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19th October 2017

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    Top designer Sir Kenneth Grange urges Camden Council to block 'grotesque' basement plan

    Sir Kenneth Grange lives in Hampstead [Pic: Geoff Sheppard]

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    DIGGING a basement under your home is a sure-fire way to upset your neighbours and in Hampstead it is not unusual to discover you have unwittingly ruffled the feathers of an A-list pop star or a Hi

    Lost in Lapland: Mother calls for holiday refund after daughter goes missing on Northern Lights sleigh trip

    Charli Faux with her daughter Scarlett moments before they were separated on what should have been a dream Christmas holiday

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A MOTHER is demanding a £3,000 holiday refund after her young daughter was “lost” in an Arctic Circle wilderness during a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas trip to Lapland.

    Farewell to Sybil Shine, former councillor dies at 80

    Sybil Shine

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ERIC GORDON

    SYBIL Shine, a former Camden Labour councillor, who fought radical causes throughout her life, has died at 80.

    Parliament Hill Lido falls silent after sudden death of hero lifeguard

    Glyn Roberts pictured at the Hampstead Heath ponds on Christmas Day

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Parliament Hill Lido fell silent and the waters were still this week after it was closed as a mark of respect to a hero lifeguard who died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

    Royal Free Hospital boss David Sloman is knighted among New Year's honours

    Sir David Sloman

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    THE top boss of the Royal Free Hospital and the artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre were among those collecting awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

    Chorus of approval for care home piano

    Music therapist Gary Ansdell at the piano with Rathmore House resident John Beaver

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT and ZITA LANZARA

    THE triumphant conclusion of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy resonated through a care home as one resident rekindled childhood memories of playing the piano.

    Go-ahead for new housing development behind Chalk Farm tube station

    How the new development will look

    Published: 3 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    RESIDENTS say they are “disappointed” after plans for a 77-home development on former police garages by Chalk Farm tube station were given the go-ahead.

    Renting Property in Spain – 5 Quick Tips for Expats

    Spanish Property

    Moving to a new country is stressful; you need to pack, change your job and contend with a new language. The Spanish property market is different from North America and many EU countries, and is some ways better with the law being focused towards the rights of tenants. Here are a few handy tips to take some of the stress out of the process when talking about renting property in Spain:

    1 – Properties targeted at expats are normally much more expensive – English speaking landlords will try to take advantage of your ignorance o

    How we spread Christmas hamper joy across Camden thanks to your generosity

    Rita Fitzgerald receives a hamper

    Published: 29 December, 2016

    THE scriptwriters of the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders had soap’s most famous pensioner Dot Cotton eating her dinner with only a stray cat for company, having pulled her table cracker h

    How did you spend Christmas Day? Jumping into ice cold pond water on Hampstead Heath

    The scene at the ponds on Christmas Day

    Published: 29 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A GHOST from Christmases past appeared at the Hampstead Heath Christmas Day swim this year – in the form of a medal cast 101 years ago for the winner of the annual festive races.

    Man dies in fire tragedy on Boxing Day

    The damaged flat in Hawley Road

    Published: 29 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN and ELLA JESSEL

    DETECTIVES are investigating the circumstances behind a fire which killed a man in a Boxing Day blaze at his home in Camden Town. 

    Neighbour sends note to Christmas lights house: 'Your display is so bad I'm moving'

    The decorated house in Highgate, and below a 'disgruntled' neighbour's objection

    Published: 28 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    Fans gather to pay tribute to George Michael at his house in Highgate Village

    Fans Margaret Sorrell and Sarah Butler-Ford outside the star's home today

    Fans Margaret Sorrell and Sarah Butler-Ford outside the star's home today

    Published: 26 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    FANS gathered this morning (Boxing Day) at the Highgate home of George Michael, the global pop star who passed away on Christmas Day.

    Mayor backs controversial CS11 cycle ‘superhighway’

    Published: 22 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR transforma­tion of Swiss Cottage has been given the go-ahead by the Mayor of London.

    Ponds lifeguard Terry Turner hangs up his trunks after 40 years

    Terry Turner with many of the swimmers he has known during his time at Hampstead Heath ponds. ‘I’ve swum here when there have been eight inches of ice,’ he recalled

    Published: 22 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    HE has spent four decades keeping a careful watch on the swimmers at Hampstead Heath ponds – but it was time for regulars to give senior lifeguard Terry Turner some attention as he completed

    Detectives launch murder investigation after woman is found dead at Dartmouth Park house

    Published: 17 December, 2016

    A MURDER investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Dartmouth Park.

