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    Camden Council leader publishes secret study into health funding plan

    Sarah Hayward

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A SECRET study into what health and social care services will be funded in the future has been leaked – by the leader of Camden Council.

    Suggs and Paul Weller make surprise appearance at Camden Town pub

    Paul Weller, Peggy Conlon and Suggs

    Published: 2 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    PUNTERS at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town were today (Wednesday) treated to a surprise visit from stars of two of Britain’s biggest bands.

    Man accused of murdering wife searched internet for 'most painful place to stab someone', Old Bailey told

    Maria Mbombo

    Maria Mbombo died in May

    Published: 1 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A MINICAB driver allegedly used the Internet to search for the "most painful place to stab someone" on the day he stabbed his wife to death. 

    The funk of forty thousand years! Thriller flashmob lights up King's Cross for Halloween

    Published: 1 November, 2016
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    DANCERS surprised passers-by in King's Cross last night (Monday) with a Halloween flashmob and the famous moves from Michael Jackson's Thriller video.

    WATCH: Police reveal footage of man being strangled in Hampstead street as masked robbers steal watch

    Police are hunting two masked attackers

    Published: 1 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE have released footage of the moment a man is strangled on a Hampstead street during a robbery. 

    How to get the best sale price for your house

    London Houses

    Home sales are a tricky business. The seller wants to make sure their house goes for a high price to maximise revenue, while the buyer wants to negotiate a good deal. If you’re selling as part of a move, then you’ll be involved in both parts of the equation – buying low and selling high.

    To keep both sides happy, here are some tips on how to boost your property value:

    Be prepared

    Ms Dynamite sees paving stone laid in her honour unveiled at performing arts college

    Ms Dynamite at WAC in Belsize Park this morning (Monday)

    Published: 31 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    SINGER and producer Ms Dynamite returned to her old performing arts college in Belsize Park this morning to unveil a paving stone in her honour.

    We deliver your Name That Island! suggestions to Hampstead Heath managers

    The New Journal hand in the package of ideas to name a new island at the Boating Pond on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 31 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE New Journal kept its pledge to deliver your suggestions for naming a new island on the Highgate boating pond to the managers of Hampstead Heath.

    We'll name secret property investors, say campaigners fighting for Black Cap to be re-opened

    Black Cap

    The Black Cap closed 18 months ago

    Published: 31 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    FORMER customers of the Black Cap have said they will publish the names of foreign investors who have bankrolled the firm responsible for closing the landmark gay bar if it is not re-opened.

    Teacher left with plate in his eye socket after assault at King's Cross pub

    CCTV release: The man police want to speak to

    Published: 29 October, 2016
    By KOOS COUVÉE

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a teacher and his wife were assaulted in a King's Cross pub leaving the man with a titanium plate fitted to his eye socket.

    Our hamper Appeal can make it a Christmas to remember - and you can help make sure nobody gets left out

    Published: 24 November, 2016

    AS the nights draw in and November winds strip autumn leaves from the trees, thoughts naturally turn to Christmas cheer.

    Please sir, can we have some more? Families rail at portion sizes in new 'gourmet' school dinners

    Angela Mason said pupils get as many vegetables they want at lunch-time

    Published: 28 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    ANGRY parents claim their children are being sold short by Camden primary schools’ new “gourmet” lunches, criticised for being too expensive and served up in stingy portions.

    Bong squad start first raids in Camden Town as crackdown on drug paraphernalia begins

    Officers say they will confiscate drug-taking paraphernlia in a bid to change Camden Town's reputation

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE seized bagloads of bongs and smoking papers in a raid on a market stall – the first wave of an operation that they hope will end Camden Town’s reputation as a go-to area for drug

    Fears for Camden's local history archives if flats scheme at Holborn Library is expanded

    How the library in Holborn could look if a redevelopment scheme is approved

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE Town Hall has been accused of putting profits before the history of the borough with plans to shrink the archive collection at Holborn Library to make way for more flats on the site.

    New public sports hall planned for King's Cross redevelopment site

    Artist's drawings of how the sports centre will look

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW sports hall and centre for training building apprentices has been designed for the King’s Cross railway lands development.

