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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Chelsea have won 3-nil at Burnley to move into the Premier League's top four.

They're now just a point behind Everton, who started the weekend as the leaders.

Manager Frank Lampard says what his team did with the ball at Turf Moor was especially pleasing.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 pm  

Kingston’s Green Party has launched a campaign over the Lib Dem run council’s plans to close the Kingfisher leisure centre.

The council says as result of a poor roof it would be best to knock down the existing swimming pool and leisure site and build a brand-new centre.

The Green party say the borough’s residents could be without a swimming pool for at least five years if not ten. 

They argue the council’s priority should be to fix the roof instead going into a massive private sector redevelopment.

Meanwhile Kingston Councillor Caroline Kerr says ‘it’s better to invest in the future of Kingston, and provide a new centre that will form a core part of our vision for the town centre.’


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 pm  

A man’s been charged with the murder of a 15 year old boy in Wandsworth.

19 year old Imran Boujdellal, who’s from Walworth appeared at Wimbledon Magistrate’s Court earlier.

The victim, Joseph Marafini died after being stabbed in a fight outside a supermarket on Garratt Lane Thursday afternoon.

Two other males, aged 17, were arrested in connection with the attack, one been released and the other is still custody on suspicion of murder.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 pm  

A tree-planting project in Fulham has scooped a top award.

New tree pits have been installed along Seagrave Road to make it greener and more flood resistant. 

The scheme has won the ‘Trees and water’ project at the 2020 London Tree and Woodlands Awards.

The project was completed in spring 2018 and involved planting several trees on special ‘build outs’ in parking bays.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 pm  

New evidence has emerged in a 34-year-old murder investigation of a woman from East Sheen.

Estate agent, Suzy Lamplugh, vanished in July 1986 after going to show a client called ‘Mr Kipper’ around houses in Fulham.

According to the Sun newspaper, a witness saw the man suspected of killing her emptying a large trunk into the Grand Union canal, three days later.

Retired detective, Jim Dickie, who led an earlier investigation into Suzy’s death thinks the information offers fresh hope of finding her body.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

A climate summit is going to be held in Wandsworth.

Six live virtual sessions led by the council will be hosted across Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of November.

They’ll cover topics including recycling and waste, transport and green spaces.

The authority wants to be carbon neutral by 2030; 20 years ahead of the government target.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

A man’s been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy on in Wandsworth.

19-year-old Imran Boujdellal, who’s from Walworth, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrate’s Court today.

Joseph Marafini died after being stabbed in a fight outside a supermarket on Garratt Lane on Thursday afternoon.

Two other males, aged 17, were arrested in connection with the attack; one’s been released and the other is still in custody on suspicion of murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

New research is looking into whether memory T cells have a role to play in the battle against Covid-19

When the body is exposed to new infection for the first time, it makes memory T cells that may remain there for years.

If there is another exposure to the same infection, the T cells recognise it and instruct the body to make antibodies.

Building up antibodies is the basis of vaccination and the way we fight off infective processes.

Dr Terry Gaymes, senior lecturer of immunology at Kingston University, tells us something important we don’t know about memory T cells.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Chessington.

 Met Police were called to Raynard Close at 01:18am this morning to concerns for the welfare of a woman. 

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended but despite their best efforts, the 48-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 71-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Croydon-born Stormzy is to take part in a weekend of virtual performances with some of the biggest names in British music.

Jess Glynne kicked off a weekend belting out a 45-minute set at Printworks London as she headlined the opening night of a livestreamed gig hosted by McDonalds.

Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage later, along with Olly Murs and Craig David.

Tomorrow, Stormzy and Lewis Capaldi will close the event.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Another month-long nationwide lockdown could reportedly be imposed in England from next week.

It's understood the Prime Minister's met with senior members of his Cabinet to discuss the restrictions following rising coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions.

Currently London is in Tier 2 which prevents households from mixing indoors.

While government reports suggest the national R rate – the rate at which the virus is spreading - sits between 1.1 and 1.3, London’s R rate is currently 2.86.

Hammersmith and Fulham has the highest rate of infections with 217 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Ealing, then Kingston.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Chelsea know a win at Burnley this afternoon will move them within a point of the Premier League's top three.

