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Saturday 13 May 2023

You can now learn a new skill fit for a King.

 The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace was responsible for embroidering the Robes of State for the Coronation. 

It’s launched its International Summer School, which will run through July and August, for people wanting to learn the art. 

Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, explains why the work it does is so prestigious. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 pm  

Putney’s Cameron Norrie is into the third round of the Italian Open after easing past French Qualifier Alexandre Muller.

The British number one claimed a comfortable straight sets victory as he looks to make up for recent disappointment in Madrid.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 pm  

There are now over 3,000 asylum seekers from 81 different nationalities living in Hounslow.

The council says it is has “gone above and beyond to support migrants in the borough.”

The authority is working with national charity, City of Sanctuary UK, to find ways to continue to offer support. 

Councillors say the partnership has helped provide better access to hotels, the health and education systems. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 pm  

Almost one third of staff who drive to Heathrow could be hit by the expansion of ULEZ zone.

That’s according to a staff survey which could see the expansion effecting just under ten thousand employees.

It means staff will be subject to the £12.50 daily charge. 

There’s fears the charge which comes into effect in August will result in workers at Britain’s largest Airport looking for work elsewhere.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

There are fears that a riding centre which supports 340 people a week will miss out when ULEZ is rolled out this summer.

The Diamond Centre in Carshalton and is a 30-minute walk from the closest train station. 

They say many of the centre's disabled riders simply won't be able to get to their sessions.

At the end of August, the £12.50 a day charge for the most polluting vehicle will be extended to cover the whole of London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he has stopped Lewis Hall from going to the Under-20 World Cup.
He says he needs him to play in his teams final four games of the season.

The 18-year-old left back is among several players missing out on the tournament, as it clashes with the end of the domestic campaign.

Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella are both injured so Lampard insists Hall will play in their clash with Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Fulham Striker Aleksander Mitrovic will return to Premier League action today after an eight-game suspension.
The Serbian was given the lengthy ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during their FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.

Boss Marco Silva has admitted the last few weeks have been difficult for their 11-goal top scorer.

They face Southampton away with kick off at 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

11 Ukrainian artists will perform at tonight’s Eurovision song contest.

There have been fears, including from a former National Security Adviser, that Russia could try to disrupt the show.

Sutton MP and Tech Minister Paul Scully says the National Security Centre are “experts” in preventing attacks.

He also explains why somebody would want to disrupt such a contest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A woman in her 80’s who was hit by a motorcyclist escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh, is reported to be in a coma.

It happened in Earl’s Court on Wednesday – and her family say they are ‘shocked’ at her extensive injuries.

The Duchess says her thoughts are with the victim and her family.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

This afternoon’s annual Army v Navy rugby match at Twickenham Stadium is still going ahead despite the train strike.

South-Western Railway will be running a significantly reduced service, mainly to accommodate fans. 

The RFU says match-day parking restrictions will still be in effect. 

But Lieutenant Colonel Tim Osman, head coach of the British Army Men’s Team, says the Babcock Trophy will be a clash to remember. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A £2 million project to tackle domestic abuse and stalking in Surrey has been given the green light.

The funding, spread over the next two years, will be used to create a Domestic Abuse Hub which will be open to any adult.

It will be made up of a team of ‘intervention navigators’, each of whom will be experts from a range of specialist services. 

The money is coming from the Home Office Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Fund. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Thousands of music lovers will be partying in Battersea Park tonight.

The park is London’s official Eurovision Big Screen fan-zone.

Around 3,000 people are expected to dress up in their finest glad-rags for the finale which is being broadcast to millions around the world.

100 free tickets to attend tonight’s party have gone to the borough’s Ukrainian residents. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 12 May 2023

Chelsea has apparently shelved its plans to hold gigs at Stamford Bridge.

The football club wanted to use its ground as a music venue, and applied for a licence to play music until 1am.

However, it has now pulled two applications for events licences.

It’ll hold a meeting on the 24th of May at 7pm to give an update on the club’s plans locally.

It says that they’re going to share more about a “dedicated resource” for neighbours to give their views.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Met Police says it is proactively working to find those suspected of causing or looking to cause damage to ULEZ cameras.

It follows 96 allegations of criminal damage which have been passed to the Met by Transport for London.

