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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Police Appeal Over Missing Tourist

Police in Croydon Borough are appealing for help to trace a missing Austrian tourist, who has not been seen since the early hours of Saturday the 13th of December.

Elfriedge Hackl, 62, who had been staying in a hotel in the Croydon area, was last seen entering Chalk Farm tube station shortly after midnight, when she became separated from relatives.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned about Elfriedge, as she cannot speak English.

Anyone with information should contact Croydon Missing Persons Unit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 pm  

New self employment programme to launch in Richmond
Richmond council is launching a new programme to encourage self-employment.

It’s after a survey found 40% of young people in the borough are interested in self-employment as a future career path.

The programme will raise understanding of self-employment amongst young people and support them to explore this.

It will include online resources, mentoring, workshops, links with schools and careers advisors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

Fraud in Richmond
29 social homes which were obtained illegally in Richmond are to be given to people who actually need them this Christmas.

The council`s housing team found the fraudulent applications as part of an audit.

They say the fraudsters would have cost council tax payers ½ million pounds.

Since starting a campaign against fraud 2 years ago, the council says it`s clawed back 1.5 million pounds from benefit cheats alone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

Kingston & Richmond Councils offer new careers service to young residents
A new career service has been launched by Richmond & Kingston Council.

Future Hub is a one-stop shop which provides career advice, CV services and mentoring to young residents living in the area.

The programme is designed to enhance employment prospects by offering education, traineeships, apprenticeships and jobs.

The advice is offered to young people aged 14 to 19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 pm  

Rugby Roundup
London Scottish lost against Pontypridd in the B&I Cup earlier. The score was London Scottish 17 Pontypridd 25.

Tonight Harlequins are playing Leinster in the Champions Cup. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

Football Roundup
In the Premiership Chelsea won 2 - 0 against Hull and Crystal Palace drew 1 all with Stoke.

Fulham beat Leeds 1 nil and Brentford won 3 - 1 against Blackburn in the Championship.

And in League 2, AFC Wimbledon won 3 - 2 at York.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

Fulham travel to Leeds
Fulham travel to Leeds today with both teams looking to recover from heavy defeats last weekend.

Fulham lost 5-0 at home to Watford while Leeds lost 4-1 at Ipswich.

Despite that loss, Fulham manager Kit Symons says their opponents are a good side.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Assault in Elmbridge

Police are appealing for information after a serious assault on a taxi driver in Elmbridge.

The victim, a man in his 30’s was assaulted on Woodstock lane North in Long Ditton at around 10.10pm on Thursday.

His offender was a white man, about 50 years old, around 5ft 8in tall, with short dark cropped hair and a stubbly beard.

At the time of the offence he was wearing a hooded top with blue jeans and a jacket.

Anyone with information is advised to call Crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 am  

Friday, 12 December 2014

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Airspace update

Flights have been thrown into chaos after a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company Nats.

Air traffic management company Eurocontrol says there's been "a failure" at the centre - with distruption expected until at least 7pm.

Doug Maclean, an air traffic control expert, says plans will be in place:


We are working hard to look after our customers who have been affected by the air traffic control failure experienced by all airlines at Heathrow, Gatwick, and London City airports.

We anticipate disruption to both departing and arriving aircraft but will do all we can to minimise any impact.

We will endeavour to keep our customers informed of the status of their flight but we would urge anyone with a flight booking to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport.

If you do not wish to travel from our London airports this evening we are offering our customers the opportunity to rebook their flight to a later date or claim a full refund.

Customer travelling to the UK from European destinations can also rebook their flight to a later date or claim a full refund.

Heathrow said flights were now departing and arriving, but urged people to
check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

Picture: @PlaneFinder - Live flight tracking tool approx. 4.20pm
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

London airspace closed
All airspace over London has been closed for the time being.

Eurocontrol - the organisation responsible for air traffic management - says it's because of a computer failure, with engineers working to fix it.

It's thought the restrictions are likely to continue until at least 7 o'clock this evening.

From National Air Traffic Services (NATS):

NATS can confirm that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised.

Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Heathrow drone update
Aviation investigators have expressed their "considerable concern" that a drone came within 20-feet of a passenger plane - just as it was about to land at Heathrow Airport in July.

The Airbus A320 was 700 feet from the ground when the pilot reported seeing a small black object to the left of the aircraft - thought to be a small radio-controlled helicopter.

A report's concluded it didn't strike the plane - but was a distraction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Woman hospitalised after collision with lorry in Fulham
An elderly pedestrian has been taken to hospital after a collision with a lorry in Fulham.

It happened just after 12.30 this lunchtime at the junction of North End Road at Racton Road.

A police spokesman says the current condition of the woman in her 70s is unknown, although reports suggest she has life-threatening injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm  

Drone distracts pilot at Heathrow
Air safety experts have published a report into a near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone at Heathrow Airport earlier this year.

They found the unmanned craft came within 20-feet of the Airbus A320 - just as it was about to land.

The report concluded while the drone didn't hit the jet, it had distracted the pilot.

The person operating it hasn't been traced.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

Corinthians to play Casuals in Tolworth
For the first time since their merger 75 years ago, Corinthians and Casuals play a one-off match against each other this weekend.

