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24th January 2017

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    Lawrence Bond: vigil for man ruled 'fit to work' who died on way home from Jobcentre

    Lawrence Bond suffered a fatal heart attack in Highgate Road

    Published: 23 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A VIGIL is to be held for a man who collapsed and died in the street after being ruled “fit to work” and forced to sign on.

    Man charged with murder in Dartmouth Park Hill

    Theodore Johnson appeared in court today

    Published: January 23, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has been charged with murdering a woman at his home in Dartmouth Park.

    Woman hospitalised after vintage Porsche smashes through cafe window

    The scene in West End Lane Picture: Phil Rosenberg

    Published: 20 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN is being treated in hospital this afternoon (Friday) after a vintage sports car smashed through the front of a cafe in West Hampstead. 

    Council leader 'deeply concerned' by Theresa May's move to quit single market

    Sarah Hayward

    Published: 19 January, 2017

    THE Town Hall has set up a cross-party group which will tackle the effects of Britain's exit from the European Union.

    Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard cuts the cake as Highgate theatre celebrates 19th birthday

    Racky Plews, John Plews, Su Pollard, Katie Plews and Jessica Plews celebrate the Upstairs At The Gatehouse's birthday, while below the comic actress meets the cast of Anything Goes. Plus: Theatre producer Katy Lipson wins a 'HUGO'

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    Hospital board investigates spike in unexpected deaths

    The Whittington Hospital in Archway

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    HOSPITAL chiefs have reported a spike in unexpected deaths and warned of “immense pressure” on the NHS during the winter months.

    Shrine to George Michael continues to grow in Highgate village

    Fans of the singer are still arriving with flowers, flags, cards and memorabilia

     
    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    Bishop of London blesses school's building work

    The Bishop of London at Holy Trinity and St Silas

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    The Bishop of London has made a rare trip to a Camden Town school to give his blessing to recently completed building work. 

    Hundreds sign petition urging council to halt closure of dementia care centre

    Campaigners at the Netherwood Day Centre

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    MORE than 600 people have signed a petition against the closure of a dementia centre. 

    'We just want to grow leeks': Camden Council to hive off control of allotments to volunteers

    Ray Long, from the Fitzroy Park Allotments Association

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Town Hall will end decades of managing allotments from February – leaving reluctant plot-holders to take on the task of collecting rent, resolving disputes and maintaining four sites.

    Soup kitchen set up to help the homeless searches for new premises after being told it must leave council building

    Jon Glakin helps to run Streets Kitchen from a vacant council building

    Jon Glakin helps to run Streets Kitchen from a vacant council building

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SOUP kitchen for rough sleepers that is run by volunteers could be made homeless next week as their ­head­quarters in Kentish Town are readied for building works. 

    Swains Lane parade finally ready for ‘facelift’ as wrecking ball team waits to move in

    The development’s progress was discussed at St Anne’s Church on Monday

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Highgate shopping parade that has had the wrecker’s ball hanging over it for more than a decade is a step closer to being turned into rubble.

    Where have you been Winston? Cat which vanished on Christmas Day rescued by kind-hearted couple

    Winston's owners appealed for help in the New Journal and hired thermal imaging search teams

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A BLACK cat is recovering with bandaged paws three weeks after vanishing on Christmas Day. 

    Police officer fired for unlawfully confiscating driver's keys

    Published: 19 January, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLICE officer has been fired after he unlawfully confiscated a drunk driver’s car keys and then lied to colleagues to cover his tracks. 

    Public exhibition reveals how new entrance to Camden Town Underground could look

    TfL's plans for a new site in Buck Street

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A MAJOR facelift for Camden Town, this is how City Hall hopes to finally solve the Underground station’s chronic overcrowding problems.

    Moving final farewell for hero Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts

    Mourners outside the Lido on the day of the funeral

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE sheer number of people who wanted to say goodbye to Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts, who died on New Year’s Day, meant scores who had come to pay their respects had to wait outside the chapel

    Man ruled 'fit for work' dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre

    Lawrence Bond

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN collapsed and died in the street after being ruled “fit to work” and forced to sign on. 

    Fresh bid to re-open famous Black Cap bar is unveiled

    The Black Cap

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE famous Black Cap – which has been empty in Camden Town for nearly two years – could reopen as a gay pub sharing its space with a theatre company. 

    Police say they will no longer punish cyclists riding on pavement in Primrose Hill... to make roads safer

    Sergeant Nick Clarke said it was time to understand what forced cyclists onto the pavement

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are to stop punishing cyclists who ride on the pavement in Primrose Hill – and instead investigate the conditions that led them to leave the road.

