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Saturday 18 March 2023

Richmond Borough Mind, Multicultural Richmond and Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond are among several local organisations who’ll be on hand to share information about their services at this year’s Ham Community Health Fair

Richmond Council is partnering with local charity Ruils Independent Living to host the event at Ham Library on March 31st.

The event will also offer interactive sessions focused on well being and free health checks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 pm  

Epsom & Ewell Council have renamed their Dementia Day-care Service – the Dementia Hub

They’re using the opportunity to remind local residents about the service the Hub offers to the community.

The Hub in Sefton Road, in Epsom, offers specialist respite day-care for people living with memory loss and dementia.

The new name and logo will make it easier for people to find information about the facility online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 pm  

In the Premier League Brentford were held to a 1-all draw by Leicester at the Community Stadium

Everton had to come from behind twice to draw 2-all at Chelsea and move two points clear of the relegation zone.

Bottom side Southampton came back from 3-1 down to claim a 3-all draw with Tottenham at St Mary's.

Leeds are out of the relegation zone after winning a thriller with fellow strugglers Wolves 4-2.

Bournemouth remain in the bottom three following a 3-nil defeat to Aston Villa.

In the Championship QPR lost 1-nil to Birmingham at Loftus Road.

AFC Wimbledon went down 1-nil to Crawley at Plough Lane in League Two.

In the National League South Hampton & Richmond Borough were convincing 3-nil winners at Dover.

In Isthmian League action Kingstonian lost 3-2 at Potters Bar while

Corinthian Casuals went down 3-nil to Enfield Town in Tolworth.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm  

Plans are being considered to turn an adjoining former police and ambulance station in Epsom into a luxury care home

The 96-bedroom complex in Church Street would include some specialist care for people with dementia.

It would also feature lawns for croquet and bowls, and an underground car park.

The proposal has been criticised by Epsom’s Civic Society.

They’re worried about what they call a proliferation of specialist elderly accommodation which could affect the vitality of the town centre.  



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank isn’t sure if his players are talking about playing in Europe – but insists he won’t let it distract him.
He says while he is staying grounded, he’s not a total killjoy.

Victory over struggling Leicester this afternoon would move his team within four points of the Premiere League’s top four.

They kick off at 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A petition against Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s plans to include greenbelt land for housing has topped 10,000 signatures.
It’s believed to be the largest ever petition response to any policy change in the borough. 

Five greenbelt sites have been listed in the council’s Draft Local Plan, with the authority saying it wants to hear resident’s views on it.

A public consultation on the plans, published on the council’s website, closes tomorrow. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Two areas of Hampshire are going to be given access to Runnymede’s CCTV network.

Runnymede’s control room includes nearly 70 cameras which are used by the council and other bodies like the NHS and Police. 

They cover car parks, town centres and open spaces to help improve safety. 

Rushmoor Borough Council and Hart District Council will pay to use the cameras in their own areas. 

Extra staff have been recruited to ensure the sustainability of the service to Runnymede’s residents.
The joint working also means that all calls will now be taken by the control room, freeing up duty officers to respond to urgent incidents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A woman from Epsom is making history in the Miss Great Britain Competition.

Taslimah Rasool, an actress, is the first finalist in Hijab since the competition launched in 1945. 

Taslimah, who has three degrees, is aiming to raise money for charities Cancer Research UK and Alex’s Wish. 

She hopes she’s an inspiration for all women.

The Miss Great Britain winner will be announced in October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

England Rugby Union captain Owen Farrell says his team is desperate to restore pride after their thrashing by France last week.

They lost 53-10 at Twickenham.

They take on Ireland this afternoon – with their hosts looking to complete the Grand Slam in Dublin.

He admitted the teams are in very different form coming into the last match of the tournament.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Chelsea Boss Graham Potter isn’t giving up hope of his side finishing the season inside the Premier League’s top four.

He says their recent improved form means there’s a feel good factor around Stamford Bridge.

His team are eleven points adrift of Tottenham, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

The Londoners host relegation threatened Everton in today’s late kick off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

It’s claimed the installation of high-tech surveillance cameras in Kingston has seen an 80% reduction in fly-tipping.

The council teamed up with Vodafone to install cameras, which monitor images from millisecond to millisecond.

When something unexpected is flagged, officers are able to download all relevant images and investigate them.

The cameras are mostly focused on housing estates around the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Former captain Paddy McCarthy will be in temporary charge of Crystal Palace when they visit Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

Patrick Vieira's been sacked after a 12-match winless run, with the club three points above the relegation zone.