    Starbucks make fresh bid to move into Kentish Town with appeal against planning rejection

    A planning inspector has been asked to approve a new branch of Starbucks close to Kentish Town

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    GLOBAL coffee chain Starbucks has launched a fresh bid to move into Kentish Town by lodging an appeal against Camden Council’s refusal to let it open a new branch in an old convenience store.

    Finchley Road Fire, one year on: Families still searching for answers

    25 people were made homeless in one of the worst fires in London's last year

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said last night (Wednesday) that it is “totally unacceptable” that victims of the Finchley Road fire are still waiting for answers on the first ann

    Council leader Sarah Hayward: Giving homes to Syrian refugees will not tip us over the edge

    Council leader Sarah Hayward said Camden will take in ten unaccompanied children from the 'Jungle' camp in Calais

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TOWN Hall leader Sarah Hayward said this week housing refugees in Camden would not “tip us over the edge” as the council prepared to take in children from the ­“Jungle”

    'Half of Camden's pharmacies could close' due to funding cuts

    Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq met Camden pharmacists to discuss their funding concerns at Portcullis House on Monday evening

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    HALF of Camden’s pharmacies are at risk of closing due to cuts to health grants, chemists have warned.

    Princess Diana street art appears (and then disappears) in Camden Town

    Princess Diana street art appears (and then disappears) in Camden Town

    The image which appeared in Castlehaven Road (Pic: Robert Boyle)

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A PIXILATED image of Princess Diana made up of tiny black dots on a huge splash of white paint appeared briefly on a wall in Kentish Town.

    Hostel place for ex-serviceman found by CNJ living in a bin room

    Raymond Charles

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A FORMER serviceman living in an estate bin room with his cat after being evicted from his home of 20 years has been found a hostel bed.

    Trade union chief shows off artwork at new Hampstead exhibition

    Pictured outside the Shamineh’s gallery are artists Moschos Efthymios, Antonia Moore, gallery manager Frida Shamineh, Don Avery, Lee Huxley and Dennis McNulty

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A TRADE union chief who could not walk, read or write until secondary school is among a group of unlikely artists whose work is on display in Hampstead.

    We want our pub back, say regulars as the Carpenters Arms is boarded up

    The Carpenter's Arms in King's Cross

    Published; 27 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A COMMUNITY pub stands boarded up as a property developer prepares­ to turn the upper floors into private flats, leaving regulars fearing that it will never be the same again.

    Roof terrace homes development will still overshadow West Hampstead, objectors claim

    West Hampstead

    An artist's impression of how the flats blocks in West End Lane will look

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    CAMPAIGNERS who fear blocks of flats planned for West Hampstead will overshadow neighbouring homes have said that adding a private roof terrace to the scheme “adds insult to injury”.

    Police in Hampstead vow to 'curtail activity' of megaphone man

    Danny Shine is known across north London for appearing with his loud hailer

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    IN Camden Town, a man with a megaphone railing against the world’s social ills is often seen as the norm rather than a rarity.

    Long or short sleeves? Arsenal challenged over 'performance-enhancing undergarments'

    Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club has kept its 'captain decides' tradition over sleeve length

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    IT is a treasured tradition at Arsenal which home fans have come to regard as a touch of sartorial class: Before each match the captain of the day chooses whether the team will uniformly run out in

    Childminders saluted at awards set up to celebrate their contribution to childcare

    Cllr Mason with the childminders who won book tokens

    Published: 27 October, 2016

    SIX of the best childminders in Camden have received book token awards from Camden Council to celebrate their contribution to childcare. 

    Test-tubes fitted to lamp-posts in West Hampstead to monitor air quality

    Ward councillor Phil Rosenberg sets up testing equipment

    Published: 27 October, 2016

    WEST Hampstead residents have attached test-tubes to lampposts as part of a scheme to gauge air quality in their streets.

    Romeo murder: All suspects released without charge

    Romeo Nkansah

    Published: 25 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ALL four suspects arrested over the murder of a young father in Camden Town have been released without charge.

