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Saturday 6 June 2020

A woman in Elmbridge has managed to stop an attempted robbery.

A man tried to steal her jewellery as she sat in her car on Weston Green Road at around 5pm on Thursday afternoon, but she managed to prevent it from happening.

Officers from Elmbridge’s Neighbourhood are now trying to find the suspect: a white male in his mid-30s, who’s 5 foot 10 with a stocky build.

He was wearing dark, loose clothing, a black beanie hat and cream gloves and is believed to have been travelling in a small black car.

Police are asking anyone who may have any information of dashcam footage to call them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A significant amount of cannabis and cash has been seized from a property in Weybridge.

Two men, aged 18 and 21, were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug, after police raided a house in West Palace Gardens.

The men have since been released but remain under investigation.

Elmbridge Police have thanked locals for their support in trying to disrupt drug related activity and asked for people to report incidents of drug-related crime by calling 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 pm  

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says being crowned domestic champions capped off a fantastic season for women's football.

They took the WSL title on a points-per-game basis, overtaking Manchester City - who were top of the table when Covid-19 stopped all action in March.

Hayes says there was no easy way to decide how the campaign should be concluded.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:49 pm  

A 16- year- old student from Putney has launched an initiative to connect young people with elderly people.

“Community Senior Letters” is the brainchild of Nina Anderson.

The letters and drawings exchanged between students and care home residents aim to encourage friendship and empathy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

People in Croydon are being urged to remember social distancing.

It’s after the borough’s Director of Public Health expressed concerns some residents weren’t doing it last weekend.

Rachel Flowers says that although lock-down is easing, the situation is still very dangerous.

She’s calling for a renewed push on public hand washing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

There are plans for a "festival of rugby" this autumn, with a final at Twickenham.

Upcoming rugby union fixtures in November are in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the RFU are looking into proposals for an eight-team competition involving South Africa and Japan alongside the six-nations sides.

Chief executive Bill Sweeney feels it would be a nice way for the sport to resume.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

A new podcast has been launched by a Gladiators superfan from Epsom alongside one of the stars of the hit TV 90s show.

The GladPod is the brainchild of former Glyn School pupil David Blackmore and Gladiator Jet, whose real name is Diane Youdale.

The Saturday night show where contestants pitted their strength and speed against the Gladiators pulled in 14 million viewers at its peak.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

People are being told not to pick up baby deer in the Royal Parks

The Metropolitan Police have received reports of people attending the fawns, believing they’re abandoned.

However, the mothers often leave them alone while they go to graze.

People visiting Richmond and Bushy Parks are being reminded that deer are wild animals, and may attack to defend their young.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Free face coverings are being provided to travellers using public transport in London

From Monday, volunteers from TfL and the Greater London Authority will be distributing more than a million of them at tube and bus stations.

It comes after the government decided to make wearing face coverings on public transport in England compulsory from 15th June.

The face coverings will be available at stations including Seven Sisters, Brixton, Stratford, Baker Street and Paddington.

It’s thought 30-50% of customers on public transport already wear face coverings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

A mother from Surrey has been using Lego to teach her children about social distancing

Cat Cook who has a seven-year-old with severe respiratory problems, and a four-year-old daughter have been in a “safe little bubble” since lockdown.

She created Lego scenes inspired by discussions with her children about social distancing.

Among the images created are a child and a dog inside a glass jar looking out at an elderly person, and two people sat on separate benches.

Ms Cook says it’s “a gentle way” to help them understand what the “new norm” looks like.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

A man from Thames Ditton who spent nine weeks in hospital with coronavirus has opened up about his experiences

Michael Samson spent 45 days in a coma at Kingston Hospital, and afterwards went through mobility treatment to regain the ability to walk.

He’s thanking staff “from the bottom of my heart”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

ACS International schools in Cobham and Egham have raised £5000 to fund food packages for vulnerable children during the pandemic

It’s after they partnered with the Magic Breakfast programme which provides healthy breakfasts to disadvantaged children.

