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Saturday 10 December 2022

Tomorrow's Women's Super League match between Brighton and Everton is the latest sporting fixture to fall to the cold weather

The pitch at Broadfield Stadium is frozen.

A number of games across the English Football League were also postponed today including Hampton & Richmond Borough’s home fixture against Cheshunt.

The horse racing meetings at Cheltenham and Doncaster have also been cancelled.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

Hounslow Council has secured more than £200,000 in funding to bring new training opportunities to the borough that could lead to new green jobs

The funding is from the Mayor of London’s £18m Skills Bootcamp pot and will provide environmental skills training in land management and arboriculture.

The first course begins on Monday, January 9 and will be based at Hounslow Council’s Adult Education classrooms.

Full details are on the council’s website.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Richmond Council has confirmed its intention for the town to become a Borough of Sanctuary for those forced to flee their homes

The City of Sanctuary movement is a national initiative to create a network of towns and cities that are places of safety and inclusion.

At a meeting on December 8th the Council voted in favour of the scheme.

Recently Richmond has received refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Hong Kong and Ukraine.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Kwasi Kwarteng admits both he and Liz Truss were "too impatient" and "blew it" when they were in charge of the country

The former chancellor and Spelthorne MP also thinks the then-prime minister was "mad" to sack him and refuses to apologise for the financial crisis caused by their mini-budget.

Speaking to the Financial Times, he says his biggest regret is that they weren't good at judging the situation.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

A serving Metropolitan Police officer from the South West Basic Command Unit has been charged with two counts of rape.
The 29-year-old man appeared yesterday at Westminster Magistrates Court. 

He was remanded to appear at Inner London Crown Court on the 6th of January.

The offences were reported to have happened in Epsom and in Lambeth last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

More than 4,500 families across Kensington and Chelsea are to receive £44 worth of food vouchers for each child.

The money is to be used over the Christmas break when youngsters who are usually on free school meals won’t have access to them. 

The monetary amount of the vouchers has been boosted by £5 per week by the council. 

The authority has also pledged to continue children’s activities across the Christmas break. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

A man has appeared in court accused the murder of an elderly busker who was stabbed while riding his mobility scooter.

At the Old Bailey, 44-year-old Lee Byer pleaded not guilty to the murder of Thomas O’Halloran in Greenford.

Mr. O’Halloran, 87, was able to alert a member of the public but could not be saved.

Mr. Byer faces a trial of up to three weeks on May 2nd.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

People in Wandsworth are being urged to make use of the town’s warm spaces as the cold hit continues.

A Level 3 weather alert was issued by the Met Office on Wednesday evening and it’s due to last until Monday. 

The alert is classed as “severe” and is one step below a “major incident.”

Simon Hogg is leader of Wandsworth Council

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Sutton and East Surry Water has been recognised for its work identifying and stopping leaks.

The Utility Week awards recognise UK utility companies nationwide.

SES, which supplies drinking water to parts of Surrey, Kent and south London, won the Innovation category for its ‘smart network’.

Technology allows the company to notice leaks within minutes of them happening, and often before they can be seen by the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 9 December 2022

Harlequins Foundation has started fundraising for more than 150 orphaned children in South Africa.

The Foundation is the official charity of the Twickenham based rugby team.  

Money raised will be used to buy books, clothes and necessities for youngsters at LIV Village.

Quins Centre Lennox Anyanwu says being in Durban with the children has given him a different perspective. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon Council will hold a special meeting next week, after they were forced to take steps to avoid bankruptcy.

A council document says the authority will need “significant and extraordinary financial support” from the government.

It adds that they’ll need to reduce their spending by £130m, which they say is “simply untenable” out of a ned budget of £300.

The Chief Executive says “Council is going to need to reduce its expenditure significantly in each and every year into the foreseeable future”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Raheem Sterling's been training with the England squad again, having returned to Qatar ahead of tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final with France.

He'd flown home to the UK on Sunday, following a break in at his house in Oxhott.

All 25 available members of the squad were involved in today's open session.

Manager Gareth Southgate will give an update on Sterling's availability this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man from Ashford will spend Christmas behind bars after ramming into a police car.

The incident happened in March 2020 and the force of the collision resulted in an officer fracturing his wrist.

36 year old Mark Nye has been jailed for 1 year after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, possession of an imitation firearm and class A drugs.

He has also been disqualified from driving for 42 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A pedestrian has been hit by a car in a collision in New Malden.

Officers were called at around 9:30 this morning to Burlington Road.

