha”, as a protest over pensions continues outside Whitehall

Mayor of Hounslow and former Gurkha Dhan Gurung is on the seventh day of his hunger strike outside Downing Street.

Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra has written to the PM, asking him to arrange a meeting with the protesters urgently.

The Ministry of Defence says they “greatly value” the Gurkhas, and they’re “committed” to a “sustainable and fair” pension for them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

A new theatre will open its doors in Esher on September the 4th

A disused 1930s dance hall just off the high street has been completely re-fit to house the new Esher Theatre.

Charlie Swift is its owner and artistic director.

He says people want more venues like this on their doorstep. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Brentford kick-off the Premier League season this evening against Arsenal in what will be their first match in the English top-flight for 74 years

It will also be the first competitive fixture involving a capacity crowd at their new stadium.

Manager Thomas Frank admits it's an historic moment for the football club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

Bosses at a busy shopping centre in Wandsworth are allegedly asking some traders to vacate their premises

Southside owns the pavement in front of its entrance and has been allowing food stalls to operate on the space.

However, some traders are now claiming they have been asked to move by the end of the month.

A number of councillors have written to Southside’s owners to ask them to reconsider. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Thursday 12 August 2021

A cancer charity in Hammersmith is launching a new walking event in the hope of raising £50,000.

Maggie’s, based at Charing Cross hospital, relies solely on supporter funding. 

It’s “London Night Hike” event on the 8th of October has two route options of 10 miles and 20 miles. 

The charity focuses on managing finances, stress and depression, side effects of treatment and family support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 pm  

A singer – songwriter from Wimbledon says the slower pace of the last year has allowed her to be more creative.

26-year-old Malory Torr has been writing and producing music for over a decade. 

She’s recently seen her songs featured on shows such as Made in Chelsea and Queer Eye. 

Malory says she still gets star struck when she hears how her music is being used.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm  

Croydon Council looks set to continue running all 13 of its libraries.

It’s after a consultation revealed people would be happier with them opening for shorter hours rather than see the services outsourced. 

They’ll open on average two fewer days a week and the council will also look to hire them out for community use. 

The authority is trying to save £500,000 after it issued a Section 114 notice, effectively declaring itself bankrupt.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

A new map is predicting areas including Richmond and Hammersmith are at risk of regular flooding by 2030. The interactive sea level risk projection tool has been created by NASA.

It uses data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Users anywhere in the world can look at the information on the map, which looks at the globe’s oceans and coastlines up to 2150.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

A victim of the Streatham terrorist attack has told an inquest he thought he was going to die.

Two people were injured when Sudesh Amman, who was shot dead by police, began his attack in February last year.

He'd left Belmarsh prison despite pleas from police and MI5 to keep him in longer.

The inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 pm  

Landlords in Elmbridge are being asked to help house Afghani refugees

The council has pledged to resettle three families who have supported the UK in Afghanistan.

The authority is looking for one, two or three bedroom properties available within the next two months, for at least a year.

Councillor Neil Houston says they’ll help the Afghan refugees with medical needs, English lessons, and finding jobs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Rapper Stormzy says having a waxwork made of himself at Madame Tussauds is one of his "proudest moments"

The depiction of him immortalises his iconic headline set at Glastonbury in 2019, and features him wearing his controversial stab vest.

The 28-year-old, who now lives in Kingston, says it "feels mad" to see a version of himself in wax.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

It’s thought a growing number of people are suffering from “long Covid"

Healthwatch Kingston, is trying to find out how many people in 6 London boroughs have it and how they were diagnosed. 

The independent body is asking those who have had Covid to take part in an online survey, with the results hopefully ready by October. 

Healthwatch Kingston’s CEO, Stephen Bitti, explains the findings so far:

Surveys can be assessed from Healthwatch in Richmond, Wandsworth, Kingston, Sutton, Merton and Croydon
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

We’re being asked to consider adopting an elephant as part of today’s World Elephant Day

African elephants are considered critically endangered, at risk from poachers and climate change. 

Leatherhead based Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates an orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in Kenya. 

