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Saturday, 11 April 2020

Mole Valley Council is working to secure hotel rooms to house homeless people.

The council says it’s been incentivising private landlords and working with housing associations to find permanent homes for them.

Councillor Elizabeth Daly says they’ve been regularly contacting those in emergency accommodation to provide reassurance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

A Norwood Uber driver has died after contracting coronavirus when a passenger repeatedly coughed in his car

33-year-old Ayub Akhtar was rushed to Croydon University Hospital when he began coughing and having difficulty breathing shortly after picking up the woman.

After testing positive for Covid-19 Akhtar’s condition worsened and was transferred to St. George’s Hospital in Tooting where he died last Friday.

The United Private Hire Drivers association, who represent UK private hire drivers, have started a Gofundme page to help with funeral expenses, which has so far raised over £5000.

In London, 16,011 have tested positive and 2,369 people have died.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Surrey police and councils ask residents to not light bonfires as recycling centres remain closed.

The County Council made the decision in the light of the Prime Minister's statement on 23rd March to restrict all but essential movement.

Now there’s concerns people are burning their waste creating air pollution, preventing people from being in their gardens, and posing health risks to people with respiratory problems.

The message comes at a time when Surrey Police are urging people to stay at home to follow lockdown guidelines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Pharmacies and GP surgeries are operating over the bank holiday weekend to help alleviate pressure induced by the Covid-19

Most GPs and community pharmacies are expected to be open this Easter Monday, while some are continuing to operate their usual weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday.

For those who need a face-to-face appointment and their usual GP isn’t open can be redirected to another nearby service.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and director of primary care for the NHS said:
“The NHS is helping people with the biggest healthcare crisis in our history, and while the NHS is still there for people who need it, the public must play their part by following government advice and staying at home.”

Be sure to check ‘My Health London’ website for the opening times of local services:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Surrey Police has been continuing to urge members of the public to stay indoors to help slow the spread of Covid-19

Officers have responded to reports in the county of people continuing to ignore government restrictions to not gather in groups.

Although the vast majority of the public are adhering to this, officers have had to address people who still continue to flout restrictions.

In Walton-on-Thames, Surrey Police deployed a ‘sky talk’ drone to break up a group of 30 people not abiding to social distancing regulations on Friday morning.

The use of a drone has been used by Surrey Police and Sussex Police since the introduction of the new legislation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

A man from Roehampton has been arrested for carrying a firearm and ammunition

18-year-old Shakeer Bentamoune-Wilson was travelling in a taxi at around 22.45hrs on Wednesday in York Road, when police stopped the vehicle and found him in possession of a sawn-off shot gun and cartridges.

Bentamoune-Wilson is due to appear at Wimbledon magistrates court later today charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition with intent to endanger life, and possession of herbal cannabis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

Friday, 10 April 2020

A Battersea community choir has released a cover video dedicated to NHS staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic

46 members of the Battersea Power Station Community recorded themselves singing along to ‘Something Inside So Strong’.

The rendition has been posted on YouTube and Twitter to say thank you to our NHS Staff and carers on the frontline.

They’re hoping it will be seen and shared by thousands – you can find the video link on our news page.

You can find it here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

We’re being asked not to have a clear-out this weekend

Wandsworth Council are asking people to help their “superstar” crews by keeping waste to a minimum.

Bulky and garden waste collections have been paused, and it’s telling people to keep large items in their home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

CEO of Tadworth based The Children's Trust asks for the public's health to help see it through the Coronavirus crisis

The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability.

It delivers rehabilitation, education and community services through skilled teams who work with children and young people, and their families.

CEO Dalton Leong says event cancellations due to Covid-19, like the London Marathon, means the charity has lost out on vital fundraising.

He's launched this special appeal to ask Jackie listeners for help keeping the centre running.

Message from Children's Trust on its special appeal amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

The children are extremely vulnerable and we cannot afford to let them down. We must continue our specialist care during these uncertain times – and our dedicated staff are working round the clock to meet the children’s complex needs.

We can’t do this alone. Just as the children need us to be there for them right now, we need you.

The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on our fundraising. Our charity shops have closed; fundraising events and sporting challenges are cancelled. In the next few months alone, we will miss out on hundreds of thousands of pounds. So we’re relying on our kind supporters more than ever to help.

The best way you can help is to make a donation today, but there are so many other ways you can get involved and help keep our vital services going for children with brain injury. Our work must not stop.

To find out more about the charity, or donate click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey tells Jackie's Luke Williams all about the authority's response to Coronavirus

Sutton Council has also launched a Hub to provide support for Sutton’s most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you need some help obtaining food or essential items, or you would just like someone to call you for a chat, you are encouraged to email [email protected], or phone 020 8770 5000.

