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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Extension of a house in Feltham that was built illegally is demolished by Council

Hounslow council have demolished an extension to a property in Feltham, after it was put up illegally.

The owners of the house in Rochester Avenue ignored a request to remove their side extension and front canopy.

Planning enforcement officers had to take action themselves, as it was built using unsuitable materials – making it unsafe.

The cost of the demolition – which was £3,000 will now be recouped from the property owners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 pm  

Heather Watson is through to the final of doubles at Wimbledon

Britain's Heather Watson is into her first grand slam tennis final.

She'll play in the Wimbledon mixed doubles decider with Finn Henri Kontinen tomorrow - after beating Jelena Ostapenko and Oliver Marach.

That'll take place on Centre Court after Andy Murray goes for his second Wimbledon title.

Watson says she's just enjoying playing with Kontinen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 pm  

20 metre rubbish pile ablaze in Tolworth

Emergency services have been called to a waste ground in Tolworth after a large fire broke out.

80% of pile of household rubbish 20 metres wide was ablaze a short time ago behind the Charrington Bowl at the Tolworth Junction.

3 jets have been used to dampen the blaze, alongside large scale machinery to turn the trash over onto itself.

While aflame, smoke blew across both carriageways of the A3 disrupting the roads.

There have been no reports of any casualties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 pm  

Hayes and Harlington brightened up by annual Carnival

Hayes and Harlington was awash with festivities, performances and colour today, as the annual Hayes Carnival went underway.

The event celebrates the history of Hayes and its diverse community through the decades.

It started off with a parade from The Parkway to Barra Hall Park, led by the renowned Bollywood Choreographer Jay Kumar.

Chairman of Labour, and MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell was there, taking a break from the Labour party turmoil.

He tweeted saying it’s an example of the community spirit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

Southern say they're "not rejecting" offer put forward by RMT to suspend industrial action

Southern rail have said they’re "not rejecting" the offer put forward by the RMT union which would see their dispute put on hold.

The union has said it will suspend further industrial action for the next 3 months if GTR also suspends its proposals for the same length of time, to allow them time to talk.

The two have been at odds over the proposed removal of conductors from trains and the impact on safety.

Their row has so far left commuters with official warnings at work for being late, lost job contracts, missed medical appointments and reduced time with their families.

It also means GTR will introduce a new timetable from next Monday, with over 300 fewer services daily.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

Update: Chemical leak on Merton High Street leads to evacuations

A chemical leak in Colliers Wood has led to road closures and hundreds being evacuated from a shopping centre.

The London Fire Brigade were called to what used to be the Savacentre after a substance was reported to be leaking from a refrigerator in Sainsbury’s.

The surrounding area was closed off for a few hours while the spillage was investigated.

It was found to be safe for the public, and there are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

BGT finalist performs in home town of Sutton

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Wayne Woodward will be heading back to where it all began for him next week: his home town of Sutton.

The young singer will perform a one off show at The Secombe Theatre on Friday night.

He'll be backed up by other BGT favourites.

For more information head to or click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

Results at the final Saturday of Wimbledon

Serena Williams has made tennis history, by equalling Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 grand slam women's singles titles.

She has her seventh Wimbledon singles trophy, after beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

Britain's Heather Watson is into tomorrow's mixed doubles final with Finn Henri Kontinen.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won the men's wheelchair doubles title.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

Merton primary schools among top for pupil improvement

Merton primary schools are among the top of a league table for pupil improvement.

The borough ranked the 17th highest performing local authority or academy trust in England.

88% of the Merton’s 41 primary schools were rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

The Education Policy Institute’s rankings also showed Merton’s secondary schools in the top 3 best for pupil improvement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Artists from around the world perform in Kingston

The International Youth Arts Festival opens in Kingston today, marking its 8th year.

Kingston will be home to young artists from across the UK and around the world until July 17th.

Performances and workshops in all forms of art will take place in locations such as Kingston Market, the Rose Theatre and the Library.

There are also performances in New Malden and Chessington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Foreign Secretary, and Runnymede and Weybridge MP, Hammond backs May in wake of personal comments

The Runnymede and Weybridge MP has joined in the row over Andrea Leadsom’s comments in the Tory leadership contest.

Philip Hammond, who's also Foreign Secretary, says Andrea Leadsom should sign up for a Clean Campaign pledge.

The pledge was devised by the main Tory leadership hopeful Theresa May.

Mr Hammond also claimed that none of the Foreign Ministers will have heard of the pro-Brexit candidate.

It follows Mrs Leadsom has been accused of using her status as a mother to get an advantage in the race to become prime minister.

The former Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable also added his voice, saying five years ago he would not have believed he would be praying for Theresa May to win the leadership contest and become Prime Minister.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Chemical leak in Merton

There’s been an evacuation of Merantun Way in Merton.

The scene is near to South Wimbledon tube station.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Richmond Council to invest more than £7m in the elderly staying in their homes

Richmond Council has launched a new service aiming to give the elderly more independence and greater control over their care.

The Help to Live At Home scheme plans to help people avoid staying in hospitals or care homes by aiding them at home.

It’s being delivered by Mears Care and Medacs Healthcare.

The Council will invest £7.3 million per year, and says it’ll allow elderly residents a real say in how and when they receive help.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

Merton residents mad about bins

Merton Council says it regrets residents weren’t consulted properly abut changes to bin collections.

Weekly collections are to come to an end, with waste only collected fortnightly.

However, numerous people have complained about a lack of clarity.

They’ve also argued that a bin pilot carried out, was modelled on a different system than the proposals being put forward by Merton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Teddington lifeboat called out to boys on the river

Teddington lifeboat has been called into action.

Boys were seen on an inflatable on the river but were rescued before they were swept away.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Croydon fills us in on freezers

Did you know you could save money by making better use of your freezer?

That’s the message from Croydon Council.

New figures show around 36% of people nationwide are throwing away food because it is past its sell by date.

However, food that is stored in a freezer before its use by date is up, can be kept and eaten after that date.

Food waste costs each household around £470 annually
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

Feltham flats on fire - again

Sixty people fled from a fire which broke out in flats in Feltham in the middle of the night.

It broke out in Hampton Road west.

Six fire engines attended.

Fire officers had to systematically search five floors and a 37 year old man and a 14 year old teenage boy got out of the fifth floor of the flats on their own.

Nearly 10% of the roof has been damaged by fire.

Seven people were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke and were treated at the scene – one person was taken to hospital.

It’s the second blaze in the town in a week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Woking parties in Sci-Fi

Woking will be more Star Wars than Surrey today as it holds a Party in the Park in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells.

The famous author used Horsell Common for the setting of the Martian landing in The War of the Worlds.

To celebrate, a free festival of everything sci-fi will be held in Woking Park.

It’ll include a bit of time travel, space-age fun and live performances from midday, ending with an open air showing of Episode 7 of the Star Wars saga in the evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 am  

Getting the Best Start in Croydon

A new programme has been launched in Croydon aimed at giving the 500 babies born in the borough each month the best start in life.

Under the Best Start scheme help from different agencies is co-ordinated so that parents will only have to explain their circumstances once.

The 400 professionals and voluntary organisations who are part of the programme can then tailor support for individual circumstances.

There’s also a buddy system so that parents can support and help each other.

Statistics show nationally around 20% of mothers experience mental health problems which make it difficult to bond with their babies.

Early support through the programme can improve the experience of both the mother and the child.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 am  

Suspect in Battersea murder released on bail
A teenage boy arrested in connection with the murder of Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The 17 year old was arrested Friday, 8th July, on suspicion of murder.

Two weeks after the murder, Matthew’s family are urging any witnesses to come forward and speak to police.

18 year old Matthew was stabbed to death in the communal stairwell of a block of flats in Wayford Street on the 21st of June.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 am  

Friday, 8 July 2016

Hounslow Council team up with Disney to help keep children fit!

