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Saturday 20 May 2023

Richmond Council is reminding the public that The Richmond Safe Space is available from 9pm -1am tonight

Safe Spaces provide safe places for anyone who is feeling vulnerable on a night out.

You can find the Safe Space green marquee by the Richmond train station.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 pm  

Cash-strapped Croydon Council has published a list of buildings it owns and plans to sell-off in a bid to raise 40-million pounds this financial year

Among the list of 27 properties to be disposed of are the Cherry Orchard Garden Centre, which is staffed by volunteers with disabilities, despite strong opposition from locals.

The Colonnades Retail Park in Purley Way and the old New Addington leisure centre are also on the list.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm  

Financier and environmentalist Ben Goldsmith has written a book about the death of his daughter, Iris.
The 15-year-old died in 2019 after a quad bike accident on the family farm in Somerset. 

A funeral was held and a memorial to Iris remains in place in woodland near in the family’s home town of Barnes. 

God is an Octopus is described as a powerful and inspiring story of finding comfort and strength in nature after suffering loss and despair.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A group of residents in Kensington and Chelsea will now have a say on who the council is recruiting.
The Customer Access Programme has been established to make sure the concerns of people living in the borough are put first. 

The Council already has a pool of residents who are trained to sit on recruitment panels.

The new initiative will also give them access to interviews. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Brentford manager Thomas Frank says his team remain highly motivated to finish their season strongly.

This is despite the absence of star man Ivan Toney. He has been banned for betting offences and will not play this afternoon.

The Bees face Tottenham this afternoon and are chasing a place in European football next season.

Frank is expecting a difficult match. Kick-off is at 1230.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A man’s due in court after officers found what they believe to be a specialist factory – converting blank guns into lethal ones.

The National Crime Agency thinks the centre in Croydon could have used 3D printed parts to make the weapons.

47-year-old Evan Girdlestone from Colliers Wood has been charged with offences under the Firearms Act.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Thousands of people will gather on Clapham Common at midnight for the annual Moonwalk London.

Men and women will set off on a 26 mile stroll through the capital in their bras while raising money for Walk the Walk. 

Nina Barough is founder of the charity which distributes grants to other breast cancer charities.  

She explains why this year is so special. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

The leader of the Lib Dems says his invite to the Coronation was very special.

Sir Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston, says the crowning of King Charles III was also a chance to showcase the royal borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Fulham boss Marco Silva has challenged his player to beat the club’s highest ever points tally in a Premier League season.

A victory in either of their final two games would see them surpass the 53 points gained in 2009.

Silva’s side host London rivals Crystal Palace in their last home fixture of the campaign this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Investigations are continuing following a major fire at a storage centre in Byfleet.

Firefighters were called just before 9pm on Thursday to Oyster Lane where they found numerous units at Access Self Storage alight. 

The fire was still burning yesterday lunchtime and nearby residents had to keep their doors and windows closed.

Some people have taken to social media to report that their belongings have perished.  
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has provided a boost to England fans about the fitness of Millie Bright ahead of the Women's World Cup.

Bright limped out of Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final against Lyon in March and has since had surgery on her knee.

But Hayes thinks she will be back in time to travel to Australia for their tournament opener in the summer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 19 May 2023

Sutton MP Paul Scully says he will use his Minister for London experience to “deliver” as the capital’s Mayor.

The Conservative hopeful has announced he’s running for Sadiq Khan’s job at next year’s elections. 

He’s told Jackie News why he thinks he’ll be a good fit.

He also wants to “turn off the ULEZ cameras on day one” and create a central “Housing for London” office.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Brentford manager Thomas Frank says looking after Ivan Toney's mental health will be their top priority during his eight-month ban from football.

The striker has been suspended until January 2024 and fined 50-thousand pounds after admitting 232 breaches of the FA's betting rules.

Frank insists they'll support their top goal scorer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Emergency vehicles are now allowed to drive in London’s bus lanes even when they aren’t responding to a call out.

The move follows a successful trial between Transport for London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. 

Missed appointments fell by 20% during the trial and there was no negative impact on bus journey times.

150 patient transport vehicles were given access to lanes in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark  and Lewisham during the trial. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Teddington’s RNLI is asking kayakers and paddleboarders to stay clear of weirs and locks.

It’s after two people became trapped on their inflatable kayak by the gates of Molesey Weir earlier this week.

