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Some Barnet council staff walk off the job today

Some Barnet council workers will strike today, over a dispute about the outsourcing of council services. The council is looking at more affordable ways to deliver services including for libraries, street cleaning and school meals.

Barnet Unison claims more than 80% of staff could end up working for a different employer under the changes. Today's strike is part of 6 weeks worth of action.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash

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A 25-year-old motorcyclist has died after a collision on the A1 in Barnet.

Police were called at about 5.15pm yesterday by paramedics. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have appealed for information and asked any witnesses to contact them.

The rider was found on the A1 just south of Stirling Corner. Police are trying to trace his family to inform them.

The man was riding a white Ducati motorcycle. At this stage, there have been no eyewitness reports of any other vehicle involved.

Oblivious lottery winner should be £1.8 million richer

Someone, somewhere in London should be nearly £2 million richer. A winning lottery ticket is still unclaimed which could transform the fortunes of one player - but only if they claim the prize before the deadline.

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  • The ticket was bought on January 28 in the Barnet area
  • The winner matched five numbers 3, 4, 17, 24, 30, 34 & bonus of 36
  • The deadline to claim the life-changing prize is July 27

We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings this amazing prize could really make a difference to somebody's life.

We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery

Got the winning ticket? Call 0845 910 0000.

Concern for missing pensioner as weather turns cold

85-year-old John Booth, who has dementia Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have appealed for the public's help to find an 85-year-old man suffering from dementia.

John Booth left the care home where he lives in Holden Road, Barnet, between 8am and midday yesterday,

Extensive local police enquiries have failed to trace Mr Booth and officers are increasingly concerned for his safety due to the cold weather.

John Booth is 5ft 6” tall, of medium build and walks with a slight limp. He has very short grey hair and wears thin framed glasses.

He enjoys walking and staff at the care home and officers are concerned that he may have walked too far and become confused or be unable to make the journey home.

While the search for John continues, police ask that anyone who has seen John Booth contact Barnet Police by dialing 101 or call the care facility direct on 0208 492 6500.

Barnet Council backs plan to save Moss Hall Nursery

After a long campaign, Moss Hall Nursery has been saved from potentially devastating cuts to its budget.

In simple terms we did it, we got the council to accept the proposal, but we don't want to be doing it again so we need to ensure that we secure the core funding for future generations.

I myself cannot quite believe what we have achieved, I feel somewhat in a dream like status that in a moment I will awaken to a different verdict, I'm sure it will sink in soon! Many thought it would be impossible but you did it!

– Nikki Roberts, Save Moss Hall Nursery

You can watch the meeting in full below.

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Man injured in north west London

Police are investigating after a suspected assault in north west London last night.

Officers were called to an incident outside a block of flats on the Graham Park Estate in Colindale, where they found an injured man, who was then taken to hospital.

Police in Barnet would like to hear from any witnesses. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

More Barnet nurseries join protest against budget cuts

Three more nurseries have joined in the protest against Barnet council's plans for budget cuts.

Barnet Unison, which represents St Margret's, Hampden Way and Brook Hill, are opposing the council's proposals that the three nurseries should merge to save money.

They have followed in the footsteps of Moss Hall Nursery School and launched their own petition online.

Moss Hall campaigners have continued to gain support with their petition now standing at over 2,400 signatures.

A council meeting is due to be held on October 28 at 7pm to decide plans for the future.

Barnet Council say they can't afford financial support to nursery

Barnet Council have said they are having to make cuts to Moss Hall Nursery because they can no longer afford the extra money it was receiving. The council says the subsidy was paid for because it had some spare subsidy left over from the Dedicated Schools Grant which will not available from next year. It says Moss Hall is one of four nursery schools who face cuts.

The four nursery schools offer an excellent service to parents and children in the borough but have received a one-off subsidy of £890,000 a year for the last two years over and above the income generated from ‘free entitlement’ places. This is 70% more than is paid to other Early Years providers. We can’t continue to provide that level of support indefinitely and three of the schools have proposed coming together, to achieve management efficiencies and grow services in order to be able to manage without any subsidy after two years. Unfortunately the proposals form Moss Hall Nursery School would require an ongoing subsidy and this would mean the school would be managed with a disproportionate amount of the funding available to support nursery children across the borough.

– Barnet Council

Petition to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts

A petition has been launched to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts.

Barnet Council officers have proposed to cut Moss Hall Nursery's budget in half and no longer pay for staff.

Campaigners are petitioning against proposed budget cuts at Moss Hall Nursery. Credit: NikkiRoberts/change.org

On a petitioning website, Nikki Roberts wrote:

The planned cuts to Moss Hall Nursery will cause irreparable damage to an outstanding community nursery school.

With the inevitable loss of staff from these cuts, this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of education and support to parents and the community it now does.

Once the drastic proposals are put in place the damage will be irreversible.

– Nikki Roberts

So far, almost 2,000 people have signed the petition. The campaigners have produced a video to make their case:

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