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Saturday 23 January 2021

A new £1bn fleet of South Western Railway trains is facing further delays.

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said the 90 trains, originally due to start running in 2019, were now not expected until early summer.

The fleet is part of the South Western's plans to provide more seats quicker times on its Surrey, south-west London and Berkshire routes.

The operator said the delay was due to Covid-19 but manufacturer Bombardier, which builds the trains, has previously blamed delays on software problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 pm  

A row has broken out over who should be enforcing social distancing at UK airports.

It's after pictures emerged of crowded queues of passengers at Heathrow.

It says it's down to Border Force to ensure compliance of the coronavirus rules, but the government agency's boss believes it's the responsibility of the airport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

Thousands of pounds will be spent on improving habitats for creepy-crawlies in Richmond and Bushey Parks.

Royal Parks has received an extra £7,500 pounds, from the People’s Postcode Lottery for its “Mission Invertebrate” project.

The aim is to enrich wildlife in green spaces by protecting invertebrates, like worms, bees and butterflies, which underpin larger ecosystems.

Teams will do research, create learning opportunities for kids and share their findings with other organisations and charities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Elderly and disabled people in Surrey with free bus passes can now use them all day, every day.

Previously, they weren’t valid overnight on weekdays - between 11pm and 9.30am.

The extension is to make sure people can attend early morning slots for vaccines and other vital appointments.

This is temporary though, and will be reviewed when lockdown restrictions are eased.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

Richmond's Youth Offending service is welcoming its latest report.

It's been rated as "good overall" by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation Inspectors.

Three areas were inspected including quality of work undertaken with children sentenced in court.

Four sub-areas were rated "outstanding".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Surrey's firefighters are volunteering for the county's ambulance service.

SECAmb is providing refresher training to 18 officers at Surrey, Kent and East and West Sussex.

It means they can ambulances during lockdown if need be.

When working, they will be paired with a member of ambulance staff on set shifts in line with patient demand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Two officers were injured as they broke up a house party of around 200 people in Kensington.

Police investigated an address on Beauchamp Place at around 3:30am on 17 January following reports of a mass gathering.

Attendees became hostile and pushed through to avoid being fined, injuring two officers.

The host has been previously issued with a £1,000 fine for breaking covid guidelines.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A video has emerged online of a man smoking on the London Underground.

A video has emerged online of a man smoking on the London Underground.

The man – who has not yet been identified – was seen without a mask seated in the carriage and puffing a cigarette.

Other passengers, who are wearing masks, can be seen to disregard the man as he smokes in the enclosed space.

The incident is believed to have taken place on 15 January on the Piccadilly Line.

Smoking has been banned on the London Tube since 1984 with a maximum penalty of £1,000 for those commit the offence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

A man accused of having explosives, detonators and documents referring to jihad and combat has appeared before Westminster magistrates.

 Asad Bhatti from Redhill was arrested after police raided his property on 8 January.

The 47-year-old has been accused of possessing chemicals in a storage unit capable of producing the explosive substance nitroglycerine.

Three remote detonators were also allegedly found in his home and in the storage unit.

Bhatti was remanded in custody to appear before the Old Bailey on 5 February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Long queues of air passengers at Heathrow have caused concerns about social distancing.

Former British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott was among people sharing pictures of a busy arrivals hall yesterday.

The airport in west London says it's down to Border Force to make sure people are following the rules.

Political correspondent Rob Powell has more. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Epsom and Ewell Foodbank is now asking for donations of working laptops and tablets.

Bosses say they want to help address the digital divide that's become apparent since mass homeschooling began.

They also say donating, recycling or re-purposing of equipment also helps the environment by reducing waste.

Any donations should be made by contacting the Foodbank directly. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

A man who poisoned a dance teacher from Battersea with a date-rape drug has been jailed for life for his murder.

25-year-old Joel Osei and his 19-year-old partner Diana Cristea used the gay dating app Grindr to befriend men before drugging and robbing them.

Adrian Murphy’s body was discovered in his flat in Battersea by his best friend on 4 June 2019.

Toxicology reports showed he died from an overdose of scopolamine - a substance commonly used in rapes and kidnappings in South America.

Osei was jailed at Croydon Crown court for a minimum of 32 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

The race is on to see which London borough can install the most on-street electric car charging points.

It’s after data released by Centrica revealed that the UK is planning  an average of only 35 on-street points per council.

The number of charging points in London per 100,000 people is currently 756 with plans to increase this to 1,713 by 2025.

