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Saturday 18 June 2022

An investigation is underway after shots were fired early this morning close to Wandsworth Road in Battersea

  It’s understood one person, aged 20, is in a life threatening condition. Altogether five people were treated after taking themselves to two separate hospitals.

 Trident detectives from the specialist crime command are heading the investigation. Police say the call was received at 3;30am

 They’ve appealed for anyone with information to contact them, or call Crimestoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Hounslow Council says it’s a little closer to its declared aim for jubilee year of planting a tree for every child born in the borough

 The latest editions to what’s described as The Queen’s Green canopy were planted at Turnham Green, St Paul’s recreation Ground, Boston Manor Park, Sutton Manor and the Farrell Road Open Space.

 Vartieties include Cherry, Holly, Crab-apple and Horse Chestnut.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Young people in Wandsworth are being mobilised to save newly planted trees from wilting in the heat

They’re being urged to save up to 500 trees planted for the jubilee by by feeding them water, often through plastic tubes set beside the trunk, which lead deep into the soil. 

Meanwhile Hounslow Council says it’s a little closer to its declared aim for jubilee year of planting a tree for every child born in the borough. 

The latest editions to what’s described as The Queen’s Green canopy were planted at Turnham Green, St Paul’s recreation Ground, Boston Manor Park, Sutton Manor and the Farrell Road Open Space. 

Vartieties include Cherry, Holly, Crab-apple and Horse Chestnut. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

A renowned Spanish dancer who was secretly detained for 22 years at an asylum in Epsom, is finally to be celebrated in the town


A renowned Spanish dancer who was secretly detained for 22 years at an asylum in Epsom, is finally to be celebrated in the town.

 A series of classical music and dance concerts will pay tribute in July to dance prodigy Felix Garcia.

 Garcia was brought to London in 1918 by the Russian impresario Felix Diaghilev to star in a new ballet which also involved the composer Ravel and the painter Picasso.

 But after a dramatic falling-out ahead of first night he was declared insane and sent to the Horton asylum while his family were told he was dead.

 He died there in 1941.

 His story has been researched by musician and historian Antonio Hornandez Moreno who put together the programme for the arts centre which now occupies a former chapel on the Horton Hospital site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Young people are being encouraged to take a watering can to the borough’s new trees.

The council planted more than 500 over the winter but there are fears the hot weather could have an adverse effect on their health. 

Many have a plastic tube dug into the ground alongside the trunk which allows water to be poured deep into the soil.

The message to youngsters is, if you see a tree looking parched, please water it.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

British tennis number one Emma Radacanu is facing a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon which begins a week on Monday.

She has withdrawn from the Eastbourne event next week as she continues to recover from a side injury.

The US Open champion picked up the problem during her first-round match in Nottingham.

She had to pull out of the match after only seven games.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A man who has been on the run in Spain has been jailed after a woman was robbed and threatened with an axe in Chelsea.

Mark Toth, 37, of Kensington, was sentenced to 10 years at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday.

He is the third person to be sentenced for this robbery, his co-offenders were arrested and jailed in 2020.

Toth returned to England for a funeral, was spotted on social media and arrested in Ealing in February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

With Wimbledon Fortnight just around the corner, tennis fans are being reminded about new parking charges coming into force.

All of Southfields’ existing parking zones near the courts are being combined to form one single tennis event zone.

The zone will also include some streets in the area that do not have existing parking controls.

All households within the zone have been issued with two free-of charge temporary permits.

But pay and display machines, apart from those serving the shops in Replingham Road, will be switched off.

It’s to ensure tennis fans do not occupy residents’ parking spaces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Bags were piled high last night at Heathrow Airport after what is being described as a ‘technical malfunction’ at Terminal 2.
Travellers complained about a two-hour wait at baggage reclaim and others claimed they had to fly without any luggage at all.

A Heathrow spokesperson apologised for the disruption and said the problem has now been fixed.

Staff are working to reunite passengers with their luggage as soon as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

The victims of the Staines Air Disaster of 1972 are being remembered today, 50 years on
118 people died when a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashed just 150 seconds after taking off from Heathrow.  

