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Saturday 16 January 2021

A Charity in Kingston has turned its attention from care homes to NHS staff.

RBKares has been delivering care packages to front line workers at Kingston Hospital, who’re struggling with increased admissions.

They’ve also launched a fundraiser to raise money for the Hospital’s Staff and Well-Being Fund – with a target of 20-thousand-pounds.

To help them get there and pay for hot meals for hospital staff you can find RBKares (that’s Kares with a K) on

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 pm  

More than a thousand residents have been left freezing in their recently built homes in Hackbridge worth up to £600,000.

Its after they were left without heating because of an outage in their heating network run by Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN)

This outage is the 12th in a long line of breakdowns in the past 12 months 

Residents fear their flats at New Mill Quarter may be deemed unsalable because of the recurring issues with the Sutton council owned network. 

A Sutton Council spokesman said;

All residents who identified themselves as vulnerable were contacted individually to be offered help and supplied with electric heaters. In addition, all vulnerable residents, plus those who requested one, have had a radiator delivered. 

We are pleased to report that the power has now been restored and the Council will be working with Barratts to ensure that the ongoing issues are addressed.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience to residents, especially given the current lockdown restrictions due to COVID and the very cold weather.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 pm  

Spelthorne Borough Council has purchased the Marks and Spencer store in Staines High Street.

 Radio Jackie's Lucy Mayer has more:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The famous White Rabbit of Barnes is back to help those who are feeling isolated in lockdown.

 Jacqui Kerr has more for us:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 pm  

It's been confirmed Archie Lyndhurst, the son of Only Fools And Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, died from a brain haemorrhage.

The 19-year-old children's TV actor suffered several bleeds on the brain in his sleep at his home in Fulham last September.

His mum's posted a message online, revealing the effect of Archie's death on the family as "catastrophic", calling him "an extraordinary magical human being".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

Today’s 5.30 kick off - is the most one-sided London derby in Premier League history.

Fulham have only beaten Chelsea once in their last 28 league meetings.

But Chelsea are in a slump with one win from six games – boss Frank Lampard’s hoping some recent tweaks are gonna fix that.

He says he's finally had the opportunity to make adjustments on the training ground following their hectic run of festive fixtures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Croydon Council is looking to close five libraries to help reduce its financial deficit.

The Labour-run authority has issued what is effectively a bankruptcy notice twice in the last two months.

Croydon plans to keep its eight other libraries open and will continue the digital and home delivery services.

A consultation has been launched on its website to get feedback from residents; that’ll close on March the 7th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

A mass vaccination centre is coming to Kingston.

It’ll be based at the Hawks Road NHS site near the Cambridge Estate and is due to open at the end of the month.

Invitations will be sent out with a web link for people to book a slot - or a phone number if they can’t get online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

BT is urging anyone receiving scam calls to report them.

It's after a number of people in the Kingston area claim they've been contacted by someone purporting to be from the telecoms company.

The person warns that the phone line and internet will be cut off, but some people who have received the calls aren't even BT customers.

BT says you should report any suspicious activity on their website and also contact national advice centre Action Fraud.

A BT Spokesperson told Jackie News:

“We take our customers’ security very seriously and proactively warn them to be on their guard against scams.

“All our customer service advisors are trained o give them help and advice if customers receive scam calls and we have a specialist team to support customers who are victims of scams.

“We’ll never call or email a customer to ask for remote access to their computer or ask for personal information (including bank details) unexpectedly and we’ll never call from an ‘unknown’ number.

“If a customer is suspicious, or uncomfortable about what’s being asked, we always recommend that they hang up the phone, and report the call to our BT Call Protect service.

“Our advice is that customers should never share their BT account number with anyone and to always be wary of calls or emails that are not expected.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

A suspicious item was found in an unattended bag at Heathrow Airport yesterday, prompting Terminal 2 to be evacuated.

A teenager has since been arrested after a “decorative grenade” was discovered in his luggage.

Police were called to the airport at around 5:30pm on Friday after the item was found.

Specialist officers found it posed no threat but arrested the 19-year-old for carrying a prohibited item in an aerodrome.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Fulham manager Scott Parker wants his team to block out any outside noise to help them continue their push for Premier League survival.

They go into today's London derby against Chelsea unbeaten in five games, and just two points away from leaving the relegation zone.

Parker says his players must keep their positive focus.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Senior health advisors are warning we're around ten days away from the peak of people being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

Some emergency departments say there are already more seriously ill patients in intensive care units in England than there were in March and April last year.

