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Saturday, 21 December 2019

A tornado in Chertsey has brought trees down on cars and flipped over vehicles

A tornado in Chertsey has brought trees down on cars and flipped over vehicles.

Fire crews were sent to the area, as severe weather across southern England disrupts Christmas travel plans for millions of people.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place until 9am tomorrow, which stretches from Lands End in western Cornwall, to Dover in Kent.

Hayley Hopkins runs a sports clinic in Edenbridge in the county.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 pm  

A tornado struck Chertsey and Ottershaw this morning.

Over 20 houses suffered damage to roofs, cars were hit by falling tiles, and fences and trees came down.

Five fire engines attended the scene to make sure roofs were safe

No-one was reported as hurt.

Police have warned drivers to proceed with caution in view of the number of trees down.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 pm  

Police in Croydon have been getting into the Christmas spirit and dressing up as Santa and his helpers to deliver presents to children who’ve experienced domestic abuse.

The Council’s FJC team turned its creche into a grotto for the event at which children were given presents donated in the Met Police Christmas Tree Appeal.

Donations have been arriving since October and will be accepted until tomorrow.

They’ve had over 500 presents which will distributed through social services and local charities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Singers in Richmond are being invited to join a special choral workshop celebrating Jewish musical culture.

This event is part of the borough’s programme to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January.

2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The choral workshop is taking place on the 2nd of February at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Investigations are continuing this morning after an elderly man died in Ewell on Thursday night.

The pedestrian was involved in a collision with a car in the Kingston Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

A new service to help people with drug or alcohol addiction will launch in Richmond and Wandsworth next April.

It will offer an increased range of one-to-one and support groups at several sites across the boroughs.

It’s being provided by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, alongside several addiction charities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

A huge fly-tip has been discovered on an estate in Balham.

Residents are being warned about “cowboy waste contractors” who say they’ll get rid of rubbish but then dump it instead.

The one resident's address was found on paperwork amongst the dumped items, which included mattresses, in Dornton Road.

That person could now be held responsible for the fly-tip, even if they didn’t dump it themselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Surrey remains drenched by heavy rainfall and flooding as river levels remain high throughout the county

Many areas were left flooded after torrential downpours on Friday, with travel routes heavily disrupted as a result.

Flood warnings remain in place for the River Mole in Leatherhead, Cobham and Stoke D'Abernon, and for the River Wey in Elstead.

A yellow Met Office weather warning is still in place for Surrey and the South East, with more rain expected throughout the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

New plans to support growth in Croydon’s neighbourhood areas have been approved by the council

The ‘Place plans’ initiative will see the borough’s communities take the lead in setting out priorities for their areas.

It will ensure the priorities of the community are accounted for on decisions into new homes, infrastructure and community facilities.

The plans will also be unique and have their own character to make sure they represent the area and those that live in them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

An elderly man has died after a serious collision involving two cars in Mitcham

The incident happened on Streatham Road at around a quarter to 4 yesterday afternoon.

A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone who has dash cam footage to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

A controversial virtual GP service in Hammersmith has been given permission to expand.

Babylon’s “GP at Hand” was piloted in Hammersmith and Fulham, but initially received poor reviews from the health watchdog.

It was also criticised for mostly targeting young, tech-savvy patients who are generally healthy.

However, this month it was rated “good” and will now be expanded into Birmingham.

The service allows people to see a GP via a video call on their phone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 am  

Slavery charges are made after Hounslow raids.

Four men have been charged with slavery offences and another was charged with intimidating a witness and ABH after early morning raids in Hounslow earlier this month.

60 officers were deployed to execute the warrants at properties used by drug dealers who target vulnerable people and move into their property to use as a base for supplying drugs.

A substantial quantity of drugs was seized.

The drug line had links to Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing as well as reaching out into the counties.

The suspects come from Isleworth, Hounslow and Chiswick.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am  

Police re-arrest suspect in Hounslow kidnap and murder case.

A 19 year old man was re-arrested at Heathrow Airport yesterday in connection with the murder of Mohammed Shah Subhani – known as Shah - on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and perverting the course of justice.

He’s the ninth arrest in the investigation which led to the discovery of Shah’s remains in a secluded woods in Beaconsfield on Thursday.

Shah went missing on the 7th May when he was due to collect £5,000 at business premises on Derby Road in Hounslow.

Police believe that he drove his Audi Q3 to the site but was not driving when the car left a half hour later.

A suspicious vehicle was at the corner of the Road at the same time and detectives would like more information about the blue Range Rover Evoque which was using false plates.

A reward of £20,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 am  

Friday, 20 December 2019

Croydon council revealed today that they managed to create 110 apprenticeships in 100 working days, smashing their own target.

The Apprenticeship Academy helps to benefit residents and businesses across the borough by matching people in a variety of industry roles with employers based in Croydon.

Adam Edmonds from new Addington became the 100th person to benefit from the scheme.

Apprenticeships are open to all ages and offer a practical approach to starting or changing career.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 pm  

Parts of the River Mole have flooded this evening.

Heavy rain is forecast across the weekend.

