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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Today is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

The aim is to get people to be on the look - out and report possible child abuse.

Richmond is one of the areas actively tackling the subject.

Police will be working with businesses including hotels and taxi firms, training staff how to spot abuse and how to report it.

Officers will also visit schools to warn of the dangers of things like sexting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

New 20 mph speed limits for residential areas in Wandsworth

Work is set to begin on introducing a 20 mph speed limit across residential areas in Wandsworth.

It’s after a 3 month long public consultation which saw widespread support for the reduced limit.

59 per cent of residents agreed it was needed in quieter and less busy areas markings and signage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Hayes MP criticises George Osborne's editor role at the Evening Standard

The Hayes MP and deputy leader of the Labour party John McDonnell has criticised the appointment of George Osborne as the new editor of the Evening Standard.

In a speech – Mr McDonnell said it showed that the Establishment has given priority to the metropolitan elite.

There have been calls for the former Tory chancellor to give up his job as an MP now he’s landed the editor role.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Improvement works are to start in Croydon in just over a week’s time

Surrey Street is to be re-surfaced, and will get more lighting and a more flexible market space.

Work is expected to take 10 weeks to complete, with contractors on site for up to 12 hours a day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 am  

There’s just a week to go until Earth Hour UK, and Radio Jackie is doing its bit to tackle climate change

Earth Hour is where people turn off their lights and electricity for an hour to show their respect for the planet.

But, this year, participants are also being urged to Pass the Panda, as Lucy Mayer explains.

This year’s Earth Hour takes place next Saturday between 8.30 and 9.30pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 am  

Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, will be raising funds over the next year in support of a mental health charity

His aim is to raise £5,000 to help the Sutton Mental Health Foundation run their Hopeline.

The announcement comes after 1000 residents voted on which charity he should chose to support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 am  

The Royal couple celebrate St Patrick's Day in Hounslow before heading to France

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met President Hollande at the start of their tour of Paris.

They're on a two day trip on behalf of the government.

It’s after the Royal couple celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Hounslow yesterday morning with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

Following years of tradition Kate handed them stems of shamrock and met with their families at the Guardsman’s lunch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Friday, 17 March 2017

The leaders of London's biggest firms have called on the Government to prioritise Crossrail 2 as a matter of national importance

More than 70 directors have written to the Chancellor and MP for Runneymede and Weybridge Phillip Hammond.

A senior partner of Ernst and Young Caroline Artis says ‘Crossrail 2 is a priority project and it must not be delayed.’

The 30 billion pound scheme will connect Surrey to Hertfordshire to the capital and will include stops at Wimbledon, Dalston and Euston.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 pm  

The death of a woman killed while riding in a speedboat on the Thames, is being investigated as possible manslaughter.

Charlotte Brown died in December 2015 after she and her 29-year-old date were thrown into the water near Wandsworth Bridge.

It was a first date for the pair, who had met on an online app, before dining at the Shard, and then taking a late night ride.

Shouts were heard coming from the river at around 11.45pm. Miss Brown was pronounced dead in hospital.

Police have now confirmed they are investigating whether there could be a basis for a manslaughter charge or other criminal offence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

The Government has agreed to relax a policy which enables developers to transform offices into homes.

It follows a complaint from Richmond Council.

The authority has received the highest number of applications of any London borough since the Policy came into place in 2013.

It says this means a possible loss of 30% of office floor space and businesses are being forced out of the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Former newspaper offices in Teddington are to be turned into housing.

The move has been announced amid a backlash from the council over the amount of office space being lost to developers.

The block in the High Street was built in the 80s and occupied by The Informer.

Richmond Housing Partnership will work with developers to turn the building into shared ownership homes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

Police are hunting two men after cash was stolen from a heating shop in Ewell

The men allegedly forced their way into the store on Kingston Road last Saturday night.

According to officers they searched the property and tampered with items before fleeing the scene.

If you recognise these men and can provide us with a name please contact Surrey Police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm  

Third year drama students from Kingston College will be staging a showcase a Soho Theatre later

They’re hoping to catch the eye of agents in order to break into the industry.

Student Kayana Henry says it’s an important event for them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Croydon apparently has the third fastest moving property-market in the UK

Zoopla has been looking at the length of time between a home going up for sale on its website and then changing to "under offer".

Northampton took the top spot - with Milton Keynes coming in second.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

There's going to be another 24-hour strike on Southern Railway next month

Members of the RMT union have voted to take action on April the 4th.

It's in the long-running row over staffing and the role of conductors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

The Government has agreed to relax a policy which enables developers to transform offices into homes

It follows a compliant from Richmond Council.

The authority has received the highest number of applications of any London borough since the Policy came into place in 2013.

It says this means a possible loss of 30% office floor space
And businesses are being forced out of the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

There’s a warning your child's education is at risk, as funding cuts for Surrey schools come into effect next month

Surrey County Council's Lib Dems have launched a petition against what they are calling drastic cost-cutting proposals.

They claim recent figures show our schools will lose a total of £37 million by 2020.

Will Forster, Lib Dem county councillor for Woking South is calling on the Council to lobby the government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Barnes has been named one of the Best Places to live in London

Research by the Sunday Times analysed a number of factors, from jobs, exam results, culture, shops and community spirit.

Teddington also made the top ten with Peckham rated as the winner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A man has been hit by a train between Guildford and Woking with potentially fatal consequences.

The line between Guildford and Woking has been suspended until at least 10.30pm.

Trains will be diverted to run via Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon calling additionally at Surbiton to facilitate connections to Woking.

Stay tuned to Radio Jackie for updates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 pm  

A drug dealer from Epsom has been jailed for three years.

18 year old Francis Barry is one of 26 people charged as part of Operation Viking, which launched before Christmas.

Barry threw away his drugs as he tried to outrun officers on two occasions, one in November and the other in January.

