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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Labour MP for Tooting Dr Rosena Allin-Khan came second place in the labour deputy leadership elections today.

meanwhile, she's been devoting her time to the NHS, putting in shifts in A&E during the coronavirus pandemic.

She came in second with 26.1% of the votes in the final third round.

Angela Rayner was elected as deputy to new leader, Sir Keir Starmer, with 56.2%.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Mark Fielder professor in Microbiology at Kingston University has been talking about developing tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He admits it's tricky to get tests that are accurate, functional and robust before they can be used.

There is a lot of work going on by clinical, biomedical and research scientists all over the world.

Work is also going on to develop a safe vaccine with no perceivable side effects.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

The Leader of Richmond Council has told the Government to “hurry up” and provide adequate equipment for frontline workers.

In a public video, Gareth Roberts urged ministers to get it out of the warehouse and into the hands of the people who need it.

His public comments follow the announcement from the Health secretary Matt Hancock.

He said he would ‘stop at nothing to make sure that frontline staff have the right equipment so they are safe.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

The warm weather this weekend is causing fears that people will be out and about more.

Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia says social distancing is still “fundamental” to keep people safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Covid-19 testing at Chessington World of Adventures could be stepped up this weekend following pressure from frontline NHS staff.

The drive-in swabbing site opened in the carpark of the theme park last weekend.

However, we’ve heard from medics who said they’d been turned away because they hadn’t received their invite to get tested.

The Health Secretary has announced 100,000 tests will be carried out daily in England by the end of the month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A new Mental Health Emergency Service has launched in Tooting.

The ‘Orchid’ service has opened up at Springfield Hospital and cares for patients would otherwise have had to go to A&E.

People of all ages are accepted, including children.

Wandsworth council says that “during the current crisis, it’s vital that people with mental health difficulties get the care they need”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Wandsworth Council issues advice to joggers amid Coronavirus pandemic

The authority has requested that people running in parks follow these guidelines:

*Please stay at least two metres away from everyone, do not run up close to people just because you are moving quicker than they are.

*Please avoid spitting or clearing your nose.

*Try to avoid running on paths where possible. Keep on the grass where you can and maintain a safe distance.

*If you do need to use a path, be patient and allow others, like older people, those who are infirm dog walkers and those with young children to use the path safely – and if you need to overtake run on the grass at a safe distance.

*Try timing your run for when you know the parks and footpaths will be less busy.

*Run on your own or only with members of your household. Don’t run in groups.

*If you feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms Stay at home, don’t go running.

*Don’t forget to wash your hands when you get back home.

The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “It’s really important that everyone visiting our parks and commons complies with the two metre rule and remains courteous and considerate to all those around them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Surrey Police is seeing business premises and retail units more at risk of being targetted for organised burglaries as criminals take advantage of lockdown measures to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic.

A message to our listeners from Surrey Police.

"We are patrolling more frequently both day and night, reacting to intelligence and looking out for any suspicious activity in hotspot areas and industrial estates which we have identified as being particularly vulnerable or isolated. Last night (2 April), we stopped three males in an industrial estate in West Molesey and they are now in custody with us on suspicion of 12 counts of burglary in the area.

During such unprecedented times, we understand business owners will undoubtedly feel concerned as they are being forced to close their doors and leave premises unattended. If you can remotely, please check that your security systems are in place and working correctly by doing an assessment of security cameras and making sure that any service doors are locked and secured. We are also urging business owners not to store large quantities of cash or high-value items in their premises whilst they are closed.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jak Bowers said: “We are here for you and your businesses, big or small. Just like other emergency services, we are facing increasing challenges but this does not mean we will stop doing all we can to protect our communities and maintain your trust and confidence.

“Ultimately, businesses in Surrey are the livelihoods of our families and friends who are already facing the most difficult of circumstances.

