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Haringey is London's best performer

Price growth is no longer driven by prime central boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Rightmove is also seeing evidence that house price growth in London is no longer being driven by the wealthy "prime central" boroughs.

London's worst-performing borough in March was named as Kensington and Chelsea, where asking prices had dropped by 2.4% on the previous month.

But the average price tag for a home in the borough was still £2.1 million.

The English capital's best-performing borough was found to be Haringey, where prices had surged by 9.5% month-on-month to reach £597,634 typically.

Westminster and Camden, where average asking prices were above £1 million, were also among Rightmove's worst-performing areas in London in March, while Barnet and Hounslow, where prices were around £600,000-plus, were among the best.

Fall in deliberate fires started in London

The number of fires started deliberately in London has fallen sharply over the past decade, partly because fewer cars are being abandoned and set on fire, new figures have revealed.

The London Fire Brigade said it attended 81 deliberate fires a week last year, compared to an average of 644 in 2003/4.

One of the reasons for the sharp decline is the increasing scrap value of cars, making it less likely they will be abandoned.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:

"Over the last decade the brigade has worked extremely hard alongside its partners in the police and local councils to make it more difficult than ever for mindless vandals to endanger the lives of Londoners by setting fire to rubbish and vehicles left in our streets."

– London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson

Kensington and Chelsea has seen the biggest fall in arson attacks.

"Our twice-weekly domestic rubbish collections and regular street cleaning helps remove the materials that people can use to start fires, as does the work our officers do in spotting potential problems and reporting them."

– Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London borough tops home price poll

The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is home to six out of the 10 most expensive streets in England and Wales, a report has found.

For the second year running, Egerton Crescent in South Kensington was named by Lloyds Bank's report as the country's dearest place to live, with homes there having a typical price tag of just under £7.4 million.

Located near to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods, many properties in Egerton Crescent are Grade II-listed Georgian homes boasting around four or five bedrooms.

Woman charged with stealing diamonds

A 35-year-old Singaporean woman has been charged with theft of diamonds from a home in one of the wealthiest parts of the capital.

Waheeda Abdullah is due to appear at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court this afternoon accused of stealing the jewels from a home in Kensington and Chelsea in 2009.

It is understood that she was an employee of the homeowner, who is a "prominent foreign national".

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