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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Greener Upon Thames Campaign

Thursday night saw Richmond and Kingston's green campaigners come together at the Bingham Hotel on the Petersham Road.

MP Susan Kramer spoke alongside MP hopeful Zac Goldsmith and Richmond Council Leader Serge Lourie.

Richmond has almost completely banned the plastic bag with shop keepers getting on board as well.

Film students showcased their work alongside local artists including Jane Williams who created this masterpiece out of 1,000 plastic bags.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Jail for Prosecutor in Kercher murder trial
Hopes that American Amanda Knox could be released on the appeal of her conviction for murdering Coulsdon student Mereditch Kercher improved yesterday when the chief prosecutor in the case was himself jailed for corruption.

Guiliano Mignini was sentenced to 16 months for criminal abuse of his position during the investigation of serial killings in Florence.

He had been indicted for corruption in 2006 and was appearing in Court as a defendant during the time he was prosecuting the Defendants in the Kercher trial.

Meredith was murdered in Perugia in the flat she shared with Knox in 2007.

Knox was jailed for 26 years while her former boyfriend Raefello Sollecito was given 25 years for the murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 am  

Brooklands College Ashford to stay open
Surrey County Council are ‘delighted’ after confirmation Brooklands’ College Ashford campus will stay open.

It was feared the college’s £10million debts would force the campus to close.

Surrey’s cabinet Member for Children, Peter Martin, says keeping the college open in the current financial climate is “vital”.

Of the 11 boroughs in Surrey Spelthorne has the third highest number of young people not in education or employment –

behind Reigate and Banstead and Guildford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 am  

Boost for Sutton Housing
Sutton’s MP’s Paul Burstow and Tom Brake are celebrating after the Audit Commission awarded Sutton Housing Partnership £5 million.

The money is a down payment on an investment programme of £112.5 million.

The money will allow work to start on improving properties in Sutton and guarantee local jobs.

Mr Burstow called it “a testament to a lot of hard work”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

Croydon Care Home Fined
A Croydon care home company has been fined £100,000 after a disabled teenager’s death.

Yelena Hasselberg-Langley was fatally scalded after being lowered into what the Health & Safety executive called “excessively hot” water.

Croydon based Lifeways Community Care ran the supported living centre in Oxford where Miss Hasselberg-Langley died.

The company has also been ordered to contribute £45,000 towards costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 am  

Friday, 22 January 2010

Britain put on high alert
Intelligence officials have raised the terror threat level in the UK to severe.

It means that a terrorist attack is now highly likely.

The Home Secretary Alan Johnson says the decision is based on an analysis of intelligence, but there's no suggestion any attack is imminent.

He urged the public to be vigilant.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 pm  

Epsom specialists say NO to sunbeds

Cancer experts at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust are supporting a private member’s bill to ban under 18 year olds from using sunbeds in local tanning salons.

The calls for stricter regulations and an increase in the minimum age limit follows evidence that the use of sunbeds increases the risk of skin cancer, as well as reports that children as young as 11 are using the unsupervised tanning booths.

The Trust’s leading skin cancer expert, Christopher Harland, explained the dangers of sunbeds. He said: “The risk of skin cancer is increased by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The more you are exposed to these rays, which damage the DNA in our skin cells, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer. And the damage adds up over the course of your life – so if you start using tanning booths and exposing yourself to intense levels of harmful rays at a young age, you increase the risk of developing skin cancer.''
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Kingston Health MOT's
Each year we go through the timely process of taking the car for an MOT but when was the last time you had a health check?

NHS Kingston has teamed up with the Blood Pressure Association to bring free and convenient check ups to residents of the borough.

Everyone aged 40-74 is eligible for the screening which will check blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and takes just 20mins.

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd Jan 10-4
Screening van in Kingston Asda

Satuday 30th Jan 10-4
Ancient Market, Market Place near Costa Coffee.

