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Sarah Brook, Doro Marden, Liz Goodfellow and Phil Cowan continue their work creatiing an edible orchard in Primrose Hill. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Guerrilla gardeners plant edible Primrose Hill orchard

A community orchard bringing home-grown apples, pears, quinces and plumbs to Primrose Hill was planted by “guerrilla gardeners” over the weekend.

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The poet returned to her old school to give poetry workshops at Hampstead School

Poet teaches children to create edible art at Hampstead School

A poet returned to her old school to help children create edible art by writing on flying saucers and fruity mints.

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Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco (middle) were in conversation with John McCarthy at the Freud Museum. Picture: Dieter Perry

Hampstead museum hosts former hostage John McCarthy and UN negotiator who freed him

Former British hostage John McCarthy was joined by the negotiator who helped to free him at a Hampstead museum.

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Matthew Baylis

‘Highgate? Sorry it’s full’: Crime novelist tells why he’s jealously guarding the village

Matthew Baylis is a crime novelist whose most recent thriller about terror plots in Haringey, called The Tottenham Outrage, was published in June. The 43-year-old moved from Tottenham to Bishops Road in Highgate three years ago and lives with his wife and son.

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Ricky Gervais shows off his shoes he donated for charity, saying: These shoes have run around New York, London & LA. Slowly. One careful owner

Hampstead comic Ricky Gervais to sell used running shoes at auction

“Before you abuse, criticise and accuse,” so goes the Joe Smith song, “Better walk a mile in my shoes”.

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The Friends of Highgate Bowl is supported by The Highgate Bowl Action Group, which includes members of The Highgate Society, Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, Highgate Village Business Association, Conservation Area Advisory Committee and the Harington Scheme, outside the former site of the Highgate Garden Centre.

Friends group becomes charity to bid for Highgate Bowl land

A community group determined to keep a prized piece of land known as Highgate Bowl out of the hands of developers is to become a charity in a bid to try to buy the green space.

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University College Hospital

University College Hospital could have lost £200,000 to Muswell Hill woman’s photocopier fraud

A detective has been commended for bringing to justice a hospital worker and a contractor who swindled the NHS.

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John Major’s press secretary and former Belsize councillor dies

A former Conservative councillor in Camden who served as press secretary to Sir John Major has died.

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Number of potential new homes per km2. Map by Stirling Ackroyd

Camden’s St Pancras ward identified as a hotspot for future house building

A ward in Camden has been identified as one of ten potential hotspots for future development to serve London’s increasing population.

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Engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

Travel: Weekend works close parts of Tube and Overground network

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

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Richard MacKenzie went missing last week

Missing King’s Cross man: Body found in Thames

Police investigating the disappearance of a 29-year-old from King’s Cross have found a body in the River Thames.

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The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road. Picture: St Anthony's School

Residents warn Hampstead school expansion will worsen school-run traffic plague

A row has broken out over plans to expand a Hampstead school to improve pupil safety in a road described by frustrated residents as “plagued by school-runs”.

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Civilian award winner Aydarus Ahmed (centre) with family members Salan Abdilleh and Shukri Abdi, at a police commendation ceremony at Camden Town Hall.

Father of murdered Mohamed Abdullahi hailed as ‘incredible man’ for response to killing

A grieving father who sought to calm community tensions after his son’s murder has been lauded as an “incredible man” by Camden’s top police officer.

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Cab driver Norman Stone discovered the camera that falsely fined him had issued almost £1million in fines in just one year. Picture: Polly Hancock

Finchley Road camera earns TfL £1million in parking fines in just one year

A CCTV camera overlooking a tiny stretch of a road in Swiss Cottage has led to motorists being fined almost £1million in penalty charges over the past year alone – and many could be due for a refund, a London cab driver has discovered.

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Labour's Sarah Sackman, Finchley and Golders Green parliamentary candidate, outside Hendon Town Hall. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Labour demands Eric Pickles intervene over Barnet Council legal woe

“There is no-one who understands local government law in depth at Barnet. Barnet employs no lawyers.”

