Bus and pedestrian collide on Tottenham Court Road

A pedestrian was seriously injured after a collision with a bus on Tottenham Court Road on the morning of Tuesday 11 June. A man in his 30s and a southbound number 24 bus collided near the junction with Torrington Place. In a statement to MyLondon a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called …

The life and changing times of the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre

Newspaper front page.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, which will be closing in June, was a product of its time and was one of several community advice centres being established across Camden and other inner London boroughs in the 1970s. The opportunity arose as a result of funding provided by the Home Office to tackle inner city problems. This …

The final days of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre

Street view of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre will close its doors in June for the last time after five decades of delivering a housing and welfare advice service and numerous community projects from the Tottenham Street building. Camden Council, which owns the site and needs to carry out repairs and plans to redevelop the listed Georgian building, has …

Police talk on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and cybercrime

Cut up bank card.

Experts from the police's fraud and online crime unit will give a talk this Saturday on how to avoid becoming a victim of the various scams that target unsuspecting shoppers. Officers from FALCON (Fraud & Linked Crime Online, Organised Crime Command) will give a presentation and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. According …

Nursery empty again after charities fail to agree on future plans

Front of nursery building.

The children's nursery in Whitfield Street is to close at the end of this week after more than ten years of serving the community with the loss of 25 places for under-fives because of a disagreement between two charities over improvements to the building and plans to redevelop the site. A new childcare provider is …

New plans for mental health services in Camden and Islington

Front of building with sign.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are consulting on plans to change mental health services and build a new hospital and community health hubs, a project to be partly funded by the sale of a property at Tottenham Mews in Fitzrovia. The consultation is seeking the public's views on moving patient beds from St Pancras …

Camden Council gets £870k to tackle rough sleeping

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has secured £870,000 of government funding to assist homeless people in the borough after a count of rough sleepers identified a more accurate picture of its street population. The money, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), is the highest amount awarded for any individual local authority. Neighbouring Westminster Council …

Volunteers sought for Camden rough sleeper count

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Safer Streets Team will be carrying out a comprehensive count of people sleeping rough in the borough this week and is looking for volunteers from the community to help. In the autumn of 2017 an official count revealed that there were total of 1,137 rough sleepers in London. Camden reported the largest increase from …

Tributes left for homeless man who died sleeping on Tottenham Court Road

Flowers left on pavement.

Bunches of flowers and messages have been left on Tottenham Court Road in memory of a homeless man who died last week while sleeping on the street. The Huffington Post reports that a man who was aged in his 40s and was known as "Irish Keith" died on the pavement outside Curry's PC World in …

Police appeal for information after men are charged with Camden murders

Police officers.

Police have charged a Fitzrovia man with two murders and serious assaults which took place on a single night of violence in Camden. Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Popoola of Grafton Way WC1 is accused of killing 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan and 20-year-old Sadiq Aadam Mohamed. He is also accused of grievous bodily harm and attempted grievous bodily harm …

Appeal to identify man found collapsed near University College Hospital

Man in hospital bed.

Police are trying to identify a man who collapsed outside University College Hospital on Euston Road and is currently in a coma. Detectives from Camden are appealing for help from the public to identify a man who collapsed outside the hospital at around 1630hrs on Tuesday, 26 December. He had suffered a heart attack and …

Volunteers are needed to help with Camden rough sleeper count

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Volunteers are being asked to help with counting the number of people sleeping rough in Camden this summer after concerns about the large increase in street homeless in the borough. "The Safer Streets Team will be carrying out a comprehensive count of people sleeping rough in Camden on a night in July and we are …

Residents praise speedy firefighters after blaze in Langham Street flat

Fire crew outside building.

Residents expressed their gratitude to firefighters who raced to a street in Fitzrovia this morning to put out a fire which engulfed a home in a mansion block. Crews of the London Fire Brigade from Euston, Paddington and Soho stations had to smash through locked doors to extinguish a fire and stopped it spreading to …

Family law and relationship therapy served with coffee and cake

Chocolate brownies on a plate.

If your relationship is getting you down then help is at hand at a cosy cafe in Warren Street which is hosting a number of free workshops designed to soften the impact of familial discord with the help of some sugar-laced treats. Family law solicitors from Grayfords on Fitzroy Square will be running a series of …

It is the increasing number of UK nationals not migrants who are pushing up rough sleeper numbers

Nationality statistics for rough sleepers.

The Times newspaper this morning runs a story with the misleading headline: "Migrants drive 50% rise in rough sleepers". In its article The Times reports on yesterday's release of official statistics of numbers of homeless people sleeping outside during the autumn of 2016. "More than 20 per cent of those identified as rough sleepers were …

Only 17 people sleep rough in the whole of the borough says Camden Council

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has told the Department for Communities and Local Government that there were only 17 rough sleepers on a "typical night" across the entire London borough in the autumn of 2016, according to official statistics released today. The figure of 17 is just not credible by any stretch of the imagination. Camden claims to have …

Cross-party group of MPs and Peers to investigate whether the justice system is properly serving cyclists

Cyclists travelling along London street.

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers is to conduct a comprehensive inquiry to investigate if the justice done on behalf of injured and killed cyclists is fit for purpose. The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) will carry out a select-committee-style inquiry to explore road traffic incidents involving a "close pass" or a collision and is calling for evidence …

Kids at Fitzrovia school excel in ‘ridiculously high level’ test

Children at a Fitzrovia primary school are among the country's best young achievers according to government statistics published this week. All Souls Church of England Primary School in Foley Street was ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in England based on pupils' progress in reading, writing and maths. At the school 87 percent of …

Campaign launched to combat hate crime

Shoba Kapoor.

A week-long national campaign to counter the surge in hate crime was launched today at an event in Charlotte Street attended by faith leaders and the actor Shobu Kapoor. The #StandTogether Against Hate Crime campaign, which is backed by a group of organisations concerned about the increase in verbal and physical attacks on migrants and …

Rates hike will squeeze Fitzrovia’s small businesses and creative industries

Businesses in Fitzrovia will be hit with a huge increase in bills next year after the government confirmed an increase of business rates in its autumn Statement. Although land values are lower than most of London’s other West End districts, the cost of premises in Fitzrovia has increased at a greater rate and will squeeze …