Support and advice can also be found on Sutton Council’s COVID-19 webpages, click here for more
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Surrey Police pleads with cyclists to stay away from Box Hill after a number were spotted there today

The force says "unfortunately, we are having numerous cyclists cycling through the road closures leading up to Box Hill. Please DO NOT cycle up Boxhill. Thank you to those who have adhered to the road closures signs."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

A woman has been arrested in Richmond after “exercising mentally” on a park bench for an hour

In a video posted on YouTube, she says, “the law doesn’t specify physical exercise” and that she was meditating.

She’s been given a fixed penalty notice, which she says she’ll contest.

The Met Police says she refused to leave despite being talked to twice by officers.

It says, “the Met is here to police London and we will continue to do that”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

The disappointment of a cancelled night out for charity didn’t dampen the spirits of a Surrey Rotary club after it dug deep and made a donation to Princess Alice Hospice regardless.

With the ban on fundraising events for the foreseeable future, due to the Coronavirus emergenc, the Hospice’s income has taken a pounding.

The Hospice has launched Compassionate Care Continues: a campaign and appeal to help boost income to replace that lost by the measures imposed by Government during the crisis.

The Bookham and Horsley Rotary Club had planned to raise money with a prestigious musical evening, A Touch of Glyndebourne, featuring the Cameo Opera company from Kent and offering a three-course meal.

This would have taken place in Great Bookham’s Old Barn Hall in the centre of the village.

Rotary President Nick Garrett said: “We have done this once before and it was very well received. The plan was to sell around 140 tickets with the aim of raising some £1,500 for the Hospice – helped by local caterer Elizabeth Treliving, making this one of her charitable events of the year.

The event was to be given a boost of sponsorship by Lane’s Health, a family company of which one of the Club’s members, Paul Simons, is a director.

With postponement until 2021 an inevitable decision, the members faced disappointment and the Hospice, the loss of vital funds.

In a happy turnaround for all concerned, Lane’s very generously said the Club could keep their sponsorship money and use it to support one of their nominated charities.

At a recent meeting using Zoom technology, the club agreed to that the money going to the Hospice, and that members would match fund, making a donation of £1,300.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Motorists in Surrey urged to avoid unnecessary journeys in fight against coronavirus

Surrey Police is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary journeys in the fight against coronavirus.

The force says motorists flouting the government’s restrictions on non-essential travel, especially during the fine weather, are putting added strain on emergency services.

It also says there have been several incidents of antisocial driving reported by the public in recent weeks, despite there being fewer vehicles on our roads.

These include a motorist caught driving at 130mph on the A3 on Tuesday, who has been reported to court.

The restrictions on movement under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) England Regulations 2020 have been put in place specifically to reduce all unnecessary travel and the associated risks on the roads.

This is to minimise demand and pressure on the emergency services, including the National Health Service, so that resources can be focused on combating coronavirus and saving lives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

A schoolgirl from Teddington has turned her cake making skills into a support service for the elderly and vulnerable.

12-year-old Lois Owen has launched a novel new 2 for 1 service.

She is charging £7.50 to make two cakes.

One for the person who makes the order and another to be delivered to a vulnerable resident.

The cakes are delivered to people who are self- isolating adhering to Government social distancing guidelines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

Royal Parks, which manages Bushy and Richmond, issues statement ahead of the Easter weekend

A Royal Parks spokesperson, said: “People may be thinking about hitting parks and beauty spots this Easter but we urge visitors to think again. We’re asking people to follow The Royal Park’s code to: Stay Safe, Stay Local, Stay Active and Be Kind, to keep our parks open for those who need them.

“The NHS is under enormous strain and it’s crucial that people protect themselves and others by staying 2m apart and not gathering with people outside their household. Please only use the parks for exercise. No sunbathing. No picnics. And please stick to your local green spaces.

“These are difficult times and people are worried or even scared. But please think of those around you. Be kind to others and courteous to parks staff and police who are trying to save lives by enforcing the Government's advice.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep these vital green spaces open for everyone to support their physical and mental wellbeing. But we’ve got to work together to behave responsibly or we risk losing them completely.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm  

An Uber drive has died after a woman allegedly “repeatedly coughed” in his taxi

33-year-old Ayub Akhtar from Norwood told his relatives he began having breathing problems shortly after picking her up.

His family told The Mail Online that he had no major illnesses.

He died at St George’s Hospital in Tooting last Friday.

His brother Yasser says, “it is so difficult. This has all come from nowhere”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

A rugby commentator is now commentating on general life in Tooting, after sports matches were cancelled due to the pandemic

Nick Heath is a lead commentator on the Women’s Six Nations rugby tournament.

One of his videos sees him commentate on two people kicking a football about on Tooting Common.

