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Saturday, 15 February 2014

People fined for misusing disabled parking permits in Wandsworth

Five people have been fined for misusing disabled parking permits in Wandsworth.

James Butcher, from Croydon was caught attempting to use his wife’s blue badge to park in Garratt Lane for free all day.
He admitted five counts of blue badge fraud and was fined £1,000.

50-year-old Carol Stansbury from Streatham and 53-year-old Stephen Harding from Mitcham, were amongst others trying to fraudulently use the badges for parking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Advice for trainee teachers at Roehampton University
Trainee teachers at Roehampton University have been told to stop ending their sentences with an upwards inflection.

‘Upspeak’, as it’s been dubbed is thought to have become more common in the UK due to the influence of Australian soaps in the mid-1980s.

At a recent open day for a teacher training course at the university, the course co-ordinator said her only tip was to avoid upspeak.

A recent survey found that a majority of company bosses say speaking like that could kill off the possibility of a promotion or pay rise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Man named in Reigate gun death
The man who died after a shotgun went off in a Reigate gun store has been named as Michael Joseph Belford.

The 76 year old was living in Redhill. He visited the John Powell Gun Makers on Church Street last Tuesday morning.

Police were called after a report of a gun being fired but Mr Belford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following an investigation of the incident, detectives now believe no third party was involved and there were no suspicious circumstances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 am  

Hardship fund for Elmbridge flood victims
Help is being offered to residents and businesses in Elmbridge hit by the flooding who don’t have insurance.

The Council will set aside a specific fund for this. Eligibility will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Council Leader John O’Reilly says they are committed to doing as much as they can to support the communities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 am  

Fines for Tooting flytippers
Three men - believed to be travellers - have been fined for flytipping on Tooting Common in September which left 40 tonnes of household waste to be cleared by the Wandsworth Council.

Vehicles used in the flytipping were traced to Patrick and Frances Corcoran from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire and Lionel Brown from West Drayton.

They were served with notices requiring them to confirm they were using the vehicles at the time.

When they failed to respond, the magistrates’ court ordered each of them to pay £775 for a fine and costs.

If they fail to pay, they could be arrested and imprisoned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 am  

Kayak theft in Staines
Police are investigating the theft of a kayak in Staines which was being used to help flood victims.

The theft from Cornwall Way happened during the afternoon to late evening on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Mike Seear said the theft was appalling at a time when the community was working together to battle the impact of the flooding.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the boat or the identity of the thief is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 am  

Friday, 14 February 2014

Youth sentenced for death in Addlestone
A teenager’s been sentenced to 4 ½ years for the killing of 17 year old John Beaumont in Addlestone last August.

17 year old Ross Edwards from Chertsey was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Guildford Crown Court.

The victim suffered head injuries when he was attacked in a park off Burleigh Road. He was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, but died the following day.

Police advise that because of the strong feelings raised by the attack they will be stepping up patrols in the area and they appealed for calm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 pm  

Richmond Park's MP angered by his own party
MPs who fiddle expenses are now unlikely to face being kicked out by their constituents in the middle of a parliament.

The coalition had promised to give voters the power of recall to deal with misbehaving MPs - but has now shelved the idea.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith is angry his party is breaking promises.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Wandsworth Business Fund
Wandsworth Council have launched a fund for businesses struggling to get the finance to grow.

Local businesses can apply for loans of up to £22,000 from The Wandsworth Business Loan Fund.

To qualify businesses must be based in Wandsworth, have been trading for more than 12 months and employ less than 100 staff.

To see if you are eligible visit the Wandsworth Council website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

Pensioner dies in Worcester Park road accident
A man's died in a road accident in Worcester Park.

Police were called to The Manor Drive at around 11.30 this morning.

Some reports suggest the elderly man may have fallen out of a slow-moving car.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Sandbag Waiting List Causes Concern In Spelthorne
The waiting list for sandbags in Surrey is causing concern to residents facing floods.

Surrey County Councillor Denise Saliagopoulos said 20,000 sandbags had been given out and assures people they will get them eventually.

Requests for sandbags go on a list, with vulnerable people such as the elderly, and those with young children helped first.

Spelthorne Borough Council said it was processing every request for sandbags and toilets and getting them to residents as quickly as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Married couple from Chelsea in designer scam
A married couple from Chelsea Habour have been convicted of a £280,000 designer VAT fraud.

