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Saturday 19 March 2022

Isleworth library is the latest public building in Hounslow to benefit from the introduction of carbon-cutting and energy-saving measures

It’s part of a wider programme of 18.9 million pounds investment from the governments Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund.

The improvement work at the library include solar Panels and energy-efficient lightbulbs.

The council has also replaced traditional gas fired boilers.

The improvements will reduce costs by 23% and reduce the Isleworth Leisure Centre and Library’s carbon emissions by 50%.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 pm  

House builders have been given a deadline of the end of this month to agree on how to pay for the removal of dangerous cladding

The government has threatened to impose legal requirements to force developers to pay.

Under the building safety bill new powers will mean cladding producers can be fined for defective products.

The measures come in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 where 72 people lost their lives. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 pm  

Jubilee Square, New Malden’s latest public space, has been officially declared open by Kingston’s Mayor Councillor Sushila Abraham

The new square forms part of Kingston Council’s heritage-led regeneration of the borough and will celebrate New Malden’s rich history and culture through projects such as local history boards and community artwork.

A series of community-led events will bring the space by Burlington Road to life, beginning with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

Crossrail says it will operate empty trains for several weeks to ensure a “flawless" service when it opens

 A spokesperson for Transport for London said they didn’t want the launch to be reminiscent of the botched opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled when the west London airport opened the terminal in March 2008.

Crossrail, or the Elizabeth line, will give major international getaways like Heathrow greater accessibility.

The line, already three years behind schedule, will open to the public by the end of June. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 pm  

Staines Town Football Club has been divided over the prospect of a tournament for the Traveller community suggested by its owner.

The club, based at Wheatsheaf Park, announced in February that it was planning on holding a daily tournament from April 29 until October aimed at members of the Traveller Community.

Joe Dixon, the owner of Staines Town FC, said that he was keen to start a longer-lasting commitment for an often-misunderstood group of people as part of the event, called The Travellers Community Cup.

Despite having an “overwhelmingly positive response”, the plans have not come without their critics, including the landowner, The Travellers Times and the group Staines Town FC Supporters Club.

However, there are currently no plans to reconsider the event.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

MP for Kingston and Surbiton Sir Ed Davey has criticised government housing targets in Surrey, calling them “eye watering”.

The Liberal Democrat leader said government housing targets are "forcing councils" in Surrey to allocate green belt land for development.

In Mole Valley, the district council has submitted a plan to build 6,000 homes by 2037, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

But Sir Ed said these targets were “out of date” due to the amount of office space that will be empty post-Covid, with increases in remote working.

A government spokesperson said: "Protecting the cherished countryside and green spaces is our priority."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

A planned strike by South London bus drivers has been suspended after a new pay offer.

Members of Unite employed by Arriva were due to stage a 24-hour walkout on Monday, followed by further action later in the month.

Following last-minute negotiations, the union has said, Monday’s stoppage has been suspended to allow the workers to be balloted over the offer.

Unite added that if the bus drivers, who are based at depots across south London, reject the pay offer then a 48-hour stoppage scheduled to begin on March 28 will go ahead.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

You could be seeing street stalls and farmers’ markets in Ewell Village and Stoneleigh Broadway soon if plans go ahead.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s environment and safe communities committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the plans.

Five pitches could be approved for the station end of Stoneleigh Broadway, where stalls could trade seven days a week.

In Ewell Village, the market could set up in The Grove, which is the alleyway between Ewell Village High Street to West Street.

The plans said markets and street traders could increase footfall to an area, which would help speed up economic recovery and give local businesses the best chance of survival after the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A 19-year-old from Epsom will mark World Down Syndrome Day on Monday by completing a very special challenge.

Conor Macauley-Conway, who has Down Syndrome, will have undertaken 21 days of consecutive swimming of 1500 meters.

That’s the equivalent of the English Channel. 

He’s raising money for Down Syndrome Swimming GB.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Wandsworth Council’s leader says he’s “dismayed” that the revamp of the town’s one way system could be ditched completely.

Ravi Govindia has written to London's deputy mayor for transport calling for answers as to what is going on with the scheme.

The council set aside £27 million a decade ago to help fund the programme.

It would remove all through-traffic from Wandsworth High Street to help cut pollution and improve collision statistics.

There were 48 accidents in the three years to December 2019.

Transport for London originally said that work would start in 2017.

