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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Head teachers and Lib Dems challenge government cuts to Kingston's schools

Head-teachers across Kingston have written to MPs and councillors to warn of a funding crisis in local schools.

In a strongly worded letter to Conservative politicians, the borough’s school heads attacked “stealth cuts” to local education budgets which they feel will have a serious impact on the future education of children in the area.

The Lib Dems have also launched a petition backing the call by head-teachers for fairer funding.

Lib Dem Council Group Leader Liz Green says Kingston’s schools deserve a much better deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 pm  

South East residents encouraged to support nationwide conservation campaign

The UK's largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is encouraging people in the South East to support a nationwide campaign.

Show The Love, now in its third year, celebrates all things that could be lost due to climate change such as nature and wildlife.

The RSPB is holding a number of events across the country involving visitors to make willow hearts and love nests for birds.

Those on social media will also be encouraged to use the hashtag showthelove to express how much they care about climate change.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

Tenant punished for cutting corners in Hounslow

A council tenant in Hounslow found the supposedly cheap option for getting rid of rubbish was a lot more expensive than expected.

The householder in Imperial Road paid £15 to have the waste taken away by the men who then illegally dumped it a few roads away in Hatchett Road.

The tenant had not checked if the men were licensed to carry waste and failed his legal duty of care.

He accepted a fine of £400 rather go to court, which would have resulted in a criminal record.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 pm  

Two jailed after stabbing in Brentford

Two men who stabbed and seriously injured another man after an argument at a Brentford house party have been jailed.

22-year-old Jordan Rodney was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of the victim at Boston Manor Road in July.

Ross Lasme, of the same age, was sentenced to seven years behind bars for GBH.

The pair were convicted following an investigation by Hounslow Borough CID.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 pm  

Police relaunch appeal for missing dementia sufferer

Police have relaunched an appeal to find a missing elderly man from Ealing.

Leonard Dunstan was last seen at around 5.30 last Wednesday evening leaving the A&E department at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith.

The 88-year-old is thought to frequent the Fulham and Ealing areas.

He’s described as black and around 5ft 10ins with short grey hair that’s balding on top.

He also walks with a silver stick and was wearing checked black and white trousers at the time of his disappearance.

Officers are particularly concerned for his welfare as he suffers from dementia and a range of other medical issues.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police via 101 or Missing People on 116000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

Football: Today's results in North Surrey and South West London

In today’s football, Crystal Palace haven’t managed to pull clear from the relegation zone.

Their trip to Stoke ended in a 1-0 loss for Allardyce’s team.

Second-placed Tottenham can move to within six points of leaders Chelsea later this afternoon - if they win at Liverpool.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Fulham pulled of a last minute win against Wigan, Neeskens Kebano scoring their third goal in overtime.

But both QPR and Brentford will be disappointed. The Rangers lost 2-1 hosting Huddersfield, while Preston beat Brentford 4-2, despite Brentford’s late fightback.

In League One, AFC Wimbledon levelled with Charlton Athletic in the 92nd minute, final score 2-1.

In the National League, Woking lost 3-2 to Lincoln and Sutton lost 3-0 to Solihull, both teams playing away.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 pm  

A new respite care facility for children with disabilities is set to open in Kingston in 2018 after funding was approved by the Council

Subject to planning permission, the eight bed facility will be built on the Moor Lane site in Chessington which is already used for disabled children’s service.

The new building will provide overnight short breaks for families with children who have special educational needs, a disability or complex medical needs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:48 pm  

A man and women from Addlestone have been victims of an aggravated burglary last night

Three men knocked on the door of the couple’s home in Rowhurst Avenue at around 11.30pm and assaulted them when they answered.

The suspects then left the property, but the couple were taken to hospital with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

The suspects are described as three black men all wearing dark clothing.

If you have any information please call the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

AFC Wimbledon host Charlton Athletic this afternoon in a hope to reignite their league campaign

After FA cup disappointment against local non- league Sutton - League 1 football resumes for AFC Wimbledon at the Kingsmeadow as London South East meets London South West.

John Creasey reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am  

A supercop from Hammersmith and Fulham has been honoured at an awards ceremony for the Met Police in central London last night

PC Tony Morgan took the title for Best Thief Taker after making 213 arrests in under a year.

The Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year went to Knights Hill SNT in Lambeth.

Alison McWhinnie in Kingston received recognition as Volunteer of the Year –

while Sergeant David Singleton in Croydon was awarded for Commitment to Professionalism whilst Overcoming Adversity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

A man from Kent has been given four years and 8 months in jail for 53 burglaries in Surrey over an 11 year period

38 year old Paul Begley was arrested in October in Kent in connection with a stolen Audi A4 which was taken from a burglary in Cobham.

Initially he was charged with 7 offences, but further investigation looked at other possible cases he may have been involved with.

Upon being interviewed in prison, he admitted to a total of 53 burglaries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am  

Car collides with teenagers in Whyteleafe

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a car and three pedestrians in Whyteleafe Friday afternoon at around 3.40 pm.

A black Hyundai mounted the pavement on Godstone Road and collided with three teenagers at a bus stop.

The teens had minor injuries – two were treated at the scene and one was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The driver has been helping police with their enquiries into what happened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 am  

Shop fire in Wandsworth

Six fire engines tackled a blaze at a shop in East Hill in Wandsworth Friday evening which damaged part of the ground floor.

The brigade was called at 9.20 and the 35 firefighters had it under control by 10.40 pm.

35 firefighters from Tooting, Chelsea, Brixton Lambeth and Clapham attended the fire which is now under investigation.

There were no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 am  

House fire in Roehampton

The fire brigade was called to a house fire in Roehampton Vale at 8.50 pm Friday.

Part of the first floor and part of the loft conversion of a semi detached house were damaged along with part of the loft conversion of the neighbouring property.

Six people evacuated the property before the arrival of the 6 fire engines and were taken to hospital by the ambulance service.

