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The proposal has dropped the amount of 'affordable' housing to a derisory level

Boy, 15, accused of head's murder

A 15-year-old boy appeared in court yesterday accused of murdering headmaster Philip Lawrence, who died last month after being stabbed as he went to the aid of a pupil being attacked outside his school in Maida Vale, north-west London.

Doing the Crawl

Just two weeks after Radio 1 and the music industry got its teeth into the hippest borough in London with Camden Live, an indoor festival is to bring another indie gig binge to town. The Camden Crawl takes place on just one night, and involves 15 bands at five venues. And what a massive bargain it is. For the whopping price of a fiver, punters get a 15-track CD featuring all the bands, including the Wedding Present (right) and Gallon Drunk among the fledgling guitar glitterati, as well as a wristband to secure entrance to the venues. This is very much a punter-friendly affair, accoring to the NME's Keith Cameron, one of the organisers. "The Camden Live thing was a complete cash-in on Radio 1's part, and none of those bands had anything to do with Camden whatsoever," he says. As for this event, 70 per cent of the tickets have already gone. Those attending must collect their wristbands at Dingwalls first, before they either opt to stay at Dingwalls or move on to the Dublin Castle, The Monarch, Castlehaven Community Centre or the Laurel Tree. Maps will be provided. Each gig will feature three bands. "My advice is to get to Dingwalls at 5.45pm - there'll be a massive queue," Cameron warns. "Not everyone will be able to stay at Dingwalls and people will go elsewhere to see the smaller bands to feel they are getting their money's worth."

theatre : Love for Love, Hampstead

REVIEWS Paul Taylor on a stylistically challenged revival of Congreve

where shall we meet? Vats Wine Bar, WC1

The first thing you notice about Vats is that there's wood everywhere. This two-room Bloomsbury bar has more wood in its decor than you could...well...shake a stick at. And very mellow it is, too: just the place, with its wall- benches and old tables, for students to take aged relatives to without alarming them. Which is not to say it's dull. Bloomsbury still attracts its fair share of eccentrics, and a bar where they give you a free bowl of Twiglets with your plonk is almost guaranteed to act as a magnet. If you don't fancy earwigging them, the back room has a few attractive glassed booths where the romantic can carry out an assignation in relative peace.

Holborn Law Society

The following have been elected Officers of Holborn Law Society for the ensuing year:

Peggy Jay Centre

Peggy Jay, president of the Heath and Old Hampstead Society, is to be honoured by the Corporation of London. The One O'Clock Club for children on Hampstead

Camden draws up street cafe guidelines

In Paris it is an accepted part of everyday life. But in north London eating outside at pavement cafes is not so simple.

Stockbroker guide

Gerrard Vivian Gray has produced a free guide for people choosing a private client stockbroker for the first time. Available from Tracy Preston, Gerrard Vivian Gray, Burne House, 88 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LS, or call 071-831 8883.

Where shall we meet?: The Holly Bush, Hampstead

Up a flight of fiendishly Maltese stairs off Heath Street, you will

Reader's Dives

The Location: Sleek-legged ladies try their best to ignore the pile of rubbish at the bus-stop outside Jaeger and Waterstone's in Hampstead High Street. The flea-ridden carpets, broken chairs and bin bags, almost obscures their view of the street's chic boutiques and the public's view of them.

Junior smokers foiled

Camden's crackdown on shopkeepers who sell cigarettes to under-age children has been a success, according to the council's trading standards officers.

Amplifiers seized at noisy fair

A funfair outside the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm had its loudspeakers and amplifiers confiscated by environmental health officers, after residents complained about loud music.

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Planning consent has been granted for the former Mirror Group headquarters at Holborn Circus to be redeveloped.

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