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23rd April 2019

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    Holly Bush pub is sold, but major changes barred!

    Holly Bush

    IT has an illustrious history, once ­hosting art lectures by Constable, gas-lit debates on the uses of his invention by the father of electricity Michael Faraday, and even the first public meeting in


    How the New Journal reported the story in the late 1990s. Inset: Anthony Nolan

    Mystery death of man jailed for street shooting

    THE secrets behind two of Camden’s most cold-blooded murders may never be known after a man convicted of one of the shootings died in prison.

    Twins set to bridge the great divide

    THERE are nearly 6,000 miles between them – but two schools on opposite sides of the world are determined to bridge the gap.

    Tapping in to ‘taphnophobia’

    Anton Wiertz’s nightmare painting ‘The Premature Burial’ 1854

    The Victorian fear of being buried alive opens new lecture series

    THE crooked Parish Warden had watched the countess’s body being carried into the mausoleum.

    Akmal Shaikh execution prompts calls for inquest

    Akbar Shaikh

    THE brother of the former Kentish Town minicab firm boss executed in China for drug running has said an inquest is the only way to get answers to the “terrible mysteries” surrounding his death.

    Newborn! Kyra arrives along with New Year

    Kyra Sherese Thomas and mum Moureen Msubuga

    MEET Kyra Sherese Thomas, who arrived with the new decade in the early hours of New Year’s Day at the Whittington Hospital.

    Shows over? Pub crisis puts Lion and Unicorn theatre group under threat

    Ray Shell, Edward Kingham, Nick Field and Andrea Hooymans

    A PUB theatre could face the final curtain after the company which owns the building went into administration.

    Health news: Royal Free claim heart disease breakthrough

    Professor George Hamilton with the new artificial artery

    High-tech artificial artery set for trial in bid to beat condition that kills hundreds every year

    EXPERTS at the Royal Free Hospital believe they are winning the fight against Camden’s biggest killer.

    Snow in Camden: How was it for you?

    Snow kids

    Pictured: Honey and Lola Gould, two year old twins, take a stroll in the snow in Highgate Newtown this morning.


    Headteacher Michael Shew to leave Acland Burghley

    Michael Shew

    THE headteacher at one of Camden's biggest secondary schools is to leave the job after eight years in charge.

    Snow chaos - or is icy weather a great white hype?

    Camden Lock gets an icy new look

    Pictured: Camden Lock gets an icy new look this morning as the waters begin to freeze over

    'Extraordinary turnaround' in performance of St Michael's School in Camden Town

    Staff and students at St Michael's


    A PRIMARY school has enjoyed an “extraordinary turnaround” after jumping from a poor set of inspection scores four years to a top Ofsted report.

    Camden braces itself for another round of heavy snow

    Camden Lock last February

    RESIDENTS will be encouraged to grit their own driveways if the pavements turn icy following another round of heavy snowfall expected this evening (Tuesday).

    Babyshambles line up Koko gig


    PETE Doherty's band, Babyshambles, have confirmed they will play Koko in Camden Town as part of the annual Shockwaves NME Awards shows next month.

    EYEWITNESS: Dan Carrier's view on Tottenham Hotspur 4 Peterborough United 0


    FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur 4 Peterborough United 0

    Eyewitness report by DAN CARRIER at White Hart Lane


    Akmal Shaikh was executed in China on Tuesday

    Dobson under fire from Hong Kong-born election rival George Lee

    THE execution of Akmal Shaikh – the Kentish Town minicab driver caught with a suitcase of heroin in China – has sparked a fractious row in the south of the borough between election rivals.

    Bravo and cheers for our young show stars

    Fitzjohns youngsters Seyi Omashebi, 5, Xavier Chaudhary, 7, Alexandra Usher, 6,

    THAT’S it folks! Primary school­children from across Camden have brought the curtain down on another magical season of shows.

    Tenants turn up the heat on homes agency

    Complaints: estate residents, from left, Betty Knight, Ray Whatley, Thomas Coope

    Estate heating blast for agency

    A MOVE to turn off heating and hot water at midnight on a Finsbury estate has been halted amid fears for the health of the sick and elderly.

    Right royal feast Former Buck House chef serves up party treats

     John Mavrides with George Hussein.

