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    Scorpion found in Everything But The Girl couple's Hampstead home

    Scorpion

    Ben Watt asked London Zoo to help identify the scorpion found in his daughter's bedroom. Picture: ZSL

    Published: 21 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    EVERYTHING But The Girl musician Ben Watt has alerted experts at London Zoo after finding a scorpion at his Hampstead home.

    Call to use canal as freight route to lessen load on roads

    Hawley Wharf

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Regent’s Canal could be a key route for getting heavy goods vehicles off the streets of Camden Town, according to campaign groups and the Canal and River Trust.

    Radiographers strike for first time in thirty years over low pay

    Radiographers form a picket line outside University College Hospital

    Radiographers form a picket line outside University College Hospital 

    Published: 20 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT 

    NON emergency cancer treatment, x-ray scans and hospital patient analysis was shut down for four hours today (Monday) during the latest NHS low pay strike.

    Police appeal for help to find missing King's Cross man

    Twenty-nine-year-old Richard James Mackenzie has been missing since last week

    Twenty-nine-year-old Richard James MacKenzie has been missing since last week  

    Published: 20 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE in Camden are appealing for information to help find a man from King's Cross who has been missing since last week. 

    Camden street style #29: White leggings, white shawl, white coat

    Published: October 20, 2014
     
    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town
     

    Lewis Jones, originally from Cardiff, is studying cultural and creative industries at City University.

    Councillors raise awareness of people trafficking with anti-slavery walk

    Conservative councillors Claire-Louise Leyland and Siobhan Baillie outside the Houses of Parliament

    Published: 18 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    'Art saved me from alcoholism', says woman who began drinking aged 11

    Lucy, an art psychotherapist, suffered years of alcoholism before finding help

    Lucy, an art psychotherapist, suffered years of alcoholism before finding help

    Published: 17 September, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    LUCY used to regularly black out at the end of the day, wake up and do it all over again. 

    North London NHS staff join demand for one percent pay rise

    Staff on strike at UCLH

    Staff on strike at UCLH

    Published: 17 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    NURSES, ambulance paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners, and midwives joined picket lines outside Camden’s three main hospitals on Monday.

    Hampstead serial killer demands compensation for losing chance to vote in elections

    David Mulcahy has been told he must serve at least 30 years in prison

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A HAMPSTEAD serial killer wants to be paid compensation for every election he has missed during the time he has spent in prison.

    PEEPS: Will Emma Thompson vote for Tulip Siddiq?

    Emma Thompson says she doesn't know what she will do at the next general election

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    PEEPS: THE WEEK IN LOCAL POLITICS

    THERE was a rumour in the wind recently that Labour might launch their final push to hold Hampstead and Kilburn at May’s general election with a celebrity face, namely the celebrity f

    Red faces for HS2 bosses as advertising authority pulls plug on 'misleading' promotional film

    HS2 will lead to demolition and disruption in Camden

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    BLUNDERING High Speed 2 chiefs have removed a promotional film from the internet after a complaint that it overstated the benefits of the government’s controversial £53million plan to b

    Globetrotting busker fights to keep free music on Camden's streets

    Somerset Barnard and supporters Tony Blackmur and Alex Sampson with the petition

    Somerset Barnard and supporters Tony Blackmur and Alex Sampson with the petition

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A MAN on a mission to busk his way around the world has taken a stand against Camden's street performance licensing rules, branding the changes a “step backwards” in the borough'

    Inmate writes to CNJ from Holloway Prison pleading for council home back

    Yvonne Tyler's home is boarded up

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    AN inmate has sent a desperate plea for help from Holloway Prison after being jailed for attempting to break into her own home, which had been at the centre of a police drugs investigation. 

    Exclusive: Dannie Abse's 'final poem'

    Legendary poet Dannie Abse died last month, before he could read his tribute poem to Dylan Thomas

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    EXCLUSIVE by PETER GRUNER

    THE final poem written by Dannie Abse – a poignant tribute to Dylan Thomas – can be revealed in today’s New Journal. 