But he failed to get away and was eventually caught and charged.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

Wandsworth's Labour councillors were out in force at schools across the borough today to discuss feared budget cuts.

MP Rosena Allin Khan was amongst those talking to parents about their fears over cuts to the education system.

Labour claims schools in the borough will lose over £15 million by 2020 under the Government's "Fairer Funding Formula."

That relates to the equivalent of £603 per pupil.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell today ruled himself out of a future Labour leadership race.

The MP for Hayes and Harlington says he would never seek to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour is 17 points behind the Conservatives in the latest opinion polls.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

A boxer who was due to be deported after 15 years in the UK has been found dead on Mitcham Common.

42 year old Zimbabwean national Bhekitshe Moyo was reported missing last Monday.

His family in Zimbabwe had grown concerned after reading Facebook posts.

Officers searched his home in Wallington, but eventually made the discovery on Mitcham Common.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

A man has died after he was struck by a train at Shepherd's Bush Market Underground station this afternoon.

Officers were called to the station just before 1 and treated the victim for serious injuries at the scene, but he later died.

This incident is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

A man found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s has been jailed for 13 years.

65 year old Stuart Graham Eyre has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

He was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault against a boy under the age of 14, three counts of inciting a boy under 14 years of age to commit an act of gross indecency, and one count of serious sexual assault after a five-day trial.

The abuse took place at an address in Wimbledon between 1973 and 1978.

The victim first reported the abuse to police in 2003, and at that time officers were unable to locate Eyre.

The case was re-investigated by the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command in 2015 and Eyre was subsequently charged in March 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Grime artist Stormzy has criticised the NME.

He claims the magazine used a picture of him on its front cover to illustrate a story about depression, without his permission.

In a series of angry tweets, the rapper from Croydon says it's "below the belt" for the publication to use him as a "poster boy."

He says he's always been careful about how he deals with the subject in the media.

The editor's replied to say their "intentions were only positive".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Kingston Council is expected to approve plans for two tower blocks at a meeting tonight.

Part of the Cambridge Estate was destroyed by fire in 2010.

The council was handed over £40 million by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson to redevelop the site.

But, those against the plans, say the proposed tower blocks are taller than the four already there and will ruin historic views.

They also claim not everyone living around the site has been properly consulted on the plans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

Croydon has the biggest demand for office space in the country.

Demand in the borough outstripped central London last year.

Some of the UK’s biggest companies, including Superdrug, The Body Shop and EDF, have moved to the area recently.

HM Revenue and Customs is also due to open there, and has agreed a 25-year-lease on a new building.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Man to run two marathons in memory of his father

A man whose father died after being hit by a car, is going to run two marathons to raise money for the ICU at St George's in Tooting, which cared for him.

On the evening of Friday the 3rd of February, Trevor Williams was hit by a car.

He was rushed to St George's Hospital, and once he was stabilised he was moved onto their Intensive Care Unit.

He survived for 13 days, undergoing major surgery.

He died on Thursday February the 16th.

Trevor's family says "The ICU made the very worst of situations the best it could possibly have been.

For everything they did for Dad and for our family we are truly grateful.

The job they do on a daily basis is quite literally awe inspiring."

To find out more, or to donate to the cause, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Jim Cregan's band to come to the Half Moon in Putney tonight

He’s best known for being Rod Stewart’s musical director

But tonight, Jim Cregan will be showcasing his own talent at The Half Moon in Putney.

The rock guitarist will be on stage with his band Cregan and Co.

Rod Stewart has endorsed the show saying, “if you can’t afford my tickets – these guys are just as good and half the price!”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Croydon has become the first London borough to axe funding for IVF in a desperate bid to save NHS cash

GPs ignored mass protests and voted to withdraw funding for fertility treatment for couples unable to conceive.

The decision, which comes into effect immediately, also breaches NHS guidelines.

Infertile couples in the borough will now have to pay thousands for private treatment.

Richmond is also considering axing fertility services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

An agreement aimed at resolving a dispute on Southern Railway has been criticised, ahead of a meeting of train drivers

Leaders of the Aslef union are recommending its members accept it - insisting concerns about driver-only journeys have been met.

But the RMT union has described it as an 'old deal in a new envelope'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Five fire engines were called to a blaze in Woodmansterne this morning

The roof of a house in Chipstead Way has been destroyed by fire which spread to the neighbouring property.

Emergency services have now left the scene after getting the flames under control.

An investigation is now underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Appeal to identify man in Wandsworth burglary investigation

Police are hunting a man after a restaurant was burgled near Wandsworth Common.

The suspect was caught on CCTV inside - Bellevue Rendezvous – spraying liquid over the camera lens.

He then fled the scene on Trinity road with a small amount of cash from the till in January.

The suspect is described as a slim athletic man with short stubble. He was wearing a hooded top with a jacket over the top.

Detective Constable Alex Ware, from Wandsworth CID, said:

"We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage so we can speak to him about the incident. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us."

Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police on 101 or by tweeting at @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

A survivor of the Croydon tram crash says his life has been torn apart

A survivor of the tram crash in Croydon has said his life has been a nightmare since it happened last November.

Matthew Parnell seriously hurt his head when it derailed moments before reaching the Sandilands Junction, where seven people died.

He has since lost his job as a HGV driver after his driving licence was suspended on medical grounds.

Transport for London and Tramtrack Croydon Limited have both admitted liability, which means that families can get compensation without having to prove anything.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Detectives appeal for witnesses in a serious collision in Wandsworth

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Wandsworth in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A car was in a collision with two female pedestrians on Wandsworth High Street at the junction with Wandsworth Plain, the driver fled the scene.

Both victims are 28 years old, one suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition the second sustained minor injuries.

