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29th July 2016

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    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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? 

    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

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    West Hampstead police team issues warning to Pokemon Go players

    A Pokemon character on the streets of Camden

    Published: 22 July, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    IT is the virtual reality craze which has seen grown adults decide that the best way to spend their lives is to chase children's cartoon characters around on their mobile phone screens.

    Patients and staff make scathing criticisms of Camden's health services in confidential survey

    Town Hall

    An investigation into Camden’s mental health services was ordered by the Town Hall after the death of Jeffrey Mann, who took his own life last year after being told he could no longer attend

    Justice at last: The full story of how detectives finally snared schoolgirl killer James Warnock after 34 years

    Yiannouila Yianni

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MIDDLE-AGED handyman has been jailed for life for the rape and murder of Yiannoulla Yianni more than 34 years ago. 

    Warnock conviction: Former London Assembly members tells how boys at his old school were treated like suspects

    Published: 21 July, 2016

    Former Quintin Kynaston student MURAD QURESHI remembers how boys at his schools were treated like suspects as police hunted Yiannoulla Yianni's killer in 1982. He explains why he now wants Scotland Yard to burn their fingerprints.

    ON a lazy, sunny afternoon, during the summer holidays from school, I read the Sunday papers at home.

    Businesses in Hampstead vote to pay new levy for improvements to area

    From left: Karen Howell, Caroline Goldsack, Andrew Lavery, Mayank Patel, Cllr Oliver Cooper and Helen Duncan

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    BUSINESSES will pay an extra levy to a new body tasked with improving shopping and trade in Hampstead.

    Primrose Hill resident appeals for return of Tuscan jug

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE owner of a treasured water jug is appealing for its return after it was swiped from a wall outside their home.

    Now red telephone boxes in Hampstead are going to be offices for rent

    How the offices in old telephone boxes will look

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    SHOPPERS in Hampstead were impressed when two enterprising baristas squeezed a coffee stall into a disused red phone box earlier this year.

    Bar company pulls out of Black Cap deal as calls for it to open again as LGBT venue continue

    The famous Black Cap pub in Camden Town

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BAR company that was looking to open a new venue at the historic Black Cap pub has pulled out – and now claims the site is likely to “remain shut for the foreseeable future”.&nb

    MPs split as Tulip Siddiq votes against nuclear weapons but Keir Starmer backs Trident renewal

    Camden's MPs Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMDEN MPs were split this week as Keir Starmer backed the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system while Tulip Siddiq opposed the move in a House of Commons vote.

    Armed police descend on quiet Woodsome Road after man is 'mauled' by dog

    Police with firearms were at the scene

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ARMED police descended on a quiet Kentish Town street after a man was reportedly mauled while trying to break up fighting dogs. 

    Planning officers say move to turn Hampstead police station into primary school should be rejected

    Staff and parents at Abacus Primary School want to move into the old police station in Rosslyn Hill

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PLANNING officers this afternoon (Wednesday) recommended that a move to turn the former Hampstead Police Station into a school should be rejected.

    Tragedy of father who died of brain tumour before seeing daughter's killer brought to justice

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Published: 18 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE father of murdered schoolgirl Yiannaoulla Yianni died a "broken man" from a brain tumour that was a "direct result" of her death, according to his son. 

    James Warnock jailed for life for killing teenager Yiannoulla Yianni in 1982

    James Warnock

    Published: 18 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    YIANNOULLA Yianni's killer was today jailed for life and told by a judge that he had "visited misery beyond measure" on her family in the 34 years since her death. 

    40 years on from schoolboy Enrico Sidoli's death, £5,000 reward offered to solve mystery of Lido murder

    Police posters from 1976 [Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library]

    Published: 17 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DETECTIVES will be urged to revisit their historic case files on the death of a schoolboy who died after reportedly being held under the water at the Parliament Hill Lido four decades ago.

    Warning as parents are told supplies of TB vaccine for babies are running out

    Tulip Siddiq learned of the dwindling supplies when she took her own daughter in for a BCG injection

    Published: 17 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SUPPLIES of the tuberculosis vaccine are “close to exhaustion” and only the highest risk babies are being inoculated in Camden, the New Journal can reveal.

    Verdict: James Warnock is found guilty of raping and murdering schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni in 1982

    James Warnock

    James Warnock will be sentenced on Monday

    Published: 15 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HANDYMAN from Regent's Park has been found guilty of raping and murdering Swiss Cottage schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni more than 30 years ago. 

