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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Flood alerts for SW London and Surrey

There are two flood warnings in place across South West London and Surrey this evening.

An alert has been placed on the River Thames between Putney and Teddington Weir.

The River Mole is also predicted to burst its banks at Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham and South Hersham.

There is a risk to property, and people are being advised to move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 pm  

Croydon man involved in smuggling immigrants
A man from Croydon is one of a gang of five who have been jailed for smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK.

They were caught by a Home Office-led investigation, supported by Europol, as well as British, French, German and Swiss law enforcement agencies.

The men, four Sri Lankans and one British national charged illegal immigrants £4,500 each to help them reach Britain through Channel ports.

Forty two year old Chubramanian Vignarajah pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration and was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 am  

Battersea robbers jailed
A gang of robbers who targeted supermarkets and convenience stores across London have been sentenced to over 40-years in prison.

Two of the gang were from South West London.

Nineteen year old Mustapha Feika from Tooting was sentenced to eight years’ and six months.

Stephen Davis from Battersea, who’s 18, was sentenced to three years.

Altogether 27 robberies were carried out between March and May 2013 including 3 on Wandsworth Road and 2 in Battersea.

The gang used screwdrivers, batons and metal poles in their attacks and on at least two occasions assaulted terrified staff members before forcing open tills and stealing cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 am  

Friday, 31 January 2014

Meredith's siblings speak out
Amanda Knox says her conviction for murdering Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher is unfair - and she will never willingly go back to Italy.

The American faces extradition after being found guilty by an Italian court for a second time.

Knox, and her ex-boyfriend who was also convicted, will appeal the verdict.

Meredith's sister and brother have spoken to us following the fresh verdict last night.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Jury fails to reach verdict
A jury trying a woman over claims she lied to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points case has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

56 year old barrister Constance Briscoe, from Clapham denies three counts of intending to pervert the course of justice.

The jury of six women and five men had been deliberating since Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Transfer deadline day update at 4pm
Transfer deadline day is hotting up before the window shuts at 11pm.

Fulham have broken their transfer record, bringing in Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou from Olympiakos.

Lewis Holtby has also arrived on loan, with Adel Taarabt leaving.

Crystal Palace have confirmed Wayne Hennessey's arrival from Wolves while Jason Puncheon has also made his loan deal at Selhurst Park permanent.

Chelsea have also signed French defender Kurt Zouma from St Etienne, where he'll return on loan for the rest of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Transfer deadline day latest at 2.45
Transfer deadline day is hotting up as the window comes to a close.

Chelsea have signed Kurt Zouma from St Etienne, where he will stay on loan until the end of the season.

Fulham have brought in Lewis Holtby on loan, and are expected to bring in at least 3 more players before the end of the day.

Crystal Palace have confirmed Wayne Hennessey's arrival from Wolves while Jason Puncheon has also made his loan deal at Selhurst Park permanent.

They've also reported agreed a deal for Cardiff's Joe Ledley.

Meanwhile, QPR have signed Aaron Hughes from Fulham and Brazilian striker Guilherme Dellatorre on short-term deals.

Brentford have also confirmed the signing of defender James Tarkowski, but he'll be loaned back to Oldham from the 8th of February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Accused to fight extradition after being found guilty of murder of Coulsdon student
Amanda Knox says she will fight extradition from the US to the very end after being found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher for a second time.

In a tearful interview on American TV, the 26-year-old says she will never go back to Italy.

She faces a 28-and-a-half year prison term for the death of the student from Coulsdon in 2007.

Barrister Gemma Lindfield specialises in extradition - and says it could be hard to stop the process:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Investigation after death of woman from Croydon
An investigation is underway after a woman from Croydon died after using the 111 helpline service.

The 33 year old contacted the line in December after feeling unwell, and was told to wait for a doctor.

She was called back around two hours later but did not answer and an ambulance was sent round, bus she was declared dead at the scene.

111 was launched last April as an alternative to calling 999.

It states that it is a service you can call when ‘you need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Elderly woman tricked in Wallington
An elderly woman was tricked out of £140 by a man offering to do gardening work in Wallington.

The 92-year-old allowed the caller inside her property in Mollison Drive, where he spent 15 minutes in the garden.

