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Saturday, 30 May 2020

It seems our feline friends are multiplying like crazy across London this spring.

The RSPCA in Hounslow has reported a huge increase in the number of cats and kittens needing care and is currently looking after 44 of them.

The lockdown has meant it’s been harder for owners to neuter their pets and it’s feared more are arriving.

The charity has launched an emergency appeal for funding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 pm  

The resumption of council grass cutting is dividing opinion in Epsom and Ewell.

Radio Jackie's Emily Dexter explains why...

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 pm  

A man from Westminster has been jailed for firearms offenses.

Younes Serroukh, who’s 21, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Serroukh has previously been convicted of possessing firearms, ammunition, drugs and criminal property.

His home was raided in January by the MET who found a loaded weapon, cannabis and £30,000 in cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A group of architects from Teddington are finishing their 106,000 steps for Royal Surrey Hospital today.

Simon Merrony Architects have spent the month climbing the equivalent of the 30 tallest buildings in the world, going up and down their stairs.

They’re at Hampton Court Bridge today completing the last 6,600.

They have posters and collections tins, and are hoping to raise just over £200 to make it to £3,000 in total.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

A permanent rainbow crossing has been unveiled outside Battersea Arts Centre

It's one of the borough's busiest crossing points.

David Robson, from the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ forum, says "in the absence of Pride in London 2020, it will mean a lot to people".

There will be a formal opening ceremony next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

The first hospital dedicated to helping coronavirus patients dealing with long term effects of the illness has opened in Headley Court

Surrey's NHS Seacole Centre at Headley Court, a former rehab centre for injured soldiers, has received its first patients.

NHS officials say Covid-19 patients can be left with tracheostomy wounds from having a tube inserted in the windpipe or need heart, lung, or muscle therapy.

Other survivors of the virus may need psychological or social care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

The Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit are running ‘Operation Close Pass’ this weekend aiming to increase safety on our roads.

The operation hopes to deal with any offences of speeding and dangerous driving, and reduce the number of incidents involving cyclists, motorists, and horse riders.

Officers will be positioned at two locations during the weekend including the Box Hill area, as well as the A25 from Shere to Newlands Corner.

They will be equipped with video capability while cycling along the routes as a ‘spotter’, identifying any ‘close pass’ incidents and motoring offences breaching the road traffic act.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Kew Gardens is reopening on Monday.

However, for the first time in its history, it's only offering prebooked entry slots, even for members.

Buildings and structures will remain closed, including glasshouses, restaurants, and the Kew Explorer train.

People are also asked only people who live with them are brought as guests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

The British Transport Police have decided the death of a London railway worker was not linked to a spit attack

The British Transport Police have decided the death of a London railway worker was not linked to a spit attack

47-year-old Belly Mujinga was working at Victoria Station in March when she was spat on by a man who claimed to have coronavirus.

Miss Mujinga – who has underlying health conditions – died on the 5th of April.

The BTP decided the attack did not lead to her death and said no further action would be taken against the 57-year-old man interviewed by officers.

It’s understood the main suspect had a negative antibody test at the time of the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

A collaborative approach to reducing and preventing violence in Croydon will be at the heart of the borough’s new community safety strategy.

A strategic assessment published today analysed crime data over the last three years.

Tackling domestic abuse will be a key focus, after data showed the crime continued to be a key driver in other forms of violence within the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Tooting and Mitcham FC have closed their fundraiser, after raising over £10,000 for the club.

238 people gave between £5 and £500, while a sponsored run around the pitch raised nearly £2000.

The money will be used to keep the club afloat, and to continue renovations to the ground and buy new equipment.

Club chair Caroline McRoyall says they have been "overwhelmed with the generosity of our supporters".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday, 29 May 2020

Andy Murray will return to competitive tennis action on June the 23rd as part of a six-day tournament organised by his brother Jamie.

The 'Battle of the Brits' will see the Murrays join the likes of Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans at Roehampton.

The event will also raise a money for the NHS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A new drug is going to be tested on Covid-19 patients at Ashford and St Peters Hospital.

It’s a £1.5m trial of Leflunomide, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

A test in Wuhan found it helped people recover quicker.

The hospital’s Medical Director, Dr David Fluck, says the pandemic has put “immense pressure” on those looking for treatments, and he’s “immensely proud” of his team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager in Streatham eight months ago still hasn’t been found.

