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Saturday 24 December 2022

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing inside a nightclub in Kingston

Police were called to Pryzm last night by the door staff. 

We’ve contacted the nightclub for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 pm  

The Alex in Wimbledon town centre will once again open its doors tomorrow for people who are alone on Christmas Day

It’s become a festive tradition for the public house.

Anyone who is going to be on their own can turn up between 12 noon and 3 o’clock for free food, drink and company.

Pub staff ask that regulars donate cash or food or volunteer their time if they can. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits his players might have a few extra Christmas pounds to shift before facing Bournemouth in the Premier League on Tuesday

They were joined by staff and their families for a festive lunch at the club's training ground in Cobham this week.

Potter says it was a nice gesture after the break for the World Cup.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

A woman whose body was found in a wood in Hounslow died of natural causes, according to the post mortem

Emergency crews were called at around 11.30am on Tuesday to Donkey Wood, after reports of a body in a river.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and her family have been informed.

Police are still appealing for information. It’s believed she arrived on the 18th or 19th, and her car was found parked in Roman Close.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has signed a new contract with the Premier League club until 2027.

He last extended his deal in January but the team’s strong start to the new season has seen him rewarded again.

They are currently 10th in the table ahead of their London derby with Tottenham on Boxing Day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Operation ‘Sleigh Bells’ launched at Kingston Hospital earlier this week.
The aim is to get as many inpatients home for Christmas as possible.  

Hospital staff have been working with families and carers to ensure that people who can go home are able to do so safely.

This means putting additional equipment and transport in place in some cases. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Ten bus operators across Surrey have so far signed up to the Department for Transport’s Fare Cap Scheme.

From January the 1st to March the 31st, a single bus journey will cost no more than £2 on selected routes across the county.

At the moment, an average single pass costs £2.80 meaning passengers could save almost a third of the ticket price per journey.

Operators taking part so far include Metrobus which services towns like Leatherhead, Banstead and Epsom.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Fulham boss Marco Silva claims Aleksander Mitrovic has proved his doubters wrong with his performance in the Premier League.

He scored 43 goals last season – but some suggested he would struggle to find form back in the top flight.

Silva feels the Serb has silenced his critics by striking 9 times in the league so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has refused to comment on reports goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has rejected a new contract.

The Senegal international’s recently been challenged for the number one spot at Stamford Bridge by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Potter wouldn’t be drawn on rumours Mendy’s unhappy with the terms offered in an extension to his current contract.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Are you emoji aware?

That’s the question Surrey Police is asking all parents and carers of children and teenagers this Christmas. 

Emojis are pictures like smiley faces used in texts and on social media websites like Instagram. 

Officers are trying to highlight the fact that not all emojis are as innocent as they purport to be.

For example, a picture of a snowflake or fish can actually represent cocaine.

While an aubergine or cherries can be a cover for sexting – the act of sending sexually explicit messages. 

Parents are being urged to make sure they know what their children are doing on the phone and to have open conversations around the topic. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 23 December 2022

A husband and wife from Teddington are going to be swapping roast dinners for knots and wellies this festive season.

Sam and Jan Lowe are preparing for their first Christmas volunteering together with Teddington RNLI.

The couple, who have three children and work in IT, joined the charity earlier this year and volunteer as part of the shore crew.

Teddington RNLI, a station run entirely by volunteers, has launched nine times during the festive period over the last 5 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A number of public loos remain closed across Elmbridge.

Last week’s big freeze meant pipes at the facilities froze over causing them to leak and burst. 

Conveniences at Molesey Lock, Churchfields Recreation Ground and Claygate Recreation Ground remain closed for repair work. 

The council has apologised for any inconvenience caused. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The year isn’t over yet, but parents in Wandsworth are already being urged to make sure they don’t miss next year’s school places deadline.

It applies to children who will be hoping to attend a primary school either in or outside of the borough next September.

This deadline is Sunday, January the 15th and applies to all children born between September the 1st, 2018 and August the 31st, 2019.

Parents can apply for a place at up to six state-run primary schools listing each one in order of preference. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea Council is objecting to City Hall’s plans to put up its portion of council tax.

The authority says that a 7% increase is too high “given the current difficulties” of the cost of living crisis.

The Mayor is looking to increase bills by an average of £30, to fund emergency services, decarbonisation, and transport.