As she went upstairs to get the money to pay him, he followed her taking £80 for the work and her purse, which contained £60.

Sutton Police is advising residents to call 999 if they’re suspicious of any doorstep callers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Sutton parents talk about importance of helmets
The parents of a teenager from Sutton whose cycle helmet saved him from serious injury have spoken about the importance of all cyclists wearing helmets.

15 year old Thomas Dynan-Lewis was on his paper round yesterday morning when he was in collision with a vehicle on Burdon Road in Cheam.

He banged his head against the vehicle badly smashing his helmet.

The male driver from Croydon stopped and checked that Thomas was OK before driving him home to Sutton.

Thomas’ father says he was keen to publicise the positive outcome from the collision to encourage all cyclists to always wear their helmet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Hampton suspected burglar caught in honeytrap
A suspected burglar has been caught in a honeytrap in Hampton – quite literally.

He was covered in bees after raiding what he thought was a shed in Station Road on Tuesday. It turned out to be a huge beehive.

Officers are now making the unusual step of appealing to doctors and pharmacists to come forward as they may have information on the suspect who would have no doubt been covered in bee stings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Man dies at Putney station
A man has died after being hit by a train at Putney station this morning.

British Transport Police were called at around 7.45.

The line reopened at quarter past 9.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Missing Hammersmith girl found
Police were appealing for assistance in locating 13-year-old Danielle Rodriguez from Hammersmith.

They are pleased to report that Danielle has returned home.

They have thanked the media for their assistance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

Italian court upholds Knox's original conviction
A court in Italy has upheld the original convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for killing British student Meredith Kercher.

The retrial began last September in Florence.

Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, was found with her throat cut in Perugia, in central Italy, in November 2007.

She was 21.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 am  

Sutton gets funding for low carbon heating
26 local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded over 1.9-million pounds to support the development of heat network projects which could result in lower heating bills.

Making the announcement yesterday Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston & Surbiton Ed Davey said more homes and businesses could soon be heated by a range of low carbon technologies.

Among the winning local authorities are Merton, Ealing and Sutton which received 20-thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 am  

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Croydon stabbing update
Three boys have been charged in connection with the stabbing of a 12 year-old boy outside Tesco Express in Whitehorse Road, on Monday the 20th of January.

A 14 year old from Lambeth has been accused of section 18 GBH, attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article.

A 13 year old, also from Lambeth, has been accused of section 18 GBH, attempted robbery, possession of a bladed article and shoplifting.

And another 13 year old from Lambeth has been accused of GBH and attempted robbery.

All three will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Youth Court later today.

Two 15-year-old boys were also arrested in connection to the stabbing last week and have been bailed until March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Hampton Court skier relieved to be selected for Winter Olympics

Team GB Alpine Skier Chemmy Alcott was at her training base in Guildford yesterday.

She was making final preparations ahead of the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games next week.

Still recovering from a broken leg, Chemmy told us she’s relieved and grateful she’s been selected.

You can listen to our full interview with Chemmy here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Two McLaren staff killed in crash in Ottershaw have been named

Darren Hayes and Ollie Bourton, who worked on the production of road cars, died in a collision with a van near Ottershaw yesterday.

They were in a blue Subaru Impreza which was in collision with a Ford Transit on the A320 close to the Formula 1 giant's Woking base.

Floral tributes to the pair have been placed at the McLaren roundabout.

Today McLaren Mercedes F1 racing driver, Kevin Magnussen, posted on Twitter saying: I'm so sorry to hear this... I send condolences to the families.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm  

Speedboat deaths investigated
A TV executive and his daughter from Wandsworth died after he tried to execute a fast turn in their speedboat, investigators have said.

51 year old Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily died as the boat circled out of control.

An emergency kill cord to cut the engine had not been worn.

A report into the deaths says it's unclear whether Mr Milligan's judgement when he took the controls had been affected by some wine that he'd drunk 90 minutes earlier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

What is lurking under Clapham?
It has emerged herbs are being grown commercially in former World War Two air raid shelters under Clapham.

Two men have been conducting trials in the tunnels below the Northern Line, near Clapham North, for the past 18 months.

