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Saturday 11 February 2023

Fulham boss Marco Silva insists qualifying for Europe is not on his mind.

The west London club are enjoying an impressive first season back in the Premier League.

They could go sixth if they beat Nottingham Forest this afternoon. 

Silva insists they won’t be getting ahead of themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A state of the art hospital ward and pharmacy has opened at Kingston University so students can get hands on medical experience.
The new hub features mannequins, that at a cost of £40,000 each, can replicate a real patient with real ailments. 

Keval Sedani is the pharmacy practice technician. 

He says the new centre will put Kingston’s pharmacy students at the cutting edge of practice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits putting a team together from their array of signings is “complicated” – but an “exciting challenge”.

The club has spent big money on new players since a change of ownership last summer.

But the team finds itself ninth in the Premier League ahead of this lunchtime’s London derby with West Ham.

Kick off at the London Stadium is at 1230pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says they’ll have to give their best ever performance in a Premier League game to win at Arsenal later.

They’ve not claimed an away victory in this London derby for 85 years.

Frank knows his side are coming up against formidable opponents.

The match kicks off at The Emirates at 3pm. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

People on Universal credit in Wandsworth are to be offered free “gym and swim” sessions.

The council says it’s to help those being priced out of leisure facilities because of the cost-of-living crisis. 

The initiative will also ensure children aged 15 and under who receive free school meals will be able to swim for free. 

The offer will be in place in time for the start of the summer holidays.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Spelthorne’s council leader is urging people not to circulate a video of an attack on a schoolgirl in Ashford on Monday afternoon.

Five people, including a 10-year-old, were arrested after the victim was injured in what’s being described as a racially motivated assault. 

Council leader John Boughtflower says, “this deplorable behaviour will not be tolerated in our borough.”

Surrey Police is also calling on witnesses to hand any footage to officers and not put it up online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Eight drivers have been prosecuted for speeding in Epsom following a police operation this morning.

 Epsom Police’s Casualty Reduction officer was out in Wilmerhatch Lane. 

An additional 15 drivers were given verbal warnings for being over the speed limit.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter says everyone at the club is backing Marc Cucurella to get back to his best.

The defender, who arrived at Stamford Bridge for a large fee at the start of the season, has come under scrutiny from the team's fans recently.

But Potter insists Cucurella is working hard to improve.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 10 February 2023

Police are investigating a burglary in Leatherhead.

They were called to reports of a break in on Hatherwood between 2pm of Thursday the 2nd of and 6pm Saturday the 4th of February.

It’s believed the suspects gained access to the property via the rear glass sliding doors.

Anyone with any CCTV or doorbell footage in the area is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The IOPC says there is no need to investigate Surrey Police over the deaths of a family in the grounds of Epsom College.

The bodies of Emma Pattison, her 7 year old daughter Lettie and husband George were found in the early hours of Sunday.

A firearm recovered at the scene was registered to George Pattison.

As Surrey Police officers had had contact with him regarding the firearm a few days before, they referred themselves to the IOPC.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A woman has been rescued from a fire in Hammersmith.

Firefighters were called to Brook Green just before 3 o’clock this morning.

A small part of the lower ground floor flat was damaged by the blaze.

There are no reports of any injurie and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The founder of the MOBO Awards has been talking about the importance of giving back.

The annual event honours the achievements in "music of black origin", including hip hop, reggae and gospel.

Speaking at a charity event in Battersea, Kanya King says it’s vital new artists are able to survive in the industry. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A former police officer who restrained his housemate in Twickenham with tape before cutting her free with a knife has been jailed.

36 year old Sam Grigg has been handed a 4 year sentence with an extended licence period of two years once he's released.

He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault when he appeared at Kingston Crown Court. 

Grigg was off-duty when he used tape to unlawfully restrain his housemate against her will in December.

Having left her restrained for a period of time, he then cut her free using a knife, cutting her in the process.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A new exhibition celebrating David Bowie and his connections to Kingston is launching at the town’s library.

'Bowie and Beyond: Ziggy Stardust & Kingston’s Music Heritage’ will run from March to September.

Today marks 51 years since the music icon launched his alter ego Ziggy Stardust at a gig at the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has visited WWII and Iraq War veterans during a visit to the Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton.

He was given a tour of the Home, which cares for former service men and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Residents he met included 100-year-old Phyllis, and 35-year-old Stephen, who was injured while serving in Iraq in 2007.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A referral by Surrey Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) following the deaths of three people at a property within Epsom College has concluded no investigation is required by them.

The bodies of Emma Pattison, her 7 year old daughter Lettie and husband George Pattison were found in the early hours of Sunday.  A firearm recovered from the scene was registered to George Pattison. 

As previously stated, Surrey Police had had prior contact with Mr Pattison on Thursday, the 2nd of February after he notified officers of a change of address. 

This is routine, however, due to the short period of time between that contact and this incident, Surrey Police made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The IOPC have now looked at this referral and stated today that following a thorough assessment, they have “reviewed the recent and past contact Surrey Police had with Mr Pattison regarding his firearms licence and have decided no investigation is required.”

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “These events have been shocking and distressing for everyone involved.  We continue to support the wider family with specialist officers and request that, having been subject to widespread local and national attention, they are afforded a level of privacy during this difficult time.

“We fully appreciate the concern this incident has caused within the local community and my team are working hard to establish the full circumstances and will provide any updates as appropriate in due course.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

A man from Epsom has been jailed for burglary after targeting elderly victims.

