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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Missing 79-year old from Ashford found safe and well

An elderly and vulnerable woman who was missing from Ashford has been found safe and well.

79-year old Eileen Hutton returned home this evening.

The public and media are thanked for their support and help with the appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 pm  

Head Coach of Wales speaks after loss at Twickenham earlier

Wales have their first defeat of this year's rugby union Six Nations.

They went down 12-6 to rivals and holders England at Twickenham today.

Head coach of Wales, Warren Gatland was unhappy with a first half decision not to give his side a try.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea borough comes last in London boroughs to build affordable homes

Only a fifth of the affordable homes needed in London were built last year, which includes just seven in Kensington and Chelsea.

Out of the 66,000 which should be built in the capital every year, 40,000 should be affordable, but that target hasn’t been met yet.

Merton managed to produce nine affordable homes in the same period, completed in the 12 months to September last year.

But a spokesperson for the borough said the Government data could be out of date compared to the council’s own figures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

England get a victory at Twickenham in today's Six Nations game

England now have two wins from two in the rugby union Six Nations after beating Wales 12-6 at Twickenham earlier.

Jonny May's first half double of tries made the difference and now leaves them second to Ireland in the table.

They'll face Scotland next, that's at Murrayfield in a fortnight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

Official planning guidance for Twickenham and Strawberry Hill has now been launched following feedback from residents

Last year, they were asked what they liked about where they live and work, what could be improved and what should be maintained.

The information was gathered through walkabouts around each village, drop-in sessions, Question Time events and online surveys.

This was followed by a statutory consultation.

The new document will be partly used to make sure that future developments adhere to what residents want.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Hammersmith & Fulham is set to announce another freeze in council tax

The move makes it the only authority in London to have cut and then frozen council tax over the last four years.

The council is expected to announce the move at a meeting on the 21st of February.

It’s also expected to announce it will freeze parking charges for a fourth year in a row.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Around 300 tonnes of waste dumped on a site in Feltham has been cleared

TfL removed the large waste hoard under the A316 Country Way bypass.

It included everything from household goods, including furniture, to large quantities of construction waste.

The removal of the traveller site was taken by TfL and their bailiffs following a request from Hounslow Council to take action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Footage has emerged of a hooded man attempting to open the front door of a home in Chertsey this morning.

Two suspects tried to open the main door of the home on Bridge Road at 3:50am.

The man was seen on the resident’s surveillance camera appearing to be holding a beer bottle and smoking a cigarette.

Police are appealing for anybody who may recognise the man; you can find the image on the Radio Jackie News Website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Around 300 tonnes of waste dumped on a site in Feltham has been cleared

TfL removed the large waste hoard under the A316 Country Way bypass.

It included everything from household goods, including furniture, to large quantities of construction waste.

The removal of the traveller site was taken by TfL and their bailiffs following a request from Hounslow Council to take action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A teenager’s been sentenced to nearly four years for stabbing a man at Streatham Common railway station on Good Friday

18 year old Drew Agyeman-uter of Pathfield Road in Lambeth pleaded guilty to stabbing his victim.

The victim, who was 18 at the time, was sitting on a bench on a platform at Streatham Common station when he was attacked.

There was a scuffle close to the café on the platform after which Agyeman-uter left the station.

A member of the public called the emergency services.

The teenager had serious wounds including punctures to his lung and kidney.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

Floreat school in Brentford to close

The primary school in Great Quarter off the Ealing Road is to close after just 3 years.

The Floreat school has faced challenges in temporary accomodation.

It's closing in agreement with the Department of Education.

Parents who wanted their children to go to the school this September will be given another choice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Hayes MP and Shadow Chancellor calls for re-nationalisation

Hayes MP and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is to call for re-nationalisation if Labour gets into power at the next election.

Mr McDonnell will be speaking at a conference in London this afternoon.

He says bringing the water industry, energy, the railways and Royal Mail into the public sector is the best way of protecting them in the long term.

He denies it'll be a return to inefficient services.

He referred to the Carillion company which was running the libraries in Feltham Hounslow and Chiswick before it went bust:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 am  

New speed limits in Wandsworth improve safety

Research on the new 20 miles per hour speed limit in Wandsworth’s residential streets shows that 4 out of 5 drivers are keeping their speed down.

Speed gun checks on nearly 7,000 vehicles found that just 19 percent of drivers were exceeding the limit.

These were given warning letters telling them to slow down and that they would be prosecuted if caught again.

The reduced speed limit was brought in to make communities safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Studies have found that 55% of collisions at 30 mph caused deaths of pedestrians while this dropped to 17% when the speed limit was 20.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 am  

Friday, 9 February 2018

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists he remains fully committed to his job

The Italian's future has been a matter for debate nearly all season.

Speculation he could be sacked intensified after Monday's big defeat to Watford.

But Conte's intent on getting last year's Premier League champions back on top form.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 pm  

Figures show there are now over 750,000 homes worth at least a million pounds in the UK

That's over 140,000 more than in August 2016 when the last survey was undertaken.

Zoopla says it means 2.7% of the nation's homeowners are property millionaires.

There’s more than 30,000 in Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham and 23,000 in Richmond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 pm  

The Lib Dem leader's blaming splits in the Tory cabinet, after the UK was warned a transition period after Brexit is "not a given"

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier says "substantial" disagreements remain, including the border with Ireland.

Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable thinks the European Union's frustrated by the lack of detail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 pm  

Bat boxes are coming to Hounslow

It’s after Hounslow Council agreed to a planning application for the regeneration of Dukes Meadows during a public meeting yesterday.

The improvements also include tree planting, a new boathouse, a new pedestrian bridge and renovated sports pitches.

The bat box scheme will launch on Monday to increase biodiversity, after that work will begin on an artificial rugby pitch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 pm  

A fire broke out in Clapham this morning

Firefighters were called to the scene on Lynette Avenue at around 11am.

Three people left the property before the arrival of the Brigade and there were no reports of any injuries.

The fire was under control by one o’clock, most of the first and second floors were damaged.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm  

Battersea toddler left in tears after police allegedly say he can't play with his remote control car

It’s been reported police left a toddler in tears after stopping him playing with remote-controlled cars in Battersea Park.

3 year old Idrees Waiyasil and his father, Hariz, were apparently told they were breaking bylaws.

Hariz told The Sun officers in stab vests confronted him and his son over the use of their mechanically propelled vehicles, banned under park rules.

The Council told the newspaper the officers may have considered the remote controls were causing a nuisance to park users.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 pm  

Grenfell con man sentenced to 21 months in prison

A man who falsely claimed his wife and son died in the Grenfell Tower disaster has been jailed for 21 months for fraud.

Anh Nhu Nguyen got housing and more than 12-thousand pounds from charities and Kensington and Chelsea council.

The 52-year-old who was even photographed shaking the Prince of Wales' hand when he met survivors at a relief centre

Ashish Joshi is at Southwark Crown Court:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

A narrow escape for a street cleaner in Kew Gardens

A street cleaner has narrowly escaped series injuries after a block of ice fell from a plane in Kew Gardens.

CCTV footage captured the moment council worker Serhiy Myeshkov was startled as a 20kg sheet of ice crashed to the ground.

He was working under a busy flight path to Heathrow in North Road.

39 year old Amir Khan from taxi firm International Chauffeurs captured the moment on his security camera at just after 9am on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Croydon man sentenced to life in prison

A man who stabbed a teenager to death outside a nightclub in Peckham has been jailed for his murder.

22 year old Dickson Tangu from Croydon, was sentenced today to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 23 years.

Police were called in the early hours of 8th August 2017, to reports of a disturbance.

They found 19-year-old Daniel Namanga suffering from a stab injury and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police made eight other arrests in connection with this investigation, they were all released with no further action
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A shocking video has emerged of a school girl slapping an elderly woman across the face in Hounslow high street

The clip shows the girl shouting in the woman’s face as a crowd looks on.

The victim was left visibly shaken and in tears before a passer-by took her by the arm to comfort her after the incident.

The video has since racked up over 200,000 views and Instagram users have denounced the teenager's actions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Chertsey Banker found guilty of Hong Kong murders, loses appeal

A banker from Chertsey who tortured and murdered two prostitutes in Hong Kong has lost his appeal.

32 year old Rurik Jutting brutally killed the two women, both in their twenties in 2014.

Cambridge-educated Jutting had confessed to the killings - but denied the charges against him on grounds of diminished responsibility.

A judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal today rejected the bid, saying there is 'no merit in this ground of appeal'.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is welcoming Government proposals to crack down on cruel and irresponsible pet breeding practices

The new measures include banning the sale of puppies and kittens under eight weeks old.

Also, introducing compulsory licensing for anyone producing three or more litters a year.

Battersea says the measures have the potential to transform the way vulnerable animals are treated even before they are born.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of robberies in Croydon where the victims were threatened with a firearm

The five night time robberies occurred in different parts of the borough between last Friday and Monday.

The victims were all sitting in their vehicles at the time of the attacks, on three of these occasions, private hire vehicles were targeted.

-Friday the 2nd at 23:40 on London Road in Norbury
-Saturday the 3rd at 21:25 on Falkland Park Avenue in South Norwood
-Saturday the 3rd at 22:35 on Duppas Avenue in Croydon
-Monday the 5th at 00:55 on Berne Road in Thornton Heath
-Monday the 5th at 01:35 on King's Road in South Norwood.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Weybridge resident Paul Casey is two shots off the lead at Pebble Beach

England's Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after the first round of the latest PGA Tour golf event in Pebble Beach.

The Weybridge resident is 5 under par.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 am  

Almost 2,000 people have signed a petition calling on Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis to resign

It was set up by residents after he became involved in a Twitter spat with a 17 year old, whom he called “vile.”

James Giles had asked Mr Davis if his son’s job with developer CNM estates was a conflict of interest for him.

CNM is responsible for redeveloping the likes of the Gala Bingo Hall and Tolworth Tower.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am  

Richmond wants different approach to homelessness

Richmond council says it recognises the link between homelessness and a lack of housing stock.

But the authority says the answer to homelessness is not as simple as building more houses.

For the first time, the council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023 is being combined into one plan.

As well as building more homes, it’ll focus on building relationships with care providers to give people on the streets the support they need.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 am  

Man who made false Grenfell claim to be sentenced

A man's due to be sentenced later after falsely claiming to have lost family in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Anh Nhu Nguyen pleaded guilty to fraud after getting housing and more than £12,000 from a relief fund.

