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1st October 2016

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    Teddy bear tribute removed from shrine to lorry crash victim Sheila Karsberg

    The teddy bear which marked the spot where Sheila died

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A TEDDY BEAR vigil will be held at the spot where pensioner Sheila Karsberg was killed in a road collision with a cement mixer, writes Ella Jessel.

    Holborn and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer to return to Calais refugee camp

    Keir Starmer in The Jungle in January

    Published: 30 September, 2016

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer is set to return to the refugee and migrant camp in Calais, known as The Jungle, as authorities in France move to dismantle it.

    Teacher's pitta bread sets off school fire alarm

    Published: 30 September, 2016
     

    A FIRE alert at a primary school was caused by a teacher burning a pitta bread in the staff toaster.

    Investigation into Covent Garden flat blaze after man is found dead by firefighters

    Covent Garden fire: emergency crews at the scene [Pic: Gary Novak] 

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A MAN believed to be in the his early 40s died in a Covent Garden flat fire.

    The blaze broke out on the ground floor of a block in Tavistock Street, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Council estate mushrooms row: Tenants invited to visit fungi farm in south London

    Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo want to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    TENANTS living in a council-owned block in Gospel Oak are to be given a guided tour of a mushroom farm this weekend – to help soothe fears over plans for a similar project beneath their homes

    Man whose dead body was found tied to trolley in canal had been killed by drugs, inquest hears

    Sebastiano Magnanini

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    by KOOS COUVÉE

    THE mystery surrounding the death of an Italian carpenter found tied to a shopping trolley in Reg­ent’s Canal was solved this week when it was revealed he died from the effects of heroin

    Hampstead comic David Baddiel stages theatre fundraiser for dementia charities

    David Baddiel and Stephen Mangan at the Vaudeville Theatre

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DAVID Baddiel said he was pleased to “give something back” before performing his comedy show about dementia at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End on Friday.

    Man wounded in leg after shooting in Kentish Town

    The scene in Prince of Wales Road

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A MAN in his hospital after being shot in the leg in Kentish Town last night (Thursday).
     

    Supporters and opponents of CS11 cycle superhighway to hold rival street demos on the same day

    The meeting on Tuesday night where Jessica Learmond-Criqui urged people to fight CS11

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS against a cycling superhighway say they are ready to hit back with a street protest and a legal challenge in the courts. 

    Corbyn's leadership win leads to calls for peace - but the strains show at Labour Party conference

    Camden members at conference this week

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    RICHARD OSLEY reports from LIVERPOOL

    LABOUR Party members from Camden were this week trying to stitch together a public truce after Jeremy Corbyn triumphed in a second leadership contest, with both local MPs calling for unity and look

    MP Tulip Siddiq tells conference meeting: 'Tax the rich more heavily to save public services'

    Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer, council leader Sarah Hayward, Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq and, holding Ms Siddiq's baby, Azalea, Nadia Shah, the mayor of Camden

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY in LIVERPOOL

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip ­Siddiq has called for the rich to be taxed more heavily in order to keep public services afloat.

    LABOUR CONFERENCE: 'Billions of pounds of HS2 money could NOT be used on schools and hospitals instead'

    Louise Ellman speaking at a fringe meeting hosted by industry magazine, Transport Times, on Tuesday

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY in LIVERPOOL

    LABOUR remains supportive of the controversial HS2 rail project – set to drive people from their homes and businesses in Camden amid 15 years of demolition and disruption – despite warn

    A big change for Chalk Farm? How a new 77-home block next to the tube station could look

    The artist's impression for the proposed change at Eton Garage

    Published: 29 August, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A DEVELOPER’s plans to build 77 flats on a former police garage in Chalk Farm have sparked anger with residents who say a parade of shops will be turfed out by the scheme.

    Practical joker Joan celebrates turning 100: 'I don't smoke or drink but I like some sugar on my salad'

    Joan West

    Joan West at her party in Belsize Park

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By LUCY MANSFIELD

    WHAT’S the secret to living a long life? Joan West, who celebrated her 100th birthday with a party in Belsize Park yesterday (Wednesday), said there wasn’t one.

    Quiet please, the players are ready: Planners set to umpire row over Hampstead tennis club's floodlights bid

    [Pic: Michael Duxbury]

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    FOR tennis fans the gentle sound of balls pinging to and fro across a lawn court might conjure up nostalgic memories of a spot of jovial mixed ­doubles on long, red-sky summer evenings. 

    Arriving soon: New public garden planned for King's Cross railwaylands regeneration site

    How the gardens in King's Cross will look

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW public garden and nature reserve is being planned for a patch of industrial land in King’s Cross.

    Outrage over ‘money-making’ phone mast on their council estate

    Angry and anxious: protesting residents say radiation risks from masts are as yet unknown

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall is facing a backlash from tenants over its “money-making scheme” to allow a phone company to install a phone mast on a council estate roof. 