Detectives are renewing appeals after the 15-year-old was attacked near Streatham High Road in September last year.

The girl’s mother says “we are incredibly upset and cannot understand how someone would take advantage of a young girl with learning difficulties”.

If you have any information on this man please call police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A firefighter has come to the rescue in Carshalton . . . but not in the way you might have thought.

Ian Tobin was on hand to deliver a baby just 200 metres from the entrance to St Helier Hospital.

The firefighter was on secondment with London Ambulance Service when he answered a call to a woman in labour.

He was aiming to get his patient to Croydon University Hospital, but the little girl was born, safe and well, before he had the chance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

People across South-West London are being encouraged to camp in their gardens or living rooms tomorrow night to raise funds for the NHS

Clifford Pike started a virtual pub called the Lock Downers Arms for him and his friends, doing pub quizzes and treasure hunts.

They’re now holding an event called Tent Together, where at 6pm they’ll hold a pub quiz, and give the answers in the morning.

Greg, a patron of the Lock Downers Arms, says it’s not just a fundraiser, it’s also something fun to do:

You can find a link to the fundraiser here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 pm  

A man’s been attacked in Thornton Heath

Police were called to London Road just before 1am on Monday the 27th of April; details have only just been released.

A man claimed he was injured in the back with a small bladed weapon outside Fresh and Tasty food takeaway shop.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect then left the scene along Mayday Road.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

The number of fines for breaking lockdown rules has plunged since restrictions were eased.

Just over 1,000 fixed penalty notices were handed out in England since May the 12th and Monday.

The figure was almost 5,000 over the previous fortnight.

In total police in England and Wales have issued nearly 17,000 fines for alleged lockdown breaches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

St George’s University of London in Tooting is looking for more people to take part in a second Covid-19 vaccine trial

Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

The Leader of Richmond Council has met with the borough’s primary school headteachers.

Gareth Roberts wanted to ensure the correct measures are in place ahead of a scheduled re-opening on Monday.

The council says schools have been working to make sure they have everything in place for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

It says the borough’s primaries have its full support and is urging parents to familiarise themselves with new guidance issued by each one.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

A record number of people hired bicycles in London on Bank Holiday Monday

City-wide, nearly 67,000 Santander hire bikes were rented, with Wandsworth Common a hot spot.

According to City University, it was the highest number of bikes rented without there being a transport strike at the time.

Docking stations around Putney and Clapham have seen 10 times the usual demand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

The chief executive of Surrey Cricket has warned playing the game behind closed doors is not a viable long term solution for the sport

The ECB have suspended the domestic season until at least August but remain hopeful of starting later in the summer.

Richard Gould says having no fans in stadiums over a long period would be catastrophic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The FA Cup quarter-finals will be played next month - subject to government approval

Following the announcement that the Premier League will return on June the 17th, the Football Association has agreed that the last eight ties will take place over the last weekend of June.

Chelsea are due to face Leicester in their match.

The semis will be in July, with the final at Wembley on the 1st of August.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Gunnersbury Park is currently closed, after a fire at a café in the early hours of this morning

Half the ground floor and most of the roof has been damaged, but there are no reports of any injuries.

Crews cut through the roof to gain access and tackle the blaze.

It’s expected to be closed for the next two days.

It has an historic display area, and firefighters removed three horse-drawn carriages and two bicycles from the 18th century from the building.

Joint statement from Hounslow and Ealing Councils.

In the early hours of this morning (29 May 2020) eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a fire at the Gunnersbury Park Café on Popes Lane in Ealing.

Part of the ground floor and the roof of the café were alight and the fire was brought under control at about 4 30am There are no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The café has a historic display area, containing display items like horse-drawn carriages, and firefighters safely removed these from the building.
Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said:  “The fire engulfed the café overnight and it has been completely destroyed – this is very sad news and will be a significant blow to everyone who uses the park and for colleagues at both councils and the Gunnersbury CIC who have worked so hard to regenerate the park and the house. 
“I would like to thank London Fire Brigade for their hard work overnight to tackle the blaze and for retrieving two historic carriages. 
“We will work closely with the emergency services, Hounslow Council and the Gunnersbury Park CIC to investigate the cause of the fire.  We will be doing everything possible to get the park open as quickly as possible.
“We are thankful nobody was hurt.”
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:
“We were shocked and saddened to hear of the fire that took place at the Gunnersbury Park Café. Thankfully no one was hurt but the building, which only opened in 2018, has been destroyed.”
“Police and fire crews attended the fire at 1am, and have confirmed there are no injuries. They are still on the scene in order to make the site safe and to investigate the causes of the fire and we thank them for their hard work in managing the fire and site.
“The park is currently closed to visitors, with all gates locked. It is expected it will remain closed for at least 48 hours.
“We will be working closely with the emergency services and our partners at Gunnersbury Park and Ealing Council to ensure that the park is made safe and visitors can return to it as soon as possible.”

