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5th May 2016

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    Brother and sister hit by car on their way to school in Euston

    Neighbours rushed to help the injured pair in Eversholt Street

    Neighbours rushed to help the injured pair in Eversholt Street Picture: @Phil_Ced

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TWO schoolchildren are being treated in hospital after being hit by a car in Euston this morning (Thursday). 

    Sale of 'legal highs' will be outlawed in three weeks as government look to stamp out trade

    Traders selling 'spice' will face seven-year prison sentences

    Traders selling 'spice' will face seven-year prison sentences

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE sale of synthetic cannabis is to be outlawed from the end of this month, it has been confirmed. 

    Under threat toilets to be saved - but public may have to pay to use them

    The public toilets in Pond Square

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    LABOUR councillors say they are ready to save Camden’s under-threat public toilets – but people face the prospect of having to pay to use facilities that have always been free.

    New organic coffee shop to open in Kentish Town, the neighbourhood which rejected Starbucks

    The unit in Kentish Town where Nature's Garden will open

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW café and organic food store is due to open in Kentish Town Road –in a neighbourhood that battled to stop a new Starbucks opening as campaigners felt there were “too many co

    Bishop of London ridicules cost of government's £450k starter homes during visit to West Hampstead

    The Bishop of London, Camden Mayor Larraine Revah and her escort Sima Awad, and Father Andrew-Cain of St James Church

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    THE Bishop of London laughed at the government’s “really shocking” idea of affordable housing during the launch of a free debt advice service.

    Sacked police officer punched drunk he called a ‘silly posh twat’

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “HERO” police officer has been sacked by the Met after punching a drunken young man and calling him a “posh twat”.

    Disastrous start to election as voters are turned away from polling stations following list bungle

    Barnet Council

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    VOTERS trying to cast their ballots to elect a London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden have been turned away from polling stations after a mess-up with the electoral lists.

    Blimp flown across Somers Town to show how big controversial new tower will be

    Protesters Tina Swasey and Simon Wild, as the blimp flies high above Somers Town

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting the Town Hall’s plans for a 25-storey skyscraper in Somers Town raised a blimp yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) to show how tall the building would be.

    Rivals claim Labour group is divided but Sarah Hayward thanks supporters for 'convincing' win in leadership contest

    Still No.1: Sarah Hayward beat challenger Sally Gimson with 24 votes to 15

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SARAH Hayward will stay on as leader of Camden Council after she saw off a revolt from within the Labour group.

    How Leicester City fans took over a pub in Fitzrovia to watch historic title win

    Fantastic foxes: Phillipa Wills with Camden councillors Phil Jones and Rishi Madlani, Leicester City fans living in London

    Published: 5 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LOOK away Spurs fans, for not every corner of north London was brokenhearted when the club’s attempt to bring the first championship to White Hart Lane since 1961 came to an end on Monday nig

    Sarah Hayward wins council leadership contest in Labour group vote

    Published: 3 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SARAH Hayward has this evening (Tuesday) defended her position as leader of Camden Council in a vote of Labour councillors.

    Upgrade of tube station ‘a matter of urgency’

    West Hampstead station

    An artist’s drawing of how West Hampstead station could look. Designs would include step-free access and a new entrance in West End Lane

    London's Latest Scandal deli in Hampstead wins battle for alcohol licence

    Hayet Zaame, one of the sisters behind the London’s Latest Scandal café in Heath Street, Hampstead

    Published: 29 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HEALTH food cafe in Hampstead Village that caused a stir with plans to add cocktails to its menu is celebrating after the Town Hall granted an alcohol licence.

    Police officer fired after 'punching drunken man'

    PC Shane Moulds was found guilty of gross misconduct

    Published: 29 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLICE officer has been kicked out of the Met after a tribunal upheld allegations that he had punched a member of the public and called him a “posh twat”. 

    Camden New Journal nominated for three 'Oscars' at Regional Press Awards

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    THE Camden New Journal has been shortlisted among the UK’s six best high-circulation local newspapers at the Regional Press Awards, known as the industry’s “Oscars”.

