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25th May 2016

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    Balcony views: Neighbour adds his own sign next to 'Vote Leave' poster

    The two signs in Lissenden Gardens

    Published: 24 MAy, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE EU referendum debate is playing out across the balconies of a Gospel Oak mansion block after a banner battle was sparked between two neighbours on opposite sides of the fence.

    Detectives appeal for public's help in tracing murder victim's final hours

    Maria Mbombo was found dead at her home 

    Published: 21 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a woman at her home in Belsize Park are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help them piece together the victim's final few hours. 

    Planners’ fury as firm axes affordable homes at luxury development

    The Grade II-listed former school building in Covent Garden

    The Grade II-listed former school building in Covent Garden, which has also been used as offices for theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, is to be converted into ‘spacious and luxurious’ apartments

    Cllr Sue Vincent: ‘Don’t come again to my ward’. Danny Beales: ‘They should be ashamed’

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    by RICHARD OSLEY

    'Day-dreaming' Hampstead schoolboy defaced exercise book containing unpublished Beatles song

    Sir Paul McCartney and the pages from Robert Barclay's 'guitar book'

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IT is believed to be a cast-off song from one of The Beatles’ best-known albums, doomed to be forgotten without ever being heard in concert or recorded for the Fab Four’s fans.

    Police fear revenge attacks after bloody West Hampstead street brawl leaves man with 'life-changing' injuries

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE fear the leafy streets of West Hampstead could become the scene of gangland retaliation after a mass brawl left a knife ­victim with life-changing injuries, including a possible “l

    Breadcrumb trail helps puzzled cygnets cross ponds during Hampstead Heath dam work

    The cygnets on Hampstead Heath. All pics: Ron Vester

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HEATH dam works meant an artificial ramp had to be constructed to help cygnets cross the ponds.

    100 Acres toy shop moves out of Hampstead village

    A well-known retailer is set to move into Heath Street

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A MUCH-LOVED independent toy shop in Hampstead Village which closed down earlier this year is set to be replaced by a “mystery retailer”, writes Ella Jessel.

    New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggests HS2 should end at Old Oak Common - and not Euston

    New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggests HS2 should end at Old Oak Common - and n

    Sadiq Khan: 'HS2 is a wonderful idea but I've got concerns'

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Mayor of London has revealed strong “concerns” about High Speed 2’s plans for Euston and says he wants railway bosses to look again at a terminus in west London instead. 

    Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found dead in Belsize Park

    A murder investigation is underway, police said

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a home in Belsize Park this morning (Thursday). 

    Newspaper kiosks fear for future after council rent hike

    Nurul Islam has run a kiosk in Haverstock Hill for 13 years

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    NEWSPAPER sellers across the borough say they are facing closure after the council hiked their rents and said they had been paying the wrong fees... for 15 years.

    Dickens fans object to basement plan next to Oliver Twist writer's former home

    The Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A WORLDWIDE legion of Charles Dickens fans has joined the fight to block a basement development next to his former home, amid claims that it will ruin life at the museum set up in the Oliver Twist

    Pedestrians 'lucky' to escape unhurt as crane collapses in Fitzrovia

    Part of the crane was left dangling above Charlotte Street

    Published: 16 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A CRANE collapsed into a Fitzrovia street today (Monday) leaving pedestrians "lucky" not to be injured, eye-witnesses have said. 

    Man sent to secure mental hospital after pushing stranger under tube at Kentish Town station

    Devindra Ferguson told police: "It was my intention."

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN who pushed a “complete stranger” under a train at Kentish Town underground station was today (Friday) told he will be held in a high-security mental hospital until experts rule he

    'Two jobs' Sian Berry insists she can handle working at both the Town Hall - and City Hall

    Sian Berry and Caroline Russell

    Sian Berry with Assembly Green colleague Caroline Russell

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY 

    HIGHGATE Green councillor Sian Berry insisted she can do two jobs at the same time as she won a place on London Assembly.

    Now stripped-back Alma Street Fair is cancelled in full

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE organisers of the Alma Street Fair have announced this week that the event will not take place in 2016.

