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Saturday 11 July 2020

The decision on the application to redevelop the Wells Centre in Epsom has been deferred following an online meeting.

The decision on the application to redevelop the Wells Centre in Epsom has been deferred following an online meeting.

Epsom & Ewell borough’s planning committee want to reconsider the overall design and the council are taking their suggestions on board.

The committee’s chair said: ‘Our borough needs to balance the provision of new homes and community facilities with maintaining its unique character.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Acting Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, says his party should work with Sir Keir Starmer to defeat Boris Johnson at the next election.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton wants to get tactical and co-operate with the Labour party.

In an interview with Business Insider he declared himself an ‘anti-conservative’ and rejected ever forming a coalition with them.

Meanwhile he’s called Sir Keir “very smart” and doesn’t think he’ll be as antagonistic towards the Lib Dems as he says Jeremy Corbyn was.

Sir Ed is the frontrunner to succeed Jo Swinson as the party’s leader.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

People can get married again in Hounslow.

That’s after the Feltham Lodge register office has reopened its doors for the first time since lockdown.

Residents will also be able to give notice of their marriages and civil partnerships from Monday 13th July.

It’s by appointment only and social distancing measures will be in place at Feltham House, where visits will be staggered.

People are also being encouraged to register babies born in February, March or April and staff are working through the backlog.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

Croydon is leading the way with School Streets, after ten more have been introduced in the borough.

School Streets ban all but essential traffic outside school gates at the start and end of the day.

There will be exemption permits for residents, school staff and public transport.

Any drivers caught breaking the rules will face fines of up to 130 pounds; the measures will be reviewed after six months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

A man’s been arrested following a murder in Dulwich.

18-year-old Donnell Rhule died from knife wounds on Wednesday night after an attack on Lyall Avenue.

He managed to make his way to Seeley Drive before police were called.

He died at the scene.

A 26-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of murder.

Police say a number of suspects and vehicles were involved in the attack and they’re appealing for help in identifying and tracing them.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

The family of a teenager who died on holiday in Malaysia say an inquest into her death will be 'crucial'.

15-year-old Nora Quoirin, who attended St Bede’s school in Clapham Park, was found dead last August, after going missing from a rainforest resort.

In a statement, her loved ones say they've fought very hard to keep the case alive - and it's been their wish to have the inquiry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

Readers will soon be able to borrow books from five of Croydon’s libraries for the first time since the buildings were closed by coronavirus

From Monday 20 July, new Select & Collect services will allow library members to reserve books and collect them from one of five libraries in specific time slots.

Items can be reserved through a phone call, email or online application, and can be held until Tuesday 1 September.

The Select and Collect service will be offered to Central, Selsdon, Coulsdon, Ashburton and Thornton Heath Libraries.

The home library delivery service will resume for the 200 registered members who are unable to visit a branch in person.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Richmond's so-called Tenants' Champion has been celebrated at a virtual meeting

Cllr Jim Millard has helped nearly 160 households so far this year, up on 109 last year.

He assists people living in social housing who have unresolved problems with their landlords.

In his report to the council, Mr Millard welcomed the reduction in anti-social behaviour cases he's dealt with despite an increase in referrals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Twin brothers born in London who were taken into state care by Ealing Council could be deported to two different Caribbean countries they’ve never visited

24-year-olds Darrell and Darren Roberts said they had received deportation notices for when they’re released from prison for grievous bodily harm.

Darrell has been informed the Home Office plans to send him to the Dominican Republic, despite his father being born on the island of Dominica.

While his brother Darren has been warned he’s being sent to Grenada, the country where his mother was born.

Family members have launched a petition to gather support for the twins, who they say should be able to remain in the UK indefinitely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

There are calls for witnesses and information after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Wandsworth Park.

Police were called on Friday 15 May to a report the girl had been raped at approximately 10:40pm.

Five males, aged in their late teens, have been arrested in connection with the incident. They have since been released under investigation.

The girl continues to be supported by specialist officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Richmond Council is reiterating the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the borough remains low

It says the increase recently reported in the national press occurred because figures were taken from two testing sources.

Pillar 1 results rely on Public Health England figures and Pillar 2 figures come from drive-thru testing centres and home kits.

A Local Outbreak Management Plan is in place in Richmond to prevent and control any outbreaks of the virus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

The Labour MP for Brentford is urging the government to reverse its decision to remove free transport for the under 18s

After securing a debate on the matter, Ruth Cadbury raised the impact the proposed ban would have.

She’s cited some teachers, parents and young people in her constituency who are already struggling financially.

Ms Cadbury says walking or cycling is impossible for those living miles away from schools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

A man who stabbed his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to death in Thornton Heath has been found guilty of murder

26-year-old Aaron McKenzie broke into Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle’s family home in June 2019 and stabbed her 21 times in her sleep.

He was also convicted of the manslaughter of her baby son, Riley, who died in hospital four days later, the Old Bailey heard.

McKenzie will be sentenced at the same court on 17 July for the charges of murder, manslaughter, and possession of an offensive weapon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

British Transport Police’s deputy chief constable is stepping down after nearly 40 years in police service.

Adrian Hanstock will retire in the new year.

He says the last 6 years in the British Transport Police service have presented him with some “unique policing challenges.”