Although experienced river users, the undercurrent caught them off guard, resulting in two lifeboats being sent on a rescue mission.

The RNLI says any water user should carry a phone to call 999 for help in an emergency and wear buoyancy aids.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard has refused to comment on the imminent appointment of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager has agreed to take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

They've only won 1 of their 8 games so far under Lampard.

Despite the form, he insists he's still enjoyed returning to the club where he's considered a legend for what he achieved as a player.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The leader of the Lib Dems says Sutton could well return to yellow at next year’s general election.

It’s after current Conservative MP, Paul Burstow, announced he is standing for the job of Mayor of London. 

It would mean giving up the seat which he took in a shock win from the Lib Dems back in 2015. 

Sir Ed Davey, who is Kingston’s MP, says the move could open the door to his part regaining control there. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man who shot two strangers in a road rage incident in Mitcham last July has been jailed.

35 year old William Solhotra was caught with a gun concealed in the same bag he was seen wearing at the crime scene moments earlier. 

He got into a dispute with the two men in a suspected road rage incident and opened fire at them – no one was injured.

He has been jailed for 13 years and six months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are trying to locate a missing man from Hammersmith.

71-year-old Leslie has been missing since Tuesday and was last seen in Westminster.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

A biography charting the life of the founder an iconic music venue in Richmond has been published.

The Crawdaddy Club got its name from a song “Hey Crawdaddy” performed by the Rolling Stones.

Giorgio Gomelsky was the first de facto manager of The Stones who played their first gig at the club in February 1963.

Francis Dumaurier’s book “For Your Love” follows Gomelsky’s life.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

NatWest is staying in Croydon.

The banking giant has signed a five-year lease on the 9th floor of the Park Lane tower block.

It’s already been based there for 3 years. 

The building has undergone an £11million overhaul recently and boasts a business lounge, on-site café and state-of-the-art gym.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Conservative London Mayoral hopeful Paul Scully says he will turn off the ULEZ cameras if he gets into office next year.

The MP for Sutton admits the scheme does work in inner London though.

Current Mayor Sadiq Khan is expanding the £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting vehicles to the whole of London in August. 

Mr Scully’s plan to improve air quality revolves around renovating transport links.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

It looks like Rafael Nadal won’t play at Wimbledon this year, due to a hip injury

The 22-time Grand Slam winner has been ruled out of the French Open, and says he may not return to the court for four months.

Nadal says it's important to end his career in the best condition possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

A group of travellers have left Kew Green on their own terms, rather than be evicted by the council

They drove away in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

However, they left behind one trailer. 

Richmond Council had scheduled a high court hearing to get the powers to remove them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a blaze in West Byfleet

The brigade had ten pumps on scene at around 10.30pm yesterday, with Surrey Police also in attendance. 

It involves a commercial unit on Oyster Lane. 

Residents are being told to keep their windows shut, and motorists should avoid the area until at least this evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

A watchdog says the Metropolitan police should work more closely with the City of London force and the British Transport Police

A report says that the three should create a single Sensitive Intelligence Unit and share more information with each other.

The Met and BTP were rated as adequate at tackling serious and organised crime.

Scotland Yard was also found to have difficulties retaining specialist officers.

The force says it’s launched a Turnaround Plan and is not “complacent”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Hounslow is seeing an allotment boom

The borough has one of the largest portfolios of allotments in London with around 1,900 with nearly all of them now filled. 

The council says it’s worked hard on a range of measures over the last year to allow those who want one, to get one. 

Over 182 plots were also renovated or improved for letting post Covid following unprecedented demand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Pupils at Coombe Boys’ School in New Malden will “sleep rough” for charity tonight

They’ll be raising money for Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness.

Georgie Forshaw is the charity’s chief executive; she explains why fundraisers are more vital than ever. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Thursday 18 May 2023

Cyclists and drivers are being asked what they think about new advisory cycle lanes on Fulham Road and Kensington High Street.

The painted lanes would be marked out with a broken painted line and would measure 1.5meters in width. 

The Highway Code advises drivers should not use or park in an advisory lane marked by a broken white line unless unavoidable.

A public consultation has opened until June the 26th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

The Housing Ombudsman has launched a wider investigation into Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

It’s over “ongoing failures” over the handling of complaints and repairs.

Jon Pickstone, from the Council, says the findings relate to a period where a major contractor exited abruptly, and the covid pandemic.