Courts have now ordered Emmanual and Behnaz Scotts to repay £55,000 or serve 15 months in jail.

The fraudsters targeted the designer Chanel, in which they cashed in VAT refunds of goods they had bought but then later returned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

New Business Watch Scheme In Hackbridge
A Business Watch scheme covering shops in Hackbridge has been set up by a local Police Community Support Officer.

Its to encourage businesses to be vigilant and share information with each other as well as Police and Sutton Council about criminal activities.

These issues could include the passing of counterfeit currency, an aggressive customer, a shoplifter, graffiti, littering or fly-tipping.

A total of 29 local shops and businesses have signed up to the scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm  

Police Appeal Seven Years After Murder
It’s seven years since a teenager was murdered in Clapham – and police are no nearer to finding his killer.

15-year-old Billy Cox was shot dead in his home in Fenwick Place.

Officers hope that with the passing of time, someone will now feel able to tell police the name of the suspect for the shooting.

There were no signs of forced entry and it is possible Billy knew his attacker.

His sister, then aged 12, returned to their home and as she neared the door, she heard a 'bang'.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Sutton Council grant permission for new flats
Sutton Council has granted planning permission for 186 flats in the north of Sutton Town Centre.

The scheme is part of a £50m investment into the town centre which will create nearly 700 new jobs during the course of construction.

Works will begin this spring, with the completion planned for early 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Water Treatment Works Under Flooding Threat
The water treatment works in Croydon is still under severe threat of flooding.

Eight fire engines and more than 60 firefighters have been at the Kenley site which services the whole of Croydon since 9.30 last night.

They’re currently pumping 24,000 litres of water a minute, away from the affected waterworks which supplies water to nearly 50,000 properties in the area.

The Brigade anticipates remaining on site over the next two days

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Success for Cancer pop up shop in Wandsworth
A pop up Cancer research shop in Southside shopping centre, Wandsworth is proving to be the most successful in London.

Get to Know Cancer shops offer one-to-one consultations with nurses and information about the importance of spotting signs.

No appointment is necessary, just visit the store before Sunday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

Kingston Shopping Centre bags nearly £13,000 for charity

Eden Walk has bagged a huge £12,727.55 for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Great British Bag-athon.

As part of the Challenge, bags were handed out to shoppers that could be filled with clothes, CDs, DVDs and books.

Each full bag could be worth £20 to the charity.

At Eden Walk Shopping Centre approximately 700 bags were collected, and across the UK, a total of 7,154 bags representing a countrywide increase of 1,658 bags compared to 2012.

In addition to the money raised through the bags collected, cash collections from all centres taking part in conjunction with Eden Walk Shopping Centre totalled £9,132.95, almost double to that collected last year.

Ailsa Fraser, Centre Manager for Eden Walk (pictured above)said I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped to raise money here at Eden Walk Shopping Centre. We are so proud of the effort that shoppers and staff put in to help the British Heart Foundation.

In total 1.3 million bags were donated across the country this year with more than 90 shopping centres and retail parks in the UK involved in a Bag-athon event.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am  

Waldegrave School is beaming with new sixth form build
A secondary school in Twickenham creating a new state-of-the-art Sixth Form is celebrating a major milestone with the installation of the final beam in the new building today.

As part of Richmond Council’s multi-million pound investment programme to bring Sixth Forms to all secondary schools, work has been ongoing at Waldegrave School to create a dedicated sixth form building, new sports hall and dining room.

The sixth form will include a combination of seminar rooms, specialist science labs, classrooms and flexible learning spaces.

It has been designed with modern IT facilities, Wi-Fi access, digital learning resources and a sixth form library, a study base for independent learning, areas for student led study groups and a sixth form café.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Give flowers or chocolates – not a STI this Valentine’s Day!

Love may be in the air, but Joint Medical Director at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, Dr James Marsh is urging people to ‘play it safe’

James says: I wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day but I’d urge people to take precautions against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Staff in our medical genito-urinary department (also called GUM or sexual health department), are ready to help those who need advice.

They provide a free and confidential service to anyone wanting help or information about all areas of sexual health. There is a walk in service or you can arrange an appointment.

To speak to a GUM advisor, call 20 8641 1256 or visit for more information about the services provided at the centre.