Wandsworth so far has 138 and Croydon at 21, but Croydon is planning an extra 141 by 2025, with Wandsworth only planning 42.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

A ward at Kingston Hospital has been transformed to allow a couple to get married before the husband died.

Benny Khaw and Julia Cox first met 25 years ago, and had been planning a wedding ever since.

Benny was rushed to Hospital on the 2nd of January with COVID-19, and died on Sunday.

Julia’s daughter Eleanor says “it was so special” to see them tie the knot, and thanked the “kindness shown by the staff”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori will spend the rest of this season on loan in Italy with AC Milan.

The Canadian-born defender, who made his international debut for England in November 2019, has previously spent time with Brighton, Hull and Derby in the Championship before becoming a member of the senior squad at Stamford Bridge last season.

Tomori has made 27 appearances for Chelsea, having been at the Premier League club since under-8's level.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 22 January 2021

22 stolen bikes have been recovered by police in Wandsworth.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for handling stolen goods.

With help from a victim, the force was able to trace the teen and arrest him.

One owner has been traced, but police are asking people to look at pictures of the bikes if they’ve had one stolen recently.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A councillor for Merton is to become the first in the authority’s history to take maternity leave.

Natasha Irons is the cabinet member for Local Environment and Green Spaces, and begins her leave this month to give birth to her son.

In February last year, it was made explicit that officials are entitled to time off.

Council Leader Mark Allison says “Merton is a great place for families” and congratulated Councillor Irons’ and her family.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The NHS has confirmed a vaccination hub in New Malden will be open next week.

Concern arose after it was revealed the site at the United Reformed Church in Malden Road would be closed on Sunday.

But an NHS spokesman says the site was never designed to open 7 days a week and residents will continue to be called up by their GP.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There are calls to bring back early morning trains that stop at Isleworth, Brentford and Chiswick.

The area’s Labour MP, Ruth Cadbury, says it’s impacting key workers who still need to go to London.

The operator says many colleagues are unable to work due to self-isolation, and lockdown has reduced customer demand.

It adds that they’re “working to find a resolution that supports key workers”.

A spokesperson for South Western Railway, said:

“Like many businesses, COVID-19 has left many colleagues unable to work either through testing positive or being required to self-isolate, while the latest government restrictions have also reduced customer demand on the railway.

“As a result, we have reduced the number of services we run, while trying to ensure key workers can still travel when they need to. We are grateful to Ms Cadbury for raising the issue of early trains in her part of the network and are working to find a resolution that supports key workers while also taking account of the pressures on the railway."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

People in Surrey with early symptoms of Covid-19 are being urged to take part in a new clinical study

The PRINCIPLE trial is recruiting people aged over 50 with underlying health conditions.

The research is being led by an Oxford University team.

The aim is to evaluate whether certain commonly used medicines may prevent patients with Covid-19 from needing hospital care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Three knives and a hammer have been seized by police in Sutton

The force conducted early morning raids yesterday at two locations suspected of drug dealing.

The weapons include a flick knife and a zombie knife.

They’ve been marked for destruction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A former gang member who served time in prison for murder is trying to transform the lives of others in his situation

Terroll Lewis joined the gang based in SW London when he was 11 years old to gain a sense of belonging, status and protection.

He has since founded the charity-based Brixton Street Gym with the hope of reforming other children affected by gang culture.

To hear the full interview with Terroll, like the Jackie Facebook page.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

A man who attempted to murder his wife in Twickenham has been jailed for 22 years

58 year old William Clapperton attacked Napangkawarin Clapperton in December after she revealed she wanted to end the marriage.

He left her needing multiple surgeries and a permanently damaged eye socket. 

Images of the victim’s injuries were considered too horrific to be shown during his trial at the Old Bailey. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

One of the most prominent rugby players in Harlequins’ history, has extended his 15-year relationship with the Twickenham based Club

Danny Care re-signed his contract this morning.

He’s appeared in 289 games, only behind Mike Brown at 340 and Chris Robshaw at 300. 

Care made his senior debut in 2006 against Gloucester and played a vital role in the 2011 Challenge Cup.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

A premature baby has become one of Kingston Hospital’s youngest Coronavirus patients

Little Florence was delivered via emergency c-section, two months early, after her mother was admitted to the site with Covid-19.

34 year old Elsa Larkins is yet to meet her daughter. 

Father Tommy has been allowed to visit his partner and baby on compassionate grounds:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Network Rail wants to make the temporary closure of a pedestrian rail crossing in Staines permanent on safety grounds

The crossing is part of a footpath linking Moor Lane to Staines Moor but it was closed in 2014 following a fatality. 