A few moments ago, The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the area around Thames Ditton Island. They state that flooding is possible coinciding with the rise in river levels, although they do not expect any property to be flooded.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 pm  

A man from Addlestone has been ordered to pay back thousands, after investigations found he’d earned nearly £4 million through criminal activity.

52 year old Michael Rhodes is already serving 10 years in jail for importing cannabis.

The resin, worth over a million pounds, was in the back of a lorry stopped by Border Force officers in August 2016 at Dover.

If he doesn’t pay back the money within three months, Rhodes will face a further seven months in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Sutton United’s team manager Matt Gray went to St Mary’s Children’s Hospital earlier today to spread some Christmas cheer.

Matt, along with members of the first team players took part in the annual event to the hospital and donated around 20 presents to thank staff members for doing a wonderful job.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

A man has pleaded not guilty to killing his 8 months pregnant ex-partner in Croydon.

26 year old Kelly Mary Fauvrelle was stabbed to death at her home in June.

25-year-old Aaron McKenzie from Peckham denies murdering her.

He’s also accused of the manslaughter of her son Riley, who was delivered but died in hospital.

He’ll stand trial in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

Spelthorne Council is reassuring residents that their properties are not expected to be flooded.

That’s despite the heavy rain that’s predicted over the weekend.

Spelthorne Council has issued the reassurance after speaking to the Environment Agency

It says the situation is being monitored and contingency plans are in place should the need arise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A staff member at WH Smiths in Wimbledon has been punched in the face during a robbery.

Police have just released details of two separate incidents over the last week, on the 12th and the 16th.

Tobacco and cigarettes totaling 2,000 were stolen in the raids.

Officers are hunting four young men for questions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Sutton could be London’s Borough of Culture 2023.

The town has been shortlisted in the competition.

Sutton is currently the focus of national attention as The Royal Marsden looks to build its Oak Cancer Centre.

The new research and treatment centre, which will cost £70 million, is due to open in 2022.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man has been stabbed to death in Hounslow.

It happened at a house in Grove Road at around 11.30am yesterday.

The 35 year old, Ebrima Cham, known as ‘Brim,’ was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Sir Ed Davey is reassuring residents affected by the Virgin Media outage that they’ll receive compensation if it’s not fixed by tomorrow night.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton tweeted the message earlier.

However, he says he has been told by Virgin that the problem will be fixed by later this evening.

A third party cut through cables last night causing homes across Kingston, Surbiton and New Malden to lose their Virgin service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Epsom’s MP says he’ll continue to fight plans to build a new acute hospital at Sutton.

Chris Grayling wants it built at Epsom instead.

He says although he understands why NHS England wants to build it next to The Royal Marsden, Epsom will be cheaper.

A public consultation on plans to move services like A&E out of Epsom and St Helier hospitals to a brand new hospital, launches in the new year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Christmas day hampers collected in Tolworth are to be shipped out ahead of the big day

The Christmas Lunch on Jesus project has seen many volunteers come together over the last few weeks to pack the boxes so they can be given to those in need.

These volunteers have told us why they've been lending a hand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm  

Heathrow airport’s third runway project could be delayed by as much as three years

That’s after the industry regulator rejected its spending plans.

The Civil Aviation Authority worries passengers would foot the bill if the project did not go ahead.

Heathrow wanted a third runway by the end of 2026, but this could now be delayed until 2029.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

Spelthorne Council is looking to find a permanent site for Gypsies and Travellers in the centre of the borough.

It would need to have weekly waste or recycling collections, and infrastructure such as water and sewerage connections.

A council spokesperson has acknowledged the concerns about the number of unauthorised camps.

You can give your views as part of the consultation on the “local plan” by visiting the council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Investigations are continuing into a fire in Richmond in the early hours of Thursday.

Part of a four-roomed flat in Upper Richmond Road was damaged by the blaze just before 3am.

Three people left before the Brigade arrived.

There were no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Weybridge is one of the best areas at managing its air pollution, according to a new study

The research into city layouts has found that tightly compacted urban areas and a lack of green spaces trap pollutants.

Luton was the worst in the UK, while Milton Keynes’ grid structure dispersed pollution well.

The study is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Kingston University’s deputy head of nursing has reacted to the news the Government is to re-introduce grants for student nurses

The announcement will see new and current students receive £5,000 a year from September 2020.

Those undertaking courses in harder to recruit to areas such as mental health will get £8,000.

Karen Elcock is welcoming the news, saying nurses have it harder than ever.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

Heathrow Airport's expansion plans have been delayed for up to three years

The Civil Aviation Authority has rejected its increased spending proposals, fearing passengers would foot the bill if the project did not go ahead.

The airport wanted to open a third runway by the end of 2026, but this could now be delayed until 2029.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 am  

People in Croydon are being urged to give their views on council plans to renew a landlord licensing scheme introduced in 2015

The authority created the borough-wide scheme so rented properties meet key housing, environmental and safety standards.

It now covers over 35,000 homes.

The consultation is running until March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 am  

Police are continuing enquiries after an elderly man died in Ewell after being involved in a collision with a car

The incident, involving a BMW, happened yesterday evening in Kingston Road opposite Ewell Court Avenue.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 am  

Richmond and Kingston councils have agreed to recommission their children’s services to be delivered by Achieving for Children

The contract’s been extended until 2026.

