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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Sadiq Khan's been re-elected London mayor - but now has a smaller majority than before.

It follows mayoral successes for Labour in Greater Manchester, on Merseyside and the West of England - but disappointing council election results.

Mr Khan took 55-point-2 percent of the vote in the end - a tighter contest against the Conservative rival than some had expected.

He's promising to get the city 'back on its feet' after the pandemic.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 pm  

Lisa Townsend has been elected as the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.

The Conservative candidate received 112,260 first preference votes.

She was elected on second preference votes as no candidate received more than 50% of first preference ballots.

The result which was announced in Addlestone this afternoon after the votes were counted across the county.

Lisa will take over from current Commissioner David Munro. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 pm  

Sadiq Khan's been re-elected London mayor - but now has a smaller majority than before.

It follows mayoral successes for Labour in Greater Manchester, on Merseyside and the West of England - but disappointing council election results.

Mr Khan took 55-point-2 percent of the vote in the end - a tighter contest against the Conservative rival than some had expected.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 pm  

Surrey has a new High Sheriff.

Dr Julie Llewelyn is only the 10th woman to do the job since the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The focus of her tenure over the next year will be “Every Child Included.” 

The aim is to help young people remain in school.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

Brentford will play Bournemouth in the Championship Play-Off semi-finals.

They warmed up for it with a 3-1 victory over Bristol City on the last day of the Championship season.

If they manage to beat Bournemouth in their semi-final next week, they will then face either Swansea or Barnsley in the Play-Off Final.

It's to decide the final Premier League place for the 2021/22 season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

The Mayor of Sutton has been re-elected and will continue for another year.

Trish Fivey, a Sutton Councillor since 2014, was voted back in at a virtual meeting.

Trish has said she’ll keep visiting as many voluntary groups as possible this year, thanking them for hard work during the pandemic.

Councillor Annie Moral will stay on as Sutton’s Deputy Mayor.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

A student from Kingston University has created special toys to help children with special needs experiencing grief.

Sarah Helton has spent the past few years working with kids who have little or no conversational skills.

The wooden ‘Good Grief Toys’ include people, furniture and vehicles.

They can be used to explain real life scenarios associated with sadness.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Two men from South London have been jailed for drug offences.

Michael Harkin, who’s 32 and from Kennington, and 45-year-old Mehrab Akbari from Brentford, were found with almost £300,000 worth of crystal meth.

They’ve been sentenced to a combined total of nearly 15 years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Veterans at a care home in Surbiton are continuing the legacy left by Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Residents of the Royal Star and Garter have taken part in his "100 Challenge".

They've been raising money in their own way for the Captain Tom Foundation.

Challenges included 100 laps around a fountain, a 500-piece jigsaw in 100 minutes and 100 miles in outings in one weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome may exist according to researchers at Kingston University.

Nearly 300 people have taken part in a trial with one in five exhibiting symptoms of it.

Covid anxiety is when worries about catching the virus, avoidance of certain situations and frequent symptom checks become excessive.

The study also revealed that younger people experienced more psychological distress, possibly due to social media exposure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A royal photographer has turned his talents to AFC Wimbledon, in a new exhibition about the fans.

Chris Floyd has taken 16 evocative pictures that highlight the diversity of the fanbase, that will hang inside Plough Lane.

Dons Trust co-chair Jane Lonsdale says the idea came to her after a man said, "you don't look like a football fan".

Christ took official portraits for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 10th Wedding Anniversary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

It's looking increasingly likely the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea will be switched from Istanbul - possibly to the UK.

Turkey was placed on the government's "red" coronavirus travel list yesterday - meaning there are strict rules in place about going to and from the country.

Wembley looks unlikely as the Championship play-off final is taking place on the same day.

But transport secretary Grant Shapps says the FA's in talks with UEFA.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

The government has offered to host the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.

 It’s after the government announced that Turkey – who’s due to host the final later this month – has been put on the red travel list.

It means players, coaches and fans travelling to Istanbul would have to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

Up to 12,000 fans were expected to travel for the final on 29 May but the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday fans should not attend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The Conservatives have held Surrey County Council with 51 out of 81 possible seats.

 Across the county, councillors are being elected to seats on borough and district authorities.

