Review of the year: February – Vandals destroy headstones

Headstones and memorials in a churchyard were left lying and broken by vandals.

Shocking photos show the damage caused to several graves at St Mary and Christ Church.

Some of the headstones belonged to children and Falklands War veterans in Church End, Hendon, with some headstones ripped from the ground.

One resident called Sam, who did not want to reveal his surname, said he was walking through the cemetery on Tuesday when he noticed the damage.

Bus passengers faced disruption because of a strike by drivers in disputes over pay and conditions.

More than 2,000 members of the Unite union who are employed by French-owned RATP are involved in the action.

Among those striking are workers at London Sovereign which has garages in Edgware and in Pinner Road near North Harrow service.

Testing was being scaled up after cases of a new strain of Covid-19 was found in Tottenham.

The N17 postcode is one of eight regions where extra tests were being rolled out to see if the variant – first spotted in South Africa – had spread.

Hundreds of new homes in “Manhattan-style” blocks will replace a major high street clothing store, despite concerns it will damage the area’s heritage.

Brent Council’s planning committee narrowly approved a scheme at the site of Matalan, in Cricklewood Broadway, that will provide 239 flats across three new blocks up to seven storeys tall.

The scheme drew objections from neighbours, as well as representations from Mapesbury ward councillor Lia Colacicco.

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