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Saturday 30 October 2021

Twenty London boroughs including Kingston and Hounslow have signed up to rehome hundreds of Afghan refugees, but officials say more help is needed

Kensington and Chelsea has reserved three hotels for around 800 people fleeing the country while Kingston has already resettled eleven Families.

More than 300 local authorities have taken people in but a spokesperson for the Home Office says housing remains a problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 pm  

Sewage pollution in the River Thames was the cause of a noisy demonstration today in Walton

Members of sailing and swimming clubs gathered with environmentalists at Walton Bridge to condemn the discharge of raw sewage into the river. 

Last week the government defeated a Commons attempt to make it illegal to dump untreated waste into rivers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

Volunteers in Surbiton have set up a display of thousands of poppies.

 Volunteers in Surbiton have set up a display of thousands of poppies this afternoon. 

They’re stretching along Hollyfield Road to mark the centenary of the Royal British legion. 

The bright red flowers, originally symbols of sacrifice from the First World War, have been croched by relatives of youngsters from the legion’s marching band. 

The group are hoping the display will help  encourage donations to the annual poppy appeal. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank's confident Alvaro Fernandez can fill the gap left by the long-term injury to goalkeeper David Raya.

 The Spaniard, who arrived on-loan in the summer, is due to make his Premier League debut at Burnley this afternoon.

Raya is out for up to five months with a knee problem.

But Frank believes his understudy can step-up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A Dispersal Order has been put in place in Staines, following an increased number of reports of anti-social behaviour.

 The order gives police the power to ask people to leave the dispersal area – which runs along the River Thames - if they are behaving anti-socially.

The order has been put in place under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act.

It operates from noon until 2am on Saturday and Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Chelsea head to Newcastle this afternoon knowing they can't really afford to slip-up if they're to stay top of the Premier League.

 The Londoners are a point clear of unbeaten Liverpool and two ahead of champions Manchester City, with both of those sides also in action from 3 o'clock.

Boss Thomas Tuchel sees his team as challengers in the title race.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Police are appealing for help to piece together the final moments of a man after his body was found in the River Thames in Putney.

 27-year-old Mohamed Mussa was reported missing almost two weeks ago.

The Dutch national was last seen walking along Putney High Street, towards Putney Bridge.

His body was recovered from the water near Hammersmith Bridge two days later.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Over 57% of people who took part in a Jackie Twitter poll say they don’t feel well enough informed about the ULEZ.

 The Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded on Monday to include parts of Richmond and Wandsworth. 

Drivers with the most polluting cars will now be charged £12.50 daily to drive within the zone.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says it’s to help clean up London’s air, but opponents say its another tax on poorer drivers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Richmond has one of the lowest smoking rates in London.

 8% of residents are smokers, which represents 1 in 10 people.

However, figures from Public Health England have revealed that there are still close to a million smokers in the capital as a whole. 

A pack of cigarettes went up by 88p this week following delivery of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget to £13.60.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

All but three of the recommendations made to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry will be in place by 2022.

 Over four years since 72 people died in the Kensington flat, the progress report into the LFB has now been published.

After the inquiry heard "harrowing" extracts read out from 999 calls made on the night of the disaster, a lawyer for some of the residents argued the calls "laid-bare institutional failure".

Of the 29 actions, 23 have been taken.

The inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire that took place on 14 June in 2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Questions have been raised after the Tamil Guardian had its Instagram page disabled “without any prior warning or explanation”.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Elliot Colburn, who’s the head of the parliamentary group for Tamils, says he’ll be making “urgent representations to Instagram”.

The newspaper says it’s a move that “effectively silences our work on a large platform”.

They’re calling for their page to be reinstated, and for the company to provide a full explanation.

We’ve contacted Instagram for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

We are being reminded it’s not too late to get involved with London Rivers Week.

Thames 21 has partnered up with the Environment Agency and Imperial College London to highlight the benefits of our rivers.

