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Saturday 26 February 2022

Chelsea have thrashed Leicester 7-nil to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Women's FA Cup

Pernille Harder starred for the defending champions - scoring twice and settingup three other goals.

Leicester's job was made more difficult when they had Sophie Howard sent off early on while the game was still goalless.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Hounslow Council is a little closer to its goal to plant a tree for every child born in the borough this year.

Eighteen new trees have just been planted in Feltham’s Hanworth Park. .

The varieties which include beech, Poplar, Cedar and Stone Pine will provide a canopy for a new play area.

Other improvements to the park include new benches and signs, cameras and repairs to the Park Run circuit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

A woman from Oxshott is preparing for her next mammoth charity challenge.

Leah Chowdhry was the first British-Asian woman to swim the English Channel in 2018, raising £150,000 for Cancer Research. 

She’s now published a children’s book, “Making a Splash”, in the hope of raising much more.

Leah, who is an ambassador for the charity, has a very special reason for supporting it. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council says its share of the council tax bill has dropped below 10%.

But the authority says there will be an overall increase of £5 per year for people living in Band D properties.

The tax is made up of three elements: Borough Council services, County Council services, and funding of Surrey Police.

Surrey County Council has increased its share by 4.99%, while Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner precept has increased by 3.5%.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Kingston Hospital’s maternity department has been named top in London.

The findings of the Care Quality Commission’s National Maternity Survey 2021 have been published.

Over 200 people took part in the survey, which invited them to rate their antenatal and postnatal care and experience of labour and birth.

The results relayed a number of key findings.

One was that 99% of respondents using Kingston said they felt they were given the help they needed by midwives. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

British Airways has provided an update to today’s ongoing technical problems.

All short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport are cancelled until at least midday.

Issues have left the airline ‘running on paper’ and some passengers delayed in getting off planes after landing.

BA says long-haul flights are still due to go ahead but may be delayed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

British Airways says “significant” technical issues are affecting its operation, leading to flight cancellations.

The airline’s has issues with its website and app, with travellers unable to check in online or book flights.

There have been luggage pileups and passengers stuck on planes at Heathrow.

The airline request that passengers check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says there are “uncertainties” surrounding the club because of their billionaire Russian owner.

Roman Abramovich is not yet one of the Oligarchs to have been sanctioned by the UK government, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Football has taken a stand – with the Champions league final moved from St. Petersburg.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

A Covid memorial is to be created in Spelthorne.

The proposal is to place it in a location where residents can easily sit and reflect while also paying tribute to those who lost their lives.

One of the ideas put forward so far, is to locate a plaque or sculpture in the Sunbury Walled Garden.

Spelthorne Civic Trust is also considering a new recognition award for volunteers who gave their time during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Six leisure centres in Wandsworth have begun offering a dedicated fitness service aimed at people affected by long-Covid.

Personal trainers have received industry-accredited qualifications and are providing support on a one-to-one basis or remotely. 

This includes a personalised exercise programme, lifestyle and dietary advice and regular monitoring.  

More than two million people in the UK are struggling with the after effects of COVID-19. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:31 am  

Friday 25 February 2022

Police are urging residents in Leatherhead to ensure their personal belongings are safe when out and about.

It’s after a woman had her handbag stolen from a shopping trolly in the Swan Centre on Wednesday morning.

Officers are reminding everyone not to leave your personal belongings out of sight for any amount of time.

And to make yourself aware of tactics that pickpockets use, including distraction methods and working in teams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Hedgehog numbers appear to be stabilising in urban areas.

That’s according to a new report by Battersea based charity PTES and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. 

Populations have continued to decline in rural areas by between 30% and 75%, nationally, since 2000. 

But the new data shows no indication of the decline continuing in urban areas despite road mortality rates being highest there. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Four men have been found guilty of the murder of a student - who was thrown from a roof terrace at a New Year’s Eve party in Brighton in 2020.

20 Year old Lamech Gordon-Carew from Hampton and 18-year-old Alize Spence from Croydon are among the men convicted.

Police say Bill Henham - who was 24 - had suffered a 'horrific attack' in which he sustained over 60 injuries before his death.

