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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Wandsworth, Hounslow and Croydon have all appeared on a list of London boroughs with the most takeaways with 0 or 1 star hygiene ratings.

According to the research by the Evening Standard, Newham has the highest proportion of fast food joints in need of improvement.

Westminster was found to be London’s most hygienic place to pick up a takeaway, with no outlets getting fewer than two stars for hygiene.

Kensington and Chelsea and Merton also have few 0 to 1 star rated takeaways.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A mum of two from Cobham is running the Surrey half marathon to raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity Harrison’s Fund.

Sian Gaze says the cause is close to her heart because her daughter goes to school with the Charity’s namesake, Harrison Smith.

She’s seen how tough it is for Harrison and his family, and wants to do her bit to help.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:47 pm  

A ferry company has praised an off duty Battersea firefighter for helping a collapsed passenger.

Stuart McDonald was travelling to the Isle of Wight last month when he stepped in to assist a man who had keeled over with severe chest pains.

All firefighters are trained to give immediate emergency care.

The man could have suffered a cardiac arrest, but Stuart was able to take control of the situation until paramedics arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

A kite mistaken for a troubled bird in Enfield and a noisy rose bush in Battersea are among the strangest call-outs received by the RSPCA.

The animal charity has released details of obscure phone calls from well-meaning people in a bid to encourage everyone to think twice before contacting them.

Collection officer Tom Goldsmith was called to reports of a “yowling animal” that had become trapped under floorboards in Battersea.

It turned out to be a rose bush scraping a window outside.

Another confused caller mistook a toy for a snake in a loft in Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

A man accused of killing a care worker from Chelsea has told the Old Bailey he was buying a six pack of pastries at the time of the murder.

22 year old Hani Khalaf allegedly assaulted 62 year old Jairo Medina before stealing his phone and leaving him for dead in Hyde Park.

But Khalaf claims it couldn’t have been him because he was shopping at the time of the fatal attack last year.

The trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is wary of his players becoming rusty if he makes too many changes for today's FA Cup last-16 tie at Wolves.

It's become a habit for many clubs to alter their line-ups to focus on Premier League and Championship campaigns.

Conte would rather the top flight leaders maintain their momentum.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Disruption of Heathrow goes on with BA cabin crew action

British airways cabin crew are continuing to disrupt flights in and out of Heathrow.

A fresh wave of industrial action has started - leading to the cancellation of ten flights in and out of Heathrow today and yesterday.

They included a round trip to Doha in the Middle East.

The row over pay has already led to the loss of 11 strike days and there’ll be more later this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

From Croydon to the palace.

A Croydon man who got into the grounds of Buckingham Palace has been charged.

It is alleged William Hayes-Collins was seen walking inside the secure area after police watched him climb over a fence on CCTV shortly after 4am last August.

None of the royal family were in the palace at the time – the 24 year old man is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates court on March the 3rd.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Richmond Park could be under Heathrow future flightpath

A new consultation over the expansion of Heathrow airport shows one proposed future flightpath over Richmond Park.

Today officials from the Department of Transport will be available to answer questions on the Richmond Park and other routes - at Ealing Town Hall.

On Monday, the exhibition moves to the Hythe Centre in Staines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

Corbyn on social care cuts after Surrey accepts lower budget

Jeremy Corbyn says there's now a "state of emergency" in local services, with councils at "breaking point".

The Labour leader's making a speech to the Local Government Conference in Warwick later.

He'll say the Tory leadership has created a social care crisis because of billion of pounds' of cuts.

Surrey councillors had to accept a lower budget despite claims that 20 million pounds of savings will have to be used up on adult social care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Heathrow arrest man gets bail

A man’s been given bail after arriving at London Heathrow Airport.

Detectives in Counter Terrorism Command arrested the 36-year-old man on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

He’s been ordered to return to a police station in West London in mid-May.

Enquiries are continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Man who cycled world for charity has bike stolen with all his possessions in Kingston

A man who cycled the world for charity is appealing for help, after his bike with all his possessions attached were stolen in Kingston.

Robert Lutter has spent the past 4 years cycling more than 40,000 kilometres through 30 countries, raising around £7,000 for charity.

But on Friday 10th February his bike was taken from outside the Co Op on the King’s Road at around 8.30pm.

Robert was in the process of creating a photobook and says he doesn’t want the bike back, just the hard drives with his photos of his adventures on:

Three hard drives were stolen along with the bike - two black and one blue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

New grants for Kingston voluntary organisations

A new grants scheme is being launched on Monday by Kingston Council which will make £125,000 available for voluntary groups in the area.

Organisations can apply for up to £3,000 under the ‘New Initiatives’ programme or up to £750 in a ‘Your Kingston’ grant.

The money is for new projects which will benefit and make a difference to the community.

Last year recipients included Kingston Carers Network, Staywell, and the Kingston LGBT Forum.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 am  

Earlsfield developer told to pull down flats

A property developer who flouted building rules and constructed an ‘ugly’ block of flats in Earlsfield has been told to tear it down by the Wandsworth Council.

The developer was given permission in 2008 to build 12 flats on a plot of land in Garratt Lane.

But what was built included flats in the basement which were not part of the approved plans.

This road is liable to flooding and tenants have been flooded twice.

The materials used and the appearance of the building also did not follow the plans.

An enforcement order was made by the Council which requires the developer to undo everything that did not have permission – meaning that he will need to demolish the building and start again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 am  

Norbury woman held captive in own home

Croydon police are searching for a man they want to speak to about an incident in which a woman in her 80s was held against her will in her home in Norbury.

23 year old Kinane Rose was last seen on Thursday on a 133 bus from London Bridge, believed to have been travelling to Croydon.

Officers are investigating a case which happened Monday when a man claimed to be a gas meter reader to get access to the victim’s home.

When she became suspicious, he restrained her and bundled her to the floor, keeping her for about two hours.

When the man fell asleep, the victim went to her front door and shouted for help. She was not harmed and nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 am  

Friday, 17 February 2017

Amputee jockey makes history at Sandown today

A jockey has made history today after winning the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown.

Guy Disney has become the first amputee jockey to win at a professional racecourse in Britain – he now rides with a prosthetic leg.

The 34-year old former soldier lost his lower right leg when his vehicle was hit by a grenade while serving in Afghanistan in 2009 .

