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Saturday 25 February 2023

British Airways owners, International Airlines Group has expressed concerns over Heathrow’s preparedness for summer

IAG says it’s not convinced by the airport as travel continues to rebound for a second year.

Last year airlines were forced to cut flights and limit passenger numbers in the peak season.

Heathrow says it will not implement a similar cap this year, but IAG and BA bosses said the UK’s largest airport was underplaying demand.

Meanwhile IAG says it bounced back to profit in 2022 and the figure could almost double in the year ahead as leisure and business travel recovers further from the coronavirus pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

It’s been revealed that more than 1,100 Ukrainian families have become homeless in London over the past year

London councils have made an appeal for volunteers to help in housing them.

Richmond has the highest number of families in need of housing at 135, while Wandsworth has 115.

Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea have set up a Ukrainian branch of their housing help team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

A number of park cafés across Reigate and Banstead are to remain closed for the foreseeable future

It’s while the council works on re-letting the sites.

Banstead’s Lady Neville Recreation Ground has already closed, and the Pavilion Café in Priory Park in Reigate will shut next week.

The eateries will also undergo modernisation works while they are closed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Protesters are in Epsom this morning rallying against council plans to build on the greenbelt

Five open spaces have been put forward for housing developments.

5,000 people have so far signed a petition against the plans laid out in the Draft Local Plan.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, who is hoping to replace Chris Grayling at the next election, is leading today’s protests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 am  

Friday 24 February 2023

Three more people have been convicted of smuggling cannabis on flights from LA to Heathrow

Border Force officers found a combined 59.5 kilos of herbal cannabis with a combined estimated street value of more than £1.7 million.

Two of the US nationals pleaded guilty to importing class B drugs and received between 10 and 12-months sentences.

The number of arrests have increased in recent months as cannabis grown legally in parts of America attract a premium price in the UK.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Sutton United has been fined by the Football Association after a mass confrontation in their League Two meeting with Hartlepool

Both clubs admitted that they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion at the game on February the 11th.

Hartlepool have been fined £1,000, while Sutton have been fined £5,000.

Sutton's fine was imposed by an independent regulatory commission following a hearing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

12 million miles of London bus miles have been cut by Transport for London since Sadiq Khan became Mayor in 2016

The figures have been revealed by Lib Dem Treasury Spokesperson and Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney.

The findings also showed that during that time, 1165 vehicles were taken out of operation, reducing the TfL fleet by 11%.

The Lib Dems are calling for a halt to the ULEZ expansion which will see drivers of the most polluting cars charged £12.50 a day.

We’ve contacted TfL for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

More information has been released following the theft of cigarettes from a Co-op in Staines

At around 2am last Friday, witnesses reported seeing three suspects smashing a glass panel at the front of the store in Laleham Road.

Two suspects on bikes have been described as wearing dark hoodies and dark bottoms and gloves. 

The suspect on foot has been described as wearing a black hoodie with grey and dark bottoms and was also wearing gloves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The Lib Dem leader spent the morning in waders in the River Mole in Leatherhead

Sir Ed Davey was testing the water’s pollution levels.

Over 3,000 hours of sewage have spilled into the River Mole according to the latest data from the Environment Agency.

The Lib Dems are calling for a sewage tax on water companies to pay for the clean-up as well as a raft of other measures. 

Ofwat is currently finalising 23 commitments for water companies between 2025 and 2030.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Richmond Park’s MP has been hosting a Ukrainian refugee since last May

Lib Dem Sarah Olney says her family really wanted to take a person fleeing the war into their spare bedroom.

She tells us it’s been an extremely positive experience hosting the female refugee.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Two men have been banned from owning or keeping dogs for three years under new laws aimed at targeting poachers

In a national first, 39-year-old David Hilden from Croydon, and 35-year-old Tyron Young from Morden were detained last October.

Both men admitted to daytime trespass in the Saffron Walden area, with Hilden confirming he had planned to capture rabbits.

