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23rd June 2017

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    Residents in Kentish Town vote in favour of new masterplan in NW5 referendum

    Caroline Hill

    Caroline Hill

    Published: 13 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW vision for the future of Kentish Town is in place this morning after residents voted overwhelming to ratify their Neighbourhood Forum's plan for the area.

    Fury as council moves to block solar panels on church roof

    St Anne's

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Town Hall has received a raft of letters supporting plans for a church to use its Grade II-listed building to set up a mini solar power station – after a council conservation officer flag

    Woman who devotes spare time to mental health patients – and won them more time to eat!

    Camden Town resident Saira Nawaz with her award for being ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2014

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    WITH mental health budgets bearing the brunt of austerity-driven NHS funding cuts, the role of committed volunteers to dignified human relationships with patients has become of great importance.&nb

    Hampstead Heath managers face more pressure over drone policy

    Douglas Burgess with his ‘quadcopter’

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD Heath managers are under pressure over a clampdown on the use of drones, after it was revealed that police have been incorrectly telling flying enthusiasts they are breaking the law.&nbsp

    Whittington Hospital set to take on private partner

    The Whittington Hospital

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    CASH-strapped Whittington Hospital chiefs have agreed to team up with a profit-making company in a new private finance initiative-style deal.

    Arson charge after blaze at hospital secure unit

    Published: 10 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A WOMAN has been charged with arson after a fire gutted a recently-refurbished secure unit at Highgate Mental Health Centre, writes Tom Foot.

    Euston Road blaze: firefighters tackle burning van in underpass

    Firefighters tackle the blaze in Euston Road Picture: Chris Sargent

    Published: 10 June, 2016

    A COLUMN of smoke billowed over Euston this afternoon as firefighters tackled a burning van.

    They were called to the Euston Road, near the underpass at around 12:30pm. 

    Paddy Power bookmakers blocked from opening second branch in Kilburn High Road after planning appeal defeat

    Eight betting shops are already open on Kilburn High Road

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    BETTING giants Paddy Power have been blocked from opening a second branch on a road with the unenviable local nick­name: The bookmaker’s mile.

    On Hampstead Heath, how not to break out of the car park if you find yourself locked in for the night

    The damage at the car park in East Heath Road

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A DESPERATE Steve McQueen-style “great escape” attempt to free a car from a locked car park saw a driver attempt to crash through barriers and head over grass on Hampstead Heath.

    It's an extremely rare error, insists Town Hall as man receives two EU postal vote cards

    Architect Paul Shearsmith with his two polling cards

    Architect Paul Shearsmith with his two polling cards

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has said an “extremely rare” error is to blame after a man in Kentish Town received two postal votes for the EU referendum through his letterbox.

    Conservative councillor faces legal 'enforcement notice' after demolishing historic ceiling work

    Jonny Bucknell said 'someone must have tipped them off'

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A CONSERVATIVE coun­cillor who was fined for failing to carry out im­provement work at a flat rented to a private tenant has run into trouble again after demolishing a ceiling’s &ldqu

    Romeo Nkansah: fourth man arrested on suspicion of murdering father-of-two

    Mr Nkansah was described as a "loving and committed father"

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A FOURTH man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two who detectives believe was stabbed to death in Camden Town simply for talking to a group of women. 

    Melvyn Bragg calls for inquiry into plan to open school in former police station

    The designs for Hampstead Police Station submitted to council planners

    Published: 9 June, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    LORD Melvyn Bragg has called for an official investigation into a plan to open a new primary school in the for

    Police recruit comedy cartoon cat in bid to end phone theft crime wave in Camden

    DCS Banham said police in Camden are trialling the "softer approach"

    Published: 8 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TO the hundreds of people who have had valuables snatched from their hand on the street, the wide-spread problem of phone theft is unlikely to be a laughing matte

    Met boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe challenged over crime levels in Hampstead

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON’S most senior police officer has been challenged over the decline of neighbourhood policing and a “rise in crime” in Hampstead.

    'Ghost of Grasmere House' identified

    Grasmere House on the Regent's Park Estate

    Grasmere House on the Regent's Park Estate

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MYSTERIOUS banging sound that has plagued a Regent’s Park council block for more than nine months has been deliberately caused by one resident’s “anti-social behaviour”, t

    Poet Charlotte Mew to be honoured with a blue plaque in Bloomsbury

    Charlotte Mew

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POET Charlotte Mew is to be honoured with a blue plaque at her former home in Bloomsbury.

