London house prices are on course for their first annual fall since the financial crisis as Brexit bites in the capital’s property market, industry experts warned on Wednesday. A poll of 30 specialists predicted that average house prices in London will slide around 1% this year, registering a decline for the first time since 2009 and far behind a 1.7% rise nationally. The pound is down around 10% against the dollar since Britain voted to leave the European Union two years ago, making properties cheaper for overseas investors. But doubts over the outcome of protracted divorce talks have made buyers wary, alongside stamp duty rises and the removal of tax breaks for buy-to-let investors. The Reuters poll follows figures from the Office for National Statistics which show that the average value of a home in the capital fell 0.7% in the year to March at £471,944, down around £3500. That was the second consecutive month of declines and the biggest annual fall since September … [Read more...] about Brexit puts London house prices in danger of first fall since 2009
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The High Court has ruled immigration detainees allegedly abused at the hands of staff at Brook House removal centre are allowed to seek an independent inquiry from the Home Office. Two men who were seen being physically assaulted by G4S guards in footage aired on the BBC’s Panorama programme argued that the government failed to commission an adequate inquiry into the abuse they suffered. The claimants, both of whom are no longer in detention, called for a public, independent process with cross-examination and their participation with legal representation. Read more G4S can keep running scandal-hit Brook House, Home Office says Use of force against immigration detainees more than doubles in a year ‘F*** off back to your country’: Ex-Brook House detainee speaks out Mr Justice Holman granted them permission to apply for judicial proceedings against the Home Office, saying he had some “strong concerns” about what the Panorama evidence … [Read more...] about Brook House: High Court rules immigration detainees abused by G4S staff can seek public inquiry
Removal men have arrived at the home of hero pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks and his disabled wife Maureen after the couple 'vowed not to return' to where a burglar was killed in a botched break-in. In another sign the elderly couple do not intend to move back to their beloved three-bedroomed terraced home in Hither Green, south London, eight removal men were seen going into the boarded up house this morning. The property has become a flashpoint in the local area with flowers left in 'tribute' to career criminal Henry Vincent being put up and torn down several times. This morning a police flatbed lorry arrived to pick up the elderly couple's car. At 8.50am the team arrived and entered the property where burglar Henry Vincent, 37, was fatally injured during a struggle with Mr Osborn-Brooks two weeks ago. The Metropolitan Police car transporter parked up outside the house on South Park Crescent. At 9.10am a Grey Vauxhall Astra - which has had the front and rear number plates removed - … [Read more...] about Removal men arrive at boarded-up home of pensioner where burglar was killed
This is the moment a frustrated member of the public tore down a twisted shrine to a burglar killed during a botched burglary. "Extremely furious" Cecil Coley drove specifically to south London to remove the tributes to burglar Henry Vincent, who died after being stabbed by pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks. Responding to his "brave" act, people online called him a "legend" and said he "deserves a medal". Posting on Facebook, Cecil said: "When I heard that the family of Henry Vincent (the burglar that got stabbed to death by his intended victim), had placed flowers on the road where he died, I was extremely furious," he said. "So I drove to south London, to the road, and saw the flowers and stuff. "I noticed some unlawfully attached onto a fence, which is someone's private property, so the gentle [sic] who owns the house gave me verbal consent to remove. "He told me that he was intending on removing the flowers himself tomorrow, but I gladly did it for him voluntarily, after all he was … [Read more...] about Man drives to south London to tear down tributes to burglar killed by pensioner
PUBLISHED: 17:33 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 03 April 2018 Abels boss Philip Pertoldi. Picture: Ian Burt Whether it be the man with a van or team with a lorry, the removals industry has played an important part in people’s lives for many decades. Philip Hunt and Son house removals in the 1970s. Picture: Archant Library But the business is changing as our moving habits and lifestyles evolve and some firms have been left behind. Shipdham-based Britannia Neave went out of business after 30 years last month, taking 20 jobs with it. But others in the industry insist there is still plenty of life in it. Philip Pertoldi is managing director of Brandon-based movers Abels, which conducts 60% of its business around greater London. Removals firm Loads4Less has diversified by opening an upcycling store. Director Adam Soall and Wayne Grady Picture: Nick Butcher It focuses on larger moves and holds a Royal Warrant for its continuing work with the family, having helped to move … [Read more...] about Are times moving on in the removals game?