The driver was in a dark coloured car, officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident outside the Grand Union pub just after 1am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

A new project on the lives of refugees in Twickenham will open soon

‘The Belgian Village on the Thames’ project will open in Twickenham next month, after funding from Richmond Council.

It focuses on the story of thousands of refugees who worked and lived by the Belgian munitions factory in East Twickenham.

The memorial will be unveiled in Warren Gardens by the Belgian Ambassador on 1st April, it will then move to Twickenham Museum.

Memories will be brought alive with newspaper clippings, old photos and family keepsakes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 am  

Police need help to locate a missing 38-year old man from Hounslow

Police are appealing for help from the public to find a missing man from Hounslow.

38-year old Muhammed Raja was last seen leaving his home in Barrack Road at around 8pm on Tuesday.

He’s Asian, 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build with short dark hair and a beard, he was wearing all black and had a black rucksack.

Officers are concerned for his wellbeing, and urge anyone with information to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Police are growing concerned for welfare of teenage girl missing from Wandsworth

Police are appealing for help to find a teenage girl who’s missing from Wandsworth.

14-year old Nafisah Hemmuth-Fuller was last seen at around 2pm on Tuesday in the Culvert Road area of Battersea.

She’s described as black, 5ft 6 and of slim build.

Officers are growing very concerned for her welfare – if anyone has seen Nafisah or has any information you should call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 pm  

Free minibus service coming to Richmond Park

A free minibus service has been launched in Richmond Park to ensure visitors get to see hidden gem Isabella Plantation.

The 40 acre woodland is famous for its spring floral displays of bluebells, evergreen azaleas and rhododendrons.

The bus, which will operate every Wednesday from the 5th of April until October, will do a full circuit of the park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

New figures show around 30 thousand vehicles are using Walton Bridge every weekday

That’s more than 4 thousand more than its predecessor.

It first opened in July 2013 at a cost of 32 million pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

A property in Ashford has been closed down after persistent noise complaints from neighbours

A property in Ashford has been closed down after persistent noise complaints from neighbours.

Local residents spoke of loud music, shouting, abusive foul language and continuous screaming for six hours.

The house’s inhabitant’s were asked to be quieter on various occasions but to no avail.

As a result the property has been closed and local residents can at least enjoy peace and quiet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses to a cash-in-transit robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to a cash-in-transit robbery.

The incident took place in West View in Feltham yesterday morning.

The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal and remain in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

A series of roadworks and redevelopments have been causing traffic chaos in the centre of Woking

Woking Council has been planning these redevelopments for a while.

Their main project is the redevelopment of Victoria Square: it’s costing £250m project and will include 392 flats.

Inevitably this has caused disruptions but the real problem is that it coincides with other planned works.

Woking town centre is also being redeveloped with planned closures of the High Street, the Broadway and Chertsey Street.

With months of traffic jams already and many more to go, residents have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration.

“Every journey is taking twice as long,” one tweeted. While another said, “I’ve lost count of the temporary traffic lights and road works.”

However a spokesman for Woking Borough Council has said there are no issues with traffic and congestion in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Four firefighters from Walton have been honoured with an ambulance service award

Four firefighters from Walton have been honoured with an ambulance service award.

They used their skills in giving emergency medical care to save a man’s life.

Barry Culver, William Keenan, Colin Francis and Eric Daniels picked up awards for outstanding patient care.

They are among firefighters with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service who have received immediate emergency care responder training.

It’s part of an initiative with South East Coast Ambulance Service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road rage incident in Streatham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road rage incident in Streatham left a man with serious head injuries.

It occurred on Gleneldon Road on Friday at around 10 past 5 in the evening.

A verbal dispute turned violent when a motorist punched the 62 year old victim, which left him with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

He was taken to a South London hospital where he’s in a serious but stable condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Surrey’s ambulance service, which was rated as inadequate last year, appoints a new chairman.
Richard Foster has been announced as the new chairman of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The service was put in special measures last year due to bullying, delayed response times and putting patients at risk.

However Foster insists that he is confident he can “restore public trust by delivering the best possible public service.”

He replaces Interim Chairman Sir Peter Dixon who served for the past 12 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

A zombie knife has been seized in Battersea after police chased a man

The dangerous weapon, which measures 18 inches in length, and has serrated edges, was recovered yesterday afternoon.

Officers found the huge black blade after searching the suspect.

He was arrested and bailed while enquiries are carried out.

Last year new legislation came into force banning the so-called "zombie killer" weapons as part of a government crackdown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Surrey County Council’s leader has said he will not step down amid calls for him to resign

David Hodge is at the centre of an alleged “sweetheart deal” with the government.

He was re-elected Tory group leader on Friday, despite opposition members calling for him to face a no confidence motion.

The government denied claims Surrey was offered a special deal after the planned 15% tax hike was dropped.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

An unlicensed taxi driver has lost his second appeal against Woking council

Shakil Rehman, was refused a new license after failing a standards test.

He then fraudulently altered his expired Hackney Carriage licence which deceived passengers.

Mr Rehman must now pay over £14000 towards the Council’s legal costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Three Sikhs from Hounslow and Isleworth have admitted lending British passports to Afghan asylum seekers

It’s believed border officials have difficulty distinguishing between illegal immigrants and genuine passport holders.

Because, Sikh men are allowed to wear turbans in their ID documents.

Daljit Kapoor, Harmit Kapoor, and Davinder Chawla have admitted running the scam.

Around 30 people are said to have successfully claimed asylum after paying the trio £12,000 per family to enter the UK.

They will be sentenced later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

New Malden man is behind bars after stabbing his neighbour

A man from New Malden has been jailed for stabbing his neighbour, which left him in a coma for three weeks.

38-year old Lee Francis had an altercation with the victim in Lincoln Road on his return home.