The Corinthians-Casuals squad will split into two, with one half becoming Corinthians and the other Casuals.

The match will take place tomorrow at 3pm at King George's Field and will be covered on Brazilian television.

It's to celebrate the squad's impending tour to the Latin American country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Foregin secretary and Weybridge MP defends agency practice
Questions are being raised about what the UK government knew about the CIA's use of torture against terror suspects.

Several meetings took place between British and American politicians ahead of the report's publication.

Foreign secretary and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond is responsible for the secret service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Button reportedly takes pay cut
It's being reported that Jenson Button took a pay cut to stay with McLaren for 2015.

It was confirmed yesterday that Button would be staying at the Woking-based team to partner Fernando Alonso.

But the Telegraph claims the Brit's salary has been reduced from £12 million a year to £8 million.

It also says Alonso's salary is more than three times that, at around £25 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Rare Nissan recovered in Sutton

A rare Nissan car - similar to one featured in the hit film The Fast & The Furious - which was stolen in Scotland has been recovered by police in Sutton.

It’s after being tracked by enthusiasts on social media.

The Nissan Skyline car, only one of about 20 of its kind in the UK, was stolen during a break-in at a house in West Lothian on Wednesday.

The vehicle's loss triggered an online campaign amongst enthusiasts to have it returned.

Officers in Sutton were alerted by a call that a vehicle similar to the one that was stolen in Scotland had been seen in Woburn Road in Carshalton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Richmond Panto first night

Rock royalty turned out at Richmond Theatre last night for a bit of pre-Christmas pantomime fun.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was there to cheer on his former wife Jerry Hall as she took the lead as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Miss Hall, who lives in Richmond, definitely painted it black with her portrayal of the evil Queen.

She disproved the common theory Americans don’t understand panto humour, with her quick wit, charisma, and one very devilish costume.

It’s not however the first time the 58 year old model has tread the boards. Her theatre credits include The Graduate and Calendar Girls.

Miss Hall was joined on stage of course by a saccharine sweet Snow White (young and old), a charming Prince, muddled Muddles, seven hilarious dwarfs and an even funnier henchman named Herman.

In the summer, she told us she was very much looking forward to bringing out her dark side.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Water bills in London could increase
The regulator has confirmed average water charges in England are set to fall over the next five years - shaving around 20 pounds from the annual bill.

Ofwat also says companies will have to spend around 2 thousand pounds for every household on making improvements.

But Thames Water, wants to charge customers more to help pay for the multi-billion pound scheme - the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The sewage tunnel could serve homes in Wandsworth, Richmond and Fulham.

The firm aims to raise bills by an average of 8 pounds a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Fulham looking to put Watford defeat behind them
Fulham need to put their heavy defeat to Watford behind them this weekend when they play Leeds.

The Whites lost 5-0 in their last match, which led to fans booing the team.

Manager Kit Symons says they have to move on.

To listen to manager Kit Symons press conference in full, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Button looks forward to a future at McLaren
McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button doesn't think he'll have a problem working with his new team-mate Fernando Alonso.

The Spanish two-time world champion fell out with Lewis Hamilton when he last raced for the Woking-based outfit.

McLaren ended speculation about Button's future by announcing him as part of their line-up for 2015 yesterday.

The British driver says he thinks he'll have a good relationship with Alonso.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Another year of parking surplus for Kensington and Chelsea
Councils in England made a combined 'profit' of 667-million pounds from parking last year.

The RAC Foundation added up income from parking charges and penalty notices, then deducted running costs to calculate the figure.

Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth and Hounslow were among the top 10 councils in the country recording parking surpluses.

Philip Gomm from the RAC Foundation says the cash raised from parking shouldn't just go into council coffers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 am  

Woman sentenced at Kingston Crown Court for promoting terrorism
A mother-of-six has been jailed for more than five years for promoting terrorism on Facebook.

35 year-old Runa Khan from Luton was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court after admitting sharing pictures of her young son holding a toy gun.

She also made comments about sending his 8 year-old brother to fight jihad when he grows up and posted a photo of a suicide vest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 am  

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Egham robbery
A man has been attacked and robbed in Egham.

The victim was walking along Egham Hill in the early hours of yesterday morning with a woman when it happened.

They were approached by a group of men who attacked him and took his mobile phone.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Dog attack in Mitcham
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman tried to fend off a dog with her shopping trolley in Mitcham.

It happened while she walking home through Orchard Avenue Recreation Ground yesterday morning.

Despite trying to put her trolley between herself and the animal, the woman was bitten on her upper right thigh before it was pulled away.

It is described as a large dog about the size of a greyhound but with short black hair and called ‘Barney’.

The owner is a white woman aged 20-30 with short brown hair and wearing a blue jacket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

Police appeal for witnesses in Oxshott
Surrey Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Oxshott.

It’s believed the robbers forced their way in to the home in Warren Lane between 3pm and 4pm on the 13th of November.

They rifled through the property and made off with two expensive and distinctive timepieces – one a French carriage clock circa 1870 and a Harrods mantle clock.

They are both very distinctive and might have been stolen to order, or have since been offered to antique dealers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Sutton and Cheam blaze a trail for transgender equality
The UK's first openly transgender parliamentary candidate has been selected to fight the Sutton and Cheam seat at next year's General Election.

