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Saturday, 14 March 2020

A man in his 90s has died at St George's Hospital in Tooting after testing positive for coronavirus.

The victim was one of 10 patients who have been reported to have died after being infected by the virus, bringing the total of deaths to 21 in the UK.

Reports suggest the patient had been extremely unwell with "significant other health conditions".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

The MP for Epsom and Ewell says that local supermarkets shall expect supplies to be delivered as usual throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Chris Grayling met with local supermarkets and was assured that despite being under great pressure, goods that are in short supply will continue to be stocked.

He also spoke to the Epsom and St Helier Trust to discuss their preparation plans as the outbreak worsens – they’ve informed only essential visitors can visit their hospitals, including immediate family and carers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

A man has died in a house fire in Merton

Fire crews were called to the property on Kingsbridge Road at 6:20pm on Friday.

They discovered the body of the man on the ground floor and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman who was also in the house was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and shock.

London Fire Brigade says the cause of the blaze is "under investigation".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Reeds Weybridge rugby club are travelling to King’s Lynn to take on West Norfolk RFC this afternoon.

The two unbeaten sides are up against each other in the regional cup final.

Reeds are unbeaten in 52 matches and are only two more wins away from returning to Twickenham Stadium where they were crowned champions last year.

Coach Nigel Connell talks to us ahead of today's game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man charged with possessing 20 knives is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ court later on today.

18 year old Denique Iswom Newell from Lewisham was charged yesterday with 20 counts of possession of a knife.

It’s after a car he was travelling in with two other males was stopped and arrested by officers in Southwark on the 12th of March.

They made off on foot but were arrested nearby when Police found a discarded bag of knives including several zombie knives.

The other two males were later released without further action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Ministers are working with officials on plans to ban mass gatherings from next week - according to a Whitehall source.

It's also understood that proposals are being worked on for "much more widespread working from home".

The current advice is that big events can still go ahead - but that all those with symptoms should stay at home for 7 days.

This passenger arriving from Heathrow told us he's concerned there's no official screening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

An historic drinking fountain in Chiswick has been restored.

Residents and visitors will be able to refill their water bottles without having to buy plastic ones, and there’s a trough for dogs as well.

The total cost was £14,000.

Dr Nicola Stacey from the Heritage of London Trust says fountains “offer a really easy way to make London more sustainable”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 am  

Businesses in Walton-on-Thames have given the go ahead to set up a Business Improvement District.
This will deliver about £1 million of new investment over 5 years.

The focus will be on backing business, promotion and events, keeping Walton clean and making a safe and welcoming environment.

The Chairman of the BID Task Group, Peter Beggan, says that this will help to deliver a more vibrant town centre and address parts of the town that need attention.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am  

Gas emergency teams are working through the night to restore service in Tooting.

Damage to the network a week ago has meant that 1,300 homes have been without gas. 730 properties have been now reconnected.

Engineers will carry on removing water from the pipes and teams will be back in the morning to visit homes and reconnect gas supplies.

There’ll be a service centre based at Tooting Leisure Centre car park from 8 am for customers without electric heaters and hotplates.

The Leisure Centre will continue providing hot showers over the weekend for those affected. You will just need to provide proof of you address.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 am  

A man has died at a house fire in Merton.

18 firefighters from Sutton and New Malden attended the blaze, at a two-storey terraced property in Kingsbridge Road.

One woman was taken to hospital suffering with smoke inhalation and shock.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 am  

A man from South West London has pleaded guilty to funding terrorism.

29 year old Ayub Nurhussein had previously said he was not guilty of this offence, but had admitted charges in January relating to possession of documents which could be useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

In January, the defendant’s associate Said Mohammed from Manchester also pleaded guilty to arranging funds for terrorism.

The two will be sentenced on the 26th of March at the Old Bailey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 am  

Friday, 13 March 2020

Fans hoping to see 5 Seconds of Summer perform in Kingston at the end of this month won’t now get to see them until May.

The Coronavirus outbreak means that the Australian pop-rock band has postponed its gig at Pryzm nightclub.

The group says it made the decision now to avoid having to cancel at the last minute.

It’ll now be held on May the 5th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 pm  

The amount of people injured in the Parsons Green tube bombing has risen

Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family of Archie Beston.

The teenager from Barnes was stabbed to death in Kingston in the early hours of February the 29th.

He died in hospital last week, six days after the incident.

More than £6,000 has been raised so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

The parents of a 7-year-old boy who died in Chertsey are due to hand in a petition to the Prime Minister calling for an independent inquiry.

A coroner ruled Zane Gbangbola died from carbon monoxide from a petrol powered pump used to remove floodwater from his home in 2014.

However his parents, Kye and Nicole, believe he was killed by gases that had leaked from an old landfill site at the end of their garden.

The petition has been signed by over 100,000 people

The petition will be handed in at midday on March the 29th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen are renewing appeals to try and trace the man wanted in connection with her murder.

It is now 12 years since the 23-year-old was killed in central London after spending the night with friends.

The suspect police want to question, who is now 33, was quickly identified by the investigation team as a suspect for Martine’s murder.

But he fled the UK on a plane from Heathrow within hours of Martine’s death, travelling to Egypt and then on to Yemen.

Officers want to question him in connection with her death.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Foreign Office is advising against non-essential travel to several Spanish regions as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases there jumps by 1,000 in a day.