A guided walk along the River Crane at Twickenham and a tour of Beverley Brook in Richmond are on offer tomorrow. 

The charity says learning about rivers and conservation whilst accessing nature can boost health and wellbeing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 29 October 2021

Thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds from the founder of one of Surrey’s best loved animal charities.

Simon Cowell, of Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, has also lost personal effects after his wallet was taken on Tuesday morning.  

Mr Cowell put his wallet in the boot of his car while he unloaded shopping in the Tesco carpark. 

It was in the “seconds” that he turned his back that someone made off with the item, which contained several hundred pounds in cash. 

Police are investigating. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Wandsworth has been selected to pilot new digital schemes that will aim to better involve the public in planning policies.

It’s one of only three councils in London to have been chosen by the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities. 

The pilots, which will run until March 2022, will “inform the Government’s work to modernise the planning system.

Wandsworth’s allocation of £30,000 will fund initiatives to improve communication regarding its planning policy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police are hunting for a wanted man who has connection to West Ewell.

25 year old Connor is wanted on recall to prison.

He is described as white, around 5ft 9inches tall, of a slim build with green eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police investigating an attack on a woman in Wimbledon in August have released an image of a man they want to question.

The 54 year old victim was left unconscious after the assault in the early hours of the morning in The Broadway.

Anyone with information should call Police on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

More than 350 students have started degrees at a new University in Croydon this week.

The LSBU campus, based in Electric House in Wellesley Road, offers five different courses including degrees in nursing.

The building also includes skills suites that replicate hospital wards.

Croydon has the highest population of under 18s in London at 93,000 according to the council. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed Mateo Kovacic will be out for a number of weeks.

The influential midfielder has injured his hamstring in the final minutes of training.

Tuchel says Kovacic was doing a bit too much in the session - which isn't a surprise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

A woman who caused the death of her passenger by dangerous driving in Battersea has been jailed for three years.

26 year old Rajanee Brown is also disqualified from driving for 54 months following which she will need to pass a driving test. 

Brown was driving home from a nightclub in December 2019 when her car veered onto the wrong side of the road colliding with a coach. 

24-year-old Aliyah Roach was pronounced dead at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being found with extreme burns in Merton.

Emergency crews, including the Air Ambulance, were called just before 9am yesterday to Leamington Avenue.

It’s not believed that the fire was suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A picture has been released following a sexual assault on a bus in Croydon.

It took place at around 10.15 in the morning on the 31st of August.

The woman was sitting on the top deck of the 468 as it headed towards Croydon when she was assaulted by the man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

The regeneration of Battersea Power Station and the Northern Line extension will be celebrated tonight.

The Line of Light Festival is a series of light projections on buildings that line the route of the new tube line.

Sam Evans is the Director of Battersea Power Station Community Choir which has been chosen to sing at the event.

He says exciting times are ahead for this part of SW London. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Coronavirus rates in Surrey are starting to stabilise, after weeks of growth

However, the council questions whether or not this is due to a reduction in testing over half term.

Runnymede is the only borough which is showing an increase, growing 13% to 492 cases per 100,000 people.

The county as a whole is showing a rate of 509, compared to 444 nationally.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Reigate and Banstead council says it has been unsuccessful in securing homes for its Afghan refugee families

The authority pledged to take in three families who had assisted British forces in August.

An urgent appeal is going out to the borough’s landlords, with two, three or four-bedroom homes most in need.  

The council says although it initially received a “flurry of offers”, none have come to fruition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

A man has been taken to hospital after being hit by a bus in Richmond

Emergency crews were called just after 7am this morning to Ormond Road.

The man was the driver of a broken down vehicle, and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The road closures are causing numerous delays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

People in Lambeth are the fittest in London

New research by Public Health England into residents’ daily exercise routines has been revealed. 

The findings rank Lambeth first out of the 33 boroughs, followed by Hackney and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The research was based on information supplied by people aged 19 and over, doing high intensity exercise.