Frank Lampard's side are unbeaten in their five matches this month and have kept clean sheets in four of those games.

The Chelsea boss believes they're starting to build some good momentum.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

So-called Covid-19 Information Officers are taking to the streets of Merton.

 They've been speaking to shoppers in areas including Mitcham and Morden offering advice on how to use the NHS Test and Trace app.

They've also been visiting business to show them how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Merton Council says it will review their effectiveness and will bring them back if needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

People campaigning against new road layouts in Worcester Park will once again protest in the town centre today.

They claim the “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” schemes are actually increasing journey traffic times and producing more pollution.

LTNs, which are cropping up across London, close off certain roads to through-traffic by using bollards or planters.

They were pushed through in the wake of Covid-19 to help with social distancing measures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Friday, 30 October 2020

A man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been banned from entering all pubs, bars and night-clubs within the M25 for one year

23 year old Gavrilla Hotica pleaded guilty to sexual assault by touching.

He’s been ordered to pay £500 compensation, a £95 victim surcharge and £85 in compensation to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Hotica was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Three men have admitted being part of a plot to smuggle mobile phones and synthetic cannabis into Wandsworth Prison using drones.

Officers found the device and the drugs near the site along with nine miniature mobile phones, more than four years ago.

Jamie Duggan, Kye Hardy-King, and Craig Kearney will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

People across Epsom and Ewell are being asked not to put more pressure on the emergency services this firework season.

Borough wide Bonfire Night and Diwali events have been cancelled because of Covid-19.

The Council is now specifically asking people hosting private gatherings to refrain from lighting a bonfire.

Bosses say a BBQ is a good alternative for the environment and hedgehogs, and firework safety rules must be adhered to.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a teenager was stabbed to death near Southside Shopping centre in Wandsworth.

Patrolling Met Police officers came across a fight outside Sainsbury’s in Garratt Lane just before 5pm yesterday.

Two teenage boys, both believed to be aged 15, were found suffering from knife injuries.

Another male was found at the scene with a head injury; he did not require hospital treatment.

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of affray and a 19-year-old on suspicion of causing GBH.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Police in Tolworth and Hook say there’s a “smartly dressed fraudster” wandering round seeking money.

The man in his late 20s has been reported in Hook Rise North pretending to be a neighbour in need of access to WiFi.

However, once he has engaged in conversation with the homeowner, he asks them for money.

Officers are telling residents to close the door on people they don’t know.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Blood tests at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton are now being performed in a brand new phlebotomy unit

The £500,000 refurbishment allows up to 450 patients a day in a safe and socially distanced environment.

Patients can book through a new process called Swiftqueue that has decreased waiting times and increased efficiency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he has no problem with Jorginho continuing to take penalties

The midfielder has already missed two this season.

Timo Werner scored from the spot during the 4-nil Champions League win at Krasnodar this week.

Lampard doesn't mind who steps up for them next, as long as it's decided before their next game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

A second man has been charged with murder, after a man was stabbed to death in Hounslow

21-year-old Mohammed Butt from Twickenham was extradited from Norway, and will appear in court today.

25-year-old Khalid Abdi from Hounslow has previously been charged, and will appear in court next month.

32-year-old Nathan Mitra was attacked at a party in July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

People in Croydon lost nearly £77,000 in September to Push Payment Fraud

People lost around £3,400 each time on average.

The scam sees criminals pretend to be a business, and convince people to send them money directly.

Methods include sending an invoice that looks just like from their child’s school, or pretending to be a tradesman who’s recently worked on their house.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

A new sports initiative has been launched to help children keep up with physical activity amid the Coronavirus pandemic

 Move.Learn.Grow. is a collaboration between The Harlequins Foundation, Kingston University and Sport Impact.

Coaches, educators and teachers go into schools to help deliver sports plans.

Kathryn Harper-Quinn is head at Hounslow Heath Infants; she explains how the initiative is helping children there. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

Services, businesses and vulnerable people across Sutton are set to benefit from £1.7 million extra funding

The council has welcomed its part of £900 million additional Government funding made available to help fight Coronavirus.

The funding has not been ring-fenced meaning councils are free to use it where they need to.

