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Saturday, 17 March 2018

William and Kate visit Hounslow for parade

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, braved the cold weather to visit Hounslow today.

They attended a parade of the Irish Guards to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

William is Colonel of the Regiment.

Heavily pregnant Kate presented the Regiment’s mascot, an Irish Wolfhound called Domhnall, with a shamrock.

The couple are expecting their third child this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

Grand Slam for Ireland at Twickenham

In Rugby Union it’s a Grand Slam for Ireland on St Patrick’s Day.

They cruised to a comfortable 24-15 win over England at Twickenham in their final game of the Six Nations Championship to clinch a clean sweep of victories.

In the early game in Rome, Scotland came from behind to beat Italy 29-27 in a close-fought match.

Wales host France in Cardiff in a 5pm kick-off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

Weather hits Heathrow flights

Over a hundreds flights into and out of Heathrow have been cancelled today as the ‘mini Beast from the East’ hits Britain with snow and freezing temperatures.

The cancellations at Heathrow mostly affect short-haul routes, although BA services to New York and Chicago have been disrupted.

Other cancelled flights from Heathrow include services from Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, TAP Air Portugal and KLM.

Heavy snow is falling in parts of the country with forecasters warning that the weather is expected to worsen this evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Fulham held at Craven Cottage

Promotion-chasing Fulham missed the chance to move closer to the automatic slots, as they let slip a two-goal lead to draw with QPR at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

Goals from Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon put the Whites 2-0 up in the first half, but they were cancelled out as QPR hit back to draw 2-2.

Fulham remain in third place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Merton takes on the litter louts

There’s been a big clean-up on the streets of Merton this morning with a litter-pick as part of the Council’s Big Spring Clean.

In line with its zero-tolerance policy on litter, Merton Council has taken to naming and shaming offenders on its website.

More than 100 people were given an £80 fine but failed to pay up in time and had to pay £400 after being prosecuted.

In the past 11 months, the Council has issued over 5000 penalty notices of £80 to people caught dropping litter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Richmond is to offer interest free loans for home buyers

A scheme to help home buyers with interest free loans of up to £75,000 has been approved by Richmond Council’s Cabinet.

The loan would be secured as a second charge on the property after a mortgage.

Owners would not have to pay interest or capital on the loan until they sell the property but when the owner comes to repay the loan, the same percentage of the home’s value is used to calculate the amount to be repaid.

The scheme aims to help first time buyers find the large deposit needed to get on the housing ladder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 am  

Wandsworth invests in infrastructure

Wandsworth is putting more money into its infrastructure, bringing the total spending to over £185 million over the current three year cycle.

£7.7 million will go into improving roads and resurfacing, while £30 million is being spent in Nine Elms on social and transport infrastructure.

£17 million will be spent on school buildings and providing new school places. Two centres for special needs children with autism will be set up in mainstream primary schools.

A new state of the art library is also planned for the town centre at a cost of £3.5 million pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

Merton names and shames litter louts

In its zero tolerance to litter, Merton Council has taken to naming and shaming more than 100 people.

These were ones who were given an £80 fine but failed to pay up in time and had to pay £400 after being prosecuted.

In the past 11 months, the Council has issued 5,300 penalty notices of £80 to people caught dropping litter.

To help keep the streets cleaner, the Council is also organising litter picks and invites residents to join them this morning at 10.30 at Haydon Road Recreation Ground as part of the Big Spring Clean.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 am  

Friday, 16 March 2018

Due to the extreme weather warnings for this weekend a church in Kingston is offering shelter for rough sleepers

Everyday church in Union Street will be opening its doors tomorrow night until Monday morning offering sleeping bags and warm food.

The volunteer led shelter is run by Kingston Churches action.

Here's spokesman Matt Hatton:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 pm  

Croydon Council has been preparing the borough for more snow this weekend

Six gritting vehicles have been sent out tonight as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for the early hours of Saturday.

An amber weather warning is also forecasting heavier snow from 7pm on Saturday into Sunday morning.

The gritting vehicles will cover everywhere from the town centres, hospitals, stations and bus routes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Five nurses from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have attended a reception at Buckingham Palace

They joined Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations to recognise outstanding work.

Chief Nurse, Fiona Allsop, said she’s “very proud of the commitment of all nurses to making a difference to the people we care for”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 pm  

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

Constantin Talaba is believed to have been in Cobham before he went missing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

The death of a prominent Kremlin critic is now being treated as murder

Tests have concluded that Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was killed by compression to the neck.

It's understood he was found hanged at his home in New Malden on Monday.

Reporter Ian Woods is outside the property.

He says the Russian government wanted him to be extradited.

It's not being linked to the Salisbury spy poisoning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

A man who sexually abused two children to exchange indecent images of them for more indecent images has been imprisoned

33 year old John Lewett committed the offences while living in Tadworth in July 2016.

He pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court and has been sentenced to over six years in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

Local authority leaders opposed to Heathrow expansion are calling for the government to reconsider its plans

It’s after a new report on air quality.

Four parliamentary select committees say the current legal framework isn’t doing enough to protect health.

It’s calling for a new regulatory body and a commitment to new standards.

