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23rd July 2016

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    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

    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.

    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. 

    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

    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

    ‘Willy Wonka lift’ to be part of Heath-side mansion’s £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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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

    Unlocked parks spark Town Hall revolt

    Labour councilors Meric Apak and Paul Tomlinson

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall leader­ship faces a rebellion among its own councillors following plans to save money by leaving some parks unlocked at night.

    Murder squad detectives arrest two after 'beaten up' woman dies in hospital

    A woman in her 30s died in the Royal Free yesterday

    Published: 1 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    MURDER squad detectives have arrested two people after a woman died in the Royal Free Hospital yesterday (Thursday) morning.

    No quick general election, says Theresa May as she spends first night of campaign to be PM in West Hampstead

    Theresa May was in hot demand among local Conservatives gathered in West Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THERESA May told Hampstead and Kilburn Tories tonight (Thursday) she would not call an early general election if she becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party, and the country's next pri

    North London politicians resent being called a metropolitan, liberal 'elite' as analysis of EU vote begins

    Council leader Sarah Hayward with Labour Party colleague at last week's EU referendum count in King's Cross

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    VOTERS across Camden were more clued up about the dangers of leaving the European Union than in other areas, it was claimed this week, as devastated Remain campaign supporters hit back at claims th

    Camden Labour big-hitters call for new leader, but Jeremy Corbyn insists: I'm staying

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn addresses a crowd of supporters in Bloomsbury

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY and TOM FOOT

    SUPPORTERS of Jeremy Corbyn say they are ready to back him against rebelling MPs in a new leadership contest, as Camden’s most senior Labour Party politicians lined up to demand a change at t

    'Go home' chants: Reports of rise in hate crimes in Camden after Brexit vote

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    POLICE and the Town Hall are on alert amid reports that abuse against minorities has spiked since the United Kingdom voted to quit the European Union.

    Family tells court of their 33 years of grief since finding strangled schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni dead at Swiss Cottage home

    Yiannoulla Yianni was killed in 1982

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE family of murdered teenager Yiannoulla Yianni were this week forced to relive the “horrific” moment they found her lifeless body at their home more than three decades ago.

    Petition to ban fun fair from Kilburn park

    Kilburn Grange park this week

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PETITION has been launched to ban a fun fair from a public park following “unacceptable” damage over the weekend.

    Chico, the dog who took walkies on his owner's shoulders, dies at 19

    Martin O'Brien

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    WHEN it came to walkies, Chico the dog had the right idea. 

    His owner did the walking, while he stretched out across his shoulders, occasionally dropping off for a kip.

    Police send officers to deal with school run road rage in Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE officers have been posted outside primary school gates in Hampstead to counter a rash of road rage incidents involving parents.  

    Frank Dobson says his friend Jeremy Corbyn must step down as Labour Party leader

    Published: 29 June, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson said this afternoon (Thursday) that it is time for his friend and long-time colleague Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour Party leader.

    Keir Starmer quits Labour's front bench and tells Jeremy Corbyn that party needs new leader

    Keir Starmer was elected in Holborn and St Pancras last May

    Published: 27 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer called for a change of Labour Party leader for the first time this afternoon (Monday) as he joined the exodus from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow team.

    Yiannoulla Yianni murder: accused 'came up with story' based on news reports

    Yiannoulla Yianni, 17, was brutally killed in 1982

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE man accused of killing Yiannoulla Yianni more than 30 years ago “came up with a story” about having a secret relationship with the 17-year-old based on information released by the p

    Dismay in Camden as heavy support for Remain cannot halt UK vote for leaving European Union

    Pro-EU Conservative campaigner Tim Barnes looks to the heavens as the results come in

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THERE was dismay in Camden this morning (Friday) as clear support for remaining in the European Union on a local level was outflanked by a vote to leave outside of London, and the country headed fo

    Labour councillor attacks Camden Council for raising Armed Forces flag

    Doug Beattie and, left, the Armed Forces Day celebration

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LABOUR councillor has stoked controversy by criticising Camden Council for raising a flag above the Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day, claiming the event was sending out the wrong message about

    'Think of the children': Headteacher pleads for end to protests over plan to turn police station into free school

    Vicki Briody

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HEADTEACHER fears her “outstanding” school could be shut down if its application to move into a former police station in Hampstead is rejected by planning chiefs.

    New restoration plan for Athlone House is 'very satisfactory'

    New restoration plan for Athlone House is 'very satisfactory'

    The new plans for Athlone House

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A MULTI-MILLION pound restoration project for a Victorian mansion overlooking Hampstead Heath has been unveiled – and met with delight by the campaign group that spent 18 years battling to sa

    Sharp shock of having diabetes in the 1950s

    Royal Free patient John Bailey

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    JOHN Bailey has been a patient at the Royal Free Hospital since 1950 when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of seven.

    Abandoned strip of land turned into community peace garden

    The cast of Fountain of Love in South End Green’s Peace Garden: Eva Magyar, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Ahd Tamini, Matt Marofka and Stephania Nolnar

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A once-abandoned strip of land in South End Green that has become a community garden through the hard work of volunteers, celebrated its transformation on Saturday by being included in the national

    MP Tulip Siddiq: 'We must stay resilient and not hide away after murder of our friend Jo Cox'

    Tulip Siddiq was elected to the House of Commons for the first time on the same night as Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she will not be put off from “facing the public” in the wake of the murder of Jo Cox.

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