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29th August 2016

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    Plan to pull down Highgate Newtown Community Centre 'cooked up behind closed doors'

    The Highgate Newtown Community Centre

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £23.7m project to rebuild Highgate Newtown Community Centre is set to go before planning chiefs in the coming months after the centre’s trustees came out in favour of the project.&nbs

    Safety fears after Billy Fury Way attack

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    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A NOTORIOUS alleyway that was the scene of an attempted knifepoint rape needs urgent action to deter criminals before a “tragedy” occurs, residents who live nearby have warned. 

    Romeo Nkansah murder: Stabbing suspects released

    Romeo Nkansah

    Romeo Nkansah

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES hunting the killer of a man stabbed to death while on a night out in Camden Town have released two of the suspects without charge.

    Chicken farmer grandson of former World's End owner visits pub for the first time - and orders an orange juice

    Peter Summers with daughter Sharon Garner and granddaughter Katie outside the World’s End pub

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE grandson of the legendary proprietors of one of Camden Town’s most famous pubs walked through the doors for the first time – and ordered an orange juice. 

    Police appeal for help finding teenage girls who have gone missing for second time

    Ikram Farah, left, and Yasmin Ashkir are both 16 

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have asked people to be on the look out for two teenage girls from Camden who have gone missing for the second time this month. 

    Cancer patient's fear over drug that NHS won't pay for: 'I don't have the strength to fund-raise'

    Gaidik Salmon

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CANCER patient who cannot get a potentially life-saving treatment on the NHS says she feels she is being “left to die”.

    Sweet seller who has run stall outside Goodge Street tube station for 40 years faces eviction threat

    Sweet seller who has run stall outside Goodge Street tube staton for 40 years fa

    Bobby Long has been told his sweet hut is too large

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A STALLHOLDER who has sold sweets and drinks outside Goodge Street station for more than 40 years says he fears for the future after being slapped with an eviction threat because his kiosk is a few

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq set to back Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

    Tulip Siddiq nominated Jeremy Corbyn last summer

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

     

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq is set to side with Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest.

    Dig out your glowsticks! Middle-aged ravers invited to bring their kids to party like the old days

    ​Hannah Saunders with partner David Round and children Winter and Atticus at a m

    Hannah Saunders with partner David Round and children Winter and Atticus at a music festival. Right: youngsters at a previous ‘rave’ event organised by Ms Saunders

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FORMER deputy director of policing at the Home Office is organising an outdoor rave for older clubbers to rewind the clock – alongside their children – in King’s Cross.

    Sold out at Arsenal? New police figures reveal 160,000 seats were left empty at the Emirates last season

    Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

    Arsene Wenger contemplates the atmosphere at Arsenal's home ground [Pic: Ronnie Macdonald]

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    WITH some of Europe’s finest players on the field and a wait for season passes stretching back years, a seat at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is meant to be something of a golden ticket fo

    Four arrests after private details of vulnerable residents are 'stolen' from Camden Council

    One member of staff has been removed from their job, but their are fears information has already been passed to scamsters

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FOUR people have been arrested after the private details of some of Camden’s most vulnerable residents were “stolen” from Town Hall computer systems – raising fears that per

    Concerns raised over hospital's treatment of 'brilliant' barrister who was hit by train

    A private hospital has been told it must make changes after the death of Mr Jones

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A LEADING human rights lawyer was allowed to walk out of a private psychiatric hospital at 5am while “really unwell” just hours before he jumped in front of a train, an inquest heard.&n

    Man died after four-hour wait at Whittington A&E

    An inquest has heard how Paul Gage entered the Whittington’s emergency departmen

    An inquest has heard how Paul Gage entered the Whittington’s emergency department at 7pm but was not seen until four hours later

    The End nightclub set to be turned into shops and offices

    The end of The End, one of London's most celebrated nightclubs

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was once home to one of London’s most celebrated nightclubs – and now an empty block in the heart of the West End is set to have its ground floor converted into shops and restaurants

    Labour members ignore MP and council leader to back Jeremy Corbyn to stay as leader

    Keir Starmer, Owen Smith and Sarah Hayward 

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR members have ignored pleas from a string of powerful local politicians from the past and present by nominating Jeremy Corbyn to be retained as the party leader.

    Elderly residents upset as burglars steal communal TV set from sheltered housing block in West Hampstead

    Lauriston Lodge

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ELDERLY residents at a West Hampstead sheltered housing block say they are “distressed” after a burglar stole their communal TV set.