Wandsworth council’s leader says that it would be reckless to press ahead with expansion when evidence shows it will make air quality worse.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Four teenagers have been found guilty of stabbing a teenager to death in Wandsworth last year

The four chased Mahamed Hassan through the streets before stabbing him in April last year.

He was taken to hospital but declared dead just before 3am.

They will be sentenced on Wednesday 28th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Police have described an 18 year-old, convicted of planting a bomb on a packed commuter train, as "devious and cunning"

Ahmed Hassan's homemade device partially exploded last September at Parsons Green station in west London.

Dozens were injured in the fireball, and the subsequent crush to escape.

He'd been monitored by police because of concerns about radicalisation - but counter-terrorism Commander Dean Haydon says he kept his plot secret.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Moscow has opened a murder investigation into the death of a Russian in New Malden

Nikolai Glushkov died at his home on Monday.

Russia's Investigative Committee is also looking into the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal after she and her father were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury.

But it's made no mention of her former-double agent dad.

Furthermore, the Met Police have announced a counter-terrorism investigation into his death.

But they say there's no evidence to link it to the death in Salisbury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Three women in Hounslow have been given community protection warnings after begging outside a mosque

They deceived worshippers into believing they were homeless or destitute, and would arrive at the mosque just after Friday prayers.

The imam is recommending worshippers give their money or time to genuine charities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

A joint strategy in Croydon is set to help carers in Croydon

Discounts for young carers are among planned improvements in a new joint strategy in Croydon.

Developed by the Council, it will include a stronger local support network for its carers, which make up 10% of the boroughs population.

It’s due to be discussed at next Monday’s cabinet meeting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking people to fill out a survey for his latest county crime plan

David Munro wants to outline the strategic direction for the force by refreshing six priorities within his draft plans.

He wants to deliver a policing service the public can be proud of by continuing to stay ahead of new crimes and cracking down on trends.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Sunday marks national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness day

CSE can be anything that involves the manipulation or coercion of a young person under the age of 18.

DS Bas Dickson Leach works at the CSE department at Kingston and Richmond police station.

He explains how it is making a difference.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Fulham and Richmond have been named in the top ten list of places to live in London

Bermondsey has overtaken Peckham to top a prestigious list of the best places to live in London.

The south east district was revealed as the capital’s most desirable location by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide 2018.

Richmond, Fulham and Furzedown in Wandsworth are also among a total of ten London locations named in the list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Final obstacle to Chelsea's stadium removed

Chelsea have now been given the all-clear to proceed with the construction of their new stadium at Stamford Bridge after settling a dispute with a neighbour.

Plans to redevelop the ground into a 60,000 seat arena hit a snag when the Crosthwaite family, who own a home nearby, took out a High Court injunction last year over a “right to light”.

A confidential agreement between both parties has now been reached.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 am  

Jamie Roberts to leave Harlequins for Bath

Harlequins has confirmed that centre Jamie Roberts will be leaving the club at the end of the season for Premiership rivals Bath.

There had been talks about him moving to Japan.

Quins has also recently announced that Bath and Australia centre Ben Tapuai will be joining next season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 am  

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Appeal for Feltham missing teenager

Hounslow police are appealing for assistance to locate missing teenager Sophie Butler.

The 15-year-old is missing from Feltham.

Anyone with information should call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 pm  

Kingston Residents Group announces new candidate for New Malden

Political party Kingston Independent Residents Group has announced a new candidate to represent Coombe Hill, in New Malden.

Helen Hinton has resigned from the Conservative party to take up the position.

She wants to represent local interest and not those of national parties.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 pm  

Croydon elects its first ever Young Mayor

Young people in Croydon have elected William Awomoyi as the borough’s first ever Young Mayor.

William is 14 and a pupil at The Cedars School. He campaigned on youth crime and safety.

15-year old Shea Williams from Harris Academy won the Deputy Mayor post.

Together they’ll represent Croydon’s ninety-three-and-a-half thousand young people – that’s 1 in 20 young Londoners
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Kingston Crown Court hands down 15 years to man convicted of supplying a loaded revolver

A man who supplied a loaded revolver to another was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment yesterday at Kingston Crown Court.

Osiris James, who’s 28, from Ladbroke Grove, was found guilty of possession of a firearm, and ammunition, with intent to enable another to endanger life.

Armed officers found a loaded revolver with four rounds of ammunition on another criminal last year. Forensics revealed the DNA of an ex-partner of James inside the firearm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Chelsea fans hurt outside Barca's Nou Camp

Chelsea are out of the Champions league after a 3-nil loss to Barca.

But the club’s been made aware of incidents outside Barcelona's Nou Camp before the game in which "a number of fans were hurt".

Videos on social media show clashes between fans and security before the match.

The Chelsea Supporters' Trust says it’s gathering evidence to send to Uefa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

Spelthorne council publishes its concerns over Heathrow consultation

Spelthorne has responded to the Heathrow consultation.

Councillors support the expansion because of the economic benefits it will bring.

But they raise concerns including air quality, traffic and noise.

They’re worried the villages of Stanwell and Stanwell Moor could be changed forever.

The council’s list of ten requirements will be put before Cabinet on Wednesday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm  

A woman from Sutton has been found guilty of pretending to be a survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire in order to claim money

Joyce Msokeri gave a detailed account of how her husband had gone to help his sister on another floor, and had given her a wet towel to shield her face.

