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Life in Barnet captured on film

A film has been made about life in the London Borough of Barnet and it is being screened at the Phoenix Cinema in Finchley.

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Police release image of tattoo on two suspected robbers

Barnet Police have released a drawing of a distinctive tattoo etched on the bodies of two suspects, following a robbery at Stanway Gardens, Edgeware.

At approximately 11:05 on Thursday August 7 two men, wearing balaclavas and gloves, barged into a woman's house demanding to know where the safe was.

The victim handed over a quantity of cash and jewellery she had in her bedroom before a third suspect appeared and the trio left with items.

The distinctive tattoo is etched on the bodies of two suspects of a robbery in Stanway Gardens.
The distinctive tattoo is etched on the bodies of two suspects of a robbery in Stanway Gardens. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police say the first suspect is a white 5ft 10in male with blue eyes, a pale/mid tone complexion and east European accent.The tattoo is on his upper arm.

The second suspect is said to be a white 6ft tall man of stocky build with brown eyes and a pale/mid tone complexion. He is believed to have an eastern European accent with a tattoo on the right side of neck.

The third suspect is said to be a white 5ft 10in male age between 30 and 40 of thin build, with an eastern European accent.

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Car crashes through fence and ends up on M1 motorway

A car rolled off the forecourt of a dealership this morning and ended up on a crash barrier on the M1.

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The motorway was partly closed for nearly three hours after part of the wooden fence was demolished. No one was injured and the West London Motor Group on Watford Way have so far declined to comment.

Library floods after thieves snatch roof tiles

A library in north London has been forced to close after thieves stole roof tiles, leaving the building to flood.

Google Street View image of Friern Barnet Community Library Credit: Google Street View

The Friern Barnet Community Library is run by volunteers and re-opened last year after a long campaign to keep it going. Repairs may have to be paid for through donations:

"We will have to pay for the damages upfront and seek to be reimbursed by the London Borough of Barnet, but we may also have to consider donations for a flood fund from you to help cover the costs."

Friern Barnet Community Library statement

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Gang culture on the rise in Barnet, warns local woman

When you think of gang violence, drug dealing and knife crime you don't automatically think of Barnet in North London. But one local young woman has warned the problem is growing in the borough and people don't realise how serious it is.

To tell her story she approached ITV Fixers, the scheme that gives young people a voice on issues that matter to them, to help her produce a film to highlight the problem.

Parking victory for London campaigners

Parking victory Credit: PA

Parking campaigners have won a landmark High Court victory against increased charges.

A judge ruled Barnet council in north London acted unlawfully when it increased the cost of residents' parking permits in controlled parking zones to raise revenue.

Rise in charges 'shouldn't be stealth tax' on residents

Parking charges must be "reasonable", local government minister Brandon Lewis said today, after campaigners won a landmark High Court case against increased charges in Barnet.

Mr Lewis said:

This Government has been very clear that parking charges are not, and should not be, a town hall stealth tax on local residents.

We have scrapped the Labour government's guidance which pressured councils to hike up parking charges. Indeed, making sure that car parking charges are reasonable is an important way in which councils can help support their local high streets and local shops.

Parking charges were 'holding residents to ransom'

The AA has been warning authorities of councils increasing parking charges, the head of public affairs said today, after campaigners won a landmark High Court victory against Barnet council.

AA 'warned' authorities over parking charge increases. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Paul Watters said: "Some authorities have been saying they cannot fix the potholes or clear ice from the roads unless CPZs are extended and prices increased.

"This is in effect holding residents and drivers to ransom. That is totally unacceptable.

"This case must be a warning to other local authorities that try to profit from ramped up charges, unnecessary extended controlled zones, use CCTV for mass ticketing or argue the case for increased levels of penalty when there is already sufficient deterrent.

"Of course, we need to secure adequate funding for council services, but this is not the way."

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