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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Controversial Kingston traffic calming scheme makes nearly £4.5 million in fines in 2017

£4.5 million pounds worth of fines have been made in South-West London this year in a controversial traffic calming scheme.

The camera in Kingston has caught out nearly 70,000 motorists in 2017, with £65 fines being handed out to each offender.

The scheme has been criticised by local residents, with many feeling it is badly signposted.

The Kingston council have defended the scheme, stating that the number of contraventions observed has steadily declined since the measure has been put in place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 pm  

Police launch appeal for missing 16 year old thought to have travelled to Sutton
The police have launched an appeal to help trace a missing 16 year old girl who is believed to be in London.

Alexandra Zurawaska was last seen at around 7pm on Monday, 25 December in South Yorkshire.

Since then, she is thought to have travelled to Sutton. Alexandra also has links to Hounslow, Richmond, Brent and Enfield boroughs.

She is a white female, around 5ft tall and of medium build, with brown hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

Sutton defeated in today's local non league football action

In today’s local non-league action, Sutton were defeated narrowly in a top of the national league clash 1-0 by Macclesfield Town.

10 man Woking were forced to settle for a point after conceding a last minute goal in a dramatic 2-2 draw away at Eastleigh.

Metropolitan Police FC were held to a 1-1 draw at Imber Court against Enfield Town in the Bostik Premier.

And in the Bostik League south, Carshalton overcame Horsham 2-1 at Colston Avenue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 pm  

Collision in Kensington leaves elderly pedestrian with possible life changing injuries

A collision in Kensington left an elderly pedestrian with possible ‘life changing injuries.’

The Met Police and the London Ambulance service attended Kensington Church Street this afternoon at 1.27pm after hearing reports of a collision between an elderly pedestrian and a cyclist.

His injuries are understood to not be life threatening, but life changing.

No arrests have yet been made and enquires into the incident are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 pm  

Antonio Conte discusses Chelsea's 5-0 win over Stoke

Chelsea are within 13 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City - after a 5-nil thumping of struggling Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

The champions jumped ahead of Manchester United into second place at full time.

Boss Antonio Conte says one thing set them up for the performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 pm  

TV Broadcaster from Weybridge to receive MBE

Eamonn Holmes who lives in Weybridge with wife Ruth Langsford has been named in the New Year Honours List.

The Strictly Come Dancing star has congratulated her husband, who will receive an OBE and tweeted a selection of photos from his TV broadcasting career.

The 58-year old has said his dilemma is who to take to the Palace with him, but since his ‘daughter is a big royalist,’ ‘she’s booked her place.’

After receiving the news, Eamonn said it’s lovely to have someone in authority say ‘you know what, you do this quite well.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Chelsea are second for now in the Premier League

Chelsea are into second place in the Premier League - for now.

Antonio Conte's side beat Stoke 5-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Manchester United able to go back ahead of them with a win in the late game against Southampton.

Danny Drinkwater scored one of the goals today and said ‘it’s a nice feeling to score.’ He’s said the title race isn’t over, they just need to keep on winning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:31 pm  

Final football scores this afternoon

Football scores at Full Time:

In the Premier League, Chelsea beat Stoke City 5-0.

In the Championship, Brentford beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and Fulham drew 2-2 with Hull City.

In League One, AFC Wimbledon drew 2-2 with Gillingham and MK Dons beat Peterborough United 1-0.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Former Wimbledon champion playing well after birth of baby

Former Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams is another step closer to her Australian Open tennis return next month.

She’s showed good signs in her first showing since becoming a mum.

She lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in their exhibition match in Abu Dhabi - but took a set off the Latvian.

Williams will be the defending champion in Melbourne.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Football scores at Half Time

Football scores at Half Time:

Premier League:
Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City

Brentford 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Hull City 1-0 Fulham

League One:
Gillingham 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
MK Dons 1-0 Peterborough United
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Football fixtures today including AFC Wimbledon, Brentford, Fulham, Chelsea and MK Dons

In football today:

In the Premier League, Chelsea play Stoke at home.

In the Championship, Brentford host Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham are away to Hull City.

In League One, AFC Wimbledon are away to Gillingham and MK Dons are home to Peterborough United.

All kicking off at 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Top four finish needed for Chelsea as they host Stoke shortly

Chelsea are in action later as they host Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

If the Premier League champions win, they would move above Manchester United who play at 5.30.