    Mayor's pledge to restore neighbourhood policing is merely 'window dressing' for cuts

    Sadiq Khan with Sophie Linden and borough commander Catherine Roper 

    Published: 13 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Mayor of London’s high-profile pledge to bolster the number of bobbies on the beat has been further knocked by claims that it will amount to a “net gain of zero” additional po

    Teenager guilty of rape and attempted murder of schoolgirl in Hampstead Cemetery

    Hughes stabbed the girl in the neck in a quiet corner of the graveyard 

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGER has been found guilty of raping a schoolgirl in Hampstead Cemetery before trying to kill her so she could not report him to police. 

    Threat to school jobs as headteachers grapple with 'zombie budgets' after funding formula change

    Kevin Courtney: 'Begging letters to parents are common'

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SCHOOLS have begun mapping out drastic measures to cope with funding cuts – and jobs are on the line, unions have warned.

    Final farewell to Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts

    Published: 12 January, 2016

    THE funeral of Parliament Hill Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts is to be held at midday tomorrow (Friday) at St Pancras cemetery, in East Finchley. Glyn, 48, died on New Year’s Day.

    Official: Torriano School has the best school chef in London

    Terri Carpenter qualifies for a cook off with the other regional winners

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DINNER lady from a Kentish Town school has been named London’s best school chef in a Masterchef-style cooking comp­etition.

    More traders in Belsize Park hit by break-ins

    A break in at the Late Late Store which the New Journal reported on last week

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SPATE of burglaries targeting independent businesses in Belsize Park continued this week with more traders hit over the weekend.

    Marilyn Monroe treat for Hampstead bookseller Keith Fawkes at his 75th birthday party

    Keith Fawkes with Antonia Moore

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    HAMPSTEAD antiques and bookseller Keith Fawkes was serenaded by Marilyn Monroe on his 75th birthday.

    Swiss Cottage School reveals proposals to break away from council control to be run as an academy

    Swiss Cottage School

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A SCHOOL is set to test opinion with a proposal to become the first in Camden to break away from council control to be run as an academy, it was revealed last night (Wednesday).

    Protesters fight third bid to close West Hampstead dementia care centre

    Camden has been warned shutting down the Netherwood Day Centre would be a 'backward step'

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS have swung back into action after the council launched a third move to close a dementia day centre.

    50 metre tree in Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig's back garden faces chop over root cracks

    The tree in Camden Town and Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz [Pic: Georges Bard]

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SOARING plane tree in the back garden of Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig is under threat after a neighbour claimed its roots are damaging their home.

    Kentish Town estate agency closes branch a year after big 'craft beer effect' launch

    The 'we have moved' sign (and a prankster's addition) at Greene and Co in Kentish Town

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    WITH Kentish Town now ranked as a million-pound neighbourhood in terms of London’s raging property market, estate agents have targeted NW5 in a stampede for business.

    Turtle Bay restaurant chain lined up for move into former Auntie Annie's pub in Kentish Town

    Published: 12 January, 2017

    TURTLE Bay, the nationwide Caribbean-themed restaurant, is set to become the latest chain to move into Kentish Town, with a branch proposed for the former Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse pub.

    Anger as couple tell inspector that basement next to Air Studios could be dug out during orchestra breaks

    Musicians at Air Studios are worried recording work will be brought to a halt by noisy construction, with Brian May among the opponents [Pics: Marcen27 and Paul Capeville]

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A COUPLE in a long-running battle to dig out a new basement at their home next to the world-famous Air Studios have suggested doing some of the work while orchestras are on their lunch breaks.

    Thieves pose as immigration officers in violent burglary leading to fears victim was ethnically profiled

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THIEVES posing as immigration officers carried out a violent burglary in Regent’s Park, leading to fears that criminals are picking victims on the basis of their nationality. 

    All Saints singer Melanie Blatt joins tributes to legendary primary school music teacher David Joyner

    David Joyner died on December 30

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    ALL Saints singer Melanie Blatt has paid tribute to a primary school music teacher known for inspiring generations of children in Camden after her former school announced he had passed away.

    Fly-tip warnings as Town Hall reveals which homes will only have rubbish collected once a fortnight

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall this week divided the borough into the haves and have nots: the homes which will retain a weekly bin collection – and the ones which will soon only have waste picked up once a f

    Should more be done to help road safety and mobile phone usage?

    Person uses mobile phone whilst driving

     

    Far from making cars safer, some say modern car tech and especially mobile phone use is actually making for more motoring related incidents. Cases such as the lorry driver being sentenced to ten years in prison for running into a car and killing all four occupants, while using his mobile phone, has highlighted again the perils of getting distracted whilst driving.

    Mobile phones

    Brazen thieves target Belsize Village businesses with Christmas raids

    Suspects in motorcycle helmets broke into the Late Late Store

    Published: January 5, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SPATE of smash-and-grab raids hit independent traders in Belsize Park over the Christmas period, with several businesses losing thousands of pounds to brazen thieves.