People living in Epsom can access sexual health services at Leatherhead GUM clinic at Leatherhead Hospital or attend GUM at St Helier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Brownies are 100 years old this year!
To celebrate the Brownies centenary, Girlguiding UK is calling on anyone who is, or has ever been, a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Senior Section member or a member of Girl Guiding across SW London and Surrey.

It's asking you to place a light in your window on the evening of Saturday 22nd February which is World Thinking Day.

It's the annual day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

Back in the 1950s this is what all members of Girl Guiding did on Thinking Day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Man struck by train in Surbiton
A man’s died after being hit by a train on the line close to Surbiton station.

British Transport Police received a report at 7.35 last night that a man had been struck by a train.

Police and ambulance services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The train involved was the service from Waterloo to Exeter.

Officers are currently treating the death as non-suspicious.

Investigations are continuing.

Services have resumed from Surbiton station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am  

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Heathrow report appendix makes interesting reading
Anti - expansion campaigners have only just finished reading the Davies Report into Heathrow capacity.

Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

Woman from Fulham pleads guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering
A 49 year old woman from Fulham has pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering.

Arlyn Prizada was arrested in February last year, after a warrant was executed at her home seizing more than £12,500 in cash and documentation relating to the illegal business.

She will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Rowers advised of dangerous conditions on the River Thames following lifeboat rescues

Dangerous conditions on the Thames caused by the recent severe weather have sparked safety advice to rowers from the RNLI.

Heavy rains and strong currents have caused the river to swell in size, leading to a series of call outs for London’s lifeboats to rowers who have capsized or become stuck in perilous positions.

These include a rowing eight which became pinned sideways against a barge at Dove Pier near Hammersmith Bridge and a quad and coach’s boat that sank at Black Buoy in Putney.

All rowers escaped unharmed, but the RNLI has written to British Rowing, the sport’s governing body, advising its members to take extra care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Free health checks for the over 40s in Chessington

People in Chessington are being given the opportunity to take a free health check.

Anyone aged between 40 and 74 can qualify for the event being held at the Kings Centre on Tuesday February the 18th from 6pm.

It's being hosted by The Ace Pharmacy.

Health problems assessed will include blood pressure, weight and cholesterol.

To book your place before next week, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

One of the biggest conferences on the illegal wildlife trade comes to London
An estimated 25,000 elephants are killed each year by poachers, many of them linked to organised crime.

Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A group of volunteers is helping save Surrey’s pets from the floods

Many people have had to evacuate their homes, and not all of them have been able to take their animals with them.

Flood Pets has been set up on Facebook.

Among the rescues, were 17 horses in Old Windsor yesterday from a flooded field.

Organiser Natalie Morris from Egham, says it’s a little bit like Noah’s Ark.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

Poppy tribute to mark First World War centenary
Poppy meadows are to be sown across Richmond to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The meadows will be sown at six green spaces across the borough during the spring.

Poppy meadows will continue to be grown at other locations in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

The six sites will be cultivated and sown in good weather between April and May in time for a summer display. The planting areas include:

Hampton Common, Oak Avenue entrance

St Albans Gardens, Hampton Court Riverside

The grass triangle by the hall in Murray Park, Whitton

Manor Road Recreation Ground, Teddington

Mortlake Green, Mortlake

Old Deer Park, on the South/West facing bank by the fairground, in Richmond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

The “Undateables”: Battersea’s lonely dogs and cats searching for love

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has identified its most undateable dogs and cats searching for love this Valentine’s Day, with the hope that potential partners will see past their minor imperfections.

The world famous charity rehomes around 9000 dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes each year.

But some find it more difficult to find a home than others despite Battersea’s best efforts, and need a bit of help in meeting their perfect match.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Fire in Chessington
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to fire at a car repair centre in Cox Lane in Chessington.

Five cars and a van were badly damaged by the blaze.

The Brigade was called just after 1am, and the fire was under control by 4am.

Fire crews from New Malden and Kingston fire stations were also assisted by a fire engine from Esher.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Croydon and Marine Police Unit evacuate flooded care home
Police pitched in with efforts to fight the floods after helping elderly residents stranded in a care home this morning.

Officers were called to Foxley Hill Road, Croydon just before 5am, to assist with the evacuation of an elderly couple from their home address which had become flooded.

After rendering assistance, police were called to a care home for the elderly in Liddell Court, which had also become flooded after sand bags were breached.