Local people are reminded that Gunnersbury Park is currently closed and the gates are locked. It will remain closed for 48 hours (as of 29 May 2020).
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

A suspected drunk driver has destroyed a traffic light in Cheam

It happened around 5am this morning on Malden Road, at the junction with Chatsworth Road.

The driver was found to be two times the legal alcohol limit, and has been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

The first Covid-19 rehabilitation centre in England has started taking patients

NHS Seacole Centre in Leatherhead is based at the former army rehab centre Headley Court.

It’s going to help with things like physio and speech and language therapy.

It's thought thousands of people who've survived coronavirus will need some psychological help too.

NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens reckons "most" of the 90-thousand coronavirus patients who've ended up in hospital will need some sort of aftercare - either physical or psychological.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

There are appeals to stop 10 medical couriers from being made redundant

The Doctors Laboratory is suing the IWGB union after they stepped in, and allegedly wrote intimidating letters to its couriers.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham, has written to the parent company saying “we must do everything in our power to keep them safe and protect their jobs”.

We’ve contacted TDL and Sonic Healthcare for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 am  

Three primary schools in Richmond are to receive “School Street” status by Monday

It’s after the Council used emergency powers to allow them to be introduced.

A School Street is where a road around a school temporarily closes to all vehicles except immediate road residents at start and finish times.

They ensure a safer space for children around their school, contribute to reduced pollution and encourage sustainable travel.

The Council was working with Twickenham Primary Academy, Orleans Primary and St Stephen’s Church of England.

The intended consultation with residents was put on hold during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Surrey County Cricket Club has announced a pre tax profit of £6.3 million for the financial year.

The club hopes the cash, a 42% boost in year on year turnover, will help it weather the Coronavirus storm.

The news follows an historic season that saw the final Ashes Test and five matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup hosted at the Oval.

As well as these matches, Surrey saw continued growth in Membership numbers, T20 Blast sales and events business.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 pm  

Earlier this evening the sound of clapping once again filled the streets, as people celebrated those working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Dutch born founder Annemarie Plas, has said after the tenth week of clapping, it would be a good time to become an annual event instead.

Ms Plas who lives in Streatham said it had been overwhelming and would be beautiful to end while people still felt positive about it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 pm  

There are appeals to stop 10 medical couriers from being made redundant.

The Doctors Laboratory is suing the IWGB union after they stepped in, and allegedly wrote intimidating letters to its couriers.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham, has written to the parent company saying “we must do everything in our power to keep them safe and protect their jobs”.

We’ve contacted TDL and Sonic Healthcare for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Vandals have set fire to a playground in Whitton.

They broke into Heathfield Recreation Ground on Sunday setting safety flooring, two climbing posts and play ropes alight.

Richmond Council is working with the Police to identify those responsible and replace the burnt equipment.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Police on the non-emergency line: 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A convict who sold an unlicensed "cancer cure" has been arrested after five months on the run.

67-year-old David Noakes was released from HMP Wandsworth last year and complained about "bad food" and "hard beds" when he was released.

He’d served just a third of his sentence and went missing after failing to report to Bournemouth Police.

He now faces being extradited to France.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The UK's signed a statement with three other countries, including the US, criticising China for passing a new security law for Hong Kong

Beijing insists it's to crack down on terrorism and treason.

But it would mean the Chinese could set up intelligence bases across the territory.

Foreign secretary, and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab says he's deeply troubled.

Mr Raab says the UK will give greater visa rights to British national overseas passport holders from Hong Kong if the new laws are enacted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has welcomed the roll out of The Government’s Test and Trace programme in Surrey from today.

The county is the only region in the South East where the contact tracing system will be tested, as part of the launch in 11 local authority areas.