Reigate and Banstead, Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Runnymede, and Woking councils are all electing members.

The result for the poll for Surrey's police and crime commissioner is expected later today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Friday, 7 May 2021

Construction work has begun on South East Coast Ambulance Service’s so called “Make Ready Centre” in Banstead.

The site is due to be fully operational by next spring.

Crews currently starting and ending their shifts at Epsom, Leatherhead, Redhill, Dorking and Godstone stations will instead start and finish at the new centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 pm  

A new controlled parking zone has been implemented in North Kew after people reported problems parking near their homes

Commuter parking had been making made it difficult for residents to find spaces during weekdays.

Additional pressures were also attributed to the area hosting major events at the new Brentford football Stadium and Kew Gardens.

71% of residents and businesses agreed to the parking controls along with provisions for a taxi rank and a coach drop-off and pick-up area. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

The Fire Brigades’ Union says it’s “extremely alarming” to see another high rise building go up in flames.

The Norbiton based union has been responding to a fire at a 19 storey block of flats in east London this morning. 

The cladding on the building is said to resemble that on Grenfell Tower, which caught fire in 2017 killing  72 people.


 FBU General secretary Matt Wrack says: 

“It should shame this government that four years on from Grenfell there are people across the country living in buildings wrapped in flammable cladding. 

Time and time again we’ve warned that another Grenfell could be just around the corner unless they prioritise making people’s homes safe. 

“The pace of removing flammable cladding has been glacial and it’s putting people’s lives at risk.

The government must intervene and take quick and decisive action to end our building safety crisis once and for all.”

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

He grew up on our screens as Jake Brockman in the hit TV sitcom “Outnumbered”

But 25-year-old Tyger Drew-Honey is moving away from his usual comedy roles in his latest work, “Rocky Road.”

The crime thriller, filmed live at Jermyn Street Theatre at the weekend, is now online until the end of May. 

Epsom native Tyger says the past year means the future of traditional theatre has probably changed forever:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Hounslow Council has sworn in its 56th Mayor.

Bishnu Gurung takes over the role for the next 12 months from out-going Mayor, Tony Louki.

Cllr Louki held the role for two years because of the pandemic. 

An ex-British Gurkha Staff Sergeant, Cllr Gurung was born and raised in Nepal.

During his time in the Army he served in various parts of the UK, along with Hong Kong, Brunei, and Singapore. 

He retired from the armed forces in 1995, after completing 19 years’ service. 

He received the prestigious Long Service and Good Conduct medal upon retirement. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A wanted man from Kent has been picked up by police in Brentford

The 17-year-old has been charged with six counts of breach of bail.

He was found on a roof in Brentford, and refused to come down for six hours.

He’ll be tried for the breach in early September.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 pm  

Twickenham’s MP says she understands some people may be hesitant to take the AstraZenica vaccine, but they shouldn’t refuse it

Research is underway into whether cases of CVSTs, or clots found in a large vein in the brain, are related to the vaccine. 

43 year old Munira Wilson has had her jab and says unless you are told not to, you should be ready to accept yours too:


Current information shows the general risk of these types of clots following a jab is estimated to be one in 250,000, or four in a million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A man who claimed to be from the water board to gain entry to a house in Worcester Park is being hunted by police

On Wednesday, at around 5pm in Caldbeck Avenue, it’s reported the man knocked on the door, then on the window when there was no answer.

He said he had to check the taps, but disappeared when he was challenged on this.

He’s described as white, 20-30 years old, with a foreign accent, and wearing a hi-vis jacket.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:55 pm  

The transport secretary has told fans of Chelsea and Manchester City not to go to Turkey for the Champions League final, after placing it on the travel 'red list'.

Grant Shapps says the government is open to hosting the event in the UK.

UEFA insisted earlier this week it had no plans to change the venue from Istanbul.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:47 pm  

A wanted man from Kent has been picked up by police in Brentford

The 17-year-old has been charged with six counts of breach of bail.

He was found on a roof in Brentford, and refused to come down for six hours.

He’ll be tried for the breach in early September.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

QPR's Todd Kane has been banned for seven matches.

It’s for referencing a player's nationality during an argument in their Championship game with Brentford in February. 

The defender has also been fined £6,000 and ordered to attend an education course. 

