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Saturday, 13 August 2022

A former Attorney General has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.

Dominic Grieve QC has been acknowledged for his contribution to law and his championing of civil liberties.

His career as a full-time barrister spanned 17 years where he says he focussed on creating a fair and equal society in law and politics.

The re-opening of the Hillsborough disaster inquest and changing the law on incitement to religious hatred are among his achievements. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

A new website has launched at Kingston Hospital to enable patients to access their record digitally.

The Patient Portal is available for users ages over 16 and can be accessed 24/7 via a mobile, tablet or computer.

They will be invited via text to register after a scheduled hospital outpatient appointment.

It’s hoped the move online will save the NHS and patient’s time. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Wimbledon sensation and US Open champion Emma Raducanu will be one of Serena Williams’ last ever competitive opponents.

The British number one’s been drawn against the 23-time grand slam singles champion in the first round in Cincinnati next week.

Williams effectively announced her retirement from tennis this week.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Isleworth’s MP Ruth Cadbury is backing a campaign to save historic allotments from the bulldozer.

Over 1,000 residents are opposing the plans to build houses on the Park Road Allotments.

The site is part of the Duke of Northumberland’s Estate and has been open to the public for over 100 years.

Hounslow Council has refused the planning application and has offered to manage the site as a permanent allotment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Fulham manager Marc Silva has said he is convinced striker Aleksander Mitrovic will only improve as the season continues.

The newly promoted side travel to Wolves this afternoon.

Mitrovic began the new campaign by scoring two goals against Liverpool.

He broke the Championship scoring record last year.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Hounslow Council has brought back the largest number of homes under its ownership over the past year.

Just over 1,500 have been returned to London’s boroughs in total with Hounslow responsible for around a third of the properties. 

Just over 900 of the homes are to be converted into social rented stock, with the rest being made available for homeless families.

It’s part of a scheme run by London Mayor, Sadiq Khans’ office. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he knows all about former player Christian Eriksen’s quality.

His team are preparing to play Manchester United this afternoon.

The Denmark International made the switch to Old Trafford this summer.

He spent the second half of last season in west London.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Wimbledon sensation and US Open champion Emma Raducanu will be one of Serena Williams’ last ever competitive opponents.
The British number one’s been drawn against the 23-time grand slam singles champion in the first round in Cincinnati next week.

Williams effectively announced her retirement from tennis this week.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Record number of people are having bowel cancer checks following the death of campaigner Dame Deborah James, who lived in Barnes.
Lynn Dunne, the chief executive of Bowel Research UK said that Dame Deborah was an inspiration.

NHS England says there were more than 170-thoudand referrals between May and July, an increase of about 30 thousand.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A brand new pop up garden opens in Richmond today.
Whittaker Avenue, at the riverside, has been transformed into a “vibrant outdoor space” which is free of charge to visitors.

The new area includes a stage which its hoped will be used by an array of performers over the next 22 weeks.  

Today’s official opening will feature a ribbon cutting, walk-about acts and live music.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Fire has broken out at a house in Croydon.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Silver Lane at around 5 yesterday afternoon.

A man was treated for smoke inhalation and burns and taken to hospital. 

Half of the first floor of the house was destroyed, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Wandsworth Council is to fund school uniforms for children receiving free school meals.

It’s thought more than 1,000 youngsters will benefit. 

The announcement is part of a raft of measures announced by the Labour run administration.

They include free Covid testing for front line workers and expanding food waste collections. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday, 12 August 2022

Richmond Council has announced an extension of its Energy Rebate Scheme.

The authority says it’s the next step in making sure people get help with the rising cost of energy bills. 

It is now calling for everyone who is eligible to come forward to claim their money. 

The latest scheme is a follow-on from the Government’s mandatory £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme launched in March.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Morden based charity, Crimestoppers has teamed up with Border Force to encourage people to report suspicious activity on the coast.

A new, dedicated Coastal Crime Line reporting service has launched. 

People are being urged to report crime taking place at docks, ports and marinas.  