“The message to thieves who want to use this as an opportunity to profit from those having to close their businesses and adhering to the stay home guidance, is that we are still here working around the clock and you will face the full force of the law.”

Together communities can support each other to help us protect businesses and the livelihoods of so many in Surrey.

We are asking the public to remain vigilant and keep a look out for businesses and shops which are currently closed. If you notice anything suspicious or something that doesn’t seem right, this is urgent and we would ask you to call this into us on 101. If you see or are aware of a burglary in progress, please call us immediately on 999."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Businesses in the Mole Valley eligible for either a Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant will have received a letter.

Mole Valley District Council has been requesting information so that the payments can be made as quickly as possible.

The payments will be up to the value of £25,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Wandsworth Council unveils £10.8m response to coronavirus

The council will receive a Government grant of £10.8m as part of funding being given to councils across the country to help with its response to the virus.

This money will be used to form a COVID-19 Emergency Fund which will help protect vulnerable residents.

In addition, a Hardship Fund of just under £2m, to help those on low incomes, has also been established.

It will also support businesses, including many that rely on council contracts.

A key part to the council’s response to coronavirus is giving support to the work being done within the borough by the voluntary and community sector.

The council will offer fresh financial help to charities and voluntary groups by boosting the funds available to Wandsworth’s voluntary sector.

The council has set up a £100,000 COVID-19 Response Fund within the Wandsworth Grant Fund to help the many organisations that will play a critical role in supporting some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Friday, 3 April 2020

People in Richmond whose waste collection was missed this week, will see it collected over the weekend.

The council has appointed a new contractor, Serco.

Despite the challenges facing the provider due to the Coronavirus pandemic, collections were rolled out last Monday.

Richmond says any missed collections this week have been down to “teething problems” rolling out the new service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

A “re-wilding” campaign has been launched across the Mole Valley.

Residents and businesses are being urged to create meadows or vegetable patches across small sections of land.

These sections shouldn’t be overly manicured so that wildflowers are encouraged to grow.

These wildflowers will in turn provide food and shelter for wildlife, which will then improve the area’s biodiversity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Toads have spawned in the new toad ponds in Ham Common Woods.

It is hoped that this will be their new ‘home’ to save dangerous road crossings every year.

Church Road closes for a number of weeks annually to allow the amphibians to make the crossing from Ham pond to woodland on the other side of the road to mate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

With temperatures expected to rise at the weekend, Surrey Police is urging residents not to be a drain on the NHS.

Officers are asking people to stay at home and not be tempted to travel to parks or beaches.

Police will be patrolling beauty spots and making sure people stick to government guidelines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A number of people are reported to be sleeping rough at Heathrow.

Airport bosses have not commented on the figures.

The story has been published by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police in Chelsea break up fight after man is stabbed

Polices were called to a fight earlier this afternoon where they found a man with stab injuries.

Two suspects fled the scene and were detained shortly after.

The victim was not seriously injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:33 pm  

Roehampton based LTA announces staff paycuts

The Lawn Tennis Association has announced a package of support worth around £20 million for tennis venues, coaches, officials and players in Britain affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from the LTA says the money will "aid those who have been most severely affected by the pandemic".

Chief executive Scott Lloyd and members of the executive team will also take a 20% pay cut, while a number of staff at the association are expected to be furloughed from next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Headley Court is to serve as a temporary community hospital during the coronavirus outbreak

The former army rehabilitation centre in Leatherhead will provide non-critical care, for people leaving larger hospitals.

Dr Claire Fuller from Surrey Heartlands NHS, called it a “fantastic example” of people working together during an “unprecedented” emergency.

The facility closed in September 2017, and there are currently controversial redevelopment plans to turn it into housing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 pm  

Covid-19 update from Kingston Council leader Caroline Kerr

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

A man's been charged with the murders of two people in a flat on an estate in Stockwell.

The man and woman, both in their 50s, were stabbed on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old is due in court today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

The company behind Fuller's pubs has cancelled shareholder payouts and cut the salaries of bosses to weather the coronavirus storm.

