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Saturday 18 February 2023

TV writer Peter Kosminsky is making a Grenfell Tower drama for the BBC

Kosminsky says he’ll wait for the final report of the public inquiry into the 2017 blaze before starting work on the script.

The inquiry is preparing a report on the disaster which killed 72 people in North Kensington.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 pm  

Plans have been approved for a major expansion of Egham’s 4-star Runnymede Hotel

The plans include a four-hundred-seater entertainment auditorium, more than 20 extra bedrooms and electric car-charging points.

The hotel sits on a flood zone near the river Thames and some residents had raised concerns over a risk of rising tides.

But the environment agency said it had no objections.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Concern has been expressed for the future of Hersham’s Waitrose Supermarket

There are proposals to provide improved premises for the store as part of a mixed development of shops and more than 200 new homes.

But local councillor Chester Chandler has said he’s worried that if the old store closes it may never come back.

Elmbridge Borough Council has yet to consider the full planning application. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Chelsea have expressed their sadness and sympathies after their former player Christian Atsu was killed in last week’s earthquake.
He was found dead in rubble in Turkey. He was 31.

The ex-Ghana international had been playing in Southern Turkey.

Atsu’s body will be taken back to his home country for his funeral.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter says he accepts that they have to work hard to change the opinion of supporters.
They host managerless Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon having won just twice in 13 matches.

Chelsea are also struggling for goals, despite creating chances and Potter says it’s time for players to start taking opportunities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Fulham boss Marco Silva insists their main target is Premier League safety.

This is despite them currently competing for a European qualification spot.

A win at home against Brighton this afternoon would take them above their opponents and up to sixth in the table.

Silva says he needs to be satisfied they’ve guaranteed their top flight status before setting other goals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Mole Valley District Council is working to install 90 electric vehicle charging points in 10 of the district’s car parks.

It’s hoped they’ll be ready by the end of May. 

The preparation work is in its final stages, with the installation expected to commence before the end of the month.

The delivery of the rollout has been supported by a £115,000 Government grant.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

After a trial at The Old Bailey a 19-year-old man from Leatherhead has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Kai Copper was also found guilty of arson.

88-year-old Josephine Smith from Romford was killed when fireworks were put through her letterbox as a prank.

Cooper remains in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

The Children’s Trust in Tadworth is to stop holding its annual Supercar Event.

The charity says it’s seeing significant increases in costs and hosting the fundraiser has become more expensive over the years. 

The Supercar Event is a one-day family festival celebrating some of the world's most luxurious and high-performing sports cars.

It has raised over £850,000 for the charity since its inception almost 20 years ago.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Brentford look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches when they host Crystal Palace this afternoon.

But boss Thomas Frank has said he isn’t thinking about possibly securing a European qualification spot.

A win at the Community Stadium could take them up to sixth in the table.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Putney’s Cameron Norrie fought from a set down as he booked his spot in the semi finals of the Argentina Open.

The Wimbledon semi-finalist knocked out home player Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

The British number one lost just three games after the match resumed following a rain delay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 17 February 2023

Epsom and Ewell is to start looking into relocating its council headquarters

They’ve approved £25,000 to fund the initial process, which involves considering offices in East Street.

The move involves downsizing and getting a more energy efficient building, due to climate change targets.

It’s believed the current building will be eventually used for housing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Mitcham and Morden’s MP is one of a growing number of Labour politicians calling on Sadiq Khan to halt the ULEZ expansion

The mayor says implementing the £12.50 charge on the most polluting cars is necessary to clean up London’s "toxic air.”

But a number of councils say they’ll refuse to comply with the roll-out on August the 29th because of the cost-of-living crisis.

We asked Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh why she’s also against expansion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Epsom College has announced its new interim head following the death of Emma Pattison at the start of the month

Sir Anthony Seldon will take up the role from March until September next year.

The college says Ms Pattison’s family supports his appointment and is heartened the school is able to move forward in a “positive light.” 

