Radio Jackie News banner

107.8 Radio Jackie - Bulletins aired each hour

Saturday 4 December 2021

The former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is facing a criminal charge after a cyclist claimed he saw him driving while on his phone.

 Mike Van Erp claims he saw Lampard talking on the phone while holding a cup of coffee as he drove his Mercedes in south Kensington.

The cyclist uses a helmet-mounted GoPro camera and regularly hands evidence against motorists he thinks have broken the law.

Van Erp has previously caught boxer Chris Eubank and the film director Guy Ritchie.

Lampard denies the charges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A rare painting by George Cochrane Kerr has been discovered by chance at an auction by a man from Teddington.

Martin Bosher paid just £500for the watercolour, which he's now gifted a print of to the National Oceanography Centre.

The warship played an important role in the Battle of Trafalgar and the Space Shutter was named after it.

An exhibition will mark the 150th anniversary of its circumnavigation of the world between 1872 and 1876.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council has become the first authority in the country to convert part of its active civic building into homes.

43% of the Knowle Green headquarters has been converted into 25 “affordable rent flats.”

All of them will be let on rents of up to 80% of the equivalent market rent through the Council’s Housing Options team.

Residents will be moving into their new homes in the coming weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says it's a "massive" boost having Reece James and Jorginho available after injury for this lunchtime's London derby at West Ham.

 The European champions kept their place at the top of the Premier League with an unconvincing win against Watford in mid-week.

Tuchel hopes they can get back to their best following the return of two of his key players.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

The Prime Minister insists Christmas in the UK should go ahead "as normally as possible" despite rising cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

 The Republic of Ireland's announced it's introducing tougher restrictions - closing nightclubs and limiting the number of households who can meet indoors.

But Boris Johnson doesn't think this is necessary - and says the current measures in England are enough.

There are now 104 confirmed cases of Omicron in England with one case found in Spelthorne.

Surrey County Council and the Borough Council are working closely with the UK Health Security Agency to ensure that all contact tracing and appropriate Public Health actions, such as increased testing, take place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 am  

Friday 3 December 2021

Plans to erect a 15 metre high mobile phone mast in Earlsfield have been rejected by Wandsworth Council.

CK Hutchison Networks Ltd wanted to install the 5G mast at the junctions of Aldrich Terrace and Lidiard Road.

This is a conservation area which includes a pocket park and children’s play area. 

The Council turned it down on the grounds the mast would be  visually discordant, unsympathetic and of intrusive scale and design.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he wouldn't be surprised if others were offered the job at the same time as him earlier this year.

The German replaced Frank Lampard at the end of January before going on to win the Champions League.

Earlier today, new Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick suggested he'd been approached in February.

Tuchel's taken it well though

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

South-West London is the hotspot for Coronavirus in the capital.

Richmond is showing the highest rate, at 655 per 100,000, with Sutton, Kingston, Wandsworth and Merton making the rest of the top five.

In contrast, the inner city areas have some of the lowest rates in the country, with Westminster posting 269.

London is still behind other regions in terms of vaccination, with barely 60% having had the jab, compared to 82% in East Yorkshire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Two police officers and their police dog have received an award for rescuing a missing person in Epsom.

After PC Schwarz carried out an extensive search for the man, she was joined by colleague PC Beesley and Police Dog Reno.

PD Reno picked up a track from the MISPA’s last known location and followed it into the woods where they located him.

He was found semi-unconscious and PC Schwarz put him in the recovery position whilst waiting for an paramedics to arrive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Christmas is the time when the UK traditionally lights up, but this year, we’re being encouraged to enjoy the natural night sky instead.

Charity Bugslife says excessive lighting is damaging our ecology and is calling for a national target to reduce levels of “light pollution.” 

John Evans is founder of a similar environmental campaign across Surrey called Dark Skies Matter.

He says it’s not just bugs and insects that suffer from “light pollution.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two drug dealers, from Tolworth and Ewell, have been jailed, after they were caught smoking cannabis in a van.

In April, police were called to reports of a suspicious white van in Esher.

28-year-old Karsimir Minev was found with a knuckle duster and £600 in cash, and 30-year-old Galin Zlatev had packages of cocaine.

At their homes, large quantities of drugs were found.

Detective Constable Aaron King says it shows how reports from the community can directly lead to the arrests of drug dealers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Proposals to build a tower block on former Kingston Hospital land have been turned down by the council

Developers, Advanced Living, wanted to build more than 120 flats on the former Regents Wing. 

The homes would have come with care facilities for older people. 

However, residents objected to the plans saying they were too large and overbearing. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

A case of the Omicron variant has been detected in Spelthorne

The UK Health Security Agency, the successor to Public Health England, is leading the investigation.