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Julie Davies, Haringey NUT secretary, has been suspended by the council.

Teachers back strike action at Fortismere and Highgate Wood schools

Teachers have voted to walk out on strike in two Haringey secondary schools after the half-term break in protest at the treatment of one of their union reps and a fall-out with headteachers.

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The ladies pond was 13C this week. Picture: Polly Hancock

Lifeguards issue warning to ‘respect water’ after woman rescued from Hampstead Heath pond

Winter swimmers on Hampstead Heath have been warned to “respect the water” after a struggling bather had to be rescued.

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The usually quiet residential street in Primrose Hill descended into chaos on Sunday night

Drunken thugs trash Primrose Hill pub in mass brawl

A family pub in Primrose Hill that counts Andrew Marr among its regulars was left in ruins on Sunday night after a party of 40 people descended into a mass brawl that took about 20 police officers to bring under control.

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The lights along Hampstead High Street last year. Picture: Polly Hancock

Communities to fund Camden Christmas lights from 2015

The uncertain future of Camden’s Christmas lights will rest on the shoulders of communities and businesses after the council revealed financial cutbacks have left it unable to fund festive decorations.

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South Hampstead man, 21, charged with sex offences against 15-year-old girl

A South Hampstead man has been charged with seven counts of sexual offences involving a 15-year-old girl.

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Shadow chancellor Ed Balls. Picture: PA Wire/Stefan Rousseau.

Ed Balls: ‘Mansion tax won’t force Hampstead and Highgate residents out of homes’

Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls has moved to reassure Hampstead and Highgate homeowners who fear they could be forced to sell their homes due to his proposed mansion tax, insisting the policy will be “fair and proportionate”.

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Chris Underhill, Allan Rapley, Seyho Kurt, Jane Wiles,Thomas Hentges and Tala Gulamhusein are among several high street traders campaigning to get the camera removed. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Traders slam Highgate’s ‘Big Brother’ traffic spy camera

Furious shopkeepers are campaigning to remove a “Big Brother” style traffic camera spying on motorists in Highgate, which they claim will drive trade away from the already struggling high-street.

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Fr John Wainwright outside Church Walk House. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Vicar was not ‘hoodwinked’ by deal to sell £12m care home for £1

A Childs Hill vicar has hit back at claims he was “hoodwinked” into giving a historic care home to a charity – which is now set to sell it to developers for £12million – insisting the sale was “inevitable”.

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Inquest hears Broadmoor patient died cutting wrist at West Hampstead care home

A former patient of high-security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor died after slitting his wrist at a West Hampstead care home, an inquest has heard.

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Dad Ben Watt 'couldn't quite believe it' when daughter Alfie told him there was a scorpion in her bedroom

Dad whose daughter snared scorpion in Hampstead home: ‘We’ll use UV light to hunt for more’

An unusual continental visitor with a sting in its tail was found lurking in a Hampstead home this week - and now the family who discovered it plan to hunt down more of the predators.

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Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls. Picture: PA Wire/Yui Mok.

Comment: ‘Mansion tax on Hampstead and Highgate homes will help save our NHS’

In London and across the country our NHS is going backwards. It’s getting harder to see a GP, nurses have been cut and waiting lists are going up. There’s a looming crisis as the pressure on NHS budgets gets tighter.

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Gary Watts (second left) with fellow radiographers picketing at the Royal Free Hospital. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Case study NHS pay dispute: ‘We almost went under, my wife was forced into early retirement to keep us afloat’

Radiographer Gary Watts took to the picket line along with colleagues on Monday in protest over the government’s refusal to approve a recommended 1 per cent payrise for NHS staff. Here Gary explains how a real terms decrease in wages has left his family close to going under.

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Headteacher Geraldine Davies with students at UCL Academy. Picture: Polly Hancock

UCL Academy ‘puts right problems’ after disappointing first Ofsted

Camden’s only academy school has been praised for “putting right its problems” after being ordered to improve by inspectors earlier this year.

