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30th March 2017

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    Plea to protect dementia day centre from closure threat

    Social services chief Cllr Georgia Gould (right) disagreed with campaigner Jane Clinton at the Town Hall meeting

    Published: 3 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMPAIGNERS aiming to save a dementia day centre from being axed have accused the Town Hall of using false figures as it outlines the case for its closure.

    'Circle of life' talk for pupils after school chickens are killed

    Hinge and Bracket

    Published: 3 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A HEADTEACHER has said his school is being frank with pupils over the sad death of its playground chickens in a ­suspected animal attack.

    Toilet in Camden Town is the second most used in Europe

    Jonathan Simpson said the toilet was a 'Camden success story'

    Published: 3 February, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POP-UP toilet in Camden Town is the second-most used in Europe, with approx­imately 500 visits per weekend, Camden Council has said.

    Bowling club bid for luxury housing gets Whitehall approval

    How the Mansfield Bowling Club site will look

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    MORE than 100 years of sporting history in the heart of Dartmouth Park is set to end forever after a Whitehall planning inspector ruled a luxury housing development can be built on the site of a bo

    Woman abandoned as a baby 70 years ago finds family after New Journal appeal

    Linda Wright with a 1945 newspaper clipping about the day she was abandoned in King's Cross, and her father Carl Durnen

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    EXCLUSIVE by TOM FOOT

    A GREAT-grandmother who has been searching for information about her parents all her life after she was abandoned as a baby has discovered who her father was – and been chatting with her new

    Deselected: The axe-wielding, loose cannon councillor who wanted to fight the flak

    Jonny Bucknell

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    ONE of Camden’s best known councillors says his political career has been brought to a crashing end by his own party, after he was stopped from defending his seat at the next Town Hall electi

    Before and after, schoolgirl Lucie has the charity chop to donate hair to cancer patients

    Lucie McNicholas during her haircut

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    WITH a deep breath, 10-year-old Lucie McNicholas saw her locks get the chop on Saturday as she cut off her hair to help a cancer charity.

    Occupy activist Tom Palmer feared police protest spies before sudden drug death, inquest hears

    Tom Palmer had camped near Camden Lock

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE mother of a prolific activist told an inquest into her son’s death from a drug overdose that his paranoia over state surveillance was “exacerbated and heightened” by undercove

    Revealed: How consultancy firms have already netted £2 million in NHS shake-up

    Candy Udwin, from Camden Keep NHS Public

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A CONTROVERSIAL shake-up in the way north London’s health services are run has already led to a cash bonanza for private companies.

    It's a Cappucci-NO! Starbucks lose planning appeal bid to open branch in Kentish Town

    A Starbucks franchise store was set to open in the old Best One shop

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    STARBUCKS has been frustrated yet again in its attempt to conquer Kentish Town after a planning inspector ruled the council did not act unfairly when it blocked the opening of a new branch in the h

    Plaque unveiled to Madness at Dublin Castle pub

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    MADNESS having a pint in the Dublin Castle?

    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.

    First conviction in Camden Town bong ban 'sets precedent' for more police raids

    Police said court ruling gives them "confidence" to push on with operation

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have vowed to push on with an operation to make Camden Town a bong-free zone after a shopkeeper was convicted yesterday (Wednesday) of selling thousands of items of drug paraphernalia.

    Police could deploy drone cameras as Camden identified as a 'good pilot site'

    Catherine Roper

    DCS Roper said Camden would be a 'good place to trial drones'

    Published: 27 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    CRIME hotspots in Camden could be among the first areas to see drone surveillance cameras deployed by police. 

    'I'm not a robot': MP Tulip Siddiq tells CNJ why she felt she had to quit over Brexit vote

    Accused of being a 'Brexit blocker', Tulip Siddiq explained her thinking to the New Journal today

    Published: 27 January, 2017
    EXCLUSIVE by RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq today (Friday) said that the parliamentary whip system needed reform after she felt forced to walk away from Labour's shadow front bench over her stance on

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq quits Labour's front bench over Brexit vote

    Tulip Siddiq sent her resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn today

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq this evening (Thursday) resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench at Westminster, telling the party leader that she would not be forced into voting for B

    West Hampstead club owner rejects police claims that gangs used it to 'settle their disputes'

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A LATE-NIGHT bar in West Hampstead that police say was being used by gang members to ­“settle their disputes” has been told it must close one hour earlier in an attempt to end a pat

    Police warned that Belsize Park is becoming seen as an 'easy target' for shop burglars

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE and Camden Council have been told they must urgently get to grips with a wave of break-ins in Belsize Park before criminals begin to view the area as an “easy target”.