The pedestrian, believed to be in his 60s was treated on scene by paramedics.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The founder of Park Lane Stables in Teddington has been given an MBE for her charity efforts

Natalie O’Rourke raised £1m to try and save the stables after a dispute with the landlord.

The charity caters to people with disabilities, offering them horse rides, and volunteering opportunities.

She says it feels “so surreal”, and she gave the MBE to her dad because he gave up his career to raise her.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Merton Council needs to find more than £4m next year to balance its books.

Councillor Billy Christie says that inflation has cost them £10m, and that without it, they’d be in a surplus.

Among the measures being considered is closing the Eastways Day Centre in Morden, with people to be directed to the Merton Dementia Hub instead.

It also wants to cut its care costs by reducing the number of people who receive two carers to help them. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A serving Metropolitan Police officer’s due in court charged with two counts of rape.

Rupert Edwards, who's attached to the South West Basic Command Unit, was off-duty at the times when he’s accused of carrying out the offences in Lambeth and in Epsom earlier this year.

The claims relate to two women aged in their 20s and 30s.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The Wimbledon tennis tournament is reportedly considering lifting its ban on Russian and Belarusian players

The Times says that it was hit with a fine of over £800,000 by the ATP for doing so. 

The All-England Club says they’re “deeply disappointed” and that the ATP are showing a “surprising lack of empathy” for the war in Ukraine. 

A lifting of the ban would have to be cleared with the UK government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Surrey Wildlife Trust is urging MPs to "demand that the Government ups its game on protecting wildlife" as a crucial international summit takes place this week.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, also known as COP15, started in Canada on Wednesday. 

What happens over the next ten days will directly affect wildlife everywhere, as countries will aim to agree on targets to ensure the survival of species and stem the collapse of ecosystems across the world.

But SWT Chief Executive Jane Chimbwandira says that the UK could have little influence if it doesn’t start ‘walking the walk’ on environmental standards at home. The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world: in Surrey almost 50 per cent of species are under threat from intensive farming, river pollution, poorly-planned development, and droughts and wildfires exacerbated by a warming climate.

New data suggests that global wildlife populations have plummeted by almost 70 per cent in the last 50 years, and in the UK government proposals to weaken existing protection for wildlife threaten to make a bad situation worse. This could mean red faces on the world stage at COP15 and diminish the UK’s power to negotiate stronger global targets.

SWT says the government’s Retained EU Law Bill, currently before Parliament, threatens to remove a range of vital wildlife protections, and the targets ministers propose to set for nature’s recovery are not ambitious enough.

Surrey Wildlife Trust CEO Jane Chimbwandira said:

“Wherever you look, it’s easy to see that nature is in crisis. From finches and frogs to hedgehogs and dormice, even formerly commonplace species are now becoming frighteningly scarce. Bold action is needed to tackle the twin nature and climate crises at COP15, and the next eight years must deliver dramatic improvements if the UK is to stand any chance of meeting its target of protecting 30% of land and sea by 2030. 

“But under current policies we’ll have even less wildlife in 20 years’ time than we have now.  I know that many of our local representatives care deeply about our precious natural resources, so we’re asking them to push for a truly world-leading target that will leave the next generation with more nature – not less.”

Surrey Wildlife Trust wants the UK Government to:

  • Set ambitious targets to restore the abundance of nature at home. The Government is due to publish its Environment Act targets – but proposals currently on the table will mean even less wildlife in 20 years’ time than there is now. We want to see a target to increase species abundance by at least 20% by 2042, compared to 2022 levels.
  • Help set ambitious global targets to halt and reverse catastrophic declines in habitat and wildlife by 2030 at COP15.
  • Scrap the Retained EU Law Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament, because it threatens the laws which protect wild places and species against pollution, development and disturbance across the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Richmond Council has been rated best in London for the work it does in delivering social care

The service has been commended in the Adult Social Care End of Year Performance Report. 

The largest proportion of residents’ Council Tax is spent on supporting vulnerable adults through Adult Social Care services. 

The report also measures Richmond’s performance against London’s other boroughs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Thousands of postal workers are expected at a rally in central London this afternoon on the latest day of strike action

Much of the anger on picket lines is being directed at the boss of Royal Mail, with chants of "Thompson Out".

Chief executive Simon Thompson is trying to get modernisation plans through, arguing it's the only way for the company to survive.

But the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union thinks it will lead to job losses for its members and it's angry it had a pay deal imposed without talks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Harlequins Foundation is to start raising money for 180 orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa

The Foundation is the official charity of the Twickenham based rugby team.  

The money will be used to buy books, clothes and necessities for youngsters at LIV Village which is based in Durban. 