Leisure centres are also set to benefit from further £100 million in recognition of the ongoing challenges of Covid-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A teenager, believed to be 15 years old, has died after being stabbed in Wandsworth

A fight broke out near the Southside shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

A second boy, who’s also believed to be 15, is in hospital with knife injuries.

Two people have been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Thursday, 29 October 2020

The Rugby Football Union are bringing disciplinary charges against 13 Barbarians for a breach of coronavirus protocols

The incident led to their game with England last Sunday being called off.

The RFU are also charging the players, including former England captain and Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw, with providing false statements during an investigation.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 pm  

A man has been jailed for 19-years for fatally stabbing another man in Kingston in February

Twenty-year-old Tyron Bryan had previously been found guilty of the manslaughter of 19-year-old Archie Beston from Barnes.

Bryan was also sentenced to three years for GBH on a second victim and 18-months for possession of an offensive weapon.

Another man, Finlay Ahwan, who was also involved in the incident, was jailed for seven years for attempted GBH and dangerous driving.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm  

Richmond council has won its legal case against Cadent Gas Limited

 The company has been fined over £37,000 for a series of breaches in safety and operating without a valid street works permit.

 The company pleaded guilty in court to two offences.

 Council officers found the contractors, working on behalf of Cadent, set up site with no signage, lighting or provisions for pedestrians.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Two Met Police officers have been charged over the shooting of a suspect in Wimbledon

Brooklyn McFarlane was shot by officers in December 2018 in Haydons Road.

Both officers will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct investigated the shooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:13 pm  

A review is to be carried out into Spelthorne Borough Council’s property portfolio

The authority’s acquisitions, worth over £1 billion, include a BP research centre and a development in Hammersmith.

The former leader of the Council Ian Harvey has told the BBC it needed to protect residents through stringent cuts.

A House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report into council spending and found borrowing had been "excessive".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Two Met Police officers have been charged over the shooting of a suspect in Wimbledon

Brooklyn McFarlane was shot by officers in December 2018 in Haydons Road.

Both officers will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct investigated the shooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

The Mayor of Merton is asking people to pay tribute from home this Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day

Councillor Sally Kenny says “it’s with great sadness” that parades and services will not go ahead due to Covid-19.

This year marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day.

Residents are being asked to wear their poppy “with pride” and download the Royal British Legion’s window display.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

People in Kingston may be in line for money back from the council

The High Court found they’re liable for overcharging tenants on their water bills.

The authority receives a commission from Thames Water for handling the services, in an agreement that sees the charges reduced.

However, it’s been found they hadn’t been passing these savings onto residents.

Kingston says they “accept the findings” and will be publishing information on how people can claim a refund.

It means people in other boroughs can claim refunds too, with Southwark reportedly repaying 41,000 tenants nearly £29m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

People at an eating disorder ward in Tooting didn’t always get the correct portion sizes or meals they were supposed to

That’s according to a report into Avalon Ward at St George’s by the Care Quality Commission.

It also found that staff had only contacted the catering contractor on one occasion about meal issues.

However, it also found that most staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, and had suitable infection controls.

St George’s says:

“We are committed to providing safe and supportive care for all our service users and welcome the CQC’s report into our eating disorders services.

“We are aware of the concerns that have been raised and have been working with our staff and service users to make improvements and address the issues. We also have robust action plans in place to address any outstanding issues and ensure improvements continue.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Chelsea got their first win of their Champions League campaign with a 4-nil victory at Russian side FK Krasnodar

It could have been even better had Jorginho not missed a first half penalty.

He jumped and skipped in his run up, but manager Frank Lampard has no plans to ask the midfielder to change his technique.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Richmond Council leader Gareth Roberts has written to the government slamming plans to bail out Transport for London

At the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic, TfL was estimated to be losing £80 million per week.

A £1.6 billion Government bail-out extension is expected to last until the end of the month.

But Cllr Roberts says the measures which the bail-out is dependent on, like the extension of the C-Charge, are “intolerable.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A woman will appear in court today charged with murder in Croydon

Police were called to Clyde Road to reports of a stabbing on Sunday morning.

A 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although formal identification awaits, officers are confident the victim is Giovanni Wallace.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

We’re being asked to remember, remember animals this 5th of November.