McCarthy - who spent eight years at Selhurst Park as a player - will be assisted by Darren Powell and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter is excited by the challenge of facing holders Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

They've been drawn against the Spanish giants, with a last-four tie against Manchester City or Bayern Munich if they progress.

Potter admits it's not the easiest of routes to the final but doesn't see why his side can't go all the way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 17 March 2023

Chelsea have been drawn against holders Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who have never won the competition, will play six-time winners Bayern Munich.

The two Premier League clubs would meet in the last four if they win their ties.

Inter Milan face Benfica and there's an all-Italian match-up pitting AC Milan against Napoli.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A former violin teacher who taught at the prestigious Royal College of Music has denied two charges of sexually assaulting a woman.

64 year old Jan Repko, who lives in Fulham, was suspended after the allegations were made last July and later dismissed.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court this morning to confirm his name before entering not guilty pleas to two charges.

A trial date has been scheduled for July next year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Walton has been jailed for one year for breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

31 year old Jake Pinhorn was given the ten year order in 2018 and signed on to the Sex Offenders Register.

It’s after he was convicted of making and distributing indecent images of children.

But his Risk Management Officer suspected he had access to an undeclared smartphone which allowed him to access the internet.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond police are searching for a wanted man.

They are hunting for Ricky Elsworthy after he failed to be present for a tag fitting and breached his curfew.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish admits it was an "extremely difficult" decision to sack Patrick Vieira.

He was let go this morning with the club just three points above the Premier League's relegation zone.

Palace are currently on a 12 game winless run and Parish tells Sky Sports News, their poor form forced him to act.

Former captain Paddy McCarthy has been placed in temporary charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Levi Bellfield is allegedly planning legal action against the government after his plans to marry were blocked.

He’s serving life behind bars after being found guilty of the murders of Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange. 

The 54 year old was jailed in 2008 for the killings which took place in Walton, Hampton and Twickenham between 2002 and 2004. 

The Sun newspaper is reporting he wants to marry a female prison visitor after they became engaged in 2021. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A mother and her partner have been found guilty over the death of her 15-month-old baby boy in Roehampton.

Jacob Lennon died from a head injury in August 2019. 

33 year old Jake Drummond from Wandsworth was convicted of Jacob's murder and wounding with intent.

32 year old Louise Lennon from Roehampton was convicted of child cruelty and causing or allowing Jacob's death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An 18 year old man has been found guilty of rape after targeting a woman in a churchyard in Kingston.

Mohammad Idriss had already pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug, theft and fraud offences in relation to the same incident.

He was loitering around Kingston Town Centre last July when he approached the woman just after midnight.

He went on to rape her in All Saints churchyard just off the Ancient Market Place. 

Idriss then stole two of her bank cards and used them to purchase food and drink at various stores in Kingston Town Centre.

The rape was reported to the police that day and detectives immediately launched an investigation.

Detectives carried out extensive CCTV enquiries that showed the suspect approaching the victim. 

They also submitted urgent forensic tests that identified the suspect as Mohammad Idriss.

Idriss was arrested at his home address in Hackney on 26 July 2022. He made no comment during his police interviews and was charged and remanded shortly after.

Throughout the investigation and trial, an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser  provided specialist support to the victim. 

An ISVA is an impartial adviser who works with people who have experienced rape and/or sexual assault.

Prior to the trial, specialist measures were put in place so the victim could provide evidence in court with only the judge and barristers present, and without having to see Idriss.

Detective Constable Troy Sampson leading the investigation said: “Mohammad Idriss is an extremely dangerous individual who targeted an innocent woman. His actions that night have caused serious harm and will have a lasting impact.

“My job is to investigate serious sexual offences and bring those responsible to justice, I am pleased with the result in court and take comfort in knowing he is in prison and cannot harm anyone else.

“Reporting a rape can seem scary or daunting but I want to reassure anyone who this has happened to that we will fully support you and conduct a full and thorough investigation.”

Mohammad Idriss will be sentenced on Friday, the 19th of May at Kingston Crown Court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man from Kingston will set off on a cycling tour of 14 London hospitals tomorrow morning.

Richard Carrington is embarking on the challenge in support of Kingston Hospital Charity’s “Ride for 75” initiative.

Richard had a heart attack following a training session at the Lee Valley Velodrome in 2019 and had to have a stent fitted.

He says one of the highlights will be reaching Brompton Hospital on his Brompton commuter bike.  

Richard’s tour will start at Kingston Hospital, at 7.30am tomorrow and the tour will take him to St George’s Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham, King’s College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas', St Bartholomew's, Royal London Hospital, Whittington Hospital, Royal Free, University College Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross Hospital, and Queen Mary’s Hospital, before returning to Kingston. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Over 500 people attended A&E at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals on the first day of the junior doctor’s strike on Monday.