This includes thefts, smuggling and criminal damage.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Youngsters from across the country have spent the week taking part in the "Play Your Way To Wimbledon" tournament.

It gives under 18s an opportunity to follow in their heroes' footsteps and hopefully play for a title in the future. 

16 year old Beth Pye travelled from Worcestershire to the All England Club SW19 to make the tournament. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A 37-year-old man has been attacked in front of his children on a bus in Lambeth.

Police have released CCTV pictures of two suspects following in the incident on the 26th of June, on the 156 from Wimbledon to Vauxhall.

The two boarded the bus, before trying to get off, with the woman screaming and kicking the doors.

When the victim asked her to stop, she and a man assaulted him, then got off at the next stop.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A refuse strike in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath has been called off.

The industrial action was due to last almost three weeks, finishing on the 19th.

But successful talks have taken place between the GMB union and Amey.

Kerbside collections will resume from Monday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The man who died following a collision in New Malden has been named as 74-year-old Wilfred “Curtis” Warrington.

Police have renewed appeals following the incident on 3pm on the 21st of July.

The driver of the skip lorry stopped at the scene and hasn’t been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A number of Lime e-bikes have apparently been “dumped” on the side of a residential road in New Malden.

People living in Coombe Road claim 9 of the bright green rental bikes have been abandoned over the last few days. 

Elsewhere, Westminster Council has begun seizing dockless bikes left on roads and pavements saying they are hazardous to pavement users. 

Lime says it will collect any e-bikes immediately that have not been parked responsibly after they have been used.

The company says it would like to work with Kingston Council to install designated e-bike parking bays.  

A spokesperson for Lime e-bikes says: 

Our bikes are not dumped, they are used by local residents, commuters and visitors as a sustainable way of travelling around London, who then park them at their end destination. We regularly remind users to park responsibly, and will fine and ban users that leave bikes antisocially or obstructively. If a bike has been left obstructively in Kingston, we will collect it immediately. We would also like to work with Kingston to create designated e-bike parking bays, to ensure our riders always have a responsible place to park in the borough. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits they are still in the market for another central defender before the transfer window closes.

They've been heavily linked with Leicester's Wesley Fofana - but the German wouldn't comment on individual targets.

Tuchel says they are on the lookout, though.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Some residents who had to be evacuated after a gas explosion in Thornton Heath are now able to return to their homes.

Around 30 of the 80 properties which had to be emptied have now been declared "gas safe".

A four year old girl was killed in the blast on Monday morning.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Richmond Council says it has continued to provide free school meals for youngsters that need them over the summer holidays.

They are being funded through the Household Support Fund.

Richmond is providing each eligible child £15 per week for the six-week school holiday period. 

 So far 4,200 children have received vouchers. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Fire Has broken out at an industrial warehouse in Mitcham.

The blaze began in Hallowfield Way just after 9am.

Around three squared metres of recycling waste caught light.

 There are no reports of any injuries or details of how the fire started. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man has drowned at a sailing club in Shepperton.

He was last seen entering the water at Desborough Sailing Club last night.

Two water rescue vehicles were sent to the area and his body was recovered just after midnight.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Armed forces veterans are to get the chance to enjoy football for free in Hampton on Saturday

Hampton and Richmond Borough FC has joined the “Tickets for Troops” scheme for its home match against Hemel Hempstead.  

The club joins other football clubs, sports and music events who have supported the military charity since 2009.

Chair of Tickets for Troops Lord Marland said: “Tickets For Troops” is delighted to receive the support of Hampton & Richmond Borough FC. These amazing gestures make such a difference to those who keep us safe and secure.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

A second man has been charged with murder after a man in his 40s was found dead in South Norwood

20-year-old Darren Parchment from Norbury will appear in court today. 

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Agash Jeyanandam from Croydon is appearing at the Old Bailey today, and a third man has been arrested.

