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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Crystal Palace have their first win of the Premier League season.

They triumphed 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

Boss Alan Pardew said they were worthy winners - but showed they couldn't control a whole game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to following a report of indecent exposure in Egham.

The incident happened on the afternoon of the 25th of July.

A group of school girls were jogging down Monks Walk as part of a class when two boys dropped their trousers and exposed themselves.

The boys are believed to be between 16 and 17 years old and were with a group of other boys at the time.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man attempted to rob a woman of her handbag in Woking on Saturday the 3rd of September.

The woman was walking along Oriental Road at around 11.30pm when she was approached by a man.

She screamed as he grabbed her bag, but he left without taking it and made off towards the town centre.

The man is described as white and around 5ft 7 inches tall.

He was wearing a checkered shirt and a dark baseball cap.

Officers are urging anyone with information to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling was among five Surrey MPs to visit deputy leader Peter Martin yesterday for a briefing on county council issues.

They discussed the rising demand across council services, which means an extra £24 million a year needs to be spent on adult social care alone.

Peter Martin emphasized the importance of having a close relationship with all the county’s MPs, adding that they’re an important link to the government.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Leaked Document Discusses Possible Free Vote on Heathrow Airport Expansion

A leaked government document has revealed that ministers could be given a free vote on whether to expand Heathrow Airport.

The internal paper was filmed by a passenger on a Tube train.

It discussed the "potential waiving of collective responsibility" ahead of the forthcoming decision on airport capacity.

The government has said it will make a decision on Heathrow "in due course".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Fulham Deli Targeted by Burglars Four Times in Eight Months

A deli in Fulham has been targeted by burglars four times in just eight months.

Olive Delicatessen on Munster Road has been open for eight years, but has suffered repeat break-ins since January.

The repeated break-ins have seen staff tips, bottles of wine and cash from tills stolen.

The shop has even installed CCTV and barred windows, but the owners still have no idea why they have been singled out.

A customer has since set up a crowdfunding page to pay for better security, which has attracted floods of donations from fans of the deli.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Former Battersea Cats & Dogs Home Resident Excelling at his job in Downing Street

A former Battersea Cats and Dogs Home resident and current Downing Street cat has excelled at his job of keeping the mice out.

The 18-month-old black moggy, named Gladstone, was taken from the centre to keep the Treasurer’s home free from vermin.

According to sources, he has slain six mice since moving into Number 11 Downing Street in July.

The feline is also known for its fashion sense and regularly sports a polka-dot red bow tie, and has racked up over 7,500 followers on Instagram.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Ex-Manager of RHS Jailed for £700,000 Scam

The ex-manager of the Royal Horticultural Society has been jailed for four years for masterminding a £700,000 scam.

The RHS, set up in 1804, is behind world-famous exhibitions, including the Hampton Court Palace and Chelsea Flower Shows.

Stuart Medhurst used the cash to fund his “champagne” lifestyle over a decade-long scam.

The 56-year-old got Elaine Summers and Shaheen Kadri to send him fake invoices for cleaning work before the con was uncovered by accident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

Preview of AFC Wimbledon v Sheffield United

John Creasey’s got the preview of the game between AFC Wimbledon and Sheffield United from Kingsmeadow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

Leatherhead Company Creates Squirty Aerosol Tea

A company from Leatherhead have caused a storm in a teacup with their controversial ‘aerosol squirty tea’.

All you have to do to make a cuppa, is spray the tea into a mug, before diluting it with boiling water – and add milk or sugar to taste.

According to the company, the alternative method allows better control over the strength of the tea and eliminates the need to dispose of tea bags.

The product, called No More Tea Bags, has been received with mixed reactions, with one disgruntled person tweeting ‘just when I thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Peaceful Protest over River Crossing in Nine Elms and Pimlico

A peaceful protest is taking place today against plans to build a new river crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico.

People against the idea say the bridge, costing £100 million, isn’t needed, as Vauxhall Bridge is only 300 yards away.

They also claim there’s no demand from the community for another crossing.

The free family fun day is taking place in Carey Gardens between 11 and 4, hosted by the North Battersea Alliance Against the Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Kew Literary Festival 2016

Kew Literary Festival returns at the end of the month.

Write on Kew is four days of talks from some of our best loved writers, starting on the 22nd.

Organiser Anne Elletson explains what’s on the reading list this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

'Dementia Friendly Park' Coming to Barnes

People with dementia, their careers, family and friends are being asked for their views on a park in Barnes.

Richmond Council is working to make Barnes Green a Dementia Friendly Park and want to see how they can improve the green space.

They have already held initial discussions with a local dementia group on what would be beneficial.

A few of these keys areas included entrances & exits, footpath improvements, access to ponds, benches and resting areas.

Head to the council’s website to fill out the survey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Getting a top up in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council is encouraging pub customers to ask for a top up if they think their pints have too much froth.

Trading Standards carried out test purchases in 21 pubs and found that 11 of these served beers which were under measure because of the amount of froth on the top of the drink.

The pubs have been reminded to comply with weights and measures legislation.