Dr John De Vos from the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford says he's seen a worrying new trend:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Police investigating the death of a man in Wimbledon have charged a third suspect.

30-year-old Danny Webster was charged on Friday with perverting the course of justice.

Police were called to an address on The Broadway on Wednesday 13 January at 00:55 to reports of a stabbing.

41-year-old Paul Dalton was found with stab injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Webster will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court later today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Adults living in Richmond received some of the highest quality social care in London last year.

That’s according to the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Committee.

It came top in three indicators measured including the proportion of people who use services and still have control of their daily life.

Richmond was also the top-performing borough for supporting vulnerable younger adults to remain in their own home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

A Guildford high street pharmacy is among one of six in England to start vaccinating people from priority groups against coronavirus.

The Superdrug store opened as a vaccination centre on Thursday.

The other chemists to administer the jab are in Halifax, Macclesfield, Widnes, Edgware and Telford.

Over 3.2 million people in the UK have now received their first dose.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

A man who injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake coronavirus vaccine at her home in Surbiton is being hunted by police.

The woman invited him into her home on the 30th of December after he said he was from the NHS.

She paid £160, which he said would be refunded.

Pictures have been released of the man when he returned to ask for another £100.

The woman has shown no ill effects and it’s unknown what she was injected with, if anything was injected at all.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

More than 500 “face mask exemption” badges have been taken off eBay by officers from Kingston and Sutton Councils.

The UK Government Official badges were being sold illegally online, often with anti-covid messages undermining public health controls.

200 other listings which “posed a risk to public health and safety” were also targeted.

The trading standards team says they continue to monitor physical retail premises as well as online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Hammersmith Bridge is not safe to re-open to pedestrians until a programme of stabilisation works has been approved.

That’s according to the engineers advising bridge owners Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The 134-year-old Grade II listed bridge was urgently closed last August on public safety grounds.

The Council commissioned a temperature control system at an annual cost of £420,000 to offset temperature extremes on its chain supports.

A 259-page report by bridge engineers Mott McDonald has now revealed that the temperature control system has been a success.

But the safety board says the bridge cannot be reopened until the system has shown to be effective over a full range of temperatures.

The council welcomes the news but says further stabilisation work is needed in order to get it open for cyclists and pedestrians again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 15 January 2021

A virtual arts festival in Mole Valley has been nominated for an award.

Usually called Arts Alive, Arts e-live was renamed last year for the first time in its 24-year history as most events took place online.

There were 57 events for all ages throughout October in fields including music, theatre, and poetry.

This year’s Hearts For The Arts Award winners will be selected from the shortlist by a judging panel of industry experts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Emergency accommodation has been set up for rough sleepers in Elmbridge and Spelthorne.

It follows a grant from central government to develop new shelter for them.

In previous years, it would normally only be provided when the weather was cold, and often in shared facilities.

Councillor Maureen Attewell says that because it’s private, social distancing can be ensured to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

We’re being told to “sit tight, stay at home and stay safe” until we’re contacted for our coronavirus vaccination.

Cabinet Member for Health at Hounslow Council, Candice Atterton, says “nobody can be vaccinated if they have the virus”.

All care homes in the borough are due to receive their jabs by the end of the month, starting this week.

Councillor Atterton says it “provides the first sight of the pathway out”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A new festival celebrating Japan’s botanical treasures is coming to Kew Gardens this year

Cherry blossom and Bonsai, which are probably the country’s most celebrated flora, will be on display.

The festival, in October, will be housed in the historic Temperate House.

Kew says it wants to focus on the importance of the natural world and the concepts of harmony and beauty seen in Japanese horticulture. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Surrey Police is reminding drivers to pull over when they have their blue lights on

Officers say there have been a number of incidents over the last few weeks where people have not understood they need to stop. 

They say, to avoid confusion, if you see a police car behind you with blue lights flashing, you should pull over safely.

If the officer doesn’t need to speak to you, they will simply pass you. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

Tomorrow is the last day of a mammoth fundraising challenge for charity Solving Kids Cancer

Henley Shipping in Staines launched the Beauty and the Beard event with the hope of reaching a massive £10,000 target.

Participants have been growing their beards and hair for the last three months to raise the cash. 

Organiser Josh Brown explains why they chose this challenge:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Tools are being stolen from vans in Egham and Englefield Green

Police are looking for a blue or black box van involved in the theft of over £1,000 worth of tools last night.

There have been four incidents over the past four days, with late at night the most vulnerable time.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

People in Surrey can now raise concerns about businesses not following COVID-19 guidelines online

 A new reporting tool has been launched by the County Council.

