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19th May 2019

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    Church saved as ‘health spa’ plans defeated

    St Mark’s Church

    Developer vows to appeal decision

    CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after a planning inspector rejected controversial proposals to transform a historic Grade I-listed church into a luxury health spa.

    Labour hail victory in by-election

    Patricia McAllister

    LABOUR is claiming ­a by-election victory in Queen’s Park on Thursday shows a major swing that will boost Karen Buck’s chances of winning her seat at the general election.

    ‘The council’s naked streets policy has stripped us of our customers’

    Sir Jonathan Miller labels removal of bus stops ‘mad’ and calls for rethink on traffic masterplan

    OPERA director Sir Jonathan Miller has called for the reinstatement of a “key” bus stop outside Inverness Street market after traders say its removal has cast doubt over the future of their businesses

    Distraught teenager’s plea for return of stolen artwork

    Sabrina (middle) with her mother Lucia and sister Melissa

    THE haul may have left the thief who stole the rucksack feeling that they might as well have not bothered, but for a distraught teenager this colourful bag and the collection of personal sketches insi

    Anger as tarmac is laid on top of the cobbles in historic Little Green Street

    Tarmac was laid in Little Green Street last week

    Council claims resurfacing is ‘temporary measure’ and not related to controversial plan

    IS this the beginning of the end of Kentish Town’s oldest street?

    Marjorie Vennall's centenary

    Fr David Houlding escorts Marjorie to the church

    SHE’S got a friend for every year of her life, and centenarian Marjorie Vennall was joined by them all on Saturday when she celebrated a hundred years living in Gospel Oak.

    Peace and goodwill? Haverstock School pupils perform war satire for festive show

    Students from Haverstock School in their traditional Pierrot costumes

    IT is not the obvious pick for a festive show – but producers of Haverstock School’s Christmas play wanted to do something a bit different this year.

    Parking wardens’ message: ‘do as we say, not as we do’

    The warden’s car parked on double lines on a corner

    CEO is ‘permitted’ to park wherever he wants as he issues tickets

    THEY clobber you as soon as your tyre tracks hit a yellow line – but as our pictures show, the rules are easier to bend if you are one of Camden’s own parking wardens.

    The ‘crazy’ Whittington A&E cutbacks

    Dr Iona Heath

    Renowned GP slams NHS plan to close vital Whittington A&E

    THE leader of Britain’s doctors has warned health bosses not to shut down a major casualty unit serving hundreds of thousands of Camden residents.

    John Gulliver - Hugh Dehn's Christmas cards

    A snowscene of Primrose Hill from one of Hugh Dehn’s Christmas cards

    As always, Hugh’s dreaming of a white Christmas

    AT about this time every year Hugh Dehn waits for the sky to darken and the snow to fall.

    Sheephaven Bay pub quiz raises huge donation for New Journal hamper fund

    Big cheque for the Hamper Appeal

    Pictured: Staff at the Sheephaven Bay hand over the giant cheque for the New Journal Christmas hamper appeal to assistant editor Tom Foot and reporter Josie Hinton.

    Music promoters grow closer to a 'Walk of Fame' for Camden Town

    Music promoters gear up for a Walk of Fame

    Pictured from left: Simon Pitkeathley of Camden Town Unlimited, Neil Chivers of LD Communications, Robert ­Rosenberg of Trinifold Management, film director Nick Mason, Pauline Carroll of NME, the Walk

    'Cocaine haul was hidden in rice steamer'

    Alan Murphy

    THE interception of a kilo of cocaine disguised in a rice steamer sent from Bolivia led to a man being jailed for 8 years today (Wednesday).

    New playground for Peckwater Estate in Kentish Town

    Peckwater Estate playground

    IT'S playtime in Kentish Town, with the opening of a new 'natural' play area designed specifically for 8 to 13 year olds.

    Meg Matthews grabs a SodaStream in Camden Town

    Meg Matthews got busy with the fizzy this afternoon (Wednesday) as she popped into the new SodaStream bar in Parkway, Camden Town.

    Police clash with protesters at trouble-hit London Metropolitan University

    Protest at LMU

    POLICE clashed with academics, staff and students of London Metropolitan University outside its headquarters in Moorgate yesterday (Tuesday).

    Here come the girls... just don't tell the opera purists that the Mediaeval Baebes are in town.

    Mediaeval Baebes in a publicity photo

    THEY'VE performed sell-out concerts all over the world and sold more than 450,000 records, the perfect answer to anybody who claims classical group, the Mediaeval Baebes, are only really known for the

    Tories launch unprecedented billboard campaign

    Chris Philp with his billboard

    Conservative parliamentary candidate Chris Philp has commissioned two billboards promoting his campaign in what is thought to be an unprecedented move to impress voters.

    Registrar who refused to carry out civil partnership ceremonies loses appeal

    By TOM FOOT from the High Court

    A CHRISTIAN marriage registrar Lillian Ladele who was threatened with the sack after she refused to “marry” gay couples has lost her appeal in the High Court.

