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Saturday 7 November 2020

A Teddington based disability charity has launched an Advent calendar with a difference.

Ruils wants to raise vital funds for its counselling and befriending services having lost £5,000 during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Advent Challenge calendar invites people to complete a series of tasks behind each of the 24 doors.

They might be physical, mindful or just a random act of kindness. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

The Voice UK returns to ITV tonight...

The popular singing competition is being held behind closed doors this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gevanni Hutton from Mitcham is on’s team.

He explains what it felt like waiting for the musician and mentor to turn his chair round for him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Crystal Palace are 3-1 up against Leeds at half-time in the Premier League.

Boss Roy Hodgson has been looking forward to pitting his wits against another of football's longest serving managers.

Hodgson's an admirer of how Marcelo Bielsa sets his teams up to "throw players forward" in attack.

Looks like so far he's been able to exploit the space in behind.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham is hoping to follow in Liverpool’s footsteps and introduce mass coronavirus testing.

 The council plans to start offering more tests with fast turnarounds “very soon”.

The head of public health for the council, Dr Nicola Lang, told the health, inclusion, social care and accountability committee on Wednesday it’s been discussing plans with the government.

She expects the test results can be turned around in 20 to 30 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists there's no way they'll underestimate this evening's Premier League opponents Sheffield United.

His side are on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while United have just one point from their first seven top flight fixtures.

Lampard hopes they've learned their lesson after losing heavily to Chris Wilder's team in their previous meeting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The Royal Parks are recommending visitors to “leave your car at home” to support social distancing during the second lockdown.

 The organisation has confirmed parks such as Bushey Park and Richmond Park will remain open as they recognised being outdoors is vital for mental and physical health at this time.

In line with the government’s guidelines, children’s playgrounds will remain open and cafes will be offering a takeaway only service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

One of Kingston's most ancient sites is going to be delicately refurbished.

 The council has secured £900,000 from a bid into the Get Britain Building Fund administered by the Mayor of London.

A substantial part of the funding will go to the refurbishment of the basement of the John Lewis site.

The Medieval Undercroft is home to ancient remains of a bridge over the Thames.

This was at a time when the only other bridge nearby was London bridge until the building of Putney bridge in 1729.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Kingston University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.

 It's a show of support for the military community.

It formalises the University's support for staff and students who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces.

Many of whom also have family members in the military.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Police are searching for a man after two 15-year-old girls were stabbed on their way to school in Croydon.

 One girl was stabbed in the arm on Wednesday morning by a stranger on Moffat Road, then on Friday morning the second victim was stabbed in the leg on St Paul’s Road.

Det Insp David Adams is confident the stabbings are linked and “are almost identical in nature”.

The Met police said the two victims go to different schools and at this stage it’s not thought they know each other.

Both teenagers are in non-life-threatening condition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

Friday 6 November 2020

A shisha bar in Mitcham has been closed after customers were sharing mouthpieces and not social distancing.

Santiago’s has been investigated before, after carbon monoxide was found to be affecting a flat above the premises.

No smoking of shisha is allowed inside public places.

Council leader Stephen Alambritis says they “appreciate the pressure” on businesses, but a “blatant breach” of COVID-19 safety measures “will not be tolerated”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Remembrance Services in Croydon will still take place this Sunday but scaled down due to lockdown.

There will be an online church service and small civic ceremony instead of the usual public parade and wreath laying.

A restricted number of representatives will pay their respects at the Croydon Cenotaph followed by a two -minute silence.

In accordance with the national lockdown, the public is invited to pay their respects by attending the online service at 10.50am.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People across Richmond are being invited to attend two workshops aimed at tackling domestic abuse.

They’re being held in partnership with organisations and charities including REFUGE, ManKind and Age UK.

It’s part of the White Ribbon Day campaign; the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 

For more details, check Richmond Council’s website. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

The Brexit transition period ends on the 31st of December, and no trade deal and been confirmed with the US yet.

Dr Michael Keating from the American International University in London, based in Richmond, says the COVID-19 pandemic has made negotiating with any country more difficult.

He also says this about the timeline of elections.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Detectives are investigating two linked incidents where teenage girls were violently assaulted as they walked to school in Croydon.

Police were called at 08:23 am this morning to St Paul’s Road where a 15-year-old girl had been approached by a stranger and stabbed in the arm.

