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Saturday 6 May 2023

The King and Queen Consort were cheered by crowds in The Mall and on-route to Westminster Abbey today

Hundreds of service personnel took part as the royal couple travelled in the 260-year-old gilded carriage pulled by six grey horses.

Kingston based royal historian Tracy Borman says this morning’s event will definitely be one to remember.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

For the first time, leaders of non-Christian faiths will play a role, and people watching will be asked to declare their support for His Majesty

Joe Moffatt is vicar at All Saints Church in Kingston, the scene of several historic Coronations of Saxon Kings.

He explains how today’s event is not just a pledge from the King, but from the people too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace has been charged with getting the King’s Robe of State ready for today

It will be worn by His Majesty on arrival at Westminster Abbey.

The Robe is made of crimson velvet and was originally worn by King George VI at his Coronation in 1937.

The school’s Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, says it’s been an exciting time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

More than 2,000 people will fill Westminster Abbey for the King and Queen Consort's coronation

Members of the Royal Family, heads of state and foreign royals will sit alongside celebrities and charity workers to watch the couple being crowned.

As well as the 2,200 guests inside, a further 400 from charities chosen by the royal couple and the government will be able to watch the service from inside St Margaret's Church at Westminster Abbey.

Keith Axbey is the leader of the 6th Tolworth Scout Group.

He’s been invited to the Coronation because of the work he’s done in the scouting community over the last 40 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

More than 5000 soldiers are expected to travel within London, having arrived by train earlier today

That's apparently the biggest movement of troops on Britain's railways since Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

Residents of the Royal Star and Garter Veteran’s Care Home in Surbiton have these messages for the new King and Queen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A Long Covid Choir formed in 2021 has been asked to record a song for today’s Coronation

Merel Van der Knoop from Wimbledon coordinates the choir which is made up of singers who suffer the long-term effects of the virus.

Merel, who has Long Covid herself, describes the musical piece the choir has been asked to perform.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The King will be crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury during a ceremony dating back centuries

The service itself will last around two hours and see the King anointed with oil, before he wears the gold St Edwards Crown for the only occasion in his life.

More than 2000 guests will be inside - including world leaders, foreign royals, celebrities and charity workers.

Kingston based royal historian Tracy Borman says this morning’s event will definitely be one to remember.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Friday 5 May 2023

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's continuing to gain momentum on clay as he prepares for the upcoming French Open tennis, after reaching the semi-finals of the Challenger Tour event in the South of France.

The three-time major winner got a straight sets victory over Luca Van Assche.

Murray will next face Alexander Bublik or another Frenchman, Harold Mayot for a place in the final.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A Nigerian senator, his wife and a "middleman" have been jailed for conspiring to traffic a market trader to the UK to harvest his kidney.

Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and their daughter Sonia were accused of a conspiracy to bring the man from Lagos for his organ.

Police became aware of the situation after the victim presented himself at Staines police station in distress.

The couple, along with medical "middleman" Dr Obinna Obeta, who's 50, were found guilty at the Old Bailey in March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace has been working on the throne chairs we’ll see during tomorrow’s Coronation.

Their Majesties have chosen to use existing Chairs of Estate for the purpose of “sustainability.”

The Royal School of Needlework has hand embroidered new cyphers created with cloth of gold, woven with a metal thread.

Dr Susan Kay-Williams is the school’s Chief Executive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually exposing himself in Epsom.

The suspect was allegedly seen committing the act in Warren Farm on the 28th of April, at around 7pm.

The 40-year-old from Lambeth has been taken in custody.

Police say there would have been a number of dog walkers and passers-by in the area at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A wealthy Nigerian politician and his wife have been jailed for plotting to traffic a young man to the UK to harvest his kidney for their sick daughter.

Their victim was a poor street trader from Lagos.

Police were alerted to the situation when he presented himself at Stations police station in distress. 

Ike Ekweremadu has been jailed for almost 10 years, and his wife for less than five.

Medical "middleman" Dr Obinna Obeta was sentenced to a decade behind bars.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy is from the Metropolitan Police's modern slavery team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Detectives investigating a serious collision near Heathrow are asking people with dashcam footage to come forward.

A 52 year old female pedestrian was in collision with a car just after 9pm on Monday on the A4 Bath Road.   

She suffered serious injuries and was taken to a north London hospital where her condition remains critical. 

The injured woman had recently arrived at Heathrow on a flight from South Korea. 

