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Saturday 4 March 2023

Big Game 14: Full-Time at Twickenham Stadium: Harlequins 40 - 5 Exeter Rugby

In an exciting game at Twickenham Stadium, Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith, back from international duty with England, was named Player of the Match as the hosts secured a try bonus-point by half-time. They went on to beat Exeter Rugby by six tries to one in a dominating performance both in attack and defence,  Full-time: Harlequins 40 - 5 Exeter Rugby.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 pm  

Campaigners have been successful in their latest attempts to stop plans to drill for oil in the Surrey Hills after taking the government to the High Court

The plan for exploratory drilling at a site near Dunsfold will now be put under judicial review.

Surrey County Council had rejected the plan but was subsequently overruled by the government.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm  

A restaurant in Croydon is the latest business to introduce a knife arch metal detector as part of a crackdown on violent crime

McDonald’s in Church Street has installed the detector which is part of an initiative by Croydon Town Centre police and the restaurant.

Other metal detectors in the capital have been spotted outside of Crystal Palace train station and at Hayes and Harlington station in west London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm  

Harlequins remain in contention for a rugby union Premiership play-off place thanks to a 40-points-to-5 victory over Exeter

England centre Joe Marchant scored two tries, while fly-half Marcus Smith kicked five conversions in the 'Big Game 14' at Twickenham Stadium.

In the Women’s Premier 15s Harlequins slipped to fifth in the table after a 54-25 loss to leaders Exeter Chiefs at the Twickenham Stoop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

Kingston council has agreed a budget for 2023-24

Approving it on Thursday, the council said it’s difficult to balance the books with the financial pressures from the national economic crisis and ongoing insufficient government funding.

However, it stressed that the budget reflects a commitment to protect essential services and deliver on climate action.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:31 pm  

Big Game 14 at Twickenham Stadium: Harlequins 26 - 0 Exeter Rugby


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

Full-time at Twickenham Stadium: Harlequins Women 25 - 54 Exeter Rugby


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Half-time at Twickenham Stadium: Harlequins 13 - 21 Exeter Rugby


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Big Game 14: Twickenham Stadium hosts Harlequins vs Exeter Rugby double-header

Postponed from December, the Big Game 14 showcases domestic rugby on a large scale with both the men and women's game featuring.  Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne reports ahead of the double-fixture where Harlequins face Exeter Rugby.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to start charging electric vehicles for parking.
Drivers will be charged a reduced fee of £2.50 per hour.

The council has also decided to reduce parking charges for drivers of petrol cars to help residents struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. 

The hourly rate has been brought down from £5 an hour to £3.50. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Merton Council is to spend £1.5 million on the borough’s high streets and shopping parades to boost residents’ “pride” in the area.
Almost £1million will go into refurbishing parks and open spaces.

Street lighting will also be switched to LED lighting during the process.

The council says funding for the projects has been made possible due to “astute financial management” over the last decade. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Harlequins are hosting Exeter Chiefs in the big game this afternoon at Twickenham.

A women’s and men’s double header is taking place.

Quins are currently 8th in the Premiership and view this as a must win fixture if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Exeter were late replacements for Quins’ annual Twickenham game after train strikes forced the original fixture against Bristol to be moved. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

People across Epsom and Ewell are being urged to make sure they have their say on council plans to build on greenbelt land.

The public consultation on The Draft Local Plan, which lays out development in the borough up to 2040, closes on the 19th. 

Steve Gebbett is campaigning against the plans.

He says greenbelt sites have been included because landowners were allowed to nominate their properties for development.  

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council says Brownfield sites are always looked at first but "there are very limited opportunities."

The council is urging people to have their say in the consultation either online or in writing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Chelsea look to end their six-game winless run when they host relegation strugglers Leeds United this afternoon.

Since manager Graham Potter’s appointment, they’ve celebrated victory in just five of their 18 Premier League fixtures.

Newspaper speculation suggests he could be sacked if they don’t win today, and then progress from their Champions League tie.

Potter has admitted he is under pressure but also said he doesn’t see the next two games as “make or break”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The GMB Union has organised a march against Croydon Council’s proposal to raise Council Tax by 15%.