They received disqualification orders under section 66 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Speaking at an event in Leatherhead this morning, Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, says he finds President Zelenskyy “inspiring”

Today marks one year since the start of Russia's invasion in Ukraine. 

Sir Ed Davey has been paying his respects to the Ukrainian people. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

An AFC Wimbledon coach has been fined, after being shown a red card after the whistle blew

Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton was hit with a £250 misconduct penalty by the FA after their game against Northampton Town.

While he admitted his language was improper, he contested the penalty, although a commission deemed he must still pay a charge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A woman and two men have been rescued from a flat fire in Battersea.

The brigade was called to Ingrave Street yesterday, just before 6.30pm.

A four roomed flat on the seventh floor was destroyed, and the three were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

A 19-year-old man from Kingston has been jailed for a number of child sex offences

19-year-old Dylan Cullen abused a girl from September 2020 to March 2022.

He was stopped when the girl’s family called the police, where he was arrested, and pleaded guilty in October.

He’s been sentenced to nine and a half years behind bars, with a further one year on licence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The owner of British Airways and Aer Lingus has finally closed a deal to buy the Spanish carrier Air Europa

Heathrow-based International Airlines Group's acquired the 80% it did not already own, for €400m.

IAG first agreed to buy the Mallorca-based airline back in 2019 - but ran up huge losses during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

500 Ukrainians, including 146 children, have been rehomed across Hammersmith and Fulham in the last year

33 year old Viktoriia and her nine-year-old daughter, Gold, are two refugees from Kyiv. 

The pair are living with a host family in the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Harris Academy in Wimbledon has achieved an outstanding Ofsted rating in its first inspection

It’s been given the top mark in all categories, including leadership, personal development, attitudes, and education quality. 

The report highlights how teachers are “experts” and the provision for personal development is “exemplary”. 

The school says that when they opened in 2018, they wanted to “create a happy, successful academy with drive and ambition”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller will be leading greenbelt protests in Epsom tomorrow

The True and Fair Party member is planning to stand against MP Chris Grayling at the next election. 

Five greenbelt sites have been put forward by the council for housing, with over 5,000 people signing a petition against the plans. 

The authority has extended the deadline of the public consultation on the proposals until the 19th of March.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Carshalton’s MP Elliot Colburn says it is “bureaucracy” that is holding up the Government’s new hospital programme

A brand-new £500 million site announced for Belmont in Sutton now won’t be built until at least 2027. 

Meanwhile, an ITV report on St Helier Hospital has laid bare the problems there like sinking floors, broken lifts and mould. 

But the Conservative MP says it’s the process of building the new hospital that is holding up regeneration for St Helier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A mother from Ukraine who was given refuge in Kingston says she’s found a true sanctuary here

370 people have been taken in by the borough’s residents since the start of the war with Russia one year ago today.

Alina Ledenova moved with her son, but her husband remains in Ukraine where he is part of the military. 

Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly has backed a resolution calling for Russia to end its conflict in Ukraine and demanding the withdrawal of its forces.

It passed by 141 votes to 7, with 32 abstentions - including China.

The vote isn’t legally binding so Moscow's likely to just ignore it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 am  

Thursday 23 February 2023

Is your garden bird friendly?

That’s the question charity Songbird Survival is asking as we prepare to move into spring. 

The organisation was established 20 years ago to reverse the decline of songbirds in the UK.

Susan Morgan is its CEO; she describes how she’s made her own garden in Twickenham bird friendly.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 pm  

An Iranian news channel has been forced to close its British studios at Chiswick Business Park because of threats from its government.

Iran International TV says there’s been a “significant escalation” in threats, and it’s “no longer possible” to keep people safe.

The channel has been praised for its reporting on LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and human rights violations in the country.

It’s moved its operations to Washington DC, while it searches for a secure British location.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

Spelthorne Borough Council has published a report showing the progress made last year on its five-year housing strategy plan.

