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Saturday 20 November 2021

Chelsea have maintained their lead on top of the Premier League

Goals from Antonio Rudiger, Ngolo Kante and Christian Pulisic gave them a 3-nil win at Leicester.

The Blues are 4 points clear of Liverpool who halted Arsenal’s winning run with a 4-nil win at Anfield.

Crystal Palace played out an exciting 3-all draw at Newcastle.

Fulham moved a point clear at the top of the Championship following their 4-1 win over Barnsley at Craven Cottage.

They’ve played a game more than Bournemouth.

In League One AFC Wimbledon went down 2-1 at Portsmouth.

Sutton were overrun 4-1 at Leyton Orient in League Two.

In the National League South Hampton & Richmond Borough won 1-nil at Billericay.

In Isthmian League action Kingstonian scored a 2-1 victory over Cray in Tolworth.

And in the Women’s Super League Manchester City were 5-nil winners over Aston Villa.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 pm  

Police are appealing for information after a man was found injured following Queens Park Rangers’ Championship game against Luton at Loftus Road on Friday evening

The 52-year-old man, who’s from the Luton area, was found in Uxbridge Road just before 10pm suffering from a serious head injury.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a life-threatening condition.

His family has been informed.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 pm  

England ran in three tries to register a close 27-26 win over south Africa in their final autumn international of the season at Twickenham Stadium

It was sweet revenge for England who lost to the springboks in the World Cup final.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Work has been completed on a series of measures in Purley to prevent future flooding


The work in the Riddlesdown and Bourne areas includes water -pressure sensors and cameras in roadside gullies and a penstock gate.

There’s also a new soakway to store water during extreme weather.

Croydon council hopes the measures, costing over £160,000 will help them respond swiftly in an area prone to frequent flooding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Efforts to improve parks across the borough of Hounslow have been recognised in the fifth annual Good Parks for London report

The council’s parks service was named the third-best performing across the capital, in a list which also included Hammersmith and Fulham.

Among the work commended in Hounslow’s parks were creation of  new orchards and meadows, bee banks and the involvement of residents and volunteers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Police have appealed for help in tracing a man who absconded from custody at St George’s Hospital in Tooting

45 year-old Andrew Waters from Wandsworth made off by climbing through a window, having been arrested on recall to prison.

 The public are being urged not to approach Waters directly, but to call 101 if they think they know his whereabouts. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Traffic around a school in Twickenham has decreased by over 70% following a ban on vehicles at certain times.

A “school street” was set up around St Richard Reynold’s in September last year.  

Data comparing traffic levels before and after its implementation shows a 73.5% decrease between 7.30am and 9.30am in Station Road.

Clifden Road, in which the school sits, has seen a 52% decrease. 

The ban on vehicles is Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 9.15am and from 2pm to 3.30pm during term time only. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says there are no plans to try and recall Conor Gallagher from his season-loan at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder made his senior England debut on Monday, after scoring four goals and setting up two so far in the Premier League this season.

Tuchel's a fan, but sees no reason to halt his progress at Palace.

Tuchel's also confirmed Romelu Lukaku isn't fit to return from injury for today's game at midday against Leicester.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Making women and girls feel safe in South-West London is an ongoing police priority according to the Met.

The force has embarked on a number of initiatives recently including placing plain-clothes officers outside bars and clubs at night.

Andrew Wadey is a Detective Superintendent with the South-West Basic Command Unit.

He says the kidnap of Sarah Everard in Clapham, and her subsequent murder by a police officer, was not the catalyst for the action.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

The future of Kingston’s historic Cattle Market is uncertain.

It’s after a public nomination to reclassify it as an Asset of Community Value was rejected by the council for a second time.

A community’s right to bid for an ACV aims to keep valued land and buildings in use for people living in the borough. 

Kingston Council ruled the market does not meet the criteria laid down in legislation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A temporary “school streets” scheme in Twickenham is going permanent.

The initiative sees roads around a school temporarily close to cars during school drop off and pick up times. 

The designated area at St Richard Reynolds School is made up of several streets surrounding the site. 

Richmond Council has piloted 14 School Streets across the borough since June 2020.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A man from Croydon has attached a windsurf to his skateboard and is using it to get to work in a protest at the ULEZ expansion.

Videographer George Alting feels the £12.50 per day charge for older, more polluting vehicles is just another “price increase.”

George, who has to use his car for work, wants to get a message to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. 