One man has already been charged with criminal damage and destruction of, or damage to property.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says the extension of the £12.50 charge for the most polluting vehicles is necessary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Kingston Library is hosting a number of dementia friendly music sessions.

Charity Lost Chord, which was founded in 1999 will provide them twice monthly on a Thursday. 

Claire Langan is its CEO.

She explains why music is such a vital lifeline for people with the disease.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea caretaker boss Frank Lampard feels they've been unfortunate with injuries to some of their top players this season.

Ben Chilwell has been ruled out of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest, while Mason Mount and Reece James are also struggling for fitness.

Lampard says their quality is missed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Cyber security experts have been working behind the scenes ahead of Eurovision in Liverpool tomorrow.

The role of the National Cyber Security Centre is believed to be around the voting system. 

Ukraine won last year’s competition, but because of the war with Russia, the UK, which came second, is playing host. 

Science and technology minister, and MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Scully, says there’s no direct threat to the voting process. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Wimbledon based Communication Workers Union says further change "is vital" in the leadership of Royal Mail.

It’s after the chief executive announced he's stepping down.

Simon Thompson's 2 years in the role has seen a major cybersecurity breach, strike action and had his credibility challenged by MPs.

The company, owned by International Distributions Services, says it's in the "advanced stages" of appointing a new C-E-O.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Wandsworth Bridge is going to close to cars for around 10 weeks this summer.

The council says that some of its weight-bearing parts need to be replaced, in order to safeguard its future.

The roadworks will start in full on the 24th of July, although an initial phase of work will start on Monday.

Pedestrians will still be able to cross, and cyclists can if they dismount.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A motorcyclist has died after a collision in Streatham Hill.

Emergency crews were called at 8.15pm yesterday to Leigham Court Road, to a collision between a car and a motorbike.

The man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are working to trace a number of people who are believed to have fled the scene on foot, although there have been no arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva is remaining coy on negotiations on signing a new contract

The Portuguese coach looks likely to lead the team to an impressive top half finish after leading them back to the Premier League last season.

Silva has reportedly got a £6m release deal in his current deal and is attracting interest from other clubs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Kingston Council has approved another tower block in New Malden High Street

CNM Estates will build a number of flats above Bar Malden next to the train station.

Centro New Malden will be made up of 70 serviced apartments especially for short term lets. 

The development is the fourth tower block that will be under construction in the high street.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

A royal fan who was mistakenly detained for 13 hours on the day of the coronation wants an investigation into the police's actions

Alice Chambers was handcuffed and taken to Wandsworth Police Station.

She was detained with members of Just Stop Oil who were standing next to her in central London.

She says once police eventually interviewed her much later in the day - they were apologetic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Kingston Library is hosting a number of music sessions especially for people with Dementia

Lost Chord, which was founded in 1999 in Yorkshire, provides them. 

The charity is in Kingston twice monthly on a Thursday. 

Claire Langan is its CEO; she explains how they were able to start sessions in the royal borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

More “bee roads” are cropping up across Lambeth

The council is replacing roadside turf with wildflowers. 

Grass verges are being left uncut and another round of bulb plating will take place at the end of the summer. 

The Lambeth Bee Roads project is supported by a £440,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Green and Resilient Spaces Fund.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Epsom police have been watching people’s speed during the school run

They were stationed at Longdown Lane South and North yesterday morning, making sure people observed a change in speed limit there. 

Six tickets were issued on Longdown Lane South, and two at North. 

The force says “bends, hillcrests and foliage can obstruct what's around the corner. Give yourself time to react.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Thursday 11 May 2023

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante says the project at Stamford Bridge is "exciting", despite not yet committing his future to the club.

His current deal runs out this summer and a proposed extension hasn't been agreed.

Despite a disappointing season, Kante says things are looking up at Chelsea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

People in Kingston are being urged to take a look at designs for Eagle Brewery Wharf and Memorial Gardens.

The empty riverside space behind The Ram Pub and the green space behind the war memorial are being brought back to life.

People who have so far taken part in feedback say they’d like to see  more outdoor events, a children’s area and café. 

An exhibition is taking place at Eagle Brewery Wharf on Saturday the 20th of May between 12 noon and 6pm. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva admits Aleksandar Mitrovic’s eight-game suspension has affected not just the striker but the whole club.

The Serbian was given the lengthy ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during their FA Cup defeat at Manchester United in March.

Mitrovic can return to action against Southampton on Saturday.

