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4th December 2016

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    Maintenance worker spent ten days in hospital after falling down shaft at disused South Kentish Town station

    The disused Kentish Town Station

    Published: 3 December, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    London Underground Ltd has been fined £500,000 for breaches of health and safety law after a maintenance worker was injured at the disused South Kentish Town station.

    Boy injured in Holborn lorry collision

    Published: 3 December, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD boy is being treated in hospital after a lorry collision in Holborn this afternoon (Saturday).
     

    NHS campaigners warn: 'Don’t be fooled over care cuts’

    The packed Town Hall chamber on Wednesday

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS last night (Wednesday) urged the council to join the fightback against massive health and social care cuts.

    Barber kicks off Christmas with fund-raising shop decorations

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Camden Town thanks to a barber’s shop which once again has pulled out all the stops to get people in the festive mood.

    Two arrests as police drugs crackdown goes on

    Police smash their way into a property during the weekend’s raids

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have smashed a suspected drug-smuggling operation that was believed to be bringing cannabis into Camden.

    Camden Council tackle cockroaches at new HQ

    Pic: FlickR/Oliver.Dodd

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    CAMDEN Council has brought pest controllers into its new offices in King’s Cross to battle cockroaches.

    Gallery hosts exhibition on how men deal with miscarriages

    Andrew Foster

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN exhibition aimed at raising awareness of the way men cope with miscarriages is on display in Kentish Town.

    Bar firm's plan to re-open Old White Bear, the Hampstead pub closed for three years

    The Old White Bear PIC: Ewan Munro

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT has been gathering dust for almost three years but a plan has now been unveiled to turn a much-loved pub in the heart of Hampstead village into “a local institution” once again.

    Motorbike rider rushed to hospital after Kentish Town crash

    Highgate Road was closed during rush hour PICTURE: Martin Hart

    Published: 01 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MOTORBIKE rider was rushed to hospital this morning after a rush-hour collision with a lorry in Kentish Town. 

    700-home development planned in overhaul of Morrison's supermarket site in Chalk Farm

    How the development could look

    Published: 1 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed plans to build a 700-home residential develop­ment at its store in Chalk Farm.

    Nurses’ revolt brews over Royal Free Hospital’s longer shifts

    Royal Free Hospital

    Published: 1 December, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    A NURSING rebellion is building inside the Royal Free with staff threatening to jump ship to neighbouring hospitals after they were “forced to work harder for less money”.

    Police hunt thieves who tricked elderly couple out of cash savings

    Can you help detectives identify these men?

    Published: December 1, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have released CCTV footage of four men who conned their way into a elderly couple's home and before stealing their cash savings. 

    Fancy a lock in? New 'escape game' attraction planned for former Camden Town pub

    Mary Portas and friends try Escape Plan at its current base in Kennington

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A “LOCK-IN” usually means a few naughty after-hous beers in a backstreet pub with the blinds pulled down

    I wasn't scared, says hospital worker who found Royal Free tarantula

    The tarantula found in a box of bananas in Hampstead

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A KITCHEN-HAND used a stainless-steel pot to capture a large tarantula on the loose in the Royal Free – before offering the thirsty stowaway a drink of water.

    For rent: Scene of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath's first night

    18 Rugby Street

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT is the grade-II listed townhouse in Bloomsbury where two giants of the literary world, poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, began their romance amidst “Victorian torpor and squalor”.

    Python found in Highgate street sent to safe home

    The python found in South Grove last month

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A PYTHON found by a binman in Highgate Village has been re-homed with a snake expert.

    Family of brave schoolboy tell of treatment ordeal as he fights rare form of leukaemia

    Tony Clark and dad Anthony meet Dele Alli during the Spurs star’s recent visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FAMILY have been turned upside down after a little boy was diagnosed with one of the world’s rarest forms of leukaemia.

    Police investigate claims that coach death woman ‘lay under its wheels’

    The scene in Midland Road last night (Tuesday)

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating claims that a woman who was killed after being hit by a coach had been lying down under the vehicle’s wheels while it was stopped at traffic lights in King’s Cr

    Camden Council rebuffs plea to help save King's Cross swimming pond

    Closed: The King's Cross Pond Club

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SWIMMERS pleading with Camden Council to join their campaign to save a man-made pond in King’s Cross have been sent away from the Town Hall empty-handed.

    Woman dies after coach collision in King's Cross

    The scene in Midland Road

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN has been killed after a collision involving a coach in King's Cross this afternoon (Tuesday).