51 year old John Ridgley has been sentence to two and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty to one charge of burglary.

Two other charges relating to thefts in Aragon Road & Seymour Avenue have been dropped.

He pretended he had carried out work, entering their property and stealing cash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Statement from Surrey Police's Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, following attack outside a school in Ashford.

"Like everyone else, I was sickened by the video footage of this incident and I can understand the concern and anger this has caused for both the community in Ashford and beyond.

“This was an appalling assault on two young girls outside their own school, and I am as anxious as anyone to see justice done in this case for the victims and their families.

“Surrey Police has had more than 50 officers and staff working on the investigation and providing visible reassurance in the local area where I know the local community are understandably shocked about the attack.

“I have been kept updated by senior officers in the Force and I know how incredibly hard the police teams have been working this week to gather as much evidence as they can so that charges can be brought and this case put before the courts.

“The investigation has been swift but thorough and the Force is engaging closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that the evidence passes the threshold for a prosecution in this case.

“I understand this process can be frustrating but I want to reassure everyone that our police teams are doing everything possible to secure justice.

“Whilst this investigation remains live, I would ask people to be patient and allow the police to continue their enquiries so that the right outcome can be achieved in this case.

“I would also like to echo Surrey Police’s plea to the public to stop sharing these distressing videos of the incident online at what must be a really difficult time for the victims and their families.

“This is not only out of respect for them and the trauma they are going through but is also important to protect any future court proceedings.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

England rugby union World Cup winner Ben Cohen thinks Steve Borthwick should drop captain Owen Farrell for this weekend's Six Nations clash with Italy.

His performance at inside centre - with Marcus Smith at fly-half - was criticised after the tournament opening defeat to Scotland at Twickenham.

Cohen says they weren't creative enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Children reportedly spent over 900,000 hours in A&E last year seeking treatment for mental health crises.

Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan obtained the data and shared it with The Guardian.

She says that younger and younger people are “having to present to A&E in desperation”.

The government declined to respond directly, but they’re investing an extra £2.3bn into mental health services, which should benefit an extra 345,000 children and young people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Police are searching for a missing man from Tooting.

71year old Diamantino hasn’t been seen since Monday the 30th of January.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The chief executive of A22, the company backing new, revamped European Super League proposals, says it would be able to survive without the inclusion of Premier League clubs

Up to 80 teams could feature in an open competition of at least 14 matches.

A22's challenged FIFA and UEFA's right to block its formation.

The European Court of Justice will rule on that later this year.

Six Premier League clubs joined the initiative in 2021, including Chelsea.

Bernd Reichart says they're pushing ahead with the project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Kingston Council does not have authorisation to use its bus lane cameras to issue fines, according to one campaigner

Phillip Morgan says cameras need to be validated by the secretary of state according to a 1996 law, which hasn’t happened in the borough. 

He claims, that with this information, tribunals are being won “as a matter of routine”.

Police still have the power to issue fines for the offence in Kingston.

Kingston Council says:

The Council is authorised by Section 4 of the London Local Authorities Act 1996 to issue PCNs where it has reason to believe a bus lane contravention has been committed on the basis of information provided by the use of a prescribed device namely a camera designed or adapted to record the presence of a vehicle on an area of road which is a bus lane or a route for use by buses only. 

The Council says it does not comment on individual cases appealed to the Parking Adjudicator.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Pupils at Claremont Fan Court school in Esher will “sleep rough” for charity tonight

Homelessness charity Rentstart, based in Walton, is one of five organisations that students have chosen to raise money for. 

Sixth formers will sleep in cardboard boxes within the school grounds. 

Rentstart says it has housed 127 people in the last 12 months due to factors like the cost of living crisis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

A man is in a critical but stable condition following a shooting in Worcester Park

Police were called at around 1.40 this morning to Newhouse Close.

There have been no arrests so far.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Two men from Croydon are among those jailed after police seized guns, drugs, and counterfeit cash

Police proactively searched a house in Thornton Heath in January 2021, and found two handguns and 34 rounds of ammo. 

The discovery led to police finding a two-year-long Class A drugs conspiracy. 

The three were found guilty during a three-week trial in May, and have now been given sentences between nine and 18 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Officers are continuing to investigate a serious racially aggravated attack outside a college in Ashford on Monday

Police were called to the junctions of Salcombe Road and Stanwell Road, outside Thomas Knyvett College, at 2.30pm. 

The victims, two 15-year-old girls, have both received specialist support from officers.  

Chief Inspector Dallas McDermott is pleading with people to stop sharing the video on social media.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Thursday 9 February 2023

A children’s charity in Addlestone is calling on parents to get internet savvy.

87% of 12 to 15-year-olds and 30% of 5 to 7 year-olds have social media accounts.

The Eikon Charity offers advice and guidance to parents, carers and teachers about internet safety. 

Charity founder, Chris Hickford, says adults need to be clued up about what their children are looking at on the web.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 pm  

More than 20,000 people are now known to have died three days after an earthquake hit Turkey and Syria

Teams searching through the rubble say it's becoming less likely they'll find survivors.

Martin Leach is Regional Director for Teddington charity Tearfund, for Eurasia and North Africa and is based in Jordan. 

He explains why donating money is going to be more beneficial than people donating household goods and clothes.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 pm  

Police have released images of a wanted teen after a robbery and knife attack in Purley.

On 17th November at 17:15 on Brighton Road, a 15 year old boy was followed and approached by the suspect who demanded his jacket.