A spokesperson for Transport for London says “the ULEZ expansion is needed to tackle the air quality crisis in the capital”.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London says “The bold action taken has already led to a 94% reduction in the number of Londoners living in areas that exceed the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide levels.”

Christina Calderato, TfL’s Director of Transport Strategy & Policy, said: “The ULEZ expansion is the action needed to tackle the air quality crisis in the capital, which contributes to thousands of deaths each year and is linked to heart disease, dementia and the stunted development of children’s lungs.
“Around 87% of vehicles in the expanded zone already comply, and we’re encouraging those whose vehicles don’t meet the standard to consider public transport if they can’t travel on foot or by bike instead. Thanks to price capping, an unlimited amount of trips can be taken on our network each day for less than the cost to enter the ULEZ, and the Hopper fare offers unlimited bus journeys within the hour for £1.55, on what is already a low-cost way to get around the city.” 

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London, said: "We know toxic air pollution in London stunts the growth of children’s lungs and worsens chronic illnesses, such as asthma and our own research confirms that those exposed to the worst air pollution are more likely to be Londoners living in deprived areas and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. 
“The bold action taken by Sadiq since he became Mayor has already led to a 94% reduction in the number of Londoners living in areas that exceed the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels and the gap between the most and least deprived areas for exposure to nitrogen dioxide has narrowed by up to 50 per cent. 
“The Mayor has allocated £61 million to vehicle scrappage, to help low income and disabled Londoners, as well as small businesses and charities, scrap vans, cars and motorcycles that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards. These schemes have proven to be hugely popular. TfL has returned public transport service levels back to pre-pandemic levels, and the network is ready to support Londoners as they return to work and school.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 19 November 2021

It’s currently unclear whether or not free period products will be available in English schools next year.

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury asked a written question to Families Under-Secretary Will Quince.

Mr Quince says information about “extensions or changes” will be announced in “due course”.

Ms Cadbury says it’s “extremely concerning” that there hasn’t been a clear answer”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

10 out of the 11 boroughs in Surrey have a coronavirus rate above the national average.

The only one that doesn’t is Woking, which is a 374 per 100,000, compared to England’s rate of 379.

Tandridge is showing 601 with a 60% increase over the past week, with Elmbridge not far behind at 599 and 46%.

There have been nearly 5,600 new cases across Surrey in the past seven days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Weybridge has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a series of stalking and harassment offences.

51 year old Gregory Taylor-Wyborn pleaded guilty to six charges.

They included sexual assault on a female, outraging public decency and burglary from a dwelling.

Half of his sentence will be served in prison and the other half on license with conditions. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There are calls for a new tax relief on beer to be extended, so smaller breweries can benefit.

The new lower rate will only apply to kegs 40 litres and over.

However, Carshalton and Wallington Tory MP Elliot Colburn says many small breweries use 20 or 30 litre kegs, and rely on community wet-led pubs for their business.

Rishi Sunak’s policy has been criticised after posing with kegs too small to be eligible for the relief.

The Treasury says they’re consulting industry to ensure it benefits pubs rather than supermarkets, which can sell smaller kegs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man charged with the murder of a 49 year old man and attempted murder of another in Walton is due to stand trial next week.

27 year old Shaan Mir from Weybridge, will face trial at Guildford Crown Court on Monday after pleading not guilty to all charges.

Matthew Tester, known as Tik, died at the scene of an incident on Church Road back in April.

The second victim, also in his 40s, received hospital treatment for serious injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Four fire engines were called to a house fire in Mitcham this morning.

Part of the ground floor of a two-story house on Bond Road was destroyed by the blaze.

The Brigade was called just before 11 o’clock and the fire was out 40 minutes later.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An extra post office counter has opened in Kingston to help cope with Christmas demand.

Situated at the Richmond Road branch in the north of the borough, it will be open 6 days a week. 

Post Office bosses say they expect this year to be extra busy following last year’s lockdown. 

The central Kingston branch opened in Dolphin Street in June after plans to locate it permanently in the Bentall Centre collapsed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says there are no plans to try and recall Conor Gallagher from his season-loan at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder made his senior England debut on Monday, after scoring four goals and setting up two so far in the Premier League this season.

Tuchel's a fan - but sees no reason to halt his progress at Palace.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford has been awarded £100,000

The grant, from Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund, will help the site to rebuild itself after it had to close during the pandemic.

Watermans runs exhibitions, a cinema, workshops and family activities all year round as well as hosting outside events. 