A new permanent Head will start once Sir Anthony’s term finishes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A Ukrainian minister is to visit the University of Surrey next week to mark one year since the start of the war with Russia

Minister Counsellor, Eduard Fesko, will be part of a panel of experts discussing the invasion next Thursday.

He’ll be joined by diplomats and professors who will also look at the University’s “twinning” grant scheme with the war-torn country.

The event is open to the public and free to attend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

A man from Nottingham who was last seen in Staines is wanted by police

27-year-old Gvidas Genevicius is accused of breaching a deportation order.

He also has links to Bletchley, Hayes, Northampton, and Birmingham.

He’s described as white, 183cm, with light brown hair and brown eyes, and you can find a picture on our Jackie News Twitter feed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Five councils, including Surrey County Council, have come together to take the ULEZ expansion plans to the High Court

Their allegations include a failure to comply with some legal requirements and concerns around the consultation process. 

City Hall is calling on them to drop the challenge, and that they will defend the “vital scheme” in the courts. 

However, it adds that they haven’t been served with any judicial review claim.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Two people have been arrested following an alleged hate crime in Clapham

Emergency crews were called at around 4.20am on Sunday to the High Street. 

Reports on social media suggest two men were kissing when one was slapped by a woman. 

The person did not require medical treatment. 

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council’s “commercial property portfolio” generated income of over £50 million last year

The authority says almost £9 million of that was spent on essential services for residents. 

These include community centres, meals on wheels, transport and grants to voluntary sectors. 

Commercial property assets were the biggest contributor to the council’s budget for 2021 and 2022. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Kensington and Chelsea Council is only planning a small tax rise, and a rebate for some of the poorer residents.

It’s the UK’s richest local authority, and is considering using £1.7m of funds to give grants to some people ineligible for existing grants. 

While some people in the area have the highest disposable income in the UK, there are also areas of significant poverty.

 The plans will be voted on next month. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 am  

The Mayor of London’s “Cost of Living Bus” is back on the road today: this time in Roehampton

Sadiq Khan has partnered with Debt Free Advice to take the vehicle on a three-month tour of the capital. 

Experts on board at Danebury Avenue will offer free advice on debt, money saving and benefits. 

Anne Yusiani from Debt Free Advice explains some of the biggest concerns they’ve been addressing during the tour. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Thursday 16 February 2023

Members of the Wimbledon based Communication Workers Union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of more strikes at Royal Mail.

Almost 96% backed walkouts in a ballot triggered by a dispute over pay.

It gives the union a mandate to continue industrial action until mid-August.

Royal Mail's warned thousands of jobs would be at risk if strikes go ahead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm  

Richmond Council says people who want to hold street parties for the coronation can do so for free.

The authority says they’ll waive the administration fee for the month of May and is offering grants of up to £5,000 for some organisations.

Over three hundred streets celebrated the Platinum Jubilee last year.

Some restrictions apply, and you can find more about hosting a street party on the council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

Police are thanking members of the public who stepped in when two officers were attacked in East Molesey.

They were carrying out a stop check on a van on Hurst Road on Tuesday evening after the occupants were suspected of drink driving.

When they became aggressive, multiple witnesses called 999.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting emergency workers and drink driving, and the other for obstructing police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm  

Councillors in Runnymede have agreed to extend a scheme which uses social housing to free up hospital beds.

Each council in the borough offers up flats known as ‘Step Up Step Downs’.

These homes are allocated to patients deemed medically fit to leave hospital but who are not quite ready to return to their own home. 

The scheme, which sees them living in these flats with support for up to 6 weeks, has run on a pilot basis since March 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Members of the rowing community are paying tribute to Boat Race chairman, Dr Tim Senior

They say they are shocked and saddened by the 51-year old’s “untimely death” following a race earlier this month.

Dr Senior, who had rowed for both Oxford and Cambridge universities, was appointed Chairman of the Boat Race in April 2021.

The event, which takes place annually on the Thames between Putney and Mortlake, is back on March the 26th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

A photographer from California has been jailed for attempting to smuggle cannabis worth around £760,000 into Heathrow

26-year-old Zered Akolo has been handed two and a half years behind bars after he was detained on January the 16th.