Demonstrators are gathering at Croydon University hospital for the protest at 11 o’clock this morning. 

The GMB says the proposal will cost households in the borough an average of an additional £20 per month.

But Croydon’s Executive Mayor, Jason Perry, says the move is necessary to reduce the Council’s long-term debt.  
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 3 March 2023

A practicing GP who travelled from Dorset to Egham to sexually abuse a child has been jailed for over three years.

36 year old Rupesh Seth pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

He had arranged to meet with the parent of the 10 year old child in November 2020, but police attended and he was arrested.

His phones were seized, and indecent images of children were found.

He was also suspended from practice following his arrest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man from New Addington in Croydon has been handed a 10 year jail term for sex offences against a child.

Leon Ward will serve 6 years and 8 months in jail and the remainder on licence and will be on the sex offender’s register for life. 

The 49 year old had befriended a 14 year old girl in May 2020, and after some chance meetings, began texting her.

The child agreed to meet with him for a walk into the woods, during which time he sexually assaulted her. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits he's under pressure to deliver results sooner rather than later.

There's speculation he could be sacked if they don't beat Leeds this weekend or progress from their Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

The Londoners are without a win in six matches and Potter knows it's not acceptable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Thousands of pounds worth of cash has been stolen in a burglary in Worcester Park.

Officers were called to reports of the theft on Fairford Gardens between 6:30 and 7:30 last night.

It’s believed the suspects gained access via the front door, carrying out an untidy search and stealing £6,000.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A practicing GP who travelled from Dorset to Egham to sexually abuse a child has been jailed for over three years.

36 year old Rupesh Seth pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

He had arranged to meet with the parent of the 10 year old child in November 2020, but police attended and he was arrested.

His phones were seized, and indecent images of children were found.

He was also suspended from practice following his arrest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

National Crime Agency officers are re-iterating a warning to potential drug smugglers after three US nationals were jailed for attempting to bring cannabis into the UK.

The three, who all arrived on flights into  Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles between the 13th and 15th of January this year, were found by Border Force to be carrying suitcases laden with vacuum packed packages of herbal cannabis. 

Following an NCA investigation, they were charged with importing class B drugs. 

New Yorkers Ara Janneh, aged 25, and Madani BA Junior, aged 23, and Sabrina Desiree Hobby, aged 29, from Texas, were handed jail terms of between 12 and 26 months yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court.

 NCA Heathrow Branch Commander Andy Noyes said: 

“The prison sentences handed out are the consequence of foolish decisions made by people who either think, or have been told, that they will get away with smuggling drugs into the UK. 

“These attempts were largely unsophisticated, with commercial amounts of cannabis carried unconcealed within large suitcases. 

“All three individuals are now serving jail time thousands of miles away from their friends and family, and I would urge anyone considering smuggling cannabis into the UK to think twice. 

“The NCA and our partners in Border Force are targeting drugs couriers, and will continue to disrupt the crime groups involved in drug trafficking.” 

Katherine Wilson, Regional Director of Heathrow Border Force, said: 

“The smuggling, production and sale of cannabis plays a fundamental part of the business model that funds dangerous and violent organised criminal gangs. 

“This seizure and others like it, should send a clear message to anyone considering smuggling illegal drugs into the UK. Working closely with the NCA, we remain committed to tackling supply chains and stopping these dangerous drugs from entering our communities.” 

The convictions follow a spate of arrests involving seizures made from flights from the US. 

Cannabis grown legally in parts of America attracts a premium price in the UK. 

More than 20 US nationals have now been arrested at UK airports since the start of 2023, with six convicted and sentenced. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

A man has been arrested after a police chase in Wimbledon.

Officers tried to stop the 37 year old on Beaumont Road in the early hours of this morning.

He then headed up the A3 in the wrong direction in an attempt to escape them, coming to a stop when he collided with a house on Upper Richmond Road.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, drink and drug driving, driving without a licence or insurance among other offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

A sports centre in South Croydon is getting an upgrade.

Work is set to begin on facilities including the gym and community room at Monks Hill.

The project has received £140,000 of investment from the council’s capital budget.