Leatherhead based wildlife rescue charity Wildlife Aid Foundation wants people to consider the damage loud bangs have on them.

The organisation is urging people to consider buying silent, or low noise alternatives to traditional rockets and bangers.

Each year WAF deals with a range of firework related casualties, including burns and road casualties.  

It says hedgehogs and other animals also often get trapped in bonfires, having unwittingly hidden in them before they are lit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Fire crews in Lambeth have rowed the length of the Thames for charity.

All four watches at the Lambeth River station raised just over £3,000 for the Firefighters Charity.

The crews rowed the 100 miles on rowing machines.

The Firefighters Charity provide lifelong support to thousands of members of the firefighting community each year.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

New Wimbledon Theatre has confirmed there will be no performances until mid-January.

Bosses have been keeping fans informed with regular updates.

A number of shows including Strictly’s Kevin Clifton’s “Burn The Floor” are being rescheduled. 

Those who bought tickets for shows that aren’t being re-scheduled will be offered vouchers. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A charity in Wallington has received a donation of £9000 after a company from Leeds illegally tapped into a fire hydrant to take water.

Wallington Community Wellbeing received the windfall from SES Water from monies received after prosecution of Lanes for Drains. 

The company pleading guilty to unauthorised use of a standpipe from Wallington in February this year.

 Water supplied to over 600 customers was affected. It appeared cloudy as the pipe network had been disturbed.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Covid-19 rates are up slightly across Kensington and Chelsea.

The latest figures, for the 15th to the 21st of this month, show there were 172 cases.

That’s up from 164 the week before.

The rate per 100,000 is 158.8 per 100,000, which is above the London-wide rate of 142 per 100,000 for the same period.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Firefighters have rescued a woman from a fire at a flat in Surbiton.

Part of a four-roomed flat on the first floor of the building in South Bank was damaged by the blaze.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is unknown at this time.

The Brigade was called at 4pm and the fire was under control by 5.15pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Richmond Council has announced an extension to its “School Streets” scheme.

The initiative ensures a safer environment for children to travel to and from school by restricting vehicle access at those times.

The aim is to encourage parents and children to travel more sustainably by walking or cycling while cutting air pollution.

An “experimental traffic order” has enabled 11 more schools to apply after initial success with three primary schools. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Update on this morning's incident in Kingston

The Council was informed of reports of a bomb threat at the John Lewis department store in Kingston town centre just before 10am.

The store was evacuated and cordoned off, and a number of road closures were put in place, including Wood Street and Kingston Bridge.

A search of the area has now been carried out, and nothing has been found. 

Under the advice of the Police, we can confirm that Kingston John Lewis and Waitrose shops are now open and trading as normal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

With less than a week to go, early voting turnout has surpassed that of the 2016 American Election.

Almost 60 million people have cast their ballots, suggesting this election could lead to the highest voter turnout in more than a century.

Dr Michael Keating is a Professor of International Political Economy at The American International University in Richmond. 

He says if the majority of postal votes are for Joe Biden,  

Donald Trump could try and turn that to his advantage. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Sutton Council has teamed up with the Met Police to target fly-tippers.

The SCRAP campaign will focus first on educating residents about what constitutes fly-tipping. 

It’ll then focus on issuing penalty notices and fines where applicable. 

Fly-tipping can be as small as a single bag of waste left next to a street litter bin to an entire truck load of rubbish.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A socially distanced clean-up of the “muckier” parts of Merton, including around Wimbledon Common, took place on Saturday.

Conservative MP Stephen Hammond and other councillors volunteered alongside residents.

Over 25 bags of rubbish were collected containing PPE masks, broken glass, nappies, dog waste bags, cigarettes and plastic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A pop up Covid-19 testing centre will open in Richmond next month.

The temporary pop-up site will be situated in Old Deer Park.

Tests are available to anyone who thinks they may have symptoms on the day and not just key workers.

The area’s main testing site at Twickenham Stadium shut its doors at the end of September. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Heathrow has lost its position as Europe's busiest airport.

It's been overtaken by Paris Charles de Gaulle, as the pandemic continues to keep flights grounded.