This follows an incident at 08:50 am on Wednesday where a 15-year-old girl had, again, been approached by a stranger and stabbed in the leg.

Both girls were taken to hospital where their conditions are not life threatening.

The victims both go to separate schools and at this stage it is not thought they are known to each other.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Police are hoping to reunite “Karen” and “Graham” in Feltham with their jewellery.

A number of watches and necklaces have been found on Bedfont Close, with those names on some of the pieces.

Among them is a vintage pearl necklace.

Anyone with information should contact Spelthorne Police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Proposals for a number of electric vehicle charging points in Stanwell have been withdrawn

Contractors had planned to install a number of “rapid electric charging bays” on the corner of Everest Road.

However, it was felt the move would cause a potential influx of vehicleses in the area.

Some residents took to the street in protest at the weekend; we’ve contacted Surrey County Council for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

Large groups of people in Epsom have been lighting fires and fireworks

Police tried to break up one gathering on the 21st of October, and were verbally abused by the group.

A 48-hour dispersal order around Christ Church Road finishes at 5.30pm this evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

Richmond Council has agreed to cover 25% of the infrastructure costs for a new ferry service for Hammersmith Bridge

The authority will contribute up to £375,000 to the project.

Hammersmith Bridge is completely closed.

TfL is aiming to award a contract within 12 weeks, but the infrastructure is subject to planning permission.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Three suspects have broken into a house in Ewell stealing jewellery from its elderly residents

The burglary took place at around 5pm on Tuesday when the men entered the house in Albury Avenue.

One suspect was not wearing a mask and has been described as a white male, around 6ft tall, of a large build with short blond hair.

The other two men were wearing masks and were also white and over 6ft tall.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Donald Trump has sent an overnight tweet in the US repeating claims he made in a White House speech that the election was rigged

He's alleging fraud in the courts, and that his team isn't being allowed access to locations where votes are being counted.

Dr Micheal Keating from the American International University in London, based in Richmond, says the Bush-Gore election in 2000 came down to an argument about one state.

However, it’s different this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

The foreign secretary's self-isolating, after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus

Dominic Raab's office says he's not showing signs of any symptoms.

The Esher and Walton MP is going to carry on working from home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge is to be replaced by a ferry service

As part of the recent TfL bailout, the operator will have to buy a ferry.

Procurement will start this week, and services will begin in the new year.

Part of the £1.7bn bailout will also go to looking into how the bridge can be brought back into use.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Richmond Council’s leader is criticising the Government for the amount of money it’s allocating to support the critically vulnerable

Authorities will be given £14.60 per head to help residents advised to stay at home during the second lockdown.

In Richmond, there are over 6,900 residents on the list, including 257 children and young people. 

Councils are being asked to offer support such as home help or extra food. Gareth Roberts says the money is “nothing short of peanuts.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Astronauts can lose as much as 10% of bone density during six months in space

NASA says it’s because there's no gravity for their bodies to push against.

Now, engineer John Kennett from Teddington, says his invention could enable astronauts to jump in zero gravity.

The High Frequency Impulse for Microgravity machine has won grants from the UK and European Space Agencies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A woman has died after being hit by a lorry in Hammersmith

The woman in her 70s was taken to hospital on Wednesday morning, but died of her injuries later that day.

The driver stopped at the scene, and there have been no arrests.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Thursday 5 November 2020

It looks like Spelthorne Council is scaling down the amount of houses it is planning to build

The authority wrote to the Secretary of State for Homes last year to express concern over the Local Plan.

Bosses said building 600 homes a year would have a detrimental impact on the greenbelt.

The figure has now been provisionally changed to 489, although a government consultation has to close before it can be confirmed.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

It's understood British Airways is suspending all its flights from Gatwick this month

It's apparently one of the ways the airline is reducing its operations during November.

The Heathrow based airline also says it’s going to furlough "many more" of its staff because of England's second coronavirus lockdown.

The government's job retention scheme was extended today - until the end of March.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith has smashed its fundraising target, after a big donation from its neighbour

The Kings Mall shopping centre has donated £30,000 to the charity.

The arts industry is in peril as the second lockdown means plans to reopen have been dashed.

The Lyric’s boss, Sian Alexander, says they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the generosity they’ve seen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm  

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been fined, after admitting they fell short in their packaging obligatinos

The Hammersmith-based company came forward and admitted they weren’t registered as a packaging producer during 2014.