Over 7,000 breakfasts have been delivered so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to review evidence in the death of a London railway worker
The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to review evidence in the death of a London railway worker after receiving “wider public interest”.

Belly Mujinga was reportedly spat at by man claiming to have coronavirus in Victoria station in March and died of coronavirus a few weeks later.

The British Transport Police had said there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution, while the man in question also gave a negative antibody test.

More than a million people have signed a petition in support of Ms Mujinga.

The public reaction comes amid anger over the death of George Floyd in the US.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

This weekend sees the launch of the UK’s Big Virtual Lunch to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch week

Residents in Richmond are being urged to join in from their doorsteps with picnics.

The council says residents playing an active role in the community safety has created a “silver lining” to the Covid-19 cloud.

People can also sign up to “OWL” which provides safety information for neighbourhoods online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 5 June 2020

A former cocaine addict from Chessington is launching a new type of rehab, based around regular contact with a support worker

Zoe Corcoran and Kyle Wesley developed the scheme to improve upon the aftercare offered by some clinics.

Clients speak to a support worker every day, while being taught basics and life skills to get themselves back on track.

Kyle says the only thing that shocks him is when clients think they can “pull the wool over his eyes”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 pm  

Some of the capital’s biggest known drugs offenders are behind bars thanks to the work of a team dedicated to tackling the crime

The Drugs Focus Desk has helped ensure more dealers are charged and sentenced for supply, rather than simple drugs possession.

It was set up in West Area Basic Command Unit, which covers areas including Hounslow and Brentford, in November 2019.

Drug activity is known to be a key driver of violence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm  

Walton Casuals FC are going to do a sponsored walk, with half the funds going to the NHS

Alongside their teams, the community club also runs an academy, giving pupils a chance to earn qualifications in sports and coaching.

Their chairman is Tony Gale, who put in 277 appearances for Fulham in the 70s and 80s.

He says that the pandemic is making life difficult for a lot of non-league clubs:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 pm  

Five short plays focussing on life in lock-down will be streamed online tonight.

New writing director of Putney theatre Rebecca Marangos, and production company Gaunt&Son are the brains behind the project.

Amateur writers, professional actors and directors have been working together in aid of “Acting for Others.”

The charity provides emotional and financial support for artists during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

A former cocaine addict from Chessington is pioneering a rehab treatment based on her own recovery

Zoe Corcoran says it’s based around contact every day with a support worker.

The first 28 days involve being stripped back to basics, being taught basics such as money management, before moving onto life skills and routines.

Zoe says there can be a lack of aftercare from rehab, which can be damaging to people’s recovery:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Five short plays focussing on life in lock-down will be streamed online tonight

New writing director of Putney theatre Rebecca Marangos, and production company Gaunt&Son are the brains behind the project.

Amateur writers, professional actors and directors have been working together in aid of “Acting for Others.”

The charity provides emotional and financial support for artists during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Joe Marler has signed a contract extension with rugby union Premiership side Harlequins.

The England international, has made over 200 appearances for the club since his debut in 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

Heathrow is challenging the cost of its current business rates as less people are flying at the moment

That’s according to a review by Altus group.

“The No Third Runway” coalition is arguing that rates are based on the property rental value and size and not on current income.

The £113 million rates are normally split between Hillingdon Council, the GLA and central government.

Loss of income to the council would be over £16 million which goes towards community projects.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

A man from Fulham who is accused of a bomb hoax outside Downing Street is being hunted

57-year-old Toby Champeney failed to show up to court.

Magistrate Nicholas Tarry says, "we are very concerned that he has become uncontactable" and issued a warrant for his arrest.

The court previously heard he wanted to "provoke a reaction" with the stunt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond has thanked several local charities in the Commons

He praised groups including Wimbledon Foodbank and Dons Local Action Group.

Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Minister, he asked for more funding for the Arts:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A woman has been rescued from a house fire in Tooting

The blaze broke out in a mid-terraced property in Topsham Road last night.

Meanwhile, around three tonnes of domestic waste has caught fire at a building site in Mitcham.