    Operators of NHS 111 phone line make changes after death of diabetic student nurse Lisa Day

    Lisa Day

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    OPERATORS of the NHS 111 phone line have changed the way they deal with emergencies on busy days after a coroner uncovered missed opportunities to save the life of a student nurse who suffered a fa

    Hampstead Emporium to shut on Sunday after 20 years of business in Finchley Road

    Mick Leigh with one of his masks

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    ONE of the last independent shops in Finchley Road is closing after 20 years trading African masks and Persian rugs, writes Tom Foot. 

    Camden Council instructs builders to 'dispose of' historic fireplaces

    Camden Council are reviewing how they deal with historic fittings

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    HISTORIC fireplaces ripped out of walls in council-owned homes are being sold off by private contractors – with the Town Hall not getting any of the proceeds.

    The Legal Cafe closes in Belsize Park amid rent dispute

    The Legal Cafe closes in Belsize Park amid rent dispute

    The Legal Cafe

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LAW-THEMED café in Belsize Park which serv­ed up solicitors’ advice alongside soup and bagels has been shut down and repossessed by the building’s landlord. 

    The Gipsy Queen pub in Gospel Oak is put up for sale

    The Gipsy Queen

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Gipsy Queen pub is up for sale.

    Plaque unveiled at home of pioneer who invented the bar of soap

    Dr Alphone Normandy's life was celebrated in Judd Street

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CHEMISTRY pioneer who invented the soap bar and worked out how to purify salt water has been immortalised with a new plaque, writes Tom Foot.

    Police appeal for witnesses after young man shot in NW3

    Published: 27 September, 2016

    By TOM FOOT 

    POLICE have launched an investigation after a young man was shot in Belsize Park.
     

    'Ornaments could be used as weapons': Authorities raise concerns over church's music gigs

    Father Tom Plant

    Published: 26 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A VICAR’S plans to turn his Camden Town church into a live music venue could be in jeopardy after warnings that it could fuel drinking culture and send out “mixed signals” to vuln

    Pop-up mausoleum reignites 'too much tourism' row at historic Highgate Cemetery

    How the 'pop-up' tomb looked

    Published: 26 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE chief executive at Highgate Cemetery is standing his ground over claims that the historic burial place is gearing itself too much to tourists, as he defended the decision to install a pop-up &l

    CPS faces questions as protesters are cleared of violent disorder at anti-gentrification demo

    Cleared: Sylvia Mann and Thomas Harriman

    Published: 26 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE decision to prosecute two protesters has been questioned after a jury took less than an hour to find them not guilty of committing “violent disorder” during an anti-gentrification d

    MP Tulip Siddiq open to taking job in Jeremy Corbyn's team at Westminster as he wins second leadership contest

    Tulip Siddiq voted for Owen Smith

    Published: 24 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN's MPs have congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on winning his second Labour leadership contest today (Saturday) with Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq now ready to work in his shadow team at

    Police windscreen smash: Top cop says officers have 'limited options' if driver refuses to get out

    The officer used his baton to break the windscreen in Queen's Crescent 

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON'S most senior police officer has defended the right of his officers to smash car windscreens if drivers refuse to leave their car. 

    Statue missing from Colombian museum for almost a century turns up at Hampstead auction house

    The statue which could be 600 years old

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A RARE artefact missing from a Colombian museum for almost a century was discovered after being brought into a Hampstead auction house.

    School 'quietly shelves' controversial rule forcing pupils to walk with hands behind their back

    St George The Martyr School

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SCHOOL’S controversial rule that primary aged pupils should keep their  hands clasped behind the backs when walking has been “quietly shelved”.

    LIB DEM CONFERENCE: New parliamentary candidate says Tories ruined his renewable energy business

    Liberal Democrats from Camden gather in Brighton this week

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY in BRIGHTON

    THE man picked by the Liberal Democrats to take on Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer at the next general election says he is angry at how he lost his business when the government switched direction on ren

    Fast food fans descend on Swiss Cottage as In-N-Out Burger opens for just four hours

    Worth the wait? The burger that people queued around the block for

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DISAPPOINTED fans of an American fast-food chain were left wondering if they had been used as unwitting players in a publicity stunt as hundreds queued in Swiss Cottage for a restaurant that was op

    Camden Council told it is 'in denial' about problems with flagship estate regeneration project

    Camden Council told it is 'in denial' about delays on flagship estate regenerati

    Sadiq Khan was shown around the Maiden Lane Estate by council leader Sarah Hayward earlier this year

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall’s flagship estate regeneration scheme – hailed this week as one of the council’s “best achievements” – is being delivered almost two years behind s

    Fungi experts face resistance to plan to build mushroom farm on council estate

    Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo want to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN eye-catching plan to set up a mushroom farm in garages on a council estate has brought warnings from residents about the smell and threat to their health.

