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Saturday, 2 April 2016

A man charged with the death of partner in Croydon

A man has been charged with the murder of his partner in Croydon.

33 year old Pawel Sroka, from Meadvale Road, is due in court on Monday.

The victim 29 -year-old Joanna Trojniak died from a stab wound to the chest in last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 pm  

Appeal for witnesses after sexual assault in Streatham

The Met Police are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault in Streatham.

Last Sunday a 20 year old woman was attacked in Granville Gardens after getting off the Route 250 bus in Green Lane.

Officers will be in the area of Granville Gardens between 10pm tonight and 4am tomorrow morning, in order to identify any witnesses to the attack, or anyone who was in the area at the time who can help them with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 020 8721 4122 or via 101.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

'Royal' Bentley for sale near Guildford

A Bentley used to take the Queen to her Diamond Jubilee celebrations has been put up for sale for almost £200,000.

Bramley Motor Cars near Guildford has put the four year old vehicle on the market after being retired from the royal fleet in 2014.

It's got fewer than 6,000 miles on the clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Fire in Croydon flat

Two people had to be rescued from a flat fire in Croydon.

It broke out in Fleming Court where there was damage to a ground floor flat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm  

Chairman of governors carries on at Kingston hospital

There’s no change at the top of Kingston Hospital.

Sian Bates has been chosen to be chairman by the Council of Governors for a further three years.

Lead Governor Frances Kitson says they welcome the opportunity to work with her and support the trust.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

30 years on and villagers in Byfleet recall visit by Diana

A day centre in Byfleet is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, and remembers Princess Diana opening the centre.

In 1986, villagers were excited to welcome the late Princess of Wales who was visiting to open St Mary’s Day centre.

Wearing a cream-coloured suit and matching hat, Diana was keen to meet those involved with the centre and to find out about the work they did.

Kim Ewins from Chobham was three at the time and remembers handing her some flowers on what was an ‘amazing day’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

Demolition of illegal outbuildings being let in Hounslow

Enforcement action by Hounslow Council has resulted in the demolition of three outbuildings that were being illegally let.

Two of the buildings which had kitchens and bathrooms were found in November 2014 at 27 and 29 Strafford Road.

The owner appealed against an order to take them down, but he was given until the end of January to demolish them.

Although he failed to comply by that deadline, a further warning from the Council lead to the demolition of the buildings.

A further outbuilding at 118 Springwell Road was being let to tenants. The owner was served with an enforcement notice and his appeal against it was rejected.

The building has now been removed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Missing Mitcham woman

Mitcham police have issued an alert about a missing teenager.

The officers have tweeted about Tejal Ecclestone-Palmer.

If the public sees Tejal they should call 101 quoting 16MIS013190.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Walking to the beat in Isleworth

It’s not too late to take part in the Beat the Street competition in Isleworth which runs until the 13th of April.

Residents and school children have been collecting points for the number of miles they travel on foot or on a bicycle.

The points are collected by tapping a special card against sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ which have been fitted to lamp posts across the town.

The cards are available at GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres.

So far nearly 45,000 have been clocked up, with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School topping the leader board with pupils and staff doing more than 12,500 miles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am  

Support for River Crane Environment

Friends of the River Crane Environment have been awarded nearly £5,000 from Richmond Council’s Civic Pride Fund.

The money is to help the group organise projects to promote awareness of the Lower Crane Valley.

It will enable them to run themed walks, talks, workshops and an art competition with schools.

The main purpose of the projects will be to promote the open spaces for local people as a community asset for health, wellbeing and leisure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 am  

Friday, 1 April 2016

Murder investigation launched following inmate death at prison in Bisley

It’s been revealed that investigators at Coldingly prison in Bisley had warned about conditions there last year.

Police are investigating a death at the institution near Woking.

A 25 year old inmate was assaulted and is said to have died at the scene.

The prisoner has been identified as Madala Washington.

A 23 year old man – also serving time at the jail – has been questioned in police custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 pm  

Former headteacher from Cobham sentenced following indecent assaults

A former headmaster from Cobham has been sentenced for sexually assaulting pupils in his care at an independent boarding school in the 1980s.

79-year-old John Mash was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court today, in connection with offences at St Martin’s School in Northwood.

He previously appeared at the court in February, where he pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault.

Mash was given two suspended sentences of a total of three years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 pm  

Police in Staines release e-fit of man in connection with Ashford distraction burglaries

Police in Staines have released an e-fit of a man in connection with a series of distraction burglaries.

The incidents took place in Ashford on 13th and 24th March.

In both cases a man knocked on the door of elderly residents and asked to check the water supply.

Once inside the properties he then helped himself to cash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 pm  

Home owner allows water to gush along New Malden street for 10 days

This is the scene in South Lane at the moment.

The water is said, according to residents, to have been running for as long as 10 days.

A spokesman for Thames Water said the company was aware of the problem, and fixed a leak last week, but this leak is due to a problem at a privately owned property.

The spokesman said they were working with the owner to fix the current problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Kingston University is one of a number of London universities being accused of failing to tackle extremism

The Henry Jackson Society Student Rights Project says 27 events featuring speakers with extremist views have gone ahead since the start of the academic year

That’s up seven on last year.

King’s College and UCL are also named in the findings, where one speaker talked about Jews being evil.

We were unable to get hold of Kingston for a statement.

The Uni has 12 faith based societies.

