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Can't afford to live in London? Then go to Manchester, says MP

Croydon South MP, Richard Ottaway, suggested today that people who can't afford to live in London, should get on a train and go to Manchester. His comments come after a recent survey showed one in three Londoners fear having to move out due to the rising cost of housing.

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Speaking to the BBC, Richard Ottaway said:

"There are plenty of places outside London where houses are much cheaper, much more affordable... Houses up there are really quite reasonably priced and that is perhaps where we should be, what we should be doing is getting people on the trains and up to Manchester."

Mr Ottaway added that plans for a Northern Hub would help shift the economic emphasis away from London.

Read more: House prices in London reach a new record high

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Army called in to help with sandbags

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PICS: Army called in to help stop water treatment plant and Kenley homes from flooding #croydon http://t.co/rGIs7Kazo4

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Pumping continues in #purley & #kenley. Looks like army have moved back out. Flood waters appear to have risen again in Foxley Hill Road.

Flooding underpass 'not an easy decision'

Croydon Council said its plan to use an underground footway in Purley to hold around 600,000 litres of water was approved after its "primary" pond at Purley Depot overflowed on Friday night.

This has not been an easy decision to take but it has become increasingly clear over the past few hours that we have no alternative if we are to protect people's homes and businesses from being flooded.

– CROYDON COUNCIL LEADER MIKE FISHER

Water pumped into pedestrian underpass to protect homes

Water is being pumped into a pedestrian underpass in Croydon to protect around buildings under threat. The Purley Cross underpass will be turned into an emergency pond as hundreds of thousands of litres of water is pumped into the area.

Authorities hope the move will protect around 400 buildings which are under threat from flooding in Kenley and Purley. They are also trying to protect a water treatment works which supplies tens of thousands of homes.

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Prisoner who absconded in Kent could be in London

Police are trying to track down a prisoner who absconded in Kent, and may have headed to London. 55-year-old Malcolm Parker is known to have links with Croydon and Hendon.

Malcolm Parker Credit: Metropolitan Police

He left prison on Monday, 6 January on temporary licence, but failed to return. He is described as black, 6ft 1ins tall, of medium build with balding hair. He has a distinctive scar on his left elbow which is between one and two inches in size.

Anyone with information should contact police on 020 8358 1752.

17-year-old murder victim 'had no connection to gangs'

The 17-year-old victim has not been named, but local councillor Stuart Collins says he understands he had no connection to gangs, and that the boy arrested was not from the Croydon borough.

In terms of that street and that area, there hasn't been regular crime or activity of that kind.

But there has been requests for a local police station in the community in Broad Green since the riots.

– Stuart Collins, Local councillor
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