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Monday, 28 November 2022

Surrey County Council says it is disappointed that the Mayor of London has decided to expand the ULEZ.

Councillors say the key financial impacts on Surrey’s residents has not been addressed. 

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will be extended to greater London next August. 

This means drivers of the most polluting cars will have to pay £12.50 per day to use their vehicles. 

Surrey County Council says its own Transport Plan sets out a similar vision and its on track to reduce carbon emissions. 

The council says its worried about the financial impact for a significant number of Surrey residents, communities, and businesses. 

Councillors say they await clarity from the Mayor on “these important points which have yet to be answered.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Royal Parks is looking to recruit thousands of people to help it make decisions about its open spaces.

The charity manages some of London’s most iconic parks including Richmond, Bushy and Kensington Gardens. 

Panel members will be need to fill in two online surveys a year and can also take part in other surveys and polls. 

The information gathered will be used to help run and improve the sites and the way they are used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Special educational needs services for children across Merton are back on track.

Significant weaknesses were first identified in a report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission back in 2019. 

But improvements have been seen in key areas including education, health and care during the latest inspection last month. 

The new report also noted that the improvements took place against the “challenging” backdrop of Covid 19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are encouraging motorcycle owners to give their vehicles “TLC” after one was stolen in Leatherhead.

Trace, lock and cover are the steps that officers recommend owners take to prevent their vehicle from being stolen.

Tracking systems can improve the chances of recovering your motorcycle and covering it makes it harder to steal.

It was taken from Station Approach on Friday but was later recovered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

From today, delivery drivers won’t be able to park on the pick-up and drop-off bays outside Wimbledon station.

It comes following a campaign by the area’s MP, Stephen Hammond, who says they were being used by scooter drivers.

He said in August that a space in a nearby car park had been allocated for use by riders, but that it wasn’t being used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man from Addlestone has been found guilty of drink driving.

22 year old Joel Welland has been disqualified for 12 months and received £837 in fines, costs and surcharges.

Back in October, he was seen leaving a pub in a van and driving at excess speed.

He was arrested after being pulled over and breathalysed, which showed a reading of nearly double the legal limit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Response from Surrey Police in regards to complaint launched by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

We have responded to the national super-complaint submitted by Suzy Lamplugh Trust, on behalf of the National Stalking Consortium, outlining the group’s concerns that forces across England and Wales are failing in their response to victims of stalking.

“Stalking has a devastating impact on victims and it’s imperative that we deal with the behaviour early on to both safeguard victims and stop perpetrators from continuing and escalating in offending.

“We introduced stalking champions in 2018 and currently have 34 across the Force who have received enhanced training in order to offer support and guidance. They have played a vital role in informing our training process, which mandates training about stalking for all new officers and includes regular refresher training for all front-line roles.

“We are a small force and apply for a high number of Stalking Protection Orders relative to our size, with the number rising year-on-year. While we know there is more to do, we achieved a 50% increase in solved outcomes between November 2021 and this month compared to the year between November 2020 and 2021.

“Stalking requires us to work together with other agencies to ensure early and effective intervention. In recognition of this, we hold monthly meetings with senior and specialist officers and partner agencies to review how we can progress ongoing cases, ensuring that the judicial process is aligned, from supporting victims to ensuring evidence is being gathered effectively to secure charges from the CPS. In addition, our contact centre operators and force control room team have completed training to ensure they recognise cases of stalking and deploy officers to them at the earliest opportunity.

“Although progress has been made, we are committed to holding our processes to the highest standard right across the board and will continue to work hard to address this most traumatic of crimes. We want people who come to us to report that they’ve been a victim of stalking to know that we will listen, we will understand, and we will help. Please report to us on our website, through a private message on any of our social channels, or by phoning 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

Police have arrested a man after a fatal stabbing in Richmond in the early hours of Saturday.

The 32 year has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Officers were called Richmond Bridge at around 4am to reports of a stabbing.

31 year old Reece Newcombe was reportedly attacked with a piece of glass and later died in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Deputy PM Dominic Raab has come under fire for reportedly spending £23,000 on a private flight.

The Esher MP took it to “convene a large group of international allies” with regards to the invasion of Ukraine.

The Sun reports that it took around an hour, and took him and nine officials back to Britain from The Hague.