Across Surrey, cases are now steady overall, after weeks of rising numbers.

The rate across the county is 671 per 100,000 people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Two people have been charged following the death of a child in Putney in 2019

31-year-old Jake Drummond, of no fixed address, is accused of murder and 31-year-old Louise Lennon from Wandsworth is accused of allowing the death.

They’re appearing in court today and the trial continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Surrey Fire and Rescue is denying claims an elderly man’s death in a fire in East Horsley last week is down to the cuts being made

The Fire Brigades Union claims the first fire engine to the scene took 13 minutes to arrive. 

The union says this was because nearby Painshill station was moved to daytime only cover at the start of the year. 

The FBU says “fires tend to double in size every minute and our officials estimate the delay here was four minutes long.”

The changes to fire and rescue cover at Painshill were delivered as part of a new fire and rescue plan voted through in Surrey in 2019.

The plan included removing seven fire engines, removing night-time cover at three fire stations, and axing 70 firefighter jobs.

A spokesperson from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: 

“The claim that if Painshill Fire Station was open at night the elderly gentleman would have survived is not true and is not based on any evidence.

 This is a live and complex investigation, so we are unable to comment any further at this stage. 

Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family at this very sad time."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Some British holidaymakers in red list countries face the prospect of Christmas in quarantine, or extending their trips abroad, because of a shortage of hotels

Those people arriving in the UK have to isolate for 10 days in special accommodation - but demand's high and there are not enough rooms.

Surinder Arora is from the Arora Hotel Group, which is based at Heathrow and runs hotels at the airport. 

He says, following the sudden change in rules, it took a lot to get prepared.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

The previous leader of Kingston Council is going to stay in charge of the borough’s council properties

Caroline Kerr has been appointed as Portfolio Holder for Assets, despite having stepped down from the leadership.

At the last reshuffle in May, the responsibility for assets was that of the Leader, who is now Andreas Kirsch.

Kingston Council says the amount of extra money paid to councillors has remained the same though.

It also says that there is no requirement for the full council to approve the establishment of a role or the appointment to it.

Kingston Council's Full Statement:

There is no requirement for Council to approve the establishment of a Portfolio Holder role or the appointment to it. 

These are matters entirely at the discretion of the Leader of the Council provided the number of Portfolio Holders does not exceed 10.

Customarily such appointments are reported to the next meeting of Council for information and this will happen at the meeting on 14th December.

In this case there is no overall increase in the Special Responsibility Allowances payable because Cllr Kirsch has retained one of the portfolio roles himself but will receive only the Leaders SRA (Members are not entitled to more than one full SRA regardless of the number of eligible roles they occupy). 

While the total number of Portfolio Holders has increased to 9 the number receiving SRAs for the role therefore remains at 8. 

Where there are joint holders of any SRA eligible role, including Portfolio Holder positions, the allowance is halved.

In these circumstances the Member(s) concerned may receive two allowances so long as the total amount payable does not exceed the amount that would have been payable had either role been occupied singly. 

On this basis Cllr Thompson shares both the Portfolio position and the Co-Chair role of the Health & Wellbeing Board and is thus entitled to 50% of both allowances. 

Cllr Foulder-Hughes is entitled to the remaining 50% of the shared Portfolio Holder position.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Thursday 2 December 2021

Young care leavers across Richmond and Kingston are once again being invited to a special Christmas Day dinner this year.

Run by volunteers, it’s the the 5th year that the event is being held. 

Founder, Nurse Sian Thomas, explains why it’s so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 pm  

A woman and child have been taken to hospital after a fire in Croydon.

Crews were called just after 7.30 yesterday evening to Union Road.

The cause is believed to have involved cooking.

We’re being warned not to leave cooking unattended on the hob or grill.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

A man from Carshalton has been left with life changing injuries, after being attacked with acid during a burglary.

Police have just released details about the incident on the 14th of August.

Four men entered the property on William Street and demanded money and stole around £12,000 from a safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 pm  

A CCTV picture has been released following an assault on a train from East Croydon.

Police have just released details of the incident on the 6th of November at around 11.30pm.

The victim boarded the train at East Croydon, and accidentally bumped shoulders with an unknown man, who subsequently punched them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 pm  

We’re being warned that a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police Station is scamming people.

He’s claiming to be from the Serious Fraud Department, and is currently using the name Stuart Catterwell.

He’ll ask the person to dial 999 from their phone to legitimise him, but since the line is held open they come back to the scammer.

Anyone who is asked to call an institution to verify somebody, should always use a different phone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 pm  

A music teacher who abused two girls has been found guilty of more than 30 sexual offences at Isleworth Crown Court.

