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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Artists in Richmond are being urged to open their homes and studios for a borough-wide exhibition of creative talents

‘Art House Open Studios’ will allow members of the public to visit venues signed up to the programme.

They’ll be able to experience first-hand the work produced by Richmond’s artistic community.

The open exhibition will take place over two weekends in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 pm  

Saracens move into second place ahead of Wasps after a stop-start 24-11 victory over Harlequins at the London Stadium

Over 55,000 were in attendance as Saracens ran in first-half tries through Liam Williams and Maro Itoje.

Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston called Saracens “the ultimate challenge in English club rugby”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 pm  

Prince Harry will attend a charity fundraiser at Croydon Town Hall this evening

Prince Harry is set to make an appearance at Croydon Town Hall this evening.

The royal is the guest of honour at Croydon Charity Inspire 4 Change’s annual banquet.

Omar Sentamu, chairman and founder of the charity told the Croydon Advertiser that he and friend Scott Valero set up the charity to help teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been caught up in a life of crime.

Prince Harry is expected to arrive at Croydon Town Hall, on Katharine Street, at 7pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

New Addington’s long awaited Heroes Walk will be unveiled today

New Addington’s long awaited Heroes Walk will be unveiled later this afternoon.

The opening of the mural installed on hoardings between Chertsey Crescent and Central Parade, has been pushed back due to the recent heavy snow and icy weather.

Funded by Croydon Council 's arts fund, it features photographs of 20 "unsung local people who have gone the extra mile for New Addington".

Those pictured will include two local police officers who are trying to break down “barriers” with youths by becoming their football coaches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Prezzo and Chimichanga closures across South West London and Surrey

Prezzo, the Italian restaurant chain, has announced they will be closing 92 restaurants across the UK.

Outlets in Southwest London and Surrey listed include Wandsworth, and Kingston.

This is part of a restructuring backed by most creditors which could jeopardise up to 1,800 jobs.

All of 33 of the group’s TexMex chain Chimichanga are also set to shut; the chain has outlets in Bromley, Croydon, and Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Volkswagens enthusiasts gather in Esher

Thousands of car enthusiasts are heading to Esher this weekend to celebrate everything VW.

The UK’s biggest annual gathering of Volkswagens is taking place at Sandown Park.

Hundreds of vehicles including the classic Campervan and iconic Beetle will be on display.

Owners are also encouraged to bring their own VWs along in order to swap tips and stories with other drivers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Waste is a problem for Heathrow expansion

A new problem for backers of Heathrow expansion has been brought to light by Twickenham MP Vince Cable.

The Lakeside Energy from Waste facility – which processes non-recyclable waste from 12 local authorities including Hounslow and Richmond -- is the site of the proposed third runway.

The MP said he was staggered to learn that there has been no preparation to find another site for the incinerator –

and that the boroughs had not given any consideration on how to deal with the issue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am  

Heathrow BA crew arrested in Singapore

A BA crew member has been arrested in Singapore on suspicion of the rape of a stewardess.

The incident is believed to have happened at a drinks party while the two were off duty following a 12 hour flight from Heathrow.

They were scheduled to fly on to Sydney, but the airline had to send replacement crew to enable the flight to continue.

A conviction for rape in Singapore can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 am  

Friday, 23 March 2018

A court has heard how the woman accused of murdering her French nanny was “abusive” and “violent” towards her

Sophie Lionnet was allegedly tortured and killed by Sabrina Kouider and her partner at their home in Southfields.

Family friend, Steve Brown, told the Old Bailey that he heard Kouider screaming at the 21-year-old when he visited the house in 2016.

He also said he was worried about the au pair not eating enough that he brought over some food.

The couple have admitted they tried to dispose of her body but deny murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

A moped gang have been pictured attempting to steal £250,000 worth of BBC cameras set up along Putney Bridge to film the Boat Race

The photos show the men blocking rush hour traffic on Thursday evening in attempt to steal them using angle grinders.

They left empty-handed after being confronted by an off-duty policeman but later managed to get away with a camera on Barnes Bridge.

The BBC have said the theft is not expected to hinder coverage of the annual Boat Race tomorrow afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Two masked men have robbed a petrol station in West Byfleet

They entered the Tesco Express on Old Woking Road on Tuesday morning, making off with cash after threatening staff.

The suspects are of thin build and were wearing dark clothing with blue latex gloves.

If you have any information, contact the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

An inquest has heard how an aspiring model slipped and fell to her death after attempting to climb onto the roof of her home in Tooting

20-year-old Toni Kelly, had been taking cocaine and drinking with friends before falling down 12 feet in November 2017.

The New Zealand native was taken to St George’s Hospital where she died two days later when her life support was switched off.

It was initially reported that Kelly had fallen whilst taking a selfie.

The coroner recorded the cause of death as a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm  

Over 1,000 people in the county have contacted Epsom based Lucy Faithfull Foundation worried about sexual images of children

Some have been asking for help on how to stop images of a young loved one being shared online.

But, a number of these people have also asked for help on how they can stop viewing sexualised images of children themselves.

The figures released today represent a 68% year on year increase in the county on the previous 12 months according to Lucy Faithfull.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The teenager convicted of the Parsons Green train bombing in September has been sentenced to at least 34 years in prison

18-year-old Iraqi Ahmed Hassan was found guilty of attempted murder last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

MPs are calling for a night flight ban of 7 hours at Heathrow

They want tougher sanctions agreed before expansion is carried out.

They also want further evidence that landing charges will not be raised to pay for the third runway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

The inquest into the alleged failures of the authorities involved in the care of a 6 year old from Sutton killed by her father has concluded

Ellie Butler died in 2013 after being beaten by Ben Butler, who is serving 23 years behind bars for her murder.

She had been returned to the care of her parents just 11 months before her death.

The inquest is examining whether there were failures on the part of the authorities in the lead up to Ellie's murder.

The judgement is due on April the 10th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

People in North Surrey are to see extended GP access over the Easter holiday

Additional clinics will allow patients to access appointments at a surgery of their choosing via their own practice.

Medical records from their own doctor will also be available during the consultation.

It is hoped the move will reduce those presenting at A&E.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Suzuki has stopped its advertising campaign with Ant and Dec two days after Ant McPartlin was charged with drink-driving

The car company will carry on sponsoring the last two shows in the current series of Saturday Night Takeaway.

But, the pair won't appear in commercials.

