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Saturday 22 January 2022

A rogue drone has delayed play in the premier league game between Brentford and Wolves

 The referee stopped the game in the 36th minute and ordered the players off the pitch as the unidentified craft circled above the Community Stadium.

Play resumed after fifteen minute.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

New figures show Weybridge was Surrey’s most burgled district last year

The figures from the Home Office  show police recorded 106 break-ins across the town.

Second place among the county’s 92 neighbourhood policing areas went to Sunbury with 96 burglaries.

Addlestone North was at the bottom of the list with just 7 break-ins.

Across the county police recorded 3370 crimes of burglary. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Battery powered passenger ferries are due to start operating on the Thames at Battersea in the autumn


 Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is building the UK’s first hybrid high speed range of passenger boats.

 They will transport commuters and sightseers between Tower and Battersea Power Station piers.

 The vessels will recharge using bio-fuelled power.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Hounslow Council have begun to assess the success of a tree-giveaway scheme begun to coincide with last year’s COP26 climate talks


Residents across the borough were offered a range of saplings.

160 people turned up at the last of three special collection events last week at Hounslow Heath.

It’s part of a larger Council initiative to have a tree planted in the borough for every child born there each year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

A number of events celebrating Kingston’s links with the Tamil community are taking place today.

A new plaque will be unveiled to formally mark Kingston’s twinning with Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka. 

Kingston is home to around 12,000 Tamils and Tamil is one of the most widely spoken languages in the borough. 

A parade will also take place in New Malden High Street with cultural performances and a speech from the Mayor of Kingston.

January is Tamil Heritage Month.

It is also an extension of the Tamil New Year ‘Thai Pongal’, which is celebrated worldwide.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank hopes his players can continue to impress when they take on Wolves in the Premier League later today.

He has been pleased with the performances from his side in recent weeks - despite them only winning once in the Premier League since December.

The Dane says they know what to do to get back to picking up points.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

A man who required life-changing surgery after developing a flesh-eating bacteria infection has lost a high court battle.

55-year-old Stuart Dalchow claimed that St George’s Hospital in Tooting hadn’t acted fast enough.

He claimed that a delay in administering antibiotics and carrying out an urgent ultrasound contributed to his injuries.

However, a judge ruled that while there were issues, it couldn’t be proved that they had an impact on the outcome.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Police are hunting for youths after an arson attack in Addlestone.

They were see trying to start a motorcycle on Thursday morning before setting fire to it.

The fire completely destroyed the vehicle and damaged a neighbouring fence.

Anyone who witnessed or has any information on this incident in urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 21 January 2022

Thieves have stolen a mobility van from a driveway in Epsom.

The suspects managed to steal the keys of the vehicle and another car, which they also took, by ‘fishing’ through the letterbox. 

The thefts happened sometime between Wednesday night and yesterday morning in Burghfield.

Police are appealing for dash-cam or doorbell footage and CCTV of men officers would like to question can be viewed at

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Three 15 year olds have been arrested in Epsom as part of a police investigation into a stolen car.

Officers detained the teenagers after spotting a VW Golf in Queen Alexandra’s Way yesterday afternoon. 

The car had been reported as stolen and was later pursued by police before it was found abandoned along Eleanor Avenue. 

Officers are still keen to trace a third boy as they are concerned for his welfare. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Richmond Rugby are back in action this weekend following their 31-12 victory over London Scottish last weekend.

They’ll take on Bedford Blues at the Athletic Ground tomorrow.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The owner of two boats has been told to pay nearly £22,000 after obstructing a part of the Thames in Molesey.

55-year-old Alistair Trotman from Kingston was found to have broken safety byelaws when mooring the barges he’d rent out as accommodation.

He also ignored orders from the Thames habour master to move them.

Boats moored without the consent of the landowner can only remain stationary for up to 24 hours, and mustn’t obstruct traffic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Safer School Officers have recovered multiple weapons from Leitrim Park in Feltham.

Last week, they carried out a sweep to recover potentially dangerous items that may have been stored or discarded.

Officers recovered a machete, metal cork screw and an iron bar from the undergrowth.

Head of Hounslow Safer Schools Team PS Turtle said the removal’s reduced the potential of serious violence and potential loss of life. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A 31 year old man from Chertsey has been killed in a shooting in the US.

Astrophysicist, Dr Matthew Willson, was visiting his girlfriend in the southern state of Georgia.

