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Saturday 11 September 2021

British Airways owner IAG has suffered more losses amid growing fears for the long-term future of Europe’s airline.

The carrier was the worst performer on the FTSE100 index, sliding 1.9% or 2.88p to148.51p as the industry continues to reel from the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm  

Patrick Vieira is celebrating his first Premier League victory as Crystal Palace manager

His team were 3-nil winners against Tottenham, with new signing Odsonne Edouard scoring two of the goals at Selhurst Park.

 Brentford suffered a 1-nil loss at home to Brighton. 

 Christiano Ronaldo scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle.

 In the Championship Fulham relinquished their lead at the top of the table after going down 1-nil at Blackpool. 

QPR drew 3-3 at Reading. AFC Wimbledon are up to fourth in League One after an exciting 4-3 win at Morecambe.

 Sutton registered their first win of the League Two season with a 2-1-win over Stevenage at Gander Green Lane.

 In the Isthmian League Kingstonian beat Brightlingsea 3-0 at the King Georges Field in Tolworth while Corinthian Casuals registered a 1-nil win at Haringey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Savers Health and Beauty is set to open a new store in Staines later this month

Fifteen new jobs will be created at the new shop in the Two Rivers Shopping Centre. 

The beauty, health and home products specialists has more than 500 stores across the UK and employs more than 3,000 people nationally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

Leader of Kingston Council, Caroline Kerr, has strongly criticised South Western Railway’s proposal to reduce its frequency of rail services

The proposed changes would impact on many peak and off-peak services at key stations in the borough.

The council leader is encouraging residents to make their voices heard by taking part in South Western Railway’s consultation which is open until September 19th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Sutton Council wants to turn a former nightclub into a cultural hub

Chicago’s, in Throwley Way, closed down in 2013 and has been empty ever since.

The new venue, set to open in 2023, will offer performing arts classes, live performances and a food hall.

The council is looking for a leisure or culture organisation that can help bring the “carbon neutral venue” to life.

The transformation of Chicago’s is central to the authority receiving an £11 million government grant for projects across the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Surrey police are appealing for witnesses to what they have described as a serious collision this morning near Chertsey

It happened at around 8.20am when a red Mercedes collided with a cyclist on Bridge Lane in Lyne. 

The road remains closed. There are no details on the conditions of those involved. 

If you witnessed the collision or have any dashcam footage please contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference number PR/P21195829 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Tens of thousands of homes across Hounslow have received a free £20 voucher to encourage them to shop in the borough’s high streets

Over 300 local businesses have signed up to take part in the initiative from Hounslow council, which is intended to stimulate the conomy. 

Before the pandemic Hounslow’s economy was the second fastest-growing in London. 

But last year in contracted by more than 11 percent, largely because of reduced flights and lay-offs at Heathrow Airport, the area’s biggest employer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

A coroner has criticised Surrey’s child and adolescent mental health services after the death of a boy on a railway line near Egham

A verdict of suicide was recorded on Oskar Nash, who died in January 2020. 

The hearing was told how Oskar’s mother had repeatedly asked for help but was told her son’s case had been closed. 

Coroner Richard Travers said the Surrey team seemed to be more concerned with reducing their witing lists than the needs of the child. 

 Surrey County Council have offered the family a full and heartfelt apology. They said they were working to ensure better measures were put in place.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

More than 400 people have donated items for Afghan refugees in a collection organised by Staines Rotary Club

Clothes, shoes, buggies, laptop computers and colouring books are among the items handed in at the Ashford Youth Centre.

Spelthorne Council has been providing temporary accommodation for 58 refugees who recently arrived on evacuation flights from Kabul.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Teddington Police Station should be used to “get more police onto our streets, not sold to the highest bidder to build luxury flats”.

That’s what the area’s Lib Dem MP, Munira Wilson, is saying, as she writes to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

She says that people are concerned about the number of police cars driving down Kingston Road, suggesting cars are coming from Kingston or Twickenham.

The Mayor of London says the station is not needed to meet officer growth requirements, and the frontline needs to be prioritised over unneeded buildings.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “The decision to sell a number of police stations, including Teddington Police Station, that have been closed to the public since 2017, is to protect officer numbers as much as possible and to prioritise tackling violence. The Mayor’s top priority has always been to keep Londoners safe and it is right that frontline policing is prioritised over buildings that are no longer needed nor fit for purpose.

