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Saturday, 4 June 2022

It's understood police had to remove a group of people who ran onto the track ahead of today's Epsom Derby.

The group, who appeared to be protesters with banners, fell to the floor after officers intervened.

Princess Anne was in attendance at the Derby - standing in for her mother The Queen - who's been experiencing mobility problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:37 pm  

Detectives are appealing for information after a pedestrian fatally injured on the Hammersmith flyover.

 Detectives are appealing for information after a pedestrian fatally injured on the Hammersmith flyover.

 22 year-old Benjamin Dewhirst died in hospital two days after the collision with a car, which happened shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 29th.

 Police, the London Ambulance Service and an air ambulance all attended the scene.

 Police say the car also stopped and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 quoting reference CAD 96/29May.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:31 pm  

Desert Crown, ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote, has won the Derby at Epsom.

 

Desert Crown, ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote, has won the Derby at Epsom.

 The 5-to-2 favourite trained by Sir Michael Stoute finished ahead of Hoo Ya Mal and Westover.

 It was run in memory of former rider Lester Piggott, while the Queen - celebrating her Platinum Jubilee - watched from home as she missed the event for only the third time in her reign.

 The Princess Royal, who represented her mother the Queen at the course was met by a guard-of-honour made up of 40 jockeys, many of whom had ridden to victory in former races.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

A man is critically ill in hospital after being pulled from the River Thames following an incident on Chelsea Bridge.

 

A man is critically ill in hospital after being pulled from the River Thames following an incident on Chelsea Bridge.

 It happened when officers were called shortly after 9am to reports of a man armed with a screwdriver and shouting in Chelsea Bridge Road. .

 One man. Thought to be in his 40s was challenged on the bridge itself.

 Police say he entered the river after a taser was fired and had to be rescued by the RNLI,

 Officers are trying to contact the man’s family. Meanwhile the handling of the incident is being reviewed by the Met’s office for Professional Standards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

It is being reported that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku wants to return to Inter Milan if a deal can be struck.
The Belgium international moved from the Italian side for a record 97-and-a-half-million pounds last August.

During his time at Chelsea, he has scored just 8 premier league goals.

The final decision will be taken by Chelsea’s new owners, although it is thought that Inter can’t afford to sign the forward permanently.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Residents at Royal Star & Garter Care Home in Surbiton are sending The Queen their best wishes.

The charity cares for veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. 

The Queen has been its patron since 1953.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Jockey’s will wear black armbands at this afternoon’s Epsom Derby in memory of Lester Piggott.

The Jockey, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 86, won the flat-race a record nine times.

A minute’s applause will take place at 4pm before the main event at 430.

The Queen will not be at the races today, Buckingham Palace says Her Majesty will be watching on TV instead.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is marking the Jubilee weekend with a look-back at some of the key moments in its royal history.
During her 70-year reign, Her Majesty has made several official visits to the borough. 

Her first one in November 1946 came when the then 20-year-old Princess Elizabeth was guest of honour at Burlington School. 

She visited as the Fulham based site began preparations to mark its 250th anniversary.

In June 1955, the Queen made an official visit to Hammersmith Hospital in Du Cane Road.

She met staff and students at the postgraduate medical school. 

Her Majesty was following in the footsteps of her grandfather, King George V, who had opened it in 1935.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday, 3 June 2022

One of the highest Jubilee Beacons was lit in Surrey yesterday as people gathered on the slopes of Epsom and Walton Downs.

 It was lit at 9.45pm at the same time as hundreds of beacons across the country. 

They provided an opportunity for communities and people in the UK to come together to celebrate the Queens Birthday. 

People were treated to several musical performances on the slopes of Epsom, leading up to the lighting of the Beacon by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Council.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 am  

A man has died following a serious collision in Hammersmith.

Emergency services were called to collision between the man and a car on the Hammersmith flyover on Sunday.

The 22-year-old man was taken to hospital but despite efforts by medical staff he died on Tuesday. 

Police are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen the collision or captured dash cam footage. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra has this message for the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee weekend.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

A free art exhibition inspired by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has gone on display in Hook.

The works at the Hook Centre have been produced by Kingston Adult Education learners based at Surbiton Hall.  

