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Saturday 19 February 2022

In the Premier League third-placed Chelsea left it late to triumph 1-nil at Crystal Palace, while two second-half goals saw Arsenal beat Brentford 2-1

Liverpool suffered a scare before eventually beating Norwich 3-1 to move to within six points of the Premier League summit.

In the evening game Spurs won 3-2 at Manchester City.

In the Championship leaders Fulham suffered a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield at Craven Cottage.

QPR drew 1-all at home to Hull.

It was a miserable afternoon for AFC Wimbledon after being hammered 4-nil at Bolton in League One.

The Dons remain planted in the relegation zone.

In League Two Sutton drew 1-all at Hartlepool.

In the National League South and the Isthmian League Hampton & Richmond Borough, Kingstonian and Corinthian Casuals all saw their games postponed due to the bad weather.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Harlequins secure bonus-point win over Wasps at the third annual LGBTQ+ fixture at the Twickenham Stoop


Harlequins bounce back from three consecutive defeats with a bonus-point win over Wasps at the Twickenham Stoop. The game also marks the third annual LGBTQ+ pride fixture at the club. Quins' Head Coach Tabai Matson spoke with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after the game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

Kingston council has welcomed the first Afghan family under the new Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy in the borough

Families assisted through the scheme were locally employed staff who supported the British government during its involvement in Afghanistan.

The first family was relocated to Kingston earlier this month

The council has committed to settling 32 individuals under the ARAP Scheme.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

It’s been revealed that Kew Gardens lost around 5-million pounds last year as lockdown and international travel restrictions hit the tourist trade

Visitor numbers are not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until around 2025.

The Botanic Gardens are home to 50-thousand living plants and around 7-million preserved plant specimens.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Harlequins LGBTQ+ annual pride fixture at Twickenham Stoop

Harlequins welcome an in-form Wasps team to the Twickenham Stoop this afternoon.

The hosts are looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak.

Today's match also marks the third annual LGBTQ+ pride fixture hosted by Quins, promoting rugby's inclusivity for all.

The sell-out fixture kicks off at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

There are appeals for witnesses to a serious collision in Sunbury yesterday evening.

Officers were called to an incident between a motorcycle and a car on Groveley Road around 8pm

The road was closed, and the motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with any information or dashcam footage is asked to call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Energy firms in the south-west expect power to be restored to the 112-thousand homes still cut off, by six o'clock this evening.

 Thousands more are without electricity in the east and south-east, after Storm Eunice.

Three people died when fierce winds - which may have broken records - toppled trees and sent debris flying.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says anyone planning to travel today should expect disruption as the clear up continues

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Storm Eunice update :

Joint statement with South Western Railway

19 February 2022

Winds of over 90 miles per hour have caused over 40 fallen trees to block routes across our network, and our patrol teams are continuing to find and remove trees on key lines this morning.

While we are working hard to run as many services as we safely can, we strongly advise our customers not to travel on our network until further notice.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we’re able to get customers to where they need to be, as replacement services will not be available on certain routes.

We apologise to customers for the disruption that this is causing and thank them for their patience as we deal with the severe impact of Storm Eunice and work to restore services as soon as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Merton Council is urging parents to make sure their children get their Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.

There was a drop in the MMR vaccine take-up during the COVID pandemic.  

Coverage across England is also at its lowest for a decade.

The World Health Organisation sets a target of 95% of children vaccinated to achieve ‘herd immunity’.

In Merton, 89% of five-year-olds had received one dose of the MMR vaccines in 2020 and 2021.

But this drops to 72% for those receiving the vital two doses by the time they are five, which gives 99% protection against Measles.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits their target in the Premier League is now to guarantee a top four finish.

The Club World Cup winners go into their game at Crystal Palace this afternoon 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, in third place.

Tuchel says their ambitions have changed with the title now gone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

People across Hammersmith and Fulham are being asked to take a “10 minute” survey to help make women safer.

The council says it is “determined” to make the borough a “place for all” and empower women in public spaces.

There are around 1,500 night-time businesses in Hammersmith and Fulham.

The survey results will help shape the “Safety of Women at Night Fund” to crack down on gender-based crime. 

The survey is available on the Council’s website. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Brentford head to Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon looking to do the double over their London rivals.

They began their first season back in the top-flight for 74 years with victory over Mikel Arteta's side in their opening game.