Quins captain Stephan Lewies says visiting the children has been an eye-opener.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Thousands of people are expected to attend a rally in central London today, as Royal Mail workers begin a new series of strikes which could delay Christmas deliveries

Members of the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union are walking out for six days this month in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.

It's claimed the Stand By Your Post demonstration in Parliament Square could be the biggest ever recorded.

Tony Bouch from the union says they want a deal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

A barber from Hammersmith has been found guilty of funding terrorism in Syria

43-year-old Tarek Namouz was arrested in May last year. 

Officers found records showing he’d sent just over £11,000, however he was later recorded saying to a visitor that he’d sent around £25,000. 

It’s believed the money was used by Daesh to buy weapons and explosives.

He’ll be sentenced in the new year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Thursday 8 December 2022

A charity is warning that millions of people are living in cold homes as temperatures fall below freezing across the UK.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says more than three million low-income households can't afford to heat their homes.

Feltham MP Seema Malhotra is encouraging people struggling with the price of energy bills to go to council-run warm spaces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm  

A number of pink roses have been planted in Fulham Cemetery in memory of the late Queen.

The 'Queen Elizabeth II' rose was named in honour of Her Majesty in her coronation year in 1952.

12 have been planted as a tribute in one of the cemetery’s revitalised beds and they will bloom from spring to autumn.

The 13-acre Fulham Cemetery opened in 1865 and is the oldest in the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Police have released images of a man that they are trying to locate.

They believe that he may be able to help with an investigation into a number of attempted burglaries in Epsom.

They happened between 4 and 5 on the morning of Monday the 5th of December.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

The number of children who've died from Strep A is up to 15.

Two on them were from Ashford and Ealing.

The UK Health Security Agency has revealed the vast majority have been in England - but there has also been one in Belfast and another in Wales.

Some pharmacists have reported problems getting the antibiotics needed to treat the infection, despite government assurances over supplies.

Health officials are reminding us that most Strep A cases are relatively mild.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 pm  

Raheem Sterling's flying back to Qatar to join back up with the England squad ahead of their World Cup quarter-final with France.

He missed the last-16 victory over Senegal following a burglary at his home in Oxhshott.

International team-mate Kalvin Phillips says they've got a much better chance with Sterling available.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Merton Police are hunting for a man currently wanted for assault.

Francis Ogunyemi is wanted for a serious assault on a 65 year old woman.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

The FA aren't commenting on reports Raheem Sterling's considering returning to England's World Cup squad tomorrow evening.

The Chelsea forward missed the national team's last-16 victory over Senegal to be with his family following a break-in at his home in Oxshott.

Reporter Tim Thornton is in Doha and says manager Gareth Southgate's unlikely to start him in Saturday's quarter-final with France.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Star Wars actor John Boyega surprised youngsters at an event in Croydon last night.

He made an appearance at the Legacy Youth Zone which provides activities seven days a week to children aged between 8 and 19. 

It’s run by charity, OnSide, which works to improve facilities at youth centres across the country. 

John explains why he felt the need to pay a visit. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Police searching for a missing man in Chessington have found a body.

Officers were called at around 11 o’clock last night following concerns for the welfare of a man reported missing from the area.

At 1am this morning emergency services attended Barwell Lane where the body of a man in his 20s was found.

His next of kin have been informed.

His death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

A number of overnight closures are taking place this month on the A3 at Wisley.

It’s so National Highways can carry out survey works on the central reservation and grass verges at Wisley Interchange.

An upgrade of the notoriously busy junction, costing around £200 million, is underway and not due to finish until the autumn of 2024. 

The next planned overnight closure is tonight from 10.30.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Christmas holidays could be cancelled for thousands because of walk-outs by Border Force officials

Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff airports will all be affected by strike action from the 23rd of December.

Reports suggest a third of flights could be cancelled to cope with the impact of long queues at passport control.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm  

Raheem Sterling is on his way back to Qatar

The midfielder returned to Surrey following a break-in at his family home.

England face France on Saturday in their quarter-final clash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A Met police officer is due to appear in court charged with false imprisonment and assault in Twickenham

 The offence is alleged to have taken place last Friday when PC Sam Grigg was off-duty. 

The suspect and the victim, a woman aged in her 20s, are known to each other. 

The woman suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

A cyclist has died in a collision in Hersham

It happened on Molesey Road, close to the junction with Lyon Road, at around 7am.

The family of the woman killed has been informed.

Molesey Road remains closed in both directions from Maitland Close to Walton Park.

