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Saturday 12 March 2022

Sutton, Lambeth, Croydon, Merton and Wandsworth are among the top ten boroughs with the highest covid infection rates in the country

 It’s prompted health officials to urge Londoners who’ve yet to get a covid booster to come forward for the third jab.

There’s been a 27% week-on-week increase in the number of people hospitalised with the virus in the capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 pm  

Ireland kept their hopes of winning rugby union's Six Nations alive, with a hard fought 32-15 win over England at Twickenham Stadium

The hosts played 78 minutes of the game with 14-men after Charlie Ewels' early red card.

Tries from James Lowe, Hugo Keenan, Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham helped secure Andy Farrell's team the victory.

They need to beat Scotland next weekend and hope France lose to England to lift the title.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 pm  

Heathrow is recruiting 12-thousand new workers as it prepares for an expected busy summer

Its predicts that summer peak days could be 85% as busy as before the pandemic based on airlines’ reported outbound bookings.

The airport’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said to help cope terminal 4 will be reopened before July as well as “working with airlines to reduce check-in times.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm  

A man’s been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries following a two-vehicle collision in Hersham this afternoon

Police were called to Molesey Road at about 4.45pm following reports of a serious collision between a red motorcycle and a grey Volkswagen Golf near Tesco Express.

Emergency services remain at the scene and Molesey Road is closed between the junctions to Rydens Road and Walton Park.

Diversions are in place, but officers are asking motorists to be patient and avoid the area if they can for the time being.

They’re also appealing for witnesses or to anyone who may have any dashcam footage to call 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:55 pm  

A Walton-on-Thames based film producer is lending his support to a campaign to save one of the UK’s most historic movie landmarks in the town


Simon Murray has worked on over 120 films, including as a producer on the new Italian Job remake with Michael Caine.

He wants to use the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse as a base to teach film-making crafts to young people.

But he says that hope is endangered by Elmbridge council’s plan to demolish the former Walton film studio for a block of flats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

The Tooting MP Roseena Allin-Khan has travelled to Kyiv to help carry out an assessment of Ukraine’s medical needs


The MP, who’s an A&E doctor, is working with the NGO MedGlobalShe says the war has forced many 

Ukrainian doctors and nursesw in areas of emergency medicine where they’ve never previously specialised.

Her visit comes as Russian forces widen their attacks on Ukrainian cities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

There’s only a few days left to sign up to hike the Surrey Hills in aid of Tadworth based charity, The Children’s Trust.

The 10 or 5 mile walks start and finish at the Trust’s 24-acre national rehabilitation centre.

Veteran broadcaster and charity supporter, Nicholas Owen, tells us about the children your donations will help. 

To sign up, for a £10 fee with all money going to the charity, head to before Thursday. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Councillors are looking to make the whole of Kingston carbon neutral by 2038.

They approved plans this week to help residents and businesses make the move.

It’s after 78% of people who took part in a recent survey said tackling climate change should be a priority for the council. 

Here’s council leader Andreas Kirsch.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

It’s an all or nothing clash in Rugby’s six nations this afternoon when England and Ireland meet at Twickenham.

Both sides need to win if they’re to maintain any hopes of winning this year’s completion.

England prop Joe Marler has said they are treating the match as a semi-final.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 am  

Over 900,000 meals were distributed to families in need across Spelthorne during the Covid pandemic.

The council has released information on the way it has helped residents during the last two years. 

Over 17,000 welfare calls were made and £26 million handed to borough businesses through grants.

Cllr Ian Harvey, the Mayor of Spelthorne, says the borough has  demonstrated itself to be one of compassion. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am  

A mass paddle for the children of Ukraine is taking place on the Thames this morning.

Paddleboarders are setting off from Tamesis Club in Teddington at 10 o’clock. 

They’ll then join other paddleboarders as they progress along the Thames as part of the Paddle for Peace. 

All proceeds are going to Save the Children’s Ukraine appeal. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

82,000 rugby fans will descend on Twickenham Stadium this afternoon.

England is taking on Ireland in the latest round of Six Nations matches at 4.45.

A number of road closures will be in place before and after the game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

The Mayor of Wandsworth has spent a second day helping pack up donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Richard Field has been helping move supplies at The Polish White Eagle Club in Balham.

A number of volunteers have spent the last fortnight collecting  and sorting donations including bedding and clothing. 

Cllr Field says priority items now needed are food, water and medical supplies. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Heathrow's passenger numbers remain down by nearly 50% on pre-pandemic levels.

