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Saturday 16 October 2021

Hounslow is celebrating achieving a green milestone after it won the ‘21 Green Flags Award’ in 2021

The borough is among the more than two thousand parks and green spaces across the country that have won a Green Flag Award for 2021.

 Keep Britain Tidy announced the names of the winners.

It’s been twenty-five years since the award was first handed out by the charity as an international recognition of excellence in parks and green spaces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea have moved to the top of the Premier League thanks to a 1-nil win at Brentford

Ben Chilwell scored for the Blues on the stroke of half-time.

Leicester ended Manchester United's record 29-game unbeaten run away from home as they came from behind to win 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

There were also wins for Manchester City, Wolves and Liverpool.

In the Championship a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic led Fulham to a 4-1 win over London rivals QPR at Craven Cottage.

In League One AFC Wimbledon came back from 2 goals down to draw 2-all with Sheffield Wednesday at Plough Lane.

Hampton & Richmond Borough are out of the FA Cup going down 2-nil at Ebbsfleet in their qualification match.

Corinthian Casuals drew 1-all with St Albans in Tolworth.

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Some shops in Epsom have been plunged into darkness following an area-wide powercut.


Picture Credit: Tom Nash

UK Power Networks says an underground electricity cable faulted on the high voltage network.

Some areas are due to get power back between 2.30 and 3.30, but some parts may have to wait until 5.

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed on a playing field in south-west London.

18-year-old Hazrat Wali from Notting Hill was attacked in Twickenham on Tuesday - and later died in hospital.

The teenager from Hammersmith and Fulham is due in court later today.

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Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are inviting patients to have their say on future projects and programmes.

The aim of The People’s Panel is to represent the views of communities.

Feedback given will be taken into consideration and implemented where appropriate by hospital trust bosses. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Free lifesaving lessons are to be given to the public today in Surbiton and Brentford.

Today is Restart a Heart Day, and the London Ambulance Service will show people how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.

Dr John Martin, from LAS, says “learning these skills is so easy to do, and it could help save someone’s life”.

It’s happening at Goals in Surbiton until 4, and at Brentford Football Club from 3-6pm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

A charity in Wallington is urging football fans in London to take action and report hate crimes anonymously.

Crimestoppers has launched a four-week campaign targeting fans attending national and international football fixtures.

The social media campaign has been funded by The City Bridge Trust as part of their Hidden Harms project.

It focuses on reporting hidden crimes often committed in plain sight such as hate, domestic abuse and human trafficking. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Friday 15 October 2021

A man from Sutton who broke into the home of an elderly couple in Burgh Heath and stole their jewellery has been jailed for 3 years.

Police had already received a report from another person to say that she had come face to face with a man in her home.

Officers quickly deployed to the area and spotted  35 year old Antony Moriarty.

He was arrested after he aroused suspicion by changing the details of his story.  

Police found jewellery in his jacket pocket, as well as a number plate that had been stolen from a car in the area. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Richmond Park’s MP says the news about Sir David Amess will not deter her from meeting with constituents.

While paying tribute to Sir David, Sarah Olney said her newsletter, due to be sent out today detailing her planned events, will be sent out next week instead.

Ms Olney has described Sir David as “hardworking and dedicated.”

She says “it is difficult to absorb his brutal murder, and I don't know that we will ever make sense of it.”

The MP finished by saying “whatever comes to light, I want to make it clear that I will not be deterred from these types of activities.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

The former Prime Minister, David Cameron, says the death of Sir David Amess - after he was stabbed multiple times in Essex - is "devastating, horrific and tragic".

The Conservative MP was attacked while meeting constituents at a venue in Leigh-on-Sea.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested, and police are not looking for anyone else.

Tory MP Shailesh Vara says Sir David was well liked by politicians from all parties.

The Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Esher and Walton , Dominic Raab, says he's "heartbroken"

He said Sir David was a "formidable campaigner with a big heart"

 Foreign secretary Liz Truss described him as a "lovely, lovely man".

Flags are flying at half-mast at Downing Street.

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Nearly 200 dogs were rehomed in Surrey last year despite the pandemic and lockdown.

Figures released by the RSPCA show a “staggering interest” in the amount of families looking for a canine companion. 