Licensing Chairman Councilllor Caroline Usher says the exercise shows the importance of landlords making sure their staff are properly trained.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Arboretum re-opens in Egham

A hidden collection of rare and ancient trees has been re-opened to the public in Egham.

The arboretum on the grounds of Royal Holloway University was formed in the 1960s and 1970s. The University acquired it in 2009 and has been working to replace trees lost to disease and severe weather.

It’s noted on the Tree Register as a ‘unique record of Notable and Ancient trees in Britain and Ireland’.

The arboretum is open from dawn to dusk to the public who will see a wide variety of trees and many species of wildlife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 am  

Friday, 9 September 2016

Police are appealing for information on a man from Feltham who is wanted for alleged assaults and on recall to prison.

31 year old Kevin Holt is wanted in connection with an assault on a woman in Isleworth on August 27th.

He’s also sought following a second assault where he’s alleged to have deliberately driven a car at a man in Feltham on September 1st.

Holt also breached the terms of his license after being released from prison following a robbery conviction.

He’s white, 6ft 1 inches tall and of a heavy build with brown hair and blue eyes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

Sutton High Street will host a creative Crafternoon and pop-up library tomorrow to introduce the Council’s Market Place plans.

People can participate in activities, including hopscotch, in the northern end of the high street, while the plans are unveiled.

Stories of Sutton will also be showcased as an opportunity to look back into the history of the area.

For more information, visit the council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

A jockey has avoided injury after a bizarre incident involving a golf ball, which caused him to fall during a race at Sandown.

Kieren Fox was riding, when a ball from a nearby course was flicked up by another horse, hitting the helmet of a fellow rider, and it then ricocheted towards Fox.

The clerk of the course says he's seen "three or four examples of this" during his 20 years in the job.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

Three members of an organised crime group, including Joseph Peel of Sutton Way in Kensington, who tried to get twelve million pounds of class A drugs into the UK have been jailed for a total of 52 years.

When their rented helicopter flew from Belgium to Redhill in April, it was being tracked.

Six holdalls were later recovered from a car boot, containing around 43 kilos of cocaine and 60 kilos of heroin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary of a vintage jukebox store in Weybridge.

It happened between 5pm on the 28th of August and 8am on the 29th.

Thieves forced their way into The Games Room on Hamm Moor Lane.

A large quantity of rare jukeboxes and gaming machines worth thousands of pounds were stolen.

Anyone with information should contact the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

#Paralympics News

Mickey Bushell has progressed to tonight’s T-53 100metres taking place at 11 o’clock.

His team mate Moatez Jomni came fourth in the heats this afternoon, so failed to qualify.

Both train at the Weir-Archer Academy in Kingston.

Before leaving for Rio, Mickey told us about his training regime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

The murder of West Molesey mother of two, Robyn Mercer, is to feature on next week's revamped Crimewatch programme

The BBC 1 programme will include an appeal about the murder, almost six months to the day after her body was discovered.

The Senior Investigating Officer DCI Paul Rymarz will be in the studio to talk through CCTV footage and provide an update.

The body of the 50-year-old antiques dealer was discovered outside her home in Walton Road on the morning of the 14th of March.

A post mortem revealed that the mother-of-two died from multiple blows to the head.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

A number of knives have been deposited in bins outside #Hounslow Police Station

The knife bin is part of the Surrender Your Knife campaign.

The aim is to cut knife crime in London.

Knife bins are available at a number of locations across the country, so knives and bladed articles can be deposited safely, and without question.

To find out more, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Croydon’s Council chamber is being turned into a theatre this weekend.

It’s to celebrate the 30th International Playwriting Festival.

Scripts are submitted from all around the world, and the best ones are turned into plays and performed over the two days.

The event is usually held at The Fairfield Halls, but the venue is currently closed for refurbishment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Shortage of school places across South West London

Kingston Labour party says there’s a shortage of primary school places in the borough of more than 10%

And there’s not enough room for primary school children across South West London, with Croydon suffering from the highest lack at 14%

In secondary schools, Sutton has a shortage of places of 2% with similar statistics in Merton and Hounslow.

The statistics can be seen in full by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Missing man in Hounslow

A man has gone missing in Hounslow.

Police have issued a photograph of Damien Casserley.

Officers have asked if anyone sees the man they should ring 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

A flat has been damaged by fire in Wallington

It broke out just after 9 o’clock last night in Ross Road.

Two people left the affected flat and another 20 people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault within a consumer unit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Grammar schools in Sutton and Kingston set to get cash following the Prime Minister's decision.

Prime Minister Theresa May indicated that existing grammar schools in Kingston and Sutton could be in line for cash to improve – the figure of 50 million was referred to.

There are seven state grammar schools in the two boroughs including the Tiffin schools and Sutton Grammar.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Teenager stabbed in Chessington playground

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year old was stabbed in a playground in Chessington.

It happened in the Woodgate Avenue playground on Wednesday evening.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detectives have issued the following descriptions of the attackers – a young white man, aged between 17 and 20 years, of slim build.

He was about 6ft tall with shaved dark hair. He was wearing a bandana or clothing covering his lower face, a white vest top or T-shirt and long dark coloured shorts.

