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Saturday 21 August 2021

Groups working with older people in Richmond are being offered grants of £250 to celebrate Silver Sunday

Richmond Council is making the funds available s part of it’s online Full of Life festival, which takes place on the first weekend of October. 

The council is aiming to encourage activities for people over 55, and ideas could range from an educational speaker to a cook-along, theatre trip or ypga session. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Over a thousand people have signed a petition calling for cuts to rail services between Dorking, Epsom and Waterloo to be restored.

South Western Railways is consulting on whether or not to make permanent cuts made during the pandemic, which saw peak-time services halved, and off-peak trains reduced to one an hour. 

The operator says it’s trying to reduce congestion in the Wimbledon area. 

Rish-hour services via Leatherhead between London Waterloo and Guildford were also reduced by half.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

An eating disorder campaigner from Earlsfield says the government's response to her proposed action plan was "frustrating".

Hope Virgo teamed up with MPs including former Chancellor John McDonnell to call for the scrapping of the BMI index.

She says they're a mental illness, not a physical one.

She also says the Department for Health focused its response around young people, when people all of ages are affected.

We've contacted the Health Secretary for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man who fought in Iraq has been nominated in the inspiration category for the Soldering On awards.

 Stephen Vause was described as “one of UK’s most seriously injured veterans” after suffering severe brain injuries in a bomb attack while serving in 2007, aged 19.

He is currently living in the Star and Garter Home in Surbiton where he requires 24-hour care.

Despite his adversity, Stephen continues to complete challenges for charity and inspire others.

During lockdown he completed a London to Brighton bike ride for #helpforheroes.

You can cast your vote for Stephen here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A man in early 20s has been stabbed in Kingston.

 Police were called at 03:45hrs on Saturday, 21 August to reports of a disturbance in Clarence Street.

Officers attended and found the man with a stab injury to his chest.

He was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where he was later pronounced dead.

His next of kin are yet to be informed. 

A 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at a south London police station.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man in his 30s has been raped on Clapham Common.

Police believe two men were present at the time of the assault in a wooded area of the Common around midnight on Wednesday.

It's being treated as an isolated incident, but detectives say they're keeping an open mind.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Tory MPs have turned on Dominic Raab over his handling of the worsening situation in Afghanistan.

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton has faced calls from colleagues to resign as he enjoyed the last day of his holiday while the Taliban regained control of the country's capital, Kabul.

Last Friday he failed to make an urgent call to his Afghan counterpart to request assistance evacuating interpreters.

Mr Raab has defended his decision saying he prioritised "security and capacity at the airport".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Reported Covid-19 cases are down in Kensington and Chelsea.

The latest figures available show there were 304 cases between 5-11 August.

The is a decrease on the previous week's 376 cases.

The council's rate per 100,000 stands at 241.6 compared to the London average of 278.9 and England's 305.8.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Brentford look to continue their winning start to their first ever Premier League season when they head to Crystal Palace this afternoon.

 The newcomers opened up the top flight campaign with a surprise 2-nil win over Arsenal last week.

Head coach Thomas Frank wants his side to be "confident and humble" moving forwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Friday 20 August 2021

Chelsea will be without Christian Pulisic for Sunday's Premier League game at Arsenal after he tested positive for Covid-19

The USA forward, who missed the club's open training session at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, is self-isolating.

But Hakim Ziyech could make a comeback in the London derby from a shoulder injury he picked up in the European Super Cup.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm  

Sutton’s Council’s deputy leader says he looks forward to welcoming Afghans seeking safety from the Taliban.

The Government has pledged to take in 20,000 refugees from the war -torn country over the next 5 years. 

A number of councils across the UK have already expressed their commitment to re-homing refugees. 

Manuel Abellan says “Sutton is ready to support Afghans in such desperate need in whatever way we can as a borough.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

The Met Police are preparing a policing plan to tackle two weeks of demonstrations in London by Environmental Campaigners.

Extinction Rebellion are to take to the streets between the 22nd August to the 5th September with a focus on the city of London.

Policing Extinction Rebellion protests has cost the taxpayer 50 million pounds since 2019.