    Planning inspector to review bid to demolish Lee Cooper founder's Hampstead bungalow

    No. 22 Frognal Way, was commissioned by Harold Cooper

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE owners of a bungalow mansion in Hampstead, originally commissioned as a family home by the founder of the Lee Cooper jeans brand, have appealed to a planning inspector in a bid to finally win p

    Calls for probe into lorry death of 'forgetful' ex-barrister living in sheltered housing

    Samuel Mtepuka

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Town Hall is facing calls to investigate after an 86-year-old man who lived in council-run sheltered housing was killed in a night-time collision with a lorry in Oxford Circus. 

    Grandmother tries to piece together her past after learning she was abandoned with strangers as a baby in King's Cross

    Linda Wright with a 1945 clipping from the North London Press

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A GREAT-grandmother trying to find answers about her past has been stunned to learn how she was abandoned as a baby in a stranger’s house in King’s Cross.

    Fortnightly bin collections on the way as backbenchers puncture revolt over £200 million waste deal

    Meric Apak faced a scrutiny committee last night to defend Camden's waste collection plans

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall’s plans to strip some residents of their weekly rubbish collections cleared a key hurdle last night (Wednesday) as backbench councillors punctured a revolt around a new £2

    Pub faces opposition to plan to extend beer garden across Camden Lock towpath

    The land next to the Camden Lock footbridge which will be used by JD Wetherspoon

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PUB company’s plans to take over a popular stretch of the canal towpath at Camden Lock is facing opposition amid claims that it will destroy views of the historic tourist attraction.

    Police investigate as driver abandons car after crash at Camden Town traffic lights

    The scene in Camden Town on Sunday morning. PICTURE: @ZoraSuleman

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating after a driver crashed into a set of traffic lights in Camden Town before running away and abandoning the car. 

    Truffles the cat miraculously survives jump from fourth floor building

    Truffles on the balcony in Belsize Park she jumped frm

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CAT has miraculously survived after jumping off the top of a four-storey house in Belsize Park.

    Celebrations at 200th anniversary of opening of Regent's Canal

    Pictured: from left, Ian Shacklock, Richard Cotton, Phil Emery, of the Canal and

    Pictured: from left, Ian Shacklock, Richard Cotton, Phil Emery, of the Canal and River Trust, and Roger Squires, from London Canal Museum

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

     

    A PARTY at Camden Lock on Friday celebrated the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Regent’s Canal.

    Camden Council set to sell Three Sisters gardens off to highest bidder

    Residents have withdrawn their support from council plans for the site in Gospel Oak

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A MONEY-spinning project to sell off three public gardens in Gospel Oak is facing criticism after Camden Council backed off from a promise it made to oversee the redevelopment of the land.

    Lawyers’ £1.8m bill for defending HS2

    HS2

    Published: 16 August, 2016

    LAWYERS have earned a massive £1.8million representing High Speed 2 against its opponents in Parliament. 

    After spate of tragedies, ‘crisis summit’ aims to end rough-sleeper deaths

    Campaigners spell out the way forward after meeting this week in Camden Gardens

    Campaigners spell out the way forward after meeting this week in Camden Gardens

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    Homeless deaths: life-saving defibrillator could be installed in phone box

    Rosh Keegan and, right, Lazzaro Pietragnoli

    Rosh Keegan and, right, Lazzaro Pietragnoli

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    Primrose shrill! Park users are disturbed by fitness group

    Project Awesome participants high-fiving

    Project Awesome participants high-fiving

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    Kenwood House to host inaugural Financial Times Weekend festival

    Vivienne-Westwood

    Vivienne Westwood will be giving a talk at Kenwood House

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CHEFS, journalists and fashion designers will give a series of talks at Kenwood House next month as the Financial Times' one-day festival comes to Hampstea

    Sacked hospital technician was a victim of race bias

    Jean Michel Tchamba

    Jean Michel Tchamba with his dismissal notice

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    Mystery of Cuban cigar left at Great Train Robber's grave

    Nick Reynolds with the cigar at the grave

    Nick Reynolds with the cigar at the grave of his father, Bruce Reynolds, at Highgate Cemetery

    Published: 11 August, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Retired barrister, 86, from Kentish Town is killed in collision with lorry

    Samuel Mtepuka died after a collision with a lorry

    Published: 11 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PEDESTRIAN who died in a collision with a  lorry in Oxford Circus has been named by police as Samuel Mtepuka, an 86-year-old retired barrister from Kentish Town.

