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Saturday, 30 July 2022

A tattoo parlour in Chessington have found a unique way to help a 30 year-old scaffolder keep his shopping bills down

 Staff at Star Tattoo imprinted the QR code from Dean Mayhew’s Tesco clubcard onto his arm because he kept forgetting the card itself.

 The father of seven from Horsham in Sussex says shop assistants are surprised but it does work.

 He’s now thinking of getting his Sainsbury’s card tattooed on the other arm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm  

21 Hounslow parks have been awarded coveted green this week

 The annual awards from the Tidy Britain group are given in recognition of well-managed open spaces.

 Among the winners are Lampton Park, Crane Park, Turnham Green and Hounslow Heath

 The borough is investing five million pounds this year with an aim to make its parks among the best in London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Private funding has been agreed for 214 new homes in Leatherhead

  The 71 million-pound scheme at Randalls Way will be the first major build-to-rent project in the area.

 It’s understood that 36 of the new homes will be offered at a market discount for those on lower incomes.

 The new homes, along with amenities and landscaped gardens are expected to be completed over the next three years.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

Two men have been jailed following a serious assault on a man in Mitcham.

Daniel James, 24, and Enes Ulas, 23, were both sentenced at Kingston Crown Court.

The incident happened on August 7th, 2020, when the two approached a group in Potter Road and attacked a man.

The victim, who spent time in intensive care, has life changing injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man will appear in court charged with murder following a stabbing in Wandsworth.
Raekwon Hanniford-Brown, 22, from Balham will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today.  

Police were called to reports of a stabbing in the early hours of Wednesday morning on Trinity Crescent.

The victim, Erroll McKay, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

A Macmillan cancer specialist has set up a second help centre for patients and their families at St Helier Hospital.
Tarlika Patel launched the Macmillan Butterfly Centre at Epsom hospital 22 years ago.

She wanted to create a more comfortable space for patients with the disease.   

Tarlika is proud of what’s on offer.
 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Fire has broken out at a row of terraced houses in Morden.

Fire fighters were called to Tudor Drive just after 7pm yesterday  

Three properties were damaged during the blaze, the road was closed, and people were urged to avoid the area.

There are no reports of any injuries, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 am  

£200,000 is to be spent on making women and girls safer across South West London.

It’s part of the Home Office’s Safer Streets funding initiative.

A partnership made up of Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Wansdworth councils and the Met Police will work together to tackle the issue. 

This includes delivering training to night time businesses like pubs and bars on how to better protect women using their spaces. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday, 29 July 2022

Both codes of English rugby, union and league, are to ban transgender players from competing in the women's game.

Only those who were registered female at birth will be able to participate.

Twickenham based, The Rugby Football Union, and Rugby Football League both called the decisions "complex".

But they've also opened the door to changing the policy, based on consultations and peer reviewed research.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Hounslow Council is “urgently” working with senior police officers, after a series of highly offensive Whatsapp messages.

A court has heard how two serving officers were in a group chat with Sarah Everard’s murderer, Wayne Couzens.

Some of the alleged messages mention Hounslow, and the Council Leader says “racism and misogyny have no place anywhere in a civilised society”.

Feltham MP Seema Malhotra says “we need to know the police are going to root out this toxic culture and restore trust”.

The trial continues.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A man from Hammersmith who viciously attacked and sexually assaulted a woman has been jailed.













39 year old Ashley James Barton has been handed 12 years behind bars for two counts of rape and one count of assault by beating.

The offences were committed in 2020 and 2021 against a woman in her 30s.

The victim told the court that she feared for her life throughout.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing in Tooting have arrested a third person.

On Thursday, the 22 year old man was arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to Trinity Crescent at 1:15am on Wednesday where 49 year old Errol McKay was found dead at the scene.

The suspect remains in custody.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

There’s less than 24 hours to have your say on the proposed ULEZ charge expansion.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to extend the ultra low emission zone to greater London areas including Merton next year. 

But critics say the move will unfairly hit those who can’t afford a new car or to pay the £12.50 daily charge. 

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney says people need more time to have their say. 


We have contacted the Mayor of London for comment on numerous occasions.  
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A two-storey workshop has been destroyed in a fire in Streatham.

Emergency crews were called just before 3.30 this morning to Westwell Mews.

Part of the surrounding properties were also damaged, but there are no reports of any injuries.