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries. 

Anyone who can assist the investigation can speak to officers from the Serious Collision Unit based at Alperton direct on 020 8246 9820.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 pm  

Tube and train passengers got a royal surprise this morning.

The familiar TfL voice announcement was replaced by the King and Queen Consort. 

The message will continue to be played over the weekend at every railway station and all London Underground stations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Labour and the Lib Dems are continuing to make gains from the Conservatives across England.

Rishi Sunak's party has lost control of 23 councils.

The Tories insist it's a knock-on effect of the cost-of-living crisis and a hangover from mistakes made by previous leaders.

Sir Keir Starmer's called Labour's efforts 'fantastic' - gaining the key battlegrounds of Medway and Swindon.

While the Lib Dems have celebrated "blue wall" upsets including gains in Dacorum and Stratford-on-Avon.

Runnymede Borough Council now has no overall control.

There are 20 Conservative councillors and 21 opposition members.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are now the largest party on Elmbridge Borough Council.

They gained 6 councillors taking it from the Conservatives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

The Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace has been working on the Anointing Screen for the Coronation.

The Anointing Screen will be used at the most sacred moment of the Coronation, the Anointing of His Majesty, The King. 

It was designed by iconographer Aidan Hart and has been brought to life through embroidery, managed by the school.

The design has been selected personally by The King and is inspired by the stained-glass Sanctuary Window in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.

The central design takes the form of a tree with 56 leaves, representing the 56 member countries of the Commonwealth.  

Also forming part of the Commonwealth tree are The King’s Cypher, decorative roses, angels and a scroll.  

At the top of the screen is the sun, representing God, and birds including the dove of peace, which have been hand embroidered by the school’s Embroidery Studio.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A senior Nigerian Senator, his wife and a doctor previously convicted of exploiting a young man for the purpose of illegal organ harvesting have been jailed.

This landmark prosecution is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. 

It was only made possible following evidence given by the vulnerable victim survivor who was brought to the UK in a plot to remove his kidney and presented himself at Staines Police Station. 

60 year old Nigerian Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was sentenced to nine years and eight months’ imprisonment and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, was sentenced to four years and six months' imprisonment. They both resided in Abuja, Nigeria.

Doctor Obinna Obeta from Southwark was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.

The victim survivor, who must not be named for legal reasons, has declined applying for compensation, irrespective of the financial benefit he stood to make. In his victim impact statement he described how he wanted to put the entire ordeal behind him. His plan is to work, get an education and play football.

The trio were sentenced at the Old Bailey earlier after being convicted of conspiracy to arrange / facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, following a six-week trial.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, the Met’s Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation lead, said: “The Metropolitan Police is committed to tackling modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation in all its forms and we can only succeed in this by working closely with partners in the UK and overseas.

“This investigation into organ harvesting was conducted by dedicated, specialist crime teams. Getting to the truth was challenging and complex. Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu and Obeta preyed on the victim, a young man vulnerable by his personal circumstances, using their significant wealth and political influence to intimidate and exploit him.”

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command’s Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation led the unique investigation. Detectives drew on their years of experience in order to successfully achieve justice for the victim.

The investigation was also a prime example of cross partner collaboration with the Crown Prosecution Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Human Tissue Authority and Justice and Care.

Julie Currie, Victim Navigator Programme Manager at Justice and Care, said: 'Thankfully, in the UK, cases of organ trafficking are very rare. It has been our privilege to support the survivor involved, who has been through a horrific experience, and help him to begin to rebuild his life.

'We applaud the man's bravery for giving evidence in the case and the tireless work of the police involved in the investigation. We hope the trial sends a clear message out to other traffickers that they will be pursued.'

The victim continues to be safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on future support.

Detectives began their investigation after the victim walked into Staines Police Station, stating he didn’t know where he was, after sleeping rough for three days. Detectives then began their fast paced investigation in order to understand the true nature of this victim’s ordeal.

The Ekweremadus were arrested after detectives were made aware of their flight to London Heathrow in June last year.

Specialist officers boarded the plan and arrested and removed the couple. They had approximately £30,000 in USD/Naira.

Obeta, who was described as the middle man was arrested on 12 July at his home address in Southwark. He himself was an organ recipient in 2021. He played a pivotal role in this offence. He recruited the victim and had significant communication with him.

