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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Hounslow Council is backing National Empty Homes Week.

The aim is to bring awareness to the issue of properties becoming empty, and action taken by local authorities in response.

In Hounslow as many as ten properties become empty each week, and the Council targets getting them re-occupied within three weeks.

The campaign starts on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 pm  

Chelsea host Premier League leaders Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, but there’s plenty of local action in the other leagues today.

In the Championship, QPR grabbed the points with a 2-1 win at Millwall, while Fulham drew 1-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday, and Brentford drew 0-0 with Stoke at Griffin Park.

And in League One, AFC Wimbledon went down 3-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Croydon Council is planning to set up a citizens’ assembly to tackle climate and ecological emergencies.

It is intending to build on the legacy of the successful Croydon Sustainable Summit.

The Council is boosting recycling rates, planting 3,500 trees by 2023, reducing energy use and facilitating sustainable travel.

A £250,000 Green Croydon Fund has been set up to support projects which protect the environment and encourage ‘greener life-styles’.

The fund opens for applications on Tuesday 1st October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A fifteen-mile sponsored walk through south-west London has been taking place today.

It’s been organised in support of cancer charity, Macmillan, with an aim to raise £150,000.

The walk traced a route from Epsom to Kew right past Radio Jackie here in Tolworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

Young people across Croydon will have a new safe place to play tomorrow.

Nine Play Streets including two new school Play Streets will mark World Car Free Day.

The roads will be closed to traffic giving children a new space to play.

Residents and emergency services will be allowed access through staffed barriers in each street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Wandsworth Council is re-issuing its plea for parents to get their children vaccinated against measles.

The authority sent out a warning at the end of August, as thousands of youngsters set off for university.

It is issuing the appeal again, this time targeting children who have just started school or who have moved to secondary school.

The MMR vaccine is normally given via two doses at a year and again at three-and-a-half years' old.

Children are not fully immunised against measles if they have not received both doses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

A man from Richmond is one of two to be sentenced for drugs offences last January.

43-year-old Ben Hamill and his associate gang member, 48-year-old Mark Lambie from Romford were caught with 2kg of cocaine.

They pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs and were sentenced to more than 13 years between them.

They were arrested by police officers at a pub in Ship Lane, Mortlake while handing a white bag between them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Improvements to broadband speed may be coming to rural areas of Mole Valley.

Among the other proposals is an overhaul of the council’s website, and mobile cameras to catch fly-tippers.

They’ll be debated at a meeting next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A new drop-in hub aimed at bringing Epsom and Ewell’s veterans together is being labelled a success.

The monthly event is one of several around Surrey.

As well as offering practical advice, the hubs foster friendships and help ensure veterans get the support they need such as social care.

Tracey Morris, with Surrey County Council, has more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Surbiton Fire Station is throwing open its doors to the public today.

The aim is to allow people to find out what goes on inside a working fire station.

It’s also a chance for the force to issue help and advice about good fire safety procedures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The Big Bottle Count is returning to the banks of the Thames on Tuesday.
Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Merton Council says it’s looking to cut down on the amount of schools that are used as polling stations on election days.

13 had to close during the European election on May the 23rd, meaning pupils missed out on a whole day of lessons.

Five venues are up for reconsideration by the authority following a public consultation over the summer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

EU citizens living in Richmond are being urged to attend an information meeting ahead of Brexit.

It’s taking place at Kew Community Centre on Wednesday, the 2nd of October.

The free event will include updates on the latest Brexit developments.

Recent research suggests a slump in the amount of EU nationals living in London applying for settled status.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Tooting is being celebrated this weekend.

A three-day festival started yesterday.

It includes exhibitions, live music, comedy and history talks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Hounslow plans improvements for South Chiswick.

Having won funds from the Mayor of London’s Liveable Neighbourhood programme, Hounslow Council is ready to move ahead with its South Chiswick scheme.

The aim is to make the area better for people rather than cars and provide greener and quieter spaces.

They want to improve walking and cycling links and tackle excessive traffic volumes and speeds in residential areas.

They’re asking for the public’s views on the streets and spaces in the area. This includes what works and issues of concern such as a lack of safe pedestrian crossings or problems accessing public transport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am  

Sunbury wins gardening awards.

Sunbury Cemetery has been named the best cemetery in the South and South East.

The In Bloom competition aims to reward efforts to make town greener and cleaner
The Sunbury Walled Garden claimed a gold award in the small park category.

Spelthorne Councillor Richard Barratt says “these awards are confirmation that we are on the right track”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 am  

Harlequins take on Bristol Bears.

The new premiership rugby season got underway this evening with action at the Twickenham Stoop.

Hosts Harlequins started strongly in this Premiership Rugby Cup game against Bristol Bears, with 3 points on the board in the 4th minute.

A brace of tries from Morris ensured Quins went into the break with a lead.

Bristol Bears scored a try of their own from Pincus as the clock turned red in the first half, and had another disallowed.

This was far from a one-sided performance and at half-time Harlequins led 17-5.

The second half was fiercely contested. Harlequins missed a penalty but that only seemed to increase their determination.

Time and again the hosts put pressure on the try line and Mulchrone eventually crossed with 6 minutes remaining.

Bristol Bears, unwilling to lose without a fight, responded immediately with a converted try of their own.

A hard-fought contest with Quins needing to work on their scrum.

Full time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 24 - 12 Bristol Bears

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 am  

Friday, 20 September 2019

Wandsworth Council has achieved Gold Awards at the RSPCA's Pawprint Awards

Wandsworth Council has achieved a “Gold Stray Dog” Award for its commitment and efforts to improve animal welfare in the borough.

The RSPCA’s PawPrint Awards celebrate authorities who’ve gone above and beyond for animals in their communities.

They include five PawPrint categories, awarded in either bronze, silver or gold.

Wandsworth’s animal welfare team achieved a Gold Stray Dogs Award and a Gold Housing Award.