We’ve contacted TfL for comment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

More the 40% of knife crime victims in Kensington and Chelsea are under the age of 25.

A new youth violence strategy has been approved by the council.

It sets out plans for new training, early intervention, and a community board to help young people escape violence. 

22% of 120 young people who took part in a recent crime survey, said they were “fearful of mugging or physical attack.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A truck filled with medical equipment is leaving Epsom's Ashley Centre for Ukraine this morning.

Volunteers will finish filling the vehicle before it sets off on its journey at around 9.30. 

The equipment has been donated by St George’s Hospital in Tooting. 

The drop off has been organised by newly established organisation, Surrey Stands with Ukraine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

People in Richmond are being urged to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to help organise events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Council has set aside special funding for celebrations.

There are two different grant available.   

Street parties and The Big Jubilee Lunch organisers can bid for up to £500, while larger event organisers can apply for up to £1,000. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 18 March 2022

Spelthorne Council has had to rewrite its rules on complaints, after too many “frivolous” issues were raised.

36 councillors have complained of misconduct by other councillors in the past two years.

There’s now no right of appeal against finding a breach or deciding not to take any further action.

Since January 2020, there have been 50 complaints by the public, staff and councillors, out of which only four have been referred for further action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A “Man Van” cancer checker launched in Croydon this morning.

The mobile unit is a new initiative from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and its partners. 

After Croydon, it will visit workplaces and churches across London to improve male healthcare access.

Professor Nick James from The Royal Marsden explains why health checking is going on the road. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Police have released an image of a man they’re trying to identify in connection with an ongoing burglary investigation in Epsom.

The incident happened at a residential property on Sefton Road between 4:50pm and 6:20pm on Saturday 12th February.

The man is described as White, of skinny build and with brown hair and he was wearing a black hooded coat.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The hunt is on to find a male home for a cat which has been in the care of a charity in Mitcham for more than a year.

Nine-year-old Bobby’s owner died in February last year and he was given to Cats Protection. 

Despite appeals in Surrey, Sussex and London, the “loving black cat” has been overlooked for a full year.

 The charity is calling for cat-loving men to come forward, as Bobby has shown signs of preferring the company of men.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

There are calls for an emergency airlift to get Ukrainian refugees to the UK.

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey has visited the Polish border, and says he was “appalled” by the lack of UK Government personnel.

He says he counted representatives from 19 other countries.

The Foreign Office say they’re “at the forefront” of supporting those fleeing Ukraine, and they’ve sent aid teams to the wider region.

An FCDO Spokesperson said:

“The UK is at the forefront of supporting those fleeing Ukraine as a result of Putin’s unprovoked aggression.

“We have deployed humanitarian teams to the wider region to ensure essential supplies and medical support reach those who need it most.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank hopes Christian Eriksen can start thinking only about the joy of playing football again once he returns to international duty.

The midfielder's been called-up by Denmark for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest at last summer's Euros.

Frank believes walking out at his national stadium will be the final step in Eriksen's recovery, after returning to action in the Premier League last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Former footballer Joey Barton's trial for allegedly assaulting his wife in a drunken row in Kew has been delayed after she wrote to prosecutors.

A court heard from his lawyer, who says Georgia Barton now claims she was injured by accident when friends intervened in an argument.

The Bristol Rovers manager had been due to stand trial in south-west London today, but the case has been pushed back to June.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A “Man Van” mobile cancer checker launched in Croydon this morning.

The unit is a new initiative from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and its partners. 

It will visit workplaces and churches across London to improve male healthcare access focusing on Prostate Cancer.

Bishop, Mark Nicholson, is from Acts Christian Church in Croydon. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man has been taken to hospital following a fire in Kingston.

Crews were called just before 8.30 this morning to Gordon Road.

The fire started in the kitchen, and the man managed to get into the garden, where the brigade gave him oxygen until paramedics arrived.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police investigating a suspected arson attack on a pub in Chertsey have released CCTV images of the men they’d like to question.


Officers were called to The Kingfisher at around at 10pm on November the 26th following reports of a fire in the toilets.

No one was injured but the fire caused significant damage to the building.  

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area to come forward with any information on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

54 people are due to appear in court to face criminal charges following protests at junctions of the M25 in Surrey last year.

The protests took place over a number of dates in September.