The 47 year-old, who took £19,000 worth of donations, will be sentenced next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

The government is reportedly forcing companies to sign non-disclosure agreements when discussing post-Brexit plans

Logistic companies have been consulted on how business would be affected under different scenarios, including the “no deal” option.

The gagging orders extend to both the public and Parliament.

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna calls it a “mockery of parliamentary sovereignty”.

He says the information is needed to make informed decisions on trade bills.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm  

Antisocial behaviour in Walton town centre has led to Elmbridge Council putting a Public Spaces Protection Order on the area.

A PSPO criminalises behaviour that is not normally criminalised.

Such as failing to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs, or not leaving an area when told to by an “authorised person”.

Since the beginning of 2017, Surrey Police has had numerous reports of antisocial behaviour in the area.

Including substance misuse, underage drinking and sexual activity when groups have gathered.

The order will run until March 1, 2019.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

A relief agency in Teddington launches an urgent campaign to clean up the oceans

A relief agency in Teddington has launched an urgent campaign to clean up the oceans and improve poor communities’ health.

Tearfund wants to encourage the UK Government to spend more of its overseas budget on reducing the amount of plastics entering the oceans.

Increasing the global aid spent on waste management to 3% would more than halve the quantities of plastics going into the water.

More than two billion people have no waste collection, meaning their rubbish ends up being dumped in rivers and oceans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of an 18 year old accused of the Parsons Green Tube bombing

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan denies intending to cause harm in west London last September, telling the Old Bailey he made the device as a cry for attention.

The judge told jurors to be logical, objective and dispassionate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

A further 18 EV charging points are going be trialled in Richmond

The posts will be located across the borough and will bring the total number to 28 as part of plans to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Encouraging the ownership of electric vehicles is an important aspect of the council’s work to improve air quality.

Residents who want to have charging points installed on their street can apply via the council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

London Fire Brigade is trying to convince more people to switch to vaping

London Fire Brigade is trying to convince more people to switch to vaping rather than smoking because they pose less of a risk of fire.

According to the LFB, there have been an a 22 fires every week linked to smoking in the past five years.

Since 2013/14, there have been 5,978 fires in London linked to smoking.

That’s why LFB is pushing people who smoke to try vaping instead if they find it difficult to stop smoking altogether.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Surrey Slam is coming to the county

A new, short form cricket competition is being launched in the whole of the county, the first region in the country to take it on.

Surrey Slam will see 49 Surrey clubs like the Byfleet Buccaneers and the Mitcham Warriors take part in evening matches every two weeks across the summer.

Competition founder Matt Camp tells Jackie's Sandra Aggrey all abut the aim of the game.

For more info on the game, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Plans for a £9m dementia home in Surbiton are a step closer

It’s after Kingston council awarded the design and build contract to a developer.

The care home for older people is set to open by 2020 and will be built on the current Newent Home site.

Subject to consultation and planning approval, the 80-bed facility will be owned by the council and run by an independent operator.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

MP voices concerns over possible scrapping of 1p coin

The MP for Chelsea and Fulham has voiced his concerns over the scrapping of the 1p coin.

Greg Hands was reacting to the treasury’s proposals to remove the coppers from circulation.

The International trade minister said, ‘Government call for evidence on scrapping 1p.’

It comes as the Lord Macpherson warned ditching the 1p coin could hike prices.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 am  

Kingston footbridge is set to be removed

A footbridge next to Kingston Station is set to be removed which will require temporary traffic arrangements affecting journeys.

It comes as part of the Kingston Go Cycle programme which £30 million has been invested by the Mayor.

The works aim to improve accessibility into the town centre as well as improving road safety and cycling facilities.

The diversions will be enforced over the weekend of the 1th and 15th of April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 am  

Chelsea are out of Champions League at the hands of Barcelona

Chelsea are out of the Champions League - after a 3-nil loss at Barcelona.

Antonio Conte's side went down 4-1 on aggregate - with Lionel Messi scoring twice for the Catalan giants.

But the Stamford Bridge boss says it wasn't all bad from his team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 am  

A building in Wandsworth has been recognised for its architectural and historical importance and been given special listed status.

The Fazl Mosque in Southfields has been made a Grade II building by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

It was London’s first purpose built mosque when it opened in 1926.

It now serves as the headquarters of the Amadiyya Muslim community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Today marks 2 years since the murder of 50 year-old Robyn Mercer outside her home in West Molesey.

Surrey Police say they know there are individuals out there who can assist with this complex case and bring the people responsible to justice.

They are still urging anyone with any information on the case to come forward and contact 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 pm  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after being found in an empty flat in Woking.

A neighbour was alerted by the sound of a smashing window at the house in Dartmouth Avenue at around 3am yesterday.

A 21 year old man was arrested for burglary and drug possession.

He’s been released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 pm  

A block of public toilets in Sutton are being redeveloped after 15 years out of use.

The block was facing demolition, but will now be completely gutted and renovated into a 20 seat café.

The Sutton Green development plan includes provision of new playground equipment, an outdoor gym and cycle stands.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

All 3,000 staff at Toys R Us are going to lose their jobs after administrators for the collapsed retailer confirmed they've not found a buyer

All 100 stores will shut over the next six weeks, including in Colliers Wood, Croydon, Staines and Woking.