A consultation is running on the City Hall website until the 13th of January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Ground handling staff at Heathrow Airport have agreed a new pay deal removing the threat of future strike action.

Around 400 members of Unite employed by private contractors Menzies came to within a day or so of a 72-hour walkout last week.

But the union says an agreement has been struck and employees will now get an increase of 9-and-a-half percent backdated to May - as well as another one percent from January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man from Croydon has pleaded guilty to travelling to Lincolnshire to sexually assault a young girl.

The crimes took place over nearly two years, and came to light after a member of the public saw two men trying to convince a young girl to get on a train with them.

Tahmid Majid was arrested has been sentenced to nine years in prison, and placed on the sex offenders register.

£250 was awarded to the person who called the police, in recognition of their efforts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Two goals from Lauren James helped Chelsea finish top of their Women's Champions League group with a 3-nil victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.

The England forward is enjoying an impressive season for the WSL leaders.

But manager Emma Hayes says she's treating the 21-year-old's development with caution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has been arrested following a stabbing in New Malden last night.

Emergency crews were called to the High Street at 11pm, after a man in his 60s was attacked.

His condition is not life threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Health services are seeing an increased demand for support with hospitalisations from flu rising and the deaths of at least 24 children with Strep A

Latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency shows a further 5 children have died in England in a week - and 3 in Northern Ireland and Wales.

 The age group with the most cases is 1 to 4. 

Professor Shiranee Sriskandan is an expert in infectious diseases and an honorary consultant at Hammersmith Hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Two people have been convicted of a daylight shooting in Morden in June

23-year-old Daniel Gaudin from Waltham Cross wanted to help 22-year-old Shannon Rule from Chingford kill her former partner.

The injuries the victim received require ongoing treatment to this day.

They’ll be sentenced next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

After cracking down on Lime E-bikes, Merton Council has now approved an operator for the borough

Human Forest, which already serves Kingston, will launch in Merton in the new year. 

Riders will park in virtual green bays, which its hoped will promote mindful behaviour and avoid obstructing pavements. 

Residents will be able to use them for ten minutes for free each day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Around 1,000 Border Force workers go on strike today - affecting passport checks

Members of the PCS union at six airports, including Heathrow, and are walking out for eight days, which could impact millions of travellers.

The military's stepping in to cover.

Armed Forces minister James Heappey says contingency measures are in place.

Around 115,000 Royal Mail workers are resuming strike action today and tomorrow in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.

Talks to resolve the dispute failed earlier this week, meaning more walkouts will happen in January too.

The Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union says its latest offer was "rejected almost immediately" by the firm's bosses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

A man has been charged following a stabbing aboard a Route 50 bus in Streatham

35-year-old Monior Saleh in Balham was charged with attempted murder and possession of a knife. 

Police were called to Streatham High Road on Wednesday to reports of a man in his fifties who was stabbed on a bus. 

He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, where his condition has been assessed as not life-threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Merton Council has re-voiced its opposition to increasing operations at Beddington Incinerator

The council says Viridor’s existing permit for the site is cost effective and environmentally sustainable.  

Viridor has applied to the Environment Agency, which deals with permits, to increase capacity to over 382,000 tonnes a year. 

A public consultation on the proposals ends today. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 am  

Thursday 22 December 2022

People living in Surrey are being urged to have their say on what they would be prepared to pay to support policing teams in the county.

The force’s Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, has launched her annual consultation on funding for the year ahead. 

There are three options: an extra £15 a year on the average council tax bill; between £10 and £15 a year extra or less than £10 extra.

However, Ms Townsend says the final option would result in a decrease to policing services to communities across the county. 

The short online survey can be filled in here:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 pm  

A man from New Haw is among three charged as part of a nationwide crackdown on burglary.

22-year-old Martin Kawley is accused of 19 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, with 16 of them relating to offences in Surrey.

He’s been remanded in custody and will appear in court next month.

A man from Ireland and another from the West Midlands have also been charged.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

The Liberal Democrats in Elmbridge are calling on the Government to bring in an emergency ban on banks repossessing people’s homes.

Party analysis has revealed roughly 62,000 homeowners nationwide are due to see their mortgage rate hiked by the end of December. 

In Elmbridge, there have been 22 possession warrants and 4 mortgage repossessions in the last 12 months. 