Silva says his staff have done everything to keep their top scorer feeling good.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Hounslow Council has been shortlisted for a living wage award.

It’s Work Hounslow team is being praised for encouraging more businesses to pay the London Living Wage.

Silva Del Corso from Brentford-based Pink SEO says they saw improvements in reputation, retention, and morale.

The winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards will be announced in July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

Two new murals have come to Staines, celebrating the town’s wildlife, buildings and history.

They’ve been painted underneath the Iron Bridge, after its refurbishment by Network Rail.

They include references to Staines Bridge, Roman artefacts, swans, and foxes.

The northern pavement underneath the bridge has also been widened and resurfaced, to improve safety and access for pedestrians.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm  

Two-time Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray says he's yet to decide if he'll contest the French Open, which starts later this month.

He's back in the world's top 50 but has failed to win a single match at any of the three clay-court Masters events this year.

The three-time Grand Slam champion will make a "definitive call" on whether to play at Roland Garros in the next few days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been arrested after shoplifting in Hounslow.

Whilst officers were on foot patrol yesterday, two men tried to make off from them, but were later detained in Hanworth Road car park.

After checking CCTV it was, it was established one of the males had discarded a knife nearby.

Police also discovered they shoplifted a short time earlier. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are urgently trying to locate a missing man from Kingston.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 54 year old Paul.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A piece of 1937 Coronation history has gone on display at Wandsworth Town Hall.

It’s a programme from the dinner put on for council employees to celebrate King George VI ascending the throne. 

It was sent to the council by Deborah Wright, whose relative attended the  event. 

Employees were given a gift of a packet of cigarettes and half a pound of tea as a keepsake of the evening. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Two CCTV pictures have been released following an assault in Great Bookham.

Police were called to the High Street at around 9.30pm on Sunday, after reports that a group had attacked a man in a black Suzuki.

The victim suffered serious injuries.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Fire crews have been tackling around 100 tonnes of burning rubbish at the Smugglers Way recycling centre.

The brigade was called at around quarter to one this morning.

It’s believed the fire was accidental and caused by the failure of a lithium battery.

A spokesperson for the brigade says that people should check their council’s website for instructions on disposing of them safely.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

For the first time ever at the Chelsea Flower Show, they’re going to be hosting a wedding

Designer Manoj Malde is set to marry his partner, Clive, in the garden he’s created. 

His space will have bright posts with sentences in braille and a focus on sustainability. 

Manoj says that the RHS is inclusive, but needs to be “more relevant to different communities”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Heathrow says growth in passenger numbers could be "levelling off" following the end of coronavirus restrictions

Close to 6.5m travelled through the airport last month.

The firm insists recovery's now stable - with up to 95% of 2019 levels of traffic seen across the first four months of this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

The Duchess of Edinburgh has sent her heartfelt thoughts and prayers to a woman who was hit by a police motorbike which was on royal escort duties in Earl’s Court

The Metropolitan Police say the vehicle collided with the pensioner, who's in her eighties, yesterday.

In a statement, Sophie says she's "grateful for the swift response by the emergency services and will keep abreast of developments."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

It's feared seven English regions face severe so-called "water stress" by the end of the decade, including London and the South East

That's when demand exceeds available supply. 

Home improvement company Kingfisher says this could spread to almost the entire south and midlands by 2040, without any action. 

Households currently use an average of 144 litres a day - the government aims to reduce this over the coming years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

People in Epsom and Ewell are being urged to “go the extra mile” for charity this Sunday

Hundreds will gather at Horton Country Park to take on a 5 or 10 mile walk to try and raise £6,000. 

The money will go to Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell. 

CEO, Lisa Davis, says the work the charity does is varied and vital. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A woman in her 80s is in a critical condition in hospital after a collision with a police motorcycle in Earl’s Court

Just before 3.30pm yesterday, emergency crews were called to the junction of Cromwell Road and Warwick Road.

The officer was on escort duties at the time.

As is routine, the Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:46 am  

Wednesday 10 May 2023

Jose Mourinho says if Paris Saint-Germain are "looking for me, they haven't found me".

The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss has been linked with the managerial vacancy at the French club.

But Mourinho, who's currently in charge of Italian side Roma, insists he hasn't spoken to PSG.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A documentary film about the impact of a murder in Brentford has premiered at London’s iconic British Film Institute.