Ant was involved with a collision in Mortlake on Sunday afternoon as he returned from an afternoon out in Richmond Park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Waste from Hounslow’s street bins actually ends up in landfill, even if it’s recyclable

The authority is being accused of misleading the public, which is led to believe the rubbish is sorted.

A council spokesman told ITV news that the dual bins, recyclable and non, often lead to contamination meaning waste has to go to landfill.

Residents’ household waste is not affected.

The council is going to remove all signage that says rubbish from dual bins can be recycled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A teenager from Sunbury has been jailed for life following a failed attack at Parsons Green station last September

18 year old Ahmed Hassan was told by a judge that he “exploited the people around him” in order to carry out the atrocity.

24 people were injured after Hassan, who came here illegally, planted his device, which failed to detonate properly.

Reporter Ian Woods is at the Old Bailey.

Speaking earlier his foster mother in Sunbury, Penny Jones, said the incident has devastated the family.

Hassan’s been told he must serve a minimum of 34 years behind bars.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said: "Hassan built a home-made bomb packed full of shrapnel that was designed to kill, maim and injure as many people as he could. It was only through good fortune that it didn't fully detonate. Had it done so, I have little doubt that we would have been dealing with many fatalities.

"The speed at which the Counter Terrorism Command investigation team worked was outstanding and had it not been for the fantastic support given by colleagues from British Transport Police, Transport for London, Kent, Surrey and Port of Dover Police, then this result may not have been possible.

"This result also comes in the same week that the ACT campaign was launched to further encourage the public to report any suspicious activity and behaviour and I would urge anyone who sees or notices anything suspicious to do so without delay."

Chief Superintendent John Conaghan, from British Transport Police, said: "We thoroughly welcome the lengthy sentence that Hassan has been handed by the court today. In September last year, he put Londoners through a frightening ordeal when he left his home-made bomb on a District Line train.

"His appalling attack could have claimed many lives on that busy rush hour train. Thankfully, no one was killed and his imprisonment will prevent him from posing any further threat to the public.

"British Transport Police officers responded quickly to help victims of the attack and we worked closely with Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command in the following hours and days to help identify the attacker. Thanks to excellent work by the UK Counter Terrorism Network, Hassan was quickly identified and arrested.

"Protecting the public from the threat of terrorism remains our number one priority. Now more than ever the public plays a vital role in helping us counter the threat of terrorism. If you ever witness suspicious behaviour, you can confidentially report it by texting us on 61016 or by visiting"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Fulham Football Club is expanding

It’s to redevelop its Riverside Stand to increase the capacity at its Craven Cottage stadium to 29,600.

The work will also see the Thames Path opened for the first time, for pedestrians to walk from Hammersmith to Putney Bridge.

Planning permission was granted by Hammersmith & Fulham Council last night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The number of people contacting an Epsom based child protection charity because they are worried about their sexual urges is increasing

Over the last 12 months, 1,084 people in the county have contacted Epsom based Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

Some have been asking for help on how to stop sexual images of a young loved one being shared online.

But, a number of these people have also asked for help on how they can stop viewing sexualised images of children themselves.

A special Get Help website, created by the charity, helps users to address their behaviour and stop looking at such images.

The figures released today represent a 68% year on year increase in the county on the previous 12 months according to Lucy Faithfull.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Police in East Molesey are looking for witnesses after an assult

Police are appealing for witnesses and CCTV footage after an assault in East Molesey.

They are trying to identify 5 men who are believed to be involved in an incident on the recreation area near The Wilderness at around 3pm yesterday afternoon:

- Black, over 6ft tall and of a slim build with short afro hair. Wearing black clothing and carrying a plastic bag.

- Arabic, around 5ft 10 inches tall and of a medium build with black shaved hair and facial hair. Wearing a bright blue tracksuit.

- White, 6ft tall with short brown hair and a fringe. Wearing a dark blue puffer coat, black jeans and black Nike Air Max trainers.

- Black, around 5ft 8 inches tall, with short black hair. Wearing black clothing and a North Face jacket.

- White, 5ft 10 inches tall, blonde hair and of slim build. Wearing a grey hoodie and dark trousers.

Anyone with any information should contact 101 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

The fight is on to save Kingston Environment Centre

Based beside the Fountain Roundabout in New Malden, its lease runs out next month.

The volunteer run centre used to receive £15,000 a year from Kingston Council, but the funding stopped after bidding regulations changed.

Manager Jean Vidler, who was recently handed an MBE for her services to the environment, says the situation is getting desperate.

To sign the petition to keep the centre open, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Part of Westfield White City closed off because of a "suspicious vehicle."

**Incident stood down at 12.30pm**


A car park at one of London’s biggest shopping centres has been sealed off.

Police are at Westfield in White City.

They were called at 10.30 to reports of a suspicious vehicle.

They’ve cordoned off the area and delays are currently building on the Hammersmith Flyover.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Heathrow is one of the top 10 airports in the world

Heathrow Airport has made a top ten list of the world's best airports.

The UK’s biggest airport moved up a place in Skytrax world's best airports list from ninth last year.

Heathrow retained its title for 'Best Airport Shopping' and Terminal 2 won the award for 'Best Airport Terminal.'
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

A Richmond resident will cycle over 4,000 miles in Europe for charity

A man from Richmond is preparing to cycle over 4,000 miles across Europe for charity.

Nick Waite, who lives in St Margarets, will cycle from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway over 3 months, starting in April.

He’s doing it to raise money for the Nepal Youth Foundation, who provide education and healthcare to children in the country.

He did a ride from Canterbury to The Vatican last year, and says that the trips become easier as they go on.

Click here to donate on his website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Fernando Alonso says the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday will be McLaren's "lowest level" this year

The Woking based team have had a difficult pre-season afflicted by reliability problems during testing.

They have switched to Renault engines this year after ending their relationship with Honda .

Alonso says there not at the level of Mercedes or Ferrari or Red Bull now but they should be there in a couple of races' time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

Family from Twickenham found dead are officially named

A woman who was found dead in Twickenham, and her husband and children who subsequently died in East Sussex, have been named.

Laura Cecilia Navarrete De Figueira, aged 47, was found dead in her Twickenham home with multiple stab wounds.

Her husband Adelino Gabriel Figueira de Faria, aged 57 and their children Claudio and Joaquin, aged ten and seven, died in East Sussex from multiple injuries consistent with falling from a height.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metropolitan Police on 101 quoting Operation Glasson.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Parsons Green tube bomber due to be sentenced this morning

18 year old Ahmed Hassan will be sentenced at 11am for the attack last September.