Figures show only 2.9m passengers travelled through the airport last month - which is 15% below predictions.

It's also down on February 2020 when 5.5m travellers used the site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 11 March 2022

NHS bosses are calling for lateral flow tests to remain free.

People can expect to pay for them from the first of April.

It’s unclear whether or not there’ll be a government price cap, with Boots saying a pack will be £2.50, and Superdrug £1.99.

Dr Nick Merrifield, who’s partly responsible for the vaccine rollout in New Malden and Worcester Park, says it’s premature.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Doctors have been granted permission to perform a Caesarean section against the will of a diabetic patient in her late 20s.

The 40 weeks pregnant woman has diagnosed schizoaffective disorder.

She has been detained under the terms of mental health legislation but wanted to give birth naturally. 

However, specialists said a natural delivery would be risky and could result in the baby being stillborn.

Mr Justice Francis has ruled the woman lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment for herself.

She was under the care of  Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man has been handed a formal warning following complaints someone was urinating near a school in Carshalton.

The Community Protection Notice was handed to the person in question by officers in Stanley Park Road. 

Breach of any requirement issued in the notice can lead to a fine, and if prosecuted and convicted, this can be up to £2,500. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Up to 71% of people living with dementia in the South East will not benefit from the Government’s proposed £86,000 social care cap.

That’s according to Alzheimers Society. 

The charity says it welcomes the introduction of a cap on care costs from next year.

But it also says the current cap proposed in the Health and Care Bill will only be reached by just over one quarter of people in the area. 

That figure was reached following new research commissioned by the New Economics Foundation.

It also found that the wealthiest people with dementia are set to benefit most under the current proposals.

But regional inequalities mean those living in the North and Midlands are less likely to reach the cap compared to other regionS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The RSPCA has been collecting aid and essential veterinary supplies in Twickenham for Ukrainian refugees and their pets.

A range of donations have been collected so far, from prams, warm coats, sleeping mats to dog food for animals in need.

Animal centre, Southridge, offered any dog food they could spare and a van to help transport donations to the collection point.

RSPCA Inspector Dale Grant who organised the collection said, “I really couldn’t have done it without their support and generosity.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

It’s believed a fire on Streatham High Road yesterday was caused by a poorly discarded cigarette.

A small part of a cupboard in the basement of a shop was damaged by the fire.

A spokesperson for the brigade says if you don’t put them out properly, it could “not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life”.

Crews were called at around 3.45pm and left by around 4.30.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man caused “extensive damage” attacking a car with a spanner on a slip road in Egham.

On Tuesday the second of March at around 4.30pm, the owner of the car was in slow-moving traffic on the A30 exit of the M25.

This angered a man behind him in a silver BMW, who starting hitting the victim’s car.

He’s described as white, in his early thirties, with a dark beard, and wearing a grey tracksuit and a hi-vis vest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Surrey County Council's statement on the conflict in Ukraine

Commenting on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Surrey County Council chairman, Cllr Helyn Clack, said:

“Like all Surrey residents, I have been shocked and dismayed by what we have seen in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion, in particular the horrific and barbaric attacks on civilian areas such as hospitals and schools.  I have been overwhelmed by the response from Surrey residents, with many communities yet again pulling together in a time of crisis and need to collect donations and supplies for the people of Ukraine. It is this spirit which shines through in times of great adversity.

“As a sign of our support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine, we are flying the country’s flag at our headquarters in Reigate. We are also working closely with the UK Government and today have attended a meeting with senior officials to look at practical ways we can offer support to refugees. This information will available on our website as soon possible.

“I have also been touched by the many residents who have offered to accommodate Ukrainian refugees and we will be working with the Home Office to do all we can to facilitate this. I know residents will want to know how they can do more and I would encourage any who wish to contribute to do so via the British Red Cross’ Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal in the first instance. We are also seeking further detail from local charity and community groups, as well as the districts and boroughs to see how our residents can help further.

“In the meantime, all our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine at this awful time, and we hope that this invasion is reversed quickly.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

British businessman Nick Candy is among a number of interested parties who want to buy Chelsea.

The government says the club can be sold as long as Russian owner Roman Abramovich doesn't make any profit, after he was sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea have been given a licence to operate but it has a number of restrictions including a transfer ban.

Boss Thomas Tuchel hopes the situation is resolved soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The Six Nations is back at Twickenham tomorrow.

 The Stadium will host the England Ireland match with a kick off time of 4:45pm.