Achieving for Children was launched in 2014 to provide better social, educational and community outcomes for children in Richmond and Kingston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 am  

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Thousands of people across South West London are without broadband tonight after a cable was accidentally severed

Thousands of people across South West London are without broadband tonight after a cable was accidentally severed.

The accident has affected Virgin Media customers in New Malden, Kingston and Surbiton as well as homes and businesses as far away as Wimbledon.

A virgin Media spokesman told Radio Jackie a third-party had accidentally cut through a fibre optic cable causing a loss of service for residential and business.

They sid the company was working to repair this fibre break as quickly as possible and apologised the inconveniemnce.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 pm  

An armed robber who carried out a series of raids on supermarkets in Norbury and Streatham Vale has been jailed for fifteen years

A serial armed robber has been handed a 15 year jail term.

33 year old Price Dafiaghor carried out robberies at stores including the Co-op in Streatham Vale.

He made off with sums of cash ranging between £2,000 and £8,000.

During some instances, he took staff members out of the stores in order to make his escape.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

A teenager has been charged with right-wing terrorism offences after being arrested at Heathrow Airport.

19-year-old George Fowle, from Kent, was detained in June on suspicion of possessing material likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He's been released on bail and is due in court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Former Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith will stay on as environment minister after being made a life peer.

The Conservative lost his Richmond Park seat to the Liberal Democrats' Sarah Olney last week.

Downing Street says the Queen was "pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage".

Nicky Morgan remains as culture secretary, despite standing down as an MP, after also being made a life peer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Kingston’s Children’s Services have gone from inadequate to outstanding in six years.

OFSTED says children receive timely and well-targeted support, and are given “every opportunity” to flourish.

However, the watchdog did say that plans for disabled children needed reviewing.

Ian Dodds, head of the Achieving for Children service, says “the excellence of our services makes me incredibly proud”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in Woking earlier.

Officers were called to an address in Julian Close at around 12 noon following concern for safety of a woman.

On arrival a woman was found dead inside the property.

A knife was recovered from the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Police looking for a man from Hounslow who vanished in a suspected drugs murder eight months ago have found his body.

27-year-old Mohammed Subhani's car was found abandoned with bullet holes and false number plates a month after he went missing in May.

Anna Russell reports:

Mr Subhani’s sister Quirat Subhani said:

“We as a family have lost our beloved brother in the most brutal way. We have suffered severe heartache and anguish of separation over the past 7 months.

“We kept our faith high and believed our beloved brother will return.. It broke our hearts and shattered our world when we were told Shahs body was discovered in an abandoned woodland 15 miles from home, losing our brother is the most painful thing in the world, but for our brother to be murdered in such an outrageously evil and monstrous way is beyond our thoughts.

“Someone maliciously killed the apple of our eye, turned our world upside down and dumped him in an isolated woodland for his body to never be found and decompose and for us to be left with nothing but his bones, this will haunt us for a lifetime.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Chelsea's players and management are looking forward to taking on ex-manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday.

Tottenham, Mourinho's new club, welcome a Chelsea side who have lost their last two matches.

Their goalkeeper Willy Caballero tells Sky Sports News it's a great chance for the players to get back to winning ways.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Detectives have found the remains of a man from Hounslow who vanished in a suspected drugs murder eight months ago.

27-year-old Mohammed Shah Subhani was thought to have been carrying several thousand pounds when he disappeared in May.

His car, with false number plates, was found a month later, abandoned and with bullet holes.

Police do not believe he was killed in the vehicle.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from Specialist Crime, who is leading the investigation, said:

“Today we can confirm that we have recovered Mohammed Shah Subhani’s remains. I met with Shah’s family and I broke this awful news to them, something that I hoped I would never have to do. This has been devastating news for Shah’s family at this truly unimaginable time. Shah had everything to live for and was loved by everyone; not only was he murdered, he was prevented a decent and dignified burial.

"I believe that Shah’s discovery is something that his killer(s) were confident would never happen and whilst the worst possible news for his loved ones, it presents a significant springboard for our investigation. I believe this area is known to a small group of people.

"However, as I have said before, we have a substantial amount of land left to search and it is very challenging terrain. Officers, police staff and experts have been forced to build bridges and walkways, and divert significant volumes of water.

“This area is fairly isolated and you would probably have to know it existed, as opposed to it being stumbled across. It is not visible to a passing motorist. But a car parked up would possibly appear out of the norm to locals.

“The wooded area has evidence of spent shotgun cartridges, these are not connected to Shah’s death, but I would be keen to speak to people who use this area, particularly on or after 7th May.

“This is painstaking and complex work as we search for evidence and we are likely to be here for several more weeks while we complete this important task. I am so grateful to the local community who have been so understanding and supportive of the police operation. I do apologise for the inconvenience that you are experiencing. We will continue to strive to keep disruption to a minimum."

DCI McHugh has also revealed for the first time that a key suspect vehicle - the black BMW X5 on cloned plates of YC67 MFY was seen in the Hedgerley Lane area in the days after Shah disappeared on Friday, the 7th of May this year.