The exhibition, which runs until the 17th of June, features different mediums specifically designed and inspired to celebrate the Jubilee. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 am  

Andy Murray's another step closer to winning a first singles title on grass in six years after reaching the quarter-finals of the Surbiton Trophy tennis.

The three-time Grand Slam champion takes on fifth seed Brandon Nakashima later.

He continued his preparations for Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Dutch qualifier Gijs Brouwer yesterday.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Harlequins has announced the signing of academy product openside flanker Luke Wallace in a new deal.

He made an explosive impact as he first emerged within the senior team during the 2011/12 campaign

3I-year-old Wallace has recommitted his future to the Club as the Quins centurion looks to add to his 186 appearances after stints at Coventry and Leicester Tigers.

Wallace is one of a select group of players to have helped to lift both of the team’s Premiership wins, first in 2012 before the eventual 2021 title.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A special Jubilee gem workshop has taken place in Ewell.

Youngsters who visited Bourne Hall Museum were given a masterclass in how to create their very own crown jewels.

The event was part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A riding stables in Teddington has been recognised with a life-time Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

The team at Park Lane Stables will be presented with a glass crystal and a certificate signed by Her Majesty.

It’s the highest award that can be given for voluntary services and is equivalent to an MBE for an individual.

The award recognises the outstanding work of volunteers providing services to Riding for the Disabled and vulnerable groups.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Antonio Rudiger's transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid has been confirmed.

The defender spent five years at Stamford Bridge - winning eight trophies including the Champions League and FA Cup.

Rudiger's signed a four-year deal with the Spanish giants.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

As the Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee, Surrey’s veterans have met to reminisce on their years in service to her.

A special event has been held at the Epsom and Ewell Veteran’s Community Hub. 

91-year-old Ray spent 12 years with the Royal Marines. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An afternoon Jubilee tea party is taking place in Cheam next Wednesday.

The event in St Dunstan’s Church Hall hopes to unite the Sutton community with people who have recently arrived from Hong Kong.

Sutton is a popular destination with estimates that around 2,000 have settled in the borough with another 3,000 expected this year.

It’s co-hosted by Cheam Coterie and St Dunstan’s Parish Church as part of the Integrating Sutton project.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Andy Murray's continued his Wimbledon preparations by reaching the quarter-finals of the Surbiton Open tennis.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Dutch qualifier Gijs Brouwer in straight sets.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The Epsom Derby is the single biggest policing event in the Surrey force’s calendar.

 Officers are gearing up for one of the busiest years in its history, as the racing festival is also classified as an official Jubilee event. 

Lisa Townsend is Surrey’s Police Crime and Commissioner. 

She explains the task ahead for her officers.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Central London is awash with red, white and blue - with crowds lining the streets as far as the eye can see in fake crowns, plastic tiaras and draped in Union Jacks.

Central London is awash with red, white and blue - with crowds lining the streets as far as the eye can see in fake crowns, plastic tiaras and draped in Union Jacks.

Crowds cheered as they caught sight of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in their first ever carriage procession, on the Mall.

And beacons are being lit across the commonwealth today - Her Majesty will light hers, later tonight. 

Kingston’s Mayor Yogan Yoganathan will light it’s Jubilee Beacon tonight at 9.45pm.

 The ceremony is taking place aboard the River Thames Boat Project’s vessel near to Eagle Brewery Wharf.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Seventeen horses have been confirmed for Saturday's Derby at Epsom, which forms part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Mike Vince reports.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

The Lib Dem leader has paid tribute to the Queen ahead of her Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton says “One of the particular joys of any royal Jubilee is seeing how it brings people together.”

Kingston Council has received 161 applications for street parties. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A special Derby Hall of Fame has officially opened in Epsom Market Place.

It comprises a series of commemorative roundels, celebrating notable and record-breaking jockeys, horses, and trainers. 

The roundels are installed into the floor following the line of trees from the Evocation of Speed statue towards the Clock Tower.

The new landmark has been created to recognise the borough’s long-standing connection with the Derby.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea is one of the worst areas in the UK for burglaries.

Research by confused.com shows that last year it had a burglary rate of 6.6 per 1,000 homes.

Mole Valley has the lowest rate in Surrey, and among the lowest in England.