Full-scale work will begin in March.

The first produce is expected to be on the market by late summer –with the help of Michellin starred chef Michele Roux Jr.

Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, who leased the space from Transport for London, hope to raise £600,000 for the project.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Fire in Croydon in the early hours
Fire crews tackled a fire at a pub on Old Palace Road in Croydon early this morning.

Flats are in the process of being built above the pub, and fire fighters were able to keep the fire from causing serious damage.

The pub was badly damaged by fire and smoke, and a small part of the first floor above was damaged by smoke. No one was hurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Mike is found . . . and is a man from Surbiton

A man who was talked down from Waterloo Bridge six years ago, has found the good samaritan who helped him.

Jonny Benjamin launched a campaign earlier this month called "Find Mike" - although he wasn't sure that was his name.

Now he's been reunited with Neil Laybourn, the real Mike, and a personal trainer from Surbiton.

The pair met up in Vauxhall earlier this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

Woman taken to hospital after accident in New Malden
A woman has been taken to hospital after an accident in New Malden this morning.

Police officers were called to the collision involving four cars outside Coombe Girls School just before 9 o'clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 am  

Man arrested in Tadworth suspected of money laundering
A man’s been arrested in Tadworth during dawn raids yesterday on suspicion of involvement in laundering approximately 51-million pounds of criminal cash.

Seven of his relatives – three men and four women – were also arrested in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

Five premises, including a business in Croydon, were searched for evidence by 50 HM Revenue and Customs officers, assisted by local police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 am  

McLaren workers killed in car crash
Two McLaren employees have been killed after their sports car crashed close to the Formula 1 giant’s base in Woking.

Their Subaru Impreza collided with a Ford Transit van in Ottershaw yesterday shortly after midday.

The van driver, a man in his 60’s, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

McLaren says they worked for its road cars division, calling them "hard working and extremely well-liked".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 am  

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fulham interested in Greek striker
Fulham are in talks to sign Greece international Kostas Mitroglou from Olympiakos.

The Greek club have issued a statement saying they’re in discussions with Fulham over a move for the forward.

But they say they will only accept a bid of more than 15 million euros, which is around 12 point 3 million pounds.

Mitroglou is currently the leading scorer in the Greek Super League with 14 goals in 11 matches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Putney MP calls for end of illegal ivory trade
Putney MP Justine Greening has today called for an end to the illegal ivory trade.

The International Development Secretary claims it is ruining the lives of poor people in developing countries.

She claims the trade devastates economies that rely on tourism, fosters corruption and supports armed criminal gangs.

Ms Greening was speaking ahead of a conference in London next month at which world governments will discuss how to stamp out elephant poaching.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm  

Two dead in Ottershaw crash
Two people have died in a car crash in Ottershaw.

The occupants of a blue Subaru Impreza were confirmed dead at the scene following the collision on the A320 just after mid-day.

The driver of a Ford Transit, a man in his 60's, has been taken to St George's Hospital with serious injuries.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours between the McLaren roundabout through to the Otter roundabout.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Police "deliberately rammed" wrong way driver on the A3 this morning
Surrey police have revealed that officers deliberately rammed a vehicle heading the wrong way down the A3 near Ripley early this morning.

They were heading to the scene at 3:40 when they saw the black VW Polo heading towards them at speed.

The police decided to make tactical contact and the cars crashed head on.

The Polo driver and the two policemen were taken to hospital, but none are thought to be badly hurt.

Police are waiting to speak to the driver.

Surrey roads police has since tweeted we sometimes have make split second decisions that could be life and death to save others.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Low mortality rate at St George's in Tooting
Six NHS Trusts in England had higher than expected death rates over the last two years.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre says that’s based on the number of people dying after being taken into hospital, compared to the national average.

12 other trusts had mortality figures significantly below it.

They include St George’s in Tooting and Chelsea and Westminster.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Fulham favourites to be relegated
Fulham are now the bookies’ favourites to go down after last night’s 2-0 defeat at Swansea.

They’re as short as 6 to 4 on to be relegated with Ladbrokes.

