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Saturday 10 October 2020

A charity in Leatherhead is thanking people in Surrey after it smashed a fund-raising target in just 4 months.

The Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled people raised over £500,000 for its “Survive and Thrive Appeal” to help keep it afloat.

Over £67,000 of it was raised in Surrey with extra help from EastEnders star Emma Barton. 

The charity say they can now survive the immediate financial impact of the pandemic and continue to serve the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 pm  

A third man’s been charged in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Patrick Gomes De’Almeida in Morden.

Jamaili Calvert, who’s 20 and from Croydon’s also been charged with grievous bodily harm and two counts of robbery.

He remains in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Two other men, from Streatham and Norwood have also been charged after an attack on London Road in Morden on Thursday 1st October.

Another man was injured in the attack but his injuries are not life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, has been given an MBE for services to local government.

He’s the first Cypriot council leader in Britain and is also the longest-serving leader in Merton’s 55-year history.

After being honoured by the Queen in her birthday list, Councillor Alambritis said:

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead Merton Council and serve the diverse communities in a place which I am proud to call home.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Joe Wicks has been made an MBE by the Queen in her birthday honours list.

Joe got the award after becoming the ‘nations PE teacher’ during lockdown and encouraging kids (and us big kids) to stay active.

The Body Coach – who was born in Epsom – has described it as 'his proudest achievement' and a ‘dream come true’.

Meanwhile, Sir David Attenborough, who lives in Richmond, has been given an upgrade to his knighthood.

He’s received a Knight Grand Cross.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

England manager Gareth Southgate has drawn a line under an incident which saw two Chelsea players break coronavirus rules.

Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell missed Thursday's friendly against Wales after breaching Covid-19 guidelines at a surprise party, as did Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

But after re-joining the squad, Southgate says that's now behind them.

Abraham and Sancho could play in the Nations League tie against Belgium tomorrow, however, Chilwell is ill with a non-Covid related illness.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

A rogue landlord has been taken to court by Mole Valley Council.
Alan Lavender pleaded guilty to an order served by the authority after officers saw the condition of his rental property.

The unit at Burnt Oak Farm was in such a state that it posed a significant risk to his tenants.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 in legal costs and the property has been closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

Surrey parents are being encouraged to take more interest in where their children play sport.

According to a YouGov survey, only 38% of Mums and Dads do research on a club before allowing their child to join.

The NSPCC have launched “Parents in Sport Week” to promote positive parental participation.

Meanwhile, the Surrey FA is asking people to sign up - online - to “The Sports Parents Promise” to help safeguard their children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

Today on World Mental Health Day global communities come together to raise awareness around mental health.

A survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that the number of adults in Britain with depression has doubled since March.

Mental health support groups are continuing to find innovative ways to encourage people to reach out and seek help during the pandemic.

Vicky Bourne from Mind in Kingston has been discussing ways to get involved with the charity online:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

The MP for Carshalton is backing a new British Legion initiative to help children understand Remembrance.

A book club and activities for five to 15 year olds have been created with the help of the National Library Trust.

Many Remembrance events will have to be held behind closed doors next month due to Covid-19.

Elliot Colburn hopes children will continue to learn enough to "pass on the torch of Remembrance to the next generation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

£43,000 has been given to two sports club in Elmbridge from the London Marathon.

Elmbridge Canoe Club received £13,000 to renovate its facilities.

Scott Hynds, from the club, says it's allows them to "meet the growing demand of our increasingly active local community.

Silvermere Gymnastics Academy received £30,000 to refurbish and fit its news premises, double its teaching capacity.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

UNISON has balloted its members for strike action after Surrey County Council proposed a wage cut for frontline care staff.

 Care workers are amongst the lowest paid council workers with average hourly earnings of £10.75.

Surrey County Council has withdrawn enhanced payments, introduced during the pandemic, for working weekends, late nights and bank holidays.

We've contacted Surrey County Council for a statement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

The number of killings in London has exceeded 100 for a sixth year in a row


The deaths of Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj and her three-year-old son make 101 homicides in 2020.

The pair were stabbed to death in Brentford and were discovered on Tuesday.