He says they’re apologising “unreservedly” and they’re “continuing to upgrade” their repairs service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Chelsea Women's captain Magdalena Eriksson will leave the club when her contract expires at the end of the season.

The Sweden skipper's on the verge of winning a fifth WSL title.

She's also won four FA Cups and two League Cups since making the move to west London in July 2017.

Manager Emma Hayes says she will "forever remain a legend".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

Police are continuing their hunt for a wanted man from Chessington.


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

He is described has a white male, of medium to muscular build, with short dark hair and dark stubble.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

A cheque worth £1,500 has been presented to a homelessness charity based in Norbiton.

Kingston Action On Homelessness, situated at St Peter’s Church, was handed the money earlier by Fine & Country.

Grants are given out twice a year by the estate agent’s Foundation and more than £45,000 has been awarded in the latest round. 

Kingston, Putney and Wandsworth branch MD, Sara May, says the company is in a position to help. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Sutton’s Conservative MP will run against Sadiq Khan at next year’s Mayor of London elections.

Paul Scully is pausing his current activities as minister for London in the run up to polling day. 

Labour's Sadiq Khan says he intends to stand for a third term next May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

Water UK, the trade body for our water companies, has apologised for more the 800 sewage spills a day last year.

But it’s warned modernisation will mean 'moderate' bill increases for customers for years to come.

Lib Dem leader, Ed Davey, visited the River Mole earlier this year to take pollution readings. 

He says the Government needs to take charge of the situation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Premier League striker, Ivan Toney says he's "disappointed he'll not be able to play the game he loves for eight months".

The Brentford star has been banned until the 16th of January and fined £50,000 for breaking FA betting rules.

Toney admitted 232 breaches to an independent commission.

He's waiting to see the written reasons before deciding whether to appeal the sanctions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Police are urgently trying to locate a vulnerable missing man who was last seen in Chelsea.

60 year old Ebenezer Adeyemi, who suffers from dementia, was last seen on Friday 12th May on Kings Road at 6 o’clock in the evening.

He is described as 6ft 2 inches tall, and he was last seen wearing the clothes in the pictures.

Ebenezer has links to Wandsworth and Waterloo.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea are another step closer to a fourth consecutive Women's Super League title after winning 4-nil at West Ham

It moved the champions back top of the table, two points clear of Manchester United, with as many games left to play.

But manager Emma Hayes says she's been in the game "too long" to get carried away.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Royal Mail was £1bn in the red across 12 months – thanks, in part, to strike action and because planned productivity improvements never happened

It puts annual operating losses for parent company IDS at £748m. 

Year-long walkouts, particularly over Christmas, apparently cost £200m alone. 

The Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union says the issue “is one of its own making due to gross mismanagement”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

A cheque worth £1,500 will be presented to a homelessness charity in Norbiton this morning

Kingston Action On Homelessness, based at St Peter’s Church, was nominated by Fine & Country Putney for the grant. 

Grants are given out twice a year by The Foundation in the Autumn and the Spring.

More than £45,000 has been awarded to 28 organisations in the latest round. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

Sutton Tory MP Paul Scully has announced his intention to run for Mayor of London

He’s pausing his post as Minister for London in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

He’s been in that post for three years.

Tory London Assembly member Tony Devenish has already come out in support of him, as has Croydon Councillor Fatima Zaman.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 am  

Human Forest e-bikes have arrived on the streets of Merton

Residents can use them for 10 minutes free each day, with more minutes available using a loyalty programme.

Merton Council has installed designated Green Bays across the borough where the e-bikes should be parked.

Abandoning an e-bike results in a penalty fine. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 am  

One of Kingston's "most complained about traders" has been put out of business

A rogue used car dealership in New Malden has been put out of business.

Kings Motors sold mis-described vehicles, faked details of their history and mileage and issued incorrect invoices. 

The company also imposed unfair terms and conditions on customers, including refusing their right to a refund. 

The business was one of Kingston and Sutton Trading Standards’ most complained about traders. 

Former director, Omer Adil Dohi Al-Samaraai, was sentenced to a 170 hour community order and fined £850. 

He was also ordered to pay full compensation to victims amounting £8,500 after pleading guilty. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 am  

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for eight months after breaking FA betting rules.

The England international admitted to 232 breaches between February 2017 and January 2021.

Toney's sanctions have been imposed by an independent regulatory commission following a hearing.

He won't be able to play again until 16th of January 2024 but he can return to training in September.