Fuller, Smith and Turner says it's made the decision to protect the long-term future of the business.

Most of the Chiswick based brewery's staff are on paid leave under the government's job retention scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

There are calls to find ways to adapt the furlough scheme for people who started their jobs after the cut-off date

Currently, they’d be unable to apply for the scheme.

Kingston MP Ed Davey has set out a list of possible evidences to show that somebody has started their job after February 28th.

Chief among them is an email chain, as he says these are “very difficult to forge”.

Others are an employment contract, HMRC new starter and payroll input, and use of a recruitment agency to fill roles.

The government says firms can re-employ staff made redundant after the 1st of March, and people can apply for universal credit otherwise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Surrey’s residents are being asked to help their bin crews

The Surrey Environment Partnership says waste tonnages have already started to increase due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

People are being asked to make sure their bin lids are able to firmly close, only put bins out when full, and not buy too much food.

The partnership says staffing levels are operating normally at the moment but could decrease if workers go off sick.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

The company behind Fuller's pubs has cancelled shareholder payouts and cut the salaries of bosses to weather the coronavirus storm

Fuller, Smith and Turner says it's made the decision to protect the long-term future of the business.

The company’s placed more than 95 percent of its staff on furlough as bars were told to close.

Fullers have been brewing at their site in Chiswick since 1654.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Fire crews from Hammersmith were part of an operation to remove a patient with suspected coronavirus symptoms from their home

The brigade and the ambulance service were called to the house in Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were breathing air but wore respirators with a filter to remove airborne particles.

Those who were in contact with the patient were safely undressed from their equipment, with uniforms decontaminated at the scene.

The patient was taken to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Well done to Kingston Grammar which has manufactured its first set of protective facemasks for Kingston hospital

Kingston Grammar School today manufactured its first 100 protective face visors as part of an initiative to support the NHS.

The masks were made by the School’s DT Department and donated the same day to frontline NHS staff at Kingston Hospital.

The idea to make the visors was spearheaded by KGS Head of Design & Technology, Derek Farr, who said: “I wanted to contribute something meaningful to the fight against COVID-19. I’m delighted that as a community we have been able to support those who need PPE equipment right now and make this happen so quickly. There will be more to follow!”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

The nation showed their appreciation for NHS workers last night, for the second week running

This was what was heard in Wandsworth.

People cheered, clapped and beeped their horns to pay tribute to everyone working on the frontline through the pandemic.

A message saying “thank you” to keyworkers has been displayed outside a school in West Kensington.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School remains open to care for the children of essential workers.

Headteacher Robina Maher says they made it to “bring some positivity” to the area.

Rachael, a pupil at the school, says “I really enjoyed this week. We used paints to create rainbows on the banner”.

Similar banners have gone up across South-West London and Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

There are calls to class blind people as vulnerable

The government’s definition currently only categorise the vulnerable as those at risk of contracting coronavirus.

There have been reports that blind people are unable to get food delivered as they don’t qualify as needing a priority.

Battersea MP Marsha De Cordova, who herself is registered blind, says “This is not acceptable, sort it out”.

The government says its working to find other groups who may need support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Heathrow will use just one runway from next week

It's blaming "significantly fewer flights" because of the coronavirus pandemic for the "temporary" change.

It follows the decision by a host of global carriers to ground the majority of their planes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Police are hunting a man they suspect has tampered with an ATM machine in Ewell.

Officers were called to reports of fraudulent activity at a cash machine at a BP petrol station in London Road on Sunday.

A man was seen fitting a device to the machine around 1pm and
10 minutes later, he was seen removing it along with a bank card.

Do you recognise him?
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

A man has been jailed at Croydon Crown Court for stealing personal protective equipment from an ambulance.

35 year old Mark Manley, who has been handed 6 months behind bars, took masks, paper suits and hand gel.