    Princess Anne opens new heart scanning unit at Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead

    Princess Anne meets staff at the Royal Free Hospital

    Princess Anne meets staff at the Royal Free Hospital

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    PRINCESS Anne has opened a new centre for specialist heart scanning at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Autistic woman wants to help others with condition with new 'sensory bus'

    Kay Alston

    Published: 7 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN autistic woman has launched a campaign for a new “sensory bus” that would travel around the capital helping other people with the condition. 

    Woman cyclist fighting for life after horrific crash at danger junction

    Firefighters created a screen around the woman cyclist

    Firefighters created a screen around the woman cyclist at the junction of Clerkenwell Road and Theobalds Road last Friday

    Pablo Freudenthal Heath was hit by a HGV in Gray’s Inn Road. Right: cyclist Dag Lindberg was crushed at the danger junction in 2013

    MP Keir Starmer to take part in EU debate in Camden Town

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer will be on the panel for a debate about the EU referendum at a solicitors' office in Camden Town next week.
     

    Man who assaulted women on buses arrested after being recognised by police in Camden Town

    Karatepe pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A “prolific offender” who sexually assaulted women on buses was arrested after being recognised at a packed Camden Town station by specialist police officers who have an uncanny ability

    Two teenagers beaten unconscious and kicked in head 'for spilling drink' in Camden Town

    Police said the altercation began beneath the railway bridge in Chalk Farm Road

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are hunting for a group of men who launched a "vicious attack" on two punters in Camden Town after accidentally spilling a drink. 

    Romeo Nkansah: two men arrested on suspicion of murdering father-of-two in Camden Town

    Mr Nkansah was described as a "loving and committed father"

    Published: 3 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    TWO men were arrested yesterday (Thursday) on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two in Camden Town, who detectives believe was stabbed to death simply for talking to a group of women. 

    Drivers escape uninjured from 'big smash' car crash in Swiss Cottage

    Adelaide Road was closed for around two hours. Picture: @5inglet0n

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN 

    TWO drivers involved in a dramatic car crash in Swiss Cottage this morning (Thursday) escaped without serious injury. 

    Camden Council starts 'enforcement investigation' after woman paints her Belsize Park house pink

    The house is painted in 'cinder rose' pink

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    NEIGHBOURS have rallied around a woman told by the Town Hall that she has broken planning rules by painting a property in a picturesque Belsize Park street... pink.

    Camden police still can't find Hampstead burglar who 'tied up teenager before being chased away with umbrella'

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE believe that a robbery in which a teenage boy fought off a knife-wielding intruder was an isolated incident.

    Romeo Nkansah: father-of-two murdered for 'talking to women' in Camden Town

    Friends said Mr Nkansah was a "professional guy"

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DEDICATED father-of-two was murdered in the street for simply talking to a group of women while on a night out with friends, detectives have said.  

    Police order man to stop flying drone camera over Hampstead Heath - even though flying devices haven't been banned

    An aerial shot taken of the Heath, above, and Kornel Flint with his drone device
    Credit: @manandhisdrone

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FLYING enthusiasts hoping to capture the majesty of Hampstead Heath with cameras mounted on “drones” have been grounded by the police – and incorrectly accused of breaking the law

    Friends pay tribute to father killed by stab wound on night out in Camden Town

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FRIENDS of a father-of-two who was stabbed to death on a night out in Camden Town have paid tribute to a “jovial guy” who was excited about recently launching a new business venture.&nb

    Bake-A-Boo in West Hampstead closes as cake-seller changes careers to be a nurse

    Zoe Berkeley, second right, was serenaded by The Rockabellas at her send-off on

    Zoe Berkeley, second right, was serenaded by The Rockabellas at her send-off on Monday from Bake-a-Boo cake shop Pictures: Xanthe Berkeley

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    SHE set up a little tearoom and bakery when she was 24 and within 10 years the business was booming. 

    Decommissioned: £1 million adventure playground at Kilburn Grange heralded for award-winning design

    Decommissioned: £1 million adventure playground at Kilburn Grange heralded for a

    The adventure playground built six years ago

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A £1 MILLION adventure playground, which won awards for its innovative design, is set to be decommissioned just six years after it was built.

    Met considers cost-cutting merger of Camden and Islington police forces

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Met’s top brass are looking to end Camden’s dedicated police force in a cost-cutting merger with neighbouring Islington.

    Cancer patient begins fund-raising after being told by NHS that it will not pay for breakthrough drug

    Mo Haque, yesterday, being treated in hospital

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FITNESS fanatic who was stunned by a colon cancer diagnosis was told he needs to find £200,000 if he wants to access potentially life-saving treatment.

    Businesses in Hampstead asked to pay levy for measures to improve trade

    Hampstead High Street

    Published: 2 June, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    SHOPS in Hampstead are to be asked whether they will stump up more money on top of their rates to pay for a group promoting business in an area where premises lie empty.

