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Saturday 25 March 2023

Chelsea winger Mykhalo Mudryk says the situation in Ukraine is never far from his mind.

He’s preparing to face England at Wembley in Euro 2024 qualifying tomorrow, after moving to London in January.

Mudryk has told Sky Sports News his thoughts are with the family he had to leave behind.

He was in his home country when Russia began its invasion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A care team for people with autism or learning disabilities in Hammersmith has once again been rated ‘outstanding.’

 It’s after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The Rivercourt Project looks after adults, including those with complex care needs, to help give their family and carers a break.

The free care includes overnight stays and support to learn key skills, such as using public transport and going shopping.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Detectives investigating an assault on a bus en-route to Croydon have released images of four females they would like to identify.

The incident happened at around 12.30 am on the 28th August.

The victims were sitting on the top deck when four females got on and sat behind them.

When the 250 bus was in the Thornton Heath area, one victim was struck with a bottle, the other with a crutch.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Kingston is launching its first ever Biodiversity Action Plan.

The council says it wants to show how a London borough can create an environment in which humans and wildlife can thrive.

Elliot Newton is the authority’s Biodiversity Officer.

He says Kingston is the perfect place to put the plan into action because of the large array of natural habitats within the borough. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has revealed an injury picked up by defender Millie Bright this week isn’t too bad.

The England international was forced off in their midweek Women’s Champions League victory away at Lyon.

Hayes says she is hopeful Bright could return for a top of the table WSL match against Manchester City this weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

The redevelopment of the Wilson hospital in Mitcham has received a boost thanks to NHS funding.

 £15 million will be used to transform the centre after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the project to be put on hold.

Plans include children’s clinics, mental health and social proscribing, community rooms and outdoor spaces for community projects.

The much-loved original frontage of the Wilson hospital will be kept, with a new space built behind it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday 24 March 2023

The BBS Singers may not be lost after all after multiple organisations came forward offering to fund it.

The decision to suspend the professional chamber choir drew a major backlash, with 140,000 people signing a petition against it.

Brentford MP Ruth Cadbury says “one constituent told me these cuts risk cutting off universal access to the arts”.

The broadcaster says it will explore new funding models.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Three new cycleways have been announced for London, including in Clapham and Chiswick.

Cycleway 48 will go between Herne Hill and Clapham via Brixton, and 49 will connect Chiswick and North Acton.

Lambeth Councillor Rezina Chowdhury says their low traffic neighbourhood scheme has allowed this to be possible. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak after several reports of vehicle interference in Pooley Green.

They believe this person will be able to help them with their investigation after another incident last night.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park is proposing introducing a bill to raise energy efficiency standards for buildings.

Sarah Olney has taken the “Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill” to the House of Commons this week.

If passed, the legislation would lawfully require all buildings achieve at least Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2033.

A report by Citizen’s Advice found more than 2.7million privately rented households live with damp, mould and excessive cold.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The RAC says almost 700,000 cars in London will not be Ultra Low Emissions Zone compliant.

The Mayor of London is expanding the £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting vehicles to the whole of the capital in August.

It was only yesterday that TfL said its own analysis showed 9 in 10 cars in outer London were ULEZ ready. 

Sadiq Khan’s office has disputed the figures from the RAC.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police have released image of a man they’re hunting for after a man was attacked at Fulham Broadway train station.

The assault happened between 5 and 5:20pm on Saturday the 4th of March.

The victim was struck near the edge of the station platform, suffering a large and deep wound to his forehead.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Campaigners trying to save Epsom’s greenbelt land are celebrating today after the council paused its Local Plan.

More than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the document to be scrapped. 

It included provisions for 4,500 homes over 10 years; 5 out of the 9 sites put forward for redevelopment were greenbelt land. 

It’s unknown how long the pause will be, although local elections will take place on the 4th of May.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Police have released an image of man they’d like to speak to in connection with an assault in Englefield Green.

The incident took place at The Happy Man Pub on Saturday the 18th at around 9:40 in the evening.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Transport for London claims its research shows nine in ten cars in outer London are now ULEZ compliant.

TfL is expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone £12.50 daily charge for the most polluting vehicles to the whole of London in August. 

The Mayor of London says he has committed to the introduction of a million extra bus kilometres in outer boroughs.

But Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Sarah Olney, says buses have been struggling for a while in her constituency. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

The previous administration at Croydon Council is facing legal action for its “part in Croydon’s downfall”.

The authority is referring a series of reports on the administration’s failures to the police and professional institutions.

Taxes are being increased by 15% in an attempt to tackle £1.6bn of debt. 

Executive Mayor Jason Perry is writing to the government to ask for a review into how councils can hold people to account.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Over £16m has been allocated to infrastructure improvements across Reigate and Banstead.