And a second young white man, aged between 17 and 20 years old, of average build, about 6ft tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark tracksuit top with a hood and dark tracksuit trousers.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information should contact Kingston CID on 07881 352381 or via 101. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

Retailers in Sutton and Kingston are being urged to stick to the so called Challenge Policy

This means anyone who looks under the age of 25 is asked for ID when buying products like alcohol or cigarettes.

Kim Stevens, with Sutton and Kingston Trading Standards, says retailers have to take responsibility and challenge customers if they don't look old enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A peaceful protest is taking place tomorrow against plans to build a new river crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico.

People against the idea say the bridge, costing £100 million, isn’t needed, as Vauxhall Bridge is only 300 yards away.

They also claim there’s no demand from the community for another crossing.

The free family fun day is taking place in Carey Gardens between 11 and 4, hosted by the North Battersea Alliance Against the Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

A centre which counsels victims of rape, is looking to take on more volunteers #Surrey

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support centre, or RASASC, helps people anonymously across Surrey from its base in Guildford.

Rebecca French explains what’s needed from anyone wanting to volunteer for the charity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

If you are frustrated with fly tipping, graffiti or damaged pavements in Wandsworth, you can now report them via a new app.

The council is trialling the Wandsworth Report It app in the hope of making it easier for residents to air their concerns.

All you have to do is photograph the problem on your phone and then use the app to report it.

You can also manage your council tax via the service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

New non-selective school in Sutton

Plans for a new non-selective school in Sutton will be presented to residents next week.

Three groups are in the bidding to run the school, an academy, a federation and the churches in Southwark.

It’s for a comprehensive school for more than a thousand students from 11 to 18 years old, and will have six forms in each year.

The meeting’s next Thursday at 7pm in the Aitken Hall in St Andrew’s Church.

The Sutton Voice tweeted the plan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

Kingston Wheelchair Racer Mickey Bushell starts his medal campaign in Rio today

It's day two of the Paralympic Games in Rio and athletes from the Weir-Archer Academy in Kingston take to the track.

Wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell first experienced the atmosphere of the Games in Beijing and only teamed up with the Academy this year.

He will be going up against teammate Moatez Jomni from Roehampton in the T-53 100m, as well as going for medals in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

Mickey spoke about his hopes at Rio with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after a training session at Kingsmeadow Stadium.

Mickey will be in action this afternoon from 2pm in Heat 1 of the T53 100m with the opportunity for his first medal of the 2016 Games later in the evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Former Teddington resident, Mo Farah, hints about future Olympics

Former Teddington resident, Mo Farah, is hinting that his next Olympics campaign might see him compete in the marathon rather than on the athletics track.

He retained his 5-thousand and 10-thousand metres titles in Rio.

Farah will definitely tackle the latter distance at next year's World Championships in London.

Although he said he not yet sure what he'll be doing at the 2020 Olympics.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 pm  

Elderly Woman with dementia from Hammersmith and Fulham found

Police have found an elderly woman missing from Hammersmith and Fulham.

86-year-old Judith Talbot-Weiss disappeared earlier in the week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

Addresses in west and south west London raided by Counter terror detectives

Scotland Yard raided addresses in west and south west London as they uncovered a suspected plot of an ISIS terror attack this morning.

Counter terror detectives arrested two men in west London on suspicion of being involved in the “preparation of terrorist acts.”

The pair, aged 19 and 20, were held at the same address.

The operation is understood to be “significant” and is linked to Islamic extremism, but police refused to reveal any further details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

Transport Watchdog Ordered to Investigate Ticket Office Closures

London’s transport watchdog has been ordered by Sadiq Khan to investigate the controversial Underground ticket office closures.

The first ticket offices were closed in February 2015 at South Wimbledon and Queensway Tube stations.

The closures were agreed under previous mayor Boris Johnson to help save costs and pay for the Night Tube.

The six-week review, which will be beginning next Monday, will look at the impact of the closures on passengers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

A man has been filmed being flung from his bike in Colliers Wood High Street after a stunt went wrong

The footage, uploaded to YouTube by Bigblokeonabike, shows a wheelie going really wrong.

The biker can be seen bouncing down the road and hitting his exposed arm on the tarmac.

He appears to be completely fine; getting up and jogging off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Mounting fly-tip rubbish putting people off buying or renting in part of #Kingston

People living in Tolworth say they fear Broadoaks, the trade route which runs behind Tolworth Broadway, could one day become as bad as a notorious dumping ground in St Paul's Cray, if Kingston council won't help.

The 20,000-ton mountain of rubbish in St Paul's Cray, near a cul-de-sac, is finally to be cleared after 5 years of arguments between Waste4Fuel and Bromley Council.

Residents and business owners in Tolworth (pictured above) regularly have regular clean ups and have installed CCTV, but because the road is classed as private, the council says it cannot help, even though rubbish is now spilling on to a nearby residential street.

One man, who only recently moved in and asked not to be named, says he regrets his move and wouldn't have contemplated it if he had known about the situation.

The residents say they understand that it is a private road, but the issue is now so bad that it is, in their eyes, unsafe, with faeces, solied nappies, broken glass and rotting food and clothes regularly found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

London Fire Brigade is calling on trading standards to come down harder on laws for manufacturers of white goods #ShepherdsBush

It’s after an 18 storey tower block went up in flames in Shepherds Bush on the 19th of August; the largest fire LFB has dealt with this year so far.

