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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Tonic water firm Fever Tree has donated £10,000 to charities in Hammersmith and Fulham.

The firm is based in the borough, and gave the money to UNITED, who coordinate charities in the borough.

They distribute funds via the voluntary sector to shield vulnerable and high risk families and individuals.

Savraj Kaur, from the group, says it means they can provide “immediate relief” to those in poverty or isolation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 pm  

A man from Fetcham is taking volunteering to new levels

Paul Barker is doing everything from collecting shopping for neighbours to having a chat with those feeling a bit lonely.

Paul has also set up the Facebook group Community Coronavirus Care, which now has over 3,000 members, so other volunteers can sign up and take on tasks.

He's told Jackie's Luke Williams how the CCC is making a difference in Fetcham and beyond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 pm  

Photographer from Cheam uses her skills to create the #thedoorstep project to lift spirits with photography during lockdown

Magda Bright has started The Door Step project, documenting people's experiences of lock-down.

The project involves Magda taking photos of families in the neighbourhood, from a safe distance, and documenting them on her website.

A donation is also requested for charity, with over £300 raised so far.

Magda says; Once I have edited the images I email them across to everyone taking part and ask them to make a donation to a fundraiser set up for our local Epsom and St Helier NHS hospitals.

More info can be found by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

Carers UK says it's excited to be involved in the fundraising challenge launched by the organisers of the UK's major mass-participation events including the London Marathon’

It will coincide with the date of what should have been the 40th London Marathon on the 26th of April.

All ages can take part with a host of potential activities related to number 26 or 2.6

26 press-ups with your dog on your back, running for 2.6 miles or online workout with 26 friends are all a possibility.

You can get involved by going to #TwoPointSixChallenge
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

A man’s been charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in Clapham.

Kieron Thompson, who's 18, is due at Croydon Magistrate’s Court today.

Officers were called to Wandsworth Road on the evening of February the ninth after reports of gun fire.

There they found an 18-year-old man suffering from gunshot and stab wounds.

Another man, aged 20, arrested as part of the investigation has been released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

People in Wandsworth are in the best position in the country to binge-watch Netflix

A new study by property website Get Agent shows the borough has the fastest internet connection at the cheapest cost.

Kingston and Richmond also made the top 15.

Worst connected in the UK is the Shetland Isles, and Mid-Devon worst in England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

Estate agents in Richmond are using alternative ways to continue operating during the coronavirus lockdown.

Agents are now using technology to make conference calls, offer clients access to virtual viewings and photo tours from the safety from their homes.

Chestertons Richmond confirmed a sale was completed entirely online this week where a buyer offered, negotiated and agreed the sale via a virtual tour.

Meanwhile Dexters have accommodated NHS employees after seeing a surge in demand from workers looking for short-term flexible lets.

They’ve helped over 2,000 customers with their pre-arranged home moves and their virtual viewing tool has led to over 2,000 more people ready to move as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

Vulnerable people self-isolating in Epsom and Ewell can now get necessities delivered to their homes

The council has reinvented their home shopping service to help those who cannot get supplies any other way.

50 households used the service this week, where a range of essentials can be delivered at cost plus delivery.

People who want to use it must be a member of the Meals on Wheels scheme and be referred through their GP.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

A Kingston cycling club is raising money for Kingston Hospital to support NHS efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic

Kingston Wheelers are attempting to cycle the height of the Seven Summits - the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents - over the weekend.

The Wheelers will use the virtual racing programmes Zwift and RGT Cycling on static training bikes set up in their homes.

They have already raised over £4,000 ahead of their attempt - you can support their fundraising challenge here:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

New figures from the Met police suggest even burglars are following lockdown measures

The force has revealed a major drop in various crimes, with burglaries down by 38%, robberies down by 48%, and violence with injury down by 25%.

Since 12th March, there have been 17% fewer 999 and 101 calls compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile the Met police has revealed it’s processing hundreds of £60 fines for people breaking lockdown rules.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

Passengers travelling on London buses will only be allowed to board using the middle doors during the coronavirus pandemic

The changes follow concerns to protect drivers after 26 bus workers have died from Covid-19.

After trialling the changes on 140 buses, TfL has said it was "confident" it could be extended across the network.

TfL's director of bus operations Claire Mann said that the new temporary measures will come into force from Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A businesswoman from West Molesey has donated hundreds of snack bars to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

Julianne Ponan, from superfoods Company Creative Nature, says it’s a privilege to support the NHS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Friday, 17 April 2020

Chelsea's Willian is wary about playing football behind closed doors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brazilian midfielder and his teammates were worried when Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for Covid-19.

Willian tells us, players need protecting as well as supporters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

Richmond Council says that care homes in the borough are turning to the authority for help getting PPE equipment.

Council leader Gareth Roberts has branded the situation “dangerously inadequate.”

He says many care providers have struggled to source vital protective equipment needed to protect residents and staff.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he "would love to be able to wave a magic wand" when it comes to PPE distribution.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People across the country are coming together to 3D print PPE for healthcare workers.

Pete Townsend from Wimbledon is part of the 3D crowd scheme.

