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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Wartime "Genius" Spy Epsom

An unassuming bank clerk from Epsom has been revealed to have been one of the most effective Spy’s for Britain during WW2.

Father of two Eric Roberts who lived near Epsom racecourse, posed as an undercover Gestapo Officer and controlled 100’s of fifth columnists.

He has been described as a genius spy with very little qualifications for espionage. Yet his employers, Westminster Bank in London had no idea!

The story has come to light after his files were released by the National Archives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

Rose Hill Stabbing: 15 year old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
A 15 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after a boy was stabbed in Rose Hill yesterday.

The boy who was attacked is in hospital, where his condition is said to be serious but stable.

The teenager who was arrested is being held by police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

London Scottish travel to Connacht today
London Scottish are hoping for their first win in the B&I Cup this season today.

They've lost their first two games to Bristol and Pontypridd.

They travel to Connacht, with kick off at 2.30.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

SW London football preview
In the Premier League, Crystal Palace travel to West Brom today, looking for their first win at the Hawthorns since 2007.

In the Championship, Brentford travel to second bottom Bolton for the clubs' first meeting since 1995.

And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon host Tranmere in the first ever meeting between the two sides.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Kempton Park to lose race days in 2015
Kempton Park is to lose 26 days of racing next year.

Fixtures for 2015 released by the British Horse Racing Authority show the Sunbury track will lose 33 per cent of its all-weather programme.

They’ve been affected by the re-emergence of the former Great Leighs circuit in Essex, now known as Chelmsford City.
Kempton’s owners Jockey Club Racecourses says it will hit profits by around 1-millions pounds.

Sandown Park in Esher and Epsom Downs Racecourse, part of the same group, both retain their allocation from 2014.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 am  

Kris Cook charity passes £50K mark
A fundraising page originally set up by a man from Woking who collapsed and died during this year’s RideLondon-Surrey cycle race, has passed the 50-thousand pound mark.

36-year-old Kris Cook, went into cardiac arrest while attempting to climb Newlands Corner on his quest to raise money for Woking Hospice with friends.

Kris aimed to raise 500-pounds but yesterday, three months since his tragic death, the fundraiser reached 50-thousand-120-pounds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 am  

Fulham move clear of drop-zone
Fulham are up to 19th in the Championship this morning following last night’s 3-nil win over Charlton at Craven Cottage.

Two goals from Hugo Rodallega and another from Scott Parker led the Cottagers to victory.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 am  

Friday, 24 October 2014

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A teacher in Wallington earns more than the Prime Minister
The headteacher of a primary school in Wallington is being paid more than £200,000 a year – earning more than the prime minister.

Isabel Ramsay’s salary at Bandon Hill Primary School comes to £205,000 – dwarfing David Cameron’s £140,000.

She even out-earns her boss, Niall Bolger, chief executive of Sutton Council, who brings in £190,000 a year.

But the school’s governors claimed the figure was ‘not an accurate reflection’ as it covered Ms Ramsay’s work elsewhere.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Teenager in critical condition after being stabbed in Rose Hill
A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in Rose Hill this afternoon.

Police believe he was attacked during a fight on a 151 bus on St Helier Avenue at about 2.30.

No one has currently been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

QPR defender looking at retirement
Rio Ferdinand has said this will probably be his last season as a professional footballer.

The former England defender is now 35 and wasn't in the starting line up for QPR's last game, the home defeat by Liverpool.

He says he's keen to remain in the game in some capacity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Chelsea striker could return this weekend
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says there's a slight chance that top scorer Diego Costa could play against Manchester United.

The striker was hospitalised this week with a viral illness.

The Chelsea boss says that hasn't helped with his recovery from an ongoing hamstring problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

MI5 Wartime Spy lived a quiet life in Epsom
An MI5 agent who penetrated the ranks of Britain's wartime Nazi supporters has been identified as a bank clerk who lived in Surrey.

Files released by the National Archives in Kew reveal that Eric Roberts worked in a bank and lived a quiet life with his family in Epsom.

He posed as a German agent to gain the trust of his subjects and uncover would-be traitors.