The fire was brought under control by a quarter to 11 by crews from Kingston, New Malden, Wandsworth, Battersea and Fulham fire stations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 am  

Friday, 10 February 2017

A multi-force effort to tackle cross border criminality has resulted in 11 arrests across North Surrey and South East London.

Officers from Spelthorne Borough teamed up with the Thames Valley and Metropolitan police services for Thursday’s operation.

Spelthorne officers were also joined by colleagues from Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

During the operation, drugs were recovered and one car was seized.

Hounslow’s Inspector Chris Brown said they will continue to work with other boroughs and forces to target crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A man’s been sentenced for killing a duck in Richmond.

49 year old Robert Muir faces 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He was also fined over £400.

Officers were called to Richmond Riverside in May 2016 following reports of a man killing a wild duck on a public path.

Detective Constable Sarah Bailey condemned it as a callous, random act of cruelty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 pm  

A serving police constable attached to Kingston has pleaded guilty to making an indecent image of a child.

55 year old Peter Ba Han is due to be sentenced on the 23rd of March,

He remains suspended from duty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Heathrow and Gatwick airports both handled record numbers of passengers last month, with a total of more than 8.5 million passing through.

Heathrow’s figure was up by 4.2 per cent on January last year, at 5.74 million, while Gatwick had 2.8 million passengers, a 12.1% rise

The numbers suggest that the Brexit vote has not hit visits to the UK or the number of Britons travelling abroad.

Heathrow’s rise was the biggest record in January for six years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

A Hammersmith police worker has been jailed for seducing a detention officer to find out the identity of a witness.

33 year old Lydia Lauro got a job at the police station after her boyfriend was jailed for his part in a shooting.

She used 36 year old Hayden Cheremeh’s log-in details to gain access to secure files revealing information about a witness in her boyfriend’s case, which she then showed to his mother.

Lauro and Cheremeh were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

A warning is being issued to parents across Surrey.

Lucy Mayer explains why:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

New phone boxes with touch screen journey planners and high-speed Wi-Fi are set to be installed in Croydon and Wandsworth.

They’ll also be in 11 other London boroughs throughout the year.

New World Payphones plans to plant a tree for every one of the 750 phone boxes it replaces.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Burnley are without midfielder Jeff Hendrick for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.

He begins a three-game ban following his red card against Watford.

Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 league games.

Boss Antonio Conte says David Luiz has been playing despite pain in his knee, but the Brazilian is available, meaning the Blues have no absentees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 pm  

Some British Airways cabin crew are going on strike again in a row over pay.

Members of the Unite union will walk out for four days from next Friday.

BA says it will make sure all customers get to their destinations during that time.

A cabin crew strike today caused delays and cancellations at Heathrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

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

69 year old Leslie Butcher was last seen on Tuesday morning at his home in Babington Road.

Leslie suffers from a variety of illnesses and requires regular medication.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

A school in Epsom is recommending parents book doctor and dental appointments for after registration times.

Southfield Park Primary has issued a letter asking that parents try and make appointments after the 9am or 2pm roll calls.

Critics say this means some children will be registered, but not actually in classes, and it’s a way of boosting attendance records.

But a spokesman for the school says it is purely a suggestion and they recognise sometimes lessons do have to be missed for appointments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

The family of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson have confirmed that she died peacefully in her sleep

The 45-year-old was found dead at her Earls Court home on Wednesday.

Three months earlier, the socialite revealed she'd been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm  

CCTV appeal leads to 18-month jail terms for duo who assaulted a teenager in Epsom

Two teenagers who viciously attacked an 18 year-old in Epsom have been jailed for 18 months.

The duo broke the victim’s jaw and left him with severe facial injuries in Roseberry Park.

A woman walking-by intervened saving the distressed teenager.

Connor Peach and his 17 year-old accomplice, were arrested after a Surrey Police CCTV appeal.

They were sentenced last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

A man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at Surrey University has been bailed pending further enquires

He was taken into custody yesterday following an incident on the campus in Guildford on Wednesday night.

Specially trained officers are supporting the victim.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

The first public exhibition on the consultant of a proposed third runway at Heathrow will be held on Monday

The Department for Transport will be hosting the first of twenty events in Southall.

Critics claim no event has been scheduled for the Heathrow villages where homes would be demolished to make way for the runway.

The consultation closes in May.

Campaigners against a third runway will be outside the venue at 10.30am before going inside to see the official exhibition.

John Stewart, chair of HACAN, which campaigners against the third runway, said, “We will be very interested in seeing what the consultation will be like. Will it genuinely try to engage with local people or will it be more like a marketing exercise for the new runway?”

The consultation event takes place in St George’s Community Centre, 8-12 Lancaster Road, Southall, UB1 1NW
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

Londoners hand in firearms as part of #giveupyourgun surrender

Londoners are being reminded they have three more days to hand in firearms as part of the Met's “give up your gun” campaign.

Since launching on Monday - 45 weapons have so far been given in, including shotguns, revolvers, rifles and handguns.

Firearms can be surrendered at police stations across the capital including Sutton, Kingston, Twickenham and Hounslow.

Those handing over firearms will not have to give details.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Teenager from New Malden sentenced for supplying MDMA

A teenager’s been given a suspended jail sentence for dealing Class A drugs, following the death of a 17-year-old girl from Teddington.

18 year-old Luke Villars from New Malden was arrested in Kingston following the death of Emily Lyon.

She died a short while after been taken ill at a music event at the 02 last June.

Villars admitted to four counts of supplying Class A drugs in Esher.

A judge handed him a one year suspended sentence as well as ordering him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and making him subject to a four month electronic curfew.

Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson, Greenwich Borough Commander said: "This tragic case highlights the very real risks involved in both taking and supplying these types of drugs. In this instance, we have seen the most devastating of consequences - a young girl losing her life needlessly; and family and friends having to adjust to changes in their lives which were never expected and which no one should have to experience. Villars clearly believed his culpability ended when he supplied the drugs; but he has been held to account for his actions."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

The way that researchers diagnose and treat cancer is to be given a £16 million funding boost by Cancer Research UK

Scientists are aiming to develop the “Google Earth” of tumour mapping, which will look at cancer cells in minute detail .