Det. Supt. Andy Furphy went on to say: “The Met’s specialist Modern Slavery Teams understand victims have different needs and we will always put them first. In this case, and in many others, we were supported by Justice and Care and their invaluable victim navigator service, working together to support and safeguard the victim. I would like to also thank all our partners for helping to achieve this outcome.

“Modern Slavery is hidden in plain sight in our communities and high streets, in hospitality, our factories, sex work and construction. We need the public’s help in identifying potential victims of trafficking and exploitation to enable us to target the organised criminals who see people as a commodity and who control, enable and facilitate the slavery of human beings.”

During the investigation detectives discovered the victim, who is 21 years of age, came from a remote village in Nigeria. They learnt how he was deceived into being trafficked to the UK for the purpose of having his kidney removed and then donated to the daughter of the Ekweremadus. He was led to believe he was being brought to the UK to earn money for his family.

He was provided with a passport and also provided with a medical travel Visa. He had previously been taken for blood tests in Nigeria which he believed were for his Visa requirements. These were instead to determine if he was a medically suitable match.

In February last year, the victim was brought to the UK in the company of Isaac Onwudiwe Ekweremadu, and taken to Obeta's flat in Southwark.

He attended his first medical screening at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The court heard how it became apparent to the doctor carrying out the screening that the victim had limited understanding of why he was there. After several appointments the victim realised he was to donate a kidney. The consultant picked up the fear and panic this caused the victim. The hospital went on to decline to complete the procedure.

The victim returned to the address in south London. He described the mood in the property had changed significantly and he was treated as a ‘slave’. A few days later he managed to escape the property, becoming homeless for around three days.

The Ekweremadus paid a health tourism company in the UK to facilitate the medical arrangements between the Ekweremadus and the Royal Free Hospital. They initially paid a £10,000 start-up fee, the total required would be in excess of £80,000.

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: “This was an horrific plot to exploit a vulnerable victim by trafficking him to the UK for the purpose of transplanting his kidney.

“The defendants showed utter disregard for the victim’s welfare, health and well-being and used their considerable influence to a high degree of control throughout, with the victim having limited understanding of what was really going on here.”

Enquiries continue.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Local election results are beginning to come in fast, with the Conservatives suffering the loss of 20 councils so far.

The Prime Minister conceded earlier that the results were "disappointing" but insists his party's delivering on the people's priorities.

Labour have gained the key battlegrounds of Medway, Swindon and East Staffordshire, gaining 6 councils.

The leader of the Lib Dems says it's been a successful period for them too - taking seats from the biggest two parties.

They're up by three councils.

The leader of the Lib Dems and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey has been celebrating in Windsor where his party took control from the Tories.

After the Liberal Democrats gained Windsor and Maidenhead council, leader Sir Ed Davey is hopeful about the party's future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Labour claimed a majority in Medway in Kent for the first time since 1998.

Brentford and Isleworth Labour MP Ruth Cadbury says it’s “showing that Labour can win in all corners of our country”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Around 70 firefighters tackled a blaze at a warehouse in South Wimbledon yesterday afternoon.

The brigade was called to Lombard Road just before 3 where a small part of the ground floor and exterior of the warehouse was damaged.

Residents in the surrounding areas were advised to keep all windows shut as the fire was producing a heavy, thick smoke.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A climate action charity says Hammersmith Bridge should not reopen to motor traffic at all.

The Grade II listed bridge was shut in 2019 because of damage to its structure.

Stabilisation works are due to complete in the next few weeks, with the carriageway reopening to cyclists only. 

But charity, Possible, is proposing to use small, lightweight electric driverless shuttles on the bridge instead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Labour leader Keir Starmer claims his party is on course for a majority at the next general election - after big gains in England's local elections

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak insists it's business as usual - saying he's going to carry on delivering people's priorities.

Greg Hands, the Conservative Party chair and Chelsea MP, has remained defiant about the results.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

The man who was found dead in Brentford has been named as 44-year-old Darren Augustine from Ealing

He was found with serious injuries on Brentwick Gardens on the 26th of April. 

Ten people were initially arrested, whose ages range from mid-teens to early sixties, and a further man was arrested this week. 

A post mortem found that Darren died due to stab wounds. 

Officers are remaining on the scene, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

The owner of British Airways has raised profit expectations after capacity reached 97% of pre-pandemic levels

The Heathrow-based International Airlines Group has reported Latin America and North America traffic has exceeded figures seen before Covid.

