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Saturday 4 September 2021

Heathrow has issued a statement after the Home Office criticised the airport for unacceptable waiting times over the past 48 hours

A management spokesperson said, “We are very sorry that passengers faced unacceptable queueing times in immigration (last night) due to too few Border Force officers on duty.”

The airport says service will be significantly improved over the next few days.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

In League One action AFC Wimbledon came from a goal down at half-time to beat Oxford United 3-1 at Plough Lane

 The Dons are three points off the top of the table.

Hampton and Richmond Borough drew 1-all at Tonbridge in the National League South.

In FA Cup qualification games Kingstonian drew 2-all at Oxhey Jets.

Corinthian Casuals also drew 1-all in their match at Worthing.

Met Police beat Lewes 2-1 while Carshalton triumphed 3-nil at Kennington.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

In League One two second-half goals from Jack Rudoni and a third from Will Nightingale secured a 3-1 win for AFC Wimbldon at plough Lane

That was after the visitors, Oxford United had taken an early lead.

In League Two the game between Sutton United and Colchester had to be postponed after an outbreak of Covid-19 among the Sutton Squad.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

Metropolitan police officers say they’re growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a man last seen in North Kensington on August 28th

78 year old Edward Baller disappeared after leaving his flat at around midday to visit another apartment he was letting in Wincott Street in Kennington. 

Police say his family are deeply worried.

Edward was last seen wearing dark coloured trousers, a denim jacket and carrying a denim bag. He is described as white, of average height and build with grey hair.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:49 pm  

Border Force is reviewing staff rosters at Heathrow, after the Home Office criticised 'unacceptable' wait times at the airport

Passengers complained of being stuck in queues for hours, trying to get through immigration.

One said they saw children screaming and men fainting.

Officials say customers should expect things to take a little longer, to allow Covid documents to be checked.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

Hounslow Council has decided to retain many of its streetspace initiatives

 The include restrictions imposed on 23 school streets to protect pupils from traffic at busy times.

A recent consultation showed strong support for the school streets initiative.

But the council has also decided to retain a number of other streetspace projects, including on Hartington Road, which were opposed more strongly.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Further improvements to Sunbury’s dry dock have been unveiled as part of a nine million pound investment programme to improve navigation on the River Thames

The Environment agency says money will b spent on the roof structure and the pumping system. 

There’ll also be new fish-passes at Sunbury weir and Chertsey weir to help fish move up and down the river. 

As part of the biggest programme of spending in a decade The Environment agency is also promising to remove sunken, stranded or abandoned vessels which are currently causing obstruction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Chessington Post Office will close today for four weeks for refurbishment

 Bosses have apologised for the inconvenience in Hook Road in the Hook part of Chessington.

They say “the safety of our customers is of paramount, therefore, it will be necessary for the service to close temporarily.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

A much-loved riding school in Kingston is throwing open its doors to the public today

 It costs Barnfield Riding for the Disabled around £25,000 a year just to stay afloat.

Owner Patsyann Rose says today is a chance for visitors to see how the stables helps the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

It's thought the government's determined to push ahead with Covid vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds.

 That's despite advisers recommending against it.

The JCVI found the benefit to children's health of inoculating them is only 'marginal'.

Shadow business minister- and MP for Feltham & Heston, Seema Malhotra thinks it should be debated in the Commons.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Work is due to begin on a £250,000 upgrade of Battersea Park's toddlers' and juniors' playground

 The redesign follows on from a public consultation where 90% of respondents said they were regular visitors.

The refurbishment brings Wandsworth council's investment in children's play areas to £1 million over the last three years.

Work is due to begin on Monday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

The shadow business minister says the "incompetence" of the government is now affecting the supply of flu vaccines.

One of the UK's largest suppliers of flu jabs said there could be a two-week delay in getting them to some GP surgeries in England and Wales.

It's because of issues relating to a shortage of HGV drivers.

Labour's MP for Feltham & Heston, Seema Malhotra says this isn't the only supply problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The pressure is on to get Afghan refugees out of hotels and into permanent accommodation.