He admitted the charge and has apologised, along with the club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

A murder investigation is underway in Roehampton after a man was stabbed to death.

Police were called at 11am to a house in Dowdeswell Close near Richmond Park.

Officers believe the victim was in his 20s.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow at St George’s Hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair said: 

“Our initial enquiries have established that this incident probably took place inside the address on Wedesday night or the early hours of the following day.

“Were you in the area of Dowdeswell Close around that time and saw or heard anything suspicious? If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, I would urge you to contact my team – it may prove vital in enabling us to piece together the events that led to this violent attack.

“I want to reassure the community that specially trained murder detectives, supported by local officers, will work tirelessly to ensure those responsible are caught.”

Detective Superintendent Owain Richards from the South West BCU which covers Putney said:

“I understand the shock and concern an attack like this will have caused throughout the community.

“Over the coming days you will see local officers patrolling in and around the area to offer reassurance and if you have any concerns then please speak to them or contact your local policing team.

“There has been, and will continue to be, a significant police presence in the area and I would thank residents in and around Dowdeswell Close for their patience and support while this vital work is carried out.”

There have been no arrests; enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4266; alternatively you call dial 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD2294/6May.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Two men have been charged after a house was burgled in Banstead

24-year-old Jordan Mclean of no fixed address, and 34-year-old Delon Reason from Croydon are accused of it.

Police were called on Monday evening to Great Ellshams.

The two have been remanded in custody and will appear in court next month.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

A man has exposed himself to an elderly woman in Epsom.

The incident happened in Hessle Grove at midday yesterday.

When the victim turned around, the man exposed himself before walking off in the direction of Sainsbury’s.

The man is described as around 16 to 22 years old, Latin-American and around 5ft 8 inches in height.

He was wearing a grey or blue hat with a multi-coloured border around it and dark tracksuit-style clothing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

Hartlepool has a Conservative MP for the first time since the constituency's creation, after Jill Mortimer won the by-election

She's also the first woman to represent the town.

The result's a blow for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - in his first election test since taking over the party.

Shadow Local Government Secretary and Croydon North MP Steve Reed says it's a "shattering result"

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

The owner of Heathrow-based British Airways has reported a €1.2bn loss from January to March

IAG says passenger numbers are less than a fifth of what they were before the pandemic.

However, in the first quarter last year, the loss was €1.8bn.

They’re calling for vaccine passports for international travel, as well as restriction-free travel corridors and testing to replace quarantine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

The vaccination centre in Nonsuch Park has closed its doors

It delivered 27,000 Pfizer vaccines to people, with 41,000 Oxford vaccines prepared there then sent to sites across the borough.

It was supported by 200 volunteers, and GP Dr Michael Pambos says “their hard work will have saved many lives”.

Jabs will continue to be delivered from the St Nicholas shopping centre, and from GP surgeries and pop-up clinics.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

A “red terminal” could open at Heathrow ahead of May the 17th when international travel is due to resume

It would be reserved for passengers arriving from countries on the Government’s Covid “red-list.”

Between 8,000 and 10,000 passengers are arriving each day at the airport, of which up to 1,000 are thought to be from these countries.

Twickenham’s MP, Munira Wilson, is a fan of more stringent checks for people coming into the country. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

A man who reversed into a police car, while he had a baby in the vehicle, is being hunted

Police have just released details of the incident on the 29th of April, near the McDonalds drive-thru on Eastern Avenue in Ilford.

It’s believed the BMW X1 and the driver have links to Croydon, Greenwich, and Barking & Dagenham.

He’s described as black, between 20 and 25, with a black flat cap, brown-framed glasses, short locks, and a London accent.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

David Munro, who had held the post of Police and Crime Commissioner in Surrey, is pessimistic about his chances of re-election

He says he’s “clearing his desk” in readiness.

He ran as an independent, after being de-selected by the Tories following allegations he was campaigning against them.

The results will be released tomorrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Thursday, 6 May 2021

New research has found the oldest human burial in Africa, dating back 78,000 years.

An international team of scientists, including one from the Royal Holloway University in Egham, found the remains in a cave in Kenya.

It’s believed that the person was intentionally buried very quickly after death.