The most recent activity in Surrey took place between J9 Leatherhead and 10 A3 Wisley on the M25 on Tuesday the 21st of September.

Surrey Police was called to each incident in order to manage disruption caused to motorists and made a number of arrests.

All those who have been summonsed have been charged with obstruction of the highway or excluded traffic on a special road.

Further charges have been brought against 11 individuals in addition to the above for criminal damage or possession of a bladed article.

They’ll appear in court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s challenging people to get moving this April.

The Active April initiative is encouraging residents to make simple adjustments in their daily routine to increase their physical activity.

You can also win a £50 sports voucher by sharing pictures of yourself getting active with the #ActiveApril and sending them to the council.

Adults are recommended to do around 20-30 minutes of exercise a day, including going for a walk.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes there can be a quick sale of the club so there can be more "clarity" about the future.

Bidders have until tonight to make an offer to buy the club from sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich - who can't make money from it.

Several billionaires are thought to be interested.

Tuchel says it is a tricky time - but he has faith they'll all come through it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A Brentford fan has been found guilty of racially abusing a steward at a match last year.

He’s been given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

The club says the person is “facing the possibility” of a severe club sanction, which could be an indefinite ban.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has died after a stabbing in Ham.

Three men admitted themselves to hospital with what’s believed to be stab wounds at 11.30 last night. 

One man, thought to be 31-years-old, was pronounced dead a short time later. 

The other two have injuries which aren’t believed to be life threatening and have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

Police are searching the areas around Maguire Drive on the border with Kingston. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder says he doesn't feel sorry for Chelsea, ahead of facing them in the FA Cup quarter-finals tomorrow

Bidders have until tonight to make an offer for the club, following the sanctioning of Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea requested, and withdrew, a request to play the game behind closed doors because they couldn't sell away tickets.

Wilder's called that "bizarre".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

Former Surrey and England bowler Stuart Meaker has spent the night in Poland after delivering donated supplies to refugees

The 33-year-old embarked on the long journey in his own van at the start of the week. 

He spent the night unloading the items which included fridge freezers and groceries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A travelling programme of free cancer checks for men has launched in Croydon

The ‘Man Van’ is a new initiative from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and its partners. 

The mobile health clinic will visit workplaces and churches across London to improve healthcare access. 

It will focus on men of working age who often have worse prostate cancer outcomes than older men. 

Black men also have roughly double the risk of developing prostate cancer and an increased risk of death once diagnosed. 

The travelling van will also carry out tests for other health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.    

If the pilot is successful, it could be rolled out across the NHS.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens has been charged with four counts of indecent exposure

The offences are alleged to have taken place between January and February last year in the Swanley area.

The 49-year-old, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of the woman from Clapham, will appear in court next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

A month-long emotional human impact hearing on the inquiry into the Post Office scandal comes to an end today

More than 700 workers were accused of theft, fraud and false accounting when computer glitches incorrectly suggested money was missing.

That includes a woman from West Byfleet who was eight weeks pregnant at the time.

It's been described as "the worst miscarriage of justice in recent British legal history."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

There's believed to be more than 20 credible parties interested in buying Chelsea, with the deadline to submit a bid for the club tonight

 Former footballer Gary Neville believes the Premier League shouldn't allow 'tainted' money into the game.

Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the government due to his close ties with Vladimir Putin.

Neville admits he's changed his previously expressed opinion that foreign investment should be welcomed into football in Britain.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A vintage shop owner in North Cheam is holding a lovely jubbly “Only Fools and Horses” themed fundraiser today

For a £1 donation, fans can pose with the replica of the iconic Trotters Independent Traders’ van at Pete’s Yard in London Road. 

Owner Pete O’Connor is trying to raise £500 for Red Nose Day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Plans for a new community centre and affordable housing scheme in the heart of Teddington have been approved.

Richmond Council says the current Elleray Hall “has reached the end of its useful life”, is beyond repair and too costly to heat. 

The new development will still offer services for older residents, as well as host events, classes and activities aimed at all age groups.

The housing part of the scheme will deliver 16 residential units, all of them affordable. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Thursday 17 March 2022

Grand slams around the world have decided on a new way to decide tie breaks.

If the score reaches six games all, then there’ll be a ten point tie break.

For the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and the US Open, it’ll be played in lieu of the final set for some doubles events.