The “Find A Pet” section of the charity’s website had an 87% spike in applications from the first day of lockdown to the end of December.

October marks Adoptober to encourage any would-be owners to rehome the many dogs still wanting a loving and forever home.

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Council leader Ravi Govindi of Wandsworth Council has expressed his condolences on the death of MP Sir David Amess today

 I am deeply saddened & horrified to hear of the death of David Amess MP. 

My most sincere condolences to David's family & friends. 

The attack today is an attack on democracy. We must never allow our freedoms & values to be imperilled by such evil acts

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

A much-needed primary school for children with special educational needs has opened in Twickenham.

It’s part of an expansion of Capella House, a free school which has been operating for secondary school aged children since 2019. 

 The two sites offer 72 places for 4 to 16 year olds with speech, language and communication needs.

The primary school centre has capacity for 28 pupils. 


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Fresh appeals by police for information concerning the death of a man from New Haw have been issued.

The victim has been formally identified as 42-year -old Gary Hopkins.

Anyone on the Byfleet Road where it crosses the River Wey near White Hart Pub between 6.30 and 8.30pm is asked to get in touch.

Information from walkers in vicinity of Basingstoke Canal in New Haw to Millpond open space and Riverside Park is also being sought.

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Oaks and Beddington Parks in Sutton have been named as some of the best in London.

The judges at London in Bloom say the diverse meadows and well-maintained rose gardens are “truly exceptional”.

They also recognised the “tireless” work of the Friends Groups and Tree Wardens.

Councillor Manuel Abellan says “we must give huge thanks to all our volunteers, who bring the heart into our parks’ communities”.

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A private patient transport service used by St George’s, Epsom and St Helier hospitals is being replaced

 The three sites have decided to form their own in-house service instead.

The move is expected to take place from spring next year when the current contract with HATS comes to an end after 5 years.

All 150 transport staff will have the opportunity to transfer from HATS to the NHS run service.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

A new nature trail has been created on East Sheen Common.

The play area is the second woodland playground to be installed and brings Richmond’s total number of outdoor play areas to 64.   

A public consultation took place in September 2019 on the proposed new trail with nearly 80% of respondents supporting it.   

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Energy firms have reportedly been told it's going to be a mild winter, as the business secretary tries to reassure them about supply in the coming months

The Financial Times claims Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng joined a Met Office briefing where he was told it's likely to be wet and not as cold as previous years.

12 suppliers have already collapsed because of soaring global gas prices since September.

Shadow energy Secretary Ed Miliband has accused Mr Kwarteng of “crossing his fingers”, although the government says they have plans for all eventualities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

Children at a school in Fulham have released a single to celebrate the road to recovery after the COVID pandemic

‘After Every Storm’ by youngsters at Stagecoach is described as a song of “resilience and determination”.

 The children say they produced it as a reminder that even with a global pandemic, creativity can thrive.

 Zoom was used to write and record the song as restrictions prevented students from interacting in person.

 The children also spent the months in isolation rehearsing the song.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

The student Town House at Kingston University has been named the UK's best new building

It topped a shortlist of six buildings at the Riba Stirling awards, which included housing for key workers and a mosque in Cambridge.

Judges of the annual architecture award described the structure as "a theatre for life" and "a warehouse of ideas".

Vice-chancellor Professor Steven Spier said the students and community were "truly proud" of their new premises.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

More than 500 people have contacted Brentford and Isleworth’s MP concerned about family members still in Afghanistan

Ruth Cadbury says they are mostly UK residents or those who have worked for the UK Army or other organisations.

15,000 people were rescued from Kabul and put into quarantine at hotels around Heathrow in August.

They have now been reunited with family already here or found accommodation across the UK. 

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Thursday 14 October 2021

Wandsworth Council says it has offered residents affected by a fire at a tower block in Battersea on Tuesday temporary accommodation.

Lucy Mayer has this update.

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A homeless man who walked into Chiswick police station to admit to a killing he committed almost 40 years ago has been jailed for life.

Anthony Kemp was 21 when he killed Christopher Ainscough after they met on a night out in London in December 1983.

Kemp, who is now 59, confessed to the crime in June telling officers that he didn’t want to sleep on the streets. 

He’s been jailed for a minimum of 15 and a half years in jail.