There were no reports of any injuries following the incident at around 5am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

Travellers have left a site in Ham for the second time

The unauthorised camp returned on the 31st of May, ten days after they originally left Riverside Pitches.

Richmond Council, parks security, bailiffs and the Police visited the group yesterday to move them on.

Rubbish including wood, branches and grass cuttings was cleaned up by the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

The owner of Heathrow-based British Airways says it's considering legal action against the government's quarantine plans

People arriving in the UK will soon have to self-isolate for two weeks.

The chief executive of IAG, Willie Walsh, says he's reviewing the situation with lawyers.

He's also defended planned job cuts after the company was accused of acting like "industrial thugs".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A new discretionary business “Top Up” scheme has been launched by Richmond Council

Small businesses who fell outside the parameters for the Government Covid support grants or extended business rates relief can apply.

However, the council is warning there may not be enough money to go round for thousands of applicants.

Small businesses can check eligibility for grants for the next 10 working days via the council website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Kingston University has apologised, after they “failed to reaffirm” they stand with black people

On Tuesday, they posted a message on Instagram saying “everyone’s different, thankfully”.

It attracted criticism for being “vague” and “the bare minimum and performative”.

Their new message says “we need to do better” and they will “continue to work to address disadvantage and prejudice”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Kingston Council has joined the world-wide condemnation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

It has reiterated its pride in the diversity within the borough and says it stands in solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” campaign.

The council says it is working with equality groups to promote inclusion and understanding amongst all members of the community.

It has also addressed concerns over the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Kew Gardens re-opened this week much to the delight of South West Londoners

The site was closed for over 70 days, with many staff furloughed.

But Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Richard Deverell, says the Coronavirus has proved strangely positive in one particular way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

Kingston Council has been invited by the Government to become a “flagship authority” in ending homelessness

The authority is one of a number of councils to receive part of a £700,000 grant to help it take action.

£400 million has been made available nationally to fund 6,000 new homes and take rough sleepers off the streets during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

A union boss has called British Airways management "irresponsible" for not attending a meeting with the Home Secretary about new quarantine rules

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says the 'no show' at yesterday's event with Priti Patel is "unbelievable".

The Heathrow-based airline has confirmed it didn't go - but hasn't given a reason.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

The Spelthorne photography competition has extended its deadline to the 31st of August.

Capture Spelthorne wants to embrace the beauty of borough on film with some imaginative photography skills.

Anything from rainbow posters, social distancing queues or good deeds are on the agenda to be judged.

The story of Spelthorne on camera is hoped to highlight the community events, places and landmarks that define the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Thursday 4 June 2020

The London Wetland Centre in Barnes is reopening next week for the first time since the lockdown stated.

Members and non-members alike will have to pre-book online for the day they want as part of new safety measures during the pandemic.

Social distancing will be in operation and all indoor areas like cafes shops and play areas will remain closed.

The London Wetland centre celebrated its 20th anniversary during the lockdown, chief operating officer Kevin Peberdy said both above and underwater environments are teeming with wildlife.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A former Fulham player who scored four own goals at the club has opened up about why.

John Paintsil, speaking to Kasapa FM in Ghana, says it was because then-manager Mark Hughes was procrastinating over his plans for him.

He says "I lost my mental strength" and he considered retiring from the game entirely.

He left the club on a free transfer to Leicester City in 2011, and stopped playing in 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Judges at the Court of Appeal have criticised High Court hearing, where a man was accused of being a ticket tout by Wimbledon officials.

Luke McKay initially struggled to find legal assistance, and challenged orders made late last year.

Lord Justice Henderson said Mr McKay wasn’t informed of his right to silence, or privilege against self-incrimination.

He also said there were “leading questions”.

However, he ruled the issues were not enough to allow him to appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Putney based brewery Young's says it plans to reopen its pubs by August, but could open beer gardens and larger sites next month

The Government has indicated the hospitality industry should remain closed until July the 4th, although firms are calling for greater clarity.

