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Saturday 27 November 2021

Chelsea legend Paul Canoville wants footballers to do more to help in the fight against knife crime

The retired midfielder – the Blues first black player – believes players are being stopped by their clubs and PR men from addressing controversial issues in society.

The 59-year-old is the first football ambassador for the youth service of the charity Crimestoppers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Liverpool are just a point off the top of the Premier League after thrashing Southampton 4-nil at Anfield

The victory kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea - who face Manchester United tomorrow.

Newcastle remain bottom following a 2-nil defeat at Arsenal in the early game.

Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa.

In the Championship Fulham were held to a 1-all draw at Preston.

There were four goals at Plough Lane as AFC Wimbledon shared the points with Fleetwood in their League One match.

In League Two Sutton beat Barrow 1-nil at Gander Green Lane.

And in the Isthmian League Corinthian Casuals were held to a goalless draw by Brightlingsea at the King Georges Field in Tolworth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

A new community cafe has been opened at Latchmere Recreation Ground in a former vacant park building.

The cafe, called The Latch, is the result of a collaboration between the council and the Friends of Latchmere Rec, who wanted the site to be used by the local community.

The Mayor of Kingston also planted a tree with a 1902 spade, which was had been used to celebrate the coronation of King Edward 7th and Queen Alexandra.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Councillors are due to meet next week to discuss plans to revamp Tooting Bec Athletics Track.

Although the 35 year old track has been well maintained, the surface is now reaching the end of its life.

Councillors would also like to see a new running track installed.

83,000 people used the site over 2019 and 2020.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Twinkly lights in Hammersmith and Fulham will be kept up after Christmas in a bid to entice shoppers.

North End Road and Lillie Road are two of the borough’s most popular shopping streets. 

The council says the colour-changing wraparound LEDs will stay up to allow them to “cast their enchanting glow on shoppers.”

It’s hoped the light displays will encourage people to keep shopping in the area and help the high streets to “flourish” post Covid. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A fire safety expert is demanding ministers reveal whether "highly dangerous" cladding was the product used at Grenfell Tower.

In September, it was revealed some cladding products failed safety tests in the early 2000s - 13 years before the blaze in the Kensington flat.

Industry expert, Dr Jonathan Evans, believes among these was the aluminium and plastic cladding that spread the 2017 London fire.

The government says a planned new law will improve building safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A Property tycoon has bought six flats worth £75million in the heart of Chelsea - despite being involved in a legal battle over the property project just over ten years ago.

Christian Candy originally purchased the site of the former Chelsea Barracks along with his brother Nick, and the Qatar royal family in 2007 for £959million.

The plan had been to turn the former Ministry of Defence site into a £3billion luxury apartment complex.

But after negative complaints from Prince Charles, who called the design “awful”, the idea was scrapped by the Candys.

The brothers sought legal action in 2010, with their lawyer accusing the Qataris of “scandalous” behaviour, before settling the matter out of court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

A charity in Tadworth is calling on its supporters to lobby their MPs.

 The Children’s Trust is one of a number of charities trying to get the proposed Acquired Brain Injury Bill through Parliament.

It has its second reading next week and will only pass with the backing of MPs. 

The charity’s CEO, Dalton Leong, explains why the bill is so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

John Lewis is leasing its basement to Kingston Council as extra office space for businesses in the borough.

The authority hopes the move will create at least 500 new jobs over the next decade.

The basement will provide co-working space, a café and event space at an “affordable” price to those who need an office base.

It’s hoped the site will be ready by next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am  

Liverpool can move to within a point of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a win against Southampton this afternoon.

 Jurgen Klopp's side have lost just once in the top flight this season and progressed with ease through what could have been a tricky Champions League group.

But the Liverpool manager's not getting carried away at this stage of the campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

The hunt is continuing today for a man who absconded from Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

 Manray Woolfall disappeared over a week ago when he was transferred to hospital after a suspected medical episode.

He was last seen heading in the direction of Hammersmith Bridge on Friday, the 19th, and anyone who sees him is asked to call 999. 

Manray disappeared wearing a grey t-shirt, green and black wind protector jumper and grey bottoms rolled up to his knees.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Friday 26 November 2021

Twickenham-based Harlequins are teaming up with the Met Police for a Rugby Festival.