Stone tools, dated to the African Middle Stone Age, were also found in the grave.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 pm  

A support service is helping young footballers under high pressure to perform well.

Playersnet is a support service that provides mentoring and other help to those at the grassroots and professional level.

Jason Finegan is among those who work for them.

He went to the Woking FC academy in his teens, then played for AFC Wimbledon.

He says that people should keep in mind that football isn’t just about playing, and there’s public scrutiny to face.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

A catalytic converter has been stolen from a car in Nonsuch Park.

Officers were called to the Sparrow Farm Gate entrance, on the Ewell side, following a report from the owner of a Honda Jazz yesterday. 

Catalytic converters are typically stolen and sold as precious metals. 

A number of raids in London, Essex and Kent last month saw 18 converters seized and three people arrested.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

A GP from Merton is using Tik Tok to convince young people to get the COVID vaccine

Dr Mohan Sekeram is fighting the misleading content on social media, and aims to give people the facts.

He says, “in any spare time I have I try to spread the word whenever I can.”

Dr Mohan adds that “if you have seen first hand what a serious illness Covid is, then every case prevented is worthwhile”.

You can find him on @docmerton

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A support service is trying to help footballers at all levels avoid mental health issues

Playersnet works with high levels players, but also helps young hopefuls under immense pressure.

Jason Finegan is among those who works for them.

He tells us of his experiences as he got out of the Woking FC academy, and realised his playing career wasn’t taking off:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm  

While lots of surplus supermarket food is going to charities, it’s allegedly not scratching the surface

A petition started by John Hewlett, from Save the World Club in Berrylands, wants a law to force supermarkets to donate all surplus food that can still be consumed.

Tariq, from Save the World Club, says that while they’re collecting 5 tonnes a week in Kingston, that’s only 5% of what’s thrown away:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 pm  

A child has been hospitalised after being hit by an e-scooter in Feltham

Police have just released details of the incident on the 17th of April on the High Street, near the junction with Manor Lane.

The three-year-old was walking on the pavement with his grandmother when he was hit from behind.

He’s since been discharged from hospital.

The rider didn’t stop at the scene, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 pm  

Two weeks on from a murder in Walton, police are renewing appeals for information

Officers are in the area today speaking to potential witnesses who may have been around Church Street on the 22nd of April.

A white BMW 1 series, number plate LM64 LVW is of particular interest.

It was seen driving southbound into the Temple Field Close area in Addlestone after the murder, and later abandoned near the Sayers Court Allotments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

One of SW London’s residents is celebrating a milestone birthday today . . . her 106th

Elizabeth Racher, known as Betty, worked at a corner shop in Mitcham until she was 82.

She also flew to Spain on her own every year until she was 98.  

She is still living in her own home with the help of Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston carers. 

Betty has been telling Jackie’s Amelia Beltrao her secret to long life:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

A mum from Teddington is scaling up her online workout initiative so more people can get involved

Rebecca Palfrey launched her 15 minute “Better Buzz” workouts  during lockdown.

She now has about 400 online followers and is expanding in order to introduce Covid safe “Walk and Talks” for the over 50s.

St Mark’s Church in Teddington is also providing her with a “community hive” so she can help more people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

A police dog has hunted down a man, after a stolen car crashed on a main road in Leatherhead this morning

The Audi was seen by police at around 2am, driving very fast, and eventually crashed into the central reservation on the Leatherhead Road.

Three men then ran off on foot, but PD Zena tracked one of them to a nearby woodland.

A large box of nitrous oxide canisters was found in the car, but the other two men remain at large.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A man from Hounslow who supplied the pills for a woman’s illegal abortion has been jailed

The couple from Gloucestershire bought the pills online, after a clinic said it was too late to terminate the pregnancy.

41-year-old Satbal Singh had used his own bank card to pay the postage, which led to him being traced and arrested.

The judge said that “you must clearly have foreseen that the pills would be taken outside suitable medical care” by somebody vulnerable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Chelsea's 2-nil win over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge last night means they'll play Manchester City in an all-English Champions League final later this month

The blues progressed 3-1 on aggregate in their last-four tie.

Chelsea will meet City in Istanbul on the 29th of May.