He also contaminated some equipment.

He was arrested on Saturday night after police were called to reports of a theft from an ambulance near London Bridge station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

Mole Valley District Council say all residents and businesses will receive a letter detailing key information

Luke Williams has more on what Council Leader Stephen Cooksey is saying to residents:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

Hounslow Council says its received complaints that key workers can’t find anywhere to park after coming home from long shifts

It’s continuing to enforce parking rules and not relaxing the controls so as to not make the issue worse.

It’s announced that it will provide free parking permits to over 1,000 NHS and critical workers.

Councillor Hanif Khan says, “a big thank you to all our residents who are driving and parking legally and considerately at this challenging time”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the M25 last Sunday

A non-injury collision took place between junction 5 and 6 just after 8pm between a silver Mercedes and a white Toyota.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 45-year-old man from Hampton, failed to stop at the scene.

He was later located with support from their dog unit and the National Police Air Service.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and was later arrested for failure to produce a specimen.

He has been released under investigation and enquiries remain ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

There’s been a rise in business burglary in Runnymede

Tools and power tools are being targeted, but police are unsure where they’re being sold on.

Police are advising people to ensure they’ve removed cash and valuables from the premises wherever possible.

They’re also warning people to identify vulnerable areas, moving high value items out of view, and to install timer light switches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

Spelthorne Council say they’ve noticed more waste being left outside the bins

It’s going to keep collecting household waste during the pandemic, but can’t take additional waste due to capacity issues.

Collections are currently taking place as normal, but this may change due to parental leave or sickness.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Labour MP Doctor Rosena Allin-Khan has returned to work in the A&E department at St George's Hospital in Tooting

She says the government's response to providing protective gear so far isn't good enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A union's welcoming reports British Airways is to suspend more than 30-thousand staff, with the GMB saying the move is a "relief" and would provide security for employees

Those affected are expected to receive some of their wages through the government's coronavirus job retention scheme.

But there won’t be any redundancies.

Reporter Ian King says this isn't a surprising development from BA:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

People across South West London and Surrey are being reminded of the number 55

It’s a way to contact police on the phone when you’re in fear of domestic abuse.

Called “The Silent Solution”, it’s a police system usually used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls.

But it also helps people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Roger Federer has tweeted a single word – devastated – after the cancellation of Wimbledon

It’s the first time the All England Club has cancelled the games during peacetime.

Defending champion Simona Halep says “last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life”, but says the pandemic is “bigger than tennis”.

Andy Murray, champion in 2013 and 2016, says “everyone’s health is the most important thing”, but he’s “looking forward to getting back on the grass next year already”.

British player Liam Brody wrote “Wimble-gone”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

Supermarkets in Richmond are being asked to ID customers to make sure volunteers are able to purchase goods for vulnerable residents

The Leader of Richmond Council has written to chains in the borough asking them to consider the move.

Cllr Gareth Roberts says more needs to be done for those who can’t get to the shops and their volunteers.

He is also requesting supermarket bosses are stricter on customers found stockpiling.

The council says supermarkets have so far declined official approaches from the authority to do this.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

People will get to have their say on the future of Hammersmith Bridge later, via a webinar

Transport for London is hosting the event on Zoom at 4 o’clock after drop in sessions were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Up for discussion by a panel of experts will be the proposed temporary walking and cycling bridge.

Hammersmith Bridge is closed for repair, but the proposed 5.5 metre wide bridge would allow cyclists and pedestrians to continue using it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Youtube star Joe Wicks has donated his entire video earnings to the NHS.

The Body Coach broadcasts popular PE lessons from his home in Richmond, and has given the £80,000 raised to the Health Service.

His daily live streams receive millions of views.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

An elderly woman’s MBE medal has been stolen during a burglary in Englefield Green.

One suspect distracted her by asking for money for finishing work on a neighbour’s roof, while another was able to steal from the property.

