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    The shopping parade with a butcher, a fruit shop and a gym where men pay to wrestle women

    You'd might not guess from the outside: how the 'gym' looks at the moment

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    IT is a shopping parade with a butcher, a newsagent, an off-licence, a fruit-and-veg shop and soon... a gym where “stunning models are waiting to pummel you to the ground”.

    Planners reject bungalow in garden plan

    How the scheme would look, Sue Perkins and Patricia Potter

    Published: 14 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall has blocked a bid to build a new bungalo­w in a Dartmouth Park garden after a wave of protests from neighbours.

    Blustons close to re-opening with same name and as a clothes shop

    Blustons before it closed last year

    Published: 13 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was the time warp shop that delighted passers-by with its historic façade, eye-catching window displays and polka dot dresses.

    Legal challenge at Camden school to allow parents to sit with anorexic pupils at lunch

    CamdenSG

    Camden School for Girls

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A MOTHER has urged one of London’s best-known secondary schools to allow parents to support their children with eating disorders at lunchtimes.

    Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub set for refurb

    Ye Olde Swiss Cottage

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    IT is an Alpine-themed oasis on the traffic-choked Swiss Cottage gyratory that has provided relief to thirsty travellers for hundreds of years.

    North London graffiti: Corbyn supporters leave message on Kentish Town wall

    Published: 12 July, 2016

    NEW graffiti in Kentish Town has sent a mesage to the Labour Party to retain Jeremy Corbyn as its leader.

    Now school dinner ladies who fought for living wage have their hours cut

    Protests at the Town Hall last year

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DINNER ladies who won a major pay boost after a campaign to secure them a living wage are reeling from a fresh hit of having their hours cut.

    Camden Council to stop chasing worst-off for council tax with plan to exempt 11,500 residents

    Theo Blackwell and Don Williams

    Published: 12 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THOUSANDS of people in Camden are set to be made exempt from paying council tax to save the Town Hall cash on chasing for money they do not have.

    Families carried out of homes by firefighters after burst water main floods Primrose Hill

    Flooded roads earlier today

    Published: 8 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    FAMILIES had to be carried out of their homes by firefighters this morning after a major flood submerged a block of Primrose Hill flats in 15 feet of water.

    Homes evacuated as burst water main floods Primrose Hill

    The scene in Primrose Hill this morning

    Published: July 8, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    Over 35 firefighters and officers are dealing with a flooding following a burst water main on Avenue Rd in Primrose Hill.
     

    Coldplay producer joins fresh defence of Air Studios as councillors prepare to vote on basement dig next door

    Rik Simpson has produced the last four Coldplay albums

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    COLDPLAY’S music producer has joined a fresh wave of protest against a basement dig next to the world famous Air Studios.

    Theresa May says Tories can win back target seat Hampstead and Kilburn if they elect her as leader

    Theresa May in West Hampstead

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THERESA May pledged to lead a party capable of finally winning back Hampstead and Kilburn for the Tories when she made the constituency her first stop after announcing her bid to be Prime Minister,

    Lord Of The Rings actor Andy Serkis on quest to build new modernist home in Highgate

    Andy Serkis

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    LORD of the Rings actor Andy Serkis is on a quest demolish his Highgate home and replace it with a modernist alternative.

    Famous London Zoo aviary to be turned into new Regent's Park des res for monkeys

    The aviary [Pic: Daniel Spawson, ZSL]

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was designed to last around 25 years and is now on Historic England’s “At Risk” register – but this week London Zoo unveiled new plans to restore and re-use the historic

    Corbyn can win another contest say supporters in Camden, as 15 Labour councillors turn on party leader

    More than 100 members of Momentum, the Corbyn-supporting group, met in Kentish Town

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR members in Camden are split over whether it is time for Jeremy Corbyn to be replaced as party leader, as his supporters warned that the views of the wider membership were not reflected in ca

    Accused in 1982 murder trial tells Old Bailey he did not know teenager had been killed

    Yiannoulla Yianni 

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE man accused of the rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl in her family home 34 years ago took to the witness stand for the first time yesterday (Wednesday) and insisted he was innocent.

    Body found in Camden Town side street

    The scene in Camden Town this morning

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE body of a man was discovered this morning (Thursday) in a side street close to Camden Town underground.

    Woman barred from West Hampstead pub insists: I'm no lairy yob

    Janet Loosley has been hit with a lifetime ban from the Black Lion

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WOMAN who works with vulnerable alcoholics and drug-takers says she has cried herself to sleep after being hit with a life ban from her local pub.