The west London hub recorded a loss of one-point-5 billion pounds in the first nine months of the year.

Its chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, believes the failure to improve passenger testing has been the biggest problem.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

AFC Wimbledon have got their first home win of the season.

They beat Blackpool 1-0 at Loftus Road.

Blackpool were down to nine men, and had a goal disallowed after a header was ruled out for a foul.

It leaves the dons in the middle of the table at 11th.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A bomb threat at a department store in Kingston is causing road closures.

Both John Lewis and the Bentalls Centre have been evacuated.

Police were called just after 9.45 to Wood Street.There are no reported injuries.

A number of closures, including Kingston Bridge, are in place while officers search the premises and it's not believed to be terror related

Jackie’s Kelvin Michaels is on Kingston High Street

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm  

Kingston’s Lib Dem run council says house building quotas for the borough are “completely unnecessary.”

Plans have been approved for 4,620 new homes over the last five years, but less than half have been built.

Councillors are calling on the government to reconsider changes to its planning guidelines. 

They recommended Kingston builds 1,500 new homes per year, up from a previous target of 964. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A bomb threat at John Lewis has caused road closures in Kingston

Police were called just after 9.45 to Wood street.

The store has been evacuated as a precaution.

There are no reported injuries.

A number of closures, including Kingston bridge, are in place while officers search the premises.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority fears there's a "strong risk" of racecourses being closed down if crowds are unable to return in 2021

Plans for spectators to attend sports venues at the start on this month were placed on hold by the Government, because of rising coronavirus infections.

This year, the Epsom Derby took place without spectators, and over just one day.

In 2019, 36,000 people bought tickets to Derby Day alone.

Nick Rust admits the future of the sport is in the balance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

A large “Rambo” knife has been seized after a stop and search in Tooting

Yesterday afternoon, police on Trinity Road saw a man riding an electric scooter on the pavement.

They stopped the 19-year-old and found the weapon in his trousers.

Sergeant Leon Coltress says it could have caused “serious harm”, and it shows how “valuable” stop and search is.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

The inquest opens today into the deaths of the seven victims of the Croydon tram crash in November 2016

The tram overturned at the Sandilands junction, and is said to have been travelling at almost four times the speed limit.

Sixty-one others were injured, 19 of them seriously.

Coroner Sarah Ormond Walshe expects the inquest to last 12 weeks.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

It’s believed a disused electrical transformer caused a fire at a multi-storey car park in Croydon

Crews took 17 calls to the blaze on Saturday night.

They spent around an hour at Wandle Road Car Park putting out the fire.

There are no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An 11-year-old boy from Hammersmith has been honoured with a Pride of Britain Award.

Sebastian Williams was on holiday in Scotland last year when his mum Suzanne fell down a gorge.

He climbed into the gorge to be with her while they waited for ambulance crews to arrive.

Sebastian’s earned a Child Of Courage award for his efforts to help his mum while directing the rescue efforts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 pm  

Prisoners isolating with COVID-19 symptoms are being given extra phone credit to encourage contact with their families.

As of last Friday, 59 prisoners at Wormwood Scrubs in Acton were isolating.

Although less than five needed to be taken to hospital, it’s not believed that was due to COVID-19.

The government says they don’t hold individual medical records so can’t disclose underlying health conditions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

A £5,000 reward is being offered for a “dangerous” man who may be in Croydon.

23-year-old Jordan Charles is wanted for questioning over a string of offences.

They include allegedly attacking a 12-year-old girl who was trying to protect her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

A man has exposed himself to pedestrians in Hampton Court.

The victims were walking home past the BP Garage near Hampton Court Bridge at around 5pm yesterday.

They saw a white man, aged around 50 to 60 with short grey hair with his trousers down.

Police are asking witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to come forward. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

The UK’s first “poppy crossing” has opened outside the home of the Poppy Factory in Richmond.

It’s part of the Council’s programme of activities to mark this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

A major redevelopment of the factory, which opened in Richmond in 1925, will be completed next year.

The national charity supports veterans with health challenges across England and Wales on their journey into employment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:35 pm  

The UK’s first “poppy crossing” has opened outside the home of the Poppy Factory in Richmond

It’s part of the Council’s programme of activities to mark this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

A major redevelopment of the factory, which opened in Richmond in 1925, will be completed next year.