 Hounslow, which is finalising plans to offer up housing, has one of the largest Afghan populations in the country.

There are around 4,400 residents which is second only to Ealing - which has the largest Afghan population in London with 6,000 residents.

Labour MP for Feltham & Heston, Seema Malhotra, says the feeling in Hounslow at the moment is  understandably anxious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka is taking an indefinite break from the sport following her defeat at the US Open.

 It was her first Grand Slam back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues.

Meanwhile, British teenager Emma Raducanu aims to continue her impressive debut at the US Open tennis later.

The world number 150 faces Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu reached the second week of Wimbledon earlier this year.

She says that experience is helping her not to get carried away.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

A marathon paddleboard of the Thames is underway.

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

SUP4 is organising the 12 hr event which began at 7am.

Supporters are being encouraged  to gather at Kingston Riverside at 7pm to welcome participants at the end of their challenge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Friday 3 September 2021

Richmond Council is being commended for its work tackling domestic abuse.

It’s just one of five authorities in London to be accredited with the  Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance Chartermark. 

 Around one in four women and one in six men will suffer domestic abuse at some time in their lives.   

 The accreditation aims to transform the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse by assessing individual housing providers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

There’s a bit of confusion over Battersea Power Station’s new name.

It’s after TfL announced that the first major expansion of the London Underground this century will open in the coming weeks.

Trains on the Northern Line will serve Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station after 5 years’ of construction.

However, some have taken to social media to question the name “Battersea Power Station Station.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Rapper Dizzee Rascal will go on trial at Croydon Crown Court in February.

It’s after the 36 year old denied assaulting his girlfriend at a house in Streatham in June. 

The music artist, whose real name is Dylan Kwabena Mills, was charged with assault by beating and is currently on bail. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond Council is urging to private landlords and people with second homes to consider rehoming Afghan refugees.

The Government has already announced that it is to provide housing UK-wide for 20,000 people fleeing the Taliban.

Richmond says private housing is better suited because of the need to balance an established housing demand in the borough.  

Council leader, Gareth Roberts, says the priority is to get refugees out of temporary accommodation like hotels. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are investigating after a man exposed himself to a woman outside Epsom station as she walked past.

It happened on Tuesday afternoon at around 4.30.

He’s described as a white man in his mid to late 30s, with short dark hair, wearing a grey sports top and black running shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Epsom and Ewell Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Hounslow Council’s fighting against fly tipping with a new campaign.

‘Let’s Scrap Fly-tipping’ aims to educate residents and businesses on how they can help keep the borough’s streets clean and tidy. 

the Council aims to target hotspots and post CCTV footage of fly-tippers caught on camera on its website.

The campaign follows the launch of a dedicated fly tipping enforcement team, who has issued over 200 Fixed Penalty Notices. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Northern Line stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms are to open on Monday the 20th of September.

The stations are step free, Zone 1, and will be on the Charing Cross branch.

There will be an initial peak service of six trains per hour, increasing to 12 by the middle of next year.

Simon Murphy, head of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, says it’s a “gamechanger” for the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The MP for Esher and Walton insists the UK will shoulder its humanitarian responsibilities in Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of UK troops.

Britain's announced a 30 million pound aid package to help refugees.

But speaking after talks in neighbouring Pakistan, Dominic Raab says Afghanistan's new leaders need to create a stable environment, if they want our help.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Over £100m in funding has been cut for building a new hospital in Belmont.

The budget has dropped from £511 to £400m.

It’s due to replace the A&E, maternity, and other units at Epsom and St Helier.

There are calls for a new consultation on the development, due to a reduction in the number of beds, and concerns the design is now unaffordable.

We’ve contacted the Department for Health and Social Care for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Surrey Wildlife Trust has launched its annual art and photography competition

The charity is looking for “inspiring art and great images of Surrey’s nature that tell a story”. 

A top prize of £500 is up for grabs with a deadline of March the 1st for entries. 

Those longlisted will go on display at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking in May. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

An animal has been seized at Heathrow, along with 50 tablets for a dog that aren’t authorised in the US or UK

The animal was destined for a home in West Yorkshire and had been shipped from Australia.