On the 6th of December, boys and girls will take part in a touch rugby festival at The Stoop.

Children will also get the chance to take part in several workshops, including ones on knife crime, STEM careers in sport, and to meet the Mounted police.

Matt Williams, from Quins, says sport “offers a level playing field” and the chance to develop confidence and ambition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man from Richmond has been charged with drug offences.

41 year old David Chippendale was charged in connection with conspiracy to supply and import Class A drugs.

They relate to incidents throughout this year and last year.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on the 4th of January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A new Covid PCR testing site is set to open in Hampton next week.

Richmond Council says it’s being introduced as levels of the virus remain high in the borough.  

It’s hoped the facility, opposite the White House Community Centre, will start operating next Friday. 

Test appointments will only be available to book for those with Coronavirus symptoms or who have had a positive lateral flow test.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Plans have been ditched for a ferry service replacement for Hammersmith Bridge.

Baroness Vere, who heads the government taskforce, says there’s been positive news about the stabilisation and strengthening works.

She says that the £4m investment and the bridge remaining open to pedestrians and cyclists mean the ferry is “very unlikely to be needed”.

It was due to be up and running in the spring, but has suffered a number of setbacks

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Public inquiry to open into plans to build a tower block at the former Tudor Williams site in New Malden High Street.

Kingston Council says it had been waiting for Greater London Authority approval to make its decision to formally dismiss the plans for a 9 storey block public earlier this year. 

In the interim, developer Rocco Homes took its appeal to the UK Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.

Rocco Homes claimed the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, acting as Local Planning Authority, failed to determine an application within the appropriate time frame.

This is something the Council has denied. 

A public inquiry on the matter will open for an estimated 6 day sitting from December the 14th in Kingston. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

We're being warned it's likely the new coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa will end up in Britain.

The head of a Covid-19 consortium thinks efforts to reduce transmission would help, as a case is confirmed in Belgium.

Entry to the UK's now being restricted from six African countries - the European Commission President is recommending EU nations do the same.

These people flew into Heathrow Airport from South Africa just before the flight ban came in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man from Tadworth has won the James Dyson award for innovation.

James Roberts designed and created the ‘mOm Incubator,’ which, due to its light weight, can be used in very remote areas of the world.  

The incubator is being trialled at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey.

James tells us it’s taken a long time to reach this point. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Two suspected teenage drug dealers have been arrested in Surbiton.

It follows reports from the public about activity in parks.

Both teens were found with Class A drugs, and the other was also found with Class B.

One has been released under investigation, the other has been remanded to court in relation to a separate offence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey is trialling an incubator that could save the lives of thousands of premature babies worldwide.

The WHO estimates one million pre-terms die annually, many because of a lack of access to the latest technology. 

With this in mind, James Roberts has created the mOm Incubator.

It’s inflatable, electronically controlled and can be used anywhere in the world at a fraction of the size and cost of a traditional one.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Police are hunting for a wanted man from Chertsey.

37 year old Nicholas Field, also known as Nicky, is described as White, of a slim build with brown hair and blue eyes.

They are warning if you see him do no approach him, just contact Surrey police immediately.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

An Insulate Britain protester in prison in Ashford is now in the second week of a hunger strike.

Emma Smart from Weymouth says “to the government we say carry on” but they “will not be cowed”.

She’s demanding the government release a “meaningful statement” concerning the retrofitting of insulation in the UK.

The government says they’re investing £1.3bn this year to support people to install energy efficiency measures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Faith groups, sports teams and transport workers in Tooting are being thanked by St George’s Hospital

The CEO has personally written to thank them for their kindness and generosity over the past 18 months.

Among the moves being praised are pop-up clinics at mosques and tube station staff promoting COVID-19 guidance.

Daryl Desmond, Matron in the emergency department, says the acts of kindness were “extraordinary” and “gave staff the lift they needed”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

A picture has been released of a suspect, after a man exposed himself on a bus between Wallington and Crystal Palace


At around 11.45am on the 24th of October, a woman in her 20s was travelling on the Route 410.

She challenged the man, who immediately got off the bus in the area of Dinsdale Gardens in Selhurst and ran away.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Coronavirus cases in Surrey are going up in all ages except the over 60s

The rate per 100,000 people is 624, more than 100 over the average for the South East and nearly 200 over the national average.