The Lib Dems are also calling on the Government to immediately bring in its “long-promised” ban on no-fault evictions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 pm  

The family of Zane Gbangbola have handed in a 117,000 strong petition to 10 Downing Street.

The 7 year old died in 2014 after floodwater entered his home in Chertsey; he would have turned 16 in October. 

Zane’s parents, Kye and Nicole, are repeatedly asking the government for an independent panel inquiry into his death.

They claim their son was killed by toxic gas that was washed out of the former landfill site near their property when it flooded. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm  

Undergraduates from Kingston Business School have been putting their skills to the test in front of prospective recruiters.

They spent the day at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium, home of rugby union club Harlequins, to undertake mock job interviews.

They also took part in presentations and a problem-solving group challenge before being assessed by graduate recruiters.

The university says the day was about giving hands on experience in a real life situation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 pm  

The Brixton Academy has had its licence temporarily suspended by Lambeth Council after two people died following a crowd crush.

Fans without tickets are thought to have tried to get into a show by Nigerian artist, Asake last Thursday.

The venue in will remain closed until a meeting on the 16th of January, when the decision will be reviewed.

A 21-year-old woman remains seriously ill in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Health officials say 94 people have now died after being diagnosed with scarlet fever and Strep A across all age groups.

The UK Health Security Agency says 21 of those with Strep A in England were under the age of 18 – two of them were from Ashford and Ealing.

Three other children are known to have died in Wales and Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths since September, to at least 24.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Brixton Academy has had its licence temporarily suspended by Lambeth Council after two people died following a crowd crush.

Fans without tickets are thought to have tried to get into a show by Nigerian artist, Asake last Thursday.

The venue in will remain closed until a meeting on the 16th of January, when the decision will be reviewed.

A 21-year-old woman remains seriously ill in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A “large amount” of jewellery has been stolen during a double burglary in Weybridge.

On Monday evening, two houses were targeted by what police believe to be two men.

Anyone who was near the junction of Byfleet Road, Seven Hills Road and Camp End Road between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Monday is asked to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

People living in Kensington and Chelsea are once again being offered free panic alarms

The council is handing out the personal devices as part of wider efforts to make people feel safer in the borough. 

The alarms can be collected from Kensington Town Hall during weekday working hours. 

1,000 personal panic devices were given away in the borough this time last year as well. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Andy Murray beat Sutton’s Jack Draper in a thrilling match to level the Battle of the Brits exhibition tennis tournament in Aberdeen

Dan Evans gave England a 1-nil lead with a win over Aidan McHugh, but the former world number one drew Scotland level.

There are four more matches today, rounded off by Andy Murray joining his brother Jamie in a doubles clash against Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

A man has been arrested following a stabbing on board a bus in Streatham

Emergency crews were called yesterday, just before 2.30pm, to Streatham High Road. 

A man in his 50s was found with stab wounds, but his condition was assessed as non life-threatening. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

It's apparently the most stressful day in the run-up to Christmas - with money, gifts and family at the top of our list of concerns

A survey by travel search engine KAYAK found 64 percent of us want to escape our usual festive routine.

While 69% say there's a huge social pressure to spend time with our relatives.

Dr Jennifer Murphy is a lecturer in psychology at Royal Holloway University in Egham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Surrey’s children are still not as active as they were pre-pandemic

Sport England has released its annual report into activity levels among the under 16s. 

48.9% of the county’s young people met the recommended 60 minutes per day guideline for movement last year.   

But that’s still short of the 2019 peak of 53%. 

Children in Spelthorne are most active in Surrey according to the research, with 54% hitting the 60 minute target.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

The body of a 61-year-old woman has been found in a wood in Hounslow

Emergency crews were called at around 11.30am on Tuesday to Donkey Wood, after reports of a body in a river. 

The woman from Feltham was pronounced dead at the scene. 

It’s being treated as unexpected and unexplained, and police are appealing for information. 

It’s believed she arrived on the 18th or 19th, and her silver Ford Fiesta was found parked in Roman Close.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Wednesday 21 December 2022

Chelsea have appointed Christopher Vivell as the new technical director of the Premier League club.

He previously worked for German side RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg in Austria, where he was responsible for scouting and recruitment.

Vivell says Chelsea are "building the most exciting project in global football" under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Sutherland has been charged with drug offences after being stopped on the M25 between M3 and Chertsey.

