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Saturday 17 December 2022

Soaring energy costs have led to a bill of almost a million pounds extra to heat Hounslow’s swimming pools

 The council’s been told that Lampton Leisure, the company which took  back the borough’s leisure centres from a private contractor during the pandemic, is set to lose £2 million this year.

Other problems include a drop in the number of groups renting its halls and increased staffing costs.

The Lampton Group says it still plans to break even by recovering costs from subsidiaries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Wandsworth’s lowest-paid council workers could be in line for a £300 bonus

Council leader Simon Hogg has asked offers to investigate the payment for staff who don’t yet earn the Living Wage.

It’s part of what Wandsworth Council claims to be London’s biggest response to the cost of living crisis.

Other measures include a cost of living hub, support with school uniform costs for struggling families, the creation of warm spaces and A £130  cost of living payment for pensioners.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

Airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have stopped ticket sales for flights coming into Heathrow on strike days

According to the BBC, airports have been asked to have their passenger numbers at around 70-80% of pre-pandemic levels to “suppress demand”.

Around 1000 Border Force staff will walk out from airports across the country.

BA have halted selling tickets for all eight strike days, whilst Virgin Atlantic have restricted ticket sales on the 23, 28, 29 and 30th December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

New Chelsea boss Graham Potter has sealed his first big-money signing to the club

 RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkuku will move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

 Chelsea paid £63 million pounds for the French football star.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

A funding campaign to support people in Epsom struggling with the cost-of- living crisis has hit £36,000.

The Epsom and Ewell Energy Support scheme is in operation across the whole of the borough.

Money raised is used by the Good Company, which runs food banks, and Citizens Advice in Epsom to help people reduce their bills.

It's going towards top-up and energy saving appliances like air fryers, and LED light bulbs, so far helping around 250 people. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

A charity initiative in Woking has received over 1300 donations.

It is a display and it can be seen on the stairs in Victoria Place.

The exhibit is made out of donated toys, and is in partnership with Sebastian’s Action Trust.

Sebastian’s Action Trust is a local charity which helps the families of seriously ill children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Hounslow Council wants greater powers to enable it to regulate privately rented homes in the borough.

The latest English Housing Survey shows 4% of occupied dwellings in the UK had problems with damp last year.

The figures have come to the forefront following the death of 2 year old Awaab Ishak in Rochdale in 2020.

A coroner concluded Awaab's death was caused by exposure to mould in social housing, prompting a nationwide government review of social housing stock.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Friday 16 December 2022

Faith groups are being asked to bring a former chapel and mortuary in Hersham back to life.

The disused buildings in Falmouth Road are up for let. 

However, the two single storey units have no toilet facilities, limited electricity and water supply and maintenance work is needed.

Elmbridge Borough Council says only interest from charitable, faith- based organisations will be considered at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A conservation project in Wandsworth that will give a threatened species of tree a new lease of life has been completed.

20 rare Black Poplars have been planted in King George’s Park along the banks of the River Wandle.

The Black Poplar is Britain’s rarest native tree with only around 7,000 individuals still alive today.

These poplars were cloned from an existing group in Barnes, one of the few natural populations left in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Hampton and Richmond FC has announced the new club owners following months of extensive negotiations.

Brothers Rafa and Stefano Petruzzo will become the new Beavers owners via their investment company Ramayana Ventures Limited.

Previously, Stefano spent 6 years as Strategy Director for Liverpool FC and Rafa worked at the apex of banking, retail, and sports.

A priority initiative is to provide fans with an even more enjoyable experience as they come together to support the team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Wandsworth council is seeking to make sure staff working for them who are not currently receiving the Living Wage get a bonus.

Speaking at a council meeting last night, leader Simon Hogg said he will investigate making one off payments for workers.

He said, “I’m pleased to say tonight that I’m asking officers to investigate a one-off payment of £300 for these workers.”

Earlier this year the new council pledged that all new contracts require staff to be paid the Living Wage – but some still aren’t.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Community fridges in Surbiton and Chessington are offering free food to people struggling this Christmas.

Open on Brighton Road and at Chessington Sport Centre, Angels of The Hood collected 20,000 worth of food for residents in need last year.

Paul Cockle, who set up the scheme, tells us what they have to offer to those in need.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police have arrested a wanted woman in Hounslow.

