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Saturday, 3 April 2021

A man who spat at a bus driver during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic has been jailed.

Forty-four-year-old Michael Aidoo appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to common assault.

Aidoo boarded the No. 436 bus on Queens Road in Peckham.

He refused to pay a fare and tried to walk past the driver. When challenged by the driver, Aidoo became abusive, pulling down his mask and spat at him before getting back off the bus.

At court, he was sentenced to 18 weeks' imprisonment and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

A fire has damaged three properties in Epsom.

Fire crews remain at Middle Close where the blaze has affected the ground floor, first floor and roof of the buildings.

A total of 8 fire engines have been tackling the blaze which broke out this morning.

There have been no reports of any injuries and a cat has been rescued.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

A man has been arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with alleged burglaries after being extradited from Italy.

23 year old Jugolav Jovanovic was arrested on Good Friday. 

Jovanvic who is originally from Milan has been charged with conspiracy to commit a number of offences including burglary and money laundering.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Pubs are preparing to reopen on the 12th, after months of lockdown.
There are calls for rent relief to help the sector, as many establishments struggle to pay their bills.

Kingston MP and Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey says one brewery told him 6 million pints have had to be poured away by small breweries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

The public is being urged to give seals space to protect them after the recent death of one in London.

The animal, named after singer Freddie Mercury, had been entertaining people near Hammersmith Bridge.

The UK is home to around 153,000 grey seals, which is an estimated 38% of the world's population.

The Seal Alliance is warning that getting too close to the mammals can lead to their injury and death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

A fire has broken out across three properties in Epsom.

Fire crews from Leatherhead, Banstead, Esher and Epsom were called just after 11am to the blaze on middle close.

A total of eight fire engines are tackling the blaze that is affecting the ground floor, first floor and roof of the buildings.

There have been no reports of any injuries so far and a cat has been rescued.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a collision in Richmond.

The incident involving a car and a cyclist happened on the A316 Twickenham Road, near to the junction with Richmond Rugby Club.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

20,000 cats have been re-homed thanks to a new online adoption process from Cats Protection.

Actress Frances Jeater from Richmond was one of the first to adopt via “Hands-Free Homing.”

She says that while she couldn’t go and meet 5-year-old Molly, the staff provided lots of information about her personality.

Frances adds that Molly “settled in beautifully straight away” and is “utterly enchanting and makes me laugh every single day”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

The former Springfield Hospital site in Tooting has been given the go ahead for redevelopment.

800 homes are being planned as part of “Springfield Village” along with a 32-acre park, school, cafe and shops. 

The hospital building used to be the primary location for mental health services in South West London but now has under 300 patients.

Much of the disused original Grade II listed building will be restored and converted to apartments.

The proceeds of the sale are being used to create new mental health centres at Tooting and Tolworth Hospital. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Litter and dog waste are having a particularly damaging impact on cattle and their calves across Surrey.

Countryside access has increased due to the pandemic, resulting in a higher amount of litter and dog waste being left behind.

Dog waste can contain a parasite that can potentially cause cows to miscarry or the calves to be born with neurological problems. 

Mark Frost, a farmer says, “we could get to the point where we can’t carry on, so please pick up your waste and take it home”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 am  

We’re being encouraged to start growing sunflowers in time for summer.

Royal Star and Garter care home in Surbiton wants supporters to showcase their green fingers on social media.

The charity, which provides care to veterans living with disability or dementia, celebrates its 105th anniversary this year. 

It wants at least 105 people to donate to the charity by purchasing a sunflower starter pack and start growing. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Friday, 2 April 2021

Everyone is being urged to get the coronavirus vaccine when they’re offered it

Luke Williams has this special report looking into people’s concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

Network Rail is upgrading 50-year-old technology in South-West London this Easter weekend.

Buses will replace trains between Barnes and Feltham and New Malden and Shepperton.

They’ll be installing new signals, which are basically the traffic lights of the railway, to make journeys more reliable.

Mark Killick, director of the area’s trains, says it’s “starting to show its age” and it’s “vital” to introduce the modern technology.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Half of Kew Retail Park has been sold to a housing developer for £41m.

The Times reports that The Berkeley Group now owns five acres of the site, including shops on short leases to Boots, Sports Direct, Gap and TX Maxx.

Will Fulton, from the company who managed the deal, says it would allow Berkeley to take advantage of “strong demand for residential development opportunities”.

Consumers have been moving online throughout the pandemic, putting pressure on brick and mortar shops.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

South Western Railway is to have people at stations giving people advice and reassurance about travelling after lockdown.

The reassurance booths will be at eight stations, including Wimbledon, Richmond, and Clapham Junction.

It’s hoped the move will reduce ticket office and gate line queues.

The Welcome Hosts will be available to answer questions, provide tips for safe travel, and encourage social distancing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

A member of the public has detained a suspected fraudster in Shepperton.

The 31-year-old from Hackney is accused of ordering credit cards fraudulently and has been arrested.

