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Saturday 3 September 2022

Delays turned out to be a racing certainty when a horse-box broke down this afternoon on the M 25 near Staines

Traffic as halted clockwise between junctions 11 and 2 when the horses inside escaped onto the carriageway.

Attempts to round up the animals are still underway.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 pm  

A Clapham man’s quest to find the grave of his great-grandfather is to be rewarded with a new headstone from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Neil Tester set out to find the final resting place of his ancestor Herbert William Pope because others in the family were desperate to know.

Mr Pope, who died in 1919, was eventually found buried at Brentwood in Essex following a search which had centred on Weybridge, where his widow and son lived most of their lives.

The headstone is in recognition of Mr Pope’s army service during the First World War.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Dozens of residents evacuated from their homes after a gas explosion in Thornton Heath have not been able to go home one month on.

Sahara Salman, a four-year-old girl, died when one of the houses on Galpin’s Road collapsed.

About 500 people had to leave their homes while the leak was fixed. A local resident said that about ‘50 people’ are still living in hotels.

Merton Council said that this was due to the cul-de-sac being inaccessible to emergency service vehicles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva admits he is delighted with their summer transfer business.

Deadline-day deals for Carlos Vinicius, Dan James, Layvin Kurzawa and Willian took the total of new additions to 11.

Only Willian is expected to feature in their premier league game with Tottenham later.

The London derby kicks off at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Richmond’s Health Bus will be back on the streets of the borough next week.

Residents can get help and advice on a range of issues including diabetes, heart health and cancer. 

The bus will be parked in Back Lane in Ham on Monday from 10am and York House in Twickenham on Tuesday from 11am. 

There will also be a chance to talk through the Covid vaccine. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray thinks he can still be a handful for the world’s top tennis players.

He was beaten in four sets by Italy’s Matteo Berrettini – a former Wimbledon runner up - in the third round of the US Open.

Murray says it proves he is still good enough to get to the later stages of tournaments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Maritime charity The Royal Alfred Seafarers Society in Banstead are celebrating Merchant Navy Day today.

Hosted at Belvedere House, the day remembers all of their former seafarers’ contributions to the maritime industry during their service.

The Royal Alfred Seafarers Society was established in 1865 and delivers expert care to former seafarers and their dependants.

Merchant Navy Day was formed in the year 2000 to commemorate the sacrifices they made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The man behind a hugely popular wildlife hospital in Leatherhead has released a book about his life.

Simon Cowell, who has terminal cancer, is trying to raise as much money as he can from the sale of his autobiography, ‘My Wild Life’.

The funds will go towards building a brand new £4 million centre for his charity, Wildlife Aid Foundation.

Completing the project is Simon’s “last wish.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank feels his team have shown they’re a goal threat in the early stages of the Premier League season.

The Londoner’s have found the back of the net 10 times in five matches.

Frank admitted though that they need to be tighter at the back.

The bees play Leeds at home today with Kick off at 3pm

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A national children’s charity based in Tadworth is celebrating a new technological partnership.

The Children’s Trust’s is working with The CareTech Foundation to buy a cutting-edge robotic aided gait trainer.

The device would be the first of its kind to be used in a paediatric setting in the UK. 

The equipment helps youngsters with an acquired brain injury learn how to walk again.  

There are currently no facilities in the UK that offer a full suite of equipment that is specifically designed and scaled for children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

An appeal is going out to landlords in Epsom and Ewell who may be able to let their property to a refugee family.

The borough’s Refugee Network is making the plea six months after the first Ukrainian refugees came to the area.

The charity says many of the refugees have now found work and want to move on from their host families. 

Any landlords who have a property that’s about to become vacant should get in contact. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

The future of pharmacies is up for discussion in Croydon.

The council says it wants to make sure they remain easily accessible as they are often the first port of call for a health complaint. 

All council health and wellbeing boards are required to review pharmacy services to check they are meeting requirements.  

