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Maajid Nawaz takes on the ice bucket challenge. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Lib Dem Maajid Nawaz takes on ice bucket challenge after Ham&High nomination

Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has put his pride to one side for charity and braved the ice bucket challenge after a nomination from the Ham&High.

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The family of missing 14-year-old Alice Gross from Ealing are appealing for information to find her

Officers probe missing 14-year-old Alice Gross’s time at Camden’s Roundhouse

Officers searching for a missing 14-year-old girl are seeking to speak to anyone who took part in a song-writing course with her at one of Camden’s top music venues.

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Adam Woodall (left) and his brother Kirk with two of the McDonald's artworks, pictured at a framing workshop.

Paintings produced for McDonald’s in Hampstead compared to priceless Mark Rothkos in Tate Modern

For two decades they adorned the walls of Hampstead’s most notorious fast food joint, serving as little more than a pleasant backdrop to the consumption of burgers and fries.

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Five members of Panenka at rehearsals, from left to right: Josh Jordan, Hannah Bowers, Theo Barry-Born, Gabe Broadhurst and Jamie Keats. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Swiss Cottage festival organisers call on local bands and musicians to get involved

Organisers of a major street festival in Swiss Cottage are appealing to local musicians to get involved and have the chance to play in front of up to 20,000 people.

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Jane Swannell's portrait of Andy Warhol

Daughter of Highgate royal photographer paints her father’s famous portraits

Renowned royal photographer John Swannell has taken shots of some of the world’s best-known figures, including Andy Warhol, Sir Paul McCartney and the Queen.

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War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Left to right: NSPCC workers Kelly Thorndick and Kelly Evans with actress Beth Cordingly holding 1119 balloons outside the charity's offices in Greenland Place, Camden Town. Picture: Polly Hancock.

The Bill star Beth Cordingly backs NSPCC Childline service in Camden schools

TV actress Beth Cordingly has celebrated the success of a new child abuse awareness service which has reached hundreds of Camden children.

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Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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Estate agents from Paramount in West End Lane take part in an Ice Bucket Challenge for charity. Picture: Polly Hancock

West Hampstead residents treated to estate agents’ soaking

Residents in West Hampstead got to cross off another item from their bucket list after seeing their estate agents drenched in icy water.

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Foxtons wants to open a branch in West Hampstead. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

West Hampstead residents react to ‘yet another estate agent’ opening

Residents in West Hampstead have urged Camden Council to block a planning application that would see the arrival of “yet another estate agent” to the area, warning it would “add nothing” to the community and could further inflate house prices.

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Jozef Dubos (right) and Miroslav Ondurus at their first court appearance. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Man cleared of anti-Semitic abuse charges after friend banned from NW11

One of two men accused of hurling anti-Semitic abuse at diners outside a kosher restaurant in Golders Green has been acquitted after standing trial for the incident.

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Mark Lickley with his son Joseph. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Teacher to run Whittington Hospital charity race in memory of late baby son

A teacher whose 17-month-old son died at the Whittington Hospital is bidding to raise £10,000 for a charity which supports parents of babies treated at the hospital.

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The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.

Baby monkeys arrive in time for London Zoo’s Little Creatures family festival

These two new arrivals, born just in time for a weekend celebrating the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh, have been given some very apt names.

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The armed police were called after concerned passers-by saw what looked like a machine gun in the property. Picture: Phil Cowan

Armed police swarm home of Hollywood stars Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson after machine gun find

Armed police have stormed the Primrose Hill home of Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director Sam Taylor-Johnson after an ex-Iranian soldier saw a machine gun in the celebrity couple’s sitting room.

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Angela (centre) and Martin (right) Humphery host their last fundraising garden party at their Willoughby Road home in aid of the animal welfare charity Compassion In World Farming, with guest speaker Joyce D'Silva (front left), former chief executive of the charity. They are holding up copies of 'Farmageddon', co-written by the charity's chief executive, Philip John Lymbery. Picture: Polly Hancock

Animal lover, 84, hosts final fundraiser after 75 years of campaigning

A lifelong campaigner against the abuse of animals has hosted her final fundraiser – nearly 75 years after embarking on her remarkable charity career.

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Mixed Pond swimmers and sunbathers, Hampstead Heath.

Camden Green Party: Hampstead Heath dams project ‘would cause enormous damage to landscape’

Camden’s solo Green Party councillor has called for alternatives to the controversial Hampstead Heath dams project.

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Cllr Theo Blackwell at the new council housing development in Lismore Circus, Gospel Oak. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Camden is only London borough to increase council housing through Right to Buy

Camden is blazing a trail for social housing as the only borough in London to have built more council homes in the last two years than have been sold, according to new figures.

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The Met is cracking down on homeless people and beggars (PA)

Homeless people and beggars targeted in tough crackdown by Met

Homeless people and beggars in six London boroughs will be targeted by police today in a “robust” operation focussed on “disrupting and deterring rough sleeping.”

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Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna at the Sheriff Centre. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

What’s the price of a first class stamp? Don’t ask the politicians

It’s been said all politicians should know the cost of groceries such as a loaf of bread or a pint of milk –but what about the price of a first class stamp?

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Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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A stock photo of a lifeguard at the ladies' pond on Hampstead Heath.

Swimmers rally behind lifeguards at Hampstead Heath ladies’ pond after Daily Mail attack

Swimmers have defended a ban on young children at Hampstead Heath’s bathing ponds after a mother complained to a national newspaper about being kicked out with her baby.

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Westminster Magistrates' Court

Former solider from Kentish Town in court on News of the World conspiracy charge

A former soldier from Kentish Town has been accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, alongside a journalist from the defunct News of the World (NOTW).

