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Saturday, 5 April 2014

New homes for people with learning disabilities

An outdated nursery building in Balham has been converted into new homes for people with learning disabilities.

It means they`ll be able to live like anyone else but still have help nearby in case they have problems.

The development also includes a new nursery and early years centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm  

Fairground assault in Epsom
Police are appealing for information after three teenage boys were assaulted in Epsom.

It happened at the fairground at Hook Road Arena on Friday.

The victims- aged between 13 and 14, intervened when they saw a large group of boys harassing two girls.

One suffered serious facial injuries, whilst the others suffered cuts and bruising.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Wandsworth litter fines
Wandsworth Borough Council is cracking down on people who dump any kind of rubbish in the street and don’t pay their fines.

A pub landlord who didn’t pay after being caught dumping black bin-liners on the pavement, has ended up in court and ordered to pay a far stiffer penalty.

Paul Bowers, the licencee of the Rose and Crown pub in Wandsworth High Street failed to pay the forfeit even after a hand-delivered reminder.

The original fine is £55 if paid promptly, but Mr Bowers ended up paying £500 and costs of over £240.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am  

Fulham vs Aston Villa
Fulham travel to Aston Villa today, in desperate need of a win.

The Whites are currently bottom of the Premier League, 5 points from safety.

Manager Felix Magath is calling on his players to show some leadership skills.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am  

Wandsworth libraries buck trend
Increasing demand for library services in Wandsworth has lead the Council to add extra opening hours.

Balham and Putney libraries will open for 3 more hours – between 2 and 5 pm on Friday afternoons.

Diana Edmonds, who is the head of library services at GLL, which runs the libraries on the Council’s behalf, said their popularity was a testament to the staff and the wide range of facilities on offer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

Addlestone family's walk for charity
An Addlestone family is to take on a 40 mile walk in Surrey in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Kelly and Richard Ayling's 10-month old daughter Molly was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth.

Kelly and Richard will be joined by Molly's aunt and uncle and 2 of her grandparents in the walk between Guildford and Farnham.

Kelly says she hopes their walk in May will raise awareness of the illness.

For more details, you can look at Kelly and Richard's fundraising page here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Grants for business broadband
Merton Council is urging local businesses to check whether they are eligible to receive money to help them install high-speed broadband.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available from the Urban Broadband Fund which aims to create 22 super-connected cities across the UK, including Greater London.

To find out more and apply, go to
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 am  

Friday, 4 April 2014

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Support For Hounslow Apprenticeships

Hounslow council have agreed on a new scheme to provide better access to jobs and apprenticeships.

They hope that it will give people more information when they're looking for work and support when they're applying.

Local businesses have been involved in the scheme, Director of Hounslow company Rent a London Flat says 'apprentices bring a fresh perspective'.

Since last June Hounslow have taken part in a National Apprenticeships Service project which has brought 100 new vacancies from 60 local companies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

Work underway on redesign on Wandsworth's one-way system
Transport for London has announced that work on the redesign of Wandsworth’s one-way system is underway.

The new improvements are expected to divert traffic away from the high streets and create a more “pedestrian-friendly” town centre.

The council expects the overhaul to provide a boost to the local economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Boat Race preview
It's the 160th Boat Race on Sunday.

Ali Fortescue looks ahead to it:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

Warning after cheese on toast mishap in Croydon
Firefighters in London are warning people not to misuse their toasters.

It’s after a kitchen fire in Croydon was believed to be caused when the appliance was used to cook cheese on toast.

The Brigade was called last night and when they arrived they found the toast completely burnt out on its side.

The fire had also damaged the work top but didn’t spread further.

Crew Manager Nick Morley says toasters aren’t designed to be put on their side and used to grill cheese on toast.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Void discovered under road in Wandsworth
A section of Wandsworth Bridge Road’s been closed after Thames Water engineers carrying out a routine repair last night, discovered a void underneath the road surface.