Labour have selected 50 year old Emily Brothers.

She says she would campaign to break down “barriers” if elected next year but denies seeing herself as a representative for the transgender community.

Meanwhile the Labour Party in Spelthorne have selected their candidate for next year’s General election.

29 year old Rebecca Geach is a journalist who lives in Staines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

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Gabor Kiraly to deputise for Fulham
Gabor Kiraly will play for Fulham at the weekend at Leeds.

That’s despite conceding 18 goals in just under four games since joining the Whites.

With Marcus Bettinelli suspended, manager Kit Symons says the 38-year-old is the obvious replacement.

To listen to manager Kit Symons press conference in full, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

Plane forced to return to Heahrow after take off
A British Airways passenger jet has been forced to return to Heathrow after a 'loud bang' was allegedly heard on board.

People in Kent living on the path of flight BA107 to Dubai reported the noise.

It's understood the plane's undercarriage hadn't retracted properly - although the airline says that wouldn't explain the bang.

Passengers have now been moved onto another plane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Sarah Payne's father died of "natural causes"
A Coroner’s Court has revealed the father of murdered Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne died of natural causes.

45 year old Michael Payne was found at his home in Maidstone, on October the 27th.

Mid Kent and Medway Coroner's Court said tests showed he died from natural causes and an inquest would not be held.

Eight-year-old Sarah was killed by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000, after which Mr Payne began drinking heavily.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

Purley swimming pool to close
Purley's swimming pool is to be shut down.

According to the Croydon Guardian, the Council has announced the pool, at Purley Leisure Centre, will close in April.

It’s allegedly because Croydon Council can't afford the £781,000 cost for a range of urgent maintenance issues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Man sentenced for murder of a Fulham woman
A man who murdered a mother-of-two from Fulham after she finished their relationship has been sentenced to life in prison.

46 year old Dariusz Mia-Kienko was found guilty of stabbing health worker Naudel Turner to death with a kitchen knife on the 19th of March.

A police spokesman described Mia-kienko as a “cold and callous man who’s robbed her sons of their mother and a community of a dedicated and hard working woman."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

QPR player receives death threat
QPR midfielder Joey Barton’s revealed he received a death threat while playing in France for Marseille.

The 32-year-old posted a picture of a letter sent to him on Twitter which warned him to leave France at the end of the season or face a grisly end.

The undated, typed letter in broken english explains – using expletives - how Barton will be attacked and how his body will be found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Congestion Charge suspension
Transport for London has confirmed the Congestion Charge will be suspended for a week over the Christmas period.

There’ll be no charge for driving in the Congestion Charging Zone from the 25th of December until the 1st of January 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

MP calls for release of man from Battersea held in Guantanamo Bay
An MP’s called for the release of the last British prisoner being held in Guantanamo Bay.

45 year old Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national who lived in Battersea with his wife and four children has been held at the US military prison since 2002.

His local MP, Jane Ellison says his continued detention without charge is unacceptable.

Mr Aamer has been cleared for release since 2009, but on the condition that he returns to Saudi Arabia rather than the UK. .
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

Worcester Park mast proposals opposed
Proposals to install a telephone mast in Worcester Park are being opposed by many people living nearby.

The 12.5 metre mast with six antenna is to be installed in Salisbury Road, next to Auriol Park, 10 years after a similar mast was rejected.

We spoke to one of the campaigners, Diana Jarvis.

We received this statement from Epsom and Ewell Council.

The 56-day rule is set by the Government and the Council has to respond within that timescale or else the mast would be approved by default.

The Council sent a letter to more than 200 local properties three days after the application was received to ensure that local people had the opportunity to express their views.

The Council has exceeded local and national consultation requirements in this case.

It is the responsibility of central Government to decide what measures are necessary to protect public health. Hence, as a matter of national policy, if a proposed base station meets the recognised guidelines for public exposure to non-ionising radiation, perceived health issues associated with masts cannot be considered by a Council’s planning committee.

The issues for the Council can only relate to siting and appearance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chelsea results

Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon 3 - 1 at Stamford Bridge in the Champions league with goals from Schurrle, Mikel and Fabregas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm  

Teenager guilty of murder in Feltham

A teenager has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering 18-year-old Jamil Palmer in Feltham.

He was stabbed to death in Crane Park in May after an earlier altercation.

17 year old Mohammed Barre (pictured) from Hounslow, was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.

The court heard the murder was the tragic conclusion of a feud between Jamil and Barre which had resulted in a number of previous fights.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

Robshaw and Evans miss Quins game
Harlequins have confirmed that both Chris Robshaw and Nick Evans are out of Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup match against Leinster.

Both suffered injuries in last weekend’s clash.

Evans is expected to return next week against Newcastle Falcons.

Robshaw will have further assessments with a specialist on a shoulder injury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Two drivers appear in court in Blue Badge fraud crackdown
Two more drivers have appeared in Court as part of Sutton Council’s continuing crackdown on Blue Badge fraudsters.

57 year old Yogachandrav Vivekachandran from Wallington pleaded guilty to misusing his wife's badge without her being present.

He was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £270 costs.