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Police are still unable to find the family of a man who died on the train tracks at Cobham last month.

66-year-old Tony McLeod’s death on September the 23rd is not being treated as suspicious. 

Mr McLeod had lived in New Malden since 2005 and had at some point worked for the YMCA in Surbiton.

Despite extensive enquiries, officers say they have been unable to trace his next of kin or any other family members to inform them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 pm  

A 16 year-old boy's been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenager who was stabbed to death on a playing field in Twickenham.

18 year old Hazrat Wali was attacked in broad daylight on Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

Insulate Britain says it's suspending its demonstrations, which have seen roads, including the M25, blocked on multiple occasions

Protesters are delivering a letter to the prime minister, saying they'll pause their actions until October the 25th, ahead of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow.

It says the "collapse of the climate is happening around us" and claims we face the "breakdown of law and order in a matter of years".

The group have blocked junctions of the M25 including Heathrow and Leatherhead, as well as Wandsworth Bridge, causing outrage to drivers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

The Night Tube is going to partially reopen, following a petition signed by tens of thousands of people

The Victoria and Central Line services will return from late November, as they were the busiest before the pandemic.

However, the Northern and Piccadilly lines aren’t going to reopen yet.

TfL says “training still needs to take place” on those lines, and the return has to be planned around “operational and engineering closures”.

A petition to reopen it received over 125,000 signatures, on the basis it would keep people safe as they went home at night.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Coronavirus rates in Surrey are starting to rise faster

Over the past 7 days, they’ve increased 26%, compared to a slight decrease in the 7 days before that.

The highest rates are still in school aged children aged 12-15 years old.

Elmbridge has the highest rate in the county at 552 per 100,000, although Woking has risen by 80% to 505.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says "every person" should look up to the standards set by Pernille Harder, after the forward scored the winner in their Women's Champions League victory over Juventus

They won 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, the home of the Italian side's men's team.

Harder's scored the crucial goal in both their European games so far this season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

It seems recent reports of attacks haven’t put cyclists off using Richmond Park

Police are investigating alleged incidents of a moped gang targeting people on bikes, although they say all park users must be vigilant. 

Extra Police patrols are in operation at all times of the day. 

This cyclist we spoke to says seeing a police presence is reassuring. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

A teenager who was stabbed to death in a playing field in Twickenham has been named as Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali

The 18-year-old came to the UK two years ago to study, and lived in Notting Hill.

Police say they know a lot of people were at Craneford Way Playing Fields at the time, and are urging witnesses to contact them.

There have been no arrests, but the force says they’re “following a number of leads”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Wednesday 13 October 2021

A children’s choir from Elmbridge has been selected from 4,000 others to sing at the historic COP26 summit in Glasgow.

We are the Voice Environmental Choir’s aim is to give children a positive voice.

Their songs focus on the climate, trees, oceans and endangered species.

The charity’s creator, Niamh Clune, says there’s lots to get their teeth into with COP26. 

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A former Met Police officer has been found proven of sexually touching two underage women at a nightclub in Kingston.

David Henigan was off duty during the incident in September 2019.

He’s been added to a barring list, and would have been dismissed without notice if he was still serving.

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens says Henigan’s actions were “completely unacceptable”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A Facebook post has gone viral thanking a police officer in Clapham for his kindness towards a young boy with autism.

Faye Butler was pushing her six-year-old son Spike up Balham Hill in his buggy when three police motorbikes went past.

Spike “loves anything with bright colours, lights and noise”, and waved at the officers.

One of them, Sergeant Harwood, drove back, and spent five minutes talking to the boy.

Faye says “please recognize this man as one of the best”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Officers have arrested three men on suspicion of possession with intent to supply after being stopped on the M25 yesterday evening.

The occupants of a Ford Fiesta were detained after it failed to stop at Junction 10 for Wisley and were subjected to a roadside drugs test.

A small quantity of suspected Class A drugs was found in the front and a bank card not linked to anyone in the car.

 Some large black bags believed to have contained cannabis had also been dumped from the same car at the Cobham services.


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Terrapins discovered in Bushy Park are believed to have been emptied from a home aquarium.

Two have been spotted over the last few weeks, one in the Water Gardens and one in the Heron Pond.

