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    The £1m secret bonus payments made to Camden Council staff

    Labour finance spokesman Theo Blackwell

    Report reveals incentives and bonuses

    Published: 4 February 2010

    ‘There is no cure’ diagnosis led poet Phil Poole to chronicle final months

    Phil Poole, ‘took a terrific intellectual interest in his condition’

    Tributes to woodcarver who died days before publication of his last thoughts

    Published: 4 February 2010
    by TOM FOOT

    ‘We’ll pay a big penalty for fan zone’

    Cricket fans watch last year’s Ashes series in Regent’s Park

    Residents urged to fight football World Cup screenings in Regent's Park

    Published: 4 February 2010


    Royal Free Hospital

    Hospital to cut 180 staff now but toll ‘could rise to 400’

    Published: 04 February 2010

    Mayor of Camden taken off civic jobs


    Published: January 29, 2010


    Mum’s plea to bring Leon Villalba's body ‘home’

    Leon's mother Lucretia with a group of his friends

    Mother’s plea over young musician killed in Brazil

    Published: 29 January 2010


    Finsbury Health Centre

    Boost in the battle to keep historic Finsbury NHS building open

    Published: 29 January 2010
    by TOM FOOT

    Doreen Tibbs appeals against Islington Council – Keep your hands off my £3m inheritance

    Shops and flats in Whitecross Street

    Trader fights bid to buy up ‘eyesore’ block of shops

    Published: 29 January 2010

    Arsenal fence will eat away at our gardens, neighbours complain

    Security fence planned for neighbours’ gardens

    Call for ratcatcher to be hired during building work

    Published: 29 January 2010

    Firm Cuts raid stumbles on crystal meth factory in Finsbury Park

    Specialist officers in Freddie Kings bedsit

    £14,000 drugs discovered at potentially-explosive laboratory in bedsit behind barber shop

    Published: 29 January 2010

    Planners finally give blessing to St David’s Church revamp

    A delighted Rev Jonathan Rust with supporters on Tuesday night

    £4m community centre development overcomes affordable homes objections

    Published: 29 January 2010

    Double-take over bill for £12,000 windows on Whitbread estate

    Bruce Page: ‘Why should we pay for something we don’t want or need?’

    Ex-investigative reporter leads revolt over ‘unnecessary’ solution to condensation problem

    Published: 29 January 2010

    London Courier Emergency Fund get rough ride from art’otel plan

    An artist’s impression of what the new hotel will look like

    Workers’ charity could be forced out by new tower

    Published: 29 January 2010
    by JOSH LOEB

    Off the deep end – Maths wizard, Professor Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, runs his rule over Highbury pool

    The poolside sign. Inset: Professor Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

    Published: 29 January 2010

    A NORWEGIAN mathematician has scored a victory through the Tribune after highlighting ­inaccurate depth ­measurements at ­Highbury Pool.
    Professor Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, who lives in Kristiansand in Norway but visits Islington regularly,  told this paper of his disappointment that a sign at Highbury Pool warned that the deep end is two metres or 6ft 5in. In fact, two metres equals six feet and six and seven-tenths inches.
    But after the Tribune intervened, the pool’s manager promised to replace the sign as soon as possible. Prof Siegmund-Schultze said: “The conversion is wrong. Being 6ft 5in tall myself, I am all too painfully aware I’m almost two inches too short to reach the desired two metres. As a maths educator from Norway I’m concerned about the possible educational side-effects of swimming at Highbury Pool. I talked about it with the pool manager, who was very polite but apparently did not take me seriously.
    “We have the chance to match maths with practical examples and here they’ve done it wrong. I would like them to fix this sign.”
    Highbury Pool general manager Craig McIntyre said: “Well spotted. The sign has been up since 1984 and this is the first time it’s been brought to our attention. It will be replaced shortly.”

    Danny Morgan's family agony as trial delayed

    Danny Morgan

    Published: 29 January 2010

    News: Jam today and jam tomorrow, fears as Crossrail works begin

    Newman Street: Labour has called for an urgent review into the diversion of buse

    They have ignored our concerns over noise and pollution, say local people

    Published: 29 January 2010

    All-night booze complaints soar in Camden Town

    Councillor Kirsty Roberts

    Report looks at effects of new licences

    Published: 28 January 2010

    Banksy and Robbo's street art feud goes on, but are they just fishing for publicity?

    The artwork apparently left by Banksy and Robbo by Regent’s Canal

    As Banksy and Robbo exchange graffiti insults by canal, observers say it’s ‘all about fame’

    Published: 28 January 2010

    I will stay on, pledges Camden mayor Omar Faruque Ansari held in fraud probe

    Mayor Omar Faruque Ansari: ‘I want to continue to serve Camden’

    Lib Dem councillor pleads his innocence and attacks colleagues over ‘behind-closed-doors’ decision to suspend him

    Published: 28 January 2010


    Raymond Witch

    Friends say he was a victim of hospital beds shortage

    Published: 28 January 2010
    by TOM FOOT

    Hampstead car blaze drama – Bacchus Greek Taverna diners flee as minicab explodes

    Tula Kritharis outside her damaged restaurant

    A POPULAR Hampstead restaurant has been closed for five days after a car dramatically burst into flames in front of shocked diners on Saturday evening.

