PLUMES of smoke can be seen billowing over east London after a fire broke out in an apartment block.
A dog reported to have “healing powers” will be evicted from a £1m ($1.24m) London penthouse after his owners lost a court ruling yesterday (28 February). Gabby and Florien Kuehn described the decision as “small-minded”.
The couple will now face legal costs of at least £50,000 after Judge Donald Cryan ruled the no-pet policy at Victory Place apartments in East London could not be circumvented for Vinnie the terrier cross, despite his alleged magic paws.
The Kuehns had at one point told the management company that they had a medical condition, which was alleviated by Vinnie’s presence.
But Judge Cryan said: “Nothing was presented by the claimants to show that the dog in question was considered by any medical practitioner as medical support.”
Guide dogs and other assistance dogs are allowed to reside in the building, which otherwise forbids pets and has done so since before the Kuehns moved in.
“The case comes down to ‘I love my dog’. An emotion which one can readily understand and indeed sympathise with,” said Cryan. He added: “Sadly for [the Kuehns] the dog will have to go.”
The Mayor and City of London court ruling has saddled the Kuehns with substantial legal costs. Outside Mrs Kuehn criticised the decision and vowed to take the case to the Court of Appeal.
Management company Victory Place said in a statement that the ban on pets had been in place since the development was opened.
It added: “This attracted a number of people for whom this point was very important. Some of them have allergies to dog and cat hair, others have a dog phobia, or simply do not want barking dogs in a closely compacted development.”
by Emma Lake
A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another woman fell to her death from a block of flats in east London.
A 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead after police were called to Bow at 11.23am yesterday.
Neighbours told the Evening Standard they heard shouting before the woman fell.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to an east London police station.
She has since been released on police bail until a date in late March.
The death is currently being treated as “unexplained”.
The woman’s next of kin have been informed and investigations continue.
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FANCY living in a penthouse in London’s posh Kensington area completely rent-free for a year? Well, then you could be in luck.
The winner of the competition being fronted by property guru Amanda Lamb and TV presenter Rick Edwards will get to live in a lush one-bed flat on Kensington Church Street for 12 months.
The flat is situated on the top floor of a period building with stunning views over the Kensington area.
It comes with double bed, fully fitted wardrobe, open plan kitchen and even a separate utility room.
And if that wasn’t good enough…any cash that the winner manages to save during the year will be matched by the firm behind the competition – up to a maximum of £24,000 (or £2,000 a month).
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The cash can then be used towards a deposit for a property.
Sounds pretty dreamy, right? Well, of course there are a few catches.
Firstly, it’s a competition…so there’s only one winner.
Anyone interested in entering needs to queue up at the new Studio B ‘innovation lab’ on April 27 – which is run Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and is situated on high street Kensington, London.
The first round of the competition will take place between 7am and 10am. There will be two initial knowledge-based questions.
The top 9 contestants will be invited back later in the day to complete more tasks.
They’ll need to bring proof of identity, address and employment.
The final round will include a gardening, cooking and DIY challenge. The winner will be picked by property guru Amanda Lamb at the end of the day.
You need to over the age of 18 to enter and have the right to live and work in the UK.
There’s no age limit for contestants but if you already own a home, you’re not allowed to enter.
You’ll also need to be able to move into the property on May 27 and live there for 12 months.
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A YOUNG barman says Kevin Spacey groped him twice in a week and told him he could perform a sex act “better than your girlfriend”.
Kris Nixon said he had been invited to a party at Spacey’s London apartment when the US star sidled up to him on a sofa and grabbed his crotch.
And the actor— Old Vic artistic director at the time — pestered him again a week later after returning to Kris’s bar with some of his theatrical crew.
Spacey is said to have followed him into a store room, put his hand under the waistband of Kris’s trousers, grabbed hold of his belt and said, ‘I can make it up’.
Kris, now 30, told The Sun: “He’s a predator. By proxy of being famous and a big shot, he does this to people.”
The first incident was at a 2007 play after-party as Kris sat star-struck on the sofa.
He said: “He looked at me for a weirdly uncomfortable length of time, then grabbed my d*** over my trousers.
“He glanced over to where my girlfriend had gone and said, ‘I could blow you better than she could.’
“He was drunk but not paralytic. I walked over to her and said, ‘We need to leave’.”
Kris said of the second incident: “I barged past him. Minutes later he tried to order a drink so I told him to f*** off.”
Kris, now back in his native Belfast, did not tell cops but has spoken out after the other claims about Spacey, including flashing at a fellow barman.
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The exclusivity of this riverfront Watermans Gardens Penthouse is hard to match – overlooking the River Thames and the garden of London’s emerging cultural hub, Greenwich Peninsula. Designed by Pilbrow and Partners and Conrad & Partners, the apartment has also felt the touch of Cereal magazine’s Creative Director. Out of the collaboration of a bunch of creatives, a unique London Penthouse has been born and ready to host some very lucky Londoners.
ARCHITECTURE Pilbrow and Partners | INTERIOR Conran & Partners | AGENT Aucoot
The three-bedroom apartment resides in what was once an industrial district, now a revitalised cultural hotspot. Gentle material homage to these rustic roots surfaces in an entirely elegant manner; black joinery, lacquered brass and marble resting on polished concrete. But there is no subtlety to capturing the views this area knows well with full-width, floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping the cantilevered living space. There’s even opportunity to extend the culinary experience outside, as the kitchen folds onto the large terrace. Guests can spill from the indoor living to the outdoor and on warmer days, be entertained with the built-in barbecue.
Thanks to Conrad & Partner’s dedication to light, form and texture, every inch of the penthouse has design on its side. Dispersed around the river outlook is a blend of contemporary and unique furniture: Fritz Hansen PK54 Table, Børge Mogensen Chairs and a Martin Visser Sofa Bed. Placed in-between are abstract prints and paintings, forming a formidable designer collection. With the moody palette of grey shades and dark timber, we could pinpoint plenty of quiet corners to enjoy a good view.
The Penthouse tops a Peninsula community of shared amenities. You’d hardly find a reason to leave with access to private workspaces, a cinema room, the gym and shared spaces for a bite to eat or something to drink. More broadly, the Greenwich Peninsula area is an evolving ‘new’ part of London, with the city’s future at the forefront. The area has been substantially redeveloped by a collection of forward-thinking architects to form an ideal community of public gardens and artworks, shops and easy access to public transport. It’s an exciting modern community we’d sure want to be apart of if we could return to this London Penthouse every evening.
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