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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Richmond Council Awarded for Healthy Workplace

Richmond Council has been awarded the highest accreditation level for being a healthy workplace by the Greater London Authority.

The scheme considers subjects such as an organisation’s approach to physical activity and mental health.

It’s hoped that next year the new Shared Staffing Arrangement, with Wandsworth Council, will also be awarded a similar accolade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm  

Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing at Heathrow after Landing Gears Fail

A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency stop at Heathrow after the plane’s landing gear failed.

The pilot found out after take-off that the landing gear lever was stuck and could not be moved.

Despite this, the Boeing 747-436, which was carrying 293 passengers, was safely landed with only the nose and body landing gear deployed.

It’s believed the problem was caused by an engineer losing concentration when taking a break and an inadequate handover sheet.

It happened on January 30 but a report in to the incident has only just been released.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

Appeal for Witnesses after Fatal Collision in Fulham

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following a fatal collision in Fulham.

Police were called at 9.43pm on Friday 14 October to reports of a motorcycle collision with a bollard on Fulham Road.

Officers attended the scene and found a 36-year-old male motorcyclist injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigations are continuing and his next of kin have been informed.

Any who witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to get in contact with police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

Hunt on to find good samaritan learner driver who helped Chessington police get to a 999 call

On Thursday night at around 8pm, two officers from Chessington Safer Neighbourhood team were on foot patrol in Merrett Gardens when they spotted a man acting suspiciously.

As they approached, he decided to run and a lengthy foot chase began.

About 500m into the chase the officers lost sight of the man as he went round a corner.

But, a passing member of the public pointed out where the suspect was hiding and the officers closed in.

They attempted to make an arrest but struggled and called for urgent assistance from their colleagues.

Other officers at the Chessington patrol base heard the call for help on the radio, but didn’t have access to a police car so decided to run the 1.2 miles to help their colleagues.

While running, they attempted to flag down passing cars for assistance.

The first car that stopped was a learner driver, who along with the instructor offered to help.

As expected, the learner driver drove safely and along with her instructor, and remained calm throughout the journey.

She dropped the officers off near to the scene and they ran the last part.

The officers got to the suspect and helped with the arrest, preventing any further injuries.

A police spokesman said "sadly we were unable to say thank you to the members of the public that assisted us last night. However we would like to trace them so we can say thank you properly. If it was you and you are reading this please get in touch by calling us on 101."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Men in Scream masks scaring people in Tolworth

Two men in hoodies wearing scream masks have been scaring people around Tolworth.

A woman in her 50s and another around the same age were approached by the masked men as they tried to walk along Broad Oaks around the back of Tolworth Broadway.

The men blocked the path and dared them to walk past, but they felt too threatened to go by.

The masked duo have also been unnerving people in the Tolworth Main Allotments.

People are being urged to be vigilant and careful if walking alone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Plane crash in Chobham

A plane with two people on board has crashed at Fairoaks Airfield in Chobham.

All emergency services were called to the incident at the airport around 8.30 this morning.

The Fire Brigade used two water carriers, one big water tanker, and an environmental unit to deal with the gasoline and put out the blaze.

The two passengers reportedly have no serious injuries.

Investigations into how the crash happened are continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Zac Goldsmith: Senior Conservatives will not Approve Heathrow Expansion

Senior conservatives including Boris Johnson will not approve plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, according to Zac Goldsmith.

The MP for Richmond Park said Boris Johnson & Education Secretary Justine Greening would not back expansion of the airport under any circumstances.

He said both MPs represent west London constituencies likely to be affected by Heathrow expansion and remain opposed to the idea.

He believes Prime Minister Theresa May will have to offer the Tories a free vote if plans go forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:35 pm  

Appeal following theft of charity box in Sutton

Police are trying to trace a man in connection with a burglary of a charity box in Sutton.

The break-in happened at a company in Croydon Road in Wallington on the 23rd August at around 11pm.

Police have released footage of the suspect who is as a white man, aged in his 20s. He was wearing light coloured clothing and trainers.

Anyone with any information is urged to call police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Mental health awareness event comes to Wimbledon today

A special event aimed at creating awareness of young people’s mental health will be held in Wimbledon throughout today.

It’s being hosted by Stem4, which helps youngsters with mental health problems such as eating disorders and depression.

It has visited over 70 schools nationwide holding workshops and conferences.

Anyone who wants to attend today’s public event needs to head to Wimbledon Piazza before 5pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

The people of #NewMalden turn out in force to protest against plans to remove the Fountain Roundabout

A peaceful protest was staged this morning, as campaigners braved the rain.

They are upset that Kingston Council has decided to replace the historic Fountain Roundabout with a Go Cycle crossroads.

Protesters say it will make the road less safe, cause more congestion and ruin the village feel of the area.

They're asking as many people as possible to attend a "final decision" meeting at the Guildhall in Kingston on Tuesday night.

One of the organisers of this morning's protest, James Giles, claims cyclists don't even want the scheme.

Joan Beer and Yvonne Tracey are from the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society.

The Council did not send a representative to today's event.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Protesters take to the streets in New Malden

A demonstration is underway in New Malden to try and save the historic Fountain Roundabout.

Lucy Mayer is there:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Pardew talks about West Ham's challenges ahead of tonight's Palace game

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says he sympathises with West Ham going into their Premier League clash this evening.

Their opponents have endured a difficult start to the season after leaving Upton Park for their new stadium.

Slaven Bilic's side are currently in the bottom three.

As a former West Ham boss, Pardew knows how hard the change must be:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Richmond Council calls on residents and stakeholders to have their say

Richmond council is urging people to have their say on the future of Ham Close.

It comes as the council has been working with residents and stakeholders on what improvements they would like to see.

Over the summer, 153 residents attended a number of design workshops to discuss ideas for redevelopment.

The designs are to go for a full public consultation on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Chelsea's Antonio Conte speaks about today's upcoming game

Chelsea's Antonio Conte has praised Leicester manager and former Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri, before today's Premier League lunchtime game.

They faced each other while Ranieri was managing Inter Milan and Conte was in charge of Juventus.

The current Chelsea boss says his fellow Italian has always been helpful, though struggled for the right description:

Chelsea only have one win from their last four top-flight matches - after finishing a surprise 10th last season.

Conte says they're a team in transition under his management:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Teenager hospitalised after stabbing in Clapham

A teenage boy is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in Clapham last night.

The 17-year-old was attacked just after 7pm near the Sainsbury’s on Clapham High Street.

Witnesses reported seeing a "massive police presence" with at least six police cars and vans, two ambulances and a fire engine at the scene.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Protestors demonstrate against demotion of New Malden's Fountain Roundabout

Protestors against the demolition of New Malden’s Fountain Roundabout will stage a peaceful protest today.

Kingston Council wants to replace the feature with a Go Cycle crossroads by early next year.

The march will start at Blagdon Road at 11am.

Residents, like John Creasey, say not enough people were consulted or listened to:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Dangers of deer in Richmond and Bushy

People are being warned about the dangers of deer on the road.

Highways England and The Deer Initiative have joined forces to warn about the heightened risk of collisions at this time of year.

It’s estimated there could be around 74,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents this year alone, resulting in up to 700 human injuries.

In South West London, deer are most prevalent in Richmond and Bushy royal parks where speed limits are set at 20 mph.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 am  

Richmond Council's campaign against child abuse has positive impact

Richmond Council’s campaign to raise awareness of child abuse has had a positive impact.

It has been encouraging people to overcome the barriers that stop them reporting instances of abuse or neglect.

Figures released by the NSPCC reveal that over the past year, there’s been a 36% increase in the borough of calls to its helpline.

Councillor Stephen Speak says he hopes the public will keep coming forward, no matter how small their concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 am  

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are asking people to get their flu vaccines

As winter approaches, staff at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are urging people to protect themselves against flu.

Those most at risk include pregnant women, over 65s and those with long term health conditions.

They strongly advise people to make an appointment with their GP to have a flu vaccine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 am  

Fire at derelict building in Croydon

A derelict building has been gutted by a fire in Croydon.

The fire brigade was called to the blaze in the three storey building in Davenant Road just after 6 o’clock on Thursday night.