Rathlin Rose was the 13-8 favourite and came through to claim the extended three-mile contest by four and a half lengths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Four time Olympic champion from Teddington will run his last indoor race tomorrow

Four time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah says tomorrow’s Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix will be his final indoor race.

The 33-year old, who is from Teddington – will compete in the 5,000m and hopes to make it a good run.

Farah says he will hang his spikes up after this summer, so that he can concentrate on road races.

He wants to improve on his seventh place finish at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Another Southern Rail strike on Wednesday will see no service between Leatherhead and Guildford

No Southern service will run between Leatherhead and Guildford on Wednesday, due to another 24-hour walkout.

Last ditch talks between the RMT union and Southern Rail have collapsed without agreement in the long-running dispute over the role of conductors.

There will also be no services between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia/Watford Junction.

Southern say they will try to run as many lines as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Three teenagers sentenced today for an attack on a 14-year old girl in Guildford Park

Three girls were sentenced today for assaulting a 14 year-old girl with a wheel brace in Guildford Park last year.

19-year old Sophie Burrows from Godalming, 19-year old Lauren Coveney from Midhurst and a 17-year old also from Midhurst pleaded guilty to the offence.

The 14-year old was left with a head injury, bruised ribs and two black eyes following the incident at Stoughton recreation ground in Northway on the 9th January.

One of them will spend 14 months behind bars, with the others receiving a suspended sentence and a referral order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Conclusion of inquest into 17-year old Esher College student's death - when she took MDMA at the O2

The inquest into the death of an Esher College student has taken place today.

17 year old Emily Lyon fell ill after a “Red Bull DJ clash” competition at the O2 Arena last June.

Earlier this month, Luke Villars from New Malden, was handed a one year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs in Esher.

The inquest heard how her death was down to MDMA poisoning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

Sir Mo Farah who lives in Teddington says he still has fears about returning to America

Sir Mo Farah who lives in Teddington admits that he still has travel fears over his return to America.

The Olympian, who sometimes trains in Bushy Park says he’s concerned about Donald Trump’s controversial executive order to get into the country.

Somalian-born Farah had previously said the ban preventing individuals entering the US for more than 90 days was ‘worrying’, before learning it wouldn’t apply to him.

The four-time Olympic champion’s been speaking ahead of the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

A baby has been involved in a car accident in North Cheam.

Cheam Common Road was closed off at 3 o’clock after a car and lorry collided head on.

It’s not thought either of the drivers, or the baby, were seriously injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Wimbledon has the highest rate of University applications in the country.

New research from the Press Association shows the area in which a young person grows up impacts on whether they’ll apply to University.

London has the highest application rate in the UK.

Areas in SW London and North Surrey make up over half of the spots in the top 10.

In Wimbledon, a massive 70% of youngsters will apply to University, followed by Richmond Park and Chelsea and Fulham at 65%.

Chesham is in the top 10, followed by Twickenham, and Esher and Walton at number 8.

Areas like Gosport and Dover are further back in the list with only 26% of youngsters applying.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Over £3 million has been set aside to banish potholes in Richmond.

The council says the money has already been spent on scheduled work and maintenance.

But councillors say this shouldn’t put people off reporting a pothole online if they think it needs urgent attention.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

A World War I Victoria Cross hero from Croydon will be honoured at a ceremony today.

Commander Gordon Campbell, born in 1886, bravely faced an enemy torpedo trail whilst on board HMS Farnborough.

The ceremony, which marks the 100th anniversary, will be held at the cenotaph in Katherine Street
The mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor will unveil a specially custom-made paving stone in his honour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm  

Police pursuit in New Malden

Police cordoned off Aldi’s car park in New Malden earlier following a police pursuit through Kingston.

Officers were called to Villier’s Road at 11.30 where they spotted a vehicle believed to have been involved in a crime.

They pursued the vehicle to Aldi’s car park just off the Kingston Road.

A man then fled the scene but was arrested in nearby St John’s Road.

He's been taken in for questioning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

The Jockey Club has denied newspaper reports that Kempton Racecourse could be saved.

Last month it announced its intention to sell the site for housing.

But The Times claims there's also an alternative idea for a smaller redevelopment, which would safeguard the 139-year-old racecourse.

In a statement, the Jockey Club says "nothing has changed" and "any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

England Rugby Squad in day of training at Twickenham Stadium #carrythemhome

12,000 fans have turned out this morning to see the England Rugby Squad in training.

The 6 Nations continues next week when England go into battle against Italy in Round 3, hot off their last two wins against France and Wales.

History was made at the end of last week's match after Elliot Daly's last minute try to make it an unbeaten run of 16 wins.

The team's Grand Slam Defence was also put securely back on track.

Prince Harry was among the fans who also watched the training.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am  

Blaze at a block of flats in Battersea

Four fire engines and 20 firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Battersea.

They were called to Gwynne Road yesterday afternoon after smoke alarms sounding altered them.

Part of a flat on the second floor of the building was damaged by fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A Brigade spokesperson said: “Thankfully there was nobody in the property at the time of the fire and no one was injured, but this incident shows the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

“Smoke alarms provide a vital early warning and buy you extra time to escape if there is a fire.

“Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

Passengers baffled as abandoned microwave sparks Southern Rail delays in South Croydon

Southern Rail passengers were left baffled after a microwave oven left on train tracks sparked delays and cancellations on services.

Trains through South Croydon faced disruption last night after the kitchen appliance blocked the track running through platform five.

National Rail issued statement, which confirmed a microwave oven was the cause of delays.

Puzzled customers took to social media to air their grievances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

Chris Grayling is being challenged to a “bike off” by Carshalton and Wallington’s Tom Brake

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is being challenged to a “bike off.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

The people of Ham are uniting to try and save their High Street

Following a number of shop closures in Ham Parade, they’ve decided to club together and invest in a premises they can all run.

50% of those involved say they’d love to see the return of a grocery store, but all options are open to debate.

One of the campaign organisers, Matt Georges, says there’s room for anyone who wants to get involved.

A meeting is taking place at Fernhill School on the 1st of March at 7pm. It’s open to anyone who wants to get involved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Teenagers living in Wimbledon are four times more likely to apply for university

Teenagers' likelihood of applying to university depends heavily on where they live.