However, there have been 57 fewer hospital admissions.

Elmbridge is still showing the highest rate, at 816, and has grown 25% over the past seven days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

Raynes Park High School wants nearby Tesco to consider banning its students

 The school has told us it doesn’t want its pupils going into the supermarket at Shannon Corner. 

It’s after some shoppers raised issues of large groups of children that appeared to be “loitering” there. 

The school’s deputy head, Laurence King says “we do police our school gates and bus stops every morning and afternoon. 

Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to regularly patrol around Tesco, who do have their own security. 

We do not want our students going into Tesco and have asked Tesco on numerous occasions to ban them.” 

Pupils will be talked to again about the situation. 

Tesco says it wouldn’t look to ban all the students but would work with Raynes Park High to find a solution.

Raynes Park High School Deputy Head, Laurence King, has told us;

We do police our school gates and local bus stops with senior staff every morning and afternoon. Unfortunately we do not have enough staff to regularly patrol around Tesco, who do have their own security. We do however, respond very swiftly if we receive a direct complaint from Tesco or a member of the public - about the behaviour of our students.

We  do not want our students going into Tesco and have asked Tesco on numerous occasions to ban them. They did do this once about two years ago, for a short time and we fully supported this and wrote home to all parents/carers. This did not last very long however, as our 1100 students are a valuable potential source of revenue for Tesco.

We have not had any direct complaints from Tesco or members of the public at Tesco, in the recent past and as I have said we do always take these seriously and respond quickly and appropriately. It is most definitely not in our interests for some of our students, however small in number, to be bringing our reputation into disrepute.

We will once again speak to our students in assemblies about their role as ambassadors out of school and their responsibilities in the local community, to behave at all times and respect others. We will also make it clear to them that we will deal very severely with anyone who is reported to us, for inappropriate behaviour, outside of school. 

I am very happy for any of your listeners to report their concerns to me and to come into to school to identify the students concerned - using our school photos. They could also make a complaint to Tesco.

A Tesco spokesperson has told us;

We haven’t received any recent complaints about the students meeting in or around our store. 

Most of the students visiting the store are buying food and do not cause any issues for customers or colleagues.

Our store managers have the ability to refuse entry to customers however this is usually following evidence of repeat offenses in store.

Whilst we wouldn’t look to ban all Raynes Park High School students from the store, we are happy to work with the school to reach a solution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

London Underground drivers are striking today in a row over shifts

The 24-hour walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will also affect the planned resumption of Night Tube services 

Today’s action affects the Northern, Piccadilly, Jubilee, Central and Victoria lines.  

Transport for London's warning of disruption to services; we’ll have a full travel update in 20 minutes. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Thursday 25 November 2021

Croydon Council’s new Housing Improvement Board has appointed a chair.

Martin Wheatley has over 20 years’ experience in housing and public services.

The authority announced a major improvement programme across its housing services earlier this year.

It’s after an independent investigation was launched “into unacceptable conditions in some council properties in Regina Road.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm  

Stratford station in east London was the busiest in the UK last year.

An estimated 14-million passengers travelled through it in the 12 months to March.

It was the first time in 17 years that London Waterloo didn't take the top spot.

East Croydon entered the top 10 for the first time with 6.7 million passengers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm  

Vulnerable and isolated people across Merton are being loaned laptops and tablets to help them stay connected.

Those who qualify will be offered a device by one of the borough’s libraries, IT support and remote training on how to use it. 

The tech can be used for essential activities like online shopping or simply to Zoom with a loved one. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Spelthorne Council says it urgently needs landlords to come forward in order to fulfil its pledge to rehome Afghan refugees.

The properties have to have a minimum of 3-bedrooms, be close to amenities and have good transport links.

Landlords will be guaranteed the market rent of their property for up to two years with full legal and contractual support.

The Council will also provide tenancy agreements and carry out the property viewings. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 pm  

New hi-tech bus shelters are coming to Croydon.

Valo Smart City UK LTD shelters will provide real time journey information, digital screens and free public Wi-Fi hotspots.

They’ll include air quality, noise, footfall, and traffic sensors and digital panels to display emergency messages and travel information.

Digital advertising will also bring in more than £6.75m in revenue to the council.