He’s since been released under investigation.

Police are thanking the person for their assistance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A number of pupils at Tiffin Girls’ in Kingston have set up a Young Enterprise Student Company to help the environment.

Apricus teaches users to up-cycle their clothes to reduce the amount of garments sent to landfill. 

The students’ Sew Simple kits provide tips for beginners along with advice on how to be thrifty, care for clothing and clothing ethics.

The idea is to help people sustainably upgrade their wardrobe instead of buying new al the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Suspected members of an organised crime group responsible for selling vast quantities of MDMA on the dark web, have been targeted in raids across the North East and Surrey.

Two men, aged 24 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of importing and supplying Class A, B and C drugs.

A total of 90 kilos of MDMA, 134 kilos of Amphetamine and more than 6000 tablets, with a combined street value of £4.3 million, have been recovered during the investigation.

An address in Epsom, Surrey, was searched, along with other addresses in South Sheilds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

All over-50s in Kingston and New Malden have been offered the COVID vaccine.

While people over 80 have been eager to get the jab, people between 50 and 60 have been more reluctant.

Case numbers have been decreasing, but the virus is still as potent for the people who do get it.

Dr Nick Merrifield is responsible for the rollout in Kingston and New Malden, and is urging people who are hesitant to research the vaccine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

A charity in Sunbury is celebrating a milestone: providing food to those in need seven days a week for over a year.

Surplus to Supper, based at Sunbury Cricket Club, redistributes food to charities, schools, food banks and nurseries over five boroughs.

It is currently collecting and donating on average 10 tonnes per week.

Claire Hopkins, from the charity, tells us how the pandemic’s impacted their workload.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

A landscaping firm is pledging to raise all of Kensington and Chelsea’s open spaces to Green Flag standard.

Idverde, which starts work next month, is also promising to go carbon neutral in its first year. 

It’s hoped that by investing in electrification and zero-emission equipment, at least 28 tonnes of carbon will be saved over 10 years.

There are also plans for rainwater harvesting for irrigation and an enhanced composting facility in the area’s parks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham fears online racist abuse is becoming normalised

Several Premier League footballers have been targeted in recent weeks, while the club's former striker Thierry Henry has deleted his social media accounts in protest.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Brentford’s Ivan Toney are among others who have been abused.

Venkatesham says it can't be allowed to just become what's expected.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

A wildlife group is warning people heading to the coast this weekend not to get too close to seals, to try to protect them from being disturbed

The Seal Alliance says it could lead to injury and death to mothers and pups, even several months later.

The warning comes after a seal pup named after Freddie Mercury was killed by a dog in Hammersmith.

It's urging people to stay away and use camera zoom or binoculars to watch them instead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

CCTV pictures have been released after a football coach was knocked unconscious during an argument in Fulham

In early October, the victim was in the Eel Brook Common area, when a group of teenagers asked to borrow a football.

When they didn’t give it back, he followed them, but a group of older people known to the youths attacked him.

There have been no arrests so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am  

Glastonbury Festival, the National Football Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company are among organisations benefiting from nearly £400m in government grants and loans

More than 2,700 businesses are being offered the cash as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Both the Orange Tree in Richmond and Battersea Arts Centre will get over £300,000.

It'll help them reopen in the next few months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

Planned strikes at Heathrow Airport have been called off following talks of increased pay

Members of Unite were going to walk out after taking nine days of action earlier this year.

The offer includes a 5% pay rise over the next two years, as well as reviewing whether to continue with flexi-working.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

A man with mental health issues has been sectioned, after being found with an air rifle in Chessington

Police were called yesterday afternoon, after concerns for a man in his 20s.

A helicopter helped search the woodland, including around Chessington World of Adventures and Horton Country Park.

There are no reports of any injuries to officers or the man.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine appears to be 100% effective in protecting against the South African variant.

Research also shows the jab, developed by the Tadworth based company, was highly effective even after six months.

A separate study says the vaccine produces an "off the scale" immune response that's also likely to protect against the Brazilian variant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Poland who moved to the UK to escape arrest has been jailed for 18 months.

55 year old Wladyslaw Kieruc was detained last November at a brothel in Colliers Wood.

He was arrested as part of a joint investigation with Polish police into human trafficking and modern slavery offences.

He had acquired a lost or stolen identity card of an innocent person.

This enabled him to build up criminal cautions and convictions for theft and possession of a firearm during his time in the UK.

Kieruc was sentenced for perverting the cause of justice in conjunction with the investigation.

Extradition proceedings will now begin to return him to Polish custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Six men have been charged after officers executed eight search warrants across London and Hertfordshire.

All six were arrested during raids in Barnet, Tooting and Borehamwood on Wednesday.

They appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates' Court and have all been remanded in custody.

Enquiries are continuing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Two teenagers have been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for manslaughter at Isleworth Crown Court.