95 awards were given to authorities with 60% at gold level this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 pm  

Plans to protect Wandsworth Common have been published

The new Management and Maintenance plan was published this week giving details on how Wandsworth Common will be preserved.

It explores the value of the common and aims to ensure it is conserved and enhanced for future generations.

It also plans to protect and increase biodiversity of the common while continuing to provide a space for people to exercise and relax.

The plan will be reviewed annually and re-written after ten years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Police can now veto parties at a hotel in Battersea.

It’s after four people were injured when a car drove into people outside Hotel Rafayel in July.

That prompted residents to call for a review of its licence, and now people will be searched before entering parties at the five-star venue.

We’ve contacted the hotel for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Epsom riding for the Disabled Association has marked its 50th Birthday.

More than 300 volunteers, riders, families and guests enjoyed an afternoon of live music and tea.

The event celebrated commitment and long service awards were presented to over 50 people ranging from 10 to 50 years of service.

Since its inaugural year of 1969 the charity has gone from strength to strength providing opportunities for 350 disabled riders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hopeful Mason Mount will be fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The midfielder was forced off injured in their mid-week Champions League defeat to Valencia, following a heavy tackle from former Arsenal player Francis Coquelin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm  

An inquest has found a series of failings by the National Probation Service contributed to the death of a five-year-old boy.

Alex Malcolm was killed by Marvyn Iheanacho, his mother’s partner, who flew into a rage after he lost a trainer in a park in 2016.

Iheanacho, from Hounslow, had just been released from prison when he started going out with Alex’s mother.

The inquest found the NPS failed to share vital information about him with her.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Eddie Jones has named his strongest side available for England's opening Rugby Union World Cup match against Tonga on Sunday.

The head coach has reverted almost entirely to the 15 that inflicted a record defeat against Ireland at Twickenham last month.

It means captain Owen Farrell, George Ford and Manu Tuilagi will play together in the midfield.

Jones believes it will be a winning formula.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

People living on the Cambridge Estate in Kingston are to be given a “once in a generation” opportunity to have their say on its regeneration.

A ballot on the £800 million refurbishment is to be held early next year.

People living there will be asked how they want the 1970s estate to be regenerated.

Kingston Council is aiming to create 2,000 homes at the ageing site to ease over-crowding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Netflix says it's going to make a "big increase" in its investment in British TV production next year.

Its chief executive Reed Hastings says he wants to take advantage of the country's "strong story-telling expertise".

He told the RTS conference in Cambridge he'll invest a lot more than the £400-million spent in the UK this year.

Today’s news follows the revelation over the summer that Netflix has finalised a deal to set up a production base at Shepperton Studios.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

People living near Burlington Junior School in New Malden are being urged to have their say on its proposed expansion.

Kingston Council wants to increase Year 3 from a four form entry to a five form one by 2022; that’s an increase of 150 pupils.

The current capacity of the school is 480 students and the proposed capacity once the expansion is complete, will be 600.

The consultation can be found online via the council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to attend a summit on climate change.

The council declared a “Climate Emergency” in July.

The summit, which will be held at York House on the 19th of October, will hear residents’ views on how the issue should be tackled.

A consultation on the matter is also out to the public at the moment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A dog has attacked a swan in Richmond Park

A member of the public discovered the five year old female, badly injured and distressed, at Pen Ponds.

She’s recovering at the Swan Sanctuary and is on antibiotics but vets say she will not be strong enough to be released for some weeks yet.

Royal Parks is asking walkers to keep their dogs on leads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

A 32-storey tower has been approved, in principle, by Hammersmith and Fulham Council

It’s planned for the former Utterly Butterly factory in White City, and would include a hotel, 373 flats, offices, and an R&D centre.

The development, by Imperial College London, is expected to cost £1.3bn.

Once completed, it will be the second tallest building in the borough, behind the university’s 35 story Imperial West Tower
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Children with cancer are being denied new ‘precision’ medicines that are available to adults

That’s despite them being possibly more effective in young people.

Doctors at the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton say the rules are “too cautious”.

They’re writing in the European Journal of Cancer.

The drugs target genetic weak spots in cancer, and can lead to fewer side effects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

A 32-storey tower has been approved, in principle, by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

It’s planned for the former Utterly Butterly factory in White City, and would include a hotel, 373 flats, offices, and an R&D centre.

The development, by Imperial College London, is expected to cost £1.3bn.

Once completed, it will be the second tallest building in the borough, behind the university’s 35 story Imperial West Tower.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Tomorrow is World Alzheimer’s Day

More than half a million people in the UK have the condition, and the number’s expected to rise.

Devonshire Dementia Care Home in New Malden are offering people a 3 hour virtual reality tour experience, designed to give people a better idea of what it’s like.

Vanessa, from the care home, says even though she’s cared for people with dementia for many years, it still opened her eyes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Nobody was injured in a bus fire on the M25 at Wisley

The clockwise entry slip road for has reopened following the fire yesterday evening.

No passengers were on board and the driver didn't sustain any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Tolworth police say there’s been a reduction in burglaries in the area over the past year

According to the latest local crime statistics there were five burglaries between June and August this year.

That compares favourably with the 15 recorded for the same period last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 am  

Crossrail bosses say the project could cost an additional 400-million pounds and open later than already scheduled

The £17.6-billion project is already two years behind schedule and £2-billion over budget.

The 73-mile Elizabeth line should have been opened last December, linking Reading and Heathrow with Shenfield and Abbey Wood.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 am  

The rapper Dave has won the 2019 Mercury Prize in a politically charged ceremony

The 21-year-old from Streatham took the accolade for the album Psychodrama.

Earlier, Foals unveiled their environmental banner "no music on a dead planet".

The rapper Slowthai appeared on stage with a dummy depicting Boris Johnson's head - raging against the PM.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am  

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Debenhams is shutting shop in Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Walton and Staines

It’s after the department store won a High Court challenge against its landlords.