Rob Brandford is Executive Director at the charity; he says trophy hunting is another big cause for concern:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

A rise in the number of students receiving top GCSE grades has been defended as a "fair and accurate reflection" of their performance

Teachers have assessed their pupils instead of exams because of the pandemic.

Almost 29% of entries got top marks, that’s up 2.7 percentage points compared with last year.

Abi Braha is a student at Rivers Academy in Feltham; she’s celebrating stellar results including three Grade 9s:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says teamwork was key to beating Villarreal to clinch the European Super Cup last night

The Champions League winners were forced to extra time and won 6-5 on penalties in Belfast.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was substituted on for the shootout and saved the decisive spot-kick.

Tuchel admits playing 120 minutes wasn't ideal before their first Premier League match on Saturday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

More students than ever in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have achieved top GCSE grades, which have been set by teachers for the second year running

No exams were held because of the pandemic and the school closures which followed.

Across England, almost 29% of entries received one of the top marks, up 2.7%, while girls have once again outperformed boys overall.

In London, the number kids getting the top grades rose by 3%, but the number of pass grades didn’t even rise a percentage point.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

Coronavirus cases in Surrey are rising almost 15% faster than the rest of the country

The average rise in Surrey is 19%, compared to 5% across England.

However, the rate per 100,000 is lower, with 251 for Surrey and 298 for England.

Reigate and Banstead is seeing the highest rate, with 288.

Hospital admissions are again down on last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Healthwatch Kingston is working to determine the definitive symptoms of “long Covid.”

Teams from six London boroughs are asking people to share their own personal experiences of the condition via an online survey.

Long Covid exhibits over 200 symptoms which vary hugely in length of time and intensity.

CEO of Healthwatch Kingston , Stephen Bitti, hopes the information gathered will help mould future support systems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Art fans are getting a preview of Kingston’s long-awaited Sculpture Trail this morning

An open call went out to artists from the council earlier this year to submit their designs.

The winning sculptures, which range from a multi-coloured spinning top to a steel crescent moon, were chosen by a specialist panel. 

The trail, which takes people on a journey through the town centre,   officially launches to the public on Saturday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

A 15-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted near the River Mole in Cobham, and police are asking two potential witnesses to come forward

Police have just released details of the incident on the 19th of July, near Tilt Road cemetery, between 1pm and 2.45.

It’s believed two separate dog walkers may have seen it, a woman in her 30s with a Chihuahua and a middle-aged man with a large shaggy dog.

A E-fit has been released of the suspect, who’s between 50 and 60, with a London accent, and a black Nike backpack.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter is joining Strictly.

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter is joining Strictly.

Matilda joins others including actor Greg Wise and Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies in the line-up.  

The 19 year old from Wandsworth  presents her own cooking show on CBBC.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

A free bereavement support service is opening for residents in Richmond next month.

space2grieve has been founded by a group of volunteers with extensive experience in supporting people dealing with grief. 

They’ll offer one-to-one support sessions, working with adults and children without a GP referral.   

Sessions can be over Zoom, by phone, face-to-face, at school or in the charity’s Community Centre. 

For further details Contact April Holden [email protected]  078794 830 912

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A soldier from Surbiton who was left severely disabled by a mortar bomb in Iraq has been shortlisted in the Soldering On Awards.

 Stephen Vause, who lives at the Royal Star & Garter, is a finalist in the Inspiration category.

  Stephen was just 19 when he was suffered brain injuries in the attack in Basra in 2007. 

Earlier this year, he undertook a 60-mile virtual London to Brighton cycle ride raising more than £5,000 for Help for Heroes.

To vote for Stephen, go to 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Mayor of Wandsworth is asking residents and businesses to give generously to his chosen charities.

 Cllr Richard Field says the last year has been difficult for many, but those who are in a position to give, should consider it.  

This year’s chosen charities are Regenerate-RISE, an organisation that supports isolated older and vulnerable residents.

Also, the Full Circle Fund Therapies, which offers care and support to very sick children and adults at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A police officer who shot dead a convicted terrorist in Streatham has told a court how he feared for his life.