    A FORMER chef to the Queen provided the tasty buffet for the Town Hall’s Christmas party.

    Inspirational headteacher is rewarded with an OBE

    Mary Gibson

    Honours list features designer, director and penal reformer

    THE headteacher of one of the borough’s best primary schools has been handed a gong in the New Year Honours List.


    Lisa Copp: ‘It’s such a relief’!

    Fines totalling £360 are quashed after the Tribune intervenes

    HEARTLESS traffic wardens dished out five parking tickets to a crash victim close to the scene of an accident in Islington.

    Cool dip! Swimmers brave cold

    Highgate Pond all-comer swimmers brave the Christmas Day conditions.

    IT was a case of keeping the silverware in the family at the Highgate Men’s Pond Christmas Day swim.

    Festive shows score a big hit

    Children from Duncombe Primary in Sussex Way (above) put on their glittering sho

    CHILDREN from four of the borough’s primary schools showed that with a little tinsel and imagination traditional Nativity shows can be a big hit with parents.

    Tears of joy as hampers sent by you go to needy

    90-year-old Alf Ledwith receives one of the New Journal hampers from Santa

    New Journal Santas deliver festive goodies across borough – all thanks to readers’ generosity

    IT is the most heart-warming story we have printed this decade – and thanks to the generosity of our readers we have been able to publish it again and again and again.

    Disabled Town Hall staff face seats scramble

    Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate Adrian Berrill-Cox

    Report reveals effects of ‘hot-desking’

    DISABLED staff had to race to work in an early morning “scramble” for seats after “hot-desking” was introduced at the Town Hall, a report seen by the Tribune reveals.

    Masts without permission ‘sends out the wrong signal’

    The group of four phone masts that appeared on the roof of a property in Islingt

    FOUR mobile phone masts which suddenly appeared on the roof of a house close to Barnsbury conservation area have sparked outrage among residents.

    Poetic justice - Home of Romantic couple marked with blue plaque

     The relationship between heavyweight literary couple Mary and Percy Bysshe Shel

    IT is one of the most captivating and unconventional love stories of the Romantic era.

    Cyclist killed by dustcart in ‘bike box’

    Maria Fernandez: a ‘competent’ cyclist

    A CYCLIST was killed when a dustcart driver lost sight of her in a blindspot after failing to stop his vehicle “in the right place” at a junction, an inquest has heard.

    Camden Town at centre of graffiti war

    King Robbo vs Banksy in Camden Town

    Pictured: The canalside scene after Robbo reportedly hit back against Banksy

    Akmal Shaikh: Relatives claim Britain is 'powerless' in the world

    Akmal Shaikh

    Two cousins of Akmal Shaikh have written to The Guardian newspaper complaining that his case did not get enough media attention as relatives desperately campaigned to win him a reprieve.

    London Town Crier Peter Moore dies at 70

    London Town Crier Peter Moore

    London's town crier, Peter Moore, a familiar face at events in Covent Garden, has died aged 70.

    Martha Wainwright praises UCLH for saving her premature baby boy

    Martha Wainwright at UCLH

    Pictured: Martha Wainwright, husband Bradley and son Arcangelo at UCLH

    Akmal Shaikh is executed in China

    Akmal Shaikh

    Akmal Shaikh - the former Kentish Town minicab driver convicted of drug smuggling in China - was executed in the early hours by lethal injection.

    EYEWITNESS: Dan Carrier's view on Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham Utd 0


    Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham United 0

    Eyewitness report from DAN CARRIER at WHITE HART LANE

    EYEWITNESS: Richard Osley's view on Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 0


    Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 0

    Eyewitness report by Richard Osley at the Emirates Stadium

    Hampers bring Christmas cheer!

    The New Journal’s Santa drops in on 91-year-old Elizabeth Smith

    CAMDEN was full of festive cheer on Tuesday and Wednesday as the New Journal went out and delivered Christmas hampers to the borough’s most deserving residents – and it was all thanks to our generous

    Sitting Santa Seen him before?

    Santa with the Year One C class at Argyle Primary

    HO Ho Ho... here’s a man known for his famous white whiskers and who definitely knows the Holborn and St Pancras area like the back of his hand.