A public inquiry into the incident made several recommendations shaping the future of airline safety. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Friday 17 June 2022

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in Merstham

It’s believed the victim was walking through the grass area between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane, known as Crossways Rest Gardens, sometime between 10:50pm and 11:45pm on June 16th when she was approached by three men and raped.

Officers say they’re “appealing to local residents and shop owners who may have CCTV around the area, or to anyone driving through the area between that time and may have dashcam footage”, to contact them as a matter of urgency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

A children’s home set up in Sutton over three weeks during the pandemic has been rated “Good”.

Willow Rise was established in June 2020 after the council didn’t have room for a looked-after child in its care.

Ofsted praised the “journey” the leadership team had been through, and the home is “safe, well decorated, and comfortable”.

However, they criticised the quality of record keeping, saying they found inconsistencies in different documents.

The home says they’re “keen to build on this with constant reviews”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Rafa Nadal is hopeful of being able to play at Wimbledon after undergoing positive treatment on a chronic foot problem.

The most successful tennis player of all time won his 22nd Grand Slam title at the French Open last month.

Nadal was pictured on crutches after the final but says the pain has now decreased and he intends to be at the All-England Club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Battersea Power Station is set to unveil a glass elevator and viewing platform to rival the London Eye, this autumn

The development, which includes luxury apartments and retail space, saw over 400-million pounds in property sales last year.

Tech titan Apple and home technology firm Shark Ninja have already taken over 800-thousand square feet of office space.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Telecommunications giant Three is sponsoring Chelsea again, after it was sold by the Russian owner.

The company asked the blues to remove its logo from its shirts and the stadium, after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned.

However, because Nike was unable to make new shirts for the club because of sanctions, the logo remained.

The co-owner of the LA Dodgers, Todd Boehly, bought the club for £4.25bn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Danny Care will start on the bench in England's uncapped rugby union fixture against the Barbarians on Sunday.

The 35-year-old scrum-half is in line to make his first appearance for the national side since 2018 after impressing for club side Harlequins.

He'll provide cover for vice-captain Harry Randall, with Tom Curry leading the team at Twickenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Gatwick Airport is going to try and limit summer disruption by scaling back flights.

825 will run per day in July, and 850 per day in August; a time that usually sees 900 daily flights.

Portugal and Spain are said to be the destinations that will be worst affected. 

Business Minister and MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Scully, wants people to be able to work more hours if they want. 

Heathrow has already worked with airlines to limit passenger numbers at the busiest times of day.

Boss John Holland Kaye expects the aviation problems to continue for at least another year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been charged with sexual assault following an incident in Ewell.

32 year old Nathan Smith has been charged in connection  with the incident on May the 14th.

He’s been remanded until his trial at Guildford Crown Court due to start on the 21st of July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The 118 people who lost their lives in the Staines Air Disaster of 1972 will be remembered this weekend.

It’s the worst aviation accident this country has ever seen, bar Lockerbie, which was a terrorist act.

The aircraft, a Hawker Siddeley Trident, took off from Heathrow but after entering a deep stall, crashed just 150 seconds later.

A public inquiry into the incident made several recommendations to improve aviation safety including installing cockpit voice recorders.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

Fire has broken out at a house in Feltham on the hottest day of the year so far.

Most of the ground floor of a mid-terraced property in Guildford Road caught light just after 2pm. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this time and there are no reports of any injuries. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

The UK's had its hottest day of the year for the third day in a row.

A high of 30-point-3 degrees celsius has been recorded at Heathrow, with the temperature expected to climb to 34 in parts of the east and south-east of England.

People heading for beaches are being urged to stay safe when they're in the sea - which is still cold

Here's Bob Taylor, a lifeboat crew member.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A man will appear at the Old Bailey today, after a man died of a head injury in New Malden.

49-year-old Edward Kersys, who’s from the area, is accused of manslaughter, after allegedly assaulting 64-year-old Ivan Demian in the High Street.

Ivan was taken to hospital, but died five days later.

Kersys has been remanded in custody pending his court appearance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Thousands of holidaymakers face disruption at Gatwick this summer, as the airport attempts to reduce last-minute cancellations and boost reliability

It's limiting the number of flights because of staff shortages across the sector, which the boss of Heathrow says could take a year and a half to resolve.

Some airports have seen huge queues at security, or airlines cancelling services as they struggle to crew planes.