The four defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police have launched an investigation after reports a pet was stolen from a garden in Staines.

Pumpkin the 4 month old pug went missing from her back garden on Thursday afternoon at around 4:30pm 

As the garden is secure and couldn’t of escaped herself, officers believe someone has stolen her.

Anyone with cctv, doorbell footage or any witnesses in the area around Bingham Drive, Monks Way, Ashford Road and Greenfield Red between 4 and 5pm are urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Christian Eriksen will make his debut for Brentford tomorrow against Newcastle.

It will be the Dane's first competitive game since he collapsed on the pitch following a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Boss Thomas Frank is thrilled that Eriksen is in a position to resume his career.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are urging residents in Leatherhead to ensure their personal belongings are safe when out and about.

It’s after a woman had her handbag stolen from a shopping trolly in the Swan Centre on Wednesday morning.

Officers are reminding everyone not to leave your personal belongings out of sight for any amount of time.

And to make yourself aware of tactics that pickpockets use, including distraction methods and working in teams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A photographer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an aspiring actress in his studio in Fulham.

55-year-old Pascal Molliere carried out the attack during a photo shoot in July 2010.

The woman, who can’t be named, had booked him to take some headshots for her. 

He will be sentenced on April the 12th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

A man with terminal cancer has been able to get married at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Ben Logan met Hannah in 2020, and they went on a date every day for a week when they first met.

Since his diagnosis, he’s shown “strength and determination” to return to health throughout his battle.

Staff were “very grateful” to be with the couple on their special day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

England scrum-half Ben Youngs is all set to break his country's record for rugby union international appearances on Saturday

He'll do so if he comes off the bench against Wales at Twickenham in the Six Nations to earn a 115th cap.

Head Coach Eddie Jones says Youngs has been a model professional since he told him to 'shape up or ship out' in 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

The owner of British Airways doesn't think the conflict in Ukraine will impact its outlook

 Heathrow based IAG says it's monitoring the situation, which had led to a Notice to Airmen warning across Ukraine and parts of Russia.

 It tells pilots to avoid the area and route around.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Kingston Council says it is looking at building a new swimming pool in the south of the borough

The authority says this could possibly be at Chessington Sports Centre.

It’s after the pool at the Kingfisher closed permanently in 2019 after structural roof problems were discovered.

A recent report by Swim England suggests almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost by 2030 without urgent government action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am  

A London Ambulance Service paramedic based in Sutton has received a rare award from the Queen

Jason Morris was presented with the Queen’s Ambulance Medal to mark 22 years of service.

He was handed the award by Princess Anne, as Her Majesty has Covid, at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Jason has championed many initiatives including the development of the ‘Red Bag’ scheme for care home residents in Sutton.

The initiative consists of a pre-packed bag containing a list of medical and personal information, which can be given to ambulance crews.

The scheme was rolled out nationally in 2018.

Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service, Daniel Elkeles, said: “It is wonderful Jason has been recognised in this way.

“Jason has dedicated his career to improving patient care, and empowering and supporting our staff and volunteers. Jason’s achievements just go to show what can be possible when you work for the ambulance service, and is testament to just how talented and caring our staff and volunteers are.”

Ever since Jason was a child he has always wanted to help others. Growing up in New Zealand he took part in rescue training for the civil defence, and at aged 19 he moved to England and became a St John Ambulance volunteer. This was where he met a member of the London Ambulance Service who encouraged him to pursue a career as a paramedic.

Jason has championed many initiatives in the ambulance service, including the development of a ‘Red Bag’ scheme for care home residents in Sutton. The initiative consists of a pre-packed bag containing a list of medical and personal information, which can be given to ambulance crews and hospital staff so clinicians have all the information needed to treat the patient. It has helped reduce the amount of unnecessary time patients have had to stay in hospital and, due to its success, in 2018 it was rolled out nationally.

Since 2009, Jason has also worked with London’s Air Ambulance and is currently one of its longest serving flight paramedics. He takes a leading role in training and developing the team of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) doctors and paramedics.

