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Friday, 27 May 2022

Gardeners and tree surgeons are being warned they could face a £5,000 fine if they disturb nesting birds.

Wildlife Aid Foundation is coping with an influx of hatchlings at its centre in Leatherhead. 

These include abandoned and injured baby birds, three of which saw their nest removed during tree felling works. 

The law states that if you discover a nest where work is due to start, you are required to postpone and not disturb it. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A woman has been rescued from a house fire in Colliers Wood.

Emergency crews were called yesterday just after 11.30 to Phipps Bridge Road.

She was assessed at the scene by ambulance crews but wasn’t taken to hospital.

The cause is under investigation.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

An 85-year-old Member of the House of Lords has collected a PhD from Kingston University.

Martin Thomas, The Lord Thomas of Gresford, is currently the Liberal Democrats’ shadow Attorney General.

He spent 17 years researching his book “My Dear Hamy: Insights and Intrigues at the Court, Caroline Princess of Wales.”

It focuses on the lives of three women who played their part in royal circles in the late 1700s and early 1800s.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A new woodland is to be created in Richmond Park to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Manger, The Royal Parks, will start planting 70 trees in an area slightly larger than two football pitches in the winter. 

 The woodland, costing £100,000, will be situated close to Ham Cross plantation.

 The money is coming from The Royal Parks, The Friends of Richmond Park, and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

 The woodland will be fenced to protect trees from browsing deer. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An autistic man from Tooting is taking Sainsbury's to court after the supermarket refused to let his assistance cat in.

Ian Fenn, who's 51, says he was asked to leave a branch in March because of his feline friend Chloe.

He claims she stops him feeling "overwhelmed" - but Sainsbury's says the animal poses a food hygiene risk.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Kingston’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre will retain its swimming pool and gain another when it’s knocked down and rebuilt.

Councillors have given the green light for the redevelopment. 

The new building will also contain 5-a-side rooftop football pitches, a climbing wall, flexible community spaces and a café.

Demolishment of the current building, which closed in December 2019, starts later in the summer.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Richmond Council is expanding a popular business support programme to help boost its economy post COVID.

The Phoenix Enterprise Programme has been offering free support to 800 start-up and early-stage growth companies. 

The latest offering includes five new stages to help business owners with topics like digital skills and recruitment. 

They’ll run until February. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A woman from Richmond has been jailed for assaulting two police officers while in custody.

On the Tuesday, police were called to Clapham Junction, where 23-year-old Jayme Smith was reportedly attacking people.

Officers discovered she was on recall to prison, so she was arrested, and later attacked the two who arrested her.

She’s been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A trio of health workers have abseiled down AFC Wimbledon’s Plough Lane stadium to raise money for charity

Dr Mohan Sekeram, Barry Causer from Merton Public Health, and Dr Laura Jarvie have amassed over £1,000.

The money is going to The Dons Local Action Group.

Set up as a grassroots response to Covid, the charity provides digital, food, and furniture support to Merton’s residents.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

One of the industries hardest hit by Covid is struggling to keep up with the renewed demand - with airports warning of long waits this half-term

Birmingham's struggling to get its staffing up to full capacity.

147,000 people are booked to fly from there over the Jubilee weekend - 144 times more than the same Bank Holiday in 2020.

Queues at security prompted Gatwick and Manchester to tell passengers to get there three hours early.

Travel expert Simon Calder is at Heathrow Airport, and says there's not much we can do about it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

A man from Lewisham has been jailed for stealing from shops in Richmond

50-year-old David King walked into the Claire’s Accessories in late-March, and threatened the cashier with a pair of scissors.

He took £100 worth of cash and left, then five hours later, tried the same thing in Cards Galore, but the cashier stopped him.

He’s been sentenced to 48 months in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Are you Kingston’s greatest hobbyist?

Website Eventbrite is looking for the nation’s biggest hobby-crafter as part of its Hobby Hero competition. 

It’s urging people in Kingston particularly, to come forward and showcase their creative skills. 

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, is a world-renowned expert on wellbeing; he explains the importance of taking up a hobby.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Kingston University bosses say they are “disappointed” that some staff have decided to partake in strike action

University and College Union members have stopped all activity related to grading students’ work, including exam papers. 

It’s in a row over a number of issues including excessive workloads. 

Kingston University says it doesn’t anticipate much, if any, impact on students.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 am  

A plea is going out to save Surrey’s songbirds

It’s being issued by Leatherhead charity, Wildlife Aid Foundation, which has seen a spike in the number of hatchlings its taking in.

 Gardeners and tree surgeons are being reminded of the laws that are in place to protect nesting birds. 

According to Natural England, nesting season runs from March to July, and during this time it is an offence to knowingly disturb a nest.  

Anyone carrying out work on hedges, trees and vegetation during this time is advised to make a thorough visual inspection first.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Thursday, 26 May 2022

A number of keyless cars have been stolen in Cobham.

