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    Sir Robert Naylor warns hospital chiefs face "labyrinthine" bureaucracy as he steps down as UCLH chief executive

    Sir Robert Naylor warns hospital chiefs face "labyrinthine" bureaucracy as he st

    Sir Robert Naylor

    Published: 1 September, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SIR Robert Naylor is stepping down as chief executive of  University College London Hospital, warning that the job has got more difficult due to "labyrinthine" bureaucracy.

    BT Tower opens to public for fiftieth anniversary celebrations

    The BT Tower in Cleveland Mews, Fitzrovia, was the UK's tallest building from 1965 to 1980 [Photo: David Castor]

    Published: 1 September, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE BT Tower is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary by opening its doors to a few lucky members of the public this October.  

    Composer warns people are being 'treated like scum' as HS2 replacement homes complaints mount

    Award-winning composer Martyn Swain said 'there is a complete lack of accountability'

    Published: 28 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    AN award-winning composer has warned that residents feel they will be driven out of their homes by the High Speed 2 railway project. 

    Curious? Knowledge festival comes to King's Cross this weekend

    Activites at the festival in King's Cross will range from gourmet bug tasting to brain training games 

    Published: 28 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    KING'S Cross will be transformed into a hive of cerebral activity over the bank holiday weekend as a two-day festival of knowledge prepares to tak

    In pictures: Animals of London Zoo step up for annual weigh in

    An Emperor Tamarin follows a target onto the scale 

    Published: 28 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA 

    ANIMALS great and small at London zoo climbed, crawled and waddled onto the scales this week for the annual weigh in. 

    Elderly woman assaulted outside her Kentish Town home after plea for quiet

    Police car

    The woman was left "very shaken" by the assault 

    Published: 28 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    AN 80-year-old woman was pushed to the ground outside her Kentish Town home when she asked a group of young people to be quiet. 

    New urban woodland garden for Hampstead School of Art

    Student ​Abbi Yentis is looking forward to painting amongst the greenery 

    Published: 28 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    KIDDERPORE Avenue is soon to have its own patch of ecological paradise, thanks to Hampstead School of Art which is planning to create an urban nature reserve for birds, bats and butterflies.

    Actor Simon Callow: A world that discards this arts college is an unthinking, stupid world

    Simon Callow and Ann Mitchell

    Actors Simon Callow and Ann Mitchell. Below: Celia Greenwood

    Celia Greenwood

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    by JANE CLINTON

    'Talented' and 'selfless' radiographer who died after being hit by bus had just been offered dream job

    David Wood

    David Wood died after being trapped under a bus last week

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By JOE COOPER

    A UNIVERSITY graduate who died after becoming trapped under a double-decker bus had secured his “dream job” the day before the tragedy, his family has said.

    Fire brigade warning after joss sticks fire at Kentish Town flat

    Fire brigade warning after joss sticks fire at Kentish Town flat

    The Fire Brigade say joss sticks caused last night's blaze in Kentish Town Pic: FlickR/Katrina.Alana

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning over the use of joss sticks after tackling a fire in Kentish Town last night (Wednesday).

    Elderly, gay and... harassed: The hidden epidemic of hate crime against gay pensioners

    Elderly, gay and... harassed: The hidden epidemic of hate crime against gay pens

    Police are investigating claims that an elderly man committed suicide in Holborn after being harrassed over his sexuality

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    INVESTIGATION by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HIDDEN crisis of widespread homophobic abuse against vulnerable elderly men in Camden can be exposed today.

    Soaked selfies: Camden Tories take on rainy marathon trek challenge across the Yorkshire Dales

    Camden Tories take on marathon trek challenge across the Yorkshire Dales

    Tory fundraisers (left to right) Natalie Eliades, Oliver Cooper, Claire Louise Leyland and Joel Davidson

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    CAMDEN Conservatives swapped Hampstead Heath for the Yorkshire Dales to take part in one of the country’s toughest endurance challenges for charity, writes Miranda Larbi.

    Farewell to Forks And Corks, the deli departing Swain's Lane parade ahead of re-development

    Farewell to Forks And Corks, the deli departing Swains Lane parade ahead of rede

    Mary Maddison from Forks And Corks

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SHOPPING parade in Highgate – due to be re-developed as part of a multi-million-pound homes and shops scheme – said goodbye to one of its final tenants last night. 