They were doing at least 150 moderate intensity equivalent (MIE) minutes of physical activity per week in bouts of ten minutes or more in the previous 28 days

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he's "100%" in favour of teams being allowed to make five substitutions per game again

Football's lawmakers backed making it permanent earlier this week.

The Premier League's reverted back to three changes this season - and it's been suggested making more favours the bigger clubs.

But Frank doesn't see it that way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

A hotel in Sunbury has been evacuated, after a man was found dead in a room, in which chemicals were also found

Police were called to the Premier Inn on Staines Road at around 3.25pm yesterday.

The force says they do not believe there’s any risk to the wider public.

It’s being treated as unexplained, but officers aren’t looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Guests were allowed back in the hotel at around 8pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Thursday 28 October 2021

Work has started on Brentford High Street to build 96 new council homes.

It’s one phase of the regeneration of the high street, which will cover over 11 acres.

It’ll include a range of 1, 2 ,3 and 4 bedroom homes, and ten will be wheelchair accessible.

It’s due to complete by summer 2023.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

The Richmond Park deer cull begins on Monday.

There are two culls annually: the males in February and the females in November. 

Royal Parks says the action is necessary to maintain the number of deer in the park and prevent overgrazing.

In a statement it says “if animals were not removed, food would become scarce and more animals would ultimately suffer.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 pm  

The way victims of domestic abuse are cared for in Richmond is changing.

A new organisation called Hestia will provide a number of support services and emergency accommodation from next week.

Services for domestic abuse survivors with complex needs will continue to be provided by charity Refuge. 

Richmond Council is aiming to become a White Ribbon accredited organisation which commits to tackling violence against women.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 pm  

Part of Epsom will be under strict “dispersal” orders this weekend.

From 11am on Saturday to 3am on Monday, people on the Longmead and Watersedge Estates will see an increased police presence. 

It’s after officers received “an increased number of reports of anti-social behaviour” in those areas. 

The orders give police the power to ask a group of two or more people to leave the area if they are committing anti-social behaviour.

They’ll also have the right to search people where they believe, with good reason, that serious violence could take place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

Wandsworth Council is recruiting volunteers to decide on its school appeals.

The Wandsworth Appeals Service rules on appeals by parents or carers whose child has missed out on a place at their preferred school.

Each panel is made up of three people, including one person with no paid experience of education. 

The borough’s panels have heard more than 130 appeals in the last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Three landlords in Hounslow have been fined over £350,000, for letting out “sheds” in “appalling conditions”.

Muhammed Ezfal from East London was found to have purchased an outbuilding at auction, and let it out to six students.

Elsewhere, Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan “ignored” requests to improve their dwellings, and continued to rent them out.

Leader Steve Curran says “we will not let a few rotten apples spoil it for everyone else”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Epsom Choral Society will soon be back in full voice following the pandemic.

They will be performing  “Baroque Splendour” concert to a live audience  at St Martin's Church for the first time in 20th months.

There will be a selection of Baroque pieces from Bach, Pergolesi and Handel on the musical menu.

The choral society celebrates its centenary in 2022 and has rehearsed via Zoom and outside whenever possible throughout the pandemic

The concert will take place on the 6th of  November at 7.30pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Richmond has unveiled its very own version of Monopoly.

The game features the likes of Mortlake Station and Richmond and Bushy Parks. 

Players can be “sent to jail” for littering in the town centre  and can donate their “community chest” to a borough based charity. 

Ben Thompson is Custom Games Manager for Winning Moves; he says choosing to feature Richmond “made sense.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

It’s a very special day for Richmond . . . the town has been handed its very own Monopoly edition.

The updated game features historic buildings like Ham and York Houses as well as five charities including ARC animal rescue. 

Ben Thompson is Custom Games Manager for Winning Moves.

He says Richmond’s green credentials have also helped it make Monopoly game history.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The leader of Surrey County Council is drawing particular attention to social care, saying they’re facing higher costs and unmet demand

Tim Oliver says that the “desperately needed resources” for councils to level up must reach Surrey as well.