Residents’ feedback from the newly launched consultation will be used to identify gaps in services or improvements.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 2 September 2022

A man from Chiswick who threated police officers with a baton has been jailed.

Police were called to a disturbance in Feltham last month, where 38-year-old James Watson was found drunk.

He produced an extendable baton from his pocket, and smashed the window of a passing car, before being hit with PAVA spray.

He was found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage, and fear of provocation of violence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Friends of a man who died after falling from Kingston Bridge last weekend are trying to raise £10,000 to cover his funeral costs.

23 year old labourer Liam Allan was killed after he allegedly jumped into the Thames just before midnight last Friday.

It is understood that police officers were flagged down after an argument and an allegation of theft.

The Met says he had not been handcuffed and has referred itself to The Independent Office of Police Conduct.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An independent review's found the former head of the Metropolitan Police felt intimidated after the London Mayor gave her an ultimatum to resign.

Dame Cressida Dick stepped down in February, her time was marred by several scandals - including the kidnap in Clapham and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer.

The report also found proper procedures weren't followed.

Sadiq Khan has described the allegations in the reports as "clearly biased."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A London-based British Transport Police officer has been sacked, following “incessant” discussions about sex.

Ian Pinnell also sent a colleague a sexually explicit pen, who unknowingly unwrapped it in front of her family.

He would “repeatedly” talk about his sex life and ask other colleagues about theirs.

He resigned in May, and chose not to attend his misconduct hearing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Heathrow is to start offering free period products in its bathrooms.

The airport has partnered with Hey Girls to provide them, which are made with sustainably sourced bamboo and are plastic free.

They’ve also donated 1,000 products to nearby centres, including Feltham Foodbank.

Lorraine Calvert, from the foodbank, says demand has increased considerably, and not having to spend money on sanitary products is a “great help”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has no concerns around the attitude of new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The striker left Arsenal in January - with manager Mikel Arteta calling him a bad influence on their dressing room.

Tuchel worked with Aubameyang during his time at Borussia Dortmund and says he's only had positive experiences of the Gabon international.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman has been injured when part of a car park in Wimbledon collapsed.

Emergency crews were called to the Centre Court shopping centre on Wednesday, at around 3pm.

Part of the ceiling came down on the first floor of the four-storey car park.

A spokesperson for the shopping centre said, “On Wednesday 31st of August there was a rare incident in involving falling debris in a small area of the car park. The emergency services attended and the area was promptly deemed safe for the general public following an assessment by the London Fire Brigade. A comprehensive internal review has been completed to prevent any similar event happening in the future.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Work to create a new nature reserve on a piece of land in Isleworth known as “Pit Park” are nearly complete.

Although the redevelopment of Northcote Nature Reserve will be completed this month, it will remain closed until next summer. 

Hounslow Council says it’s to ensure that the new habitats and wildlife have a little bit of space to establish.

Plans included creating a tidal inlet and riverbank terracing, which will attract a greater range of birds and animals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two people have been taken to hospital after a collision near Egham Bypass last night.

Officers are appealing for witnesses of the incident between a black Piaggio motorbike and a pedestrian on the A30 at around 8:40pm.

The elderly pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and the motorcyclist was also taken to hospital for treatment.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An independent review's found the former head of the Metropolitan Police felt intimidated to resign after the London Mayor gave her an ultimatum.

Dame Cressida Dick stepped down in February, following several scandals - including the kidnap in Clapham and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer.

Reporter Shingi Mararike, who's at Scotland Yard, says Sadiq Khan's described the allegations in the report as "clearly biased."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

An investigation's uncovered historical allegations of sexual misconduct by a now-cabinet Minister and a Number Ten top aide

Sky News reports that two women have given detailed first-hand accounts of what they claim happened to them when one was assaulted and one groped.

A spokesperson for the government says it takes allegations of misconduct extremely seriously.