Border Force staff carried out a search of his two suitcases, finding around 47 kilos of herbal cannabis inside.

Cannabis can be legally grown in many states in the US and attracts a premium price on the UK criminal market.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Kate Moss and Stormzy were among the stars paying tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood at a memorial service at Southwark Cathedral

The punk icon and fashion designer died at her home in Clapham in December at the age of 81.

Some guests dressed in her classic designs with actress Helena Bonham Carter wearing a red and purple full tartan skirt and blazer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Council tax is going up by almost 3% in Epsom and Ewell

Councillors have agreed a 2.99% increase which is the equivalent of 12.3 pence per week for the average band D property.

But the rise means that council tax for Epsom and Ewell remains below the average for Surrey as a whole.

Meanwhile, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, has set an increase of 5.07% for her portion of the council tax.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The Lib Dem leader says there is no need to use any money generated by a “windfall tax” on oil and energy companies on green power

The MP for Kingston thinks any levy collected in that way should go directly back to people struggling with the cost of living crisis. 

Sir Ed was the Secretary for Energy and Climate Change in 2012 during the Conservative Lib Dem coalition.

He says we can grow our green power regardless of whether or not the oil and gas companies want to be a part of it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man has been charged with terrorism offences, after being arrested at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday

33-year-old Shafi Saleem from East London was detained after arriving into the UK on a flight from Pakistan.

He’s accused of disseminating a terrorist publication, not divulging specific information to the government, and a public order offence.

He’s appearing in court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter's hoping for a change of luck after a 1-nil defeat to Borussia Dortmund in their first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie

They had 21 shots - and eight on target - in Germany but once again struggled to put their chances away.

Potter's confident they can turn things around in time for the return game at Stamford Bridge next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Sadiq Khan says he wants people to look at the “human cost” of not expanding the ULEZ

The Mayor of London says motorists should ask “how many more Londoners can afford to have their lungs irreparably damaged?”. 

Tory London Assembly Member for South-West London, Nick Rogers, says it’s not “some shadowy group of motorists”, but families and small business owners. 

From August, people in the most polluting cars will have to pay £12.50 per day to drive in the capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

The family of Emma and Lettie Pattison have paid tribute following their deaths at a property within Epsom College.

"We, the family of Emma and Lettie, would like to express our deepest, heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming support we have received over the past 11 days. Thank you to the immeasurable number of people and institutions who have written messages, sent flowers, paid tributes, held vigils or otherwise taken time to remember Emma and Lettie.

We would like to thank Surrey Police for their sensitive and thorough handling of the on-going investigation into this horrendous tragedy and to the Epsom College Community, Croydon High and Danes Hill schools for their invaluable support. Thank you also to the media who have, largely, respected our privacy at this difficult time: we ask that they continue to do so. 

To see the esteem in which Emma is held by all who knew her is an enormous comfort. She was everything one could hope for in a daughter, sister, mother, wife, friend, teacher and so much more. We are an extremely close family and family was at the centre of Emma and Lettie’s universe. The Epsom College Community had become part of that universe for them both. 

Seven year old Lettie was Emma’s pride and joy: an adorable, vibrant little girl with a compelling curiosity, a heart-melting smile and an intellect beyond her years. The two of them were inseparable and we take comfort in that they will remain so.

Emma had a warm, welcoming smile and sparkling, blue eyes, full of optimism. Over the last eleven days we’ve noticed the sky has been bright blue, with at times a warm glow of pink…"

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Royal Mail workers - waiting for the result of a new national strike ballot - are warning of a "new wave of disruption" unless talks improve

Members of the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union were due to hold a 24-hour walkout today but it was blocked by a legal challenge.

The results of a new ballot for action are due to be announced later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

A man from Teddington has launched a company that will deliver UK ambulances to Ukraine

Simon Brake set up Mighty Convoy Limited after taking part in two trips supplying vital aid to the front line. 