He cites the Croydon Tram crash and Manchester Arena bombing as some of the toughest moments in his career.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 10 July 2020

Horses are affected by heat more than humans, according to a new study from the University of Roehampton.

Researchers held Man vs Horse events, which in total involved 260 humans and 358 horses in 19 mile races.

They found for every one degree increase in temperature, the speed of the horses decreased more than the humans.

They say humans sweat more readily, while horses are bigger and don’t dump heat as effectively.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Putney's Justin Rose is looking forward to an exciting 2021 - with the Ryder Cup now added into next year's golf diary.

September's clash between Europe and the USA in Wisconsin has been postponed by twelve months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose says next year could be special.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

TfL say they using hospital-grade cleaning substances that protect surfaces for up to 30 days.

They’re also trailing UV light to clean the handrails on escalators on the tube.

Clapham South is one of the seven tube stations to reopen on Monday, as the operator increases its services.

They’re asking everyone to avoid travelling at peak times, wear a face mask, and only travel if necessary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A drop in donations could mean the closure of an animal hospital in Putney.

The RSPCA site has been helping sick and injured animals for over a century.

But the charity is saying it could have to close the centre and three others to save money.

Bosses say if the decision is not taken, they could be over £40 million in debt by 2024.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The R number has risen slightly in England to reach between 0.8 to 1.0.

Last week, it was between 0.8 to 0.9.

According to new figures from Public Health England, Kingston and Lambeth are just two places that have seen rises in cases over the last week.

This week's figures are the latest since England's lockdown was eased to allow people to visit pubs, bars and restaurants.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A man has been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court for 10-and-a-half years after a large amount of MDMA was found hidden in children's toys.

Patrick Scotland - who is 28 and from White City - pleaded guilty to several drug charges.

Prosecutors say he was involved in drug trafficking to a "significant and serious level".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chris Grayling is reportedly in the running to become the head of the Government’s Intelligence Committee

The former Transport Secretary and MP for Epsom and Ewell is in talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take on the role.

Mr Grayling’s office dismissed the claims as speculation when they first surfaced in March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

“Mums for Lungs” is going to war against air pollution

The group has launched a poster campaign urging walking, cycling or scooting when schools fully re-open.

Members want road closures, pop-up cycle lanes and other measures introduced in areas including Richmond.

They say air pollution is damaging to health and coronavirus is known to affect pre-existing health conditions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

People living near building work at a hospital in Tooting say they’re “unable to open their windows” due to air pollution from the site

MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has written to the managers at Springfield University Hospital after residents raised concerns.

She’s asking what measures they’re taking to ensure noise, vibrations, and pollution are limited.

We’ve contacted Springfield University Hospital for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Heathrow's boss opens up about Covid quarantining for travelers

People arriving into England from dozens of countries and territories no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days from today.

Spain, Germany, France and Italy are all included, with Wales and Northern Ireland following the same approach.

Scotland has published a much shorter list, which doesn’t include Spain.

But Heathrow airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye reckons we should also focus on travelers from high-risk countries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton has been gifted a new ambulance by Heathrow airport

If a bird is seriously injured, it is transported to the sanctuary via veterinary ambulance and then assessed.

The sanctuary is the only one in the country to have an operating theatre for swans.

Once a swan regains its strength it is transferred to a rehabilitation pen before being released back into its natural habitat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

A man has been convicted of the murder of a pregnant woman and the manslaughter of her baby son in Thornton Heath.

26 year old Aaron McKenzie as convicted of the murder of Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of her baby son and possession of an offensive weapon by a jury at the Old Bailey earlier.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 3.30am last June the 29th to reports of an injured pregnant woman at a residential address at Raymead Avenue in Thornton Heath.

At the scene, Kelly, who was eight months pregnant, was found suffering from 21 stab wounds.

Paramedics from LAS and London’s Air Ambulance fought hard to save her, but despite their efforts, she died at the scene.

Her baby boy, who her family named Riley, was delivered by medics at the scene before being taken to hospital.

He died just days later on July the 3rd.

Kelly was murdered in her ground floor bedroom at the family home as her family slept upstairs.

Hearing Kelly’s screams, her sister had come downstairs to find Kelly dying, in her bedroom, where the cot was set up ready for the arrival of her baby.

Kelly’s family did not see the suspect come and go from the property and there was no sight of forced entry.

However, police believe that entry was made via the property’s ground floor patio doors.

Detectives recovered CCTV footage which showed a man, now believed to be McKenzie, in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath both before and after the attack.

This showed him walking towards the murder scene at 3.15am and running in the opposite direction around ten minutes later.

Kelly had previously been in a relationship with McKenzie, which had broken down some months before the murder.

In the days immediately following the murder, McKenzie played the part of a victim, telling police he had nothing to do with the attack, and even attending the hospital where medical staff were fighting to save baby Reilly’s life.

He joined Kelly’s family as they mourned her loss and police continued, for a time, to treat him as a witness.

As the investigation progressed McKenzie became a suspect and was arrested and later admitted, via his solicitor, to being responsible for the deaths saying: “No one else was involved in this. There was no reason for it other than my faults”.

He was charged with murder, manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon and following a range of psychiatric examinations, despite his previous admissions, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

McKenzie claimed that when he admitted the offences he was under pressure.