Gabapentin is used to treat seizures in humans, and while some vets in the US prescribe it, it’s not properly approved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be marked in Staines next weekend with a firefighters’ charity event

Fordbridge firefighters will walk more than five miles and then climb 110 floors of Ascot House whilst wearing full fire kit.

The Tunnels to Towers challenge will replicate the journey of firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller who died in the atrocity. 

Stephen was a part of Brooklyn’s Squad 1, who despite having finished his shift, carried 60lbs of gear through the Brooklyn Tunnel.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

A person has been banned from begging in Kew Village, after “an escalation in behaviour” and “complaints from residents”

They’re not allowed to stop or sit in areas including Station Parade, and must remove their personal belongings from the telephone box there.

The Police say they encouraged the person to engage with support services and charities for a number of months, but the person didn’t.

They must leave the area by 10am on Monday, and can’t properly return for three years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Two men will appear in court today charged with the murder of 22-year-old Kai Davis in Kingston

22-year old’s Joseph Barker, from Uxbridge and Ben Myles from Southall are charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Two other men were also arrested on suspicion of murder.

One has been released with no further action, but the other has been bailed to a date in mid-September.

Enquiries are still continuing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Thursday 2 September 2021

Boots is to open 30 new beauty halls this year, including one at the store in Epsom.

They allow customers to see a range of trending products and have consultations with staff.

It’s as the chain attempts to get the most out of its physical stores, as more and more shopping moves online.

Boots already has around 60 beauty halls, but are restricted to its flagship stores, something it’s looking to change.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

The first Afghan refugee family has arrived in Hammersmith.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says it has identified four suitable private rented properties.

Bosses expect the cost to be covered by government as the refugees would be housed under the national resettlement scheme.

The council says it’s also preparing to offer physical and mental wellbeing services, including post-traumatic stress support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

Authorities in Cyprus are trying to find family members of a woman who died there in January.

Unless a family member can be found in the next few months, Patricia Lambert will be given a ‘paupers’ funeral by the state.

The 86-year-old, who passed away in Paphos, had links to Addlestone. 

She used to work at a company called Peabody Foods, which no longer exists.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 pm  

A charity football match is taking place in Chessington on Sunday at 1.00pm.

It’s the final leg of the fire services tour with London Fire Brigades Red Watch going head-to-head with Grenfell Athletic.

Many of the firefighters taking part were working on the night of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

The game at Corinthians-Casuals will include survivors and bereaved.

Entry is free with 100% of donations being shared between The Firefighters Charity, Grenfell Athletic and Sepsis Research FEAT.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Kingston Council has voted to demolish the Kingfisher leisure Centre.

The near 40-year-old amenity was closed in 2019 after its roof was found to be in urgent need of costly repair.

Sport England had objected to the move as there are no firm plans to replace the current swimming pool with another one. 

The council is proposing redeveloping the site to include a new leisure centre and housing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton says it looks like Afghanistan's Kabul Airport could reopen again "in the near future".

He's in Qatar for talks to secure safe passage out of the country for people who want to leave.

Dominic Raab has again said the UK won't recognise the Taliban's power, the group's expected to announce a government imminently.

But he insists it's important we continue to speak with them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The first Afghan refugee family has arrived in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Council leader Stephen Cowan says they offer a “warm welcome” and “we look forward to helping them to rebuild their lives”.

Four private rented properties have been found in the borough for refugee families.

The Labour council says they expect the cost for this to be covered by the government as they would be housed under the national scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Taliban's expected to announce its new Afghan government "imminently"

The country's been struggling since the fall of the previous administration - with banks closed and food prices rocketing.

The UK's foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton says Britain will have "direct engagement" with the militant group - despite not recognising them as a government.

Dominic Raab's in Qatar to hold talks on getting Kabul Airport back open for people who want to leave Afghanistan.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Surrey’s former Police and Crime Commissioner is warning the Taliban must not be underestimated

 Kevin Hurley was the lead for policing in Afghanistan during his time there in the past year.