However, at Wimbledon, the format will remain the same across all events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Spelthorne has received 41 cherry trees from Japan.

5,000 cherry trees will be planted across the UK as a way of celebrating the ties between the countries.

Spelthorne councillors have visited Japan, at their own expense, over the past two decades, to learn from local governments all over the world.

The borough’s allocation will be planted at areas including Staines Lammas and Rivermead Island.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Many of us will be hoping for a bit of the luck of the Irish today as it’s St Patrick’s Day.

The religious and cultural celebration is marked across the UK and the world annually. 

The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith is home to various community groups. 

Member, Margaret, has been knitting a surprise for the Duchess of Cornwall ahead of her official visit to Ireland next week. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Unigate Wood in Streatham Wells has been declared a local nature reserve.

It’s rich in birdlife, butterflies, bats and stag beetles.

The wood is believed to be part of a much larger area of ancient woodland.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Crystal Palace defender Marc ga-hee has been called up to the England squad for the first time ahead of two friendlies at the end of the month.

The 21-year-old has played in all but one of his team's 29 Premier League games this season since joining from Chelsea last summer.

Manager Gareth Southgate admits he's been impressed with Guehi's performances.

There's no place in the group for Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Surrey police have released images of jewellery recovered after two men were arrested in connection with a burglary investigation.

Officers searched a property after the arrests and discovered several pieces of jewellery and other items.

Police are trying to locate the owner of these items.

If you know who they belong to or have any other further information, you should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Isleworth Library has reopened its doors, with a series of green upgrades.

Solar panels have been installed, and gas boilers have gone in favour of air source heat pumps.

It’ll reduce costs by 23% and emissions by 50%.

The council is spending just under £19m to decarbonise the area.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Hammersmith Bridge will be completely closed on the day of the annual Oxford Cambridge boat race next month.

Safety experts have instructed the council to shut it off to pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooter riders between 10am and 5pm on April the 3rd. 

The council says the decision has been taken because the structure is not strong enough to hold large crowds of onlookers. 

Stabilisation works worth £8.9 million are currently underway. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man is being treated in hospital after a serious assault in Staines last night.

It was after he confronted 4 thieves wearing balaclavas trying to steal a catalytic converter just after 8pm on Victoria Road.

The men attacked him, causing serious facial injuries, including a suspected fractured eye socket, and injuries to his hand and fingers. 

He is currently receiving treatment in hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage in the area around the time of the incident is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Rail firm Govia has been given a penalty of £23.5m over a serious breach of the company’s franchise agreement

It was stripped of its Southeastern contract after concealing more than £25m of funding which should have been returned to the taxpayer.

Govia still runs four train services across an area stretching from Southampton to King's Lynn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

Nearly 120,000 people have now had their first two COVID jabs and booster vaccination in Richmond

 But the authority says there are still some residents who are yet to have their first dose.   

To accommodate this, another vaccination session is being held at York House in Twickenham next Thursday between 1 and 7pm. 

No appointments are needed, and people can just walk in if they are eligible. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

A woman has died in a collision on Wandsworth Bridge

Police were called just after 10pm last night, after a collision between a car and a 28-year-old pedestrian.

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

It’s an extra special St Patrick’s Day for one centre in Hammersmith

The Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  

John Barber is a Director of the Irish Foundation in Dublin and works closely with the centre. 

He says continuing to build links between Ireland and England is extremely important. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised the club's staff after the team reached the Champions League quarter-finals

They continued their defence of the trophy with a 2-1 win in Lille last night, which took them through 4-1 on aggregate.

Despite the club's future remaining uncertain, Tuchel says everyone has remained professional.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday 16 March 2022

The Chelsea Supporters Trust Board has written an open letter to prospective buyers of the football club.

It’s calling for a “democratically elected shadow board” of fans.

The area’s MP, Greg Hands, says the club and stadium “are an essential part of my Chelsea and Fulham community”.

Property developer Nick Candy has already promised a fan seat on the board, should his bid be successful.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

A man from Hammersmith has been released from prison in Iran following Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says the Government is working to secure the departure of wildlife conservationist Morad Tahbaz.

He’s currently been released 'on furlough.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 pm  

Safe standing is hopefully coming to Brentford next season.

In January, a number of trials started at Premier League and Championship clubs.

The Bees say they will now speak to authorities to secure a licence.