The vehicle, which had been stolen overnight from Reading Road in Farnborough, Hampshire on Friday, the 8th of February, was recovered by police on Tuesday, the 3rd of August in Hounslow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Almost 90 cases of measles have been reported in Wandsworth

One school warns some children could be excluded for three weeks.

Public Health England says parents must get their children vaccinated.

Many cases have been found in children aged between 10 and 19, who didn’t get properly vaccinated when they were young.

The symptoms include sore red eyes, a high temperature, a rash, and any cold-like signs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

The future of Kneller Hall in Whitton is soon to be decided

The Ministry of Defence is selling the site, and is opening a consultation on its future.

During an informal consultation, residents said preserving it was important, and community facilities were needed.

A petition against the sale received over 5,000 signatures, and was opposed by then-Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable.

You can find a link to the consultation here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Robots are taking over Heathrow Airport

Or at least, two are now going to be moving around giving customer service.

The pair are able to interact with customers in multiple languages and escort them to locations in Terminal Five, such as cafes and meeting rooms.

They’re going to be named Bill, after Left-tenant Bill Lawford, who captained the world’s first daily international flight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

People with dementia in Richmond can now attend a monthly walk with a dedicated Pets as Therapy dog

‘Walk with Ralph’ is part of the Council’s Friendly Parks for All programme.

It’s a free monthly walk in Twickenham’s Kneller Gardens with a behaviourally assessed dog.

Pet Therapy is becoming more and more recognised across the country as a way of supporting people with dementia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Christmas in hospital is always a difficult time for staff, patients and their families

Christmas in hospital is always a difficult time for staff, patients and their families.

The Royal Marsden in Sutton is once again preparing for a busy few weeks.

The team says every effort is being made to balance festivities with treating sick patients.

Dr Julia Chisholme works on one of the Children’s ward; she says they’ll try to make Christmas as fun as possible for everyone,

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 am  

Grounds once owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury will have stronger protection under plans approved by Croydon council

Grounds once owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury will have stronger protection under plans approved by Croydon Council.

It comes as the Addington Village Conservation Area was reviewed earlier this year following discussions with residents.

The area boundary’s been adjusted to include former stables built in 1829 as part of Archbishop Howley’s improvements and estate expansion.

Its changes will become statutory which will give more weight whenever planning applications are submitted within the boundary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 am  

Over 90% of inpatients at Kingston hospital have rated their care as “good.”

Over 90% of inpatients at Kingston hospital have rated their care as “good.”

Healthwatch Richmond spoke to over 100 patients to gauge their views.

Nurses were given “almost universal praise” and were perceived to work incredibly hard.

But the body says it was “disappointing” to hear of a “few occasions” where staff lacked awareness when it came to particular communication needs of a patient.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 am  

London’s Lib Dem mayoral candidate is urging supporters not to be disheartened by the general election result

London’s Lib Dem mayoral candidate is urging supporters not to be disheartened by the general election result.

Siobhan Benita says although Thursday was disappointing for the party nationally, the London picture is “far more positive.”

She says wins like Richmond Park increases the party’s vote share in the capital, unlike Labour’s and the Tory’s, which were decreased.

The New Malden resident is hoping to oust Labour’s Sadiq Khan at the next London mayoral elections in May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 am  

People in Kingston are being asked to give their views on the Council’s budget

People in Kingston are being asked to give their views on the Council’s budget.

They say there needs to be savings of £34m over the next four years, and the borough no longer receives funding from central Government.

The council is struggling to fill an economic gap which is partly historical and partly due to the increase in demand for services.

You can find a link to the consultation on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 am  

Surrey County Council has made “significant progress” in children’s services, after being judged inadequate last year.

Surrey County Council has made “significant progress” in children’s services, after being judged inadequate last year.

OFSTED say social workers’ caseloads have been reduced “markedly”, to a manageable level.

However, they still concluded that the assessments are of a mixed quality, with lengthy bulleted columns rather than a summary.

Councillor Mary Lewis says “I am confident that working together we will continue on this positive improvement journey”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 am  

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A 22-year-old man has been arrested following a stop and search in Leatherhead

Charlie Simmonds was detained by police in Kingston Road as part of patrols in the area to disrupt and prevent the supply of drugs.

He’s since been charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis, and acquiring, using, or possessing criminal property.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 pm  

Police have named the man who died following a stabbing in Croydon

Albert Amofa was stabbed in the leg on Sunday night in Drake Road and later died in hospital on Tuesday.

It’s believed the 33-year-old may have been killed during a botched attempt to rob his car.

Anyone with any information is being asked to come forward and contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 pm  

A man from Wandsworth is wanted in connection with breaching a community order and in relation to a theft investigation

29-year-old Daniel Andrews is described as white, about 6ft 1 inches of large build with short, light brown hair and a beard.

He also has links to Epsom, West Molesey and Worcester Park

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

A man from Fulham is one of four men who has been sentenced after being found guilty of five counts of armed robbery

Mohammed A-Habib committed the robberies between November 2017 and January 2018 along with three other men.

Each time, male victims were approached in Hyde Park and threatened with knives before handing over valuables and belongings.