He has also spearheaded improvements in London Ambulance Service’s 999 and 111 control rooms by harnessing new technology. This includes introducing GoodSAM Instant-on-Scene, this technology allows clinicians the ability to remotely access a caller’s smartphone camera to quickly understand the patient’s injuries and needs, helping to decide what resources or treatment is needed and provide critical lifesaving advice before the arrival of ambulance crews. Since being introduced in 2019, it has been used over 80,000 times and helped save countless lives.

Most recently, and during the COVID-19 response, Jason lived out of a hotel, away from his family and devoted hours protecting London Ambulance Service staff, volunteers and patients from the virus, by ensuring medics had the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and found solutions when challenges arose.

On receiving his Queen’s Ambulance Medal, Jason said: “It’s such an honour to be recognised in this way, and it really has been the highlight of my career.

“To be nominated by my colleagues makes receiving this award even more special. From my point of view I’m just part of the team and it wouldn’t be possible for me to do my job every day without the support of everyone else around me.

“This is my dream job. I love what I do and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything else.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Thursday 24 February 2022

Wandsworth is planning to become the only council in the country to reduce its council tax bills.

Councillors have proposed a net 1% decrease in the authority’s share of the tax. 

This takes Wandsworth’s overall average Band D council tax bill for the entire year to just over £872.

Around half of London boroughs will be raising council tax by over £70 per household this year.

That includes the Greater London Authority increase. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

Teddington Police Station can be turned into a place for the community, rather than to the highest bidder.

That’s what Twickenham MP Munira Wilson heard at a parliamentary debate, as she puts pressure on the Mayor of London.

She wants the site to be used for affordable housing and a GP surgery.

Sadiq Khan is selling police stations across London, hoping to raise over £130m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm  

A teenager from Epsom will formally open Metro Bank’s newest branch in Leicester tomorrow.

Oliver Benghiat has been chosen for the honour as he is one of only a few people to have visited every Metro Bank in the UK.  

The 13-year-old set himself the challenge as a 10-year-old when bank representatives visited his school.  

His final visit ahead of tomorrow, to Metro Bank Liverpool, was completed in the October half term. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

A formal allegation of fraud has been made to police over Croydon Council’s redevelopment of Fairfield Halls.

The multi-million redevelopment in 2019 contributed to the authority effectively declaring itself bankrupt the following year.  

The Met has told us “we are aware of the publicly available RIPI report in relation to Fairfield Halls.

An allegation of fraud have been received and is being assessed.”

We've contacted Croydon Council for comment. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Merton and Croydon Councils issue Veolia UK with a "Service Improvement Notice."

There’s some victory for “mucky Merton” campaigners, as the council has told the street cleaning company that services it that it needs to improve. 

The council says there have been “significant and ongoing concerns”.

Veolia has ten days to respond to the issues with an action plan and a timetable for improvement.

Croydon Council has also issued a warning following similar concerns.

A spokesperson for Veolia has told us today:

"We were disappointed to receive the Service Improvement Notice from some of our SLWP partners. We will be responding in line with contractual requirements."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Richmond Council is proposing its lowest council tax increase for six years.

The authority is considering upping it by 1.94%, with 0.94% going on core services and 1% to fund adult social care. 

The non-social care element will be limited to just under half of the allowed increase set by the Government. 

Councillors say they recognise the financial pressures residents are facing due to the rising cost of living. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

It was the vote that divided the nation. Now, Brexit is coming to the stage in Hammersmith.

Now, the Brexit Article 50 court case that played out between then Prime Minister Theresa May and activist Gina Miller is coming to the stage. 

“Bloody Difficult Women” opens tonight at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

Actress Amara Karan, who is taking on the role of Gina Miller, is hoping the play will humanise those involved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Fulham appear to be in a commanding position to win promotion back to the Premier League, after going nine points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over managerless Peterborough

Aleksandar Mitrovic got his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season - the most in the division for a single campaign since 1993.