There has been a drop in burglary rates since lockdowns started and people have been spending more time at home.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

Some of Surreys residents have been recognised in the Queens birthdays honours list.

Head of Heathrow animal reception centre Robert Quest from Chertsey receives an MBE for services to animal health and welfare.

Christine Lindsay from Wallington a community champion was awarded the MBE for voluntary and charitable services to the community in the London borough of Sutton.

And Charlotte Kneer , chief executive officer at I Choose Freedom formerly Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid, has been honoured for services to victims of domestic abuse in Surrey.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

Croydon is ready for its Jubilee celebrations with more than 140 big lunch street parties and bunting up across the borough.

The Platinum Jubilee marks a record for numbers of Big Lunch Parties with the council waiving road closure fees.

There will also be beacon lighting taking place this evening.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

As the nation marks 70 years of the Queen’s reign, veterans have been reflecting on their own service to Her Majesty and the country.

A special event has been held at the Epsom and Ewell Veteran’s Community Hub.  

91-year-old Roy served with the Royal Army Service corps at the headquarters of military intelligence. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Leatherhead based charity Sight for Surrey has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It’s the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

It recognises the work done by volunteers to help people in the county  who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

This year marks the charity’s centenary.


 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

The NHS says it is “open and here” for people who need urgent help and support across the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

The UK is gearing up for four days of celebrations.

But NHS staff say it’s work as usual.

Dr Charlotte Harrison is a consultant psychiatrist at Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health Trust.

If you need health support in a crisis and live in Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston or Richmond, you can call the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Four people have been charged by the Met Police for allegedly breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules on Clapham Common

Hundreds attended an unofficial vigil for Sarah Everard who was abducted and then murdered by Met Officer Wayne Cousins.

There were clashes with police and people at the gathering on the 13th  March  2021. The four are due at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

 An official vigil was earlier called off by organisers Reclaim These Streets as London was in Tier 4 restrictions.

 

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man has been attacked by an “unknown man” in Epsom.

Police were called just after 1am on the 14th of May to The Parade.

The assailant hit the man on the back, causing him to fall to the floor.

He’s described as white, in his 20s, and with dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

A former police officer would have been dismissed without notice if he was still serving, after being convicted of voyeurism in Wandsworth.

Swaleh Chaudhry was arrested at a clothes shop in March, after being seen filming a woman changing.

He was suspended from duty and resigned in April.

Commander Kyle Gordon says “the Met has no place for officers who behave as he has”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More than 150 UK flights have been cancelled today as people struggle to get away ahead of the long weekend.

124 short haul flights have been axed at Heathrow.

British Airways, Easyjet and Tui have all cut services as airports struggle to cope with a surge in demand and staff shortages after the pandemic.

The government's blamed airlines and operators for overbooking tickets and not being prepared.

Huw Merriman chairs the Transport Select Committee.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Four men are due to be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court for their roles in an international people smuggling ring.

The gang plotted to transport migrants from Northern France and Belgium into the UK in the back of lorries.

The men, all from North London, were convicted at the same court in April.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

It’s not just homeowners who are feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis.

 Foodbanks across the capital say they are seeing demand rise while having to appeal for basic supplies. 

Feltham and Heston’s MP, Seema Malhotra, has been working with two of the borough’s food relief centres.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The government says it's up to the air travel sector to deal with increased demand - and is again blaming aviation bosses

The deputy Prime Minister and Esher MP, Dominic Raab, insists they've supported the industry - and warned about rising passenger numbers for "months".

easyJet's axed at least 31 at Gatwick - while British Airways has done the same with another 124 short-haul trips from Heathrow.

They’re blaming staff shortages.

Some customers say they've also had to queue for hours before being told their holidays have been cancelled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Richmond Council is getting more government funding to help it go carbon neutral by 2030

The national Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme provides grants for public sector bodies. 

Richmond received money last year, meaning the total amount awarded so far is just over £3.5 million.   

The authority recently announced an overall decrease in emissions as an organisation of 62.7% since 2018.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

A man has been arrested after two teenage girls were approached in a park in Cobham

On Saturday at around 5.45pm in the Leg O’Mutton Field, a man reportedly made inappropriate and sexual comments towards them. 

A 20-year-old man from Greenwich was arrested for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and bailed on the condition he stays out of Surrey.