18 year old Mohamed Kolokoh and a 16 year old who cannot be named were charged with the manslaughter of 19 year old Francois Kablan.

On the 13th May last year, Police were called to Elephant and Castle at around 17.30pm to reports of a number of males fighting.

Francois was found with fatal stab wounds to the chest.

London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Calls are continuing for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to resign, following the force's handling of the vigil for Sarah Everard.

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey tells us the report, which says the police “acted appropriately,” hasn’t changed his mind.

Sir Ed Davey

The Met says that officers “faced considerable abuse and hostility” and “we are determined to tackle violence against women and girls”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

A new helpline's launching today to support children who've been potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in schools.

Debi Steven is the CEO of Action Breaks Silence, which works with schools in South-West London to empower girls to speak up and end apathy towards harassment.

Debi Steven interview

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

Two men have been arrested at Cobham Services, and police are thanking their police dog for his help once again.

The pair are accused of stealing from a lorry and being in possession of a stolen van.

When they fled the scene, PD Ludo tracked their scent down the slip road, up steps, down to the side of an electricity substation.

They gave themselves up when confronted by police at this point.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

Two teenage boys have been arrested, following attacks on birds in Staines.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to reports of youths firing catapults at birds on Wheatsheaf Lane and The Towpath.

The force is thanking the members of the public who helped them at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

Police are investigating a hit-and-run in Ashford on Tuesday night.

A car and an e-scooter collided, causing the rider to suffer minor injuries.

It happened around 9.15 in the evening outside the parade of shops in Feltham Road.

The car was dark in colour, but no other information about it has been released.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Former England manager and current Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he has sympathy with under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd, but wouldn't call his job "impossible".

Boothroyd made the comment ahead of last night's game against Croatia, before they crashed out of the European Championships in the group stages.

Hodgson feels it's always difficult getting the balance right between success and developing players for the senior team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are investigating after a woman was shouted at by people on motorbikes in Weybridge.

The force says there are rumours that the victim was a student at Heathside school and was attacked by them.

However, Elmbridge Police says there was no physical attack, and she was an adult.

They’re looking for two people who were on a black motorbike on the 15th of March, and are asking people to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

People in Richmond are being asked to act “responsibly” this Easter weekend.

The council says a rise in visitors is expected after a relaxation in lockdown rules and better weather this week.

People are being encouraged to plan their day out before setting off and have a Plan B and C in place if one area is too busy.

Visitors are also being asked to pack a rubbish bag after an increase in littering in places like Richmond Park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A woman’s died in a collision in Richmond.

Police were called at 4.30 on Tuesday afternoon to  the incident involving a car and a pedestrian on the A316 Twickenham Road.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 50s, was taken to hospital where she later died.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene; there have been no arrests and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The UK's imposing further sanctions on military companies in Myanmar following February's coup.

The Foreign Office says it has "credible evidence" a conglomerate gave money to troops who seized power after claiming November's election was fraudulent.

They've since used deadly force against unarmed protesters.

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab says the latest action targets "key funding streams" for the security forces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

The number of women around the world needing surgery for ectopic pregnancies has increased six-fold during the coronavirus pandemic

A study of 17 countries found the crisis has made outcomes more uncertain.

It found poorer nations are disproportionately affected.

Asma Khalil is Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at St George's University London in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Princess Diana's former home in Earl’s Court is expected to be recognised with a blue plaque, from English Heritage

However, they've not officially confirmed the location of the honour yet.

It follows a campaign by the London Assembly, asking residents of the city to suggest women worthy of the sign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

A man who was stabbed to death in Croydon on Tuesday, was attacked during a vigil for a man who had died in the same street

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s went to hospital himself, but when officers confronted him, he attacked policemen and NHS staff and escaped.

A search was carried out and he was returned to custody yesterday evening.

Another 33-year-old man remains in hospital, being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

A man from Thames Ditton has produced a song in the hope of supporting doctors and nurses well into the future

“Pop” Paul Larkin and his granddaughter Syra recorded “Thank you very much to the NHS” during lockdown.

They hope money raised, which will go to NHS Charities Together, will rival the amount collected by Captain Sir Tom Moore. 

 To find out more, go here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Royal Parks is addressing visitor concerns after it revealed it’s planning to start charging drivers to park in Richmond and Bushy Parks

They will have to pay £1.40 per hour week days and £2.00 per hour at weekends under the new rules.

The management group has clarified it won’t be offering senior citizen rates as it will still be free to park before 9am and after 4pm. 

The aim of the charges is to discourage commuters from parking and also to generate money for much needed projects.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Queen's carried out her first in-person engagement of the year

She marked the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force at a ceremony in Runnymede.

Most of her work has been done virtually in recent months.

The Queen, who's had at least one Covid jab, was seen without a mask at the service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

A man has been banned from a number of shops in the Chertsey and Addlestone areas.

29 year old Ben Collis Osbourne is described by police as a “prolific offender.”

He’s been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order, or CBO, until March 2023.