Disney has teamed up with Pubic Health England and Hounslow Council today to launch a campaign to help children get fit.

The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Ups are back for a third summer to encourage children to get the 60 minutes of daily exercise needed with fun 10 minute bursts of activity.

The Council will be hosting 10 Minute Shakeup sessions for children every weekday lunch time between 12-2pm at Studio 700 from Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Police investigating after a spate of random attacks in Chiswick

35 year old Vitalij Kovaliov, a registered sex offender and escapee from a mental health unit in Hammersmith- was initially sought on these charges but since cleared

Police in Hounslow have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to following spate of random attacks in Chiswick.

The first incident happened at around midday on Tuesday 28 June, at British Grove when a 25-year-old woman was approached by a man who spray-painted her hair red before making off.

Here is a description of each attack.
At 12:39hrs officers were informed that a man had wandered into the middle of the street at Cranbrook Road, Chiswick and exposed himself.

At 13:00hrs there was a report made to police that a man had punched a 19-year-old man in the face in Cranbrook Road, Chiswick and made off.

At 13:30hrs officers were alerted to an incident at Chiswick High Road where a 32-year-old man had been punched in the back by a male suspect who then made off.

At 14:00hrs officers were informed of a racially aggravated assault at Essex Place, W4. A 27-year-old black woman stated she had been racially abused by a white man who then threw a plastic bottle in her face before making off.

At 14:30hrs officers were informed that a suspect had sprayed graffiti on a van in Chiswick High Road.

The following day, Wednesday, 29 June, an incident occurred at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre at 19:40hrs. The victim was walking out of the leisure centre when a man approached him and knocked a box of fruit he was carrying out of his hand. The suspect then picked the fruit up and threw it at the victim before making off.

The offences are all being linked by locality, nature of the incident and description of the individual involved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

Detectives investigate an alleged rape in Colliers Wood

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following the alleged rape of a woman in Wandle Park in Colliers Wood.

At approximately 11pm on the 25th June a woman was raped near to the Water Treatment Works close to the exit to Boundary Road.

The man has been described as approximately 6ft tall, of medium build, with cropped dark hair.

He was wearing a dark light-weight bomber jacket and dark straight leg jeans.

On Monday a 24-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation and has been bailed to return on a date in August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Appeal for missing man from Croydon

Police in Croydon are appealing for help in finding a missing vulnerable man.

69 year old Martin Henry was last seen on Wednesday when he left his home in New Addington.

He is described as black , 5ft 5 inches tall of slim build and with dreadlocks. Martin also has Alzheimers and may appear confused.

His family and officers are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who has seen Martin is asked to contact officers at Croydon on 020 3276 2260 or via 101 quoting reference 16MIS029111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

Detectives from Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command are investigating a serious sexual assault in the Clapham Common South Side area.

At 2am on Sunday the 26th of June, a 27-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man on Klea Avenue.

The woman was approached from behind by a man who pushed her into the communal area of some flats before attacking her.

The woman managed to scratch him on the face - close to his left eye - with her keys before he ran away.

The man is described as Asian, of medium build, 5ft 5ins tall with short black hair. He spoke with an English accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Richard MacKenzie on 020 8721 412 quoting reference 1220248/16 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea have made a third arrest

Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder.

Promising footballer Matthew was stabbed to death in the communal stairwell of a block of flats in Wayford Street on the 21st of June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

#Kingston Police is taking a bold step.

Officers are asking teachers who think their pupils may be subjected to inappropriate gaming at home, to report it to them.

The news comes as its revealed hundreds of children may be playing violent games either because their parents play them, or they have an older sibling who does.

Peter Cowley is an e-safety expert who visits schools nationwide.

He explains one situation where a father was allowing his 8 year old son to play Call of Duty, a hard hitting 18 rated video game, which is described as "a first-person shooter video game franchise."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Computer glitch at Heathrow Airport causes chaos for passengers

A computer glitch has caused huge delays for passengers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

Holidaymakers have reported being turned away after a fault with the new British Airways check in system.

They’ve posted pictures of queues on Twitter.

It’s believed it’s the same system that failed last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

Progress in long-running dispute between the RMT and GTR affecting Southern and Thameslink services

The ongoing dispute between the RMT Union, and Thameslink and Southern Railways, could be put on hold if an offer from the union is met.

They’ve been at odds over the proposed removal of conductors from trains and its impact on safety.

The row has caused disruption on Thameslink and Southern services.

The RMT’s General Secretary has said they’ll suspend further industrial action for the next 3 months if GTR also suspends their proposals for the same length of time.

It’s hoped that they’ll be able to come to an agreement during this hiatus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Police have released images of jewellery stolen in a burglary in Wallington last Wednesday

Entry was gained in Alington Grove after a rear kitchen window was forced open.

Police want anyone who is offered the pieces to buy, to call them straight away.

Some of the pieces are pictured above.

If you are offered any of these items or see them for sale, please contact Sutton CID on 101 quoting ref no: 4006075/16. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

NHS stops heart surgery at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals

Children’s heart surgery is expected to stop at the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals in Chelsea and Middlesex in April, following an announcement from the NHS.

It’s part of plans to cut the number of hospitals in England allowed to carry out cardiac surgery on people born with heart problems from 13 to 10.

Other units in London, Leicester and Manchester will also be affected.

The affected trusts are promising to fight the decision.

Robert Craig is from the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation trust:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

Police praise women in Carshalton for fending off unwelcome visitors

Police have praised the actions of two women who refused entry to bogus meter readers who called at their homes in Carshalton.

In both incidents the men called unexpectedly at the properties, but left after being challenged about their visits.

The first suspect is white, 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build, with cropped hair and big rimmed glasses.

The second man is white, aged 35, 5ft 4 tall, of stocky build, with blond shoulder-length hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 am  

Tactics used to collect council tax debt in Kingston could be pushing residents further into the red

There are concerns tactics used to collect council tax debt is pushing some people further into the red.

Kingston Council was recently rated the top performing authority in London for council tax collection.

A report by Citizens Advice says some authorities in England add extra charges, send in bailiffs and take court action.

That's before trying to arrange manageable repayment plans.

Pippa Lane from the charity says the approach can be counter-productive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 am  

New Malden residents have say on Blagdon Road's open space

People in New Malden are being advised to have their say on the future of Blagdon Road’s open space.

New redevelopment plans for the Malden Centre site have been published on Kingston Council’s website.

New and affordable homes, a leisure centre and improved green spaces are all part of the proposed Cock’s Crescent development.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 am  

Campaign for Spelthorne stations in Zone 6

A campaign to bring rail stations in Spelthorne into Zone 6 is building with more than 5,000 people signing a petition backing the change.

Campaigners were joined by local councillors and Spelthorne's MP at a public meeting at the Thomas Knyvett School last night to give an update on progress.

Applications for rail franchises are due this autumn and the pressure is on to have this issue included for the new rail provider.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 am  

Body found in search for missing Runnymede man

A body believed to be that of a man missing from Runnymede has been found in the Leith Hill area of Dorking.

The body was found at around 2pm yesterday during an extensive search for missing 48-year-old Paul Ingleton.

Surrey Police officers and Surrey Search and Rescue were assisted by specialist search teams and dogs.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but Mr Ingleton's family have been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 am  

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Drones at Heathrow

Near miss reports between drones and aircraft over the UK have soared.

New figures show there were 34 alleged incidents between January and June, compared with 29 for all of last year.

Heathrow was one of the airports where reports were made.

Aviation experts say research needs to be done to determine how much damage a drone could actually do to an aircraft.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 pm  

Snacks confiscated by Wimbledon officials

Peperamis are allegedly being confiscated by Wimbledon officials .

Fans say they were given free samples of the spicy sausage snack from a truck as they queued to gain entry to the courts yesterday.