Manager Marco Silva says ““He was really calm in the dressing room, of course he was happy and everyone congratulated him”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

There's no longer a legal requirement for people in England to isolate if they have coronavirus

The rules have been replaced with advice that they stay home for at least five days.

In Richmond, the council leader is warning people that levels of the virus are still high and to not be “lulled into a false sense of security.”

Gareth Roberts is urging residents to continue using face coverings in shops and on public transport. 

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: 

 “I know that many residents are concerned that the withdrawal of measures, and the signalled move away from testing and self-isolating, is too much, too soon. With case numbers still relatively high in the borough I share that concern. In particular, the plan to move away from universal free testing and withdrawal of immediate financial support for those self-isolating raises concerns that we may see cases begin to rise again. However, this is the stated will of the Government and we must abide by this change of policy.  

“Nevertheless, I would encourage people to be cautious over coming months and not be lulled into a false sense of security.  

“We need to remember that COVID-19 spreads very easily. And there are some people who are more likely to be seriously ill if they were to catch the virus.  We have already seen that the virus mutates easily; keeping cases down gives it less opportunity to change again.  

“Therefore, it’s vital that people continue to get vaccinated, this is our best line of defence against the virus. And though other preventative measures are no longer mandatory, people may still wish to consider small interventions such as wearing masks in shops, supermarkets and when travelling on public transport. I certainly will continue wearing a face covering when shopping and when travelling around.  

 “I appreciate it’s confusing, but please remember that the Government has not scrapped the guidance about the benefits of face coverings or ventilation. This advice is still vitally important and incumbent on us all to do our bit.”  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Met Police officers are going to be out and about in Wimbledon for the next four days

They’ll be on The Broadway addressing community concerns and speaking to prospective recruits.

The event will run between 10am and 6pm outside Morrisons from today until Sunday. 

Met Outreach Lead, Zee Goba, says a career with the police can be challenging and rewarding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

A home-care provider in Epsom is now in the top 1% in the UK following its latest inspection

Right at Home Epsom and Sutton has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors praised its exceptionally high standards of care and employee satisfaction levels.

They also found staff showed a genuine fondness for the people they cared for and were dedicated and committed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Hounslow Council has welcomed a delegation of business leaders and politicians from a suburb of Paris.

Issy les Moulineaux has been twinned with Hounslow enabling it to share business ideas about global brands like Sky and Pernod Ricard.

Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran presented a replica of the “Hounslow Boar” to the French deputy Major.

The original Iron Age relic was discovered in the 19th century by labourers digging in a field and is synonymous with Hounslow’s history.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A park in Feltham is to have a green canopy for generations to come thanks to a community tree planting project.

The historic Hanworth Park has become home to 18 young trees that will grow to maturity over the next 50 years.

The varieties include Beech, Black Poplar, Liquid Amber, Lee, Blue Atlas Cedar, Hornbeam and Stone Pine and stand between 12-15 feet.

Members of the community and Friends of Hanworth Park joined forces with Hounslow Council to bring the project to fruition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

People in Housing Association properties in Richmond are being asked to give their views on downsizing.

They’re being invited to an online Zoom event hosted by the council next Wednesday evening. 

The authority wants to hear why some residents may want to move to a smaller home and what’s stopping them from doing so. 

The information will be used to determine how social housing is delivered going forward. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

St George’s University of London in Tooting has this morning announced that it’s joining “BIG South London”.

The aim is to help small and medium sized businesses grow following the pandemic. 

BIG stands for Business, Innovation and Growth.

It provides a programme of activities and financial incentives for enterprises that will help the South London economy grow. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A cab driver from Scotland has driven his passengers 400 miles, after their connecting flight to Heathrow was cancelled.

They were due to go on a Caribbean cruise when they rang him at 9pm.

It should have cost £800, but he said to contact him after speaking to their insurance company, and he wouldn’t charge them.

Elite Central Travel said there was “treacherous weather” but they made it regardless.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A cat is looking for a new home, after spending a year at Mitcham Homing Centre.

Bobby has inflammatory bowel disease, which is more common in older cats, but can be managed with the correct diet.