Later, the victim’s father confronted the suspect, who used a large machete to injure them both, causing cuts to their hands and legs.

The suspect is described as black, aged 15 to 17, 5ft 11inches tall and had stubble on his chin.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Manchester United and Crystal Palace have been charged by the Football Association following a mass confrontation between the players in last weekend's Premier League game.

United midfielder Casemiro was sent-off during the clash after putting his hands around the neck of Palace's Will Hughes.

Both clubs have until Monday to respond to the charge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The Queen Consort spent the morning at a centre for victims of domestic abuse in Battersea.

Camilla toured the STORM family centre, where she met with volunteers to mark the organisation's 19th anniversary. 

Marie Hanson founded the charity.

She says she didn’t want others to suffer in the same way she did. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Surrey’s first Crimestoppers Zone has been launched in Walton.

The sole aim of the project is to support people in the St John’s area to report crime to the charity if they don’t wish to go to the police.

The initiative is being back up with Crimestoppers signage, social media messaging, a mail drop and community events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

The parents of a child who died during a flood in Chertsey have handed a letter to the Prime Minister.

Yesterday marked nine years since the death of Zane Gbangbola, and his parents have been campaigning for an independent inquiry.

The coroner deemed his death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty petrol pump, but the family say it was due to contaminated flood water.

They handed a petition to Downing Street signed by over 117,000 people in October, but say they haven’t even received an acknowledgement of it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Police are urgently searching for a missing teen from Croydon.

16 year old Sarai was last seen wearing Black cropped puffer jacket , pink jumper, Beige trousers and pink boots.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

The threat of strike action by firefighters has been put on hold as union members consider a new increased pay offer

Fire service employers have put forward a revised proposal, which includes a 7% pay rise.

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union has postponed announcing strike dates while its members are balloted.

Matt Wrack is the union's General Secretary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Civil servants working for the Department for Work and Pensions are starting twenty days of strikes

Members of the Battersea-based Public and Commercial Services union in jobcentres and other offices are walking out in a dispute over pay, jobs, pensions and conditions. 

500 people in Bolton and Stockport and 170 in Liverpool are taking part in industrial action in the coming weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Statement from Norbiton based FBU following postponement of strike action.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

"Today, firefighters were given a new pay offer.

“This offer is testament to the power of collective action through the Fire Brigades Union. Last year we were offered an insulting 2%. The employers have now revised their position.

"We have achieved this increase because of the massive vote in favour of strike action by firefighters and control staff across the country, which made clear the strength of feeling among firefighters about cuts to their wages.

“Since 2010, the average firefighter has lost at least 12% of the value of their pay.

"We will now ballot our members. Frontline firefighters and control room staff will make the decision on whether this pay offer is considered a real improvement.

“Our internal discussions will be honest and sober. While the offer is improved from last year, it still amounts to a real terms pay cut.

"Meanwhile, plans to announce a series of strike dates and industrial action will be postponed, pending the outcome of the ballot.

"88% of firefighters voted for industrial in our ballot. The mandate for strike action by firefighters remains."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A picture has been released of a suspect following an assault on an elderly man in Croydon

Police were called on the 23rd of January to Whitehorse Road, after a 75-year-old was knocked unconscious.

The man is not believed to be known to him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am  

A children’s charity in Addlestone has teamed up with Samsung to make the internet a safer place for all

Eikon has developed a resource which helps parents begin early conversations with their children about the dangers of being online. 

Charity founder, Chris Hickford, says adults need to be a “safe haven” when youngsters voice their worries and concerns.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

Disney's announced it's cutting 7,000 jobs worldwide to cut costs

The entertainment giant says it's part of a "significant transformation" of the company and is the equivalent of about 3% of its total workforce. 

It’s likely to include posts in its UK arm, which is based in Hammersmith. 

Chief executive Bob Iger says they're looking to save £4.5bn to make their streaming service more profitable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Strikes by firefighters have been postponed following an increased pay offer

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union says it's been offered a 7% pay rise, backdated to July last year.

The union will now ballot its members.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 am  

Wednesday 8 February 2023

A 16-year-old girl who fought off a man who sexually assaulted her in Ewell last year has been given the High Sheriff award.

 The teenager, who was 15 at the time, was walking through the alleyway next to the train station when she was attacked in May. 

The perpetrator was caught using CCTV and was jailed for six years and will be on the sex offender’s register for life. 

The High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme recognises those who have gone out of their way to make the county safer.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man who risked his life to rescue children after a gas explosion in Thornton Heath is still in a hotel,

Delroy Simms and family are amongst 29 households in temporary accommodation after the house in Galpin’s Road collapsed.

500 people were evacuated from their homes and 4-year-old Sahara Salaman was killed in the blast. 

Merton Council says 12 households are set to return by the end of the month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A rare Tudor ring thought to have belonged to the Boleyn family has gone on display this morning at Hampton Court Palace.

It was discovered in a field in Kent near the country home of one the cousins of Anne Boleyn who was Henry VIII’s second wife.

The ring, believed to have belonged to her father or brother, is engraved with a bull’s head. 

It has been analysed at the British Museum where it was found to be consistent with objects of the early Tudor era.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

England's most capped men's rugby union player of all-time has been left out of Sunday's Six Nations match with Italy.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is among those missing from Steve Borthwick's 29-man squad, along with Ben Curry and Anthony Watson.

England will attempt to bounce back from an opening defeat to Scotland when they return to Twickenham.

Captain Owen Farrell tells says he's optimistic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

A serious racially aggravated assault outside a college in Ashford is still under investigation.