The national charity supports veterans with health challenges across England and Wales on their journey into employment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Cases of Covid-19 are rising “steeply” in Epsom and Ewell

Residents are being urged to increase their efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

Data published by the county council shows that the Epsom and Ewell rate was 109 cases for every 100,000 people last week.

This is significantly higher than the majority of Surrey which is mostly in Tier 1.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Residents are being urged to increase their efforts to slow the spread of the virus

Data published by the county council shows that the Epsom and Ewell rate was 109 cases for every 100,000 people last week.

This is significantly higher than the majority of Surrey which is mostly in Tier 1.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:49 pm  

The Dons Local Action Group is among the groups voluntarily supplying meals to children through the half term break

Xavier Wiggins from the group says there’s been an outpouring of support across South-West London:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

A week on from Clean Air Day and a new service called ‘airAlert” has been launched by Epsom and Ewell Council

It sends a free message to residents informing of them of expected air pollution a day in advance.

It is hoped it’ll help people with respiratory problems and may ultimately prevent a serious health issue or hospital admission.

The tool is free of charge and has already been downloaded 600 times.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Residents in Barnes are being invited to express their views on plans to improve air quality in the town centre.

Plans are afoot to reduce parking on the north side of the High Street and lengthen the footpath on the south side.

Loading provisions will be regulated, access to public transport and shoppers’ parking will be improved.

You’re are invited to have your say and complete a survey by 20th November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm  

More Fix your Bike vouchers will be released “very shortly”

A transport minister made the statement while responding to a question by Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney.

Chris Heaton-Harris says the release is being staggered to prevent repairers being overwhelmed.

He also called the first release a “small pilot” to allow the department to monitor the scheme’s impact and adapt it as necessary.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Two developments in Ashford are to house homeless people when they are completed.

It's thanks to a five-year contract between Spelthorne Borough Council and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

Work on White House and Harper House is due to finish in May.

They will house homeless and vulnerable people on a temporary basis before they move to more permanent accommodation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

A 35-year-old woman will appear in court today, charged with the murder of a man in Addiscombe

On Sunday, a 29-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a house on Clyde Road.

His next of kin have been informed but formal identification awaits.

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A police officer has been sacked after sending sexual messages to a woman

In June 2017, whilst on duty at Kingston Police Station, PC Farouk Abubakar met a member of the public seeking advice.

After she left, the officer continued to contact her from his personal phone, with sexual messages and a photograph.

The allegations were found proven as gross misconduct.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Wandsworth Council is going to spend £100,000 planting new trees

The authority is aiming to become the “greenest inner London borough.”

The trees will be planted over the next two years.

Kasia, from Neal’s Nursery at Wandsworth Common, explains why they are so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

A deer has died after being attacked by a dog in Richmond Park

Cyclists tried to chase the dog away, but the deer had to be put down.

A 44-year-old man from Kingston has been charged.

He'll appear in court in January.

People are being reminded to keep their dogs on a lead in the park.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Drivers in mid-Wales are apparently the most likely to experience the freedom of an open road

Research has found Powys has more metres of road per person than any other local authority area, with more than 40.

Hammersmith and Fulham has the worst in London at 1.2, but even the best, Sutton and Richmond, have only 2.1.

Surrey is in the middle of the table, with 4.6 metres per person.

The numbers are dwindling, though, because populations are increasing at 10-times the rate of road building.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Competitors in a major bicycle race could be pedalling through Surrey for the last time next year.

The County Council plans to withdraw its support for the 'RideLondon 100-mile sportive' in order to focus on "smaller, community-led" cycling events.

The closed-road race usually starts at the Olympic Park, crosses nine London boroughs and parts of Surrey before eventually finishing on the Mall.

Surrey County Council's cabinet for communities meets tomorrow with officers recommending they pull out of backing the event from 2022, despite it not costing them anything.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 26 October 2020

Ultraviolet lights are to be fitted to escalators on the underground, to constantly clean the handrails.

A trial at Heathrow found they improve cleanliness by 50%.

They’ll be powered by a small dynamo which generates power from the moving handrail.