Investigations are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 am  

Friday, 14 October 2016

Osborne supports Heathrow

Britain must expand Heathrow Airport – that’s according to George Osborne who added his voice to the decade-long debate today.

The former chancellor said the economic case to build a third runway at the west London airport is "overwhelming”.

He added that Heathrow is a great airport which connects the UK to global trade and that the expansion will make Britain outward-looking.

A decision on which London airport should build a new runway is thought to be imminent, after years of argument and delay because of the Brexit vote.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 pm  

Bogus Trader found Guilty of Fraud for work on Surbiton Roof

A rogue trader from Kingston will pay £10,000 for shoddy work on a roof in Surbiton.

Thomas Kennedy who operated under ‘Kennedy Roofing and Guttering’ has been found guilty of fraud.

Kennedy had originally quoted £2,200 to repair the roof, before regularly increasing the cost until the final bill came to £32,000.

The resident then had to have the whole roof replaced at a further cost of over £15,000.

A spokesperson from the council said it’s simply unacceptable to deceive and defraud people out of thousands of pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm  

Learner Driver finds herself in Dramatic Police Chase during Lesson

A heroic learner driver from Kingston found herself in a dramatic police chase last night.

The stunned learner was on a driving lesson with her instructor when officers flagged her down for a lift to hunt a suspect.

The officers were called for help with an arrest – but with no police cars available, they were faced with a 1.2 mile run to Chessington.

The first car that stopped was the learner driver - who arrived at the crime scene “just in time” for the officers to arrest the wanted man.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 pm  

Police hoping to trace man in connection with bus sex assault

Police are hoping to trace a man connected to a sex assault on a bus in Hammersmith.

The victim was travelling on the 72 bus to Shepherds Bush when she was assaulted on Sunday 31st July at around 4.45pm.

The suspect is described as black, aged around 35 years old and approximately 5ft 9in tall.

He was wearing a baseball cap and camouflage-style jacket and trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Natalie Baynes from the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 07770 315690 or via 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

A judge has given the go-ahead for a fresh inquest into the death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago

Private Sean Benton was found with five bullet wounds to his chest in June 1995 while undergoing training at the Surrey base.

The original inquest into his death recorded a verdict of suicide.

Emma Norton is a lawyer who represents the family and says getting to find out exactly what happened might not be that easy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Three charged in connection with theft of puppy in Claygate Christmas burglary

Three men have been charged in connection with the theft of a puppy in Claygate.

5 month old, Maxiums, was stolen alongside other valuable items including jewellery and iPads, in Red Lane last December.

The three men will appear in court next month, charged with burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

Thankfully the puppy was found and returned home in time for Christmas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

A trader from Hounslow, accused of helping trigger a multibillion-dollar Wall Street crash, has lost a High Court challenge against his extradition

Navinder Singh Sarao is wanted in the US, where he faces 22 charges.

Authorities claim he made hundreds of thousands of pounds during a so-called 'flash crash' in 2010.

At the time, the New York market plunged 600 points in five minutes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

People in Hounslow who have their wheelie bins stolen or vandalised, will have to pay the council £50 for a new one

Changes to waste collection have been approved.

The new collection contract is designed to improve current recycling and waste services.

But a number of changes will be made to issuing replacement wheelie bins to households where bins are lost, stolen or burnt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

QPR's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has "unanimous support" of the board

QPR say manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has the "unanimous support" of the board, amid the conclusion of an internal investigation over allegations made by The Daily Telegraph.

The club say they've not received video footage or the full transcripts of conversations recorded by the newspaper, despite numerous requests.

The Dutchman has admitted being "naive", but has always denied wrongdoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

Kingston Council will present its direction of travel plan to the Mayor of London on Monday to gain formal approval

The council’s growth committee voted in favour of the plan at a public meeting last night.

As an Opportunity Area, Kingston will be expected to provide up to 5,000 jobs and 2,500 new homes.

James Giles, chair of the Malden Independent Community Organisation, says it's a gross over-development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Campaigners trying to save #NewMalden iconic Fountain Roundabout say Kingston council is being “untruthful.”

The feature at the end of New Malden High Street is to be replaced with a Go Cycle crossroads.

Councillors told residents against the move that if the Fountain development didn’t go ahead, TfL would probably withdraw money for the upkeep of the original fountain, as Councillor Terry Paton explains below.

However, a spokesperson for TfL says they are unaware of anyone saying funding would be pulled, as the cash has already been granted.

A peaceful protest to save the roundabout will take place tomorrow at 11am, starting at Blagdon Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

A trader from Hounslow is to appeal against his extradition ruling

Alleged flash crash trader, Navinder Singh Sarao, from Hounslow is to appeal against his extradition ruling at High Court later.

US officials claim he made £38million through the fraudulent trades and contributed to the 'flash crash' in May 2010.

The 22 charges he faces carry a maximum sentence of 380 years in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

E-fit released in Tooting rape investigation

Police hunting a rapist today released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to after an attack Tooting.

The woman was raped by the suspect who approached her in Lucien Road, in September, and then fled the scene immediately afterwards.

Detectives have described him as an Asian man, about 5ft 7in tall, with a thin moustache.

The suspect was wearing glasses, a red hooded top and light coloured tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Inspector Andrew Wadey, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said:

"I am appealing directly to anyone who may recognise the man in this e-fit to get in touch and tell us who he may be. The e-fit is extremely clear and I am certain that someone will know him; he may even be someone close to you. Please help us identify him.

"This was a terrifying attack on a lone woman and it is really important that we catch him as soon as possible.

"A number of enquires have been carried out and we have managed to successfully obtain a DNA profile of the suspect. As we have a profile any information about potential suspects given to us can be quickly and easily eliminated or verified, so I would like to reassure anyone that is concerned about providing information."

Any who recognises the man, or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to call detectives on 020 8721 4251. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

The suspect is described as a man of Asian appearance, between 20-25 years old, approximately 5ft 7inches tall and of slim build. He had a thin moustache. The suspect was wearing glasses, a red hooded top and light coloured tracksuit bottoms.

The victim was taken to a Haven and is being supported by specialist officers.

There have been no arrests and enquiries by Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 am  

Kingston Council approve Direction of Travel

Kingston Council’s Growth Committee last night voted in favour of approving its Direction of Travel plan for the borough.

It’s part of the councils Local Plan which aims to realise the potential of Kingston and emerging opportunities associated with Crossrail 2.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Dominant Harlequins secure maximum points as they launched their European campaign

Harlequins launched their European campaign with a home game against Stade Francais Paris last night.

Stade Francais had not won away from home this season in any competition and were looking to change the trend. Quins, meanwhile, had won all their home games and were hoping to keep their 100% record at the Twickenham Stoop. These two teams had met four times in the past, both with two wins and two losses. Most notably Quins had beaten the visitors in the final to lift the Challenge Cup in 2011.

Last night was a chilly night in South West London yet the atmosphere reflected the excitement of a game under the floodlights.

Stade Francais kicked off proceedings with a long ball into the Quins’ 22. Within seconds the hosts had earned a free kick as Swiel, fly-half for the evening in place of an inured Nick Evans, placed the ball in touch for a line-out on the half-way line.

The hosts kept possession and chants of ‘Harlequins’ sounded very early on in the game in both support and as a means of spurring the team on.

Playing advantage, the hosts attempted a cross-field kick for Marchant to run in for a try however the kick was long and went into touch.

Play was brought back and the hosts, believing they already had momentum over the visitors, opted for a 5 metre line-out, formed a maul and drove across the line with Joe Marler attributed the try. Within 4 minutes the hosts had a converted try on the scoreboard: Harlequins 7 – 0 Stade Francais.

Scrum on the halfway line for the hosts saw a penalty awarded to the visitors with Joe Marler showing his disagreement.

They kicked for a line-out on Quins’ 22.

The Pinks, tonight dressed in white, lost possession whilst moving the ball from wing to wing and the hosts once again had the put-in at a scrum on the halfway line. Dickson passed to Swiel who miss-kicked high. Despite a good challenge from Yarde, it was Stade Francais who regained possession.