It happened at around 2pm on the 12th of March at a house on Vegel Crescent.

Photos have been released of two people in connection with the burglary.

You can find them on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

This will be the only time they have been cancelled since the second world war.

Following an emergency meeting, the All England Club says it's with "great regret" that the event won't take place this summer.

The tournament has been cancelled outright having ruled out postponement or playing in front of empty stands
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Social networking app Nextdoor has launched a “help map.”

Hammersmith and Fulham council is urging residents to download the app so they can access it.

The new feature allows users to coordinate assistance, like dropping off shopping, to vulnerable and elderly neighbours.

Nextdoor members can also use the map to list the services that they are willing to provide in their neighbourhood.

To link to the map, users have to update their Nextdoor apps to the latest version.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Ant and Dec are releasing a book marking their three decades in TV.

The much-loved duo who live in Wimbledon and Chiswick say they want to look back on the “incredible” time they’ve had.

"Once Upon A Tyne: Celebrating 30 Years Together On Telly" will be published in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

More than £12,000 has been handed out to community groups across Hammersmith and Fulham to help with the coronavirus crisis.

The Council, along with charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham, have issued funds to 13 groups who in turn will help residents.

The groups include substance abuse theatre group Outside Edge and youth charity Solidarity Sports.

The funding will work to improve the lives of an estimated 4,000 people at risk and living in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two

The All England Tennis Club has confirmed the news because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was due to be played from June the 29th to the 12th of July.

The entire grass-court season has also been abandoned until at least July.

It follows the postponement of the French Open, which was due to begin in May but has been rescheduled to take place in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

The Department of Health says another 563 people have died in the UK after catching coronavirus.

It means the total now stands at 2-thousand-352.

Among those who died is Andrew Jack, a dialect coach who worked on Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

He was 76, and passed away at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

An urgent call is going out to hoteliers, Airbnb and B&B owners across Elmbridge.

The council is asking them to come forward and offer up accommodation that could house the borough’s homeless.

30 self-contained studios or annexes are needed as well as 1- and 2-bedroom homes.

Those who offer up their properties will be compensated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A charity in Fulham has set up a special meals on wheels type service to help the vulnerable stay indoors.

The Smile Brigade has delivered 350 meals to 70 households in the last week.

These included to residents with long-term health problems and those in financial difficulty

The Smile Brigade is now looking for volunteers to help with deliveries as well as food donations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Consultation on future of Epsom and St Helier hospitals ends tonight

Members of the public are being asked for their views on three options to invest £500 million of national funding to build a new specialist emergency care hospital on the Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital sites.

The new facility would bring together six services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton have put forward Sutton, next to the Royal Marsden, as their preferred option for the location of the facility, but are clear that all three options could be delivered.

Campaigners say acute facilities must remain in place at both Epsom and St Helier.

To take part in the consultation before midnight, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

Hospitals across London are reportedly appealing to schools and builders due to a lack of protective equipment.

The Evening Standard reports that GP practices in Tooting, Raynes Park, and Wandsworth have sourced large amounts of equipment from over 10 schools.

A GP told the newspaper that “I never thought I’d be sourcing dust masks from builders just to make sure we could stay safe”.

A spokesperson for Whitgift School in Croydon confirmed they were donating 84 sets of goggles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Today is the last day to give your thoughts on a new hospital for Sutton and Epsom

It’s part of a controversial £500m scheme that’s involved closing acute services at Epsom and St Helier.

Instead, they’ll be at a new centre at either Epsom, St Helier, or the Royal Marsden, which is the NHS’s preferred option.

Those hospitals will also be renovated as part of the scheme.

You can find the consultation here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

Confirmation the Wimbledon Championships will be cancelled for the first time since the Second World War is expected today

The All England Club are in emergency meetings to discuss their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The competition is due to run for two weeks from the 29th of June.