Three of the victims were stabbed during the assaults but their injuries were not life-threatening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 pm  

There was a collision in Virginia Water early yesterday evening

The incident took place in Callow Hill between a white Mercedes Sprinter and a Ford Focus.

The driver of the Sprinter failed to stop but was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and drink.

The driver of the Ford focus was injured and taken to hospital.

Anyone with any dashcam footage or information is asked to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Merton Council is introducing new parking charges.

The aim is to discourage car use and reduce pollution from vehicle emissions.

Fred Rayner from the Merton Park Residents Group says “without reasonably priced parking, local businesses will find it even harder to compete”.

He also expressed concern that increases in resident’s charges would be an encouragement to pave over front gardens, causing a loss of habitat.

Money raised will go towards parking and transport projects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

An ex Chelsea Captain delivered some dressing room inspiration to a young Liverpool squad last night.

John Terry who is now assistant manager at Aston Villa praised the youngest team in history after their 5-0 defeat to Villa.

Liverpool had to field a second team in the Caribou cup whilst the first team are playing in the Club World Cup tonight in Qatar.

Liverpool Midfielder James Milner said Liverpool would love to become Club World Champions’

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

The first council homes built for Croydon by the council’s own developer Brick By Brick have been unveiled.

Three residents who had been on the council housing waiting list have now moved into the one-bedroom flats in Thornton Heath.

They will pay council rents.

The development is named Flora Court after First World War soldier and Croydon resident Flora Sandes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Rugby legend Mike Tindall is to take part in a Q&A in Teddington in the new year.

It’ll take place just before the start of the Six Nations on the 23rd of January at the Lensbury Club.

Mr Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s grand-daughter, Zara Philips, won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011.

The event is in aid of The Victoria Foundation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

A new hospital for Sutton is one step closer.

Acute services such as Maternity and A&E are expected to be moved from Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, and replaced with a new £500m centre.

Proposals published today outline three options for the Specialist Emergency Care facility.

The preferred option is Sutton Hospital, next to the Royal Marsden specialist cancer centre.

An additional urgent treatment centre is proposed if that option is chosen.

The other two options would be for the new facility to be built at either Epsom or St Helier hospitals.

The move has been criticised for increasing ambulance journey times and having fewer available consultants.

Chris Grayling, the Conservative MP for Epsom, has always opposed removing services from Epsom Hospital:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Spelthorne Council has donated £10,000 to each of the four food banks in the area

Councillor Maureen Attewell says “the work they do is immensely important”.

The four are Restore in Sunbury, Manna in Staines, Stanwell Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

Each received £2,000 from the council ahead of the festive season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

A child has been treated for smoke inhalation following a flat fire in Croydon

The brigade was called to The Waldrons yesterday afternoon to an 11-storey block.

Around 13 people left the building before the brigade arrived.

The cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Take up for a blood donor session in Tooting has only reached 21%

The Christmas Eve afternoon session is one of a number taking place at Cranmer Terrace.

Other sessions on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve have also not reached the 50% full mark.

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to give blood at banks across London over the festive period in order to keep stocks up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 am  

An eighth person has been arrested following the disappearance and murder of Mohammed Shah Subhani from Heston

A 67-year-old woman from Hounslow was arrested at Heathrow Airport yesterday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Police are continuing to search woodland in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

A £20,000 reward for information remains on offer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

Nearly 400 abandoned animals were reported to the RSPCA’s South East division last Christmas

8% of those came from Surrey.

The charity is asking people to back the “Stock the Sleigh” campaign.

This involves collecting and donating anything from food and blankets to treats and toys.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 am  

Croydon has made domestic abuse training mandatory for its social workers

A two-day domestic abuse training programme begins today.

The course will give participants an overview of domestic abuse and sexual violence and how they can detect early signs of abuse.

The council says the new compulsory training will ensure a high standard across the service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 am  

Government housing targets for Epsom & Ewell will be debated at a full council meeting today

The meeting is also in response to a petition which expressed concern about the Local Plan and whether it responded to the concerns and priorities of residents.

The government says Epsom and Ewell need to build an additional 579 homes and associated infrastructure in the borough each year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 am  

Former EastEnders star Nina Wadia has opened the brand new £3 million Haemodialysis Unit at St Helier Hospital

It features state of the art equipment and a number of individual rooms to help improve infection prevention and control standards.

The new unit also aims to comfort the thousands of people who need dialysis several times a week for hours at a time.

Nina, whose mother battled with kidney disease, says the new facilities will help make the process of dialysis “a little bit easier” for patients.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 am  

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

It seems people in Richmond are enjoying their outdoor spaces more than ever

97% of residents who responded to the bi-annual Parks and Green Spaces survey rated them as either excellent, good or satisfactory.

That’s an increase of 1% on the last two years.

More than 760 people took part in the latest survey, which is double the number of previous years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 pm  

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Sutton

Chloe Norman reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 pm  

Epsom’s MP has thanked constituents following his re-election

Chris Grayling says it was “a great honour” to be re-elected in the early hours of Friday.