They’ll start to be rolled out in March next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

A 93-year-old woman has spent two weeks in hospital, after being robbed in Battersea.

On the 15th of August on Dunston Road, at around 9am, her handbag was stolen with such force she fell to the floor.

Police say that they’ve “pursued all leads” but no arrests have been made.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Stanwell Foodbank will keep running for the next three years, thanks to a National Lottery grant.

It says the money will allow them to develop the community café further, and keep their Growzone and teaching kitchen open.

It says that Stanwell has faced “hard times recently” but they will “continue to walk alongside our residents to help support where we can”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A wood burner is at the centre of a fire investigation in Carshalton.

40 firefighters were called to the blaze in Deroy Close last night.

One man left the property before they arrived and was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

The fire was in a building used as a workshop containing a large amount of wood and tools which were producing thick, black smoke.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

London Underground drivers are due to go on strike tomorrow, in a row over shifts.

The 24-hour walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will affect the planned resumption of Night Tube services.

It's due to start on several lines at 4-30 tomorrow morning - with further action planned in the coming weeks.

The lines affected are the Northern, Piccadilly, Jubilee, Victoria and Central Lines.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Richmond Council has announced it is White Ribbon certified on White Ribbon Day

The world-wide annual campaign is aiming to end violence against women and girls. 

Gaining accreditation is a challenging six stage process which can take several years to achieve. 

One of the steps Richmond took was to recruit male White Ribbon Ambassadors who have committed to tackling the issue. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The decision on whether to build 17-storey blocks near Kew Gardens is to be taken by the Secretary of State

Michael Gove called in the planning application, taking it out of the hands of Hounslow Council.

The redevelopment of the Homebase site on Syon lane had previously been approved by the council and Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Mr Gove has ordered a local inquiry, and when it’s set up, would like to hear about the consistency with the local plan and the character of the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm  

England’s rugby star Manu Tuilagi could be out for six weeks after a hamstring injury at Twickenham

He suffered a grade three tear to his hamstring while scoring the opening try against South Africa on Saturday.

That’s the highest grade of hamstring injury.

He’ll visit a specialist to determine whether or not he requires surgery, which would require more time off the pitch.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Today is White Ribbon Day

It marks the start of 16 days of action designed to end violence against women and girls. 

DCI Amanda Mawhinney is from the Met Police’s South-West London Basic Command Unit. 

She explains why lockdown played such a key role in reports of domestic abuse going up during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

A school-aged boy has been arrested following nine robberies in Kingston

They occurred between the 7th and 18th of November, and he was taken into custody on the 19th.

He’s since been released under investigation.

Police have been conducting plain clothed and uniformed patrols in the affected area, and working with schools to ensure students remain safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Rivers and ponds in Richmond and Bushy Parks are being monitored for signs of Avian Flu

Managers, The Royal Parks, says it is “unable to prevent” its wild birds from getting the virus. 

The H5N1 virus is highly contagious and can kill poultry flocks which include ducks and geese.

There have been a number of outbreaks across Europe recently, including in the UK, in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Essex. 

The UK Health Security Agency says the risk to public health from the detected strains of “bird flu” is currently very low.

The Royal Parks is urging people not to touch any of its birds and report any that look unwell. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Plans are afoot to bring Tooting Police station back to life . . . . as homes.

Squatters broke into the derelict Grade II listed building in Mitcham Road over the summer, leaving it with costly repairs.

Developer Telereal Trillium is proposing turning the site into a number of flats that “protect, restore and enhance” its features.  

It’s launched a public consultation on its proposals which can be found at 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 pm  

A number of pieces of jewellery have been found in a field in Banstead.


Police say it's not known where they have come from at this stage.

The discovery was made in Woodmansterne Lane earlier this week and include rings and earrings in a black pouch.  

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting  PR/45210120391.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Surrey Police wants to hear from anyone “seriously impacted” by the insulate Britain protests on the M3 and M25.

A dedicated team of officers has been building a case against the protesters who targeted a number of junctions in September.

The most recent activity in Surrey resulted in 38 people being arrested. 

A Police spokesperson says the force wants to build the best case possible to take to the CPS to secure prosecutions where appropriate.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Steven Cassidy, who is part of the investigation team, said:

 “We are keen to be able to present the fullest evidential picture we can to the Crown Prosecution Service in order that we can reflect the seriousness of the situation and seek to prosecute the most appropriate offences. Therefore, we are appealing for help from anyone who suffered a serious personal impact as a result of the disruption.”