53-year-old Michael Buttery was apprehended in his silver Ford Ranger on Friday 16th December.

Two large bags containing 55 kilos believed to be cocaine was discovered with an estimated street value of £4.4 million.

A joint team from the National Crime Agency and officers from the Met Police carried out the operation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Danny Care who won his 87th England cap in the summer has extended his contract at Harlequins

The 35-year-old veteran scrum half will spend his 18th year in Twickenham for the 2023-24 season.

The former Quins captain is fourth in the Premiership's all-time try-scoring charts with 83 with 260 league appearances.

Care is one of only four players to have played on more than 300 occasions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Some trains to Whitton have been reinstated, after a stripped back service was announced for three weeks.

Liberal Democrats Munira Wilson and Sarah Olney spoke to South Western Railway officials.

It followed the announcement of a cut down service until the 8th of January, even on non-strike days, due to a lack of resources.

However, the trains will only run during off-peak hours, and the St Margaret’s and Strawberry Hill stations will remain closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man’s body has been found in the undercarriage of a plane that flew from Gambia to England.

Sussex police say they were called to Gatwick Airport in the early hours of December 7th.

Officers are investigating the incident and a report’s being prepared for a coroner 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man from Walton has been jailed for more than two years for drugs offences.

25-year-old Jamie Allen was arrested in January last year after officers received a tip-off. 

They uncovered bags of cocaine and cannabis with a street value of over £5,000 and drug paraphernalia during a raid at his home. 

After initially denying any wrongdoing, Allen pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The first council-led home-building programme in 40 years will begin in Merton in the new year.

The authority is aiming to build 400 affordable and sustainable new homes by 2026.

The properties will be spread out across six sites in areas including Morden, South Wimbledon and Mitcham. 

Authority bosses are calling the building plan “ambitious.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Work on the redevelopment of Elleray Hall in Teddington is due to begin soon.

A new Community Centre set to be delivered early 2024, and work on the 16 affordable homes will start shortly after that. 

The current community centre in Elleray Road will remain open to the public and services from the centre will continue to run. 

Richmond Council says the Elleray Community Association will only move into the new building once it is complete.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Postal workers will go on strike on Friday and Christmas Eve after their union said the Royal Mail turned down an offer of negotiations.

Wimbledon based Communication Workers Union claims their proposal, was rejected 'almost immediately'.

It included  suspending the walkouts until next year.

Royal Mail says the CWU is simply repackaging old offers with little view of how to fund the changes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A large fire in Kingston has closed the town’s recycling centre for the time being.

Ten crews were called to the Villier’s Road site just before 5am where they found the transfer station alight.

Around 50 tonnes of waste was burning and residents nearby were urged to shut their windows due to the smoke.

There are no reports of any injuries and residents with bookings for today are being asked to go online and change them. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

People in Kingston are being told to expect some disruption to rubbish collections today, after a fire at the Villiers Road recycling centre

The brigade was called just before 5am. 

Around 50 tonnes of waste was alight, and residents nearby were urged to shut their windows due to the smoke. 

There are no reports on any injuries, and the damage is believed to be minor. 

The cause is under investigation.

Photo credit (LFB).

Statement from Kingston Council.

There was a fire in the early hours of today  at the Villiers Road Waste Transfer Station in Kingston, which adjoins the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC).Ten fire crews attended the scene and the fire was quickly brought under control. We would like to thank the fire service for their quick and effective response. 

There were no injuries. Damage to the site is being assessed but appears to be relatively minor. The cause of the fire will be investigated.  

The waste transfer station and the adjoining Household Reuse and Recycling Centre are currently closed.  Contingency measures are being implemented to limit the impact this will have on recycling and waste collections.  However, residents in Kingston whose collections are scheduled for today (Wednesday) should expect some disruption: collections may happen later than usual or may not take place at all.  Households affected should leave their recycling and waste bins out at the front of their properties and our crews will get to them as soon as they can. 

Residents who have a booking to visit the Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) today will need to re-book their visit for another day as the site is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day.  Those with bookings for today will be contacted directly.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Brentford say they will continue talks with Ivan Toney 'privately' after he was charged with a further 30 breaches of betting rules

The Football Association had already charged the striker - who's scored 10 Premier League goals this season - with 232 counts over a four-year period last month.

