In December, a campaign to help young people tackle negative perceptions of drill music was pioneered by a charity.

Genesis for New Beginnings led by Ignite Trust mentor youngsters in Harrow by encouraging them to think about the consequences of the violent lyrics the genre is known for, by rewriting the songs more positively.

Ignite Trust mentor

Also in January, Krishna James, a 60-year-old Kenyan immigrant from Harrow fulfilled a “lifelong dream” of graduating from university 22 years after she finished.

Krishna was unable to attend her graduation from the University of East London in 1996 because she had no one to look after her new baby boy, Sathya.

Krishna James

A rogue landlord who ran an illegal box-room empire must pay £1.5 million or spend nine years in prison.

Vispasp Sarkari, of Hawthorne Avenue, Harrow, continuously ignored planning rules and converted properties across north-west London into substandard flats without permission.

And Harrow Town Centre BID celebrated its biggest Christmas event yet when 92,787 people turned out to see the lights be switched on.

Louise Baxter, BID manager said: “The pressure is on to make next year even bigger and better.”