In the first three months of the year, it made profits of almost £8m - after losses of £629m in the same period a year earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

A satellite link has been created between two schools to allow Ukrainian refugees to continue with their home education

St. Mary’s Ukrainian School in central London can now connect to St. Richard’s Church of England primary school in Ham in Richmond.   

The school operates on Sundays and offers classes in Ukrainian literature, language, history and geography. 

The link will allow pupils to keep up with the Ukrainian national curriculum alongside their mainstream UK education. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

It's not been the night the Conservatives wanted in the local elections in England so far - with around a quarter of results declared

They've lost control of six authorities and more than 120 seats as counting continues.

Labour's making gains in vote share, and have won control of three councils.

While seats are changing hands, the overall councils are largely staying under the same control at this stage.

Results aren’t in for Surrey yet.

Spelthorne, Runnymede, and Reigate and Banstead are the Tory safe seats, and therefore may be affected by the current trends.

Epsom and Ewell say their verification will begin at around 9.30, with the final result expected at around 5pm.

The Tories lost Brentwood, and it was just short of a Lib Dem majority.

Sarah Olney is the Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Thursday 4 May 2023

A school in Chiswick has been shortlisted for a number of accolades.

Chiswick School’s up for the Times Higher Education award for Secondary school of the year.

It’s also up for The Excellence in Creative Arts award, and Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator, Tommy Robinson, is up for Subject Lead of the Year.  

The first award recognises schools with exceptional performance in the last 12 months or experienced rapid improvement.

The TES Schools Awards Winners will be announced on Friday 23rd June. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Mayor of Wandsworth is paying his respects to the King and Queen ahead of the coronation on Saturday.

Jeremy Ambache has written to him, saying “may your reign be guided by wisdom and continued good health.” 

The borough has waived fees for street parties, and will be lighting up the town hall red, white and blue on Sunday evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Hounslow Council has announced it has surpassed its tree planting target for this year.

More than 8600 trees have been established during the planting season.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, the initial target was 7500.

Overall, 8634 trees have been planted across parks, open spaces and carriageways, including 70 species of trees, fruits, non-fruits and natives. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A Long Covid Kids Choir is working on music for the King’s Coronation.

The choir was formed to encourage children with Long Covid to sing together remotely with others suffering the same symptoms.

“When We Sing`’ is a celebratory song composed by Lin Marsh has been adapted to represent the Coronation.

Choir Master, Merel Van der Knoop from Wimbledon, explains how the music has been coordinated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are hunting for a wanted man from Chessington.

32 year old Javon Lee Mclaughlan is wanted for burglary in Leatherhead.

Javon is described as a White male, of medium/muscular build with short, dark hair and dark facial hair/stubble.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

Kingston Bridge has reopened, following extensive restoration works.

230 elements have been replaced, which the council says will “ensure the future of this local landmark for years to come”.

The bridge first partly closed in July last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man from Croydon has been jailed after being caught concealing Class A drugs in his mouth.

31 year old Jake Jones was stopped by plain clothed police after they heard a man at East Croydon station say he was about to buy drugs.

The officers saw the man meeting Jones and when stopped and questioned, he attempted to swallow the evidence.

He has been jailed for six months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says incoming Premier League managers can't be expected to work miracles in such a short space of time.

There've been four sackings since the start of April, with Javi Gracia the latest to fall as Leeds manager.

His replacement, Sam Allardyce, has been given four games to save them from relegation.

Hodgson is bemused by the situation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

MPs have been debating new powers that would allow them to intervene on ULEZ expansion.

Tory MP Theresa Villiers brought a ten-minute motion that would give parliament the power to intervene on plans about transport and air quality.

The Mayor of London says the £12.50 daily charge on the most polluting vehicles is necessary to clean up the capital’s “toxic air”.

The bill has won some support, and will be debated again in November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Heathrow says it's operating as normal - despite security staff going on strike

Around 1,400 Unite members - mostly at Terminal 5 - have walked out for three days over pay - before more action later in the month.

The airport says its contingency plans are working well - and no flights have been cancelled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested as part of an assault investigation in Stanwell

Police were called on the 18th of April to Oaks Road, at around 1.45am. 

They found a 29-year-old man with injuries and took him to hospital, and he is in a stable condition. 

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Spelthorne police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

A 17 year old from Chertsey has been named as one of King Charles’s Coronation Champions

Lee Roake is one of 500 people chosen because of the volunteer work he does for charity.