Dr Josephine Bunch is based at the National Physical laboratory in Teddington which is pioneering the work.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Campaigners are calling for a pool to be made part of plans to regenerate a part of Tolworth

705 homes have been given the go ahead for the Old Toby Jug site.

Residents say however, there is a lack of facilities for children.

A petition called “Get Tolworth Swimming” can be found on Kingston council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 am  

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Old Bailey trial: Hyde Park murder victim from Chelsea

A man from Chelsea found dead in Hyde Park was allegedly beaten to death by an illegal immigrant who had just been released on bail.

A court heard how 22-year-old homeless Hani Khalaf, allegedly kicked, punched and stamped 62-year-old Jairo Medina, leaving him for dead.

He then reportedly stole the carer’s cash and stole his mobile phone which he tried to sell on hours later.

Khalaf, of no fixed address, denies murder. The trial at the Old Bailey has been adjourned until Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 pm  

Andy Murray says he'll be available Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with France

World tennis number one Andy Murray says he'll be available for Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with France in April.

The Wimbledon champion missed their recent win over Canada.

Murray, who lives in Oxshott, says the World Group quarter-final will fit into his schedule much better:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 pm  

Chelsea striker 'caught driving without licence after crashing his Mercedes'

Chelsea footballer Tammy Abraham has allegedly been caught driving without a licence or insurance after crashing his Mercedes.

According to the Bristol Post, it happened outside Bristol City’s training ground, the club he’s on loan at.

The 19-year-old has allegedly been summoned to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court following the incident two weeks ago.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Inquest into death of former Epsom Derby winner Walter Swinburn

An inquest has heard former jockey Walter Swinburn fell to his death from his bathroom window at his home in Belgravia.

The three-time Derby winner was found by his father in December.

The inquest ruled his death was accidental.

He was probably best known for riding Shergar, winning the Epsom Derby by ten lengths in 1981, at the tender age of 19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Years of Sunlight: New play taking Battersea by storm

Playwright Michael McLean’s gritty new show is causing a stir in south west London.

Years of Sunlight
takes a poignant look at social class, friendship and failed dreams in Lancashire’s Skelmersdale, a designated ‘New Town’ of the Sixties.

The story unravels backwards through time, helped by the use of nostalgic music from the different decades – including Morrissey and Duran Duran.

We spoke to John Biggins, one of the four-strong cast who plays Bob. He tells Jackie what issues are addressed in the play:

Years of Sunlight is running until 18th February at the Theatre503, above the Latchmere Pub on Battersea Park Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Michelin-starred & Clapham based chef to teach food education lessons

Some of the nation's best known chefs will be visiting schools across the country to deliver food education lessons to children.

Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc are among the big names taking part in National Adopt a School Week.

Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt is joining them on the road.

The Clapham based restauranteur has given an insight into the sort of things they'll be teaching children:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm  

The real Mr Darcey revealed... and it's nothing like Chiswick's Colin Firth

Academics have come up with what they say is the "first historically accurate portrait" of Mr Darcy - and it looks nothing like Colin Firth.

The historians think a real version of Jane Austen's literary character would have had powdered white hair, a long nose and a pointy chin.

Their image is at odds with the tall, dark and handsome man portrayed in TV versions of Pride And Prejudice – including Mr Firth, who has a house in Chiswick.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:48 pm  

Only 750 Arsenal fans will be able to attend the clubs FA cup tie against Sutton United

The fifth-round fixture at Gander Green Lane, which has a capacity of 5,000, takes place on the 20th

A spokesman for the North London club says it has received an extremely limited number of tickets.

We believe this is the lowest allocation of tickets we have received for a fixture in the modern era of arranged ticket allocations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

Damning new figures reveal NHS England is performing at its worst ever level

It is failing targets for A&E, cancer and trolley waits.

A Sky News poll shows more than half of us think the problems will only get worse.

Meanwhile, Kingston Hospital is reminding patients not to turn up if they are experiencing symptoms of the Norovirus.

The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, and while very nasty, can be treated at home.

The virus is extremely contagious.

The latest figures also show Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust are just under target when it comes to A&E waiting times.

Reports state that 94.1% of their patients are spending 4 hours or less in A&E with the target set at 95%.

However they are still ranked as one of the highest performing trusts when it comes to A&E attendees seen within the recommended time.

NHS England says the latest A&E waiting figures are the worst on record with the health service not meeting its target for a year and a half now.

The worst performing trust is Weston Area Health with just 66.6%.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

QPR is in talks to build a new 30,000 seat stadium near Wormwood Scrubs prison in Shepherd’s Bush.

The new site would be just a mile from their current home.

The plans involve a new athletics venue next to the football stadium with a shared building between.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Staines is losing its Waitrose.

Nearly 700 jobs could also be lost as part of a nationwide restructure.

The supermarket is planning a management shake-up and the closure of five under-performing stores.

But it says 600 jobs will be created this year as eight new branches open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

It looks like there could soon be more flights between the UK and India.

The two countries have agreed to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two.

The agreement was formally signed on behalf of the UK by aviation Minister Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon.

In 2015, there were 422,000 visits from India to the UK, bringing more than £433 million to the economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

Wallington man part of a jailed gang who tried to blow up the ATM at Weybridge station

A Wallington man has been sentenced – with 3 other men – to more than 40 years in prison following attacks on cashpoint machines.

40 year old Andrew Bransome of Lancastrian Road attacked the machines - with the gang - during two years using an angle grinder and a mixture of various gasses.

Blackfriars Crown court heard they were caught returning from a failed attempt to blow up the ATM at Weybridge rail station.

They stole more than one hundred and fifty thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Citizens Advice Bureau gets new contract in Kingston

The Citizens Advice Bureau has a new contract from Kingston council starting from April.

It means people in the area facing challenges in debt and housing - and getting welfare benefits can continue to get free advice.

Kingston says it’s changed the way it handed out the contract and the CAB will work with the council’s community services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Quins forward starts in rugby union Six Nations line-up Saturday

Harlequins forward Jack Clifford will start in England's rugby union Six Nations game with Wales on Saturday.