He says there’s 1,200 wanted in the area, but they’re on track to meet demand.

You can find there Gofundme page here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A crowdfunder to help Epsom Food Bank has raised over £6,500.

MP Chris Grayling is supporting it, and says backing it is vital during this time.

You can donate to the crowdfunder here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

People in Sutton who “saved lives and protected the NHS” over the bank holiday weekend are being thanked.

Council Leader Ruth Dombey says “it wasn’t easy with such lovely sunny weather”, but thanked those who followed the guidelines.

She says they’re “very grateful” to schools, voluntary groups, and staff for help they’re providing during this difficult time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Another 847 people have died with coronavirus in UK hospitals, taking the nationwide total to over 14,000.

Meanwhile, it’s emerged the Government has paid British Airways to fly to China to collect 2 million facemasks.

The Mail is reporting the flight took off from Heathrow on a 28 hour long “mercy mission.”

Earlier, the Health Secretary admitted he would "love to be able to wave a magic wand" to increase supplies of PPE.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 pm  

Runnymede’s council offices in Addlestone have been vandalised

The damage, which took place around 2pm on Tuesday, is believed to have been caused by a glass bottle being thrown at the building.

A man was seen cycling past the building around the time the damage occurred.

The suspect is described as white and in his early 20s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:28 pm  

A man who spat at police officers in Epsom while joking he had Coronavirus has been jailed for 12 weeks.

36 year old Nicholas Francis Hazell was arrested last week after being wanted in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Following his arrest, Hazell claimed he was infected with coronavirus before urinating in the back of the police van.

After falsely claiming to have swallowed drugs, he was hospitalised where he proceeded to spit at an officer.

The officer assaulted is currently in an enforced isolation period for two weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

A man from Wimbledon is using his 3D printer to provide much needed PPE equipment for frontline staff

Pete Townsend has signed up to a network of people with 3D printers across the country who are re-purposing the devices in order to create face shields for the NHS.

Pete helps look after the SW19 patch.

St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon has also given the team use of its hall, while it lays dormant, to enable assembly of already received orders.

Pete's calling for more people with access to 3D printers to join the network.

To get involved, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:31 pm  

Epsom and Ewell's MP Chris Grayling updates us on how the borough is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

He chatted to Jackie's Luke Williams this morning, and urged residents to find out more about the borough's food bank.

To find out more about the work done by the foodbank, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh encourages people across SW London and Surrey to open their gardens "virtually."

One of Britain’s best-loved gardeners, writers and television presenters, Alan Titchmarsh is lending his support to the National Garden Scheme’s campaign to keep its garden gates ‘virtually’ open and to continue to raise funds for vital nursing and health charities during the current pandemic.

Speaking from his home in Hampshire, Alan shared glorious glimpses of his own, very private garden that was filmed last summer to celebrate his 50 years in gardening, 40 in broadcasting and 70 on earth.

In support of the National Garden Scheme’s Virtual Garden Visits campaign he said:

“Garden owners have recorded videos of their gardens to make a series of ‘virtual visits’ and inviting everyone who might have visited a garden to watch a virtual visit instead and think of giving a donation to the charity. I think it’s a fantastic idea, typical of the resourcefulness which has kept the National Garden Scheme going for over ninety years and I urge you to support the campaign generously and enjoy the stunning gardens.

“Whatever goes on in the wider world, every spring is new beginning, a chance for gardeners to start anew, to realise how important the garden is as a way of expressing ourselves artistically and a way of keeping in touch with nature, the one constant in an ever changing often frightening world. Our gardens are the ultimate reality – created by man with the help of nature they offer us an anchor in times of turmoil, never more so than this year.

“The National Garden Scheme uses the joy of gardens and garden visiting to reach out and help all kinds of people. This wonderful organisation has been inviting folk to open their gardens and raise funds for nursing and health charities for more than 90 years. It’s given away nearly £60 million in that time and never had to close, not even in the Second World War.”

National Garden Scheme CEO, George Plumptre added: “We are hugely grateful to Alan for his support at this time. With no money being raised our ability to support our nursing and health beneficiaries is seriously curtailed. This comes at a time when these charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queens Nursing Institute need our help the most, as they are stretched to the limit by their involvement in the current crisis. For many the National Garden Scheme is their largest cumulative funder, so we are trying to make up some shortfall by asking people to make donations.”

Click here to find out more
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

A man from Staines has been arrested after being found in possession of an imitation firearm.

Officers stopped him behind the Tesco Superstore on Greenway Terrace in Stanwell at 3am yesterday after he was spotted acting suspiciously.

The man smelt strongly of cannabis and upon being searched, officers located an imitation handgun in the waist band of his trousers.

The 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of an imitation firearm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

A second person has been arrested after man died following a collision in Croydon.

Police were called to Portland Road at 7:30am last Tuesday to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a black BMW .

A 38 year old man died at the scene.

A woman arrested at the time has been bailed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Officers working to identify the suspects involved in a spate of burglaries on the Crown Estate in Oxshott have arrested three men.

A silver Toyota Prius, believed to be involved and acting suspiciously in the area, was stopped by officers in Egham on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a torch, baseball caps, face coverings and gloves, two crowbars and a large can of pepper spray.