    Police called to new foie gras protest in Primrose Hill

    The demonstration was branded 'rent-a-mob' by butcher Jack O'Shea. (PIC: DOROTA MULCZYNSKA)

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE were put on standby as dozens of protesters held a fresh demonstration outside a Primrose Hill butcher’s shop over its sale of foie gras.

    Neighbours want council to block Pickled Polecat 'micro-pub' plan in Kentish Town

    Jessie Braviner and James Duddy, and their polecat

    Published: 16 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    NEIGHBOURS have urged Town Hall planning officials to block a couple’s attempt to open “London’s first micropub” in Kentish Town.

    Investigation reveals 'twisted' track caused Camden Town rail crash

    Investigators at work near Camden Road last year

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    AN investigation into a freight train crash that shut a line for six days has revealed rail bosses were warned that the track was “twisted”, “deteriorating” and in “ex

    Jacob Marx investigation: No criminal charges in betting sign death

    Jacob Marx died when he was hit by a sign falling from William Hill's shop in Ca

    Jacob Marx died when he was hit by a sign falling from William Hill's shop in Camden Town

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    POLICE will not bring criminal charges in the case of a lawyer killed by a falling betting shop sign in Camden Town. 

    Town Hall will NOT join calls to ban smoking in parks

    Sally Gimson says it is too had to enforce a ban on smoking in Camden's parks

    Sally Gimson says it is too hard to enforce a ban on smoking in Camden's parks

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN’S environment chief will not support recommendations from former Labour health minister Lord Darzi calling for smoking to be banned in parks and open spaces.

    Priest uses sermon to attack new housing developments with separate 'poor doors'

    St Mary's Church iN Primrose Hill

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A PRIEST has revealed his anger at “poor door” developments where richer residents use a “plush” front entrance while social housing tenants make do with an out-of-sight, ba

    Famous Highgate Village shop canopy destroyed after lorry crash

    The original canopy in Highgate village

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE historic pavement-covering canopy of a Highgate High Street shop was demolished on Saturday when a restaurant delivery lorry careered in to it.

    Appeal to screen hard-hitting film about deadly fumes which killed former Ham and High reporter

    Katie Haines

    Katie Haines, a former newspaper reporter turned press officer, died in 2010

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A CHARITY set up in the name of a young woman who drowned in her bath after becoming overwhelmed carbon monoxide fumes are asking independent cinemas to show a hard-hitting campaign video – a

    Film crews in Camden: Playwright Alan Bennett's old home becomes set for new movie

    A film production team in Gloucester Crescent

    A film production team in Gloucester Crescent

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    FILM crews took over a Camden Town street as shooting began on a new movie production of Alan Bennett's memoir about a woman who lived in a van outside his home.

    Police hunting scooter gang arrest suspects in dawn raids

    Specialist police teams in King's Cross this morning. 

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    POLICE investigating a series of high profile moped-related attacks in Camden arrested suspects in 20 simultaenous dawn raids this morning (Wednesday).

    Ebola isolation ward at Royal Free Hospital could be expanded

    Ebola patients in the UK will be treated at a special isolation unit inside the

    Ebola patients in the UK will be treated at a special isolation unit inside the Hampstead hospital

    Published: 15 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    STAFF at the Royal Free have raised concerns after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that any Ebola patients treated in this country would be car

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino surprises young fans at football festival

    Mauricio Pochettino meets football hopefuls on Saturday

    Mauricio Pochettino meets football hopefuls on Saturday 

    Published: 14 October, 2014
    By STEVE BARNETT 

    SPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino stunned scores of young footballers from across Camden and Islington on Saturday when he turned up pitchside to watch them in action.

    Head determined to put things right as inspectors say Quintin Kynaston 'requires improvement'

    Head determined to put things right as inspectors say Quintin Kynaston 'requires

    Quintin Kynaston's former headteacher Jo Shuter was banned froom teaching for life

    Published: 14 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TEACHERS at an academy school that has slipped dramatically down Ofsted's rankings are unfazed by a critical inspection report released today (Tue

    WATCH: Animals at London Zoo become stars of 24 hour live stream

    Dirk and Dolly the Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo

    Dirk and Dolly the Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo

    Published: 14 October, 2014
    by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE question of what animals at London Zoo get up to behind closed doors may soon be answered thanks to a new 24-hour live stream.

