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Saturday 9 April 2022

More than 10 thousand pounds for Ukrainians affeted by the war has been raised by parishioners at the Russian Orthodox Church in Chiswick


The church on Harvard Road has a mixed congregation of Russians, Ukrainians and other Slavic peoples.

A church spokesman said they were praying for both Russia and Ukraine, and er the killing to stop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Fly-tipping is being blamed for oil pollution at a watercourse in Richmond Park

 Thames water have begun an operation to clean up the spill which contaminated Beverley Brook, and is being blamed for killing a heron found dead on a nearby golf course.

It’s thought the culprit was a commercial company.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Volunteers are being sought to keep an important part of South West London’s rail heritage in operation

The Hampton and Kempton waterworks railway was built a little over 100 years ago to supply coal to the vast steam engines which drove the pumps at the waterworks there.

A preservation group which took over the line in 2003 is now looking for volunteers including drivers and fire stokers for the engines.

More details on the railway’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A vaccination van has begun doing the rounds in Croydon.

It will offer free first, second or booster Covid jabs to those eligible.   

The van was previously used to offer testing kits to residents, but the free programme has now ended so the vans are being repurposed. 

Today’s location is North End until 6pm or Surrey Street Market on Monday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Chelsea are hoping to put their poor form behind them when they head to Southampton this afternoon in the Premier league.

They were beaten 4-1 by Brentford a week ago and also lost 3-1 to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. 

Boss Thomas Tuchel said the team are not used to conceding so many goals.

The game at Saint Mary’s kicks off at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

The opening of a new playground in Brentford has been postponed after it was vandalised.
The play area and outdoor gym at Watermans Park has undergone major renovations. 

But it’s now receiving a deep clean and repair work after trespassers entered the site and vandalised the equipment. 

The Council has increased surveillance at the site through its team of Park Rangers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Fraudsters are making phone calls to people in Hounslow claiming to be from the council tax rebate team.

They are dialling homeowners and asking them for their bank details if they want to claim the payment. 

The Government recently announced that some households will be eligible for a rebate of £150 on their council tax. 

Hounslow Council says it will never phone and ask for bank details, and more details about the scheme will be released shortly.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Pupils at a school in Fulham walked 2,000 miles last week to raise more than £2,000 for Unicef’s Ukrainian refugee support fund.

Students from Queen’s Manor Nursery and Primary through to Year 6 walked 400 miles a day over 5 days.

That’s the equivalent distance between their school and Freedom Square in Kharkiv. 

The children, aged 3 to 11, came up with the idea themselves. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta needs some of his fringe players to step up if they're to finish in the Premier League's top four.

Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney both picked up potentially season-ending injuries in the defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday.

The result also saw them drop out of the Champions League places.

Arteta hopes a tough week galvanises his squad.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 8 April 2022

As Easter approaches, Cat Protection charity in Mitcham warns a small amount of chocolate could have fatal consequences for them.

Just two grams of the sweet stuff could raise a cat’s heart rate and increase loss of bodily fluids, both deadly.

Theobromine, found in chocolate, can’t be digested by cats resulting in it building to dangerous levels in their blood stream.

Veterinary Officer Sarah Elliott says, “if you believe your cat has eaten any chocolate you should contact your vet straight away”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The new look Queen’s Promenade at Surbiton Riverside is celebrating its third birthday.

Volunteers have transformed the once neglected area into a space full of flowers, trees, restored benches and miniature walkways. 

The team relies on people donating bulbs, plants and their own time to keep the area flourishing. 

Julian Meers is founder of Queen’s Promenade Friends; he has big plans going forward. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has rejected suggestion their recent poor form is down to the uncertainty over the club's owners.

The west Londoners followed up a shock 4-1 Premier League defeat to Brentford, with a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Tuchel says he won't use the club being up for sale as an excuse.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police have uncovered a cannabis factory in Mitcham.

Over 200 plants have been seized and one man was arrested on scene.

It’s after officers executed a search warrant at the address.