More than 4,000 cases have been confirmed in the country, including 120 deaths.

We're being told to avoid visiting Madrid, and several regions in and around the Basque Country.

Here, top-level English and Scottish football has been suspended until April the 3rd at the earliest because of the virus.

The decision follows players and staff becoming infected, and individuals self-isolating as a precaution.

Formula One has announced the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix will be postponed.

They were due to take place this month and next.

Ten people have died in the UK including patients at St Helier and Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

ChelseaWomen V Everton on March the 22nd has been postponed because of Coronavirus

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All top level football in the UK has been called off until at least the 3rd of April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Europe's governing body UEFA have also suspended the Champions League and Europa League.

Tomorrow's rugby union Six Nations clash between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff is also now off.

One of golf's biggest events, the Masters at Augusta, has been postponed.

England's cricket tour to Sri Lanka's been cut short, with Formula One on hold until the end of May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

All matches in the Champions League and Europa League next week have been postponed because of coronavirus.

It means Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers will have to wait to play the second legs of their ties in both competitions.

UEFA have made the decision due to the fast spread of Covid-19 across Europe.

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi is also self isolating.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Detectives have charged a man in connection with the murder of a teenager in Kingston.

20 year old Tyrone Bryan will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates Court today charged with murder and GBH.

19 Year old Archie Beston was stabbed outside John Lewis in Wood Street on the 29th of February and died in hospital 6 days later.

Three other men have also been arrested with one also charged.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

All professional football in England and Scotland is being postponed until April 3rd at the earliest

It's because a number of clubs across the country have confirmed or suspect players or officials have caught coronavirus.

The English Football League and the Scottish FA say they must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters.

UEFA has decided there'll be no European action next week either - all Champions League and Europa League clashes are being called-off.

It means Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers will have to wait to play the second legs of their ties in both competitions.

In the Premier League - Everton, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Chelsea are in isolation - after players, managers and staff have either shown symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals are putting restrictions in place for patient visitors

They’re asking people to visit only if it’s “absolutely essential”, and should not at all if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Anyone who must visit must do so between 5 and 7pm.

Children will not be allowed to visit, and there’s a maximum of two visitors per patient.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

A house in Egham has been burgled

Burglars carried out “untidy and selective searches” with cash as the likely target.

It occurred yesterday on Ripley Avenue while the occupants were out.

The patio door and rear window frames were damaged during the break-in.

If you have any information, contact the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for coronavirus

The full men’s team squad and coaching staff at the Premier League club will now self-isolate.

He started to show symptoms on Monday, and hasn't been at the training ground since.

Arsenal's Premier League game with Brighton tomorrow has been postponed, after the club's boss tested positive for coronavirus.

All of the Arsenal players, coaches and staff who've come into contact with Mikel Arteta will go into self-isolation.

The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting this morning to discuss future fixtures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Top figures at Chelsea and Arsenal are self-isolating after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed at the clubs

Top figures at Chelsea and Arsenal are self-isolating after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed at the clubs.

Chelsea striker Callum Hudson Odoi and Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta have both tested positive for Covid-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 am  

Tolworth Girls School is closing for the remainder of this week and on Monday after some of the school community displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Tolworth Girls School is closing for the remainder of this week and on Monday after some of the school community displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

The staff members and student were isolated and sent home.

A deep clean will take place across the whole school before it reopens on Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 am  

There will be no power at Sutton library this weekend.

There will be no power at Sutton library this weekend.

It’s to allow essential maintenance and upgrade work to be carried out by UK Power Networks.

Sutton Central Library will be open tomorrow with limited book self-service facilities in operation.

But the public wi-fi, public computers and printers will all be out of use and the site will be completely closed on Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 am  

A seriously injured pigeon has had a miracle escape after veterinary surgeons managed to sew its head back on.

A seriously injured pigeon has had a miracle escape after veterinary surgeons managed to sew its head back on.

The unlucky bird was first caught in garden netting in Banstead and was then attacked by a cat.

The homeowner discovered it and took it to Wildlife Aid Foundation animal hospital in Leatherhead.

The bird is now recovering well and is expected to make a full recovery.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 am  

Anyone with possible coronavirus symptoms is being told to stay at home for seven days.

Anyone with possible coronavirus symptoms is being told to stay at home for seven days.

Boris Johnson says that includes even a mild illness, such as a continuous cough or high temperature.

He's called the outbreak the worst public health crisis in a generation, saying many families will lose loved ones early.

But the prime minister and his health advisers say it's too early to close schools or ban big public gatherings.

So far, ten people in the UK have died with the virus, including patients at Charing Cross hospital in Hammersmith and St Helier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 am  

Four men who set up camp on a piece of land in Stanwell Moor have been find over £35,000.

It’s after Spelthorne Borough Council secured a conviction notice regarding the area around The Hope Inn.

The four were each fined for failing to remove all vehicles, industrial equipment, shipping containers, stables and materials.

The council had received numerous complaints from residents about the state of the land and the activity on it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 am  

Police in Hounslow have made 85 arrests in an effort to combat the rise in street robberies and youth and drug related violence.

Police in Hounslow have made 85 arrests in an effort to combat the rise in street robberies and youth and drug related violence.

The month-long operation saw officers conducting 300 stop and searches in hot spot crime areas including the town centre.

