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The last 12 months have seen heartening tales of community action interspersed with trauma, tragedy and political intrigue. Harry Taylor and Sam Volpe take a look back at the biggest stories we’ve brought you in 2018 – and a couple of the weirdest, too.

I often promise Ham&High readers that I will use this column to write about local matters.

Sir Keir Starmer has backed neighbours on a Primrose Hill estate who are seeking legal advice after being told by their housing association they will each have to pay £80 a year to park.

Holborn and Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer declined to back a call by Camden’s youth MP to decriminalise drugs during a meeting on drugs and gang violence in Camden.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

When writing for the Ham&High, I enjoy the opportunity to focus on local issues. This week, however, parliament resumes business after a conference recess in which Brexit took centre stage, and Brexit is set to dominate proceedings for many weeks to come.

Seven months to the day after a single winter night saw two young men stabbed to death, Camden’s youth safety task force – led by Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer and Cllr Abdul Hai – last night recommended a series of measures to arrest the alarming upwards trend in youth violence in the borough.

Tulip Siddiq’s Hampstead and Kilburn seat could be under threat as the final boundary commission proposals see the new Hampstead seat take in a number of Conservative areas.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

I had the very great pleasure, last weekend, of joining my predecessor Frank Dobson, council leader Georgia Gould and many others in a triple NHS celebration: 70 years of the NHS, 20 years of the Caversham Health Centre in Kentish Town, and two years of the “listening space” outside the centre.

Leader Georgia Gould paid tribute to Camden’s Jewish community, and said Labour will stand up for people left “desperate” by austerity.

The victims of Tuesday night’s stabbings have been named as 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan, and 20-year-old Sadiq Adan Mohamed.

A night of knife violence in Kentish Town last night saw two young men killed, and another suffer stab injuries.

The team behind plans to turn a 1.2km derelict railway line into a garden walkway are crowdfunding for building costs after a study gave it the thumbs up.

The leader of Camden Council and the borough’s two MPs have written to England and Wales’ Chief Coroner to raise their concerns about the borough’s senior coroner, Mary Hassell.

Gospel Oak councillors are encouraging the public to make the most of a meeting about crime in the area on Wednesday.

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