99 of those homicide cases have been launched by the Met police, while the British Transport Police have recorded two.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Friday 9 October 2020

A man has been pictured in Bushy Park feeding a deer, right next to a sign telling people not to feed deer.

A man has been pictured in Bushy Park feeding a deer, right next to a sign telling people not to feed deer.

The pictures in the The Mail show the deer shaking its antlers at him, and him trying to stroke it.

People are being told to stay at least 50m, or three bus lengths, away from the animals, and not get between males and females as it’s rutting season.

Feeding deer also causes them to associate humans with food, which can cause them to attack people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A plan to bring private policing to Richmond is being opposed by one of the town’s MPs

Lib Dem Sarah Olney is voicing concern over canvassing activity to generate support for a private force.

She says she understands many people are anxious, but policing should not be reserved for those who can pay for it.

It’s been reported that residents in part of Richmond have been paying security officers to patrol their streets at certain times.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

People are going to get the chance to ask questions to the Hammersmith Bridge taskforce.

They met yesterday, and say they’re talking to engineers and the Port of London Authority.

They’re hoping to complete the risk assessment by November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Richmond now has the highest rate of coronavirus cases in all of London.

Government figures show it now has a rate of 112.1 new cases per 100,000 people.

The news comes after council leader Gareth Roberts released a video on Twitter asking people who are refusing to follow social distancing measures to “pack it in.”

Richmond Council says the figures need to be looked at again as its own research shows a quarter of positive tests  were taken by Richmond residents outside of London as far away as Leeds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

A drugs mule stopped at Heathrow had swallowed 99 packages of cocaine.

22-year-old Jean Da Silva Oliveira had ingested over a kilogram of drugs before flying in from Sao Paolo.

He was X-rayed, and kept in custody until the packages had passed.

He’s been jailed for four years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

A new technique developed at the Royal Marsden in Sutton could spare thousands of breast cancer patients from surgery.

Vacuum Assisted Biopsy, or VAB, allows surgeons to extract more breast tissue than standard techniques.

Sometimes residual disease can be missed because it is either too small or even non-existent at the point of assessment.

VAB potentially pinpoints if a patient has successfully responded to chemotherapy with no remaining disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:43 pm  

Battersea Arts Centre is one of the big winners at this year’s Wandsworth Design Awards

The team behind the restoration of the iconic grade II listed building in Lavender Hill have picked up the Mayor’s Design gong after it was gutted by a fire in 2015.

Judges praised the “exemplary and scholarly” restoration describing the centre as a, “phoenix arising from the ashes.”

Other award winners include the Putney Vale Gates, the Fountain in Tooting Bec Common and Archlight Cinema in Nine Elms, which was constructed out of converted railway arches.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

It’s emerged a large proportion of positive Covid cases in Richmond are from people who had their tests conducted outside of London

There have been 421 positive results reported in the borough since September the 20th.

But the council has found that almost a quarter of those were tested in areas including Manchester and Leeds.

Richmond Council is demanding that the Government urgently reviews the data before any additional measures are put in place, 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

Comedienne Ruby Wax has joined the campaign to help save the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington

Her one-woman show will be livestreamed on Tuesday night with a percentage of profits going towards the campaign.

Under social distancing regulations, live performances remain difficult financially, with a 329-seating capacity reduced to 70.

The centre has applied for part of the Government’s £1.5 billion support package for the arts and expects to receive a decision soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Police are hunting a young man seen killing a wild bird in Staines

He was seen attacking the bird in the Memorial Gardens on the 6th of September.

If you have any information, contact Surrey Police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

England manager Gareth Southgate says Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka have made the best of their opportunities

The trio put in impressive performances in the 3-nil friendly win over Wales at Wembley.

Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho hosted a surprise party for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham that breached COVID-19 rules by having more than six people.

That’s partly why the new boys got their chance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Planning permission for a block of flats in Stoneleigh has been refused

The Epsom and Ewell planning committee rejected it unanimously.

The plan was for 20 flats next to the railway station, with five to seven stories.

Councillor Mason said “I cannot believe an architect has designed this”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

British Transport have released CCTV images after someone pushed a shopping trolley onto the railway line at Addlestone

The incident happened on the 19th of September just before 10am.