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

Wayne Couzens who kidnapped Sarah Everard in Clapham and murdered her will spend the rest of his life in prison, after failing to reduce his whole-life sentence.

High Court judges also heard appeals involving four other killers - including the two who murdered 6-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

This is the moment the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett told Arthur's dad, Thomas Hughes he'd been increasing his sentence.


His step-mum, Emma Tustin's minimum of 29-years wasn't changed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

A man who masterminded a £100m smuggling operation has been jailed.

47-year-old Abdullah Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi arranged travel for a network of couriers, who’d smuggle drug money in suitcases.

Many of them were arrested at Heathrow, after it was found that there was a large difference between the luggage weight on the outbound and return journeys.

Ian Truby from the National Crime Agency says disrupting illicit cash is a priority, as it’s the “lifeblood” of crime groups.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

The former police officer who kidnapped and murdered Sarah Everard has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence

Wayne Couzens was given a whole-life term for attacking the 33-year-old in Clapham as she walked home in March last year.

His lawyers said he did deserve decades behind bars - but argued the punishment covering his entire life was excessive.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said the Court of Appeal disagreed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

A new mobile health bus is taking important steps to eradicate Hepatitis C across south west London

The NHS has a target to eliminate the liver disease by 2025. 

The mobile unit will pitch up at various locations across the region offering testing, information and treatment options. 

The initiative is being led by St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

The owner of British Airways has made a profit for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

Heathrow-based IAG made £245m between April and June.

That's compared with an £810m loss during the same period last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

London's fire chief wants a "total ban" across the country on disposable barbecues

Andy Roe's plea comes ahead of a potential second summer heatwave.

He's warned of the "untold damage" they could cause, after his service faced the busiest week in history last week.

Some retailers, including Waitrose and Aldi no longer stock disposable barbecues because of their impact on the environment and wildlife.

Richmond Council leader Gareth Roberts has recently made the same plea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

All Night Tube services in London will resume from tonight

They were suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Services on the Piccadilly line will once again run through the night, as well as the Central and Victoria which have been back up and running since November last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 am  

Today is your last chance to have your say on the proposed ULEZ expansion

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to extend the ultra low emission zone to greater London areas including Kingston next year. 

But critics say the move will unfairly hit those who can’t afford a new car or to pay the £12.50 daily charge. 

We have contacted the Mayor of London for comment on numerous occasions.  

Carshalton and Wallington’s MP, Elliot Colburn, says there are many other options that could be considered first.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 am  

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Kingston University is now a Fairtrade University.

It’s one of just 25 higher education institutions that has achieved the award.

It recognises a range of activities undertaken at the site including work to raise awareness of ethical and sustainable consumption.

Reducing carbon emissions is another factor in achieving the status. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 pm  

A serving Met police officer has been charged with sending 'grossly offensive' messages to Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens.

Prosecutors in court allege 34-year-old William Neville demonstrated that he 'got pleasure' from detaining a 15-year-old.

He's been charged along with two other men.

The trial continues.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 pm  

Crimestoppers are offering a £1000 reward for information on the whereabouts of a wanted man that leads to his arrest.












58-year-old Edward White-Overton is wanted on recall to prison.

He has connections to Epsom, Sunbury, Surbiton, Isleworth, Croydon and Morden.

He is also known within the Mixed Martial Arts community.

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

A UK wide dog DNA database was officially launched at Wisley Gardens last night.

Lucy Mayer reports. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm  

A school run mum has been fined £3,000 for injuring seven children in a crash in Earlsfield.

39-year-old Dolly Rincon-Aguilar hit the group outside Beatrix Potter Primary in September 2020.

She was convicted of careless driving but cleared of eight counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Eleven people, including the seven children, were treated at the scene for their injuries. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 pm  

Tributes are being paid to actor Bernard Cribbins following his death at the age of 93.

Doctor Who’s Russell T Davies has described him as a "legend" who inspired the idea of attacking the Daleks with a paintball gun.

He also narrated The Wombles TV series, based on the litter picking creatures of Wimbledon Common, during his seven-decade career. 

The official Wombles have paid tribute on Twitter by sharing the first episode of the show from 1973. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

This afternoon marks one week since a man was killed as he crossed a busy road in New Malden.

The pedestrian was in collision with a skip lorry in Malden Road just after 3pm and died at the scene.

The driver of the lorry stopped and there have been no arrests. 