Toney and Brentford could appeal and are considering their next steps.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

The Government says it’s committed to reforming the leaseholder system.

 The Conservatives say homeowners will be given greater control and cheaper access to renewal under reforms due later this year. 

These include a 990 year extension with zero financial ground rent.

The issue was brought up by Battersea’s Labour MP, Marsha de Cordova, at PMQs earlier.

She’s not convinced.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A young cancer survivor has returned to Epsom Hospital to mark five years since finishing her cancer treatment there.

Rhea was just six years old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia, and spent long periods on the Casey Ward, and in isolation.

The 13 year old has set up an online wish-list for children undergoing chemotherapy. 

More than 250 gifts have so far been bought by well-wishers including sensory balls and fidget toys. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Artists across Kingston will be opening the doors of their workshops to the public this weekend

It’s the annual Kingston Artists Open Studios event. 

The free art exhibition features over 25 venues which include professional workspaces and people’s own homes.

The idea is to showcase the borough’s art and it’s also a chance for visitors to put their questions to the creators. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

£3 million of improvement works are underway at Isleworth Station.

The money is being spent on providing step free access to the main platforms. 

Network Rail is also working with Hounslow Council and South Western Railway to install new lifts.

The work is due to be completed early next year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The King is being urged to restore Middlesex County.

The former postal county used to include areas like Staines, Hounslow and Feltham.

But it was merged with greater London in 1965 after 1,300 years. 

Yesterday was annual Middlesex Day and flags were flown outside council offices including Spelthorne’s and Lord’s Cricket ground. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Epsom and St Helier bosses say they want to start work on the new hospital in Sutton as soon as possible.

They say they have made a strong case for more upfront investment from central Government. 

Currently, the new hospital at Sutton won’t be ready until 2027 at the earliest.

Bosses say diverting money to fix things like mould and peeling paintwork just takes it away from the frontline. 

The Conservatives pledged to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 under former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The crisis in mental health care is taking Surrey Police officers off the frontline.

That’s according to the county’s commissioner, Lisa Townsend, who says two officers recently spent a full week with a single vulnerable person.

She says the number of hours police in Surrey are spending with people in crisis has almost trebled in the last 7 years.

Lisa Townsend says Surrey will soon follow a new initiative called Right Care, Right Person, which began in Humberside.

The process involves social care staff triaging incoming 999 control room calls with them dealing with non police maters.   

The model has saved officers in Humberside more than 1,100 hours per month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A number of roads were closed earlier in Sunbury after a suspected World War II bomb was discovered.

Police were called to the riverside opposite St Mary’s Church just after midday.

A member of the public reported the find. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The trial of the Croydon tram crash driver is underway at the Old Bailey.

Alfred Dorris is accused of endangering safety by attempting a curve at more than three times the speed limit in 2016.

The incident at Sandilands stop left seven people dead and many more injured.

He denies the charges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Black African and Black Caribbean people living in Croydon are being offered access to a free weight management scheme.

The programme is specifically tailored to meet cultural food preferences and lifestyles.

It’s after evidence showed fewer residents from these communities were accessing the borough’s weight management programmes.

The work is being funded by a ring-fenced public health grant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Saracens and Sale will wear their away kits in rugby union’s premiership final at Twickenham at the end of the month.

It’s in a move to help colour blind supporters.

A clash of black and red would have caused problems for people watching the match with the condition.

Saracens will now wear white with Sale in maroon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

Novak Djokovic says Putney’s Cameron Norrie's attempt to "bring the fire" in their Italian Open tennis clash backfired

He reached his 17th successive Rome quarter-final with a straight sets victory over the British number one.

Djokovic was unhappy with Norrie's behaviour during the match, after he hit a smash at him while his back was turned.

But he knows it was nothing personal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Accessibility improvements are underway at Isleworth station

The £3m worth of upgrades will include new lifts and walkways to ensure step free access to the central platforms. 

Brentford MP Ruth Cadbury says such revamps are “a crucial part in making London a welcoming city for everyone”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

A podcast designed at helping people with dementia connect with the outside world has been created for a charity in Surbiton

The Royal Star and Garter is home to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. 

Dan Milne, from Narativ London which has created the podcast, explains how it came into being.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

A group of travellers have arrived on Kew Green

Richmond Council says they’ve started the welfare checks and legal process to “move them on as soon as possible”.

