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23rd April 2019

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    MP Frank Dobson appeals to minister to stop Town Hall sale

    Frank Dobson

    DEAR John, please can you stop Camden Council selling off parts of the Town Hall?

    Pirate Club’s leader, Giles Higgitt, was a real treasure

    Giles Higgitt was devoted to helping children

     Man who helped children at canal centre dies at 55

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a charity worker who was known by friends and colleagues as the “Mother Theresa of Camden Town” – a man who spent his life looking out for others. 

    Artist Caroline Dyott who set fire to her home is supported by neighbours

    Neighbours ­evacuated from their homes watch firefighters tackle the blaze

    AN artist who set fire to her own Primrose Hill flat was released from custody for the first time in three months yesterday (Wednesday).

    Link with social housing pioneers lost in switch of name to... Origin

    Party at St Mary’s Flats celebrating the Queen’s coronation on June 2 1953

    THE loss of a famous name in social housing has been lamented by Camden’s former top archivist. 

    Tory Chris Philp defends his bid to save stroke unit

    Tory councillor Chris Philp

     ‘Every minute makes a difference’, insists under-fire Conservative

    HE has been criticised as “misleading”, labelled “scurrilous”, “unfit for office” and even compared to a “Nazi storm-trooper” – but was Conserv

    Is St Luke’s Woodside Hospital the latest casualty of cutbacks in the health sector?

    St Luke’s Woodside Hospital, in Muswell Hill

     Fears over future of historic service as patients move out and wards are closed

    WHEN is a hospital not a hospital?

    It seems the answer, as anyone who has recently visited historic St Luke’s Hospital will tell you, is when it is mainly closed.

    Who’s been keeping an eye on opticians around Hampstead?

     Police play down opticians’ vulnerability, despite latest in spate of costly raids

     A LONE female shop worker was ordered out of the way by thieves when they entered a Hampstead opticians and made off with valuable sunglasses and glasses.

    ‘Let’s bring back the joy of reading’



    New Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne is set to champion the power of picturebooks<

    Green Party name Natalie Bennett as Holborn and St Pancras election candidate

    Natalie Bennett

    JOURNALIST Natalie Bennett has been named as the Green Party candidate in Holborn and St Pancras constituency for the general election.


    Schools show big exam improvements, but borough still bottom

    SCHOOLS in Islington remain rooted to the bottom of inner London league tables despite a dramatic improvement in exam results.

    Party on: Late night licence for City Arts and Music Project bar and restaurant at City Road, despite objections

    Producer and Secretsundaze creator James Priestley

    Residents insist music from trendy underground venue, open until 4am, will disturb area

    A CELEBRATED house DJ and his partners have won the right to open an arty bar and restaurant until 4am at weekends.

    Piano piece: St Giles’ oak - Giant Belgian tree placed at centre of £450m landmark St Giles redevelopment

    Giant Belgian Oak tree placed at centre of £450m landmark St Giles redevelopment

    THE £450m landmark redevelopment of St Giles’ Circus has passed another important milestone – a crane has placed a large Belgian oak tree at its centre.

    Ghost bar has its hours cut after shooting

    Councillors Marisha Ray, far left, and George Allan, far right, with residents

    Club became ‘hotspot for crime and violence’ after owner lost control, police tell hearing

    AN “out-of-control” bar has been stripped of its 24-hour licence after a man was shot inside the club just before Christmas.

    At 78, the Labour veteran, Pat Haynes, who relishes another polls scrap

    Ex-mayor Pat Haynes

    HE served as an Islington councillor in the 1970s alongside Jack Straw, in the years before the latter became a government minister.

    Cold comfort... It’s snow fun, but grit’s running low - Westminster struggles to cope with big freeze

    University College of London’s frisbee team make the most of the cold conditions

    PROP forwards whimpered in changing rooms, joggers stripped down for the treadmill and even the new craze for men’s tights couldn’t persuade footballers to venture outdoors.

    ‘Architectural vandalism’ threat to Northview estate with own village green

    Expert backs neighbours opposing plans for an extra storey above flats block

    PLANS for an extra storey, containing nine new flats, above a 1930s homes block in Tufnell Park have been describ­ed as “architectural vandalism” by angry neighbours.

    Cyclist Sayit Huseyin killed in accident on icy side street

    The junction where the tragic cycling accident took place. Inset: Sayit Huseyin

    A YOUTH worker has died after fracturing his skull in an accident while cycling in a Finsbury side street.