But Thomas Frank's team have endured a difficult run recently.

The Brentford boss is thankful for last weekend's draw against Crystal Palace.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

England have been handed an injury boost ahead of their rugby union Six Nations match with champions Wales.

Back-row Courtney Lawes is in contention after returning to full training in time for the Twickenham clash.

He's been unable to play in the opening two rounds of the tournament because of concussion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

The third annual Sutton Community Awards will be live streamed next Wednesday.

They celebrate those who have made an “exceptional” contribution to making Sutton a better place to live, work and raise a family.

There are 10 accolades in total, including the new “Outstanding Community Champion Award.”

Comedian Tim Vine will host the ceremony on the Council’s YouTube channel from 6pm. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 18 February 2022

Wandsworth Council says progress in cutting carbon emissions in the borough last year “was strong.”

Emissions have fallen from 1,482 kilotons to 846, or by 42%, over the past 5 years.

Just under half of borough emissions come from the electricity and gas used in homes, with a quarter from transport.

The rest comes from industry, business and the public sector. 

A budget of over £5 million is available to help Wandsworth reach its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

We’re being warned about scammers pretending to be from the NHS and offering COVID vaccines or tests.

An 84-year-old from Epsom received a text saying he was a close contact and would need to pay £1.30 for a test kit.

He realised it was a scam before giving any personal information.

However, a 68-year-old from West Sussex ended up transferring £25,000 to a bank account after paying the small charge, then being called by a scammer later.

Any victims should contact police and Action Fraud.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A drug dealer from Surbiton has been jailed for 16 years and 3 months.

38 year old Erion Nakdi was arrested on his way to Luton Airport in November 2020, police seized £5,000 found inside his suitcase.

A search of his home recovered a further £5,000.

Encrypted messaged revealed he had contacts in South America, and claimed he could bring over 50kg of cocaine into the UK a week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A care home in Chiswick has been told it still “requires improvement”.

Chiswick Nursing Centre was found to not always manage medicines safely when it was inspected in April 2020.

At a recent inspection, it was found the same pestle and mortar was used to grind two different medicines, risking cross contamination.

Chiswick Nursing Centre said:

"1. The inspection took place on 4th February 2021. As you will be aware this was at a time of unprecedented pressure on the services provided by the Chiswick Nursing Centre, related to Covid 19. 

2. The Chiswick Nursing Centre is one of the largest nursing centres in London. The centre comprises of 146 beds on five floors. The Chiswick Nursing Centre focuses on the provision of care to higher need/ acuity residents. 

3. The breach in question relates to regulation 12 of the heath and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulation 2014 safe care and treatment. 

 As you will note throughout the CQC inspection report (copy provided), one individual breach on one floor is highlighted, specifically the use of one Pestle and Mortar where there was no cross contamination evidenced. This breach was rectified within 1 day. The CQC have been notified of the actions taken.

 4. The sections that were deemed “good” have not been published."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says his team must be "realistic" in their ambitions in the Premier League this season.

The Club World Cup winners trail leaders Manchester City by 16 points in the table.

Tuchel admits the gap is too big to think about winning the title.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A hitman who shot dead a father in front his wife and child in Battersea has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years.

Anis Hemissi, who's 24, was part of a team of four killers sent from Sweden to southwest London.

Flamur Beqiri was shot dead at home in 2019 in a feud with a rival international drugs gang.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

Protests outside St George’s Hospital in Tooting have been called off.

Planned GMB Union demonstrations, organised by employees of Mitie, were over several issues with their pay, including sick pay. 

Company bosses have now back down and offered a sick pay scheme to all members.

GMB representatives have agreed to suspend their action for a month while the rollout is carried out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power because of Storm Eunice, with extreme gusts of 122 miles per hour recorded in southern England.

A red weather warning remains in place until three 3pm across a huge area - from Dorset to Suffolk - due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge.

Most train lines are cancelling or reducing services, there's significant disruption to flights, and many ferry services - including at the Port of Dover - have been stopped.

 Alyson McIlroy from Chessington is on holiday in Spain; she was due to fly back to Gatwick this morning but changed her flight. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Heathrow's admitted Storm Eunice could lead to 'last-minute delays'

BA and EasyJet have called some flights off due to gale force winds.

Passengers flying out of Gatwick are being warned to leave extra time to get to the airport.