The 18 year old, who was fostered by a couple in Sunbury when he first arrived here, says he carried out the attacks in "revenge for the death of his parents."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

Westfield have dropped a £15m payment to Croydon's trams

Westfield and Hammerson have pulled a promised £15m investment in Croydon’s tram network.

The payment was due to go towards the cost of extra track near East Croydon known as the ‘Dingwall Loop’.

The £28m project would have diverted trams to make it easier for cars to enter the car park of the future Westfield shopping centre.

Transport for London say they are now looking at “cheaper options”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Committee want Heathrow night flight ban extension

MPs have called for tougher measures to protect passengers and local communities before plans to expand Heathrow Airport are approved.

The Transport Committee said a night flight ban of six-and-a-half hours should to be extended to seven hours.

The MPs also want further evidence that landing charges will not be raised to pay for a third runway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 am  

Bees ready to start work on new stadium

Building work on Brentford’s new stadium is set to begin next month.

The Bees want to move into their new ground at Lionel Road by December 2019.

The club expects the 17,250 capacity stadium to be complete by October next year.

English Football League clubs are allowed to change grounds during a season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 am  

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Grandfather speaks at Sutton murdered girl Ellie Butler inquest

The grandfather of Ellie Butler has spoken at an inquest into her death today.

She was in her gradparents’ care after her father Ben Butler was accused of shaking her as a baby.

Ellie was returned to her parents and was killed at home in Sutton 11 months later.

Her granddad Neal Gray said his daughter, Ellie’s mother Jennie Gray was just as culpable as Ben Butler for Ellie’s death.

Ben Butler was convicted for Ellie’s murder in 2016, which he still denies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 pm  

RBKC's Grenfell lawyer bill thought to top £5million

Kensington and Chelsea Council has paid over £2 million in lawyers’ fees in the wake of Grenfell.

And it’s thought the authority will approve plans to pay out more cash at a meeting tonight.

Figures quoted in a council report show that as of February it had spent £2.2 million on legal fees.

Tonight it’s thought it will propose to add another three million, £520,000 for the next financial year, bringing the total cost to £5.7 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 pm  

Appeal for witnesses of Egham assualt

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault in Egham.

A violent attack took place in Rusham Road last night before the two suspects drove away in a blue Audi.

The car was later stopped by officers and the occupants were arrested on suspicion of GBH and taken into custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 pm  

Mitcham assault update

Two men were assaulted in Mitcham in the early hours of this morning.

The Met Police said they were called to the scene on Bond Road near the junction of London Road.

The two men were taken to hospital but their injuries are not life threatening.

London Road was closed this morning due to the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 pm  

Fulham doggy day-care labradoodle found dead by A3 near Chessington

A woman from Fulham claims her pet has been found dead after it was “lost” by a dog walking company.

Andrea Pothier told the Evening Standard she left five-month-old Ghost with City Paws Club for a trial day on March the 6th.

Ten days later, and after a search involving more than 100 people, Ghost was found dead at the side of the A3 near Chessington.

Ms Pothier says the company has accepted responsibility.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 pm  

Appeal for missing Mitcham teenager

Merton Police are appealing for sightings of missing teenager Carvel Harris-Grovel.

He is 14 years old and is missing from Mitcham.

Carvel is black and has shoulder-length braided hair.

Anyone with information should call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

Sutton man convicted of murdering his daughter protests his innocence

A man who was convicted of killing his six-year-old daughter, while he looked after her at home in Sutton, has claimed he is innocent at an inquest today.

Ben Butler was jailed for a minimum of twenty three years in 2016 for inflicting catastrophic head injuries on his daughter Ellie.

He was previously cleared of injuring Ellie by shaking her when she was baby in 2009.

She was then returned to his care, and died 11 months later.

Butler gave video evidence to the coroner’s court in South London today and repeatedly denied killing her, or abusing her in any way.

He did admit being verbally abusive to Ellie’s mother, Jennie Gray.

Gray is serving a 42 month jail sentence for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice.

The inquest is to establish whether authorities failed in the lead-up to Ellie’s murder.

The outcome is due on 10th April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Police appeal for prolific burglar who has targeted 59 homes in 15 counties - including Addlestone, Egham, Ealing and

Surrey police are appealing to find a burglar who has committed fifty-nine burglaries over fifteen counties.

21-year-old Miles Connor has targeted homes in West Byfleet, Egham, Addlestone and Ashtead, as well as Ealing in West London.

He’s taken jewellery and high-end cars, some of which were then used to commit further offences.

He has links to Slough, West Drayton and Croydon.

He’s white, slim, and has brown hair. Anyone with information should call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 pm  

As today marks World Water Day, Wimbledon Foundation has announced a new partnership with WaterAid

One in nine people live without clean water close by across the world which has an impact on their health and education.

The Foundation has committed to donate £100,000 annually for 3 years.

The aim is to help make clean water and decent toilets for communities in Ethiopia, Malawi and Nepal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A minute's silence has been held in the House of Commons to mark the first anniversary of the Westminster terrorist attack

Five people including a retired window cleaner from Clapham died when an extremist drove into pedestrians before stabbing a police officer.

The 52-year-old was later shot dead by police.

At Westminster Hall earlier, Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin paid tribute to the victims, including PC Keith Palmer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Police sealed off Richmond Bridge for about an hour at lunchtime

It was thought that a WWII device had been discovered.

But, it turned out to be a fencing panel, which officers say wasn’t obvious at first.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

The former Chairman of Crystal Palace has been robbed at gunpoint in Croydon

Simon Jordan was taking his 80 year old father to the doctor’s when he stopped his Maserati at a red traffic light yesterday.

The motorcyclist demanded he hand over his £100,000 watch.

Armed police rushed to the scene but no arrests were made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Surrey police has been hailed as good following a national inspection

The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that the force was ‘good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.’

It also found that Surrey Police is good at protecting people, supporting vulnerable victims and good at tackling serious crime.

Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave said ‘We have put significant effort into improving our investigative response so I am pleased this is recognised’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Nationwide strikes in France are causing major disruption to trains, planes, schools and other public services

Unions have set up dozens of street protests across the country as a warning to President Emmanuel Macron's government.

Public servants want better wages and are protesting against the planned loss of 120,000 jobs by 2020.

Heathrow and Gatwick are warning of long delays and some cancellations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A group of MPs have come together to meet the Transport Secretary of State Chris Grayling over Heathrow expansion

Twickenham’s Vince Cable, Richmond Park’s Zac Goldsmith and Brentford’s Ruth Cadbury joined up to demand clarity.