Last night he held a pub quiz fundraiser for St George’s Hospital, which has raised over £6,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Police in Surrey say they’re being spat at by people claiming to have coronavirus, to avoid being arrested

Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick says “being assaulted is not part of the job” and called it “appalling”.

The Crown Prosecution Service says this could constitute common assault.

It also specifies that attacks on emergency workers are punishable by up to two years in jail
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

People in Croydon will have more time to give feedback on planning applications

The Council have extended the formal feedback period from three weeks to four due to the pandemic.

That includes council home developments in New Addington, Norbury, and other locations.

It’s also looking into virtual planning committees.

Councillor Paul Scott says “we remain absolutely committed to openness and transparency in our decision-making”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

The Chief Constable of Surrey Police is thanking people staying at home for their support during the lockdown

Gavin Stephens says “enforcement is always a last resort but will be used where necessary”.

Deputy Chief Nev Kemp adds that police are “well resourced” and will be on patrol to reassure and support communities.

He also says crime is changing, and that “much is now hidden”, due to a rise in fraud and domestic abuse.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 am  

Prince Charles is helping to bring a previously missing opera to life

It’s due to be performed at Grange Park Opera in West Horsley.

Krishna was composed by John Taverner, whose Song for Athene was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana.

The Times reports that the manuscript was kept with a publisher in secret, until Taverner’s widow told the Prince about it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Battersea Power Station Community Choir has recorded a virtual rendition of Labi Siffre’s ‘Something Inside So Strong’.

It’s been released this evening in tribute to all NHS staff and carers fighting COVID-19 on the frontline.

For many members, recording themselves singing alone was a nerve-racking experience.

But they were determined to take part to show their appreciation and support for everyone continuing to be heroes.

You can find a link to their video here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

43 tonnes of bottles and glass recycling have been collected in Epsom, 82% more than usual.

Online sales of wine have also increased dramatically in recent days.

Epsom Council also revealed that 918 meals have been delivered to vulnerable residents, and 416 local businesses have been given tax relief.

26 people have also been found emergency accommodation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

A man has been charged with murder in Croydon

51 year old Kenny Pitcher, of Thornton Heath, was arrested at the scene of the incident on December 23rd 2019.

He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

He’s been charged with the fatal stabbing of John Kennett in Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath.

He appeared in custody today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

A 33-year-old man has been released under investigation and a 41-year-old man has been released with no further action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm  

Specialist tree contractors will once again be working to eradicate Richmond’s toxic caterpillars this month

The Oak Processionary Moth not only affects the health of oak trees, but poses a serious risk to people and animals.

It feeds on the leaves of oak trees and creates nests in branches and tree trunks.

Its tiny hairs can cause nasty rashes, conjunctivitis type symptoms and breathing difficulties for anyone who comes into contact.

Resident are asked not to try and touch or capture them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

Hounslow Council says works around Feltham Station will continue, despite the lockdown

It says the pandemic is affecting the supply of labour and materials, and that social distancing is impacting its speed.

Some utility companies have stopped all non-emergency works which will also prevent progress on some key tasks.

You can find a full timetable of roadworks in Hounslow below:

On the highway improvements around the station (known as Phase 1), works are ongoing and the community will start seeing sections finish and reopen for public use in the coming months. These include:

• Bridge House pond footpath complete and reopened May 2020.
• Hounslow Road: opening both lanes southbound towards Feltham beyond the bridge to allow traffic to turn left into Hanworth Road and go straight ahead into High Street. Estimated date: May/June 2020
• Longford bridge western side: to enable pedestrians to walk on the western side (please note for a short time the eastern footway will be closed for pedestrians). Estimated date: Summer 2020
• Completion of Longford Bridge: which will allow the bridge to be open to two-way traffic and removal of the temporary traffic lights on Bedfont Lane. Estimated date: Summer 2020
• Pedestrian ramps from new bus stops to new station entrance complete. Estimated date: Summer 2020
• Hounslow Road: western side, footway to be completed to enable pedestrians to use the new footway. Estimated date: Summer 2020
• Hanworth Road junction complete (but still under temporary traffic lights until the Hounslow Road reopens to two-way traffic): Estimated date: Summer 2020
• New Road: footway to be completed to enable pedestrians to use the new footway. Estimated date: Autumn 2020
• New Road junction complete: Estimated date: Autumn 2020
• Hounslow Road open to two-way traffic. Estimated date: Autumn 2020
• Final phase 1 completion – By end 2020.
On the highway improvement works to the High Street (known as Phase 2), the contractor delivering these works has currently paused works across London, with their staff furloughed for a minimum of two weeks. The dates provided below are based on works resuming in May.