No one was seriously injured but investigators are confident it was caused by a Whirlpool tumble dryer, which had been recalled, and was awaiting inspection.

Whirlpool maintains its products are safe to use, even when they have been recalled.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Andy Hearn, wants Whirlpool, and other manufacturers to abandon this kind of advice.

Speaking to Jackie's Lucy Mayer, he explains why.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Surrey Police report published into phone hacking of murdered Walton girl

A report into the police investigation into the hacking of a phone belonging to Walton schoolgirl Milly Dowler has been published.

Operation Baronet has concluded the interception of the murdered girl’s voicemails in 2002 should have been looked into from an early stage.

The force has said sorry to the Dowler family for the distress.

The report has found that some people interviewed couldn’t remember events going back ten years.

The News of the World newspaper had told Surrey Police it was working on a story based on the voicemail message.

But no evidence has been found of any action taken by police.

No evidence has been found of any conspiracy or collusion between the newspaper and Surrey officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Did you know that Sutton has the sixth highest level of car ownership and usage in London?

Councillors say the amount of cars and lack of space to park them is contributing to congestion and pollution.

A new Parking Strategy is to be discussed next week, which will set out a plan to manage the issue over the coming years.

A controlled parking zone is one of the proposals recommended to start in April.

Areas of particular concern include St Helier, South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont.

170 hot-spots have been drawn up by councilors, with many near stations or shopping hubs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Terrorism arrests in west London.

Two men have been arrested by anti-terror police in west London.

The 19 and 20 year-olds are being questioned on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

A number of addresses in London and the Thames Valley are being searched.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

30 people put up at social club after fire in Brixton flat

A social club in Brixton has become the home for thirty people after a flat has been destroyed in a fire.

Thirty people have had to move to temporary accomodation after the blaze in Garland House in Hicken Road.

The group of residents managed to escape from the blaze by themselves.

There was also damage in the block to two other flats.

Ten fire engines attended the scene and no-one was hurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Southern Rail hit by walk-out for 48 hours

The strike on Southern rail continues today.

Some trains are running a limited service and some are not running at all.

Workers have walked out in the dispute with parent company Govia Thameslink.

A spokesman for the RMT union said the dispute could last until Christmas, but - Southern say it will press ahead with its plans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Roehampton Wheelchair Racer Moatez Jomni competes in his first Paralympic Games

Last night disabled athletes around the world celebrated the Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

Roehampton wheelchair racer Moatez Jomni is competing in his first Games in the T53 100m, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay.

The athlete, known as 'Mo' to his friends, trains at the Weir-Archer Academy in Kingston and Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne caught up with him at Kingsmeadow Stadium before he departed for Rio.

Mo will start his campaign tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

An arrest has been made following a road rage incident in Cobham

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a road rage incident which resulted in a man being hit in the face in Cobham.

The victim was driving down Stoke Road when a man believed to be driving a silver van, approached his car, leaned through his window and assaulted him.

The incident happened between 3 and 4pm on Thursday 25th August.

Police are asking with any with any more information to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Police still searching for missing epileptic teen from Clapham Junction

Police are very concerned for a 15-year old boy with epilepsy who is missing from Clapham Junction.

Matthew Penfold was last seen at about 7pm last night - near to St John’s Road.

He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue tracksuit bottoms with white and black trainers.

If you know of Matthew’s whereabouts or have any information you should call the police on 999.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 am  

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Man found Guilty of Brutal Two-Hour Sex Attack at Isleworth Crown Court

A man has been found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court of raping a woman during a brutal two-hour attack in a park in broad daylight.

31-year-old Aqil Ali dragged his victim into a secluded spot when he asked her for a cigarette as she made her way to work on 5th March.

The woman was attacked for more than two hours after she told Ali she didn’t smoke.

Ali then stole money and fled the scene. He will return to Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday 12th October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 pm  

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna to Stand for Election to Take Over from Keith Vaz

Streatham MP, Chuka Umunna, is to stand for election as chair of the home affairs select committee.

The former shadow business secretary and current committee member is putting his name forward to replace Keith Vaz.

Mr Vaz stepped down yesterday after he was exposed allegedly paying male prostitutes for sex and offering to pay for Class A drugs.

A Labour source said Streatham-born, Mr Umunna, was putting his name forward having received strong encouragement from both sides of the House.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm  

Duchess of Cornwall visits Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s today, to open the new Veterinary Hospital and Centre of Excellence.

Camilla Parker Bowles met some of the homeless dogs and cats, as well as staff and supporters.

She has two Battersea dogs of her own, both Jack Russell Terriers - Bluebell and Beth, who she re-homed in 2011 and 2012.

The new Veterinary Hospital has three top-spec operating theatres, enabling staff to perform well over 100 operations per week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Couple Arrested at Heathrow Airport on Suspicion of FGM

A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of Female Genital Mutilation as they arrived at Heathrow Airport.

The 33-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were travelling with an 11-year-old girl, who was taken into police protection.