Some of the concerns put forward by the trio included more clarity and assurances on take-off and landing paths.

Mr Cable said, ‘a decision on Heathrow will be taken before the flight path decisions are announced which is totally unacceptable.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after another man was found with multiple stab wounds in Hounslow

The body of 36 year old Hersi Hersi was found in a property on Haslemere Avenue on Sunday.

24 year old Jesse McDonald from Hounslow appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.

A 17-year-old girl has also been charged with assisting an offender.

McDonald and the teenage girl are next due in court in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Do you have what it takes to become a crime stopper?

Wallington based Crimestoppers says it needs people across Surrey to sign up as volunteers.

The charity saw a large increase in what it calls “actionable information” last year – up 34% on the previous financial year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A fire broke out this morning in Twickenham

Firefighters were called a house converted into flats in Cambridge Park at around 5.30.

One man left the building before the Brigade arrived and was taken to hospital

Half of a flat on the second floor and part of a flat on the third floor were damaged by fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A teenager has been arrested after a mass bomb hoax closed hundreds of schools across the UK

The National Crime Agency told the Mirror there was "no credible threat to the emails" received this week.

A 19-year-old man was arrested in Watford yesterday evening on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications.

Two of the schools affected were Our Lady Immaculate in Tolworth and Cardinal Road in Feltham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A former Chelsea footballer says he felt "physically sick" from the racial abuse he claims he suffered as a teenager in the 80s

The player, who's remaining anonymous, has spoken out for the first time - after three other ex-youth players at the club came forward with similar allegations.

The club says it'll assist authorities and any investigations, and fully support those affected.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The most expensive place to hail a cab is...

The most expensive place to hail a cab has been revealed as a place nearly 100 miles outside of London.

According to RegTransfers, taxis in Coventry cost £3.11 per mile.

This compares to £2.99 in the capital, at fifth place, coming behind both Oxford and Leeds.

Kingston came in at joint twentieth, at just under £2.50.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

People in an area of New Malden say they are going to abstain from voting in this May’s Council elections

It’s after the Conservative led Kingston Council gave the go ahead to the redevelopment of Coombe Road on Tuesday night.

The row of buildings from Wok Express to the station is to be demolished and replaced with a number of blocks of flats.

Residents say they feel betrayed by their councillors as they claim “no one” wanted the development.

They say the infrastructure, especially GP surgeries and schools, will not be able to cope.

7 Conservative councillors voted in favour, while 4, from Surbiton and Chessington wards, voted against.

We’ve approached Kingston Council for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Less than 40% of people between 35 and 44 in Kensington and Chelsea take part in sport

Less than 40% of people aged between 35 and 44 in Kensington and Chelsea take part in regular sport activities.

The council says that number declines once they reach 55.

To combat this, the authority has launched a scheme it hopes will see all residents taking part in 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

The sports strategy will be adopted by council run clubs across the borough, and will aim to have everyone in exercise within 6 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 am  

Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable joins MP's to question Transport Secretary over Heathrow

A group of MP’s have come together to meet the Transport Secretary of State Chris Grayling over Heathrow expansion.

On Monday Twickenham’s Vince Cable was joined by Richmond’s Zac Goldsmith and Brentford’s Ruth Cadbury to demand clarity and assurances.

Some of the concerns put forward by the trio included more clarity and assurances on take-off and landing paths.

Mr Cable said, ‘a decision on Heathrow will be taken before the flight path decisions are announced which is totally unacceptable.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 am  

Ant McPartlin back in rehab following crash

It’s reported that Ant McPartlin is ‘holed up’ inside his London home following his drink-driving arrest in Mortlake last Sunday.

McParlin was interviewed under caution at Kingston police station on Wednesday and its thought he will restart a second round of rehab.

He is due to attend Wimbledon Magistrates court next month where if found guilty he could be face a jail term of six months.

The TV star will be absent from the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeway with Declan Donnelly presenting solo.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 am  

Helicopters called out to Kingston after reports of someone in the river

Police helicopters were called out to Kingston after reports of someone in the river on Wednesday night.

Officers from Richmond and Kingston police as well as the Coastguard, Fire Brigade, and Teddington RNLI were called out to attend the scene.

Police are reportedly still on the scene after one person was taken to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

Hounslow is preparing to get creative

Hounslow has been shortlisted to become one of London’s first ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’.

The council was one of ten out of 25 to be selected for the shortlist.

The shortlisted boroughs will now each receive a share of a £500,000 fund to develop their bids.

Each council will put their bids forwards for further funding in the summer to become one of three ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 am  

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Two people have been charged following a murder in Hounslow

Detectives investigating a murder in Haslemere Avenue in Hounslow have charged two people.

24 year old Jesse McDonald was charged with the murder of 36 year old Hersi Hersi.

A 17 year old girl was also charged with assisting an offender.

The believed stabbing took place on 18th March.

Jesse McDonald has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 pm  

Hounslow school "in lockdown" after a stabbing

A school in Hounslow was "placed in lockdown" following a stabbing this afternoon.

The victim was rushed to hospital after being stabbed on Hounslow High Street outside Cranford Community College.

Students were reportedly leaving the school as the stabbing happened.

One witness said teachers and pupils were "locked in closets" for their own safety.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 pm  

Police are searching for a white van after a robbery in Addlestone

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Addlestone on the 20th of March.

Two 17 year-olds and an 18 year old were stopped by a white van, thought to be a Ford Transit, on School Lane at around 11:15pm.

The victims were asked to hand over their phones and wallets before being threatened with a knife and ushered into the van.

Police are searching for three suspects:

A white male of slim build, around 5ft 9 inches tall with medium length dark hair. Wearing a grey tracksuit and spoke with an Irish accent.

A white male, 6ft tall, with short brown hair, wearing a grey tracksuit and spoke with an Irish accent

A white male, Irish accent, with a scar on his face

The van drove along School Lane towards Church Road and later stopped in a car park along Addlestone Park.

The three teenagers were then made to get out of the vehicle and the suspects drove off in an unknown direction.

If you witnessed the incident, or have CCTV footage of the incident, please call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

Ex-Palace boss had a watch stolen while waiting at a traffic light in Croydon

The 50-year-old ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan was driving when he was threatened by a masked man on a motorcycle pulled up beside him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his watch.