    Recluse’s death: Claims Town Hall failed to monitor care firm's work

    Coroner Mary Hassell

    Coroner Mary Hassell investigated the care received by Margaret Finn before she died

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PRIVATE care firm slammed for failing to protect vulnerable residents after a pensioner died from “horrific” bedsores had been dogged by controversy for years, it can be revealed &nda

    Stop Nando's 11ft chicken sign on historic pub building, say residents in Kentish Town

    The building's past as the Jolly Anglers and, as it is today, a Nando's chicken restaurant

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CHEEKY Nando’s, say residents in Kentish Town after the peri-peri chain revealed plans to decorate the outside of an historic pub building with an 11ft chicken logo.

    Education chief's 'delight' at government academy schools u-turn

    Councillor Angela Mason

    Published: 13 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall’s education chief has said she is “delighted” after the government was forced into a major U-turn over its plans to force all schools to become academies.

    'Dizzy' defies warnings that his London Assembly seat was at risk

    Andrew Dismore meets his adoring fans at Alexandra Palace last week

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL and RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR’S Andrew Dismore defied warnings that he was at risk of being ousted from his seat at City Hall by seeing off a challenge from the Tories in Barnet and Camden constituency.

    Police break into West Hampstead flat after toddler is seen playing near open window

    Police said the father was 'shocked'

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE officers who broke into a flat in West Hampstead to rescue a toddler reportedly in danger of falling out of a first-floor window found the 18-month-old’s father asleep on the sofa.

    Council finance chief calls for less of the 'livid luvvie protests' as Sainsbury's drops Belsize Park plans

    Theo Blackwell thinks residents would like a Lidl in Belsize Park

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS who fought Sainsbury’s over its plans to open a new store in Belsize Park are celebrating after the supermarket giant confirmed it was pulling out of the deal.

    Gagged: HS2 opponents from Camden blocked from giving evidence to the House of Lords

    Frank Dobson's campaign group is among those being prevented from presenting their views to peers looking at the pros and cons of the government's HS2 project

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HS2 chiefs have banned dozens of Camden campaigners and politicians from raising objections to the controversial rail scheme to the House of Lords, leading to claims that critics are being gagged.<

    Revealed: Two groups in talks to run new Kentish Town cinema and arts space

    The old Pizza Express building in Kentish Town as it looks this week

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    TWO groups are in talks with the owners of the former North London Polytechnic building with a view to opening a new arts centre, as Kentish Town moves a step closer to getting a cinema, the New Jo

    Secrets of broadcasting at the Beeb revealed as Joan Bakewell and Sue MacGregor interview each other

    Dame Joan Bakewell and Sue MacGregor at Cecil Sharp House to raise funds for the Primrose Hill Library (Pic: Lars Christiansen)

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    FROM finding secret stashes of whisky at Broadcasting House, to accidentally asking a weatherman for his views on the budget, broadcasters Sue MacGregor and Dame Joan Bakewell entertained an audien

    The real referendum: Which tie should primary school pick?

    Pupils model the ties up for the vote at the Rosary Primary School

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    NEVER mind the hullabaloo over the London Mayor and the EU referendum, the real polls fever is at Rosary Primary School.

    Mother of girl who died from sudden cardiac arrest campaigns for life-saving defibrillators to be installed at all schools

    Rosh Keegan, and her daughter Ani, who died at Camden School for Girls

    Rosh Keegan, and her daughter Ani, who died at Camden School for Girls

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE mother of a teenager who died from a sudden cardiac arrest says she has summoned the courage to campaign for the introduction of life-saving heart equipment in schools.

    Mother’s 20mph enforcement plea after children are hit by car

    The mother the children said the New Journal could publish pictures of the injuries to show how serious the collision was

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MOTHER of two children who were knocked down by a car in Euston on their way to school has called for action to force drivers to slow down. 

    Stop treating us like ATM machines, leaseholders stung by repair bills tell Town Hall

    Leaseholders Tina Blohm, Kim Nguyen, Terry Townsend and William Wade

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A GROUP of leaseholders have said the council is treating them like “cash cows” after they were told they could be charged compulsory fees of over £40,000 to revamp their homes.