It’s reported that a Mercedes was stolen from a driveway in Pony Chase and later two BMWs were taken around Sandy Lane.

Officers investigating believe these thefts are all connected and carried out by the same suspects.

Inspector Bert Dean said, “We advise that the public keep their keys in a signal blocking pouch such as a faraday bag”.

Anyone with CCTV footage in the area should contact police on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

A man from Epsom who preyed on lone women has been jailed for 10 years.

23-year-old Warren Morton pleaded guilty to three sexual assaults, two common assaults and breaching his Sexual Risk Order.

He carried out 4 attacks that all involved him sexually grabbing women from behind, including a girl under the age of 16.

DC Hollie Say, who investigated the incident says, “knowing that he’s off the streets will reassure the local community.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

Five teenagers have been arrested at Clapham Junction station after officers seized five knives.

Officers chased the group after they witnessed a knife being dropped and picked back up during a patrol last Friday. 

In total, 42 people were arrested during week-long British Transport Police operations across the UK. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 pm  

Another Conservative MP’s calling for the Prime Minister to resign following the publication of the Sue Gray report.

Stephen Hammond says he "can't defend the indefensible" after the inquiry found a culture of partying and boozing at Downing Street during lockdown.

Speaking yesterday, the representative for Wimbledon in London said he's worried about the reputation of the Tories:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 pm  

A man from Epsom who preyed on lone women has been jailed for 10 years.

23 year old Warren Morton pleaded guilty to three sexual assaults, two common assaults and breaching his Sexual Risk Order.

He carried out 4 attacks that all involved him sexually grabbing women from behind, including a girl under the age of 16.

DC Hollie Say, who investigated the incident says, “knowing that he’s off the streets will reassure the local community.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

George Clooney has been spotted filming in East Molesey.

He was seen at the Boat Club on Barge walk directing his new 1930s movie “The Boys in the Boat”.

It’s based on American rower Joe Rantz, who competed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Met Police recorded 510 e-scooter casualties in London last year which is more than double the year before.

Nine deaths were also reported across England, Scotland and Wales, one of which was Twickenham shopkeeper, Tony Mumford. 

Use of privately-owned e-scooters on public roads is illegal, although certain devices can be used via a rental scheme.

Emily Hartridge was believed to have been the first person in the UK killed in a crash involving an e-scooter in Battersea in 2019. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:37 pm  

Women are being invited on a “walk and talk” with police in Wandsworth tomorrow afternoon.

Met officers and the Deputy Mayor of London will be patrolling the area around Lavender Hill Police Station.

The aim is to give women the chance to voice their safety concerns to police.  

The event, starting at 3pm, is part of a series of similar events.  



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Police are hunting for a man that exposed himself in Laleham.

It’s reported that the incident happened on last Thursday the 19th at 3:30 in the afternoon.

The man is described as white, tall, slim and tanned and was wearing a black wooley hat, shorts with a tattoo on his arm.

Officers believe he may be involved in other reported incidents in the area recently.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 pm  

A man from New Addington has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences towards a young girl.

28-year-old Simon Hayden-Reno attacked her at a home between 2017 and 2018.

It was only in October 2018 that the victim told her mother what was happening.

Detective Constable Heidi Lee says “he now faces a very long time in prison and it is thoroughly deserved”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

St George’s Hospital in Tooting could face “severe disruption” as staff prepare to walk out over pay and conditions

Members of the GMB Union employed as cleaners and hostesses will go on strike for three days, starting Monday.

The union says that contractor Mitie has “spent millions taking over a new company”, despite withholding wages for seven weeks.

Mitie spokesperson statement: 

“We are disappointed with the decision to take industrial action. Our people are what make our business exceptional and we are proud to offer industry leading benefits. We have implemented a change to pay periods on this contract so that our colleagues can move from four-weekly to monthly paydays – a change that colleagues throughout Mitie have said is a significant improvement. 

“We have measures in place to ensure that we continue to deliver these vital services to the Trust and maintain a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.” 

Background

  • We have changed the pay period for colleagues on this contract from four-weekly to monthly paydays. This ensures colleagues are paid on the same date each month and receive a regular base salary each payday. Feedback from colleagues elsewhere within Mitie who have moved from four-weekly to monthly paydays have seen the change as positive, as it helps them manage their finances better, as most outgoings, such as rent, mortgage payments, council tax, utility bills etc are paid on a monthly basis.
  • We have put several measures in place to ensure colleagues are fully supported during this time. This included offering salary advances, which are interest-free and can be repaid over many months, for those who need it.
  • As part of ongoing discussions with GMB we also offered an interim payment to ensure colleagues didn’t suffer financial detriment during this time. This was rejected by GMB.
  • No wages have been withheld from colleagues.
  • There have been no changes to our colleagues terms and conditions.
  • We are proud to offer industry-leading colleague benefits, including free life assurance for all our colleagues, a free multi-language 24/7 GP service for all our colleagues and their families, free Mitie shares, and an Employee Assistance Programme that offers practical and mental wellbeing support for all our colleagues.
A St George’s spokesperson said: 

“Patients should continue to use hospital services as they normally would and call NHS 111 in the first instance for health care advice. Cleaners and domestic staff are hugely valued members of our team and we hope Mitie finds a resolution soon.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

An energy bill discount of up to £400 could be among measures outlined by the Chancellor this lunchtime

The reports in The Times come ahead of Rishi Sunak's package of support to help with the rising cost of living.