Small Business Minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully says it's essential the industry increases recruitment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A memorial is being unveiled today in Kingston, in recognition of key workers during the pandemic

A bench and tree are being placed in King Edwards Recreation Ground in Hook, with a ceremony today at 1pm. 

Rob Robb from Chessington says “They put their lives on the line for us, sadly some sadly paid the ultimate price, and they have been instrumental in bringing us to where we are now”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Britain is set for its hottest day of the year so far today with temperatures hitting the early 30s in South-West London

The Met Office has described the temperatures as "rare" for June and has issued Level Three Alerts across the East and South-East of England

Reporter Jo Robinson reckons those in the south east of the country are most likely to get the warmest weather.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Work will begin to remove the majority of parking spaces on the north side of Barnes High Street next week

Richmond Council is widening the footway for pedestrians on the south side and installing a bus stop. 

Work is due to last 8 weeks with access to shops maintained throughout.

The works are being undertaken following a public consultation last year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

The boss of Heathrow Airport reckons it's going to take up to 18 months for the aviation industry to get back to full capacity

Holidaymakers have already felt the impact of an industry struggling to get back to pre-pandemic levels when hundreds of flights were cancelled over half term.

Airlines were forced to axe services because of staff shortages.

Meanwhile, Gatwick airport is hoping to limit travel disruption in the coming months by capping the number of flights. 

John Holland-Kaye says a recruitment drive's got to happen across Europe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Thursday 16 June 2022

Talks are going on to try and stop 10% of frontline South East Coast Ambulance Service having to leave.

SECAMB has been looking at a new fleet of vans, which could have meant a tenth of staff would be too small or tall to ride in safely.

The GMB Union calls it a “bizarre and economically driven proposal” that would have affected who the service can hire in the future.

The plans have been paused to allow further discussions to take place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

Police are hunting for a man they want to speak to in connection with a racially aggravated assault in Egham.

Police were called to William Hill on the High Street on 12th January after reports a customer was damaging property and abusing staff.

You can view an image of him on our Radio Jackie website.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

Two men have been arrested for car theft in Weybridge.

In the early hours of June the 10th the victim was alerted by it’s car tracking company that their vehicle had been driven away.

Officers followed and located the vehicle nearby and arrested the men on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

When searching the stolen vehicle, officers found a tracker jammer, a device which can be used to conceal a cars location.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 pm  

It's reached 29 point 3 degrees celsius in parts of London, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

The record was set at Heathrow Airport.

Tomorrow, most of England and Wales will see temperatures above 27 celcius - while it could hit 34 in some places.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A strike at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton has been called off, after a plan to cut jobs was withdrawn.

Outsourcing giant Sodexo had launched a consultation into “drastic cuts” that could have led to redundancies and transfers.

The company now says this won’t go ahead.

Helen O’Connor from the GMB Union says it’s been a “stressful period” for workers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

We’re once again being warned about the dangers of fires caused by direct sunlight.

It’s after a man had to be rescued from a house fire in Chiswick earlier this week. 

The small blaze broke out in the bathroom of the property in Stile Hall Gardens.

The LFB says items like glass and crystal reflecting the sun and starting a fire are not that rare, especially in summer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

A book has been returned to Tooting Library after 48 years and 107 days

It was sent from Port Moody in Canada, near Vancouver and the US border. 

A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan arrived in the post, after it was found in a box under the stairs. 

The fine should be around £6,000 if Wandsworth didn’t limit fees to £8.50, but in this case, it’s been waived.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

The Met Police has released a list of the “most wanted robbery offenders”, and it includes a man last known to live in Sutton

44-year-old Jason Ivasara is wanted for an armed robbery inside a food shop in Fulham Broadway in April 2020. 

He also allegedly stabbed a staff member who tried to detain him. 

Detective Superintendent Lee Hill says “my message is clear – we will not stop looking for you until you are arrested”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Cabinet minister Michael Ellis has told MPs they'll soon be told why Lord Geidt's quit as Boris Johnson's ethics adviser

He’s said this in response to an urgent question in parliament, asked by Putney Labour MP Fleur Anderson.

It's put the spotlight on Mr Johnson and 'partygate' once again.

Lord Geidt recently said it was "reasonable" to suggest the PM had broken the ministerial code.