40 year old Ben Breakwell from York engaged the 13 and 14 year old in sexual activity between 2014 and 2017.

Breakwell, who taught at a school in West London, also kissed a third victim and had indecent images of a fourth.

He’ll be sentenced later this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

Two men have been arrested, after a woman was assaulted at her doorstep by two men claiming to be police officers.

When she challenged them, they forced her inside and assaulted her.

A two-month old female American XL bulldog puppy was stolen, as well as cash and a bag containing Christmas gifts.

A 53-year-old and a 34-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

A campaign group has dropped its legal challenge over a temporary cycle lane in Chiswick High Road.

One Chiswick said the scheme, implemented by TfL, had increased congestion and pushed traffic into other roads.

However, the campaign group now says it cannot continue with the legal challenge it launched last winter. 

It says it’s because Hounslow Council’s agreed to make substantial modifications to a new temporary cycle scheme that will run for 18 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

A man from Streatham, and his cousin, have been jailed for over 40 years for murder.

22 year old Kieran Robinson and 27 year old Sean Robinson stabbed 18 year old Donnell Rhule in Dulwich last year.

Police were called to reports of an injured man on July the 8th. .

Emergency services attended, but Donnell was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

Both cousins were sentenced to life in jail to serve a minimum of 23 years each.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Free panic alarms are being handed out to people living in Chelsea.

The small devices, which can be clipped on to clothes, can be carried when out running at night or going to the shops. 

If the user feels unsafe, they pull a cord, and a high-pitched alarm will sound which acts as a deterrent and alert for help.

The move by the council is part of its drive to make people feel safer when out and about. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More than one million students could see lessons disrupted for a second day in a row, as thousands of university workers continue to strike in a row over pay and conditions.

Staff from 58 UK institutions have walked out over what they claim has been below inflation wage increases for 12 years.

That includes Roehampton, Kingston, and Royal Holloway in Egham.

These students from University College London say they feel short-changed after months of remote learning because of the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

A family from Staines is preparing for a second Christmas at home by themselves, after spending the last year shielding together

Greg Priddy has been having chemotherapy for a rare brain cancer, and his wife and two children have joined him in self-isolating.

They've not mixed with friends and family, apart from socially distancing outdoors.

16-year-old Amelia thinks it's a sacrifice worth making.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

Chelsea remain top of the Premier League after winning 2-1 at Watford in a game delayed by a medical emergency in the stands

A fan was treated after suffering a cardiac arrest - and is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says medics from both teams reacted quickly to assist the supporter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Two drug dealers, from Surbiton and Epsom, have been jailed, for their part in a “commercial scale” drug operation

In April, police raided three addresses in Surbiton, and found £80,000 in cash and 3.5 kilos of cocaine.

28-year-old Illiaijan Dautaj and 32-year-old Viktor Kurtaj were both arrested, and were remanded in Wandsworth Prison until they were charged.

They’ve both been sentenced to 81 months in prison.

The Judge told them they were “up to your necks in that wicked trade”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Walt Disney has named Susan Arnold as its chairman, the first woman to take on the role in its 98-year history

She succeeds Bob Iger who's stepping down after 15 years.

Susan Arnold will take charge of the company, which has its UK headquarters in Hammersmith, after serving on the board for 14 years.

Several other Disney executives have announced plans to leave by the end of the year.

Bob Iger has overseen an enormous growth of the company, through acquiring franchises like Star Wars and Marvel.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Young people who have been in care will once again be invited to a special Christmas Day dinner in Richmond this year

Volunteers will come together for the 5th year to put on the event for youngsters who don’t always enjoy the festivities.  

The dinner, at a secret location in Richmond, will be attended by as many as 50 care leavers. 

Whitney is one of the guests; she says a happy Christmas is something most people take for granted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

A number of drivers have been warned about engine idling near a school in Colliers Wood

It’s part of Merton Council’s monthly awareness events which take place in different parts of the borough. 

Authorities have been given the powers to issue fines to drivers idling when their vehicles are stationary on the road since 2002. 

The council says idling isn’t necessary, even in cold weather. 

If the engine is off, but ignition is on, the heater should stay warm for up to 30 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

A woman from Battersea and a man from Southwark have been found guilty of physically abusing their baby

In April 2019, police were called after the child stopped breathing.

23-year-old Naomi Johnson and 26-year-old Benjamin O’Shea were arrested, and police say they were “steadfast” in their refusal to answer questions.

The pair will be sentenced on Friday.

Detective Constable Caroline Baker says it’s “difficult to speak of justice in a case like this” but “children matter and the abuse they suffer will be punished”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Nominations for the Richmond Community Heroes Awards 2021 are now open until the 3rd of February 2022.

