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Brooklyn Beckham, 22, and fiancée Nicola Peltz, 26, buy $10.5m five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills

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Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up their starter home as a couple – a breathtaking $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, California. 

In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-million dollar home in one of Los Angeles County’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

The incredible property comes with impressive views and boasts a host of features typical of homes in the upscale area – including a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar. 

Wow! Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up a beautiful $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Wow! Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up a beautiful $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Loved up: In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-millionaire pound home

Loved up: In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-millionaire pound home

Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out, will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home.  

According to TMZ, the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid $1million over the asking price.

The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house. 

The property also boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace. 

Expansive: The incredible home comes with impressive views and complete with a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar

Expansive: The incredible home comes with impressive views and complete with a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar

Expensive: According to TMZ , the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid one million over the asking price

Expensive: According to TMZ , the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid one million over the asking price

Breathtaking: When entering the property, guests are greeted by a beautiful view of the surrounding area through the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house

Breathtaking: When entering the property, guests are greeted by a beautiful view of the surrounding area through the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house 

Beautiful: The back of the house is covered in hundreds of floor to ceiling black frame windows which let is swatches of light

Beautiful: The back of the house is covered in hundreds of floor to ceiling black frame windows which let is swatches of light

Welcoming: The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy

Welcoming: The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy

Making the most: Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home

Making the most: Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home

Amazing: Included in the couple's new property, with a $10.5million price tag, was a fully-functioning wood-clad indoor sauna

Amazing: Included in the couple’s new property, with a $10.5million price tag, was a fully-functioning wood-clad indoor sauna 

Describing the home, the listing read that the house ’embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design.’

It has walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape.

The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy. 

The listing continued: ‘Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout.

‘The amount of detail and thought that has been put into this one-of-a-kind luxury estate is unsurmounted, one must visit to truly experience the magnitude of beauty and peace this home has to offer.’

Incredible: The five-bedroom property also boasts a relaxing massage room which can be used at any time

Incredible: The five-bedroom property also boasts a relaxing massage room which can be used at any time

The listing continued: 'Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout'

The listing continued: ‘Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout’

Spectacular: The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house

Spectacular: The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house

Outdoor bathing: Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience

Inviting: One of the bathrooms leads outside to a blue bath tub on a balcony

Outdoor bathing: Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience

Stunning: Also included with the property is a beautiful blue infinity edge pool, a barbecue and grasses area

Stunning: Also included with the property is a beautiful blue infinity edge pool, a barbecue and grasses area

Sold! The property was listed by one of the largest real estate brokerages in the US

Sold! The property was listed by one of the largest real estate brokerages in the US

It also has a white crystal quartz massage and healing room, as well as a yoga and gym room, a soaking tub, dry sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and a juice bar. 

Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience.

The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors.

And there’s no question about whether they’d be able to afford such a grand property, as Brooklyn, son of David and Victoria Beckham, has an estimated net worth of $10million.

The website Celebrity Net Worth, which describes Brooklyn as an “English author, photographer, and social media personality”, lists his 2017 photography book What I See as one of his significant pieces of work.

Outdoor spaces: The incredible home boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace

Outdoor spaces: The incredible home boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace

Relaxing: Describing the home, the listing read it 'embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design'

Relaxing: Describing the home, the listing read it ’embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design’

Magnificent: The bedrooms and other areas of the home have walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape

Magnificent: The bedrooms and other areas of the home have walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape

Chic: The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors

Chic: The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors

Ideal for hosting: Inside the beautiful open-plan property boasts of several seating areas suitable for all occasions

Ideal for hosting: Inside the beautiful open-plan property boasts of several seating areas suitable for all occasions

Grand: The property boasts an all-white kitchen with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar

Grand: The property boasts an all-white kitchen with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar 

Of course, his family’s cash will also come in handy, should he struggle to get on his feet, as footballer-turned-businessman David is said to be worth an eye-watering $450million, while Victoria clocks in at the same number.

Meanwhile, American actress Nicola – who has starred in such movies as Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Last Airbender – is estimated to be worth a tidy $50million, thanks to her career and, also, family wealth.

While the Beckhams boast a sizeable fortune through their ventures in entertainment, sports, and fashion, among other areas, Nicola’s investor dad Nelson Peltz eclipses their bank balances with his $1.79billion net worth.