The driver hasn't been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

ACS International School has joined only 700 others worldwide to be named an Apple Distinguished School

These schools are recognised by the technology giant as centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. 

ACS Cobham was recognised for its strong focus on augmented reality. 

Lyndsey Stuttard is a Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Star Wars actor John Boyega surprised youngsters at an event in Croydon last night

He made an appearance at the Legacy Youth Zone which provides activities seven days a week to children aged between 8 and 19. 

It’s run by charity, OnSide, which works to improve facilities at youth centres across the country. 

Expenditure on youth services has dropped by £1 billion in real terms over the past decade according to new research from Amazon. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Raheem Sterling is expected to decide later if he'll return to Qatar for England's quarter-final showdown against France on Saturday

He left the tournament after being told that his home in Surrey had been broken into.

It’s believed he wants to be confident that his family will be safe, and that extra security measures will be in place.

No arrests have been made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Wednesday 7 December 2022

Hounslow Council has secured more than £200,000 in funding to help launch a “green jobs” training scheme in the borough.

The cash is coming out of the Mayor of London’s £18 million Skills Bootcamp pot.

The scheme will provide environmental skills training in land management as well as practical outdoor learning. 

The first training course is open to 12 people to start with and  will begin in January and last for four weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association in Morden will spend Christmas Day delivering gift baskets.

They have teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care to help ensure those spending the day alone still receive some festive cheer.  

People are being asked to nominate someone they know who may need a visit on the big day. 

 Hundreds of volunteers will help deliver the baskets, not just in London, but across the whole of the UK. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Four new purpose-built homes for older people are planned for Surrey, including in Worcester Park and Ottershaw.

Between them, they would offer 250 homes, which would be a mix of one and two-bedroom flats.

They allow people to live in their homes and communities, but with care and support always on hand.

The County Council is looking for feedback from the areas, ahead of applying for outline planning approval.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

England's Declan Rice and Callum Wilson were absent from training ahead of this weekend's World Cup quarter-final with France.

West Ham midfielder Rice was missing due to illness, while Newcastle striker Wilson is recovering from a minor muscle strain.

Rice who was born in Kingston has started all four of England's games in Qatar so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

James Haskell believes it was "utter madness" to sack England head coach Eddie Jones without having a permanent replacement ready.

The former rugby union international has spoken out following the news.

England was booed off the pitch at Twickenham last month following their loss to South Africa.

The internationals marked their worst autumn campaign in 13 years.

Richard Cockerill's in charge on an interim basis, but Haskell says the timing of Jones' departure doesn't make sense.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Eden Hazard has retired from international football aged 31, following Belgium's group stage exit from the World Cup in Qatar.

 Eden Hazard has retired from international football aged 31, following Belgium's group stage exit from the World Cup in Qatar.

The former Chelsea forward scored 33 goals in 126 appearances for his country, and captained them 56 times.

He says "the succession is ready" and that'll he'll miss playing for the national team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Lawn Tennis Association in Roehampton has been fined £820,000 by the ATP for its ban on Russian and Belarusian players.

They were prevented from competing at five events this summer, including Queen's and Surbiton, over the invasion of Ukraine.

The Culture Secretary has called on the ATP to reconsider its punishment.

The LTA's accused the men's tour of a "lack of empathy" over the situation in Ukraine.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of an attempted burglary near to Raheem Sterling's home in Oxshott.

The arrests at this time are not linked to the burglary at Sterling’s home which received significant coverage over the weekend.

A separate investigation remains ongoing, and no arrests have been made yet.

Sterling flew home from the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

The health Secretary insists the UK still has a "good supply" of antibiotics needed to treat the jump in Strep A infections.

 Pharmacists feared stocks would run low after it emerged whole classes would be given penicillin if schools had outbreaks. 

Nine children are known to have died so far; the first death was reported at a school in Ashford last week. 

The Prime Minister has offered his condolences to the families at PMQ's who have lost children. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Mitcham and Morden’s Labour MP is calling on the Prime Minister to support her campaign for free cash machines.

The number of free-to-use ATMs has declined by 36% in the last five years in the constituency.

Ms McDonagh says free access to people’s own money is now more important than ever amid the cost of living crisis.

During PMQs, she made this request to Rishi Sunak. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of an attempted burglary near to Raheem Sterling's home in Oxshott.

Police say the pair were held last night.

Surrey Police say the latest arrests are not linked to the burglary at Raheem Sterling's property and the incidents are being dealt with separately. 

Sterling flew home from the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man from Streatham has become the first person in the UK to receive a double lung transplant following Coronavirus.

