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2:20pm Wednesday 31st December 2008 in News
- A Barnet pensioner won £180,000 compensation from the NHS after he was dropped while in hospital. Harold Shaw, 82, of Lions-down Road, New Barnet, was recovering form a hip replacement operation in 2006 when the accident happened at Finchley Memorial Hospital. Mr Shaw will never walk again.
- The son of the only Briton to be killed in the Mumbai attacks paid tribute to his father’s bravery in the last hours of his life. Dion Liveras, 49, from Potters Bar spoke about his father Andreas Liveras, who evaded the gunmen for eight hours before being killed at the Taj Mahal hotel.
- A former bus driver walked from London to Iran in the name of peace. Mohammad Samghani, 41, covered 3,600 miles and crossed the borders of ten countries to complete his journey.
- Campaigners celebrated a victory after plans to turn a lane in Mill Hill into a road were rejected by a Government inspector. The plans proposed bulldozing the leafy lane as part of a plan to build new homes, a primary school and health facilities on and around the Inglis Barracks site.
- The inventor of TV character Bagpuss died aged 83. Oliver Postgate, who was born in Hendon in 1925, was behind some of the favourite children’s characters in history, including Ivor the Engine and the Clangers.
- Youngsters at Barnet Hospital received Christ-mas presents from a local company.