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THE YEAR THAT WAS: How we reported 2008: July - September

PUBLISHED: 12:05 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

JULY Thousands kicked their smoking habit a year on from the smoking ban. More than 2,000 people in Camden, 3,000 in neighbouring Barnet and 2,247 in Haringey stubbed out for good with the help of GPs, pharmacies, and services offered by primary care trus

JULY

Thousands kicked their smoking habit a year on from the smoking ban. More than 2,000 people in Camden, 3,000 in neighbouring Barnet and 2,247 in Haringey stubbed out for good with the help of GPs, pharmacies, and services offered by primary care trusts.

The compensation let down of the July 7 bombings was revealed this month, as one in 10 survivors were still waiting for compensation, three years on. The delay in compensating those injured prompted anger on the third anniversary of the bombings, as mourners gathered at King's Cross to remember those who died.

The Jester Festival in Fortune Green was as popular as ever with hundreds flocking to the event, despite the fact that it was planned last-minute because of the loss of the community centre in West Hampstead. Businesses clubbed together to bankroll the event.

July also saw yet another stabbing tragedy as Elliot Guy, 27, died after being attacked at a party in Tufnell Park. Mr Guy's mother joined more than 100 mourners at a vigil for her son.

AUGUST

London Zoo kept its gates open extra late this month to allow visitors a unique chance to spend an evening with animals under the stars. Sleeping lions and lively monkeys delighted hundreds of revellers, along with a range of talks, feeds and demonstrations by the zookeepers.

Crouch End's Gary McKinnon, who hacked into NASA computer systems while researching UFOs, lost his fight for extradition to the US and spoke exclusively to the Ham&High. The 42-year-old told of how his life had fallen apart as a result of the verdict.

A Kentish Town fashion designer's life was saved by pioneering treatment at the Royal Free Hospital and a blood donation from her daughter. Joanne Scott, 53, had been given just eight months to live until the hospital offered the lifeline of 'natural cancer-killing cells'.

Hampstead traders lashed out at police, claiming ram raids and hold-ups were threatening their livelihoods as police admitted the problem was getting worse.

Classical singing sensation Katherine Jenkins brought the year's Kenwood concert season to a close on Hampstead Heath.

SEPTEMBER

Camden has the best police force in the country, the new man in charge of the borough's Safer Neighbour-hood Teams announced. Supt Raj Kohli, 42, is the Met's highest ranked practising Sikh officer and said he was looking forward to the challenges of policing Camden.

The Ham&High also revealed the story of the Kentish Town councillor who was representing thousands of constituents - and pocketing £700 a month in allowances - from Arizona. Lib Dem councillor, Philip Thompson, 26, moved to Tucson without telling his constituents but resigned at the end of September after we exposed the scandal. He paid back his allowances.

September saw Hampstead cook Ellen Gahan crowned the nation's dinner lady of the year following nominations from school children at South Hampstead's junior school.

The Whittington Hospital faced more criticism after computer disks containing the personal details of more than 18,000 NHS staff went missing.

And an illegal sex den was closed down after more than five years. The Golders Green brothel took years to shut down, despite being directly opposite Golders Green police station.


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