Until now, he was thought to be an alias used by John Bingham, the MI5 officer who partly inspired John le Carré’s creation George Smiley.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Firefighters tackling blaze in Croydon

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a tower block in Croydon Town centre.

It broke out about an hour ago at the top of Delta Point, the former home of BT, in Wellesey Road.

The disused building is currently being converted into flats by developers.

Some trams in the area have been suspended.

Photo: Martin Reid
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Woman in hospital after Walton accident
A woman is in a serious condition in hospital after a road accident in Walton.

Police were called last night to a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Hersham Road.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 70s, sustained life threatening injuries and was taken to St Georges Hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Middlesex changes one-day name
Middlesex County Cricket Club has changed its one-day name.

Their one-day side will no longer be called the Middlesex Panthers, but simply as Middlesex CCC.

The club has reassured worried fans that despite the name change, mascot Pinky the Panther will still be kept.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

London derby at Craven Cottage tonight
Fulham are hoping to continue their positive form under Kit Symons when they play Charlton tonight.

They’ve only lost twice since the caretaker boss took over in mid-September and could move out of the relegation places with a win.

Symons says it should be a good game.

You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Former Wimbledon Champ prepares for today's match
Andy Murray continues his gruelling end of season tennis schedule this lunchtime.

The British number one faces big serving South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open.

Murray is trying to secure enough ranking points to qualify for next month's ATP World Tour Finals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

A London MEP says the EU is penalising UK success
A London MEP has branded the EU’s demand for more cash from the UK as ‘Outrageous’.

Syed Kamall says: "The European Commission is penalising Britain for having the most successful economy in the EU, while actually rewarding France for being an economic basket case."

Both France and Germany will receive a rebate.

The UK has been told it must pay an extra one point seven billion pounds towards the EU budget.

It amounts to a fifth of the UK’s annual contribution.

Only the UK and the Netherlands are both being asked to pay more.

Mr Cameron is meeting his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, to discuss how to challenge the surcharges.

The additional payment is due on 1 December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 am  

Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Weybridge band wish they'd tried to break US sooner
You Me At Six say they wish they'd tried to break America sooner.

The band from Weybridge are touring the US with their fourth studio album Cavalier Youth.

The LP's their most successful to date, and they say it took more than two years to put together.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Kit Symons says Fulham could appoint permanent manager soon
Fulham’s caretaker boss says it should soon be time for the club to appoint a permanent manager.

Kit Symons has been in temporary charge at Craven Cottage since mid-September after the departure of Felix Magath.

He thinks the decision isn’t too far away.

You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-Charlton press conference here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Fire in Roehampton
Two people have been rescued from a fire in a block of flats in Roehampton.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the second floor of the building in Wanborough Drive around lunchtime yesterday.

One woman was rescued from the flat in which the fire started and was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from smoke inhalation.

A second woman in a neighbouring flat was treated at the scene by paramedics and a cat was also taken for treatment by the RSPCA.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Statement from the family of Alice Gross
The family of Alice Gross has today released this statement.

"We have been devastated by the appalling circumstances of Alice's death. Alice was so spirited, so present, so vital and so full of promise.

"We find it almost impossible to understand what has happened and that we have to say goodbye to her. We want Alice's funeral to focus on the joy of Alice's life and the joy of having known her.

"We would like to thank everyone for being so kind and supportive. We have been moved by the depth of sympathy and compassion around us, not only from close family and friends but also from the local community.

"A tribute and donation page has been set up in Alice's memory with Youth Music. We feel this is a fitting tribute to our daughter Alice. She loved music and loved making music and would have wanted other children to experience this joy."

The National Foundation for Youth Music has made this statement.

"Youth Music is honoured and grateful that Alice's family has chosen the charity as the beneficiary of their online tribute in memory of Alice.

"Youth Music wants every young person in Britain to have access to music-making. Sadly, many children and young people face obstacles in their lives that make this difficult. Youth Music supports music-making opportunities for over 90,000 children and young people every year, most of whom face significant challenges in their lives such as coping with disability, special educational needs, poverty, rural isolation or living in care. These challenges can often be barriers to accessing traditional music education. Experiencing the joys and fulfillment of music-making by attending a project supported by Youth Music is often a life-changing experience.