However, please only come forward if you have suffered serious impact. You also need to be willing to provide us with a statement and then go to court to give your evidence for any trials that may follow – this could mean more than one visit to court as we may have a situation where we are running a number of trials. I must reiterate that the impact needs to be serious – it cannot just be that it was inconvenient.”

T/DS Cassidy added: “My team is continuing to work tirelessly to collect evidence to ensure anyone breaking the law is brought to justice. This has included sifting through numerous social media posts to find those heart-breaking stories of people who were seriously affected by these protests. If that was you, and you have not already come forward, please do so – we would really like to hear from you.”

If you can help, please contact us quoting reference PR/45210099745."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A flood monitoring system is being installed as part of a trial across Sutton.

A flood monitoring system is being installed as part of a trial across Sutton.

Sensors will allow council officers to monitor rising water levels and respond quickly to any surface flooding.

The summer saw heavy rain with the area around Worcester Park station most affected.

Surface water damaged homes and businesses and disrupted transport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Lidl is going to open over 1,000 new stores in the UK over the next three years.

The supermarket's promising another 4,000 jobs by 2025.

Lidl will move to its new headquarters in Tolworth early next year.

The base will include 250,000 square feet of office space to accommodate 800 staff and a gym exclusive to employees. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man from Chiswick’s been told he faces prosecution if he carries on contacting Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

39-year-old Nishil Patel left the singer unwanted gifts, turned up at her home and managed to reach one of her children. 

In one comment he called her a 'fake mother'. 

For the next five years, he has to hand his social media passwords over to police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Some legal experts fear changes to sentencing laws in England and Wales will blur the line between murder and manslaughter.

  It’s believed that this could lead to injustice by removing judges' discretion.

The government's backing mandatory life terms for those who kill emergency service workers 

It’s after a two-year campaign by the widow of PC Andrew Harper who died after being dragged behind a car causing his death in 2019

Lissie Harper has been meeting Justice Secretary and MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Police have renewed appeals following an assault in Croydon 18 months ago.

40-year-old Simon Whisker was attacked in the early hours of the 1st of July 2020 on London Road, while drinking with a friend.

He was attacked by four men, and attended hospital, but left and died two weeks later.

You can find CCTV pictures of the suspects on our Jackie News Twitter feed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man from East Sheen has been found guilty, after throwing a knife into the Thames while being chased by police.

21-year-old Daniel Fallon-Wright was seen at speed on an e-scooter near Twickenham Police Station in late October.

He didn’t stop when officers signalled him to, and he fell of his scooter and fled towards the river.

He was tasered and arrested.

Meanwhile, police tied a magnet to a rope in order to retrieve the knife from the river.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A Lib Dem councillor for Richmond is asking that the government be formally thanked for a grant for Twickenham Riverside.

Councillor James Chard has tabled a motion for the full council meeting, praising the government’s “enthusiasm” of the project.

He says there’s “too much division in politics” and he’s “motivated by the spirit of Christmas”.

The motion also mentions an “openness to working constructively with the government on similar projects in future”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

England rugby union international Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out for at least six weeks.

He suffered a hamstring tear scoring the opening try in Saturday's 27-26 victory over world champions South Africa at Twickenham.

His club boss Alex Sanderson says he's "gutted for him".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is backing a new law to give greater recognition to people with Down’s Syndrome.

 The Down Syndrome Bill will afford them legal recognition as a specific minority group.

This means that councils and public bodies, such as the NHS, will be required to meet the specific needs of people with the condition.

Elliot Colburn announced his support on a visit to the Get On Downs learning support group at Sutton Library.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The energy regulator's submitted a court application to appoint a special administrator for Bulb.

 The supplier’s been put into a process which means it'll continue trading for now.

It's one of several firms who've struggled - or even collapsed – by being forced to buy energy for much more than they can charge.

Business Secretary and MP for Spelthorne Kwasi Kwarteng insists Bulb's arrangement will be temporary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

A security alert at Colliers Wood earlier was down to an item of lost property.

There were closures and delays after the gym bag was found.