The incident caused over £1,000 worth of delays to services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am  

It’s believed a fire in Heston yesterday was caused by the “self-heating of tea towels that had been contaminated with oils”

One unit at Heston Industrial Mall, which was used for laundry, was destroyed by the blaze yesterday morning.

When some materials are cleaned, put into tumble dryers, then folded and stacked, the heat from the tumble drying cannot escape.

There were no reports of any injuries in the fire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Hogwarts and Downton Abbey are among 455 heritage sites in England getting a share of more than £100m

The grants will help with maintenance during the pandemic, and also prevent job losses.

Royal Parks, which manage Richmond and Bushy and the Chelsea Physic Garden, are among those which will benefit from the new culture recovery fund.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

Traffic wardens are doubling up as pollution monitors in Richmond

They’re wearing small devices as they patrol which allows them to report harmful readings back to the council.

Richmond Council owns two static pollution monitoring units and 64 NO2 monitoring sites.

These additional ‘roving’ monitors will provide the authority with additional data.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:25 am  

Thursday 8 October 2020

Nearly £2m in cash has been seized by border police at Heathrow

 30-year-old Tara Hanlon was stopped on Saturday evening attempting to board a flight to Dubai.

Police searched five suitcases and found £1.9m, the largest detection at the border so far this year.

Two women have been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

A 26-year-old man from Chessington is among three persons who have been charged by the Met with human slavery and drugs offences

Basky Capitao, of Nigel Fisher Way, has been charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

The charges follow the investigation of suspected county lines offences.

Capitao will appear at Kingston Crown Court on October 30th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

The next phase of regeneration of one of South West London’s biggest housing estates is underway

A number of new homes have been confirmed for Fontley Way as part of the Alton Estate re-development. 

 The site will provide 14 three-bedroom and four-bedroom Council homes for tenants and resident owners within the “intervention area”.

 This means they will be able to move into newly built replacement homes without the need for a temporary move.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 pm  

The man accused of killing a Met Police sergeant in Croydon remains unfit for interview

Sergeant Matiu Ratana died in hospital after being shot by a handcuffed suspect a fortnight ago.

The suspect was initially arrested for possessing ammunition and Class B drugs before suffering a gunshot injury.

Forensic searches in Norbury, a farmland in Banstead and at the Croydon Custody Centre have concluded.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

Surrey Police are yet to impose a single fine on people flouting the law over facemasks

 Only three police forces in the country have issued fines according to a freedom of information request by Reboot Digital.

These are Lancashire Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police and British Transport Police.

Face coverings or masks were made compulsory in shops on July the 24th and indoor locations on the 8th of August.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

A pipeline from Southampton to Hounslow to deliver jet fuel has been approved

Esso has got the go-ahead from the government for £150m project.

Work is expected to start next year.

Esso is hoping to keeping the site width between 20 and 30 metres to reduce the impact on the countryside.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm  

Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon is to get a new spruced up entranceway, thanks to a successful crowdfunder

The fundraiser is still going, with hopes to fund projects next year in the Rose Garden and the Valley Path.

The Friends of Cannizaro Park say that it “came into its own as a place of escape and calm for the local community” during lockdown.

They’ll be installing two avenues of trees and flowers, with repairs and resurfacing as well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

An unexploded device has been discovered in Thames Ditton this morning

Officers were called to the scene in Newlands Avenue at around 9.30am.

A cordon is currently in place and Explosive Ordinance Disposal officers are at the location assessing the item.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area while safe disposal of the device is organised.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

England manager Gareth Southgate has warned his young players they've proved nothing yet on the international stage

The build-up to tonight's friendly with Wales has been dominated by yet more issues over behaviour off the pitch.

Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell held a surprise party for Chelsea player Tammy Abraham, which breached coronavirus rules by having more than six people.

Southgate says the squad which made it to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 did a lot to boost their reputation - and he won't let anyone jeopardise that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council has recovered 34 of its homes which were being illegally sub-let

Half of the properties had been sub-let by their tenants to other people in return for cash; one tenant had moved on to Dubai.

Other cases involved relatives falsely claiming “succession” rights on properties after the tenant had passed away.

