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    Expenses scandal head Jo Shuter clears first hurdle in bid to return to classroom

    Expenses scandal head Jo Shuter clears first hurdle in bid to return to classroo

    Jo Shuter is set to get the chance to appeal against her ban from teaching

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “SUPERHEAD” who was banned from teaching for life after an expenses scandal could be back in the classroom in just two years after a dramatic U-turn by the Department for Education.&n

    Hampstead alley to be named after horror novel The Day Of The Triffids

    David Kitchen stands outside the alley in question

    David Kitchen stands outside 'Triffid Alley'

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE bestselling sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids and its links with South End Green is set to be celebrated with a plaque and a new road name.

    Labour organisers told it would be 'short-sighted' to block women from selection shortlist

    The final shortlist in the search for a successor to Frank Dobson will have up to six names on it

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR Party organisers are under pressure to include up to six names on a final shortlist of contenders in the Holborn and St Pancras parliamentary selection contest.

    Lib Dem president Tim Farron calls Camden Council 'mugs' over homes deal

    Tim Farron with Maajid Nawaz on Tuesday evening

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LIBERAL Democrat president Tim Farron waded into controversy surrounding a development in West Hampstead, branding the council “mugs” for failing to demand more affordable homes.

    Councillor recovering from concussion after punch attack

    Maryam Eslamdoust is a Labour councillor representing Kilburn

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A COUNCILLOR has told how she was punched in the street as she guided her blind brother home.

    Planners block 'sore thumb' Hampstead house design

    How the house in Christchurch Hill was going to look

    Published: 27 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ARCHITECTS were left disappointed as planning chiefs threw out designs for a striking new house in a Hampstead street after being told it would “stick out like a sore thumb”.

    Cash-strapped Whittington Hospital discuss closing down 'ISIS' ward

    Cash-strapped Whittington Hospital discuss closing down 'ISIS' ward

    The Whittington Hospital has a £5.3 million deficit

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    THE top boss of the Whittington has warned that its finances are “of major concern” as board chiefs weigh up the closure of a central plank of the Highgate hospital’s accident and

    Married: Couple who got engaged in last moments of the Crown and Goose pub

    Married: Couple who got engaged in last moments of the Crown and Goose pub

    A love story made in Camden Town

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    WHEN the Crown and Goose pub was reduced to rubble by a bulldozer earlier this year, thousands mourned the passing of one of Camden Town’s most popular watering holes.

    Fruit stall evicted from Kentish Town tube station as trendy burrito bar prepares to move in

    Stall owners Sally Keable and Bajram Zeqiri: ‘It is unfair’

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A POPULAR fruit-and-veg stall in Kentish Town has been told it must close in the New Year – with Transport for London about to strike a lucrative deal that would replace it with a trendy Mexi

    Snapshots by Camden's finest amateur photographers go on display

    The winning photo called The View From My Kitchen Balcony by Lucy Ayettey 

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Some of the borough's best amateur photographers came together to show off their work at a special exhibition event this week, as prizes were give

    Holborn underground station evacuated amid reports of 'armed incident'

    Holborn tube evacuated

    Commuters reported seing armed police searching trains. Picture @Hamilton_Films 

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    Camden hair stylist wins global title in prestigious hairdressing contest

    Hairdresser Nestor Sanchez (centre) collects his trophy on stage at the Wella International TrendVision Awards in Monaco, with industry experts and his model 

    Published: 26 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A Camden hair stylist has been branded a global hairdressing champion this week, after representing the UK at one of the industry's most prestigio

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt's former school slams Labour threat to remove tax relief from private schools

    Tristram Hunt has been challenged to see what UCS does beyond its school gates

    Published: 25 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE headmaster at shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt's former school in Hampstead has warned the Labour Party that it risks 'offensive bigotry' after threatening to remove tax bre

    Coroner rules stem cell freezing problem 'might' have contributed to Great Ormond Street patient's death

    A coroner has been investigating four patient deaths at Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Published: 25 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    PROBLEMS with freezing stem cells at Great Ormond Street Hospital “might” have contributed to the death of a 12-year-old cancer patient, a coroner ruled today (Tuesday).