    Former F1 driver John Campbell-Jones tells of safety fears as council removes estate's security doors

    John Campbell-Jones

    Former Grand Prix race car driver John Campbell-Jones at home with his cat Boy

    Published: 15 July 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TENANTS are fighting a “draconian” Town Hall decision to remove security doors from a tower block in Mornington Crescent, warning that it will put the

    Photographer's plea to track down camera lost in King's Cross

    Sukey Parnell

    Photographer Sukey Parnell

     

    Published: 15 July, 2016 
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ‘No more deaths on our streets’ plea as body of homeless Big Issue seller found

    Steve Percival had become a familiar face in Camden Town

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE death of a popular Big Issue seller found unconscious in the doorway of a Camden Town bank is the latest in a series of emergencies that have seen medics

    Athlone House mansion set for £20million revamp

    Athlone House

    Architect Stuart McLauchlan outside Athlone House and, below, what will become the master bedroom inside the 1870 mansion 

    Athlone House

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Rally hails Corbyn victory over the ‘first wave of coup’

    Corbyn supporters at the Kentish Town rally

    Corbyn supporters at the Kentish Town rally

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    The shopping parade with a butcher, a fruit shop and a gym where men pay to wrestle women

    You'd might not guess from the outside: how the 'gym' looks at the moment

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    IT is a shopping parade with a butcher, a newsagent, an off-licence, a fruit-and-veg shop and soon... a gym where “stunning models are waiting to pummel you to the ground”.

    Blustons close to re-opening with same name and as a clothes shop

    Blustons before it closed last year

    Published: 13 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was the time warp shop that delighted passers-by with its historic façade, eye-catching window displays and polka dot dresses.

    Legal challenge at Camden school to allow parents to sit with anorexic pupils at lunch

    CamdenSG

    Camden School for Girls

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MOTHER has urged one of London’s best-known secondary schools to allow parents to support their children with eating disorders at lunchtimes.

    Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub set for refurb

    Ye Olde Swiss Cottage

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT is an Alpine-themed oasis on the traffic-choked Swiss Cottage gyratory that has provided relief to thirsty travellers for hundreds of years.

    Camden Council to stop chasing worst-off for council tax with plan to exempt 11,500 residents

    Theo Blackwell and Don Williams

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THOUSANDS of people in Camden are set to be made exempt from paying council tax to save the Town Hall cash on chasing for money they do not have.

    Now school dinner ladies who fought for living wage have their hours cut

    Protests at the Town Hall last year

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DINNER ladies who won a major pay boost after a campaign to secure them a living wage are reeling from a fresh hit of having their hours cut.

    North London graffiti: Corbyn supporters leave message on Kentish Town wall

    Published: 12 July, 2016

    NEW graffiti in Kentish Town has sent a mesage to the Labour Party to retain Jeremy Corbyn as its leader.

    Families carried out of homes by firefighters after burst water main floods Primrose Hill

    Flooded roads earlier today

    Published: 8 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    FAMILIES had to be carried out of their homes by firefighters this morning after a major flood submerged a block of Primrose Hill flats in 15 feet of water.

    Homes evacuated as burst water main floods Primrose Hill

    The scene in Primrose Hill this morning

    Published: July 8, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    Over 35 firefighters and officers are dealing with a flooding following a burst water main on Avenue Rd in Primrose Hill.
     

    Coldplay producer joins fresh defence of Air Studios as councillors prepare to vote on basement dig next door

    Rik Simpson has produced the last four Coldplay albums

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    COLDPLAY’S music producer has joined a fresh wave of protest against a basement dig next to the world famous Air Studios.

    Theresa May says Tories can win back target seat Hampstead and Kilburn if they elect her as leader

    Theresa May in West Hampstead

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THERESA May pledged to lead a party capable of finally winning back Hampstead and Kilburn for the Tories when she made the constituency her first stop after announcing her bid to be Prime Minister,

    Lord Of The Rings actor Andy Serkis on quest to build new modernist home in Highgate

    Andy Serkis

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    LORD of the Rings actor Andy Serkis is on a quest demolish his Highgate home and replace it with a modernist alternative.