Boss Thomas Tuchel says they dominated their opponents, and his players deserve a huge amount of praise for that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

The law should change so that more surplus supermarket food can be given to those in need

That’s what a petition is saying, which was started by John Hewlett, from the Save the World Club in Berrylands.

While many supermarkets are giving surplus food to food banks, the law prevents them giving chilled goods.

Tariq, from Save the World Club, says some of the food isn’t just put into landfill, it’s incinerated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

A 15-year-old boy is in a life-threatening condition, after being stabbed in Chelsea Harbour

Police were called just before 7 yesterday evening to Harbour Avenue.

Two men, of unknown age, have been arrested.

Extra stop and search powers were authorised in four postcodes through the night until 7am this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Former doubles number one Barbora Strycova is retiring from tennis and is hoping to play her final match at Wimbledon.

She told iSport Czechia that if that didn’t work out, she’d play in the Czech Republic instead.

Her career highlight is reaching the semi-finals at the All-England Club in 2019.

Wimbledon won’t announce the seeds until a week before play, and for now is just saying to her “all the best in your next adventure”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

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

Officers initially stopped the vehicle for a minor speeding offence.

Further investigations concluded that the driver was high on Cannabis.

They were arrested and their vehicle was seized by police.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters from the car park of St Peters Hospital.

It’s also possible they stole from vehicles at Thorpe Park.

Police say they have several converters in their possession in relation to this incident, and would like to link them to the original vehicles.

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

We're expecting the traffic-light system for holidays abroad to be published this week - after the Foreign Office changed its travel advice for certain countries.

It's now not advising against going to mainland Portugal, the Canary Islands, or some Greek islands - suggesting these might be on the government's green list.

The ban on foreign holidays is due to be lifted on the 17th of May - but these people in Earl’s court won't be going away this summer.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Kew is highlighting the importance of “signing” this Deaf Awareness Week.

Feras Al-Moubayed is a founder of AMB Deaf Accessibility, which delivers training to the NHS and Police. 

He says being able to communicate simple phrases in British Sign Language like “Hello” can make all the difference.

Speaking through his interpreter, Feras explains how the UK gave him a chance to use his voice after he left his birth country Syria. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Parsons Green tube and Manchester Arena bombers will go on trial later this year charged with an assault on a prison guard.

21-year-old Ahmed Hassan and 23 year old Hashem Abedi stand accused of the attack at HMP Belmarsh last May.

A trial date of the 6th of December was set earlier.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Chelsea aim to join Manchester City in reaching the Champions League final this evening.

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Thomas Tuchel's  side are level at 1-all with Real Madrid going into the second leg of their last-four tie at Stamford Bridge.

After missing the first game through injury Real captain Sergio Ramos looks set to play.

The Chelsea boss admits that will be a big boost to their opponents.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police have detained two 14-year-old boys on suspicion of an arson attack in Egham.


 A blaze broke out at Egham Town Football Club last night.

One of the stands at the club was gutted in the fire and almost completely destroyed. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Police in Pakistan say they're looking for two men after the killing of a British woman.

Mayra  Zulfiquar, who's in her 20s and from Feltham, was reportedly targeted in Lahore after she refused to get married.

The law graduate had travelled to the country with her family two months ago for a wedding.

Correspondent Mark White explains why she was still there.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A path that follows a hidden river is one of six new walking routes launched by London Ramblers on their Greenways map.

Counters Creek is one of the new green routes and runs between the boundary of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.

The path will take in Brompton cemetery which forms part of seven cemeteries known as the “Magnificent Seven”.

It will link up with the Thames path and Putney and Wimbledon Common. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

British Airways is flying 27 tonnes of medical aid to India for free to help with the country's devastating coronavirus outbreak.

The plane will take off from Heathrow at 5pm this afternoon. 

It will be carrying hundreds of oxygen cylinders, respirators, care packages and blood oxygen respirators.

The equipment's been provided by charities and the High Commission of India in London.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Businesses in Esher are raising money to support the coronavirus crisis in India.

Hospitals there are fighting to treat patients amid a shortage of beds, oxygen and medical supplies. 

Arun Mehra has set up the fundraiser, Help India Breathe, with his wife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man who used a fake COVID-19 certificate to try to board a plane at Heathrow has avoided jail

27-year-old Emmanuel Mehari was attempted to visit an unwell relative in Egypt, and didn’t realise a certificate was required.

