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31st October 2014

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    Cock Tavern in Somers Town to win fight against closure

    The Cock Tavern in Somers Town [Pic: Ewan Munro]

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    REGULARS at “the last real pub in Somers Town” are cautiously raising glasses in celebration after a property developer pledged to maintain its “character and historic fabric&rdqu

    TV presenter Matthew Wright helps launch new hyperlocal magazine in Primrose Hill

    TV presenter Matthew Wright helps launch new hyperlocal magazine in Primrose Hil

    The On The Hill team with Matthew Wright from The Wright Stuff

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A NEW hyper-local magazine in Primrose Hill aims to raise money for community projects, writes Alina Polianskaya.

    Declassified: The MI5 surveillance files hidden from Eric Hobsbawm

    Eric Hobsbawm was told that 

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HE had asked politely to see the secret files that MI5 had kept on him, but celebrated Hampstead historian Eric Hobsbawm received a flat “no” from the British security services. 

    Rik Mayall pub quiz in Kentish Town

    A whole quiz on Rik Mayall...

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A PUB quiz celebrating the life of comedy legend Rik Mayall is coming to Kentish Town.

    Jamie Oliver to open pukka new restaurant in King's Cross

    An artist's impression of how Mr Oliver's restaurant will look

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE COCKNEY-speaking, Italian-cooking and school dinner-campaigning celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is set to open a new restaurant in Victorian offices in the heart of the former King’s Cross ra

    Call for curbs on canal 'cruisers' in King's Cross

    Yan Yates, who has lived in a boat on the capital’s canals for six years: ‘People think it’s an easy life but you get seven or eight months when it’s cold.’

    Published: 31 October, 2014
    By WILLIAM MCLENNAN

    A DRAMATIC increase in the number of people living on boats on Camden’s waterways has led to protests from neighbours on dry land who say they are being “choked with diesel and wood fum

    Halloween: Camden's top ten ghost stories

    Blood-drained animals were reportedly once found in Highgate Cemetery

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    In time for Halloween, our online reporter ALINA POLIANSKAYA and CHARLOTTE FLANNERY looks at ten possible hauntings in Camden

    1. KING WILLIAM IV, Hampstead High Street

    Halloween: Police order extra patrols for Camden

    Camden Town is expected to be awash with fancy-dress revellers

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN police have orderd extra patrols to ward off trick-or-tricksters looking to wreck tomorrow's (Friday's) Halloween celebrations.

    Hampstead Heath users 'intimidated' by BBC film crews

    Film crews on Hampstead Heath this week

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    HAMPSTEAD Heath users were warned by a film crew working on a major new BBC spy thriller that by entering the 800-acre open space it was “likely” they would be filmed and they were &ldq

    Four sculptures snatched in 'stolen to order' art heist

    Two of Tim Ellis's pieces of art

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    FOUR sculptures by an up-and-coming artist have vanished from a gallery in what organisers fear was a “steal-to-order” art heist.

    Artist died after jumping from Regent's Park Estate balcony

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    AN artist and poet jumped from a balcony on the fifth floor of a block of flats in Regent’s Park after repeatedly telling doctors he wanted to commit suicide and begging to be hospitalised, a

    Camden girl wins place in Railway Children show pulling into King's Cross

    Pictured: Cast of The Railway Children. Inset, Charlotte Zone.

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A nine-year-old girl from Camden has been chosen to star in a new production of The Railway Children, following an appeal to young actors through the New Journal. 

    Campaigners fear Town Hall U-turn on HS2 opposition

    Cllr Sarah Hayward

    Cllr Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council: 'There has been no change in the council’s position on HS2'

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    by TOM FOOT

    It survived Dunkirk, but little ship sinks in Regent's Canal

    The boat which saved lives fills with canal water

    The boat which saved many lives fills up with canal water

    Published: 30 October
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Bay Queen is a Dunkirk veteran – one of the 100s of small boats who braved a Channel crossing and survived attack after attack by German dive bombers to save the lives of scores of Britis

    David Miliband backs Sir Keir Starmer as selection contest in Holborn and St Pancras officially begins

    David Miliband wants Sir Keir Starmer to be his local MP

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Foreign Secretary David Miliband has revealed he is backing Sir Keir Starmer in Labour’s too-close-to-call parliamentary election contest in the south of the borough.

    Primrose Hill celeb squad writes to Eric Pickles over office development woes

    Clockwise from top left: India Knight, Dame Joan Bakewell, Mary Portas and Alan Bennett

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    LEADING Primrose Hill figures are urging the Tory Communities and Local Government minister Eric Pickles to rethink a key policy which allows offices to be turned into homes without full planning p

    Regulars at Dartmouth Arms plan to save pub - by buying it

    Fans of the 'Darty'

    Published: 29 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    REGULARS plan to put together a bid to buy a popular Dartmouth Park pub amid fears that it could be turned into flats.