They sent the ball high and Brown gathered well.

Another error from Swiel saw the ball go into touch on the full handing possession to France just outside the hosts’ 22.

Yarde made a great tackle on the advancing no.11 Sinzelle but was then penalised for not rolling away. The Pinks discussed options whilst Yarde shook off an injury and George Merrick was stretchered from the field; Sam Twomey coming on in his place (12 minutes elapsed).

Stade Francais restarted the game by kicking into touch for an attacking line-out instead of taking the three points. This was, as it turned out, a good decision for Quins who defended their line impeccably and earned themselves a free kick.

The impending line-out was then changed to a penalty which was taken quickly in a tap-and-go, courtesy of the French being offside.

An aerial battle ensued before The Pinks decided to run with ball in hand. Quins were not letting them proceed and were able to strip the ball, only for it to be taken back just a few phases later.

The forwards joined forces as Marler and Buchanan took on the French no. 5 – the effort of them both forcing the captain Pape to spill the ball forward.

The two forwards were called into action again in the scrum; ball secured with a long pass direct to the wing. The ball was then kicked long and an error by Stade Francais saw Joe Marchant take a glowing opportunity and cross for a try. The Television Match Official was called in to confirm the try. Replays confirmed Francais prevented the ball from going into touch but in doing so handed the ball to Marchant. The conversion was missed and after 18 minutes: Harlequins 12 – 0 Stade Francais Paris.

The visitors seemed to be at a loss, miss-passing, spilling balls and Quins were alert on this cold night in South West London. Visser and Brown combined in a superb effort to confuse the defence, with the no.11 ultimately ending up with the ball as he crossed the whitewash; conversion added: Harlequins 19 – 0 Stade Francais after 21 minutes.

Play resumed and Visser was once again alert to intercept a loose pass. ‘Ooos and ahhhhs’ resonated around the Twickenham Stoop as if it was Guy Fawkes night as Quins ran with ball in hand and passed solidly, ripping through the defence. Eventually play was slowed and halted as the ball trickled into touch on the right wing just short of the French try-line.

Stade Francais retrieved the ball and kicked to safety with a Quins’ line-out just inside the opposition

The line-out, however, was thrown long allowing Francais a rare moment of possession in the Quins’ half. Very rare it turned out to be as the hosts soon pushed play back over the half-way line and earned themselves a scrum.

This was upgraded to a free-kick and Swiel duly found touch in the French 22.

This time the line-out worked well for the hosts who formed a maul and powered towards the line. Dickson retrieved the ball and the forwards went to work. A deceptive pass from Swiel allowed Yarde to make ground before the referee blew his whistle signalling a scrum.

The French scrum-half fed the ball and released it. Again Quins’ defence was working hard and limited the forward momentum. They were forced to kick and Yarde positioned himself well, one foot in touch, to catch the ball directly sending play back from where it had been kicked.

Stade Francais did steal possession but Marchant and Roberts combined well to double-tackle. Such was the defence that the visitors were forced to kick.

It was gathered easily by Yarde who then miss-kicked. Marchant tried to salvage the situation but knocked-on whilst trying to catch the high ball. It landed in the waiting arms of The Pinks and Macalou crossed for an easy try under the posts; conversion added whilst Yarde raised his hand admitting – and apologising for – his error. Harlequins 19 – 7 Stade Francais after 32 minutes.

It was not long before play was back in French territory but a long kick gave Yarde possession and he ran the ball right back. James Chsiholm took possession and muscled his way through tackles and over the line. Swiel successfully added the conversion: Harlequins 26 – 7 Stade Francais after 36 minutes.

The restart was long but into Quins’ arms. Dickson box-kicked out and the chase by the hosts allowed them to bundle The Pinks into touch on retrieving the ball. The hosts took a quick line-out and earned a scrum on the French half.

Dickson fed the re-set scrum and the hosts earned another free-kick; Marler once gain vocalising his opinion.

Swiel kicked for an attacking line-out in the French 22. Horwill offloaded to Chisholm whilst still in aerial mode and the no. 8 once again muscled his way over the line for his second try in quick succession. Swiel’s failed conversion was the final play of the first half.

Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 31 – 7 Stade Francais Paris

During the break the visitors replaced prop Taulafo for Zhvania

Swiel kicked to the left wing to start the second half. The visitors gathered and soon made their way into Quins’ territory. The hosts turned over the ball and Dickson box-kicked – Visser could not gather the ball in the air and so the French came again.

In a repeat performance; the ball was turned over, kicked into the French half, missed by Visser, claimed by The Pinks who, on this occasion were tackled into touch.

Line-out to Quins and they moved the ball from left to right and back again. A superb performance by Chisholm saw him break the defence, Marchant continued his run taking in more defenders. The French regrouped as play slowed. The hosts were doing a good job offloading to one another until it was a pass too far from Marchant, losing the ball to the French.

Despite their possession, the visitors could only kick to gain territory, handing play back to Quins until the hosts were penalised. Stade Francais kicked for a line-out as Camara was replaced by Millet after 46 minutes – the fall-back looking exhausted.

Stade Francais attempted to build momentum but Yarde was equal to it and intercepted, the ball then rolling forward off the French. Try-scorer Macalou was replaced by Alberts.

Scrum to Quins inside their own half. This time the strength in the set-piece failed as The Pinks were awarded a free-kick. The fly-half found touch inside the hosts’ 22 for an attacking line-out.

Hooker Burden received his orders and made his mark. Quins were penalised for straying offside and the visitors opted for a 5 metre scrum. Burden off for Bonfils.

Quins kept the tackles coming and a frantic loose pass landed at the feet of the French who were unable to gather. The hosts took the opportunity and kicked to chase. The ball was gathered but knocked-on by the visitors.

Pyle off for De Giovanni ahead of the scrum just inside Quins’ own half.

Dickson fed, received the ball and it was kicked long to safety. Stade Francais’ no. 13 Williams was waiting underneath and ran it back into the heart of the battle.

The French had regrouped over the break and were working together a little more. Quins were penalised and the French opted to tap and go, making their way up to the 5 metre line.

It was time for Harlequins to make replacements as Gray and Jackson came on in place of Buchanan and Swiel after 55 minutes.

The Pinks opted for a scrum and they earned another penalty. Another scrum was requested, possibly in the hopes of seeing a sin-bin as the hosts’ penalty tally was on the increase.

It was not to be as the scrum held, forcing their scrum-half Daguin to release the ball. It was gathered and passed wide only for Visser to intercept and run the length of the pitch to score under the posts. A simple conversion for Jackson was in fact charged down: Harlequins 36 – 7 Stade Francais Paris after 58 minutes.

Marler, in his first game back from injury, left the field of play for Owen Evans.

Quins gathered the restart ball and kicked long, making France use up more energy in coming forward.

A brief aerial battle ensued as both teams tried to gather their thoughts.

The visitors kept possession and slowly pushed forward before the hosts, running out of defenders on the left wing, allowed Daguin to slip through and score a try; converted: Harlequins 36 – 14 Stade Francais Paris after 61 minutes.

After only a couple of minutes respite, Marler found himself returning to the battlefield as Evans went off for a Head Injury Assessment. He was not to return for the rest of the game.

Luamanu also came on to the pitch in place of Wallace after 62 minutes.

Scrum to The Pinks in their own half; Quins were again penalised for failing to hit straight. The French took it quickly but Visser again intercepted. A charge forward and Roberts was penalised for holding on. The French kicked for a line-out but failed to find touch; Quins returned the ball and the French were forced back into their own half.

They attempted a chip through but Yarde was on hand to gather. A neatly placed kick forced the ball into touch just outside the French 22.

The visitors claimed line-out ball and box-kicked. This simply handed back possession to Quins who promptly lost the ball to Stade Francais.

In the heat of battle, Dickson lost his boot but was given time to place it back on as Stade Francais were awarded a penalty which they kicked for a line-out in Quins’ 22.

The French pushed on but the hosts’ defence was up to the task and earned a scrum.

The Pinks dominated in the scrum, earned a penalty, took it quickly and crossed for a try, converted: Harlequins 36 – 21 Stade Francais Paris with 10 minutes left.