His office says that it was to provide the International Criminal Court with the support, funding and technical assistance to investigate alleged Russian war crimes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police say the driver of a car that was involved in a fatal collision in North Cheam did not stop at the scene.

Officers were called to Courtenay Road just after 6pm on Thursday.

78 year old Juan Veiga-Vidal from Sutton died at the scene. 

No arrests have been made and police are trying to locate the driver of the vehicle. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

There are plans to convert Stamford Bridge into a music venue during the day, with 24-hour access to the concourse

Licensing plans have been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which would allow alcohol and live music between 10am and 11pm.

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands says he’s “totally opposed” to the plan and he’s working with the club to “get to the bottom of this”.

The club has declined to comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

If you're taking advantage of Cyber Monday offers, you may have to wait to get your goods delivered due to strikes

Royal Mail workers have deliberately timed their latest action to coincide with the shopping day.

More than 100-thousand members of the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union will walk out on Wednesday and Thursday because of an on-going pay dispute.

Royal Mail's chief executive Simon Thompson says they've put forward a fair offer to staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

People in Surrey who fall over and need medical help getting up are going to be helped with a community team, not an ambulance

The South East Coast Ambulance Service says that falls make up a “significant” number of 999 calls, but many don’t immediately result in serious injury. 

It’s therefore having volunteers initially respond to falls, with a clinician giving a follow-up call later in the day. 

The scheme aims to make sure people are helped quickly, as the probability of needing hospital treatment rises by 10% every hour spent on the floor.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

New research by Kingston University shows foodbanks are evolving to try and end the stigma associated with them

Kingston and London Metropolitan Universities looked at how some foodbanks in Surrey and Sussex are taking a community supermarket approach. 

This means they are accessible to everyone and there is no “shame” in having to be referred to a foodbank. 

They found the  element of choice in a community supermarket approach also gives clients dignity, by feeling more like a shopping experience.

 First established in the UK in 2,000 to tackle food poverty, foodbanks have traditionally been used by people experiencing financial difficulty.   

The pandemic resulted in increased demand, including from people who had never experienced food insecurity previously. 

New approaches include having a subscription model, where visitors pay £3 or £5 per shop but get food worth more than several times that amount. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

The man who was killed during a fight on Richmond Bridge has been named as 31-year-old Reece Newcombe from Egham

Emergency crews were called at around 4am on Saturday.

It’s believed he had been stabbed with a piece of broken glass.

No arrests have been made so far, although police believe that some people may have mobile phone footage of the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Scientists have found mussel numbers in the River Thames in London have declined by almost 95% since the 1960s

A study conducted by the University of Cambridge shows one species, the depressed river mussel, has completely gone.

Biologists are concerned as they filter the water of algae and provide places for other creatures to live.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Kingston Council’s leader says the extra funding announced for adult social care in the Autumn Budget is not enough

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed plans to raise spending in the sector by £2.8 billion next year.

But Kingston’s Lib Dem leader Andreas Kirsch says that more than half of everything spent in the borough goes on social care.

He claims Government funding of £4,000 this year means it’s getting harder to protect vital services for residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home says it will continue to advocate for people who want a pet but are renting

It’s after a cat was forced to spend its first birthday in the shelter after his owner’s landlord told him no pets were allowed at the property.

The charity says the young tabby found himself in new, unknown surroundings through no fault of his own.

Battersea’s campaign ‘Pet Friendly Properties’ works to find solutions so that animals can stay with their owners in rented accommodation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Thousands of nitrous oxide canisters have been sent to the Beddington Incinerator over the last few months

Operator Viridor say the ‘creamer canisters’ have arrived mixed in with household waste.

Many are intercepted, but those that do go through the waste treatment process can explode, causing a safety risk.

Viridor is asking residents or commercial users of these canisters not to place them in their bins but to dispose of them responsibly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

A Surbiton care home’s revamped garden has been given the Royal seal of approval

Princess Alexandra visited Royal Star & Garter to see the spruced-up outside space and speak to residents earlier this week.

The charity provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

It also has homes in Solihull and High Wycombe and Princess Alexandra is its President.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Saturday, 26 November 2022

England head coach Eddie Jones says defeat to South Africa in the 2019 rugby union World Cup still haunts his side.
They face them again at Twickenham this evening.

He made the comments even though the team have already beaten the Springboks since 2019. 