He's expected to raise some cash by following Labour's demand for a windfall tax on big oil and gas companies.

Liberal Democrat leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey's not overly optimistic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A garden focusing on the plight of the “Mangrove Nine” has been awarded a Silver-gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

The black activists were tried for inciting a riot in protest against the police targeting of The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill. 

Their trial in 1970 lasted 55 days before they were all acquitted of the most serious charges. 

Danny Clarke is the co-designer of the Grow 2 Know “Hands Off Mangrove” garden.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

The Prime Minister's still in his job after a day of criticism following the Sue Gray report

But the partygate scandal isn't off his plate just yet - with a committee of MPs to say whether he misled the House of Commons.

The inquiry found Downing Street staff drank into the early hours at gatherings while strict Covid rules were in place.

Tory MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, is worried about the reputation of his party.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Heathrow Airport bosses are urging the government to step up their strategy to support the recovery of the aviation sector from the pandemic

The Department for Transport's released its Flightpath to the Future plan - committing to making the UK a "global leader" in air travel.

But industry experts say they want to see "pace" to the proposals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

An investigation is still continuing into a serious assault in Weybridge this month.

The victim was walking near Brooklands Road on Tuesday 17th of May at around 11pm.

Three people took part in the assault who made demands for a watch.

The suspect were believed to be in a Mercedes and drove into Caenshill Road near to Summit Place.

Anyone with any dashcam footage is asked to contact police on 101 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A councillor for Tooting has died.

Andy Gibbons was first elected in 1994, and was deputy leader of the Wandsworth Labour Party.

Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan says he was “a stalwart of local politics, a dedicated husband, loving father, hardworking teacher and passionate trade unionist”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Two teenage boys have been charged after a burglary in Epsom

The 16-year-olds, from Epsom and Carshlaton, are also accused of aggravated vehicle taking.

They’re due to appear in court next week.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A report has found a railway worker who died while he was working on the tracks near Surbiton was “distracted” at the time.

30 year old Tyler Byrne from Hampshire was struck by a train in February last year.

Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigators found Mr Byrne had "lost awareness of his position".

Its report has made three safety recommendations, two of which have been addressed to Network Rail.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Andy Murray says Wimbledon will "never feel like an exhibition" as the row over this summer's tournament continues.

 Some players worry the Grand Slam will feel less important.

This follows on from a decision that was made to strip the ranking points to stop Russian and Belarusian players from competing.

But Murray says those watching the action won't "know or care" about the points but will "remember who wins".


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Pfizer's not going to make any money from selling certain medicines to 45 low-income countries - including a Covid treatment and a breast cancer drug

 Patented medicines will be offered at a not-for-profit price - which the boss says may benefit more than one-billion people.

Albert Bourla from the Tadworth based pharma giant says he's proud of his company 

He also commented on the rise in monkeypox cases in Europe - but believes coronavirus is a bigger threat.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Prince William has met with staff at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea.

The Duke of Cambridge made a surprise visit to The Reuben Foundation Imaging centre and spoke with staff and patients.

He also witnessed a live radiology procedure while he was at the site yesterday.  

The prince became president of the hospital in 2007.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

“Record” numbers of people are coming forward for prostate cancer checks across London and Surrey.

Urgent referrals for urological cancers as a whole across the South East reached an all-time high in March.

Over 4,300 people checked in that month alone according to figures from the NHS.

The service is putting the increase down to a joint awareness campaign it launched with Prostate Cancer UK in February.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Prime Minister says he wants to renew his apology to the British people after Sue Gray's report into Downing Street lockdown parties was released in full.

The Prime Minister says he wants to renew his apology to the British people after Sue Gray's report into Downing Street lockdown parties was released in full.

The civil servant's concluded senior leadership at Number Ten - both political and official - must "bear responsibility."

At one event someone had so much to drink that they were sick.

One official described a party as a "comms risk" after an email invite was sent to 200 staff.

Boris Johnson says many of the events were leaving-dos for staff and he was only there to thank them for their service:

Kingston and Surbiton MP and leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey, says the Prime Minister's actions are unforgiveable.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A 400-year-old Chinese white gold bowl is just one archaeological find that has been saved from landfill by a lecturer at Kingston Uni.

Dr Helen Wickstead is leading a campaign to save thousands of pieces of history that cannot find a home in museums. 