The route is popular with walkers and forms part of a public right of way network.

A public enquiry by Spelthorne council considering its future viability is available to view via the authority’s website

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is being praised for the “positive contribution” it’s made to the community during the pandemic

The inspector says it had an "effective initial response", although it still didn't provide the range of protection measures expected.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate says the service called on increased numbers of staff due to its pandemic planning.

It also criticised Surrey's response to a previous critique about managing its resources effectively, saying the changes have led to increased worker tensions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

The NHS says there are no delivery issues in South-West London or any problems of vaccine supply in Wandsworth

It follows reports of two centres in the Putney area having limited openings due to supply issues.

Council Leader Ravi Govindia says the initial supplies have been “quickly and efficiently administered”.

He adds that additional jabs have been secured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

It's reported the government's considering giving everyone who tests positive for Covid-19 in England a £500 payment

The Guardian newspaper’s seen a leaked document - which is looking at measures aimed at encouraging people to follow quarantine rules.

A poll has found just one in four people stick to the full isolation advice and timings.

Meanwhile, ICU nurse at Kingston Hospital, Jo Walker, says she's seeing more deaths every day:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Three days of strikes by British Airways cargo workers at Heathrow Airport have been called off

The Unite union says there's been a breakthrough in negotiations about pay and conditions.

6 days of industrial action are still planned over the coming weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

Masks and gloves littering parks, pavements, and other public spaces are posing a serious threat to wildlife

That’s what Hounslow Council is saying, adding that environment officers are risking their health cleaning them up.

We’re being encouraged to put them in black bag waste at home, as they cannot be recycled as they’re single use plastic.

Councillor Guy Lambert is urging people to buy reusable face coverings.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Thursday 21 January 2021

Spelthorne Borough Council says it remains “wholly committed to the redevelopment of a car park” in Ashford.

The Victory Close development will be 100% affordable housing and prioritised for 'key workers' in the borough.

But confusion has arisen after a decision was taken to defer the planning application following questions from councillors.

In view of this, there may be some changes to the proposed development; it will next go before the planning committee in March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Bikehangars have been installed in six more roads in Richmond to help protect them against theft.

The locations were selected following requests and consultation with residents. 

Bikehangars are designed to provide secure on-street cycle parking. 

Each one can store up to six bikes and are only accessed by people who have signed up to the scheme and paid for a space. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Surrey Police is fundraising in memory of a North Surrey officer who has died from bowel cancer at the age of 38.

DC Alex Protts returned to work in October, despite going through chemotherapy.

The force is fundraising for three charities in her memory, including Bowel Cancer UK.

A spokesman says she “made a difference to so many people”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police have named a pedestrian killed in a collision on Battersea Bridge.

29 year old Jack Ryan died in the incident last Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock. 

The driver of the Range Rover stopped at the scene and has been helping police with their enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:39 pm  

A cafe owner who repeatedly flouted COVID-19 restrictions has been fined £1,000 by Sutton Council

Officers were  tipped off after the cafe continued to serve customers inside its premises which is clear contravention of safety measures. 

Despite multiple visits, advice and warnings, the owner still allowed people to eat and drink while seated in the café.

At times, they tried to hide the activities from officers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A couple who worked at the duty-free shop at Heathrow and stole £1,200 worth of whiskey and perfume have been fined.

24-year-old Freeda Rodrigues and 23-year-old Flester Gomes worked with a third man who posed as a customer.

Mrs Rodrigues didn’t scan the items, which were later found at their home in Hounslow.

The judge said it was a “very serious offence” and they have been “very, very lucky” to avoid jail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:41 pm  

People will need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

The Royal Horticultural Society says they will also test the gardeners and pass holders in the weeks leading up to the event.

140,000 people are expected to attend the show in mid-May.

Last year’s show was cancelled, with many tickets held over to this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

A driver who crashed through a fence into a climbing frame in Runnymede has been fined

The driver of the Aston Martin was stopped in September and was found to be over the limit for alcohol.

No children were playing there at the time.

He has now pleaded guilty and has been disqualified for 12 months and must pay £369.

Runnymede Police says they’re “disappointed with the penalties.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

More cars are going missing from outside houses in New Malden

On Tuesday, we reported how a Kia Sportage had been stolen from outside a house in Poplar Grove.

It has since emerged that vehicles have been taken from properties at The Triangle and Chestnut Grove, the latter on Tuesday night. 

All incidents have been reported to the police; anyone with information should call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

Hook police station could be about to close.

Residents were informed of the move in a virtual “police panel” meeting. 