Deputy Prime Minister and Esher MP Dominic Raab says his resignation's come out of the blue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

A piece of artwork which won a public vote will be permanently installed in Kingston’s Ancient Market Place today

Party Animal by Alex Davies was originally part of the Kingston Sculpture Trail which ran last year. 

His sculpture depicts a bronze goat which stands proudly with a traffic cone on its back. 

Party Animal was one of seven sculptures that made up the trail. 

People were asked to vote for their favourite with Davies’s sculpture winning 51% of the vote.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

School places have been found for all 73 children evacuated from Afghanistan and now living in Hammersmith and Fulham

Nine of them are attending nursery and pre-school and a further 20 are attending primary school. 

One of these children has special needs and had never been able to go to school before moving to England.

The council says it is also working on finding permanent homes for the families it took in when the Taliban seized control of the country. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

St George’s in Tooting is one of the hospitals seeing huge demand for a rare type of blood over the last year

There has been a 58% increase in demand in London hospitals as a whole for R0 blood which is needed to treat sickle cell disease. 

It’s the fastest growing genetic disease in the UK and is more common in people of black heritage. 

Around 80% of all the Ro required in England is needed by patients in London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Elmbridge and Runnymede Youth Hub has reached a major milestone, welcoming its 100th client

19-year- old Kai is now undertaking work experience with a charity shop in Walton dedicated to mental health and wellbeing issues.

The Hub was created in response to the pandemic, with the primary aim of helping young people back into employment and training.

It was developed in partnership with Brooklands College and funded by both councils and the Department for Work and Pensions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

England flanker Lewis Ludlam believes Danny Care's experience could prove invaluable

He’s hoping to be selected for this summer's three-Test rugby union tour of Australia.

The 35-year-old will make his first appearance for his country since 2018 when they take on the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Some facilities at a Government veterinary base in Weybridge are “no longer fit for purpose.”

That’s according to a report published by The National Audit Office.

The site is operated by the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

It is the UK's main animal health laboratory, and it is there where research into diseases such as Bird Flu are led. 

We’ve contacted Defra for comment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A tiny tree frog has turned up in a bag of bananas more than 4,000 miles from home in Sheen.

The RSPCA was called to a house after a shopper discovered the amphibian when he unpacked his groceries.

The 3cm long frog is believed to be a Hispaniola or a Dominican tree frog from the Dominican Republic.

The little amphibian is now in the care of staff  at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Over 70 Ukrainian families have now settled in Epsom and Ewell.

They are some of the 2,400 refugees who are believed to have settled across Surrey. 

Epsom and Ewell Refugee Network has launched a free Summer Language School and is offering intensive English classes. 

It’s looking for teachers who may be able to offer their help over the next few months.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A Rwandan journalist who fled his countryand now lives in Reigate has voiced his opinion about the Government’s asylum plans

This is what Eleneus Akanga thinks of it all.

The home secretary's vowed she won't let what she calls the "mob" from preventing asylum seekers being sent to Rwanda.

A last minute legal ruling by a European court stopped the first departure last night from Heathrow.

But Priti Patel says the government's going to press on with its controversial policy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

The home secretary's vowed she won't let the "usual suspects" or "mobs" prevent asylum seekers from being sent to Rwanda.

 An eleventh hour legal ruling by a European court halted the first departure last night from Heathrow.

But Priti Patel says government won't be deterred from "doing the right thing".

Her Labour counterpart, Yvette Cooper doesn't agree with the controversial policy - and says the UK's better "than this."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Ministers insist they're 'highly confident' Rwanda flights will go ahead despite an intervention by the European Court of Human Rights.

 It blocked last night's planned first departure of asylum seekers from Heathrow bound for the African nation.

The government says it expects to overcome legal challenges.

However Geoffrey Robertson QC - who helped bring the case before the court - says that isn't the only option the government has.

Nine protesters were arrested for blocking the road to an immigration centre near Heathrow where the asylum seekers were based.

Activists from Stop Deportations lay in the road at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

South Western Railway is urging customers to only travel by train if it’s absolutely necessary during the upcoming strikes.

Action is planned for next Tuesday, Thursday and the following Saturday. 

Network Rail's warning the three-day train strike next week will cause six days of disruption to services.

