The Independent London Newspaper
23rd March 2017

Gospel Oak

    Daughter's agony after she was told her dead father was alive by care line operator

    Peter Handley with daughter Sara, who said: ‘I was screaming at them’

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A GRIEVING daughter has said she was told by a telephone care-line operator they had just spoken to her elderly father, when in fact he was lying dead on the floor of his sheltered housing flat.

    Judge tells Town Hall it was wrong over Quadrant Grove basement dig

    Published: 7 December, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HIGH COURT judge has quashed a Town Hall decision that allowed a homeowner to dig out a basement under his Victorian cottage without planning permission.

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

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

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

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

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

    Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

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

    Minicab driver stabbed wife after paternity row, Old Bailey hears

    Maria Mbombo died in May

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

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

    Man accused of murdering wife searched internet for 'most painful place to stab someone', Old Bailey told

    Maria Mbombo

    Maria Mbombo died in May

    Published: 1 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MINICAB driver allegedly used the Internet to search for the "most painful place to stab someone" on the day he stabbed his wife to death. 

    Carlton School celebrates nursery assistant's 40 years of service

    Carlton School celebrates nursery assistant's 40 years of service

    Fincie Door with pupils Benji and Florene

    Published:24 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TEACHERS and pupils staged a surprise assembly to mark an inspirational nursery assistant’s 40th year at a Kentish Town school.

    Police bring out Taser gun as five-hour rooftop stand-off comes to an end in Gospel Oak

    Police have been in Gospel Oak throughout Tuesday morning

    Published: 18 October, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A ROOF-TOP stand off ended after five hours when a man voluntarily climbed down from a balcony ledge in Queen's Crescent this afternoon around an hour after police unsuccessfully fired a Taser

    Police negotiate with man on balcony as stand-off continues in Gospel Oak

    Police are in Gospel Oak negotiating with a man on a roof

    Published: 18 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    Mushroom farm plan for council estate garages is abandoned

    Mushroom farmers Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo wanted to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A GROUNDBREAKING plan to use empty garages beneath a Gospel Oak housing estate to grow mushrooms commercially has been abandoned.

    Council estate mushrooms row: Tenants invited to visit fungi farm in south London

    Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo want to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 30 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    TENANTS living in a council-owned block in Gospel Oak are to be given a guided tour of a mushroom farm this weekend – to help soothe fears over plans for a similar project beneath their homes

    Outrage over ‘money-making’ phone mast on their council estate

    Angry and anxious: protesting residents say radiation risks from masts are as yet unknown

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall is facing a backlash from tenants over its “money-making scheme” to allow a phone company to install a phone mast on a council estate roof. 

    The Gipsy Queen pub in Gospel Oak is put up for sale

    The Gipsy Queen

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Gipsy Queen pub is up for sale.

    Police windscreen smash: Top cop says officers have 'limited options' if driver refuses to get out

    The officer used his baton to break the windscreen in Queen's Crescent 

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON'S most senior police officer has defended the right of his officers to smash car windscreens if drivers refuse to leave their car. 

    Fungi experts face resistance to plan to build mushroom farm on council estate

    Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo want to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    AN eye-catching plan to set up a mushroom farm in garages on a council estate has brought warnings from residents about the smell and threat to their health.