That’s according to a study, by the Press Association which showed London had the highest application rate of nearly 50%.

It found four times as many teenagers in Wimbledon applied compared with those from Havant in Hampshire.

In the Lib Dem seat of Richmond Park 65% of 18-year-olds applied, this was the second highest overall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Heathrow based BA cabin crew take industrial action

British Airways cabin crew are beginning a fresh wave of four-day strikes in a long-running dispute over pay.

Members of the Unite union - who are part of the airline's mixed fleet - are walking out today and then again from Wednesday next week.

BA says it expects most flights affected to operate as normal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 am  

Man charged with Brixton murder

A 38-year-old man has been charged with murder following a stabbing incident on Valentine’s Day in Brixton.

51-year-old Gary Heaven was stabbed in Hillside Road on Tuesday.

Chi-Wah Cheung, who’s also charged with possession of an offensive weapon, will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 am  

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Appeal for witnesses after Staines collision leaves teenage cyclist seriously injured

Police are looking for witnesses after a teenage cyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash involving a HGV in Staines this afternoon.

It happened just before 3 o’clock at the junction of Elmsleigh Road and Thames Street.

The 17-year-old has been taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries.

Any people who saw the collision are asked to get in contact with police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Man arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts at Heathrow airport

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism at Heathrow Airport this afternoon.

Counter Terrorism Command detectives arrested the 36-year-old on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts after he arrived at the airport.

He’s been taken into custody at a west London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 pm  

Leader of Merton Council fires back bench councillor

The Leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, has suspended a back bench councillor.

Lucy Mayer has this special report:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

22-year-old woman and baby missing from Streatham

A 22-year-old woman and her baby have gone missing in Streatham.

Anna Skinner was last seen at around 3am this morning, after leaving her home.

She had her 8-month-old son with her when she was last seen - and has links in Croydon, Kennington and Camberwell.

It’s thought she was pushing her son in a grey 'Silver Cross' buggy with a baby car seat attachment.

Anyone who has seen Anna or her whereabouts is asked to get in contact with Lambeth police via 101 or call the charity Missing People on 116000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm  

Sir Mo Farah in Twickenham after athletic track at his old uni named after him

Sir Mo Farah’s been in Twickenham today, after St Mary’s University named an athletics track after him.

The running star is the uni’s most famous past student, winning four double titles at successive Olympic and World Championships.

Mo returned to St Mary’s, where he trained for ten years, to attend the ceremony and meet young athletes from the area.

The Olympian, who grew up in Hounslow, recently made headlines after he hit out at Trump over his Muslim-majority travel ban.

Mo trained at St Mary’s from 2001-2011, where he was awarded a scholarship to the Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC) and continued to train regularly at the facility until he moved to Oregon in the US.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

CCTV has been released of a man wanted in connection with a theft in Tadworth

A 73 year-old woman had her handbag stolen from her grey Vauxhall Marina on 15th January at around midday.

Her car was in a car park next to the Pavilion recreational ground off Tattenham Way.

The man is also wanted for questioning for fraud offences following a number of transactions made using the woman’s bank cards.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Woman sexually assaulted on the Northern Line

A woman has been touched inappropriately while travelling on the Northern Line.

At around 7.50pm on the 19th of December, the victim was on the London Underground between Balham and Morden, when a man touched her thigh twice and then tried to lift up her skirt.

She left the train at South Wimbledon and the offender stayed on the service until Morden.

Do you know this man? You can contact British Transport Police texting 61016 or phoning 0800 40 50 40.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Drivers on Southern Railway have voted to reject a deal aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over conductors on trains.

Their union Aslef says 54% of members who cast a ballot decided against it.

The company says it's "saddened and hugely disappointed".

This week, talks between Southern and another union, the RMT, ended without a deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses to a shooting in Battersea, nine months after it happened.

The incident in Lavender Hill, took place at around 5pm on the 18th of May.

A group of men became involved in an altercation with an unknown suspect on a bicycle across the road from where they were standing.

The suspect discharged a firearm in their direction; no one was injured.

A 9mm shell casing was recovered from the scene. It is believed that a 9mm hand pistol was used.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm  

Man jailed for sexual assualt on a woman in West Byfleet

The 57-year-old has been sentenced to three years and six months behind bars after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault on the woman in her 40s.

He has also been given a 10 year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

21 year-old man from Tadworth wanted by Surrey Police

A man from Tadworth is wanted on recall to prison.

John Touhey has been wanted since October for revoking his licence.

He is described as white of a stocky build around 6ft tall with blue eyes and short brown hair.

The 21 year-old has connections to the Northolt and Hounslow areas.

Anyone who sees John is being told not to approach him but call police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in support of a number of hospitals later

A meeting is taking place on plans to close walk in centres and units at sites including St Helier and Epsom.

It’s taking place at Morden Baptist Church at 7.30
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

Some residents in Worcester are outraged that Surrey County council has spent £12 million buying a cinema complex in their city

Surrey says the purchase was made as a long-term investment strategy, as a budget report showed income in the county needs to improve.

Labour councillor Robert Evans says that Surrey should look in other areas to improve its finances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

Building has finally started on the new £1.2 billion Northern line extension in Battersea

The tunnels will extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea Power station via Nine Elms.

Work on the twin tunnels, 20 metres below ground is aimed to be finished in 2020.
Transport for London said the two station extension will create up to 25,000 jobs and 20,000 new homes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Events organisers in Croydon are being encouraged by the council to put on more events in public spaces

The number of festivals, fairs, carnivals and sports events is set to rise from April this year, when a new policy will be put in place.

The policy will allow for simpler event organisation along with lower charges and support from the council in the marketing of local events.

Councillors say that increasing the number of public events will be fantastic for the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

A third runway at Heathrow could be considered a necessity in the wake of Brexit

That’s according to the latest research by pollsters Comres which shows two thirds of people surveyed think a new runway will show ‘Britain is open for business.’

The poll of 2000 people was commissioned by Heathrow.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Conservative Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon explains what the new runway will deliver for the economy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Flat in Croydon is closed off because of antisocial behaviour

A flat in Croydon has been closed off because of antisocial behaviour.

Violence, threatening and abusive behaviour towards neighbours and loud arguments at all times of the day and night led to the decision.