Borough Commander Bert Dean says they’re “conducting an extensive investigation” and they’ll be increasing patrols this weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

A new specialist school for children with autism has been approved for Chessington

Spring School will provide places for up to 90 youngsters aged four to 19. 

It will be built on part of the Kingston council-owned Moor Lane. 

The new special free school will be run by charity Ambitious about Autism and its schools’ trust.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

The annual £200,000 spent on road safety in Surrey is being increased to £500,000

£1,000 per year will also be spent over the next three years installing speed management schemes around schools. 

The council says there is a backlog of improvements needed on the roads around 50 schools. 

The cash will be used on these. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

The Metropolitan Police is offering £5,000 to experienced officers who transfer from other forces

The move is causing outrage from the police forces surrounding London, with eight Police and Crime Commissioners writing to Sadiq Khan. 

Surrey’s PCC, Lisa Townsend, saying it “could risk the safety of our communities” and calls it “poaching”. 

The Met says it’ll make itself “competitive in the London job market” and their growth is driving down crime in the capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Residents and community groups in Chelsea can now apply for part of a £4.8million fund for projects in their neighbourhood.

The money is to be spent on initiatives that improve the area.

Top priorities established through a consultation came out as air quality, policing, emergency services and parks and open spaces.

The funding is coming from contributions received from new housing developments. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

If you’re out and about in Elmbridge this week, you may come across a little surprise.

The Walton Charity has launched its “Great Elmbridge Book Hunt” to encourage young people to read more.

20 books will be hidden in a different town across the borough each day this week.

The charity says it’s chosen 100 well-loved titles suitable for children aged 4 to 11 that tackle themes including health and poverty. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The head of Surrey Police says she’s proud of the way her officers respond to emergency calls.

It’s been revealed today that the force’s 999 calls are answered on average in 9.58 seconds.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend says some calls, like the M25 protests, involve officers getting to the scene in record time. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Met Police officers are going to host a meet and greet event at Plough Lane Stadium in Wimbledon in July.
They’re inviting members of the public to go along to find out more about the work they do.

There will also be a range of exhibits including old heritage police vehicles and equipment.

A commendation ceremony for outstanding officers will take place afterwards.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The shortlist for one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes has been revealed and an author from Richmond is on it.

The Wolfson History Prize showcases the best “accessible historical non-fiction titles” from the previous year.

Marc David Baer’s book The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs delves into the past of the Ottoman dynasty.

He tells Jackie News why he chose this subject to write about. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A woman in Richmond Park has been headbutted by deer, and her dog trampled.

The animals were reacting to a dog off the lead who was trying to chase them.

The pair sustained minor injuries.

Police are reminding people to keep their dogs on leads in the Royal Parks, especially during the May to July birthing season.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

The new leader of Merton Council says he wants to create “a strong sense of civic pride”

Ross Garrod has taken over from Mark Allison, after he lost his seat at the local elections. 

Councillor Garrod has appointed a cabinet member for civic pride, who will do partnership work with the voluntary sector. 

So far, he’s met with the management of Clarion Housing to see the improvements needed, as well as waste company Veolia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Burglars in Weybridge have stolen a car and used the victim’s credit cards in the area.

They broke in to the home on Radnor Road on Sunday morning.

Borough Commander Bert Dean says the force has seen an increase in sheds and garages being broken into.

He’s advising people to take photos of valuable items, including serial numbers, and to install CCTV if possible.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Chelsea's new owner Todd Boehly says "he wants to make the fans proud" after completing his 4.25bn takeover of the club

The purchase is the highest in sports franchise history with sanctioned Russian Roman Abramovich not able to make any money from the sale.

The American will share joint control of the Premier League side with an investment firm.

Arash Massoudi from the Financial Times says they'll need to make a profit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Ministers are blaming long queues and cancellations at airports on aviation bosses, for their treatment of staff during the pandemic

The GMB union says cutting skilled workers was short-sighted.

Airlines are now struggling to train and get security clearance for new recruits - which has caused half-term disruption.

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson and Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney is calling for daily press conferences from the government over the issue.