B Team East have removed drugs worth thousands of pounds from the streets of Mitcham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

British Airways issues statement following flight problems at Heathrow

A spokesman for the Heathrow based airline has told Jackie News;

"Aviation has been one of the industries worst hit by the pandemic and airlines and airports are experiencing the same issues rebuilding their operations while managing the continuing impact of Covid. We are also building a completely new subsidiary at Gatwick while increasing the size of our schedule at Heathrow. 

So while the vast majority of our flights continue to operate as planned, as a precaution we've slightly reduced our schedule between now and the end of May as we ramp back up. 

We've apologised to customers who are affected by this and to limit the inconvenience have re-booked them onto earlier or later flights on the same day they were originally due to travel where possible. We're also offering them the opportunity to book onto an alternative flight or request a full refund."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

Flight cancellations and staff shortages are causing disruption to thousands of people heading off for their Easter holidays.

Manchester Airport has been particularly affected with passengers being warned to expect security queues of up to 90 minutes.

Passengers at Heathrow have also been reporting longer queues at check-in. 

A total of more than 1-hundred daily flights have already been stopped by easyJet and British Airways.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A cat rescue volunteer group is holding an Easter Bazaar in Worcester Park tomorrow to raise funds to help its work.

The Ginger Cat House was started 15 years ago to rescue and re-home vulnerable cats in need. 

It has re-homed nearly 450 vulnerable cats since 2020, some from overseas that would otherwise have been put to sleep. 

The GCH bazaar is being held at the Willow Tree Pub in Vale Road between 12pm and 5pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

Boris Becker has been found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act relating to his bankruptcy in 2017.

The former tennis champion was accused of hiding millions of pounds worth of assets, including two Wimbledon trophies, to avoid paying his debts.

He was acquitted on a further 20 counts at Southwark Crown Court in London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Dizzee Rascal's been given a 24-week curfew and a 12 month restraining order for assaulting his ex-fiancee in Streatham.

The grime artist, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was found guilty of attacking Cassandra Jones following a trial in March.

He was said to have become "abusive and aggressive" during a row over child contact and finances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Airlines are being urged by the regulator to set "deliverable" schedules following days of disruption caused by staff shortages.

The Civil Aviation Authority says not taking action could "impact confidence levels" in the industry.

More than 100 British Airways and Easyjet flights scheduled today have been cancelled.

Passengers at Heathrow have also been reporting longer queues at check-in. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A permanent director of legal services has been appointed at Croydon Council as the authority prepares to adopt a new mayoral model.

Stephen Lawrence-Orumwense is set to join later this year. 

He has vast experience in local government legal and monitoring roles, having worked at Haringey Council for the past decade.

He will help guide preparations for the significant changes to Croydon’s governance arrangements.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Tower Bridge in London has reopened after an Extinction Rebellion protest forced its closure this morning.

Two activists were hanging from the structure with a banner that said "end fossil fuels now".

They were both taken away by police just before midday.

Two days ago they blocked the Esso West Oil terminal at Heathrow Airport, locking themselves to tankers trying to leave the terminal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

Three years ago, a stretch of the Thames Riverside at Surbiton was unloved, overgrown and littered with rubbish.

Today, volunteers have transformed Queen’s Promenade into a space full of flowers and trees and they’ve also created a “pocket park.” 

Julian Meers is Chair of the volunteer group known as Queen’s Promenade Friends. 

He says the walking route has some real historic significance that needs preserving. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

People in Tooting now have a new Post Office.

The newest site has opened at Everbrite Food & Wine in Franciscan Road.

There are already three other branches in the town.

A Post Office spokesperson says they realise how important the service is and how vital it is for people to have easy access to it.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Kingston University has been shortlisted in five categories at the Student Nursing Times Awards.

The nominations follow on from the 13 it has received over the last three years.

 In its eleventh year, the national awards shine a light on the brightest talent in the nursing community. 

They recognise students, graduates, nurses, lecturers as well as universities that put the day-to-day student experience first.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 am  

Thursday 7 April 2022

There’s been an increase in dogs chasing deer at Richmond and Bushy Parks.

Royal Parks Police say it puts both animals at risk, with both being “seriously injured and sometimes killed”.

They add that fleeing deer can be dangerous to all park users, especially when they are pregnant.  

