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Friday, 28 June 2013

Man guilty of murder in Brentford

A man has been convicted of the murder of a blind pensioner in her own home in Brentford.

20 year old Daniel Barnett was found guilty of killing 77-year-old Jean Farrar last October.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance at an address along Brook Road South where the found the pensioner suffering severe head injuries.

A post-mortem examination gave a cause of death as blunt trauma to the head and throat.

Barnett was arrested within minutes of the incident close to the murder scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

Mo Farah recognised for his efforts at London 2012
Mo Farah has received a CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

The long distance-runner, who grew up in Feltham, won both the 5,000 and the 10,000 metres at the Olympics last summer.

He was honoured for services to athletics.

He describes the moment he met royalty.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Virginia Water is Surrey property hotspot
Virginia Water has the most expensive homes outside of the capital with the average price now topping a million pounds

A new survey out today shows that the price of some properties has rocketed in the last year with nearly 80,000 additional homes worth more than a million.

Zoopla’s property rich list shows that there are now 323,000 ‘million pound plus’ homes in Britain.

That’s an increase of 23% since last year.

Kensington of course is where the most expensive houses are - with the average price now £2.3m.

Outside London, Cobham sees an average price of £842,000 – the second highest, with Esher in 5th place at £774,000.

Richmond comes in as the seventh most expensive town with £718,000 being the average price of a home.

If you break down the figures by the number of streets with million pound houses, then Mitcham and Kingston also make it onto the rich list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

Deputy PM in Wallington

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Wallington earlier to find out more about apprenticeships schemes.

He spent time at TEC International which runs an award winning initiative within the energy industry.

There are nearly five million businesses in the UK, but currently only 100,000 of them offer apprenticeships.

The visit is part of the ‘Million jobs for a stronger economy’ campaign which aims to boost the number of workplaces offering apprenticeships.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Wimbledon update
Britain's Laura Robson is through to the third round of Wimbledon.

She recovered from a nervy start to beat Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque Marino in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Later, Andy Murray faces Spain's Tommy Robredo in his third round match.

Slovenia's Grega Zemlja came through an epic five set match with Maria Sharapova's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov.

He won the deciding set 11-9.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Appeal for witnesses following dangerous driving through Bookham
Police in Surrey are appealing for witnesses and information on a driver of a car seen driving dangerously through Bookham and Fetcham.

The incident occurred between 6.30pm and 6.45pm last night when a silver Rover was seen colliding with stationary vehicles as it travelled along Guildford Road, from Bookham into Fetcham.

Investigating Officer Dave Evans, said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw a vehicle matching this description driving in an inappropriate manner in the Bookham and Fetcham area to contact officers with information.

I would ask anyone who had a vehicle parked on a the roadside on the route this car is believed to have travelled and who has noticed any damage which would have occurred yesterday evening and may connect to this incident to report this.”

A man in his 50s from Bookham suffered minor injuries after he was assaulted when attempting to restrain a person in connection with this incident.

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit due to alcohol or drugs, assault, criminal damage and failing to provide a specimen.

Anyone who has information on this incident is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference MV/13/2436 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Police need your help in Kingston

Police are appealing for assistance in tracing a 19-year-old man who has been missing from Kingston since Wednesday.

Mathangan Paskaran was last seen in the New Malden area.

Mathangan is described as a man of Asian appearance, approx 5ft 1inches tall, of medium build with black, curly, medium-length hair and brown eyes. Mathangan was last seen wearing blue trousers, black jacket and black Nike trainers.

Anyone who has seen Mathangan or knows of his whereabouts should call Kingston Police on 101 or Missing People on Freefone 116 000, quoting
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Tia Sharp House Demolished

Croydon Council has knocked down the house where 12-year-old Raynes Park High schoolgirl Tia Sharp was sexually assaulted and murdered.

Her body had been hidden in its loft and the family have welcomed the demolition of the house in New Addington.

Stuart Hazell was jailed for the murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Jobs goal as Sutton Council and Jobcentre Plus sign Agreement
Getting residents back into work is the target of a landmark agreement between Sutton Council and Jobcentre Plus which was signed this week.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee, and Hazel Renwick, Integrated Operations Manager for the Department of Work and Pensions, agreed to work together to help jobless residents find employment.