The inquest into the attack in February last year is continuing at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

20-year-old Sudesh Amman ran towards one of the armed surveillance officers with a knife after stabbing two people.

Officer BX75, whose identity is being protected, said "I thought he was going to stab me and kill me or certainly seriously injure me.”

Amman was shot and killed at the scene.

Correspondent Aisha Zahid reports 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An undercover police officer's told an inquest he thought he'd be attacked when facing the Streatham terrorist.

 Sudesh Amman stabbed two people in Streatham High Street in February last year.

Officers have been talking about the moment the 20-year-old was chased down and shot dead.

Correspondent Aisha Zahid is following the hearing and says one officer described confronting Amman:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A third of 18-30-year-olds in Kingston are yet to receive a covid vaccination.

Doctors, who are now administering jabs to 16 and 17 year olds,  are warning that the virus has not gone away.

Dr Nick Merrifield is the New Malden and Worcester Park Primary Care Network Clinical Director.

He tells us why he thinks some people are not coming forward for their vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A new stencil campaign by “Mums for Lungs” is trying to create awareness of pollution hotspots.

Warning messages have been imprinted on pavements in places like Kingston where monitors have recorded high pollution levels.  

Walking away from the curb or choosing a less busy route are ways recommended to avoid polluted areas.  

Mums for Lungs founder, Jemima Hartshorn, says the stencils are alerting people to pollution monitors which can be hard to spot. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

People in a part of Southfields are to get food waste bins.

It’s part of a pilot scheme by Wandsworth Council, which will see the caddies be emptied weekly.

Tooting Labour MP Dr Rosena-Allin Khan says she’s been campaigning for it in Tooting, and asks “what’s the hold up?”.

The council says they want to see “how well it works”, and says it’s taking a large amount of investment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Some of the poorest people in Hounslow are to receive free internet.

Councillor Pritam Grewal says they’ve struck deals so “no-one is excluded from online services”.

Last year saw a 30% increase in people accessing Hounslow’s services online.

They’re also installing fibre optic broadband in some council homes, with areas in Feltham already benefiting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel doesn't believe winning the Champions League has added any extra pressure on him to win trophies this season

They aim to lift the European Super Cup when they face Europa League winners Villarreal in Belfast later.

Tuchel insists his side's strong finish to the last campaign has made no difference on how he'll be approaching things.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A popular community centre in Teddington is being rebuilt as it is “beyond repair and too costly to maintain.”

Richmond Council’s proposals for a new centre, on the same land as the existing Elleray Hall, will include 16 affordable flats.

If plans get the green light, current users will be able to move from the old facility and into the new one overnight.

Over 200 residents voiced their opinions on the proposals earlier this year, with around 70% in agreement with the new plans. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Heathrow's seen its busiest month since before the first coronavirus lockdown, but bosses are warning travel with the US needs to ease further if the industry's recovery is to continue

More than 1.5m people passed through the airport in July.

Though overall numbers are still 80% down on pre-pandemic levels.

Fully-vaccinated arrivals from America don't need to quarantine - but that's not been reciprocated yet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Thousands of 16-and-17-year-olds have been lining up at vaccination centres across the country to get their first dose of the Covid jab

But some parents are voicing concerns that the vaccine can be given without parental consent.

New Malden based GP, Dr Nick Merrifield, says they need to put their trust in their teenagers, as well as the NHS. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

The traffic lights at a busy crossroads near Kingston hospital are going to be inspected

It’s after a complaint was made that the red signal can’t be seen because of overgrown vegetation.

The complainant says the foliage blocking the light column on Coombe Lane West where it meets Galsworthy Road is dangerous.

Kingston Council says “vegetation is not part of the rewilding plan but rather our maintenance and pruning programme.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

A child has received head injuries, after a fight in a car park in Chertsey

A group of sixteen to seventeen year old teenage boys and two younger children were involved in the altercation last Wednesday.

It happened at around 4.15pm in the Gogmore Park car park in Riverdell Close.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Kingston is the latest borough to be hit by recycling collection problems

A national HGV driver shortage and staff absence has led to waste contractor Veolia having to put an “improvement plan” in place.  