Royal Parks Sergeant, Peter Sturgess, says the parks belong to the deer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

The final members of a drug gang have been sentenced for their parts in a large-scale cocaine and cannabis drug dealing operation.

Jack Richardson

32-year-old Jack Richardson from Epsom was arrested in 2019 after police received intelligence, he was orchestrating a drug network.

When police searched his car, they found nearly £500,000 in cash in the boot and cocaine with a street value of just under £157,000.

He’s been jailed for 11 years and 3 months along with 42-year-old Mick Carter from West Ewell who received 5 years and 4 months and 32-year-old Charles Hall from Chessington who got 2 years 8 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

The Met has accepted 15 recommendations following an investigation into the conduct of a team of officers at Charing Cross Police Station.

The behaviour came to light in 2017 after concerns were raised by an officer. 

The Met says it did not wait for the final IOPC report to take action and has already implemented a number of changes.

These include introducing a mandatory training programme to help staff tackle sexual harassment and misogyny in the workplace. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 pm  

Police are investigation a burglary in Leatherhead.

The incident happened on Tuesday on Randell’s Road some time between midday and 8pm.

It’s believed the suspect gained entry to the home via the side door and stole valuables.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or has CCTV or doorbell footage in the area at this time is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

A man from Hounslow has been jailed for inciting racial hatred.

45-year-old Adeyinka Shoyemi has been jailed for 4.5 years after reports he was encouraging attacks against certain ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Officers determined these posts were potentially in breach of UK legislation and a formal investigation was launched.

The activity was all found to be linked to him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

The government's ordered a review into fracking as uncertainty grows over gas supplies due to the war in Ukraine.

Ministers announced a halt to shale gas extraction in 2019, because of concerns over earthquakes linked to fracking operations.

But business secretary and MP for Spelthorne Kwasi Kwarteng says the government needs to consider "all possible domestic energy sources".

Our chief political correspondent Jon Craig says the news won't go down well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A fire has damaged part of a single storey restaurant in Clapham.

The blaze broke out at 8.10 this morning at the restaurant on the pavement.

Fire crews arrived and the blaze was under control by 8.46am.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A young girl from Croydon diagnosed with a rare from of cancer is getting her one true wish granted.

7-year-old Brodie was asked by charity Make A Wish UK what she'd like, and so they're arranging for her to "go wild in a toy shop".

Brodie has been in and out of hospital for chemotherapy after being diagnosed three years ago but can now attend school full time.

Her mum Cherie says there might not be room for any more toys.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are renewing appeals for information following an assault in Epsom last year.

Three people were attacked in Waterloo Road near Nando’s in the early hours of October the 3rd. 

Officers say they have identified two people who they believe may have witnessed the assault. 

They’ve released CCTV images of the witnesses they’d like to speak to.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A specialist Dementia day-centre in New Malden has finally reopened its doors following the pandemic.

The Devonshire Care Home in Malden Road has restarted its weekly coffee morning music classes.

Carers in the community can take their loved ones there free of charge to enjoy singing and socialising. 

Manager, Charlotte Rayani, explains the importance of getting these mornings up and running again. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:35 pm  

Two men are behind bars today for their roles in the death of a man murdered in Chessington.

Liam Dent (pictured), was intentionally struck by a stolen car in July 2019. 

22 year old Martin Eastwood was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in jail. 

22 year old Daniel Morris, who had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years’.

Detective Inspector Garth Hall, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by my team which required meticulous evidence gathering to ensure that Eastwood would be held accountable for his actions.

“It is clear from his behaviour that he is a dangerous man who has no regard for the lives and wellbeing of others.

“Our thoughts remain with Liam’s family and friends.”

In the early hours of the 26th of July 2019, 25-year-old Liam was struck by a Ford S-MAX on Osborne Way in Chessington and dragged for half a mile under the vehicle. 

The driver failed to stop at the scene, and the car was later found burnt out on Cyclamen Way in Epsom, about one mile from the collision site.