Once again, it's a full capacity match with 82,000 fans expected.

A number of road closures will be in place before the game and again afterwards; stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel across the day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

A culture minister says the government would allow the sale of Chelsea, as long as specific terms are met

The club is working under a special licence, after Russian owner Roman Abramovich had all of his assets frozen as part of UK sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp says a buyer would be welcomed but Abramovich wouldn't be allowed to profit from a takeover.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

A man has been found injured at a building site in Fulham

Police were called to Fulham Broadway last night, near to Chelsea football club’s home ground. 

The 62-year-old was taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as not life-threatening. 

Enquiries into what happened will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Met Police statement in full following judgement on Sarah Everard vigil in Clapham.

Two senior judges have ruled that the Metropolitan Police breached the rights of activists who planned a vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham.

The following is a statement on behalf of the Metropolitan Police following the judgment issued by the High Court.

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said: “I remain deeply saddened by the murder of Sarah Everard and utterly disgusted that it was a serving Met officer who took her life. That sadness is shared by colleagues across the Met.

“We know the impact this terrible crime has had on our communities and recognise that the vigil on Clapham Common on 13 March 2021, organised to remember Sarah, was intended to give people the opportunity to express themselves.

"We know how strongly people felt in wanting to come together and have their voices heard.

“Throughout the pandemic, officers worked hard to respond with a proportionate policing operation to each planned gathering, applying the differing Coronavirus Health Protection Regulations in place at the time.

“A Judicial Review claim, brought against the Met by individuals representing Reclaim These Streets, was heard in January. The claim related to discussions between the claimants and officers in the days prior to the proposed vigil about the impact of the restrictions imposed by the Health Protection Regulations. We were unable to give an advance assurance to the claimants that their involvement in organising the vigil would not put them at risk of enforcement action during, or subsequent to, that event.

“On Friday, 11 March the High Court found that we did not act lawfully and that our application of the regulations was not correct.

“The Met worked very hard in challenging circumstances to interpret and apply the regulations lawfully and proportionately, despite numerous changes during the pandemic. The policing operation around the vigil was scrutinised through an independent review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

"We are considering the judgment very carefully before deciding whether to appeal the court’s decision. The Met is mindful that this judgment has potential implications in other circumstances for how a proportionality assessment is to be carried out when considering enforcement action. This may apply beyond policing the pandemic. Even in the context of the regulations that kept us safe during the pandemic, this may have important consequences.

"The Met unreservedly endorses the principle that fundamental freedoms, such as those exercised by the claimants in this case, may only be restricted where it is necessary and proportionate for a lawful purpose. Consideration of an appeal is in no way indicative that the Met do not consider such protections to be of the utmost importance. It is, however, incumbent on the Met to ensure that this judgment does not unduly inhibit its ability, and that of police forces across the country, to effectively balance competing rights in a way that is operationally deliverable.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

Two senior judges have ruled that the Metropolitan Police breached the rights of activists who planned a vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham

Reclaim These Streets proposed a socially-distanced gathering last March, which was rejected because of Covid restrictions.

A spontaneous vigil took place on the Common instead.

Reclaim These Streets says the "decision making was flawed at every single step of the process"

The Met defended the claim and argued there was no exception for protest in the coronavirus rules at the time and it had 'no obligation' to assess the public health risk.

The group has previously stated they’d donate their damages to charity.

The police watchdog cleared the Met of wrongdoing in a previous inquiry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits the club face an uncertain future but has promised the team will keep performing on the pitch

They beat Norwich 3-1 in the Premier League, hours after owner Russian Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.

The club are operating under a special licence that prevents them making any profit.

Tuchel says he's proud of the way his players dealt with the distraction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

A service launched by Macmillan Cancer Support a year ago has already helped more than 200 people in Wandsworth

Hannah Jackson is a Community Link Worker.

She was the first person to assume the role which involves Macmillan patients talking through worries that aren’t necessarily medical. 

This can be housing problems or concerns over covering the cost of cancer treatment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Two senior judges are due to give their ruling later on whether the Metropolitan Police breached the rights of activists who planned a vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham

Reclaim These Streets proposed a socially-distanced gathering in south London last March, which was rejected because of Covid restrictions.

A spontaneous vigil took place instead.

Four women from the organisation are seeking damages which they say would be donated to charity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Thursday 10 March 2022

Wandsworth Council says it is going to be the only London authority cutting its tax bills next month.

Luke Williams reports. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

Chelsea's main sponsor Three has asked the club to suspend their deal and remove its brand from the club's shirts.