    Homeless good samaritan who helped stranded woman yet to see a penny of £13,000 reward raised online

    Mark Collins made national news when he helped out Nicole Sedgebeer at Euston Station

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    IT was a story that captured the hearts of the nation: a homeless man comes to the rescue of a young woman stranded in Euston over­night after missing the last train home. 

    Put local newspapers in tube stations, says Green mayoral hope Sian Berry

    Sian Berry

    Sian Berry says London's media options have 'contracted'

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    GREEN Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry says City Hall should consider reviewing the stranglehold of the Metro newspaper across the capital’s transport system by allowing space to local news

    NHS protesters picket Virgin Care HQ and private health conference

    Protesters descend on the Virgin Care HQ [Pic: Michael Shaw]

    Published: 28 March, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SUPPORTERS of the junior doctors’ strike unfurled an NHS banner outside the headquarters of a private healthcare company before moving into a second protest where they clashed with security g

    Protesters fighting new Sainsbury's in Belsize Park stage fresh demo

    Opponents to the proposed Sainsbury's Local store gathered in Haverstock Hill

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS who oppose the opening of a Sainsbury’s Local store in Belsize Park staged a protest at the site on Saturday.

    Man convicted of killing Hampstead recluse granted new appeal after review of evidence

    Allan Chappelow

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE man convicted of murdering eclusive Hampstead pensioner Allan Chappelow will have his case heard once again at the Court of Appeal, it was revealed this after

    Heritage groups condemn plans for Somers Town skyscraper

    How the 25-storey tower could look

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall is facing mounting opposition over its proposals to build a 25-storey tower in Somers Town as heritage groups join calls for the plans to be thrown out.

    Man suffered heart attack as he fought to get back wrongly taken away benefits

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TENANTS’ champion was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack during a successful appeal against a government “back-to-work” order.

    Revealed: £150 million worth of Camden Council homes to be sold off every year under housing reforms

    Revealed: Camden face selling £150 million worth of council homes every year und

    Half of Camden Council homes that fall empty could be auctioned off to pay for Right-To-Buy discounts 

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    HALF of all the Camden council homes which become empty every year are set to be auctioned on the private market in a £150million sell-off to pay for government housing reforms, the New Journ

    Sold to the Jazz Cafe: Barfly, the club which gave first break to indie bands

    The Barfly hosted The Libertines and Kasabian

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By ROISIN GADELRAB

    THE man behind the £3million makeover of the Jazz Café confirmed last night (Wednesday) the purchase of another Camden Town music institution. 

    Bree Louise named best pub in north London as it faces HS2 bulldozers

    Bree Louise

    Craig Douglas with George, Karen and Camra’s John Cryne 

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PUB due to be demolished to make way for the HS2 rail link has been named the best in north London. 

    Happy now, Ma'am? Camden Council light birthday beacon on Town Hall roof in private ceremony

    Happy now, Ma'am? Camden Council light birthday beacon on Town Hall roof in priv

    The Queen, Larraine Revah and Abdul Hai light a beacon on the Town Hall roof [Pic: Sima Awad], the display on the BT Tower and the startled reaction on Twitter

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LOOKING a little chilly but smiling, mayor of Camden Larraine Revah and cabinet councillor Abdul Hai huddle up to end the burning row over whether the council should light a beacon to celebrate the

    Empty home schemes: As the costs go up, property guardians ask 'where are our rights?'

    The Agar Grove Estate

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    LIVING as custodians of former pubs, empty offices or in the twilight zones of council high-rises awaiting demolition, Camden’s property guardians are something of a hidden population.

    New Women's Institute group named 'Ladies Of the Lock' after first meeting in Kentish Town pub

    From left: Geraldine Attias, Daisy Drury, Chelsea Carney and Sara Elias-Bassett

    From left: Geraldine Attias, Daisy Drury, Chelsea Carney and Sara Elias-Bassett

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A NEW Women’s Institute group will be called the “Ladies of the Lock” after a vote at the group’s inaugural meeting, writes Tom Foot.

