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1st July 2016

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    Murder squad detectives arrest two after 'beaten up' woman dies in hospital

    A woman in her 30s died in the Royal Free yesterday

    Published: 1 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    MURDER aquad detectives have arrested two people after a woman died in the Royal Free Hospital yesterday (Thursday) morning.

    No quick general election, says Theresa May as she spends first night of campaign to be PM in West Hampstead

    Theresa May was in hot demand among local Conservatives gathered in West Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THERESA May swept told Hampstead and Kilburn Tories tonight (Thursday) she would not call an early general election if she becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party, and the country's ne

    North London politicians resent being called a metropolitan, liberal 'elite' as analysis of EU vote begins

    Council leader Sarah Hayward with Labour Party colleague at last week's EU referendum count in King's Cross

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    VOTERS across Camden were more clued up about the dangers of leaving the European Union than in other areas, it was claimed this week, as devastated Remain campaign supporters hit back at claims th

    Camden Labour big-hitters call for new leader, but Jeremy Corbyn insists: I'm staying

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn addresses a crowd of supporters in Bloomsbury

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY and TOM FOOT

    SUPPORTERS of Jeremy Corbyn say they are ready to back him against rebelling MPs in a new leadership contest, as Camden’s most senior Labour Party politicians lined up to demand a change at t

    'Go home' chants: Reports of rise in hate crimes in Camden after Brexit vote

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    POLICE and the Town Hall are on alert amid reports that abuse against minorities has spiked since the United Kingdom voted to quit the European Union.

    Family tells court of their 33 years of grief since finding strangled schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni dead at Swiss Cottage home

    Yiannoulla Yianni was killed in 1982

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE family of murdered teenager Yiannoulla Yianni were this week forced to relive the “horrific” moment they found her lifeless body at their home more than three decades ago.

    Petition to ban fun fair from Kilburn park

    Kilburn Grange park this week

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PETITION has been launched to ban a fun fair from a public park following “unacceptable” damage over the weekend.

    Police send officers to deal with school run road rage in Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE officers have been posted outside primary school gates in Hampstead to counter a rash of road rage incidents involving parents.  

    Chico, the dog who took walkies on his owner's shoulders, dies at 19

    Martin O'Brien

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    WHEN it came to walkies, Chico the dog had the right idea. 

    His owner did the walking, while he stretched out across his shoulders, occasionally dropping off for a kip.

    Frank Dobson says his friend Jeremy Corbyn must step down as Labour Party leader

    Published: 29 June, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson said this afternoon (Thursday) that it is time for his friend and long-time colleague Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour Party leader.

    Keir Starmer quits Labour's front bench and tells Jeremy Corbyn that party needs new leader

    Keir Starmer was elected in Holborn and St Pancras last May

    Published: 27 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer called for a change of Labour Party leader for the first time this afternoon (Monday) as he joined the exodus from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow team.

    Yiannoulla Yianni murder: accused 'came up with story' based on news reports

    Yiannoulla Yianni, 17, was brutally killed in 1982

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE man accused of killing Yiannoulla Yianni more than 30 years ago “came up with a story” about having a secret relationship with the 17-year-old based on information released by the p

    Dismay in Camden as heavy support for Remain cannot halt UK vote for leaving European Union

    Pro-EU Conservative campaigner Tim Barnes looks to the heavens as the results come in

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THERE was dismay in Camden this morning (Friday) as clear support for remaining in the European Union on a local level was outflanked by a vote to leave outside of London, and the country headed fo

    Labour councillor attacks Camden Council for raising Armed Forces flag

    Doug Beattie and, left, the Armed Forces Day celebration

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LABOUR councillor has stoked controversy by criticising Camden Council for raising a flag above the Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day, claiming the event was sending out the wrong message about

    'Think of the children': Headteacher pleads for end to protests over plan to turn police station into free school

    Vicki Briodi

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HEADTEACHER fears her “outstanding” school could be shut down if its application to move into a former police station in Hampstead is rejected by planning chiefs.

    MP Tulip Siddiq: 'We must stay resilient and not hide away after murder of our friend Jo Cox'

    Tulip Siddiq was elected to the House of Commons for the first time on the same night as Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she will not be put off from “facing the public” in the wake of the murder of Jo Cox.

    Tributes to Gloria Lazenby as former mayor passes away aged 87

    Gloria Lazenby

    Gloria Lazenby

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    TRIBUTES have been paid to former Camden mayor Gloria Lazenby, who died on Sunday.