Police are targeting “at risk” flights returning from countries associated with FGM, as part of a national week of awareness about the illegal practice.

Over 2,000 suspected FGM victims received medical care between April and June, but there has never been a conviction in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm  

Leatherhead's Sir Michael Caine Blaming Writers for Poor Representation of Working Class

Sir Michael Caine has blamed writers for a poor representation of working class characters on our TV and cinema screens.

The actor from Leatherhead says people regarded as 'heroes' from that social group used to be featured more.

But he says privately-educated actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are being unfairly picked on in the row over the so-called Hollywood elite.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 pm  

A 58 year old man is missing after last being seen in Sutton

Jackie spoke to Sutton Police Detective Inspector Chuks Gwam, who's leading the inquiry:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

Sutton Police are concerned for 58 year old missing man:

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing man who was last seen in Sutton.

58 year old Nigel Armstrong has been missing since Saturday 27th August and police are worried after he sent his daughters messages and money.

He made out cheques totalling £9,500 for his daughters and in some of the messages wrote ‘I don’t like this world’ and ‘I need to go’.

Leading the investigation is Detective Inspector Chuks Gwam:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

The death of Zane Gbangbola during flooding in Chertsey has been ruled an accident

A coroner at Woking Coroners' Court says the seven year old could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning emitted by a pump used to divert flood water away from his home in February 2014.

Zane died in his sleep.

His parents believed he was killed by hydrogen cyanide fumes released from a lake built over a former landfill site, and have campaigned tirelessly (above) for more answers via their TAZ, or Truth About Zane, group.

The child's father Kye has also been left incapacitated after he was overcome by fumes during the incident.

A low reading of Carbon Monoxide had been taken at the time, but Coroner Richard Travers said that could have been because both the window and front door had been left open for a while after Zane's death, meaning the high levels of the gas dispersed.

He said toxic fumes fumes from a nearby landfill site couldn't be ruled out, but he thinks that unlikely.

A post-mortem showed Zane had 8% of carboxyhaemoglobin in his blood and in his tissue 0.05mg and 0.03mg of Hydrogen Cyanide.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Wasp infestation on board a South West train travelling from Teddington

An infestation of wasps on board a South West train travelling from Teddington to Waterloo this morning, sparked delays across the network.

It’s believed the insects set up home on a carriage overnight.

The situation has now been resolved and services have returned to normal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Police are still trying to track down a number of men wanted for questioning in connection with a fight at the Epsom Derby

Officers have released images of the men following the disturbance in the Grandstand area on June the 4th.

The fight broke out at around 5.30pm; a number of people sustained minor injuries as a result of the violence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A new sexual health clinic aimed at the under 18s has been launched at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals

The focus is on STIs, pregnancy testing and contraception advice.

The clinic currently runs every Tuesday evening at both sites.

Doctors say it’s not just about safety, but making sure youngsters know about good sexual health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

There aren’t enough nurses in Kingston and Merton to care for sufferers of MS, with less than 1 nurse for over 400 patients

That’s according to the charity MS Trust, which is stepping in to help the NHS treat sufferers of the disease.

In Hounslow, there is just one nurse per 385 patients.

The Trust is launching its #No1alone campaign to help fund more nurses. You can search for it on Twitter.

Amy Bowen explains why MS services are struggling.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Dramatic pictures of an early morning raid in Bedfont

A cash point has been ripped from a petrol station forecourt in Bedfont during an early morning raid.

Residents say they were woken up by a loud bang which came from the BP petrol station in Staines road.

This is the latest attack in a spate of cash point robberies in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:37 am  

Police are appealing to the public to help find a missing man from Morden

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing man last seen in Morden.

Steven Bishop, 38, was last seen leaving an address in Florence Avenue, at around 02:00hrs on Wednesday, 7 September, in a distressed state.

Steven is described as a white man, of a large build and has a shaved head. He was last seen wearing grey tracksuit trousers, a pink T-shirt and clue trainers.

Anyone with any information as to Steven's whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

CCTV issued following a burglary in Wimbledon

Police have released CCTV footage of the moment two men stole £15,000 worth of electrical equipment from a business in Wimbledon.

The burglary is believed to have taken place on Compton Road at around 1:00am on Friday the 12th of August.

Both suspects were wearing baseball caps and gloves.

The first suspect is described as a black male of slim/athletic build, wearing dark-rimmed glasses, dark clothing, blue gloves and a camouflage baseball cap. He was also wearing dark coloured trainers with a white sole

The second suspect is described as a white or light skinned black male, of large build, wearing a dark coloured jacket and blue/stonewashed jeans and black gloves. He had a grey scarf covering his mouth and was wearing a purple baseball cap with a light blue peak and a white motif on the front. He also wore blue and brown trainers with a white sole.

No one has been arrested.

Anyone with information should call Merton CID on 07919 690416 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

SOUTHERN RAIL STRIKE: Train passengers are facing cancellations as a 48 hour strike takes place

Train passengers are facing cancellations as a 48 hour strike by Southern Rail guards takes place.

Members of the RMT union are taking industrial action in a row over plans to change their role.

A strike by station staff was called off.

