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    Celebrations at 200th anniversary of opening of Regent's Canal

    Pictured: from left, Ian Shacklock, Richard Cotton, Phil Emery, of the Canal and

    Pictured: from left, Ian Shacklock, Richard Cotton, Phil Emery, of the Canal and River Trust, and Roger Squires, from London Canal Museum

    Published: 18 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

     

    A PARTY at Camden Lock on Friday celebrated the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Regent’s Canal.

    Lawyers’ £1.8m bill for defending HS2

    HS2

    Published: 16 August, 2016

    LAWYERS have earned a massive £1.8million representing High Speed 2 against its opponents in Parliament. 

    Homeless deaths: life-saving defibrillator could be installed in phone box

    Rosh Keegan and, right, Lazzaro Pietragnoli

    Rosh Keegan and, right, Lazzaro Pietragnoli

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    After spate of tragedies, ‘crisis summit’ aims to end rough-sleeper deaths

    Campaigners spell out the way forward after meeting this week in Camden Gardens

    Campaigners spell out the way forward after meeting this week in Camden Gardens

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    Sacked hospital technician was a victim of race bias

    Jean Michel Tchamba

    Jean Michel Tchamba with his dismissal notice

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    Kenwood House to host inaugural Financial Times Weekend festival

    Vivienne-Westwood

    Vivienne Westwood will be giving a talk at Kenwood House

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CHEFS, journalists and fashion designers will give a series of talks at Kenwood House next month as the Financial Times' one-day festival comes to Hampstea

    Primrose shrill! Park users are disturbed by fitness group

    Project Awesome participants high-fiving

    Project Awesome participants high-fiving

    Published: 12 August, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    Mystery of Cuban cigar left at Great Train Robber's grave

    Nick Reynolds with the cigar at the grave

    Nick Reynolds with the cigar at the grave of his father, Bruce Reynolds, at Highgate Cemetery

    Published: 11 August, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Retired barrister, 86, from Kentish Town is killed in collision with lorry

    Samuel Mtepuka died after a collision with a lorry

    Published: 11 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A PEDESTRIAN who died in a collision with a  lorry in Oxford Circus has been named by police as Samuel Mtepuka, an 86-year-old retired barrister from Kentish Town.

    Tories call for rethink on £224m bins contract

    Conservative leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland

    Conservative leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland: ‘With such a large contract we would like the Town Hall to think of some different models and different ways of working to be considered&

    Barber stabbed 17 times could be victim of housing list shake-up

    George Hadjivasili

    George Hadjivasili, who ran George’s Barber Shop in Kentish Town Road for more than 20 years, was stabbed while in the Philippines last year

    Vulnerable woman has benefits stopped after being late for back-to-work medical assessment

    Job Centre

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by TOM FOOT

    A VULNERABLE woman has lost all her benefits after she arrived late for one of the government’s back-to-work medical assessments.

    High hopes for new offices at cab company building

    Spring Place

    Above: how the new six-storey building could look in Spring Place after the £15m project is completed. Below: how the site currently looks

    Spring Place

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Fringe festival play is dramatic way to get ‘revenge’ on landlord

    Eliza Gearty, who wrote Home, with actress Tabby Detroit

    Eliza Gearty, who wrote Home, with actress Tabby Detroit

    Published: 9 August, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    Extra police for neighbourhoods, but management jobs axed to pay for armed officers

    Officers with automatic weapons will patrol London on motorbikes

    Published: 5 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Mayor of London’s high-profile plans to introduce an extra police officer to every neighbourhood were announced in the same week that cuts to senior positions were quietly pushed through,

    New owner of saved Dartmouth Arms offers punters a share in the business

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    New owner of the Dartmouth Arms Andy Bird

    Published: 5 August, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE new owner of the Dartmouth Arms pub collected keys to the empty local yesterday (Wednesday) and announced he is considering a crowdfunding initiative that would allow regulars to buy a share in

    Owen Smith: Corbyn more interested in 'building a movement' than winning votes

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    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    OWEN Smith has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being more interested in building a socialist movement on “the streets” than inside the House of Commons.