Individuals were detained for various offences such as attempted murder, serious assault, drugs supply and money laundering.

The operation is said to be ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 am  

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Over 67,000 litres of water have been removed from the gas network in Tooting

Gas has now been restored to over 500 homes.

They're hoping to reconnect Aldren Road, Bramston Road, Burmester Road, Franche Court Road, and Hopwood Close.

The team have to dig down to the underground pipes and drill into them to siphon away the water.

It was damaged last Friday by a third party.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in Kingston have charged a 20-year-old man

19-year-old Archie Beston was stabbed outside John Lewis in Wood Street on the 29th of February and died in hospital 6 days later.

Tyron Bryan will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, charged with murder and grievous bodily harm.

Three other men have been arrested with one also charged in relation to the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Sir David Attenborough has spoken of his "desperate hopes" that a crucial climate change summit is still hosted in Glasgow this year

The 93-year-old from Richmond wants it to deliver “concrete action” and not be blown off course by coronavirus.

In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Sir David has called on governments to impose a ban on deep sea mining.

He also says it’s young people who need to convince politicians to take action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A disabled champion surfer from New Malden has avoided jail, after claiming £14,000 in a benefits scam

36-year-old October Hamlyn-Wright claimed to be “virtually unable to walk”, and claimed a higher rate of payout.

However, she posted pictures of her playing Glastonbury and competing in surfing competitions around the world.

She denied two counts of fraud, and has been sentenced to a 12-month community order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The RFU has reminded England head coach Eddie Jones of its "values" after he criticised the integrity of a match official.

Jones said his side were playing "13 against 16" at the end of last weekend's Six Nations win over Wales at Twickenham.

The RFU's now apologised to referee Ben O'Keefe, saying they "regret" any implication he was biased in his decision making.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech in full on tackling Coronavirus

The UK has moved onto the next stage of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

It's known as "delay", and suggests experts and politicians no longer think it can be contained.

Boris Johnson has addressed the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

The men's ATP tennis tour has been suspended for six weeks due to coronavirus.

The upcoming events at Indian Wells and in Miami had recently been called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi says they believe it's the most "responsible action" to take to protect players, staff and fans.

We are still waiting to hear if Wimbledon will be cancelled because of the outbreak.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The number of people who've died in the UK after being infected with coronavirus has risen to ten.

Two more patients, once at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, both with underlying health problems, have passed away.

Another one of the victims passed away at St Helier on Tuesday.

134 more infections have been confirmed in the last 24 hours.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The number of people caught carrying knives in England and Wales has risen again, reaching the highest level in a decade.

There were 14,000 convictions or cautions last year: an increase of 4% on 2018.

Last October, offences recorded by police involving a knife or sharp instrument hit a record high.

Sophie Kafeero’s son Derick was stabbed to death in Kingston in 2017; she says the Government isn’t doing enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

The cockerel sign on Sutton High Street is set to return next month.

It was taken down on Sunday the 1st of March for restoration.

The landmark is Grade II listed, and originated in a pub called ‘The Cock’, with the sign hanging from a timber goal-post outside.

Councillor Steve Penneck says it’s part of the authority’s “ambitious plans” to preserve local landmarks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Wimbledon may not go ahead this year due to restrictions over Coronavirus.

It's reported that the All England Club is reluctant to stage the tennis tournament behind closed doors.

They feel it should not happen without the social aspect of the event.

It’s believed it has insurance in place to refund those who bought tickets if the event is cancelled.

The last time the tournament was cancelled was during WWII.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Young footballers got the surprise of their life when they turned up for training in Fulham last week

They were cheered on from the side-lines at Craven Cottage by “Match of the Day” presenter Gary Lineker.

The child refugees, who have been welcomed into Hammersmith and Fulham, had been having a kick-about when Mr Lineker turned up.

The event was organised by Fulham FC Foundation, refugee charity Safe Passage, Chelsea FC Foundation and the council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Sir David Attenborough says he 'desperately' hopes the UK climate change summit this year delivers real action, and isn't hit by the coronavirus outbreak

The 93-year-old Richmond resident says that world leaders should keep their focus.

Glasgow will host a major global conference on the issue later this year.

Sir David says we have a real responsibility.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Leatherhead

Police were called just before 10.30 last night to Young Street, near the Givons Grove roundabout.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, and having no insurance.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Clinicians at Epsom and St Helier hospitals say a proposed specialist care centre should be built at Sutton

They say it will provide access to more urgent treatment services, and have the smallest increase in average travel times.

It would be located in the Royal Marsden, which they claim would improve care for cancer patients.

The plans have been criticised for taking away acute services from the current sites, and taking away other services from deprived areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Reports coming out of South Korea seem to show that the virus has peaked there

However, despite 11 days of slowing transmissions, a few days ago, a call centre was hit, signalling alarms about mass contagion.

Over 90 out of the 207 screened tested positive.

Jackie’s Sophie Denham is in the capital Seoul.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Tooting MP and A&E Doctor Rosena Allin-Khan says she’s trying to avoid shaking hands as much as possible.

She’s told The Guardian that she puts her clothes in the laundry basket when she gets home.

She’s told her children to sing Happy Birthday twice when washing their hands at home and school.