He has joined forces with UK charity EmbraceMe to work out a way of getting more ambulances to the war ravaged country. 

Simon says he’s doing the majority of the ground work here. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

A man has been charged with terrorism offences, after being arrested at Chiswick Business Park

30-year-old Magomed-Husein Dovtaev from Austria has been charged with collecting information which would be useful to a terrorist. 

Police Commander Richard Smith says enhanced security measures were brought in at the business park last year. 

The suspect will appear in court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 am  

The Mayor of London’s “Cost of Living Bus” is in Chessington today

Sadiq Khan has partnered with Debt Free Advice to take the vehicle on a three-month tour of the capital. 

Experts will be on board to offer a range of free in-person advice on debt, money worries and benefit entitlements.   

The bus will be at the Hook Centre from 10 o’clock.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Wednesday 15 February 2023

Richmond Park’s MP is recommending people send monetary donations to earthquake hit Turkey and Syria rather than goods.

 Lib Dem Sarah Olney says it will be very difficult for physical donations like blankets and clothes to get there. 

It’s a sentiment shared with Teddington based charity Tearfund which is helping with the recovery effort. 

Martin Leach is its Regional Director for Eurasia and North Africa and is based in Jordan.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A sunset procession of light is to take place in Kingston next month.

It’s to celebrate the borough’s former candlemakers and lamplighters.

The Royal Mail depot off Villiers Road was the site of the borough’s largest candle factory from the late 18th century.

It remained that way through to the early 20th century.

Walkers will follow the course of the River Hogsmill downstream from the factory site to the company’s old candle shop in Ancient Marketplace.

The free public event on Sunday the 12th of March will start at 5pm at the depot. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Regional airline Flybe is to start the process of winding down its business after talks failed to find a buyer.

The joints administrators - Interpath Advisory - are to start identifying assets which can be sold off.

277 employees were made redundant when the firm collapsed last month, another 25 are being sacked today.

Flybe operated from many of the UK’s major airports including Heathrow and Gatwick 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition against Thames Water dumped treated sewage into the Thames at Teddington Weir.

It highlights concerns including the impact on wildlife, building work, and has doubts about Thames Water’s integrity.

The company intends to take around 150m litres from the Thames per day, and replace it with treated sewage from the Mogden works.

The water company says it’s needed to prevent droughts and deal with a rising population. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Mole Valley’s MP, Sir Paul Beresford, will not be standing at the next election.

The 76 year old Conservative has been in parliament since 1992 and the area’s MP since 1997. 

He’s told constituents via email that he will not stand in the newly established constituency of Dorking and Horley.

The next general election is due to take place by January 2025 and changes to constituency boundaries will come in before then.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A report has found an elderly woman died on a railway crossing in Ashtead because she was unaware a train was approaching.

The 85 year old had been walking her dog when she was struck on the Lady Howard footpath last April. 

She had started to cross the tracks after a train had passed but was hit by a second out of service train travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the second train sounded its horn upon seeing her. 

But the victim was unable to get clear of the path of the train which the Rail Accident Investigation Branch report says was hidden by the first train.

The RAIB has made two recommendations to Network Rail based on its findings. 

The first is intended to address the risk to pedestrians at these crossings arising from a second approaching train being hidden from view by another train. 

The second recommendation concerns the implementation of appropriate interim risk mitigations at level crossings that are awaiting long-term solutions.

Network Rail said it intends to install warning lights and has already put up more signage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits it will take time to get the best out of his squad because of the number of new signings.

The Stamford Bridge club spent over 300-million pounds in the January transfer widow to bring in 8 new  players.

They face Borussia Dortmund away in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.

Potter says his side are still getting to know each other.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The RSPCA is reminding people about the dangers of littering after a cat became trapped in a piece of plastic guttering near Heathrow.

A worried member of the public called the charity for help after he noticed the animal had its neck caught in the rubbish.   

The RSPCA is urging the public to be responsible and dispose of their waste properly.