    Winifred Adams - Queen of her family... with 50 surrogate grandchildren

    Winifred Adams

    Winifred Adams: She would get two copies of the New Journal every week so she could give one to anyone who came round. 

    Man dies after collision with tube train at Archway

    Rescue teams at Archway station this morning

    Published: 14 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A man has died at Archway station this morning after being hit by a train, police confirmed. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

    Queen's Crescent woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Florence Grummitt celebrating her birthday with her family

    Florence Grummitt celebrating her birthday with her family 

    Published: 13 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A Queen's Crescent woman, who celebrated her 100th birthday this week, didn't mind if she received a card from the Queen or not, “as long as there was a tenner in it”.

    Two stabbed on Northern Line train at Belsize Park

    Two men are being treated in hospital after the knife attack

    Published: 13 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    TWO men were stabbed on a tube at Belsize Park after a mass brawl broke out following a rave.

    Former Marine Ices restaurant site in line to become three-screen cinema

    Marine Ices moved premises this summer [Pic: FlickR/CC/David Howard]

    Published: 13 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE world famous Marine Ices restaurant and ice cream factory could become an entertainment complex boasting three cinema screens, a new restaurant and 19 flats - after the business moved to new pr

    Camden street style #28: Tiger print coats and denim dungarees

    Published: October 13, 2014
     
    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town
     

    Fabiana, a 19-year-old student from Angola has gone for a monochrome look, brightened up with a slick of red lipstick.

    Camden Lock Market is sold in multi-million-pound deal

    Camden Lock Market has been sold to Stanley Sidings Ltd in a deal believed to be worth tens of millions of pounds 

    Paddy’s cold bath prompts care review

    Adult social care chief and Labour councillor Pat Callaghan this week visited Paddy O’Halloran

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    by DAN CARRIER

    Church hosts art exhibition in fund-raising drive to fix altar

    The broken altar at St Dominic's Priory

    The broken altar at St Dominic's Priory

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A CHURCH in Gospek Oak is hoping to raise enough money to fix their broken altar, by hosting an art exhibition.

    Paul Robeson's former Hampstead home on market for £6.25 million

    Paul Robeson's former Hampstead home on market for £6.25 million

    The Chestnuts

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By CAROLINE MORTIMER

    THE Hampstead home of singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson has gone on sale for over £6million.

    New public art unveiled at Holborn library

    A clay figure slumped over the desk in the archives centre

    A clay figure slumped over the desk in the archives centre

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A NEW public art project which delves into the world of imagination has been opened in Holborn Library.

    Hampstead recluse's killer makes bid for appeal in European Court of Human Rights

    Forensic police outside Allan Chappelow's home in 2008

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    LAWYERS working for convicted murderer Wang Yam laid out reasons why his appeal against a life sentence should be referred to the European Court of Human Rights at a judicial review last week.

    Where is the traffic marshal? Safety probe after campaigner's film reveals Talacre chaos

    A still from Nick Harding's film

    Published: 10 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    TOWN Hall chiefs say they have demanded “action” from the owner of a new housing block after a campaigner’s film revealed promised children’s safety measures are not always

    Man walks into Kentish Town police station and asks to be arrested for thinking 9/11 attacks were a 'lie'

    Peter Neathey outside Kentish Town police station

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    A PLAYWRIGHT handed himself in to the police on Friday after the Prime Minister suggested in his United Nations speech that people “peddling lie

    Heroic pensioner foils ram-raid scooter gang

    Camden police are investigating the botched raid on a residential property in Tufnell Park

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A HEROIC pensioner foiled two masked thieves after she caught them ram-raiding her neighbour’s front door on a moped in broad daylight. 