Police are believed to have discovered him in bed and say the incident was “random”.

The Foreign Office says it is "supporting the family of a British man following his death".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are hunting for youths after an arson attack in Addlestone.

They were see trying to start a motorcycle on Thursday morning before setting fire to it.

The fire completely destroyed the vehicle and damaged a neighbouring fence.

Anyone who witnessed or has any information on this incident in urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A Heathrow bound American Airlines flight had to make a return to Miami after less than an hour in the air on Wednesday night.

The airline says it’s after a female passenger refused “ to comply with the federal mask requirement.”

The aircraft was around 500 miles into its 4,400 mile flight.

Passengers affected were re-booked onto flights the next day. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Two people are being questioned after a drugs raid in Thornton Heath.

Police carried out searches at ten residential properties in the area yesterday morning. 

They recovered a quantity of cocaine and heroin along with more than £10,000 in cash.

A 38-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

There's growing concern in Downing Street that Sue Gray's investigation into lockdown parties at Number Ten has uncovered damaging evidence

Some of Boris Johnson's inner circle are said to doubt whether the findings will clear him.

Meanwhile a senior Tory MP's described complaints from anti-Boris backbenchers, who've suffered threats and intimidation from within the Conservative party.

Shadow Paymaster General and Putney MP Fleur Anderson thinks that's unacceptable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

People in Runnymede who have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic are being offered a lifeline

Runnymede Borough Council has secured £70,000 to support those in privately rented homes. 

Residents who are behind on rent and landlords with tenants in rent arrears are being urged to contact the Council as soon as possible. 

The money must be allocated to those in need before the end of March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

A care home in Addlestone has been put into special measures, after it was found some equipment was stained with faeces

Rodwell House was also found to have major staff shortages, and a lack of empathetic management.

One person was injured after a hoist was misused.

A spokesperson says they’re working to address the issues, and are striving to make improvements.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

A man has been convicted of causing the death of a teenage boy who was riding with him on a moped in Feltham

14-year-old Bradlee Alboni-Odell was fatally injured, after 19-year-old Kai Holder looked over his shoulder and lost control.

They had been driving at around double the speed limit, and Holder admitted to regularly purchasing stolen mopeds.

Detective Constable Victor Barkes says “there was no reason for Holder to be driving the way he did that day”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Hounslow’s Council leader says he backs the Mayor of London’s “ambition” to tackle air pollution, but people must have their say

A new report commissioned by Sadiq Khan states car traffic must reduce by at least 27% in London by the end of the decade.

He’s proposing a daily levy of up to £2 to drive a petrol or diesel car in London and another expansion of the ULEZ is on the cards.  

Hounslow declared a Climate Emergency in 2018 and is working to go zero carbon.

But Council leader Hanif Kahn says “I want to ensure that the impact of the ideas in the Mayor’s report are fully explored.”

He’s worried about those with disabilities and the impact of COVID.

Meanwhile, the RAC says less than a third of Londoners plan to switch to an electric car in the next five years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

The charity which operates Hampton Court Palace says it can no longer afford to allow free access to some of its gardens

Historic Royal Palaces says the closure of its sites during lockdown cost it £100 million.  

It says the majority of the estate will remain free of charge including Home Park and Barge Walk. 

More than 1,500 have signed an e-petition urging a reconsideration.   

A Historic Royal Palaces spokesman said: 

‘Hampton Court Palace is managed by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent, self-funding charity.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our finances.

With our sites closed for prolonged periods, in the last financial year we lost almost all of our income, leaving us facing a shortfall of £100m.

As a result, we are no longer able to afford to staff some areas of the gardens to maintain free public access. 

We are committed to continuing to provide free access to the majority of the Hampton Court Palace estate, including the 750 acres of Home Park and Barge Walk.’

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Plans to build a new sports pavilion in St Margarets have been given the go ahead by Richmond Council.

A community non-profit group had proposed demolishing the current structure in Moormead Park and replacing it with a new one.

It’ll be environmentally-friendly and include sports storage, a café and accessible public toilets.

The Moormead Community and Sports Pavilion Charity was in favour of the plans. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Thursday 20 January 2022

Health and social care students at Kingston University are to volunteer at a number of Dementia-led centres.

Placements will be at Kingston Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Society and care homes within the borough.