This is funding that’s been ringfenced to make lasting improvements to the borough’s facilities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A Made in Chelsea star is seeing his Disney Plus documentary premiere tonight

 Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews says he watched footage of his older brother Michael for the first time since he disappeared on Mount Everest in 1999 - while making the documentary Finding Michael.

The film sees the 34-year-old attempt to find the body of his brother, who vanished after becoming the youngest Briton to reach the summit, aged 22.

It premieres on Disney plus today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Six people have been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Worcester Park

Their ages range between 17 and 20. 

On the 10th of February, a 28-year-old man was shot on Newhouse close. 

His injuries are no longer life-threatening. 

The six are due to appear at the Old Bailey on the 16th of March

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Environmental campaigners are redoubling their efforts to secure the future of the filter beds in Surbiton as a wildlife haven

A striking image has been released to show what the fourteen acre site could look like if it was dedicated to flora and fauna. 

The digital creation, by an artist in the borough, can be viewed on the Radio Jackie website.  

The beds off Portsmouth Road are owned by developers Cascina Ltd; we’ve contacted Cascina on a number of occasions for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

A doctor from Surbiton has just returned from earthquake hit Turkey

Farooq Dean visited on behalf of charity Humanity First to provide medical aid. 

More than 51,000 people have died after a number of earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria in the early hours of February the 6th. 

Doctor Dean says the experience has changed him forever. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

Fewer children applied for a secondary school place in Richmond this year

87% of in-borough applicants have been offered a place at one of their first three preferred schools.  

Parents of 2,086 children applied for a place compared with 2,173 last year.   

However, 68 children remain without an offer, although that figure is down from 72 last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A dispersal order is in place for Croydon Town Centre until 11pm tonight

It follows anti-social behaviour in the Fairfield and Broad Green wards on Wednesday afternoon. 

The order gives police power to tell people to leave the area for 48 hours, and hand over any items which may cause a disturbance. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 am  

Thursday 2 March 2023

Leeds manager Javi Gracia has praised his players for being "good students" since he took over at Elland Road.

The Spaniard won his first game in charge, beating Southampton 1-nil in the Premier League, before seeing his side knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2-nil defeat to Fulham on Tuesday.

Despite mixed results so far, Gracia says they're learning all the time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Royals Parks says it has not banned any running clubs from Richmond Park.

But, as Lucy Mayer explains, some requests to host large scale running events are being turned down.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 pm  

Croydon Council’s launched a new free programme aiming to help keep families healthy.

Healthy Families, Brighter future programme, run by the charity HENRY, is for families with children aged seven and under.

It will help guide those to learn more about physical, mental and emotional health and much more.

You’ll receive a HENRY toolkit with helpful resources to support you to make manageable and long-lasting changes.

Parents can sign up and find more information here, or email [email protected]  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

The borough of Lambeth has the lowest proportion in London of children getting their top choice secondary school this year.

Around 62% got their top choice, against a London average of 70%.

There’s been a very slight drop in the number of pupils getting an offer from their first choice, of 0.17%.

However, 94% of kids got a spot in one of their top three.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 pm  

Croydon Council says it will now look at how to progress with its budget.

It’s after councillors narrowly voted against a 15% council tax rise at a meeting last night. 

The borough’s first elected Mayor Jason Perry had told residents the 15% was necessary to get Croydon out of the red. 

Another meeting on March the 8th will see council members required to set a budget by law.

They could choose to adopt Mayor Perry’s proposals by a simple majority. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police are searching for a vulnerable missing teen from Banstead.

16-year-old Emilio was last seen on Saturday the 25th February.

He is described as black, 5ft 5 inches tall, of slight build with black hair and brown eyes.

Officers believe he could be in Croydon.

You can view an image of him on our Radio Jackie website, anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

Two life sized boats have returned to a popular children’s area on Twickenham Riverside following an extensive refurbishment.

The vessels at Champions Wharf Play Beach have seen their oars and shields replaced.

One of the boats has been renamed ‘Freda’ after Freda Hammerton, who died in 2021 at the age of 91. 

She was the great niece of Walter Hammerton, who founded the ferry service which still runs between Marble Hill Park and Ham House.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Croydon Council has voted against a 15% tax rise.

