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    Volunteers urge Camden Council to help find homes for more refugees

    Issy Good speaking at Monday night's full council meeting

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall was thanked this week for resettling Syrian refugees in the borough, and then told to do much more.

    Stabbing in West Hampstead sparks plea for more CCTV cameras

    Veronica Beatty and Micky West, part of the cab office team 

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE owner of a minicab firm is demanding CCTV is installed in West Hampstead after a young man came rushing into her office after being stabbed.

    Camden Town church gets go-ahead for live gigs

    Father Tom Plant (far right), the vicar at St Michael’s Church in Camden Town, with Brendan Collins, Jim Moreton and verger Richard Gosnold

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A CAMDEN Town vicar is rejoicing after plans to turn his church into a live music venue were approved, despite fears it could lead to an increase in violence.

    How companies bought their way to top of Camden Council's Twitter feed (without you knowing)

    Camden Council endorsed clothing firm Ted Baker on Twitter

    Published: 25 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council pumped out social media posts advertising a major clothing label without telling residents it had been paid to do so, writes Richard Osley.

    ‘No more cuts’ for fire brigade, warns review ordered by Mayor

    Crews were busy in Finchley Road when a fire broke out in Camden Town

    Crews were busy in Finchley Road when a fire broke out in Camden Town. Picture: Shademan Irvanipour

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    Pensioner left fighting for her life after 'nasty robbery' in Camden Town

    Stella Magarshick is in hospital in a 'critical' condition

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    AN 87-year-old woman is fighting for her life after being the victim of a "nasty robbery" in Camden Town. 

    Hampstead Heath will look the way it did before, say City of London chiefs as controversial dam work comes to an end

    Virginia Rounding cuts the ribbon on the island with no name

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new island on Hampstead Heath’s model boating pond was officially declared open on Friday, bringing an end to the controversial £23million dam-strengthening project.

    Final farewell to Big Issue seller with a 'terrific sense of humour'

    Donald Winters

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A BIG Issue seller with Parkinson’s Disease was given a moving send-off this week by his carers and best friend. 

    'It's a total disaster': Model boating enthusiasts say their favourite pond has been ruined by dam work

    The new look to the boating pond on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD Heath's famous model boating pond has been “ruined” by a recent overhaul, according to life-long enthusiasts.

    Appeal to find Robert Duff: Daughter speaks for first time about family's pain over mystery disappearance

    A young Stephanie and Charlotte with their father Robert

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE daughter of a man who has been missing for nearly four years has spoken for the first time of the heartache of not knowing if he is dead or alive. 

    Stressed-out councillors urged to meditate for ten minutes a day

    Members tried out Mindfulness techniques at the Town Hall on Monday

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    STRESSED-OUT councillors and officers at the Town Hall are being urged to spend 10 minutes a day in meditation sessions in a bid to calm their racing emotions.

    Father-of-three killed in bus collision was 'loved by everyone'

    Brent Francis died in the early hours of Saturday

    Published: 24 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DEDICATED father-of-three who was killed by a bus on his way home from a night out has been described by friends as a “lovely man” who was like “north London’s Del Boy&rdq

    Health boss in charge of NHS overhaul insists there are no plans to axe Whittington Hospital's A & E

    The New Journal has campaigned to save the emergency department from closure twice before

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE man in charge of one of the biggest reorganisations of NHS services in north London in recent history has insisted there are “no plans to close the A&E at the Whittington” as co

    Heron visits school pond

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    STAFF and students at Parliament Hill School were delighted to see a heron (pictured above) visit its school pond, thought to have flown over from Hampstead Heath.

    Bid to add roof terrace for guests at luxury hotel in old council offices

    The old 'annexe' buildig at Camden Town Hall

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    NEIGHBOURS of a luxury hotel set to open in Camden Council’s former offices in King’s Cross have urged planners to throw out a proposal to add a roof terrace for guests.

    Churches open doors to rough sleepers

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HOMELESS men and women are bedding down in churches as part of a major night shelter scheme in the run up to Christmas.

    Primrose Hill newsagent handed new alcohol licence

    Published: 21 November, 2016

    A PRIMROSE Hill newsagent has been granted permission to sell alcohol despite objections from neighbours worried that the change will lead to rowdy disturbances.

    My first Christmas

    Christmas

    Published: 21 November, 2016
     

    For the Christmas of 1984 there was only one toy brand on every boy’s list: Transformers. 

    Hammer horror reunion: Lust For A Vampire stars meet for the first time since shooting cult film

    Judy Jarvis (standing up) with Suzana Leigh

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    FORMER Hammer Horror favourite Judy Jarvis admitted being a bit star-struck when she was reunited with actress Suzanna Leigh at the weekend.