"Youth Music champions music of all genres from grime to hip-hop, jazz to classical and folk to reggae, working across a huge variety of genres popular with young people. This often leads those taking part not only to a life-long engagement with music, but also to personal and social development. Many engage with education and career opportunities they may have previously not thought possible.

"For every child that Youth Music supports, the charity is aware that there is another one waiting for their help. Your donation could help Youth Music reach many more of those children, supporting them to take part in life-changing music-making."

Find out more at Donations in memory of Alice can be made at

A public memorial ceremony for Alice will take place on Sunday 2nd November at Greenford Town Hall as an occasion for the family to thank all the local people whose outpouring of support and grief has touched them very deeply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Sutton man charged after a disturbance at the House of Commons
A man from Sutton’s been charged in connection with a disturbance at the House of Commons.

27 year old Steven Lee Abberley is accused of causing fear or provocation of violence during yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions.

He’s also been accused of criminal damage to a wall on the Parliamentary Estate in May.

Abberley will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court early next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Crystal Palace manager charged with misconduct by the FA
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA.

It’s after he claimed Chelsea influenced referee Craig Pawson when Damien Delaney was sent off last Saturday.

Warnock has until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Experience at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home contradicts popular myths
Dogs such as Poodles, Shih tzus and Lhasa Apsos are generally thought to be pampered pooches.

But a recent spate of arrivals of them at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, have been badly neglected and with serious health problems.

Six-year-old Lhasa Apso, Gizmo had fur so matted it was pulling on his skin, causing it to break and bleed and he couldn’t open his eyelids.

After medical attention and careful grooming Gizmo is now back to full health - You can see his story this evening on ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Former Wimbledon Champion's campaign for the ATP World Tour Finals continues
Andy Murray is back in action at the Valencia Open tennis today.

The former Wimbledon Champion takes on Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Murray said yesterday's victory over Jurgen Melzer has helped him get an understanding of the surface.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Funeral of Hanwell teenager today
The funeral of Alice Gross is to place this morning.

The 14 year-old’s body was found more than a month after she disappeared from her Hanwell home in August.

The body of the prime suspect in her murder – Arnis Zalkalns was found later in Boston Manor Park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Shepherd's Bush murders: killer to be released
One of Britain's most notorious killers is going to be freed after 48 years in prison.

78 year-old Harry Roberts was given a life sentence in 1966 for instigating the Shepherd's Bush murders in which 3 police officers were shot dead.

It happened after the officers approached Roberts and two other men in Braybrook Street, near Wormwood Scrubs prison.

The Parole Board is understood to have approved his release, although the exact date is not yet known.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Counter terror squad makes arrest
Counter Terrorism Command officers have arrested a 32 year old man in West London today.

The target was arrested on suspicion of attending a place used for terrorist training.

A house in South West London is also being searched as part of the investigation which is Syria related.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Help for people with money problems in New Malden
People with money problems can now get free help thanks to a church in New Malden opening a debt-counselling centre.

St John’s Church on Kingston Road has partnered with charity ‘Christians Against Poverty’ to bring its award-winning service to the area.

CAP offers a uniquely in-depth caring service to those with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background.

The organisation also offers a short course which teaches people how to chart their household income and take control of their expenditure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

'Fake' Chelsea footballer jailed
A former footballer who posed as a Chelsea star in order to live a Premier League lifestyle has been jailed.

25-year-old Medi Abalimba posed as Gael Kakuta, staying at top hotels, hiring a helicopter and going on a spending spree at Selfridges.

He admitted multiple frauds, and was sentenced to four years.

Abalimba had stints at Derby, Oldham, Southend, Fulham and Crystal Palace, once commanding a transfer fee of more than a million pounds.

Kakuta is currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

Two men jailed after carrying out a series of burglaries
Two men have been jailed for more than three years between them after they were convicted of carrying out a series of burglaries.

They pair targeted supermarket tills in London and the South East including Croydon and Chiswick.