The 3 month closure of 50A Blenheim Park Road has been granted and follows an investigation by the landlord, Hyde Housing.

Officials of the association tried to settle the ongoing neighbour dispute before asking the council to intervene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Battersea Dog's and Cat's Home has dental advice for pet owners

Dentists recommend we visit them twice a year.

But, it seems many animals' owners coming into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home brush off this advice.

One of the most common procedures Battersea’s Veterinary team carry out in the clinic is dental work.

Last year, staff performed dental procedures on more than 1,800 animals; a 13% increase on the year before.

Vets are reminding owners to check their animal’s teeth on a regular basis to avoid painful treatment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

UPDATE: Motorcyclist left with 'life-changing' injuries after crash in Tooting

A motorcyclist was rushed to hospital this morning after a crash with a car in Tooting High Street.

Part of the road was cordoned off as officers carried out an investigation, shortly after 11am. The road re-opened at about 2.30pm.

The driver of the motorbike was treated at the scene - then rushed to hospital with ‘potentially life-changing’ injuries.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 pm  

Woman dies after hospitals refuse to give her surgery - including St George's in Tooting

It’s emerged that a woman died after two hospitals in London – including St George's Hospital in Tooting – refused her surgery.

Mary Muldowney died from a brain hemorrhage last year, but a coroner ruled that she might have survived with immediate surgery.

The 57-year-old, who had two children, was admitted to East Surrey Hospital when doctors suspected a bleed on the brain.

But three units refused the request due to having no beds.

A spokesman for the Tooting hospital said the hospital accepts patients who require emergency specialist support - but at the time of referral, Ms Muldowney was not deemed to require life-saving surgery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

The UK's on "final warning" over pollution levels

Health campaigners say the government must act fast to reduce air pollution.

The UK's been given a "final warning" by the European Commission, which says it'll take the government to court if it doesn't reduce dangerous levels in 16 areas.

London, Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow are among the cities affected.

Putney High Street breached pollution limits more than 1,000 times last year – more than 900 times the EU limit.

Toby Peters is a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm  

There's going to be a (sort of) sequel to Love Actually

Some of the cast of Love Actually are reuniting for a short sequel to the film for charity.

Keira Knightley – who grew up in Teddington - Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy will appear in the update, which will be penned by the movie's writer Richard Curtis.

The 10-minute skit - which will be shown in March - will focus on what their characters are up to now.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 pm  

Science Museum fire causes thousands of families to be evacuated

A fire at the Science Museum in South Kensington his afternoon saw thousands of people evacuated.

Families were ordered to leave the building just before 4 O’ Clock.

The museum was busy for the school holidays before 4,000 people were forced to leave.

London Fire Brigade confirmed a burnt out lift motor sparked the alert.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's family says she was "happy and positive" in the weeks before her death from a perforated ulcer.

In a statement, they dismissed reports the former IT girl had retreated to a "dark place".

The 45-year-old was found dead at her flat in Earl's Court last week, her funeral will be held later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

A 19 year old girl has been sexually assaulted on the Croydon Tramlink

Details have only just been released about the incident on the 26th of January on a tram between Mitcham Junction and Wandle Park.

A man had joined the tram at Mitcham Junction and sat next to the victim, who he then proceeded to touch.

She then left the service at Wandle Park, the man then leaned out of the tram staring at her as she walked away.

A picture of the man police are looking to speak with is above.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Valentine's Day is over for another year, and the London Fire Brigade is celebrating.

Bosses say so called “Fifty Shades” incidents were down, following an increase last year.

Without going into too much detail, incidents reported in the past have involved vacuum cleaners and handcuffs.

Figures released to mark Valentine’s show Croydon has had one of the highest call out rates between 2008 and 2017 at 208.

That’s in comparison to Merton and Richmond which have only had 77 and 72 respectively in that time period.

The brigade was worried that the release of the new film “Fifty Shades Darker” may have caused a spike in romance related call outs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Southern Strike Update

Staff on Southern Rail are to stage another 24 hour strike next week in a dispute over the role of conductors.

Members of the RMT union will walk out on Wednesday.

The two sides met at the conciliation service Acas earlier, but they remain deadlocked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister says tests have shown the former model died of natural causes

Santa Montefiore says the 45-year-old had a perforated ulcer and did not have a brain tumour.

She's revealed Tara was in high spirits in her last days and had written a "moving new song".

Ms Palmer - Tomkinson was found dead at her flat in Earl's Court a week ago today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Richmond’s councillors say an Olympic Tax Precept could end up costing its residents around £700,000

In 2006, the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson, added the tax contribution to Londoner’s council tax, to pay for the 2012 games.

The taxation was due to finish this March, but there are claims new Mayor Sadiq Khan has not removed it.

Leader of Richmond Council, Lord True, says Sadiq Khan needs to “come clean” and admit that council tax will still be rising this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Twickenham based Harlequins have extended its contract with Adidas

The agreement extends the existing partnership for a further five years and will see the two companies working together until 2021.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

A total of 83 firearms and 1,175 rounds of ammunition were handed by Londoners during the Met’s one-week gun surrender.

Among the guns handed in were 22 live firearms, including an AK47 rifle and a pump-action shotgun.

All weapons and ammunition will be forensically checked for evidence to see if they might be linked to a crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

Man sought following sexual assault in Thornton Heath

Police have just released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault at a bus stop in Thornton Heath.

A 17 year old girl was attacked in Galpins Road in August.

The suspect is Asian in his twenties around 5 foot 10 with dark hair.

He was wearing a checked shirt, white jeans, black trainers, a black cap and was carrying a rucksack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Natalie Baynes on 07770 315690; alternatively call police via 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

The driver of a motorbike is in hospital following a crash with a car in Tooting

Police were called to the scene at the junction of Tooting High Street and Gilbey Road just after 11 o'clock this morning.

The biker was taken to hospital with what are thought to be non life threatening injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death in Streatham

The 51-year-old man was knifed repeatedly in Hillside Road last night.

Paramedics fought to save the injured man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at a south London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

25% of us apparently think we aren’t fit enough to take part in a walking challenge Clapham

That’s according to research released today by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

The 20th annual Moonwalk, organised by the charity, takes place at Clapham Common in May.

It's a 26 mile stroll through the streets of London in your decorated bra.