The Doctor also criticised the government’s proposal to bring in retired medical staff to address a staffing shortfall, as they’re the most vulnerable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Motspur Park station is set to have step-free access installed for the first time.

It comes after a victory for residents that have campaigned for several years.

Poor accessibility has presented difficulties for wheelchair users, parents with prams and others with mobility problems.

Yesterday the Chancellor agreed a package of support to fund accessibility improvements at Motspur Park station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Two kittens have been found abandoned in a shoebox in Wandsworth.

The five-week olds were found on the roadside on Saint Ann’s Hill on Saturday.

A member of the public found them and called the RSPCA for help, and the kittens are now recovering at Putney Animal Hospital.

Many charities recommend neutering cats from four-months old to reduce the number of unwanted kittens being born.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 am  

Officers are continuing to investigate the murder of a 17-year-old boy that was stabbed to death in Whitehorse Lane on Sunday evening.

Over the past 24 hours they have completed 25 stop and searches, 7 weapon sweeps, 2 vehicle searches and 1 arrest.

The Section 60 has been extended, as they continue to target those who carry weapons in the communities.

Police believe the victim had been involved in an altercation on a bus before he was stabbed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 am  

Liverpool's Champions League defence is over.

The holders suffered a 3-2 extra-time defeat to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield.

They go out 4-2 on aggregate, following a 1-nil defeat in Spain in the first leg.

Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata scored the final goal in the 120th minute on Merseyside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Almost 300 homes have now been reconnected to the gas network in Tooting

Thousands of litres of water have been pumped out of the system which came from damaged pipes in a field within the network.

70 metres of pipe have had to be replaced “involving an exceptional and extremely complex engineering operation”

Southern Gas have apologised for the problem and have announced that they will not be able to reconnect any more homes today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Twickenham’s MP says she’s worried what will happen to seriously ill children if their carers are put in isolation due to coronavirus

Munira Wilson has visited youngsters at Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Hampton.

She says, “I’m deeply concerned what will happen to vulnerable children with serious illnesses who require round the clock care”.

Ms Wilson has written to the health secretary Matt Hancock asking him to address the issue urgently.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The chancellor has announced massive funding for the Science Institute in Weybridge.

The site, which is currently working to analyse samples of coronavirus, is getting £1.4 million.

Mr Sunak has also gone one step further with regards to scientific investment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Kingston's MP questions PM Boris Johnson on the NHS's ability to cope with Coronavirus

£30 billion to help the economy survive the coronavirus outbreak have been promised by the chancellor.

But in his first budget, Rishi Sunak admitted Covid-19 would cause 'temporary disruption'.

Small firms will get help with the cost of sick pay and business rates.

Lib Dem MP for Kingston Ed Davey asked the Prime Minister if there are enough doctors and nurses to cope with the outbreak.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

270 homes have been reconnected to the gas network in Tooting.

Over 50,000 litres of water have been pumped out of the system.

The pipes became flooded last Friday after they were damaged by a third party.

Southern Gas are focusing on clearing water in two key areas of the network, which will allow them to restore supply to more homes
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A school in Old Malden has closed after a pupil who has been in contact with Covid 19 became unwell this morning.

The boy from Richard Challoner had been on a ski trip and self isolated at home after an acquaintance tested positive for the virus.

However, he presented with symptoms upon his return to school earlier.

Head teacher Sean Maher says the school will be closed for the rest of the week as a precautionary measure and will undergo a deep clean.

If the boy subsequently tests positive for the virus, the school will follow advice from Public Health England.

The school released this information to parents earlier.

This morning, a student came into school and after the first two periods, reported to the medical room displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

The student was immediately isolated and sent home.

However, he had recently returned from a period of self-isolation as he had been in contact with someone who had tested positive over the half term break.

Therefore, we are taking the precautionary measure of closing the school for the remainder of this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

Passengers travelling through Heathrow airport are still lamenting a lack of testing for Coronavirus.

That’s despite some airlines cancelling flights and two baggage handlers testing positive for Covid-19.

Jackie presenter Eddie Castle has just returned from Singapore.

Heathrow is yet to respond to our requests for a statement.

Some scientists claim that temperature checks are not effective and will not stop the spread of the disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Heathrow has recorded a drop in passenger numbers because of the coronavirus outbreak.

There was a near five percent decline in February, compared to a year ago.

The airport’s blaming "lower demand on Asian and European routes."

Bosses are warning the fall is continuing this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A teenager from south west London has been charged with terrorism offences.

The 17-year-old boy is accused of encouraging a terrorist act and distributing an extremist publication.

He's also charged with two counts of making an indecent photo of a child and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Wimbledon College re-opened this morning after a member of staff tested positive for Covid- 19

The site in Edgehill was closed just over a week ago.

The deputy Head Pierre Cargill says that policies laid down by Public Health England have been followed.

He says he was pleased to have the boys back and is confident there is no danger to their health
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

The owners of a major shopping website have been hit with a £20,000 fine after a 13-year-old was able to buy knives from them.

The teen was acting on behalf of Croydon Council as part of their nationwide crackdown.

The knife was delivered to the teen’s house in the area, after inputting a false name and date of birth into the Very website.

We’ve contacted Very’s owner, Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

A spate of car keying in Ottershaw is being investigated

Police are looking into reports of damage to vehicles between last Thursday and last Saturday in Warwick Deeping.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Kingston is the second-most desperate for toilet paper in the country

It’s at number two on a list of hotspots for loo-roll stockpiling, with sales increasing 7.8 times.