The PCC said: “I am proud that residents in Surrey will play a key role in the tracing of Covid-19 both locally and nationally, as part of the gradual but tangible journey to a new normal for everyone. This will enable our communities to feel safer and more confident as the data allows for a more nuanced approach to the virus.

“Until then, it is essential that residents and visitors in Surrey continue to take the necessary steps to protect us all – by maintaining social distancing, avoiding mixing with other households and thinking carefully before travelling to beauty spots or other areas that may be busy.”

Under the new system, anyone with symptoms will be asked to take a coronavirus test. If positive, one of up to 25,000 new NHS contact tracers will contact individuals to help map the potential spread of the virus. The Government may then be able to focus more localised restrictions in areas where there is greatest risk.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum, that includes Surrey Police and the Office of the PCC, will be supporting the new system as part of the response to Covid-19 across the county.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

The home secretary's being urged to rethink the plan to quarantine travellers for two weeks when they arrive in the UK

40 MPs are putting pressure on the government, including former Transport Secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling.

They say the scheme is "unworkable, ill thought out, and damaging."

80 business leaders are also writing to Priti Patel, asking her to “switch the emphasis from economic protection to recovery.”

It’s due to start on June the 8th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

A street in Twickenham could be named the most friendly in the UK

Cedar Avenue has made the shortlist of In Good Company’s national competition, due to their “fantastic spirit.”

It has its own Facebook and Whatsapp groups so neighbours can talk to each other, and arrange gatherings and swaps.

Emma Sharp has been living there for 20 years, and has this to say about the idea that northerners are friendlier than southerners.

Voting ends on Sunday, you can find a link here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A fire broke out on a bus in Banstead High Street

Crews were called yesterday afternoon, but it was out when they got there.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Tenants could be evicted without help from a duty solicitor, under plans by Brentford County Court

The Law Gazette reports that the court’s consulting on plans to resume housing possession cases next month.

It’s considering hearings through phone or Skype, after a 90 day pause.

However, it notes that “there will almost certainly be no ‘duty solicitor’ scheme in operation”

Defendants will be “more strongly” encouraged to take early legal aid assistance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A judge has ruled that Sally Challen is allowed to inherit her husband’s estate
The 65-year-old from Claygate was jailed for life in 2011 after she was found guilty of murdering 61-year-old Richard.
She was freed after her conviction was quashed last year and prosecutors later accepted her manslaughter plea.
The judge said a rule barring people who kill from inheriting their victim's estate should be waived in Mrs Challen's case.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

A councillor has been appointed Richmond’s newest “champion” to support residents with dementia
Roger Crouch, a ward Councillor for Twickenham Riverside, has been given the Dementia Champion role.
He’ll be in charge of heading up activities and events aimed at raising awareness of the disease.
Last week would have been National Dementia Week, however, due to the Pandemic, this will now take place later in the year.
There are around 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Hounslow Council has ordered more than 100 non-essential businesses to shut down during lockdown

Its enforcement team has also responded to over 50 complaints about companies failing to comply with social distancing measures.
A further 300 incidents have been reported by the public about breaches of social distancing rules in open spaces. 
The authority is advising people to continue to report incidents via the Government’s dedicated business complaint website. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Private landlords in Richmond are being encouraged to show understanding to tenants suffering financial hardship

The council is urging them to take note of the Coronavirus Act which came into effect in March.
It relates to a range of matters including new provisions to ensure no-one with a tenancy loses their home because of the pandemic.
The authority wants landlords to take an understanding approach to tenants who may be struggling through no fault of their own.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Former Fulham star Pavel Pogrebnyak is in hospital with double pneumonia, after contracting coronavirus

Former Fulham star Pavel Pogrebnyak is in hospital with double pneumonia, after contracting coronavirus.

His wife, Maria, revealed she also has the disease, writing on Instagram that it’s an “awful feeling”.

The Russian striker scored five goals in his first three games, making him the fastest to five in the league’s history.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Border force officers at Heathrow airport have been giving details of a huge seizure of class-A drugs

Border force officers at Heathrow airport have been giving details of a huge seizure of class-A drugs. 

Heroin with a street-value of £8.5 million was impounded last Thursday.

It was hidden in the walls of 630 cases of imported fruit and nuts and discovered in a joint operation between the Border Force and the National Crime Agency. 

Three men arrested in Bradford and Birmingham after the find, have now been released under investigation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 pm  

Rocket power has arrived in Richmond in response to a creative competition.