21 year-old student and basketball coach Ali Akubar Ali was stabbed to death in November 2021. 

Another woman, grandmother Betty Walsh was injured in the random and unprovoked attack by a man found to be not fit to plead. 

Aspiring film maker Nail Adam was working in the police call centre that evening. 

His film “Baby Brother” will be screened at film festivals later this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

£12m is being made available to people in Surrey to help make their homes more energy efficient.

It’s for properties with a rating of D to G, and the homeowner will need to meet the means testing. 

People could receive up to £38,000 to fund a range of insulation measures, solar cells, and ventilation. 

The money has come from the government through their home upgrade scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Croydon’s boosted grass-cutting programme is under-way.

The council has returned to a more regular grass-cutting programme this year, cutting over a four-to-six-week cycle.

The authority says the plan balances the need to keep parks, green spaces and verges looking tidy with the need to provide benefits for the environment.

During spring and summer, sites requiring more frequent cuts for safety reasons, such as certain highway verges, will continue to receive extra checks and maintenance.

Other places within the borough will receive a less-regular ‘conservation cut’, supporting  habitats for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and insects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Pop superstar Tony Hadley has officially opened a bespoke music studio at a children’s hospice.


The former Spandau Ballet frontman is a vice President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in Hampton and Guildford. 

During the visit to the Guildford site, children performed a special Makaton version of the group’s hit Gold. 

Tony Hadley was awarded an MBE in 2020 for his support of the work carried out by the two hospices.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A 79-year-old woman is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Weybridge.

Emergency crews were called to the slip road off of Monument Green yesterday, just before 6pm. 

It’s believed an Audi Q5 collided with the woman, who was a pedestrian. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Brooklands College has submitted plans to upgrade its campus.


The proposed scheme includes over 300 homes, a new sports centre for students and nearby residents and community hub. 

Developers will also refurbish and renews the site’s listed mansion building to return it to residential use.

The College has faced major financial challenges in recent years. 

An investigation into subcontracting uncovered a debt of £25m that is due to the Education and Skills Funding Agency. 

A new leadership team is now in place and has worked up this development plan which will repay the debt. 

Bosses say that without the sale of land for residential development, the college would be in an insolvent position. 

This could result in its forced closure and the land sold to a developer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes believes her side need to win all four of their remaining Women's Super League matches if they're to retain the title

The reigning champions are four points behind leaders Manchester United, having played two fewer games, ahead of hosting struggling Leicester tonight.

Chelsea also face their main title rivals in Sunday's FA Cup final.

Hayes says they're ready for an intense end to the season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A former RFU council member has been banned from Twickenham, after using a racial slur

Alex Murphy also used to be a prop for the Sunbury-based London Irish team. 

He was found to have made a racist comment during the England vs Wales Six Nations match last year. 

He called the victim after the incident to apologise, and says he has accepted he was wrong.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a man in his 20s was seriously assaulted in Bookham

The attack happened on Monday evening at around 9.30 near Tesco Express in the High Street. 

A number of men approached the victim’s black Suzuki and assaulted him, causing serious injuries to his head and hands. 

The suspects are all described as white men in their 20s and three were reported to have been wearing tracksuit bottoms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Kingston Council is being urged to confirm that money is available for the re-design of the Fountain Roundabout in New Malden

We have contacted Kingston Council for clarification. 

The authority has launched a competition with the London Festival of Architecture to redesign the historic landmark.    

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

But Independent Councillor James Giles claims the prize money has not yet been allocated. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Merton’s Daffodil Walk will officially open to the public this afternoon

The riverside path beside the Wandle at Colliers Wood is carpeted in the flowers. 

It’s hoped the trail will provide a place for people in the borough to remember friends and family lost to suicide. 

The Daffodil Walk was created by Jane Upson who lost her police officer nephew Mark to suicide. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Runnymede Police are trying to trace the owners of a large amount of jewellery, including a vintage medal

The person was arrested in the early hours of yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

The medal says JMC DSO on it, and was offered to methodist fundraisers in the 1900s once they’d raised at least £5, or around £500 in today’s money.

14 watches were also recovered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 am  

Tuesday 9 May 2023

A door-to-door bus service is now available across all of Mole Valley.

The service is open to everyone, and runs from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, and from 8 to 6 on Saturdays.