He’s described as a “friendly cat that loves attention”, and its hoped that he can move into an adult-only home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Andy Murray is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing in straight sets to Italy's Jannik Sinner

The three-time Grand Slam winner was beaten 7-5, 6-2 in the second round by the world number 10.

It means the former Wimbledon champion and world number one in 2016 will have to wait for his 700th career win.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are reportedly both on standby to host the Champions League final should the venue be moved

Uefa is facing growing calls to switch the location from Russia because of increasing tensions between Moscow and Ukraine.

The UK government's already imposed sanctions on the Kremlin.

Liz Truss the foreign secretary's had to clarify comments about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has defended his decision to drop Romelu Lukaku for last night's Champions League win over Lille

The striker was an unused substitute following heavy criticism for touching the ball just seven times in the weekend's league win over Crystal Palace.

Tuchel says there would've been too much pressure on the Belgium international had he played.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Heathrow's the only hub airport in Europe to see fewer passengers in 2021

19.4 million people travelled through it - the lowest annual total since 1972.

Bosses are blaming its performance on the UK's tougher coronavirus travel rules.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Hundreds of rail cleaners are striking for 24 hours in a dispute over pay, including in Croydon

The RMT union members employed by outsourcing firm Churchill want changes to pay, with many affected by the cost of living crisis.

The union, which says it's the biggest-ever strike by rail cleaners, will protest outside Parliament.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Chelsea have moved a step closer to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-nil victory over Lille

The win at Stamford Bridge gives the holders the advantage heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie in France next month.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says it was a mentally strong performance from his side, but he'd like to see more consistency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

Bat and badger surveys are to be undertaken over the next few weeks at Wisley

It’s as National Highways prepares to start work on a massive upgrade of the A3 where it meets the Wisley Interchange.

Female bats gather to roost in the summer months and the maintenance company says it doesn’t want to disturb roosting.

National Highways has conceded that some ancient woodland will have to be removed for the project to take effect.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

People across South West London are being urged to take part in a stem cell drive to help save the life of a man from Wimbledon

63 year old Zac Zacharia was rushed to hospital last August where it was later discovered he has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The Adams  Fish and Chip shop owner has been told by doctors that a blood stem cell transplant is the only way he may be cured of the disease.

The situation is made more difficult because of his Greek Cypriot heritage; it’s likely only someone of the same background will be a match.

The donation drive is taking place at St George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, March the 6th.

Anyone aged between 17 and 55 and in general good health only needs to give a cheek swab on the day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 22 February 2022

An infant school in Stoneleigh has dropped from the best to the lowest OFSTED rating after its recent inspection.

It was rated inadequate due to safeguarding concerns, with leaders sometimes not giving sufficient weight to what children were saying.

The Mead has had an appeal denied, but says it will its pursue the OFSTED complaints process.

Surrey County Council says they’re working with the school.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

People in Wandsworth are once again being given the chance to dump their bulky waste for free.

Mega Skips are returning to nine locations across the borough on Saturday. 

The events aim to make dumping large items like sofas easier, while deterring fly-tipping.  

Councillor, Steffi Sutters, says there are a couple of limitations to be aware of though.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A woman has been fined, after drunkenly hit a police officer with her bag at Heathrow, after refusing to wear a mask.

28-year-old Lotta Kemppinen was said to have started “bothering” other passengers during the two-hour flight.

She apologised at the police station, saying it was due to a mix if alcohol and medication.

She’s been ordered to pay over £1,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Holders Chelsea begin a busy few days by taking on Lille at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie this evening.

The Londoners also face Liverpool in Sunday's League Cup final, before making a trip to Luton in the FA Cup fifth round.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says they can't afford to get too far ahead of themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Leatherhead.

Officers were called to the A243 this morning to reports a black ford and a black mini cooper had collided.

The incident happened near the Highways England Leatherhead Depot between 9 and 10 past 9.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A mother and her boyfriend have denied involvement in the death of a 15 month old boy in Putney.

Jacob Lennon died after allegedly suffering a severe head injury at the family home in 2019.