 “Today, there is a 24-hour police front counter in every London borough, alongside telephone contact centres, a new website, social media and a strengthened dedicated police team in every ward in the city to ensure Londoners have a wide range of options for contacting their police.

 “Thanks to the record levels of City Hall investment in the Met and the Government’s partial reversal of cuts, officer numbers are rising. Consequently, a review of the Met’s entire estate is underway in order to look at the long-term plans for police stations and the potential impact from an increase in police officers. However the Met are confident that Teddington Police Station is not required for the estate to meet officer growth requirements and therefore the sale of the property will commence in due course. ” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes "football's gone mad" over a situation that could see players being banned by FIFA due to an argument about them not being released for international duty.

Premier League club's didn't want their players to travel to red list countries because of quarantine restrictions.

Brazil's Thiago Silva may be forced to sit Chelsea's next two games.

Tuchel says future matches should be switched to green-list countries to avoid the problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 10 September 2021

The vintage cinema rolled into Epsom today.

The Ministry of Technology built seven of these custom mobile cinemas in 1967 to tour the country and promote British film.

But inn 1974, the Government sold off them off, and this one is thought to be the sole survivor.

It was rescued from a field in 2003, minus the gearbox, and it will be showing short films from Pathe over the next two days.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Two new facilities for homeless single people and families needing emergency accommodation are opening soon in Ashford.

The development is part of an ongoing partnership between Spelthorne Council and housing association A2Dominium.

Together they have produced the Housing First scheme to offer wrap-around support for entrenched rough sleepers. 

Several new services are planned to deliver advice and support to an anticipated rise in evictions due to the economic impact of Covid-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Mayor of London has announced that he is proud to be one of over 250,000 Londoners to access suicide prevention training.

Sadiq Khan has highlighted the success of the #ZeroSuicideLDN campaign to mark World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow. 

The campaign launched by the mayor two years ago has involved collective support by councils, police and emergency services. 

People are being urged to join so they can spot the signs of potential suicide and be confident to discuss mental with those who need it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Harvest fruits like pumpkins are to appear at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The world-famous horticultural event returns later this month; the first time it’s ever been held in September.

It was postponed from May due to worries about lockdown restrictions.  

The Royal Horticultural Society is describing its first autumnal show in 108 years as "unique".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Merton Council has approved a £1m proposal to expand a school in Mitcham.

The move will create 80 new places for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Melrose School in Mitcham will expand to an additional site in Whatley Avenue in Raynes Park from next September.

Councillor Eleanor Stringer is welcoming the news.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A doctor at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has been found to have carried out intimate examinations on women without good reason.

Dr Georgi Tsakov from Bulgaria did not offer a chaperone, a screen to change behind, or explain his rationale.

A tribunal says his fitness to practice is “impaired”, and must report any new posts to the register office, as well as write a Personal Development Plan.

The Hospital Trust has apologised, reported him as soon as they were aware of the allegations, and is no longer employed there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Arlo Parks is the winner of this year's prestigious Mercury Prize.

The singer-songwriter from Hammersmith was praised for her approach to difficult subjects like mental health and sexuality.

She recently released her debut album, 'Collapsed in Sunbeams'.

Arlo says says she feels blessed to have been recognised.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The fifth and final cricket Test between England and India has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

The tourists have forfeited the match over fears of further cases after a member of backroom staff tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Former England and Surrey legend Mark Butcher tells Sky Sports News, it's a real shame.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A woman has been seriously assaulted in Stanwell.

Armed response officers were called to Clare Road at 9 this morning following reports the suspect was in possession of a knife. 

The victim was treated at the scene with superficial injuries.

A 24 year-old man from Stanwell has been arrested and remains in custody. 

Officers are asking any witnesses to contact them on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The union which represents Metropolitan police officers has backed Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick following calls for her to be replaced

Some well-known names signed an open letter to the Prime Minister accusing her of "presiding over a culture of incompetence and cover-up."

Kingston MP and Lib Dem Leader Sir Ed Davey is among the voices in parliament calling for her dismissal, following the vigil on Clapham Common for Sarah Everard.

There were reports earlier this week that she's been offered a two-year extension to her contract.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

A woman from Carshalton has died, and a man from Battersea is seriously injured, after their car hit a tree near Crawley

A passenger in the back seat suffered multiple fractures.

Their families and next of kin have been informed.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Sussex Police, quoting Operation Thorndon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

The care watchdog has downgraded the rating of Sutton’s Learning Disabilities service, saying it “requires improvement”

The CQC’s criticisms mainly revolve around poor record taking.