Founder Nina Barough says you’d be surprised what you can do.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Surrey Police is hunting a wanted 25 year-old man on warrant from Leatherhead

Jamie Munday failed to attend court on Monday for a driving offence, he also breached the condition of his tagged curfew.

He’s described as a white man of medium build around 6ft tall.

Jamie has links to Leatherhead and Ashtead.

Surrey Police urges anybody who has seen Jamie or know of his whereabouts to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

The consultation over the expansion of Heathrow airport comes to Kingston today

Officials from the Department of Transport will be available to answer questions on new flightpaths routed over the Borough.

The exhibition will be held at Kingston University on the Penrhyn Road site.

On Thursday, the exhibition moves to the Everyday Church in Wimbledon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Residents in Merton are being warned against 'phishing' emails

People across Merton are still being warned not to respond to scam emails offering refunds on their council tax bills.

Fraudsters are sending out so-called “phishing” emails using an email address which looks like it is from HM Revenue and Customs.

The council says they are designed to capture sensitive financial information.

They do this either by taking you to a fake website or by downloading malicious software on to computers that allow the fraudsters to track you.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Appeal to find missing jacket of Balham rape victim

A picture of a jacket similar to the one taken from an 81 year-old woman who was raped in Balham has been released by Police.

They are urging anyone who found the distinctive red Marks and Spencer's jacket to come forward.

She was attacked after getting off a bus in Balham High Road last Friday night.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is currently remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 10 March.

Detective Inspector Melissa Laremore, from SOECA, said:

"The victim's distinctive red Marks and Spencer's jacket went missing after the attack. My investigators are working to trace it in and around the local area as it is of important evidential value. If you have any knowledge of its whereabouts, please get in touch."

"My team are keen to trace a male witness seen on Rinaldo Road in Balham on the evening of the incident. He was wearing a jacket with a distinctive American flag design on the back. A CCTV image of this man has now been released. I would urge him to come forward and contact police.

“In addition to this, we are keen to trace a male witness seen on Rinaldo Road in Balham on the evening of the incident. He was wearing a jacket with a distinctive American flag design on the back. A CCTV image of this man has now been released. I would urge him to come forward and contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8649 3105 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

+ A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with with two counts of rape and one count of kidnap/falsely imprisoning a person with intent to commit a sexual offence. He is currently remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 10 March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 am  

Hate crimes in Surrey have dropped - despite 33 of 44 police forces seeing a rise across England and Wales

Surrey Police has reported a drop in hate crimes reported last year, despite England and Wales seeing over 14,000 during a three month period.

The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number – over 3,300, with 33 of the 44 forces also seeing their highest levels since 2012.

The Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said we must ‘support people who feel at risk.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 am  

Detectives want to speak to cyclist involved in fatal collision with pedestrian in Shepherd's Bush

Detectives launched an appeal at the weekend to find the cyclist involved in a serious accident with a pedestrian in Shepherd’s Bush at the end of last year.

A 72-year old man was involved in a collision with the cyclist at around 11am on December 30 in Frithville Gardens and died from his injuries two weeks later.

Officers would like the cyclist – described as a black man, to come forward and help detectives with their investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am  

Councillors are concerned over government's expansion plans for Heathrow

A proposal to halve the length of aircraft noise respite periods for over a million homes under Heathrow’s flight paths is among the key concerns councillors have raised with the Government’s expansion plans.

A consultation on a third runway was announced last week.

The online documents show that flight path communities would be overflown for about 75 per cent of the day if expansion goes ahead, up from 50 per cent a day.

Many councils and residents fear that the potentially negative impacts of the scheme are not being communicated to those living in the surrounding area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Final scores from tonight's football - AFC Wimbledon, Fulham and Brentford

In the Championship - Fulham won 3-2 at home to Nottingham Forest. Brentford were also in action tonight, and lost 3-2 away to Reading.

In League One, AFC Wimbledon drew 1-1 with Coventry City, with an equalising goal from Robinson during extra time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A man’s been jailed for ten years for a stabbing in Isleworth.

20 year old Mohad Mohamed was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

The incident happened in July when he stabbed a 26 year old man in Richmond Road.

Mohammed was charged with wounding with intent to cause GBH.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Kingston police have saved the life of a 40 year old man.

Officers were called to reports of a person seriously injured on Castle Street last week.

The man was found lying on the floor and wasn’t breathing.

Two officers began CPR with no positive reaction from him. But eventually, the man began to stir and took a deep breath.

He was then taken to hospital where he has made a full recovery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

UPDATE: Talks between the RMT union and Southern Railway aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over the role of conductors have ended without agreement.

The two sides blamed each other for failing to break the deadlock at Acas.

The row involving Southern and the drivers' union Aslef was settled earlier this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Travelling on the Underground exposes commuters to more than eight times as much air pollution as those who drive to work.

That’s according to researchers at Surrey University.

They gave tube commuters monitors to measure the amount of harmful pollutant PM10 they were exposed to.

It turned out they were exposed to 68 mg, much more than drivers at 8.2mg.

Drivers are not as exposed because cars filter the pollutants out.

However, the types of pollutants given out by cars are more harmful than the ones found on the Underground.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

British Airways cabin crew are going to stage more strikes in a long-running dispute over pay.

Another four walkouts are being planned by the Unite union from the 22nd of February.

That's in addition to a four day stoppage by BA's mixed fleet from this Friday.

A cabin crew strike last week caused delays and cancellations at Heathrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 pm  

Teacher jailed for sexual offences against teenage girls
A former teacher has been jailed for multiple serious sexual offences against teenage girls in Croydon.

32-year-old Thomas Gander was sentenced to eight years and ten months at Guildford crown court.

His offences, including online grooming, incitement to engage in sexual activity and child sexual exploitation, were against five schoolgirls in Croydon, Godalming and online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

4,000 people were left without power in Chiswick earlier.

Scottish and Southern Electricity was notified of the problem just after midday.

It took the company over two hours to restore power, which also knocked out Chiswick Park underground station.

Bosses have issued an apology.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

A former teacher has been jailed for multiple serious sexual offences against teenage girls in Croydon.

32-year-old Thomas Gander has been sentenced to eight years and ten months at Guildford crown court.

His offences included rape, online grooming and child sexual exploitation against five schoolgirls in Croydon, Godalming and online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Public events in Croydon set to rise with council's encouragement
Events organisers in Croydon are being encouraged by the council to put on more events in public spaces.