    Tarantula found at Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead

    The tarantula believed to have got to Hampstead in a box of bananas Pic: RSPCA

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TARANTULA believed to have stowed away in a box of bananas from Costa Rica caused a scare after turning up at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Can you help find man who left pensioner fighting for her life after 'nasty' robbery?

    Stella Magarshack suffered a 'massive stroke'

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are hoping the public can help track down a suspect who carried out a “nasty robbery” that left an 87-year-old artist fighting for her life in hospital.

    Bungling HS2 officials tell the wrong residents their homes may be demolished

    HS2 will cost a minimum of £56 billion

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    BUNGLING officials working on the controversial High Speed 2 rail link delivered demolition warning letters to the wrong housing block, telling residents their homes would be bulldozed even though

    Police to monitor drivers on Camden Town school run

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POLICE are to start “monitoring” school-run parents blocking the streets around a Camden Town school.

    Camden and Islington in police merger

    Penny Banham is leaving her post as Camden's most senior officer

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMDEN’S dedicated police force will be combined with neighbouring Islington next year as part of a cost-cutting merger.

    DJ Sara Cox lights up Christmas tree at St Pancras International

    Published: 25 November, 2016

    TRAIN passengers will light up a 12-foot Christmas tree as they donate to Oxfam at St Pancras International.

    Fly-tipping fines to increase amid claims West Hampstead has become rubbish bag 'obstacle course'

    Chantelle de Villiers at the Town Hall on Monday night

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    PENALTIES for fly-tipping are to be upped as the Town Hall comes under fire for piles of uncollected rubbish stacking up in West Hampstead.

    Volunteers urge Camden Council to help find homes for more refugees

    Issy Good speaking at Monday night's full council meeting

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall was thanked this week for resettling Syrian refugees in the borough, and then told to do much more.

    Camden Town church gets go-ahead for live gigs

    Father Tom Plant (far right), the vicar at St Michael’s Church in Camden Town, with Brendan Collins, Jim Moreton and verger Richard Gosnold

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A CAMDEN Town vicar is rejoicing after plans to turn his church into a live music venue were approved, despite fears it could lead to an increase in violence.

    How companies bought their way to top of Camden Council's Twitter feed (without you knowing)

    Camden Council endorsed clothing firm Ted Baker on Twitter

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council pumped out social media posts advertising a major clothing label without telling residents it had been paid to do so, writes Richard Osley.

    Stabbing in West Hampstead sparks plea for more CCTV cameras

    Veronica Beatty and Micky West, part of the cab office team 

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE owner of a minicab firm is demanding CCTV is installed in West Hampstead after a young man came rushing into her office after being stabbed.

    ‘No more cuts’ for fire brigade, warns review ordered by Mayor

    Crews were busy in Finchley Road when a fire broke out in Camden Town

    Crews were busy in Finchley Road when a fire broke out in Camden Town. Picture: Shademan Irvanipour

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    Pensioner left fighting for her life after 'nasty robbery' in Camden Town

    Stella Magarshick is in hospital in a 'critical' condition

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    AN 87-year-old woman is fighting for her life after being the victim of a "nasty robbery" in Camden Town. 

    Hampstead Heath will look the way it did before, say City of London chiefs as controversial dam work comes to an end

    Virginia Rounding cuts the ribbon on the island with no name

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new island on Hampstead Heath’s model boating pond was officially declared open on Friday, bringing an end to the controversial £23million dam-strengthening project.

    'It's a total disaster': Model boating enthusiasts say their favourite pond has been ruined by dam work

    The new look to the boating pond on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD Heath's famous model boating pond has been “ruined” by a recent overhaul, according to life-long enthusiasts.

    Final farewell to Big Issue seller with a 'terrific sense of humour'

    Donald Winters

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A BIG Issue seller with Parkinson’s Disease was given a moving send-off this week by his carers and best friend. 

    Father-of-three killed in bus collision was 'loved by everyone'

    Brent Francis died in the early hours of Saturday

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DEDICATED father-of-three who was killed by a bus on his way home from a night out has been described by friends as a “lovely man” who was like “north London’s Del Boy&rdq

    Stressed-out councillors urged to meditate for ten minutes a day

    Members tried out Mindfulness techniques at the Town Hall on Monday

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    STRESSED-OUT councillors and officers at the Town Hall are being urged to spend 10 minutes a day in meditation sessions in a bid to calm their racing emotions.