It says that the service hasn’t submitted notifications of abuse, managers had “limited oversight”, and feedback wasn’t analysed properly.

However, relatives and care home staff all spoke positively about the service when questioned.

Sutton Council says they’re already working to address the issues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

But suicides among teenage girls and young women have almost doubled in recent years.

Beth Jakob from New Malden lost her sister Em to suicide in 2015 and has raised more than £40,000 for mental health charities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

A decision on a proposed tower block in New Malden will now be taken in in Bristol

Kingston Council had communicated its intention to turn down the Tudor Williams development in the High Street. 

However, the authority was awaiting permission from the GLA because of the building’s “scale” before it could issue the decision.

But the council says Rocco Homes did not wish to wait 2 weeks for the GLA to look at the application and has appealed without waiting.

The appeal is being heard in Bristol, where the UK’s Planning Inspectorate is based. 

Rocco Homes maintains it took its appeal to Bristol on the grounds of “non-determination” by the council. 

Kingston Council says it will still be working to get plans for the proposed 9 storey block dismissed.  

A Kingston council spokesperson says:

The council had significant concerns with the development and had communicated to the applicant its intention to refuse the planning application. However, due to the scale of the proposal the council needed to first seek permission from the GLA before it could issue a decision. 

The applicant knew the council had significant concerns and they did not wish to wait for the GLA to look at the application, and instead decided to appeal without waiting.

The appeal has gone to a Planning Inspectorate, Council Officers will now mount a strong case for the Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal and refuse the development. 

A spokesperson from developer Rocco Homes says; 

"We have always sought to understand residents' views and have an open dialogue about the future of the Tudor Williams building. We listened to comments and made changes to the plans, such as reducing the proposed height from 13 to 9 storeys. We are seeking to bring forward the community's preferred ground floor use alongside new homes on the high street, whilst also balancing the requirements of local and London-wide planning policies.

The site has been vacant since 2019 and we are aiming to secure the future of this key town centre site as quickly as possible. Our decision to appeal on the grounds of non-determination is one of a number of options being considered for the site and we took this initial option to avoid further delay in reaching a decision.

We are exploring other options for making the best use of the site and at the appropriate time we will update residents on our plans going forward. We would like to thank you for your patience."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Britain's Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier to reach the final of any grand slam tennis tournament

She booked her place in the women’s showdown at the US Open with a straight sets win over 17th seed Maria Sakkari.

Canadian Leylah Fernandez now stands between the 18-year-old and one of the most incredible sporting success stories.

She first hit mainstream attention as a wildcard at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round, before having to leave due to breathing difficulties.

18-year-old Raducanu is the youngest to reach a grand slam final since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 when she was 17.

Reporter Martha Kelner is in New York and says it was a powerful display from Raducanu:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Thursday 9 September 2021

The MP for Putney says she’s been “inundated” with emails worried about the impending cut to universal credit.

It was raised by £20 per week during the pandemic, and is due to end at the end of October.

The Department for Work and Pensions says it was always designed to be temporary, and only to help with the toughest stages of the pandemic.

Labour’s Fleur Anderson has written to the Chancellor, saying more benefits need to be raised, to make it more “fair and poverty-cutting”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

A fundraising duo from Putney are aiming seven marathons in seven days.

From tomorrow Johnnie Wraith and Adam Constable will run the historic Thames Path aiming to raise 30,000 for Down’s Syndrome Association and Cystic Fibrosis trust.

The pair have run fundraising challengers for the last 15 years.

The route stretches 186 miles and will stretch from Kemble in the Cotswolds with the final leg taking them from Putney to the barrier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 pm  

Richmond will host the inaugural 'Frontline Services vs Veterans' charity rugby match this Sunday.

The game is dedicated to the memory of Grenadier Guard Elliot Hennell who took his own life last year. 

An estimated 186,000 Veterans in the UK have developed PTSD after serving in the armed forces. 

Suicide is also the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK accounting for 18 deaths per day. 

 Kick-off at Richmond Athletic Ground is 2.30pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

A defence Lawyer who represented a woman suffering from domestic abuse has been asked to review homicide laws.

65 year old Sally Challen killed her husband with a hammer in 2010 in Claygate following years of coercive control. 

Her defence layer Clare Wade QC is now being asked to carry out an independent review by the government to see if there should be reforms.

