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Saturday 8 October 2022

Two women and a child have been rescued from a burning block of flats in Thornton Heath this afternoon

 They were brought to safety by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, and provided with safety hoods which protect against noxious gases to help them escape the flames.

 Ten more people were able to leave the six-storey building on London Road before the brigade arrived.

 It took eight appliances and more than sixty firefighters from Norbury, Croydon, Shadwell, Woodside, Mitcham and Wallington fire stations to bring the fire under control.

 A three-roomed flat on the second floor was completely destroyed.

 The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

.Brentford boss Thomas Frank has said he expects Newcastle to be in the Champions League before too long

His team travel to St. James’ Park with just a point separating the two sides in the Premier League.

Frank thinks his side will do well to maintain that small gap.

Newcastle are celebrating a year since being taken over by the Saudi owners making them one of the richest clubs in the world.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Today is Bookshop Day.

Booksellers, publishers, authors and illustrators work collaboratively to encourage consumers to shop in their high street bookstores.

Rachel Thomas owns the independent Parade’s End book shop in Ham Parade. 

She says there is nothing like losing yourself in a book shop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A cancer support centre at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth has been honoured with a gift from the late Queen Elizabeth.

The Mulberry Centre is one of only of 18 organisations in London to receive a tree set in a pot embossed with the Queen’s cypher.

Each tree comes from the centre piece erected outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Jubilee in June.

Her late Majesty planted over 1,500 trees all over the world in the course of her 70-year reign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter expects to be facing a highly motivated Diego Costa when his team go up against their former striker later.

The Spanish international is expected to make his first premier league start for Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

Potter says Costa will be a threat they need to deal with.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of a free café in New Malden aimed at tackling loneliness.

Square One, at the Fountain Roundabout, currently opens every Saturday between 12 and 4pm. 

The food offered is surplus from supermarkets and the café runs with help from charitable donations as well as the council. 

Founder, Tony Williams, explains why he set it up. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 7 October 2022

People in Kingston say they worry more ebikes will be left on the pavements following the announcement of a new trial scheme.

The council has launched its own rental scheme in conjunction with Human Forest. 

The operator says nuisance riders will be fined £15 after a second offence and banned after their third and the bikes are tracked via GPS. 

But following a spate of abandonments of other similar bikes, these residents aren’t so confident. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A 30-year-old from Tolworth has been arrested on suspicion of being part of a smuggling route across the English Channel.

He’s suspected of being involved in an Albanian organised crime group transporting people across in small boats.

His phones, a tablet and cash have been seized and will now be examined.

Jacque Beer from the National Crime Agency says they believe the operation will have disrupted the activity of one network.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

£11.9million is being made available to communities across Surrey by the Government.

It will be distributed by Action Surrey, an energy efficiency advice service set up in partnership with all of the county’s councils.

The money will be used to help low-income households, living in hard-to-heat homes. 

Grants between £10,000 and £25,000 can be applied for to improve insulation and install renewable technology.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Two Surrey Fire and Rescue Service staff members have set off for Poland to donate another Land Rover to Ukraine.

The vehicle will be used by the Ukrainian firefighting service. 

The 4x4s, which have been decommissioned by the service, are typically used for off-road and rural firefighting. 

The two staff members, who have volunteered, will officially hand over the vehicles next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter is optimistic Wesley Fofana will play again before the upcoming World Cup.

The French defender limped out of their Champions League win over AC Milan in midweek, with what was feared to be a serious knee injury.

Potter says scans show the problem won't keep him out for too long.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A cyclist is to appear in court following a collision in Richmond Park.

The 45 year old man was charged with cycling without due care and attention following an incident on Broomfield Hill in May.

Two other cyclists were hospitalised after the man allegedly collided with them on the wrong side of the road. 

He will appear at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on November the 16th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man has been charged for several burglaries across Epsom.

19-year-old Maison Fisher, of no fixed address, has been charged with multiple offences.

These include one burglary with intent, two theft of motor vehicles and two burglaries with theft, among others.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on the 3rd November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A “role model” nurse at St George’s Hospital in Tooting has been recognised for her work supporting colleagues settling into the UK.