They currently sit in 17th place in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Despite now being 5 points clear of the bottom three, Crystal Palace are still 5 to 4 on to go down with William Hill.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Singer leads the way in rehoming

Florence and the Machine’s world famous frontwoman Florence Welch has rehomed a cat from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The fiery red-headed artist took home tortoiseshell beauty Missus after visiting the iconic London animal charity.

The lucky four year old feline will now be spending her time in Florence’s creative company in her South London home.

Florence joins a long list of celebrities that have rehomed Battersea cats, including comedian Alistair McGowan, presenter Lauren Laverne, children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and, most famously, Prime Minister David Cameron, who rehomed Larry the cat to Number 10 Downing Street, in 2011.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Bright Future for Richmond's Woodlands
Nature conservation sites in Richmond will see management of the highest national standards after the Council secured more than £160,000 in grant funding.

The Forestry Commission has awarded Richmond Council the grant to carry out routine woodland maintenance over the next five years.

Work begins on April the 1st, and must be finished by March 2019. The woodlands to benefit from the scheme include:

· The woodland areas of Barnes Common

· Beveree Wildlife Site

· The woodland areas of Crane Park

· East Sheen Common

· Ham Common

· The woodland areas of Ham Lands (North and South)

· Leg O’Mutton

· Petersham Common

· Terrace Fields

The money adds to the £120,000 windfall the Council secured from Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme to carry out woodland and shrub management over the next ten years.

The green spaces to receive a spruce up under this scheme, include:

Petersham Lodge Woods
Palewell Common Woods
The Copse
Hatherop Park
Oak Avenue
Barn Elms Extension
Hounslow Heath
The grassland areas of Crane Park, Ham Lands and Barnes Common
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

There are long delays in store for drivers in Ottershaw this half term
The A320 Guildford Road, which is the main route from the M25 into Woking, is to be closed to install a new drainage system.

Surrey County Council is yet to inform residents, but says the work and further assessment is required to help with drainage along the route.

The Council says the work will have a significant impact on travel.

We’ll keep you fully updated with regular bulletins during the time, or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

MP hosts launch of ''Farmageddon'' in Parliament

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, has spent three years investigating the hidden cost of cheap meat and the devastating impact of factory farming.

His book, Farmageddon, was written with political journalist Isabel Oakeshott, and exposes the threat Britain faces of a new wave of US-style industrial farming that would spell the end of the British countryside as we know it.

At a special Parliamentary reception, hosted by Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith on Monday, Philip briefed the guests and called for Government action to support farming that takes animals from factory farms and puts them back on the land.

Britain is already facing a situation where the countryside is becoming a green desert for wildlife. Studies point towards the intensification of farming as a key cause:

1)Farmland breeding birds have dropped by half since 19701
2)Farmland butterflies have declined by more than 40% in the past 10 years
3)Several species of bee are in trouble and could become extinct within a short time
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

E-fit released as part of police investigation into Harlington stabbing
Police have released an e-fit of a man they’d like to speak to in connection with the stabbing of a teenager in Harlington.

A 17 year old boy was attacked near to the Easy Hotel late in the evening on Thursday the 9th of January.

He is now making a recovery.

Anyone with information or who thinks they recognise the man from the e-fit is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8580 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Sutton store denied alcohol license

Sutton council has refused an application by the Super Save Express store on the high street a licence to sell alcohol.

It follows concerns that the convenience store had been carrying out business in breach of its licence and attracting anti-social behaviour.

A number of issues were of concern including, selling of alcohol to an underage child and failure to produce receipts for goods.

The alcohol licence was opposed by Met Police, trading standards and other businesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Collision involving unmarked police car causes delays on the A3 at Ripley
A woman in her 20’s is being treated for suspected serious injuries as a result of a collision involving an unmarked police car on the A3 in Ripley.

Two officers who were in the car are also being assessed in hospital.

They were responding to an emergency call in the early hours of this morning when they collided head on with a black Volkswagen Polo.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

SW London Football: Success for Palace, QPR, Brentford & AFC Wimbledon but more misery for Fulham
Fulham remain just a point clear of the Premier League relegation places this morning after slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Swansea.

Crystal Palace have pulled 5 points clear thanks to a 1-0 victory over Hull last night.