32 year old Bradley Pogmore was sentenced to 20 months after pleading guilty to 15 counts of burglary.

His part-time accomplice, 38 year old Lee Baker was sentenced to 18 months after pleading guilty to eight counts of burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Hounslow council win a victory in court
A couple from Hounslow have been fined 80 thousand pound for renting beds in sheds.

Goyas Ali and Bahar Begum of Park Road were handed the fine in Isleworth crown court today.

They had been found guilty earlier in the year, of renting out-buildings deemed unfit to live-in by the council.

Councillor Steve Curran, says the huge fine was a major victory in the battle against greedy landlords.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

McLaren sporting director set to leave
McLaren sporting director Sam Michael is to leave at the end of the season.

The Woking team says the 43-year-old resigned in March after saying he wanted to return to his native Australia with his family.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Man from Wandsworth jailed after 93-year-old woman pushed over during attempted burglary
A man from Wandsworth has been jailed after a 93-year-old woman was pushed over during an attempted burglary in Lambeth.

27 year old Monir Saleh pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and was sentenced to three years and four months.

Saleh approached the victim from behind as she walked to the bins outside her house using her walking frame.

He pushed her back into her home causing her to fall to the floor, before searching through her shopping trolley.

Saleh was caught on CCTV entering the premises and was identified after an image was circulated in the press.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Chief Executive leaving Chelsea
Chelsea have announced that Chief Executive Ron Gourlay is leaving the club.

He says he wants to pursue “new business opportunities” after 10 years at Stamford Bridge.

Chairman Bruce Buck and Director of Marina Granovskaia will assume addition executive responsibilities on a temporary basis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Lucky escape for family from Cheam
A family from Cheam has cheated death after a car they purchased on eBay burst into flames only a day after they bought it.

Nicky Keefe had driven her partner and three children a quarter of a mile before the car started smoking in Lower Morden Lane.

They only noticed when her 14-year-old son James noticed his trainers were melting, and they all managed to escape the car before anyone was hurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

Man from Hounslow among six set to be jailed for concealing heroin in parcels from Pakistan
Six men will be jailed today for concealing drugs in items such as children's clothing inside parcels from Pakistan.

Among them is 26-year-old Muhammed Fayaz from Hounslow and 27-year-old Zahid Shah from Hayes.

All six men came to the attention of police after Border Force officers at Coventry International postal hub found a box of Indian restaurant menus stuffed with heroin.

In total 12 packages were intercepted throughout the UK, with an containing 5.25 kilograms of the class a drug, with an estimated value of over a million pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Free micro-chipping for dogs in Sutton
Dog owners in Sutton have the chance to have their dogs chipped for free at a police-run dog roadshow.

The initiative is part of the borough’s Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs, scheme - also known as LEAD.

The approach, to advise on responsible dog ownership, was developed in Sutton and is now recommended best practice across the country.

The event will be held at Belmont Park next Wednesday between 11am and 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Children in Weybridge school hurt by breeze blocks
Two children in Weybridge have been injured after part of a wall fell through the ceiling of their classroom.

The five-year-olds were treated by paramedics for minor injuries after breeze blocks crashed through the ceiling at Oatlands Infant School yesterday.

They were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Surrey County Council is investigating – it’s believed building work was under way at the school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Andy Murray continues attempt to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals
Andy Murray continues his quest to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis today.

The former Wimbledon Champion takes on Austrian Jurgen Melzer at the Valencia Open.

Murray's currently 8th in the Race to London standings, with 8 players making up the singles event at the O2 Arena next month
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Police in Croydon, Lambeth and Merton take part in London's Community Action Days
Met officers from Croydon, Lambeth and Merton are among those taking part in the first of three Community Action Days across London.

It’s part of a major drive to enhance their relationship with the communities they serve and to encourage cooperation in fighting crime.

There’ll be opportunities to speak about the issues that matter most to people in the Capital and to show what police are doing to tackle crime.

Events today will include street briefings, meetings with faith groups and businesses, high-visibility patrols, and football matches for youngsters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Twickenham town centre roads to be reshaped
Phase two of London's cycle "Quietways" scheme has been announced.