Officers requested the assistance of the Marine Police Unit, which attended a short while later and assisted with the safe rescue and evacuation of nine residents.

Arrangements were made by the council to rehouse the residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Tomorrow's racing at Esher is off
Tomorrow’s Royal Artillery Gold Cup event at Sandown Park is off.

It’s due to the weather.

An inspection was made this morning, and found the ground to be waterlogged.

If you won tickets to the event on Jackie, you will be offered a replacement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Homecoming called off
A homecoming parade for soldiers in Clapham Junction tomorrow has been called off due to the flooding.

Around 200 men from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment were set to march through Clapham at noon.

However, all available army units have been redirected to flood hit areas across the UK.

That includes this regiment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

Hotel braced for massive clean up

About 1,000 homes on the River Thames have been evacuated and thousands more people are at risk from flooding.

In Hampton Court it has burst its banks with water levels expected to reach nearly 7 meters.

The Carlton Mitre Hotel is situated directly on the banks and is currently being threatened by the rising water.

The hotel’s general manager Anthony Levin says the potential repair costs could be huge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

The Kenley Water Treatment plant is no longer at risk of flooding

Sutton and East Surrey Water, which runs the site, closed roads off earlier this week, to stop water edging near the centre.

46,000 properties across Croydon are supplied by the works.

Stuart Hyslop, with Sutton and East Surrey Water, says contingency plans are in place in case flooding did happen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Olympic Update
Britain's women's curling team have suffered their second defeat of the Winter Olympics.

They've gone down 9-6 to Canada.

Elsewhere today, the women's downhill skiing gold medal has been shared for the first time in the history of the Games.

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze, of Slovenia, both clocked the same time.

Team GB and Hampton resident Chemmy Alcott, came 19th.

She's had to recover from a number of injuries to compete at her fourth Winter Olympics - including a double leg fracture.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Man guilty of rape in Clapham

21 year old Stefan Melbourne has been found guilty of raping a woman in Clapham in January last year.

Officers believe there may be other victims and are asking those with more information to call 020 8721 4607

Detective Inspector Jim Pryde, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

“Melbourne has shown himself to be a calculating and violent individual. He deserves a lengthy sentence and will be a registered sex offender on release from prison.

The victim in this case was naturally scared of having to go to court but was determined to see justice done and her courage and perseverance has resulted in his conviction.

I believe there may be other victims Melbourne has raped and I urge them to contact police. Specially trained officers will help you through this process.”

Sentencing will take place on a date to be set.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Memorial for young flood victim

A private memorial service will be held tonight for the 7 year old boy who died in Chertsey.

Zane Gbangbola died at the weekend from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after his father tried to pump flood water away from their home.

His father, who had criticised a lack of help in the area in January, is still in a critical condition.

It’s thought he’d bought two industrial pumps to help clear the water from the family home.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can kill within minutes.

For symptoms of the poisoning visit the NHS Direct website.

A tribute to Zane Gbangbola from Antony Hudson, Headmaster, St George's Junior School, Weybridge:

Zane was a ‘larger than life' character who was known throughout the Junior School; in fact, he was probably the best known pupil from the Lower Years amongst the Upper Years' children due not only to his lovely ‘shock of curls' which made him visibly stand out, but far more importantly because he was a passionate member of the Green Committee – a cause he had clearly inherited from his parents.

He was only at the junior school for a year and a half, but what a privilege for us all that what turned out to be the final chapter of Zane's life was spent amongst us here at St George's in Years 1 & 2. It's been lovely for me personally this academic year to have had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours or so with him each week, teaching him Religious Education and taking him for Football Club.

Zane and his wonderful parents would want us to see this as an opportunity to grow closer together as a community, and to help us to put a lot of our everyday worries into perspective. To appreciate that life is a gift from God and that is very good; we must rejoice in it and appreciate it as gift every moment of every day!

We're going to show our appreciation of the gift of Zane's life over the coming days by trying to recall our favourite memory of him and compile a memory book of him which we will present to his parent's as a precious gift from us all.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Stockwell Murder Update
A man from Mitcham’s been charged with the murder of 54 year old Donald McNicol in Stockwell as well as five others.

19 year old Gino Sawyers of Briggs Close and 18 year old Dalton Williams, from Thornton Heath, have now been charged in connection with the fatal assault.

The pair, along with an un-named 16 year old male are due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

Appeal in Cheam
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Cheam.