The first redundancies involve 67 head office staff in Maidenhead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

A man who abused hospital staff across Surrey has been given a five year criminal behaviour order

37 year old Ben Etherington would attend Surrey hospitals, sometimes multiple times a day, then refuse to leave once treated.

He would then be abusive and sexually inappropriate towards staff.

This means he’s banned from attending or loitering outside, among others, Royal Surrey County and St Peter’s in Chertsey without medical need.

He racked up 400 pages of evidence, up to 8 times the usual amount.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Three members of the same family are wanted by police in connection with a burglary at a jewellery shop in Epsom

The incident took place at the beginning of January.

Trasca, Crucita and Radu Rostas are believed to be in the Croydon area. They are all described as white Eastern European.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Time is running out to have your say on plans to upgrade the A3 and the M25

A new video showing the proposed design for a major upgrade of one of the UK’s busiest junctions has been unveiled by Highways England.

The animations show how the A3 would be widened at the Painshill junction, as well as the new access road for Wisley Gardens.

The preferred route was announced last year and a consultation on the final design was launched last month and runs until the 26th of this month.

To have your say, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Councillors vow to clean up The Cut in New Malden

This was the scene in The Cut on Mothering Sunday.

The route, which connects the station to the level crossing in Elm Road, was only revamped last year with new tarmac and a cycle lane.

However, residents have complained about the amount of rubbish that's regularly being dumped along the route.

Councillors have taken to Twitter to promise to take action and this morning, the particular area pictured, had been cleared.

Residents say they'd like to see the whole route cleared, and the grassland turned into mini allotments that they can tend to to improve community spirit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Anti Heathrow expansion campaigners blast T5's 10th anniversary

Stop Heathrow Expansion claims the airport told everyone that Terminal 5 would not lead to a third runway and the loss of thousands of homes when it was built.

It celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday with a visit from HRH Prince Charles.

People passing through Terminal 5’s check-in were invited to help build a birthday card.

But the anti expansion campaign group has called the celebration ‘phoney.’

John McDonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington, said:

“The case against Heathrow expansion is growing. As the weeks go on, more and more people, both in the community and in Parliament are realising that a third runway cannot go ahead.

“The attendance at the recent public meetings we’ve been holding, despite taking place during the snowstorms, is testament to the strength of feeling people are feeling about the impact this proposal will have to their local community.”

The developments, explained to residents at two recent public meetings held by campaign group Stop Heathrow Expansion in West Drayton and Harmondsworth allegedly revealed that sites immediately below the M4 motorway could be used to house a new immigration centre and a 20,000-space ‘mega’ car park.

The A4 could also be re-routed much closer to West Drayton, which the campaign group claims would expose residents and children at Cherry Lane Primary School to even greater air pollution levels.

It also claims a site close to Wise Lane in West Drayton, could be used for flood storage, whilst land next to Cherry Lane Cemetery could be used for ‘industrial and parking uses.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Poundworld in Croydon has been slapped with a huge fine

The Poundworld store in Croydon Town centre has been fined a massive £1.2 million.

It’s after the shop in North End breached food hygiene and health and safety offences.

The shop was found to be dirty and littered with mouse droppings.

Food on display was also gnawed and rodent urine and faeces were found over packaging and products.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Counter terror police are investigating the death of another Russian exile at his home in New Malden

Nikolai Glushkov, who was a close friend of Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, claimed political asylum in the UK after being convicted of fraud in Russia.

Scotland Yard says there's no evidence to link the death to the incident in Salisbury.

But former security minister Baroness Neville-Jones believes it's time to review the safety of Russians in Britain:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Experts say climate change is putting the world's most nature-rich areas at risk

There's a warning half the plants and animals in the world's most nature-rich areas are at risk of dying out, due to climate change.

Wildlife experts have also found even if the 2 degrees Celsius target is met, those places could still lose a quarter of their species.

That includes the Amazon, parts of southern Africa and south-west Australia.

Steven Cornelius is from Woking based charity WWF, which helped carry out the research.

He says we can all do our bit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Can you help find this man missing from Mitcham?

A vulnerable elderly man has gone missing while walking his dog in Mitcham.

81 year old Patrick Lavender was last seen at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon when he left his home.

He had his sandy coloured long haired Jack Russell with him.

Mr Lavender has Alzheimer’s and his family are growing concerned for his welfare.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Litter bugs in Hounslow should beware

That’s the message from the council, as it warns it is cracking down on litter louts and fly tippers.

Getting caught could see you end up with a fine of up to £400

The authority will use a combination of on-street marketing and messages on waste collection vehicles to drive the message home.

The initiative will be supported by new covert CCTV surveillance, and more enforcement patrols.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:47 am  

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in West Molesey are renewing their appeal for information two years after her death

The body of the 50-year-old antiques dealer was discovered in her front garden in Walton Road just after 8am on March the 14th 2016.

She died from multiple head injuries.

So far, the investigation has seen a number of arrests, but no charges.

They’re hoping it may jog someone’s memory.

A man, arrested on suspicion of murder, remains under investigation.