    Appeal to find Robert Duff: Daughter speaks for first time about family's pain over mystery disappearance

    A young Stephanie and Charlotte with their father Robert

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE daughter of a man who has been missing for nearly four years has spoken for the first time of the heartache of not knowing if he is dead or alive. 

    Heron visits school pond

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    STAFF and students at Parliament Hill School were delighted to see a heron (pictured above) visit its school pond, thought to have flown over from Hampstead Heath.

    Bid to add roof terrace for guests at luxury hotel in old council offices

    The old 'annexe' buildig at Camden Town Hall

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    NEIGHBOURS of a luxury hotel set to open in Camden Council’s former offices in King’s Cross have urged planners to throw out a proposal to add a roof terrace for guests.

    Health boss in charge of NHS overhaul insists there are no plans to axe Whittington Hospital's A & E

    The New Journal has campaigned to save the emergency department from closure twice before

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE man in charge of one of the biggest reorganisations of NHS services in north London in recent history has insisted there are “no plans to close the A&E at the Whittington” as co

    Primrose Hill newsagent handed new alcohol licence

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    A PRIMROSE Hill newsagent has been granted permission to sell alcohol despite objections from neighbours worried that the change will lead to rowdy disturbances.

    Churches open doors to rough sleepers

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HOMELESS men and women are bedding down in churches as part of a major night shelter scheme in the run up to Christmas.

    £800 pricetags for street art reclaimed from Camden market

    Some of the decorated shed doors on sale at the Norfolk Antique and Reclamation Centre

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THEY provided a background for countless “selfies” taken by tourists visiting Camden Lock, a rough and ready gallery of street art painted onto the sheds which once lined the market clo

    No room to walk? West Hampstead residents warn of squashed pavements and dangerous crush at station

    Commuters on the packed pavement outside West Hampstead tube station

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall has been warned that parts of West Hampstead are struggling to cope with the number of people moving into the area, with pavements too crammed to walk down and an underground station

    Blaze on Rowley Way Estate sparked by 'stray firework'

    Firefighters spent Bonfire Night tackling the fire
     
    Published: 21 November, 2016

    A FIRE which wrecked a West Hampstead maisonette was caused by a “stray firework”, investigators believe.

    Hammer horror reunion: Lust For A Vampire stars meet for the first time since shooting cult film

    Judy Jarvis (standing up) with Suzana Leigh

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    FORMER Hammer Horror favourite Judy Jarvis admitted being a bit star-struck when she was reunited with actress Suzanna Leigh at the weekend.

    Council threatens enforcement action over outdoor decking at Alice House pub

    One of the documents used in the Alice House's retrospective application for planning consent, published on Camden Council's website

    Published: 20 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    A WEST Hampstead pub which installed outdoor decking without planning permission has been told by the Town Hall that it cannot have retrospective consent for the work.

    Police investigate death of man hit by bus outside Mornington Crescent tube station

    Officers want witnesses to come forward

    Published: 19 November, 2016

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision near Mornington Crescent Underground Station.

    Church holds special service for the 160 homeless men and women who died on London's streets

    Members of Streetwise Opera

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FOUR men who died in the past year while sleeping on the streets of Camden were honoured at a church memorial service that marked the passing of more than 160 homeless men and women.

    'What a tragic end to life': a coroner's verdict on death of homeless man found collapsed in Camden Town

    Steve Percival

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A BIG Issue seller found dead with a cigarette believed to be packed with a “legal high” in his hand died from acute heart failure, an inquest has ruled.

    Ribbon is cut on new Hampstead Heath pond island

    Virginia Rounding (in blue beret) cuts the ribbon on new island

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new island on Hampstead Heath's model boating pond was officially declared open today (Friday) - bringing to an end the controversial two year, £23m dam strengthening project. 

    £1bn Google campus boost for King’s Cross

    The site near King's Cross station earmarked for Google's new base

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    GOOGLE sent its chief executive to King’s Cross to confirm it is building a “campus” on the redeveloped railwaylands.

    Sold out audience watch live cheetah dissection in Camden Town

    The event was described st a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what makes big cats tick

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT at the ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE

    TICKETS for a live show in Camden Town generally mean catching a rock ’n’ roll band in the back of a pub.

    RSPCA appeal for help in mystery over python found by roadsweeper in Highgate's celebrity row

    The python found in Highgate this week

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN exotic python has been found on the loose by roadsweepers in Highgate – and now the RSPCA are hoping readers of the New Journal can help solve the mystery of how it got there.