He then paid someone £50 at the airport to acquire one, minutes before boarding the plane.

He’s been sentenced to a 12-month community order and 180 hours of unpaid work.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A woman from Feltham has been found dead in Pakistan after reportedly refusing to get married

Mayra Zulfiqar had suffered a bullet wound to the shoulder in Lahore.

She's believed to have been aged about 25.

One of her friends has told police she'd been threatened with 'dire consequences', if she said no to marriage.

Two men have been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Investigations are continuing into a major fire in Hampton on Monday evening

The blaze destroyed two Grade-II listed boatyards and vessels on Platt’s Eyot.

Paul Stallard is from Teddington RNLI which spent 90 minutes helping fire crews at the scene. 

He says the situation was challenging emotionally for his team.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am  

A 14-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car in Sunbury

It occurred around 6pm yesterday evening outside the main entrance to Kempton Park Racecourse.

He has serious injuries.

The female driver of the car was uninjured, but was treated for shock.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

A woman has been verbally assaulted in front of her young child in a park in Epsom.

Police have only just released details of the incident at Long Grove Park on the afternoon of the 16th of March.


The victim was approached by a man who made racially charged comments to her.


The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, of a large build and was dressed in a dark jumper and jeans.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Three people were rescued from a fire in Wandsworth in the early hours

The blaze broke out in Wilde Place in a three-storey mid-terraced house.

Two women managed to escape before firefighters arrived but a further two women and a teenage boy were led to safety.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A technical issue meant a flight had to turn back and return to Heathrow

Yesterday evening, a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for Hong Kong got into difficulty over Latvia.

The aeroplane was a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

We’ve contact Virgin Atlantic for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A massive fire in Hampton last night is believed to have been caused by high winds

It’s thought a stray ember from rubbish which was being burned nearby drifted towards Platt’s Eyot.

The blaze 'completely destroyed' three industrial units on the island, and caused 'significant damage' to a number of boats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

A man has been charged with murder after arriving off a flight at Heathrow airport

The arrest was made by police  investigating the fatal stabbing of Dean Pascal-Modeste in Mottingham  in February 2017. 

25 year old Jahtel Williamson was extradited from Washington DC on Saturday.

He was later charged with murder and remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on May the 28th. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Two premier league clubs are reportedly preparing bids for a Brentford striker

Ivan Toney has scored 30 goals for the championship side so far this season.

It’s believed that Leicester City and Everton will be negotiating for the £30m rated player, according to The Athletic.

Brentford are currently third in the Championship, just behind Norwich City and Watford, who have already qualified for promotion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Health authorities say there’s no links between the surge testing needed in Isleworth and surge testing elsewhere

Everyone 16 or over who lives or works in the Woodlands area is asked to take a test, after the South African variant was found.

Enhanced contact tracing will be used for those who test positive for the variant, meaning tracers look back over an extended period of time.

More widely, people are also asked to use twice-weekly rapid testing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A ship which was used at Dunkirk has been destroyed in a fire at an island in Hampton

A further four 30ft cabin cruisers were damaged in the blaze at Platt’s Eyot yesterday evening.

Crews used water from a nearby reservoir to make an initial attack, then had to take all their equipment across a footbridge by hand.

Three industrial units have also been confirmed as destroyed by the fire.

The cause is still under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Multiple drivers have been fined in Chertsey for speeding

Speed enforcement officers caught 12 people driving over the speed limit.

They were speeding between 34 and 42 mph in a 30mph zone.

They will have to pay a £100 fine and have 3 points added to their licence unless they attend a speed awareness course.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Three men have stolen a number of electronics from Curry’s in Brooklands in Weybridge

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident on the afternoon of the 28th April.

The men, one in a grey hoodie and the two in black hoodies, are described as black males who are all around 5’11” tall.

They stole a number of iPhones, iPads and laptops and then left the scene in a grey Ford Focus.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

100 firefighters have needed to carry all their equipment across a footbridge by hand, to tackle a fire at an island in Hampton

The brigade was called around quarter past five yesterday evening to a blaze on Platt’s Eyot.