Royal Parks says introducing Terrapins can upset the parks’ delicate ecosystems and they have been known to decimate pond life. 

A new home is now being sought for the pair. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

It’s nearly 50 years since David Bowie debuted his alter ego Ziggy Stardust at a pub in Tolworth.

Now, a pop-up shop is opening in Heddon Street in London in his honour. 

The outlet was pictured on the front of the 1972 album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.'

It'll open on Monday the 25th of October and will run until January. 

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Twickenham's MP issues statement following fatal stabbing of 18 year old boy in the town.

Munira Wilson's statement in full: 

Following the fatal stabbing in Craneford Way playing fields on the afternoon of Tuesday, the 12th of October, I would firstly like to extend my deepest condolences to all the family and friends of the victim. My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic and shocking incident, in particular the staff, students and their parents at Richmond upon Thames College, where the victim was a student.

I know many local residents are understandably extremely concerned regarding safety in the area and knife crime. This afternoon, I, together with the Leader of Richmond Council, Gareth Roberts, and St Margarets & North Twickenham councillor, Alex Ehmann, met with local police representatives and senior leadership from Richmond upon Thames College. 

The police are pursuing a key suspect who is still at large and forensic searches are ongoing at the site of the crime. The field and access to the railway bridge via Twickenham Rough remain closed off and will be sealed for at least the next 48 hours.The police have significantly stepped up patrols in the area and will continue to do so for the next few days. I have urged them to continue doing so beyond this week. The college’s security team are also patrolling the area more intensively. I will continue to work with the police, the local council, the college and local schools to tackle youth violence, knife crime and anti-social behaviour in our area. I will be reiterating my calls to the Mayor of London and the Home Office to boost local police numbers. 

Thankfully, the stabbing is a very rare occurrence in Twickenham, with the London Borough of Richmond being one of the safest boroughs in London. 

I want to express my thanks to the police and the college security team for their ongoing efforts. I also want to recognise staff from two local schools who provided emergency treatment to the victim when the incident occurred. My thoughts are also with the school pupils who witnessed the incident during their rugby match. 

Both Richmond upon Thames College and the schools affected are offering counselling and pastoral support to their staff and students. I am grateful that the police’s school liaison team is also working with both the college and schools across the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:58 pm  

A teenager stabbed to death on a playing field in Twickenham yesterday is believed to be an Afghan refugee.

The 18-year-old died in the attack in Cranford Way just before 6pm

Witnesses claim he had arrived here from Afghanistan, although the victim’s name has not been formally released by police.   

Police have asked people who filmed the incident not to share the footage. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The prime suspect in the murder of Suzy Lamplugh who disappeared in Fulham in 1986 has reportedly launched a bid to be moved to a minimum security prison.

67-year-old John Cannan will go before a panel next year, according to The Sun.

He’s aiming to be moved to an open prison, which would allow him some freedom to leave the premises.

Suzy was last seen in 1986, when she left the estate agency she worked at to meet a man named “Mr Kipper”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An environmental choir will showcase its music at Kingston Marketplace at the end of the month.

We Are the Voice is a children’s charity from Elmbridge that uses its music and songs to inspire positive environmental action.

The children, aged from 7 to 16, have also been chosen to sing at COP26 in Glasgow.

Organiser Niamh Clune says the event in Kingston will be a dress-rehearsal for the Glasgow summit.

The Choir will be at Kingston Marketplace on October the 30th at 2pm. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Police have increased their presence in Richmond Park today and all-over west London this week.

This is in response to gangs on mopeds and e-scooters wielding knives and targeting cyclists.

A number of bikes have been stolen in recent days.

Lucy Mayer has this special report 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police are asking people who filmed a stabbing in Twickenham yesterday to refrain from sharing the footage on social media.

An 18-year-old died after he was attacked in Craneford Way near the High Street just before 6pm.

Officers say the sharing of footage is causing more distress to the victim’s family and any witnesses should go directly to the police.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

We’re being urged to come together to help raise the final £5 million needed to build a new state of the art cancer facility in Sutton

The Royal Marsden is hosting its first ever Marsden Morning on Friday, the 22nd of October. 

The idea is to invite your friends and family over to bake or craft while raising money for the Oak Cancer Centre. 