    Tories call for rethink on £224m bins contract

    Conservative leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland

    Conservative leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland: ‘With such a large contract we would like the Town Hall to think of some different models and different ways of working to be considered&

    Barber stabbed 17 times could be victim of housing list shake-up

    George Hadjivasili

    George Hadjivasili, who ran George’s Barber Shop in Kentish Town Road for more than 20 years, was stabbed while in the Philippines last year

    Vulnerable woman has benefits stopped after being late for back-to-work medical assessment

    Job Centre

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    A VULNERABLE woman has lost all her benefits after she arrived late for one of the government’s back-to-work medical assessments.

    High hopes for new offices at cab company building

    Spring Place

    Above: how the new six-storey building could look in Spring Place after the £15m project is completed. Below: how the site currently looks

    Spring Place

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Fringe festival play is dramatic way to get ‘revenge’ on landlord

    Eliza Gearty, who wrote Home, with actress Tabby Detroit

    Eliza Gearty, who wrote Home, with actress Tabby Detroit

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    Extra police for neighbourhoods, but management jobs axed to pay for armed officers

    Officers with automatic weapons will patrol London on motorbikes

    Published: 5 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Mayor of London’s high-profile plans to introduce an extra police officer to every neighbourhood were announced in the same week that cuts to senior positions were quietly pushed through,

    New owner of saved Dartmouth Arms offers punters a share in the business

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    New owner of the Dartmouth Arms Andy Bird

    Published: 5 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new owner of the Dartmouth Arms pub collected keys to the empty local yesterday (Wednesday) and announced he is considering a crowdfunding initiative that would allow regulars to buy a share in

    Head warns 'free school' could shut as council blocks move to Hampstead police station

    Hampstead Police Station

    The former Hampstead Police Station 

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PLANNING chiefs have unanimously rejected a primary school’s application to move into Hampstead Police Station despite the desperate pleas of a headteacher, who warned that the pro

    Boost for Corbyn as he wins backing from party members in Hampstead and Kilburn

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    The constituency meeting at the Kingsgate Community Centre

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR Party members in the north of the borough have voted to support Jeremy Corbyn in his campaign to win a second leadership contest.

    Owen Smith: Corbyn more interested in 'building a movement' than winning votes

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    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    OWEN Smith has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being more interested in building a socialist movement on “the streets” than inside the House of Commons.

    For sale: Black Cap fans launch search for new buyer after pub firm pulls out

    Campaigners who are pressing for the Black Cap to reopen as a LGBT venue 

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting to preserve the Black Cap as a dedicated LGBT venue have taken the unusual step of attempting to “sell” the Camden Town pub – without the owner’s permis

    Whistleblower warns of mass exodus as cost of living forces teachers out

    NUT strike

    Striking teachers marching to Parliament in July over funding, pay and conditions

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT and ELLA JESSEL

    A WHISTLEBLOWER has warned of an unprecedented exodus of Camden teachers this summer. 

    No evidence Russell Square knife attack was 'motivated by terror,' police said

    Police remained at the scene in Russell Square

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have said that a knife attack in Russell Square that left one woman dead and five others injured was likely to have been “triggered by mental health issues”. 

    Death of cafe owner murdered in Kilburn High Road is a 'a tragic loss of a real character'

    Huseyin Gulbudak was described as a "very friendly guy, a lovely guy"

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FRIENDS and customers of a popular café owner who was stabbed to death at work have paid tribute to a “friendly face” who “played a huge role in the neighbourhood”.

    Arrest made after man stabbed to death at cafe in Kilburn High Road

    A 48-year-old man died in hospital 

    Published: 2 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 21-year-old has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death at a cafe in Kilburn.

    Thousands evacuated from Camden Town after car found with 'gas cylinder and wires'

    Police sent in a specialist robot to inspect the vehicle 

    Published: 1 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THOUSANDS of revellers were evacuated from Camden Town on Saturday night after police discovered a car that they believed was laden with makeshift explosives – but which later turned out to b

    Eyewitnesses describe horror of unmarked police car crash at pizzeria

    The scene at Pizza East in Highgate Road on Tuesday evening [Pic: Zora Suleman]

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DINERS who narrowly avoided being hit by an undercover police car that careered off the road outside a Kentish Town restaurant have described their “extremely lucky” escape. 

    Celebrations as ultra rare berry - the world's shiniest - is planted in Highgate allotment

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    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT has been named by scientists as “the shiniest berry in the world” and is so rare that the only specimen in the UK was, until recently, found in a seed archive at Kew Gardens.

    'It's like a warzone': Families in Chalk Farm fear for safety after man is shot in the stomach

    Juniper Crescent

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PARENTS have describ­ed how they feel unsafe in their own homes after children witnessed a bloody escalation of street violence at the start of the school summer holidays.