Saturday 6th Feb 10-4
Piper Hall Community Centre, Piper rd

Monday 8th Feb 4-9pm
St Mary's Centre, Church Lane, Chessington

Tuesday 9th Feb 5-9pm
St Mary's Centre, Church Lane, Chessington
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

Paddles at the ready for marathon rowing session

People in Kingston are getting their paddles at the ready.

The Chiswick and Teddington RNLI boatmen are coming to town next weekend.

They’ll row continuously from inside the Bentall centre on donated machines for 24 hours all to raise money for the charity.

To sponsor the teams log onto
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

Accrington Stanley Vs Fulham
Fulham face a possible banana skin in the form of Accrington Stanley when the two sides meet in the FA Cup tomorrow.

For Stanley, better known from the milk ad than their football, the 4th round is a cup final in itself, having never progressed beyond this stage.

The cottagers haven't won away win since December and will need to do their homework or could be left asking Accrington Stanley, who are they?
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Pensioner Battles Burglar
A 61 year old pensioner from Epsom has fended off a burglar from his home in Kingswood

It happened last night when a man gained entry to his house.

The owner scuffled with the robber who escaped empty-handed.

The suspect is mixed race, around 5”6 aged between 25-35 of slim build and wearing a black hoodie, jeans and trainers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Wandsworth Record Breaking Granny
A grandmother from Wandsworth is reeling after netting a record catch whilst on holiday in Spain.

It took Sheila Penfold over half an hour to bring in the 15 stone Catfish, which almost dragged her into the river.

The record-breaking Granny, who is partially sighted, only realised how big the fish was after seeing it close up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Are you brave enough to take the plunge?

Brave couples will be taking the plunge on Epsom Downs this Valentines Day.

Charity CLIC Sargent is looking for loved up dare devils to abseil the 90 feet down the Queens Stand to raise money.

Couples who take part on the day will need to raise a minimum of one hundred pounds in sponsorship.

CLIC Sargent looks after children and young people with cancer.

To register email Emily at CLIC [email protected] or text ABSEIL to 07795 296 487 or ring Emily on 02380 514 043
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

MP Margaret Hodge declined to give us an interview but she did send us this information regarding her decision to charge users of Richmond and Bushy Parks

Friday 15 January 2010

Minister for Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge announced today that proposed changes to Royal Parks Regulations will be implemented later this year, subject to parliamentary approval.

The decision was made after careful consideration of all responses to the public consultation on the proposals, a series of meetings with stakeholders, and additional research.

Car parking charges will be introduced at Richmond and Bushy Parks. The charges are set at affordable rates, especially given new research which reveals at least 86 per cent of car park users are from socio-economic groups ABCI.

The Minister has decided not to proceed with the proposed six-hour maximum stay in
Bushy and Richmond Parks, following research which suggested this could lead to
displacement parking in surrounding streets. The research indicated that there would be no significant displacement parking if all-day charges were introduced.

Significant investment has been made to cycling routes to encourage people to leave their cars at home, helping to maintain the special character of the parks. Discussion will also take place with all the relevant authorities to assess the feasibility of introducing a land train in Richmond Park.

Colin Buttery, Deputy Chief Executive, The Royal Parks said:
"At a maximum of £2 a day at Bushy Park and £3 a day at Richmond Park, the charges are similar to the cost of a cup of coffee and compare favourably with car parks locally and at similar amenities.”

Income from the charges will be used to help maintain car parks and roads.

Other changes include the reduction of the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in Bushy and Greenwich Parks and allowing Private Hire Vehicles into the parks.

The actual charges

It is anticipated that changes will be introduced in spring/summer 2010.
Parking will be charged from 8.30am to 6.30pm or earlier, when parks close earlier. Charges are broadly in line with those levied by local authority car parks in the surrounding area.

A set proportion of the available parking spaces will be designated for Blue Badge
holders and Blue Badge holders will be exempt from the charges.

Charges will be as follows:

Rates at Richmond Park Rates in Bushy Park
Up to 1 hour £1.00 £0.50
1 to 1.5 hours £1.50 £0.75
1.5 to 2 hours £2.00 £1.00
2 to 3 hours £2.50 £.1.50
Over 3 hours £3.00 £2.00

Within 18 months of implementation, research will be undertaken to assess the
impact of the changes.