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Holy Trinity and St Silas pupils Xander Russell and Luke Von Herkomer, both eight, with their artwork at the star-studded exhibition. Picture: Polly Hancock

Jonathan Ross and Adam Ant view art by Camden schoolchildren at exclusive Pall Mall gallery show

Paintings by Camden schoolchildren hung on the walls of an exclusive gallery alongside works by renowned professionals at a star-studded exhibition to fund art courses for disadvantaged pupils.

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A man was said to have exposed himself at a park in West Hampstead

Police search for man who exposed himself in West Hampstead park

Police are searching for a man said to have exposed himself to a woman in a park in West Hampstead.

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A man was stabbed in Golders Green on Sunday evening

Man stabbed in Golders Green

A man was stabbed in Golders Green on Sunday.

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Noel Fielding

Highgate comedian Noel Fielding bundled to ground and handcuffed by police in Kentish Town, High Court hears

Comedian Noel Fielding has told the High Court of the “trauma” of ending up handcuffed on the ground clad in “gold boots and a boiler suit” while a friend was allegedly violently assaulted by police.

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The majority of tickets have already been sold for the fireworks show at Alexandra Palace.

Final call for tickets as Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival set to sell out

If you are hoping to get a glimpse of the biggest fireworks display in north London, it’s time to get a move on as 70 per cent of tickets for the festivities at Alexandra Palace have gone.

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Community gardener Louise Pennington Legh is remembered at a memorial rose planting at Hampstead Town Hall by family members Susie Osbourne, Tom Pennington Legh, Grorgia Lawrence, Isis Amram Lawrence, Charles Pennington, Jo Pennington and Tania Simon. Picture: Dieter Perry

Memorial rose celebrates life of woman who founded Hampstead Town Hall garden

A rose bush has been planted to commemorate the life of a dedicated community gardener who tended the beds at Hampstead Town Hall for two decades.

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Police arrived on the scene after the tree fell across Chester Road in Highgate, narrowly missing a driver. Picture: Colin Taylor

Fallen tree narrowly misses driver in Highgate as Hurricane Gonzalo hits

A driver narrowly avoided being crushed by a large tree in Highgate this morning as the dregs of Hurricane Gonzalo hit Britain.

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This scorpion, named Sansa, is now living in the B.U.G.S enclosure at London Zoo. Picture: Dave Clarke/ZSL

Scorpion found in Hampstead home of Everything But The Girl singer

London Zoo has come to the rescue of an unusual continental visitor in Hampstead.

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Miquel Tomlinson says ending the stigma of having a mental health condition will mean more people will get the help they need. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Schizophrenia in focus: ‘Jesus told me to go to prison and men made me strip’

It was five years ago that Archway resident Miquel Tomlinson first started hearing voices telling her to self-harm.

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British Ebola sufferer William Pooley is returning to the country where he caught the disease [Picture: Andrew Matthews]

British Ebola survivor treated at Royal Free Hospital returns to Sierra Leone

The Ebola survivor who was treated at the Royal Free Hospital has flown back to the country where he caught the deadly virus.

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Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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Richard MacKenzie went missing last week

Family fears over uncharacteristic disappearance of King’s Cross man

The family of a 29-year-old King’s Cross man who has been missing for four days are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

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Education See all

The poet returned to her old school to give poetry workshops at Hampstead School

Poet teaches children to create edible art at Hampstead School

A poet returned to her old school to help children create edible art by writing on flying saucers and fruity mints.

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High Speed 2 See all

Andrew Marr will be speaking about his new novel. Picture: Doug Peters

Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

An evening with broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, a tour giving a history of London Zoo’s architecture and the Belsize Festival are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

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Obituaries See all

Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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Competitions See all

Experience the action of a London Lions basketball game!

Win tickets to see London Lions vs Leeds Force

The London Lions are the only professional basketball team in the capital, based at the state-of-the-art Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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