That includes £500,000 for flood alleviation and public space improvements in Shelvers Way in Tadworth. 

The money is coming from the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is imposed on developers. 

Other projects include improvements to the A23 junction with Three Arch Road and Maple Road in South Earlswood, at £1.66m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Epsom and Ewell Council is “pausing” its Local Plan.

The controversial proposals includes plans for 4,500 homes over 10 years, some of which would be built on green belt land. 

It’s unknown how long the pause will be, although local elections will take place on the 4th of May. 

The proposals have received backlash, with a petition against it reaching 10,000 signatures.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Wadhurst in East Sussex has beaten more than 70 locations to be named the UK's best place to live

The Sunday Times ranked the small market town highly for its good schools, convenient transport, variety of shops, and "stunning scenery".

Crouch End was named the best in London, but Earlsfield was in the running at 4th in that region.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Pictures of a man have been released following a series of knifepoint robberies in parks around Hounslow

During each robbery, he’d produce a knife, demand the victim’s property, then flee, without harming them. 

The offences relate to incidents in Osterley Park, Hanworth Park, and Hounslow Heath. 

The man is aged in his mid-20s and between 5’4” and 5’6”. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Cancer cells are going to be sent into space to research ways of dealing with a type of incurable childhood tumour

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton want to see how samples of diffuse midline glioma spread in microgravity. 

Scientists say the results will help them study ways of controlling the growth of the aggressive strain of the disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

We’re coming towards the end of London Repair Week

It’s a time when Londoners are urged to utilise the repair skills they have and think about sending less to landfill.  

Kim Lee runs a community sewing class in Feltham and hasn’t bought any new clothes in a decade. 

She explains why the old adage “make do and mend” is good for our mind and not just our wallets.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 am  

Nearly 700,000 car drivers in Greater London could be liable to pay the ULEZ charge when the zone expands later this year

Outer London currently has the lowest portion of compliant vehicles according to DVLA data.

The total figure that will have to pay the fee is likely to be higher when people travelling from bordering areas are counted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Thursday 23 March 2023

Landlords converting properties into multiple occupancy in seven areas of Merton may soon need to seek planning permission.

The new rules are designed to improve living conditions for tenants in homes which they share with people who are not related to them.

Councillors say they are concerned about the poor condition of some of these properties, which are known as HMOs.

Over half of the landlords who took part in a consultation on the matter in November were opposed to the move.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 pm  

Filming for popular TV series “Silent Witness” caused problems for the RNLI at Hammersmith yesterday.

The Chiswick lifeboat and a Marine Police unit were sent to Hammersmith Bridge at around 8.30am.

It’s after they received multiple reports from members of the public about a person in the water. 

On arrival, it was determined there was no one in danger, and according to bystander, filming continued. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 pm  

Three people - including a senior Nigerian politician - have been found guilty of trafficking a young man into the UK for organ harvesting.

One of the people arrested, Beatrice, the wife of Senator Ike Ekweremadu was arrested at Heathrow after she landed on a flight. 

The 21-year-old street trader from Lagos was promised 7-thousand pounds and a new life in exchange for his kidney.

However, doctors at London's Royal Free Hospital refused to perform the operation.

Detective superintendent Andy Furphy's praised the bravery of the victim.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

The funeral of one of the Second World War’s last black “Pilots of the Caribbean” will be held at Mortlake Crematorium next week.

Peter Brown, a retired flight sergeant from the Windrush generation, was found dead in his flat in Maida Vale, aged 97.

A search is underway to try and locate his family. 

The service will take place at midday on Wednesday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:18 pm  

An off-duty police officer for Merton has found two people allegedly wanted for burglary.

PC Cheal saw two people “blatantly” smoking cannabis in public, and called for backup, and two community resolutions were issued.

However, one of them was found to be breaching his bail conditions, and another was a suspect in a burglary investigation from that morning.

Both of them have appeared in court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

A Nigerian politician, his wife and a medical "middleman" have been found guilty over a plot to use a British hospital for organ harvesting.

A 21-year-old man from Lagos was promised 7-thousand pounds and a better life in London in return for his kidney.

An investigation was launched after their original victim walked into a police station in Staines in distress.

Reporter Matthew Thompson says the court heard the victim was visibly relieved when doctors said the operation wouldn't happen.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Kingston University students have been redesigning parts of the town centre.

They’ve developed a number of proposals which could be adopted by the council.

They include the installation of mosaics in the alleyways leading down to the riverside and the “greening” of Eden Street.

The council says all residents should have their say on future plans for the town centre via a consultation which ends on April the 30th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Wandsworth police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing man.

Officers are asking for any information on the whereabouts of 52 year old Declan.