But Labour's shadow policing minister and Croydon Central MP, Sarah Jones, says it's drawn attention to the problems in Westminster.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Passengers from Heathrow Terminal 2 were evacuated earlier.

A Heathrow spokesperson confirmed its staff worked with police after a potentially suspicious item was identified.

Passengers were temporarily moved away from the area as a precaution.

The incident has been closed and the terminal has now reopened.

Heathrow has apologised for any inconvenience.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

The Royal Marsden Sutton is leading a trial of acupuncture for the treatment of Long Covid related fatigue

A clinical diagnosis of the virus is made when symptoms of the infection are ongoing after 12 weeks. 

The Marsden says acupuncture has been shown to help breathlessness and fatigue in patients with other conditions including cancer. 

This is a randomised study in 160 people with and without cancer, who fit the definition of Long Covid. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

An 18-year-old boy has been charged with attempted rape, following an incident in New Malden

On the 20th of August, police received an allegation that a woman was attacked in the alleyway known as The Cut. 

Emergency crews continue to provide support to a woman in her 20s. 

The teenager has been charged and appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

A man accused of being a member of the Islamic terror cell known as The Beatles is due to appear in court later

Aine Davis, who is originally from Hammersmith, faces charges of possession of a firearm for terror purposes and funding terrorism.

He was arrested at Luton Airport last month after being deported from Turkey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

The former police officer who killed Sarah Everard from Clapham is due in court later, charged with two further flashing offences

Wayne Couzens is already serving a whole life order for the 33-year-old's rape and murder in March 2021.

The two alleged offences took place in June 2015 and November 2020.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

The frustration over ebikes being “abandoned” on pavements across South West London continues today

The latest Lime bike has been spotted not on the pavement but stuck up a tree near Fulwell station. 

The bright green bikes are available to rent, but at the end of the journey, should be returned to a designated bay. 

But many councils are not signed up to the scheme and therefore don’t have bays for riders to leave them in. 

9 were left “sprawled” on Coombe Road in New Malden over the space of two weeks according to residents there. 

Meanwhile, Westminster Council is taking matters into its own hands and has started seizing ebikes left in a haphazard fashion. 

Kingston Council says it has not plans to work with Lime Bikes to install designated Lime bays in the borough. 

A spokesperson for Lime Bikes says the company will collect any reported to them that are left in an inappropriate manner. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Thursday 1 September 2022

Surrey Libraries are apparently the second-most visited in the country, with over half a million visits last year.

The UK Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy also found 83% thought there was a good or very good selection of books.

Sue Wills, from the services, says it’s “just the tip of the iceberg” and they want to deliver places where social, economic and cultural activities are available.

Books in both Ukrainian and Russian are available, with translated materials meaning young Ukrainians have taken part in the summer reading challenge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Barnes High Street has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Best High Street category of the 2023 Urbanism Awards.

The Urbanism Awards are The Academy of Urbanism's primary platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

As well as providing a means to build relationships with places that are doing good work, the awards help to build a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism.

The winners will be announced at the awards event which is due to take place on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

The Academy of Urbanism is a politically independent, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 pm  

Today marks the start of Sustainable September in Kingston.

Activities will include bat walks, energy walks, climate talks, and bike check ups.

Councillor Ian Manders says the invasion of Ukraine shows “how vulnerable we are to supplies of oil and gas”.

All activities are free to attend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 pm  

Police are reminding drivers about the importance of wearing a seatbelt in their vehicle after someone was fined in New Haw.

Officers stopped and fined the driver of a van after they were spotted not wearing one.

11% of fatal collisions they deal with come from people not wearing a seatbelt in the car.

They’re reminding us it’s the single most important piece of safety kit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 pm  

England had its joint-hottest summer - but even July's highest ever logged temperature couldn't push it above 2018.

The average was 17-point-one-degrees-Celsius, equalling the previous high mark in records which stretch back 138 years.

But according to the Met Office, it's currently the UK's warmest ever year, and the driest since 1976.