    Head warns 'free school' could shut as council blocks move to Hampstead police station

    Hampstead Police Station

    The former Hampstead Police Station 

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PLANNING chiefs have unanimously rejected a primary school’s application to move into Hampstead Police Station despite the desperate pleas of a headteacher, who warned that the pro

    Boost for Corbyn as he wins backing from party members in Hampstead and Kilburn

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    The constituency meeting at the Kingsgate Community Centre

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR Party members in the north of the borough have voted to support Jeremy Corbyn in his campaign to win a second leadership contest.

    Whistleblower warns of mass exodus as cost of living forces teachers out

    NUT strike

    Striking teachers marching to Parliament in July over funding, pay and conditions

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By TOM FOOT and ELLA JESSEL

    A WHISTLEBLOWER has warned of an unprecedented exodus of Camden teachers this summer. 

    For sale: Black Cap fans launch search for new buyer after pub firm pulls out

    Campaigners who are pressing for the Black Cap to reopen as a LGBT venue 

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting to preserve the Black Cap as a dedicated LGBT venue have taken the unusual step of attempting to “sell” the Camden Town pub – without the owner’s permis

    No evidence Russell Square knife attack was 'motivated by terror,' police said

    Police remained at the scene in Russell Square

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have said that a knife attack in Russell Square that left one woman dead and five others injured was likely to have been “triggered by mental health issues”. 

    Death of cafe owner murdered in Kilburn High Road is a 'a tragic loss of a real character'

    Huseyin Gulbudak was described as a "very friendly guy, a lovely guy"

    Published: 4 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FRIENDS and customers of a popular café owner who was stabbed to death at work have paid tribute to a “friendly face” who “played a huge role in the neighbourhood”.

    Arrest made after man stabbed to death at cafe in Kilburn High Road

    A 48-year-old man died in hospital 

    Published: 2 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 21-year-old has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death at a cafe in Kilburn.

    Thousands evacuated from Camden Town after car found with 'gas cylinder and wires'

    Police sent in a specialist robot to inspect the vehicle 

    Published: 1 August, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THOUSANDS of revellers were evacuated from Camden Town on Saturday night after police discovered a car that they believed was laden with makeshift explosives – but which later turned out to b

    Eyewitnesses describe horror of unmarked police car crash at pizzeria

    The scene at Pizza East in Highgate Road on Tuesday evening [Pic: Zora Suleman]

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DINERS who narrowly avoided being hit by an undercover police car that careered off the road outside a Kentish Town restaurant have described their “extremely lucky” escape. 

    Celebrations as ultra rare berry - the world's shiniest - is planted in Highgate allotment

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    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT has been named by scientists as “the shiniest berry in the world” and is so rare that the only specimen in the UK was, until recently, found in a seed archive at Kew Gardens.

    'It's like a warzone': Families in Chalk Farm fear for safety after man is shot in the stomach

    Juniper Crescent

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PARENTS have describ­ed how they feel unsafe in their own homes after children witnessed a bloody escalation of street violence at the start of the school summer holidays.

    Housing association apologises for failing to clean fourth-floor windows for eight years

    Amina and Yousofi Haroon at home where sticky grime covers their windows

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HOUSING association has apologised to a family who claimed political asylum in Camden Town for not cleaning their windows for eight years.

    Disabled couple challenges Camden Council in High Court over new housing allocations policy

    The Town Hall has reduced its waiting list for council homes by changing its rules

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A DISABLED couple have launched a High Court legal challenge against the Town Hall’s new housing allocations system which saw them stripped of points needed to bid for a council home.

    Off-duty doctor saves life of rough sleeper collapsed in Camden Town

    The scene outside the Nat West bank on Tuesday afternoon

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HOMELESS man who collapsed in the doorway of a bank was dramatically saved by a passing doctor – the second time an off-duty medic has intervened to bring a stricken rough sleeper back to l

    Opponents says they will fight 'mafia-like' levy on Hampstead businesses

    Hampstead BID supporters: Karen Howell, Caroline Goldsack, Andrew Lavery, Mayank Patel, Cllr Oliver Cooper and Helen Duncan

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A GROUP of business owners in Hampstead village say they want to quash a “mafia-like” new levy to pay for a body tasked with improvements to the area. 

    Anyone for duckweed soup? Researchers probe whether green canal sludge could be new superfood

    Tim Mulligan clearing duckweed from the canal: ‘I see plenty of ducks tucking into it, so I guess it could be the next super-food craze’

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    IT is the thick carpet of green slime that clogs the canal each year in the sweltering summer heat – but could Camden Lock’s duckweed help solve a world hunger crisis? 