Officers were called to Thomas Knyvett college at the junction of Salcombe and Stanwell Road last Monday afternoon.

Two 15-year-old girls have received treatment from specialist officers, and one has since attended hospital.

Anyone with any relevant footage or imagery is asked to submit to the police and not to share on social media. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

There's confusion about the whereabouts of former Newcastle and Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.

That’s following the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

It was reported yesterday he'd been rescued from the rubble and taken to hospital for treatment.

But the club he currently plays for in Turkey, Hatayspor says that's "not the case" and they "don't know where he is".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Air fryers and electric blankets have been handed out to more then 400 families across Hammersmith and Fulham.

It’s to help those struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

The donations have been made by the Earls Court Development Company and the council. 

The two electrical goods were chosen because of their proven health and cost saving benefits.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Bushy and Richmond Parks are offering up apprenticeships to aspiring horticulturalists.

The three year course involves four practical days in one of the parks and a fifth day studying horticulture theory at college.

It will eventually lead to a recognised qualification in horticulture.

The application process is open until March the 12th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

An announcement on strike action by firefighters is likely tomorrow unless progress is made in last minute talks today.

 The Norbiton based Fire Brigades Union wants to see a significant shift un the offers from employers, currently at 5%. 

Speaking on Sunday, general Secretary Matt Wrack insisted there are certain provisions in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A school in Chertsey has reached the final of the Dance World Cup competition due to be held in Portugal in June.

120,000 children aged between 4 and 25 from 65 countries have battled it out for a coveted place in Braga.

Redz Street Dance’s aim is to give children a happier, healthier and more confident life through dance.

Nova Falconer started the small school 16 years ago and says she couldn’t be more proud. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The next generation of politicians have visited Westminster.
Pupils from Sheen Mount Primary in North Sheen went to the Houses of Parliament last week to put their questions to MP, Sarah Olney. 

Topics up for discussion included the voting age.

Pupils were also given a tour of the Palace of Westminster and got to see first-hand the inside workings of the Commons and the Lords. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will meet the Prime Minister and address parliament during his first visit to the UK since Russia's invasion began

Downing Street will announce more aid for Ukraine, as well as an expansion to the training of troops.

Putney MP Fleur Anderson went to Ukraine in September, and met with President Zelenskyy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Charity Dogs Trust says it is receiving a "record number of enquiries" from people being forced to re-home their dogs as they struggle with the cost of living crisis.

Two of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations are calling on the Government to introduce better protection for responsible renters with pets following an increase in the number of pets being handed over to re-homing charities. 

Dogs Trust is receiving a record number of enquiries from people being forced to re-home their dogs as they struggle to meet their needs as the cost of living  continues to rise. 

Around one in ten of those owners calling Dogs Trust charity cite issues with housing as the reason for needing to rehome their dog. This includes people being forced to move or downsize as rental prices increase, but are unable to find suitable, affordable pet-friendly properties. 

Meanwhile, Cats Protection says that last year it took in around 1,300 cats, the equivalent of at least three cats each day, due to landlords not allowing them in their properties, making it the eighth most-cited reason as to why cats are given up to the charity. 

Currently, there are no legal rights for renters with pets, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants with pets. The Government updated its Model Tenancy Agreement in 2021 to remove blanket bans on pets from the standard contract. Under this agreement, any restrictions on pet ownership must be ‘reasonable’, however, there is no legal requirement for landlords to use it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am  

There are calls for the Mayor of Croydon to renegotiate his deal with the government that resulted in a 15% council tax rise

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones says it’s “unacceptable” to do so within a cost-of-living crisis. 

A petition has been started on which has achieved over 3,000 signatures. 

Signatories say past councillors need to be held accountable, and that the taxpayer shouldn’t be responsible for “incompetence”.

The council says the “failures” of the previous administration have left them “hollowed-out”, and that “vital services” would need to be cut otherwise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

Sir Mo Farah has become patron of the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse at St Mary’s in Twickenham

The university is where Britain’s greatest ever long-distance runner studied between 2001 and 2011. 

He started campaigning against human trafficking after revealing he was himself a victim of this crime. 

Sir Mo says he is honoured to have the opportunity, adding “fighting the crimes of human exploitation is a cause close to my heart”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Today is the last day for Fire Brigades to negotiate an end to strikes

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union says they want to see a “significant shift”, or they could announce new strikes tomorrow. 

The union rejected a 5% offer in November. 

The government says it’s “disappointing and concerning”, and that higher pay would fuel inflation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

A complex rescue operation is continuing in Turkey and Syria following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday

Teddington based Tearfund has this morning launched its appeal for help. 

The charity partners with churches and organisations in more than 50 countries to tackle poverty and aid situations like this one. 

Martin Leach is its Regional Director for Eurasia and North Africa based in Jordan; he says the weather conditions are brutal. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Richard Cockerill will leave England's backroom staff to join French club Montpellier after the rugby union Six Nations at Twickenham.

The forwards coach joins Matt Proudfoot, Brett Hodgson and Martin Gleeson in leaving since the sacking of Eddie Jones.

Cockerill was placed in interim charge until the appointment of Steve Borthwick.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Chelsea MP Greg Hands has been appointment as chairman of the Conservative Party.

It comes after Nadhim Zahawi was sacked following revelations about his tax affairs.

The Prime Minister has also revealed the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department will be broken into three ministries.

Grant Shapps, Michelle Donelan and Kemi Badenoch will lead them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police were called to Carshalton earlier today to reports of a man suffering a knife wound.