It’s having to give almost £3,500 to the charity Trees for Cities.

The law says that big companies who make packaging must work to reduce the amount of waste they make, and register every year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

A convicted money launderer from Streatham has been sent back to jail after breaching the terms of his release

59 year old Shafiq Ahmed has been sentenced to another year in prison. 

A stricter order has been granted with restricted terms, and he has to forfeit a phone and two SIM cards.

Ahmed was originally jailed in 2013 for running a criminal network responsible for laundering millions from his base in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Witnesses are still being sought one week on from the murder of a teenager in Wandsworth

Police were called just before 5pm to reports of a fight outside a supermarket in Garratt Lane.

15 year old Joseph Marafini died after being taken to hospital.

A second victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

The inquest into the Croydon Tram Crash is being delayed until the spring

Monday is the fourth anniversary of the tragedy, in which seven died and 61 were injured.

It was ruled that the Croydon Council chamber was too small to allow for social distancing.

At a pre-inquest hearing, the driver was considered too ill to give evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service said last year that he wouldn’t face any charges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

A man will appear in court later charged with sexual assault and kidnap over an alleged attack on a teenage girl in Mitcham

A complaint was made to officers about an assault on Tuesday morning.

The 26-year-old was arrested after police urged him to hand himself in for his own safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

The green light has been given for a new health centre on the site of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment

The NHS facility in Sleaford Street will provide a GP practice as well as communal areas.

An investment of almost £13m from Wandsworth Council will fund its lease purchase, design and fit-out.

The opening is planned for winter 2023. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

England's second national lockdown has started

You can only leave home for limited reasons - including work, education, buying food, and exercise.

It lasts until the 2nd of December.

Police say they'll take action against those not following the rules.

These people were out in London last night:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Over 2,000 people across Richmond have now pledged to go “idle-free.”

The aim is to turn off vehicle engines while stationary, for example, at level crossings or outside schools.  

 The Mayor of London has also set up a dedicated Idling Action team to engage with schools and businesses on the topic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

There are calls for Jeremy Corbyn to be reinstated to the Labour Party

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs says they face “chaos and division in the party”, as members are “demoralised”.

Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy is among 22 who are backing the move.

The former leader was suspended, after saying issues of antisemitism in the party were “overstated” by his opponents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Spelthorne Borough Council issued £14 million worth of support grants during the first lockdown.

The authority has confirmed it’s waiting on news of more Government support in an open letter to residents.

Council services including refuse and recycling collections will continue during the second lockdown due to begin tomorrow. 

A helpline “Support4Spelthorne” has also been set up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Kai Havertz will miss Chelsea's Champions League clash with Rennes this evening after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Germany playmaker has started self-isolation, so Jorginho comes into the midfield for the Group E tie at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea returned a number of positive coronavirus tests between the end of last season and the start of the new campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

England's second coronavirus lockdown has been approved by the majority of MPs.

There were some exceptions though - more than 30 Conservatives rejected the tighter restrictions which come into force at midnight.

Pubs, gyms, restaurants and bars have to close.

So do hairdressers - and Richard Ward's salon in Chelsea has been working around the clock to get people in.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Joe Biden says he 'won't rest until everyone's vote is counted' - as his campaign manager claims it's a 'foregone conclusion' that he'll be the next US President.

 But Donald Trump's also claimed victory - and threatened to go to the Supreme Court over what he's calling 'major fraud'.

Dr Michael Keating is from the American International University in London based in Richmond. 

He says even if Mr Trump doesn’t win, he’s changed the Republican Party going forwards.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police say enquiries are continuing following an alleged serious sexual assault in Mitcham

 Police were called to the North Place area just after 7am yesterday.

A teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.

A 26-year-old man was arrested following a call from a member of the public; he remains in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Met Commissioner pays tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana whose funeral was held earlier.

Commissioner Cressida Dick's tribute in full, read at the funeral of Sgt Matt Ratana who was killed in Croydon at the end of September. 

"Matt was a fantastic, professional police officer.

A brilliant Sergeant and a leader.

A supremely loyal colleague and friend, a true team player.

He mentored and coached generations of officers, young and old/junior and senior.

The key to what made Matt a great police officer has already been mentioned – his lovely nature and his big, generous, lion’s heart.

