Hammersmith News Archive First half 2007

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June 2007

Man Murdered in Centre of Hammersmith
49 year man stabbed to death on Sunday morning

Archbishop opens spectacular new eco-friendly primary school
£7m Larmenier & Sacred Heart features solar panels and sedum roof

Spate of Acid Attacks in Local Area
Victims Treated in Specialist Eye Hospital Following Assault

A Taste of Summer at Le Vacherin
In conjunction with Phil Collins Fine Fruit and Vegetables

Firefighter Hospitalised After Blaze
Involved in rescue of man from 6th floor flat in King Street

Wooden Spoon For Dorville Row
Vernon Street Offices Praised by Hammersmith Society

Scooter Snatch, Teen Mugging and Father's Day Robbery
Local Police seek information from residents to help solve recent crimes

Robbed After Doing Elderly Neighbour A Good Turn
Police say incident may be linked to a previous crime

King Street Regeneration - Long List Drawn Up
Nine Companies bid to develop piazza project

Safer Neighbourhood Officers Launch First Dogwatch
With the support of Stamford Brook Common dog walkers

Volunteering 'Oscars' for Lunch Club Duo
Commitment of Mary Rudd and Percy Venus recognised

Big Brother is Watching You
Estate Yobs to be Captured on Infrared Cameras

New 'Fast Track' for Community Group Grants
Deadline looms for local projects to make their bids

Local GPs go mobile
New Text Messaging Service for Patients

Greedy Courier Caught After Time On The Run
£6,000 conman sentenced to 150 hours community service

Livingstone's Great Oyster Giveaway
Mayor accused of pre-election tricks as he sits on nest egg

Plight Of The Modern Suburb
"Communities need to retain the character that attracted people there"

Department for Transport Under Fire Over Heathrow Study
Accused of breaking rules by sharing vital air pollution data with BAA

Is Westfield set to be 'White City'
Shopping Centre Hoardings do not Reflect Local Community

Full Detail of Recent Local Home Sales
Prices for all properties sold in W6 area this year

"Plans To Scrap Ticket Counter Will Make Stations Less Safe"
Local MP Condemns Mayor's "Crazy" Proposals To Close Ticket Offices

Conductor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
Ex teacher at West London school sentenced to four years

Community Buildings Go Under the Hammer
Council sells off its assets to reduce council tax bills

London Underground to Close Local Ticket Offices
TfL Declines to Comment as RMT Launches On-Line Petition

Council Hammers The Hand-Out Hounds
Forcing free newspapers and advertising hawkers from the streets

Decade of Delays as District Line Goes Down the Tube
'Improvement work' will not be completed until 2017

Safer Neighbourhood Officer Launches Dogwatch
Following reports of anti social behaviour and drug dealing on Stamford Brook Common

Big Hearted Helpers Required
Hammersmith British Heart Foundation Shop Seeks Volunteers

New Low For Basement Planning Permission
Environment Agency Demands Flood Risk Assessments Prior to Council Approval

Local Students are Afro Style Champions
Hammersmith & West London College Girls Dominate National Competition

Chelsea Fans Get the Blues
Council denies it put the brakes on plan for parade

Track Flight Paths On-line With WebTrak
HACAN welcomes new system that brings "transparency to the skies"

Latymer Students Win Prestigious Scholarships
Teenagers demonstrate flair and originality with engineering design

Artists At Home Crosses Borough Boundaries
To include painters, sculptors, textile designers, photographers, and jewellers

Hands Off Our Ancient History
MP campaigns for Classical History to Stay at Godolphin & Latymer

May 2007

Eight to Face Trial for Kodjo Stabbing
Hundreds line streets to mourn murdered teenager

Row Blows up over Migrant Numbers
Council say new figures underestimate inflow to local area

Controversial Cop to Take Charge of Local Force
Ali Dizaei's imminent transfer to Hammersmith & Fulham confirmed

Council Commits to Weekly Bin Collections
Saying green justification for fortnightly rounds is 'false pretext'

Parking Fines Set To Rise
As councils introduce a two-tier scheme from July 1st

Hands Off Our Ancient History
MP campaigns for Classical History to Stay at Godolphin & Latymer

Award Winning Le Vacherin's Soiree de Sabrage
Five course dinner of classic French dishes served with wine and champagne

Neighbourhood Watch Association Launched
Borough-wide network to co-ordinate citizens' anti-crime efforts

Gunman Strikes on Greyhound Road
Armed mugging achieves a paltry yield

Children Sing Up a Storm
Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Choir Brush up Their Shakespeare

Ipod Snatch near the Broadway
Thief makes getaway along Aldersley Road

Top Ranking for Borough from Audit Commission
Hammersmith and Fulham achieves four-star rating despite council tax cut