It means students can see the person with Dementia and not just their diagnosis. 

The aim is to give them the opportunity to develop their in-person skills and knowledge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People across Runnymede are being urged to have their say on what they want their high streets to look like.

An independent specialist is to carry out the research.

There will be a household telephone survey, as well as face to face surveys across Addlestone, Egham and Chertsey. 

The council says it’s important to take part if you are contacted as the surveys will form town centre changes over the coming years. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Two drug dealers targeting Surrey have been jailed for a combined total of 8 years and 6 months.

22 year old Abubaker Basharo and 23 year old Lucas Carvalho De Silva were pulled over and arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

The search of their car revealed three mobile phones, wraps containing Class A’s and £400 in cash.

In custody, Carvalho was found to be hiding 30 wraps of heroin and 64 wraps of Cocaine.

Basharo’s tests revealed he was driving under the influence of cannabis. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

South Western Railway has announced the five new charities it’s going to support over the next 2 years.

They include Clapham based homeless support centre Ace of Clubs and blood donation charity, SERV Surrey and London. 

Staff were asked to nominate charities across the network which they wanted to support, and one was selected in each region. 

South Western Railway already works with Missing People UK which sees staff receiving notifications when someone disappears. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Electric buses are coming to a key route in Brentford this year.

The 235, which runs between Sunbury Village and Brentford North Quarter, will receive the eco friendly vehicles to help cut pollution.  

Transport for London has also increased capacity on the route.

There will now be up to 10 buses per hour towards Brentford due to increased demand during the morning rush hour. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Teddington RNLI has rescued a person from the banks of the Thames at Ham.

An emergency call was made to Kingston Police at 10.40 this morning and a search of the riverside began. 

The vulnerable person was located near the riverbank in Ham unharmed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are hunting for four men after an aggravated burglary in Epsom yesterday evening.

The suspects forced their way into a property on Lynwood Avenue just before 6:30pm after the victim opened the front door.

The men, not known to the victim, ransacked the property leaving the occupant shaken but uninjured.

The four men left the location in a dark coloured vehicle; police suspect possible links to a burnt out car found at Gatton Bottom.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

A man has been arrested twice since Sunday in Staines on suspicion of various offences.

A number of dispersal orders have been given, which allow police to instruct people to leave an area.

Spelthorne Police say there’ll be dedicated patrols in the Town Centre, and some will be in plain clothes.

It adds that discussions with parents, where appropriate, will be carried out for certain behaviours.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray has cast doubt over his competitive future following a disappointing second round exit from the Australian Open.

The two-time Wimbledon Champion was beaten in straight sets by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in Melbourne.

Following the match, Murray was asked if he plans to return to the tournament next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has been arrested twice since Sunday in Staines on suspicion of various offences.

A number of dispersal orders have been given, which allow police to instruct people to leave an area.

Spelthorne Police say there’ll be dedicated patrols in the Town Centre, and some will be in plain clothes.

It adds that discussions with parents, where appropriate, will be carried out for certain behaviours.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A newsagent in Twickenham has withdrawn an appeal contesting losing its alcohol licence, after more violations were found

In July last year, Hampton News and Booze was found to be selling alcohol illegally to schoolchildren.

An appeal date was set for Monday, but police found that CCTV wasn’t working, there were no staff training records, and no Challenge 25 posters.

They must now remove all alcohol from the premises.

We contacted Hampton News and Booze to ask if they’d be changing their name, and their response was “maybe” and refused to comment further.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

An extra £8 million is to be spent on mental health services across Surrey

Surrey County Council has pledged the money saying the pandemic has made it harder for people to get the support they need. 

The money’s been released as part of the “No One Left Behind” campaign. 

This is part of the £46.5million allocated to improving mental health in the Council’s proposed 2022/23 budget. 

The money will deliver faster and better care for those needing help. 

The council says it’s seen an increase in levels of depression, self-harm and eating disorders in teenagers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

A man with links to Kingston is wanted to breaching the terms of his sex offender requirements


41-year-old Tariq Benzema also goes by the names of Farid Benkheda and Karim Allali.

He also has links to Tottenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

Brentford manager Thomas Frank says last night's 3-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester United doesn't tell the full story

He saw his side squander a number of first half chances as they went in level at half-time nil-nil.