The teenager donates his time to Fetcham based Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey.

Lee impressed judges with his work as a young Ambassador for the 11UP blind and vision impaired young people’s group.

The charity supports over 8,000 people in Surrey with sight and hearing loss. 

As an ambassador, Lee ensures all attendees feel welcome by introducing them to other young blind and vision impaired people.

All Coronation Champions have been invited to attend one of the official Coronation celebrations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A free event especially for carers will take place in New Malden tonight

It’s being hosted by the town’s GPs and will offer information, health checks, legal advice and a hot dinner. 

The event is taking place at United Reformed Church from 5pm. 

Dr Nick Merrifield, from Holmwood Corner Surgery, says it’s common for carers to put themselves last. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Kingston’s newly refurbished Coronation stone will take centre stage during the borough’s celebrations this weekend

The stone, which sits outside Guildhall, is the site of the coronation of the country’s first Saxon kings. 

Up to seven kings are believed to have been crowned in the town including Athelstan in 925. 

A Coronation parade will take place in Ancient Market Place on Sunday, starting just before 3pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Passengers at Heathrow are being warned of disruption as security staff begin more strikes ahead of the coronation in their dispute over pay

Around 1,400 Unite members - mostly at Terminal 5 - have begun a three-day walkout, before more action later in the month.

The airport's only allowing people to take two bags through security, to limit queues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Wednesday 3 May 2023

A man from Feltham who’s become he most prolific donor at London’s only blood-plasma centre is urging others to do the same.

Keith Brown has donated 34 times at the centre, in Twickenham, since 2021. 

The NHS is seeking a thousand extra donors to come forward. 

Mr Brown, who’s 63 says it’s the friendly staff who keep him coming back to offer more. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 pm  

Wimbledon Common’s iconic windmill will light up on Sunday evening to mark the King’s coronation.

The Lighting Up The Nation event is one of thousands taking place at landmarks across the UK.

Processions, led by a piper and drummer, will start at Wimbledon Village and Roehampton war memorials.

Walkers will make their way to the windmill which will be flooded with candlelight at 8.30pm.    

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 pm  

Supporters of Wimbledon based charity, Dons Local Action Group, will be taking the plunge later this month.

They’ll be completing bungee jumps at Old Ruts Sports Club in Merton Park on May the 28th. 

The charity collects food, furniture and digital devices to distribute to people in need across Merton.

Xavier Wiggins, who co-founded the charity in 2020, explains why its still such a vital service three years on. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 pm  

Britain’s first Black Olympian has been immortalised with a blue plaque at his former home in Hammersmith.

Louis Bruce represented Britain at the 1908 Olympic Games which were held in The Great Stadium in Shepherds Bush.

He competed as a heavyweight wrestler and was the oldest competitor in his sport at 32-years-old. 

Despite this, Louis finished fifth overall, reaching the second round of the 73kg freestyle division.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 pm  

An animal rights group whose members delayed the start of the Grand National has warned the Epsom Derby is next on their list.

It’s understood the Jockey Club has been contacted by Animal Rising.

They’ve warned that up to 1,000 protesters could descend on the course on June the 3rd. 

Racing is Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport after football. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

Two men have been seriously injured in a collision on the M25 at Chertsey.

It happened at around 10.30 this morning on the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 11 and 10.

It involved a white Mercedes Sprinter van and a black Mercedes car.

The men’s next of kin have been informed and witnesses with dashcam footage are being urged to contact police. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

Drug dealers who exploited children have been jailed after proactive Met operation

Two children have been safeguarded and the three London-based men, who exploited them to sell drugs in Hertfordshire, have been jailed after a proactive operation by specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police.

Officers from Operation Orochi, the Met’s specialist crime team dedicated to tackling high harm offenders involved in county lines drugs supply, raided an address in Hatfield in January last year and found two missing London boys, aged 14 and 15.

A short while later, in Streatham, detectives detained twin brothers Omar and Malik Aziz nearby to their home address.

A mobile phone and black ‘Hoodrich’ gloves were seized from Malik Aziz. The phone was found to be the number for a Hatfield drugs line. This line had been directing children to supply drugs on their behalf and sending out bulk SMS messages advertising crack cocaine and heroin for sale.

A search was conducted of their home address and officers discovered a bag containing a small unloaded Sig Sauer self-loading pistol. Eight rounds of ammunition were found in a man-bag. The firearm was later identified as belonging to Malik after footage was found on his mobile phone. He was seen holding the gun whilst wearing the same distinctive gloves he was wearing upon arrest. DNA matching that of the identical twins was also found on the firearm.