He says the Taliban should not be viewed as medieval militants who aren’t connected to the modern world.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Four men have admitted to a plot to steal a number of luxury cars, including one belonging to TV presenter Declan Donnelly.

The group were accused of targeting about £750,000 worth of high-value vehicles between January and July.

Connor Murray and Perry Ogle from Brentford along with two others from Surrey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal the cars.

Four other men appeared at Kingston Crown Court have been charged over the plot. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton has warned the Taliban it will judged on what it does and not what it says.

Dominic Raab's in Doha having talks with Qatar's government - with the focus on securing safe passage for people who want to leave.

Reports suggest Kabul's airport could open within days.

Mr Raab says the UK will continue to talk to militants who are now in control in Afghanistan.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Merton Council is donating £15,000 to help resettle Afghan refugees

The money is being distributed through Merton Connected, which supports charitable and voluntary organisations in the borough.  

The Council’s donation comes in the wake of the launch of the Government’s Afghanistan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme. 

The initiative aims to welcome up to 20,000 refugees with 5,000 of the most vulnerable prioritised to arrive over the next 12 months.     

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

The foreign secretary's in Qatar for talks on the safe passage of British nationals still stuck in Afghanistan

Dominic Raab flew to the region last night - within hours of facing tough questions about the crisis from a committee of MPs.

During the hearing the Esher and Walton MP admitted it would be tough to get Afghanistan's neighbours to work together.

He also said he doesn't know exactly how many people who are entitled to come to the UK are still in Afghanistan, and intelligence indicated the Taliban was unlikely to take full control this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Kingston Council says new “social spaces” are not negatively impacting on disabled visitors to the town centre

Extra seating and large floral planters have been set up in Thames Street, Lower Fife Road and outside Kingston station. 

But some visitors have taken issue with the set-up in Thames Street, as disabled parking bays appear to have been built on.  

The council says Blue Badge holders will still be able to access the existing 4 parking bays in nearby Bishops Hall instead. 

The authority has also converted two pay and display parking bays in Fife Road to blue badge parking. 

This “social spaces” scheme is “an experiment” that could be in place for up to 18 months. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Wednesday 1 September 2021

The MP for Croydon North is accusing the Government of abandoning Afghan refugees.

Steve Reed is the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. 

He’s tweeted “after all the Government’s warm words they are abandoning Afghan refugees with no support - this can’t go on.” 

He was commenting after the leader of Greenwich, Dan Thorpe, said he has written to the government. 

He’s asked Robert Jenrick for more “urgent help” after refugees were placed in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found at the side of the A3 at Guildford.

41 year old Helen Anderson from North London was discovered on the 23rd of August. 

52 year old Dane Messam from Hackney will appear in court again for a bail hearing in just over two weeks. 

A 51-year-old man, also from Hackney, who was earlier arrested in connection with the investigation was released on bail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Foreign Secretary's admitted intelligence about how quickly the Taliban could regain control of Afghanistan was wrong - believing it was 'unlikely' to happen this year.

A huge evacuation effort ended this week - with the final withdrawal of American troops.

The MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab has told MPs there was no appetite for allies to stay in the country, without the US.

He's also been defending how well prepared the UK was - insisting calls were made.

He's travelling to Afghanistan's neighbouring countries later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Chelsea has been charged with two breaches following their Premier League match against Liverpool last weekend.

Players clashed in reaction to Reece James being sent off and didn't "act in an orderly fashion" during the 1-all draw at Anfield.

The Football Association has given Chelsea until Friday to respond to the charges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Four men have pleaded guilty to plotting to steal a number of luxury vehicles, including one belonging to Declan Donnelly.

The TV presenter’s Range Rover was among around £750,000 worth of high-value vehicles targeted. 

The four all pleaded guilty to  conspiracy to steal between January the 1st  and July the 9th this year. 

Police were called to Mr Donnelly's home in Chiswick in April but the alleged thieves had gone before they arrived.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Kingston last month have made two further arrests.


Two men, aged 22, were detained earlier and are being questioned.

22-year-old Kai Davis (pictured) was stabbed to death in Clarence Street in the early hours of August the 21st.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 pm  

The Foreign Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton has admitted he doesn't know how many people eligible to come to the UK are stuck in Afghanistan.