56 year old Christina Yearwood from Purley pleaded guilty to misusing her father’s Blue Badge without him being present.

She was given a similar sentence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Button's future could become clearer
Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button's future in the sport will be clearer tomorrow.

Woking-based McLaren's called a news conference at 10am tomorrow morning to name their driver line-up for the 2015 season.

Button is vying with Kevin Magnussen for the right to partner Fernando Alonso.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm  

Unprecedented numbers attend A & E department at Ashford and St Peter's Foundation Trust
A & E departments at the Ashford and St Peter’s Foundation Trust have seen their busiest days ever, in the last three weeks.

It follows the trend across the UK of unprecedented numbers of people attending Accident and Emergency.

An increasing older population and the modern day requirement for fast solutions are among reasons suggested for the rise.

People are being urged to consider alternatives if its not a real emergency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

Kingston Hospital says it’s looking to improve new parking rules - just one month after they were implemented

It follows complaints from disabled drivers who have received £100 parking fines.

Pay and display has been scrapped, and number plates are now recorded using cameras.

But some disabled drivers have been sent fines because they hadn’t shown staff their badge at reception – something they didn’t have to do before.

The existing main sign (pictured above) states disabled badge holders have to check with individual signs in the bays as to what action they need to take.

But those signs aren't in every bay.

John Creasey is one of those who has been hit with a fine.

Kingston hospital has told us they will refund disabled drivers who have received a PCN.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Artwork unveiled in Chertsey
Artwork created by adults with severe epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties has been unveiled today in Chertsey.

It's after Univar commissioned Arthouse Meath to create pieces for their meeting rooms and boardroom.

The biggest piece of art is 6 metres by 1.5 metres and involved 22 artists over a 6 month period.

Katie Abbott, Marketing Manager for Arthouse Meath, tells us what the commission means for the artists.

You can listen to our interview with Katie in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Burglary in Oxshott
Surrey Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Oxshott.

It’s believed the robbers forced their way in to the home in Warren Lane between 3pm and 4pm on the 13th of November.

They rifled through the property and made off with two expensive and distinctive timepieces – one a French carriage clock circa 1870 and a Harrods mantle clock.

They are both very distinctive and might have been stolen to order, or have since been offered to antique dealers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Sutton police warn abusive drivers
Sutton police are warning any drivers who are abusive or violent towards the Council’s parking wardens, will have action taken against them.

Offenders reported to police could get a £90 on-the-spot fine or face being summonsed to court.

Incidents currently being investigated include racial abuse of a warden in Westmead Road and a driver who kicked and punched the CCTV vehicle in Wallington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Debut for Chelsea teenager
With a number of regular starters being rested, there'll be a first-team debut for Chelsea tonight for teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

He'll play against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

The Londoners have already won their group.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 am  

Ealing among boroughs targeted by FGM detectives
Hounslow, Lambeth, Croydon and Ealing are among nine boroughs being targeted by police investigating female genital mutilation.

They were chosen partly because of the number of suspected cases referred to police or social services.

FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1985.

Legislation in 2003 made it a crime to take a girl abroad for mutilation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 am  

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Banstead Care home shut down after being branded as 'Dirty'
A care home in Banstead has been closed down by the health watchdog - because of a significant risk of harm to elderly residents.

The Care Quality Commission says there weren't enough staff at Merok Park Nursing Home and "robust action" was needed for the safety of patients.

A recent inspection found it was dirty - with an overpowering smell of urine - and a lift had been broken for several weeks.

21 patients have been moved to other care homes this evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 pm  

Hounslow heist
Two Post Officer workers were threatened by knife wealding men in a Hounslow Robbery yesterday.

The thieves entered the Brabazon Road Post Office before closing and demanded the assistant hand over money.

The two men, who were wearing dark clothes with the hoods pulled tightly around their faces left with an unknown quantity of cash.

One of the staff was cut by the knife but didn’t need medical attention.

Detectives from the Flying Squad are asking for anyone with information to contact crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 pm  

Christmas crack-down on drink driving
Fourteen people have been charged in the first week of Surrey Police's crackdown on drink or drug-driving related offences.

The Force started its campaign last week, which will run throughout December.

As a deterrent, officers will be releasing the names of those that have been charged.

Officers will also be Tweeting about people who have been stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

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Pedestrian dies in Chelsea
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a lorry in Chelsea.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene in busy Edith Grove, at around 2:30 this afternoon.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

The Director of Public Prosecutions says it was right to pursue a woman who killed herself in April days before appearing in court
23 year old Eleanor De Freitas from Fulham suffered from bipolar disorder and left notes saying she was scared of court.

She had been accused of making a false rape allegation.

Alison Saunders said there was "sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction" for perverting the course of justice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Terry, Hazard and Willian rested for Chelsea
Chelsea have rested captain John Terry, and forwards Eden Hazard and Willian for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have already secured top spot in Group G.

Striker Diego Costa's been included in the squad, after manager Jose Mourinho had a dig at his fitness levels.

Teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also set to feature.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Reporter guilty of handling MP's phone
A senior Sun reporter's been found guilty of handling a Labour MP's stolen mobile in order to spy on texts about the Miliband brothers' leadership battle.