    Lib Dems open new headquarters in Camden Town

    Jo Shaw and David Howarth cut the ribbon

    THE Liberal Democrats have set up a new office in Camden Town - and celebrated with a party last week.

    Open verdict in piano teacher inquest

    Julian Bray

    A PIANO teacher and tennis coach who struggled with depression drowned in the River Thames after going missing from his West Hampstead home, an inquest heard.

    Somali salute: MP praises women

    MP EMILY Thornberry met two Somali women’s groups at a celebration of the Eid al-Adha Festival on the Bemerton estate in Islington.

    Report attacks case for health centre closure

    Cllr Martin Klute

    £10m refurbishment figure ‘inflated’

    THE decision to close Finsbury Health Centre was based on “inaccurate and artificially inflated” refurbishment costs and would damage health care provision, a council report has found.

    Cyclists’ warning to Mayor Boris: ‘Stop dithering over road safety’

    Demonstrators in Holloway Road on Monday

    Party leaders join demonstrators demanding action at notorious accident black spot

    PARTY leaders from Islington Council joined dozens of demonstrators on Monday in a protest about a notorious accident black spot in Holloway Road, Highbury.

    University at risk: Governors resist calls for resignation in financial row

    Sir Michael Snyder

    Lecturers back government demands for board to step down amid fears of 500 job losses

    UNDER-FIRE governors at London Metropolitan University are refusing to obey calls from government bosses to quit – despite fears the stand-off could lead to its closure.

    Bid to trace brothers of man found dead

    Woman issues appeal after tragic lonely death of her ex-husband

    A WIDOW has launched a last-minute bid through the Tribune to track down her ex-husband’s long-lost brothers in time for his funeral next Friday.

    Help for disabled burglary victim, 9

    Bailey with mum Leyla

    Mum ‘touched by kindness’ after son watched masked raiders take games from bedroom

    THERE was a huge wave of sympathy and support this week for nine-year-old Bailey who watched in terror as masked youths ransacked his home.

    Save our hospital

    Tribune leads battle to block closure of Whittington A&E

    THE fight is on to Save Our Whittington.

    Festive funds Calendar raises trips cash

    Soho Parish School pupils Catia Catres, Kenny Harris and Iris Watson with their

    CHILDREN at Soho Parish School have created a giant advent calendar they hope will help them to raise money for school trips to the countryside.

    Up your street! Traffic boost for shops

    The traffic-free day

    IT’S Oxford Street as you’ve never seen it before.

    Celebrity chefs in Soup Kitchen

    Soup Kitchen director Miranda Suit, in the front with, from left, Jacob Kennedy,

    CELEBRITY chefs who usually tickle the tastebuds of City bankers did their bit for London’s homeless this week.

    Blacked-up student party ‘racist’

    Partying LSE students dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners with some of them “bla

    Students who dressed up as prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and “blacked-up” their faces for a Christmas party have been accused of racism.

    ‘Go to hell!’ Peace carols under fire

    Zionist Federation and Council for Christians and Jews outside the church

    Protests against church service opposing Israeli policy towards Palestine

    THE rector of a West End church was warned he would “go to hell” in a series of hate emails sent in the build-up to a controversial carol singing concert.

    Probe into ‘targets’ on parking

    Parking supremo: Kevin Goad

    City Hall to investigate department after our ticketing revelations

    THE West End Extra’s revelations about unrest in Westminster’s parking department and concerns that wardens are given targets for the number of tickets they issue has helped fuel an unprecedented inve

    The Xtra Diary

    Amy Tyler: ‘I try to recycle as much as possible and I used the items we recycle

    Amy puts art into recycling

    THE side of a bin van might not be your first choice for hanging your artwork, but tell that to eco-dauber Amy Tyler.

    St Christopher's Place Christmas shopping - Unknown village turns ‘destination’ sensation

    Christmas lights shine in St Christopher’s Place

    The ‘hovel’ area that once had taxi drivers stumped is now a cosy corner of the West End in which cafes, restaurants and boutiques abound, writes Jamie Welham

    HOW things have changed.

    Health news - Being allergy aware could save your life

    Kirsten Greenwood with Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire

    With the season for snacking just around the corner, allergy sufferers must be extra vigilant.

    FROM brandy-soaked puddings to bread sauce, the festive feast is all about tucking into some tasty treats and a bit of experimental cooking.
    But what’s that lurking in your stuffing?

    John Gulliver - Marjorie: roll on the next century

    Marjorie Vennell celebrates her century

    Marjorie: roll on the next century

    MARJORIE Vennell’s amazing life of 100 years spans the history of Gospel Oak, because that’s where she has lived all her life.

    Feline the pressure – Animal centres facing cats crisis

    Ocean Querelle with his new cats Vinny and Mr Winterbottom

    ANIMAL rescue homes have warned they are in the middle of a “cat crisis” after a surge in the numbers being abandoned.