    £800 pricetags for street art reclaimed from Camden market

    Some of the decorated shed doors on sale at the Norfolk Antique and Reclamation Centre

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THEY provided a background for countless “selfies” taken by tourists visiting Camden Lock, a rough and ready gallery of street art painted onto the sheds which once lined the market clo

    No room to walk? West Hampstead residents warn of squashed pavements and dangerous crush at station

    Commuters on the packed pavement outside West Hampstead tube station

    Published: 21 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall has been warned that parts of West Hampstead are struggling to cope with the number of people moving into the area, with pavements too crammed to walk down and an underground station

    Blaze on Rowley Way Estate sparked by 'stray firework'

    Firefighters spent Bonfire Night tackling the fire
     
    Published: 21 November, 2016

    A FIRE which wrecked a West Hampstead maisonette was caused by a “stray firework”, investigators believe.

    Council threatens enforcement action over outdoor decking at Alice House pub

    One of the documents used in the Alice House's retrospective application for planning consent, published on Camden Council's website

    Published: 20 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    A WEST Hampstead pub which installed outdoor decking without planning permission has been told by the Town Hall that it cannot have retrospective consent for the work.

    Police investigate death of man hit by bus outside Mornington Crescent tube station

    Officers want witnesses to come forward

    Published: 19 November, 2016

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision near Mornington Crescent Underground Station.

    Church holds special service for the 160 homeless men and women who died on London's streets

    Members of Streetwise Opera

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FOUR men who died in the past year while sleeping on the streets of Camden were honoured at a church memorial service that marked the passing of more than 160 homeless men and women.

    'What a tragic end to life': a coroner's verdict on death of homeless man found collapsed in Camden Town

    Steve Percival

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A BIG Issue seller found dead with a cigarette believed to be packed with a “legal high” in his hand died from acute heart failure, an inquest has ruled.

    Ribbon is cut on new Hampstead Heath pond island

    Virginia Rounding (in blue beret) cuts the ribbon on new island

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new island on Hampstead Heath's model boating pond was officially declared open today (Friday) - bringing to an end the controversial two year, £23m dam strengthening project. 

    £1bn Google campus boost for King’s Cross

    The site near King's Cross station earmarked for Google's new base

    Published: 18 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    GOOGLE sent its chief executive to King’s Cross to confirm it is building a “campus” on the redeveloped railwaylands.

    Sold out audience watch live cheetah dissection in Camden Town

    The event was described st a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what makes big cats tick

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT at the ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE

    TICKETS for a live show in Camden Town generally mean catching a rock ’n’ roll band in the back of a pub.

    RSPCA appeal for help in mystery over python found by roadsweeper in Highgate's celebrity row

    The python found in Highgate this week

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN exotic python has been found on the loose by roadsweepers in Highgate – and now the RSPCA are hoping readers of the New Journal can help solve the mystery of how it got there.

    Caught on CCTV: Killer buys a bottle of beer minutes after stabbing his wife to death

    CCTV footage shows 56-year-old Jose Leonardo at the Super Choice off-licence in Queen’s Crescent 

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THIS is the moment a man calmly walked into an off-licence to buy a bottle of beer after stabbing his wife of more than 30 years to death. 

    Britain's longest-serving prisoner denied parole 40 years after murder conviction

    John Massey in 1976 and after his escape in 2012

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    BRITAIN’S longest-serving prisoner has been denied parole for a third time in three years.

    Actor who lost leg in 7/7 bombings to take on lead role in King Lear

    David Gardner was injured in the Edgware Road tube bombing on 7/7

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN actor who lost one of his legs in the 7/7 bombings is preparing to play the lead role in a Shakespeare production that has stirred memories of his late father.

    Jogger goes extra mile to return boy's lost skullcap

    The kippah with Elliot’s mum Frederique Assor, her younger son Emmanuel, and ­Muhammed Abdullah who made a video in an effort to find the owner

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A JEWISH boy from Belsize Park has been reunited with a skullcap he lost on his way to synagogue last month after being tracked down by a kind-hearted jogger.

    Katherine Mansfield fans call for writer's former Hampstead home to be protected

    The writer’s former home in East Heath Road Pic: Paul Capewell

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by ELLA JESSEL

    A LITERARY society has said it is “dismayed” at plans to develop the ­former home of author Katherine Mansfield where a private printing press was established.

    Live from Primrose Hill Library, cinema audiences tune into Alan Bennett’s diaries talk

    After the broadcast:Alan Bennett with Marijke Good, the library’s chairwoman 

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LIBRARY was awash with film crews last night (Wednesday) as a question and answer session with playwright Alan Bennett was broadcast live to cinema audiences across the country.