Father-of-ten Nelson Peltz, a founding partner at Trian Fund Management, LP, has amassed his impressive fortune through a wide range of savvy investments starting from the early 1980s.

Brooklyn had moved to New York City in 2017 to study photography at Parsons School of Design at the New School, but dropped out just one year later, with sources saying he was missing his London-based family. 

Understated: The front of the property is understated, with only one window and a sleek black gate

Understated: The front of the property is understated, with only one window and a sleek black gate

Elegant: The five-bedroom home also has an expansive walk in wardrobe with dozens of cupboards, rails and mirrors

Elegant: The five-bedroom home also has an expansive walk in wardrobe with dozens of cupboards, rails and mirrors

Enormous: The dressing room is so expansive it is possible to fit a large rug and a sofa inside

Enormous: The dressing room is so expansive it is possible to fit a large rug and a sofa inside 

Inspiration: The property will offer inspiring photographer Brooklyn plenty of photograph opportunities

Inspiration: The property will offer inspiring photographer Brooklyn plenty of photograph opportunities

Privacy: Some of the bedrooms with less beautiful views had smaller windows which were shielded by bushes for privacy

Privacy: Some of the bedrooms with less beautiful views had smaller windows which were shielded by bushes for privacy

A source told The Mirror in 2018 that Brooklyn had opted to focus instead on internships, adding: ‘It sounds as if he was truly homesick and was feeling lonely out there.’

‘He adores his family, in the end it was the lure to come back to them all that swung it – and the prospect of a terrific internship.

‘Victoria is absolutely delighted at the news and couldn’t contain herself when it was all coming to plan – to have Brooklyn back under the same roof is a dream come true for her.’ 

It comes after Brooklyn took the opportunity to share his love for his fiancée on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday. 

The aspiring photographer shared a gushing Instagram post exactly 12 months after he got down on one knee, as he gushed Nicola made him ‘a better person’

Lots of space: The front of the property has a large turning around and the home is built above a double parking garage

Lots of space: The front of the property has a large turning around and the home is built above a double parking garage

Beautiful design: The expansive home is beautifully decorated throughout

Beautiful design: The expansive home is beautifully decorated throughout

Interiors: The bedrooms are all furnished with a modern and Scandi blend of styles

Interiors: The bedrooms are all furnished with a modern and Scandi blend of styles

Huge: There will never be a shortage of places to show because the property has five bathrooms and two half bathrooms

Huge: There will never be a shortage of places to show because the property has five bathrooms and two half bathrooms

Stunning views: While swimming in the beautiful infinity pool, Brooklyn and Nicola will be able to admire the amazing surrounding views

Stunning views: While swimming in the beautiful infinity pool, Brooklyn and Nicola will be able to admire the amazing surrounding views

In the post shared with his 12.4 million Instagram followers the couple were seen smooching for the camera. 

Nicola looked stunning in a glitter dress while Brooklyn was dapper in a navy jumper paired with black jeans. 

The photographer wrote: ‘This exact day 1 year ago I asked this gorgeous woman to marry me.  

‘She makes me a better person everyday and is my best friend. I can’t imagine my life without you because you continuously make me laugh and smile x happy 1 year baby ❤️❤️’ 

Last year, Brooklyn confirmed the news he’d proposed to Nicola with a gushing Instagram post. 

Sharing a stunning snap of the couple, he wrote: ‘Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby xx’ 

Perfect: When entertaining, the couple will have plenty of areas to sit and chat including various seated sofa areas

Perfect: When entertaining, the couple will have plenty of areas to sit and chat including various seated sofa areas

Calming: If they want to wind down in the evening, the couple can turn on the fire and turn on their large wall-mounted television

Calming: If they want to wind down in the evening, the couple can turn on the fire and turn on their large wall-mounted television

Extravagant: In one of the many bathrooms, one impressive bath has steps leading up to it

Extravagant: In one of the many bathrooms, one impressive bath has steps leading up to it  

Peaceful: The sauna and massage rooms are based in the same room to make a day of relaxing as easy as possible

Peaceful: The sauna and massage rooms are based in the same room to make a day of relaxing as easy as possible

Luxurious: The main kitchen, where Brooklyn may spend lots of his time making his favourite meals, has a small window to let in some natural light by the double sink and incredible range cooker

Luxurious: The main kitchen, where Brooklyn may spend lots of his time making his favourite meals, has a small window to let in some natural light by the double sink and incredible range cooker 

In October it was claimed that the pair planned to exchange vows in two celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic.  