    Funeral date announced for Camden Town crash victim Sheila Karsberg

    New Journal readers have been asked to share memories of Ms Karsberg

    Published: 24 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A WOODLAND funeral will be held this week for a well-known pensioner who was killed in a collision with a cement mixer in Camden Town last month. 

    Adult learners celebrate success at Working Men's College

    Thomas Pliszka receives his certificate from Helen Hammond and Kate Bell

    Published: 24 October, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    ADULT learners at a Camden Town college saw their academic achievements celebrated at a prize-giving ceremony on Thursday night.

    Plan to turn more red phone boxes into offices

    Published: 24 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    RED telephone boxes have long-since joined the humble home landline and the pager on the growing list of communication devices killed off by the mobile phone.

    Pub campaigners fighting to save Admiral Mann celebrate planning verdict

    Admiral Mann supporters in celebratory mood outside the pub

    Published: 24 October, 2016
    By KOOS COUVÉE 

    PUB campaigners have been cautiously celebrating after a planning inspector upheld the council’s decision to reject plans to turn a Kentish Town pub into flats.

    Exhibition showcases the surprisingly modern homes in Highgate

    House by Nick Eldridge overlooking Highgate Cemetery, writer’s retreat by Zac Mo

    House by Nick Eldridge overlooking Highgate Cemetery (Lindon Douglas), writer’s retreat by Zac Monroe architects (Gareth Gardiner) and Elspeth Clements

    Published: 24 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    FROM grand Georgian homes to Victorian cottages built for workers, the public perception of Highgate housing often focuses on the classic London vernacular dating from the 1800s to the turn of the

    Carlton School celebrates nursery assistant's 40 years of service

    Carlton School celebrates nursery assistant's 40 years of service

    Fincie Door with pupils Benji and Florene

    Published:24 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TEACHERS and pupils staged a surprise assembly to mark an inspirational nursery assistant’s 40th year at a Kentish Town school.

    Street cleaner with 27 years' service says he was sacked for stopping van to let colleague use the toilet

    Barry Duhaney

    Barry Duhaney

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A SENIOR foreman in Camden’s street cleaning team claims he has been treated disgracefully after he lost his job after 27 years.

    Cat whose tail was amputated after being hit by car is doing 'fine' following £5,000 of surgery

    Nelson's injuries led to calls for the 20 miles per hour speed limit to be properly enforced

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A CAT whose tail had to be amputated after it was hit by a car is “feline” fine again, according to its owner.

    Tributes to Rona Hart after dance school founder dies at 88

    Rona Hart pictured with her husband George in front of one of the displays at the Burgh House exhibition of her life and times in November 2013

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    TRIBUTES have been paid to dance teacher Rona Hart who has died aged 88, a week before the Hampstead school she founded celebrated its 70th birthday.

    Camden School for Girls student named one of the nation's best young poets with poem about Addison Lee cab ride

    Allegra Mullan, and her sister Maud

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    NOT since the Brontes have two young sisters caused such a stir among literary circles.

    Name that island! Reader suggestions flood in for unnamed spot on Hampstead Heath

    Highgate boating pond

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    THEY range from serious names reflecting Hamp­stead Heath’s glorious history to jokes that poke a little fun at its managers, City of London.

    Patient raising £200,000 to fund cancer treatment wants to set up organisation to help others

    Mo Haque (centre) with, from left, his nephew Wahid Khan, MP Keir Starmer, friend Aadam Ali and mother Gulshanara Begum

    Published: 21 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A YOUNG cancer patient who is raising £200,000 to fund his own treatment after being told it was not available on the NHS has said he hopes to set up a non-profit organisation to help others.

    Bafta-winning actor warns Town Hall that new office block will ruin Camden Town park

    Planners are reviewing plans for a new office block next to Cantelowes Gardens

    Published: 21 October, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A BAFTA-WINNING actor has warned how plans for a new office block will ruin a Camden Town park.

    Hampstead Christmas festival cancelled amid claims it has lost its 'local flavour'

    Abba tribute band Bjorn Again perform at the Hampstead Christmas festival

    Published: 20 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THERE will be no magical winter wonderland in Hampstead this year after the Christmas Festival was cancelled amid concerns the event has lost its “local flavour”.