The Royal Parks is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde
Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and
St James's Park. For further information please visit:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Police hunt Croydon attackers
The hunt is on for four thugs who attacked a homeless man in Croydon on Sunday night.

The 32 year old suffered multiple facial fractures after being stamped on after an argument at East Croydon station’s booking hall.

British Transport Police have used CCTV to piece together the movements of the four men who then boarded the 2.40am southern train to Victoria.

Rail staff found the victim in one of the train carriages at Victoria Station later that morning.

The four men were last spotted walking towards Buckingham Palace Road.

One of the suspects has a distinctive Mohican hairstyle and thin face.

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. That’s 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 pm  

No Easter strike at Heathrow
Heathrow based BA cabin crews have vowed not to strike over the Easter school holidays.

Members of the unite union will be re-balloted on strike action when they meet at Kempton park next week.

It’s all part of their ongoing row over jobs and pay conditions.

Strike action over Christmas was narrowly avoided despite a majority of 9-1 voting in favour of it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 pm  

Bridge death man named
Police have named a man who died after he fell from a bridge in Surrey.

27 year old Marc Degan from Redhill fell from the crossing at Reigate Hill on Monday.

His death isn’t being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 pm  

Fatal accident in Feltham
A driver’s been killed after his car hit the central reservation on a road in Feltham.

45 year old Ordinary Moak from Laurel Road in Hampton, was involved in the collision on the Great Chertsey Road yesterday morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses and a post mortem will follow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 pm  

Police criticised over handling of SW London sex attacker
An Independent Police Complaints Commission report has found MET Police officers failed to investigate 52 year old Warboy's first attack properly.

They were also too slow in collecting CCTV footage and completing forensic tests.

Commander Simon Foy who heads the Met's Serious Crime squad admits mistakes were made.

This is a timeline of the assaults committed by cab driver John Worboys.

Worboys passes The Knowledge to become a taxi driver in London. He also continues working as a stripper at night.

The first allegation of sexual assault is made that would later be linked to Worboys. Several more, all involving drivers of black cabs in London, are made over the next four years.

October 14

Worboys picks up a 25-year-old woman on the King's Road, Chelsea. They drink champagne together and smoke cigarettes to celebrate a casino win. He drugs and sexually assaults her.

November 10

Worboys is hailed by a young woman journalist, now aged 29, in Regent Street, central London, as she leaves a party in the early hours. She passes out and the 40-minute journey to her Balham home takes three hours.

April 5

A 22-year-old woman gets into Worboys's cab after celebrating a friend's birthday at an Oxford Circus club. He offers to take her home to Pinner,Middlesex, for £30 and gives her champagne. She is suspicious and only sips it. When they get to her house he shouts: "You've really wasted my time tonight."

June 29

A 21-year-old office worker is picked up by Worboys in Regent Street and he agrees to take her home to Tufnell Park, north London. They drink champagne. He kissed the victim on her mouth and cheek as she was left powerless to resist.

July (day unknown)

A 19-year-old student is given a lift home by Worboys from a night bus stop in King's Road to her family home in East Sheen. Worboys pays her £50 to down a glass of vodka and suggests she perform a sex act for £350.

July 26

Two women picked up by Worboys on this night complained of being sexually assaulted. The first was a 23-year-old Scandinavian drama student who lived in the Kings Cross area who was offered a £5 lift home from Regent Street. She poured her glass of champagne on the floor of the cab.

Worboys was found not guilty of drugging the woman. The second, a 19-year-old student, gets into his cab outside a Covent Garden nightclub at about 3am after he agrees to take her home to New Eltham for £30.

She told the court he persuaded her to have a drink and forced a pill into her mouth but she has no other memory of what happened.

July 27

Police arrest Worboys after recovering CCTV footage showing him carrying the teenage student out of the back of his cab at her halls of residence. He denies any sexual conduct or giving her a drink. He is released on bail.

October 29

Worboys is informed by letter that police will take no further action against him over the July 27 incident.