It's also estimating the industry will lose up to £150 million because of lost ticket sales and aborted engineering work.

More than 40,000 staff are expected to walk out in a row over pay and redundancies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man from Croydon has been jailed after stalking offences against 121 people

28-year-old Vishaal Vijapura from Shirley published a list online containing personal details, as well as an essay to justify sexually assaulting them. 

The victims’ addresses span 16 police areas across England, and they provided evidence of being aware of online messages from him. 

He’s been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

South Western Railway is urging customers only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary on the planned strike days next week.

South Western Railway is urging customers only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary on the planned strike days next week: Tuesday the 21st, Thursday the 23rd and Saturday the 25th and throughout that week.  

Customers should expect severe disruption and, if they have to travel, should seek to do so by other means.   

This comes as SWR published their strike day timetable, which will provide a very limited service on the routes Network Rail have made available. 

The reduced timetable will see significant parts of the network closed entirely and those trains that are running will be far less frequent compared to normal.    

Network Rail and more than 2,100 SWR RMT members are set to take strike action causing severe disruption. 

Network Rail will provide contingency cover for critical roles including electrical control room operators, signalers, maintenance and response teams, but will not be able to cover the whole day. 

SWR’s reduced timetable will run from 07:15 to 18:30 on the three strike days, and will consist of:   

Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Windsor via Hounslow. 

Two semi-fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Basingstoke . 

Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking. 

Two fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Southampton.

Trains will not stop at all stations on these routes.  

Island Line services will not be affected by the industrial action. 

There will be no SWR services across the rest of the network.  

Significant disruption is also expected on Wednesday the 22nd, Friday the 24th and Sunday the 26th when the network will not be operational before 07:30 and a Sunday level of service will operate throughout the day.   

South Western Railway’s Managing Director, Claire Mann, said:  

“The sheer scale of this planned industrial action severely limits the number of trains we can run and routes we can serve, which is reflected in the reduced timetable we have published today.  

“With this disruption set to be so considerable, I regretfully urge customers to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary between Tuesday 21 and Sunday 26 June. 

“I am sorry these strikes will cause such disruption and am grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding as the rail industry works to bring this damaging nationwide action to an end.” 

Network Rail route director Mark Killick said:

“We’re so sorry for the disruption next week and we know how difficult this will be for our customers so soon after the pandemic. We’ve trained 250 staff so we can keep some of the busiest lines open, focussing our resources on the routes that can keep the largest numbers of customers and freight moving and serving vital locations such as hospitals. That said, we will not compromise on safety and the strike does mean that large parts of the network will be closed. 

“We are continuing to work with unions to find a solution and will keep doing so. But we also have to be honest and accept that we have to change the way we work, to reflect the changes in society and travel patterns post pandemic. Again, I’d like to apologise to everyone who find their journeys disrupted next week and urge our customers to check before they travel.”

Customers are urged to check the SWR website for latest information at  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A car has collided with a minibus outside a primary school in Tooting and burst a pipe in the building

Yesterday, at around 8am, the driver crashed next to Furzedown Primary School, and the minibus rammed into a building. 

Due to the time of day, there were no children in the classroom and nobody was hurt, although the driver was treated for shock. 

Fire crews worked with a structural engineer from the council to make sure the building was safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

There are claims that the Transport Secretary is refusing to intervene on rail strikes next week to try and win a by-election in Devon

Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park Sarah Olney has written to Grant Shapps, saying he’s “sitting on his hands” to prevent volunteers attending it. 

She says it’s a “new low” for the Tories. 

A DfT spokesperson says it’s “completely untrue” and they’re working with the rail industry to mitigate disruption. 

Members of the RMT Union are to walk out for three days over concerns about pay and redundancies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

With temperatures set to soar this week, the RNLI is issuing its annual warning against taking a dip in the River Thames

The advice, if you find yourself in trouble in the water, is “float to live”: float on your back with your arms and legs spread out. 

RNLI Teddington's Paul Stallard explains the main danger of wild water swimming.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am  

A special centre offering careers and education advice to young people has opened in Staines

The Spelthorne Youth Hub offers a range of support to 16 to 24 year olds. 

This includes CV writing, employment matching services and funding for training. 

