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    Customers back Alliance pub plans in West Hampstead - as long as the bar stays

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PUNTERS at a West Hampstead pub have filed messages of support at the Town Hall, backing a development on condition that the ground floor stays as a pub and that whoever moves in does not try to ge

    Facing eviction: Buddhist carpenter who lives in scrapwood home next to Hampstead Heath

    'Robbie L' in his self-built home near the Vale of Health

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    LIVING in a home built out of recycled materials on a plot of land next to Hampstead Heath, his off-grid lifestyle has so far been inoculated against the pounds and pence that dictate London’

    Protester tells court she was hit by police officer during gentrification of Camden protest

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROTESTER has told a jury how she was hit with a police baton “out of the blue” when a demonstration against the gentrification of Camden descended into violence. 

    'I antagonise other members but I'm not anti-semitic', says Corbyn supporter suspended by Labour

    Internal dispute Terence Flanagan and Phil Rosenberg

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LABOUR member suspended in West Hampstead says he stands by his comparison of some of the party’s councillors in Camden with Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

    Camden Council under pressure to rip up controversial bike lane in Bloomsbury

    On trial: Tavistock Place cycle lane

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Town Hall is under pressure to rip up a cycle lane and one-way route it has championed in Bloomsbury as critics say it has led to unbearable traffic congestion.

    Candy developer blocked from turning Regent's Park road into private garden

    How Mr Candy wants the garden to look

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    PROPERTY developer Christian Candy was handed a shock on Thursday when councillors blocked his bid to turn a stretch of public road into a private garden at his Regent’s Park mansion.

    No heatwave fun for children as Swiss Cottage fountain malfunctions again

    How the fountain is supposed to look when its working

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FAMILIES looking to let their children play in the fountain at the Swiss Cottage Open Space during soaring temperatures were left disappointed to find it could manage little more than a dribble.

    After burglars strike, writer Hunter Davies appeals for return of his late wife Margaret Forster's stolen wedding ring

    Hunter Davies was married to Georgy Girl novelist Margaret Forster for more than 50 years

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by DAN CARRIER

    AUTHOR Hunter Davies is appealing for help after thieves broke into his home and stole a wedding ring that was worn by his late wife, Georgy Girl writer Margaret Forster, for more than 50 years.

    Investigation at Whittington Hospital after swab is left inside new mother

    Published: 15 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN investigation is under way after a medical swab was left inside a woman after she gave birth at the Whittington maternity unit.

    Shock as West Hampstead charity worker is jailed for five years in Iran without knowing what the charges are

    Published: 16 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A CHARITY worker who was mysteriously detained in Iran on secret charges has been sentenced to five years in prison.

    Men in balaclavas hunted after double stabbing during robbery in Chalk Farm

    Police said the suspects fled the scene in two Mercedes 

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A group of men wearing balaclavas are believed to have stabbed two men during a robbery in Chalk Farm, police said. 

    MP Tulip Siddiq: Tories are 'gerrymandering electoral map' with boundary changes proposal

    Tulip Siddiq was elected to the House of Commons for the first time last year

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN MPs today (Tuesday) hit out at plans to change the boundaries of their parliamentary constituencies with Tulip Siddiq claiming the alterations were an “attempt to gerrymander the elect

    Japanese restaurant Wazen says it is quitting King's Cross over Brexit vote

    Wazen head chef Toshimasa Tanahashi and general manager Ken Urata

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POPULAR Japanese restaurant in King’s Cross said it has been forced to close as a result of the Brexit vote, with the Tokyo-based owners blaming “uncertainty” over Britain&rsquo

    Mayor helps unveil plaque to 'father of modern day socialism'

    The plaque is unveiled at the former home of Robert Owen in Bloomsbury

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PLAQUE dedicated to one of the fathers of modern day socialism has been unveiled outside his former home.