    It's cat vs bird watcher in Hampstead, says Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie

    Published: 28 July, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    CATS and twitchers are perhaps unlikely to ever be the best of friends, but one of the country’s best known birdwatchers has revealed just how fraught their relationship can get when the feat

    Patients in wheelchairs stranded as hospital's lifts break down for three days

    St Pancras Hospital

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    NHS chiefs have apologised for an “unacceptable situation” after dozens of weak and frail patients were stranded at the top of a Victorian hospital building.

    Burglars with suitcases raid new Kentish Town boutique Diverse

    Owners Burn and Saskia Lamche

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THIEVES pulled off an audacious  Supermarket Sweep-style burglary this week at a new clothes boutique in Kentish Town – using suitcases on wheels to carry off a haul worth thousands of p

    Bin collections to go fortnightly in some streets in Camden

    Conservative leader Claire-Louise Leyland says residents haven't been properly consulted

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SOME homes in Camden are to see their bin collections switch to a fortnightly service, but the council is yet to reveal exactly where.

    Children have tree stolen as plant thefts continue in Kentish Town

    Sumiyya and Sajid outside Susan’s Mini Market, at the junction of Torriano Avenue in Kentish Town

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GREEN-FINGERED thief is tormenting gardeners in Kentish Town, who have had their prized pansies and tomato plants disappear overnight. 

    Police probe past of schoolgirl killer James Warnock, asking: Did he have any other other victims?

    James Warnock

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES are investigating whether a killer who evaded police for 34 years committed any other crimes during the long wait to bring him to justice.

    MP takes up case of patient crowd-funding for cancer drug that NHS won't pay for

    Momenul Haque

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE health secretary has been alerted to the “extremely serious” plight of a young man with terminal cancer whose hospital consultant has recommended a treatment that the NHS will not p

    Architect's bold vision of raised green walkways to transform Highgate Road garage site

    Illona Hay's design for the site in Dartmouth Park

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SERIES of raised grass walkways snaking over a busy road; an underused space that was once common land returned to grazing goats and sheep; and space turned over to fruit and vegetables is the vi

    Tears as chainsaws move in on Camden Town estate's wildlife haven

    TRA chairwoman Farrah Lalloo: ‘Those trees are the same age as me – it’s too muc
    TRA chairwoman Farrah Lalloo: ‘Those trees are the same age as me – it’s too much’

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CHAINSAW contractors have hacked down a stretch of trees on a council estate in Camden Town to the horror of residents.

    Writer Hunter Davies says council bureaucracy is blocking plan to provide rent-free flat to hospice nurse

    Hunter Davies and the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead

    Published: 27 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ONE of the country’s best-known writers says his plans to provide a rent-free flat for a nurse from the hospice which cared for his wife have been put at risk by council bureaucracy.

    Two injured after collision involving unmarked police car outside Kentish Town restaurant

    The scene outside Pizza East in Kentish Town

    Published: 26 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN and ELLA JESSEL

    AN UNMARKED police car was this evening (Tuesday) involved in a collision with reports that it smashed into a crowd of diners ou

    West Hampstead police team issues warning to Pokemon Go players

    A Pokemon character on the streets of Camden

    Published: 22 July, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    IT is the virtual reality craze which has seen grown adults decide that the best way to spend their lives is to chase children's cartoon characters around on their mobile phone screens.

    Patients and staff make scathing criticisms of Camden's health services in confidential survey

    Town Hall

    An investigation into Camden’s mental health services was ordered by the Town Hall after the death of Jeffrey Mann, who took his own life last year after being told he could no longer attend

    Justice at last: The full story of how detectives finally snared schoolgirl killer James Warnock after 34 years

    Yiannouila Yianni

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MIDDLE-AGED handyman has been jailed for life for the rape and murder of Yiannoulla Yianni more than 34 years ago. 

    Warnock conviction: Former London Assembly members tells how boys at his old school were treated like suspects

    Published: 21 July, 2016

    Former Quintin Kynaston student MURAD QURESHI remembers how boys at his schools were treated like suspects as police hunted Yiannoulla Yianni's killer in 1982. He explains why he now wants Scotland Yard to burn their fingerprints.

    ON a lazy, sunny afternoon, during the summer holidays from school, I read the Sunday papers at home.