It happened at the London Road junction on Sumner Road at around 1pm today, after which the man drove off down the London Road towards West Croydon.

Nothing else was taken in the attack.

Mr Jordan said he was taking his father to the doctors in West Croydon when he was confronted.

Police urged anyone who is offered a "rare white gold, blue faced Franck Muller watch" for sale to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

A senior member of European Parliament believes most British businesses have nothing to worry about when it comes to Brexit

Surbiton-based Syed Kamall, leader of the Conservatives in European Parliament, says it depends what you sell when it comes to Britain leaving the EU.

But he is adamant that a deal will be done before the deadline in March next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

Over half the pubs and bars in Balham, Tooting and Earlsfield are now plastic straw free

That’s according to Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who’s been leading a campaign against plastic straws.

In 2016 it was estimated that over 300 million tonnes of plastic is manufactured every year, the weight of the human population of the Earth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

Declan Donnelly will host the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway on his own

ITV's confirmed he'll finish the series without his co-host Ant McPartlin who's returned to rehab after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Richmond on Sunday.

Dec's posted on social media to say everyone at the show agreed they "owe it to the audience to complete the series."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm  

Turing House school in Whitton finally has a new home

The Education Skills Funding Agency has been looking to find a permanent site for the school for 18 months.

Its current site in Queen’s Road in Teddington is not large enough to be a long-term option.

The school will now set up home on the open space behind Hospital Bridge Road in Whitton, hopefully in time for 2020.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

All 71 victims of the Grenfell Tower fire will be commemorated to mark the start of evidence being heard by the public inquiry into the tragedy

A special period of hearings - starting in May - will see survivors and bereaved relatives being given the chance to remember their loved ones.

More than 5-hundred people are participating in the inquiry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

A woman has been led to safety by fire crews after a fire broke out in Kingston

The brigade was called to the house on Blenheim Gardens in the early hours of this morning.

Part of the ground floor of the house was damaged by the fire.

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Richmond is apparently a “hotbed” of infidelity

The borough tops the capital’s Infidelity Index 2018.

Just over 6% of the population have had affairs there according to the research.

It’s followed closely by Kensington and Chelsea at 5.6%.

It appears couples in London are best behaved in Ealing.

It comes bottom of the table with only 1.7% of people who took part in the survey confessing to being unfaithful.

The annual index is compiled by website Illicit Encounters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Modern day life is driving people towards foodbanks

That’s the view of Paul Pickhaver from Doxa Deo Community Church in Surbiton.

Two tonnes of food is handed out by Kingston’s Foodbank every month as well as hundreds of pounds in energy vouchers.

Paul says the nature of our jobs means anyone could have a crisis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving in New Addington

A man who took cocaine and drank nine pints of beer before fatally crashing his car into a group of children has been jailed for 10

Stuart Abbs, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving over the crash in July 2017.

The 39 year old was driving twice the speed limit before he hit seven teenagers walking back from a birthday party in New Addington.

16 year old Nicole Davis died at the scene.

Six other teenagers suffered injuries in the crash, some of them life-changing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Five burglars go to court this week for offences in Surrey

50 year old Mark Hobbs and 42 year old Stephen Condon, both from Sutton, were arrested on Monday after entering a property in Tadworth with intent to steal.

They have pleaded not guilty and will appear at Staines Magistrates Court for trial on the 11th of May.

Police are suggesting you register property, such as laptops, phones and bikes with a company such as Immobilise as this will increase your chances of getting it back if it’s stolen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

All parking charges have been frozen across Hammersmith and Fulham

That includes the price of residents’ permits, which are now also free for owners of electric vehicles.

The news comes as it’s revealed drivers in Hammersmith and Fulham are getting fewer parking and traffic fines.

The total number of fines issued to motorists in the borough went down by 5.4 % during 2016-2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

The first so called Quietways are up and running in Chelsea

The cycle paths are designed to make cycling more attractive by providing continuous routes away from the busiest roads.

The new network includes two longer numbered routes as well as a number of ‘link’ routes.

They also offer new ‘parallel crossings’ which allow cyclists to cross busy junctions without dismounting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 am  

A team of architects, designers and researchers are recreating what happened on the night of the Grenfell Tower fire, minute-by-minute

They've gathered TV footage, phone videos and witness accounts to make a 3D digital model of the block in west London.

The firm investigate global human rights violations, and this is their first project in the UK.

Researcher Bob Trafford says they felt they had a duty.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 am  

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Would-be fly-tippers in Croydon should think again, as it will now cost you more if you get caught.

At last night's cabinet meeting members approved a new policy which will see fines increase from £80 to £150 from April.

There are also plans to introduce an early payment option, which would drop the penalty to £100 if paid within a fortnight.

Fly-posting fines have also been increased, from £75 to £100.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 pm  

Breakthrough cure for degeneration blindness

Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK - age-related macular degeneration.

86 year old Douglas Waters from Croydon could not see out of his right eye, but can now happily read his newspaper with it.

He was one of two patients given pioneering stem cell therapy at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Cells from a human embryo were grown into a patch that was delicately inserted into the back of the eye.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 pm  

Rogue Landlord Fined in Hounslow

A five year battle with a rogue landlord has resulted in a fine of more than £20,000.

Riaz Virani was illegally renting homes without planning permission.

Hounslow Council took court action against Virani after he was found to be renting out a home in a converted former BT station in Osterley.

The building was found to be converted into a self-contained unit.

The 38 year was asked to stop renting out the property but he ignored all the warnings from the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 pm  

Court Case update on murdered French nanny in Southfields

The couple accused of killing a French nanny at their home in Southfields allegedly put her under "relentless" pressure.

Sabrina Kouider and her partner Ouissem Medouni allegedly murdered 21 year Sophie Lionnet last September.

They accused Ms Lionnet of being "in league" with Ms Kouider's ex partner.

The pair deny murder and the trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Renovations to start in August at the Wimbledon Tennis Museum

The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s museum is set to be renovated after plans were approved by Merton Council.

The building contains the museum as well as a ticket office and meeting rooms.

The makeover will include a new floor in a bid to exhibit more “Wimbledon design features”.

Work is expected to begin in August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

People across Cobham are being invited to attend the re-dedication of the Cherry Avenue of Remembrance

The original avenue, created over 60 years ago as a tribute to the town’s servicemen lost during WWII, featured 44 trees.

But controversially, the council had to fell a number of them last year after they became diseased.