    Demand for action at 'dangerous junction' after woman is killed in cement mixer collision

    Police closed Camden High Street and Pratt Street this morning 

    Published: 13 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GROUP of mothers who witnessed a fatal collision in Camden Town this morning (Tuesday) have demanded urgent changes to the “dangerous junction” where the accident took place. 

    HS2 chief heckled by Camden residents quits £750,000 a year post

    The scene when Simon Kirby and HS2 bosses visited Camden earlier this year

    Published: 11 September, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    ONE of the senior figures running the government's HS2 rail link scheme, who was heckled by residents in Camden worst affected by the scheme, has quit the £56 billion project.

    Detectives believe man may have been assaulted before colliding with bus in Camden Town

    The man was treated at the scene last night

    Published: 9 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating after a man was allegedly assaulted before colliding with a bus in Camden High Street. 

    Rare yesteryear photos of NW5 to go on display at York Rise street party

    The Dartmouth Arms [All pics, Camden Local Studies Archive at Holborn Library]

    Published: 9 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THESE rarely seen images of streets in Dartmouth Park are part of a collection which is set to be on display at the York Rise street party on Sunday.

    Approved: Camden Council gives go-ahead for Athlone House restoration

    How Athlone House will look

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £35 million restoration scheme of Highgate mansion Athlone House is set to get underway after the Town Hall's Planning Committee unaminously passed plans to convert the former hospital

    WATCH: Primary school headteacher close to tears as she tells House of Lords how HS2 will harm her pupils

    Bavaani Nanthabalan

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HEADTEACHER came close to tears during an emotional speech in the House of Lords yesterday (Wednesday) in which she warned peers that Camden’s schoolchildren were relying on them for protec

    Victory for our Thin Red Line campaign as London Mayor Sadiq Khan orders review of Fire Brigade cuts

    The CNJ had to chase Boris Johnson for answers

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    THIN RED LINE INVESTIGATION
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROBE into the Fire Brigade’s ability to “keep Londoners safe” has been launched at City Hall.

    You've let Queen's Crescent Market die, angry shoppers and traders tell Town Hall

    Queen's Crescent Market has seen a drop in the number of stalls

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    COUNCIL chiefs stand accused of not doing enough to halt the dramatic decline of ailing Queen’s Crescent Market, as the number of stalls continues to fall.

    Artist's fight for light: Dame Paula Rego objects to roof extension project next to her studio

    Inside Dame Paula's studio [Pic: Dinkeydarcey]

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DAME Paula Rego – one of the world’s most eminent artists – says she is in a fight for light after developers made a fresh bid to build a roof extension next to her Camden Town st

    Police probe gang connection after two men arrested in Chalk Farm 'knife fight'

    Police arrested the men at hosptial

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

     

    GANG crime detectives are investigating after two men were injured in a suspected knife fight in Chalk Farm. 

    Natalie Bennett predicts Greens will make parliamentary breakthrough in Camden

    Natalie Bennett prepares to hand over the baton at the top of the Green Party

    Natalie Bennett prepares to hand over the baton at the top of the Green Party

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL in BIRMINGHAM

    NATALIE Bennett predicted the Green Party will one day win their first London parliamentary seat in Camden, but conceded on Friday she was unlikely to be the candidate who clinched such a milestone

    GREEN PARTY CONFERENCE: Jolly jamboree of happy chaos on the fringe, and strangely ‘no mice’

    Caroline Lucas in Birmingham for the Green Party conference

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    SKETCH by ELLA JESSEL in BIRMINGHAM

    YOU could practically hear the sound of journalists gleefully sharpening their pencils at the prospect of writing about mandal-wearing vegans and spiritual side-shows as the train pulled into Birmi

    Sian Berry defends call to join forces with Labour and Lib Dems

    Sian Berry is a councillor in Camden and a London Assembly member

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL in BIRMINGHAM

    CAMDEN councillor Siân Berry – the party’s former London mayoralty candidate – has spoken out in defence of the Green Party leadership following criticism it is backing a cr

    Disabled cuts protest outside job centre in Kentish Town

    The demonstration in Kentish Town Road on Tuesday

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A 61-year-old woman with a chronic disease who has been stripped of her benefits and told to get a job joined a lively protest outside a job centre.

