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A Mountain Chicken Frog. Picture: ZSL

Endangered frogs released back to island home after successful breeding programme at London Zoo

Critically endangered frogs, airlifted from their island home in a desperate last bid to save the species five years ago, have been successfully returned to their Caribbean home.

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Jacintha Saldanha, who died three days after being contacted by Australian radio DJs playing a prank call.

Inquest into Royal hoax nurse death begins

The first day of the inquest into the death of a nurse tricked into putting a call through to those treating the Duchess of Cambridge during her first pregnancy has heard how the mother-of-two “touched the lives of everyone she met”.

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The pensioner jumped bail but was tracked down by his bus pass.

Runaway pensioner behind bars for indecent assault in Paddington

A pensioner who went on the run while on trial for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Paddington has been jailed for four years.

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Forrester Court - photo by Polly Hancock

Action call after Paddington care home left elderly ‘isolated’

A private Paddington care home used by Westminster Council has come under fire after a report revealed it was failing to engage its bed-bound elderly residents in activities and leaving them alone in their rooms.

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Remy McLeod.

Teenage footballer jailed for robbing lone woman of £45,000 jewellery

A promising teenage footballer who was part of a gang of violent robbers targeting lone women at night for their expensive jewellery has been jailed for eight years.

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Police appeal after women robbed at knifepoint in Maida Vale

A woman was robbed at knifepoint of her handbag as she walked to work in Maida Vale last Sunday morning.

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The building has been sold off for housing (Pic credit: Jonathan Goldberg)

Queen’s Park recording studio sold for housing because ‘music industry killed by property prices’

The co-owner of a Queen’s Park recording studio sold to a housing association for almost £5million has said London’s soaring property prices have “killed” the local music industry.

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The TUC said first-time buyers are being squeezed out of the market more than ever before.

House prices in Westminster 20 times average salary, report reveals

Homes in Westminster now cost more than 20 times the average salary, according to a report released this week.

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Director Steve Shaw with general manager Sharon Marshal and head of performing arts Eldora Edward.

Paddington Arts loses £53k funding but vows the show must go on

A much-loved youth arts group has been dealt a devastating blow after learning it will be stripped of its only remaining source of public funding.

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Students outside Marylebone Boys' School with headteacher Richard Ardon

Students start term at brand new Marylebone Boys’ School

Crisp uniforms and shiny shoes had their first outing today when a hotly-anticipated free school welcomed in its first cohort of students.

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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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BBC Children in Need donated £22,000 to the charity

Queen’s Park charity awarded £22,000 by BBC Children in Need

A charity in Queen’s Park has been awarded more than £22,000 by BBC Children in Need to help vulnerable children to learn how to swim.

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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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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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Detectives are investigating after a 55-year-old man was stabbed outside a London pub (Picture: British Transport Police)

Man stabbed outside Baker Street bar

A tourist was stabbed as he stood outside a Baker Street bar having a cigarette.

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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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Overall 70 per cent of GCSE pupils in Westminster earned five A* to Cs

GCSE results 2014: Grades remain steady in Wesminster despite Gove’s exam shake-up

Many schools across Westminster celebrated a rise in “good” GCSE grades this year - in line with the first nationwide increase for three years.

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A Westminster Academy student looks shocked as he reads his results

GCSE results 2014: Students see stars at Westminster Academy

GCSE students from Westminster Academy - and one nervous father - had A*s in their eyes when they ripped open their results.

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London Zoo says the new pad will give visitors a

London Zoo to build public walkway over lions’ new pad

Visitors will be taking a walk above the wild side after London Zoo received the go-ahead to build a pathway over its lion den.

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The park keepers lodge, in Paddington Rec, is to be used as homeless accommodation for families. Picture: Polly Hancock

Park keeper’s lodge to house homeless Westminster families

Homeless families in desperate need of a place to sleep could find themselves living in Paddington Rec after the council decided to turn the former park keeper’s lodge into temporary accommodation.

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Students at Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet on GCSE results day 2013. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Live blog: GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Thousands of anxious teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster will pick up their GCSE results today.

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Omar Ouaret-Sorr was one of Paddington Academy's top performers.

GCSE results 2014: Paddington Academy student reveals exam success secret

Blueberry juice, smoked salmon and grapes - that is the secret to exam success according to Omar Ouaret-Sorr who earned ten stunning GCSE grades.

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Haverstock School student Joyce Chukwuma jumps for joy after finding out that she achieved  two As, three Bs, and three Cs. Picture: Camden Council

Photo gallery: Pupils celebrate GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Schools were filled with excited shrieks today as nervous pupils opened their GCSE results.

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Radwan Hussain was over the moon with his GCSE results.

GCSE results 2014: Monumental day for King Solomon Academy

High standards have been set at King Solomon Academy after it celebrated its first ever set of glowing GCSE grades.

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The company has reportedly been distributing flyers around Westminster.

Call for Westminster Council to urgently investigate right-to-buy ‘scam’

Council chiefs are being urged to protect vulnerable residents from property investors who may be looking to make a profit from the sale of their homes.

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The Ham&High wants to see your Tweets and pictures on GCSE results day tomorrow. Picture: Niall Carson

Send us your tweets and photos on GCSE results day

The wait is finally over for thousands of nervous teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster who pick up their GCSE results tomorrow.

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Daniel Smith was gunned down in 2010

Murder of innocent mother in Kilburn linked to mistaken identity killing of Queen’s Park electrician

The murder of an innocent mother in Kilburn has been linked to a mistaken identity shooting that claimed the life of an electrician from Queen’s Park.

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Sabrina Moss was shot dead in Kilburn

Woman and three men charged as part of investigation into Sabrina Moss murder in Kilburn

A woman and three men have been charged with assisting an offender as part of the investigation into the murder of Sabrina Moss in Kilburn.

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Mohammed Musa

A-level results 2014: Exam success for Paddington Academy teen who battled brain tumour

A courageous schoolboy who fought back from a brain tumour has scored a top set of A-level results and is now getting ready for university.

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Education See all

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne and Amber Van Dam. Picture: Polly Hancock

Trailblazing Highgate schoolgirls to join Emma Thompson and academics at Highgate School mental health conference

Two schoolgirls campaigning to get mental illness onto the ­national curriculum will speak alongside eminent academics and Hollywood actress Emma Thompson at a trailblazing mental health conference.

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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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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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Win an overnight stay and breakfast at Travelodge London Vauxhall right near the Thames!

Win an overnight stay at Travelodge London Vauxhall

To celebrate the launch of Travelodge’s Get Up and Go campaign, the biggest hotelier in the Capital are offering one lucky reader the chance to win an overnight break in one of our newest hotels in the city, London Vauxhall Travelodge.

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