They agreed ambitious targets of cutting Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants by 12% to 3,000 and focusing on 18-24 year-olds by aiming to reduce their JSA numbers to 500 by the end of March 2014, a 30% drop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

Hairdressers damaged in blaze
A hairdresser's in Southfields was damaged by fire this morning.

Five people inside the building escaped before the Brigade arrived.

One woman was treated at the scene for burns by the London Ambulance Service.

Two fire engines and ten firefighters and officers from Wandsworth fire station attended the incident in Replingham Road just before 11am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire caused extensive delays in the area for traffic, most of which was heading to Wimbledon for the tennis.

We'll have travel updates throughout the afternoon live on air.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Man in court on arson charges
A 37-year-old man has pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to setting fire to rubbish at the front of the Poundland store in Central Road in Worcester Park.

The blaze went on to cause £24,000 of damage to the shop front.

Michael White, of Malden Road, Worcester Park, committed the arson attack shortly after midnight on the 1th of December.

He is due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on the 4th of September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Kingston Service Celebrates 25 Years

Kingston Bereavement Service is celebrating 25 years of delivering counselling and support .

It will mark the occasion with an event in the Guildhall later today.

The guest speaker will be Dame Barbara Monroe, Chief Executive of St. Christopher’s Hospice.

The Mayor will attend along with patrons Baroness Kramer and Baroness Tonge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Time is running out to vote for outstanding Dignity in Care
Time is running out for residents in Richmond to vote in the Council’s stand up for Dignity in Care awards.

The nomination period closes on the 15th July.

The awards, launched earlier this month, provide an opportunity for residents to recognise the valuable role local care workers play.

The award ceremony will be held on the 30th July, with Cllr Stephen Speak, Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames.

The Dignity in Care Awards is in its second year and the response has already been very encouraging with over 30 nominations to date, recognising the valuable contribution that carers make.

If you know a carer that you think needs to be rewarded, make your nomination now.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

More arrests in cash-in-transit robbery

Police have made two more arrests in connection with a cash-in-transit robbery which took place in January on Tattenham Corner.

A man and a woman in their 30’s, and both from Tadworth, were
arrested yesterday in the Box Hill area.

They’ve been released on bail until July.

The arrests are part of Operation Jadeite.

Four other people remain on police bail in connection with the robbery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 am  

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Victoria House in North Cheam is to be completely rebuilt
Julian Perkins has the update for Radio Jackie

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Yet another player has had to quit Wimbledon because of injury
Frenchman Michael Llodra retired during his second round match.

It means 11 players have now had to quit the tournament, including 7 yesterday.

Head Groundsman at Wimbledon, Neil Stubley, says any suggestion that the condition of the grass courts has played a part is wrong.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Wimbledon Update
Women's top seed Serena Williams has won her second round match at Wimbledon.

She's beaten Caroline Garcia of France in straight sets.

It sets up a meeting with 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, who's become the oldest woman to reach the third round of the tournament in the Open era.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Shanty singers The Fisherman’s Friends are to release their first new material since the death of group member Trevor Grills
Lucy Mayer reports

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Boost for housing and jobs in Sutton town centre
Two regeneration schemes – which will boost the economy, create jobs and provide new housing in Sutton town centre – have been given the go-ahead.

The schemes, at Sutton Point and the former Burger King site, were approved last night at a meeting of the development control committee.

The Sutton Point site will be completely redeveloped by Kingston based CNM estates.

The existing tower building will be converted and extended up to 22 storeys. Two additional buildings, one of 20 storeys and the other of 11, will be constructed. All three will be linked together.

Once finished, the development will include 332 homes, 36 of which will be classed as affordable.

There will be a 139-bedroom hotel, restaurants, retail outlets and health and fitness facilities.

The area will be landscaped and new access onto Sutton Court Road will be constructed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Benefits, debts, jobs and advice in Sutton
Residents affected by benefit changes and issues around work, housing and money can come along to a dedicated event aimed at helping them deal with their problems.

The Benefits Open Day on Monday the 8th of July will bring together a huge range of organisations from across the borough to provide an opportunity for people to get all the answers they need at a one-stop shop.