    Evicted tenant beds down in council estate bin room

    Raymond Charles on the Rowley Way Estae

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Town Hall sent outreach teams to a Swiss Cottage estate this evening (Wednesday) after the New Journal interviewed a man bedding down in its bin room after being evicted from his council flat o

    Bishop of Edmonton helps launch craft beer brewery in Primrose Hill church crypt

    Bishop of Edmonton Father Rob Wickham samples a brew at St Mary's [Pic: Lars Christiansen]

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A CHURCH is setting up a craft brewery in its crypt to help fund youth work. 

    Top detective Tor Garnett goes back to old school to help cut ribbon on new auditorium

    Chair of governors Mary Rubie, head Teresa Dunbar and ex-pupil Tor Garnett 

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A HIGH-flying Met policewoman returned to her Camden Town primary school this week to cut the ribbon on its new building.

    Splash mob protesters call for King's Cross swimming pond to be saved

    The splash mobsters invade King's Cross station to make their point

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A SPLASH mob of swimmers wearing bright rubber rings, flippers and snorkels mingled with commuters at King’s Cross station as part of a bid to stop the closure of an outdoor bathing pond.

    New anti-pollution squad arrives to tackle Hampstead school run, only to find private schools on half-term

    Drivers were told not to idle their engines by the new team

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A POLLUTION-busting event targeting Hampstead school-run parents got off to an inauspicious start today (Wednesday) when it was launch­ed while most private schools in the area were closed for

    His bags packed by the door, war hero died fearing HS2 home eviction

    George Phillips

    George Phillips, 97, died last week

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PENSIONER who survived a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp spent the final years of his life worried about HS2 and had boxed up his belongings in anticipation of being forced out of his home.

    Rare sighting of kestrel as bird of prey swoops to catch rat on Regent's Park Estate

    Kestrel spotted on the Regent's Park Estate

    Published: 19 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A KESTREL stunned residents of a council estate by swooping from the skies and catching a large rat.

    Police bring out Taser gun as five-hour rooftop stand-off comes to an end in Gospel Oak

    Police have been in Gospel Oak throughout Tuesday morning

    Published: 18 October, 2016
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A ROOF-TOP stand off ended after five hours when a man voluntarily climbed down from a balcony ledge in Queen's Crescent this afternoon around an hour after police unsuccessfully fired a Taser

    Police negotiate with man on balcony as stand-off continues in Gospel Oak

    Police are in Gospel Oak negotiating with a man on a roof

    Published: 18 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    'We will not be silenced': Vicar raises new LGBTI flags on roof of church targeted by vandals

    The flag-raising ceremony at St James Chuch

    Published: 16 October, 2016
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    NEW rainbow and transgender flags are flying above a church in West Hampstead again as a campaigning vicar said his support for the LGBTI community would not be silenced.

    We can beat breast cancer by 2050, say charity campaigners

    We can beat breast cancer by 2050, say charity campaigners

    Baroness Delyth Morgan with Victoria Todd of Cancerkin, and Tim Davidson, consultant breast and general surgeon at the Royal Free and Cancerkin’s medical director  

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By ANGELA COBBINAH

    DEATHS from breast cancer could be eradicated by the middle of the century, relegating the disease to that of chronic illness, according to one of the country’s leading cancer charity campaig

    Town Hall sets up volunteer 'anti-idling squad' to tell school run drivers to turn off their engines

    Keir Starmer and Caroline Russell with Jasper, Felix, Alexander, Florence, Isla Olive, Bertie and Joe

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    PARENTS dropping their kids off at school will soon be told to turn their engines off by a new “anti-idling squad”.