    Mela message! Bangladeshi community planning for ‘village fair’ at Regent's Park

    Organisers of this year’s Camden Mela at the Marchmont community centre

    PREPARATIONS for this year’s Bangladeshi Mela began when its organisers launched their annual appeal for support.

    Sister act – Big Brother pair Lady Sovereign and Katia Ivanova at the theatre

    Lady Sovereign, Pentameters founder Leonie Scott Matthews and Katia Ivanova

    GRIME rapper Lady Sovereign and her former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Katia Ivanova enjoyed the last night of hit play Bedtime Tales at Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead on Saturday night.

    Students tell of shock over ‘UCL bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

    Former University College London student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

    MOST people woke up on Boxing Day expecting to laze about on the couch, sleeping off the Christmas excesses and watching TV repeats and soaps.


    Mayor Faruque Ansari

    Published: Monday January 25, 2010


    THE Mayor of Camden, Councillor Omar Faruque Ansari, has been suspended from the Liberal Democrat group tonight (Monday) after he was arrested by benefit investigators.

    Council leader Keith Moffitt said he would remain suspended until "a serious investigation" was complete. It is understood Cllr Ansari was stopped at the Town Hall today and questioned by investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions at Holborn police station. He was released without any charges being brought. The investigation, however, is ongoing and Cllr Ansari has been bailed until March. The case does not relate to council funds. He denies any wrong-doing.

    Members of the Lib Dem group were brought together for a meeting by Cllr Moffitt at the Town Hall tonight, where it was decided to suspend Cllr Ansari. Officially, he remains the Mayor of Camden - the borough's first citizen - despite the suspension.

    Scotland Yard said tonight the matter was a case being investigated by the DWP. A spokesman said: "We can confirm a 55-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody at a central London police station. He was later bailed to return on a date in March.”

    Cllr Moffitt said in a statement tonight: "Councillor Omar Faruque Ansari has today been suspended as a member of  the Liberal Democrat Group on Camden Council pending the outcome of a serious investigation.  The decision was taken at a meeting of the Liberal Democrat Group held today and takes effect immediately. Cllr Ansari has been suspended in the light of allegations being investigated by the Department of Work and Pensions. The allegations are unrelated to his position on the council. I have no further comment to make at this stage."

    Cllr Ansari was voted in as Mayor last May. He has been on Camden Council since 2006 when he won a seat in Kentish Town ward.

    Conservative leader Councillor Andrew Marshall, whose party shares power with the Lib Dems at the Town Hall, said: "These are serious allegations and it would not be right to comment further given the ongoing investigation. In this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Benefit fraud is pernicious crime and all of us in public office have a duty to maintain the highest standards of probity."

    Woman hit by train dies despite dramatic rescue bid in Tufnell Park

    Air ambulance lands outside Tufnell Park Underground Station
    The scene outside Tufnell Park Tube

    THIS was the dramatic scene when a helicopter descended on a busy junction in Tufnell Park on Saturday afternoon.

    Car bursts into flames in Hampstead

    Fire in Hampstead
    Fire in Heath Street, Hampstead

    This is the dramatic moment a car burst into flames in Heath Street, Hampstead, on Saturday night. The blaze spread to two shopfronts and businesses were assessing the damage yesterday (Sunday).

    ‘Ban these dangerous Passage cyclists’

    Cllr Martin Klute: ‘It’s a footpath not a roadway’

    A RASH of new signs asking cyclists to take care when riding through Camden Passage in Islington has riled pedestrians.

    East End to West End – TV GP on stage

    Leonard Fenton in rehearsals for Plan D

    EASTENDERS star Leonard Fenton is returning to his stage roots at the age of 83 to star in a play about Palestinians fleeing the Israeli army in 1948. 


    REVEALED: Police admit non-enforcement policy on the roads

    MOTORISTS are regularly speeding on Islington’s 20mph limit roads, but police claim it is not their problem, the Tribune can reveal.

    MP Vince Cable waltzes in to tip Lib Dem victory

    Terry Stacy and Bridget Fox watch MP Vince Cable speaking yesterday

    Dancing shadow chancellor backs election challenge 

    IT WASN’T all economic doom and gloom when Lib Dem shadow chancellor Vince Cable came to Islington yesterday (Thursday), as the twinkle-toed MP revealed a desire to dance on ice.

