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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Failings at St Peter's Hospital leads to death of 27-year old woman

Failings at St Peter’s Hospital has led to the death of a pregnant woman from Ashford.

27-year old Rhianne Barton died on February 13 at the hospital in Chertsey, after an operation caused fluid to flood her lungs.

Miss Barton was rushed into surgery for an emergency caesarean, to deliver her daughter who survived- but she later suffered a cardiac arrest.

In a statement, the trust’s chief nurse said they have changed the way it manages high-risk pregnant women to ensure consultants review their care daily.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

Full time football scores
Full time football scores are as follows:

In the Premier League
Everton 0-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 2-2 West Ham
Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

In the Championship
Birmingham 1-1 Fulham
Brentford 0-1 Blackburn
Preston 1-1 QPR

In league two
AFC Wimbledon 2-1 York
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Update on the football scores

Earlier, Arsenal beat Everton 2—0.

At half time – its Chelsea 1-1 against West Ham, Crystal Palace are loosing 1-0 to Leceister.

In the Championship, Fulham lead 1-0 to Birmingham, Its 0-0 in the Brenford - Blackburn game, QPR are also 1-0 up against Preston.

In Division 2, its AFC Wimbledon 0-1 York.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

Missing teenager from Feltham found

A teenager who was missing from Feltham has been found.

15-year old Khia Purdy has been found safe and well.

Police thank the public for their support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A Teddington spot which featured in the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys is again in the public eye

The Langdon Down Museum – where Downs Syndrome was discovered – is open today to members of the public.

Tour guides will show how they changed an old Victorian hospital into a centre with an archive of all the patients who attended Normansfield Hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

West Mid hospital meal service "improved."

West Middlesex hospital in Isleworth has improved its meal services.

The hospital’s been shortlisted for the Friend and Family Test awards.

Patients said they didn’t always get what they ordered.

West Mid worked on this problem in August which was noted in feedback.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was also noticed for its sexual health clinics.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

800 expected at Morden Peace Symposium

The annual Peace Symposium returns to western Europe’s largest Mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden, today.

The theme for this year is “ Justice: The Foundation for Lasting Peace”.

The event aims to promote a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths and seeks to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace.

More than 800 people are expected to attend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Lantern-makers in Surrey mark #EarthHour

Surrey residents will join millions world-wide in turning their lights off for an hour.

At 8.30pm, people are encouraged to take part in this event to raise awareness of the issues facing our planet.

A number of Earth Hour activities are also taking place in Surrey this weekend, such as candlelit dinners and lantern making.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Assault in Stanwell

Police are appealing for help to trace a man they would like to speak to in connection with a serious assault in Stanwell.

20 year old Michael Sines from Wraysbury is white, stocky with short black hair.

He has links to the Stanwell, Staines and Wraysbury areas of Spelthorne.

Officers have been carrying our extensive enquiries but have so far been unable to locate him.

Anyone with any information should contact police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Met appeal after firearm seen in West Ealing

The Met police has issued still images from CCTV of a man they want to find after a victim was threatened with a weapon in a street in west Ealing in January.

Officers hope drinkers in Flynn’s pub nearby may’ve seen something on Thursday January the 7th.

The man carrying a weapon was wearing a coloured beanie hat with a logo on the front – and dark clothing.

A white hatchback car was seen near Walsingham road at its junction with Uxbridge Road and – detectives are trying to trace a cyclist who rode up Walsingham Road in the early evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Are you turning off for #EarthHour ?

Instead of “lights up,” it will be “lights out” at theatres including Richmond and Wimbledon tonight.

The move is being made to mark WWF’s annual Earth Hour, where lights across the country will be turned off for one hour from 8.30pm.

We’re being asked to join in by switching off our own lights and using candles instead.

The aim of Earth Hour is to make us more aware of the effects of climate change.

Shareen Brown is the project organiser.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

The annual Peace Symposium returns to western Europe’s largest Mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden, today

The theme for this year is “ Justice: The Foundation for Lasting Peace”.

The event aims to promote a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths and seeks to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace.

More than 800 people are expected to attend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Merton adds new traffic cameras
New traffic cameras are being installed next month across Merton.

They’ll be set up at all locations where there are yellow box junctions, no right turns and bus lanes.

The Council chose to use the cameras in response to residents’ concerns about congestion.

The technology will automatically record offences and make processing them more efficient, allowing Council officers more time to deal with parking and other problems.

The cameras will come into operation in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 am  

Improvements to Wandsworth's roads
Work to transform the network of streets in Wandsworth is set to begin in 2018 following public support for plans proposed by Transport for London.

The improvements will take through traffic from the high street and improve safety with new and extended cycle facilities and better pedestrian crossings.

The gyratory system will be removed and replaced with two way traffic.

The work is part funded with a £360 million fund from TfL and is designed to help with the regeneration of Wandsworth Town Centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 am  

Friday, 18 March 2016

Officers from Runnymede and Woking win awards for their work at a ceremony

Police officers from Runnymede and Woking have won awards for their outstanding dedication to the Force and protecting others.

PC Nathan Brown and PC Andrew Smith from the Runnymede branch, were awarded at the Chief Constable’s Commendation Ceremony on Thursday.

The event was held at Guildford Cathedral.

DC Kerry Whindle, who works in Woking, was recognised for his work in identifying two prolific paedophiles who were known to the FBI.