The entire grass court tennis season is likely to be abandoned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

The National League insist they're committed to finding a way to conclude the season

Action in all three of their divisions has now been suspended indefinitely because of Covid-19.

Sutton United is one of the teams affected by the decision.

All of the campaigns below that level have been voided.

Over 100 clubs have written to the Football Association asking them to reconsider that decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 am  

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Croydon Council have announced that some residents have the opportunity to defer payment of their council tax.

Those who are experiencing financial challenges in the wake of the COVID 19 crisis can defer it for up to two months from April and May 2020.

This will mean that residents will pay their council tax over ten instalments from June 2020 to March 2021.

There’s a form you will need to complete and you will receive a response as quickly as possible. The link is here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 pm  

The Chelsea Pensioner made famous when he won Britain’s Got Talent, has compared the UK’s coronavirus lock-down to the war

90 year old Colin Thackery told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that we just “need to be patient” when trying to buy food.

He says that people of his age will remember queuing outside a butcher’s shop as they are today.

Colin was the oldest person ever to win Britain's Got Talent last year.

He was born nine years before the start of the Second World War.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

People across Surrey are being warned about a text scam doing the rounds

The latest claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone.

The text says they have been spotted going out and they must pay a fine or face a more serious penalty.

Surrey Police says scammers are getting more sophisticated and using spoofing technology enabling them to use the sender's name.

Examples of the scam text messages are below:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver has this message for people concerned about the outbreak

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

A flat fire in Tooting is believed to have been started by poorly disposing of cigarettes

Firefighters are encouraging people to make sure that ash is cold before emptying ashtrays, and to wet stubs before binning them.

The brigade was called around 4.30pm yesterday afternoon to a three storey block on Longley Road.

One man was lead to safety from the first floor, and has been taken to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

The NHS Walk-in Centre in Parson’s Green has been temporarily closed

The centre’s future was under review, but bosses have stated that the closure is specifically about the pandemic response.

The walk-in centre at Hammersmith Hospital has also been closed temporarily.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Heathrow will become a hub for medical supplies coming to the UK as part of a mass restructuring during the pandemic

Almost half of the country’s healthcare equipment will be given priority.

Passengers numbers have radically dropped since travel restrictions worldwide were imposed last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

A&E Doctor and Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan has written to the Health Secretary to demand mass testing

Doctor Allin-Khan says the lack of testing is “having a huge mental health impact” on NHS workers.

She says the UK “will only get on top of this virus by mass testing”.

Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, says staff are “literally terrified they could be risking their own health and that of their families”.

The government is ordering antibody tests, and the Foreign Secretary said yesterday many NHS staff will be tested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

The Local Government Association has warned a downturn in passengers has bus services on the brink of collapse

Councillor David Renard deals with transport at the LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales.

Kingston Council says they’ve seen an 81% drop in bus use during the lockdown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

Over 60 non-league clubs have written to the Football Association asking it to 'reconsider' the decision to write off their season

The signatories, which include Walton and Hersham FC, say they agree with halting the campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But they've questioned why the Premier League and EFL could still finish their seasons later in the year - while their own is cancelled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 am  

A Surrey based care home group have taken their adopt a grandparent scheme online

CHD Living, which runs homes in Kingston and Surbiton, launched the adopt a grandparent scheme last year, where people can volunteer to spend some time with one of their residents.

But with face to face meetings with older people no longer possible due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company decided to take the successful programme online.

They’re now looking for virtual volunteers.

If you’re interested, you can visit the CHD Living website for the details.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 am  

Wimbledon chiefs are expected to formally announce the cancellation of this year’s tournament later, due to coronavirus

Some tennis pundits feel the current situation may benefit Andy Murray.

The former world number one, who lives in Oxshott, is recovering from injury but has recently posted videos of himself training.

Tennis, like most sports, is indefinitely suspended.