    Camden hair stylist to represent UK in international contest

    HOB's Nestor Sanchez receives his award

    HOB's Nestor Sanchez receives his award

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA 

    A CAMDEN hair stylist will represent the UK in a global hairdressing contest, after being crowned the winner of a prestigious industry prize.

    LIB DEM CONFERENCE: Maajid Nawaz says local election meltdown may have been 'cathartic' for voters

    Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz at conference with friends of the Camden Lib Dems

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY in GLASGOW

    THE pounding defeat suffered by Camden Liberal Democrats at May’s council elections may have proved “cathartic” for voters, allowing a clean slate ahead of next year’s parli

    New managers at Albert pub in Primrose Hill insist it will not close down

    Phil Cowan (in white) joins fellow campaigners concerned about The Albert’s future 

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE new bosses of a popular Primrose Hill pub have rejected claims from high street campaigners that its days as a bar are numbered.

    Camden priests call for new north London bishop to ordain women

    The Bishop of Edmonton Peter Wheatley is to retire

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    CLERGY and congregations in St Pancras, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, West Hampstead and Kilburn are urging people to petition for Camden’s outgoing bishop to be replaced by one who supports w

    LIB DEM CONFERENCE PEEPS: Will it be Jill's job in Holborn and St Pancras?

    Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling celebrate equal marriage laws on the main stage of the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    PEEPS: the week in local politics

    OH why are we waaaiting, we are suffocaaating, and so on, when it comes to the Liberal Democrats’ tardiness in picking a candidate for Holborn and St Pancras.

    LIB DEM CONFERENCE: Zombies marching to defeat - or loyalists ready for another roll?

    Flick Rea enjoys a game of hoop-la at the CAMRA stand in the exhibition hall

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY in GLASGOW

     

    THIS time last year we were all standing around in the drizzle-rain of Glasgow wondering where the seaside fun of conference seasons past had gone, but marvelling at the admirable commitment of Lib

    LIB DEM CONFERENCE: Camden councillor vows to fight Labour's mansion tax plans

    Flick Rea at conference this week

    Published: 9 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY in GLASGOW

    LIBERAL Democrats can see off Labour plans for a mansion tax by changing local authority tax bands instead, the party’s sole councillor in Camden has claimed.

    Police find £10,000 stash of Crystal Meth in Somers Town

    Published: 8 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A ROUTINE door-knock by two new police recruits led to the discovery of £10,000 worth of crystal meth, crack and cocaine stashed in an lift shaft in Somers Town.

    Police call for DJ Grandpa's licence to be revoked after secret filming

    The entertainer DJ Grandpa splits opinion in Camden Town

    The entertainer DJ Grandpa splits opinion in Camden Town

    Published: 8 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    POLICE have secretly filmed a DJ playing records outside Camden Town Tube station in a bid to catch him breaking licensing conditions, officers have revealed.

    Exclusive: Lord Prescott backs council leader Sarah Hayward for Frank Dobson's seat

    Exclusive: Lord Prescott backs council leader Sarah Hayward for Frank Dobson's s

    Sarah Hayward with the former deputy Prime Minister

    Published: 8 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has attacked the “smooth-talking professional politicians” sizing up Frank Dobson’s parliamentary seat.

    Celebration of history and peace in West Hampstead

    Camden Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli joins in the fun at Sidings Community Centre

    Camden Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli joins in the fun at Sidings Community Centre

    Published: 8 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PEOPLE came together in West Hampstead on Saturday (October 4) to celebrate the 30th birthday year of a park dedicated to peace and to look back at th

    Kentish Town petrol station becomes venue for 1950s blues night

    Kitty, Daisy and Lewis performing on Saturday

    Kitty, Daisy and Lewis performing on Saturday [Photos: Kerouac Shack 2014/Lucy Williams]

    A classic car takes pride of place at the petrol station

    A classic car in the garage forecourt

    Published: 8 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Boys from Belsize Park school celebrate skiing success

    Boys from The Hall ready to hit the slopes

    Boys from The Hall ready to hit the slopes 

    Published: October 8, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    YOUNGSTERS from an independent boys' school in Belsize Park are celebrating after scooping a batch of medals at a skiing competition.