    Businesses in Hampstead vote to pay new levy for improvements to area

    From left: Karen Howell, Caroline Goldsack, Andrew Lavery, Mayank Patel, Cllr Oliver Cooper and Helen Duncan

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    BUSINESSES will pay an extra levy to a new body tasked with improving shopping and trade in Hampstead.

    Primrose Hill resident appeals for return of Tuscan jug

    Published: 21 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE owner of a treasured water jug is appealing for its return after it was swiped from a wall outside their home.

    Now red telephone boxes in Hampstead are going to be offices for rent

    How the offices in old telephone boxes will look

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    SHOPPERS in Hampstead were impressed when two enterprising baristas squeezed a coffee stall into a disused red phone box earlier this year.

    Planning officers say move to turn Hampstead police station into primary school should be rejected

    Staff and parents at Abacus Primary School want to move into the old police station in Rosslyn Hill

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PLANNING officers this afternoon (Wednesday) recommended that a move to turn the former Hampstead Police Station into a school should be rejected.

    Armed police descend on quiet Woodsome Road after man is 'mauled' by dog

    Police with firearms were at the scene

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ARMED police descended on a quiet Kentish Town street after a man was reportedly mauled while trying to break up fighting dogs. 

    Bar company pulls out of Black Cap deal as calls for it to open again as LGBT venue continue

    The famous Black Cap pub in Camden Town

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BAR company that was looking to open a new venue at the historic Black Cap pub has pulled out – and now claims the site is likely to “remain shut for the foreseeable future”.&nb

    MPs split as Tulip Siddiq votes against nuclear weapons but Keir Starmer backs Trident renewal

    Camden's MPs Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer

    Published: 20 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMDEN MPs were split this week as Keir Starmer backed the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system while Tulip Siddiq opposed the move in a House of Commons vote.

    Tragedy of father who died of brain tumour before seeing daughter's killer brought to justice

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Published: 18 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE father of murdered schoolgirl Yiannaoulla Yianni died a "broken man" from a brain tumour that was a "direct result" of her death, according to his son. 

    James Warnock jailed for life for killing teenager Yiannoulla Yianni in 1982

    James Warnock

    Published: 18 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    YIANNOULLA Yianni's killer was today jailed for life and told by a judge that he had "visited misery beyond measure" on her family in the 34 years since her death. 

    Warning as parents are told supplies of TB vaccine for babies are running out

    Tulip Siddiq learned of the dwindling supplies when she took her own daughter in for a BCG injection

    Published: 17 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SUPPLIES of the tuberculosis vaccine are “close to exhaustion” and only the highest risk babies are being inoculated in Camden, the New Journal can reveal.

    40 years on from schoolboy Enrico Sidoli's death, £5,000 reward offered to solve mystery of Lido murder

    Police posters from 1976 [Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library]

    Published: 17 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    DETECTIVES will be urged to revisit their historic case files on the death of a schoolboy who died after reportedly being held under the water at the Parliament Hill Lido four decades ago.

    Verdict: James Warnock is found guilty of raping and murdering schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni in 1982

    James Warnock

    James Warnock will be sentenced on Monday

    Published: 15 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HANDYMAN from Regent's Park has been found guilty of raping and murdering Swiss Cottage schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni more than 30 years ago. 

    Former F1 driver John Campbell-Jones tells of safety fears as council removes estate's security doors

    John Campbell-Jones

    Former Grand Prix race car driver John Campbell-Jones at home with his cat Boy

    Published: 15 July 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TENANTS are fighting a “draconian” Town Hall decision to remove security doors from a tower block in Mornington Crescent, warning that it will put the

    Photographer's plea to track down camera lost in King's Cross

    Sukey Parnell

    Photographer Sukey Parnell

     

    Published: 15 July, 2016 
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ‘No more deaths on our streets’ plea as body of homeless Big Issue seller found

    Steve Percival had become a familiar face in Camden Town

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE death of a popular Big Issue seller found unconscious in the doorway of a Camden Town bank is the latest in a series of emergencies that have seen medics

    Athlone House mansion set for £20million revamp

    Athlone House

    Architect Stuart McLauchlan outside Athlone House and, below, what will become the master bedroom inside the 1870 mansion 

    Athlone House

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    Rally hails Corbyn victory over the ‘first wave of coup’

    Corbyn supporters at the Kentish Town rally

    Corbyn supporters at the Kentish Town rally

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

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