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Zaire enjoying her cake at London Zoo

London Zoo’s gorilla tucks into birthday cake from Great British Bake Off star

This sweet-toothed gorilla celebrated her birthday in style - by filling her face with a special cake made by Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr.

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Prince of Wales, Harrow Road.

Maida Vale pub has licence suspended after sex attack claim

A Maida Vale pub has been forced to shut its doors after allegations surfaced of a “prolonged and serious” sexual assault there earlier this month.

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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.

Ed Balls: Westminster homeowners ‘will be protected’ in mansion tax scheme

Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls has moved to reassure homeowners in Westminster that they will not be forced to sell up due to his proposed mansion tax – insisting the policy will be “fair and proportionate”.

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Charges dropped against Kilburn imam accused of carrying out sham marriages

An imam from Kilburn who was accused of carrying out a series of sham marriages at an Islamic centre in Westbourne Grove has had the charges against him dropped.

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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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Pattrina Stevenson-Francis has been jailed (Pic credit: Herts Police)

Queen’s Park woman jailed for prison smuggling plot

A woman from Queen’s Park who tried to smuggle drugs and booze to her husband in jail has become a prisoner herself.

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The five men are due to appear in court today

Four men from Westminster charged with plotting acts of terrorism

Four men who allegedly took an oath of allegiance to Islamic State extremists have been charged with planning to commit acts of terrorism.

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QK Headteacher Alex Atherton on the site of the new QK building.

Quintin Kynaston headteacher vows to make scandal-hit school ‘outstanding’

The headteacher of a scandal-hit school has vowed to restore it to its former glory and insists its troubles are firmly behind it.

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The new QK building

Ofsted finds Quintin Kynaston’s standards have slipped

Quintin Kynaston Academy has slipped from being an ‘outstanding’ school to one that ‘requires improvement’, its latest Ofsted inspection report reveals.

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St Saviours Primary School's STEAM Co Day 2014

Paddington pupils sharpen tech skills at activities day

Pupils of a Paddington primary school put their textbooks to one side for a day of technical activities tailored to teaching children 21st-century skills.

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The Clifton Hotel

Housing plan fear after publican claims offer to run St John’s Wood pub is being ‘ignored’

The owner of a derelict St John’s Wood pub has reawoken fears he plans to turn it into luxury housing after claims he is “stalling” on a deal to sell the lease to a popular publican.

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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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Jerome Francis has be acquitted at Luton Crown Court

Stonebridge man acquitted of prison smuggling plot, Queen’s Park wife still on trial

A man from Stonebridge has been cleared of trying to smuggle contraband including drinks and drugs into a prison while he was a prisoner there.

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The couple are on trial at Luton Crown Court

Couple accused of trying to smuggle contraband into prison

A Queen’s Park woman and her prisoner husband plotted to smuggle alcohol, heroin, cannabis and mobile phones into a jail in Hemel Hempstead, a court heard.

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An artst's impression of the interior of the proposed Marylebone library.

Delay for Marylebone’s £12m library plan

Marylebone’s library will not have a permanent home until at least 2016 after it has come to light the council has asked its contractors to withdraw from the £12million project.

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St Mary's Major Trauma Centre opened in 2010

Paddington hospital’s trauma unit ranked top in England

A Paddington hospital is celebrating after its major injury centre was named the best in the country.

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Paddington Arts director Steve Shaw, with beekeeper Mike Wohl and volunteer Robert Harvey.

Beekeeping project creates hive of activity at Paddington Arts

There was a buzz of excitement at a performing arts centre last week when the moment came to extract the first batch of honey from its beehives.

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The expenses of 30 candidates were allegedly submitted late

Westminster North Tory election agent in police probe over expenses

Police have issued a warning to a Conservative Party agent over allegations of irregularities with the expenses of 30 candidates who stood in May’s elections to Westminster Council.

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Police have arrested one man on suspicion of dangerous driving

Men arrested after security guard robbed of cashbox in Baker Street

Three men have been arrested after a security guard was assaulted as he walked towards a Baker Street bank in the early hours of this morning.

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Clean up campaigner Edward Montgomery on Chippenham Gardens, which sits just over the border in Brent. Picture: Polly Hancock

Maida Vale man believes ‘lost’ junction could be pride of borough

A Maida Vale man is calling on neighbouring Brent to take inspiration from Westminster and tidy up a junction “lost” between the boroughs.

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Danielle Cowan and baby Nate with their carbon monoxide alarm - photo by Polly Hancock

St John’s Wood mum makes alarm plea after deadly gas scare

A mother whose family home was filled with poisonous fumes is urging people to invest £15 in the alarm which saved their lives.

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The men are due to appear in court in October.

Two men charged with firearm possession following raid in St John’s Wood

Two men have been charged in connection with firearms offences following a raid on a property in St John’s Wood.

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Police raided a home in St John's Wood last night.

Five arrested after gun and ammunition seized in St John’s Wood

Five men have been arrested after a handgun and ammunition was found during a raid at a home in St John’s Wood last night (Wednesday).

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Figures seen by London Assembly member Murad Quereshi reveal planned tube staff cuts.

Westminster tube stations ‘face staff cuts’, figures show

Frontline staff at tube stations across Westminster are due to be cut by up to 46 per cent, it has been revealed.

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Meacher Higgins & Thomas celebrate its 200th anniversary with Mayor of Westminster Cllr Audrey Lewis and Hesham Khalil consulate general of Egypt - photo by Polly Hancock.

Marylebone pharmacy marks 200 years with birthday bash

Birthday cake proved to be just what the doctor ordered when a Marylebone pharmacy threw a party to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

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Residents say the 'iceberg' basement would set a precedent for the street.

Campaigners urge Westminster Council to reject latest giant basement plan

Furious neighbours are urging Westminster Council to set an example by rejecting plans for a huge two-storey basement extension in St John’s Wood.

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Education See all

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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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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