    Vacancy at Camden New Journal: Reporter

    Published: 9 January, 2016

    THE Camden New Journal is looking to hire a full-time reporter.
     

    Have you seen Winston? Thermal imaging search unit called in to find missing Belsize Park cat

    Winston went missing from his Belsize Park home on Christmas Day

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A TEAM of pet detectives with thermal-imaging cameras are out searching for black cat Winston after he vanished on Christmas Day.

    Calls for rethink over vision for 'dilapidated' community centre

    An illustration of how Highgate Newtown Community Centre could look under the To

    An illustration of how Highgate Newtown Community Centre could look under the Town Hall scheme and, below, the building as it currently stands

    Highgate Newtown Community Centre

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    by DAN CARRIER

    Daughter raises funds for cancer patient who sold beloved caravan to pay for cost of living

    Cancer patient Andrea Dawson with the caravan she sold and, below, with her daughter Stephanie

     

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejects warning that his extra bobbies plan will be undermined by loss of senior officers

    Sadiq Khan spoke to the New Journal during a visit to Kentish Town

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday (Wednesday) dismissed concerns that cuts to senior police jobs would undermine his pledge to introduce an extra officer to every neighbourhood. 

    Relatives of Short brothers aircraft pioneers want to restore crumbling graves in Hampstead Cemetery

    Great-great niece Liz Walker and husband Barrie and, below, the overgrown grave of Horace Short in West Hampstead 

     
    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL
     

    Owners of famous Koko nightclub want to build boutique hotel next door

    A cupola on the former Camden Palace's dome roof will be reintated [Pic Archer Humphryes Architects]

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE owners of KOKO nightclub have unveiled plans to build a boutique hotel on top of a disused pub as part of an overhaul of the Camden Town venue.

    ‘Mind over batter’ It’s a brainy bake off fund-raiser at Bloomsbury hospital

    Sophie Thompson and Joanna David inspect a cake

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    TELEVISION actresses Sophie Thompson and Joanna David judged a “bake off” competition at the country’s leading brain hospital. 

    Farewell to Sybil Shine, former councillor dies at 80

    Sybil Shine

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ERIC GORDON

    SYBIL Shine, a former Camden Labour councillor, who fought radical causes throughout her life, has died at 80.

    Lost in Lapland: Mother calls for holiday refund after daughter goes missing on Northern Lights sleigh trip

    Charli Faux with her daughter Scarlett moments before they were separated on what should have been a dream Christmas holiday

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A MOTHER is demanding a £3,000 holiday refund after her young daughter was “lost” in an Arctic Circle wilderness during a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas trip to Lapland.

    Top designer Sir Kenneth Grange urges Camden Council to block 'grotesque' basement plan

    Sir Kenneth Grange lives in Hampstead [Pic: Geoff Sheppard]

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    DIGGING a basement under your home is a sure-fire way to upset your neighbours and in Hampstead it is not unusual to discover you have unwittingly ruffled the feathers of an A-list pop star or a Hi

    Parliament Hill Lido falls silent after sudden death of hero lifeguard

    Glyn Roberts pictured at the Hampstead Heath ponds on Christmas Day

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Parliament Hill Lido fell silent and the waters were still this week after it was closed as a mark of respect to a hero lifeguard who died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

    Chorus of approval for care home piano

    Music therapist Gary Ansdell at the piano with Rathmore House resident John Beaver

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT and ZITA LANZARA

    THE triumphant conclusion of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy resonated through a care home as one resident rekindled childhood memories of playing the piano.

    Royal Free Hospital boss David Sloman is knighted among New Year's honours

    Sir David Sloman

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    THE top boss of the Royal Free Hospital and the artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre were among those collecting awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

    Go-ahead for new housing development behind Chalk Farm tube station

    How the new development will look

    Published: 3 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    RESIDENTS say they are “disappointed” after plans for a 77-home development on former police garages by Chalk Farm tube station were given the go-ahead.

    Renting Property in Spain – 5 Quick Tips for Expats

    Spanish Property

    Moving to a new country is stressful; you need to pack, change your job and contend with a new language. The Spanish property market is different from North America and many EU countries, and is some ways better with the law being focused towards the rights of tenants. Here are a few handy tips to take some of the stress out of the process when talking about renting property in Spain:

    1 – Properties targeted at expats are normally much more expensive – English speaking landlords will try to take advantage of your ignorance o

    How we spread Christmas hamper joy across Camden thanks to your generosity

    Rita Fitzgerald receives a hamper

    Published: 29 December, 2016

    THE scriptwriters of the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders had soap’s most famous pensioner Dot Cotton eating her dinner with only a stray cat for company, having pulled her table cracker h

    How did you spend Christmas Day? Jumping into ice cold pond water on Hampstead Heath

    The scene at the ponds on Christmas Day

    Published: 29 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A GHOST from Christmases past appeared at the Hampstead Heath Christmas Day swim this year – in the form of a medal cast 101 years ago for the winner of the annual festive races.