    Rare disease caused ‘tragic’ death of Mikel Nita

    Mikel Nita

    A YOUNG waiter from Holloway who died from heart failure after complaining of breathing difficulties had a rare and incurable disease, an inquest has heard.

    Art lovers’ private view of contemporary talent at The Millinery Works Gallery

    Gallery ­curator Paul Connatty with owners Brian Thompson and Derek Rothera

    A COLOURFUL display of 120 examples of British contemporary art, including works by Sir Peter Blake, a leading light in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, is presented by the Millinery Works Galler

    Life and loves of Victorian Soho clerk go online - Nathaniel Bryceson’s diary from 1846 to be serialised

    A page from the diary of Victorian clerk Nathaniel Bryceson that is now availabl

    THE private diary of a 19th-century Soho clerk is being serialised online more than 160 years after it was written.

    Defiant flower seller George Driver in pitch battle

    George Driver

    HE’S been a popular flower seller outside Essex Road rail station for almost half a century, with actress Cate Blanchett, singer Sade and fashion designer Katharine Hamnett among his customer

    Not a Bard start! Westminster Academy actors perform Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

    Westminster Academy students Matthew O’Connor-Reilly, as Romeo, and Einas Nair,

    ASPIRING actors from Westminster Academy performed in a professional venue for the first time this week with a 30-minute cut of Romeo and Juliet, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

    Journey from Blitz bombsite to Barnard Park

    The area after being bombed during the 1940s

    THE story of the lost streets of Barnsbury – flattened by Second World War bombs and later turned into the placid green square of Barnard Park – is being retold in a new exhibition.

    Mains event – Crouch Hill road floods

    Fountain of water from the street

    FIRST there were snowfalls... then this fountain of water.

    High hopes! Towers get go-ahead - Final part of £600m Paddington redevelopment approved

    An artist’s impression of how the new Paddington Central towers will look

    THE final part of the £600million redevelopment of Paddington, one of the largest urban projects in Europe, was given the go-ahead after the remaining office buildings were given ­plannin

    Woman in 'fight' at school staff party loses tribunal against sacking

    Carlton Primary School

    Pictured: Carlton Primary School in Gospel Oak was at the centre of two employment tribunal cases after staff claimed they had been unfairly sacked.

    Armed robbery staff terror at Haverstock Hill Starbucks café

    The Starbucks café in Haverstock Hill

    Raiders talk way in after closing time

    THREE female staff were handcuffed during an armed robbery at a Starbucks coffee shop on Monday evening.

    ‘Bring it on!’ Carlton Primary School’s Xmas party ‘violence’

    Jacquie Phelan

    Second employment tribunal follows ‘serious fight’

    THE headteacher of a Gospel Oak primary school yesterday (Wed­nesday) explained again why two members of staff were fired for “a violent and serious fight” at a Christmas party.

    Bird songs... Sketches that helped rock star’s, Edwyn Collins, recovery go on show

    Two of Mr Collins’s bird sketches that have helped his recovery

    THEY look like the kind of innocent drawings that might be found in an artist’s scrapbook, but behind these fragile pencil sketches lies a story of great strength and experience.

    Victim Ethel Hall dies but driver goes free

    Ethel Hall: before the accident she was very active, say relatives

    No witnesses or CCTV, so hit-and-run remains mystery

    THE family of a woman left for dead in a hit-and-run collision in Kentish Town days before her 95th birthday will never know the truth about what happened to her.

    That’s life – Esther Rantzen praises togetherness

    Esther with some of the people she met on Tuesday

    TELEVISION presenter Esther Rantzen has praised Camden’s work with troubled families.

    No grit and more snow is forecast

    Manual labour is the answer says council chief

    STOCKPILES of grit in Camden will “completely run out” tonight (Thursday) leading to worries about how the council will cope with another massive snow storm forecast for this weekend.

    £25m pool is bathed in light after revamp at Prince of Wales Baths

    The restored Willes Pool with its sky-lights

    ‘It will be like swimming in St Pancras station’: Roof is opened up at Prince of Wales Baths

    EVEN on a cloudy day, rays of bright light shower the Willes Pool at the Prince of Wales Baths.

    ‘They’re happy to shelve bookshops’

    Mohamed Ben-Madani outside his Maghreb book store in Bloomsbury

    Middle Eastern store boss ready to close Bloomsbury shop over ‘hassle’ from Town Hall

    A MIDDLE Eastern bookshop could be the next to close in Bloomsbury after its owner claimed Town Hall chiefs don’t care about small businesses.