The 52-year-old, from Beckenham, pretended his wife and son died in the blaze in North Kensington last June.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 am  

Children's charity in Fulham hit by theft

Dame Joan Collins has given more than 500 items of clothing to help a charity shop in Fulham hit by a theft.

The 84-year-old actress made the donation this week to the Shooting Star boutique shop in Fulham Road after a thief stole a collection box with £200

Dame Joan has been patron of the charity, which works with babies and children nearing the end of their lives, for 15-years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 am  

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A new Tom Hardy waxwork includes a mechanism that mimics a beating heart and a soft, warm torso.

The Revenant star been immortalised at Madame Tussauds in London.

The actor, who lives in Richmond, is the latest to join the collection there, after a model of Eddie Redmayne went on display last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

The owner of an eight inch tall Chihuahua will not face a second “dangerous dog” trial.

63 year old John Anslow from Wimbledon had stood accused of failing to control little Louie who allegedly bit a postwoman’s ankle.

However, a jury at Kingston Crown Court has failed to reach a verdict following two court hearings and a five day trial.

The CPS has now said it is “not in the public interest” to pursue another costly trial.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 pm  

Croydon Council is launching a three week programme to raise awareness of knife crime.

The plans launch next week, where the youth engagement team will join several organisations including faith groups and emergency services.

A variety of events are being held across the borough including first aid for knife injuries, victim support and a community weapon sweep.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:25 pm  

England have made two changes to their 15 for Saturday's match with Wales in the Six Nations

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph replaces Ben Te'o, who drops to the bench.

As expected, Quins scrum-half Danny Care comes in for the injured Ben Youngs.

That means Richard Wigglesworth takes his spot as a replacement.

England boss Eddie Jones says he's a great back-up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An anti-idling event is to take place in March at St George’s hospital

Wandsworth is one of 15 authorities taking part in the vehicle idling action campaign, which was launched in 2016.

It’s an on-going initiative to tackle air pollution, urging drivers not to leave their cars in idle mode.

This is the latest in a series of anti-idling events, following similar campaigns across Wandsworth and Battersea.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Prince William has surprised a group of children by turning up unannounced at their school

The Duke visited an academy at Ask Burlington Danes in White City which was holding a session on social media and mental health.

He told pupils of his concerns about how unrealistic images can affect how people feel about themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Fire gutted a house in Thornton Heath earlier

Most of the loft, half of the first floor, and part of a timber-framed extension of the property in Queenswood Avenue were damaged.

The fire broke out just before 10am, and was under control within the hour.

No injuries have been reported.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

The UK’s rubbish is “already mounting” after China imposed a ban on importing our waste

That’s according to bosses at the UK Recycling Association, which is calling for urgent action.

The UK has been exporting plastics to China for two decades for recycling, but the country banned that practice on the 1st of January.

Wimbledon based consultant Will Richardson works with businesses to help them become more environmentally friendly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

This sign at Colliers Wood station has caused a lot of debate

Transport for London has been caught up in what is being called a ‘sexism row’.

It’s after a sign was put up at Colliers Wood station which accused a suffragette of failing to make her husband’s evening meal.

The handwritten sign mentioned Emily Davison, who allegedly threw herself in front of the King’s horse at Epsom Derby in 2013 in protest.

One twitter user said it was ‘incredibly short-sighted and a waste of an opportunity for celebration’.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Dog that sniffed out cancer dies aged 13

A dog who dedicated her life to detecting cancer has died at the age of 13.

Daisy, who worked for charity Medical Detection Dogs, was a key member of a team of dogs working in a revolutionary way to detect the disease.

In 2014, Woking based charity Walk the Walk, the team behind the famous Moonwalk, made a grant to the Medical Detection Dogs charity, to help fund an important pilot study that could help detect breast cancer in its very early stages.

The study involved taking a breath sample from women at the time they visit the hospital for their mammograms.

The breath samples were then used for research and for training dogs to sniff out breast cancer.

Speaking to us at the time, Dr Guest explained how important such grants are.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Could your workplace go green?

More and more businesses are trying to go green.

Richmond council is just one that has announced it’s not going to use single use plastics at its offices anymore.

Will Richardson is the founder of Green Element.

He goes into businesses nationwide to help them achieve their environmental goals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Merton is today continuing to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the vote with its “100 banners workshop.”

It's running until 4pm today.

Members of the public will create posters and flags for a recreation of the London suffragette march, taking place on the 4th of next month.

Philippa Bilton is a descendent of Emily Davison, who stepped out in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.

She says some of the materials being used for the banners are of incredible personal value.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

Danny Care's replaced the injured Ben Youngs at scrum-half for England's rugby union Six Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham on Saturday

Jonathan Joseph comes in for Ben Te'o at outside centre in the only other change to the starting fifteen which beat Italy in their opening game last weekend.

Richard Wigglesworth joins Te'o on the bench as back-up to Care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am  

A 95 year old man has been taken to hospital after hearing he’d have to pay his share of the £2m needed to repair a tower block in Croydon, a tribunal has heard

The Citiscape Tower is one of 262 in the UK with Grenfell-style cladding, and management company FirstPort is saying leaseholders must foot the bill.