Kick-off is at 530pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Police have been called after reports of a fight on Richmond Bridge this morning.

One person has been seriously injured and taken to hospital. A crime scene remains in place on the bridge and surrounding roads. 

There have been no arrests and investigations are ongoing.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

A “rogue” landlord from Putney has been fined more than £7,000 after being taken to court by Lambeth Council.
51 year old Frank Otuo was allowing five people to live at his property in Streatham.

But the council requires owners of Houses in Multiple Occupation to be licensed to ensure suitable living standards, which he was not. 

The amount of rent being paid to Otuo totalled more than £4,000 a month. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Richmond’s council leader says the new Twickenham Riverside development will benefit residents and visitors for years to come.

Gareth Roberts has been speaking to Jackie News after proposals for the site were agreed after years of back and forth with residents.  

The new scheme will include affordable housing, leisure facilities and an open event space.

Mr Roberts has recognised the process has been controversial. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

People in a part of Streatham are being asked if they’d like to see a Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme introduced.

Lambeth Council is asking for feedback on proposals to create one in Streatham Wells.

The schemes, which reduce motor vehicle access, aim to create safer spaces for pedestrians while helping clean the air of pollutants. 

A recent study by Imperial College London has found LTNs do not push pollution onto surrounding roads as a result. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

England aim to continue their good record against South Africa at Twickenham in their rugby union international this evening.

Eddie Jones’ side have won their last three Tests against the current world champions at home.

Captain Owen Farrell says they’re expecting a physical challenge.

The match is their final game of the autumn series.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Artificial intelligence-enabled eye scans could one day be used to predict whether a person is at high risk of heart disease.

It’s all down to a new study involving researchers from Kingston University.

Their findings could pave the way for cardiovascular screening to be done using cameras and not blood tests and measurements. 

Circulatory diseases, including stroke, account for one in four UK deaths. 

It’s hoped the eye scan algorithms developed by Kingston University researchers could one day be rolled out on the high street.

The findings have been published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday, 25 November 2022

Roehampton police say they’ve closed an investigation into a fire due to a lack of evidence.

Emergency crews were called on the 12th of this month to Highcliffe Drive, to a blaze caused by a stray firework.

The force says that a lack of CCTV and forensic opportunities meant no suspects could be identified.

There were no reports of any injuries, but a balcony was destroyed.

Police add that they’re conducting patrols to prevent the misuse of fireworks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is to be expanded to cover all of London.

It means that from the 29th of August, cars which are judged to be the most polluting will have to pay £12.50 a day.

There will be an increased scrappage scheme fund of £110m, and disabled drivers are to be given amnesty until 2027.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the news on social media earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Croydon is winter ready.

Eight low-emission gritting vehicles have been put into circulation and the borough’s 578 salt bins are being topped up.

The council’s salt barn is home to around 5,000 tonnes of the mineral, which is enough to grit from London to New Zealand and back again.

Drains are also being unblocked and 400 sandbags are ready to be deployed if needed. 

The authority says keeping roads and pavements clear is a priority. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Kingston has had a “positive recovery” from the COVID pandemic.

That’s according to Kingston First, the team set up to make sure that business in the town centre is thriving. 

Chief Executive Kirsten Henly says the town consistently tracks below the national average on shop vacancy, including in 2020. 

She explains why Kingston appears to have weathered the pandemic well. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A 32 year old man has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital stay, after a fatal stabbing in a part of Addlestone year.

42-year-old Gary Hopkins was attacked outside his home in New Haw in October last year.

David Jacobs pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, due to a serious mental health disorder.

Guildford Crown Court heard from two forensic psychiatrists that his judgement was substantially impaired.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is to be expanded to cover all of London from next August the 29th.

That’s despite a public consultation from Transport for London that showed 80% of people in the area were opposed to the move.

But London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says it’s vital to halt air pollution. 

Carshalton and Wallington’s Conservative MP Elliot Colburn led a campaign against ULEZ expansion. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A third official complaint has been made against the deputy prime minister Dominic Raab.

Number 10 says it relates to the Esher and Walton MP’s conduct at the Department for Exiting the EU, which he led in 2018.

An investigation, which is looking at two claims of bullying, is being widened.

Mr Raab denies wrongdoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two men from Birmingham have been jailed for sexually assaulting a woman while visiting Hammersmith.