More than £100 million has been awarded to arts and culture facilities up and down the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

500 Daffodil bulbs are being planted along the River Wandle in Merton this lunchtime

The flowers, when they bloom, will be in memory of Mark Shepherd, a former Met Police officer who died by suicide in August. 

His mum, Wendy, doesn’t want the subject of suicide to be taboo.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

A Saxon King who was crowned in Kingston in 925AD has been named Britain’s greatest Monarch

Athelstan was the first King to effectively control all of England, used law codes to tackle thefts, and oversaw the translation of the Bible into English.

84,000 people took part in the poll by podcast The Rest is History, and the Saxon beat Elizabeth I by 50.5% to 49.5%.

Athelstan was the first King to be ordained with a crown placed on his head, rather than a helmet, at Kingston’s All Saint’s Church.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones insists tomorrow's meeting with South Africa at Twickenham is no "revenge mission"

The sides go head-to-head for the first time since the South Africans triumphed in the 2019 World Cup final.

Jones admits that defeat does still hurt, and it seems so do some of their opponents' comments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

Serena Williams has joined calls for an investigation into the disappearance of a Chinese tennis player

Wimbledon doubles champion Peng Shuai  hasn't been seen publicly since accusing China's former vice-premier of sexual assault two weeks ago.

Chinese state media released a letter attributed to Ms Peng, but doubts have been raised over its legitimacy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Merton Council is considering reducing private taxi use for schoolchildren with special educational needs and disabilities

The authority’s launched a consultation on possible changes to its “Travel Assistance Programme.” 

The scheme uses taxis, minibuses, council buses and personal travel allowances to transport children with SEND to and from school. 

It caters for around 750 pupils each day with 475 of those using a mixture of private hire taxis and minibuses. 

The total spend for the whole scheme is over £6.6 million per year. 

But the council says it wants to move to “more independent forms of travel” as other authorities do. 

The consultation is open via Merton Council’s website until January the 5th. 

Any changes would not affect children who already use the service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A teenage boy has died after being stabbed in Croydon

Police were called to London Road just after 6.30pm yesterday to reports of a fight amongst a group of people.

Nobody was found when police arrived, but just after 7, a teenager went to hospital with stab wounds, but died soon afterwards.

A stop and search order is in place in areas across Croydon until just after 10.30 this morning.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Thursday 18 November 2021

An emergency control room covering Surrey, West and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services has gone live.

Surrey’s control room originally started taking calls for West Sussex in December 2019.

East Sussex Fire Authority made the decision to join the tri-service control room last year.

A secondary control room has also been completed in Reigate so both centres are working out of Surrey. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

More e-bikes are being made available in Richmond.

Designated parking spaces have been created for them as part of the new agreement between operator Lime and the Council.

Lime staff are also on duty in the borough to respond to any issues that arise. 

Lime is part of the certified London wide trial.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

A former England cricketer has revealed a racist letter, accusing her of being found in Africa “as a primitive”.

37-year-old Ebony Rainford-Brent is the director of Women’s Cricket at Surrey.

It was posted online after former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq testified about his experiences of racism at the club.

Ebony played 29 times for England and was the first black woman to play for the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

The government says NHS trusts hoping to build new hospitals have been told to submit a “range” of different plans.

Health Minister Edward Argar has written to Mitcham MP Siobhan McDonagh, about the new development planned for Belmont.

It follows an article in The Health Service Journal, suggesting hospitals have been told to “submit cheaper rebuild plans”.

Mr Argar says submitting the process will ensure they can provide “value for money, affordability, strategic fit, and deliverability”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 pm  

A car park in Ashford is to be redeveloped to give affordable housing to keyworkers.

The design has been modified on the original plans to give twice the amount of energy saving, at 44%.

There’ll be 127 homes, all at affordable rates.

Suzanne Rankin, head of Ashford and St Peters Hospitals, says sustaining services is a “real challenge”, and quality housing will address that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 pm  

Budding photographers are being urged to showcase their best shots of Wimbledon and Putney Commons.

It’s to mark 150 years since the green spaces received Royal assent.

Photos can be of anything from the landscape and wildlife to Wimbledon’s iconic windmill. 

The competition closes next September.

To enter, visit

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man was arrested in Croydon after threatening members of the public with a weapon.

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at a shop on London road.

This was after a man threatened members of the public with a bottle.

The suspect was found hiding in the toilet of the shop and was arrested for burglary, affray and possession for an offensive weapon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a 15 year old boy in Wandsworth.