The Met says that covers three prolonged demonstrations by the group in London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

A man has been recalled to prison after drugs warrant was executed in Sutton.

Last Monday, officers raided an address in the area.

They recovered a large quantity of drugs, paraphernalia and an offensive weapon.

4 people were arrested as a result, one of them was charged and recalled to prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

Ministers say it would have made no difference to the outcome in Afghanistan if the foreign secretary had listened to advice to call his counterpart there.

The MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab's said to have delegated the conversation - to start the evacuation of translators - to a junior minister.

But the Home Office says developments were too fast to set up a call.

Labour says Mr Raab should resign - the shadow security minister Conor McGinn says his position's "untenable".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A new road safety campaign has launched to help keep commuters safe in Hounslow.

‘It’s a jungle out there!’ targets children travelling to secondary school, aiming to reduced road related injuries and deaths.

Hounslow Council has partnered with the London Road Safety Council in a bid to help keep children safe on our roads this autumn.

Parents are being encouraged to take their children through the advice provided, which you can find here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Croydon police are reminding residents to stay vigilant after a 89 year old man fell victim to a scam.

The suspect, claiming to be a police officer, rang the victim explaining he was part of a financial investigation.

He was instructed to issue two cheques, with a total of £34k to the name Daniel Dinemoor, and leave them outside his front door.

The next day, the cheques were collected and £22,000 was taken out of the victims account.

The bank was alerted of the fraudulent transaction and cancelled the pending transaction of the remaining £12,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

It's emerged a call the foreign secretary delegated to a junior minister to trigger the evacuation of interpreters in Afghanistan never happened.

MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab, is under increased pressure to resign - Labour says there has been an "unforgiveable failure of leadership" by the government.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey says he doesn't know all the details - but he's defended his colleagues in general.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Merton Council is calling on the Government to accelerate efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

Council leader Mark Allison says he has been working closely with other Labour run London councils on their response to the crisis.

He says that Merton council has a history of opening its doors to refugees, as it did with Syria in 2015.

Mr Allison says “We stand ready to support and are awaiting guidance” on the Government’s resettlement programme.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Artificial intelligence cameras have been installed in Putney High Street.

They’ll monitor the number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists using the road now that traffic levels are returning to pre-Covid levels. 

The cameras will also measure pollutants including nitrogen dioxide.

Pollution levels have been steadily falling in the high street since 2016 after Wandsworth Council introduced a number of measures. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Firefighters are reminding restaurant owners to ensure they don’t have dirty ducting after a fire in Streatham.

The Brigade was called to a blaze at a fast-food takeaway shop with flats above on Streatham High Road last night.

Part of the ground floor of a mid-terraced shop and part of the extraction system was damaged by fire. 

Ten people left the flats above before the Brigade arrived. 

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Thursday 19 August 2021

Arlo Parks, Celeste and Wolf Alice are among performers at this year's Mercury Prize ceremony, in Hammersmith.

There are 12 nominees for the award, recognising the best British album of the year.

Musician Jamie Cullum is one of the stars on the judging panel.

The show's happening at the Eventim Apollo, on the 9th of September.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm  

Officers have recovered a stolen moped in Sunbury.

The blue Sym moped was taken yesterday morning and was found abandoned off Cavendish Road.

Police are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.

You can contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers to remain anonymous. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 pm  

Police are trying to locate a bike that was stolen in Teddington.

The bike was recently taken from Sydney Road.

Anyone with any information if urged to contact police on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 pm  

Ed Sheeran is to make his comeback at the Shepherds Bush Empire next month.

The event on the 2nd of September will be his first headline show since 2019 and his first gig at the Empire for a decade. 

Ed says: “When I first set out in music, one of my main goals was to one day headline the Shepherds Bush Empire. 

My first gig there is still one of my favourite shows that I’ve played.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

Spelthorne Council is preparing to offer immediate support to Afghan refugees following the Taliban’s takeover

The Council also stands ready to support the Government’s longer-term resettlement scheme to help those fleeing their country.