The club says that 89% of fans indicated their support for the scheme in a consultation last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 pm  

A property in Mitcham has been shut down, after “three successive weekends of disturbance”.

The council received complaints of unlicensed music events during February.

The changing of the locks was overseen by a team from the authority, to mark the beginning of a three-month closure order.

Merton says the “prompt action” shows they’re committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

Items worth £24,000 have been stolen by three masked men from Curry’s in Weybridge.

The theft took place at The Paddocks Retail Park on Monday, the 28th of February at around 7.45pm.

The entered the shop, threatened to stab staff members and then stole display items including laptops and phones before fleeing the scene.  

The suspects were described as Black men, around 6ft tall, and wearing balaclavas, gloves and dark jackets. 

If you have information, contact Police on 101 quoting PR/45220022294

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Deer birthing season is approaching in Richmond and Bushy Parks.

More than 200 fawns and calves are born across the two sites annually between May and July. 

During this time pet owners are asked to keep their dogs on leads and take extra care to make sure they stay 50 metres away from the deer. 

Park Sergeant Peter Sturgess explains what can happen if you get too close.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Fifty-six people have been charged over Insulate Britain's protests held on the M25 in September.

The climate activists have been accused of causing a public nuisance at various junctions on the motorway including at Heathrow. 

The Metropolitan Police says they will appear in court in April. 

The charges follow separate action brought by Kent Police earlier this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Three Met police officers who worked with Sarah Everard's killer have pleaded not guilty to sending “grossly offensive” messages to him.

They allegedly shared racist and misogynistic WhatsApp messages with Wayne Couzens.

PCs Jonathon Cobban and William Neville, and ex-constable Joel Borders have been released on bail until their trial in July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A man has been given a community order, after stealing £10,000 worth of laptops from a car park in Staines.

48-year-old Robert Philips from Slough used a saw to break into a locked cupboard, but was caught on CCTV.

He stole two laptops used for automatic number plate recognition.

His car was captured on CCTV, and he was tracked down, arrested, and the laptops were recovered.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Four HSBC branches are to close in South-West London later this year

The outlet in Perth Hammersmith is due to go first, in July.

In September, New Malden and Wandsworth will go, followed by Kingston in October.

Jackie Uhi, from HSBC, says there’s now “more complex banking needs”, and that Post Offices are being used more and more 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

The world number one tennis player could be barred from Wimbledon this year, unless he condemns his country’s invasion of Ukraine

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston says the government is speaking to the All-England club about Russian Daniil Medvedev.

He says “nobody flying the flag for Russia should be allowed or enabled”.

Medvedev has no known links to Vladimir Putin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Police are searching for two people on motorbikes after a robbery in Tooting

It’s believed to have happened on the 8th of February at around 8.30pm on St James’s Drive.

Pictures show one person in a black and yellow jacket, and another in a black puffer jacket and blue jeans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Police have started keeping a log of incidents of “deer worrying” in Richmond Park

Birth season is approaching, and dog owners are being asked to keep their pets on leads no matter where they are in the park. 

Officers say they are contacted daily with reports about dogs chasing deer. 

Park Sergeant Peter Sturgess has this advice. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

Three affordable housing schemes in Brentford and Chiswick have been halted due to the rising costs of construction materials

Hounslow council says the developments included the building of additional homes that weren’t part of an original target.

The schemes affected are Field Lane and Mercury Close in Brentford and Mills Row in Chiswick.

The authority says its previous commitment of building 1,000 new homes by this year has already been reached. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Tuesday 15 March 2022

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid Hammersmith a visit this morning.

Charles and Camilla were at the Irish Cultural Centre to celebrate its 25th anniversary. 

The site specialises in Irish arts and culture including dancing, singing and education. 

Centre Director William Foote says having the royal couple there has given staff and community groups a real boost.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People affected by regular flooding in Worcester Park are being invited to a special information event.

Surrey County Council is hosting it alongside flood experts who will take questions. 

Residents will also be able to visit the “floodmobile” trailer to better understand what options are available to them.

It’s taking place in Auriol Park on the 29th of March between 10 and 3pm. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A driver has been issued with an anti-social behaviour warning after being caught doing doughnuts in Egham.

It came after residents reported being kept up on Sunday night by the sound of vehicles doing handbrake turns in Thorpe Industrial Estate.