    ‘Problems on Tube? Ah, um, crumbs, it’s honestly not my fault!’

    London Mayor Boris Johnson speaking to the public in West Hampstead

    Mayor Boris Johnson faces angry underground users over ongoing Jubilee Line delays

    LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson was harangued by Tube passengers furious about the sketchy weekend service on the Jubilee Line on Friday – but defiantly insisted: “It’s not my fault.&r

    Ken Loach to judge films on NHS

    Ken Loach

    AWARD-winning director Ken Loach and Dr Who actor David Morrissey will judge a short film competition about the NHS.

    ‘Peace’ course at City and Islington College

    Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC

    Leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, backs college’s decision to include multicultural diploma

    IS there a way to teach world peace?
    Marie Maurette, who wrote the framework for what is now known as the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) in 1948, was convinced there was.

    Tribute to Lasantha Wickrematunge, a journalist who died fighting for a free press

    Lasantha Wickrematunge – shot for exposing atrocities in Sri Lanka

    PROMINENT journalists, human rights lawyers and politicians gathered in Fitzrovia on Friday to recognise the importance of international press freedom.

    Michael Shew: ‘There’s more to the job than just teaching’

    Acland Burghley headteacher Michael Shew

    Health, safety, happiness: departing Acland Burghley headteacher spells out his formula for successful school

    GIVE him the chance to blow his own trumpet and Michael Shew is characteristically modest.

    Finger lickin’ in a Grade II-listed building in Farringdon Road

    Farringdon Road building earmarked for a KFC

    THE country’s poshest Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food restaurant could soon open in a Holborn building considered an architectural masterpiece.

    Chris Martin’s bid to build ‘security wall’

    Chris Martin

    POP star Chris Martin wants to build a three metre high metal fence between his back garden and his neighbours – because of fears that his home is not secure enough.

    EYEWITNESS: Richard Osley's view on Arsenal 2 Everton 2


    ARSENAL 2 EVERTON 2 Eyewitness report from the Emirates Stadium by RICHARD OSLEY

    Boris Johnson's impromptu coffee house speech - West Hampstead, Friday Jan 8

    Boris Johnson in West Hampstead

    London Mayor Boris Johnson delivered an impromptu speech in the Moments coffee bar in West Hampstead this morning (Friday). This is what he said:

    Boris Johnson: Sorry folks, I can't fix Jubilee Line quicker

    Boris Johnson addresses coffee drinkers at Moments espresso bar

    London Mayor Boris Johnson today (Friday) offered little hope that passengers who use the Jubilee Line will get their regular weekend service back anytime soon.

    Did dangerous drug (chlorpromazine) kill our son Harry Horne-Roberts?

    Harry Horne-Roberts with his father Keith

    Parents of talented autistic artist call for probe into his death from heart failure while in care

    THE parents of an autistic artist from Upper Holloway are demanding an inquiry after he died in his sleep of heart failure while in care.


    Sheila Best, John Stillwell, Shirley Pollaya and Annabelle Sharp

    All-night switch-on in cold spell thanks to Islington Tribune campaign

    THOUSANDS of tenants on Islington estates are to get 24-hour heating and hot water during the cold snap thanks to their plight being highlighted by the Tribune.

    MP Jeremy Corbyn warns: ‘Stop looking for a quick fix in Archway’

    Archway Tower

    Jeremy Corbyn says council must ‘work harder’ to revive area

    RUNNING bulldozers through Archway and starting again has been a fruitless plan for so long that Islington Council needs to stop waiting for a developer to show up like a knight in shining armour and

    Show goes on at Queen's Theatre! Pensioners back for free Les Miserables performance after blackout -

    Pensioners enjoyed a second council-sponsored visit to the theatre this week aft

    PENSIONERS enjoyed a second council-sponsored visit to the theatre this week after their first trip was cancelled because of a power cut.

    Restored Smith clock ‘in danger of vandals’ attack’

    Joe Trotter with the restored clock

    Ex-mayor welcomes spruce-up but fears loss of plinth will put landmark at risk

    FORMER Islington Mayor Joe Trotter is concerned that a recently-restored 100-year-old clock in Angel may not be vandal-proof.