On Tuesday officers were on patrol along the high street when they spotted her.

She was wanted for failing to appear in court for possession of controlled drugs.

Police approached her and she was arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

People struggling this winter are now able to collect surplus supermarket food from warm hubs in Chessington and Surbiton.

Paul Cockle started up Angels Of The Hood during lockdown after seeing thousands of pounds worth of food go to waste.

Open at Chessington Sport Centre every Friday from 12 till 4, anyone is welcome to come down, keep warm and grab a free lunch.

Paul tell us why he set up the community fridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Harlequins have called off their annual "Big Game" at Twickenham due to the ongoing rail strikes.

They'll now play their Premiership match against Bristol on December the 27th at The Stoop instead.

Severe restrictions across the train and underground networks mean Quins "cannot safely deliver a large-scale event" as planned.

The Big Game 14 is going to take place on the 4th of March instead, and will be against Exeter Chiefs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Merton council has agreed an action plan with Lime E-bikes to tackle obstructions on the streets.

Lime will have parking wardens, require users to take photos of where they’ve parked, and enforce fines and bans.

There will also be GPS-based “no parking zones”.

Hal Stevenson, from Lime, says they’re committed to continue to work with Merton council and work towards a long term solution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Nearly £3m has been secured to fight homelessness in Kingston.

The council says they’re going to use it to focus on early intervention for those sleeping rough, and strengthening links with other organisations.

The authority aims to end rough sleeping by 2024.

If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, contact StreetLink.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah says he can't wait for the Premier League to restart, as the World Cup break has felt like "years"

The Londoners don't return to action until the day after Boxing Day, when they'll look to get their top four challenge back on track at home to Bournemouth.

Chalobah says they're determined to put things right after a poor spell before the stoppage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Croydon Council says it can’t afford to lock up the borough’s parks at night again, despite fears of crime

Councillor Scott Roche adds that a large number are open spaces and aren’t lockable. 

One resident offered to lock up the borough’s parks himself if he was allowed to do so. 

The authority says that they’re working with police and conducting outreach work with young people to prevent violence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Rail workers are staging 48 hours of industrial action in their ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and conditions

Members of the RMT says the government are preventing an agreement being reached with Network Rail.

There's further disruption for people in South and West London as Abellio bus drivers stage their own walk outs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death during an argument at their home in Croydon will be sentenced today

37 year old Charlotte Kerr was convicted of the manslaughter of Giovanni Wallace on Wednesday. 

Police were called to reports of a stabbing at a shared residential property in Clyde Road in October 2020. 

Kerr was arrested at the scene and told officers she had stabbed Wallace in self-defence during an argument after he’d assaulted her.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Victims of domestic abuse are being urged not to suffer in silence this Christmas

Wandsworth council has set up a dedicated 24 hour help service for those who need it. 

Financial difficulties, alcohol consumption and pressure to create the perfect Christmas are linked to a rise in domestic abuse at this time. 

Wandsworth has created a list of help services on its website, including information on its One Stop Shop drop-in centres.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Thursday 15 December 2022

Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, has paid a visit to The Solace sexual assault help centre in Cobham.

The MP for Esher and Walton was joined by Surrey Police’s Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend. 

They were shown rooms designed to support children and young people who have suffered sexual violence.

They also toured a sterile unit where DNA samples are taken and stored for up to two years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

Wimbledon Tennis legend Boris Becker's returned to Germany - after being released from prison.

The three-time Wimbledon champion - who's lived in the UK since 2012 - served eight months of a sentence for bankruptcy offences.

He hid assets to avoid paying back debts.

Becker reportedly left the country on a flight chartered by a friend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey is one of six sites taking part in research into how Respiratory Syncytial Virus affects babies.

RSV is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in all infants worldwide and affects 90% of children before the age of two.

For some babies, it leads to more severe lung problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. 

The HARMONIE study, will include babies up to a year old and will last around 12 months with an in person and virtual assessments.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

A large-scale piece of art dedicated to Clapham Common will be unveiled there in the new year.

“Inner Bark Out” is Cornwall based artist Flo Brooks’ first permanent public commission.

The piece, in the Bedford Road bridge underpass, will aim to reflect the Common’s wildlife as well as the history of activism there,  

The project is being supported by Lambeth Council, This is Clapham BID, Arts Council England and Network Rail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

The maternity service at Kingston Hospital has been praised by the watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission says that it’s good overall, saying that it’s well run and that women and babies receive good care.