If the site in Hook Parade closes, the nearest police station would be Kingston town centre.

Residents are being urged to petition Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

A Met Police spokesman said; 

"This dedicated ward officer base in Hook Road, Chessington, which has no front counter or contact point, had been scheduled for closure as referred to in the Public Access Strategy. However no date has been fixed for this yet and discussions are still ongoing in relation to this building.  When a decision is made we will communicate this to community members.

As part of the Met’s estate transformation programme, we are selling some buildings, for example where they are not fit for purpose, which allows us to invest in and refurbish other buildings to support new ways of working and to accommodate our workforce."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

A riding stables in Teddington has been given a “lifeline” in its quest to remain open after its landlord decided not to renew its lease

Park Lane stables has been approved to become an Asset of Community Value.

The ACV gives legal protection to the site and offers the chance for the community to make an offer to buy the premises within 6 months.

The stables is a registered charity which works with disabled adults and children, underprivileged children and those with special needs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

More than 100 people in Hounslow have died this month, double the December figure

Up until this lunchtime, Hounslow has the worst infection rates in London at 914 per 100,000 people. 

Council leader, Steve Curran, says one of the issues is overcrowding in homes with people of many ages. 

He also says that the borough has a “disproportionate” number of people who have to trave to work. 

The Covid crisis at Heathrow airport meant that at one time last year, the borough had the most people on furlough in the country.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

“The first goal was an error, the second one was an error, and so were the other goals”

That’s what the AFC Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges is saying after a 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth.

Three of the goals came within fifteen minutes in the first half, with the fourth in the 89th minute. 

It’s their eighth game without a win in League One.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

Fulham manager Scott Parker says his side have got to make the most of their chances in front of goal to move away from Premier League relegation danger

They lost 2-1 to new leaders Manchester United last night, despite taking the lead.

There have been some encouraging performances, but Parker says that needs to turn into wins.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Unilever will find out tonight if its plans for a development in the centre of Kingston can go ahead

The company, which is behind the likes of Marmite, wants to create The Eden Campus, on the former Hippodrome site.

The development will include offices, car parking designed for electric vehicles and a new residential building.

The move will consolidate 2,000 members of staff from five existing sites in London and Surrey. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

A man from Esher is among three people jailed, in what’s thought to be the largest seizure of counterfeit cash in UK history

They were planning to supply more than £12m in fake banknotes, with just over £5m found at the premises in Beckenham.

Further money was found by a dog walker, and scattered around a railway line in Longfield.

27-year-old John Evans was one of the main organisers of the operation, and has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A rescue operation is underway at Chiswick Eyot

The small island is under threat of eroding into the Thames because of the Chinese Mitten Crabs which are burrowing holes in the silt.

Charity Thames 21 is trying to stabilise the banks using ancient willow spiling techniques to weave a wall to catch the silt. 

The hope is that the reeds in the wall will take root, bind the soil together and strengthen the walls of the island for years to come.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Two portaloos have been stolen from a coronavirus testing site in Chertsey

Police were called to the Curfew Bell Road site on Tuesday at 2.30pm, but it’s believed they were stolen over the weekend.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 am  

The future of Tolworth Tower will be debated virtually tonight

Developers Meadows Partners will take questions from residents and business owners regarding their proposed plans for the site.

They want to refurbish the existing tower while creating two new ones to form nearly 500 new homes.

The original planning application was approved in 2016, but some say the current infrastructure will not cope with two new towers.

For more details on tonight’s meeting, Like the Radio Jackie Facebook page. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

A person has been arrested in Chertsey after being found with a gun.

Yesterday morning, the driver of a vehicle was seen acting suspiciously, and he failed to stop.

Armed police joined in in the chase, which took them to Mead Lane where the driver decamped and ran off, resulting in a collision.

He was found in the river nearby on suspicion of multiple traffic offences, criminal damage, and possessing a firearm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 20 January 2021

A business in Carshalton has been fined £1000 for “consistently and recklessly” breaching COVID-19 rules.

 Police say they had tried to engage with the business and explain the dangers of the virus spreading.

The force is thanking the “majority of residents who are obeying the current government lockdown laws”.

The Met recently announced they would move quicker to enforcing the new regulations, rather than explain and engage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon Council says it will not be able to subsidise leisure centres that are losing money in the future.

 It also says it’ll be looking at ways to spend less on maintaining certain open spaces like bowling greens. 

The authority is in £1.5bn of debt, has issued a ban on essential spending and is running a consultation on how best to make savings. 

