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Council to spray dog mess pink instead of picking it up

Camden Council is taking a new approach when it comes to tackling dog mess.

Council officials say canine excrement will by sprayed pink to embarrass dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

Credit: PA

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Camden's cabinet member for the environment, Sally Gimson said:

One of the biggest concerns for our residents is dog poo, and we have lots of initiatives to fine people whose dogs foul in the street.

To highlight the problem people can spray the poo pink. It highlights that people have done it and it shows people care about it happening.

It's about embarrassing the people who aren't picking up the poo after their dogs.

The whole point is really to embarrass dog owners who are doing it to say 'we have noticed you've done it and you shouldn't be doing it.

– Sally Gimson

Road sweeper gets £4.5 million in surprise lottery win

A road sweeper who has been working on the streets of Camden for 14 years has won £4.5 million on the lottery - after buying a ticket just nine minutes before the draw closed.

Joseph Whiting celebrating with his lottery cheque

42 year old Joseph Whiting has decided today to to quit his job, and said the win would help him finally learn to drive as well as buy a house with a garden for his family.

He bought three lucky dip tickets at the last minute from his local corner shop.
He won the money in last week's draw but said he avoided telling his workmates until he was 100% sure the win was real.

'Quiet Streets Marshalls' to join Camden streets

More than 100 "Quiet Streets Marshals" are set to be introduced to the streets of Camden at weekends in a bid keep people safe and reduce crime.

Police in Camden have teamed up with Camden Council and almost 50 licensed premises in what is considered to be the first large-scale initiative of its type in London.

Marshals wearing a distinctive, branded, two-tone high-visibility jacket will walk the streets of Camden at weekends in a bid to keep residents safer. Credit: PA

Marshals wearing a distinctive, branded, two-tone high-visibility jacket will engage with revellers who may require directions to public toilets, night buses, or taxi ranks and remind people to keep the noise down.

Venues in the Chalk Farm Road area began a trial last year and its success has transformed into a long-term commitment, with phase two extending to Camden Lock Bridge and Inverness Street in May.

By July, the 'Quiet Streets' initiative will extend southwards from Chalk Farm Road, through Britannia Junction and along Camden High Street to Mornington Crescent.

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Mitch Winehouse: 'Amy will oversee Camden forever'

Mitch Winehouse has said he's delighted that a statue of his daughter Amy will be placed at the centre of Stables Market in Camden, saying "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever"

The Winehouse family has part-funded the statue of Amy, which will overlook the Stables Market Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."

– Mitch Winehouse

Amy Winehouse statue to be unveiled on her birthday

A statue celebrating the life of singer Amy Winehouse is to be given a permanent place in Camden. The specially-commissioned artwork, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze, will be unveiled on the late singer's birthday, September 14th.

Flowers laid outside Amy Winehouse's home in Camden after her death in 2011 Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The statue will be placed at the centre of the regenerated Stables Market. It's been funded by the Winehouse family and Camdenmarket.com

Amy Winehouse's statue will overlook her spiritual home of Camden Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Council urges responsibility

Council asks that people to use barbecues responsibly and safely Credit: Jens Wolf/DPA

The council warned people keen to take up its offer that they need to cook outdoors responsibly; take water to put out the BBQ, be considerate to other people, dispose of all litter properly and keep children, pets, games and sports well away from the BBQ.

Camden Council do not manage Hampstead Heath, Regents Park or Primrose Hill where barbecues are still strictly not permitted.

Only portable charcoal barbecues allowed

Only portable charcoal barbecues allowed, says the council Credit: Bernd Thissen

Many people living in Camden do not have their own gardens and we want as many people as possible to enjoy our parks over the summer. We will only be allowing portable, reusable charcoal barbecues, disposable or gas barbecues will not be allowed.

Full BBQ guidelines and bins for cooled charcoal will be provided in our parks and open spaces where BBQs prove most popular.

– Camden Council
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