31-year-old Louise Lennon and 32-year-old Jake Drummond, who're both from Wandsworth, are due to go on trial next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man who was left blind and paralysed from a stabbing six years ago in Clapham, died.

Jamel Boyce, who was 22, passed away in a care home in Streatham last week.

A post-mortem says it was caused by a penetrating injury to the chest.

Officers say they believe his death is related to the stabbing in 2016, when Jamel was 17.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Kingston Council has announced its intention to build homes on the site of the Guildhall and Cattle Market

The authority says more affordable housing is needed for key workers and young people who can’t afford to rent or buy in the borough.

There are over 900 households living in temporary accommodation and more than 3,700 on the Council’s social housing register.

The authority also says these “prime sites” could provide new commercial units for business and leisure services.

Leader of Kingston Council Andreas Kirsch said: 

“The Guildhall 1 and Guildhall 2 office buildings are dated, inefficient and are making  a significant contribution to the Council’s carbon footprint. They would require significant investment to retrofit and make them fit for purpose.   

“Even before the pandemic these offices were underutilised and now with working habits changing over the last 2 years this situation has increased. Similar to many organisations we are reviewing working arrangements and there is a huge opportunity to make more efficient use of our estate with long-term savings and benefits to the taxpayer."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

The Six Nations heads to Twickenham for the first time this tournament on Saturday

The RFU says the England v Wales match will be full capacity, with 82,000 fans expected at the Stadium.  

A number of road closures will be in place with shuttle buses running instead.

England go into the second half of the tournament second on the table with 6 points behind France’s 9.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A solicitor allegedly injected food with his own blood in multiple shops in Fulham

37-year-old Leoaai Elghareeb reportedly caused £500,000 of damage, and assaulted a security guard.

The court heard syringes were later found on the floor and some were still embedded in food packets.

He’s pleaded not guilty and the trial continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Kingston Hospital has started operating a virtual ward to try and take pressure off inpatient beds

Certain patients are being shown how to use remote monitoring tools, such as a blood pressure monitor.

They then monitor their conditions at home and report back to their clinician.

Salina Harvey-Porter is a Consultant Physiotherapist.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Lambeth’s residents are inner London’s “best recyclers.”

The council says its recycling rate has “rocketed” from 31.7% to 36.4% over the last two years.

The figures from Defra cover the period of the pandemic from April 2020 to March this year.

The recycling rate increase of almost 5% makes Lambeth the fourth most improved out of all 338 authorities in England.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Monday 21 February 2022

A man has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of a number of sexual assault charges against a 13 year old girl.

The abuse began in 2011 when 56 year old Guiseppi Volante would attack his victim when she was alone.

The youngster eventually reported the abuse to Surrey police in 2016 after confiding in a friend.

A search of his house found a selection of pornographic films.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Musicians, politicians and royals are among those paying tribute to the entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who's died aged 31.

His mum, the Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards, says he passed away after a "sudden illness", calling him the "centre" of her world.

He worked with the likes of Jessie J, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran.

And his YouTube channel helped aspiring artists like Croydon rapper Hardy Caprio.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A Youth Zone to support young people working, studying or living in Kingston has opened its doors.

They can drop in for a chat or take part in classes or workshops on mindfulness and coping with stress.

The service is available at Ancient House in the Market Place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 7pm.

It’s being run by Richmond Borough Mind and no referrals are needed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Prosecutors have named the Metropolitan Police officers charged with allegedly sharing grossly offensive messages with Sarah Everard's killer.

PCs Jonathon Cobban and William Neville, and ex-constable Joel Borders, are due in court next month.

Wayne Couzens is serving a whole-life order for the 33-year-old's kidnap in Clapham and subsequent murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Paddock School in Roehampton has once again been judged “outstanding” in its latest Ofsted inspection.

There are 216 pupils studying there with a range of needs, including moderate to severe learning difficulties with autism.

It is one of a network of special schools across Wandsworth which support children with a range disabilities and special needs.

The £3.4 million special schools’ programme has already delivered 72 additional places across the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Boris Johnson's going to reveal his plans later for how England's going to 'live with' coronavirus

We're expecting that'll include an end to the requirement to self-isolate - while free testing's likely to be scaled back too.