Two single storey industrial units were completely destroyed by the fire.

One man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, and the cause is still under investigation.

It's reported a boat used in the Dunkirk evacuations in the Second World War was destroyed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 am  

People in Surrey are being urged to give the lawnmower a rest in order to help wildlife flourish.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is encouraging us to join the #NoMowMay campaign.

The charity is also urging residents to offer food, shelter and water for animals in their gardens.

Those who want to track their progress and share their results can take part in the survey on Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 3 May 2021

A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in Addlestone.

The 31-year-old was arrested for exposing himself on the 23rd of April and previously in Knaphill on the 14th of May last year.

The man has been released under investigation.

Enquires are ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

New research's found fewer than a third of electoral wards across England and Wales have an average house price below £200,000.

The proportion of wards where the average house price is more than £500,000 is now at 11%, it was just 3% in 2010.

High value locations are heavily concentrated in London and the south east of England.

No ward in London has an average house price below £200,000, while it’s 2% across the South East.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Bank of England is reportedly close to selling its historic sports ground in Roehampton.

According to the I newspaper, the bank is in the final stages of talks with a “well known sports operator”.

The site was put up for sale in 2019, after MPs said the ground was too expensive to run.

The area’s MP, Fleur Anderson, says “I hope that the new owners will agree to affordable, daily community use”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A Kawasaki motorbike has been stolen in Egham.

Police are wanting to speak to anyone with private CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage following the garage burglary on Langton Way.

It’s thought the incident happened between Saturday the 24th and Monday the 26th of April.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Merton’s over 50s are being encouraged to sign up to a six-week fitness pledge.

The Merton Moves Pledge is being launched on Thursday by charity, Wimbledon Guild. 

It takes six weeks for an activity to become a habit, with Pilates considered to be one of the most sustainable. 

The aim is to promote healthy ageing, including better sleep patterns, energy levels and helping fend off Dementia. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Twickenham’s MP is urging people to holiday in the UK this year.

Munira Wilson has been responding to concerns voiced by Heathrow’s boss.

John Holland-Kaye says he’s worried Border Force will not be able to cope with additional COVID checks if all foreign travel resumes.

Ms Wilson says we still need to act with caution. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

Surge testing is being rolled out in Isleworth after a case of the South African coronavirus variant was found there

All over-16s who live or work in the Woodlands area are being encouraged to take a test, even if they have no symptoms.

Officials say the person who tested positive for the variant has self isolated, and their contacts have been identified.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

The limit on the number of people allowed to go to funerals in England could be lifted in two weeks time

Restrictions on those turning up could go as part of the next step in easing coronavirus measures on the 17th of May.

Currently only 30 people are allowed to attend.

Funeral director Jeremy Field owns CPJ Field, which has branches across Southern England including one in Clapham.

He says having more people there can help with the grieving process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Nearly £10,000 has been raised in honour of a custody sergeant killed in Croydon

Today would have been Sergeant Matt Ratana’s 55th birthday, and police officers have been doing 10k runs.

The money will go to the Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation, which helps community projects and schools access the sport.

Elizabeth Chapple, the unit commander for police in South-West London, was among those who took part.

You can find a link to the fundraiser here.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Chelsea women's boss Emma Hayes is pleased her prediction of a Champions League final against Barcelona has come true

They'll play in the event for the first time ever later this month, after getting past Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate in their last-four tie.

Hayes fancies her teams' chances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

The first matches of the Surrey Cricket League season have taken place

Surrey Warriors put in the most impressive performance, beating Balham and Tooting by 102 runs.

London Gymkhana are at the bottom of the Premier Division table, after losing to Sutton Challengers by eight wickets.

Last season’s winners St Lukes also won their match, beating Ploughmans by five runs on run rate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

None of the four children who ate cannabis-laced sweets in Epsom are believed to be suffering long-term ill effects

One of the 12-year-old boys was discharged on Saturday, and the other three released yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Lisa Betchley says “the prompt actions” of two medical students who happened to be nearby stopped the children being more seriously affected.

Police are still investigating where they got the sweets from, and have been speaking further with the children and their families.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

Sunday, 2 May 2021

The UK's hosting the first face-to-face G7 meeting in over two years today.

Foreign Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab's hoping to set ambitious targets on climate finances and girls' education.