Police were called just after 5.30am on Sunday to Station Road, where the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Keepers at The Royal Parks say they are doing everything they can during the heatwave to ensure people are able to get some respite

In order to sustain the health of the parks, which include Richmond and Bushy, they use water drawn from boreholes and waterbodies in the evening, or overnight to deliver the maximum benefit. 

In the long term, they aim to plant tree species which are more resilient to drought and strengthen the ecosystems to better withstand climate stress.

The shade provided by the thousands of trees can help cool the atmosphere by several degrees. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

A charity which works to protect Surrey’s wildlife is asking Radio Jackie listeners to help it raise £40,000

The appeal has been launched after a wildfire broke out on Pirbright Ranges last month. 

The area is home to many rare and threatened species and patches of the ground burned for three weeks. 

James Herd, from Surrey Wildlife Trust, explains how the money raised will be used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Train passengers are being reminded the line between Barnes and Feltham will close tomorrow

It’ll remain shut until Thursday.

 Network Rail and South Western Railway will be carrying out essential work to improve reliability on the line. 

Rail replacement buses will run for the four days and trains will continue to run via Richmond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Residents are being supported back into their homes, after a grass fire in Addlestone

Fire crews were called at around 5.15 yesterday evening to Hamm Moor Lane. 

They evacuated eight homes as a precaution, and had to disconnect power supplies. 

One resident of a road a kilometre away said she could see ash and smell smoke from the fire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 am  

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Crystal Palace have signed 21-year-old defender Kofi Balmer from Northern Irish club Larne.

He was a key player as they secured a Europa Conference League play-off spot last season.

Balmer is a Northern Ireland under-21 international and will start his Palace career in the club's academy.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 pm  

Firefighters tackled two blazes in Feltham yesterday as the hot weather continues.

At 5:16pm they were called to Cygnet Avenue where two hectares of grass and shrubland were damaged by fire. 

Later on, crews tackled a grass fire near Elmwood Avenue where half an acre of grass was damaged.

LFB’s asking that you “don’t barbecue in open spaces or balconies, throw your rubbish away safely and put your cigarettes out properly.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 pm  

A man from Lower Sunbury has been charged with six violent offences.

58-year-old Edward White-Overton is accused of three counts of strangulation, as well as threatening a person with a blade.

They took place between mid-April and early August.

He was wanted on recall to prison, and is appearing in court today.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 pm  

Heathrow’s revealed 88% of passengers get through security within 20 minutes.

The airport’s latest figures show 6.3m people passed through its terminals last month, when a cap on numbers was also imposed.

A daily limit of 100,000 passengers has been enforced for some airlines to help reduce queue times, delays and last-minute cancellations.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

The argument between insurance companies and victims of the explosion in Thornton Heath is growing.

Merton Council leader Ross Garrod is writing to the Financial Conduct Authority and Chancellor, asking them to look into the matter.

He says companies are saying the lack of structural damage negates claims for disruptions to work, accommodation costs, and more.

Councillor Garrod also claims that some residents who are being told they can be covered, are having to pay “significant” excess fees.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Raheem Sterling says he had to do "what's best for me" in deciding to leave Manchester City to join Chelsea.

The England international moved to Stamford Bridge after seven successful years with the Premier League champions.

Sterling started 23 top-flight games last season and admits that left him frustrated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  














The victim of a gas explosion in Thornton Heath earlier this week has been named.

4 year old Sahara Salman died after the explosion on Monday – an 11 year old boy and a 54 year old woman remain in hospital.

Police were called shortly after 7am to a property in Galpins Road that had collapsed during the explosion.

The child’s next of kin are still being supported by specially trained officers.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

Police investigating the murder of a man in South Norwood have made a second arrest.

A 20 year old man’s in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

23 year old Agash Jeyanandam from Croydon was charged with murder earlier this week and is due in court tomorrow.

On Sunday, the victim believed to be in his 40s had been found unresponsive in Station Road but was pronounced dead at the scene.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

More than £35,000 has been raised for a Tadworth based charity.

Supporters of the Children’s Trust flocked to its 16th annual Supercar event at Goodwood Motor Circuit in mid July.  

