Review of the year - November

Times Series: Squatters were evicted from The Bohemia in a dramatic raid Squatters were evicted from The Bohemia in a dramatic raid

In November, squatters were forced out of The Bohemia pub in North Finchley in a dramatic raid.

High Court bailiffs and police officers with batons and dogs smashed through the doors of the pub to evict more than 20 members of the Occupy movement.

The group had taken over the empty building in September – but failed in their bid to oppose an eviction order at Barnet County Court.

Meanwhile, parents behind the Marco Polo Academy set out its visions for a place in Barnet - despite protests over a location.

The new Mandarin school for four to 11-year-olds could be built in Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak, but campaigners said it was the “wrong location” and the council is still deciding the matter.

If funding is approved by the Department for Education, the school would teach lessons in Mandarin and follow a curriculum from Singapore.

A young widow battled with easyJet to refund a plane ticket she bought before her husband died.

Ria Jaggard, of Torrington Park, North Finchley, was devastated when her husband, Jimmie Raynard Ruffin, died of a heart attack in her arms.

The 43-year-old had planned an all-inclusive girls holiday to Morocco but cancelled after his death - and it took the low budget airline six months to offer her a refund.

And the first babies were born at Barnet Hospital’s new birthing centre after maternity services were transferred from Chase Farm Hospital.

Talia and Idan Shani welcomed their 8lb 1oz son and baby girl Paign was born weighing 7lb in the birthing pool.

Teachers and friends from St Marthas School, in Hadley Wood, took Movember to the next level when they dyed their moustaches pink.

They raised thousands for prostate cancer charities, as well as women’s cancer charities.


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