The figures have been released following a report by ITV  which claimed St Helier’s 1930s building is “crumbling.”

Sutton’s Conservative MP Paul Scully says his party has pumped “millions of pounds” into the hospital to fix previous issues.

But he concedes the Government’s planned hospital for Belmont is now urgently needed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Patrick Vieira's been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after a 12-match winless run.

Wednesday's 1-nil defeat to rivals Brighton leaves them just three points above the Premier League relegation zone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

The government has passed a ban on trophy hunters bringing their spoils back into the UK.

Some conservationists in Africa say the move will severely impact the income on people reliant on the trade. 

Leatherhead based Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates an orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in Kenya. 

Rob Brandford is the charity’s Executive Director; he says trophy hunting is not only cruel, it decimates animal hierarchies. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Officials from across government departments have accused the deputy prime minister of a 'quiet fury', 'coercive behaviour' and 'ruining the lives' of some of his staff

As an investigation into Esher MP Dominic Raab's conduct nears its end, he's consistently denied any such claim.

However, some Tory colleagues have defended his character.

Some of the anonymous testimony by those alleging to have witnessed incidents of bullying has been put to Mr Raab.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

The Metropolitan Police is reportedly about to be criticised as being racist, sexist and homophobic

The force commissioned a review in 2021, after the murder of Sarah Everard from Clapham by serving officer Wayne Couzens. 

The Met says it'll respond when the report from the UK's first victims commissioner, Baroness Casey, is published next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

A man in his 70s has died following a collision in Banstead

Emergency crews were called at around 6.50pm yesterday to Croydon Lane, to a two-car crash. 

The man was declared dead at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Passport Office workers across the UK are striking for five weeks in a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions

More than a thousand members of the Battersea-based Public and Commercial Services union are walking out in just over two weeks' time.

That includes at the London office.

We're being warned the action's likely to have a "significant impact" on the delivery of passports as the summer approaches.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

More than 100 people will abseil down the side of a hotel in Tooting this weekend

Abseil for George’s is an annual fundraiser for St George’s Hospital’s paediatric services. 

This weekend’s abseil team includes 49 players from Battersea Ironsides Rugby Club. 

£60,000 was raised collectively by teams who took part last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Officials who've worked with Esher MP Dominic Raab have spoken of his 'quiet fury' as a bullying investigation into his behaviour nears its conclusion

The deputy Prime Minister's always maintained he acted professionally, insisting he's not a bully - with some Tory colleagues defending him.

This testimony from a former employee - who claims to have witnessed some of the allegations being made - has been voiced by an actor.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

England rugby union captain Owen Farrell has been recalled to the starting line-up for Saturday's final Six Nations match against Ireland.

He comes in for Marcus Smith at fly-half following last weekend's thrashing by France at Twickenham.

There's also a return for Manu Tuilagi at centre, while Henry Arundell makes his first start on the wing.

David Ribbans replaces the injured Ollie Chessum at lock.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Thursday 16 March 2023

A grocery in Ashford must pay court costs, after being closed down due to an “extensive mouse infestation”.

Khushi Local was closed down on the 20th of February after a visit from environmental officers.

It reopened four days later when Spelthorne council was “satisfied the premises no longer presented an imminent risk”.

The owners must pay £775 to the authority when a magistrates court agreed that the council took the right decision.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he's very "proud, pleased and happy" Ivan Toney's been called-up to the England squad.

The west London club's top goal scorer's been selected for upcoming Euro qualifiers with Italy and Ukraine, despite facing a potential ban for alleged breaches of FA betting rules.

Frank believes the striker deserves credit for not letting it impact his performances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Hounslow Council’s launched a new campaign to encourage residents to recycle more.

‘No Time to Waste’ aims to raise awareness about the environmental and cost-saving benefits of putting less waste in household rubbish.

It’s been launched in partnership with residents and the Council’s Environmental Champions voluntary group. 

Councillor Guy Lambert, says it will save “both residents and the Council money, and helps the environment as we target zero carbon in 2030.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Hounslow Council is to help fund street parties in May to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort.

It’s waiving fees for street parties and has grants on offer of up to £1000 to support residents mark the historic occasion.

The Palace has already announced plans to celebrate, including the Big Lunch and the Big Help Out.

Residents will need to apply for funding by 9am on Monday 17 April 2023. 

More information can be found on the Council's website here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Drivers are being reminded of the overnight road closures on the M25 between junction 10 for Wisley and junction 11 for Chertsey.