While the Conservative members voted in favour of it, the Labour, Lib Dem, and Green opposition came together to opposite it.

Another meeting will take place on the 8th, and the authority is legally obliged to set a balanced budget by March the 11th.

If the stalemate continues, then officials will take control and the meeting would continue until a proposal is passed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Two life sized boats have returned to a popular children’s area on Twickenham Riverside following an extensive refurbishment.

The vessels at Champions Wharf Play Beach have seen their oars and shields replaced.

One of the boats has been renamed ‘Freda’ after Freda Hammerton, who died in 2021 at the age of 91. 

She was the great niece of Walter Hammerton, who founded the ferry service which still runs between Marble Hill Park and Ham House.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

A report says productivity in London has lagged behind similar cities - like Paris and New York - over the last 15 years

The Centre for Cities argues handing power from central government to the capital could help to solve challenges caused by Brexit and the pandemic.

The research charity also says reforming the planning system to develop housing and office space will help growth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Firms in Cobham have voted in favour of creating a Business Improvement District

BIDs offer companies the chance to find issues of concern, then band together to improve them. 

Around £800,000 will be raised over the first five years of the BID. 

For the past fifteen years, the Cobham Chamber of Commerce has overseen events, ranging from the Christmas lights event to Remembrance Sunday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Spelthorne Borough Council has officially registered its opposition to the expansion of the ULEZ

Councillors from all parties have sent a letter to The Mayor of London and Transport for London. 

In it, they say there has not been “meaningful engagement” on the expansion, which comes into effect on August the 29th. 

Spelthorne is not included in the zone, but the borough borders it, and councillors say the scrappage scheme should include their residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Leaked WhatsApp messages reveal more damaging revelations about the government's handling of the Covid pandemic

The texts - published in the Daily Telegraph - suggest the then-education secretary Gavin Williamson accused teachers of looking for an "excuse" not to work as he tried to re-open England's schools.

He also wrote that teaching unions "really really do just hate work."

Yesterday, details came out about a lack of testing in care homes.

Tooting Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan says the leaks are “alarming, but sadly, not surprising”, and that “Government decisions at the start of the pandemic were made based on political risk, not on public health grounds.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Protesters from across Surrey are travelling to the Royal Courts of Justice today

They say it’s to voice their anger at the government for overturning the County Council’s decision to deny gas exploration in the county. 

The authority has twice refused UK Oil and Gas permission, but the government reversed this decision last year. 

UKOG claims its explorations have revealed potentially £100 million worth of gas buried beneath Dunsfold in the south west of the county. 

Photo credit: XR Photographers. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

A woman from Cobham is aiming to raise £3,000 to build a dog sanctuary in the heart of Bosnia

Maria Slough co-chairs the charity “Saving Strays” which rescues dogs from so-called “kill stations.”

She has spoken to the European Parliament on changing laws on animals in Bosnia and made two documentaries on the subject.

Maria’s next trip to Bosnia will see her travel to kennels to build a playground and sensory garden for the rehomed dogs. 

You can find her crowdfunding campaign here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Wednesday 1 March 2023

Surrey’s Fire and Rescue chief has been appointed as the new lead for national road safety and road rescue teams.

Dan Quin head up the National Fire Chief’s Council.

The NFCC is the professional voice of the of the UK fire and rescue service.

He will be taking up his post now alongside his existing role as Chief Fire Officer for Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Surrey Wildlife Trust in Surbiton is launching a fundraiser drive to save the decline of the Hazel Dormouse

The nocturnal rodent with large black eyes, golden-brown fur and long black whiskers has been in Surrey since the last Ice-Age.

Their numbers have declined due to the destruction and fragmentation of their woodland and hedgerow homes.

The Trust aims to raise £25,000 to improve and protect the habitats that Dormice and many other species rely on.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Sutton’s council leader says she wants children in the borough to become the next generation of ground-breaking scientists.

Sutton entered a bid to become London Borough of Culture for 2023, but narrowly missed out on first place. 

It was awarded the Mayor of London’s Culture Award as a runner up prize instead.

