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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Harlequins 27 - 41 Bath Rugby at the Twickenham Stoop

Harlequins were defeated 41 points to 27 in the first game since March to allow spectators in the ground. The visitors, Bath Rugby, took full advantage of Quins' errors to score their highest points tally at the Twickenham Stoop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:36 pm  

Protesting polar bears have been in Walton Bridge today to try and save their home.

Extinction Rebellion Elmbridge were out to call attention to the climate emergency.

They want the government to aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2025, as opposed to 2050 as currently planned.

Sue Cooper, from the group, says drawing attention to the death of polar bears demonstrates the consequences of using fossil fuels.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

AFC Wimbledon are out of the League Cup after losing to Oxford United on penalties in the first round.

The sides were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and Oxford won the shootout 4-3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

300 stop-checks were carried out on drivers in Mole Valley over the four weekends in August.

Officers targeted motorcyclists and drivers breaking traffic laws around the A24 area and its surrounding routes.

Money from Surrey Police’s Coronavirus Fund was used to help pay for the operation following a number of complaints from residents.

There were 96 traffic offence reports, fixed penalty notices or prohibition orders issued, four vehicles seized and 186 warnings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

QPR are out of the League Cup, already.

It’s after they lost 3-2 away to League One side Plymouth Argyle in the first round.

Frank Nouble scored the winner for Ryan Lowe's side.

Lowe says he loved taking on Mark Warburton's team from the Championship.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

The MP for Chelsea and Fulham wants a new scheme to stop motorists using residential streets as shortcuts to be scrapped.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council's 'SW6 Traffic Reduction Scheme' aims to stop so called ‘rat-runners’ traversing the area between Wandsworth Bridge Road and Imperial Road.

But Greg Hands thinks it’s creating other problems and is running a petition to get rid of it.


H&F Council say the scheme will reduce traffic overall and Wandsworth bridge being reduced to two lanes is causing the congestion.

The Labour-led council think the Conservative MP is on a political point-scoring exercise.

Councillor Ben Coleman says change isn’t easy, but it’s for the benefit of everyone who lives there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

Harlequins to entertain in front of spectators at The Twickenham Stoop for the first time since lock-down
Harlequins welcome visitors Bath Rugby to the Twickenham Stoop for round 18 of the Premiership. The hosts come into the weekend in 7th, two places below today’s opponents Bath. For the first time since March, a Premiership rugby match has been played in front of fans inside a stadium and the buoyant atmosphere can be felt in the socially-distant setting. Kick-off is 2pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

A 38-year-old man from Ashstead has been arrested after threatening to kill his ex-partner and stalking her.

Officers searching for the man on Thursday, believed he was hiding in undergrowth after his BMW was located in a rural car park close to the victim’s home address.

Police dog Isla was deployed and located the man approximately 200 metres away from the car park.

PD Isla stayed with the man and remained focussed until further units arrived and arrested the man.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Richmond Council has intervened to stop a community centre from closing

The authority is going to partially re-open the White House in Hampton which is home to food banks and pre-school clubs.

It's after the Hampton upon Thames Community Association said it was financially unable to manage it.

The council, which has already issued emergency fundings to keep it afloat, will now takeover the lease until a new manager can be found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A woman's body has been found in the Round Pond in front of William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Palace.

The royals were visiting the Queen in Scotland when police found the unidentified body last Saturday.

Police believed it to be 51-year-old artist Endellion Lycett Green but later confirmed it was another woman.

Investigators are treating the death as unexplained at this time, but it is not thought to be suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

Chelsea's new signing - Kai Havertz - says Frank Lampard was one of the main reasons he wanted to join the London club.

The German midfielder is the latest arrival at Stamford Bridge - completing a move from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal reported to be worth £75.8 million.

Havertz tells Chelsea TV he can't wait to work with his new boss.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Richmond Park’s MP has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to address the Government’s Loan Charge legislation.

Lib Dem Sarah Olney says it is still causing “enormous distress to thousands of people caught up in it”.

She says people need urgent relief from the pressure they are under, and a fair settlement to their cases.

Rules state certain loans taken out in 1999 and still outstanding on the 5 April 2019 became taxable as income in one go on that date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

A YouTuber killed in an e-scooter crash lost control due to an underinflated tyre, a coroner has concluded.

35-year-old TV presenter Emily Hartridge died instantly from multiple traumatic injuries when she was thrown under a lorry in Battersea in July 2019.