Joseph Marafini died after being stabbed in Garratt Lane last October.

20 year old Imran Boudjellel has been handed a minimum prison term of 22 years. 

The court heard he was part of a group of five men who confronted Joseph and two of his friends outside Sainsbury’s.

Boudjellel stabbed Joseph in the shoulder and in the neck and seriously injured another 15-year-old.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A wanted man has been caught in Sutton.

Police officers stopped a vehicle on Sydney Road and found the suspect inside.

Further checks showed that the man was driving a stolen car, had no drivers licence or insurance and was wanted for several offences.

He was arrested at the scene. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The head of the Women's Tennis Association says it's of "great concern" they've not been able to contact a missing top Chinese player.

Last month, former Wimbledon doubles champion Peng Shuai made sexual assault allegations against a former senior government official.

Chinese state media's released an email claiming to be from the 35-year-old.

But W-T-A chairman, Steve Simon, has told NBC News, he's not convinced.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Courtney Lawes will captain England's rugby union side in the absence of Owen Farrell for Saturday's clash with world champions South Africa at Twickenham.

Injury and illness also mean there are starts for inexperienced forwards Jamie Blamire and Bevan Rodd in what is a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final.

Centre Joe Marchant has been selected on the wing - while hooker Nic Dolly could make his debut from the bench.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Abducting a dog could soon become a criminal offence that carries a jail term of five years

Dognapping is being added to proposed government legislation currently making its way through the House of Commons.

There were more than 2,000 cases reported last year.

Speaking in Old Deer Park in Richmond, Eddy was relieved there'll be punishment if anything were to happen to his Labrador, Kaiser.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

The head of the Women's Tennis Association's called for 'verifiable proof' that a Chinese player who accused a top government official of sexual assault is safe

Former Wimbledon doubles champion Peng Shuai hasn't been heard from since posting about her experience two weeks ago.

Sport bosses are sceptical that an e-mail retracting the allegations was written by her.

Reporter Tom Cheshire in Beijing says she accused the country's former vice-premier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A new plaque has been unveiled to remember the firefighter who died in the King’s Cross fire on this day in 1987

The memorial for Colin Townsley at the station is part of the “Red Plaque Scheme” set up by the Norbiton based Fire Brigade’s Union.

It recognises firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty.

Tam McFarlane is a firefighter and FBU member; he explains why the King’s Cross fire was such a turning point.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A person from Egham has allegedly been blackmailed, after being lured by people on a dating app

The person had been in conversation with what they believed to be an 18-year-old, and had exchanged numbers and agreed to meet in town.

Instead, the person was met last Monday by two “intimidating males”, described as South Asian in appearance.

They were then blackmailed into sending money, while one suspect deleted app content and messages from the person’s phone.

Anyone with similar experiences is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

It's believed almost half of women trust the police less since the murder of Sarah Everard

The 33-year-old was abducted and murdered by an off-duty officer in Clapham in March.

A poll suggests 76% of women feel the culture of policing has to change in order to better respond to violence against women.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

People in Surrey are no longer being asked to avoid 999 if possible, after an IT fault was fixed

The South East Coast Ambulance service declared a “critical incident” yesterday after a “significant IT issue” on Tuesday night.

A spokesperson says “We’d like to extend a massive thank you to our staff and volunteers for their outstanding work”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 am  

Merton Council hasn’t confirmed whether or not it’ll veto plans for the All England Club to build a new stadium

The club which runs the Wimbledon Championships aims to build an 8,000 seater stadium and 38 courts on the former golf course.

The Lib Dems asked them at a council meeting last night if they’ll use their contractual powers to vote it down, following 1,000 public complaints.

Wimbledon says it will keep the championships as the “premier tennis tournament” and “enhance the heritage” of their landholding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting are being thanked with a free food festival.

The CEO, Jacqueline Totterdell, spent time personally serving food to staff and saying thank you to them.

Neuroradiology Nurse Rita Curtis says It’s a great opportunity to get teams together, away from the clinical area, as well”.

Meanwhile, Dr Daniel You says it provided a “very welcome break” and it’s “nice to feel appreciated” after two years of “really hard work”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A cyclist has been injured in a collision with a car in Thames Ditton.

Officers were called to Portsmouth Road, close to Giggs Hill Road on Tueday morning at around 5.40.

The cyclist was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the vehicle involved, believed to be a small silver hatchback failed to stop at the scene. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Nine British soldiers who died in World War One have finally been laid to rest more than 100 years after their deaths.