    Hammer Horror at 80: Kentish Town actress tells how students now do PhDs on her films

    Judy Matheson during her Hammer Horror days, including a famous scene when she is burned at a stake

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    IT is 43 years since Judy Matheson made her name “screaming and screaming and screaming” while being burnt at the stake by puritan witch-hunters in the cult horror film, Twins of Ev

    Sheila Gunn, the smart spinner who trained a generation of journalists

    Sheila Gunn, a former Camden councillor who worked as John Major's press secretary

    Published: 29 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IN the competitive, cut-and-thrust world of newspapers, she was the journalist who rivals struggled to find a bad word for.

    Woman almost killed after being dragged 40 feet by scarf stuck in tube train door

    A trapped scarf

    Published: 30 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    A WOMAN who was dragged 40 feet along a platform after her scarf got trapped in tube train doors could have been killed if staff had not been there to save her, a report said.

    'A terrific friend, a great man': Mourners say farewell to Charlie Hedges at funeral service

    Flowers at Golders Green Crematorium this afternoon

    Published: 29 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE mourners could not help but smile as the zinging intro to Bert Kaempfert’s playful tune Swingin’ Safari kicked in.

    'If you enter Hampstead Heath...': Heath users warned they could end up in BBC thriller London Spy

    The notices on the Heath

    Published: 28 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    PEOPLE were told today (Tuesday) that just by entering Hampstead Heath they were giving consent to having their face used in a new BBC thriller callled London Spy.

    'Ghost sign' for historic car dealers Henlys revealed in Camden Town

    The exposed sign in Jamestown Road

    Published: 28 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    THE removal of a digital advertising billboard in Camden Town has revealed a 'ghost sign' for the old Henlys car dealership.

    In pictures: Dogs decked in Halloween costumes for charity Heath walk

    Dogs ready for Halloween

    Published: 28 October, 2014
    By STEVE BARNETT

    EARLY morning strollers came face-to-face with some startling sights on Sunday as Hampstead Heath was invaded by mongrel monsters, ghoulish golden retrievers and terrifying terriers. 

    Partner of man killed in bus accident at Euston holds 'absolutely no grudges' against driver

    Peter Van de Bulk died after being hit by a bus

    Published: 28 October, 2014
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A CORONER has raised concerns over “sub standard” traffic lights at Euston Station after a TfL worker died after falling under a bus whilst crossing a red light, an inquest ruled today.

    Hamper appeal: Let's make sure nobody is forgotten this Christmas

    One of our hamper deliveries last year

    Published: 28 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    HAVE you noticed them – the mince pies? Their eat-by dates do not even stretch to Christmas, but there they are, already in place on the supermarket shelves. 

    Police vow to arrest anybody lighting fireworks or Chinese Lanterns on Primrose Hill

    Tangled

    The Chinese Lanterns became even more popular after the hit film, Tangled

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    By TOM FOOT

    PRIMROSE Hill park will be shut down at 9pm through the “firework season” with police planning to arrest anyone who tries to light firewor

    Waitrose set to complete move into West Hampstead

    Residents in West Hampstead can at last get their hands on 'mojito chicken cigarellos'

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    PUT the papaya down, Orlando!

    Artist encouraged others to believe in their abilities

    Jan Kotkowski, ‘a breath of fresh air

    Jan Kotkowski, ‘a breath of fresh air’

    Published: 23 October, 2014
    by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    First look at how new Chalk Farm cinema could look

    An artist's impression of the 'Marine Ices Cinema'

     

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    IMAGES of how the former Marine Ices restaurant and ice cream parlour in Chalk Farm could look were unveiled at an exhibition over the weekend.

    Town Hall offices in King's Cross to be turned into luxury suites hotel

    Camden Council annexe

    The Town Hall 'annexe' building in Euston Road

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    By DAN CARRIER

    LUXURY American hotel chain Standard International unveiled new plans at the weekend to convert the former Camden Council offices in King’s Cross into a 250-bedroom hotel.

    PEEPS: UKIP advance on Finchley Road

    UKIP street stall outside Waitrose

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    PEEPS: the week in local politics

    ARE Camden Tories aware of Ukip’s march up Finchley Road?

    Zombies in the piazza! Hundreds take part in Thriller flashmob world record attempt

    People in Covent Garden dance to Thriller on Saturday night

    Hundreds of people in Covent Garden dance to Thriller on Saturday night.

    Published: 27 October, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A FLASHMOB of funky zombies took over Covent Garden on Saturday night to strut their stuff in the square. 

    West Hampstead to get 30th estate agent as Camden Council gives green light to Foxtons

    Foxtons are coming to West Hampstead

    Published: 25 October, 2014
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council has approved plans for property firm Foxtons to move into West Hampstead – a decision which will bring the total number of estate agencies in the area to 30.

    Caught on camera: Cyclist vs Camden Council van

    A still from the footage shot by 'cycleoptic'

    Published: 25 October, 2014
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    A CYCLIST who captures the difficulties people riding bikes face in London on his headcam has revealed his latest opponent: a Camden Council van.

    Town Hall claims victory as porn channel backs out of 'sex tour' filming

    Rebecca More has been told Camden Council does not want her tour to stop the borough

    Published: 24 October, 2014
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall tonight (Friday) claimed victory in their mission to stop a porn channel bringing a 'sex tour' to Camden Town, a stunt which has seen a performer promising to have sex with co

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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