The Conservative held on to his Epsom and Ewell seat, winning with 53.5% of the votes and a majority of 17,873.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

Samurai swords are part of an arsenal found at an address in Sutton

Police also found a sniper rifle draped in tinsel during the raid on Sunday.

A man has been arrested for importing and possessing weapons.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 pm  

Surrey Fire and Rescue service has made “significant progress” after a concerning report last year.

Her Majesty’s inspectorate said the service lacked a “robust and sustainable” system to respond to call-outs.

It also found resources were being poorly used.

However, it has now found “robust and appropriate” plans to improve, with almost £1m of funding over two years.

The report does still criticise however, the availability of fire engines, but Surrey County Council says it’s recruiting extra staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An inquest has heard celebrity publicist Max Clifford did not always take his medication properly before he died of heart failure.

The 74 year old from Walton died after being found unresponsive at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire in 2017.

He was serving an eight-year sentence for historical sex offences.

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

Black cab-driving rapist John Worboys has been handed two life sentences after admitting sex attacks on four women.

The 62-year-old, who's already behind bars for targeting 12 victims, has been given a minimum term of six years.

The Old Bailey's heard he remains as 'dangerous' as ever.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

It’s thought former Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith could be elevated to the House of Lords.

The Conservative lost his seat to Lib Dem Sarah Olney on Thursday by over 7,000 votes.

The news comes just hours after Nicky Morgan was given a peerage to continue as Culture Secretary, despite quitting as an MP.

The Telegraph is reporting that Mr Goldsmith, who is a friend of the Prime Minister and firm Brexiteer, could be given a peerage for life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

An inquest has heard celebrity publicist Max Clifford did not always take his medication properly before he died of heart failure.

The 74 year old from Walton died after being found unresponsive at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire in 2017.

He was serving an eight-year sentence for historical sex offences.

The hearing continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Croydon Council’s social workers are to be given mandatory domestic abuse training starting tomorrow.

It’s hoped the two-day course will give them a broader understanding of what domestic abuse is and how to asses risk.

Staff will also be taught what signs to look out for in adults and children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

102 species of plant were discovered by Kew Gardens and its partners this year.

They include species which could help develop new medicines and many at risk of extinction or deforestation.

Dr Martin Cheek explains what will happen to these new species now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

A terraced house in Mitcham has been gutted by fire.

The blaze at the property in Northborough Road in Pollards Hill broke out just after 11am.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and there are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be stressing to his players that their Champions League last 16 encounter with Bayern Munich will be very different from when the two teams last met in the competition

He captained the winning side in the 2012 final in Germany.

But Lampard says how they're playing ahead of the February and March ties will be key.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

There are new efforts to stop the train strikes

Three Liberal Democrat MPs have written to South Western Railway and the RMT Union asking them to join them at the negotiating table.

Twickenham’s Munira Wilson, Richmond Park’s Sarah Olney, and Kingston’s Ed Davey say they’ve been “inundated” by people whose lives have been “severely disrupted”.

The Union’s general secretary Mick Cash says “nothing less than an operational method that clearly protects the safety critical role of the Guard is acceptable"

SWR says “we need the RMT to show they are serious about ending these strikes in a way that works for passengers”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Removing pollutants from school boundaries is just one of the recommendations made to Kingston council

The borough’s first ever “citizens’ assembly” on improving air quality has taken place.

Assembly members were made up of thirty-eight randomly selected Kingston residents.

They were asked to address the question: How do we collectively improve air quality in the borough?

The council commissioned an independent specialist organisation, The Involve Foundation, to run the four-day event.

Assembly members were given a chance to review the evidence, question expert witnesses and deliberate with each other.

On the final day they were asked to shape their thoughts into a set of recommendations for the council to take forward.

They also recommended the council encourages positive behaviour change and accelerates the transition to sustainable vehicles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 am  

It’s unlikely trains will be able to run between Epsom and Ewell West until the end of the week following a landslip

Network Rail says the torrential rain caused the ground beneath the tracks to collapse on Sunday.

Engineers have been on site since the slip and say an update will be given later this week.

South Western Railway is already suffering delays due to strike action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 am  

According to a report by official inspectors, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made “significant progress” in a number of areas since a previous inspection in 2018

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services revisited SFRS in September and praised their Making Surrey Safer Plan.

Meanwhile the report also found that the London Fire Brigade was among three services across the country that needed to improve the most in three key areas.

Matthew Parr is from the watchdog which examined a third of England and Wales' 45 fire services at a time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 am  

Monday, 16 December 2019

Charges could be brought against IT contractors after hundreds of Post Office workers were wrongly accused of fraud

Some were even jailed, and others went bankrupt following claims problems with their computer software led to shortfalls in their accounts.

The High Court has approved a £58 million settlement.

Seema Misra, who ran the West Byfleet office, was pregnant with her second child when she was sent to prison in 2010.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

Fire broke out at a care home in Kew last night

The laundry room on the first floor of the property in priory Road was completely destroyed by the blaze.

Around ten people left from the ground floor before the Brigade arrived.

There were no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Chelsea are set to meet Bayern Munich in February for the first time since winning the Champions League final in 2012

The sides have been drawn against each other in the quarter-finals of this season's competition.