Their bodies were discovered during engineering works in Belgium in 2018.

The men, including 20 year old Leslie Ablett from Streatham, were soldiers of the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.

The service was attended by family members of the seven of the nine  men who could be identified.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A playground on Wandsworth Common designed for children with disabilities has been handed £150,000 by the council.

The Lady Allen playground is run by charity, KIDS.

It receives a council grant worth around £120,000 every year to fund its day-to-day operations and staffing costs.

The extra money this year has been spent on revamping the clubhouse and repairing some of the play equipment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The ambulance service for Surrey has declared a “critical incident” and is urging people to consider alternatives to 999.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service says they’ve had a “significant IT issue overnight”.

They’re asking people in Surrey to consider the NHS 111 online service.

They add that “our staff are working extremely hard as we continue to respond to patients”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Hook who was issued with the first ever Stalking Protection Order in Surrey has been jailed.

47 year old Alexander De Frietas was issued with the order back in January last year after multiple stalking allegations.

He broke the conditions though, which prevented him from contacting the victim and their family, and was arrested and later charged. 

De Frietas was sentenced to 9 and a half months in prison and issued with a restraining order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Epsom.

The incident took place on Saturday the 16th October at around 11pm at McCafferty’s Bar.

The man is described as White, around 30 to 35 years old, around 6ft 3, with brown hair and a short brown beard. 

He was wearing a khaki-coloured camouflage jacket. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

A campaign has been launched to stop the All England Club in Wimbledon expanding.

The club wants to build an 8,000 seater stadium, 38 courts and 10 buildings on Wimbledon Park.

The area’s Lib Dems will ask Merton Council tonight whether they’ll enforce their powers to block the development, which are set out in the 1993 contract with the club.

Wimbledon says it will keep the championships as the “premier tennis tournament” and “enhance the heritage” of their landholding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

People who have lost a loved one to suicide are being invited to plant a Daffodil along the River Wandle in their memory.

500 bulbs will be sowed on Friday in the hope Merton will be blooming by Spring. 

The initiative is in memory of former Met officer Mark Shepherd who died by suicide in August.

Jane Upson is Mark’s aunt. 

Friday’s bulb planting takes place at midday. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A 53-year-old man from Croydon has been charged with possessing an automatic weapon.

Thomas Burke was in a convoy with another vehicle in Southwark yesterday when police stopped them.

Him and 31-year-old Brian Divengele from Greenwich are both charged of possession.

They’ll appear in court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man's been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of killing a 20-year-old in Brentford.

Ali Abucar Ali was pronounced dead at the scene after being stabbed last week.

Norris Henry's also charged with the attempted murder of an elderly woman.

The 37-year-old from the area is due to enter a plea in February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Shepperton Studios will become one of the largest film and TV studios in the world, following a deal with Netflix

The expansion will total around 1m square feet of new production space, with 17 sound stages.

Anna Mallett from Netflix says they’re “excited to work with some of the best storytellers in the business”.

Tim Oliver, leader of Surrey County Council, says it “cements our reputation as a leading location for the UK and international film industry”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Roger Federer has confirmed he won't play in the first Grand Slam of next year, the Australian Open

He also says he'll be "extremely surprised" if he's fit for Wimbledon.

The former world tennis number one and 20-time major winner is recovering from a series of knee operations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Five years on from the Croydon tram crash, and the debate around safety is continuing

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones met Baroness Vere yesterday, who’s the minister for roads and buses.

Ms Jones says they spoke about how the charge of death by dangerous of careless driving only applies when trams are on a road.

She says she wants that loophole changed, as well as recommendations from the coroner implemented “as soon as possible”.

Ms Jones says “the minister is looking at all these issues and we look forward to hearing from her”.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says “TfL and I remain dedicated to ensuring all safety recommendations are implemented so a tragedy like this will never happen again”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

500 Daffodil bulbs will be planted along the River Wandle in Merton on Friday in memory of a former Met Police officer

Around three-quarters of registered suicide deaths last year, a figure of 3,925, were men according to Government figures. 

Friday’s bulb planting takes place at midday. 

Mark Shepherd, a keen traveller, died by suicide in August; his mum Wendy says the family had no idea he was suffering. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

The regeneration of Twickenham Riverside could help bring an additional £20million of economic benefits over 30 years

That’s according to an independent review undertaken by architects Project:00. 