The project, to upgrade one of the busiest junctions in the country, starts tomorrow, with the aim to create better journeys.

Upgrades include a new and safer route for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, and a larger roundabout with extra lanes.

The plans also include an additional lane on the A3 from Ockham to Painshill and improvements to the local environment and wildlife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Isleworth that illegally knocked down his home has been fined.

The council was alerted after concern from neighbours over their safety and wellbeing.

A dangerous structure notice is in place until the front façade is removed or the house is rebuilt.

The defendant must pay just over £6,000 for instructing a contractor to demolish his property without first telling the council. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Brentford striker Ivan Toney's been called-up to the England squad despite potentially being banned for breaking betting rules.

He's scored 16 times in the Premier League this season but has been charged with 262 alleged breaches by the FA.

England boss Gareth Southgate says until there's a verdict, Toney should only be judged on his performances.

England play Euro qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine in the next couple of weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

Feltham High Street was closed for several hours earlier due to a stabbing.

Officers were called at 11 o’clock this morning where they found a 20 year old man suffering a stab wound to the chest.

He was taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as not life threatening.

There have been no arrests and investigations continue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Labour's vowing to scrap Jeremy Hunt's tax break for pensions if it wins the next election.

In the budget yesterday, the chancellor announced he's scrapping limits on pension savings.

The aim is to discourage the highest-earners - like doctors - from leaving their jobs early.

Meanwhile, the government was initially going to raise the energy price guarantee to £3,000, but after campaigning, is keeping it at £2,500.

 Lib Dem Leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey says that’s not much of a win.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Firefighters tackled a blaze at an industrial unit in Feltham yesterday.

The brigade was called to Space Waye shortly after 10:30 in the morning.

A small part of the ground floor was damaged  and around 17 people evacuated the building before the Brigade arrived. 

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Labour says it would reverse a tax cut on pensions for high earners announced in the chancellor's budget yesterday

Jeremy Hunt says the plans are needed - particularly to discourage NHS consultants from retiring early.

Mr Hunt's also defended the 2-and-a-half years it'll take to roll out extended free childcare in England - calling it the 'biggest transformation' in his lifetime.

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union says “the multi-millionaire chancellor has declared war on hard pressed workers”. 

Its general secretary, Matt Wrack, says it adopts the “same cuts driven approach” which led to recent strike action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Researchers in Sutton have received £2.5m to fight brain cancers

The charity Brain Tumour Research is giving the money to the Institute of Cancer Research. 

It’ll go towards connecting worldwide research and analysing findings, which will help inform clinical trials in the future. 

Professor Chris Jones says the tumours are “incredibly resistant to current treatments” and they’re “desperate” for new options.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

An official line of AFC Richmond football shirts have gone on sale, manufactured by Nike

The fictional team from the TV show Ted Lasso has had its gear faithfully recreated. 

The home jersey in scarlet and navy is available, as well as the orange away kit, all sponsored by the fictional dating app Bantr.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Ivan Toney should be in Gareth Southgate's England squad when it's named for the upcoming Euro qualifiers this afternoon

The striker opened the scoring in their 2-nil Premier League win at Southampton last night.

Toney is still waiting for an FA verdict after being charged with 262 breaches of gambling rules.

However, Frank believes he's done enough on the pitch to be selected.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Natural England is proposing to extend the boundary of Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to include parts of Croydon

Beauty spots like Happy Valley and Farthing Downs in Coulsdon would be considered as AONBs.

They are popular for their rich wildlife and countryside walks and are already protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The consultation by Natural England was launched on March 7 and will close on June 13.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Labour's promising to reverse Jeremy Hunt's planned pensions tax break for the wealthy

The chancellor's budget yesterday included the scrapping of the lifetime pensions allowance - saying the move would encourage high earners like NHS consultants not to retire early.

A freeze in fuel duty and more free childcare in England were also among measures announced.

The government is providing just under £300m in “start-up” funding for the next three years to allow schools to offer 8am-6pm childcare.

However, Twickenham Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson is saying “what planet is the chancellor on?” to the lack of promised funding after the pilot.

Some reports say the treasury expects parents to be charged.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Sir Ed Davey Lib Dem leader and MP for Kingston and Surbiton has said “The Budget shows the Conservative Party is so out of touch they might as well be living on another planet.

The chancellor’s made removing the barriers to work one of the main aims of his Budget.

He's promising working parents in England up to 30 hours of free childcare a week from when their toddler is 9 months old to when they start school.

That policy, to be phased in over the next two-and-a-half years, is designed to get more mums returning to the workforce.

There were other measures to get disabled people, the long-term sick and older people into jobs too.