He brought amazing energy and determination to his job and to his life.

As enthusiastic after 25 years as he was after two.

Who else would have done a night duty at Wood Green, then had a great big breakfast – a great big Turkish Breakfast on Green Lanes no doubt - and then head back for another night shift.

He had great presence but never shouted or drew attention to himself.

He was clever and insightful but never showed off.

He always stayed calm, never overreacted but was incredibly quick to asses a situation, to spot danger and jump to protect others, or to spot an opportunity to arrest someone, to stop a crime.

He was a disciplinarian at work who set high standards but he never embarrassed anyone. Instead a quiet word with the senior officer making a fool of themselves or an arm round the shoulder of a probationer who wasn’t ‘getting it’.

He had a great sense of fairness and of doing right by people.

He had a huge interest in people and gave himself generously to others – as we’ve heard - he had time for everybody and he spoke to people as an equal.

Whether you were a homeless person, a victim of crime, a garage hand, or a member of the Royal Family - Matt treated you with respect and with interest and fairness. Never patronising or over deferential.

Matt was very kind – colleagues describe random acts of kindness when they were struggling or sad.

He once saw a little boy at a football match, on his birthday but unable to see properly so Matt picked him up and carried him, no doubt blagged his way, for the boy to sit in the manager’s seat.

Matt joined the Met after his early life in New Zealand.

After studying at University he left to travel. First to the US where he worked as a tennis coach in North Carolina, Nashville and Atlanta.

Then on to the UK in 1989, where he worked in a pub, as a delivery driver and on building sites. Through rugby he met police officers and decided to join what we call ‘the Job’.

In his first week at Hendon in 1991, he wrote ‘I am content with what is happening in my life and foresee a bright and stimulating time ahead’.

He fell on his feet. The Met suited him and he suited the Met.

We were lucky to have him.

He had a huge natural talent and a great pride in police work. His presence and leadership skills were obvious from the start.

He was a somewhat reluctant but very popular and respected class captain at Hendon.

He threw himself into police sport, representing the Met in rugby union and league and the Met and UK police at tennis.

He went on to serve the public in roles across London in frontline roles in response, in the homeless unit, in Westminster, Hillingdon, Hackney and Croydon.

When Matt returned to Aotearoa ‘the land of the long white cloud’ he joined 73 other UK cops in joining the New Zealand police, serving proudly for several years in South Auckland – a very different environment, no doubt.

In London he also spent several years on the Territorial Support Group dealing with the most dangerous criminals, high risk situations, and the most demanding public order policing.

To do this he had to – and did - acquire some really high level skills.

He carried a firearm, he was surveillance trained, he led proactive crime operations, and became an absolute expert in public order tactics, relied on by public order bronzes as their ‘tac advisor’ – keeping them safe and straight in their command role, when they had people’s lives in their hands.
Matt’s expertise in this field, his love of the challenges of difficult protests, of potential disorder, of the big events, of Notting Hill carnival - was legendary.

So many speak of the wisdom, the encouragement – the giving of courage.

When it was all kicking off and could go badly wrong, Matt was there. The hand on the back, the Kiwi whisper in the ear, the right suggestion to the commander at the right time, and the smile.
Matt received a number of commendations, including one for his off duty actions when he spotted and followed a man with a firearm and a knife, giving brilliant commentary on the telephone leading to a safe arrest.

He was described by one Chief Superintendent, as ‘quite simply the best natural thief taker and communicator I have known.’

His work rate was phenomenal but it’s worth remembering that most of the people he arrested parted from him with a hand shake.

He loved to be proactive ‘on the front foot’, as he would say. So he loved his work in safer neighbourhoods in Hackney Central, and south Norwood and in Croydon. A chance to work closely with the public, to really solve some crime and antisocial behaviour problems, to develop a great team and to make a difference.

He was well known, respected, admired and it seems loved by people in his local communities. He could see things from others’ perspectives and he was always focussed on what was best for the public.

He wasn’t always orthodox in his methods. He referred to himself as the ‘Sheriff of South Norwood.’

He insisted, against all health and safety guidelines, on standing at the wide open door of a carrier on patrol in high crime areas. ‘Engaging’ he would say, with the public, ready to pounce on the drug dealer or thief.

