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28th February 2015

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    WATCH: Trailer for new movie starring Dame Maggie Smith filmed in Camden Town

    Film crews in Gloucester Avenue shooting The Lady In The Van 

    Published: 27 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE trailer has been released for a new movie starring Dame Maggie Smith based on Alan Bennett's memoir about a woman who lived in a van outside his home.

    Celebrity party PR man lured glamour model to fake photo shoot, court told

    Published: 27 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A FAMOUS glamour model from Camden cried as she told how a man secretly filmed her doing a sexual act and then conned her into doing a semi-naked photo shoot by pretending to work for men’s m

    Firefighters forced to tear down ceiling to put out suspected electrical fire in Hampstead flat

    Pilgrims Lane fire

    Fire-damaged insulation outside the flats today

    Published: 27 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM MCLENNAN and ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    FIREFIGHTERS tore down the ceiling of a Hampstead home to tackle a suspected electrical fire last night. 

    Mystery as missing housing estate sculptures turn up in West End gallery

    Artist Gilbert Bayes and some of the finials still in place in Somers Town

    Published: 27 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THEY were installed on Somers Town’s housing estates nearly 90 years ago, the work of a leading sculptor charged with brightening up balconies and courtyards.

    WATCH: Film student uncovers secret world of Camden's squatters

    A still from the video by Leutrim Ratckoceri and Sebastian Nita, shows street artist 'Hymn', one of the stars of the documentary

    Published: 27 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    WHEN film student Leutrim Ratkoceri began speaking to a pair of buskers in Camden Town, he had no idea that he would end up spending the next six months delving into the hidden world of squatters.&

    Last gasp veto? Environment minister Elizabeth Truss says it's too late to stop Hampstead Heath dams project

    Environment minister Elizabeth Truss says it's too late to stop Hampstead Heath

    Environment minister Elizabeth Truss with Simon Marcus, left, and Marc Hutchinson

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    A LAST-gasp attempt to block the £22million dam-building project on Hampstead Heath has failed after a senior government minister refused to use her power of veto to stop the scheme.

    In pictures: Duchess of Cornwall visits Camden Town animal hospital

    In pictures: Duchess of Cornwall visits Camden Town animal hospital

    Camilla Parker Bowles meets staff and a feline patient at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to Camden Town's largest animal hospital this morning, where she met vets, nurses, students and a cat named Jessica. 

    Boy George appeals to planning inspector over council block on home improvements

    Boy George wants to improve the light at his home in Hampstead but planning officials say his proposals go too far

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POP star Boy George has launched an appeal against the Town Hall’s decision to reject his plans for building works aimed at brightening up his Hampstead home.

    Puppy 'lucky to be alive' after dog-on-dog attack in Hampstead

    Sore back: Teddy's injuries after being attacked in Hampstead High Street

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE owner of a King Charles Spaniel puppy says it was lucky to escape with its life after being attacked by another dog in Hampstead High Street.

    Masked burglars hold grandfather hostage in his home before stealing necklace commemorating dead brother

    Peter Handley wearing his necklace, with great-grandson George

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A DISABLED grandfather has told how he was held hostage by four masked men who smashed their way through his window, ransacked his home and stole a necklace with which he commemorated his brother&r

    WATCH: Glenda Jackson accuses Prime Minister David Cameron of 'gross misuse of national property'

    WATCH: Glenda Jackson accuses Prime Minister David Cameron of 'gross misuse of n

    Glenda Jackson got involved in PMQs

    Published: 26 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    GLENDA Jackson accused Prime Minister David Cameron of “gross misuse of national property” in a House of Commons showdown yesterday (Wednesday).

    Woody Harrelson turns up in Primrose Hill and asks for a game of football

    Woody Harrelson snapped on Primrose Hill

    Published: 25 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IN a woolly hat and trackie bottoms, he looked like any other Sunday morning footballer shooting at jumpers for goalposts in the park.

    Hundreds of patients in West Hampstead told their GP surgery is closing

    Tulip Siddiq blames the government

    Published: 25 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    HUNDREDS of patients have been told their surgery could close in three months after a GP announced his retirement.