Dr Fiona Wilcox said the lack of air in the scooter tyre as well as being “unsuitably driven, too fast” was the reason why she died.

Ms Hartridge from Hampshire is believed to be the first person in the UK to be killed in a crash involving an e-scooter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

At least 19 pregnant dogs have been seized by UK customs this year, but the number could be much higher.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Elliot Colburn asked the government how many pregnant dogs are illegally imported.

However, records of pregnancy are only held when other non-compliances are found.

The Dogs Trust says puppy prices have never been higher than during lockdown.

They’ve rescued 12 heavily pregnant dogs since March, who gave birth to litters worth around £100,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

A photo of the Mayor of Islington has won a portrait competition.

Rakhia Ismail is seen in her full mayoral outfit, which includes a hijab, laughing and rubbing her chin.

It was taken by Rosalind Furlong from Wandsworth, and it’s the second time she’s won the British Journal of Photography competition.

Rosalind says she’s “delighted and honoured to be chosen again”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

A police officer for West London who failed to examine evidence that would have cleared an innocent person has been officially warned.

Aija Rudovska is based at the Central West BCU, which covers Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.

Between 2016 and 2017, she was the investigating officer in a serious assault case, and failed to disclose initial descriptions and CCTV.

The person was charged and faced a crown court trial.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council has launched a consultation on extending powers to tackle dog-related problems.

The current Public Space Protection Order excludes dogs from specific areas such as open spaces, tennis courts and games areas.

The proposals being consulted would see the requirement for pet owners to carry suitable means for collecting any dog faeces.

A restriction on the number of animals that professional dog walkers can control at any given time is also being considered.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday, 4 September 2020

Over 17,000 people in Croydon have signed a petition for a referendum on a directly elected mayor.

It was handed in to the Labour-run council yesterday.

Croydon South Tory MP Chris Philp says “we’re sick of a small unaccountable clique” and “the public should choose who runs Croydon”.

Directly elected mayors were made possible in 2000, and currently Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets have them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 45-year-old man from Stanwell has been charged with robbery.

He’s also been charged with aggravated taking without owner’s consent and dangerous driving after an incident in Clare Road on Wednesday evening.

The man tried to steal a delivery drivers’ vehicle, in doing so he collided with the victim causing serious injuries.

The man has been remanded in police custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Wandsworth are to get retractable barriers, after emergency vehicles had problems.

Barriers and signs are being installed at residential streets across the borough to deter rat running.

However, they’re controversial, with a petition against the one in Tooting at nearly 10,000 signatures.

The authority is asking people to submit their views about the scheme.

You can find a link to the consultation on our Jackie News Twitter feed.

Tooting petition to check figure: click here.


Consultation (one for each neighbourhood): click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Streatham Hill has been charged with the shooting of a man from Tulse Hill over a year ago.

23-year-old Kane Gilead was arrested on Wednesday, and will appear in court today.

Six people were arrested last year, but none charged.

25-year-old Ramane Wiggan was killed on a balcony in West Norwood last March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

More than 100 million meals have been claimed during the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

It offered 50% off restaurant bills, up to £10, from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.

Many restaurants are now independently carrying the deal on, or doing something similar.

Sam Harrison, who ran Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick until last year, is among them.

He says it's about getting customers through the door.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A house has been destroyed by fire in Hounslow.

The empty property in Heathlands Way caught light in the early hours.

No one was injured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Over 1,000 people in Surrey have signed a petition against making the County into a unitary authority

A white paper is due to be published this autumn, that will encourage scrapping district and borough councils.

Stoneleigh Residents Association Councillor Hannah Dalton is heading up a new campaign group against it.

She says that people’s level of representation could be at risk:



Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver says the move could save up to £130m a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

A YouTuber killed in an e-scooter crash in Battersea last year lost control due to an underinflated tyre

35 year old Emily Hartridge died instantly from multiple traumatic injuries when she was thrown under a lorry.

A coroner has ruled that the scooter was being "unsuitably driven, too fast" and the lack of air in the tyre had caused the crash.

A record of inquest document seen by the BBC said the death was accidental.

Ms Hartridge was believed to have been the first person in the UK to be killed in a crash involving an e-scooter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

A man has been sentenced to four years in jail after admitting sexually assaulting a teenager in Hounslow



Police were called to reports that a teenager had been sexually assaulted by a man while on board the Route H91 bus in September.

When she got off the bus and while waiting at a stop on Windmill Road, she was physically and sexually assaulted by the same man.