Over 100 children were inspired to enter after hearing astronaut Helen Sharman’s account about dealing with isolation in space.

She invited the children to create their own rockets using recycled and waste materials.

Rockets ranged from replicas of Helen’s own vessel to interpretations of how the young people would like to travel into space.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A former executive of New York City Transit Authority has been appointed as London's new Transport Commissioner.

Andy Byford’s role in New York involved devising a $40bn five-year investment plan to renew the city’s transport system.

He will join TfL on 29th June, with the current Commissioner, Mike Brown, staying on until 10th July to hand over.

Byford will take up the post as TfL works to help the capital recover from the Covid-19 and support a safe and sustainable re-start.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A ticket inspector on Croydon Tramlink is one of the latest transport workers to die from Covid-19.

64 year old John Evans had worked for the team for more than 20 years.

He suffered from the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which put him in a vulnerable group.

His funeral on Tuesday passed by the Tramlink depot so colleagues could pay their respects. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The Duchess of Cornwall has joined Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ryan Reynolds for a retelling of a Roald Dahl Classic book.

James And The Giant Peach has been voiced from start to finish in 10 instalments for families in lockdown.

Camilla plays the ship's captain in one of the episodes, alongside Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong'o and Frozen star Josh Gad.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

A warning is going out to Surrey’s residents from their top police officer.

It’s after officers released details about overcrowding at some of the county’s beauty spots over the bank holiday weekend.

Surrey’s Crime Commissioner is urging people to stick to social distancing after he witnessed examples of rules being flouted.

David Munro says he was worried about the amount of people congregating at Frensham Pond and Common.

Mr Munro says its vital beauty spots and other open spaces are not flooded with people and cars are left at home where possible as parking can be difficult.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

John Lewis Kingston will be one of the first of the chain’s stores to re-open on June the 15th.

Shops in Poole in Dorset  and Cambridge will also be among the first to accept customers again  before 11 others three days later.

Social distancing measures will be in place, and fitting rooms and cafes will remain shut.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

An “real life Mary Poppins” from Fulham has been nominated as one of the many lockdown heroes.

Actress Danni Darvill started by organising a weekly pub quiz for her street.

She then followed up with dance lessons for children and adults ending up with quizzes for the children too.

Her weekly “Social  Quiztancing “  has attracted many participants including a surprise visit by ex-England rugby star Matt Dawson.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

A group who carried out armed robberies across the South-East have been sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison.

Their attacks included a violent robbery of a taxi driver in Egham in 2018.

The four men also targeted betting shops and corner shops late at night, threatening staff with a knife or axe.

Two of them claimed to be habitual drug users.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Wimbledon Bookfest is fundraising to try and ensure its survival.

The charity is hoping to put the event on in some form later this year, and continue its education projects and writing competitions. 

It's looking to raise £25,000 to cover its overheads and running costs. 

You can find a link to their fundraiser here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

A mum of three from Kingston is celebrating our NHS heroes by creating 30 portraits in 30 days

Lamyae Bennani has already completed 26 pieces of art, signed and framed them, raising over £600 for charity.

She has drawn nurses, midwives, paramedics and more all while home-schooling.

You can view more of the artwork here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 am  

Croydon’s work to support vulnerable residents through the Covid-19 crisis has been given a cash boost

More than 70 voluntary and community groups applied for grants of up to £10,000 to strengthen their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two charities to benefit are the Cassandra Centre and Advice Support Knowledge Information.

They teamed up to deliver hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people, starting out with just 30, they now deliver more than 100 a week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 am  

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

People are being asked to “consider the implications to wildlife, people and their pets” of out-of-season fishing in the Thames

Runnymede Police say they've received complaints about fishing and littering around the river and its backwaters.

A swan was found with a fish hook stuck in its bill, and a goose had a hook in its leg.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

The FA has taken the decision to cancel the Women’s Super League and championship with immediate effect

Officials say decisions on whether tables will be voided, or teams will have their positions determined using a Points Per Game formulation have yet to be taken.

Manchester City Women are one point ahead of Chelsea at the top of the WSL but have played a game more.

Should the FA decide to determine the league using PPG, Chelsea would leapfrog Manchester City and be awarded the title.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Britain's largest rail franchise says its trains and stations are being treated with powerful chemicals to stop the spread of Covid-19

Govia Thameslink Railway is using a disinfectant which it claims will kill coronavirus on surfaces for up to thirty days.