But visitors were allegedly told to hand them over to security at the gates.

Richmond Council took a similar stance during last year’s rugby world cup after thousands of wrappers were discarded near the stadium.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 pm  

Boy assaulted at West Croydon station

Detectives from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a boy was violently assaulted at West Croydon station.

Shortly before 6.30pm on Thursday, the 16th of June, the 16-year-old victim left a train service on platform 4 where he was followed by a man.

Before he could exit the station, the unknown man then pushed the victim to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the head.

The victim sustained a fractured eye socket as a result of this assault.

Today, BTP are releasing CCTV images of a man they would like to speak with in connection with this incident. Do you recognise him? Get in touch.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Michael Stephenson said: “We believe this attack was totally unprovoked and left the victim with a very serious injury to his eye.We are working tirelessly to locate the person who did this so I would urge anyone who has any information to contact us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 195 of 07/07/2016. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Max Clifford not guilty

Max Clifford has been found not guilty of indecent assault.

The former celebrity publicist from Hersham had been accused by prosecutors of "humiliating" a 17 year old girl in the early 80s.

He was cleared by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

The 73 year old's currently serving a prison term for historical sex offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Two hospices in Woking and Weybridge have fared well in an unannounced inspection

The care Quality Commission has rated end of life care at Woking and Sam Beare hospices as “good.”

The first was opened in 1996 at Woking hospital to provide palliative care to patients and their families across central Surrey.

Sam Beare hospice was opened in Weybridge hospital in 2006. It costs over £8 million to keep them both operating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Jurors are continuing to consider their verdict in former celebrity publicist Max Clifford's indecent assault trial.

The 73 year old from Hersham denies one accusation relating to an alleged incident with a 17 year old girl in the 1980s.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court was sent out yesterday afternoon.

They’ve been told a majority verdict will be acceptable.

He was previously found guilty of eight indecent assaults on four teenage girls and is currently serving an 8 year prison sentence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Serena Williams goes through comfortably to the finals of Wimbledon 2016

Serena Williams has settled her attempt at setting up a Williams sister ladies' singles final at Wimbledon.

She beat Russia's Elena Vesnina in straight sets: 6-2, 6-0.

Later, Venus Williams has a tough last four tie with Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Man missing from Walton

Officers are appealing for information from the public to help find 26-year-old Jack Barker from Walton who has been missing for over two weeks.

Jack was last seen on the 20th of June when he was dropped off in Weybridge, but he has not been seen since.

Officers are concerned for Jack's welfare as he has a medical condition and they need to find him to ensure he is safe and well.

He is described as approximately 5ft 7” tall, slim build, hazel eyes and short sandy coloured hair.

It is known that Jack likes to visit Southampton and the West End of London and anyone who sees him or has any information on where he might be should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45160057005 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

Surrey Police improves its ability to safeguard the vulnerable

Surrey Police has made progress in protecting the vulnerable but still has work to do, according to a report published today by HMIC.

It was one of only four forces deemed inadequate at safeguarding the vulnerable and protecting victims in their previous report published in December.

The new assessment shows improvements in child abuse and missing persons investigations, and in how to deal with child sexual exploitation.

A spokesperson from HMIC said the changes are encouraging, but that some areas certainly need further work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

Nurses invited to open day in Isleworth this Saturday

Nurses are being invited to an open day at a hospital in Isleworth this Saturday.

West Middlesex Hospital is hosting the event to allow nurses to explore job opportunities.

There’ll be morning and afternoon recruitment sessions, with presentations, a hospital tour and interviews.

The event runs from 10am till 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

A museum dedicated to showcasing the musical heritage of the likes of The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart could be lost forever

The Eel Pie Island Museum on the Thames at Twickenham is hoping to become a permanent attraction.

It opened last year as a ‘pop-up’ above Twickenham Library, and has since moved to Richmond Road, being funded by the council.

In the 50s and 60s the infamous 'Eelpiland' club, set in an old hotel on Eel Pie Island, played host to many superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart & Eric Clapton as they started their careers back in their youth

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to try and find the £4,000 still needed to keep it going.

To pledge your support, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Man from Woking jailed for non-recent child sexual assaults

A 52-year-old man from Woking has been jailed for six years for two non-recent sexual assaults against a girl under 13.

The incidents happened between April 2005 and April 2006 in the Sheerwater area.

Mark Smith was found guilty at a previous hearing of the two offences against him.

Police say the young victim is now 'battling to put her demons behind her'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Chaos for drivers trying to get to #HamptonCourtFlowerShow as two lorries collide on the #M3


Two lanes are still closed with queueing traffic due to recovery work following the accident which happened just after 9am between Junction 2, the M25 turn off, and Junction 1, Sunbury.

The road was fully closed for around an hour and a half to allow the air ambulance to land.

The incident involved two heavy goods vehicles; a VK Transport lorry and Heavy Tractor articulated lorry.

A large quantity of debris was spread across the road from one of the lorries involved, and the other lorry had been positioned across the southbound carriageway following the collision. This meant that Highways England closed lanes 1 and 2 to assist in the recovery of the vehicles.

South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the scene following reports that one driver having suffered a possible fractured hip.

The man was been taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, however his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Highways England are currently in progress of recovering the vehicles and police are assisting with clearing the tailback of traffic.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel reports, or follow the travel team on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Police appeal for help tracing criminal damage suspect in Colliers Wood

Merton Police have released CCTV footage of a man suspected of criminal damage.

They were called to Deebees on Colliers Wood High Street at around 10am on Friday 10th June after the suspect argued with staff about repair work to his car.

He then threatened to stab employees if he could not leave without paying, and damaged a computer monitor in the process.

The man is described as black, balding with a thin black beard, in his mid-40s and 5ft 6ins tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting reference number 217373.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Council approves Croydon's first specialist BMX track and community club

Work to build Croydon’s first specialist BMX track and community club will start later this year after council proposals were approved.

Keen BMXers of all ages and abilities will be able to use the facilities when they are built next to the sports pavilion in Norbury Park.

The track will be home to Croydon BMX, a new volunteer-led community club.

During daylight hours on weekdays, the facilities will be available to schools and groups, with club sessions at weekends.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Sutton Council successfully prosecutes landlord following threat to tenants' safety

A Sutton landlord has been fined almost £4,500 after failing to comply with regulations to keep the tenants safe.

The breach by owners TLK Properties and Investments was discovered by Sutton Council in their inspection of the High Street premises.

It revealed the property had been converted into housing without the appropriate licence, lacked smoke alarms and had a broken front door lock, compromising tenants’ security.

The company were also ordered to pay prosectution costs of £3,500.

They have appealed the conviction and the case will be heard in the High Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

Architect George Clarke talks apprenticeships, building things and students at Carshalton College

Architect and presenter of ‘Amazing Spaces’ - George Clarke was at Carshalton College a couple of weeks ago to officially open their Technology centre.

A big audience turned out to see the opening, take a tour of the new building and hear Mr Clarke speak about his career.

He mentioned that when he was 16, his apprenticeship was ‘the foundation of his career’ and ‘the best two years of his life’ and encourages others to down the practical route.

The Chair of Governors, Mavis Peart OBE also addressed students and the audience - saying it was ‘such a special day for Carshalton College.’

George told Radio Jackie all about his excitement for the students who will benefit from the new space. (full interview)

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Children in Richmond get their say on new school uniforms

Youngsters are to get their say on uniform proposals for the new Richmond Upon Thames School.

The school on Egerton Road will open its doors to year 7 pupils from September next year.

Teachers say they feel a uniform is needed to “create a clear sense of identity, community and school pride amongst all pupils.”

The meeting will be held at The Stoop Rugby Club next Tuesday at 7pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Andy Murray jokes about bringing joy to the country

Andy Murray says he'll try to bring joy to the UK at Wimbledon.