Frank feels, despite the loss, they completely outplayed their opponents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

The requirement to wear masks in classrooms in England is being scrapped this morning as part of an easing of Plan B measures

The Prime Minister announced yesterday coverings in other settings, such as in shops and on public transport, won't be mandatory from next Thursday.

But teaching unions say the decision is "premature".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says people will still have to wear masks on public transport in London.

He says "If we have learnt anything from this pandemic, it is that we must not get complacent and undo all our hard work and sacrifices.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Two men claiming to be builders have stolen jewellery from a home in Surbiton


In December, they were wearing high visibility jackets and they said there were reports of water leaks in homes.

Pictures have been released of the items, and police say not to purchase them as they have significant sentimental value.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Wednesday 19 January 2022

For the first time in around a month, the COVID-19 case rate across Surrey has dropped below 1,000.

It currently stands at 865 per 100,000 people.

However, shortages of lateral flow tests continue, having an effect on the number of reported positive cases.

Current 'Plan B' measures, including mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport, as well as the use of the Covid pass, are expected to expire next Wednesday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Supporters of Boris Johnson are trying to dispel talk of plans to get him out of Downing Street.

 Supporters of Boris Johnson are trying to dispel talk of plans to get him out of Downing Street.

Faith in the Prime Minister has taken a hit following revelations of lockdown parties in Downing Street, with a group of his own MPs planning to submit letters of no confidence.

But the armed forces minister, James Heappey, says now is not the right time for him to go.

Conservative peer and former Kensington and Chelsea councillor, Lord Moylan agrees.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Plans to restabilise Hammersmith Bridge appear to be at a deadlock.

The Grade II listed structure closed to traffic in 2019 over safety fears before reopening to cyclists and pedestrians last July. 

Talks between the Department for Transport and Hammersmith and Fulham Council about funding the £6 million project are still ongoing. 

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney says the key priority is getting buses running over it again. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Battersea’s Labour MP says she was sad not to get an answer from the Prime Minister after she asked him about booster vaccination uptake.

 Marsha de Cordova wanted to know when the Government expects the booster programme to be completed. 

She also wanted to know how Boris Johnson plans to encourage youngsters to get vaccinated. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Cadan Murley has re-signed for Twickenham based rugby union club Harlequins.

He’s the eighth player to recommit to Quins this month.

Cadan has over 60 appearances and 17 tries to his name, having joined the club academy set-up at 16. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are patrolling a part of Surbiton following reports of people attempting to sell what’s thought to be stolen meat.

Officers have been carrying out foot patrols in Britannia Road.

People are being advised  not to open their door to salespeople. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Police have named a teenager killed in a collision with a lorry in Epsom before Christmas.

Pedestrian Stephanie Beard died in East Street at 7.30am on December the 17th. 

The 17 year old’s family has described her as “a beautiful young soul.”

They have paid tribute saying “she was a loving daughter, sister, and granddaughter. Rest in peace angel."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Owners of hospitality and leisure businesses in Mole Valley can now apply for an Omicron Grant.

Funds of up to £6,000 are being made available based on eligibility. 

The one-off payments are funded by the Government following an online application.

Mole Valley Council has now opened the bidding process with applications to be completed by February the 14th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A 69-year-old and a 52-year-old have been charged following a burglary in Esher.

Police were called on Monday morning to Clare Hill shortly before 4am, and two men were arrested nearby.

Inspector Bert Dean says “please be reassured that residential burglary is a real priority of ours”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Organisers of a vigil on Clapham Common, planned last year following the murder of Sarah Everard, are taking the Metropolitan Police to the High Court.

They argue their human rights were breached when officers threatened to fine campaigners because, at the time, gatherings were banned.

The group "Reclaim These Streets" say they'd proposed a socially-distanced protest about violence against women.

The Met says they “do not believe our approach was founded on an inaccurate interpretation of the regulations”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park says if Boris Johnson resigns, the UK’s leadership on climate change is “uncertain.”

Former Conservative MP, Zac Goldsmith, is now Minister of State for the Pacific and the Environment

Writing on Twitter, he stated; “It’s not just that the future of Government is uncertain. 

“So too is continued UK leadership on climate and nature. 

“The measurable truth is that we are now world leaders and have moved things massively on nature. 

“If this PM goes, that very likely ends.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Authorities have revealed the top twelve most-wanted British criminals thought to be hiding in Spain

The men are accused of offences including murder, drugs trafficking and supplying firearms and ammunition.