Kingston Council says it is working with Veolia to make sure disruption for residents is limited.

 People in Wandsworth and Sutton have also experienced delays with recycling collection over the last few weeks.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

South Western Railway is considering reducing the number of peak time trains from Ashtead and Epsom into Waterloo

The operator has launched a consultation alongside Network Rail to gauge public feeling.

The amount of trains would be reduced from 6 to 4 an hour from December next year as part of a “post-pandemic” timetable.

Epsom MP, Chris Grayling, says this is based on an assumption considerably fewer people will be commuting going forward. 

He’s told train bosses this new plan is unworkable.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

There are calls for Wimbledon Park to open earlier, so people can exercise before work

The Friends of Wimbledon Park have started a petition, asking for it to open at 7am every day, rather than 8 on weekdays and 9 on weekends.

It’s being supported by the area’s MP Stephen Hammond.

The Friends say they’ve spoken to Merton Council, but there’s been no agreement so far.

You can find a link to it here:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Kingston saw the biggest increase in reported Covid-19 cases in the first week of August

Nine London boroughs in total have recorded a weekly rise in infections according to new figures. 

Cases in Kingston were up 13.4% in the seven days leading up to August the 4th, the equivalent of 481 cases.  

Dr Nick Merrifield has been leading the vaccination roll out in the New Malden and Worcester Park areas of Kingston:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of burglary during a traffic stop in Kingston

Police stopped the van on Friday after it being driven in an “abnormal suspicious manner”.

One of the men was already wanted and was arrested, however, while the police were speaking to the men, a call came through about a recent burglary.

The men and the vehicle matched the description, and so both were arrested on suspicion of a further offence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

An 81 year old is in a life threatening condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Carshalton

The woman was found seriously injured at the junction of High Street and North Street just before 10am.

According to the Met Police, the driver of the car stopped and was arrested on suspicion of driving over the prescribed alcohol limit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A man from Hounslow is due to appear in court today on suspicion of being part of a county lines drug gang

26-year-old Daniel Harlley is accused of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, and cannabis possession.

He was one of three arrested in dawn raids yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

A man has been charged with possessing a gun and ammunition, after being arrested in Mitcham

22-year-old Umar Pervez from Croydon was arrested on Thursday.

Three other men have been released under investigation, and a woman has been released with no further action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes his former side are one of "five or six" clubs who could win the Premier League title this season

The new campaign begins on Friday with newly promoted Brentford hosting Arsenal.

Defending champions Manchester City begin their defence against Tottenham two days later.

Lampard says the race to lift the trophy is wide open.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

A dog found in Chertsey has been revealed as stolen from Scotland

It was found on the Meads by a family, who took it to a vet.

Runnymede Police are now working with the Scottish Police, after finding out it was stolen from Perthshire.

A number of CCTV trawls and enquiries are being carried out, and officers are out on the Meads to give advice to dog walkers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

After weeks of declining coronavirus cases across Surrey, they’re now starting to rise again

There’s been an 11% rise, compared to just 1% nationally.

However, the amount of hospitalisations has dropped.

Spelthorne is the only borough seeing a decline, dropping 19%.

Tandridge and Reigate and Banstead are the boroughs seeing the highest rate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

There are fears a new hospital partnership between Epsom, St Helier, and St George’s, could mean services being transferred across them

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhan McDonagh says there are already proposals that will see St Helier lose it’s A&E, maternity services and more.

There is also an ongoing consultation about kidney services moving away from St Helier and into St George’s.

Ms McDonagh says this is a “worrying trend” and downgrading St Helier means “moving acute services from an area of deprivation to one of wealth”.

The NHS says the grouping will allow them to “strengthen the professional networks” and “nothing outwardly will change”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 am  

Two men are in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Weybridge this morning

Emergency crews were called around 2.40am to a single vehicle collision on Seven Hills Road.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested.

If you have any information, contact Surrey Police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

People in Runnymede will be able to speak to the new police commander this week.