23 year old Alice Marples has been receiving treatment at the Marsden for a brain tumour since she was 4 years old.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

There have been a number of bike thefts in Richmond Park in recent days.

Lucy Mayer has this special report.

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It’s believed a fire at a tower block in Battersea was accidental and caused by a candle

Crews were called yesterday, just after 8pm, to a flat on the 20th floor in Westbridge Road.

A child was taken to hospital and 52 people left the building before the brigade arrived.

Smoke and flames could be seen coming out the top of the block.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

An 18-year-old has died after a stabbing in Twickenham

Police were called yesterday at quarter to 5 to a playing field on Craneford Way.

It’s believed some people filmed it, and police are asking that the footage isn’t uploaded to social media.

There have been no arrests so far.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A petition against the redevelopment of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston has been dismissed

It was closed in 2019 after issues with the roof were found, and now a new one is being planned at the cost of £40m.

The council says the new site would be an investment for the borough’s future, and could avoid further repair costs for the 40-year-old building.

Caroline Shah, who presented the petition, says it’s too expensive to build a new leisure centre, and it’ll need tower blocks to pay for it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Police are urging cyclists to be extra vigilant following a series of bike robberies in Richmond Park

Three incidents have taken place in the past week, with machetes being used in two of them.

People riding mopeds or E-scooters have been pushing people off of their bikes.

Additional patrols will be taking place, and people are encouraged to call 999 in an emergency.

There have been no arrests in connection with the events but anyone with any information is urged to call the police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

A woman and a child are in hospital after a fire at a block of flats in Battersea

It broke out on the 20th floor of a high-rise tower in Westbridge Road last night, with flames being seen at the top of it.

70 firefighters were sent to the scene.

Officials say around 50 people had left the building before crews arrived.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Two similar doorstep phone thefts have been reported in the Sutton area in the last week.

In Cheam, a phone was delivered to a resident who hadn’t ordered one, then a man knocked on the door, snatched it and ran off.

In Belmont, two people were waiting outside an address and intercepted a phone about to be delivered.

In the Cheam case, the resident opened the parcel and established the phone provider, which prevented them being billed or taken to court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Merton Council has decided not to plough on with a proposed emissions-based charging system for parking.

The authority says it’s over concerns and mounting pressures on residents’ cost of living. 

Bosses say data also suggests a transition to cleaner transport is already happening in Merton without the proposed charges. 

The news comes as London prepares for the extension of the ULEZ in under a fortnight’s time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Police patrols are taking place in Richmond Park after a pro-cyclist was attacked for his bike.

Alexandar Richardson was chased by four attackers on two motorbikes, who then rammed him, last Thursday afternoon.

Officers have set up in the area around Roehampton Gate.

A machete wielding gang is believed to be responsible for a number of incidents over the last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Elmbridge has one of the highest coronavirus rates in the South-East.

Cases have been steadily rising, with 386 per 100,000 over the past week.

Elmbridge has risen 7% to 489, although Woking has seen the highest jump, with cases rising 58%.

Runnymede has the lowest level in Surrey, at 285.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A charity in Leatherhead is celebrating a million-pound milestone.

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People is trying to raise

£2.7 million over three years to build a new care centre. 

It will support people rebuilding their lives after a stroke, acquired brain injury, incomplete spinal injury or neurological illness.

The charity has received the £1 million  from individuals and the community as a whole over the last 22 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to play their part in reporting hate crime.

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week. 

The law recognises five types of this genre of crime: race; religion, disability, sexual orientation and Transgender identity.

Conservative peers and MPs are also looking to make Misogyny a hate crime in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:55 pm  

Police are still hunting for witnesses after a man exposed himself to a woman on board a train travelling between Staines and Chertsey.

The incident happened just before 7pm on Saturday the 11th of September.

The female victim boarded a train at Staines and sat down.

A short while later, a man came and sat in a seat nearby and started looking at the victim and laughing repeatedly. 

He then asked her if she had a boyfriend. 

She ignored him and looked out the window before the man exposed himself to her. 

The victim then got up and walked away from the man. 

If you recognise him, or have any information, contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 631 of 11/09/21. 

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's going to appear in Neighbours as part of its special London storyline.

The singer will feature in the Australian soap alongside Jason Donovan's daughter Jemma in scenes which will air next year.