The Old Bailey heard Nick Parker was so eager for a scoop that he agreed a holding contract of £10,000 to see the messages.

He was cleared of the more serious offence of aiding and abetting a police officer to commit misconduct in a public office.

The phone belonged to Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden Siobhain McDonagh.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

Snipers are being hired to kill foxes on London’s streets
An article that’s appeared in the New York Times claims gunmen are charging £75 per go to shoot the animals.

Wandsworth Council recently printed guidelines for fox control.

It says shooting is not usually appropriate in urban areas, but where carried out, care must be taken to ensure the safety of the public.

Bruce Lindsay Smith is director at County Pest Control.

The RSPCA has urged against shooting in favour of humane deterrents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

Roof destroyed in Croydon fire
The roof of a house in Croydon has been completely destroyed and the first floor extensively damaged in a fire.

Firefighters were called in the early hours of this morning to the blaze in Addiscombe Court Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

State of the art electric racing is one step closer to coming to Battersea Park

Councillors have endorsed the idea of bringing Formula E to SW London next June.

Planning permission is still needed, as well as approval from the motor racing world’s governing body the FIA.

If it goes ahead, it’s predicted the sport could bring in around £1 million worth of investment over 5 years of races.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Goldsmith Combats Gardens' Funding Cuts
Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, is fighting a proposal to cut Kew Gardens' funding.

The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs announced earlier this year that they would reduce the gardens' annual funding by 1.5 million pounds.

100 thousand people signed a petition opposing the move, which Goldmisth delivered to 10 Downing Street.

The MP has also applied to the House of Commons Speaker's office for a debate to be held on the issue, which would see a 5 million pound hole in the gardens' budget.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

QPR admit Caulker hospitalised after lunch with team-mates
QPR have admitted Steven Caulker was taken to hospital after lunch with his team-mates.

The Sun claimed the 22-year-old was injured in a fight between QPR and Crystal Palace players at the Ship Inn in Wandsworth on Sunday.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to a disturbance at the pub but there were no arrests.

A QPR statement says Caulker wasn't involved in an altercation, and chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted the defender slipped over.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Former pupils are sought for Golden Jubilee celebrations

In 2015‐16 Trinity School celebrates 50 years at Shirley Park, a spacious 27 acre site, where the School relocated from Croydon’s North End to make way for the Whitgift Shopping Centre.

In the last half century Trinity has educated 6,602 boys aged 10‐18 and, since 2011 some 123 girls in the Sixth Form.

Just over a quarter of these are still in contact with their old school.

The School wants to hear from as many old pupils as possible whether educated at Shirley Park or, for the older generations, in Croydon.

A number of events are being planned to mark this significant milestone.

These include a concert, a sports gala dinner, an afternoon of matches, an arts festival and a period display with the opening of the 1965 time capsule and the burial of another to be opened in 2065.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Spelthorne continues to support Heathrow expansion
Spelthorne Borough Council’s told the Airports Commission that it continues to support plans for an additional runway at Heathrow.

Councillor Robert Watts says the future of airport is critical to both the local and national economy and doing nothing is not an option.

The Commission is currently investigating the best choice for a third runway in the South East.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Surrey police crack down on drink driving for December
People from Kingston, Feltham, Egham, Weybridge and Chertsey are among 14 who’ve been charged in the Surrey police crackdown on drink or drug-driving related offences.

The campaign, which started on the 1st of December and will run throughout the month, will see the names of those charged being released.

Officers will also be Tweeting about motorists who’ve been stopped - giving brief details such as when and where they were pulled over.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

General Secretary (and Mole Valley candidate) for Ukip is suspended
The general secretary of UKIP has been suspended from his post on full pay over what the party called "allegations of impropriety".

Roger Bird, who’s been named as the party’s election candidate for Mole Valley, denies a claim he sexually harassed a newly-recruited candidate.

The claims against him have been made by Natasha Bolter who was previously a Labour Party supporter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Funding secured to renovate Cheam sports pavilion
The Cheam Park Sports Pavilion burnt down by arsonist last year is to be renovated after Sutton Council spearheaded efforts to get funding.

Funds to the tune of 161-thousand pounds have been secured for the complete renovation.

A significant part of the money has come from the SITA Trust.

Among those using the facility are 650 local children who play in the West Sutton Little League.

A new café, upgraded changing rooms, accessible toilets, improved security features and new heating are all part of the revamp.

Work’s expected to start in January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 am  

Twickenham MP celebrates 2 million apprenticeships
Two million young people have taken apprenticeships since 2010 that’s according to the Business Secretary.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable says people are getting the skills they need to build careers.

The Business Secretary’s announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeships in jobs ranging from engineering to health care.

Employers are designing apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries so people have the right skills to get on in the world of work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Monday, 8 December 2014

FA cup third round draw
The third round draw for the FA Cup has produced a re-match of last season's final between winners Arsenal and runners-up Hull.

Conference side Dover will host Premier League Crystal Palace.

League Two AFC Wimbledon got a home tie against Liverpool.

And top flight leaders Chelsea will take on Watford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Wheelchair user from Wimbledon fights Court ruling
A government decision to shut a fund helping disabled people to live and work in the community has been ruled lawful by the High Court.

A wheelchair user from Wimbledon has been fighting against the decision which could see him moving from independent to assisted living.