Among them is 30-year-old Jack Mayle from Croydon, who’s wanted on suspicion of drug dealing.

He has a diamond tattoo under his left eye and Croydon on his left forearm, but may have tried to alter his appearance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

A dispersal zone is in place in Clapham Junction, following reports of anti-social behaviour by schoolchildren

It was put in place on Monday, on a 200 metre radius around the McDonalds.

It expires at 3.30 this afternoon.

Anyone who’s asked to leave the area must do so, and surrender any items they’re asked to by a police officer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Transport for London is facing a backlash over plans to charge a premium on trips to Heathrow

They’re proposing to always charge peak-time fares for those using the Piccadilly Line to get to the airport.

The government is reviewing the plans, and will give feedback ahead of the new funding agreement next month.

The operator has taken government bailouts on the condition that it finds hundreds of millions of pounds more a year from 2023.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

There could be a big jump in the number of Conservative MPs losing faith in Boris Johnson because of lockdown parties at Number Ten

Up to 20 politicians, elected in 2019, apparently plan to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Although it's not clear if that'll push the total to 54, enough to trigger a vote on his future.

Analysis by The Times shows that 58 Tory MPs have recently criticised the PM publicly.

That includes Runnymede and Weybridge MP Dr Ben Spencer and Wimbledon’s Stephen Hammond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

A planning inquiry has ruled a former Masonic Hall in Staines can be demolished and redeveloped

Spelthorne Borough Council originally refused the application by Inland Homes on the grounds of height. 

However, the authority has been overruled by the secretary of state and work to create more than 200 homes can now go ahead. 

Council leader Lawrence Nichols said “I’m really disappointed with this decision, as I know Staines residents will be.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

A new video, featuring two Made In Chelsea stars, is urging more young people to get their Covid booster jab

Miles and Julius from the reality show explain how to book an appointment - and why it's important.

16 and 17-year-olds are now eligible for a third dose - but uptake remains lower among younger groups.

TV doctor Emeka Okorocha is working with ministers to encourage more of us to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Emergency works on a burst watermain along a busy route in Twickenham are on course to be completed by Friday.

York Street is closed to all eastbound traffic from Twickenham heading towards Richmond.

Thames Water engineers are on site and two bus stops have been suspended.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A nurse at St George’s Hospital in Tooting who’s met MPs and NHS bosses every year since 2010 is being nominated for an award.

44-year-old Ediscyll Lorusso joined the hospital when she was 21, and was “dedicated” to the Thombosis ward.

It led to St George’s being recognised in parliament for its work.

She’s up for the lifetime achievement award from Skills for Health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

There are calls for train companies covering South-West London to assure people that their reduced timetables are only temporary.

The leader of Merton Council says the reduction in services coincides with a reduction in Northern Line services.

Councillor Mark Allison says Londoners who don’t own cars and low-income families will be hit by the change.

It’s been reduced due to staffing issues caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Three out of the ten films nominated for Best Sound at the Oscars were mixed by Twickenham Studios.

James Bond’s 25th adventure No Time to Die, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, and Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho made the list.

Teams from the studios recently won an Oscar for sound on Bohemian Rhapsody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

An increased fear of crime has prompted a review of safety measures in a park in Colliers Wood.

Merton Council’s safety assessment of Wandle Park is being carried out this week following resident concerns.

The park is often used as a short cut by pedestrians and cyclists, as well as being popular with dog walkers.

New Met Police figures show Merton is the fourth safest London borough, and crime fell by 5% last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea are due to face Brighton at 8 pm this evening in the Premier League.

The Blues are hoping for a win to re-energise their season after a loss against Manchester City at the weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

There’s a blood donor shortage in Twickenham.

There are currently 136 weekly slots available at its blood donor centre.  

The NHS needs nearly 400 new donors a day to meet demand; less people donated during the pandemic. 

One blood donation can save as many as three lives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Two drivers of separate cars have been taken to hospital after a collision in Chertsey last night.

Both sustained serious injuries, one potentially life threatening, after their vehicles collided on Hardwick Lane in Lyn just before 6:30pm.

The road was temporarily shut whilst emergency services attended the scene.

Police are urging any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man has died after falling from height in Croydon.