The street’s been closed both ways between Sandilands Road and Bovingdon Road so that workers can start emergency investigations.

Traffic will be diverted from the north of Wandsworth Bridge up to the Kings Road.

Water supplies will not be affected by this work and businesses are open as usual - pedestrians are still able to access the road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Stolen excavator machine with false plates found in Cobham
Surrey Police has taken part in a national operation to combat the country’s road network being used for crime.

Officers stopped over 100 vehicles in the operation aimed at catching travelling criminals who use roads to avoid detection.

A vehicle check on a low-loader at Cobham services on the M25 discovered a stolen excavator machine fitted with false plates.

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Wandsworth crackdown on litter
Wandsworth Borough Council is cracking down on people who dump any kind of rubbish in the street and don’t pay their fines.

A pub landlord who didn’t pay after being caught dumping black bin-liners on the pavement, has ended up in court and ordered to pay a far stiffer penalty.

Paul Bowers, the licencee of the Rose and Crown pub in Wandsworth High Street failed to pay the forfeit even after a hand-delivered reminder.

The original fine is £55 if paid promptly, but Mr Bowers ended up paying £500 and costs of over £240.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

McLaren duo 5th and 7th in practice
Lewis Hamilton has gone quickest in the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

He was just ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Woking-based McLaren’s Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were 5th and 7th respectively.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

Merton sustainable living proposal backed
A Merton Lib Dem proposal to introduce a ‘sustainable living’ framework has been approved by the Council.

‘One Planet Merton’ is part of a vision of a sustainable world in which people everywhere can enjoy a high quality of life within the productive capacity of the planet.

It’s to counter the assertion that if everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK we’d need three planets to support us.

The One Planet initiative would provide opportunities to develop environmental partnerships with organisations, businesses and residents across the borough.

The motion calls on the Council Cabinet to investigate the prospect and to report back by the end of 2014.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Men due at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court in connection with child sexual exploitation investigation
Two men are due to appear in court today in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

23-year-old Roland Tshibamba from Thornton Heath is charged with arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.

24-year-old Alma Sasi from Purley is charged with sexual activity with a child.

Both are appearing in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

Surrey Music Festival Reinstated
The Boomtown Rats fronted by Sir Bob Geldof, Kool and the Gang, and Human League are to headline this summer's music festival Guilfest, in Surrey.

The event takes place at Stoke Park in Guildford from 18th to the 20th of July.

It had been held annually for 21 years, but was forced to take a break last year when the company which ran it, Scotty Events, went into liquidation.

Run by businessman Tony Scott, the company folded in September 2012 owing Guildford Borough Council £61,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

Fear In The Force?
A report into the Metropolitan Police says there’s a "culture of fear" in the force because of what it calls the "draconian" use of performance targets.

It judges some targets as "meaningless" and "unrealistic" - and says others are "disguised" by senior officers.

The report was compiled by the Met Police Federation from interviews and surveys with 250 officers.

Scotland Yard denied claims of a "bullying culture" and said it made "no excuses" for valuing performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am  

Business Secretary warns of housing market crash
The Business Secretary is warning the current housing market bubble could end up being more serious than the property crash in 2007.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable's told The Independent most families are 'nowhere near able to afford a house at the average price'.

He says there still aren't enough homes being built to satisfy the demand of people wanting to buy a place of their own.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 am  

Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards to join forces
Trading standards services in Surrey and Buckinghamshire are planning to join forces in the latest efforts to crackdown on scammers and con artists.

Both county councils are developing proposals to team up to protect the public against consumer rip-offs.

If the plans are approved later this year the new unit would start in spring 2015.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Sutton keep promotion hopes alive
In the Conference South, Sutton beat Havant & Waterlooville 3-1 at Gander Green Lane.

They’re now second in the table.

Met Police have advanced to the final of the Surrey Senior Cup.

They beat Merstham 2-nil in their semi-final at Imber Court last night.