    Camden street style #31: You're going to need a big scarf

    Published: November 25, 2014

    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town

     

    Carrie Crecca, from New York, thinks that British style is a lot more practical compared to what she she sees at home in Brooklyn.

    Ofsted inspectors rule Acland Burghley moving 'back in right direction'

    'Superhead' Sue Higgins has helped transform Acland Burghley

    Published: 25 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A TUFNELL Park secondary school demoted in Ofsted's inspection ratings has turned its fortunes around under its new leadership.

    IN PICTURES: Alex Zane, Gollum, Lynne Featherstone and a camel help switch on Highgate's festive lights

    Alex Zane was back again on the mic as Highgate Village was lit up for Christmas

    Alex Zane was back again on the mic as Highgate Village was lit up for Christmas, joined by Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By STEVE BARNETT

    MULLED wine mugs were clinked as Highgate Village was transformed into a 'winter wonderland' on Saturday evening.

    IN PICTURES: Jonathan Ross, Barbara Windsor and Dynamo switch on Hampstead's Christmas lights

    IN PICTURES: Jonathan Ross, Barbara Windsor and Dynamo switch on Hampstead's Chr

    Magic touch: Dynamo and Barbara Windsor on stage in Hampstead High Street

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By STEVE BARNETT

    IT rained. It poured.

    Vaping cafe opens in Somers Town

    Claire Riddington’s café in Somers Town has a selection of vaping flavours

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    ENTREPRENEUR Claire Riddington kicked her heavy smoking habit around three years ago thanks to vaping sticks.

    Former postman hit by car says carer kids need more help

    David Horn-Marquez was hit by a car in 2003

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    A FORMER postman signed off work with disabilities since he was run over by a car on his rounds is calling for more to be done for children who look after their parents.

    Police called after snake is found in West Hampstead street

    The snake inside a recycling bin in West Hampstead this morning. [Photo: Steve Berry]

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE came face to face with a slippery customer this morning (Monday) after a snake was discovered in a West Hampstead street.

    High Court challenge threat over council's plans for Gospel Oak 'small patch' development

    One of the disputed patches of land known as the Three Sisters

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A TOWN Hall decision to use three small patches of land in Gospel Oak to raise funds for new social housing, trees, play areas, and repairs could head

    Hospital strike action continues in pay battle

    Health workers protesting outside University College Hospital today

    Health workers protesting outside University College Hospital today 

    Published: 24 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    RADIOGRAPHERS, midwives and nurses joined forces today in the latest bout of strike action over low pay. 

    Chewing Gum Man brings a sticky new art show to a King's Cross barber shop

    A piece of Ben Wilson's chewing gum art, compared to a £2 coin

    A piece of Ben Wilson's chewing gum art, compared to a £2 coin

    Published: 21 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    SOME might say that chewing gum and hair don't really mix, but that hasn't stopped a rather sticky new exhibition from coming to a King's

    Memorial event for transgender people lost to violence

    Transgender Day of Remembrance organisers (left to right) Natacha Kennedy, Martha Dunkley, Beatric Girmbly and Grace Greenwood with Paris Lees (centre) last year.
    [Photo: AbsolutQueer Photography]

    Published: 20 November
    By ALICE HUTTON

    THE memories of the hundreds of transgender people who were killed this year will be honoured at an event in Euston tonight (November 20).

    Royal Free memorial garden to be dug up for new research lab

    A bench dedicated to Lord Pitt in the garden outside the hospital

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    FAMILIES have been told that a memorial park for their dead relatives is to be bulldozed to make way for a seven-storey medical research laboratory and hotel. 

    Disabled man robbed by teenagers and left stricken on pavement for an hour

    Police have appealed for help

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A DISABLED man was left on the pavement for an hour after he was violently robbed by teenagers in Hampstead.  

    Plant thieves raid garden at folk music headquarters

    Susannah Hall in the garden

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THIEVES armed with spades have decimated a garden created by volunteers at the country’s leading English folk song institute. 

    The Hemsley sisters head to Parliament Hill to teach pupils healthy cooking

    The Hemsley sisters have scored with a cookbook bestseller

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    GIRLS from a school in Highgate learnt all about the importance of healthy, wholesome food last week when they took part in a cooking session with healthy food gurus, the Hemsley sisters.