On Thursday and Friday, James Wyatt is hosting a series of Meet the Beat sessions.

They each last around 30 minutes, and take place in the early afternoon.

Here is the full schedule:

Thursday 12 August - 12.15 to 12.45 – PooleyGreen and #Egham Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – outside Tesco, High Street, Egham.

Thursday 12 August - 13.00 to 13.30 – EnglefieldGreen Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – Outside Ashwood Road Police Office.

Thursday 12 August - 13.45 to 14.15 – VirginiaWater and #Longcross Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – Trumps Green Parade by the shops.

Thursday 12 August - 14:30 to 15:00 Hythe Meet the Beat behind the Hythe Centre car park.

Friday 13 August - 12.45 to 13.15 – Chertsey Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – Sainsbury’s.

Friday 13 August - 13.30 to 14.00 – NewHaw and Woodham Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – Heathervale Recreation Ground.

Friday 13 August - 14.15 to 14.45 – Addlestone South, Addlestone North and Bourneside Meet the Beat and meeting with Councillors – Green at side of Surrey Towers.

Friday 13 August - 15:00 to 15:30 Ottershaw Memorial Park car park (5 minute walk from Brox Road).

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

The family of Suzy Lamplugh want the Suffolk Strangler to be questioned, over the disappearance of the Fulham estate agent.

Her brother Richard told the Mirror that Steve Wright worked on the QE2 at the same time as her, and allegedly flirted with her once.

Suzy went missing in 1986, after leaving to meet a man named “Mr Kipper” for a viewing at a flat.

Wright’s ex-wife says that he used “Kipper” as slang for face.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Grants are available for people in parts of Richmond to help with school uniform costs.

The Hampton Fund supports people on low income with the costs of gas and electricity, and provides services to those in need.

If your child is starting at secondary school this September, and living in Hampton, Twickenham, Teddington or Whitton, contact the Hampton Fund.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 9 August 2021

A woman who lost her sister to suicide is returning with another charity festival in her honour.

Emfest 2021 will take place in New Malden at the Royal Oak on the 21st of this month.

Since they were started in 2016, they’ve raised over £40,000 for charities including Mind Kingston.

Beth Jakob says it’s a good tribute to her sister Emily.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Around 21 traveller caravans have left Kew Green.

They were on the site for around four days.

Officers patrolled the area while the group was there, and have now cleaned the site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An inquest has heard the operation to manage Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman "could not have been more effective."

He went on a minute-long stabbing rampage, before being shot dead by police in south London in February 2020.

Firearms officers say the tactics used at the time were "correct" - though his family called the undercover surveillance of him at the time a "failure".

The inquest continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Britain has imposed new sanctions on Belarus - a year after Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected as president.

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab, says the UK doesn't recognise that victory - and claims their leader "continues to crush democracy."

The economic sanctions target the country's state-owned banks and prevent Belarusian air carriers from flying over or landing in the UK.

Speaking at his annual news conference, President Lukashenko dismissed them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An operation took place on Saturday focused on disrupting county lines drug dealing and gang activity in Croydon, Sutton and Bromley.

It involved more than 150 officers and resulted in 26 vehicle seizures, eight arrests and the recovery of £30,000 worth of stolen goods.

County lines often exploit the young and vulnerable, so specially trained officers were on hand to assist those in need of safeguarding.

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer said, “The Met is committed to tackling violence. We will continue to target and arrest criminals”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The rest of Britain's Olympic team have been receiving a hero's welcome at Heathrow after arriving back from Tokyo 2020.

Gold medal winning boxer Galal Yafai even got his own song.

Jason and Laura Kenny were also on the plane.

Their household now has Britain's most successful male and female Olympians - with fifteen medals between them across four Games.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A much-loved businesswoman is saying her goodbyes in Stoneleigh today as she prepares to close her shop.

Maggie’s Pets has been in The Broadway for 34 years.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Maggie with costs, which has already raised over £1,000.

She explains why she’s having to leave after more than three decades. 

To donate to her GoFundMe page, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

The business secretary says it "makes sense" for some workers to go back to the office but it's not something the government will "dictate" to companies.