They'll take on Woking in the final.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Worcester Park Exposure

British Transport Police is appealing for information after a man exposed himself on a platform at Worcester Park station.

The incident took place around 7pm on Saturday the 15th of March.

A woman was at the station with two friends looking at an information board.

She heard a shout and turned around to see a man exposing himself, and shouting.

Officers have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to.

You can find it on and if you recognise him call BTP on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:57 pm  

Rowers prepare for this year's boat race
It's that time of year again – where the brainiest and brawniest Brits prepare for the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.

It all kicks off this Sunday at five to 6 by Putney Bridge and riverside pubs say they're preparing for big crowds.

Rowers who've competed in the past include actor Hugh Laurie, author and TV historian Dan Snow and Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent.

Oxford Rowing president Malcolm Howard hopes his team will uphold their victory from last year.

But his Cambridge counterpart Steve Dudek says it'll be a close race and says passing the Chiswick finish line first would be 'euphoric'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Hounslow announce a new apprenticeship scheme
Hounslow council have agreed on a new scheme to provide better access to jobs and apprenticeships.

They hope that it will give people more information when they're looking for work and support when they're applying.

Local businesses have been involved in the scheme, Director of Hounslow company Rent a London Flat says 'apprentices bring a fresh perspective'.

Since last June Hounslow have taken part in a National Apprenticeships Service project which has brought 100 new vacancies from 60 local companies.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Arrest after robbery in Epsom
A man from Thornton Heath has been arrested in connection with the robbery of a man delivering cigarettes to Tesco in Epsom.

The cigarette delivery van was parked outside the store in Chantilly Way on Tuesday afternoon when the driver was forced to open the boot.

It is believed up to four people were involved, who loaded the cigarettes into their white van before locking the victim in the back of his vehicle.

He was locked in his van for over 20 minutes until his shouts for help where heard.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the incident to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

Woman 'outraged' after being fined for drinking Slush Puppie while driving
A woman from Wallington says she’s outraged after police fined her for drinking a Slush Puppie while in traffic.

Sophie Vaughan was given a fine of £100 for driving without due care and attention.

She told the Daily Mail that it was petty and ridiculous as she wasn’t even moving.

The Met Police say any person who believes they’ve received an unjust fixed penalty notice can appeal through the courts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm  

Quins name team ahead of tomorrow's game
Harlequins have announced their team to play Stade Francais in Paris tomorrow.

Joe Marler will make his 100th appearance for Quins, in a team with two changes from the victory over London Irish last weekend.

Tim Molenaar and Charlie Matthews come in for Matt Hopper and Nick Kennedy.

Rob Buchanan is named among the replacements and will look to make his first appearance since suffering an injury in October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Police officer due in court
A police officer based at Heathrow is due appear in court today charged with common assault.

44-year-old PC William Eliot has been on restricted duties pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

He stopped a vehicle within the grounds of Heathrow Airport in August, which was then seized as not roadworthy.

The driver of the vehicle made a complaint which was investigated, leading to PC Eliot being issued with a court summons.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

New police campaign in Kingston

Kingston Police are backing a new operation to encourage increased awareness of phone theft in the town centre.

Staff at a number of pubs and clubs will wear distinctive 'Love Your Phone' t-shirts.

Chief Inspective Gary Taylor says it’s the next step in their continued efforts against mobile phone crime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Family of woman shot in Brixton appeal for legal aid
The family of a woman shot by police in 1985 - triggering the Brixton riots - are taking a petition asking for legal aid to Downing Street today.

Relatives of Cherry Groce, who died three years ago, have so far been denied financial help for representation at an inquest this summer into what happened.

The marksman who shot her stood trial - but was acquitted.

MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna has called on Scotland Yard’s chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to give a “full public apology” for the shooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 am  

Kingstonian stay close to play-off places
Kingstonian are just outside the play-off places in the Ryman League this morning after last night’s goalless draw at Grays.