He also provided the first name of another man who he claimed was responsible for the murder.

Despite extensive enquiries, no evidence was discovered to corroborate this new account, or to indicate that the ‘new suspect’ partially named by McKenzie existed.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said:

“This case has been nothing short of heart-breaking for Kelly’s family and for the officers who have become close to them.

“The agonising loss of such a young woman and her child at a time when they were eagerly awaiting Riley’s birth and looking forward to a happy future is beyond imagining.

“Despite the evidence against him, McKenzie has subjected Kelly and Riley’s family to the trauma of a trial.

“The theft of Kelly and Riley’s happy futures is something that will haunt those who loved her forever and I sincerely hope that Aaron McKenzie is similarly affected as he faces his future incarcerated.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

Met Police asks us to continue following social distancing rules following incident in Kingston

Speaking to Luke Williams ahead of pub re-openings last weekend, Met Police Detective Superintendent Richard Smith explains what measures are in place going forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Manchester City will face Lyon or Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals if they get past Real Madrid.

If Chelsea manage to overturn a 3-goal deficit to Bayern Munich, they'd play Napoli or Barcelona in the last-eight.

The two English clubs could then meet in the semi-finals.

Matches in the last-eight and onwards will be played in Portugal over a single-leg.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is backing Billy Gilmour to bounce back from his injury setback.

The teenage midfielder has been ruled out for up to four months after having knee surgery.

Lampard says Gilmour will be given plenty of support to deal with the disappointment of missing out on the rest of the campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Jackie's Lucy Mayer talks to head of Hampton Court Palace Lucy Hutchings about life after Coronavirus and how visitors will be the key to the Palace's long-term survival

Hampton Court Palace is preparing for phase 2 of its re-opening a week today.

Historic Royal Palaces, which manages six sites including the palace, is expected to lose £95 million this year because of lock-down.

The gardens opened at the end of June, but some interior spaces will open to the public again next Friday.

Lucy Hutchings is Head of Hampton Court Palace.

She 's been chatting to Jackie's News Editor Lucy Mayer about how they are going to move forward into the "new normal" and why everyone in the area should consider supporting the charity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

You’re more likely to find the traditional desert island off the coast of America than Asia or Africa

Scientists in 48 countries have come together to get a better understanding of where palm trees grow.

Dr Thaise Emilio from Kew Gardens worked on the project, which aimed to find out how rainforests could respond to climate change.

They found that palms are over five times more numerous in South America than Asia and Africa.

The research, published in the Global Ecology and Biogeography journal, also showed that they grow in wet areas with less fertile soil.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Vehicle thefts in Britain are continuing to rise - with figures showing the number stolen is up by 56 percent in the last four years

Many forces in more rural areas have also seen big increases.

In Surrey in 2014 there were 661 thefts, but 1,543 last year.

Some of the surge is being blamed on thieves targeting mopeds and motorbikes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Wimbledon hopes to encourage players back onto tennis courts, with a donation of 30,000 balls

They’ll go to the Lawn Tennis Association, and will then go to registered coaches, clubs, parks and schools.

The All England Club will also be donating 25,000 towels to charities who protect the homeless and vulnerable people.

The equipment would have been used at this year’s games.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A South-West London police officer who was due to receive a commendation has been dismissed, after being in a relationship with a drug dealer

584 pages of downloads of Kate Blackett’s phone confirmed that she was aware he sold drugs, and she had given him money to buy them.

She didn’t declare her relationship with him until he was arrested and she was asked to make a statement.

Police say that “it would send entirely the wrong message to the public” if she was allowed to keep serving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Hampton Court Palace is preparing for phase 2 of its re-opening a week today

Historic Royal Palaces, which manages six sites including the palace, is expected to lose £95 million this year because of lockdown.

Lucy Hutchings is Head of Hampton Court Palace.

She explains how projects, like the repairing of a number of chimneys, will be at risk if visitors don’t return soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton says the amount of household rubbish left by the Thames is taking its toll on wildlife

The charity is appealing to people to take their litter home with them.

It says it has seen an increase in disposable facemasks and gloves brought about by the recent Coronavirus pandemic.

The Sanctuary says many are being discarded and eventually make their way into rivers and streams.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 am  

A council meeting in Sutton has revealed there was a 3-month delay in supplying laptops to the borough’s schoolchildren

The government announced laptops would be distributed a month after schools went into lockdown on the 20th of March.

But it has been confirmed that Sutton’s children did not receive their share until the end of last month.

The authority says the delay has resulted in further educational disruption to disadvantaged children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Thursday 9 July 2020

Leeds have returned to the top of the Championship in some style
They've thrashed Stoke 5-nil to go back a point clear of West Brom.

The defeat leaves City just a point clear of the relegation zone.

Fulham can leapfrog third placed Brentford if they can get past fellow promotion pushers Cardiff, at Craven Cottage tonight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Hounslow Council is to stage its first ever online Cabinet Question Time

The event is scheduled for Thursday July 16 at 7pm.

Viewers will be able to ask questions live during the event or they can submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected] before 5pm on Tuesday July 14.

Information about how to attend can be found on the Council’s website.