However, it highlighted a staffing shortage, high turnover, and sickness rates, giving it a “requires improvement” rating for safety.

We’ve contacted Kingston Hospital for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Calls are continuing for a tunnel for the A3 under Guildford

The area’s MP Angela Richardson has been campaigning for it for many years, and says the new Solent Freeport will increase traffic on the road.

She put the proposal to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who had this response.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been released from prison.

The Press Association’s reporting the German will now be deported as he received a sentence of more than 12 months and is not thought to have British citizenship.

Reporter Milena Veselinovic, says he was jailed for two-and-a-half years in April for hiding 2-point-5 million pounds of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

UEFA and FIFA have won legal support for their handling of controversial plans for a breakaway European Super League.

The EU’s Court of Justice says the decision by football’s governing bodies' - to block the new competition - was compatible with law.

12 teams, including Chelsea, threatened to separate from their domestic leagues last year - but made a u-turn after a fierce backlash from fans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Pharmacists will be legally allowed to hand over a different type of medicine than one listed on prescriptions for Strep A.

What are known as 'serious shortage protocols' have been issued after an 'out of season' increase in infections.

It means - for example - if stocks are low of penicillin tablets, you could be handed the medicine in liquid form instead.

Two of the children that have died from Step A were from Ashford and Ealing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

About 350 ground handlers at Heathrow airport have suspended a planned strike tomorrow following last ditch talks.

Their contractor Menzies made an improved pay offer, which their union will now put to members in a ballot.

Unite says it's called off the action as a "gesture of goodwill".

However, strikes later this month remain on the calendar.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Kingston Hospital’s maternity service has been hit with concerns over its safety.

The watchdog is highlighting a staffing shortage, high turnover, and sickness rates, and has given it a “requires improvement” rating for safety.

However, it’s been rated as “good” overall, with praise for its leadership, staff satisfaction and care.

We’ve contacted Kingston Hospital for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

The trailer's out to tease a new documentary on Boris Becker.

The tennis star's spent eight months in prison for hiding two and a half million pounds of assets and loans to avoid paying a debt.

That includes his three Wimbledon trophies.

Apple TV Plus says its programme had access during an emotional time for the 55-year-old– as he waited to hear about his sentence:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

There are calls for the Prime Minister and Transport Secretary to step in and stop the expansion of the ULEZ

Mayor Sadiq Khan says that it’ll clean up London’s air and stop people developing heart and breathing issues. 

Rishi Sunak says that while the capital’s traffic policies are devolved to the Mayor, he would support cutting back on the scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

A fraudster and burglar from Addlestone who “targeted the elderly and vulnerable” has been jailed

27-year-old Zac Mitchell pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, three counts of fraud, and two money laundering offences. 

One victim says “It made me feel vulnerable in a way I had naively thought applied to other people not me”. 

He’s been sentenced to just over five years behind bars, with a 10-year Criminal Behaviour Order.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Rules around how much liquid we can take on planes is changing, in what will be the biggest relaxation of aviation security regulations in decades

It follows a successful pilot scheme at Heathrow.

Since a terrorist threat in 2006, we've only been allowed to have containers holding up to 100 millilitres on flights, to stop liquid explosives being carried on to planes.

But from June 2024, most major UK airports will allow items with up to 2 litres - 20 times more than currently allowed.

Travellers also won't have to take laptops or tablets out of hand luggage.

Airports must install new technology first though, which gives more detailed images of what's in our bags. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

The trailer's out to tease a new documentary on Boris Becker

The tennis star's spent eight months in prison for hiding two and a half million pounds of assets and loans to avoid paying a debt.

That includes his Wimbledon trophies.

Apple TV Plus says its programme had access during an emotional time for the 55-year-old– as he waited to hear about his sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Vets in Leatherhead have saved a hedgehog they say was being used as a football by children

A member of the public took the animal to Wildlife Aid Foundation after intervening. 

The animal hospital says the “stunned” hedgehog is recovering having been left with a head injury. 

The animal will be released into the wild following the winter hibernation period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A fried chicken shop in Mitcham has reopened, following a cockroach infestation

Morley’s on Manor Road was forcibly shut by the council on November the 14th. 