The manager of Stoke City has said he thinks the game today could be ‘difficult’ for his team – kick off is at 3.

Antonio Conte says a top four finish for the Blues is now their main aim.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

Chertsey-based Braveheart actor to receive MBE

A well-known Chertsey-based actor will receive an MBE for his services to drama.

It’s as James Cosmo celebrates his 50th anniversary of being in the film business.

He’s best known for his roles in Braveheart, Trainspotting, and more recently Game of Thrones.

The 70-year old is amongst many Scots to be recognised in the New Year Honours list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Missing 62-year old woman last seen in Barnes

A 62-year old woman is missing from White City, but was last seen yesterday in Barnes.

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of Janice Dick.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

A new gong for Surbiton astronaut

A Surbiton resident has been made a Companion of the order of Saint Michael and Saint George in the New Year’s Honours list.

Helen Sharman was the first Briton to go into space in 1991.

The astronaut already had an OBE.

She was also one of the youngest people to go into space.

She was formerly technical manager of Kingston university’s faculty of science in engineering and computing.

She got her stellar job by hearing a job on the radio:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

Blaze in flats in Wimbledon

London fire brigade sent four fire engines and around 20 firefighters to tackle a blaze at a house in Wimbledon.

Nobody was hurt in the incident at flats in Queen's Road.

One of the four fire engines sent was an investigation unit.

One man got out of the flats before the fire brigade arrived just before half past six this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

New Year Honours in Southwest London

Nick Whitfield, the former director of Children’s Services for Richmond and Kingston councils has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s News Year Honours list.

It’s in recognition of his services to children and children’s services from his work on the councils and as Chief Executive of the council-owned company, Achieving for Children.

Also awarded in the New Year Honours was a Surrey Police detective from Woking.

Detective Constable Alice Barr has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition for her services to supporting families of victims of homicide.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 am  

Friday, 29 December 2017

An Epsom musician was reunited with his instruments 7 years after they were stolen

A musician from Epsom has been reunited with his keyboard and seven guitars, seven years after they were reported stolen from his home in 2009.

The musical instruments were located at a property in Preston Lane, Tadworth in June 2016, after police carried out a drugs warrant at the address.

The items were found along with a large number of cannabis plants which were seized.

52-year-old Simon David Morris was arrested at the property and later found guilty of the production of Class B drugs and handling stolen goods.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Twickenham MP slams Brexit exit of Lord Adonis

Twickenham’s MP has criticised Theresa May over the Prime Minister's handling of Brexit as one of her advisers quits.

Labour’s Lord Adonis is accusing Mrs May of linking with UKIP and the Tory hard right".

Sir Vince Cable is glad to see him making a stand:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two men charged with a stabbing in Hounslow have been refused bail

35-year-old Sebastian Szlaski, and 18-year-old Darusz Badek, were both charged with murder on 24th December.

An application to bail Szlaski was made at Blackfriars Crown Court on 28th December, but was refused.

Badek's application was abandoned in court on the same day.

A pre-trial preparation hearing for the men is currently scheduled for 9th January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Sutton Police are searching for a teenage girl who went missing on Christmas Day

Police are appealing for help to find a teenage girl who is believed to be in Sutton.

16-year-old Alexandra Zurawaska was last seen at 7pm on Monday 25th December 2017.

She is white, 5ft tall of medium build with brown hair.

Alexandra was last seen wearing a khaki knee-length coat with a fur trimmed hood, khaki tracksuit trousers and timberland-style boots.

Alexandra has links with Brent, Hounslow, Twickenham and Enfield areas.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

A Leatherhead-based production company has made its mark in Dubai

It's after a virtual reality film it made about the London Blitz was used in schools there.

Liquid productions made the film in 2015, but only found out it was being used at English-speaking schools in the country earlier this month.

The 3 minute film gives viewers a 360 degree experience of Holborn station during a Luftwaffe raid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

An 85-year-old woman with dementia has gone missing

Mary Faith Simpson was last seen just before midday today boarding the number 14 bus in Putney Heath.

She was wearing a red jacket, red skirt and carrying a large black bag.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says a top four finish in the Premier League is always a successful campaign

The champions are 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

And the Stamford Bridge boss admits securing Champions League football will be enough in the circumstances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

Fire broke out at a supermarket in Worcester Park in the early hours of this morning

The brigade were called to Central Road just before 2am.