Ruth Dombey says the Award’s status will be used to help further the work already being done scientifically in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Cadent Gas is to begin a year long programme of works in Barnes.

They’ll start close to the station before moving to Castelnau and then up to Hammersmith Bridge.

A new pipe is to be installed to allow gas to be diverted from two pipes that currently run along the bridge.

This means properties won’t lose their gas supplies once the long-awaited works begin on the grade II listed structure 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A horse that was returned to its stables after being on the loose in Banstead on Monday has been recaptured for the second time.

Police were called to Lakers Rise yesterday following reports the animal had once again broken free from its paddock. 

It was seized for its safety and officers are trying to locate its lawful owner.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

An independent panel’s to be set up to help those affected by major disasters.

 The Independent Public Advocate will be a go-between for public authorities and bereaved families.

It’ll also point them towards support available.

Justice Secretary Dominic Rabb and MP for Esher and Walton says it's an attempt to ensure people don't suffer in the same way Hillsborough victims and relatives did.

Bishop James Jones wrote a review of the 1989 stadium crush

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The Justice Secretary's setting up a body to support those affected by major disasters.

Examples include the Grenfell Tower fire or the Manchester Arena bombing.

Dominic Raab who is MP for Esher and Walton says the new Independent Public Advocate would be a source of support.

It will point those affected towards appropriate services and assist communication with authorities on their behalf.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Prime Minister says he's concerned about the availability of laughing gas.

Nitrous oxide is supposed to be used for pain relief, but doctors say it's causing young people who abuse it health problems.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has gone as far as bringing in a Public Space Protection Order for 2 years to prohibit use.

This makes it an offence to use or be in possession of nitrous oxide. 

Rishi Sunak's revealed he's also looking into the size of canisters increasing from 8 grams to 620 grams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

It’s believed a fire at a restaurant in Croydon was accidental and caused by cooking.

Emergency crews were called to South End yesterday at around 9.15pm.

A man was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, and a two-storey outbuilding was damaged by the blaze.

A spokesperson for the brigade is reminding owners to clean their extraction systems regularly to reduce the risk of fire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A smart watch is to be trialled at Heathrow Airport to try and protect workers near moving vehicles.

Bill Mitchell, from tech company Ferrovial, says they haven’t seen any incidents, but that it’s a growing concern, especially during night shifts.

The tech is used to create exclusion zones around vehicles and vibrates when team members get too close.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Brentford’s star striker, Ivan Toney, has admitted some betting offences.

However, the 26-year-old is contesting some of the accusations against him, and is going to appear before a disciplinary panel.

Toney has scored 14 goals in 21 premier league games so far this season, taking Brentford to ninth in the table.

He’s been hit with 262 charges in total.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea have announced they'll establish a Fan Advisory Board to assist communications between the club and its supporters.

The government's white paper on football governance included plans for an independent regulator.

Its hoped the Advisory Board will encourage fans to have a bigger say in the running of clubs.

Chelsea's board will be made up of six supporters, with those interested able to apply to become one of those members.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva says there's still plenty for them to improve on, despite progressing to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-nil win against Leeds

It's the first time they've reached this stage of the competition since 2010.

But Silva feels his side must do better than in their second-half display.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Lord Soames has been banned from driving for six months, after pleading guilty to speeding in Twickenham

He was caught on camera driving a BMW at 47mph in a 40 zone on Great Chertsey Road, according to court papers. 

The grandson of Winston Churchill accepted he was driving the vehicle. 

He’s been handed the sentence due to “repeat offending”, and must also pay over £1000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Sutton’s Mayor says children should be just as excited about science as they are about the arts

The borough is hosting a year-long programme of activities exploring ways of connecting the subjects. 

It’s hoped the events will inspire youngsters to engage more with what’s on their doorstep.

Councillor Trish Fivey says they’re lucky that Sutton is home to some of the world’s greatest scientific research hubs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition opposing Thames Water’s plans to take water from the Thames in Teddington

The scheme will see them take up to 100m litres per day and replace it with treated effluent from Mogden Sewage Works.

The operator says it’s necessary to tackle shortages, and that it’s the leading option because it’s the cheapest.