The ceremony for the replacement trees is taking place on The Tilt on April the 8th at 12.30pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An officer based at Epsom police station is to appear in court in relation to an assault in an alleyway off East Street

It relates to an incident that happened whilst 31 year old PC Matt Fitzgibbon was on duty last September.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on April the 10th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Fresh appeal launched after death of Russian businessman in New Malden

Detectives investigating the murder of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov, are appealing for any footage or images that motorists or cyclists may have captured in Clarence Avenue on Sunday, the 11th of March or Monday the 12th of March.

Mr Glushkov was found dead in his home in Clarence Avenue last Monday night.

A murder investigation was launched 5 days later following the result of a post-mortem examination, which gave the cause of death as compression to the neck.

Images and footage can be sent to the investigation team by clicking here.

Detectives say they are retaining "an open mind" and are also appealing for anyone with information that could assist the investigation into Mr Glushkov’s murder to contact them in confidence on 0800 789 321.

From the outset, the investigation has been led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and as a precaution, the Command is retaining primacy for the investigation because of the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

A lorry driver from Feltham has admitted knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him

56 year old Kul Pandey has pleaded guilty to death by careless driving of 87 year old Lord Taylor of Blackburn.

He died nine days after being knocked off his scooter outside the House of Lords in November 2016.

Pandey will be sentenced on April the 9th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby say their friend Ant McPartlin must take responsibility for his actions after he was arrested for drink-driving on Sunday.

The This Morning presenters discussed what happened on the show, saying they wish Ant, and everyone involved, "all the very best".

But Phillip also said no matter who you are if you drink and drive "the responsibility is entirely yours".

Ant was involved in a crash with two other cars as he returned home to Chiswick following an afternoon out in Richmond Park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The world’s last male northern white rhino has died

Sudan had to be euthanised in his home of Kenya following a number of health problems.

He was 45 years old.

Animal charities, including Woking based WWF, say his death means “we’re seeing the extinction of the northern white rhino happen before our very eyes.”

Only two females now remain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Nearly £21m has been spent keeping Grenfell Tower survivors in hotel rooms

That’s enough to have built the original block an estimated three times over, new figures suggest.

More than nine months after the fire 62 families have moved into permanent homes but 82 are still in emergency accommodation.

Kensington and Chelsea council says it is doing everything it can to re-house survivors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Power cut affecting Tolworth

An underground electricity cable has faulted on a high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut.

Around 100 homes and offices are affected.

UK Power Networks says it hopes to have the problem fixed by 5pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him in connection with an assault in Staines

A man has been left with a broken cheek bone after he was violently assaulted in Staines.

Police have released a CCTV still of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attack.

The incident took place on Saturday 3rd February just after midnight.

The victim, a man in his 30s was waiting for a taxi on Clarence Street when he was punched in the face.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

It’s believed police are looking into the theory a Russian businessman found dead in New Malden was strangled with a dog lead

Exile Nikolai Glushkov was found dead at his home in Clarence Avenue just over a week ago.

The 68-year-old businessman had been visited by his daughter during the day, and it’s thought a man also visited later that evening.

Police originally treated his death as unexplained.

But they launched a murder investigation after a post mortem found he died from 'compression to the neck' suggesting strangulation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A decision will be made tonight on controversial plans to transform Coombe Road in New Malden

The development would see all buildings from Wok Express to the station demolished and replaced with housing up to 7 storeys high.

Those against the plans say they are a huge over development and will have a big impact on parking, GP services and schools.

Kingston Council is under instruction to build 1,300 homes a year for the next 5 years as part of the Mayor of London’s Plan.

The public meeting is taking place at 7.30pm at the Guildhall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Hanworth Park House will feature on 5 STAR’s Celebrity Ghost Hunt tonight

Hanworth Park House will feature on 5 STAR’s Celebrity Ghost Hunt tonight.

The historic mansion is at risk of falling down if urgent repairs are not made.

Paranormal expert Sam Bennetts, who will feature in the programme, says it’s a perfect place for ghouls.

She says the emptiness of the house has “been driving the spirits mad.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Detectives appeal for help after nephew of Elizabeth Hurley was stabbed near Battersea Park railway station

Detectives are appealing for help after the nephew of actress Elizabeth Hurley was stabbed near Battersea Park railway station.

21-year-old Miles Hurley was attacked alongside another man on the evening of Thursday March 8th.

The victims, both 21, were set upon by a group of men in Ascalon Street. Neither has life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

An image of the vehicle can be found on our website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham aiming to become the most elderly friendly borough in London

Hammersmith and Fulham is aiming to become the most elderly friendly borough in London.

Its Older People’s Commission, which was launched in November, has published a report focusing on combating isolation.

The recommendations cover issues such as transport, carers, diversity and belonging.

The authority will now look at putting the recommendations into practice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am  

People across Richmond are being urged to use drinking fountains

People across Richmond are being urged to use drinking fountains when out and about.

The council is trying to rid itself of single use plastic, such as water bottles.

13 billion plastic bottles are used a year nationally.

The council has installed fountains in its parks and open spaces including in North Sheen Recreation Ground and Kneller Gardens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

An anti-austerity rally is being organised in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s constituency of Runnymede

An anti-austerity rally is being organised in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s constituency of Runnymede.

Surrey UNISON, along with the South East Region of UNISON, will march on Saturday, April the 7th.

They’re calling for an end to the public sector pay cap and a £10 per hour minimum wage, amongst other things.

The group will march through Egham town centre to the Magna Carta Memorial.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Lib Dem’s spokesperson for Health will be the guest speaker at public event in Walton today

The Lib Dem’s spokesperson for Health, Norman Lamb, will be the guest speaker at a public event in Walton today.

He’s working on a cross-party group to tackle the crisis in funding and social care.

Surrey County Council has made cuts of £19 million to its social care budget for the on-going financial year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Head of the UK’s Ahmadiyya Muslim faith rebukes world powers at event in Morden

Thehead of the UK’s Muslim faith has warned countries selling weapons for use in warzones have blood on their hands.

Mirza Masroor Ahmad has rebuked world powers saying they have “flooded” Syria, Iraq and Yemen with weapons.

He made the warning during his speech at the annual Peace Symposium at the Baitul Futuh Mosque at the weekend.

The mosque in Morden, which is the largest in western Europe, saw over 800 worshippers turn out at the event.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Foster parents of the Parsons Green tube bomber say they won’t let the incident ruin their lives

The foster parents of the Parsons Green tube bomber say they won’t let the incident ruin their 40 year history of looking after youngsters.