She’s formed Recycle Archaeology, an action group aiming to create social and educational uses for these pieces.   

 Many of the finds, known as de-selected materials, end up reburied or in skips or landfill. 

More than 12,000 artefacts, from excavations in south west London, have been saved over the years.

This includes 6,000-year-old stone tools, tankards, apothecary bottles, coins, military medals and even animal bone. 


  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Kate Moss has testified at the libel trial in the US between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

The model from Croydon, who’s the Pirates of the Caribbean star's former-girlfriend, denied he ever pushed her downstairs or kicked her 

The actor’s suing his ex-wife over an article she wrote claiming she was a domestic abuse victim, and she is counter-suing him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Staff at Kingston University have launched a boycott of all duties related to marking and assessments.

They say it’s part of ongoing industrial action over four issues including excessive workloads and insecure temporary contracts.

Staff will stop all activity related to grading and assessing students’ work including exam papers.

They warn this may affect the release of final grades.

A Kingston University spokesperson said:  

‘It is disappointing that the Kingston UCU branch have decided to promote an assessment boycott at a time when 86% of university branches have rejected this form of action. 

Students have shown remarkable resilience and determination to continue their studies through the pandemic, and the university is committed to ensuring that they are not impacted by this action, which we believe will be undertaken by fewer than 10% of staff.

Our assessment process will continue, and we do not anticipate much, if any impact on students. The university remains committed to national pay bargaining and continues to negotiate with the UCU at a local level on other issues.’

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Headmasters is marking 40 years in the cutting and styling business.

Its first salon was opened in Wimbledon Village on this day in 1982. 

Since then, the group has opened 57 premises and training academies UK wide and cares for 10,000 clients a week. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

A five-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital following a collision in Wandsworth.

Emergency crews were called just before 4pm yesterday to Herondale Avenue.

The boy was riding a child’s scooter, and the driver stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

There have been no arrests.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

A 22 year old woman has been arrested in connection with a dog attack at New Malden station.

British Transport Police were called to the station’s rear forecourt at 6.45pm on Friday.

A bystander was filmed trying to subdue the animal which in turn, clamped itself to his leg as he grappled with it on the pavement.   

The owner was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control. 

She was released and remains under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm  

The Government has issued a license allowing the sale of Chelsea - giving the green light for a takeover of the club by a consortium led by Todd Boehly

A spokesperson said they are now "satisfied" the sale won't benefit former owner Roman Abramovich "or any other sanctioned individual".

The Premier League has also approved the purchase, with Boehly agreeing to pay 4-and-a-quarter billion pounds for the Premier League club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

One of the gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is aiming to support mothers who are struggling to adapt

Pollyanna Wilkinson’s design is promoting the work done by charity, Mothers for Mothers. 

Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions according to the NHS. 

Pollyanna says her garden is about offering hope.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

Surrey Police say a viral tweet apparently showing their translations of “youth language” is slightly misleading

The force says “the photo is from our friends at Lancashire Police” and is “totally a joke”, it was just reposted by them in 2018.

Among the translations are “Stormzy = not the weather, rapper from Croydon” and “blud = brother; associate”.

However, Surrey has been called out for labelling the initial post as trying to engage with “our younger R&B residents”, since Stormzy isn’t R&B.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

A teenage girl has been “verbally harassed” by a man in Colliers Wood

Police say it happened to a secondary school age girl outside the library.

Anyone who knows the girl involved or may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Colliers Wood police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

A teacher from Wimbledon is a new Guinness World Record holder.

Thirty five year old Daniel Alcon has broken the record for the "longest freestyle rap marathon." 

Mr Alcon teaches English in Valencia in Spain where he now lives.

He says he wanted to raise awareness of Key Changes, a record label exclusively for musicians with mental health challenges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Some of the Queen's former racehorses will form part of a parade for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Derby Day at Epsom next month.

The monarch is planning to attend the iconic racing fixture on the 4th of June.

Retraining of Racehorses and the Jockey Club have arranged for five of her thoroughbreds to be there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev believes stripping Wimbledon of ranking points is 'logical' - unlike the policy to ban him from the tournament.

The US Open champion is the biggest name to be excluded from the Grand Slam following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The removal of points means Medvedev will move above Novak Djokovic to the top of the world standings.

He says it's a strange situation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Four-time tennis Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka isn't sure she'll play at Wimbledon, following the decision to strip the tournament of ranking points.

The ATP and WTA have taken the stance because the All-England club has banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing this year due to the war in Ukraine.

Osaka, who suffered a first-round defeat to Amanda Anisimova at the French Open, says ranking points really matter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Premier League has approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea by a consortium led by American billionaire Todd Boehly.

The Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner has agreed to pay 4-and-a-quarter billion pounds for the Stamford Bridge club.

However, the deal remains subject to government approval due to sanctions imposed on current owner Roman Abramovich.