Twickenham MP Munira Wilson says the opposition to the scheme is “crystal clear”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has apologised for the removal of a piece of art created by children in 2012

The artwork in question was removed after a letter was received by the hospital trust from the group UK Lawyers for Israel.

The document stated that some Jewish patients had complained that some elements of the display made them feel “victimised”.

The display featured decorative plates, designed by children at two United Nations schools in Gaza.

Hospital bosses say they “reviewed their duties under the Equality Act 2010” and took the decision to remove the display.

But they say they’re sorry the removal of the artwork has offended some communities and that its contents offended other communities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Tuesday 28 February 2023

A registered sex offender from Staines has been jailed for 40 months.

63 year old Graham Phillips was detained after he was seen speaking to children on the banks of the River Thames last August.

Officers were able to determine he had been regularly trying to communicate with three 12-year-old boys.

He was remanded in prison and pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order and possessing indecent images of children. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

People in Sutton are being urged to sign up as a volunteer at The Royal Marsden Hospital.

The cancer specialist’s new £70 million Oak Centre is due to open in the summer and a number of roles have opened up as a result. 

Volunteers undertake jobs including meeting and greeting patients, gardening and distributing meals.  

The hospital is holding a recruitment event at Sutton Central Library on Thursday for those who are interested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Fly-half Marcus Smith has been left out of England's training squad ahead of their next rugby union Six Nations match against France.

He'll return to Harlequins - who play Exeter in Big Game 14 at Twickenham on Saturday.

George Ford has returned to the group in his place.

Head coach Steve Borthwick says his decision doesn't rule Smith out of the France game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision on Hampton Court bridge.

Officers were called to Hampton Court Road at 8:45 this morning to reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist.

She was taken to hospital by paramedics where her condition is thought to be non-life threatening. 

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

An inquest has found the husband of Epsom College's head teacher died of a shotgun wound on school grounds.

45 year old Emma Pattison was found dead alongside her seven-year-old daughter Lettie on February the 5th.

The cause of death for her husband George Pattison was a “shotgun wound to the head.”

Another pre-inquest hearing is scheduled to take place in June. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A community Repair Café has opened at Kingston Library.

It’s part of an international network that helps people repair items so that they can be saved from the bin.

 People are invited to bring along broken items and fix them with the help of volunteer repairers on the first Saturday of the month. 

 Hundreds of thousands of items are thrown away across the UK every year and electricals alone account for 155,000 tonnes of waste.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A three storey house in Twickenham was damaged by fire in the early hours.

The blaze broke out in Park Crescent just before 1.30. 

No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he empathises with under-pressure Chelsea boss Graham Potter.

Questioned about his future at the weekend, Potter said he hopes he's given time to turn things around at Stamford Bridge, like Arteta was afforded in his early days at Arsenal.

The Spaniard knows how the Chelsea manager is feeling.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Today is Rare Disease Day.

NHS Blood and Transplant is marking the event, as it usually does, by requesting people donate plasma. 

More than 50 rare diseases can be treated with a medicine made from plasma donations called immunoglobulin.

Another 2,400 plasma donors are needed at the main donor site in Twickenham in order to hit targets to improve future supplies. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Investigations are continuing following an assault and robbery in Ewell.

The incident happened in Amis Avenue on the 15th of February between 12.45 and 1pm.

Two men approached the victim, assaulting him and then robbing him of over £3,000 in cash before fleeing the scene.

The two suspects are described as white men, around 20-years-old, and of slim build.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Fulham boss Marco Silva admits it would be a dream come true to win silverware this season

They host fellow Premier League side Leeds United in the fifth round of the FA Cup this evening.

They've never won one of the three domestic major trophies.

Silva believes this season is a great opportunity for them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm  

Two men have been arrested in Cobham, after trying and failing to hide behind a tree to avoid police

The force were patrolling Fairmile Lane at around 2am on Thursday when they saw the 20-year-old and a 17-year-old. 

One was wearing a balaclava, and similar items were found nearby, so they were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. 

They’ve been released on bail with conditions not to enter Surrey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

A man has been fined over £4,000 after being caught fly-tipping in Hounslow

On the 10th of February, he was caught on camera while he did it in Church Road, and officers were able to trace his licence plate. 