Emergency services were called to the junction of Wellesley Road  and Sydenham Road at ten to two this afternoon.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was found with injuries consistent with a fall and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death’s currently being treated as unexplained, initial enquires believe there’s no third party involvement. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray produced some fine tennis to come through a five set thriller in his first round match at the Australian Open.

The two time Wimbledon Champion beat Georgian 21st seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili in Melbourne.

Murray virtually retired at the tournament three years ago before undergoing career saving hip surgery.

He says after all of his issues he's delighted to be competing with the world's best again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The deputy PM insists Boris Johnson's been "straightforward" and did not lie to Parliament about drinks at Number Ten in breach of lockdown rules

Former Downing Street adviser, Dominic Cummings, alleges the Prime Minister knew about the party in May 2020 before it happened, despite claiming otherwise.

Number Ten strongly denies Mr Johnson lied.

An investigation's already examining a number of Downing Street parties.

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab is refusing to comment about whether the PM should resign.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Royal Mail say they’re “committed to finding a long term plan” to ensure better service in Wimbledon

The area’s MP, Stephen Hammond, organised a meeting with the service “so they could hear residents’ concerns”.

Last Monday, Mr Hammond himself said he hadn’t had any post at home for a week.

Royal Mail is one of many services under pressure due to staff needing to self-isolate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Merton Council's head of finance is standing down.

Tobin Byers is to take a new job with the Civil Service.

It'll be a "politically-restricted role", which means he's also having to stand down as a councillor.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A woman has been attacked on a tram from East Croydon

Just after 6pm on Sunday, a man sat next to a woman on board the service, before assaulting her.

If you recognise him, or have any information, please contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 2100095688.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

London's mayor says drivers need to be charged by the mile to help hit climate change targets

Sadiq Khan wants road pricing to be brought in to encourage a switch to more environmentally friendly ways of travelling.

A City Hall document says technology to charge drivers per mile is "still years away from being ready" - so other alternatives are being considered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

The Animal Welfare Bill is due to get its second reading in the Commons today

If made law, pets and other animals would no longer be recognised as objects, but sentient beings. 

The RSPCA says there is “overwhelming support” for the Bill and it’s time “to speak up for animals.”

Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney, hopes the new law would help stop dog thefts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

A community theatre in Walton may be forced to close permanently

The future of the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse will be determined at an Elmbridge Borough Council cabinet meeting next month. 

The current management arrangements for the 100 year old building end on March the 31st. 

The council says that unless satisfactory alternative arrangements can be established by this date, it will have to shut its doors. 

A petition against its closure has gathered nearly 5,000 signatures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Monday 17 January 2022

Charges have been dropped against Frank Lampard after he was accused of using his phone while driving.

The Crown Prosecution Service say there wasn't enough evidence against the former Chelsea manager, who denied the claim.

The 43-year-old was filmed by cyclist as he was driving through London in April last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for 12 years for GBH in Hersham.

35 year old Ebi Apineri, from Croydon, pleaded guilty to the charges at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

It’s after police were called to Snellings road on the 6th December 2020 where they found a 20 year old suffering multiple stab wounds.

A 26-year-old woman from Croydon was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but was later released without further action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

25 councils, including Richmond, Wandsworth and Surrey, have been given new benches as part of a mental health initiative to mark the new series of After Life.

The main character in Ricky Gervais's hit Netflix show "After Life" often sits on a bench in the churchyard where his wife Lisa is buried. 

The series, concentrates on the journey character Tony goes on after losing his wife to cancer.

It centres around his grief, with moments of laughter and humour, but also highlights and works around his feelings of suicide. 

Two of the benches have been placed in Rookery Gardens & Woodlands in Streatham and at York House Gardens in Twickenham.

Netflix has teamed up with suicide prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably to donate seating at locations across the UK to encourage people to open up and talk. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a stabbing in Thornton Heath.

They were called to Beulah Road just after 3:30 in the afternoon of Saturday the 8th January.

A 20 year old suffering stab injuries was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The Metropolitan Police have teamed up with England Netball to launch a year-long scheme to help young women

It was kicked off in Croydon yesterday, with 35 teenage girls coming together for a two-hour coaching session.

Throughout the year, there’ll be visits to elite netball matches, as well as the National Air Service Police centre and talks by senior officers.

Fran Connolly, head of England Netball, says the sport has the power to “unite and inspire communities”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

Businesses in England say they're looking forward to the impact coronavirus isolation rules being relaxed will have

From today, people who test positive for Covid will only need to quarantine for five days - after negative tests on day five and at the start of day six.