Toney has until the 4th of January to respond to the latest allegations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

It'll probably come as little surprise that the most expensive street in England's in London - where the average house sets you back almost £24m

Phillimore Gardens in Kensington's topped the list.

The entire top ten most expensive streets are all in Kensington and Chelsea.

In just the South-East, the most expensive is Titlarks Hill in Ascot, according to Zoopla.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Parents across South-West London are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu to help fight Strep A

At least 19 children are known to have died from the disease since the first fatal report came out of Ashford in September.

SW London’s medical director, John Byrne, is issuing the reminder following new analysis from the UK Health Security Agency.   

It says the nostril spray flu vaccine being offered to all primary school children may also help reduce the rate of group A strep infections.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Heart attack victims in some parts of Surrey are waiting on average over 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive

The data has been obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats.

The figures show that the NHS target of 18 minutes for Category 2 calls, is being missed by all areas of the county.

Category 2 calls apply to medical episodes like stroke and potential heart attacks. 

Residents in the borough of Waverley are having to wait an average of 33 minutes for help to arrive.

For people living in Reigate & Banstead, the shortest average wait time is 23 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 am  

Tuesday 20 December 2022

Spelthorne Council’s plans for the next 15 years are going to be examined by an independent inspector.

The authority says it’s a positive step forward, as their local plan is out of date.

It says that means that when they refuse a planning application, it counts against them when the government looks at it.

Councillor Ian Beardsmore says they feel that some changes to the planning system are “seemingly contradictory” and are waiting for more details.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

40 stations across London are being impacted by the RMT Union strikes.

South-Western Railway has published a map showing “no services” at stations including Earlsfield, Chertsey and Mortlake.

Strike action is due to last until the 2nd of January with more dates to be confirmed and includes Christmas and New Years’ eves. 

South-Western Railway says it has prioritised limited resources to keep the busiest routes open where possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The ambulance service for Surrey has declared a critical incident.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service says it’s after “more than a week of sustained pressure” across its 999 and 111 services.

Declaring an incident gives them additional oversight and allows them to explore options including mutual aid.

SECamb says they’ll keep the situation under closer review.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A 17 year old from Hounslow has been named as one of the winners at this year’s RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.

Palvin Fernandes’s image “Time to Sleep”, depicts a fly attracted to a lamplight.

The photograph won in the 16 to 18 Mobile Phone & Devices category after being singled out from more than 4,000 entries.

This year’s awards were judged online by a panel of experts including wildlife photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Over 500 unsafe toys have been seized from Sutton High Street.

The authority undertook a series of raids, and also found 2,000 illegal vapes.

Meanwhile in Kingston, £26,000 worth of vapes, nicotine, sisha and heaters were seized.

Councillor David Bartolucci says it means that residents “won’t be wasting hard-earned money during the cost of living crisis”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Five men, including two from Croydon and one from Coulsdon, have been charged in connection with several keyless car thefts in Surrey.

18 year old Callum Spencer, Anthony Saunders who’s 60 and George Bolton, 20, are all charged with conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle.

The two’s are from Orpington and Edenbridge.

All five men have been charged with conspiracy to receive stolen goods aswell.

Spencer and Saunders are to appear in court this Friday with the others to appear next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

This Sunday will see the first Christmas address from King Charles following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth in September.

As head of the Church of England, His Majesty has long said that he’ll be defender of faith rather than defender of The Faith. 

Reverend Alison Baverstock is curate at St Mary’s Church in Long Ditton.

She explains why she feels this is.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A derelict property in Morden has been destroyed by fire.

40 firefighters were called just after 11:30 on Friday night to a blaze in Green Lane.

Part of the first floor and detached building was damaged.

The fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by the unsafe use of an open fire.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Strike action: how to access care and how we are continuing care at #Kingston Hospital.

Kingston Hospital has published the following statement. 

It has been announced that the London Ambulance Service will be striking tomorrow from midday to midnight. The following days may also be affected as a result.

While our staff and services will be working as normal, we are expecting our services to be busier than usual and ask you to use services responsibly and think NHS 111 first so we can prioritise our sickest patients.

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

We are always here for those who need care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm  

Richmond Council is giving the go ahead to the redevelopment of Ham Close after more than a decade of talks

The latest proposals for the regeneration were submitted by housing provider RHP Group and developers Hill. 

The Ham Close redevelopment will include 452 new homes, alongside community facilities and a range of public green spaces. 