He is described as white, with short white hair, a stubble beard, of slim build and looks older than his age.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Rishi Sunak is facing criticism for releasing his tax affairs while Boris Johnson was being interrogated by MPs

The Prime Minister has paid over a million pounds to the exchequer in the last three years, mostly through capital gains.

The Lib Dems say the details were "snuck out whilst the world was distracted".

Conservative party chairman and Chelsea MP Greg Hands says the timing is purely by chance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Nine men have appeared in court in relation to “extreme body modifications”

That includes one from Epsom and one from Purley. 

One of the men is also accused of making and distributing an indecent photograph of a child. 

The charges relate to 13 victims, who are being safeguarded by specialist officers. 

The trial continues next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A drug dealer from Morden has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after an intelligence-led operation resulted in him being found in the possession of a loaded shotgun.

Billy Sturgeon pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence; three counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs; one count of possession of criminal property; and possession of a firearm (a Taser).

A warrant was executed at Sturgeon’s home address last June after intelligence was received that he had been dealing drugs.

As officers entered, they saw Sturgeon discard a number of items from a loft window. These were seized and later found to contain class A drugs.

Sturgeon was arrested and officers began scouring the property. 

They discovered numerous quantities of class A drugs wrapped in broken carrier bags, cling film and snap bags, as well as drugs paraphernalia including weighing scales, a burner phone and nearly £3,000 cash.

In a spare bedroom, a loaded shotgun was found with two cartridges inside. A Taser was recovered on top of a chest of drawers near the front door.

During police interview, Sturgeon gave no comment. He was charged and remanded in custody.

Detective Constable Leah Brough, Specialist Crime (Trident), said: “The weight of evidence against Sturgeon left him with no choice but to plead guilty.

“The estimated street value of the drugs seized, including cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, was nearly £20,000. On examination of the burner phone, police found an array of messages from people placing orders for drugs.

“The shotgun and Taser were seized for specialist examination and will be destroyed. They are clear proof of the inextricable link between drugs and the violence that blights communities and destroys lives. The cash was also ordered for forfeiture.

“We are doing everything in our power to investigate and bring offenders to justice. Anyone who engages in similar activity can look at this story and be assured that they too could find themselves in prison.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Controls on street drinking are to be rolled out across all of the borough of Merton

It means anyone who causes antisocial behaviour as a result of drinking can have their alcohol seized. 

However, the council says that anyone who wishes to have a picnic in a park or the common will continue to be able to do so. 

Councillor Eleanor Stringer says they don’t want it to be “solely punitive” and they want to help people who have drinking problems.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Plans to roll out 10,000 electric vehicle charging points across Surrey by 2030 have been revealed this morning

There is currently just one public charger per 9,000 residents in the county. 

Surrey County Council is partnering with Connect Kerb to supply EV chargers to over 1,500 locations. 

The authority says this will represent the biggest uplift by a council to the UK’s existing number of nearly 39,000 charge points.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

There are calls for the country to “move on” after the government won a vote on its new Brexit deal

Hundreds of MPs from across the Commons, including 280 Conservatives, backed the plan. 

22 Conservatives voted against it, including former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. 

Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park, and Remain advocate, Sarah Olney, describes the atmosphere in the commons yesterday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Wednesday 22 March 2023

A free transport service is returning to Richmond Park next month.

The minibus is being funded by private donations to The Royal Parks charity which manages the site. 

The service will run between all of the park’s car parks and this year will also operate outside of it in a number of roads in Ham.

The Royal Parks says the aim of the service is to allow people with limited mobility to be able to enjoy Richmond Park.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A recycling facility in Richmond has been removed to make way for a housing development.

The land where the Queens Road waste site was based, near Richmond Hill, is being turned into Almshouses.

These are low-cost properties, mainly designated to older people who have a low income.

Residents are being told that the facilities are unlikely to be returned and they should use other recycling points instead. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Drama enthusiasts are being given the chance to get in on the action at Richmond Theatre next month.

The team is looking for a group of people to join a scene when An Inspector Calls opens on April the 25th. 

No experience is needed, and it’s being billed as “an opportunity to see how a large-scale professional show operates behind the scenes.”

Anyone who is interested needs to get in contact directly with the theatre by Monday.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Children in Sutton who receive free school meals are to receive vouchers in the holidays this year.

The council is using the government’s household support fund to provide them until the February 2024 half term.

Schools will distribute the vouchers to families who need them for the easter break by the end of the month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

More than 1,000 young people across Hammersmith and Fulham have received cycle training over the last year.

The programme is the biggest cycle proficiency scheme of its kind anywhere in the country.

The sessions have been run in collaboration with Bikeworks and funded by the council.