Spelthorne Borough Council says it recognises that young people experienced a loss of confidence during the Covid pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

The former Transport Secretary says extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to Epsom and Ewell is “unworkable.”

Chris Grayling, who is also the area’s MP, is expecting some parts of the borough to be included in the ULEZ expansion next year. 

But he says Transport for London is yet to give clear details about how it would work on roads that cross the London Surrey border. 

He’s lodged an objection to the scheme, which sees people pay a daily £12.50 charge to enter the zone, with Transport for London. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 am  

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen has apparently rejected the chance to stay at Brentford.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla writes that the midfielder is eyeing up a return to the Champions League.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked to possibly signing the player.

He made his return to professional football in January, after suffering a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday 14 June 2022

One of the largest fashion companies in the world is coming to Hammersmith.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corp is the parent company to fashion brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. 

The fashion giant will be moving into a brand-new office space at White City’s new-look Television Centre early next year.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says the move is another key milestone in the area’s regeneration. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police say they will need to work with Richmond Council a “long-term solution” to traffic problems near Kew Green.

They’ve received reports of people speeding down Gloucester Road to bypass traffic on the A205 and rejoin Kew Green.

The force says they’re going to carry out “speed ops”, but they will be “infrequent”.

Richmond Council said:

The Council has carried out surveys and the majority of people using this road are abiding by the speed limit. We have therefore not found that further intervention from the Council is required at this time, particularly as any traffic calming measures would have implications for other roads users (including cyclists and emergency services) and would likely displace traffic to neighbouring roads. We will continue to monitor this road and consider it for future traffic schemes. We are grateful for the police for considering additional operations in this area in order to catch those few people who are speeding and posing a danger to residents and other road users. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Serena Williams has been given a wild card for this year's Wimbledon - 12 months since she last played.

It's also been confirmed she will warm-up for that by competing in the doubles of the Eastbourne International with Ons Jabeur.

Richard Newman has more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Airlines have been told they must review their summer timetables, after thousands of flights were cancelled during half-term.

The Government and Civil Aviation Authority says companies need to take 'all possible steps' to avoid the recent 'unacceptable scenes'.

Airline bosses have been quizzed by MPs today, on the disruption.

But Heathrow based British Airways boss didn't turn up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Today marks 40 years since the end of the Falklands War.

The ten-week conflict saw the loss of 255 British and over 600 Argentinian servicemen.

One of the items on show at a new exhibition at the Poppy Factory in Richmond is a copy of the war report signed by Margaret Thatcher. 

It’s been donated by former defence minister, Lord Lee.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Heathrow’s Terminal 4 has reopened, after shutting during lockdown in May 2020.

It’s traditionally been the home of long-haul routes not operated by British Airways, and Qatar Airways has been the first to set off from there.

Yesterday, it was announced that passenger numbers at the hub in May this year where at 79% of pre-pandemic levels.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A prolific burglar from Purley has been jailed.

35 year old Tristram Spencer was sentenced to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to a string of burglaries and vehicle thefts.

In January 2021, police were called to Diceland Road in Banstead where the victims car and personal belongings had been stolen.

Spencer was arrested after being caught on CCTV but continued to burgle whilst awaiting trial.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

The prime suspect in the murder of Suzy Lamplugh is "on his deathbed".

The Mirror reports that the family of the estate agent from Fulham are once again begging him to “tell us what you did”. 

68-year-old John Cannan has always denied any link to her murder, but is serving a life sentence for the killing of Shirley Banks. 

Suzy’s body was never found, and it’s unknown what happened to her after her disappearance in 1986.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

People in Wandsworth are being urged to take advantage of a free health bus which is doing the rounds today.

Ian Frost is a pharmacist working on the health bus which is stationed on the Henry Prince Estate until 4 this afternoon. 

He explains some of the services on offer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Everton are choosing not to comment on a story that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon's leading a consortium trying to buy the club

It's reported by the Telegraph that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri's held initial talks with the group.

Mr Kenyon's understood to be involved in the bid which is backed by two American businessmen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

The chair of a group of MPs has suggested there's frustration over the chief executive of Heathrow-based British Airways' failure to attend a meeting today

They're questioning airline bosses on half-term flight cancellations, which caused major disruption.