It took place at Allwoods Nursery in Cuddington Way on Monday.

The office window had been forced open and the drawer was searched, although it’s believed nothing was taken.

Police are looking to identify a man in connection with the incident.
He’s described as white, of slim build with white hair, wearing a light jacket and backpack.

Anyone with information should contact Sutton police station on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

Operation sees results
An operation launched by Croydon Police has seen personal robberies drop from 20% in the past year.

Operation Zeus was set up to tackle robberies.

It also aims to educate young people on how to best avoid being targeted by thieves, asking them to register their gadgets on the dedicated website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Richmond Council in action and ready should flooding get worse
Due to unusually high water levels, Richmond Council has been helping residents affected and is ready to activate emergency plans, should the threat from flooding increase.

Trowlock Island, Teddington, Hampton, and Hampton Wick have been affected by high river levels and placed on flood warnings or flood alerts by the Environment Agency.

Council officers have already been helping residents of Trowlock Island maintain links to the mainland.

However, areas in the borough that already prone to high tides are also likely to see a rise in the amount of water moving further in land than normal.

The Council is working closely with key partners – including London Fire,Police, the Environment Agency and flood wardens - to monitor the situation and should the risk of flooding increase, additional emergency plans are in place to ensure the safety of vulnerable residents and the protection of vital local services.

The Council is continuing to review each of the ‘at risk’ areas and is adding to sandbag reserves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

UPDATE: Murder in Tooting
A murder investigation is underway following the death of a man in Tooting.

Armed police were called at 11:45am yesterday to a house in Selkirk Road after reports of an aggravated burglary.

The victim - believed to be in his early 70s - was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers think that two men forced their way into the house before threatening the occupants, one of whom subsequently collapsed.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Business women in Sutton set new record, and buck national trend
The percentage of woman launching new businesses in Sutton each year is increasing sharply.

Newly released figures show that in July-September 2013, 31.6% of all company director appointments were female – a new record for Sutton.

This compares to a UK average of 26.2%, and represents a rise of 8.8% over the preceding two years.

Over the same two years, the UK average essentially remained static when it changed from 26.3% to 26.2%.

This is welcome trend given the council’s Opportunity Sutton programme which aims to create a more enterprising borough and increase inward investment.

Opportunity Sutton is the borough’s ambitious programme to deliver sustainable economic growth in Sutton.

It offers a range of measures to support new and existing local businesses, including advice and guidance, and networking opportunities.

Opportunity Sutton has attracted over £322m of investment into the borough over the last year, and the latest figures show that during July-September 2013 a total of 216 new companies were registered in Sutton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Subpostmaster retires after years of service at Chessington Office

Peter Young, Subpostmaster at North Parade in Chessington for the past 34 years, has retired.

The 67 year old has called it a day after 42-years of service to the Post Office.

He began at Lavender Corner Post Office in Worcester Park, followed by Kingston Post Office.

He then joined the audit team based at Kingston before he became Subpostmaster at North Parade in 1980, running his own Post Office business.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Man dies after shooting in Reigate

A man in his 80s has died after apparently shooting himself in a hunting shop in Reigate.

A gun shot was heard at John Powell Gun Makers in the town centre at about 9.40 this morning.

The customer was declared dead at the scene.

A police spokesman said there did not appear to be any other person involved and there was no threat to the public.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm  

Seething madness returns to Surbiton

Sunday 23rd of February sees the start of the Spirit of Seething year of events with the Seething Festival.

The annual event, which celebrates the legend of Lefi Ganderson the goat boy of Mount Seething, is a community event for all.

Starting at 2pm at St Andrew’s Square on Maple Road, with bands, stalls and a charity bar, it is an afternoon of fun as the Seething villagers remember how Lefi drove away the giant Thamas Deeton and gave the land of Seething back to the community.

At 3.30pm the crowds will take to the streets as they process around Surbiton reclaiming the area with laughter, music and fancy dress.

Helping to make the afternoon go with a swing will be the ancient Guilds of Seething and the Seething Talcum Colliery Pit Band, Morris Dancing, the community play and a number of bands.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Police appeal after Cheam burglary

Police want the public's help in identifying these burglars captured on CCTV inside a large, three-storey house in Burdon Lane, Cheam on Wednesday, 8 January 2014.

The suspects entered the property, which had recently been renovated to a high standard, shortly after the occupiers had left the address at 6pm.