It will see roads reshaped in Twickenham town centre and improvements to the existing cycle route in Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham.

All 32 London Boroughs will have junction changes and segregated cycle lanes extended.

The Mayor’s office says a "significant number" of the new projects should be under way by 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Man dies after falling from car park in Kingston
A man has died after falling from a car park in Kingston.

Police were called to the Eden Walk car park at around 1.50 this afternoon to reports of a man sitting on the edge of the roof.

He subsequently fell, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2.20.

He's the second man to die after falling from the car park in two days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Puppy stolen in Tadworth

Police are appealing for help in tracing a rare lilac-coloured puppy worth £16,000 that was stolen in Tadworth.

The British Bulldog was taken from a home on Saturday night by a man who was there with the intention of buying it.

After being given the eight-week old puppy to hold he ran out of the house and assaulted a woman on his way to getting into a car.

In driving away the car reversed nearly running over another relative of the dog breeder.

The man who took the dog is black, 5ft 10, medium build, with short black afro style hair, and had one of his top teeth missing.

The man driving the car is white, with a pointy nose and wearing a black cap.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Over 2000 abandoned animals in Greater London this year
There's been a big increase in the number of animals being abandoned in England and Wales in the last five years.

The RSPCA says it's been called out to rescue almost 30,000 animals so far in 2014 - a third more than in 2009.

Greater London was the worst place for it this year, with over 2,000 reports of abandoned animals.

293 animals have been rescued in Surrey in the same time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Police name victim of fatal collision in Feltham
Police have named the victim of a fatal collision in Feltham.

40 year old Flora Kharwa from Hounslow died after she was in collision with a car earlier this month.

She was with her nine-year-old daughter on a zebra crossing on Hampton Road West when the incident happened.

A silver Nissan van stopped at the scene and the 18-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of careless driving.

He’s been bailed to return in late November.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

A PCSO based at Heathrow is charged with theft
A police community support officer based at Heathrow Airport has been charged with theft.

52 year old Glynn Rogers will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday the 6th November.

He is currently suspended from duty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

Denly leaves Middlesex
Middlesex Managing Director of Cricket has admitted that the signing of Joe Denly failed to turn out as he'd hoped.

Angus Fraser says in the three seasons Denly spent at Middlesex, his good displays didn't come around as often as everyone wanted.

The batsman's returned to Kent after playing 94 first eleven games at Middlesex.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm  

Deputy Leader of Green Party will appear at Kingston University
The Deputy Leader of the Green Party is speaking at Kingston University tonight.

People will be able to put questions to Amelia Womack about the party's policies.

They currently propose scrapping university tuition fees as part of their manifesto for 2015.

President of the Young Green Society at the university says it is vital to get young people involved in such matters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

Keys stolen from Tadworth, Epsom or Sutton

Police would like to identify the rightful owner of two keys which are believed to be stolen.

They were recovered following a burglary investigation and officers think they could have been taken from Tadworth, Epsom or Sutton.

If you believe the item could belong to you please contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference P14302687.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

South West London Football League action
In Championship action tonight tenth placed Brentford host Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.

Fulham could move out of the relegation places with a win at Rotherham.

And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon take on Plymouth at Kingsmeadow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Taarabt hits back at weight claims
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has hit back at claims from manager Harry Redknapp that he's three stone overweight.

The Moroccan says it's untrue to say he's not fit, adding that he currently weights 85 kilograms (13st 5lb)

He admits he doesn't eat the food at the training ground like the other players, but he claims it's because he doesn't like it and he eats healthily at home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Hampton & Richmond looking forward to Tottenham friendly
Hampton and Richmond are hosting a Premier League side tonight.

They're taking on a Tottenham XIat the Beveree in a friendly.

Manager Alan Dowson tells us how they used one of their coach's contacts in the game to organise the match.

You can listen to our interview with Alan in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 am  

Pistorius sentenced
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Here's the moment the judge passed sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 am  

Hurricane Gonzalo causes Disruption at Heathrow
Rain and high winds are causing travel disruption, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches the UK.