It's promising to apply the product every three weeks.

The company operates Southern and Thameslink.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 pm  

Hounslow Council says it fully supports a new trading standards campaign launched by London Councils

The four week campaign will focus on different elements of trading standards issues each week.

All the issues will be closely connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They include email scams, counterfeit PPE equipment and cancelled travel plans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 pm  

Genetic manipulation could be the key to saving hundreds of millions of ash trees from a devastating insect attack

The Emerald Ash Borer burrows into the stems of the trees.

However, researchers at Kew Gardens and Queen Mary’s College London have found some trees, with certain genes, kill the beetle.

The study, in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests it could “inform breeding for EAB resistance.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

Pavements are to get wider and cycle paths are to be created across Surrey

The government has given councils temporary emergency measures during the pandemic to help people socially distance.

The County Council is now working to identify locations that would help people get out and about as the lockdown is lifted.

That includes town centres and shopping areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

RNLI lifeboat crews had their busiest weekend of the year, with two people dying in separate incidents in Cornwall yesterday

The charity’s Chief Executive Mark Dowie has written an open letter asking for people to help it “strike a balance.”

The charity had already warned that there would be no lifeguards on patrol over the bank holiday weekend.

Tower and Chiswick lifeboat stations remain the busiest in the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

"Sutton's Tory MPs must call for Cummings to go" say the borough's Lib Dem councillors.

Sutton's Lib Dem councillors have sent an open letter to the borough's two Conservative MPs, Paul Scully and Elliot Colburn regarding the PM's adviser Dominic Cummings.

Over 20 Tory MPs nationwide have so far called for Mr Cummings to resign following yesterday's news conference at Downing Street surrounding his trip to Durham.

The Lib Dems claim both Paul Scully and Elliot Colburn have "refused" to support the calls; we've asked them both for a statement.

The Lib Dems' letter reads:

"Dear Paul Scully & Elliot Colburn,

Residents across Sutton have made incredible sacrifices to slow coronavirus spreading. We hope you will empathise with how angry people are about reports that the Prime Minister’s Senior Adviser, Dominic Cummings, has willfully disregarded the lockdown rules that many Sutton residents have obeyed.

It cannot be one rule for those in government, and one rule for everyone else.

Given the national crisis, every minute Boris Johnson allows this scandal to drag on is another minute the Conservatives are unable to give people clear, honest answers about why testing capacity is so low, why there is a lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, and why so many people are dying in care homes.

We therefore urge you to put the interests of Sutton residents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Conservative MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go.

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Sutton Council Lib Dem Group."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

The London Wetland Centre in Barnes turns 20 today.

It was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2000, who called it “London’s extra lung”.

It now boasts 2,399 wildlife species.

Animals such as the water vole were once extinct in the UK, but can now be found in the park.

Kevin Peberdy, Chief Operating Officer, says it demonstrates “how quickly wildlife can bounce back when given the chance”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 pm  

Efforts to remove squatters from a derelict building in Twickenham, which is earmarked for vital affordable housing, will begin shortly

The Mereway Centre in Mereway Road, which is dilapidated and full of asbestos, closed 13 years ago.

Squatters have gained access to the building and are asking to stay, claiming the council is going to turn the site into “luxury housing.”

Richmond has rebuked this, saying it will eventually provide around 20 homes, suitable for social rent and low-cost homeownership.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Supercar maker McLaren is cutting a quarter of its workforce.

Around 1,200 jobs are going across the group.

The losses are the latest announced in the sector that's struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It's apparently also preparing to borrow up to £275-million against the value of its classic car collection and headquarters in Woking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Motorists are warned to be extra cautious after the theft of a catalytic converter in Norbiton last week

It’s believed an unknown suspect stole it between 10pm on Thursday the 21st May and 7am on Friday the 22nd May.

The catalytic converter was taken from a parked Toyota Car with 2017 plates, on Cambridge Grove Road.

If you have any information or possible CCTV footage of this incident, you should contact the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

A junior minister's resigned over the government's response to Dominic Cummings' 260-mile lockdown trip

Douglas Ross says he cannot in good faith tell those who've been sticking to the rules that the Prime Minister's top adviser had acted appropriately.

A Number 10 spokesperson insists the PM 'regrets' Mr Ross's resignation.