All three men, aged 37, 32 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and possession of a section 5 firearm.

They remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

The Chelsea and Fulham MP has revealed his dad has died after contracting coronavirus

Greg Hands announced the news on Twitter last night, saying it made the Clap for Carers event at 8 o'clock "especially poignant".

The Conservative politician says his father died in a care home of pneumonia brought on by Covid-19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

No child in Richmond will be without a primary school come September

97% of children in the borough have been offered a place at one of their first three preferred schools.

Over 2,000 parents or guardians applied for a place this year, up marginally on last year.

However, those getting their first preferred choice of primary dropped 1% on last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 am  

A bomb scare in Nonsuch Park yesterday has been found to be a false alarm

The bomb disposal unit was called to the Park yesterday morning to a suspicious object.

However, they say the object “was not found to cause any concerns” and “there was never any risk or threat”.

The cordon has been lifted and the area has been deemed safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Epsom and Ewell Council says it's turning its kitchen facilities into meals at home production centres after demand for the service doubled

With the Covid-19 lockdown set to continue, the council says it’s expanded the service by utilising kitchens in its venues closed under coronavirus restrictions.

Staff from different council departments and the voluntary sector have been drafted in to help.

To inquire about the service for yourself or isolated family members visit the council's website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Thousands of people across the country, including those Tolworth residents you just heard, have clapped to show support for key workers during the virus pandemic

These Tolworth residents also wanted to show their support.

And doctors, nurses and care staff on the frontline have thanked the nation for their support and for staying at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

The foreign secretary announces that the coronavirus lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks.

Dominic Raab, the MP for Esher and Walton, explains the advice scientists have given the government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

Chelsea have announced they'll provide 78,000 free meals to the NHS and charities which support the elderly

They’re being prepared by their catering partner and will be distributed every day for six weeks, starting tomorrow.

The club aims to help healthcare staff working long hours across their five local hospitals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

Grandma from Tadworth raises over £7,000 to make PPE equipment for Epsom and St Helier hospitals

55 year old Mandy O'Brien from Tadworth owns Howletts Associates Water Treatment ltd in Worcester Park.

She wanted to help provide more PPE equipment to her nearby hospitals, and when she found she didn't have the necessary equipment stocked, she began buying it off ebay, cleaning it and sending it to front-line staff.

Young mum, Terri Bennet, who has a cleaning company called Tidy Homes Cleaning, then got in contact to suggest Mandy created a fundraising page and the campaign was properly launched.

Soon, others also began donating to her PPE equipment fund and also providing their own equipment.

Mandy says "When I heard that the hospitals were looking for goggles, I went to see if we had any spare, in the end I just went on ebay and bought two boxes of them, then spoke to a friend at St Helier and got contact names and had them sent to St Helier & Epsom hospitals, which they received in a week.

"From that, I posted a post on Facebook to bring awareness and hoping others would do the same and a young mother who has a cleaning company called Tidy Homes Cleaning, suggested that I did a fundraiser, and this is how it all began."

Jackie's Luke Williams has been speaking to Mandy, who has given us an update on the fundraiser.

To find out more or donate, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Ahmadiyya UK launches #PrayForHeroes

Muslims across SW London and Surrey will officially begin praying for front-line NHS staff later.

The #PrayForHeroes initiative has been launched by The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

Imams at mosques, including Morden’s Baitul Futuh, are also running free activity sessions online for those in lock-down.

Usman Ahmed is the community’s national executive.

He's told Jacqui Kerr all about the power of prayer.

As 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide prepare for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, more than 6,000 young British Muslims will take a moment of pause tonight to pray for and show their gratitude to the NHS, fire brigade, police, council and voluntary workers on the front line against COVID-19.

The young Muslims hope that the public at large will join them at 7pm by putting their hands together to pray and share messages of support using the hashtag #PrayForHeroes.

Over the past month, AMYA has been supporting those on the front line and vulnerable members of the public through a number of campaigns.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

Bomb disposal teams appear to have left Nonsuch Park

Police said they were “dealing with an incident there” and advised people to avoid the area.

They were seen this morning before 9 at the London Road Entrance, near the war memorial.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Three food chains are reopening some stores for collections and delivery, after closing them because of the coronavirus lockdown

10 Pret A Manger branches near hospitals in London have resumed service, to help NHS workers.

That includes the outlets near St George’s and Royal Brompton hospitals.

Meanwhile KFC's reopened 11 outlets and Burger King says four of its shops are now operating, and it expects to roll that out further.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

Ash trees are more likely to survive a killer disease if they’re in isolation, according to a new study

It was believed that Ash Dieback would kill 95% of the UK’s Ash population, at a cost of £15bn to the economy.

However, scientists have found over 80% remained healthy in areas of low density.

Kew Gardens will be collecting seeds from trees that are resisting it and analysing them, as well as storing them to prevent extinction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Bomb disposal teams have been seen outside Nonsuch Park in Ewell

Police say they are “dealing with an incident” there and the London Road entrance is currently closed.

They’re advising people to avoid the area.