Young's says it plans to put thorough cleaning measures in place at its 276 venues and will ensure customers are able to socially distance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:50 pm  

Virgin Atlantic says it plans to restart some of its passenger services next month

The airline will initially fly from Heathrow to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and Los Angeles.

It has only operated cargo planes recently because of the coronavirus pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man in his 50s has died following a collision in Ashford

Officers were called to the A308 just after 10am following reports of a collision between a Vauxhall Astra and a single decker bus.

The driver of the Astra passed away at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any dashcam footage to get in contact with any information by calling 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

“The Friendly Parks for All” scheme is inviting people to submit designs for a new sculpture in Twickenham

A tactile and interactive piece of art is needed for Kneller Gardens to celebrate the park’s culture and heritage.

It is hoped visitors, especially those with dementia and disabilities, will enjoy some interesting shapes and textures on display.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An off-duty police officer has been assaulted during an arrest in Carshalton

The man was taken into custody last night, on suspicion of stealing from a car and breaching a court order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

The Aldi stores in Hounslow and Tooting are to finally get a self-checkout

However, only nine of their supermarkets nationwide have them now in total.

People who use them should wash their hands afterwards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

A Hollywood walk of fame style boulevard has been installed on pavements outside schools in Richmond

But instead of famous imprints of hands, colourful pairs of footprints have been installed spaced 2 metres apart.

It is hoped the walkways will alleviate concerns about how social distancing can be implemented on the school run.

Four schools so far have taken up the offer from the Council as part of its post-Covid Transport Strategy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm  

Fire crews have now mostly left Thursley Common, after a forest fire there

It destroyed 190 hectares of woodland.

Some firefighters will continue with patrols to ensure no small fires re-ignite.

The blaze started on Saturday afternoon and 40 firefighters were needed on rotation to tackle it at its height.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Sir Ed Davey risked his life to save a woman on train tracks at Clapham Junction

Speaking to the Mirror, he revealed that he won a bravery award from the National Humane Society for the act in 1994.

She fell onto the tracks after an altercation with her partner, and Sir Ed ran across the electrified rails to save her.

A train stopped just two metres from them.

The revelation comes ahead of his leadership bid for the Liberal Democrats later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

Reigate and Banstead has been the hotspot for Coronavirus in Surrey, with over 500 total confirmed cases

It’s ahead of Newcastle, Milton Keynes, and Kensington & Chelsea.

Surrey as a whole has had just over 2,900 total cases.

Croydon has been the worst affected in London, with just over 1,500 lab-confirmed diagnoses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

A senior government minister has been tested for coronavirus, after becoming unwell in the House of Commons

Business Secretary Alok Sharma appeared to struggle while speaking there yesterday - mopping his brow several times.

Officials say "additional cleaning" of the chamber has taken place.

More MPs returned this week, after partially-virtual proceedings were scrapped.

Lib Dem Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey is among those calling for Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg to resign.

Meanwhile, Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney, who’s also Lib Dem, says “I wish him a speedy recovery but frankly amazed that he decided to take the risk.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 3 June 2020

There are calls for fewer planes arriving at Heathrow in the early hours during lockdown.

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands says “what was the need for a plane to by flying in over Fulham at 5am this morning?”.

He asking the airport to “give the people a break”.

The number of flights has dropped dramatically since lockdown began.

Radio Jackie’s Emily Dexter has this statement on behalf of Heathrow:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Hounslow House has been lit up purple in solidarity with black people around the world.

It follows riots across the US after the death of George Floyd.

Meanwhile, Putney MP Fleur Anderson is calling on the government to stop selling riot shields, tear gas, and rubber bullets to the US.

The Labour MP is "the UK cannot enable the use of violence against anti-racist protectors".

A government spokesperson said:
"We take our export responsibilities seriously and assess export licence applications in accordance with strict licensing criteria."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

We’re being warned about the dangers of leaving candles unattended, after a house fire in Tolworth.

The brigade was called yesterday evening to Collingwood Avenue.

