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29th January 2015

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    Rival Polish football fans argue it out with graffiti war across Camden canals

    Some of the graffiti before it was cleaned away

    Published: 29 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    OFFENSIVE graffiti left by rival groups of Polish football hooligans has been sprayed in Camden Lock, sparking urgent action by canal authorities. 

    'Council flat hotels': Town Hall opens new investigations into AirBNB adverts

    Council officers are investigating at least five 'hosts' suspected of using the AirBNB site

    Published: 29 January, 2015
    CNJ INVESTIGATION
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BUSINESS in Camden’s so-called council-flat hotels was last night (Wednesday) feared at risk of becoming  “rampant” with new probes launched into tenants and leaseholders sus

    Tory leader vows to blow open secrets behind Town Hall pay-off deals

    Conservative group leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland

    Published: 29 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN’S Conservative group leader has vowed to blow open the secrets surrounding Town Hall pay-off deals handed to departing staff.

    Watch thieves drag woman to the ground by her hair in Finchley Road

    Police are hunting two men who were chased through the streets of Hampstead

    Police are hunting two men who were chased through the streets of Hampstead

    Published: 29 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN eyewitness to a horrific attack by moped-riding street thieves has called for the public to be vigilant after seeing a woman thrown to the ground by her hair and robbed of her watch.

    Camden set to name council housing block after Frank Dobson

    Ward councillors Awale Olad, Sue Vincent and Julian Fulbrook at the Bourne Estate in Holborn with long-time tenants activist Beryl Allen and estate resident Trudi Kammerling

    Published: 29 January, 2015

    By RICHARD OSLEY

    AS perhaps Camden’s most famous council tenant, Frank Dobson has a closer connection than most MPs to public housing.

    Patient who had to wait two weeks for appointment removes medical staples at home by watching YouTube video

    Published: 29 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DESPERATE transplant patient was forced into a DIY procedure to remove her own surgical staples after claiming she had been told by her doctor’s surgery that she would have to wait weeks fo

    Market closes down as Hawley Wharf development project begins

    A glance through the shutters at what's left of the former market in Hawley Wharf 

    Published: 28 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE shutters have come down and the gates have closed at Camden Lock Village Market for the last time with the development at Hawley Wharf finally set to start. 

    Camden's health squad out to make residents fitter

    There will be advice on how to stop smoking available at the mobile health clinic

    Published: 28 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    CAMDEN's health squad are out and about in town this week, to offer advice on how to look and feel better.

    First forty acts announced for Camden Rocks Festival

    Funeral for a Friend are set to play at this year's Camden Rocks Festival [Photo: Zled81]

    Published: 28 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    FUNERAL for a Friend and Heaven's Basement are top of the list of bands set to take over Camden Town as part of the borough's biggest rock festival.

    Mother of baby who died while in care of out-of-hours health company files High Court writ

    Lisa Peanberg King with NHS campaigner Candy Udwin

    Published: 27 January, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    THE mother of a baby who died from pneumonia while in the care of a profit-making company running Camden’s out-of-hours NHS service has launched a legal claim against one of its doctors.&nbsp

    Pensioner driver jailed for causing death of mother in West Hampstead sees prison term cut on appeal

    Geoffrey Lederman leaving court during his trial last month

    Published: 27 January, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    THE elderly driver jailed for causing the death of a young mother when his car left the road in West Hampstead has had his prison sentence reduced due to ill health.

    Faith leaders mark Holocaust Memorial Day by pledging to fight xenophobia together

    (From left) Rabbi Herschel Gluck, Ambassador to Albania Mal Berisha, Camden Council Leader Sarah Hayward, Camden Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli, Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Cathy Ashley, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Green Party Natalie Bennett and Ambassador for Kosovo, Lirim Greiçevc

    Published: 27 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    MUSLIM, Jewish and Christian community leaders came together with local politicians to take a stand against xenophobia and reaffirm their joint commitment to the country's democratic values.&nb

    PEEPS: Have Labour members been told to keep schtum about the economy?