    Baby swifts are rescued from Kentish Town street as bird lover becomes their 'surrogate mother'

    Michael Stratton has been hand-feeding the swifts

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    BABY swifts found in a nest left on the pavement in Kentish Town have had a lucky break after being nursed through their first few weeks by a bird lover who lives nearby.

    In the dragon's den: Cheers then tears as Wales football fans watch country's biggest ever match on the big screen

    There were party scenes before kick off

    Published: 7 July, 2016

    European Championships, Semi-Final
    WALES 0, PORTUGAL 2
    By ELLA JESSEL at the LONDON WELSH CENTRE 

    IT was a night when everybody traced their family tree for a hint of a Welsh relation, but in a packed hall in King's Cross there was no need to dig up forgotten forefathers and lost second cou

    Detectives ask for help after mother-of-three dies after being 'beaten up'

    Vicky Walton [Pic: Camden New Journal]

    Published: 7 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    DETECTIVES investigating the violent death of a mother of three in Queen’s Crescent swamped the area last night (Wednesday) in the hope of finding fresh clues.

    Sex workers health clinic is forced out of Soho after 28 years

    A protest that took place last year after sex workers were targeted in police raids in the West End 

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CLINIC that has helped sex workers for 28 years is moving to Fitzrovia following cuts to NHS funding.

    New start for the Dartmouth Arms pub

    The Dartmouth Arms

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW potential owner for the Dartmouth Arms pub has emerged – and looks set to have signed a lease by the beginning of next week.

    Uniform tie, a stamp and a copy of New Journal go in Belsize Park school's time capsule

    School tie, a stamp and a copy of New Journal go in Belsize Park school's time c

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    3D glasses, a pencil, an Oyster card and a copy of your favourite weekly newspaper have been blessed by a bishop and buried in a time capsule for future generations to marvel at.

    Punters ask: Why has the Old White Bear pub become like Mary Celeste?

    The Old White Bear in Hampstead

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    PAST regulars at one of Hampstead’s oldest pubs say it should be renamed The Mary Celeste after being left empty for two years and amid confusion over who now owns it.

    Ten years on from first planning battle, Vlachos brothers launch new bid to change Garden House

    How the new house could

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IF at first you don’t succeed, try and try again might be the motto for two brothers looking to create a luxury home overlooking a picturesque Hampstead Heath pond.

    Concerns over Whittington hospital partner

    Whittington Hospital

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HEALTH chiefs have warned the top boss of the Whittington they have “profound concerns” that a controversial new estates strategy is being pushed through without asking the public.

    Burglar strikes at charity-run nature reserve

    Alek Makucewicz was leading a group of youngsters on a tour of Camley Street Natural Park when its office was burgled

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A HEARTLESS burglar broke into a charity-run nature park in King’s Cross while staff were busy giving a guided tour for schoolchildren. 

    Cabbie friends Littlelegs and Uncle Tel died just days apart

    Kenny ‘Littlelegs’ Holman and Terry ‘Uncle Tel’ Franklin 

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE families of two black cab drivers whose friendship spanned 50 years have paid tribute to the “best of friends” who died last month just two weeks apart. 

    Owners of Finchley Road fire block dispute investigation claims

    The Finchley Road fire was alight for more than 60 hours

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE owners of a block of flats at the centre of a devastating blaze in Finchley Road are disputing claims by fire investigators that they breached safety guidelines.

    Candy developer upsets Regent's Park neighbours with plan to turn traffic lane into private garden

    How the new garden could look

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A PLANNING row has erupted in one of Regent’s Park’s most exclusive streets over property developer Christian Candy’s plans to close off a lane of traffic to make room for his pri

    Unlocked parks spark Town Hall revolt

    Labour councilors Meric Apak and Paul Tomlinson

    Published: 4 July, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall leader­ship faces a rebellion among its own councillors following plans to save money by leaving some parks unlocked at night.

    Murder squad detectives arrest two after 'beaten up' woman dies in hospital

    A woman in her 30s died in the Royal Free yesterday

    Published: 1 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    MURDER squad detectives have arrested two people after a woman died in the Royal Free Hospital yesterday (Thursday) morning.

    North London politicians resent being called a metropolitan, liberal 'elite' as analysis of EU vote begins

    Council leader Sarah Hayward with Labour Party colleague at last week's EU referendum count in King's Cross

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    VOTERS across Camden were more clued up about the dangers of leaving the European Union than in other areas, it was claimed this week, as devastated Remain campaign supporters hit back at claims th

    No quick general election, says Theresa May as she spends first night of campaign to be PM in West Hampstead

    Theresa May was in hot demand among local Conservatives gathered in West Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THERESA May told Hampstead and Kilburn Tories tonight (Thursday) she would not call an early general election if she becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party, and the country's next pri

    'Go home' chants: Reports of rise in hate crimes in Camden after Brexit vote

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    POLICE and the Town Hall are on alert amid reports that abuse against minorities has spiked since the United Kingdom voted to quit the European Union.