She says the Department for Transport would need to use them to outline steps for a resolution.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

There's been a trickle of Conservative backbenchers calling on Boris Johnson to resign

Carshalton MP Elliot Colburn and Wimbledon’s Stephen Hammond both think the PM should step down.

Long-time ally Andrew Bridgen announced he's submitted a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister - saying there's still a lot of anger over partygate.

Alice Lilly's a senior researcher from the Institute for Government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Campaigning cyclists will wear car frames in Hammersmith today to protest against drivers who "hog" roads

Micromobility firm Dott estimates that by reducing the number of cars used in the capital by 20,000 - equivalent to less than 1% - would free up 55 miles of roads.

The company - which offers e-bikes in the city - says that would create enough space for 80,000 bikes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Monday, 30 May 2022

Chelsea statement following takeover completion.

Chelsea Statement in full. 

Roman Abramovich has completed the sale of Chelsea Football Club and related companies to an investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

This sale process commenced on the 2nd of March, when Mr. Abramovich announced his intention to sell the Club after 19 successful years of ownership. In selling the Club, Mr. Abramovich stipulated that the new owner must be a good steward of the Club, the net proceeds of the sale must be donated to charity, and that he would not seek the repayment of loans made to affiliates of the Club.

Following this announcement, the Board of Directors and senior staff at the Club immediately commenced work on the sale transaction. Raine, a global merchant bank chosen by the owner to run the sale process, has significant expertise and experience advising premium sports clubs on mergers and acquisitions and advised the owner and the Club in the process.

SANCTIONS

On 10 March, Mr. Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government. Under sanctions, the Club operated within the confines and constraints of the restrictive General Licence granted by the UK Government, while doing its best to maintain the ordinary course of business. At all times throughout the process the Club’s objective was to support our men’s, women’s and academy teams and allow them to operate with the absolute minimum level of inconvenience and distraction.

These sanctions also presented unique and unforeseen challenges to the sale process, but the Board and Raine continued to work on the transaction in accordance with the owner’s objectives.

PROCESS

The process was extremely thorough and completed on an accelerated timeline. Many described the proposed transaction as “unprecedented”, and it was. A transaction such as this would normally take nine months to a year to complete; we did it in less than three months.

The Club received more than 250 enquiries from proposed purchasers, held detailed discussions with more than 100 individuals and entities, and entered into 32 confidentiality agreements, which allowed for due diligence with respect to confidential Club information. Ultimately, the Club received 12 credible bids, resulting in 4 and then 3 final bidders. The Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital consortium was chosen as the preferred bidder.

PREFERRED BIDDER

The group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital rose above the other groups through the strength of the partnership between the group’s component parts, which includes Mark Walter, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Capital; and Hansjörg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation; Todd and Mark’s participation in the ownership of several sports franchises with sustained winning traditions, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Sparks; a belief by the Board that this group could help the Club resolve certain current challenges and could assist in creating new opportunities, and help the Club reach its long-term strategic objectives. We believe the Board and the Boehly/Clearlake group have a shared vision for the future of Chelsea Football Club.

STRUCTURE OF TRANSACTION

In choosing the right stewards for the Club through this transaction, we agreed with the new owners that their group would make certain binding financial commitments, including investments in the Academy and women’s team, the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Foundation.

We also agreed several further conditions to ensure that the new owners continue to provide equity funding for future capital and operating expenditures, and that the Club will not be laden with inappropriate financial indebtedness.

STAKEHOLDERS AND APPROVALS

Throughout this process, we have worked very closely with the UK Government, in particular the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and HM Treasury, as well as with the Premier League, The FA and UEFA. In order to complete the transaction, we needed consents and approvals from all, and in particular from the UK Government.

We have been able to obtain all necessary consents, as well as further licences required in Portugal, Canada and Jersey due to the structure of the previous ownership

New joint control owners are committed to growth and building on the tradition of unparalleled football excellence.

The consortium led by Todd Boehly, chairman and CEO of Eldridge, and Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced completion of the ownership transfer of Chelsea Football Club (“Chelsea FC” or “the Club”). The consortium also includes Hansjörg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation, and Mark Walter, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Capital. Walter and Boehly are owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Sparks. The transaction has received all necessary approvals from The Government of the United Kingdom, The Premier League, and other authorities.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boehly and Clearlake will share joint control and equal governance of the Club. Boehly will serve as Chairman of the holding company.