RHP says the focus has been on creating a sustainable new development that meets current and future housing needs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

More than 60 MPs have written to the editor of The Sun to condemn an article by Jeremy Clarkson about the Duchess of Sussex

The cross-party group says the presenter's piece - in which he said he dreamed of Meghan being publicly shamed - had contributed to an "unacceptable climate of hatred and violence".

It's since been taken down at his request. 

It’s signed by MPs including the ones for Battersea, Richmond Park, Streatham, and Twickenham. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Young people across Surbiton are using the church to talk through their concerns

St Mary’s in Long Ditton holds a “Pizza Night” every month where older children can enjoy dinner and conversation. 

Issues discussed so far include the environment and war in Ukraine. 

Chris Howard runs the youth group; he says it’s a great way to get teenagers opening up about their worries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:48 am  

The health secretary is meeting union bosses later to discuss ambulance staff going on strike this week

Today, nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have walked out over pay and working conditions.

The government says an independent body has already set wages and has dismissed the RCN's demand for a five percent rise above inflation.

While strikes are taking place at a number of hospitals, they won’t be at Ashford and St Peter’s. 

Ballot returns there didn’t achieve the 50% threshold required. 

Services will be running as usual today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

British Airways has apologised after a technical issue delayed flights taking off from the US

Bosses from the Heathrow-based airline say it's not a safety issue - and it's linked to a third-party "flight planning supplier".

They've apologised to those affected and warn their phone lines are likely to be busy as the disruption causes knock-on delays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Monday 19 December 2022

Police are investigating a number of burglaries in New Haw.

It’s reported they took place on Woodham Lane on Sunday between approximately 14:30 and 15:00 o’clock.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The food waste collection scheme could be extended to thousands more homes in Richmond and Wandsworth.

With around 2,300 households already benefiting from the service, the scheme is set to treble in size.

unwanted food is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where micro-organisms break it down to produce a biogas.

This is then fed into the National Gas Grid, as well as liquid fertiliser used to improve agricultural soils.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

People were filmed walking on Wimbledon Common’s frozen Rushmere Pond over the weekend.

That’s despite repeated safety warnings from the emergency services following the deaths of four boys in similar circumstances. 

The children, aged between 6 and 11, passed away last week after falling into Babbs Mill Park pond in Solihull. 

The latest video in Wimbledon was shared on Twitter by Kerry Hopkins who said she’d notified the Met Police.  

Surrey Fire and Rescue was also called out four times in 24 hours to reports of children playing on frozen water over the weekend. 

They say the scenes were “very concerning” and have asked parents to make sure their children know the life threatening dangers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A house in Bookham has been targeted in a burglary.

The incident is thought to have happened between Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 1pm.

The thieves gained access to the property in Swanns Meadow via a kitchen window.

Anyone with information of CCTV footage in the area are urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The family of Rachel Nickell say they are considering landmark legal action against the Metropolitan Police.

The 23 year old was walking with her 2 year old son Alex on Wimbledon Common when she was stabbed to death in 1992. 

Rachel’s former partner Andre Hanscombe and Alex are considering the action against the Met Police.

It’s after a review found that there was a 'catalogue of errors' in the original investigation.

Robert Napper was convicted of Rachel’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in 2008.

But Andre and Alex told Good Morning Britain that police should have acted on a tip-off from the serial killer's own mother in 1989.

Recognising individual officers did their best, they say Rachel would still be here if the tip-off had been investigated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Steve Borthwick says he wants to hear Twickenham "as noisy as it's ever been" following his appointment as England's new rugby union head coach.

He's succeeded Eddie Jones on a five-year contract and has nine months to prepare for the World Cup.

The former England captain's brought Kevin Sinfield with him as defence coach.

RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney says Borthwick was always the top candidate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has been charged after a man was fatally assaulted on Clapham High Street.

22-year-old Justice Beckford from Lambeth has been charged with murder. 

At around 5am on the 10th of December, officers found 24-year-old Abraham Kallon outside King’s College Hospital with stab wounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

It’s believed that a man who fell inside the Bentall centre in Kingston doesn’t have life-threatening injuries.

Emergency crews were called on Saturday at around 2.30pm.

The air ambulance also attended the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

From today, driving test examiners and some civil servants will join rolling strike action

Nurses, paramedics, rail workers and Border Force staff are also among those walking out over the next week in rows over pay and conditions.

