What happened in Chiswick during January 2003

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Chiswick's Winter Wonderland
For the first time in over a decade snowball fights take place in W4

Fall in Chiswick property prices forecast for 2003
As prices stay flat in December one leading market commentator sees a drop of over 5% in local property prices

"We love leafy Chiswick"
Celebrity duo, Ant and Dec, pledge their future to W4 and reveal that part of the reason might be down to the terrific local schools

Man jailed for life for mudering baby son
The Old Bailey heard how Victor Dafonte deliberately and fatally attacked an 11 day old baby in Barrowgate Road

Chiswick born rock star denies he is a paedophile
Who guitarist Pete Townshend claims that he was researching the issue and that he may have been abused growing up in West London

Friends of Chiswick House brand grounds as "disgraceful"
Official letter to Council expresses frustration at lack of action taken to combat continuing tide of destruction and degeneration

New data reignites permit debate
Opponents of higher charges for Chiswick claim rationale for differential parking permit rates has been undermined

Police arrest six in blitz on Stamford Brook "graffiti gang"
Combined operation between Chiswick police and the British Transport Police nabs 12 youths including some "prominent local offenders"

New crime figures show local increase
VW break-in spree masks underlying improvement but one area of Chiswick worst in the borough for burglary

Is Harry over the Hill?
A review of Harry Hill at Headliners

Chiswick swimmers pay sixth highest charges in the country
New report highlights high pool costs in the borough as user complaints about standards rise

Town Centre Group formed
New forum for businesses and police to work together to combat crime in Chiswick

Another tower block planned in Chiswick
West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society urges residents lodge their objections immediately. The development is for key workers in the health service but it is the scale rather than the use that the society objects to

Gangs target Chiswick diners and mobile phone users
Chiswick police are urging people to be on their guard following an increase in mobile phone related crime on the High Road

Local Secondary School League table
Just published national results showing GCSE/GNVQ results for state and independent schools

Back from the brink for the Sea Cadets
Last year falling membership threatened the future of Chiswick's own T.S. Stork but after a big increase in recruitment it is lack of adult support that is the main danger to the unit's survival

Matthew Kelly back on stage
Chiswick based presenter emphatically denies allegations against him and receives support of theatre audience

Simply not cricket
Constant vandalism could spell the end of cricket in Chiswick House Grounds

Celia Brayfield launches new ‘Westwick’ novel
Spot the locals and the locales in this gripping and moving read about 5 menopausal males

International Title boxing match at local swimming pool
Olympic champion Audley Harrison MBE is to fight at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre

Chiswick station gets listing
The trains may be late but there is architecture to admire while you wait

Scout's exclusion condemned
Scouts in Seattle given a history lesson by local scout leader

Crackdown on rogue developments
Tough action taken by councillors against breaches of planning rules including a local Indian restaurant

Chiswick House Lock In
Grounds users demand better warning of gate closures as families narrowly avoid being locked in overnight

Chiswick School Head to step down
In a surprise announcement David Brockie has told parents at Chiswick Community School that he is leaving

Horror attack on swan in local park
Bird barely survives after being covered in green paint

Tram Campaigners in summit with Mayor Ken
Assurances sought that traffic will not be redirected through residential streets including those in Chiswick to make way for new mass transit scheme

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