24 year old Adam Jeby pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, criminal damage and assault by beating.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

People in New Malden are calling on Kingston Council to take urgent action and clean up The Cut

Some residents we have spoken to claim the walk-through has become a haven for rubbish dumping and graffiti. 

They say the area was "gloriously clean" during lock-down, but it is now littered with food packaging,
used masks and beer cans and is so overgrown that social distancing is impossible in places and the bins are overflowing. 

One person we spoke to whose house backs on to the route, Tina Malloy, says the area has become synonymous with anti-social behavior at night and reports to the council about offensive graffiti on the brand new cycle route have gone un-answered. 

She says it's a "massive environmental health issue."

The high street was also targeted with offensive slogans last month, many of which we cannot publish due to the language used.
Residents living in Poplar Grove are also voicing their concerns about a tree stump which they say is so dangerous, walkers are tripping over it.
 
They claim they have contacted the council many times, to no avail. 

We have also contacted Kingston for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Filming on Hollywood movie The Batman has been halted after lead actor Robert Pattinson allegedly tested positive for Covid-19

Warner Bros said a member of production had coronavirus and was isolating but has not confirmed the name of the individual.

However, Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter say the person who has tested positive is Pattinson.

The actor from Barnes plays the caped crusader in the new blockbuster.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has tested positive for coronavirus

His current club Atletico Madrid have announced the Spanish international is now self isolating.

His team-mate Santiago Arias has also posted a positive result for Covid-19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The transport secretary's admitted they won't be bringing in coronavirus tests at airports in order to relax quarantine restrictions



Grant Shapps says it's "unlikely" immediate screenings would detect the illness for people arriving in the UK.

Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye has previously said that testing would be the “lifeline” that gets the UK aviation sector back up and running.

Wales has introduced a self-isolation period for holidaymakers returning from Portugal, with Scotland enforcing the same measure tomorrow.

England and Northern Ireland are yet to impose quarantine rules for the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Polar bears forced to leave the Arctic have been on the streets in Esher

Extinction Rebellion Elmbridge are protesting in the town dressed as the animals.

The group want net-zero emissions by 2025, rather than 2050 as the government is aiming.

Sue Cooper, from the group, says everyone needs to come together to fight climate change.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Councillors in Spelthorne are to debate whether to call for a full inquiry into the death of a seven-year-old who died during a flood in 2014

Zane Gbangbola died when his home in Chertsey was flooded.

While an inquest ruled he died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a petrol-powered pump, his parents say gases from a former landfill site were responsible.

Now, independent councillor Ian Beardsmore wants an inquiry “similar to Hillsborough”.

He’s served on the borough’s planning committee for 27 years, and says “crucial evidence” about the landfill site has been ignored.

It’ll be debated next Thursday, but the council has previously accepted the inquest’s findings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Black people who live, work or study in Richmond are being urged to share their stories and experiences

The Council will launch a programme of events and activities in October as part of annual Black History Month.

The aim is to commemorate the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the borough.

Stories will explore family histories, traditions, achievements, cultures, and experiences of racism.

The exhibition will be shared online and in public spaces around the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Kingston Council is seeking feedback from across the borough to help create a new housing strategy which will span over the next 10 years

During the height of the pandemic they had to pause regular engagements to provide essential support to vulnerable residents.

They want feedback on what people think about topics including housing for the elderly and for Key Workers.

Everyone that lives, works or studies in the borough is encouraged to give their feedback here.

If you require the survey in a different format, please contact [email protected] or call 020 8547 5000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 am  

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Surrey County Council has appointed a new Executive Director of Children, Families and Lifelong Learning.

Rachael Wardell starts in early December, joining from her current role as Director of Children, Schools and Families for Merton.

Previously she spent five years as Director of Children’s and Adult Social Services at West Berkshire Council and held posts at Ofsted.

Rachael’s appointment follows the sudden death of the council’s previous Executive Director Dave Hill in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing is returning to Strictly, after injury forced him to withdraw from last year's show.

Other contestants announced today include EastEnders' actress Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany, comic Bill Bailey, and TV presenter JJ Chalmers.

The new series starts later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A delivery driver has been attacked in Stanwell.

The victim had left his vehicle in Clare Road to deliver a parcel at around 5.30pm last night.

It was then that another man entered the vehicle and attempted to drive off.

In doing so, he collided with the victim causing serious injuries.