Around 5,000 households in the borough have been affected by social rent restrictions and council tax benefit reduction which became law in April this year and more are expected to feel the impact of the Benefit Cap which will take effect in July.

Resources such as Citizens Advice, Jobcentreplus and Sutton foodbank are already experiencing far greater demand for their services and that is expected to grow even further in the coming months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Station For Sale

South Norwood police station has been put up for sale.

The Met says the sale will allow it to invest in more modern facilities.

The borough commander Chief Superintendent David Musker says policing operations in Croydon will change from the Autumn.

But he says the changes won’t affect the quality of services across his borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

No contest for Federer

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For the first time in nearly a decade Roger Federer won't contest a Grand Slam quarter-final.

The defending Wimbledon champion lost in the second round to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky last night.

During an amazing third day, 7 players were forced out of the tournament because of injury.

It's led to All England Club officials defending the courts surfaces, and certainly Federer wasn't going to use them as an excuse.

Second seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew having suffered an injury during round one.

Although philosophical about her problem, she admitted to finding it difficult to play on Number One Court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Kingston's Undergound Design

A student from Kingston University has designed a seesaw in the shape of London Underground’s Roundel logo.

23-year-old Clare Newsham, who studies graphic design came up with the idea as part of her final year project.

She spent two weeks in the workshop cutting the wood and then used vintage tube train moquette fabric to create the seats.

She’s one of a group of students tasked to come up with a design as part of London Underground’s upcoming 150th anniversary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wimbledon update 6.30pm
It's been pretty simple for Andy Murray in the end, cruising past Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets in his second round match at Wimbledon.

It will likely be a lot more difficult against Tommy Robredo next.

Women's third seed Maria Sharapova is out, after losing to Portugal's Michelle Larcher De Brito, ranked 131 in the world.

Seven players have had to withdraw injured today, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Victoria Azarenka.

On Centre Court now, Roger Federer is a set up against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm  

Wimbledon injury update
Wimbledon officials say there haven't been any changes to the way courts are prepared, on a day that 7 players have had to quit the tournament because of injury.

Maria Sharapova managed to complete her match, but told the umpire that Court 2 was "dangerous" during her defeat to Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Among those who had to withdraw are ladies' second seed Victoria Azarenka, while men's sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to retire hurt after losing the third set of his match.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:13 pm  

Injuries plague Wimbledon
Seven players so far have dropped out of Wimbledon because of injuries today, with another star claiming a court is "dangerous".

Women's second seed Victoria Azarenka and men's sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the highest-profile players who've withdrawn, along with the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal, Steve Darcis.

Maria Sharapova, who's a set down in her match right now, was overheard in a conversation with an umpire about the safety of Court 2.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 pm  

Man arrested in connection with child abuse investigation in Barnes
Police investigating historic sex crime claims at a guest house in Barnes have arrested a 65-year-old man in Dorset.

The man is being held under a new strand of an existing investigation into alleged child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House.

An inquiry was launched after MP Tom Watson claimed information on a paedophile ring had not been followed up by police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

The Chancellor's spending update
The Chancellor has revealed how he will cut a further 11-and-a-half-billion pounds from Government spending from 2015.

There will be a 1 percent cap on public sector pay rises, and automatic pay rises are to end for public sector works, excluding the armed forces.

A cap on welfare spending (including housing benefit, tax credits and disability living allowance but NOT pensions) will come into forces in April 2015, and will be reviewed every four years.

Pensioners living abroad will no longer be paid winter fuel allowance.

Jobseekers will need to wait for seven days before they can claim benefits.

Three-billion pounds will be spent on building new affordable houses.

Troubled Families Initiative to be increased by 200-million pounds.

Council tax freeze extended until 2016.

Civilian posts in Ministry of Defence to be cut, but there will be no reduction in armed forces personnel.

There will be a one percent increase in the military equipment budget.

Funding for the military covenant that supports troops and their families will become permanent.

Student maintenance grants will be frozen.

Science budgets to increase by four-point-six-billion pounds.

A two-billion pound growth fund will be set up to help local enterprise partnerships.

Budgets for schools in England will be protected, and a new National Funding Formula will ensure fairer distribution of funds.

180 new free schools will be funded.

There will be a slight rise in the NHS budget in England, while capital spending within the health service will increase to four-point-seven-billion pounds.