Other commendations were given to members of the public, aswell as other officers from across the Surrey police force.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Zac Goldsmith forced to resign as patron of a Richmond charity

MP for Richmond Park and Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith was forced to resign today from a charity he is involved with in Richmond.

He was a patron of a disability charity in his constituency, but they asked him to leave after he backed cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance.

He supported the Tories policy in Parliament, and voted for it to go ahead.

The charity, Richmond AID claims that the loss of £30 a week by some claimants would have a ‘severe impact on the lives of disabled people.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 pm  

A man from Wandsworth has been jailed for GBH

A man from Wandsworth has been jailed today for grievous bodily harm with intent on a 21-year old man in Battersea earlier this year.

18-year old Jacob Taylor was sentenced to four years and eight months for GBH and a further 6 months to run consecutively, for carrying an offensive weapon.

On 30th January, police were called to reports of a man being stabbed outside Halfords at around 2.30pm.

The victim had been stabbed a number of times, but didn’t sustain life threatening injuries and was discharged from hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Surrey police officers arrested over fraud allegations

Three serving policemen with the Surrey force are among four people arrested by detectives investigating allegations of fraud in the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Barry Weir reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Five people have been arrested after an immigration raid at a Chinese restaurant in Wandsworth

Three men and two women were arrested at China Boulevard in Smuggler’s Way.

It’s thought they were working without the correct visas.

A Home Office spokesman said two of the men have been detained pending removal from the UK.

The other three arrested have been ordered to report to immigration enforcement officials.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

A man from Leatherhead has pleaded guilty to two counts of arson that resulted in over a million pounds worth of damage

35 year old Carl Richardson admitted in court to setting light to a number of heavy goods vehicles at Penwarden Haulage in Epsom.

The incident happened at around 5am on College Road on the 3rd of October.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Kingston Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday the 14th of April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Four people have been arrested over allegations of potential fraudulent activity involving the Police Federation of England and Wales

The organisation, which represents the majority of officers in the country, says it's asked Surrey Police to look into concerns.

They involve the transfer of around £1 million to a charitable account in August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Would you know what to do if you thought your child was being groomed online?

That’s the question Kingston Police is asking, as forces up and down the country fight to stop the rise in Child Sexual Exploitation.

This week is national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week.

CSE concerns youngsters under 18 who are involved in exploitative situations, for example, "sexting," where sexual images are sent via a mobile device or computer.

CSE is becoming more apparent throughout the UK and the aim of this week is to highlight the potential risks to young people, the Kingston community, businesses, schools, youth clubs, mini cabs firms and hotels.

Julie Benrad is an Acting Detective Sergeant with Kingston Police.

She says youngsters don’t realise the dangers of a technological relationship.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

The Mayor’s powers will "be diluted" if UKIP wins the London elections in May

That’s according to Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle, who says more decisions should be made by the people and not politicians.

He says many schemes have been rubber stamped by Boris Johnson, despite mass opposition to them.

On a visit to Surbiton, he cited the controversial new Crossrail 2 scheme, and Tolworth Tower's re-development as plans that should have been decided by a public referendum.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Two men arrested over West Molesey murder have been bailed

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a woman from West Molesey have been bailed by police.

Mother of two, Robyn Mercer was found dead in the front garden of her home in Walton road on Monday morning.

A 52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday has been released on bail until Thursday the 14th of April.

A 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday has been bailed until Friday the 20th of May.

A murder investigation is ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Sutton Council opposes proposals to close railway ticket offices

Sutton Council has voiced its opposition to Thameslink’s plans to close ticket offices at Sutton, Wallington, Carshalton and Carshalton Beeches railway stations.

The train operating company is proposing staff sell tickets from hand held machines at the stations.

Sutton council voiced their concerns after a three week consultation which ended on Monday the 14th of March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Cabin of British Airways plane to Heathrow floods

A British Airways plane bound for Heathrow "flooded" after a trolley hit a water pipe and sprung a leak in the upper passenger deck

The aircraft traveling from Johannesburg on Sunday was about ninety minutes away from landing when water flooded the cabin.

The Airbus A380 was inspected once it arrived at Heathrow and it remained on the ground for about 64 hours during checks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

Plans for Royal College of Arts in Battersea look bright

The Royal College of Arts’ Battersea site has received a multi-million pounds boost in the Budget for its planned new campus.

The chancellor announced match funding of £54-million for the new campus which is due to open in 2021.

The RCA also has buildings in Kensington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 am  

Surrey closes in on 2,000 apprenticeships mark

A Surrey County Council drive to create apprenticeships is closing in on giving 2,000 young people a leg up on the career ladder.

The council launched the apprentice push campaign in 2012 and by last February more than 1,500 roles had been filled.

The drive has also seen the number of young people in the county not in education, employment or training, so-called NEET’s, fall to the second lowest level in the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 am  

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Croydon's Trading Standard team warns residents of bank compensation scam

Croydon’s trading standards team is urging residents to be aware of a new scam involving bank compensation schemes.

One victim from Addiscombe received a phone call from a Manchester based firm saying she was owed £3,600 from the bank.

The caller then told the householder to arrange a money gram for £360, 10% of the ‘compensation’ and to call back with the details.

Fortunately, the victim was suspicious and notified the TS team who then averted what could have been an expensive mistake.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Family pays tribute to murdered mother-of-two in West Molesey

The family of mother-of-two Robyn Mercer, who was found dead outside a house in West Molesey on Monday, have paid tribute to her.