Luc Low-Foon was put in a care home before Christmas, but his family say they can no longer sell the flat to cover the costs.

Residents were originally told it would be just over £31,000 each, but the total estimate has now quadrupled and work may not be finished before September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Celebrations marking 100 years since some women got the vote are continuing in Morden today

The 100 Banners workshop at Merton Heritage Centre will see people create 100 posters and flags.

They’ll feature in a recreation of the Suffragette march through London, which is taking place on March the 4th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

A woman from Kensington has gone missing.

23-year-old Alice Hart was last seen on Tuesday at Charing Cross Hospital at around 6pm.

She is described as white, around 5ft 3in tall and of medium build with shoulder length dark brown hair and large glasses.

At the time of disappearance Alice was wearing a dark knee-length coat and a scarf.

She is known to visit Richmond, and Kensington and Chelsea and likes green spaces.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 am  

Croydon have refurbished facilities in the borough

Refurbished sports facilities and disabled friendly access routes are among the recommendations to improve Croydon’s parks.

With 127 parks and green spaces the borough is one of London’s greenest.

The council is aiming to make the parks sustainable and attractive by exploring different ways to fund and run its parks.

A new sports hub and club house is among recommendations at South Norwood Lake.

While a disabled accessible route and viewing platform is included in proposals for Happy Valley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 am  

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

An investigation has been launched after a British Transport Police car was damaged during an incident in Croydon

Officers had been responding to a separate call near Waddon New Road in the early hours of the morning.

Two suspects on mopeds approached the car and used something to smash the rear window before riding off.

Initial reports suggested that a gunshot had caused the damage but detectives are still working on establishing exactly what was used.

The moped has been described as dark in colour and was possibly displaying a rear ‘L’ plate.

There were no reported injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 pm  

No punishment for captain Troy Deeney following Watford's match against Chelsea on Monday

Watford captain Troy Deeney's escaped punishment for his celebration after scoring the opening goal in their 4-1 win against Chelsea.

He made a gesture with both his middle fingers, something the Football Association says he'll face no formal action over.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

A train that derailed in Wimbledon after a stretch of track was "not inspected or maintained for many years", a report has found

Four people were injured when a South Western Railway train came off "unsafe" tracks on the 6th of November.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said there was confusion between London Underground and Network Rail as to who was responsible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

An Italian court's heard a British model kidnapped in Milan last summer was drugged, handcuffed and transported inside a suitcase.

Lukasz Pawel Herba is on trial over allegations Chloe Ayling from Coulsdon was snatched after being lured to a fake photoshoot.

She told police she was held for six days at a farm near Turin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 pm  

Chelsea says it will ban any supporters found to have used anti-Semitic language during the defeat at Watford on Monday

A report on a Jewish website said one fan was left "disgusted" by chanting from fellow Blues supporters during the 4-1 defeat.

A statement from the club said "Anti-Semitism has no place in our club, football or wider society,"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

Wandsworth Council will be trialling some new ideas in Tooting to help combat littering across the borough

Working with environmental charity Hubbub, residents will be encouraged to get involved in the scheme

Activities include a community clean-up day, sprucing up Church Lane car park, and gum chalking events.

Residents can also look out for colourful bins and lamp posts to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish properly
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 pm  

A woman has died after a fire at a flat in Fulham

Firefighters were called to the scene on Burnfoot Avenue just before 7pm yesterday.

Part of a first floor flat was damaged in the fire, which was under control by 7:30.

The cause of the fire is being investigation by the London Fire Brigade and the Met Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Young mums across Kingston, Richmond and Hounslow are to be offered free advice to make them safety savvy online

The group sessions are the brainchild of charity Home-Start and digital charity #TechMums

The weekly Mums Connected meetings are aimed at mums under the age of 25 and will even feature a live broadcast from Facebook’s UK headquarters.

Home-Start Director Karen McLean explains what’s on offer.

The Mums Connected parties will be held at Kingston United Reformed Church (Richard Mayo Centre), in Eden Street from 10 -11am each Wednesday for five weeks starting on the 21st of February. The dates for all five parties are:

• Wednesday 21 February 2018

• Wednesday 28 February 2018

• Wednesday 7 March 2018

• Wednesday 14 March 2018

• Wednesday 21st March 2018
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Urology patients at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals can now see their doctor via a so called “virtual clinic."

After a referral for the programme from their GP, patients can sign up for consultations via email or phone.

Doctors there see around 13,000 urology patients every year, and say most appointments are follow ups, so physical trips aren’t necessary.

The Urology department deals with everything from kidney stones to urinary tract infections.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Reports of a gunshot have led to a road closure in Croydon

Reports of gunshot have led police to close a Croydon road since the early hours of this morning.

A gun was allegedly fired in or near Waddon New Road in the early hours of this morning.

Police, including the firearms division, rushed to the scene just before 1am.

A police spokesman has said: there were no reported injuries and a vehicle was damaged. No arrests have been made.

There’s a detour in place for road traffic and buses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:21 am  

Thieves steal from a charity box in Laleham

Thieves have stolen charity money destined to help a boy with cancer from a recreation ground in Laleham.