Flood defence projects will be given more money.

Tax incentives will be offered for shale gas drilling.

The International Development budget has been protected.

50-billion pounds of new infrastructure projects will be announced by Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander tomorrow.

Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have grants cut by two percent.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland will receive 31-million pounds of new funding.


Work and Pensions - down 9-point-5 percent.

Local Government and Communities - down ten percent.

Culture Media and Sport - down seven percent BUT elite sport protected, and museums and arts organisations funding only reduced by five percent.

Defence - resource budget frozen.

Home office - down six percent BUT police budget down by "less than six percent", and there will be a three-point-four percent increase in budget for intelligence services.

Justice - down ten percent.

Transport - down nine percent.

Business, Skills and Universities - down six percent.

Education - resource budget increases to 53-billion pounds.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - down ten percent.

Energy - down eight percent.

Foreign Office - down eight percent, but there is more money for new embassies.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices - down ten percent.

Cabinet Office - down ten percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Court approves new licence conditions for Kingston nightclub Oceana
Kingston nightclub Oceana will continue to trade under new licence conditions after a court hearing today approved a legal agreement reached last week.

Kingston Council and the police agreed a set of 17 new licence conditions with the owners of Oceana in Clarence Street, including the use of metal detectors, a reduction in the number of people allowed into the venue, reductions in the nights and hours the club will open and a minimum of four wardens to patrol surrounding streets.

Now the new conditions - agreed after an exchange of substantial evidence, meetings with residents and negotiations between the council, police, and the club’s operator The Luminar Group - will be imposed on Oceana’s licence on the order of Magistrates who considered them.

The agreement took into account the steep reduction in crime at the venue since the council’s earlier decision to revoke the venue’s licence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Kingston Business Expo 2013 – A huge success

The Kingston Business Expo 2013 was declared a huge success by exhibitors and visitors alike.

After a four year hiatus the event was back, bringing together some of the brightest businesses and keenest entrepreneurial minds the borough has to offer in one of the UK’s most highly revered business schools.

On the 20th June, close to 500 people came together to showcase their services, share ideas and create networks and business contacts at the Kingston Business School in the University Campus on Kingston Hill.

MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Edward Davey kicked off proceedings to a crowd of nearly 100 business people at the day’s networking breakfast, praising the business initiatives seen throughout his constituency during these challenging financial times.

Click here to read the full story
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Woman Saved From Conman In Cheam

The prompt actions of staff at a Post Office in Cheam helped save an elderly woman from a conman.

The customer who’s in her eighties tried to withdraw money to pay the suspect who’d knocked at her door.

Without asking her if she wanted the work done, he told her he’d cleared her gutters and wanted £400.

She gave him £40 cash but he said she would have to walk to the Post Office to withdraw the outstanding sum.

Two members of the Post Office staff became suspicious at the unusual withdrawal and called police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Gig promoter warned
Concert promoter AEG has been told it can no longer promote gigs as one offs.

It has been given a warning from the advertising regulator after it promoted a one off Kanye West concert, which was then followed up by more dates.

The promoter had offered fans tickets to see the show at the Hammersmith Apollo on February the 24th.

But following a single complaint that the description was misleading as two concerts were subsequently announced, a warning was issued to AEG.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Fire in Hayes
An elderly man was rescued by fire fighters from a blaze which badly damaged the kitchen of his home in Hayes yesterday.

The man was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.

Three fire engines, two from Hayes fire station and one from Hillingdon fire station, went to the scene in York Avenue with eighteen fire fighters and officers.

The Brigade was called at 11.40 and the fire, the cause of which is under investigation, was under control by 12.06.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Roadworks chaos continues on Tolworth Broadway

Mass works are taking place as part of the Tolworth Greenway Scheme.

They are due to continue until the end of August.

For the latest travel information, stay tuned to 107.8 Radio Jackie, or follow @jackie_travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Westcott Woman Guilty

A lady from Westcott’s been found guilty of receiving thousands of pounds of benefits she wasn’t entitled to.

Linda Brown’s been claiming housing benefit and council tax since 2011 – when she told authorities at Mole Valley District Council she had stopped working.

But two months after she had declared her retirement the 67 year old took a part time job at a local school and so wasn’t qualified for the money.