Photo Credit: Jake Thompson
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

A homecare service in Worcester Park says there’s a lack of support from the government over PPE shortages

Mike Smith from Trinity homecare says their normal supplier has had their entire stock requisitioned by the NHS.

He says the four suppliers offered to the whole sector by the government are inadequate.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:

“No wholesaler has been asked to prioritise NHS provision over the care sector

“As we face this global pandemic we are working around the clock to give the social care sector the equipment and support they need.

“We have provided 7.8 million pieces of PPE to over 26,000 care homes, including home care and hospices around the country. A further 34 million items of PPE were released last week across 38 local resilience forums, who are supporting providers of care homes, hospices, home care and primary care.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Surrey Police have issued 205 coronavirus fines over the past three weeks

Over half of those were given out of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

A large number of those fines were given to people who travelled to Surrey to visit beauty spots over the bank holiday.

The fines are £60, decreasing to £30 when paid within 30 days.

Just over 3,200 have been issued nationally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 am  

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Machinery valued at tens of thousands of pounds has been recovered by Surrey Police in Ripley.

The haul, found on April 3rd, includes two mini diggers, a bobcat, two quad bikes and four motor-cross bikes.

A male lorry driver in his 40s was arrested after a stop and search on the A3 by a Roads Policing Unit.

The driver has since been released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 pm  

A woman in Wandsworth has called the police on her partner after 14 years of alleged abuse.

46-year-old Cristina Coman left her husband last year, but Sorin Alpopi, who’s also 46, turned up at her new house last Tuesday and attacked her.

He’s plead guilty to one count of controlling or coercive behaviour, and one count of beating.

He’ll be sentenced on May the sixth.

Domestic abuse hotlines have reported a surge in calls since the lockdown started.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

A major government department will be taking up residence in Croydon for at least 25 years.

The new 10-storey building next to East Croydon Station has been pre-let to an undisclosed government office.

It follows the letting of a neighbouring block to HM Revenue and Customs in 2017.

Council Leader Tony Newman says its “a real vote of confidence in our town”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

One member of Kingston Council is getting paid more than the Prime Minister each year.

The “town hall rich list 2020”, compiled by the Taxpayer’s Alliance, is out today.

It shows one undisclosed member of staff at Kingston Council is on over £260,000 a year.

We’ve contacted Kingston for statement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 pm  

New look Twickenham BID aims to steer the business community through the Coronavirus pandemic

A few weeks ago, a new board of directors at the helm of Try Twickenham was set to re-energise the activities of the BID.

They had agreed a refreshed brand, Discover Twickenham, and were putting together a plan of activities to promote commercial activity in the town. Then C-19 hit.

“It’s important to keep business going in these difficult days”

Councillor Geoff Acton, Richmond authority representative on the board explained, “In normal times, Discover Twickenham has a definite role to co-ordinate and lead revitalising the town centre and move things forward. It’s important to keep business going in these difficult days so we can encourage footfall back to the town centre and provide an offering that meets what people want once life returns to normal.”

Historically the BID has used a levy paid by local businesses to help make the whole area attractive to visitors and residents by holding good quality events to encourage footfall.

It's supported street markets, and sponsored Christmas lights and an app-enabled parking scheme that allowed residents to park for free for up to 59 minutes.

“When you pull together you have a bigger impact”

Ricardo Garcia, a new board member and owner of Ricardo’s Cellar in Church Street, believes that Discover Twickenham gives local businesses more flexibility and collective buying power.

“When you pull together, you have a bigger impact,” he said. “It’s important money is spent in the right areas and the new board is currently compiling a programme of things we want to do once normal life returns in addition to the good activities that are already up and running. Twickenham has bars, restaurants, the river and the infrastructure. The aim is to make Twickenham more of a destination town on a day to day basis and then residents will benefit. A lot of people like the idea, but the town needs more foot traffic and frequency of use. We all know that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Steady usage makes all the difference.”

“We should have more events like High Tide festival last summer… it's not all just rugby.

Another new board member is Mike McAuley, General Manager at the Twickenham office of the digital platforms company, Liferay. Mike believes Discover Twickenham should be adding to and complementing existing initiatives as well as highlighting some of the fantastic places and spaces in Twickenham.

“We should have more events like High Tide festival last summer and lunchtime events for office workers so they find out a little more about Twickenham and its history – it's not all just rugby”.

“It’s vital we work together for the whole of Twickenham”

The Board’s new chair, Kevin Jones, (pictured), runs and owns Eel Pie Records in partnership with Phil Penman. “When taking this on only a few weeks ago, no one was talking about C-19. The short-term landscape for Twickenham businesses has changed fundamentally and our focus as Discover Twickenham needs to be firmly on what we can do to help all our businesses survive this existential threat. Now, more than ever, it’s vital we work together for the whole of Twickenham.”

Discover Twickenham BID is an independent, not-for-profit company that’s answerable to a board of directors.

Each director is a BID levy payer and business owner or manager in Twickenham.

They give their time for free and help oversee the delivery of local projects and initiatives outlined in a five-year business plan, all geared towards attracting business to Twickenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

Statement from leader of Mole Valley Council Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey says, “Thank you to everybody who stayed at home over the Easter weekend and helped to protect the NHS, frontline staff and our families.