    Neighbours planning new homes project buy empty Belsize Park church

    Artist’s impression of the two semi-detached houses being proposed for Glenilla Road, Belsize Park

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    NEIGHBOURS living in a street in Belsize Park have clubbed together to buy an empty church and build new homes for themselves.

    I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach joins vigil for 'fit to work' man who died on way home from job centre

    Ken Loach addressed the vigil for Lawrence Bond in Kentish Town

     
    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN
     

    Revealed: Where 'firewall' fight for control of the Town Hall could be won - or lost

    Labour winners celebrate a record-breaking win at the 2014 Camden Council elections

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR councillors have been told to monitor how the public react to changes to bin collections in order to ensure that the issue does not provide a “spark” for revolt at next year&rsqu

    Police start arresting users of spice as street drug is upgraded to a 'Class B' substance

    Spice, formerly a ‘legal high’, is considered ‘very unpredictable and dangerous’

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    USERS of highly-addictive synthetic cannabis are being arrested on the streets of Camden for the first time following a controversial change in the law which has been criticised for criminalising t

    I've been vindicated, says Labour member readmitted to party after anti-semitism row

    Terence Flanagan and Councillor Phil Rosenberg

    Published: 26 January, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A FORMER print worker accused of anti-Semitism says he stands vindicated after the Labour Party lifted his suspension and re-admitted him to the party.

    Search for kitten missing from Hampstead Heath fairground site

    Have you seen Lunar?

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A CARAVAN kitten has vanished from his home on Hampstead Heath, leaving his owner distraught.

    Stop teasing Lucie! Schoolgirl says she is determined to chop hair to make wig for cancer charity

    Ten-year-old St Aloysius pupil Lucie McNicholas prepares for her big cut, along with mum Catherine 

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By ROBYN DARBYSHIRE

    A TEN-year-old girl says she is ready to prove her classmates wrong by allowing a hairdresser loose on her long locks so she can to donate her hair to a children’s cancer charity.

    End of an era for Camden Town's pub scene as Quinn's landlord dies aged 94

    Pat Quinn, who passed away this week, and wife Margaret after winning a lifetime achievement award from licensees

    Published: 26 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT is a pub of local legend, an alehouse which steadfastly retained its traditional charm while others in Camden Town were enduring gastropub makeovers.

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq set to join Brexit vote rebellion

    Tulip Siddiq has warned she would be willing to quit her shadow ministerial post

    Published: 25 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq has warned the Labour frontbench at Westminster not to force her to vote for Brexit and is threatening to quit her shadow ministerial role to vote against trig

    Lawrence Bond: vigil for man ruled 'fit to work' who died on way home from Jobcentre

    Lawrence Bond suffered a fatal heart attack in Highgate Road

    Published: 23 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A VIGIL is to be held for a man who collapsed and died in the street after being ruled “fit to work” and forced to sign on.

    Man charged with murder in Dartmouth Park Hill

    Theodore Johnson appeared in court today

    Published: January 23, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN has been charged with murdering a woman at his home in Dartmouth Park.

    Woman hospitalised after vintage Porsche smashes through cafe window

    The scene in West End Lane Picture: Phil Rosenberg

    Published: 20 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOMAN is being treated in hospital this afternoon (Friday) after a vintage sports car smashed through the front of a cafe in West Hampstead. 

    Council leader 'deeply concerned' by Theresa May's move to quit single market

    Sarah Hayward

    Published: 19 January, 2017

    THE Town Hall has set up a cross-party group which will tackle the effects of Britain's exit from the European Union.

    Hospital board investigates spike in unexpected deaths

    The Whittington Hospital in Archway

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    HOSPITAL chiefs have reported a spike in unexpected deaths and warned of “immense pressure” on the NHS during the winter months.

    Shrine to George Michael continues to grow in Highgate village

    Fans of the singer are still arriving with flowers, flags, cards and memorabilia

     
    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard cuts the cake as Highgate theatre celebrates 19th birthday

    Racky Plews, John Plews, Su Pollard, Katie Plews and Jessica Plews celebrate the Upstairs At The Gatehouse's birthday, while below the comic actress meets the cast of Anything Goes. Plus: Theatre producer Katy Lipson wins a 'HUGO'

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    'We just want to grow leeks': Camden Council to hive off control of allotments to volunteers

    Ray Long, from the Fitzroy Park Allotments Association

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Town Hall will end decades of managing allotments from February – leaving reluctant plot-holders to take on the task of collecting rent, resolving disputes and maintaining four sites.

    Bishop of London blesses school's building work

    The Bishop of London at Holy Trinity and St Silas

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    The Bishop of London has made a rare trip to a Camden Town school to give his blessing to recently completed building work. 