    Ed Miliband with Hampstead and Kilburn candidate Tulip Siddiq

    Published: 27 January, 2015
    PEEPS: the week in local politics

    LABOUR campaigners in Hampstead were caught off guard when activist Cecil Jenkins publicly asked party leader Ed Miliband why members had been told not to talk about the economy in the run-

    Applications for Camden's community festivals fund now open

    Dancers at Camden Mela 2014, one of the 29 festivals which received grant funding last year

    Published: 27 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PEOPLE planning an outdoor festival in Camden can now apply for funding from the council, as grants are saved from cuts for another year. 

    Travel chaos as rail staff pump out over 200,000 litres of water from Thameslink tracks

    Train tracks near Farringdon station filled with water after a pipe burst [Photo: Thameslink]

    Published: 26 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    RAIL staff are in the process of pumping out over 200,000 litres of water from the tracks, after a burst water main on the Thameslink caused mass travel disruption. 

    Man accused of murdering Belsize Park pensioner is found dead in prison cell

    Leo Barnes, who was accused of killing Philip Silverstone, has been found dead

    Published: 26 January, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A MAN on trial over the murder of a pensioner in Belsize Park has been found dead in his prison cell.

    Camden's knife crime figures: Top cops says parents must do more to prevent stabbings

    Chief Supt Richard Tucker

    Published: 26 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE most senior police officer in Camden has said parents must take more responsibility for preventing their sons joining violent attacks, after figures obtained by the New Journal reveale

    Paolozzi mosaics could be lost in Tottenham Court Road station revamp

    The mosaics at the top of the Tottenham Court Road station escalators

    Published: 26 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE £400million revamp of Tottenham Court Road tube station could lead to the loss of two sections of celebrated artworks, the 20th Century Society has warned.

    Nurse leaves Royal Free Hospital after recovering from Ebola

    Pauline Cafferkey has made a complete recovery and has left the hospital 

    Published: 26 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A NURSE who was being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital has made a complete recovery and had been discharged.

    WATCH: Celebration of LGBT culture and history returns to Camden for 10th year

    There will be a whole series of events celebrating gay culture this February [Photo: Ludovic Bertron]

    Published: 23 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE month-long celebration of LGBT culture and achievement is back for the 10th year in Camden and this time around, the focus is on history. 

    Police investigate after car vandalised with pig's heart and trotters in West Hampstead

    Police road block

    Officers said the figure 666 had been scrawled on the car's windscreen

    Published: 23 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    Town Hall throws out plans to demolish old Castle pub to make way for estate agents

    The pub in Kentish Town Road has been behind hoardings for years

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    Elderly driver jailed for causing death of mother in West Hampstead appeals against sentence

    Geoffrey Lederman began a prison sentence last month

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A RETIRED stockbroker jailed over the death of a young mother after his vintage Mercedes left the road in West Hampstead is appealing against his sentence.

    Town Hall scam probe into 'council flat hotel'

    The Town Hall is investigating whether council tenants used property as a short stay hotel

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FRAUD-STOPPERS at the Town Hall are investigating a scam in which council ­tenants are claimed to have used a trendy holiday lettings website to cash in on their property, the New Journal

    Frank Dobson speaks out about failed mayoralty bid, Tony Blair and his council flat home in TV interview

    Frank Dobson gave his view on a series of key political figures while speaking to London Live

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson today described Tony Blair as a "flash Harry", claimed that former mayor Ken Livingstone thinks of himself as "more important than the Labour P

    Locals at West Hampstead pub raise money to help family of murdered barmaid

    Natalia Czekaj worked at the Alliance

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LOCALS at a West Hampstead pub are raising money to help the family of a “kind and caring” barmaid who was murdered in her home.

    WATCH: Glimpses of Camden in the 1980s as Thames News archive goes online

    Mr (and Mrs) Universe at Camden Town Hall in the 1980s

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BODY-BUILDERS from Mr Universe are judged on the stage of a council-owned hall, housing campaigners sit in at the Town Hall and Frank Dobson’s beard is a little less snowy.

    Police appeal for witnesses of serious attack which left man with broken eye socket

    CCTV footage showing one of the men that police want to speak to 

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE in Camden are appealing for witnesses after a man had his eye socket broken when he was attacked outside Domino's Pizza in Regent's Park Road.

    Tesco faces red carpet rebellion as supermarket bosses meet the public over Belsize Park plan

    Dame Janet Suzman speaks at Tuesday's meeting

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BAND of acclaimed actors have joined growing resistance to the arrival of “yet another Tesco” in Belsize Park.