    Taxi driver arrested in Cyprus is jailed for taking killers to murder scene

    Kyriacos Phantis
     
    Published: 7 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A MINI cab driver who went on the run after helping the murderers of student Mohammed Abdullahi in Camden Town has been jailed for an extra nine months after being extradited from Cyprus. 

    WATCH: Jessie J delights fans with surprise Stables Market performance

    Jessie J at the Stables Market earlier this evening (Monday)

    Jessie J at the Stables Market earlier this evening (Monday)

    Published: 6 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POP sensation Jessie J surprised fans in Camden Stables Market yesterday (October 6), when she popped up for a surprise gig.

    Amy Winehouse statue is removed from Camden Stables Market for secret Jessie J gig

    Amy Winehouse statue removed

    The life-size statue has been taken away ahead of tonight's performance 

    Published: 6 October, 2014
    By ROISIN GADELRAB

    London Irish Pensioners Choir release record with legendary singing duo

    The singers at the London Irish Centre with Foster & Allen

    The singers at the London Irish Centre with Foster & Allen

    Published: 6 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    LEGENDARY Irish music duo Foster & Allen have joined forces with the London Irish Pensioners Choir to record a brand new album.

    Fancy dress shop breaks world record at Spiderman gathering

    Hundreds of Spidermen descend on Euston

    Hundreds of Spidermen descend on Euston

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    HUNDREDS of masked superheroes were spotted in Euston yesterday (Thursday) evening, as a well-known Camden fancy dress store made its way into the record books for the most people dressed as Spider

    Camden New Journal shortlisted for newspaper of the year award

    Camden New Journal shortlisted for newspaper of the year award

    The Camden New Journal was named the country's best campaigning local newspaper earlier this year - and now it's up for another gong

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    THE Camden New Journal has today (Friday) been named among the top local newspapers by being shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

    Zoo charity celebrates reaching 100,000 members

    Penguins dive for treats at London Zoo

    Penguins dive for treats at London Zoo

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PENGUINS and squirrel monkeys at London Zoo were in for a treat this week, as the Zoological Society of London celebrated reaching 100,000 members.

    Boris will NOT overrule Camden's block on Swiss Cottage skyscraper

    Boris will NOT overrule Camden's block on Swiss Cottage skyscraper

    How the Swiss Cottage tower would look

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    PLANS to build a 24-storey tower block in the heart of Swiss Cottage were dealt a blow today (Friday) when the Mayor of London's office upheld a decision by the Town Hall to refuse developers p

    Parent campaign presses ahead with fresh bid for new Holborn secondary school

    Michael Gove rejected a bid for a new free school in Wren Street

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Institute of Education has stepped away from the idea of sponsoring a new secondary school in the south of Camden.

    HS2: No sight of new Euston station plans until after general election

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    HS2 demolition work could be significantly delayed after bosses admitted that the expected publication of designs for a new Euston Station development would not happen until after next year’s

    Town Hall bans black-listing companies from new contracts

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall is to introduce new rules to block companies which blacklist workers from getting contracts for council work. 

    How to reach 100: Pauline says 'take every day as it comes'

    Pauline Zurfluh celebrates the big one-hundred
     
    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A WOMAN celebrating her 100th birthday this week revealed that her secret recipe for a long life is “being happy and taking everything as it comes”.

    Judge says police were 'heavy-handed' at student demo as protesters are cleared of assaulting officers

    Richard Braude and Craig Clarke outside Highbury Magistrates’ Court

    Published: 3 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    TWO students have been cleared of assaulting police during a protest march after a judge found that officers were “heavy-handed”.

    Hampstead Sainsbury's row: 'Well, what do you want here?', shoppers asked

    Protests in South End Green

    Protests in South End Green earlier this year

    Published: 2 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    LANDLORDS who faced protests over plans to close four independent shops in Hampstead and replace them with a Sainsbury’s store are now asking shoppers what they would like to see in its place

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