    Famous London Zoo aviary to be turned into new Regent's Park des res for monkeys

    The aviary [Pic: Daniel Spawson, ZSL]

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was designed to last around 25 years and is now on Historic England’s “At Risk” register – but this week London Zoo unveiled new plans to restore and re-use the historic

    Corbyn can win another contest say supporters in Camden, as 15 Labour councillors turn on party leader

    More than 100 members of Momentum, the Corbyn-supporting group, met in Kentish Town

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR members in Camden are split over whether it is time for Jeremy Corbyn to be replaced as party leader, as his supporters warned that the views of the wider membership were not reflected in ca

    Accused in 1982 murder trial tells Old Bailey he did not know teenager had been killed

    Yiannoulla Yianni 

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE man accused of the rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl in her family home 34 years ago took to the witness stand for the first time yesterday (Wednesday) and insisted he was innocent.

    Body found in Camden Town side street

    The scene in Camden Town this morning

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE body of a man was discovered this morning (Thursday) in a side street close to Camden Town underground.

    Baby swifts are rescued from Kentish Town street as bird lover becomes their 'surrogate mother'

    Michael Stratton has been hand-feeding the swifts

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    BABY swifts found in a nest left on the pavement in Kentish Town have had a lucky break after being nursed through their first few weeks by a bird lover who lives nearby.

    Woman barred from West Hampstead pub insists: I'm no lairy yob

    Janet Loosley has been hit with a lifetime ban from the Black Lion

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WOMAN who works with vulnerable alcoholics and drug-takers says she has cried herself to sleep after being hit with a life ban from her local pub.

    In the dragon's den: Cheers then tears as Wales football fans watch country's biggest ever match on the big screen

    There were party scenes before kick off

    Published: 7 July, 2016

    European Championships, Semi-Final
    WALES 0, PORTUGAL 2
    By ELLA JESSEL at the LONDON WELSH CENTRE 

    IT was a night when everybody traced their family tree for a hint of a Welsh relation, but in a packed hall in King's Cross there was no need to dig up forgotten forefathers and lost second cou

    Detectives ask for help after mother-of-three dies after being 'beaten up'

    Vicky Walton [Pic: Camden New Journal]

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    DETECTIVES investigating the violent death of a mother of three in Queen’s Crescent swamped the area last night (Wednesday) in the hope of finding fresh clues.

    Sex workers health clinic is forced out of Soho after 28 years

    A protest that took place last year after sex workers were targeted in police raids in the West End 

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CLINIC that has helped sex workers for 28 years is moving to Fitzrovia following cuts to NHS funding.

    New start for the Dartmouth Arms pub

    The Dartmouth Arms

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW potential owner for the Dartmouth Arms pub has emerged – and looks set to have signed a lease by the beginning of next week.

    Uniform tie, a stamp and a copy of New Journal go in Belsize Park school's time capsule

    School tie, a stamp and a copy of New Journal go in Belsize Park school's time c

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    3D glasses, a pencil, an Oyster card and a copy of your favourite weekly newspaper have been blessed by a bishop and buried in a time capsule for future generations to marvel at.

    Punters ask: Why has the Old White Bear pub become like Mary Celeste?

    The Old White Bear in Hampstead

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    PAST regulars at one of Hampstead’s oldest pubs say it should be renamed The Mary Celeste after being left empty for two years and amid confusion over who now owns it.

    Cabbie friends Littlelegs and Uncle Tel died just days apart

    Kenny ‘Littlelegs’ Holman and Terry ‘Uncle Tel’ Franklin 

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE families of two black cab drivers whose friendship spanned 50 years have paid tribute to the “best of friends” who died last month just two weeks apart. 

    Burglar strikes at charity-run nature reserve

    Alek Makucewicz was leading a group of youngsters on a tour of Camley Street Natural Park when its office was burgled

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HEARTLESS burglar broke into a charity-run nature park in King’s Cross while staff were busy giving a guided tour for schoolchildren. 

    Owners of Finchley Road fire block dispute investigation claims

    The Finchley Road fire was alight for more than 60 hours

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE owners of a block of flats at the centre of a devastating blaze in Finchley Road are disputing claims by fire investigators that they breached safety guidelines.

    Concerns over Whittington hospital partner

    Whittington Hospital

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HEALTH chiefs have warned the top boss of the Whittington they have “profound concerns” that a controversial new estates strategy is being pushed through without asking the public.

    Ten years on from first planning battle, Vlachos brothers launch new bid to change Garden House

    How the new house could

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IF at first you don’t succeed, try and try again might be the motto for two brothers looking to create a luxury home overlooking a picturesque Hampstead Heath pond.

    Candy developer upsets Regent's Park neighbours with plan to turn traffic lane into private garden

    How the new garden could look

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A PLANNING row has erupted in one of Regent’s Park’s most exclusive streets over property developer Christian Candy’s plans to close off a lane of traffic to make room for his pri

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