The chancellor insists those with "the broadest shoulders" will be paying the majority of taxes after yesterday's budget.

But Labour has a different take, saying the burden's not falling fairly, and working people are losing out the most.

Even so, Rishi Sunak insists he intends to reduce tax, although he won't say when that might happen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

The UK's chief scientific officer says tackling global warming will take behavioural changes from all of us

Sir Patrick Vallance has joined colleagues around the world in urging leaders to make landmark pledges at next week's Cop26 climate summit.

He's been speaking on board RRS Sir David Attenborough - the polar research ship which is now ready for its first expedition.

It’s the ship that was voted to be called Boaty McBoatface by a public poll which was overruled.

Speaking at the launch, Sir David echoed the CSO’s thoughts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Police are investigating a fire at a block of flats in Mitcham

Emergency crews were called just before 3am this morning to Sadler Close, where two garages were alight.

Around 50 people left the building before the brigade arrived, and there are no reports of any injuries.

999 operators gave survival guidance to residents on the third floor on how to stay safe before firefighters arrived.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Students across the country have been holding a night in to highlight the issue of drinks being spiked in clubs

There have also been recent reports of women being spiked by injection.

Kingston University was among the 40 institutions that took part.

Campaigners say people need training to tell if their drink has been contaminated and about what to do if a friend has been targeted.

Student Joscelin Story says they want immediate change.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

There were more than 300 fly-tips every month in Sutton last year

As a result, the Council is partnering with Vodafone to install cameras across the borough for a trial period of 12 months. 

77% of residents who took part in a recent consultation said they wanted a tougher stance to be taken on catching offenders. 

The new technology installed will alert the Council when fly-tipping is happening and even help identify the culprits.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 am  

Over £44,000 worth of jewellery has been stolen during a burglary in Hounslow

Police have just released details of the incident on Avonwick Road on the 23rd of September, at some point between 12.47 and 2pm.

One suspect spoke to the person at the door and said they were coming to check the pipes, leaving the door open for two other men.

Suspect 1 has been described as a white man, slim build, clean shaven wearing blue Jacket, dark coloured trousers and a blue baseball hat.

Suspect 2 is described as a white man, heavy build, grey top, blue baseball hat, dark trousers, and dark coloured gloves.

Suspect 3 is a white man, slim build, light blue t-shirt, green/grey puffer jacket, dark trousers, and a lighter coloured baseball hat.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Wednesday 27 October 2021

The people of Hammersmith and Fulham are in the middle of a “Climate Carnival.”

Daily events, workshops and nature talks are taking place in the borough across the week. 

The events have been organised by the council in the lead up to COP26 which begins on Sunday.

The authority is aiming to become net zero carbon by 2030, twenty years earlier than the government has committed to.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Sutton Council has partnered with the technology communications company, Vodafone to catch and prevent people from fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is on the rise and attracts rats and mice and other anti-social behaviour. Over 300 cases were reported last year in Sutton.

 The cameras will be trialled across the borough for 12 months and are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) project.

The new technology installed will alert the Council when fly-tipping is happening and even help identify the culprits.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Brentford’s goalkeeper has been ruled out for at least four months due to a knee injury.

David Raya had made a good start to the season, with three clean sheets.

Alvaro Fernandez is set to take the position, making his Premier League debut for the club.

Their first game without Raya is away to Stoke in the EFL tonight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A Hammersmith and Fulham council worker has got his job back, after it was ruled he was unfairly dismissed for comments about Zionism.

The Guardian reports that Stan Keable was recorded saying allegedly antisemitic remarks during a march in 2018.

However, a tribunal heard that they were misrepresented, that Keable didn’t work in a political role, and said them outside the workplace.

He’s been paid £70,000 in lost earnings.

Hammersmith and Fulham says they’re “disappointed with the judgement2.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The Liberal Democrats wanted more money in the Budget to go to help children's education, in the aftermath of Covid.