Two other men also remain under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 am  

Over £15,000 has been raised for toddler in Carshalton so that he can receive a cochlea hearing implant.

3 year old Benjamin Wayne had his NHS funding for the operation rejected; his parents say doctors said he ‘wasn’t deaf enough’

Mum Joanna is worried that without the implant her son will never learn to speak.

A cochlea implant operations costs around £80,000.

An NHS spokesperson has said that the health service has been told to save £23 billion by 2020 which reduces funding for such treatments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Iraqi teenager accused of setting off a bomb at Parsons Green station last year has denied having contact with Islamic State

Ahmed Hassan, who lives in Sunbury, has told his trial he never intended to blow up the train - saying it was all part of a film fantasy.

Reporter Katie Spencer was in court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 pm  

A mosque in Woking has been granted the highest protected building status for the first time

The Shah Jahan, which became Britain’s first purpose-built mosque when it opened in 1889, has been elevated to Grade I listed status.

This puts it on a par with buildings such as the Brighton Pavilion and Buckingham Palace.

The mosque is one of five to be given new or upgraded listings as part of work by conservation watchdog Historic England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Two victims of the black cab rapist John Worboys launched their High Court challenge to stop him being freed earlier

The pair have two days to try to convince judges the serial sex attacker should stay behind bars.

Worboys was recommended for parole earlier this year having been jailed in 2009.

Former Parole Board judge John Samuels says there are some unusual aspects in the case.

Earlier this year, one victim, Carrie Symonds, waived her anonymity to tell how she was attacked on her way home to East Sheen after a night out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm  

A court’s heard a woman accused of posing as a victim of Grenfell was in fact in her flat in Sutton on the night of the tragedy

Joyce Msokeri received accommodation and cash handouts after she claimed that she lost her home and husband in the blaze last June.

She denies 3 counts of fraud and a charge of possessing a false document.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

A pilot to bring dock-less bike share to Richmond is to launch next month

Bicycle hire schemes no longer require docking stations because the technology is now built directly into the bikes themselves.

Users of the new system will be able to register on an app.

Upon payment, they’ll be given a code to release the bike and can leave it anywhere in the borough when finished.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for 15 year for sexually abusing three girls while he lived in Wallington

71 year old Michael Hewitt took advantage of his position of trust within the Wallington congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He was found guilty of eight counts of indecency with children in the 1980s.

He will be on the sex offenders register for life and have a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Restraining Order served.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Brentford will be without Andreas Bjelland for the visit of second-placed Cardiff City in the Championship tonight

The defender is expected to be replaced by Chris Mepham after going off injured in Saturday’s defeat by Millwall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Babies across Hammersmith and Fulham are proving you’re never too young to enjoy a love of literature

The Council is giving all new-borns their very own library card.

The ‘My First Library Card’ scheme sees babies automatically given membership when their parents register their birth.

A council spokesman says “reading is one of the most important things that parents can do for their children right from birth.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Surrey Police has confirmed it will not be re-opening its investigation into the death of a Russian whistle-blower in Weybridge

Alexander Perepilichnyy died suddenly outside his home in 2012.

The 43 year old, who had left Russia in 2009, collapsed while out jogging.

At the time, a cardiologist surmised he died of natural causes.

The news follows a statement from home secretary Amber Rudd who says MI5 and police will look again at allegations about 14 deaths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Presenter Zoe Ball has spoken publically about the death of her boyfriend, Billy Yates, last year

The respected cameraman killed himself at his home in Putney.

Miss Ball has just cycled over 350 miles for BBC Sport Relief to raise awareness of mental illness.

She says “it was very difficult for Billy to find support. There is very little on offer other than anti-depressants and a bit of counselling.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Death of a man, believed to be a Russian businessman, is investigated in New Malden

Officers aren't naming him, but he's understood to be Nikolai Glushkov, a businessman wanted in his home country for fraud.

He was a close friend of Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, and claimed political asylum in the UK after being convicted of fraud in Russia.

The 68-year-old was found at his home in Clarence Avenue near to The Triangle and Coombe Girls’ School.

The Met police issued this statement earlier:

"Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm last night to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden.

Officers attended and next of kin have been informed.

Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

The death is currently being treated as an unexplained.

If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided.

At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had.

There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury."

Lucy Mayer reports from the scene.

The body has now been removed from the property, but a cordon remains in place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Today marks three years since fire destroyed Battersea Arts Centre

The building’s roof, grand hall and lower hall were all ruined by the blaze.

However, the Grand Hall has today risen like a Phoenix from the ashes with the launch of its new season of theatre productions.

Appropriately called The Phoenix Season, it’ll feature the run of Missing, which was halfway through its run when the fire broke out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Sunbury teen in court over Parsons Green tube bombing

The Iraqi teenager accused of planting a bomb on a tube at Parsons Green has told jurors he smuggled himself into Britain on a train when he was 16.

Ahmed Hassan, who now lives in Sunbury, denies attempted murder and causing an explosion last September.

The 18 year old has also told the Old Bailey he spent three days in hospital because he tried to take his own life.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm  

There’s been a surge in crime on mopeds in Sutton

There’s been a surge in crime on mopeds in Sutton, and the MP for Carshalton and Wallington fears police cuts could make it worse.