“We have many incredible people across our district who generously offer their time to help those most in need. I fully appreciate that not everyone can offer their time to volunteer during this period and some residents have asked how they can help financially. The Surrey Matters Website provides useful advice on various funds set up to help relief efforts in Surrey.

“Staying continuously at home can prove very challenging, especially to survivors of domestic abuse. The refuge network in Surrey is working hard to keep women and their children safe and can be accessed through the Your Sanctuary helpline on 0808 2000 247.

“It’s worth mentioning that there is a lot of misinformation being shared about coronavirus. Fraudsters can make contact at the door, by phone, post or online. To make sure residents can always access correct and up to date information, Surrey County Council has created a web page with links to official information. It’s definitely worth visiting.

“We continue to support Mole Valley businesses and there are still about 500 business grants to claim.

"We have paid over 700 grants totalling £9.5 million to local businesses so far.

"A new Coronavirus Business Support Hub bringing together key information for businesses as well as information for self-employed people and sole traders is now available.

“Mole Valley Chamber is taking its popular networking breakfasts online and will answer any business-related questions on the 16th of April from 9.30am to 11am.

“Life is currently very different, but we haven’t stopped supporting the arts and young local talent. Our ever-popular Youth Showcase Awards will have its finale online in April and the date will be confirmed soon. We can't wait to celebrate the amazing achievements of over 100 young people who live or go to school in the district.

“Finally, I would like to confirm that we’re doing everything we can to keep bin collections running as normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some things that you can do to help us running the service smoothly.

“Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

A woman who died in a collision in North Cheam on the 7th of April has been named.

25-year-old Rachel Brown was riding her bike on the A24 between Tudor Avenue and Palmer avenue.

She was in a collision with two vehicles and died at the scene.

Any witnesses with dash-cam footage are asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

#LoveLocal Kingston voucher scheme launched to keep businesses in Kingston afloat

Founded by the couple who run the My Kingston App, #LoveLocal Kingston is a not-for-profit voucher platform where you can buy vouchers to support your favourite businesses in the borough during the coronavirus pandemic.

They say it's a simple concept; you can buy either a £25 or £50 gift voucher (valid for 18 months) for the business of your choice.

You receive a voucher by email and as soon as the money is processed, it is sent straight to the business to support them financially during this difficult time.

The pair say "Please take a look and if you're able to help support some fantastic local business(es) by buying a voucher, that would be amazing. It will also give you something to look forward to once things are back to normal!"

To get started, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Teddington’s much loved Landmark Arts Centre is facing closure.

The charity, which receives no core external funding, was planning to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

But it closed last month in line with Government rules on combating Covid-19 and is unsure if it can re-open.

Bosses say they have taken drastic steps to reduce outgoings by furloughing all but one staff member.

But they say that with no income being generated, it faces permanent closure by the end of May.

An appeal for donations has been launched and can be found by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Wimbledon may be off, but where does this leave the food and drink producers who supply the championships?

Over 30 tonnes of strawberries alone where delivered to the tournament by Hugh Lowe Farms in Kent last year.

Farm owner Marion Regan says the challenge now is to make sure this years crop doesn't go to waste.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Cargo flights at Heathrow have risen to five times their normal levels.

That’s as passenger numbers have plummeted, expected to fall 90% this month.

While it normally handles 47 cargo flights a week, it dealt with 38 in a single day last month.

However, the total amount of cargo has dropped by around a third, since most cargo is transported in the holds of passenger planes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Police have admitted a second wrongful conviction for lockdown laws, after a 21-year-old was arrested outside Tooting Leisure Centre

The Press Association challenged the action, saying the specific law only applied to “potentially infectious persons”.

Lukas Karuzel has also been fined £200 for possession of class B drugs and being equipped to steal.

The Met says “this is very new legislation” and the officers have been spoken to.

A second case is under review, that of a 15-year-old boy arrested in Kingston.

He’s also charged with possessing a bladed article, and the trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

All care home residents and social care staff in England with coronavirus symptoms will be tested, as capacity increases

The government's facing criticism for its handling of the sector.

Health minister Helen Whately says more than one thousand care workers have already been checked - and that will rise over the next few days.

Sir David Behan is chair of Britain's largest care home operator, HC-One, who have homes in Mitcham, Hounslow and Walton.

He’s been calling for increased checks for residents and workers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

The “town hall rich list 2020” is out today

Compiled annually by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, it looks at how much council staff are earning.

This year’s research found that Sutton has 11 senior staff all on over £100,000 per year.

While one undisclosed member of staff at Kingston Council is on over £260,000 a year.

The Alliance is calling for council tax to be frozen during the Covid-19 pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

Croydon nursery manager explains how new fund will help children of key workers

A new range of initiatives to help ensure key workers have uninterrupted access to childcare throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

Co-op Midcounties, which operates nurseries across England has kept a third of its nurseries fully operational and open for business.

It has announced that the nurseries within NHS Croydon University Hospital, Chinchilla Drive in Hounslow, Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich and South Oxhey nursey in Watford will benefit from the scheme.