It adds that traveller camps breach its Public Space Protection Orders which prohibit unauthorised access and camping.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Croydon Council is intervening to help young people at risk of becoming involved in violence

It’s awarded £80,000 to three community organisations so they can deliver group activities and one-to-one mentoring. 

Youngsters will also have access to first aid, sports and music programmes as well as specially designed workshops for girls. 

The council invited organisations to bid for the funding grants from London’s Violence Reduction Unit last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Tuesday 16 May 2023

Heathrow is being accused of trying to “suppress pay for its lowest paid workers”.

Unite the Union claims that a percentage increase in the London Living Wage is being taken into account in any pay rises.

Wayne King, from the Union, says they’re tyring to “cheat the lowest paid workers out of their dues”.

We’ve contacted Heathrow for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Putney’s Cameron Norrie has been beaten by world tennis number one Novak Djokovic in the last-16 of the Italian Open.

Djokovic reached the quarter-finals in straight sets in Rome.

Meanwhile, Australian Nick Kyrgios ((pron: kee-ree-oss)) has withdrawn from the French Open due to his ongoing knee injury.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Three men - who obtained passports for criminals over 20 years - have been jailed.

The gang - who're in their 60s and 70s - supplied documents to smugglers and traffickers.

They paid people who looked similar to their clients for old passports, which they then renewed with photos of on-the-run criminals.

One of the men, Alan Thompson from Sutton, and charged up to £20,000 a time for this service.

Craig Turner from the National Crime Agency says the resulting papers were a 'golden ticket'.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has been arrested after a police chase ended in Twickenham yesterday afternoon.

At quarter past four, the 55-year-old male diver failed to stop on Hampton Road and was pursued by officers.

The vehicle collided with two police cars before coming to a stop on Strawberry Vale.

He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, attempted grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Chelsea Women have signed German midfielder Sjoeke Nusken from Eintracht Frankfurt.

She's agreed a three-year deal and will arrive at the club in July.

Nusken has scored twice in 15 international appearances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A new special school is to be built on the disused Barnes Hospital site.

The London River Academy will provide places for up to 90 primary and secondary aged children.

It’ll be run by The Beckmead Trust.

Beckmead provides support for traumatised young people with special educational needs, autism and challenging behaviour. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Fulham midfielder Willian says the club needs to use its impressive season to push for future success.

The early-season favourites for relegation have defied the odds and currently sit tenth in the Premier League.

Willian's contract at Craven Cottage runs out at the end of the current campaign.

But the Brazilian thinks there are more good times to come at the club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police have released CCTV images of an attack in Chiswick which led to a man’s death.

The victim was thrown against the wall of the station by three men just before midnight on October the 14th. 

He was knocked unconscious, suffered a brain bleed and fractured skull before passing away in hospital in January. 

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Three men have been jailed for nearly 18 years for a scheme which allowed criminals to escape justice.

61 year-old Anthony Beard from Sydenham paid vulnerable people for their passports over a period of 20 years.

He renewed them with photos of murderers and drug dealers who could flee abroad.

He ran the scam with two other men, including Alan Thompson from Sutton, and charged up to £20,000 a time.

Craig Turner from the National Crime Agency says the impact was huge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

"Middlesex Day" is celebrated across parts of London and Surrey

Middlesex Day recalls the history of Middlesex County, which incorporated central London, and stretched out to Staines.

Middlesex was originally known as 'Middle Saxon' and was first recorded in 704 in a Saxon Charter and many within Spelthorne continue to identify with the county and flag today. 

The distinctive design of the former county flag contains a gold crown and three short-notched seaxes on a red background.

The heritage of the county still lives on and imagery of the county, baring the crest and flags, can be found across the borough on local landmarks.

Russell Grant, president of Middlesex Heritage & Spelthorne Heritage, said "Spelthorne has a very special place at the heart of Middlesex' heritage. Spelthorne Borough Council bears the name of an ancient Middlesex Hundred: an administrative area dating way back to mid-Saxon times.

Middlesex Day celebrates 1320 years of our great County but please, not be confused with a Middlesex County Council, which lasted only 76 years and even then, ruled only two thirds of the geographical County. The two are not and have never been the same.

May 16th, was chosen as our County day in remembrance of the heroic Middlesex Regiment. On that day in May 1811 the Middlesex held back the might of Napoleon at the battle of Albuhera, Spain, where they earned the glorious nickname: 'The Diehards'.