• Browells Lane junction: Complete 1 April. TfL have paused all non-emergency signal works however the permanent signals will be commissioned as soon as this pause is lifted.
• High Street complete: Summer 2020
• Bedfont Lane South side complete: Summer 2020
• Bedfont Lane north side and Victoria Road start: These works, which have yet to begin, are currently on hold due to the current situation. This is under weekly review and if opportunities exist to safely start these projects then these will commence late Spring/early summer.
• Final phase 2 completion – By end 2020.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

A woman’s body has been found in a house in Walton

The 35-year-old was found at an address in Wellington Close just before 3am.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of her death, which is being treated as unexplained at this time.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

Brown bin collections are coming back to Epsom, after staff shortages have come to an end

Starting on Monday, the fortnightly garden waste collections will return, after being temporarily cancelled.

Councillor Neil Dallen says they may have to pause them again soon though if the situation changes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Benedict Cumberbatch has issued a message of support to the Royal Marsden

The actor, known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC adaptation, is an ambassador of the hospitals in Sutton and Chelsea.

People are being asked to consider donating to the cancer charity so it can continue to provide the care it does.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

A doctor at St George’s Hospital in Tooting received over 800 replies to a tweet asking for help

Alexander Cairns said his landlord wasn’t happy to let him and two other junior doctors stay, and the tenancy ran out in May.

He received over 5,000 retweets, and it was sorted within 13 hours.

He says “thank you to everyone for their support and unbelievably kind offers”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

A charity set up to help families through the Coronavirus pandemic says it’s dealing with more than £800,000 worth of requests

The Community Foundation for Surrey works with county-based donors to award grants to voluntary groups.

So far, 25 such groups have received £89,000 worth of urgent funding to redistribute to those in need across Surrey.

The new charity has raised £500,000 since March the 26th but says more is urgently needed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 am  

People in Wandsworth are some of the best in the country for heeding the government’s stay at home advice

A new coronavirus “heat map” has revealed the findings.

The 'COVID-19 heat map' has been created by free health app Evergreen Life.

It’s also revealed Middlesbrough has the worst offenders when it comes to flouting the 'stay at home' rules during the coronavirus crisis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Twickenham’s MP has secured cross-party support for her calls for the Government to improve mental health support.

Munira Wilson has written to the Secretary of State for Health expressing fears “stay at home” advice is leaving people feeling anxious.

Over 40 MPs from across the political spectrum have also signed the letter.

They are calling on the government to launch a publicity campaign signposting the mental health support available among other things.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

Richmond Council has appointed two specialist Coronavirus advisers to help residents through the pandemic.

The appointments will be shared with Wandsworth borough.

Shannon Katiyo has been officially confirmed as Director of Public Health for the two boroughs.

Annabel Parker has been confirmed as an Assistant Director of Adult Social Care Services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 pm  

Chelsea legend John Terry and Liverpool’s Jamie Redknapp have been out delivering food to vulnerable people in Surrey.

Chelsea’s number 26 delivered to the house of Harrison Smith, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Harrison’s fund was set up in his name to fight the disease.

The former skipper says he was “honoured” to team up with Oxshott Delivery to provide the service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 pm  

An 84 year old in Feltham has been left starving after her food delivery was stolen, according to police there.

The elderly lady known only as Elizabeth has no family or friends nearby.

She had managed to do an online food shop but the goods were taken from her doorstep before she received them.

Officers say she had been eating out of the bins and have since restocked her fridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

St George’s in Tooting, Epsom and St Helier hospitals are seeing some of the highest coronavirus death rates in England

They’ve appeared in an official list of 20 NHS Trusts.

Birmingham NHS Trust tops the list with 263 recorded fatalities.

St George’s comes in at number 6 with 120, Croydon at number 7 with 118 and Epsom and St Helier at number 11 with 102 deaths between them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm  

A man is still in a serious condition in hospital one month after a “random” attack in Wimbledon Village

Officers were called to High Street Mews in the early hours of March the 8th.

Two men in their 20s had been targeted by an unknown group of people; the other victim is no longer receiving treatment.

Officers have released CCTV images to try and trace those responsible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

Wandsworth council leader Ravi Govindia takes time out to tell us how the council is tackling Coronavirus

He's updated us on the measures Wandsworth is taking to support vulnerable residents, local businesses and the borough's crucially important voluntary sector.

He's also paid his respects to the families who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Croydon council leader Tony Newman tells us how Coronavirus is affecting the borough

Cllr Tony Newman says the authority is working hard to provide services to everyone who needs them and has thanked all those involved in keeping the borough running.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Counsellor and family therapist Sofi Robinson from Relate Mid Surrey gives people in lock-down advice on how to keep their relationships healthy

Counsellor and family therapist Sofi Robinson explains to Luke Williams how the pandemic is affecting relationships between couples and families, and how they can steer themselves through the divide.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man from Clapham caught stealing surgical masks from a London hospital has been jailed for three months

Lerun Hussain was arrested at King's College hospital in Lambeth on Sunday.