Published in March 2020 and running until 2025, the strategy identifies three main priorities for the council.

It aims to deliver more affordable homes, prevent homelessness, and rough sleeping, and develop its services for independent living.

The council also won £568,000 under the Government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative to provide support and society reintegration. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

Councillors in Surbiton will decide tonight whether or not to approve a roof extension on one of the town’s riverside tower blocks

The proposed development for the six storey Thames Haven would provide nine additional flats and three terraces.

The plans are unpopular with some residents who claim the extra storeys will result in a loss of light and privacy.

Opponents also say the character and appearance of the riverside skyline will be adversely affected.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car and catalytic converters in Ashford

A 34-year-old from Hounslow and a 32-year-old from Barking were taken into custody in the early hours of yesterday.

Thanks to witnesses calling the police, the vehicle was stopped just after leaving the scene.

Anyone who sees a car jacked up and hears the sound of drilling is urged to call 999 from a safe distance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman has been found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from a school in Hinchley Wood

Luke Williams reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

80,000 items belonging to David Bowie, including handwritten lyrics, are set to go on display to the public for the first time

The Victoria and Albert Museum is launching The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts in East London. 

Meanwhile, an exhibition on Bowie’s connections to Kingston’s music scene will also open next month at Kingston Museum. 

This month marked 51 since the singer, who died in 2016, launched his Ziggy Stardust persona at the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Two people have died and two more are in hospital following a collision on the M25 this morning

Emergency crews were called at around 3am to near Junction 8 for Reigate. 

The crash involved one vehicle, with a 31-year-old and a 28-year-old both dying at the scene. 

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area while investigation work takes place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in Norbiton

He was found on the Cambridge Road Estate with suspected class A drugs, several hundred pounds, mobile phones, and a lock knife. 

During the operation, police also seized further knives, drugs, money and issued five anti-social behaviour warnings. 

Inspector Kenny says they will work with partners and agencies to “divert this juvenile away from crime”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Safety campaigners are welcoming Government proposals to crack down on perpetrators of domestic violence

The raft of new measures includes closer tracking of offenders via electronic tagging. 

Marie Hanson founded the STORM centre in Battersea 19 years ago which supports people fleeing domestic abuse. 

She says more places of immediate safety are needed and critically, she tells us why she feels tagging will not solve the problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

February is Heart Month and we’re being urged to make sure we know how to perform CPR

South East Coast Ambulance Service responded to over 8,000 calls involving cardiac arrests in 2021 and 2022.  

Paramedics say the high rate of cardiac arrests happening within the home means it’s vital we know how to take action. 

The overall survival rate from a cardiac arrest is increased when CPR is commenced as soon as possible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

The latest planning application for Tolworth Tower will go before councillors tonight

The redesigned proposal is to build two new towers alongside the derelict main tower which would be turned into flats. 

The previous bid by New York based owners Meadow Partners was rejected for a second time last year by the Planning Inspector. 

The private real estate firm lists Tolworth Tower as “an iconic mixed-use site in central London” on its website. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Wednesday 22 February 2023

Emergency crews have confirmed that they found an unexploded world war two bomb in Hersham yesterday.

A 50m cordon was set up yesterday in woodland around Coombe Lane and Burhill Park Road.

At around 2pm, bomb disposal experts had dealt with the ordnance and had started to lift the restrictions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Young people in care in Sutton are now recognised as a “protected” community.

The council is one of only a few in the UK to introduce the term “locally protected characteristic” to describe their situation.  

It’s hoped the move will allow youngsters in care the same opportunities as those who have not been in the system. 

 More than 500 children and young people under the age of 25 are experiencing or have experienced care in the borough. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has required surgery following an assault at Earl’s Court station.

Pictures have been released of the incident at around 5pm on Saturday the 14th of January.

The suspect is believed to have attacked the victim after asking if the train was going to Notting Hill.