That’s according to eco-friendly toilet-paper company Who Gives a C***.

Twickenham also made number 13 on the list, at 5.9 times, and South-West London generally has seen a 5.6 times increase.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Surrey Police is stepping up its recruitment campaign

Up to half a million people will have to apply to become officers over the next three years in order to meet Boris Johnson’s 20,000 target.

Roles available at Surrey include deputy chief constable and a force control room operator.

Surrey’s HQ is due to relocate to Leatherhead from Guildford in four years time at a cost of over £20 million.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Richmond Park’s MP will introduce a bill in Parliament today aimed at banning anti-abortion protests within 150 metres of a clinic

Lib Dem Sarah Olney says "this form of protest is nothing more than bullying women when often they are at their most vulnerable."

Anti-abortion group "40 Days for Life" is holding a series of protests outside several British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinics.

They provide pregnancy counselling, contraception, miscarriage management and abortion care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 am  

The endangered Crystal Palace dinosaurs have been given a lifeline thanks to a government grant
The £15,000 will be used to build a bridge allowing the public to get even closer to the life-size creatures.

The iron and stone sculptures date from as early as 1852, and last week were added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 am  

Ninth placed Kingstonian will go in search of a third straight win in the Isthmian Premier League tonight

They entertain basement strugglers Cheshunt at the King George’s Field in Tolworth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 am  

Londoners will get the chance to question Mayor Sadiq Khan and London Assembly members about their plans for the city at a People’s Question Time event in Wandsworth this evening

The event takes place at the Battersea Arts Centre between 7 and 9pm.

Topics will include coronavirus, safety, air quality and environment.

If you’d like to attend, you’ll have to register for a ticket at
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 am  

In National League action Woking went down 3-1 to Barnet at the Kingfield Stadium

It was a frustrating night for Corinthian Casuals as their Isthmian League game at Merstham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 am  

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

People around Hammersmith are being asked their opinions on a temporary walking and cycling bridge

It would allow Hammersmith Bridge to completely shut for repairs, after it was declared unsafe in April last year.

The temporary crossing would be for the 16,000 who cross the river on foot or by bike.

It’s proposed as a prefabricated steel structure supported by two piers, accessed by step-free ramps.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

The Department of Health is urging people to "look out for each other"

It’s as the number of people with coronavirus who've died in the UK rises to six.

The latest fatality was a man in his 80s in Hertfordshire.

Yesterday an elderly patient, who had a number of significant and long-term health conditions, died at St Helier hospital.

More than 370 have now tested positive for Covid-19 here - including the health minister Nadine Dorries.

Deputy chief medical officer Doctor Jenny Harries says there's still no need to panic - even if you do get the infection.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man from Hayes has been convicted at Isleworth Crown Court for possession of class A drugs

30-year-old Adonis Wilson was in the middle of a drug deal when he was caught by officers.

Following a search, he was found with packages of heroin and crack cocaine along with £221.

He’s been sentenced to 3 years in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The disabled bathrooms have been completely destroyed and play equipment has been broken at Ashford Park

Since Saturday, there’s been extensive damage to the facilities.

Spelthorne Police say if your child has come home covered in paint with no explanation why, to contact them on 101.

They’re appealing for witnesses and information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea's Champions League match at Bayern Munich is the latest that will be played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus

The German champions have now confirmed next Wednesday's tie will happen without fans in attendance.

Tonight's Champions League game between RB Leipzig and Tottenham is taking place with fans present.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police investigating a fight outside a restaurant in Staines which left one man unconscious have released CCTV images

Officers were called to the area outside Turtle Bay in the High Street at around 12.40am on the 9th of February.

The victim suffered a broken jaw, two broken teeth and a deep cut to his chin, which required stitches as a result of the incident.

The suspect in the images is described as his late 20s or early 30s, of a slim build with short, dark hair and facial hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Scotland under-21 boss Scott Gemmill believes it's the right decision not to rush calling Billy Gilmour up to the senior squad.

The Chelsea midfielder who's impressed when starting the last two games for his club, will instead play for the 21's in the upcoming international break.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Deep cleaning on London Underground over Coronavirus

Transport for London's brought in what it's calling an 'enhanced cleaning regime' as authorities work to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The capital's mayor Sadiq Khan explains what that involves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

Airlines have been reacting to the Italian government’s decision to put the nation on lockdown for the next three-and-a-half weeks.

Heathrow based British Airways and Ryanair have cancelled all flights to and from the country.

EasyJet has grounded many of its Italian services.

Wizz Air has done the same but it's also scrapped flights to Israel, which yesterday said anyone arriving from overseas would have to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Sutton's council leader responds to coronavirus death at St Helier hospital

Following the announcement of the death of a patient from COVID-19, at St Helier Hospital, Councillor Dombey made the following statement.

“My thoughts and prayers and those of the whole Council go out to the family and friends of the person who died.

"I want to reassure the community here in Sutton that the NHS and the Council are working together in support of Public Health England to support the national effort to combat and contain this virus.

"It is really important that everyone takes notice of and shares the public health messages in order to keep themselves, their families and our community safe.

"Residents with any concerns about their own health should visit the NHS 111 website or call NHS 111 for the latest health guidance.