But one of those measures has caused controversy.

People usually pay tax if their pension pot is worth more than the so-called lifetime allowance, which stood at over a million pounds.

But that’s being scrapped, a move Labour's calling a "permanent tax cut" for the wealthy.

The Chancellor's taken away the lifetime pension allowance - meaning an unlimited amount of money can be put into a pot over a career, with no additional tax.

Fuel duty's being frozen.

While the help with your energy bill is staying as it is for three months longer – instead of coming down.

But you will pay more for cigarettes from August when they go up in line with inflation - as will alcohol duty, an increase described as an "historic blow" by the Scottish Whisky Association.

There is one exception with the rate on drinks sold on draught in pubs, being 11p lower than it will be on products in supermarkets.

The Chancellor’s said the UK is expected to avoid a recession this year – with inflation falling faster than expected.

 Mr Davey went on to say:

“Jeremy Hunt and Rishi Sunak had a chance to show they care about the cost-of-living crisis that’s hitting millions of Britain’s families and pensioners but they failed miserably. 

 “People are desperate for real help especially a cut to their energy bills - but all the Chancellor could offer is empty words and more unfair tax hikes. 

 “We also saw a total failure to invest in fixing our crumbling hospitals and supporting local health services.

 It shows the Conservative Party doesn’t understand that you can’t get Britain 'back to work' without fixing the crisis in our NHS and social care.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A two-year-old boy is in a critical but stable condition after falling from the window of a block of flats in Sunbury.

The child was airlifted to hospital after falling from the building at Spelthorne Grove at around 4pm on Tuesday.

.A police investigation to establish the circumstances is ongoing.

A police cordon at the scene has now been removed, a spokesperson confirmed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A PCSO for Runnymede has been given an award for going “above and beyond” to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Debbie Haylor fought “persistent” anti-social behaviour, and worked with partner agencies to get the issue solved and get support to those affected.

She’s been recognised with a Victim Care award.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Adding suicide prevention to the National Curriculum was debated in Parliament this week after over 160,000 signatures were received.

Tim, Andy and Mike who raised an online petition lost their daughters to suicide which is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.

The “3 Dads” have walked over 900 miles raising over a million pounds for suicide prevention charity Papyrus.

Charity Chair of Trustees Harry Biggs-Davison from Wimbledon, who lost his own son to suicide, heard the outcome of the debate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A house fire in Thornton Heath caused damage to most of the roof and half of the first floor of an end-of-terrace house.

The fire brigade were called to St Stephens Crescent at around 4.30 yesterday afternoon and the fire was under control by 6.30pm 

The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by water coming into contact with electrics.

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The chancellor’s Budget had two main thrusts – one, trying to get people back into work and the other designed to kick-start growth in the UK.

And when it comes to the economy - official independent forecasters now think we're going to avoid a recession in 2023, and that inflation will drop below three-percent by the end of the year.

That's the rate at which prices are jumping up in the shops and is currently above 10.

The Chancellor's spending plans should see the cost of a pint of beer drop, while the duty on fuel will remain frozen, and the energy price guarantee's staying the same for another three months.

Childcare provision is expanding in England - with up to 30 free hours from the age of nine-months-old, provided all adults in the home are working.

That’s to be phased in by September 2025.

There were also announcements to encourage businesses to invest, and prizes for ground-breaking AI research.

Levelling-up money's also being promised with 200-million pounds for local regeneration projects across England and 11 billion more for defence over five years.

Labour's calling the spending plans a 'sticking plaster' claiming the UK's the 'sick man' of Europe.

Jeremy Hunt's Commons statement was against a backdrop of mass strike action - including in the NHS, with health unions wondering why he couldn't find money for their pay rises.

Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Sarah Olney MP has responded to the budget saying:  

“The Conservatives government’s choice to hike energy bills will come as a hammer blow to families in London already struggling with soaring mortgages and rents, shopping bills and tax rises.

“These plans will push more families into fuel poverty, while oil and gas companies making record profits are let off the hook.

“In these tough times, local people deserve a proper plan to tackle this cost-of-living crisis. 

That means a proper windfall tax, a £500 cut to energy bills and investment in our local health services.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Southampton boss Ruben Selles claims he's "loving every minute" of their battle to stay in the Premier League.

 The Spaniard took over from Nathan Jones and could guide the club out of the relegation zone for the first time since November. 

That all depends on a victory at home to Brentford this evening.

Selles says he sets himself high expectations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

MP for Sutton Paul Scully gave us his forecast for the budget.

Paul is also has been serving as Minister for London serving since 2020.