    Canal Banksy Artist targets summit failure through his new piece

    The slogan painted on a wall alongside Regent’s Canal

    HAS Banksy been inspired by Santa’s unconventional transport arrangements?

    Campaigners’ clinic victory

    The health centre in Hampstead Road

    Private firm negotiations 'terminated'

    CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after health chiefs “terminated negotiations” with a private company they had wanted to a run flagship clinic.

    ‘Arson’ blaze drama at flats

    The Agar Grove flats where one resident was left hanging from a window ledge.

    Fire Brigade launch investigation after residents are forced to flee from flames

    FIREFIGHTERS rescued a man hanging by his fingertips from a window ledge 20 feet from the ground following a suspected arson attack in a Camden Town block of flats.


    Camden Town Hall

    Man accused of taking taxpayers’ cash is cleared of fraud

    TOWN Hall officials have admitted they do not know who stole nearly half a million pounds of taxpayers’ money after the man accused of the scam was cleared by a jury.

    Age-old story inspires a host of new themes

    Laycock Primary school teachers Aaron Blythe, Mark Dally and Emma Driver

    CUDDLY sheep, fluffy ducks and sparkly angels, there was room for everyone at Islington primary schools’ Nativ­ity and Christmas plays this year.

    New Basin makes splash!

    Visitors enjoy the festivities at the new City Road Basin

    Neglected area opened up to public for festive party as part of redevelopment

    CITY Road Basin, a neglected backwater which for years has been virtually inaccessible, opened to the public for the first time on Sunday.

    Kaya, 23, set to stand for Labour in elections

    Kaya Makarau Schwartz

    WITH a Jewish mother and a Zimbabwean father, Kaya Makarau Schwartz believes she may have the perfect credentials to stand for Labour in the local elections in Archway’s multi-cultural Junction ward.

    Smaller shops deliver blow to supermarkets

    Marisa Leaf is helping small shops in Islington through a home delivery service

    Former barrister to launch home service across borough as more stores sign up for scheme

    A FORMER barrister who set up a home delivery service to support Highbury’s struggling small shops has been so successful that she has rolled out the scheme across the borough.

    Who’s a pretty parrot fish then? Forget turkey, try this 3ft treat

    Paul Christodoulou and his father Andreas with the parrot fish.

    MEET Pretty Polly, the parrot fish who has been making waves at Paul Christodoulou’s fishmonger’s shop in Holloway this week.

    Turf-war shooting closes nightclub for party season

    Cllr Stefan Kasprzyk: “grave concerns”

    Neighbours greet Ghost shutdown as police fear gang takeover

    FESTIVE parties have been cancelled at a Farringdon nightclub after the owner lost an appeal against a police decision to shut it down following a shooting.

    Old Bailey told how father killed drug dealer with axe 'to stop baby-trafficking racket'

    James Pounal

    Pictured: James Pounal, who was found bludgeoned to death

    A DISTRAUGHT father turned killer to halt a sickening baby trafficking racket, a court was told this week.

    Prime Minister appeals for Kentish Town man to be spared death penalty in China

    Akmal Shaikh

    Downing Street has confirmed that Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken to the Chinese government over the fate of a Kentish Town man facing the death penalty.

    Appointments cancelled as power cut hits Royal Free

    Royal Free

    THE Royal Free Hospital says its up and running again after an electrical fault cut off part of the Hampstead hospital's power and caused a shutdown on Tuesday.

    Snow cloaks Islington

    There was heavy snowfall in north London this evening (Tuesday) as the odds on a white Christmas were slashed. Large snowflakes settled on the ground across Islington.

    Snow cloaks Camden

    Snow falls in Camden Town

    Heavy snowfall across north London turned Camden into a picturesque Christmas card scene on Tuesday night - but there were complaints this morning (Wednesday) that ungritted roads and pavements had le

    Christmas 2009: Snow pictures

    Essex Road
    Essex Road 2
    Cummings Estate
    Marquess Estate

    1. Essex Road, Islington.. Sent in by Councillor Lucy Watt
    2. Essex Road, Islington.. Sent in by Councillor Lucy Watt
    3. Cummings Estate, Islington.. Sent in by Councillor Lucy Watt

    Council urges residents to recycle Christmas trees

    Chris Knight gets Christmassy at the Town Hall

    Here's a not so silent Knight... Environment chief Councillor Chris Knight poses at the Town Hall with all the things you can recycle after Christmas, even the traditional tree behind him.