They include the AhlulBayt Islamic Society, which says;

The society aims to propagate self-development in the light of Islam. We aim to provide our members and the wider community with a framework for understanding Islam and it's philosophy, which encompasses every aspect of our lives from sociology, politics and economics, to ecology, psychology and spirituality.

It also has the The Ahmadiyya muslim student association, which says it is affiliated with the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community . A community which represents the true peaceful face of Islam with the motto "love for all hatred for none" .We aim to hold a variety of open events with the desire to increase interfaith dialogue and awareness of the beautiful teachings of Islam which by following ultimately lead one to the realisation of the purpose of life.

The Henry Jackson Society is a cross-partisan, British-based think-tank.

The report names Shakeel Begg, as one of the speakers invited to Kingston on the 8th of October 2009. He is listed as a Chaplain for the Lewisham and Kent Islamic centre.

In 2006, three years earlier, The Times newspaper reported that Begg had previously told students at Kingston in 2006 "you want to make Jihad? Very good (......)"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Stars pay tribute to the Boy from Brixton

Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry have taken part in a tribute concert for David Bowie at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Cyndi sang Suffragette City while the Blondie singer performed Starman.

Former REM frontman Michael Stipe covered Ashes To Ashes and the The Flaming Lips did Life On Mars with Chewbacca from Star Wars on stage with them.

The concert was scheduled before the singer's death in January.

There's another benefit concert in the city tonight for fans who missed out on tickets.

Or fans can watch a live stream online in return for a donation to charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Sutton Council is warning people about con artists

The Police and Sutton Council are warning people about bogus doorstep callers asking to do home repairs and garden maintenance.

In the past few weeks, there’s been an increase in the number of fake traders targeting elderly and vulnerable householders in Sutton.

Chief Inspector Duncan McMillan, from Sutton Police Station, warned that people shouldn’t do business on their doorstep or give out their bank details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

A man missing man from Walton has been found safe and well

53 year old Alec Green hadn’t been seen by family or friends since the early hours of yesterday but returned to his home this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Housing is the key issue for Londoners in the upcoming mayoral election

More than half of those polled said housing was one of the most important challenges facing the capital.

It represents a shift from the 2012 election, when Londoners placed housing fourth after jobs, crime and transport in a similar survey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

A man's been charged with terror offences at Kingston Crown Court

A 25 year-old man from Luton's been found guilty of plotting a terror attack targeting American forces in Britain.

Kingston Crown Court heard Junead Khan used his job as a delivery driver to visit air bases which host US Air Force units.

Officers found instructions for making a "viable" pipe bomb on his laptop, he'd also apparently been messaging a British jihadi in Syria.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

Gus Hiddink thinks too much has been made of John Terry's conversation with Roy Hodgson

The England boss admits they miss the defender, who retired from international football in 2012.

It's not really clear whether Hodgson's ever considered tempting Terry to reverse that decision.

Hiddink thinks the chat may have been misinterpreted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

A fire has broken out in a house on Devonshire Road in Sutton

The Brigade was called just after 11 o’clock this morning

The fire is affecting the roof of the three story terraced property, and the cause is unknown at this stage.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow the travel team @Jackie_travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

April Fools Day!

To anyone who contacted us to voice their delight this morning following our story about SunLife Pet Insurance offering temporary pets to owners whose animals are at the vets, we’d just like to say a very Happy April fools day from Radio Jackie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

From April 6th micro-chipping will become compulsory for all dogs in England

Hounslow council will be offering free micro-chipping every day until Wednesday at the Covent Way Recreation Ground, between 11 and 4 o’clock.

If you fail to microchip your dog before the new law comes into place, you have 21 days to do so or face a fine of up to £500.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

A Wood Green woman fears her missing cat may have been the latest victim of the infamous “Croydon Cat Killer"

Karen Horton said she received a leaflet in the post on Saturday warning that the killer may be operating in the area.

She’s been searching for Ginger since the start of this year, and now fears the worst.

The RSPCA has been working with police to investigate the suspicious deaths of a number of felines in South London.

Up to 50 animals are thought to have fallen victim to the same killer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 am  

Ronnie Corbett was going to be knighted

It's reported Ronnie Corbett, who lived in Croydon, was just weeks away from learning he was to be knighted when he died.

Fellow comedian David Walliams had apparently led a campaign for him to be named in the Queen's birthday honours list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am  

If you’ve ever dreaded leaving your pet at the vet's overnight, there’s now a solution

SunLife Pet Insurance has launched The Courtesy Pet service, where owners are handed a temporary pet while theirs is having treatment.

67% of dog and cat owners in SW London and Surrey say they’d rather go home with a temporary pet than none at all.

Amy from Sutton has tried and tested the service with her Daxi called Sausage (above middle).

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Lambeth council spends thousands on video about cuts to their budget

Lambeth council has been accused of squandering taxpayers’ money by spending over £4,600 on a video about cuts to their budget.

It begins by stating that the government has cut its funding by 56% and then outlines the cuts they’re making themselves, including a rise in council tax.

The two and a half minute clip has set the local authority back £4,630; something they’ve said is a ‘worthwhile investment’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 pm  

Piccadilly Line is the second most crime ridden Tube line

The Piccadilly Line has been found as the second most crime ridden service on the London Underground Network.

Serving all five of Heathrow’s terminals, and Hounslow West, Central and East stations, 3,450 crimes were reported on the line last year.