The 34-year-old was detained by security with three masks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

St Raphael's Hospice tells Jackie News how you can help it weather the Coronavirus storm

Jackie's Luke Williams has been chatting to the hospice's Director of Care, Gail Linehan who wants people in Merton and Sutton to keep St Raphael's in their thoughts.

To find out more about the work done by the hospice, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Two temporary mortuaries have been created in Surrey to help the county’s hospitals cope with the Covid-19 pandemic

One is at Surrey Fire & Rescue Service’s Headquarters in Reigate.

The other is at the Pathology Centre at the University of Surrey’s Vet School in Guildford.

The county council says the new arrangements are to ensure the deceased are treated with dignity and respect.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Surrey Police asks for help

The force has penned a document below, detailing how residents can really help during the Covid-19 pandemic.

House parties, social gatherings and over 100 people sunbathing at Box Hill are just some of what our officers have been dealing with in the last few days.

Thankfully, almost everyone has listened to the advice given and only as a last resort have we had to enforce the restrictions with a fine or arrest for those that have simply ignored us.

In the last five days, we’ve received over 278 reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and people not respecting the restrictions currently in place.

With the good weather, we understand that these restrictions are making it even more frustrating and entertaining the kids even more difficult, but please ask yourself:

Is that journey really essential?
Should I be inviting my friends/family over?
If your child is heading out for a ‘walk’ or some ‘exercise’, who are they meeting?
What impact are my actions having on my neighbours who are also having to stay inside?

Dealing with these incidents means we could be taking valuable resources away from those that really need our help.

Help us to help you. Stay home to save lives and protect our NHS.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Now you can watch Rose Theatre productions from your sofa

Tonight and tomorrow at 7pm, The Rose in Kingston will be premiering the short films produced by the 2019 Rose Youth Theatre film course and their course leaders, Samuel Clemens and Andrew Davidson.

These films were due to be screened at the Rose this year, however this was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 breakout.

As an alternative, the theatre will hold a live premiere of the films each evening on YouTube which can be watched by everyone.

Bosses say they are "pleased that we can still celebrate the hard work of these talented young people."

To find out more, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

Open letter issued to people of Elmbridge

The letter below has been published by the council.

It asks people to comply with new Government rules on social distancing and staying at home, while recognising the difficulties some residents are experiencing.

Dear Elmbridge Residents

During this pandemic health emergency we have all had to adapt very quickly to restrictions on our normal lifestyles in order to slow, and hopefully stop, the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is therefore no surprise that in our Borough with lots to do and great recreation facilities this has been quite a shock for all of us, especially when it seems that the easing of the restrictions is some time away.

As the Leaders of all the main political groups on Elmbridge Council we have come together to ask you to listen to the advice given by the Government and to recognise that the intention now is to collectively safeguard the health of our families and our wider community. We need to comply with the key messages; that we should only go out for essential food supplies, for brief exercise or because you are an essential worker. We should avoid social gatherings or any close social contact outside the household that you live with.

If we follow this advice closely and we are strict with ourselves and our families then we will reduce the transmission of the virus and we will see a return to a more normal way of life much more quickly.

In times of emergency like this it is for us as community leaders to be clear in our advice and reassurance. It is also necessary for us to take tough and sometimes unpopular decisions for the greater long term good of the wider community. This is why we have agreed, with great reluctance, to close most of our open space car parks and access to our cemeteries. This is to discourage and indeed prevent people from travelling to places, often over long distances, to exercise or gather in places where social distancing will be difficult to maintain.

We recognise the sensitivities but the key is to only go to open spaces that are local to you, that you can walk to and at times when you can be sure that social distancing of more than 2 meters from anyone can be maintained at all times.

As we come to Easter, and with some better weather in prospect, the temptation to go outside will be strong but we ask that you show the greatest restraint and understanding in order to protect the health of you, your family and the wider community. If we do this now the outcomes for all of us will be positive and we can all look forward to better times ahead.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Stuart Selleck
Leader of the Council, Residents’ Association Group

Cllr Andrew Davis
Deputy Leader of the Council, Liberal Democrats Group

Cllr James Browne
Leader, Conservative Group

Cllr Janet Turner
Leader, Hinchley Wood Residents’ Association Group
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

A dog may have been injured after allegedly being attacked on a tube train

The RSPCA is investigating after a man was seen shouting at his dog, yanking its lead and pushing its head.

The man was seen getting off a Central Line train at Bethnal Green, which was heading towards White City, on the 6th of March.

He’s described as around 6ft 1, bald, in his 40s, and with a large build.