The world number two reached the semi-finals last night - beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

Murray was told in his post match news conference that the nation's a bit "miserable" at the moment.

With Wales losing at Euro 2016, England needing a new football manager and the UK requiring a new prime minister - he was asked if he's the "last hope".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

We remember two victims of the July 7th bombings - a girl from Surbiton and a woman from Hounslow

Today marks 11 years since the July the 7th bombings.

Lucy Mayer remembers two of the victims.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 am  

Ex-formula one driver to take part in the Prudential RideLondon - Surrey 100 that passes through Richmond Park

An Australian Formula 1 ace has confirmed he will take part in this year’s Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100.

Mark Webber, who won the British Grand Prix twice will be riding for the London Youth charity.

The cycle race will see cyclists of all abilities pass through Richmond Park and Kingston town centre, before crossing Hampton Court bridge into Surrey.

Singers Lemar and Sam Bailey will also be taking part on Sunday 31st July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Serena Williams is proud to have reached the final four at Wimbledon

Serena Williams plays in her tenth Wimbledon semi-final later.

The defending champion faces Elena Vesnina on Centre Court.

Williams says she's proud to have reached the last four of another grand slam.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 am  

Businessman from Clapham died after falling 40ft from his mansion block

A businessman from Clapham was three times the drink-drive limit when he fell 40 feet to his death from a mansion block.

An inquest heard that 28 year old Patrick Burns had also taken cocaine when he fell from a balcony at his home in June last year.

He lived in Cavendish Mansions in a £600,000 flat and was found by a neighbour in a small courtyard behind the building.

A post mortem gave the medical cause of death as severe head injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Murray is thankful to the crowd in his match yesterday

Andy Murray says the crowd helped make a difference in his quarter-final win at Wimbledon.

The world number two beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets - but had a scare, as he'd been two-sets-to-love up at one point.

Murray orchestrated the Centre Court spectators at several points - saying he'll take any help he can get.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Venus Williams had made history before she even played her first match at Wimbledon this year

Venus Williams had made Grand Slam history before even hitting her first Ball at Wimbledon this year.

Five wins later, she’s continued to add more and could still make the record books with further achievements.

This is her 19th Championships, she’s one of just three women to have reached the semi-finals after their 36th birthday.

Should Venus win Wimbledon, she’ll replace Serena Williams as the oldest Grand Slam champion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 pm  

Andy Murray is through to the final four at Wimbledon

Andy Murray's into the semi-finals of Wimbledon after seeing off a comeback from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The second seed let a two-set lead slip - but won the decider 6-1.

Tomas Berdych (pron: TOH-mas ber-DICHT) will be his opponent in the last four.

Murray says it was just a relief to come through.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 pm  

Surrey Police's Operation Dragonfly continues: 20 more charged

Twenty people have been charged in the fourth week of Operation Dragonfly, Surrey and Sussex Police's crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

The campaign sees officers on patrol actively looking for driving offences and behaviour that could be due to intoxicating substances.

Surrey Police is proactively releasing the names of those who have been charged, as they did in last year's initiative.

A further four drivers have been arrested and are on bail pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

Leader of Wandsworth Council calls for urgent action over Southern Rail

Wandsworth’s council leader is calling for urgent action to be taken over Southern Rail.

It’s after Southern Rail announced plans to withdraw 341 services from its daily timetable so it can provide a “more reliable overall service.”

The result yesterday was last minute service cancellations, severe overcrowding and missed journeys.

Ravi Govindia has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to ask for guidance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Foster carers in Hounslow are being asked to make themselves known to the council

People in Hounslow looking after a child that’s not theirs, are being asked to make themselves known to the council.

Council officials say some foster carers might not know they are entitled to monetary support.

People who are private fostering, are still eligible for grants from the council.

Private fostering is where someone looks after a child under 16, which is not directly related to them following a private agreement with the said child’s family

A privately fostered child does not have council contact, but that doesn’t mean monetary support is not available.

For more details, google Hounslow council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

The mother of murdered teenager Breck Bednar has spoken candidly about the dangers of the internet #PlayVirtualLiveReal

Lorin LaFave took to the floor at a safety conference aimed at parents at Kingston College last night.

She was joined by head of Kingston and Richmond Police forces, Glenn Tunstall, MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, and e-safety expert Peter Cowley.

It was organised by Kingston Councillor Andrea Craig, who was so moved by a talk she had heard before, that she decided to set one up a similar conference in Kingston.

14 year old Breck, from Caterham, was killed after going to meet 19 year old Lewis Daynes, who had been grooming him via online gaming.

Lewis controlled the server that Breck and his friends had been using for some time, but eventually singled Breck out, luring him to his home in Grays, Essex, for a meeting in February 2014.

It was here that he attacked and killed him. He was subsequently jailed for life.

Breck's parents received a payout from Surrey Police after control room staff there were found to have failed to act on Lorin's warnings her son was being groomed.

She has this advice for parents worried their children are withdrawing from them.

Sam Craig attended the event last night and explains how it shocked him.

To find out more, visit the Breck Foundation, by clicking here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Tour buses heading to Richmond's Poppy Factory will be affected by gas works

Tour buses heading to Richmond’s Poppy Factory will be affected by gas works next month.

Petersham Road will be closed for five weeks.

There will be a drop in session about the works at Ham Library on 14th July between 3 and 9pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Three teens arrested for possession of firearms in Sutton

Three teenagers have been arrested for possession of firearms in Sutton.

Officers were called to reports of three teenagers carrying what appeared to be firearms in Eaton Road at around 5.15pm yesterday.

Specialist firearms officers stopped the youths in nearby Cavendish Road, and seized two imitation firearms.

The three teenagers, all aged 14, were arrested and have been bailed to return in mid-August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Man arrested for attempted motorbike theft in Sutton

A man’s been arrested and cautioned for the attempted theft of a motorbike in Sutton.

Officers were called to the incident near the junction of Stonecot Hill and Sutton Common Road on Friday at around 5.30pm.

A member of the public saw two male suspects trying to steal his bike outside a shop.

The suspects tried to jump start the bike, and as the owner approached them, they dropped the bike and fled the scene.

A 20-year-old suspect was detained on Lower Morden Lane and given a caution.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Croydon residents warned not to fall for telephone scams after two recent incidents

Residents in Croydon are being warned not to fall for telephone scams, following two recent incidents.

In one case, a consumer received a call from someone claiming to be from her internet provider.

She was told she needed to transfer almost £2,500 to fix issues with her internet, and she has been unable to get her money back.

Croydon Council’s trading standards team is working with the Citizens’ Advice Service to alert residents to con artists and their tricks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Flooding is causing disruption for drivers in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush

Drivers in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush are facing disruption because of flooding.

Wood Lane in White City has been closed after a water main burst this morning.

Buses are on diversion in the area.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel updates or follow our travel team on Twitter @Jackie_Travel

Photo credits @ShamimRahman & @djdecreator
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Councils in Surrey target housing fraud with poster campaign

A bus shelter campaign across Surrey has been running for the past two weeks to raise awareness of housing fraud; this has included a bus shelter poster in Hersham.

Councillor Roy Green, Cabinet Member for Housing said:

“We have been working closely with Paragon Community Housing to identify housing fraud in Elmbridge and I am really pleased to see this poster has been on display to raise awareness amongst our residents. We have a real problem with homelessness and we are doing everything we can to keep families out of Bed & Breakfast. So it makes sense to do what we can to make sure all our social housing stock continues to be occupied or allocated only to those in genuine need.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Hospital in Isleworth invites nurses to open day this Saturday

Nurses are being invited to an open day at a hospital in Isleworth this Saturday.

West Middlesex Hospital is hosting the event to allow nurses to explore job opportunities.

There’ll be morning and afternoon recruitment sessions, with presentations, a hospital tour and interviews.