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Book Aid International volunteers sort through Doris Lessing's mammoth book collection. Picture: www.bookaid.org

From West Hampstead to Zimbabwe: Doris Lessing’s mammoth book collection donated to Harare library

More than 3,000 books began their journey from West Hampstead to Zimbabwe this morning after Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing’s literary collection was bequeathed to Harare City Library.

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Grebes on Hampstead Heath. Picture: Matt Maran

Award-winning photographer records Hampstead Heath’s wildlife and changing scenery

Globe-trotting snapper Matt Maran spent hours in the chilly waters of a Hampstead Heath pond to capture these stunning shots of great crested grebes feeding and caring for their young.

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Ham&High editor Geoff Martin empties a bucket of iced water over reporter Tim Lamden. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Ham&High nominates Hampstead and Kilburn candidates for ice bucket challenge

The Ham&High has joined a global community of fundraisers by hosting its own ice bucket challenge and nominating Hampstead and Kilburn’s three parliamentary candidates to do the same.

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The Love On Line film crew shoot in Kalendar café in Highgate

Filmmaking surgeon shoots independent movie in Highgate’s Kalendar cafe

A surgeon who makes movies in his spare time has used a popular Highgate cafe as the setting for his next feature film.

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Pupils at Alexandra Park celebrate their GCSE results.

Haringey headteachers refuse to release results as they take a stand against GCSE league tables

The GCSE results of some of the borough’s top performing schools will remain under wraps until January – as they rail against students’ achievements being reduced to a “simple ‘league table’ approach”.

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Victim Susanne Suhonen, whose face we have blurred to protect her identity.

Pianist’s life passion stolen after gang break finger in violent Camden mugging

A keen amateur pianist whose finger was broken in a violent robbery outside her home faces the prospect of never being able to play properly again, after one of her attackers was jailed for nine years.

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Tulip Siddiq.

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq leading in Hampstead and Kilburn election poll

A new poll commissioned by Conservative peer Lord Michael Ashcroft shows the Labour Party in Hampstead and Kilburn currently has a commanding lead ahead of next year’s general election.

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Highgate actor Christopher Eccleston joins Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF) volunteers at Tootoomoo restaurant in Crouch End as they prepare for the annual Pinknic in the Park in Waterlow Park on September 6. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Ex-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston joins Highgate’s charity Pinknic in the Park

Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston has lent his support to a charity picnic that will see a Highgate park turn pink in memory of a schoolgirl who died from cancer.

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Ivana Bartoletti.

NHS campaigner and Fabian Society member joins race to replace Frank Dobson

A leading Fabian Society member and NHS campaigner has joined the Labour shortlist to replace outgoing Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson.

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Cromwell Ave residents Linda Charlaff (secretary of CARA), Cllr Bob Hare, Louise Arnott, Sharon Lytton and Jackie Wastell protest the proposed penthouse development at 9 Winchester Road (behind them) as it will overlook their houses and gardens. Picture: Polly Hancock

Designers of glass penthouse ‘beacon’ in Highgate re-think plans after community outcry

Architects have been forced to change designs for a glass box on the roof of a luxurious penthouse-style flat after opponents warned it would shine “like a beacon” over Highgate.

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Images of the men wanted by police

Men wanted by police after serious assault outside Domino’s Pizza in Chalk Farm

Detectives are searching for two men in connection with a serious assault outside a pizza takeaway in Chalk Farm.

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Dr. Michael Jacobs, clinical lead in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Free Hospital, is in charge of treating the Ebola patient. Picture: Stefan Rousseau

Royal Free Ebola patient to be given experimental new drug ZMapp

The first Briton to contract the deadly Ebola virus is being treated with experimental new drug ZMapp, doctors at the Royal Free have said.

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Junior Cooper has been jailed for 12 years

Queen’s Park robber jailed for vicious attacks on women in Westminster, Kentish Town and St John’s Wood

A violent robber from Queen’s Park who throttled two women from behind before snatching their valuables has been jailed for nine years today.

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View of Courtenay Avenue, London, N6, one of Britain's most expensive streets

Highgate and Hampstead boast two of Britain’s 10 most expensive streets

Highgate and Hampstead are home to two of the 10 most expensive streets to buy property in the country, with average house prices in the exclusive enclaves topping £10m.

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Consultant Dr Stephen Mepham and Olly Carpeter in the Royal Free's 
infectious disease unit. Picture: Nigel Sutton

First UK ebola patient arrives in Hampstead

The first Briton to contract the deadly Ebola virus during the recent outbreak in west Africa has arrived for treatment in Hampstead after being flown back from Sierra Leone.

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Wendy Wallace, chief executive of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, defended the cuts made to beds and nurses

Mental health trust defends bed cuts despite Camden patients being sent as far away as Somerset

A mental health trust says it has been forced to send patients as far away as Somerset because of a “rise in use of legal highs, more foreign patients and people becoming depressed due to the recession”.

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Former police officer Robert Woolf with the letter informing him he had won his appeal against a parking ticket from a snooping Haringey Council CCTV car. Picture: Polly Hancock

Victory for ex-police officer over Haringey’s infamous CCTV car

A former armed police officer has won to become one of the first people to win an appeal against a parking ticket from an infamous CCTV car in Highgate Village.

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Michael Hammerson, on behalf of Athlone House Working Group, has strongly criticised Camden Council for not ruling on the issue of demolition of Athlone House. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Athlone House campaigners: ‘Developers bidding for house’s demolition have led us a merry dance’

On July 31, Camden’s planning committee retrospectively refused the latest monstrosity but weakly conceded that they can no longer oppose demolition of Athlone House – a betrayal of the 458 objectors and 5,000-plus petitioners who opposed demolition.

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Education See all

Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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High Speed 2 See all

War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Obituaries See all

Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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