    Can Green candidate Sian Berry find a route from the Town Hall to City Hall*? *Not by car

    Sian Berry Camden New Journal

    Sian Berry with her paper airplane leaflets

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    AT Camden Council’s all-member meetings, Oliver Lewis, the Labour councillor in Highgate, more often than not rises to his feet at some stage and, with a cheeky smile, makes a dry quip about

    ‘Police officers punched man stopped in street’, tribunal told

    A misconduct hearing has taken place this week

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TWO police officers have appeared in front of a tribunal accused of punching a member of the public and calling him “a silly posh twat”.

    A cocktail with your salad? London's Latest Scandal deli divides Hampstead with booze bid

    Hayet Zaame, one of the sisters behind the London’s Latest Scandal café in Heath Street, Hampstead

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    WITH its gluten-free cakes, vegan salads and clean-eating ethos, new Hampstead café London’s Latest Scandal seemed unlikely to live up to its name.

    Mystery pheasant living city life in streets of King's Cross

    One of the sightings of the bird by police central London

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE and animal welfare officers have been called in after multiple sightings of a pheasant roaming around King’s Cross. 

    Kentish Town GP: 'Jeremy Hunt should win prize for biggest NHS cock-up of the century'

    Former mayor Gloria Lazenby on the picket line at UCLH, and inset: Dr Marek Koperski

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A SENIOR GP at a Kentish Town surgery has taunted health secretary Jeremy Hunt, saying he should win a special prize for masterminding “the biggest organisational cock-up of the century&rdquo

    Royal Free researchers try to unlock twins' Parkinson's disease mystery

    Royal Free researchers try to unlock twins' Parkinson's disease mystery

    Twin brothers Paul (left) and Peter Rodriguez

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A JAZZ musician who played piano with Amy Winehouse is on a quest to find out why his twin brother does not have his genetic disease, Parkinson’s.

    Shock as NHS campaigner Tony Marshall dies in his sleep

    Tony Marshall

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    FRIENDS and family of an NHS campaigner are in shock after he died unexpectedly in his sleep.

    Floating 'village hall' docks in Camden Town

    James Bentley next to the Village Butty

    James Bentley next to the Village Butty

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE skipper at the helm describes it as a floating “Village Hall” – and now this curious craft has chugged into Camden Town.

    Parish priest takes on 10km run to raise funds to restore Gospel Oak church

    Father Thomas Skeats

    Father Thomas Skeats

    Published: 28 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A PARISH priest in Gospel Oak is embarking on a 10k run to raise cash for restoration work on his church.

    Jane Atkinson's journey: a lover of travel who set her own benchmark

    Jane Atkinson launched a charity which aims to train people how to defuse confli

    Jane Atkinson launched a charity which aims to train people how to defuse conflict situations.

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    by ALICE HUTTON

    THE Royal Parks office was surprised to get Jane’s call.

    Council approves plan to turn Kentish Town sauna into escape game adventure centre

    The site in Kentish Town where Mission Evasion will now open

    The site in Kentish Town where Mission Evasion will now open

    Published: 25 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IT’S game on in Kentish Town after planners gave the green light for a former underground sauna to be turned into an adventure experience venue where visitors are challenged to escape from lo

    Fund-raising teacher camps on school roof for a week

    Fund-raising teacher camps on school roof for a week

    Mr Fitzharris prepares for a week under the stars at Brecknock School

    Published: 25 Aprii, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TEACHER is hoping to inspire children to embrace the great outdoors by spending a week sleeping on his school’s roof.

    Heath Bill sparks fears of rush to money-spinning private events

    Heath Bill sparks fears of rush to money-spinning private events

    Celebrations at Golders Hill on Saturday after Benugo ditched its bid to take over the running of the café

    Published: 25 April, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    HEATH users have issued a warning to the City of London over plans to push a Bill through Parliament allowing it to use parts of the open space for money-spinning private events.