The suspect then drove off, colliding with two cars, before decamping and leaving the vehicle on Frobisher Crescent.

Members of the public managed to detain the suspect until officers arrived at the scene.

A 45-year-old man was arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A 70 year old man has been beaten by two men during a robbery in Croydon.

Police were called to Oaks Road on the 17th of August where they found the victim who had sustained facial injuries.

A record of the stolen property, which included a camera and battery pack, has been compiled.

Police are asking anyone who has been offered photographic equipment for sale by someone other than a retailer to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A number of polar bears will be walking the streets of Esher tomorrow morning.

Or rather, protesters dressed as polar bears.

XR Elmbridge is taking to the streets at 9.30am as part of its action over climate change.

They’ll also convene on Walton Bridge at noon on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

Firefighters are to receive a 2% pay rise

It’s on par with judges and the armed forces, but below doctors, police and teachers.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union, says they’ve been taken on extra roles and functions during the pandemic.

He says further investment is needed in the service and tackle, “declining real pay”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

A Crystal Palace footballer has been fined, after texting his wife at the wheel

Mamadou Sakho was driving his Rolls-Royce through Tooting Bec in February when he was seen by police.

He said he was texting his wife, who was in hospital.

He’s been ordered to pay £352, and given six penalty points.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

A road in Richmond which has a poor collision record when it comes to cyclists is at the centre of a new safety scheme

Special segregated lanes will be installed along Hampton Court Road, with work starting on the 13th.

Resident parking bays will be moved to help accommodate the initiative between the Palace roundabout and Lion Gate.

Transport for London funds were won by Richmond Council to put in place measures to rapidly improve the cycle network.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Elmbridge has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases

24 positive cases have been recorded between the 22nd and 28th of August.

That’s compared to 104 across Surrey during the same period of time.

Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health, says Elmbridge is still a long way from a local lockdown” but people need to follow guidelines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Hounslow Council have responded to criticisms of a paint job at an estate in Isleworth

Residents have reportedly complained that the “sand yellow” colour resembles baby human waste.

The authority says that they renovated the properties to improve energy efficiency, including external wall insulation.

The colour was originally going to be magnolia, but the Local Planning Authority required the change to yellow as a condition of its approval.

It says that there’s no evidence this has affected house prices, and that “the vast majority of tenants” are “very satisfied”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Becoming a landlord in Earl’s Court could be a smart investment, but will set you back over a million pounds

That’s according to lettings management platform Howsy, who have looked at areas receiving government investment that could see demand grow.

Earl’s Court has an average monthly rent of just over £2,200, but only a 2.4% yield.

Best in England is Liverpool Ten Streets, which can yield 6.4% for a just over £120,000 house price.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Gary Lineker's reportedly applied to have a refugee live with him at his house in Barnes

The Match Of The Day host has been in touch with a charity, according to the Mirror.

He told the paper he's "not at all" apprehensive, and that he's "been thinking of doing something like that for a while."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Parents across Richmond are being urged to map their school journeys ahead of time

The council is warning of significant changes to the borough’s travel network which could increase travel times.

A number of School Streets, where certain roads are closed off to vehicles at drop off and pick up times, are being rolled out.

Pairs of colourful footprints have also been installed outside many schools to help children and their families adhere to social distancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A gay pub in Clapham is in line for a national award after its online parties were watched by thousands of people during lockdown

The Two Brewers also used its Facebook Live events to raise money for charities.

That includes over £2,300 for the Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps LGBTQ people who are homeless or living in hostile environments.

It’s up against six other contestants in the “Keeping the Community Entertained” category in the Great British Pub Awards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Reports of cats being shot at with BB guns in New Malden have surfaced on social media

The RSPCA says that it cannot confirm if it’s investigating the reports because of data protection laws.

The charity is reassuring residents it does take action where appropriate and says witnesses should get in contact.

Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can receive up to six months in prison or a £20,000 fine if found guilty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

The foreign secretary says he's "deeply concerned" about Germany's claims Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent.

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab insists Russia "must tell the truth" about what happened to the politician, who's a fierce critic of President Putin.

Novichok was also used against a former Soviet spy in Salisbury in 2018.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Fulham manager Scott Parker's been rewarded with a new contract after guiding the club back to the Premier League.

He's agreed a three-year deal.

Parker initially took over as caretaker boss in February 2019 - and helped the team return to the top flight through the Championship play-offs last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm  

Heathrow could cut a quarter of its frontline staff, which is around 1,200 jobs.