Emergency services attended and provided Liam with first aid. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held at Kingston Mortuary on the 27th of July 2019 established the cause of death as multiple injuries, further noting that some showed evidence of prolonged dragging.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command launched a murder investigation and established that Liam and his friends had been involved in an altercation with the occupants of a stolen Volvo V40 outside a local Chessington pub where they had been drinking. 

Words had been exchanged, and a number of items thrown. 

No one was injured during this incident.

Later that night, as Liam was going home with his friends, he was struck by the Ford S-MAX.

An extensive review of CCTV cameras in the area led detectives to footage that showed two vehicles – the Ford S-MAX and a black BMW, which was also stolen – travelling in convoy shortly before Liam was struck. Earlier footage showed the Ford and the Volvo travelling together. The Volvo was subsequently found burnt out on Alexandra Road in Epsom.

Analysis of telematics data recovered from the Ford was able to confirm its location at the time of the collision. The system also recorded its speed, proving that it had been stationary on the road where Liam was walking shortly before accelerating towards him in the moments before he was struck. Conclusive evidence also linked Eastwood to the vehicle.

The investigation continued, and ten people were arrested between August and December 2019 on suspicion of offences including murder and perverting the course of justice. Ahead of the first anniversary of Liam’s murder, detectives and his family, renewed appeals to the public for information and on the 16th of October 2020, two men, Eastwood and Morris, were charged with Liam’s murder.

Detectives discovered that Jasmine Robinson had assisted Eastwood following the fatal collision.

19 year old Jasmine Robinson from Epsom was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, suspended for two years, having been convicted of assisting an offender.

Eastwood had earlier been convicted of other offences at Kingston Crown Court.

This followed an investigation into two offences which were linked due to his participation and the similarities between them.

On the 10th of September 2018, at Scotts Farm Road in West Ewell, a man was left with life changing injuries following a brutal attack where he was pursued on his bicycle by a group of men in a dark 4x4 vehicle and deliberately driven into. 

He suffered breaks to both legs, bones in his feet and hands and fractures to his ribs, leaving him in a wheelchair for more than 18 months following the attack. 

He still struggles to walk unaided. The vehicle was subsequently found burnt out in Banstead later that night; it had been stolen from an address in Feltham earlier in September 2018.

On the 22nd of April 2019, at Moor Lane in Chessington, a man was robbed of a chain and mobile phone and left with what were fortunately only minor injuries having been deliberately driven into by a car, knocked to the floor and stabbed in the arm by two men who ran from the vehicle. 

The vehicle was subsequently located some days later in Stoneleigh and was established to have been stolen from an address in Epsom earlier in April 2019.

Following an investigation, Eastwood was charged in relation to both offences on the 16th of  December 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

A man’s been jailed for 13 years after admitting to raping a woman in Kingston.

25 year old Taulant Krasniqi from Feltham was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court where he had pleaded guilty to rape, voyeurism and theft.

He had originally met his victim who was in her 20s on a dancefloor at a nightclub in Kingston.

The investigation started in November 2017 after the victim contacted police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

Two more life-saving defibrillators have been installed in Surbiton.

The devices can be used by members of the public to give an electric shock to restart someone’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest. 

The defibrillators have been placed in Claremont Road and at The Royal British Legion in Hollyfield Road. 

Ten more “throw ropes” are also being made available at Kingston Riverside to help people in trouble in the water. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

There’s been a spate of vandalism in the new-look Sunbury Cross underpass.

The council says the walls and ceiling have been daubed with graffiti on numerous occasions over the last few weeks.  

The underpass has recently undergone a raft of regeneration works including tree pruning and steam cleaning.  

 Anyone with information is asked to contact the Neighbourhood Services team at Spelthorne Borough Council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 am  

The former Chief Executive of Croydon Council received over £600,000 last year, despite the authority almost going bankrupt.

Jo Negrini received a salary of over £150,000, and a similar sum as a loss of office payment.

The number of staff receiving over £100,000 at authorities nationwide during the pandemic jumped by 119 to nearly 3,000 people.

The figures have been published by the Taxpayer’s Alliance. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 6 April 2022

A special reception has been held at the “Home of Cricket” for the first time since the pandemic struck.

Players from across the board met at Lords earlier this week ahead of Middlesex’s first game of the season at the ground tomorrow.  