Lib Dem Tom Brake says the Mayor’s plans to merge policing in Sutton, Croydon and Bromley couldn’t come at a worse time and will “put our safety at risk”

He’s launching a petition for more to be spent on policing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The inquest into the murder of a Sutton school girl continues today

The mother of a murdered Sutton schoolgirl kept a second child secret from the authorities after the youngster had been taken out of her care.

Six year old Ellie Butler was placed in the care of her grandparents as a baby after dad Ben Butler was accused of shaking her.

She was returned to the care of Butler, and her mother, in 2012 after a ruling by Mrs Justice Hogg in the family division of the High Court.

Ellie was battered to death by her father at their family home in Sutton in October 2013.

An inquest into her death began yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Prison watchdogs say immigration detainees are being held for "excessively long" periods in "prison-like" conditions

It said Home Office failings were sometimes to blame for the prolonged detentions at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, near

In some cases, a removal to another country failed because a lack of travel documents or a late legal challenge.

Harmondsworth holds up more than 600 men, which can include asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Surrey Police has achieved its first conviction for modern slavery.

It follows a multi-agency crackdown in Walton last summer.

37 year old Laszlo Egeresi and 25 year old Gabor Olah from Hersham, have been found guilty following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

They were both found guilty of human trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.

Police were acting on information that EU nationalswere working legally as kitchen staff.

But they were being exploited for excessive accommodation, transport and administrative costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:57 am  

Six men have been jailed over an attack in Croydon

Six men from south London have been jailed for an attack on a Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker in Croydon.

17 year old Rekar Ahmed suffered a fractured spine and a bleed to the brain and spent days in an induced coma after the attack last year.

All six were jailed with 3 receiving sentences of 50 months each.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Investigations are continuing this morning following a second fire on the Thames in Surbiton in the space of a fortnight

A blaze broke out at Hart’s Boatyard restaurant yesterday morning.

On March the 1st, a house boat caught light at Thames Ditton Marina, just a short distance from Hart’s.

The boat there was being used as a commercial workspace.

It took over 3 hours to put the fire out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Work has begun to build 30 new, “genuinely affordable homes” for people in Fulham

It’s after the authority agreed to redevelop the council-owned Fulham North Housing Office and adjacent car park.

The site is expected to be demolished over the summer with construction expected to start in the autumn.

The new homes should be ready by 2020.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 am  

£400 fine for a fly-tipper in Richmond

A fly-tipper who dumped their household waste on busy Teddington High Street has been fined £400.

The culprit caused a number of road blockages while the mess was cleaned up by Richmond council.

The authority’s reminding people without internal or external storage provision that waste must be kept inside the property.

They can only place it on the pavement outside on collection days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am  

The annual toad-watch is back in Ham.

People living in Church Road are being asked to keep their eyes open for breeding toads for the next few weeks.

The amphibians, which live on Ham Common, make the 100m journey to pools on the other side of the road to spawn every year.

To ensure their safety, a small section of Church Road is now closed until the end of March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 am  

A charity has raised over £4,500 at the Surrey half marathon for people with a rare muscular condition.

A Cobham based charity has raised over £4,500 at the Surrey half marathon for people with a rare muscular condition.

Harrison’s fund seeks to raise money for those with Duchenne, a disease which causes muscles to waste away.

It was named after the son of the founders, Alex and Donna Smith.

It’s the only charity for Duchenne which focuses on finding a cure, rather than palliative care.

Harrison’s brother, William, even got involved in the race, running the 5km children’s route.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Scientists in Sutton have found 110 genes linked to breast cancer.

It’s the most comprehensive study of the genetics behind the disease ever.

32 of the genes found by the team at the Institute of Cancer Research increased the likelihood of survival.

Most haven’t been linked to the disease before, so more work will be carried out to determine the extent of their role in it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 am  

Monday, 12 March 2018

The burst water main on Tooting Broadway is said to have been fixed

Thames Water are preparing to flush the replacement pipe overnight so the supply can be recharged tomorrow morning.

It’ll take longer for customers living in high rise flats and those above ground level to have their supply back to normal.

The main burst last Wednesday, leaving many homes without a water supply, especially at peak times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm  

The hunt is on to find a 14 year old boy missing from Hounslow

Jaike Collado was last seen at 8am last Thursday.

He was leaving his home address in Tiverton Road to go to school in Hayes.

He is Asian, about 5ft 8ins with curly black hair.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 pm  

The victim of a stabbing in South Norwood last Monday has been named as 20 year old Kelva Smith

Police were called to Albert Road in South Norwood at around 5pm, where Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 14 year old boy appeared at Croydon magistrates’ court today, and will appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

A 15 year old is on bail, and a 19 year old was charged last Wednesday and will appear in court in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

Croydon is to enhance the borough’s cultural scene as part of its regeneration programme

The Council has announced new plans to bring the Museum of Croydon back and a new libraries strategy.

The key part of the scheme is the £30 million refurbishment of Fairfield Halls, which has plans for a phased opening at the end of the year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

A teenager from Sunbury accused of carrying out the Parsons Green Tube bombing has blamed America for his father's death in court

18 year old Hassan Ahmed denies attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

He allegedly packed a bucket with 400g of TATP explosives and shrapnel and left it on the District Line train on September the 15th.