The K’s, on 71 points, are behind fifth placed Maidstone on goal difference.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 am  

Hounslow approves investment in school places
Hounslow Council’s agreed plans to set up four special education needs centres.

Five schools across the borough will also be expanded to meet demand for primary places.

An extra 150 places will be provided from September 2015 and 86 new places added in local schools for children with special needs.

The council has already created an additional 300 permanent reception places for children starting school in September this year.

The schools being expanded from September 2015 are:
• Beavers Primary School
• Hounslow Heath Infant School
• Hounslow Heath Junior School
• St Mary’s RC Primary
• St Paul’s CE Primary

The new SEN centres will be created at:
• Feltham Hill Infant School
• Hounslow Heath Infant School
• Hounslow Heath Junior School
• Strand on the Green Infants School & Strand on the Green Junior School

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 am  

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

London councils accused of not ensuring safety for cyclists
London councils are being accused of failing to do enough to ensure safety for cyclists.

Campaign group ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ claim 24 boroughs have not installed any segregated cycle lanes since May 2010.

They included Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Wandsworth names community champions
People in Roehampton, West Hill, Battersea and Tooting have been named ‘Housing Community Champions’ by Wandsworth council.

Seven volunteers have been awarded a share of a £10,000 grant for their dedication to improving their neighbourhoods.

The money will go towards local projects that will benefit their estates.

The borough’s housing panel is expected to appoint more champions in the future.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Kingston Conservative Councillor hits out
A Conservative Councillor in Kingston has hit out at Lib Dems in the borough.

Richard Hudson has written an open letter to Ed Davey, Tricia Bamford and Liz Green, accusing them of using cynical pre-election tactics.

That’s after it was claimed Conservatives backed plans to build 70-thousand homes on the Chessington greenbelt.

Liz Green has responded, welcoming the news that Conservatives in Kingston won’t back the plan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Claygate mother gets on her bike for a good cause
A mother from Claygate is trying to raise awareness of a rare birth defect by taking part in this year’s London to Paris bike ride.

Sian Tegan’s son Rory was born prematurely and with a condition called Gastroschisis.

It causes children to be born with some of their organs on the outside of their body.

Sian is attempting to raise 1-thousand-600 pounds.

If you'd like to donate you can go to where you will also find a link to a video containing Rory's story in pictures.

Donations can also be made via text: Text ‘GSTP50 £2’ to 70070 to donate £2 or adjust the amount to donate a different sum of money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Mitcham & Morden MP interrupted in PMQs
Mitcham & Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh was interrupted while asking David Cameron about the so-called “bobby tax” during PMQs today.

The Prime Minister said that despite the reduction in police funding, the Met Police were confident of getting good recruits.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

New Quins deal for England prop
Harlequins have today announced that England prop Joe Marler has signed a new contract at the Twickenham Stoop.

The 23-year-old became a senior squad member in 2010 after graduating from the club’s academy.

He’s since played 100 times for Quins, and he also has 19 senior England caps to his name.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

South East MEP described European Parliament finances as 'pantomime'
A Conservative MEP for the South East of England has once again hit out at EU finances.

Marta Andreasen posted on Twitter that the European Parliament budget discharge procedure is now a pantomime.

That’s as MEPs are set to approve the 2012 accounts despite there being over 6-million euros unaccounted for.

She previously left her job as EU Chief Accountant after criticising the accounting system for being open for fraud.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

CCTV image released following Sutton robbery

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they’d like to speak to following a robbery in Sutton.

St Peters News in Epsom Road was targeted in an early morning raid last month.

Three suspects forced their way through a side door to steal some cigarettes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

South West London NHS trust reveals its new Director
South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust has appointed Barbara Greenway as a new Director.

The NHS trust provides social care services to over a million people in Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth.

It ensures patients get high-quality and safe care and Mrs Greenway will be part of a board who oversee the Trust's work.

She started her career as a nurse in Kingston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Work on Chiswick Bridge to start
Work to strengthen and refurbish Chiswick Bridge will begin this month.