Leader Sir Ed Davey also thinks there was a missed opportunity on the climate crisis, too - just days before the big summit in Glasgow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:39 pm  

Three men have been convicted for their role in a series of high-value burglaries worth £26 million across Kensington and Chelsea.

Jugoslav Jovanovic, Alessandro Maltese, and, Alessandro Donati, all from Milan, pleaded guilty to being involved in the thefts.

They took place over a 13-day period in late 2019.

Jovanovic also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Coronavirus rates in Surrey are now 15% higher than the national average.

The county is showing 544 cases per 100,000, compared to 472 across England.

Elmbridge is the only borough seeing a drop in rate, with a 21% fall to 488.

Surrey Heath is showing the highest rate, at 771.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A new volunteering program has been launched by Kingston Hospital to try and prevent elderly people falling.

Volunteers will provide one-to-one support to encourage patients to complete exercises at home.

The routines will aim to improve strength, mobility and balance.

It’s estimated around 40% of older people fall within six months of being discharged from hospital, 50% of which result in injury.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

GlaxoSmithKline has revealed it's made more money than expected in the three months to the end of September.

It’s largely thanks to its drugs and coronavirus vaccines.

The pharmaceuticals giant based in Brentford says turnover grew by five per cent to 9-point-1 billion.

The company had been expecting to hit a lesser figure of around 8-point-7 billion during that period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Kingston University’s Student Union has confirmed it’s supporting the “Girls’ Night In” campaign tonight.

Students at more than 40 universities nationwide are taking part to highlight the issue of drinks being spiked in nightclubs.

Police in Sussex and Hull are investigating several more reports in the last 24 hours.

Kingston Student Union says “ many of our sports clubs and societies are cancelling their Wednesday night socials to support the boycott.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey Police is piloting a scheme where people can anonymously report areas of the county where they feel vulnerable.

StreetsSafe has so far identified 400 locations.

Poor lighting, vandalism and abandoned buildings have all been cited as reasons of concern. 

Detective Superintendent Matt Barcroft-Barnes explains how the force acts on information received. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man’s in hospital following a flat fire in Isleworth

The blaze broke out in Ferney Meade Way just before midnight.

Around 12 residents were out of the building before the London Fire Brigade arrived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

The former police officer who murdered Sarah Everard is to appeal against his whole-life sentence

Wayne Couzens, who kidnapped the 33-year-old marketing executive, was jailed last month.

The 48-year-old used his warrant card and handcuffs to abduct her in Clapham in March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

There are calls for the government to review the impact of its budget on different social groups

Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy is among those writing to the Chancellor, saying minorities are disproportionately affected by welfare cuts.

The chancellor's under pressure to address rising living costs when he presents his budget later.

Rishi Sunak says he's preparing for a 'new economy post-Covid'.

He's already announced changes that'll lead to pay rises for millions of workers - but national insurance is also going up and families face higher household bills.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Surrey Police is one of the first forces in the country to adopt a “4P” approach to tackling violence against women and girls

This stands for Prepare, Prevent, Pursue and Protect.

The method of work includes combining specialist services and  reviewing arrests made. 

Superintendent Detective Matt Barcroft-Barnes says it’s about putting the focus on the perpetrators of these crimes. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

Chelsea are into the quarter-finals of the League Cup after holding their nerve to win on penalties once again

They beat Southampton 4-3 in last night's shootout, having knocked out Aston Villa on spot-kicks in the previous round.

It adds to an already hectic fixture list for the European champions.

But boss Thomas Tuchel says he wouldn't have it any other way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

A scheme which removed vehicles from a part of Clapham Common during the pandemic could now become permanent

Lambeth Council installed the temporary “modal filter” on Windmill Drive to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists.

The authority is now consulting residents on whether it should remain in place.

It has also commissioned a design team to create a permanent layout and says a final decision will be made over the next few months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Tuesday 26 October 2021

A man has been jailed for life after fatally injuring another man in Coulsdon during a random attack in October last year.