PM Dragged into Row Over Local Voluntary Groups
Tony Blair accused of 'flip-flopping' over his attitude to Hammersmith Law Centre

As Latymer School's Ecstasy Scandal Hits Headlines
Former Pupil Hugh Grant Displays Educated Benevolence

Outlaw Breeding of Fight Dogs Demands MP
'Blinged up Staffs' the canine equivalent of 'happy slapping'

Residents to Have Say on Town Hall Plan
Council promise more consultation on King Street regeneration

Police Renew Appeal For Escaped Suspect
Wellington remains on the run after fleeing custody eight months ago

Gunpoint Kidnap Plot Foiled by Police Team
Armed Officers' Pre-planned Operation Ends in Five Arrests

Lyric Young Company Host Auditions for Debut Season
Aspiring actors sought for Accidental Heroes and The Luna Club

Brook Green Pharmacist Sentenced For Fraud
After being found guilty of three counts of false accounting

Children get into character for book week
Fun had dressing up at Larmenier and Sacred Heart Primary School

Wanted: Owner of Ceremonial Campaign Medals
Local police seek to reunite theft victims with recovered items

Longer Opening Hours & More Staff For Libraries
Move follows extensive consultation with boroughs' residents

Local School Dazzles Hackney Empire Judges
Burlington Danes Academy Runners Up in Rock Challenge 2007

Mayor Gives Go-ahead to Low Emission Zone
Causing local businesses to see red over his latest green initiative

Spring Specials From Le Vacherin
Coq Au Vin and Soiree de Sabrage on the menu at award winning restaurant

Ministers Warned Not To Rush Airport Plans
That could result in 50% increase in Heathrow flights

April 2007

Council Back Track on Hurlingham School Closure
Expert panel to lead commission on local education

Town Hall 'Eyesore' to be demolished
Ugly sixties building to make way for new shopping piazza

Hammersmith & Fulham's Chef of the Year Competition Launched
Contest highlights diversity of cafes and restaurants across the Borough

Would-be Thief Poses As Council Workman
Distraction burglary foiled with one press of a panic button

Plasma Screen Taken from King Street Mall
Thieves break in at weekend to steal from food hall

Ofsted Endorsement for Bentworth Primary
Means all Hammersmith & Fulham schools are now in the clear

Benefit Fraudster Gets a Taste of the Cells
After falsely claiming nearly £24,000 in housing and council tax benefits

To Russia With Science
Latymer Chemist Heads To Moscow's Olympiad

Employers Urged To Help Smokers Quit
But suggestions of paid time off deemed 'far from economic reality'

Ofsted hails 'outstanding' teaching for children with autism
Queensmill School's good practice highly praised by inspectors

Local Drug Dealer Charged With ABH
After arresting officer needs lip stitched back together

Did Bank Robber Buckle Under Guilt of Crime?
Local man hands himself into Police after knife point raid

Spate of Dog Related Crime in Local Area
Incidents include dog fight broken up and father attacked while wheeling pushchair

Cyber Criminals Target Hammersmith
Organised gangs behind explosion in identity fraud

Homes Evacuated after Gas Leak in Sinclair Gardens
Cordon set up around local streets due to fear of explosion

Tories Choose Shaun Bailey as Hammersmith Candidate
Black community activist to fight seat in next election

Bell tolls for bus bullies
Bus station dispersal order to be extended

Playing for Success Celebration for Kids
Local children attend event at Stamford Bridge

Enter Now for the London Pride Walk
Entrants wanted to raise money for Cancer Research

Chaos on River as Ten Boats Sink
Gusty conditions cause abandonment of Head of River Race

March 2007

Woman's face slashed with Stanley knife
During disturbance at Edward's on Hammersmith Broadway

Conventional and Contemporary Combine at The Black Lion
We discover a hidden gem a stone's throw from the river

Ombudsman Finds School Guilty of Cherry Picking Pupils
Lady Margaret School Ordered to Pay Compensation to Parents

Marauding Mutts Collared
As council bites back against anti-social dog owners

£2bn Tunnel To Help Clean Up The Thames
But costs will be met by residents via a hike in water bills

Take a scenic countryside stroll, right in the heart of West London
Free walking guide covers idyllic parts of Thames Path National Trail

Grade II Listing for Slavery Abolitionist's Tomb
Residents repair historic tomb of key figure in British anti-slavery movement

Council named beacon for excellent electoral services
LBH&F recognized by government for quality and innovation

London's first air quality text service launched
Innovative new service helps those who suffer from effects of air pollution

Mayor's 'Eye in the Sky' Causes Controversy
Widespread concern over real motive behind London satellite

Four teenagers charged with Hammersmith Grove murder
As victim's Mother speaks of her loss

Former Headmistress of St Paul's Girls Dies
School announces the passing of Elizabeth Diggory