CCTV footage recovered from the home address of Malik and Omar Aziz showed the two missing children attending the premises prior to going missing. This is believed to be where they would have been supplied with the drugs for onward sale.

More than £2,000 in cash was seized from the address and Samir Mustafa’s driving licence was also seized, along with a zombie knife. Mustafa was arrested the following day after being identified as the person who physically transporting the children to and from Hatfield in his Mercedes S Class car, whilst being disqualified. He was located in the vicinity of Crawford Place in Westminster.

The two children were not prosecuted and instead, referred to Children's Services from respective local authorities and the Single Competent Authority/National Referral Mechanism. 

Since April the 1st this year, Orochi, working closely with Rescue and Response, have conducted 20 operations, rescuing 27 children from County Lines and charged 25 individuals with modern slavery offences.

The three men were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty at the same court. They are:

24 year old Malik Aziz from Streatham was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine/heroin and possession of a firearm.

24 year old Omar Aziz from Streatham was sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

24 year old Samir Mustafa from Reading was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine/heroin and driving whilst disqualified.

All three were also issued with ten-year Criminal Behaviour Orders, with conditions which include:

Not making, participating in and/or publishing any material inciting gang-related violence and not to be in the company of any persons ages 16 or under without the express permission of their parents or legal guardian.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

People in Kingston are among the least likely in London to suffer a break-in.

There were just over three burglaries per thousand people in the borough last year. 

That’s well below the national average of more than four per thousand according to figures from insurance brokers at InsureMy. 

The worst burglary hotspot in the UK was Middlesborough.

People there were almost four times as likely as in Kingston to have their homes broken in to.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

There has been a serious collision in Claygate this morning.

Police were called to the Kingston bypass just after 7am to reports a white Volkswagen van and a white Peugeot collided.

One of drivers, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

If you have any information you are asked to call police on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Two serving Met Police officers have been arrested following an alleged kidnap and rape in Kingston.

Two serving Met officers have been suspended from duty after being arrested.

A PC, based on the North West Command Unit, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of kidnap, rape and common assault. 

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, he was bailed to return on a date in June in relation to the rape. 

He was released with no further action in relation to the other alleged offences.

A second PC, also based on the North West Command Unit, was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and possession of class A drugs. 

A third man, who is not a police officer, was arrested on suspicion of kidnap. 

Both were released with no further action after consultation with the CPS.

The arrests relate to an incident that occurred on Sunday, and began in Kingston. 

The officers were off duty at the time.

A woman is being supported by specially trained officers.

The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Celebrations for thirteen staff at a hairdressers in Surbiton

Salon Number 13 has taken the prize for Best Salon Team and Best for Blondes in London at the UK Hair and Beauty Awards.

Owner, Andrew Thompson, says it was a vindication of his leap of faith when the business, in Victoria Road, opened two years ago in the height of the national Covid lock-down.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

More than 30,000 cars were stolen last year across London according to the MP for Richmond Park

Lib Dem Sarah Olney claims the majority of those crimes, around 74 every day, are still unsolved.

The figures were compiled by the Liberal Democrats.

Scotland Yard has yet to comment but the government says the number of car thefts in England and Wales is falling.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Walton is to host its first film festival later this month in celebration of its long connection to the movie world

The town used to be home to iconic studios known as Little Hollywood, but they were disbanded in the early 1960s.  

Walton was also home to film pioneer Cecil Hepworth.

This year marks the 120th year anniversary of his adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland.

The festival kicks off on May the 20th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Thousands of people are getting ready to celebrate the King’s coronation, including residents in Wandsworth

144 people have applied to host street parties across the borough after council waived fess.

It did this with the aim of making the Coronation as inclusive as possible and to encourage communities to celebrate together.

A grant from the council has helped to provide big screens for the event, tea parties and parties in parks, town centres and on housing estates.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Tuesday 2 May 2023

Fans of Barry Humphries on both sides of the globe are calling for the star to have a state funeral.

The comedian, best known for his alter-ego Dame Edna Everage, was laid to rest on Friday at a private funeral in New South Wales.

The 89-year-old passed away last week, but people in both Australia and the UK say they’d like to see him publicly honoured.  