It's as Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the government following his country's invasion of Ukraine.

Any potential sale of the Stamford Bridge side has now been halted.

The mobile phone network says suspending the agreement is "the right thing to do" given the circumstances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

Kingston police are urging residents to keep their homes secure after a spate of burglaries in the area.

On Tuesday, the back door of a house on Park Road was forced open between 8am and 2pm.

A property in Wittering close had its patio doors smashed at around 7pm last Saturday the 6th .

And, a window was forced opened at a property in York Court on Albany Park Road at some point between the 3rd and 9th March.

Anyone witnesses or anyone with information on these incidents are urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

A flat above the parade of shops on Whitton High Street has been destroyed by fire.

The brigade was called last night just after 20:11pm and the blaze was under control 30 minutes later.

The fire started in the bedroom and spread upstairs into the loft space.

Residents left the neighbouring properties before the brigade arrived and there are no reports of any injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:46 pm  

Chelsea's main sponsor Three has asked the club to suspend their deal and remove its brand from the club's shirts.

It's as Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the government following his country's invasion of Ukraine.

Any potential sale of the Stamford Bridge side has now been halted.

The mobile phone network says suspending the agreement is "the right thing to do" given the circumstances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new global headquarters of the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea today.

As Vice-Patron, Camilla will join Her Majesty the Queen who has been its Patron since 1953. 

Dame Darcey Bussell became President of RAD in 2012.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Sam Simmonds will start for England in their must-win rugby union Six Nations clash against Ireland on Saturday at Twickenham.

The number eight comes in for Alex Dombtandt who drops to the bench.

Joe Launchbury is also among the replacements and likely to make his first Test appearance since December 2020.

Eddie Jones' team need a victory to keep their hopes of winning the championship alive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

Two men are being sought in connection with a violent attack in Chiswick with left a man needing reconstructive surgery.

Police were called to a pub in Chiswick High Road late on Saturday the 19th of February following reports a man had been stabbed.

Officers found a 40-year-old man with serious injuries to his head, neck, arm and hand.

Detectives are looking 30-year-old John Paul McDonagh and 19-year-old Shamus Mongan from Greenford and Hendon respectively. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Chelsea FC insists activities at the club will continue - despite the UK government announcing sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich.

The team's released a statement saying they'll try to operate as normal, and upcoming fixtures will go ahead as planned.

But they'll face a transfer ban and no more tickets can be sold as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

These fans outside Stamford Bridge are disappointed with today's announcement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea this morning.

Camilla is vice-patron of the school which currently accommodates over 1,000 students.

The £19.5 million building features a 193 seat studio theatre at its new site in York Road. 

CEO Luke Rittner says the old site just wasn’t set up for what the dance company needs.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A drug dealer from Sutton has been jailed for four years after being caught selling class A’s from his car by police.

29 year old Halie Hamilton who also lived in Mitcham was found guilty of supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

He was arrested in June 2020 after officers in an unmarked car spotted two known drug users waiting for Hamilton.

They found 40 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin on him and two phones containing drug related messages.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

More than £130,000 is being set aside to help make women and girls safer in Richmond

The funding is coming from the Council following the approval of a new strategy.

The strategy been informed by survivors and victims and is based on a preventative model. 

It plans to deliver "the cultural and behavioural shifts needed to deliver long-term change in men’s attitudes to women.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

A police officer who was involved in a lethal collision in Mitcham has been found not proven of misconduct

In June 2019, PC Luke Pickett was driving a marked police car and  responding to an emergency call.

A pedestrian stepped into the road and died at the scene.

The panel found that the officer hadn’t breached the standards of professional behaviour.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

The Culture Secretary says she’s "working hard" to ensure sanctions against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich don't harm the club or national game

The Russian billionaire's had assets frozen, which means his planned sale of the Premier League side is off.

Nadine Dorries says Chelsea is getting a special licence to allow the club to keep playing and staff to be paid.

However, no more tickets can be sold and the merchandise shop will be closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has urged Andreas Christensen not to desert the club at a "decisive moment" in his career

The Denmark international, who will be involved in their Premier League clash at Norwich later, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Christensen has been linked with a move to Barcelona, something Tuchel is aware of.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

The Wimbledon Foundation is donating £100,000 to the British Red Cross to support its Ukraine Crisis Appeal

The Foundation is the charitable arm of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and the Wimbledon Championships.  