Their study looked at a number of themes including the economy, housing, social benefits and residents’ well-being.

The redevelopment scheme is currently going through the planning process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Coronavirus rates in Surrey are rising sharply again, as “the effects of the half term are wearing off”

They had been dipping over the past two weeks, but the rate is now high in school-age children and their parents.

It’s risen by 27% over the past 7 days, and only one borough has a rate below the national average, which is Woking.

Elmbridge is showing the highest, at 582 per 100,000 people, with the county as a whole showing 463.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 16 November 2021

The former HG Wells pub in Worcester Park is on the market for £2m.

Savill’s says there’s potential to redevelop the site into eight terrace houses.

When it was open, it received mixed online reviews, steadily getting worse over the course of 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has made nearly £600,000 from filming in the borough over the past seven years.

Fulham Town Hall consistently brought in large amounts of money, until developers took it over.

The new James Bond film, No Time to Die, is among the films notably featuring the borough, with the bridge in the background while bond speaks to M in one scene.

Its highest grossing year was 2016/17, when it brought in just over £129,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

People living in Carshalton and Wallington have been speaking out about vehicle crime at an open meeting.

MP, Elliot Colburn hosted the event last week following a spate of incidents in the area.

Over 100 people attended raising concerns about catalytic converter theft, anti-social riding on estates and vehicle theft. 

Mr Colburn is urging victims of crime to report incidents as that way, the police can gather information on criminal activity. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A project to connect 45,000 disadvantaged children with nature has launched at The London Wetland Centre in Barnes

Generation Wild is a three year initiative that will see youngsters given free access to seven of the UK sites run by the charity.   

Cardiff University researchers will measure the effectiveness of the project during that time. 

Matt Carter is Director of operations at WWT:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Thornton Heath who stole a car, then used it to carry out another burglary, has been jailed

31-year-old Luke Young stole the Jaguar from a home in Epsom in February last year, but a lack of CCTV or forensics “left the investigation in a difficult place”.

However, the car was spotted on a video doorbell the next day, at a home where jewellery, watches and an iPod touch were stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Jak Bowers says people can install CCTV, security lights, and tactically plant thorn bushes to keep thieves out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:28 pm  

Police carry out controlled explosion of car in Croydon

A number of shops and buildings were evacuated in Croydon earlier after police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle. 

Cordons were put in place near West Croydon station at 3pm and trains and trams through the area were halted. 

Specialist officers were sent in to assess the situation and a controlled explosion of the vehicle took place. 

In a separate incident, trams were cancelled between Reeves Corner and East Croydon at the same time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 pm  

Two arrests have been made at a property in west London by the Met’s counter terrorism officers

A 21-year-old man and 19-year-old man were detained this morning and searches of the address are ongoing.

The arrests are not connected to Sunday’s incident in Liverpool.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq has been describing the abuse he suffered while at Yorkshire

He's told a parliamentary committee that early in his career he, and others, were called racist names.

In this excerpt, he details one particularly hard moment on an away trip to Surrey:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Croydon’s first ever Community Reuse Shop has officially opened

It gives residents a chance to donate pre-loved items such as toys, musical instruments and homeware, rather than throw them away.

All proceeds from sales of the items will go back into the operation of the shop.

It’s based at Fisher’s Farm Household Waste and Recycling Centre to make donating easier. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

A man has been jailed, after killing an 81-year-old in a collision in Mitcham in 2019

19-year-old Rexon Rebidelmo, also from Mitcham, reached 81mph in a 20 zone after leaving some traffic lights at London Road.

He was uninsured and unlicensed.

Charles Burcombe had gone out in his car with his grandson, and died instantly in the collision, with the grandson sustaining minor injuries.

Rebidelmo has been jailed for five years and three months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

A climate change event in Battersea has been disrupted by Extinction rebellion bringing in a black coffin.

They wanted Shell removed from the festival, and their stall was taken down.

Shell says they’re investing billions of dollars in low-carbon energy, and they’ve “accelerated” their efforts to become net-zero by 2050.

Wandsworth Council says they’re implementing “a vast range of measures”, including greening their vehicles and pension fund.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

The new leader of Kingston Council is urging people to give their views on plans for the new leisure centre

The decision to replace the Kingfisher has been controversial, with some debating whether the cost is worth it.

Andreas Kirsch says people can share their thoughts in a survey, which will be open until December the 31st.