    Trade union campaigner suspended by Labour Party after sharing tweets about 'Blairites'

    Phil Lewis

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LEADING trade union campaigner in Camden says he has been suspended from the Labour Party for sharing three messages on Twitter that criticised “Blairites”.

    Children will be encouraged to wear face masks amid pollution fears at new BMX track

    Harrington Square Gardens

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CHILDREN using a new BMX track that is set to be installed in a garden square near Mornington Crescent will be urged by Camden Council to wear face-masks due to concerns over pollution from nearby

    UCL Academy's headteacher says good Ofsted report will allow school to shed 'mantle of shame'

    Geraldine Davies

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENANN

    THE headteacher of Camden’s first academy school has said she is delighted to have finally shed a “mantle of shame” Ofsted report. 

    West Hampstead councillor meets African king

    Phil Rosenberg meets His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

    Published: 6 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BOWING to royalty, West Hampstead councillor Phil Rosenberg stepped up the red carpet and came face to face with a Ghanian king last Sunday.

    Tenants who protect council's empty flats are like ‘unpaid security guards’, Green councillor warns

    Sian Berry is a Camden councillor and London Assembly member

    Published: 6 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has been told to stop using property guardians to secure empty flats over fears that the schemes exploit young people trapped by London’s housing crisis.

    Camden planners back developer's bid to turn lane of traffic into private garden

    Artist's impression: How Christian Candy's garden is due to look

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by ELLA JESSEL

    A MILLIONAIRE property developer has cleared a major hurdle in his bid to shut down part of a road near Regent’s Park to build a private garden next to his lavish mansion.

    Corbyn supporter accused of offensive comments is suspended by Labour Party's compliance unit

    Terence Flanagan has been suspended by the Labour Party after 40 years as a member

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR supporters have clashed over the suspension of a party member accused of offending people with his choice of language about Israel and his attacks on local councillors.

    Bogus police call 'linked to theft of confidential info from Town Hall'

    Camden Council has told some residents that their details have been stolen

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DETECTIVES are investigating whether the theft of private information held by the Town Hall on some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents led to an elderly woman being targeted for a doo

    New Hawley School set to open in Camden Town as wharf development continues

    Architect Will Lee and developer Mark Alper at the new Hawley primary school

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE finishing touches are being made to a new primary school in the heart of Camden Town.

    Man who raised £130k to pay for cancer drug not available on NHS says tumours have shrunk

    Momenul Haque

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MAN who raised £130,000 for specialist cancer drugs unavailable on the NHS said he has had “very positive news” about his treatment. 

    'The windows are too high to get smashed': St Michael's Church in Camden Town set to host music gigs

    Nine Inch Nails fan Father Tom Plant

    Published: 2 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HEAVY metal-loving vicar has reassured his congregation there will be “no mosh pit” after he revealed plans to transform his Camden Town church into a live music venue.

    Highgate Cemetery is running out of space to sell burial plots, friends of Karl Marx graveyard are told

    The Karl Marx headstone in Highgate Cemetery, a popular stop for tourists

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE chief executive of the charity overseeing historic Highgate Cemetery, final resting place of Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and TV presenter Jeremy Beadle, has said it would be “nonsens

    Suspected drug dealer leaves £6,000 in car as he flees police

    Cash found in the car

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SUSPECTED drug dealer left £6,000 in cash in his car when he fled police on foot in Mornington Crescent. 

    Police officers have a whip-round to buy shopping for 85-year-old woman left stranded by pickpockets

    Elizabeth-Ann Colville said she was "overwhelmed with gratitude

    Published: 1 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    KIND-HEARTED police officers took an 85-year-old woman on a shopping trip after she was left stranded by a pickpocket who stole her purse.