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with information and enquiries are still underway to notify the man’s next of kin.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Wandsworth’s Mega Skip Day is back on Saturday.

Residents will be able to dump their bulky rubbish free of charge at one of five locations in the borough.

The council has also announced the event will now take place monthly. 

Councillor Judi Gasser wants to roll it out further still. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A teenager has been charged in connection with a sexual assault a churchyard in Kingston over the weekend.

The 17-year-old has been charged with one count of rape, of robbery, of possession of a Class B drug and two counts of fraud.

Police were called to All Saints Church in the marketplace on Saturday morning.

A woman in her 50s is still being supported by officers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Hounslow Council’s domestic violence service has been recognised as “best practice” by The Home Office.

The service has seen a huge increase in demand since the start of the first lockdown and receives roughly 100 referrals a month. 

The guidance published by the Home Office highlighted the success of Hounslow’s ‘One Stop Shop’ model.

It offers a free weekly drop-in service for a variety of organisations that support victims of domestic violence.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

£10,000 has been stolen from the co-op in Byfleet.

Officers were called to Vanners Parade on the 26th July after reports of a burglary between 10.40pm and 11.20pm.

Police are now hunting for three male suspects.

If you were in the area at this time and saw anything suspicious, have CCTV or have dashcam footage, you should call police on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

All of London’s eight Royal Parks have secured coveted Green Flag awards

They include Richmond and Bushy Parks as well as Brompton Cemetery which is also managed by the same charity. 

The Green Flag Award is “the benchmark international standard for publicly accessible parks and green space” worldwide.  

The parks’ managers say the award is testament to the hard work that went into keeping the spaces open during the pandemic. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Wandsworth Council hasn’t formally committed to dropping council tax

The Tory opposition tabled a motion that would have made official a pledge to drop the tax by 1%. 

However, an amendment was passed by Labour which simply promises “maintaining a low council tax and sound financial management”. 

The borough already has one of the lowest council tax rates in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Two people have died after a collision on the M3 near Thorpe

Emergency crews were called to between junctions 2 and 3 last Wednesday, just before 1am. 

They’ve been named as 67-year-old Amal Yassine and 69-year-old Hatem Yassine, from Oxford. 

Their family says “they leave behind a huge hole in their hearts”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Wandsworth Council is pledging to build 1,000 “genuinely affordable low-cost rent” homes

Councillors on the finance committee have endorsed a series of proposals. 

The administration says it also wants to invest more in homelessness prevention and reducing the use of temporary accommodation. 

Councillor Aydin Dikerdem says people shouldn’t be forced out of the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

A warning is going out after drones have been spotted allegedly “browsing” back gardens in New Malden

Residents living in and around Clarence Avenue have reported seeing the devices hovering late at night in recent weeks.   

Police are reminding people to make sure their sheds, windows and doors are locked when no one is home and to store valuables securely. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

The leader of Richmond Council wants all shops to stop selling disposable barbecues

Gareth Roberts has been responding to news about a number of grass and open fires across London in recent weeks. 

Waitrose and Aldi no longer sell them, but Cllr Roberts wants independent shops to halt their sales too. 

He’s also reminding people it’s an offence to light fires or use disposable barbecues in council run open spaces. 

Anyone caught using one could be fined. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Kew Gardens has received millions of pounds to help its research into fighting challenges posed by climate change.

Greensphere Capital is to put up to £100m into the work into finding crops that are resistant to environmental trouble, and lab-grown meat.

It’ll be used at first to hire 20 new researchers, with the hope that up to 10 companies will be developed in the long term.

Today, fears have been raised about the impact of hot and dry weather on crops this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 pm  

A driver has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 after his wing mirror hit a police officer’s elbow in Clapham Common.


The plainclothes officer was cycling past the vehicle in September last year.

The driver has been convicted of driving without due care and received six points on their licence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 pm  

Fulham have completed the signing of right-back Kevin Mbabu on a three-year deal.

 The Switzerland international moves to Craven Cottage from German side Wolfsburg.

It's thought the fee was around 6-and-a-half million pounds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

Pregnant women are once again being asked to take part in a study into COVID vaccines at St George's in Tooting.

The research involves finding the best vaccine schedules and doses to protect women and their babies from the virus.

Those involved will receive monitoring and additional support through study visits, as well as a 24 hour phone helpline.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

There’s just three days left to have your say on whether a controversial vehicle charge should be expanded to greater London.