In total Linda Brown obtained over 5,000 pounds she was not eligible for.

Redhill Magistrates court accepted her guilty plea and sentenced her to a conditional discharge for one year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Heathrow Arrest - Man Bailed
A 52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Dr Imran Farooq, has been bailed until a date in September.

The suspect was arrested yesterday at Heathrow airport after arriving on a flight from Canada.

He was taken to a west London police station and bailed this evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 pm  

Chessington Man Bailed
A Chessington man, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, has been released on bail.

Zaid al-Hilli is the brother of British engineer Saad a-Hilli from Claygate, who was shot dead along with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps.

The 54-year-old suspect had previously denied involvement in the killings or any feud with his sibling over an inheritance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 pm  

Wimbledon update 5pm

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Laura Robson has reached the second round of Wimbledon in fine style.

She's beaten tenth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.

Of the nine British players so far who've completed their opening matches in the singles, only Robson and Andy Murray have managed victories.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

Top marks for St George's
The blood pressure unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting has been recognised as a centre of excellence.

The prestigious title was awarded by the European Society of Hypertension.

It’s for demonstrating that the unit’s staff are highly skilled and investigate, diagnose and treat large numbers of patients, some with very complex medical needs.

The unit’s one of only five to be awarded the status in 2013.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Surrey County Council is merging its administrative services with East Sussex.
It’s hoping to save up to £500,000 a year.

Surrey and East Sussex have pooled their payroll, pensions and accounts functions to reduce overheads and streamline management.

The initiative comes after the two councils joined forces to strike better deals with contractors.

Between them, the councils process more than a million payslips and pension payments each year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Young people at risk in Richmond supported by Civic Pride award
A youth scheme which received a Civic Pride grant from Richmond Council has proved highly successful at diverting young people at risk of offending away from a life of crime.

The Civic Pride award of £5,000 to the MTV Youth scheme at St Mary’s Church, Hampton, last year provided for the training of a mentor to provide professional coaching and activities for up to 20 teenage members.

The mentor, a parent and reformed former offender, who already worked informally in the role, was enabled to provide a more effective service to the local community.

Since being set up two years ago by volunteers at St Mary’s Church in response to residents’ concerns, membership of MTV Youth has leapt from 20 to more than 100.

It offers weekly sports and other leisure activities and it partners with the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Empty seats at Wimbledon?
Despite empty seats being visible on the main courts, Wimbledon organisers are telling those hopeful of getting tickets not to bother joining the queue.

The advice for those wanting ground admission tomorrow is to wait until early in the morning before getting in line.

Those who are already waiting there are disappointed to see gaps in the crowds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

Work to ‘uplift’ Ham library begins next month
Work to redevelop Ham Library and provide more space for the community will begin next month – with the library closing for six weeks whilst the work is ongoing.

The work is part of the Council’s Uplift programme, which aims to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham areas of the borough.

The library will now see a £146,000 investment project that involves not only refurbishing the current library space, upgrading the windows, toilets, kitchen areas, new shelving, reception desk and general redecoration, but will also provide a new community exhibition and meeting space with an IT suite in the adjoining vacant annex building.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Woman found dead in Twickenham
A woman in her 20s has died after she was found in a graveyard in Twickenham.

The woman was found unconscious in St Mary's Parish Church in Church Lane, just after 7 o’clock this morning.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said she was pronounced dead at the scene and her family had not yet been informed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

Housing news
A new Mori survey has found millions of Londoners fear they will get into arrears on their mortgage or rent next year.

More than 4 in 10 people in Greater London are concerned that they won’t be able to afford their monthly payment.

The research also found proportion of people stressing about their housing costs is about 50% higher for Londoners than people elsewhere in the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Brand new Youth Centre to Open in Whitton
A brand new youth centre to be opened in Whitton will provide children and young people with access to a gym, cinema evenings, computers, and a youth café as well as vital one-to-one support and group work programmes for the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters.

Richmond Council unveiled the plans this week.

It will see up to 60 children pass through the doors of the £365,563 Whitton Youth Hub in Britannia Lane.