Officers were called to a bus stop on Thornton Road just after 10am but the man left the scene on a bus before they arrived.

A few minutes later police were called to reports a man onboard the 151 had knife injuries to the hand; they believe this is the same man.

Crime scenes are in place on Thornton Road and Wrythe Road and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A series of year-long events aimed at exploring cancer research through arts and culture has launched in Sutton.

The borough is home to the world renowned London Cancer Hub and The Royal Marsden. 

It’s hoped the projects will inspire young people living nearby to consider a career in science. 

Mayor Trish Fivey says the launch event on Saturday really marked Sutton’s well-deserved place on the UK map. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A picture has been released after a bus driver was racially abused in Chelsea.

Details have been released about the incident at around 11.40pm on the 12th of October on the route 12 bus

The passenger appeared to be drunk when he got on the bus at Beaufort Street, and swore repeatedly at the driver.

Anyone who recognises her or has information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A 10 year old girl has been arrested after a “violent altercation” in Ashford yesterday afternoon.

Police were called following reports of a fight between a group of girls in Salcombe Road at 2.30.

A 39-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, and a 43-year-old man were also detained.

Police say they are looking to arrest a sixth suspect, a 15-year-old girl, who they say knows she is wanted. 

Surrey Police: 

"We are aware that this incident will have caused concern among students, parents, and staff at Thomas Knyvett College, as well as the wider community. We would like to reassure you that an investigation is underway, five arrests have been made in connection with this incident, and we are working closely with Thomas Knyvett College as we investigate this matter.

We are also aware that several videos of this distressing incident are circulating on social media. We ask that you do not share any videos or images of this incident, but to submit them via the link below so they can be considered as evidence in this investigation."

Inspector Maxine Cilia, Borough Commander for Spelthorne, said, “I was shocked to see some of the video footage of this fight and the level of violence from young people outside one of our local schools.

“Every school child should feel safe in the local community and not the target of any kind of violence as they leave school premises.

“Surrey Police are now investigating this incident and gathering further evidence with the full co-operation of the school. 

“There will be extra patrols in this local area for reassurance and to enable local people to speak with officers “

Police are appealing for any eyewitnesses or anyone with CCTV, dashcam, helmet cam footage, or any images and videos on their mobile phones to get in touch.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

Rishi Sunak has announced a mini-reshuffle, with Chelsea MP Greg Hands replacing sacked Tory party chairman Nadhim Zahawi.

Mr Zahawi was let go for breaching the ministerial code over his tax affairs.

Meanwhile, deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has survived the mini-reshuffle.

That’s despite growing pressure for the MP for Esher and Walton to stand down amid an investigation into bullying allegations. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

Shooting Star Children's Hospice charity shop in Hampton Hill has been burgled.

Officers were called to the High Street just after 9:30 yesterday morning.

It’s thought the burglary took place overnight from Sunday into Monday; a safe was stolen along with a small amount of cash.

The door was damaged during the break in.

Enquiries are ongoing and there have been no arrests at this point.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Planning permission for a new drone training and testing facility at Royal Holloway University in Egham has been approved.

The building will be a bespoke hanger which will allow operators to develop and test specialist electric drones in a confined, safe space.

Runnymede Borough Council has given the go ahead for the project.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Croydon Council has been granted special permission to hike its taxes by triple the usual amount.

The authority has been allowed to increase taxes by 15%, following three declarations of near-bankruptcy.

The council argues that it would have to cut vital services without the increase.

It’s been described by the government as an “unprecedented scale of financial deficits”.

Croydon says it was left £1.6bn in debt by the previous administration, due to high borrowing and poor investments.

Usually, a council would need to hold a referendum to put up taxes by 5% or more.

Croydon North Labour MP Steve Reed says “they know it’s not fair so they’ve cancelled our referendum”.

Under the plans, a Band D property owner will have to hand over £2,230 a year, when including the Mayor of London’s tax increase as well.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Chelsea and Fulham’s MP has replaced Nadim Zahawi as Conservative party chairman.

Greg Hands was announced as his successor in a reshuffle earlier.

Three new ministries will also be created out of government plans to break up the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department.

Deputy political editor, Sam Coates, explains why the changes are being made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Surrey Police says it has referred itself to the IOPC following the deaths of a family at Epsom College on Sunday.

College head, Emma Pattison, her husband George and 7 year old daughter Lettie were found dead in an incident being treated as homicide. 

Officers earlier confirmed that a firearm found at the scene was licensed and registered to George Pattison. 

Police say they had had contact with George on Thursday, the 2nd of February. 

He notified officers of a previous change of address, as is routine. 

Surrey says due to the short period of time between that contact and this incident, they’ve made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. 

They say they will await the outcome of the body’s assessment of what further action may be required. 

Officers also say reports that their investigation is focusing on a firing range based at the college are not incorrect. 

They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

UPDATE: Surrey Police updates us on the investigation into the deaths of a family at Epsom College.
The incident at an address within Epsom College in the early hours of Sunday  is now being treated as a homicide investigation.

Officers were called to the property at around 01:10am by the South East Coast Ambulance Service. 

On arrival they found the bodies of three people who police are confident are 45 year old Emma Pattison, her 7 year old daughter Lettie and her 39 year old husband George.

The deaths have been reported to the coroner for formal identification.

The family’s next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. 

An investigation is being carried out to establish the full chronology and circumstances of the incident. At this stage, officers are confident there is no third-party involvement and there is no wider threat or risk to the community.