    Man hospitalised with serious head injuries after fight in Chalk Farm street

    The scene of the assault in Adelaide Road

    Published: 1 June, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 20-year-old man was rushed to hospital suffering serious head injuries after a street fight outside Chalk Farm underground station this afternoon (Wednesday). 

    Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal stabbing in Camden Town

    A 37-year-old man died in hosptial

    A 37-year-old man died in hosptial 

    Published: 31 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in Camden Town in the early hours of Sunday. 

    WW2 bomb scare in Hampstead proves to be false alarm

    Published: 30 May, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    POLICE say fears that an unexploded World War 2 bomb had been disturbed in Hampstead have proved to be a false alarm.

    Murder investigation opens in Camden Town as man dies from stab wound

    The scene in Camden Town this morning

    Published: 29 May, 2016

    DETECTIVES have launched a murder investigation following a stabbing in Camden.

    Third placard appears on the Brexit vote balconies near Hampstead Heath urging people to spoil their ballot papers

    The third placard at Lissenden Gardens

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    YOU might be forgiven for thinking there is not much room for a third way in the upcoming EU referendum vote.

    Woman rushed to hospital after being hit by train at Kilburn High Road station

    The woman is being treated for head and leg injuries

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN is being treated in hospital after being hit by a train at Kilburn High Road station this afternoon (Thursday). 

    London's Congolese community in mourning as tributes are paid to knife victim Maria Mbombo

    Maria Mbombo was found stabbed at her home in Maitland Park and flowers outside the house

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FRIENDS and family of a popular mother-of-three who was stabbed to death in her own home have paid tribute to a “good woman” who was renowned for her “beautiful smile”.

    Appeal court: Sabrina Moss's killers told they must serve 37-year jail terms for Kilburn High Road murder

    Sabrina Moss was killed outside a Kilburn High Road takeaway in 2013

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THREE drug dealers jailed for life for murdering a nursery teacher in a bungled gangland hit have had their appeal bids thrown out by the High Court.

    Tourists stop to snap hatched Camden Town goslings

    Canal life: Before the little ones hatched

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    GOOSE eggs nested in a secluded nook on the Regent’s Canal have begun to hatch.

    Camden Council sends out 16,000 emails urging businesses to vote REMAIN in EU vote

    Former Labour councillor and businessman John Mills favours Brexit but Theo Blackwell - the council's finance chief - wants the UK to stay in Europe

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has sent a mass email to 16,000 firms stressing the importance of voting for the United Kingdom to remain in Europe at the EU referendum, sparking claims of “scare-mongering&rdq

    In and out: Meet the neighbours behind the EU referendum balcony banner battle

    Neighbours Frank Chalmers and Tony Barnett, who are carrying out their own EU debate from their balconies overlooking Hampstead Heath

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE EU referendum debate is playing out across the balconies of a Gospel Oak mansion block after a banner battle was sparked between neighbours on opposing sides, writes Ella Jessel.

    Film crews come to Hampstead as Diane Keaton shoots scenes for new movie

    Film crews come to Hampstead as Diane Keaton shoots scenes for new movie

    Diane Keaton in Gayton Road this week Pics: Samantha Greenway

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By AARA SYED

    A HAMPSTEAD street got an extra lick of paint as film crews descended to shoot a major new movie starring Hollywood actress Diane Keaton on Tuesday.

    'House basement dig is not about making money' insists family in Flask Walk home improvement row

    Some residents fear plans to excavate a basement in Hampstead will lead to disruption from construction traffic

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A FAMILY who triggered a series of objections with plans to dig out a new basement in a historic Hampstead street have pleaded with neighbours not to see them as money-grabbers who are simply inter

    Solved: Riddle of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch's home improvement plan

    Benedict Cumberbatch bought a home for £2.7 million in Dartmouth Park

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was a mystery that had neighbours reaching for their deerstalkers to play detective: why had the gorgeous four-storey Victorian house in their road  been left empty and wrapped with hoardin

    Man wants compensation for home raided by cold case Lana Purcell detectives

    Craig Geddis's home was searched in March by officers investigating the disappearance of Lana Purcell

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE man whose home was searched by murder squad detectives in the hunt for a woman who disappeared five years ago has insisted he has nothing to do with the case.

    New bid to erect eruv boundary poles in Camden, Primrose Hill and Hampstead

    Architect Daniel Rosenfelder

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A GROUP of synagogues has applied to create a new Camden “eruv” – a series of poles connected by thin fishing wire which form a boundary for observant Jews.