The units will be fitted to 110 escalators on the network.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

One of London’s boroughs is saying pleas for government funding are falling on “deaf ears”.

Authorities in London are to split £218m, with the amounts varying from £14.5m in Tower Hamlets, down to £1.5m in Richmond.

Redbridge told the Standard that they “made it very clear” to the government they’re expecting a financial hit of £60m.

Most authorities in Surrey are to receive grants around £100,000.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says the extra £1bn will “ensure councils have the resources they need over the winter”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A cemetery in Thames Ditton is to become a wildflower garden

Earlier this month, nine volunteers turned up at St Nicholas’ Church to cut the grass, which had grown three feet high.

A number of the graves are of ex-servicemen, and it was decided to transform it into a garden.

Helen Edwards has been leading the campaign to crowdsource the seeds, and says they’ve had donations from as far as Devon:


She’s asking people to buy wildflower seeds, and post them to St Nicholas’ Church on Summer Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

A 21 year old woman involved in a collision in North Cheam has died in hospital

The driver failed to stop at the scene in London Road on the evening of October the 16th.

He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of drink driving and has since been released under investigation.

Police say their thoughts are with Rhiannon Hall’s family and friends.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

People in Spain are getting used to a new night-time curfew to help control a spike in Covid-19 infections

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the restriction, which came into force last night, will be in place between 11pm and 6am.

Jackie’s Thomas McIlroy reports from the Spanish city of Valencia:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Heathrow is looking to charge airlines higher fees

It’s writing to the Civil Aviation Authority, saying that increasing its cut will allow more spending in the shorter term and reduce costs long-term.

It’s looking to raise £1.7bn this way.

However, the regulator says they haven’t seen anything to suggest urgent action is required, and more evidence is needed.

The consultation will run until November the 5th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Prince Harry's called a Black Lives Matter activist a "guardian angel" during a conversation released by GQ

Patrick Hutchinson from Wimbledon was pictured carrying an injured counter-protester out of crowd during a rally in London earlier this year.

Speaking via an online call, he told the Duke of Sussex he went to the protest hoping to stop any violence breaking out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Some MPs are trying to refuse a £3,000 pay rise, and donate it to charity instead

Streatham’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy says it’s “obscene to even discuss” a pay rise.

She’s pledging to give it to local causes if it’s granted.

Tooting’s Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has also joined the campaign.

It’s being organised by the platform Ripples, and currently has around 19,000 signatures on its petition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

It’s believed gold thefts in Surrey may be connected to organised crime groups across the UK

 


A major hotspot stretches from Sunbury, diagonally through Ashford to Heathrow.

No other hotspot is as big in the county, but Weybridge, Oxshott and Chertsey are also being targeted.

In teams of three or four, the burglars are sacking homes looking for high value gold, such as wedding jewellery and heirlooms.

People are being told to keep valuables in a secure box, and when wearing it, keep it hidden until you’re indoors around trustworthy people.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A review of hospital food, led by Bake-Off judge Prue Leith, suggests meals should be served in dining rooms and on china plates

A panel of advisors has recommended ways NHS trusts can improve hygiene and nutrition in hospitals.

The review was launched following a deadly listeria outbreak last year at hospitals including Kingston, linked to pre-packaged sandwiches and salads.

Kingston stopped using food by the Good Food Chain in response.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Several Conservative MPs are now warning they could vote against the government, and support the extension of free school meals in England

Boris Johnson's under growing pressure to bring the policy in line with the rest of the UK, after campaigning by footballer Marcus Rashford.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are offering the scheme over the holidays until at least Easter.

Kingston, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow councils are among the organisations offering school meals through half term.

The Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has compared the situation with a Charles Dickens novel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a man was stabbed in Addiscombe

The force and air ambulance was called yesterday morning to Clyde Road, and a 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 35-year-old woman is currently in custody.

A post-mortem will be held in due course.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Sunday, 25 October 2020

More needs to be done to tackle racial inequality in Hounslow according to their cabinet, even though it’s one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK.

They’ve agreed a broad range of recommendations to improve engagement with Black and minority ethnic communities there.

Initiatives include increasing representation of minorities in the police and a joint approach to support marginalised communities in Hounslow.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

Croydon Council is facing 20 recommendations for improvement after auditors delivered a damning public interest report on its finances.