Students at nine secondary schools have been taught how to cycle safely, bike maintenance, and guidance on lock and helmet use.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Some staff at Croydon Council are to be balloted for strike action, over claims of a “discriminatory” restructure.

The GMB Union says a quarter of jobs in the payroll department are at risk, with those affected exclusively women from BAME backgrounds.

The union says their counter proposals haven’t been fully considered.

A spokesperson for Croydon Council said: 

“The council needs to make difficult but necessary decisions to address its financial challenges and to become smaller, more efficient and financially sustainable for the future.

“The council has been consulting with payroll employees on proposals to restructure the team. All feedback from affected employees has been fully considered and the council will continue to update affected employees on the progress of the consultation.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Staines.

The incident happened on Friday the 20th January at around 6:20 in the evening.

During the break in, a window was smashed and over £900 in cash was stolen from the property.

You can view the image of him on our Radio Jackie website, anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Chelsea will have to overcome last year's winners Lyon if they're to progress to the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League

They meet in the first leg of their last-8 tie in France this evening.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has a warning for her team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

A man from Weybridge will appear in court next month charged with sending an offensive email to Labour’s Party deputy

66 year old David Perry is accused of sending a grossly offensive message and an indecent message to Angela Rayner. 

He’s due at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April the 11th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

Police are searching for a group of teenagers who were seemingly discussing an arson attack in Addlestone

It’s believed to be linked with an arson at a disused agricultural building on the afternoon of the 16th of March in Green Lane. 

At some point between 1pm and 3pm, a group of four to six teenage boys were walking down that road talking about setting light to something. 

Anyone who may have heard about the occurrence in closed groups, or heard boasting about the incident, is asked to contact Runnymede Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Labour is promising £360 million for local policing if it gets into power

Feltham MP, Seema Malhotra, says officers are having to “prioritise constantly” due to a lack of resources. 

Home office minister Robert Jenrick says the plans aren’t “credible” and they’ve given an above-inflation boost to policing.

There are calls for reviews of more police forces, after a serving Humberside officer spoke of how she was left traumatised by sexual abuse from a colleague.

Yesterday, a report found evidence of institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia at Scotland Yard.

Ms Malhotra says she’s visited people in Bedfont who are increasingly anxious. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am  

Hounslow Council's response to Baroness Casey's report into the Met Police.

Hounslow Council Leader, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat has responded to the Baroness Casey Review report on the standards of behaviour and internal culture of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Cllr Rajawat said:  

“I was shocked and appalled to read the findings of Baroness Casey’s report on the Met. Misogyny, racism and homophobia have no place anywhere in our society, let alone within the ranks of those we expect to maintain law and order. This is a defining moment for policing in London, and what is incredibly sad is that women across the capital and many of our diverse communities will not be surprised by the findings.

“Hounslow Council fully supports the recommendations set out in the Casey report. Policing by consent is a fundamental principle of modern policing – the idea that ordinary people will trust the police to act honourably  - and be held accountable for their actions. Hounslow residents expect and deserve a police service they can trust.

“It is essential the Met now takes determined and urgent action to address the clear recommendations in the report, working with our communities in an effective and meaningful way.

“At this difficult time for London, I remain incredibly proud of the community cohesion that characterises Hounslow with our rich diversity of communities and people.

“And despite these unprecedented developments, it remains important that residents and communities continue to look out for each other, and report crime to the Metropolitan police locally or dial 999 if there is an emergency that requires the urgent attendance of police.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

Lambeth Council's response to Baroness Casey's report into the Met Police.

Commenting on the release of Baroness Casey’s independent report into the culture of the Metropolitan Police, Cllr Claire Holland said: “This report is shameful, detailing appalling breaches of trust and the failure of the Met to properly protect Londoners.

“It reveals what many of us know all too well – that there is widespread failure in the Met to deal with misconduct by officers which leaves racism, misogyny and homophobia going unpunished.

“These findings may not surprise residents in Lambeth, particularly women, our LGBTQ+ communities and those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, who directly experience this racism, misogyny and homophobia. But they continue to cause distress and trauma amongst them, preventing trust in the police from being built and leaving our communities vulnerable to mistreatment.

“This report cannot be ignored as many have been before. This has to be a moment of genuine change, with an end to this cycle of mistrust and institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia.”

Communities in Lambeth have experienced these shocking failures in the most profound ways, from the horrifying murder of Sarah Everard to the shooting of Chris Kaba and death in custody of Ian Taylor. In her report Baroness Casey lays out how our residents face discriminatory and unfair treatment in many ways, including that faced by a Lambeth employee in 2019 which is referenced in report.

That man faced an unfair and unnecessary stop and search and when he complained about it, he was told there was no case to answer. Only after being challenged by Lambeth Council was the case properly reviewed and the complaint upheld. But even then, no action was taken against the officers, leaving an absence of justice which can only exacerbate the lack of trust many people have in the police.