You can find pictures of the suspect on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

From fast food to jet fuel, Lucy Mayer explains why the next flight you take from Heathrow may be powered by cooking oil.

The airport says it’s on track to become one of world's largest sustainable aviation fuel users.

It wants at least 10% of its jet fuel to be made up of cooking oil or even household waste and sewage by 2030. 

Airlines like Virgin Atlantic and Air France have already pledged to support the airport in its venture. 

Sustainable aviation fuel can work in existing aircraft without the need for technical modifications.

It’s expected to save over 81,000 tonnes of CO2 this year alone. 

But airport bosses say high costs and low production volumes means it remains in short supply with few able to access it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A revised planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of a carpark in Staines.

Spelthorne Borough Council wants to create 184 one and two bedroom homes on the Kingston Road site. 

The authority’s new plan sees the height of the proposed tower block reduced from 14 storeys to12 with balcony space. 

The homes will be built alongside a proposed new NHS health centre and the refurbishment of the Oast House for the creative arts.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council wants to ban the lighting of barbecues, bonfires and fire pits in its parks and open spaces.

The authority has launched a public consultation to see whether it’s a move that would be supported by the public. 

The proposed Public Space Protection Order would also prohibit overnight camping along the river at sites like Albany Reach.

The council says it is trying to reduce the risk of wildfires and stop open spaces being used as public toilets.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

An 86-year-old grandmother from Chelsea is proving it’s never too late to learn new skills.

Yvonne Kazeem has been awarded the highly-commended certificate in the first ever Mayor of London Adult Learning Awards.

It’s after she embarked on a number of digital courses to help her navigate modern technology.

She was supported by charity Open Age, which helps people over 50  to sustain their mental fitness and develop new interests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has challenged the Prime Minister over the state of St Helier hospital

The MP, who represents Kingston and Surbiton, says the site has been left “crumbling” with no plan for a new building.

Rishi Sunak’s reply at Prime Minister’s Questions didn’t directly address St Helier. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Morrisons is introducing limits on purchases of some fruit and vegetables from today.

It's joining Asda which has also reported problems with supplies of things like tomatoes, peppers and broccoli because of bad weather in Spain and north Africa.

In Kingston, these people are thinking about the consequences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A 100% affordable housing scheme in Brentford has been given the go-ahead by Hounslow Council.

They’ve agreed the business plan for the new homes at Charlton House and Albany House.

They’ll be knocked down to make way for 209 new flats, ranging from between one and eight stories high.

The works are expected to begin in Winter 2023.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

A man who campaigned with Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain has been found dead in Richmond Park.

22-year-old Xavier Gonzalez-Trimmer was found there on Monday, after being missing for five days.

He’d been arrested 16 times, with some charges coming this year.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and police are investigating.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

Wanting buy an electric car before #ULEZ expansion comes in? Here are some tips

The ULEZ expansion is still on course to come into effect in every London borough on August the 29th. 

The Mayor of London says the £12.50 daily charge on the most polluting vehicles is necessary to clean up the capital’s “toxic air.” 

While there’s no need to go fully electric, some are considering making the permanent move away from petrol. 

We’ve caught up with automotive presenter Nicola Hume who has this advice for those looking to make the leap.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 am  

A man from Hounslow has been jailed, after over 600 wraps of class A drugs were found at his house

Police went to 39-year-old Bogdan Krastev’s house to arrest him in relation to a theft offence, and found heroin and cocaine there.

He plead guilty to drugs offences and has been sentenced to 3 years and one month behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

The human body can predict the timing of regular meals according to a ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey

The research team found that daily blood glucose rhythms may be driven not only by meal timing but by meal size.  

The university says this is also the first study of its kind looking at whether circadian rhythms can anticipate how large our meals are. 

Examples of circadian rhythms include the sleep-wake cycle and the body-temperature cycle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Tuesday 21 February 2023

£2.5m has been secured to help fund road improvements in Weybridge.