When officers arrived, the driver didn’t have any headlights on either.

The warning means if he’s caught driving anti-socially again in the next 12 months, Police have powers to seize his vehicle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Christian Eriksen has been included in the Denmark squad for their upcoming games against the Netherlands and Serbia.

The midfield made his return to football with Brentford earlier this month.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for his country at Euro 2020 in June last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea's travel to tomorrow's Champions League tie in Lille won't be affected by the restrictions put on the club by the UK government's decision to sanction Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

The Premier League side are operating under a special licence limiting the amount of money they can spend on travel.

However boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the framework was already in place for the trip to France, with the away game at Middlesbrough on Saturday more of an issue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

A 17-storey student block and a 400 room hotel have been approved for Hammersmith.

The developer received planning permission for it two years ago, and has now had the design approved by the council.

It’ll be built on the site of the former Magistrates Court.

Half of the student homes will be affordable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are investigating the theft of a moped in Stanwell last month.

It was stolen from the victims address in Dutch Barn Closed between 11pm on Friday the 18th and 3am on Saturday the 19th of February.

The moped has since been recovered and returned to its owner, but officers are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information, CCTV footage or who saw anything suspicious in the area is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

The justice secretary's announced an annual package of reforms worth 135-million pounds for the criminal legal aid sector.

MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab's also accepted another recommendation following an independent review, to increase various fee schemes by 15 per cent.

The thresholds for eligibility will be looked at as well.

He's told MPs in the Commons, the changes will ensure there's equal access to the available support.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 pm  

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has questioned the UK Government's priorities.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister condemned the club's fans for chanting Roman Abramovich's name, following the sanctioning of the Russian billionaire.

Tuchel says there are far more important things to be talking about right now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were in Hammersmith this morning.

Charles and Camilla were at the Irish Cultural Centre to celebrate its 25th anniversary. 

The Royal couple are off to Ireland next week, something Prince Charles appears to be very much looking forward to.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The Moonwalk London returns in May.

Thousands of men and women will pound the streets in decorated bras to raise money for breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk. 

Jenna Dance from Streatham is one of those who will be taking on the 26.2 mile challenge. 

She was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago at the age of 35. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police are hunting for a man from Thames Ditton in connection with a violent assault.

24 year old Joshua Rutter is described as a White man. 5ft 6 inches tall with green/blue eyes and blonde hair.

He also has connections to Walton and Sunbury.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Sports Minister says Chelsea are not too big to go bust, but reassured fans the future of the club is not in doubt as things stand.

Nigel Huddleston has been facing MP's at a committee hearing around sporting sanctions for Russia.

He says the government are also open to allowing them to sell more tickets and merchandise, stressing the aim of the rules is to impact owner Roman Abramovich.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A teenager has admitted fatally stabbing a motorcyclist from Thornton Heath.

18 year old Brandon Aldon McNeil pleaded guilty to murder of 23 year old Shane Jerome at the Old Baily today.

In July last year, Jerome was stabbed in the heart in Brixton whilst riding in a convoy of vehicles for the filming of a music video.

McNeil also admitted attempting GBH with intent by trying to stab another man.

He’ll be sentenced at the end of May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

Charities and politicians say they’re still working to help refugees from Afghanistan, despite strain on resources due to the war in Ukraine

The government says it’s been “working at pace” to house refugees, and have put £5m of funding in to support it.

Feltham MP Seema Malhotra says the situation “has not gone away” and “many people are still trapped”.

She tells us about the difficulties British nationals are facing there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm  

Wandsworth Police say a vehicle stop “quickly spiralled” when it found large amounts of drugs and cash

The force says they found a “huge amount of heroin”, a kilo of uncut crack cocaine, and £15,000.

Pictures show stacks of £20 notes and big rocks of Class A drugs in bags.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

The hunt is on for a couple who left a restaurant in Wimbledon Village without paying their bill

The pair enjoyed food and drink at Thai Tho last night before making off in a blue Ford with two children in the back of it. 

Restaurant owner, Adrian Mills, says the bill came to £87 and he has reported the theft and CCTV images to police. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

A petition has been launched by shop owners trying to save their premises from possible demolition in Raynes Park

An application has been submitted to Merton Council to knock down and rebuild a parade of flats and shops in Grand Drive.   

But the new block would comprise only 3 shops instead of the current 8.   

