Barnet Council’s website was hit by technical glitches that could prevent people getting information on how to vote - a day before the local elections.

The page detailing important election information disappeared from the council’s website on Wednesday morning, while a new page about how to vote appeared under ‘Environmental Health’. People normally found details about topics like pest control – instead of ‘Council and Democracy’.

A former Barnet councillor who was ousted by the Tories has gained the backing of the Labour leadership in tackling anti-Semitism.

Adam Langleben, who lost his seat in West Hendon to the Conservatives on May 3, met shadow chancellor John McDonnell and former East Barnet councillor Phil Cohen on Tuesday evening to discuss the results of the local election.

He said the shadow chancellor admitted the Labour defeat in Barnet was a result of the anti-Semitism scandal that had dogged the party.

A “hero” mechanic saved a man after he was doused in acid. Elhaj Diallo, 30, rushed to the man’s aid when he ran into Kwik Fit in High Road, North Finchley, screaming in agony at 10.30am on Friday.

The quick-thinking mechanic dragged him into the back room and began pouring water over his eyes.

He said: “He was just a human being struggling and needed help.”

Cllr Reuben Thompstone, who represents Golders Green, became the 54th, and youngest-ever, mayor of Barnet.

The 42-year-old took the chains of office on May 29 from Cllr Brian Salinger.

The appointment of Cllr Reuben Thompstone as mayor drew an angry reaction from politicians and residents critical of his record.

Cllr Thompstone became the youngest-ever mayor of Barnet when he was sworn in on May 21 at the first full council meeting since the local elections.

But his appointment to the role of mayor has been criticised over his handling of cuts to services made while he was responsible for the borough’s schools and libraries.