The renovations include introducing a 20mph zone in the centre, resurfacing the high street, and adding a new pedestrian crossing.

A consultation on the plans is live on the council’s website until the end of the month.

The works will be done in a phased approach over approximately two years, starting this summer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:53 pm  

Richmond Council is proposing raising core council tax by 2.99%.

 It’s also proposing a further 2% increase in the precept for Adult Social Care, as allowed under government funding plans.  

 The authority says the proposals reflect the “significant effects inflation has had on council budgets.” 

The proposals also include taking a further £100 off the bills of those who receive support with their council tax.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

Wandsworth’s residents are to pay the lowest average council tax in the country.

The council has sent a letter to all households saying it will be freezing the tax this year to help with the cost of living crisis. 

Wandsworth Council says it has launched the biggest resident support package in London with a £5 million fund.

It’s going towards providing free school uniforms and gym and swim sessions for the most hard pressed families. 

There will however be an increase of 2% in the social care levy, to support the NHS. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

A CCTV picture has been released following an assault in Ashford.

Police have just released details of the incident on the 4th of December at around 3pm on the Daily Needs shop on Staines Road West.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

While councils across the country have announced council tax is going up, Wandsworth is freezing the tax for residents this year.

In his group’s first budget since winning control of the council for the first time in 44 years, Wandsworth Council leader Simon Hogg is sending the attached letter to residents announcing a freeze of its main share of council tax bills for the next 12 months. 

This means Wandsworth residents will continue to benefit from the lowest average council tax bills in the UK 

Band D bills for households not subject to the additional Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators levy will be £914. 


Dear resident,

Wandsworth Council is freezing your council tax this year,to help in the Cost of Living crisis.

I’m pleased to say that residents in Wandsworth will pay the lowest average council tax in the country. Freezing the main element of council tax is a key part of our plan to deliver a fairer, compassionate, more sustainable borough.

We will charge the same low council tax and deliver better services for all. Alongside a freeze in council tax, we will:

• Provide free monthly mega skips, guarantee to keep your weekly bin collection andexpand our food waste collection pilot.

• Deliver 1,000 new council homes, plus introduce landlord licensing to protect private renters.

• Work with residents to support 800 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

Wandsworth Council has launched the biggest cost of living response in London, with a£5 million fund to help residents with soaring bills. This work includes:

• Free school uniforms for hard-pressed families, activities for young people and meals for children in the school holidays.

• Free swimming and gym sessions for families who receive universal credit or free school meals.

• Libraries and children’s centres became welcoming Warm Spaces over the winter months.

There will be an increase of 2% in the social care levy, to support the NHS and care for our most vulnerable residents.

Wandsworth is a fantastic place to live. Our strong, diverse communities represent the best of modern Britain. Our plan will help keep Wandsworth special and make sure all residents canshare the fantastic opportunities our borough provides.

Best wishes,

Simon Hogg

Leader of Wandsworth Council

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Postal workers have called for ‘public accountability’ over Royal Mail's current state.

Its CEO faces further questions from the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy committee in Parliament tomorrow. 

It comes after recent postal delays and the previous evidence Simon Thompson gave MPs last month. 

The Wimbledon based Communications Workers Union says ‘it is sad day for Royal Mail that he’s been hauled back over concerns he misled them’.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

A woman from Staines has been ordered to pay over £2,000 after her anti-social behaviour landed her in court.

Angela Smethurst was found guilty in her absence after failing to appear before magistrates earlier this month. 

The court heard evidence from her neighbours that they frequently had to put up with a pungent, cannabis-type smell.

Smethurst ignored all requests and warnings to desist, which led to the council serving an enforcement notice which she ignored. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

£2.5m has been secured to help fund road improvements in Weybridge.

The renovations include introducing a 20mph zone in the centre, resurfacing the high street, and adding a new pedestrian crossing.