They released a statement saying they are “utterly devastated” to lose her and that she was “a wonderful person, loving mother and devoted friend”.

A murder investigation has been launched and two men remain in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

It looks like the Night Tube finally has a start date

Mayor Boris Johnson says the service is to begin in July.

Passengers will be able to travel overnight on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee, Central, Northern and Piccadilly Lines.

It was due to start in September but was delayed due to pay and conditions disputes with unions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

Boris Johnson has announced that thousands of new homes will be built in Hayes and Feltham

The plans include 2,700 homes for Hayes town centre and around 3,300 for Feltham.

The London Mayor has chosen Hounslow borough to be one of 31 zones to get a share of the 400-million-pound investment.

The aim of these schemes is to boost housing supply and make new low cost homes that London needs to meet its growing population.

It's estimated that 77,000 new homes will be built across the capital, as well as new transport hubs and schools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Second man arrested in connection with West Molesey murder

Detectives investigating the murder of 50-year-old Robyn Mercer from West Molesey have arrested a second man.

A 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning.

A 52-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday also remains in custody.

Ms Mercer was discovered in the front garden of her home in Walton Road on Monday morning. She died from head injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the closure of free access to part of Hampton Court Palace grounds

East Molesey resident, Kevin Clay, started the petition, asking for the East Front Gardens to remain open during the winter months.

From now on, annual membership will be required to gain access to this part of the gardens, which has been open with free access for almost 200 years.

Mr Clay is due to meet with Hampton Court's bosses tomorrow to try and find an alternative.

In a statement, Hampton Court Palace said “The vast majority of our estate will remain free for people to enjoy throughout the year.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Secondary school pupils across Kingston have been looking at ways to tackle mental health

It comes as an interactive conference was held at Tolworth Girls’ School for year nine and ten pupils.

They used a variety of creative visual aids to look at the subject and the impact on people's lives.

Coping mechanisms were also identified like talking to someone, listening to music and playing sport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

New figures from Battersea dogs' and cats' home have revealed only 30% of stray dogs are reunited with their owners

The charity found they either don't have a microchip or details being out of date.

It comes as today marks a 20 day countdown until micro-chipping will become law for every dog in England, Scotland and wales.

The charity also found that the Whippet was the unluckiest dog breed in the UK with 70% of them arriving without being micro-chipped.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

The boards are banned in parts of Wandsworth

They’ve been the staple of our streets for decades, but estate agent boards have been banned in parts of Wandsworth.

Following complaints from residents about shabby hoardings, the council applied to the secretary of state for powers to control the problem.

Now, agents have to apply to the council if they want to erect their boards in Putney, Balham, Clapham Junction or Lavender Hill.

Councillor Jonathan Cook, environment spokesman, explains what will happen if they ignore the new rules.

Within the four areas any estate agent boards erected without the express consent from the council will be guilty of an offence under section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Any person found guilty of such an offence is liable of a fine of up to £2,500 upon conviction in the magistrates' court and up to £250 per day should the offence continue after a first conviction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

The people of Ham came out in force last night to oppose plans to close the area’s youth centre

Richmond Housing Partnership, which owns the properties in Ham Close, wants to re-build and refurbish the buildings.

RHP says many of the 192 homes are of poor construction and suffer from damp and bad insulation.

During December 2013 and January 2014 RHP, Richmond Council and The Prince’s Foundation carried out a consultation with residents, stakeholders and RHP customers.

They produced a report which highlighted the principles on which any future vision for the area should be based.

Andree Frieze is the Green Party candidate for the SW Constituency for the London Assembly Elections, covering Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston.

She says there are ways round the problem that don’t involve demolishing the current homes and youth centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Broadcaster and Reigate resident Cliff Michelmore has died aged 96

Broadcaster and Reigate resident Cliff Michelmore has died.

He was one of the BBC's leading figures of the 50s, 60s and early 70s, anchoring coverage of the Apollo moon landings and several general elections.

He was 96.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Croydon is among the top 10 worst London boroughs for food hygiene

New research has revealed Croydon is among the top 10 worst London boroughs for food hygiene.

It came in 5th with 26 zero rated food outlets, meaning the eateries need urgent improvements.

Wandsworth was 8th on the list.

The worst Borough was Newham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

Surrey University drops out of the ten or best student experience in the country

The University of Surrey has dropped out of the top 10 for best student experience in the country.

That is according to the annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Last year Surrey University came in sixth place, but it has fallen twenty places to 26 in the rankings.

Loughborough is the top university, which has risen one place since 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

A woman who worked in Hounslow has been convicted for causing death by dangerous driving

A director of a children’s nursery in Hounslow has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

32-year old Sonya Pannu had an epileptic fit behind the wheel last Thursday and sped across a roundabout, smashing into three cars in West Drayton.

Pannu lost control of her Land Rover Discovery, accelerating on the wrong side of the road and smashed into the passenger side of a Vauxhall Astra.

30-year old Irene Valverde-Martinez was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where she died that night from multiple injuries.

Pannu was convicted and she will appear in court for sentencing this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Detectives appeal for information after a stabbing in Thornton Heath on Monday

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information after a stabbing in Thornton Heath on Monday.

20-year old Mujaahid Wilson from Croydon was found on the High Street, he died at the scene, from a single stab wound to the heart.

The suspect ran off at speed into Gilsland Road after the attack which took place just before 8.30pm.

He’s described as black and aged around 18-25. He was wearing dark clothing and a face mask.