'Half of London's Police Stations are uncontactable'
Lib Dem's research shows that our local stations are performing worst in London

Council Defends New Garden Waste Arrangements
Councillor Refutes Andy Slaughter MP's Criticism of the Scheme

Quick Thinking Foils 'Effeminate' Crook
79 year old lady rumbles conmen in Brook Green

Controversy over 24/7 Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Trial
Opposition claim scheme means fewer police for central Hammersmith

Labour Claims Victory as Tories "Back-Track on Pay Hike"
Council Leader Blames Clerical Error for 18% Pay Increase

£2bn Tunnel To Help Clean Up The Thames
But costs will be met by residents via a hike in water bills

MP Praises Police and Local Community in wake teenager's murder
Greg Hands calls on Home Secretary for increase in 'Stop and Search'

Local MP Champions New Rights for Tenants
After 75% who had money withheld claimed deposit was retained unfairly

Mayor Ken Endorses Angie's Runway Stance
London plan to be amended against Heathrow expansion

Green Blast Over Anti-Tram War Chest
Friends of the Earth Unhappy About Council's Fighting Fund

Stabbing on Hammersmith Grove
Teenage boy murdered - seven youths held

Council Leader Hits Back At Pay Rise Critics
Claiming 18% increases were due to a 'clerical error'

Crack Down on Ravenscourt Road
Enforcement officers aim to drive out yobs and drunk

MP Blasts New Garden Waste Arrangements
Slaughter says scheme will put people off recycling

More Bad News For Post Offices
As prospect of further closures is raised in government consultation

Nearly 90% of borough's children get into school of choice
Co-ordinated admissions system results in fewer disappointments

Charity Commission to Investigate Abu Hamza's Property Deals
Amid allegations of misappropriation of Mosque funds

Remembering The Struggle For Freedom
200th anniversary marked in birthplace of anti-slavery movement leader

The Bush Theatre Announces New Artistic Director
Josie Rourke to take playhouse "into it's bold and promising future"

Lord Hurd Honours Neighbourhood Watch
Former Home Secretary Becomes Patron of Local Association

Future of Irish Centre Secured with Help from Celtic Tiger
New era heralded by major festival of Irish music, film and photography

£120K chance for voluntary groups to get professional
Scheme helps organisations to maximise morale and impress future funders

Local Company Makes Sunday Times Top 20 Best Employers
Hammersmith's RPM listed as one of the best small companies to work for

Violence Erupts After Chelsea Cup Tie
34 Arrests Made After Football Fans Clash Outside White Horse Pub

Pitbull Gang Terrorise Bus Station
Member of staff attacked after confronting dog owners

Anger Over Pay Rises for Councillors
Labour claim 18% increase means more service cuts

Council Disparages Mayor's "Hollow" Housing Victory
Claiming a triumph for local residents as Prestolite objection is removed

Bomb Hoax Closes Betfair
Hammersmith offices of Gambling Company Shut

Discover the Exotic Secrets of Indian Cooking
And win one of two places at Agni's Sunday School

Imagine a Place Where Residents are Self-Created Avatars
Georgia Foster Launches Virtual Hypnotherapy Workshop

Disney, Pinter and Pop School Stage Academy
We discover why Nigel Harmen just can't keep away the area

Residents Take To The Streets In Protest
To highlight those who will be hardest hit by c-charge extension

Councillor Slammed for Backing Parking Fines Hike
LBH&F's Deputy Leader recommends 50% rise in charges

Thieves Steal TV from 92 Year Old Lady
Pair posed as water board officials on Bolingbroke Road

Drugs Bust Nets Police a Bumper Haul
Arrests, Cash and Class A Drugs Seized During Raids

Over Ten Cases of C-diff a Month in Hammersmith Hospitals
MP calls for urgent action to tackle the deadly new superbug

Another Attack at Doomed Night Spot
Man has jaw broken in Hammersmith Palais assault

Tories Slammed for Taking 'gamble' With Public Safety
As Councillors Vote Down Plan to Extend Police Cover

Lillie Road Fitness Centre Reopens after Major Refurb
Aimed at encouraging more residents to make use of facilities

Muggers Threaten to Kill Pizza Delivery Man
Driver ambushed outside Cox House on Field Road

Livingstone Praises Prestolite's Low Rent Homes
After lifting his planning permission refusal for Larden Road Site

University of London VIIIs Highlights Strength of Local Rowing
And was fitting tribute to Club's President who recently passed away

Campaign to Stop Heathrow Expansion Goes On-line
Petition against environmentally unfriendly plans receives wide-spread support

Switch Off Before You Drive Off
Police drive forward new mobile phone laws

Junk Mail Costs More Than the Paper It's Written On
So why aren't the councils doing more to stop it?