Cllr Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities said: “The report is a damning indictment of the Metropolitan Police and the deep-rooted discrimination that exists within the organisation. The findings are particularly shocking in relation to the safety of women and girls, who have been placed at greater risk than necessary.

“The report highlights what we know to be true in Lambeth regarding the impact of policing cuts, and the withdrawal from the frontline that many of us have experienced in our communities.

“I know that many Lambeth residents will already know the report’s finding that the Met under-protects and over-polices Black Londoners. That our daily experience is recognised is important but also deeply frustrating for so many that too little action has been taken to address this until now.

“We will continue to hold the Met to account and work our local police services to root out discrimination and keep Lambeth residents safe.”


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

A burglar who made “the lives of many in the borough of Epsom and Ewell a misery” has been jailed

27-year-old Frank Smith from Leatherhead targets included elderly people, who he would tell lies to in order to gain access to their homes. 

Smith also stole a bag from a woman in the Sainsbury’s car park while he was on bail for stealing thousands of pounds of tools at Buildbase. 

He’s pleaded guilty to 19 offences over the past year, and has been sentenced to three years in prison.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Visitors to Wimbledon Village are trying to stop a much-loved business from going under after 20 years

Emma and Tom Brockhurst’s Flower Stall, The Stand, opposite The Rose & Crown, is under threat of closure.

The pair say Merton Council has asked them to remove their kiosk from the pavement each night.

Although this is in accordance with their license, Emma and Tom say the request is unrealistic, as the kiosk is blocked in by bike racks. 

There’s also a telephone box, electric charging meters, a pizza van and traffic lights to contend with.

The Save Wimbledon Village Flower Stall Petition has launched online.

We’ve contacted Merton Council for comment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Tuesday 21 March 2023

Around 4-million pounds worth of gold has been seized after being found on a plane at London's Heathrow Airport.

The National Crime Agency says it's uncovered a trail of false paperwork created by South American drug cartels.

The 104 kilos of gold bars - some in the shape of hearts - was uncovered on an aircraft which arrived from the Cayman Islands in June 2019.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man has been left with serious injuries after being assaulted in Byfleet.

Emergency crews were called in the evening of the 11th of March to Stream Close.

A man in his 50s was approached by a group of young men, who attacked him multiple times.

The main suspect is described as white, around 16 years old, with short blonde or ginger hair, and may have received a facial injury.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A new campaign aiming to resolve problems within the social housing sector has launched in Richmond.

The Richmond Social Housing Disrepair Campaign is being led by a number of voluntary sector organisations.

They are working with the council to improve repair standards in social housing in the borough. 

Disrepair can include mould and damp, faulty electrics or blocked drains and gutters. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Several burglaries took place in Tadworth over the weekend.

Officers were called to a house on Station Approach that was burgled at 7pm on Saturday where a gold ID tag was stolen.

On the same night, several items of jewellery were stolen from an address of Milstead Close at around 9:20.

Witnesses also reported seeing two men wearing dark coloured coats acting suspiciously in the vicinity around this time.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A GP in Hounslow has been banned from the profession, after admitting that he sexually touched a child on five occasions.

Dr Laurence Slater was the safeguarding lead at his practice, and a tribunal found he was fully aware of his actions.

The offences didn’t happen at his workplace.

He’s already serving a five years and four months prison sentence, but it was found that his actions brought the profession into disrepute.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

TfL is outlining which roads it wants to give a 20mph speed limit.

It includes Balham High Road, Streatham High Road, and Colliers Wood High Street.

A consultation has started on the plans, which the Mayor of London says will reduce death and serious injury on the roads.

A 20mph limit would be introduced on sections of the following roads:  

A205: Woolwich Common, South Circular Road, Catford Road, Stanstead Road, London Road, Thurlow Road, Christchurch Road, Poynders Road, Dulwich Common 

A20: Eltham Road, Lee High Road, Lewisham Way 

A202: Queens Road, Peckham High Street, Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell New Road 

A2: New Cross Road, Old Kent Road 

A201: New Kent Road 

A100: Tower Bridge Road 

A200: Jamaica Road  

A3: Clapham Road, Kennington Park Road 

A3204: Kennington Lane 

A203: Stockwell Road 

A23: Camberwell New Road, Streatham Hill, Streatham High Road 

A214: Tooting Bec Road 

A24: Clapham Common South Side, Balham High Road, Upper Tooting Road, High Street Colliers Wood 

A4: Cromwell Road, Brompton Road 

A3220: Pembroke Road, Holland Road, Warwick Road, Redcliffe Gardens 

A232: West Wickham High Street

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Roy Hodgson says it's a "privilege" to be asked to become Crystal Palace manager again.