Earlier, the Prime Minister's spokesperson says the government has started talks with "international partners" over the sale.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

The Housing Secretary says he’ll take a “personal and direct interest” into the investigation into the “biggest social landlord in England”.

Michael Gove is writing to the CEO of Clarion Housing, following severe concerns about the Eastfields Estate in Merton.

MP Stephen Hammond says “too many of my constituents in Wimbledon have been let down by Clarion for too long”.

A Clarion Spokesperson says it was a “complex case” and have issued guidance around complaints procedures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A spate of thefts has been reported in and around shops in New Malden High Street over the last week.

A catalytic converter was taken from a car inside the Blagdon Road carpark while a shopper in Poundland had their purse stolen. 

Two female suspects also attempted the steal the contents of a handbag in KFC in a distraction theft. 

The Met Police says to keep bags and purses zipped at all times and to carry them across your chest if possible. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Sutton is officially one of the country’s top “net zero places.”

The council has taken home the top prize at the UK Real Estate Investment Infrastructure Forum Awards. 

The authority published its first environmental policy statement in the 1980s. 

Since then, a number of sustainable developments have been built.

These include the nation’s first major zero-carbon community, BedZED, in Hackbridge in 2002.  

The large-scale, mixed-use sustainable community comprises 100 homes, office space, a college and community facilities. 

In 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency and ambitions to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The Lib Dems’ victory at Richmond Council was one of their most decisive in the country.

With 52% of the vote share, it came second to Cheltenham.

Richmond Council leader Gareth Roberts says “how very gratifying”.

Out of the 21 victories, Sutton was among the least sure, with barely 35% of the share and placing 19th. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Kingston Hospital is apparently seeing an increase in the number of patients staying more than a week.

That’s according to Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney, who paid staff a visit last week with Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey. 

Ms Olney says it’s because of a lack of capacity in care homes and domiciliary social care providers. 

She says she is working to press the Government to put in place plans to ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs.

We’ve contacted Kingston Hospital for comment. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The boss of the energy regulator’s expecting the price cap on household bills to go up by around 830 pounds in October.

That would be a rise of 42 percent from the current 1-thousand 971 pound limit.

The Resolution Foundation’s warning that could see almost 10 million families in England in 'fuel stress' - meaning they'll spend at least 10 percent of income on energy.

Business Secretary and MP for Spelthorne Kwasi Kwarteng insists help’s on the way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

A man from Epsom has been charged with eight offences, including an assault on an emergency worker.

22-year-old Harrison Breading Maton is also accused of robbery, three counts of criminal damage, and possession of an offensive weapon.

Last Friday, police were called after a woman was robbed on the High Street in the early hours.

A 22-year-old was arrested nearby, where officers found the front of House of Fraser and a police car smashed.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

A four-bedroom home in Streatham is up for auction for £750,000, but is in need of serious work

Pictures show the kitchen and bathroom covered in dirt, with a large cobweb hanging off of a lone toilet roll on a windowsill.

In another room, a long, almost perfectly straight track of muck runs across the floorboards into the kitchen.

The average house price for its postcode is just over £500,000, and has good links to Tooting Bec and Streatham High Road.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:48 pm  

Police forces in England and Wales have launched an action plan aimed at tackling discrimination

Black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people.

Now there'll be mandatory training for all officers, including black history.

Surrey Police’s Inclusion Lead Nev Kemp says they must “really understand how and why our own behaviours, as well as our systems, impact on our diverse communities and take action to rectify it”.


Full Statement:

Surrey Police Deputy Chief Constable and Inclusion Lead, Nev Kemp, said: “We accept that people from culturally diverse backgrounds, particularly Black people, are disproportionately impacted by how we police. Our data supports this. We must acknowledge this and really understand how and why our own behaviours, as well as our systems, impact on our diverse communities and take action to rectify it.

“This is a landmark moment for policing. We wholeheartedly support the introduction of this plan and will use it to drive real change for our communities and force.

“We must be clear that stating that racism and discrimination exists is not the same as characterising policing or all our officers, staff, and volunteers as racist. The majority would assert that they would not consciously tolerate racism and should anyone fall short they are robustly dealt with.

“This plan is about the fundamentals of how policing is built and the disproportionate impact this has on culturally diverse members of society. Data shows us disparities we cannot explain, and this cannot continue. Our own plan will set out local activity to tackle this, ensure we stay on track, remain accountable and ultimately deliver a Surrey police service that benefits us all.”

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, said: “We have made progress over recent years, but even now many of our policies are unintentionally biased and can be discriminatory against people from culturally diverse backgrounds. This impacts on the service we provide and can break down trust in us.

“In 2020 we launched Our Commitments, a series of promises to ensure that the county is, and feels, safe. This safety – and feeling of safety - needs to apply to all and we know that this is not the case. As a service we have not moved forward quickly enough nor have we formally acknowledged the impact of racism in policing. If this does not change, it will widen the divide with some of our communities and, in Surrey, will go against the commitments we made as an organisation.