Stanley entered the affray, coming on in place of Roberts.

The re-start ball was claimed by the French who box-kicked back into the Quins’ half.

The hosts seemed to be waning badly and were lucky to retain possession when the ball was kicked out from a ruck.

Jackson chipped through the defence but with no Quins chasing, it simply handed possession to the French.

Adam Jones came on for Collier – a huge cheer as he took to the field, testament to his efforts at the weekend.

The French won their line-out and ran into the Quins’ 22. The hosts earned a reprieve with a free-kick, duly placed into touch just inside their own half. Possession was stolen at the line-out and this was compounded when the visitors were awarded a scrum. This time the hosts’ scrum was dominate and earned their team a free-kick.

It found touch for a line-out in the opposition half. The ball was secured by Horwill and a maul formed. Dickson retrieved the ball and it reached Brown. He attempted to offload but the ball strolled forward handing the opposition another scrum.

Mulchrone on for Dickson with just 4 minutes remaining.

Again Quins dominated and forced The Pinks to remove the ball quickly. They passed to the wing where the hosts attempted another intercept. This time the ball was knocked on handing another scrum to the opponents,

Quins stole possession and Luamanu blasted through the defence. Another pass out wide saw Yarde cross for a try

The TMO was called into action and eventually the try was awarded. Jackson added the conversion with just 1 minute of the game left to play.

The hosts gathered the ball from the re-start and kicked it into touch ending proceedings.

Full Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 43 – 21 Stade Francais Paris

James Chisholm was named Man Of The Match in a game that saw Harlequins head to the top of the table in pool 5 with a maximum 5 points.

11,820 attendance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 am  

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Harlequin squad changes ahead of Stade Francais match.
Harlequins have made a late change to the squad ahead of this evening’s European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Stade Francais at The Stoop.

Alofa Alofa, who has fallen ill, will be replaced by Joe Marchant.

Winston Stanley is called into the replacements. Kick-off is at 19:45.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

Sian Berry responds to Brexit Hate Crime Report

Sian Berry has responded to a Home Office report released today on hate crime in England and Wales which showed a sharp increase in the number of recorded incidents.

The report showed a sharp increase in the number of racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police following the EU Referendum.

The rate of Hate Crimes has increased by 41% since July 2015.

Sian says that, we simply can’t let the increase of these abhorrent crimes since the EU referendum become a permanent feature of our society.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

ELSA Scheme piloted in Hounslow

Hounslow Council have piloted the Emotional Literacy Support Assistants training scheme at various primary schools in the borough.

ELSA work with pupils to help them recognise, understand and manage their emotions, as well as offering training to staff members.

Adele Coombs, Assistant Head Teacher at Hounslow Town Primary School says that, they’re already seeing the positive impact of the scheme in the school.

The Educational Psychology Service would like to deliver this programme to more primary schools in the Borough by summer 2017

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Merton and Wandsworth Schools Take Part in 1,000 Londoners Project.

Sixth form students from eight Merton and Wandsworth schools have made ten films as part of the 1,000 Londoners Project.

The project is a unique digital portrait of London which tells a range of stories about Londoners.

Students attended workshops led by professional film-makers from Chocolate Films to produce the stories of local heroes.

Wimbledon BookFest Director Fiona Razvi says that they’re aiming to improve the educational opportunities of young people living in the boroughs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Andy Murray eased through to the next round of the Shanghai Masters tennis with a straight sets win over Lucas Pouille

The Wimbledon and Olympic champion won 6-1 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile Murray isn't sure if fining Nick Kyrgios £13,500 for his on-court behaviour is the best way to discipline him.

The Australian was punished for a number of issues, including not trying his best in Shanghai against Mischa Zverev.

At one stage Kyrgios patted a serve over the net and walked off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

Thousands of products made by Unilever still aren't available on the Tesco website due to a row over price rises

The supermarket's rejected a request from the maker of brands like Marmite and Dove to increase prices by up to 10 per cent.

Unilever, which has bases in New Malden and Leatherhead, says it's to cover a fall in the pound's value since the vote to leave the EU.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

A staggering bidding war on a £5 note belonging to a man from from Twickenham, is reaching dizzy heights

It’s happening on eBay, where a buyer is currently offering Gareth Wright over £80,000 for the note which has an AK47 serial number.

Only a few hours of bidding are left.

Gareth tells Jackie what he plans to do with all the money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Rail passengers will soon be able to claim compensation . . . . if their train is more than 15 minutes late

The government scheme will begin on Govia Thameslink Railway over the next few months, before being rolled out across the UK.

Current rules only allow pay-outs to commuters who're delayed by at least half an hour.

Transport Secretar, and Epsom MP, Chris Grayling says it's hoped more people will feel they're getting value for money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

A stranded seal has been rescued from a pontoon near Kew Bridge

The animal was spotted in the Thames earlier this week, but RNLI crews were unable to find it.

However, the fire brigade was called to the water at Brentford just before 10 o’clock this morning.

RSPCA officers caught the seal safely and have taken it to be inspected.

Twitpic: @pablodiablo74
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

A woman from Vauxhall has been charged over a road rage row with Jeremy Vine

A woman from Vauxhall has been charged following a road rage argument with BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.

The row captured on his helmet camera, happened when the presenter from Chiswick was cycling in Kensington.

Shanique Syrena Pearson, has been charged with a number of offences including using threatening and abusive words or behaviour.

She will appear before magistrates next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Meeting on Kingston's future being held at The Guildhall tonight

The historic face of Kingston could be about to change forever.

A public meeting is being held tonight to decide on proposals to turn ten areas into so called “Opportunity Areas.”

Residents against the plans, which are similar to schemes in Vauxhall and Battersea, say they are a "gross over-development."

Campaigner Caroline Scott says the people of Kingston don’t want to live in a “high rise city.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

A police dog which received multiple stab wounds while apprehending a suspect, is making a good recovery

Finn, the German Shepherd, and his handler PC David Wardell were both attacked while attending an armed burglary in Stevenage.

A 16 year old boy from Lewisham was later arrested.

A room, set aside at Kingston Police station for well wishers to send doggy treats and presents, is almost full.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Gareth Wright from Twickenham's new fiver is going from thousands on eBay

A staggering bidding war on a man from Twickenham’s new £5 note, is reaching dizzy heights.

It’s happening on eBay, where a buyer is currently offering, Gareth Wright, £65,000 for the note which has an AK47 serial number.

More than 100 bids have been made.

However, Gareth’s concerned the excessive bids on his fiver are not genuine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

It appears cats are being deliberately shot at with pellet guns in #Hounslow

The warning comes after a cat called Kino was found with pellets embedded in his paw and abdomen.

The incidents are not thought to be linked to the ongoing Croydon cat killings.

Matthew Wilson at Young Veterinary Partnership, explains why he thinks these pellet gun incidents are not accidental.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Heathrow is to remain the top business rate payer

Heathrow airport will remain the top business rate payer in England and Wales.

This will happen when new rateable values are applied in 2017.

It’s a form of business tax based on the rentable value of the property.

The airport's annual bill will be £118m, according to calculations by the property surveyors CVS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Police appeal following collision in Wallington

A 35 year-old man is in hospital this morning following a crash in Wallington.

Emergency services were called to Croydon Road shortly after 7am yesterday, to reports of a collision involving a Honda motorbike.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Police are appealing for information following the incident, at this stage its unknown if a vehicle was involved.

Officers are urging witnesses to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing woman from Cheam

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing pensioner from Cheam.

83 year-old, Primina Hancock, was last seen on Wednesday night, in Church Hill Road.

She’s a white woman, approximately 5ft tall, of slim build with short, permed ginger hair.

Primina is known to be drawn to religious buildings and locations.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket.

Anyone who has seen Primina Hancock or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Sutton Police via 101 or call the charity Missing People on 116000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 am  

Harlequins start the rugby union European club season tonight at The Stoop

Harlequins kick-off the new rugby union European club season tonight.

They host Stade Francais in their opening group game of the European Challenge Cup at The Stoop with a 7.45 start.