An officer saw leftover fried chicken in a holding unit, a lack of handwashing facilities, and cockroaches on counters and next to sauces. 

We’ve contacted Morley’s Manor Road for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Wednesday 14 December 2022

London Fire Brigade has been put into special measures after an investigation found it is "institutionally misogynist and racist".

LFB will now face an "enhanced level of monitoring" by inspectors.

That’s according to His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

It comes after an independent review published last month found LFB has a "toxic culture that allows bullying and abuse".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A pub in Chiswick has launched a new beer.

The Duke of Sussex’s new ale is called “Harry’s Bitter.”

Social media users have been quick to point out the timing of the launch.

The next instalment of Prince Harry and Meghan’s six-part documentary is due to drop on Netflix 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea striker Armando Broja is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The 21-year-old Albanian international was hurt in a collision in Sunday’s friendly against Aston Villa.

Broja will now need surgery after scans confirmed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man from Hersham has been sentenced to four years at Guildford Crown Court.

33-year-old Luke Watson robbed the Post Office in Molesey Road using an imitation gun on the 4th July.

He made a beeline for the cashier, and brandished a black imitation handgun and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hand over the cash

The victim complied and Watson fled the scene with over £1,300 in cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea have reportedly scheduled a last minute training friendly against Brentford.

The Evening Standard says that on Tuesday, they’ll face off behind closed doors at their training ground in Cobham.

The blues are currently sitting at eighth in the table, only two places up from Brentford.

Brighton are ahead of Chelsea in the table, which is an embarrassment for Graham Potter, who left the seagulls to head to Stamford Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Former Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli has stepped down from his role as Italy’s head of delegation.

The 58-year-old announced in December last year that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

He is now battling the disease for the second time.

Vialli has told the Italian Football Federation website that he’s decided to “hopefully temporarily” suspend his present and future commitments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man arrested in connection with a fatal fire in Stoneleigh has been released on bail.

The body of a man was found after the blaze broke out in Thorndon Gardens the early hours of Monday. 

A 44 year old was arrested on suspicion of murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Enquiries are continuing. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has set out how it plans to tackle homelessness over the next 5 years.

Its strategy focuses on preventing homelessness at an earlier stage and increasing accommodation options including social housing. 

The council also wants to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are sleeping rough. 

The authority has acquired 14 emergency accommodation placements over the last year but says more are needed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

An investigation into bullying claims against the deputy prime minister is considering five fresh complaints.

It means Esher and Walton MP, Dominic Raab, is now facing eight accusations relating to his first stint as justice secretary.

Downing Street says Rishi Sunak's referred the latest allegations to senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC, who's leading the inquiry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

People who suffer falls in Merton and Wandsworth may be treated by paramedics, rather than ambulances.

Around 10% of calls to the London Ambulance Service are from the elderly, which increases in the winter as people have more falls.

Since the launch of a pilot, community nurses have responded to almost 150 patients at home, meaning they avoid a trip to hospital.

A similar scheme is in place by the South-East Coast Ambulance Service, which serves Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A woman with a rare disability is hoping to inspire others to have children, after giving birth at St George’s Hospital in Tooting

28-year-old Hira Ahmad has Bruck Syndrome, which causes restricted growth, and needs the use of a wheelchair. 

During her pregnancy she had regular appointments, and a simulated theatre trial was arranged ahead of time. 

Hira says “never did I imagine that I could get pregnant and for my baby to be delivered safely”, and that a woman also with a disability approached her saying “you’ve given me hope”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

London Fire Brigade's been moved into an enhanced level of monitoring after a report found "unacceptable behaviour" in the force

The inspectorate says there's been evidence of discrimination and bullying, while core values aren't always demonstrated by senior leaders.

It says the brigade needs to do more to show progress in improving its culture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Another “Tiny Forest” has been planted in Fulham

It’s the third of its kind in the borough and has been created in partnership with environmental charity Earthwatch. 

Located at Eelbrook Common, the new forest is the size of a tennis court and is made up of 600 native saplings and shrubs. 

It’s hoped it will attract more than 500 different animal and plant species within its first 3 years, creating rich biodiversity in the park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Another emergency meeting's being held by the government to discuss the role of military personnel and others to limit disruption from strikes

Nurses from the RCN are walking out tomorrow in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Royal Mail workers are starting a fresh 48-hour strike today.