Martin Cavanagh, from the Battersea-based Public and Commercial Services union, says they've heard nothing from ministers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

The repairs to Hammersmith Bridge have been delayed due to a shortage of materials

The initial repairs were due to be completed by the end of this year, but that’s been pushed to February. 

The war in Ukraine has caused a material shortage worldwide, which includes the steel needed to stabilise the bridge. 

TfL says the pedestals have been repaired though.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A man has been jailed for attacking a woman over an 18-month period, including in Streatham

The court heard how 39-year-old Ickerson Dias Barreto from Cricklewood assaulted her in front of her daughter on one occasion. 

After an attack in June, she went to the police. 

He was arrested but denied the allegations. 

He’s been sentenced to 11 years in prison, and the police say they want to send a message to those who feel trapped in a cycle of abuse.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 am  

We’re being asked to have a rummage around our kitchens to help feed people who are going hungry across Merton

The Community Fridge collects good quality but unwanted foods and distributes them to those who need a good meal. 

Based at Morden Baptist Church, the aim of the project is to try and end food poverty in Merton. 

Jude King, the project’s manager, says it’s also about ending food waste.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

South Western Railway’s decision to keep its services reduced until after christmas is being described as “unacceptable”

Twickenham MP Munira Wilson says she’s complained to the managing director, after learning there will be no trains at Whitton. 

SWR says that they have over 2,100 RMT members eligible to strike, and they’re working with “limited resources”. 

It adds that they’re trying to keep their busiest routes open.

The Government's emergency Cobra committee is meeting later to discuss this week's strikes, which include walkouts by nurses, ambulance and border staff.

According to a report in The Times, contingency plans are being drawn up which would see passengers held on arriving flights if there are long queues at passport control.

The key issue for unions is pay - but Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden insists taxpayers can't afford want's being demanded.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Steve Borthwick's expected to be confirmed as England's new rugby union head coach today

A news conference is planned at Twickenham this lunchtime.

Borthwick will join from Leicester, and he'll bring rugby league legend and defence coach Kevin Sinfield with him.

The former England captain led the Tigers to the Premiership title last season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Sunday 18 December 2022

A Thornton Heath charity wants to bring music back to a pub once famous for jazz.

The Lord Napier pub on Beulah Road closed down in 2017 and has stood empty ever since. Now, the Music Relief Foundation has bold ambitions to take it on.

The charity was set up in 2011 and has helped thousands of young people and adults through music.

The organisation fears the Lord Napier’s rich jazz history will be forgotten as the building deteriorates. The pub became a famous jazz spot in the 1960s hosting famous musicians every week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 pm  

Richmond Council is reminding people how to stay safe from domestic abuse this Christmas.

They say recognising it is not always simple as it can be psychological, emotional, violent, physical and sexual, controlling or even coercive behaviour. 

The council is urging people in an emergency call 999 and if you confidential support and advice to call the National Domestic Violence Helpline.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

Hounslow Council has embarked on ambitious plans to turn 27 acres of disused land into parks, gardens, and allotments

Radio Jackie’s John Beesley reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

An iconic landmark in Balham has been brought back to life thanks to a crowdfunding campaign

The neon advertising sign ‘Roberts for Ekcovision’ was installed in Bedford Hill in the 1960s but fell into disrepair.

But the fundraising efforts of the granddaughter of the shopkeepers who originally installed it has paid off.

Alison Sinclair, residents, and Heritage of London Trust raised more than £20,000 to pay for the sign’s repair.

Wandsworth Council will pay for its future upkeep.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Channel 4 will go behind the scenes at Kew Gardens in a one off festive special tonight

Britain, Lighting Up Christmas, marks ten years since the original Christmas light trail launched at the world-famous gardens.

Planning begins more than a year in advance, with artists and horticulturists working together on the spectacle.

The TV programme follows five lighting teams across the country as they work on some of Britain’s most iconic and magnificent displays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Hounslow Council has been funding festive events across the borough with the aim of bringing the community together

The events have also been credited with boosting footfall, which have helped local retailers during the festive season.

It funded Hounslow Winter Lights which saw people and street performers parade through the town centre with handmade lanterns.

The event organiser Lucy Thurley said, “it was wonderful to see the whole community coming together”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

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