    Camden Labour big-hitters call for new leader, but Jeremy Corbyn insists: I'm staying

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn addresses a crowd of supporters in Bloomsbury

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY and TOM FOOT

    SUPPORTERS of Jeremy Corbyn say they are ready to back him against rebelling MPs in a new leadership contest, as Camden’s most senior Labour Party politicians lined up to demand a change at t

    Family tells court of their 33 years of grief since finding strangled schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni dead at Swiss Cottage home

    Yiannoulla Yianni was killed in 1982

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE family of murdered teenager Yiannoulla Yianni were this week forced to relive the “horrific” moment they found her lifeless body at their home more than three decades ago.

    Petition to ban fun fair from Kilburn park

    Kilburn Grange park this week

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PETITION has been launched to ban a fun fair from a public park following “unacceptable” damage over the weekend.

    Police send officers to deal with school run road rage in Hampstead

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE officers have been posted outside primary school gates in Hampstead to counter a rash of road rage incidents involving parents.  

    Chico, the dog who took walkies on his owner's shoulders, dies at 19

    Martin O'Brien

    Published: 30 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    WHEN it came to walkies, Chico the dog had the right idea. 

    His owner did the walking, while he stretched out across his shoulders, occasionally dropping off for a kip.

    Frank Dobson says his friend Jeremy Corbyn must step down as Labour Party leader

    Published: 29 June, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    FORMER Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson said this afternoon (Thursday) that it is time for his friend and long-time colleague Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour Party leader.

    Keir Starmer quits Labour's front bench and tells Jeremy Corbyn that party needs new leader

    Keir Starmer was elected in Holborn and St Pancras last May

    Published: 27 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer called for a change of Labour Party leader for the first time this afternoon (Monday) as he joined the exodus from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow team.

    Yiannoulla Yianni murder: accused 'came up with story' based on news reports

    Yiannoulla Yianni, 17, was brutally killed in 1982

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE man accused of killing Yiannoulla Yianni more than 30 years ago “came up with a story” about having a secret relationship with the 17-year-old based on information released by the p

    Dismay in Camden as heavy support for Remain cannot halt UK vote for leaving European Union

    Pro-EU Conservative campaigner Tim Barnes looks to the heavens as the results come in

    Published: 24 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THERE was dismay in Camden this morning (Friday) as clear support for remaining in the European Union on a local level was outflanked by a vote to leave outside of London, and the country headed fo

    Labour councillor attacks Camden Council for raising Armed Forces flag

    Doug Beattie and, left, the Armed Forces Day celebration

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A LABOUR councillor has stoked controversy by criticising Camden Council for raising a flag above the Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day, claiming the event was sending out the wrong message about

    'Think of the children': Headteacher pleads for end to protests over plan to turn police station into free school

    Vicki Briody

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A HEADTEACHER fears her “outstanding” school could be shut down if its application to move into a former police station in Hampstead is rejected by planning chiefs.

    New restoration plan for Athlone House is 'very satisfactory'

    New restoration plan for Athlone House is 'very satisfactory'

    The new plans for Athlone House

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A MULTI-MILLION pound restoration project for a Victorian mansion overlooking Hampstead Heath has been unveiled – and met with delight by the campaign group that spent 18 years battling to sa

    Sharp shock of having diabetes in the 1950s

    Royal Free patient John Bailey

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    JOHN Bailey has been a patient at the Royal Free Hospital since 1950 when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of seven.

    Abandoned strip of land turned into community peace garden

    The cast of Fountain of Love in South End Green’s Peace Garden: Eva Magyar, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Ahd Tamini, Matt Marofka and Stephania Nolnar

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A once-abandoned strip of land in South End Green that has become a community garden through the hard work of volunteers, celebrated its transformation on Saturday by being included in the national

    Tributes to Gloria Lazenby as former mayor passes away aged 87

    Gloria Lazenby

    Gloria Lazenby

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    TRIBUTES have been paid to former Camden mayor Gloria Lazenby, who died on Sunday.

    MP Tulip Siddiq: 'We must stay resilient and not hide away after murder of our friend Jo Cox'

    Tulip Siddiq was elected to the House of Commons for the first time on the same night as Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she will not be put off from “facing the public” in the wake of the murder of Jo Cox.