Darren Jones says "it's unfortunate" that Sean Doyle "was unable to find 45 minutes" - but has confirmed he's agreed to appear later this month. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Today marks 5 years since the Grenfell Tower disaster which claimed the lives of 72 people

The inferno in the 24 storey block in North Kensington started in the early hours as a fridge fire. 

An ongoing inquiry into the tragedy has since found that cladding was a key factor in the rapid spread of the blaze. 

Firefighters, led by Norbiton based Fire Brigades Union, will join bereaved family members and survivors in a silent walk. 

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Abbey later.

Local councillor Claire Simmons is among those who will be there and is expecting a difficult day:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

An artillery shell forms part of a new exhibition on the Falklands War launched at the Poppy Factory in Richmond

Today marks 40 years since the end of the ten-week-long conflict which saw the loss of 255 British servicemen.  

The shell has been donated by veteran Paul Clayton who was part of the British Task Force sent to counter the Argentinian invasion. 

Paul, who was just 20 at the time, says it came as a surprise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Monday 13 June 2022

Over 100 TfL workers have died due to COVID-19.


Of that figure, 75 worked on the bus network, and 23 on the tube.

University College London last year found that introducing lockdowns earlier would have prevented deaths, and protections came too late.

Mayor Sadiq Khan says “every death in service is taken very seriously” and support has been in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A charity in Mitcham is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

 Jigsaw4u which was formed in 1997 provides a wide variety of services across Merton and Sutton.

They include bereavement, advocacy, support to young victims of crime and domestic abuse, care leavers advice and lots more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

British tennis number one Cameron Norrie's suffered an early exit from the Queen's Club Championships.

He's gone out in three sets to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in his opening match at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up.

But there was a first victory for fellow Brit Jack Draper against a top-20 player earlier, as he got past world number 14 Taylor Fritz in straight sets.

Meanwhile BritLiam Broady lost to Croatia's Marin Cilic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 pm  

A woman has been seriously sexually assaulted in the street in Epsom.

The attack happened at around 4 o’clock this morning in a grassy area in Parkview Way.  

The victim was pushed to the floor and sexually assaulted.

Police, who are carrying out hose to house enquiries,  believe there may have been three men nearby at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A driver has been handed a fine after he drove his Range Rover up to the gates of Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.

The footpath, which takes visitors from the carpark to the gardens, is reserved for pedestrians.

Royal parks officers say the driver told them that there were no signs to say he couldn’t park outside the gates. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Sir Keir Starmer has apologised for "administrative errors."

It’s after it emerged that he was being investigated over potential breaches of parliamentary rules on earnings and gifts.

A spokesperson for the Labour leader said the errors had led to "a small number of late declarations". 

These were understood to relate to hospitality such as football tickets as well as book payments.

Croydon South MP, Conservative Chris Philp, is also under investigation for use of his publicly funded Parliamentary email. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

Surrey’s top police officer is ringfencing more than £250,000 of funding to help protect children at risk of abuse.

The money will be spent on supporting youngsters at risk of, or affected by, sexual violence.

 The cash is coming from the Children and Young People’s Fund.

 Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, explains some of the other key priorities for the coming year.    

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More than 100 Transport for London workers have died from Covid -19.

75 worked on buses while 23 worked on the Tube network according to TfL figures.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says there’s “a range of additional support for families and colleagues where there has been a bereavement".

It was the death of Croydon bus driver Kofi Opoku that sparked calls for the introduction of tougher safety measures for transport staff.

The 55 year old passed away during the second wave of the pandemic on in October 2020.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

A multi-storey car park in Ashford has been closed after a “shocking level of vandalism”

Spelthorne Council says closing the Church Road car park has been a “very difficult decision” but they “cannot risk the safety of users”. 

There have been reports of “targeted and systematic vandalism” which has damaged the fire doors, stairs, shutters, barriers and lighting.

 Anyone with information about the damage is asked to contact Spelthorne Council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Heathrow Airport says passenger numbers reached 79% of pre-pandemic levels in May

5.3m people travelled through the airport.

Its chief executive says it's ramping up operations to make sure there's minimal disruption over the summer - terminal four's reopening tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Surrey Warriors Strikers have slipped off of the Surrey Cricket League's top spot

The strikers lost to Ploughmans this weekend, meanwhile, London Gymkhana won against Balham and Tooting to head up the premier Division.