Two young men were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a South London police station. Both have been bailed until next month.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone with any information, as they are unclear what the motive was at this stage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 am  

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Facebook group set up to find missing French Bulldog from Hounslow

More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook group to help find a French Bulldog, who is missing from Hounslow.

Teddy has not been seen since he disappeared when he was taken out for a walk on Chertsey Meads on January the 27th.

Distraught owner Jade Husted thinks he may have been stolen, as he ‘vanished’ from sight with reports of a mystery car spotted in the car park.

She explains how they ‘just want to know what has happened.’

Anyone with any information, should call Animal Search UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 pm  

England's rugby player spared sanction after an incident at Twickenham on Saturday

One of England’s rugby union players has escaped punishment after he made controversial comments at Twickenham last weekend.

Joe Marler questioned the heritage of Wales’ Samson Lee during the Six Nation’s match on Saturday, but quickly apologised.

Lee accepted that his words were not ‘racist in intent.’

Earlier, Marler was spared sanction for striking Rob Evans in the same game- with no action being taken, he’s now available for Saturday’s finale with France.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 pm  

Crossrail 2 receives funding in today's Budget

It's full steam ahead for Crossrail 2 after the Chancellor of Exchequer announced funding in the budget today.

Transport for London and Network Rail can begin the full scale technical development of the railway.

It means construction will start in early 2020, allowing the railway to be operational by 2033.

The development’s been backed as the “only project capable of meeting the demands of London’s future growth”.

The route, which would link North to South West London, has proved controversial, as it would involve rebuilding large parts of Wimbledon town centre to accommodate it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

The chairman of the South East Coast Ambulance Service has resigned

The chairman of the South East Coast Ambulance Service has resigned following a crisis meeting.

Tony Thorne quit on Monday after a report found the trust ran a pilot scheme delaying ambulance response times to some 111 calls.

The trial allowed calls in the second most serious category covering strokes or fits which are less critical than non-responsive casualties to be diverted.

The strategy provided extra time to deal with the most urgent calls, delaying ambulance despatch times by up to 20 minutes.

SECAmb says it accepted all the findings of the Deloitte report and is already making serious changes to matters of governance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:53 pm  

Streatham waitress receives two year suspended sentence after fraud investigation

A waitress from Streatham has been given a two-year suspended sentence following a fraud investigation at a hotel in Mole Valley.

56-year old Bissi Johnson pleaded guilty half way through the trial to money laundering.

She kept £10,000 pounds of stolen money in her bank account.

Her hotel manager received a 40 month jail term for stealing more than £350 in a false invoices scam.

The offences were reported to Surrey Police in August 2012 by hotel owners, when they realised that the scam was taking place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 pm  

Study reveals all districts in South West London and Surrey are pro-EU

A new study shows the most Eurosceptic parts of the UK, with all districts in South West London and Surrey being pro-EU.

London holds the country's top 20 districts for staying in the European Union, with residents in Kensington and Chelsea being in the top three areas most likely to vote to stay in.

Coastal areas seem to dominate the pro-Brexit zones, which include Weymouth, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:28 pm  

Vehicles seized in Croydon

Two vehicles in Croydon have been seized after they were suspected of being used to dump commercial waste.

Officers seized a blue van in Shirley after CCTV caught a man unloading waste onto the ground next to recycling bins.

A white Ford Transit was also taken in Thornton Heath, after residents informed police about piles of fly-tipped waste left by a garage.

Anyone caught using an unlicensed waste carrier faces a fines and a possible conviction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Pupils in Staines create a manifesto

Pupils from the Magna Carta School in Staines have created a 'Young People's Manifesto'.

The students who were affected by the flooding in 2013/14 have written a series of proposals to help protect victims in the future.

Amongst the plans put forward are a need for clearer warnings and help for the most vulnerable.

They have taken it MPs but plan to showcase it to an EU project conference.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Animal conservationists have condemned Prince William for saying there is a place in modern day society for trophy hunting

His Royal Highness made the comment during an interview with ITV after a declaration was signed by 40 companies at Buckingham Palace, to tackle criminals moving horn, ivory and other animal parts for huge profits.

He said “So when [an animal] is infertile, he’s at the end of his life, if somebody out there wants to pay that money – and it wouldn’t be me – but if somebody did, then as long as that money goes back into protection of the species then it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat.”

But, Rob Brandford with Leatherhead based David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, says that notion is flawed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Reward offered for information after attacks in Streatham

Police investigating two violent attacks on lone women in Streatham are offering a £10,000 reward and are releasing CCTV footage of a man they wish to find.

In the first of the attacks in December, a man punched a 29 year old woman and knocked her to the ground in Challice Way; he ran off when disturbed by a member of the public.

Three hours later a 20 year old woman was followed, pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted in an alleyway leading to the Recreation Ground.

The suspect is aged in his mid to late 20s, of medium build and approximately 5ft7. He had a dark beard.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

A bus that gives advice about apprenticeships will be coming to Kingston this afternoon.

Young people are invited to mark National Apprenticeship Week by making a visit to them at 2pm in The Market Place.

Kingston Adult Education are ambassadors of the network, who aim to meet the government’s target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Councillor Andrea Craig is encouraging young people to come along and discover more about the opportunities that are available to them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Police looking for man in connection with Thornton Heath murder

Police are looking for witnesses after an alleged argument escalated to murder on Thornton Heath High Street on Monday.

The 20 year old victim died at the scene after an altercation with up to 10 people outside Mamma’s Pizza.