The authority says the result of the investigation will save tax-payers £2 million a year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

British Airways is saying goodbye to its last remaining two Jumbo Jets which are being retired this morning

The Boeing 747s have taken off just seconds apart from each other at Heathrow Airport.

After taking off, they did a fly-past for the gathered plane spotters.

They're often described as the "Queen of the Skies", and BA engineer John Moore says the planes will be missed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

The leader of Kingston Council says she will investigate alleged “dangerous driving” in a part of Kingston

People living in Park Road claim some drivers are speeding on a regular basis and using the route as a cut through.

 In a statement to residents, Caroline Kerr has promised an assessment will be carried out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a blaze at Heston Industrial Mall

Several units of two floors were alight, but there were no reports of any injuries.

Crews were called at 2am, and had it under control just before 5.30.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

British Airways' last remaining Jumbo Jets will make their final flights later

The two Boeing 7-4-7s - which are being retired early because coronavirus has hit demand for air travel - will take off together from the twin runways at Heathrow just after 8.30.

The aircraft's been a key part of the airline's fleet since the early 1970s but will be replaced by newer, more fuel-efficient models.

BA pilot Captain Al Bridger says it's going to be tough saying goodbye.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Tributes are being paid to the first chairperson of the Kingston Arts Festival

Aine Lark passed away at the end of last month at the age of 50.

She was a keen supporter and promoter of the arts, especially in Kingston:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Chelsea striker Timo Werner has been ruled out of Germany's international against Turkey tomorrow with flu symptoms

He's been isolated from the rest of the squad while they await coronavirus test results.

Germany assistant manager Marcus Sorg described Werner's illness as "a slight cold."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Police have carried out a drugs raid in New Malden.

Officers executed a warrant at a property in the Coombe Vale area on the 1st of the month.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

Two suspected members of the Islamic State terror cell nicknamed The Beatles from west London are going on trial in the USA.

The pair were detained in 2018 and have been held in Iraq.

They’re accused of beheading hostages from the UK, America, Japan and Syria.

They're due in court later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm  

A man has been charged after a young deer was killed by a dog in Richmond Park

On the 12th of September, police were called and questioned a man.

A 68-year-old from Kingston has since been charged, and will appear in court at the end of December.

Royal Parks are reminding people to keep their dogs under control or on a lead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

A new licensing policy for venues like pubs and bars in Hounslow comes into effect at the end of the month.

Councils must, by law, produce a Statement of Licensing Policy at least every 5 years.

Only 135 people responded to the 8-week consultation over the summer.

The council has not said what changes are being made to the current policy, only that they will “safeguard communities further.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

More people in Kingston are feeling negative about the future after Covid than they are positive.

Almost 900 people in the borough have taken part in the council’s “impact survey.”

Questions ranged from health and wellbeing, to the economic and social impact of COVID-19. 

Other findings revealed that 27% of Kingston residents report that they have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

But nearly 55% of survey respondents said they supported their community and neighbours during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

Police have been given extra powers in Wimbledon town centre.

A Dispersal Order has been authorised until Friday lunchtime.

It’s in order to tackle problems with anti-social behaviour and robbery after an increase of reports in this area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

A campaign by Wandsworth Council to honour London’s first black mayor has moved a step forward

Councillors have agreed to pledge £10,000 towards the cost of erecting a statue of John Archer.

Mr Archer was elected Mayor of Battersea in 1913 after moving there in the 1890s.

The aim now is to unveil the statue in the town in 2022, with the public funding the remaining costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

A highly prestigious fellowship, created by Queen Victoria, has been awarded to two talented young researchers from the University of Surrey

The Industrial Fellowships is worth up to £100,000 each, to pursue projects that could better protect the forces and safeguard the planet.

Sophie Duong is researching and developing a technique to help bond metal and ceramic to create armour that is light and strong for soldiers.

Joe Lawton is developing a coating for windows that will reduce the amount of infrared radiation without reducing visibility therefore making homes more energy efficient. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

Two people have been arrested after a man was murdered in Morden

Last Thursday, police were called to outside a block of flats on London Road, where two men were found with stab wounds.

