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Monday Morning Headlines
20th October 2014

Rising house prices force Londoners out

spiraling house prices in the capital have risen by 10 per cent, causing house buyers being forced out of the capital.
This year there has been a 10 per cent rise in asking prices in the south-east.

According to Rightmove, inflation now makes the region the strongest performing in the country over the last 12 months.

The average asking price for a property in London is almost £600,000.

Fire in Didcot Power Station

Didcot Power Station caught alight last night, with several fire crews tackling flames at one of the cooling towers. 

A spokesman for RWE NPower which operates the station said the cause of the fire is not yet known and was too early to say how much damage had been caused. 

US aids Kurdish fighters

US military aircraft have dropped weapons and ammunition to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.

Earlier US air strikes have helped push back IS militants intent on taking control of the town which borders Turkey.

Fighting has been taking place in the town for weeks, forcing the evacuation of most of its civilian inhabitants.
New laws for dangerous dog owners
Dog owners from today could face fines of up to £20,000 if they fail to take steps to prevent dog attacks. 

The new law means authorities can force owners to be trained, muzzle dogs or insert microchips. 

It comes after changes made earlier this year enabling prosecution for a dog attack on private property.

Mothers cost £8 billion in poor mental health care

It's claimed poor mental health care for pregnant women and new mothers is costing more than £8 billion each year.

A new report by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health said half of all cases of depression went undetected and many women did not get appropriate treatment.

The government say they are making significant efforts to improve mental health care during pregnancy and after childbirth.


And Finally... Brad Pitt closes the London Film Festival 

Brad Pitt was out in Leicester Square for the European premiere of his new film Fury.

It was the closing night of the London Film Festival.


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