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25th September 2016

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    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. 

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Police helicopter called off as standoff ends with man climbing down from roof in Camden Town

    Police and firefighters talk to a man on the roof in Harmood Street

    Police and firefighters talk to a man on the roof in Harmood Street

    Published 19 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLICE standoff came to a peaceful end when a young man voluntary climbed down a waiting ladder. 

    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". 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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’

    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.

    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.

    '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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    Victory for our Thin Red Line campaign as London Mayor Sadiq Khan orders review of Fire Brigade cuts

    The CNJ had to chase Boris Johnson for answers

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    THIN RED LINE INVESTIGATION
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROBE into the Fire Brigade’s ability to “keep Londoners safe” has been launched at City Hall.

    You've let Queen's Crescent Market die, angry shoppers and traders tell Town Hall

    Queen's Crescent Market has seen a drop in the number of stalls

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    COUNCIL chiefs stand accused of not doing enough to halt the dramatic decline of ailing Queen’s Crescent Market, as the number of stalls continues to fall.

    Artist's fight for light: Dame Paula Rego objects to roof extension project next to her studio

    Inside Dame Paula's studio [Pic: Dinkeydarcey]

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DAME Paula Rego – one of the world’s most eminent artists – says she is in a fight for light after developers made a fresh bid to build a roof extension next to her Camden Town st

    Police probe gang connection after two men arrested in Chalk Farm 'knife fight'

    Police arrested the men at hosptial

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

     

    GANG crime detectives are investigating after two men were injured in a suspected knife fight in Chalk Farm. 

    Trade union campaigner suspended by Labour Party after sharing tweets about 'Blairites'

    Phil Lewis

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LEADING trade union campaigner in Camden says he has been suspended from the Labour Party for sharing three messages on Twitter that criticised “Blairites”.

    UCL Academy's headteacher says good Ofsted report will allow school to shed 'mantle of shame'

    Geraldine Davies

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENANN

    THE headteacher of Camden’s first academy school has said she is delighted to have finally shed a “mantle of shame” Ofsted report. 

    Disabled cuts protest outside job centre in Kentish Town

    The demonstration in Kentish Town Road on Tuesday

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A 61-year-old woman with a chronic disease who has been stripped of her benefits and told to get a job joined a lively protest outside a job centre.

    Children will be encouraged to wear face masks amid pollution fears at new BMX track

    Harrington Square Gardens

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CHILDREN using a new BMX track that is set to be installed in a garden square near Mornington Crescent will be urged by Camden Council to wear face-masks due to concerns over pollution from nearby

    Tenants who protect council's empty flats are like ‘unpaid security guards’, Green councillor warns

    Sian Berry is a Camden councillor and London Assembly member

    Published: 6 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has been told to stop using property guardians to secure empty flats over fears that the schemes exploit young people trapped by London’s housing crisis.

    West Hampstead councillor meets African king

    Phil Rosenberg meets His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

    Published: 6 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BOWING to royalty, West Hampstead councillor Phil Rosenberg stepped up the red carpet and came face to face with a Ghanian king last Sunday.

    Camden planners back developer's bid to turn lane of traffic into private garden

    Artist's impression: How Christian Candy's garden is due to look

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by ELLA JESSEL

    A MILLIONAIRE property developer has cleared a major hurdle in his bid to shut down part of a road near Regent’s Park to build a private garden next to his lavish mansion.

    Corbyn supporter accused of offensive comments is suspended by Labour Party's compliance unit

    Terence Flanagan has been suspended by the Labour Party after 40 years as a member

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR supporters have clashed over the suspension of a party member accused of offending people with his choice of language about Israel and his attacks on local councillors.

    New Hawley School set to open in Camden Town as wharf development continues

    Architect Will Lee and developer Mark Alper at the new Hawley primary school

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE finishing touches are being made to a new primary school in the heart of Camden Town.

    Bogus police call 'linked to theft of confidential info from Town Hall'

    Camden Council has told some residents that their details have been stolen

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DETECTIVES are investigating whether the theft of private information held by the Town Hall on some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents led to an elderly woman being targeted for a doo

    'The windows are too high to get smashed': St Michael's Church in Camden Town set to host music gigs

    Nine Inch Nails fan Father Tom Plant

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HEAVY metal-loving vicar has reassured his congregation there will be “no mosh pit” after he revealed plans to transform his Camden Town church into a live music venue.

    Man who raised £130k to pay for cancer drug not available on NHS says tumours have shrunk

    Momenul Haque

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAN who raised £130,000 for specialist cancer drugs unavailable on the NHS said he has had “very positive news” about his treatment. 

    Police probing 'key attack' on assault victim's face release images of four women they want to question

    Police haev circulated this image of a woman they want to speak to in relation to an assault in Euston Road

    Published: 2 September, 2016

    Police officers have a whip-round to buy shopping for 85-year-old woman left stranded by pickpockets

    Elizabeth-Ann Colville said she was "overwhelmed with gratitude

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    KIND-HEARTED police officers took an 85-year-old woman on a shopping trip after she was left stranded by a pickpocket who stole her purse.

    Suspected drug dealer leaves £6,000 in car as he flees police

    Cash found in the car

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SUSPECTED drug dealer left £6,000 in cash in his car when he fled police on foot in Mornington Crescent. 

    Highgate Cemetery is running out of space to sell burial plots, friends of Karl Marx graveyard are told

    The Karl Marx headstone in Highgate Cemetery, a popular stop for tourists

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE chief executive of the charity overseeing historic Highgate Cemetery, final resting place of Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and TV presenter Jeremy Beadle, has said it would be “nonsens

    Pub deal hopeful: 'I want to take over the King William IV and get people dancing on the counter'

    Jimmy McGrath owns the Old Eagle pub in Camden Town

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LANDLORD says he wants to take over a historic pub to resurrect the “old Hampstead bonhomie” by luring back artists and musicians with cheap prices and “parties every night&rdqu

    Speed bump plea in Hampstead back streets where Nelson the cat was hit by car

    Nelson broke his pelvis

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROFESSIONAL pet sitter whose cat is at death’s door after being hit by a car has called for speed bumps to be installed to slow traffic using Hampstead back streets as a “rat-run&rdq

    Town Hall halt Right To Buy council home deals amid fraud suspicions

    Camden Council is investigating Right To Buy applications

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FOURTEEN Right to Buy deals for Camden Council homes have been halted by fraud investigators amid suspicions they were set up by people looking to cheat the system.

    Shock as Occupy activist Tom Palmer - also known as Kingfisher - dies suddenly at 28

    Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer pictured at the Occupy protest in Finsbury Square in 2012

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROLIFIC activist who spent the past few weeks opposing a pub chain’s plans to expand into a popular piece of canal-side land in Camden Town has died suddenly.

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

    The Highgate Newtown Community Centre

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

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

    Romeo Nkansah murder: Stabbing suspects released

    Romeo Nkansah

    Romeo Nkansah

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

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

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