A man and woman left before fire crews arrived, but half the first floor was damaged.

The brigade says to keep candles away from flammable materials, and make sure they’re stable, and out before you go to bed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 pm  

Epsom Market returns in full tomorrow, with stallholders now able to sell their full range of goods.

When restrictions were introduced, stalls could only sell food.

Councillor Eber Kington says in its 300 year history, its “overcome many challenges”, and they “will overcome this latest test”.

Socially distanced queues will be in place, and customers are asked to only handle items they wish to buy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 pm  

Tributes are being made to a former Mayor of Hounslow who has died.

Gopal Dhillon was a Labour Member for Heston Central ward from the mid-1990s until 2014.

In a statement, the authority says: “He will be sadly missed by many, especially serving and former councillors, and residents.”

Details regarding the funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

Heathrow’s boss is warning of a potential unemployment crisis if a prolonged quarantine on UK arrivals is implemented.

John Holland-Kaye fears the aviation industry will be “killed off.”

It’s been proposed that people arriving in Britain from abroad will have to self isolate for 14 days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A school in Hersham has donated over 2,500 pieces of PPE to health and care organisations.

Three Rivers Academy made them in their DT department.

Elmbridge Council is thanking them after some of the equipment went to their Meals on Wheels service.

Councillor Tannia Shipley says it will “ensure the team is able to continue their important work through the crisis”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 pm  

A meeting will take place tonight to discuss an application to develop a major site in Chessington

The replacement of eight homes with 45 new residential units on the Leatherhead Road has caused mounting concern amongst residents.

The meeting is not going to be public.

Residents are being urged to log on to watch the proceedings at 7.30pm; just search for Kingston Council on YouTube.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The singer Sophie-Ellis Bextor has been rushed to hospital

It’s after a bicycle accident near her home in Chiswick last night.

Detailing the incident on social media, she wrote, "I took a tumble from the tow path down to the side of the Thames on my bike."

The 41 year old was taken to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth and has thanked crew and staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

People in Kingston with Covid-19 symptoms will be able to get a test this weekend

This Sunday and Monday, anyone with an appointment can go to the Cattlemarket car park for testing.

It’s no longer exclusive to key workers and over-65s.

Tests can be booked on the NHS website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Small businesses in Croydon are being invited to apply for one-off grants from the council

More than 10,000 businesses have missed out on grant funding in the borough so far.

Councillor Manj Shahul-Hameed says "we are fully aware there needs to be considerably more financial support" to ensure businesses survive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

An oil baron is being accused of stealing £4m worth of sculptures from his daughter's home in Hammersmith

It's alleged that Alexey Golubovich took 349 pieces of art between 2012 and 2016.

His daughter is asking him to return the statues, and pay damages and legal costs.

He denies the claims, claiming he gained ownership of the sculptures through a 'deed of settlement' in 2013.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

20 police cars were needed to break up a large fight in West Molesey

The force were called around 7pm yesterday at Hurst Park, and the teenagers fled when they arrived.

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

It’s not believed anyone was seriously injured.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to get bigger

The Local Government Boundary Commission is instituting changes to allow for population growth and large housing developments.

That includes increasing the number of councillors by 4, and making five new wards.

The Fulham Reach boundary was hotly debated on the grounds that Fulham Palace Road unifies people, and shouldn’t be used to separate wards.

Elsewhere, due to the Hurlingham Retail Park development, a new ward named Palace & Hurlingham has been created, which includes the Alphabet Streets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

There’s a warning that blocking Heathrow expansion has “severely damaged” investment in infrastructure

Former Deputy Chair of TfL Daniel Moylan told New Civil Engineer that it shows that the system of judicial review is “unfit for purpose”.

He’s making the claim despite years of criticism against an expanded Heathrow.

The Court of Appeal ruled against a third runway in February on climate grounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

King Henry VIII’s Mound in Richmond Park, has been protected as a scheduled monument, along with a second site in the Royal Park

It’s due to its national archaeological and historic importance.

King Henry VIII’s Mound is likely to be a prehistoric round barrow, rare in Greater London.