The Northern Line, which serves Morden, South Wimbledon, Clapham and Balham, is fourth on the list with 3,083 reported crimes.

The Central Line has the most recorded crimes over the last year, but police have said this is due to the number of passengers using the line.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

NSPCC to launch new service for parents-to-be in Hounslow

The NSPCC is launching a brand new service supporting parents-to-be in Hounslow.

‘Pregnancy in Mind’, will be aimed at those suffering with anxiety and depression.

It will look to support parents who experience low mood or stress, by strengthening relationships and giving them the skills to cope better.

The new service will start from next month and will provide group work support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Officers are still investigating a fire in Putney yesterday afternoon

Officers are still trying to find out what caused a fire in Putney yesterday afternoon.

The blaze broke out in Bell Drive.

The ground floor flat was badly damaged.

A man left the property before the Brigade arrived, suffering from smoke inhalation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

A man hunt has come to an end in Feltham

Police were trying to track Rafael De Jesus following a stabbing on Saturday.

The 28 year old was arrested yesterday and remains in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Brentford based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline won't file patents in low-income countries

This paves the way for other companies to make cheap copies of its drugs without fear of being sued.

The company says it wants to make treatments more affordable in the developing world.

It will continue to seek full patent protection in high and upper middle income countries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Police have discovered a suspected cannabis factory in a garage in Cheam

It’s after they carried out a drugs warrant at a residential address in Stoughton Avenue early this morning.

In a detached garage in the rear garden of the property, officers found around 30-40, 2-3ft high plants nearing maturity growing in pots.

The plants were seized along with other items inside the address including weighing scales, cannabis magazines, a shoe box containing cannabis and a forensic suit.

A 63 year old woman and a 35 year old man have both been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

A motorcyclist has been injured following a crash in Wimbledon this morning
A motorcyclist has been taken to a South London hospital after crashing with another vehicle in Durnsford Road in Wimbledon this morning.

The injured biker is said to be his thirties.

Police were called to the crash at 7.20am this morning, which happened near the junction with Endeavour Way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

MP Tom Brake is pleased with recent unemployment figures for Carshalton and Wallington

The amount of Jobseekers' Allowance and JSA claimants have both dropped since January.

The number of JSA claimants in February was 465, which is 37 less than the previous month.

Brake said that the success is due to the strength of local businesses, as well as Sutton Council and other partners who have helped to boost employment.

But he felt work still needs to be done to improve productivity and wages to ensure that everyone can provide for their families.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

Entertainer Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85, according to his publicist.

The entertainer, who lived in Croydon, passed away with his family by his side.

He was best known for his work with fellow comedian Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies.

In 2012, he was taken to hospital in Croydon after collapsing during a meal to celebrate his CBE.

The 81-year-old was rushed to Croydon University Hospital on New Year’s Day and spent two days at Shirley Oaks private hospital.

After undergoing tests he was given the all clear.

Here, Sir Bruce Forsyth pays tribute to his friend and colleague.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Man from Chertsey gets trapped in compost bin

A hilarious video shows Fred Holmes explaining that he stood on the bin to try and clean his roof. But his plans fell through when he ended up in the bin. Holmes' family found him 5 minutes later, stuck with his chest sticking out the top.

With everyone in fits of laughter, they attempted to pull the bin over his head. That failing, they decided to help Mr Holmes to lie down on the grass. Eventually, he managed to wiggle himself out.

The video ends with Holmes, also in absolute hysterics, finally escaping.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Police officers have recovered a machete and arrested two men in Merton High Street this morning

At around 5am, officers on routine patrol in Merton High Street stopped a Vauxhall Corsa containing two males.

The 17-year-old passenger sought to make off but fell over.

Officers say his fall is likely to have been connected to the machete, contained within a sheath, which was hidden inside his trouser leg.

A quantity of a substance believed to be cannabis and a set of scales was recovered from the car.

The driver of the car, aged in his early 20s, and the 17-year-old passenger were arrested and taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

The proposed closure of the Kingfisher crèche in Kingston is angering mums and dads

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, run by company Places for People, will close its crèche doors on the 15th of April.

Parents were sent a letter on the 15th of March detailing the plans.

The crèche is used partly by the parents of youngsters having swimming lessons, who need their other children supervised, and by others who place their under 5s in care while they attend the gym.

They say using another one of PfP's centres in Kingston is not an option, as Tolworth doesn't have a pool and New Malden is not practical time wise.

Mum Sian Jones says it would all have been a lot easier if Places for People had forewarned users and staff about its plans.

She's campaigning for a public consultation on the closure.

A Places for People Leisure spokesperson told Jackie News;

Following a 12-month review there will no longer be a crèche facility at Kingfisher Leisure Centre from Friday, 15 April 2016.

This decision, which has been approved by Kingston Council, has been given a great deal of consideration and is based on a significant decline in usage over recent months.

Places for People Leisure is committed to providing children’s activities for under 5s; we understand the need to deliver play for early years and beyond in order to encourage physical activity and we are currently looking at exciting new programmes for this age group.

We want the crèche room to remain available as a valuable space for the community and propose making full use of it by hosting a range of community activities and training courses.

We will continue to run crèche facilities at the nearby Malden Centre and Tolworth Leisure Centre, and parents who will be affected by the crèche closure are invited to transfer their membership to one of these centres, at no additional cost.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

New genetic test for child cancer patients designed in Sutton

British scientists are beginning work to genetically test tumours from children with cancer.