Bosses say flyers should arrive earlier than normal but also check ahead first to make sure their flight is still taking off. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has announced plans to create 4,000 prison places across 16 sites, as part of the government's pledge to increase jail capacity

They include Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

The proposals, which are subject to planning permission being granted, will involve building new wings and refurbishing old spaces.

The government wants to create 20,000 prison places by 2025.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

A man from Clapham has been jailed after an engineer found two guns in an electrical cupboard

26-year-old Rashorn Evans was found to be storing a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun.

Police found two drill music videos where he could be seen imitating firing a shotgun.

He’s been sentenced to six and a half years behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

A rower has been describing the moment he discovered a little piece of history on the Thames at Brentford

Simon Hunt was prepping his boat on the banks of the river last year when he spotted what turned out to be part of a human leg bone

Carbon dating has since indicated it to be more than 5,000 years old, meaning the person lived at the end of the Stone Age.

 Simon says he wasn’t prepared for that news.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

House prices in Richmond have reportedly jumped by over £100,000 since the start of the pandemic

That’s around 17%.

Research by Twindig shows the average property in London has become £40,000 more expensive.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney are the only boroughs to have gotten cheaper.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A rare red weather warning for wind has been extended to cover south-east England and London, as well as the south-west, brought by Storm Eunice

It could be the worst storm to hit the UK in 30 years.

Trains are cancelled, hundreds of schools shut, and tourist attractions like zoos and the London Eye have closed, too.

Forecasters predict hurricane-force winds, or a phenomenon known as a 'sting jet'.

Richmond Park and Bushy Parks are closed today. 

The Royal Parks says Greenwich is also closed, and while the others remain open, their playgrounds will be shut.

 The management team says the decision has been based on the age and vulnerability of trees. 

 A 50 mph speed restriction is in place on South Western Railway services until 9pm.

 Surrey Fire and Rescue is urging people to stay indoors where possible. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Thursday 17 February 2022

Kingston University's Town House building has made it onto the shortlist of a prestigious European Architecture Award.

It’s been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the “Mies van der Rohe Award.”

Some 40 buildings across 18 countries were shortlisted after a jury panel met in Barcelona over two years.

These were further narrowed down to a final five in the architecture category, with Town House the only UK building among the finalists.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

A car has been stolen in a burglary in Fetcham.

Officers were called to an address of School Lane at 6pm yesterday where a BMW X5 was stolen from the property.

Two men were seen behaving suspiciously in the area, possibly in a dark coloured car, in the time leading up to the burglary.

Police are urging any witnesses, or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage in the area to contact them on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

Four fire engines were called to a fire in Croydon on Tuesday.

Firefighters tackled a shed fire on Spa Hill just before 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

A shed and part of some boundary fencing were destroyed, and a neighbouring shed was also damaged.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, there are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Four members of a Ghanaian drug smuggling ring have been jailed, after trying to import £3m of cocaine.

56-year-old Julius Pumlampu was intercepted at Heathrow in August, with six kilos of cocaine in his suitcase.

His associates initially denied knowledge of each other, until evidence showed them together at Kototka Airport rearranging items in the suitcase.

They’ve been sentenced to a combined 28 years behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was found on the M25 at Chertsey in the early hours.

Police were called to the clockwise stretch at junction 11 just before 3am. 

National Highways and the ambulance service were also in attendance. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 pm  

It’s been revealed that millions of people missed important post over Christmas due to pandemic-related delays at Royal Mail.

Citizens Advice estimates 2.5 million customers missed important documents while 15 million people had to wait longer for post. 

Royal Mail says the Omicron wave meant thousands of staff had to take time off but the “vast majority” of post was delivered on time.  

Merton Council’s leader, Mark Allison, says the authority was one of many affected.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Three people - two of them serving metropolitan police officers - have been charged with sending grossly offensive messages on WhatsApp.

It's linked to an investigation into conversations exchanged online with Sarah Everard's killer - the jailed former PC - Wayne Couzens, who kidnapped her in Clapham and murdered her.

It's alleged they shared racist and misogynistic messages.

All three will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

A new art workshop aimed at people of Afro-Caribbean heritage with Dementia is coming to Sutton.

According to Dementias Platform UK, people from white ethnic backgrounds are more likely to engage in Dementia research. 