The improvements to the Grade II listed structure will result in some travel restrictions while the work takes place.

The width of the pavement on both sides of the bridge will be reduced, which will mean cyclists will have to dismount.

There will also be night time lane closures and daytime lane restrictions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Surrey's flood grants
There’s help for residents in Runnymede, Spelthorne and Elmbridge who were affected by the flooding earlier this year.

Repair and Renew Grants of up to £5,000 are available to anyone whose home was internally damaged by flooding between the 1st December and 31st March.

Business owners can also apply where internal areas that are critical for the day to day operation of the business were damaged.

The money must be spent on specific measures which would help to minimise the impact of a future flood. It is not for replacement of furnishings.

Full details of the scheme and application forms can be found on the Surrey County Council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

Improvements to Sutton Station
Improvements to Sutton Station are ready to move ahead after a public consultation came to an end.

The £1.3 million scheme plans to make the area more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists and improve the traffic flow for road vehicles.

Work to the side entrance of the station will begin in the coming weeks which will require the ramp and stairs to the side to be closed from the 7th of April. This phase of the revamp will be completed in the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 am  

Staines men convicted of murder
Two men from Staines have been found guilty of murdering a 59 year old man in Fernhurst, West Sussex, in a burglary that went wrong.

Michael Griffiths had a jewellery workshop and was believed to have two diamonds worth £40,000 at his home.

He was tortured and killed by the burglars, Harvey Munford and Zack Cowdrey, both 23, after he refused to open his safe.

The house was burned to destroy the evidence and the victim was found by firefighters.

Both men were given life sentences, with a minimum of 32 years to serve.

Simon Penton, 43, from Sunbury was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life with a minimum of 26 years.

Kerry Rudder and Damian Krafft from Shepperton were found not guilty of murder but were given three years each in jail for conspiracy to burgle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 am  

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New Boss For Heathrow

The chief executive of Heathrow Airport is to stand down.

Colin Matthews has been the boss since 2008 and will leave after the newly refurbished Terminal 2 opens later this year.

He says long term prospects are bright, following the decision of the Airports Commission to shortlist Heathrow's proposal for a new runway.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

Police re-appealing for information following Lyne assault
Police are re-appealing for information following a serious assault in Lyne.

A man in his 40s was stabbed in his neck and chest in February.

It took place in a business car park in Hardwick Lane in the middle of the day.

A 43-year-old man has already been charged with attempted murder and will appear in court in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Hospital staff demonstrate in Kingston
NHS staff are demonstrating outside Kingston hospital today because of pay rises.

600,000 NHS workers won't get a public sector 1% rise this year.

Nora Pearce is a retired Midwife at Kingston hospital and says its an 'insult' to NHS staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Man charged with Staines burglary
A 33 year old man has been charged with a burglary in Staines.

William O’Neill from Northolt appeared at Redhill Magistrates Court.

He’s been remanded in custody and will appear at Guildford Crown Court later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Flights cancelled at Heathrow
Flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport due to thick fog.

It’s believed at least 95 journeys to and from short haul destinations had to be stopped.

Passengers have been advised to check their flight status.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Fulham youngster makes promise to fans
Fulham youngster Moussa Dembele has promised the team will give all they can to preserve their top-flight status.

The 17-year-old French striker made his first start for the Whites in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Everton.

He says it was hard to take the defeat but they need to keep their heads up to make sure they’re ready for the rest of the run in.

Fulham are currently bottom of the table, 5 points from safety with 6 games to go.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Epsom & Ewell MP talks about reoffending
A third of people jailed in England and Wales in the last year have 10 or more convictions to their name.

The government's introducing a mentoring programme to try to encourage so-called 'career criminals' to change their ways.

Justice Secretary & Epsom MP Chris Grayling says as well as support from trained professionals, help will also come from former inmates themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

Man arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit in Cobham
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs in Cobham.

Traffic officers were on routine patrol on the M25 when a call was received reporting a silver Jaguar being driven erratically between junctions 8 and 9.