Former Surrey fast bowler, Tim Murtagh, says he feels luckier than some regarding the last two years.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A bank has been ram raided in Staines in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to the Metro Bank in the Two Rivers Retails Park at around 4:05am after a group was spotted stealing a cash machine.

They were seen trying to load it into the back of a vehicle; it’s believed a second vehicle was also involved in the incident.

An investigation is underway, and police are urging any witnesses to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A pub that was popular with Chelsea fans has closed down, leaving people without the “stronghold of culture”.

The Wetherspoon-operated Oyster Rooms on the Fulham Broadway shut down last month, forcing people to more expensive establishments.

One fan escalated the issue to parliament, asking the area’s MP Greg Hands why it happened, to which Mr Hands says he has “no idea”.

Wetherspoon says the lease expired on March 25th, and all staff were given jobs at other establishments.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ We understand that staff and customers will be disappointed with the decision. 

“On occasion Wetherspoon does close some pubs and this is the case here.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has potentially lost his eye sight after being shot by a pellet in Wisley.

At 11pm on Saturday, the victim was in Ockham Lane Boldermere car park in his black Citreon Rally van when he heard two bangs.

He got out the car to move to the driver’s side and was shot in the eye with a pellet.

Currently unable to see out of his right eye, he’s being treated in hospital with no guarantee his sight will return.

If you were in the area at the time or witnessed anything, police are urging you to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea look to get the better of Real Madrid again when they meet in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Londoners beat the Spanish side on their way to lifting the trophy last season.

But boss Thomas Tuchel insists that's firmly in the past - and he's more concerned about their response to a shock 4-1 defeat to Brentford at the weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An inquest into the deaths of a mother and daughter in Hounslow has recorded verdicts of suicide and unlawful killing.

25 year old Shiwangi Bagoan and her two-year-old daughter Ziana were found dead at their home in Drake Court in December 2020.

Their bodies had been discovered by family members who called the police. 

The circumstances in which they were found were deemed to be suspicious and specialist homicide detectives launched an investigation. 

They determined that Shiwangi, who worked in hospital operating theatres, had used her knowledge of medical procedures to administer Propofol and Rocuronium to Ziana, before taking her own life. 

These findings were supported by the discovery of notes found at the scene. 

It is believed that Shiwangi and Ziana died at some time on the 11th of December 2020. 

The investigation found no evidence of anyone else being involved. 

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is a truly tragic case and my thoughts are with Shiwangi and Ziana’s family as they continue to come to terms with what has happened.

“They have suffered a terrible loss in unimaginably difficult circumstances.

“We will never fully know what led Shiwangi to do what she did. It is clear that mental ill health must have played a significant role.

“As police officers we know all too well the scale of the mental health challenge in our communities and we see the impact it has on those who are suffering and on their families and loved ones.

“If you are struggling, having thoughts of harming yourself or others, or just need to talk, there is help out there. Please ask for it.”

The charities Mind and the Samaritans both have a range of helpful advice and resources available online.

They operate phone lines for people in crisis and can advise on how to get support in person too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's cut ties with the Russian government following further sanctions on Moscow.

The Brentford based company's consumer arm's also stopped imports of supplements and vitamins.

It says it supports global sanctions and will comply with them.

It also says it's taken a "precautionary approach" to stop "to the fullest extent possible" any support to the Russian government and military.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Extinction rebellion have returned to the Esso West oil terminal in Heathrow as the 7th day of protests at oil facilities continue.

Four protesters have climbed on two oil trucks as they attempted to leave the terminal and others have locked themselves onto the vehicle. 

Banners have also been draped across the trucks that say ‘NO MORE OIL’ and ‘END FOSSIL FUELS NOW’. 

The groups will continue to block oil refineries until the government agrees to end all new fossil fuel investments. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Some staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting are being balloted for strike action.

It’s after the GMB Union claimed its members who work as domestics and hostesses are seeing their pay delayed.

The ballot will close next Thursday. 

We’ve contacted St George’s for comment.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A charity in Cheam taking part in its own version of “I’m a Celebrity” has received a welcome boost from the original Queen of the Castle

Giovanna Fletcher won the ITV series when it was filmed in Wales during the COVID pandemic in 2020.