From April to December 2022, there were just over 14,000 fly-tipping incidents reported to Hounslow Highways, which is a decrease of 23%. 

The council says they spend £1.3m a year clearing up illegal dumps.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

A number of seal information signs have gone up on the banks of the Thames in places like Putney and Barnes

They’ve been erected by Thames Seal Watch on behalf of its national member group Seal Alliance. 

The signs ask people to be aware of the marine mammals and to avoid stressing or endangering them.

Close to 4,000 seals live in the Thames and several have had to be rescued in the South West London area over the last year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

A police officer has been dismissed without notice after allegedly assaulting a woman in Tooting

PC Shanoor Ali of the South West BCU attended the address in June 2021, where he was said to have attacked the woman before arresting her. 

The case against her was later discontinued. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Clair Kelland says it’s “clear that PC Ali went way beyond what was proportionate in this incident”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

The Prime Minister's looking to secure backing from politicians in Northern Ireland for his post-Brexit deal

Rishi Sunak's heading to Belfast where he's expected to say his new agreement will solve ongoing issues with trade and sovereignty.

In Westminster, even the most eurosceptic Conservatives seem to be convinced.

The Labour party is supporting the deal, and Marsha De Cordova is the Labour MP for Battersea.

She says “Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster, but this deal represents progress and hopefully the beginning of a new constructive relationship with our European neighbours”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Monday 27 February 2023

The Lib Dem leader says there is no need to use any money generated by a “windfall tax” on oil and energy companies on green power.

The MP for Kingston thinks any levy collected in that way should go directly back to people struggling with the cost of living crisis.  

Sir Ed was the Secretary for Energy and Climate Change in 2012 during the Conservative Lib Dem coalition.

He says we can grow our green power whether or not the oil and gas companies want to be a part of it. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Drivers in Spelthorne are being reminded that the council will no longer be responsible for on-street parking from April.

Surrey County Council announced last year that a new seven-year contract with private company, Marston Holdings, had been agreed.

The contract means that parking and traffic enforcement will be operated in partnership between the pair. 

Spelthorne says after April the 1st, it won’t be able to help with questions about on-street parking including pay machines. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Brixton Library Workwear Scheme has relaunched their free partnership to help low-income residents.

The Lambeth team has partnered with the ihateironing laundry and drycleaning service to loan out smart clothes for job interviews.

Initially started through public donations, the collaboration is now supported by a network of local entrepreneurs and master cleaners.

Jobseekers can fill in an online form and book an appointment to visit the library basement to browse and borrow what’s on the rails.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Fulham have been given a big boost ahead of their FA Cup fifth round tie with Leeds tomorrow.

Top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit to return from injury.

Boss Marco Silva admits it's great to have their talisman back but says the fact they're unbeaten in February shows they can cope without him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Landlords with empty properties in Elmbridge are being asked to consider selling them to the council.

The authority says there are over 1,900 households seeking affordable housing in the borough including 70 in temporary accommodation.  

Council bosses say this doesn’t take into account people fleeing the situations in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

Owners of homes that have been empty for two years or more may be liable to pay a 100% premium on their council tax bill. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

It’s the restaurant chain renowned for its golden arches, but it seems McDonald’s Croydon is now notorious for its “knife arch”.

The metal detector has been installed at the Church Street site by the Met Police in a bid to tackle violent crime in the area.

100% of social media users who took part in a Twitter poll by the Croydon Town Centre Police on the issue, agreed with the move. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

A man from Staines has gone missing.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 34 year old Peter who was last seen on Arnold Road on Thursday.

He is described as white, around 6 feet tall, of stocky build with a shaved head.

Peter has connections to Hounslow and Leeds.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

Hundreds of people have taken part in a protest in Epsom against the council’s plans to build on the greenbelt.

8,000 people have so far signed a petition against the proposals laid out in the Draft Local Plan which involves five areas of land. 

Steve Gebbett is from the Epsom and Ewell Greenbelt Group and was at the protest on Saturday.  

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has extended its consultation on the matter until March the 19th.  