The number of festivals, fairs, carnivals and sports events is set to rise from April this year, when a new policy will be put in place.

The policy will allow for simpler event organisation along with lower charges and support from the council in the marketing of local events.

Councillors say that increasing the number of public events will be fantastic for the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in Clapham ten years ago are offering a £20,000 reward for information about his killer.

15-year-old Billy Cox was shot dead at his home in Brixton in February 2007.

Arrests have been made, but no-one has ever been charged.

Officers think it's possible Billy knew his attacker.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

A building contractor who dug a trench through a public pavement in Hampton, has been fined.

39 year old Chung Soo Jung wanted to hack into a water pipe to increase water pressure at a house he was making ‘improvements’ to.

The filled-in trench led straight to his customer’s front door in Buckingham Road.

The incident was spotted by a Richmond Council enforcement officer during a routine inspection in August last year.

The court was told that no street works permit or licence had been applied for or issued by the Council for this work.

Neither did Jung have public liability insurance to cover the work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Only 39% of residents think that Surrey County Council provides value for money.

That’s according to the authority’s own survey.

Only 33% of people who took part said they were satisfied with road maintenance and services for people with disabilities.

Last week, councillors decided to scrap a controversial 15% social care tax hike following an outcry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Now, we all know Kate Moss for her prowess on the catwalk.

But it seems her brother is a bit of a foodie.

Nick has joined Croydon’s pop-up healthy food zone serving Vietnamese cuisine from his Viet-van.

The zone was established earlier this year by the council to promote healthy eating.

The programme works with schools and communities to improve cooking, food growing and nutrition among residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

A charity is asking landlords to consider reducing their rental income in order to take in Syrian refugees.

The Lambeth branch of The Refugees Welcome says homes need to be found where landlords will accept 15% less of the market rental value.

It’s a similar problem in Kingston.

In 2015, the council told the Government it would try and resettle 50 refugees, but has only managed 10 so far due to a lack of housing.

The council is once again appealing for more landlords to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

An inventor from Kingston has built the first ever gritter bicycle that aims to keep cycle lanes ice and snow free.

Yannick Read was inspired after noticing some councils were struggling to control the ice on bicycle lanes due to costs.

The 46 year-old combined a Dutch town bike with a gritting hopper and chunky front tyres.

The zero emission bike also features a snow plough and is capable of carrying 50kg of salt.

Video courtesy of ETA Services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Stormzy says his door has been kicked in 'by Feds'

Croydon grime artist Stormzy claims his front door was kicked in by the police in the early hours of this morning.

"Woke up to Feds destroying my front door coz apparently I'm a burglar who burgles his own home," he wrote.

The rapper tweeted a photo showing wooden panels lying across the floor, at his home in Thornton Heath.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police has so far declined to comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Appeal ten years after teenager shot in Clapham

The mother of a teenager murdered in Clapham 10 years-ago has issued a heartfelt plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Billy Cox was 15 years-old when he was shot at his family home in Fenwick Place.

A post-mortem revealed the cause of his death was as a gunshot wound to the chest.

There were no signs of forced entry and detectives believe it is possible that Billy knew his attacker.

In addition to this latest appeal detectives have offered a £20,000 reward leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the death of Billy Cox.

Detective Sergeant Jason Grafham said: "The murder of Billy Cox is an ongoing investigation for the Metropolitan Police Service. We remain hopeful that witnesses will come forward to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.

As time passes people's lifestyles and allegiances can change and these people may want to help us get justice for Billy and his family.

If anyone is concerned about contacting our team direct, we ask that you put a call into Crimestoppers where you can remain anonymous. All calls will be treated in the utmost confidence and we urge you to pick up the phone, for the sake of Billy's family."

Billy's mother Tim Cox, also known as Arporn Cox said: "First of all I would like to say Sawaddee to greet you in Thai. I would like to seek justice for an incident which happened 10 years ago. I was married to an Englishman and had two children, a boy and a girl.

On THE 14TH OF February 2007 at 10am, I said goodbye to my son before going to work. I was working in a Thai restaurant. I didn't want to go but I had to.

In the afternoon I telephoned him to see whether he was all right but he didn't answer the phone. At some time after 3pm, my daughter telephoned and she was crying. I thought they had quarrelled with one another. She said no and she wanted me to get home at once as Billy, my son, had been shot.

I got home straight away. I saw all the police tapes around the road and by the house. My husband and the police came towards me. I shouted to my husband 'please don't tell me that my son is dead.' My husband said 'yes darling, he is.'

I fell to the ground. I cried and cried until I had no tears left and I wanted to die with him. I had to accept the truth that my son had left us.

I have followed both English and Thai traditions to remember him with the help of my friends. I have followed a simple way of life. I go to the temple and pray for him. I have been living like this for the past 10 years.

Every year we have a commemoration to remember him at the temple. I miss him so much. His life was taken away at such a young age. But I have to be strong because I still have my daughter to live for. My husband passed away five years ago with a broken heart.

I would like to seek justice and I'm appealing for anyone who has any information about this case, no matter how small it is, to come forward and inform the police so that they can catch the person who shot him.

I am sad to think that nobody is still interested in my son's case. I even thought that the police had forgotten all about my son. Ten years have passed and I am still always praying to God or Buddha that one day they will find the killer who shot my son so I can finally find some peace in my heart. I will cooperate with the police in helping them to find the killer."

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8267 or via 101 or @MetCC.

Information can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

In June 2007, officers arrested five men at an address near Clapham High Street in connection with Billy's murder.

Four were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and were later released without charge.

A fifth man, then aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Billy Cox. He was also released without charge in 2008
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

14,000 children across Merton and Wandsworth were introduced to the world of tennis last year

The Wimbledon Foundation sent teams of coaches to schools across the boroughs encouraging youngsters to pick up a racket.

The charity has also committed to a further two years of funding in India.

The aim is to teach 3,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds the game, but also the importance of health and education
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 am  

A series of pop up events is coming to Sutton on Thursday

The aim is to gauge residents’ views on the “Sutton Plan.”

The document will set out the borough’s priorities, including housing and health care, for the next 5 to 10 years.

Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey says the issues up for discussion will vary widely depending on what part of the borough you live in.