The Omicron variant brought problems for employers, who've struggled to operate with staff off isolating.

Merton’s Director of Public Health, Dr Dagmar Zeuner, says studies show that people spend different amounts of time being a threat to others.

She says that many people will no longer be infectious after five days, but you have to be absolutely sure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

The chairman of Credit Suisse has resigned following an investigation by the bank into claims he broke Covid quarantine rules

The news agency, Reuters, previously reported Antonio Horta-Osorio went against the UK's regulations so he could take his seat to watch the tennis at Wimbledon in July.

He's said he regrets that a number of his "personal actions" compromised his ability to represent the organisation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank feels their 3-nil Premier League defeat away at Liverpool could've turned out differently had they got to half-time level

Fabinho headed the hosts in front shortly before the break from a corner.

Frank claims that was the turning point of the match.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

South Western Railway has started operating a temporary reduced timetable

Services are being catered towards key workers, school pupils and those who cannot work from home. 

Former transport secretary and Epsom MP, Chris Grayling, says the plans will have an adverse effect on residents. 

He has some positive news for commuters in the town. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Sunday 16 January 2022

A rescue team in Surrey has completed its 1000th rescue mission.

Surrey Search and Rescue which formed in 2010 is a voluntary charity that helps the police and fire services.

The volunteers about a total of 60 come from all walks of life can operate in all sorts of environments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm  

Police have issued a dispersal order in Staines after being bombarded with phone calls about anti-social behaviour on Saturday evening.

A second order will be in place between 2pm and midnight on Sunday.

According to the latest Home Office figures, anti-social behaviour is the most commonly reported type of crime in the area.

394 reports of anti-social behaviour were logged by Surrey Police between December 2020 and November 2021.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

Harlequins have announced their fly half has re-signed with the club.

26-year old Will Edwards is the fourth player to have agreed to stay at the Twickenham Stoop following the likes of Luke Northmore, Sam Riley and Alex Dombrandt.

In the 2021/2022 campaign Edwards went on to help Quins to a stunning comeback win against Wasps earning him the player of the Match award.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

Hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses can now apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Announced by the Government in December, Wandsworth council will distribute the grant to eligible businesses struggling due to the Omicron variant.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Wandsworth Council has distributed more than £214 million in financial support to local business.

Businesses can apply using the online portal to send an application.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A £25 million project to maintain and improve a major reservoir near Walton-on-Thames is nearing completion.

The QE2 reservoir, opened by The Queen in 1962, provides a tenth of all the water used across London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 am  

Richmond Council is one of 14 authorities celebrating today after the Court of Appeal ruled in its favour on illegal traveller camps.

The councils were seeking to overturn a ruling which stated they had to get court permission before evicting travellers. 

Richmond is now looking to reinstate a previous injunction which allowed enforcement officers to take immediate action. 

Travellers repeatedly set up camp on Kew Green last year, resulting in a costly clean-up for taxpayers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 am  

Kingston’s MP has thanked the former leader of the council for her work during the Covid pandemic.

Lib Dem Caroline Kerr, who only became leader at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, resigned in October.

At the time she said she took the decision with “a heavy heart” but didn’t specify exact reasons for it.

Sir Ed Davey, who is the Lib Dem party leader, says Ms Kerr saw the borough through one of its toughest times.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 am  

Kingston Council says it has an “ambitious vision” to try and end rough sleeping and homelessness in the borough.

There are currently over 900 households living in temporary accommodation.

There are also around 3,700 people on the council’s housing register.

The authority has published its Housing Strategy online, which sets out funding and ideas on how housing is built between now and 2027.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 am  

Chiswick is to get its first ever university.

It follows the green light from planning chiefs at Hounslow Council for the American International University to set up a new campus at Chiswick Park.

The University has been based just four miles away in Richmond for the past fifty years.

It says the move to Chiswick will give students more opportunity to work with local businesses and benefit from what it calls a “vibrant community”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

People living in Merton are being encouraged to submit questions to next month’s council meeting.

It’s a chance for residents to draw attention to matters that most affect them.

Merton Council is still recommending that only councillors attend meetings and others participate remotely due to COVID.

Questions should be submitted to the council by next Friday; details can be found on the authority’s website.

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