They hope this will give younger patients access to newer, more personalised medicines and further improve survival rates.

The Pilot study analyses changes in 81 different cancer genes.

Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, based in Sutton, and the Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust designed the new test.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

Seven men charged with murder in Mitcham plead not guilty in court

Seven men charged with murder and violent disorder in a Mitcham car park have all pleaded not guilty in court.

26-year old Neel Croos suffered serious head injuries during a fight which could have involved up to 40 men with axes, swords and machetes.

Two men in their 20s were also hospitalised following the brawl in Holborn Way on November 23rd and Mr Croos died in hospital two days later.

Four of the men charged are from Mitcham, two are from Wallington and one is from Worcester Park.

A trial is scheduled for May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

A sinkhole in the road in Woking explained

A large hole that’s caused by broken sewer connections has appeared on one of Woking’s roads.

It reveals pipes running under the junction of Old Woking Road and White Rose Lane that has been cordoned off with cones.

A set of three-way traffic signals have been on the scene for over a week now.

The Council have said that now they have established the cause, work will take place to fix it - so it can be re-opened as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A poisonous spider pays a visit to Claygate

A poisonous spider was discovered crawling outside a pensioner’s home in Claygate last weekend.

The false widow was spotted outside the boiler cupboard and quickly killed by a heating engineer, who was working on the house.

James McLellan from Chertsey said ‘after spotting the eight-legged creature, he quickly logged onto google, for more information.’

He said the 80-year old resident was ‘quite panicked’ by the arachnid, but luckily no one was hurt during the spider’s visit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 pm  

'Croydon Cat Killer' could have moved to North London

There’s fears the so called ‘Croydon Cat Killer’ has moved after police received reports that animals had been killed in North London.

At least one pet has been found in Tottenham and others in the area have been reported missing.

Police have said that between the 3rd and 10th March, cats had been killed in Tottenham, Streatham, Surrey and Richmond.

Investigators believe the same person is responsible for the killings and it’s thought up to 50 animals could have been targeted over the past few years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm  

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, Philip Hammond, says Russia represents a threat to all countries

The foreign secretary says Russia represents a threat to all countries because it breaks international rules.

Philip Hammond made the comments on an official trip to the former Soviet state of Georgia.

The MP for Runnymede and Weybridge says he's sure Moscow is sincere in wanting to defeat so-called Islamic State - but everyone needs to work together to succeed:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:28 pm  

Salon Owner offers treatments without a license
A Salon owner in Hounslow has been fined for offering customers specialist treatments without a license.

Mr Danny Lewis of Danny and Guy salon advertised services like ear piercing, facials, manicures and pedicures despite warnings from the council.

He appeared at Feltham Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay costs of almost 850 pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Jean Charles de Menezes ruling

European judges have backed the decision by British prosecutors not to charge officers over the fatal shooting of a man at a London underground station in 2005.

Jean Charles de Menezes, originally from Brazil, was wrongly identified as a suicide bomber a fortnight after the July 7th terror attacks in London.

He was shot dead at Stockwell tube station on July the 22nd 2005.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Dominic Raab says being in the EU makes it harder to stop serious criminals and those with suspected terror links entering the UK

The MP for Esher and Walton , who’s campaigning for a Brexit, made the claim in a speech in London yesterday.

He says EU nationals, whose activities are of concern but about whom there is no clear intelligence, have a "free pass" into the UK

Pro-EU campaigners say the UK will lose access to key information by leaving. Mr Raab disagrees.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Women's cycling is given 'the recognition it deserves'

Cycling's RideLondon is putting up the largest pot of prize money ever for a one-day women's race.

The pool of just under £79,000 matches that of the men's event.

Double Olympic champion Laura Trott says women's cycling has been "given the recognition it deserves".

The event follows the route of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race and features challenging climbs up the infamous Box Hill.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Update on missing pensioner

An elderly man from Staines who was reported missing has now been found safe and well.

Police are thanking the public for their help in locating 81 year old Eric Crook who disappeared from the town centre yesterday afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

A Great Dane puppy has been attacked in Nonsuch Park in Cheam

A male brindle-coloured Staffordshire type allegedly chased the dog near to a London Road entrance at around 10:30 on Sunday morning.

It allegedly tried to bite the puppy; this is the second incident reported involving a dog of this description in the same park.

The dog walker is described as a white woman aged 30 to 35, tall, and of slim build with blonde hair.

The alleged dog has a white front left paw and lower leg.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

A biker has been taken to hospital following an accident in Mitcham this morning

Police were called to Tamworth Lane just after 8 o’clock to reports of a collision between a car and a motorbike.

The 47-year-old rider was taken to a south London hospital; no arrests were made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

Cheam teenager receives Criminal Behaviour Order

An 18-year-old man from Cheam who dealt drugs near school gates and in parks has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order.

In Court, the Judge said Aiden Stent had a 'little enterprise' going on and had been doing his drug deals by getting around on his bicycle.

The Order forbids him to enter Chatsworth Road; to associate with seven named individuals and to have a pedal cycle in any public place in London.

Stent received two years' imprisonment suspended for two years for possession of drugs with intent to supply.

If he breaches his CBO he could serve his sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Childcare costs in London cause major hardship

A charity's warning thousands of single parents in London are being "locked out" of work because of the high cost of childcare.

Gingerbread’s research shows on average, a lone parent in London spends half their income, after housing costs, on a nursery place for a child under the age of two.