    Bus blaze in Camden Road on day of firefighters' strike over pensions

    Fire contigency crews deal with the incident earlier today

    Published: 25 February, 2015
    By AHMED IDRIS

    CONTINGENCY fire crews rushed out to tackle a blaze on a bus in Camden Road this morning, on a day when strike action meant only around a quarter of the usual manpower was available.

    Live art at Stables Market pop up creative event

    Artist Jayne Evans will be painting live at the Artfinder event 

    Published: 25 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    ARTISTS will be live at work at the Stables Market this weekend as part of a pop up digital art show. 

    HS2 chiefs set to abandon plans to demolish Euston station with move back to old scheme

    Slides shown by HS2 bosses at last night's meeting

    Published: 24 February, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    HS2 chiefs have performed an “astonishing” triple u-turn after appearing to ditch the plan to demolish Euston Station in favour of an old scheme that was scrapped last year following an

    Punk band Gnarwolves hype up fans at Camden Lock with secret gig on a boat

    The band broke the silence at Camden Lock on Saturday with the sound of loud guitars [Photo: Eddy Harris]

    Published: 24 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THERE were thrashing guitars and drums on the waters of Camden Lock this weekend as a punk band performed a secret gig on a boat. 

    Man finds body floating in Grand Union Canal on his way home from work

    King's Cross gasholder rings

    Police were called to Camley Street to recover the body 

    Published: 23 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A body was discovered floating in the Grand Union Canal by a member of the public on Friday night. 

    Camden street style #36: How to wear tartan suits and little black dresses

    Published: February 23, 2015
     
    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town
     
     

    Maria Debbabi is pretty clear about what her favourite shop she is – she is dressed from head to toe in H&M, apart from her looped scarf which is from Bershka.

    Sir Keir Starmer will not comment on Jack Straw case but wants 'clearer lines' on MP rules

    Starmer

    Sir Keir Starmer says there is a 'fracture of trust' in politics

    Published: 23 February, 2015
    By GERALD ISAAMAN

    LABOUR parliamentary candidate Sir Keir Starmer said today (Monday) he will not comment on secret filming which appeared to show former foreign secretary Jack Straw offering services to a private c

    Javier Gonzalez: How I survived one of London's worst tube train crashes

    A Northern line train on the old Drayton Park to Moorgate branch, and Javier Gonzalez

    Published: 23 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A SURVIVOR of one of Britain’s worst Tube crashes has written a book about his “near-death experience” ahead of the disaster’s 40th anniversary this week.

    Police hunt masked man behind sexual assault at Chalk Farm station

    Chalk Farm

    Published: 23 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A MASKED man carrying a baseball bat sexually assaulted a woman on a Tube train at Chalk Farm. Police are seeking witnesses to the attack between 5.30pm and 6pm on February 4.

    King's Cross tunnel to be transformed into 'immersive' light installation

    What the light installation will look like

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    AN entire King's Cross foot tunnel will be turned into a dynamic light installation in March. 

    Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca get green light to open above Kentish Town tube station

    Plans were changed in December to protect the Fruit Bowl, which has been run by  Sally Keable and Bajram Zeqiri for 13 years 

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PLANNING chiefs last night waved through proposals to open a Mexican restaurant above Kentish Town tube station. 

    Protests on the Heath as work begins on new pond dams

    Demonstrators on the Heath

    Published: 20 Februray, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    WORK has begun on clearing trees and shrubs on Hampstead Heath as part of the City of London’s controversial £22m dam-strengthening project.

    'Heating crisis' led to council estate fire

    The scene of the fire in Kentish Town

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A FIRE which risked engulfing a block of council flats is believed to have been started after residents began using electric heaters to keep their homes warm following weeks of boiler breakdowns.

    A £1000 'fund fair' complete with supermodel kissing booth comes to Camden Roundhouse

    Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova organised the event to rasie money for charity [Photo: Georges Seguin]

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    WITH Louis Vuitton hook-a-bag, a kissing booth run by a Russian supermodel and a vegetarian hot dog stand manned by Stella McCartney, this is worlds apart from your average funfair.  

    An unusual NW1 souvenir: Street art sheds that stood in Camden Market given away

    The sheds were available for free

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THEY have attracted countless street-art lovers to Camden Lock Village Market, but now the gates have closed for the final time, rows of painted wooden sheds are being given away.