Clifford will be joined by Exeter's Jack Nowell and it means Gloucester wing Jonny May and Northampton's Tom Wood drop to the bench after victory over France.

They're the only two changes to the starting fifteen.

Wood's been struggling with a shoulder problem since last weekend's win.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Independent report says Surrey police doing better on vulnerable children

Surrey Police has been recognised by an independent report for the progress it has made in providing better service to protect vulnerable children.

In 2015 it was reported that Surrey Police had substantial improvements to make in how it protects children.

Five months ago the force said it regretted the decision not to investigate the hacking of the phone of the murdered Walton teenager Milly Dowler.

Earlier this week a survey was launched at Jubilee High School in Addlestone to find out about the attitude of young people to police in Surrey.

And the volunteer police cadet scheme is to be brought back.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Tooting residents can have their say on a consultation for the area - it's open now

With the consultation underway in Tooting, to create a neighbourhood forum, residents have just under a fortnight left to have their say.

It will help decisions on planning issues in the area and give people the chance to be involved in the development decisions for where they live.

Key sites up for discussion include the town centre, Tooting Bec, St George’s Hospital and Tooting Broadway station - as well as several schools.

People who wish to take part in the consultation should email [email protected]
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Hampton and Richmond football club pay tribute to death of President - Alan Simpson

Hampton and Richmond Borough football club have expressed their sadness after the death of their well-respected and much-loved President yesterday.

Alan Simpson OBE died at the age of 87, after a long battle with lung disease.

He was a dedicated member and fan of the Beavers for over 50 years - they said ‘the club will not be the same without his presence on match days.’

Alan was part of writing duo Galton and Simpson, creating sitcoms including Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He met his creative partner Ray Galton at Milford Sanatorium in Surrey when they were teenagers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 am  

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Plans to redevelop former Brooklands College site in Ashford are rejected

Following two years of consultation, plans for the redevelopment of the former Brooklands College site in Ashford have been rejected by Spelthorne Council's planning committee.

After a lengthy discussion, the committee turned down the proposal to build 366 homes in a massive vote of 10 to 1.

The scheme was considered to be overdeveloped with too many properties and out of character for the area.

It also failed to provide sufficient parking and was likely to contribute to more traffic congestion in Church Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 pm  

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has signed off a new law partially decriminalising domestic violence.

It means beatings which don't cause broken bones could result in a fine - rather than a prison sentence.

Ex- Russian Diplomat from Hayes Pamela Major speaks to Jackie about the implications this could have on women.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 pm  

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman and her daughter missing from Woolwich.

34 year old Folashade Fashinas and seven year old Precious Sebastian have not been seen since the 20th January.

Folashade is black, 5ft 4in tall, of medium build with dark curly hair. Her daughter is black of slim build with dark hair.

They are both thought to frequent the Streatham and Croydon areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm  

Championship side Brentford have given head coach Dean Smith a one-year contract extension.

He's now signed up until the end of the 2018-2019 season.

Smith's been in charge at Griffin Park for just over 14 months; they're currently 13th in the table.

Assistant Richard O'Kelly's also agreed a new deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 pm  

A retired English teacher exposed as one of Britain’s worst paedophiles who abused young boys in the UK and abroad across four decades has been jailed for life.

Emma Adams has the story.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

A man has died after a car being pursued by police was involved in a collision with a lorry near Twickenham.

Officers gave chase after the driver of the car failed to stop in the early hours of this morning.

The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene on the southbound carriageway of the A316.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun.

Police said next of kin had been informed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

There's going to be fresh talks between a union and Southern Railway over a long-running dispute that's led to several strikes.

The RMT will meet with the train operator on Tuesday to discuss the row about the role of conductors.

Last week, Southern reached agreement with the drivers' union Aslef.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm  

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at MPs’ on what he describes as a ‘sweetheart deal’ ensuring Surrey County Council drop it’s plans to increase council tax.

The Labour Leader believes the Government’s bowing down on pressure to stop a local referendum on the plans.

It’s after the Conservative led council did a U-turn on the rise of up to 15 per cent; instead opting for a rise of just under 5%.

If approved it have made way for more funding for social care.

In a statement, David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council said:

"Surrey's decision not to proceed with a 15% council tax increase was ours alone and there has been no deal between Surrey County Council and the Government. However, I am confident that the Government now understands the real pressures in adult social care and the need for a lasting solution."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

It's claimed Tunisian authorities deliberately delayed intervening in a terror attack in Sousse due to their 'simple cowardice'.

An inquest into the deaths of the 30 British victims, including John and Janet Stocker from Morden, killed in 2015 also heard their lives could have been saved.

That's according to a Tunisian judge's report which was read out in court.

Senior Correspondent Ian Woods says it focused on the alleged actions of tourist police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

Wimbledon Tennis

Rafeal Nadal has confirmed his plans to play for the pre Wimbledon warm up Tennis tournament.

The 14 time Grand Slam Champion will join Britain's Andy Murray at this years Aegon Championships at Queens in June.

Nadal missed last years event due to a wrist injury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead at her home in Earls Court

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died at the age of 45.

The TV presenter and model has been found at her home in Earls Court this afternoon.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year but only started receiving treatment last month.

Her death’s being treated as unexplained and isn’t thought to be suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

A premature baby died at St Georges hospital in Tooting due to a shortage of Doctors and Midwives

A premature baby died at St Georges hospital in Tooting due to a shortage of Doctors and Midwives.

Huw Stewart was delivered stillborn after staff initially failed to realise his mother Philippa Stewart had gone into labour at 27 weeks.

An internal investigation found the "delay in delivery" and failure to act on his weakening heartbeat - were the "root cause" of death.

A report seen by the Evening Standard said a junior midwife had been placed in charge of Mrs Stewart and 3 other women in labour at the same time.

Meaning their safety was severely compromised.

The midwife had to interrupt an operation in a bid to summon urgent help after the baby's heartbeat could not be detected.