The Green Belt petition can be found here. 

Those wanting to take part in the Council's Public Consultation on Epsom's Local Plan, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

A Kingston University student has launched the UK’s first tech-led LGBTQ+ sexual health service.

The free programme was developed by PhD student Josh Wells and the LVNDR Health team to drive positive change in the industry.

The pilot programme screens people for sexually transmitted infections, using remote test-at-home kits.

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in England increased for the first time in more than a decade last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Thames Water will take questions from residents in Teddington tonight on its plans for “water recycling.”

The company wants to transfer up to 150 million litres of water from above Teddington Lock and replace it with treated sewage.

Bosses say the aim is to help it navigate future droughts. 

But Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, says the move is ludicrous. 

Tonight’s webinar and Q&A is taking place from 7pm and anyone interested needs to register via Thames Water’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Hounslow Police are searching for a missing teenager from Hayes.

17-year-old Arthur was last spotted on February 13th and is known to visit Bromley.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

A major road in Richmond will close on Wednesday for around three weeks

Hill Street will shut between Richmond Bridge and Water Lane.

This will mean there is no access to Richmond Town Centre for traffic coming across Richmond Bridge and from Petersham.

The closure is due to Thames Water carrying out an emergency repairs to a leak.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The Mayor of London is “totally out of touch” according to the Lib Dem leader

Sir Ed Davey, who is also Kingston’s MP, wants the ULEZ expansion in August halted.

Sadiq Khan is forging ahead with the £12.50 charge for the most polluting vehicles to “clean up London’s toxic air.”

Sir Ed says it’s the worst move.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

The Lib Dem leader says the Mayor of London “doesn’t seem to realise” the impact the ULEZ expansion will have on people

Sadiq Khan is forging ahead with the £12.50 charge to every borough to, as he puts, “clean up London’s toxic air.”

Sir Ed Davey served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2012 to 2015.

Even he says there are faster ways to address London’s clean air problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Sunday 26 February 2023

Leading mental health charity, Mary Frances Trust in Leatherhead, is launching a free online Hoarding Programme.

Around 6% of the population is affected by the impulse to store multiple items according to organisation Hoarding Disorders UK. 

Dr Anna Gosling is a Clinical Psychologist who is leading the new monthly courses, starting on March the 9th.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

A man has been charged after detectives were investigating several drug related burglaries.

Brandon Conrado-Gamboa was detained at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of aggravated burglary. 

Detectives say the charge relates to a burglary in Hampton on New Year’s Day. 

Mr Conrado-Gamboa will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates Court tomorrow. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

An international wheelchair pool player from Chessington says he needs a sponsor in order for him to continue in the sport.

Jack Binstead started playing professionally last year but says the cost of travel for tournaments puts a strain on play. 

He says the level of recognition for UK pool as a world beating sport needs to be raised. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

A music charity based in Twickenham has been selected to represent the UK at a teen band festival in New York City.

Powerjam has been invited to the ‘Come Together’ festival which features young musicians from all over the world.  

The three-day annual event in June raises money for underprivileged children through charities including UNICEF and KidSave. 

Powerjam offers young musicians aged 11 to 18 the opportunity to form and join gigging rock and pop bands. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Sutton Council have approved plans to clear disused hospital buildings in Belmont.

Permission has been granted to make way for state-of-the-art modern facilities for cancer research and treatment.

The regeneration of the site will create 13,000 jobs in construction, health, science and education. 

The clearance work is expected to start in April and complete in the autumn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Croydon’s historic Minster is at the centre of plans to redesign the Old Town.

Money raised through business rates is to be spent on revitalising Minster Green and St John’s Memorial Gardens. 

The Grade I listed Minster has had an association with the Archbishop of Canterbury for over nine centuries.

The new design includes parking relocation, removal of the pedestrian subway and feature lighting to enhance the medieval building. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 am  

Merton Council has announced a further £1.3 million in funding for 22 community projects across the borough.

That’s on top of the £5 million in financial support that’s already been announced for 18 previous groups.

The money is coming from the ‘Investing in Neighbourhoods’ initiative. 

The scheme sees tax paid by housing developers used to support community projects. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

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