It’s thought that Brooklyn will have his brothers Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 15, as his best men for the ceremony, with proud mum Victoria designing actress Nicola’s wedding gown. 

According to The Sun, Brooklyn’s sister Harper, nine, will be chief bridesmaid for Brooklyn and Nicola’s wedding.

The two ceremonies – held in Nicola’s hometown of Florida and the Beckhams’ estate in the Cotswolds – will ensure that both Brooklyn and Nicola’s loved ones can be in attendance. 

Brooklyn’s father David will act as the master of ceremonies, with his younger sons being best men for the celebration and giving a joint speech at the reception.

Multi-purpose: The master bedroom has various sections, including a sleeping area, a sofa/seating around and a desk in the corner surrounded by floor-length windows

Multi-purpose: The master bedroom has various sections, including a sleeping area, a sofa/seating around and a desk in the corner surrounded by floor-length windows

Lavish: The cinema room doors can be closed off to create a reflective wall in the hallway or shut out the light for a true cinematic experience

Lavish: The cinema room doors can be closed off to create a reflective wall in the hallway or shut out the light for a true cinematic experience

Lush: A staircase leads down into the basement area of the property, with a large kitchen for entertaining

Lush: A staircase leads down into the basement area of the property, with a large kitchen for entertaining

Unique: Another breakfast bar is located downstairs with an unusual art installation on the wall

Unique: Another breakfast bar is located downstairs with an unusual art installation on the wall

Open plan: The spiral staircase, which lead from the entrance hall, leads to a another seated around, the cinema and a second kitchen

Open plan: The spiral staircase, which lead from the entrance hall, leads to a another seated around, the cinema and a second kitchen

A source said: ‘Brooklyn is incredibly family focused, just like his parents, and the boys are so close. They are brothers and best mates.

‘Although many assumed David would get the gig, there was really never any question of who he would choose to be his best men.’

It’s also been reported that Victoria has been given the honour of designing Nicola’s wedding dress, with the insider adding that it’s likely to be a sleek minimal design and has even considered designing a suit for the blushing bride.  

As expected the wedding will boast a star-studded guest list, with names such as Victoria’s Spice Girls bandmates Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Horner.

David’s close friend Dave Gardner and his wife Liv Tyler will also be in attendance.

Brooklyn’s godfather Sir Elton John could even take to the stage for a stellar performance.

The source added that David and Victoria are keen to contribute to the costs for a lavish nuptials, despite tradition stating the bride’s family usually cover the cost.

Pass the popcorn: The cinema room has a comfortable sofa, cow hide chair and a large coffee table for a luxury film watching experience

Pass the popcorn: The cinema room has a comfortable sofa, cow hide chair and a large coffee table for a luxury film watching experience

Bathroom goals: The couple could also enjoy a relaxing bath soaking in the water while staring out at the impressive views

Bathroom goals: The couple could also enjoy a relaxing bath soaking in the water while staring out at the impressive views

Quirky: On the roof-top terrace there is also an unusual shingle installation

Quirky: On the roof-top terrace there is also an unusual shingle installation

'She makes me a better person every day': Brooklyn shared a gushing tribute to fiancée Nicola on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday

Happy couple: The aspiring photographer shared a gushing Instagram post exactly 12 months after he got down on one knee, as he gushed Nicola made him 'a better person'

Happy couple: It comes after Brooklyn took the opportunity to share his love for his fiancée on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday as he gushed Nicola made him ‘a better person’ 

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Detached homes see average values up £60k during the pandemic says Halifax

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The pandemic property boom has been driven by a surge in demand for larger homes, new research has revealed.

The average value of a detached home in Britain has risen at almost twice the rate for flats, according to the data from Halifax and IHS Markit.

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since March 2020.

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since the March 2020

Buyers can expect to pay on average £425,177 for a detached property, which is an increase of £60,556 or 17 per cent since the March 2020

It compares to an increase of around 9 per cent for a typical flat during the same period, where values have risen on average £13,325 to an average of £158,992.

At the same time, the average price of a terrace property has risen 15 per cent or £27,715 to £213,798, while semi-detached also rose 15 per cent or £36,841 to £280,090.