Francis stabbed him four times and left the man in his 30s with serious injuries to his chest, arm and abdomen.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent but was found not guilty of attempted murder at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.

He will serve five years behind bars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Estate Agent from Croydon has pleaded guilty to fraud

An estate agent from Croydon who photographed client’s bank cards while showing buyers around homes has pleaded guilty to fraud.

29-year old Ayodele Oladuti took pictures on his phone of client’s details in their homes and then took out bank accounts in their names.

In total he attempted to defraud just over £25,000 from 20 victims.

Oladuti’s offending began when he faked his CV to get a job in Epsom, he’ll be sentenced next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Arrest made after stabbing in Streatham last night

A man has been arrested for reportedly wielding a machete outside a busy pub, where a stabbing took place.

Emergency services were called to outside the Horse and Groom pub in Streatham High Road last night.

A man in his 60s had been stabbed in the hand and was taken to hospital.

A police corden was in place outside the pub shortly after 7pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 am  

Fulham remain outside of the Championship play-off places

Fulham remain outside of the Championship play-off places this morning after missing their chance to climb into the top six.

They conceded in injury time to draw 2-2 with Blackburn - who are now out of the relegation zone.

Brentford lost 2-1 against Wolves who now move four points clear of the bottom three.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 am  

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

It's been an eventful night in football for football teams in our area

It’s been an eventful night for football teams in our area.

Fulham had a bittersweet 2-all draw with Blackburn after a last minute equaliser in extra time cruelly took away all three points for the home side.

It means The Whites have missed out on the chance to climb into the Championship play-off places.

Wolves came from a goal down to beat Brentford 2-1 in tonight's other game.

AFC Wimbledon have beaten MK Dons 2-nil at Kingsmeadow – in a highly charged first home match.

And Sutton FC lost to Forest Green 2-nil at the Borough Sports Ground.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 pm  

The mystery will remain over former Streatham resident who took rat poison on Saddleworth Moor

The death of a man, whose body was discovered on Saddleworth Moor, will remain a mystery – after the inquest concluded today.

67 year-old, David Lytton, lived in for Streatham most of his life before moving to Pakistan.

In December 2015 he was discovered dead at Dove Stone Reservoir in Greater Manchester without a phone, wallet or ID.

Despite a mass media appeal he was only identified in January, more than a year after his death.

But an open verdict today said "fundamental questions remain unanswered" over the death of Mr Lytton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Kingston Uni student spared jail after racially abusing police officers when she was refused entry to a club

A Kingston Uni student, who went on a racist rampage after being turned down from a night club for being too drunk, has avoided jail.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard how Karolina Szumko drunk half a bottle of vodka before attacking staff at the Notting Hill Arts Club.

The 18-year-old also hurled racist slurs at police officers and kicked and punched them as she was dragged away in handcuffs.

The court heard how the photography student could barely remember the outburst, in December last year, and now says she’s “mortified”.

She’s been ordered to do 150 hours of community service and told to pay £200 to her victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Priory Hospital told to 'urgently improve' by the CQC

Roehampton’s famous Priory Hospital has been told it needs urgent improvement.

The site in Priory Lane treats conditions such as depression, mental health problems and addiction.

It has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission.

The report found the hospital was not offering safe staffing levels and there was a high use of agency staff.

Priory Healthcare says it is "disappointed" and that it had reduced the vacancy rate for nurses by more than 50%.

The inspection was carried out during a £1.2m improvement programme on the Grade-II listed building.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Transport for London admits liability over Croydon tram crash and agrees to pay compensation

Transport for London has begun to admit liability in relation to compensation claims from the Croydon tram crash.

Seven people were killed and 51 injured when a tram derailed as it entered a sharp bend at almost four times the speed limit last year.

A number of survivors and families of the victims are suing TfL and Tram Operations Limited – which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the trams.

In a letter seen by the Press Association, insurers wrote to a law firm handling a damages claim in relation to a victim of the crash.

They advised the law firm that the letter was an “admission of liability for the purposes of your client’s civil claim”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Second teenager stabbed in Croydon in the space of two weeks

A second teenager’s been stabbed in Croydon in the space of 2 weeks – after a 16-year-old boy was knifed outside a college this afternoon.

It happened outside Croydon College at around half past twelve – and police and paramedics were on the scene shortly after.

A spokesman for the college, which has about 8,000 students, said a ‘quick-thinking’ staff member did first aid before medics got there.

The teenage boy was treated at the scene before being airlifted to a major trauma centre.

Ba: A 17-year-old was left fighting for his life after he was stabbed in a stairwell in the Wandle Road car park, near Whitgift Street, on the 28th February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

Sister Sledge will continue performing as a duo

It’s after Joni Sledge died at the weekend aged 60 at her home in Arizona.

But remaining sisters Debbie and Kim have vowed to plough on with their 2017 schedule.

This includes the Happy Days Festival in East Molesey on May the 28th and 29th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Heightened security measures will be in place at AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow stadium tonight.

It’s for the highly charged first home match against MK Dons.

Only 650 tickets have been made available to MK Dons fans who have to travel in designated coaches to the ground.

Police say the match has been classed as category B at medium risk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

It’s been a year since a mother-of-two was found murdered outside her home in West Molesey

Robyn Mercer was discovered in Walton Road just after 8am with multiple blows to the head.

Following numerous enquiries and an appeal on Crimewatch, Surrey Police are asking for anyone with new information to come forward.

Senior investigating officer Paul Rymarz says the family of the 50 year-old is hopeful that those responsible will be brought to justice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Fulham can end the day in the Championship play-off places

They'd climb into the top six with a win at home to struggling Blackburn tonight.

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic says they're optimistic about their chances of gaining promotion this season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm  

European judges have ruled companies can ban workers from wearing visible religious symbols.

It's after two women were fired by a security firm for wearing Islamic headscarves.