    Doctor stakes claim to join leading pack on Labour's final shortlist in Holborn and St Pancras

    Dr Patrick French won nominations in Highgate and Cantelowes

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A DOCTOR upset the apple-cart on Tuesday evening when he broke the stranglehold of the three leading contenders in Labour’s parliamentary selection contest in Holborn and St Pancras.

    Camden bans black-listing firms from Town Hall work

    Companies who used black-listing in the past must prove they have stopped, if they want to win contracts from the council

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has told construction companies which blacklisted workers that they will not get Town Hall contracts unless they can prove they have abandoned the practice.

    Priced out of Camden Town: the shop that sells everything

    Vipin Shah at the A&K Warehouse

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A ONE-STOP shop which has been serving the needs of customers in Camden Town for the past 44 years, has decided to close it doors due to competition from big-name businesses and soaring rents.&nbsp

    Inquest hears how four children died after hospital's mystery stem cell failure

    GOSH

    A coroner has been investigating the deaths of four patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    FOUR children died at Great Ormond Street Hospital after its stem cell freezing system stopped working with no warning, an inquest has heard. 

    Camden Council sprays dog mess pink

    The Town Hall sends out 'poop sacks'

    Published: 20 November, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CAMDEN Council has sprayed dog excrement found on estates with pink paint to alert passers-by to the mess. 

    Hunter Davies collects his OBE at Buckingham Palace

    Hunter Davies with his son Jake and daughters Flora and Caitline

    Published: 19 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    BIOGRAPHER and journalist Hunter Davies paid a visit to Buckingham Palace last week to receive an OBE awarded for service to literature.

    Scorpions in the street! Graffiti campaign launched in Camden to raise awareness of biodiversity

    Louis Masai paints a scorpion in Hawley Street to raise awareness

    Louis Masai paints a scorpion in Hawley Street

    Published: 18 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PEOPLE in Camden Town may have spotted some rather unusual animal paintings popping up on the walls this week. 

    Police appeal for witnesses after assault at King's Cross station

    Police are asking witnesses of the attack at King's Cross station to come forwar

    Police are asking witnesses of the attack at King's Cross station to come forward

    Published: 18 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    BRITISH Transport Police are appealing for witnesses after a man assaulted a member of rail staff at King's Cross station last month.

    Banned: DJ Grandpa has licence revoked

    DJ Grandpa has been a near-permanent fixture in Camden Town this year

    Published: 18 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY and ALICE HUTTON

    DJ Grandpa has become the first street performer to be stripped of his busking licence after the council said that his act had generated "public

    Talented teens battle it out on stage at Camden's Roundhouse this weekend

    King's Cross spoken word artist Samuel King will be among perfomers at The Voice

    King's Cross spoken word artist Samuel King will be among perfomers at The Voice of the Youth on Saturday

    Published: 18 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THERE will be singing, dancing, rapping and poetry on the stage at Camden's Roundhouse this Saturday as teenagers battle it out at one of the biggest youth talent shows of the year. 

    Ladies take the plunge in memory of beloved fathers lost to cancer

    Kate Milner and Charlotte Story are diving into the icy depths this weekend

    Charlotte Story and Kate Milner are diving into the icy depths this weekend 

    Published: 18 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    TWO brave women are jumping into the freezing cold waters of Hampstead Heath ladies' swimming pond this weekend, to raise money in memory of two beloved dads that were lost to cancer. 

    Pensioner pleads not guilty to West Hampstead death by dangerous driving charge

    Geoffrey Lederman

    Geoffrey Lederman leaving court today

    Published: 17 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A PENSIONER will stand trial accused of causing the death of a young mother after his car left the road in West Hampstead, a court heard today. 

    Lib Dems pick Jill Fraser to stand in Holborn and St Pancras

    Jill Fraser came second in the constituency at the 2005 general election

    Published: 17 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Camden Mayor Jill Fraser will stand for the Liberal Democrats in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency. She was chosen at a selection meeting on Thursday evening.