The building, previously used to deliver adults’ services, will be transformed when work begins next month and will open in time for the new school year in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am  

Man guilty of manslaughter in New Addington

39 year old Jason Lodge [pictured] was convicted yesterday at the Old Bailey following the death of 55 year old Mr Petch.

Sentencing takes place on Thursday.

The court heard on the evening of Saturday the 14th of April last year, Lodge had been out drinking.

At around 11.30pm, he went looking for Mr Petch and located his maisonette at Fieldway, New Addington.

The door was open and he found him in his bedroom.

Lodge punched him and then stamped and kicked him to the head several times after he fell to the floor.

Father of nine Mr Petch was taken to Croydon University Hospital with a fractured skull that led to bleeding on the brain.

His condition deteriorated and he died on Wednesday the 18th of April from severe head injuries.

He also had fractures to both cheek bones, caused by stamping, and extensive bruising to his body.

Lodge initially fled to Rye in Kent but attended Croydon police station later and was arrested and subsequently charged.

The court heard Lodge had visited Mr Petch because the victim had allegedly been selling cocaine to his partner's sister, who was unwell, and he wanted him to stop. Lodge's partner claimed Mr Petch attacked Lodge with a baseball bat and he acted in self-defence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 am  

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from Lambeth

Scott Cameron Wilson, 51, failed to turn up for work yesterday, and has not been heard from. This is out of character.

Scott is described as white, 5' 11" tall, of slim build with short light brown hair. He speaks with a Scottish accent. It is not known what he might be wearing.

He has family in Scotland.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lambeth police via 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Monday, 24 June 2013

Wimbledon update at close of play
The opening day of this year's Wimbledon has seen one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to Belgium's Steve Darcis, who's ranked 135 in the world.

Late on Court One, Lleyton Hewitt rolled back the years to get past 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

Andy Murray had no scares in beating Benjamin Becker, while Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all went through to round two.

The other six British players in first round action all lost.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

Wimbledon update 8pm
Rafael Nadal has had another Wimbledon to forget, after just one day.

He's out after losing in straight sets to little fancied Steve Darcis from Belgium, who's ranked 135 in the world.

Andy Murray is through to the second round, though, having beaten Benjamin Becker.

He'll face Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu next, after he got past Britain's James Ward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 pm  

Wimbledon Update 5pm
Andy Murray has got his Wimbledon title challenge under way on Centre Court.

A short while ago, his match with German Benjamin Becker was going to serve in the first set.

Of the other Brits, Johanna Konta, Elena Baltacha, Samantha Murray and Kyle Edmund have gone out.

Rafael Nadal is in a spot of bother on Court 1, as he's a set down to Belgian Steve Darcis.

Defending champion Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all got straight-forward wins.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

Pregnant partner of Trenton Oldfield appeals for him to be able to stay in the UK
A man who disrupted last year's University Boat Race at Chiswick, has been refused leave to remain in the UK.

The Home Office says Trenton Oldfield's presence in the country was not "conducive to the public good".

The Australian was jailed for six months after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

Oldfield told Isleworth Crown Court that his actions were a protest against elitism and inequality.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Incident in Cobham
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a fight in Cobham on Sunday the 16th of June, that left two people injured.

The incident took place in the alleyway of Sainsbury's car park in Bridge Way just after 11.30pm.

Surrey Police says a group of men attacked two people.

The two victims, both 18-year-old men, were treated at Epsom Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone who saw what happened should contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Wimbledon Update 3.45pm Day One
Defending champion Roger Federer has breezed into the second round at Wimbledon.

He needed just over an hour to beat Romania's Victor Hanescu in straight sets.

British teenager Kyle Edmund has fallen at the first hurdle, losing to Poland's 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz.

Meanwhile, Elena Baltacha was beaten by Italy's Flavia Pennetta.

Andy Murray opens his campaign against Benjamin Becker later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Royal Mail gift to those affected by prostate cancer
Royal Mail and its employees are funding a Community Nurse Specialist, who will be based in Croydon.

Dawn Fishley will provide support to men and their families in London and South East, who are affected by prostate cancer.

The company’s donations are in aid of their charity partner of the year, Prostate Cancer UK.