Visitors were given the chance to enjoy a passenger ride in their choice of over 100 “exotic” cars while raising money.  

The Children's Trust runs the UK's largest rehab centre for children with brain injury. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Pressure's being put on energy bosses to come up with solutions to rising household bills.

The chancellor and business secretary will meet with executives in the next half an hour - aiming to work out what can be done to help those most in need.

The amount we're paying for gas and electricity is expected to soar in October as the price cap increases.

Labour Croydon North MP Steve Reed says the government's too distracted by the Tory leadership race.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Donations have flooded in for evacuees following an explosion in Thornton Heath.

The Commonside trust is asking for no more clothes donations, as they have enough for now.

They say the same thing about toiletries and food or bottled water, but that they are likely to need some more later.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

We're being told to expect temperatures in the mid 30s as a four-day amber warning for extreme heat kicks-in for parts of England and Wales

The Met Office is also worried about the risk of wildfires breaking out because of tinderbox dry conditions.

The chance of this happening has been raised to "exceptional" - the highest it can be.

Riccardo La Torre from the Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union is concerned they're not fully prepared for this.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

The frontman of Mumford and Sons has revealed he was sexually abused as a six-year-old

Marcus Mumford, from Wimbledon, told GQ he hit “rock bottom”  in 2019, and was physically sick during a therapy session. 

He says it’s led to issues with breathing throughout his life, but he now “feels more free” than he has in a “long time”. 

His new solo single, Cannibal, directly confronts the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Sutton's Jack Draper has pulled off the biggest win of his tennis career - knocking world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the Canadian Open

He also did it in straight sets - 7-5, 7-6 - to reach the last-16.

Dan Evans recorded an impressive win over a top 10 player as well, that was Andrey Rublev, while Cameron Norrie beat Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp.

They all play again tonight.

Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios continued his outstanding form, knocking out world number one Daniil Medvedev.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A church in Morden is to have its mural removed, due to “connotations” of the Grenfell Tower Fire

St Peter’s, St Helier had the artwork commissioned in 1977 which shows a city in flames, and it hangs over the door. 

The mural has since faded, making the Christ figure difficult to see, but the destruction is still visible. 

The painting has not been universally popular; an application was submitted to remove it in 1991 but was unsuccessful.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:48 am  

A man alleged to be the fourth member of the so-called "Beatles" Islamic State terror cell has been arrested in the UK

38 year-old Aine Davis from Hammersmith was arrested yesterday evening after arriving at Luton airport on a flight from Turkey.

The group of four are thought to have been responsible for the kidnap and holding of more than 20 Westerners.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed in Laleham

Emergency crews were called to Thameside around 3.20pm yesterday, after reports a man had been attacked by four or five people. 

It took place by the river next to the camping site, and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Detectives investigating the disappearance of student nurse Owami Davies have released another CCTV image of her.

The latest picture shows her wearing a distinctive red Adidas top and slider type shoes.

It was taken about 12.30pm on the day she disappeared in London Road in Croydon.

Five people have been arrested for suspected murder or kidnap and have been bailed.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 pm  

A fire in Feltham last week is believed to have been started deliberately.

Emergency services were called to Hereford Road at the weekend where trees and decking were alight at the rear of properties.

London Fire Brigade is warning it has seen a rise in “fire-setting” over the summer holidays.

Officers say the hot weather has made the ground tinder dry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm  

Pictures of four men have been released following an assault on Epsom High Street.

A male victim was walking along the road, when he was pushed to the ground and repeatedly attacked.

The incident happened in the early hours of July the 2nd.

Anyone with information should contact Police on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Travellers have moved on to Kew Green for the second time in two weeks

The council says they’re starting the process to move them on “as soon as possible”.

Footage posted on social media appears to show one of the travellers running at the camera person.

Richmond Council is among a group of councils calling for authorities to be able to move on traveller camps without going to court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

A clothing donation centre has opened for those affected by the Thornton Heath explosion.

It’s based at the Ascension Church in Sherwood Park Road. 