The airport's failed to reach a deal with trade unions, following talks about pay and conditions with engineers, airside operations employees and security staff.

Sources say up to 4,700 people will now be included in a consultation process.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An air ambulance has been called to Thorpe Park after somebody was taken ill.

Crews were called yesterday afternoon to the resort, and took them to the hospital.

There are reports that the patient was a child who fell ill near the Swarm ride.

The theme park has thanked guests for their cooperation and patience.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott believes there is an appetite for change at the Football Association.

He's working with the FA as their Inclusion Advisory Board chairman, with the aim of ensuring greater diversity at the organisation.

Elliott tells Sky Sports News, the message is being driven home right from the very top.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

A 17 year-old boy has become the 14th person to be arrested over the abduction of three young brothers by their father in Coulsdon.

Imran Safi is suspected of threatening a foster carer with a knife to take his sons from their foster home last month.

A teenager from Bristol is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to abduct them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Millions of children in England and Wales are heading back to school this week.

Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee Jeremy Hunt is calling for the government o introduce weekly testing for all secondary school teachers.

Headteacher at Barnes Primary, Sue Jepson, says they’ve had to introduce lots of changes to make the school safe.

She thinks children need to go back to school.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Investigations into a flat fire in Kingston yesterday have reviled the blaze was accidental.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a fault in a dishwasher.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called just after 10am to a five-roomed flat on Wadbrook Street.

Station Commander Ben Midgley has advised not to ignore your white goods if they start making strange noises.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

People in Richmond who are exempt from wearing a face mask can now apply for a badge to prove it.



Since they were made mandatory in shops at the end of July, many people have been challenged publicly for not wearing one.

However, those with breathing difficulties or mental illness are medically exempt.

It’ll be available through the council's website or by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Newly elected Lib Dem Leader Sir Ed Davey has set out his cabinet

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton's named Twickenham MP Munira Wilson as Health and Care spokesperson, saying “she’ll press the government to prepare for a second wave of Coronavirus”.

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney will take climate, business and transport, and will focus on campaigning for green jobs.

His rival for the leadership, Layla Moran, will speak for Foreign Affairs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

It's hoped 20,000 fans will be able to attend England's rugby union international against the Barbarians at Twickenham next month

The RFU aims to use a quarter of the stadium's full capacity, with space allowed for social distancing.

The match takes place on the 25th of October, a week before England play Italy in their rearranged Six Nations fixture.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A person has died after being hit by a train at South Croydon station

British Transport Police were called at around quarter past nine this morning.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and police are working to identify the person.

It’s expected to cause disruption between East Croydon and Purley until midday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am  

A video has been shared on Youtube by cyclists in Barnes detailing the difficulties they’re facing now Hammersmith Bridge has closed

The short film looks at the alternative route they’ve been advised to take to get around the closure.

It includes 8 intersections, busy Barnes High Street, no cycle lanes and 50 steps up to the railway bridge crossing.

The Grade II listed bridge was closed to pedestrians and cyclists due to safety fears in July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

A retired military dog is to receive the PDSA Dicken Medal for saving the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan

Kuno was severely wounded after charging through enemy gunfire, tackling a lone gunman.

His life was saved and he became the first UK military working dog to be fitted with custom made prosthetic limbs.

PDSA runs 48 animal hospitals across the country including one in Croydon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Police are reminding people to ‘say no’ to doorstep callers after reports of unsolicited visits by trades people in Addlestone.

Officers have been speaking to residents of Dickens Drive as there were concerns that vulnerable residents were being exploited.

They are reminding residents that whilst these callers may be legitimate, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Police are urging people to share this information with friends, neighbours and family members who are considered to be vulnerable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Youth clubs owned by Surrey County Council are to be opened up for outside use.

The authority has confirmed its decision to allow community, voluntary and faith groups to run youth centre programmes.

Cllr for Children, Young People and Families, Mary Lewis said:

“The impact of Covid-19 makes it more important than ever that children and young people have access to youth facilities in Surrey”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Repair works will resume on Heathrow’s Southern Runway resume tonight.

It’ll be fully closed between 8pm and 7am Monday to Friday from the 1st.

This means people living under the Northern runway will experience more aircraft noise.

The works are likely to be completed in early October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea have signed Pernille Harder in a deal thought to be one of the most expensive in the women's game.