Dawn will also be helping to raise awareness, so men are able to identify the early signs and symptoms of the illness.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Faulty Burglar Alarms Lead to Unwanted Visitors
Forgetting to check if your burglar alarm is working correctly before jetting off on your summer holiday could lead to an unwanted visit from Richmond Council, and hundreds of pounds in costs if the authority has to silence the alarm by force.

Each year the Council receives approximately 100 calls from residents complaining about faulty burglar alarms keeping them awake at night and disturbing them during the day.

If an alarm malfunctions and the Council cannot contact anyone to shut it off, enforcement officers may have to silence external alarms by force, or even break into properties, under a magistrates’ warrant, to deactivate internal alarms. The cost of this is charged to the alarm holder.

Before going away make sure you:

Check your alarm is working properly – including the cut-off device that prevents the alarm from sounding for more than 20 minutes

Appoint one or more key holders who can be contacted to turn your alarm off in the event of a malfunction – and notify the Council of their contact details, and your own. We will always try to contact you first if there is a problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Wimbledon Update
Defending champion Roger Federer is getting the defence of his title under way on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

He's up against Romania's Victor Hanescu.

Later, Andy Murray starts his challenge against Benjamin Becker.

Britain's Elena Baltacha has just lost in the women's singles, going down in straight sets to Flavia Pennetta.

Meanwhile, the Wimbledon challenge of Britain's Elena Baltacha is over early on day one of the tournament.

She's been beaten in straight sets by Italy's Flavia Pennetta.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Murray due third on Centre Court - play starts at 1pm
It's a blockbuster opening day at Wimbledon, with Andy Murray the star attraction for British fans later.

He faces Benjamin Becker in his first round match.

Play is already under way on the outside courts, but, as with tradition, defending champion Roger Federer gets the Centre Court programme going at 1.

Seven Brits are in action on day one, including Elena Baltacha.

She's been broken early on in her match with Flavia Pennetta.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Update: Alps murder investigation
A man's been arrested in Chessington in connection with the deaths of four people in the French Alps last year.

Saad and Iqbal Al Hilli, Mrs Al Hilli's mother from Claygate, and a cyclist were shot dead near Annecy.

The couple's two daughters survived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Sea Cadet ‘honoured’ by Armed Forces Day flag raising role

A Sea Cadet from Sutton said she was ‘honoured’ to raise the flag as the town showed its support for the armed services.

Ordinary Cadet, 16 year old Christine Adams, raised the Armed Forces flag in Sutton high street this morning to help celebrate Armed Forces Day in front of over 30 guests including the Mayor of Sutton.

After the flag was raised Christine said: “I was selected from over 20 other Sutton-based Sea Cadets so it’s a real honour for me. Our group has cadets aged 10 to 18 and we are all very proud of the work done by our Armed Forces.”

The flag was raised at 10am following a short speech by the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Sean Brennan, OBE.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Wimbledon Tennis update: play underway at 11.30am

Spectators have been queuing for over 24 hours to be in with a chance of a spot on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

Seven Brits are in action on the first day - including Andy Murray.

He was rained off court during the practice session yesterday [Twitpic: @Wimbledon]

Richard Newman reports from the All England Club.

Stay tuned to 107.8 Radio Jackie for up to the minute results and travel reports
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Rugby club looking for more players to celebrate milestone

Rugby enthusiasts are being encouraged to join one of Surrey’s oldest clubs as it prepares to enter its 55th season.

Racal Decca in Tolworth is the product of two major past companies.

Racal Defence Systems, and record label Decca, which famously turned down the Beatles.

Club Secretary Robert Holmes and Tour organiser Dev Anand explain why it’s a great club for any player – old or young.

To get involved, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Boost For St Peter's Chertsey

The ward used by women before and after having their babies at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, has received a makeover.

The communal area on the Joan Booker ward received 150-thousand pounds for the update.

It was one of more than 100 hospitals in the UK to bid for government funding to improve the birthing environment for women.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Legends of Rugby Union are coming together in Wimbledon
A festival of rugby is coming to Wimbledon next month.

Veterans of top-flight English clubs are coming together for a one-day tournament, which is also celebrating women’s and children’s rugby.

Former professional England player Leon Lloyd is co-Director of the Legends Rugby festival:

Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne spoke with Tournament Director Ian Dawson and former England International Tim Stimpson. Listen to the interview on the Radio Jackie Red Button.
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