The dog is described as a small, tan-coloured Staffie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Young children in Croydon have been sending pictures and messages of support to the police

Each includes a drawing and a joke.

Among the jokes are “where do vampires do most of their singing? In the bat-tub”, and “why is a baseball stadium game always cool? It’s full of fans”.

Croydon Police says “I think you will all agree these children deserve a huge thank you and a gold star”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Tesco says its sales jumped by nearly a third during a period of what it calls 'significant panic buying' in recent weeks

It's revealed 10 percent of shoppers bought 30 percent of products - with south-east England hardest hit.

Research previously found Kingston to be the second-worst for panic buying in the country, with sales nearly eight times the usual amount.

The company's recruited 45-thousand more staff members in the past two weeks to cope with soaring demand.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Gordon Ramsay has angered locals in Cornwall, after moving to his holiday home to self-isolate

He and his family left their house in Wandsworth, against government advice not to travel to other communities.

The Sun reports that members of a Facebook group have threatened to expose his address if he doesn’t leave.

The paper also quotes people claiming he’s “swanning” around the shops and has had pool cleaners come to his house.

The 53-year-old chef’s spokeswoman declined to comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 am  

Kingston’s schools will remain open over the Easter holidays for the children of key workers

In some cases, where its not possible to operate out of the main school buildings, hubs have been created instead.

Children involved in the social care system will also be able to access them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

A doctor who had served for many years at Kingston Hospital has died, after testing positive for coronavirus

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday, after being cared for in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

The consultant in his 70s finished his last shift treating the elderly on the 20th of March.

Kingston MP Ed Davey says it’s “extremely sad news” and that he was “privileged to meet him”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

A man has been sentenced to 19 weeks in prison after threatening to spit on police officers.

41 year old Michael Gray pleaded guilty to assault on an emergency service worker at Croydon Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Two patrolling officers had seen a man who appeared to be harassing three women in the early hours of last Thursday.

When they checked his details, they found he was already wanted on warrant for failing to appear in court on drug driving allegations.

It was during his arrest that he became abusive and made the threat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The charity Sue Ryder says it's on the brink of closure unless it receives emergency funding.

It's warning it could be forced to close all its hospices and stop caring for people in their homes within months.

The cancellation of fundraising events and the closure of its shops mean it faces a £12-million funding gap over the next three months.

The charity has a number of shops in areas including Twickenham, Hersham and Feltham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Foreign Secretary insists Boris Johnson "is a fighter" and will be back at work and will pull through from coronavirus.

Esher and Walton MP, Dominic Raab, who's now standing in where necessary, also confirmed the PM's stable in intensive care, and receiving oxygen to help him breathe.

The Queen's wished Boris Johnson a speedy recovery, and sent a message of support to his pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds.

The total number of Covid-19-related deaths in the UK has reached 6,159, a rise of 786 on the day before.

A man's been jailed for 19 weeks after coughing at two police officers in Brixton.

41 year-old Michael Gray told them he hoped they'd pass on coronavirus to their children.

The chair of the culture, media and sport committee wants the Premier League to "stop defending the indefensible".

Conservative MP Julian Knight is demanding clubs carry on paying their non-playing staff.

After fierce criticism, Liverpool reversed their decision to use the government's coronavirus job retention scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:56 pm  

Police have arrested a man in Addlestone after police gate-crashed a party held during the lockdown.

Officers had received reports of anti- social behaviour at the property on Sunday evening.

They attended and fined and dispersed four people who had refused to leave.

A 44 year-old man from Twickenham, who was spoken to at some length by officers, refused to leave and was arrested and charged.

He’ll appear in court in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

Domestic abuse hotlines have seen a rise in calls since the lockdown began

Sophie Robinson is a counsellor and family therapist at Relate Mid-Surrey, who now offer relationship counselling over webcam.

She says people are now under significant pressure adapting to the “new normal”.

She says the format means the counsellor needs to be talking to the client about how they’re feeling at the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

June's Derby Festival at Epsom Downs has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jockey Club Racecourses say they hope to reschedule the classic event to later in the year, along with Newmarket's Guineas Festival, which was due to take place in early May.

Royal Ascot have announced they plan to hold this year's meeting behind closed doors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

Leader of Kingston Council has update for Covid-19 hit businesses in the borough

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

Jos Buttler's Cricket World Cup wining shirt will be auctioned off today with the money generated going to the Royal Brompton Hospital.

The prospect of owning the prized memento has already generated offers in excess of £65,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Shooting Star Children's Hospice nurses create sign language video to raise awareness of charity's plight and spread hope

Inspired by Miley Cyrus’ hit song The Climb, the team have filmed themselves signing to parts of the song.

Shooting Star, which has hospices in Hampton and Guildford, cares for children and babies with life limiting illnesses.