In 2006, BA employee and Twickenham resident Nadia Eweida, took her employers to court after they banned her from wearing a crucifix.

In 2013, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that her human rights had been violated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

Prisons in Surrey have significantly fewer inmates than other prisons in the UK.

As a new report reveals that British prisons are some of the largest in Europe, Radio Jackie has found Surrey prisons did not fit this pattern.

While Wandsworth Prison is the largest prison in the UK with 1,877 inmates, other nearby prisons were much smaller.

Bronzefield near Ashford has 485 inmates, Downview in Sutton has 355 and Send has only 282 inmates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Wandsworth Prison has one of the largest prison populations in Europe, according to a recent report.

A comparison of prisons across Europe has found that Britain has the largest number of inmates.

148 people are in prison per 100,000, compared with 98 in France, 77 in Germany and 86 in Italy.

Wandsworth is the biggest prison in the UK, with 1,877 prisoners, making it now one of the largest in Western Europe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Environmental campaigners have blasted the Government’s roadshow on Heathrow.

West London Friends of the Earth say the exhibitions feature material that is “completely biased in favour of expansion.”

The group is urging people taking part in the consultation to speak to them so they can get “both sides of the story.”

The Heathrow roadshow, which has toured South West London with a number of exhibitions, ends on April the 15th in Isleworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

A tube advert is to be reviewed by transport bosses after is received backlash for being “sexist”.

It suggested men should treat their partners to a manicure to “keep them sweet” after a night out.

The ad, for the Chelsea-based beauty and wellness app USPAAH, provoked outrage from both men and women.

Some claimed it branded women as “simple creatures” and the company were promoting attitudes “belonging to the 1950s”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

A car and transporter struck a railway bridge in Thames Ditton causing massive traffic delays earlier.

It happened just after 9 this morning in Portsmouth Road between Couchmore Avenue and Brooklands Road.

Network Rail have assessed the bridge as safe, and the vehicle has been removed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Investigations continue after driver rolls car in New Malden

Police were called to Kingston Road in the early hours of Thursday.

They found the car on its side, with the male driver, who appeared to be injured.

He was taken to hospital but quickly released.

He was then arrested by night duty staff for suspected drink driving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Police in Ottershaw are trying to find out how a man came to sustain a broken nose and cheekbones.

Residents in Guildford Road reported a man knocking on their doors late last Wednesday evening.

He claimed to have been assaulted, but when questioned, he disappeared.

Police eventually found him and took him to St Peter’s Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

British Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell-Shand, has retired from international cycling.

The former Nonsuch High pupil won gold on the track in the team pursuit at London 2012 and defended that title in Rio last year.

Rowsell-Shand also won five world, and four European gold medals.

In a statement, she said retiring was the hardest decision of her life, but she has more than cycling to offer the world.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Surrey police is appealing for witnesses after a dog was thrown out of the back of a van

A driver is being hunted by Surrey police after a dog was thrown out the back of a van onto the busy M23.

The lurcher cross was hurled from the vehicle.

It happened 2 weeks ago at around 4pm on the northbound side of the busy motorway near Gatwick junction.

A passing motorist stopped to help the dog.

Surrey Police then took her to a vet where she was treated for two broken legs and other injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Kingston’s Leader will not head off to the French Riviera today with other council officials.

Kevin Davis has pulled out of the trip, due to “a commitment with Government ministers.”

The four day trip, being paid for by property developers CNM Estates, starts in Cannes.

Mr Davis has defended criticism the trip is being paid for by a company that is behind some of the borough’s most controversial developments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Richmond Council says it will continue to push for affordable housing financial contributions from every residential development that applies for planning permission.

The announcement follows an apology from the Planning Inspectorate, which has acknowledged that its inspectors had made inconsistent judgements on a number of appeal decisions in the borough.

It is Council policy that every residential development in the borough, including new build and redevelopments for schemes from ranging upwards from one new flat or house, as well as conversions and reversions, should contribute towards affordable housing.

However, in 2014, in a written Government Ministerial Statement, Brandon Lewis MP set out that contributions for affordable housing should not be sought on schemes comprising fewer than ten residential units.

Richmond Council considered the Ministerial Statement; however, as it is not a formal Government policy and due to the strong and robust local evidence and justification that support the local policy, Richmond Council continued applying its own policy.

A number of developers, whose schemes were refused on affordable housing policy grounds, challenged the Council on why they were still being asked for contributions and appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

There were however inconsistent decisions by the Planning Inspectorate, with some inspectors ruling in favour of the Council, and some against the Council, resulting in two occasions in costs being awarded against the Council.

Richmond Council complained to the Planning Inspectorate late last year.

In their response this week they agreed that some of their inspectors had made an error in approach and judgement.

They have now apologised and confirmed that the Government Written Statement was not to reduce the weight that should be given to the local planning policies.

The Inspectors that previously ruled in favour of the Council have acted correctly by considering the local evidence of affordable housing need, and they have given this significant and substantial weight which outweighed the Written Statement.

As a result of this apology and clarification, Richmond will therefore continue to strive for affordable housing contributions from all relevant development applications.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Townmead Road Household Re-use and Recycling Centre is set for an upgrade and will be closed for five days at the end of this month.

The planned improvements include the resurfacing of the site in Kew.

It will be closed from Monday the 27th of March to Friday the 31st of March.

The site will reopen on Saturday the 1st of April.

During this period of closure, alternative Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be open in Ealing, Hounslow (Monday-Friday), Greenford and Hillingdon.

The centre in Hounslow will only be available for trade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

Labour is calling for an investigation into claims Surrey County Council received a “sweetheart deal.”

It claims the Tory authority, which was planning a 15% council tax hike, was given special access to the top levels of government.

The rise was later dropped to 4.99% following a public backlash.