The UK's record-high temperature of 40.3°C was set in Lincolnshire in July, followed by 40.2°C recorded at Heathrow Airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Plans are afoot to redevelop part of Putney Riverside for the public.

Wandsworth Council is asking for resident’s views about how Waterman’s Green near Putney Bridge could be upgraded. 

The area has been closed off to the public for some time because of ongoing work on the Thames Tideway project. 

Putney Embankment is one of the main foreshaw sites for the 25km sewage and rainwater tunnel being built underneath the capital. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Fulham have announced the signing of former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian on a free transfer.

The promoted side have also completed a season-long loan deal for France international defender Layvin Kurzawa from PSG.

Marco Silva's side have made an impressive start to the Premier League campaign, sitting seventh in the table after five games.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Two police officers have been treated for minor injuries following a collision in Twickenham this afternoon.

The incident happened just before 12.30 at the junction of Warren Road and The Ridge.

The two officers were taken to hospital by paramedics and London Fire Brigade also attended the scene 

Enquiries to establish the circumstances are ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Time is running out for Premier League clubs to add to their squads before the transfer window closes this evening.

Manchester United have completed the highest profile signing of the day so far, with Brazil international Antony joining from Ajax for 85-point-4 million pounds.

Defending champions Manchester City have agreed a deal for Swiss defender Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea are looking to force through a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the 11 o'clock deadline.

In Scotland, it's reported champions Celtic are close to completing the signing of midfielder Oliver Abildgaard from Rubin Kazan.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A 17-year-old boy has been mugged on board a bus in Croydon.

A CCTV picture of a suspect has been released following the incident on the 10th of March, on the route 194.

The teen boarded the bus at around 1.45pm at Addiscombe Road, then three men also got on and demanded he hand over his phone and jacket.

They’re all described as black, between 16 and 20.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Eight people have been jailed following a crackdown on organised crime in Reigate and Banstead.

A large amount of cash and drugs were also seized during raids by Surrey and Sussex Police.

Four men were detained during a vehicle stop in Horley which led to another five suspects in the same criminal network being detained.

Nine people have been sentenced for various drugs offences, with eight receiving prison sentences and one a youth rehabilitation order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A snow-covered stag in Richmond Park is among the stars of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

A collection of 14 highly commended pictures have been unveiled by the Natural History Museum as part of its 58th annual competition.

8 year old Joshua Cox captured the image on a long lens, with his father making sure they remained at a safe and respectable distance. 

An exhibition of the photos will open at the Museum in October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Nick Kyrgios complained he could smell a fan smoking marijuana on his way to reaching the third round of the US Open tennis.

The Wimbledon runner-up gave a typically controversial performance during his four-set victory over Benjamin Bonzi of France in New York.

He swore several times, berated his coaching team and was given a warning by the umpire.

But Kyrgios says he was trying to make a serious point about the supporter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

350 killings in London remain unsolved since 2002

The figures, obtained by Sky News, also show that more than half of the deaths involved black or Asian victims.

Bjorn Brown was stabbed in Thornton Heath 5 years ago.

His aunt, Sandi Bogle, says they will never give up hope of catching his killer. 

The Met Police says unsolved cases remain under regular review and an appeal for information over Bjorn’s murder has been made. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

People who drink alcohol in Mitcham Town Centre are now risking a £100 fine

The council says they’re trying to crack down on alcohol related anti-social behaviour there. 

Council and police officers now have the power to request people stop drinking, surrender the alcohol, and fine those who don’t comply. 

The authority says they’ll “continue to support people to get the help and support they need” to address substance misuse.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A “cost of living crisis” online help centre has been set up by Hammersmith and Fulham Council

 It will offer support and advice to residents on a range of issues including food poverty, fuel and housing costs and loneliness.

 More than 20,000 people in the borough receive Universal Credit while one in four pupils claim free school meals. 

