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"Billionaire's" Row mansions: Empty and derelict

A Guardian investigation has uncovered that a third of the mansions on one of London's most expensive roads are standing empty, including several huge houses that have fallen into ruin after standing vacant for a quarter of a century.

A Bishop's Avenue house which was bought by a billionairess from Kazakhstan in 1998. Credit: Credit: Max Nash/PA Archive

The newspaper's investigation found that there are an estimated £350m worth of vacant properties in London's so-called London's "Billionaires Row", The Bishop's Avenue in Hampstead, North London.

Toprak Mansion, which is lived in, was reportedly bought for £50m 5 years ago. Credit: Credit: PA

The empty buildings include a row of 10 mansions worth £73m which have remained vacant unused they were bought in the 1990s reportedly on behalf of members of the Saudi royal family.

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10 properties up for sale on London's Billionaires' Row

10 properties were put up for sale one of London's most exclusive, and expensive, streets by members of the Saudi Arabian royal family. The Evening Standard reports the huge homes in The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead were sold by an investment company for £80 million. Some have never been lived in.

Satellite image of The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead
Satellite image of The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Credit: Google Maps

Past residents on the street are though tot have included Bernie Ecclestone, Ringo Starr and Joan Collins.

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Woman found in Hampstead bathing pond named

Police are appealing for information after a body of a woman was discovered in the ladies' bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath yesterday afternoon.

The woman has been named as Sussie Ahlberg, 50, a photographer from Holborn. A post mortem is scheduled to take place at St Pancras Mortuary.

Sussie Ahlburg. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Detective Sergeant Trevor Plumb from Camden CID said: "Sussie's death is being treated as unexplained but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her around the ladies' pond during Sunday 4 August.

"Sussie is five feet 10 inches tall, slim, greying hair, long legs, wearing a white 'Speedo' swimming hat, blue/transparent prescription swimming goggles, dark navy/black tankini".

Anyone who has any information or who was in the area at the time is asked to call police on 101.

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