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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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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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