    Battle over British Museum extension: Objectors vow to fight on as scheme gets green light

    Plans for new extension at British Museum

    Pictured: How the new extension will look

    THE decision to allow the British Museum to build a £135 million extension must be subject to a public inquiry, furious conservation groups say.

    Shelley tribute goes up in Marchmont Street

    A blue plaque celebrating the former home of poet Percy Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, was unveiled in Marchmont Street, King's Cross, on Saturday.

    Provocateur producer found dead by friend

    Joe Corre, Luca Mainardi, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McClaren

    Man found hanging in flat after argument about money

    THE founder of saucy underwear brand Agent Provocateur found his business partner hanging in his Finsbury flat hours after the pair had an argument about money.

    Flats blaze kills two children

    Police and a fire fighter outside the block

    Family’s tributes to ‘beautiful’ siblings who died after fire in home

    FAMILY members have paid tribute to a five-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother who died when a fire broke out in their flat in Lisson Grove.
    Farah Rashid and Mohammed Rashid died on Thursday.

    Governors forced out by student and staff revolt

    Both students and staff demanded the board quit over the financial scandal

    Dramatic scenes as bungling board quits to cries of ‘shame on you’

    THE board of governors at London Metropolitan University have dramatically quit following a storm of protest.

    Heart attack patients ‘face rush-hour hazard’

    David Collins: ‘too much is at stake’

    A PATIENT at Whittington Hospital has warned that closing its accident and emergency department would mean longer journeys in traffic-clogged road to alternative casualty units, writes Tom Foot.

    Hundreds queue in bid to give vicar’s wife the gift of life

    Rachel with her husband, Andrew, and daughters Harriet and Charlotte

    Family overwhelmed by ‘amazing’ response to appeal they hope will find a life-saving donor

    HUNDREDS passed through the doors of a Clerkenwell church on Wednesday to see if they could help the vicar’s wife by donating bone marrow.

    Bailey’s all smiles after raid terror

    Bailey and mum Leyla (centre), with Sony’s David Wilson and Crissie Bushell

    Big-hearted firm gifts new PlayStation to overjoyed schoolboy

    A BOY in a wheelchair who watched in terror as masked thieves stole his beloved PlayStation when they barged into his Angel home can now look forward to his best Christmas ever.

    Courting new business as justice makes way for luxury apartments

    The ‘super court’ site in Marylebone: luxury homes will now be built at Horsefer

    Schemes for 144 new flats win go-ahead for historic city magistrates’ site

    CITY of Westminster Magistrates’ Court is set to be turned into a luxury housing development.

    Nightclub shut down following shooting

    The Ghost nightclub

    Published: 18 December 2010

    ‘These seagulls are a menace! Why can’t we just shoot them?’

    Residents’ fury as hawk fails to rid market menace

    BEWARE of the seagulls!

    Can’t we have real art on the streets?

    Stephen Bayley and the ‘witless dross’

    Top cultural critic brands Carnaby Street reindeer decoration ‘a national embarrassment’

    IF you’ve taken a walk along Carnaby Street recently and looked skywards to see a giant neon pink inflatable reindeer, it’s not unlikely you were struck with the same burning “what a load of modern to

    Fiddling on the roof – Scout drama cast ensure dry run

    Actors fixing the King’s Head roof

    ACTORS playing scouts have taken inspiration from their characters by “doing their best” to fix the roof at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre.

    Cost of trying to cut home fuel bills: £400 admin fee

    Natalie Webb and husband Rafal

    Couple hit with legal fee after fitting double-glazing to make their flat more energy efficient

    ISLINGTON’S green credentials took a major hammering this week after a couple who installed energy-saving double-glazing were charged a £400 administrative fee.

    Faulty cameras fail to capture flats death fall

    Flats where Mr Gordon fell. Inset: Bruce Gordon

    Lack of footage hinders police probe

    CCTV cameras which would have provided vital clues for police investigating how a construction worker fell to his death from a Highbury balcony had not been working for three years, the Tribune can re