Opposition leaders are meeting this morning to discuss public health messaging as the row over Mr Cummings' position continues.

Sir Ed Davey, who's acting Liberal Democrat leader and Kingston MP, says he's worried about what the knock-on effect will be.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

People in Teddington were evacuated from their homes after a suspected WW2 bomb was found in a garden

Police were called to Kingston Lane at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

Police later confirmed that while the item looked like a bomb, it wasn't a bomb.

People were let back into their homes by 5pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

A charity has rescued 25 stray dogs from Greece, with a special cargo flight to Heathrow

Travel has been relaxed only slightly, but Wild At Heart Foundation teamed up with companies including British Airways for the mission.

The charity says the night will be "etched in our minds forever".

The World Health Organisation estimates there are 600m stray dogs in the world, who battle disease, mistreatment and starvation every day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

The NHS wants more blood donors to come forward to support potentially life-saving trials

It's particularly looking for men aged over 35 - who have recently recovered from Covid-19 after being treated in hospital.

Consultant haematologist Professor Mike Murphy says convalescent plasma is what they're looking for from them.

People can give blood at the centre in Tooting, next to St George’s Hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade are sharing their barbecue safety tips after a fire in Richmond Park last week

Investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by a smouldering disposal barbecue bag being carried by the wind.

The Brigade are telling people to position the BBQ on level ground, and not to use them on flat roofs or balconies.

They’re also saying to be pet-aware, as animals love to snaffle sausages and can cause accidents getting under your feet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Monday, 25 May 2020

A teenage murderer has been found dead in his cell, four years after killing a fisherman in Walton.

19-year-old Lenny Crawt killed 48-year-old Scott Wilkinson on Donkey Island, and was jailed for life.

Crawt’s body was found during routine checks on the 16th of May.

His death is being treated as non-suspicious, but a spokesperson told The Sun that there will be an independent investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Parking charges in Kingston are to resume from tomorrow

It comes as the roads have been getting busier since the easing of the lockdown almost a fortnight ago.

They have been suspended since March 25th because of the pandemic but will now resume as normal.

Free Key Worker permits and those for approved volunteers will still be valid until the end of June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Richmond Council are reminding residents that waste and recycling collections will be made one day later than normal due to the bank holiday today.

You can find out your revised collection day on the Richmond Council website, click here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 pm  

The Hampton born Queen guitarist Brian May says he came "very close to death" after suffering a heart attack

The 72-year-old says doctors found three blocked arteries as he was treated for other injuries.

Speaking in a video on Instagram, he says he thought he was a, "healthy guy on a good diet."

Brian has praised his doctors and says he'll never take anything for granted ever again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 pm  

A man’s appearing at Croydon Magistrate’s Court today charged over drugs offenses and money laundering

Amir Shkrela, who’s 27, from East London was arrested on Saturday night and found in possession of 3 kilos of cocaine, 200-thousand pounds and a fake ID.

The arrest was made as part of a joint operation between the National Crime Agency and the MET Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

More than 70 TfL workers honoured the funeral procession of a ticket inspector for the Croydon Tramlink

64-year-old John Evans had worked on the trams for 21 years.

He's one of 43 transport workers in London to have died with coronavirus.

Jackie Townsend, head of Tram Operations Ltd, told The Standard he was a "brilliant, hard working" person and "will be missed by all of us."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Two men have been charged with drug dealing, after being found in a car with eight kilos of cannabis in Kingston

On Saturday morning, police chased a car that had failed to stop.

The driver is also charged with driving without insurance.

They’re appearing in court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm  

Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney, says she’s received a “vast amount of emails” regarding Dominic Cummings

She’s written to the Prime Minister, saying “without exception, my constituents are furious about what they’ve heard”.

Fleur Anderson, the Labour MP for Putney, says she’s had a “flood of emails” about Dominic Cummings.

Speaking on Twitter, she says people are “very angry”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A registered terrorist with a history of mental health problems is back in prison

25-year-old Trevor Mulindwa, originally from Mitcham, was found to be owning a moped and mobile phone without telling police

He’s obliged to tell the authorities if he buys a vehicle, and he’s not allowed to own an internet-enabled phone.

He’ll serve eight weeks in jail.

Mulindwa was originally jailed in 2015 for intending to go to Somalia to join a terrorist organisation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

A little unwelcome normality is returning to South-West London this week

Councils across the capital will start enforcing on-street parking again, after relaxing the rules during the lockdown.