American troops withdrew earlier this week, marking a formal end to evacuation efforts.

Though UK officials are engaging with the Taliban to ensure safe passage.

Dominic Raab's told MPs the intelligence was wrong about how quickly the militant group could regain control, but he insists the UK was bound by others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

People in Richmond will get five free months of garden waste collection, after disruption to collections during the pandemic.

Throughout July and early August, during the “pingdemic”, many drivers were asked to self-isolate.

That was made worse by a national shortage in drivers, meaning the council prioritised waste collections.

Residents with a garden waste bin have been contacted with more details.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A car wash owner from Egham has been fined £3,000 for staying open during the coronavirus lockdowns.

 Marin Angelov was visited seven times by various officials, each time being warned he would need to close.

He was eventually handed a coronavirus fine, which he didn’t pay, then issued a prohibition notice, which he ignored.

Runnymede Council Leader Nick Prescot says “it must have been particularly frustrating for other car washes to see him breaking the rules”.

Angelov is now operating his business legally, although now has a criminal record.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A former Kingston University student is helping the Team GB medal tally at the Olympics.

Oliver Lam-Watson was part of the wheelchair fencing team that won silver and bronze over the weekend 

He suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome which meant he either lived with a non-load bearing left leg or face amputation.

28-year-old Oliver decided keep his leg and started training for wheel-chair fencing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The Foreign Secretary is currently being questioned on his actions concerning Afghanistan

 The MP for Esher and Walton has described negotiations with Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries 

He has been outlining details of meetings that have taken place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

81% of food and drink business owners say they feel unprepared for the introduction of “Natasha’s Law” next month.

It’s named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the schoolgirl from Fulham, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a baguette. 

The 15 year old had bought the Pret a Manger sandwich before boarding a flight at Heathrow in 2016.

It did not have any allergen advice on its wrapper because, as it was made on the premises, it was not required by law.

Natasha was severely allergic to sesame and became unwell on the flight before passing away at a hospital in France. 

Natasha's law will require all food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged food from October the 1st.

The research, commissioned by GS1 UK, has also revealed Only 39%of employers are training staff on types of allergens.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab will face a committee of MPs in the next hour.

His shadow cabinet counterpart Lisa Nandy says the MP for Esher and Walton has serious questions to answer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

A supermarket in Banstead has installed Formula 1 technology to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions

The Co-op wants to reduce cold air from its fridges being lost into the aisles. 

The technology, developed by motor racing engineer Wirth Research, is expected to lead to significant reductions in CO2 emissions. 

EcoBlade shelf-edge strips act as invisible air curtains, keeping warm air out and cool air in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

A 31-year-old journalist has been killed in Ghana, while filming a piece for a Morden-based TV station

Syed Taalay Ahmed worked for MTA International Television, based at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, and was highlighting their charity works.

His car was ambushed by robbers, who shot at the vehicle.

Two suspects were killed by the police, with four more people arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

The foreign secretary will be questioned by MPs today on his plans for Afghanistan

Among the questions he’s likely to be asked are what’s being done to get the remaining UK citizens and Afghani allies out of the country.

Labour have suggested that there could be 7,000 Afghans with a claim for resettlement, something he’s likely to be asked about.

There are also concerns about ISIS-K, a new terrorist group, and how the UK will engage with the Taliban.

The Esher and Walton MP has been criticised by some for his response, admitting “in hindsight” he should have returned from his holiday in Crete sooner. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

An architecture graduate at Kingston University is the proud owner of a bronze and a silver Paralympic medal

Oliver Lam-Watson is part of the wheelchair fencing team that won big in Tokyo at the weekend. 

The 28 year old suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome which doesn’t allow him to straighten or bare weight on his left leg. 

After only two years fencing, Oliver says the games have been a dream come true.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

The Department for Education has cancelled plans for a new secondary school in Sutton

It says falling birth rates in the borough and the impact of Covid and Brexit means the existing schools will be able to cope. 

The DfE has, however, given the go-ahead for a new free school for children on the Autism spectrum. 