It was later reused as a landscape feature, documented from the early 17th century onwards.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport gave protection to the sites on London History Day on Sunday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 am  

This week is National Volunteers Week

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Mary Madams, has released a message paying tribute to those who volunteered to help others during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In it she says, “I am humbled by the number of kind people we have in our community who give their time and services with no reward to themselves.”

She added, “I’m extremely proud of our Spelthorne community” and “I would like to give heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the work of all the volunteers.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

A team at the Royal Marsden in Sutton is behind a new blood test that could help treat men with advanced prostate cancer

The non–invasive liquid biopsy is less painful and easier to perform than tissue biopsies which track patient progress.

The test can predict how patients respond to treatment by measuring tumour markers in the blood.

Clinicians hope to drive more precise available treatments to patients and stop drugs that are unlikely to work as sooner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:48 am  

A dad from Streatham has created a service that allows people to quickly check how long queues are at supermarkets

How Long is the Queue is the brainchild of Uli Kilian.

He decided to create it after turning up to a supermarket during lock-down to find the queue 75 people deep.

This prompted him to find a way to alert others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Tuesday 2 June 2020

With Brexit firmly back on the agenda, there are calls for the government to allow EU citizens to have automatic residency.

It has been highlighted that over 12,000 people living in Merton have not yet applied for Settled Status.

The Lib Dems have secured cross-party support to allow health and social care workers indefinite leave to remain.

They’re urging everyone who can apply for settled status to do so.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

This year’s Hampton Court Garden Festival has been cancelled because of the pandemic.

The largest flower show in the world has now been called off by the Royal Horticultural Society due to ongoing uncertainty over staging events in the UK.

In a message on their twitter feed the RHS has said they’ll contact everyone who’s bought a ticket and offer an exchange, a refund or the option to leave the money as a donation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

An activity centre in Cobham is celebrating after winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service.

Walton Firs Foundation & Activity Centre has enabled over 250,000 young people to develop new skills and abilities since it opened in 2008.

The award is the most prestigious prize for local volunteer groups across the UK and is the equivalent of the MBE.

Created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, the list of winners is published on 2nd June each year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 pm  

An unauthorised traveller camp has returned to a beauty spot in Ham.

Richmond Council will now start to move them on again from the green space at Riverside Drive.

The group were told to leave for the first time nearly two weeks ago but returned on Sunday.

The local authority was first unable to evict because of new rules surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

This particular camp has families with young children and a number of pregnant women.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

Over £16m has been given to businesses in Mole Valley to get them through the pandemic

The Council will also be adapting high streets so that shops can re-open with social distancing measures.

Leader Stephen Cooksey says, “we need to kick-start our local economy, safely, as soon as possible.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

Hospitals across Surrey are to be given tablets so families can stay in touch with their loved ones

Surrey Freemasons are donating £20,000 to charities and organisations across the county.

That includes £5,000 to the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey to support people with disabilities.

They’re also donating to Kingston University to support students with day-to-day living costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

TfL is planning to restart work on its major projects this month, including an extension of the Northern Line to Battersea

The government gave the transport operator a £1.6bn cash injection last month, which asked that committed projects are completed.

Other projects include the upgrade at Bank Station and the renovations to Hammersmith Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

A 6-year-old from Worcester Park is going to see her art on ambulances across Surrey

The service held a competition for children to submit a design which supports the NHS.

Hazel spoke to Jackie’s Luke Williams to describe what she’d drawn:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

A new radiation therapy for head and neck cancer has been pioneered at the Royal Marsden in Sutton

The current treatment has a 90% survival rate but can leave patients with difficulties in eating and drinking.

The optimized intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is said to be a “game changer” in its field.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

People are being sent fake messages telling them they have been “caught” flouting the government’s lockdown rules

It asks people to visit a link and pay £35.

Richmond Council leader Gareth Roberts says, “if you are sent a message from any official organisation asking for money or any personal information, it is almost certain to be a fake”.