Chelsea will go level on points with leaders Arsenal with a win over London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge tonight.

QPR remain on course for promotion to the top flight after beating Bolton 2-1, while Brentford are still top of League One.

They enjoyed a 3-1 win over Bristol City at Griffin Park.

Manager Mark Warburton says the team are showing they’re genuine promotion contenders.

AFC Wimbledon overcame Hartlepool 2-1 in League Two.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

Hammersmith & Fulham police officer pleads guilty to drugs offence
A police officer based at Hammersmith and Fulham has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

DC Ian Payne who’s based within Specialist Crime and Operations was arrested while on duty in Wimbledon.

He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates court where he was given a three month curfew and also ordered to pay £155 in costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Ewell Road closure update
Ewell Road in Surbiton has reopened following a domestic dispute at a house.

Police were called to the property just after 3 o’clock, closing the road for over an hour.

One man was arrested for domestic common assault.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

Whitton Fire Update
Fire fighters have brought a fire in a betting shop in Whitton High Street under control.

It took them just an hour to put it out when they were called just before 1pm.

Three people escaped uninjured but the shop has been gutted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Japanese visitors see how Sutton makes shopping accessible to all

Officials from the Japanese government visited Sutton yesterday to see how the borough helps make the community more accessible to people with limited mobility due to reasons ranging from arthritis, recovering from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, broken legs or pregnancy.

Two delegates from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism visited Sutton Shopmobility, in the St Nicholas Centre's car park, to find out more about the charity.

The visitors were taken on a tour before being given a chance to try the range of mobility equipment available.

Sutton Shopmobility was founded in July 1990 by Ted Gates MBE to promote the independence of people with disabilities in Sutton by providing wheelchairs, mobility scooters and disability aids. Currently the scheme has 730 regular members and it has had over 2300 hires in the past year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

Kingston University unveils initial plans for proposed landmark building

Kingston University is inviting the public to view initial plans for a project which it says will transform the learning experience and help enhance the town.

The University plans to replace the current Town House building on Penrhyn Road.

It was erected in the mid-80s originally as a temporary, five-year measure, with a new, sustainable landmark building and also turn the front of the Penrhyn Road campus into an attractive, landscaped area.

The site is on a key gateway to the town centre and has been identified in the Royal Borough of Kingston's Area Action plan as befitting a landmark building.

Subject to planning permissions, construction is likely to begin on the new building in late 2015 with completion in 2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Sport activities to rise as Richmond is declared the most active borough in England

Building on the success of the Olympic Legacy and the borough hosting next year’s rugby world cup, Richmond Council has pledged to increase residents’ sport take up by one per cent a year.

Richmond is currently the most active borough in England with 33% of residents taking part in three sessions of 30 minute weekly exercise, and half the borough doing at least one 30 minute session per week.

To build on this success the Council has developed a Sports Strategy.

The strategy pledges to increase sport participation by one per cent each year by:

1) Providing more opportunities for adults to take part in sport.
2) Provide more opportunities for young people to take part in sport.
3) Increase sports participation by targeting areas which have a low take-up of sport activity.
4) Develop more opportunities for people to learn new skills through sport and fitness, both as participants and volunteers.
5) Support competitive sport and talented sports people.
6) Develop new sports facilities where there is need.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

Murray Park and Chase Green Review 2014: Have your say

As part of Richmond Council’s ongoing commitment to improve the borough’s parks and open spaces, it is asking residents how they would like to see two open spaces in Whitton improved.

Over the next few weeks residents who live in the area, and visitors, are invited to have their say on how they think Murray Park in Kneller Road and Chase Green between Redway Drive and Godfrey Avenue can be improved.

The latest Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey shows 89% of respondents feel the Council’s management of parks is ‘excellent’, ‘good’, or ‘satisfactory’.

Significantly, 91% said they felt safe in Council managed parks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Met Commander puts forward his bid for use of water canon
Water cannon could have helped save some of the buildings burnt to the ground during the London riots.

That’s according to senior Scotland Yard officer Commander Dave Martin, head of the Met’s public order task force.

He says the machines could have kept rioters away from buildings, such as the 144 year old House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon.

He claims the canon would have allowed fire crews the time to fight the flames.

