06/01/2017 Look East (West)


06/01/2017

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House prices in Luton are rising faster than anywhere else

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making it the biggest proportional increase.

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According to the Halifax, the average price

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an increase of ?41,000 in the last year.

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And estate agents say this year prices are likely to go even higher.

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As Kate Bradbrook has been finding out.

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What we are looking at here is your typical two-bedroom house

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This is one of the reasons the town is so popular

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This house has been on the market for just one week and already has

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For estate agents, it is a busy time of year.

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According to the Halifax, 2016 saw prices rise here last year rose

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faster than anywhere else in the country.

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Appointments to view houses are already putting up fast.

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We should see a spectacular year again, with house

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prices continuing to rise, purely because there is a demand.

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Businesses, schools, the area. It has put Luton back on the map.

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The attraction is very high and they continue to see

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The average price is around ?250,000.

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It is a more affordable option compared to some

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It is proving a popular choice. We lived in Enfield with my parents the

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many years. I could not quite afford within the M25 so we looked further

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afield. We bought this house two years ago. There are amazing

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transport links to London and the train station is on fire. Luton is

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good, we have a great airport, I can fly home whenever I want to Hungary.

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If prices rise, Luton could end up closing the door on first-time

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buyers. Those looking for affordable places to live. I asked a campaign

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group if they were surprised prices had risen so steeply.

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Home ownership has become unobtainable for average people.

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Key workers like nurses, teachers, junior doctors,

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simply can't find any way to buy a home in many areas of England.

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They are increasingly finding themselves in a broken

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private rented sector, spending over half their income

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on a property in which they could be evicted at two months' notice

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For those who are lucky enough to buy, London is,

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Even those people who are living and working in London at the moment.

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That is why, in places like Luton, the house prices are rocketing even

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Should we have foreseen this situation, given how

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All around the Home Counties and the South East,

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they are experiencing high house price rises and Luton

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I suppose the reason it may be rising faster than others

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Would you class Luton as affordable any more?

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Well, it is a very tricky question to answer, because everything

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Like most of London and the South East, the average

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person cannot afford to buy the home they would like to buy in Luton.

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A cyclist who smashed his jaw in a road accident

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is being helped back to fitness by 3D printing technology.

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Doctors have used the special printers to help them build

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a replacement jaw more cheaply and quickly.

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And for George Boden who lives near Stansted it has meant a faster

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Kate Silver's report contains some graphic images of surgery.

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George Boden was a keen cyclist when, in 2011, he had an accident

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I was out for a training spin and I slammed into a piece

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Not a good idea to hit something with your chin at 30 miles an hour,

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Doctors used bone from his shoulder and a metal

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They then covered it with a skin flap.

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But two issues remained, he had no bottom teeth

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It's very difficult to speak when you have the opening

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At a centre in north London, this team put in a CT

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There was a 3-D printing of his jaw. It is an exciting time to surgery.

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George's doctor, Ian Hutchinson, says 3D printing has

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We use it to actually design exactly what we're going to take.

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The technology helps to maintain a sense of hope.

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First of all, if you know there's a solution you keep

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going and secondly, red wine helps enormously.

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There is also that passion for cycling, which survives in spite

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And finally from us it's 20 years since we began broadcasting this

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local version of the Look East news service from Cambridge.

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Back in 1997 we were covering the cold snap, including this gas

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explosion blamed on a frozen water pipe and these narrow boat owners

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whose boats became frozen in the canal in Northampton.

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How ever long you have been watching, thank you for you company.

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Here's Alex with your weekend forecast.

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Temperatures are not as low tonight, I weather system brings outbreaks of

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rain, the risk of further light rain or drizzle through the night and

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cloud and misty conditions left behind. Temperature is no lower than

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three Celsius. Milder than this morning, the weather system clears

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Way East but leaves cloud behind despite high pressure building in.

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We can expect a gloomy and grey day through Match Of The Day. It stays

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dry but the odd spot of rain or drizzle. Less cold. Slightly milder

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with highs of eight or 9 degrees. The National weather is next. A

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similar picture for Sunday with cloudy conditions but staying mild

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before rain pushes in. Good evening. The weather has been

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turning milder and also cloudier through the course of the day. We

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did see some clear spells moving in from the North will stop this was

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the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some clear spells as we headed through

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the course of the afternoon into the evening. Really, through the

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weekend, wiki with a similar theme. Much milder than it has been. A lot

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of cloud around in general, but for most of us think. Dry. Not dry

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everywhere at the moment, particularly across central and

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southern parts of England and Wales. We have a lot of cloud, bringing

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outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. The patchy rain will ease away

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slowly towards the south through tonight and further north across the

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country, drier conditions. Wherever

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