The intruders departed before the occupiers returned at 8pm, the CCTV system outside the property was damaged but nothing was taken.

Police believe that four suspects may have taken part in the burglary, and are linking them to a sillver Mercedes that was seen in the Burdon Lane at the time.

If you have any information about the identity of the suspects, or if you saw the suspects or the car, please contact Sutton Police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Kew's Townmead Road to undergo major facelift
A major renovation of an essential refuse and recycling centre, used by hundreds each day, will create a 21st Century service which is easily accessible and safer than ever.

The five-week transformation of the Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre will mean the site will be closed from Wednesday March the 5th until it reopens on Monday April the 14th.

A key change will be the construction of a new road built exclusively for large commercial vehicles which will keep them separate from residents when using the facility.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Flood Advice
Avoid walking through floodwater if possible as it could be contaminated and manhole covers could have come off in fast flowing water.

Wash your hand thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it can contain raw sewage, chemicals and disease.

Be aware that six inches of flowing flood water can knock you off your feet and a foot can move a car.

Do not eat food that has been in contact with flood water.

To report potential electrical hazard call the National Grid on 0800 404090 and for gas leaks on 0800 111999.

If you think your property has been flooded by a public sewer call Thames water on 0845 9200800.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Sutton Council responds to Carshalton flooding
Statement from Sutton Council

Sutton Council is continuing to work with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and Transport for London following floods in Carshalton at the weekend.

A downpour on Friday night resulted in Carshalton Canal overflowing into Carshalton High Street at its junction with Carshalton Place on Saturday morning.

Although the council is not responsible for preventing flooding to private property, as a Lead Local Flood Authority it has been working with partner organisations to help residents and businesses who have been affected by floods or who are at risk.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, Sutton Council is responsible for managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses. The Environment Agency is responsible for flood protection from canals and rivers; Thames Water is responsible for the drains and sewerage system; and Transport for London is responsible for maintaining Carshalton High Street.

All the agencies are ensuring that drains and pipes are cleared daily to prevent blockages and maintain the flow of water through the sewerage and drainage systems. A surface water sewer blockage under Carshalton High Street was removed at the weekend, and debris including litter and leaves have been removed from the canals. This work has helped the water to flow freely and water levels have reduced.

Sutton Council has been on the scene regularly for the past week and all the organisations are continuing to monitor the situation. The Environment Agency is visiting Carshalton daily.

Plans are in place to identify the ongoing flood risk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge visits flood hit residents

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says the "Government has got a grip" on the flooding crisis but authorities cannot "prevent the course of nature".

He's been meeting residents in Wraysbury in Berkshire who have been calling for more help to deal with the rising water.

Severe flood warnings remain in force along stretches of the River Thames west of London and on the Somerset Levels.

Lucy Mayer paid a flood hit Kingston (pictured above) a visit this morning.

Twitpic: @R_de_Gerber
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Funeral of teenager takes place

The funeral of teenager Daniel Spargo-Mabbs has taken place this morning, following the death of the sixteen year old just over three weeks ago.

Police were called in the early hours of Saturday January the 18th, to reports of a rave at an industrial site at Pump Lane in Silverdale Road in Hayes.

Daniel, from Croydon, was taken by London Ambulance Service to Hillingdon hospital suffering from the effects of a drugs overdose.

He was later transferred to Kings College hospital where he died two days later.

A post-mortem examination gave no formal cause of death.

Two men have been charged in relation to the incident. A third has been bailed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Fulham to ready to cancel Liverpool game

Fulham are ready to postpone their match against Liverpool.

It’s due to the London Underground strike.

With the Cottagers claiming they won’t be able to get enough stewards for the match.

They have until 3pm today to make a decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 am  

Monday, 10 February 2014

North Surrey Flood Update

A variety of agencies are working together around the clock to help residents affected by the severe flooding in North Surrey.

Dedicated teams from the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey Police are working with Runnymede, Elmbridge and Spelthorne Borough Councils.

Along with support from the military they’re working to keep people safe and protect properties and infrastructure against the impact of rising floodwater.

Nine severe flood warnings, which means there is a potential risk to life, have been issued in five areas on the River Thames in Surrey, including Staines, Laleham, Chertsey, Shepperton and Hamm Court.

There are 470 roads in the affected area and up to 2,500 homes are at risk of flooding.