He’s also been banned from carrying hypodermic needles in public, other than in a safe or enclosed bag or container.

Runnymede Borough Commander Nick Pinkerton said “In addition to the thefts, Ben Collis Osbourne regularly displays aggressive and intimidating behaviour. 

"He has a real negative impact on our local community and on how safe residents and workers feel in the areas he frequents. 

"Evidence provided by the community plays a really important part in the court’s decision to grant a CBO so I am grateful to everyone who helped us obtain this order.

“We won’t tolerate this kind of behaviour and we hope that the CBO provides the local community – and in particular local shops - with some reassurance.”

Breaches of the conditions of a CBO can lead to arrest. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Reports of assaults and hate crime against NHS staff in London will be investigated by a specialist senior team.

It follows a pilot scheme in boroughs including Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton, which saw just over 26% of suspects charged.

Previously, the charge rate was under 7%.

Paul Grzegorzek is the security contract manager at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

He says that during the pandemic they’ve seen a rise in drunk patients who can become violent, and “there is no excuse” for abuse.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Sophie Ellis-Bextor says she thoroughly recommends having a dance around at home as a form of family therapy

The singer's live-streamed a series of kitchen discos from her home in Chiswick during lockdown.

The final one is due to take place on the 9th of April.

She says partying in your own house is a great way of letting off steam.

But the singer says she's not yet sure which track she'll go out with:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Theatres are preparing to reopen after a brutal year.

Two of the biggest operators are teaming up are  HQ  and Trafalgar, which runs Chiswick cinema among others.

From the 17th of May, up to 1,000 attendees of half capacity will be allowed into venues.

Dame Rosemary Squire is Trafalgar’s CEO, and says they’ll be a moving to a much more digital Box Office.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Outdoor attractions such as Kew and Wisley Gardens have had their best year yet, despite the Covid-19 pandemic

They both feature in 2020’s top 10 most visited for the first time.

Kew Gardens came in at number 4 in list compiled by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

Daire Basra is Head of Event Operations at the world-famous gardens.

She says the achievement has come at a cost:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A man has been killed in a triple stabbing in Croydon

Two other men went to hospital themselves with serious injuries, and it’s believed they’re connected with the incident.

It took place on Alpha Road, the same place where 19-year-old Tai O-Donnell was killed early this month, although it’s unknown whether the incidents are connected.

There have been no arrests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A so-called “county lines controller” from Croydon has been jailed for four years.

26 year old Lashah Scott was found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs this week.

He was arrested in October after investigative work by Surrey and the Met Police’s specialist county lines team.

County lines involves urban drug dealers expanding their activities into smaller towns and rural areas, primarily to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm  

A large search involving the police helicopter, is underway across Surrey to find a woman missing from Egham

66 year old Madeline Siredzuk was last seen in the Coopers Hill area at 6pm last night.

She is described as 5ft 4 tall and of a slim build, with short grey hair and is known to frequent Windsor Great Park.

Police say there are “extreme” concerns for her safety. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Detectives investigating the murder of Lavaun Witter have charged a fourth person

25-year-old Alex Pasley of Paxton Grove, Coulsdon was arrested at an address in Sutton on Monday, 29 March. 

He was charged with 22-year-old Lavaun’s murder, along with the attempted murder of a 16-year-old boy and possession of a bladed article.

Three other people have already been charged in connection with Lavaun’s murder in Croydon on 5th February.

All four will appear at the Old Bailey on the 10th of May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Crews are investigating a fire in Balham this morning

Part of the floor in the hallway of a house on Emmanuel Road was damaged.

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Tadworth based Pfizer says it'll apply to the UK's medicines watchdog within the next couple of months for permission to use its coronavirus vaccine on children.

It says clinical trials have found it's safe and 100% effective on 12 to 15 year-olds.

It raises the prospects of school pupils being given jabs after the summer holidays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Bicycle thefts have apparently increased by two thirds since coronavirus lockdown measures were brought in

Admiral's found they made up nearly a third of all insurance claims relating to items stolen over the last 12 months. 

That compares with 14 % during the previous period.

South West London is number 1 on the list for thefts, while Kingston is named at number 8.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Chelsea have eased into the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League with a 3-nil win over Wolfsburg.

It sealed a 5-1 aggregate victory for Emma Hayes' side, who will face either Bayern Munich or Rosengard next.

Manchester City are looking to join Chelsea in the last-four this afternoon but will have to overturn a 3-nil deficit against Barcelona.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

The Queen spent this morning in Runnymede

The 94-year-old visited the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial for her first in-person engagement since October.

The site honours the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Her Majesty opened the memorial in her coronation year, on October the 17th, 1953, and that’s the last time she visited publicly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Tadworth based company Pfizer says its coronavirus jab's been found to be '100% effective' among 12 to 15 year-olds

Along with co-producer Biontech, it’s going to ask the US regulator to approve emergency authorisation on school pupils next week.

