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24th October 2014

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    No basement jobs without council's say-so, planning councillors rule in 'test case'

    The Quadrant Grove application was seen as 'test case' for the Town Hall

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    DIGGING out a basement extension can only be done with full planning permission, a Town Hall committee ruled last night (Thursday). 

    UCL Academy school 'puts right problems' - after help from council experts

    Baron Andrew Adonis offically opened the UCL Academy in Swiss Cottage - but Oftsed inspectors soon said the school 'required improvement'

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    TWENTY-TWO teachers and an A-team of “expert advisers” from Camden Council have been parachuted into a flagship academy school following a devastating Ofsted inspection earlier this yea

    Charlie Hedges, the council tenant who became housing chief

    Charlie Hedges was a respected councillor for 16 years

    Charlie Hedges was a respected councillor for 16 years

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HE was the lorry driver who rose through the ranks of the Town Hall, the council tenant at the top of Camden’s housing department.

    New school playground can 'absorb pollution'

    The new playground at St Paul's Primary School

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    A PRIMARY school next to Primrose Hill has created a free playground that sucks dangerous pollution out of the sky.

    New charity wants to raise money to buy the 'Highgate Bowl' site

    The entrance to the old Highgate Garden Centre site

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW charity aiming to protect one of Highgate Village’s last remaining open spaces has been formed – and is searching for wealthy philanthropists to help buy land worth millions of po

    Town Hall considers urgent injunction as porn channel's 'sex tour' heads for Camden Town

    Rebecca More's 'sex tour' is due to arrive in Camden Town

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    TOWN Hall bosses are today (Friday) locked in talks over how the council can stop porn actress Rebecca More from bringing a 'sex tour', in which she offers to have sex in a bus with competi

    Police searching for missing King's Cross man find body in river

    Police have appealed for help in finding Richard Mackenzie

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POLICE investigating the disappearance of a King's Cross man say they have retrieved a body from the River Thames. 
     

    Tories and former colleagues mourn death of former Belsize councillor Sheila Gunn

    Sheila Gunn

    Published: 23 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Belsize councillor Sheila Gunn has passed away, it was announced today (Thursday).

    Disabled carer joins fight to save the Admiral Mann pub

    Barry Garnham

    Wheelchair user Barry Garnham came out of hospital to find the Admiral Mann has closed

    Published: 23 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A wheelchair user who said he has been left with nowhere to go after the closure of his “only accessible local” has now joined the fight to stop the pub in Kentish Town from being turne

    Fancy dress shop says 'liberal Camden' loves x-rated Halloween costumes

    The 'Down On The Count' costume available at Escapade is a big seller

    Published: 23 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A CHALK Farm fancy dress shop is sticking by its decision to stock one of Britain’s most outrageous Halloween costumes – which is too X-rated for the New Journal to print without some c

    Thieves try to steal entire football pitch

    Eleanor Botwright at the scene of the failed astroturf heist

    Eleanor Botwright at the scene of the failed astroturf heist

    Published: 23 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THIEVES have tried to steal an entire football pitch from a Camden Town community centre.

    Family of 'joint enterprise killer' to protest outside prison

    Dean Winston's case has been taken up by JENGbA

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CAMPAIGNERS opp­osed to “joint enterprise” criminal convictions are to mark a prisoner’s 21st birthday by protesting outside the prison where he is locked up.

    Sixty-year-old restaurant Andy's Taverna could close in redevelopment plan

    Managing director Petros Ochtaras: ‘It might all be over in January’

    Managing director Petros Ochtaras: ‘It might all be over in January’

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    THE manager of one of Camden Town’s longest-running restaurants fears he may have to pack up his business in January after a property developer snapped up its freehold.

    Camden planners set to rule on key basement application

    Planners are due to make a decision at the Town Hall on Thursday night

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    LAWYERS specialising in property issues will do battle tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Town Hall over a landmark case concerning basements.

    Astronaut Charles J Bolden Jnr visits UCL Academy and tells pupils: You can do anything you want

    Astronaut Charles J Boden Jnr visits UCL Academy and tells pupils: You can do an

    The astronaut takes questions during an inspiring question-and-answer session

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    ONE of the first black astronauts told a school assembly how he wept as he stared down at the Earth from space and saw a world without borders, writes Tom Foot.

    Neighbours fail to see funny side of Museum of Comedy's booze licence bid

    The Museum of Comedy has a performance area named after Tommy Cooper

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    IT is the collection in a crypt intended to bring the work of Britain’s greatest comedians to the public.

    Arrest case: Police officer tells High Court that Noel Fielding is 'not that famous'

    Noel Fielding was handcuffed and claims he was 'manhandled' by police

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE denied “fabricating evidence” to justify arresting comedian Noel Fielding alongside Amy Winehouse’s former bodyguard on Easter Sunday morning in Kentish Town, the High Cour

    Rail bosses to rebuild Kentish Town footbridge - without disabled or buggy access

    The footbridge links Ingestre Road and Churchill Road

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    NETWORK Rail has been accused of ignoring a “moral” obligation to help older people, the partially abled and families with young children after they gained planning permission to re-bui

    Idea for council meetings: 'Dull speeches must not be read out'

    Andrew Marshall has suggested ways Camden Council can improve its meetings

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    COUNCILLORS should be banned from reading dull speeches from pieces of paper and refrain from tweeting during Town Hall meetings.

    Arsenal squad board Eurostar for clash against Anderlecht

    Arsene Wenger wants his team to give 'a fraction more'

    Published: 22 October, 2014
    By STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENAL'S Belgium-bound squad certainly looked relaxed when they boarded the Eurostar at St Pancras, ahead of their Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight (Wednesday).

    Former council leaders pay tribute to Charlie Hedges

    Charlie Hedges

    Published: 21 October, 2014
    By DAME JANE ROBERTS and PHIL TURNER

    Charlie Hedges, who spent 16 years as a councillor for Kilburm, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Here two former Labour council leaders, in their own words, pay tribute.            

    Charlie (as he was known to everyone) was elected to Camden Council to represent Kilburn ward in 1990 and was to serve Kilburn with distinction as one

    High Court: Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding claims he was 'manhandled' by police

    Noel Fieding said 'it was pretty obvious what was going on'

    Published: 21 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    COMEDIAN Noel Fielding gave evidence today (Tuesday) in a High Court case in which his friend Jimmy Browne - Amy Winehouse's former minder - claims he was assaulted by police.

    Tree crashes out of Highgate Cemetery in Hurricane Gonzalo aftermath

    Workers chop the fallen tree in Chester Road into smaller pieces

    Workers chop the fallen tree in Chester Road into smaller pieces

    Published: 21 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A TREE came crashing through railings at Highgate Cemetery this morning, narrowly missing a passing car. 

    Broadcasting watchdog closes file on f-word ambush

    Mattthew Wright 

    Published: 21 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    PRIMROSE Hill phone-in king Matthew Wright has escaped censure after an abusive prank caller swore twice on his live Channel 5 show.

    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

    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.

    '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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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”.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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. 

    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

    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

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