Review of the year - July

This Is Local London: Police at the scene where a body was found in a suitcase in Mill Hill. Police at the scene where a body was found in a suitcase in Mill Hill.

In July this year a murder investigation was launched following the discovery of a woman’s body inside a suitcase in Mill Hill.

Police found the corpse of 25-year-old Alexandra Kovacs in the bag  in woods bordering Dollis Brook in Thornfield Avenue.

Laszlo Gyarmati, of Station Road, Finchley, was later charged with the murder and pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court in October. He is due to stand trial on January 13 next year.

In other news, Prime Minister David Cameron stunned pupils at St Mary’s and St John’s CE School when he made a surprise visit on the day the Government introduced a new national curriculum.

The Prime Minister spoke to young students and took questions during their assembly before taking a tour of the school in Prothero Gardens, Hendon.

He told students to “set your own goals and strive to achieve them” before congratulating the school’s “hard-working staff”.

In Potters Bar, a fire in Dancers Hill Road left an industrial estate like a “nuclear war zone”.

Burnt out cars, exploded gas canisters, charred trees and collapsed buildings were dotted around the White House estate where the fire spread rapidly.

The premises of at least ten businesses were thought to have been gutted by the blaze.

And fears were sparked over the future of amateur boxing club, Nomads, in Hammonds Close, Edgware. The club teaches boxing and discipline to hundreds of young people in the borough, some of whom have troubled backgrounds.

Head coach Steve Mills had accepted a new lease with Barnet Borough Council in May last year, but this was later suspended while the council reviewed its community assets.

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