    Warning HS2 plans in Camden will claim more council homes than first thought

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HS2 is considering demolishing dozens more homes than first expected on a council estate, the Town Hall has warned, writes Tom Foot.

    Benugo in line to seal Royal Parks deal to run new cafe on Primrose Hill

    Benugo pulled out of a plan to run cafes on Hampstead Heath earlier this year

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A TOILET block in Primrose Hill could soon be converted into a brand new café run by food chain Benugo.

    Who stole my Jeremy Corbyn banner? Placard pinched from roof of Dartmouth Park house

    Henrietta Nasmyth

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HOMEMADE banner declaring support for Jeremy Corbyn has been stolen from the front of a Grade II-listed townhouse in Dartmouth Park.

    Bug hotel and mud kitchen part of new playground at Hampstead Parochial School

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A NEW playground complete with a bug hotel and a mud kitchen has banished the back-to-school blues for pupils at a primary school in Hampstead.

    Late night Hampstead milkshake bar Tinseltown agrees to cut back opening hours after complaints from residents

    Tinseltown

    Published: 21 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LATE-NIGHT milkshake bar in Hampstead at the centre of long-running battle with neighbours over noise and anti-social behaviour has agreed to earlier closing times.

    Officer on 'restricted duties' after being filmed smashing car window with baton

    The video was uploaded to Twitter on Saturday. Credit: @officialsosolid

    Published: 19 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TWO police officers have been put on "restricted duties" after footage emerged of an officer smashing a windscreen with his baton after a driver refused to leave his car in Queen's Cr

    Labour leadership hustings: Smith claims Corbyn did not want Ken Livingstone to be suspended

    Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith went head-to-head at the JW3 Centre

    Published: 18 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    Police investigate after officer filmed smashing car windscreen with baton in Kentish Town

    The video was uploaded to Twitter on Saturday. Credit: @officialsosolid

    Published: 17 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Met Police's internal standards unit has launched an investigation after footage emerged of an officer smashing a car window with his baton in Kentish Town. 

    HS2 rail project will kill famous Dublin Castle music pub in Camden Town, landlord tells peers

    Henry Conlon

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE landlord of an iconic music pub told the House of Lords that HS2 would “destroy his business”.

    Pensioner killed in Camden Town cement mixer collision confirmed as Sheila Karsberg

    Sheila Karsberg

    Sheila Karsberg was given a New Journal hamper at Christmas [Pic: Camden New Journal]

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PENSIONER killed in a collision with a cement mixer in Camden Town has been described by friends as a "remarkable woman" and a "real character". 

    Crowds expected as cult burger chain In-N-Out to open in Swiss Cottage for four hours

    The chain has a dedicated following in the US

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    AN American fastfood chain with a cult-like following is to open at a Swiss Cottage restaurant for four hours only.

    Will it be sushi wars in Camden Town? Wasabi set to follow Itsu with move into High Street

    The unit set to become a Wasabi

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    HIT chain Wasabi is in line to become the latest big operator to take on Camden Town with plans to move into a new unit on the High Street.

    Mayor Sadiq Khan urged to curb London's lorry traffic in wake of pensioner collision death

    The scene in Camden Town on Tuesday

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan is facing urgent calls to ban lorries and construction vehicles during rush hour after the death of a pensioner who was hit by a cement mixer in Camden Town.

    West Hampstead print shop closes after 42 years with warning that only coffee shops and hairdressers will survive

    Dave Jacobs closes Colour Division in West End Lane

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PRINTER who is closing his shop after more than 40 years in West Hampstead has warned the only businesses that can survive in the area are haircuts and coffee.

    Facing eviction: Buddhist carpenter who lives in scrapwood home next to Hampstead Heath

    'Robbie L' in his self-built home near the Vale of Health

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    LIVING in a home built out of recycled materials on a plot of land next to Hampstead Heath, his off-grid lifestyle has so far been inoculated against the pounds and pence that dictate London’

    Customers back Alliance pub plans in West Hampstead - as long as the bar stays

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PUNTERS at a West Hampstead pub have filed messages of support at the Town Hall, backing a development on condition that the ground floor stays as a pub and that whoever moves in does not try to ge

    Campaign to save swimming pond in King's Cross as developers prepare to close down attraction

    Pond King's Cross

    The open air swimming pond in King's Cross

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SWIMMERS at a unique freshwater pond constructed in the middle of King’s Cross are pleading with developers to halt plans to shut it down.

    Armed men 'charged at Roundhouse bouncers with knife, bats and golf club'

    The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm was hosting the Rated Awards [Pic R Sones]

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GROUP of armed men allegedly charged towards bouncers at the Roundhouse while an urban music awards ceremony was taking place inside. 