A government spokesman has denied there was any "special deal" for the authority, which is planning to put the tax rise towards social care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

The death of a man, whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor, will be examined at an inquest later

67 year-old, David Lytton, lived in for Streatham most of his life before moving to Pakistan.

In December 2015 he was discovered dead at Dove Stone Reservoir in Greater Manchester without a phone, wallet or ID.

It took police more than a year to establish his identity and a "provisional" cause of death was given as "strychnine poisoning".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he's already looking forward to their FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham

His side knocked out Manchester United 1-nil last night to book a trip to Wembley.

Spurs are the only team to beat Chelsea in the Premier League leaders' last 22 games.

Conte says they know how tough it'll be.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

A woman has been sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison, after a quirky social media appeal by Kingston Police

At the beginning of the year, detectives reached out to Tracey Dyke on Twitter in an open letter which asked her to stop “blanking” them.

She was charged with 18 offences including conspiracy to burgle, burglary and fraud.

On Friday, she was sentenced at Kingston Crown court where she pleaded guilty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am  

Police looking for balaclava-wearing man who exposed himself to schoolgirls

Police are appealing for information after a balaclava-wearing flasher exposed himself to two distressed schoolgirls.

The incident took place on Walton Road in West Molesey last week.

According to Surrey Police, the man exposed himself to two secondary school-aged girls at about 6pm on Tuesday, March the 7th and carried out ‘an indecent act’.

The suspect is described as a white man, about five foot ten inches tall and of a stocky build. He was wearing a black balaclava, black jacket and black trousers.

Anyone with information on who this man could be is urged to come forward and contact Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 am  

Mourinho sends Chelsea fans special message after abuse at the Bridge

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had a special message for Chelsea fans after he was subjected to abuse during their 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup Quarter Final.

In a heated tie, blues’ fans turned on their former manager after he squared up to current boss, Antonio Conte.

When asked about the chants, Mourinho responded by saying “until they have a manager who wins them four premier league titles, Judas is still number one.”

The Portuguese remains Chelseas most successful manager, bringing three titles back to Stamford Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chelsea to play Tottenham in last-four at Wembley - after 1-0 win against Man United

Chelsea are into the semi-finals of the FA Cup after winning a feisty encounter with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

They held on for a 1-nil victory against Jose Mourinho's side - who had a player sent off in the first-half.

Tottenham will be Chelsea's opponents in the last-four at Wembley.

The other semi sees Arsenal take on Manchester City.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 pm  

60-year-old woman left with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Knightsbridge

A woman has been left with very serious injuries after she was hit by a car in Knightsbridge today.

Paramedics attended the scene of the crash in Brompton Road, by Brompton Square, shortly before 5pm.

The 60-year-old woman was rushed to hospital with head and leg injuries – and the man driving the car was arrested by police officers.

Police say the victim’s injuries are currently thought to be possibly life-changing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 pm  

Parts of the UK to be hotter than Ibiza and Barcelona

Forecasters are predicting temperatures in parts of the UK could get up to 18-degrees celsius tomorrow.

The Met Office says the South East could be as warm as Ibiza, Barcelona and Madrid.

But unfortunately there are only highs of 12 and 14 degrees expected in Surrey and South West London….
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

Inquest hears Russian whistle-blower might have been poisoned at his Weybridge home

An inquest has heard a Russian whistle-blower could have been poisoned with soup at his home in Weybridge.

The vital evidence about Alexander Perepilichnyy’s last meal in 2012 was lost after it was "flushed away."

Traces of a chemical linked to plant poison were found in his stomach.

Claims have been made he was killed for helping to uncover a major fraud.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 pm  

A drive to make Surrey’s roads pot-hole free will also save taxpayers nearly £14-million.

That’s According to Surrey County Council.

Phase two of the Operation Horizon project will launch in April 2018 after the list of roads left to be improved is finalised.

The first three years of the project improved around 250 miles of road according to the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Surrey Police has released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in relation to a break-in at a pub in Stanwell.

The burglary happened between midnight and 3.30am on the 10th of February.

Two suspects broke into The Five Bells pub in Clare Road and took a quantity of cash after forcing open the fruit machines.

They also took cash from the tills behind the bar.

Officers are also investigating two further break-ins at The Anchor and The Wheatsheaf pubs to see if they are linked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Double Olympic champion Helen Glover and her TV presenter husband Steve Backshall are to complete a challenge together.

They’re going to take on 125-miles of the Thames.

They’ll kayak non - stop through Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

The event on the Eater Weekend finishes at the Houses of Parliament.

Money raised will help to save a section of rainforest in Borneo.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

Lorry deliveries into Croydon could be reduced in a bid to cut pollution.

Croydon council is about to consult residents on its new Draft Action Air Quality Plan.

Other plans to cut harmful emissions include planting so called ‘green walls’ outside schools.

Council members will be asked to give the go-ahead for the plan at their meeting next Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm  

A man's admitted raping and kidnapping an 81 year-old woman in Balham

The pensioner was followed off a bus in Balham last month, and then attacked in a secluded area.

Anthony Roberts, from Tooting Bec, said he had a knife and threatened to kill her.

The 41 year-old will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on the 28th of April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

The annual Marsden March returns this Sunday

Each year, thousands of people walk 14 or 5 miles between the cancer specialist's Chelsea and Sutton hospitals to support The Royal Marsden.

If you are planning on taking part this year, or spectating, please bear in mind, there are a few travel problems.

Network Rail has engineering works planned for the day, as a result there will be no Southern or Thameslink trains to or from Sutton station, which may affect your travel to and from the event.

A rail replacement bus service will be in operation.

What you should do

Review your arrangements for the day and plan your travel to and from the event.

Organisers recommend allowing extra time to complete your journey to the start of your March in the morning and plan your return journey in advance.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel news across the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

Labour is calling for an investigation into claims Surrey County Council received a “sweetheart deal.”