Free parking for NHS staff, carers and volunteers will still be in place in many boroughs though.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

It’s been confirmed that new walking and cycle routes in Kingston town centre will soon be extended to other parts of the borough

The new zones are part of Kingston Council’s response to the gradual lifting of lockdown measures.

With more people out and about the council says they still need to be kept apart.

That’s why over the weekend extra space was given over for pedestrians and cyclists in Clarence Street, Wheatfield Way and on Kingston Bridge.

These are especially busy areas, and officials are now looking for suggestions from residents, commuters and shoppers about where else new barriers, cones and sineage could be installed.

The council is hoping the new measures will encourage more people to walk or cycle short distances rather than risking infection by packing onto public transport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Sir David Attenborough says the coronavirus pandemic has swept the problem of climate change from newspapers' front pages

The broadcaster and naturalist from Richmond says the outbreak has made the issue feel as if it's in the distant future.

Speaking on the So Hot Right Now podcast, he praised the 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg for galvanising young people - saying she's "extremely well informed".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Over 100 laptops and tablets have been donated to families in Wandsworth by Battersea Power Station.

Battersea mum, Michelle, received one, and says “home schooling has been incredibly challenging” without one.

She says her children are now in a “much stronger position” to increase the pace of their learning.

The charitable arm of the power station is still appealing for devices and technical expertise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

A 1960s football pitch in Tooting is to get a 21st century upgrade.

The artificial pitch is situated at Tooting Triangle.

The existing buildings will also be revamped to offer better changing rooms, new showers, a café and outdoor play area.

A key element of the revamp will see part of the refurbished building given over for use by The Balham Amateur Boxing Club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 pm  

Sutton Council is launching new plans to make walking and cycling safer at nine key locations during lockdown.

They will help ensure social distancing and improve air quality in advance of more business premises opening in a few weeks.

The plans include pavement widening in Sutton Town Centre and at entrances to parks.

Some parking bays will also be suspended to widen footpaths and reduce road space.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

Private landlords in Wandsworth are being encouraged to show understanding to tenants during the current pandemic.

The council says they need to pay attention to the Coronavirus Act which came into force in March.

It focuses on a wide range of matters including new provisions to ensure no-one with a tenancy loses their home due to the virus.

The authority says although it understands these are hard times for landlords, many tenants are struggling through no fault of their own.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More Coronavirus testing is taking place in Wandsworth today and tomorrow.

The mobile unit is set up at the town hall.

Tests will only show if you currently have the virus, not if you’ve had it in the past.

People are being warned they can’t turn up without an appointment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

300 unpaid carers in Surrey are to receive one-to-one “awareness sessions” to support them through the pandemic

300 unpaid carers in Surrey are to receive one-to-one “awareness sessions” to support them through the pandemic.

The County Council has teamed up with the NHS to help carers create a hygienically safer environment through the pandemic.

Jo Cameron, from the Community Practitioner Alliance, says many carers are "feeling extremely isolated" and "unsure" how to minimise the risk of infection.

Carers can request a referral through a health or social care professional.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

An investigation is underway into a big fire at a row of terraced houses in Tooting

An investigation is underway into a big fire at a row of terraced houses in Tooting.

No one was injured, but at one point sixtty fire fighters with eight engines were talking the blaze on Cowick Road.

The first floor and roof of two properties were destroyed by the fire yesterday afternoon
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington is marking its 25th anniversary tomorrow with a special fundraiser

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington is marking its 25th anniversary tomorrow with a special fundraiser.

St Albans Church was saved from ruin in 1995 follow a campaign by residents, that saw it become a community centre.

The Centre is asking people to do challenge themselves in a way connected to the arts and the numbers 2 and 5.

For more details click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Efforts to revive the fortunes of a disused theatre in Streatham Hill have received a boost

Efforts to revive the fortunes of a disused theatre in Streatham Hill have received a boost.

Once described as one of London’s lavish sleeping beauties, the Streatham Hill Theatre opened in 1929 and closed in 2017, since when it’s been at risk of demolition.

Now £6,000 has been raised by two groups, the Theatres Trust and the Friends of Streatham Hil, to look into returning the building to community use.

It’s one of several theatres designed by the architect William George Sprague whose other work includes the Ambassadors, the Aldwych and th Geilgud Theatres, all in the West End.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

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