It comes after questions were raised about the length of imprisonment for offences committed with a weapon. 

Ms Wade is set out recommendations to the justice secretary after reviewing more than 100 cases.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

A man who “constructed a web of lies” to defraud a woman of her life savings has been jailed for three years.

40-year-old Qaiser Saeed from Hayes met the woman via an online dating site, pretending to own his own company.

He claimed to be a victim of fraud with a frozen bank account, and the money the woman sent to him totalled over £47,000.

He was arrested in 2014, but fled to Pakistan.

In 2019, he was arrested again at Heathrow, when he flew in on a student Visa.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Four people have been rescued from a fire in Roehampton in the early hours of this morning.

Part of a flat on the 10th floor of a block was damaged by fire.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Labour's accusing the home secretary of failing to get a grip of the migrant crisis, after reports she's preparing to order Border Force to send boats back to France

Priti Patel is apparently exploring new tactics in the English Channel.

French officials say it would break international law.

Shadow communities secretary and Croydon North MP Steve Reed thinks the crackdown should focus on the traffickers. 

Around 13,000 people have made the dangerous crossing already this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Coronavirus rates are going up across almost all of Surrey

Guildford is showing no change, although over the last week rates THERE have been dropping, something that’s not happening now.

Spelthorne has the highest rate, at 338 per 100,000, but Epsom and Ewell is showing the biggest increase, at 46%.

While the county-wide figures are rising, they’re currently lower than the rate across the South-East and England.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

Power has been restored across South-West London, after a cable fault caused outages this morning

Engineers were sent to Mitcham to fix the issue, which at its peak, affected over 18,000 people.

There were reports of traffic light outages in New Malden due to the problem.

86 postcodes were affected after the crash at around 8.30.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 am  

Power is being diverted to help thousands of people affected by outages across London

A fault with a major cable caused over 18,000 people to lose power around 8.30 this morning.

86 postcodes have been affected by the powercut.

It’s hoped everyone can have their power restored by 11.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Emma Raducanu says she had a flight home booked before the main draw of the US Open tennis had even begun

The British teenager made history last night by becoming the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals of the New York Grand Slam. 

She beat 11th seed Belinda Bencic, maintaining her record of not dropping a set. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 am  

Thousands of people are without power across London after an underground electricity cable faulted on the high voltage network

Uk Power Networks says power will be restored between 10 and 11am.

86 postcodes have been affected by the outage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

David Attenborough says political leaders need to give people confidence that changes aimed at tackling global warming are achievable for everyone

The broadcaster and naturalist from Richmond has been meeting with members of the UK's climate assembly ahead of the Cop26 summit of world leaders. 

Yesterday ministers faced criticism after it was revealed they'd bowed to pressure from Australia and dropped binding climate targets from a trade deal with the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 am  

A massive clean-up of the Thames will take place in Richmond tonight

 Over 200 people will unite to clear litter from the river and surrounding towpaths between Kew Bridge and Twickenham.

Around 150 of them will be collecting rubbish while on their paddleboards.  

Among those taking part will be Richmond council leader Gareth Roberts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

A man who jumped off Hammersmith Bridge to save two people from drowning in 1930 has finally been recognised

A plaque has been unveiled in tribute to Arthur Richard George Knight, a former boxer, better known as Chick Knight.

It’s been installed on a bench on the Thames Path in front of Riverside Studios, next to where Chick entered the water.

The installation follows a campaign by his great nephew Andy Scott who has also written a biography about him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 by the Football Association.

They admitted to a charge of failing to control their players during the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool at Anfield last month.

The Chelsea team reacted angrily to a red card shown to Reece James for a handball on the goal line.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray will play at next week's Rennes Open Challenger event.

As the tennis player fights back from a host of injury problems, Murray will become the first grand slam champion to compete at the second-tier tournament.

Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon are also set to feature in France.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Merton Council’s asking you to have your say on community safety in the borough.

Safer Merton are conducting a survey to find out residents’ concerns in relation to crime, anti-social behaviour and drugs and alcohol.

It’s working in partnership with local authorities, police, fire and rescue services and health and probation services to reduce crime.

The results of the survey combined with further analysis of all crimes in the borough will help set targets for the year.

You can find a link here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet has agreed to consult residents on proposals to introduce a new Council Tax banding scheme.

Under the proposal, affecting only working age residents, new bands would be introduced, made up of income brackets. 