A small part of the ground floor storeroom was damaged by the blaze.

Seven residents from the flats above were evacuated as a precaution but there were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

A pub in Wimbledon has been the star of a social media campaign

It was in a bid to return a £600 Christmas bonus to a man, despite knowing nothing except his name.

The pay was left at the Alexandra Pub last Thursday, and nothing was known except the name “Mariusz”.

However, people were desperate to see him reunited with his pay, and the post was shared millions of times across social media.

The campaign was eventually seen in Poland by Mariusz’s son, who passed it onto his father, who doesn’t use social media.

Sarah Dore, a co-manager of the pub, says she was astounded by the reaction of the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

A man with links to Croydon, Warlingham, Purley and Kenley is wanted on recall to custody by Surrey Police

26-year-old Luke Thompson from Croydon has been wanted since 15th November after failing to attend an appointment with his probation officer.

He’s 5ft 9 inches, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am  

QPR travel to Millwall in London derby
There’s a London derby in the Championship tonight when QPR travel to Millwall.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.
Meanwhile Cardiff can move back into the league’s automatic promotion spots.

After successive defeats, Neil Warnock's side host Preston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 am  

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals face winter pressure

Staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are asking people not to come to A&E unless they are in a real emergency.

The hospitals are facing unprecedented demand right now and want to prioritise the most urgent patients.

NHS 111, local pharmacies and GP’s are options available if there’s something urgent but not an emergency.

There are also walk-in centres in Ashford and Woking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 am  

Thursday, 28 December 2017

UPDATE: Body found in East Molesey was a man in his 40s

Police have confirmed that a body found in East Molesey on Wednesday morning was of a man in his 40s.

Officers were called to Graburn Way at around half-eight in the morning after reports of a body believed to be male was found in the Thames.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained while detectives continue their enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 pm  

A Chobham address has been granted part closure for anti-social behaviour

A property in Chobham has been granted a closure order due to threatening and intimidating behaviour.

Surrey Police say that the tenants’ anti-social behaviour was so bad that other people living on the street feared to leave their homes.

Guildford Magistrates Court granted the application to part close the address in Brookleys on 22nd December, ruling that only the female tenant was allowed in the property.

The landlords are working with the female tenant to move her to another property.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A Wimbledon pub's appeal to reunite a builder with his pay packet went viral

A pub in Wimbledon went viral in a bid to return a builder’s lost pay packet to him over Christmas.

The Alexandra, on Wimbledon Hill Road, put out a call on Facebook and Twitter to share their post to find the wage packet’s owner, who was known only as Mariusz, after the cash was found just four days before Christmas.

The post was shared tens of thousands of times across the world from Canada to New Zealand, with some even translating it into Polish.

According to the pub, Mariusz (below, centre) had gone home to Poland for the festive break and found out about the post from his son.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

A woman has been banned from Woking town centre for anti-social behaviour

A woman has been banned from entering parts of Woking because of to her aggressive and antisocial behaviour.

36-year-old Natasha Claus was accused of being aggressive towards members of the public in and around the town centre.

She is also known to target and take advantage financially of vulnerable men in Sheerwater.

The ban was issued to Ms Claus on Thursday 21st December and is in place until further notice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Founding firefighter retires

A 58 year old black firefighter who was a founding member of the Black and Ethnic Minority support group for UK fire services has retired.

Carl St Paul joined North Kensington station in 1987, and stayed there for 13 years before moving to other branches.

His career included a fire at Hammersmith Hospital in 1990 and a warehouse fire in Mitcham in 2013.

He qualified as a station manager in 2007, and ended his career as a Senior Fire Safety Officer in Wembley.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

People in Richmond will now be allowed to take out a book for up to eight weeks if they join part of a reading group

There is currently a wide range of reading groups, all of which are free to join, and residents are encouraged to set up their own groups too.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

Kingston has been named one of the top towns in the country for property price growth

Zoopla say that prices have increased nearly 11% there since January, with gains of over £700,000.

However, Walton is named the second worst town, with prices dropping on average over 3%.

But that’s still over a percentage point ahead of Leigh in Greater Manchester, where prices are dropping 4.62%.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Carshalton MP hits out at Theresa May over homelessness

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake has hit out at Theresa May over the rise in homelessness.