Patrick Beckley, 32, has been sentenced to a minimum 21 years imprisonment having been convicted at an earlier hearing of the murder of Michael Lavery, aged 59, who died after being assaulted inside his home.

Another man was also assaulted, as well as, an officer responding to the scene. 

Beckley was thought to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A sustainability expert from Kingston University has agreed that recycling plastics will not resolve the global waste problem.

It’s after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson told schoolchildren at a Downing Street press conference that recycling doesn’t work. 

Dr Paul Micklethwaite said, “It treats the symptom and not the cause and does not address the underlying challenge of our over consumption of resources...

We should seek to reduce our production of waste in the first place, then seek to directly reuse what we do generate, and only then consider recycling.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Hounslow Council, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy has launched the Eco-Schools Programme.

It will encourage young people to learn more about the environment and get involved in fun activities that help to protect our planet.

Schools are being asked to send a photo of something they’re doing to tackle climate change in their community. 

Photographs will judged at Hounslow’s Environmental Summit, being held as part of its COP26 activities, on Friday 5th November at Hounslow House.

The top 12 photos will have their photographs turned into an Eco-Schools Calendar. 

The winning schools will have the opportunity to work closely with some of the Council’s partners as part of their Eco-Schools work. 

Schools must submit one photograph to [email protected] by Wednesday 3rd November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Sutton Council’s decision to create an energy company is “open to question”, according to an independent report into its failings.

The Sutton Decentralised Energy Network was set up in 2016 to provide low-carbon water to homes at an estate in Hackbridge.

It’s failed to make any money, and people at the New Mill Quarter have reported consistent outages.

The report says questionable assumptions were made, and delegating authority for it was “misguided” for such a new project.

The council says they welcome the findings, and they will strength SDEN’s board and their scrutiny of the project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A social media influencer from Dubai has received £6,500 fine and a restraining order following an incident with a man at a hotel in Knightsbridge in June last year.

24-year-old Rawan Abdullah – also known as Rawan Bin Hussain - pleaded guilty to harassment and criminal damage at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.

The court heard that Abdullah had cut up the victim’s shirts with a pair of scissors and that the victim sustained an injury to his neck.

She was arrested and later bailed, however, continued to harass the victim via the phone and post messages about him online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Catalytic converter thefts at known hotspots including Wisley Gardens have declined recently.

That’s according to Surrey Police. 

Officers say the installation of cameras at garden centres and a widespread picture poster campaign has raised public awareness.

Jo Grimshaw from Surrey Police describess the tell-tale sign a converter is being stolen. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Insulate Britain is warning drivers not to use the M25 tomorrow morning

The campaign group says “starting from 7am, the M25 will become a place of nonviolent civil resistance.”

Protesters say that those who have to use the orbital should reduce their driving speeds to 20mph.

The group maintains blue light access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has completed a skydive for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

The MP for Esher and Walton made the 15,000 foot jump on Friday and raised over £23,000 in the process. 

Mr Raab was challenged by a member of staff at the Hampton based hospice to undertake the challenge.

He is said to have agreed without hesitation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

People are pretending to be from Hammersmith Police Station to scam people as far away as Gloucestershire

.One 79-year-old victim from Cirencester handed over £5,000.

They asked the person to assist in a “covert police operation” by asking them to withdraw cash, which they then said was fraudulent.

They then sent a courier to collect it.

The force says they will never ask you to hand over money, and such incidents should be reported on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

The amount of money Heathrow Airport has lost because of Covid has risen to 3-point-4 billion pounds

In the three months to September, passenger levels were still only 28 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye admits they've got a long journey ahead:

The airport says global vaccination against coronavirus remains key because it enables borders to reopen without testing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

A new Asymptomatic Covid testing service has opened in Mitcham

Residents without symptoms, or those who aren’t comfortable self-testing, can now book in at the Wilson Hospital.