    Planners throw out flats conversion plan at Black Cap pub for third time in four years

    Black Cap campaigners Ben Walters, Colin Leadbeatter, Nigel Harris and Terrence Bevington at the Town Hall

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FANS of a historic gay bar in Camden Town are celebrating after plans to convert its upper floors into private flats were rejected by the Town Hall for the third time. 

    Spurs re-make 'Hot Shot Tottenham' as League Cup Final song

    Spurs have got cup fever ahead of the Capital One Cup Final

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    SPURS fans did not know whether to dance around and tap their toes, or to hang their heads sheepishly, today (Friday) after a Capital One Cup Final song was released to buy on iTunes.

    Probe into letters stolen from posties

    Some of the dumped letters stolen from a postie's bike

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN investigation has been launched after a sack of letters containing sensitive personal information was stolen from a bicycle used by a postman working for a private delivery firm.

    Shopkeepers and students unite for 'I love Fortess Road' campaign

    Julie Fisher, who runs the Ruby Violet ice cream parlour in Fortess Road

    Julie Fisher, who runs the Ruby Violet ice cream parlour in Fortess Road

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    BUTCHERS, bakers and luxury ice cream makers proudly displayed a pink heart in their window over Valentine’s weekend, which proclaimed: “I Love Fortess Road.”

    Royal Free chief exec's delight as planners give green light to new medical research centre

    Arlene Phillips had called the proposals 'grotesque' and 'atrocious'

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    THE chief executive of the Royal Free said he was "delighted" after the Hampstead hospital's application to build a seven story medical research centre was unanimously approved by Cam

    Tesco handed licence for new store in Belsize Park

    Tesco wants to open a new branch in the old HSBC bank in Belsize Park

    Published: 20 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    SUPERMARKET giant Tesco were last night (Thursday) given permission to sell alcohol from a much-opposed new site in Belsize Park.

    WATCH: Lion dance in Stables Market kicks off Chinese New Year celebrations

    People perform the traditional Lion Dance in the Stables Market 

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A DANCING lion meandered its way through through the Stables Market today to the sound of bells and drums, to mark the start of the Chinese New Year.<

    Ed Miliband asked: How did you feel when HSBC bought half your old school?

    Ed Miliband with Sir Keir Starmer at Haverstock last week

    Published: 18 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ED Miliband told the New Journal that it was “just one of those things” that HSBC bank had once been able to buy half his former school.

    Planners to decide tonight on Royal Free research centre branded 'grotesque' by objectors

    How the new building could look

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    PLANNING chiefs will decide tonight (Thursday) whether a seven-storey medical research centre and patient hotel should be built in a Hampstead conservation area.

    Secrets lap-dancing club in Finchley Road to be turned into a nightclub

    Secrets in Finchley Road

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A STRIP club in West Hampstead is set to close down and be converted into a “high-quality nightclub”.

    Fears for future of Quinn's bar if licensers get tough over glass attack

    Quinn's

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE owners of one of the last traditional Irish pubs in Camden Town fear they could go out of business if the Town Hall takes the “extreme” action of forcing them to lock the doors thre

    Camden's Labour councillors wade into row over football club staff wages

    Sarah Hayward with Mesut Ozil

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR wants all Camden councillors to sign up to a demand for Premiership football clubs to pay the London living wage to all staff.

    Kentish Town stars Kitty, Daisy and Lewis light up Electric Ballroom with special guest Mick Jones

    A backstage snap for the New Journal

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    KITTY, Daisy and Lewis, the Kentish Town rock and roll group made up of three siblings who went to Acland Burghley school, took over the Electric Ball

    Camden Town Brewery raise over £500,000 in a week towards second branch

    Camden Town Brewery have been brewing under the railway arches since 2010

    Published: 18 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE money has been pouring in for Camden Town's Brewery's crowdfunding campaign, with over £580,000 raised in roughly a week, towards their expansion plans. 

    Hampstead campaigners take New End nurses' home fight to Eric Pickles

    Children from schools neighbouring the site join a protest last year

    Published: 18 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMPAIGNERS battling against the demolition of a former nurses' home in Hampstead are taking their fight to local government minister Eric Pickles. 