    Saved: Union Chapel tower at risk of collapse

    Chapel welcomes £200,000 Town Hall grant towards cost of vital repairs

    EMERGENCY repairs needed to prevent the collapse of Union Chapel tower are to go ahead thanks to a £200,000 Town Hall grant.

    The End for The Mall sign

    The Mall sign

    CAMPAIGNERS have lost their fight to save The Mall sign in Camden Passage.

    Actor Rupert Graves joins campaigners in Arundel Square parking battle victory

    Actor Rupert Graves

    ACTOR Rupert Graves and film director Sharon Maguire are among residents and tenants celebrating victory in a row over parking in Holloway.

    Council scoops New Year’s Day parade prize for Wizard of Oz float

    The council’s float, celebrating the 70 years of the Wizard of Oz, scooped third

    THE council scooped third prize for its Wizard of Oz-themed float at the New Year’s Day parade.

    Grit shortage: Why are we the poor relation?

    Cllr Gary Doolan by Islington’s grit reserves

    As roads turn to ice, councillor accuses Town Hall of failing to prepare for chill

    THIS was Vale Royal Islington’s central council depot yesterday (Thursday) amid claims that there was only enough grit to last the borough just a few hours.

    Elderly stranded in Bemerton estate tower block for four days after lifts fail again

    Bemerton estate residents Gloria Johnson with Alf and Eileen Doyle

    Councillor joins angry residents in calling delay to repair lifts ‘unacceptable’

    FOR the second time in 12 months tenants, including sick pensioners and women with young children, were marooned at the top of a nine storey tower block for almost four days after lifts broke down on

    Honour for Mary Gibson, head with 40 years in classroom

    Head Mary Gibson with Yerbury Primary schoolchildren

    WHEN this school year ends, headteacher Mary Gibson will have been teaching in Islington for 40 years.

    Ultra-modern no-frills Trocadero hotel to revitalise Piccadilly Circus

    Artist’s impression of a ‘pod’ room

    A NEW hotel set to open in the Trocadero probably won’t find itself on the shortlist of host venues for the annual conference of claustrophobes.

    New Year Honours – Tenant Theresa Coyle became homes chief

    Theresa Coyle: ‘delighted’

    A COUNCIL tenant has been awarded the MBE for her voluntary work in housing.

    Ex-Leicester Square Odeon cinema boss Chris Hilton awarded MBE in Honours List

    Christopher Hilton

    THE New Year’s Day Honours List has showered accolades on a number of Westminster figures noted for their contributions to the arts, medicine, charity and broadcasting.

    Fairmead Road home raided by thieves posing as window cleaners

    POLICE have released e-fit images of two thieves who posed as window cleaners to trick their way into a woman’s home.

    Blunt message - Leap Confronting Conflict charity - Award for young campaigners against knife crime

    YOUNGSTERS have attended an awards ceremony to honour their work in educating peers about the perils of knife crime.

    Write off? A sad story as more Bloomsbury bookshops are closed

    Marchmont Bookshop could become a family home

    Stores disappear from area with literary reputation

    THE number of bookshops in Bloomsbury has more than halved from a peak of 30 just a few years ago.

    Celebrity’s big bedtime! Katia Ivanova promotes theatre production on TV

    Big Brother star Katia Ivanova in a publicity picture for Bedtime Tales

    HAVING millions of people watch you brush your teeth alongside Jordan’s cage-fighting boyfriend, bare your soul in the diary room or take part in bizarre challenges with Vinnie Jones may be a strange

    Gong for prostitutes’ ‘super nun’

    Sister Lynda Dearlove

    MBE for charity’s founder Sister Lynda Dearlove.

    IT has yet to fully shake off its reputation as a hangout for pushers and prostitutes, but the streets of King’s Cross are a safer place for all thanks to “super nun” Sister Lynda Dearlove.

    Back from brink, now Maribel Mendoza follows her nursing dream

    Inspiring story of woman with rare liver condition who was hours from death

    LYING unconscious on a life-support machine, Maribel Mendoza was unaware that doctors gave her just a few hours to live.

    ‘My pal was nowhere near as stern as Nowhere Boy film shows’ - Judith Simons defends Lennon's aunt Mimi in movie portrayal

    Judith Simons with the Beatles in 1964

    Former Beatles reporter who got to know Fab Four disputes portrayal of Lennon relative

    JOHN Lennon’s Aunt Mimi, the woman who gave the Beatle somewhere to live after his mother abandoned him, gets scathing treatment in a new movie.