    Death of human rights lawyer at West Hampstead station is 'unspeakable loss'

    John Jones QC

    John Jones was a "brilliant and creative lawyer," colleagues said

    Published: 23 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A LEADING human rights lawyer who died suddenly this week has been praised as "wonderful person" who was "fearless and fun" .

    Leaked emails on management style add bitter edge to council leadership contest

    Sarah Hayward has been challenged by Sally Gimson

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LEAKED emails questioning Town Hall leader Sarah Hayward’s personal management style are set to provoke a bitter row in the final two weeks before Labour councillors vote on who will lead the

    CS11 cycle route threat to crossing near Royal National Institute for the Blind

    CS11 cycle route threat to crossing near Royal National Institute for the Blind

    Lord Blunkett joins Friday’s protest near the RNIB's headquarters

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    BLIND people could be put at risk if a pelican crossing near the home of the Royal National Institute for the Blind has to make way for the cycle “superhighway”, the charity has warned.

    Secret war hero past of grandfather uncovered 35 years after his death

    Private Akbar Ali

    Private Akbar Ali

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    RELATIVES of a Belsize Park man have been stunned to learn of his secret war hero past, after stumbling on documents during a house sort-out 35 years after his death.

    Man fined £4,000 for urinating on hospital equipment

    University College London Hospital

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has been fined £4,000 for urinating on a life-saving piece of hospital equipment – putting it out of action for hours on a busy Saturday night.

    Billionaire named as new owner of saved Athlone House

    Billionaire named as new owner of saved Athlone House

    Athlone House

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new owner of Highgate mansion Athlone House has been revealed as a Ukrainian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, with the oligarch immediately urged to respect the history of the Heath-side property.<

    Parents launch campaign against move to force schools to become sponsored academies

    The newly-formed group on Saturday’s anti-austerity march

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    PARENTS in Camden who have launched a nationwide campaign against the government’s controversial plans to turn schools into independently-run academies are calling for an end to “politi

    Tolkien fan Father Stephen Tucker gets ready to end his time at Hampstead church

    Tolkien fan Father Stephen Tucker gets ready to end his time at Hampstead church

    Father Stephen Tucker

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    STEALING a line from Bilbo Baggins, the vicar of St-John-at-Hampstead and Tolkien devotee said of late he has felt like “like too little butter spread over too much toast”.

    David Walliams is the latest victim of letters theft

    David Walliams lives in Belsize Park

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ROYAL Mail has been accused of leaving customers vulnerable to fraudsters after a string of thefts – the latest of which saw comedian David Walliams losing a bundle of letters from young fans

    Children taught about life as a meat butcher in Hampstead

    From left: Francesca, Zayn, Kira, William and Sam with butcher Freddy Fresen

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By AUBANE LEMAIRE

    BUDDING young butchers donned white aprons and learned how to make pork sausages at a workshop in Hampstead this week.

    ‘Housing estate car ban means I’m out of work’, warns minicab driver

    Abu Newaz can no longer apply for a parking permit

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    MINICAB drivers says their livelihoods are under threat after the council suddenly removed parking permit rights to a housing estate. 

    Cancer survivor who received marriage proposal in intensive care looks forward to big day

    Sheena Gibbs with Marie Curie occupational therapist Nicola Tinsley and Acorn se

    Sheena Gibbs with Marie Curie occupational therapist Nicola Tinsley and Acorn service engineer Sean Malee

    Published: 22 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CARER who received an unexpected marriage proposal after she was diagnosed with cancer is in remission and preparing for her big day. 

    Teen's punishment for 'senseless' scissor attack on stranger extended to life sentence

    Abdul Rahim Sowe's original sentence was 'insufficient' the Solictor General argued

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGER jailed for a frenzied scissor attack at a Camden Town off licence has had his sentence increased to life imprisonment today (Thursday) after a government legal advisor intervened. <

    As neighbours protest, couple defend plan to build bungalow in back garden

    How the bungalow house could look, opposed by neighbours including Sue Perkins and Patricia Potter

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    AN elderly couple who provoked a wave of protest in Dartmouth Park with plans to build a new bungalow home in their back garden have defended the scheme, with their architects claiming “some

    Camden Council passes motion supporting IN campaign ahead of EU referendum

    Flick Rea

    Flick Rea shows off her support for the EU

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has joined a handful of local authorities taking up an official position on the EU referendum, as councillors passed a motion declaring that the United Kingdom should stay in.