The charity says it receives 10 calls a day on average regarding animals affected by litter. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

The Met has confirmed it is looking into fresh evidence into the death of a man last seen in Kingston in 1997.

20-year-old Ricky Reel’s body was found in the Thames a week later.

Commissioner Mark Rowley had a private meeting with Ricky’s family on the 11th of January.

It’s hoped that “fresh eyes” and modern technology can hopefully provide some answers to Ricky’s family. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Herbicides will only be used on Kingston’s streets once a year

It’s after a “successful” trial last year saw the use of chemicals reduced from two or three times annually.

Kingston council says as a whole, it has achieved a 76% reduction in herbicide use since 2019.

The authority has already shifted to manual weed management in the borough’s parks and green spaces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

New Malden is continuing to see an increase in bike thefts from the area around the high street

Police are recommending cyclists use two D- locks rather than one when securing their bikes. 

Dedicated officers are conducting regular uniform and plain clothes patrols. 

They also say they are planning security marking events in the near future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

Former Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is still missing, following the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

He plays for a Turkish side, and although he hasn’t been seen, his shoes have been recovered. 

His agent says the effort is “moving incredibly slow” but they’re “extremely grateful” to all the rescue teams. 

The President of Turkey's described the devastating earthquakes as the "disaster of the century".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

A protest is being planned against Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s proposal to build on the greenbelt

Five greenbelt sites have been put forward for housing developments.

The proposal is to build 2,175 houses which is over 41% of the total of 5,400 proposed up to 2040. 

5,000 people have so far signed a petition against the plans laid out in the Draft Local Plan. 

The Council has already said it is extending the deadline of the public consultation on the plan until the 19th of March. 

The authority says the decision was made after a small number of inconsistencies were discovered between two versions of it. 

The protest is being planned for Saturday the 25th at 11am outside Metrobank in Epsom High Street. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

There are proposals for people living near Wimbledon and Putney Commons to pay over 12% more to do so

The leaders of Wandsworth and Merton councils have come together to oppose the move during a cost of living crisis.

The conservators of the green spaces charge an amount to tens of thousands of nearby residents to maintain the area. 

Last year, somebody in a band H household paid around £64, which would go up to around £72.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 am  

Police say they aren’t treating an incident in New Malden as a hit and run

A 14 year old boy was in a collision with a car in Traps Lane last Wednesday evening.

 He received multiple fractures and his family is appealing for witnesses to come forward. 

The Met Police says the driver remained on the scene after the accident, called officers and has not been arrested. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Kyle Sinckler is a doubt for England's next rugby union Six Nations match with Wales later this month.

The Bristol prop injured his face in Sunday's win against Italy at Twickenham and hasn't been included in this week's training squad.

But he will be at the camp in London to continue rehab work alongside Courtney Lawes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Runnymede Council has chosen to not live-stream its meetings, as a cost-saving measure.

The authority ruled out the measure due to its £30,000 startup costs, saying that front-line services need to be prioritised.

It was put forward to allow residents to more easily engage with democracy, and to help people with accessibility needs.

One councillor says it’s a “missed opportunity” to support residents “in the borough where the Magna Carta was signed”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

King Charles spent the morning in Hounslow.

The Monarch visited a community in the borough which has been affected by the earthquakes in Turkey. 

He spoke to volunteers about their efforts to send food, blankets, and warm clothing to people whose lives have been affected by the tragedy.

The death toll has risen to over 37,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he's still angry about a costly VAR error in their 1-all Premier League draw with Brentford on Saturday.

Video official Lee Mason failed to spot an offside in the build up to Ivan Toney's equaliser.

Chief refereeing officer Howard Webb's apologised for the mistake with Mason dropped from his appointments this weekend.

Arteta says that doesn't make up for their lost points.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Sutton Council has approved the redevelopment of the old Victoria House site in North Cheam.

The area has been derelict since 2006 and recently been knocked down.

The replacement building will be 7 storeys high and feature a mix of homes and retail.

Residents are keen to have the site renamed with Elizabeth Court one that has been suggested, after her later Majesty, The Queen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Street parking charges are to increase by 15% in Kingston.