Following a search officers uncovered large quantities of what’s believed to be cannabis.

The man’s in custody at Guildford police station and the investigation remains ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Twickenham am-dram group could be forced out of business
An am-dram group in Twickenham that’s been going for more than 90 years could soon be forced to close.

That’s the view of TJ Lloyd, who’s directing Twickenham Operatic Society’s latest show.

Whistle down the Wind will be on at the 450 Theatre in Hampton School from the 9th April.

TJ says financial worries mean the group could soon be out of business.

You can listen to our interview with TJ in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

London's public service workers to protest against pay

More than 100,000 public service workers in London are to protest about pay today.

Nurses, care workers, cleaners and more will wear stickers at work with the slogan “Public Service Workers Deserve a Pay Rise.”

Linda Perks from the trade union Unison who’s staging the event says: “after five years of pay freeze and pay restraint our members are saying ‘enough is enough’.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies reports that inflation rose by 20 per cent between 2008 and 2013, with utilities rising by 60 per cent and food by 30 per cent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 am  

London Ambulance crews should wear cameras

London ambulance crews should carry camera’s says a London Assembly member.

It’s after a BBC investigation revealed 582 staff reported being assaulted last year.

Roger Evans is calling for a 100 trial cameras to be worn.

But a spokesperson for the service said cameras on crews could undermine trust and interfere with patient confidentiality.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 am  

Monday, 31 March 2014

Jenson Button wants more from McLaren
Jenson Button, who finished sixth in the Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday, says he wants more from McLaren.

Button says his car wasn't quick enough to compete in he race, which fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton won.

His team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished 9th after tangling with Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari on the second turn.

Woking based Mclaren currently sit second in the constructors' world championship behind Mercedes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

Carshalton and Wallington MP calls for more diabetes vigilance

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington has called for an increase in diabetes vigilance.

It’s after Tom Brake heard that over 6000 people in the borough may be living with the disease unaware they have it.

Last Wednesday the MP had a diabetes test and met with healthcare professionals at Westminster to learn more about the medical condition.

Mr Brake says: “getting tested only takes a few minutes and could save you years of illness.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 pm  

Radar technology to be trialled on London buses
Radar technology will be trialled on London buses this summer to help reduce the number of collisions involving cyclists.

The technology alerts bus drivers to pedestrians and cyclists that are close to the vehicle and is part of TFL’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.

The plan aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured by 40 per cent by 2020.

The plan outlines 30 key actions for improving road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

New initiative for Teddington lifeboats
Teddington lifeboats have organised a new life saving initiative to help people who fall into the River Thames.

There's been many cases of men jumping in the water along Kingston's riverside after drinking in neighbouring bars, some of which proving fatal.

The scheme provides Throwbags and training to bar staff and local businesses to help rescue those in the water.

Andrew Butterfield from RNLI Teddington describes how life threatening jumping in can be.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Still time to treat Mum
Mother’s Day may have passed, but you can still treat your Mum if you haven’t yet.

The best way to do so is by giving her a weekend away.

That’s according to a personal trainer from Wimbledon.

Jamie Lloyd says there’s nothing better for your Mum than getting away from it all.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

School art competition for Merton
A Merton estate agency is launching an art competition for local schools.

Ellisons will be awarding prizes to the schools with the best paintings or drawings depicting something about Merton.

The money will be split into primary and secondary school categories, with £4,000 going to each winner.

The top 25 paintings will be exhibited at the Cannizaro House Hotel in May, where the prizes will be presented by the town’s mayor.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Hersham publicist admits to being greedy
Max Clifford's admitted being "greedy" and liking women, but has told a court he was never interested in "silly little girls".

The publicist from Hersham has repeatedly denied indecently assaulting seven women.

Southwark Crown Court's also heard an exchange about a car, in which one witness says she was attacked by him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Kingston MP comments on climate change
A comprehensive report into climate change is warning of hunger, disease, and conflict.