A series of consultations are due to be held after Boris Johnson said he was considering purchasing water canon for the Met.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

UPDATE: Missing Wandsworth woman found
Police were appealing for help to find 78-year-old Margaret Long who was missing from Wandsworth.

Margaret has since been found safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

Football is changing for the better in Sutton

Sutton United Football based on Gander Green Lane has been given the go-ahead to lease part of nearby Collingwood Recreation Ground.

The Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee has agreed waive the rent payable for the land.

That’s in return for SUFC using it to increase participation in sport and bring other community benefits.

SUFC already maintains and uses the pitches at the recreation grounds for junior team matches, mainly at weekends.

Now the club must allow wider public use of the space under the terms of a Community Use Agreement.

Should the club fail to deliver the community benefits, Collingwood Recreation Ground would revert back to the Council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Appeal to trace a man in connection with Croydon bus attack
Police have released an image of a man they’d like to speak to after a man was assaulted on a bus in Croydon.

He was attacked in November after confronting a man who tried to board a number 60 bus on Kingswood Avenue without paying.

The victim suffered a deep cut above his left eye and concussion after being punched and kicked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

London lifeboat crews rescued 372 people from the Thames last year.

That’s enough people to fill more than four of the capital’s double decker buses.

The Tower crew was the busiest in the UK, launching a total of 492 times, and rescuing 128 people from the water.

Chiswick’s crew launched 225 times, rescued 237 and saved 6 lives.
Teddington launched just 16 times rescuing 7 people in total.

London lifeboat crews spent 1,533 hours responding to emergencies, which is the equivalent of almost 64 days or nine weeks on the river.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Feline lonely this Valentine's?

Singles and romantics alike will fall for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this Valentine’s Day.

It's as the charity opens the doors to its free Feline Lonely event, a cat-tivating evening of flirtation, frivolity and fun.

Cat Cuddle Booths are just one of the activities on offer to those Feline Lonely on Friday the 14th of February, offering visitors the chance to get up close and purrsonal with Battersea cats in their pens.

The world famous charity is inviting cat lovers to come and find their pawfect match from 5.30 – 9.00pm.

Staff hope that the free event will inspire members of the public to find love in a Battersea cat, and give a second chance to one of the 2,760 cats the charity takes in every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Leatherhead rock band put forward their case for Eurovision
A rock band from Leatherhead is continuing their fight to be the UK entry for Eurovision this year.

The U-K-R is contesting the BBC’s decision not to put forward their song, ‘The United Kingdom of Rock’, for the event in Copenhagen.

Front man Matt Fielder tells us why they deserve a chance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Richmond Council tackles hospital overcrowding

Richmond borough council is to commit to keeping elderly residents out of hospital.

By introducing a 3 year strategy designed to maintain residents’ independence for as long as possible.

The scheme is called “The Richmond Better Care Closer to Home strategy 2014-17”.

And is designed to make sure residents get the right care at the right time to avoid being admitted into hospital unless absolutely necessary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 am  

Monday, 27 January 2014

New Signing For Chelsea
Chelsea have signed Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah from Swiss champions Basel for a fee in the region of 11 million pounds.

The 21-year-old, who’ll wear the number 15 shirt, has signed a five-and-a-half year deal.

His arrival comes at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea sold midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United for 37.1 million on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 pm  

Twickenham MP Vince Cable Expresses Doubts On Longevity Of Recovery.
The Business Secretary’s warning Britain’s economic recovery could prove to be a “short term bounce” if it’s based on the housing boom.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable’s been setting out his vision for after the next election during a speech at the Bank of England.

He says unlike the Tories, the Lib Dems would not “slash for its own sake” by cutting public services and abandoning the most vulnerable in society.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 pm  

Kingston Rabbi speaks at National Holocaust Memorial Day event
It’s National Holocaust Memorial Day.

A special Commemoration Event, organised by Kingston Council and the Interfaith Forum took place at the Guildhall yesterday.

Among those involved were survivors talking about their experiences on Kindertransport.

Samuel Landau is the new Rabbi at the Kingston Orthodox Synagogue.