The Middlesex' Great War regimental drum is forever under the guardianship of St Mary's Church, Staines, where it hangs with the County's colours in memory of the men of the Middlesex who made the ultimate sacrifice. All towns and villages in the Borough are tightly bound together under one richly historic identity - that of Middlesex. Not just for one day but always. May 16th is a time to celebrate, remember and recognise our very own County of Middlesex."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Twickenham's historic rugby stadium is being transformed into a 9-hole golf course next month

Twickenham Stadium will be the flagship venue for a new golf tour arriving in the UK straight from the USA. 

The tour will take place throughout the summer and include five other stadia. Twickenham will host upwards of 7,000 golfers when the tour arrives there between June the 8th and 11th. On those dates, the stadium will be transformed into a 9-hole golf course, but with a surprising new format and scoring system.

Instead of just walking around the pitch, the nine tee boxes will be situated on specially constructed platforms situated around the stadium bowl. Golfers will then hit shots onto the related green situated on the pitch, with a self-scoring system from Eagle to Double Bogie, depending on how close to the hole they get.

The format allows each golfer to witness the atmosphere of the stadium, while taking part in engaging and competitive golf for groups of up to eight at a time.

"This is an incredible partnership, which will turn an 82,000-seater stadium into a visionary, powerful and exciting golf course," comments Nils Braude, Managing Director, Twickenham Experience Limited. "We're delighted to form a pivotal role in such an innovative tour. Everyone at Twickenham will make sure we play our part by offering great hospitality and experience to every one of the golfers that comes and plays at the Home of England Rugby."

"We wanted to kick off the UK Tour by going to some amazing stadiums with great fan bases," Michael Wiggins, president of the Stadium Golf Tour said. "So Twickenham Stadium is right on top of the list."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Council is denying it’s falling behind planning targets, as it faces having some powers taken away.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has written to them, saying that they should be determining 70% of non-major planning applications within eight weeks.

However, the council says that over the past year, they’ve been routinely above 90%, and his figures take into account issues over lockdown.

It adds that they had capacity issues in 2020 and 2021, and recruited a new management team in early 2022 to address this.

A statement from Jackie King, Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, along with 9 other local authorities, have received a letter from the Secretary of State for Levelling up Housing & Communities confirming that he is concerned that the Council’s performance on Minor and Other planning applications fell short of expectations between October 2020 and September 2022.

 The Council has been fully aware of this historic issue relating to performance over that period, which was a result of Covid and capacity-related issues. Having acknowledged the issues, the Council took swift decisive action to address issues, resulting in the recruitment of a new management team in early 2022, the securing of additional staffing resourcing within the department as well as investing in IT and improved ways of working.  Additional process reviews and follow on improvements were identified and implemented.  All actions and process improvements have the full support of members.  

 As a result of the Council’s actions, performance on planning applications has improved rapidly and significantly. 

 Since early 2022, the Council has continued to determine well over 90% of planning applications within the statutory timescale target, compared to the government threshold of 70%. 

 Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have demonstrated a sustained improvement in service and performance and have been in regular contact with officials at DLUHC over the past year to keep them up to date with the progress which the Council has made. 

 When the Minister reviews Epsom & Ewell’s performance again in June, the Council will be able show five successive quarters of performance well above the 70% target: 

 • APR/MAY/JUN 2022 – 95%

JUL/AUG/SEP 2022 – 92%

OCT/NOV/DEC 2022 – 94%

JAN/FEB/MAR 2023 – 96%

APR/MAY/JUN 2023 – 97% (to date)

 Once reviewed we are hopeful that the Minister will acknowledge and recognise that the issues the Council faced were historic and temporary in nature and this council has taken significant proactive steps to address and improve.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man from Kew is trying to raise £50,000 in just 16 days for school children in Ukraine.

Robin Jowit visited the country to see how the war is affecting young people’s education. 

He says the situation in some places was so dire, he decided he had to launch the fundraiser.

He wants to spend the money donated on new equipment, and more importantly, on electricity generators.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The brigade tackled a flat fire in Hounslow yesterday.

Firefighters were called to Staines Road just before 5pm where Part of a flat on the first floor and part of the roof was damaged.

There are not reports of any injuries.

The fire is being treated as accidental and is believed to have involved a fridge freezer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

One man has been arrested after reports of a late night burglary in Cobham

Police were called to Portsmouth Road at around 1.30am on the 6th of May.

A number of nitrous oxide canisters were stolen by a group of people, who then drove off towards Esher.