Boehly and Clearlake are committed to investing in key areas that will extend and enhance Chelsea’s competitiveness, including the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, further investment in the Academy, the Women’s Team, and Kingsmeadow stadium. The owners will also continue the important work of the Chelsea Foundation.

“We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club,” said Boehly. “We’re all in – 100% -- every minute of every match. Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud. Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success. I personally want to thank ministers and officials in the British government, and the Premier League, for all their work in making this happen.”

Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, Clearlake co-founders and managing partners, said, “We are excited to commit the resources to continue Chelsea’s leading role in English and global football, and as an engine for football talent development. We also want to thank the authorities for all their work throughout the process. As pioneers in sports and media investing, we are thrilled to partner with Todd and the rest of the consortium to meaningfully grow the Club as a global platform. Together, we will expand the Club’s investment across infrastructure, technology, and sports science to support the incredible Chelsea football and commercial teams – all with the goal of leveraging this growth to fuel even more on-pitch success.”

The new ownership group wishes to recognise the dedication and professionalism of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, HM Treasury, and the Premier League in conducting their reviews of this historic and complex transaction.

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Moelis & Company LLC, and Robey Warshaw LLP served as financial advisors to the new ownership group. Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel.

The Raine Group served as exclusive financial advisor to Fordstam Limited and Chelsea FC. Northridge Law LLP, Simmons & Simmons LP, and Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LP served as legal counsel.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A further 16 people have been charged after protesters caused significant damage at the Cobham and Clacket Lane services.

35 people were arrested in total after officers were called to both service stations on Thursday morning. 

Police reported they were gluing themselves to the pumps, forecourt signs and vehicles, as well as blocking access. 

35 pumps were damaged at Cobham Services, and a further 20 pumps at Clacket Lane.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A cyclist has died in a hit and run in West Croydon.

Police were called to Mitcham Road outside the BP garage at 3am.

Officers are in the process of tracing the man's next of kin.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574 or via 101 quoting reference CAD 737/30May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

The 4-and-a-quarter-billion-pound takeover of Chelsea FC by a group led by American billionaire Todd Boehly has been completed.

The net proceeds of the sale will go towards the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich can't make money from it as he's been sanctioned for apparent links to Vladimir Putin.

Boehly is also co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

A man who killed his partner at their home in Clapham after stabbing her more than 60 times has been jailed for 15 years.

29 year old Mark Alexander previously admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility following the death of Azaria Williams.

Police were called at 9pm on the 27th of December 2020 after a neighbour heard screaming at a residential property in Clapham Road.

Officers found Azaria had been stabbed a number of times and the 26 year old died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination found she had been stabbed 63 times and also had suffered a number of slash injuries.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command began a murder investigation and Alexander was arrested at the scene.

He was taken into custody and questioned about his involvement in Azaria's death.

He told officers Azaria had been stabbed by another man who he believed she was having an affair with and denied being with her when the attack happened.

Officers carried out a search of the property and found two knives that were covered in blood.

Alexander's DNA was found on both weapons.

The pair were also caught on CCTV together at a nearby shop around 30 minutes before the attack happened.

The evidence officers collected proved Alexander lied about another man being involved and he was the person responsible for the attack.  

He was charged and remanded in custody. 

Detective Sergeant Jason Crinnion, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command, said: "This was a vicious act of violence on a defenceless woman who had the rest of her life ahead of her. My thoughts remain with her family and friends as they continue to come to terms with her death. 

"We are committed to making London a safer place for women and girls. Our thorough investigation has resulted in a dangerous man being convicted and this means he will no longer pose a danger to other women."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Saturday’s Epsom Derby is to be run in memory of Lester Piggott.

The jockey, who passed away yesterday, won  the flat-race a record nine times.

It is understood this is the first time The Derby has been run in memory of any individual.

Jockeys will wear black armbands across both days.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A 27-year-old man has died and two women are in hospital after a collision in Twickenham.

Emergency crews were called in the early hours of Saturday to St Margaret’s Road.

The two 18-year-old women are said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Liverpool fans are once again being blamed for the delay to the Champions League final

The French sports minister, who's meeting Uefa officials this morning, says large numbers turned up without valid tickets - and were responsible for the initial crowd control problems.