As it stands, it's being rolled out to over-16s only in America.

12 year old Caleb Chung has been part of a clinical trial there:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

A government-ordered report's found Britain is not a 'post-racial' society and racism persists

It highlights how some communities continue to be 'haunted' by the issue, with it creating 'deep mistrust'.

But it does say success in sectors like education should be used 'as a model for other white-majority countries'.

Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy says it’s “another total whitewash”.

She says the Conservatives are “patting themselves on the back” and the report ignores “deep racial disparities”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

A woman in her 50s has been hospitalised after a collision in Richmond

Police were called to Twickenham Road just after 4.30 yesterday afternoon, to a collision between a car and a pedestrian.

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

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Uber Boat has been chosen to run the Hammersmith Bridge ferry service

It’ll be operated by Thames Clippers, and will take up to 800 cyclists and pedestrians across the river at a time.

The service will run between 6am and 10pm, and cost £1.50.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common claim a report saying police acted appropriately shows 'institutional sexism'

The independent review found officers remained professional, as the crowd turned hostile.

But the Reclaim These Streets group says the Met force isn't 'taking responsibility' for their actions.

Sergeant Imogen Hirst was working on the night and says she was told she should be murdered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Staff at a care home in Surbiton have released a series of accounts to mark the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic

One of the accounts in the “Time to Reflect” series from the Royal Star and Garter has been written by its manager.

Helen Maher confides “there were times when I didn’t think I could cope” but that the vaccine has allowed the home to “turn a corner.”

Seven residents died in the first couple of months of the outbreak last year, several had contracted Covid-19.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

A man from Tadworth who abused children for around 50 years has been found guilty of 40 counts of sex offences

68-year-old Stephen Henry Walker was a salesman and a children’s football coach, but also worked as a police officer for the met for a short period.

His crimes were first noticed in 2018 when a victim came forward, causing him to flee to Malta for a year.

He’ll be sentenced in May.

Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers is paying tribute to all the victims and witnesses who came forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The chauffeur of Queen guitarist Brian May has been cleared of child sexual abuse.

Philip Webb from Epsom has worked for the musician and his wife Anita Dobson, for more than two decades.

He was found not guilty at Kingston Crown Court of plying a girl with drugs and alcohol in order to carry out abuse between 1999 and 2006.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A woman from Croydon who caught Covid just as she was about to give birth, says the whole experience was “really frightening.”

Yumi Palmer was told she’d have to self-isolate during the days leading up to her son Ori’s birth last March.

She went into hospital on the day Boris Johnson announced lockdown. 

Yumi says despite her experience, she’s finding the positives in first time motherhood.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 pm  

People in Richmond are being asked not to illegally dump their green waste in parks and open spaces.

Discarded branches, leaves, grasses and weeds can interfere with the natural acidity of grasslands or smother wildflowers.

Some cultivated species can also take root and compete with native species which are difficult and costly to remove.

Residents are being asked to dispose of green waste by composting, or using recycling centres. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm  

A woman has been hospitalised after a ball was kicked at her in Leatherhead.

She was out running, close to the youth football club, at around 5.15pm last Tuesday.

She was hit by the ball with some force, causing her to fall over.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Students at Kingston University are condemning an alleged move to suspend recruitment its Politics department this year.

They say the decision could damage the learning prospects of politically engaged students.

The University College Union wants the decision delayed until the impact of the pandemic on student numbers is clearer.

A spokesperson for Kingston University said:

“Kingston University has taken the decision to suspend undergraduate student recruitment to politics courses for admissions in September 2021 for the academic year 2021-22.

“Recruitment to these courses has been falling over recent years. The University will be carrying out a review of wider plans for the politics department, in consultation with staff and students, over the coming months.

“The student experience is at the heart of our decisions as a university and our priority is to provide teaching and support to help all students progress and graduate. The review will consider changes in the higher education environment, the needs of our students and employers and the aim to build a sustainable and sought-after academic portfolio.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

The family of a miniature Dachshund missing from Esher has put up a £10,000 reward for her safe return

Pebbles was last seen heading towards the Esher sewage works after running away from a house in Claremont Park Road.

There have been no sightings for 18 days and the family have now reported the incident as a theft to police. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Experts say the Novavax coronavirus vaccine is effective against multiple strains of the infection

The Prime Minister announced last night that 60m doses of the jab will be produced and packed in England.

They'll be bottled at a facility in Barnard Castle - but it's yet to be approved by the UK regulator.

Professor Paul Heath from Epsom is the chief investigator of the Novavax trial, and he explains what their findings were:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The man in charge of the gardens at St Raphael’s hospice in North Cheam has been recognised for his work on a national level

Pete Morris has been handed a gold at the Our Health Heroes Awards.

He beat off competition from 600 other nominees to be crowned winner.

Hospice bosses say their aim is to bring more beauty into the environment and make a real difference.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

An investigation's found the Metropolitan Police "acted appropriately" at a vigil for Sarah Everard, who was found dead after going missing in London

A report by the Inspector of Constabulary says the force "did not act in a heavy-handed manner" when dealing with women on Clapham Common in south London.