The council is also offering free breakfasts in all primary schools and abolishing charges elderly and disabled people pay for care at home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

A baby girl who survived a cardiac arrest has been reunited with the doctor who helped care for her at St George’s in Tooting

Siya Patel was 11 months old when she fell and hit her head on a radiator in April.

Doctors shortly discovered that the injury had hit an artery, which resulted in her entering a cardiac arrest when arriving at A&E.

Siya was taken to the paediatric intensive care unit after revival where she remained in a critical condition for nine days. 

Dr Kirti Singhal has been back to St George’s where she surprised Siya and her family at a follow up appointment.

She’s told us “ I can’t believe Siya remembered me; it really made my day being able to see her again.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

Surrey Police say they’re reviewing tactic of giving misleading data to a sat nav app to fight dangerous driving

The road police division posted on Twitter to suggest they drop police markers on Waze at random points on their patrol.

The account later said that it’s technically not false since the officers are there are the time, and it “works for around 10-20 minutes”.

Surrey claims that “phantom” units haven’t been created, and technology hasn’t replaced the presence of officers on the roads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

Staff at Richmond Upon Thames College will strike again on Monday

They claim they’ve been “forced” to sign up to a “punitive new contract” that will see them lose eight days holiday.

They also claim that anyone who didn’t sign the contract yesterday will “be sacked” today.  

The College told us the 8 days of annual leave include full financial compensation.

This equates to teachers having a total of 56 days of leave including Bank Holidays and an increased number of efficiency days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Kensington and Chelsea Council has come under fire for allowing a billionaire to close a road for two weeks so he can have some trees planted

Richard Caring owns restaurants including The Ivy, and lives near Onslow Square.

It’s so a crane can lift mature trees over nearby terraced houses, into the back of his £40m mansion.

The council says they’ve publicised the announcement, and that anyone can apply for a road closure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Fulham has faced another setback this transfer season, after one of their prospective signings was refused a work permit.

Justin Kluivert won’t be joining the club, since Brexit rules mean that detailed evidence is needed to join a UK team.

According to The Athetlic, the FA decided that his lack of recent appearances for Roma mean he doesn’t qualify.

Boss Marco Silva has previously said they “need to add some numbers” before the deadline tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's been fined for comments about match referee Anthony Taylor following their 2-all Premier League draw with Tottenham

The German - who was unhappy their opponents goals were allowed to stand -suggested the official should not take charge of any of the club's future games.

He's admitted to a charge of improper conduct and will have to pay 20-thousand pounds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

A fire in Hounslow last night is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault

 Just before 21:30 around 40 firefighters tackled the blaze at a house on Bulstrode Road.

The staircase in a semi-detached house was destroyed and the ground and first floor were also damaged.

Station Commander Chris Davidson, said: "Crews worked hard in challenging conditions to contain the fire”.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea Council says a bus shelter that collapsed after Carnival revellers climbed on top of it was not vandalised.

Two people needed medical treatment after clambering on the structure to dance on Sunday. 

But a council spokesperson says it’s not being treated as vandalism because the people who mounted it didn’t mean to damage it. 

The authority is yet to release the full clean up cost, but it says  300 tonnes of rubbish was cleaned up from the streets after the event. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman formally from Battersea has been jailed for just over 8 months for the mistreatment of her two pet dogs.

36 year old Cindy Hancock has also been disqualified from owning all animals for the next 10 years.

 One of the dogs Maya, had been stuck down a riser cupboard for three days before Cindy called the fire brigade for help.

 A vet later confirmed the dogs Oscar and Maya were malnourished, had eye infections resulting in ‘significant and unnecessary suffering’.

 Both Maya and Oscar have been rehomed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a man died while being arrested in Kingston on Friday night.

Met officers were flagged down following reports a man was arguing with a woman on Kingston Bridge just before midnight. 

The man then allegedly fell into the Thames as he was being detained and pronounced dead two hours later following a large scale search. 