February 2007

Anti-congestion Charge Campaigners Gear up For a Last-Ditch Protest
100 vehicles expected to participate in convoy through Hammersmith

Man Hunt for Violent Drug Dealer
Spencer Wellington broke out of Hammersmith Police Station

Man May Lose Sight in Eye after Attack
Fight in Hammersmith Palais could have tragic consequences

School Gets Fit After 'Outstanding' Bill of Health from Ofsted
St Augustine's Primary Passes a School Healthcheck

Longer opening hours and more staff for local libraries
Residents invited to have their say on other improvements

Residents Fight Tide Of Concrete in Court
Appeal against 'hated twin towers' receives wide-spread backing

Council Plans To Boost Home Ownership
New one stop shop gets residents onto the property ladder

Winners and Losers in the Congestion Charge game
What impact will the extension have on property prices beyond its border?

Woman Mugged At Kitchen-Knife Point
Victim Initially Thought Rylett Road Robbery Was Joke

Prestolite Deal On The Horizon?
Planning committee approves new plans for old factory building

Mayor's Budget Approved Despite Strong Opposition
5.3% precept hike passed but without majority support

Local Assembly Members Propose US-Style School Bus Scheme
Mayor slams the "impractical pilot" aimed at replacing free bus travel

Turnaround Teams Brought In To Cure Local NHS Debt
City experts drafted to aid financially challenged hospitals

Closure of Hammersmith's Irish Centre Denied
Rumour 'absolutely not true' says council

Hands Demands Action on Hamza 'Loopholes'
Local MP warns that other terror suspects could exploit system

Council Forced to Pay £200,000 School Fees for Autistic Boy
Mother wins her court case against local education authority

Noise maps predict 'devastating' impact of Heathrow's third runway
Council leaders slam government for disregarding environmental consequences

Woman Threatened with Broken Bottle
Mugger strikes as she took short cut on Aspenlea Road

MP Backs Hammersmith Based Cancer Charity's Plea
To Give Children with Cancer a Break

Valuable Antique Rings Stolen
Reward for recovery of jewellery taken from Musard Road

Hoop dreams come true
As Burlington Danes Basketball Academy is launched


January 2007

Palais Demolition Gets Green Light
Council gives permission for office development on the site

School Caretaker Jailed for Child Porn Offences
Pictures found in raid on house belonging to school

Double Decker Bus Stolen
Driver returns from toilet break to find 266 bus gone

Hammersmith & Fulham's Council Tax 'Sham'
Leader of Labour Group blasts 'old-fashioned Thatcherite Conservatives'

RNLI Crew Rescue Children From Stranded Cruiser
Motor cruiser runs aground off Fulham's Crabtree Wharf

Local Men Charged With Armed Robbery and Firearms Offences
'Violent and high organized' gang sentenced to over 32 years imprisonment

'Stop killing our trees' in Kelmscott Gardens
Residents fight to save 'mature healthy' trees from council's axe

Survey Shows Fall in Anti-Social Behaviour
Problems with noisy neighbours, rowdiness and vandalism down

William Morris Academy is 'outstanding'
And students make 'exceptional progress' says Ofsted

A no go zone for yobs extended after proving success
Brawling youths remain banned from Hammersmith bus station

Fines Hit Anti-Social Dog Owners
Plans to halt menace of owners who don't clean up after their mutts

Bogus Water Worker Dupes Elderly Victim
Police seek help in catching St Dunstans Road double theft

Marching orders for Scourge of Acfold Road
Action taken against man who subjected neighbours to abuse

Arson Suspected at Crown Hotel Fire
Guests evacuated by London Fire Brigade

Tony Blair Petitioned Over West London Tram
Residents being asked to sign on-line e-petition on PM's site

Chelsea Demonstrates Community Commitment
Club releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Tara Start Training Again
Camogie Club on the look-out for new players

Hammersmith & Fulham to Cut Tax
Council claim bills will fall as frontline services improve

Convicted Gunman Sprung from Prison
Manhunt as dangerous criminal escapes from Wormwood Scrubs

CCTV Exposes Bogus Robbery on Blacks Road
Chauffeur made up attack by four knife wielding men

Decision Day Looms for the Palais
Fate of live music venue to be decided this month

Drive to Get Parents to Choose Local Schools
Council publishes primary school strategy for consultation

Above Inflation Rises Hit Beleaguered Commuters
33% hikes make London the most expensive transport capital in the world

Warning to Consumers as Chip and Pin Fraud Becomes a Real Threat
Experts produce 'virtually foolproof way of stealing a consumer's details'

Ken Caps Councils' Olympics Tax
Rate hike fears lessen as Mayor announces Tax freezes

Thousands of NHS workers face the axe
Local hospitals could be 'crippled' if Government cuts go ahead

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