Breaches such as the incorrect use of PPE, inadequate barriers, or a lack of risk assessment can all be raised on the website.

They’ll be investigated by the County’s trading standards team, with environmental health and Surrey Police where appropriate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

A free helpline has been launched for people struggling in Sutton

It’s being run by the Sutton Mental Health Foundation, which received funding for the project. 

Residents can ring the Wellbeing line to speak openly, honestly and confidentially about their concerns.

This can be anything from money worries and depression to loneliness in lockdown. 

Residents wishing to contact SMHF can call 0800 0129105, Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm  

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a man on Wimbledon Broadway

33-year-old Mongo Bolili has been charged with the murder, while 26-year-old Ian Matu is accused of perverting the course of justice.

41-year-old Paul Dalton was found with fatal stab injuries on Wednesday, just before 1am.

A 53-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of murder, and has been bailed to a date in early February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge must stay shut until it has been repaired because of “unknowable features”

That’s according to the engineers advising Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

They’ve made a plan, which includes inspecting all three remaining pedestals, not just the cracked one.

They’re also criticising the Department for Transport, calling into question the suggestion the bridge could be reopened “quickly and cheaply”.

A DfT spokesperson said:

“Once we receive the full report, we look forward to further discussions between our engineers. We are committed to ensuring Londoners can cross the river again as soon as it is safe to do so.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

Crystal Palace are three games unbeaten in the Premier League after holding Arsenal to a goalless draw in north London last night

The visitors came closest to winning the match, with James Tomkins hitting the bar.

The point means Palace are eleven clear of the bottom three and manager Roy Hodgson says they're in a good position.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

The mass rollout of Covid-19 vaccines should not lead to complacency

 That’s according to Mark Fielder, Professor in Medical Microbiology, at Kingston University.

Vaccinations can help reduce symptoms of Covid-19 if exposed again in the future.

But it’s not known yet whether they can stop someone transmitting the virus to others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

The town centre cycle lane in Sutton has been scrapped

An average of 30 people per day have been using it, and the council says the number hasn’t been growing.

Replies to the consultation were largely negative about the scheme, with reports of congestion on the network.

The traffic lanes have been restored on St Nicholas Way and Throwley Way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Thursday 14 January 2021

Anyone given an e-scooter as a Christmas gift should return it; that’s the message from the Met Police.

Chief Supt Simon Ovens said buying an e-scooter as a present was "crazy" because "they're simply not built for our roads."

It’s only legal to use a non-rented e-scooter on private land.

Those caught could face a £300 fine, points on their driving licence or have the device seized.

E-scooters made headlines in July 2019 after Youtuber Emily Hartridge died in Battersea when she was involved in a collision with a lorry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Kew Gardens will celebrate 70 years of Dennis the Menace this Easter.

The aim is to get youngsters learning about nature’s cleverest tricks via one of the trickiest characters in history.  

The Beano, in which Dennis appears, is the longest running British children's comic magazine, published by DC Thomson in Scotland.

The comic first appeared on the 30th of July 1938.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

More people in Sutton use their cars for trips under 3km than in most London boroughs.

That’s according to the council which wants to get more people walking and cycling.

A consultation has launched until March the 25th via the authority’s website.

Called the new Sustainable Transport Strategy, it’ll collect information from residents to gauge how best to move forward with transport infrastructure.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm  

The MP for Richmond Park says she wants to avoid any additional closures, but she wants the park to remain a safe place for exercise

Sarah Olney’s written to its management after reports of people congregating on paths and around gates.

She adds one of her constituents’ biggest concerns is a lack of social distancing when queuing for food and drink facilities.

Mrs Olney is asking for measures that can be put in place to create a safer system.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of eight allegations of rape after raids in three areas across London

Vulnerable women had been lured into an online business, but had to have sex with the owner to get the job.

At 8pm yesterday, police searched properties in Camden, Holborn and Hanwell.

A 37-year-old is accused of rape, controlling prostitution and fraud, with two other men also in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

The Lib Dem’s mayoral candidate for London says that “Londoners deserve answers” about the pandemic

There are calls for an independent inquiry into why the capital has been hit “severely” by COVID-19.

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Ed Davey, along with the party’s mayoral candidate Luisa Porritt, are making the demand. 

Yesterday, it was revealed that 10,000 people in London have now died due to the disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says it “makes no apology for asking fit people vigorously exercising to be considerate to protect each other”

It’s after a video emerged of what appears to be a COVID marshal stopping a jogger on the riverside for “breathing heavily”.

People are being asked to avoid the area at busy times.