It was identified as not suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Twickenham’s MP is accusing the Home Office of keeping Afghan refugees

Munira Wilson says despite Richmond Council offering up homes, families are still being housed in hotels and hostels.

 Speaking in the Commons, she’s demanded permanent homes are found for refugees in the properties that have been secured. 

A Government spokesperson says “a significant cross Government effort is underway” to help Afghan migrants integrate into communities. 

 A government spokesperson said: 

“A significant cross government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into their local communities.

 “We continue to work with local authorities to source appropriate permanent accommodation as quickly as possible. We have had to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey Police will not go through with its £20 million move to Leatherhead.

The force intends to redevelop its Mount Browne base in Guildford instead with plans for a new control room and forensic hub.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, says moving at this time does not make financial sense.

She’s also hoping money won’t be lost as a result.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

The justice secretary says mandatory life sentences for people who kill on-duty emergency service workers is 'warranted'

The government will bring in the change following the death of PC Andrew Harper.

He was killed while responding to a call in Berkshire in August 2019.

His widow Lissie has been campaigning for the new law after feeling 'outraged' by the sentences handed to the offenders.

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab believes this is the right move.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

The Surrey Police Headquarters will remain in Guildford, and won’t move to Leatherhead

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend says policing has “shifted significantly” during the pandemic, and staying at Mount Browne is the best value for money.

The former Electrical Research Association site will now be sold.

The force intends to redevelop the Guildford hub, with plans for a new control room and forensic hub.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

A 42-year-old man who failed to turn up to court may be sleeping rough in Putney or Battersea

Danny Sawyer has been charged with a number of offences, including criminal damage, assaulting an emergency worker, and possessing a blade in a public place.

He was last known to be staying at a hotel in Crystal Palace.

Anyone who sees him is asked to contact 999, or 101 if you have information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

Richmond is the second-happiest area in the UK

Market towns and coastal areas have been named the happiest places to live across the country.

Hexham in Northumberland has taken the top spot in Rightmove's "happy at home" index.

Tim Bannister, the website's director of property data, explains why these areas are so popular: 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says his players mustn't get carried away after booking their spot in the Champions League knockout stages

They thrashed Italian side Juventus 4-nil to leapfrog them and go top of the group.

Tuchel was delighted with the performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Every borough in Surrey has a coronavirus rate higher than the national average

The rate across the county has also risen 28% over the last seven days, four times as much as the national average.

England as a whole has a rate of 415 per 100,000, compared to the lowest in Surrey, Epsom, which is at 433.

Elmbridge is showing the highest rate, at 787.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Tuesday 23 November 2021

A person who passed their driving test last week has now been banned from driving, after a crash in Chertsey.

The person was driving too fast, which caused them to lose control and collide with a tree.

Police found that the insurance had been cancelled and the driver was aware.

They’ll receive six points, a £300 fine, and will have to retake their test.

There were no injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 57-year-old man from Sunbury has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order lasting three years.

Mark Gardner was handed the CBO following a number of incidents of drunk and disorderly behaviour in Staines town centre.

The order prevents him from behaving in a disorderly manner that would cause any other person alarm, harassment or distress. 

He is also prohibited from entering the town centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A prolific drug dealer from Croydon has been jailed for 7 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police have arrested a 52-year-old man at a property in West London on suspicion of terrorism offences.

He was detained on suspicion of collecting information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism.

The man has been released on bail until late next month. 

Investigators are analysing a number of devices as part of their ongoing enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

The man convicted of killing Coulsdon resident Meredith Kercher in Italy has been released from prison early

34 year old Rudy Guede was the only person jailed over the exchange student’s death in 2007.

His initial 30-year jail term was cut to 16 years and he has spent the last year working as part of a community sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The chairwoman of the inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard from Clapham has been announced

Priti Patel says Dame Elish Angiolini will be in charge on a non-statutory basis in order to “give her family closure as quickly as possible”.

Non-statutory inquiries have to rely on the voluntary compliance of witnesses, and cannot take evidence on oath.

The Home Secretary hasn’t ruled out moving it to a statutory basis if needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

“Can you help to show an act of kindness and lift the spirits of an older carer this Christmas?”

That’s what one charity in Richmond is asking us this year. 

Many carers over 65 are the main lifeline for family members with debilitating conditions such as dementia.

