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All stories for 04 Jun 2008

Hospital preparing report on disasterous drugs trial

Northwick Park Hospital has denied withholding medical records belonging to victims of the "Elephant Man" drugs trial disaster after it was threatened with legal action.

Rapist jailed indeterminately

A crack addicted rapist has been sentenced to a minimum of six and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of forcing himself on two women.

Views of Harrow

Views of Harrow

Barbara Fisher's B-mail: Carrot cruchers unite

LAST month included Vegetarian Week which, since I gave up meat nearly 20 years ago, has always had me running for cover.

Bees saddled with four

Brentford FC could be forced to keep four transfer-listed players whether the club like it or not.

Leisure companies finally revealed

Hounslow Council this week ended months of uncertainty by naming the firms set to manage its leisure services from July 1.

Older People's Centre stalled

Pensioners are still meeting in a dilapidated Scout hut more than two years after plans for a new day centre got the green light.

Dead Pole 'had been in gang fight'

Police have named the Polish man who was found dead in his make-shift home, on Saturday (31).

Police heroics rewarded

Brave police staff were honoured for their heroism at last night's annual commendation ceremony.

Elderley robbed

Heartless thieves have targeted pensioners in three Feltham homes, making off with cash, handbags and jewellery.

Bookie hold up

A bookie in London Road has become the latest victim of armed robbery after a hold-up on Monday.

Schoolgirl molester jailed

A Feltham man who used his 'low intelligence' as an excuse for molesting two girls has been jailed indefinitely after a judge ruled it made him more dangerous.

Fight continues to save rail service

Harrow train users have vowed to fight the decision to scrap a popular service after a new line was introduced to replace it.

Gun robber immigrant jailed

An illegal immigrant who robbed a woman in her home at gunpoint will serve 13 years in prison and could face deportation.

Irish Writers, photographs by John Minihan @ Riverside Studios

"Shake a tree and 40 poets fall out," says photographer John Minihan of his native Ireland.

School has brass

Musically-minded youngsters are to benefit as a specialist science college in Harrow has bought a number of new brass instruments.

School's first sixth formers balloon celebration

HUNDREDS of balloons were released into the sky at Nower Hill High School to mark the graduation of the school's first intake of sixth formers.

St Luke's lands big lottery grant

A £250,000 grant has been awarded to St Luke's Hospice in Kenton but fundraising still remains as crucial as ever.

Show at church

About 100 pupils from Grimsdyke First School in Hatch End were expected to perform at Pinner Parish Church in Pinner yesterday (Wednesday).

Toddlers toddle

Toddlers at a Harrow school took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for charity.

Bursar voted chairman

A bursar at a Harrow school has been voted chairman of an organisation that represents bursars in the country.

Heavenly jump or moonlight walk

St Luke's Hospice is appealing for adventurous people willing to freefall 20,000 feet to raise money for charity.

Make your voice heard at question time

RESIDENTS are invited to a face to face meeting with councillors to discuss how the borough can be improved.

Largest ever run

Pupils at a Harrow school will be taking part in a run to get more healthy.

New flats on Lyon road cause more controversy

Plans to extend a central Harrow office block and turn part of it into flats have been mocked as a 'develop-er's dream'.

Pupils go back to school - 41 years after it shut

Past pupils from Greenhill School took a trip down memory lane at a school reunion last month.

Rockets, Russian and mural to celebrate international day

Girls from Heathfield School enjoyed learning about different cultures during an international day last month.

A lap of honour for athlete hero

THE sporting world has bid farewell to a veteran athlete who dedicated more than 60 years to track and field.

Ballet dancers scoop festival medals

A STANMORE ballet school has danced its way to success in a local competition.

Driving home the point about high fuel prices

Everyone has been feeling the effects of hikes in fuel prices across the country so Observer reporter ELAINE OKYERE went to see just how it is affecting motorists in Harrow.

Harrow dancer presented with award by Indian PM

A dancer who teaches classes in Harrow has been given an award in India for his services to the arts.

Extended hours for Shanakee

WEEKEND pubgoers will be able to buy drinks into the early hours at an Irish boozer in Wealdstone.

'Panic' at Lord's

Vinny Codrington believes Middlesex members who filed a petition of no confidence in the club's cricket committee this week are panicking for no reason.

ATHLETICS Wells a chip out of the old blocks

She bears the burden of following in the footsteps of her famous dad - but at least Zoe Wells made sure those debut strides for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow were winning ones on Saturday.

Classroom chat with Weald First School

Kids have all the answers

BOWLS Win some and you lose some

Ashford had mixed fortunes on the weekend, winning two and losing two of their matches.

Toil and trouble at Hampton and Richmond

Hampton & Richmond FC's upgrade of their toilets didn't come a moment too soon when they learned about Cambridge City this week.

A vision that's brought many faiths together

A group set up to bring people of different religions together is a quarter of a century old this year.

Staffroom chat with Deepa Samani, Weald First School

I enjoy the flexibility and variety of teaching. No two days are ever the same.

Patsy forensic evidence review

Detectives investigating the 1980 murder of Feltham schoolgirl Patsy Morris are sending evidence collected in the days after her death to be re-examined by forensic experts.

Burst Whitton Dene main anger

Isleworth residents have still had no relief from a burst water main which is continuing to cause traffic chaos in the area.

GOLF Golf is great Tigers would

A posse of golf-mad youngsters were on the trail of the Tiger, at the Airlinks Golf Club, Hounslow this week.

Gang fights terrorise quiet Hanworth

Terrified Hanworth residents made over 20 calls to police after violence between gangs of 'feral' youths erupted outside shops in Market Parade.

Green boys honoured

More than 280 people turned out as Bedfont Green Youth FC held the second of their presentation nights at the weekend.

Ost horizon is now on next round of cup

Osterley got a certain measure of revenge over their old rivals when they marched on to the fifth round of the National Cup on Saturday.

Parker's big hit seals victory

A crashing six from Tony Parker sealed an excellent victory for Old Isleworth & Heston on Saturday.

Diwali sparks early fireworks row

A mum-of-four has hit out at an inconsiderate minority that ruins the Hindu festival of Diwali by tormenting communities with round the clock fireworks.

Mary's Tree Idol choice

Tree Idol contestant Mary Huxley is rooting for a certain cedar tree that has captured her heart since she was a child.

Midnight at the Oasis

A popular cafe appears to have fallen victim to uncertainty surrounding the future of Hounslow's leisure services.

Mum's fury after attacker gets a caution

A schoolboy was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Brentford High Street - only for his attacker to walk free with a caution.