    Amy Winehouse souvenir hunters keep pinching Camden Square road signs

    Amy Winehouse souvenir hunters keep pinching Camden Square road signs

    Amy Winehouse passed away at her home in Camden Square in 2011

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall has pleaded with Amy Winehouse souvenir hunters to stop stealing road signs from the walls near her former home in Camden Town.

    Future of Queen's Crescent Market in doubt as managers quit

    Labour's Chuka Umunna collects a 'I Love Queen's Crescent Market' tote-bag durin

    Labour's Chuka Umunna collects a 'I Love Queen's Crescent Market' tote-bag during a visit last December

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE future of Queen’s Crescent Market has been plunged into uncertainty after its managers quit in a row with the council over running costs.

    New Acland Burghley headteacher Nicholas John says 'fit for purpose' staff can revive school

    Nicholas John: I value Oftsed's values

    Nicholas John: I value Oftsed's values

    Published: 27 April, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE new headteacher of a Tufnell Park secondary school ordered to improve by Ofsted inspectors has explained that staff were asked to reapply for their jobs so he could set up a leadership team whi

    'Re-open the Black Cap' call as Breakfast Club diner deal falls through

    'Re-open the Black Cap' call as Breakfast Club diner deal falls through

    The Black Cap in Camden High Street was one of the UK's best known LGBT bars

    Published: 27 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    National Dog Day: Camden's best loved pets in pictures

    Little Ben and Molly, from Parliament Hill, go for a ride [Photo: @Jennynwin]

    Published: 26 August, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    We celebrate National Dog Day with a gallery of some of the best dog photos sent in by New Journal readers.

    'Natural troublemaker' - filmmaker and poet, Tom Joseph

    Tom Joseph: ‘A notorious face around Camden picking up waifs and strays and putt

    Tom Joseph: ‘A notorious face around Camden picking up waifs and strays and putting them under his belt’ [Photo: Clifford Gabb]

    Published: 26 August, 2015
    by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Police tell of dramatic rescue in Camden Town as drowning man is hauled from Lock waters

    Police tell of dramatic rescue in Camden Town as drowning man is hauled from Loc

    Police officers feared the man who fell into the canal waters at Camden Town would die

    Published: 26 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLICE officer has described the heroic moment that he saved a drowning man's life by pulling him from the canal in Camden Town. 

    Christopher Wade, Hampstead's remarkable historian, dies at 95

    Christopher Wade

    Published: 25 August, 2015
    By GERALD ISAAMAN

    Christopher Wade, Hampstead's own history man, the passionate yet forever modest community champion and creator of the Burgh House Museum, died on

    No more Mr Timid! Leadership hopeful Andy Burnham insists he is a break from Ed Miliband as he meets Labour members in Euston

    Leadership hopeful Andy Burnham insists he is a break from Ed Miliband as he mee

    Andy Burnham addresses supporters at St Pancras Church

    Published: 25 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    ANDY Burnham says he will bring a sea change to the “timid” politics that lost Labour the general election in May and “run those Tories ragged”.

    Plans for new 'Danish style' cycle route revealed for Camden Town

    Designs showing what Pratt Street might look with the new cycle paths 

    Published: 25 August, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PLANS for a new “Danish style” cycle route through the heart of Camden Town have been revealed. 

    New youth centre to open at former Swiss Cottage post office

    Camden Councillor Georgia Gould called the project a "bold new way" to support young people 

    Published: 25 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI 

    THE site of a former Swiss Cottage post office is to be home to a new youth centre, it was revealed over the weekend. 

    Parents and carers invited to LivingWell Day at Kentish Town Community Centre

    There will be a chance to talk about nutrition over a vegetarian lunch [Photo: Martin Cathrae]

    Published: 25 August, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A DAY devoted to making people feel better is coming to Kentish Town Community Centre.

    Unions call off tube strike as 'gesture of good will'

    Two 24-hour tube strikes that were planned for this week have now been called off 

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    TRANSPORT unions have called off strike action that was planned to start tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday).

    Hampstead hero who saved children during Holocaust to be honoured with stamp

    Sir Nicholas Winton, dubbed 'Britain's Schindler,' will be honoured with a stamp after a campaign by Jewish News [Photo: Li Sung]

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI 

    ROYAL Mail have today said that it will be releasing a new stamp to honour one of the UK Jewish Community’s greatest heroes, after an online cam

    Councillors reveal support for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign

    Eleven councillors from Camden are supporting Corbyn

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A COLLECTION of Labour councillors at the Town Hall have publicly declared their support for Jeremy Corbyn to be made the party’s leader.