Ron and Penny Jones took 18 year old Ahmed Hassan into their home in Sunbury when he arrived on UK soil.

The teenager is due to be sentenced this week, and faces life in jail for the attack last September.

Here, Mrs Jones reveals the words the teenager wrote in her birthday card last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Surrey Police have recorded 220 hate crimes against children over the last two years

The figures were obtained by the NSPCC showing children are being targeted based on their race and faith.

Some young people contacting Childline said the abuse was so bad they had self-harmed.

An 11-year old girl said “Everyone at school hates me; they call me names like ‘paki’ and say that I’m a terrorist. I just want to make friends and for people to like me.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 am  

The RMT union is holding a protest soon

A protest is being held to mark the second anniversary of disputes over the role of guards and staffing on trains.

The RMT union will stage the demonstration on the 25th of April, two years since the row first broke out on Southern Railway.

The next round of industrial action over the dispute will affect South Western Railway over the Easter weekend.

Members will refuse to work rest days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 am  

Monday, 19 March 2018

Don’t MESS With Croydon

Another five people have been prosecuted as part of the Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign.

Offences included dumping a fridge, fly-tipping fence panels and urinating in a car park.

Four men and one woman have been handed fines ranging from £180 to over £700.

195 people have been in court since the council launched its clean up campaign in 2014.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Shoplifter from Staines, jailed for 7 months

A prolific shoplifter from Staines has been jailed for 7 months.

33 year old Shamile Hameed stole perfumes and aftershaves worth more than £300 from Debenhams last Sunday.

He has received 14 shoplifting convictions since 2015 and was serving a suspended sentence when he committed the latest theft.

He was observed on CCTV by store security staff who pursued him after he left without paying.

He then admitted the offence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 pm  

Details from the courtroom with regards to the case of the french nanny who was murdered in Southfields

A court has heard how a nanny was held captive and beaten before being murdered at a house in Southfields.

21 year old Sophie Lionnet was discovered at the property last September.

Her former employers, Sabrina Kouider and her partner Ouissem Medouni, are on trial for her murder at the Old Bailey.

The couple admit they tried to dispose of her body, but deny murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:58 pm  

A manhunt has been launched following a stabbing in Streatham

Officers were called to the High Road in the early hours of March the 10th.

They found a 30 year old man suffering from a wound to the neck.

Police say they want to speak to 33 year old Daniel Shakeem Fearon in connection with the incident.

Officers say he should not be approached.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

England World Cup winner Will Greenwood says rugby union is in "rude health" across the country

Eddie Jones's side finished the 6 Nations in fifth place after ending the campaign at Twickenham with three straight defeats.

Greenwood says the England boss should think about resting a number of senior players for the summer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

900 people have been evacuated following a gas leak in Croydon last night

A car crashed into an energy plant on Whitestone Way near Wandle Park station at around 8.30.

Firefighters left the scene some 12 hours later at 8.30 this morning.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and no injuries have been reported.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Ant McPartlin is stepping down from his current television roles for the "foreseeable future."

The news follows the TV presenter’s arrest for drink driving following an alleged three car collision in Mortlake yesterday.

A statement from McPartlin's publicist confirmed that this week's Saturday Night Takeaway will no longer run.

The 42 year old was questioned overnight and is believed to be returning to treatment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

"Good judge" returned little Ellie home to her parents in Sutton

An inquest has heard how concerns were raised about the social workers involved with a 6 year old girl killed by her father in Sutton.

Ellie Butler died in October 2013 just 11 months after being returned to her parents.

She had previously lived with grandparents because her father Ben had been accused of shaking her.

Social workers apparently told the little girl that a "good judge" had returned her home.

Butler was jailed in 2016 for a minimum of 23 years.

The inquest continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

"No evidence of forced entry" at Russian's home in New Malden

Anti-terrorist police investigating the murder of a Russian businessman in New Malden say there's no evidence of forced entry at his home.

Nikolai Glushkov was found apparently strangled a week ago.

But Scotland Yard insists there's no evidence linking it with the Salisbury spy mystery.

He was close friends with Vladimir Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, and was wanted over fraud allegations in Russia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More details are emerging about the life of the Parsons Green tube bomber

18 year old Ahmed Hassan is facing jail after being found guilty of the failed attack last September.

It’s emerged his foster parents, Ron and Penny Jones, reported his behaviour to the authorities.

Ron describes one incident at the family home in Sunbury.

Ron’s wife Penny says there’s not a lot you can do if asylum seekers arrive in the UK illegally.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

The foster parents of the Parsons Green Tube bomber say they were shocked by his actions and claim he was "such a good boy"

Iraqi refugee Ahmed Hassan is facing life in jail after being found guilty of attempted murder last week.

Ron and Penny Jones took the 18-year-old into their home in Sunbury when he arrived here.

They say they feel betrayed by him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Ant McPartlin is under investigation after he was involved in a crash in Mortlake yesterday afternoon

The 42 year old TV presenter, who lives in Chiswick, was arrested on suspicion of drink - driving just after 4pm.

He was involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini along the Lower Richmond Road.

A three-year-old girl was taken to hospital as a precaution following the accident.

The Met Police says enquiries are on-going.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A restaurant in North Cheam has been damaged by fire

Part of a flat roof at the rear of the restaurant and a first floor flat above it were gutted last night.

The brigade was called just before 10 o’clock and it was under control by midnight.

There are no reports of any injuries and the cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

Our Lady Immaculate school in Tolworth is evacuated

A number of schools have been evacuated because of malicious threats made against them this morning.

Police have confirmed they are making enquiries into the incident.

It’s thought over 400 schools nationwide are affected.

One of those affected, was Our Lady immaculate in Tolworth and Cardinal Road in Feltham.

No one has been arrested.

This man's two girls attend Our Lady Immaculate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Actress and model Liz Hurley is preparing to campaign for safer streets after her nephew was stabbed in Battersea.

Model Liz Hurley is launching a safer streets campaign after her nephew was stabbed in Battersea.

Miles Hurley was seriously injured in the attack on the 8th of March after an altercation following a collision with a black hatchback.

The actress said on her Instagram that it was a “miracle” that no vital organs were damaged.

He’s said to be slowly recovering.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Police are still trying to find the owners of a pig found wandering near Heathrow airport

The animal was discovered foraging in the snow yesterday evening in Myrtle Way.