One man, aged 33, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

However, 25-year-old Patrick De’Almeida was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday, a 33-year-old was arrested at Heathrow Airport, and a 28-year-old in Croydon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The developers of a potential COVID-19 antibody treatment have moved trials to a third phase.

Brentford based GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology said their trial programme is also to be expanded across new sites.

These are in North America, South America and Europe.

The pair have been working on an antibody-based treatment since April.

GSK also has a separate vaccine partnership with Sanofi that entered clinical trials last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Being hit by a stag at 30mph is the equivalent to being mown down by a motorbike

That’s the message from Royal Parks as rutting season returns to Richmond and Bushy Parks.

Around 1,000 deer roam freely and breeding season can be a potentially dangerous time for visitors. 

Royal Parks says you, and any dogs, should keep a safe distance and not to enter an enclosed space with a stag and its females.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Water Voles are going to be reintroduced to the Hogsmill River

It’s after a crowdfunder successfully raised £17,000, which it will use to buy the voles from a specialised breeder.

That includes £5,000 from Chessington World of Adventures.

Elliot Newton, who heads up the Citizen Zoo project, says “I’ve never been more proud to be part of our community”.

The Water Vole is the UK’s fastest declining species, due to habitat erosion and the invasive American mink.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

A small number of people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the renal and intensive care departments of St Helier Hospital

There is currently no indication of wider spread transmission and the relevant departments have been isolated

The hospital has made a statement urging people to attend their planned appointments and has confirmed the A&E remains open.

It has issued a reassurance that the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff is being prioritised.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

A man in his 30s is in hospital after being stabbed in Mitcham Town Centre

He’s in a critical condition after the attack yesterday morning, at around 1.30am.

No arrests have been made, and investigations are continuing.

If you have any information, contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Heathrow’s bosses are back in court this morning

They are at the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a previous ruling which effectively ended expansion plans.

In February, the Court of Appeal found the government decision to allow a third runway to go ahead was unlawful.

Heathrow is appealing, despite the financial implications of Coronavirus, which is said to have cost it £1 billion since March. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

A decision on plans to redevelop an historic site in Epsom has been deferred

Residents want the council to preserve the historic Wells Estate within Epsom Common.

It sits a stone’s throw away from Epsom Well; the site of the world-famous Epsom Salts and birthplace of the town.

But developers want to turn it into a brand-new village with housing, a playground and a purpose-built community centre.

The council has acknowledged that more housing is needed in the town. 

However, at a virtual meeting, councillors decided to defer rather than deny it altogether. 

The “Save the Wells Centre Epsom” campaign has now launched on social media. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Police believe a mother and son found dead in their apartment overnight had been there for "some time".

The woman's husband, who's the boy's father, stabbed himself as officers entered the property in Brentford, and later died at the scene.

Detectives think the child and his mum hadn't been seen in public for around two weeks..

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday 6 October 2020

The Walton BID has received £44,000 ahead of its launch in March.

The Business Improvement District will receive up to £1m of investment over five years.

The scheme sees firms pay an extra tax to fund business projects in the area.

Chairman Peter Beggan says the advance funding will mean they’re ready to go from day one.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police in Cobham are hunting a jewel thief.

The property on Birch Vale was broken into on the 17th of September at around midday.

Nobody was home at the time.

You can find some CCTV images on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.

If you have any information, contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A small number of people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the renal and intensive care departments of St Helier Hospital.

There is currently no indication of wider spread transmission and the relevant departments have been isolated

The hospital has made a statement urging people to attend their planned appointments and has confirmed the A&E remains open.

It has issued a reassurance that the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff is being prioritised.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm  

Kingston University has scooped a prestigious award for a new hip and knee pain rehabilitation programme

 ESCAPE-pain provides safe and effective self-managed exercise programmes whilst educating people about pain and its effects.

Around 20,000 people with osteoarthritis have benefitted from scheme saving an estimated £30 million for the NHS.

The programme has been rolled out for groups of 10-12 people across the UK at almost 300 sites including community centres.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond’s Council leader is getting tough on residents who aren’t following social distancing measures

Gareth Roberts made the statement on Twitter after a spike of Covid-19 cases in Richmond. 

There have been 130 over the past week alone, believed to be the largest, single week's increase ever seen in the borough.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A dilapidated play area in Isleworth has been transformed into a well-equipped facility for all ages.