Commenting on the video, Home Secretary Priti Patel told This Morning that exercising once a day is allowed.

She adds that it’s “vital for wellbeing”.

 “The new strain of Covid is 70 per cent more contagious than the first. London is an epicentre of the bigger second wave.

“So, we make no apology for asking fit people vigorously exercising to be considerate to protect other, often elderly, people taking a more leisurely stroll.

“Runners and cyclists should please avoid the popular riverfront at busy times.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

Police investigating an indecent exposure at Barons Court tube station have released more information.

Police investigating an indecent exposure at Barons Court tube station have released more information.  

The incident happened at 4.30pm on Saturday the 7th of November of a District Line train.

Anyone with information is asked to text British Transport Police on 61016 or call on 0800 40 50 40.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A police officer for Croydon has been found to have used unnecessary force during a stop and search

In March 2018, PC Russell Easterbrook and other officers stopped a vehicle near Purley Way.

It was alleged he didn’t have reasonable ground to stop him and he failed to treat the suspect with courtesy, but those were not proven.

He’s been given management advice regarding the use of force.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

More money is being made available to business in Richmond

There are different grants available from the council to help those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

They include a payment for `wet-led` pubs covering the Christmas period. 

These are pubs which don’t serve food and rely entirely on the sales of drinks to survive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Nearly £1,500 has been raised for a doctor at Kingston Hospital after his bike was stolen

Dr Josh Wilcox had it taken during a 13-hour shift.

After seeing a Facebook post about it, plasterer Ben Mclean from Surbiton created a GoFundMe page to get him a replacement.

Dr Wilcox says he’s “utterly blown away” and it’s turned a “sour tasting event into the most emotional and magical moment”.

The remainder of the money raised has been donated to children’s charity Anstee Bridge, which provides alternative learning to teens facing emotional challenges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

A man has died after being hit by a car on Battersea bridge

Police were called yesterday evening just after six to the northern side, where the man was found seriously injured.

The driver stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

Police are saying they’re “not sure what part of lockdown he didn’t understand” after a man drove from Hayes to Shepperton to see a friend

He was pulled over in Sunbury for lighting defects with his car.

The man admitted seeing the person, saying he hasn’t seen them in a long time, and was not part of his support bubble or in need.

He’s been given a £200 fine for a non-essential journey and served a notice for lighting offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Andy Murray has tested positive for coronavirus

It means the two time Wimbledon champion’s participation in the Australian Open is now in doubt.

Murray was due to travel to Melbourne on a charter flight but is now self isolating at home in the UK.

The first tennis Grand Slam of the year begins on the 8th of February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

From today, some high street pharmacies in England will be able to distribute coronavirus vaccines

Six stores, including Superdrug in Guildford, will be among those able to administer the jabs.

The NHS says by the end of January more than 200 chemists will help with the vaccine rollout.

Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Bruce Warner says the first six were picked because of their size.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Fulham gave their hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation a boost after fighting back to draw 1-all in their rearranged game with Tottenham last night

The cottagers, who were recently hit by a coronavirus outbreak - are now two points from safety, with two games in hand.

Manager Scott Parker says, all things considered, he has to be happy with that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

The government's urging employers to try and spot signs of domestic abuse among their staff and then offer them help

Business minister and Cheam MP Paul Scully has written an open letter to organisations, advising them of the warning signs, such as any bruises, changes in behaviour and a sudden drop in performance.

He says bosses shouldn't be afraid to approach their staff if they have concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

Supermarkets in Richmond are being asked to tighten their Covid-19 guidelines

The council says that over the past few weeks, there have been growing reports of staff and customers not following safety rules.

These include wearing face coverings and social distancing. 

Richmond Council has written to each of the major super markets in the borough to ask them redouble their efforts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

Reported Covid-19 cases are down in a number of London boroughs including Kingston and Richmond.

Eleven boroughs in total showed a fall in numbers for the week ending the 8th of January. 

One authority, Richmond, recorded an infection rate per 100,000 below the national average at 541. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 13 January 2021

A man has been arrested after a Brentford FC fan received a package containing excrement through the post.

The Times reports that a supporter received a number of anonymous messages, including death threats.

That followed two other fans being banned from the club for racism on social media.

A 31-year-old man from Camberley has been arrested on suspicion of harassment and malicious communication.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Manchester City are into the Premier League's top four after beating Brighton 1-nil.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are being held 1-all by Fulham in their London derby.

Tonight's only game in the Scottish Premiership between Livingston and Aberdeen was postponed due to heavy rain.