Mayor, Sadiq Khan, wants to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone to areas including Kingston, Merton and Hounslow next year.

It’ll mean drivers in non-compliant cars will have to pay £12.50 every time they take their vehicle out.  

Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney, says people need to make their voices heard. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Two roman artefacts have been stolen from a home in Walton.


The ancient vases have a total value of nearly £40,000.

They were stolen from an address on Ellesmere Place at some point between the first of April and the 13th of July.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

The Fire Brigades Union says it’s “particularly shocking” some services reportedly don’t have enough staff for critical roles.

The London Brigade is one of those which the watchdog says needs more staff to drive fire engines and on the protection team.

Tim McFarlane, from the Norbiton-based union says the reports “highlight the full reality” of “devastating budget cuts”.

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe says “Our staff have been working tirelessly to improve our working practices and adopt new policies”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

New images of deer devouring plastic in Richmond and Bushy Parks have been released.








Managers, The Royal Parks, say the pictures of the animals “swooping on picnics” is learned behaviour. 

Visitors are being reminded not to feed the wild animals to prevent these situations from happening. 

Particular areas of concern are Pen Ponds in Richmond Park and The Model Boat Pond in Bushy Park. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man and a woman have been arrested following a stabbing in Tooting.

Police were called at around 1.15 this morning to Trinity Crescent, where they found a man in his 40s suffering serious injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Liz Truss's team is accusing her rival, in the race to become the next Conservative Party leader, of making a big U-turn

Rishi Sunak now says he'd scrap VAT on energy bills for a year - a move which would save households about £160 on average.

Business secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng, who's backing Ms Truss, says he's surprised to hear Mr Sunak's changed his mind.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm  

The man who killed Sarah Everard from Clapham will learn on Friday whether or not he will ever leave prison

Former Police Officer Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life order, which he’s challenging. 

The 49-year-old’s argument is that he admitted the crime, and should therefore be able to leave prison when he’s old. 

The prosecution argues that the crime was a “fundamental attack on our democratic way of life”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Kew Gardens has received millions of pounds to help its research into fighting challenges posed by climate change

Greensphere Capital is to put up to £100m into the work into finding crops that are resistant to environmental trouble, and lab-grown meat. 

It’ll be used at first to hire 20 new researchers, with the hope that up to 10 companies will be developed in the long term. 

Today, fears have been raised about the impact of hot and dry weather on crops this year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

England will face either France or Germany in the final of the Women's Euros on Sunday

A crushing 4-nil win against Sweden at Bramall Lane ensured they'll play a major women's final for the first time since 2009. 

Sweden and Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson says she's backing England to win the competition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Unions are launching a legal challenge against a law allowing agency workers to replace staff who’ve gone out on strike

The government’s being challenged by 12 organisations, which all think it breaches international agreements on labour standards. 

Solicitors have written to the business secretary and Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng, who has 14 days to respond before a judicial claim is filed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

London Fire Brigade “requires improvement” and “isn’t doing enough to prioritise its home fire safety visits”

The watchdog also criticised a culture where staff weren’t comfortable speaking up about issues, and problems of discrimination. 

At its initial inspection in 2019, it was given the same rating by the watchdog, although the leadership now “recognises the scale of its challenges”. 

It also praised how 26 out of 29 recommendations from its first report have now been completed. 

London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe says “Our staff have been working tirelessly to improve our working practices and adopt new policies”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Two men are being sought by police after an alleged hate crime on Egham High Street.

The victims were walking their dog in Walnut Tree Gardens Park on Saturday, at around 3pm, when they were verbally abused.

They’re both described as slim, in their 20s or 30s, with one of them blond and one dark haired.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council is pledging to build 1,000 “genuinely affordable low-cost rent” homes.

Councillors on the finance committee have endorsed a series of proposals.

The administration says it also wants to invest more in homelessness prevention and reducing the use of temporary accommodation.

Councillor Aydin Dikerdem says people shouldn’t be forced out of the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A man in his 50s has been assaulted at a music event at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The incident happened on July the 7th, when the victim was standing in the grandstand area.

He was punched in the face leaving him unconscious and needed hospitalisation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. 



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A woman has been subject of a hate crime in Epsom.


She was verbally abused on Saturday 18th June on Ashley Road.

Anyone who can help identify a man who may be able to help in the investigation is asked to call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

Kingston University is now a Fairtrade University.