It already donates annually to the Red Cross’s Disaster Fund which provides rapid relief to those affected by emergencies worldwide.   

It will also be donating £50,000 to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to help provide food, water, shelter and healthcare.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

Fire crews say there are no reports of any injuries, after a flood in Clapham Junction

The brigade was called yesterday, just before 9am, to a block on Plough Road.

The water went up to around 4 inches after a water pipe burst in the loft space.

Crews worked to make the area safe, and carried out salvage operations to recover items and minimise damage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 am  

Wednesday 9 March 2022

A hospital in Chertsey is now a 'Veteran Aware Trust' due to its work with the armed forces

St Peter’s is one of over 100 hospital trusts aiming to improve care within the NHS and help get veterans beck to work. 

It’s part of the 'Step into Health' programme which is also recruiting veterans into healthcare jobs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

People in Runnymede are being asked to “plant a tree for the jubilee

Mayor Elaine Gill has been visiting schools in the borough, and has worked with students to plant 52 so far.

The campaign started in a bid to save 3,500 oak saplings, which were rescued and nurtured in the Mayor’s back garden.

She says “we have a unique opportunity to make Runnymede greener for years to come”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 pm  

A man has been attacked and robbed following a party in Staines.

The incident happened on Clarence Street at around 2am on Thursday, the 24th of February.

The victim was attacked by three men who also took his phone and passport, before they fled the scene. 

A 26-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

It’s been confirmed the old Chicago’s nightclub in Sutton is to be turned into a community hub.

“Throwley Yard” is set to open next year, and will feature a cinema, food hall and flexible space for a range of cultural activities. 

The site has been empty for nearly ten years after the company that owned it went into administration. 

The council has secured £11 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund for four projects, including this one. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The funeral of Shane Warne will be held on the 30th of March at his beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Australian legend died last Friday, following a suspected heart attack at the age of 52.

Warne collected his 700th Test wicket at the 100-thousand seater stadium in Victoria during the Boxing Day Ashes match against England in 2006.

In the same year he claimed a career best back in Croydon to scuttle Surrey collecting 6 wickets in just 42 overs at Whitgift School.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The cost of filling up a typical diesel car's leapt to more than £90.

The RAC says it follows the biggest daily jump ever recorded.

It adds even more pressure to squeezed household budgets - with families also being warned of further energy bill rises this autumn.

But business secretary and MP for Spelthorne Kwasi Kwarteng's insisted that's not inevitable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm  

Police are no longer investigating Dizzee Rascal for throwing a photographer's camera into a road in Wimbledon.

 The grime artist had just been found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancee in Streatham in June, when he smashed the equipment.

Officers say the journalist, who was reporting outside Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, doesn't want to take it further.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A consortium, led by US businessman Todd Boehly and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, have made an offer to buy Chelsea FC.

 A consortium, led by US businessman Todd Boehly and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, have made an offer to buy Chelsea FC.

Boehly, who is a part owner of MLB side the Los Angeles Dodgers, attempted to purchase the Blues in a £2.2billion deal in 2019.

He has now launched a second attempt with Wyss to buy the club from Roman Abramovich.

Property developer and Chelsea fan Nick Candy has also confirmed his interest in putting together a consortium to buy the club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm  

Boris Johnson insists the number of visas approved for those fleeing Ukraine 'will rise very sharply', with expectations it'll reach 'hundreds of thousands'.

As it stands, 22-thousand applications have been made - with 760 granted.

Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey wants armed forces personnel deployed to speed up safe routes for Ukrainian refugees trying to reach the UK.

 The Kingston MP called for personnel to supplement border force and home office staff in Calais and at visa centres across Europe. 

This is what he had to say at PMQs earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A tree planting ceremony is taking place in Twickenham on Friday hosted by the Mayor of Richmond.

The English Oak is to be planted at Moormead Recreation ground as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Further trees are to be planted across Richmond for the  “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” initiative marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

English Oaks can grow to a height of 30 to 40 feet and their wood is still used in the construction of houses. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Firefighters are currently battling a flood at a block of flats in Clapham Junction.

It’s risen up to around 4 inches, and affected the first and second floors of a three storey building.

It’s due to a burst water pipe in the loft area.

Crews are trying to recover items and minimise damage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

England prop Joe Marler says there's been an added seriousness about training as they prepare to face Ireland in rugby union's Six Nations on Saturday

Both teams go into the match at Twickenham with hopes of being crowned champions.