A consultation on the proposals to save more than £25m ends on Sunday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Richmond Council wants a consultation looking at ways to make Richmond and Bushy Parks more car-free extended.

Royal Parks launched the Movement Strategy trial last August with the aim of reducing through-traffic.

 Richmond Council says although it is generally supportive of the trial, it is worried about the pollution impact on people living nearby. 

The Council has requested an extension of the trial period for a further 12 months to allow research to be done post Covid-19. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Reported cases of Covid-19 in Kingston have halved over the last week.

There are now four testing hubs in the borough, so that people who have to be out for essential work, like retail, can get tested. 

Iona Lidington is Director of Public Health in Kingston.

She says the news is good, but residents must not become complacent. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Merton Council has spent the highest proportion of their budget into solar power in Britain, according to new analysis.

The Solar Centre says they’ve £130,000 per million of budget over the past five years.

However, they’re 16th  place in the of buildings fitted with the panels, and 8th in the amount of energy produced.

Brian Davenport, from the Solar Centre, says it’s “nice” to see councils like Merton “showing passion and investment in solar energy in their city”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are investigating three thefts in a half hour period from shops in Egham and Virginia Water

Shops are saying that yesterday afternoon, two men entered “scruffy” in appearance with scarves for face coverings.

They selected expensive alcohol products.

Owners are being warned that they are “very camera aware” and may be using a silver Vauxhall hatchback, or something similar.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm  

People in West London are being asked to help encourage people to get vaccinated

Speakers of Polish, Gujarati and Tamil are being asked to contact Virendra Sharma, the MP for Ealing and Southall.

He’s looking for messages in those languages, anyone interested is asked to email him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm  

Croydon Council says it will not be able to subsidise leisure centres that are losing money in the future

It also says it’ll be looking at ways to spend less on maintaining certain open spaces like bowling greens. 

The authority is in £1.5bn of debt, has issued a ban on essential spending and is running a consultation on how best to make savings. 

A consultation on the proposals to save more than £25m ends on Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

A man who admitted taking a decommissioned hand grenade to Heathrow airport last Friday has avoided jail

19 year old Italian national Domenico Giovinazzo sparked an evacuation of Terminal 2 after the item was found in his luggage. 

He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, suspended for one year, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

HSBC is to close 82 bank branches as customers move online

They’ll be staggered between April and September, with the Staines branch closing in May, followed by Streatham Hill and Walton High Street.

The bank hasn’t said how many jobs will be affected, but will “aim to redeploy” people to nearby locations.

81 of the branches are within a mile of a post office, and two-thirds are within five miles of another branch.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

There are calls for a pedestrian crossing on the northern end of Battersea bridge, after a man died there last week

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands is writing to the Commissioner of TfL saying it’s been an “area of concern” for over a decade.

He adds that the operator said a “green man” crossing would be installed in 2005, but this hasn’t happened.

TfL says it’s complex, as it’s a “busy river crossing, a key bus corridor and has high numbers of people walking and cycling”.

It adds that “action is urgently needed” and they are “keen to work with the borough”.

Lilli Matson, TfL’s Chief Safety, Health and Environment Officer, says “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jack Ryan, who was tragically killed on Battersea Bridge. 

“We are supporting the Metropolitan Police as they continue their investigation.

“Every death on London’s streets is one too many and we are committed to making London safer for everyone through our Vision Zero ambition to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads.

“The junction of Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Embankment / Cheyne Walk is complex as it is busy river crossing, a key bus corridor and has high numbers of people walking and cycling. 

“Action is urgently needed and we are keen to work with the borough to deliver improvements that will protect the safety of all road users as soon as possible.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

People in Richmond are being warned that if they don’t use playgrounds responsibly, they’ll be closed

Councils are being encouraged to keep playgrounds open during lockdown so that children can use them for exercise.

But over the past few weeks there have been reports of large groups of adults congregating whilst supervising their children.

Richmond Council is urging families to follow the national Covid-19 safety advice. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he's not worrying about his job - after a 2-nil defeat at new Premier League leaders Leicester

It was a fifth loss in eight top flight matches, and it leaves them five points off the top four.

The scrutiny's building on Lampard - but he insists he can deal with it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Innovative bits of equipment are being fitted to some 750 trees being planted in Wandsworth

 “Tree gators” are watering bags that hold 68 litres of water ensuring the trees can drink, take root and establish themselves.

 Each gator lasts for at least five years and be recycled or reused.

Wandsworth is home to around 60,000 trees with up to 1000 new ones planted annually contributing to the environment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Tuesday 19 January 2021

A landlord who let out a former Barclays bank vault in Croydon as a flat has been fined over £9,000.