In November 2018, 26-year-old Jake Johnson and 32-year-old Matthew Bibb invited a homeless woman to join them in their hotel.

They initially denied they’d been in the hotel room, but a case was built using CCTV, witness testimonies, and forensic evidence.

They’ve been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The plans to redevelop Twickenham Riverside has been approved unanimously by the council.

The scheme will deliver 50% affordable housing, office space, shops, a café.

There’s also going to be an open space, which requires the moving of Diamond Jubilee Gardens into the centre of the development.

The council hopes it will be a “magnet” for residents and visitors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

A six-year-old has died after an outbreak of Strep A bacteria at a primary school in Ashford.

An email from parents seen by the PA news agency says a year 2 pupil is in hospital after developing the illness but is showing "showing positive signs of recovery".

Antibiotics have been prescribed to students in that age group and teachers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

Ministers are making it a crime to share so-called "downblousing" images to help bring abusers to justice

An amendment to the Online Safety Bill means those who also pass on "deepfakes" - explicit content altered to look like someone without their consent - could be jailed.

Laws to tackle hidden cameras are to also be brought forward.

Justice Secretary and Esher MP Dominic Raab says they're prepared to "come down like a tonne of bricks" on such offenders.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

One child has died and another has been taken to hospital, after a disease outbreak at a school in Ashford

The infection is called Scarlet Fever, or Strep A, which is a bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics. 

Symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea. 

The other child is believed to be recovering, and both of them are believed to be in the same year group.

Dr Claire Winslade, health protection consultant at UKHSA South East, said:

“We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of a pupil at Ashford Church of England School, and our thoughts are with their family, friends and the school community.

“As a precautionary measure, we have recommended antibiotics to pupils and staff in the same year groups as the individuals affected. We have provided advice to the school to help prevent further cases and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Information has been shared with parents about the signs and symptoms of iGAS, which include high fever with severe muscle aches, pain in one area of the body and unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea. Anyone with these symptoms should call NHS111 immediately.”

Ruth Hutchinson, Director of Public Health, Surrey County Council said:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of a pupil at Ashford Church of England School and we offer our sincere condolences to their family, friends and the whole school community, who are in our thoughts. 

“Our school relationships team, available 24/7, has provided the school with guidance during this tragic time and our public health team are working closely with UKHSA, school leaders and health partners to take appropriate health protection measures and ensure children, parents and carers at the school are appropriately supported.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expanding the ultra-low emission zone for older vehicles to the whole of the capital

Hundreds of thousands more drivers will face a daily fee of £12.50 from the end of August next year for using the roads.

The ULEZ  pollution charge zone charges vehicles that emit a certain level of nitrogen dioxide to promote better air quality.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

People in Kingston say moving the town’s hospital into a different constituency doesn’t make sense

The Boundary Commission is currently consulting on its final proposed changes to constituencies nationwide. 

The number here in London would increase from 73 to 75 with the aim of making each voting area statistically fairer.  

But under the plans, Kingston Hospital would become part of a new Wimbledon and Coombe constituency.

People have taken to social media to lambast the plans, saying even though the hospital wouldn’t physically move, it should stay within the Kingston boundary. 

The consultation ends on the 5th of December. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

A motorcyclist is in a critical condition following a collision in Wimbledon

Emergency crews were called to Weir Road on Wednesday, at around 12.25pm, following a collision between a lorry and a motorcycle. 

The man, aged 48, was taken to hospital. 

The driver stopped at the scene and is helping police, and no arrests have been made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

There’s been a surge in female plasma donors since “female friendly” machines launched at the Twickenham Donor Centre in July

There are now 293 women donors at the London Road site, making up 18% of the active donor base. 

Only about 5% of donors were female before the machines were introduced, which is fewer than 100 people. 

The new machines are female friendly because they take out a smaller amount of blood at a time and filter out the plasma faster. 

That makes it safe for smaller and slighter people to donate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Dog walkers in Hammersmith could risk a fine if they’re unable to produce a plastic bag, under proposed rules.

The council says they’re receiving concerns from residents and the behaviour of some dogs and “irresponsible dog owners”.

Other rules could includes rules to stop dogs entering playgrounds and sports areas, and powers to force dogs to be put on leads.

The Dog Control PSPO is up for consultation on the council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The government is hoping to boost the number of magistrates by 4,000.

The Ministry of Justice wants people from all walks of life to apply, to create a diverse system.