The programme is designed to resettle and integrate Afghan families, who have supported our Armed Forces for the past two decades.

Yesterday, the Government announced a new scheme to help 20,000 Afghan nationals take refuge in the UK over a five-year period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

There are less than 50 days to go before a consultation ends on the increase to the congestion charge.

Sadiq Khan says the aim is to assist with London’s economic recovery, and to reduce air pollution.

The consultation is running on the TfL website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Made In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock has apologised after appearing to refer to the Holocaust in a selfie he shared on Instagram.

The 32-year-old posted a photo from his holiday in Greece, captioned "Boy in the stripe pyjamas".

He's since said sorry adding that he was "incredibly ignorant" and that he's "mortified".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

A man has been arrested after threatening police from inside a boat in Kingston last night

Officers were called to Turks Pier just before midnight. 

The man refused to leave and made threats towards officers before a small fire was started on the boat. 

They gained entry and he was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and arson and taken to hospital where he remains.

A number of nearby residents were also evacuated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Battersea Arts Centre is inviting freelance artists to submit cultural projects in time for the October half term.

£190,000 is available for successful applications as part of the Mayor of London’s “Let’s Do London Campaign.”

It’s aiming to attract 100  London based artists to devise creative experiences to represent diversity across the city.

Live music, circus, street arts, dance, spoken word, audio installations and children’s theatre will be on the cultural menu.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man has been jailed at Kingston Crown Court after a burglary in Mitcham.

54 year old Paul Anthony Nielson was sentenced to five years and six months' and 50 days electronically monitored curfew. 

In March 2019, a resident returned home to discover their front door had been barricaded by a cupboard preventing them from entering.

The burglar ransacked most of the rooms, stealing items of financial and sentimental value including jewellery, cash and IT equipment. 

Neilson was identified as the suspect when his DNA was found on a balaclava he left at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The defence secretary's defended the MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab, following reports he was 'too busy' on holiday to speak with the Afghan foreign minister, as the Taliban closed in.

Ben Wallace has been reacting to the Daily Mail's claims that the foreign secretary was away when senior officials advised he should speak with Hanif Atmar.

Officials were told he was 'unavailable' - putting up a junior minister instead.

Mr Raab reportedly didn't talk to his Afghan counterpart until at least the next day.

Labour's suggested his position now hangs in the balance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A charity in Tadworth has raised over £1,000 so far thanks to a 25,000 mile virtual challenge, its biggest ever.

Tadworth to Tokyo was launched by The Children’s Trust to celebrate this summer’s Olympic Games. 

Participants are competing to make it to the top of the leader board by completing as many miles as they can by walking, running or cycling. 

A child suffers a brain injury every 15 minutes in the UK via an accident or illness; the charity offers them rehabilitation and support. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Teddington based Tearfund is one of the charities issuing support on the ground in Afghanistan.

Corinne Verdoold is their Country Director.

She says the charity is working with its partners there in a number of ways. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The MP for Esher and Walton is being accused of putting Afghan translators' lives at risk - after he failed to make an urgent call to his counterpart in Afghanistan last week.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was on a family holiday as the Taliban swept through the country.

The call was handed to another minister - and the Daily Mail says talks about getting them out was therefore delayed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Part of a three-roomed flat was damaged by fire in Battersea this afternoon at around 3.30.

The flat was on 16th floor of a residential block on Bramlands Close and had started in the kitchen.

Six fires engines and around 40 firefighters attended the blaze which was bought under control by 4.15pm.

One man left the flat before the brigade arrived and he was treated at the scene.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Boris Johnson's come under fire from MPs who've expressed their anger and sadness about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

The UK has agreed to resettle up to 20,000 Afghan refugees over the next few years, following the Taliban's takeover.

There was emergency debate on the crisis in Afghanistan in the Commons today.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab and MP for Esher and Walton told MPs chartered flights are bringing people to the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A family from Hounslow is stranded in Kabul after attending a wedding.

 Sabrallah Zahiri and his relatives flew to Afghanistan from Heathrow on the 19th of July and were due to return this Monday. 