The awards recognise the individual achievements and contributions made by individuals to make their community a better place.

This year video nomination are also being accepted.

In 2020 there were over 200 nominations thanks to additional roles many people played during the pandemic.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Heathrow has reopened Terminal 4 as a dedicated red list processing terminal.

The aim is to keep passengers travelling from non-red list countries separate. 

The red list currently has 10 countries in southern Africa on it.

It’s due to concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

New research from Kingston University has revealed that branded ingredients could encourage shoppers to spend more.

The study involved over 600 participants online and in a high street coffee shop over six days in two consecutive weeks.

It found a brownie oozing Lindt chocolate enticed people to pay up to 9% more than a brownie using an unnamed chocolate. 

The University has concluded that using branded products could benefit all types of service businesses but more research is needed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Anyone arrested in Surrey for drink or drug driving over the festive period will be identified on the police’s website and social media channels.

It’s part of the force’s annual Christmas Crackdown, which sees extra resources just targeting that problem.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder says it “really does destroy lives and is something we see far too much on Surrey roads”.

He adds that we encourage you to have a designated driver, utilise taxis and public transport where you can”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters in Cobham on the 30th of November

Officers were called to Silvermere Golf Club following reports on men acting suspiciously in the car park.

The suspect’s car was connected with other suspicious behaviour around RHS Wisley and found to contain gloves and saw blades.

Collaborative work from Elmbridge Neighbourhood Patrol Team and Surrey’s Roads Policing Unit resulted in their apprehension.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Romelu Lukaku could return for Chelsea this evening for the Premier League leaders' game at Watford.

The Belgium striker has been missing from the starting line-up since October with an ankle injury.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says he'll continue to monitor his players' fitness ahead of a busy period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Johanna Konta says she's retired from professional tennis aged 30 after she "ran out of steam" in her battle against injury.

The former British number one reached three Grand Slam semi-finals, including Wimbledon, and represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Konta also reached a career high fourth in the world and says  she's lived her childhood dreams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Chelsea Pensioners are getting a very special Christmas tree this year.

Army cadets aged 12 to 17 will deliver it by carrying it starting from their base in Putney to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

They will be raising money for Walking With the Wounded at the same time.

Colour Sergeant Joe Cox explains the importance of the walk for the girls and boys post lockdown.

 The walk takes place on Sunday, the 12th of December. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The business secretary says engineers have been working 'around the clock' to restore power to thousands of homes who were cut off

As many as 30-thousand homes in Scotland and north-east England still have no electricity.

Storm Arwen damaged power lines and infrastructure six days ago 

MP for Spelthorne, Kwasi Kwarteng's told the Commons says repairing it is an enormous challenge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Johanna Konta says she "ran out of steam" for coping with pain - after announcing her retirement from tennis aged 30.

The former British number one says it feels like a "break-up" - but says she lived her "dreams" by having the career she had.

Konta reached three Grand Slam semi-finals, including Wimbledon, and was once ranked fourth in the world.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man from Ashford who tried the “very eighties trick” of sucking a 2p coin to lower a breathalyser reading has been found guilty of drunk driving

31-year-old Apdilahi Suudi was stopped in Mid-November, since the front of his car was heavily damaged.

He’s been disqualified for 17 months, made to attend a rehab course, and fined.

Breathalysers use light to measure the amount of alcohol in breath, rather than test saliva, meaning the 2p coin method won’t fool them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

Coronavirus rates in Surrey remain high

Elmbridge remains the borough with the highest case rate, at 834 per 100,000, compared to the second-highest, Guildford, which is around 70 less at 766.

There’s been 685 hospital admissions in the past seven days in the South-East, four more than the previous week.

The rate has been rising since early November, but its starting to plateau again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Javed Akhunzada, a councillor for Hounslow, has died

He was first elected in May 2018 representing Bedfont ward, and was also a lawyer and human rights activist.

He “died suddenly” on Monday evening.

The council says “he will be sadly missed”.

He was also active in Pakistani politics, and a politician there has paid tribute, describing him as “a committed political activist who remained respectful to all”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

More than one million students face disruption as staff strike at 58 universities across the UK

That includes University and College Union members at Roehampton, Kingston and Royal Holloway.

Around 50-thousand members, including lecturers, technicians and librarians - are walking out for three-days over their pensions, pay and conditions.

Jo Grady, from the UCU, is promising further action if a deal can't be reached.