The Lucan Pavilion, in The Broadway, was targeted by thieves in the early hours of Sunday morning

The Lucan's Facebook page published a post that said, the suspects took a "few bottles of alcohol" and £50 from a charity box.

The cash was going towards life-saving treatment for Alfie Ward from Ashford.

The 14 year old has been living with cancer since he was five years old.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Do you know what you can do to help save hedgehogs?

We’ve lost at least half of the population of our native hedgehogs from the countryside over the last two decades.

The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 is a new report, published by two charities today.

It shows hedgehog numbers have plummeted by half since the year 2000.

Simon Cowell, founder of Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, explains how we can help keep them safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Kingston MP to launch new bill for terminally ill homeless people

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey will launch a new bill for terminally ill homeless people later today.

The “ten minute rule” bill will force authorities to house those with terminal illnesses, even if they’re intentionally homeless.

It’s due to be announced at PMQ’s at lunchtime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

MP for Epsom and Ewell talks about the future of the 166 bus service

Chris Grayling says he won’t get a say in the future of a popular bus service in Epsom, even though he’s the Transport Minister.

There are doubts about what will happen to the 166 service which runs between West Croydon and Epsom Town Centre.

Although it’s operated by TfL, it falls under the remit of Surrey County Council.

Mr Grayling says he will be pressing for a solution as he’s worried about the loss of the link to Epsom Hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Warm up plans for Nadal before Wimbledon this year

Tennis great Rafael Nadal will play at Queen's Club as part of his warm-up for Wimbledon this year.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion's won the title there once before.

He lifted the trophy there before his maiden Wimbledon triumph 10 years ago.

The Spaniard's currently recovering from injury after retiring during his quarter-final match at the Australian Open last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Firefighters from Hammersmith tackle huge blaze in Holland Park Gardens

Fire crews from Hammersmith, Kensington and North Kensington are currently tackling a blaze in Holland Park Gardens.

Currently 12 fire engines and around 80 firefighters are on the scene,one man has died after the fire started in an apartment on the first floor.

The cause is not yet known and the emergency services were called at about 9.45 last night.

It’s less than a mile away from the Grenfell Tower block.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 am  

10 new CCTV cameras planned for Croydon

A crime hotspot in Croydon is now covered by CCTV.

The camera, on Broom Road in Shrublands, will be in place for 3 months

It follows concerns from residents about drug dealing, assaults and facing intimidation when using their local shops.

The new camera is one of 10 planned for Croydon. A deployable camera has already been installed in Green Lane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Missing 41-year old man from Hounslow

A 41-year old Romanian man is missing from Hounslow and police are appealing for help from the public.

Constantin Talaba has been missing since Monday.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101. To view an image of him, head to our Radio Jackie News twitter feed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 am  

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

People across the UK have been marking 100 years since women over 30 got the vote

Lucy Mayer has this special report.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 pm  

A group of girls at a school in Earlsfield have allegedly been taken ill after taking prescription drugs

Six pupils at Burntwood School are believed to have taken Xanax, a minor tranquiliser.

Paramedics were called after the teenagers were taken ill, but none have suffered serious harm.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard told the Evening Standard it was believed the girls may have consumed prescription drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 pm  

The MP for Croydon Central has spoken out in support of women and girls in schools today, on the centenary of some women getting the vote

Speaking in Parliament to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, she wants to make sure historical women are aptly represented.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Surrey Police has declared its support for the International day of zero tolerance for FGM

It’s been a crime in the UK since 1985.

The force recently established a Harmful Traditional Practice Management Board to identify those at risk.

Chief Superintendent Jon Savell says the board also aims to educate communities and change ingrained attitudes towards FGM.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Future developments by CNM estates in Kingston are now coming under the spotlight

It’s after a row broke out between Kingston’s Council leader and a resident who says his links to the developer are a conflict of interest.

Conservative Kevin Davis’s son works for the company.

He denies it is a conflict of interest.

But now people in Norbiton are calling on the developer to explain its plans for a Victorian cottage it owns, which burnt down last month.

They’d like it restored.

CNM owns a number of properties across the borough including Tolworth Tower and the Gala Bingo Hall in Kingston.
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George North will be on the bench for Wales when they take on England at Twickenham in rugby union's Six Nations on Saturday

The wing's been judged fit enough to come in as the only change to the squad that thrashed Scotland 34-7 last weekend.

It'll be the same starting fifteen from their opener in Cardiff.

Head coach Warren Gatland says back Liam Williams was close to a return from injury but wasn't risked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Chiswick Roundabout is the most congested route in the UK at peak times

We hear about it in travel reports several times a day, but now it’s official.

Chiswick Roundabout is the most congested route in the UK at peak times.

The average driver loses 56 hours there per year.

Next up was the A23 between Kennington and Norbury, followed by Russell Square.

The figures have been compiled by traffic provider Inrix, and are based on the hours of 6am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Transport for London may consider more in depth investigations for road and train deaths

The move follows calls from the Mayor’s office to use probes similar to the one carried out after the Croydon tram crash.

Rather than apportion blame, investigators would seek to learn lessons to prevent loss of life.

177 people died on the TfL network over 2016 and 17.