    Soup kitchen set up to help the homeless searches for new premises after being told it must leave council building

    Jon Glakin helps to run Streets Kitchen from a vacant council building

    Jon Glakin helps to run Streets Kitchen from a vacant council building

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SOUP kitchen for rough sleepers that is run by volunteers could be made homeless next week as their ­head­quarters in Kentish Town are readied for building works. 

    Swains Lane parade finally ready for ‘facelift’ as wrecking ball team waits to move in

    The development’s progress was discussed at St Anne’s Church on Monday

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE Highgate shopping parade that has had the wrecker’s ball hanging over it for more than a decade is a step closer to being turned into rubble.

    Where have you been Winston? Cat which vanished on Christmas Day rescued by kind-hearted couple

    Winston's owners appealed for help in the New Journal and hired thermal imaging search teams

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A BLACK cat is recovering with bandaged paws three weeks after vanishing on Christmas Day. 

    Hundreds sign petition urging council to halt closure of dementia care centre

    Campaigners at the Netherwood Day Centre

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    MORE than 600 people have signed a petition against the closure of a dementia centre. 

    Moving final farewell for hero Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts

    Mourners outside the Lido on the day of the funeral

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE sheer number of people who wanted to say goodbye to Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts, who died on New Year’s Day, meant scores who had come to pay their respects had to wait outside the chapel

    Police officer fired for unlawfully confiscating driver's keys

    Published: 19 January, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLICE officer has been fired after he unlawfully confiscated a drunk driver’s car keys and then lied to colleagues to cover his tracks. 

    Public exhibition reveals how new entrance to Camden Town Underground could look

    TfL's plans for a new site in Buck Street

    Published: 19 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A MAJOR facelift for Camden Town, this is how City Hall hopes to finally solve the Underground station’s chronic overcrowding problems.

    Police say they will no longer punish cyclists riding on pavement in Primrose Hill... to make roads safer

    Sergeant Nick Clarke said it was time to understand what forced cyclists onto the pavement

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are to stop punishing cyclists who ride on the pavement in Primrose Hill – and instead investigate the conditions that led them to leave the road.

    Fresh bid to re-open famous Black Cap bar is unveiled

    The Black Cap

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE famous Black Cap – which has been empty in Camden Town for nearly two years – could reopen as a gay pub sharing its space with a theatre company. 

    Man ruled 'fit for work' dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre

    Lawrence Bond

    Published: 18 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MAN collapsed and died in the street after being ruled “fit to work” and forced to sign on. 

    Mayor's pledge to restore neighbourhood policing is merely 'window dressing' for cuts

    Sadiq Khan with Sophie Linden and borough commander Catherine Roper 

    Published: 13 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE Mayor of London’s high-profile pledge to bolster the number of bobbies on the beat has been further knocked by claims that it will amount to a “net gain of zero” additional po

    Teenager guilty of rape and attempted murder of schoolgirl in Hampstead Cemetery

    Hughes stabbed the girl in the neck in a quiet corner of the graveyard 

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A TEENAGER has been found guilty of raping a schoolgirl in Hampstead Cemetery before trying to kill her so she could not report him to police. 

    Threat to school jobs as headteachers grapple with 'zombie budgets' after funding formula change

    Kevin Courtney: 'Begging letters to parents are common'

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    SCHOOLS have begun mapping out drastic measures to cope with funding cuts – and jobs are on the line, unions have warned.

    Final farewell to Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts

    Published: 12 January, 2016

    THE funeral of Parliament Hill Lido lifeguard Glyn Roberts is to be held at midday tomorrow (Friday) at St Pancras cemetery, in East Finchley. Glyn, 48, died on New Year’s Day.

    Official: Torriano School has the best school chef in London

    Terri Carpenter qualifies for a cook off with the other regional winners

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DINNER lady from a Kentish Town school has been named London’s best school chef in a Masterchef-style cooking comp­etition.

    More traders in Belsize Park hit by break-ins

    A break in at the Late Late Store which the New Journal reported on last week

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SPATE of burglaries targeting independent businesses in Belsize Park continued this week with more traders hit over the weekend.

    Marilyn Monroe treat for Hampstead bookseller Keith Fawkes at his 75th birthday party

    Keith Fawkes with Antonia Moore

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    HAMPSTEAD antiques and bookseller Keith Fawkes was serenaded by Marilyn Monroe on his 75th birthday.

    Protesters fight third bid to close West Hampstead dementia care centre

    Camden has been warned shutting down the Netherwood Day Centre would be a 'backward step'

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    CAMPAIGNERS have swung back into action after the council launched a third move to close a dementia day centre.

    Swiss Cottage School reveals proposals to break away from council control to be run as an academy

    Swiss Cottage School

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A SCHOOL is set to test opinion with a proposal to become the first in Camden to break away from council control to be run as an academy, it was revealed last night (Wednesday).