University leaders say they're well prepared for the impact on students' learning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

50 army cadets are planning to carry a 6ft Christmas tree 22 miles in aid of Walking with The Wounded

 “Walking for Christmas” will start in Putney, zig zag around the cadets’ different bases, and end at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

It takes place on Sunday, the 12th of December .

The young cadets have been training for 6 months by walking 20 miles a day, 7 days a week alongside their instructors.  

Colour Sergeant Joe Cox explains where their motivation has come from.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A woman has been hospitalised, after two men claiming to be police forced their way into her home in Barnes

On Monday, police were called just before 10am to Arabella Drive.

Two men wearing caps with the word “police” on them had claimed to be there to conduct a drug search.

When she challenged them, they forced her inside and assaulted her.

A two-month old female American XL bulldog puppy was stolen, as well as cash and a bag containing Christmas gifts.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Tuesday 30 November 2021

It’s feared that a rugby match at Twickenham could have been a “superspreader” for the Omicron variant of coronavirus

On Saturday the 20th, over 80,000 fans gathered at the stadium.

While they needed a negative lateral flow test and proof of vaccination to enter, it’s feared the Omicron variant is resistant to vaccines.

Anyone who experiences any symptoms is asked to get tested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 pm  

Croydon says its roads are ready for winter.


The council has stepped up its winter plans ahead of another cold snap which is expected later this week.  

Bosses say the winter gritting fleet is in place, comprised of eight low emission gritting vehicles, and one Telehandler loading shovel.

The vehicles are fitted with tracking systems, allowing the team to divert the nearest resources to areas where urgent attention is needed.

Picture credit: Croydon Council 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

An undergraduate at Kingston University has been named Student Nurse of the Year.

Jessica Ball has been commended for her work in improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities. 

She was given the award virtually at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Mary Seacole conference. 

The annual event celebrates nursing excellence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Two “prolific” county lines drug dealers from Hounslow have been jailed

24-year-olds Adrece Hussain and Connor Woodburn-Hall were arrested in June, with phones containing “hundreds of messages” about drug supply.

A 17-year-old from Richmond was also taken into custody after being found with £5,000 worth of cannabis and rap lyrics glorifying his lifestyle.

The two men from Hounslow have been jailed for over seven years each, and the teenager has been given a two-year rehabilitation order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in Wandsworth

The borough’s director public health, Shannon Katiyo, says they have “good measures in place” for dealing with variants and they’re working well.

She adds that the UK Health Security Agency is investigating, and the council is working with them on contact tracing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Councillors in Wandsworth are lobbying Transport for London.

They want residents who visit the recycling centre in Smugglers Way exempted from paying the Mayor’s new ULEZ charge. 

The waste site lies just within the new boundary that was unveiled at the end of October. 

This means residents who arrive there in vehicles that do not comply with the ULEZ rules are subject to a £12.50 charge. 

The concern from leading councillors is that the charge may dissuade some from visiting. 

They say an increase in flytipping because people cannot get rid of their waste is a risk. 

Councillors say it would be easy to exempt residents because people who visit the site are currently required to pre-book a one-hour slot. 

This mean they must provide their vehicle registration number, so the details are already logged. 

We’ve contacted TfL for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Tributes are coming in for John Sillett, who guided Coventry to their memorable FA Cup win in 1987, has died aged 85.

He managed the club between 1986 and 1990.

Sillett also played for them, as well as Plymouth and Chelsea who he won the First Division title with in 1955.

To read Chelsea's tribute to John, click here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man’s been left with serious injuries after he was struck by a car in Ashtead

The car involved failed to stop following the collision in Woodfield Lane at around 5.30pm yesterday. 

The man was standing in a lay-by at the time.

Police are looking for the driver of a dark or grey-coloured people carrier with a possible index of EH11.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm  

We’re being urged to see a GP or visit the NHS 111 website this winter before calling 999

The South East Coast Ambulance Service says that in October, they answered around 89,000 calls, an average of one every 30 seconds.

It says that winter will bring additional demand, and severe weather can also impact their ability to respond to call-outs.

It’s also asking people to look out for vulnerable family and friends, and to take flu and COVID-19 boosters when offered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

TSB has announced it plans to close 70 bank branches across the UK as customers switch to online banking

Morden and Sutton are two of the ones going. 

The firm says there'll still be 220 sites open at the end of June next year.

Bosses have confirmed there will be 150 fewer roles, but all staff who work at the closing branches will be offered alternative positions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

The government's confirmed plans to introduce tougher sentences for child abusers in England and Wales

Those found guilty could soon face life behind bars, instead of the current maximum of 14 years.

The changes are part of a series of measures ministers want to add to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which is currently going through Parliament.