Merton Council has rolled out a number of such testing sites across the borough.

The authority is also urging 12 to 15 year olds to book in for a Covid vaccination during half term.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

Insulate Britain is dismissing what it's calling "endless injunctions" against the environmental group and says it'll continue disrupting traffic

A court order's been issued, banning them from blocking all motorways and major A roads across England.

After weeks of protests, the group remains defiant, and is threatening to target the M25 again tomorrow.

Surrey Police say their protests cost them 4,000 hours of police time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Kingston’s MP says his desire is to get back to meeting constituents in person in the wake of Sir David Amess’s murder

Sir Ed Davey, who is also the Lib Dem leader, says he was looking forward to face to face meetings after months on Zoom. 

He’s told us it’s incredibly important for MPs to be accessible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Millions of nurses, teachers and members of the armed forces could receive a pay rise in April, after the chancellor said the public sector pay freeze is to be lifted

But there are concerns remuneration could effectively go down, if there's a significant increase in inflation.

Business Minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully admits precise figures are difficult to predict, and says the amount of extra money will be decided independently.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

The Chelsea Pensioners will be leading the tributes this Remembrance Day with the release of their single “White Doves of Peace”

Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

A man from Croydon has been jailed under a new law, which makes it illegal to own some offensive weapons, even just to keep at home

Police saw 30-year-old Nicholas Tyrell throw some drugs out of his car, and went to search him.

During the confrontation, he became aggressive, and shoved an officer so hard he hit the floor.

After his arrest, they searched his home, and found drugs, four mobile phones, and a black knuckleduster.

He’s been sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Another injunction's been granted against Insulate Britain protesters, this time covering all motorways and major A roads across England

Anyone who breaches the court order could face jail and a fine.

It’s emerged 130 arrests were made by Surrey Police during the four days of protests by Insulate Britain on the M25.

4,000 hours of police time were also taken up by the incidents.

Police are working with the Crown Prosecution Service and other forces across the UK to decide who to charge and with what offence.

Jerry Westerman, who is Surrey Police’s Head of Operations Commander for the M25, says the public also has a role to play.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Monday 25 October 2021

In Strictly Come Dancing, the dancer who came bottom of the leaderboard left the show last night.

Former Harlequins rugby player Ugo Monye returned to the show after a week off with a back injury.

His co-star, Tilly Ramsay, says they've become great friends after realising how close they live to one another.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Officers from Chessington neighbourhood teams arrested a man on Friday for a number of offences.


They stopped his vehicle and found the driver had no insurance and a large amount of cannabis with names and postcodes inside the car.

He was arrested for taking a vehicle without consent and for possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

He has since been released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two men have been injured during a fight in Sutton.

Police were on patrol when they were called to the station in the early hours of Saturday.

They found two men, aged 25 and 50, with injuries consistent with being assaulted. 

Three men, two aged 25 and one aged 30, were arrested nearby on suspicious of grievous bodily harm. 

They have been released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A home with a two-storey garden and a two-storey library has gone on sale in Chiswick via Dexters for around £5m.

The front of the house on Barrowgate Road looks normal, but at the back, it’s set across four levels, with floor-to-ceiling windows on all.

It also has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and five receptions.

In the basement is a cinema room with a bespoke kitchen next to it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police were called to two robberies on Saturday in Mitcham.

It’s thought that they are related to reports of a group of men seen armed with weapons in Putney.

Extra officers were deployed, and a section 60 order was put in place allowing officers to stop and search people without suspicion.

They are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The Ultra Low Emission Zone has expanded into South West London this morning.

If you have an old petrol or diesel vehicle that qualifies for the charge then you have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in the zone.

Areas like Clapham, Battersea, Barnes and Kew are now included. 

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP, Sir Ed Davey, is a fan of the ULEZ, but doesn’t think it goes far enough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

A “sexual predator” from Tadworth who continued to meet victims even after being arrested has been jailed.