The event runs from 10am – 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

Richmond Council has slammed the government for plans to cut £170 million worth of funding to Pharmacies nationwide

The plans were confirmed at a council cabinet meeting last night.

A consultation was launched earlier this year and the final decision is expected in the next few weeks.

It is expected that the cut will have the biggest impact on independent pharmacies, of which there is a high percentage in Richmond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am  

Police appeal for witnesses to offence on bus in Wimbledon

Police are appealing for information following an offence on a bus in Wimbledon.

Officers were called to a report of sexual offence on a bus at Morden Road at around 2am on Sunday.

A woman alleged she was about to alight from an N155 bus when a male passenger approached her and touched her inappropriately.

The male has a Mediterranean appearance, is 6ft tall, of muscular build, with possibly an eastern European accent.

He has very short cropped dark hair and was wearing a long dark jacket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am  

Police warn Sutton residents to protect their jewellery after string of burglaries

Residents in Sutton are being encouraged to protect their jewellery after a string of burglaries in the borough.

Police received 15 reports of thefts in June, and in some cases, cash and computers were also taken.

Gold and jewellery are favourite items to seal, as they are easy to conceal and exchange for cash.

Marking jewellery with a forensic traceable liquid, using a safety deposit box, and photographing each piece are some ways to protect your valuables.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Serena Williams heads to the semi-finals at Wimbledon

Top seed Serena Williams heads a quarter of experienced Wimbledon semi-finalists after yesterday's last eight matches.

Angelique Kerber is the youngest at 28, with Serena and sister Venus comfortably into their thirties.

The defending champion says it's not always going to be that way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

A mentee who is supported by a charity in Mitcham will toss coin for men's final at Wimbledon

A mentee who is supported by a Mitcham charity has been chosen to toss the coin at the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon Foundation funds Jigsaw4u’s Mentoring project which enables them to support children in Year 6 with their transition into secondary school.

The charity is delighted that Yousef will play a special part in the major sporting event on Sunday.

In the last year, the charity has helped 3,500 children, young people and their families.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

An inquiry into the death of businessman from Clapham found it was 'accidental' after taking drugs and alchohol

A businessman from Clapham was three times the drink-drive limit when he fell 40 feet to his death from a mansion block.

An inquest heard that 28-year old Patrick Burns had also taken cocaine when he fell from a balcony at his home in June last year.

He lived in Cavendish Mansions in a £600,000 flat and was found by a neighbour in a small courtyard behind the building.

A post mortem gave the medical cause of death as severe head injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Details of play today at Wimbledon

Wimbledon favourite Andy Murray continues his campaign for a second title at the All England club today.

He's up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight.

Murray is second on Centre Court after Roger Federer's match with Marin Cilic.

Milos Raonic takes on Novak Djokovic's conqueror Sam Querrey, and Tomas Berdych meets Lucas Pouille.

The Williams sisters are both into the women's semi-finals, on the opposite side of the draw.

Serena faces world number 50 Elena Vesnina, and Venus goes up against Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Andy Murray continues his bid for a second Wimbledon title later.

He takes on 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals this afternoon.

Murray has beaten the Frenchman 8 times in 10 matches, including twice on the grass at the All England Club.

Despite this, he says only his best tennis will see him through.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 am  

Frankie Smith from Banstead will compete in 'Traveller's Got Talent' this weekend

Traveller's Got Talent is coming to Camberley later this week, and one of the competitors is from Banstead.

Frankie Smith will be singing rock and roll in the 6 hour competition, something he's been doing from a young age.

The night aims to show that travellers do have talent and most of the participants will be singing, but other talents are also welcome.

Frankie tells us why he thinks he stands a chance with his unique choice of genre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 am  

Rubbish truck ploughs into a £30,000 car in Croydon

A council rubbish truck has reversed into an expensive car, while making a collection in Croydon.

The 31-year old owner of the £30,000 Lexus was ‘horrified’ when he watched the footage of his car being rammed down the street in South End.

The incident happened after he parked his car before starting work at Croydon Metropolitan College.

A spokesman for Croydon Council said they have ordered a full investigation into the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am  

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Three men were rushed to hospital earlier after a police chase in Brentford

Three men were rushed to hospital earlier after a vehicle they were travelling in crashed following a police chase in Brentford.

An unmarked car attempted to stop the vehicle, which was thought to be stolen – just before 1pm today.

After the car failed to stop, it drove away and collided with a lamppost and a bollard on Kew Bridge Road.

The two passengers were arrested on suspicion of allowing to be carried in a stolen vehicle and the driver on suspicion of several offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 pm  

Serena is very happy for sister Venus - as she makes the last four at Wimbledon

Serena Williams says she's thrilled with sister Venus' return to the Wimbledon semi-finals after a seven year absence.

Venus, who's now 36, has overcome an immune system problem to make the last four.

Serena treats her elder sibling as quite a role model.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 pm  

Witnesses appealed for in Battersea murder
The family of a man killed two weeks ago in Battersea have urged any witnesses to come forward.

18-year-old Matthew Kitandwe was stabbed in a block of flats in Wayford Street on Tuesday, 21 June.

His uncle James has described Matthew as an ‘excellent sportsman’, adding ‘He is so greatly missed."

Detectives have also asked for information about two sightings they believe could prove vital to the inquiry.

A small, light coloured vehicle which was seen parked outside Wayford Street and a black hatchback - that was seen driving up and down Cabul Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm  

Police appeal for help after Chessington stabbing
Kingston Police are appealing for information after an 18 year old man was stabbed in Chessington.

The incident happened at around 2am on Sunday 5th June in Hook Road.

The victim was approached by another man on a dark coloured mountain bike for a cigarette and when he said he didn’t smoke, the 18 year old was attacked.

The suspect is described as a white male of average build, 5'10" wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper with a white word written across the front. He also had a black stubbly beard.

Anyone with any information should contact Kingston CID on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm  

Nick Ephgrave confirmed as new Chief Constable for Surrey Police

Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel have confirmed Nick Ephgrave in the role of Chief Constable of Surrey Police following a hearing at County Hall in Kingston.

The Confirmation Hearing, held today, was an opportunity for the Police and Crime Panel to review the proposed appointment and to question the preferred candidate on his suitability for the role.

Following this questioning, the Panel unanimously approved Mr. Ephgrave’s appointment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

The ground floor of a two storey house has been badly damaged by a fire in Fulham

An elderly woman left the property before the brigade arrived in Tamworth Street, just before 11 o’clock.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

It’s the second fire in Fulham in the space of a week; a woman died in a place in Wandon Road on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

#Wimbledon Update

The Wimbledon ladies' singles semi-finals are now set, and there's still the possibility of a decider between the Williams sisters.

Serena beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

She'll face Elena Vesnina, who got past Dominika Cibulkova, meaning the Slovakian can get married on Saturday, also the day of the final.

Venus Williams and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber will also meet, after straight sets wins.

Britain's Jamie Murray reached the quarter-finals of the men's doubles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Parents are being urged to attend a series of talks about internet safety at Kingston College tonight

"The Hidden Dangers of the Internet" seminar will hear from Lorin LaFave.

Her son Breck Bednar was murdered by someone he met while using online gaming forums.

Kingston’s Police Chief and Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith will also be on hand to answer questions.

It all starts at 7.30pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

The amount of families cared for by two hospices after a merger, has increased by 36%

New figures released today reveal Shooting Star Chase has cared for 5,000 people in need across London and Surrey since 2011.

The charity has hospices in Hampton and Guildford.

It supports children with life-limiting conditions, and over 3,700 parents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

Police thank residents after helicopter hunt

Police have thanked Cheam residents for their patience as a helicopter search team helped them arrest two burglary suspects.

Sutton Police confirmed that with help from the National Police Air service the pair were caught following a ‘short’ chase.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Southern says it's cutting 341 services a day from next week until further notice.