The council says the move is to allow for inflation and the money will help fund highways improvements.

Parking payment systems are also going fully mobile meaning ticket machines will be removed and won’t be replaced.

However, the move has led some drivers to claim they are being penalised for not owning or being able to operate smartphones.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Steve Borthwick has named a 26-player England squad for a three-day training camp in Teddington this week.

They have met up today with a group from England  U20s at The Lensbury for the training sessions.

The squad’s preparing for their upcoming Guinness Six Nations fixtures, following last week’s 31-14 win over Italy at Twickenham.

Bath prop Will Stuart returns to the squad following injury.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The Surrey Space Centre has been handed £400,000 to train and recruit engineers in the field.

The funding is coming from the UK Space Agency and will be used across Surrey and Hampshire. 

The county is already a leading centre for space-related business with an income of over £3billion from related industries.   

The money will also help provide technical facilities for projects developing and trialling space related technology.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A constable with the Met Police and a sergeant with Kent Police are to face misconduct cases in connection with Wayne Couzens - the former officer convicted of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard after he kidnapped her in Clapham.

The police watchdog says it's about how reports of indecent exposure by Couzens were handled.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to three counts of that.

Our crime correspondent, Martin Brunt, says they'll be questioned thoroughly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

More than 40 people have escaped a fire in Croydon.

A small part of a two-roomed flat in a five-storey residential building in Lansdowne Road was damaged by the blaze last night.

The fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by a candle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Merton’s Lib Dems are calling for a “Carers’ Minimum Wage.”

It comes as the latest figures from Skills For Care reveal the borough has a vacancy rate of around 19% in the sector. 

This is one of the highest rates in England. 

The Lib Dem say under their plans, social care workers would be paid at least £2 an hour more than the current minimum wage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

A man from Balham is part of a group of men jailed for a series of knifepoint robberies in Chelsea

The group used a stolen BMW on false plates to drive up to their victims, mug them, then escape.

During a robbery in Balham on the ninth of January, police pursued them, they crashed, and left their phones inside when they fled.

They were then used to trace them.

They’ll be sentenced at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

A firm referred by Chelsea MP Greg Hands reportedly won a nearly £26m PPE contract, despite having no accounts history at the time

The Guardian reports that Mr Hands made the referral in early April 2020, after being referred by a Tory activist.

 A freedom of information request says £9m worth wasn’t used. 

A spokesperson for the new Party Chairman says he “forwarded a message” and had no further role or involvement. 

Meanwhile, Luxe Lifestyle says no minister was ever directly contacted and they negotiated via a competitive process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Businesses across the UK are to benefit from a share of more than £12m government funding to help energy-intensive industries cut their carbon emissions

The funding for the 22 winning projects will help businesses clean up their industrial processes.

Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey is a former energy secretary, and says that fossil fuel companies didn’t have any part in his renewable power successes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

The Metropolitan Police says they will be “ruthless” in investigating officers, after Wayne Couzens admitted further crimes

The former officer admitted three counts of indecent exposure just weeks before he murdered Sarah Everard from Clapham. 

Bas Javid, from the force, says the process of “flushing out the corrupt and criminal from the Met will be slow and painful”. 

Detective Inspector Katherine Goodwin says the victims showed “strength and dignity” in reporting him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Millions of families in England are facing a council tax rise of just under 5% from April

Research from the County Councils Network shows three in four local authorities are increasing it by the maximum amount.

It means the average Band D household will see their bills rise by £99 a year.

However in Croydon, it’s going up by 15%, following special permission from the government to do so.

The government says authorities should consider money pressure on households but council leaders claim they have "little choice" if they're to protect services.

Richmond Council leader Gareth Roberts says on Twitter that it’s a consequence of not funding local government properly.

Wandsworth is famed for its low council tax, but is reportedly facing a £4m budget gap even if it were to set the maximum increase.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Monday 13 February 2023

Network Rail is due to begin major bridge maintenance works in Twickenham.