50 year old Cesar Franco, who described himself as fit and healthy before COVID, caught the virus last Christmas.

He eventually had to be placed on a ventilator at St Thomas’s Hospital following breathing difficulties.  

He spent five months in intensive care before being transferred to Harefield Hospital for the double lung transplant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Further statement from Surrey Police regarding Oxshott arrests

Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary last night in the Oxshott area. They are currently in custody.

Following reports of suspicious activity around 6.40pm, a number of resources were deployed, including the dog unit and the police helicopter. Our colleagues from British Transport Police also provided assistance.

At this time these arrests are not being linked to an ongoing investigation into a burglary which received significant media coverage over the weekend. 

That separate investigation remains ongoing and as of 12:00 today, no arrests have been made in connection with that.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances and the investigation remains on going.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

The number of people who smoke in Epsom and Ewell is one of the smallest in the country

The Office for National Statistics says just 5.5% of people there smoke, putting it at eighth-fewest. 

Fenland, near Peterborough, has the highest proportion, at nearly 28%. 

Across the UK, just over 13% of people smoke, which the ONS says is the lowest proportion since records began in 2011.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

A robot dog named Dave has been brought in by a construction company at Heathrow to help keep them safe

He’s equipped with a scanner, which will provide 3D laser images of a 1960s cargo tunnel during its renovation.

It means the team can safely retrieve data from the building site.

Mark Reynolds, from Mace, says “passengers at Heathrow may never notice the difference, but hopefully they’ll be pleased to know Dave is working round the clock to make sure the airport runs as smoothly as possible in the future”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Fire has broken out in Ashford.

A Surrey Fire and Rescue spokesperson says; 

 We received a call yesterday afternoon around 16.35pm to a report of a fire on Woodthorpe Road, Ashford. 

“Three fire engines were sent, arriving at the scene around 16.40pm. A fire had broken out in a non-residential building, causing up to 5 sqm damage. 

“The fire was dealt with and crews left the scene around 17.10pm.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

People in Sutton are being urged to officially oppose plans to increase operations at Beddington incinerator

Croydon, Merton and Kingston Councils have already joined forces to formally oppose the application from managers Viridor.

Sutton Council says it will submit its own response to the Environment Agency which issues operations permits.

In the meantime, residents are being asked to go to the council’s website and take part in the online consultation.  

Viridor’s application is to burn more commercial and industrial waste at the site, including wate from other parts of the country. 

But the council says the site is not equipped for this and there have already been emissions breaches there, including six since May. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

A woman has been mugged on Feltham High Street while she was with her child in a pram

On Sunday, just after 6.30 in the evening, she was approached from behind by two men, who attacked her and stole her handbag. 

She sustained a facial injury, but her injuries were assessed as not life threatening or life changing.

 No arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

The Queen has been remembered at a special Christmas service in Surbiton

Royal Star and Garter broadcast its Starlight Service to residents at all three of its homes including Solihull and High Wycombe. 

Her late Majesty was patron of the charity, which cares for war veterans, for the whole of her time as monarch. 

Its Chief Executive, Andy Cole, recognised the year has been tough for a lot of people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

A man has died following a collision in Tadworth

Emergency crews were called just before midday yesterday to Mill Road to reports of a collision between a van and a cyclist. 

An 80-year-old man died at the scene. 

The driver has been cooperating with officers and no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Nineteen years on, police are appealing for any new information about a murder in Clapham

On the 7th of December 2003, 21-year-old music producer Leon Forbes was shot in a car park. 

His sister Erica says she will “continue to seek justice and one day face those responsible”. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Met police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Wandsworth Council is going to step in and start fining people who break the 20mph speed limit.

The authority has become the first in the country to start imposing the limit with speed cameras and a £130 penalty.

A pilot scheme is being rolled out on Wimbledon Park Lane and Priory Lane, and will last eight months.

The Met Police been in charge of fines, but Wandsworth says they usually focus on main roads rather than smaller ones.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Bowel cancer screenings are at their highest ever level thanks in part to campaigning by the late Dame Deborah James.

NHS figures show more than 7 in 10 people aged 60 to 74 were tested in the past 30 months, up 10 percentage points in the last three years.

Dame Deborah, a deputy head teacher from Barnes, dedicated the last 5 years of her life to raising awareness of the disease. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The issue of damp and mould in social housing in Kingston has again been raised with the council.

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney says it’s something that her constituents have contacted her about since she was elected in 2019.

However, the death of 2 year old Awaab Ishak due to extreme mould in his flat in Rochdale has brough the subject to the forefront. 