Southern's been given permission to introduce an emergency timetable after weeks of disruption caused by industrial action and crew shortages.

The RMT union is accusing its parent company of "mismanagement".

The company runs services through the likes of Croydon, Clapham Junction and Epsom.

Commuter Amy Collins is weighing up what it means for her.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow the travel team on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

London Mayor Sadiq Khan appears to be going ahead with his plans to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone to parts of SW London

Putney, which joins the South Circular, is the second most polluted high street in England after Oxford Street.

Cars made before 2005 may also have to pay an additional charge for entering the congestion zone under new proposals.

Diesel cars could have to pay an additional charge to come into inner London by 2019 and buses will be retrofitted to meet EU standards.

Over 9,000 Londoners die a year from respiratory problems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Officer to be reinstated after panel cleared him of gross misconduct in Fulham

A Met officer is to be reinstated after a panel cleared him of gross misconduct at a hearing in Fulham.

DC Troy De Barry was facing allegations he travelled without a valid rail ticket and permitted his daughters to do the same on several occasions.

On these occasions he produced a warrant card to justify his daughters’ ticketless travel.

The panel accepted the officer had breached the standards of professional behaviour, but that it amounted to misconduct only.

Meanwhile, the Met has put 148 officers on the gross misconduct register in the last two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Surrey Police ranks second on a list of worst offenders for data breaches by forces nationwide

Figures compiled by Big Brother Watch show private information being shared or lost by hundreds of officers and staff every week.

Over 800 forces nationwide are said to have accessed personal information for no policing purpose.

Three hundred cases between June 2011 and December 2015 ended in resignation or dismissal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

Police are appealing for help to identify a man they want to speak to in connection with an investigation into criminal damage in Heathrow

Police are appealing for help to identify a man in connection with an investigation into criminal damage in Heathrow.

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance on a 285 bus, which was travelling from Heathrow to Kingston on 25th March.

The suspect smashed a window on the bus, and left when the driver stopped, before police arrived.

The man is white, aged in his mid-20s, 6ft 2 tall, of slim build with dark cropped receding hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm  

'Keep It Clean' Campaign launched to encourage people to protect the environment

The 'Keep It Clean' Campaign has been launched by Mole Valley District Council in Leatherhead.

The event was held at the Swan Centre on Saturday.

An artist caught the attention of passing shoppers by spray painting a huge mural depicting the effects littering can have on the environment.

The scheme follows the successful drive to reduce littering and dog fouling across the district lat year.

Those people caught littering or failing to pick up after their dog can expect an £80 fine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Man arrested for attempting to steal bag in Wandsworth

A man’s been arrested in Wandsworth for attempting to steal a bag.

The 24-year-old was arrested yesterday and was taken to a South London police station.

He’s being questioned about a number of burglary related offences.

Enquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A controversial garden which features dying plants has scooped "Best Conceptual Garden" at Hampton Court Flower Show

The garden, called Border Control and sponsored by UNHCR, highlights the plight of refugees and the risks many take to find shelter.

Visitors will see dying pomegranate trees surrounded by barbed wire with life jackets and toys dotted along it.

The garden has received praise and some criticism from keen horticulturalists who say a flower show should be using live flowers.

The Refugee Council tweeted the picture above with the line "Border control' - the display bringing the refugee crisis to the @The_RHS flower show at Hampton Court Palace."

Gold medal show gardens.

Dogs Trust: A Dog's Life Garden
Squires 80th Anniversary Garden
The World Vision Garden
Zoflora: Outstanding Natural Beauty

Silver gilt medal show gardens.

All the World's a Stage
Crabtree & Evelyn: The Botanical Studio
PMS: Outside Inside for NAPS
Witan Investment Trust Global Growth Garden

Bronze medal show gardens.

Cancer Research UK's Life Garden

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

Family of teenager murdered in Battersea urge witnesses to come forward

The family of a teenager who was murdered in Battersea are urging witnesses to come forward.

18-year-old Matthew Kitandwe, a student at South Thames College, was stabbed to death at an address in Wayford Street on 21st June.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about a fight between two females near to the college that afternoon.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information.

Two teenagers, who were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed until later this summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

A singing traveller from Banstead tells us all about 'Travellers Got Talent'

A traveller from Banstead will be heading to Camberley theatre later this week, hoping to be crowned Best Singer of 2016.

The competition will take place from 5-11pm on Saturday and see 10 acts battle it out in 'Traveller's Got Talent,' performing on stage.

He doesn't just sing, he also writes his own music and tells Radio Jackie all about his singing career and the competition this weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Ward Councillors in Kingston have £2000 to put towards community projects

Ward Councillors in Kingston have a £2,000 one-off payment to be invested in community projects as part of a council scheme.

Kingston residents are being reminded that their local Councillor can award flexible, small and timely funds for local initiatives within their Ward.

Ward Councillors can allocate their fund as an individual Councillor or join with other Councillors in the same ward to support a particular scheme or project.

Click here to see who your Ward Councillor is
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 am  

Monday, 4 July 2016

Tomorrow teachers will hold a strike - affecting some schools in Epsom, Ashford, Staines, Walton, Weybridge and Leatherhead

Tomorrow many schools across Epsom, Ashford, Walton and some surrounding areas will close, as teachers go on strike.

Sixteen schools across Surrey will be shut when thousands of teachers nationally stage a one-day strike over pay and conditions.

Members of the National Union of Teachers will be absent from their jobs tomorrow, after more than 9-1 voted in favour of industrial

Closures for Tuesday 5th July
Ashford Church of England Primary School, Ashford
Auriol Junior School, Epsom - school partially closed
Blenhiem High School, Epsom
Clarendon Primary School, Ashford- school partially closed
Cleves School, Weybridge - school partially closed
Epsom and Ewell High School, Epsom
Fordway Centre, Ashford
Grovelands Primary School, Walton
Riverview C of E Primary School, Epsom - school partially closed
Rydens Enterprise School & Sixth Form College, Walton - school partially closed
Starhurst School, Dorking
The Matthew Arnold School, Staines
The Priory Church of England School, Leatherhead - open for Year 6 induction
Thomas Knyvett College, Ashford- school partially closed
Walton Oak School, Walton
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

An inquest has found schoolgirl from Hanwell was unlawfully killed - audio from her mother

An inquest has found schoolgirl Alice Gross was unlawfully killed in a sexually motivated attack.

The 14 year-old from Hanwell was murdered by Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns, who'd already served time in prison for killing his wife.

They spoke after a coroner said she'll raise concerns with the Home Office over checks on foreign nationals entering the UK.

Rosalind Hodgkiss spoke of her loss after the hearing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm  

Wimbledon comes to a close today - and Murray is through to the next round

Andy Murray's into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

The world number two beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.

He'll face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next - after his fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet retired hurt early in their match.

Serena and Venus Williams went through - as did Roger Federer - who got a record equalling 306th grand slam victory.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

Serena Williams says threatening to sue Wimbledon was a 'heat of the moment' comment

Serena Williams says threatening to sue Wimbledon for playing through light rain was "heat of the moment".

She slipped during her last-16 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova after the grass became damp.

The roof was eventually closed.

Williams told the umpire she'd sue if she got hurt - but wasn't keen to talk about that afterwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 pm  

Search is on for a missing 48-year old man from Runnymede

Police are searching for a man who was reported missing from Runnymede just after 9.30 this morning.

48-year old Paul Ingleton is missing from the Leith Hill area, where officers are carrying out extensive searches to find him.

Paul is described as white, about 5ft 9 od medium build with messy dark hair and blue eyes.

He’s believed to be wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt and a jumper.

If you’ve seen him or have any other information, you should contact Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm  

Mass clean up continues after flooding in South Wimbledon

A water main burst in Kingston Road near South Wimbledon station yesterday, forcing the road to close.