Known as ‘Sutton Free School 2’, it will eventually provide 56 places. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

The Metropolitan Police has been warned it could be putting young people at risk over the way it investigates online child sex abuse

Inspectors highlighted "significant delays" in forensically examining electronic devices.

They also found some officers didn't immediately tell social services a child was living in the same house as a suspect, because they didn't want to "jeopardise the investigation".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Eight people have been arrested across South-West London as part of a crackdown on child sexual exploitation.

One male was wanted on suspicion of rape, for whom detectives, the marine unit, and the dog unit were need to apprehend him.

Police also spoke to hotels to help them spot the signs of exploitation.

They also promoted the Ask for Angela initiative, which promotes the code word people can use to ask for help at bars and pubs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for a string of offences, including taking images of female students at a Uni campus in Egham.

29 year old Thomas Cramer, will spend 10 months behind bars and sentenced and is subject to a five year Criminal Behaviour Order.

He pleaded guilty to harassment, racially aggravated harassment, possession of cannabis and driving without a license or insurance. 

The 10-month sentence consists of five months served and five months on license.

Cramer was first arrested in May after police received reports of a man taking pictures of female students at Royal Holloway.

He uploaded the pictures to Instagram with derogatory comments. 

When users would comment on his posts challenging him, he would reply with threats of violence and, in some cases, racist comments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

The High Tide Festival returns to Twickenham later this month after a year’s hiatus due to Covid.

The event, due to be held on the 26th, showcases the area’s rich musical talent. 

A crowd-funder has been set up to help cover the costs of the free gigs. 

This festival goer explains why it’s an important piece of Twickenham music culture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

20-year-old Welsh international Ethan Ampadu has signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea before going on loan to join Italian side Venezia for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
It is Ampadu’s third loan of his career having also spent time with Sheffield United and RB Leipzig.

He has made 12 appearances for the Blues since joining the team in 2017.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Campaigners say they are “relieved” Kingston’s Guildhall has been listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The council is proposing redeveloping the historic building into a boutique hotel. 

But an online petition launched by campaign group Save Royal Kingston to keep it as it is was signed by over 1,600 people.

An Asset of Community Value is land or property of importance to a community which is subject to additional protection from development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants the Premier League to follow Europe in allowing five substitutions per game.

The Champions League holders will be able to make that many when they start the defence of the trophy next month.

But they can only use three domestically - and Tuchel feels that's stopping the development of players like Ben Chilwell.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A fire at a pub in Wandsworth is believed to be accidental

Part of the ground floor of the property in Ballantine Street was damaged and the basement flooded after a watermain burst.

No one was sleeping in the accommodation above the pub at the time of the fire in the early hours of yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

A 61-year-old man has died in Hounslow after being found late at night with a head injury

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder.

Police were called around 40 minutes past midnight on the 18th of August to Staines Road, where Mehmood Shamshi was found seriously injured.

Anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

A man has been charged after allegedly being found about to commit a burglary in Wimbledon

On Wednesday, police were called to reports of two people trying to break into a property.

Both were stopped, and one was found in possession of a hammer, and wanted for failing to appear in court.

He’s been bailed from court and due to appear next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

All US troops have now left Afghanistan, just weeks since the Taliban took control

It marks the end of a 20-year war which saw more than 2-thousand 400 Americans die, as well as tens of thousands of Afghans.

The Foreign Secretary and Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab says it's important we focus on the gains made, thanks to the sacrifices of so many.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Two 16-year-olds have been arrested in Clapham Junction after being seen sharing an eScooter and wearing balaclavas

Police stopped the pair on Wednesday, and found one had a knife, and both were carrying drugs.

One has been charged with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of Class B.

The other has been referred to the Youth Offending Team in relation to cannabis possession.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and drug dealing in Banstead

Police were called on Thursday just after 7am where a man was suffering an apparent medical episode.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two men have been released on bail, and investigations are continuing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Two men have been arrested in Egham after being found in possession of large drums of oil

Police were called at around 5am yesterday to the Two Rivers area of Staines, to reports of a suspicious red van.