People are advised to ignore the message.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

A woman in her fifties has died in unexplained circumstances in West Kensington

Police were called to Talgarth Road in the early hours of this morning following reports of concern for the welfare of a woman.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was taped off at around 5am and is still closed.

Lanes one and two, of three, remain taped off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

A tower block development in Roehampton is being criticised for a lack of affordable housing and cuts to youth services

Fleur Anderson, Labour MP for Putney, has written to residents about the Alton Estate Regeneration.

She did praise the updated plans for being greener and more family friendly.

The Tory-run Wandsworth Council have launched a consultation about the proposals.

They plan to build just over 1,100 homes and 261 council homes.

We’ve contacted them for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Two thirds of Britain's police forces have caught people driving at more than 100 mph during the first three weeks of lockdown

A speed of 151 was clocked on the M62 in West Yorkshire.

The Met recorded a person speeding at 134 in a 40 zone.

An investigation by the RAC found more than 17-thousand speeding offences were reported in 30-zones during that time, compared to 40,000 last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A community football club in Kingston is to revamp its facilities and allow more people to join

Old Tiffinians FC has been awarded £43,000 by the Football Foundation to upgrade their ground.

They’re looking to add more veteran and women’s teams to their roster.

Chairman Greg Nutt says he sees “first hand” that football makes a “huge difference” to player’s confidence, physical health, and focus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Legendary jockey, Frankie Dettori has his first ride since the return of horse racing at Kempton Park this afternoon, where the bumper card has attracted near maximum fields

Mike Vince looks ahead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

It's being reported so-called 'air bridges' between Britain and some countries with low coronavirus infection rates could be in place by the end of the month

The Daily Telegraph's claiming Boris Johnson is 'personally in favour' of the idea, which would allow people to travel without having to isolate when they return.

As it stands, all international arrivals - apart from people carrying out a limited number of specified roles - will need to quarantine for 14 days from Monday.

Epsom MP Chris Grayling is among those opposing the plan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 am  

There has been a 400% increase in garden bonfires in Richmond since lockdown started

The Council is urging residents to avoid lighting bonfires and BBQs in the borough’s parks and green spaces.

Smoke in the atmosphere can exacerbate respiratory problems for Covid sufferers and cause shielding people to remain inside.

The resultant effect could add additional burden to the NHS and residents are reminded that fines can also be imposed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Teddington is being asked to applaud one of its heroes as his funeral procession passes along the High Street later

95 year old Francis Burtenshaw lived in the town for his entire life, except for 5 years he spent in India during WW2.

He ran his long-standing family fishmonger business from its premises in Udney Park Road for 50 years.

He passed away last month.

The funeral leaves Udney Park at 1.15pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Queens Park Rangers chief executive says the club are "appalled" by the proposal to resume Championship matches on the 20th of June.

In a statement Lee Hoos expressed his anger at a lack of communication from the EFL on the matter.

Hoos has "vehemently opposed" the restart date, explaining that players haven't even started contact training.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A golfer from Oxshott is suing Ryanair for just over £158 for a cancelled return flight to Kerry.

According to the Sunday Times, Michael Latham received a 35-point response as to why the airline shouldn’t pay up.

He was informed he would only be paid once the Covid-19 crisis abated.

EU carriers are obliged to refund customers within 7 days.

Ryanair missed the court’s deadline to submit a defence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 1 June 2020

It’s unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will send Princess Charlotte back to school this week.

Their daughter attends Thomas’s Battersea alongside her brother Prince George.

It’s thought that they are still home schooling following half term, but this hasn’t been confirmed by Kensington Palace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses in Dorking after a group of youths caused a disturbance at Lower Box Farm yesterday afternoon.

A large group of teenagers were seen swimming in the lake near to the farm and a group of three boys then climbed into an adjacent field to chase a herd of cows.

This caused upset to the animals and resulted in one of them suffering a large deep wound to its side.

Surrey Police believe the group visit the area regularly and patrols will be increased to dissuade any anti-social behaviour.