And it's day two of the RMT's walkout affecting Network Rail and 14 train companies.

Dan Panes from the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, says the offer is 8 percent over two years.

Tony Devenish, London Assembly Member for West Central, says "It is clear that the militant unions have no intention of compromising and want to put commuters through misery to further their political agenda.

We cannot allow essential services to be hijacked by a small group of radical union barons like this. 

It is right that the government is considering new legislation to protect the public from unnecessary disruption, including establishing minimum service levels for transport."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Merton Council is asking parents to keep children at home if they suspect they have scarlet fever

The disease, caused by Group A streptococcal bacteria, is usually a mild illness.

But 15 children are now known to have died from it in the UK.

Merton Council says because it’s highly infectious, any parents who think their child may have it, should not send them to school. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

The leader of Mole Valley Council has formally written to housing provider Clarion regarding ongoing issues of mould and damp

Responsibility for the district’s social housing stock transferred from the council to Clarion in 2007.

Clarion was one of six housing associations highlighted in a recent report by the national Housing Ombudsman. 

It multiple failings of damp and mould, complaint handling and record-keeping at the company. 

If residents find damp and mould in their property, there are a few actions that can be taken immediately.

These include cleaning affected surfaces regularly and wiping off excessive condensation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Tuesday 13 December 2022

Former England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones will return to Twickenham in May when he leads the Barbarians against a World XV.

The Australian was sacked last week after seven years in charge after a dismal autumn campaign concluded the country's worst year since 2008.

Jones previously coached the Barbarians in their narrow defeat to Fiji three years ago.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The leader of Richmond Council has paid tribute to a man stabbed to death in the borough last month.

31 year old Reece Newcombe died after being attacked near Richmond Bridge on November the 26th.

At the full council meeting tribute, Gareth Roberts made special mention of Mr Newcombe’s work at the council offices.

His work at York House included one of his last acts before he died, which was to install electrical sockets under desks in the chamber.

Cllr Roberts’ tribute was followed by a minute’s silence. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are urging residents to make their homes look occupied during the winter months after a spate of burglaries in Ashford and Sunbury.

It’s not unusual to see an increase in robberies during the Christmas period as it gets darker earlier.

People should leave a lamp on when out, and work with neighbours to bring bins in as thieves see this as a sign of an empty home.

Officers are carrying out thorough investigations to try and identify those responsible for thefts in the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man has been punched multiple times by another man on a Piccadilly Line train to Hammersmith.

Details of the assault at around10pm on the 22nd of October have only just been released by British Transport Police. 

The suspect accused the victim of staring at him throughout the journey from Hyde Park Corner.

He then launched an attack as the train approached Hammersmith.   

The man is described as white, in his late twenties, of large build, and with ginger hair and a beard and was wearing a grey jumper.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Five people have been ordered out of the lake at Kensington Gardens.

Royal Parks Police say the behaviour of those involved yesterday was “unlawful” and “dangerous.”

All were reported under the Royal Parks Regulations and directed to leave the Park.

The Royal Parks manages eight sites including Richmond and Bushy Parks.

Swimming is mostly  prohibited in The Royal Parks, but a spokesperson told us; 

"The only place the public can swim in our parks is the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park during the summer months.

The Serpentine Swimming Club can swim in a defined area of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park all year around. "

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Richmond Park’s MP has revealed she’s been hosting a Ukrainian refugee since May.

Lib Dem Sarah Olney says her family really wanted to take in another family, like theirs, with younger children.

However, she says they had to be “realistic” as they only had a small spare bedroom to share. 

Ms Olney tells us they’ve had a very good experience hosting their female refugee. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Many disabled passengers reportedly missed flights at Heathrow over the summer due to its backlogs.

That’s what the aviation watchdog is saying, as it calls the number of people who missed flights “unacceptable”.

The airport says they’re “extremely disappointed” by the service, and they’re “working to recover performance”.

The Civil Aviation Authority is considering whether to take further action at airports which aren’t showing enough improvement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

Some community support workers in Hounslow are protesting outside the council building today

Members of Unite, who are employed by Hestia, claim they’re understaffed and are facing “unrealistic changes in working practices”. 

They also say that bosses have threatened disciplinary action if they discuss pay with colleagues during work. 