    Anger as couple tell inspector that basement next to Air Studios could be dug out during orchestra breaks

    Musicians at Air Studios are worried recording work will be brought to a halt by noisy construction, with Brian May among the opponents [Pics: Marcen27 and Paul Capeville]

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A COUPLE in a long-running battle to dig out a new basement at their home next to the world-famous Air Studios have suggested doing some of the work while orchestras are on their lunch breaks.

    50 metre tree in Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig's back garden faces chop over root cracks

    The tree in Camden Town and Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz [Pic: Georges Bard]

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SOARING plane tree in the back garden of Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig is under threat after a neighbour claimed its roots are damaging their home.

    Thieves pose as immigration officers in violent burglary leading to fears victim was ethnically profiled

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THIEVES posing as immigration officers carried out a violent burglary in Regent’s Park, leading to fears that criminals are picking victims on the basis of their nationality. 

    Turtle Bay restaurant chain lined up for move into former Auntie Annie's pub in Kentish Town

    Published: 12 January, 2017

    TURTLE Bay, the nationwide Caribbean-themed restaurant, is set to become the latest chain to move into Kentish Town, with a branch proposed for the former Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse pub.

    Kentish Town estate agency closes branch a year after big 'craft beer effect' launch

    The 'we have moved' sign (and a prankster's addition) at Greene and Co in Kentish Town

    Published: 12 January, 2017
    By DAN CARRIER

    WITH Kentish Town now ranked as a million-pound neighbourhood in terms of London’s raging property market, estate agents have targeted NW5 in a stampede for business.

    All Saints singer Melanie Blatt joins tributes to legendary primary school music teacher David Joyner

    David Joyner died on December 30

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    ALL Saints singer Melanie Blatt has paid tribute to a primary school music teacher known for inspiring generations of children in Camden after her former school announced he had passed away.

    Fly-tip warnings as Town Hall reveals which homes will only have rubbish collected once a fortnight

    Published: 11 January, 2017
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    THE Town Hall this week divided the borough into the haves and have nots: the homes which will retain a weekly bin collection – and the ones which will soon only have waste picked up once a f

    Should more be done to help road safety and mobile phone usage?

    Person uses mobile phone whilst driving

     

    Far from making cars safer, some say modern car tech and especially mobile phone use is actually making for more motoring related incidents. Cases such as the lorry driver being sentenced to ten years in prison for running into a car and killing all four occupants, while using his mobile phone, has highlighted again the perils of getting distracted whilst driving.

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    Brazen thieves target Belsize Village businesses with Christmas raids

    Suspects in motorcycle helmets broke into the Late Late Store

    Published: January 5, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A SPATE of smash-and-grab raids hit independent traders in Belsize Park over the Christmas period, with several businesses losing thousands of pounds to brazen thieves.

    Vacancy at Camden New Journal: Reporter

    Published: 9 January, 2016

    THE Camden New Journal is looking to hire a full-time reporter.
     

    Have you seen Winston? Thermal imaging search unit called in to find missing Belsize Park cat

    Winston went missing from his Belsize Park home on Christmas Day

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A TEAM of pet detectives with thermal-imaging cameras are out searching for black cat Winston after he vanished on Christmas Day.

    Calls for rethink over vision for 'dilapidated' community centre

    An illustration of how Highgate Newtown Community Centre could look under the To

    An illustration of how Highgate Newtown Community Centre could look under the Town Hall scheme and, below, the building as it currently stands

    Highgate Newtown Community Centre

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    by DAN CARRIER

    Daughter raises funds for cancer patient who sold beloved caravan to pay for cost of living

    Cancer patient Andrea Dawson with the caravan she sold and, below, with her daughter Stephanie

     

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    Owners of famous Koko nightclub want to build boutique hotel next door

    A cupola on the former Camden Palace's dome roof will be reintated [Pic Archer Humphryes Architects]

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE owners of KOKO nightclub have unveiled plans to build a boutique hotel on top of a disused pub as part of an overhaul of the Camden Town venue.

    Relatives of Short brothers aircraft pioneers want to restore crumbling graves in Hampstead Cemetery

    Great-great niece Liz Walker and husband Barrie and, below, the overgrown grave of Horace Short in West Hampstead 

     
    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By ELLA JESSEL
     

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejects warning that his extra bobbies plan will be undermined by loss of senior officers

    Sadiq Khan spoke to the New Journal during a visit to Kentish Town

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday (Wednesday) dismissed concerns that cuts to senior police jobs would undermine his pledge to introduce an extra officer to every neighbourhood. 

    ‘Mind over batter’ It’s a brainy bake off fund-raiser at Bloomsbury hospital

    Sophie Thompson and Joanna David inspect a cake

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    TELEVISION actresses Sophie Thompson and Joanna David judged a “bake off” competition at the country’s leading brain hospital. 

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