He has also been  Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Tech and Digital Economy since October 2022

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Putney’s Cameron Norrie will look to seal his place in the semi-finals at the Indian Wells tennis this evening.

The British number one's taking on Frances Tiafoe of the USA.

Norrie's chasing his second title in the event - known as "the fifth Grand Slam" - after previously winning it in 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

England rugby union prop Ellis Genge says a review's already taken place following Saturday's humiliating Six Nations defeat to France

He was captain as they were thrashed 53-10 at Twickenham.

Genge says nobody wants to experience anything like that again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

Transport, education and health are all being disrupted today as hundreds of thousands of workers take part in strike action

Walkouts by teachers in Scotland and Wales have been called off after an agreement was reached over pay.

But Kevin Courtney, the joint head of the National Education Union says the education secretary seems unwilling to resolve things in England.

Ms Keegan says she's made a "serious offer" to get round the table.

Sarah Olney is the Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park.

She says it needs to be “a sensible deal so that the public and workers do not have to continue to suffer.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Croydon Council has revealed some upcoming highlights of its cultural programme this year

It was named London Borough of Culture 2023. 

The schedule includes a celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a showcase of the best of Croydon’s young talent, and the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra. 

The opening event will take place on the first of April, with Oratorio of Hope at Fairfield Halls.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Beat the Street has launched across Merton this morning

The real-life game encourages residents to become more physically active on the borough’s streets. 

Participants can QR scan grey boxes on lampposts to reveal a host of activities with the aim of earning points and topping the leader board.   

Chloe Allison is part of the team that’s brought the game to Merton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

After a win against Andy Murray, rising tennis star from Sutton, Jack Draper, has been forced to retire from the Indian Wells tournament due to an abdominal injury

Britain's Emma Raducanu has been knocked out of the Indian Wells tennis after a straight sets defeat to world number one Iga Swiatek in the last-16.

Putney’s Cameron Norrie's safely through to the quarter-finals though.

He needed just 75 minutes to get past Andrey Rublev and set up a last-eight clash with Frances Tiafoe of the USA.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

154 South Western Railway stations through Surrey and beyond will have publicly accessible defibrillators by the end of the summer

The train operator is investing £1.5million in the project as part of its commitment to safety and serving local communities.    

The announcement coincided with the naming of a train after the Alex Wardle Foundation, a charity set up in memory of Alex Wardle. 

He was the son of an SWR operations trainer, who suddenly passed away from a cardiac arrest in 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Tuesday 14 March 2023

A pilot scheme which allows people to be discharged from hospital more quickly is being trialled across Merton.

The council is offering patients a free Mascot Telecare package for up to four weeks after they return home. 

The system helps keep people safe and independent in their own homes.  

The Telecare device can be worn around the neck or wrist and includes a push button.

If someone needs assistance, they can push it, and a signal is relayed to a control room based at Merton Civic Centre. 

There is also a range of other equipment including home sensors which can detect and report if someone has a fall.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The International Olympic Committee has told the British government to respect the "autonomy of sport".

It's after culture secretary Lucy Frazer wrote to Olympic sponsors asking them to put pressure on the IOC to not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete at next year's Paris Games.

Last year’s Wimbledon was the only grand slam not to allow players from those countries.

The Olympic organisers say allowing government interference would be the "end of world sport as we know it".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Four people were taken to hospital last night after a collision between two cars in Clapham.

Emergency Services were called to Cedars Road at 17:40. 

Paramedics were called and they treated three people, including a child, at the scene and took them all to hospital.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Croydon rapper Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Richard Osman, and Tracey Emin are among the celebrities appearing at the Hay Festival.

The event this May in Wales, brings readers and writers together.

 Stormzy will be promoting his campaign to inspire storytellers, while Dua Lipa's recording a live episode of her podcast.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A 36 year old man has been arrested for behaving aggressively towards members of the public in Egham.

Officers were called to the High Street at around 1pm yesterday to reports he was shouting, swearing and urinating in public.

He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a teenage girl and causing criminal damage to a police van.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says the punishment of a man who racially abused striker Ivan Toney online last October isn't enough.

24-year-old Antonio Neill has been banned from every football stadium in England for three years and handed a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Frank believes it's a step in the right direction though.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says Wilfried Zaha's future at the club is unknown.

He's reportedly been offered a big-money move to Saudi Arabia, with his contract at Selhurst Park running out this summer.

Vieira knows speculation will continue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A man from Chiswick has been charged with two rape offences.

They relate to two separate allegations concerning a 16-year-old girl at her home in Kingston.

32-year-old James Yeates pleaded not guilty yesterday, and will appear at Kingston Crown Court next month.