    Man stands trial at Old Bailey for 1982 murder of schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “TERRIFIED girl” was chased through her family home before she was raped and killed, a jury has been told at the opening of the trial of a man accused of carrying out the brutal murde

    'What homeless?': Rough sleepers shut out of doorway of empty building

    Notice on boarded up building prompts questions on dealing with the homeless

    Published: 23 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HOARDINGS placed over a doorway in Kentish Town to lock out rough sleepers seeking shelter have been sprayed with the question: “What homeless people?”

    Six weeks on, why is 'brolly boy' attacker who tied up teen in Hampstead home still at large?

    George Zelonka with an umbrella outside his Hampstead home

    Published: 23 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    WHEN police reported a teenager had fought off an armed intruder who tied him up at his home on an exclusive Hampstead street, the news spread fast. 

    Revealed: Artist's film posters which will decorate new Kentish Town cinema hoardings

    Developer Uplift teamed up with the New Journal to find posters for the site.

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    POSTERS inspired by Kentish Town filmgoers’ favourite movies are to feature in a new public art exhibition – on hoardings at a development where a new cinema and housing complex are bei

    Bloody street brawl began at West Hampstead bar ‘being run with no licence’

    Police said that Lower Ground Bar was operating without a licence 

    Published: 21 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BLOODY street fight which left a man with life changing stab wounds began at a West Hampstead bar which police say was operating without a licence.

    Armed officers challenge man 'carrying machine gun' in Camden Town

    Police discovered the firearm was an imitation 

    Published: June 20, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ARMED police officers rushed to Camden Town this morning after a man was spotted walking along the street with what looked like a machine gun slung over his shoulder. 

    Empty Swain’s Lane shopping parade finally sold by Earl landowner

    The parade in Swain’s Lane

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE peer whose family have owned a Highgate shopping parade for nearly a century has sold the site, with speculation that it fetched around £7million.

    Police hunt for suspect making 'sexually explicit' prank phone calls in Hampstead

    The suspect is said to have a "female-sounding voice"

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating a string of “sexually explicit” prank calls that have been targeting Hampstead residents. 

    Somers Town residents fear area will change forever after 'tsunami of development '

    The new tower block planned for Somers Town

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SOMERS TOWN arts festival will explore the changing face of an area “under siege” from development ahead of a crucial decision on the Town Hall’s radical plans to build a 25-sto

    Camden Council considers permanent memorial to Raspberry Beret star Prince

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMDEN Council is looking at honouring pop star Prince with an official memorial in Mornington Crescent after fans left purple ribbons tied to a tree.

    Camden MPs pay tribute to 'amazing' Jo Cox after MP is shot and killed

    Jo Cox

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    TULIP Siddiq and Keir Starmer have paid tribute to their fellow Labour MP and friend Jo Cox, who was shot and killed in West Yorkshire this afternoon (Thursday). 

    Food stalls could be forced out of new-look Camden Lock market

    The West Yard food stalls at Camden Lock

    The West Yard food stalls at Camden Lock

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    'Bribe' allegation at Town Hall has been substantiated, say council investigators

    Camden Council

    Camden Council has revealed details of calls to its staff whistleblower hotline

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council says a “bribery” allegation relating to the work of one of its own members of staff has been “substantiated”.

    Is there going to be a Hampxit? NW3 campaigners look to break free from Town Hall with new parish council

    Jessica Learmond-Criqui says she may soon have enough signatories to a petition to force Camden Council to consider a new parish council for Hampstead

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WAR of words between a cabinet councillor and protesters to a new supermarket has sparked an official proposal for Hampstead to “secede” from the rest of the borough and form its own

    It's Camden Council vs British Museum as unpaid tax row heads to court

    The British Museum is contesting demands made by Camden Council

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE country’s most prestigious museum is locked in a legal dispute with Town Hall tax collectors over an unpaid bill of £720,000. 

    Scotland Yard warned that police officers are being priced out of London's housing market

    Police officers in London are struggling to find affordable places to live

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    POLICE officers struggling to pay the bills are being priced out of Camden, undermining Scotland Yard’s attempts to get more Londoners on the beat.

    Bury us in the park when we die and use the cash for its upkeep, say friends group

    Peter Cuming imagines where he might be buried in the Talacre park with Beverly

    Peter Cuming imagines where he might be buried in the Talacre park with Beverly Gardner, Mary Crossley and Céline La Frenière

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    REGULAR visitors to a Kentish Town park want permission to be buried there, alongside their pets.