Officers have arrested a 23 year old man on suspicion of murder, but are keen to speak to another.

He is described as a black man aged between 18-25 wearing dark clothing and a face mask.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Police or Crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 am  

Surrey County Council set to spend £20,000,000 on pavements

Surrey Council has pledged to spend £20,000,000 to improve over 200 miles of the County’s pavements.

The authority will overhaul almost 75 miles of footpaths.

Improvements will also be made outside shopping areas, schools, Hospitals and Doctors surgery’s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am  

E-Fit released to help identify Hounslow man

Hounslow detectives are looking for help to identify a man who died in the Borough.

The man was found dead in November in Hospital Road.

Another man was also found unconscious at the scene but was treated at a West London hospital where he was questioned by detectives and has not been seen since.

The light skinned slim Asian believed to be aged between 35-45 was found wearing a red t-shirt, a blue grey cardigan and grey 'ECKO' track suit bottoms.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hounslow police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am  

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Feltham Young Offenders receives Autism Accreditation

Feltham Young Offenders Institute has become the first of its kind in the country to be awarded with Autism Accreditation.

The Prison Library Resource Manager, Carol Cadden and the team took on special training in order for the prison to achieve the status.

They engaged with library users to get an understanding of their attitudes towards autism and set up an information board.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and children’s services said “the right procedures for helping young offenders with autism can be put in place.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 pm  

Is the Wimbledon Cat Burglar looking for fame?

Police think a burglar, who has targeted 200 homes in Wimbledon over the past decade, is now just doing it for notoriety.

The man's stolen nearly £10 million worth of property.

His victims include tennis star Boris Becker and French footballer Nicolas Anelka.

Detective inspector Dan O'Sullivan is the man leading the investigation to find him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Wales prop banned after Twickenham clash

Wales prop Tomas Francis has been banned from rugby union for 8 weeks after an incident during Saturday's Six Nations loss to England.

The Exeter forward made contact with the eye area of Dan Cole during the Twickenham clash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm  

An elderly shopper has died after falling down an escalator in Sutton

The 94-year-old died after losing her balance and falling backwards down the escalator in Marks and Spencer.

The incident occurred shortly after 3.30 yesterday afternoon.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation has been launched by Sutton Council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

The Trust Chair of South East Coast Ambulance has resigned

The Trust Chair of South East Coast Ambulance has confirmed his resignation as an independent review of pilot scheme is published.

The independent report looked only at the decision-making processes and governance of the trial.

The Trust states it recognises the pilot governance was inadequate; it claims to ensure lessons are learnt and it’s already started to make serious changes to management.

However, so far no clear indications of patient harm have been identified rather it found a number of seriously-ill patients received an improved response.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

TFL begins construction of a free cycle parking hub at Hounslow West station

It’s part of the Mayor’s commitment to provide 80,000 new cycle parking spaces in London by the end of this year.

There is also to be a new ‘Dutch-style superhub created at Waterloo in 2018.

The Hounslow West hub will have 190 places and will open by the end of this month – it will cater for all types of bikes and will have maintenance tools as well as lighting and CCTV.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

Two men have been jailed for offering to bribe a contracts manager from Surrey County Council.

Saeed Shakir was sentenced to 20 months, while Muzaffar Hussain was sentenced for 3 years.

The offence happened in 2013, when Shakir offered a £500 bribe with a promise of ongoing payments to a council officer.

The 46 year old was hoping to help Hussain, whose taxi company was about to be penalised for not keeping to the contract.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Sutton Council is taking part in National Apprenticeship Week

The Council is encouraging people to use its Apprenticeship Hub.

Created last year, it has so far signed up to 60 businesses.

It also has a live noticeboard with a number of jobs available.

Fintan O'Toole is MD of a Sutton based human resources company.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Hounslow highlights the dangers of illegal tobacco sales

A number of events will take place across Hounslow this week to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco sales.

The Council’s Trading Standards Team will be out and showing people how to spot the signs of non - regulated cigarettes.

A spokesman says “dodgy and counterfeit tobacco can be cheaper, but it can also be detrimental to your health.”

It all kicks off at The Centre in Feltham today from 10 o’clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

An ex-military police officer who found the body of a soldier at Deepcut Barracks has denied his account of events was inaccurate

18 year old Private Cheryl James was found dead from a bullet wound to her head at the Surrey Heath Camp in 1995.

Neil Vousden was questioned about whether there were inconsistencies between his description and other evidence at the inquest in Woking.

Alison Foster QC, accused him of giving a version of what ought to have happened on the morning of Cheryl’s death instead of what actually did.

The inquest was adjourned until tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

A man from Worcester Park’s been sent to prison for two years for sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman in Brighton

43 year old Jonathan Akerman was seen by CCTV operators sitting next to a woman by a Travelodge early one morning last October.

He was touching the 21 year-old inappropriately and it was clear to the observers she was not able to consent.

A police spokesman said Akerman preyed on a defenceless woman and completely took advantage of her.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Police release CCTV footage in the hunt for the Wimbledon burglar

CCTV still of the man police want to trace re: Wimbledon burglaries

Police investigating around 200 burglaries in Wimbledon Village have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to.

The prolific burglar, who wears a trade mark black 'fisherman's' hat and black clothing, has targeted properties in the area since 2006 – stealing cash and jewellery.

The meticulous removal or destruction of security equipment is part of the suspect's tactics prior to committing each burglary.