Alzheimer’s Research UK Inspire Fund has awarded DPUK  £23,000 to educate people from different backgrounds in brain health.

Your Beautiful Brain will involve collaborations between prominent African and Caribbean artists alongside Dementia researchers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man has been taken to hospital after a fire in Croydon.

Crews were called just after 7.30 yesterday evening to Renown Close.

Most of a three roomed-flat was damaged in the blaze.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Team GB's women have joined the men in qualifying for the curling semi-finals at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Eve Muirhead's rink were 9-4 winners over the Russian Olympic Committee.

Their route to the last-four was sealed as Sweden beat South Korea 7-4.

But all eyes are now on Kamila Valieva, the Russian ice-skating prodigy who has been at the centre of a doping scandal.

She’ll go for gold tonight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Richmond Council is demanding more powers to protect its trees


It’s calling for a Government review on legislation surrounding Tree Preservation Orders.


The 1990 Act states that nature conservation and climate change are not sufficient grounds on their own to implement protection status.


It’s after a number of trees in a conservation area near Twickenham Green were felled  recently after developers were given permission.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

A heat pump is being installed at a school in Weybridge to try and reduce its carbon emissions

St George’s College hope it’ll save 250 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent of 30 homes’ energy use in that time.

Initial groundworks have been completed so far.

Ground source heat pumps take low temperature energy in the ground, then compress it into a higher temperature, in order to heat buildings and water.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Police are looking for three men after a burglary in Epsom

It took place on Cuddington Glade on the 4th of February at some point just after 5pm.

It’s believed they were travelling in a silver Audi with blacked out windows.

Contact Surrey Police quoting PR/45220013686.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

It's thought almost 15 million of us were waiting on post over the Christmas period

Citizens Advice says 2.5 million people missed important documents, health appointments or were unable to pay their bills due to postal delays.

Wimbledon was particularly badly hit, with one person claiming they received a Christmas card in mid-January.

The Royal Mail's apologised, saying the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant was largely to blame.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Work to improve a roundabout in Staines has been completed

The junction at the Crooked Billet roundabout has been made safer and easier for the 20,000 drivers that use it in peak hours.

The layout has been altered to reduce the need to change lanes on approach.

More than 700 metres of new lanes have also been created. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Runnymede Borough Council is asking people in Band D homes to pay £4.96 more per year to fund its services

The authority says it’s because Surrey County Council has increased its figure by over £77.

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, has also increased her requirement to fund the force by £10 per year.

This means that the overall increase for people living in Band D homes in Runnymede will be £92.27. 

The total bill for a Band D home will be £2,101.51 for the 2022-2023 financial year, compared with £2009.24 for the previous year.

Despite the increase, Runnymede says residents will pay the lowest Council Tax in Surrey for Borough Services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Wednesday 16 February 2022

A man from Tadworth has been fined for flytipping in South Gloucestershire.

22 year old Azhar Beelontally, and Rayhan Chowdhury, from Dagenham, have been fined more than £1,500. 

Black bags, a mattress and furniture were discovered last Spring. 

The waste was cleared by the council and evidence was found relating to a nearby address previously linked to the pair. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A teenage cancer patient relearned how to walk on her 14th birthday at hospital in Tooting.

Ismahan Ahmed was living in Kenya when she first started experiencing problems, and the family moved back to London.

Isobel Highett from St George’s says her change “has been amazing” over the last few months.

Ismahan says “Think positive and be patient as you don’t know what life will bring”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Croydon Council has confirmed it hasn’t been asked to take in more unaccompanied child migrants than it does already.

 Twenty-nine UK authorities have been told they must share the responsibility of caring for youngsters coming to the UK alone. 

A voluntary scheme was made compulsory by the Home Office last year.

Croydon Council announced last year that it was unable to accept any more unaccompanied migrant children. 

It cited financial constraints and the fact it has taken in more than 5,000 over the last decade. 

Croydon Council says it has a “proud history of caring for more unaccompanied children than almost anywhere in the country.

“We are already looking after more than three times the number of young people we are expected to.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The management team behind Richmond town centre is celebrating after being voted in for a second term.

Be Richmond represents businesses in the borough while promoting the area as a place to “live, work and explore.”

41% of people online voted “yes” to another 5 years for the team.  

