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EastEnders star Michelle Collins gets spinning for charity

Cycling fans in Highgate gathered at the All About You Fitness Studio today to take part in the 'Ride to make a difference Spin-athon.' The event was raising money to benefit local children supported by the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation.

People turned up in North London to take on the cycling challenge to raise money for the North London charity Credit: ITV London

The foundation was set up after the tragic death of 17 year old Alexandra who died of cancer in 2010.

Alexandra Wylie passed away from an incurable form of cancer in 2010

The local cyclists were joined by former EastEnders star Michelle Collins, who is a patron of the Foundation. Michelle's daughter, Maia went to school with Alexandra in North London and she now lends her support to Alexandra's mum, Lindsey to keep memories of her daughter alive.

Michelle Collins, who is currently starring in Coronation Street, got involved too. Credit: ITV London
Actress Michelle Collins joins the Spin-athon event today in memory of her daughter's friend
The event will run until tomorrow at midday in Highgate Credit: ITV London

Allie's mother, Lindsey Wylie said:

"We hope to get as many people as possible to sign up for this challenge.

Working in partnership with Camila Batmanghelidj's Kids Company, we will

continue to develop the food parcel programmes for children living in

our area who are going to bed hungry"

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Highgate school taken over by squatters

A school in Highgate has been taken over by squatters, in a midst of a row between the Council and an education trust. Council officials want to turn the former Ashmount Primary School into social housing.

But they're facing opposition from an organisation that wants to convert it to a free school. So it remained empty until the squatter moved in as Luke Hanrahan reports.

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Neighbours contained wallaby until RSPCA arrived

The stray wallaby has been named Jean Credit: Caro Shrives
It was seen by residents on York Rise Estate in Dartmouth Park early this morning Credit: Caro Shrives
Neighbours managed to keep it safe behind bars until the RSPCA arrived Credit: Caro Shrives
RSPCA officer Leigh Summers gets Jean safely into the van Credit: Caro Shrives
The animal was apparently 'perfectly healthy' Credit: Caro Shrives
Jean will be held at an exotic animal holding centre at Heathrow Airport until his future is decided Credit: Caro Shrives

Highgate wallaby caught after 'causing chaos'

The wallaby in Highgate cemetery earlier this month Credit: Newsflare/Maurice Melzak

The RSPCA was called out this morning to catch one of the Wallabies living in Highgate Cemetery which was reported to be "causing chaos" on York Rise near Kentish Town.

On advice from London Zoo, RSPCA Inspector Leigh Summers had gone armed with a tennis net to wrap the wallaby in. He said:

“I had been told to handle the wallaby by grasping its tail and hold it as high as I could off the ground and as far away from me as possible to stop it finding any purchase for its legs.

In fact, when I did grasp it the animal just hung there, relaxed, verymuch like a cat does when it is scruffed by its mother so I knew it was used tobeing handled like this.

Thebiggest problem I had was untangling the netting around it when I got it back to the van.”

North London garage sells for over £250,000

A double garage in north London has been sold for £251,000 at auction, well above the average house price.

The garage is behind Crouch Hall Road in north London Credit: Google Street View

The unit in Highgate includes two lock-up garages, and was snapped up for three times the original guide price of £80,000. The price of the average home in the UK is currently around 170,000.

Property website Zoopla describes it as: "Conveniently situated with a frontage to Clifton Road, in a popular residential area close to both the local shopping/travelling facilities of Crouch End and Highgate."

The new owners will get mains electricity and water included in the price.

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