It claims the Tory authority, which was planning a 15% council tax hike, was given special access to the top levels of government.

The rise was later dropped to 4.99% following a public backlash.

A government spokesman has denied there was any "special deal" for the authority, which is planning to put the tax rise towards social care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Croydon council is encouraging people to help tackle pollution as part of a new Draft Action Air Quality Plan.

It’s aiming to launch initiatives that will reduce air pollution and minimise its impact.

This includes fewer service deliveries into the borough at certain times and planting ‘green walls’ outside schools to filter harmful emissions.

It will launch an extensive consultation with residents, business and other stake holders in the area.

Cabinet members will be asked to give the go-ahead for the plan at their meeting next Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

People who are well off in Wandsworth can expect to live 8 years longer than those who aren’t.

Around 100 people die in the borough each winter because of the cold.

The Wimbledon Foundation says there are clear inequalities between life expectation and deprivation, in even the most affluent boroughs.

Last year, it awarded over £17,000 in grants to “Health and Wellbeing” charities across Wandsworth and Merton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

A new Department for Transport study has backed up Croydon Council’s campaign for better train lines.

Councillors say urgent improvements on the Brighton Mainline, which connects the town to the South Coast, are desperately needed.

Croydon’s commuters say the problems with Southern mean they are in more need of upgrades than most.

The study says the improvements could be delivered at a cost of between £1.2 and £1.5 billion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Blue Badge holders are to be charged for parking at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals.

The hospital trust says the decision has not been taken lightly, but more money is needed to maintain patient care at the sites.

The proposal was first put forward two years ago, but dismissed.

Anyone who is usually eligible to have their parking reimbursed, will still be able to receive that service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a man indecently exposed himself to two schoolgirls in West Molesey.

The suspect, described as a white man around 5ft 10” and of stocky build, followed the girls along Walton Road last Tuesday evening.

He was wearing a black balaclava, black jacket and black trousers.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Police have only just confirmed the identity of a man killed in a collision in Battersea in January.

Lionel Butler collided with a white cement mixer lorry in Battersea Park Road at the junction with Cabul Road.

The 78 year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests and enquiries are said to be continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

A police officer has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

23 year-old Alex Fackerell was arrested in December and is accused of an off- duty altercation in Sutton High Street.

Fackerell appeared in court and was bailed to attend Croydon Magistrates Court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea’s strict rules on basement excavations are expected to be relaxed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Plans for a 1,500 square building for Kensington Palace have been submitted to the council, according to The Daily Mail.

The pair and their young children are due to make the palace their London home from the Autumn.

Two storey extensions are restricted by the council; a decision is due next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

A man has admitted sexually assaulting an 81 year- old woman in Balham.

Anthony Roberts appeared at Kingston Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to kidnap and two counts of rape.

The 41 year -old targeted the woman last month after following her off a bus.

Roberts will be sentenced next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

Police are going to challenge a ruling awarding payouts to two women who were sexually assaulted by “ the black cab rapist”

The High Court says the Met were liable to the women for failures in the investigation, and should pay them a total of more than £41,000

John Worboys was at jailed Croydon Crown Court for life in 2009 for carrying out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults.

He’s believed to have targeted young professional women from many areas including Chelsea, Putney, Fulham and Twickenham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

High street cosmetics firm Lush has announced that it will pay its entire staff the Living Wage.

Since 2011 the retailer, which has shops in Kingston and Wimbledon, has paid the London rate of £9.75 an hour.

Now, 3,500 more workers will get the £8.45 rate outside the capital.

The move’s been welcomed by the Living Wage Foundation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

A meeting about school funding will take place in New Malden tonight.

It’s after a number of parents across Kingston launched a petition to lobby the Government for more cash.

Head teachers, and MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney, will speak at the event at Burlington Junior at 8 o’clock.

They say the recent Budget announcement on funding for schools has not gone far enough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

The parents of 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, who died after his home was flooded in 2014, are continuing their quest for answers today

A coroner ruled that he died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a generator was used by the family to remove floodwater from the property.

But Zane’s parents Kye and Nicole, claim their son died after poisonous gases from a nearby landfill site infiltrated their home, something the authorities have denied.

Surrey County Council Labour candidate Fiona Dent says it doesn’t add up.

In November, Zane's family pictured workers at the landfill site in masks; protective gear was never offered to residents during the original flood clean up operation, as they were told the site was "not dangerous."

In response to a request for information from MP Kwasi Kwarteng, the Environment Agency replied "As the landowner, Brett Aggregates Limited will under the Health and Safety Act 1974 have a duty to ensure health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. You will need to contact them directly in regard to any instructions they have given their contractors."

The landowner told Mr Kwarteng; "We can assure you that no gas masks were worn."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

Almost a year to the day after Robyn Mercer was murdered in West Molesey, police are renewing an appeal for information as part of the active investigation.

Her body was discovered outside her home in Walton Road on the morning of the 14th of March 2016.

During the past 12 months detectives have viewed 1,500 hours of CCTV footage, 20 search warrants have also been executed and nearly 6,400 house calls have been made.

The mother-of-two died as a result of multiple blows to the head.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

The next phase of Kingston’s controversial Go Cycle scheme is to start in the next few weeks.

Over the past 15 months, the council has been transforming the Portsmouth Road as part of the £30 million investment from TfL.

A two-way cycle lane separate from motorised traffic, pedestrian crossings and revamped riverfront area are now complete.

Some residents have complained that the route is dangerous, as the road is now too small to accommodate passing cars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

A public meeting on air pollution will take place in Kew at the end of March.

Health experts and Richmond Councillors will meet members of the public at The National Archives site on the 28th.

Pollution in London regularly breaches safe, legal limits.