He adds that he wants as many people as possible to have their voices heard and influence the final designs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Sutton Lodge Day Centre has finally reopened after months closed because of the pandemic

The site operates three days a week so older people can enjoy exercise classes, games, have a warm lunch and be seen by a hairdresser. 

Marilyn Gordon-Jones is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Sutton Old People’s Welfare Committee. 

She explains why centres like this one are vital to the older community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

A youth football team set up by a Police Community Support Officer in Mitcham is celebrating today

John Joseph formed Pollard Rising Stars in 2015 to enable officers to form a bond with youngsters. 

After three seasons, the team has ended up league winners in the South Surrey Youth League in their Premier Division. 

Six of the players are to now join semi-pro football academies with others heading for apprenticeships.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 am  

A controversial traffic calming scheme in Kingston is being made permanent

The LTN was introduced in Lower Ham Road in September last year to encourage cycling and help cut pollution. 

More than 150 residents from within the LTN area shared their views on the scheme, with 57% in favour of it. 

However, the scheme divided opinion with some saying it has just moved congestion elsewhere.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Officers have been praised for their quick thinking that saved a man’s life in Hounslow.

On Wednesday 3rd November, they were called to reports of a male in his 20’s who had cut an artery in his arm and was bleeding heavily.

An ambulance called to the scene was delayed so the officers made the decision to apply first aid and transfer the man to A&E himself.

The male arrived at hospital in time to be treated.

Medical staff noted that had his injuries have not been treated as effectively as they were, the outcome could have been very different.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 15 November 2021

There are calls for the UK to help write off the debt of the global south, to help them respond to the climate crisis.

Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy is leading a cross-party campaign, and writing to the Foreign Secretary.

She says that low-income countries are responsible for very few emissions, while industrial countries like the UK emit many.

The foreign office says they’re committed to spending over £11bn on international climate finance, with an extra billion if the UK economy grows.

“UK funding has already helped over 88 million people around the world cope with the effects of climate change. 

To continue this vital work, we remain committed to our five year pledge to spend £11.6 billion on international climate finance, with an extra £1 billion in 2025 if the economy grows as forecast.

On top of this we have been working closely with international partners in the G7 and G20 to suspend over $12 billion in debt payments from the poorest countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man who broke wind mirrors and shoplifted from various stores in Epsom has been jailed.

45-year-old Jason White, of no fixed address, was also convicted of carrying a pointed screwdriver without due reason and abusing a member of the public.

Pc Tom Brock says he made the lives of those who live and frequent the areas around Station Approach “a total misery”.

He’s been sentenced to two months in prison, and an 18-month community behaviour order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A number of cannabis plants and a machete have been seized from a home in Walton.

A drugs warrant was carried out on Thursday, and the owner was arrested for cultivating the drug.

He’s since been released under investigation.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Adele has spoken openly about her divorce, its impact on her son, and how people reacted to her weight loss in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The star, who rose to fame after studying at The BRIT school in Croydon, admitted she was worried her new album - 30 - was a 'bit too private'.

She also performed tracks from the record and helped two of her fans to get engaged during the show.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Three men who burgled the homes of celebrities, including Tamara Ecclestone and ex Chelsea player Frank Lampard, have been jailed at Isleworth crown court for between 8 and 11 years.

The gang targeted the rich and famous in west London in 2019 - stealing at least 26 million pounds worth of cash, jewellery and gems during three raids.

Detective Inspector Ben Mahoney from the Metropolitan Police reckons they carried out similar crimes against high-profile victims across Europe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for 4 and a half years following the death of a woman in Sutton.

27 year old James Martin pleaded guilty to causing the death of 38 year old Stella Frew by dangerous driving in July last year.

It’s believed she got out a van being driven by James after a dispute, but she continued to hold onto the passenger door as he sped off.

A post-mortem concluded her injuries were consistent with impact against a stationary vehicle, falling onto the road and being run over.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

People setting off for Christmas trips from Heathrow Airport may not be able to use trains to get there.

Network Rail and Transport for London will both be conducting engineering work at the same time.

There will be no services at all on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, while the tube line won't be available for seven days from Christmas Eve.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman has pleaded guilty to multiple thefts at Tescos in Sunbury.

38 year old Mary Ellen Gavin has been charged with six counts of theft and four counts of fraud by false representation.

It’s after staff at the supermarket alerted the police to a woman stealing from multiple elderly victims.

She appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court this week where she was remanded before sentencing on the 10th of December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Two people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Morden.

Emergency crews were called to The Drive yesterday evening, just after 10.30.