An unnamed minister has been quoted in the Daily Mail as saying civil servants should have their pay docked if they refuse.

A union chief says it's "insulting".

Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng has been asked what he'd like his staff to do.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A number of second-hand bike markets are coming to Croydon this month to help make it easier for anyone to take up cycling.

They are being run by the council in partnership with Croydon business Peddle My Wheels

The team fixes up and sells old and unwanted bikes before mechanics service them to make sure they are safe and ready to ride. 

The first market will take place next weekend in Westow Park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

A 26-year-old man from Hounslow has been arrested on suspicion of county lines drug dealing.

He’s one of three arrested this morning, in an operation that saw the Met Police team up with the Essex force.

Since November 2019, the Met says they’ve closed 527 lines, and arrested over 1,000 people.

Commissioner Cressida Dick says they want to make sure gangs “cannot profit they cause to the most vulnerable”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A woman has raised hundreds of pounds for the RNLI by walking 32 miles from Teddington Lock to the Thames Barrier

Caroline Hall was saved by the lifeboat institution while on holiday in South Wales.

She wants to raise awareness of what to do in a rip current, and says you need to swim parallel to the shore, since swimming against the current will defeat most swimmers.

Her fundraiser is still going, which you can find here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

It’s emerged that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab avoided quarantine after a trip abroad to meet with Princess Anne, and didn’t wear a mask

The Mirror says that in July, after Mr Raab gave France an Amber Plus rating, visited there, but didn’t isolate on his return.

Since the Esher and Walton MP is a Crown servant, he can get a government certificate to avoid isolating.

The Foreign Office says “he’s the Foreign Secretary. It’s his job to represent the UK abroad”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

A charity festival is returning to New Malden, started by a woman who lost her sister to suicide

Emfest was started by Beth Jakob in 2016, and has since raised over £40,000 for mental health charities, including Mind Kingston.

The festival is at the Royal Oak in New Malden on the 21st of August.

Nicky G Kill is one of the event organisers, and tells us what some of the money has gone towards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 am  

A much-loved pet shop in Stoneleigh is closing after 34 years

Maggie, who ran Maggie’s Pets, suffered a serious fall, and is having to close as a result.

It’s open today and tomorrow to move the last of the stock, and to allow her to say goodbye to the community.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help her with costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Sunday 8 August 2021

A campaign has launched to introduce step-free access at Haydons Road station in Wimbledon.

Currently, the eastbound platform can be accessed without stairs, but the westbound platform cannot.

Merton’s Lib Dems have created a petition which they’re urging residents to sign.

They say the lack of access especially causes issues for the elderly, disabled and those with children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

A theatre on wheels has arrived in Wandsworth

It’s called the Wagon of Dreams and is a fun [packed dreamy adventure with puppetry and original music.

It’s presented in a caravan, is Covid safe and is suitable for all ages.

The show is running from 11th until the 20th August at various dates and venues across the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Today marks ten years since rioting broke out in Croydon.

Violence had erupted across the capital over the death of Mark Duggan who had been shot by police in North London days earlier. 

Croydon became a symbol of the riots after the 140-year-old House of Reeves furniture store was burned to the ground. 

At the time, owner Trevor Reeves told us about the devastating effect the arson attack had had on the family.  

The surviving part of Reeves was refurbished and remains open today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

The RSPCA is today launching a new campaign to rehome cats that prefer an outdoor life instead of curling up on someone’s lap.

Mary and Aidy are two such cats that were rescued from a back garden in Clapham and are now living on a farm.

Today’s launch coincides with International Cat Day.

The charity wants anyone with a suitable home for a cat that is “nervous” living in London, to come forward. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Lambeth Council says it takes a “zero” tolerance approach to vandalism of its Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

It’s after a man was arrested last weekend after allegedly spray painting signs at the Ferndale Road LTN in Clapham.

A second man was arrested the next day after allegedly stealing a sign from the same scheme.

CCTV evidence has been passed to the police and more council officer patrols have been introduced. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

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