Speaking to us before her panto debut at Wimbledon Theatre, Dame Edna, revealed she always felt right at home in London. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A dog owner and his pet have been attacked by two other dogs in Bushy Park.

The incident happened yesterday morning and the man was taken to hospital for treatment. 

Officers at the scene took the dog to an emergency vet for immediate treatment and its condition is serious but stable. 

The two other dogs were seized and the investigation continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

One of Britain’s most prestigious medals, belonging to a former Wimbledon resident, is now back in the hands of the RAF.

Arthur Scarf was the recipient of the only Victoria Cross awarded to the Royal Air Force during fighting in the Far East in WWII.

The former Dunmore Road resident’s medal sold at auction, but the RAF Museum was given the opportunity to buy it back for £660,000. 

A gofundme page with the #SaveTheScarfVC was set up and the target was reached before the deadline over the weekend. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Hounslow has been recognised as one of the newly created Coronation Champions by The King and Queen Consort.

Roger Smith is one of five hundred people who have been recognised for their significant contributions to their communities.

He is the co-chair of Hounslow Disability and Equality Group and Chair of Hounslow Health Primary Care Network Patient Participation Group.

Roger says he is “honoured to have been recognised” and has “only ever wanted to make things better for local people”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police were called to an address in Richmond earlier on today to reports of possible aircraft ordnance in the garden.

London Fire Brigade also attended alongside specialist units whilst it was being investigated.

Residents were cleared from the area as a precaution while the item was checked.

They found anti-aircraft ordnance from World War Two and have confirmed there is no risk to the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are investigating a dog attack in Bushy Park on the first day new rules around leads came into force.

A man and his dog were left needing emergency treatment after they were injured by two other pit bull type dogs yesterday morning. 

The 1st of May marked the start of deer birthing season when all pet owners are asked to keep dogs on a short lead. 

The two other dogs were seized following the attack near the Sandy Lane entrance. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man in his hospital with serious injuries after being run over in Bookham.

The incident took place on Lower Road at around 10.30pm after a fight between a pedestrian and a man in a blue Ford Focus.

 A 27-year-old man from Horley was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

 Police say they’re not looking for anyone else in connection with it, but ask anyone with information to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Police are still trying to work out the identity of a man after a body was found buried in a garden in Wimbledon in 2017.

The man's body was found by builders in the rear garden of an address in Cowdrey Road.

Police have now released a craniofacial reconstructive image in the hope someone may know who he is.

A post-mortem indicated a traumatic head injury and radiocarbon dating indicated the body was buried in the early 1960s.

A biological profile from an anthropologist indicated the deceased was likely of Asian ancestry and ages between 35 and 55.

Police say there is a strong possibility that he'd had some form of medical procedure to the head.

They also say the man has been wearing a shirt, red silk tie, trousers, shoes and socks indicative to the 60s era.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran who leads the investigation, said: “We want to hear from anybody who has any information, or any suspicions about who this person might be. Perhaps family have spoken about somebody who went missing about this time. Perhaps the image or description reminds you of someone, or a person that other family members have spoken about.  This is a sixty-year-old mystery and your information could help us solve it. If you can help then please make contact and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote Operation Neaphouse

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Health and ambulance workers at certain trusts across England are walking out today

That includes the South-East Coast Ambulance Service, which covers Surrey.

Members of the Unite union are on strike over pay - arguing they've seen a real-terms fall in their wages.

It says the deal tabled by the government doesn't go far enough to address the underlying problems in the NHS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

A woman and child have been taken to hospital following a fire in Fulham

Fire crews were called just after 8am to Munster Road, where a blaze had broken out in a shop storage area in a basement. 

Two women and a child were assisted to safety from a first-floor balcony, and a woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. 

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard says his team are low on "confidence" and "performance" ahead of tonight's London derby at Arsenal

They're 12th in the Premier League, having lost all five games under their former midfielder.

Arsenal are looking to recover from defeat at Manchester City, which took the title out of their hands.

Lampard's not sure whether it's a good time to play them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 am  

Hounslow is about to go wild in support of ‘No Mow May’

Launched by Plantlife, the initiative encourages people to not cut their lawn for the whole month. 

It’s to help generate greater biodiversity, create healthier habits for plants and insects, and to set seed so wildflowers can bloom. 

Grass and plants will be left to grow in selected Housing areas, Parks, and on grass verges maintained by Hounslow Highways.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Monday 1 May 2023

The green light has been given by Hounslow Council to regenerate Hanworth Park House.