The 33-year-old and 25-year-old are both from London.

It’s believed they stole from businesses on Church Street in Staines.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Authorities in Cyprus are trying to find family members of a woman whose body has lain unclaimed for seven months, who may have links to Addlestone and Croydon

Patricia Lambert, nee West, was born on February 26th 1934, according to the Cyprus Mail.

There are two people with that name born that day, one in Marylebone, and another in Croydon.

It’s also believed that in 1983 she retired from a company called Peabody Foods of Hamm in Addlestone, on Hamm Moor Lane.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ken Corlett at the Isle of Man Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

The MP for Sutton is running the London Marathon in honour of a friend who died of cancer

Paul Scully says Vicky Chappell inspired him to raise money for the Royal Marsden cancer hospital.

He’s also running for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, saying “when I’m struggling for breath, I’ll be thinking of the children who have to do aerobic exercises to clear their lungs every single morning”.

You can find his fundraiser here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Monday 30 August 2021

Sutton Community Farm will open its doors to the public next month to reveal its Autumn harvest.

The 7-acre farm has provided over 250 varieties of vegetables to over 500 recipients this year via its not-for-profit Vegbox Scheme.

It now wants to engage with adults and children with a bonanza of tours, harvesting activities, pick your own flowers and more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

The National Physical Laboratory in Teddington is opening its doors to the public next week.

Bushy House is home to over a century’s worth of cutting edge research and historic artefacts.

The former royal residence was a scientific base for codebreaker Alan Turing and is also the birthplace of the modern computer.

The descendant of the apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity also sits alongside a wild-flower meadow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

A police officer for Lambeth and Southwark has been given a final written warning, after sending a homophobic email.

PC David Bewick was on duty in late 2019 and sent an email with an attachment from his official account to 55 police colleagues.

He was placed on restricted duties afterwards.

Chief Inspector Matt Cox “it is especially shocking when Met systems are used” to share material that could be seen as discriminatory.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

A consultation closes today on whether to continue to ban protests around an abortion clinic in Twickenham.

The ban was put in place in April 2019 and is due to end in March next year.

Since it was introduced, there have been no known breaches, but there have been some reports of vigils just outside the boundary near St Margaret’s station.

Council Leader Gareth Roberts says the ban has had a positive impact for users of the clinic and residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Work to create a new riverside footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists is about to start in Chiswick.

The structure will provide a link between Dukes Meadow, one of the largest open spaces in London, and the Thames pathway.

It means wheelchair and pushchair users will now be able to access Barnes Bridge Station from both sides of the meadow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

A top girl’s school in Putney will now allow girls to wear more revealing clothing, as part of an attempt to combat victim blaming.

Putney High School used to say that sixth formers must be “sensibly dressed with no bare midriff, no bare shoulders, and no torn clothing”.

The Telegraph reports that the death of Sarah Everard in Clapham caused the change, with many pupils going to the vigil.

Headteacher Suzie Longstaff says it’s about the safety of women, and they should be able to wear what they want.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

Richmond Riverside and Twickenham Green are to lose their temporary toilets after today

They were installed during the first lockdown after residents complained about an increase in public urination.

But their usage has dropped by 80% after cafes, bars and pubs reopened.

More long term options are being considered for Richmond Town Centre by the council. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

A series of weapon enabled robberies have taken place in Chelsea

Police extended stop and search powers in the area overnight to tackle the issue.

The stop and search zone included Chelsea Embankment, Sloane Square, and Drayton Gardens.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Thousands of emails to the foreign office from MPs and charities regarding Afghan refugees allegedly haven’t been read.

That's according to The Observer.

Twickenham Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson says a constituent is stuck in Kabul, and they refused to take his details and advised he sign up for email alerts.

Tooting Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan says she’s been sending emails, and “to think they’ve been ignored is both heartbreaking and infuriating”.

The government says they’ve been “working tirelessly” and have deployed a 24/7 to triage incoming emails and calls.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

A man's appearing in court later charged with murder following the discovery of a woman's body in Guildford

Dane Messam, who's 52 and from Hackney, is appearing before local magistrates.