    Off-duty doctor saves life of rough sleeper collapsed in Camden Town

    The scene outside the Nat West bank on Tuesday afternoon

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HOMELESS man who collapsed in the doorway of a bank was dramatically saved by a passing doctor – the second time an off-duty medic has intervened to bring a stricken rough sleeper back to l

    Housing association apologises for failing to clean fourth-floor windows for eight years

    Amina and Yousofi Haroon at home where sticky grime covers their windows

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HOUSING association has apologised to a family who claimed political asylum in Camden Town for not cleaning their windows for eight years.

    Opponents says they will fight 'mafia-like' levy on Hampstead businesses

    Hampstead BID supporters: Karen Howell, Caroline Goldsack, Andrew Lavery, Mayank Patel, Cllr Oliver Cooper and Helen Duncan

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A GROUP of business owners in Hampstead village say they want to quash a “mafia-like” new levy to pay for a body tasked with improvements to the area. 

    Anyone for duckweed soup? Researchers probe whether green canal sludge could be new superfood

    Tim Mulligan clearing duckweed from the canal: ‘I see plenty of ducks tucking into it, so I guess it could be the next super-food craze’

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    IT is the thick carpet of green slime that clogs the canal each year in the sweltering summer heat – but could Camden Lock’s duckweed help solve a world hunger crisis? 

    Disabled couple challenges Camden Council in High Court over new housing allocations policy

    The Town Hall has reduced its waiting list for council homes by changing its rules

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A DISABLED couple have launched a High Court legal challenge against the Town Hall’s new housing allocations system which saw them stripped of points needed to bid for a council home.

    It's cat vs bird watcher in Hampstead, says Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CATS and twitchers are perhaps unlikely to ever be the best of friends, but one of the country’s best known birdwatchers has revealed just how fraught their relationship can get when the feat

    Children have tree stolen as plant thefts continue in Kentish Town

    Sumiyya and Sajid outside Susan’s Mini Market, at the junction of Torriano Avenue in Kentish Town

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GREEN-FINGERED thief is tormenting gardeners in Kentish Town, who have had their prized pansies and tomato plants disappear overnight. 

    Bin collections to go fortnightly in some streets in Camden

    Conservative leader Claire-Louise Leyland says residents haven't been properly consulted

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SOME homes in Camden are to see their bin collections switch to a fortnightly service, but the council is yet to reveal exactly where.

    Burglars with suitcases raid new Kentish Town boutique Diverse

    Owners Burn and Saskia Lamche

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THIEVES pulled off an audacious  Supermarket Sweep-style burglary this week at a new clothes boutique in Kentish Town – using suitcases on wheels to carry off a haul worth thousands of p

    Patients in wheelchairs stranded as hospital's lifts break down for three days

    St Pancras Hospital

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    NHS chiefs have apologised for an “unacceptable situation” after dozens of weak and frail patients were stranded at the top of a Victorian hospital building.

    Writer Hunter Davies says council bureaucracy is blocking plan to provide rent-free flat to hospice nurse

    Hunter Davies and the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ONE of the country’s best-known writers says his plans to provide a rent-free flat for a nurse from the hospice which cared for his wife have been put at risk by council bureaucracy.

    Tears as chainsaws move in on Camden Town estate's wildlife haven

    TRA chairwoman Farrah Lalloo: ‘Those trees are the same age as me – it’s too muc
    TRA chairwoman Farrah Lalloo: ‘Those trees are the same age as me – it’s too much’

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CHAINSAW contractors have hacked down a stretch of trees on a council estate in Camden Town to the horror of residents.

    Architect's bold vision of raised green walkways to transform Highgate Road garage site

    Illona Hay's design for the site in Dartmouth Park

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SERIES of raised grass walkways snaking over a busy road; an underused space that was once common land returned to grazing goats and sheep; and space turned over to fruit and vegetables is the vi

    Police probe past of schoolgirl killer James Warnock, asking: Did he have any other other victims?

    James Warnock

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES are investigating whether a killer who evaded police for 34 years committed any other crimes during the long wait to bring him to justice.

    MP takes up case of patient crowd-funding for cancer drug that NHS won't pay for

    Momenul Haque

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE health secretary has been alerted to the “extremely serious” plight of a young man with terminal cancer whose hospital consultant has recommended a treatment that the NHS will not p

    Two injured after collision involving unmarked police car outside Kentish Town restaurant

    The scene outside Pizza East in Kentish Town

    Published: 26 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN and ELLA JESSEL

    AN UNMARKED police car was this evening (Tuesday) involved in a collision with reports that it smashed into a crowd of diners ou

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