There are 57 pollution monitoring sites across Richmond, which monitor levels on a monthly basis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

A teenage boy with links to Croydon and Bookham has been missing for four days

Fifteen-year-old Louis Barnes Hutchinson was last seen on Thursday afternoon in Horley.

He is described as white, 170cm tall, of a slim build with light-coloured hair and blue eyes. He is believed to have been wearing a red polo shirt, jogging bottoms and carrying a bag.

He is known to frequent the Horley, Croydon and Bookham areas.

Anyone who has seen Louis, or has any information as to his whereabouts, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 am  

Ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims his squad isn't as strong as Manchester United's

The Premier League leaders face Jose Mourinho's side for a place in the last-four tonight.

Conte maintains their opponents have the better team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Metropolitan Police appeal against Worboys rape ruling

Police are going to challenge a ruling awarding payouts to two women who were sexually assaulted by a London taxi driver.

The High Court says the Met were liable to the women for failures in the investigation, and should pay them a total of more than 41-thousand pounds.

John Worboys was at jailed Croydon Crown Court for life in 2009 for carrying out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

Southern rail commuters will be hit by delays this morning, as a 24 hour strike begins

It’s the RMT’s 30 strike day in its dispute over driver only trains, which has now spread to Northern England.

Guards and drivers working for Merseyrail and Northern are taking action over similar proposals.

More than two thousand rail workers are on strike.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Police worried over missing pensioner from Croydon

Police are worried about a 79-year-old man who discharged himself from Croydon University Hospital.

Bernard Colvin lives in a Croydon care home but was taken to hospital on Saturday after suffering a head injury following a fall.

He was treated and left the hospital around 6:30 that evening but before medical staff had discharged him.

Officers are concerned as he’s not thought to be capable of making his own way home. As well as the head injury he also has diabetes which requires medication.

Mr Colvin is described as a white man of large build.

Anyone who may have seen him is asked to call Croydon police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 pm  

Harlequins fall to Exeter Chiefs who progress to next week's final at the Stoop in Twickenham

John Kingston’s side lost 24-7 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Sandy Park this afternoon.

Exeter, who are second in the Premiership table, will play Leicester Tigers in the final next Sunday, kick-off is 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 pm  

A young boy missing from Ewell has been found

We're pleased to confirm 13-year-old Daniel Ellingham from Ewell who went missing on Thursday afternoon has now been found.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Missing Esher student

Police are continuing to appeal for information on the whereabouts of a missing Surrey University student.

21 year old Victor Ivanelo was last seen on Sunday the 26th of February.

He left his friends house in Esher at around 2am, and his bag was found alongside a bridleway in Chessington shortly before midday the same day.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Wanted Man from Mole Valley

Surrey Police is still appealing for the public’s help in locating a 30-year-old man from the Mole Valley area.

Albert Smith is wanted on warrant after he failed to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on the 7th of March in connection with three separate shoplifting offences. He has links to Betchworth, Langley Green, Crawley and Gatwick.

He was last seen at Gatwick Airport on Friday the 3rd of March.

Albert is described as a white man, of slim build with short dark hair with a parting in the middle. He is known to wear tracksuit bottoms and t-shirts.

Members of the public are advised to contact Surrey Police on 101
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Budget Kingston

Kingston is to receive almost double what Richmond will for social care over the next three years.

The Chancellor announced a £300 million funding pot for London in his budget on Wednesday.

Despite the boroughs neighbouring each other and sharing services, Kingston will get more than Richmond.

Richmond’s blaming “ an allocation system that looks at the relative ability to raise money from Council Tax.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

Social Care Richmond

Richmond’s councillors say they’re disappointed the area is to receive only £1.2m from the Government’s £2bn extra social care budget.

The money is to be made available over the next three years.

The aim of the extra funding is to make sure councils can take action to create more social care packages and ease pressure on the NHS.

London is to get over £300 million as a whole.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 am  

Adult Social Services Wandsworth

There is some good news for hospital patients in Wandsworth following the Budget on Wednesday.

The borough’s adult social services department is currently ranked the best in inner London in providing safe and timely discharges from hospital.

Only Redbridge currently has a better record on tackling bed blocking, according to Department of Health figures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 am  

Speedway Wimbledon

Speedway bikes dating back to the 20s will do a farewell parade of Wimbledon Stadium tonight.

The site is closing at the end of March to make way for the return of AFC Wimbledon to Plough Lane.

The Dons Den will be displaying the bikes, along with stockcars, from 5 o’clock onwards.

In the early days, the sport attracted crowds of up to 40,000

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 am  

Bedfont couple raising money for pioneering treatment for 7-month old son

A couple from Bedfont are continuing to raise money to be able to send their seven-month old son to America for potentially life-saving treatment.

Connie Yates and Chris Gards son Charlie is only the 16th person in the world to suffer from a rare form of mitochondrial depletion, which causes organ and muscle weakness.

Last month, doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital imposed a ‘do not resuscitate’ order as there is no accepted cure, but that has now been lifted.

The couple want to take Charlie over to the states where a doctor has agreed to try a pioneering treatment, but first they need to convince the High Court at a hearing on 3rd April.

They are trying to raise £1.2 million to pay for the trip and the treatment.

If you would like to help, head to their GoFundMe page,
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 am  

Appeal for help to pay for former Chelsea player's gravestone

It has emerged that a Chelsea footballer who is buried in a cemetery next to Stamford Bridge does not have a marked grave.

Jack Whitley was The Blues' goalkeeper during their first season in the top flight, playing for Chelsea between 1907 and 1914.

Before he died, he asked to be buried in Brompton Cemetery even though he no longer lived in London.

It is believed that Whitley's widow could not afford a marked grave.

Chelsea Supporters' Trust is now crowdfunding to pay for a gravestone.

If you would like to donate to the cause, head over to the page:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 am  

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