    Nicole Scherzinger brings the X-Factor to Camden pub

    Published: 17 November, 2016

    FORMER Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger could be found pulling pints as she brought an X Factor finalist to a Kentish Town pub.

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged to investigate closure of Carpenters Arms

    Elisabeth Bond and Jacqueline Pursey outside the boarded-up Carpenter’s Arms in Frederick Street.

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DEVASTATED punters at a boarded-up King’s Cross pub are calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to investigate its closure as part of an inquiry into overseas property developers. 

    Rio's naturist spa blaze was caused by body oil poured on sauna hot stones

    Smoke from the Rio's sauna fire towered above Kentish Town [Pic: Sue Odell]

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LUNCHTIME steam session at a naturist spa ended in chaos when a man accidentally poured body oil onto a sauna’s hot stones and set the building on fire.

    Global politics has gone mad, former archbishop of Canterbury tells Belsize Park church audience

    Dr Rowan Williams in Belsize Park

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he was struggling to see the “sanity” in global politics as he delivered a lecture on ethics at a Belsize Park church.

    London’s Unconventional Christmas

    London’s Unconventional Christmas
    Published: 16 November, 2016

    A NEW survey has revealed London’s Christmas dinner habits to be some of the most diverse in the country.

    Obituary: Arnold Paucker’s mission was to show Jewish resistance

    Berlin-born Arnold Paucker, who lived in Camden Town, was director of the Leo Ba

    Berlin-born Arnold Paucker, who lived in Camden Town, was director of the Leo Baeck ­Institute.

    Published: 15 November, 2016
    by ERIC GORDON

    Exclusive: Snake on the loose! Bin man finds python in Highgate street

    Highgate python

    The snake was found by a roadsweeper in The Grove this morning (Tuesday)

    Published: 15 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN exotic python has been found on the loose by roadsweepers in Highgate this morning.

    MPs’ dismay in wake of Trump's ‘triumph of anti-politics’

    Donald Trump PIC: Michael Vadon

    Published: 12 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN MPs reacted with dismay to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States as his victory against Hillary Clinton was confirmed on Wednesday.

    Scottish football fans turn Russell Square fountains into soapy mess

    The scene in Russell Square at lunchtime. (Pic: Phillip Jones)

    Published: 11 November, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    IT is one of the oldest tricks in a jokebook, a prank which could have come straight out of the pages of the Beano.

    Huge column of smoke over Kentish Town as firefighters tackle high street blaze

    Four fire engines and twenty firefighters were called to the scene

    Published: 11 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze in Kentish Town Road that broke out this afternoon. 

    Obituary: Margaret Hepburn - codebreaker, swimmer and champion for the elderly

    Margaret Hepburn took up swimming at the Heath Ladies’ Pond in her 70s

    Margaret Hepburn took up swimming at the Heath Ladies’ Pond in her 70s

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

     

    Town Hall bathroom fraud: Convicted council official vows to break silence

    Stuart Joblin pleaded guilty in court but remains in an employment dispute with Camden Council

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SUPERVISOR at the Town Hall’s housing repairs department who admitted stealing bathroom fittings worth £12,500 walked free from court this week and vowed to tell “my side of eve

    Police confiscate bongs in latest raid on Camden Town shop

    Some of the seized items

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE continued to crack down on the sale of bongs in Camden Town this week with the seizure of glass pipes and rolling papers. 

    The man who won too much? Bookmakers stop taking bets from maths expert on winning streak

    Richard Saul says he has worked out a way to guarantee cash wins at betting shops which offer odds on horses finishing in the first five

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MATHS ace reckons he is the man who won too much – and has blasted bookmakers in Camden Town for refusing to take any more bets from him after a perfect streak of wins.

    Council's 'eye-watering' £60k bill to revamp spin-off entertainments website

    'Hip and funky'? The new look for Love Camden, a cultural guide website run by Camden Council

    Published 10 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CASH-STRAPPED Cam­den Council is splashing out £60,000 on a spin-off website which publishes entertainment listings and rundowns about the best coffee shops and bars in the borough.

    Charity with Scientology links gives anti-drugs talk in Camden schools

    One of the talks was held at Camden School for Girls where headteacher Elizabeth Kitcatt said pupils found session "very useful"

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    AN anti-drugs charity linked to Scientology visited two Camden schools to talk to children as young as 11 about the dangers of addiction.

    Couple from Belsize Park: Why we're fighting for the right to have civil partnership

    Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A COUPLE from Belsize Park are spearheading a bid to change the law so they can have a civil partnership, an option currently only open to gay and lesbian couples.