They’ll take place at the railway bridge at the Heath Road junction with The Green. 

The overnight improvement works will take place from next Monday and last until April the 14th. 

Network Rail says it will be using specialist equipment designed to minimise noise, but some equipment will cause some disturbance. 

Concerned residents can call their 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 and choose option 4.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Eco Park in Shepperton will retain its waste and recycling partner SUEZ for another 6 years.

The site treats all food and black bag waste, generating enough electricity to power over 4,000 homes a year.

Over 4,000 tonnes of soil improver for agriculture are also being provided to farmers annually 

This has helped raise over £57,000 for charity since 2018. 

Future plans include a ‘re-use and recycling hub’ where residents take unwanted items such as electrical goods, bicycles, and furniture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Seven people were rescued from a fire at a student accommodation block in Roehampton on Saturday.

Firefighters were called to Roehampton Lane just before 4am where they used a fire escape hoods to lead them all to safety. 

One woman was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Brentford FC are saying “how many times does this need to happen?” after striker Ivan Toney was racially abused online again.

They drew 1-1 with Arsenal on Saturday, with Toney scoring in the 74th minute.

The player was subject to similar abuse in October, and a court case has followed.

The club says they will “do everything” they can to “pursue the individuals involved”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An Austrian man has been charged with a terror offence after he was arrested in Chiswick.

Magomed-Husejn Dovtaev was detained at the Business Park there on Saturday.

He's accused of collecting information "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

The 30-year-old will remain in custody and is due back at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police have released an image of a woman they are looking to identify after a theft in Walton.

On Friday the 3rd of February, officers were called to Bridge street at around 1:05pm where the victims purse was stolen.

Officers are keen to locate her as they believe she may be able to help with the investigation. 

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

A man convicted of manslaughter after accidentally discharging a firearm and killing one of his associates in a car near Heathrow has been jailed for 20 years.

28-year-old Mohamed Muhyidin was shot and killed in the early hours of October the 31st 2021 in a flat near Heathrow. 

He’d been sat in the front passenger seat of a car parked outside a flat in Harlington High Street. 

His body was driven away and later discovered by a taxi driver by the side of the road. 

One of the flats was used as a base for a number of people to take and deal drugs. 

Chiragh Chiragh and Mohammed Shakeel, were at the flat along with Mohamed and a 17-year-old male. 

At around 4.45am, Chiragh left the flat and, in possession of a sub-machine gun, joined Mohamed in a vehicle. 

As Chiragh exited the vehicle, the firearm discharged, shooting Mohamed who was sitting directly in front of him. 

The silencer fell to the floor and the sub-machine gun was fired on further occasions whilst in Chiragh’s possession. 

A short time later, Chiragh drove the car to Sipson Lane and Mohamed’s body was dumped by the roadside. 

39 year old Chiragh Chiragh was found guilty of manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and perverting the course of justice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

It's reported the amount of money water companies would be fined for spilling sewage into rivers and seas could be lowered.

But we’re told the £250m penalty is still one of a 'range of options' on the table.

The Times claims environment secretary Therese Coffey has refused to back tougher penalties, with allies telling the paper she wants to make sure 'fines are proportionate and easy to enforce'.

The head of Thames Water told the House of Lords in October that reducing sewage pollution by 80% would cost around £2bn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man suspected of running a drug line in Croydon has been labelled as one of the UK’s most wanted.

31-year-old Jack Mayle worked with a drug dealer on the dark web to buy and sell narcotics.

He’s heavily tattooed, with designs including a diamond under his left eye and the words “trap star” on both hands.

He’s known to carry weapons and is a regular gym goer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Heathrow's boss says the airport's 'back to its best' having recorded the busiest start to the year, since before Covid

Just under 5.5m passengers passed through in January - levels not seen since the start of 2020.

The travel and aviation industry were hit hard by the restrictions imposed during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Over 50,000 people have been tested for HIV in South-West London last year, as part of new routine testing

St George’s, Epsom and St Helier hospitals have started an opt-out scheme, to help people get a diagnosis as early as possible. 