The wedding was attended by 11 British nationals, including two children aged two and eight. 

There are also two newlywed brides with visas to remain in the UK.

All 13 are trying to get back.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The Prime Minister says he will honour his commitment to relocate vulnerable Afghan nationals to the UK.

He's promised to help up to 20,000 people as part of a resettlement scheme, with those most at risk arriving within the first 12 months.

Lib Dem leader and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey, is blaming the UK’s relationship with America for the situation.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Hounslow’s Mayor, who's been on hunger strike outside Downing Street, has been taken to hospital with heart issues.

Gurkha Dhan Gurung, who apparently hasn't eaten for 11 days, has since been discharged after falling ill this morning.

He's part of a group of protesters who are asking for equality for those who retired before 1997 and aren't eligible for a full armed forces pension.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The Prime Minister has been accused of using Afghanistan as a way of getting out of a controversial vote on Heathrow expansion.

 Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons that Boris Johnson failed to visit Afghanistan as Prime Minister.

As Foreign Secretary,  Mr Johnson famously said he would lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop expansion going ahead at Heathrow. 

But he travelled to Kabul for talks with senior Afghan government officials in order to avoid having to vote against the government. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Nando's says it's planning to reopen 45 of its restaurants on Saturday after they were forced to close due to chicken shortages.

That includes Chiswick and Clapham.

It's all because of issues with the supply chain.

In a statement, the company says it's also been affected by a lack of staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police searching for a 21 year old missing from Barnes have recovered a body from the Thames.

Paul Conte was last seen in the early hours of Sunday after leaving a party. 

The Met’s Marine Policing Unit was called to Putney Bridge earlier.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

Comedian Sean Lock has died of cancer, aged 58.

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star's agent says he passed away at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Chertsey, he began his career in stand-up, winning the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic.

Fellow comic Lee Mack is among those paying tribute describing Sean as "a true original both in comedy and life."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

The Labour leader has publicly derided the Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons.

Sir Keir Starmer said Dominic Raab, should have returned sooner from his holiday.

The MP for Esher and Walton didn’t come back from Crete until the early hours of Sunday, just before the Taliban took Kabul.

Both the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister were on holiday at the same time, with the latter in Somerset.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

A former Gurkha and current Mayor of Hounslow has been rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, during a hunger strike outside Downing Street

Dhan Gurung is on his twelfth day of starvation, as part of a protest over pensions.

He’s said to still be refusing to break his hunger strike.

Calls are growing for the Prime Minister to meet the Gurkhas.

The Ministry of Defence say they “greatly value” the Gurkhas and “ensure they are supported with a generous pension and medical care during retirement in Nepal”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

1,250 letters are being given to the Clapham Junction Asda, following a “terrifying mob attack” last month

Five were arrested and six injured during the brawl on July the 22nd.

The GMB Union is calling on the supermarket to prosecute whenever a colleague is abused or assaulted, and to install “adequate security”.

At the time, Asda said “We do not tolerate any form of violence or abuse towards colleagues or customers and we are working closely with the police in their enquiries".

We’ve contacted Asda for further comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Nando's has been forced to temporarily close 50 of its 400 restaurants, because it's run out of chicken

Those include Clapham and Chiswick.

It says supply shortages are widespread across Britain.

Customers had complained on social media, with the chain's official Twitter account agreeing it's 'a bit of a mare'.

KFC had similar issues last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

South Western Railway is coming in for more criticism following its proposal to reduce key services across its network

Richmond Council is the latest to voice its concerns alongside Epsom MPs Chris Grayling and Munira Wilson. 

The plans would see a 50% reduction in direct trains on some routes.

They would also remove key commuter services from stations including Whitton, Hampton and Teddington. 

There would be no morning peak services in Whitton between 7:50 and 8:20am either.

SWR has launched a public consultation on its website; if the plans go ahead, they would be implemented from December next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

The funeral for Epsom’s former Mayor will take place on September the 10th

67 year old Robert Foote was working as a voluntary marshal when he was killed at Brands Hatch in Kent at the end of July.