Sara Brown from Tooting is a magistrate, and tells us what changes she’s seen during her time.

Applications are now open, anyone looking to volunteer should visit for more information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Wandsworth has been chosen by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as the home of a major new numeracy support scheme.

The London Multiply Programme will help around 31,000 people in London with no or low numeracy skills.

Around 300 free courses will help them manage everyday tasks such as household budgeting and supporting children with homework.

More than 1,500 people in Wandsworth alone are expected to benefit from the service over the next 3 years. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A cancer support centre in Isleworth is aiming to raise £3,000 in just one week.

The Mulberry Centre based at West Middlesex University Hospital is taking part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge.

Any money donated during the time will be doubled by The Big Give’s Champions. 

A number of celebrities from Chris Packham to Claudia Winkleman are urging people to dig as deep as they can.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm  

A picture of a man has been released after an assault at Hammersmith Bus Station.

On the 19th of August, at around 5pm, the victim got off the 295 bus and was attacked.

They suffered “serious injuries”.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The Ministry of Justice says that no legal experience is needed to become a magistrate, and is urging people to sign up.

Sara Brown from Tooting left a demanding career to raise her family, but became a magistrate to do something outside that unit.

She tells us why its so important that the system is representative of people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

People across Hounslow are being encouraged to take responsibility for their own alcohol related actions this Christmas.

The council is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel while under the influence and to stop friends doing the same. 

Evidence from Think! has found that men aged between 17 and 24 are four times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads.

There are still around 1,600 alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads in Britain every year according to DfT figures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

A mother who stabbed a convicted paedophile to death after her three sons said they were sexually abused by him has spoken out publicly.

Sarah Sands killed Michael Pleasted in his flat on the estate in Silvertown in East London where they all lived in 2014.

The 77 year old was on bail at the time and also accused of sexual offences against other young boys on the state.  

Sarah has spoken out alongside her sons in a new BBC documentary “Killing My Children’s Abuser.”

During her court case, it emerged that Pleasted had changed his name from Robin Moult and was a convicted paedophile. 

He had 24 previous convictions including a charge for indecently assaulting a young boy on Ham Common in 1970 when he lived in Kingston . 

But nobody, including the council that was housing him, knew about his past.

Sarah Sands was cleared of murder but served four years in jail for manslaughter.

She is now campaigning for tighter restrictions on sex offenders who change their names.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Police are looking for a person who drove a dirt bike into a shop in Egham

Police were called on Tuesday night to a shop on Station Road North. 

The rider was with two other people on similar bikes, and are alleged to have committed “numerous other motoring offences” along their route. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

There are reports it'll be much quicker getting through airport security within a couple of years because of new 3D screening equipment

The Times newspaper thinks limits on liquids will be scrapped and you won't have to take laptops out of your bags because of the technology.

It's already being tested at Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham as part of a review, and an official announcement could apparently be made "in the coming weeks."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Postal workers, teachers and university lecturers are all on strike today

Disruption's expected today and tomorrow, on Black Friday, as postal workers go on strike.

The Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union has rejected what Royal Mail is calling its final pay offer.

It was a 9% rise over 18 months.

Meanwhile almost all schools in Scotland are closed today as members of the EIS union strike over pay.

Rail staff are also planning action either side of Christmas.

Transport secretary Mark Harper says people have to be realistic about salaries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

The Mayor of Wandsworth is going to sleep rough for charity

Jeremy Ambache is joining the Dons Local Action Group’s Big Sleep Out at the new Plough Lane stadium on December the 3rd. 

The volunteer group provides food parcels, household goods, furniture and appliances to people in need.  

Money raised through the event will go towards a number of charities. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A 16 year old from Wimbledon is one of just eight UK students chosen to visit the Falkland Islands in the new year

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Islands’ liberation. 

To mark the occasion, the Falkland Islands Government opened a competition to win an all expenses paid visit 

All competition entrants had to do was explain what the Islands mean to British youngsters today, either via a podcast, film, essay or story. 

The winners, including Sophie Bailey from Wimbledon, will get to see wildlife such as penguins and dolphins and help conservation work. 

TV adventurer, Ben Fogle headed the judging panel that selected the competition winners. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

A blue plaque has been unveiled in Wandsworth, celebrating the area’s traveller heritage.