    Domino's Pizza becomes latest chain to make move on Kentish Town Road

    Te Amo, the former Meze bar

    Published: 10 November, 2016
     

    PIZZA giants Domino’s is to become the latest big-name food chain to move into Kentish Town.

    Minicab driver stabbed wife after paternity row, Old Bailey hears

    Maria Mbombo died in May

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MINICAB driver stabbed his wife to death at their home in Belsize Park after she refused to confirm he was the biological father of their son, a court has heard. 

    Row over ‘tuck shop’ bid to sell wine and beer to boost business

    Princess News

    Princess News

    Published: 10 November, 2016
     

    A NEWSAGENT’S bid to secure an alcohol licence is at risk after neighbours warned that nuisance behaviour is on the rise in Primrose Hill.

    Camden Town audience to watch live dissection of cheetah

    Cheetah [Pic: Sadie Hart]

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A DEAD cheetah will be dissected in front of an audience in Camden Town tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. 

     

    Residents celebrate as planners block mobile mast on council flats

    Residents campaigning against the aerial plan at Troyes House

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    BELSIZE PARK residents are celebrating after a Town Hall bid to site a phone mast at a block of council flats was thrown out by planners.

    Town Hall told to stop developers 'flipping' former council sites for quick profits

    How the site in Malden Road may be developed

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A FORMER sports court that was sold off by the council two years ago is already back on the market, sparking complaints that the Town Hall is not doing enough to stop land snapped up by private dev

    Pensioner threatens legal action over Somers Town tower block plan

    How the tower in Someres Town will look

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A PENSIONER from Bloomsbury is threatening the Town Hall with legal action over the approval of its own plans for a 25-storey tower in Somers Town.

    Don't let your children walk to school along main roads, air quality experts tell parents

    Keir Starmer chaired questions and answers at the Camden Air Quality summit

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    PARENTS have been told to stop their children from walking along red routes to school due to fears over toxic air.

    Poet’s plaque: Tribute at Charlotte Mew former home

    Heather Greetham and Julia Copus at the unveiling [Pic: Marchmont Association]

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    RELATIVES of a celebrated 19th-century poet attended the unveiling of a plaque outside her former home, writes Tom Foot.

    Awards for police who saved assault victim

    Published: 8 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE officers who delivered first aid to a man savagely beaten with bottles and stabbed in the head by a stranger have been praised for their life-saving actions.

    Results of 'biggest ever' council consultation show support for Bloomsbury cycle route

    The new road layout at Torrington Place and Tavistock Place

    The new road layout at Torrington Place and Tavistock Place

    Published: 7 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SAFER streets campaigners appear to have drawn first blood in a massive row over a new cycle lane through Bloomsbury.

    Sixty firefighters spend Bonfire Night tackling West Hampstead blaze

    Firefighters at the Rowley Way Estate

    Published: 6 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    AROUND 60 firefighters were in action in West Hampstead last night (Wednesday) as they fought a blaze for more than two hours on the Rowley Way Estate.

    Woodland funeral for road death pensioner Sheila Karsberg

    Sheila Karsberg

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TO some, Sheila Karsberg was the enigmatic, eccentric figure who carried a toy meerkat with her at all times and could be found walking the streets of Camden Town and Highgate.

    William Ellis School to review musical entrance tests as help kits are sold online

    Ten percent of school places at William Ellis are chosen by musical aptitude tests

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE headteacher at one of London’s best-known boys’ schools has promised to review the entrance exams for its coveted music places after it emerged parents are buying help for the test

    DIY expert Barry Bucknell's son confused by passage in new book which says his father was first man to say c-word on TV

    Writer David Mathieson has had a friendly chat with Jonny Bucknell, who says 'you can't be too precious about these things'

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    AS the first DIY expert to appear on live television, 1950s home improvement guru Barry Bucknell may have been forgiven for uttering a curse or two when things didn’t go completely to plan.

    Etiquette expert calls for Hampstead cafe to bring back silver tea service

    Vicky Carpenter and the offending plastic tea pots now being used in Louis

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN actress who runs etiquette lessons has called for one of Hampstead’s best-loved cafés to restore its silver service after classic teapots were replaced with plastic pourers.

    Former Camden police chief warns: Public do not seem to care about knife victims that are poor and black

    John Sutherland

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMDEN’S former police commander fears attempts to tackle knife crime are not working, as he warned yesterday (Wednesday) that people seem not to care about victims and assailants who are &ld

    Hampstead pensioner's killer to see secret evidence in bid to win re-trial

    Alan Chappelow

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE man convicted of killing a Hampstead pensioner in his tumbledown home and trying to steal his identity learned yesterday (Wednesday) that his defence team will be granted access to evidence hea

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