45 year old John Kelly a self-employed musician who’s lived independently most of his adult life says the decision is bonkers.

The Independent Living Fund supports 18,000 people and is worth 320 million pounds.

The government plans to close it on 30 June 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

DJ Neil Fox is re-arrested
Police have re-arrested the 53-year-old today following more allegations of sexual assault.

Mr Fox was first arrested in September following four allegations against two women. Three of the allegations were non-recent, one was from earlier this year.

The DJ, known as Dr Fox, was arrested at the studios where he was working and taken to a central London police station. Officers subsequently searched addresses in Fulham and the Littlehampton area of West Sussex.

Today, Mr Fox returned on bail to a central London police station and was arrested for a further three sexual assaults involving different women.

Two allegations are said have happened in the 1990s, the third was said to have happened in 2007.

Mr Fox, who hasn't been named by police, has now been bailed to return pending further enquiries to a date in March.

This arrest is not part of Operation Yewtree.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

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Fire shuts part of LA
Hundreds of fire fighters have spent the night tackling a massive blaze that lit up the skies of downtown Los Angeles.

A tall residential building with commercial space on the bottom floors was at the centre of the incident.

The fire shut parts of major roads in the city.

Radio Jackie's Caroline Feraday is there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm  

Image released of man in connection with theft in Sunbury
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of bank cards which were stolen from a health club in Sunbury.

The bank cards are believed to have been taken from the lockers at Sunbury Virgin Active Health Club.

The bank and credit cards were then used to withdraw money from the BP Kempton Park petrol station.

As well as the bank cards, thieves have also stolen a number of mobile phones and one of the victims also had her new engagement ring stolen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

2M issue new Heathrow warning
Heathrow expansion’s become even more problematic after the UK’s Supreme Court’s been told to enforce EU pollution law.

That’s according to the cross-party 2M Group who warn major expansion cannot be reconciled with the urgent need to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide levels.

Concentrations of the gas at the airport and other pollution hotspots across Greater London are currently in breach of the Air Quality Directive.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and spokesman for 2M, says there’s no way ministers can sanction expansion and meet the terms of this ruling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

Attempted robbery in Carshalton
Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery at the Carshalton Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Two men wearing balaclavas tried to force their way in as staff and members were locking the main door just after midnight.

The three members of staff and a committee member managed to push the suspects out of the entrance and lock the door.

The suspects fled along nearby Colston Avenue.

Police believe the suspects may have been waiting by the garages, which overlook the club, for the lights inside the club to be turned off before making their move.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Police investigate head injury in Sutton
Police are investigating after a 77-year-old man suffered a head injury as he walked up the pathway to his front door Sutton.

It happened in Clarence Road.

The victim told police he had been hit over the head with a blunt object.

He managed to make it inside his home and was later treated in hospital for a cut.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

Surrey releases gun surrender figures
37 handguns, 10 rifles, 10 airguns, 8 shotguns and a further 19 other firearms have been handed into police in Surrey.

It was part of a nationwide firearms surrender.

Each item was been examined and made safe by trained firearms officers.

The surrender was launched as an opportunity for those whose licence had lapsed, or who do not hold a licence, to dispose of their weapons and ammunition safely and without prosecution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Are you able to spare a gift for someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmas?

That’s the question being asked by Kingston Police’s Borough Commander Glen Tunstall.

He’s launched the Met’s annual Christmas Tree campaign in the borough.

All you have to do is buy a gift, take a tag from Kingston’s tree and follow the instructions on it.

You can find Kingston’s tree in the Rose Theatre foyer.

Chief Superintendent Tunstall says it’s about making someone’s Christmas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Police appeal after attempted robbery in North Cheam
Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted knifepoint robbery at a convenience store in North Cheam.

Two suspects both holding knives, entered Prime Select Convenience in London Road on Saturday night.

They told the female member of staff to empty the till.

But instead, she hit the alarm and the robbers fled.

Two customers who came in shortly afterwards were told what had happened and gave chase to the suspects but then lost sight of them.

The suspects, who had their faces covered, are believed to be in their late teens or early twenties.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Wandsworth Council launch a competition to design bridge over Thames
An international competition to design a new bridge across the River Thames has been officially launched by Wandsworth Council.

Architects and engineers from across the globe are being challenged to create an inspiring design for the new river crossing linking Nine Elms with Pimlico.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia is among the jury panel being assembled to select the winning design.

The competition will include public exhibitions and engagement with local communities on both sides of the river.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

Emotional wellbeing concern for young people in Surrey
Emotional wellbeing is the biggest concern for young people in Surrey.

That’s according to a new report by Healthwatch Surrey.

More than 70% of those surveyed were concerned about potential health issues, including depression, self-image and self-harming.

There was also concern amongst participants that young people in the county don’t know where to turn for help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Drone close-call near Heathrow
It's emerged an unmanned drone came close to colliding with a passenger jet near Heathrow Airport in July.

The pilot of the Airbus A320 spotted the craft when the plane was just 700 feet away from the ground.

It's the first time such a serious incident's been recorded at one of the world's busiest airports.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 am  

Wimbledon hope for Premier opposition in Cup draw
AFC Wimbledon are in the hat for tonight’s FA Cup third round draw after their 1-nil win at Wycombe Wanderers.