It meant the artificial pitch was unplayable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 pm  

A man has been stabbed to death in Wimbledon Broadway.

Police were called to the scene  where they found the 41-year-old.

He was pronounced dead at the scene a few hours later.

Two men, aged 33 and 53, were arrested on suspicion of murder. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney says it wouldn't have been easy for the Premiership to schedule matches at short notice this weekend.

There was a suggestion domestic rugby union could replace European games - which have been postponed as the French government had concerns about travel and coronavirus cases.

Kidney, from the Sunbury-based club, says simply slotting in league fixtures isn't that simple.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey is calling for an independent inquiry into why London has been so badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The MP for Kingston says it’s “not just about accountability” but also to ensure London is “ready for the challenges it’ll face in the future.” 

Mr Davey announced last week that he’s signed up to become a volunteer steward at one of the capital’s vaccination centres.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has been charged with assaulting an officer at Belmarsh Prison.

Hashem Abedi is to appear in court along with two other men.

They include Ahmed Hassan, who was convicted of putting a bomb on a train which partially exploded at Parsons Green in 2017.

The charges relate to an incident in the jail back in May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

52 people have died with Covid-19 in Hounslow this month alone.

That’s up on the 49 deaths the council recorded in December; but we’re not even halfway through January. 

The authority is telling residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. 

It is leading by example by closing all of its council buildings with staff working from home. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are still searching for witnesses to an attack on a Morden-bound Northern Line tube.

A woman was verbally abused and kicked two passengers just before 1.30pm on Saturday, December the 19th.

She was then approached by an off-duty police officer.

The woman then assaulted the off-duty officer, pulling hair from the victim’s scalp as she did so.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has been charged with assaulting an officer at Belmarsh Prison.

Hashem Abedi is to appear in court along with two other men.

They include Ahmed Hassan, who was convicted of putting a bomb on a train which partially exploded at Parsons Green in 2017.

The charges relate to an incident in the jail back in May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

People across Surrey are being asked if they’d consider paying more council tax in order to fund extra police officers.

The force’s Crime Commissioner, David Munro, is proposing a 5.5% increase annually.

The proposed rise would mean Surrey could add an extra 150 officers and staff to their establishment over the coming year.

This is on top of the force’s next allocation of the 20,000 officers paid for by central government.

The PCC is inviting the public to have their say  here: 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

EU nationals living in Richmond are being urged to attend a webinar to make sure they know their post-Brexit rights.

Government figures show that nearly 17,000 applications have been submitted in the borough so far. 

The free event on the 27th of January is being run by Citizens Advice Richmond and funded by the Council.

The deadline for people to legally remain from EU countries and non-EEA nationals is the 30th of June.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Thousands of pounds have been stolen from drivers via a parking scam in Richmond.

Drivers are being urged to be wary of thieves targeting people at Pay and Display machines.

Criminals pretend there is a problem with the parking machine in question.

They tell their victim that the machine has swallowed their bank card, and once the driver leaves the area, they take it and access the cash. 

 The council says there has been a surge in incidents like this in areas including Kew and Twickenham.

 The authority is reminding people that parking machines do not swallow cards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

A man has been charged with a sexual offence that took place over ten years ago in Fulham.

54-year-old Pascal Molliere from Havant is accused of three counts of offences overall.

The alleged crime took place in July 2010.

He’ll appear in court on the 11th of February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

There are calls for the government to stop using a pesticide which has been shown to stop bees being able to fly

The government authorised the emergency use of Syngenta Cruiser SB on sugar beet this year, due to a danger posed by a plant virus.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has written to the environment minister, in a letter co-signed by Twickenham Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson and Hammersmith Labour MP Andy Slaughter.

She’s calling for the government to pursue other means to protect and restore wildlife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

The Mayor of London is calling for everybody to wear face masks outdoors

Sadiq Khan says the case rates are worse than March, but the restrictions are looser.

He’s also calling on the government to close places of worship, accelerate the roll-out of vaccines, and provide better support to those self-isolating.

He says “we wouldn’t be making this request if this situation wasn’t extremely serious”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

A company from Chertsey at the centre of a controversy about a free school meal hamper is being given an extra £3.50 per child per week


Chartwells says it’s to “enhance” their offer, and has been given to them by the Department for Education.

A picture on Twitter has been shared nearly 19,000 times, showing what Marcus Rashford calls an “unacceptable” amount of food.

The catering company says they are “very sorry” and will be contacting schools to review hampers, and will offer refunds. 