    Camden Town goes upmarket? Estee Lauder set to open MAC outlet near the Lock

    Camden Town goes upmarket? Estee Lauder set to open Mac outlet near the Lock

    The shop in Camden High Street will be covered by a 'Art Of The Lip' hoarding while the shop is preparing to open

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THERE will soon be a new addition to the changing face of Camden Town, as a high end make up brand prepares to move in next door to a tattoo parlour.&

    Man injured in Roundhouse stage collapse receives four-figure payout

    Man injured in Roundhouse stage collapse receives four-figure payout

    Inside the Roundhouse on the night the stage collapsed last January [Picture: Steve Johns] 

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A MAN who was injured when a set collapsed during a show at the Roundhouse in Camden Town has received a four-figure payout. 

    Major landlord claims Camden Council let him down after asking him to promote empty homes deal

    Major landlord claims Camden Council let him down after asking him to promote em
    Erik Alexander, centre, with Cllr Julian Fulbrook and Helen Williams, of the Empty Homes Agency 
     
    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR landlord who the council used in a photoshoot to parade a new empty homes project says he is close to quitting after the deal turned sour over cleaning bills running into thousands of pound

    Distance runner Lou Myers takes cancer in his stride

    Lou Myers

    Lou Myers goes to Armoury gym every day

    Published: 24 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    VARIETY has been the spice of life for Lou Myers who joined the army aged 14 and went on to become an actor, dancer, butler and merchant seaman.

    Objectors to new Heath flood defences call for planning process to be re-run over dam companies' link

    Work has already begun on new flood defences at the Hampstead Heath ponds but protesters say the Vale Of Health could still be spared

    Published: 22 August, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE controversial £23 million dams project on Hampstead Heath should be halted immediately because a crucial report that led to planning permission being granted by the Town Hall was flawed,

    Streets for sale: Secret marketing deal between Town Hall and major e-cigarettes firm collapses

    Streets for sale: Secret marketing deal between Town Hall and e-cigarettes firm

    Camden Council was set to be paid thousands of pounds to allow E-Lites to run a promo in Holborn

    Published: 22 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TOWN Hall bosses have held secret discussions with an e-cigarette company with a view to collecting £15,000 in return for allowing a week-long promotional stunt to be staged on public pavemen

    Boy, 15, arrested for dealing crack cocaine

    The teenager was arrested in Hampstead Road 

    Published: 21 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of dealing crack cocaine after he gave officers the slip while being chased through the Regent's Park Estate. 

    ‘Forgotten war’ is remembered

    Veterans gathered at Regent’s Park Barracks after the memorial event for a recep

    Veterans gathered at Regent’s Park Barracks after the memorial event for a reception 

    Published: 20 August, 2015
    by JANE CLINTON

     

    Charity shop in old Marine Ices restaurant robbed twice in a fortnight

    The charity shop in Chalk Farm

    Published: 20 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    A CHARITY shop which has taken over the original Marine Ices restaurant in Chalk Farm has been robbed this week for the second time in a fortnight.

    Anger as Town Hall approves overhaul of £20 million Hampstead home dubbed 'another rich boy's mansion'

    Anger as Town Hall approves overhaul of £20 million Hampstead home dubbed 'anoth

    How the property in Frognal mansion would look after the work

    Published: 20 August, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    EVERYTHING But The Girl musicians Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn have warned of “anti-social” plans to rebuild a £20million mansion in Hampstead, as neighbours openly questioned why pr

    Results day joy for GCSE students across Camden

    Girls at Parliament Hill School with their GCSE results 

    Published: 20 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA, MIRANDA LARBI and WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THOUSANDS of teenagers across Camden nervously opened their brown envelopes today to discover how they had done in their GCSEs. 

    Church does deal with mobile giants over mast on roof... but vicar warns: Don't get addicted to your smartphone

    Guy Pope at St Mary's Brookfield which is set to get an EE mast

    Published: 20 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    A CHURCH has struck with a deal with a mobile phone company to bring in extra cash in return for allowing a mast to be put on the roof of its Grade II*-listed building.