 Britain's Got Talent judge and Richmond resident Amanda Holden has previously announced she'll be part of those upcoming episodes too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Tributes have been paid to a “beautiful soul” who was murdered in Croydon.

35-year-old Leroy Mitchell was attacked in a car park on the 2nd of October after attending a silent disco.

His family say that he was about to start a new job as a lorry driver, and he “loved all those he surrounded himself with”.

Police say they’re following a number of leads, but are asking anyone who was at the silent disco to get in contact with them, or Crimestoppers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

The Prime Minister is reportedly ready to offer loans to companies affected by the global spike in gas prices

Manufacturers say they may have to charge higher prices to avoid going under.

Others say factories may have to close if they don’t get support.

It's feared tens of thousands of jobs could be at risk.

Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy believes the only way to solve the problem is to nationalise gas and electricity firms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Surrey Police issues statement following national media coverage of officer misconduct

"There has been significant coverage in the national media over the last few days in relation to the number of allegations of sexual misconduct against police officers.

These figures were taken from a Freedom of Information request submitted in August 2021 asking for the number of allegations made against police officers across all 43 UK forces between 2016 and 2020.

"At a time when policing has never been more under the spotlight following the murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of a serving officer, it is important to remember that the vast majority of our officers and staff come to work every day to seek to protect the public and keep people safe. However, when a police officer does abuse their position, it has a hugely damaging impact on the trust and confidence in the police. 

Robust procedures are in place to ensure that anyone reporting any allegation of any form of misconduct, whether a member of the public or a member of staff, can do so with the utmost confidence that their complaint will be treated seriously and will be investigated fully.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ali Barlow said: “Any allegation we receive, whether externally or internally, is always treated seriously and our position is absolutely clear - one case is one too many, police officers are in a position of trust, and there is no place in our organisation for people who abuse their position or act in such a way.

“However, we must remember that these officers and staff are in the minority and that the vast majority are working really hard to build trust and confidence in our local communities, and doing all they can to ensure that women and girls feel safe on our streets.”

To ensure we are as open and transparent as possible, outcomes of gross misconduct hearings and criminal cases are published internally and externally on our web site. This ensures that we remain accountable to the public who put their trust in us."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

Every police force in England and Wales is to review allegations of violence against women and girls by serving officers.

It's part of an action plan set out at a National Police Chiefs' Council meeting last week. 

It follows the kidnap of Sarah Everard in Clapham and her subsequent  murder by former PC Wayne Couzens. 

Forces will also look again at vetting practices and whether they're complying with procedures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

A petition against the redevelopment of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston will be presented to the council tonight.

More than 1,500 people have signed the online document calling for the 1980s centre to be upgraded rather than demolished and rebuilt. 

The centre was closed in 2019 after issues with the roof were discovered. 

The council says it would cost £5 million to repair the roof and the money would be better off spent on a whole new leisure centre. 

At a cost of £40 million, Council leader Caroline Kerr says this is an investment for the borough’s future.

She tells Lucy Mayer why it's right to press ahead with plans now. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

Part of the M25 has been closed off for over 10 hours.

Police were called to an accident on the clockwise stretch at junction 10 for Wisley at 3.30am. 

Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

The clockwise stretch remains closed with 9 mile long delays and drivers are being told to avoid the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Richmond Council is to run a workshop aimed at addressing misogynistic behaviour towards women.

“Stand By Her” is described as a “unique program that empowers men to become allies to women.” 

The virtual event on Friday is designed by women and will explore real life case studies and how men respond to them. 

It’s been launched in both Richmond and Wandsworth in the wake of the Sarah Everard murder investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

A glass bottle has been thrown out of a moving car at a pedestrian in Addlestone

Police have just released details of the incident in the late afternoon of the 29th of September.

The victim was also racially abused during the attack.

Anyone with any information, or has had similar experiences, is asked to contact Runnymede Police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Glaxosmithkline is to move its headquarters to Weybridge

The pharmaceutical giant will split in two, with a new company set up with Pfizer.

It’s currently based in Brentford, with some employees moved to a temporary facility in Weybridge while the new headquarters are built.

The rest of the employees will stay on in Brentford while new, smaller offices are looked for nearby.