December 21

Worboys picks up a woman - now aged 27 - outside a Tottenham Court Road club after he persuades her and a friend to reject an unlicensed cab and accept a cheap lift home to Putney. He raped the woman and his DNA is recovered from semen stains on her clothes. Worboys later sent her a card wishing her a merry Christmas containing £10 he said she dropped in his cab.

January 3

Worboys picks up a 29-year-old insurance broker from Hornchurch, Essex, outside a City pub and agrees to take her home for £20. The woman said he plied her with champagne and asked if she would perform a sex act for £100. Worboys exposed himself, assaulted her and shouted abuse. His DNA was later found on her clothes.

January 11

A 19-year-old woman said Worboys approached her outside a club on the King's Road. She said she accepted a drink as they travelled to her home in the Smithfield area of London. She paid just £5 and remembers little of what happened. Worboys was found not guilty of drugging her.

February 1

In the early hours Worboys picks up a 23-year-old advertising director outside a Dean Street club who had been entertaining clients and offers to take her to Herne Hill. She drinks champagne and remembered her dress had been pulled up high on her legs as the defendant fiddled with his belt. DNA from the woman and from Worboys was later found on a vibrator at his home.

February 5

Worboys offers to give a 23-year-old woman a lift home to Twickenham from London Bridge. It is her first night out since having a daughter. She began feeling drowsy as they pull up outside her house and Worboys drove off. Forensic experts found traces of condom lubricant in her underwear.

February 8

As police realise a serial sex attacker may be on the loose, the case is transferred from borough officers to Scotland Yard's specialist crime directorate.

February 14

Worboys picks up a 30-year-old journalist and a friend who had been for drinks and a Thai meal in Soho. He agrees to take her home to Shepherd's Bush via Kensington. Once alone, Worboys offers her £5,000 to perform a sex act and gave her a glass of champagne. She could see something fizzing in the liquid and did not drink it.

February 15

An 18-year-old woman is given a lift home to Barnes, south west London, from Oxford Street. She drinks champagne and is sick. She loses a wristband that is later found at Worboys's home. Shortly after 10am, Worboys is arrested by police at his home in Sovereign Crescent, Rotherhithe, after he is identified. He denies sexually assaulting or drugging any women. A large number of women come forward to make allegations against him after news emerges he has been held by police.

2009 January 20

Worboys goes on trial.

March 13

Worboys is found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women passengers at the end of a seven-week trial.

April 21

Worboys is jailed indefinitely and ordered to serve a minimum of eight years. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said there are "concerning aspects" to the inquiry.

October 12 2009

The IPCC confirms seven police officers have been served so-called Regulation Nine notices, warning them they are under investigation.

December 1

Scotland Yard unveils a new centrally-organised team to catch more rapists and other sex offenders. More than 400 officers will eventually staff the £21 million Scotland Yard team, based in the force's specialist crime wing.

January 20th 2010

The IPCC publishes its inquiry into a series of blunders by Metropolitan Police officers as they were faced with the taxi driver's victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Bushy campaign now gathers pace

Protestors gather in Bushy Park after hearing MP Margaret Hodge has agreed to implement parking charges for users.

Ms Hodge declined to give us an interview on her decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Parking charges cause outcry

Richmond Council Leader, Serge Lourie, met Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport who has responsibility for the Royal Parks yesterday.

He reiterated the Council’s opposition to the imposition of car parking charges in Richmond and Bushy Parks.

He made it clear that the three Councils supported the initiative by Susan Kramer and Vince Cable to prevent the charges being introduced by forcing the House of Commons to vote on the issue.

He said “The Council has consistently opposed charges and I hope that Susan Kramer and Vince Cable are successful in their efforts to prevent them.”

He also made the point very strongly that the imposition of charges made it all the more important for there to be good transport links with and through the Parks.

Radio Jackie has asked Ms Hodge for an interview, she has not yet responded.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Police appeal for your help

Police in Spelthorne are appealing for witnesses after two recent incidents where high value statues have been stolen from residential addresses in Shepperton.