But nationally, over half say they are worried they are going to burn out according to the latest figures from Carers UK.

47% of carers also say they are cutting back on their own food and heating to cope. 

Crossroads Care Richmond staff and volunteers are asking for donations.

They want to deliver a Christmas hamper to every older carer in the borough and have launched a Just Giving appeal to secure the £1,250 needed to do it. You can find a link to it here


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Police are hunting a person who shot a van with a BB gun in Chertsey

CCTV footage shows the person walking calmly down an alleyway towards the house, before stretching over the fence and shooting it and sprinting off.

It happened early in the morning on the 11th of November and caused “several hundreds of pounds worth of damage”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

The Wimbledon MP is setting up a meeting with Merton Council over the expansion of the All-England club

The club is planning to build a new 8,000 seat stadium and 38 new courts on the former Wimbledon Park Golf Club.

Both the area’s Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have set up petitions against it.

Wimbledon says it will keep the championships as the “premier tennis tournament” and “enhance the heritage” of their landholding.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm  

A man from West London will appear in court today charged with terrorism offences

21-year-old Mohammad Zubair Khan is accused of eight counts of disseminating terrorist material.

He was arrested last Tuesday.

A 19-year-old was arrested at the same time, and a warrant was served to keep him in custody until next Wednesday.

Enquiries continue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Another outdoor gym has opened in Richmond

The latest one is in Twickenham at Moormead Recreation Ground. 

The newly installed equipment includes a mixture of static and moving items. 

Richmond Council says the aim of the free outdoor gyms across the borough are to help support people to be active.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Baby and children’s health records are going online in Croydon

The council and NHS want all parents to use their e-Redbooks instead of carrying the traditional documents when they visit their GP. 

The online tool can be used to look-up information about immunisations, health reviews and screening tests. 

The council says the details are stored “in the cloud so they are always at hand.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Plain clothes police officers are patrolling in New Malden

It’s after several reports of handbag thefts inside and outside shops in the high street over recent months. 

The Met says uniformed neighbourhood officers are also on hand to address any concerns and any thefts should be reported to them.  

They have been handing out bells that can be hooked on to bags and wallets to make them harder to steal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Monday 22 November 2021

Doctor Who star Bernard Holley has died at the age of 81.

He rose to fame in the 1960s for his role as PC Newcombe in the police series Z-Cars.

He was also a reader on the children's TV series Jackanory and a prominent theatre actor.

One of his last stage roles was in Allan Monkhouse's Mary Broome at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, in 2011.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An Insulate Britain protester in prison in Ashford is on the fifth day of a hunger strike.

Biologist Emma Smart from Dorset says she won’t eat until the government “gets on with the job”.

She’s been sentenced to four months at HMP Bronzefield for her role in protests, and during one she said this.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

There could be a formal investigation into a takeover of Air Europa, by British Airways owner IAG.

The deal's worth around £420 million, but the regulator's going to look into whether it could substantially reduce competition in the UK.

Meanwhile, Heathrow based IAG's boss has revealed transatlantic bookings are nearly at 100% of 2019 levels.

It’s after routes to the US resumed after Covid.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Homeless people are to be helped off the streets and given hospital treatment this winter by St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

They’ll try to stop the “vicious cycle of readmission” by working with GPs to solve other issues they may have.

Alex Bax, CEO of homeless charity Pathway, says it’s “great news” as winter is the toughest time of year for rough sleepers.

It’s being funded by the government, with £360,000 allocated for a 12-month period.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

Travelodge is opening four new hotels in time for Christmas, with plans to cash in on families travelling through the festive period

It includes a site in Walton, and will mean the chain has opened 17 of them across the UK this year.

They will have created 360 jobs at an investment cost of £165m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

MPs will debate and vote on the social care cap later after ministers published new details

The government's revealed support payments from councils won't count towards the £86,000 limit on costs.

Labour's described it as a 'con'.

Boris Johnson's previously said 'you won't have to sell your home' to pay to be looked after.

The small business minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully has refused to guarantee that but feels the approach is the right one.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Wimbledon says it’s “united with the rest of tennis” following the disappearance of a Chinese player

Peng Shuai has been missing for around three weeks, after accusing a senior communist official of sexual assault.