    Man dies in fire tragedy on Boxing Day

    The damaged flat in Hawley Road

    Published: 29 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN and ELLA JESSEL

    DETECTIVES are investigating the circumstances behind a fire which killed a man in a Boxing Day blaze at his home in Camden Town. 

    Neighbour sends note to Christmas lights house: 'Your display is so bad I'm moving'

    The decorated house in Highgate, and below a 'disgruntled' neighbour's objection

    Published: 28 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    Man dies in Camden Town flat fire

    Published: 26 December, 2016

    A MAN was pronounced dead at the scene of a fire in Camden Town this morning (Boxing Day), the London Fire Brigade has reported.

    Fans gather to pay tribute to George Michael at his house in Highgate Village

    Fans Margaret Sorrell and Sarah Butler-Ford outside the star's home today

    Fans Margaret Sorrell and Sarah Butler-Ford outside the star's home today

    Published: 26 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    FANS gathered this morning (Boxing Day) at the Highgate home of George Michael, the global pop star who passed away on Christmas Day.

    Mayor backs controversial CS11 cycle ‘superhighway’

    Published: 22 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR transforma­tion of Swiss Cottage has been given the go-ahead by the Mayor of London.

    Ponds lifeguard Terry Turner hangs up his trunks after 40 years

    Terry Turner with many of the swimmers he has known during his time at Hampstead Heath ponds. ‘I’ve swum here when there have been eight inches of ice,’ he recalled

    Published: 22 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    HE has spent four decades keeping a careful watch on the swimmers at Hampstead Heath ponds – but it was time for regulars to give senior lifeguard Terry Turner some attention as he completed

    Detectives launch murder investigation after woman is found dead at Dartmouth Park house

    Published: 17 December, 2016

    A MURDER investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Dartmouth Park.

    Swiss Cottage cycle superhighway gets the go ahead with construction starting next year

    Swiss Cottage

    Published: 16 December, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR transformation of Swiss Cottage has got the go-ahead from the Mayor of London.

    Boy arrested over gun murder of man who was 'trying to better his life'

    Yesir Beshira was shot dead in Kilburn High Road

    Published: 16 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of gunning down a man on a busy Kilburn street during rush-hour. 

    Former mayor of Barnet watches in court as his company pleads guilty to housing offences

    Rat droppings found by council officials in the house in Hurdwick Place

    Published: 15 December, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROPERTY firm whose partners include a Tory politician has been fined for illegally letting out a terraced house where 14 people were found sharing a single kitchen and pest-control experts were

    Jim Broadbent makes big Belsize Park Xmas lights switch-on a starry night

    Oscar winner Jim Broadbent turns on the Christmas ligts outside Budgen's and, below, catching up with his favourite weekly read

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    Bird lover Bill Oddie asks for permission to cut down trees causing cracks to his Hampstead home

    Bill Oddie says he feels he has no choice

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    WITH its array of bird-feeders dangling from tree branches, lush plant-life and collection of ponds, wildlife expert Bill Oddie’s garden is an oasis for his feathered friends.

    Opposition builds to 700-home development lined up for Chalk Farm supermarket site

    Early impressions of what the redeveloped Morrison's site could look like

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A ROW is brewing between residents of Primrose Hill and a supermarket giant over its plans to build a “brutal mini-city” of 700 homes for “City slickers” in Chalk Farm.

    Season's Greetings from HS2: Noisy demolition work on Christmas Day

    Colin Swift: Please, please just give us Christmas Day

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HIGH-speed Scrooges will shatter the peace throughout Christmas and Boxing Day with noisy bulldozing work.

    Market traders sell tampon Christmas cards to fund sanitary products for homeless women

    Hopeful Traders are raising funds for the Streets Kitchen homeless outreach group

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TRADERS in Camden Town are selling a range of satirical Christmas cards which feature tampons and sanitary towels in place of iconic festive scenes in support of homeless women. 

    New courtyard offices will leave us in the dark say residents on King's Cross housing estate

    Derby Lodge leaseholder Fiona Dealey, and below how the scheme will look

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    RESIDENTS are fighting plans to build an office block in the courtyard of a housing estate in King’s Cross, claiming it will block out sunlight and turn their homes into “prisons”

    Camden Mayor belts out Christmas carols to commuters at Euston

    Published: 13 December, 2016

    CAMDEN Mayor Nadia Shah was in full voice at Eustion station earlier, belting out Christmas carols with the help of schooldchildren.

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