St Lukes edged above Surrey Warriors Spartans in the table by three points, by beating them by 46 runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

A special exhibition centring on the Falklands War launches at the Poppy Factory in Richmond this morning

This week marks 40 years since the end of the conflict. 

Artefacts going on show include a donated rare copy of a government report into the war and artillery shell casing. 

The launch takes place at 11 o’clock after which it will be open to the public. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

A cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea is issuing a post-pandemic warning to people with heart disease

Professor Thomas Lüscher has been commenting on research that shows Covid lockdowns increased collateral damage to those with cardiovascular diseases. 

The University of Leeds-led review analysed data from 189 separate research papers. 

It looked at the impact of Covid on cardiovascular services from 49 countries covering a two-year period from December 2019.       

The low and middle income countries saw a more severe decline in hospitalisations for people with heart attacks. 

Professor Lüscher says the lessons from the review are that healthcare systems have to be prepared for “surprising increases” in acutely ill patients. 

He also says the public must be aware that staying at home with chest pain or acute breathlessness increases the risk of death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Sunday 12 June 2022

Britons Andy Murray has lost a tough three set match with last year’s Wimbledon Finalist Matteo Barrentini in the final of the Stuttgart Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion missed out on winning his first ATP Title since 2019 going down 6-4 5-7 6-3. 

Murray continues his preparations at this week’s Queens Club in West Kensington where the pair could meet each other again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

A library that received an overdue book in the post from Canada, 48 years after lending it out, has agreed to waive the overdue fine of over £6000

72-year-old Retired Judge Tony Spence, from Port Moody in British Columbia, borrowed A Confederate General from Big Sur from Tooting Library in early 1974.

Wandsworth Libraries said they were surprised and delighted to have the book returned to them.

Mr Spence originally grew up in Yorkshire, and said he found the book recently in a box that we stored away without looking in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

Britons Andy Murray is currently in a tight battle with last years Wimbledon Finalist Matteo Barrentini in the final of the Stuttgart Open

The two time Wimbledon champion has forced a deciding set with the Italian up a break of serve in set 3.  

 The ATP Stuttgart is a warm up event in preparation for this years Wimbledon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

There’s just 5 weeks left for people in Hammersmith and Fulham to voice their thoughts on proposed changes to the borough’s bus routes.

A number of day and night bus services could be affected including the C3 and 11, and some cut altogether. 

In some cases, a change of buses will be needed between routes. 

Transport for London says the changes are necessary following the recent funding agreement with the government. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Detectives investigating a fatal collision in Chelsea have made a second arrest.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on the 27th of May on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but was later bailed until late June.

The victim 41-year-old Olivia Riley was walking her dogs when she was hit by a car and later died at the scene.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed or has dash cam footage of what happened on Cheyne Walk  on  Saturday 14th May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

A special 999 service for the deaf community will launch in Leatherhead on Friday.

999 BSL is the UK’s first ever Video Relay Service connecting deaf people to the emergency services via a remote interpreter.

It will launch as a phone app and web-based platform and be funded by private telecoms companies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The launch is taking place at charity, Sight for Surrey’s headquarters. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Britain's Andy Murray and Dan Evans will hope to warm-up for Wimbledon by winning silverware this afternoon.

Former world tennis number one Murray takes on Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Stuttgart Open.

Meanwhile, top seed Evans goes up against Jordan Thompson of Australia in the men's singles decider at the Nottingham Open.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

Businesses in Richmond are to be given advice on how to go plastic free in a new online event.

“Plastic Free July” is a global movement that encourages people to rethink their relationship with single-use items. 

The session will share tips on how to become plastic free as a business.

Owners will also be able to network to see how they can help drive change across the borough in terms of recycling.  

It’s due to take place on Thursday, the 7th of July, between 4 and 5pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

We’re being urged not to approach or try and touch deer and their fawns.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm  

A councillor who lived near Grenfell Tower has said she ran for the position out of a sense of duty.

Claire Simmons, who was elected in May, watched the tower burning from her home in North Kensington on June 14th, 2017.

The Kensington and Chelsea labour councillor wanted to make sure that what happened to the residents of Grenfell was not in vain. 

Seventy-two people died after the blaze broke out in a fourth floor flat.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

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