The Council will take into account only households’ earned income and disregard any other benefits received. 

Pensioners, and other households which currently receive 100% help with Council Tax, will not be affected by any change.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

British teenager Emma Raducanu has become the first ever qualifier to reach the semi-finals at the US Open.

The 18-year-old, who is yet to drop a set at the tournament, beat Switzerland's Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4. 

She will face Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sakkari in the last four.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:53 pm  

199 Afghan refugees have arrived in Elmbridge.

The group, which includes 113 children, will move into temporary accommodation after their quarantine period. 

It’s not thought they will stay in Elmbridge but be rehomed in areas across the country as part of the Government’s resettlement scheme. 

The short-term accommodation is being funded by the Home Office.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

“Caught on Camera” is back in Battersea and Tooting.

The initiative, set up by Wandsworth Council, aims to catch out people dumping rubbish illegally on the borough’s streets. 

The authority releases the film of the flytippers in the hope they’ll be identified and can then be prosecuted.

Data published by Defra shows that Wandsworth issued 955 fines for flytipping offences last year.

The figures also revealed that Wandsworth has the second lowest number of recorded flytips in inner London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A deer has had to be put down after being attacked by a dog in Richmond Park.

It took place yesterday afternoon at around 7pm near to the Leg of Mutton Pond.

The dog was described as a Belgian and German Shepherd cross, around 25kg, with a short sandy coat and a black harness.

The owner is asked to contact Royal Parks Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

British teenager Emma Raducanu will attempt to reach the semi-finals of the US Open later

The 18-year-old - who is yet to drop a set in New York - is up against Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

She’s beaten her fourth-round finish at Wimbledon, where the wildcard breakout had to pull out due to breathing difficulties.

Raducanu isn't getting carried away with her performances so far at the tournament.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

The UK’s newest energy provider has decided to base itself in Teddington

Rebel Energy is setting up its national headquarters on a former brownfield site in Waldegrave Road.

The renewable energy supplier has raised over £500,000 from a crowdfunding campaign to get going.

It currently has a 12 strong team but wants to recruit from within Richmond and the surrounding areas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Four opposition MPs have written to the Chancellor calling for a “realistic long term funding settlement” for Hammersmith Bridge

The local grouping says that Hammersmith and Fulham’s total budget for this year is £141m, which is the minimum estimate for repair costs.

They claim this means the council cannot cover the one-third share they’re asked to.

They also say that due to the difficulties of using the buses on diversion, it’s lead to an increase in car usage.

Talks are ongoing over the funding agreement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

An environmental charity has been awarded funding to turn a vacant green space in Twickenham into a community garden

Richmond Council owned Twickenham Training Centre is currently used by schools for conferences.

Alongside the building in Grimwood Road is a garden which includes a number of vacant raised beds and a greenhouse.

Colin Cooper is CEO of Habitats & Heritage, which has been awarded the funding to develop it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

A third man has been charged with the murder of a 22-year-old in Kingston

18-year-old Conrad Adams from Fulham will appear in court today.

22-year-olds Joseph Barker from Uxbridge and Ben Myles from Southall are currently remanded in custody.

Kai Davis died on the 21st of August after being stabbed in Clarence Street.

Two other men have been arrested, one released with no further action, another has been bailed to a date later this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Mole Valley is promising “tough policies” to fight “unacceptable and uncontrolled development”

They’re publishing their redraft of the local plan today, ahead of the council debate next week.

It also includes stronger climate change policies, aiming for 20% net biodiversity gains.

Planning Spokesperson Margaret Cooksey says it’s a “fairer, greener, more caring Local Plan with fewer houses and dramatically reduced green belt development”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Paddleboarders taking part in a SUP marathon have smashed their fundraising target for London’s Air Ambulance.

Boarders were trying to raise £10,000 by paddling for 12 hours from Old Windsor to Kingston on Saturday.

But provisional figures show donations have so far topped £15,000. 

It costs around £9 million to provide London with an advanced trauma care service 24 hour a day, 7 days a week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Football fans will be able to contribute to their team's success as part of a new tournament - focused on climate change.

CUP26 will see 49 clubs encouraging supporters to score goals by recycling, eating plant-based meals and walking.

The winner will be announced at the start of the Cop26 climate summit in November.

The matches begin next week, with Chelsea facing off against long-term rival Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Spurs player, Ledley King, says his club takes climate change seriously.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Hounslow Council’s joined 89 youth employment experts who have written an open letter to the Prime Minister.