In a statement the trust admits, the standard of care received at St George's fell far below the high standards expected - and has apologised.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

A man was driven at deliberately in Staines

A man is suffering from serious leg injuries after being driven at deliberately in Staines.

A fight broke out between two groups of men in the early hours of Saturday.

A number of the men involved left and walked towards the high street.

A small black car then appeared to drive at one of the men deliberately, leaving him with bruising and cuts.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the disturbance in a McDonald’s car park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

New faster broadband in Battersea

People in the new Battersea Power Station complex will be able to take advantage of the UK's fastest broadband.

Ultra fast gigabit broadband is being installed across 865 flats in Circus West Village as part of the stations 9 billion pound development.

The internet speed is 30 times faster than the UK average.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

Liberal Democrat membership nearly doubles after Brexit vote

The Lib Dem membership has nearly doubled in London since the Brexit vote, according to latest party figures.

It jumped from 8,100 to 15,800, a rise of 95 per cent.

The biggest increase, by 385 to 790, was in the Richmond Park constituency which Lib Dem Sarah Olney won from Zac Goldsmith.

He was standing as an independent, during the December by-election.

There were also rises of more than 200 members in several traditional Lib Dem target seats including Twickenham, Kingston and Surbiton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

A man's been charged with fraud after a plane was diverted from Heathrow yesterday

A man's been charged with fraud after a flight was escorted to Stansted Airport by RAF fighter jets.

The aircraft from Pakistan was diverted from Heathrow yesterday after an anonymous call sparked a major security alert.

Khalid Baqa from Barking will appear in court later this month after being arrested at Stansted.

It is not believed he had any involvement in the cause of the diversion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

A taxi driver from Feltham has been found guilty of grossly overcharging six vulnerable adults

Firoz Mohammed, charged them between 10 and 15 pounds each for a journey that started at Staines station and ended in Shepperton.

His taxi was also only licensed to take five people not six.

He was found guilty of all 14 charges against him and ordered to pay nearly £1,900 in charges.

Mr Mohammed was given six points on his licence and also had his Spelthorne hackney carriage licence revoked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

A man has died after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry in Sunbury

A man has died after his car was involved in an accident with a lorry in the early hours of this morning.

It happened on the southbound carriageway of the A316.

The car was being pursued by police at the time after failing to stop.

Emergency services attended and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the lorry was unharmed.

The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.

Enquiries into the collision continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

Police search for missing Coulsdon woman suffering dementia

Police are appealing for the public’s help after a 72 year-old woman disappeared in Couldson.

Yvette Owen, who has dementia, went missing from her home two days ago.

She has not returned since - and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her safety.

They say she can get easily confused.

Yvette’s described as a white woman of a slim build with light blonde/greying hair.

She was last seen wearing a blue coat, black jeans with a shoulder bag and carrying two carrier bags.

Yvette has links to the Beddington area of south London.

If you have seen Yvette or have any information on her whereabouts please call Surrey Police quoting 45170013217 as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 am  

Today marks three years since Zane Gbangbola died during flooding at his home in Chertsey

The boy’s parents have disputed results from his post-mortem which claim he died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

An inquest held last July, found the seven-year-old’s death could have been due to a petrol pump the family used to drain the floodwater.

But Zane’s mum Nicole still believes the water was contaminated by toxic hydrogen cyanide gas from a landfill site close to their home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 am  

Last chance to have your say in the development of several sites in Tooting

With the consultation underway in Tooting, to create a neighbourhood forum, residents have just under a fortnight left to have their say.

It will help decisions on planning issues in the area and give people the chance to be involved in the development decisions for where they live.

Key sites up for discussion include the town centre, Tooting Bec, St George’s Hospital and Tooting Broadway station - aswell as several schools.

People who wish to take part in the consultation should email [email protected]
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

A new so called “Community Parking Zone” is to be created in Teddington

The news follows support from residents who took park in a consultation on the matter.

A CPZ already exists in Waldegrave Road; the new one will encompass a number of roads just north of it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 am  

Croydon is joining forces with four other London boroughs in a major crackdown on fraud

It’s going to pilot the London Counter Fraud Hub which aims to stop criminals conning councils out of millions of pounds.

The scheme will eventually be rolled out across the whole of London.

It’ll target activity like unpaid council tax, illegal property letting and unpaid business rates.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 am  

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Prices of holidays to Tunisia fell by as much as 30% following a prior terrorist attack in 2015

The price of holidays to Tunisia fell by as much as 30% following a terrorist attack in 2015, months before another took place.

An inquest has heard Travel company dropped costs after Tunisia was targeted in March.

The firm's been giving evidence into the deaths of 30 British people, including John and Janet Stocker from Morden, three months later.

It said prices are influenced by several factors but that customers aren't routinely told if there's a high risk of terrorism.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 pm  

Policeman rushed to hospital after being spat at by woman in Surbiton who claimed to be contagious

A Kingston policeman had to take urgent medical tests after he was spat at by a woman who claims she is “contagious”.

The officer was rushed to hospital on Monday night after he was attacked by the woman in Surbiton at around 10pm.

It happened after police were called to an address to reports of the woman behaving aggressively to paramedics.

When the officer intervened, he was spat at by the woman which landed in his eye and mouth.

The policeman was taken to hospital and is set to receive the results this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Two teenagers to appear at Hammersmith Youth Court following serious assault

Two teenagers have been charged after a police appeal to try and track down the people involved in a serious assault.

A 16-year-old boy was charged on Monday with two counts of actual bodily harm and will appear at Hammersmith Youth Court next month.

Another 16-year-old boy was charged on Saturday with the same offences, and of threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

The charges come after an incident at a convenience store in Paddington last July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Newly regenerated Battersea Power Station 'will not include any chains'

It’s emerged that the multi-million pound regeneration of Battersea Power Station will not include any chain shops or restaurants.

The latest restaurants revealed to be opening at the site include a Danish pizzeria, a boutique gin distillery and an oyster bar.

The Malaysian-owned developers are only allowing independent businesses to take space at the £9 million riverside site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

Boris Johnson insists Syria's President "has no future"

The Foreign Secretary insists Syria's President "has no future as leader".