The first incident took place between 7pm on Wednesday 9 December and 11am on Thursday 10 December when two wrought iron lion statues were taken from the front garden of an address on the Towpath off Dockett Eddy Lane.

The two statues are around one metre high and are estimated to be around £2,000 in total value.

The second incident took place in Ferry Lane between 7pm on Friday 1 January and 11am on Sunday 3 January.

The offenders stole a pair of bronze highland stag statues (pictured) from the front of the address.

The statues are around 30 inches tall and each has a solid marble base.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

Biker killed in Egham crash this morning
A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Egham.

The rider in his fifties was in collision with a car in Stroud Road just after 8 this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Man dies in Reigate
A man’s died after falling from a footbridge in Surrey.

It happened just after 5.30pm yesterday on the A217 Reigate Hill.

The road was closed for several hours – while police investigated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

New hotel for Balham
Plans for a new hotel in Balham Town Centre have been approved.

The site in Balham High Road is currently occupied by a disused office building.

The Council says the scheme would bring a derelict property back into public use and help meet growing demand for hotel accommodation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

Tough line from Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Repeatedly drunken revellers in Hammersmith and Fulham are facing a full ban from the borough’s night spots.

The council wants to make it so that those barred from certain pubs and clubs are banned from all places serving alcohol.

The new laws - which could also give police and residents the power to block licenses for new venues are expected to be given the go ahead next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

It’s hoped a legal agreement signed by Surrey Police will help protect frontline services - at a time when cuts are looming.

It’s been confirmed today that the Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Thames Valley forces have signed an agreement to create new regional units.

It’ll cover witness protection, covert operations and technical support.

By combining these core areas, officers and staff will work closely together to provide a better standard of service for the public and saving us the tax payer money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

Admission over emissions at Heathrow Airport
A third runway could lead to more short haul and domestic flights and more carbon emissions.

That’s the admission from ministers who have been encouraging travellers to opt for the train to help the environment.

Airport operator BAA is in favour of a third runway.

A spokesman said regions of the UK will need to be connected to Heathrow in order to do effective business around the World

A public consultation will be launched after the election.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

Stars to be treated in luxury

The world famous Priory clinic in Roehampton has undergone a refit.

The rehabilitation centre has served the likes of Kate Moss and Robbie Williams for their addictions.

The private patients pay hundreds of pounds a day.

English Heritage has overseen the 3 million pound makeover which involved returning the site to its original 1811 condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Twickenham side riding high

Twickenham’s favourite Rugby League team will get their official 2010 launch tomorrow.

The Harlequins will be paraded on top of a specially commissioned route master bus.

They’ll stop outside Waterloo station where a news conference will take place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Woman escapes fire in Kingston
A house has been damaged after fire broke out in Kingston yesterday.

A woman managed to flee the scene on Barnfield Gardens before the brigade arrived just after 4.30pm.

She was treated for minor injuries by paramedics.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Birthday makeover for much loved Croydon venue
Croydon’s Fairfield Halls are to get a makeover.

A team of architects have been hired by the council to give the venue a much needed facelift.

The building turns 48 this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

No jail sentence for owner of ferocious dog
The owner of a dangerous dog who attacked a charity worker has escaped a jail term.

19 year old Aster Troubridge pleaded guilty to a charge under the dangerous dog act, but was not given a prison term.

38 year old Maureen Obukohwo who works for homeless charity Centrepoint,had to have skin grafts to her arm after she was attacked when she visited Troubridge’s home in May last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Cadbury's take over imminent
British chocolate maker Cadbury has confirmed it will be backing a take-over bid by Kraft foods.

The dairy milk manufacturer, which operates out of its head office in Uxbridge, will accept the final offer of 11 and a half billion pounds, subject to approvals.
Cadbury's is one of Britain's best loved brand's.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Kingston's graduates take to the stage

Students in Kingston are celebrating.

The University’s graduation ceremonies are taking place this week at the Rose Theatre.

Alex Clarke is one of those graduating from the faculty of arts and social sciences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

D - Day for Twickenham woman
A British Airways employee banned from wearing a small crucifix at work is going to court to appeal against the decision.