The Society has also launched a new fund to help parents working for the NHS and in other critical roles pay nursery fees for the duration of the outbreak with an initial donation of £25,000 and are also asking parents, members and communities to support this fund instead through their own contributions.

In addition, it has paused fees for all children not currently attending its nurseries as a result of the pandemic and will be paying for nursery staff to travel to work by Uber to avoid using public transport.

Croydon hospital nursery manager Adaku Murambiwa tells Jackie's Luke Williams how the funding will help take the pressure off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Four teenage boys have been arrested in connection with an unprovoked attack on two men in Wimbledon Village.

The two victims, both in their 20s, were randomly attacked in High Street Mews in the early hours of Sunday March 8th.

One of the victims is still in hospital with a serious head injury.

The four boys, aged 15 and 16, have all been bailed and will return early next month pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 pm  

A graphics company in Richmond has created 9,000 full face visors for NHS and social care workers.

Data Reprographics is a 3D printing and graphics company that usually services the film, TV and theatre industry.

It’s working with the help of 500 volunteers.

They are appealing for help to purchase materials to make more masks due to the urgent need for PPE.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

Two hectares of grassland has been ablaze in Wimbledon.

The Fire Brigade was called to Windmill Road on Good Friday.

Officers are advising people not to try and put out grass fires themselves, as they can travel quickly and change direction without warning.

The most common causes of grass fires are discarded cigarettes and the reflections from glass bottles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

A hospital in Putney which cares for people with severe brain injuries is appealing for tablet devices for video-calls.

Visitors are no longer allowed at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability due to the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

Lifeboat crews in Chiswick are still working throughout the lockdown

Helmsman Andy Mayo says the Thames towpath is busy, “like a sunny bank holiday” every day of the week.

He says they’ve had to rescue those who walked over to islands at low tide, not realising the river is tidal.

The RNLI always use gloves and visors when handling casualties, but now use respirators and fully sealed suits.

Andy says that, “our enhanced procedures should ensure we can continue to help people in trouble by the river”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:56 pm  

Eamonn Holmes has tried to clear up comments he made about coronavirus and 5G after his TV show, This Morning, got hundreds of complaints.

Yesterday, the presenter from Weybridge suggested any link shouldn't be dismissed, but he's now said he agrees there's no evidence to blame the technology for the outbreak.

The media regulator's looking into his initial comments, after more than 400 people complained.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

A photographer from Teddington has posted pictures of Bushy Park and other landmarks on Facebook and Twitter.

70-year-old Sue Lindenberg is on total lockdown other than her early morning cycle ride to the park at 5.30am.

She has captured early morning pictures of the sunrises to share with people who cannot get out themselves.

The rest of the time she is a full time carer for her 94-year-old mother.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

A nurse from Hammersmith has died after self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms

Donald Suelto posted last month on Facebook that he, “can’t stay home, I’m an NHS nurse”.

The 51-year-old moved from the Philippines 20 years ago to work for the NHS.

His niece, Emelyne Robertson, told Nursing Times that, "my uncle is really a hero for all of us".

She says she hoped the news would remind people to stay at home, "because this is the reality of frontline nurses".

It’s not yet confirmed if Mr Suelto died from the virus as he hasn’t been tested.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust says “we are in touch with next of kin and are focusing on support for them and his colleagues”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

Surrey Police says "thank you Surrey for staying home and saving lives"

The force has issued the following message following the bank holiday weekend.

Surrey Police would like to thank the Surrey community who stayed home over the Easter bank holiday.

Looking back on the four day weekend, the number of crimes reported to Surrey Police over the four-day Easter weekend remained low as our communities overwhelmingly followed the government’s Covid-19 advice.

Of the incidents that were reported to us, we had to deploy a drone to break up a group of 30 people not observing social distancing in Walton-on-Thames on Friday.

This method of communicating without physically putting officers at additional risk by approaching them was effective and the group left without officers having to take further action.

If required, the drone will direct large groups of people congregating in outdoor spaces to leave the area by playing a pre-recorded message of

“Attention this a Police message. You are gathering in breach of government guidelines to stay at home in response to the coronavirus. You are putting lives at risk. Please disperse immediately and return home.”

The use of the drone makes it quicker to access groups of people while encouraging them to do the right thing.

The use of a drone has been used by Surrey Police and Sussex Police since the introduction of the new legislation.

On Friday, Surrey Police was called to Box Hill, a popular Surrey beauty spot, after receiving reports of a number of cyclists ignoring road closures and social distancing restrictions.

Officers intervened with riders cycling along the Zig Zag Road before re-establishing road closures. On Saturday officers responded to concerns about motorcyclists on the A24 and engaged with cyclists ignoring give way signs on the A24 at West Humble.

Surrey says in total, from all incidents reported to Surrey Police over Friday-Sunday, a very small number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), almost 90, had to be issued.

It was recognised that the majority of FPNs issued were given to people who aren’t residents of Surrey and have travelled into the County.

One group who had travelled from Chiswick stated that they were “just being cheeky” when questioned on why they had taken the unnecessary journey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

Be Richmond changes its logo from #liveworkexplore to #liveworkstayathome to encourage residents to stick to the rules

Be Richmond, or Richmond Business Improvement District, was set up to support businesses across Richmond.