Ms Olney says Kingston council has told her it has had very few complaints and they are being “resolved quickly.” 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Esher Civic Centre car park closed on 13th and 14th of December.

Due to the installation of housing units, the Civic Centre car park in Esher will be closed from midnight on Tuesday, the 13th until midnight on Wednesday, the 14th of December.

There will be no access in or out of the car park on these days.

Elmbridge Borough Council is creating 8 housing units on the site; homes it says are needed to temporarily accommodate some of the borough's most vulnerable residents.

A large crane will be onsite making it difficult to access the Civic Centre car park and for the safety of car park customers, the authority says it is best to close the car park.

There are 3 other council run car parks in Esher that can be used as an alternative:

If you are a season ticket holder, you will receive an email.

The council has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from Staines is among those who have been jailed, after a crime boss inadvertently leaked his partner’s phone number to authorities.

55-year-old Danny Brown took a picture of his dog, which showed the number, which investigators were able to use to convict him.

He was part of a plan to send £45m worth of MDMA to Australia, by hiding it in a digger.

61-year-old Philip Lawson was part of the engineering team who hid the drugs, and has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Merton Council is continuing with its plan to launch itself as a Borough of Sport.

The authority is working closely with London Sport to develop a blueprint for a Sport and Physical Activity Strategy.

The aim is to increase physical and sporting activity among residents.

The strategy aims to give all 4–16-year-olds and over 65s the opportunity to participate in at least one free activity each week.

Health and Wellbeing zones are being launched in libraries and work is taking place to raise awareness of “green prescribing.”

The multi-use sports area at Haydon’s Road is almost complete, with Colliers Wood and Merton MUSAs also set to be renovated next year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Eddie Jones has been sacked as head coach of England's rugby union team.

The national side's worst year since 2008 ended with them being booed following defeat to South Africa at Twickenham last month.

Richard Cockerill's been put in charge on an interim basis.

The Twickenham based RFU says a long-term successor will be announced in the "near future".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Hounslow council has paid tribute to the man stabbed to death in Richmond.

31 year old Reece Newcombe was a regular trainer at the boxing gym on the Ivybridge Estate. 

He’s been described as a “pillar of the community” who dedicated years to keeping the borough’s youths off the streets. 

The gym was set up in 2016 by Reece’s father following a fatal stabbing on the estate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 pm  

A picture has been released, after a rail worker was assaulted at Tooting station.

At just before 5pm on the 26th of October, a man tried to shuffle through the barrier, when he was challenged by a staff member.

The man pushed through the barrier, and grabbed the person’s neck before leaving the station.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Strep A has claimed the life of a ninth young child in the UK.

A five year old - who's believed to have had a severe case of the bacterial infection - has died.

Two of the other children were from Ashford and Ealing.

Our Ireland correspondent Stephen Murphy is following developments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Eddie Jones has been sacked as England rugby union head coach

Richard Cockerill's been put in charge on an interim basis.

The RFU have made the decision following a disappointing autumn campaign, which ended with the team being booed off against South Africa at Twickenham.

Speaking after last month's defeat, Jones felt he could turn things around in time for next year's World Cup in France.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Statement from Twickenham based RFU following Eddie Jones's dismissal.

Following a review of the Autumn Nations Series, Eddie Jones has been dismissed from the position of England Head Coach.

The RFU will now conclude the long-term work it has been undertaking on coach succession planning with changes set to be announced in the near future. In the interim, Richard Cockerill will take over the day to day running of the men’s performance team.

Speaking about the review, RFU CEO, Bill Sweeney said; “It is important to recognise the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations Championships, one Grand Slam and taking us to a Rugby World Cup final.  He has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches.   I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he has approached reviewing the performance of the team.  He has provided the panel with astute insight and meaningful lessons that will support the team performance going forward.”

Eddie Jones said; “I am pleased with much that we have achieved as an England team and I look forward to watching the team’s performance in the future. Many of the players and I will no doubt keep in touch and I wish them all well in their future careers.”

The decision for Eddie to leave was taken by the RFU board earlier today.  Speaking about the decision, RFU Chair, Tom Ilube said; “The independent review panel regularly updates board on its discussions and findings.  We are fully supportive of its process and recommendations.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

A five year-old who attended a primary school in Belfast has become the ninth young child in the UK to die with Strep A

The previous eight deaths have all been in England and Wales, and includes one in Ashford.

Health officials say they could give antibiotics to entire year groups in schools were there are cases of the bacterial infection.