A firearm was found at the scene and has been recovered by officers, however, causes of death will not be confirmed until post-mortems have been completed later this week.

We can confirm the firearm was licensed and registered to George Pattison.

We had contact with George on Thursday, the 2nd of February after he notified us of a previous change of address, as is routine. Due to the short period of time between that contact and this incident, we have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

We are aware of speculation regarding a firing range on the site. We can confirm this range does not form part of our scene or our inquiries. Any reporting to suggest otherwise is inaccurate.

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, Senior Investigating Officer on the case, said: “This is an incredibly traumatic incident and we are working around the clock to investigate and understand the exact circumstances which led to this point.
“We understand the public concern and upset, and we will clarify what we can, when we can, while respecting the right to a level of privacy for the families of those who have lost their lives.
“We are cooperating fully with the IOPC in relation to the referral we have made, and we await the outcome of its assessment of what further action may be required. Until this has been completed, we will be unable to provide further details on a number of matters.”
Inspector Jon Vale, Epsom and Ewell’s Borough Commander, said: “I know this incident has caused upset and sent shockwaves through the local community. Although we are confident that this incident was contained to one address, and there is no risk to the wider public I fully understand the concern this can and has caused members of our communities. Therefore, the public can expect to see a heightened police presence in the local area in the coming days. If you are concerned about anything at all I’d urge you to approach an officer and discuss your concerns with them. They will be ready and happy to help you however they can.
“I would like to send my continued thanks to the school and our public for their understanding while the investigation progresses.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

Energy giant BP's profits more than doubled to £23bn last year - boosted by high oil and gas prices

Its chief executive says that for every £4 it makes in the North Sea, it pays £3 in taxes. 

Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey is the Lib Dem leader and a former energy secretary. 

He says that Rishi Sunak has “failed the country by ignoring calls for a proper windfall tax” and should cancel the energy bill rise in April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Croydon Council is going to increase taxes by 15%, after being given special permission to do so by the government

Usually, councils must hold a referendum if they want to hike taxes by 5% or more. 

However, Croydon declared near-bankruptcy for the third time in November and is asking for more government bailouts. 

The authority says it needs to do this to avoid cutting services, and will be making a support scheme for the poorest residents. 

This means a band D property will have to pay £2,230 in the next financial year, when including a £40 increase from City Hall.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Postal workers have called off a 24-hour strike which had been planned for next Thursday

It follows a legal challenge to the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union from Royal Mail which union bosses say they could defend - but are worried it could impact a new ballot.

CWU, which represents one hundred and fifteen thousand postal workers, plans to continue negotiations over pay next week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

David Carrick's going to be sentenced later after committing dozens of sexual offences during his career as a Metropolitan Police officer

Yesterday, victims told a judge he'd ruined their lives - telling stories of how he'd locked them in cupboard and used batons on them.

It's emerged the 48-year-old had come to the attention of the Met nine times over 21 years.

His first attack was carried out in 2003 while he was an officer for Merton, and the following year he attacked a woman at his flat in Tooting.

Assistant commissioner Barbara Gray has apologised again on behalf of the force.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

It's understood the Prime Minister is going to announce a reshuffle of his Cabinet today - and is considering major changes to government departments

Reports in the Times suggest Rishi Sunak will replace the Conservative Party chair - after Nadhim Zahawi was sacked over his tax affairs.

It's also believed the Department for Business could be split up, while the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport could also see a revamp.

Chelsea MP Greg Hands is reportedly under consideration for chair.

However, Sutton MP and tech minister Paul Scully is also reportedly being considered, which would coincide with the reports of a Digital Department shakeup.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Monday 6 February 2023

Fulham boss Marco Silva says he'll assess his own behaviour after being banned from the touchline for Wednesday's FA Cup fourth round replay at Sunderland.

He received a fourth yellow card of the season in Friday's Premier League draw with Chelsea, triggering a suspension.

Silva believes that was unfair, but knows the cumulation of cautions means there's something he's not doing right.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police are warning people with catalytic converters to stay vigilant after a spate of thefts in Leatherhead and Bookham.

Over the weekend two thefts were reported from two Toyota Prius’, one on Randells Road and one in Polsden Lacey car park.

Officers are reminding owners that there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you.

Anyone with information of CCTV footage in those areas are urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Croydon’s famous BRIT School is looking to launch a sister site in the north of the country.

An application has been submitted to the Department for Education to build a ‘BRIT School North’ in Bradford. 

The vocational curriculum is expected to offer both performance and skills-based subjects across music, theatre and production arts. 

BRIT School Croydon alumni includes Adele, Amy Winehouse and Katie Melua.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Shania Twain is to play Kingston.

The 5-time Grammy winner will play an intimate gig at nightclub Pryzm in September. 

It’s to celebrate the launch of her new album Queen of Me.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Brentford FC has teamed up with Royal Brompton Hospital to support young people at risk of cardiac arrest.

A research study is planned to identify small scars in the heart in those aged between 14 and 35.

The football team is contributing up to £100,000, and is offering 12 places in the London Half Marathon and six in Ride London.

Dr Sabiha Gati, who will lead the research, says some athletes die despite normal cardiac test, but this study will “ultimately save lives”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman in Spelthorne has avoided jail after falsely claiming to be a single mother.

Jenna Nicholas made several fraudulent applications for social housing, despite her partner living with her at the claim address.

She also failed to mention that she inherited a retirement flat form her grandmother.