It’s one of just 25 higher education institutions that has achieved the award.

It recognises a range of activities undertaken at the site including work to raise awareness of ethical and sustainable consumption.

Reducing carbon emissions is another factor in achieving the status. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Parking wardens in Wandsworth are taking part in their 15th day of strike action.

GMB Union members working for contractor NSL say it’s over a decision by Wandsworth Council to suspend parking bays. 

They claim that the 72 hour notice needed has not been given.  

The union is advising anyone who receives a ticket parking in a suspended bay this week to appeal. 

We’ve contacted the council for comment. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

Unilever, which is behind brands including Marmite, Domestos and Magnum ice creams, says it's seen a big jump in underlying sales.

The consumer goods giant saw an increase of 8.1% during the first six months of the year largely due to average price hikes of 9.8%.

Work has started on a £250 million relocation of its offices to Kingston in a move set to bring 2,000 jobs to the town centre. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

Around 100 more children in Wandsworth will be able to enjoy online access over the summer holidays.

Power to Connect has been providing laptops, tablets and wi-fi dongles to families since the start of the pandemic.

Since then, it has distributed just under 2,000 refurbished devices to schools and community organisations with help from the council. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The boss of Heathrow's defending a cap placed on flights at the airport - blaming staff shortages at airlines.

Thousands of passengers have had holidays disrupted with services cancelled or rescheduled.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye thinks it'll take up to 18 months for carriers to replace ground handling staff laid off during Covid.

EasyJet says problems at airports cost it 133 million pounds over the last three months.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A watchdog is to investigate whether a police gun went off accidently, after a man was shot in the hand in Chelsea

The weapon was fired on Sunday night, when officers stopped a car in the Kings Road area

The incident was believed to be connected to a murder in Southampton.

The man remains in hospital and three others in the vehicle were arrested.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

Heathrow Airport's recorded a loss before tax of £321m over the first half of this year

That's down from a £787m hit during the same period in 2021.

Although the airport says a spike in passenger numbers helped, that was offset by increased costs from investments ahead of travel demand increasing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Almost £8 million has now been raised from Dame Deborah James’s Bowel Babe Fund which she set up before she passed away

A private funeral was held for the 40 year old in her home town of Barnes last Wednesday following her death last month. 

The money raised will be split between The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Cancer Research UK and Bowel Cancer UK. 

Antonia Dalmahoy is MD of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

A man has died following a fire at a care home in Raynes Park in April

It broke at some point around 1.30 in the morning, and 12 people were moved to safety. 

A bedroom on the ground floor was destroyed, and the man who was rescued from there has now died in hospital. 

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Teddington’s Sir Mo Farah has been shortlisted for an Ethnicity Award following the release of a documentary which revealed he was trafficked to the UK

Artists Dave, Emeli Sande, Stormzy and TV personality Alison Hammond are among other famous faces to be up for a gong.

The prize recognises individuals who have contributed to advancing equality and opportunity for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Demolition is due to start on the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston

Work will begin on site next week and is due to be completed by the end of the year so construction on a new build can start.   

The new leisure centre, estimated to be costing £40 million, will include a 5-a-side rooftop football pitch and two swimming pools.

Opponents of the scheme say repairs should only be carried out to the roof at a much lesser cost of £5 million.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

A picture has been released of a person police wish to speak to after a teenager was sexually assaulted in Wimbledon

On the 18th of April, at around 3pm, the 14-year-old was attacked at the bus stop on Merton Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

Monday, 25 July 2022

Chiswick House and Gardens has been handed coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation.

It’s part of the Green Flag Award scheme from charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

In addition to the award winners, 33 also received the heritage accreditation which rewards conservation standards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

More than £250,000 is to be spent tackling violence and anti social behaviour in Epsom.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, Lisa Townsend, has secured over £700,000 in government funding. 

The money will also be spent at Sunbury Cross and the Surrey Towers housing development in Addlestone. 

It is part of the latest round of the Home Office’s Safer Streets funding.

The scheme has seen around £120m shared across England and Wales on projects to tackle crime and improve safety.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Thorpe Park will light its biggest ride in blue tonight.

 


The theme park is marking World Drowning Prevention Day.

Stealth is the UK’s fastest roller coaster and is 205 ft or 62.5 meters high.