To find out more, or to donate, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

In the next hour we'll get more details from the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

The MP for Esher and Walton is standing in for the prime minister where necessary.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be the next in line to take charge, if needed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

A cyclist has died in North Cheam

The female in her 20s was involved in a collision on London Road just before 9am.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Love Kingston aiming to raise £100,000 for various charities

Love Kingston is aiming to raise £100,000 to support charities in Kingston doing work in the Borough to help people impacted by COVID-19.

The charity says the fund will be vital in supporting Kingston’s voluntary sector get help to those who need it.

To find out more about how you can help, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Tolworth's Community Brain wants to hear from you.

The Community Brain is really keen to learn how people feel about the community in which they live, especially at the moment.

It has launched a survey which should only take a round 15 minutes to complete.

The group says the feedback will help it understand what’s important to residents now and for the future.

To take part, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Police investigating a burglary in Englefield Green have released details of the contents of a handbag believed to be involved in it.

The bag was retrieved after a routine vehicle stop involving a BMW and Audi on March the 19th.

Inside the bag, is a photo of four people standing in front of a Christmas tree.

Police think the people in the photo may have information relating to the theft.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

It’s emerged people travelled to Weybridge from as far away as Brentford over the weekend.

Surrey Police says officers had to warn several people who had gone there to exercise.

Officers were also called to Box Hill following reports of more than 40 cars parked there and scores of sunbathers.

A passing National Police Air Service helicopter on another call prompted a number of them to leave.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

"Spiderman" has been given a homeless man’s last pound in order to shop at Waitrose

Actor Tom Holland, who is known best for playing the webbed crusader, was given the coin to free a trolley at the Waitrose in New Malden.

He returned the pound afterwards, along with £100.

The Sun is reporting that Tom was “blown away by the selfless act”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

A school is to open on a part of the Kingsmeadow stadium

Kingston and Surbiton Green Party says it hopes it will still allow access for sport facilities to continue at the site.

They mentioned the closure of the Kingsfisher Leisure Centre as part of the need to keep sports facilities open.

A Church of England secondary school is to open in 2023, with space for 180 students each year.

Two thirds of its intake will be open to anybody, with one third for Anglicans or those of other faiths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A person has died after an incident on the underground in Clapham

British Transport Police were called to Clapham North station at around 10am this morning.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene, and officers are working to identify them.

It’s not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Nursery leaders are warning that thousands of NHS staff could be deterred from the frontline because of childcare issues

Staff shortages and less income from fee-paying parents is making it difficult for businesses to stay open.

June O'Sullivan runs the London Early Years Foundation, which has nurseries in Teddington and Fulham.

She’s calling on the government to do more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

Thousands of pounds worth of machinery, believed to have been stolen, has been recovered by police in Ripley

Officers spotted an HGV at the Ripley junction of the A3 at around 5pm on Friday and brought the vehicle to a stop.

Upon searching the vehicle, they found tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery, including two mini diggers and two quad bikes.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, was arrested and has since been released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

Research is happening at the University of Surrey to find the best time to administer vaccines.

Volunteers visited the clinical research centre during the solstices and equinoxes last year to analyse seasonal changes in their bodies.

They found cells that produce antibodies are more active at night.

Findings from the study are expected to be published later this year, or next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Monday, 6 April 2020

Surrey Police have thanked all those who avoided open spaces during the mini heatwave.

Officers say the majority of residents followed government advice and stayed indoors over the weekend.

They say those actions helped save lives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

Police are investigating a report of “upskirting” at Balham station.

The illegal practice typically involves someone taking a picture under another person's clothing without their permission.

The incident in question allegedly happened at 11.20am on Saturday the 29th of February.

An image of the suspect they would like to question can be found at
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

The Secretary of state for Education has approved the Diocese of Southwark’s application to open a faith school in Kingston

It will be based on council owned land at Kingsmeadow.

It will provide 180 places per year for children aged 11 to 16 and is expected to open in 2023.

A third of places per year will be available to children of practising Anglicans or other faiths.

The rest will be used to plug a school places gap in the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

Half a million pounds is being made available to help some of the most vulnerable residents in Surrey

The Police and Crime Commissioner is offering the money to groups fighting domestic abuse, homelessness, and drug addiction.

15 organisations have been given funding of over £50,000.

PCC David Munro says, “it is crucial we help local organisations to navigate the uncertainties of continuing support for the most at need”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:37 pm  

MP for Esher and Walton stands in for poorly Prime Minister at news briefing

The foreign secretary says the prime minister is getting regular updates on the coronavirus crisis and continues to lead the government.