The retailer’s lawyers claimed that they had tried to stop their plans to close multiple stores and reduce rents in a bid to revive its fortunes.

It’s believed the store closures will start from next year with 1,200 staff set to lose their jobs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon will be closing streets across the borough to celebrate World Car Free Day on Sunday

Croydon will be closing streets across the borough to celebrate World Car Free Day on Sunday.

The ‘play streets’ will give children a new safe space to play.

Emergency services and residents will still be allowed access via a staffed barrier in each road.

Full list of road closures:

• Orleans Road, Upper Norwood, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 22 September
• Farm Fields, Sanderstead, between 1.20pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 22 September
• Cumberland Road, Woodside, between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 22 September
• Westfield Avenue, Sanderstead, between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 22 September
• Churchill Road, Purley Oaks, between 9.30am and 6pm on Sunday 22 September
• South Vale, Crystal Palace, between 10am and 12pm on Sunday 22 September
• Apostle Way, Thornton Heath, between 1pm and 2pm on Sunday 22 September

Robert Fitzroy Academy will host a school Play Street on Brampton Road from 2.30pm to 5pm on Friday 27 September and Cypress School will host one on Cypress Road from 2pm to 5.30pm on the same day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A cat has been killed with a “sharp bladed instrument” in Teddington

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty says they were called last Tuesday to Upper Teddington road.

The vet attending confirmed the injuries were caused by a person and not an animal.

Anyone who was travelling through the area last Tuesday or Wednesday morning and saw anyone acting suspiciously should contact the Police.

The animal rescue organisation says their advice remains to keep cats in at night if possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Three businesses have been fined after illegally selling knives to children in Croydon online

The nationwide crackdown involved a 13-year-old volunteer trying to buy the knife, even though the council sent a letter advance warning of a test purchase.

While two were catering shops, Hertfordshire-based Ronnie Sunshines is a gunsmith and bushcraft specialist.

They’ve been fined a combined total of £25,000 plus court costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 pm  

A journalist has been arrested for filming a protest at Heathrow Airport.

Guy Smallman, a member of the National Union of Journalists, was covering Heathrow Pause protesters flying a drone.

Other members of the press have filmed other days without police intervention.

The Met says nobody who was arrested yesterday identified themselves as a journalist.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Duchess of Cambridge has been talking about how fast Prince George is growing up.

Kate said she "can't believe" he's six already.

She made the comments while meeting people helped by the Family Nurse Partnership, which supports young parents in Camberwell.

George started his second year at Thomas’s Battersea earlier this month, while his sister Charlotte enjoyed her first day there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Police are investigating after a three-year-old was apparently approached by a man in #Cobham High Street at lunchtime.

Officers responded to a report a man in his 60s or 70s had tried to grab the child outside Starbucks.

They say the toddler is safely with his mother and did not come to any harm.

They also say CCTV checks have proved negative.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Today's business news round-up.

JD Sports is facing scrutiny over a takeover bid it’s launched and there's been an unexpected drop in UK retail figures.

Will Roe has this lunchtime's business news.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

New research out today suggests smoking rates in England are dropping at the fastest rate in over a decade.

The UCL study estimates there’s around 200 fewer smokers every hour.

Next month is Stoptober; a nationwide campaign to help encourage smokers to quit.

Mark MacGregor from Philip Morris, which has carried out its own research, says smoking rates still vary wildly depending on affluence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Re-cladding work on a tower block in Wandsworth is nearing completion.

The council decided to urgently renovate Sudbury House following a review of high rises in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Work started in September 2017, just three months after the disaster, which killed 72 residents.

The work has cost the authority £9 million, and included a full strip, re-clad and upgrade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Carers who go the extra mile in Richmond have been rewarded for their work

They took centre stage at the Dignity in Care Awards held at York House on Friday night.

The awards, now in their 7th year, recognise good quality care within the borough.

They also aim to raise awareness of dignity in care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

A project which aims to ensure no young woman misses out on her education because of her period has been set up in Richmond

The Red Box Project is a nationwide initiative which is trying to eradicate “period poverty.”

According to Plan UK, one in ten girls in the UK have been unable to afford sanitary wear.

Almost half of UK girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period, of which 59%have made up a lie or excuse.

Richmond Council has set up a donation box in the Civic Centre and plans to roll out boxes in other locations across the borough.

Residents and staff are asked to donate new packets of tampons, sanitary pads and press-on towels.

The Red Box Project will then distribute the donations to schools around the borough for girls to access when they need.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

A fundraising drive is being set up to support over 1000 acres of green spaces

Becoming a ‘Friend of Wimbledon and Putney Common’ will allow you special access to events and celebrations.

Sarah-Jane Holden from the local conservation society says there’s a £5m backlog of work needing to be done.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

A former Royal Marine is starting a mammoth 24 hour challenge this morning

Alex Crump will run on a treadmill in the middle of Broadgate Circle in London’s business district.

He’s raising money to fund children’s cancer research at the Royal Marsden hospitals in Sutton and Chelsea.

It’s all in the name of Harry Shaw, who passed away from Ewing’s Sarcoma in June.

The 6 year old, who set up Harry’s Giant Pledge to raise money for the charity before he died, had already accumulated nearly £300,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

A one-to-one support network in Croydon has helped 200 people off the street over the past two years.

A one-to-one support network in Croydon has helped 200 people off the street over the past two years.

Turning Point offers intensive help to those with drug and alcohol problems.

One man, Oliver, says “they did not close the door on me and my troubled drug-using mind, which struggled to accept their help.”

He says the team helped him gain the strength and courage to move forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 am  

Over 7,000 street-lights across Richmond are in the process of being replaced

Over 7,000 street-lights across Richmond are in the process of being replaced with more energy-efficient LEDs.

The authority says it hopes the move will create financial savings, whilst also saving 1,000 tonnes of Co2 each year.