A racing car spun off the track at the famous circuit hitting two people.

A by-election will also be held on September the 23rd as Mr Foote was a serving councillor.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 am  

Tuesday 17 August 2021

A woman from Chelsea who managed to access her ex-boyfriend’s Alexa device has appeared in court.

46 year old Philippa Copleston-Warren logged into an app linked to smart devices in the victim’s home.

She could see his new girlfriend via cameras installed in the property and even remotely spoke to her to tell her to “get out.”

Copleston-Warren pleaded guilty to a single count of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.

A judge at Isleworth Crown Court adjourned sentencing until October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

West Byfleet Library is on the move.

It’s current base at The Corner will close on Friday and it will relocate to a temporary site which should open in mid-September.

It’s hoped the library will then stay at the temporary site for up to 5 years.

Extensive redevelopment works will take place at The Corner, during this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

We’re being urged to “skate safe” as it’s revealed skateboard sales have increased by 31% since the Tokyo Olympics.

Doctors and nurses at Epsom and St Helier hospitals have issued a warning to enthusiasts whether they are pros or amateurs. 

They’re urging boarders to always wear a helmet, pads, gloves and start learning on grass or carpet.  

The hospitals treated 800 fracture patients between May and July, with staff saying they don’t want board accidents to add to that figure.  

Skateboard GB says it has seen a 31% rise in skateboard sales in the past month, and a 20% rise in enquiries for lessons.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

After thrashing Huddersfield at the weekend, Fulham is hoping to put on another show when they go to Millwall in the Championship tonight

Huddersfield can bounce back from that defeat, by beating Preston,  who are searching for their first point of the season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

A man from Hersham has been jailed after burgling two elderly women in Buckingham

31-year-old Lewis Willett approached the homes, and insisted there was building work to be done in order to enter the property.

One victim had their wallet stolen, and another gave their debit card to him, scared he would return to her home.

We’re being advised to ask for ID from people knocking on the door, and to not let them inside or give them money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Tearfund in Teddington has launched its Crisis in Afghanistan appeal

The charity is on the ground providing relief packages including food, cooking equipment and hygiene supplies such as soap.

Trauma support is also available, with around 390,000 people believed to have been forced from their homes so far.  

Tearfund is asking people to donate through its website to help it continue its work in the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 pm  

Tammy Abraham has left Chelsea to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Roma

The England forward has completed a £34 million move to the Italian club.

Abraham who scored 30 goals in 82 appearances at Stamford Bridge has signed a five year deal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

A gang has been jailed for dismembering the body of a musician in Barnes and murdering another man in Hounslow

53 year old trumpeter William Algar, known as Blaise, was discovered dead at his home in January last year. 

35 year old Ebrima Cham was killed in a "frenzied attack" at a flat in December 2019.

Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, Janayo Lucima, Zimele Dube, Simon Emmons, and Marc Harding have been jailed for between 3 and 31 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “I would personally like to thank all those witnesses who gave evidence about the murders and subsequent confessions. They knew how violent this gang were and the defendant’s readiness to use the most extreme violence. Despite this, these witnesses still had the courage to come forward and tell the court what had happened. Some of the witnesses were drug takers, but they attended court and gave evidence. Justice often depends on the bravery of such people and I applaud their actions.

“The sentences passed down by the courts – especially in relation to the murder of Brim Cham – properly reflect the danger these men represent to society and the public can feel confident they will be off the streets for a very long time. I would like to praise the family of Brim Cham and the dignity they showed throughout these very difficult proceedings.”

The court heard Ebrima Cham was 35-years-old when he was murdered on December the 19th, 2019. He lived at various places around the Hounslow area.

Ebrima had developed a reputation for robbing other drug dealers and it is believed that one of these robberies led him into confrontation with Zimele Dube.

On the day of the murder, Cham was staying at a flat in Grove Road, Hounslow. After they found out he was at the address, Dube and Emmons and Dawuda-Woda got in contact with each other by phone and all three set off to the flat in a car that was being driven by a friend.

At around 11:15am all three went to the flat door and when no one answered they broke the door down and rushed in.