    Challenging play about sex work moves stage from theatre to women's centre

    Sarah Xanthe and Jenny Kondol 

    Published: 19 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A CHALLENGING play which includes an actress playing a prostitute being tied up as part of a sex game in front of an intimate audience is to be put on at a women’s centre in Kentish Town, wri

    Don't be jealous, says student half way to funding masters degree by simply asking for money from internet users

    Freegan crowd funder Keziah Conroy

    Freegan crowd funder Keziah Conroy

    Published: 18 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI

    A STUDENT is half way to funding her masters degree fees by simply asking for people to give her the money on the internet.

    WATCH: Highgate School students pay special fist-bump tribute to tragic classmate Josh Dorgu in 'leavers video'

    The tribute fist bumps

    Published: August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    SIXTH-FORMERS have filmed a touching “fist bump” tribute to a student who died after collapsing in class earlier this year, writes Tom Foot.

    Elderly tenant says he will find a church doorway to sleep in after he is evicted for £9000 rent arrears

    Geoffrey and Carol Tracey. ‘We are absolutely screwed,’ said Mr Tracey

    Geoffrey and Carol Tracey. ‘We are absolutely screwed,’ said Mr Tracey

    Published: 19 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAN with serious health problems says he will look for a church door to sleep in tonight (Thursday) after his family is evicted this morning.

    Activists picket social housing landlords over boss's 'private' homes comments

    The protest in Camden Town on Monday

    Published: 19 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    HOUSING activists demonstrated outside the headquarters of social housing landlords Genesis after its top boss said he wanted to focus on building properties for private market sale in the future.<

    Police raid squat in former Labour Party offices

    Police raid squat in former Labour Party offices

    Police at the former Labour Party offices in Camden Town on Monday night

    Published: 19 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    POLICE raided the Labour Party's former headquarters in Camden Town and arrested three people for squatting offences. 

    Night of music in Camden Town supports fight to end mental health stigma

    The flyer logo for Take Five, which is organised by band manager Andy Koufou and takes place at The Monarch in Camden Town tonight

    Published: 19 August, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A BAND manager who spent two years battling anxiety has organised a charity music event in Camden Town tonight to get people talking more openly about mental health issues.

    New warning signs for swimmers after teenager drowns in Hampstead Heath ponds

    Moses Grunfeld

    Moses Grunfeld had a "basic" swimming ability 

    Published: 18 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD Heath bosses are to introduce additional signs warning people not to enter the bathing ponds after hours, following the drowning of a teenager.

    Sam And The Womp hit-maker Aaron Horn to open creative café in Camden Town

    Aaron Horn, who helps to run Sarm Studios, is opening the Oat Milk café in Camden Road 

    Published: 18 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A SINGER-SONGWRITER, who grew up around one Britain's most famous music studios, is bringing his expertise to Camden Town as he prepares to open a “unique” new “creative&rdquo

    Teenager appears in court charged with attacks on women in Parliament Hill

    Parliament Hill women remain vigilant

    A 16-year-old boy has been accused of carrying out the attacks

    Published: 18 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGE boy is being held in custody after he was charged with assaulting two women in separate late-night attacks in Parliament Hill. 

    WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn speaks about renationalising railways at King's Cross

    Jeremy Corbyn said this was the Labour party's chance to reconnect with people across the country 

    Published: 18 August, 2015 
    By TOM FOOT 

    JEREMY Corbyn said he didn't spill his morning coffee when he heard Andy Burnham was questioning his desire to be Prime Minister – and invited his critics to wake-up to the “huge de

    Developer challenged over amount of affordable housing in plans to convert student accommodation into luxury flats

    A wing of the King's College London campus in Kidderpore Avenue set to be developed 

    Published: 17 August, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER 

    A HOUSING developer hoping to build 156 homes on a Hampstead site used for student housing is facing severe criticism for not stating how many afforda

    Police call for help tracing missing man in Highgate

    Neilo Camacho was receiving medication for his mental health when he went missing on Saturday

    Published: 17 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Police are “extremely concerned” for the welfare of a missing man last seen in Highgate on Saturday (August 15). 

    Film director Desmond Davis in battle to cut building site noise

    The sign put up by neighbour Desmond Davis 

    Published: 17 August, 2015
    By MIRANDA LARBI 

    HE was the director of 1980s Hollywood blockbuster Clash of the Titans and a former army photographer during World War II.

    Critics of new Hampstead medical research centre 'gagged' as plans are backed again

    An artist's impression of how the medical centre might look 

    Published: 17 August, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    CRITICS of a decision to build a seven-storey medical research centre in the heart of Hampstead say they have been “gagged” after council chiefs threatened to throw them out of a Town H

    WATCH: Campaigners create short films to show health impact of HS2

    A still from one of the new short films showing the impact of HS2

    Published: 17 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    TWO short films about the mental and physical health impact of HS2 on Camden residents have been shot by campaigners. 