Juliann from Barbados moved to the UK last year, and is an ambassador for the hospital’s internationally recruited nurses.

She’s been selected as a Rising Star by the Royal College of Nursing.

She says she’s “was so surprised” that she cried, and she “loves” nursing and can’t see herself doing anything else.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A 16-year-old has been stabbed on a bus in Clapham Common.

At around 2.40 yesterday afternoon, police were called to Rookery Road after an incident on the 137 bus.

It was intercepted nearby and a man was arrested.

The teen’s injuries are not believed to be either life threatening or life changing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Police say a “suspicious package” found in Staines yesterday was “nothing of concern”

Police were called to the Two Rivers Car Park at around 4.45 yesterday afternoon.

A cordon was put in place, but at around 7pm they had left the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

A reward of up to £20,000 for information is being offered over the killing of one man and the attempted murder of another in Croydon

Akeem Moore was shot on Eastney Road on the night of 7th of October 2016, on a housing estate not far from West Croydon station.

His friend Faisel Mudde was injured in the attack.

Akeem’s mother is asking “anyone who knows what happened to please do the right thing”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Wandsworth Council is looking to issue landlords with “discretionary” licenses in a bid to crack down on rogues

The Private Rented Sector constitutes nearly a third of all housing stock in the borough. 

But the authority says standards of housing can vary widely and sometimes include dangerous and overcrowded properties.

If the proposal is approved, an increased responsibility from landlords is one of the conditions that will be looked at. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Croydon is seeing an increase in graffiti which is costing the taxpayer thousands to remove

Executive Mayor, Jason Perry, will outline his approach to tackling the anti-social behaviour at next week’s Cabinet meeting. 

The authority’s graffiti removal service, previously halted to save money, will also be resumed.

 It will focus on removing illegal, antisocial, and offensive graffiti across the borough and deliver “blitz” clean ups.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

Kingston Council is lobbying the London Assembly to limit vehicular access to a busy road in Tolworth

The authority wants the body to instruct Transport for London to close off the A3/ Fuller's Way North at certain times.   

At a council meeting, former leader Liz Green called on residents in the public gallery to support the move. 

Meanwhile, Tolworth Road is to be reopened to through traffic between Fullers Way North and Hook Road after a Covid closure. 

Under an Experimental Traffic Order, vehicle access will be regulated by "No Left Turn" restrictions during peak hours. 

A similar "No left turn" will also be in place for Thornhill Road.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Thursday 6 October 2022

Wandsworth Council has been praised for the way it deals with lost and stray dogs by the RSPCA.

The charity has given two gold medals to the authority.

It’s also being praised for its support for tenants on housing estates who want to keep a dog, offering free micro-chipping and neutering.

Councillor Aydin Dikerdem says they recognise the “key role animals play in tackling loneliness and social isolation”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm  

Police in Wandsworth are asking women and girls what they need in order to feel safer in the borough.

A special Walk and Talk Event is starting at 1pm tomorrow outside Lavender Hill Police Station.

Sergeant Leah Patel says funding has been approved for items like purse bells and personal safety alarms.

She says they want to speak to women in and around Clapham Junction in particular. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm  

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a theft in New Haw.

The theft was from a residents driveway at around 9:46pm on Tuesday evening.

Anyone who can identify this person, or who has information on the incident, is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

The Castle Club in Fulham is to be sold for £20m, to be turned into a care home.

The Grade II listed building will be restored and a three-storey extension will be built.

It’s set to become a 32-bed care home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Passengers travelling to Heathrow on Tuesday had their journey disrupted by a gas leak.

Firefighters were called to reports of a methane alarm sounding on Tunnel Road East at the Airport.

A gas pipe running through the tunnel was isolated and crews carried out a sweep to check for any elevated readings.

The extraction system was activated while the tunnel was closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 pm  

People in Richmond are being given the chance to train as lifeguards for free.

The council says they’ve had difficulties recruiting key staff to their sporting facilities.

The course is planned for five days later this month at Pool on the Park, and anyone interested should get in touch via the council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Croydon Council is looking to make more changes to its Tax Support Scheme for next year.

They include reviewing the amount of support provided to households of disabled residents where there are other adults in the house. 

