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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, was found in the Hampstead home of former Everything But The Girl singer Ben Watt. 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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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 roses at Hampstead Town Hall celebrate life of community gardener

Rose bushes have been planted at Hampstead Town Hall to commemorate the life of a dedicated community gardener.

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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, who went missing on Wednesday

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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Martin Besseman at Monkey Business Comedy Club, upstairs at The Steeles. Picture: Polly Hancock

Pub plans threatening Belsize Park comedy club dubbed ‘cultural vandalism’

Stand-ups and comedy club regulars have accused a pub of “cultural vandalism” over plans to transform its function room into flats or a hotel.

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Radiographers at the Whittington Hospital in Archway take to the picket line in industrial action over NHS pay. Picture: Unison

Radiographers at Royal Free and Whittington hospitals strike for first time since 1980s

Radiographers at the Royal Free, Whittington and University College London hospitals are on strike this morning - many for the first time in their career - in the latest industrial action over NHS pay.

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A view of the rooftops of houses in north London

Camden house price rises grind to a halt as London loses its ‘boom-town crown’ to South East

Camden borough recorded the third smallest house price growth in London this month, increasing just 0.5 per cent as the South East overtook London as the country’s fastest annual riser.

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Schoolchildren from St Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Primary School mark World Porridge Day with associate headteacher Greg Donohue and Mim McCulloch from charity Magic Breakfast. Picture: Polly Hancock

World Porridge Day goes down a treat at West Hampstead primary school

Children at a West Hampstead primary school have celebrated World Porridge Day by tucking into big bowls of one of Britain’s best-loved breakfast dishes.

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Mimmo (centre) celebrates 10 years of Mimmo La Buffalawith guests including Lee Montague (left). Picture: Polly Hancock

Hampstead restaurant Mimmo La Bufala celebrates 10 years with Kinks star Ray Davies and actor Lee Montague

A well-loved Hampstead restaurant welcomed a host of celebrity friends to celebrate its 10th anniversary, including Kinks star Ray Davies and actor Lee Montague.

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Lewis Hayward is the new headteacher at UCS junior branch. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Children to become mini-entrepreneurs under regime of UCS headteacher who survived Nairobi bomb blast

Schoolchildren need to learn how to become “self-starters” and entrepreneurs to prepare for the ever-changing world of work, the new headteacher of a Hampstead junior school has said.

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Dr Kusoom Vadgama. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

My Golders Green: Optician ‘fell in love with the place’ on arrival from Kenya

Dr Kusoom Vadgama, 82, has run her own optician’s practice in Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, for 46 years. She is founder of the Indo-British Heritage Trust and has lived in Golders Green for 60 years since moving to the UK from Kenya.

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'It's a Knockout' comes to South Hampstead High School to celebrate the last day at its temporary campus. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Hampstead pupils play It’s a Knockout to mark last day at temporary campus

Pupils at a Hampstead school abandoned their studies for an afternoon to play a version of classic TV game show It’s a Knockout to mark the last day at their temporary campus.

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Former pupil Mark Crown, a member of the band Rudimental, opens his old primary school's new music studio. Pictured with headteacher Helen Connor and expressive arts co-ordinator Harriet Carter. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Rudimental trumpet player opens Kentish Town primary school’s music studio

A musician from pop band Rudimental roped in his friends to help build a new state-of-the-art music studio at his old Kentish Town primary school.

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Royal Free oncologist Dr Christina Thirlwell  trains at Parliament Hill Lido. Picture: Southern News & Pictures

Highgate doctor crosses continents for cancer research in sponsored swimathon

A Highgate doctor has been gearing up to face high winds, waves, jelly fish and killer whales in a sponsored swim across continents to raise vital funds to fight cancer.

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An artist's impression of the proposed redevelopment of Highgate Synagogue

Highgate Synagogue redevelopment gets go ahead

Contentious plans to demolish and redevelop a Highgate synagogue have been given the green light by councillors.

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John Murray, who has cerebral palsy, welcomed a report by Healthwatch Camden saying Camden's services for children with special needs are hit and miss.
 Picture: Nigel Sutton

Camden health report: Services for children with disabilities are ‘hit and miss’

A disabled school boy has welcomed the findings of an official report which concludes that Camden could do more to help children with special educational needs.

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Acting borough commander Supt Richard Tucker addresses the public meeting at St Stephen's. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Camden’s top policeman says some officers are ‘appalling’ at jobs

Camden’s top police officer has apologised for letting people down in Hampstead – as he admitted some members of the force are “appalling” at their jobs.

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Left to right: Campaigners Annette Hammond, James Butterwick and Dr Harald Lipman. Picture: Polly Hancock.

‘Humanitarian’ campaign launched to stop Labour’s mansion tax

A former government medical adviser has launched a campaign calling for the Labour Party to scrap its controversial mansion tax plans, insisting it’s a “humanitarian” issue.

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GPs have complained they are suffering a triple crisis of impractical workloads, low morale and insufficient funding. Picture: Anthony Devlin

Camden GPs warn of low morale as they prepare to deliver Tory pledge of seven-day access

GPs in Camden have cited concerns over “already impractical workloads” and “low morale” after prime minister David Cameron’s pledge that residents should have access to a surgery seven days a week.