The workers provide support around mental health, addiction, and language. 

A Hestia spokesperson said: 

“As a charity, we value our dedicated and passionate staff without whom we would not be able to deliver life-changing services across the capital. We have been consulting with staff at Hounslow LIFE about changes to their service to reduce their workloads and have had positive feedback from them on the steps we have taken to respond to their consultation feedback. 

“It’s sad that eight staff at our Hounslow service went out on strike yesterday and today. We are of course doing everything we can to ensure that any disruption for our service users is minimised. We will also continue to work alongside our staff to ensure we are doing everything possible to make this vital service as successful as it can be.  

 “We cannot deliver support to those who need us without our talented and dedicated staff. To strengthen our engagement with employees, we have formally recognised UNISON for collective bargaining rights, and we will continue to work with them alongside our existing Employee Forum to create the best working environment possible for Hestia employees.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Two residents in Ashford have been fined for a second time over noise complaints

Carl and Tasleem Smith pleaded guilty to breaching a noise abatement notice, and were ordered to pay £752. 

In August, they had to pay over £1,200. 

Councillor Richard Barratt says “I hope this will finally be the end of the matter”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

40,000 workers at Network Rail and 14 train operators are walking out, in the first of four strikes this week

Only around half of lines are open with all services stopping at 6.30 this evening.

The RMT's rejected a Network Rail offer involving wage rises this year and next - the union's unhappy about some of the conditions imposed.

Border Force and National Highways staff will strike soon too - causing misery for some travellers at Waterloo.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Replacement hosts are urgently needed in Richmond for a small number of displaced Ukrainians

Over 600 refugees have found sanctuary in the borough under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. 

But 6 months on, there are now 30 cases where refugees need to move on due to illness or unforeseen changes in their host’s household. 

Richmond Park’s MP, Sarah Olney, explains why she became a host.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Hersham-based female rugby club the Reeds Rebels has been handed a monetary grant to help it attract more players

The IG Group says it wants to help facilitate diversity and inclusion in the sport. 

The grant includes a new playing kit for all girl members and help to build links with schools in the county. 

The Reeds’ Rugby female section has grown from less than ten girls participating three years ago to over 75 playing this season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Fire crews have spent the night tackling a blaze at a car repair workshop in Sutton

They were called at around 20 minutes to midnight to Sandiford Road, where the majority of the single storey unit was alight. 

The cause is under investigation and there are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Monday 12 December 2022

Six people, including a woman from Leatherhead, are due to stand trial in relation to the supply of fraudulent passports.

The group also includes men from Sutton and Cheam. 

The six people, aged between 41 and 73,  are charged with various offences including money laundering. 

They’re accused of being part of a group which provided hundreds of UK passports that enabled criminals to cross borders and conduct business undetected. 

The trial, at Reading Crown Court in January, is expected to last ten weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Just Stop Oil campaigners have slow marched on the roads in Clapham.

At around 8.15am, around 20 demonstrators walked onto the A24, accompanied by around 7 police officers.

Since the group’s campaign began in April, supporters have been arrested over 2,000 times.

24 members are currently in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A nursing student from Kingston University has raised £400 for drug dependent babies in Mexico.

Janelle Johnson from Tooting worked there on a placement in July, taking care of babies born dependent on class A drugs.

She noticed many didn’t have visitors of parents, and would be difficult to feed.

She put out a call for donations on Instagram, and raised money for bottles, dummies, a baby bath, a steriliser, and hygiene products.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

People living in a part of Ewell are going to be offered free forensics kits, after a spate of burglaries.

Residents around Albury Avenue will be offered Smart Water kits, which is a traceable liquid that can be used to tag items.

It means that they can be conclusively linked back to you if they’re stolen.

They’ll be distributed from a police car on Bramley Road, near the train tunnel, between 1 and 4pm tomorrow, or by contacting Epsom police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Croydon’s councillors will meet tonight to consider the Section 114 Notice issued by the authority’s chief finance officer.

The notice, which centres around the next financial year, prohibits the council from making any new spending commitments. 

Croydon is required by law to hold a special council meeting within 21 days of the notice being issued.

The document was issued last month in what’s thought to be the first “pre-emptive” notice of its kind in British history. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A body has been found following a fire at a house in Stoneleigh.