Officers were seen grabbing several people and leading them away in handcuffs.

Met Police Statement:

Response to HMICFRS inspection of policing the Sarah Everard vigil

We are determined to tackle violence against women and girls and hope this report goes some way to build confidence that our officers are working tirelessly to keep Londoners safe.

The circumstances of the disappearance and death of Sarah Everard have left us all deeply angry and shocked. Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this very sad time.

Police must act to protect the public and we welcome the conclusions of today’s report that acknowledges the complexity of policing an event such as this in unprecedented times.

The vast majority of those who attended the vigil throughout the afternoon did so in a dignified, respectful and lawful manner.

However, the atmosphere changed after 18:00hrs and officers faced considerable abuse and hostility from a small minority of the crowd.

The Inspectorate concludes that officers did their best to peacefully disperse the gathering and demonstrated patience and restraint. It finds their actions were not inappropriate or heavy-handed.

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said: “We are outraged at Sarah’s death which has left us even more determined to tackle violence against women and girls.

“This report makes clear the difficult circumstances officers faced as a peaceful vigil became a hostile rally. We must always be consistent in our policing of public events.

“I am extremely proud of the restraint, compassion and professionalism officers showed during a fast-moving and challenging situation.

“They spent considerable time engaging, explaining and encouraging before considering any enforcement action.

“Officers acted thoughtfully, sensibly and proportionately with the best interests of Londoners at heart given we remain in a public health crisis.

“We welcome the considered scrutiny of this event which highlights how a snapshot may not represent the full context of the challenges police face.”

The Metropolitan Police Service will continue to review the report and welcome any recommendations that give us the opportunity to improve our work in the future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Sir Lenny Henry's urging black people across the UK to have their coronavirus jabs

The actor's written an open letter which aims to tackle vaccine hesitancy among the community.

Official figures suggest the rate for black Africans receiving a first dose is around 59%.

That's the lowest among all ethnic minority groups.

Business secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng appears in a video which voices the star's words.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

An investigation's found the Metropolitan Police "acted appropriately" at a vigil for Sarah Everard, who was found dead after going missing in Clapham

A report by the Inspector of Constabulary says the force "did not act in a heavy-handed manner" when dealing with women on Clapham Common.

Officers were seen grabbing several people and leading them away in handcuffs.

Reporter Mark White’s been looking at the findings.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Andy Murray has revealed he'd like to swap the tennis court for the golf course when he retires

The two-time Wimbledon champion has told the Gentleman's Journal working in another sport and becoming a caddie to a professional golfer is something that "appeals to him".

Murray is trying to get fully fit after having hip surgery last year.

It’s believed he will be competing at the All-England club this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

The roofs of three houses were alight during a fire in Hounslow

Crews were called yesterday afternoon to Central Avenue, where they had to remove tiles to gain access and bring it under control.

There was heavy smoke in the area, with five adults and four children leaving the building before the brigade arrived.

It’s believed the fire was accidental and caused by hot works which were being carried out to the areas above the windows of one of the houses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

The Wimbledon Guild is marking a lockdown milestone

The charity has delivered over 1,000 meals to people across Merton since the pandemic began last March.

The Guild offers a number of services including counselling, befriending and financial advice.

It also runs a Covid-19 Community Response Hub to help people with their shopping, medication and those feeling isolated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

A mum from Croydon who was diagnosed with Covid-19 on her due date has spoken out about her ordeal

Yumi Palmer was told she’d have to self-isolate during the days leading up to her son Ori’s birth last March.

Yumi describes her 32-hour labour two weeks later as “traumatic” and has since been dealing with PTSD.

She tells us about her experience with NHS staff in the days leading up to her son’s birth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A man from Kingston will appear in court today, charged with two explosives offences

53-year-old Michael Pym-Nixson was arrested last Monday by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

When he was arrested, it wasn’t deemed necessary to evacuate homes in the surrounding area.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Boris Johnson's announced up to 60 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be manufactured by Brentford based drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline at Barnard Castle in the North East of England.

The Novavax jab - which has yet to be approved - will undergo its final stages from as early as May.

Speaking at the Downing Street briefing yesterday, the Prime Minister said it'll further boost the rollout.

More than 30 million people have had a first dose of the vaccine in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 am  

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd is hopeful of having good crowd numbers at Wimbledon.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the Championships to be cancelled last year for the first time since World War 2.

While plans are in place to stage matches with fans this summer, Lloyd tells Sky Sports News, it is a fluid situation based on government plans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

A large house fire has broken out in Hounslow.

Half of the roof and the second floor of a semi-detached property in Central Avenue are alight.

The London Fire Brigade was called just before 4pm.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 29 March 2021

A man will be undertaking a running challenge just two other people have completed, to raise money for an Addlestone-based charity that helped him as a child.