    World War Two veterans gather in Mornington Crescent to mark 70th anniversary of VJ Day

    Jeremy Corbyn, Camden New Journal

    Jeremy Corbyn in Camden Town today with Adrian Coles

    Published: 15 August, 2015
    By STEVE BARNETT

    VETERANS of World War Two were among the crowds who gathered in Mornington Crescent this afternoon (Saturday) to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day,

    Neighbours 'appalled' by Bull and Last owners' plans to build flats

    Design plans for the Bull and Last 

    Published: 14 August, 2015 
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    NEIGHBOURS have attacked an award-winning Dartmouth Park pub’s “appalling” proposals to  build two flats in a rear alley next to their homes. 

    Hampstead School of Art presented with cheque to help fund new building

    Principal Isabel Langtry accepts the cheque from artist Paul Winner 

    Published: 14 August, 2015 
    By MIRANDA LARBI 

    THE Hampstead School of Art received a helping hand toward building its new home with a donation from this summer’s Affordable Art Fair. 

    In pictures: Families enjoy fun-filled day at Queen's Crescent Community Festival

    Ella the Great entertains the crowds in Queen's Crescent [Photos: Joe Cooper]

    Published: 14 August, 2015
    By BEN LUCAS 

    THOUSANDS enjoyed a day of family fun on Saturday at the 13th Queens Crescent Community Festival.

    Elderly dementia sufferers get a weekly treat from four-legged friend

    Volunteer Judy Stapleton and her friendly pooch Bobbie 

    Published: 14 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    EVERY morning, Judy Stapleton takes a walk around the dementia wards at the Highgate Mental Health Centre with her pooch Bobbie.

    Colleagues of Royal Free doctor killed in gas explosion to give his scarred daughter a new face

    Assya before and after the explosion which killed her father

    Published: 14 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT 

    THE daughter of a Royal Free doctor who survived a gas explosion that killed her father is to have her face and hands reconstructed at the hospital af

    Nursing college warns Camden will be among biggest losers as health cuts hit

    The Royal College of Nursing warned that Camden will be among the worst hit after George Osborne announced £200m of public health cuts across England 

    Pubiished: 14 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT 

    THE Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that Camden and Islington are to be the biggest losers when millions are wiped off the councils’ health budgets in January.

    Buzz about new King's Cross bee trail

    People are asked to count the bees around King's Cross as they follow the tour [Photo: Maciej Czyzewski]

    Published: 14 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THERE is a bit of buzz about a new King's Cross walking tour that aims to get people counting bees.

    In pictures: Camden students celebrate their success on A-level results day

    Jeanelie Roseanne Louamba and Kulsham Begum celebrate their success at Regent High School 

    Published: 13 August, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    STUDENTS were jumping for joy today as they scooped an impressive batch of A-level results, once again beating the national average.

    Armed police detain a suspect at King's Cross station for second time in a week

    A number of platforms at King's Cross were closed while the incident took place 

    Published: 13 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    ARMED police swooped down on King's Cross station and detained a man, just before the start of this afternoon's rush hour.

    Work at the jobcentre but you won’t be paid

    Kentish Town Jobcentre: ‘Jobseekers learn new skills’

    Kentish Town Jobcentre: ‘Jobseekers learn new skills’ 

    Published: 13 August, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    BENEFIT claimants are being offered full-time but unpaid work – at a jobcentre.

    VJ Day 70th Anniversary memorial event

    Far East Prisoner of War Memorial, Mornington Crescent

    Special service, Saturday August 15, 12.45pm

    Far East Prisoner of War Memorial, Camden High Street, Mornington Crescent

    London Zoo’s scaly new arrival

    Ganas, the Komodo dragon

    Ganas, the Komodo dragon

    Published: 13 August, 2015
    By DANIEL KRAEMER

     

    A NEW Komodo dragon, Ganas, is prowling the “Land of the Giants” enclosure at London Zoo.

    Kilburn Grange Park basks in soaring sounds of summer

    Mayor Larraine Revah with the African drummers

    Mayor Larraine Revah with the African drummers

    Published: 13 August, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE sounds of acoustic music brought Kilburn Grange Park to life as musicians strummed guitars, banged drums and stretched their vocal cords. 

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