“I am proud to serve as Surrey’s Chief Constable and if my legacy is that this generation of officers, staff and volunteers are part of an anti-racist organisation delivering a service that is without bias, then we will have made a real difference”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Wayne Couzens , who was jailed for the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard in Clapham , has denied four counts of indecent exposure

It's alleged the incidents took place in the Swanley area of Kent in January and February last year.

The 49 year-old, who was an officer with the Metropolitan police, is currently serving a whole-life sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Sunday’s Marsden March is expected to have raised over £1 million for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Thousands took part in the 15 mile walk between the hospital’s two sites in Chelsea and Sutton. 

Money raised will go towards the completion of the new Oak Cancer Centre which is due to start taking in patients in the new year. 

The Marsden is Europe's largest comprehensive cancer centre and rated as one of the leading cancer centres in the world.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Living close to some of the UK’s RHS gardens can add thousands to the value of your home




The research has been carried out by Lloyds Bank ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show which opened to the public today. 

Properties in the vicinity of Chelsea can attract a “county premium” of 276%, or £2.2 million more than the London average. 

RHS Brockhole Garden, in Windermere, garnered the second highest premium of 161% which is £338,528 more than the Cumbria average. 

Third were homes in the vicinity of RHS Bridgewater in Manchester which are on average 144% higher than Lancashire as a whole.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

The first trains have started running on London's new Elizabeth line - marking the end of the massive construction project formerly known as Crossrail

The service - which links Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Shenfield in Essex in the east - has opened this morning.

It'll slash many journey times in the capital, but is three-and-a-half years late and more than 4 billion pounds over budget.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Monday, 23 May 2022

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira won't face police charges following an incident with a supporter at Goodison Park last week

The Frenchman reacted angrily after being confronted by a fan who'd run on to celebrate Everton's Premier League survival.

Video footage appeared to show Vieira kicking the supporter to the ground, but officers say the matter won't be taken any further.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

The Queen's arrived in a buggy at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, to preview this year's gardens and displays

Other members of the Royal Family are there too - including Princess Beatrice.

Her Majesty's missed a number of events recently - like the State Opening of Parliament - because of mobility issues, but did make a surprise visit to central London last week to open the new Elizabeth line.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

Teachers are Richmond upon Thames College have begun 5 days of strike action

It’s over alleged plans to "fire-and-rehire" staff.

They would be rehired on new contracts and receive a net total of 8 fewer holiday days.

We’ve contacted the college for comment.

Statement in full from Richmond upon Thames College. 

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) are hugely disappointed to see strike action go ahead at this time, when students across the country have already experienced a large amount of disruption due to the pandemic.

The College needs to have a new calendar in place for the new academic year to ensure that there is more time for teachers to have INSET days outside the teaching timetable to develop their practice, meet as teams and focus on the individual needs of the students and plan and organise their work. RuTC is currently a significant outlier within the FE sector, with the current very high levels of annual leave entitlement preventing us from being able to allocate specific non-teaching days for staff training, development, collaboration and support for students.

The dispute with University and Colleges Union (UCU) has arisen over the proposal to reduce the current 64 days per year of annual leave (including Bank Holidays and efficiency days) to a level in line with other Further Education (FE) colleges. The consultation and negotiation period (further extended by the College) has come to a close and the proposal is a net loss of 8 days of annual leave with full financial compensation, which equates to teaching staff having a total of 56 days of leave (including Bank Holidays and an increased number of efficiency days).

The College informed UCU on 22nd February 2022 that there would be proposals to change the terms and conditions of the teaching staff contract to see if agreement could be reached and individuals could voluntarily move to the revised contract. It was agreed that we would move to formal consultation on 8th March 2022. The 45-day formal consultation period was due to end on 22nd April 2022 and the College extended the timeline by a further 18 days until 10th May 2022 in the hope of reaching collective agreement. Consultation came to an end on that day when the UCU response made it clear that negotiations could go no further.

The College has demonstrated a consistent and genuine desire to negotiate on the overall package of benefits including pay and levels of annual leave and has confirmed the offer of 100% financial compensation (consolidated) for the net reduction in annual leave. This offer financially compensates and recognises the work that teaching staff regularly carry out during holiday times. In addition, it enables staff to take time back on designated non-teaching days in recognition of additional work carried out during term time.

UCU represent fewer than 50% of the College’s teaching staff, the ballot was not unanimously in favour of strike action and the College have been made aware that many of our teachers are equally disappointed in the union’s decision to strike. There have been no dismissal letters sent to date, as the College is in discussions with individual members of teaching staff, of whom a significant number are accepting the new contract terms on a voluntary basis.