    Clampers swoop twice in 24 hours

    Phyllis Edwards, right, with Oriel Hutchinson

    Apology demand from driver who claims she was targeted when correctly parked in bay

    FOR former company director Phyllis Edwards, it was the last straw when she was clamped twice in 24 hours, especially as she claims she was correctly parked.

    How our schools win... and lose

    Students at St Aloysius, Islington’s top-scoring school, celebrate GCSE success

    Comparison with neighbouring Camden gives Islington education a chequered report card

    WHAT is the best way to measure a school’s performance? 

    Pensioner robbed by ‘good samaritans’ who helped him onto bus

    CCTV images of women police want to interview

     Victim’s ‘independence and dignity’ taken away

    THE daughter of a disabled pensioner robbed by two women who helped him on a bus has revealed how they have “taken away his independence and dignity”.

    Fit for King’s – Painting on way to pub

    Melissa Scott-Miller's painting of the King’s Head

    A PAINTING of the outside of the King’s Head theatre by award-winning Barnsbury artist ­Melissa Scott-Miller is set to be presented to the pub in Upper Street.

    Medical medley to beat torture

    The European Doctors’ Orchestra

    DIARY wouldn’t want to go in for an operation to hear that the doctor was on a job-swap with the church organ player. 

    ‘Heiress’ Shahra Marsh told to pay back £400,000 booty

    Shahra Marsh and her ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of goods

    Woman created an ‘illusion of wealth’ to take goods

    A WOMAN who conned auctioneers and fashion houses into thinking she was a wealthy heiress before they handed over thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back £400,000.

    Sports are kicked out of St James’s Park

    The prestigious St James’s has been designated a no ball games area

    Green space with Royal neighbours brings in ban for ‘large games of football’

    FOR many Londoners there can be no better hangover cure than trudging down to the park on a Sunday morning, laying down some jumpers in the mud and having a kickabout.


    Tachbrook Street: scene of the stabbing

    Pupil ‘stable’ in hospital following lunchtime attack in street

    The headteacher of a Pimlico secondary school is calling for police to increase security patrols in the area after a 15-year-old pupil was stabbed in the back during his lunch-break. 

    The Rainbow House is a bright idea for parents

    Baby Harrison with parents Richard and Kelly, and brother Fletcher

    Charity offers accommodation for mums and dads with children at Great Ormond Street

     IT’S the stuff of nightmares. A life-threatening infection plunges your newborn baby boy into a critical condition.

    John Gulliver – Campaigning spirit of Avis Hutt will be sadly missed

    Avis Hutt and first husband Dr Ruscoe Clarke

    ONE of the most remarkable women I have known, Avis Hutt, has sadly died at the age of 92.

    Class act... Headteacher Martin Tissot meets Gordon Brown

    St George’s School head Martin Tissot with Mr Brown in Downing Street


    They say success opens doors, but you have to be in a different league of success to cross the threshold of Number 10.

    Ambassadors welcome the Archbishop – Rowan Williams takes afternoon tea

    Rowan Williams takes afternoon tea

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams dropped in on pupils from the Grey Coat Hospital school for afternoon tea this week.

    Parkour? Jump at chance!

    Sébastien Foucan

    IF your journey to work is getting you down, perhaps you should ­consider ditching the car, Tube or bike, and take up parkour.

    ‘Potent heroin’ killed rave musician Liam Maher

    Liam Maher, centre

    Flowered Up star’s family claim lack of care led to drug addict’s death after release from prison

    THE family of Flowered Up lead singer Liam Maher have called for more support for drug addicts leaving prison, following an inquest into his death.

    Homeless family are told they can’t go back to flat

    Rose Boateng with her children Deborah and Isaiah

    Mum and two children pay rent arrears – but their home sits empty

    A PREGNANT mother and her young children have been evicted from their home over unpaid rent even though they settled the bill on the day they were forced out.

    New Journal readers’ Hamper Appeal donations help boost luncheon clubs for the elderly

    ecky Chambers and cook Diana Bushell with Len Bridgeman and Tony Antoniads

    FOR some, it’s the offer of a healthy three-course meal at a price they can afford, while for others it’s about getting out of the house to meet friends. 

    All children should be able to walk to school, says Ed Balls...

    Linda Grove, Rachael Guan and baby Sebastian

    SCHOOLS secretary Ed Balls said yesterday (Wednesday) that parents were “quite right” to expect a school within walking distance of their homes as he gave his support for a new ­pri


    Scene of the shooting

    Youth worker hit by a bullet says police are failing area

     A YOUTH worker who was shot in the leg when he intervened in a row between a group of teenagers has warned that police must do more to stop violence.

    ‘The children were his top priority’

    Godfrey Ridler, who died in October

    NAUGHTY children feared his reprimands, but all respected his sense of fairness and love of teaching. 

    ‘Whacking great cuts?’ NHS set for cull of management

    Dr Mark Atkinson and Rupert Graves

     A BONFIRE of managers is planned as health bosses move to avert a massive funding crisis in the NHS.