It only partially exploded.

College lecturer Katie Cable told the Old Bailey Hassan told her it was "his duty to hate Britain" because of what happened to his family.

She was his mentor when he was studying at Brooklands College in Weybridge.

She said he talked about Tony Blair and referred to being angry about
the deaths of his parents.

The trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A judge has described a number of acid attacks as 'despicable', before sentencing the teenage boy behind them to more than a decade in prison.

17-year-old Derryck John from Croydon targeted six moped riders in less than 90 minutes last July.

He was told he carried out 'grave crimes', which had a 'life changing' impact on victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Children led away after woman dies outside their school in Richmond

A number of children had to be led away after a woman allegedly set herself on fire outside their school near Richmond Park earlier.

Queen’s Road was closed just after 1 o’clock after the incident outside Pesthouse Common outside Christs' School and Sixth Form.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The death is being treated as unexplained.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Surbiton now has its very own Gin.

Named The Good Life, after the famous 70s comedy set in the town, its being specially produced for a bar in Maple Road.

It’s currently distilled in Leicestershire but the owners hope it could one day be produced in Surbiton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Woman "on fire" dies near Richmond Park

Police were called to Queen’s Road, which leads into Richmond Park, just after 1 o’clock this lunchtime.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The incident happened next to Pesthouse Common outside Christs' School, which is further down the road towards North Sheen.

The school was closed for part of the afternoon after the road was sealed off.

The death is being treated as unexplained.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

The grandfather of a girl from Sutton murdered by her father says he hopes the inquest into her death will finally allow "justice to prevail".

Ben Butler, is serving a life sentence for the murder of 6 year old Ellie who died from severe head injuries in 2013.

She had been returned to her parents following an 11 month custody battle.

The inquest, which opened today at Croydon Coroner's Court, will examine the roles of the authorities involved with her before she died.

The inquest is expected to last two weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Heathrow based British Airways, which was voted the UK's strongest brand last year, has now fallen out of the top 20

Toy maker Lego has achieved the number one spot in the Superbrands ranking, beating more than 1,500 firms.

The list is determined by 2,500 consumers.

They were asked to rank each brand for quality, reliability and distinction on behalf of the Centre for Brand Analysis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Sustainable energy could be on the cards for homes and businesses across Sutton

A network of underground pipes is being installed as part of a scheme to introduce low-carbon energy.

The Sutton Decentralised Energy Network will capture heat from the Energy Recovery Facility and landfill gas engines.

It will then be transported in highly insulated pipes to provide heat and hot water to properties.

The first phase is set to go live later this year and will initially supply energy to around 725 homes, a care home and a supermarket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

17-year-old boy from Croydon jailed for attacking moped riders with acid

Derryck John previously admitted carrying out the attacks in the north and east of London on one day last July.

He sprayed the riders in the face with a noxious liquid and stole two mopeds before trying to take another four.

Police say one of the victims was left with "life-changing injuries".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Police are very concerned about a man who’s missing in Hounslow.

67 year old Sandeep Sharma was last seen when he went to bed on Friday night.

He was discovered to be missing in the early hours of Saturday morning and is of medium build with white hair.

He’s thought to be wearing a black coat and white shoes.

Call 101 ifyou have info, quoting ref 18MIS009854.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm  

Golfer Paul Casey from Weybridge says his second PGA Tour golf title was the reward for a lot of hard work

He finished the latest event in Florida a shot clear of Tiger Woods, who was tied for second.

Casey says it's a huge boost ahead of next month's Masters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

More than one thousand Commonwealth flags have been raised in Sutton this morning

It’s to mark Commonwealth Day.

Mayor, Jean Crossby attended the Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth Ceremony in the Town Square.

The celebration is now in its fourth year.

It aims to help residents to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds like friendship and co-operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Croydon is now a full 20mph borough after its fifth and final area went live this morning

In 2015 the council divided the borough into five areas and began introducing the speed limit after making the scheme an administration priority.

The new limit applies to all streets in Purley, Woodcote, Kenley, Coulsdon and Old Coulsdon.

It also includes parts of Sanderstead and South Croydon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

A flag raising ceremony has taken place in Merton to commemorate Commonwealth Day

The Mayor of Merton, Marsie Skeete says “today is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate the diversity and appreciate the values of the union.”

The raising of the flag this morning is just the start of the celebrations taking place across the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Surrey County Council reveals details on extra £5m investment to tackle winter road damage

The move has been announced by cabinet member for Highways Colin Kemp.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Radio presenter Jamie Theakston has been granted planning permission to build a family home in his back garden in Chiswick

Some upset neighbours had accused him of “cultural vandalism.”

But Hounslow Council paved the way for the build at a meeting last night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Calls are growing for Britain to freeze the assets of some UK-based Russian oligarchs

The so called friends of President Putin, named in the US, include Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am  

Health and wellbeing will be at the forefront of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

The latest gardens to be announced in the line-up include designs based on the “immense power of plants.”

The aim of one display, the Feel Good garden, will be to show visitors how certain plants and green spaces can make you feel happier.

The historic event returns in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Surbiton residents are being encouraged to cycle

Bike pumps are sprouting up on pavements across Surbiton.