Boris Johnson's made the comments after reports Bashar al-Assad's regime has killed up to 13-thousand people in a Syrian jail.

Mr Johnson says he's sickened.

Fatima Khan's son, Dr Abbas Khan, lived in Streatham but died in prison after travelling to Syria to help injured civilians:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:25 pm  

UPDATE: Flight diverted from Heathrow had wanted passenger on-board

A man wanted by Scotland Yard has been arrested after he happened to be on a passenger jet intercepted by RAF Typhoons.

The flight was on its way from Lahore in Pakistan to Heathrow when it was safely diverted to Stansted following reports of a disruptive passenger on board.

The Metropolitan Police haven't confirmed why he was wanted - but say he didn't cause the disturbance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm  

Theresa May reportedly makes joke about Trump's hands at Tory fundraiser in Battersea

It’s been reported that Theresa May allegedly joked about the size of Donald Trump’s hands at an annual Tory fundraiser.

The event, held in Battersea Park on Monday, saw the Prime Minister making light of the photos of her and the president holding hands.

After she was applauded when she stood to speak, Mrs May apparently said, “I don’t think I have received such a big hand since I walked down the colonnade at the White House.”

The American president has faced repeated digs from political opponents and comedians for having “small hands”, which he has always denied.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm  

Flight diverted from Heathrow

A passenger aircraft from Pakistan has been intercepted and escorted to Stansted Airport by RAF fighter jets.

The flight was diverted from Heathrow due to reports of a disruptive passenger; it's not believed have been a hijack or terror-related.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

A teenager from Tooting who stabbed an American tourist to death in central London has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Zakaria Bulhan killed 64-year-old Darlene Horton and injured five others in Russell Square last August.

The 19-year-old was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.

He denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

More fly tipping spotted in Cobham

A load of dumped rubbish has been spotted by walkers in the area near to the Portsmouth Road.

On Sunday, a load of rubbish dumped on How Lane in Chipstead caused the road to be closed off for nearly two days for a "hazardous rubbish" clean up operation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

A teenager from Tooting has been sentenced for killing an American tourist during a knife rampage through London's Russell Square.

19 year old Zakaria Bulhan has been handed an unlimited hospital order.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Five other people were injured in the attack last August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Danny Cipriani’s blackmail trial has been halted at Kingston Crown Court after the defendants admitted the charge against them

The former England rugby star from Raynes Park was blackmailed for £15,000 by two women.

The court heard it was after he failed to support one of them after she aborted his child.

39 year old Lisa Murphy and 29 year old Violet Smith both admitted trying to extort money from him between September and October 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Suspected hand grenade handed in at Wimbledon station

At around 1.40 this lunchtime, an item suspected to be grenade was handed in at Wimbledon Police station.

The station was evacuated and cordons were put in place.

Specialist units were called to the scene.

No one was arrested.

The item was handed in as part of this week's firearms surrender.

It is believed the item that was handed in dates back a number of years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

We’re being urged to make sure we have our say on Heathrow expansion.

The Government launched a 16 week consultation on the proposals for a third runway last week.

Environmental campaigner Zac Goldsmith says anyone who doesn’t take part, could be seen to support the third runway.

He remains strongly anti Heathrow expansion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

A 15% council tax rise for Surrey residents has been scrapped.

The move was initially approved by bosses, but was dropped earlier at a full council meeting.

A rise of 5% has now been mooted instead.

The proposed increase would have sparked a referendum which could have cost the authority up to £300,000.

Heather Watson is leader of the Lib Dems at the Council; she’s always been against the move.

Here’s what she had to say at the meeting.

Mole Valley Cllr Chris Townsend, says he didn't know of anyone in favour of the move.

Ian Beardsmore is with the Sunbury Common and Ashford Common division of the Surrey Opposition Forum.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

A brand new wildlife pond is being built especially for Richmond’s toads

The habitat is being delivered as part of charity Froglife’s flagship project, ‘London Dragon Finder.’

It’s encouraging Londoners to help protect amphibians and reptiles across the Capital.

Through surveying, mapping and creating new habitats, the project will help to conserve species like toads, frogs and newts.

The new pond will be built by the end of the month in time for the breeding season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Two men have been stabbed in Clapham.

Police were called to reports of a fight just after 7 o’clock last night.

Officers found a 20-year-old man in Wandsworth Road with stab injuries to his leg and back.

Whilst officers were at the scene they were informed that another man had also been stabbed.

The 22-year-old man was found with multiple stab injuries to his face, legs and chest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Former Kingston MP joins criticism of Speaker Bercow

The former Kingston MP Tory Norman Lamont has joined the criticism of the speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

Mr Bercow’s being accused of overstepping the mark after saying he'll block an address by Donald Trump.

The speaker told MPs he'll refuse to invite the US President to speak in Westminster Hall during a planned state visit.

Former chancellor Lord Lamont says he's gone too far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Surrey councillors advised on a substitute budget at full cabinet meeting in Kingston.

Surrey councillors have been told that a substitute budget could be considered after the controversy over a proposed 15 percent rise in council tax.

A full cabinet meeting got underway an hour late after being delayed by the council leader David Hodge.

Then opposition councillors claimed they’d had no time to study the budget proposals and said Mr Hodge had held secret talks with government.

A proposal for a substitute budget has been unveiled by a finance officer speaking to councillors – which would be a rise of just under five percent.

The officer said that would mean using 20 million pounds of savings which she believed would expose Surrey unsafely.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

Fire alert cleared at Morden tube station

A fire alert has been cleared at Morden tube station.

The Northern Line has been re-opened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

Rugby reflection after England's win

England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones is demanding a quicker start to matches.

And full-back Mike Brown admits they need to be better from the kick-off.

England are next at Twickenham against Italy on Sunday the 26th of February.

Meanwhile England Rugby and Saracens second row player Chris Kruis has surgery to a knee injury today and will be out of action for 10 weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

People caught shining laser pens at planes or trains, could soon face tougher penalties

The Department for Transport is considering new laws that could see offenders jailed.