But some health experts believe it's too soon, with hundreds of Covid-related deaths every week.

Business minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully believes it's time to remove the rules.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

Emergency government funding arrangements for Transport for London are being extended until Friday

It's to allow discussions around a longer-term deal to continue.

TfL says it could be forced to begin a "managed decline" of London's public transport network without a multi-year agreement.

The Department for Transport insists it has "repeatedly shown commitment" to support TfL during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

AFC Wimbledon are offering refunds to fans, after their 4-0 defeat away to Bolton Wanderers

It’s now 13 League One games without a win for the Dons.

Over 300 supporters made the 480 mile round trip.

Head Coach Mark Robinson says “It's not about apologising for a defeat, it's about acknowledging we fell well below what is to be expected of a Wimbledon employee”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Train operators have warned customers to avoid travel today as Storm Franklin brings strong winds and heavy rain

National Rail says services across the UK will face "major disruption" - including cancellations, delays and slower speeds onboard.

Most companies are urging people to claim a refund or travel tomorrow instead.

Christian Neil, from South Western Railway, says “It has been an incredibly challenging few days and our teams have been working tirelessly to clear the tracks to safely run as many trains as possible

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Passengers at Heathrow are reportedly having to wait many hours for their bags, and some are having to go home without them

Disruption caused by the bad weather are said to be causing the delays, with BA saying they’re operating the vast majority of their flights.

People who choose to go home without their luggage are being told to fill out an online form, but some are experiencing issues with the service.

Videos and pictures show hundreds of bags and waiting passengers.

Heathrow says bags are the responsibility of the airlines but they're working with partners to help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Sunday 20 February 2022

A man’s been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in Fulham

50 year old Stephen Wallis was found at his flat in Barclay Close at 4pm on last Tuesday.

Officers forced entry after concerns were raised for his welfare and he was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

52 Gary Curran was charged with murder having been arrested the previous day.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

Detectives are investigating a burglary in Staines

It happened last Wednesday between 6:15pm and 7:15pm on Ruskin Road. 

The suspects entered the house by smashing the glass of the back door

A number of items were stolen including jewellery and watches, they also stole car keys, and the victim’s black Porsche.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

A man has been assaulted outside a Pub in Sunbury-on-Thames in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called to the pub on Nursery Road after midnight, after reports of a large fight breaking out involving 15 people. 

On arrival, a man was found with injuries to his head, paramedics arrived to treat him and injuries are not thought to be life changing.

A 43 year old from Sunbury has been arrested in connection with the assault but has since been released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

People in New Malden say they are “perplexed” by a new Toolstation advert that urges shoppers to “keep the engine running.”

A large banner has been pinned to the wall of the building and decorating merchant in Coombe Road.

People living near it says it sends out a confusing message when drivers are being told not to let their cars idle.

We’ve contacted Toolstation for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

A man found to be using his deceased wife’s Blue Badge parking permit in Chelsea has been fined over £1,200.

Another man was prosecuted by the council after pleading guilty to using a badge reported lost by an elderly woman.

The cases bring the total number of successful prosecutions for Blue Badge misuse in the borough to 259 over the past five years.

Blue Badge fraud is estimated to cost London’s councils and TfL between £5,000 and £10,000 per badge per year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 am  

Welfare calls are to be made to each of Croydon’s 1,500 vulnerable residents over the age of 65.

Funding has been handed to three organisations to undertake the Winter Check Calls project.

It will focus on people who are known to them but not currently in receipt of statutory council-run adult social care services.

Following the calls, each organisation will consider necessary onward referrals; all 1,500 residents will be contacted by the end of March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Kingston Council is to re-home 32 Afghan individuals who supported the British Embassy and the Government during the war.

The first family has already been relocated to the borough.

Save the World Club will furnish homes for new arrivals and Learn English at Home will supply targeted language support.

Kingston only reached its 2015 pledge to resettle 50 Syrian refugees last December after 6 years of trying.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

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