Hounslow Council worked with Groundwork, a federation of charities, to provide a new sports zone on the Ivybridge Estate.

The £290,000 revamp was secured through Sport England after consultation with residents who live on the estate.

It features multi-use pitches, running track, swings, and climbing features amongst other additions and a landscaped seating area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 pm  

A man from Elmbridge has been fined over £1,000 after he failed to provide information into a fly-tip in Walton

A man from Elmbridge has been fined over £1,000 after he failed to provide information into a fly-tip in Walton.

Elmbridge Council was investigating an incident on Waterside Drive in September.

36-year-old Kevin Wilkinson refused to speak to officers when requested and didn't attend his subsequent hearing either.

He was found guilty in absentia, and has been fined £1,500.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The Mayor of London has approved a controversial development for 450 houses at the old Homebase site in North Sheen

Richmond Council had refused planning permission on the grounds it was too invasive. 

But Sadiq Khan says Richmond still has "a long way to go" to fulfil its housing targets.

He also says it's the site is "well connected" and "underutilised."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Three people including a young child have been found dead at a house in Brentford

Police forced entry to a property in Clayponds Lane just after midnight following concerns for the welfare of those inside.

Officers discovered the bodies of a woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, and a boy, believed to be aged three-years-old.

A man, believed aged in his 40s, was found suffering stab injuries.

It is thought all three people were known to each other.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

The MP for Richmond Park has teamed up with Breast Cancer UK for Breast Cancer Awareness this October

Sarah Olney is advocating checking the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and how to self check.

The charity has support available though its “Someone Like Me” service for breast cancer sufferers.

There is also free confidential advice from trained nurses to discuss health concerns during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A rogue landlord in Tooting who glued door locks and cut off utility supplies has been banned from renting out properties

Balaz Stalter unlawfully converted family houses into multiple bedsits, then bullied tenants who complained.

He posted fake negative online reviews of the company owned by the family of one of his tenants, which resulted in a formal police warning.

He’s been fined £2,000, plus nearly £6,000 in court costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham will miss England’s friendly against Wales on Thursday

The FA are investigating the trio after they broke the Covid-19 'rule of six' at a surprise party for Abraham.

Manager Gareth Southgate has yet to decide if they'll be allowed to join his squad in time for their Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Richmond Park’s MP is continuing to voice her concern over plans to develop the former Stag Brewery in Mortlake

Sarah Olney feels the revised plans for 1,250 units, up from around 800, breaches the National Planning Policy Framework.

The new plans increase the square footage of flexible-use units and have raised the heights of some buildings to ten stories.

She has written to Sadiq Khan asking him to oppose the new application; he has the final say.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Kingston is celebrating the culture and history of people of Afro-Caribbean descent for Black History month

The Council is co-hosting a “Let’s Talk Equality” along with the Kingston Racial Equality Council on the 14th of October.

The event will focus on racial equality, education and employment and support that are available in Kingston.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions so their needs can be addressed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Four players have been called-up to England's rugby union squad for the first time

Harlequins prop Simon Kerrod, Leicester's Joe Heyes, Saracens wing Ali Crossdale and Gloucester number eight Jack Clement are part of the group for a 3-day training camp in London.

They're among 12 uncapped players.

Eddie Jones' side face the Barbarians later this month before finishing their Six Nations campaign against Italy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 5 October 2020

The Home Secretary's vowing to stop people entering the UK illegally and to fix what she's calling a “broken” asylum system

Priti Patel told the Conservative Party Conference that the government will bring in new laws to toughen the current rules.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp is an immigration minister, and had this to say in the commons.

Leaks regarding measures have included a “wave machine” to push migrants away, and a floating wall.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

After spending over 200-million pounds on new signings, Chelsea are expected to let a few players leave before the transfer window closes tonight

But it's understood Callum Hudson-Odoi won't be one of them - after the club rejected a loan bid from Bayern Munich at the weekend.

Stamford Bridge legend Gianfranco Zola tells Sky Sports News, he can see why they'd want to keep the England winger.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police are treating a fire in Epsom as arson

Officers were called to a house in Gainsborough Road at around at 10pm on Friday.