In the last two weeks, three separate houses have been burgled with the latest occurring on Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Murder in Thornton Heath

A man’s been stabbed to death in Thornton Heath.

The victim, thought to be aged 20, was found with a knife wound, in the High Street at around 8.30 last night.

He was pronounced dead at the scene about 40 minutes later.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a south London police station.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

Boy injured after accident in South Wimbledon

Police were called at 8.30am to Morden Road,to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian.

Police and the London Ambulance Service attended and a treated the pedestrian, a teenage boy at the scene.

He has been taken to a south London hospital with serious head injuries.

The driver stopped at the scene, no arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Fire fighters rescue two in Feltham

Fire crews rescued a man and a woman from a house fire in Trevithick Close in Feltham, yesterday evening.

The couple was led to safety by fire fighters from the first floor. They were both treated for smoke inhalation.

The kitchen was left party damaged by the fire, and the whole ground floor of the two storey property was damaged by the smoke.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a chip pan left unattended on the hob in the kitchen on the first floor.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am  

Update on a missing teenager from Croydon

Police say they have found a teenager from Croydon who had gone missing.

15 year old Joshua Scales disappeared from Croydon University Hospital at around midday on Sunday.

He has been found safe and well and is now returned to the hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Farewell to a distinguished resident of Chelsea

Tributes are coming in for Anita Brookner, the Booker prize-winning British author who’s died at the age of 87.

She earned the literary award in 1984 for her novel Hotel du Lac, one of 25 she wrote after a distinguished career as an art historian.

A notice of her death said Dr Brookner, of Chelsea, had requested not to have a funeral.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Man stabbed in Chelsea

A man has been stabbed during an attempted robbery in Chelsea.

The victim, in his late 20s, was attacked in Beaufort Street shortly after 11.30 last night.

He was taken to a central London hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

A successful Sutton police appeal

Sutton police have praised an anonymous caller who helped them find and arrest a wanted man.

Officers had appealed for information on 24 year old Aaron Jenkins who was wanted for breaching a restraining order on his former girlfriend.

Within hours they received information on his whereabouts from a member of the public and he was arrested.

Jenkins, who’s from Carshalton, has been sentenced to two months in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 am  

Smallest ever Sainsbury's opens in Richmond

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s have opened their smallest ever store in Richmond.

The store near the Old Friars is only 730 square feet- with larger stores often ranging from 40-80,000

A spokesman from the company said it’s aimed at busy shoppers and ‘It’s about customers knowing they can get in and out the stores quickly and still get all the essentials.

The new format could eventually be extended to another 1,000 locations
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 am  

Appeal for help to find missing Croydon girl

Police are appealing for help to find a teenage girl missing from Croydon.

Ella Paton, 16, was last seen at 18:00hrs on Friday, the 11th of March when she left her home address.

Ella is described as black, 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with mid-length curly hair which she usually wears in a ponytail.

She is believed to be wearing a green bomber jacket, white shirt and green slim fit jeans.

Ella’s family is growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who has seen Ella is asked to contact officers at Croydon via 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 am  

Detectives appealing for help following crash in Mitcham last Friday

Detectives are appealing for information after a woman died following a collision with a bus in Mitcham.

Police were called on Friday, to reports of a collision involving a bus and pedestrian at London Road junction with Armfield Crescent.

They found a 35-year-old woman after a collision with a single-decker bus. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Constable Philip Haffenden says any information could be vital in helping the force understand how this tragic incident happened.

Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on Tel 0208 543 5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 am  

How good is phone signal in your area?

Manchester's apparently the best UK city for making calls, sending texts or using the internet on a mobile phone.

A study of the 16 most populous areas also ranked Birmingham and Liverpool in the top three.

London is down in 13th place , with Hull bottom.

Richmond and Kingston were both ranked as ‘poor’ in the coverage map-with Walton, Feltham and Stanwell all ranked as ‘fair’.

The parts of Croydon tested ranked as ‘good’, the best available rating, as was Fulham, Battersea and Chelsea.

Scott Stonham from analytics company RootMetrics, which carried out the research, says population density is the main factor.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 am  

Esher and SFX College remain open despite approved strike

A strike by sixth-form teachers at colleges in England will happen today.

The walkout, organised by the National Union of Teachers was in doubt until a High Court ruling allowed it to go ahead.

The education secretary had sought an injunction against the action, arguing it was politically motivated.

SFX in Clapham and Esher College are among the colleges remaining open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 am  

Can pigeons help you know pollution levels?

If you’ve ever wondered how polluted your road or local area is?

Now you may be able to find out- via Pigeons!

Scientists are strapping them up with devices that willl see a flock of pigeons fly around London collecting valuable air pollution data and then live-tweeting it out to the public.

You can then tweet @PiegeonAir and request an air pollution update based on nitrogen dioxide readings.

The scheme is set to run later this month
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 am  

Monday, 14 March 2016

Wimbledon Comedian takes his show to the Las Vegas Strip

A comedian, ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner from Wimbledon is taking his show to Las Vegas.

Paul Zerdin and his characters will be performing on the famous Strip after his UK tour, which includes three nights at the Udderbelly in London from April 14th-16th.

Paul won the 10th series of the talent show last September and videos of him and his sidekicks soon went viral on YouTube.

He said “It’s every entertainer’s dream to have their own show on The Las Vegas Strip.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 pm  

District and Hammersmith and City tube line upgrades among four to be five years late and over budget

Four Tube line upgrades will be five years late and approaching £900 million pounds over budget after "gross mismanagement" by Transport for London.