Schools minister Nick Gibb explains what other action is being taken.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

A convicted rapist from Croydon has had his prison sentence increased to life behind bars, following another conviction

36-year-old Darrel Rose was first sentenced to 17 years in 2018.

The court heard how during the first investigation, a second victim came forward. 

Detective Sergeant Laura Thomas has praised the “strength and commitment” of the two throughout the investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council "acted unlawfully" when it purchased three buildings outside of the area according to a new report

Independent auditors, KPMG, have been looking at the authority’s finances. 

Their report relates to the buying of three properties in Hillingdon and Hammersmith in 2017 and 2018.

KPMG acknowledges the properties were bought to provide extra income for Spelthorne.

But their report criticises an “inexperienced team” and they have given Spelthorne a month to reply to the findings.  

The purchases were funded through a central Government run loans company for councils called the Public Works Loan Board. 

The report is due to be discussed at a council meeting this Thursday.

The council maintains all actions relating to the asset acquisitions in question have been in accordance with legal advice.

It says it also always complied with the existing legislation and guidance for each investment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Students from an inner London school have visited Epsom Downs Racecourse to learn about the history of the world-famous grounds

The ten youngsters from Harris Academy Peckham have become the first to take part in the Riding A Dream Academy’s Regional Week. 

The programme is designed to broaden access to horses and the racing community for teenagers aged 14 to 18. 

The event was funded by The Racing Foundation and will now be rolled out to more schools in the future.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Hundreds of firefighters are heading to Parliament this morning

Members of the Norbiton based Fire Brigades Union will lobby MPs about their pay and cuts to the service. 

Firefighters and control staff are currently in a pay dispute with their employers after rejecting a 5% pay offer last month. 

The FBU says strike action is always the last resort, but members “can’t go on like this.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

Monday 5 December 2022

The Wimbledon Foundation is marking a milestone.

It has awarded £1 million in grants to charitable projects in Merton and Wandsworth. 

Established in 2014, the Community Fund aims to help meet social needs and reduce inequalities within the two London boroughs. 

During the pandemic, the Foundation paused the Community Fund and diverted the funding to its Coronavirus Fund. 

Relaunched at the beginning of 2022, the Community Fund has awarded grants totalling £400,000 to 55 local organisations this year. 

The Wimbledon Foundation is the official charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Tributes are being paid to another child who has died from Strep A.

The 12 year old was from Lee in South East London. 

Six other children have lost their lives due to the bacterial infection since September. 

The first known report came out of Ashford following the confirmation of the death of a child. 

The pupil was believed to have been in Year 1 at Ashford Church of England School.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Lambeth Council has announced an extra £2.7million in funding to help those who need it most during the winter.

This is in addition to the £5.4 million cost of living support package that has already been distributed.   

The Household Support Fund will provide more warm spaces, support for food banks and boost the borough’s Emergency Support Scheme. 

Families with children on Free School Meals will also get an extra £20 per child per week for food as part of the funding over the holidays.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

People living in a block of flats in Chelsea have been given vital fire survival guidance by firefighters.

It's after a blaze broke out in an industrial sized bin on the World’s End Estate.

Firefighters ventilated the building after smoke logging affected the 14th to the 18th floor on Saturday afternoon. 

The bin in room was destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The family and friends of a man stabbed to death in Richmond have taken part in a walk in his memory.

31 year old Reece Newcombe died after being attacked on Richmond Bridge in the early hours of November the 26th.

The walk yesterday began at Old Deer Car Park before proceeding to Richmond Green and Riverside. 

It was followed by a memorial service in Ormond Road where floral tributes have been left. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

People living near Battersea Bridge are being asked their views on plans for new crossings and a bus lane there.

It follows a fatal collision there in January 2021, which led to the implementation of wider pavements and a 20mph speed limit.

Other plans are banning the right turn from Battersea Bridge Road into Parkgate Road, and the left turn into Beaufort Street.

You can find the consultation on Wandsworth Council’s website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey Police statement in full following reported burglary at Raheem Sterling's house in Oxshott

We are currently investigating a report of a burglary at an address in Oxshott.

On Saturday, December the 3rd, the occupants returned to the address after arriving home from an international trip.

They contacted police just before 9pm to report a number of items of jewellery, including watches, had been stolen. 

Officers attended the address later that night and returned to speak to the occupants this morning.

At this time it remains unclear on which date the property was stolen and establishing this forms a key part of our investigation.

Enquiries into the full circumstances remain ongoing and officers will look at all available evidence including any CCTV opportunities. 