But over the last few weeks, it has been changing the way it helps business owners in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

BID manager Ellen Storrar tells us how it is helping those most affected by the pandemic and also asks residents to stick to the Government's advice despite the beautiful weather and surroundings.

To find out more about Be Richmond, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Two sheds were destroyed late at night by a mysterious fire in North Sheen

The brigade was called on Sunday at 3am to Darell Road.

There were no reports of any injuries, but the cause has been recorded as “undetermined”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

Mike Smith from Trinity Homecare in Worcester Park calls for better recognition for care staff

Trinity Homecare is an award-winning home care provider with "a mission to enrich quality of life by providing heartfelt home care and support through life’s journeys."

Since 1996, Trinity says it has strengthened its team and broadened its services to offer homecare throughout Surrey, the home counties and across England.

Mike Smith tells Jackie's Luke Williams how the pandemic has brought the team together to keep society's most vulnerable out of hospital.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:

“No wholesaler has been asked to prioritise NHS provision over the care sector.

“As we face this global pandemic we are working around the clock to give the social care sector the equipment and support they need.

“We have provided 7.8 million pieces of PPE to over 26,000 care homes, including home care and hospices around the country. A further 34 million items of PPE were released last week across 38 local resilience forums, who are supporting providers of care homes, hospices, home care and primary care.”

To find out more about the work done by Trinity, click here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

Putney's Royal Hospital for Neurodisability tells Jackie News how it's weathering the Coronavirus storm

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in West Hill is a charity-funded hospital specialising in caring for adults with complex brain injuries.

The team says that although the "current pandemic is a scary time for all of us," its nurses, doctors and support staff continue to work hard day and night, caring for some of the most vulnerable patients in the UK.

Paul Allen is the hospital's chief executive.

He tells Jackie's Luke Williams how it is weathering the Coronavirus storm and how you can lend your support too.

To find out more about the RHN click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Leader of Surrey County Council tells us how the county is fighting back against Coronavirus

Tim Oliver has been speaking to Jackie's Luke Williams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Police are continuing to investigate after a pensioner was found dead in a pond in Wimbledon

The man in his 70s was discovered yesterday morning in Cannizaro Park

Emergency crews tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s believed they’ve found the man’s next of kin and have discovered his identity.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, but anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Charities in Wandsworth have until midday today to apply for funding from the council

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for the voluntary and community sector.

Organisations that support the vulnerable or self-isolating, or who need to adapt their services are eligible for the money.

It’s aimed at any charities that that can mobilise quickly and with an immediate start date.

You can apply here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Britain missed three chances to bulk-buy personal protective equipment from the EU, and hasn’t been at talks about future purchases

That’s according to The Guardian, who report that European doctors are nurses are preparing to receive £1.3bn worth of masks, gowns and gloves.

The EU is also reportedly establishing stockpiles within member states, the first being placed in Romania.

The Foreign Secretary declined to apologise during the Downing Street briefing, saying 16m pieces of equipment were rolled out over the bank holiday weekend.

It’s understood Whitehall only found out after three purchasing rounds that they had not received invitations.

The UK reportedly took part in a meeting on the 19th of March, allegedly after telling the European Commission that invitations were being sent to an outdated address.

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Ed Davey says the lack of PPE from the EU is “fast turning into a scandal”.

He says that “if the government had sorted it for themselves, they’d have an excuse, but they’ve failed in that too.”

The Department of Health says it's "working round the clock" to ensure a strong supply of PPE.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 am  

Monday, 13 April 2020

The body of a man in his 70s has been discovered in a pond in Wimbledon.

The Met Police say they were called at 19 minutes past 9 this morning to Cannizaro Park.

CPR was administered however the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say their enquiries continue but at this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police had to deploy a drone over the Easter bank holiday to break up a group of 30 people not observing social distancing in Walton.

The drone directed the large group of people congregating to leave the area by playing a pre-recorded message from the police.

However, Surrey Police are thanking everyone who stayed home and saved lives this weekend.

Over the past four days the number of crimes reported remained low as communities followed the government’s Covid-19 advice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police across South West London have been thanking the public for staying indoors over the bank holiday weekend

Police across South West London have been thanking the public for staying indoors over the bank holiday weekend.

Officers in Kingston and Wimbledon tweeted that the streets were largely empty, although Wimbledon officers had a word with two playing tennis.

The Tooting Town police team asked residents what they’d do when lockdown was over. Among the replies, hug my family, visit relatives,

One enthusiast said they’d make daisy chains and leap around the pub garden.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

There’s been a shake-up of health services in Chertsey after the NHS was handed extra wards and theatres by two private hospitals to deal with covid-19

Two private hospitals have handed all their wards and theatres to NHS patients at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals.

Paediatric, general and orthopaedic NHS surgery has relocated to BMI Runnymede.

And “End of life” services have been relocated to Nuffield Health Woking.