They are calling for an ‘opportunity guarantee ‘of an education place, apprenticeship or job for all young people.

Last year the Prime Minister made a public commitment that all young people would get the help they need getting into work.

The Youth Employment Group are calling the PM to implement a three-stage approach to support young people in the post-COVID economy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Wimbledon School of English has teamed up with First Class Learning Southfields to open an education centre for children.

Teaching English to overseas students, travel and other Covid restrictions has resulted in a loss of around 85% of their core business.

As a result, they have decided to help children whose education may have fallen behind to catch up with their studies.

The Learning Centre runs every Tuesday and Wednesday providing accessible tutoring for primary and secondary school children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A final decision on whether to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all healthy 12 to 15-year-olds could be made within days.

The UK's four chief medical officers are reviewing a recommendation from the JCVI not to vaccinate youngsters in that age category.

It’s after it found the benefit to their health is only marginal.

Dr Nick Merrifield is leading the vaccine roll-out in New Malden and Worcester Park; he says the medical world is learning every day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A 32-year-old man from Kennington has appeared in court today following an investigation by Kingston Police’s Violence Suppression Unit and Drugs and Violence Taskforce.

Hashim Elhag appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates court today after being arrested on Monday. 

He was charged with possession of both Class A drugs and an offensive weapon in a private place, as well as, driving while disqualified.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Spelthorne Council wants to end the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless people.

It’s identified 6 key priorities in a review of its “Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy” action plan one year after it was finalised. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Spelthorne provided temporary housing for 23 people in need. 

It’s also developing two new facilities in Ashford for homeless single people and families needing emergency accommodation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Bank staff in Surrey stopped over £400,000 of fraudulent transactions in the first half of this year.

 Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

People who get their jabs at the St Nicholas Centre in Sutton are being asked to contribute to a new artwork display.

Those who have got their jab are invited to place a rainbow window sticker or write a message to place onto the window.

Artist Doug Shaw has worked with students at Carshalton College to create a mural to go with it, which says “are we united”, to reflect how we need to work together.

Matron Wendy Dyer says the interactive display shows how Sutton is coming together as a community, with lots of small contributions adding up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

BT has confirmed its going to remove all of its unused phone kiosks from the streets of Wandsworth.

The company has written to the council to say it will get rid of all 24 of them following numerous requests.

Councillors have long complained they attract litter and anti-social behaviour and are often vandalised.

They say keeping the borough’s streets clean and clutter free is a priority.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

People in New Malden say proposed cuts in train services are coming at a time when mass development is attracting more residents

South Western Railway is currently running a consultation on plans to reduce services across greater London from December 2022.

Trains from Hinchley Wood, which stop at New Malden at 7.45 and 8.15am, will no longer operate under the proposed plans. 

South Western Railway says less people are using its network since the outbreak of Covid.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

A woman has been sexually assaulted in Nonsuch Park in Ewell

The attack happened while she was out running at around 7pm on Sunday.

The male suspect is described as white, aged 20 to 40 and was wearing a dark hooded top.

Police want anyone with information to contact them on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Over 400 people in Spelthorne have made contributions to help Afghan refugees

They range from bespoke requests such as buggies and car seats, to laptops and a printer so young children can continue their learning.

Volunteers learned of 250 refugees, not necessarily bound for the borough, who arrived at Heathrow with nothing.

They were able to provide them with clothing, toiletries, and toys for children, due to the amount of donations available.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 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 @ 3:46 pm  

A person has escaped serious injury, after getting hurt on the tracks at Baron’s Court tube station this morning

Officers were called to the station near Hammersmith at around quarter to six this morning.

The person attended hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening or life changing.

It’s not being treated as suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Two men have been remanded in custody charged with murder, following a stabbing in Kingston

They appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Wandsworth prison.

Kai Davis was attacked in Kingston last month - he later died in hospital after suffering a wound to the heart.

22-year-olds Joseph Barker from Uxbridge and Ben Myles, from Southall, are due back in court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A home built by an Egyptologist, featuring hieroglyphics, domes and minarets, is on sale in Sunbury

Arnussi was built in the 1920s by Percy Stammwitz from the Natural History Museum.

Outside is a semi-tropical landscaped garden.

Above the indoor fireplace is the motto Pro Aris Et Focis, meaning For Hearth and Home, coming from the mounted police regiment, which Stammwitz served with in the Boer War. 