It’s been placed in Wardley Street, which is called a “spiritual home” for the community worldwide.

A number of people settled there in the late 1800s, which evolved into a group of people who sold flowers and traded from horse-pulled carts.

Nowadays, there are two permanent traveller sites nearby, and many homes display horseshoes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Young people living in Surrey are being invited to have their say on crime and policing in the county.

The Surrey Youth Commission wants to hear from residents aged between 14 and 25,

The aim is to shape the future of crime prevention in the county with the assistance of a young person’s perspective.

Anyone who would like to get involved in the scheme, which will last about 9 months, is being told to apply online. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has halted plans to build a new crematorium in the borough.

More than 500 objections were raised from residents worried the new facility would ruin greenbelt land. 

Planning councillors at the authority refused the application at the end of last year. 

The council had hoped the crematorium would provide a "much-needed" service while generating revenue. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Racegoers heading to Sandown Park in Esher before Christmas are being asked to take gifts to donate.

Anything from children’s games and toys to sporting accessories and clothing are being welcomed.

It’s all part of the racecourse’s annual Gifting Programme.

It was launched alongside Christ Church Esher and the gifts will go to Lower Green Community Centre which will distribute them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

More MPs are publicly saying they won’t put their parties on expenses.

Streatham’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy says she will not be “claiming a penny” and it’s an “insult” to people who “can’t afford the basics”.

Tory David Davis, Labour’s Jess Philips, and the Lib Dem’s Wendy Chamberlain have all criticised the move from the parliamentary watchdog.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are urgently trying to locate a man from Addlestone that’s been missing for nearly 3 weeks.

48 year old Michal was last seen leaving his home there on Thursday the 3rd of November.

He is described as White with short grey hair and a grey beard.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

27 schools in South-West London have had their “outstanding” rating downgraded, most of them to “good”.

Re-inspections at 'outstanding' schools weren't required between 2012 and 2020, and only 17% have now retained them.

The Mead Infant School in Stoneleigh received a sharp downgrade from Outstanding to Inadequate.

The school complained to Ofsted, and while the rating didn’t change, the watchdog says that the school was actually “fully compliant” with all DBS and safeguarding checks.

The Mead was taken over by the Bourne Education Trust at the end of October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Hundreds of Unite union members are to start strikes at 10 universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland from tomorrow.

That includes Royal Holloway in Egham.

They'll take place at the same time tens of thousands of staff at 150 institutions, represented by the University and College Union, walk out in a dispute over pay, conditions and pensions.

The first dates are taking place across Thursday and Friday, before continuing next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Surrey County Council is to discuss how to allocate £30m worth of funding, with some of it set to improve Ewell Village

There are seven projects being considered, which include high street improvements in Ewell to make them “safer and more attractive”.

It also wants to bring an E-Bikes scheme to Guildford, and improve links between West Byfleet and Woking.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

St Mary’s University Twickenham has been recognised for the support it gives students at a national awards ceremony

THE Awards are free to enter and open to anyone involved in higher education across the UK and Ireland. 

St Mary’s took home the Outstanding Support for Students trophy at the eighteenth annual event. 

The University also recently placed within the Top Ten for Student Experience in The Times Good University Guide 2023. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

People in Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston are being asked to help create a magical Christmas for children who have been in care

Richmond Christmas Day Dinner is run by Cocoon Care After Care, a charity which acts as a family to youngsters who have left the system.

The aim is to deliver a special day for people who have never had a Christmas experience before or who have had a negative one.

Sian Thomas, a nurse, is the founder of the annual event. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Leeds Bradford has been named the worst airport in the country for security queues

A survey by Which? found it had average waiting times of 35 minutes, while a quarter of passengers said they waited for more than an hour.

Heathrow came in 10th with 20 minutes, while Gatwick came joint fifth at 16 minutes.

London City Airport was crowned the best with waiting times of just 12 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

A number of defects have been found underneath Barnes Bridge, and it’s been closed until further notice

Engineers using ultrasonic instruments found that four out of the 86 steel pins, that keep the girders in place, were damaged. 

The bridge is Grade II listed, and spans over the Thames, making repairs difficult.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

A “lighter format” post office launched on a trial basis in East Sheen this morning.

A selection of services will be provided at the counter at Derby Cigar Stores in Upper Richmond Road West.

The hub will work as an addition to the main office and deal with prepaid parcel collections and returns and bill payments. 