A consultation on the plans is live on the council’s website until the end of the month.

The works will be done in a phased approach over approximately two years, starting this summer. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

The Chancellor says it's vital the government sticks to its plan to reduce debt, despite seeing a surplus in borrowing last month

The office for budget responsibility says £5.4bn was recorded in January.

The boss of the Battersea-based Public and Commercial Services union says the news changes the "narrative" that the government can't afford a pay-rise for workers.

Reporter Ian King explains why.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

People living in Ashtead and Leatherhead are going to find out this evening how much more they’ll pay in council tax from April

Mole Valley Council is expected to approve an increase of 2.99%. 

There is also expected to be a 6% increase in fees and charges. 

The council says these will be below inflation and are needed to maintain vital service. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Merton Council has now officially decided to bring their street-cleaning back in-house

 The cabinet has decided that from April 2025, they will have “full control and flexibility” over the service. 

However, bin collections are still going to be contracted out. 

The authority has already decided not to renew their contract with Veolia, citing poor performance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 am  

Richmond Park’s MP has joined police on patrol in Barnes and Mortlake

Sarah Olney says she made the move because of concerns from residents about a rise in crime in the two neighbourhoods. 

There have been reports of car thefts, smashed shop fronts and muggings in recent weeks. 

Police have increased officer presence in the area and are providing advice and support to business owners and residents. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

A woman who stole nearly £2,000 worth of goods from Hounslow Town Centre has been jailed

35-year-old Rasa Truncate from Brentford was caught on CCTV shoplifting 11 times.

Police say she “showed no regard for the loss to the shop “and hopefully by going to prison she will get the help that she needs”.

She’s been sentenced to 26 weeks behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Commuters in Kingston and Sutton say cuts to the 213 and 57 bus routes are proof the ULEZ expansion needs to be reconsidered

There will be a 20% reduction in the frequency of the services which users say are already overcrowded. 

Sadiq Khan and Transport for London are expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone to every London borough on August the 29th. 

The Mayor says the £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting cars is necessary to clean up London’s “toxic air.” 

People worried about the bus cuts are being urged to email the Mayor and their MP. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Monday 20 February 2023

A man from Streatham and his brother have been jailed after attempting to import firearms from the US into the UK

Edward and Cadien Pink, both in their 40s, have been handed sentences of 12 years and 14 years respectively.

US authorities intercepted a parcel delivery from Florida destined for a business address in east London last July.

Upon searching, they discovered a microwave and inside were four loaded firearms and 59 rounds of ammunition.

Detective Chief Inspector Ant Jones, Specialist Crime Command, said: “The Met has fantastic working relationships with partner law enforcement agencies all over the world. It’s because of our work with our colleagues in HSI that we have successfully prevented a number of lethal weapons from falling into the wrong hands here; and successfully brought to justice those who conspired to import them for use on the streets of London.

“I’ve no doubt that this partnership working means that lives will have been saved as a result.

“Firearms are inextricably linked to gangs, drugs markets and organised crime groups and we will stop at nothing to disrupt the use and supply of firearms on the streets of London."

HSI London Attaché Tim Hemker, said: “Homeland Security Investigations values its partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and today’s sentencings highlight the impact exemplary international collaboration can have on the safety of communities we serve.

“HSI will continue to work with international law enforcement partners to investigate and combat transnational organized crimes, like weapons smuggling, to help bring criminals to justice that seek to circumvent laws and do harm worldwide.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

It’s a staple with roast lamb, but according to new research, rosemary tastes better with mushrooms

That’s according to new research carried out by the RHS and Royal Holloway University in Egham.

Researchers found that adding mycorrhizal fungi to soil leads to increased production of essential oils in rosemary.

This makes the plant more aromatic and flavoursome.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Nearly half of Londoners have used the new Elizabeth Line since it opened last May

That’s according to the results of a YouGov poll which indicate 45% of the capital’s residents have made at least one journey on it.