Ex-British player Barry Cowan says some players will definitely benefit from the break.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 am  

Following a series of successful trials Surrey say they’re going to expand their African-Caribbean Engagement cricket programme

Surrey’s academy and foundation coaches were impressed with the talent displayed by the seventy, 11-18-year-olds.

They’ve now decided to offer 24 scholarships, including two for girls.

Covid-19 has delayed the start of physical sessions, but Surrey are working on resources to be accessed remotely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 am  

Monday, 30 March 2020

A new community group of neighbours volunteering to help each other during the Covid-19 pandemic has grown rapidly.

Merton Mutual Aid has leafleted many residences in the Borough but is keen to reach more of the elderly and vulnerable people in Merton.

In just under a fortnight they have more than 2,000 members on Facebook and 1,300 volunteers signed up.

They’re currently targeting those needing help who aren’t online or haven’t seen a leaflet offering help.

You can find their details on the Radio Jackie news page.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 pm  

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service implements its Making Surrey Safer Plan this week

It will see significantly more resources dedicated to preventing emergencies.

The new ways of working from Wednesday 1st April will see some changes to how Guildford, Fordbridge and Woking fire stations are crewed at night.

There will be one fire engine and crew available 24 hours a day in these areas.

From 7pm to 7am if a second fire engine is required, it may come from a neighbouring fire station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

Croydon Council Leader Tony Newman has this message for people in the borough concerned about the outbreak:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

Kingston Hospital and Surbiton Health centre have taken delivery thousands of protective items to help keep their staff safe from the virus
The donation, made by Kingston University, includes 15,000 pairs of disposable gloves, 1,200 pairs of safety spectacles, and hundreds of pairs of overshoes, face masks and lab coats.

Staff who arranged the handover last Friday say they’re delighted to be able to help protect our heroes on the front line.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Two people have been taken to hospital after a flat fire in East Sheen

The brigade were called yesterday evening to Upper Richmond Road, where part of a flat was damaged by the blaze.

The control room took 11 calls to the fire.

The cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

A hub to make sure vulnerable people have what they need to get through the pandemic has been launched in Hounslow

The council’s community support hub will help them get the support and supplies they need.

The authority is working with voluntary and community groups, businesses, and local volunteers to provide the service.

Council Leader Steve Curran says “everyone in this borough is going above and beyond”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

People are being warned about new scams in connection with Coronavirus

One is people posing as NHS staff offering home testing for Covid-19.

Spelthorne Council are also warning against a rise in people posing as HMRC and contacting people via email or text.

Sati Buttar from the Council says scammers are in the minority, and she says she’s “heartened” by the way the community have rallied together.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Sir David Attenborough says the natural world can be a source of "solace" during times of crisis

The 93-year old Richmond resident told The Big Issue magazine we are at an "unprecedented" point in history with the climate.

He claims our current situation is like a blank canvas - and choosing to destroy the natural world is the same as damaging ourselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 am  

Despite being forced to cancel this year's Chelsea Flower Show due to the coronavirus outbreak organisers say people will still be able to enjoy the show through a virtual event online

The Virtual Chelsea Flower Show is in its early stages and the Royal Horticultural Society is currently coordinating with growers, designers, landscapers and trade-stands for the show.

The virtual show runs between May 19 and 23, the original event dates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 am  

Woking based McLaren is among seven Formula One teams working on manufacturing ventilators to assist with treatment of the coronavirus

Mercedes, Red Bull, Haas, Racing Point, Renault, Williams and McLaren are collectively part of ‘Project Pitlane.’

They're pooling their engineering expertise to provide much needed medical devices.

A statement on the F1 website said “the seven teams’ combined efforts are part of a UK industry-wide effort to manufacture and deliver respiratory devices to support the national need.

Meanwhile Formula One CEO Chase Carey says as soon as the situation improves, they'll be ready to race again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 am  

A man’s been arrested after a moped robbery in West Ealing

The suspected vehicle with a pillion passenger was tracked and stopped in Fulham.