    Neighbours call for a rethink over 'huge' new sheltered housing development in Highgate Road

    Artist's impression of how the building will fit into Highgate Road 

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    NEW plans for a six-storey block of private homes and businesses have been unveiled for a site in Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

    Upmarket fried chicken restaurant Bird in planning battle with Camden Council to keep shopfront

    Restaurateurs Paul Hemings and Cara Ceppetelli at Bird in Chalk Farm Road

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    THE OWNERS of an up­market fried chicken rest­aurant in Chalk Farm have accused the Town Hall of taking a “hardline app­roach” after they were told to put back a doorway re&

    Mushroom farm plan for council estate garages is abandoned

    Mushroom farmers Cesar and Alessandro Rizzo wanted to install a mushroom farm at Ludham

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A GROUNDBREAKING plan to use empty garages beneath a Gospel Oak housing estate to grow mushrooms commercially has been abandoned.

    Dangers of the 'chemical cosh' revealed as anti-psychotic drugs are linked to strokes

    Tom Costello

    Tom Costello

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    DEMENTIA patients whose aggression and agitation is subdued with a so-called “chemical cosh” have been found to be six times more likely to suffer a stroke, according to new research in

    Camden Council's ban on Palestine protest banner ‘curbs free speech’, says designer

    Frank and Sue Drake

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    A RETIRED couple in Kentish Town have been ordered to remove a banner protesting against the Israeli “occupation” of Palestine from their home after the Town Hall said it was “adv

    Victory pub landlord sleeping in his car after being left homeless by HS2

    Stephen Chapman, who used to run The Victory pub on the Regent's Park Estate

    Published: 14 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    A PUB landlord has been sleeping in his car for months after being made homeless by the High Speed 2 rail scheme.

    Driver pleads not guilty in private prosecution over cyclist death

    Michael Mason

    Published: 13 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A DRIVER is to stand trial accused of killing a cyclist after a charity led a crowd-funding ­campaign to pay for a private prosecution. 

    Mayor turns up for bingo night at new Women's Institute group

    Nadia Shah with the Ladies Of The Lock

    Published: 13 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    IT was eyes down for a fun-packed bingo session with ice cream prizes at the latest Women’s Institute event in Camden Town. 

    Labour is not split on immigration policy, says Corbyn's new shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer

    Keir Starmer is working with Jeremy Corbyn again

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By ELLA JESSEL

    HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer has denied there is any major split within Labour over immigration policy after an eventful first week in his new role as shadow Brexit secretary.

    How CS11 bike lane's supporters and opponents came face to face in Swiss Cottage

    An anti-CS11 protester exchanges words with a cyclist in favour of the scheme

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    THE morning peace was shattered as groups of rival protesters clashed over the Mayor of London’s plans to rip up the one-way system in Swiss Cottage and build a new cycling “superhighwa

    New Hampstead Heath cafe survey: Customers tell City of London to leave them as they are

    The 'Cafe Warriors' at the D'Auria family's cafe on Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A SURVEY that will help shape the future of popular family-run cafés on Hampstead Heath has had a bumper response – and sent a message to Heath managers the City of London that chain c

    Hammer horror actress set to be reunited with Lust For A Vampire co-star for first time in 40 years

    Judy Jarvis

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    LUSTY vampires from a hit 1970s horror flick are to be reunited after more than 40 years at a special event next month.

    Quick-thinking passengers save partially-sighted woman who fell on rail tracks at Brondesbury

    Andre Shafer and Musa Abdi

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    TWO young men have been praised for their “brave” actions after they leapt on to railway tracks to rescue a partially-sighted woman who had fallen from the platform. 

    Name that island! Hampstead Heath managers haven't come up with name for new attraction

    The new island on the boating pond

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A NEW island created at the Highgate boating pond will not be given an official name by Hampstead Heath managers – so the New Journal wants readers to step in with a few ideas for them.

    Bulldozers to knock down Swains Lane shopping parade in next two weeks

    The parade in Highgate has been at the centre of a 12 year planning row

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    A DEMOLITION team is set to knock down a shopping parade in Highgate, marking the end of a 12-year planning battle.

    Former police officer criticises move to 'ban the bong' in Camden Town

    Police have threatend to raid shops selling bongs in Camden Town

    Published: 12 October, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A FORMER undercover police officer has said plans to tackle the Camden Town drug trade by banning the sale of bongs and pipes are “absolutely absurd”. 

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