Once, a tac advisor, he and his bronze Commander found themselves in a - technical term – a pickle. Isolated, facing an increasingly angry crowd during a difficult protest.
Matt unceremoniously picked the Commander up and placed her behind him, he then launched into a Haka, thereby both amazing and distracting the crowd and diffusing the situation sufficiently to allow a reasonably – dignified - hasty retreat.

In the 2011 disorder in London, Matt was in charge of a public order serial in Hackney.

These were tough times.

Night after night they were given food by a grateful kebab shop. The owners kept refusing to take payment.

Once calm was restored, Matt returned to the shop and insisted they took full payment, also presenting them with a specially engraved Met plaque.
He then announced he would work there for the day and preceded to don a chef’s hat and apron and serve kebabs for eight hours in his own time.

Matt spent the last 18 months of his service in Croydon and other custody suites.

When first introduced to custody work Matt was – I believe - dragged there kicking and screaming as he preferred to be outside, with the public, in the action.
And frankly like many of us, settling down to paperwork and record keeping was not his forte.

He could do it. In fact he wrote beautifully, I have read many of his reports, but he preferred to get on the next job.

At Croydon he saw it as an opportunity to make a difference, perhaps for some overtime, but also to help investigating officers and detainees alike, and to support and lead a team of very dedicated detention officers.

It’s not an easy environment to work in and Matt excelled in his motivation and encouragement of his colleagues.

Put simply they adored him.

Some months before he died Matt decided to create a new gym at the custody suite. He was passionate about his team’s wellbeing.

He found an area that could be converted and through his drive and force of personality he got permissions for the building works and began to acquire the gym equipment.

On the night he died Matt took his team excitedly over to the gym. So typical of Matt, having fun with his team, moving things on and looking to the future.

Matt was the ultimate team player. His team, the public order team, the Met team. All the other teams. He loved them. Policing is all about teams and Matt knew that.

A great leader, in the shadows often. Everyone wanted Matt on their team and everyone wanted to be on Matt’s team.

Thank you Su, for your enormous support to Matt in his policing life. You made him very happy indeed.

I hope it is some small comfort to you, to Luke and his family, to know what a huge impact he had on so many people’s lives through his work.

His legacy in policing will live on in all those people he has trained, encouraged, taught and in the inspiration he gives to police people now and for generations to come.

Thank you Matt for all you have done and all you have given in nearly 30 years of service to London and the public.

We miss you, we honour you, we won’t forget you.

And, to quote, one of your teams who loved and love you dearly – ‘we’ll take it from here, Sarg.’"

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

It’s emerged a building which collapsed in Chelsea on Monday night was undergoing basement excavation work

Planning permission was granted for the outward extension of the original basement by the council in 2018.

The house in Durham Place fell to the ground; no one was inside as it has been undergoing construction.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

A spokesperson for Kensington and Chelsea Council says:

“Our team worked through the night, opening an emergency rest centre for those affected and assessing the safety of surrounding buildings.

“Thankfully no-one was hurt and residents were able to return safely to their homes at 3am. The reason for the collapse is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

A shocking video of a stag crashing into the side of a car seemingly mid-fight in Richmond Park has appeared online

The deer in the images, captured by Lander Esparza Zudaire, was  thought to be locking horns with another male.

It’s rutting season in the Royal Parks, a time when stags can become aggressive.

Walkers are being urged to stay clear of the deer and keep dogs on leads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm  

Surrey’s fleet of gritters has been out for the first time since last winter

The road surface temperature dropped below 0’C in some parts of the county overnight.

The fleet of more than 30 gritting vehicles headed out at 7pm last night to spread its salt stockpile.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

AFC Wimbledon returned home to Plough Lane for the first time in 29 years last night

Their first League One match at their new stadium didn't quite go to plan, as opponents Doncaster scored an injury time equaliser to draw 2-all.

But boss Glyn Hodges says it's good to be back.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Donald Trump says there’s been “major fraud” in the US election and he’s going to the supreme court

He didn’t go into details about the fraud, however.

Dr Michael Keating, from the American University in London, based in Richmond, has this to say about that.

Mr Biden has responded, saying “It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

AFC Wimbledon came close to triumph in their first game back at Plough Lane for 29 years

They were leading 2-1 against Doncaster Rovers, but an injury time equaliser made it a draw.

Joe Pigott was the star for the Dons, as he scored both of their goals.