    Protester tells court she was hit by police officer during gentrification of Camden protest

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROTESTER has told a jury how she was hit with a police baton “out of the blue” when a demonstration against the gentrification of Camden descended into violence. 

    No heatwave fun for children as Swiss Cottage fountain malfunctions again

    How the fountain is supposed to look when its working

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FAMILIES looking to let their children play in the fountain at the Swiss Cottage Open Space during soaring temperatures were left disappointed to find it could manage little more than a dribble.

    'I antagonise other members but I'm not anti-semitic', says Corbyn supporter suspended by Labour

    Internal dispute Terence Flanagan and Phil Rosenberg

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LABOUR member suspended in West Hampstead says he stands by his comparison of some of the party’s councillors in Camden with Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

    Candy developer blocked from turning Regent's Park road into private garden

    How Mr Candy wants the garden to look

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    PROPERTY developer Christian Candy was handed a shock on Thursday when councillors blocked his bid to turn a stretch of public road into a private garden at his Regent’s Park mansion.

    Camden Council under pressure to rip up controversial bike lane in Bloomsbury

    On trial: Tavistock Place cycle lane

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Town Hall is under pressure to rip up a cycle lane and one-way route it has championed in Bloomsbury as critics say it has led to unbearable traffic congestion.

    After burglars strike, writer Hunter Davies appeals for return of his late wife Margaret Forster's stolen wedding ring

    Hunter Davies was married to Georgy Girl novelist Margaret Forster for more than 50 years

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    AUTHOR Hunter Davies is appealing for help after thieves broke into his home and stole a wedding ring that was worn by his late wife, Georgy Girl writer Margaret Forster, for more than 50 years.

    Investigation at Whittington Hospital after swab is left inside new mother

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN investigation is under way after a medical swab was left inside a woman after she gave birth at the Whittington maternity unit.

    Shock as West Hampstead charity worker is jailed for five years in Iran without knowing what the charges are

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A CHARITY worker who was mysteriously detained in Iran on secret charges has been sentenced to five years in prison.

    Men in balaclavas hunted after double stabbing during robbery in Chalk Farm

    Police said the suspects fled the scene in two Mercedes 

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A group of men wearing balaclavas are believed to have stabbed two men during a robbery in Chalk Farm, police said. 

    MP Tulip Siddiq: Tories are 'gerrymandering electoral map' with boundary changes proposal

    Tulip Siddiq was elected to the House of Commons for the first time last year

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN MPs today (Tuesday) hit out at plans to change the boundaries of their parliamentary constituencies with Tulip Siddiq claiming the alterations were an “attempt to gerrymander the elect

    Mayor helps unveil plaque to 'father of modern day socialism'

    The plaque is unveiled at the former home of Robert Owen in Bloomsbury

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PLAQUE dedicated to one of the fathers of modern day socialism has been unveiled outside his former home.

    Japanese restaurant Wazen says it is quitting King's Cross over Brexit vote

    Wazen head chef Toshimasa Tanahashi and general manager Ken Urata

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POPULAR Japanese restaurant in King’s Cross said it has been forced to close as a result of the Brexit vote, with the Tokyo-based owners blaming “uncertainty” over Britain&rsquo

    Demand for action at 'dangerous junction' after woman is killed in cement mixer collision

    Police closed Camden High Street and Pratt Street this morning 

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GROUP of mothers who witnessed a fatal collision in Camden Town this morning (Tuesday) have demanded urgent changes to the “dangerous junction” where the accident took place. 

    HS2 chief heckled by Camden residents quits £750,000 a year post

    The scene when Simon Kirby and HS2 bosses visited Camden earlier this year

    Published: 11 September, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    ONE of the senior figures running the government's HS2 rail link scheme, who was heckled by residents in Camden worst affected by the scheme, has quit the £56 billion project.

    Detectives believe man may have been assaulted before colliding with bus in Camden Town

    The man was treated at the scene last night

    Published: 9 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating after a man was allegedly assaulted before colliding with a bus in Camden High Street. 

    Rare yesteryear photos of NW5 to go on display at York Rise street party

    The Dartmouth Arms [All pics, Camden Local Studies Archive at Holborn Library]

    Published: 9 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THESE rarely seen images of streets in Dartmouth Park are part of a collection which is set to be on display at the York Rise street party on Sunday.

    Approved: Camden Council gives go-ahead for Athlone House restoration

    How Athlone House will look

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £35 million restoration scheme of Highgate mansion Athlone House is set to get underway after the Town Hall's Planning Committee unaminously passed plans to convert the former hospital

    WATCH: Primary school headteacher close to tears as she tells House of Lords how HS2 will harm her pupils

    Bavaani Nanthabalan

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HEADTEACHER came close to tears during an emotional speech in the House of Lords yesterday (Wednesday) in which she warned peers that Camden’s schoolchildren were relying on them for protec