Pilots’ unions have called for laser pens to be classed as offensive weapons.

Jonathan Nicholson with the Civil Aviation Authority says people who shine lasers at pilots are just dangerous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 am  

Richmond residents affected by air pollution from wood burning

People in Richmond with coal fires or wood burning stoves are being asked to double check exactly what they are burning.

The council is trying to reduce pollution levels.

Experts at King’s College London claim levels of poisonous gasses are the worst London has seen since 2011.

One of the main contributors is the extra cold weather, combined with ‘traffic pollution and air pollution from wood burning.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 am  

There are only three weeks left to have your say on proposed changes to night flights at Heathrow

The current regime for overnight restrictions is due to expire in October.

The Government is proposing using quieter aircraft.

But Richmond council says the plans don’t propose any changes to the amount of planes allowed between 11.30pm and 6am.

Once decided upon, the new regime is expected to be in place for 5 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 am  

Monday, 6 February 2017

Surrey's council tax bills set to rise to pay for policing

Council tax bills in Surrey are set to rise – after a 1.99% increase was approved today.

The extra cash is to fund policing – and amounts to an extra £4.38 a year, or 8p a week, and comes into effect from April this year.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munros’s proposal for the tax increase was met with unanimous support today at a panel meeting.

PCC Munro said he wants to ensure taxpayers in Surrey pay no more than absolutely necessary for an effective police service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 pm  

Man must increase his ex-wife's divorce maintenance payments because of her unwise 'property investments'

A man’s been told he must increase his wife’s divorce maintenance payments because of her ‘unwise property investments.’

Graham and Maria Mills divorced 15-years-ago, and she received £230,000 lump sum and £1,100 a week in the settlement.

But a court heard how since the divorce, she’s invested in a series of ‘poor property decisions’ in Weybridge, Wimbledon and Battersea.

Ms Mills apparently increased her mortgage liabilities, but failed to offset them with enough profit following each of the sales.

Mr Mills - who has since remarried - has been ordered to increase her monthly payments by more than £300, so she is ‘able to meet her basic needs.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Former Barnes private school teacher jailed for 18 years

A former private school teacher, who taught in Barnes, faces 18 years behind bars.

Patrick Marshall targeted his victims between 1969 and 1981 – and in one case abused a boy grieving the loss of his father.

He was charged as part of the Met’s investigation into non-recent sexual offences committed by former teachers at St Paul's School - and its prep school, Colet Court.

Marshall worked there from 1971 for 10 years, and is the third former teacher at the school to be convicted of indecently assaulting underage boys.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 pm  

An inquest has heard a nurse who burned himself to death near Kensington Palace had suffered a mental breakdown.

41 year old Amin Abdullah had recently been sacked from his job at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith.

His partner told the inquest that he had become depressed when faced with disciplinary action.

The inquest was told that Mr Abdullah had been investigated over his writing of a letter to support a colleague.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm  

A former private school teacher's been found guilty of a string of historical sex attacks against boys and teenagers.

Patrick Marshall targeted his victims in his car, their homes and abroad between 1969 and 1981.

During that period, he taught at the then-named Windsor Grammar School in Berkshire, before moving to St Paul's in Barnes.

The 70-year-old from Churt near Farnham will be sentenced this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm  

A former private school teacher's been found guilty of a string of historical sex attacks against boys and teenagers.

Patrick Marshall targeted his victims in his car, their homes and abroad between 1969 and 1981.

During that period, he taught at the then-named Windsor Grammar School in Berkshire, before moving to St Paul's in Barnes.

The 70-year-old from Churt near Farnham will be sentenced this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

A two-day sentencing hearing has begun for a man who's admitted killing an American tourist and injuring five other people.

19 year old Zakaria Bulhan from Tooting has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

His plea follows the knife attack in Russell Square last August.

The Old Bailey heard he was battling mental health problems.

Malcom McHaffie, from the Crown Prosecution Service, says lawyers considered expert evidence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Surrey netballers lacked vitality in defeat by northern side

Surrey Storm netball lost at home to Northumbria at the county’s sports park.

The final score was 43-5 to the northern side.

Surrey Storm will start their 2017 Vitality Superleague on Saturday the 18th of February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

Surrey's police commissioner trying to engage with youth

A school in Addlestone has launched a survey to get the views of young people on their police force.

It’s got underway at the Jubilee High School backed by the Surrey Youth Focus charity and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The online set of questions has already established that youngsters would like more cameras on our streets – workshops in schools – and more patrols.

The police commissioner’s office is trying to build a relationship with the county’s young people - and that includes the reintroduction of the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

Gizmo gets rescued in New Addington tower block blaze

A dog has been rescued from a fire at a tower block in New Addington.

The blaze broke out in Betchworth Way just after 8.30 this morning.

Gizmo was led to safety and taken to the vet’s to be checked over.

Part of a flat on the third floor of the building was damaged.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, but there are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Rubbish Monday for Chipstead residents

A road in Chipstead will remain closed indefinitely after a load of rubbish was fly tipped over the weekend.

How Lane, near Chipstead Golf Club, has been closed between Chipstead Valley Road and Hollymead Road.

There are no updates on when the road will be re-opened and no arrests have been made over the waste dumped.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Tooting man pleads guilty at Old Bailey after August knife attack on U.S. tourist

A man from Tooting has admitted killing a US tourist and wounding five other people during a knife attack last August.

19 year old Zakaria Bulhan carried out the attack in Russell Square.

He’s pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and wounding.

He had been charged with murder and attempted murder but the court has accepted his plea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

The Orchid is once again being celebrated at Kew Gardens

This year’s Orchid Festival, which is now in its 22nd year, is the first ever Indian themed festival.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is filled with thousands of them as well as a giant Indian flag created from 900 Chrysanthemums.

Here’s Kew Horticulturist Bala Kompalli with a few Orchid care tips.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Gold medallist to head Thames Boat Project in Kingston

An Olympic gold medallist has joined Kingston’s Thames Boat Project.