A recording of Cabinet Question Time will be available within a week of the event on the same page.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 pm  

Kingston Council says it supports the Black Lives Matter campaign and its commitment to equality and diversity

On Tuesday they passed a motion making clear the council’s belief that we are all equal, regardless of skin colour, culture or faith.

The motion was proposed at the Full Council Meeting by Leader Caroline Kerr and supported by councillor Thay Thayalan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 pm  

Calls for the government to keep free bus travel for under-18s are continuing

Richmond Council Leader Gareth Roberts says it will increase hardship for families, and could mean they become dependent on cars.

Brentford MP Ruth Cadbury says “to do this in the middle of a pandemic when so many families are struggling is simply wrong”.

The Zip Card is being taken away temporarily as part of the £1.6bn bailout of TfL by the Government.

The government says it’s a temporary measure to reduce crowding, and children eligible for free home to school travel will still get it free.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 pm  

Ryanair's confirmed a union deal to secure "hundreds" of cabin crew jobs threatened by the fallout from the coronavirus crisis

The airline had warned it was being forced to slash costs through job cuts as its fleet remained largely grounded by Covid-19 lockdowns across Europe.

But the Unite union says it's reached an agreement with the firm that would result in temporary pay cuts for UK crew in exchange for no job losses.

The Union is also in talks with Heathrow-based British Airways to prevent up to 20,000 job losses there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 pm  

Harlequins have confirmed that a member of the club has tested positive for Covid-19

The individual is now in isolation and the Twickenham based club says it won’t be naming the person.

Premiership Rugby carried out 804 tests this week with six players and four members of staff returning positive tests.

Saracens, Northampton and Worcester are the other clubs with confirmed cases.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

Kingston Council has agreed to lobby the Government to change the school curriculum to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement.

It’s after backing for a BLM motion was overwhelmingly given at a council meeting last night.

Kingston is the only authority in the country to have raised the Black Lives Matter flag over its offices.

The motion affirms its support for stamping out racism and discrimination.

Lobbying Government is one of the actions Kingston has committed to.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Uber are about to take their service to the water, offering boat rides from Putney to Woolwich

Thames Clippers are to announce a partnership with the ride-hailing firm.

Users can buy tickets in advance through the Uber app, then use a QR code to board the boats.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

John Lewis won’t be re-opening its At Home store in Croydon

The chain has announced it is permanently closing eight premises nationwide, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

Travel sites at Heathrow airport and London St Pancras will also stay closed.

John Lewis says the stores affected were already "financially challenged" even before the pandemic struck.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

A Big Issue vendor in Wimbledon who’s been selling the magazine since 2001 says she’s “over the moon” to be back out again

Jane Burns had to stop during lockdown, and had to wait for Universal Credit payments and get food parcels from her mother.

She told the magazine that she’s finding it difficult to adapt to wearing a mask, as she can’t smile at passers-by to get their attention.

However, she says, “it shows I’m going about my work in a responsible way.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

People can be asked to leave an estate in Battersea until tomorrow morning, after an illegal rave last night

A dispersal order is in place for the Park Court Estate, after the event last night on Battersea Park Road.

It’s in effect until 2am tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Stormzy has helped to redecorate a teenage boy's bedroom as a reward for the youngster's good behaviour at school

The rapper, who now lives in New Malden, worked on the project with The Good Guys firm in Croydon, close to where he grew up.

The schoolboy wasn't aware the Glastonbury headliner helped to transform his room until he got home from school and Stormzy surprised him by opening the front door.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Wimbledon’s businesses are vowing to fight back after the loss of the tennis championships due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Around 500,000 fans would usually visit at this time of the year with the All England Club expected to lose over £250 million alone.

Adrian Mills is chair of the Wimbledon Village Business Association.

He's been telling Emily Dexter about the impact the loss of the world's most famous tennis event has been having on business.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

A fourth man has been charged following a fatal shooting in North Cheam last month

25-year-old Lee Matthews, of no fixed address, will appear in court today.

He’s also charged with possessing a firearm in regards to a second incident that occurred the same day.

25-year-old Kyle Kelson was killed in the early hours on the 19th of June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk

That includes the “At Home” store in Croydon and the travel hub at Heathrow.

The retailer says the outlets were already "financially challenged" before customers began to switch to online shopping during the pandemic.

The group estimates 60-70% of its sales will be made on the internet this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Calls to a domestic abuse helpline set up in Surrey more than doubled over lockdown

More accommodation has now set up across the county to provide emergency refuge for families fleeing domestic abuse.

An unused property has been identified and turned into housing for up to 7 families, and up to 18 in the future.

It’s thought reports of domestic abuse increased because people were more isolated and unable to leave their homes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Bedford Hill, South Balham, or Heaver?

That’s the question people in the ward of South Balham are being asked, as the Local Government Boundary Commission looks to change its name.

The boundaries in Wandsworth are being looked at by the authority.

The commission was sent five petitions arguing against splitting West Hill ward in two.

They said that as it’s near the All-England Club, it would have caused complications during Wimbledon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Restaurant and hotel owners have praised the Chancellor for pledging 30 billion pounds to help boost the economy

VAT will be cut to 5 percent, and diners will be offered money off their meals to encourage more people onto the high street.

Businesses will also be given 1-thousand pounds for every furloughed worker they keep in their job.