Anthony Roy Roe has been convicted of a number of charges relating to the property.

Council inspectors found hazards relating to fire safety, lighting and excess heat after being called in by the tenant.

There were also no windows in the living room or bedroom, and no natural ventilation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 pm  

There’s a warning that communities based around airports must not be forgotten, as the travel corridors close.

Hounslow Council is calling for targeted government support to those affected.

Oxford Economics is forecasting up to £1bn could be lost from the borough’s economy due to the downturn of Heathrow.

All travellers coming into the UK must now quarantine for ten days, a measure in place until at least the 15th of February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 pm  

A person has been banned from Instagram after reported racial abuse towards a Brentford FC striker.

The club says any steps that Ivan Toney wants to take against the perpetrator will have their “full support”.

They’ll be reporting the alleged abuse to the police and other relevant authorities.

Sanjay Bharndari from anti-racism charity Kick it out says “situations like this show us once again that online hate must have real-life consequences”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 pm  

A day centre in Ashford which had been operating at near full capacity is to be extended.


Fordbridge Day Centre offers various activities and nutritious lunches, and is a “valued resource” for residents.

However, it’s had to be closed due to the current lockdown.

It’s to be expanded over the next three months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a 10-year-old boy was injured in an apparent deer stampede in Bushy Park on Sunday

A dog allegedly ran out of control causing the animals to bolt. 

Royal Parks is once again urging dog walkers to keep their animals under control at all times. 

The news follows the prosecution of a dog walker in Richmond Park after they allowed their pet to lose control and maul a deer to death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

A man has been fined £200 for driving more than 30 miles from Buckinghamshire to Walton

When stopped, he told officers he had gone for a drive to pick up a take-away. 

Surrey Police issued more than 100 fines of £200 to people between January the 4th and 17th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

Campaigners fighting against the erection of a tower block in North Sheen have been dealt a final blow

Richmond Council’s Planning Committee refused the original application for the old Homebase site in Manor Road in 2019.

The authority said plans were visually intrusive and didn’t deliver on affordable housing. 

But Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, has decided not to ‘call in’ the Planning Application for the redevelopment.

This essentially means the application can be passed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

A family has had their car stolen from outside of their home in New MaldeN

The grey Kia Sportage was taken from Poplar Grove some time between Sunday evening and yesterday morning.

The vehicle is relied upon for work. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard thinks Jamie Vardy is one of the best strikers in world football

Vardy will be hoping to fire Leicester to the top of the Premier League with a win against the blues in the midlands tonight.

Lampard knows his defence will need to be at their best to stop him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Spelthorne Council is freezing its share of the council tax bill

Leader John Boughtflower says it’s due to “careful management of the council finances” and they haven’t used their cash reserves.

However, Surrey County Council is proposing a 2.49% increase on their share.

Last year, the borough had the lowest tax increase in Surrey.

For every pound collected, around 10p goes to Spelthorne, 76p to the County Council, and 14p to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A property less than 200m from Hounslow East station has been closed to stop anti-social behaviour

The order has been issued on an address on Cecil Road, after a collaboration between the police and Hounslow Council.

PCs Newland and Baxter say it will provide “respite to the neighbours and the community as a whole”.

No person is allowed to enter the house for three months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

MPs have voted in favour of a motion calling for the government to extend the temporary rise in Universal Credit beyond March

278 backed it, with none against.

But Conservatives were ordered to abstain in the vote - which is not binding.

The Treasury responded to a letter by Richmond council calling for the increase, saying it was unable to make a decision at that time.

Councillor Robin Brown says “The previous level of benefits was simply not enough”.

Boris Johnson says no decision has yet been made about the increase.

Councillor Robin Brown, Finance and Resources Lead Member of Richmond Council, said:

"Richmond Council wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the end of last year to request that the uplift of Universal Credit introduced at the start of the pandemic is made permanent. 

"HM Treasury responded to the letter to say it was unable to make a decision on extending the temporary £20 uplift at this time. 

"We hope that the Government acknowledges how vital this is when it votes on the matter later this evening. 

"The Universal Credit uplift introduced at the start of the pandemic has helped nearly 11,000 Richmond upon Thames residents pay for everyday essentials such as food and utilities. 

"The previous level of benefits was simply not enough."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

A woman has been hospitalised after being attacked in Merton

Emergency crews were called Sunday evening to Phipps Bridge Road, where she was found with slash injuries.