The College notes the concerns raised by UCU around the tabling of the final option to dismiss and re-engage but is resolute that this is a ‘worst case scenario’ only to be pursued in the event that it is unable to reach an agreed compromise position with the unions. This is a standard element of the contract re-negotiation process, where, in the event that no agreement can be reached, the old contract is terminated and the same staff are re-engaged on the new contract. The College remained committed to reaching a collective agreement without having to implement the process set out in the Section 188 notice and it remained the College’s strong and stated preference to reach a negotiated position that would avoid the necessity of implementing this process. The new terms and conditions will then be in line with other Colleges in our sector.

It is disappointing that UCU representatives from the very start of the consultation chose to focus their attention so heavily on this element of the process, at the expense of engaging in meaningful negotiation, as we believe that this dispute could have been resolved without this disruption to our students’ learning and support experience during this extremely important formal examination and assessment period.

The College will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to our students’ ongoing teaching, learning and assessment. The impact of strike action is likely to vary for different students, depending on the Union membership within different programmes; some students may notice little disruption, others may experience more. We are investigating a range of options to enable any lost learning to be recovered, wherever possible. The strike action will not impact on the operation of formal exams that will be taking place at RuTC during the week of the strike.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

The Queen will attend the Chelsea Flower Show this evening ahead of its official opening tomorrow.

The news has been confirmed this afternoon by Buckingham Palace. 

Her Majesty is patron of the RHS but her attendance at this year’s event had been uncertain.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

14 members of security staff have been arrested at Croydon University Hospital over the alleged improper use of CCTV.

Officers found CCTV recordings on an individual’s phone while they were making enquiries into a separate incident.

The footage allegedly showed interactions between security and members of the public on hospital grounds where force was used.

All 14 people arrested have been bailed until June.

Met Police statement in full: 

Officers from the South Area Safeguarding Unit are investigating the improper use of CCTV by contracted workers, who provide security services at Croydon University Hospital.

The investigation was launched after CCTV recordings were found on an individual’s phone as officers were making enquiries about an unrelated matter.

At this stage, 14 people have been arrested. They have all been bailed until June. 

Investigation continues; the hospital is assisting officers with their enquiries.

The footage shows interactions between security and members of the public on hospital grounds where force was used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A flat has been damaged by fire in Mitcham.

Firefighters were called to Kennet Square just after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and it was out just before 3.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a fault in a lithium iron battery.  

A woman and child left the flat before the Brigade arrived. 

There were no reports of any injuries. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

The Chelsea Flower Show's back to its traditional May slot for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic

Members of the Royal Family will get a first look today - but we don't know yet if the Queen will be among them.

Wildlife, wellbeing and the Platinum Jubilee are some of the themes.

Mental health charity, Mind has got a garden for the first time, here's CEO Paul Farmer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

People in Wandsworth are being asked to give their views on making the borough safer after dark

The council wants to boost the area’s night-time economy.

Among the issues that’ll shape the strategy are conditions for night workers, and designing the streets and transport to be more safe.

You can find the consultation here 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

Surrey Warriors Strikers are clearly at the top of the Surrey Cricket League, despite having the first penalty point of the season

This weekend, they beat second-placed London Gymkhana by 137 runs.

Bec Old Boys have yet to win a match so far this season, losing to Spencer Sharks by eight wickets.

In Division Two, the table is getting competitive, with Croydon 4, Norwood, and Ploughmans 2 all tied at the top with 60 points.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:55 am  

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Three Time Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker is planning on book on his fall from grace.

The jailed tennis star whose serving a 30-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud at Wandsworth Prison plans to cash in on it when he is released. 

A source close to Becker said, ‘it will be a warts-and-all diary on how he got himself into such a troubling position to life in jail.’

It’s claimed that publishers and tv firms are keen to snap up the rights to make documentaries about the star’s life.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Alex Dombrandt has belief in Harlequins' chemistry

 


Harlequins' Alex Dombrandt , scorer of their first try in yesterday's bonus-point win over Gloucester Rugby at Twickenham Stadium, spoke with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after the hosts secured a top-four finish.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

A Judge has described a serial burglar’s actions as a ‘campaign of dishonesty.’

 


33-year-old Jim Chuter was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for burglaries committed in London, Surrey and Thames Valley. 

A range of offences took place between September 2019 and July 2020 across Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Kingston.

Chuter pleaded guilty to 26 charges including nine for burglary, sixteen counts of fraud and a robbery.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Surrey Police is reminding the public about its “Save a Life and Surrender your Knife, No questions, No arrest” campaign across the county.

Knife bins are in place on a permanent basis at five locations in Surrey giving people the opportunity to surrender their knives and weapons without fear of prosecution or questions being asked.

Knife banks are located at Staines police station, Reigate police station, Elmbridge council offices, Woking civic centre and Guildford police station.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Some council run sports facilities in Richmond are still out of action after the Covid pandemic resulted in a recruitment crisis.

The authority operates seven leisure centres across the borough serving just under 2,000 members. 