Ebrima was found a short while later lying on the kitchen floor, he had been repeatedly stabbed. Meanwhile the three assailants had returned to the car and were driven from the scene.

Police and paramedics attended the stabbing, but despite their efforts Ebrima was pronounced dead.

At a post mortem examination on Saturday, the 21st of December it was discovered that Ebrima had been stabbed 11 times, but it was a deep wound to his chest that proved fatal.

The team of detectives investigating the murder located CCTV of the car used by Dube, Emmons and Dawuda-Woda.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Shamima Begum’s former lawyer is being criticised for a tweet he posted after the Taliban stormed Kabul

Tasnime Akunjee, who is also a consultant at a firm with offices in Brentford and Hounslow, has since deleted the tweet.

It referenced the Thin Lizzy song, ‘The boys are back in town’.

The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority has confirmed it is looking into the online post.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Police have been stopping racing meets on the Kimpton Industrial Estate in Sutton

Residents have been complaining of noise as people race in the early hours.

The force says “several vehicles and groups were stopped and engaged with” last Thursday.

It adds that “there will be more operations happening soon”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

Coronavirus cases have risen sharply in Guildford

The rate has increased 38% in the last week, to 302 per 100,000.

The rise in Reigate and Banstead has started to plateau, only going up by 1%, compared to 26% last week.

Mole Valley has the lowest rate, at 213.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

A picture of a man has been released in connection to a sexual assault on a bus in Kingston

On the 7th of May, the 21-year-old female victim boarded the 418, and a short while later, a man sat down next to her.

He then started touching her, and another passenger told the driver who removed him from the bus.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Romelu Lukaku says it was almost inevitable he would return to Chelsea

The Belgium striker left Stamford Bridge seven years ago, but he's back after signing from Inter Milan last week for a club record £97.5m.

Lukaku tells Chelsea TV, he's ready to finish what he started.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

A former public loo in Mitcham has been turned into an arts and crafts studio

Pollards Pop-Up in South Lodge Avenue will play host to temporary cafes, employment training, yoga classes and a film screening.

The initial drive behind the three week long project came from residents who worked with Merton Council to bring their idea to life.

The project is being funded by The Mayor of London and The Local Enterprise Partnership for London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Gurkhas on a hunger strike outside Downing Street are allegedly “becoming very unwell”

They’ve entered their 11th day of protesting over pensions.

The Mayor of Hounslow and former Gurkha Dhan Gurung is among them.

There are calls for the government to meet the Gurkhas.

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 @ 7:19 am  

Three women are to battle storms, 25-foot waves, salt sores and a lack of home comforts this December.

Charlotte Irving, Abby Johnson and Kat Cordiner are aiming to race 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean for charity.

They were part of the rowing team at Lady Eleanor Holles school in Hampton.

Charlotte tells us what’s in store for the trio attempting this charity race. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 16 August 2021

A government body has found the UK’s largest housing association did not breach consumer standards over an estate in Mitcham.

Complaints were made against Clarion by residents of Eastfields Estate earlier this year.

They claimed their homes had fallen into disrepair with mice infestations and severe damp problems. 

At the time, Merton Council grilled Clarion, with the housing association later issuing an apology. 

But the Government’s Regulator of Social Housing has now issued a statement. 

It says “whilst there were clearly individual repairs issues which required resolution, our investigation did not find evidence of systemic or organisational failure which indicates a breach of the consumer standards.”

It does however, go on to say that complaints about specific problems or disputes tenants have with their landlords usually fall within the remit of the Housing Ombudsman.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon police are reminding people how to protect their personal information online.

Cyber criminals target weaknesses in software and apps to attack personal devices and steal your identity.

One way to prevent this from happening is to ensure all software and apps are updated where possible.

The updates are especially designed to fix weaknesses and protect your personal data.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Small devices have been found on some park bins around Spelthorne.

It’s been reported on a Facebook group that they can read animal microchips, but that’s being denied by police.

Animal chips only contain database numbers, which means that only vets can use them to identify animals.