Hattie Mauleverer runs Battersea-based Top Hat Catering - which is exempt from the support scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Harry Hill was reportedly asked to return to medicine and become a doctor at the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London

The Mirror reports that since he was a junior doctor in Doncaster 30 years ago, the health service asked him to return to the post.

He almost accepted, but later declined, saying his speciality was general medicine and it was too long ago.

He studied at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, and would perform at open mic nights in his spare time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Calls to a domestic abuse helpline set up in Surrey more than doubled over lockdown

More accommodation has now set up across the county to provide emergency refuge for families fleeing domestic abuse.

An unused property has been identified and turned into housing for up to 7 families, and up to 18 in the future.

It’s thought reports of domestic abuse increased because people were more isolated and unable to leave their homes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Hounslow council says it’s throwing its support behind Transport for London.

Cycling or walking is still top of the transport agenda wherever possible, even if its only part of the commute.

People who have to use public transport must use face coverings over noses and mouths for the entire journey.

Safety advice is sign-posted across the entire network, with guidelines about avoiding peak times and using direct routes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The “Pothole Pledge 2020” has commenced in Hounslow with a new programme to fix roads in most need of repair.

Work has started in Berkeley Avenue as part of a £2 million road maintenance budget.

Residents are also being invited to nominate roads they feel are in need of repair.

Any road surface issues including potholes can be reported via the FixMyStreet app.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

The Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London is throwing her weight behind a campaign to extend the Piccadilly Line service.
Siobhan Benita wants tube trains to stop at Turnham Green station in Chiswick during the day.

The Piccadilly Line tube signalling upgrade, which would allow this, has been delayed indefinitely due to a lack of funding within TfL.

Residents have been fighting for the upgrade for over twenty years and have launched a petition to get the work started.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Residents in Hampton Hill and Teddington are being invited to share their views on proposed traffic reduction measures.

It’s after a resident petition was submitted to Richmond Council about excessive numbers of vehicles using Burtons Road.

The results of a consultation last June showed a mixed response to the package of improvements that were being considered.

New proposals are now being sent out by letter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Residents in Richmond are being urged look out for their voter registration details from the council.

The annual canvass has begun and helps to ensure the electoral register is up to date.

Residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for messages to verify their details.

It’s important that residents are eligible to vote in the re-scheduled Mayoral and Assembly elections next May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

Lib Dem Emily Davey has retained her role within Kingston Council.

The wife of MP Sir Ed Davey is the council cabinet member for Housing and Public Health.

The portfolio holders for the year ahead were announced at a council meeting last night.

Caroline Kerr will remain as leader, with Tim Cobbett taking over as deputy from Malcolm Self, who stood down from the position.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A £1.5m two-screen cinema is coming to Weybridge.

Curzon have been awarded the licence to transform the former public hall.

A lawyer representing the firm told the council that it’ll create ten jobs and have 100 seats.

On Friday and Saturday it’ll sell alcohol until midnight, but only until 11.30 other days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Couples up and down the country have been taking advantage of the relaxed Coronavirus rules and tying the knot.

But guidelines such as a maximum of 30 guests and no reception mean the traditional wedding ceremony looks entirely different.

Jim Trimmer is a Humanist celebrant based in Kingston.

He wants the Government to legalise Humanist weddings, and says this time of change, is the perfect time to do that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Richmond and Kingston Councils have partnered together to launch a new safeguarding app for children.

The Safer Schools App will provide support with bullying, mental health, sexting, gaming, and online sexual exploitation.

It is hoped it will empower parents, carers and social workers to protect their children in the online world.

Another version is aimed at teachers, school staff and safeguarding professionals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Could a Humanist ceremony shape the future of weddings post lockdown?

Couples up and down the country have been taking advantage of the relaxed Coronavirus rules and tying the knot.

But guidelines such as a maximum of 30 guests and no reception mean the traditional wedding ceremony looks entirely different.

Jim Trimmer is a Humanist celebrant based in Kingston.

He wants the Government to legalise Humanist weddings, and says this time of change, is the perfect time to do that.

Jim's been speaking with Jackie's Emily Dexter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

The decision to start charging most NHS staff in England to park at hospitals again is being criticised

The Government's confirmed it won't be free anymore - after a minister last week admitted it can't carry on forever.

No exact dates have been revealed for the change though.

Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey's the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, and says it's an 'appalling' move.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Four people have been arrested this morning for instigating violence during protests in London

That includes a 58-year-old man from Hammersmith and Fulham.

Since Saturday, six others including an 18-year-old from New Malden have been taken into custody.

Commander Bas Javid says “a small minority” of people attacked or abused police during protests, which he says is “deeply frustrating”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he saw the best and worst of his side in last night's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace

The victory means they're up to third in the Premier League.

But they were made to hold on for the three points after a nervy finish at Selhurst Park.

Lampard says he has mixed emotions about the performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

A man in his 30s has been stabbed in Hammersmith

Police were called yesterday evening just before 6 to St Peter’s Road, near Stamford Brook tube station.

The man had been stabbed multiple times, but his condition has been assessed as non-life threatening.

There have been no arrests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Epsom’s MP says he’s disappointed NHS bosses have decided in principal to build a new hospital in Sutton

The move, agreed on Friday, means acute services will be moved from Epsom and St Helier hospitals to the new site.