Richmond began its replacement programme in 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 am  

A new pollution-free delivery service has been launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council

A new pollution-free delivery service has been launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

It’s in an effort to tackle the climate emergency.

The freight hub lets businesses use an emissions-free cargo bike for their deliveries instead of vans which pollute the roads.

Companies such as Disney, Mediata and the Lyric Theatre have already signed up to the new service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 am  

The reopening of Hounslow Road bridge at Feltham has been delayed.

The reopening of Hounslow Road bridge at Feltham has been delayed.

A large number of utilities use the bridge infrastructure to run their services across the rail line.

The work by the onsite utility companies has proved to be far more complex than first thought resulting in slower progress.

It is hoped that the re-opening in at least one direction will be achieved before the Christmas period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 am  

A team at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton have been trialling advanced radiotherapy

Advanced radiotherapy could reduce the treatment time for prostate cancer from two months to two weeks.

A team at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton have been trialling the technology - which is more precise and gives a higher dose.

The short-term side effects weren't found to be any worse - but researchers are still looking into the long-term impact of the technique.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 am  

A further three people have been arrested in connection with climate change protests at Heathrow Airport.

A further three people have been arrested in connection with climate change protests at Heathrow Airport.

A 48-year-old and two 47-year-old men were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.

One of the men has since been released after police determined he was a journalist and not involved in any criminal activity.

A total of 23 people have now been arrested as part of the operation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 am  

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A man from Worcester park has been forced to pay back nearly a quarter of a million pounds

It’s after 34-year-old Viraj Patel pleaded guilty to creating fictitious invoices through the banking system of the company where he worked.

He was found guilty of channelling the money into his own accounts and sentenced to 30 months in jail.

His assets which included cash, watches, a gold bar and his top of the range BMW were confiscated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

Police have released an image of man they would like to speak to in connection with drug offences

Daniel McCarthy is wanted for supplying class A and B drugs in the south London area.

The 42-year-old had recently been living in Croydon but has links to Brixton.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen has appeared at Isleworth Crown Court accused of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft

The 29-year-old Danish golfer was arrested on a flight from Nashville to London in July.

He's due in court again in December for a plea hearing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A 17 -year-old boy is in hospital after being stabbed in Mitcham

Police were called to Wilson Avenue at 2.10pm following reports of a stabbing.

The victim’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond council has launched a new short film to educate people on local HIV services

The film follows two people on the ease of their journey to get a confidential HIV test.

It emphasises the importance of regular testing to get an early diagnosis leading to the highly effective treatment that is available.

The sexual health services shown in the film are available across Richmond, Merton and Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with climate change protests at Heathrow

She was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and bailed until next month.

A total of 24 people have now been arrested as part of the operation.

All have been bailed or released under investigation pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Surrey police have successfully carried out an operation targeting moped crime in Epsom and Ewell.

More than 31 vehicles were stopped and a stolen motorcycle was found during the day of action last Thursday.

Officers used a SelectaDNA tagging spray on mopeds and motorcycles that failed to stop when challenged by police.

The spray marks the bikes, skin and clothing of the riders or passengers with a uniquely coded but invisible and identifiable
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:56 pm  

Virgin Atlantic’s announced plans to serve 84 new destinations, once a third runway is opened at Heathrow.

Virgin says it will compete on 26 routes where BA's parent company, I-A-G, has a monopoly.

Nicky Kelvin is from The Points Guy, a travel specialist website.

He says opening up route networks means airlines can ultimately drive down costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

A strike planned by British Airways pilots which would have affected flights out of Heathrow has been called off.

Members of Balpa were due to walk out on the 27th of September in a row over pay.

The union has implied that nothing has changed in negotiations - but says it's hoping "common sense can prevail" with a "time out".

We have yet to hear from the airline.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

25 people have been arrested during early morning raids this morning.

Officers raided 40 addresses in Croydon, Wandsworth and Lewisham as part of a crackdown on gang violence.

Police have seized around £50,000 in cash, a stun gun, and a number of firearms.

It follows an 18 month investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

The new look Teddington Cricket Club re-opens on Friday.

The site in Bushy Park has undergone a 5-year, £1.6 million redevelopment.

The evening will commence at 5.30pm, with the official unveiling of the “opening plaque.”

The World Cup trophy will also be available for viewing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

A Kingston resident is waiting to hear if he has been banned from the Council’s public meetings.

It’s after two councillors submitted formal complaints about James Giles’s so called “disruptive” behaviour.

James says it’s outrageous,

Kingston Council has told us “no action has been taken to exclude any individual from meetings.

But the Council continues to review its arrangements to ensure meetings are conducted in an appropriate and constructive manner.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

Thames Water has been “put on report” after a rise in complaints

The watchdog says they must produce evidence every three months to show they’re improving their services.

Thames saw the number of complaints rise by nearly a quarter last year, compared to the year before.

Thames Water says: A number of customer service improvements across the business have helped Thames Water cut complaints by 10 per cent since April.

The company is now targeting a 20 per cent drop by the end of the financial year ahead of the upcoming launch of a new Customer Charter, which will set out its strong commitment to customers.

The improved performance follows last year’s Beast from the East, which froze and cracked pipes, and summer heatwave, which led to an unprecedented increase in demand for water. Both put a huge strain on the company’s operations and caused a spike in unwanted contacts and complaints.

Kelly Macfarlane, Thames Water customer experience director, said: “The combination of these factors over the course of a year created a perfect storm that had an unacceptable impact on our customers. We feel and regret that deeply, and have already taken action to improve service and get things right first time for our customers when they need us.

“We’re introducing an industry-leading billing and account management system, are putting more than 2,000 employees through specialist training and are investing in a new website which will be easier for customers to navigate and use.