It also showed that half of single mums and dad’s in the capital are forced to borrow money to pay to have their children looked after while they work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

It’s official; you are more likely to see a Blue Tit on your lawn over any other garden bird if you live in Surrey

The county’s top five most common garden birds have been revealed as the Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, House sparrow, Starling and Blackbird

The figures are the result of this year’s RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Over half-a-million people took part in the World’s largest garden wildlife survey, logging sightings of over 8 million birds nationwide.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Animal charity says online cat videos increase their popularity

Battersea Dogs and Cats' Home has rehomed more cats than dogs for the first time, and it is putting the trend down to the popularity of online cat videos.

So far this year 200 more cats have found homes than dogs at the charity’s flagship centre.

Other possible reasons for the spike include more people living in flats and working longer hours, leaving them unable to care for a dog.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Man in court accused of trying to attack the Crystal Palace mascot

A man has appeared in court accused of trying to attack Crystal Palace’s bald eagle mascot.

35 year old Daniel Boylett was arrested after trouble at a Palace home game against Charlton Athletic in September last year.

He and two other men pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at Croydon Magistrates Court.

Kayla has been the team’s mascot since 2010 and flies around the stadium at every home game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

Play about last hours of Croydon teen's life to raise awareness of lethal effects of drugs

A play based on the final hours of a teenager from Croydon is hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of taking illegal drugs.

16 year old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, fell unconscious after taking a lethal dose of the Class A party drug Ecstasy with his friends at a warehouse rave in Hayes in 2014.

The title of the play (above) is based on Daniel's last words to his mum, Fiona, when he went out for the last time that Friday evening in January, I Love You Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die.

It is a verbatim play, using the actual words of the family and friends of Daniel, recorded in a series of interviews and transcribed.

The theatrical piece encompasses the time Daniel spent in the hospital, and the aftermath of his death, the funeral, the trial and sentencing of the man, Nicqueel Pitrora, who supplied Daniel with the drug that would kill him.

The play is being performed by award-winning youth theatre company, Oasis Youth Theatre (OYT), based in Southampton.

To find out more about Daniel, or the play, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

Family statement from missing kayaker

The man whose kayak overturned in the River Wey in Guildford yesterday afternoon, has been named by his family as 56 year old Grant Broster.

His wife, Rachel, says: "Grant was using the family kayak which capsized. He had not seen the flood warnings.

Our son entered the water to try and help his father but was pulled to safety. Although there have not been any further sightings of Grant, the extensive search continues.

The family would like to thank all the emergency services and agencies who are involved in the search for Grant, particularly Surrey Police, for their dedicated help.

We would now ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Surrey Police is continuing the search in and along the River Wey near the Guildford Borough Council offices with officers working alongside Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey Search and Rescue.

The Millmead car park remains closed while it is being used as a meeting point for emergency services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

A former MP says the failed police investigation into claims of a VIP paedophile ring has had "a disastrous effect" for genuine abuse victims

Harvey Proctor was investigated as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Midland.

The operation was created to look at claims of possible murders, mainly at the Dolphin Square development in Pimlico.

Midland followed on from the initial investigation into activities at the Elm Guest House in Barnes in the 70s and 80s.

Prominent men are alleged to have visited the guesthouse, which included a sauna and video studio.

But Mr Proctor claims police have not been genuine or reasonable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

A man has been attacked in Tolworth

The victim was assaulted outside Subway in the Broadway last night at 6.30.

CCTV images show the suspect running across the Broadway and launching himself at the man.

Police have made an arrest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

The ambulance service that treats patients across Surrey says it is working at a “critical level.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service says at one point last week, there were 71 calls on hold as it had insufficient ambulances.

More than 9,500 999 calls were made to the team which also services Sussex and Kent over Easter.

Clinical director Andy Newton says it is "one of the most difficult periods" in his 10 years.

Across its Kent, Sussex and Surrey region, demand was up 11% compared to Easter 2015.

Staff in the region’s NHS111 service, which SECAmb runs in partnership with Care UK, were also extremely busy providing urgent care advice and arranging out-of-hours appointments.

Some 2,000 calls originating from NHS111 received an ambulance response; an increase of approximately 2.5% on 2015.

The Trust says the increase in demand was coupled with the challenges of responding to Storm Katie in the early hours of Monday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Fire fighters rescued a man trapped in a car on Roehampton Lane in Barnes yesterday morning

Crews worked in bad weather conditions to rescue the man from the vehicle after a collision.

The car was overturned and crashed against a lamp post. The man was then taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade was called just after 6am. Fire crews from Richmond and Battersea fire stations attended the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

EU supporters have dismissed claims that they are 'scaremongering'

Vote Leave campaigners have put together a list of 50 people it says are dangerous and able to live in the UK because of freedom of movement laws.

Epsom MP Chris Grayling backs the campaign to leave and thinks it's an important issue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Police are investigating a burglary at a jewellers in Sutton

It happened at the Ernest Jones shop within the Times Square shopping centre last night.

Entry appears to have been gained from the area which is undergoing building work.

It's thought a pick axe or sledge hammer was used to smash windows and gain entry to the store where a quantity of jewellery was then stolen.

Police say the suspects may have fled over the roof tops of the shopping centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious assault in Staines

The victim was outside Pizza Express in Clarence Street in the early hours of last Sunday morning when an altercation took place between a large group of men.