The All-England club says they've been working in support of the Women’s Tennis Association’s effort to establish her safety.

While photos and videos have been published by Chinese state media, the WTA says it hasn’t alleviated their concerns about her safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Businesses in Sutton have until Friday December 3rd to apply for a share of funding to help them recover from the pandemic

£650,000 will be handed to firms in a bid to boost the local economy.

The money, from central government is being channelled through two separate funds.

One, the Sutton Business Recovery Grant Fund will help companies who’ve lost income cover their running costs, reduce their environmental impact and support local skills and employment.

A second funding stream is designed to help businesses develop networks which will benefit the local environment, footfall and the economy.

It’s part of a long-term programme which Sutton Council says has enabled it channel £50 million to over 700 local businesses.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

The trial is due to begin today of a man accused of murder and attempted murder in Walton

49 year old Matthew Tester, known as Tik, died at the scene after officers were called to an incident in Church Road in April.

The second victim, also in his 40s, received hospital treatment for serious injuries.

27 year old Shaan Mir from Weybridge pleads not guilty to the charges against him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Bournemouth's shock defeat has kept Fulham at the top of the Championship table

Bournemouth missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship after losing 3-2 at bottom side Derby.

They remain in the automatic promotion places but are a point behind leaders Fulham.

Derby stay adrift at the foot of the table despite the victory, 15 points from safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Sunday 21 November 2021

Surrey County Council is preparing a new Minerals and Waste Local Plan for Surrey to provide an up-to-date minerals and waste planning framework for a period of 15 years

The public is being encouraged to have their say on The Issues and Options public consultation.

It’s now open and runs until March 7, 2022.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

Hi-tech sensors are being fitted in more homes across Surrey following a successful trial in Mole Valley

The aim of the pilot, which involved 53 elderly residents, was to enable them to live independently and stay in their homes longer.

Fitted to appliances like kettles, the sensors are used to monitor movement without the need for cameras or microphones.

The information is then fed into a central system which sounds an alarm if necessary and alerts a health care worker.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Across Europe sweeping COVID-19 restrictions are being imposed in a bid to tackle a fourth wave of the virus currently surging across the continent

Germany, Austria, and Slovakia have reintroduced restrictions in the run-up to Christmas. 

Tim Meads has been a fishmonger in Kingston for the past forty-one years. His business, Websters fishmongers, has been in the town since 1866 and opened the first fish shop in the market. 
 He says reintroducing lockdown measures in England now would be catastrophic.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Croydon has been named as 14-year-old Jermaine Cools from the local area

A murder investigation was launched after police were called to London Road after 6:30pm on Thursday November 18 to reports of a fight involving a number of people.

No suspects or victims were found but later officers were alerted to a boy who had self-presented himself to hospital with stab wounds.

He died a short time later.

Police are appealing for witnesses or any road users who may have captured events on dashcam to come forward.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Making women and girls feel safe in South-West London is an ongoing police priority according to the Met.

The force has embarked on a number of initiatives recently including placing plain-clothes officers outside bars and clubs at night.

Andrew Wadey is a Detective Superintendent with the South-West Basic Command Unit.

He says the kidnap of Sarah Everard in Clapham, and her subsequent murder by a police officer, was not the catalyst for the action. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am  

A housing developer in New Malden is offering cars as an incentive to encourage people to buy its properties.

Chloe Norman reports. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 am  

The future of Kingston’s historic Cattle Market is uncertain.

It’s after a public nomination to reclassify it as an Asset of Community Value, was rejected by the council for a second time.

A community’s right to bid for an ACV aims to keep valued land and buildings in use for people living in the borough. 

Kingston Council ruled the market does not meet the criteria laid down in legislation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 am  

A temporary “school streets” scheme in Twickenham is going permanent.

Traffic around a school in Twickenham has decreased by over 70% following a ban on vehicles at certain times. 

A “school street” was set up around St Richard Reynold’s in September last year.  

Data comparing traffic levels before and after its implementation shows a 73.5% decrease between 7.30am and 9.30am in Station Road.

Clifden Road, in which the school sits, has seen a 52% decrease. 

The ban on vehicles is Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 9.15am and from 2pm to 3.30pm during term time only. 

Richmond Council has piloted 14 School Streets across the borough since June 2020.  
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 am  

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