"In the meantime, services continue to run in Sutton as normal and I pay tribute to those working in health and other front-line services for the remarkable job that they are doing."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

A driver from Brentford who lost control of his car and collided with railings in Sunbury has avoided jail.

The incident involving 24 year old Cameron Robinson was witnessed by police on routine patrol in the early hours of New Year’s Eve.

He was arrested and taken to hospital as he had been involved in a collision and officers began drug-driving procedures.

But he refused to give a blood sample, claiming it was against his religion.

Robinson pleaded guilty to “failing to provide” and was handed 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and disqualified from driving for 29 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A former teacher has appeared in court charged with a number of sexual offences relating to pupils at a school in Hammersmith.

39 year old Ben Breakwell is accused of alleged sexual activity with three girls aged between 13 and 16, among other allegations.

He appeared to confirm his name, date of birth and address at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He’ll next appeal at Isleworth Crown Court on April the 6th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

The Environment Agency has issued 50 flood warnings and 185 flood alerts, many for parts of the country badly hit by recent storms

Barriers have been brought out in Hereford, three weeks after the River Wye hit a record high there.

Rainfall means water levels are due to peak this evening, while Shrewsbury is at risk of flooding from the River Severn.

A high tide of 4.9m is expected at Richmond at around 3:30pm today.

Due to high fluvial flows coming down the River Crane, the Crane Tidal Gates will not be able to close to hold back the incoming tide from the River Thames.

As a result, the incoming tide will flow up the River Crane which, when combined with the fluvial flow already in the channel, will push levels very high.

Some flooding of gardens and low lying land is expected around 3:30pm although flooding is not expected to enter buildings.

Any flooding is likely to be of short duration covering the period around high tide.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Nearly 38,000 litres of water has been extracted from gas pipes in Tooting

There’s been outages there after the network was damaged.

Residents can continue to use the showers at Tooting Leisure Centre by providing proof of address.

Around 50 homes have been reconnected so far, although no more can be restored for now.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Richmond and Croydon are the only places in South West London to be clear of Coronavirus.

Public Health England is releasing the figures by authority.

The stats say that Kensington and Chelsea has the highest number of cases, with eight confirmed.

While it’s believed another case could be in Kingston, the figures still say only one person there has got it.

That person is a worker at Travel Republic in Norbiton, which is still open but has been deep cleaned twice.

One person in their 70s died at St Helier Hospital (pictured) yesterday.

Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey says the NHS and the Council are working to contain the virus.

Hammersmith and Fulham has 2 cases, Hounslow 3, Lambeth 3, Merton 1, Wandsworth 3, and 6 across all of Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Virgin Atlantic admits it's flying almost empty planes.

It’s so it doesn’t have to give up its runway slots at airports such as Heathrow because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline claims it's being forced to, because the EU hasn't relaxed its "use it or lose it" rules.

The UK government and the industry are urging Brussels to suspend the law to save money and cut carbon emissions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

The second person in the world to be cleared of HIV has gone public with his identity

Adam Castillejo from London was diagnosed in 2003 but declared free of the illness last year.

He received a stem cell transplant to treat life-threatening blood cancer at Hammersmith Hospital.

The 40-year-old made the announcement in the New York Times newspaper.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

People caught fly-tipping in Wandsworth are going to be publicly shamed

CCTV footage will be published on the council’s YouTube channel.

Residents will then be asked to come forward with information about the alleged fly-tipper.

They’re also being urged to take photos and report incidents themselves direct to the authority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

The promotion race in the Isthmian Premier League is really warming up and Carshalton Athletic’s recent form has the club right in the mix

(Picture credit: Ian Gerrard)

The Robins have won four and drawn one of their last six matches to put them firmly in the top five as the season enters its final lap.

But the margin for error is slight as, following a 2-0 home victory over struggling Cheshunt last Saturday, Carshalton are now one of three clubs sitting on 62 points.

On-loan forward Lewis White, who grabbed his fourth goal for the club during that win, believes he and his teammates are guarded against complacency however.

“We’ve spoken recently about our character and, since losing at East Thurrock, we scored in added time to earn a draw at Margate and then beat Horsham 4-0,” said White.

“Cheshunt were tough to break down but we worked hard and will always back ourselves to score a goal.

“But that is the level the management expect us to be at now and we have to keep delivering until the end of the season.”

The first-half between Carshalton and Cheshunt was a tight affair but White broke the deadlock on 41 minutes.

The forward showed good strength to outmuscle full back Ibrahim Diallo on a long pass before coolly nutmegging the familiar face of goalkeeper Preston Edwards.

“I saw the bounce on the pass put some doubt in the defender’s mind so I knew I could get in front of him,” added White.

“Preston and I are from Dulwich Hamlet where we both started the season, but I didn’t know he was playing for Cheshunt until we lined up, so I won’t dwell on the finish too much!”

Cheshunt went down to 10 men just after the hour mark, as centre back Tyler McKenzie cynically scythed down Ricky Korboa, but the home fans had to wait until the 80th minute to breathe easily.

Forward Christie Pattisson showed great individual skill to get away from two opponents before hitting his fifteenth goal of the season in from 25 yards.

Carshalton Athletic now have two away games on the spin starting at bottom-of the-table Brightlingsea Regent this coming Saturday.