Chris Grayling says he has always understood the “attraction” of building a brand-new centre for the area, but the location is wrong.

He also says the £500 million investment would have stretched further at Epsom.

Construction costs are expected to increase in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new hospital will be situated in Belmont, alongside the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research.

It will have 496 beds and will provide emergency care, including resuscitation, paediatrics and maternity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Families in Richmond are being urged to check if they qualify for free school meals.

It’s after a government u-turn means that the scheme will now be funded over the summer holidays.

The initiative will provide vulnerable and low-income families with vouchers for food over the traditional six-week summer break.

The council says it’s expected that more families will be eligible to claim for free school meals than before because of the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 pm  

Researchers will look into how the “Stay at Home” message affected cancer diagnoses.

The 18-month project will look at if lockdown and the suspension of cancer screening programmes sent a message that “cancer can wait”.

Dr Katriina Whitaker from the University of Surrey says seeing how COVID-19 affects early diagnoses means that they can think through “life-saving mitigation strategies”.

The scientists will look at the time taken to visit the GP, attitudes to screening, and preferred ways of getting public health information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 pm  

Conservative ministers have announced that evictions of private housing tenants can resume from 24th August.

Sutton has seen an increase of 107% in households presenting as ‘at risk of rough sleeping’.

Housing charity Shelter warned that an additional 230,000 people across the country are now in arrears who were not in arrears before lockdown began in March.

Lib Dem councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton Council’s Housing Committee has blasted government’s decision as “incomprehensible”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 pm  

Coronavirus tests are going to be available at Heathrow, for £140 each.

Passengers arriving from countries including the US, China and Sweden still need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

But the service from Swissport would allow people to avoid that if their test comes back negative.

However, that’s dependent on whether the Government policy is updated to allow people who test negative to travel freely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

Spelthorne Council has announced the appointment of its new cabinet.

It’s after six councillors left the Conservatives and set up their own group, leaving the authority under no overall control last month.

The new team is pledging to work together to deliver the best possible services to residents in the light of the impact due to Covid-19

An “inclusive” rather than “exclusive” cabinet is promised with resident needs the highest priority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 pm  

A 14-year-old tennis prodigy from Tolworth is raising money to save his tennis court.

Pablo Carreño Busta’s record for racket-frame keep ups was 410, but Dilhan Wasantha smashed it and achieved 1030.

He’s hoping to raise money for Manor Park in New Malden, which is in a poor condition but was going to be renovated before the pandemic.

You can see his fund raising efforts here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

It’s emerged that Sutton Council has not been told if it is entitled to any of Boris Johnson’s new £1 billion schools funding

The revelation came at last night’s council meeting following a question from a Lib Dem councillor for Beddington South ward.

It’s was also pointed out at the meeting, that if schools are eligible for any funding, they will have to wait until September 2021 to receive it.

Lib Dem councillor Jenny Batt, Sutton Council’s lead on schools, has demanded urgent clarity from ministers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Croydon’s new Mayor has been sworn in, in a virtual ceremony

Maddie Henson has specialised in adoption and fostering during her time on the council.

She’s supporting Home-Start Croydon, St Christopher’s Hospice, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Two teenagers have claimed wins at the International Song Academy Young Songwriter of the Year competition

The winning songs were “The Lights of the Sky” by Lilith Bee from Surbiton and “ No Place” by William Massey from Teddington.

The 15 and 12 year old artists will next showcase their songs later this year in a VIP event at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.

The Song Academy aims to empower young people at a formative time in their life through the creative portal of song writing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

The RSPCA is bracing itself for an abundance of abandoned animals post lockdown as owners struggle to keep their pets.

Over 3,000 reports have been received since lockdown amounting to about 40 calls a day.

A heavily pregnant Jack Russell was found abandoned in a box and was rushed to the Millbrook Animal Centre in Woking.

RSPCA rescue teams are working round the clock to care for a multitude of dogs and cats, small furries and exotic species.

Head of the RSPCA animal rescue teams Dermot Murphy said “I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Work has started to register a backlog of almost 4,000 babies born during the pandemic

Registry offices in Weybridge and Leatherhead are some of first to get going again.

The 42-day time frame to register a child’s birth was relaxed but it is still required by law, to register face to face.

Marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships can also now be booked to give notice of impending marriages.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard thinks Christian Pulisic has the ability to be as good as or even better than Eden Hazard

The club continue their push for a top-four Premier League finish away to Crystal Palace tonight.

Ahead of the game, Lampard was asked to compare Pulisic and Hazard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Wimbledon will not be able to renew their pandemic insurance for next year’s event

GlobalData reports that until a vaccine is available, pandemic cover is off the table for firms.

The tennis tournament is due to get over £100m, but usually earns £240m in media rights and sponsorship.

The All-England club have been paying £1.5m a year for cover since the SARS outbreak in 2003.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Today marks 15 years since the 7/7 attacks on London

52 people died when four men detonated bombs on the underground and bus networks.

One of the victims, Kingston University student Philip Russell, has had a scholarship created in his name.

Former Surbiton High pupil Emily Jenkins was studying to be a midwife when she died.

Hounslow Council worker Ojara Ikeagwu was also killed in the atrocity.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick has paid tribute.