Councillor Matt Furniss says they hope they’ll be bringing on-demand bus services to other parts of rural Surrey later this year.

The service first launched in June last year, and over 11,000 trips have been taken so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Richmond Council has launched a number of incentives to get residents to scrap their non ULEZ compliant cars.

The £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting vehicles is being extended to every London borough at the end of August. 

Richmond Council says the speed at which the roll-out is moving is “unacceptable.”

Three different offers are available as part of the authority’s scheme.

 A three-month free trial with the Pedal My Wheels Try Before You Buy Scheme, plus a discount if a purchase is made.

A £50 pay as you go Oyster Card for use on buses, trains, the tube and overground.

A one-year free membership and £50 driving credit for Enterprise car club or Zipcar.

The options are available to all residents on a first come, first served basis, to those who vow to scrap their non ULEZ compliant car within 12 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

More than 5,000 Armed Forces personnel playing an active role in the Coronation over the weekend travelled by train to London Waterloo.

South Western Railway put on seven trains for the Royal Navy, the Army and for Commonwealth Forces so they could get to the service. 

The troops arrived to the sound of a special station announcement recorded by Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

It was the biggest movement of military personnel by the rail industry since Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Fire Brigade is reminding people to ensure they dispose of smoking materials safely after a blaze in South Wimbledon.

Around 70 firefighters tackled a fire at a warehouse in Lombard Road on Thursday afternoon.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation on scene as the blaze was producing a heavy, thick smoke.

Investigators believe it was accidentally caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A teenager who murdered a 14-year-old boy outside a chicken shop in West Croydon has been detained for life.

Marques Walker previously admitted attacking Jermaine Cools in November 2021. 

The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time of the killing, has been sentenced to a minimum of 19 years behind bars.  

He was also sentenced to a minimum of 4 years for a separate offence of GBH, which happened when he was on remand at HMP Feltham.

Jermaine Cools was London’s youngest stabbing victim in 2021. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Fire has broken out at a block of flats in Chipstead.

A number of fire fighters are at the scene at Chipstead Way.

There are no reports of any injuries at this time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

16 people, including a number of people from Hounslow, have been convicted of international money laundering and people smuggling.



Members of the network smuggled in excess of £42 million in cash out of the UK, making hundreds of trips to Dubai between 2017 and 2019. 

NCA investigators believe the money was profit from the sale of class A drugs and organised immigration crime. 

Around £1.5 million was seized from couriers leaving the UK but flight analysis, evidence from cash declarations in Dubai, and other material seized by the NCA showed the group had succeeded in transporting far more. 

As part of the investigation NCA officers also uncovered a plot involving members of the OCG to smuggle 17 migrants, including five children and a pregnant woman, into the UK in the back of a van carrying tyres in 2019. 

The van was intercepted by Dutch police, who were working with the NCA, before it could reach a ferry at the Hook of Holland. 

In November 2019, following weeks of surveillance, communications and flight data analysis, officers moved in to make arrests. Gang ringleader Charan Singh, 44, from Hounslow, was among those detained in a series of early morning raids across west London. 

Investigators were able to prove that Singh, who was formerly resident in the UAE, paid for flights to Dubai for other members of the network so they could carry cash. 

He also kept a ledger showing how much had been transported and when. It showed that at least 58 trips to Dubai were made by Singh and his couriers during 2017 alone. 

Further arrests followed and those charged were prosecuted in two trials at Croydon Crown Court, starting in January this year.

The first trial saw six people, including Singh, found guilty of money laundering offences. Two defendants were additionally convicted for facilitating illegal immigration along with a third individual. 

Midway through the second trial six defendants changed their plea to guilty in relation to money laundering offences. 

As a result, reporting restrictions on the case were lifted on Friday the 5th of May. 

All 16 convicted are due to be sentenced at a hearing starting in September, including two individuals who entered guilty pleas for money laundering offences prior to the two trials. 

NCA senior investigating officer Chris Hill said: 

“This has been a long and complex investigation into an organised crime group involved in money laundering on a commercial scale and organised immigration crime. 

“Over a two-year period, working together with partners in the UK and abroad, NCA investigators were able to uncover the evidence to secure these convictions. 

“This case demonstrates the continued commitment by the NCA to protect the public and target the criminal networks involved in both people smuggling and money laundering. 

“We will continue to use the full range of tactics at our disposal to disrupt and dismantle them.” 