Paul Walsh, who was the chairman until December, is a Tory party donor and former member of David Cameron’s business advisory group.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Fulham manager Scott Parker thinks tonight's game at Tottenham - arranged with just 48 hours notice - is dangerous for the welfare of his team

They were instructed to play after Spurs' original opponents Aston Villa had to pull-out because of a coronavirus outbreak at the club.

This fixture was called off due to a similar situation at Fulham two weeks ago.

Parker says it's not been handled well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Epsom Downs car park has been cleared of cars

Police spoke to the all the drivers there, and issued some fines for breaching Covid restrictions.

We’re being asked not to drive long distances without a reasonable excuse.

The force says to walk where possible, and that “driving to have a chat or admire the view is not a valid reason”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A legal firm says British Airways faces the largest group-action personal data claim in UK history

Over 16,000 victims of its 2018 customer data breach want compensation from the Heathrow-based airline.

The lead solicitors representing affected passengers say they could claim £2000 each, potentially costing the company more than £800m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 12 January 2021

The Spelthorne MP has been given a promotion in government.


Kwasi Kwarteng is now the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

It’s after Alok Sharma became the full-time president of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November.

Mr Kwarteng says “I promise to be a champion of business and workers at the Cabinet table as we pull together to build back better”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 pm  

A vegetable patch on Streatham Common is in line for a national award for its work with young children.

The Little Growers Club has been shortlisted for the Seeds of Joy award from food brand Higgidy.

It’s being praised for encouraging young children to grow for themselves and food banks.

The top three will receive £5,000 to transform their patch, Click on the link below to take you to the voting page.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 pm  

AFC Wimbledon have beaten Bristol Rovers one nil.


After a long match it was nineteen-year-old midfielder Jack Rudoni who created the winner after 61 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 pm  

A number of people have reportedly had their car tyres slashed in New Malden.

The people affected live in and around The Groves.

They say they are convinced it’s the work of one person and have reported the incidents to police and installed CCTV.

A number of residents also reported having their Christmas lights cut, although there’s no evidence the incidents are related. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

TfL are to invest in up to 2,000 new cycle parking spaces across London.


On top of that, in Merton, Sutton and Kingston, it’s planned to create 514 new spaces across 37 schools.

Between April and June last year, walking and cycling accounted for half of all journeys, up from under a third before the pandemic.

Penny Rees, from TfL, says it’s “vital” that as many bike journeys as possible begin and end with a safe place to park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

An electrician from Worcester Park has been banned from running a company after failing to explain nearly £1m of company expenses.

Marcin Jarnot was the director of GJES London Ltd until it went into liquidation in April 2019.

An investigation also found that they failed to pay all their tax from 2016 to 2019.

He’s banned from promoting, forming, or managing a company for seven years, without permission from the court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 11 months in prison following a stabbing at Thorpe Park

26 year old Craig Harakh was charged with GBH and possession of an offensive weapon last July after police were called to the scene.

A 27-year-old man had been stabbed in the stomach following a confrontation which occurred close to the front entrance. 

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and discharged a few days later following surgery.

Harakh pleaded guilty to a further count of affray but he was found not guilty of wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

A man, woman and teenager have fled a fire with their three dogs in Fulham

It broke out at a terraced property in Novello Street just after 7 o'clock this morning. 

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Brentford's next two Championship matches have been postponed due to a number of recent positive coronavirus tests at the club

They were due to face Bristol City at home tomorrow and Reading away on Saturday.

Both fixtures have yet to be rescheduled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

More than 60% of pupils in Richmond are still turning up at school despite the lockdown

Schools nationwide are open for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

But Richmond Council says “in most cases, parents are home working.”

Council leader Gareth Roberts says teachers are being placed in more harm and their jobs are becoming more difficult because of this:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

Sir David Attenborough has received his Covid-19 vaccination

The 94-year-old natural historian, who lives in Richmond, 

is one of several stars to receive the first of two doses.

Sir David’s age puts him in the second top priority group, behind care home residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

Hampton and Wandsworth have been named as two areas hit by Royal Mail delivery delays

The firm has published a list of areas affected because of its workforce being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

28 have been named in all. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Police are still looking for a man in conjunction with a fatal collision in Hammersmith on Christmas eve

Police were called to reports a car had collided with a motorbike in Talgarth Road; the driver did not wait for officers to arrive. 

The biker, 59 year old Martin Wall, was taken to hospital suffering a broken collar bone.

He was discharged but became unwell and died on New Year’s Day.

Officers are appealing for the man who was driving what is believed to be a BMW, to come forward and speak to them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The first UK clinical trials of a nasal spray combatting Covid-19 have started at Ashford and St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey

The SaNOtize Nitric Oxide Spray is designed to kill the virus in the upper airways.