To have your say on The Sutton Plan on Thursday, just head to one of these locations.

Worcester Park High Street, outside the old police station, 10am - 5pm
St Helier Hospital, ground floor restaurant, 10am - 7pm
Wallington High Street, Orchard Hill Old Town Hall, 10am - 5pm
Carshalton High Street near Costa Coffee and Oxfam, 10am - 5pm
Cheam Broadway near Waitrose, 10am - 5pm
Sutton High Street, outside The Works, 10am - 7pm

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Southern rail dispute: RMT meets operator for talks

Talks aimed at ending the dispute between Southern Rail and its guards are due to be held later.

Union leaders from the RMT agreed to meet the rail operator following months of strike action over the row about who operates train doors.

The drivers' union Aslef has been balloting its members on a deal - with the result expected later this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 am  

Bikers descend on Putney and Fulham

Hundreds of bikers gathered for a funeral, bringing large parts of South-West London to a standstill.

They gathered for the funeral of Tommy Mceniry, who died in a crash last month near Putney Bridge.

Large parts of Putney and Fulham saw approximately 200 bikers drive through for the funeral, which was held at All Saints Church in Putney Common.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 am  

Two failing schools 'making great strides' according to a new report

Two failing secondary schools have been praised by the Department for Education for improving since being taken over by a new trust.

After being previously rated “requires improvement” and “inadequate”, Hampton High and Twickenham Academy were put under the control of nearby schools in November.

A new report by the Regional School Commisioners Office has said they have since made ‘huge strides’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am  

Monday, 13 February 2017

Leader of Hounslow Council concerned about proposals to widen M4

The leader of Hounslow Council has expressed his concerns about plans to widen the M4 between Junction 2 & 3.

He says it will cause terrible harm to residents and businesses.

Councillor Steve Curran has written to Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom & Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport.

The Labour Councillor is also worried about pollution levels and the loss of a frequently used park if the proposals are approved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 pm  

CCTV images released to trace witness after 81-year was sexually assaulted in #Balham

Police have released CCTV of a witness they want to speak to after an 81-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Balham.

The woman was raped shortly after she got off the 155 bus last Friday night at around 8.30.

The male witness, who was seen on Rinaldo Road on the night, was wearing a jacket with a distinctive American flag design on the back.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police contact police on 020 8649 3105 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 pm  

Young man dies in 'concrete mixer incident' in Wimbledon

A man in his 20s has died in a building site accident in Wimbledon this afternoon.

He was killed in an incident involving a concrete mixer, according to witnesses, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police said they were called at around quarter to two to reports of a man seriously injured at a building site in Cranbrook Road.

His next of kin has been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

A police officer serving with Croydon borough has been charged with a number of offences ranging from theft to extreme pornography

48 year old Adrian Milton will appear in court again on March the 10th.

He remains on suspension.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

An E-fit has been released by Surrey Police following an aggravated burglary in Addlestone

A man and woman in their 40s were assaulted when they opened their door to three men at around 11.30 on Friday night.

The suspects had knocked beforehand, and then forced their way into the property on Rowhurst Avenue.

The couple were taken to hospital with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

One of the suspect's efits can be seen above.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

If you’re a fan of eating out, you may wish to try a home cooked meal instead if you live in Epsom or Ewell.

It seems the borough is one of the worst for food hygiene ratings.

Food outlets in 335 councils nationwide were investigated by bargain website

It found that of the 53 restaurants in Epsom, 3.7% were found to have ratings of 0 by the Food Standards Agency.

That’s in sad comparison to nearby areas like Kingston, which had no restaurants with a zero rating.

The council district which performed the best for food hygiene nationwide was North Devon.

London’s boroughs were the worst performing with the likes of Merton and Wandsworth with higher proportions of 0, 1 and 2 ratings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

A man’s been remanded in custody charged with rape in Balham

The 41 year old from Tooting appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' this morning.

It follows an attack on an 81 year old woman as she got off a bus in Balham High Road on Friday night.

Anthony Roberts is charged with two counts of rape and one of kidnap with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

He was remanded him in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Kingston Crown Court on the 10th of March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

A third Syrian refugee family has been settled in Kingston.

That brings the total number of refugees re-homed in the borough to 10.

But, the number falls well short of the 50 the council said it could re-home back in 2015.

A call is going out once again to private landlords to provide properties, which the council will rent at a “competitive rate.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

Drivers across Merton are being reminded a new diesel levy comes into effect in the borough in April

The Council has set the tariff in response to the Mayor of London’s pledge to cut air pollution in the capital.

The council will phase in the levy of £150 gradually over three years with an initial charge of £90 this year on parking permits.

It will apply to resident, business and trade parking permits.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

More than 750 people have contacted the NSPCC to raise concerns about drug abuse near children in South London

As a result, over the past three years, the charity has made more than 700 referrals to external agencies like the police and social services.

However, the information released today, shows there has actually been a drop in calls from 2013.

During that year, 277 people contacted the charity worried about alcohol or drug abuse near youngsters. Last year, the number was 235
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire that killed a man in Clapham on Saturday

Firefighters were called to the blaze in on Carfax Place just before midday.

The man was rescued and taken to hospital where he died later that afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Kingston’s ink culture is coming under the spotlight as part of a new exhibition.

Kingston Museum is to showcase artwork by a number of tattoo artists and photographers.

Fans say it’s a chance to see a part of the borough’s eclectic and art history.

You can see the exhibition from March the 9th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

Councillors in Kingston have agreed to sell Canbury Place car park.

The open-air space, owned by the Council, was identified last October as a key site for development.

It’s mainly used by people parking for the nearby Rotunda, but councillors say the area is under-used and should be re-developed.

It’s thought the sale will generate over £12 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

Actor Tom Holland from Kingston has won the Rising Star Award at last night’s BAFTAs

The 22 year-old secured the victory at London’s Albert Hall after winning an open vote, the only Bafta Film Award determined in this manner.

With the public encouraged to have their say over the past few weeks.

Holland made his name with early roles in BBC drama Wolf Hall, In the Heart of the Sea and The Impossible, before hitting international headlines when he was cast as fan-favourite teenage superhero Spider-Man.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 am  

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

The Department for Transport will be hosting the first of twenty events at St George’s Community Centre in Southall.

There will also be events in Wimbledon, Kingston and Richmond.