Dedicated rest centres have been set up in Elmbridge, Runnymede, and Spelthorne.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Water works under threat of flooding

Sutton and East Surrey Water says it’s working 24 hours a day to help protect a key water treatment works in Croydon from flooding.

The A22 Godstone Road remains sealed off to help stop flooding at the Kenley Water Treatment Works.

Water has been pumped away from the site and flooding has abated over the weekend, but the weather forecast remains a serious concern.

The works supplies water to more than 46,000 properties and 116,000 people in Purley, South Croydon, Warlingham and Caterham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

Police reward for information relating to disappearance of 15 year old boy in Sutton in 1988

A reward of £20,000 has been put up by police for information relating to the disappearance of Lee Boxell in Sutton 26 years ago.

Lee, who would be 41 on Sunday, was last seen in Sutton High Street on Saturday the 10th of September 1988.

Detectives believe Lee then went to an unofficial youth club known as the ‘shed’ in Cheam, which has since been linked with paedophiles.

Lee’s father Peter says he doesn’t hold much hope for his son still being found alive.

We spoke to DCI John McQuade:

We also spoke to Lee's father Peter.

Peter also recorded a song about his son's disappearance.

A new image of Lee has been released by the police, as well a replica of a watch he was wearing on the day he went missing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

British Gas could be broken up
British Gas could be broken up to stop excessive profit margins, according to the Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston Ed Davey.

He wants the regulator Ofgem to consider options which would overcome what he believes is unfairness in pricing.

An investigation's already underway into competition in the energy market because of rising bills.

Lewis Shand Smith, from the Ombudsman Service which investigates complaints, says suppliers could do a lot better.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Flooding News Updated
David Cameron's been defending the government's response to storms and flooding during a visit to south-west England.

While in Dorset, the Prime Minister's rejected comments from Labour, who claim ministers have failed to take control of the situation.

Severe warnings are in place along a ten-mile stretch of the River Thames from Berkshire to Shepperton.

The army is in Chertsey, where it’s helping emergency services and the Environment Agency with their response.

And some people in Walton are being evacuated.

Surrey Roads Police is asking you not to drive through water, even if it looks passable. The team captured this picture of Walton Bridge before dawn.

For up to the minute travel info, follow @Jackie_travel or phone the team on 0208 288 1078
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Flooding along the Thames in SW London & Surrey as the political row intensifies

Nick Clegg says now is not the time to "point the finger of blame" as the row over the handling of the flooding crisis gets worse.

The Deputy Prime Minister has insisted the priority is for everybody to work together to get through the problem.

Lord Smith, head of the Environment Agency, has accused ministers of "getting in the way" of vital work and playing politics.

He was responding to criticism from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles over the recent flooding in Somerset.

Fourteen severe flood warnings remain in place along the Thames from Berkshire to Shepperton.

Flooding has already been reported in Kingston, Staines, Sunbury, Chertsey and Runnymede (pictured above).

The army is on hand to lend support to the emergency services and the Environment Agency.

We've been sent in pictures of flooding by listeners, including this of Lower Staines Road East by Cecile Horkan.

And Emily Dexter snapped this at Hampton Court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Energy Secretary wants gas suppliers investigated
The profits made by the UK's biggest gas suppliers should be investigated - according to the Energy Secretary.

Kingston & Surbiton MP Ed Davey's written to the regulator Ofgem, urging it to look into the so-called "Big Six".

It's claimed profit margins made supplying gas can be five times those of supplying electricity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 am  

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Kingston University gets a 2:1 for it's environmental policy
A student-led movement campaigning on environmental issues has awarded Kingston University a 2:1 for it’s environmental footprint.

People and Planet ranked the university 61st out of 153 with the University of Greenwich rated number one for it’s green policies.

Kingston could improve its ranking by purchasing some electricity from renewable sources or generating energy on site.

People and Planet engage over 20,000 young people to take part in social and environmental issues annually.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

Sandbag walls are protecting a water plant in Purley
A wall of sandbags has been built around the Kenley water-plant in Purley to protect it from flooding.

Godstone road has been closed off while water is pumped away from the facility in an attempt to contain it.

It comes after a microbiologist warned that there is an increased risks of salmonella and e.coli passing through floodwater.

Greater London Assembly member for Croydon, Steve O'Connell, says emergency agencies are working around the clock to protect houses in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

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