Marler insists, while their previous victory over Wales was far from easy, they know the Irish are a different proposition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

A driver has been treated for shock, after a collision in Kingston

Police were called just before 9.25 this morning to Birkenhead Avenue.

A car and a truck had hit each other.

No arrests have been made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

A man from Molesey who went to Ukraine in order to join the armed forces there has been rejected by the country

Leon Dawson was told his lack of combat experience would make him a liability.

He’s now at the Polish border, trying to get aid items to refugees.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Staff from the Ministry of Defence are going to help process visa applications of Ukrainians fleeing the war - after criticism the process is too slow

Wimbledon Tory MP Stephen Hammond says “ the government must act more decisively, effectively and faster to offer sanctuary to Ukrainian refugees”.

He adds that biometric checks on those fleeing the war is slowing down the process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

The Laurie Todd Foundation in Kingston, which is working to improve early diagnosis of Oesophageal cancer, is looking to hold its next fundraiser at the end of the month.

Oesophageal cancer is a cancer that's found anywhere in the oesophagus, sometimes called the gullet or food pipe.

Symptoms can include trouble swallowing and acid reflux as well as indigestion and a lack of energy.

Laurie Todd, after whom the charity is named, died just 6 weeks after being diagnosed in 2018.

The charity raffle is being drawn on the 31st of March and all money raised will go into the charity’s work. Prizes include: 

 A Matrix U50 Upright Cycle with XR console.

4 tickets Newbury Racecourse event of your choice.

Tennis for 4 at Roehampton Club with the Racquets Director followed by tea.

Dinner for 2 at Wych Elm Pub in Kingston .

Cut and Blow dry from Headmasters, New Malden.

To enter, click here Laurie Todd Foundation

Speaking to us at a fundraising event last year, Laurie’s wife Maundy, talked about her husband’s legacy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 am  

An ex hip-hop dancer from Croydon is urging Black and Asian men to get the covid-19 vaccine

54 year old Shandy South said his fear of needles prevented him from getting the jab and he ended up contracting coronavirus.

He said, “I had to make a choice to live and fight the anxiety and get the jab” to keep himself, his family and his friends safe.

More than three million Covid-19 vaccinations have been delivered in south west London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

More than £90,000 is to be spent protecting a nature conservation site on the Sutton Croydon border from motorbikes

Sutton council has secured the funding following numerous nuisance reports about riders. 

£60,000 will be spent enhancing entry barriers and some areas will also be tarmacked. 

Met police officers carried out six weeks of extra patrols last spring, seizing motorbikes and giving warnings to riders. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Tuesday 8 March 2022

A fly-tipper who dumped rubbish across Sutton, Hillingdon and Buckinghamshire has been jailed.

37-year-old Dean Stanley from Iver, near Uxbridge, would dump waste in children’s playgrounds, roadside verges, and people’s driveways.

He was linked to the crimes after leaving his personal details with people he removed waste for.

He’s been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Police have released CCTV images of two men they’re hunting for.

The images are of two people on electric bikes they want to identify.

Officers believe they have been riding anti-socially an causing damage around Egham, Staines and Enfield Green.

If you recognise the riders or the bikes, then you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A two month old lamb has died and multiple sheep have been attacked by a dog in Tadworth after reports of livestock worrying.

Officers are appealing for witnesses of the incident on Sunday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, where five other lambs were injured.

Livestock worrying is when a dog scares or attacks farm animals; sheep are particularly sensitive, and often die from the shock. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray has pledged to donate his prize money for the rest of the year to help children affected by the war in Ukraine.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is working with the charity Unicef UK to provide medical and educational supplies.

It's also been confirmed the sport's governing bodies will provide around 530-thousand pounds in donations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea women's boss Emma Hayes scooped the top prize for punditry at last night's Sports Journalism Awards.

She provided analysis for last year's television coverage of the European Championships.

Hayes says it was a great experience.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

The business secretary has visited a housing charity in Spelthorne.

Spelthorne MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, wanted to see for himself the work being done by Rentstart.

The charity runs a rent deposit scheme which helps people on low incomes access private rented accommodation.

This provides landlords with a guarantee-bond instead of a traditional cash deposit, which protects them against rent arrears or damage. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A toll is likely to be introduced on Hammersmith Bridge when it reopens, to cover the cost of repairs.

The council has previously stated that residents of Hammersmith and Fulham won’t have to pay, and have discussed a charge of £3.

Leader Stephen Cowan says a toll would be the only way the borough isn’t “shackled” with the cost for decades to come.