    Former BBC director in legal action against Marks And Spencer over store arrest

    Tim Robinson. [Pic: Elaine Durak]

    Published: 17 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    AN AWARD-winning former BBC director from Camden Town is suing Marks and Spencer for £100,000 of damages after their private security guards all

    Last day to apply: Journalist vacancy

    The Camden New Journal is looking for a journalist to lead its coverage in Islington

    Published: 17 November, 2014
     

    THE Islington Tribune newspaper, sister title to the award-winning Camden New Journal, is seeking a journalist capable of leading our news coverage.

    Risk of deadly flood 'exaggerated', High Court told, as campaigners try to block new Heath dams

    The Heath and Hampstead Society has forced a judicial review in the City of Lond

    The Heath and Hampstead Society has forced a judicial review in the City of London's dams plan

    Published: 17 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE future of the Hampstead Heath ponds hangs in the balance as a senior judge mulls over evidence as to whether a controversial dam-rebuilding scheme

    Massive HS2 plan for Euston station in disarray as Chancellor George Osborne is told it is 'not fundable'

    George Osborne's dream for Euston has hit the buffers

    Published: 17 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s dream of a “really big development” of Euston is in disarray after rail chiefs admitted the plan was “not a fundable solution” and had been

    Young people with learning disabilities to get first taste of nightlife this weekend

    DJs from Mencap's Islington Social Crew behind the decks

    Published: 14 November, 2014 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    YOUNG people with learning disabilities will be dancing the night away in West Hampstead this weekend, at a special club night arranged by a charity, giving many the opportunity to experience night

    DJ Grandpa set to have licence 'revoked'

    DJ Grandpa set to have licence 'revoked'

    DJ Grandpa in full swing earlier this summer

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DJ Grandpa - the dance disc jockey who spent most of the summer and early autumn months playing records outside Camden Town tube - is set to have his performance licence revoked by the council, the

    Tribute to World's End landlord Mick Doheny at publicans' ball

    Above: Henry Conlon presents a tankard to Golden Lion publican Mary Murphy. Below: Former Mayor of Camden Jonathan Simpson sings on stage

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    by TOM FOOT

    THERE was drinking, dancing and a teary-eyed toast to a Camden Town pub legend at the CILLA Ball.

    Camden Council refuses permission for Pickled Polecat micropub in Kentish Town

    Pickled Polecat, Kentish Town

    James Duddy and Jessica Braviner with Piccolo, their pet polecat

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has thrown out plans for a new micro-pub in Kentish Town.

    Camden Council apologises after tenants sue Town Hall over mice-ridden, mouldy flats

    Camden Council says that private landlords should be licensed - but was taken to court itself after leaving two tenants in flats riddled with damp and mould

    Published:14 November, 2014
    EXCLUSIVE by ALICE HUTTON

    THE Town Hall has apologised after a judge ordered the Council to carry out more than £20,000 of “urgent” work fixing damp, mou

    Builder has leg amputated after horror accident at Hampstead basement works site

    This week's New Journal front page

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A BUILDER working on a basement excavation in Hampstead has had his leg amputated after a horrific on-site accident, the New Journal has learned.

    Housing charity running old Crown Estate flats told rent hikes have left families at food banks

    Julie Braganini, second right, and tenants at the Peabody headquarters

    Julie Braganini, second right, and tenants at the Peabody headquarters

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    NURSES and other key workers are having to visit food banks every week due to the spiralling rents demanded by a housing charity.

    Fairy tales come to life on stage at Camden School for Girls

    The cast from Camden School for Girls performing Into The Woods

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    WICKED witches, bumbling bakers, and big bad wolves took over Camden School for Girls last week as the world of fairy tales came to life on the stage.

    Inflatable sports dome pops up in Gospel Oak

    Camden Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli cuts the ribbon to launch the new sports centre

    Camden Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli cuts the ribbon to launch the new sports centre in Gospel Oak 

    Published: 14 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A SCHOOL and community group have joined forces to bring a new, inflatable sports dome to the heart of Gospel Oak.

    Hundreds of Labour members set to be barred from voting in selection contest

    Frank Dobson is stepping down

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HUNDREDS of Labour Party members in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency are set to be told they are barred from voting for a new parliamentary candidate, the New Journal has learned.