The ex-England boss has been appointed until the end of the season, following last week's sacking of Patrick Vieira, as they attempt to avoid Premier League relegation.

Former Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose tells us, Hodgson's return hasn't been welcomed by all their fans.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

We're told there could be more officers in Britain's biggest police force like killer Wayne Couzens, and serial rapist David Carrick - after it was found to have misogyny, racism and homophobia throughout.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley says he's embarrassed by Baroness Casey's review.

Relatives of murder victims are calling the Met 'rotten to the core.'

Shadow policing minister and Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones is calling for a number of changes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A number of arrests have been made following a spate of violent incidents in Croydon yesterday.

An 18-year-old man was stabbed in Elmwood Road just after 4pm and remains in hospital.

Two other men, both 18, who were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm remain in custody.

Just over an hour later, police responded to reports of a group of youths fighting in Church Street.

Two boys, both aged 13, were found with stab injuries.

Following assessment in hospital their injuries were assessed as not life-threatening.

Two boys, aged 13 and 14, were arrested; they remain in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Roy Hodgson has been reappointed as Crystal Palace manager following the sacking of Patrick Vieira.

The former England boss is back in charge of his boyhood club, with the team just three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Ex-Palace striker Clinton Morrison tells Sky Sports News, while he didn't want to see Vieira go, it's a sensible "short term fix".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The National Crime Agency has successfully recovered gold worth an estimated £4 million after it was discovered at Heathrow.

A shipment of the precious metal, weighing over 100 kilos, was seized at the airport in June 2019.

The gold was in the cargo section of a plane which had arrived from the Cayman Islands enroute to Switzerland.

NCA officers proved a false paperwork trail had been created to hide the true origin of the gold which had come from Venezuela.

They also found those involved in the planning of the operation had links to organised crime.

The NCA had to apply to the High Court to obtain a civil recovery order for over 80% of the gold under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The remaining 20% will be returned to companies with a financial interest in the gold.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is facing a lengthy ban - with the Football Association announcing the standard punishment for his dismissal against Manchester United would be "clearly insufficient"

The Serbian was sent off after trying to grab referee Chris Kavanagh's arm during their FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford.

The club have also been charged with failing to ensure their players "conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The chief executive of charity Ref Support, Martin Cassidy, admits strong action is needed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm  

Public hearing dates have been announced for Spelthorne Borough Council’s Local Plan examination.

The independent Inspector appointed to examine the Spelthorne Local Plan, Jameson Bridgwater PGDipTP MRTPI, has been reading through the Plan, all the evidence that supports it and the representations received from members of the public and other stakeholders. 

With the examination well underway, Mr Bridgwater is now able to prepare for the public hearing sessions that also form an integral part of examining the Local Plan. 

The sessions will be held in person in the Council Chamber, with arrangements in place for virtual participation where required. Those who made representations will have the opportunity to appear at the hearings and speak directly to the Inspector. The Programme Officer will be in touch with those parties in due course. The Inspector will produce a schedule for which topics will be discussed at each hearing sessions, which will be published on the examination website. 

The dates for the hearings are as follows, starting at 10am each day: 

• Tuesday the 23rd of May and run until Thursday the 25th of May 2023

• Tuesday the 13th of June and run until Thursday the 15th of June 2023

• Tuesday the 20th of June and run until Thursday the 22nd of June 2023 

Spelthorne Borough Council says this is “yet another positive step forward to get the Local Plan adopted without further delay as it has already taken over six years to reach this stage. Having an out-of-date Local Plan and without a five-year supply of housing has counted against Spelthorne at appeal on developments the Council has refused. 

There are also other significant benefits the Local Plan will deliver, including family homes with gardens, affordable housing, local infrastructure, sports and recreation enhancements, a new sixth form college and a new community centre for Ashford. Importantly, it will greatly strengthen our defence against predatory development on crucial Green Belt sites as well as offering much greater protection for many of our smaller urban open spaces. Once the Plan is in place, the Strategic Planning team can then focus on other essential projects such as design codes, further transport work in Staines and enhancing our local green areas and infrastructure.” 

Councillor Ian Beardsmore, Chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee, said “We welcome the news that the Inspector is keen to progress with the public hearings.  The clear majority of residents support the benefits of what the plan will deliver and achieve and want it to progress without further delay. Our Local Plan will bring many benefits and protections to Spelthorne and we look forward to having it adopted so we can move to the ‘delivery phase’ of the Plan.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 pm  

The head of the Metropolitan Police says he feels "angered" by a review that's describing the force as racist, sexist and homophobic

The 20 labour council leaders in London have come together to call for urgent action. 