The council’s new leader, Hamida Ali, has apologised for financial mismanagement which has left the council 1.5 billion pounds in debt.

The report, drawn up by the council auditors, Grant Thornton, accused the borough’s leadership team of corporate blindness.

Councillor Ali, who became leader less than a week ago, has promised a new culture and said an action plan would be tabled.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

A recovery plan to support businesses through the economic downturn has been announced by Hounslow Council.

An independent report from Oxford Economics recently estimated 40,000 jobs could be lost in the borough.

Nearby Heathrow employs over 80-thousand people. 

One Hounslow Forward Together is calling for an Aviation Community Fund to support the areas reliant on the airport.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

A woman from Twickenham has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Lupus.

The condition affects the immune system and can cause problems with your skin, joints, kidneys and other organs.

Shirley Channock, who was diagnosed after lengthy investigations, says Lupus can be chameleonic.

Shirley’s “Put Lupus on the Map” campaign is hoping to raise £1,000 for research via Friends of Hammersmith Hospital. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

A new walk-in coronavirus testing facility has opened in Wallington.

Those with symptoms can now book appointments at The Phoenix Centre Car Park.

The new site was set up to be easily accessible without a car. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

People affected by the closure of Hammersmith Bridge will get a chance to air their views on Wednesday night.

Richmond Council is hosting a virtual public meeting with the team charged with getting it up and running again. 

The Grade II listed crossing closed to all traffic earlier this year because of structural issues caused by a heatwave.

Anyone wanting to join the meeting must register with Richmond council by 5pm on Wednesday. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Some of Kingston’s most vulnerable youngsters will be eligible for food vouchers during this half term, and over the Christmas holidays

 Some of Kingston’s most vulnerable youngsters will be eligible for food vouchers during this half term, and over the Christmas holidays. 

Kingston Council says the vouchers will be available to parents and carers whose children have a social worker. 

Details of how to apply are available on the council’s website. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Croydon’s new council leader is promising swift and decisive action after a damning report from the borough’s auditors was published late on Friday.

Croydon’s new council leader is promising swift and decisive action after a damning report from the borough’s auditors was published late on Friday. 

Hamida Ali issued a full apology for the way the council’s stricken finances had been run, after the public interest report identified 75 areas where the previous leadership team had failed.

The long-awaited report from auditors Grant Thornton accused Croydon Council of corporate blindness in amassing a deficit of £1.5 billion. 

Investment had been made rashly without trying to assess their consequences and the previous leader, Tony Newman was criticised for tending to blame all Croydon’s problems on the government. 

In a statement Newman’s successor Hamida Ali said the council fully accepted the findings, Appointed less than a week ago, 

Hamida Ali said she was committed to developing a new culture in the top team. She promised a new action plan would be put before the full council.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

A determined RSPCA inspector has recaptured a snake which caused a scare when it gave its owner the slip in Dorking

 A determined RSPCA inspector has recaptured a snake which caused a scare when it gave its owner the slip in Dorking. 

Animal rescuer Louis Horton was called to the scene when the reptile was spotted slithering across the car park of a residential care home at Beare Green.

After a thorough search of the car it was finally discovered snuggled up in the boot, and reunited with its owner. 

The animal, identified as a milk snake escaped from is home through an open window.  

Milk snakes are harmless but their markings are easily confused with coral snakes, which are extremely dangerous. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

Two men in their 20s have died after a crash involving two cars in Chertsey

 Two men in their 20s have died after a crash involving two cars in Chertsey..

It happened at around 8,45 last night in Guildford Road.

The victims were in one of the vehicles, while the driver of the other one was taken to hospital.

Officers are urging two people who stopped at the scene before police arrived to contact them.

The rod remains closed.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is calling for urgent action following a huge spike in thefts of catalytic converters across London

 The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is calling for urgent action following a huge spike in thefts of catalytic converters across London. 

Ruth Cadbury has written to the policing minister Kit Malthouse to  highlight a 455 per =cent increase in thefts last year.

She’s also raised the matter with Hounslow Council after residents across the borough reported stolen converters, as thieves cash in on soaring prices for the precious metals they contain.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

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