The teenager is being supported by specialist officers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

Sutton’s Jack Draper is through to the last-16 of the Indian Wells tennis after beating fellow Brit Andy Murray in straight sets

He'll meet top seed Carlos Alcaraz next. 

British number one Emma Raducanu secured her first win over a top-20 player since 2021 with victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

A woman from Roehampton has been fined because of her dog, after receiving verbal and written warnings over it since 2015

Michelle More has been the subject of “numerous” complaints because of her Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s loud barking. 

She also “often” lets it off the leash, which “causes fear and anxiety to other residents, especially children”. 

She was given an order to keep it off the Alton Estate, which a court found she’d breached multiple times, and must pay over £1,700.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

A man has been taken to hospital after confronting somebody allegedly trying to steal his van in Stanwell

A suspect was seen by members of the public last Thursday trying to break into a van on Park Road, at around 10.50am. 

The owner heard the alarm and confronted him, but the suspect got out of the vehicle and attacked him, leaving the owner with head injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:48 am  

More than 1,000 complaints were made against police officers and staff over their treatment of women during a six-month period

The National Police Chiefs' Council says it identified 653 conduct cases, involving 672 individuals, across England and Wales between October 2021 and March last year.

Sexual harassment and assault were among the allegations.

The Met Police says they recognise more needs to be done, and they’ve set up a dedicated abuse team, anti-corruption team and report hotline. 

Jamie Klingler's from Reclaim These Streets - the organisation set up following the murder of Sarah Everard from Clapham by a serving officer in 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

A church in Ham is hoping to mark its 60th anniversary with a roof restoration

St Richard's features a unique six-pointed roof which was designed to emphasise the connection between all parts of the congregation. 

Stage 1, which would see its side chapel repaired, is expected to cost £350,000 with the roof expected to cost thousands more. 

Church members have already put aside over £70,000 and raised a further £12,500, while Marshalls Charity has pledged £20,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

The controversial migration bill that saw Gary Linekar being taken off air has passed its second reading in the House of Commons

Wimbledon Tory MP Stephen Hammond says he’s “extremely concerned” about a number of aspects of the legislation. 

He’s calling on the government to provide their legal advice around the bill, which is said to be in tension with international law. 

However, he voted for the bill last night.

The government says the bill will crack down on dangerous small boat crossings and illegal migration. 

The bill will now go to committee stage, and amendments will be debated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Monday 13 March 2023

Manager Dean Davenport is one of three members of the Crystal Palace women's team staff to have been suspended pending an investigation.

It's understood the club are looking into the trio's conduct after a complaint was raised.

First-team coach Mike Lowne took charge of their 1-nil win at Sheffield United yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 pm  

A climate change protester has been jailed for five weeks after blocking traffic on the M4 at Heathrow.

More than 10-thousand vehicles were disrupted by Insulate Britain's demonstration in October 2021.

63-year-old Stephen Pritchard has been convicted of causing a nuisance to the public.

Three other activists have been given six-week suspended sentences, and ordered to carry out community service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Gary Lineker will return to Match of the Day this weekend following a row over his tweets about the government's migration policy.

The BBC says it'll now review its social media guidelines.

Lineker's tweeted his thanks to the BBC's director general, and to his colleagues for their 'solidarity'.

The sports presenter has taken two refugees into his home in Barnes in recent years.

He’s declined to comment further to reporters at his home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:56 pm  

Over 5 million passengers travelled through Heathrow last month.

The airport says operations for February half term went smoothly and should give travellers confidence ahead of Easter. 

The 26th of February was the busiest single day in Terminal 5 since Christmas 2019, before the pandemic, with over 94,000 passengers.

Bosses say departures punctuality was the most consistent it has been in the last 12 months.

Over 98% of passengers were also through security in under 10 minutes for the second month in a row.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm  

A man has been arrested nine times as part of a theft investigation in Richmond.

Officers in Kew have ben investigating bike thefts in Richmond, and first picked up the man at his home in Brentford.

A search of found bolt cutters, screwdrivers, pliers, and a bicycle that is believed to have been stolen.

Officers worked through the night, until 7am, finding more evidence, and the man was remanded in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

An Insulate Britain protester has been jailed for five weeks for obstructing the M4 at Heathrow.

Stephen Pritchard, from Bath, glued himself to the tarmac in October 2021.

Traffic flow was stopped for over 2 hours resulting in massive delays. 

63-year-old Pritchard was convicted of causing a nuisance to the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The brother of a man who was stabbed to death in Twickenham has spoken out, after a 17-year-old was jailed.