Tackling organised immigration crime remains a top priority for the NCA, the agency has more than 90 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals in the top tier of organised immigration crime or human trafficking – the highest harm."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Housing Ombudsman awards over £18,000 compensation as Hammersmith & Fulham Council issued with seven findings of severe maladministration

The Ombudsman made seven findings of severe maladministration against the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for various repairs failings, which left one resident significant damp and mould for four years.

The seven findings, made over three cases, raise concerns over how the landlord operates and the services it provides.

In Case A, the landlord left a resident and his young daughter living with water pouring down their walls in heavy rain and subsequent mould and damp for approximately four years, which damaged plaster, decorations, and belongings.

The landlord visited the home on multiple occasions to take photographs and to treat the problem but failed to resolve it. 

There were also "significant periods" where the resident had to chase for updates and a number of issues raised by the resident were not addressed.

At every stage of the complaint, the landlord’s complaint handling was delayed and its offer of £150 compensation was completely inadequate and disproportionate.

The Ombudsman ordered the Chief Executive of the landlord to apologise in person to the resident, pay the resident £5,080 in compensation and inspect other properties in the block.

In Case B, the Ombudsman made three findings of severe maladministration for the landlord’s response to leaks, its complaint handling and its consideration of the residents’ vulnerability.

Despite assurances made to the Ombudsman, the landlord failed to fix the leak coming in from a neighbouring flat, causing significant distress, inconvenience, time and trouble to the resident over a five-year period.

The landlord repeatedly failed in its management and oversight of the repair, and did not take into account the residents’ vulnerability, failing to offer any support or make appropriate safeguarding referrals which could have reduced the impact on the resident.

The landlord’s complaint handling was severely inadequate, and the resident had to repeatedly chase a response which caused further distress. As in Case A, the landlord’s complaint response failed to acknowledge where it went wrong, identify areas of improvement, or provide evidence it can prevent similar failures happening again.

The Ombudsman ordered the landlord’s Chief Executive to apologise to the resident in person, pay the resident £7,185.50 and carry out reviews into various policies, including on resident vulnerabilities.

In Case C, the Ombudsman made three findings of severe maladministration for the landlord’s failure to make multiple repairs, its complaint handling and poor record keeping.

The failings in the repairs jobs meant damage within the toilet was left unresolved for two years, damage to a bathroom caused by its contractors wasn’t fixed for seven months and intermittent hot water outages that lasted for two and a half years caused significant distress for the resident, who was undergoing cancer treatment at the time.

The landlord’s complaints handling was poor and differed significantly from the timescales and guidance in its complaints policy. On top of this, the landlord’s compensation offers were not detailed and didn’t go far enough to provide redress.

The Ombudsman also found poor record keeping, including an insufficiently detailed audit trail of its repairs and what was found on inspection, what action was taken, and what follow-up action was required.

They ordered the landlord to pay £5,950 to the resident, apologise to the resident in person and ensure all follow up repairs are completed.

In its response to all three cases, the landlord said it has now completed the repairs to the homes, apologised to the residents and undertaken work to improve in multiple areas such as complaint handling and repairs.

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham "learning statement."

We accept fully the Housing Ombudsman’s decisions and have apologised unreservedly and directly to the residents.

We have completed the repairs to the residents’ homes set out in these complaints, but acknowledge that we failed to do so in a timely way in a period when our repairs service was adversely impacted by the Covid lockdowns and one of our three major contractors exiting abruptly.

The affected residents have accepted our apologies. In addition to completing the repairs, the Council has provided further support and recompense to these residents.

We are working hard to improve all aspects of our repairs service and complaints handling, including directly addressing the Housing Ombudsman’s valuable findings and learning from our residents’ feedback.

We have strengthened our Housing leadership team and contractor capacity and will continue to do so. We are investing £1m a week over coming years to improve our ageing housing stock, in addition to making millions of pounds of further funding available over the next three years to tackle individual repairs quickly and effectively.  This includes focusing on issues highlighted in these three cases: leaks causing damp and mould and upgrading windows.

We are improving our culture, processes, and systems to ensure that we deliver our repairs promptly and effectively with excellent customer service. More broadly, we are working to improve all Housing services for the benefit of our residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva would like to see a greater consistency from his players throughout a game after a 5-3 victory at home to relegation-threatened Leicester in the Premier League
They ended a run of three straight defeats to move on to 48 points.