She’s been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and given a 21 month suspended sentence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

It’s believed a fire that destroyed an outbuilding in Hounslow was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

Emergency crews were called on Saturday evening to Hounslow Avenue.

A man left the building before the brigade arrived and was treated on scene.

We’re being reminded to always use proper ashtrays and make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Waitrose says it is working quickly to resolve concerns about its car park in New Malden.

Visitors have been reporting thefts from vehicles, fly-tipping, potholes and damaged signage over recent months. 

A spokesman told us that police have already increased patrols in the area off the high street as a result. 

Waitrose also says it is working on a longer-term solution to the issues reported. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Croydon Council is taking a stand against ULEZ expansion by not signing the Mayor of London’s agreement.

The authority has told TfL that it will need more time to consider its position and the legality of the decision-making.

Executive Mayor Jason Perry says that it’s an “ill-considered plan”.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says it will clean up London’s air.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Epsom College is asking for privacy following the deaths of its new head and her husband and 7 year old daughter.

The bodies of Emma Pattison, George and Lettie were discovered in the early hours of yesterday at their home on the school grounds. 

Police are not looking for a third party in connection with their deaths.

In a statement released on social media the college has asked for time and space for the pupils to come to terms with the news.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The first ever “access day” was held at Harlequins’ rugby ground in Twickenham yesterday

It saw all the elements of a typical matchday but with enhanced facilities to aid disabled supporters.

The club’s intention is for the event to act as a stepping-stone for live sporting events, not only at The Stoop. 

Harlequins Supporter Experience Manager Sophie Baggs explains what went in to making the day accessible for all. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

We're being told to use emergency services "wisely" as tens of thousands of NHS workers in England go on strike

Nurses and ambulance staff are walking out today in a row over pay, with warnings from health leaders the service is approaching a "crunch point".

The government says it can't give into above-inflation demands.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals says they’re deploying trained staff from non-patient facing roles, and opening up additional beds. 

They’re asking people to turn to pharmacies, GPs or urgent treatment centres to free up space for those who most need it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Epsom College statement following deaths of its Headteacher, her husband and 7 year old daughter yesterday.

The shocking and tragic news has now reached many about the death of our Head, Emma Pattison. The College community will be coming together today to process the news, grieve and pay our respects to a wonderful Head.

At this time there is nothing more that we can say regarding the circumstances around Mrs Pattison and her family's death beyond the statement issued by Surrey Police yesterday evening.

We will be in close contact with Surrey Police over the coming weeks and months. We hope everyone will respect the privacy of Emma's family at this time and allow the College's pupils, staff and wider community the time and space necessary to come to terms with this loss.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Investigations are continuing into a stabbing in Kingston

Emergency crews were called at around five minutes to midnight on Friday night to Deacon Road. 

A man in his 50s was taken to hospital with stab wounds. 

No arrests have been made, but anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Brentford-based pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline has been named the top-performing FTSE 100 business on the gender pay gap

An accreditation body, Lead 5050, looked at average salaries, bonuses and pay. 

Heathrow-based IAG Cargo was in second place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

More than 80 new school places for children with Autism and Communication Needs have been created in Mitcham

The Whatley Campus building of Melrose College had been adapted for the extra pupil intake.   

The Edwardian building has now completed a 12 month long transformation to make it fit for purpose.  

The decision was taken in 2021 to construct new provision for children with special education needs across Merton. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Surrey Police have confirmed they aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of three people at Epsom College

Head at the site, Emma Pattison, was found alongside her 39 year old husband and 7 year old daughter in the early hours of yesterday.  

The family’s next of kins have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. 

An investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances of their deaths but police are confident that this is an isolated incident. 

The school's website was updated last night to list Paul Williams as Acting Headmaster following her death. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Sunday 5 February 2023

Statement from Surrey Police following discovery of three bodies at Epsom College this morning.

"In the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 5th of February, Surrey Police was contacted by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to a property on the grounds of Epsom College off College Road.

Officers attended at around 01:10am where they found the bodies of three people, including a child.

Surrey Police can confirm that the bodies found were 45 year old Emma Pattison, Head of Epsom College, her daughter Lettie who was 7 years old, and her husband George, who was 39. 

The family’s next of kins have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers; we ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

An investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances of their deaths. At this stage, police are confident that this is an isolated incident with no third-party involvement.

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said, “On behalf of Surrey Police, my team, and I, I first want to express my sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Emma, Lettie and George, as well as to the students and staff of Epsom College, for their tragic loss. I want to give my assurance that we will conduct a thorough investigation into what took place last night, and hope to be able to bring some peace in these traumatic circumstances. I would ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Inspector Jon Vale, Epsom and Ewell’s Borough Commander, said: “We’re aware that this tragic incident will have caused concern and upset in the local community. While this is believed to be an isolated incident, in the coming days, our local officers will remain in the area to offer reassurance to students, parents, teachers, and the local community. I would like to thank the school and the community for their understanding and patience while the investigation continues.”

The three deaths have been reported to the Coroner.

Dr Alastair Wells, Chair of the Board of Governors at Epsom College, said, “On behalf of everyone at Epsom College, I want to convey our utter shock and disbelief at this tragic news. Our immediate thoughts and condolences are with Emma’s family, friends and loved ones, and to the many pupils and colleagues whose lives she enriched throughout her distinguished career. Emma was a wonderful teacher, but most of all she was a delightful person. In time we will commemorate Emma and her family, in the appropriate way, and in line with the wishes of her family. But for now, we ask that we are all given the time, space and respect we need to come to terms with this tragic loss.”