Officers were called to Thorndon gardens just before 2 o’clock this morning.

A 44 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.

A search of the property is underway and the investigation remains ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A group of young police cadets in Elmbridge have cycled the equivalent of 100km together to raise money for charity.

It’s to benefit the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.

On Wednesday, they took to exercise bikes, and managed to go the distance in just over two hours.

PC Jebb says “being a police cadet is such a wonderful opportunity and gives those young people the chance to give something positive back to the community they live in”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Part of a roof has been destroyed by a house fire in Stoneleigh.

Emergency crews were called at around 3am to Thorndon Gardens.

Police and fire investigation teams remained on site in the morning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Just Stop Oil campaigners have slow marched on the roads in Clapham accompanied by police.

At around 8.15am, around 20 demonstrators walked onto the A24, accompanied by around 7 police officers. 

Since the group’s campaign began in April, supporters have been arrested over 2,000 times. 

24 members are currently in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

A nursing student from Kingston University has raised £400 for drug dependent babies in Mexico

Janelle Johnson from Tooting worked there on a placement in July, taking care of babies born dependent on class A drugs. 

She noticed many didn’t have visitors or parents, and would be difficult to feed. 

She put out a call for donations on Instagram, and raised money for bottles, dummies, a baby bath, a steriliser, and hygiene products.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

QPR have announced the appointment of Neil Critchley as the Championship club's new boss

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa coach succeeds Michael Beale, who left for Rangers earlier this month.

Critchley has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the team ninth in the table following this afternoon's 3-nil defeat to leaders Burnley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

Travel disruption's expected during this morning's rush-hour with yellow warnings of ice, fog and snow in place for much of the UK

Up to 10 centimetres of snow was forecast to fall in parts of southern England last night, with temperatures sitting well below freezing.

Both Gatwick and Stansted airports shut for a while.

For these people in Chiswick, it means more expenses at home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Sunday 11 December 2022

A former school playing field in Croydon, currently used for grazing horses will be transformed into 140 new homes.
A former school playing field in Croydon, currently used for grazing horses will be transformed into 140 new homes. It will be the second development on the field off Duppas Hill Road. Croydon Council initially rejected the application in April of this year on the basis it would mean a school could never be provided on site, which it was earmarked for in the Croydon Local Plan. The developers appealed the decision however, and permission was granted. The project also includes 100 parking spaces, 199 covered cycle spaces and a ‘community hub’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Christmas is firmly back on the map at Hampton Court Palace.

Charity, Historic Royal Palaces, faced a funding shortfall of £95 million in 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It’s hoping its new Palace of Light trail will help raise vital funds as well as providing a magical experience. 

Rowan Cannon is the director of not-for-profit arts organisation Wild Rumpus which has built the trail.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Thousands more pupils in Croydon could be making safer and healthier journeys from next year.

Cabinet approved plans to boost healthier school runs to improve safety around schools and encourage greener travel.

The council has proposed to trial 10 new Healthy School Street (HSS) schemes based on survey responses, data, and school discussions.

Residents living within the scheme area will be eligible to apply for a free School Street Exemption permit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

A survey to establish the views and experiences of young males of sexual harassment has gone live

The anonymous questionnaire has been created by The Kingston and Richmond Youth Council.

It’s for men between the ages of 13 and 19 years who live, attend a youth club, or go to secondary school or college in the boroughs.

The information collected will be sent anonymously to Achieving for Children and the closing date is January the 20th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Police have launched a murder investigation following an attack in Clapham

The male was discovered with stab wounds outside a hospital yesterday.

It's thought the victim in his 20s was attacked in Clapham High Street in the early hours of the morning.

Officers believe a friend then drove him to a hospital in Denmark Hill, where he later died.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Elmbridge Borough Council says it’s on track with its plan to go carbon neutral by 2030

The latest step has seen 973 solar panels installed at the council owned Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton.

It is expected they will lead to an estimated CO2 saving of over 75 tonnes per year.

Solar panels have also been installed at Community Centres in Walton, Cobham, Claygate and Molesey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

The Trial Eights will take place on the Thames this afternoon

The squad races will cover the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race championship course, starting in Putney and finishing in Chiswick.

It’s also the same tide as the annual event in April.

The squad races are the only opportunity rowers have to complete the full course under the gaze of official race umpires before next March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

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