That includes Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Lambeth, Merton and Wandsworth. 

Wandsworth leader Simon Hogg says the report is “shocking” and “Londoners expect and deserve a police force they can trust”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

A youth has been arrested after a knife fight in Croydon

Emergency crews were called just before 5.30pm yesterday to Church Street. 

Two teenagers were taken to hospital, with one in a non-life threatening condition. 

A stop and search power was in place until 6am this morning.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

The cast of Apple TV's Ted Lasso have visited the White House to raise awareness around mental health

The stars behind AFC Richmond met with President Biden to discuss how important it is to a person's overall wellbeing.

Actor Jason Sudeikis says its an issue they try to bring across in the show.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

People in Merton who think they may be experiencing Long Covid are being urged to take part in a new study

Researchers at the University of Southampton are recruiting people who haven’t yet been clinically diagnosed with it. 

They say they want to explore the “barriers and potential stigma” people with the condition face. 

The target population is those aged 18 or over who live in Merton, and who don’t have a clinical diagnosis of Long Covid.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

A review into the Metropolitan Police has found there was "rot" at the centre of it which allowed racism and predatory behaviour to "flourish"

A report says Britain's biggest force failed to protect women and failures into investigations put them at risk.

The murder of Sarah Everard from Clapham by police officer Wayne Couzens prompted women to come forward and report serial rapist David Carrick.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley says “It must be a catalyst for police reform”.

He adds that the force is facing challenges of “funding, governance, growing demand and resource pressures”.

One of his victims, who's voiced by an actor, wants the force completely overhauled.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am  

Staff at a special school in Croydon are to be balloted for strike action, over fears about the future of the school.

The GMB says the plans to make Red Gates an academy is “irresponsible” due to the specialised nature of the pupils.

The ballot will close on the 3rd of April, and action would take place after the Easter holidays.

We’ve contacted Red Gates for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 20 March 2023

Two men and a woman have been jailed after being caught at the scene of a burglary in Epsom.

On 5th March officers were called to a house on Ashdown Road where they found Mia Elson, Mark Andrews and Luke Andrews.

They were caught sitting in the car in possession of jewellery, watches, medals, and a purse with cards linked to the address.  

Luke’s been jailed for four years and six months, Mark for three years and nine months and Mia for16 months' suspended for 18 months.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A teacher from Sutton has written a song about lockdown with a group of Special Educational Needs students.

Youngsters from Trinity School and College in Rochester in Kent undertook a number of Zoom lessons with Gary Hunsley. 

 It was during them they penned a song about how they felt.

 Now, two years later, the song has been recorded, and produced by Mr Hunsley.

 The students have called the song, Lockdown Memories. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A number of “poo bag trees” have popped up in Norbury Park in Leatherhead.

It’s part of a new scheme by Surrey County Council to stop dog walkers leaving the bags filled with faeces across the countryside. 

The trial sees users placing bags on branches which they can collect on their way back past. 

It means they don’t have to carry them around until they find a bin. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Sutton Community Farm has launched a six-week-long fundraiser to help secure its future.

The team is hoping to raise £50,000 to see it through the cost-of-living crisis. 

Volunteers grow fruit and veg to sell across South London and Surrey as well as to give to foodbanks and charities. 

Alice Brown is the farm’s business manager. 

You can donate here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The so-called “speedboat killer”, Jack Shepherd, is set to be released from prison after serving half his sentence.

He was sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, after a crash on the Thames in Wandsworth.

A Ministry of Justice source told The Sun that Shepherd has “kept his head down” during his sentence.

The government says it doesn’t comment on individual cases, and that cases are decided by independent judges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police in Richmond Park have seized a car after its driver was caught doing double the speed limit this morning.

The Mercedes was clocked by officers on routine patrol doing 40mph. 

Further checks revealed the driver did not have any insurance and the vehicle was removed. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A picture of a woman has been released, after a sexual assault at a bus stop in Esher.

The victim, a woman in her twenties, was waiting at a bus stop on the High Street at around 2.50pm on the 11th of March.

She was approached by a woman who repeatedly inappropriately touched and kissed her.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

The head of charity Ref Support is calling for Fulham's Aleksandr Mitrovic to receive a long ban, after he was sent off at Manchester United for grabbing an official.

The striker, Willian and boss Marco Silva all received red cards within 40 seconds of each other, during an FA Cup quarter-final they lost 3-1.

Former referee Dermot Gallagher tells Sky Sports News, he was impressed with how Chris Kavanagh dealt with it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman from Egham is gearing up for this year’s MoonWalk London.

43-year-old Min Duchenski is trying to raise £2,000 for the event’s founding charity Walk the Walk.

Min, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, had what she’s describing as her “miracle baby” last year.