The bill for repair currently stands at around £161m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Dizzee Rascal's ex-fiancee has spoken out following the grime artist's conviction for assaulting her in Streatham last June, saying "wealth and status cannot be used to silence women".

Cassandra Jones, who has two children with the rapper, says she's been receiving support from specialist domestic abuse services following the attack.

The musician was found guilty yesterday - and went on to smash a photographer's camera outside court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

A man has been jailed after stalking a woman from Spelthorne over a period of several months.

38-year-old Craig Gibson from Hounslow was also convicted of smashing several windows.

Detective Constable Lucy Stuttard says he “made the life of the woman he targeted a living hell”.

He’s been sentenced to three years behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Today is International Women’s Day.

To mark the event, veterans’ charity Royal Star and Garter in Surbiton has been hearing from its female residents. 

Florence was 19 when she was taken out of her office to make munitions during WWII.

But she decided this wasn’t for her and she joined the Royal Air Force instead. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Three people - two of them serving Metropolitan Police officers - have been named after being charged with sending grossly offensive messages on WhatsApp.

It's linked to an investigation into conversations exchanged online with Sarah Everard's killer - the jailed former PC - Wayne Couzens.

She was Kidnapped in Clapham and murdered by him.

PC Jonathon Cobban, who's 35 and 33-year-old PC William Neville will appear in court next week alongside former constable Joel Borders who's 45.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

A special event is being held in Wimbledon this afternoon to mark International Women’s Day.

Taking place at Cannizaro House, it’ll feature female speakers and will also showcase businesses in Wimbledon. 

The aim is to celebrate the power, independence, creativity and innovation of “Women leading today’s conversation.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

It's hoped pregnant women and new mothers will benefit from better access to mental health services, as part of a project

Amplifying Maternal Voices will run for at least two years nationwide and will work towards achieving equal mental healthcare for everyone in perinatal services.

Bianca Bacchus from Tooting has two young children and says she could have done with the extra support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

An app has come to Surrey which rewards people who leave their car at home

The Betterpoints app tracks journeys and awards points, which can be translated into high street vouchers or charity donations.

It’s being trialled in Surrey for the next three months, and the county council says “every journey counts”.

41% of emissions in the county come from transport.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Croydon Council has been loaned £25m by the government

The authority is hoping to be financially sustainable by 2024, after almost going bankrupt in 2020.

A budget for this year has been approved, which will include a 1.99% council tax increase, and 1% more for adult social care.

However, they’re ensuring every library and children’s centre will remain open, and they’re putting money into protecting the vulnerable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Today is International Women’s Day

To mark the event, a veterans’ charity in Surbiton has been hearing from some of its inspirational female residents. 

The Royal Star and Garter provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.  

Former bank-teller Margaret helped locate German U-boats during WWII.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Children as young as 11 are fame-seeking through TikTok according to new research from Kingston University

Marketing experts have been examining the psychology of secondary school age TikTokers and the gratifications they get from the site.   

They wanted to uncover how much young people are motivated by self-expression, social recognition and fame-seeking. 

The findings revealed that children often believe that they will become famous by sharing video clips of their talents. 

But Dr Rita Kottasz, says this increases the risk of being exposed to predatory and privacy issues at a very young age.  

 TikTok requires young people to be at least 13 years old to sign up.

 But in this study, pre-adolescent children were found to be more active in posting video content and were heavier users than adolescents.  

 The research paper, Uses and gratifications sought by pre-adolescent and adolescent TikTok consumers, is available online.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

A man has been convicted of assaulting a woman he knew in Streatham

37-year-old Dylan Mills from Sevenoaks will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Constable Hannah Barton says “tackling violence against women remains a top priority for the met”.

She adds that the victim showed “immense strength throughout the investigation”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Monday 7 March 2022

Raynes Park’s newest church has officially opened its doors.
Building at Dundonald Church in Kingston Road began in September 2019 and continued throughout the pandemic.

Despite delays caused by flash flooding last July, the venue is now complete and hosted its first services yesterday.

It’s hoped the new building will also be used by the community for a range of activities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 pm  

Rapper Dizzee Rascal’s smashed a photographer’s camera outside Wimbledon Magistrates Court, after he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancée in Streatham last June.

The 37-year-old – whose real name is Dylan Mills – hurled it across the road moments after the verdict.

He’ll be sentenced next month

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 pm  

Twickenham’s MP has submitted a petition to the Mayor of London surrounding the future of the former Teddington Police station.