The figure is up from 24% last July.

The Elizabeth Line was created at a cost of £19 billion to connect Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood in the east.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Around 30% of people who have been given a free bowel cancer home test have not returned it

It's the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest killer of the disease.

The NHS kit can help spot the condition early and those who use it are nine times more likely to survive.

Sebastien Bowen from Barnes is the husband of the late bowel cancer campaigner Deborah James.

He spoke to The Sun newspaper today to urge people to take up the offer of free NHS screening, calling it a “lifeline”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police have confirmed that that the body found in the River Wyre is the missing mother-of-two Nicola Bulley

The 45-year-old disappeared while walking her dog three weeks ago.

Maggie Oliver is a former detective and family liaison officer with Manchester Police.

She says questions need answering.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 pm  

New analysis by the Lib Dems has found there are 1.6 million cars in areas surrounding London which are not ULEZ compliant

Commuters driving into London from Surrey can’t access car scrappage schemes despite the ULEZ being expanded in August.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says the £12.50 daily charge on the most polluting vehicles is vital to clean London’s “toxic air.”

Analysis of the Department for Transport’s car registration data found there are over 157,000 non-compliant cars in Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

Dame Lynne Owens has been named as the Deputy Commissioner of the Met Police

The 54-year-old has spent more than 32 years working in policing and national security.

This included being in charge of the safety operation for the Prince and Princess of Wales’s wedding in 2011.

Dame Lynne was also the first woman to lead Surrey Police when she was appointed Chief Constable in 2012.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: “The breadth of skills and experience that Dame Lynne Owens brings to the role of Deputy Commissioner are unrivalled. 

“Not only is she known for her leadership in community policing as Chief Constable of Surrey Police, she has also led the UK’s fight against the most complex serious and organised crime as Director General of the National Crime Agency.

“I am grateful that she stepped forward to work with me on leading the Met towards reform at this most difficult time.

“She is an exceptional leader and I am excited to continue working closely with her as we deliver for London.”

Deputy Commissioner Dame Lynne Owens said: “I am pleased to return to policing to support Sir Mark, the wider leadership team and the hardworking officers, staff and volunteers of the Met in protecting and serving all of London's communities.

“Our mission is clear and will continue to evolve as we listen to all. Now is the time to focus on delivering it. We should rightly be judged by our actions not our words.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Dame Lynne Owens brings decades of experience in law enforcement to the role and I am confident she is the right person to continue supporting Sir Mark through this challenging period.

“It is absolutely paramount that public trust in policing is restored and the Met shoulder much of this burden following recent events.

“I expect the leadership team to make sure the force is getting the basics right, preventing and solving burglaries, tackling knife crime and antisocial behaviour, and making streets safer for women and girls. I look forward to working together on this common goal.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I welcome Dame Lynne Owens’ permanent appointment as Deputy Commissioner.

“Dame Lynne will bring to the role her extensive experience of policing and her commitment to ensuring Londoners continue to benefit from falling violent crime and see the urgent step-change in culture, standards and performance that is needed in the Met.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dame Lynne and Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley to restore trust and confidence in the police and build on the progress we have made in reducing violence and crime, so that we can build a safer London for everyone.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Richmond is apparently the London borough with the highest percentage of people working from home

Research by Reboot Online into the 2021 census says 59% of people there work remotely, compared to 9% in 2011.

Kensington and Chelsea, and Wandsworth, both have similar amounts of people working from home.

Barking and Dagenham has the lowest percentage, with just 21% avoiding the commute.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Nearly a quarter of all the prosecutions around blue badges being misused were brought by Hammersmith and Fulham Council last year

The PA News Agency found that four councils are responsible for over half of cases, with Lambeth bringing the most.

They also found that 97% are targeted at people using somebody else’s badge.