A 26-year-old from Sutton has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including drug possession and burglary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Doctors have cycled around the Greater London border to demonstrate their support for ULEZ expansion

The group says that the NHS is struggling to cope with the consequences of air pollution in the capital. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 43, which he says he developed while training in Tooting for the London Marathon. 

He says that the £12.50 daily charge on the most polluting vehicles will clean up London’s “toxic” air.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

The man who was killed in a motorbike collision in Streatham has been named as 44-year-old Ronaldo Medeiros De Oliveira

Police were called at around 8.15pm on Thursday to Leigham Court Road. 

A blue BMW was left abandoned at the scene, and the force is looking for three people who allegedly fled afterwards. 

A 22-year-old man was arrested, but has been released with no further action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

People in Croydon will get to question their Mayor at an event tonight

The Mayor’s Question Time is part of a series of borough-wide events hosted by Jason Perry. 

Residents in the borough voted to switch from the previous system of a leader and a cabinet, to one with an elected mayor, last year. 

Tonight’s event is taking place at Christ Church C of E Primary, Montpelier Road, Purley, from 6 o’clock. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Diners at a pub in New Malden are being assured it does not have a pest infestation

Wetherspoons has responded to photos that appear to show mousetraps at The Watchman circulating on social media.

One diner claimed that the trap was visible at the pub at the Fountain Roundabout during lunchtime service. 

A spokesperson for the chain says “measures to prevent pest activity are commonly used in food premises.

Humane traps are part of that process.  We are sorry that their presence caused concern to customers. 

We can assure customers that The Watchman does not have a pest infestation.”

The pub holds a maximum five star food hygiene rating from Kingston Council in the “Scores on the Doors” scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Monday 15 May 2023

A new staff garden at St Peter’s Hospital in Ashford has been opened by a royal guest.

Birgitte Van Deurs, The Duchess of Gloucester, opened the area on Friday.

The courtyard garden was transformed into a tranquil space for staff, to honour the hard work they do and the risks they take.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

40 fire engines were called to a blaze in Hounslow on Saturday.

Firefighters were called just before 6:30 on Saturday evening to a derelict building on Jubilee way.

A small part of the first floor of was damaged, there are no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Rafael Nadal's participation in the French Open hangs in the balance after he turned down a wildcard entry into this week's ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux.

The Spaniard - who's hoping to defend his Grand Slam title at Roland Garros later this month - hasn't played since the Australian Open due to injury.

Two time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will play the Bordeaux warm-up tournament though and has been handed a tough draw.

He could face fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in his first match.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are urgently trying to locate a missing teenage girl from Streatham.

They are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 14 year old Eloise.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are believed to be searching Kempton Nature Reserve in Sunbury.

It’s after serial killer Levi Bellfield admitted the murder of Elizabeth Chau, who vanished from Ealing in 1999.

The 54-year-old is already serving a whole life sentence for three other murders.

He claimed last week that he’s also responsible for the death of 19 year old Miss Chau and hiding her body in woodland. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

More than 100 CCTV cameras are being upgraded across Hammersmith and Fulham.

20 have already been transformed into fully automated 360-degree cameras as part of the £5.4 million programme. 

The network of almost 2,000 cameras is the densest anywhere in the country.

The council says the service plays a key role in detecting threatening and dangerous behaviour and reducing street crime.

CCTV operators helped the police make an arrest in over 1,000 cases over the last year. 

All recordings are deleted after 30 days unless explicitly requested otherwise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing into an accident on the M25 at Leatherhead on Saturday.

A blue Tesla and a motorbike collided on the anticlockwise stretch between Junctions 8 and 9 at around 3pm. 

The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

His next of kin has been informed and are being supported by officers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Police investigating the death of a motorcyclist following a collision in Streatham are asking for dash-cam footage.

The victim, a man in his 40s, died at the scene in Leigham Court Road on Thursday evening.

Officers know his identity and have informed his next of kin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey is one of 12 councils outside of London that have been given new powers to fine drivers.

The authorities had to apply to the Department of Transport to be able to issue Penalty Charge Notices for moving traffic offences.

These have historically only been the responsibility of the police.

Louise Thomas from is urging drivers to know the rules surrounding things like yellow box junctions and bus lanes. 

A spokesperson for Surrey County Council says; “moving traffic enforcement powers can help us to keep road users safe by deterring drivers from committing offences which can create potential dangers for both pedestrians and other road users, as well as causing congestion and interrupting traffic flow.