The Met has referred the case to the Independent Office of Police Complaints. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Two drug dealers that were arrested in Feltham last month have been jailed for a combined total of over 10 years.

24 year olds Reice Keziah and Shaun Holligan plead guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine and possession of a knife.

On the 20th July officers pulled them from a taxi where they found drugs, burner phones, criminal property and large quantities of cash.  

PC Ed Bush said: “This investigation has led to us removing two drug lines from Surrey.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Approx 300 tonnes of rubbish have been cleaned from the streets of Kensington and Chelsea following Carnival.

That’s the equivalent weight of 25 London buses.

200 cleaners and 30 refuse trucks involved in the operation but only 

30% of the waste is expected to be recycled.

A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson says the “biggest challenge” of the event is the clean up afterwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

People using Nonsuch Park in Cheam are getting another warning about catalytic converter theft.

It’s after another one was stolen from a Honda CR-V in the car park next to Nonsuch Mansion on Friday afternoon. 

Police say catalytic converter thieves are often involved in organised crime and will use violence if confronted.

The last spate of thefts in Nonsuch Park was in May where a  number of visitors were left with hefty repair bills.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Firefighters in Hounslow have had to close a road to tackle a blaze at a house.

The brigade was called yesterday just before 9.30pm to Bulstrode Road.

The staircase in a semi-detached house was destroyed, but there were no reports of any injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

Boris Johnson's insisting the UK's got the "financial strength" to get through the cost-of-living crisis

Latest figures show the cost of food is rising at its fastest rate in 14 years - with prices up by 9.3% this month compared to a year ago.

The British Retail Consortium says things are more expensive, primarily because of the war in Ukraine.

Greengrocer Vernon Mascarenhas, from Richmond-based Nature’s Choice, says problems here have had an impact too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge is one of the projects that will benefit from a Transport for London bailout.

Nearly £1.2 billion of funding has been announced in a deal between the operator and the Government. 

The move, in place until March 2024, follows more than a month of negotiations. 

Grade II listed Hammersmith Bridge was closed off to vehicles in 2019 because of safety concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes his team are too "soft" and easily "bullied" after losing 2-1 to Southampton in the Premier League

It was their second away defeat in a row and leaves the Londoners with just seven points from their first five games of the season.

Tuchel says their problems should be easy to fix.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

A man has died after a collision involving an ambulance in Croydon

Just after 5pm yesterday, the ambulance was en route to an emergency call, but was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist. 

The crew provided first aid, but the man in his 50s died at the scene. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

The White House says Mikhail Gorbachev - who's died at the age of 91 - dramatically reduced the potential for a third World War

The former leader of the Soviet Union is widely credited with bringing an end to the Cold War without bloodshed.

Reformist policies, including the introduction of free speech, would eventually lead to the collapse of the authoritarian state.

Chelsea MP Greg Hands has praised the leader, saying “I saw for myself in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, the revolutionary changes for the better in people’s lives" and “heard the chants in 1989 for “Gorbi! Gorbi!””

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

People in New Malden are being encouraged to speak to . . . lamp posts

Kingston Council has installed new digital technology on the posts in Jubilee Square just off the High Street. 

Signs on them invite visitors to scan a QR code or text a number to start ‘talking.’ 

The posts can answer questions and provide feedback on anything from public transport to the facilities available in the town. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Croydon now has its very own Street Rangers in the town centre

The team will work alongside the Police to deliver over 8,000 hours of additional uniformed patrolling every year. 

The rangers will deal with issues including anti-social behaviour and shop lifting. 

They’ll be funded through the town’s BID, or Business Improvement District.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 am  

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has joined German side Bayer Levekusen on a season-long loan.

But the Premier League club have the option to recall the academy product in January.

Hudson-Odoi hasn't featured this season - but has made 126 appearances, scoring 16 goals, since making his senior debut in January 2018.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 pm  

It’s believed a fire at a hotel in Battersea was caused by a hairdryer being left on.