Heathrow says about 10% of today’s flights would be cancelled. Some ferry services are not operating, and there are speed restrictions on some roads.

Forecasters have said gales would move east across the UK, with heavy rain in some areas and snow on some Scottish hills.

With gusts possibly strong enough to cause "slight structural damage" to properties, as well as uprooting small trees and causing branches to fall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Elderly woman missing from Tadworth

Surrey Police are appealing for information in tracing an elderly woman who’s been missing since yesterday afternoon.

84-year-old Pauline Slater was last seen boarding an Excetera bus in Boxhill Road, Tadworth, at midday.

She’s white, 5 feet 4 tall, of a medium build with shoulder-length straight grey hair.

She was wearing a light-coloured coat, trousers and glasses and was carrying a walking stick and a dark blue shoulder bag.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 am  

Costa out with hamstring injury
Chelsea will be without top striker Diego Costa for tonight’s Champions League encounter with Maribor at Stamford Bridge.

He’s picked up a hamstring injury.

The Blues are unbeaten in 11 competitive games this season, winning nine times.

They're currently on top of Group G with 4 points from 2 games.

In Championship action tonight tenth placed Brentford host Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.

Wimbledon take on Plymouth at Kingsmeadow in League Two.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 am  

Monday, 20 October 2014

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Weybridge MP calls for more focus on Ebola
The Foreign Secretary and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond says, the fund of a billion euro’s is needed to fight Ebloa.

Some countries who pledged money to the fund have yet to make a payment.

Ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, the Foreign Secretary has reiterated David Cameron's calls for leaders to double their contribution to the fight against the virus.

It’s been announced today that Nigeria has been officially declared ebola-free, following six weeks without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Murray moves closer a place in London's ATP final
Andy Murray says he won't get complacent as he attempts to qualify for the tennis World Tour Finals.

He moved into the final qualification spot by beating rival David Ferrare in the final of the Vienna Open.

Former Wimbledon Champion Murray, says it's good to be in control of his own destiny, but he won't be taking it easy with two ranking events remaining.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Reigate police appeal for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses after an accident in Reigate left a young man with potentially life-changing injuries.

Officers were called to the A25 outside the Black Horse Public House at 3.30 yesterday afternoon where a motorcycle had crashed – no other vehicle was involved.

The rider who’s in his twenties was taken by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

Power station fires pose no threat to supply
Investigators have begun their inquiries into a serious fire at a power station in Oxfordshire.

More than 25 fire engines from three counties were called to the Didcot B plant last night.

Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey says it won't dent electricity supplies.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Hate crimes in Sutton
A man with limited movement has spoken out about the hurtful remarks he receives from shoppers in Sutton.

As part of Hate Awareness Week 61-year-old Frank Henderson described abuse he receives while on his mobility scooter in the Town Centre.

He says the vehicle is 'essential' for him, but he frequently gets sworn at by shoppers who accuse him of not needing it.

Frank, who’s relied on his scooter to get about for the last 5 years, was speaking on behalf of those who suffer from what's called 'hate crime'.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Teenager attacked in Ashford
Detectives are appealing for information following an attempted robbery in Ashford.

It happened in Chesterfield Road on Friday night.

A 16-year-old boy had caught the number 216 bus from Thorpe Park before getting off at the War Memorial bus stop in Church Road.

He then walked alone along Fordbridge Road before turning into Chesterfield Road where he was grabbed and pushed up against the wall by a man who demanded money.

The offender is a white man, 6 ft , medium build, with a bald head and a foreign accent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Putney school evaluates admissions process
A popular church school in Putney is planning to change its admission process.

The governing body at Our Lady of Victories aims to make the system fairer for people on the waiting list.

Although the school continues to prioritise practising catholic families, the proposal aims to, also include, some random selection.

These places would be allocated independently from the school and will enable equal opportunity to all families in the parish.

Parents are being asked for their thoughts on the proposal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Former Wimbledon Champ is not complacent as he qualifies for World Tour Finals
Andy Murray says he won't get complacent as he attempts to qualify for the tennis World Tour Finals.