An emergency throw line and instruction board have also been installed at the theme park’s Abbey Lake this year.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Investigations are continuing following a serious sexual assault in Kingston over the weekend.

A woman in her 50s is being supported by detectives following an allegation of rape in a churchyard in the early hours of Saturday.

All Saint’s Church was cordoned off across the weekend for forensic examinations but no arrests have been made.

Officers say they are still trying to establish the circumstances of the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

We’re once again being warned against using disposable barbecues in parks, after a fire at Morden Hall Park.

 


Pictures from the National Trust at Morden Hall Park show a large area of grassland that’s been burned in the fire, with the National Trust saying the meadow has been “obliterated”.

There are no reports of any human injuries.

Merton council says the ban on using them in parks and open spaces protects users and wildlife.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

The two remaining candidates in the Conservative leadership race clash in their first head-to-head TV debate later

Rishi Sunak is today focusing on the “threat” from China, although Liz Truss’s supporters say the former chancellor pursued a trade deal with them. 

18-year-old Harrison Allman-Varty is the youngest Tory councillor, representing a ward in Runnymede. 

He says that the UK’s finances aren’t in the state “any chancellor would like them to be”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

CCTV pictures have been released after a person was mugged after getting off a bus in Streatham Hill

 






On the 12th of December 2021, at around 5.25pm, the 29-year-old got off the number 159 bus, and was followed by four men. 

The four stole their jacket, phone and airpods, then ran off along Barcombe Avenue. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 am  

Hounslow Council says it’s taking a ‘hands-on' approach to removing weeds from the borough’s verges and roadside

It’s reducing herbicide chemical sprays on public green spaces in favour of more environmentally-friendly alternatives.  

The council says while this greener alternative is great for wildlife, it means getting rid of more invasive species may take a bit longer.   

These include Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Richmond Council has become the UK’s 25th “Fair Tax Council.”

The Fair Tax Declaration is made up of authorities who believe they can and should stand up for responsible tax conduct. 

They also promote the Fair Tax Mark accreditation scheme, which recognises businesses that pay the right amount of corporation tax. 

Richmond joins 24 other authorities  including Lambeth, Greenwich and Southwark.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 am  

It’s a tense battle for the top of the Surrey Cricket League, after the top two teams fought it out this weekend

Surrey Warriors Strikers managed to take the top spot, after beating London Gymkhana by 63 runs.

Surrey Warriors Spartans and Ottershaw stand out in the table as only having played 10 games, after their match was abandoned.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Sunday, 24 July 2022

A major incident has been declared as firefighters from Surrey fire and rescue tackle a large fire at Hankley Common close to Farnham.

It’s the third wildfire in the area over the past couple of weeks. 

Pictures across social media show smoke billowing into the sky.

People are advised to avoid the area due to a large amount of smoke, and nearby residents are being advised to stay indoors.

Fires have also been reported in Enfield and Hayes.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

All Saints church in Kingston has been cornered off while police investigate an allegation of rape.




It’s believed to have occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning in the churchyard.  

Officers are proving support to a 50-year woman. 

So far, no arrests have been made and police are making enquiries. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

A water safety event will be held at Teddington Lock tomorrow

It’s after a 14-year-old drowned while swimming in the Thames near Hampton last Monday.

Richmond Council, Teddington Lifeboat Water Safety Team, and London Fire Brigade will be hosting the pop-up event from 4 to 7pm.

They want to talk to children and their parents, in particular, about the dangers of wild swimming in the Thames.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 am  

A rugby coach in Staines is trying to raise funds in order to send his youth team to a tournament in Italy

Patrick O'Rourke has launched a GoFund me page so Staines RFC can enter the Colorno U16s in 2024.

The 23-man squad is made up of 10 players who are new to the sport and have never competed before.

Patrick explains why the tournament is so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

Wandsworth Council has announced it’s becoming a “Borough of Sanctuary”

The national initiative aims to create a network of towns and cities across the UK that actively welcome those fleeing persecution.

Wandsworth will now work with charities, voluntary organisations, and civic society groups to improve the way it supports refugees.

Dedicated members of staff will be appointed to carry out this work.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 am  

People using Merton’s parks and open spaces are being told to take their litter home with them

The council says everyone needs to play their part in keeping the borough looking beautiful over the summer.

Residents are also being reminded that open fires and BBQs are not permitted in any of the public parks.

London Fire Brigade has attended over 800 grass fires across the capital in the last six weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

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