    Row over Damian Lewis's appearance at Acland Burghley birthday event 'attracted new families to school'

    Actor Damian Lewis with Acland Burghley student Louis Cooper and the school's headteacher Nicholas John

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE old adage goes that “all publicity is good publicity”, and so it seems to be the case at Acland Burghley Secondary School amid claims that press attention around its decision to ask

    THIN RED LINE: Research study finds dramatic increase in fire service response times

    Press officers protect former mayor Boris Johnson from the New Journal last year as we tried to ask him about fire cuts

    Published: 26 May, 2016
    THIN RED LINE INVESTIGATION
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FIRE brigade response times have soared in neighbourhoods where stations were axed as part of £29million cutbacks, a study has found. 

    Balcony views: Neighbour adds his own sign next to 'Vote Leave' poster

    The two signs in Lissenden Gardens

    Published: 24 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE EU referendum debate is playing out across the balconies of a Gospel Oak mansion block after a banner battle was sparked between two neighbours on opposite sides of the fence.

    Detectives appeal for public's help in tracing murder victim's final hours

    Maria Mbombo was found dead at her home 

    Published: 21 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a woman at her home in Belsize Park are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help them piece together the victim's final few hours. 

    Planners’ fury as firm axes affordable homes at luxury development

    The Grade II-listed former school building in Covent Garden

    The Grade II-listed former school building in Covent Garden, which has also been used as offices for theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, is to be converted into ‘spacious and luxurious’ apartments

    Cllr Sue Vincent: ‘Don’t come again to my ward’. Danny Beales: ‘They should be ashamed’

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    by RICHARD OSLEY

    Baffled police remain stumped with burglar who 'tied up student in his Hampstead home' still on the loose

    Despite a massive manhunt, no arrests have made in the search for a home invader in Hampstead

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A BURGLAR who is said to have tied up a 17-year-old boy and held him at knife-point in Hampstead is still at large despite a massive police hunt.

    'Day-dreaming' Hampstead schoolboy defaced exercise book containing unpublished Beatles song

    Sir Paul McCartney and the pages from Robert Barclay's 'guitar book'

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IT is believed to be a cast-off song from one of The Beatles’ best-known albums, doomed to be forgotten without ever being heard in concert or recorded for the Fab Four’s fans.

    Police fear revenge attacks after bloody West Hampstead street brawl leaves man with 'life-changing' injuries

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE fear the leafy streets of West Hampstead could become the scene of gangland retaliation after a mass brawl left a knife ­victim with life-changing injuries, including a possible “l

    After Khan's victory, could Labour turn Camden into North Korea?

    Council leader Sarah Hayward with Sadiq Khan

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR strategists in Camden are sizing up the prospect of winning council seats in wards the party has not targeted in the past after its showing in the London elections.

    100 Acres toy shop moves out of Hampstead village

    A well-known retailer is set to move into Heath Street

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A MUCH-LOVED independent toy shop in Hampstead Village which closed down earlier this year is set to be replaced by a “mystery retailer”, writes Ella Jessel.

    New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggests HS2 should end at Old Oak Common - and not Euston

    New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggests HS2 should end at Old Oak Common - and n

    Sadiq Khan: 'HS2 is a wonderful idea but I've got concerns'

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Mayor of London has revealed strong “concerns” about High Speed 2’s plans for Euston and says he wants railway bosses to look again at a terminus in west London instead. 

    Breadcrumb trail helps puzzled cygnets cross ponds during Hampstead Heath dam work

    The cygnets on Hampstead Heath. All pics: Ron Vester

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HEATH dam works meant an artificial ramp had to be constructed to help cygnets cross the ponds.

    Builders stumble across time capsule buried beneath former hostel in Belsize Park

    Builders stumble across time capsule buried beneath former hostel in Belsize Par

    CLeft: children from the Rosary Primary School with the parchment and the copper time capsule

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TIME capsule buried deep beneath a former Catholic convent and hostel has been unearthed after 60 years and handed over to the neighbouring school. 

    New mayor Nadia Shah helps launch Savannah restaurant in Euston

    Pictured, from left: falconer Laura, John Nyota, managing director of the Wesley Hotel, the mayor’s consort Shairesh Khan, new mayor Councillor Nadia Shah, and Stuart Burgess, chairman of the Wesley Hotel.

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    NEW Camden mayor Nadia Shah came face to face with a hawk on Thursday night at the launch of an eatery in Euston.

    Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found dead in Belsize Park

    A murder investigation is underway, police said

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a home in Belsize Park this morning (Thursday). 

    Newspaper kiosks fear for future after council rent hike

    Nurul Islam has run a kiosk in Haverstock Hill for 13 years

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    NEWSPAPER sellers across the borough say they are facing closure after the council hiked their rents and said they had been paying the wrong fees... for 15 years.

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