The Croydon derailment in November 2016 killed 7 and injured 61.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Three men are to stand trial in July over the death of an inmate at Wormwood Scrubs prison

They are aged either 20 or 21 and are charged with the murder of Khader Saleh.

The 25-year-old was found in a cell in the jail in Shepherd’s Bush with knife wounds last Wednesday, and died at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey council tax rises announced

Surrey will see a 3% council tax rise and a 3% social care precept increase in the coming financial year.

It means a typical band D property will pay an extra £80 a year.

County councillors voted on the increases today.

They also approved budget cuts of more than £66 million.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

Richmond community fund open for proposals

People in Richmond can now submit their proposals for funding for the projects of their choice.

It’s all part of the second round of the Village Planning fund.

Money for the initiative comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is a tax collected by the council and paid by developers.

A portion of the total tax collected is put towards priority projects nominated by residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a tax specifically for the NHS

They’ve commissioned a report from a panel of 10 experts who suggest a penny in the pound on income tax to be used exclusively for the service.

Lib Dem leader and Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable spoke at Kingston Hospital yesterday, as he announced the policy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Radio Jackie marks 100 years since women over 30 got the vote with a special Topical Tune

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MP for Kingston Sir Ed Davey is to launch a new bill tomorrow for terminally ill homeless people

The “ten minute rule” bill will force authorities to house those with terminal illnesses, even if they’re intentionally homeless.

It will be announced after PMQs tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Surrey’s councillors are affirming their support for Crossrail 2

Cabinet Member for Highways Colin Kemp also wants more investment in the North Downs train Line.

Surrey generates £40 billion towards the national economy annually.

Mr Kemp says better infrastructure is vital to fit the growing population.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

A charity in Wimbledon is offering grants to community minded sports group in the area

A charity in Wimbledon is offering grants ranging from £500 to £2,500 to clubs helping to meet social needs in Merton and Wandsworth.

The Get Set, Get Active Fund was launched in 2016 by The Wimbledon Foundation, and this year is offering £65,000 to good causes.

In 2017, 26 groups and clubs were awarded grants, ranging from dance classes for those recovering from mental health issues to community golf sessions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

The transport secretary and MP for Epsom and Ewell is facing criticism as the company running the East Coast Mainline franchise is pulling out

Chris Grayling says Stagecoach 'got its figures wrong' and is losing millions from the line.

He also admits the government may have to step in to run it, as it did before privatising it in 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Charities across Bookham are set to receive funding today

Bookham Community Association and South Bookham Space are both being awarded grants through Mole Valley District Council.

The Thomas Flack Trust Fund, of which the council is a trustee, aims to support new initiatives to benefit residents.

A decision will also be made on a vacant property owned by the trust with the tenancy of 255 Guildford Road set to expire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

A woman from Colliers Wood is calling for a "National Pet Service"

Animal lover Aleks Kaminska feels that an NPS should run alongside the NHS.

She says many people don’t realise the long-term costs that having an animal can incur.

She says veterinary surgeries are taking advantage of this, and should all be charging the same for treatments.

Aleks has launched a petition calling on the Government to regulate vets fees, which she feels vary widely depending on the practice.

To find out more or sign the petition, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Twickenham based club sign new hooker

Harlequins have signed a new hooker.

Max Crumpton joins the Twickenham based club till the summer of 2020.

He joins from Bristol after playing 51 times for the West Country Club scoring 18 tries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Richmond Park MP reveals death threat letter a pensioner received

An 80-year old woman from Zac Goldsmith’s constituency has been sent a death threat from pro-EU trolls.

The MP for Richmond Park revealed that the pensioner had received a letter which concluded ‘we are going to kill you.’

Police are now investigating the note in a bid to find out who sent it.

Several pro-Brexit MPs have received threatening notes from those who oppose their views, including Mr Goldsmith.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Manager says Chelsea 'deserved to lose' against Watford

Chelsea were stunned by Watford in the last few minutes of their Premier League game to lose 4-1 at Vicarage Road last night.

They played for an hour with 10 men but managed to find an equaliser in the 82nd minute.

Watford reacted with three goals themselves.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says they deserved to lose.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Monday, 5 February 2018

4-1 defeat away at Watford for Chelsea FC

Chelsea took on Watford away at Vicarage Road, unfortunately the blues lost 4-1.

Even though Hazard gave Chelsea hope scoring the equaliser at 82, less than 3 minutes later Janmaat scored for Watford, then making his club debut Deulofeu scored, then Pereyra scored in extra time, all for Watford.

Just before half time, Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko got red carded, and former Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud (j’roo) made his team debut after being signed by club secretary David Barnard last Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 pm  

The six nations comes to Twicks next week, however Ben Youngs won't be in the squad

England rugby union scrum-half Ben Youngs will miss the rest of the Six Nations because of a serious knee injury.

He was stretchered off during yesterday's win over Italy and scans have now shown that he ruptured his medial collateral ligament.

It's unlikely he'll play any further part in Leicester's season either as he's expected to be out for four months.

England have called up Saracens' Richard Wigglesworth as a replacement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 pm  

Appeal to trace man in connection with sexual assault on a bus in Sunbury

A fresh appeal has been launched in a bid to trace a man involved in a sex assault on a girl on a bus in Sunbury.