    Police probe 'macabre' pig trotter case in West Hampstead

    West Hampstead's police sergeant appealed for info on Twitter

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have appealed for information to help them track anyone in “possession of trotters or other pig parts” in West Hampstead.

    Town Hall accused of spending £3 million on gagging clauses to keep departing staff quiet

    Council figures show £3.25 million was spent in compromise agreements

    Published: 22 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall stands accused of spending huge amounts of public money on making sure staff “keep their mouths shut” about the reasons for their departure.

    Pub firm boss speaks to CNJ: Dartmouth Arms 'will be back open by summer'

    Faucett Inns insists the Dartmouth Arms will re-open after building work [Pic: Ewan Munro]

    Published: 21 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    PUB bosses have insisted the Dartmouth Arms will open again in the summer after regulars and staff were told it is to close its doors for building work.

    Who you gonna call? Kentish Town school creates amazing Ghostbusters film

    Mr Stay Puft Marshmallowman arrives in the school playground

    Published: 21 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    SOME schools are happy just to get through a Nativity play or a harvest assembly without a hiccup, but a Kentish Town school is forging a reputation among parents for producing something a little m

    Council couldn't fix woman's boiler because workman had cat allergy

    Pam McInally and Manoush had to wait for their heating to be fixed

    Published: 21 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A WOMAN in a West Hampstead council house was left with no heating for more than five weeks after an engineer refused to replace her boiler because she had a cat. 

    Dartmouth Arms to close its doors for building work by end of month, staff told

    Many regulars at the Dartmouth Arms want the pub to carry on as it is

    Published: 20 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE POPULAR Dartmouth Arms pub may close its doors within a fortnight so that major building work can begin.

    Police appeal for witnesses after "random" assault in Camden Town pub leaves man with "terrible" injuries

    The attack took place at Quinn's in the early hours of the morning [Jim Linwood]

    Published: 20 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was glassed at a Camden Town pub, in what appears to have been a random attack. 

    Green councillor calls on Town Hall to back anti-suicide measures at Archway viaduct

    Sian Berry says Camden should urge Haringey to allow new safety measures at the Archway bridge

    Published: 20 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN councillors should urge neighbouring Haringey Council to approve plans for anti-suicide fences on the Archway viaduct to prevent more deaths at the notorious site.

    Giles Coren unleashes attack on 'curtain twitchers who object to everything' in Kentish Town

    Giles Coren once appeared in a council campaign

    Giles Coren once appeared in a council campaign to encourage people to shop in Kentish Town

    Published: 20 January, 2015
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    WRITER Giles Coren, famous for his uncompromising newspaper and magazine columns, has launched a scathing attack on Kentish Town residents who complained about a new bar opening in disused public t

    IN PICTURES: Parade of condemned houses become striking canvas for street artists

    Artist Tom Blackford in front of his work

    Published: 20 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    STREET artists who have turned a condemned parade of houses into a canvas for giant artworks believe Camden Town could benefit from graffiti tourism.

    Betting shop sign inquest: Jury find safety check 'deficiencies' over lawyer's death

    Jacob Marx died when a William Hill sign fell on him in 2013

    Published: 19 January, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A CORONER'S court jury ruled this afternoon (Monday) that there had been 'deficiencies' over the installation and checks on a William Hill betting shop sign which fell and killed a youn

    Curtain goes up as Railway Children rolls into King's Cross

    The cast of the Railway Children on stage

    Published: 19 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A STEAM engine rolled into the King's Cross Theatre last week as the curtain went up for the first time for the new production of the Railway Children. 

    Camden street style #33: Granny fashion and cybergoths

    Camden street style #33: Granny fashions and cybergoths

    Published: January 19, 2015

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

    Ellis Rhys Hill, who studies at Middlesex University, stands head and shoulders above the crowds, measuring in at around 7ft in his 6-inch platforms from TK Maxx.

    Judith Chalmers and Neil Durden Smith cut cake at Highgate theatre's birthday party

    Judith Chalmers and Neil Durden Smith cut cake at Highgate theatre's birthday pa

    Broadcaster Neil Durden Smith with his wife TV presenter Judith Chalmers (centre) cut the theatre’s birthday cake as the Plews family look on – (left to right) daughters Jessica and Racky, and parents Katie and John who founded the venue

    Published: 19 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    TV presenter Judith Chalmers and her broadcaster husband Neil Durden-Smith cut the cake as a theatre in Highgate village celebrated its birthday.