No one was injured but the property was badly damaged by the blaze.

An investigation is underway as the fire is believed to be deliberately started; police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Football Association says there'll be no immediate changes to the England squad following claims three players broke coronavirus rules

Footage shared by The Sun appears to show Chelsea's Tammy Abraham at a party with more than six people.

He’s since apologised.

The newspaper's also reporting Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were at the event in London.

Reporter Rob Dorsett says it raises questions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Cineworld's confirmed it'll temporarily close all of its cinemas from Thursday

With most major movie releases on hold, it could be well into next year before they re-open.

It means 5,500 staff potentially being laid off.

The Feltham Cineworld has been described as a "leader in its field", showing the most Bollywood films outside of Mumbai.

Producer Jim Reeve - who's chief executive at Great Point - says the delayed release of one Bond movie has a huge impact on cinema chains.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 pm  

People are being reminded to take care of their mobile phones after a pick pocket potentially stole one in Leatherhead

It’s suspected it was taken from someone’s back pocket whilst they were sanitising their hands in the Swan Centre.

The incident happened on Wednesday between 2.10pm and 2.20pm.

No one’s handed in the missing item, so it’s presumed stolen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

The chief executive of Cineworld insists there was 'no alternative' but to temporarily close all of its UK cinemas

Mooky Greidinger says when they reopened from lockdown, the situation was 'good'.

But pressure's since been mounting due a delay in several blockbuster films being released.

It puts up to 5,500 jobs here at risk.

The British chain's sites in the US will also shut.

The Feltham Cineworld has been described as a "leader in its field", showing the most Bollywood films outside of Mumbai. 

Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra says she's writing to the government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Former England rugby captain Chris Robshaw led Harlequins to victory during his final game for the club

The Quins beat Leicester 32-26.

Head of Rugby Paul Gustard says he’s “delighted to read, hear and see the regard Robbo is held in. He is more than deserving of all the praise and accolades he receives”.

Robshaw has this to say, leaving after his 300th game for the club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

First responders are desperately needed in Wandsworth

These are medically trained volunteers who are the first to attend the scene of accidents and incidents within their community.

They’ll provide assistance until the emergency services arrive.

Working with the NHS, their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Fulham are still without a point

Liverpool could have been level on points with early Premier League leaders Everton this morning - but suffered their first top flight defeat of the season.

The champions were thrashed 7-2 at Aston Villa.

There was also a humiliating loss for Manchester United in their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Fulham manager Scott Parker says his team took a step in the right direction against Wolves, despite losing 1-nil.

They are still without a point in the Premier League this season following their promotion from the Championship.

Parker says they'll keep working hard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

The Fire Brigades’ Union is to hold a “Heavenly Birthday Event” to commemorate a young boy who died in Chertsey

Zane Gbangbola passed away at his home during the floods of 2014 when he was just 7-years-old.

 People are being urged to attend the Zoom meeting on the 21st of October, which would have been his 13th birthday.

 Over 100,000 petitioners have joined the “Truth About Zane Campaign" calling for an independent inquiry into his death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

The MP for Brentford is warning that changes to planning laws will result in “new slums of substandard housing.”

Ruth Cadbury is criticising Government plans to exclude councils and communities from some planning processes.

The Government wants to fast-track its programme of sustainable home building.

Richmond is one of the authorities claiming it won’t be able to cope with its set quota; up to 2,000 homes per year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Sunday 4 October 2020

A community-run cinema, often described as Hammersmith’s best-kept secret, has won a best-in-Britain award.

The movie house in King Street has won the best community cinema accolade at the 51st Film Society of the Year gala.

The 300-seat venue inside the POSK Polish Centre impressed judges with its ‘matchless creativity’. 

Bosses say the aim is to give Poles in the community “a voice through the medium of film.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Teenagers living through Coronavirus in Richmond have lent their voices to a new podcast to help other youngsters.

This week's episode of 'Talk Richmond' features Lydia, a 14-year-old student, and Vice Chair of the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council.

She shares her thoughts and feelings on having to stop going to school when lockdown hit and her concerns for the future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Fulham still haven’t registered a point in the Premier League this season after losing 1-0 to Wolves.