    Owner ready to bring in ‘guardians’ as gardens squatters face eviction threat

    Rob

    ‘Rob’ has been living on the Rochester Square Gardens site in Camden Town for eight months

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    Residents in Kentish Town vote in favour of new masterplan in NW5 referendum

    Caroline Hill

    Caroline Hill

    Published: 13 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW vision for the future of Kentish Town is in place this morning after residents voted overwhelming to ratify their Neighbourhood Forum's plan for the area.

    Fury as council moves to block solar panels on church roof

    St Anne's

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Town Hall has received a raft of letters supporting plans for a church to use its Grade II-listed building to set up a mini solar power station – after a council conservation officer flag

    Hampstead Heath managers face more pressure over drone policy

    Douglas Burgess with his ‘quadcopter’

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD Heath managers are under pressure over a clampdown on the use of drones, after it was revealed that police have been incorrectly telling flying enthusiasts they are breaking the law.&nbsp

    Whittington Hospital set to take on private partner

    The Whittington Hospital

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CASH-strapped Whittington Hospital chiefs have agreed to team up with a profit-making company in a new private finance initiative-style deal.

    Woman who devotes spare time to mental health patients – and won them more time to eat!

    Camden Town resident Saira Nawaz with her award for being ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2014

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    WITH mental health budgets bearing the brunt of austerity-driven NHS funding cuts, the role of committed volunteers to dignified human relationships with patients has become of great importance.&nb

    Arson charge after blaze at hospital secure unit

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WOMAN has been charged with arson after a fire gutted a recently-refurbished secure unit at Highgate Mental Health Centre, writes Tom Foot.

    Euston Road blaze: firefighters tackle burning van in underpass

    Firefighters tackle the blaze in Euston Road Picture: Chris Sargent

    Published: 10 June, 2016

    A COLUMN of smoke billowed over Euston this afternoon as firefighters tackled a burning van.

    They were called to the Euston Road, near the underpass at around 12:30pm. 

    Paddy Power bookmakers blocked from opening second branch in Kilburn High Road after planning appeal defeat

    Eight betting shops are already open on Kilburn High Road

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BETTING giants Paddy Power have been blocked from opening a second branch on a road with the unenviable local nick­name: The bookmaker’s mile.

    Romeo Nkansah: fourth man arrested on suspicion of murdering father-of-two

    Mr Nkansah was described as a "loving and committed father"

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A FOURTH man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two who detectives believe was stabbed to death in Camden Town simply for talking to a group of women. 

    On Hampstead Heath, how not to break out of the car park if you find yourself locked in for the night

    The damage at the car park in East Heath Road

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A DESPERATE Steve McQueen-style “great escape” attempt to free a car from a locked car park saw a driver attempt to crash through barriers and head over grass on Hampstead Heath.

    It's an extremely rare error, insists Town Hall as man receives two EU postal vote cards

    Architect Paul Shearsmith with his two polling cards

    Architect Paul Shearsmith with his two polling cards

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has said an “extremely rare” error is to blame after a man in Kentish Town received two postal votes for the EU referendum through his letterbox.

    Conservative councillor faces legal 'enforcement notice' after demolishing historic ceiling work

    Jonny Bucknell said 'someone must have tipped them off'

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A CONSERVATIVE coun­cillor who was fined for failing to carry out im­provement work at a flat rented to a private tenant has run into trouble again after demolishing a ceiling’s &ldqu

    Melvyn Bragg calls for inquiry into plan to open school in former police station

    The designs for Hampstead Police Station submitted to council planners

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    LORD Melvyn Bragg has called for an official investigation into a plan to open a new primary school in the for

    Police recruit comedy cartoon cat in bid to end phone theft crime wave in Camden

    DCS Banham said police in Camden are trialling the "softer approach"

    Published: 8 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TO the hundreds of people who have had valuables snatched from their hand on the street, the wide-spread problem of phone theft is unlikely to be a laughing matte

    'Ghost of Grasmere House' identified

    Grasmere House on the Regent's Park Estate

    Grasmere House on the Regent's Park Estate

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MYSTERIOUS banging sound that has plagued a Regent’s Park council block for more than nine months has been deliberately caused by one resident’s “anti-social behaviour”, t

    Poet Charlotte Mew to be honoured with a blue plaque in Bloomsbury

    Charlotte Mew

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POET Charlotte Mew is to be honoured with a blue plaque at her former home in Bloomsbury.