41-year-old Helen Anderson was found dead in undergrowth near the A3 last Monday.

Police have released photos of a decommissioned double decker bus believed to be linked to her death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Ploughmans look set to win the Surrey Cricket League, as the end of the season draws near with them top of the table

They beat Ottershaw by 10 wickets this weekend, after the club only managed to score 30 runs.

The umpire says the majority of Ottershaw arrived late, had three new players, and Ploughmans bowled well.

Balham and Tooting have only one game left, and have only won two of their 11 games so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Wandsworth Council is recruiting an army of volunteers to see if it can change the way it recycles waste

It needs a 100 strong team to try composting rather than disposing of household waste in black bags. 

Each homeowner will be given a free compost kit consisting of a bin, digital scales, a kitchen caddy and a bag for life.

Weighing the amount of compost binned each week will give an indication of whether it’s worth rolling the pilot out borough wide. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Sunday 29 August 2021

Kingston Council is inviting residents to have their say on the winter tree planting programme

500 new trees are set to be planted across the borough this winter and at least half will be planted in locations chosen by you.

This includes 220 native species which have been carefully selected based on feedback from last year’s consultation.

Kingston’s annual tree planting programme will take place between November this year and March 2022.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

Richmond Council has revealed the next stage of its plans for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

A recent inspection of SEND services in the borough highlighted the “significant steps” already put in place by the council.

These include the training of education staff in mainstream schools.

But it acknowledged that a key area for future work is identifying the needs of young people transitioning into adulthood.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

Smokers are being reminded to make sure they discard their cigarettes properly after fire broke out in Tooting Bec.

 Half of a room on the second floor of the building in Trinity Road was damaged by the blaze. 

One person escaped before firefighters arrived and the incident is being blamed on the unsafe disposal of smoking materials. 

London Fire Brigade says you should have smoke alarms in every room where a fire could start and they should be tested regularly

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

A man has been charged in connection with a murder investigation in Guilford.

52 year old Dane Messam has been charged with murder and remains in custody.

41 year old Helen Anderson’s body was found close to the A3 on Monday by a member of the public.

Meanwhile another man in his 50’s has been released on bail. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Firefighters have rescued two people from a fire at the Falcon Wharf Hotel in Battersea.

Fire crews from Battersea, Wandsworth and Fulham were called to Lombard road at 11.22pm last night.

Most of the hotel room and the second floor was damaged by the blaze.

The two people were taken by emergency services to hospital while people were evacuated from the building and nearby properties. 

The fire was under control just before 1.45am and an investigation has begun. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

Police have appealed for information after a man was attacked on Tolworth Broadway on Thursday night.

The victim, who hasn’t been named, is still in hospital where his condition is described as stable. 

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who my have witnessed him being assaulted by two men at around 8,35pm. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The week is concluding with no solution to the source of Bookham’s mystery bang.

The loud boom was heard at around 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening by thousands of residents in Great Bookham, Effingham and Fetcham.

Theories have ranged from a controlled explosion to a sonic boom, but experts say they’re stumped.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A four-month-old kitten used up one of his nine lives after being rescued by the fire brigade in Hounslow.

Inquisitive Milo took a tumble after investigating a hole in a cupboard connected to an eight-foot blocked chimney.

He re-appeared unscathed after some bricks were knocked out by fire fighters. 

The RSPCA has urged people to contact them first if an animal gets stuck but conceded firefighters are always best equipped to assist.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Young people over 16 in Chessington are being offered coronavirus vaccinations at a special clinic this Tuesday.

It’ll be held between 9am and 6pm at The Orchard Practice in Orchard Gardens. 

If you’d like to book you’ll find an email address on the Radio jackie Website.  

The email address for booking is [email protected]

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Parents in Kingston are being urged to ditch the car when they return their children to school next week.

 Councillor Diane White, who oversees Children’s Services and Education, wants youngsters to walk or cycle where possible.  

She says “not only does it increase exercise and fitness levels, it also benefits the environment” by reducing pollution. 

 Councillor White has also revealed that the highest Covid rates in the borough are among older secondary school aged children. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

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