    Caught on CCTV: Killer buys a bottle of beer minutes after stabbing his wife to death

    CCTV footage shows 56-year-old Jose Leonardo at the Super Choice off-licence in Queen’s Crescent 

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THIS is the moment a man calmly walked into an off-licence to buy a bottle of beer after stabbing his wife of more than 30 years to death. 

    Katherine Mansfield fans call for writer's former Hampstead home to be protected

    The writer’s former home in East Heath Road Pic: Paul Capewell

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by ELLA JESSEL

    A LITERARY society has said it is “dismayed” at plans to develop the ­former home of author Katherine Mansfield where a private printing press was established.

    Jogger goes extra mile to return boy's lost skullcap

    The kippah with Elliot’s mum Frederique Assor, her younger son Emmanuel, and ­Muhammed Abdullah who made a video in an effort to find the owner

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A JEWISH boy from Belsize Park has been reunited with a skullcap he lost on his way to synagogue last month after being tracked down by a kind-hearted jogger.

    Actor who lost leg in 7/7 bombings to take on lead role in King Lear

    David Gardner was injured in the Edgware Road tube bombing on 7/7

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN actor who lost one of his legs in the 7/7 bombings is preparing to play the lead role in a Shakespeare production that has stirred memories of his late father.

    Britain's longest-serving prisoner denied parole 40 years after murder conviction

    John Massey in 1976 and after his escape in 2012

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    BRITAIN’S longest-serving prisoner has been denied parole for a third time in three years.

    Live from Primrose Hill Library, cinema audiences tune into Alan Bennett’s diaries talk

    After the broadcast:Alan Bennett with Marijke Good, the library’s chairwoman 

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LIBRARY was awash with film crews last night (Wednesday) as a question and answer session with playwright Alan Bennett was broadcast live to cinema audiences across the country.

    Nicole Scherzinger brings the X-Factor to Camden pub

    Published: 17 November, 2016

    FORMER Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger could be found pulling pints as she brought an X Factor finalist to a Kentish Town pub.

    Rio's naturist spa blaze was caused by body oil poured on sauna hot stones

    Smoke from the Rio's sauna fire towered above Kentish Town [Pic: Sue Odell]

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LUNCHTIME steam session at a naturist spa ended in chaos when a man accidentally poured body oil onto a sauna’s hot stones and set the building on fire.

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged to investigate closure of Carpenters Arms

    Elisabeth Bond and Jacqueline Pursey outside the boarded-up Carpenter’s Arms in Frederick Street.

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DEVASTATED punters at a boarded-up King’s Cross pub are calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to investigate its closure as part of an inquiry into overseas property developers. 

    Global politics has gone mad, former archbishop of Canterbury tells Belsize Park church audience

    Dr Rowan Williams in Belsize Park

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he was struggling to see the “sanity” in global politics as he delivered a lecture on ethics at a Belsize Park church.

    Obituary: Arnold Paucker’s mission was to show Jewish resistance

    Berlin-born Arnold Paucker, who lived in Camden Town, was director of the Leo Ba

    Berlin-born Arnold Paucker, who lived in Camden Town, was director of the Leo Baeck ­Institute.

    Published: 15 November, 2016
    by ERIC GORDON

    Exclusive: Snake on the loose! Bin man finds python in Highgate street

    Highgate python

    The snake was found by a roadsweeper in The Grove this morning (Tuesday)

    Published: 15 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN exotic python has been found on the loose by roadsweepers in Highgate this morning.

    MPs’ dismay in wake of Trump's ‘triumph of anti-politics’

    Donald Trump PIC: Michael Vadon

    Published: 12 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN MPs reacted with dismay to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States as his victory against Hillary Clinton was confirmed on Wednesday.

    Scottish football fans turn Russell Square fountains into soapy mess

    The scene in Russell Square at lunchtime. (Pic: Phillip Jones)

    Published: 11 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    IT is one of the oldest tricks in a jokebook, a prank which could have come straight out of the pages of the Beano.

    Huge column of smoke over Kentish Town as firefighters tackle high street blaze

    Four fire engines and twenty firefighters were called to the scene

    Published: 11 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze in Kentish Town Road that broke out this afternoon. 

    Obituary: Margaret Hepburn - codebreaker, swimmer and champion for the elderly

    Margaret Hepburn took up swimming at the Heath Ladies’ Pond in her 70s

    Margaret Hepburn took up swimming at the Heath Ladies’ Pond in her 70s

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

     

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