In the live TV broadcast the Dons are ball number 50.

Chelsea are 13, Crystal Palace 14, QPR 31, Brentford are 8 and Fulham are ball number 17.

The Draw’s on BBC2 at 7pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 am  

Man remains critical after accident near Esher Common
A man remains in St. Georges Hospital this morning with potentially life threatening injuries after a collision with a car near Esher Common on Saturday afternoon.

The incident, involving a black Audi A3, happened when the man, in his 50’s was accompanying a horse and rider across a bridal way in Copsem Lane at about 4.30pm.

He suffered serious head, leg and internal injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 am  

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Double Centurian Robshaw leads Harlequins to victory at the Twickenham Stoop
Excitement was felt in the air and an expectant fan base took their seats. It was a wet start to the day but as the minutes counted down to kick off, the rain stopped and the sunshine broke through.

The scene was set for an epic clash. Not since 2009 and the Bloodgate Scandal have these two teams met. Chris Robshaw, back from leading England in the recent Autumn Internationals, took to the field for his 200th appearance for Harlequins.

Within the first few minute we had a scrum, the referee ended up on the floor and Leinster showed us just why they are such a threat. Many phases of play, quick passing and brutal strength. As their scrum half Reddan left the field for an assessment, Leinster started the scorecard ticking over with a penalty from Madigan.

Harlequins, however, were not phased and a great take from Easter put Quins on the front foot. Evans levelled the score 3-3.

A scrum was awarded to Leinster following a knock-on within Quins' half. The home side scrum was dominant and a penalty awarded was kicked long for a line out. Robson directed the ball to Care who passed quickly. Despite their efforts the ball was stolen and Leinster kicked for a chase. No problems for Quins who defended well and earned another penalty, easing the pressure.

Trouble was brewing as fly-half Nick Evans left the field injured and on came inexperienced Swiel after just 12 minutes; Leinster saw the return of their scrum half.

The visitors continued to look menacing: very fast and accurate ball, sending play from one wing to the other. A good tackle from Tikoirotuma forced the visitors to knock on. Again Quins dominated in the scrum, winning a penalty. The lineout, however, was not so good - the ball sliced into touch handing possession to Leinster. As luck would have it, the visitors knocked on.

Quins had the opportunity to go in front but Swiel pushed it wide, nerves getting the better of him on this occasion. With 19 minutes gone Swiel did secure the lead after Leinster were penalised for going offside: 6-3.

Again Harlequins dominated the scrum and pushed themselves into Leinster's half once again. A successful lineout saw a good take by Robson, who gathered for a maul. Leinster stole the ball but momentum stayed with Quins after charging down a kick. A moment of indiscipline however allowed the visitors to send play back into the Quins 22 and Madigan tied the score after another penalty.

It went from bad to worse as Swiel sent the restart ball straight into touch. For all their earlier threats, however, Leinster seemed unable to break through the strong Quins defence - knocking on just inside the half way line. This time the home side found themselves penalised in the scrum but the penalty kick which followed fell short of the posts.

Quins were awarded another scrum and they fed the ball, retrieved it and kept ball in hand, moving it around the players. A penalty was awarded to Quins and Swiel again attempted the posts, kicking the home side back in front.

Yarde successfully gathered the restart and the ball was sent long for territory. Leinster's fast pace saw the ball back in Quins' territory sooner than the home side had wanted however strong tackles forced a knock on. This time the visitors dominated in the scrum, formed a maul and pushed up the field. A penalty to the visitors brought them level going into half time.

Half Time: Harlequins 9 - 9 Leinster

Quins kicked off the second half and the ball was gathered by Leinster who kicked back - a standard second-half play of football ensued to steady the nerves.

The home side did break through however a miss-pass allowed Leinster to kick back. Yarde won the race back to claim the ball.

A scrum was awarded to Quins just inside the visitors half. Possession did not last long as an infringement allowed Leinster a lineout within the home side's territory. They caught the ball, formed a maul and pushed on, earning a penalty which they sent through the posts: Leinster lead 9-12.

From the restart the visitors ran the ball back to the half way line. Again they attempted a chip through but Brown was there waiting, sending the ball back.

Fijian-born Harlequins player Tikoirotuma made a run down the wing but an attempted kick and chase went into touch. Following the lineout, Quins were awarded a scrum. They sent the ball wide to Brown who then started passing it back to the other wing. Another penalty was awarded to Quins and they attempted to take it quickly but were called back.
They kicked to the corner for an attacking lineout. The home side retained the ball, formed a maul and passed it out. After a visit to the Television Match Official Quins took the lead after Easter scored. Swiel added the conversion: 16-12 after 53 minutes.

A scrum was awarded to Leinster following the restart but Quins stole possession. Wallace broke through the opposition defence but was called back - a forward pass being the culprit.

The visitors were awarded another scrum and they started bearing down on the home side's whitewash. Feeling a little too confident, they failed to see Tikoirotuma waiting. The number 11 intercepted and ran the length of the field to score. This time it was not converted. 21-12 after 60 minutes.

Leinster saw an opportunity to strike back immediately but a forward pass handed a scrum to Quins, easing the pressure.