There have been seven cases of the disease found at Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

Dr Olubanke Davies says early treatment can reduce the risk of severe illness, and staff are on hand to give information to people who test positive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

England head coach Steve Borthwick says he's "proud" of his squad's attitude after their 31-14 win over Italy at Twickenham in rugby union's Six Nations

It was his first victory since taking the job.

Ollie Lawrence impressed on his return to the side, while Jack Willis and Dan Cole were also involved after time away from the set-up.

Borthwick praised incoming players for taking their chance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

A major exhibition showcasing the best new architecture from across Europe has opened at Kingston University

It focuses on previous winners of the Mies van Der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture. 

The landmark Town House building, at Kingston’s Penrhyn Road campus, is the current holder of the prestigious award. 

The University’s Vice-Chancellor is Professor Steven Spier. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

More than 8,000 bags of litter were cleared from Croydon’s pavements and parks by volunteers last year

Around 3,000 people participated in street cleans over the 12 months. 

The council carries out regular litter audits to deal with known hotspots and has put in extra bins and larger-capacity bins if needed. 

The authority announced earlier this week it was increasing council tax by 15% after being given special permission by the government. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sunday 12 February 2023

Richmond Council are holding a free learning event to mark International Women's Day to tackle stalking.

The event, run by community organisations, will cover key issues and provide an opportunity to hear the latest insights from the professionals across the voluntary sector, Met police, and research sectors working to tackle stalking and harassment. 

It will take place on Wednesday 8th March from 10am-1pm, and you can find more details on the Richmond Council website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council has launched a new scheme to improve air quality in the area.

#IdleFreeElmbridge aims to raise awareness surrounding idling and the potential risks it poses to Elmbridge’s air quality. 

Car idling produces up to 150 balloons of exhaust emissions per minute, and too much idling can damage your vehicle can waste fuel.

Residents should turn their car engines off when waiting at level crossings, outside schools or businesses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 pm  

Primary schools across Kensington and Chelsea have been handed £250,000 to implement their own cost saving measures.

The money will be used to provide a range of schemes including free hot meals, breakfast clubs and discounts to school uniforms. 

The £250,000 will benefit around 600 children who aren’t eligible for free school meals.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

Brentford have condemned online racist abuse sent to their striker Ivan Toney following their game at Arsenal.

The forward scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

The club say they'll pursue those involved and they're 'disgusted and saddened' by what's happened.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Half-time at Twickenham Stadium: England 19 - 0 Italy


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Six Nations Championship: England vs Italy at Twickenham Stadium


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Surrey County Council is reminding members of the public that covid-19 boosters will end today

Eligible residents are being urged to top-up.

You can visit their website for your nearest walk-in clinic.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

More than 3-thousand workers at Heathrow airport are to vote on whether to strike in a row over pay

Security guards, engineers and firefighters will begin balloting for industrial action next Friday.

It's after they rejected a 10 percent pay increase, which the Unite union says is a pay cut, because of the rate of inflation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal fire in Stanwell last night

Emergency services were called to a garage on Argosy Lane just before midnight where the body of a woman in her 50s was found.

The woman has yet to be formally identified but her next of kin have been informed.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the death which at this stage is being treated as unexplained.

A cordon is in place along Argosy Lane and officers from Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will remain at the scene today as they continue investigations.

If you have any information call police on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Investigations are continuing following a shooting in Worcester Park on Friday

A man is in a critical but stable condition following the incident in

Newhouse Close near Manor Park in the early hours.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

The Queen’s Canopy in Richmond Park is taking shape
70 trees have been planted close to Ham Cross Plantation to mark her late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

 Karl Terry is head gardener at Richmond Park. He says the idea is to create something that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 am  

Five suspects arrested in connection with what police say was a racially motivated attack on a 15-year-old black girl have been banned from Surrey

Officers have urged a further teenage suspect to turn herself in.

The attack, which took place outside Thomas Knyvett college in Ashford, has sparked protests and calls for the college’s head to resign.

MPs have demanded an inquiry.




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