The authority says this is in line with the system’s key principle that everyone in a household should contribute to the cost of council tax.

A six-week public consultation on the proposed changes is expected to be approved at Cabinet next week. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman has died while on board a flight to Heathrow.

Ambulance crews were called just after 6.30am yesterday to Terminal 2.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Achieving For Children is looking for budding musicians to join its youth orchestra in Ham.

A wide range of classical instruments and the tutelage of highly qualified music teachers is on offer for free. 

Young people aged 10 to 19 with any musical experience are encouraged to get in touch. 

Classes will run every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm at Ham Youth Centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Ham Parade Market has celebrated its HAMiversary.

The Saturday market has raised over £10,000 for charity since it launched 5 years ago. 

This month, money raised by the independent traders will go towards Voices of Hope and its BRITE box initiative. 

The dates for the remaining Ham Parade Markets this year are November the 5th and December the 3rd.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Water refill stations have come to eight stations in South-West London

South-Western Railway has teamed up with Ape2O, to offer alternatives to buying new plastic bottles. 

It includes Vauxhall, Wimbledon, and Richmond. 

A refill costs 25p and 10% of all sales will be donated to marine and freshwater conservation and clean-ups.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

A woman and her dog have been injured in an attempted theft in Belmont

At around 6.30pm on the 28th of September, a 41-year-old woman was walking the Boxer/staff when she was approached by a man. 

He demanded she give him the dog, and she was injured when she refused, then the dog bit him several times on the leg. 

No trace of him can be found on CCTV, but blood samples have been taken from the dog’s mouth to try and identify him. 

PC Heath Keogh has called the dog “courageous”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

People in Hounslow are being asked to give their views on the future of a cycle network

Transport for London introduced Cycleway 9 in late 2020, in response to the Covid pandemic. 

Work on the next phase, which includes resurfacing part of Chiswick High Road, is due to begin next week.   

But residents’ feedback, collected over 6 months, will determine whether to retain, amend or reverse the scheme completely.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Around 500 emergency call handlers are joining a strike with colleagues at BT for the first time, in a row over pay

The dispute includes around 30,000 Openreach engineers and 10,000 BT call centre workers who've taken action in previous months.

The members of the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union are walking out today and on three other days this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

A deafblind girl from Chessington has raised over £1,000 by running the London Marathon

22-year-old Paige Barnes has raised the money for Sense, who offer personalised support through their centres, with holidays, or in people’s homes.

She trained on her own, scheduling her practice around the amount of daylight.

She tells us how it feels to have raised that much.

You can find a link to her fundraiser here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Wednesday 5 October 2022

People are being told to take extra care if they turn to alternative ways to heat their homes as cost-of-living pressures deepen.
The London Fire Brigade has issued the warning for those who use portable heaters, wood burners or open fires. 

 In April, a man set fire to his property in New Malden by burning timber in his living room instead of using his gas central heating. 

 There were 256 heating-related fires across London last year. Three people died and 35 were injured. So far this year there have been 148.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 pm  

Two men have been attacked while driving past a pub in Stanwell
On the 18th of September, at around 11.30pm, the two noticed a large group of men fighting outside the Swan Inn. 

One of the group attacked the driver, then the passenger got out and was attacked as well.
They’re described as around 18-30 years old, and most were shirtless.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The RSPCA says the number of abandoned pets in England and Wales is up 25% compared to last year
Covid and cost of living fears mean fewer people considered taking on a pet with the number of rehomed animals down 10% annually.

 Battersea Dogs and Cats Home estimates it cost an average of £2,000 a year to keep a dog. 

 The charity says "the true costs will vary dramatically depending on the size, age, type and health of the animal".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Work has started to redevelop the 1960s Cambridge Estate in Kingston.

The regeneration will eventually provide more than 2,000 new homes, 767 of which will be council-rented.

There will also be a community centre, green streets and outdoor spaces.

The start of work marks the culmination of several years of feedback from residents. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Tonight's Champions League action gets underway this evening at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea look to build on their first success against Crystal Palace under Graham Potter when they host Italian giants AC Milan.