    Swiss Cottage cycle superhighway gets the go ahead with construction starting next year

    Swiss Cottage

    Published: 16 December, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR transformation of Swiss Cottage has got the go-ahead from the Mayor of London.

    Boy arrested over gun murder of man who was 'trying to better his life'

    Yesir Beshira was shot dead in Kilburn High Road

    Published: 16 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of gunning down a man on a busy Kilburn street during rush-hour. 

    Former mayor of Barnet watches in court as his company pleads guilty to housing offences

    Rat droppings found by council officials in the house in Hurdwick Place

    Published: 15 December, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROPERTY firm whose partners include a Tory politician has been fined for illegally letting out a terraced house where 14 people were found sharing a single kitchen and pest-control experts were

    Jim Broadbent makes big Belsize Park Xmas lights switch-on a starry night

    Oscar winner Jim Broadbent turns on the Christmas ligts outside Budgen's and, below, catching up with his favourite weekly read

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    Season's Greetings from HS2: Noisy demolition work on Christmas Day

    Colin Swift: Please, please just give us Christmas Day

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HIGH-speed Scrooges will shatter the peace throughout Christmas and Boxing Day with noisy bulldozing work.

    Opposition builds to 700-home development lined up for Chalk Farm supermarket site

    Early impressions of what the redeveloped Morrison's site could look like

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A ROW is brewing between residents of Primrose Hill and a supermarket giant over its plans to build a “brutal mini-city” of 700 homes for “City slickers” in Chalk Farm.

    Bird lover Bill Oddie asks for permission to cut down trees causing cracks to his Hampstead home

    Bill Oddie says he feels he has no choice

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    WITH its array of bird-feeders dangling from tree branches, lush plant-life and collection of ponds, wildlife expert Bill Oddie’s garden is an oasis for his feathered friends.

    Market traders sell tampon Christmas cards to fund sanitary products for homeless women

    Hopeful Traders are raising funds for the Streets Kitchen homeless outreach group

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TRADERS in Camden Town are selling a range of satirical Christmas cards which feature tampons and sanitary towels in place of iconic festive scenes in support of homeless women. 

    New courtyard offices will leave us in the dark say residents on King's Cross housing estate

    Derby Lodge leaseholder Fiona Dealey, and below how the scheme will look

    Published: 14 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    RESIDENTS are fighting plans to build an office block in the courtyard of a housing estate in King’s Cross, claiming it will block out sunlight and turn their homes into “prisons”

    Camden Mayor belts out Christmas carols to commuters at Euston

    Published: 13 December, 2016

    CAMDEN Mayor Nadia Shah was in full voice at Eustion station earlier, belting out Christmas carols with the help of schooldchildren.

    Nahid Islam: teenager killed on eve of 16th birthday had an 'infectious smile'

    Teachers said the schoolboy had a 'promising future'

    Published: 12 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGE boy who was killed in a collision with a motorbike on the eve of his 16th birthday was widely loved for his “infectious smile” and sense of humour, friends said today. 

    Motorcyclist injured in West Hampstead collision

    Published: 11 December, 2016

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was injured following a collision in West Hampstead.
     

    Police appeal for witnesses after teenage cyclist is killed in collision with motorbike

    The scene of the collision

    Published: 10 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE this evening (Saturday) called for witnesses to the road collision in which a 15-year-old cyclist was kille

    Detectives appeal for help as they name Yasir Beshira as victim of Kilburn shooting

    Yasir Beshira

    Published: 10 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES this evening (Saturday) named Yasir Beshira as the man killed in the Kilburn shooting on Thursday. 

    Teenage boy killed in collision with motorbike in Queen's Crescent

    Police said the victim had been riding a bike in Malden Road

    Published: 10 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGE cyclist has been killed in a collision with a motorbike in Queen's Crescent this afternoon (Saturday). 

    Momentum must not be divided by sectarian splits, warns Camden campaigner

    Laura Murray

    Published: 10 December, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ONE of the key organisers behind Camden’s branch of Momentum – the group supporting Jeremy Corbyn – has warned that the Labour Party leader’s “new generation” of

    Murder investigation launched after fatal shooting in Kilburn High Road

    Friends left tributes to the victim, who was known as "Loopy"

    Published: 9 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    MURDER detectives have launched an investigation after a young man was shot dead during rush hour in Kilburn High Road yesterday. 