Silva says they're still determined to reach their target of 53 from the remaining 3 fixtures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

An investigation's found Birmingham airport was the worst in the UK for flight delays for a second year in a row

The PA news agency discovered departures from the West Midlands airport were half an hour behind schedule on average last year. 

Meanwhile, Heathrow came in ninth with 22 minutes, but Gatwick placed fifth with 27. 

East Midlands has the shortest delays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

Wandsworth has been handed an award by the Mayor of London for keeping roadwork disruption in the borough to a minimum

Sadiq Khan wrote a personal letter of congratulations to a team of Wandsworth Council highways engineers for their concerted efforts. 

The prize is designed to encourage town halls to better co-ordinate roadworks to minimise disruption to the travelling public. 

They were handed the Infrastructure Coordination Service’s Collaboration Award in the Highway Authority category.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

Scotland Yard says it 'regrets' the arrests of six anti-monarchy protesters during Saturday's coronation parade

They were among 64 detained during events in central London - but have now been told they'll face no action.

Republic leader Graham Smith was among them - and says he doesn't accept the force's apology.

Over the weekend, he called the arrests 'premeditated' and 'deliberate'.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

People in Tadworth are taking a stand against developments, and hoping to protect the trees

Two bungalows are planned for Shelvers Way, with parking, landscaping, and a new access drive. 

Mandy O’Brien, who is campaigning against the development, says they “lost the resident owl” when trees were chopped down for previous work. 

A tree survey was carried out by the council, which says many of the trees planned for demolition are of “low quality”, and will be felled in accordance with standards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Monday 8 May 2023

Two people have been arrested in Kingston after their car was flagged on an ANPR system for being connected to drugs.

Officers pulled over the vehicle to find the driver was under the influence.

After a search of the car, police found a knuckle duster belonging to the passenger and he was arrested.

The driver was also arrested after officers uncovered illegal substances in the vehicle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Detective are investigating a shooting in Mitcham.

Police were called at 11:20 on Saturday night to reports that a gun had been discharged in Clarendon Grove.

Officers were later informed that a male victim had been taken to hospital with gunshot injuries to his back. 

It’s thought the victim was approached by a man, who discharged a firearm into the vehicle he was sitting in.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Visitor landing at Heathrow Airport this weekend were given a ‘Royal Welcome’ with a specially designed mural.

The artwork, curtesy of British Airways and VisitBritain, is positioned in Thornbury Park along Heathrow’s landing flight path.

A huge 47 metres by 64 metres, it incorporates flowers designed by 9-year-old Jasmine and Raya, who’s 12, from Fun Fest Hounslow holiday club.

It follows the theme of ‘a natural world’, which is something close to the King’s heart and a key theme of the Coronation emblem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Firefighters were called to reports of smoke coming from a train at Clapham Underground Station on Friday.

Around 500 people left the train before the brigade arrived, some having to smash windows and force doors open to escape.

It’s reported there was no evidence of a fire found.

Investigations continue but it’s believed the smoke came from the trains brakes.

There are no reports of any injuries. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

David Attenborough is celebrating his 97th birthday today.

Back in March, he opened a new woodland in Richmond Park where he says his favourite tree can be found.

He planted an English Oak to officially open the platinum Jubilee Woodland which is part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

The woodland was planted to celebrate and honour the late Queen Elizabeth II’s lifetime of service. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man has been fined, after being convicted of allowing his dogs to chase the deer in Bushy Park.

43-year-old Mr Higgs from Teddington has been found guilty of the offence for the third time in three years.

He must pay £271.

Royal Parks Police say that if you know your dog chases the deer, don’t let them off the lead in a deer park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Iconic Army vs Navy double-header returns to Twickenham Stadium
The Army versus Navy rugby match returns to Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 13th May.

This historic game sees both the men's and women's teams take to the turf to battle it out for the Babcock Trophy.

Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne spoke with Captain Sarah Oakley of the Royal Navy and Lieutenant Colonel Tim Osman of the Army about this iconic fixture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Leicester were beaten 5-3 away at Fulham as their Premier League relegation fears worsened.

Defeat means they could end the day in the bottom three.

Everton have the chance to pull clear of danger when they go to Brighton later this hour, before Nottingham Forest take on Southampton in the late kick-off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Visitor landing at Heathrow Airport this weekend were given a ‘Royal Welcome’ with a specially designed mural.