It’s after figures say 15,290 households were accepted as being statutorily homeless, up 6% from 14,390 in the same period last year.

The figures were released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Mr Brake said, ‘the government must urgently boost funding for homelessness, reverse cuts to housing benefit for young people and build the social homes.’

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A firefighter from Chelsea who was called to the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as one of Stylist Magazine’s women of the year

Louisa De Silvo has worked with London Fire Brigade for eight years, and now serves as a watch manager at Chelsea Fire Station.

She says that the fact the community made them food and drink, despite the tragedy, was “overwhelming and very humbling”.

71 people died in the disaster last June, but 223 people survived due to the actions of firefighters like Louisa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 pm  

The IMAX cinema at the Science Museum in South Kensington was evacuated today due to an unexplained “incident”

The screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was shut off after 10 minutes and people were shown an automated message telling them to head to the fire exits.

The museum says that it’s a false alarm, and the police were not called.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm  

A man from Wallington was found dead on Christmas morning after apparently committing suicide live on webcam

Gregory Tomkins from Clarendon Road was found at around 3.30am when police were called to his house.

It’s unclear why he did it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth and the MP for Streatham are among 25 Labour MPs asking the Chancellor to publish his Brexit impact assessment

They say the public has a right to know what the impact of Brexit will be for themselves and their families.

MP for Runneymede and Weybridge Philip Hammond appeared before the Treasury Select Committee recently saying possible Brexit outcomes had been analysed.

The comments came after Brexit Secretary David Davis claimed that no such assessments had been done.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

A 26 year old man is in hospital after being attacked at Bookham Station on Christmas Eve

He was left with a fractured skull and required urgent hospital treatment, but is now in a serious but stable condition.

The attacker stole his phone and smashed the windows of the office.

He was white, around 5ft 8ins tall and around 25 to 28-years-old. He was dressed all in black and had a black mask over his mouth.

There’s believed to be another man involved who did not enter the office.

Anyone with information should contact the British Transport Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

A couple in their 70s near Croydon who had their car stolen in October were given a new one on Christmas Day by the Police

Mr and Mrs Gibbs, who are both cancer sufferers, were given a Vauxhall Corsa and a cheque for £2,300 to cover insurance and MOT.

The car was donated by a West Wickham dealership called Onodi, and serviced by Philip Reygate Garage.

Mr and Mrs Gibbs had their Austin Metro stolen in early October, which they used frequently to get them to hospital appointments.

It was found badly damaged a couple of weeks later.

Forensic work lead police to identify 19 year old Fabion Wilfred from Coulsdon as the thief, who pleaded guilty earlier this month and will be sentenced in the New Year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

A body has been found in East Molesey this morning.

Officers were called to Graburn Way at around half-eight this morning after reports of a body, believed to male, in the Thames.

Officers are still at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Copy of the letter being sent to Kensington and Chelsea residents today by the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Director of Housing Management.

Dear Resident,

As you may know, the Board of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) have unanimously agreed to hand back management of housing to Kensington and Chelsea Council.

This means the council will be taking over repairs, looking after your estates and running the day to day services.

We want to be very clear, this is only an interim measure the council is not taking over for good. The council will run services and improve services while you, the residents, decide how you want your homes managed in the future. We know this is the most important aspect for you and we want to work with communities to begin a true and meaningful consultation with you.

At the same time, we are already making progress on an urgent and thorough review of all the KCTMO's operations including health and safety, finance, repairs and estate management services. We have been prioritising this since the new leadership of the council took over, and we believe it is essential following the tragedy of the Grenfell fire. We will continue to share the results of this as we find them and make improvements and changes wherever needed.

It is important to say that while the KCTMO will no longer be involved in managing your homes, it will continue to exist as a legal entity so that leaders can be called to the public inquiry and held to account in any criminal or civil legal proceedings that may take place in the future. This is not a way for the KCTMO to avoid accountability.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the next few weeks and months as we make significant changes to the future of housing in the borough.

Very best wishes

Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith

Deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council

Doug Goldring

Director of Housing Management
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

The body which managed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington is temporarily giving up control of about 9-thousand other properties it looks after.

The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation says it can't guarantee it'll be able to deliver services effectively.

