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THE YEAR THAT WAS: How we reported 2008: October- December

PUBLISHED: 11:07 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

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October saw a Golders Green businessman attend his son s Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem – but if he didn t return the trip would cost £2.6million. Zev Saltsman, 45, was accused of fraud and his three friends would have had to pay the huge costs if he did not co

October saw a Golders Green businessman attend his son's Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem - but if he didn't return the trip would cost £2.6million. Zev Saltsman, 45, was accused of fraud and his three friends would have had to pay the huge costs if he did not come home and face criminal charges.

Autumnal weather meant the 5k Great Highgate Fun Run, which brought together young and old, took place in the pouring rain to raise money for the Whittington Hospital's Building for Babies campaign.

October was also the 100-year anniversary of the suffragette rush on Westminster, which this year saw another protest led by West Hampstead organiser Tamsin Omond. Hundreds of protesters stormed towards parliament, demanding the government acts on climate change.

Hampstead's iconic red phone boxes faced the end of the line as Camden Council and BT's talks remained unresolved, but perhaps the most monumental event of the month was the US election campaign. Labour campaigner and Camden resident Tulip Siddiq went to the States to cover Barack Obama's exciting race to the White House for the Ham&High.

Hallowe'en lived up to its bad reputation this year when Lorretta Paterson, who runs Temptation gift shop in Temple Fortune, was left with two black eyes and 10 stitches after she was car-jacked and robbed of £10,000 worth of jewellery.

The month also saw the possibility of a £425,000 Highgate flat selling for just £75 after its owner, Sam Greif, listed it on an online auction.

Remembrance Day saw Camden Mayor Nurul Islam leading tributes to fallen war heroes when hundreds visited war memorials to pay their respects.

And a Hampstead mother had to explain herself after being mistaken for a terrorist at Gatwick Airport. Emma Goldman, head of the Royal School Hampstead's PTA, was surrounded by armed police and locked in a cell after returning to retrieve some toys she had accidentally left on the aircraft.

Fears over hospital infection resurfaced after a Royal Free Hospital manager allegedly admitted to a patient that staff do not wash their hands with soap and water, while Hampstead broadcaster, Esther Rantzen, caused a stir after offering to strain water through her knickers on the latest series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

The end of 2008 saw council plans to put an end to school run chaos by using American-style yellow school buses, while one of the most famous rock stars in the world - Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones - lit up Hampstead by turning on this year's Christmas lights.

Hampstead property tycoon Pamela Green, 74, was awarded almost £3million after being hit by a car which left her with devastating brain damage.

Haringey Council leader George Meehan and children's services boss Liz Santry resigned in the wake of the tragic Baby P case. The month also saw hundreds of visitors remember their lost loved ones at the Lights to Remember ceremony held by Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead. Those who attended included actresses Frances de la Tour and Gillian Taylforth.

A political spat opened up between London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, Brian Coleman, and Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone. The Ham&High exclusively revealed the row in which Coleman slammed Ms Featherstone for being an "airhead" for calling 999 because of a noise in her boiler. She retorted that he was an "idiot". The story was then a hot topic of debate on BBC topical quiz show Have I Got News For You?


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