We are aware of media reports stating there were armed suspects involved, however, at this time, we would reassure our communities that no witnesses have come forward to this effect and there are no reports of any threats of violence linked to this incident. Anyone with information should contact police directly if they have not already been spoken to.

No arrests have been made at this time.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

NHS staff are going to be marching through Croydon this weekend, calling for better working contracts.

Members of the GMB Union say that they want services brought in-house, rather than outsourced to G4S.

They say that they want the better pay and conditions that come with direct employment by the health service.

We’ve contacted Croydon Hospital for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Police have confirmed they're investigating a burglary at Raheem Sterling's home in Oxshott.

The England star - who's said to be 'shaken' by the news - flew home from the World Cup in Qatar to be with his fiancee and children.

Earlier there were reports of a terrifying armed raid.

Our reporter Matthew Thompson - at the house in Oxshott - say officers have clarified some details.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The army could be deployed to help ease possible strike chaos this Christmas

Conservative Party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi says the armed forces may be asked to staff hospitals if health workers walk out over pay.

The government says it can't afford above-inflation pay rises.

More than 33,000 firefighters and control room staff are voting on whether to strike over pay.

Members of the Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union are being asked if they want to take action over a 5% pay rise, with the ballot closing on the 30th of January.

The union's general secretary Matt Wrack says it amounts to a pay cut, with soaring living costs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

A man has been taken to hospital following a fight at a nightclub in Tooting

Emergency crews were called to the High Street at around 45 minutes past midnight on Sunday morning. 

A man was found with facial injuries, and a second man was arrested on suspicion of affray. 

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Rail bosses have seen their new pay offer to the RMT rejected by the union

They'd hoped to stave off chaos on the rail network this Christmas - and help avoid a repeat of the Winter of Discontent in 1978.

That's when the country ground to a halt amid widespread strike action.

The offer is 4% this year, followed by 4% next year.

Former Liberal Democrat leader and former Twickenham MP Vince Cable, vividly remembers what it was like then.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Merton’s car parks are some of the safest in London

Twelve have been awarded Park Mark accreditation following an inspection by the Met Police and the British Parking Association. 

The award shows how the council is minimising crime in its car parks through lighting, signage, cleanliness and surveillance. 

The twelve spaces have now had their accreditation re-awarded for a further one or two years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

The next generation of artists in Surrey have been put to the test

National Highways challenged students at four schools to submit designs for the new Cockcrow Heathland bridge.

This is the major redevelopment of the Wisley Interchange.

The M25 and A3 are both being widened here, but National Highways also wants to enhance and restore woodland.

Children at St Mary’s Primary, Cobham Free School, The Marist Catholic Primary and The Raleigh School all submitted designs.

More than 230 drawings have been received, with designs including foxes and weasels, flora and fauna.

The winner will be announced in January.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sunday 4 December 2022

A woman has been seriously injured in car collision in Carshalton.

I happened on Wednesday just before 8pm when a car collided with a pedestrian in wryth Lane, at the junction with Surrey Grove. 

Officers along with the London Ambulance Service attended the scene where the woman in her 50s was taken to hospital. 

The car, believed to be a dark-coloured SUV, failed to stop at the scene and police enquiries are taking place to locate the driver

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

A clean air trial to improve air quality and people’s health has gone live in South Fulham.

The project follows the success of the Wandsworth Bridge Road trial, which saw carbon dioxide emissions reduced by one tonne a day.

Smart technology cameras will aim to discourage out-of-borough motorists from using residential streets as cut-throughs.

The council’s scheme will last between six and 18 months with residents to be fully consulted as the trial proceeds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

The annual Chestnut Sunday will not be going ahead in Bushy Park next May

The Royal Parks says it is due to staffing issues and a focus on other projects, but it is “absolutely committed” to its return in 2024.

For decades, Chestnut Sunday has been the biggest event in Bushy Park’s calendar.

People come from all over the south east to join in the tradition of celebrating the blossom on the horse chestnut trees in the park.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

A new project dedicated to the welfare of police dogs in Surrey has launched

Chloe Norman reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Special well-being zones have been set up at libraries across Merton

The aim is to give residents access to vital information, online content, and tech gadgets to help improve their mental and physical health.

A number of Be Well hubs are being established across South London by the NHS and Citizens UK.

Merton Council decided to set them up in libraries as they are the most accessible and well used by the public.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Chelsea and Westminster hospitals are bringing back their mask wearing policy

Visitors must now wear one in all clinical areas including waiting rooms.

They are also being encouraged to wear them in non-clinical parts of the hospitals.

Visitors are also being asked to hand sanitise to help keep levels of Covid-19 low in the run up to Christmas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

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