He moved into the final qualification spot by beating rival David Ferrer in the final of the Vienna Open.

Former Wimbledon Champion Murray, says it's good to be in control of his own destiny, but he won't be taking it easy with two ranking events remaining.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Kingston MP gives reassurance after major fire in power station
Investigators are due to begin their inquiries into a serious fire at a power station in Oxfordshire.

More than 25 fire engines from three counties were called to the Didcot B plant last night.

Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey says it won't dent electricity supplies.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pablo Picasso print helps Weybridge church preservation
A donated print by Pablo Picasso has helped a church in Weybridge preserve its Victorian Grade II listed building.

The signed print, Sala Gaspar – Three Drinkers, is from a run of about 600 made in 1961.

It was given to the church by Globe Gallery, selling for £475 during an auction yesterday that raised £6,000 in total.

The money will go towards work on the outside of the building, which starts tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Mourinho unsure when Costa will be fit again
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he’s unsure when Diego Costa will be fit again for the Blues.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in seven league games since arriving from Atletico Madrid, but missed yesterday’s win at Crystal Palace.

Mourinho says the striker arrived back in London injured after international duty, and sarcastically added that he knows he’ll be fit in mid-November for the next Spain game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Redknapp criticises Taarabt
Harry Redknapp has criticised midfielder Adel Taarabt after not selecting him for QPR’s defeat to Liverpool today.

Redknapp says he’s he can’t protect players who are three stone overweight, can’t run or train and are getting 70-80 thousand pounds a week.

The Moroccan spent last season on loan at Fulham and AC Milan, and has played three times for the Rs this season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

QPR stay bottom of the Premier League
A dramatic finish at Loftus Road has seen QPR stay at the bottom of the Premier League table.

A Steven Caulker own goal in the final minute of injury time ensured Liverpool came away with a 3-2 victory.

Eduardo Vargas had equalised twice for the Rs after a Richard Dunne own goal and a Philippe Coutinho strike.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:35 pm  

Toddler from Roehampton with leukaemia now "beyond rescue"
The parents of a young girl from Roehampton with leukaemia have revealed nothing more can be done to save her.

Two-year-old Margot Martini had a bone marrow transplant in February after a worldwide marrow donor appeal, which was backed by celebrities such as Stephen Fry and David Tennant.

The cancer has now returned, and her family say Margot’s now “beyond rescue” as she has an infection she’s unable to fight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Parents of boy killed in Chertsey say authorities didn't inform them of risk of deadly ground gas
The parents of a seven-year-old boy killed in flooding in Chertsey earlier this year say authorities knew there was a risk of deadly ground gas at their home, but didn’t warn them.

The Mail on Sunday says the Environmental Agency knew as far back as 2007 that the ground could contain ‘harmful substances’.

Zane Gbangbola died as floodwaters rose in his house during storms in February.

A pathologists’ report said the cause of death was ‘carbon monoxide poisoning’, but his parents suspect it was cyanide gas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Hammersmith MP defends Labour's new football policy proposal
The MP for Fulham has branded comments from the Chief Executive of the football league as ‘patronising to the fans.’

The league’s CEO says Labour's plan to get supporters on club boards could expose fans to financial risk.

But Andy Slaughter MP, says that’s just negative and unhelpful.

He says fans have a much longer allegiance to the clubs than the owners do, and the proposal is about giving them some influence over how their clubs operate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Women in Richmond run for Breast Cancer Care charity

More than a thousand women took part in a race through Richmond Park yesterday raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

The ladies are expected to have raised over twenty thousand pounds for the charity.

The runners included people who’ve been affected by the disease.

Chris Atkinson, the event organiser, says it was a real challenge for some of the participants but everyone pulled together and ensured they all made the finish line.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Epsom and Ewell MP aims for a safer online life
Tougher punishments could be given to internet trolls under government plans being debated this week.

The Justice Secretary and Epsom MP, Chris Grayling, pointed to high profile cases where threats are sent to people via social media.

The proposal could mean police get longer to prosecute those who send abusive or offensive material online.

MPs will also debate plans announced in March to increase the maximum sentence for trolls to two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

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