“These improvements will create the right foundations for us to meet our customers’ needs and expectations, whether they are contacting us or self-serving online, and to achieve the targets we have set ourselves of significantly reducing complaints this year and beyond.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Virgin Atlantic says Heathrow's been dominated by British Airways for "far too long"

The airline's announced plans to serve 84 new destinations - once a third runway is opened at the West London hub.

Virgin says it will compete on 26 routes where BA's parent company, IAG, has a monopoly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

A suspected explosion in Hampton Hill has forced 30 people from their homes

Fire crews were first called at 8 o’clock last night to the high street.

One witness wrote on Twitter that “lights flickered for a few minutes” before the blast.

Another wrote that the roof was blown off the property.

Nobody was injured, but the cause is not yet known.

Photo credit: Barry French
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 am  

Hounslow Council says it will make “every attempt” to reach the Government’s smoke-free target by 2030

It’s after a report published earlier this week revealed it was lagging behind other boroughs and may not make the target until 2050.

The authority says “smoking’s an issue of inequalities” with those living in poorer areas or with mental health conditions more likely to do it.

It also says the dedicated programme “One You Hounslow Stop Smoking Service” is available to offer advice and help.
In 2004 the prevalence of smoking in Hounslow stood at 28% and now it is 13.9%, with the expectation it will continue to drop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

A Kingston resident is waiting to hear if he has been banned from the Council’s public meetings

It’s after two councillors submitted formal complaints about James Giles’s so called “disruptive” behaviour.

James says it’s outrageous.

Kingston Council has told us “no action has been taken to exclude any individual from meetings.

But the Council continues to review its arrangements to ensure meetings are conducted in an appropriate and constructive manner.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 am  

AFC Wimbledon’s uneasy start to the League One season continued following last night’s 2-1 loss at leaders Coventry

The Dons had taken the lead early on when Marcus Forss converted from the penalty spot.

They looked good for a point but were undone by a stoppage time winner from the Light Blues midfielder Liam Walsh.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 am  

The boss of McLaren Automotive has warned that a no-deal Brexit will have a very serious short-term impact on the company

CEO Mike Flewitt told the Associated Press that the Woking based business, home of the McLaren Formula 1 racing team, will eventually adjust to the new set of rules.

But the effect of leaving the EU without a deal in the early days could impact on the importation of components, export of cars and result in concern among EU nationals working for the company.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 am  

Frank Lampard's first game in the Champions League as Chelsea manager ended with his side going down 1-nil at home to Valencia

Ross Barkley missed a penalty for the Europa League winners late on at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool started their title defence with a defeat.

The holders lost 2-nil to Napoli in Italy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Gary Lineker is volunteering to take a pay cut

Figures show the Match of the Day host is the BBC's highest earner making £1.75 million.

But the Barnes resident's told the Daily Mirror he's currently negotiating a new contract and is offering to take a reduction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 50-year-old man has gone missing from Kingston

Ian Parker was last seen at 8.20am wearing bright trainers and a green bag.

He’s described as white, 6ft 2 with short grey hair.

He’s also known to visit Richmond Park.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A woman from Tadworth has been jailed for stealing over £140,000 from her bosses

Alison Thomas started working as an accountant for a small family business in 2011 when she started taking money from them.

Over a seven year period she transferred the money to her personal account and spent it on holidays abroad and privately educating her children.

The 52-year-old was caught out when her boss became suspicious of her luxurious new lifestyle.

She’s been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Trespassers brought Sutton station to a standstill earlier

Southern and Thameslink trains were suspended after the incident at around 2pm.

Journey times were extended by up to 40 minutes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A man in a clown mask has caused problems on the school run in Brentford

Police were called to a bus stop outside Green Dragon School just before 8.30 this morning after a student reported being chased.

Officers attended and spoke to the student, his parents and staff of the school.

It was ascertained that the student was not chased but had run off as they were scared due to the fact the man was wearing a mask.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

Carshalton Athletic had a bad day at the office last Saturday as the club slipped to a first defeat in six

Photo credit: Chris Bushe

It was a mouth-watering clash at Colston Avenue as fourth hosted third in the Isthmian Premier, but it was visitors Hornchurch that left smiling after a comprehensive 4-1 victory.

That ended the Robins’ run of five straight wins in all competitions ahead of an FA Cup tie against Harrow Borough whom play in the Southern League Premier South.

And head coach Keith Boanas has warned his players they can ill-afford to play like they did against Hornchurch again.

“We told the boys to go home and take an honest look at themselves because we need to do all we can to avoid this kind of result in the future,” said Boanas.

“Credit to Hornchurch, who did their homework, but we let them put their plan into action. We didn’t show enough spirit at the right moments because we could’ve scored two or three before half-time.

“But we can’t afford to perform like that again, it was sorely disappointing.”

Hornchurch were two-up before the half-hour mark through Matt Johnson and Lewwis Spence, but Jerry Amoo grabbed his fourth goal of the season to reduce the arrears on 32 minutes.

The same player then fluffed a golden chance to equalise for Carshalton, while Ricky Korboa, Omar Koroma and Daniel Pappoe also had efforts off target before the break.

The Urchins took advantage of some slack home defending in the second-half as goals by Chris Dickson and Dan Uchechi put the game beyond Carshalton’s reach – only Margate have scored twice against Hornchurch in a single match so far this season.

The Robins will hope to bounce back in the FA Cup second qualifying round this weekend as they travel to North London.

They dispatched lower league opposition in the previous round – a 2-0 win at Bracknell Town – but Harrow Borough will be a stern test as they have only lost two games since the start of the season.

Harrow Borough vs Carshalton Athletic is on Saturday, KO 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

People in Sutton are reacting to the Lib Dem’s news they’ll revoke Article 50 if they come to power.

The borough was one of only 5 in London which voted to Leave the EU in the Referendum.

Some residents have been venting their anger on social media, saying the party is now only interested in “blocking Brexit.”