Prop Joe Marler says it's a tough way to start the competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Passengers on train to Wimbledon asked to leave following rude graffiti discovery

Passengers were taken off a Wimbledon bound train because of “sexually offensive graffiti” on one of the carriages.

Thameslink has defended the cancellation saying it was to stop the words from causing “further offence.”

This is the sixth time a GTR service has been axed because of rude graffiti in the past three months.

Southern previously cancelled services from Wallington to Clapham Junction and Streatham Common to Victoria due to similar incidents.

Network Rail estimates that it costs at least £5 million a year to clean up graffiti.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 am  

Cleaners at Heathrow say they aren't getting paid enough

Cleaners at Heathrow have complained to the airport’s boss they aren’t getting a living wage for London.

The airport agreed to pay £9.40 an hour.

But workers claim this is only given to directly employed staff and not those working through agencies.

A spokesman for Heathrow said they’re looking at how they can “roll it out” to their supply chain in the future.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 am  

Chelsea Ladies are knocked out of the Champions League

Chelsea Ladies have been knocked out of the Champions League after their 1 all draw with Wolfsburg.

They were defeated in the first leg, after losing 3-0, which has led to their exit from the competition.

Elsewhere, Manchester City women are through to the last-16 of the Champions League - after a 6-nil aggregate win over Russian side Zvezda.

The English champions won 4-nil on the night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Drivers in Brentford and Chiswick could be affected by closure on the M4 tonight

Drivers in Brentford and Chiswick could be affected tonight as part of the M4 remains shut.

Thousands of motorists already faced delays yesterday after a 40-tonne lorry overturned between Maidenhead and Reading.

The recycling truck smashed into the central reservation, careering onto its side and spilling garden waste and hundreds of litres of diesel.

Highways England have confirmed that the westbound carriageway will be shut between junctions 8 and 10 until at least 6am.

One lane Eastbound is also closed, as the central reservation is repaired.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 pm  

Carshalton and Wallington’s MP, Tom Brake, will join a protest for stronger right for renters tomorrow.

It’ll be outside College Green followed by the presentation of a petition at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The protest aims to highlight the difficulty that many renters face with unfair charges, rent and agency fees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

A man who fell off an ornamental footbridge in Sutton has lost his fight for compensation.

70 year old Christopher Edwards hurt his head after falling in Beddington Park six years ago.

He claimed the Council hadn’t carried out adequate risk assessments and should have put protective barriers on the bridge.

But he lost his case today after the judge ruled that not every accident “has to be the fault of another”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Furious British Airways passengers waited for three hours on a grounded flight bound for Heathrow.

Customers boarded the flight from Athens before being told the plane had “lost power”.

Michael West, from Wimbledon, told the Standard that the pilot asked people to “use their smartphones to light up the cabin”.

Eventually the flight was cancelled.

A spokesman from BA said they took care of their customers and offered them accommodation, adding that safety is their top priority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

A man has been arrested after he and a woman were found stabbed in Battersea.

Queenstown Road was shut after the incident, which happened just before 6pm on the top of the street.

Officers found a woman with cuts to her arm and a man who had injuries on his hand.

A Met spokeswoman said they aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

A group from Egham is focusing on the refugee crisis as it celebrates its 25th anniversary today.

David Matthews is the chairman of Runnymede Amnesty International and helped found the group in 1991.

The organisation campaigns to protect human rights, including those for people forced to flee their homes:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 pm  

Nearly 400 jobs are being cut at the restaurant chain Ed's Easy diner.

The brand has been bought by Ranjit Boparan - the owner of Giraffe and Harry Ramsden's.

Nearly half of the existing restaurants will close with immediate effect including Wandsworth and Woking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 pm  

A man who followed a vulnerable woman home and attempted to sexually assault her in Hounslow has been jailed.

45 year old Harjit Singh was sentenced to ten years and nine months imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.

The incident happened on the 22nd of July when Singh forced his way into the victims’ home and tried to assault her.

He was arrested at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

A man has died after a house fire in New Malden.

Firefighters were called to at around 3 o’clock today to a fire in England Way.

The blaze was under control just under an hour later.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

An appeal for urgent medical equipment is being launched today by St George’s Hospital Charity.

The Neuro Appeal hopes to raise money for unique medical equipment needed by patients and staff in the neuro field.

Among the kit needed is an MEP machine, which allows surgeons to monitor the spinal chord and nerve roots during surgery.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

The historic face of #Kingston could be about to change forever as "Direction of Travel" proposals are heard

A public meeting is being held tomorrow night at 7.30 at the Guildhall to decide on proposals to turn ten areas in the borough so called “Opportunity Areas.”

Residents against the plans, which are similar to schemes in Vauxhall and Battersea, say they are a gross over-development of high rise buildings.

The Mayor of London's office describes Opportunity Areas as "London’s major source of brownfield land which have significant capacity for development, such as housing or commercial use, and existing or potentially improved public transport access.Typically they can accommodate at least 5,000 jobs, 2,500 new homes or a combination of the two, along with other supporting facilities and infrastructure."

But campaigner Caroline Scott says the people of Kingston don’t want to live in a “high rise city.”

To find out more about Opportunity Areas, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

Southern Rail strike: Talks break down as strike continues

Talks aimed at ending a strike by Southern Rail workers have broken down.

Members of the RMT union began their latest walk out yesterday, which runs until midnight tomorrow.

It's part of a long-running row over plans to give drivers responsibility for closing train doors, rather than conductors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Motorcyclist fighting for life after being hit by a car in Wallington

A motorcyclist is fighting for life after being hit by a car in Wallington this morning.

Emergency services were called to Croydon Road at around 7.20 am, to reports of a crash involving a car and a motorbike.

The rider has been taken to hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Investigations are continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Val Shawcross opens West Croydon's new multi-million pound bus station

West Croydon’s new-look bus station was officially opened this morning by London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport.

Val Shawcross - was on hand to open the station which cost £4.5m to completely rebuild.

It now boasts a pedestrian-friendly layout, and a greater capacity to meet increasing numbers of bus passengers.

The station will serve 25 bus routes and 150 buses per hour at peak times, with 23,000 passengers able to use it every day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

HSBC staff in Sutton Town Centre save one of their customers from being tricked into withdrawing £4,000

An Epsom pensioner narrowly escaped becoming the latest victim of bank fraud, in a scam targeting elderly and vulnerable residents.

HSBC counter staff in, Sutton Town Centre, saved the man from being tricked into withdrawing £4,000 by fraudsters.

Police are advising residents not to reveal their bank details or PIN to anyone including their bank, who already has these sensitive details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Epsom and Ewell MP, Chris Grayling insists the Government's "not backing away" from building the HS2

The Transport Secretary insists the Government's "not backing away" from building the High Speed 2 rail link between London and the north of England.

In a speech, Epsom and Ewell MP, Chris Grayling will say it's needed "now more than ever" as the rail network struggles to cope with population growth.

It follows a warning from MPs last month that ministers must set out a realistic timetable for the project.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Southern Rail strike: Talks planned as action continues

Southern Railway's chief executive has offered to hold new talks later aimed at ending strike action over the role of conductors.

Members of the RMT union are unhappy about plans to give drivers responsibility for closing train doors.

A three-day strike is due to continue until midnight on Thursday.

There’s no service running between Leatherhead and Guildford, and from Clapham junction to Milton Keynes.

Strike dates announced by the RMT:
00:01 Tuesday 11 October to 23:59 Thursday 13 October
00:01 Tuesday 18 October to 23:59 Thursday 20 October
00:01 Thursday 3 November to 23:59 Saturday 5 November
00:01 Tuesday 22 November to 23:59 Wednesday 23 November
00:01 Tuesday 6 December to 23:59 Thursday 8 December
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

Kingston and Richmond group selected as finalist for Social Work Employer of the Year Awards

Kingston and Richmond’s Achieving for Children has been selected as a finalist in the Social Work Employer of the Year Awards.

AfC was established in April 2014 to provide children’s services for both boroughs after Kingston’s were rated inadequate in 2013 .

The awards ceremony takes place next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 am  

Richmond Park MP leads call for tougher action on antibiotic use

Richmond Park’s MP is to launch a motion in Parliament calling for tougher action on the routine use of antibiotics.