The Commissioner, said: “Today, we remember the 52 people who lost their lives on the 7th July 2005, in those terrible, terrible events 15 years ago.

“We remember the people they were, the good they did, the lives they should have been able to lead, so cruelly snatched away.

“We think also of those who were injured. Lives turned upside down and families of all those affected are very much in my thoughts today.

“We think also of the way our great city of London reacted. Those we lost represented the best of our city – diverse, strong, wonderful people. As a city, London was not bowed, we came together, we supported each other and we have continued to fight the scourge of terrorism ever since.

“Today, I think also of my officers and staff who ran towards those terrible scenes. Who put themselves in danger and tried to do their best to support those affected.

“On behalf of everybody in the Metropolitan Police Service, we will not forget.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

A rugby club in Kingston is raising money for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust after the death of George Floyd

Old Tiffinians will travel a distance of 6,447km, equivalent to the distance between Kingston and Minneapolis, where he was killed.

They are planning to collectively travel by walking, running and cycling to show solidarity for people suffering racial injustice.

The funds raised will support the charity which inspires and enables young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.

You can donate here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Hounslow Council says new Coronavirus data released about the borough is “not a cause for concern.”

It was reported last week that the borough has some of the highest newly confirmed Covid-19 cases of the virus outside of Leicester.

The figures, from Public Heath England, reveal Hounslow’s seen 1,053 cases since the end February; 25 in a 7 day period.

These cases are so called “Pillar 2” cases.

Pillar 1 is swab testing in Public Health England labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers.

Pillar 2 is swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance.

A council spokesman has now issued a statement saying;

“These extra Pillar 2 cases, recorded over several months, are not a cause for concern for how coronavirus is being managed.

“Like all London boroughs, we are working closely with Public Health England to monitor new cases.

“We have a robust outbreak control plan in place and are able to quickly identify any need for immediate intervention.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Monday 6 July 2020

A man from Wandsworth has been jailed for burglary.

25 year old Ali Ali Ahmed has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

The incident occurred on Monday the 23rd of March and he was charged on Friday the 27th of March my Kingston Police.

Ahmed was charged for the theft of approximately £30,000 worth of property.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The seating at Eagle Brewery Wharf in Kingston will be closed “to protect public health”.

The Council say they’re doing all they can to prevent a local lockdown being needed in the borough.

They say that they cannot ensure social distancing in the space.

Barriers have been installed, but access to and along the riverside is still open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Labour’s MP for Croydon North has apologised for a-now deleted tweet he posted last week.

Steve Reed is the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.

He was accused of antisemitism after alluding to property developer Richard Desmond as “the puppet master to the entire Tory cabinet.”

Mr Reeds says “I want to apologise unreservedly for the language in the tweet I posted on Saturday.

It was inappropriate and as soon as I realised my error I deleted it.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A psychologist has been jailed for at least 32 years for murdering a man with a barbell for the sake of a rolex watch.

35 year old Christopher McDonald from Croydon attacked Paul Tong at his home in Ealing in April 2017.

His co-defendant 31 year old Aliysa Ellis, has been jailed for 13 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 pm  

Better 4G is coming to Croydon

Rather than using antennae on phone masts, the new technology will see small cells installed onto streetlamps.

The first phase will improve reception at Croydon University Hospital and West Valley Hospital.

The council will install them in more locations this summer and early next year.

The technology is also 5G ready.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

Calls for the government to stop a mass redundancy at British Airways are continuing

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones says, “so many people in Croydon have been in touch about this, desperately worried.”

Elsewhere, Aviation Minister Kelly Tolhurst has responded to a letter from Twickenham MP Munira Wilson.

Mrs Tolhurst says that she’s met with the head of BA’s parent company and the unions, and she’s asking them to “engage constructively.”

She also says the Government has put out an “unprecedented” package of support for workers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Surrey Police is thanking people after Super Saturday passed without “significant incident”

Detective Chief Inspector Amy Buffoni says the easing of restrictions was “well respected across Surrey.”

But she adds that “we should remember that we all have a part to play in reducing the risk of local lockdowns.”

The force is encouraging people to stick to government guidance regarding social distancing and face coverings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Lady Wimbledon talks to Jackie News about how Wimbledon is coping without the annual tennis fortnight

Wimbledon, and the world, would usually be in the grip of tennis fever by now.

Around 500,000 people usually visit SW19 during tennis fortnight, which has been cancelled this year due to Coronavirus.

The 134th Championships will instead be staged from the 28th of June to the 11th of July 2021.

Businesses in the Village and town centre are now having to find other ways of recouping lost revenue, with many pubs, bars, restaurants and shops quickly adapting to their "new normal."

Sandra Strachan, otherwise known as Lady Wimbledon, has been chatting with Jackie's Emily Dexter about how the town is coping without tennis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Police in Runnymede are reminding people that there’s no stopping on the A30

The force says that last month, one officer alone issued 77 fines.

They say this equates to about 5 hours of his time, at an average of 4 minutes each.

Police say if people refrain from parking illegally there, they’ll be able to focus on other issues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

People normally blighted by noise from Heathrow Airport are reporting improved lifestyles over lockdown

That’s according to a survey by the No 3rd Runway campaign group which spoke to over 3,0000 people living under the flightpath.