Scientists say the evidence of global warming is now "overwhelming" and the impact is "irreversible".

The United Nation's climate panel says our homes, food and health are all likely to be affected.

But Secretary of State for climate change and Kingston MP Ed Davey says it’s not all bad.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Priest given suspended sentence after making indecent images of children

A priest who pleaded guilty to making hundreds of indecent images of children has been given a suspended 8 month sentence.

42-year-old Timothy Gardner from Sutton will be on the sex offender list for ten years.

More than 500 indecent images of children and over 5000 prohibited images were found on computers seized from his home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Jobs to go at Kew Gardens
About 125 jobs could be cut at Kew Gardens.

A spokesman says it says it has been facing "significant financial challenges" over the last few years and its working on strategies to boost income.

Compulsory redundancies would be a "last resort".

The news of job cuts comes as the site saw a 29% rise in visitors last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Kingston probation staff on strike
Up to 14,000 solicitors and probation officers have gone on strike over cuts to legal aid and plans to privatise offender rehabilitation services.

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan says that all sides need to work together before 'irrepairable' damage is done to our justice system.

Kingston probation staff are striking outside their office on High Street and plan to march to the Ministry of Justice tomorrow.

Terry Wilson is part of the Kingston picket line and says change is needed for public safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

Craven Cottage set for expansion
Fulham have been granted a licence which allows it to progress with the expansion of Craven Cottage.

Planning consent for the works had already been granted, subject to this river works licence being granted.

The club says it will announce a projected timetable for the development of the Riverside Stand soon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

London MEP links jobs to EU
A Liberal Democrat MEP’s claimed that over half a million jobs in capital are linked to the European Union.

Sarah Ludford was commenting on a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

It also showed London was the region which has gained the most from EU membership.

The study revealed it was due to the large increase in EU linked jobs in the IT, Scientific, business and financial sectors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Cahill admits Chelsea could be out of title race
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits they could be out of the title race after losing to Crystal Palace.

He says they will keep on pushing until the end of the season though, and will try to win their remaining games.

The Blues have a break from Premier League football on Wednesday, when they play Paris Saint Germain.

The England international has called on his team to put their season back on track by winning that Champions League tie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Hangeland believes Fulham can survive
Fulham captain Brede Hangeland says he still believes they can avoid relegation.

The Whites sit bottom of the Premier League, 5 points from safety, after losing 3-1 to Everton yesterday.

But Hangeland says if they play like they did against Everton, the points will surely come.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Boy missing from Hammersmith

Police are appealing for information to help trace a boy missing from Hammersmith.

13-year-old Elias Chentouf was last seen on Friday at about 5pm in the Ladbroke Grove area.

 Elias is 5 feet 1 inch tall, of medium build with thick eyebrows and a mole above his lip.

He was wearing his school uniform  of blue trousers and blue top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 am  

Ealing's illegal subletting amnesty ends today
Ealing Council’s amnesty for people who illegally sublet council property ends today.

Under the key amnesty residents in the borough can hand back an illegally sublet property without being prosecuted.

The offence can carry a two year jail sentence and a fine of up to 50-thousand pounds.

You can return a property by calling the council’s hotline on 0208 825 8023.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 am  

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Reading campaign in Fulham
More children in Hammersmith and Fulham will be encouraged to read books as part of a month-long celebration of literature.

The aim is to get everyone reading by inviting them to read the same book.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo has been chosen by Cityread London the organisers of the literary events across the capital.

Free Workshops, screenings, writing groups and book clubs have been set up in all the London boroughs and open tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 am  

Banstead bookshop forced to close
A bookshop that’s done business in Banstead for the past 75 years has been forced to close its doors permanently.

The Ibis Bookshop, in Banstead High Street, has been hit by increased rent and competition from online retailers.

A campaign to raise money to buy the freehold of the building was unsuccessful.

Residents described the bookshop as a “local institution” at the heart of the town.
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