The artwork, curtesy of British Airways and VisitBritain, is positioned in Thornbury Park along Heathrow’s landing flight path.

A huge 47 metres by 64 metres, it incorporates flowers designed by 9-year-old Jasmine and Raya, who’s 12, from Fun Fest Hounslow holiday club.

It follows the theme of ‘a natural world’, which is something close to the King’s heart and a key theme of the Coronation emblem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Players and coaches from Twickenham based rugby team Harlequins have launched a new mental health initiative.

They’ve recorded answers to over 50,000 questions across 50 different topics including depression, addiction and physical health.

The scheme is being run in partnership with the club’s charitable arm, The Harlequins Foundation.

The recordings can be found on the JAAQ website and are completely free to listen to. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Last night, the Prince of Wales praised his father's decades of service as celebrations to mark the King's coronation continued.

Windsor Castle hosted a star-studded concert.

Kingston based royal historian Tracy Borman feels the future of the monarchy is safe under Charles III.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man has been seriously assaulted in Bookham.

Police are appealing for witnesses after they were called to the High Street at 9:30 last night and found an injured man in his 20s.

Several men approached the victim’s vehicle, a black Suzuki, and assaulted him, causing serious injuries to his head and hands.

The suspects are all described as White men in their 20s between 5ft 9” and 6ft, three of the men were wearing tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Fulham manager Marco Silva says his side are ready to fight to reach his target Premier League points total of 53

They need eight more points to achieve it from their final four matches.

The first of those is at home to relegation-threatened Leicester today.

Silva says he's proud of what his team has achieved already this season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A private jet company in Surbiton has raised £5,500 for a children’s charity in Kingston

Six people from Air Charter Service walked on the wings of a World War II biplane while it was in flight to raise money for Momentum.

The charity helps the families of seriously ill children, and partners with hospitals to offer tailored support to the entire family.

Hannah Palmer, from Air Charter Service, tells us more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Sunday 7 May 2023

Foxes are being culled at a South London nature reserve, sparking concerns from residents that cubs will starve to death without their parents.

The waste management company responsible for restoring the Beddington Farmlands claim the culling is necessary to protect birds on the nature reserve.

The company say an in principle agreement for population control on the site was agreed in a meeting back in December 2020.

Worried residents however, are pushing for other options which can protect both the nesting lapwings and the foxes equally.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 pm  

Police in Croydon are now able to issue on the spot fines to people who continuously act in an anti-social way.

The launch of a PSPO by the council follows “overwhelming” support from residents and businesses following a public consultation.

Anyone caught engaging in antisocial behaviours could face a fine or prosecution that could result in a criminal conviction. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

A takeaway in Hounslow West has been told to install smoke alarms, after a fire on Friday morning.

Emergency crews were called just before 1am to Vicarage Farm Road.

Most of the ground floor was damaged in the blaze, however there were no reports of any injuries.

A spokesperson for the brigade says smoke alarms “give the earliest warning when a fire starts”, and to also have heat alarms in kitchens. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

The home of Wimbledon Tennis has marked the Coronation with a tree planting ceremony

Yesterday marked the fifth Coronation since the world-famous tournament was first held back in 1877.

All England Lawn and Tennis Club Chairman, Ian Hewitt and Chief Executive Sally Bolton, planted the oak tree in the courts’ grounds.

King Charles and Queen Camilla last visited Wimbledon in 2012, where they watched Roger Federer on Centre Court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Twickenham’s MP has taken the opportunity to grill the Prime Minister about sewage spills in the Thames

Lib Dem, Munira Wilson, relayed the story of one of her constituents, known only as Nick, at PMQs on Wednesday.

This was Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak’s reply.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A parade and service of thanksgiving for the new King Charles and Queen will take place in Kingston this afternoon

It’s being hosted by All Saints Church, which was the location of the coronation of several Saxon kings.

Vicar of All Saints, Joe Moffatt, explains what’s in store for visitors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Hundreds of people will take part in a Coronation run in Egham on Monday

Participants can undertake as many 4.3 mile laps as they want in a 7 hour time period.

The event, organised by Saturn Running, will start at 9.30 at Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club.

The Magna Carta, which set out a series of laws for everyone to follow, including the King, was sealed in Egham in 1215.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

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