    Choir with the X-Factor: Children from Eleanor Palmer star on hit ITV show

    Children from Eleanor Palmer help X-Factor contestant Emily Middlemas with her version of Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

     

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    Bafta-winning actor calls for a 'common sense czar' after being hit with parking suspension ticket while on holiday

    Jason Watkins said he had no chance of moving his car

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    BAFTA winner Jason Watkins feels like he’s been “mugged” by Camden Council after officials refused to scrap a parking fine dished out while he was on holiday – and has calle

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq votes against Brexit timetable

    Around 75 percent of Tulip Siddiq's constituents wanted the UK to stay in the EU

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    Is that Mesut Ozil at your school? Arsenal star shows off skills as he visits Quintin Kynaston

    Mesut Ozil at Quintin Kynaston Pictures: Markus Gilliar – GES/Daimler AG/Laureus

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    'Harry the Hermit' death: Who will get squatters rights land next to Hampstead Heath?

    Harry Hallowes avoided eviction from his campsite near Athlone House

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE future of a patch of land which for nearly 30 years was home to the famous “Hermit of Hampstead Heath” is in doubt – after he left the acre-sized plot to two mystery charities

    Bong crackdown: Shop owner tells court that he sells the devices are souvenirs

    Police are taking action over the sales of bongs in Camden Town

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A JUDGE refused to accept the guilty plea of a Camden Town shopkeeper taken to court over the sale of bongs and pipes after he said he believed they were “just a souvenir”.

    Judge tells Town Hall it was wrong over Quadrant Grove basement dig

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HIGH COURT judge has quashed a Town Hall decision that allowed a homeowner to dig out a basement under his Victorian cottage without planning permission.

    School ditches 'bend and snap' scene in feminist reworking of Legally Blonde

    The Parliament Hill Legally Blonde cast, including Isabella Furst, centre with dog, and, below, a scene from the show

     

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    Camden Town joiners 'squeezed out' by rent hike after 20 years under railway arch

    From left: assistant Faton Berisha, owner Calvin Stroud and Issa Sany, a joiner at the firm for 12 years

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A JOINERY firm that has worked out of a Camden Town railway arch for 20 years is moving its workshop out of the area after being “squeezed out” by a rent hike from landlords Network Rai

    Highgate bread war: Gail's Bakery to move into shop next door to Le Pain Quotidien

    Gail's is due to move into the old Corner Shop, right next doot to Le Pain Quotidien

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE oven gloves have come off in Highgate Village after it emerged artisan bakers Gail’s are set to move into the high street – right next door to rival chain Le Pain Quotidien.

    Detectives investigate if woman was pushed on to tube tracks at Camden Town

    The woman "felt something from behind", police said

    Published: 5 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating if a woman was deliberately pushed onto the tracks at Camden Town tube station. 

    Maintenance worker spent ten days in hospital after falling down shaft at disused South Kentish Town station

    The disused Kentish Town Station

    Published: 3 December, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    LONDON Underground Ltd has been fined £500,000 for breaches of health and safety law after a maintenance worker was injured at the disused South Kentish Town station.

    Boy injured in Holborn lorry collision

    Published: 3 December, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD boy is being treated in hospital after a lorry collision in Holborn this afternoon (Saturday).

    NHS campaigners warn: 'Don’t be fooled over care cuts’

    The packed Town Hall chamber on Wednesday

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS last night (Wednesday) urged the council to join the fightback against massive health and social care cuts.

    Barber kicks off Christmas with fund-raising shop decorations

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Camden Town thanks to a barber’s shop which once again has pulled out all the stops to get people in the festive mood.

    Two arrests as police drugs crackdown goes on

    Police smash their way into a property during the weekend’s raids

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have smashed a suspected drug-smuggling operation that was believed to be bringing cannabis into Camden.

    Gallery hosts exhibition on how men deal with miscarriages

    Andrew Foster

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN exhibition aimed at raising awareness of the way men cope with miscarriages is on display in Kentish Town.

    Camden Council tackle cockroaches at new HQ

    Pic: FlickR/Oliver.Dodd

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    CAMDEN Council has brought pest controllers into its new offices in King’s Cross to battle cockroaches.

    Bar firm's plan to re-open Old White Bear, the Hampstead pub closed for three years

    The Old White Bear PIC: Ewan Munro

    Published: 2 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT has been gathering dust for almost three years but a plan has now been unveiled to turn a much-loved pub in the heart of Hampstead village into “a local institution” once again.