Officers have reached out on Twitter to try and find where the piggy came from and return him to his owner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Investigators are going to exhume the bodies of at least two Russian dissidents who died unexpectantly in Britain

Investigators are looking at exhuming the bodies of at least two Russian dissidents who died unexpectedly on UK soil.

Badri Patarkatsishvili was found dead in his £10m mansion in Leatherhead over a decade ago.

He was a business partner of Boris Berezovsky, who was also associated with Nikolai Glushkov, who died in New Malden last week

Alexander Perepilichny, who died in 2012 after jogging in Weybridge, could also be exhumed.

It’s reported tests for nerve agents weren’t done on either of them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Croydon Council has drawn up a new strategy to improve support for the borough’s carers

This includes creating an online carers network, and discounts for young carers.

Around 10% of Croydon’s population are carers, with 30% of these having done so for over 20 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

UPDATE: A gas leak in Croydon has caused the cordon to be increased

A gas leak in Croydon has caused a 500m meter cordon and homes to be evacuated.

It started at 8.30 last night when a car crashed into an energy plant on Whitestone Way near Wandle Park station.

At around 1am the cordon was only 250m, but increased overnight.

It’s not being treated as suspicious, and no injuries have been reported.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Ant McPartlin arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Richmond

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a crash involving three vehicles in Mortlake.

The 42-year-old is said to have been involved in the collision with two other cars while driving his Mini in Lower Richmond Road just before 4pm yesterday.

A number of people were treated for minor injuries while a child in one of the cars was taken to hospital for a precautionary check.

McPartlin failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

He co-hosts several ITV shows with Declan Donnelly including Britain's Got Talent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 am  

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A car has collided with an energy plant in Croydon

Police and the fire brigade were called to the scene in Whitestone Way this evening.

There were no reports of any injuries but residents have been evacuated as a precaution due to the potential gas leak in the area.

No arrests have been made.

Pic: @MarkFz1
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 pm  

The Wimbledon Foundation is offering over £60,000 to clubs across Merton in order to engage residents in a wide range of activities

Established in 2013, it is the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, and celebrates its 150th anniversary in July.

Its Get Set, Get Active Fund, launched two years ago.

Here, the charity's chairman, Ian Hewitt, chats with Jackie's Simone Halfin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 pm  

Wandsworth council have invested quarter of a million pounds into a small but historical important piece of open space

For many years it was unclear who legally owned the half acre of land, meaning public funds could not be spent on preserving its structures.

The Huguenot burial ground, at Mount Nod is home to a number of listed tombs and graves.

The graves are those of the refugees who fled religious persecution in France after embracing the protestant faith.

The now overgrown area is home to many historic tombs, dating to as far back as 1687.

This conservation scheme is set to begin in the Spring.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Chelsea are into the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they'll now face Southampton

Antonio Conte’s side needed extra-time to win 2-1 at Leicester, with Pedro scoring the decisive goal after Jamie Vardy's equaliser.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

Felicity Kendal is endorsing a campaign to save houseboats in Chelsea Reach

Property developers are attempting to introduce luxury boats to the dock, and have reportedly served eviction notices to many boatowners.

The actress called houseboats a “fundamental part of our community” and the current plans “shameful”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched in Hounslow following the death of a man this morning

Police were called to a property in Haslemere Avenue just before 11am where a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the investigation including a 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

Kingston Community Awards

The Mayor of Kingston has honoured twelve individuals at the prestigious annual community awards.

The event is held to thank local organisations for all the good work they carry out relentlessly in the borough.

Councillor Julie Pickering says “there’s a huge amount of community spirit in Kingston and the ceremony is a time to reflect this”.

This year’s winners include a local shop owner, musician, chair of Kingston Children in Care Council and Macmillan Centre volunteers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Combo of GP practices emerging in April

Two GP practices in Chertsey will be merging in April.

The Abbey and Bridge practices have shared the same building for many years, and from April 1st will become the Chertsey Health centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Today is national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

CSE is anything that involves the manipulation or coercion of a young person under the age of 18 in sexual activity.

We caught up with the CSE department at Kingston and Richmond police stations.

DS Bas Dickson Leach explains the work they are doing to stamp it out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Loneliness tackled by Kingstons Rotary Club

It’s claimed that 64% of people are lonely.

That’s after a report by the Rotary Club.

They say it’s a condition usually associated with senior citizens, but the figures show it’s mostly people between 18 and 44.

Philip Holt from the Kingston Rotary Club only a little human contact is needed to alleviate loneliness.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

Leicester host Chelsea in the 6th round of the FA CUP today

Antonio Conte’s men will be looking to rebound from the 3-0 loss to Barcelona midweek as they look to secure a place in the FA Cup semi-final.

Chelsea are without a win now in their last 5 games while Leicester will be looking to build on last week’s 4-1 over West Brom.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Kingston hospital has been celebrating Nutrition and Hydration week by handing out 150 mocktails to patients and visitors

They also handed out 350 bottles of water to staff, patients and visitors.

A recent report showed almost 50% of healthcare professionals end their shift dehydrated.

Over 3 million people in the UK at any one time are malnourished, impacting around 30% of patients admitted to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

A two year old with learning difficulties is alleged to have been let out onto a three lane road at a Kingston nursery on Wednesday

His mother claims one parent opened the first two security doors, then another let him out onto Cromwell Road.

Monkey Puzzle Nursery is said to have increased security measures as a result of this.

The boy’s mother says he was picked up after a few minutes by another parent, who took him inside and reportedly started shouting at employees.

She says the incident has severely affected her son’s mental wellbeing.

We have contacted the Monkey Puzzle for comment but they have not yet replied.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

A recent mother from Woking has given 30 gift bags to the neonatal intensive care unit at Ashford and St Peters Hospital

Angela Gray did it on Mother’s Day to thank them for the assistance they gave during the difficult births of her children.

Jo Willard from the hospital says time at the unit is marked by “anxiety and worry”.

She thanked Angela, saying “we are very fortunate to be able to give each mother a small gift. We want these mothers to have a special day too”.

The gift bags contained pillows, key rings, cotton wool and mittens for mums.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

Foster couple slam Surrey County Council

The foster couple from Sunbury who cared for the Parsons Green Tube Station bomber say they feel betrayed by the Home Office and Surrey County Council’s social services.

Ron and Penny Jones told the Daily Mail that an IS fighter had been sent to their home without any warning.

Surrey County Council says they were told about Ahmed Hassan’s background when he was placed with them.

The council admitted though that its anti-radicalisation strategy was not adequate.
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