The petition is calling for more shop allocation, and that the current retailers be given first refusal on it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

The tourism industry's welcoming the end of all remaining Covid travel restrictions for people arriving here

The sector's preparing for extra demand over Easter.

Heathrow has dropped its face mask requirement, with Virgin and BA also dropping the requirement on some routes.

From Friday, we won't need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form or take a coronavirus test if unvaccinated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

A Ukrainian restaurant in Twickenham is seeing a huge outpouring of support and is now fully focused on helping refugees

Prosperity has been sending trucks filled with donations to the Poland-Ukraine border.

It’s also offering a lunchtime special to raise more funds.

Maria, who’s Ukrainian, has been volunteering there, and has been overwhelmed by the response.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:58 am  

Monday 14 March 2022

The family of a 7 year old boy who died in Chertsey say they have been quoted over £1,000 to get his headstone fixed.

Zane Gbangbola died after floodwaters entered his home when the Thames burst its banks in 2014. 

Posting on Twitter, his family has revealed his headstone is leaning and needs cleaning, but it will cost £1,500.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

London Heathrow airport has announced that passengers will no longer be required to wear a face covering from Wednesday.

The move applies to the airport’s terminals, bus and railways stations and office spaces.

Heathrow says passengers will still be encouraged to wear a face covering “particularly when coming into close contact with others”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Dame Darcey Bussell says all schools should be looking to incorporate dance into children’s physical education.

The former Strictly judge and Wimbledon resident has been talking about the work her charity does. 

Diverse Dance Mix aims to get people moving without feeling intimidated. 

Ms Bussell, who was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet at the tender age of 20, says it’s great for good mental health.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are hunting for a man from Staines.


26 year old Shane Adam Morris is wanted in connection to an ongoing investigation.

He is described as a white man, of heavy build, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

He also has connections to Hounslow and Shepherds Bush.

You can view an image of him on our Radio Jackie website, anyone with information on his whereabouts its urged to contact police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Oxshott resident Andy Murray hopes teaming up with Ivan Lendl for a third time will help him compete for tennis titles again.

The Brit won his three Grand Slams and two Olympic golds while working under the Czech coach.

Murray was beaten in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters by Alexander Bublik  last night.

He says he knows where he needs to improve.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Calls are continuing to use the homes of sanctioned Russians to house Ukrainian refugees.

That includes the £500m property portfolio of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and that of tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who owns an eight-bedroom mansion in Weybridge.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has suggested the idea, but his opponents have called it legally not feasible.

Meanwhile, the scheme to welcome Ukrainian refugees into UK homes opens today, with people able to register their interest now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Central Road in Morden was cordoned off this morning due to a fire.

Firefighters were called at 11:16 to reports of smoke coming from an electrical junction box on the pavement.

Two people were evacuated from surrounding properties and a 25m cordon was put in place as a precaution

A small part of the pavement was damaged by the fire but there are no reports of any injuries. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Jack Willis has been recalled to the England rugby union squad for the first time in a year.

The Wasps flanker made his return from a serious knee injury he suffered in the 2021 Six Nations last month.

Tom Curry drops out of the 34-man group for the match with France on Saturday because of a hamstring problem.

England lost 15-32 to Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Police are hunting for a man, with connections to Thames Ditton, for breaching a stalking protection order.


44 year old Tariq Zahid from Woking is described as an Asian man, 5ft 9inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair.

You can view an image of Tariq on our Radio Jackie website.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts its urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

A car was stolen in Chertsey on Friday.

The silver Ford Focus Titanium was taken at 10 to 10 on Friday morning from Guildford Street.

The suspects stole the vehicle without the keys.

You can find a picture of the car on our Radio Jackie website.

anyone with any information or any sightings of the vehicle are urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Stormzy is going to release his third album this year.

The grime star, who’s originally from Croydon but now lives in Kingston, announced the news during the first night of his much-delayed Heavy Is The Head UK tour in Cardiff yesterday.

During the show, a video of the rapper making the record was played to the audience.

It's available for pre-order now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Firefighters are reminding people about cooking safety after a fire in Croydon.

The brigade was called to Epsom Road at 6:10pm on Saturday evening, believed to have been caused by items left on a hob.