There is currently a significant police presence at the location, and the surrounding area, and we would like to thank the local community for their understanding while our officers continue their investigation."

Epsom College scooped two awards at this year’s Independent School of the Year Awards, picking up the Student Wellbeing award and the coveted overall prize of Independent School of the Year.

Epsom College was established in 1853 and granted royal approval in 1855. It offers day and boarding school education for girls and boys aged 11-18. A total of 1,098 pupils were enrolled at Epsom College, as of November 2022. The college lists its values as kindness, ambition and integrity on its website. Emma Pattison joined the college as headteacher in September 2022.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 pm  

People are being asked to join Richmond Borough Mind for a free tech workshop for parents and carers.

 Connect to Tech will use the workshop to discuss the impact technology has on mental health, wellbeing of children and the vulnerable.

The workshop takes place on the 22nd February and will also look at the dangers the internet and technology has on young and vulnerable people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 pm  

The most vulnerable people in Kingston will be the biggest winners in the council's 2023-24 budget.

It’s after the council set out how it will provide essential support for the most vulnerable while meeting financial pressures of the national economic crisis.  

The council will be spending £161.1m on vital services for residents, such as vulnerable adults, children and young people.

Its proposing a new £500,000 Community Resilience Fund to support residents and community groups through the cost of living crisis.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 pm  

In the Premier 15s at the Twickenham Stoop this afternoon, Harlequins Women pulled off a bonus-point win over Loughborough Lightning.

Chloe Edwards scored on her 100th appearance for the hosts, becoming the first women centurion in the club's history.

The game ended 39-17.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm  

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash took place between an ambulance and a motorcyclist in Croydon last year.

The accident occurred at the junction of Purley Way and Edgehill Road at around 6pm on 30th August 2022.

The motorcyclist, 52-year-old David Sharp from Lingfield, Surrey, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are asking for anyone who has dashcam footage to come forward and ring 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 pm  

The hit movie franchise Magic Mike hits our screens next week for its third and final instalment.

But cinema goers may be surprised to see some familiar landmarks in Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

The Clapham Grand takes centre stage as it’s transformed into The Rattigan Theatre while Battersea Park is also featured in the film. 

The cast, featuring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek, began filming the movie in London last March. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

Seven charging points for electric vehicles in Leatherhead have been opened to the public for the first time.

The facility, at the Riverbridge House Business centre, were originally installed for staff who work there.

Solar car park specialists 3ti, which owns the electric charges says there’s been a huge growth in demand. 

Its hoped public use will be a boost to the EV charging network in Mole Valley, and help promote the use of cleaner, less polluting cars. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

20-mile-an-hour speed limits on main roads in parts of Kingston are to be extended.

Cambridge Road, Kingston Road, Kingston Lane, Coombe Road in New Malden, Coombe Lane West. Kingston Hill and Kingston Vale will all see limits reduced from 30 miles an hour. 

It follows a vote by the North Kingston Neighbourhood Committee. 

There have been complaints that not all residents are in favour of the change. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Secure bike storage units are set to be placed across 29 locations across Richmond.

It comes after a Bikehanger consultation last November approved the move. 

Bikehanges are designed to provide a secure and convenient on-street cycle parking solution, that can only be accessed by a member using a key

8 units have been installed so far, with a further 10 units to be installed the week commencing 13 February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

A man has died in a fire at a flat in Ham

Four fire engines and 25 firefighters were called from Kingston, Surbiton and Chiswick fire stations to the blaze just after 9.45pm on Saturday. 

Firefighters rescued a woman and two children from the fourth floor, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance crews. 

The fire which damaged part of the ground floor flat was under control shortly after 11.40pm and its cause is now being investigated. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Harlequins Women host Inaugural Access Day at the Twickenham Stoop

The Twickenham Stoop is hosting its first Access Day as Harlequins Women face Loughborough Lightning in the Premier 15s.

Disabled visitors along with their family and friends, are welcome to engage in additional provisions that are not normally found on a standard Harlequins match day.

Teaming up with Level Playing Field sports charity and Charles Stanley Wealth Management, Harlequins are rolling out several initiatives including a sensory room, a dedicated box for quiet space, and subtitled big screen content.

Kick-off is 14:30hrs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Today marks 50 years of The Wombles hitting our TV screens

Lucy Mayer reports from their natural habitat on Wimbledon Common.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Hounslow Council has found a way to cement its support for LGBT+ communities, quite literally, into the fabric of the borough

The council has decked out a major road junction in Chiswick in the rainbow colours of the Pride Flag.

The colours can be seen on all four crossings where Chiswick High Road meets Annandale Road and Turnham Green Crescent.

The idea was the brainchild of the West London Queer Project.

It marks the start of LGBT History Month, and the Football versus Homophobia month of action during February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Wandsworth Council is set to reduce the cost of hiring all grass pitches in the borough by 5%

Rentals of sports pitches can cost as much as £75 per session.

The authority says the changes are part of its work to make the borough “fairer” and to “encourage sport for all.”

These football players are welcoming the decision which takes effect in April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

20% of Wandsworth’s bike-hangars have been ringfenced for housing estates

The council, which has just installed its 100th, has committed to installing 300 over the coming years.

Each hangar can hold six bikes, meaning that up to 1,800 residents stand to benefit from the new on-street target.

In the current phase, 30 hangars will be sited in Roehampton, which the authority says is “relatively poorly served by public transport.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

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