Carshalton and Wallington's MP, and Lib Dem Brexit spokesman Tom Brake, still supports revocation, even though his constituency voted out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man wanted for questioning in connection with a domestic violence incident in Ashford has been arrested.

27 year old Zac Alexander has been missing for almost a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Police have re-issued an appeal for information after a woman was sexually attacked in Walton.

The victim was walking from The Heart shopping centre to the train station around 11.15pm on the 5th of September.

She was approached by a man who told her he was also going to the station.

They ended up in an alleyway where he pushed her to the ground and assaulted her, he then made off on foot.

The suspect is described as white, in his 40s, around 5ft 8 tall with short, dark brown hair.

A 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

The person to succeed Vince Cable as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Twickenham has been chosen.

Munira Wilson is a former West Twickenham councillor, and defeated McDonald’s demands for longer opening hours while in office.

Since 2013, she’s been in high-ranking positions at NHS Digital and two pharmaceutical companies.

She says “I can’t wait to get out across the constituency to talk to residents”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Europa League winners Chelsea start their Group H campaign against Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Frank Lampard's in charge of the Londoners for the first time in the competition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Train delays are expected until 1 o’clock after a fire on the tracks in New Malden

The brigade were called at 5.40 this morning after reports of a small fire on the line between Wimbledon and Surbiton.

However, it was put out by a Network Rail engineer before they got there.

All lines have re-opened but there’re still some delays.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A man is being sought in connection with an incident on the 493 bus in Southfields

The driver was racially abused and a passenger was assaulted on the 25th of July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Business deliveries are now coming into Hammersmith and Fulham via a specialist cargo bike

The new pollution-free delivery service has been launched by the council as part of its move to tackle climate change.

The freight hub enables businesses signed up to the scheme to get the final leg of their deliveries by the emissions-free cargo bike.

The council says this removes hundreds of polluting delivery van journeys from the borough’s roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Primary schools across Surrey who are yet to receive a visit from the NSPCC are being urged to sign-up for one

Evidence shows children are being groomed, sexually assaulted or blackmailed after making contact with perpetrators on over-18 dating sites.

A Sky News investigation’s revealed more than 70 young people were victims in the last four years.

Police and charities think the firms need to do more to make sure those underage can't access their platforms.

That’s as Primary schools across Surrey who are yet to receive a visit from the NSPCC are being urged to sign-up for one.

The charity visited 108 schools in the county with its free ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ Programme last year.

The aim is to help children understand how to recognise and report abuse in an accessible and age appropriate way.

Mandy Elton is the organiser.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Police in Wimbledon have fined a woman after residents reported leftover meat being discarded in parks across the area

Dog walkers have previously said they’re worried someone might be trying to poison animals.

A miniature schnauzer called Bertie died after being poisoned on Wimbledon Common in January.

But Police have confirmed none of the meat had poison on it and it was being left out for foxes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 am  

People across Sutton are being urged to get their hands dirty to keep the borough clean

They’re being asked to join a community tidy this Thursday.

It’ll focus on the area between Sutton Civic Centre and the High Street.

The grounds of St Nicholas Church will also be a particular focal point.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 am  

Monday, 16 September 2019

Some celebs say they will no longer give publicity to online trolls

A group of TV stars, politicians and sports people have agreed to mute, block and report social media abuse instead.

Comedian and former Jackie presenter Kate Smurthwaite says trolling can affect your job prospects as well as your mental health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Fire crews were called to a school in Epsom earlier after a child got locked in an office

Fire fighters were called to St Martin’s Church of England Infant School just after 2pm.

The Banstead crew spent over an hour trying to free the child who was unharmed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 pm  

Croydon’s Fairfield Halls re-opened to the public today

The site has undergone a £30 million council-led refurbishment.

A new “cultural quarter” has also been created to improve educational, theatrical and music links.

The re-launch was pushed back a year because of the discovery of asbestos.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Guardian newspaper has apologised to David Cameron and his family

It’s after it said the former Prime Minister had only felt "privileged pain" over the death of his 6 year old son Ivan in 2009.

Mr Cameron’s praised the NHS care Ivan received and the likes of Children’s Hospice Shooting Star in Hampton, where he attended, in his memoirs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a man was stabbed in Englefield Green

Officers were called to St Jude’s Road following reports of a large party on Friday night.

A man was found in nearby South Road with stab wounds to his arm and shoulder; he remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Officers are patrolling the area and are keen to find out the man’s movements in the hours leading up to his attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Dame Judi Dench will officially re-open Croydon’s Fairfield Halls tonight.

The site has undergone a multi-million-pound, two-year refurb.

Dame Judi will take part in a Q&A with drama students in the new-look Ashcroft Playhouse.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A number of changes are coming to bus routes in Wandsworth at the end of the month.

The 419 will run more frequently, and extended from Barnes to Roehampton.

There will no longer by additional buses on the 265 between Roehampton and Putney, but the Tolworth to Putney route will remain.

And the 170 will run slightly more frequently from next year, with an extra bus for the morning peak.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Four people have been charged with burglary offences after police stopped a car on the A244.

The Audi A4 was pulled over in the early hours of Friday by officers carrying our enquiries relating to a burglary investigation.

Raul Quitian, Eduardo Olvera, Daniel Miranda-Romero, and Oscar Flores, were charged with burglary and going equipped for burglary.

Flores was also charged with driving offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

A former Surrey police officer has denied seven charges of rape.

64 year old Derek Seekings retired from the force in 2005.

He’s appeared at Guilford Crown Court accused of seven rapes of a woman in the county between 1994 and 2000.

Six incidents are alleged to have taken place off duty, and one on duty.

He’ll go on trial in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna has attacked his former leader, during a speech to his party's conference in Bournemouth.

The MP for Streatham joined the Lib Dems in June, having walked out of Labour in February to become independent.

Today Mr Umunna took a swipe at the long-standing row over allegations of antisemitism within Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party.