A woman was treated on scene, there are no reports of any other injuries.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “It’s really important that you don’t leave cooking unattended.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Kingston’s Council leader has given his word that New Malden’s swimming pool at the Malden Centre will reopen on Thursday.

The site has been closed for repair after a problem was found with the ceiling tiles. 

It was a similar situation to the one found at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in 2019 which forced its immediate closure. 

That pool is now out of action until the leisure centre can be demolished and another one rebuilt in its place. 

Lib Dem leader Andreas Kirsch also acknowledges that when the Malden Centre is redeveloped, the pool will be moved. 

But he says they won’t close the Malden Centre pool without reopening the new one, at a different location, first.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Police say the body of a man which was found near the M4 in Berkshire is being treated as an unexplained death.

The discovery was made on land close to the motorway on Friday morning.

The victim hasn't been formally identified.

The M25 has now fully re-opened at junction 15 for the M4.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Hundreds of people took to the Thames on Saturday as part of the “Paddle for Peace.”

They were raising money for Save the Children’s Ukraine Appeal. 

Leah Fraser and her team at The Goodlife Paddle Co in Teddington have raised over £500 from the event so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm  

A scheme encouraging people to house Ukrainian refugees in their spare rooms for six months has launched today

Those offering up their homes will receive a £350-a-month 'thank you' from the government. 

However, there will be a comprehensive vetting process. 

Leader of Kingston Council, Andreas Kirsch, says the best way people can help at the moment is to donate money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

A man has been rescued by fire crews in Chiswick and taken to hospital

The brigade was called on Saturday afternoon to Airedale Avenue.

Part of a three-roomed flat was damaged, and crews rescued a man from the bathroom.

It’s believed that it was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Detectives are investigating after a man collapsed near Hounslow West station

Emergency crews were called just after 3.30 on Saturday morning.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after about an hour.

No arrests have been made, and the incident is being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

The mayor of London says primary school children should be made aware of misogyny

Sadiq Khan has launched a campaign to challenge sexist attitudes and inappropriate behaviours.

It follows the high-profile murders of a number of young women in the capital, including Sarah Everard from Clapham and Sabina Nessa from East London.

Andrea Simon is from the End Violence Against Women campaign group.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam is asking people to consider becoming a volunteer

Over 1,000 patients and their families are cared for by the charity across Sutton and Merton every year. 

Dave Sinclair became a volunteer driver for the hospice after his mum used its services. 

He explains why everyone should think about donating their time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A number of South Western Railway stations are to be transformed into wildlife hubs

The train operator has launched a new partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. 

The campaign will see the planting of wildflowers on platforms as well as cutting holes in fences for ‘hedgehog highways.’ 

This initiative follows on from one in 2014 where Effingham Junction, Oxshott and Hinchley Wood became wildlife SOS hubs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Sunday 13 March 2022

The leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey has been holding a party conference in York.

 He was making clear the party’s support for the people of Ukraine.

Meanwhile he says the home Secretary’s response to the situation has been utterly shameful He said Priti Patel had answered desperation with delays, crisis with confusion and pain with paperwork.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm  

Gatwick airport has cancelled all flights between the UK and Ukraine.

At Heathrow airport, Aeroflot flights have also been cancelled between the UK and Ukraine.

And all British Airways flights have been cancelled between the UK and Moscow because of airspace restrictions.

Other flights to and from Asia, including those operated by BA and Virgin Atlantic, may be subject to revised schedules as airlines re-route away from Ukrainian and Russian airspace.

Passengers are advised to check their travel beforehand.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

Less children have applied for a secondary school place in Richmond for this September.

The figure stands at 2,173 applications compared to last year’s 2,264.

The council says 85% of applicants have been offered a place at one of their first three school choices.

Currently there are 70 children without an offer of a secondary school place, compared with 114 at this time last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

Wimbledon Bookfest has launched its Young Writer’s Competition.

Every year, thousands of youngsters aged between 4 and 19 submit their work with the hope of winning a top prize.

This year’s theme is “The Tree.”

Children's author, Jean Menzies, is Chair of Judges for this year's competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Fulham Symphony Orchestra is going back on the road after more than 2 years.

It’ll stage a full-scale concert at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith on the 26th of March.

The highlight of the night will be music from German composer Wagner’s 1882 opera Parsifal.

Covid has meant that many of the Orchestra’s performances have had to be postponed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 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 @ 7:06 am  

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