The Denmark captain joins from Champions League finalists Wolfsburg for a fee believed to be £250,000

She's signed a three-year contract.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray looks to continue the successful start for British tennis players at the US Open.

After victories for Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund on the opening day, he's taking on Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka this evening.

Dan Evans gets his campaign underway later this evening, while Johanna Konta's playing fellow Brit Heather Watson.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

Parents in Surrey are being encouraged to apply for help from the council to help their kids with their homework.

Family Learning is especially targeted at anyone who doesn’t have English as their first language.

They’re free and aimed at poorer families, but are currently being held online.

Cheryl Brown, from the scheme, has this to say for anyone who feels they don’t understand their child’s homework.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Repair works will resume on Heathrow’s Southern Runway resume tonight.

It’ll be fully closed between 8pm and 7am Monday to Friday from the 1st.

This means people living under the Northern runway will experience more aircraft noise.

The works are likely to be completed in early October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Several weapons were seized by officers across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea over the Bank Holiday weekend.



A total of 17 weapons were found during sweeps, vehicle searches and stop and searches.

They included a variety of knives, baseball bats and an iron bar.

Detective Inspector Yasser Awad from the Central West Gangs Unit said: this has “no doubt prevented further acts of violence.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

Parents in Surrey are being encouraged to apply for help from to help their kids with their homework.

Family Learning is especially targeted at anyone who doesn’t have English as their first language.

They’re free and aimed at poorer families, but are currently being held online.

Cheryl Brown, from the scheme, has been telling Jackie's Luke Williams all about it.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a flat fire in Kingston this morning.

The fire broke out on Wadbrook Street where part of a five-roomed flat on the fifth floor of an eight-storey block was damaged.

The Brigade was called just after 10am and the fire was under control within an hour.

There were no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

There are concerns removing Portugal from the UK's safe-travel list could cause "chaos" for holidaymakers

The boss of Heathrow-based British Airways' parent company, IAG, says the government risks "destroying the economy" by reimposing restrictions.

The number of infections in the country has passed 20 per 100,000 - the threshold for a change in quarantine rules.

Dr Hans Kluge, from the World Health Organisation, says ministers need to react to this rise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Andy Murray returns to singles action at a Grand Slam today for the first time since the 2019 Australian Open

Britain's former world number one gets his US Open tennis campaign underway against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka this evening.

Murray needed a hip resurfacing operation in January last year, and while he won the Queen’s Club championship in West Kensington afterwards, he only got through to the third round of mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

But he says he can't wait to get going again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A charity's urging women not to ignore unexpected bleeding as it could be a sign of cancer

80% of those surveyed by Hammersmith-based The Eve Appeal admit they wouldn't go straight to a doctor if this happened.

It's a key symptom of three out of the five gynaecological cancers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Unions are calling for a temporary ban on school absence fines as tens of thousands of pupils return to classrooms in England and Wales

The National Association of Head Teachers says parents shouldn't be penalised for not sending their kids back due to fears about coronavirus.

Local authorities can issue fines of 120 pounds if children are absent without reason.

However, a survey from the National Foundation for Educational Research also shows more than two in five children will need "intensive" support to catch up.

The study coincides with Labour yesterday calling for A-level and GCSE exams to be delayed next year.

Headteacher Siobhan Lowe from Tolworth Girl’s School supports a complete rethink.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

A new petition calling for the scrapping of measures attempting to reduce traffic in Fulham is being circulated by MP Greg Hands

The member for Chelsea and Fulham is calling for the cancellation of the ‘SW6 Traffic Reduction Scheme’ which came in in July.

The scheme from Hammersmith and Fulham council aims to bring down the number of motorists in the area with traffic barriers and fines for non-residents.

People who live there can apply for permits to drive in and out of the new ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’.

Mr Hands argues that “visitors, traders, carers and essential delivery drivers” are being unduly penalised by the scheme.

We’ve contacted both parties for further comment.

You can find the petition here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

An executive at Unilever has resigned after a whistleblower revealed that he was having an affair with a colleague.

Director Andrea Pirie from Kingston revealed the information, and claimed she lost out on a promotion because of it.

Gary McGaghey was alleged to have been made “twisted” by the relationship, and created a “hostile work environment”.

Mrs Pirie received £170,000 in damages, and Mr McGaghey was not involved in the tribunal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 31 August 2020

A grapefruit has inspired an uncuttable material, developed by scientists at the University of Surrey.

Proteus is named after the Greek God of the tides.

