NEWS DIGEST 14.11.2021: High UK petrol & housing costs, other local stories.

Happy Sunday morning. Today’s news is from UK local news provider InYourArea.

Motorists in the North East spend £77.93 on a tank of petrol, which – as a percentage of their average weekly wage of £550 – leads to them spending 16 percent more of their wage on fuel than the average UK resident, and 47 percent more than people in London, the area where petrol is most affordable. The study, conducted by energy experts Boiler Central, used new ONS and RAC data on regional wages and petrol prices to discover which area of the UK is spending the most on fuel. Wales is the area where petrol is second least affordable, spending nine percent more on petrol than the average UK resident. London is the area where petrol is most affordable for residents, with motorists in London spending 21 percent less of their weekly wage on a tank of petrol than the average UK motorist. A spokesperson for Boiler Central, which conducted the research, said: “As petrol prices soar to their highest point on record in the UK, influenced by the global rise in crude oil prices and previous panic buying in the country, it’s clear from this data that some regions are worse affected than others when it comes to affording fuel”Petrol Prices: Which UK regions have the least affordable fuel? (InYourArea Newsroom – National)

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A rundown East London house in need of extensive refurbishment sparked a bidding war at auction and sold for £140,000 more than the listed guide price. The three-bedroom end of terrace house on Bawdsey Avenue, in Newbury Park, Ilford, eventually sold for £593,000 at the auction on November 3. Senior auction appraiser Russell Hawkes said: “This one really took off as strong early interest generated sustained and competitive bidding – auctioneering at its best.” “Although the property requires an intensive programme of refurbishment and re-decoration, our bidders could see the huge potential here.” “According to the auction guide the property also offers potential to extend, “It offers excellent scope as the property sits on a generous garden plot with potential to extend to the side, the rear or into the roof space, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable” – London property: House sparks bidding war with home sold for £140k above guide price (MyLondon – News – Property)

A police officer who investigated the death of a Barking serial killer’s fourth victim was “absolutely flabbergasted” to learn of similarities between the deaths of his other victims, an inquest has heard. Stephen Port took the lives of Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor and Anthony Walgate between 2014 and 2015 by drugging them with fatal doses of GHB. At an inquest, which is examining the competence and adequacy of the police investigation and whether Port could have been caught sooner, Insp. Jason O’Donohue said he did not know the place where 25-year-old Mr Taylor’s body was dumped was just seconds away from where Gabriel Kovari and Daniel Whitworth were found a year earlier – near Port’s home in Cooke Street. A police officer working on the investigation into Mr Walgate’s death chanced upon a CCTV still of Mr Taylor walking alongside Port the night before he died. Henrietta Hill QC, counsel for the victims’ families, said: “If you had been made aware of more information of similarities between Jack Taylor and the other two, your decision-making might have been different?” Mr. O’Donohue said: “It might have been.” The PC who had no prior experience in investigatory work – then began contacting those who last saw Mr. Taylor alive, leading him to look for CCTV in Barking train station which showed he met an unidentified tall man – Police officer did not know similarities between Stephen Port victims’ cases, inquest hears (Barking & Dagenham Post – News > Crime)

A Dutch woman wants to return a copy of the New Testament to the family of a World War Two airman from Goodmayes to whom it originally belonged. Ellen van den Akker, from Heesch in the Netherlands, found the pocket-sized text while clearing out her 94-year-old aunt’s home. Ellen’s aunt Annie Kuypers grew up in the village of Overlangel, just a stone’s throw away from the Keent airstrip, which allied forces took over in 1944. Ellen said the RAF used the airstrip for a short period and that servicemen would have been living near the family home. The Allies ultimately decided to close the airstrip little more than a month after taking it over. She said: “I know there were military people at the house of my grandparents.” We don’t know whether this soldier was in the house, but we think he stayed over there somewhere nearby”. Ellen now wants to return the book to the family of its original owner – Dutch woman looks to return WW2 New Testament to family of Goodmayes airman (Ilford Recorder – News)

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