Emergency crews were called to Lombard Road on Saturday night.

 Around 15 people left the building before the brigade arrived, and there was smoke in the communal areas on the second floor.

 We’re being reminded to switch off hair tools, and leave them to cool on a heatproof surface.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 pm  

Around three hectares of woodland has been damaged by a blaze at Hanworth Park.

 The fire broke out just before 1pm and took over two hours to bring under control.

There were no reports of any injuries.

London Fire Brigade is asking Londoners not to be complacent and continue to help prevent grass fires by clearing their rubbish away.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

Nearly £1.2 billion of funding has been announced for Transport for London.

The deal between the operator and the Government is due to be in place until March 2024.

The funding will support a number of projects including the repair of Hammersmith Bridge and the extension of the Northern Line.

Mayor Sadiq Khan says the announcement comes after more than a month of “tough negotiations.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Around two hectares of grass have been damaged in a fire in Hampton Hill.

The brigade took 11 calls to the blaze near Wellington Road yesterday just before 3.30pm.

A spokesperson for the brigade says while we’ve seen some rainfall, we’re being urged “not to be complacent”.

They add that we can prevent grass fires by not barbecuing on open land, clearing away rubbish and glass, and safely disposing of cigarettes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

An HGV has ploughed into a gantry sign on the A3 at New Malden.

The incident, on the Northbound entry slip road to the Malden Junction, happened just after 3pm. 

There are no reports of any injuries at this time. 

The gantry sign above the slip road is still erect but leaning heavily over the road.

We are told the road will remain closed for resurfacing.

More on Twitter @Jackie_Travel or stay tuned for the latest travel reports. 

Photo: @LaurissaGalaxy on Twitter. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Police are urging any witnesses of a serious collision in Addlestone to come forward.

Officers were called to Woodham Park Road at around 1pm on 7th August to a collision between a Renault Kangoo van, a BMW and a Mazda.

Two passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries, one is now stable and the other’s been released after surgery.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Sutton’s Jack Draper has made it through to the second round of the US Open.

He beat Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, who had knocked him out of the Queen’s Club Championships in West Kensington earlier this year.

Serena Williams says she'll "never forget" the reception she got from the crowd in New York ahead of her opening match at the US Open tennis.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion went on to beat Danka Kovinic in straight sets, after announcing earlier this month the competition would likely be her last before retiring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A 22-year-old man is in hospital following a shooting in Wandsworth.

Police were called just before 4.30am yesterday to St Rule Street.

There was no victim found at the scene, but the force was told that a man has been driven to hospital in a private vehicle.

It’s believed that a white Mercedes and a black Audi were involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Water Voles have returned to the Hogsmill River

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says it’s “fantastic news”. 

The last official record of Water Voles in the river was 2017, due to competition from the invasive American Mink. 

100 volunteers from Citizen Zoo have been leading the project. 

This is the moment one of the voles was brought out of their travel nest so they could be put into the water.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes chances will be at a premium for both sides when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League later

His side are among the highest scorers in the top flight heading into the match.

But Frank doesn't feel there will be too many goals this evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Investigations are continuing this morning after an assault in Roehampton

A man and woman were arrested just after 3am yesterday on suspicion of causing GBH. 

Emergency crews were called to Danebury Avenue, near The Alton Primary School, on Sunday just before 10pm.

 A man in his 50s was found with various injuries, including a serious head injury. 

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Monday 29 August 2022

A 22-year-old man from Kingston has been charged with intention to supply cocaine.

On Friday, police stopped a vehicle, and found a large quantity of drugs and cash.

Ergys Kovaçi has attended Guildford Magistrates Court.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 pm  

The head of the Environment agency has said people need to be ‘less squeamish’ about drinking water being taken from sewage treatment plants.