In tests, the material defends itself by being flexible, and therefore turning the force of a cutting tool on itself.

It’s hoped it will be part of a new generation of bike locks and security armour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Carers in Sutton are to be given support, as they help people through the last year of their life.

The Sutton End of Life Care Hub is staffed with palliative care nurses and a specialist Social Worker.

Johanna Gamrat is a carer from Sutton, who began to struggle with her mother’s dementia condition.

She says she was “very impressed” and they “worked very quickly” to provide help.

The team will aim to help patients stay independent and avoid being admitted to acute hospitals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks fans of the club shouldn't get too carried away by their recent transfer activity.

German international Kai Havertz is expected to be their next high profile capture, following the arrivals of the likes of Timo Werner, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.

Bosnich tells Sky Sports News, Frank Lampard's side will need time before they're considered Premier League title winners.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

Surrey’s Jason Roy has been left out of England’s upcoming one-day international cricket series against Australia.

But the opening batsman could be recalled if he recovers from a side strain.

Meanwhile, other World Cup winners: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, all return to the 50-over set-up after playing in the home test series against Pakistan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Part of the CS7 South-West London cycle route has been made safer.

Cycle Superhighway 7 stretches 13 kilometres from Colliers Wood, in Merton, all the way to Cannon Street.

Almost 4 kilometres of it, in Balham and Tooting, has been upgraded to better protect cyclists.

TfL have also announced new traffic restrictions between London Bridge and Shoreditch to create more room for pedestrians in the city.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm  

Ivan Toney will officially join Brentford tomorrow.

The striker is signing for the Championship club from Peterborough on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Toney was announced as the League One 'Player of the Year' on Thursday after scoring 24 goals in 32 third-tier games last season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

A man has died after losing control of his motorcycle near Horsell Common.

It happened around 1.30pm yesterday, and the air ambulance and police attended.

However, the man, who was in his 20s, died at the scene.

Police are looking to speak to anyone with information.

The motorcycle involved is a yellow Suzuki.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

Fulham have completed a double swoop for two players from Southampton.

Harrison Reed, who helped the club seal promotion to the Premier League last season, has made his loan permanent.

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder, Mario Lemina moves from St Mary's on a temporary deal until the end of the new campaign.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

A dispersal zone at Staines Town Centre will stay in place until tomorrow and perhaps longer.

It was brought in on Friday to deal with anti-social behaviour.

While there are reports of disorder by young people, there have also been incidents of adults abusing shop staff and refusing to pay for alcohol.

Police say many of the young people visiting the town are from Egham and beyond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

Voting is officially open for England’s 'Tree of the Year! Representing for us is The Crouch Oak in Addlestone.

This rare example of an urban ancient oak tree used to mark the Eastern edge of Windsor Forest and the kings hunting grounds.

Queen Elizabeth the first is said to have picnicked under its branches, at which point (over 400 years ago) it would have been a decent size already.

In the early nineteenth century the tree was fenced off by the landowner after a local woman stripped the bark to make love potions.

You can vote for The Crouch Oak, or one of the other trees, over on the Woodland Trust website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

The streets around Kensington and Chelsea will look a little different today than usual, as the Notting Hill carnival goes online

Huge crowds would usually line the roads for the colourful festival.

But instead acts have been filming themselves throughout the month, which is being streamed virtually.

Shanae Chisolm has been performing with the Ebony Steel Band since 2013.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

HMP Wandsworth has the highest number of prisoners sharing cells in the country

75% of its population were sharing cells in May; over 1,100 people.

The figures follow a question to the government by Twickenham Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson.

The government says all prisoners suitability to share a cell is risk assessed.

It also says that they’re isolating the symptomatic and quarantining new arrivals.

Total number of prisoners sharing cells

Prison                         Mar-20   Apr-20  May-20

Feltham                       96           178       130
High Down                 686          668        633
Wandsworth               1,176      1,146     1,120
Wormwood Scrubs     601         558       601

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Heathrow Airport is sharing its coronavirus testing data with the government

The hub is looking to make testing at airports standard, to try and restore faith in aviation and reduce the quarantine period.

It’s trialling the system to try and find a method to test on a large scale outside of a laboratory.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye says “testing is the lifeline that the UK’s aviation sector needs to get back on its feet”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

A midwife at Kingston Hospital will finish a mammoth feat today

Kelly Hutchins has spent the last 12 weeks carrying out 850,000 steps for her “Step Challenge.”