    Award for engineer who has worked at Royal Free Hospital for 40 years

    Stephen Ainger, non-executive director of the Hampstead NHS Trust, John Coughlan

    Stephen Ainger, non-executive director of the Hampstead NHS Trust, John Coughlan, and director of nursing Deborah Sanders

    Published: 19 January, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    HE was first hired as a plumber when the Royal Free Hospital was built, and he was there when it was opened by the Queen in 1972.

    ‘Euston on track for more air pollution’ – warning over HS2 and Crossrail 2

    HS2 Train

    Cllr Flick Rea has put forward a motion calling for special monitoring of air pollution levels around Euston, ahead of the proposed HS2 development

    Teenager chased by police over Kentish Town rooftops after pizza delivery man robbed at knifepoint

    Met police helicopter assisted the chase across the rooftops [Photo: Peter Trimmi]

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A TEENAGER, who was chased along the rooftops in Kentish Town by a police helicopter, has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a pizza delivery man. 

    TUC needs new roof to protect Epstein statue

    The Jacob Epstein statue at the TUC's headquarters in Bloomsbury

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Bloomsbury home of the Trades Union Congress could have its historic courtyard protected from the elements by a new roof.

    Neighbourhood plan for West Hampstead and Fortune Green to go to public vote

    People in West Hampstead have been debating what the area needs [Pic: FlickR/Joshua Brown]

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE people of Fortune Green and West Hampstead will be heading to the ballot box after the area’s Neighbourhood Forum has been given the go-ahead by the Town Hall. 

    Sectioned mental health patients in Camden will be forced to give up smoking

    No smoking

    Camden and Islington Foundation Trust has become one of the first in the country to stop offering supervised smoking breaks to inpatients.

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By TOM FOOT
     

    PEOPLE ‘sectioned’ in Camden will be forced to give up smoking under new rules.

    Return of suspended primary school headteacher delayed

    Beatrix Simpson is returning to work at George Eliot in Swiss Cottage

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE return of a headteacher who was suspended during an investigation into “safeguarding concerns” has been delayed at the last minute. 

    No decisions yet over famous Franks store in Queen's Crescent as Tesco takeover rumours grow

    Franks is the oldest business in Queen's Crescent

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    FRANKS, the oldest independent supermarket in Queen’s Crescent, could be subject of a takeover bid by a leading multinational grocery chain.

    Emma Thompson joins campaign to stop Tesco opening 'yet another' store in Belsize Park

    The highly-acclaimed actress and screenwriter said Tesco will "destroy the local feeling" PICTURE: Garry Knight/FLICKR

    Published: 16 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM MCLENNAN

    Councillors give green light to Hampstead Heath dams after marathon planning meeting

    More than 1,000 objections were filed against the plans for new flood defences on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 15 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £22m project that will see major engineering works on ponds across Hampstead Heath was given the green light tonight (Thursday) by the Town Ha

    Plans for new West Hampstead station 'look like petrol station'

    West Hampstead

    An artist's impression of how the new station will look

    Published: 15 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PLANS to bulldoze an Edwardian train station and replace it with a modern building more than five times the size have divided opinion in West Ham

    Hampstead Heath dams meeting: live updates

    Published: 15 January, 2015

    Camden councillors are meeting tonight to vote on controversial plans to install new dams around ponds on Hampstead Heath. Live updates from WILLIAM McLENNAN and DAN CARRIER at CAMDEN TOWN HALL.

    Government to target Camden tenants with Right To Buy publicity campaign

    Camden tenants will be urged to use the £100,000 discount on Right To Buy homes

    Published: 15 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE government is to splash out on a new publicity offensive aimed at convincing tenants in Camden to buy their council homes, with posted reminders that a sales discount is now worth more than &po

    Exclusive: My 40 years inside, by Britain's longest serving prisoner

    Published: 16 January, 2014

    The New Journal's DAN CARRIER goes behind locked doors and meets a man who has seen from his cell how prisoners are becoming lost in the jail system.