Her condition was found to be non-life-threatening.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

Over 100 COVID fines have been issued in Surrey, including to a man who drove 30 miles to pick up a takeaway

The man was stopped last week for driving erratically in Walton Town Centre, and explained he lived in Buckinghamshire.

Another man was fined after saying he was travelling from Surbiton to Guildford by train to purchase cannabis.

Chief Inspector Dan Guiterrez says “we understand the past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone but the virus is still very much here”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

There’s been a “significant” rise in deer attacks in Richmond and Bushy parks during lockdown.

Four have died over the past year, and there have been 58 incidents reported of dogs chasing the animals.

Owners are being asked to keep dogs on a “tight rein”, as “even the most careful of dog owners may not see a deer until it is too late”.

Last week, a 44-year-old man from Kingston was fined after his dog fatally wounded a doe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 18 January 2021

People in Spelthorne are being asked whether they want a new police order brought in to target the use of so called “legal highs.”

These psychoactive drugs contain one or more chemical substances that produce similar effects to cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.

But it is not an offence to be in possession of, or to use them.

The proposed order would be enforced by Council Officers and the Police; anyone breaching it could be prosecuted or fined up to £100.

To take part in the consultation which runs from today until February the 28th, click here.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police investigating an incident of sexual exposure in Woking are appealing for witnesses.

It happened last Friday around 12:30pm on the Basingstoke Canal near Sheerwater.

The suspect is described as male with olive skin around 30-years-old, skinny build and approximately 5 ft 8 tall.

He was seen wearing a grey colour tracksuit of which the hoodie had a chunky zip front.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Richmond Council is to be part of a trial e-scooter scheme which would require riders to have a provisional driving license.

The trial is being led by Transport for London and London Councils.

The scheme will be the only legal way of riding e-scooters in public places; you can only currently ride them on private land.

The private e-scooters will be operated by TfL’s chosen operator.

The Council will closely monitor the effects of the trial and has secured the right to alter or withdraw from it at any time.  

Only last week the Met Police said that e-scooters should be returned to shops as they’re a “danger to riders and others.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he can't confirm reports AC Milan have an option to buy Fikayo Tomori if they take him on-loan.

The defender, who broke into the first-team last season, is expected to join the Italian side until the end of the season.

Lampard insists the club is trying to do the best it can for Tomori's development.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

The Rugby Football Union is gearing up to celebrate the 150th year of English Rugby

On the 26th of January 1871, 21 clubs including Harlequins and Wimbledon Hornets, met in London to create the world’s first rugby governing body.

An exhibition will be held on social media, charting the evolution of the game.

A physical version of this will be available at Twickenham Stadium at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm  

The Housing Secretary has given the go-ahead to an urban village at the Homebase site in North Sheen

The 453-home development was originally blocked by Richmond Council, but approved by the Mayor of London.

Robert Jenrick now says he doesn’t want to block the application, and the decision is down to Sadiq Khan.

Construction is due to begin in the summer, and take around two and a half years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

The Home birth service from St George’s Hospital in Tooting has restarted

It was suspended last month, since a shortage of ambulance crews could cause issues in an emergency.

Director of Midwifery, Janet Bradley, says “We want to support all women giving birth at St George’s, including their choice regarding where they want to give birth”.

Women who are planning to have a home birth should continue with their original plan, and contact staff in the usual way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

A house on stilts on its own private island is up for sale in Weybridge for £1.25m

Bulldogs Island is near a weir around where the Wey joins up with the Thames.

It has a deck where the new owner can watch wildlife, and a three-acre garden.

It’s accessed from its own private bridge, and has an open plan kitchen and living area, and two bedrooms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets on a tight rein, after a deer was fatally wounded by one in Richmond Park

44-year-old Franck Hiribarne from Kingston owns the Red Setter, and says he’s “genuinely shocked and sorry”.

He says that Alfie had been responding well to commands, but that he was “startled” by the deer and “was too distracted” to respond.

The Royal Parks says if you do not know how your animal will react around deer, or has a tendency to chase then, keep them on a lead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

Two people have been hospitalised after a stabbing in Sutton

Police were called around 8.15 yesterday evening to Parkhurst Road, where a man believed to be in his 50s was found wounded.

A second man, believed to be 17, attended hospital later.

Neither of their injuries are life threatening.

Two teenagers and a 43-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson wouldn't be surprised to see Manchester City win the Premier League title this season

His side were thrashed 4-nil by Pep Guardiola's men last night, as City moved within two points of leaders Manchester United, with a game in hand.

Hodgson's predicting City to be involved in a real battle to be crowned champions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

The people of Surrey want to see more police officers on the streets

That’s according to David Munro, the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who is aiming to fulfill that request.