Dominic Raab is giving Downing Street's daily briefing, as Boris Johnson remains in hospital with persistent Covid-19 symptoms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 pm  

The Labour MP for Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, has been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by Sir Keir Starmer

She’s been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Mental Health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

The fire brigade are warning about the dangers of leaving candles unattended after a flat fire in Hounslow

The resident inside the flat was woken up by a smoke alarm on Saturday morning.

Four people left the block before the crews arrived, and there were no reports of any injuries.

A spokesperson recommended people swap wax candles for flameless candles, which take away the risk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

It’s now illegal for anyone except a breeder to sell kittens or puppies commercially

“Lucy’s Law” is part of a crackdown on “puppy farmers” who breed animals in squalid conditions.

Battersea Cats and Dogs home CEO Claire Horton says “The ban on this brutal trade cannot come too soon”.

She says rescue centres regularly “pick up the pieces from the cruel puppy trade”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Epsom and Ewell’s binmen are saying “thanks for the support” after finding messages of appreciation taped to bins

Councillor Neil Dallen says they’ve given them a “a real boost”.

The notes are being saved and displayed at the waste and recycling depot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Dominic Cumming’s uncle and retired Judge, Sir John Laws, has died after reportedly contracting Coronavirus

The Guardian reports that he was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster hospital for other health problems.

However, he contracted the disease while in the facility and died yesterday.

He was considered a leading authority on democracy and public law.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

The Queen's delivered a message of hope to the nation during the pandemic, saying 'we will overcome it'

In last night's historic address, Her Majesty also warned we 'may have more still to endure'.

Danny Witham is a Children’s nurse at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, moving into adult intensive care next week.

He says great to be recognised by the Queen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

A pharmacy in Croydon has donated hundreds of masks to Croydon Met Police

Church Pharmacy are a Medical Aesthetics Specialist who provide for NHS and business to business services.

After Croydon Met Police placed an order for 295 gloves and masks, they were dispatched at no cost, in a gesture of solidarity.

Andy Brittain from the Met tweeted thanks and gratitude from officers at Sutton, Bromley and Croydon stations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

The head of Heathrow Airport is calling for a global standard of health screening for airline passengers

He told The Times that there’s no temperature sensors at Heathrow because Public Health England says they detect a “very small minority” of infected passengers.

That’s despite the World Health Organisation saying the majority of exported cases were detected through entry screening.

John Holland-Kaye says worldwide collaboration on testing would “provide reassurance and confidence in flying”.

Passenger numbers have fallen significantly since the outbreak was declared.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

After a weekend of sunny weather, more warnings have been issued against sunbathing in public.

Police in Virginia Water found people had driven from as far away as Brentford and Weybridge to exercise.

More than 40 cars were found at Box Hill, and many people were found at Epsom Downs as well.

Superintendent Chris Colley says “Every little thing we can do now will help reduce demand for the NHS and save lives.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Richmond flanker Toby Saysall named National League One NCA player of the year.

Celebrations in Richmond for one Rugby player.

Flanker Toby Saysall who plays for Richmond Men’s first XV has been named National League One player of the season.

The prolific back-row forward who has made 53 appearances for the first team, has been rewarded for his excellent league form during the past season.

The award was made by the NCA, which administers the third tier of English rugby
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

A hospice in North Cheam has written to the government warning it could face a million pound deficit because of the Coronavirus lockdown

A hospice in North Cham has written to the government warning it could face a million pound deficit because of the Coronavirus lockdown.

Staff at St Raphael's say three quarters of their funding comes from events, sales, and donations to charity shops which are no longer taking place.

Gail Lineham from the hospice says she’s hoping people will use their time at home for a clear-out, and save useful items to donate after the lockdown is lifted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Surrey police have stepped up their patrols following an increase in the number of burglaries at business and retail premises

Surrey police have stepped up their patrols following an increase in the number of burglaries at business and retail premises.

Three men were arrested last Thursday in an industrial estate in East Molesey. They’re now being held in custody on suspicion of committing a dozen burglaries.

Officers say they believe thieves are taking advantage of closed shops and empty streets.

They’ve urged business owners who can remotely check their security equipment to make sure it’s working properly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

There’s mystery surrounding an accident near Caterham in which a horse and rider were injured

There’s mystery surrounding an accident near Caterham in which a horse and rider were injured.

The un-named rider was taken to hospital and the animal had to be put down following the accident.

It happened at Grangers Hill in the village of Woldingham at around 4,30-m yesterday.

Police believe a vehicle may have been involved and they’re appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

A man’s been remanded in custody after a firearms seizure in Croydon

A man’s been remanded in custody after a firearms seizure in Croydon.

36 year old Leon Roberts was arrested after police found a self-loading pistol and ammunition at an address in Violet Lane

He appeared yesterday before Croydon magistrates, who ordered that he should be detained to appear again at Inner London Crown Court on Friday May 1st.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

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