AFC Wimbledon are now at 11th in League One, with Doncaster two spots above them at nine. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

The funeral of Sergeant Matt Ratana will take place this morning

The officer was shot dead inside Croydon Custody Centre in the early hours of September the 25th. 

The service will include a tribute by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

There will not be a full force “service” funeral because of Covid restrictions. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Police are hunting two people after an “unprovoked attack” in Epsom on Halloween

The man was walking along Reigate Road with his wife around midnight when he was assaulted.

The two are described as white, slim, one had a dark jumper and another had a black and grey long sleeved top.

Anyone with information should contact surrey police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 am  

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Balham Station is to get a £2.6m revamp.

The drains and canopies are to get an overhaul, to provide better protection from the elements.

It’s due to be completed by early next year.

Wandsworth Councillor John Locker says passengers “won’t have to stand around in puddles waiting for trains”.

Balham say 8m entries and exits last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Tonight marks an historic milestone for AFC Wimbledon; the team’s first match back at Plough Lane after nearly 30 years.

It was a 2 all draw at the final whistle with both goals scored by Joe Pigott for AFC Wimbledon.

It has been a long road for the Dons, who have not had a proper home ground to call their own for three decades.

Despite the jubilant atmosphere, fans were being urged to stay at home because of Coronavirus.

Elsewhere, second-placed Swansea drew 1-1 at Brentford in the Championship tonight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Some businesses in Croydon will be able to respond quickly if somebody is stabbed nearby.

Yemi Aderemi has raised just over £5,500 for “critical bleed kits”, which stem blood loss and give the victim extra minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Yemi’s son Andre was stabbed to death in 2016.

Croydon Police have praised her “diligence, hard work and relentless commitment”.

List of locations:

1 - legacy Youth Zone

125 Whitehorse Road

2 - Cutter Hair Doctor
52 Portland Road

3 - Blue Jay Cafe
2 Market Parade
Portland Road
South Norwood

4 - Fingers Kebab
55 Central Parade
New Addington

5 - Afro Caribbean Food
15 Central Parade
New Addington

6 - Vintage Off Licence
New Addington

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

NHS Test and Trace has only been able to contact 80% of positive cases in Richmond.

It’s hoped a new council-led service, launching tomorrow, will help locate the other 20%.

The service will step in when NHS Test and Trace teams cannot contact new cases within 24 hours.

Specially trained council call handlers will make further attempts to contact cases, while updating data records for future use.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police arrest man in connection with alleged rape in Mitcham

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of rape in Mitcham following a call from a member of the public.

He is now in police custody.

The victim and her family have been informed. 

They continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

An allegation of rape was received shortly after 7am in the North Place area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

An Epsom Derby winning horse has had to be put to sleep, after an injury in Melbourne.

Anthony Van Dyck won in 2019, and was a favourite to win in Australia.

A fatality report will be prepared in due course, with potential ways to stop similar injuries in the future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 pm  

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed the Greater London Authority is to leave its existing City Hall location next to Tower Bridge

It's hoped the move to The Crystal in the Royal Docks, which is already owned by the administration, will help save £61 million over the next five years.

The GLA is short £500m because of Covid-19.

The move to Docklands will be completed by the end of next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:47 pm  

AFC Wimbledon are making their return to Plough Lane tonight

John Creasey has more:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

A number of religious leaders are taking legal action against the government’s decision to close churches during the new lockdown

The restrictions state that “places of worship will be closed” with some exceptions including small funerals.

The group of leaders taking action includes Chris Demetriou, the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone the Church in Walton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:31 pm  

Tonight marks an historic milestone for AFC Wimbledon; the team’s first match back at Plough Lane after nearly 30 years.

It has been a long road for the Dons, who have not had a proper home ground to call their own for three decades.

Despite the jubilant atmosphere, fans are being urged to stay at home because of Coronavirus.

AFC Wimbledon’s Chief Executive Joe Palmer is asking fans not to congregate outside and over-shadow the occasion.

Kick off against Doncaster Rovers is 7.45pm.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Shoppers at Tesco in New Malden have been spooked, after finding shelves full of boxes of Corona beer

A spokesman says they were there “temporarily” but have now been moved.

One person on social media called it a “Halloween omen”.

The Mexican beer brand is the world’s most valuable, estimated to be worth over £6bn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A loaded firearm, an 11-inch machete, and drugs have been seized by police during a crackdown on violence in London

Designated stop sites were set up on Clapham Common and London Bridge, and officers deployed across inner London.