Over 400 peoples' water is still thought to be affected.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow the team on Twitter @Jackie_Travel

Katie Buckett sent us this video on Twitter of the clean up operation as it got underway yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

#DogsTrust sniffs out gold at #HamptonCourtFlowerShow

Dogs Trust has won gold at the Hampton Court Flower show.

It has launched its very first garden to celebrate the charity’s 125th anniversary.

Judging took place earlier.

The garden was awarded for being the first ever dog friendly garden.

Dogs Trust’s garden will include the following features:

1) Diverse planting to reflect the broad range of dogs you could meet at a Dogs Trust rehoming centre. The mix includes hybrid plants as a reference to the various dog breeds taken in and rehomed by the charity and perennial plants to reflect the charity’s promise to never put a healthy dog to sleep.

2) Sniffer tracks subtly marked out within the planting for dogs to discover before stopping for a rest

3) Tunnels in various sizes woven into the herbaceous borders for dogs to explore

4) Two water features, including a large still rill representing the abandonment faced by stray dogs and another that provides running water for dogs to enjoy

5) A snug pavilion located at the rear of the garden in which dogs and their human guests can survey the landscape. The durable materials used reflect the ‘forever home’ sought by dogs being looked after by Dogs Trust. A shadow of a dog and owner will be projected inside this structure

6) An area for dogs to enjoy digging and trees that provide shelter and places to forage and search for toys and treats

7) A modern mix of sculptures positioned in the large water rill and around the water will illustrate the playful character of dogs and showcase the range of dogs Dogs Trust cares for every year

8) Plants that are non-toxic to dogs have been chosen to keep dogs safe

9) 70% of the garden will be recycled at Dogs Trust Harefield – this includes the pavilion, trees, sculptures and the remaining plants that are not sold on the last day of the show.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

Federer soars through to the quarter finals and gets a tennis record

Roger Federer's equalled yet another grand slam tennis record.

His last-16 win over Steve Johnson at Wimbledon was his 306th in majors.

Only Martina Navratilova's achieved that many victories.

Federer didn't know he was on the brink of such a milestone.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm  

Parents are being urged to attend a series of talks about internet safety at Kingston College tomorrow

The Hidden Dangers of the Internet seminar will hear from Lorin LaFave.

Her son Breck Bednar was murdered by someone he met while using online gaming forums.

Kingston’s Police Chief and Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith will also be on hand to answer questions.

It all starts at 7.30pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Alice Gross Inquest result

An inquest has found schoolgirl Alice Gross was unlawfully killed in a sexually motivated attack.

The 14 year-old from Hanwell was murdered by Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns, who'd already served time in prison for killing his wife.

Alice disappeared in August 2014; her body was found in the Grand Union canal a month later.

Zalkalns' body was found two weeks after the discovery in Boston Manor Park in Brentford. He had killed himself.

Speaking in response to the jury’s verdict, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse, said: "Throughout our entire investigation we were focused on trying to find Alice and return her home to her family. Sadly, that could not happen.

"Alice’s family and friends are devastated by her loss, and I completely understand their desire for answers.

"In January 2015 the Crown Prosecution Service, having considered all the evidence gathered as part of our investigation, stated that had he been alive, Arnis Zalkalns would have been charged with Alice’s murder.

"One of the key issues examined during the inquest was if the Met had discovered Zalkalns’ conviction for murder in Latvia then could we have requested deportation proceedings against him following his arrest in July 2009 on suspicion of indecent assault.

"If we were to arrest a foreign national it is now our policy to check their overseas offending history. In 2009, that was not the case, in the Met or policing nationally, and this check was not done. However, even if we had identified Zalkalns' conviction in that year it would not have changed the outcome of his arrest.

"We recognise that had we carried out that check in 2009 then it would have meant that our investigation into Alice’s disappearance may have identified him as a suspect slightly sooner. Sadly, in reality nothing would have changed as all the evidence strongly points to the fact that both Alice and Zalkalns were dead prior to them being reported missing.

"Over the last two years we have put significant effort into making sure that when we arrest foreign nationals, checks for previous convictions are carried out in as many cases as possible, making sure we can deal with them as effectively as we can UK nationals."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Inquest into the death of Zane Gbangbola has heard two chemical drums were found in a lake at a landfill site near his Chertsey home

An inquest into the death of a boy has heard two chemical drums were discovered floating in a lake at a landfill site near his home.

7-year-old Zane Gbangbola died from carbon monoxide poisoning, after his home in Chertsey filled with floodwater in 2014.

His parents refute these findings, claiming he was killed by cyanide gas.

The Environment Agency has not yet responded to the claim in court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Burst water mains still affecting customers in New Malden and South Wimbledon

Burst water pipes have been causing problems in South West London.

Thames Water says their teams are working on fixing a pipe on Coombe Road in New Malden, which burst yesterday.

The company says customers have not lost their water supply as a result, but some residents say they’ve experienced low water pressure.

Meanwhile, South Wimbledon residents have been left without water after a pipe burst on Kingston Road.

Thames Water says supplies are now back to normal for the majority of their customers, but the road will remain closed this week whilst work continues.

The company has apologised to anyone who is experiencing issues with their water supply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Hundreds of residents living near Heathrow gathered on Saturday to show their support for building a new runway at the UK’s only hub airport.

The event took place exactly one year on from when the Airports' Commission recommended Heathrow expansion.

Organised by campaign group Back Heathrow, the event was held near the airport at Kempton Park racecourse, to call on the government and the UK’s next Prime Minster to back Heathrow expansion following the Brexit vote.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Woman dies after fire in Fulham

A woman’s died following a fire in Fulham on Saturday.

Two fire engines and 14 firefighters were called to the blaze at a terraced property on Wandon Road at 6.15pm.

A man and woman were rescued by the brigade but the woman died later in hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am  

Noisy Worcester Park neighbour found guilty of harassment after his actions forced couple to go on weekends away

A noisy neighbour from Worcester Park, has narrowly avoided jail after his actions forced a couple to go on weekends away.

68-year-old Raymond Putt deliberately banged on the walls and floor of his home with a wooden stick late at night, over a 4 month period last year.

Croydon Magistrate’s Court heard how Putt caused his neighbours to become so stressed, they felt ill.

He was given a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of harassment on Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Surrey Cricket League: Rain frustrates Norwood Exiles

Old Pete’s continue to lead the Surrey Cricket League’s Premier Division after the latest round of matches.

Charith Gunasekara hit an unbeaten 58 to lead Old Pete’s to 133 for 1 in reply to Balham & Tooting’s 132 for 9, to register a 9 wicket win.

Norwood Exiles, who’ve played two games less, endured another frustrating weekend as rain forced their match with Abahani to be abandoned.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 am  

Former Chelsea star charged with drink driving

The former England, Chelsea and Manchester United footballer Ray Wilkins has been charged with drink driving.

The 59-year-old was arrested on Friday after appearing at a charity golf event in Chiswick.

His Mercedes SL400 was stopped near Heathrow airport just after 8pm and its believed he spent the night in police cells before being bailed.

Wilkins, a resident of Cobham, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on July the 18th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 am  

Londoners support people affected by racist and xenophobic abuse

A series of unity events will be held in London later - to show support for people affected by racist and xenophobic abuse since the EU referendum.

There's been an increase in crimes reported to police since the vote to leave the European Union.

Police in Surrey said 27 offences were reported across the county in the last week of June, up from 22 at the same time last year.

It said they were “not necessarily related” to the Brexit vote.

A group - called London Citizens - says demonstrators will gather outside rail and Tube stations to show solidarity with communities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 am  

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Missing girl last seen in Wimbledon is found

Wandsworth Police have been looking for a 23-year old girl for a few days.

Lucy Roberts, who was last seen in Wimbledon has now been found safe and well.