Brentford MP Ruth Cadbury and Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran say they’re speaking to the company to find out the impact on the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Boris Johnson is reportedly backing multi-million pound bailouts for firms struggling with high energy prices

The business secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng formally asked the Treasury for help, amid concerns some factories may have to close.

Labour says ministers must act before Christmas is ruined.

Ian McCulloch is boss of the Silent Pool gin distillery in the Surrey Hills, and wants swift action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A refugee centre in Feltham is seeing unprecedented levels of people needing help

Hundreds are queueing up each morning outside the doors of the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association.

Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi is the centre’s founder; he also made the perilous journey to the UK from Afghanistan 22 years ago.

He says the reasons people are fleeing to the UK now, are no different to the reasons his family did.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

A drug dealer who claimed he was just “buying in bulk for a discount” in Hounslow has been jailed

Almost exactly one year ago, police were patrolling on Whitton Road, when they saw two men acting suspiciously, who fled on bicycles.

27-year-old Ashley Weller of no fixed abode was found with £420 worth of Class A drugs.

He’s been sentenced to four years behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Monday 11 October 2021

A criminal gang that supplied fraudulent passports to some of the UK’s most notorious criminals has been dismantled.

Officers believe the group provided hundreds of documents that allowed criminals, such as fugitives, to cross borders undetected. 

Raids took place earlier at addresses in Sutton, Sydenham, Battersea, Rotherhide, Hackney and Kent. 

A 66-year-old man was arrested, suspected of acting as a broker between criminals and the gang supplying the passports.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

A scientist dubbed "Britain's worst stalker" will remain in prison after the Parole Board refused to release him.

Richard Jan was jailed for life in 2004 after targeting 200 victims by slashing their tyres and following them home. 

He had a degree in biochemistry and worked at the Queen Charlotte Hospital in Hammersmith until he was made redundant. 

Officials say he's made "mixed progress" behind bars, and he'll be eligible for another review in around two years' time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

There’s been an increase in reports of dog fouling in Wandsworth.

The council is sending extra officers out of patrol at known hotspots.

They can issue fines of up to £2,500 for the more serious offences.

Animal Welfare Manager, Mark Callis, explains why this isn’t a simple issue of cleaning up after your dog.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The MP for Twickenham is concerned that the ULEZ will restrict access to Townmead Recycling Centre and Mortlake Crematorium

Munira Wilson wants the sites removed from the Ultra Low Emission Zone charge which starts on the 25th of October. 

She has raised concerns that fly-tipping will increase if residents with older cars can’t afford to access the recycling centre. 

She also feels its “morally wrong” that people will now be charged to drive to a crematorium.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A drug dealer who threw a phone into some bushes in Stanwell has been jailed.

18-year-old George Burton was known in the area, and ran away when police saw him.

After his arrest he was found to have 32 wraps of drugs in his underwear.

Borough Commander Maxine Cilia says “we will not tolerate people causing harm to distress in our community in Spelthorne”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man involved in a fatal fail-to-stop collision in Shepperton will go on trial next September.

James John Wood was arrested after officers were called to Walton Bridge Road following reports of a pedestrian being hit by a car. 

The victim, who died at the scene last September, was later identified as 52-year-old Brendan Sean O’Connell. 

60 year old Wood pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared in court this morning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Brentford Bridge has “never looked better” after businesses and the community came together to renovate it.

The London Wildlife Trust cleared away invasive plant species and dead species, while volunteers from JCDecaux helped clear away litter.

Pupils from the nearby Green School adorned the structure with their artwork, which reflects the history of the area and its wildlife.

Gordon Scorer, from the Wildlife Trust, says helping the reedbed to recover will mean it can provide an “important refuge” for birds. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A man's admitted the manslaughter of one of Britain's wealthiest men.

But Thomas Schreiber denies murdering hotelier Sir Richard Sutton at a property in Dorset in April.

The 34-year-old also pleaded not guilty at Winchester Crown Court to the attempted murder of his mother.

Schreiber was arrested in Hammersmith around three hours after the 999 call was made. 

A trial is due to begin in November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man has had his bike stolen in Richmond Park by two men on e-scooters.

On Wednesday evening, they approached him, pushed him off, then took his bike.