He is proposing an annual 5.5% council tax increase to fund the move; around £15 for a Band D property.  

Mr Munro explains why this maximum increase is necessary.

You can have your say on the proposals here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Uber is promising to provide discounted journeys to anyone getting a coronavirus jab at seven mass vaccination centres in England

That includes the one at Epsom Racecourse.

The ride-hailing company say's it'll cover up to 15-pounds of passengers' trips, providing they use a promotional code.

Customers will be given one ahead of booking their visit to or from one of the hubs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Sunday 17 January 2021

There’s going to be disruption for drivers on a major route through Twickenham later this month.

Gas mains replacement works on the A316 Great Chertsey Road will begin on the 25th of January. 

They’ll last for around 13 weeks. 

Work is needed to replace and upgrade old large diameter metal gas mains between Hospital Bridge Roundabout and Apex Corner.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

It’s thought a house fire in Twickenham was accidently caused by a halogen light bulb.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called on the 10th of January to Orleans Road in Twickenham.

Half of the basement and part of the ground floor of the mid-terraced house were damaged by the fire.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental.

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Surrey Police is heading out on the road again, albeit virtually.

The “Policing Your Community” events are a chance for officers to meet residents and hear their concerns.

Tomorrow’s online Q&A is for the people of Runnymede. 

Surrey Police’s Chief Constable Gavin Stephens tells us the one thing that’s really stuck in his mind from previous conversations with people.

To register for the free event tomorrow at 5.30pm, search for Runnymede on the Eventbrite website. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Surrey’s most expensive roads of the decade have been revealed.

Houses in Meadow Road, in Virginia Water, topped the list, fetching an average sales price of £15.6m between 2010 and 2020.

Roads in Richmond, Reigate, Leatherhead and Kingston also made the top 25.

The list has been compiled by valuation specialists Mouseprice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

A man’s died after being hit by a train at a Tooting Bec station.

British Transport Police and fire crews were called to the station around 12.30pm.

Paramedics also rushed down from nearby St George’s Hospital but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The BTP said the incident is not being treated as suspicious and his next of kin will also be informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Chelsea have gone top of the Women’s Super League after beating previous league leaders Man United at Kingsmeadow.

The Blues took a first half lead through Pernille Harder but Lauren James (whose brother, Reece, plays for Chelsea) equalised on the hour mark.

Fran Kirby put Chelsea back in front 4 minutes later and sent her team top of the league on goal difference with a game in hand over United.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

Staff at Tesco in Chiswick have been praised for a random act of kindness.

On the 9th of January police officers checked on the welfare of a vulnerable elderly male. 

He was found to have no money or food and all local food banks were closed. 

The Chiswick store supplied the officers with £50 worth of food for him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

The future vision for Leatherhead town centre has reached a “pivotal” milestone.

Mole Valley Council has agreed a search for a development partner for the Swan Centre and Bull Hill can begin.

It says a decision on bids from developers with a proven track record will considered in early March.

The authority is hoping to create a “thriving and bustling town centre that will encourage people to live and work in the area.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Kingston Police are reminding residents that If you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse, lockdown rules don’t apply.

From Thursday, those experiencing domestic abuse are now able to go into a Boots or indie chemist and seek help.

If they say the codeword ‘ANI’ they’ll be taken to a private room & asked if they want to call 999 or domestic abuse helpline.

ANI stands for Action Needed Immediately.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Two men have been arrested in Chiswick and charged with money laundering and drug supply offences.

30 year old Rrustem Dauti and 32 year old Fisnik Kurtucai were arrested on Cambridge Road North after officers recovered a bag containing approximately £100,000 cash.

Two other men in their twenties have been arrested where a further £240,000 in cash and a cutting agent for cocaine were seized.

Police also found £400,000 worth of cocaine.

All four men were remanded in custody until their next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on the 12th February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Dog walkers are increasingly being targeted by violent criminals intent on stealing their high value pets to sell on for profit.

Demand for dogs has soared during the pandemic and police saw thefts increase by two thirds in the first lockdown.

Mike Jasper was walking his spaniel Ted in Morden when he was assaulted, and his pet stolen.

His daughter Lucinda says the dog helped him cope with depression and anxiety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A man has been charged after a decommissioned grenade was found at Heathrow Airport.

19-year-old Domenico Giovinazzo was charged yesterday with carrying a prohibited article in an aerodrome.

He is due to appear in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Monday, 18 January.

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

Specialist offers found it posed no threat.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

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