Out of those who voted, 89% said Be Richmond had a positive “rateable value.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A burglar from Surbiton has been jailed after being seen inside a home.

42-year-old Nadine Steer fled after the incident in July, and was arrested two months later.

She’s been sentenced to 185 weeks in prison, after breaching two suspended sentences for shoplifting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

British pair Andy Murray and Dan Evans have both suffered exits in the last-16 of the Qatar Open tennis.

Former Wimbledon champion and world number one Murray was thrashed in straight sets - 6-love, 6-1 - by Roberto Bautista Agut 

Evans took on another Spaniard, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina all the way to a deciding set before going out too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The funerals of four children killed in a house fire in Sutton has taken place.

Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan Hoath, aged three, were alone when the blaze broke just before Christmas.

The boys were given CPR at the scene in Collingwood Road but passed away in hospital.  

Family and friends turned out at All Saints Church earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Crimestoppers is offering a £20,000 to finally try and solve the disappearance of a teenager from Cheam 34 years ago.

Lee Boxell was 15 years old when he went missing from Sutton High Street on September the 10th 1988.

He was believed to have been making his way to a football match at Selhurst Park, but wasn’t seen after 2pm. 

Today would have been Lee’s 49th birthday.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says a solar panel initiative is helping residents to “lower their energy bills”

The Solar Together scheme allows homeowners to purchase them through pre-approved installers at a cut price.

It’s part of the Council’s ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

Residents can register for the scheme by visiting the Solar Together website.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Team GB's wait for a first medal at the Winter Olympics continues.

Dave Ryding was at the top of the rankings at one point but eventually finished 13th in ski slalom.

While the women's curlers are facing elimination after an 8-4 loss against hosts China.

Our reporter James Pearce is in Beijing. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

One of the world’s first Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccines is being trialled at St George’s in Tooting.

Half of the 100 volunteers will receive a Moderna Omicron variant jab and the other half, the standard Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The trial is the first commercially sponsored Moderna vaccine to take place in the UK.

It’s also one of the first studies globally to be assessing the effectiveness of a fourth COVID-19 dose.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

The management team behind Richmond town centre is celebrating after being voted in for a second term.

Be Richmond represents businesses in the borough while promoting the area as a place to “live, work and explore.”

41% of people online voted “yes” to another 5 years for the team.  

Out of those who voted, 89% said Be Richmond had a positive “rateable value.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An animal health lab in Weybridge is to receive £200m in funding

The Animal Plant and Health Laboratory will use the money to tackle diseases such as avian flu and bovine tuberculosis.

It made headlines last year as the site which was able to diagnose COVID-19 in domestic cats.

The government says the UK must be prepared for future threats from animal diseases which could disrupt farming and wildlife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Coronavirus cases in Surrey are dropping in line with the national average

The current rate per 100,000 people is 799, and has dropped by around a third in the past week.

Epsom and Ewell is showing the lowest case rate, at 636, and has dropped the fastest, at 42%.

All boroughs are still above the national average.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

A man has been arrested at Heathrow and charged with the murder of a man in 2017

24-year-old Jarred O’Field arrived on a flight from Canada yesterday.

He’s also charged with drug dealing, in a separate matter.

23-year-old Seun McMillan was killed in Enfield in May 2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

People in Richmond are being asked to have their say on plans to increase school places for children with special educational needs

The Specialist Resource Provision will allow pupils to join The Vineyard Primary School from September 2023.

Richmond Council says the proposal will allow up to 14 children to be educated “close to home”.

The consultation will run from Friday the 11th of February until the 11th of March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

There are calls for the government to help smaller brewers by lowering the threshold for a new tax cut

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney is writing to the Chancellor, saying the 40 litre barrels needed are too big for most independents.

She says upgrading from 30 to 40 litres is a considerable expense.

However the Treasury says the changes means many wines, beers and spirits will be more affordable for consumers.

A HM treasury spokesperson said:

"We are overhauling the UK’s outdated alcohol duty rules to undertake the biggest simplification for over 140 years, replacing old rules to make many wines, beers and spirits more affordable for consumers.

“Added to this, small brewers already get 50% off their duty bills thanks to our Small Brewers Relief scheme, and we’re investing £15m in craft brewing to make this scheme more generous.