The teenager was travelling on the 235 bus from Hounslow bus station when the man sat next to her and allegedly attacked her back in October.

Police believe the man got off at the King's Road Avenue stop on Vicarage Road.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 pm  

A woman who died in a collision with a lorry in Knightsbridge has been named.

She has been formally identified as 83-year-old Daniela Raczkowska, a Polish national who was visiting her daughter in Putney.

She had visited London before Christmas and was due to return to Poland this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

BA cancel flights from Heathrow

British Airways has cancelled 80 short-haul flights to and from Heathrow.

The move has been made ahead of warnings about sleet and snow.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures of minus 14 Celsius in some parts of the country over the next few days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

Lib Dem leader visits Kingston hospital following harsh words from President Trump

Politicians here are rounding on Donald Trump, after he claimed the NHS is 'going broke and not working'.

The US President's tweeted after protests to save the NHS that took place in London at the weekend.

Speaking from Kingston hospital, Lib Dem leader and Twickenham MP Vince Cable had this to say.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

London will host a new athletics World Cup this summer, but it'll be on the same weekend as the finals of both the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and football World Cup

On the 14th and 15th of July, seven countries will compete against Britain at what was the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

America, China and Jamaica are among those.

There's a £1.4 million prize fund on offer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Willie Walsh is calling for an end to what he’s calling Heathrow airport’s “monopoly” on its terminals

The boss of IAG, which owns BA, has told the BBC that other companies should be allowed to design and build any new terminals.

At the moment, Heathrow says such a model is not appropriate.

The government is due to publish final proposals for a third runway at Heathrow in the next few months.

MPs will then vote on those plans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Woking fire station forced to cut its response cover six times in just one month

Woking fire station has been forced to cut its response cover six times in just one month due to a staff shortage.

The reduced service has meant a 50% cut on six days in January 2018 and in December 2017, including Christmas Eve.

Despite many taking on extra shifts, the number of firefighters in Surrey as a whole has severely declined over recent years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte speaks ahead of Premier League game with Watford tonight

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists all his attention's on their Premier League game with Watford tonight.

Some reports over the weekend suggested his future might be in doubt if the champions don't win at Vicarage Road.

Conte says he'd like the club to make a public statement of support.

But he insists it's not fazing him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

NHS campaigners will be out in force again at Wandsworth Town Hall

NHS campaigners will be out in force again tomorrow night.

They’ll be at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7pm protesting against cuts to the area’s Sexual Health Service.

The centre was moved from St George’s Courtyard Clinic last autumn under a new contract.

Campaigners say attendance at the old clinic was over 500 per week, and now it has dropped to less than 50 because of its new location.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Man charged with further offences following fatal crash in Croydon

A man has been charged with further offences following a fatal crash in Croydon.

Stuart Abbs is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 39 year old is also charged with three counts of ABH; that’s on top of two other counts he was charged with last year.

16 year old Nicola Davis died after she was hit by a car in Pixton Way in July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Wandsworth has decided to waive road closure fees ahead of the royal wedding

The authority is actively encouraging residents to hold a street party.

The normal charge would be £93.

Harry and Meghan tie the knot at Windsor castle on May the 19th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm  

President Trump takes to Twitter to criticise the NHS

Donald Trump's been tweeting about the NHS claiming it's 'going broke and not working'.

The US President's used the UK as an example as he attacked his opponents' healthcare plans pointing out thousands of people marched in Westminster at the weekend.

Lib Dem leader and Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable says Mr Trump's wrong.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm  

Kingston School of Art to undergo £30m campus refurbishment

The Kingston School of Art will be undergoing renovations as part of a £30m campus refurbishment project.

The work will see the building’s interior completely expanded in a bid to improve work spaces for its artists, designers and architects.

The plan has been designed to meet the highest environmentally friendly specifications and is due to be completed by 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

The Duchess of Cambridge has released a video in support of children's mental health charity Place2Be

It was recorded during her visit to the Reach Academy in Feltham last month.

The Duchess says emotional support from parents is critical at this time in their children's lives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Full interview with Ian Stewart of the Hounslow Borough Independent Candidates Alliance

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 am  

Almost half of children between 12 and 16 in England feel sad or anxious at least once a week

The statistics have been released to help mark Children's Mental Health week.

The charity Place2Be is also organising a new campaign called Being Ourselves.

These Year 11 pupils from the Reach Academy in Feltham think schools have a big part to play in helping young people to feel comfortable in their own skin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Chelsea Ladies score 10 in FA Cup

In Women’s FA Cup action Erin Cuthbert’s hat-trick led Chelsea Ladies to a resounding 10-nil win at WSL2 side London Bees.

There were also wins for Arsenal, Liverpool and Millwall Ladies.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 am  

Wimbledon school introduces digital rules

A top girl’s school in Wimbledon has given pupils rules for going online.

Wimbledon High School, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, wants to get students to switch off social media and experience “the joy of missing out.”

The list of ten digital rules given to new students and their parents at the 18-thousand pound a year school include putting phones away at mealtimes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 am  

Calls for an end to Heathrow's terminal monopoly

The owner of British Airways is calling for an end to Heathrow's 'monopoly' on the airport's terminals.

The International Airlines Group says competition between third operators would lower costs for passengers.