Mr Corbyn insists there's no place for anti-Jewish sentiment within Labour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Sir Vince Cable is attending his first party conference after stepping down as leader.

He’s handing the baton to new leader Jo Swinson.

He’ll also be standing down as Twickenham MP at the next election.

He’s told Jackie News his job when he was appointed was to restore morale after two difficult general elections.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

New research out today is indicating Hounslow won’t make the Government’s smoke free target of 2030.

That’s according to tobacco firm Philip Morris.

Hounslow’s not expected to be smoke free until after 2050, more than a decade after the goal, unless further action is taken.

While Richmond has the lowest smoking prevalence rate in South West London at nearly 6%, Hounslow is in the top 10 at nearly 14%.

Philip Morris is warning the rise in vaping is playing a part in helping people quit smoking, but it’s not going to be enough.

Hounslow Council statement re attaining Govt smoke free target

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council said:

“The London Borough of Hounslow will make every attempt to reach the Government target to be smoke free by 2030. This will be undertaken through a strategic and cohesive approach to Smoking Cessation. Smoking is an issue of inequalities and tobacco dependency with those living in poorer wards, social housing, working in routine and manual occupations, and those with a mental health condition being more likely to smoke. Therefore wealthier boroughs such as Richmond have a much lower smoking prevalence.

“LBH is using a range of multi-agency driven actions to tackle the impact of smoking and other tobacco use which impacts on the health of Hounslow people with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. One You Hounslow Stop Smoking Service works within the NHS and with business communities and with individuals, family and carers on both a group and a 1-2-1 basis to support smokers to stop. They also deliver Stop Smoking Campaigns, such as Stoptober and New Year New You using digital platforms.

“LBH using multi agency and targeted approaches has enabled the smoking prevalence within the borough to decline significantly over the years. In 2004 the prevalence was at 28% and now it is 13.9%, with the expectation it will continue to drop. LBH, under significant financial pressures has managed to maintain an effective Stop Smoking Service within One You Hounslow, an Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

Chelsea will be without defender Antonio Rudiger for their return to Champions League action tomorrow night.

He's been ruled out of their opening group game with Valencia after aggravating a groin problem in the win at Wolves at the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

It’s emerged a man who died after falling from scaffolding near Waterloo last week was a free-runner.

28-year-old Johnny Turner from Wandsworth was killed after he fell from an 8 storey block of flats.

Friends are calling him “incredibly talented” while pictures posted online appear to show him scaling buildings including Battersea Power Station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Sir Rod Stewart wants other men to get checked after revealing he's been secretly battling prostate cancer for three years.

The Mirror reports the 74-year-old told a fundraising event at Wentworth Golf Club at the weekend he's now in remission.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he's not surprised with how well Tammy Abraham has played in recent weeks.

The youngster is the Premier League's top scorer having found the back of the net 7 times in the first five matches.

Lampard believes there's still a lot more to come from the striker.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

More than 500 people have signed a petition demanding Woking Council stops the expansion of the area’s football stadium.

Over the last year and a half, the property development company GolDev has been working with Woking Football Club.

Together they’re proposing to increase the stadium capacity at Kingfield from 6,000 to 10,000 seats.

But they also want to create a new neighbourhood called Cardinal Court with over 1,000 new flats and a 10,000 square retail area.

Yet some residents are concerned that the influx of thousands of new inhabitants will add unsustainable traffic and parking pressure.

They’re also worried the new stadium will bring noise and light pollution.

The Cardinal Court development team says it is listening to comments and will look to make changes in response to the issues raised.

They are looking to submit planning applications later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The trial of nine environmental protesters concludes this week, after action at the International Petroleum conference in February.

Among them is a 52-year-old woman from Clapham.

Fifty people are expected to attend plea hearings on Friday following the major disruption in April by Extinction Rebellion.

Donations to the group have topped £54,000, and the trials are set to last into January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Police say they are aware of persistent beggars in Kew Village

Residents have complained to them about people asking for money aggressively and leaving clutter on the pavement outside of Tesco.

The authorities say they’ve been trying to engage the individuals with local support services and charities in recent weeks.

However, if their behaviour continues, they might have to use enforcement measures.

This could mean the beggars are given a warning, a fine. Or they might even be arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

The Met is shelving over a third of new cases within a day of being reported

That’s according to a Daily Mail investigation, which says a lack of manpower and funding is causing crimes to be ignored.

Surrey Police reported 17.5% of offences were screened out.

Boris Johnson announced in July he would put an extra 20,000 officers on the streets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Surrey Warriors have taken fourth spot in the Surrey Cricket League’s Premier Division behind champions St Lukes

They beat London Gymkhana by 3 runs in their final match of the season.

Surrey Warriors A rounded off their campaign in Division One with a 73 runs win over Wimbledon Corinthians to finish third behind champions Ploughmans.

Merton beat Team Mitcham to finish ninth in Division Two where A.M.Y were the title winners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 am  

Former Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable says Boris Johnson's most senior adviser is a "threat to democracy"

The Twickenham MP was speaking after making his final speech to his party's conference, which continues this morning in Bournemouth - he's stepping down at the next election.

He says Tory strategist Dominic Cummings is a "menace" and the Prime Minister needs to get rid of him:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 am  

Kingston’s Green Party has announced that they’ve selected local councillor Sharron Sumner as their parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton

Sumner, who represents Alexandra Ward has been campaigning to protect local urban green spaces such as Tolworth Court Farm nature reserve which is being threatened by developers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 am  

In Women’s Super League action Chelsea drew 1-all at Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester City Women won 2-nil at Reading.

There were also wins for Tottenham, West Ham and Everton Women.

In the Championship Crystal Palace lost 6-nil at home to Aston Villa Women.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 am  

Sunday, 15 September 2019

A south London mother has told of her son’s struggle to rebuild his life after he was stabbed in the throat in a random attack in Mitcham.