    Man stands trial at Old Bailey for 1982 murder of schoolgirl Yiannoulla Yianni

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “TERRIFIED girl” was chased through her family home before she was raped and killed, a jury has been told at the opening of the trial of a man accused of carrying out the brutal murde

    Revealed: Artist's film posters which will decorate new Kentish Town cinema hoardings

    Developer Uplift teamed up with the New Journal to find posters for the site.

    Published: 23 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    POSTERS inspired by Kentish Town filmgoers’ favourite movies are to feature in a new public art exhibition – on hoardings at a development where a new cinema and housing complex are bei

    Six weeks on, why is 'brolly boy' attacker who tied up teen in Hampstead home still at large?

    George Zelonka with an umbrella outside his Hampstead home

    Published: 23 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    WHEN police reported a teenager had fought off an armed intruder who tied him up at his home on an exclusive Hampstead street, the news spread fast. 

    'What homeless?': Rough sleepers shut out of doorway of empty building

    Notice on boarded up building prompts questions on dealing with the homeless

    Published: 23 July, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HOARDINGS placed over a doorway in Kentish Town to lock out rough sleepers seeking shelter have been sprayed with the question: “What homeless people?”

    Bloody street brawl began at West Hampstead bar ‘being run with no licence’

    Police said that Lower Ground Bar was operating without a licence 

    Published: 21 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BLOODY street fight which left a man with life changing stab wounds began at a West Hampstead bar which police say was operating without a licence.

    Armed officers challenge man 'carrying machine gun' in Camden Town

    Police discovered the firearm was an imitation 

    Published: June 20, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ARMED police officers rushed to Camden Town this morning after a man was spotted walking along the street with what looked like a machine gun slung over his shoulder. 

    Police hunt for suspect making 'sexually explicit' prank phone calls in Hampstead

    The suspect is said to have a "female-sounding voice"

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating a string of “sexually explicit” prank calls that have been targeting Hampstead residents. 

    Empty Swain’s Lane shopping parade finally sold by Earl landowner

    The parade in Swain’s Lane

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE peer whose family have owned a Highgate shopping parade for nearly a century has sold the site, with speculation that it fetched around £7million.

    Camden Council considers permanent memorial to Raspberry Beret star Prince

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMDEN Council is looking at honouring pop star Prince with an official memorial in Mornington Crescent after fans left purple ribbons tied to a tree.

    Somers Town residents fear area will change forever after 'tsunami of development '

    The new tower block planned for Somers Town

    Published: 17 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SOMERS TOWN arts festival will explore the changing face of an area “under siege” from development ahead of a crucial decision on the Town Hall’s radical plans to build a 25-sto

    Camden MPs pay tribute to 'amazing' Jo Cox after MP is shot and killed

    Jo Cox

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    TULIP Siddiq and Keir Starmer have paid tribute to their fellow Labour MP and friend Jo Cox, who was shot and killed in West Yorkshire this afternoon (Thursday). 

    Food stalls could be forced out of new-look Camden Lock market

    The West Yard food stalls at Camden Lock

    The West Yard food stalls at Camden Lock

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    'Bribe' allegation at Town Hall has been substantiated, say council investigators

    Camden Council

    Camden Council has revealed details of calls to its staff whistleblower hotline

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN Council says a “bribery” allegation relating to the work of one of its own members of staff has been “substantiated”.

    Bury us in the park when we die and use the cash for its upkeep, say friends group

    Peter Cuming imagines where he might be buried in the Talacre park with Beverly

    Peter Cuming imagines where he might be buried in the Talacre park with Beverly Gardner, Mary Crossley and Céline La Frenière

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    REGULAR visitors to a Kentish Town park want permission to be buried there, alongside their pets.

    Scotland Yard warned that police officers are being priced out of London's housing market

    Police officers in London are struggling to find affordable places to live

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    POLICE officers struggling to pay the bills are being priced out of Camden, undermining Scotland Yard’s attempts to get more Londoners on the beat.

    It's Camden Council vs British Museum as unpaid tax row heads to court

    The British Museum is contesting demands made by Camden Council

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE country’s most prestigious museum is locked in a legal dispute with Town Hall tax collectors over an unpaid bill of £720,000. 

    Is there going to be a Hampxit? NW3 campaigners look to break free from Town Hall with new parish council

    Jessica Learmond-Criqui says she may soon have enough signatories to a petition to force Camden Council to consider a new parish council for Hampstead

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WAR of words between a cabinet councillor and protesters to a new supermarket has sparked an official proposal for Hampstead to “secede” from the rest of the borough and form its own

    Owner ready to bring in ‘guardians’ as gardens squatters face eviction threat

    Rob

    ‘Rob’ has been living on the Rochester Square Gardens site in Camden Town for eight months

    Published: 16 June, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

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