IAG was responding to a consultation relating to Heathrow's expansion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 am  

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Lib Dems have their say on mental health

The Lib Dems say they’ve uncovered “shocking” evidence of discrimination against people with severe mental illness.

The party claims most mental health trusts are still not able to meet the new treatment standards, which are now in their second year.

FoI figures from 45 mental health trusts show the majority aren’t able to offer the full treatment package in line with NICE requirements.

MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake is backing the report.

He says “it’s pure and simple discrimination from a publicly-funded service.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

England to host Wales next week at Twickenham

England are off to a good start as they look for a third-successive Six Nations title.

Eddie Jones's side won 46-15 in Italy - with Sam Simmonds scoring two tries on his debut in the tournament.

They'll now host Wales at Twickenham next weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Crystal Palace are three points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone

It's after a 1-all draw at home to Newcastle.

Roy Hodgson's side came from behind - but couldn't make the most of late pressure to pick up the win.

He says he's got mixed feelings about the performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

Tributes have been paid to the three boys killed in a car crash in Hayes while walking to a birthday party

17-year-old Harry Rice, and 16-year-olds Josh McGuinness and George Wilkinson, died after an Audi mounted the pavement on Shepiston Lane.

A vigil was held near their homes in Harefield on Friday evening, where candles were lit and balloons were released in their memory.

The community has also gathered together to raise money, with the boys’ local kick-boxing club receiving more than £1,000 for the London Ambulance Service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Crystal Palace and Newcastle are both a little further away from the Premier League's relegation zone

It’s after battling to a 1-all draw at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

Roy Hodgson's home side couldn't make the most of late pressure to pick up all three points.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

Surrey Police are continuing to appeal for information after a cyclist suffered serious injuries from a collision in Epsom

Emergency services were called to the junction of Woodcote Green Road and Woodcote Side at 5.45pm on Friday, after a car collided with the bike.

The cyclist – a man in his 20s – was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Officers are urging any witnesses to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

A 16-year-old girl has gone missing from Slough

Jannay Amponsah Tawiah is believed to be in the Acton or Hammersmith areas.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Black cab rapist John Worboys has been moved out of London following recent backlash over his transfer to a jail in the capital

The 60-year-old is back in Wakefield from Belmarsh after the prison service was criticised for moving him into the city where he committed crimes.

Worboys was convicted in 2009 following the attacks which took place when he worked in Chelsea and the West End.

A legal challenge of the Parole Board’s decision to release him after spending less than a decade behind bars will take place at the High Court next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Police are continuing to appeal for information after a driver failed to stop following a collision on the A3

A white Nissan sports car was travelling southbound at Wisley on Friday evening when it crashed into the central reservation.

Officers have been searching for the driver who fled the scene on foot, while the passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Surbiton hosts international hockey competition for first time

This year’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup will be held in Surbiton.

It’s the first time an English club will host the competition since it was launched eight years ago in its new format.

England will battle teams from Holland, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Belarus for the trophy.

The event will take place between 17 - 20 May.

Surbiton Ladies 1 captain Sarah Haycroft explains why it means so much:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

New Palace striker could make debut today

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says new striker Alexander Sorloth could make his debut when they face Newcastle in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Norway international joined on deadline day for around £9 million.

He was previously playing in the Danish top-flight.

That means he's unlikely to start - as Hodgson explains:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Better air in Nine Elms

Air quality in Nine Elms has improved dramatically according to Wandsworth Council.

The area is currently home to Europe’s largest construction project.

Last year, levels of harmful PM10 particles breached the daily mean EU limit 13 times. This compares to 43 times the year before.

The Council is putting the drop down to the close working relationship it has with the various companies developing the site.

New data from air quality stations in Putney High Street also recently showed a sharp reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

Battersea route given a makeover

A popular pedestrian and cycling short-cut underneath railway arches near Battersea Park is to be given a makeover.

The underpass in Raven Street is to be made safer as part of a council led £30,000 improvement scheme.

As well as better lighting, the footpath will be resurfaced to remove cracks and potholes.

Network rail, which owns the arches, will also carry out a deep clean on the brickwork.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

New museum opens in Twickenham

The new World Rugby Museum has opened at Twickenham’s South Stand.

It features three times as many objects as its predecessor including rugby commentary, footage of iconic matches and hands-on exhibits.

The museum was originally in Twickenham Stadium and has moved for an upsize.

It holds 38,000 objects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Specialist Paramedic from Surrey helps care homes

A specialist paramedic in Surrey has found a way for care homes to handle emergency situations better.

Tom Pullen has developed a step-by-step flow chart for use in care homes; it guides them on when they should be calling out ambulances.

The approach aims to reduce the number of calls to 999 which he says could be handled more efficiently elsewhere.

Currently, just over 95% of hospital beds across the NHS are occupied.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 am  

Hounslow Council urges its residents to register to vote

Hounslow council is urging its residents to register to vote.

It comes as local elections will take place on May 3rd and 60 seats will be up for grabs across 20 wards in the borough.

The deadline for registration is on midnight on Tuesday 17 April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

A man was arrested in Hounslow last night with a large amount of drugs in his possession

Response Team C officer’s used a taser to contain him due to his behaviour.

An arrest has was made.
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