Anne Dickins is a paracanoeist who won gold last year as well as two World Championship and 3 European Championship gold medals.

The Thames Boat Project which is moored north of the town’s bridge is now used by the disabled and their carers for cruises.

The new patron who married recently has spoken about the magical effects of the river - open to all.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Parents and teachers in Hammersmith are coming together to protect the area’s schools

The government is planning to slash funding for all pupils and schools with the borough set to be one of the hardest hit in the country.

A public meeting on the matter has been called for Tuesday the 28th of February.

To find out more, head to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

England rugby player out of Six Nations at Twickenham

One of the England Rugby players will miss the rest of the Six Nations international.

George Kruis from Saracens is facing surgery tomorrow for a knee injury.

He’ll be out of action for more than 10 weeks.

It follows England’s victory over France on Saturday.

The next match between England and Italy is in 20 days’ time at Twickenham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Muslims mark peace dinner in Tolworth

Over 60 residents turned out for a special Peace Dinner at the Sunray Community Centre in Tolworth last night.

The event was organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.

Conservative councillor for the Alexandra ward, Chris Hayes says London must lead the way in building bridges between different cultures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Surrey pub boozer goes too far

A burglar from Merstham stole near 40 bottles of spirits from a pub in Redhill - and then returned to the bar for a drink

32 year old Shane O ‘Doherty was arrested after staff at the Toby Carvery recognised him from acting suspiciously by the cellar door.

His haul included 13 bottles of vodka – seven of Southern Comfort five of whisky and four of gin.

He’s been jailed by Guildford Magistrates' court for six months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 am  

Small businesses in Surrey worried about tax changes and Spring Budget

Surrey’s Federation for Small Businesses has expressed concern ahead of the government’s Spring budget.

Brian Woods says his members are in the dark about the Taxman’s plan for all paperwork to be done online in future - as the decision’s been delayed.

The Chancellor and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond will deliver the Spring Budget in about a month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Sunday, 5 February 2017

New figures show massive increase in child on child sex offence cases in Surrey

New figures reveal child sex offence cases have increased by 78% in three years.

The stats from charity Barnardo’s also show Surrey as one of the areas with the biggest percentage rise, at 314% from 2013 to 2016.

The number of alleged offences reported to police in England and Wales rose from 5,215 in 2013 to 9,290 in that time.

Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan said the figures represented “another wake up call”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

Police appeal for witnesses following stabbing in Croydon

Investigations are continuing following the stabbing of a teenage boy in Croydon.

Police officers came across a large group of people fighting in Poplar Walk at around 4.30 on Friday evening.

They found a 14-year-old with a suspected stab wound to the neck – he was taken to hospital and remains in a stable condition.

Anyone with any information is urged to get in contact with police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

People in Barnes raising money for bus service

Fundraisers in Barnes are desperately trying to find £30,000 to keep a much loved bus service going.

One of the buses used by the FiSH neighbourhood charity is due for replacement, and so far, only £2,000 has been raised.

Accessible transport is just one of the services the charity provides for elderly and vulnerable people in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm  

People in Croydon give their views on housing crisis

Labour thinks new housing reforms to be set out by ministers this week sound like they'll fall far short of what's required.

The prime minister says she wants to give renters the "security they need"

Proposals include ensuring developers provide a proportion of new homes for affordable rent and a possible ban on letting agent fees.

These people in Croydon say it's a struggle:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Transport secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling claims that the main problem with the rail network is that it’s bursting at the seams

This comes after MPs have warned that the UK’s rail franchising model is “no longer fit for purpose” and is failing passengers.

The MPs' report said the current model of awarding franchises to companies to run services in different parts of the country had enabled the rise in passenger numbers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

The fate of Sutton’s two theatres remains in the hands of the council

It follows the closure of the Sutton Theatres’ Trust, which ran Charles Cryer and Secombe Theatres.

Five “expressions of interest” have so far been received for the Charles Cryer, but one for the Secombe was turned down.

The five bids are now heading into the formal proposal process and a decision will be made by the council later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are urging people to go to an important public meeting next week

It will provide an update and more information about the current and future services at Epsom hospital and other local health matters.

Representatives from Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust will be doing speeches.

The meeting is tomorrow from 7-9pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Conmen posing as water-board officials in Richmond

Police in Richmond say they have seen four cases over the last few weeks of conmen posing as water-board officials.

They’re urging home owners to insist on checking ID before allowing anyone in to the house.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a blaze at snooker legend Jimmy White’s flat in Epsom

The star lost everything apart from his cue when the fire ripped through his home in Alexandra Road on Tuesday.

15 people were led to safety and one person was rescued by fire fighters.

It’s thought Mr White wasn’t in the building at the time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Gang jailed for 30 years after blowing up ATMs in SW London and Surrey

Three men have been jailed for blowing up cash machines in a series of “highly dangerous raids” on banks and post offices in south west London and Surrey.

27 year-old Anthony Rodwell along with 26 year-olds Jamie Duggan and Trevor Collins carried out 27 audacious attacks on cash machines between July 2014 and April 2015.

Duggan and Rodwell were jailed for 12 years each and Collins for nine years at a sentencing at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

Detective Inspector Scott Harley of The Flying Squad said:
"Given that this series of crimes involved 27 offences, it is fortunate that no unsuspecting members of the public were injured.

It was sheer luck that nobody was killed due to the actions of this gang. They handled an extremely dangerous substance carelessly and with complete disregard for the safety of others. The level of threat they posed to community safety has been fully reflected in today’s verdicts."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 am  

QPR footballer pleads guilty to 'Drunken Disorderly' at Wimbledon Crown Court

QPR defender Stephen Caulker has pleaded guilty for being drunken disorderly after being arrested at Clapham Junction on 16th January.

The defender was seen throwing objects around the station and even tried to place a temporary barrier on someone’s head.

Caulker was ordered to pay a £650 fine and a further £85 in damages when he was charged at Wimbledon Crown Court this week.

He had previously been fined for similar offences back in 2011.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

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