    Police hunt driver suspected of deliberately puddle-drenching passers-by

    Police want to speak to the driver of this car seen in Kentish Town

    Police want to speak to the driver of this car seen in Kentish Town

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are hunting for a driver believed to be deliberately splashing pedestrians by driving through puddles at high speed in Kentish Town.

    Highgate comic Victoria Wood dies aged 62

    Victoria Wood joins the Save The Whittington march in 2012

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    VICTORIA Wood, who lived in Highgate, died yesterday (Wednesday) after a short battle with cancer, writes Tom Foot. 

    Row over future of police station site as conservation group claims ‘NW3 is already a schools ghetto’

    Illustrations of how the Abacus primary school could look

    Illustrations of how the Abacus primary school could look on the former Hampstead police station site

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    Senior Labour councillor attacks supermarket campaign, asking if Belsize Park is "too posh" for Sainsbury's

    Protesters in Belsize Park

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS trying to block a supermarket opening in Belsize Park have found themselves on a collision course with a ­senior councillor who has warned they are making the area sound like it is

    Beacon row: Now Camden Council organises digital tribute for Queen's Birthday on BT Tower

    How the BT Tower will look tonight

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council changed its mind several times this week before finally deciding that it will light a beacon for the Queen after all, having previously refused an invitation to join a nationwide cha

    Highgate Cemetery 'protector' quits with stinging letter over trustees election row

    The monument to Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery [Pic: Duncan Harris]

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ONE of Highgate Cemetery’s “protectors” has resigned with a stinging warning over how trustees at the gothic burial ground – the last resting place of Karl Marx, George Elio

    Mystery over Finchley Road fire six months after blaze wrecked parade

    The Fincley Road fire burned for 80 hours

    Published: 21 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    VICTIMS of the Finchley Road fire say they have been left in the dark and are no closer to understanding what started the blaze, six months after they watched their homes go up in flames. 

    Royal u-turn: Camden Council WILL light a beacon for Queen's 90th birthday on Town Hall roof

    Published: 19 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has changed its mind and will now light a beacon to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

    Royal u-turn: Camden Council WILL light a beacon for Queen's 90th birthday on Town Hall roof

    The Queen is turning 90

    Published: 19 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has changed its mind and will now light a beacon to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

    Death of man hit by train at West Hampstead station is not suspicious, say police

    Police were called to West Hampstead Thameslink at 7am

    Published: 18 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has died after being hit by a train at West Hampstead Thameslink station this morning. 

    'Re-open the Black Cap' campaigners mark one year anniversary of famous pub's closure

    The demonstration in Camden Town on Saturday

    Published: 15 April, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FANS of the Black Cap pub took to the streets on Saturday to mark one year since the shutters were unceremoniously brought down on the historic gay venue.

    Alma Street Fair in Kentish Town to be radically scaled back this summer

    Mr Hudson playing in Alma Street in Kentish Town

    Published: 15 April, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Alma Street Fair, which takes place every summer in Kentish Town, is set to be radically scaled back.

    Highgate Cemetery risks becoming 'a Disneyland of Death’ claim critics of trustee elections

    The monument to Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery [Pic: Duncan Harris]

    Published: 14 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE search for new trustees to oversee historic Highgate Cemetery has exposed a fresh row over its future, with claims that a new corporate drive has left the famous burial ground at risk of becomi

    Queen's 90th: Camden WILL now look for site to light beacon on monarch's birthday

    Camden said the invitation 

    Published: 14 April, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council is to look again at the invitation it turned down to light a beacon for the Queen on her 90th birthday.

    New Women's Institute group launching in Kentish Town pub

    Daisy Drury

    Daisy Drury

    Published: 14 April, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE inaugural meeting of a new Women’s Institute group is being held in a pub.

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