    Motorbike rider rushed to hospital after Kentish Town crash

    Highgate Road was closed during rush hour PICTURE: Martin Hart

    Published: 01 December, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MOTORBIKE rider was rushed to hospital this morning after a rush-hour collision with a lorry in Kentish Town. 

    Nurses’ revolt brews over Royal Free Hospital’s longer shifts

    Royal Free Hospital

    Published: 1 December, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    A NURSING rebellion is building inside the Royal Free with staff threatening to jump ship to neighbouring hospitals after they were “forced to work harder for less money”.

    700-home development planned in overhaul of Morrison's supermarket site in Chalk Farm

    How the development could look

    Published: 1 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed plans to build a 700-home residential develop­ment at its store in Chalk Farm.

    Police hunt thieves who tricked elderly couple out of cash savings

    Can you help detectives identify these men?

    Published: December 1, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have released CCTV footage of four men who conned their way into a elderly couple's home and before stealing their cash savings. 

    For rent: Scene of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath's first night

    18 Rugby Street

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT is the grade-II listed townhouse in Bloomsbury where two giants of the literary world, poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, began their romance amidst “Victorian torpor and squalor”.

    I wasn't scared, says hospital worker who found Royal Free tarantula

    The tarantula found in a box of bananas in Hampstead

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A KITCHEN-HAND used a stainless-steel pot to capture a large tarantula on the loose in the Royal Free – before offering the thirsty stowaway a drink of water.

    Fancy a lock in? New 'escape game' attraction planned for former Camden Town pub

    Mary Portas and friends try Escape Plan at its current base in Kennington

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A “LOCK-IN” usually means a few naughty after-hous beers in a backstreet pub with the blinds pulled down

    Python found in Highgate street sent to safe home

    The python found in South Grove last month

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A PYTHON found by a binman in Highgate Village has been re-homed with a snake expert.

    Family of brave schoolboy tell of treatment ordeal as he fights rare form of leukaemia

    Tony Clark and dad Anthony meet Dele Alli during the Spurs star’s recent visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FAMILY have been turned upside down after a little boy was diagnosed with one of the world’s rarest forms of leukaemia.

    Police investigate claims that coach death woman ‘lay under its wheels’

    The scene in Midland Road last night (Tuesday)

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating claims that a woman who was killed after being hit by a coach had been lying down under the vehicle’s wheels while it was stopped at traffic lights in King’s Cr

    Camden Council rebuffs plea to help save King's Cross swimming pond

    Closed: The King's Cross Pond Club

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SWIMMERS pleading with Camden Council to join their campaign to save a man-made pond in King’s Cross have been sent away from the Town Hall empty-handed.

    Woman dies after coach collision in King's Cross

    The scene in Midland Road

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN has been killed after a collision involving a coach in King's Cross this afternoon (Tuesday).

    Tarantula found at Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead

    The tarantula believed to have got to Hampstead in a box of bananas Pic: RSPCA

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TARANTULA believed to have stowed away in a box of bananas from Costa Rica caused a scare after turning up at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Can you help find man who left pensioner fighting for her life after 'nasty' robbery?

    Stella Magarshack suffered a 'massive stroke'

    Published: 29 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are hoping the public can help track down a suspect who carried out a “nasty robbery” that left an 87-year-old artist fighting for her life in hospital.

    Police to monitor drivers on Camden Town school run

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POLICE are to start “monitoring” school-run parents blocking the streets around a Camden Town school.

    Bungling HS2 officials tell the wrong residents their homes may be demolished

    HS2 will cost a minimum of £56 billion

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    BUNGLING officials working on the controversial High Speed 2 rail link delivered demolition warning letters to the wrong housing block, telling residents their homes would be bulldozed even though

    Camden and Islington in police merger

    Penny Banham is leaving her post as Camden's most senior officer

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMDEN’S dedicated police force will be combined with neighbouring Islington next year as part of a cost-cutting merger.

    DJ Sara Cox lights up Christmas tree at St Pancras International

    Published: 25 November, 2016

    TRAIN passengers will light up a 12-foot Christmas tree as they donate to Oxfam at St Pancras International.

    Fly-tipping fines to increase amid claims West Hampstead has become rubbish bag 'obstacle course'

    Chantelle de Villiers at the Town Hall on Monday night

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    PENALTIES for fly-tipping are to be upped as the Town Hall comes under fire for piles of uncollected rubbish stacking up in West Hampstead.

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