Some supporters were tear-gassed and pepper sprayed by police in Paris.

The club's setting up a mechanism to allow fans to share their experiences.

Croydon South Tory MP Chris Philp, says those images have left him horrified.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

A large dispersal order is going to be in place in Epsom for the Derby

From 11am on Friday to 6am on Sunday, police will be able to order people to leave the town, train stations, and racecourse areas.

The tactic allows police to remove people they think are contributing, or will contribute to anti-social behaviour.

At its longest, it stretches from Epsom station to just past Tattenham Corner station, at a distance of just over 2.5 miles.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

The sports pavilion in the Purley Way Playing Fields has been destroyed by a fire

Emergency crews were called at around 6.20pm on Saturday. 

The brigade took 12 calls to the blaze, but there are no reports of any injuries.

The cause is under investigation by both the police and the fire brigade.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

The Surrey Cricket League's Premier Division is polarised, with the top team yet to lose and the bottom team yet to win

Bec Old Boys continued their losing streak, going down by nine wickets to St Luke's.

Meanwhile, Surrey Warriors Strikers continued to dominate with a 125 run win over Balham and Tooting.

Ploughman's and Wandsworth had a long game, with Ploughman's finally going down by four wickets after Wandsworth hit 274 runs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Budding historians are being given the chance to get involved in a project to build a better picture of Hounslow’s heritage

Libraries across the borough are to start hosting exhibitions this week.

They’ll showcase fascinating finds from Hounslow’s archives over the years.    

Residents are being encouraged to help to build upon the exhibitions by sharing their memories, stories and photos from the past.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Today marks 50 years since the Battersea Funfair disaster

Five people died and 13 were injured when the Big Dipper wooden rollercoaster came off its tracks. 

Wandsworth Council Leader, Simon Hogg, says the families “will have a memorial” in Battersea Park. 

It’s something Liz Haigh-Reeve, who was there and lost her best friend in the disaster, has been calling for. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Sunday, 29 May 2022

England exit the London round of World Rugby Sevens Series with defeat to Ireland at Twickenham Stadium
Defeat by Fiji in the quarter-finals set up England for a clash with Ireland in the 5th-place semi-final.  Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne reports from Twickenham Stadium.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

A Sutton-based cheerleading team have made history as the first-ever UK team to win the world championships.

Unity Allstars Black were awarded gold, whilst Team Ruby were crowned bronze champions.

The Unity Allstars team was established in 2006 and has grown to over 20 teams with almost 500 athletes.

The team are managed by Everyone Active and have trained at the David Weir Leisure Centre in partnership with Sutton Council since June 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

England defeated by a dominant Fijian side in the Quarter-Finals of the Rugby Sevens at Twickenham

 It is the second day of the Rugby Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.  Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne reports on England's defeat at the hands of Fiji in the Quarter-Finals.


With all points this weekend being crucial for the World Rugby Sevens Series, England are looking to secure 5th place in the London round.

In the Cup semi finals, Fiji face New Zealand and Samoa face Australia. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Staff working nights at Kingston Hospital have been given access to a sleep expert

The ‘Night Club’ programme has been designed specifically for key workers and has been stationed at the site for the last month.

Professor Russell Foster is the Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute in Oxford.

He explains what can happen to our bodies because of a lack of sleep.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Kingston’s newly restored Coronation Stone has been unveiled to the public

The Grade I listed stone is said to be the site of the coronation of seven Anglo-Saxon kings.

It was commissioned to be refurbished as part of the borough’s commemoration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

A walking Jubilee Trail, which encourages people to visit a number of important pieces of Kingston’s history, has also launched.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Kingston is going to sample some of the iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer

Roundabout, an award-winning portable pop-up venue which frequents the festival, is coming to Memorial Gardens in July.

It will host premieres of three new plays by some of the UK’s most exciting upcoming playwrights

Kingston Council says it’s part of the borough’s “proud history of supporting the arts.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Croydon Council has officially launched the George Floyd Race Matters Pledge

The aim is to bring organisations and businesses together to unite against racism.

The Pledge was developed in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in America in 2020.

It specifically recognises residents and employees of African, Caribbean, and African Latin heritage in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

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