A knife was recovered while one man was released by officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 am  

Heathrow based British Airways is among several airlines refusing to give cash refunds to passengers despite the Foreign Office travel ban amid the coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of passengers have been desperately trying to cancel upcoming holidays after government warnings against all but essential travel to any part of the world.

But an investigation by consumer rights campaigner Which? Found that carriers including easyJet, Ryanair and BA are refusing to let customers cancel and claim a refund on flights still scheduled to run, some to countries which have closed their borders and banned British citizens.

Passengers who don't want to travel are being told to rebook or accept a voucher for the face value of the flight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 am  

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Manchester City are the latest football club to offer their help to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus alongside Chelsea and Swansea

Health service staff will start using the Etihad Stadium to train nurses in how to deal with the pandemic.

Swansea have also made their ground available to emergency services while Chelsea's hotel at Stamford Bridge is open as accommodation for NHS workers.

All top level football is on hold until at least the end of April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Killing Eve fans have been sharing their excitement online after it was confirmed the third season is being released two weeks early.

It's been brought forward due to gaps left in TV schedules because of productions shutting down due to the coronavirus.

The spy drama will be available to stream in the UK on iPlayer on the 13th April.

Filming too place in New Malden last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Ant and Dec have presented Saturday Night Takeaway from their living rooms in Wimbledon and Chiswick.

The ITV show was pre-recorded because of the coronavirus lockdown, and featured best bits from different series.

The duo told viewers it's the best they could do while in isolation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Chessington World of Adventures has opened its gates to NHS staff so they can get tested to see if they have had Covid-19

New laboratories have been opened to test NHS staff so they can confirm if they are able to work or not.

Tests are being carried out on patients from inside their vehicles by community nurses wearing protective equipment.

The drive-through facility allows patients to be tested for the virus without having to leave their cars before receiving results within 72 hours.

They are being asked to self isolate while they await the results.

It's believed testing is by invite only.

The theme park closed to the public until further notice last weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan thinks Boris Johnson should self-isolate for more than 7 days after testing positive for COVID-19.

She's expressed concern that the UK advice isn't in line with that of the World Health Organization.

Dr Allin-Khan is an A&E doctor at St George's.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

A Heathrow immigration officer and his daughter have died from coronavirus, within 24 hours of each other.

Sudhir Sharma was 61 and his daughter, Pooja, an NHS pharmacist was just 33.

Nick Jariwalla, director of Border Force at Heathrow, said: “Sudhir was a very well-respected, kind and experienced officer. He will be greatly missed by everyone."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Kingston Council is putting measures in place to ensure people in the borough are supported during Covid-19.

The council is ensuring that all its children’s playgrounds and outdoor gyms are closed, and that Personal Protective Equipment reaches the 100 most vulnerable residents.

It’s also warning about bogus callers suggesting that they are from the NHS offering Covid -19 home tests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

The number of cases of coronavirus in Surrey has now reached more than 300.

That’s according to figures from the Department for Health which say that 314 people across the county have tested positive.

It’s an increase of 43 cases from Friday.

It brings the total number of deaths from covid-19 in Surrey hospitals to 24. Eight of those were at Epsom hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Garden waste collections in Richmond are being paused from Monday.

Garden waste collections in Richmond are being paused from Monday.

Many people in isolation have been taking advantage of the good weather and getting their gardens into shape.

But the council says resources now need to be directed into household waste recycling instead.

Residents are being urged to consider composting, as a number of recycling centres are also closed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

An organ transplant doctor who had worked at St George’s Hospital in Tooting has died from the coronavirus

An organ transplant doctor who had worked at St George’s Hospital in Tooting has died from the coronavirus.

Having worked in London, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, Dr. Adil El Tayar lived in London but was commuting to the Midlands to work during the week and it’s believed he contracted the disease there.

The 63 year old died on Wednesday at the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth after a few days in intensive care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 am  

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