That’s despite suffering from Covid-19 at the start of it.

Kelly explains why she’s chosen to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.



You can find her Just Giving page here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Epsom Racecourse will open its doors to the public virtually today

It’s after its annual open day had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event is usually a chance for visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at how racing works at one of the UK’s biggest courses.

The day will start with a live gallops on Facebook at 9 o’clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The Jockey Club's chief executive has resigned after allegations including bullying and making racist comments were upheld by an independent inquiry

Delia Bushell started working for the company in September last year.

It operates fifteen racecourses, including Aintree, Cheltenham and Epsom Downs.

She’s published her resignation letter in The Racing Post, in which she disputes the decision to uphold the allegations.

The Jockey Club says the barrister was independent, and interviewed 19 witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Surrey police are claiming success for an initiative to prevent fraudsters targeting vulnerable people.

Over 1.8 million pounds has been prevented from being lost to scams as a result of the Banking Protocol.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council is to hold a number of advice sessions for EU citizens in different languages.

The authority is trying to encourage them to apply for settled status ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December the 31st.

It’s thought around 40,000 people living in Wandsworth are eligible to apply, but only 35,000 have so far.

The free e-information sessions will start on September the 10th and have been organised by Citizens Advice Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

The Premier League has described yesterday's test event to reintegrate fans into football - involving Chelsea and Brighton - as "very encouraging".

Two-and-a-half-thousand supporters watched the 1-all draw, with minister for sport Oliver Dowden calling it "an important milestone".

In a statement, the league's chief executive - Richard Masters - says the organisation is "committed to having full stadia as soon as possible".

It was a good debut too for Timo Werner – Chelsea’s new German striker – who scored after 4 minutes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Richmond Council says the decision to axe the TfL Scrappage Scheme for vans and minibuses is “short sighted.”

The initiative has committed over £30 million to helping small and micro-sized businesses prepare for the ULEZ and its extension.

However, London’s councils say they were given just a few days’ notice before the scheme was axed on Friday.

The ULEZ, or Ultra Low Emission Zone, already operates in Central London and will expand to the North and South Circulars next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 pm  

It’s been revealed the number of people employed by Surrey Fire and Rescue has shrunk by almost a third in the past decade.

The fire Brigades Union says just 300 people now work for the service, down from 558.

The trades union, which is based in Norbiton, is blaming pay cuts and what it calls “enforced” shift changes for the resignation of 35 firefighters since April last year.

1300 people have signed a petition which calls on Surrey County Council to scrap the changes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 pm  

A group of climate activists are coming to Sutton to engage with local people about climate refugees and the ecological emergency.

Extinction Rebellion will be pushing their handmade craft ‘The Lightship Greta’ from Brighton to Hackney to help raise awareness.

On the week-long journey they’ll also stop in Horsham, Crawley, Redhill and Vauxhall – with a live samba band in tow.

Group member, Faith Terry-Doyle, said "Pulling a huge lightship is hard, dealing with the climate crisis is even harder, but when we pull together we can make a great change."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

The sound of Notting Hill Carnival - cancelled this year because of Covid-19 - is coming to Brixton.

The Channel One sound system, which has been playing reggae to carnival revellers for nearly forty years, is at Jamm Bar on Brixton Road.

Channel One is such a fixture of carnival that one of its speaker stacks will be appearing at the Museum of London, when it reopens in October.

They’re promising conscious reggae, exclusive dubplates, uplifting steppas and authentic Caribbean BBQ today and tomorrow – all socially distanced, of course.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

A man's been taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries after a fight at a takeaway in Walton-on-Thames

A man's been taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries after a fight at a takeaway in Walton-on-Thames.

It broke out inside the KFC restaurant on the High Street yesterday evening, before continuing outside.

The victim, in his 50s, lost consciousness.

Two men, who are in their 20s, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Police have appealed for help from sharp-eyed Croydon residents in their hunt for Imran Safi, a father who’s believed to have abducted his three sons

Police have appealed for help from sharp-eyed Croydon residents in their hunt for Imran Safi, a father who’s believed to have abducted his three sons.

The three young brothers were taken from the garden of their foster-home in Coulsdon on Thursday August 20th after their carer was threatened with a knife.

Detective are especially keen to trace the movements of a red Nissan Qashqai, which they believe was in the Croydon area that day.

The registration number is PK13 WFO.

Over the past five days a totl of 13 men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to abduct a child.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

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