Detectives say they’ve tested these devices and say they lack the ability to store information or read chips.

Spelthorne Police are investigating the reports, but say they could be chips from stolen goods placed on the bins to avoid further detection.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Travellers who set up camp in Mitcham have been evicted in around a day.

On Friday, police were made aware of the encampment at Three Kings Piece.

The same day, they issued a notice saying they had to leave by 2pm Saturday.

That was adhered to, and the travellers left.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Tributes are being paid to a former councillor credited with Wandsworth’s “climb to become one of the top ranked authorities in the country.”

Kathy Tracey served on the council for 29 years.

She was in charge of the council’s leisure and amenities portfolio  for many years as well as children’s services during her time. 

A number of new schools were also opened in the borough under her leadership including Putney Oasis. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Croydon council has secured £2million in funding to help businesses in the borough recover from the pandemic.

The government grant is aimed at building Croydon’s economy back up and helping business who missed out on previous support.

The money will be shared among dozens of representatives, from ethnic minority business owners to London Road traders.

If approved, funding pots will also help workspace providers support start-up companies looking for affordable premises.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has approved a new plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge, that could save £24m.

It’s been favourably reviewed by Heritage England, and could reduce the need for temporary closures.

Council leader Stephen Cowan says they’re funding the £6m plan in order to implement it at speed.

The authority says there may be short periods of closure to pedestrians and cyclists during the works.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A swan has been found dead and injured by the River Wey in New Haw.

Police are investigating after it was found this weekend in the Wey Navigation, between the White Hart and Coxes Lock.

It’s thought there are a “concerning number” of groups using catapults.

Swan Support are in contact with other borough forces across Surrey to combat it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A cyclist is in hospital with life-changing injuries after a collision in Sunbury.

Police were called to Lower Hampton Road yesterday afternoon at 2.10.

The driver of the black Vauxhall Corsa Excite was uninjured, and the cyclist remains in hospital.

No arrests have been made, but anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Croydon’s cabinet meets today to discuss possible cuts to services for unaccompanied children seeking asylum

The council says its facing a £2m funding gap and has appealed to ministers in Whitehall for help. 

Since 2015 Croydon council says its helped 5,000 children seeking asylum, in the UK. 

They have to visit the town centre to apply to the Home Office unit there, and many stay on. 

But the council says the government should be providing over £2m extra to support its vital services, and the shortfall could reach 7 million pounds by 2024. 

Today’s meeting will consider a range of possible cuts which would hit vulnerable young people. 

Other London councils have been helping Croydon by taking more new arrivals, but that 3 month scheme ends in just a few weeks,

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

A 12-year-old boy has been given “strong words of advice”, after gaining entry to a home in Mitcham to fire an air rifle at bins

Last Wednesday afternoon, a 33-year-old woman sustained an injury after being hit by an unknown projectile.

Then in the evening, a man had been shot in the thigh, but saw an air rifle poking out of a window.

The 12-year-old had entered via the back of the house, which was insecure, and was “remorseful of his actions”.

Neither victim needed medical attention.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm  

A Paralympic swimmer is criticising Heathrow airport, after his wheelchair was “destroyed” on the way to Tokyo

23-year-old Patrick Flanagan from Ireland says the staff were “very apologetic”, but he was given “an oversized airport wheelchair”, a claim form, and “sent on his way”.

Patrick says “my chair is my independence” and the substitute is “degrading”.

A Heathrow spokesperson says they’re “sorry” and are working with the airline and origin airport.

They’ll also be in touch with Patrick regarding his return trip.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A rowing coach at Lady Eleanor Holles school in Hampton is joining a team of women preparing to row the Atlantic Ocean

Abby Johnson, Charlotte Irving and Kat Cordiner are setting off in early December aboard a 23-foot long rowing boat.

They’re raising funds for three cancer charities including the Royal Marsden.

Kat is herself battling cancer and she says this challenge is a part of her coping mechanism.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

After two weeks of matches being rained off, the Surrey Cricket League returned this weekend

Top placed Ploughmans continued their dominance of the premier Division, beating second-to-bottom Wandsworth by 45 runs, including a century from Matt Hickson.