The victim, who’s in his 20s, sustained a serious injury to his lower leg which has now required surgery.

Three men, including a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old from Staines and a 20-year-old from Stanwell, were arrested and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Shocked shoppers see Brad Pitt

B&Q is probably the last place you’d expect to see an A list movie star.

But shoppers in Chiswick were in for a surprise yesterday when Brad Pitt turned up for a bit of bank holiday shopping.

Tweets suggested the 52-year-old Seven star was in the hardware store with two of his six children with actress wife Angelina Jolie.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Brexit campaigners claim some of Europe's most dangerous criminals were able to move here under freedom of movement laws

They say murderers and child rapists are included in a list of wanted offenders who've been able to travel to Britain.

One of those named in the report is Latvian Arnis Zalkalns, who committed suicide in Brentford’s Boston Manor Park in 2014.

It’s believed he was about to be charged with the murder of Hanwell school girl Alice Gross, the month before.

He is believed to have moved to the UK in 2007, after serving a seven year jail term for the murder of his wife, Rudite.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

So called “Chelsea Tractors” have been named the most polluting vehicles in the country

The 4x4s were named after the Chelsea mums who used them as a status symbol while taking their children to and from school.

There are over 44,000 such cars registered in the borough .

Each one emits an average of 177.7 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre driven.

That’s far higher than the London average of 163.5 grams.

The data was obtained from the DVLA through a Freedom of Information request by the Evening Standard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

The murder of Asad Shah

A man's appeared in court charged with the murder of a popular shopkeeper in Glasgow.

Tanveer Ahmed from Bradford is accused of killing 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his convenience store in the Shawlands area of the city on Thursday night.

The 32-year-old made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Mr Shah was murdered on Thursday night.

It shocked the community and hundreds attended a tribute event to him on Friday.

Shah was an Ahmadi Muslim. Ahmadi's are an Islamic sect, founded in Pakistan in 1889.

There’s no definitive number of Ahmadi Muslims, but it is thought they are spread worldwide.

Many Ahmadi Muslims are based in South West London.

The Baitul Futuh Mosque, based in Morden, practices Ahmadiyya beliefs.

It is Britain’s largest mosque and one of the largest in Western Europe.

It has acted at the centre for the “Loyalty, Freedom and Peace Campaign” which seeks to promote Islam as a peaceful religion.

In a statement, a representative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said that they were shocked by the death of Mr Asad Shah and are praying for his family.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

A man from Sutton is the first person to be arrested for tracking his wife

The concrete firm boss allegedly putting GPS trackers on the cars of his wife and her suspected lover.

Steven Brown was originally arrested under stalking laws – after it was alleged he attached the devices to the car of his wife Nichola and her friend Mark Compton.

The 51 year old hasn’t been charged – and a number of GPS trackers are now on the market aimed specifically at suspicious spouses.

However, legal experts advise users of the devices to get the permission of anyone, they use them to track.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Croydon Council wants to introduce new speed limit areas

Croydon Council wants to introduce a 20mph speed limit area in the north-east of the borough.

The news follows positive feedback received about introducing the rule.

From April 4th, people will be able to vote online for whether they support the proposals. The deadline for votes is May 20th.
Croydon had over 1,000 casualties in 2014; so the council is hoping speed limit areas will improve road safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

36 new breweries have opened in London last year

36 new breweries opened in London last year, up 24% on 2014, according to figures obtained by accountants UHY Hacker Young.

It’s thought the increase is due to growing popularity of craft beer and “boutique” food and drink products.

Big Smoke Brew at the Antelope pub in Surbiton and the Aeronaut in Acton are among new breweries on the scene in south west London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Sutton and East Surrey Water have prosecuted Lanes Group plc

The wastewater solutions provider was caught on two separate occasions using the unauthorised water, something which can also damage the quality of it.

Lanes Group plc pleaded guilty to six offences at Redhill Magistrates Court and was fined a total of just over £5,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

Deadline extended for Queen's 90th street parties in Richmond

Richmond Council has extended the deadline for street party applications.

The deadline has been pushed back to Friday 6 May, so there is more time to plan your sandwich fillings and colour coordinate that bunting.

The Queen turns 90 on 21st April and her big day will be marked across the land on Her Majesty’s official Birthday weekend on June 11/12th.

And just like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2011, the Council has waived the £59 fee and parties can be held on both the weekends of June 11/12th and June 18/19th.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“We would like these celebrations to be truly memorable in Richmond for what is an historic and national event. Richmond came alive during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and I am sure our residents will again show their community sprit by holding street parties across the borough.”

If you are interested in holding a street party, you can apply online here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 am  

Hounslow garden waste discount

Hounslow residents have days left to take advantage of a 10% discount off their annual garden waste subscription charge.

The current free service will end on Monday 4th April. An annual subscription costs £50 for a fixed year period (4th April to 31st March 2017). Anyone receiving council tax support will pay £25 covering the same period.

Residents who sign up after 1st October will pay £30, for the period until 31st March, or £15 if in receipt of council tax support.

Anyone who subscribes before and on Thursday 31st March 2016 will receive a 10% discount - £5 or £2.50 off the annual cost.

Sign up online here:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am  

Appeal for information after man stabbed in Southall

Detectives are seeking to trace a 28-year-old man from Feltham following a stabbing.

At around 4am on Saturday 26th March, police were called to a man stabbed in Portland Road, Southall.