No weapons were seen, and the victim wasn’t injured.

They’re described as men in balaclavas and dark clothing, and the bike is a red Cannondale.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Passenger numbers at Heathrow are just 38% of those from before the pandemic.

2.6m people travelled through the airport last month, compared to 6.8m in September 2019.

The decline was driven by North American traffic being only a quarter of the levels from two years ago.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A misconduct hearing has ruled a police officer who assaulted a taxi driver would have been dismissed if he hadn’t already left the force.

James Gillies, previously based at Lambeth, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

The panel heard that he took a taxi in Bournemouth last year without having any means to pay the fare.

The off-duty officer then became rude and abusive towards the taxi driver before assaulting him. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A fire at a flat in South Croydon is believed to have been caused by lithium-ion batteries.

Part of a five-roomed property on the first floor of a block in Purley Oaks Road was damaged in the early hours of yesterday.

One man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Fire inspectors say batteries can present a fire risk if they’re over-charged, short circuited, submerged in water or damaged.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A minister's denied the business secretary lied when he claimed he'd spoken to the chancellor about help for firms struggling with rising energy costs

Yesterday, a Treasury source denied any such conversations have taken place with Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Mr Kwarteng will hold more talks with companies later.

When asked if his colleague tells "porkies", security minister Damian Hinds said no.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Croydon Council will meet tonight to work out the details of being run by a Mayor

Last Thursday, residents voted to have a directly elected Mayor run the council, rather than having councillors choose the leader.

They’ll need to discuss the cost of a mayoral election as well as the normal council election.

The first election will be held in May next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of rescue animals and celebrate them.

Battersea’s Wear Blue for Rescue is asking people to share images of their own rescue animals on social media.

They are also launching a rescue symbol that will be recognised all around the world in support of rescue animals.

#RescueMyFavouriteBreed recognises all the “underdogs” who are now “top cats” bringing joy to their new owners.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Police are investigating a fire at a children’s home in Kingston Vale

Emergency crews were called on Friday evening to Robin Hood Way.

One man left the building before the brigade arrived and was treated at the scene.

Half the ground floor and part of the first floor of a converted semi-detached house were damaged.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am  

Questions have been raised after a woman from Chelsea convicted of posting revenge porn avoided jail

46-year-old Phillipa Copleston-Warren also hacked into her ex-boyfriend’s Alexa to scare his new girlfriend.

Male abuse charity ManKIND says they spoke to a criminal solicitor, who said a three-month suspended sentence was “not really acceptable”.

At the sentencing, the judge described her as a “woman of exceptional character” who had worked hard for charities.

Mark Brooks, from the charity, has this message for male domestic abuse victims.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

Pregnant women are being encouraged to get the coronavirus vaccine by the NHS, with England's top midwife insisting it's safe and effective

Data shows nearly 20 percent of the most critically ill Covid patients are expectant mothers who have not had the jab.

Olivia Buxton from Hampton Court was in hospital with the virus in December before the vaccine was available.

A scan showed her baby had stopped growing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Sunday 10 October 2021

The Duchess of Cornwall is backing Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s Wear Blue for Rescue campaign.

It aims to highlight animals given new homes by loving owners. 

Photos of the duchess’s Jack Russell’s Beth and Bluebell were featured her twitter account wearing bandanas.

The pets are rescue dogs which she adapted from the charity in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Spelthorne RentStart has been commended for helping to rehome more than 100 people during the COVID pandemic.

The charity has been awarded a Lieutenancy Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding services in housing.

RentStart helps single and childless couples on low incomes gain access to accommodation in the private rented sector. 

 Concerns for safety and referrals increased by 30% during lockdown.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

The German School London is celebrating 50 years in Richmond.

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened the site in 1971 when she was Secretary of State for Education. 

Half a century later and the school, based at Douglas House in Petersham, has grown to over 800 pupils.

The school is part of a network of 140 German Schools abroad. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 am  

The Trust which looks after Hammersmith Hospital says it’s already seeing a higher demand at A&E ahead of winter.

20% more people were treated in the emergency department in September than during the same month in 2019. 

Imperial College Healthcare says plans are being put into place to help cope with a second winter with COVID-19.  

This includes over £2 million of investments for additional staffing and more space specifically for urgent and emergency care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

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