Marc Cucurella, Edouard Mendy, and  N’golo Kante are all back from injury after missing the weekend win over Crystal Palace.

Kick off is at 8pm 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

Two men have been attacked while driving past a pub in Stanwell.

On the 18th of September, at around 11.30pm, the two noticed a large group of men fighting outside the Swan Inn.

One of the group attacked the driver, then the passenger got out and was attacked as well.

They’re described as around 18-30 years old, and most were shirtless.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council is considering removing a fuel credit handed out to residents only last year.

The proposal is intended to avoid the council’s heating and hot water account running into a “more significant deficit.”

The credit has been applied to residents using communal systems but imminent gas price rises have led to calls for a reconsideration. 

A council committee report has revealed the account currently shows a surplus of £1.553 million.  

But based on estimates for the financial year, without action being taken, the account will be in deficit by £952,000 by the end of next April.

The proposal to remove the fuel credit will reduce the projected deficit to an estimated £575,000 by the year’s end. 

If approved, this would come into effect from November the 14th with charges re-established at existing levels.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Shepperton Marina has scooped a prestigious international award.

It has been voted Inland Marina of the Year at the Yacht Harbour Association Awards. 

The accolades are voted for by berth holders and celebrate the very best marinas in the UK and overseas. 

Vilamoura in Portugal’s Algarve and Yalikavak Marina in Turkey were also winners. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Calls are growing for an inquiry into allegations of insider trading by the Chancellor.

Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng is alleged to have met with hedge fund managers, who later profited when the pound fell after his mini-budget.

More MPs have added their names to a letter to Mel Stride, who’s the chair of the Treasury Select Committee.

We’ve contacted the Treasury for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Businesses operating at night across Merton now have to sign an agreement that shows they are actively protecting women.

The Council has signed up to the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter.

The scheme’s main pledges include training staff to ensure that all women who report abuse are believed.

Companies will also have to design their public spaces and workplaces to make them safer for women at night.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Chelsea manager Graham Potter says he is yet to decide who the number one goalkeeper is at the club

Edouard Mendy is available after injury for tonight's Champions League match with AC Milan, while Kepa was in goal for Saturday's Premier League win at Crystal Palace.

Potter is happy with the competition for places.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Barnes Wetland Centre is holding “Wellbeing Wednesdays” this month, ahead of World Mental Health Day

Research shows that spending two hours out in nature a week boosts health and wellbeing. 

The wetlands is offering half-price admission on Wednesdays this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

A woman has been assaulted twice by teenage boys in Egham

On the 22nd of September at around midday, two suspects threw food in her face and laughed. 

The following Monday, one of them forced her into the road on his eScooter and shouted racist abuse. 

Police believe they have the names of the suspects, but anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

More and more cash-strapped university students are being lured by criminals to act as “money mules” according to new research

The figures from We Fight Fraud show they are being targeted by gangs to launder money through their student bank accounts. 

Tony Sales, co-founder of We Fight Fraud, says some young people are unaware this kind of activity is illegal.    

Tony will be at Kingston University on October the 20th to screen his information film “Crooks on campus”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Small business owners in Hammersmith and Fulham are being offered the use of electric vans for free

It’s part of the council’s efforts to get them to use more sustainable forms of transport. 

Once a business has been approved for the Zipcar scheme, they have access to the electric vehicle for up to 30 days. 

It’s hoped this will ease the financial burden of purchasing and maintaining their own vehicle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

Surrey Police are being criticised over their handling of an arrest of a woman in Guildford

A 48-year-old woman has been accused of sending “grossly offensive messages”, relating to posts on a forum allegedly relating to criticism of people’s gender.

She has since tweeted that when she was arrested and read her rights, her response to that was based around people’s genitals.

Surrey Police says they will not be providing a running commentary on the case, and they will not “pre-empt or prejudice” future proceedings.

Their statement on the arrest has received over 1,000 replies on social media.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend, who also holds gender-critical views, says she’s spoken to the force to “seek clarification” around the circumstances of the investigation.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector David Bentley said: “There is significant commentary on social media around the perceived circumstances behind this investigation. We do not have the freedom of detailing every stage of our inquiries or the specifics of an allegation on social media as it is critical we do not pre-empt or prejudice any future proceedings at any stage.