Frank Lampard was captain that night.

The Chelsea manager says they'll need to be prepared for another challenge against the German giants.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a stabbing in Croydon

Police were called to Drake Road yesterday evening at around 9.20 where the 33-year-old was found with a stab wound to his leg.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing to establish what happened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two boys aged 13 and 14 have been arrested in connection with a burglary in Chertsey

Items taken at the weekend included earrings, rings, broaches, a watch and bracelets.

Police are trying to hunt their owners and say they may belong to someone in the Shepperton or Chertsey areas.

The burglary also involved a car being taken; the jewellery mentioned does not relate to that theft.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Three people, including an airport security guard, have been arrested over a plot to smuggle cocaine worth £2 million in to the UK

The Heathrow Airport employee was arrested on Saturday, along with a man and woman who had arrived on a flight from Colombia.

They've been charged with attempting to import Class A drugs and will appear in court again in January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Post Office workers have secured another court victory against the group over its faulty IT system.

It follows last week's £57-million settlement which will be shared among hundreds who were falsely accused of fraud.

One post office worker from Byfleet was pregnant with her second child when she was convicted of theft and sent to jail in 2010.

A judge has ruled the system was 'not remotely robust'

Jo Hamilton was convicted of false accounting in 2008 and says it still affects her life now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Wet weather causes rail landslip between #Epsom and #EwellWest

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We’re very sorry for the disruption to our passengers and are doing everything we can to get this fixed.

Services between Epsom and Ewell West stations are currently blocked following the landslip, because the ground beneath the tracks has collapsed after the recent spell of wet weather.

“Our engineers are on site working to clear the debris and repair the embankment.

We will reopen the line once it is safe to do so, but the safety of our passengers has to come first.

At this stage it is too early to give an indication of when we can run trains, but we will provide a further update later this week.

“Bus replacement services are in operation as well as ticket acceptance by other train operators. Passengers should check or for the latest information.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

A man has from Croydon been convicted of multiple counts of rape.

37 year old Alan Mackey was found guilty of six counts of rape, two counts of fraud, two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship, one count of blackmail, one count of ABH and one count of theft.

He will be sentenced in January.

The court heard that the victim was reported missing by her family one day in June and following police enquiries, was found the following day at a hotel in Richmond.

She told police she had endured a prolonged assault at Mackey’s hands, as she was held against her will.

During this time, she was raped and subjected to a physical assault, which left her with facial injuries.

Mackey, who was known to the victim and had previously made threats against her, later took her bank card to pay for the room and items from a shop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Champions League update

Manchester City have been drawn against the most successful side in Champions League history in the last 16 of the competition.

They'll face Spanish giants Real Madrid, while holders Liverpool take on Atletico.

There's a repeat of the 2012 final when Chelsea go up against Bayern Munich.

Tottenham also have German opposition in the form of RB Leipzig.

The first legs will be played from the 18th of February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Former Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable chats to Radio Jackie about his time in politics

He spent the morning with Luke Williams.

This interview was conducted before the general election took place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Sixteen primary schools in Richmond have made it on to this year’s “Times Top 500.”

The newspaper looks at each school every year and ranks them based on scores achieved in reading, maths, grammar and Key Stage 2 tests.

The schools that made it onto the list in Richmond include Barnes Primary, The Vineyard School and Hampton Junior.

There are over 20,000 primary schools in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been handed difficult draws in the last-16 of the Champions League

The holders will take on Atletico Madrid, while Pep Guardiola will face an old enemy when City take on Real Madrid.

Chelsea have been paired with Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 2012 final.

However, the draw looks favourable for Tottenham who will play RB Leipzig.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Five tax fraudsters have been ordered to repay £20m, in one of the UK’s biggest tax frauds

The group organised a fake eco-investment scheme as a tax break for wealthy investors.

They stole nearly £110m in total by diverting the money to buy properties in the UK and Dubai.

That includes one in South-West London.

They’ve been sentenced to a total of 43-and-a-half years in jail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Mole Valley Council have released their bin collection schedule for over the Christmas period

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

The regulator says household water bills will fall by an average of 12 percent in England and Wales

That's a typical saving of 50 pounds over the next five years.

Thames Water however, will only have to reduce bills by 7%.

Ofwat says firms have also been told they must spend 51 billion pounds on upgrades and improvements.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Jewellery thought to be worth 50 million pounds has been stolen from Tamara Ecclestone's home in Kensington

The daughter of the ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was left "angry and shaken" after the raid on Friday night.

It's believed thieves made their way in through the garden and then got into safes hidden in a bedroom.

Reporter Helen-Ann Smith, who's near the address, says the break-in is surprising.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

A landslip on the train tracks between Epsom and Ewell West means trains out of London are only going as far as Motspur Park

National Rail say engineers are on site trying to fix the issue, but say the nature of the repairs is “complicated” and they don’t know when it’ll be reopened.

A notice at Ewell West reads “all trains are cancelled, please use local buses”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

As the likelihood of the UK leaving the EU at the end of January increases, Cafe Nero is running drop-in clinics for its staff

The firm, which has cafes in Kingston, Surbiton and New Malden, wants to help them fill-in right-to-remain forms.