There were signs of improvement up at Molyneux but they remain rooted to the bottom with a goal difference of minus 8.

Manager Scott Parker admitted he’s not sure if they’ll sign any reinforcements before the transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

South East Coast Ambulance service is being given a brand-new base in Banstead.

Plans to develop a “Make Ready Centre” have been given the green light by the council. 

Building on what was formerly the service’s HQ at The Horseshoe, is expected to begin next year and be ready by Spring 2022.

Ambulance crews currently beginning and ending their shifts at Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking will start and finish there instead.

What is Make Ready? 

• The Make Ready initiative significantly enhances and improves the service SECAmb provides to the community. 

• It minimises the risk of cross-infection, frees up front-line staff - who traditionally cleaned and re-stocked ambulances - to spend more time treating patients, and keeps vehicles on the road for longer. 

• The initiative ensures that specially-trained operatives regularly deep-clean, restock and check vehicles for mechanical faults. 

•  Make Ready Centres are supported by a network of Ambulance Community Responses Posts (ACRPs) across the area. It is the intention that staff will begin and end their shifts at the new centre. 

• During their shifts, staff will respond from the ACRPs which will provide facilities for staff. These are located based on patient demand. 

• Crews are expected to continue to respond from the same towns under the system but begin and end their shifts at staggered times with a vehicle that is fully prepared for them. 

• The system ensures crews have access to improved training facilities and opportunities and increased support from managers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 pm  

A man who died after being stabbed in Morden has been named at Patrick Gomes De’Almeida.

Patrick, who was 25, was attacked by three people in masks just before 11pm on Thursday night on London Road.

He died of his injuries shortly afterwards.

MET Police are trying to establish if another incident there, on the night of September 23rd, where a white Volkswagen was damaged, was connected.

Officers want to speak to anyone who was on London Road in Morden late on the 23rd or early on the 24th or between 10pm and 11pm on Thursday 1st of October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

A police officer’s been stabbed while trying to detain two men who tried to rob a grocery store in Westminster.

The female officer was stabbed in the abdomen as she and a male colleague chased the men down Vauxhall Bridge Road.

The men were arrested a short time later with the help of firearms officers.

She was then taken to hospital but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

An independent panel is assessing whether to fully review the downgrading of St Helier Hospital.

The A&E and maternity services are to be moved to a larger site in Belmont, as part of a £500m investment plan.

The Health Secretary has asked a panel to assess the situation, and if a review is called for, then councils will present their cases.

Merton Council is arguing that the Belmont site will be moving services from deprived areas to a more affluent one.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Wallington's David Weir has missed the chance to win a record ninth London Marathon men's wheelchair title.

The athlete, known as ‘The Weirwolf of London’, finished second to Canadian racer Brent Lakatos.

Earlier, Ethiopia's Shura Kitata won the men's title, while Brigid Kosgei retained her title in the women's race.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Carshalton and Wallington’s MP is getting behind a government initiative to reduce childhood inequality.

Elliot Colburn’s urging parents to share their experiences with the Family Support Review. 

The review is hoping to recommend ways of reducing inequality for babies and toddlers in the first 1.000 days of life.

It’s hoped investment in effective parenting programmes in the future can help prevent harm and abuse before it occurs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Harlequins captain, Chris Robshaw, will play his 300th and final game for the club today, away at Leicester in the Gallagher Premiership

Harlequins captain, Chris Robshaw, will play his 300th and final game for the club today, away at Leicester in the Gallagher Premiership.

Only fullback, Mike Brown, has more caps for the club.

Robshaw will also lead his team out for a record 142nd time before he moves on, as Quins try to cement 6th place in the league.

Head of Rugby, Paul Gustard has said: “While Robbo leaves the team as a player, he will never leave us as a person and will forever have a home at Harlequins.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Leatherhead High Street’s pedestrian zone now includes cyclists.

 Leatherhead High Street’s pedestrian zone now includes cyclists. 

Previously only running six days a week, it’s been extended to certain hours on Sundays as well.

The move has been made to further support social distancing measures. 

The works will also enable cafes and restaurants to have outdoor tables and chairs when the pedestrian and cycling zone is not in place. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

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