The victim - aged in his 20s - was taken by London Ambulance Service to a west London hospital. He remains in hospital, where his condition is serious but stable.

Detectives are keen to trace Rafael De Jesus, 28, of Feltham in connection with the investigation. He has tattoos on his neck, arm and 13-08-06 on the inside of his left wrist.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call Ealing CID on 07825 114094 or via 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 am  

Monday, 28 March 2016

Police need help investigating a hit and run in Streatham Hill

Police continue to appeal for information following a hit-and-run crash in Streatham Hill on Friday.

A 10 year old boy is in critical condition after he was struck on Kingswood Road by a light-coloured Audi hatchback, thought to be an Audi A3.

The police are urging the driver to contact them and for any witnesses to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Search underway after a man's kayak capsized in the River Wey in Guildford

A major search is underway for a man that has disappeared in the River Wey in Guildford.

Police were called to Millmead after reports of the man’s kayak capsizing near the weir.

The fire service, police and ambulance crews are all in attendance looking him.

Chief Inspector Dave Mason says they are doing all they can to find him and urges anyone that sees him to call the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 pm  

Building damage in Wimbledon and Battersea following Storm Katie

Firefighters have been called out to several incidents overnight to deal with the effects of Storm Katie.

A building in Haydon's Road in South Wimbledon and the Duchess pub in Battersea, both suffered roof collapses.

Events and attractions including Chiswick House, Kew Gardens and the fairground at Hook Road Arena were all forced to close as a result of 'adverse weather'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Travel chaos at Gatwick and Heathrow following Storm Katie

Planes bound for Gatwick or Heathrow were diverted to other airports and dozens were cancelled as gusts of up to 150mph hit the south of the country this morning.

More than 100 thousand homes were without power at the height of the winds, with thousands still awaiting reconnection.

The Environment Agency has issued 29 flood warnings following heavy rain.

Passengers on board planes arriving at Gatwick have described their planes as “going sideways” as pilots attempted to land.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Cambridge win the boat race

Yesterday, we saw Cambridge beat Oxford by 2 and a half lengths in the 162nd boat race.

This ended a 3 year victorious run for the dark blues.

Constantine Louloudis has competed in the event 4 times, and last year led the Oxford Crew to victory as their President.
Despite the weather, he was there to cheer the rowers on yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A murder investigation is underway following the discovery of a body in Dorking.

The body of a man was discovered in a stream in a woodland area near the Goodwyns estate just before 4.30 this morning.

A 21 year old man is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

A confidential helpline has seen a nearly 90% increase in requests for help from military personnel

That’s according to an armed forces charity.

SSAFA said there were more than 3,000 calls to Forcesline from serving troops last year, up from 1,600 in 2014.

The service was set up at the Army’s request after four recruits died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances at its Deepcut Barracks between 1995 and 2002.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Storm Katie has seen gusts of up to 150mph battering England and Wales.

More than 20 Gatwick bound flights had to be diverted to other airports, while Heathrow cancelled more than 60.

At least 5,000 homes are without power and 23 flood warnings are in place.

Many people have found storm damage across the UK, including one man in Croydon who found scaffolding blown on to nearby cars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

Surrey faces flooding

Storm Katie has been battering Surrey overnight, leaving much of the east of the county facing the prospect of flooding today.

Yesterday afternoon, the Met Office upgraded the area’s wind warning to “amber”.

In a statement, they said the risk of disruption looks to be highest across parts of the south east from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight eastwards to Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

The Environmental Agency has issued flood alerts for streams and rivers in the east of the county.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

AFC Wimbledon have postoned their match vs Portsmouth FC

Storm Katie has forced the postponement of one of this afternoon's League Two matches.

AFC Wimbledon's home game with Portsmouth is off due to a waterlogged pitch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

A flood alert has been issued by for Chertsey.

Levels on the Chertsey Bourne have been rising steadily throughout the night due to the rainfall.

Levels are expected to continue rising today, and flooding of low lying land and roads is possible. Property flooding is not currently expected.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Firefighters rescued 13 people, including 5 children, from a fire in Hounslow

Last night a fire broke out in a restaurant below flats in Hounslow High Street.

The Brigade was called around 11.30 last night and the fire was under control just before 4am.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

Quins miss chance to move up table

Harlequins missed the chance to move into the rugby union Premiership play-off places after going down 29-23 at Northampton.

Wasps are four points off the top of the table; they stay third following a 34-20 win at strugglers Newcastle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 am  

Police look for man in connection with Ealing stabbing

Police are looking for a man from West Ealing following a stabbing incident on Friday in which another man was injured.

Officers were called to Little Ealing Lane on Friday evening after reports of a man being stabbed.

The victim, aged in his 20’s, was admitted to hospital but his injuries are no longer considered serious.

Detectives want to trace 24-year-old Alem Shah.

He has a QPR tattoo on the underside of his right wrist.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 am  

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Coach of winning team at the Boat Race today sums up the race

In rowing, Cambridge have broken Oxford’s 3-year winning streak to win the 162nd University Boat Race.

Julia Morris spoke to the winning Cambridge coach, former Olympian Steve Trapmore – and asked him to sum up the race.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

Ground floor of a house in West Ewell is destroyed by fire

The ground floor of a house in West Ewell has been completely destroyed after a fire this morning.

Crews from Epsom, Esher, Banstead and Surbiton fire stations were called at about 7.25am to tackle the blaze.