Certain routes will have no Southern service they include Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes, Sutton to Streatham via Wimbledon and Rehill to Reigate.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Police appeal to find a 39 year-old man who is wanted on recall to prison

Surrey Police is appealing for help to trace a man who is wanted on recall to prison after failing to comply with his conditions of release.

39 year-old, Scott Matthews, who was imprisoned for assault, is believed to be in hiding on the Roundshaw estate in Wallington.

He’s described as white male, 5ft 11in tall and of medium build. He has short brown hair and blue eyes.

Matthews also has a number of tattoos including Chelsea FC written on the left side of his neck.

Anyone with information is requested to call police in Sutton on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 am  

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Consultation to Take Place on Potential Higher Tax Rates in Merton

Merton residents are being invited to share their views about the possibility of increasing council tax by up to 2%.

The rise in tax will help reduce the estimated £20 million worth of cuts the council has to make.

The borough-wide consultation will take place on Friday 9th September.

Merton council, which has frozen tax since 2010, will ask whether residents would pay more, and how much more they are willing to pay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

MP for Streatham tipped to Take over from Keith Vaz

MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, has been tipped to take over from Keith Vaz following his resignation.

The married dad of two has quit after a newspaper claimed he'd paid for the services of two male escorts and offered to buy Class A drugs.

This morning he resigned as head of the Home Affairs Select Committee – one of the most influential House of Commons committees.

Mr Umunna said he thinks that Mr Vaz stepped down because the revelations could prove a big distraction for the committee’s work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 pm  

New 'Hopper' Ticket will make Travel Cheaper for Bus-Users in South West London

The new ‘Hopper’ ticket which will make travel cheaper for bus-users across south west London is due to launch on Monday.

The new scheme will allow passengers who pay the £1.50 fare to change to another bus for free within 60 minutes of first touching in.

It will automatically be applied to anyone who uses Pay As You Go with Oyster or contactless payment cards.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fare will make travel much more convenient and cheaper for Londoners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge Causing Havoc on Roads

Weight restrictions on Hammersmith Bridge are causing havoc for drivers.

Buses are allowed to use it one at a time, or divert via Putney Bridge, after the crossing was found to be unsafe last month.

Excessive vibration is thought to have loosened a “hanger fixing nut.”

Urgent repairs are being carried out, but delays ensue, stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 pm  

Image released following robbery on train in Mitcham

Detectives from British Transport Police have today released images of a man they would like to speak to in relation to a robbery on board a train on Wednesday the 3rd of August.

Detective Sergeant Helen Parsfield is investigating. She said: “The victim was travelling on the 10.08 service from Mitcham Junction towards London Victoria.

When the train was nearing Mitcham Eastfields, a man approached the victim and cornered her by the doorway, demanding she hand over her possessions.

The victim gave him some cash and her mobile phone before he alighted the train at Mitcham Eastfields.”

Officers have conducted several enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage and have released images of a man they think has key information about what took place.

If you have any information about the incident, or recognise the man in the images, please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting 322 of 31/08/2016
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Two landlords have been caught out in Hounslow following a chance inspection

The pair were found to be in breach of housing conditions at the bedsit they look after above a shop in Hanworth road.

Council officers visited the property following a fire there last September.

They found 10 people living in squalid conditions, sharing kitchens and bathrooms. The pair have been fined £11,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

Labour MP #KeithVaz has quit as head of one of the most influential House of Commons committees

It’s after revelations about his private life emerged over the weekend.

Reports claimed he'd paid two male escorts for their services and offered to buy Class A drugs.

Kingston MP James Berry also sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee. He was at this morning’s resignation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Planning on plumbing? Know the 'Water Law'

Anyone planning on carrying out plumbing work needs to know the ‘water law’ before they start.

That’s according to Sutton and East Surrey Water.

The company is urging businesses and homeowners to get permission for work or face possible court prosecution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

Residents ask Circus to stop fly posting in #Banstead

A tweet was sent by @YourBanstead community group on Twitter to Circus Fantasia which is in Caterham next week.

The picture of the fly posting was accompanied with the words "please can you stop fly posting Banstead, Chipstead + surrounding areas. It is illegal."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm  

The Surrey Cricket Foundation is helping the NSPCC raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation.

The victims of FGM tend to be between ages 4 and 10 years old, but there have been reports of babies having the practice forced upon them.

Kam Thandi, from NSPCC, explains how we can identify victims.

To find out more about the NSPCC's campaign, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

A Hersham man has been arrested after trespassing near West Byfleet railway station

A man caught trespassing near West Byfleet railway station has been arrested.

Police were called to lines between Weybridge and Woking shortly after 4pm yesterday, following reports of a person on the tracks.

After a search of the area, they arrested a 23-year-old Hersham man on suspicion of railway obstruction and trespass.

Significant disruption was caused to South West Trains services in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

British Airways apologises to delayed passengers

British Airways has apologised to passengers facing delays after an IT glitch affected check-in desks this morning.

Angry travellers complained about hours of queuing at various airports worldwide.

The airline said passengers were able to check in at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports "although it is taking longer than usual".