“A few clubs around us have games in hand so we have got to keep applying pressure by ensuring our rivals have to keep winning too,” said White.

“If we keep up this form in the next two away games then we should be fine in terms of at least being in the play-offs.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

People visiting Pen Ponds in Richmond Park are being asked not to feed the area’s oldest swan

The male, who is around 16 years old, has severe arthritis.

Royal Parks says feeding him encourages him and his family to the banks of the ponds meaning he’s putting more pressure on his aching bones.

They want him to stay in the centre of the water as much of the time as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Patrols have been stepped up after a fatal stabbing in Croydon on Sunday night

The 17 year old was attacked on a bus in Whitehorse Lane at 9pm and died at the scene 7 minutes later.

A Section 60, which allows police to carry out stop and search, was in place overnight.

Community meetings will also be held over the coming days for residents worried about the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Two men have been arrested after being caught smoking drugs on Croydon High Street

One of them was carrying a tool that looks like a chainwhip for a bike, although he couldn’t explain what it was to officers.

It looks like it’s been modified.

Another was taken into custody for breaching a criminal behaviour order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

England rugby union players Joe Marler and Courtney Lawes face hearings this week for foul-play during Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales at Twickenham

Harlequins prop Marler is facing a ban for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals.

Lawes was cited for a dangerous tackle on Jones.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 am  

According to figures from Public Health England Kensington and Chelsea is the London borough with the most cases of coronavirus

There have been eight confirmed cases there so far out of 51 in the capital.

The latest PHE breakdown shows five cases in Ealing, four in Barnet and three in Hounslow, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Brent, Lewisham Southwark and Westminster.

Most of the other 33 boroughs have one or two cases but Richmond, Sutton, Croydon, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham and Waltham Forest have zero so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 am  

Police have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Croydon as 17-year-old Damani Mauge

Officers responded to reports of a stabbing on a 130 bus in Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood on Sunday just after 8.30pm.

Damani was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.07pm.

It’s believed he was involved in an altercation on the bus before the attack.

A post mortem will take place today, officers are appealing for information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 am  

Monday, 9 March 2020

Another three men have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in Barnes

53 year old musician William Algar, known as Blaise, was found dead at his home in Nowell Road in December.

All three have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

The arrests bring the total number of people detained to 5.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Flights from Italy haven't been stopped and it's understood passengers aren't routinely checked when they get here

The government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance is sceptical about the need for that or banning mass gatherings.

Heathrow has not yet responded to our request for a statement.

Gatwick says it’s adhering to Public Health England advice and has advanced monitoring in place for people returning from affected areas

Enhanced cleaning is also taking place at the airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A 5th person in the UK has died at St Helier after testing positive for coronavirus

Lucy Mayer has this statement from Daniel Elkeles, the chief executive of Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The amount of teenage pregnancies in Lambeth has decreased by 75% over the last 20 years.

New Government figures show they dropped from 365 in 1998 to 93 in 2018.

Lambeth is putting its success down to “a clear adherence to the National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy’s action framework.”

The UK has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in western Europe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Soon, only locals will be able to use a road in Fulham that became notorious for rat running.

The council will use number-plate recognition technology to make sure only residents of the borough can use Harwood Terrace.

The road was closed for six months after extreme traffic conditions.

However, it was found that 90% of people using the area are commuters from outside the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Could you be a “reader leader?”

Richmond Council is looking for volunteers to help launch three new shared reading groups at the borough’s libraries.

They’ll be responsible for selecting books, stories and poems for groups to read aloud and discuss.

The scheme is being run in partnership with the charity The Reader, which is aiming to bring about a “reading revolution.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to look out for fraudsters tapping into Coronavirus fears.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified a number reports of fraud where the disease has been mentioned.

Ten of the reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

Victims have lost more than £800,000 as a result with fraudsters purporting to be from organisations including the WHO.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

Police are investigating an allegation of rape in Beddington Park

A man in his 40s was allegedly attacked in the early hours of this morning.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Spending time with family is what cancer patients would most value if new treatments allowed them to live longer

That’s according to a new YouGov poll undertaken on behalf of the Institute for Cancer Research in Sutton.

45% of patients surveyed would like more time to travel and 74% would spend any extra time with family.

Seeing a child or grandchild finish school or graduate from university was rated the top milestone a cancer patient would like to reach.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Police say a 17 year old boy stabbed to death in Croydon last night could have been involved in an altercation beforehand

Police were called to Whitehorse Lane at 9 o’clock and the victim died soon after.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Oliver Giroud admits he's much happier at Chelsea now but still doesn't know if his long-term future is at the club.

The striker had wanted to leave in January after becoming frustrated by a lack of first team opportunities.

However, Giroud's return to the starting line-up has coincided with Chelsea winning three of their last four domestic games and he tells Sky Sports News he just wanted a chance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

Engineers in Tooting are continuing to pump water from the gas pipes this morning

Gas was turned off from the final two properties last night so the extraction could begin.

So far, over 2,000 litres have been removed from Garrett Lane alone.

Supplier SGN says they’re still trying to identify how much waste got into the network and how far it spread.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A man has been treated for shock after a fire at a tower block in Battersea

The brigade was called in the early hours on Saturday to Francis Chichester Way.

There was a small fire in the bathroom of a flat on the seventh floor.

The cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Billy Gilmour will be judged on a "different level" to other young players

The 18 year old was named man of the match, as he made his Premier League debut in the 4-nil win against Everton yesterday.

Lampard says the way he's started his professional career means there's pressure on him to keep performing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

A former teacher will appear in court today charged with more than 30 sexual offences relating to his time at a school in Hammersmith

39 year old Ben Breakwell is accused of alleged sexual activity with three girls aged between 13 and 16, among other allegations.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

A 17-year-old boy has been stabbed to death on a bus in Croydon

Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Whitehorse Lane last night and the teenager was pronounced dead just after 9 o'clock.

No arrests have been made yet and a crime scene remains in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 am  

Harlequins slipped to their seventh loss of the rugby union Premiership season after a 28-15 loss at Bristol Bears

Bristol move up to third in the table while Quins are down to seventh.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 am  

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Chelsea have tightened their grip on a place in the Premier League's top four.

They thrashed Everton 4-nil, leaving Chelsea fourth on the table and on 48 points, just two points behind Leicester City.

Manager Frank Lampard admits it was an impressive performance from his side.

Chelsea did sit five points clear of Wolves, but Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Manchester City earlier today has knocked Wolves down to sixth.

Man. United are now hot on Chelsea’s heels and are just three points behind.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Lecturers on strike at the University of Roehampton have organised a series of teach out sessions open to the general public.

Academics across the UK are striking in March over issues such as pay, equality and workloads.

The striking academics from Roehampton will be running a series of lectures this week at the Kings Head pub that are open to everyone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

A Croydon mum has succeeded in her campaign to help parents of premature babies claim extra paid leave.

Current law states maternity and paternity leave begins the day after birth, even if a baby is born premature.

But Catriona Ogilvy, who founded the charity The Smallest Things, has petitioned since 2015 to extend leave following premature birth.

Now, the chancellor is set to announce the new measures in next week’s budget.

Mrs Ogilvy, whose son was born premature, says the move will make a difference to many families at the toughest times in their lives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

The founder of London’s iconic Moonwalk is being celebrated today; it’s International Women’s Day.

Nina Barough founded the 26-mile overnight stroll which this year, starts on Clapham Common at midnight on May the 16th.

Nina says the annual fundraiser has empowered thousands of women.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Richmond’s newest charity, aimed at raising money for two mental health charities, has hit the £40,000 milestone.

The Richmond upon Thames Voluntary Fund collects donations from residents for vulnerable groups who need additional funding.

The charity selects a different cause each year to help.

This year’s beneficiaries are Twickenham based charity Off the Record and Richmond Mind.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Epsom Council’s head of Environment has helped plant two trees in Alexandra Park as part of Surrey Tree Week.

The borough’s trees are coming under increasing pressure through Ash Dieback and climate change.

Councillor Neil Dallen says “maintaining a rich biodiversity within the borough is key”.

The two Copper Beech trees could live for over 200 years, and provide habitats for hole-nesting birds and wood-boring insects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is to play an intimate gig at Chelsea’s home ground later this month.

The guitar legend will join piano maestro Ben Waters at “Under the Bridge”, the music venue at Stamford Bridge.

The concert is being held to celebrate the music of rock n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry.

Wood is a massive fan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 am  

Drivers in Croydon who leave their engines running while parked will be asked to turn them off or face a fine.

The borough has joined a London-wide crackdown on engine idling.

Schoolchildren from Gresham and Rockmount primary schools will talk to drivers about the harmful effects of emissions.

Drivers can face a £20 on the spot fine, rising to £40 if not paid within 28 days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 am  

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire at a derelict bank being used as a squat on Morden Road in Wimbledon.

The Brigade was called just after 2:30pm and the fire was under control just over an hour later.

Fire crews from Wimbledon, Mitcham, Tooting, Wandsworth, Norbury and West Norwood fire stations were at the scene.

Part of the first floor was damaged by the blaze.

Station Commander Stephen-Remell Coleman said: “Around 17 people left the building before fire crews arrived. Thankfully there were no injuries.”

The fire is believed to be accidental and caused by a duvet left too close to a halogen heater.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 am  

A park that has been a green space in Croydon for centuries is looking to celebrate its heritage with redesigned entrances and signage.

Park Hill is a 15 acre site that was part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s deer park for eight centuries.

The public are welcome to contribute their ideas for the redesign.

Drop-in kiosks will be held on the 20th and 21st of March.

And there’ll be a walking lunchbreak from 1 to 2 pm on the 11th March to show areas of interest in the park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 am  

NHS officials have considered telling paramedics they must be clean shaven to protect themselves from coronavirus.

London Ambulance Service said in a draft memo - seen by the BBC - that its ability to handle potential Covid-19 cases was "adversely affected" by crews unable to wear respirators properly.

The service said staff had been asked to consider shaving but it had decided against mandating they do so for now.

The Department of Health said there was no national policy on the issue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am  

The Metropolitan Police have hosted over 100 Girl Guides from across London at Imber Court in Esher today ahead of International Women’s Day.

The Metropolitan Police have hosted over 100 Girl Guides from across London at Imber Court in Esher today ahead of International Women’s Day.

As part of the Guides Police Challenge, they learnt about policing challenges and the different jobs women do across the Metropolitan Police.

It also included meeting police dogs and horses before finishing with a parade.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 am  

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