It'll hand back responsibility to Kensington and Chelsea Council by the end of January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Two men charged with Hounslow murder

Two men will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of another man in Hounslow.

35-year-old Sebastian Szlaski and 18-year-old Darusz Badek were charged on Sunday and have already made one appearance before the courts.

A 29-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man have been bailed until January pending further enquiries.

The dead man is yet to be formally identified and police are continuing their investigations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 am  

Heathrow sign up to Alternative Dispute Resolution

A voluntary scheme aimed at boosting air passengers' rights has helped to resolve more than ten thousand complaints in its first year.

So far, 35 airlines including, British Airways, have signed up to the Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Heathrow is among the seven UK airports who’ve also signed up.

It's thought around 3 million people will book summer holidays for 2018 over the festive period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 am  

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

A flood alert has been issued for the River Mole from Kinnersley Manor to South Hersham

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Mole and its tributaries from Kinnersley Manor to South Hersham.

River levels are expected to rise overnight and into Wednesday, reaching their highest in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The agency advises anyone in the area to take care and be prepared, as flooding of low lying land close to the river channel is possible, but flooding of properties is not expected.

The main areas of concern are Kinnersley Manor and Sidlow, where it is expected the river will overtop banks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm  

Chelsea move closer to Manchester United after 2-0 victory

Chelsea edged closer to 2nd placed Manchester United with a 2-0 win over Brighton thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.

In the Championship, Fulham won 4-2 in a dramatic game away at high flying Cardiff City.

Queens Park Rangers claimed a point in a goalless draw away at Ipswich.

AFC Wimbledon were unable to escape the League One relegation zone, as they were defeated 2-1 away at Portsmouth.

Sutton United moved up to second in the National League after a 4-0 away win at Boreham Wood, whilst Aldershot defeated local rivals Woking 3-1.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Might Bite victorious in Kempton's King George VI chase

The favourite for today's King George the sixth chase at Kempton Race course lived up to its billing as Might Bite took victory.

The eight year old horse shook off late challenges down the straight but never looked likely to be beat.

The Nicky Henderson trained horse held off Double Shuffle by a length, with Tea for Two another two lengths away in third.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Twickenham Riverside Police appeal after man was left with two broken legs

The Twickenham Riverside Police are appealing for information on an incident which occurred on the 22nd October on Whitton Road.

A fail to stop collision resulted in a man suffering two broken legs at around 10:50pm on the day of the NFL game at Twickenham Stadium.

The police are keen to trace a black hatchback car; the make and model are unknown.

If you have any information regarding the incident, please call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

Christmas day fire in South Kensington leaves two hopsitalised

Firefighters have warned to keep candles away from Christmas trees after a fire in South Kensington left two people hospitalised.

Part of a living room in a first floor flat was damaged in the blaze on Christmas Day in Onslow Gardens.

Those inside the flat left before the fire brigade arrived, and were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

London Fire Brigade investigators believe the fire was due to a candle being knocked over, allowing the fire to come into contact with a Christmas tree.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm  

AFC Wimbledon look to escape the relegation zone in today's football action

Coming off the back of an important victory at the weekend, AFC Wimbledon will be looking to escape the league one relegation zone today as they travel to Portsmouth.

Woking travel to Aldershot in what will be a hotly contested local derby in the National League.

Sutton United also face a tough away task in the National League, as they face Boreham Wood.

Hampton and Richmond will look to keep up their good form as they face Wealdstone at home today in the National League South.

In the Bostik league, Carshalton Athletic play Corninthian Casuals at Colston Avenue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were treated to a Christmas dinner in Kensington yesterday.

More than 250 survivors and neighbours enjoyed the dinner at the Curve Community Centre, nearby to the building.

Council leader Elizabeth Campbell arrived at 11.30 to spend time with the guests.

Also present was Santa, who took time off over his busiest period to meet around 100 children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

People in Kensington and Chelsea are reportedly gaining nearly £1m on the value of their houses

That’s according to research by Hamptons international, based on a nine year ownership.

That’s nearly four times the average London gain of a quarter of a million pounds, and ten times the UK average of around ninety thousand.

Hammersmith and Fulham came in at fifth place at around half a million, Richmond seventh at a third of a million, and Wandsworth tenth at £300,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 am  

The terror attacks which have hit the UK this year are helping to give a second chance for unwanted dogs.