Bosses say they have experienced “significant difficulty” in recruitment to key posts, including lifeguards.

One of the big concerns is swimming pools, with the council saying it’s looking to deliver a timetable to ensure minimal disruption. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Women at Chelsea and Westminster hospitals, who experience an early miscarriage, are being supported via virtual reality headsets.

The Eirene sets, named after the Roman goddess of peace, have been designed by a midwife and consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

They play music, but women can still hear staff members providing words of comfort. 

This, alongside the virtual reality scenes in which they are immersed, aims to help them focus their thoughts and on their breathing. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

Night-time improvement works will start on both runways at Heathrow tomorrow.

Originally started in the summer of 2020, they were shelved due to the increase in traffic, meaning only 60% have been completed.

The works are anticipated to take around six months and one runway will close each night at 10.30. 

This means the final hour of operations at the airport will be completed on a single runway.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Saturday, 21 May 2022

It’s emerged work on Hampton Court bridge over-ran because corrosion damage was discovered

The structure was part closed in January for an expected period of four months, but the additional work increased this to five months.

The work being carried out involved creating bollards to separate pedestrians and vehicles.

Surrey County Council says the corrosion was detected and treated before it got any worse.

The authority says this resulted in money being saved in the long term and traffic disruption being minimised. 

 

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 pm  

Kingston Council has been granted £400,000 to help it “unlock” land in the borough for further home building

The funding is part of the government’s One Public Estate programme.

16 areas across the county are getting a share of £4.5 million.

The government hopes an additional 3,000 new homes will be built on public sector land over the next 10 years, creating 4,500 jobs.

 

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

Harlequins secure play-off place at Twickenham Stadium

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Party atmosphere at Twickenham Stadium ahead of Harlequins vs Gloucester Rugby

 


Harlequins wanted to put on a party atmosphere at Twickenham Stadium for this crucial clash against Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership and that is what the fans got as Craig David performed in the centre of the pitch, getting the spectators on their feet, singing and dancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Twickenham Stadium - Harlequins vs Gloucester at the Big Summer Kick-Off

 


Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne reports from the Big Stoop - Twickenham Stadium - ahead of the exciting clash of 3rd vs 5th for a play-off place in the Gallagher Premiership: Harlequins vs Gloucester.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Fears are being expressed that a bridge in East Molesey could become the next Hammersmith Bridge.
Work is due to begin on the 140 year old structure in Esher Road later in the summer, which it’s said has come to the end of its working life. 

But some has expressed concern than the work, which is due to last a year, will involve closing it 24/7.

Surrey County Council says this is because a full replacement is needed that is designed to last 120 years.

Councillor Steve Bax is urging residents to get behind the works as if it’s found to be unsafe, it may have to close for up to 3 years, like Hammersmith.

He’s asked highways engineers to trial a traffic light assisted right turn out of Creek Road to see if traffic impact can be reduced. 

But he says it is short term pain for long term gain.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

Surrey County Council has been awarded nearly £6million of government funding to invest in improving travel across the borough.

The new project aims to enhance walking and cycling for residents, as well as making it safer to travel around the county.

Proposals include roundabout upgrades as well as liveable streets, a school street, and two segregated cycle routes and quietways.

There will be a public consultation later this year with the projects due to commence next year.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Tennis stars competing at Wimbledon this summer will not pick up any ranking points.

It follows after players from Russia and Belarusia were banned from taking part because of the invasion of Ukraine.

The ATP, which governs the men’s game says the move sets a “damaging precedent for the rest of the tour”. 

The All England Club says it realises how hard this will be on players but that the government left them with no viable alternative.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Kensington and Chelsea council has been awarded over £1 million to help offset residents’ cost of living.
 
It’s come from the Government’s Household Support Fund and will provide immediate support for food, energy and essentials.

Part of the grant will be used to provide £480,00 worth of free school meals.

The borough also has one of the highest percentages of pensioner households and £645,000 will go to certain people within that group. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

St George’s Hospital in Tooting is telling visitors with suspected Monkeypox to queue jump in A&E.

The guidance is for those attending with a fever and rash who have had contact with someone with the infection. 

A small number of people in the UK have contracted Monkeypox and symptoms usually appear within 5 to 21 days. 

We’re being advised the infection does not spread easily and most people recover within a few weeks. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

A teenage who died in a collision in Egham on Tuesday has been named as Abdullah Mallah.

The 17 year old from Chertsey was one of four passengers in the single vehicle collision; the others escaped with minor injuries.

It happened in Prune Hill just before 10pm. 

His family says, “We’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our family and friends for their unwavering support during this difficult time.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A man has been arrested in Wandsworth for having a gun.

Police closed Wandsworth Road at the junction with Lansdowne Road at a quarter to two in the afternoon. 

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of a firearm and remains in custody.

A road closure was put in place while the arrest was carried out and has now been lifted.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

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