Nadia Eweida wants to overturn an employment tribunal ruling that cleared BA of religious discrimination against her.

The 58 year from Twickenham is demanding 120 thousand pounds in damages and lost wages.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Monday, 18 January 2010

Chiswick housekeeper in court
The former housekeeper of the Attorney General Baroness Scotland has admitted possessing false ID.

Loloahi Tapui's pleaded guilty to using a passport with a counterfeit visa stamp. But she's denied intending to use it to enable her to get a job as a cleaner.

Baroness Scotland faced calls to resign over accusations she was employing an illegal immigrant.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Top national and international headlines at 8pm
Six days on from the earthquake in Haiti - there are fears over security as aid struggles to get through.

British rescue teams there have temporarily called off their search efforts because of violence concerns and looting.

Former US President Bill Clinton is helping out at Port-au-Prince airport to get the supplies off planes.


Tony Blair's former chief of staff has told the Iraq Inquiry that NO attempt was made to "bully" Lord Goldsmith into legally authorising the war.

Jonathan Powell has been giving evidence today. Next Friday it's Tony Blair's turn - he'll be at the inquiry on the 29th of January.


The Home Secretary is to appeal against a High Court ruling which will allow two terror suspects to sue for damages.

A judge has quashed control orders that had been imposed on two men since 2006.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 pm  

Malden Rushett speed camera is back
Average speed cameras are to be introduced on a notorious blackspot in south London.

The cameras are being trialled on the A13 between Canning Town and the Goresbrook Interchange.

It's hoped enforcing the road's speed limit will cut the number of fatal collisions.

Meanwhile, a speed camera that was hijacked by vandals in Malden Rushett, has been reintroduced.

The machine near the Malden Rushett crossroads, was ripped down last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

Judge at Isleworth Crown Court jails stalker
A man who stalked a mother-of-two for seven years has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Elliot Fogel followed Claire Waxman everywhere, googled her more than 40-thousand times and bombarded her with emails and late night calls.

His harassment continued despite restraining orders.

Mrs Waxman, who's from north London, says he's ruined her life, caused a miscarriage, and forced her to move home five times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Bad news for Chelsea player
Chelsea say Michael Essien will return to the club from the Africa Cup of Nations later this week for assessment on his knee injury.

The midfielder's been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

Ghana's team doctor insists Essien will be out for month, meaning he'll miss crucial Premier League matches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Twickenham woman set for next court appearance

BA worker Nadia Eweida will go to court tomorrow to try to make the airline allow her to wear a cross at work.

She has already lost one appeal, after claiming British Airways was discriminating against her Christian faith by not allowing her to wear the symbol.

If she loses she'll have to pay BA's legal fees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Fulham cleric to launch new fight
Hate preacher Abu Hamza has launched a legal battle to hold onto his passport.

The Home Secretary wants to strip the cleric of his citizenship.

Hamza has joint UK and Egyptian nationality, and is currently in jail as he challenges attempts to extradite him to the US on terror charges.

He's appealed to overturn Alan Johnson's decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Dorking family hit the jackpot

A family have hit it big on the EuroMillions draw.

The four-strong syndicate scooped 26-point-1 million pounds in Friday's draw.

They had one of just two jackpot winning tickets.

The second ticket holder was from France. The win means the family jump into fourth place on the National Lottery's Rich List
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

Heathrow based airline ready for round two
British Airways is on a fresh collision course with cabin crew tonight.

The Unite union has announced that its 13-thousand members will be balloted on strike action again when they meet at Kempton Park in Sunbury later this month.

Industrial action could hit flights in the busy run-up to Easter.

There are also reports that BA chief exec Willie Walsh has e-mailed all other staff urging them to take over from any cabin crew members who strike.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Croydon boys nominated for prestigious music award

Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine head the shortlist for this year's Brit Awards.

They each have three nominations.

Robbie Williams will pick up the outstanding contribution to music award - he's also shortlisted for best British male.