A child died yesterday morning when a house collapsed following a suspected gas leak in Galpin’s Road. 

More than 200 residents remain displaced.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A young girl, who was killed in a gas explosion in Thornton Heath has been named as Sahara Salman.

She's believed to have been four years old, and died when a terraced house collapsed on Monday. 

Three other people were injured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

A moped rider has been taken to hospital following a collision with a car on Battersea Bridge.

Police were called just after 2pm yesterday and closed the busy route. 

The rider was taken to hospital and their injuries are unknown at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

South Western Railway is urging passengers only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary between August the 18th and 21st.

 The company has published its planned strike day services.  

Customers should expect severe disruption on the network and, if they must travel, are being urged not to do it by train. 

More than 2,100 SWR members are set to walk out in a row over pay and job security.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

A woman in Epsom has signed her home up to become one of the UK’s first public collection points for recycling

Ro Stretton has joined a programme created by brand Baylis and Harding.

A publicly accessible drop-off point has been created at her property in The Greenway.

That means anyone in the borough who uses Baylis and Harding products can return them for recycling.   

The collected waste will then be sent to TerraCycle for shredding and cleaning.

Manufacturers will then be able to create new generic plastic products, reducing the need to extract new resources from the planet.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

Raymond Briggs, the author and illustrator behind 1978 children's classic The Snowman, has died aged 88

His publisher Penguin Random House confirmed he passed away yesterday morning. 

The author was born in Wimbledon, and studied painting at the Wimbledon School of Art. 

The Snowman has sold more than 5.5m copies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Merton Council’s leader claims insurance companies are not doing enough to help those affected by the Thornton Heath explosion

A four-year-old girl died in the blast on Monday morning and four others were injured. 

Council leader Ross Garrod says the authority is providing hotel accommodation, food and emergency cash for necessities. 

He has praised the community for stepping up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

The Lib Dem’s Treasury Spokesperson is calling on the Government to cancel October’s energy price cap increase

Sarah Olney, says the plan would save a typical household in her constituency, Richmond Park, an extra £1,849 a year. 

The 70% increase is expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month. 

But by cancelling it, Ms Olney says the Government could pay the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can supply customers at current rates.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 am  

A body has been found in Bedfont Lakes, after a man failed to return to shore after going into the water

Emergency crews were called just before 5.30 yesterday evening.

The police helicopter and the marine policing unit searched the water for the man, and found the body shortly after midnight.

The force say his family has been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Investigations are continuing after a man in his 20s failed to return to shore after going into the water at Bedfont Lakes

Emergency crews were called just before 5.30 yesterday evening. 

The police helicopter and the marine policing unit searched the water for the man. 

The force say his family has been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Four flats across two floors have been damaged in a fire in Streatham Hill.

 Emergency crews were called yesterday at around 10pm to Mount Ephraim Road.

It’s believed to have been accidental, and caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

 Smokers are being urged not to smoke in bed and to use proper ashtrays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm  

Serena Williams has hinted retirement might not be too far away despite winning her first singles tennis match in 14 months.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat Nuria Parrizas Dias of Spain in straight sets to reach the second round of the Canada Open. 

The American, who is now 40, claims she's enjoying playing while she still can. 

Serena Williams is also one of the most successful female tennis players in the history of Wimbledon with a staggering seven titles to her name.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

New forecasts are predicting the average UK household could be paying energy bills of over £4,200 a year by January.

The prediction is from a renowned consultancy firm, Cornwall Insight. 

Conservative leadership contender Liz Truss has again said she favours tax cuts over direct payments to households. 

Deputy prime minister and MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab,  a supporter of rival Rishi Sunak, says that's the wrong approach.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The UK's biggest water company's announced it intends to introduce a hosepipe ban in the coming weeks.

Thames Water's blaming the 'long-term forecast of dry weather' but hasn't confirmed when restrictions will come into force.

Southern Water and South East Water have already imposed hosepipe bans on some of their customers. 

Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP, Sir Ed Davey, says these companies need to be brought to account.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

A cordon around the site of an explosion in Thornton Heath has been extended.

More homes have also been evacuated in Galpin’s Road following the blast yesterday which killed a four year old girl. 

Southern Gas Networks is continuing to work on site, and residents are being told they must stay away. 

The New Horizon Centre in Pollards Hill is still being used as an evacuation centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

An 11 year old girl who died at a water park in Windsor at the weekend has been named by friends.

Kyra Hill was a keen footballer who played for Coombe Wood School in Croydon. 

She died when she reportedly got into trouble at an inflatable assault course run by Liquid Leisure. 

The youngster was reported missing at around 3.55pm on Saturday and discovered over an hour later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

The justice secretary claims Liz Truss' policies risk becoming an "economic suicide note" for the Conservatives

Esher MP Dominic Raab, who supports Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race, says her proposed tax cuts would "do little" for the most vulnerable.

He's described them as "bad politics".

But Paul Scully, Sutton MP and supporter of the foreign secretary, says the proposals make sense.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

New technology has been brought in at Putney Station to help people with sight loss

South Western Railway is trialling the myEyes app, which uses Bluetooth to track your location, then gives audio directions.

Battersea MP Marsha De Cordova has sight issues, and says that “travelling and navigating around the city is probably one of the biggest challenges that we face”.

The trial will run for three months, and may be rolled out to more stations if successful.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Two men have been jailed after a police dog led officers to a gun hidden on Mitcham Common

In August last year, officers saw 23-year-old Umar Pervez from Croydon with a holdall, but when he was stopped, he no longer had it. 

It was later found to have an AK47, magazine, and ammunition in it. 

25-year-old Kyal Truong-Clarke from Beckenham was also arrested, as he had been asking how much he could sell the gun for.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Bin strikes are back on in Elmbridge, after talks to end a pay dispute broke down

The GMB Union were originally asking for a 28% pay rise, but say they’ve “moved their position”, although it’s not been revealed how far. 

However, they say that Amey are still offering 4.21%. 

Talks will resume on Thursday. 

A spokesman for Amey says the pay offer is being accepted across the country, and is in line with the real living wage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

People evacuated from their homes after an explosion in Thornton Heath are waking up in a recovery centre this morning

Around 100 people were removed from Galpin’s Road following a massive blaze yesterday morning which killed a child. 

Four others are injured. 

Merton Council leader Ross Garrod explains what’s happening at the New Horizon Centre in Pollards Hill. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Wildlife Aid Foundation is making an urgent appeal for any vets who can help cover shifts at its hospital in Leatherhead

It’s after a recent search for locums and volunteers proved “fruitless.”

The charity fears it will have to temporarily close to new admissions at certain times if it can’t find enough vets to cover shifts. 

The 40 year old centre is presently staffed by vets seven days a week.

Interested parties should email: [email protected] 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 am  

Monday, 8 August 2022

Details of Dame Deborah James' cancer diagnosis are emerging in a book she wrote to be published, after her death.

The podcaster from Barnes, who was known as 'Bowel Babe' on social media, passed away in June at the age of 40. 

It's now revealed that her 'crippling panic attacks' stopped when she was diagnosed. 

She says she also had no choice but to look her biggest fear 'straight in the eye.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Met Police has been forced to apologise and pay £30,000, after a black man was allegedly choked on Chiswick Common.

In 2012, Zac Sharif-Ali was walking his dog, when he was illegally stopped and searched, according to the Met. 

PC Duncan Bullock was in plain clothes, but is said to have not properly identified himself and didn’t give his name. 

The Observer reports that the Met denies the use of a prolonged neck hold, and he wasn’t stopped because of the colour of his skin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two people in Epsom have had similar watches stolen in very similar circumstances.

On Friday, one person was walking home near Ruxley Lane when a car stopped in front of them, and a man demanded their watch. 

Then on Saturday, the same thing happened when the person pulled into their driveway. 

In both cases an expensive Audemars Piguet watch was stolen, worth thousands of pounds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

A woman has been attacked by a man with a horse in Laleham Park.