“We want draught beer for sale in pubs to qualify for our new relief and are currently analysing responses to our proposals following a consultation with industry.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

The family of a 15 year old who went missing from Sutton in 1988 are still hoping for answers on his 49th birthday

Crimestoppers is offering a £20,000 reward to finally try and solve the disappearance of Lee Boxell.  

He was believed to have been making his way to a football match at Selhurst Park when he vanished on September the 10th.

He was last spotted in Sutton High Street at around 2pm on that day. 

The money put up by the charity is for anonymous information, in the hope someone will come forward with details of what happened to Lee.

His father, Peter, says “this really does give someone a chance to do the right thing and help ease our years of pain.”

He added that it’s a “race against time” to lay Lee to rest as he and Lee’s mother are now in their 70s. 

Information passed directly to police will not qualify. Only information passed to Crimestoppers using the  secure anonymous online form at or via the 0800 555 111 freephone number will qualify.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 am  

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic has admitted he'd rather miss out on Wimbledon and the French Open than be forced to get a Covid vaccine.

The Serbian was deported from Australia last month after a row over a medical exemption used to enter the country.

Speaking to the BBC, Djokovic has explained he's "not against jabs but supports the freedom to choose what is put in your body."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A bar in Fulham described as “rowdy” by people living near it has been forced to close.

Jack’s in Wandsworth Bridge Road was stripped of its licence in July 2020 following reports lockdown rules were being broken. 

Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, as well at the Met Police, repeatedly issued warnings which were ignored.

But a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court has now closed the bar labelling the owner, Vincenzo Deffeo, “arrogant and belligerent”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday 15 February 2022

1,300 sub-contracted workers at Heathrow are now to receive the London Living Wage.

The GMB Union says those employed by Mitie and Apcoa will receive the pay rise.

Those employed by Heathrow do receive the London Living Wage, but it’s not yet required of the contractors.

Perry Philips, the union’s Regional Organiser, says they’ll keep campaigning for the pay across the airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The planning application for a new leisure centre in Kingston has been submitted.

Council Leader Andreas Kirsch says it will “revitalise our town centre”.

Over 7,000 responses have been given over three phases of consultation, and the authority is thanking people for their feedback.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Footballers are being encouraged to open up about their mental health.

Kingstonian Mind United is run by charity, Mind in Kingston, and is affiliated to Kingstonian FC.

In this special report, Mind in Kingston Podcast reporter Finn Cotter, talks to some of the team’s players. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A pair of walkers have reported being chased by a man with a knife on Twickenham Riverside.

The incident happened on Saturday night at around 7.45 in Ducks Walk.

The victims say the man in question appeared from under the bridge with the knife above his head before running after them. 

They were helped by passers-by and were not harmed.

It’s unclear whether anyone has been arrested in connection with the incident. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police have released CCTV images of two people they think can help them with an investigation in Addlestone.

Officers believe the man and the woman in the image may have details about an arson attack back in September and October last year.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, or you can contact Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Twenty-nine councils have been ordered to take unaccompanied migrant children into their care.

A voluntary scheme was made compulsory by the Home Office last year so authorities could share caring responsibilities. 

17  asked to be exempted while another 12 argued they already had "high numbers" of young people.

Croydon Council announced last year that it was unable to accept any more unaccompanied migrants children. 

The Home Office has a registration site at Lunar House in the town centre.

But Croydon claimed the Government had failed to refund it in full for the costs of hosting youngsters who arrive in the town. 

More than 5,000 have arrived in the last decade. 

We’re waiting to hear if Croydon is one of the 29 councils directed to take in unaccompanied migrant children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Covid testing vans are making their way around Croydon.

They’re offering rapid lateral flow tests and home testing kits.

It’s hoped they’ll ad extra support to those who don’t speak English very well or cannot access technology. 

The vans are complementing the testing gazebos that have popped up in 20 locations across the borough since September.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An exercise programme that helps cancer patients at the Royal Marsden has received a welcome financial boost.

64-year-old David Gullen from Sutton has been enrolled on the THRIVE programme since his diagnosis with prostate cancer in 2020. 

Simplyhealth, the UK’s leading health solutions company, has donated nearly £34,000 to the multi-team cross discipline project. 

THRIVE has enabled patients like David to stay active, to reduce fatigue, combat the side effects of his treatment and stay stronger.

Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said:

“On behalf of the Charity I’d like to say a huge thank you to Simplyhealth for their generous donation. We’re delighted that they have decided to support us in funding this innovative project which we’re particularly proud of as the idea was created entirely by staff at The Royal Marsden. The support from Simplyhealth will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer and will directly benefit hundreds of patients undergoing prostate cancer treatment at the hospital.”

Dr Sneh Khemka, Chief Executive Officer at Simplyhealth said: 

“Simplyhealth exists to improve access to healthcare for people in the UK and our donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity aligns with this purpose. We’re proud to be supporting the incredible work of the Prostate Cancer Exercise Clinic and our donation is recognition of the Royal Marsden’s holistic and innovative approach to healthcare which will help hundreds of prostate cancer patients better manage their everyday health, improve their quality of life and lead to better health outcomes.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Surrey Police are hunting for a man wanted in connection with several offences including burglary.

32-year-old Matthew Worsfold is described has white, of medium build, 5ft 5, with short gingery brown hair, a beard, and freckles.

As well as Surrey, Matthew has links to Kent, West Sussex, Crawley and Redhill.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information on Matthew’s whereabouts which leads to his arrest. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

A vaccine scientist who was given a standing ovation at Wimbledon will collect her damehood today

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert co-created the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, which has been used by over 2bn people worldwide.

Toymaker Mattel created a special Barbie doll of her to inspire young girls.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A vehicle has been driven into a unit at an industrial estate in Weybridge in a “targeted and organised attack”

Police were called at around 1.45am this morning to a luxury watch retailer’s premises on The Heights.

It doesn’t appear anything was stolen, and the vehicle was located nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

A special police unit for Hounslow Town Centre has been rolled out

24 officers, including an Inspector and two Sergeants will work to “increase community safety and trust in local policing”.

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson says Hounslow is one of his “key policing priorities”.

He adds they’ll work closely with the council and their officers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

More evidence will be heard on the second day of an inquiry into the false prosecutions of hundreds of Post Office workers

Flaws in the company's computer system saw more than 700 people wrongly accused of theft, fraud and false accounting over two decades.

72 sub-postmasters have had their names cleared so far, including a woman from West Byfleet accused of stealing over £70,000.

But 69 year-old Baljit Sethi told the inquiry yesterday, it's too little, too late.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am  

A massive tree canopy is to be planted across Merton to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme has secured 1,340 new trees from the Forestry Commission Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

 One tree will also be planted for every child born in the borough this year; a figure expected to be in excess of 3,000.  

The first round of planting will take place in Morden Park next week where 400 whips will be planted over two days. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

A number of parents say plans to expand Burlington Junior School in New Malden should be halted

Kingston Council last week approved a proposal to increase capacity at the school to accommodate 600 pupils and 55 staff.   

But some parents have told us that they are worried children currently at the site will be without a playground while the works are underway. 

They also say that the expansion won’t alleviate the school places crisis in Kingston. 

They’ve told us that’s because a large number of the children come to Burlington from neighbouring Merton. 

The council says “the plans will provide new facilities which will be of lasting benefit for many generations of children to come.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Monday 14 February 2022

Tube and bus fares are to rise by an average of almost 5% in two weeks’ time.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the news today. 

The increase, the biggest annual jump in Transport for London fares in a decade, are in line with inflation.

Passengers will be paying an estimated £151m more to travel this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Clarence House has confirmed the Duchess of Cornwall's tested positive for Covid-19.

Camilla’s husband Prince Charles caught the virus for a second time last week after first falling ill in 2020.

Despite returning a negative result on Thursday, the Duchess is now self-isolating.

Camilla was in Fulham last week; she officially opened Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s new community kitchen.

Noirish Hub is vowing to fight to end food poverty and tackle the borough’s “climate change emergency.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

A drunk driver in Weybridge who was found to be over four times the limit has avoided jail.

Police received a 999 call last month reporting a suspected drunk driver.

The person received a 30 month disqualification, 140 hours unpaid work, and a 9 week suspended prison sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

The MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, is campaigning for further improvements to NHS dental access

Nine million children missed appointments last year according to research by Healthwatch Richmond. 

The campaign group also revealed that around a third of NHS patients were unable to access urgent or emergency care during the pandemic. 

The group says the recent government cash injection of £50 million equates to only 350,000 appointments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

There are questions over who'll be heading up the Metropolitan Police and how they'll eradicate a toxic culture following the resignation of Dame Cressida Dick

Her leadership was marred by a series of scandals, including the murder of Sarah Everard from Clapham by a serving officer.