But critics have slammed the news no events have been scheduled for the villages where homes would be demolished to make way for the runway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 am  

Thieves steal rare books from Feltham warehouse

Thieves have stolen antiquarian books worth more than 2-million pounds from a warehouse in Feltham in what’s being described as a Mission Impossible style raid.

It’s believed the gang abseiled into the warehouse avoiding motion-sensor alarms sometime between the 29th and 30th of January.

The most valuable item in the stolen haul was a 1566 Nicolaus Copernicus book worth about £215,000

Experts speculate the gang may have been working on behalf of a collector.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 am  

UPDATE: Man charged with rape after pensioner attacked in Balham

A man's due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ court later charged with rape after an 81-year-old woman was attacked in Balham.

Detectives say the pensioner had just got off a bus in Balham High Road on Friday night when she was followed.

The 41-year-old, who's also accused of kidnap, was arrested on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 am  

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Pensioner raped in Balham

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after an 81-year-old woman was attacked and raped in Balham on Friday evening.

She got off a number 155 bus in the High Road at 8:30 and was followed by a man who attacked in the street and forced her to a secluded area where she was raped.

The woman received injuries during the attack and was taken to hospital.

D I Melissa Laremore said her team are keen to trace a male witness seen on Rinaldo Road, on the evening of the incident. He was wearing a jacket with a distinctive American flag design on the back and police need to hear from him.

In addition to this, the victim's distinctive red Marks and Spencer's jacket went missing after the attack. Investigators are working to trace it in and around the local area as it is of important evidential value.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8649 3105 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 41-year-old man was arrested in Tooting yesterday on suspicion of rape.

He was charged today with two counts of rape and one of kidnap/falsely imprisoning a person with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He’s been remanded in custody to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 pm  

Concerns growing for missing Feltham teenager not seen in over three weeks

Police are increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a teenager who’s been missing from Feltham since January.

17-year-old Vitor Mendonca hasn’t been seen since 18th of January and has been reported missing since the 1st of February.

He is described as slim with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information is urged to get in contact with police on 101 quoting ref 17MIS004745.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 pm  

Antonio Conte on Chelsea's missed opportunity

Chelsea are now ten points clear at the top of the Premier League.

They missed the chance to further extend their lead though - in drawing 1-all at Burnley.

That's despite taking an early lead through Pedro.

Boss Antonio Conte says it's a missed opportunity:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 pm  

Police plan to introduce initiative to stop hate crime after Article 50 is triggered

The Met Police is introducing a plan to protect people from racist and xenophobic hate crime once Article 50 is triggered.

It follows concerns attacks of such crime could soar once the Prime Minister officially starts the process of leaving the European Union.

There was a huge rise in hate crime following the EU Referendum last June – with nearly 5,500 racially or religiously motivated offences were reported to police.

Including a case where racist graffiti was found on the front entrance of the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Union claims there's a housing crisis in Spelthorne

A union is claiming there aren’t enough homes available for rent in Spelthorne:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

Chelsea extend lead at top of the Premier League - but miss out on all three

Chelsea have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League by a point - but they missed out on all three at Burnley.

Antonio Conte's side could only draw 1-1- at Turf Moor.

It leaves them ten points clear of second-placed Tottenham and Arsenal in third.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Fly Tipping Croydon

143 people have been prosecuted for fly tipping in Croydon as part of the council’s crackdown on litter.

The Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign took 11 people to court last month, resulting in total fines of over £9,000.

Crimes range from the dumping of bags of household waste to litter dropping on the pavement.

The campaign was launched two years ago

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am  

Sutton secondary heads fight budget cuts

Head teachers in the Sutton have enlisted parents in a bid to fight budget cuts.

The government says school budgets are at their highest level ever with the cuts resulting in: fewer teachers, larger classes, less choice, less support and fewer opportunities.

The Sutton heads, some of whom run very high performing schools, say they "are close to crisis" as they face a double budget squeeze from both central and local government.
With the local council proposing to claw back 0.5% of basic school funding from September to meet other costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Pavements Mole Valley

People who drive on the pavement in Mole Valley are being targeted in a new campaign.

The Council, along with Surrey Police, is working in partnership to promote Biffa's Driving Recklessly on Pavements scheme.

The aim is to help protect the safety of pedestrians, Biffa staff and other drivers.

Disposal teams have been keeping a log of incidents where vehicles have mounted the pavement in order to get round lorries.

These are then reported to the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Man dies after house fire in Clapham

A man has sadly died after sustaining injuries in a house fire in Clapham yesterday morning

Firefighters were called to a fire in a flat on Carfax where they rescued the flat’s occupant.

He was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where he sadly died yesterday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Chelsea looking to go 12 clear at the top

Chelsea have the chance to go 12 points clear at the top of the premier league when they face Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon.

It is after 2nd place Tottenham dropped all three points away at Liverpool yesterday.

The blues are firm favourites to win the game and later, the league.

But boss Antonio Conte has said that 'the race is not over' with 13 games to go.

He has even said that 6th placed Man United are still in contention.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 am  

Richmond doctors want to limit IVF treatment to save money

Taxpayer-funded IVF will be limited to women with HIV and cancer patients under plans being considered by one local NHS authority.

Doctors in Richmond, South-West London, want to restrict fertility services to cut costs.

But experts fear the move will cause 'huge distress' to couples struggling to have a baby but who cannot afford private treatment.

Richmond's clinical commissioning group needs to make savings of £13 million in the next financial year, and has launched a public consultation on the IVF proposals.

Professor Adam Balen, president of the British Fertility Society has warned that ‘this will cause huge distress for couple,s’ and he believes ‘everybody has the right to start a family.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 am  

Police launch investigation after fatal collision in Shepherd's Bush

A 72-year-old man has died from his injuries two weeks after he was involved in a collision with a cyclist in Shepherd's Bush.

The pedestrian was rush to hospital after the crash in Frithville Gardens at around 11am on December 30 last year.

A police investigation has now been launched and officers are asking for the cyclist to come forward to assist detectives with their investigation.

The pedestrian passed away from his injuries on January the 15th and the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after they were informed on January 27.

Detectives launched an appeal on Saturday morning to find the cyclist, described as a black man, who stopped at the scene, but as police were not called to the incident they have no record of who he is.
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