Police thank the public for their support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

Tsonga tells us his experience after his win today at Wimbledon

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says he's pleased to still be "alive" at Wimbledon after his epic third round win over John Isner.

He beat the American 19-17 in the deciding set - and will face fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet tomorrow.

It was one of the matches on the first Middle Sunday of play since 2004.

The tie originally started yesterday - and Tsonga says the spectators were excellent.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Burst water main is causing problems around South Wimbledon/New Malden area

A burst water main in Kingston Road in South Wimbledon has caused flooding to the area.

Some customers are still experiencing low pressure or no water in and around New Malden.

Thames Water have apologised to anyone who is experiencing issues with their water supply.

They’re working hard to return supplies to normal as soon as possible.

We will keep you updated about the situation here on Jackie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm  

Police appeal for help over woman missing from Sutton

Police are concerned for a 62-year old woman who is missing from Sutton.

Rosemary Thornton-Brice is thought to be in the Brixton area.

If you have seen her or can assist police, you can contact them on 101.

There is an image of Rosemary on our website –
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

Results after a day of play at Wimbledon

Australian Nick Kyrgios believes he's a contender to win Wimbledon now Novak Djokovic is out.

He's set up a last-16 meeting with Andy Murray after beating Feliciano Lopez.

The first Middle Sunday of play in 12 years is coming to a close - as the third round matches are being caught up on.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got past John Isner in an epic deciding set - which the Frenchman won 19-17.

Serena Williams eased through.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Andy Murray now knows his opponent in the last-16 of Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios will take on Andy Murray in the last-16 of Wimbledon.

The Australian's beaten Feliciano Lopez in four sets.

They were finishing their third round match on the first Middle Sunday of play since 2004.

Serena Williams took just 51 minutes to beat Annika Beck of Germany.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Chelsea make a signing - ahead of next season

Chelsea have signed a highly rated Belgian striker – Michy Batshuayi for next season.

He's joined on a five-year contract from Marseille - though the fee hasn't been revealed yet.

Batshuayi scored 21 goals for the French club last season.

He also scored one goal for Belgium during Euro 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Chance to grab AFC Wimbledon's new kit - until 5pm

Players from AFC Wimbledon took to the streets earlier in a parade to celebrate their move to League One.

The Dons won promotion to that league for the first time since their formation by beating Plymouth Argyle at Wembley Stadium in May.

Wimbledon town centre was covered in yellow and blue scarves earlier as fans turned out to see their heroes and cheer them on.

The new kit for next year is available today in AFC Wimbledon’s pop up shop which is on the upper level of Centre Court Shopping Centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Serena Williams is through to the next round at Wimbledon - it's her first ever play on Middle Sunday

Serena Williams wasted no time reaching the last-16 at Wimbledon on what should have been her rest day.

She took just 51 minutes to beat Germany's Annika Beck 6-3, 6-love on Centre Court.

For the first time since 2004, Middle Sunday's been used for play.

It's a rare All England Club first for Williams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Results so far at Wimbledon - on Middle Sunday

Serena Williams is going well on the first Middle Sunday to have play at Wimbledon since 2004.

She's a set up against Annika Beck of Germany.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has forced a deciding set against John Isner.

Earlier, American Coco Vandeweghe got past former US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Concerns grow for missing 23-year old last seen in Wimbledon

Police in Wandsworth continue to search for a woman who went missing a few days ago.

23-year old Lucy Roberts was last seen near the Wimbledon area and concerns have been growing since Friday.

There’s a picture of Lucy on our website – it’s

Anyone with information should call 999 and quote CAD 9149/01JULY2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

AFC Wimbledon celebrate play-off success with open-top parade

Hundreds of AFC Wimbledon fans have been celebrating their sides play-off victory with an open top bus parade through the town centre.

After the parade the new shirt for next season was also unveiled in a packed Centre Court Shopping centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

UPDATE: Urgent repairs underway after burst water main on Kingston Road leaves many without water

Thames Water have begun urgent repairs after a burst water main left many residents in South Wimbledon and the surrounding areas without water.

They've also issued an apology to anyone affected and have said they are working to restore water supplies as quickly as possible.

Residents in the SW19, SW20, SM4, KT3 & CR4 areas are experiencing low pressure or no water following a burst water main on Kingston Road.

People on Kingston Road itself have been worse affected.

Merton Police have warned people to avoid while the area between Kingston road to Southey Road, with much of it under water.

Police and staff from Thames Water are currently at the scene.

We'll keep you updated as more comes in.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Burst water main on Kingston Road leaves many without water and people warned to avoid area

Thames Water has issued an apology after a burst water main left many residents in Kingston and the surrounding areas without water.

Residents in SW19, SW20, SM4, KT3 & CR4 areas are experiencing low pressure or no water following a burst water main on Kingston Road.

Merton Police have warned people to avoid while the area between Kingston road to Southey Road, with much of it under water.

Police and staff from Thames Water are currently at the scene.

We'll keep you updated as more comes in.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm  

Numbers of Ulcers at Ashford and St Peter's hospitals reduced

The amount of people suffering from bed sores at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals, has dramatically reduced over the last year.

It’s being put down to better training in pressure area care and ulcer prevention.

People with normal mobility don’t develop pressure ulcers, but patients who are overweight or immobile, are more likely to.

Daily skin inspections and better nutrition are two of the ideas being used by hospital staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

Detectives appeal for witnesses after a fatal collision in Chiswick

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Chiswick in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A collision between a pedestrian and a bus on the A316 near the junction with Hartington Road happened just before 5.30am.

A 47-year old man was pronounced dead at the scene, after obtaining injuries.

The bus driver stopped at the scene and is assisting detectives with their enquiries, but they want to speak anyone with further information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Kingston Council best authority in London for tax collection

Kingston Council is the top performing authority in London for council tax collection.

It has amassed more than £100 million in the past year, which it says will be ploughed back into services.

The Council’s business rate collection is also up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 am  

Wandsworth Council to help small businesses in wake of Brexit

Wandsworth council is determined to help small business grow despite Brexit.

It has established a number of workshops and one to one programmes to help start ups.

The free courses will look at all aspects of starting or running a small business, including marketing, sales and finance.

People can talk through their ideas and plans, get advice and support, network and receive help to set goals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:28 am  

RSPCA say rise in kittens abandoned after one taken to Putney Animal Hospital last week

The RSPCA has called on cat owners to neuter their pets after more than 100 animals were dumped across London last month.

Last weekend, a 7 week old kitten was found with a bloated belly and covered in fleas – he’s now being cared for at Putney Animal Hospital.

The charity has seen a rise in abandonments during ‘kitten season’ when the animals give birth during the spring and summer months.

They've recorded 558 complaints about cat abandonments this year already, in Greater London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Murray speaks to fans who thinks he could win Wimbledon

Andy Murray says being the new favourite to win this year's Wimbledon doesn't mean a great deal to him.

He's into the last-16, having beaten John Millman of Australia.

But his biggest title rival, Novak Djokovic, suffered a shock defeat to American Sam Querrey.

Murray has a warning for those who think success is guaranteed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Order of play on Centre Court today


Vandeweghe v Vinci
Serena v Beck
Zverev v Berdych
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Djokovic talks tennis after his defeat at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic says he doesn't know yet if he'll play tennis competitively again before next month's Rio Olympics.

His Wimbledon title defence came to an end with a third round defeat to American Sam Querrey.

Djokovic says he'll forget about the sport for a little bit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

There will be play at Wimbledon today

For the first time since 2004, there's play at Wimbledon on the tournament's middle Sunday.

It's because of the weather badly affecting the Championships this week.

Among the action, Andy Murray will discover his opponent in the fourth round - either Nick Kyrgios or Feliciano Lopez.

Defending women's champion Serena Williams faces Annika Beck.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 am  

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