“We’ll be consulting with local residents and highway users about all potential locations before any cameras are installed.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Around 25 Just Stop Oil protesters have been demonstrating in Hammersmith and Kensington.

Just after 11, police said they were aware of the group on Hammersmith Road heading towards Kensington Olympia.

It’s been causing problems on Kensington High Street.

It’s the group’s fourth week of marching protests, as they campaign for an end to fossil fuel projects.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea are celebrating winning the Women's FA Cup for a third successive year

Emma Hayes' side beat Manchester United 1-nil at Wembley Stadium.

A crowd of over 77,000 watched the match to set a new world record for an attendance at a women's domestic football fixture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Average rents on a newly-let home outside London have passed £1,000 per month for the first time

That's 7.8% more than the same time last year - or an extra £72 per month.

In Greater London, the average has risen 17% to £ 2,210. 

The figures from Hamptons show this occurred less than three years after the figures which include London passed the same milestone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Twickenham’s MP is throwing her support behind the new £40 million Diamond Jubilee Gardens riverside development

Munira Wilson says she believes it’s a “wonderful opportunity to make the precious space even more vibrant and family friendly.”

Richmond Council had to use its powers to compulsory purchase the site, which was controlled by the Twickenham Riverside Trust.  

A public inquiry is taking place next month which will decide if the authority was right to pursue the order.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

It was a bad day for Surrey Warriors Spartans in the Surrey Cricket League this weekend

One of the frontrunners last season managed only 71 runs, and they were beaten by Epic, who scored 131.

Surrey Warriors Strikers lost to Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth, but by a more respectable three wickets.

Brentford thrashed London Welsh by 125 runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

There are calls for so called “district heat networks” to be subject to more Government control

Carshalton MP Elliot Colburn has raised the issue in Parliament citing problems at the New Mill Quarter housing estate in Hackbridge.

He claims residents there experience blackouts, don’t benefit from the energy price cap, and are unable to change suppliers for a better deal. 

He says the problem of council controlled heat networks should have been sorted before the new build estate was developed in 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

Two mothers who lost their daughters to severe allergic reactions have asked the health secretary to appoint a national lead for people living with allergies

In a letter to Steve Barclay, Tanya Ednan-Laperouse and Emma Turay say there's currently no clear lines of accountability for overall NHS provision of allergy care. 

Putney-based Tanya lost her daughter, Natasha, after she ate a bun from Pret A Manger which included sesame at Heathrow airport. 

It's ahead of a debate in the commons on a petition which calls for a "champion for people with allergies".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 14 May 2023

Sutton Council is looking for residents to work with them providing short breaks for children and young people with disabilities.

Short breaks enable individuals with disabilities to develop skills and gain independence.

It also provides carers a much-needed rest from caring responsibilities.

An in-person session is being held on the 26th May at the Sutton Civic Services, and you can find more details on the Council website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 pm  

Last night music fans turned up in Battersea Park to the official Eurovision London Fan zone.

Many came support the UK’s entry in Eurovision and put on face paint.

More than 100 free tickets were given away to Ukrainians living in the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

A man’s been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in Wandsworth.

It’s after reports police were called to a collision between two cars on Garratt Lane just before 1.45pm this afternoon. 

So far no injuries have been reported. 

The driver of one of the cars, a man has been arrested and remains in custody while enquiries continue. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Some council tenants living in Kensington and Chelsea are being given access to thermal imaging cameras.

The devices, on offer from the council, help identify cold spots in their homes.

The authority can then offer solutions like draft excluders and radio reflectors to improve insulation and ventilation.

Housing and buildings are currently the biggest carbon emitters in the borough, accounting for 80% of carbon emissions.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Free lifeguard training is being offered to teenagers across Elmbridge.

It’s part of the council’s Respect the Water campaign. 

Free swimming lessons are also being given to children during the May half term. 

The authority has committed £30,000 to drowning prevention measures over the next two years. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Thames Water has apologised to people in New Malden after reports a bad smell has been plaguing the area for weeks

Chloe Norman reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

More than 8,000 people have signed Sutton Council’s petition against the ULEZ expansion

The authority has been calling on the Mayor of London to halt his plans and is refusing to cooperate with its installation.

Sadiq Khan says the £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting vehicles is necessary.

A judicial review of the scheme, which expands to every London borough in August, is due to take place at the High Court in July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

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