BA is advising travellers to check in online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Protesters have been arrested after blocking an aiport runway a month after a similar protest in Heathrow

Nine protesters have been arrested after blocking the runway at London's City Airport.

The campaign group Black Lives Matter UK is claiming responsibility.

The airport is facing questions over security.

Last month the activists brought traffic to a standstill on the road to Heathrow airport during a similar protest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Elmbridge residents are being urged to have they say on Heathrow expansion

People in Elmbridge living under the Heathrow flightpath, are being urged to make their views about expansion known before it’s too late.

Councillors are reviewing the impact of a proposed third runway ahead of the Government’s final decision, due by the end of the year.

The Elmbridge ‘Task and Finish’ group was set up in January to address concerns.

It says the significant economic benefits for residents need to be weighed against the environmental impacts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

The Bubbleworks ride at Chessington World of Adventures will close its doors later

After 26 years of service, the much loved Bubbleworks ride at Chessington World of Adventures will close its doors today.

In July the family theme park announced the iconic water boat course would shut to make way for a new ride.

The ride which opened in 1990, has completed more than 15 million circuits, and welcomed 32 million passengers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

UPDATE: Chiswick double stabbing

Two people are in hospital this morning following a double stabbing in Chiswick.

The man and woman were attacked in Kirton Close just after 6pm yesterday.

Police believe the knife-man and his two victims, both in their 30s, all know each other.

Investigations are continuing and no arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Richmond Business Improvement District get two new ambassadors

Two new ambassadors for Richmond have been chosen to help promote businesses and welcome visitors to the area.

The pilot programme, launched by Richmond Business Improvement District, has already impacted the community. They’ve helped to remove graffiti and get repairs on a pothole.

The pair wear distinctive panama hats and green and white colours.

Cllr. Pamela Flemming says that it will ensure that Richmond remains competitive and attracts new investment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 am  

Monday, 5 September 2016

The Wimbledon Foundation supports St. George's Hospital Charity

The Wimbledon Foundation has given a £2,500 grant to St. George’s Hospital Charity, to help people with progressive Parkinson’s disease.

The grant will be used to set up weekly dance classes for patients. It aims to improve the confidence, mobility and social interaction of those learning to live with the disease.

Chief Executive of the hospital charity, Martyn Willis says that the group hope to help patients beyond hospital walls.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 pm  

Two people have been stabbed close to a primary school in Chiswick.

The man and woman were attacked in Kirton Close just after 6 o’clock this evening.

Officers believe the pair, who knew each other, were stabbed by a man who was also known to them.

The attacker fled the scene before emergency services arrived.

The pair were rushed to hospital, where it’s though the women’s injuries are not life threatening.

Officers from Hounslow are investigating, and have yet to make any arrests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

A new electric police car is being trialled in Wandsworth.

It’s hoped that the BMW i3 Range Extender will allow officers to more subtly approach their suspects.

The response vehicle is environmentally friendly and can reach speeds of up to 30 mph in just three and a half seconds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

A cat burglar who tried to break into a pensioner’s house in Wimbledon has been jailed.

James Crawford was caught after he crept into the garden of a person who was away in hospital.

Crawford told the jury at Kingston Crown Court that he was only planning to stay there while the homeowner wasn’t there.

But on August 19th, he was sentenced to three years in jail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm  

Ex-Top Gear host James May has been caught speeding on a brand new motorbike in Chiswick.

He tweeted that he’d been “busted” less than half a mile from the dealership.

May says he’ll “come quietly” as he prepares for a speed awareness course.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

An officer from Richmond has been dismissed following a misconduct hearing this morning.

It was alleged that PC George Crosbie failed to properly investigate an assault last year.

He’s been accused of making false entries on the crime report of the incident, as well as lying to his supervisor about it.

He was dismissed without notice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

A cyclist who crashed into a tree in Woking during RideLondon has died.

71 year old Richard Kell was in a coma for three weeks, at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, before his life support machine was turned off.

He had signed up to the event to raise money for the Red Cross.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

People in Kingston are being urged to have their say on three options shortlisted for the regeneration of the infamous Cambridge Estate.

The proposals on offer range from partial to complete replacement of all the homes on the estate just off the Kingston Road.

The three options were whittled down from 14, and based on cost and layout.

Some residents say they hope the towers, which are an unpopular focus of the estate, will be completely replaced.

In 2010, part of the 15 storey Madingley block was destroyed by fire.

Although no one was injured, it raised questions about the safety of high rise blocks.

Kingston Council gave this statement:

The regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate gives us the opportunity to provide high quality homes for the residents currently living on the estate and to build the new homes that Kingston needs.

We have now completed surveys and other initial work to find out whether we can upgrade the estate and the best ways of doing this.

We will be holding a series of drop in events from Saturday 3 September to Wednesday 19 October. Come along to find out more and have your say.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:43 pm  

Today marks what would have been legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday

Lucy Mayer takes a look at the life of the man who proved the show must always go on.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

London Welsh Rugby Union club has narrowly avoided bankruptcy.

The championship side based in Richmond, paid their debts after they faced a winding up order over money owed to the tax office.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a stabbing at Thornton Heath station

A 70-year-old man was attacked as he walked through the station at around 10pm on bank holiday Monday.