46 people have been arrested for offences such as intent to supply class A drugs, money laundering, and possessing a weapon.

Chief Inspector Jack May-Robinson says “high visibility, proactive operations” show they’re “relentless” about stopping crime

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A building has collapsed in Chelsea

The four-storey block was under construction, and fell to the ground around 11.30 last night.

40 people have been evacuated from neighbouring properties and a 25m cordon was put in place.

A police search dog also carried out an external search of the building, and there are no reports of any injuries.

London Fire Brigade is still at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Fulham have picked up their first win since being promoted back to the Premier League

They beat West Brom 2-nil at Craven Cottage last night to move above their opponents and out of the relegation zone.

Parker says his team are learning about what it takes to compete in the top flight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

A former state grammar school pupil from Kingston who secretly promoted neo-Nazi terrorism online has been handed a suspended sentence

18 year old Harry Vaughan had pleaded guilty to 14 terrorism offences and two of possessing indecent images of children.

The former Tiffin School pupil has been sentenced to two years' detention in a young offenders' institution, suspended for two years.

This is a correction from the former article " a former Kingston grammar school pupil who secretly promoted neo-Nazi terrorism online has been handed a suspended sentence."

Radio Jackie News would like to apologise to Kingston Grammar School for any confusion with the original article. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Richmond council is spending over £70,000 on “covid-19 marshals.”

The money is coming from central government.

They’ll patrol areas with heavy footfall, including outside transport hubs, to reinforce safety regulations.

The marshals will also visit businesses and handle enquiries from residents about how to stay safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

A cyclist is in hospital in a serious condition, after a collision yesterday in Addlestone

Police were called around 9pm yesterday to station road.

The car stopped at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours, but has now reopened.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Surrey Police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Monday 2 November 2020

Leicester are on course to move up to second in the Premier League.

They lead 2-nil away to Leeds at the interval.

Earlier, Fulham beat West Brom 2-nil to pick up their first win of the season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 pm  

Heathrow is preparing to challenge the Treasury's move to end VAT rebates for tourists.

The airport argues the move will intensify the crisis hitting the coronavirus-battered retail industry.

Retailers say it'll trigger a £10 billion reduction in spending in British stores.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man has been found guilty of murdering his friend at his home in Thornton Heath

 60 year old Krasimir Kartikov was pronounced dead at the scene in Whitehorse Road after officers found him one morning in January.

A post-mortem revealed he had died from multiple injuries, including several skull fractures and a broken nose.

44 year old Nikolay Zhivkov will be sentenced at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A stray live firework landing on a balcony is thought to have caused a fire at a block of flats in Fulham

 The occupant of the fourth floor flat tried to put it out by throwing water on it.

However, they left when thick black smoke began to billow from it.

Crews had to use a hose from ground level to put out the fire.

The brigade is discouraging private fireworks displays during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

It's goalless in the opening Premier League game of the evening between Fulham and West Brom.

Both sides are looking for their first win of the season.

That game is followed by Leeds hosting Leicester.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

An independent healthcare body has given the thumbs up to plans for a new hospital in Sutton

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel gave its approval in a letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care last week.

Under the plans, acute services like A&E and maternity will be relocated from Epsom and St Helier hospitals to the new site.

But campaigners claim the move will result in longer journey times for those suffering acute health problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm  

A man from Norwich held by detectives investigating the shooting of a police officer in Croydon has been released with no further action

Sgt Matiu Ratana died in hospital after being shot on September the 25th at Croydon Custody Centre.

The main suspect, Louis De Zoysa, remains "unfit for interviewing" in hospital after apparently also shooting himself.

The 23-year-old had been arrested for possession of ammunition and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Two fake machetes have been confiscated from a group running around Egham on Halloween

They told officers that they were part of a costume, but the police said “Adidas tracksuit trousers, McKenzie tops and North Face jackets don't really count”.

They add that they could scare a member of the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm  

There are calls for schools and colleges to close, as the country faces at least a month of lockdown

The National Education Union says it would be “self-defeating” not to, since they’re an “engine for transmission”.

A petition in favour of closing schools has over 150,000 signatures.

Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy is supporting it, saying it would cause more lockdowns down the line if they remain open.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Footballer Marcus Rashford and Captain Sir Tom Moore were among the winners of this year's Pride of Britain awards

There wasn't a full ceremony - instead the nation's heroes were given their gongs during personal visits from celebrities.

Taylor Swift made the journey to West Byfleet to present a prize to Major Chris Brannigan.

He had walked 700 miles barefoot to raise money for his daughter, who has a rare growth condition.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented a special prize to NHS frontline workers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A police constable has been found to have tasered a man repeatedly during a chase

PC Karl Bassom has been given a final written warning after gross misconduct was proven.

During the incident in 2019, the man fell to his knees and went into the Thames, where he was tasered again.

PC Bassom is based at the Central West BCU, which covers Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Fulham boss Scott Parker believes scoring the opening goal will be crucial against West Brom tonight

Both sides are without a win since being promoted back into the Premier League.

Parker admits it has been a big step up from the Championship.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A 71 year-old man will appear in court today charged with murdering a woman in Chessington

Keith Bettison was arrested following the discovery of the body of the 48 year-old victim, at a house in Raynard Close on Saturday morning.  

It’s believed the two knew each other.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

There are 11,000 fewer firefighters across the UK today than there were 10 years ago

The Norbiton Based Fire Brigades Union's warning the service won't be ready for major threats to the country unless more are taken on.

It's launched a campaign to ask for more funding and says 5,000 firefighters are needed immediately.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 am  

Sunday 1 November 2020

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is calling for more volunteers to help the British Heart Foundation, following a £50 million funding shortfall.

The revenue was lost when they temporarily closed all 750 shops during the last lockdown, including the one on Wallington High Street.

Elliott Colbourn says it’s vital the charity continues its research into heart disease.

Many of its shops have reopened, but some, like the one in New Malden, have had to close permanently.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 pm  

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

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

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

You can have your say by completing a survey on Richmond Borough Council’s website by 20th November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 pm  

Richmond Council is pressing ahead with a consultation on a new football pitch on Hampton Common.

The authority says it would allow additional women’s and girls' teams to be developed, whilst protecting other pitches from overuse.

If the proposal is supported, the pitch would be installed in time for the 2021/22 season.

Residents are being urged to have their say on the proposals via Richmond Council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

A senior immunologist at Kingston University has confirmed there is a relationship between mental health and immunity.

Good diet, plenty of exercise and sunshine are all important in staying mentally and physically fit.

But Dr Terry Gaymes tells us there’s one major factor impacting our health and we have to be aware of it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Today marks the last Sunday for church services across England for at least a month.

Places of worship will be told to close from Thursday, except for individual prayer and funerals.

The congregation at All Saints’ Church in Twickenham is disappointed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

A children's nursing expert at Kingston University has won a prestigious award.

Zoe Clark was named 'Educator of the Year' by the Student Nursing Times.

The prize is given to teachers “who inspire, enthuse, and motivate the next generation of nurses”.

A huge congratulations to Zoe, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

From today the six leisure centres in the Borough of Hounslow are under new management
From today the six leisure centres in the Borough of Hounslow are under new management. They’ll be run by the council’s own not for profit company Lampton Leisure, after the contract was taken back in-house from the Fusion Leisure group. The move coincides with this week’s new lockdown across England. The council says there will be a phased reopening once the latest Covid restrictions start to be lifted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

Transport for London has reached a £1.8 billion deal with the government to keep the Capitals’s buses, tubes and trams running
Transport for London has reached a £1.8 billion deal with the government to keep the Capitals’s buses, tubes and trams running. The money will tide TFL over till the end of March, replacing fares lost because of lower passenger number dur to the pandemic. As part of the deal TFL has agreed to find £160 million pounds in savings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

While Donald Trump famously had a Scottish mother, it seems Joe Biden has a fifth cousin who lives in at Cobham in North Surrey
While Donald Trump famously had a Scottish mother, it seems Joe Biden has a fifth cousin who lives in at Cobham in North Surrey. The Times contacted Ralph Biden, a retired graphic designer there to ask how he rated the chances of his distant re;ative . His verdict “ Jo Biden would probably make a good president, buit to be honest he’s a bit too old”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

A 71 year-old man's been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Chessington
A 71 year-old man's been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Chessington. The body of a 48 year-old was discovered at a property in Raynard Close early yesterday morning.. Keith Bettison, who's from the area, is due in court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

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