    JOHN Massey estimates he has seen inside every prison in the United Kingdom, and can rattle off what they are like as if he was writing reviews for hotels on the TripAdvisor website.

    Emergency services shut Cecil Sharp House to 'train for terrorist attack'

    Firefighters at the training excercise in Cecil Sharp House

    Published: 15 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

     

    Tory candidate defends decision to send out mock mansion tax bills

    Simon Marcus

    Simon Marcus said residents were scared of Labour's mansion tax plan

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A CONSERVATIVE parliamentary candidate has defended his decision to send mocked-up “mansion tax” bills to residents.

    Top restaurateur says Tesco outbid him for Belsize Park site

    Protesters opposing Tesco's move to Belsize Park

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE man behind some of London’s most popular restaurants had hoped to open a new venture in Belsize Park but was muscled out by supermarket giant Tesco, it was revealed this week.

    Jacob Marx: Falling betting shop sign death was accident 'waiting to happen', inquest hears

    Jacob Marx died in January 2013 after a William Hill sign fell on his head. Pict

    Jacob Marx, pictured with his girlfriend, Natalie Chung, died in January 2013 after a William Hill sign fell on his head

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    SPECIAL REPORT by ALICE HUTTON

    A BETTING shop sign which fell and killed a young lawyer in Camden Town had been installed incorrectly and for seven years was hanging on rotten wood drilled into “thin air” over a busy

    Camden to tell dog-owners: Keep pets on lead or face a fine

    Police at the scene of a serious dog attack in Gospel Oak

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    ALL dog owners in Camden are facing an order to keep their pets on a lead when walking through the borough’s streets, or face an on-the-spot fine.

    Couple appear to flout Arsenal's 'selfie stick' ban

    Match Of The Day showed the couple taking photos of themselves with an extendable pole

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A COUPLE of Arsenal fans appeared to flout the club’s ban on “selfie sticks” as they were caught on camera using the devices.

    Camden's GCSE gender gap is highest in the country

    Despite boys achieving poorer grades than girls, Camden's education chief Cllr Angela Mason does not feel single sex classes are the answer 

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    CAMDEN has the largest GCSE gender gap in the country, with boys lagging behind girls, according to data from the Department of Education. 

    Man jailed for managing brothel in Covent Garden and laundering money through charity

    Francis Uwagbae, 51, has been jailed for 15 months

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A MAN who hid behind a charity to launder money made at a Covent Garden brothel has been jailed. 

    King's Cross fashion student bags top prize in design contest

    Shaniqua Christian, centre, shows off her winning design, with Principal of Westminster Kingsway College Andy Wilson, left, and Emma Steele from Shaftesbury PLC

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A COLLEGE fashion student has won the chance to have her design emblazoned on shopping bags in Carnaby Street.

    Woman found dead at historic Hampstead pub

    A police car outside the King William IV pub today

    Published: 14 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE death of a woman found unconscious at a historic Hampstead pub this morning (Wednesday) is being treated as 'non-suspicious' by police.

    Buskers stage all day protest to fight licensing rules that have turned Camden into 'cultural wasteland'

    Musicians play outside Camden Town tube in support of the Keep Streets Live campaign 

    Published: 13 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    MUSICIANS staging an all-day protest to fight Camden Council's busking licence rules say the Town Hall has turned the borough into a “cultur

    Rise in baby boys being named Camden

    Camden can be used as a boy's name

    Published: 13 January, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE number of baby boys being named Camden has more than tripled since 2010, according to the Office of National Statistics.

    How today's bus strike is affecting Camden

    Only a third of London's buses will be running today [Photo: Flickr user [Duncan]]

    Published: 13 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A BUS strike, organised by Unite union, has affected a number of routes through Camden. 

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt abandons visit to Whittington Hospital amid protest plans

    Jeremy Hunt

    Jeremy Hunt could not come to the Whittington due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

    Published: 13 January, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    UNDER-FIRE Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt scrapped plans for a tour of the Whittington Hospital's new emergency care department after a major protes

    New pop up shop brings art and cake to Kentish Town West in move to regenerate area

    The team put the finishing touches to the new pop-up shop in Malden Road 

    Published: 12 January, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A BRAND-new pop-up shop, which brings together art and gluten-free food, opened in Kentish Town West yesterday (Monday), as part of a move by Camden C

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