The incident happened at around 3pm yesterday  as she entered the River Thames near to the campsite. 

The victim stroked a horse that was in the river and when she got out of the water she was verbally abused by a man. 

He then struck her with a horsewhip several times across her back, arm and leg.

The suspect is described as a white male who was wearing a black top and possibly grey shorts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Drone teams have been assessing the damage caused by a large fire in Feltham yesterday.

The blaze could be seen by passengers on flights taking off and landing at nearby Heathrow.

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to Hereford Road at around 4.30pm. 

Reporter Laura Bundock is at the scene today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Mayor of London has publicly voiced his condolences after a child died in an explosion in Thornton Heath.


Sadiq Khan sent a tweet to his 3 million followers. 

It says “My heart goes out to the loved ones of the young child who has tragically lost their life today following the house explosion. 

This is truly awful news and my thoughts are with all those who have been impacted.”

Photo Credit: LFB

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

London Fire Brigade gives us an update on the explosion that has killed a child in #ThorntonHeath

A child's died in a house explosion in Thornton Heath.

Emergency crews were called to the property which collapsed after the blast this morning and several others are damaged.

Four people have been injured, three of them were taken to hospital.

Firefighters aren't looking for anyone else.

Richard Welch is deputy assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Fire has broken out in West Sutton.

Part of the ground floor of an end-of-terrace house in vale Road was damaged by the blaze earlier. 

There are no reports of any injuries.  

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

A child killed in an explosion in Thornton Heath this morning was believed to be 4 years old.

Police were called shortly after 7am to a property in Galpins Road.

The child’s next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Leader of Merton Council, Ross Garrod, explains how the authority is helping those displaced by the explosion. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

Merton Council has opened an evacuation centre in Pollards Hill for those who have been forced from their homes following a fatal explosion in Thornton Heath


The authority says it is working with London Fire Brigade and the Met Police to work out a plan for those who are currently homeless. 

Those affected are being cared for at New Horizons Centre.

Photo Credit: LFB
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Four people have been rescued but one remains missing after a house exploded in Thornton Heath.

The terraced property collapsed in Galpin's, damaging neighbouring homes in Thornton Heath.

Emergency services were called just after 7 o'clock this morning and don't yet know the cause of the blast.

Reporter Madeline Ratcliffe says it was a huge explosion.

Photo: LFB

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion at a home in Thornton Heath

Emergency crews were called just after 7am this morning to Galpin’s Road.

A terraced house has collapsed and neighbouring properties have also been damaged.

A fourth person was treated on scene.

The cause is not known at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Three people have been rescued after an explosion at a home in Thornton Heath

Emergency crews were called just after 7am this morning to Galpin’s Road. 

A terraced house has collapsed and neighbouring properties have also been damaged. 

The cause is not known at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admits his emotions ran high after Josh DaSilva's late equaliser clinched his side a 2-all draw in their Premier League opener at Leicester

The midfielder came off the bench to complete the fightback after they had trailed 2-nil.

DaSilva made his return from a career threatening hip problem at the King Power Stadium.

Frank says he was delighted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Figures show more than 600 children were subjected to strip searches by Metropolitan Police Officers in two years, between 2018 and 2020

The stats emerged following the case of a 15-year-old known only as Child Q.

She was searched while on her period, wrongly suspected of carrying drugs.

The Met says it's toughened up its rules, and an inspector's authority is now required before a search.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

A house has collapsed following an explosion in Thornton Heath

Emergency crews were called just after 7am to Galpin’s Road.

Neighbouring homes have also been damaged.

The cause of the fire and explosion is not known at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

It was a weekend of tight matches in the Surrey Cricket League

Surrey Warriors Strikers won their game against Bec Old Boys by just 13 runs, while Surrey Warriors Spartans beat Wandsworth by 20. 