Staff at St Raphael’s are taking part in their own version of the hit show, “I’m a Director . . .  Get Me Out Of Here!”

They’re taking on a series of “Bushtucker Trials” to raise much needed funds for the hospice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

The Liberal Democrats have kicked off their local election campaign by putting rising household bills at the top of their agenda.

MP for Kingston and Surbiton Sir Ed Davey has warned increasing costs and taxes will overwhelm "millions of families and pensioners".

He's calling for a cut to VAT, which he claims will keep inflation under control and encourage spending.

The party also wants to see a levy on water companies to fund the clean-up of Britain's rivers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Passengers looking to get away for Easter have been hit with further disruption as more than 100 flights have been cancelled today

British Airways has axed at least 78 services at Heathrow, while EasyJet's scrapped 30 at Gatwick.

They say they're dealing with staff shortages caused by coronavirus outbreaks.

Claire Irvin is the Daily Telegraph's head of travel.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

An e-fit has been released following a sexual assault in Croydon

At around 1am on the 21st of November last year, a woman in her 40s was walking along Heathfield Road when she was attacked.

She ran away and called police, but police couldn’t find the suspect.

He’s described as Eastern European, with short cropped hair, and in his 30s.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

More money's being deducted from paychecks today, because of an increase in National Insurance taking effect

On top of record fuel-prices, high inflation and soaring energy bills - we're having to pay 1.25% more in contributions.

That's around two-hundred pounds extra, for someone earning £25,000.

In July the chancellor's increasing the threshold for paying National Insurance.

Conservative Croydon South MP Chris Philp explains why it's going up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Richmond is getting a new school for children with special educational needs

The new provision, at The Vineyard Primary School, will support 14 youngsters over the next four years. 

Pupils will be able to join from September next year. 

The proposed new building will require work to be carried out, subject to planning permission. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Surrey Police is issuing a warning about ATM thefts and encouraging residents to remain vigilant.

Officers say “these criminals are adept at creating distractions.” 

Techniques used to avert attention include dropping something or telling someone the card machine isn’t working. 

Police say thieves will watch as you enter your PIN or distract you while you’re withdrawing cash so remember to be vigilant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

There are now 250 more e-bikes on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Human Forest has increased its network of the pay-as-you-go bikes by half, bringing the total to 500. 

The batteries on these bikes are powered entirely by certified renewable energy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti could miss their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti could miss their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

The Italian hasn't travelled to London after missing their weekend win in the Spanish league due to coronavirus.

There is a chance he could make the game if he tests negative tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Arsenal expect Kieran Tierney to miss the rest of the season as he needs surgery on a knee injury.

The Scotland full-back picked up the problem in training ahead of last night's 3-nil Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace.

The north London club say a "clearer understanding" of his "recovery timescale" will be established after the operation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A drama school in Wandsworth has closed down without warning.

The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts says losses made during the pandemic means its now “not financially viable”.

In 2020, an open letter was published by a group of former students, which accused ARLA of systemic racism.

The school apologised and said “structural changes” were made.

St Mary’s University in Twickenham will support students looking to transfer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are urging people not to leave valuables on display in their vehicle after a theft in Ashtead.

A victim had items from their bag stolen after someone smashed their car window.

The incident happened on Woodfield Lane at quarter to six on Saturday evening.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Teenagers at Epsom and Ewell High School are being offered financial planning advice as part of a new project.

It’s a joint venture between Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell and Aviva Insurance. 

The scheme has been designed to help 16 to 18 year olds learn how to manage their finances once they leave full time education.

Lisa Davis is CEO of Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The government's ordered a review into fracking as uncertainty grows over gas supplies due to the war in Ukraine.

Ministers announced a halt to shale gas extraction in 2019, because of concerns over earthquakes linked to fracking operations.

But business secretary and MP for Spelthorne Kwasi Kwarteng says the government needs to consider "all possible domestic energy sources".

Our chief political correspondent Jon Craig says the news won't go down well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Surrey Fire and Rescue are issuing a warning about Lithium-Ion batteries, saying they’re seeing an increase in incidents about them.