They are also reminding residents that chasing or threatening live animals is not only harmful to the animal but could result in potential injury to the person.

Anyone with any information is urged to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The government’s advice to allow people who are shielding outside has been described as “completely irresponsible”.

Labour-run Hounslow Council says “dropping this major policy change with a day’s notice is simply unacceptable”.

In March, vulnerable people were told they would need to stay at home for 12 weeks.

Government advice now says they can go on walks and meet one other person, but they should not go to shops or work.

Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran is calling for “urgent clarification” of the rules.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Epsom MP Chris Grayling has conceded there’s been some confusion regarding the over 70s and Coronavirus lockdown measures

He’s addressed resident concerns and queries in a newsletter.

He’s suggested there has never been any instruction that over 70s should isolate unless they have received instruction via the NHS.

Mr Grayling is also emphasising the new rule coming into place today that people can meet in groups of up to six people outside, 2 metres apart.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

23 people were arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest at the US Embassy in Battersea over the weekend

The protest followed the death of George Floyd in America.

Hundreds of people gathered holding placards reading "racism has no place" and "no justice, no peace".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

A public consultation starts today on the redevelopment of East Croydon station

Network rail wants to extend the concourse and add two new platforms, as part of plans to improve services between London and Brighton.

The plans also include track and signalling improvements to the so-called “Selhorst Triangle” which has been the cause of frequent delays.

Details can be found online and commuters and residents have till September 20th to offer their views.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

A group of travellers who left Ham Riverside 10 days ago have returned

Richmond Council says it is reviewing the Government guidelines on moving illegal encampments on during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ministers have previously said they must be allowed to remain to reduce the spread of the virus and allow them access to healthcare.

The current group includes pregnant women and children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Coronavirus has hit thousands of charities across the country, the majority of whom rely on fundraising efforts to keep going

One of those is Sight for Surrey, which supports those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing.

It’s trying to raise £1,500 via its Coronavirus Crisis Fund.

Bob Hughes is Chief Executive of the charity based in Fetcham.

To find out more about the fund, or to donate, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

A number of people have escaped a flat fire in Sutton

Half on the four roomed property in All Saints Road was damaged by the blaze in the early hours.

One man was taken to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Kew gardens is reopening today, at least in part

For the first time in its history the public, including members will have to pre-book to get in.

They’ll also find that many buildings, including restaurants and glasshouses will remain closed.

The Kew explorer Train is also not running.

Members have also been asked only to bring people who live with them as guests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Police are investigating after a supercar hit a wall in Staines on a straight road

The car hit the wall at an angle, crashing into a pole and causing significant damage to the bonnet.

Chertsey Lane has a 40mph speed limit, and the car crashed there around 11pm last night.

A McLaren starts at £126,000 for a basic model.

There have been no injuries or arrests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

The EFL are aiming to restart the Championship season on the 20th of June and complete the play-offs by the end of July

They say it's important to stay in sync with the Premier League, which will resume on the 17th of next month.

The EFL have also agreed to consider allowing the use of five substitutes in the remaining games.

It’s good news for Fulham and Brentford, who are third and fourth in the table and pushing for promotion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

The future of Epsom hospital is still unclear despite a public consultation ending in April

Residents were asked to provide their views on where they’d like to see a new “state of the art” hospital built. 

The choices were Epsom, St Helier or Sutton, near to the Royal Marsden.

Clinical Commissioning groups made up of GPs, and NHS England made it clear they prefer Sutton as the preferred option. 

But Chris Grayling has now advised them that more work needs to be done before a final decision is made. 

The Tory MP for Epsom and Ewell feels that the needs of future beds, particularly critical, still need to be assessed.

He wants all services retained at Epsom; if a new site is built at Sutton, only 85% of services will continue to operate there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Millions of masks and thousands of fake hand sanitisers have been seized at Heathrow airport since the coronavirus outbreak

London Trading Standards says most of the face coverings had been labelled with false claims or fake safety certificates.

Some of the sanitisers had brand names on them, despite them being counterfeit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

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