    Club boss Alex Proud threatens to quit 'puritanical' Camden

    Alex Proud 

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE owner of one of Camden's biggest nightclubs has threatened to shut up shop and leave the borough, claiming that “puritanical” Town Hall policies are making it impossible to run

    School dinner ladies told: No Living Wage until 2016

    Camden Council flies a 'London Living Wage' flag at the Town Hall

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN
    >>NEW JOURNAL COMMENT: Why were our dinner ladies left with crummy wages? (click here)

    KITCHEN staff in Camden schools say they are “disgusted” after being told by Town Hall leader Sarah Hayward that they must wait until 2016 before they will be paid the London living wag

    Remembrance Sunday: Mayor joins veterans at PoW war memorial

    Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli lays a wreath at the memorial in Mornington Crescent

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    VETERANS and families of former servicemen attended a Remembrance Sunday event at the war memorial in Mornington Crescent.

    Remembrance Day: Moving tributes are paid to fallen heroes at Hampstead Cemetery

    Matthew Nagy plays the Last Post

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    HAMPSTEAD Cemetery fell silent as veterans, families and schoolchildren paid tribute to the fallen on Armistice Day. 

    Hampstead Heath dams battle hits the High Court today

    A team of barristers hired by the Heath and Hampstead Society are due to open their case

    Published: 13 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A HIGH Court judge will be told today (Thursday) that the City of London do not have the legal right to build new dams on Hampstead Heath.

    Fond farewell for retiring Belsize Park newsagents never seen without a smile

    Local legends Tajim and Siraz Alidina

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By TRISTAN GROVE and DAN CARRIER

    NEWSAGENTS Tajim and Siraz Alidina are so well respected in Belsize Village that when they told customers they were retiring after 35 years neighbours decided the only way to mark the end of an era

    Tories claim mansion tax will drive out residents and attract 'super-rich' to Camden

    Siobhan Baillie said the Town Hall should lobby against the mansion tax

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR councillors were warned on Monday night that plans for a “mansion tax” on properties worth more than £2million would drive residents out of the borough, paving the way for

    £22m bid to create new sixth-form building at La Swap

    How the new buildings will look

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £22 MILLION building project that will create a university-standard block for sixth-formers at the La Swap consortium has been unveiled. 

    Woman dies after being hit by a train at Swiss Cottage tube station

    Paramedics rushed to Swiss Cottage tube station but the woman could not be saved

    Paramedics rushed to Swiss Cottage tube station but the woman could not be saved

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A WOMAN has died after being struck by a train at Swiss Cottage underground station. 

    Football legend Stuart Pearce coaches kids in Camden Town

    Stuart Pearce with group of young football enthusiasts at Haverstock School

    Stuart Pearce with group of young football enthusiasts at Haverstock School 

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By MARC GATFORD

    FORMER England Captain, Stuart Pearce, took charge of an exclusive training session at a school in Chalk Farm on Monday (November 10). 

    Historic Kennedy Hall to be brought back into Irish community use after ten years

    The London Irish Centre in Camden Square

    The London Irish Centre in Camden Square

    Published: 12 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE London Irish Centre has unveiled plans for a new community hub and library, as they prepare to bring back Kennedy Hall into Irish use for the first time in a decade.

    Prince Charles visits Roundhouse to watch show in honour of rescue mission that saved thousands

    The Prince of Wales meets AJR member Doris Moritz and her daughter Clare Kirby

    The Prince of Wales meets AJR member Doris Moritz and her daughter Clare Kirby

    Published: 11 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA
     

    THE Prince of Wales paid a visit to the Roundhouse in Camden Town this weekend to watch a concert which honoured the Kindertransport, a rescue mission which helped thousands of Jewish children esca

    Famous King's Cross venue where Bob Dylan played first UK gig now selling bargain furniture

    The Water Rats venue in King's Cross currently houses G's Furniture Bargains

    Published: 11 November, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    IT once housed the stage where Bob Dylan played his first UK gig, but now it is home to a pop up furniture shop.

    Exclusive: Labour's Holborn and St Pancras selection contest - the full long-list

    The Labour Party's deadline for candidate applications in Holborn and St Pancras closed last night
     
    Published: 11 November, 2014
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY
     

    LABOUR Party organisers in Holborn and St Pancras are sorting through the candidate applications they have received for the parliamentary selection contest triggered by Frank Dobson's retiremen

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