St Luke's and London Gymkhana are in a similar table position, but Luke's were thrashed by seven wickets.

In division two, it was a tense match between Sutton Challengers B and London Welsh, with the challengers winning by only five runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

The funeral of a much-loved cobbler in Twickenham will take place today

53 year old Tony Mumford died a week after falling from an e-scooter in Heath Road on July the 15th.

He’d run a repair shop called Toe-Knees in Church Street for over 15 years.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Sunday 15 August 2021

Several areas of parkland in Wandsworth are to remain “un-mown.”

The council took part in “No Mow May” earlier this year, which meant stopping lawnmowing so wildflowers could bloom.

The authority says the initiative was such a success, it will continue in areas including Tooting Common.

The grass will next be cut and collected in the autumn.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 pm  

People in Richmond are encouraged to keep fit with a new outdoor fitness sessions.

It comes as a part of a plan to install a new outdoor gym at Heathfield Recreational ground.

The recreational Ground will be running one hour long personal training sessions to promote the outdoor fitness area.

The sessions will run from Tuesday August 24th to Saturday 28th August.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

A group of paddleboarders will take to the Thames next month to try and raise £10,000 for London’s Air Ambulance.

They’ll paddle from Old Windsor to Kingston, starting at 7am on the 4th of September. 

Rachel Bambrough is from SUP4, which is organising the event. 

She explains what’s in store for the marathon “suppers.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

Students in the UK are going to be taught about consent in new lessons being put on, in the wake of Sarah Everard's death in Clapham.


Reclaim These Streets has teamed up with Shout Out UK to help change attitudes in schools.

It follows the kidnap, rape and murder of the 33-year-old in south London in March.

Conservative MP Caroline Nokes says the classes are vital - but the road ahead won't be easy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

A child’s been involved in a collision in Richmond Park.

The 11-year-old was hit by a cyclist yesterday.

It happened as they walked across the raised crossing at Sheen Cross.

Officers are reminding park users to take extra care on the closed roads this weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Three men have been arrested for theft in Hounslow.

Officers were on patrol down the alleyway of North Drive yesterday.

They arrested three men on Kingsley Road for stealing 8 bicycles and for handling stolen goods.

No bikes were recovered but the suspects were identified from CCTV enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Tammy Abraham's understood to have agreed a move to Roma from Chelsea.

The England striker will have a medical in the Italian capital ahead of signing a five-year contract.

Abraham was also wanted by Arsenal, but it seems he's chosen to join Jose Mourinho in Rome.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A marathon paddleboard will take place on the Thames next month.

Boarders are trying to raise £10,000 for London’s Air Ambulance by paddling from Old Windsor to Kingston.

Rachel Bambrough is from SUP4, which is organising the event on the 4th.  

She explains why they’ve chosen this charity to raise money for. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A man has been arrested for assaulting an emergency worker and possession of cannabis with intent to supply in Colliers Wood.

Officers were involved in a brief chase with the suspect from Edenvale Park to Thirsk Road on Friday evening.

Later on, police searched his home address and found a large amount of forged £50 notes.

He was further arrested for counterfeit currency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Major works are to begin soon at Boston Manor Park in Hounslow.

They will aim to restore the green space to its “former glory”, as well as refurbish buildings and improve access throughout the park.

The park’s nature trail through the woodland will be extended and the lake will be desilted and repaired.

The revamp is costing £5 million. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Some students are going to be taught about consent in schools from next month.

'Reclaim These Streets' recognises that already happens to an extent - but doesn't think the teaching goes far enough.

The campaign group's joined forces with other organisations to deliver the programme following the rape and murder of Sarah Everard in Clapham.

Year 10 student Eve Attridge believes it'll start important conversations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A 19 year old man has been taken to hospital after reports of a fight at Kingston railway station.

Officers were called at 4:11am yesterday morning where the found two men with head injuries, one man was taken to hospital.

It’s believed the two victims were assaulted by up to five suspects.

There have been no arrests so far and enquires are ongoing.

Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

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