"When we receive an allegation of a crime, in this instance one where a grossly offensive message is said to have been communicated, it is our job to assess it alongside any available evidence to identify if an offence has been committed. If it has, we gather further evidence and carry out an investigation to prove or disprove the allegation. That is exactly the process that is being followed in this case. 

“The investigation into these allegations is very much ongoing and the relevant inquiries are being carried out. We have a duty to protect the integrity of an investigation, so we will not be providing a running commentary on this case.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Tuesday 4 October 2022

Jamie George has been ruled out of England's upcoming rugby union autumn internationals with a foot injury.

The Saracens hooker, who was one of three players to withdraw from the squad's training camp, is expected to be out for around ten weeks.

Eddie Jones' side face Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

People who died during the Coronavirus pandemic are being remembered at Kew Gardens.

A special photographic exhibition has been created in the Temperate House as part of the month-long Mexican Festival there.

“Day of the Dead” is a traditional Mexican remembrance holiday usually celebrated at the end of October. 

Paul Denton is head of Visitor Programmes and Exhibitions at Kew. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Two people have been arrested for drug offences in Wandsworth.

Recent intelligence led police to stop a vehicle on Deeside Road.

Officers stopped and searched the car, resulting in the recovery of over 1kg of suspected cocaine with a street value of over £40,000.

They also found a very large quantity of cannabis.

The suspects were arrested for possession with intent to supply.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A student from Kingston University has won an award for research that could address the global shortages of organs.

Sadaf Akbari investigated how smart materials might replace damaged bones and organs in the human body.

Smart materials are produced when pressure is applied to bones and proteins in the body to make electrical charges.

Sadaf won the Three Minute Thesis competition with a 180 second presentation highlighting the potential uses of her work.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Former world champion boxer David Haye has been cleared of assault.

A judge has told the 41 year-old has has no case to answer.

He'd been accused of grabbing a man by the throat and threatening to kill him during a row at London's Hammersmith Apollo last year.

Haye's told reporters he's 'very happy' with the result.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Merton, Sutton, Croydon and Kingston are looking to change the company that collects their bins and cleans their streets.

Veolia has had the contract since 2017, but now say that looking into a different provider “would be in the borough’s best interests”.

Merton has confirmed that it intends to exit the contract when it ends in 2025, following concerns about the quality of street cleaning.

A spokesperson for Veolia says they “look forward” to new contract terms and will respond in the bidding process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has been jailed after being caught with heroin in his sock in Hounslow.

37-year-old Nikoloze Dlakishvilli, of no fixed abode, was seen “acting suspiciously” near a vehicle.

He was seen to throw an item on the ground, which turned out to be a knife, and he was arrested.

He’s been sentenced to three months in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The family of a man who was shot dead by police are demanding an urgent decision on whether criminal charges will be brought over it.

Chris Kaba died after a single shot was fired into the car he was driving in Streatham Hill last month.

An inquest into the 24-year-old's death opened in South London Coroner's Court this morning.

Mr Kaba's cousin, Jefferson Bosela, says investigators must move quickly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The famous Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been given a Mexican makeover

A new exhibition featuring installations by Mexican artists, plants and artefacts has gone on display for the whole of this month.   

Mexico is one of the world’s top five most megadiverse countries, representing 12% of global biodiversity.  

Paul Denton, Head of Visitor Programming, has given Jackie News a preview.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Dog walkers in Richmond and Bushy Parks are being reminded of the importance of staying away during rutting season

This weekend, a red stag injured a dog that got too close, resulting in a £1,200 vet bill.

During this time, the large male roar and clash antlers, are more aggressive, and can feel threatened even by calm dogs.

Visitors are advised to walk their pets elsewhere until the end of November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Heathrow airport's confirmed the cap on passenger numbers will be dropped on the 29th of October.

The hub brought in a limit for airlines during the summer to prevent long queues and flight cancellations.

A spokesperson says there will be process in place to ensure a smoother operation though the winter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

The number of animals rehomed by the RSPCA in Surrey slipped 36% in the year from 2020 to 2021

The charity has launched its annual Adoptober campaign to encourage people to adopt an animal rather than buy one. 