Zac Goldsmith has been a core member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on antibiotics for a number of years.

He’s calling on the government to stop the routine use of antibiotics on intensive farms, where they can enter the food chain.

Mr Goldsmith’s next step is to back a campaign to get supermarkets on board with the move.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 am  

Dog to be rewarded for bravery with London Fire Brigade

A twelve year old springer spaniel is to be rewarded for his heroic work with the London Fire Brigade.

Roscoe is nicknamed, ‘The Dog of Truth’ due to his flawless ability to identify ignitable substances.

During his 11 years of service, he has not missed a single day of work through sickness or injury.

He will be named Animal of the Year by the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 am  

Parking on Staines Road could be off limits to general public

Following a petition by residents- Hounslow Council could be set to introduce residents only parking on Staines Road.

People living nearby had complained that they often had to park further away due to spaces often being taken up by commuters and nearby business employees.

You can have your say on the proposals up until Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 am  

Fire in Croydon

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to a fire at a garage in, South Croydon yesterday afternoon.

Part of an integral garage and part of the ground floor of an adjoining house were damaged by fire.

The Brigade was called at 1243 and the fire was under control at 1413. Fire crews from Croydon and Addington and stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 am  

Fly-tipping rates plummet in Surrey

New figures from Surrey County Council have revealed that fly-tipping plummeted last month- compared with the same month last year.

This is despite an introduction of charging for some construction waste.

283 tonnes of fly-tipped waste was dealt with this year, compared with 500 last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 am  

Man stabbed in Wandsworth

2 men were rushed to hospital on Trinity Road in Wandsworth following a stabbing yesterday afternoon.

Wandsworth Police confirmed hey were called at 16:50 to reports of a stabbing and found one man with serious stab wounds and another with head injuries.

Both are now in a stable condition.

No arrests have yet been made and Police have said hey are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 am  

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Last chance to have your say on social housing in Kingston

There are just 10 days left to have your say on the future of social housing in Kingston- as an 8 month consultation comes to an end.

The Council have said they need to continue to modernise the service in the borough due to increasing demand for social housing and budget cuts.

Suggestions include privatising the management of facilities but remain owned by the Council- or continue to run and manage them but with a few changes.

The statements on each proposal are outlined below:

Option 1 - Owned and managed by the Council

The Council will continue to manage some or all housing services and service staff, but will introduce new ways of working and efficiencies to meet the budget gap whilst maintaining high quality customer service. To deliver housing services on a smaller and more efficient budget, we will need to consider all areas of how we manage services, including things like office accommodation, staffing and the terms and conditions of our maintenance contracts.

Option 2 - Owned by the Council but managed by a different organisation

An external organisation will manage some or all housing services, although we will continue to act as Landlord. Staff members employed with us could transfer into the employment of the new organisation(s). Service specifications will be developed and managed by us, according to service needs.

More information on how to get involved can be found here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 pm  

Teen stabbed in Epsom

A teenager has been run over and stabbed in Epsom.

A 15 year old boy was attacked in Almond Road between 10 and 10.30 on Friday night.

The victim was chased along the road by a suspect on a moped.

The suspect is alleged to have run the victim over before getting off and attacking him with a knife.

The victim was taken to hospital by a passer-by who stopped to assist.

The victim suffered serious wounds to his arm and has since been discharged from hospital.

A 15-year-old boy from Worcester Park has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing GBH in connection with the incident.

Two girls, aged 14 and 15 from Epsom, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH and released on bail until January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 pm  

St George’s Mental Health Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership will be co-hosting the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

Now in their fourth year, there are over 500 nominations over the seventeen categories.

The ceremony will take place in Woking on Thursday.

South West London and St George’s Trust are pleased that two of their teams have been recognised for their hard work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

The Prime Minister’s own constituency council is to challenge Heathrow expansion if it is given the go ahead

We’re expecting a result anytime now.

Windsor and Maidenhead has pledged to spend £50,000 on a challenge if a third runway is given the green light.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm  

Work is continuing at Kingston University's Penryhn Road campus

Construction of the £55m campus building is well underway with a completion date scheduled for the end of 2018.

The modern Penrhyn Road Town House will be glass-fronted with some walls.

Learning spaces will be open so visitors on the lower floors can see right up into the building.

A rooftop terrace will also offer views of the Thames and Hampton Court Palace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Former racing driver Amanda Stretton is calling on London’s councils to plough the money made from box junctions back into the roads

Her call follows last week’s news that the highest earning box junction camera for fines is on Bagley’s Lane in Fulham.

It’s made over £2.4 million in 18 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Hard hitting videos raising awareness of child sexual exploitation have been released by Surrey police as part of a nationwide campaign

Key elements shown are based on real grooming cases from Surrey, and have been animated to appeal to a younger audience.

Children across the UK are vulnerable to sexual exploitation which is a growing issue.

This is a short extract from the video.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Britain's biggest police force says it expects the so-called 'Killer Clown' craze to increase in the run up to Halloween

Officers with the Metropolitan force say they'll be carrying out extra patrols in London to reassure people.

There have been reports from several parts of the UK of people dressed up as clowns with the aim of scaring people; some have had weapons.

Kerrie Harvey and her daughter were targeted on Guernsey

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Children born in Richmond can expect to live in good health longer than those living in other boroughs in London

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed youngsters born there, can expect to have 70 years of good health.

However, in Tower Hamlets, the average length of good health is just 55 years.

The study looked at lifespans nationwide, using data from the most recent census covering 2010 to 2012.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

There are fears more pregnancies will end with a termination, if a test for Down's Syndrome becomes available on the NHS

NIPT allows the condition to be detected in unborn babies, without the need for a procedure which puts expectant women at risk of a miscarriage.

A petition raising concerns will be presented to the Health Secretary later.

Lucienne Cooper from Sutton, whose 6-year-old son has Down's, is one of those who are concerned.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

Four councils have written to the Prime Minister to endorse expansion at Gatwick over Heathrow

Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Richmond have written to Teresa May MP to add their voice to the case for selecting Gatwick.

They argue that the self-financing Gatwick proposition offers the potential of a significant economic boost within the next 10 years.

Its lower environmental impacts, taxpayer costs and legal barriers also contribute to making what they believe is a compelling case.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

The hunt is on to find a housekeeper who is alleged to have stolen gems worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from a widow

Officers want to trace Ma Rowena Laysa Manuel after jewellery and the victim's late husband's coin collection went missing.

The theft happened at the woman’s house in St John’s Wood, but Ms Manuel has links to other parts of London, including Chelsea.

She’s originally from the Philippines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

Drivers who continue to park the wrong way down a one way street in New Malden, are being given verbal warnings

Police Community Support Officers, or PCSO’s, are patrolling Chestnut Grove.

Only one section of the three part road was recently designated one way.

The Highway Code rule 239 warns drivers not to park facing against the flow of traffic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

A scheme, which involves pregnant women showing their passports before treatment, could be trialed at St George’s in Tooting.

The initiative is being backed by the Home Office in an effort to crack down on health tourism.

St George’s says all those seeking to give birth would be asked for photo ID, or proof of right to remain in this country.

A spokesman for the hospital told the Times, this is a proposal, not a plan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

CCTV released following indecent assault on teenage girl in Ewell

Surrey police have today released CCTV images of man they wish to identify after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Ewell.

The 15 year-old was touch inappropriately as she left a newsagent’s on Ewell High Street in September.

He’s described as white, aged between 40 and 55 years-old, around 6ft tall, of a large build with grey hair and a stubbly beard.

Detective Constable Steven Cassidy from East Surrey Criminal Investigation Department, said: “I would like to speak to the man in this CCTV as I believe he could assist our investigation.

“If you recognise him or if this is you please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

“This incident happened at a busy time of day after school and I am urging anybody who was in the area and witnessed the incident or saw anybody acting suspiciously to contact us.

“I am particularly keen to hear from a female driver who wound down her window and spoke to the victim asking if she was ok. If you are that female driver please get in touch with us.

“There was also a number boys believed to be from Ewell Castle School nearby who may be able to help our investigation.”