    Man chases knife-wielding burglar who tied him up in Hampstead home

    Police are investigating after a man was threatened with his knife and tied up

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A YOUNG man who was tied up at knife-point by a burglar managed to escape “his bonds” and chase the attacker from his Hampstead home, police said. 

    Customers told they will now get a say on who runs Hampstead Heath cafes

    Alfred D'Auria with campaigners who helped save the Parliament Hill fields cafe from being taken over by Benugo

    Published: 12 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE City of London is set to offer temporary 18-month leases to the family-run cafés on Hampstead Heath, which a month ago were on the brink of being evicted.

    Sainsbury's pulls out of move into Belsize Park after protests

    Sainsbury's pulls out of move into Belsize Park after protests

    Protests against Sainsbury's in Haverstock Hill last month

    Published: 10 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SUPERMARKET giants Sainsbury's have pulled out of plans to open a new store in a Belsize Park.

    Man rushed to hospital after being attacked in Camden Town street

    Man rushed to hospital after being attacked in Camden Town street

    Police tent at the scene in Pratt Street this morning (Tuesday)

    Published: 10 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A MAN was rushed to hospital with “serious” head and face injuries after being attacked in Camden Town in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

    Row over plans to turn former King's Cross school into flats

    How the building in Calthorpe Street could look

    Published: 10 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A PROJECT to convert a King’s Cross Victorian school from an office block into 17 new homes is facing opposition from neighbours after the owners submitted designs that show a new basement an

    Flats facing years of HS2 chaos to be named after... Lakeland fells

    Ravenglass in the Lake District. Right, one of the blocks planned for the Regent

    Ravenglass in the Lake District. Right, one of the blocks planned for the Regent’s Park estate

    Published: May 10, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

     

    NEW housing blocks being built on little greens and open spaces at a housing estate facing 17 years of HS2 construction work are to be named after picturesque fells in the Lake District.

    Lucky escape for woman and two children as car flips on to roof in Kentish Town

    Paramedics and firefighters on the scene in Gillies Street

    Published: 9 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN and two young children escaped largely unscathed from a dramatic car crash in Kentish Town this afternoon. 

    Firm guilty of manslaughter after police officer and musician fell to death on building site

    Stuart Meads, left, and British Transport Police officer Gavin Brewer

    Published: 9 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A CONSTRUCTION firm has pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter after a couple fell to their deaths in a half-built basement on their way home from a night out. 

    Andrew Dismore uses election victory speech to attack Ken Livingstone over 'vile' remarks

    Andrew Dismore wins the Barnet and Camden constituency

    Published: 7 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    LABOUR election winner Andrew Dismore yesterday (Friday) used his victory speech to attack former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.

    Sadiq Khan promises 'opportunity to thrive' in London as he is named city's new Mayor

    Sadiq Khan with Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward during the campaign

    Published: 7 May, 2016
    By NEW JOURNAL ELECTION REPORTING TEAM

    TWENTY-SIX hours and 27 minutes after polling closed, Labour’s Sadiq Khan was finally declared the new Mayor of London, eight years after the party lost the position to the Tories.

    Royal Free hands patient data to Google

    Published: 7 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Royal Free has agreed to hand over all hospital patient data to Google so the company can create a new commercial range of artificial intelligence healthcare products.

    Andrew Dismore holds onto Barnet and Camden seat at London elections

    Andrew Dismore's victory is confirmed at the count at Alexandra Palace

    Published: May 6, 2016

    LABOUR'S Andrew Dismore has held onto the London Assembly seat for Barnet and Camden after seeing off a challenge from the Tories.

    Police appeal for witnesses after middle-aged flasher targets woman in Belsize Park

    The man exposed himself in Aspern Grove 

    Published: 6 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a flasher exposed himself to a woman in broad daylight in Belsize Park. 

    Pensioner died after 'warnings ignored' by supervisors at private care firm

    Coroner Mary Hassell said: "Concerns were not acted upon"

    Published: 6 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A RECLUSE who had not left the house for 20 years died from “horrific” bedsores that she was able to hide for months after concerns were ignored by superviso

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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

    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

    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.

    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.

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