It’s on sale via Curchods for £875,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Festival season has caused a spike in COVID-19 cases in Surrey, according to the County Council

Mole Valley has seen the biggest jump in rate, rising 22% to 264 per 100,000 people.

Surrey Heath has the highest rate, followed by Spelthorne.

However, Surrey has a lower rate than England as a whole, as well as the South East.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

A man from Sutton has been jailed for a string of sexual offences, including one victim abused for more than 30 years

73-year-old Nigel Clayton was convicted of attacking seven young male victims between 1976 and 2017.

He would offer small amounts of money for odd jobs at his car garage to gain access to them, but would also offer gifts or hold debts over them.

He targeted boys with no relationship to their biological father, and would lie, saying he was a doctor or knew about child development.

Clayton has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Just months after her tour-level debut and becoming a wildcard success at Wimbledon, British teenager Emma Raducanu is into the quarter-finals of the US Open tennis

The 18 year-old thrashed American Shelby Rogers in straight sets last night, setting a new career high.

She'll face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the last eight.

And although she's feeling confident, Raducanu admits she didn't think she'd do so well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

People in New Malden say they are still waiting for Thames Water to finish works outside their homes two weeks after it was started

Some residents claim the utilities company began work to install water metres on their driveways without notifying them first.

They say the holes that were dug are still unfilled and protected only by manhole covers which are not fixed to the ground.

Thames Water maintains it did alert residents to the fact it would be installing compulsory water metres via a series of letters. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

The death of a man in a garden in Chiswick is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious

The man, believed to be in his 70s, was found unresponsive in a residential garden yesterday at around 2pm.

Officers administered CPR before paramedics took over, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Monday 6 September 2021

Police in Sutton have arrested a wanted man.

They stopped a male acting suspiciously in Bute Road.

Officers carried out checks which identified the male as a county lines drug dealer.

He was also wanted for five other offences including possession with intent to supply drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A prolific class A drug dealer caught in Epsom has been put behind bars.

30 year old Sean Mitchell was sentenced to 7 years in prison at Guildford crown court today following a four day trial.

In January, he was caught trying to conceal a plastic wrap after police stopped a car he was the passenger of in Epsom.

Testing concluded the plastic wrap was crack cocaine and heroin. 

Two phones was also seized which contained messages organising the sale of drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There are calls for the government to reconsider plans to weaken laws protecting SEND children and their access to special school places.

The Let Us Learn Too campaign is calling for parents of disabled children to be on the review panel.

Hayley Harding from Worcester Park is the co-founder of the campaign, and says small amounts of help can go a long way.

She says her son used to be extremely stressed due to being in the wrong school.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Conservative MP for Wimbledon says he's worried that raising National Insurance for younger workers to help fund social care would be seen as "bias towards one generation".

Boris Johnson's facing a backlash from members of his own party over the proposals, which would be breaking a 2019 election manifesto pledge.

The former health minister Stephen Hammond says there are "better ways" of raising cash to reform the system.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man found dead in Banstead is believed to be a Royal Marines specialist officer.

Police were called to the property at 7am last Thursday where they found the body of 40 year old Chris McMahon. 

Two men arrested on suspicion of murder and supplying Class A drugs have been released on bail.

An investigation to establish the circumstances around his death remains ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A Lib Dem councillor in Kingston has resigned over the controversial Kingfisher Leisure Centre redevelopment.


Jon Tolley, who also runs Banquet Records, says he intends to sit as an independent Liberal Democrat.

In a resignation letter to the council’s leader, Caroline Kerr which he released on Twitter (above), he said he believed the plans for the Kingfisher are “not deliverable and dishonest.”

Mr Tolley, who represents the ward where the leisure centre sits, says the original plan, to fix the roof, meant it would have been open by now.

Kingston Council is yet to comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

Bags of jewellery have been found in Croydon and Mitcham.

They were found in a dumpster at the rear of TK Maxx in Purley Way and some in Mitcham Park.

If you or anyone you know has been victim to a robbery and recognise the jewellery you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A 27-year-old triathlete from Kingston has become the first global athlete ambassador with autism.

Sam Holness has been named as one of the top 100 people with a disability by the Shaw Trust.

He says that autism is his superpower, and he wants to encourage other neurodiverse people to take up the sport.

Father Tony is incredibly proud of his son.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Levi Bellfield has allegedly confessed to being in the area of Kent where Lin and Megan Russell were murdered in 1996.