Justice secretary and Esher MP Dominic Raab says it's vital we protect young people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Yvette Cooper's returning to the role of shadow home secretary, on the Labour front bench

She's the headline appointment in Sir Keir Starmer's reshuffle.

Croydon North MP Steve Reed has moved from Shadow Communities to Shadow Justice Secretary.

He’ll be opposite Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab.

David Lammy becomes shadow foreign secretary, while Bridget Phillipson and Wes Streeting take on education and health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm  

A Labour councillor for Tooting has won a by-election by just one vote

Sheila Boswell received 906 votes in the Bedford ward by-election last Thursday, edging past Tory candidate Thomas Mytton.

The previous Labour councillor, Hannah Stanislaus, had a majority of 936.

They claimed they were bullied out of the party, something Wandsworth Labour denies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

From today the wearing of face masks is now compulsory again in shops and on public transport in England

The government's introduced the measure to try to stop the spread of a new Covid variant, called Omicron.

The UK now has 11 confirmed cases.

But Tooting’s Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan thinks the rules on face coverings shouldn't have been relaxed in the first place:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

50 years is a milestone birthday for anyone, but for one woman from Epsom, it was a chance to take on a charity challenge

Clare Cooper wanted to get fitter and the opportunity to run the  Royal Parks Half Marathon became her goal.

Raising over £1,000 for Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association was another "feather in her cap"

A horse rider herself, Clare says she was so moved by the school on a visit,  she decided to join the RDA as a volunteer.

Clare also explains the draw of volunteering as part of her life balance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Work has begun to make the Hammersmith gyratory more pedestrian and cyclist friendly

Starting yesterday, they form the third phase of redevelopment to create a full east-west “Safer Cycle Pathway” route. 

The upgrades are being undertaken and paid for by Transport for London on a trial basis. 

Work, which includes installing separate traffic signals for cyclists,  should be completed by Spring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Monday 29 November 2021

Police are investigating a road rage incident in Epsom on Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to reports of a fight at around 3pm in Pound Lane. 

Following a verbal argument, the driver of a white BMW was reportedly hit in the face by the driver of a black Smart car.

A 60-year-old man from Chessington was arrested on suspicion of assault and threats to kill. 

A 57-year-old woman from Chessington was also arrested on suspicion of assault and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence. 

Both have since been released under investigation.

We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or may have any dashcam footage, to get in touch. 

Were you in the Pound Lane area on Saturday, at around 3:15pm? If you have any information that could help, please contact police on 101 quoting PR/45210122957.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A poll carried out by Action for Children has revealed that many of London’s working parents are worried about Christmas.

Two thirds said they were unwilling to take time off over the festive period and would take on extra work to cover the costs.

Among the chief concerns were the ability to afford presents, soaring energy bills and the price of food.

The charity revealed the results as they launched their annual Secret Santa campaign helping the capitals’ most vulnerable children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An Insulate Britain protester has been moved out of Bronzefield Women’s Prison in Ashford, to hospital.

Emma Smart has been on hunger strike for 13 days.

The 44 year old was jailed for four months for breaching an injunction relating to the protests.

She’s vowed to stop eating until the Government moves to insulate homes.

Speaking from HMP Bronzefield Emma told Insulate Britain:


“The window of my cell in the hospital wing is blocked up and there is little natural light, in my previous cell I could see the birds and trees that line the prison fence. I have less time to go outside in the prison yard for exercise now. All of this is testing my resolve to continue, but I feel that not eating is the only thing I can do from prison to draw attention to those who will have to make the choice between heating and eating this winter.


“Not standing by while our government commits treason against the people of this country feels like the most important thing I will do in my life.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

Twickenham’s MP has been out on the beat with the town’s safer neighbourhood officers.

Munira Wilson met with Food for Thought Heathfield, a group which distributes surplus food from supermarkets to those in need.

The volunteers have been experiencing problems with antisocial behaviour over recent weeks. 

Ms Wilson has pledged to put pressure on the Home Office and Mayor of London to increase police numbers across the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Two more cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been found in the UK, taking the confirmed number to 11.

Both are from London - in Camden and Wandsworth - and they had travel links to Southern Africa.

It was announced earlier that six cases have been identified in Scotland.

This afternoon, scientists have recommended the vaccine booster programme be expanded to people aged 18 to 39.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A person has been left with injuries to their face, after a road rage incident in Esher.

On the 18th of November, the victims were driving along the M25 at around 3.40pm, when they saw a dark blue Volkswagen Transporter van driving dangerously.

On the A3, a passenger from the van threw two golf balls at the victim’s vehicle.

At the traffic lights at the junction of Claremont Lane and Esher High Street, three men got out of the Volkswagen and assaulted the two occupants of the vehicle.