They have been installed to encourage residents to get on their bikes.

Made by Cyclepods, they allow bikes to be suspended in the air and the punctures repaired.

All tools are provided.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Weybridge golfer Casey wins in Florida

Weybridge golfer Paul Casey has his second victory on the USPGA Tour.

He finished the latest event in Florida on 10 under-par, one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, who was tied for second.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Missing vulnerable woman from Staines

Police are appealing for help to find a vulnerable woman missing from Staines.

75 year old Pamela Pearce was last seen yesterday evening at her home.

Pamela is white around 5 ft 5, with long white hair and was last seen wearing jeans and a jacket.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 am  

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Petition on the Norbiton Cambridge Road development plans goes live

There's a new petition for more social homes on the Cambridge Road estate in Norbiton.

Labour councillors are calling for a ballot of residents about the estate regeneration plans, as well as an increase to the number of council homes from six hundred and eighty three to a thousand.

They say the current regeneration plans do not adequately provide for Kingston residents.

The petition is online at the Kingston council website.

For more, info, click here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 pm  

Thames Water announces compensation for customers in Wandworth, Lambeth and Croydon after OFWAT launches investigation

Water companies will be asked why they weren't better prepared for last week's bad weather which left thousands of homes cut off.

The regulator OFWAT has announced a review in England and Wales.

The problems led to a temporary closure at two Jaguar Land Rover plants and problems for Cadbury in the Midlands.

Thames Water says it will pay compensation to customers including those in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Croydon who were without water for days.

The findings will be published in June.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Harlequins players announced in England squad to face Ireland next weekend

England's head coach has announced the squad for the team's final NatWest Six Nations match. They'll play Ireland at Twickenham next Saturday.

It will include Harlequins' Mike Brown, Dannie Care and Marcus Smith in the back, plus Forwards Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw and Kyle Sinckler.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

A knife attack on actress Liz Hurley’s nephew is believed to have been triggered by road rage

21-year-old Miles Hurley and his friend were repeatedly stabbed after a group of men got out of a vehicle and chased them in Nine Elms.

It’s reported that the pair had overtaken the car minutes earlier.

The actress revealed her nephew lost more than four pints of blood in the attack on Thursday evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Police have raided a house in Fulham as part of a crackdown on moped crime

The raid, in the Sands End area, was intelligence led.

Officers believed the address was being used to store stolen goods.

Inside the property, police found drugs and a number of suspected stolen mobile phones.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

A public consultation is due to look at how the tax system can be used to cut down on single-use plastics

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge Philip Hammond will request evidence on how to reduce the waste in similar ways to the plastic bag charge.

Meanwhile, a group of researchers say they're using drone technology to identify the size of the problem.

Peter Kohler founded The Plastic Tide Project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

YMCA encourages uniqueness in Hampton

The YMCA is encouraging people to celebrate their uniqueness.

The charity is offering free body image and self - esteem workshops in Hampton.

The aim is for participants to overcome concerns about the way they look.

Counsellor Katrina Redpath wants to help people develop the tools for emotional wellness.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Investigations continue in Chertsey after a biker died in a collision.

Investigations are continuing today following a fatal crash in Chertsey on Friday morning.

A biker died after he collided with a car.

The man in his 40s, was travelling along Stonehill Road in Lyne when the accident happened.

He died at the scene while the driver of the car sustained minor injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am  

Surbiton Farmers' Market pledges to go plastic free

Surbiton Farmers’ Market is the latest one to pledge to go plastic free.

It’s urging its customers to come pre armed with reusable bags.

Almost 70% of its stalls are already plastic free.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 am  

Surrey Half Marathon

The annual Surrey Half Marathon has begun this morning.

Grace McGachy has this report

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am  

UPDATE - South Norwood Detectives charge 14 year old boy in connection with the stabbing of a 20 year-old man

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old man in South Norwood have charged a second teenager with his murder.

A 14-year-old boy was charged on Saturday, with murder, possession of a knife and attempted wounding and will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

19 year old Tyrone Farquharson has already been charged on murder in connection with the stabbing.

Meanwhile a 15-year-old boy has been bailed in connection with the offence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

Police appeal for help to trace a man missing from Hounslow

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

67 year old Sandeep Sharma was last seen when he went to bed at around 9pm on Friday and was reported missing at 3am on Saturday.

Mr Sharma is of medium build with white hair and thought to be wearing a black coat and white shoes.

Anyone who may know his whereabouts should contact police on 101

You can see a picture of him on our website at
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 am  

Thames Water customers to be compensated

Water companies will be asked why they weren't better prepared for last week's bad weather which left thousands of homes cut off.

The regulator's announced a review in England and Wales.

The problems led to a temporary closure at two Jaguar Land Rover plants and problems for Cadbury in the Midlands.

Thames Water says it will pay compensation to customers including those in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Croydon who were without water for days.

The findings will be published in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 am  

Record crowd for women's rugby in Twickenham

A crowd of 4,542 watched on as Harlequins Ladies fought back to beat London rivals Richmond Women in their Premier 15s match at the Twickenham Stoop.

Quins won 14-12.

The crowd was a record for a British women’s rugby club match.

The Premier 15s League was launched this season to raise the profile of women’s club rugby in England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 am  

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