The prizes will be handed out at Earl's Court in London next month.

X-Factor finalists JLS are up for three awards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

A resounding NO to Richmond Parking charges

A mass rally is to be held for people to demonstrate their opposition to
the proposed introduction of car parking charges in Richmond Park. It will
start at Pembroke Lodge at 10:30am on Saturday, January 30th.

Zac Goldsmith has teamed up with Putney MP, Justine Greening, Deborah Thomas, PPC for
Twickenham and Helen Whately, PPC for Kingston, who will all take part.

Earlier this year, Zac collected more than 2,000 signatures from residents
opposed to the proposals. He delivered them to the Royal Parks Agency
before the end of its consultation, which demonstrated opposition from 80%
of residents.

The new Minister for Royal Parks, Margaret Hodge has agreed to charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Tributes to Town Crier

The funeral of London’s town crier has taken place today.

Peter Moore, who had held the position for 31 years, died of a heart attack at his home in Wandsworth before Christmas.

He was due to receive a lifetime achievement award during the New Year’s day parade.

Fellow criers rang their bells as the 70 year old’s coffin left St George’s cathedral in Southwark in a horse drawn carriage.

Peter, pictured here with Jackie's Dave Owen, was a keen supporter of the station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Croydon eco campaigner on World Tour arrested in India
A man from Croydon has been bailed in India on terrorism charges.

35 year old Andy Pag is attempting to travel the World in a bus powered purely by bio fuel.

He’s trying to raise awareness of environmental damage.

However he was arrested last Wednesday for using a satellite phone and breaking the country’s communication laws.

A court date is yet to be set.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Chiswick and Teddington RNLI lifeboatmen to hit The Bentall Centre in Kingston for a spectacular fundraising weekend

RNLI lifeboat crew members from Chiswick and Teddington stations on the Thames will take up residence in Kingston’s Bentall Centre shopping complex for a whole 24 hours this month, in an attempt to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

The crew, who regularly launch their lifeboats on the River Thames to rescue those in peril, will attempt a 24-hour row-a-thon within The Bentall Centre, Kingston between Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January. The crew will be using rowing machines on loan for the weekend and will take it in turns to row continuously for 24 hours.

And giving the crew a helping hand at the start will be special guest, British Olympic gold medal-winning rower, Greg Searle. Currently training for, and with his sights firmly set on a comeback in the London 2012 Olympics, Greg is happy to lend his support to the lifeboat crews for their fundraising attempt.

The gruelling challenge has been organised to raise money for the RNLI’s SOS Day, the charity’s biggest national fundraising day, on Friday 29 January 2010. The crew from the lifeboat station hope their efforts will attract people to show their support throughout the adventure, and possibly inspire others to follow suit and organise or take part in a fundraising event for the RNLI.

To sponsor the lifeboat crews for their fundraising, or to find our more about their plans, visit their Just Giving page at
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

A student from Staines is suing Surrey Police
19 year old Jeremy Moulton is accusing officers of Overkill after they stormed his house with sniffer dogs while a helicopter circled overhead after he took part in a protest outside an army base.

The politics student was arrested and cautioned after standing outside an army cadet camp holding a placard saying Stop Training Murderers.

He was kept in cells overnight before he agreed to a caution of breaching the peace. He has however, now got a criminal record.

Jeremy says he was treated like an Al Qaeda suspect and was frightened.

A spokeswoman for Surrey Police says the officers acted accordingly after a report from a resident.

A helicopter was deployed because it was dark and the suspect couldn’t be seen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

Landirani Trust given new hope

A woman from Surbiton is proving you can make a difference during the harsh economic times.

Pip Whately has won the Vodaphone World of Difference Competition.

It means she can work for the charity of her choice, fully funded, for the next two months.

Pip has chosen the Landirani Trust which raises money for orphans in Malawi.

She’s already a devout supporter and will work alongside colleague Sam Palmer who also won the competition.

The pair are thrilled as Vodaphone doesn't usually pick two people from the same charity to win funding.

To hear the interview with Pip and Sam tune into Jackie News this afternoon.
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