He'll also be co-ordinating an approach to strength global health at the event in London.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

Two men have been arrested in Hounslow as police caught a drug deal taking place.

They were detained, and a search revealed that they did have drugs on their person.

One male was arrested for intent to supply class A drugs.

The other male was arrested for possession of class A drugs.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Kingston Hospital has been awarded a grant to fund a ground-breaking service for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

 “Zesty” will allow sufferers to self-monitor their condition and keep an eye on flare ups via an online web portal.

The aim is to empower patients to understand how they can help themselves and take control of their own condition. 

Funding is coming from the NHS Health Innovation Network.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Richmond’s football pitches will continue to be available beyond the end of the season to allow teams catch-up time.

They’ll remain open until the end of June at a majority of sites, in line with the Football Association extension.

Where pitches are used for cricket and football, cricket will take priority.

But the usual summer maintenance work won’t be carried out and players  are being warned may impact on the condition next season.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

Firefighters have issued a safety warning about charging batteries after a fire in Clapham.

Investigators believe the blaze on Poynders Road yesterday was caused by a fault in a battery being charged for an electric bike.

The third floor of a four-storey block was damaged by the fire but there were no reports of any injuries. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel feels they have nothing to lose in the race for the top four in the Premier League after a 2-nil victory over strugglers Fulham.

They're six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham - but have played one game more.

Tuchel says the result was the ideal preparation for their upcoming Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

A man who glued himself to London's Tower Bridge as part of a climate campaign has been charged with obstructing a highway.

He was among hundreds around the UK who held one-person protests yesterday, including Bob Bollen who sat down on New Malden High Street.

He held up a sign saying ‘I’m terrified of London-wide flooding because of the climate crisis’

A 22-year-old woman was arrested outside Surbiton station after refusing to get out of the road during her protest.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A rogue landlord in Richmond has been fined £10,000 after failing to respond to requests to take action on five properties.

East Sheen Estates Limited ignored complaints about water damage, a leaking roof and lack of a working fire alarms.

Improvement notices followed by Prohibition Orders were issued by Richmond Council in respect of the five flats over 17 years.

The lettings company was also fined over £15,000.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A baby fox has been rescued after falling eight feet into a disused swimming pool in Sutton.

The pool’s owner saw the fox’s mother calling for him, but the cub was cowering underneath some blue plastic out of sight.

The cub had no injuries and was released at the back of the garden.

Inspector Natalie Kitchin say’s “his mum had been sitting there watch all day” and she’s glad “he had a happy ending”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

There has been a flat fire in Carshalton.

Four fire engines were called to the property on Wynash Gardens on Friday afternoon.

Part of the external fascia and guttering of the building were damaged by fire. 

A man and a child left the building before the Brigade arrived and there were no reports of any injuries.

It’s thought the fire was accidently caused by an electric griddle.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Emily was the first person at the scene of a serious accident in Kingston Hill earlier this month.

She says she remembered her first aid training and discouraged people from moving the elderly lady and her husband from the car.

The pair were eventually tended to by firefighters and paramedics. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Extra testing could soon cut the need for people to self-isolate - if they've been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

A trial in England will see up to 40-thousand people given lateral flow checks every day.

If results come back negative, they'll be able to carry on life as normal, rather than enter a 10-day quarantine.

The tests aren't 100-percent accurate - but MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab hopes the system will be used soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Fulham boss Scott Parker says they've got to win their last four games if they're to stay in the Premier League after a 2-nil defeat at Chelsea.

The strugglers are still nine points from safety.

But Parker believes his team can survive if they play like they did at Stamford Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A man has been stabbed in Walton on Thames.

Police are looking for witnesses to the assault which took place outside Tesco on Lyon Road at 10:30pm on Thursday 23rd April.

49 year old David Robert Sim has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

The victim was taken to hospital and discharged with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Four children, aged 12 and 13, have been taken to hospital after eating sweets which they thought contained cannabis.

Surrey Police were called to a parade of shops in Epsom yesterday afternoon.

Two boys and a girl suffered "a violent reaction" - and another boy was taken to hospital by his family as a precaution.

The force has released a statement - and Sky's Milena Veselinovic reads some of what it says.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

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