He was approached by a man who attempted to sell him drugs before lunging at him with a knife. He suffered a hand wound.

Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

A man from Brentford has been charged with theft after Eddie Izzard, had his pink beret snatched during a pro-Europe rally in London

The comedian was walking with thousands of March for Europe demonstrators along Whitehall on Saturday when his hat was taken.

26 year-old David Czerwonko has been charged with theft.

He will appear in court later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

A cyclist has been involved in an accident with a van in Putney Heath

Police were called to the collision on Tibbet’s Ride just before midday.

The cyclist, a woman believed aged in her 50s, was taken to hospital; her condition is unknowm at this stage.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene. He has not been arrested.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

A couple from #Wimbledon are in the running for a prestigious World Ski award

Jess Hitchin and Josh Morgan run the Morgan Jupe Ski chalets in Morzine in France.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that they’ve been nominated in the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard World Snow Awards.

They’re hoping to scoop the award for best uk chalet company.

With 23 awards up for grabs the winners are decided by a judging panel of the leading figures in the UK skiing and snowboarding industry as well as by public vote.

Entries are now open across all categories and winners will be awarded at The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show London at Battersea Evolution at the end of October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A man from Hersham wanted on recall to prison has been located

A warrant was issued for 43 year old Anthony Mason last week after he failed to comply with the strict conditions of his licence.

He was located by Surrey Police officers in Hersham over the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Man dies after being hit by train in Thornton Heath

A 27-year-old man has died after being hit by a train at Thornton Heath.

Officers from the British Transport Police and paramedics were called to the station just before 5am yesterday.

The man, from Croydon, was pronounced dead the scene.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm  

15 year-old boy known to the Kingston area is missing

A 15-year-old boy known to the Kingston area is missing.

George Cresswell, from Worcester Park was last seen in Sheephouse Way in New Malden yesterday.

He’s described as having brown hair, blue eyes and freckles.

Anyone who may have seen him should call Kingston Police on 101

An image of George is available on our website
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Woman jailed after police found an assault rifle hidden in her Mitcham home

A woman is behind bars after police found an assault rifle and more than 400 rounds of ammunition hidden in her Mitcham home.

Lynn Tetteh, faces five years in prison after a high powered AK47 weapon wrapped inside a section of soil pipe, was discovered in her bedroom.

The 24 year-old, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

However, she denied knowing what was inside the package given to her by her boyfriend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 am  

Freddie Mercury remembered on what would have been his 70th birthday

Today marks what would have Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday.

A handmade Blue Plaque commemorating his life was unveiled outside his family home in Feltham to celebrate the occasion on Friday.

Freddie was still living in the house, in Gladstone Avenue, when he met future Queen Bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor in Ealing.

He died in November 1991, just two days after publicly confirming that he had AIDS.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Surrey welcomes plan to tackle Southern Rail's problems

Surrey County Council has welcomed the £20-million fund unveiled by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to improve Southern Rail’s services.

In a statement Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said the move recognises the frustration felt by Surrey’s commuters about the cancellations and disruptions.

Businesses in the powerhouse Surrey and South East economies have also welcomed the announcement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 am  

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Brawl in New Addington outside Man on the Moon pub

Three men have been in police custody after a brawl outside the Man on the Moon pub in New Addington.

Police were called to reports of a fight on Headley Drive after 1am when a large crowd was gathering.

One man suffered 3 stab wounds and a woman was taken to hospital in South London after being hit by a car which drove through the crowd.

London Ambulance sent several crews plus the Air Ambulance.

Croydon police tweeted the details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

Police appealing for information regarding a stabbing in Wandsworth

A 15 year-old boy is in hospital after being stabbed outside a supermarket in Wandsworth.

Police and paramedics were called to Garratt Lane just before 8-45 last night where they found the boy suffering with a stab wound to his stomach.

He was taken to a South London hospital where he’s been in a critical but stable condition.

It is believed he was with friends when two men stopped to speak to him and then he was stabbed.

The investigation is in its early stages but police do know that the attackers got away on pedal bikes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Kingston resident named as one of Britain's bravest

An Iraqi refugee who lost both a foot and an arm during bombings has been named among Britain’s bravest in a national awards ceremony.

27 year old Ahmed Hamza, who now lives in Kingston, lost his limbs during a missile attack in Baghdad in 2003, when he was just 12 years old.

While in hospital, Hamza met Ali Abbas, who had lost both arms during the attack. They became good friends and Hamza now cares for Abbas, despite his own injuries.

Hamza was nominated for the Against All Odds award at the Charles Holland Awards for Brave Britons on 24th August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Police searching for a man in the Hersham area

Surrey Police are appealing for help in finding a man from Hersham.

43 year-old Anthony Mason is wanted by police for failing to comply with the strict conditions of his probation.

Various enquiries to try and trace Mason have been made and officers are carrying out address searches. He is also known to be linked to the Walton and Elmbridge areas.

He is described as a white male, around 5 foot 9 inches tall, a slim build with short, brown and grey hair.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Button to take a year off F1 racing

It’s been announced that Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Jenson Button at McLaren next year.

Button will be staying at the Woking based team but stepping back from his race seat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am  

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