They’re used a lot in bikes, smartphones and power tools.

The brigade says it’s easy to purchase counterfeit goods online, which are often poor quality and unsafe.

We’re also being told to not charge them overnight, and not in a place that blocks in an escape route.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

EasyJet says it’s still having to cancel some services because of employee sickness due to Covid

The airline is focussing on consolidating flights and warns it might have to take similar action over the coming days.

Yesterday, passengers also faced problems getting through security and electronic passport gates at airports across the UK.

Reporter Katie Barnfield is outside Heathrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

The first Ukrainian refugee families have begun arriving in Merton

The council says there have been some “teething problems” which means some applications have stalled.

Checks on properties are continuing in anticipation of more people arriving. 

Prospective hosts will be contacted by the Home Office if they are cleared. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

A driver caught going almost twice the speed limit in Richmond Park said he was “late for work”

However, further checks found that he was a provisional licence holder with no insurance.

The car was seized.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

The coronavirus pandemic's meant the number of serious court cases waiting more than a year to be dealt with has more than trebled

It's around 9,400 across England and Wales.

The Law Society says victims tend to have to wait 708 days from offence to the conclusion of a court case.

While justice secretary and Esher MP Dominic Raab accepts that delays have a terrible impact on the whole system, he still insists progress is being made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

A woman has died after a collision near Chertsey

Emergency crews were called to the M25 yesterday just before 2pm.

It involved a HGV, two vans and a car.

The driver of the car, a woman in her 70s, was taken to hospital where she died.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Monday 4 April 2022

A series of trials and court hearings following a stabbing at Sunbury Cross Shopping Centre last year have concluded.

The assault, which left a teenager with stab wounds to his leg, took place following a fight between a large group of people last May. 

A series of arrests were made in the days following the assault. 

18 year old, Kenneth Peat, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Guildford Crown Court in October. 

22 year old Ewan Glyn Tallett was charged with selling an offensive weapon and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge and fine. 

A 17-year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a Youth Conditional Caution. 

Two other boys, both under the age of 18 years, were referred to youth intervention schemes.  

The final man arrested and charged, 22-year-old Ben Stanley pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at court last Thursday. 

He was ordered to pay over £300 in legal costs, fine and victim surcharges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

More arrests have been made following further protests at oil depots.

Essex Police detained another 10 people following a number of demonstrations at fuel sites in the county.

Four protesters were also held at an Esso facility near Heathrow Airport this morning. 

It brings the total arrested over similar demos in the last few days to 275.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Strike action by baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport has been postponed following a new pay offer.

More than 160 staff were due to walk out this weekend. 

According to a source at Unite, the strike is "on hold" while employees ballot for a new pay offer.

Vanderlande claims the pay freeze is necessary as Heathrow was responsible for the cost of wages increasing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The celebrations are continuing following Oxford’s historic Boat Race win yesterday.

The team crossed the finish line near Chiswick Bridge as winners for the first time since 2017. 

The Dark Blues took the 167th men's crown in 16 minutes and 47 seconds.

Our reporter Cicely Norman was at the finish line as Oxford’s Tobias Schroder came ashore.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

As people try to get away for Easter, Easyjet's cancelled dozens of flights today after scrapping more than 220 over the weekend.

The airline says it's down to the number of staff who're off sick with Covid.

British Airways has also axed around 115 flights to, or from Heathrow, for similar reasons.

Sean Tipton's from the Association of British Travel Agents.

Meanwhile, a broken down train's causing delays on cross-channel Eurotunnel services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Suzy Lamplugh Trust partners on new training campaign

There are calls for more training on how to confront inappropriate behaviour.

It’s as 80% of women say they've experienced sexual harassment in a public space.

L’Oréal Paris is helping roll out the Stand Up Against Street Harassment programme.

The goal is to train 10,000 people per year in the UK.

Suky Bhaker is from The Suzy Lamplugh Trust in East Sheen, which was formed in response to the kidnapping of the estate agent in Fulham in1986.

It’s partnering with the brand, and says the term covers many things.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Firefighters have spent the afternoon battling a flat fire in Tooting.