The number of dogs rehomed fell 28% across that period while cat rehoming more than halved from 530 to 244. 

Horses are the only animal to buck the trend in Surrey with 70 rehomed in 2021: that’s 84% more than in 2020.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

A new exhibition exploring the 100-year history of The Poppy Factory has opened at the site in Richmond

Veterans wounded in the First World War were the first to be employed at the fledgling factory. 

They made Remembrance poppies and wreaths by hand while living on site in purpose-built flats. 

Within a few short years, they had established a tradition and created a thriving community of ex-Forces workers and families. 

Personal stories, vintage poppies and other key artefacts have been brought together in the display. 

It aims to show how The Poppy Factory grew into a bustling enterprise and a national employment charity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

It's been reported that Heathrow airport is to end its daily cap on passengers at the end of this month

The Wall Street Journal says the hub has told airlines that the restriction will be scrapped on the 29th of October.

Limitations on numbers were put in place over the summer to cope with queues, delays and flight cancellations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Monday 3 October 2022

A dedicated Covid-19 booster vaccination centre has opened in Staines.

The site, at the former Decathlon Retail unit next to the bus station, is open on Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 8am to 7.30pm.

The oldest and most vulnerable groups can book first, followed by 65- year-olds and those more susceptible to serious illness.

Appointments must be booked in advance via the NHS website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Police are hunting for a wanted man in Croydon.

41 year old Terrance is wanted in connection with a common assault.

Officers believe that Terrance, who goes by both last names Wallace and Hopkins, in in Croydon but also has links to Brighton.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 pm  

Wandsworth council have set out plans on how they plan to help residents through the cost-of-living crisis.

£5m of funding will be used to support a range of organisations, projects and initiatives designed to give residents more support.

The proposed measures were debated by the Council’s Finance Committee last night. 

Funding will go towards projects including £185k to the Wandsworth Citizen’s Advice Bureau to help them employ more advisers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The Croydon programme for Black History month continues in full swing.

Fairfield Halls is hosting a collection of thought-provoking film and performances for the month. 

The next showing is ‘Hidden Figures’ on Thursday.

Author, Robin Walker, is continuing with maths and science based lectures, with an upcoming talk entitled: ‘The Mysterious Sciences of the Great Pyramid’.

And on Saturday the 15th of October, you can join chart-topping artist, Belinda Davids, with her Whitney Houston Tribute.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 pm  

Women of colour who have had a mastectomy are being offered soft prosthetics in a range of realistic skin colours for the first time.

They’ve been launched by Chelsea and Sutton based The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Nubian Skin.

Some women use “softies” temporarily before reconstructive surgery, while others wear one before using a permanent silicon prothesis.

The launch comes at the start of October, which is both Breast Cancer Awareness and Black History Month. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

A house in Epsom has been burgled over the weekend.

It’s thought the suspects forced entry to a house on Woodcote Road between 3:30pm on Saturday and 11:45 this morning.

A safe containing jewellery, money and personal items has been stolen.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who has CCTV or doorbell footage in the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

Commuters in south-east England suffered major disruption this morning because a swan was sitting on the railway line.

Network Rail says the bird was found on the tracks in Staines.

Trains weren't able to pass through the area towards Ascot in Berkshire from 8am - until the swan was captured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Spelthorne Borough Council are looking to fund websites for businesses with a very basic website or without one.

The limited funding offers a brand new Website, to those who can demonstrate the additional value having one would add to their business.

 Applications close Friday 7th October and will be reviewed shortly after. 

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Police caught an e-scooter rider on the Surrey stretch of the M23 this morning.

The rider, who it’s claimed was using a SatNav, was stopped between the junctions for the M25 and Gatwick airport at around 5.30.

Officers found them in the dark and rain in lane 4 and the battery for the e-scooter had also run out of charge.

The scooter was seized and the rider was taken off of the motorway.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

A group of kids battling cancer have come together at a special event at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Samantha Hall, mum of five-year-old Jackson, who’s recovering from leukaemia, says it was “lovely” to see those who have finished treatment”.

She adds that “it gives us hope for the future”.