People found guilty of misuse can be fined up to £1,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Thousands of ambulance workers across England and Wales are staging fresh strikes today in an ongoing row over pay and staffing

Paramedics, emergency care assistants and call handlers - who're part of the GMB union - are walking out.

They’ve started picketing in Walton and Banstead.

Nigel Beasley, a representative for the GMB, is on a picket line in Mansfield - and says staff just want to talk to the government.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

People worried about Thames Water’s plans for waste recycling at Teddington are being urged to attend an information event

The utilities company wants to divert 75 million litres of water a day out of the Thames at Teddington during periods of drought.

This water will then be replaced by treated effluent coming from Mogden Sewage works.

The information event, hosted by Thames Water, will take place on Friday the 3rd of March from 2pm at York House in Twickenham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Nicola Bulley's family are waiting for a body to be identified after it was found in the River Wyre yesterday, close to where the mum of two went missing

She was last seen in St Michael's on Wyre while walking her dog, more than three weeks ago.

Her partner Paul Ansell says there are "no words right now, just agony".

Lancashire police has faced criticism for sharing intimate details about Nicola, including issues with alcohol.

Shadow Policing Minister and Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones says we need to be patient.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Primary school children in London are to have a year of free school meals, starting in September

Mayor Sadiq Khan told The Guardian that it’s because of higher-than-expected business rates income. 

Speaking at his old school in Tooting, he said free school meals are a “lifeline” and could be “gamechanging” for families in need. 

A government spokesperson says the number of children receiving free school meals has increased by 2 million since 2010.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

More than 11,000 ambulance workers are on strike today across England and Wales

GMB members from the South East Coast Ambulance Service are striking between midday and 2am, and are picketing in Banstead and Walton. 

Paramedics, Emergency Care Assistants, call handlers and other staff will stage pickets.

The health secretary says the industrial action's causing "further disruption for patients", despite contingency measures in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 am  

Sunday 19 February 2023

A broken toaster, calculator and teddy bear have taken a trip to a library in Kingston.


It comes as a Repair Café has opened in the library to help people repair items that can be saved from the bin. 

A group of volunteers are on hand to help repair any broken items. 

It’s all part of the council’s plan to tackle climate change. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

A new footpath is now open by Twickenham station.

The new path along the River Crane provides a direct link between Twickenham station and Moormead Recreation Ground. 

Its development by National Rail and Kier Property was delayed because of a number of issues including unsuitable surfaces. 

But people can now enter the path which will be open to people from dawn until dusk.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

British number one Cameron Norrie goes for a fifth career tennis title when he competes in the final of the Argentina Open

The Putney based Tennis star is set to face the Spanish World number two Carlos Alcaraz later 

Norrie has already been runner-up at last month's Auckland Open.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Richmond’s community health bus is back in town on Monday February 20th


Richmond’s community health bus is back in town tomorrow.

 Experts will be offering flu and COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible, and answering any health-related questions.

 There will also be free checks for 40 to 74 year olds and advice on how to stop smoking.

 The bus will be parked outside Sainsbury's in North Sheen between 10am and 3pm.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am  

Croydon residents have less than a week to respond to the council’s online consultation on waste services after 2025

  Rubbish, recycling and street collection services are due to have new providers when the council’s troubled contract ends with Veolia.

 Croydon Council,, along with Merton and Sutton, decided not to renew their contracts with the firm after a string of problems.

 Veolia has recently signed a new waste deal with Hammersmith and Fulham Council and has been recommissioned in Kingston.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

The new headteacher at Epsom College has pledged to honour the legacy of his predecessor


 Sir Anthony Seldon was appointed last week following the death of 45-year-old Emma Patterson and her seven year old daughter.

 They’re thought to have been murdered by her husband before he took his own life on February 5th.

 Sir Anthony is a former master of Wellington College and Vice Chancellor at Buckingham University.

 He said he wanted the college to move forward in the manner Mrs Patterson had intended.

 He’ll lead the school till until a new permanent head is appointed in September…


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

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