    Princess Anne opens new heart scanning unit at Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead

    Princess Anne meets staff at the Royal Free Hospital

    Princess Anne meets staff at the Royal Free Hospital

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PRINCESS Anne has opened a new centre for specialist heart scanning at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Met boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe challenged over crime levels in Hampstead

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON’S most senior police officer has been challenged over the decline of neighbourhood policing and a “rise in crime” in Hampstead.

    Autistic woman wants to help others with condition with new 'sensory bus'

    Kay Alston

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN autistic woman has launched a campaign for a new “sensory bus” that would travel around the capital helping other people with the condition. 

    Woman cyclist fighting for life after horrific crash at danger junction

    Firefighters created a screen around the woman cyclist

    Firefighters created a screen around the woman cyclist at the junction of Clerkenwell Road and Theobalds Road last Friday

    Pablo Freudenthal Heath was hit by a HGV in Gray’s Inn Road. Right: cyclist Dag Lindberg was crushed at the danger junction in 2013

    MP Keir Starmer to take part in EU debate in Camden Town

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer will be on the panel for a debate about the EU referendum at a solicitors' office in Camden Town next week.
     

    Man who assaulted women on buses arrested after being recognised by police in Camden Town

    Karatepe pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “prolific offender” who sexually assaulted women on buses was arrested after being recognised at a packed Camden Town station by specialist police officers who have an uncanny ability

    Two teenagers beaten unconscious and kicked in head 'for spilling drink' in Camden Town

    Police said the altercation began beneath the railway bridge in Chalk Farm Road

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are hunting for a group of men who launched a "vicious attack" on two punters in Camden Town after accidentally spilling a drink. 

    Romeo Nkansah: two men arrested on suspicion of murdering father-of-two in Camden Town

    Mr Nkansah was described as a "loving and committed father"

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    TWO men were arrested yesterday (Thursday) on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two in Camden Town, who detectives believe was stabbed to death simply for talking to a group of women. 

    Camden police still can't find Hampstead burglar who 'tied up teenager before being chased away with umbrella'

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE believe that a robbery in which a teenage boy fought off a knife-wielding intruder was an isolated incident.

    Drivers escape uninjured from 'big smash' car crash in Swiss Cottage

    Adelaide Road was closed for around two hours. Picture: @5inglet0n

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    TWO drivers involved in a dramatic car crash in Swiss Cottage this morning (Thursday) escaped without serious injury. 

    Camden Council starts 'enforcement investigation' after woman paints her Belsize Park house pink

    The house is painted in 'cinder rose' pink

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    NEIGHBOURS have rallied around a woman told by the Town Hall that she has broken planning rules by painting a property in a picturesque Belsize Park street... pink.

    Romeo Nkansah: father-of-two murdered for 'talking to women' in Camden Town

    Friends said Mr Nkansah was a "professional guy"

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DEDICATED father-of-two was murdered in the street for simply talking to a group of women while on a night out with friends, detectives have said.  

    Police order man to stop flying drone camera over Hampstead Heath - even though flying devices haven't been banned

    An aerial shot taken of the Heath, above, and Kornel Flint with his drone device
    Credit: @manandhisdrone

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FLYING enthusiasts hoping to capture the majesty of Hampstead Heath with cameras mounted on “drones” have been grounded by the police – and incorrectly accused of breaking the law

    Bake-A-Boo in West Hampstead closes as cake-seller changes careers to be a nurse

    Zoe Berkeley, second right, was serenaded by The Rockabellas at her send-off on

    Zoe Berkeley, second right, was serenaded by The Rockabellas at her send-off on Monday from Bake-a-Boo cake shop Pictures: Xanthe Berkeley

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SHE set up a little tearoom and bakery when she was 24 and within 10 years the business was booming. 

    Decommissioned: £1 million adventure playground at Kilburn Grange heralded for award-winning design

    Decommissioned: £1 million adventure playground at Kilburn Grange heralded for a

    The adventure playground built six years ago

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A £1 MILLION adventure playground, which won awards for its innovative design, is set to be decommissioned just six years after it was built.

    Cancer patient begins fund-raising after being told by NHS that it will not pay for breakthrough drug

    Mo Haque, yesterday, being treated in hospital

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FITNESS fanatic who was stunned by a colon cancer diagnosis was told he needs to find £200,000 if he wants to access potentially life-saving treatment.

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