What have I missed since September 2nd?
The man charged with Sabrina Moss appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink. This was a preliminary hearing and he will be back in court on November 19. The court heard how he used a Mac-10 submachine gun (a notoriously inaccurate weapon) and a shotgun. Police continue to search for witnesses.
Ballymore has confirmed that all the trees on its site will be removed, in accordance with its planning permission, despite strong pleas from locals to retain at least a couple of the trees. The flats (well, the studios) at West Hampstead Square start at £405,000.
Hampstead School made the front page of both local papers for different (yet perhaps related?) reasons. The Ham & High ran a story about the campaign for a local free school, in which a Labour activist had branded the campaigners “snobs”. The Camden New Journal meanwhile went with the story of the headmaster contacting police over the “anarchist tendencies” of a former pupil who ran a satirical blog about the school.
|Lots of you spotted this aircraft u-turn at sunset on Monday
Photo via @jemimah_knight
A burst water main on Woodchurch Road knocked out water on Monday evening for some locals.
The dumping of rubbish around the area continues to be a problem, especially at this Minster Road location. Camden does come and clear it up when asked, but it seems a very inefficient approach.
September’s Property of the Month topped the £1 million mark – it’s on Greencroft Gardens.
Appropriately, this month’s Property News looked at whether the latest house price bubble could be about to burst.
Meanwhile, the man who may have the most impact on house prices, caused a different type of crash as he moved his stuff into his local home.
The short-lived Pizzeria Naila between Benham & Reeves and the Nisa corner shop is apparently due to reopen as…. a kebab shop. I’ll take bets on how long it lasts.
Meanwhile, another independent coffee shop is apparently sniffing around West Hampstead. Chez Chantal, Shaketastic and Picasso’s are all empty at the moment…
Tom gave his unique perspective on #whampdinner at La Brocca.
There was a very heavy police presence in the area on Thursday and Cllr Keith Moffitt saw “about 10 police officers ‘detaining’ someone”. Borough police said they “received info re a possible incident, and to ensure public safety, resources were allocated accordingly.” Many locals assumed it was linked to the Jewish New Year as the synagogue seemed to be the hub of police activity, though sadly Camden police didn’t elaborate further.
The Citizens Advice Bureau in Kilburn closed after 40 years of service apparently.
After appearing to admit electoral fraud, violinist Nigel Kennedy will not face prosecution as the relevant records have since been destroyed.
Powers Bar on Kilburn High Road confirmed that it had closed for good.
The Great Beauty is @NxNW6‘s film of the week. Full local listings here.
A parking enforcement vehicle was spotted slightly, er, infringing itself.
The three main candidates for Hampstead & Kilburn have finally all given their views on the Syria question.
Sarah Teather has decided to step down as MP for Brent Central before the next election.
The Brent/Camden partnership to improve Kilburn High Road has been quiet of late, but there are some developments in the pipeline, including a temporary “Kilburn university”.
There was a fire on Saturday night in West Hampstead Mews – literally on the street. The fire brigade arrived very promptly and put it out.
Even though the silly season has surely ended, a cucumber was spotted – albeit in Holborn rather than West Hampstead.
Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this week with plenty of contenders, but in the end I’ve called it a dead heat between these two.
OH at WH station: “West Hampstead has to be the sixth best location in London”. Sixth? Where are these five supposedly ‘better’ places?
— Emily (@emilyeke) September 7, 2013
Me and @mueslilover just rescued a cat stuck up a tree in West Hampstead. #noneedtosaythanksjustservingthecommunity. Cat sauntered off.
— Seldom Records (@seldomrecords) September 5, 2013