That’s according to the London Assembly which says TFL spent 85 million of that paying off the firm originally appointed to do the work.

It means District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line upgrades are not due to be complete until 2023.

A spokesman for the L.A. says it’s a scandal and that in Government, heads would roll after such financial mismanagement, while at TfL the key players have been promoted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

A bird strike has left a huge dent in the nose of an EgyptAir plane

The Boeing 737-800 was approaching Heathrow on Friday when it collided with a bird.

The aircraft, which had 71 passengers on board managed to land safely, despite a huge hole.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Female killer wants compensation

A female serial killer jailed for life, has claimed being segregated in Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, is a breach of her human rights.

Joanna Dennehy was jailed in 2014 for murdering three men.

The 31 year old wants compensation because being isolated at the jail is making her upset.

Her QC Hugh Southey is currently challenging the jail bosses' decision in London's High Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Ambulance staff and volunteers have been honoured for their achievements at a ceremony in Cobham

Amongst those commended were Ricardo Martins, an Ambulance Care Assistant from Chertsey, awarded for his outstanding patient care.

Meanwhile, Paramedic and Clinical Operations Manager for Chertsey, Steve Haire, was named Employee of the Year.

And Emergency Care Support Worker Dave Wakeford from Surrey was commended for saving a police officer from being stabbed by a patient.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Hounslow Green Party is congratulating all those who campaigned against the building of a theme park on Hounslow Heath

Party member Darren Johnson says it’s a “victory for local democracy” and for “preserving our vital natural habitats.

He says the latest data shows a spike in planning permissions granted for development on Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Police have admitted they are no nearer to catching a man named as Europe’s most prolific cat burglar

Known as The Wimbledon Prowler, it's believed he’s carried out more than 450 raids in Wimbledon over the last 12 years.

He’s burgled at least three properties in the past two weeks, and has prepared several others by snipping CCTV camera wires.

He’s thought to be a white aged between 30 and 40.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm  

UPDATED: A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in West Molesey

Officers discovered the body of a 50-year-old woman at a property in Walton Road just after 8 o'clock this morning.

The woman’s not yet been formally identified and a post mortem to establish the cause of death will take place in due course.

A 52-year-old man also from West Molesey has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Sutton has been dubbed the 'Hollywood of British Porn ' as it's revealed hundreds of adult movies have been shot in its streets

According to the Mirror, the town provides the setting to at least one hundred and 28 x-rated films.

It’s thought many scenes were shot in the town centre, with nearly half of those filmed in the Gibson Road car park.

One porn production company claims Sutton is a prime location for their films, but recent publicity might drive them elsewhere.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Putney MP predicts Heathrow expansion plans will be abandoned

Justine Greening has predicted the Government will abandon plans to build a third runway at Heathrow.

The International Development Secretary believes the cabinet will conclude the airport shouldn’t be expanded adding she just doesn’t think it’s a ‘smart decision’.

Her intervention - in an interview with The Telegraph ahead of the Budget - risked a furious backlash and a potential legal challenge from airport campaigners

Miss Greening who’s the MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, has made campaigning against the third runway a key local issue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Couple to take on a number of challenges in memory of a man from Isleworth

The death of Tim Fleming from a rare condition aortic dissection has prompted his daughter and her husband to take on a year of challenging runs raising funds to help other sufferers.

Throughout 2016, Keith and Catherine Fowler, will be running a combined 5,000 miles including races and training, to support national charity Heart Research UK after Tim, who lived in Isleworth, died suddenly aged 69, from the rare condition last year.

Aortic dissection is a condition where the main artery from the heart ruptures and can be life-threatening if left untreated.

In some cases, patients may require emergency aortic arch surgery to repair the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body.

It affects three to four people in every 100,000 in the UK.

Catherine, 39 says they are running the 5,000 miles in her father’s memory to raise funds to give people who suffer an aortic dissection a fair chance.

To donate to Catherine and Keith’s cause text TIMF69 and amount (eg £10) to 70070
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

New scheme aims to reduce the risk of flooding

The Environment Agency is working with councils along the Thames to reduce the risk of flooding.

The scheme includes the construction of a flood channel, as well as property level products to make homes more resistant to flooding.

People can find out more at a drop in session in Teddington on the 22nd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

England rugby union prop faces punishment

Joe Marler could face disciplinary measures after abusive comments he made during the Rugby Union Six Nations match at Twickenham.

The England prop has apologised after insulting Wales opposite number Samson Lee during the home side's 25-21 win on Saturday.

Tournament organisers are investigating - and he could end up with a four-week suspension.

He's likely to miss next week's Grand Slam attempt in Paris against France.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

All-night Tube to start in August

It's reported the all-night Tube is going to start in August - nearly a year after it was meant to.

It follows the acceptance of a pay deal by members of the two biggest Underground unions.

The first 24-hour services will be on the Victoria and Jubilee lines at weekends.

Transport for London says a launch date hasn't yet been agreed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Green Party mayoral candidate vows to tackle air pollution in London

The Green Party mayoral candidate has said pollution from vehicles is "comparable" to deadly smogs created by coal fires 60 years ago.

Sian Berry claims London needs a "comprehensive plan to bring its air within legal limits" as soon as possible.

Ahead of the official launch of her policy later, Ms Berry said the time for "half-hearted efforts to clean up our polluted air" has passed.

Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Park MP, and Labour hopeful Sadiq Khan, Tooting MP, have also both vowed to tackle air pollution.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am  

Surrey's Crime Commissioner defends controversial comments

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley has defended comments he made on his Facebook page about a knife-man due to be released from prison.

Mr Hurley said he wanted to “batter and break the legs” of the man convicted of a stabbing.

He said he was expressing his “sense of frustration and powerlessness” at the way the justice system “is failing people.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 am  

Surrey Police apologise for teen's murder

Surrey Police has settled a legal claim made by the parents of a 14-year-old boy who was murdered by another teenager after he was groomed online.

Breck Bednar, from Caterham, was murdered by 19-year-old computer engineer Lewis Daynes in 2014.

His parents sought damages against the force for not protecting their son after they failed to respond properly to a call his mother, Lorin LaFave, made about her concerns.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 am  

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Runnymede Council highlights the dangers of high energy drinks
Runnymede council has teamed up with local Surrey film maker Henry Lunch to launch a hard hitting film about the dangers of high energy drinks.

A typical energy drink can contain 50-200mg of caffeine per 250ml can. A typical cup of coffee contains about 40mg.

Some of the side effects of drinking too many energy drinks can include anxiety, nausea and vomiting.

The short film aimed at young people will be shown in schools across Surrey and can be viewed here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

Attack in Worcester Park

A 27 year old man has been jailed for six and a half years after carrying out a violent attack in Worcester Park.

Benjamin Berlemont armed with a knife forced his way into his ex partners flat in Central road and attacked her new boyfriend.

He initially denied deliberately causing injuries despite the victim being taken to hospital by ambulance.

However Berlemont was sentenced in February at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Swans murdered in Mitcham Park

A pair of mating swans have been shot dead with an air rifle in Mitcham park.

The swans were found on Saturday morning by a member of the public in the Ravensbury park stretch of the River Wandle.

The Shepperton Swan Sanctuary has offered a £500 reward for anyone with information.

If you have any information please call the Chair of the Friend of Ravensbury Park on 07734 507066
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

Kingston celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Residents in Kingston will have the opportunity this week to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare in a range of activities.

Kingston Libraries will come together in a program of events for children and adults, including a borough wide quiz and the opportunity to try on Shakespearian costumes.

Councillor Andrea Craig says it’s a great way to get involved and learn about the world’s greatest playwright.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Surrey athletes compete for selection for The World Games

The Surrey Special Olympic Athletes met at Silvermere Golf Course last Sunday to get their kit for Nationals on the slopes next week.

Some of the athletes hope to get picked for The World Games, which will happen next year in Austria.

Pete Jesse is one of the coaches and he’s told us more about the competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Space experiment in Leatherhead
Children at a Leatherhead primary school are taking part in an experiment alongside the International Space station.

Two kilograms of rocket seeds were flown to Tim Peake in the station in September.

They have spent the past six months in microgravity and have now been sent to St Peter’s Catholic Primary School.

They’ll now be grown alongside seeds which haven’t been to space.

The difference between them will be measured with the children’s help over the coming weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Richmond 3G sports pitch investment
Richmond will be home to the latest in artificial turf technology, thanks to just over a quarter of a million pounds of investment.

Hampton Sport and Fitness Centre is to have a new ‘3G surface’, providing extra grip and shock absorption.

In addition to the surface, new improvements include a new floodlit multi-use games area.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Minister of Sport, Meena Bond says she’s ‘no doubt’ the playing pitches will be a ‘huge success’ when they are fitted by September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Croydon food hygiene

Croydon has the highest number of takeaway outlets with a zero star food hygiene rating in London.

Eleven takeaway restaurants in the borough failed to meet hygiene standards and were awarded the worst possible score.

The ratings are assigned by the Food Standards Agency.

Businesses rated zero are ordered to make urgent improvements to hygiene under the supervision of their local food safety officer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Sixth annual Marsden March

Today marks the 6th annual Marsden March.

Thousands of people are walking the route between the Royal Marsden’s two hospital sites in Brompton and Sutton.

The Marsden is the UK’s leading cancer research trust.

The first walkers are due to cross the finish line just after midday.

We’ll hear from walkers during our special Jackie Jukebox this morning at 11 o'clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 am  

Voluntary Epsom smoking bans
Voluntary smoking bans have been launched in Epsom’s playgrounds.

They were initially created to mark National No Smoking Day on Wednesday, but it’s hoped they’ll remain in place.

Smoke-free zones covered fenced off areas containing children’s play equipment; but they rely on the goodwill of visitors to work.

It’s estimated 207,000 children start smoking in the UK every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

The body of a 22-year old has been found in Epsom

A body was discovered by neighbours on The Green in Epsom on Monday.

22-year old Beth Kelin was treated by paramedics and the air ambulance staff, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a former pupil of Nonsuch High School for girls and residents have spoken of their ‘total shock’.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned at Woking Coroner’s Court on Thursday, to resume at a later date.

Beth has been described as a beautiful young lady, who was talented, loved and cherished.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

A man wanted for an offence in Surrey has been charged after Crimewatch appeal

A man appeared in court yesterday, charged with four counts of indecent assault on a child in Surrey.

54 year old Bruce Brewer from Southampton was arrested after an appeal on Crimewatch earlier this week.

Brewer was wanted for breaching bail conditions in connection with the offence and has now been charged and remanded in custody.

He is due to appear at Guildford Crown Court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 am  

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