    Romantic tale of a walk on the Heath

    Rene Turner with Buddy Love

    Above: Rene Turner with Buddy Love. Below: Jennie Walker with Roxy (left), and Adam Pardy with Honey

    Jennie Walker with Roxy (left) and Adam Pardy with Honey

    Published: 19 February, 2015
    by STEVE BARNETT

    In with the lemurs: New walk-through exhibit to open at London Zoo

    An artist's impression of how the exhibit will look

    Published: 18 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    SIXTEEN stripy-tailed males are set to move into a brand new bachelor pad in Regent's Park and they are expecting plenty of visitors. 

    In pictures: Camden schools dance off!

    Pictured: St Aloysius’ pupils with The Place director of recreational and prevocational dance Vanessa Lefrancois, The Place chief executive Kenneth Tharp, Camden Council strategy manager, sport and physical activity Justin Hill, Camden Mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli, communities and culture chief Cllr Abdul Hai, Cllr Nasim Ali, The Place children and youth dance manager Maria Ryan and London School of Contemporary Dance principal Veronica Lewis

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    YOUNGSTERS busted out their best moves this week in a borough-wide dance-off that showcased Camden schools’ grooviest pupils.

    Volunteer-run Primrose Hill Community Library celebrates National Libraries Day

    Primrose Hill Community Library members Pam White, Jane Seal, organiser Sumbo Abiola and authors Roz Davies and Stephen Oram
     
    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By STEVE BARNETT
     

    NEWBIE writers Roz Davies and Stephen Oram shared their experiences of tackling the world of self-publishing on Saturday as volunteers from Primrose Hill Community Library celebrated National Libra

    Fifty Shades of Red: Firefighters issue warning as kinky callouts continue to rise

    Handcuffs are one of the key culprits in Fifty Shades-related callouts, firefighters said

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    SINCE the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in 2011, firefighters have found themselves attending more and more incidents of people getting themselves stuck in some rather awkwar

    Councillors set to rule on new Wahaca branch planned for Kentish Town tube station

    Mexican food experts Wahaca have proved to be a hit with a series of branches across London

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PLANS to turn a disused floor above Kentish Town tube station into a Mexican restaurant will be considered by the Town Hall on Thursday.

    Auditions open again for Railway Children ensemble in King's Cross

    The cast of the Railway Children on stage 

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE search is on once again for talented youngsters to take part in the critically-acclaimed production of the Railway Children at the King's Cross Theatre.

    Movie money used to buy beehives for council estate

    Honey volunteers Sara Bell and Ron Fletcher check on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate bees. 

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THERE were tense scenes in Swiss Cottage this weekend as beekeepers checked in on their hives for the first time since a recent cold snap. 

    Campaigners call for change as they lie in the street at 'die in' for cyclist Federica Baldassa

    The 'ghost bike' placed in Holborn as a tribute to Ms Baldassa, who was the third cyclist to die in London's streets this year

    Published: 17 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A ‘DIE-IN’ vigil was held in Holborn last night (Monday) in memory of cyclist Federica Baldassa who was killed there last week.

    Game of Thrones fans flock to Covent Garden to sit on ice throne

    A sculptor adds the finishing touches to the ice throne in Covent Garden

    Published: 16 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    GAME of Thrones fans flocked to Covent Garden today to perch on the most coveted seat in Westeros, as the ice throne was unveiled.

    Heritage campaigners say they will fight plans to rebuild Euston Arch

    One of the possible redevelopment plans for Euston, including a rebuilt arch

    Published: 16 February, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    A LEADING railway heritage trust has dismissed plans to rebuild the famous Euston arch – a neoclassical entrance  built in 1837 – as part of a potential redevelopment of Euston tra

    Search for owners of eroding Hampstead Heath tribute benches

    One of the benches on Kite Hill [Pic Andrew Crump]

    Published: 16 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    HAMPSTEAD Heath chiefs are trying to trace the owners of park benches at the top of Kite Hill.

    'Die in' tonight in Bloomsbury Square as tribute to cyclist Federica Baldassa

    The fashion graduate was the third cyclist killed on London's streets this year

    Published: 15 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A “die-in” will take place in Bloomsbury Square tonight, as a tribute to a young cyclist who was killed in the spot earlier this month. 

    Woman has lucky escape as fire tears through tenth floor flat

    The fire in Snowman House on Friday [Photo: Nancy Soko]

    Published: 16 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A WOMAN escaped her flat just in time, as a fire that was believed to be caused by an unattended candle tore through the her tenth floor home on Friday.