Residents claim their mental and physical health is being improved by a reduction in noise and air pollution.

Those surveyed also cited improved sleep and more enjoyment of gardens and green spaces.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

COVID-19 is due to create a £20m hole in Merton Council, even with government support

Leader Stephen Alambritis says the financial aid package from Number 10 will cover less than 75% of losses.

He says “that’s far too much for any local area to absorb”.

Councillor Alambritis also warns that “losses to local budgets are far from over” as consumer confidence is low and the risk of a second wave “is there”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

A dental graduate from Walton has had his first book published, with all the proceeds going to a blood cancer charity

Zain Rizvi completed his book “Know the drill: How to succeed at Dental School” in just 25 days during lockdown.

He wrote the book in memory of his uncle Syed who died of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year.

The money will go to the DKMS charity; a form of blood cancer is diagnosed every 20 minutes in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am  

A new online hub celebrating all things ‘New Malden’ is being launched by Lib Dem councillors there

The site:, goes live today and features videos from local people and organisations.

Log on and you’ll find a K-Pop song about New Malden from Korea, poems about the area and lots of info about local activities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A new study is to investigate whether the Coronavirus pandemic has changed how we engage with nature

The University of Surrey will examine 1,500 households for a year, looking for changes in their wellbeing, and how they interact with green spaces.

While it’s known that the natural world improves our wellbeing, little is known about the impact of having it taken away from us.

It’s also hoped that it could inform the plan to cut emissions after the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Sunday 5 July 2020

It appears Christmas in Kingston will go ahead despite the fact the Coronavirus pandemic looks to be far from over.

Kingston Christmas Market has opened applications for prospective stall traders.

It's consistently ranked one of the best in London and is due to open on November the 19th in Ancient Marketplace.

It’s best known for its traditional Alpine themed chalets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

40 years after an athlete with one leg died after running over 3,000 miles across Canada, a virtual run’s being held for cancer research.

Terry Fox had lost his leg to bone cancer, and during his fundraiser in 1980 the illness spread to his lungs.

All over the world, people will run, walk and cycle for the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton.

Professor Chris Bakal says “even as a young kid” he was “amazed” by how “superhuman” Terry was, and he “redefined” how one person can change the world.

He also said they need to continue their research “with even greater resolve”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Plans have been submitted for a University campus in the centre of Croydon.

The venture is being seen as a potential boost for the career prospects of the borough's 90 thousand under 18s.

Radio Jackie's John Beesley has more...

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

People in Richmond and Hounslow have been reassured rumours of a second lockdown in the two boroughs are untrue.

Richmond Council says reports on social media amount to scaremongering.

They say the borough’s infection rate is low, and residents should base their actions on the evidence.

In neighbouring Hounslow, where infection rates are above the National average, the council says there are no plans for a local lockdown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Richmond Rugby Clubs reopens today, for the first time since lockdown, with a special event at the Athletic Ground.

Social distancing and special restrictions will be in place at the members bar from 3pm this afternoon.

Everyone has to register for free on the club’s website before attending and give their details on the door.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

The head pastry chef at Wimbledon Tennis Club has raised five-thousand pounds for the National Marine Aquarium.

Rebecca Marshman Rondeau baked non-stop for 24 hours this week in her kitchen in Stoneleigh to raise the money.

She wants to help the exhibition and conservation centre in Plymouth, which is struggling during the pandemic.

Rebecca’s also donated her sweet treats to NHS workers in the region, including at the Royal Marsden and Epsom ambulance service.

She’s half-way to her target of 10 thousand pounds, you can find a link to her crowdfunding scheme here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

.Wimbledon's All-England Tennis Club is donating 200 punnets of strawberries a day to NHS staff in London
Wimbledon's All-England Tennis Club is donating 200 punnets of strawberries a day to NHS staff in London.

They’ll be doing it for the time that Wimbledon fortnight would have been going on.

Amerjit Chohan, CEO of St George’s Hospital Charity, says it’s “a great token of appreciation for our amazing NHS staff”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Investigations in Hammersmith are continuing after police came under a hail of bottles as they broke up an unlicensed music event

Investigations in Hammersmith are continuing after police came under a hail of bottles as they broke up an unlicensed music event.

Police now say 11 officers were injured, including two with broken bones, during the disturbance on Friday night in Havelock Close.

There have been no arrests so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

Richmond council has condemned reports claiming the borough is just days away from a new lockdown as scaremongering

Richmond council has condemned reports claiming the borough is just days away from a new lockdown as scaremongering.

Council officers say the infection rate is low in in the area, and they’ve urged residents to base their decisions on evidence, and called for accurate reporting.

Last week neighbouring Hounslow council wrote to residents to say fears of a fresh lockdown there were unfounded too.

The Evening Standard recently reported that infection rates in Hounslow are above the national average.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Plan have been submitted for a new town-centre university campus in Croydon

Plan have been submitted for a new town-centre university campus in Croydon.

London’s South Bank University is proposing to convert the four-storey Electric House on Wellesley Road into a lecture theatre, classrooms and a café.

The campus would offer degree courses in nursing, accounting and business management.

The university says it would boost regeneration and career prospects for for the 93,000 people in Croydon under 18.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

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