The capital's current mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he'll oppose the appointment of a new commissioner, if they're not prepared to tackle cultural problems.

Former deputy mayor of London, Baroness Jones has this idea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

A family has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in Kingston

Crews were called to London Road on Saturday, where a flat on the third floor of a four-storey block was alight.

The family left the building before the brigade arrived.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

Surrey Police has chosen Valentine’s Day to launch its new romance fraud awareness campaign

This type of crime involves a suspect contacting their victim by taking over another identity and setting up an online profile.

 Victims are bombarded with gifts but eventually asked to send money without ever meeting their online acquaintance.

 Fraud Investigator, DC Becky Mason, describes why people are getting caught out by these type of fraudsters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

A public inquiry will get underway later to examine the wrongful convictions of hundreds of Post Office staff

More than 700 sub-postmasters and mistresses were wrongly accused of theft and fraud because of an issue with the computer system Horizon.

72 have had their names cleared so far, including a woman from West Byfleet who was pregnant during her false conviction.

The inquiry will look at whether the Post Office knew about faults in the IT system.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Staff at 44 universities in the UK are walking out today for up to ten days of strike action

That includes Royal Holloway in Egham. 

The University and College Union says it's because of cuts to pensions, along with deteriorating pay and working conditions.

The walkouts involve different universities at different times over the next three weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Sunday 13 February 2022

A march is being organised by Richmond Council in support of Women.

The walk will raise awareness of the need to end violence against women and girls 

It will take place on Friday 25th February  at 5.30pm and start from Radnor Gardens café in Twickenham.

Walkers will hand out white ribbon leaflets which ask all men to promise to never commit or remain silent about male violence against women. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

In Rugby Union – In today’s Premiership fixture Twickenham based Harlequins travelled to Stonex stadium to take on Saracens.

In a battle that was played under difficult conditions not helped by the weather but the inform Sarries got off to a strong lead with some neat opening exchanges. 

However Quins defence managed to keep them at bay with the score only favouring the hosts 10-7 

Just before half time Quins benefitted from a penalty to level things  10-10 

With 30 minutes remaining the hosts went into another lead following a another strong start in the second half .

The Quins eventually succumbed to the inform Sarries 

The final score Saracens 19  Harlequins 10 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

Actress Dame Judi Dench has been announced as patron of the charity Sight for Surrey on its 100th anniversary.

Dame Judi holds the group’s mission close to her heart, as in 2012, she was diagnosed with macular degeneration.

The charity supports and enables people in Surrey who are blind, vision impaired, deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind to lead full and independent lives.

The group was first established to assist vision impaired soldiers returning from the war, and currently supports over 8,000 people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

A 16 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on a woman.

The victim a 31 year old woman had her hair pulled and was assaulted outside East Croydon railway station on the 18th December last year. 

The 16 year old remains in custody in a South London police station while enquiries continue. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

A much-loved Cherry tree in Mitcham is to be felled.

Merton Council says the decision is sad but unavoidable.

The tree in Haslemare Avenue was found to have a high level of decay in its trunk following an inspection.

It will be replaced over the next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

People in Hounslow are being advised against buying fashionable wood-fired stoves and burners.

The council is reminding residents with them that using the wrong kind of fuel on the burners will add to air pollution.

Figures from the Greater London Authority show they are responsible for 17% of all the fine particle pollution across London.

There are new restrictions on the sale of bagged coal and wet wood, and the rules also state solid fuel must have a low sulphur content.

Manufacturers must also certify and label these products to meet the required standards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Work on the Hammersmith Bridge Restoration Project will start later this month.

Council engineers have developed an alternative £8.9 million stabilisation programme for the Grade II listed structure.

The authority has approved the plan and is not waiting for funding to come through from the Department for Transport and TfL.

It is anticipated they will subsequently reimburse the council with their one-third shares as announced by the Government last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 am  

Every school across Hounslow that has been inspected by Ofsted is now rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding.’

A total of thirteen Primaries, six Secondaries and two Special Education Schools received the highest rating of Outstanding.

Ofsted praised several areas across the various school settings including behaviour and management.

Four schools in the borough have yet to undergo inspections due to mergers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

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