Mike Pyman will be running five miles, every five hours, for 75 hours.

It’s in aid of Eikon, who guided him from being a truant child with panic attacks, through the death of his mother, to getting 5 As at GCSE.

Mike says that the charity “gave me the skills to cope when tough times came”.

 To sponsor Mike visit their fundraising page online at

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Kew Fete has been cancelled for a second year in a row.

The organisers say it’s a “huge disappointment”, but promise an “amazing bumper event” next year.

During its tenth anniversary in 2019, it raised just over £19,000 for various charities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

It looks like parking charges will be introduced in Richmond and Bushy Parks.

Managers Royal Parks says it is moving ahead with the proposal because demand for parking is so high.

The group also hopes the move will encourage more people to walk or cycle to the parks.

The fees for both will be £1.40 per hour Monday to Friday, and £2.00 per hour at the weekend, to a maximum of six hours on any day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Queen guitarist Brian May has appeared in court to support his chauffeur of 20 years, who’s accused of child sex offences.

59-year-old Philip Webb from Epsom is alleged to have plied a young girl with drugs.

Brian May says Mr Webb is a “gentle giant” and that “I will not exaggerate, he’s one of the most honest men I have ever met in my life”.

The prosecution says that the alleged victim had complained to police of abuse and controlling behaviour, that left her turning to drugs and self-harm.

The trial continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A large house fire has broken out in Hounslow.

Half of the roof and the second floor of a semi-detached property in Central Avenue are alight.

The London Fire Brigade was called just before 4pm. 

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

Richmond Park’s MP says plans to charge visitors need to be urgently clarified

Royal Parks announced this morning that it is planning to introduce charges of £2.00 an hour at weekends and £1.40 on weekdays. 

Sarah Olney says she welcomes the management group’s plans to use the money on improving infrastructure.

But she says she also recognises that the vast majority of survey respondents objected to the idea. 

Ms Olney has released this statement:

“I recognise fully the concerns some local residents will have about this announcement and will therefore be speaking with Royal Parks to seek urgent clarification on what kind of impact it will have. Many will be rightly anxious that there’ll be a significant increase in parking outside their homes, someone which is practically and environmentally troublesome. 


“While I welcome Royal Parks’ assertion that the revenue raised will go into improving infrastructure and other projects that aim to help visitors access the park without needing a car, I similarly note that the vast majority of survey respondents objected to the idea. It is imperative, therefore, that the impact this will have on my constituents is addressed and mitigated against in a transparent and satisfactory way.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Police are continuing to search for a man who has been released from Wormwood Scrubs prison by mistake

They’re urging anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to call 999 immediately.

William Fernandez was being held on remand at the site in Hammersmith while awaiting trial.

The 24-year-old had been arrested and charged with sexual assault, indecent exposure and possession of a Class B drug last April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The Royal Parks says it intends to go ahead with plans for parking charges at Richmond and Bushy

That’s despite 80% of people who responded to a consultation objecting to the scheme.

People will only be able to stay a maximum of six hours, and it will cost £2 an hour at weekends and £1.40 an hour on weekdays.

The money will be used for infrastructure such as road maintenance and pedestrian facilities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A drug dealer from Wimbledon has been jailed, after trying to swallow his stash to hide it from police

36-year-old Kewbe Tomlinson was stopped in Crawley in January, and police had to smash his car window to stop him destroying the evidence.

The force found over £1,800 worth of class A drugs in his car.

He’s been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A community arts centre in Walton has raised over three quarters of its funding goal in just over a week

The Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre wants to buy an all-weather outside stage.

The venue says it’s “having to rethink how we engage with our audiences”, as it only has a small indoor offering.

The stage will also be offered to other community groups to use, so they can create and perform.

You can find the crowdfunder here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

Boris Johnson says people in England 'must remain cautious' as some coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased

Groups of up to six people, or two households, are now able to meet in parks and gardens - and outdoor sports facilities are reopening.

The Met Police says they will continue to crack down on dangerous events, and says “We make no apology for our tough stance on shutting down those large gatherings which risk public safety”

Many people have been using green spaces much more over the past few months due to the restrictions.

Mark Wasilewski who's a manager at St James's Park says that's been clear to see.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

We’re being encouraged to reconnect with nature, starting with the “dawn chorus.”

 A new podcast, Hidden Stories of the Royal Parks, the group which manages Bushy and Richmond, has launched.

Tony Duckett is a Conservation Officer who has been with Royal Parks for over 40 years.

He explains what to listen out for.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

A 19-year-old girl's in a critical condition after a car being chased by police crashed into a lamppost near Streatham Common

The Metropolitan Police says officers pursued a vehicle after it failed to stop early on Sunday morning.

Four other women in the car were also taken to hospital, where two were arrested.

Two others discharged remain in custody under arrest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

Sunday, 28 March 2021

London Lifeboat day is back despite Coronavirus

The annual event helps keep the RNLI's volunteers afloat; the country's two busiest lifeboat stations are in London.