The visitors still looked dangerous and only strong tackles kept them at bay. Leinster's persistence earned them a penalty after the home side were caught coming off their feet.

The visitors retained possession in the lineout and earned another penalty. Madigan added another three points: 21-15.

Another lineout to Leinster, this time just outside the Quins 22. Advantage was being played and after accidental obstruction, it was moved back to the original penalty where Madigan again went for the posts: 21-18.

Leinster claimed the restart ball and formed a maul. They then kicked for territory. Brown retrieved it but handed play back to Leinster who knocked on. Quins kicked to safety but did not make much ground. Leinster, however, took the ball into touch. Play was stopped momentarily after Leinster were penalised for disrupting the lineout. Quins kicked for a lineout in the visitors half. After retaining the ball they grab and drive, eventually sending the ball out wide. Play reverted back to the centre and Danny Care extend the home side lead through a drop goal: 24-18.

Harlequins' Captain Marler had to be substituted after an injuring himself during a tackle.

A scrum was awarded to Quins with 4 minutes left. Then a penalty. Again the home side kicked long for a final attacking lineout. They retained possession, formed a maul then grab and drive, running down the clock. Leinster could still win the game with a converted try.

Quins, however, were confident and controlled the ball well, kicking it out to end the game.

A mighty win for the mighty Quins - top of pool 2.

Full Time: Harlequins 24 - 18 Leinster

Nick Easter was named man of the match.

Next week sees the return match as Harlequins travel to Leinster.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Collision in Esher

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Esher town Centre on Saturday night.

Officers were called to Portsmouth road before 7pm after reports of a fire engine colliding with a pedestrian during an emergency call out.

Emergency services including an Air Ambulance attended the scene where a man in his 50s was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

It’s thought his injuries are serious but not threatening.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 pm  

Ready, steady. . . . Santa!

The annual Royal Marsden Santa Run is back in Victoria Park today, raising vital funds for the world leading cancer hospital, which is based in Sutton and Chelsea.

Runners have a 5km or a 10km option.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Quins vs Leinster
The top two of Pool 2 in rugby union's European Champions Cup meet this afternoon as leaders Harlequins host Leinster.

Both sides are locked on 8 points, having won each of their opening two matches in the competition.

Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has much in common with today's opponents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Redknapp calms Austin England talk
QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes it's too soon to start talking about Charlie Austin as a potential England player.

The striker scored his eighth goal of the season in their 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley - but was also sent-off.

Redknapp says he's got to maintain his form if he wants a taste of international football.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Orchestra gives last concert at town hall
An orchestra that’s performed at Heathrow Airport has given its last concert at a town hall.

Sussex Symphony Orchestra has been performing at Hove Town Hall since 1993.

But the building is closing as a performance venue, so the orchestra is currently at a temporary base - at a church in the town.

The orchestra was formed in 1993 and provided a pop-up orchestra in a departures lounge at Heathrow for a British Airways advert.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Crystal Palace midfielder mocked on Twitter
Crystal Palace James McArthur has been mocked by fans after complaining about a £38 parking fine.

27-year-old McArthur, who earns around £40,000-a-week, had visited a coffee shop when he returned to his car to find a penalty charge notice on the windscreen.

He posted on Twitter: “Coffee cost me 39 pound. #nothappy.”

But he got little sympathy on the social networking site, with replies like “that’s at least five minutes wages” and “bet you’re skint now.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Council rules against mega basements
Mega basements look certain to be banned in Kensington & Chelsea in the new year.

That’s after developers lost a key battle with councillors over the excavations.

Councillors plan to limit basements to a single floor and to extend to no more than 50% of the space occupied by the garden have been upheld by the Government’s planning inspector.

The new guideline has been challenged by specialist basement construction firms.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Warnock reacts to draw at Tottenham
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock says a "no fear" attitude was the reason for his side's 0-0 Premier League draw with Tottenham.

They had to settle for a point, despite dominating large parts of the match at White Hart Lane.

Warnock says he couldn't have asked for much more from the team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 am  

Businessman jailed after murdering Oxshott woman in Paris
A businessman has been jailed for murdering his millionaire girlfriend in a Paris hotel suite.

45-year-old Ian Griffin from Cheshire was arrested in June 2009 after Kinga Legg was found dead at the five star Hotel Le Bristol.

Miss Legg, who lived in Oxshott, was discovered with multiple injuries and more than 100 marks on her body.

Griffin, who denied killing her, was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years at the Cour D’Assisses in Paris.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 am  

Mourinho blames bad luck for Newcastle defeat
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blamed bad luck for their unbeaten start to the season coming to an end.

The Premier League leaders went down 2-1 at Newcastle.

Despite one bookmaker already paying out on them winning the title, they now only lead second-placed Manchester City by 3 points.

Mourinho says his team lost in the right way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 am  

Advice for vigilance in Surrey
Police in Surrey are warning members of the public to be vigilant after a recent number of distraction thefts.

In one incident, two women approached a man in his 90s that was withdrawing cash from a Barclays cash machine in Epsom.

They appeared to want to help the victim clean a brown substance from his head but only later it was discovered his money had been stolen.

Detectives are urging anyone with information to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 am  

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