Firefighters say the damage to the house in Gatley Avenue has rendered it ‘uninhabitable.’

A man in his 20's managed to escape the house safely after discovering the fire and no one was injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Cambridge have beaten Oxford in this years men's Boat Race

Cambridge have ended Oxford’s recent dominance and won in the 162nd men’s race.

Oxford have won for the last 3 years, however they were beaten by the ‘light blue’ crew this time.

Julia Morris reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Oxford have won women's boat race - hear more from Julia Morris

Oxford have won a dramatic boat race from Putney to Mortlake today.

The women crews from Oxford and Cambridge have now finished the race.

It’s the 71st women’s boat race, but only the 2nd one using that course on the river.

Julia Morris tells us more about the race.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Detectives appeal for information after a driver failed to stop after a collision in Streatham Hill

Detectives continue to appeal for information after a driver failed to stop following a collision in Streatham Hill.

Police were called at around 2.15 on Friday afternoon, to an incident involving a car and a child in Kingswood Road.

The 10-year old boy was taken to a London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The vehicle is a light coloured Audi hatchback, believed to be an Audi A3 and it’s likely to have sustained damage to the headlights.

Police are urging the driver to come forward, but also anyone who witnessed the collision or can assist with the investigation should call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

We hear from Julia Morris ahead of the start of the women's boat race in Putney

We are minutes away from the 71st women's boat race between Oxford and Cambridge.

The women's race is returning for the second time to the historic course from Putney to Mortlake after making its debut here last year.

Julia Morris reports from the banks of the River Thames.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Hounslow Mayoral voters

Hounslow residents registered to vote in the Mayoral elections will be receiving their polling cars delivered over Easter.

The elections take place on 5th May.

Every eligible Hounslow resident on the electoral register will receive a white poll card confirming the details of their polling station.

If you haven’t received your poll card by 29th April, you should contact the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Renewed appeal to trace missing Tattoo artist from Tooting

Police are renewing appeals to trace a Tooting tattoo artist who has been missing for over 36 years.

Thomas Gerry Redmond, known to family and friends as Gerry, was last seen at his home address in Moyser Road in the summer of 1979.

He was 26 years old at the time, although the exact date and circumstances of the last sighting is not known.

Gerry was single and worked as a tattooist at the Barry Louvaine tattoo shop on Garratt Lane in Earlsfield.

He is a white man, who would now be 62 years old. He has tattoos including an eagle, pirate and rose and the words 'Rob Tattoo' on his right forearm. On his left forearm were tattoos of two birds, a rose, a horse's head and the words 'Gerry and Darren', the latter being a reference to his brother.

There have been previous appeals to trace Gerry, including a television appeal on Carlton TV's 'Missing' on 11 July 1995.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wandsworth police via 101 or the charity Missing People on 116000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Travel update for today's Oxford-Cambridge boat race

Oxford and Cambridge boat crews take to the tideway for the 162nd varsity boat race from Putney to Mortlake.

But thousands of people hoping to attend could experience travel delays because of engineering works on Network Rail.

Trains will not be stopping at stations including Putney, Barnes, Chiswick and Barnes Bridge. For more information, visit the Network Rail website:

The women's race starts at 3:10pm, with the men’s at 4:10pm.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel throughout the afternoon, or follow the travel team @jackie_travel on Twitter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Hersham fight to keep their 'bobby' on the beat

Residents in Hersham have launched a petition to keep their bobby on the beat.

Neil Bourn has been a neighbourhood policeman in the area for 7 years and now faces being moved elsewhere in Surrey.

Resident Caroline Williams set up the petition which has already been signed by 517 people this week.

She says the role is "vital to the community."

As part of the Policing In Your Neighbourhood project, the force is focusing on where people need them most – meaning PC Bourn will be relocated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision in Caterham

Officers from Surrey Police Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the A22, Croydon Road.

A white Mercedes A-Class collided with a pedestrian at around 11pm yesterday (Saturday 26th March). The man in his 30s died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, a woman in her 20s, had minor injuries which were treated at the scene by paramedics and no injuries were reported by the two passengers.

Officers are carrying out further enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it should call Surrey Police Collision Investigation Unit on 01483 639922, or call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Detectives appeal for information after two stabbings in Vauxhall

Detectives are appealing for information after two men were stabbed in Vauxhall in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police were called to Fire nightclub in Parry Street at 1.40am, following reports of a fight.

Two men in their twenties were suffering from stab injuries, and now remain in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

A man from Croydon has criticised the Met Police after being charged

A man from Croydon has criticised the Metropolitan Police after he was mistakenly charged on Wednesday.

46-year old Matthew Doyle claimed he had confronted a Muslim woman on social media about the terror attacks in Brussels, and was arrested.

He was charged on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, but escaped a maximum prison sentence of 7 years.

A statement from the police said ‘following discussion with the Crown Prosecution service, Mr Doyle is no longer charged and won’t appear in court.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 am  

Magistrate's Court in Richmond has closed due to it being 'underused'

Richmond Magistrate’s Court closed its doors for the last time last week.

The old courthouse in Parkshot has only been used for immigration cases in recent years, and keeping it open would have been ‘unsustainable,’

The Ministry of Justice had announced that they would axe underused and dilapidated court buildings, to save the taxpayer around £40m.

Tony Arbour who has been a magistrate there since it opened in 1975, says that’ the closure represents a loss of identity for the borough.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 am  

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