The paediatric team there treated 136 children cancer patients last year, and several were able to attend and be reunited with those who helped them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Sarah Everard’s killer, Wayne Couzens, has appeared in court on flashing charges.

He’s accused of two counts of indecent exposure at a fast food restaurant in Kent in January and February last year.

He appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from jail and the case was adjourned until the 1st November.

He is already serving a whole-life sentence for the kidnap in Clapham and murder of Sarah Everard in March last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

There are questions over the chancellor's credibility following his significant U-turn on a policy he announced only ten days ago

The chancellor says he won't be proceeding with abolishing the 45p rate for those earning £150,000 or more - claiming it's "become a distraction".

Only yesterday, Liz Truss was defending the measure - but this morning she's tweeted "We get it and we have listened."

Chief secretary to the Treasury and Croydon South MP Chris Philp - effectively the chancellor's deputy - wouldn't say whose idea the original announcement was.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

Thames Water is going to have to return around £51m to customers, after being hit with financial penalties

11 suppliers in total have been hit with financial penalties.

The regulator Ofwat says the utility companies have been fined for missing targets on things like supply interruptions, pollution, and sewer flooding.

If Thames was to give equal refunds to all its customers, that would work out to around £3.40 each.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Plans to cut income tax for the country's highest earners are being dropped - ten days after they were announced

The chancellor says he won't be proceeding with abolishing the 45p rate - claiming it's "become a distraction from our overriding mission to tackle the challenges facing our country."

Kwasi Kwarteng, who is also the MP for Spelthorne, is facing calls for an inquiry, following claims he met hedge fund managers after his mini budget.

Tory party chairman Jake Berry is denying that plans for future spending cuts were discussed at the event.

This afternoon he's speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham - defending his so-called mini-budget.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Wandsworth Council is considering expanding its food waste recycling trial

The initial run started in November in Southfields, and has handed out food bins to 2,300 households.

A report says that processing the waste in this form costs around £17 per tonne, as opposed to £160 per tonne otherwise.

The proposals will be debated in November, with the decisions being made to inform the recycling contract being made in 2024.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

The policeman who murdered Sarah Everard from Clapham is due back in court later, charged with flashing

49-year-old Wayne Couzens is accused of two counts of indecent exposure - one in 2015, and one in 2020.

Both alleged incidents pre-date the killing of the 33-year-old in March 2021.

He's serving a rare whole life order for her death, meaning he'll never be released.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Sunday 2 October 2022

A man from Thornton Heath has been charged after allegedly being involved with county line drug dealing in Gravesend.

 On Wednesday 28th September, police searched an address on Royal Pier Road in Gravesend and arrested a man who tried to flee via the back of the house on foot. The 18-year-old was detained and taken into custody.

Officers also seized £310 and recovered cocaine, three mobile phones and digital scales from inside the house.

The 18-year-old appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he was remanded to a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 27 October 2022.

Detectives have charged a man from Thornton Heatlth after being allegedly involved with county line drug dealing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

Passengers on a plane that collided with another plane at Heathrow were initially told there was only a ‘technical issue’

A Korean Air Passenger told the Insider that the pilot said there was only a technical issue with the Wing and did not reveal the collision straight away. 

The wing of the Icelandic air plane had its wing damaged however there were no injuries. 

Meanwhile Heathrow is investigating how the Korean passenger plan and the Icelandair jet that was taxiing to the gate collided with each other. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

AFC Wimbledon won against Colchester United 2-1 which has now propelled Wimbledon to 15th in the League 2 Table.

In other local sport news, Gillingham F.C beat Sutton United 1-nil in a dramatic win, in their League 2 Match yesterday.

 A late penalty from Luke Norwich meant Stevenage beat Crawley Town 2-1.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Sutton’s libraries will turn into ‘warm spaces’ this winter for residents struggling to heat their homes as energy prices soar.

In October, the borough’s four libraries Sutton Central, Phoenix Centre, Sutton Life Centre and the Circle Library, will be open for people to work or relax, and get warm.

There will also be support and information about the cost of living for those who need it.

The scheme is a joint initiative from Sutton Council, Community Action Sutton and Volunteer Centre Sutton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

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