Their chief executive has told the Daily Telegraph hiring and keeping staff since the 2016 referendum has been difficult.

It's also set up an internal helpline to ease any worries among its workers'
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 am  

Kingstonian continue to enjoy a good season in cup competitions

They’re into the next round of the FA Trophy following yesterday’s 3-1 win over Woking at the King George’s Field in Tolworth.

Fabio Saraiva, Louie Theophanous and Dan Bennett got the goals for the K’s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 am  

A win or a draw for Crystal Palace against Brighton in the Premier League tonight would see them leapfrog Arsenal in ninth place

The Eagles are currently tenth in the table and manager Roy Hodgson says they’re all aware of the significance of the encounter at Selhurst Park

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 am  

Chelsea Women relinquished top spot in the Super League following yesterday’s 1-all draw at Liverpool

Arsenal moved back to the summit after their 3-1 win at Everton Women.

But the win was overshadowed by a leg injury sustained by England forward Beth Mead.

There were also wins for Manchester City and Reading Women.

In the Championship Crystal Palace suffered a 4-1 loss to Durham Women at Hayes Lane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am  

Jewels worth a reported £50 million have been stolen from the Kensington home of ex-formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter

It’s believed the jewellery was taken from Tamara Ecclestone's house near Kensington Palace on Friday night in one of London’s most exclusive streets which boasts 24-hour security, checkpoints and patrols.

Ms Ecclestone had left the property for her Christmas holidays.

The thieves are believed to have broken in through the garden before managing to get into safes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was furious with his players after their 1-nil defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League

Yesterday's loss was the west London club's fourth in five matches, although they are still in the top four.

Lampard says his players need to show more fight and desire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

A man from Wandsworth has been fined for building a ramshackle extension covering the whole of his back garden.

Phoutone Siharath claimed he was a “Freeman of the land” and was not bound by laws introduced by Government or Parliament.

He refused to comply with numerous attempts by the council to remove the offending building.

He was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay more than £7000 in court costs at Kingston Crown Court with the threat of jail if not paid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are continuing to appeal for information, after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Streatham.

She was approached by a man on Guildersfield Road, just off Streatham High Road, on Wednesday afternoon.

He started speaking to her before leading her into an alleyway just off of Buckleigh Road and attacking her.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Wandsworth Council is advising that that support is available for the homeless as the cold weather bites.

The night shelter is run by Glass Door which is London’s largest open-access network of emergency shelters and support services.

A shelter is available nightly, to anyone over 18, in churches providing food and somewhere to sleep.

Glass Door works with the Councils housing department and with outreach teams from SPEAR which is a charity for the homeless.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a man was stabbed in Sutton Town Centre.

Police were called to near the McDonalds on Friday evening where a man in his twenties had been attacked.

His injuries weren’t life threatening.

No arrests have been made.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Kingston Ramblers will be embarking on another litter picking walk this Tuesday

They aim to pick up litter using recycling bags and picker sticks provided by Kingston Council.

They will cover Lower Marsh Lane and the London Loop route into Kingston.

Barbara Crow from Loop Leader from Kingston Ramblers explains about the work they do

People are being invited to join at Berrylands Station by the steps of the Hampton Court bound platform.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The Liberal Democrats are focusing on how to get the party back on track after a disastrous general election.

Their first female leader - Jo Swinson - was forced to resign after failing to hold her East Dunbartonshire seat.

A leadership election will be held in the new year.

Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey is the acting leader.

He says he’ll be focusing on talking to the party’s members.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The NHS is expected to be under even more pressure this winter

Figures for November show some hospitals were at 95% capacity, and a record number were left on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed.

Richmond Council is urging people to use their pharmacies for minor health issues, rather than seeing their GPs.

A pharmacist will still be able to refer if further treatment is needed, such as antibiotics, a visit to a GP, or A&E.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in Vauxhall

Police say they were informed at around 4pm yesterday.

At around the same time, a car collided with a police car when asked to stop.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon, and dangerous driving.

The victim is in a critical condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he's not a fan of the Video Assistant Referee system.

The technology was used to rule Bournemouth's goal onside in their 1-nil Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

But Lampard does admit that's one area of the game where V-A-R does its job well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Kings Gate Church in Ham has been putting together Christmas Hampers for local schools.

The aim is for schools to distribute them to families who could really do with a boost at this time of year.

In the first year, 10 hampers were distributed by St Richard's CE Primary.

This year, many of the local Ham and Petersham Churches have donated to the project and over 65 hampers were put together.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Radnor House School in Twickenham has been sold.

The independent school caters for boys and girls aged between 9 and 18 years old.

Previous owners Albion Venture Capital say the school was sold generating proceeds of £6.5 million.

Jacqui Kerr has a statement from the headmaster Darryl Wideman.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Brentford moved up to fourth in the Championship as they won the west London derby against Fulham at Griffin Park today.

The result maintains Brentford's recent stranglehold over their rivals.

They have now lost just one of the past nine league meetings with Fulham, winning five.

Brentford’s coach Thomas Frank said that it was certainly one of the best performances since he’s been here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 am  

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