The Post Office is also consulting on plans to make the service permanent.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond Park’s MP wants to hear from publicans across Kingston and Richmond.

Sarah Olney is the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Treasury and Business.

She recently held a roundtable with some of the boroughs’ pub landlords and owners to see how they are faring financially. 

Ms Olney says she’s “extremely concerned” that many may face closure in the coming months without sufficient Government support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police have released images of items stolen in a burglary in Wimbledon.

The incident happened at 6:30 in the morning on Monday the 7th of November at a home in Hartfield Crescent.

Two males walked into the property and rifled through the victims drawers, stealing jewellery.

If you come across these items, you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The University of Surrey has received its biggest-ever philanthropic gift.

£10 million has been handed over anonymously to its School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Staff say projects with the welfare of animals at their heart are a priority for the donor and will benefit from the donation. 

An example of existing research includes work to reduce pain and suffering in dogs caused by selective breeding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Better Leisure is to reduce the opening hours at some of the sites it manages because of the rising cost of living.

The chain runs a number of centres including Sutton Sports Village, Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom and Roehampton Library, 

Bosses of the charitable social enterprise company say energy costs have more than tripled since 2019.

Parent company GLL says the winter programme will affect around 200 centres. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has spent the afternoon being questioned by MPs.

The MP for Esher and Walton has been defending his department’s actions when it came to dealing with the barristers’ strike. 

The Criminal Bar Association ended action last month after accepting a deal from the government of an extra £30 million.

Mr Raab denies strike action could have been ended sooner. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Croydon Council says it will once again be facing bankruptcy if it doesn’t get more financial support from central government.

The borough’s Mayor Jason Perry says his analysis of the finances has shown more unresolved accounting risks totalling £48 million.

The authority first declared bankruptcy in 2020 and was given a £120 million bailout loan by central government to balance the books.

Mr Perry says “the previous administration” has “shamed” Croydon with a lack of governance and financial mismanagement.

The council is around £1.6 billion in debt, and says it needs to “become a much smaller organisation”.

Croydon has been named next year’s Borough of Culture in a move it’s hoped will bring many financial opportunities to the area. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

An influential forecast's predicting the UK will experience the biggest hit to its economy next year of all G7 nations.

At the Autumn Statement, the government unveiled a nearly £14bn package to help companies facing higher business rate bills.

Feltham MP Seema Malhotra is the shadow Small Business Minister.

She says there needs to be more support for business rates, and firms say these measures fall short.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary in Epsom.

The incident happened at a house on Church Road on Friday between 12:30 and 1:30am.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Around 1,000 people are going on strikes at bus garages in London

Members of Unite are walking out at garages including Battersea and Twickenham in a row over pay. 

Nine more days of strike action are planned. 

Guy Langston, from Unite, says workers are struggling to “pay even for the basics”. 

A spokesperson for Abellio says: 

“We are very disappointed that representatives of Unite the Union decided to walk out of talks on 21 November. We felt that negotiations had been productive as we had made an above-inflation pay offer as well as improved terms and conditions in line with Unite the Union requests. In recognition of the cost of living crisis, we offered to introduce the pay deal in November, well ahead of the January 2023 deadline for a new deal, ensuring that drivers benefited from increased rates as soon as possible. It is also frustrating that we have so far had no response from Unite the Union following our invitation to meet for talks hosted by Acas, the conciliation and arbitration service.”  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

Two men have been charged following a stabbing in Twickenham

Police were called on Friday morning to Queen’s Road, where a man in his 40s was found with non-life-threatening injuries. 

39-year-old Oliver Huegdon from Teddington is accused of attempted murder, and 40-year-old Neeraj Sharma is accused of perverting the course of justice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

A man from Mitcham has been jailed for repeatedly abusing 999 call handlers

38-year-old Lee Ferguson has been sentenced to nine weeks behind bars.

The Met Police say his actions prevented genuine emergency calls from being answered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 am  

A remembrance garden filled with over 20,000 illuminated white roses will once again open in central London this evening

The special installation in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, will raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 

The Ever After Garden, which was first created in 2019, has raised over £250,000 to date. 

Visitors are invited to dedicate a rose, either in person or online, in memory of a loved one. 

Every dedication is a donation to the charity, which raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden hospitals in Sutton and Chelsea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

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