20-year-old Jay Connor would lie about his past and his health, and convince his victims he was a friend or boyfriend.

He also used Snapchat and Instagram in order to meet victims, many of which were underage.

He’s been sentenced to nine years in prison, with a further five years on extended licence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Volunteers have been out across the river mole clearing out the invasive Pennywort plant

The volunteers have included paddlers and canoers including Phil from Sutton who explains the lengths he has to go to, to make sure it doesn’t spread.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

There are calls for a one-month amnesty for fines due to the ULEZ expansion

It’s expanded today to include the North and South circulars, and will see some older vehicles having to pay £12.50 to enter the zone.

The City Hall conservatives say that when the ULEZ was first introduced, there was a month-long amnesty, and that should happen again.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says the extension will mean cleaner air.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

A woman has died after a house fire in Sutton

Police were called to Morden Way just before 2.30am this morning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Part of the ground floor of the semi-detached house was damaged.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The man who was in charge of Kingston’s budget has been chosen to lead the council

Andreas Kirsch is to step into the role, after Caroline Kerr announced she was leaving after 18 months.

He says he wants to continue the work to build a new leisure centre, and build new social housing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

The Mayor of London’s ULEZ scheme has expanded to the North and South Circulars today

This means drivers of older cars in areas including Wandsworth and Richmond may now have to pay a £12.50 daily charge. 

Amanda Stretton is a motoring expert and former racing driver. 

She says going electric is what a lot of people want, but they just can’t afford it.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Police say they have a plan in place to respond to Insulate Britain as the climate activist group restarts protests today

After five weeks of disruption, mostly to the M25, demonstrators paused their campaign for 11-days.

A spokesman wouldn't give specific details about what action will be taken today - but says "there are things happening" that would target morning traffic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Sunday 24 October 2021

Volunteers have been out across the river mole clearing out a Pennywort plant.

The volunteers have included paddlers and canoers including Phil from Sutton who explains why its so important to remove it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

Police are appealing for information after reports of a man in a wheelchair seen with a knife.

On 18th October the man reportedly charged at members of the public while holding the weapon at a bus stop in Hayes town centre.

The incident was not reported to police at the time, however an investigation was launched after footage was uploaded to social media. 

No have been injuries reported. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:47 pm  

People looking for new careers may not have to look no further than Heathrow Airport.

People could take their careers to the skies as BA are looking for new cabin crew staff.

It comes as travel companies try to get back to normal following the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

Police investigating a shooting in Brixton have named the victim as 25 year old Gary Mayhew.

On 21st October Gary was admitted to hospital having suffered gunshot wounds despite effects by emergency services he died later that day.

The cause of death is thought to be a gunshot wound to the leg.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

With the recent wet weather and storms, the importance of protecting the UK’s wetlands is now more urgent than ever.

With this in mind, the London Wetland Centre in Barnes has launched its first ever Illuminature lights display.  

Matt Carter is director of operations at WWT, the charity which runs the site.    

He says the aim is to get people to experience the nature reserve in a different way, after dark, so they can learn more about it.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am  

Merton Council has agreed a £1.2 million upgrade of the borough’s CCTV system.

The current network of cameras is over two decades old.

The council says footage has frequently alerted police to crimes taking place and supported them in making arrests.  

Almost 2,000 incidents across the borough were captured by the current system from April to August this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

The Mayor of London’s ULEZ scheme expands tomorrow.

If you have an old petrol or diesel vehicle that qualifies for the charge then you have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in the zone.

Areas like Clapham, Battersea, Barnes and Kew will now be included. 

Mums for Lungs campaigner Jemima Hartshorn says the ULEZ is a big step forward, but more still needs to be done.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 am  

Kingston Council is extending its holiday food voucher scheme.

The authority says it’s to ensure parents of vulnerable children can afford to buy food during school breaks. 

School aged children who access free school meals during term time will receive one £15 food voucher each per week.

It can be used in supermarkets and the borough’s shops.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

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