    North London's best pubs of the year: CAMRA reveals shortlist

    Tapping the Admiral, the Queen's Head and The Bull are all in the running for the title [Photo: k.ivoutin]

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE nominations are in for north London's best pub of the year and some of Camden's finest boozers are in the running. 

    Ed Miliband tells Camden supporters 'we'll have to agree to disagree' over HS2

    Ed Miliband facing questions at Haverstock School yesterday

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ASKED why he was backing the controversial HS2 rail link, Labour leader Ed Miliband told sceptics in Camden: "Because every other country in the

    Man stabbed in the back in Pratt Street

    Police said the 20-year-old's injuries are not life-threatening

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A MAN was stabbed in the back after an altercation in Camden Town last night (Thursday).

    Student plans 'Rowathon' in Covent Garden to raise money for leading autism charity

    James Doble wants other people with autism to have as much support as he did

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    AN autistic student from Camden has organised a 48-hour fundraising 'rowathon', set to take place in the heart of Covent Garden Market .

    The Winch appeals for council help in search for new home

    Winch chief executive Paul Perkins

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A COMMUNITY centre is calling on Camden Council to help them find a long-term solution for their ageing building after missing out on a new home in the row over plans to build a sky-scraper in Swis

    Camden street style #35: Fluffy scarves and leather jackets

    Camden street style 35
    Published: February 13, 2015
     
    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town
     

    Naomi Gorton, 27, from Streatham Hill is on her way to the Cuban bar with some friends for a birthday party, dressed in a chequered red and black coat from Missguided, complete with faux fur trim a

    Hampstead's 'friendliest newsagents' retire after 35 years

    Pravin and Nila Malviya

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By BENEDICTE KALOMBO

    THEY are the husband-and-wife team known to many as Hampstead’s friendliest shopkeepers

    Schoolgirl fights off mugger as she walks home from self-defence class in Hampstead

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 12-year-old girl who was attacked on her way home from a self-defence class used her newly learnt skills to fight off the would-be mugger.

    Coroner wanted improvements on road where cyclist was killed

    Federica Baldassa died in a collision in Vernon Place

    Federica Baldassa died in a collision in Vernon Place

    Published: 12 February, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    AN Italian fashion assistant has become the fourth cyclist to die on the same Holborn road in seven years.

    Charity gig: Britpop singer John Chapman tells how one in a million genetic eye disorder left him blind

    John Chapman's band were familiar faces on Camden Town's Britpop music scene

    Published: 12 February, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    BACK in the 1990s, John Chapman was living the dream as the frontman of a popular rock ’n’ roll band.

    In pictures: Gospel Oak church takes back skyline with new tower

    Blessing the cross, Rev Christopher Bryce (centre), with two of the lead architects behind the restoration

    Published: 13 February, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE vicar of a Gospel Oak church spoke of putting some good back into the capital’s skyline as he blessed the new cross at the top of a restored church tower, writes Alina Polianskaya.

    Four people escape from fire in Kentish Town flat

    Firefighters in Kentish Town

    Investigators are attempting to piece together what started the fire 

    Published: 12 February, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FIREFIGHTERS kicked down a door to tackle flames that risked engulfing a block of flats in Kentish Town this morning.

    Miliband: Camden residents understand why we need a mansion tax

    Miliband: Camden residents understand why we need a mansion tax

    Ed Miliband with parliamentary candidate Sir Keir Starmer at Haverstock School earlier

    Published: 12 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR Party leader Ed Miliband told the New Journal today (Thursday) that residents in Camden would support a mansion tax on high value homes because they wanted to see greater investment

    Green Party's Natalie Bennett launches Holborn and St Pancras campaign, telling members: 'This is a huge opportunity for us'

    Natalie Bennett at the October Gallery

    Published: 11 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    NATALIE Bennett, the national leader of the Green Party, launched her own personal general election campaign on Friday night by insisting that Frank Dobson’s retirement had changed a previous

    AirBNB: Camden Council launch inquiry into council flats being used as hotels

    The Town Hall wants to know how widespread the use of AirBNB is on Camden's estates

    Published: 11 February, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall is to launch a special inquiry into ‘council-flat hotels’ after a New Journal investigation revealed fears that cheats are using Airbnb holiday lettings website to operate

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