The two were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

It’s believed that it was accidental and caused by a candle.

We’re being encouraged to switch to LED alternatives, or not to leave real ones unattended.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The former president of Surrey Cricket Club and owner of AFC Wimbledon has died at the age of 97

Bernie Coleman bought the old Wimbledon in 1972, wrote off the debts, then sold it for what he paid for it.

This year alone he paid for 25 season tickets for local children to share, as well as copies of the club’s book “We Are Home” for every school and library in Merton.

Richard Thompson, chair of Surrey CCC, praises how he never wanted the “limelight or attention, he just wanted to help in any way he could”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A woman who was assaulted during an attempted catalytic converter theft in Thames Ditton has been discharged from hospital

Officers were called to Thistledene shortly before 7pm on Saturday. 

They found three members of the public being assaulted by a group of men attempting to steal a converter from a car. 

The suspects also stole the victim’s dog, which was later found unharmed at Hampton Court train station.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with a number of sexual offences relating to parks in Wandsworth

He can’t be named and very little can be revealed about him.

He’s accused of three counts of indecent exposure, four counts of sexual assault, and one count of ABH.

It relates to offences in King George’s Park and Wandsworth Common between the 29th of September and the 9th of November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

A special series of events to help end violence against women and girls is coming to Sutton later this month

White Ribbon Day will be launched on the 25th of November in Sutton High Street, and marks 16 days of action. 

The campaign All Men Can is one initiative encouraging men to wear a white ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise. 

Fundraising, writing blogs or creating a white ribbon display are also some of the activities the council is urging residents to partake in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 am  

Officers in unmarked HGVs have started patrolling the M25 across Surrey as part of a safety crackdown

Operation Orbital is a joint Police and National Highways initiative.

Drivers committing mobile phone, seatbelt, and other safety offences will be recorded from the HGV “supercabs.” 

The operation will also see checks carried out on vans and lorries for road worthiness, secure loads, weight, and drivers’ hours.  

Over 7,500 vehicles travel round the M25 every hour, ranging from commuters getting to work to haulage firms delivering goods.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Sunday 14 November 2021

The Chelsea Pensioners are leading the tributes this Remembrance Sunday with the release of their single “White Doves of Peace”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

An ex-Rifleman left severely disabled by a bomb blast in Iraq has been speaking about the challenge that won him a prestigious award.

Stephen Vause lives at Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton, where he undertook a 60-mile virtual London to Brighton cycle ride.

The 34 year old was named winner of the Soldiering On Awards’ Inspiration category following a public vote last month.

Speaking to us via his interpreter, Stephen explains he wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

An experimental traffic calming scheme in Hampton Hill could be replaced.

Richmond Council wants to remove the existing restrictions in Burtons Road and introduce an altered, experimental scheme. 

Residents petitioned the authority in 2019 about the high numbers of vehicles using the road and the scheme was introduced in 2020. 

However, tweaks including road signage and an exemption for residents living in nearby roads is now going to be considered. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Three people have been seriously assaulted following a catalytic convertor theft in Thames Ditton.

Police in Surrey were called to reports of theft in Cumberland Drive in Esher at around 6.30pm yesterday before being called to Thistledene in Thames Ditton. 

Three people were reported  assaulted by a group of men while trying to steal a catalytic convertor.

One of the victims was taken to hospital with serious injuries to her arm and has since been discharged.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police on 101

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

98-year-old Sylvia from New Malden was part of the war effort at home.


She worked at a tubing factory in Kingston during World War II.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

A special Remembrance display is currently on show at Hampton Court Palace.

The Standing With Giants art installation comprises more than 100 specially commissioned silhouettes of soldiers.

It includes Indian soldiers that camped out at the Palace which was used as a military base during World War I. 

Sebastian Edwards, Head of Collections at Historic Royal Palaces, explains why. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

The Poppy Factory in Richmond produces hundreds of thousands of wreaths for services across the country.

But it also plays an important role in getting ex-servicemen and women into work after they leave the military.

The charity’s Employment Co-ordinator, Shaun Johnson, tells us many military personnel feel “lost” after service.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A 37-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a double stabbing in west London on Friday night.

20-year-old Ali Abucar Ali was killed in Brentford, while a woman, in her 80s, is still in a serious condition in hospital.

Norris Henry, from Brentford, is due in court later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

96 year old Pat Farr worked in Tudor Williams and Boots in New Malden during World War II.

She’s been searching for others who also worked in the high street at the time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

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