    Pub deal hopeful: 'I want to take over the King William IV and get people dancing on the counter'

    Jimmy McGrath owns the Old Eagle pub in Camden Town

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A LANDLORD says he wants to take over a historic pub to resurrect the “old Hampstead bonhomie” by luring back artists and musicians with cheap prices and “parties every night&rdqu

    Shock as Occupy activist Tom Palmer - also known as Kingfisher - dies suddenly at 28

    Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer pictured at the Occupy protest in Finsbury Square in 2012

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROLIFIC activist who spent the past few weeks opposing a pub chain’s plans to expand into a popular piece of canal-side land in Camden Town has died suddenly.

    Town Hall halt Right To Buy council home deals amid fraud suspicions

    Camden Council is investigating Right To Buy applications

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FOURTEEN Right to Buy deals for Camden Council homes have been halted by fraud investigators amid suspicions they were set up by people looking to cheat the system.

    Speed bump plea in Hampstead back streets where Nelson the cat was hit by car

    Nelson broke his pelvis

    Published: 31 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PROFESSIONAL pet sitter whose cat is at death’s door after being hit by a car has called for speed bumps to be installed to slow traffic using Hampstead back streets as a “rat-run&rdq

    Plan to pull down Highgate Newtown Community Centre 'cooked up behind closed doors'

    The Highgate Newtown Community Centre

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A £23.7m project to rebuild Highgate Newtown Community Centre is set to go before planning chiefs in the coming months after the centre’s trustees came out in favour of the project.&nbs

    Romeo Nkansah murder: Stabbing suspects released

    Romeo Nkansah

    Romeo Nkansah

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES hunting the killer of a man stabbed to death while on a night out in Camden Town have released two of the suspects without charge.

    Safety fears after Billy Fury Way attack

    The alley was renamed in 2010

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A NOTORIOUS alleyway that was the scene of an attempted knifepoint rape needs urgent action to deter criminals before a “tragedy” occurs, residents who live nearby have warned. 

    Chicken farmer grandson of former World's End owner visits pub for the first time - and orders an orange juice

    Peter Summers with daughter Sharon Garner and granddaughter Katie outside the World’s End pub

    Published: 26 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE grandson of the legendary proprietors of one of Camden Town’s most famous pubs walked through the doors for the first time – and ordered an orange juice. 

    Police appeal for help finding teenage girls who have gone missing for second time

    Ikram Farah, left, and Yasmin Ashkir are both 16 

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have asked people to be on the look out for two teenage girls from Camden who have gone missing for the second time this month. 

    Cancer patient's fear over drug that NHS won't pay for: 'I don't have the strength to fund-raise'

    Gaidik Salmon

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CANCER patient who cannot get a potentially life-saving treatment on the NHS says she feels she is being “left to die”.

    Sweet seller who has run stall outside Goodge Street tube station for 40 years faces eviction threat

    Sweet seller who has run stall outside Goodge Street tube staton for 40 years fa

    Bobby Long has been told his sweet hut is too large

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A STALLHOLDER who has sold sweets and drinks outside Goodge Street station for more than 40 years says he fears for the future after being slapped with an eviction threat because his kiosk is a few

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq set to back Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

    Tulip Siddiq nominated Jeremy Corbyn last summer

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

     

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq is set to side with Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest.

    Four arrests after private details of vulnerable residents are 'stolen' from Camden Council

    One member of staff has been removed from their job, but their are fears information has already been passed to scamsters

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FOUR people have been arrested after the private details of some of Camden’s most vulnerable residents were “stolen” from Town Hall computer systems – raising fears that per

    Dig out your glowsticks! Middle-aged ravers invited to bring their kids to party like the old days

    ​Hannah Saunders with partner David Round and children Winter and Atticus at a m

    Hannah Saunders with partner David Round and children Winter and Atticus at a music festival. Right: youngsters at a previous ‘rave’ event organised by Ms Saunders

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FORMER deputy director of policing at the Home Office is organising an outdoor rave for older clubbers to rewind the clock – alongside their children – in King’s Cross.