The new extra capacity at St Peter’s will allow further treatment of urgent COVID patients.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

A team of Metropolitan police volunteers have been pounding the streets of Teddington over the Easter weekend to warn of the dangers posed by fraudsters

A team of Metropolitan police volunteers have been pounding the streets of Teddington over the Easter weekend to warn of the dangers posed by fraudsters.

They delivered hundreds o copies of the Met’s “little Book of Phone Scams” intended to protect the vulnerable.

Police say criminals have begun exploiting the opportunities from Coronavirus to trick people out of their money.

The Met carried out a similar operation in Kingston last week and they say their team of specially-vetted volunteers observed all the rules about social distancing
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

The Mayor of Runnymede is making a direct appeal for donations to his charity fund

The Mayor of Runnymede is making a direct appeal for donations to his charity fund.

Parshotam Sohi says they need to purchase essentials for the vulnerable in large quantities, and quickly.

The council has recently secured a central facility from which they will distribute food to people forced to self-isolate, which may end up becoming a Surrey-wide hub.

However, he says there is “absolutely no thought of contributions” from anyone left in hardship because of the pandemic.

You can find details of how to donate on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.

Please contact Peter McKenzie, Assistant Chief Executive, Runnymede Borough Council, on 01932 425320 or at [email protected]

You can also make a direct BACS bank transfer using the following details:
Sort code: 30-99-80
Account: 02644464
Reference: COVID-19

Cheques made payable to The Mayor Of Runnymede's Annual Charity Account can also be posted to Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says the club and English football has lost a legend in Peter Bonetti

The goalkeeper has passed away aged 78, following a long illness.

Bonetti lifted multiple trophies during his 729 appearances for Chelsea.

He was also part of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad.

Lampard says it wasn't just his achievements on the pitch that made him stand out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

A cyclist is in a serious condition after a collision in Sunbury

It happened yesterday afternoon at the junction of Staines Road West and Windmill Road.

The car stopped at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Two teenagers have been charged with assaulting a police officer and breaching coronavirus rules on public gatherings

It follows an incident in a residential street in Brixton on Friday.

The 17 and 19-year-olds were remanded in custody and are due before magistrates in Croydon later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 am  

Nearly 2-hundred members of the armed forces are being loaned to NHS ambulance services during the coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Defence says personnel will be sent to work at five trusts across the UK.

Their new duties will include driving emergency vehicles, transporting patients, and taking calls from the public.

In London, 21 army medics will form 10 teams to transport patients who need to be moved between intensive care units.

Army engineers are also supporting the London Ambulance Service to maintain suction units used in ambulances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Surbiton cyclist Francis Cade raises thousands for NHS with sponsored indoor climb

While most of us are wondering how to fill the hours locked-down at home one cyclist from Surbiton is climbing the equivalent of two Mount Everests, all of it indoors.

Francis Cade is due to complete his 24 hour fundraiser using an exercise bike and the Zwift cycling app, which recreates the effort needed to conquer gruelling alpine gradients.

His family says Francis has already raised over £10,000 to help the NHS deal with coronavirus
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Midwives based at Kingston hospital have resumed offering home births

Midwives based at Kingston hospital have resumed offering home births to pregnant women after the service was briefly suspended, amid fears that mums-to-be couldn’t be taken to hospital if something went wrong.

The London Ambulance service say they’re now able to offer a timely response to medical emergencies that may happen in the community.

All women originally booked in for home births have been contacted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Kingston hospital is reported to have secured fresh supplies of disposable gowns this weekend after a memo, seen by journalists, warned on Thursday they were in danger of running out

Kingston hospital is reported to have secured fresh supplies of disposable gowns this weekend after a memo, seen by journalists, warned on Thursday they were in danger of running out.

NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts around the country says the situation regarding supplies of personal protection equipment is hand to mouth in many.

Some hospitals are reported to have done private deals with Chinese suppliers in order to protect their staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Police in Wimbledon have renewed their appeal for witnesses to an attack which left one man in hospital for a month

Police in Wimbledon have renewed their appeal for witnesses to an attack which left one man in hospital for a month.

It happened when two men in their 20s were randomly attacked in High Street Mews, Wimbledon village, in the early hours of March the 8th.

One of the victims is still being treated in hospital for serious head injuries.
A 16 year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent. He’s currently being detained in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

British transport police are hoping the public can help them identify a man who was killed when he fell in front of a tube train at Clapham North Station

British transport police are hoping the public can help them identify a man who was killed when he fell in front of a tube train at Clapham North Station.

Officers have carried out extensive inquiries since the Incident on April 7th, but still haven’t managed to identify the dead man or inform his family.

He was white with a short black beard, glasses and a black woolly hat.

He wore a blue jacket over a grey jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms and blue socks with white stars on them.
The incident is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

An investigation is underway into two separate fires overnight in Cobham

An investigation is underway into two separate fires overnight in Cobham.

In one, a property was damaged at Hunts Farm and stables in Bridge street

The other broke out at nearby Chippings Farm in Elveden Road.

Plumes of smoke could be seen by drivers travelling along the A3, and Surrey Fire and Rescue had to deploy a water carrier and a specialist wildfire unit to bring the two blazes under control.

Crews are still at the scene and experts are trying to establish the cause of the fires and whether they were linked.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

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