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Glen McDougal, 74, retired, of Primrose Hill, says the whole GP system is too precarious for working people. Pictures: Polly Hancock

Camden viewpoints: Seven day opening of GP surgeries - Is PM’s election pledge a good idea?

Prime minister David Cameron made a party conference pledge three weeks ago that if the Conservatives win power at the next election they will introduce seven-day opening at GP surgeries. Danny Wittenberg asked residents in Finchley Road how easy they find it to make a doctors appointment and if seven-day access is a feasible idea.

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Charles Bronson with his dog Della during some time out from prison in 1992. Picture: PA Archive.

Prison art drawn by notorious inmate Charles Bronson found in Hampstead

Charles Bronson, one of Britain’s most notorious prison inmates, is unlikely to see freedom anytime soon but that hasn’t stopped artwork drawn in his prison cell reaching Hampstead.

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Annetta Brezinska, 34, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Tottenham in August 2014. Ref # EWMS 01YR/440058

PICTURES: Police reveal Haringey’s most wanted

Police have today released images of nine men and one woman wanted in connection with burglaries across the borough.

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Ishaan Joshi.

Kentish Town police officer hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for late brother

A Camden police officer has raised thousands of pounds for charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of his late brother.

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Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain, vicar at St James' church

Stained glass windows smashed during bungled break-in of West Hampstead church

A church in West Hampstead has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after a failed break-in saw precious stained glass windows smashed to pieces.

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Mike Freer beside Big Ben. Picture: Polly Hancock.

MP Mike Freer ‘appalled’ by Commons vote to recognise Palestinian state

Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer has resigned from his role in government over a historic vote to recognise Palestine as a state – describing parliamentary colleagues who voted for the motion as “appalling”.

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The attack took place in Belsize ParkTube station just before midnight on Saturday

Two men knifed in Belsize Park Tube brawl discharged from hospital

Two people have been discharged from hospital after being knifed in a brawl on a Tube train at Belsize Park station.

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Brothers Josh, 11, (centre) and David Gringras, 13, with friend Joseph Rosenfeld. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Young apprentices: Hampstead schoolboys set up jewellery business before they hit teens

You would expect to find most schoolboys glued to their Xboxes or honing their football skills when not in class.

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The former home of Marine Ices

Plans for new cinema in Chalk Farm released

Plans to build a new art-house cinema in Chalk Farm have been revealed this week as part of a major redevelopment of the former home of iconic restaurant and ice cream factory Marine Ices.

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The water levels remained low at the men's pond this week. Picture: Polly Hancock

Heaviest rainfall in decade poses no problem for Hampstead Heath’s dams

Hampstead was the wettest place in the country as it suffered a record-breaking drenching this week – but the deluge failed to trouble the Heath’s much-discussed dams.

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Armed police had turned up to the home of Sam Taylor-Johnson (formerly Taylor-Wood) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in August. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson turns Ham&High article into £7,000 artwork

Turner Prize-nominee and Hollywood director Sam Taylor-Johnson has turned an article written by the Ham&High into her latest artwork – and it has been valued by Bonhams at £7,000.

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Rodney William has been banned from every pub in London

Handbag thief banned from all pubs in London for 25 years

A night out or a meal in a restaurant has become a no-no for handbag thief who has been banned from pubs and eateries in London for 25 years.

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Volunteers will be returning to Kentish Town City Farm again this year as part of Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day: Volunteers needed for cleanup of Highgate Cemetery and Kentish Town Farm

Residents are being urged to “put on their wellies” and join in a host of outdoor projects taking place across Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Westminster next month, as part of the annual Mitzvah Day.

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It is thought thousands of people are struggling with undiagnosed depression in Haringey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Haringey health report: ‘Thousands living with undiagnosed anxiety and depression’

Thousands of people in Haringey are living under the strain of undiagnosed depression, new research has found.

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Caff�è Nero in Highgate High St without its historic awning. Picture: Polly Hancock

Highgate lorry crash wrecks historic Caffé Nero canopy

The emergency services’ response to a lorry crash which wrecked an “historic” shop canopy in Highgate Village has been described as “like something out of the IRA bombing era”.

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Actress Alexandra Grierson from the London cast of Shrek the Musical with students from Razzamatazz Theatre School at St Paul's School, Primrose Hill. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actress teaches children moves from Shrek The Musical at Primrose Hill theatre school

A West End actress who took to the stage in Shrek The Musical showed children how to dance like a musical theatre star at a Primrose Hill drama school.

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Sir Alan Sugar is looking for his next business partner. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The Apprentice reveals candidates’ house is in Highgate

One of the nation’s most popular TV shows starring a businesswoman with links to Hampstead Garden Suburb has been filmed in Highgate.

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Folk dancers perform at Cecil Sharp House. Picture: Polly Hancock

X Factor stars rehearse at Primrose Hill arts venue Cecil Sharp House

It’s better known as the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society than for pop music.

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Education See all

Schoolchildren from St Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Primary School mark World Porridge Day with associate headteacher Greg Donohue and Mim McCulloch from charity Magic Breakfast. Picture: Polly Hancock

World Porridge Day goes down a treat at West Hampstead primary school

Children at a West Hampstead primary school have celebrated World Porridge Day by tucking into big bowls of one of Britain’s best-loved breakfast dishes.

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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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