    Sold out at Arsenal? New police figures reveal 160,000 seats were left empty at the Emirates last season

    Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

    Arsene Wenger contemplates the atmosphere at Arsenal's home ground [Pic: Ronnie Macdonald]

    Published: 25 August, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    WITH some of Europe’s finest players on the field and a wait for season passes stretching back years, a seat at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is meant to be something of a golden ticket fo

    Concerns raised over hospital's treatment of 'brilliant' barrister who was hit by train

    A private hospital has been told it must make changes after the death of Mr Jones

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A LEADING human rights lawyer was allowed to walk out of a private psychiatric hospital at 5am while “really unwell” just hours before he jumped in front of a train, an inquest heard.&n

    Man died after four-hour wait at Whittington A&E

    An inquest has heard how Paul Gage entered the Whittington’s emergency departmen

    An inquest has heard how Paul Gage entered the Whittington’s emergency department at 7pm but was not seen until four hours later

    The End nightclub set to be turned into shops and offices

    The end of The End, one of London's most celebrated nightclubs

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was once home to one of London’s most celebrated nightclubs – and now an empty block in the heart of the West End is set to have its ground floor converted into shops and restaurants

    Labour members ignore MP and council leader to back Jeremy Corbyn to stay as leader

    Keir Starmer, Owen Smith and Sarah Hayward 

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR members have ignored pleas from a string of powerful local politicians from the past and present by nominating Jeremy Corbyn to be retained as the party leader.

    Planning inspector to review bid to demolish Lee Cooper founder's Hampstead bungalow

    No. 22 Frognal Way, was commissioned by Harold Cooper

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE owners of a bungalow mansion in Hampstead, originally commissioned as a family home by the founder of the Lee Cooper jeans brand, have appealed to a planning inspector in a bid to finally win p

    Elderly residents upset as burglars steal communal TV set from sheltered housing block in West Hampstead

    Lauriston Lodge

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ELDERLY residents at a West Hampstead sheltered housing block say they are “distressed” after a burglar stole their communal TV set.

    Calls for probe into lorry death of 'forgetful' ex-barrister living in sheltered housing

    Samuel Mtepuka

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Town Hall is facing calls to investigate after an 86-year-old man who lived in council-run sheltered housing was killed in a night-time collision with a lorry in Oxford Circus. 

    Grandmother tries to piece together her past after learning she was abandoned with strangers as a baby in King's Cross

    Linda Wright with a 1945 clipping from the North London Press

    Published: 19 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A GREAT-grandmother trying to find answers about her past has been stunned to learn how she was abandoned as a baby in a stranger’s house in King’s Cross.

    Truffles the cat miraculously survives jump from fourth floor building

    Truffles on the balcony in Belsize Park she jumped frm

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CAT has miraculously survived after jumping off the top of a four-storey house in Belsize Park.

    Police investigate as driver abandons car after crash at Camden Town traffic lights

    The scene in Camden Town on Sunday morning. PICTURE: @ZoraSuleman

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating after a driver crashed into a set of traffic lights in Camden Town before running away and abandoning the car. 

    Pub faces opposition to plan to extend beer garden across Camden Lock towpath

    The land next to the Camden Lock footbridge which will be used by JD Wetherspoon

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PUB company’s plans to take over a popular stretch of the canal towpath at Camden Lock is facing opposition amid claims that it will destroy views of the historic tourist attraction.

    Fortnightly bin collections on the way as backbenchers puncture revolt over £200 million waste deal

    Meric Apak faced a scrutiny committee last night to defend Camden's waste collection plans

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall’s plans to strip some residents of their weekly rubbish collections cleared a key hurdle last night (Wednesday) as backbench councillors punctured a revolt around a new £2

    Camden Council set to sell Three Sisters gardens off to highest bidder

    Residents have withdrawn their support from council plans for the site in Gospel Oak

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A MONEY-spinning project to sell off three public gardens in Gospel Oak is facing criticism after Camden Council backed off from a promise it made to oversee the redevelopment of the land.

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