The driver of the blue Volkswagen van is described as White, 6ft tall, with dark hair and stubble. He was wearing black frame glasses, a pink jumper and dark trousers.

The second suspect is also described as White, 6ft tall, with dark hair and dark stubble. He was wearing a black cap and back jumper.

The third suspect is described as White, under 6ft tall, with dark hair and dark stubble. He was wearing a grey jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Hundreds of police officers have paid their respects at a service for Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana - who was shot dead on duty in Croydon last year.

A full force funeral couldn't go ahead because of Covid.

Met commissioner Dame Cressida Dick remembered Sergeant Ratana as a "fantastic police officer."

Around 200 officers in full uniform were part of a procession which took in Birdcage Walk in London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits poor finishing stopped his team from taking all three points from their game against Manchester United

They had 24 shots but only found the net through Jorginho's penalty in the 1-all draw at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel's side remain top of the Premier League though, and he says they'll not dwell on the result.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Simon Cowell is to make a £2m profit selling his home in Wimbledon, despite reportedly never having lived in it

The TV talent judge bought it in 2019 for £15m, but the family decided it was too far from their son’s school, so they decided to stay in Holland Park.

The Daily Mail writes that it’s now on the market for £18m, which after £1m of renovations, would leave them £2m better off.

A source told the newspaper that the star was after somewhere more “leafy” but “things just didn’t work out”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

A second man from West London has been charged with terrorism offences, after arrests two weeks ago

19-year-old Ayub Khan is accused of three counts of disseminating terrorist material, as well as one count of possession of an article connected with the commission of an act of terrorism.

He’ll appear in court today.

21-year-old Mohammed Zubair Khan appeared in court last week, and will appear before the Old Bailey on Friday.

Enquiries continue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says Ivan Toney has once again shown why he feels the striker is the world's best penalty-taker in a 1-nil win at home to Everton

The forward scored from the spot against England's Jordan Pickford to give his team a first win in six Premier League matches.

National team manager Gareth Southgate was at the game.

Frank says he would have been impressed by what he saw.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

Rail unions and politicians are planning to protest outside Parliament, in a dispute over funding for London's public transport

They're warning that bus and Tube services will "grind to a halt" without long-term financial planning, potentially putting jobs at risk.

The demonstration will take place on Wednesday, and comes days before a decision is expected to be made on TfL's funding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A memorial service will be held in central London today for a police officer killed in a custody suite in Croydon

Sergeant Matt Ratana was killed in September last year, and today’s event takes the place of the full force funeral that couldn’t be held due to COVID restrictions.

Among the specially invited guests are a number of dogs chosen by his widow to become police dogs.

Commissioner Cressida Dick says “I am delighted that today we can finally honour the promise to gather to pay him tribute”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Sunday 28 November 2021

A 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in west London has been named by police.

Rishmeet Singh was attacked in the Southall area of Hounslow on Wednesday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Bringing back PCR coronavirus tests for international arrivals into the UK's been called a 'huge blow' to the travel industry - with fears the cost will put people off.

It's one of the new restrictions coming back to combat a new variation, called Omicron.

From Tuesday, passengers have to isolate until they get a negative result on their day 2 swabs.

But these passengers at Heathrow don't seem to mind.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

We’re being urged to keep an eye out for confused Hedgehogs.

Every winter, thousands of calls are made to animal charities by people worried about sick hogs who should be hibernating.

Simon Cowell is CEO and founder of Wildlife Aid Foundation hospital and rescue centre in Leatherhead.

He says there’s one, really simple thing we can do immediately that could make all the difference.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in New Haw.

Officers were called to Pinewood Grove shortly after 9pm on Friday.

The victim was seriously assaulted with a knife and taken to hospital, where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 27-year-old man from Addlestone remains in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

People in Mole Valley who leave their homes empty for more than two years could be hit with a 150% council tax premium.

There are 122 such properties in the district which encompasses Leatherhead and Ashtead.  

A 300% premium is also being considered by the council for properties that have been empty for ten years or more. 

Authority bosses say empty homes drive up demand for housing. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The Richmond furniture Scheme wants to prevent poverty and help the environment at Christmas by supplying donated household goods.

It comes as many families from across the UK shell out for emergency plastic or foldable chairs and tables.

The scheme wants to not only help those poorest in society but also get them to think about the environment by reducing waste and reusing donated furniture.

RFS currently have over 100 chairs and 25 dinning tables that they encourage residents to consider borrowing for the festive period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Top of Radio Jackie News page here.