Brett Connolly, 26, was heading home after seeing a friend when he was brutally attacked outside a neighbour’s house in Rock Close.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors initially gave him a 2% chance of survival, his mum told the Standard.

His family are raising money to get private counselling for the dad-of-one, who is fighting to come to terms with what happened to him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 pm  

Croydon is one of the 69 English towns, cities and districts that will benefit from the government's £95m regeneration fund.

The money will go towards projects aimed at turning disused buildings into shops, houses and community centres.

This comes after figures showed that about 16 shops a day closed in the first half of the year as retailers move to online shopping.

The government said the move would "breathe new life" into High Streets.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Police have now arrested 19 people believed to be involved in a climate change protest at Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Pause activists threatened to fly drones in the exclusion zone, but no flight disruption was reported.

The group claimed the airport was using "signal jamming to frustrate" their efforts.

The force made seven pre-emptive arrests on Thursday, including that of Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The NHS are opening walk in clinics in Croydon and Hammersmith for women affected by female genital mutilation.

The illegal practice of FGM is carried out for cultural and religious reasons in certain communities.

A victim who sought an FGM reversal in her 30s, said such a service would have "opened so many doors" for her as a young woman.

It’s estimated 1 in 20 girls and women in the world have undergone some form of female genital mutilation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Detectives investigating a stabbing on Friday the 13th in Ealing have charged a teenage boy with attempted murder.

The boy, aged 15 was charged yesterday, the14th of September with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Uxbridge Youth Court on Monday.

The victim, a 14-year-old boy who was found in Elthorne Park Road junction with Boston Road remains in hospital in a critical condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Works to improve the look of Putney High Street are due to get underway.

Construction work is scheduled to start outside Putney Station at the end of the month.

It will be done in phases lasting about a year.

The High Street end of some side roads will need to be closed while they are being reconstructed..

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Crime data reports from the Met Police show there are around 2 and a half times more offences in Croydon than there are in Kingston.

Between the start of August 2018 and end of July 2019, it revealed that just under 63,000 offences happened in Croydon.

Violence against the person was the most recorded crime across the borough with over 18,000 offences reported.

Theft came second with nearly 12,000 offences. Other crimes include Vehicle offences and Burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The Liberal Democrats are pledging to cancel Brexit altogether if they win the next election.

There are concerns that such a policy would be undemocratic because it would reverse the result of the 2016 referendum.

But former party leader and MP for Twickenham Sir Vince Cable says it would be entirely legitimate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing in Englefield Green.

Officers were called to St Jude’s Road on Friday night to reports of a large party.

On arrival they found a man in the nearby South Road suffering from suspected knife wounds to his arm and shoulder.

The police have described his injuries as serious and potentially life changing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The artwork that will adorn the entrances of the new Battersea and Nine Elms Tube stations has been chosen.

The Northern Line extension is due to open in Autumn 2021.

It’s the first major underground extension since the late 1990s.

The commissions will come from “modernist” Brazilian sculpturist Alexandre da Cunha and “conceptual” artist Samara Scott.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says Tammy Abraham has a great chance of being picked for the next England squad.

The 21-year-old became the youngest Blues’ player to ever score a Premier League hattrick in the 5-2 thrashing of Wolves yesterday.

Now Lampard has challenged the young striker to keep working hard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton has welcomed former Conservative Sam Gyimah to the Liberal Democrats.

Ed Davey says his new colleague will be a “huge boost” to their bid to keep Britain in the EU.

Mr Gyimah was one of 21 Tories to be kicked out of the party when he voted against the government to stop a no-deal Brexit.

He says he has joined because the Lib-Dems share many of his values.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Surrey Police is cracking down on fly-tippers.

Surrey Police is cracking down on fly-tippers.

Officers will be stopping people at roadsides and carrying out joint patrols with the council to catch those responsible.

Council staff are also being trained to recognise when fly-tipping is linked to organised crime and modern slavery.

The county-wide scheme is costing around £1m a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 am  

Sutton Council has bought the long lease of David Lloyd’s club in South Beddington.

Sutton Council has bought the long lease of David Lloyd’s club in South Beddington.

It’s spent over £21 million on the acquisition in order to increase its property investments in the borough.

It says the move will benefit residents by providing the council with rental income of more than £1m a year for frontline services.

Sutton also owns the club’s freehold, and taking up the leasehold, which runs until 2036, will give it better control over what happens at the site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 am  

A woman from Epsom has been nominated as a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

A woman from Epsom has been nominated as a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

Catherine Boardman writes about arts, culture and travel and includes ideas about where to go and what to see.

Over 50,000 votes were cast across 14 categories for the awards which are run by Brit Mums.

The winners will be announced by Twitter on 10th October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 am  

19 people have been arrested in connection with a Heathrow protest

19 people have been arrested in connection with a Heathrow protest that threatened to use drones to cause disruption to flights.

One of those thought to be arrested was Roger Hallam the co founder of extinction rebellion.

16 of those arrested have since been released on police bail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

A Judge has ordered the eviction of a woman whose Battersea flat was being used as a crack cocaine factory.

A Judge has ordered the eviction of a woman whose Battersea flat was being used as a crack cocaine factory.

Benedicta Osei-Ababyo permitted her two sons and brother to store, manufacture and deal drugs from her flat on the York Road estate.

Her brother was arrested in a raid. Detectives found drugs stashed in shoes, cupboards and drawers alongside more than £12,000 in cash.

He was subsequently jailed at Kingston Crown Court for six years and 11 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 am  

Major works to improve Putney High Street will start at the end of this month.

Major works to improve Putney High Street will start at the end of this month.

The council aims to improve traffic flow and safety, with a new 20mph speed limit, more parking for bikes, news street lights and street trees.

The improvement project is set to last a year, and the high street will remain open throughout.

Cabinet member Paul Ellis said the works “will benefit local people, boost the town’s economy and help tackle climate change.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 am  

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