The sewage treatment plant in Guildford in Surrey recently submitted plans to treat wastewater from a population of 120,000 people

Water companies are planning "toilet-to-tap" systems, also known as water recycling, to turn sewage from lavatories into drinking water by treating it.

Sir James Bevan said drinking water reprocessed from sewage is "perfectly safe and healthy, but not something many people fancy".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH in Roehampton.

Police were called to Danebury Avenue, just before 10pm last night to reports of an assault.

 A man in his 50s was found with various injuries, including a serious head injury. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Blood donors across 23 countries have come together to try and set a world record for the most blood donations in one day

Laurence, who donated at Tooting, told the PA News Agency that he’s got “personal pride” that his O Negative blood is taken on air ambulances. 

It’s also used on maternity wards, as it can fit any blood type. 

Official World Records have yet to confirm the final total. 

Muslim social justice charity Who Is Hussain? hope their efforts will save 150,000 lives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Ottershaw continue to sit at the bottom of the Surrey Cricket League’s Premier Division

After 15 games, they’ve won six. 

Surrey Warriors Strikers are still top of the league, with 11 wins in 15 matches.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Wizz Air has been named the worst airline in the UK for flight delays last year

According to data from the Civil Aviation Authority, the carrier's departures were an average of over 13 minutes behind schedule. 

Of the 14 examined, Heathrow-based British Airways came third, at 12 minutes and 42 seconds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Sunday 28 August 2022

The Ecofair is returning to Carshalton Park tomorrow with three solar-powered stages with live music and over 100 local stalls.

The EcoFair is organised by the charity EcoLocal which is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.

This year the event is raising funds for activities supporting people with disabilities or experiencing mental health issues.

 The fair is from 10.30am - 8pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

Heathrow Airport is used by millions each year, but have you ever wondered why you don’t fly out from its terminal 1?

Between 1968 and 2015 terminal 1 was frequented by many travellers and was officially opened by her majesty the Queen in 1969.

It was the biggest airport terminal in western Europe but by 2015 it was handling only 20 flights compared with 1300 flights across other terminals.

Therefore, it was decided to close it down to make way for the expansion of terminal 2 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:31 pm  

A study has revealed that the borough of Wandsworth is the second highest area in London to receive scam calls.

Broadband comparison service Bionic revealed that Southern postcodes were more likely to receive calls than the North.

Phone scams are used by criminals to exploit people financially by impersonating others over the phone.

Google data also shows that since June 2022, there has been a 34% increase in digital phone calls to share personal information.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

People in South-West London and North Surrey are facing more travel chaos today.

It’s after 1600 drivers employed by London United go on strike in a long running pay dispute.

Over 60 routes are affected, including the 65 between Ealing and Kingston, the 281 from Tolworth to Hounslow and 418 between Kingston and Epsom.

The strike ends at 6am on Tuesday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Paediatrics at St George’s Hospital is the first department in South West London to lead the medical support worker programme

The programme provides the opportunity for overseas doctors to train and work within the NHS to save children’s lives.

Six doctors are enrolled, and four are currently practising doctors having completed their General Medical Council (GMC) registration.

The programme is available for medically qualified doctors who are UK residents but are not registered with the GMC.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 am  

A newly built Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) has opened at St George’s Hospital to treat patients with minor injuries and illnesses

The unit will allow the Emergency Department (ED) to focus on those with life threatening conditions.

It also replaces the temporary Injuries Unit in the St James’ Wing created during the pandemic.

The service will be provided by emergency practitioners, GPs, emergency medicine clinicians and registered nurses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Passengers in South West London and North Surrey are facing another bus strike today

1600 drivers employed by the company London United have walked out in a long-running pay dispute.

Over 60 routes are affected, including the 33 between Fulwell and Putney, the 281 from Tolworth to Hounslow and the 216 from Staines to Kingston.

Some routes will affect people travelling to the Notting Hill Carnival.

TFL say those buses which are running will be busier than normal.

The strike ends at 6am on Tuesday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 am  

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