Bellfield is already serving life sentences for the murders of Milly Dowler in Walton, Amelie Delagrange in Twickenham and Marsha McDonnell in Hampton. 

The Sun is reporting to have seen a 15-page statement sent to the 53 year old’s lawyer from prison detailing his visits to Chillenden. 

DCI Colin Sutton led the team that brought Bellfield to justice.

Speaking to us in 2019, he doubted his involvement in the 1996 murders. 

Michael Stone has twice been found guilty of murdering the mother and daughter in Kent in 1996.

He was also found guilty of attempting to murder Megan's sister, Josie.

He has always maintained his innocence. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police are hunting for a man that robbed and assaulted a woman in Walton.

On Sunday 22nd August, she was approached by a man in a car on Molsey Road, who got out and stole her phone.

He then pushed her to the floor and stamped on her head.

She was taken to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a man in his early forties, bald and around 5ft 8”.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A “possible crime scene” has been identified following an assault in Kingston

Police were called on Saturday to the Seven Kings Car Park, to reports an assault had taken place at 7am.

No arrests have yet been made.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

It’s predicted that queues at Heathrow will be much shorter over the coming days

There have been reports of queues of 4-5 hours, and pregnant women fainting.

The Home Office has criticised the waits, and while the airport has apologised, it called on the government to provide more border staff.

Simon Calder is at the airport, where he says queues are shorter, and part of the issue was families returning with under-12s who can’t use E-gates.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm  

Firefighters are reminding people to put out any candles when leaving the room and before bed, after a fire in Clapham

Crews were called just before 1pm on Saturday to Honeywell Road.

Two people left the building before the brigade arrived and were assessed at the scene.

We’re also being urged to make sure candles are on a stable surface and away from anything flammable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Ploughmans are champions of the Surrey Cricket League, winning 11 of their 13 games

Their final game saw them pickling Ottershaw by beating them by seven wickets.

Balham and Tooting finished their poor run in the Premier Division by conceding to Bec Old Boys, meaning they've come last.

Next week will see Surrey Warriors take on Surrey Warriors A to determine the runner up.

Spencer Sharks came top of Division One, and Epic won Division Two.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Kingston’s councillors are being urged to explain themselves after they agreed to demolish the Kingfisher Leisure Centre

The near 40-year-old site was closed without warning in 2019 following concerns over the safety of its roof.

But residents are asking for evidence that it needs to be pulled down, and they also want clarification on when they’ll get another pool.  

Leader of Kingston Caroline Kerr says there is a deadline of 2024  on the table.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 am  

Emma Raducanu aims to keep her stellar debut at the US Open going this evening

She faces American Shelby Rogers in the last-16.

The breakout star reached that level at Wimbledon this year, but had to pull out due to breathing difficulties.

The British teenager is confident her game is in good enough shape for her to reach the quarter-finals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 5 September 2021

Reported Covid cases are down in 10 of Surrey’s 11 boroughs

Latest council figures show areas like Epsom and Elmbridge have seen the biggest percentage drop over the last 7 days.

Only Spelthorne has reported no change.

80% of people aged 18 and over have also received two doses of a Covid vaccine in Mole Valley.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Ploughmans are this season’s Surrey Cricket League Premier Division champions

They put the icing on the cake with a 7 win over Ottershaw.

The men from south-east London cruised to their victory target of 119 losing just three wickets in the process.

Spencer Sharks are the Division One champions.

They registered a 3 wicket win over Team Mitcham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

Wandsworth Council is urging to private landlords and residents with second homes to offer sanctuary to an Afghan refugee family

The authority says it has committed to providing good quality housing for as many families as possible.

It wants to ensure those settling in the borough are also supported to access public services, such as healthcare and education.

The Government has pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghan refugees through its two newly launched resettlement schemes.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Chelsea Women begin the defence of their Super League title

this afternoon with a road trip to London rivals Arsenal.

Kick-off is 12.30pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals are asking people to hold off on donations for Afghan refugees

The sites have been inundated with “generous” offerings over the past week.

But hospital bosses say people need to refrain until they have a clear list of needs and collection points.

They say these will be published on their website in due course.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

A massive clean-up of the Thames will take place in Richmond on Thursday evening

Over 200 people will unite to clear litter from the river and surrounding towpaths between Kew Bridge and Twickenham.

Around 150 of them will be collecting rubbish while on their paddleboards.  

Among those taking part will be Richmond council leader Gareth Roberts.


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