Surrey Police is urging anybody who recognises the man in this CCTV or with any information to contact police on 101 quoting 45160084867 or you can use the online reporting system found at and enter the reference number in the ‘Additional information' section.

If you do not want to leave your name the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

First three-day Southern Rail strike begins

A new series of strikes on Southern Railway has begun as a dispute continues over the role of train conductors.

The rail firm says it will run around 61 per cent of its normal full timetable - as members of the RMT union walk out for three days.

The row has led to months of disruption for passengers in the south of England.

There’s no service running between Leatherhead and Guildford, and from Clapham junction to Milton Keynes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

CCTV released in Tooting rape investigation to identify man

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify in connection with rape of a woman in Tooting.

The victim aged in her 20s was attacked in Lucien Road shortly after midnight on the 21st of September.

She was dragged into a house and raped – the suspect then fled.

He’s described as an Asian man, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 7inches tall and of a slim build.

he suspect was wearing glasses, a red hooded top and light coloured tracksuit bottoms.

The victim was taken to a Haven and is being supported by specialist officers.

Officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command investigate.

They continue to appeal for witnesses and anyone with any information to come forward and assist them with their investigation.

Any who recognises the man, or who has any information that could assist the investigation, is asked to call detectives on 020 8721 4251. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Kingston Uni's 'lab in a lorry' is to visit schools to drive interest in Science

Kingston University's ‘lab in a lorry’ is on the road visiting schools to drive children's interest for science and technology.

The state-of-the-art mobile laboratories allow students to experience being forensic crime scene investigators or robotics engineers.

It’s kitted out with patient simulator robots, night vision goggles, 3D printers, forensic kits and virtual reality headsets.

Kingston University hope the initiative will help inspire pupils to consider further study and careers in science and technology
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 am  

Fight to extend bus route into Barnes continues

The fight is continuing to extend a very popular bus route into Barnes.

The Number 22, which runs from Picadilly Circus, currently terminates at Putney Common.

3,000 people have so far signed a petition to extend it to Barnes.

Transport for London has agreed to analyse the proposals in detail
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 am  

Southern Rail strikes begin

A new series of strikes on Southern Railway has begun as a dispute continues over the role of train conductors.

The rail firm says it will run around 61 per cent of its normal full timetable - as members of the RMT union walk out for three days.

The row has led to months of disruption for passengers in the south of Englands, including routes through Balham and Croydon into Victoria
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 am  

Scheme in Wandsworth to get residents employed reaches 500 milestone

A scheme run by Wandsworth Council to help pair local, out of work people with new jobs in the borough, has placed its 500th candidate into a new job.

Over the past four years, WorkMatch has been forging links with dozens of employers and unemployed residents.

The scheme is still open any Wandsworth residents
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am  

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thorpe Park ride breaks leaving passengers ‘upside down’

Passengers on Thorpe Park’s Saw ride were left dangling ‘upside down’ for over an hour after the ride jammed yesterday.

Others were left stuck in a second carriage around 30 feet off the ground when the ride stopped moving at the theme park in Surrey.

It took one hour and 45 minutes to get everybody off the ride – known as the ‘world’s most terrifying roller coaster’.

The ride was closed after incident and has reportedly remained closed today ‘to add additional carts’.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 pm  

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna blasts Amber Rudd plans to make firms hire locally

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has laid in to the Conservative Party’s new immigration policies as a “shocking suggestion.”

New rules will force businesses to disclose what percentage of their workforce is non-British as a way to encourage them to hire more locals.

Mr Umunna questioned whether the proposals are ‘fanning the flames of xenophobia racism’.

He added that he had asked the Home Secretary Amber Rudd how many EU citizens worked in the Home Office and they didn’t know.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

Police launch Investigation into Dangerous Drone Flying near Heathrow

Police have launched an investigation after reports of drones spotted flying near Heathrow Airport.

There have been two reports of an unmanned craft flying near the airport this morning.

There are increasing concerns over drones being flown dangerously.

In September the British Airline Pilots' Association said it was only a matter of time before a major accident is caused by a drone collision or a laser being shone at a pilot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

Two Men Arrested for Human Trafficking

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

The news comes a day after police found 23 adults and one child in the back of a lorry at Junction 11 of the M25, Chertsey.

The vehicle was escorted to nearby Addlestone fire station where the suspected migrants were assessed.

The investigation has been passed to UK Visa and Immigration officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

22-year-old Murdered in Croydon was father of three and aspiring rapper

The 22-year-old who was shot in Croydon on Friday was a father of three and a talented footballer and musician.

Akeem Moore was shot in the head at point-blank range on the front lawn of a friend’s house at around 11.30 at night.

He performed under the name Tuggzy and had hoped to make it in the music business after completing a music course at Croydon College.

Akeem’s family today paid tribute to “an amazing young man” as they asked for witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:46 pm  

Scottish government backs Heathrow expansion

The Scottish government has said it’s backing the plan to add a third runway at Heathrow airport.

The project has been heavily debated for years, but Scottish ministers say it offers significant economic benefits for Scotland.

The government said this would include up to 16,000 new jobs.

The cabinet secretary for economy, jobs & fair work, Keith Brown said the decision was made due to the absence of action from the UK government.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

A man has been jailed for 12 years and six months, after pleading guilty to manslaughter following the shooting of a 21-year-old man in Wandsworth.

32 year old Dean Copeland, of Bodley Manor Way, pleaded guilty on Monday, the 3rd of October to the manslaughter of Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight following a shooting in Tennyson Street.

He was due for a retrial after being charged with murder but changed his plea and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing today.

Sebastian, who was also known as Jamal, was shot in the face at point-blank-range after he opened the door of his flat in Tennyson Street, on Thursday, the 11th of September 2014.

On the night of the incident, just after 11pm, witnesses saw Copeland, who knew Sebastian, acting suspiciously near a car in Tennyson Street.

A member of the public saw him hanging around and was so concerned about what he may have been up to that he recorded the vehicle registration number of the car.

Shortly afterwards residents heard a loud bang, followed by footsteps and then a car driving off.

Police were called and officers were sent to the location to investigate.

As the officers drove along Tennyson Street they saw Sebastian lying in the doorway of his flat.

The officers gave first aid but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem examination found that he had been shot in the face at close range.

An investigation was launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) and enquiries by detectives led to the identification and arrest of Copeland.

Detectives viewed over 200 hours of CCTV which confirmed Copeland's movements in the hours running up to the killing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:41 pm  

Hunt for woman missing from Richmond

Police are concerned for the welfare of 60 year old Alison Ramsdale, who is missing from Richmond.

Mrs Ramsdale was last seen at around 11.20pm on Saturday, walking along Sheen Lane towards Upper Richmond Road.

However, police are investigating a possible sighting of Mrs Ramsdale in the Uxbridge Road area of Shepherd's Bush early this morning.

She is described as a white woman, tall and slim, with short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a fitted, burgundy checked blouse and a padded pink gilet.

Mrs Ramsdale suffers from dementia and has little short term recollection. She is likely to be confused and nervous.

Anyone who may have seen her is asked to call police in Richmond via 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

A wayward pedestrian caused havoc for drivers on the M25 at Leatherhead earlier

The Matrix signs had to be set to 50 miles per hour, as the person was spotted walking along the anticlockwise stretch on the hard shoulder.

Traffic was slowed between Junction 8 and 9 just after 4pm while the pedestrian was escorted off the motorway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

The Scottish Government is backing the building of a third runway at Heathrow

Ministers claim expanding the airport will provide thousands of new jobs and more flights to Scotland.

The government at Westminster is expected to announce a decision on whether to increase capacity at Heathrow or at Gatwick this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

Plans are afoot to bring a garden walkway to Barnes

MP Zac Goldsmith wants to transform the disused Barnes Bridge into something similar to the New York Highline.

The walkway there takes you on a scenic route around the city on a disused railway track, surrounded by greenery.

A design has been drawn up for Barnes by architects, to showcase what the walkway could look like if it gets the go ahead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

We could find out as early as tomorrow if expansion will be given the go ahead at #Heathrow

It’s thought key opponents, Putney MP Justine Greening, who is also the Education Secretary, and Boris Johnson, who is the Foreign secretary, will miss a key vote on the issue due to being "unavoidably away."