St Lukes lost to Ottershaw by two wickets, which was just barely enough to pick Ottershaw off the bottom of the table.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Refuse collectors in Elmbridge are in work this morning

It’s after strike action was halted as the GMB Union agreed to get round the table for talks with council contractor Amey. 

However, they have stated that they will strike tomorrow if talks over pay break down.  

Amey refuse workers in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath are scheduled to walk out for the next fortnight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to a fire on Hereford Road in Feltham
Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving trees, hedgerows, shrubs and decking at the rear of a number of properties on the road.

The Brigade was called at 16.35pm. Fire crews from Hillingdon, Kingston, Southall, Surbiton and Tooting are all at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 pm  

People in Hounslow are being reminded of how to avoid dangerous waste fires.
‘Stop Battery fires Campaign’ will raise awareness of how householders can recycle their batteries and electricals correctly. The risk comes when batteries and discarded electrical items containing batteries are thrown into dangerous fires. The message is never dispose of hidden batteries or electricals in your rubbish but always recycle batteries and electricals separately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

Around 30,000 Muslims are in Hampshire today, for one of the biggest annual gatherings in their calendar.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jalsa Salana is a number of pop-up events across three days celebrating the values of the religion. 

Mayor of Kingston, Yogan Yoganathan, is proud the town has such strong links with the community.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

Marble Hill will host free musical performances this August and September.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of performances every Sunday as part of the annual Arts in the Park events.

Performances range from Bollywood, renaissance, folk, Shakespeare and jazz.

The events are organised by English Heritage, an independent charity that aims to share inspiring visitor experiences across the country.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Hounslow wants to hear from people about their experiences of physical activity in the borough.

The Moving Communities survey will address why 46% of people are not meeting medical guidelines for physical activity. 

The brief survey will invite people to share what they enjoy, the places and spaces they visit and what stops them being more active. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap in relation to the disappearance of a student nurse.

Owami Davies was last seen in West Croydon exactly one month ago.

Five people have been detained in total - the other four have been released on bail.

Charlotte Lomas is in Croydon with an update.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Hounslow Council is introducing new measures to prevent grass fires across the borough's parks and open spaces.

Recent hot and dry weather conditions saw a series of blazes earlier this week, in the Feltham and Hanworth areas.

Park Rangers and workers will increase patrols and lookout for potential fire hazards, whilst council teams will conduct litter picks.

Vegetation is also being cut back and the existing fire breaks doubled in size and reinforced in key areas.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a student nurse last seen in West Croydon have arrested a fifth man.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and is being questioned by police. 

24 year old Owami Davies left her family home in Grays in Essex on the 4th of July and was last seen July 7th in West Croydon. 

Four other men arrested have since been released on bail. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

Twickenham’s Lib Dem MP is calling on the two Conservative leadership candidates to support the ‘Lionesses’ Pledge’

It’s after England’s Women beat Germany 2-1 in the Euros last weekend.

Munira Wilson wants whoever becomes Prime Minister, Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, to make sure football is available to girls in schools.

She says the legacy of what happened at Wembley must be protected for future generations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Two shopfront extensions have been demolished in Tooting High Street after they were erected illegally

Wandsworth Council says it removed the “ugly and unauthorised” buildings as they drastically reduced pedestrian space.

The owners of the two businesses had failed to comply with enforcement notices requiring their removal.

The authority says it will be charging them the cost of the operation and if they don’t pay they will face further legal action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham has teamed up with national charity Refuge to help people escape domestic abuse

The new service offers discrete support and safe accommodation to women and children who need to flee their homes.

Ending violence against women and girls is one of the authority’s top priorities.

Bosses say they are “dedicated to ensuring that survivors get the support they need, including anyone fleeing domestic abuse.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 am  

Croydon Council is another authority voicing concerns around Transport for London’s proposed ULEZ expansion to outer London

Bosses says the move will have a “disproportionate” impact on residents.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, wants to extend his polluting vehicle charging levy to more boroughs by Autumn next year.

Vehicles that do not meet the emission standard will be charged £12.50 a day.

We have contacted the Mayor’s office for comment on numerous occasions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

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