The historic property is now derelict, and its condition is said to be deteriorating “rapidly”.

The authority has approved plans to repair it, and turn it into community and office use, with homes proposed for the future. 

Feltham MP Seema Malhtora says councillors must be “ambitious” with their ideas for restoration. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Chelsea Flower Show is going to rebrand weeds as “hero plants”.

Sheila Das from RHS Wisley told The Times that they tell you what’s going on underground, and are “your friend”.

Many hero plants have deep roots that fertilise the soil deep down, and the types of hero plants that grow tell you about the chemical makeup of it.

The gardens this year will also be judged on their environmental standards to promote sustainable gardening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

People in New Malden say they would rather the Fountain Roundabout is restored than replaced.

Kingston Council has launched a competition with the London Festival of Architecture to redesign the space. 

Six shortlisted teams will have their designs displayed and the overall winner will be handed £250,000 to bring their plan to life. 

But Independent Councillor James Giles says residents must get the final say. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are urging residents in Surbiton to remain vigilant after a spate of thefts in the area.

There have been five reported thefts from work vans over the past month.

In every incident, a drill has been used to force entry to the vehicles and steal tools.

CCTV footage shows two suspects wearing balaclavas with the thefts usually happening around late morning/ early afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after a serious collision on the M25 near Heathrow earlier.

Emergency services were called just before midday to report of an incident between junctions 14 and 15.

 They were treated on scene for head, chest and neck injuries and were taken to hospital by air ambulance.

 Both carriageways were closed but have now been reopened.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Police are urgently trying to locate a missing teenager from Croydon.

13 year old Alexandrina has been missing since Wednesday last week.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Dog-walkers in Richmond and Bushy Parks will have to keep their pets on a short lead from today.

The request from The Royal Parks will last two months and cover deer birthing season. 

Paul Richards, manager of Richmond Park, says around 300 deer are expected to be born in the two parks over the coming weeks.

He says the rule is for the dogs’ safety as well as the deers’. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard says history shows most Premier League clubs have tough seasons - and believes they'll come through it with hard work

He's lost all five games in charge since he was given the job until the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino's the front runner to take over this summer.

Lampard's side are 12th with six games left.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm  

A group of masked vandals say they won’t stop until they destroy all the ULEZ cameras

A balaclava-wearing man in his mid-40s told The Daily Mail that they are “going to take down every single one no matter what”. 

The man claims to have dismantled 34 himself, although the Mayors Office says it has recorded 43 cases of vandalism or theft up to March 21st. 

A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan says it’s “deeply disappointing” and “completely unacceptable”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Dog walkers are being asked to keep their pets on leads in Richmond and Bushy Parks for the next two months

More than 300 deer are expected to be born across the two sites between now and July. 

The season marks a vulnerable time for female deer, who hide their young in bracken to conceal them from perceived predators. 

These dog-owners in Richmond Park say the move is a good idea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

A man who could be wearing a “Minions” hat is missing from Putney

77-year-old Graham was last seen at Euston Station on Thursday, and is believed to have been going to Finsbury Park and Great Portland Street.

Police say he’s “vulnerable” and are concerned for his welfare.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 am  

Surrey Warriors Strikers have continued their good run in the Surrey Cricket League

The clear winners of last season beat Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth by 42 runs. 

London Gymkhana beat St Lukes by 44 runs. 

Three matches across the competition were abandoned due to rain.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am  

Sunday 30 April 2023

England Women Rugby Captain Marlie Packer on her hopes for grass roots rugby following historic win at Twickenham

Following England Women's Grand Slam win in front of a world-record crowd at Twickenham Stadium, Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne asked Captain Marlie Packer about the impact of the Red Roses' success on grass roots rugby.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Sutton Council says it’s excited to bring a derelict part of the high street back to life

The authority has purchased a number of old shops spanning from number 246 to 254 opposite ASDA.

The aim is to bring “a buzz” back to the northern end of the high street.

Councillor David Bartolucci, Deputy Leader of the Council, explains why the authority stepped in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

A petition has launched to try and save a creche in New Malden

Places Leisure, which runs the site at the Malden Centre, sent parents a letter saying May the 26th will be its last day in operation.

The cost-of-living crisis and rising energy prices are being blamed as well as a failure to get back to pre-pandemic usage levels.  

Places Leisure says it is working to make sure the site can still be used by the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

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