    In need of a lift – Disabled woman suffers two falls on stairs

    Dawn Moir, third from right, with fellow Fortress Road residents

    A DISABLED woman who has twice fallen down the stairs of her Kentish Town block has branded her housing association landlord “incompetent” for failing to fix a broken lift.

    Protests at far-right Euro party’s meeting in pub

    Scene outside the pub

    A LANDLORD has defended his decision to allow members of a far-right group to meet in his Kentish Town pub.

    Kathleen, 96, discovers she’s a Wiz at dramatics

    96-year-old Kathleen Falciola as Toto at Dick Collins Hall

    It seemed like fun so I joined in, says great-gran

    THEY say life begins at... 90? Or so it seems for 96-year-old Kathleen Falciola, who bounded around the stage as Dorothy’s faithful dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz on Friday.

    Dynamite helps youth scheme’s explosive start

    From left, Charles Browne, Andy Abraham, Leo Childs and Ms Dynamite

    POP star Ms Dynamite has played gigs in some of the biggest and best-known venues around the world, but on Saturday she was back in her old neighbourhood and singing on a slightly smaller stage – the

    Plans for Highgate mansion rejected

    Witanhurst House

    Future of Witanhurst House unclear as Town Hall dismisses owners’ planning application

    THE future of the second biggest private home in London was thrown in to doubt on Thursday night when the Town Hall’s planning committee dismissed an application for a massive building project at High

    ‘Get out of the kitchen!’

    Man tells council workmen to leave after ‘Decent Homes’ ordeal

    HOUSING bosses say 96.6 per cent of tenants are delighted with a refurbishment programme delivering new kitchens and bathrooms to council homes – so the residents of one Kentish Town street must just

    Answering the call! Landlords support our hamper appeal at Oxford Arms’ annual quiz night

    IF you think you know the answer to this question: What’s the common word for “Ipsation,” then you should have been at the Oxford Arms pub in Camden Town on Monday.

    Crane death £1m compensation bid

    Michelle O’Donoghue

    Partner of man tragically crushed to death on a building site launches High Court action

    THE fiancée of the carpenter crushed to death on a Hampstead building site has launched a £1million High Court compensation bid.

    Research centre hailed as ‘cathedral of science’

    First view of £520m project but concerns about safety remain

    ITS architect has called it a “cathedral of science”, and a Nobel laureate believes it will “safeguard the health of generations to come”.

    ‘As long as I can walk you’ll find me on the Heath. It’s my kind of heaven’

    Martin Humphery recalls four decades struggling to protect Hampstead’s crowning glory

    HAMPSTEAD’S greatest defender Martin Humphery recently celebrated his 80th birthday on safari in Africa.

    Star turns for young stagers

    Lauran Leslie, Lily-Morgan Clarke, Livia Marsoni and Francesca Peruso

    IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere New Journal photographers and reporters go.

    Trees decorated in ‘primary’ colours – Schoolchildren bring festive cheer to Waterlow Park

    Year 4 pupils from Christ Church

    MAGICAL mobiles, woven baskets and rainbow-coloured lanterns were among the festive decorations suspended from trees in Waterlow Park by schoolchildren last week.

    Heart defect killed healthy student

    Tom Reid on the last day of his life, photographed by his parents

    Family calls for screening to detect little-known condition that claims 12 young lives a week

    DEVASTATED parents who lost their son to a sudden heart defect just hours after they left him to settle into university life have called for greater awareness of the killer condition.

    Towering ambition lets people down

    Could this be replaced by a block up to 26 storeys high?

    Why would the council want to spend millions kitting out new swanky new offices, asks Jonathan Simpson

    In a busy area like King’s Cross most people seem more intent on getting to their destination rather than appreciating local buildings and heritage.

    Semi-final Saturday – Nationals date for Darren and Mourad

    Mourad Boudjemaa

    TWO top boxing clubs will be represented in the semi-finals of the National Senior Novice Championships on Saturday.

    Sparkling displays – Gymnasts shine

    Helena, left, and Nadia

    GIRLS from Camden Gymnastics Club are being tipped to shine next year after striking gold in their season’s final competitive outing.

    Butterfly brilliance helps Devon to seven golds

    Butterfly effect: Devon Robins powers home

    SPEEDSTER Devon Robins was in outstanding form at the weekend as she collected the cup for best female junior and open swimmer at the Middlesex Winter Championships.

    The Hill fire win in title challenge

    Title tilt thrillers: Belsize Park under-11s who edged Harbour 6-4

    Camden & Islington Youth League

    YOUNGSTERS from Primrose Hill Football Club continue to go from strength-to-strength in the Under-9s North Division.

    Thunderbolt Sam’s day!

    Mostyn FC

    Camden Sunday League
    Challenge Cup

    THERE are just eight teams left battling it out for our prestigious Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup.

    Arsenal ready to face big guns

    Arsenal FC

    Gunners prepare to meet European giants despite losing their unbeaten record

    Champions League
    Olympiakos 1, Arsenal 0

    THE Gunners could be handed a tough draw in the knockout stages of the Champions League despite topping their group.