Munira Wilson wants it developed into a new GP surgery and affordable housing. 

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime owns the site.

Ms Wilson says it should not be sold off, but redeveloped for the community. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Dizzee Rascal has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancee in Streatham last June.

The grime artist had denied pressing his forehead against Cassandra Jones and pushing her to the ground during a row.

The 37-year-old - behind hits including "Bonkers" and "Dance Wiv Me" - had two children with Cassandra before splitting in February of last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

A man from Epsom has been found guilty of murdering a pedestrian in Chessington in 2019.

22 year old Martin Eastwood drove at Liam Dent in a stolen Ford S-Max following a confrontation outside a pub.

The 25-year-old became caught under the car which then drove at speeds of up to 32mph.

Eastwood already had two previous convictions that involved him using his car.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A four-month-old Pug puppy, stolen from a garden in Staines, has been returned.

Pumpkin went missing from her back garden on the 24th of February.

Her owners say she would not have been able to escape by herself.

Surrey Police believe the Pug was sold, but was identified and returned by members of the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A flat fire broke out at a block in Putney last night.

Firefighters were called to Keswick Road just before 19:20 and the blaze was out 40 minutes later.

One man left the property before the brigade arrived and was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Firefighters have rescued a woman from a flat fire in Fulham

The blaze broke out in Maynard Close just before 4am. 

The woman was taken to hospital where her condition is thought to be stable. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by both LFB and the Met Police. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

A group of dog walkers from Walton are trying to get a village hall's worth of pet supplies to Ukrainian refugees

They had transport booked for midday today, but issues meant the lorry is no longer available.

Wendy says the response has been unbelievable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Police in Kingston are trying to reunite a number of watches with their owners

They arrested two people for burglary in January, and found them during the investigation.

They include a timepiece on a distinctive charm bracelet, and one with a map of the world on the face.

If you recognise them and can prove that they are yours, please could you contact DS Gavin Bolt on [email protected]

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Everton manager Frank Lampard is expecting a hostile reception when he takes his team to Tottenham in the Premier League tonight

Lampard's links to Chelsea and West Ham means he won't be given a warm welcome, while his assistant coach Ashley Cole also played for Spurs' fierce rivals Arsenal.

The former England midfielder can't wait to take on Tottenham again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

MPs will vote on measures to ramp up sanctions on those close to Vladimir Putin later

Deputy Prime Minister and Esher MP Dominic Raab says the government's actions are already hurting Russia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sunday 6 March 2022

Residents in Epsom are ready to play their part to show support with the people of Ukraine.

The old H&M store unit in the Ashley centre will be receiving donations through the newly established ‘Surrey Stands With Ukraine’

It is being organised by one family who has relatives in the Ukraine.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 pm  

A road in Richmond is to be closed to traffic from next week until the end of March to allow toads to cross the road and get to their annual breeding ground

The road traffic order is placed on a 400m stretch of Church Road in Ham – a migratory route used by the toads each year – to eliminate the risk of accidents caused by cars.

Local volunteers will be on hand to maintain a “toad patrol” during the migration period to prevent the toads falling into drains, which is the main cause of death when the road is closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

More students got their preferred Secondary school choice in Sutton than in any other London borough this year

96% of pupils were offered a place at one of their top three choices for this September, 2% higher than the London average.

Over 73% got into their first preference school, according to figures released by the Pan London Admissions Board.

It comes as National Secondary School Offer Day was celebrated on the 1st March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Wandsworth is being treated to a wealth of spring-time colour with thousands of bulbs coming into bloom

More than 10,000 bulbs have been planted since the end of last October.

Commons, parks and even roadside verges are heralding spring with a splash of colour.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A house described as “practically in the gardens of Hampton Court” is up for sale for £6m

Ivy House was built in 1778, and was once owned by the Countess of Effingham, who was the “most talked of” person at George III’s coronation.

The house includes a 29 square metre library, a coal and log store, and a wine cellar.

Country Life says that the large double garage “has space for a shiny new Rolls-Royce”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Two more “tiny forests” are coming to Fulham

Around 600 native trees and shrubs are to be planted at Normand Park and Eel Brook Common.

Councillor Wesley Harcourt says the tennis court-sized areas ensure “cleaner air and safer habitats for our local wildlife”.

The one in Normand Park was funded by a donation from 52-year-old Shamita Ray, a yoga teacher who’s lived in Hammersmith for 30 years.

She says “you can’t really go wrong with trees, it’s so pleasant to be within them”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

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