This means it’s prevented from incubating and spreading to the lungs.

It’s proven to kill 99.9% of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

The treatment has been developed in Canada and is undergoing phase 2 trials in a number of countries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

There’s a warning that green belt land in Spelthorne may have to be built on if its to meet its housing quota

The government had revised its way of calculating the number of homes each authority had to build, and Spelthorne ended up with a lower number.

However, it’s since scrapped that new method, after pressure from authorities who saw their numbers go up.

Deputy Council Leader Jim McIlroy says it’s a “crushing disappointment” and they’re going to “fight the government on this”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Schools in Richmond are still seeing over 60% of pupils attending despite the lockdown

Schools have remained open for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

However, Richmond Council says this has meant a surge in the number of children and staff returning to the classroom. 

The authority claims the “vast majority attending are not vulnerable, and in most cases, the parents are home working.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

South West London’s police commander has put more officers on the streets to help enforce stay at home rules

Lis Chapple says we must not become complacent about Covid-19 because of the roll out of the mass vaccination centres.

She says her officers are issuing more fines and tickets than ever before; she explains why this is the case.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

A controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme could be about to be replaced in Croydon

LTNs limit traffic by using flower planters to stop vehicles from entering certain roads.

But some residents living near the Crystal Palace LTN have complained of harder access to amenities like GP surgeries.

A new proposal, due to be approved by the council at a meeting tonight, will see cameras installed at the junctions instead of planters.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

People in Wandsworth and Hampton are to see a scaled back postal service

27 areas in England have had their Royal Mail deliveries scaled back because so many staff are affected by coronavirus.

Royal Mail has published a list of 27 zones in England, including the TW12 Hampton postcode and SW18 for Wandsworth.

Some people haven't had their mail for weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Allegations that a police officer for South-West London left out information about an arrest have been found not proven.

APS David Mattock was accused of only making the arrest after the suspect apparently said they would make a complaint against him.

A hearing was told that this suggestion was left out of the report to mask the true circumstances of the arrest.

If the allegations had been proven, it would have amounted to gross misconduct and he would have been dismissed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Heathrow saw 72.7% drop in passenger numbers last year.

Just over 22 million people travelled through the airport compared to 58.8 million the year before.

Bosses say the decline was caused by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 11 January 2021

The number of burglaries and thefts have dropped in Runnymede since April last year.

Overall, crime is down by 7%.

However, violence has increased by just under 12%, with 235 more offences.

Addlestone has been the most affected in the borough, with 41 reports, followed by Chertsey at 34.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

57 Transport for London staff have died from Covid-19.

The details have been released by new Transport Commissioner Andy Byford.

The first death of a London bus driver from Covid-19 in the second wave was recorded last week.

55 year old Kofi Opoku was based in Croydon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A public consultation about reducing through-traffic in Richmond Park has ended.

A 6-month trial monitored the effects of restricting cars travelling between Broomfield Hill and Robin Hood car parks.

The vehicle links between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross have also been closed off during lockdown.

Royal Parks says the overall plan is to enhance the park environment for all visitors and reduce traffic on the park roads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Passport control staff at Heathrow are considering striking, over changes to their work patterns.

The Public and Commercial Services union says its members are being balloted, over claims of 'unworkable' rosters.

Officials claim shift swaps and requests won't be allowed anymore.

But the Border Force director says it's to allow for bubbles, to protect themselves and the public from coronavirus.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Around half of the police incidents in Runnymede in December were to do with drugs.

The force detected, charged, or community resolved 53 offences in total, of which 26 were drug-related.

There were also three reports of violent crime in a public place.

Since April last year, overall crime has been down by over 7%.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

170 bodies are being stored at a temporary facility at Headley Court, as COVID-19 cases rise.

According to the Surrey Local Resilience Forum, more than half of those kept at the facility died of COVID-19.

The temporary facility has room for 800 bodies, while the hospital mortuaries have the capacity for only 600.

The spokesman told the PA news agency the county would be in “real difficulty” if the capacity is exceeded in the coming weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Extra police patrols are being deployed to the towpaths along the River Thames at Richmond

The Met says its because some people are failing to adhere to social distancing. 

One of the areas of concern is outside the restaurant Gauchos by Richmond Bridge. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A flat in Hammersmith has been damaged by fire, in a block used as accommodation for hospital workers

It broke out in a room on the fourth floor of the 16-storey block on Friday evening.

It’s believed to have been caused by items coming into contact with a tealight candle.