Supporters are being asked to raise £100 in any way they can, albeit virtually this year.

Gianna Saccomani from RNLI Teddington explains why the fundraising event is so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

People are being reminded that mute swans are protected by law.

It's after a number of incidents where the birds appear to have been shot at.

Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead and the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton are both caring for injured swans; one appears to have been shot with a crossbow.

Killing a swan without permission can incur an unlimited fine, six months imprisonment or both.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Kingston police have arrested two drug dealers.

They were caught after a vehicle linked to drug supply was picked up by an automatic number plate recognition system.

Officers searched the car and found Class B drugs, phones and a large amount of cash.

They were both arrested and taken into custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A mum from Coulsdon was diagnosed with Covid-19 on her due date.

Yumi Palmer was told on 8 March 2020 she’d have to self-isolate during the days leading up to her son Ori’s birth.

Describing her 32-hour labour two weeks later as “traumatic”, Yumi has since been dealing with PTSD.

One year on, she tells us about her experience with NHS staff in the days leading up to her son’s birth whilst she had covid.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Two landlords have been handed large fines in Hammersmith and Fulham.

It was after they pleaded guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct paperwork.

The owner of a property in Fulham, was fined £7,000 after admitting running a shared flat without the correct licence.

The second landlord was ordered to pay the Council £1,200 in costs after failing six times to apply for the licence she needed.

Councillor Lisa Homan said that the council would continue its tough approach to rogue landlords.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Hounslow police are searching for a man who was mistakenly released from prison in west London.

It's emerged 24-year-old William Fernandez was freed in error from HMP Wormwood Scrubs on Wednesday evening.

He was being held on remand while awaiting trial, accused of sexual assault, indecent exposure and possession of a class B drug.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

People working in Richmond Park have been receiving foul mouthed abuse.

A number of cyclists are routinely aiming verbal abuse at workers for driving in restricted parts of the roadway.

This has happened multiple times even though the workers have permits displayed on their cars.

The group Richmond Park Cyclists have asked for people to stop abusing park officials.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

People using Richmond and Bushy Parks today are being urged to be extra vigilant.

Tomorrow’s Covid rules relaxation, as well as Easter, and a spell of expected warm weather are set to draw visitors to them.  

Last weekend, the gates to Bushy Park were closed mid-afternoon because of the amount of cars trying to access the park.

Royal Parks has re-tweeted messages asking people to remember social distancing and avoid busy areas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Officers have arrested a driver for being under the influence of drugs.

A vehicle was seen pulling into a business park in Egham which was closed over the weekend.

Officers approached the car and as they opened the door, the smell of cannabis was overwhelming.

The driver tested positive for being under the influence of cannabis and was arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Firefighters are warning never to leave candles unattended after a house fire in Croydon.

Part of the ground floor of a semi-detached house in Lorne Gardens was damaged by fire which investigators believe was caused by a candle.

The property sustained smoke damage due to internal doors inside the property being left open.

There were no reports of any injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A children’s charity in Leatherhead says the current lockdown has impacted the families it cares for much more than the first one.

The Rainbow Trust supports families with a child up to the age of 18 with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

At the start of the year, the charity conducted a survey of 41 families; the third such survey carried out since the start of the pandemic.

56% of respondents said that their family situation was worse or much worse than the first national lockdown.

54% also said that their mental health was either ‘worse’ or ‘much worse’ than in March 2020.

Medical treatment has been affected for 51% of families including delayed appointments and suspended treatments.

The charity says the latest survey is a clear indication of the vast pressures families with a seriously ill child are under.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A woman has been the victim of a racially-aggravated verbal assault in Epsom.

Police are appealing for witnesses after she was verbally attacked at around 3pm of Tueday the 16th of March whilst taking her child to Long Grove Park.  

The suspect’s described as a white man in his late 30s, around 5’9” and of a large build.

He has short, dark hair and was dressed in a dark jumper and jeans.

If you witnessed anything or have any information you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

A driver has been arrested for being drink driving after a serious accident in Leatherhead.

The driver crashed into a tree on a large roundabout early this morning.

They provided officers with a breath alcohol reading.

It resulted in the driver being over three times the legal limit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A man has been arrested in Surbiton for drink driving.

Officers stopped a vehicle travelling at speed and the driver claimed he couldn’t provide a breath sample because he has asthma.

When officers tried to arrest him, he faked being unconscious and was taken to hospital.

During the evidential blood procedure, he claimed he couldn’t give blood because of his religion and because of a medical condition.

He then went on to verbally abuse the officers.

He failed to provide a blood sample and has been reported to court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

The foreign secretary and MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab has condemned the violence in Myanmar.

It's reported at least 114 people have been killed there in its deadliest day since last month's military coup.

Unarmed civilians and children are thought to be among the victims.

The violence has been condemned worldwide, with Dominic Raab calling it "a new low".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

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