The blaze broke out in Macmillan Way just before 2pm. 

Part of a flat on the first floor of the four-storey block was alight. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Work began on a new £1 million sewer pipe in Kingston this morning.

Thames Water says its installation will help protect homes, businesses and the environment from flooding. 

A 45 metre-long section of the current nine-inch diameter sewer in Eden Street is being replaced.

Work should finish in early July. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

EastEnders star June Brown has died at the age of 95.

She was best known for her role as Dot Cotton on the soap and appeared in 2-thousand 884 episodes.

A statement from her relatives says June passed away peacefully at her home in Banstead last night, with her family by her side.

A spokesperson for the programme says June's remarkable performances created some of the show's finest moments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Three people have escaped a fire in Croydon.

Part of a ground floor flat in Fir Tree Gardens was damaged by the blaze yesterday afternoon. 

Firefighters have issued a warning about candle safety following the fire.

It’s believed to have been accidental and caused by clothing hanging on the back of a door which came into contact with a tea light.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

There's more travel disruption at Heathrow and Gatwick today.

Dozens of British Airways and easyJet flights have been cancelled, mostly due to high levels of Covid infections among staff.

Jackie presenter Natalie Osborne was looking forward to her first holiday abroad since 2019. 

She was due to fly out of Gatwick with easyJet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Climate campaigners have entered their fourth day of protests to call on the government to stop using fossil fuels

30 Extinction Rebellion activists have staged a protest at Esso West oil facility near Heathrow Airport.

Demonstrations were held at several oil terminals and refineries across the UK over the weekend which resulted in dozens of arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Jackie's Cicely Norman has a roundup of all the action from yesterday's historic boat race which saw Oxford crowned the winner.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

A women’s rights activist says “silencing the 2am voice” and making changes to herself allowed her to start campaigning

The speaking event TEDx is coming to the Rose Theatre in Kingston on the 30th of this month. 

Jamie Klingler from women’s safety campaign group Reclaim These Streets will be talking about ways to reclaim yourself. 

She’s told us about the moment she wanted to set up a vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am  

Do you know an inspirational young person who would love to perform this year’s coin toss at Wimbledon?

Charity, The Wimbledon Foundation, is looking for nominations from members of the public. 

The young person must be aged between 10 and 14-years old and a resident of either Merton or Wandsworth. 

They must also have made a deserving contribution to their school or the public during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

Long queues have been reported at UK airports this weekend - as many people looked to get away for Easter

Heathrow said delays were down to Covid checks required by destination countries and "high passenger volumes".

Staff shortages because of coronavirus were also blamed - with that reason given for problems at Manchester Airport, which also struggled to deal with more people coming through their terminals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Sunday 3 April 2022

Passengers have been left in long ques at Heathrow Airport.

It’s after staff shortages continue to cause travel chaos.

Customers complained about several e-gates being out of operation while delays at check-in were caused by covid absences.

A spokesperson for the airliner apologised and said that they were aware of the issues and were trying to resolve them quickly. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

Spectators of this afternoon’s Oxford Cambridge Boat Race are being urged to watch it from a nearby park.

Hammersmith Bridge, which is a traditional vantage point, is closed to all users, including those on foot because of ongoing works.

Putney Embankment and the surrounding roads will also be closed to traffic.

The Women’s race starts at 2.23, followed by the Men’s race an hour later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Thames for this afternoon’s Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

Its course stretches over 4.25 miles of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake.

This year will see the 167th Men's Boat Race.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Silver medallist, Angus Groom will be rowing for Oxford.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am  

Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Thames for this afternoon’s Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

Chloe Norman has been looking at the history of one of our biggest sporting events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 am  

A flotilla will travel up the Thames from Chiswick ahead of this afternoon’s boat race.

‘The Festival of Rowing 2022’ will feature fix seat boats of various sizes and types with some crews in traditional dress.

As this year marks The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the flotilla will be led by the Royal Row barge Gloriana.

The vessel was built in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee and named by Her Majesty as a lasting legacy to mark the event. 

It’ll set off from Chiswick Bridge at 11.30.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

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