We’re being warned not to leave them unattended and to keep them away from anything flammable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

It’s usually filled with thousands of race-goers, but Epsom Downs has been turned into a mass Covid-19 vaccination hub

Jackie’s Lucy Mayer tells us what this means for those awaiting a coveted jab:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

A stolen bicycle has been recovered in East Sheen by plain clothes police officers after a foot chase

They checked the bike on BikeRegister, found the owner’s details and confirmed that it had been stolen. 

It’s due to be returned to its owner in North Richmond today.

They’re encouraging everyone to mark down their frame number and get it registered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

A suspected World War II device has been found alongside a busy road in Malden Rushett

Police were called shortly after 11am to the main crossroads on the A243 Leatherhead Road.

The item was removed by specialist officers for investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to steal a moped in Carshalton

Two people were detained as soon as police arrived on Tuesday, and another was chased down after being described by a witness.

A resident also presented the fourth suspect, who was hidden in their garden.

After speaking to eyewitnesses and the initial informant, they were table to identify all the people who had been detained.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is pleased Timo Werner got his first goal since November in a 4-nil win at Morecombe in the third round of the FA Cup

Last season's runners-up progressed, with fellow-summer signing Kai Havertz also among the scorers.

Lampard says it's important the fans understand the progress the German internationals are making since their arrival.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am  

Thousands more people are being invited to get coronavirus jabs at seven new mass vaccination sites opening in England today

That includes a site at Epsom Racecourse, which received its set of vaccines yesterday.

All adults are expected to be offered it by the autumn, but over-80s and healthcare workers are being prioritised.

Health secretary Matt Hancock says restrictions might be relaxed in England if the vaccine's shown to stop coronavirus spreading.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am  

More than half of food in Surrey is still ending up in the rubbish bin

Surrey Environment Partnership says the amount of waste is equivalent to over 2,200 double decker buses.

It is recommending planning meals in advance, freezing food near its expiry date and using leftovers.

We are also being reminded all types of food can be recycled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

Sunday 10 January 2021

Chelsea have cruised past Morecambe 4-0 and into the FA Cup fourth round.

The Blues were 3-0 up at the break thanks to Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Kai Havertz added a fourth on 85 minutes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Chelsea Women have moved up to second place in the Women’s Super League after beating Reading 5-0 away from home.

Fran Kirby scored a perfect hat-trick in the first half for the Blues – that’s one with the right foot, one with the left and a header.

Kirby then added a fourth before Ji So-yun completed the rout.

Chelsea are now three points behind league leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Richmond Council is warning people in the borough about a text message scam.

The scam is pretending to be from NHS asking people to sign up to get the COVID 19 Vaccine.

It intends to trick people into disclosing personal information such as bank details address and ID.

The council is advising people not to click on any links or press any buttons on the text.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

St Georges Hospital charity’s fundraising appeal has been relaunched to help its doctors’ nurses and front-line staff to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHS trust with its hospitals in Tooting and Roehampton is under pressure from new Covid patients being admitted daily.

St George’s Covid Appeal led by St George’s Hospital Charity has raised more than £850,000 in donations and gifts in 2020.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

Work could begin on the first phase of a controversial development in New Malden in the next few weeks.

Kingston Council has submitted a planning application to build a new town square, pocket park and pedestrian link at Cocks Crescent. 

Up to 400 homes and a new leisure centre are being planned for the site just off Blagdon Road. 

But some residents say the scale of the development is too large; three similar ones are already under construction in the immediate area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Frank Lampard doesn't want to see Chelsea suffer another shock FA Cup upset today, when Morecambe visit Stamford Bridge.

He was a player at the club when they were knocked out of the competition by Barnsley in 2008.

Lampard's side have won just one of their last seven games, and he knows they must be cautious against the League Two opposition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association has awarded a five-year contract to keep its properties Covid secure.

The £4.5m deal will see Pinnacle providing cleaning services to key worker accommodation across 13 sites in London.

The company will also provide hotel-style cleaning for the student lets on over 400 units.

In October, 1,000 people were evacuated by Notting Hill Genesis from the Paragon Estate it manages in Brentford over safety fears.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

Hedgehogs should be hibernating, but a Leatherhead based animal hospital is urging us to keep an eye out for them nonetheless.

Changing nesting sites is one reason we may see the creatures out and about during daylight hours at the moment. 

Wildlife Aid Foundation says there are a lot of underweight hogs; they must weigh over 600g if they’re to survive hibernation.

The charity is urging us to take any underweight hedgehogs to them so they can be nourished and returned to the wild. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 am  

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