He explains what effect the Holocaust had on his life.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Kingston Council freezes Council Tax
Kingston Council has announced plans to freeze Council Tax for the year ahead.

It's the third time in four years that it's been frozen in the borough.

The Council says there will still be extra investment in services due to savings and efficiency measures they've put in place.

Surrey County Council announced plans to increase Council Tax by 1.99% earlier today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Surrey Police urging domestic abuse victims to speak out
People experiencing domestic abuse are being urged to "take the first step” and speak out sooner to seek help.

It’s part of a campaign by the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse partnership.

National figures suggest an average of 35 incidents of domestic abuse happen to someone before they report it for the first time.

Surrey Police receives around 1,000 reports a month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Stolen goods seized in Wallington
Police officers seized a huge haul of suspected stolen goods in Wallington.

It’s after they carried out a search warrant at an address in Roe Way on Saturday afternoon.

A man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and been released on bail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Surrey County Council plans to raise council tax
Surrey County Council has today announced its planning to increase Council Tax by 1.99 % for next year.

The Council says it will allow key services to be preserved as they continue to face the challenges of rising demand and shrinking government funding.

Surrey has made savings of £200m since 2010 but says all these have been wiped out by a dwindling government grant and increasing demand for services.

The council has identified a further £200m of savings over the next four years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Richmond Council reveals cycle plans
Richmond Council has revealed how it's going to spend money awarded by the Mayor of London for cycling improvements.

The council received £212,000, and it will spend £60,000 of that on bike racks across the borough.

£6,000 will be used for cycle grants for schools and 2-thousand pounds will be spent on safer cycling training schemes.

The funding is part of a £17m budget allocated to all London councils by the Mayor and Transport for London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Are you ready for a bit of Strictly, Egham?

Students at Royal Holloway University in Egham are putting on their dancing shoes for charity.

They’re due to take part in Strictly Come Holloway – a take on the hit BBC TV show.

Money raised will go to MPD Voice, a rare blood disease charity.

Ashlea Kemp is President of Ballroom and Latin Dancing at the University. She says above all, it’s a great way to socialise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:13 am  

Oxted girl died from stab wound
A post mortem’s been carried out on the body of a 17-year-old girl who was found dead at a property in Oxted on Friday.

A stab wound’s been identified as the cause of death.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of murdering the girl has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Officers found the girl's body at a flat after being alerted by members of the public.

Surrey Police say the investigation is in its early stages.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 am  

Davey wants communities to manage their own energy
A scheme's getting underway today which will encourage communities to take charge of managing and generating their own energy.

Local projects will now have access to more government funding and community-owned schemes will be encouraged.

Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey says residents themselves will benefit from renewable power that's produced.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 am  

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mini Tornado hits Chobham
A mini Tornado which swept through Chobham on its way through Kent and Sussex, caused extensive damage to homes and property.
It hit the area around 5pm yesterday evening, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and even lifting some ferrel cats 6 feet up into the air!
It started with heavy rain, hailstones and then very strong winds before developing into the tornado.
A total of 13.000 customers were left without power across the three counties according to UK Power Networks. It has now been restored.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 pm  

New Day centre offers more choice for people with disabilities
A new Day centre has opened in Tooting to help adults with learning disabilities.

The Hub, on Church Lane, is kitted out with state of the art equipment and offers a range of therapies for up to 50 people with complex needs.

The centre replaces the Atheldene hub and is part of Wandsworth’s Better Days programme, helping people with disabilities live richer lives.

The Better Days programme was introduced to ensure people with special needs have choice and control over their individual care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Crime rates drop to record lows in Fulham
Crime in Hammersmith and Fulham is at an all-time low according to the latest figures from the Met.

The borough reports a 15 per cent fall in crime, with 3,295 less offenses, recorded than last year.

Over £1.5 million is spent on, ‘extra,’ policing in the borough which means 42 additional officers are out on the beat.

The council’s state of the art, CCTV command centre in Hammersmith, streams from more than 800 cameras, 24 hours a day.

The scheme is partially funded by a £350,000 contribution from local businesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Missing Croydon woman found
Police looking for a 74 year old woman missing from Croydon say she's been found.

Jasna Chase-Gray is safe and well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

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