She’s walking as a symbol of hope to others that there is life after a breast cancer diagnosis. 

This year’s MoonWalk London takes place on Saturday the 20th of May, starting at midnight on Clapham Common. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A 16 year old has been charged with the murder of a man in Hanwell.

Police were called to reports a man had been assaulted on Boston Road shortly before 1 o’clock yesterday morning.

The 62 year old victim was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Although they await formal identification, officers say are confident the victim is Jerald Netto from Southall. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Surrey Police’s Crime Commissioner feels more safe places need to be offered to women who have suffered domestic abuse.

Lisa Townsend says she understands why some incidents take a long time to get reported. 

She feels some women just need a place they can go to where they can feel safe, if only for a short time.

Ms Townsend’s been working with Surrey Fire and Rescue to provide a temporary haven for them.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab's hosting a global meeting of justice ministers in London - where he's outlined his condemnation of Vladimir Putin.

He's told his counterparts he supports the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for the Russian President.

Mr Putin's accused of being responsible for alleged war crimes being carried out in Ukraine.

The Kremlin's called the claims "outrageous".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Boris Johnson's defence against claims he deliberately misled parliament may be made public today

His spokesman says he's confident he'll be vindicated by the Privileges Committee when he appears there on Wednesday.

An ally claims the hearing could turn into a witch-hunt.

But Lib Dem leader and Kingston MP Sir Ed Davey says the former prime minister clearly has questions to answer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Carlos Alcaraz has returned to world number one, after the US Open tennis champion won the title at Indian Wells

The teenager beat Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2, to end the Russian's 19-match winning streak.

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina got a bit of revenge for her Australian Open final defeat to Aryna Sabalenka.

She beat the Belarusian in straight sets for her first trophy since victory at the All England Club last summer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

The Prime Minister and Health Secretary have visited St George’s Hospital in Tooting

They spoke to staff in a ward specialising in upper and middle back surgery. 

Jo Hunter, from the hospital, says she was “frank” about the “challenges” they face, including elective recovery and improving patient flow.

The visit coincided with a new pay offer given to some NHS staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

A London Labour MP says she’s “concerned” about the speed of the ULEZ expansion

Feltham’s Seema Malhotra says there’s “still a journey to go through” before people are ready to adopt the scheme. 

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

Ms Malhotra says more exemptions and support should be made available.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 am  

A teenager has been stabbed on Croydon High Street

Emergency crews were called there at around 3.20pm on Saturday. 

His condition was assessed as not life-threatening, and there have been no arrests.

A section 60 stop and search order was in place afterwards across six wards.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

Fulham boss Marco Silva hopes Aleksandar Mitrovic escapes a long ban, after he shoved the referee in a 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United

He was sent off, after both Silva and Willian had also been shown red.

Paolo Di Canio once got an 11-game ban for pushing an official, but Silva says Mitrovic's offence was nowhere near as malicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Sunday 19 March 2023

An 80-year-old man has been reunited with the paramedics in Banstead who saved his life.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

Plans have emerged of a planned new look of part of Kew Gardens of up to £100 million pounds.

A new learning centre including laboratories will replace the White Peaks Café

The learning centre would also include a gallery, teaching spaces, offices, and a seminar room, along with fresh landscaping.

A planning application has been submitted to Richmond Council for consideration. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

A takeaway restaurant in Tooting has reopened after undergoing a deep clean.

 Yummy Chinese in Garratt Lane was subject to an emergency closure after an inspection found it was “overrun with rodents.”

Wandsworth Council inspectors found the kitchen, food storage areas and delivery bags were “riddled” with mouse droppings.

The business was not allowed to reopen until a week later when steps had been taken to eradicate the mouse infestation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Merton’s trees are now up for sponsorship

The council has joined the national scheme, Trees for Streets, to help mitigate some of the effects of climate change.

Residents who join up can choose to plant a tree on a street or in a park.

Councillor Natasha Irons is in charge of environment and green spaces.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Kingston Hospital has scored top marks in its annual staff survey

It currently ranks as the highest scoring district general hospital in London for staff recommendations.

79% of people working there agree that care of patients is a top priority compared to 74% of people working at other acute hospitals.

72% would also be happy with the standard of care provided if a friend or relative needed treatment at Kingston.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is being placed in special measures

The move is expected to pave the way for ministers to write off more than half a billion pounds in debt.

Here’s John Beesley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

We’re being told to make sure our door locks are “snap resistant”, after a spate of burglaries in Epsom

Police there say there’s been an increase in cylinder locks being snapped.

You should check to see if it’s stamped with a three-star kite mark and that it’s the right fit for your door.

The force is urging people to use a locksmith to fit a new lock if needed, and that you test your lock afterwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

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