Battersea dogs home in London says there's been rise in demand from police forces, who need the animals for detecting explosives.

The number, retrained as working dogs, has risen to 58 last year, compared with 34 the year before.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 am  

Monday, 25 December 2017

Dan Stevens gives us an inside look into his Xmas project

Dan Stevens says he got to look at one of his favourite authors in a whole new way while making his new film The Man Who Invented Christmas.

The Downton Abbey star plays Charles Dickens in the movie, which is about when he wrote "A Christmas Carol".

Dan says the writer really went through a process to get the book finished in just six weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:25 am  

Pet owners are being urged to avoid giving their pets leftovers during the Christmas period

Over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, chocolate poisoning increases by nearly 800%, with 5.5m unknowingly feeding their pets harmful foods.

39% of people in London say they give their pets leftovers.

Dave Leicester is the Head of Clinical Intelligence at Vets Now, who says that human foods contain hidden substances dangerous to animals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

A South West London based group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help vulnerable youngsters through art therapy

The “Creating Futures” project will allow them to decorate and personalise the new residence they’re moving into early next year.

It’s been set up by The Children in Care Council, which is championing the use of art therapy.

Joseph Badman, manager of the project, is giving the young people extra responsibility that can help them later in life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Two men have been charged following the death of a man in Hounslow.

Sebastian Szlaski and Darusz Badek will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day.

A 29 year old woman and a 29 year old man have been bailed to a date in January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 pm  

Police are asking for help to identify a man found in a ditch in Merrow in Guildford

The man is thought to be in his twenties, and is in a serious condition in hospital after being found at around 12pm by a dog walker.

He is described as white, around 5ft 9 inches tall, of slim build, brown hair, beard and brown eyes.

He was wearing dark grey Slazenger jogging bottoms, a red chequered shirt, and red vans shoes.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

Knife detecting arch temporarily installed in Croydon McDonalds

A metal detecting arch was placed in a Croydon McDonalds branch on Thursday, as part of a police campaign to stop young people from carrying knives.

The device was used from 2pm to 4pm on the 21st, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

All customers except those with young children were invited to use the arch, but using it was not compulsory to get into the restaurant
The arch was also used on November 23rd with the same rules applied.

Officers and staff from McDonalds were on hand throughout the day to hand out leaflets and explain to customers why the arch was in place.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police explained that while the arch will not be a permanent fixture, it may be put up again in town centre shops or restaurants in the future.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Surrey Police investigating kayak found in Staines

Surrey Police have launched an investigation to find the owner of a Kayak that was found capsized down the River Thames at Staines yesterday evening.

After a search of the river and the river bank, the police are confident that no one was aboard the boat at the time of it capsizing.
It was retrieved from the river at around 6.20pm, and Surrey Police are keen for more information on the boat.

The kayak is white, and has a number of stickers on the side. Anyone with information about the kayak is asked to call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Missing man from Epsom found safe and well

A man missing in Epsom has been found safe and well.

Twenty-six-year old Konrad Rusiniak had been reported missing after leaving his family home yesterday at about 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Surrey Police has thanked everyone involved in the search for Mr. Rusiniak.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Man missing from Epsom

Police are appealing for help on tracing a vulnerable man missing from Epsom.

Twenty-six-year-old Konrad Rusiniak had been staying with family in Chessington Road before leaving the house at about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

It’s believed he removed most of his clothing and did not have any other clothing with him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Heathrow accused of insensitive festive greeting

Residents in Harmondsworth have been left upset and angry after Heathrow airport delivered a brochure about its expansion plans to their homes two days before Christmas.

The brochure entitled Expansion Update was delivered yesterday and includes a timeline of events on the runway process if it’s approved by Parliament in summer 2018.

The next consultation on expansion at the airport opens on January 17.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 am  

Wimbledon still in drop zone despite win

In the Championship Fulham beat Barnsley 2-1 at Craven Cottage while QPR drew 1-all with Bristol City at Loftus Road.

Wimbledon beat Bradford 2-1 at Kingsmeadow in League One action, but the Dons remain in the relegation zone.

In the conference, Sutton United dropped to fourth after a 3-1 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

In the Isthmian League Leatherhead beat Kingstonian 2-nil at Fetcham Grove.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 am  

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