RJ Home button

One of many reasons why we are so useful to South West London... our very own news team bringing you stories that are relevant to you and your area.
If you have a press release or would like to send in news then pop off an e-mail to [email protected]

radio Jackie News Twitter
Follow Jackie News at

Listen to Jackie's latest News and Travel
Radio Jackie Latest News  Radio Jackie Latest Travel
News Team - - Local news 24 hours a day

news reader
Lucy Mayer
Lucy is the News and Travel Editor. Find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Luke Williams
Luke spends his free time playing synthesisers and watching old sitcoms. Journalism helps remind him of the 21st century.

news reader
Chloe Norman
Chloe presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Alex Loveridge
Alex loves watching tennis at Surbiton and Wimbledon and also plays a bit too. He swims at Richmond, but not in the Thames.

news reader
Mike Oban
Mike enjoys playing and watching sports and is a budding football coach.

news reader
Jacqui Kerr
Jacqui enjoys all sports and has had a go at most! She loves talking, current affairs, music, and walking her polar-bear-sized dog.

news reader
David Walker
David´s philosophy is you only live once so go out and grab every opportunity no matter how small.

news reader
John Beesley
John lives in Hounslow. He enjoys beer and singing with barbershop quartets and choruses, though not necessarily in that order.

news reader
Clare Whitehead
Clare is a playwright, an experienced voiceover artist and the narrator of several audio books. She loves dogs and ballet!

news reader
Jiji Ahn
Jiji can often be found visiting galleries, trying new cuisines and researching the latest trends and stories.

news reader
Holly Carnegie
Holly presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Alex Duke
Alex loves watching football, but also enjoys tennis and Formula One. He swims and hikes regularly and is a self-confessed history nerd.

news reader
Megan McElroy
Megan grew up in SW London and is interested in all things news.

news reader
Roshni Chouhan
Roshni loves playing tennis and everything related to music. SHe has been told she has a hidden talent mastering accents.
If you are researching a news story from the past our archive goes back over many years.
Please email [email protected] with any enquiries.

31 May 2020
07 June 2020
14 June 2020
21 June 2020
28 June 2020
05 July 2020
12 July 2020
19 July 2020
26 July 2020
02 August 2020
09 August 2020
16 August 2020
23 August 2020
30 August 2020
06 September 2020
13 September 2020
20 September 2020
27 September 2020
04 October 2020
11 October 2020
18 October 2020
25 October 2020
01 November 2020
08 November 2020
15 November 2020
22 November 2020
29 November 2020
06 December 2020
13 December 2020
20 December 2020
27 December 2020
03 January 2021
10 January 2021
17 January 2021
24 January 2021
31 January 2021
07 February 2021
14 February 2021
21 February 2021
28 February 2021
07 March 2021
14 March 2021
21 March 2021
28 March 2021
04 April 2021
11 April 2021
18 April 2021
25 April 2021
02 May 2021
09 May 2021
16 May 2021
23 May 2021
30 May 2021
06 June 2021
13 June 2021
20 June 2021
27 June 2021
04 July 2021
11 July 2021
18 July 2021
25 July 2021
01 August 2021
08 August 2021
15 August 2021
22 August 2021
29 August 2021
05 September 2021
12 September 2021
19 September 2021
26 September 2021
03 October 2021
10 October 2021
17 October 2021
24 October 2021
31 October 2021
07 November 2021
14 November 2021
21 November 2021
28 November 2021
05 December 2021
12 December 2021
19 December 2021
26 December 2021
02 January 2022
09 January 2022
16 January 2022
23 January 2022
30 January 2022
06 February 2022
13 February 2022
20 February 2022
27 February 2022
06 March 2022
13 March 2022
20 March 2022
27 March 2022
03 April 2022
10 April 2022
17 April 2022
24 April 2022
01 May 2022
08 May 2022
15 May 2022
22 May 2022
29 May 2022
05 June 2022
12 June 2022
19 June 2022
26 June 2022
03 July 2022
10 July 2022
17 July 2022
24 July 2022
31 July 2022
07 August 2022
14 August 2022
21 August 2022
28 August 2022
04 September 2022
11 September 2022
18 September 2022
25 September 2022
02 October 2022
09 October 2022
16 October 2022
23 October 2022
30 October 2022
06 November 2022
13 November 2022
20 November 2022
27 November 2022
04 December 2022
11 December 2022
18 December 2022
25 December 2022
01 January 2023
08 January 2023
15 January 2023
22 January 2023
29 January 2023
05 February 2023
12 February 2023
19 February 2023
26 February 2023
05 March 2023
12 March 2023
19 March 2023
26 March 2023
02 April 2023
09 April 2023
16 April 2023
23 April 2023
30 April 2023
07 May 2023
14 May 2023
21 May 2023
11 June 2023
Current Posts