Boris has already ruled out resigning over the matter.

A by-election could be triggered in Richmond Park constituency if expansion gets the go ahead, as MP Zac Goldsmith has promised to resign if it does.

Gatwick has vowed to press ahead with expansion nevertheless.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest news on the issue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

Bar staff at a pub in Chelsea had a lucky escape this morning

It’s after fire broke out in the early hours at the property in the King’s Road.

One worker raised the alarm while the other ran over to Chelsea Fire Station.

Eight people left uninjured before the Brigade arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Police are appealing for help in finding a limited edition Rolex which was stolen following a burglary in Egham.

It’s worth around £6,000 and has a birthday message engraved on the back.

The incident happened on September 29th at an address in Hummer Road.

Shortly before 7am, the victim woke up to find two men in his bedroom with a knife demanding him to hand over his watch.

He suffered injuries on his hands and head as a result.

Anyone with information should contact the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm  

A decision on where to build a major new runway will be made this month.

Gatwick and Heathrow are both hoping to get permission to expand - but approval's been delayed for months.

Theresa May said earlier this month an announcement would be made "shortly".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Paralympian legend and TV personality Ade Adepitan has opened the first state-of-the-art building for a school in Feltham designed for autistic children.

The school was founded in 2014 under the government’s Free School programme and is the first to be set up by the Autism Schools Trust.

It began as a set of portacabin classrooms and was started up by parents and carers who felt their children’s needs weren’t being met elsewhere.

Ade explains why he was there:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

It’s World Homeless Day.

It aims to encourage people to get involved in responding to homelessness.

Today also sees the launch of charity Tranform’s Winter Shelter Campaign.

Paul Mitchell is the Chief Executive of the Leatherhead based organisation.

He told us more about their campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

The Thames Concerts are back in Surbiton

The Fourth series of Thames Concerts are back this weekend.

They were founded in the sixties as a charitable organisation by distinguished conductor Louis Halsey.

They provide a great opportunity for youth orchestras and choirs to perform.

All the evening concerts take place monthly at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton from October the 15th to February the 25th.

There are also free Saturday morning Coffee Concerts.

Artistic Director Ben Costello explains about some of the events to look out for.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

The union at the centre of the Southern Railway dispute says the firm's taking legal action to try to stop a series of strikes.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union are due to walk out tomorrow for three days in a row over the role of conductors.

The RMT says it's "appalling" that Southern has gone to the courts rather than holding talks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

A 22 year old man from Croydon has died after being shot.

Akeem Moore was killed on Friday night in Eastney Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gunman fled and remains on the run.

Police have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses. No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 am  

Police have released a new image of a missing Isleworth man.

72 year old Winston Haynes was last seen on Saturday afternoon.

He’s being treated as a high risk missing person and is believed to be in a confused state due to a medical condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 am  

A state-of-art new building for autistic children in Feltham has been opened by Paralympic champion Ade Adeptian.

Juliette Ivie reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 am  

Child arrests in Surrey have fallen by 32% in the past four years, new figures released today reveal.

It follows a campaign which aims to keep as many young people as possible out of the criminal justice system.

It was launched by The Howard League for Penal Reform - to stem the flow of children into the justice system and the consequential downward spiral into crime and custody

Surrey Police made 1,338 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under last year – compared to 1,974 in 2011.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:39 am  

Police issue image in connection with Wandsworth stabbing

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a stabbing incident in Wandsworth.

On Sunday August 20 police received reports of an assault on a 31-year-old man outside Londis in Mitcham Road.

The victim was stabbed in the neck and chest and later discharged from hospital.

The suspect is described as a man in his 30’s and about 5 feet 5 tall.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 am  

Gatwick claim Heathrow can't build third runway

Gatwick Airport says it will continue preparations to expand, even if Heathrow gets the go-ahead for a third runway.

The Davies commission has already recommended Heathrow as the most suitable site for a new runway, though the Government's final decision won't be announced until next year.

A spokesman for Gatwick said they would continue to make their case to government whatever they decide.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 am  

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Morden flat fire death

A fifty year old woman died following a fire in Morden flat on Friday night.

Dozens of firefighters from Mitcham, Sutton and New Malden fought the blaze in one of the ground floor flats in The Holt apartment block near the mosque in London Road.

A 48 year old man managed to escape from the flat and is still being held in hospital but in a non-life threatening condition.

The cause of the blaze is under police investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 pm  

Southern Rail dispute - RMT recommend staff sign contracts

Leaders of the RMT Union who represent striking Southern Rail workers, have recommended staff sign the company’s new contracts to protect them against mass sackings.

Southern and union have been engaged in a long running dispute over plans to allow drivers to open and close train doors.

The RMT says the change would affect passengers' safety but conductors had been told they’d be sacked at the end of the year if they didn’t accept the new roles.

Union reps say this isn’t a climb down as they’ll still be seeking to overturn the new contracts and planned industrial action will still be going ahead.

Southern Rail welcomed the news saying the union "had seen sense".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 pm  

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing Isleworth man.

72 year old Winston Haynes is believed to be in a confused state due to a medical condition.

He was last seen yesterday at around 2pm, and police are treating him as a high risk missing person.

Winston was wearing a black trilby hat, a chequered shirt and a black coat.

Anyone with information should contact the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

Thousands of people have run past some of London’s most iconic landmarks as part of the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

A 24 year old from Clapham was the fastest female runner.

Rose Harvey covered the distance in one hour and 21 minutes.

The annual race raises cash for the Royal Parks Foundation, which funds sport, education art and wildlife conservation across the parks.

The event is also expected to have raised £4 million for over 400 charities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

The union at the centre of the bitter Southern Railway dispute has called for last-ditch talks to try to avert a three-day strike this week.

Members of the RMT union will take action from Tuesday in the long-running row over the role of conductors.

Southern has rejected the call saying Acas is no longer an option - having been there "countless times without success."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

People planning to use the District Line between Edgware Road and Richmond are facing chaos due to a dog running loose on the tracks.

Some have reported being stuck on trains while TFL staff attempted to retrieve the canine.

It’s believed the dog ran from Bayswater to Notting Hill Gate on the tracks, and stayed there for about 45 minutes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Police are continuing to appeal for information and witnesses following a fatal shooting in Croydon.

The incident happened on Friday night at a suspected house party.

A 22 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact the police immediately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

A new combination of cancer drugs could extend the lives of thousands of patients.

Research has shown that a cocktail of two drugs can significantly reduce the size of tumours in those with terminal cancer.

It's also left one in ten patients with no detectable signs of the disease at all.

Meanwhile in Sutton and Chelsea, teams from the Royal Marsden Hospitals and the Institute of Cancer Research have developed a drug against head and neck cancer, which has also
proven successful.

Doctor Aine McCarthy is Senior Science Communication Officer for Cancer Research UK - and believes these treatments could be a game-changer:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

St George’s NHS Trust is inviting people to their Annual Members’ Meeting in Tooting.

The talk, on Wednesday, is an opportunity to hear about the events at the Trust over the past year, and to find out more about future plans.

For more information, visit the St George’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Entrepreneurs in Croydon with big business ideas but a lack of website or premises can now learn the ropes for free.

It’s all thanks to a council backed workshop.

The course is open to everyone and will include one to one help from experts, tips on developing your website and advice on marketing.

It starts tomorrow and runs up until 21st October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

A 50 year old woman has died in a flat fire in Morden.

She passed away in hospital yesterday.

Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze in a ground floor flat of The Holt apartment block in London Road on Friday night.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton and Chelsea have trialled new treatment

Teams at the Royal Marsden Hospitals and the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton and Chelsea have successfully trialled what they think is a “game-changing” treatment.

They collaborated with 20 other research organisations around the world to develop and test an immunotherapy drug against head and neck cancer.

More than double the number of patients who used the drug were still alive after one year compared to those treated with chemotherapy.

Patients also said they experienced far fewer serious side-effects.

The disease is currently notoriously difficult to treat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

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