18-year-old Hazrat Wali was killed in Craneford Way playing fields in October 2021.

His brother, Ashuk Mohamed, says the circumstance means he has “no closure and no way of saying goodbye” and his death has left a “void”.

Detective Inspector Matt Denby says the incident “tragically illustrates the awful consequences that carrying weapons can bring.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man who was trafficking drugs into Leatherhead and Epsom has been jailed for three years.

22 year old Hashim Mohamed from Ealing was first apprehended in August of 2020 by officers acting on intelligence. 

They arrested him in a dawn raid while he was asleep and found a so-called “Chris” Line phone under his pillow. 

The phone contained messages evidencing the large-scale organisation and sale of drugs into Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A former mayor of Richmond who is currently a school governor has visited Ukraine to assess the impact of the war on schools.

85-year-old Robin Jowit is hoping to raise funds via the Rotary Foundation after talking with teachers.

He says constant interruptions to schooling from power cuts is causing more stress to young people. 

He thinks batteries are the best option over solar power or generators.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Two US nationals who attempted to bring suitcases full of Cannabis into the UK through Heathrow have been jailed.

32 year old construction worker Massa Momolu Talery was stopped at Terminal 3 last month. 

He initially told border officers he was here for a two-week holiday.

But packages containing 20 kilos of herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of £400,000 were found in his bags.

He claimed he did it to pay off debts but admitted the importation of class B drugs, and was given an eight month jail sentence.

26 year old Gerard Jean-Leger from Massachusetts was handed a ten month sentence for the same offence.

He was caught on the 19th of January as he attempted to smuggle 27 kilos of cannabis into the UK from LA.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

It's understood Gary Lineker is going to return to hosting sport for the BBC following a row over his tweets

The broadcaster's expected to apologise to the Match of the Day presenter, after taking him off-air for criticising the government's immigration plans.

It's not yet known when he'll be back on our screens, or whether the corporation will update its impartiality rules.

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey is calling on the chair of the BBC to resign, saying the credibility has been compromised.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Ollie Lawrence has been ruled out of England's final rugby union Six Nations match against Ireland because of a hamstring issue

He picked up the injury during Saturday's 53-10 thrashing by France that registered the team's heaviest ever defeat at Twickenham.

Guy Porter has been drafted into a 36-man training squad as centre cover, with Manu Tuilagi also available having completed his suspension for dangerous play.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Police have given money seized from a drug dealer to good causes in Surrey

A 17-year-old pleaded guilty in December to being part of the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

More than £3,000 was seized, as well as expensive pairs of trainers. 

The shoes were given to the Cobham Centre for the Community, and the money has been given to the Community Foundation of Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

Fulham boss Marco Silva says all the goals they conceded were their own fault in a 3-nil defeat at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal

He felt their first half performance was their worst at home this season.

Silva says his players were on the pitch but it felt like they weren't at times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

An 85-year-old man and former Mayor of Richmond has returned from a visit to Kyiv

Robin Jowit wanted to see the impact the war and missile attacks had on schoolchildren there. 

He visited seven schools in four days as well as surrounding villages, some more damaged than others. 

Robin says he was touched by the teachers’ resilience.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Sunday 12 March 2023

Kingston Council has said they’re committed on plans to build a new swimming leisure centre in the town centre.

The decision comes after careful consideration due to costs of construction, labour and energy, along with significant budget cuts.

The project is expected to cost the council £79.5 million, which is almost double the councils budget. This has meant that the timescale of the leisure centre will be affected, and delays are possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

A sunset procession of light is to take place in Kingston this afternoon.

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.

The free public event will start at 5pm at the depot. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

Surrey Police officers have given up their time to train with a number of young female footballers in Cobham

Around 30 staff joined teams from Notre Dame School and Blenheim High School in Epsom.

The session took place at Chelsea Football Club’s training ground.

Officers also answered young players’ questions and spoke to them about their service within the county’s communities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Kingston’s Independent councillors are calling for an extraordinary meeting of the council to be convened

Lucy Mayer explains why.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Sutton Council is embarking on a number of public events to raise awareness of child exploitation

This is a form of abuse where a young person is used for someone else’s gain.

The NSPCC gives the example of someone giving a child a gift in return for sexual favours.

Sutton Council’s first event is taking place on Wednesday at Central Library from 3.30 to 5pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A Home office request to review the licence of a pub in Weybridge will be considered by councillors on Tuesday

The review, by Elmbridge’s licensing committee, follows the arrest in January of three men at The Flintgate pub in Oatlands Drive.

It’s understood police and immigration officials visited the pub after being tipped off that the men, from Uzbekistan, had no right to work in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

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