HOUSE PRICES BY PROPERTY TYPE
All Houses All Buyers UK Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 15.40% 9.10% 14.90% 15.10% 16.60%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £33,820 £13,325 £27,715 £36,841 £60,556
Average price Dec 2021 £276,091 £158,992 £213,798 £280,090 £425,177
Source: Halifax/IHS Markit        

The data also highlighted the widening of the gaps between each type of home, with flat owners expected to spend an extra £54,806 to upsize to a typical terrace house, compared to £40,416 in March 2020.

At the same time, those currently in a terrace would need a further £66,292 to own a semi-detached home, compared to £57,166 in March 2020.

Meanwhile, home movers hoping to switch from a semi-detached to a detached property need an additional £145,087, compared to £121,371 in March 2020.

REGIONAL HOUSE PRICE CHANGES BY TYPE
% Change (since Mar ’20) All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
East of England 13.00% 7.40% 14.20% 14.80% 14.30%
Northern Ireland 14.30% -2.40% 15.20% 16.70% 13.40%
South West 18.40% 10.90% 19.00% 19.50% 20.20%
London 6.40% 0.70% 6.80% 7.60% 12.40%
Scotland 12.10% 9.60% 14.20% 13.70% 16.30%
West Midlands 14.60% 7.10% 12.60% 15.50% 17.40%
East Midlands 15.50% 12.10% 16.50% 17.50% 19.00%
North West 18.20% 13.40% 18.80% 17.00% 21.90%
Wales 21.90% 11.70% 25.10% 21.20% 24.40%
North East 14.40% 14.30% 19.80% 11.80% 15.50%
South East 13.10% 7.40% 13.70% 13.80% 15.40%
Yorkshire 16.50% 4.30% 15.40% 17.00% 18.30%
Source:  Halifax/IHS Markit        

Wales and the North West saw the greatest increase in detached home prices, up 24.4 per cent and 21.9 per cent respectively.

The most expensive detached homes are in London, at an average £910,568. The 12.4 per cent increase is almost double the average of all property types in the capital.

Russell Galley, managing director, Halifax, said: ‘Record numbers of moves have been taking place throughout the pandemic, with the demand for detached homes now greater than for any other property type, meaning the competition for those looking to buy an often larger property is fierce.

‘As employers began to crystalise longer-term plans for home and hybrid working, buyers have been able to consider homes further afield as the need to commute falls away, with properties previously considered too remote now giving families extras like garden rooms and home offices.

This trend means Wales, with its beautiful countryside and lower relative property prices, saw the strongest growth in detached homes over the past two years.’

REGIONAL HOUSE PRICES BY PROPERTY TYPE DURING THE PANDEMIC
East of England All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 13.00% 7.40% 14.20% 14.80% 14.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £36,767 £13,340 £34,669 £45,351 £63,141
Average Price Dec 2021 £319,447 £192,721 £279,087 £352,699 £505,379
Northern Ireland All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.30% -2.40% 15.20% 16.70% 13.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £21,448 -£2,327 £14,027 £22,012 £25,600
Average Price Dec 2021 £170,946 £94,922 £106,105 £153,917 £217,226
South West All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 18.40% 10.90% 19.00% 19.50% 20.20%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £44,773 £17,038 £38,716 £49,973 £76,380
Average Price Dec 2021 £287,774 £173,502 £242,285 £306,171 £454,133
London All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 6.40% 0.70% 6.80% 7.60% 12.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £31,724 £2,657 £33,159 £44,891 £100,525
Average Price Dec 2021 £525,351 £371,744 £520,359 £635,422 £910,568
Scotland All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 12.10% 9.60% 14.20% 13.70% 16.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £20,795 £9,789 £18,433 £23,357 £39,783
Average Price Dec 2021 £192,988 £112,075 £148,224 £193,975 £283,214
West Mids All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.60% 7.10% 12.60% 15.50% 17.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £29,778 £8,625 £20,532 £33,265 £57,685
Average Price Dec 2021 £234,263 £129,851 £184,061 £247,881 £389,553
East Midlands All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 15.50% 12.10% 16.50% 17.50% 19.00%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £30,275 £13,536 £24,346 £33,919 £57,186
Average Price Dec 2021 £225,106 £125,563 £171,686 £227,336 £358,441
North West All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 18.20% 13.40% 18.80% 17.00% 21.90%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £32,591 £14,070 £24,426 £31,917 £63,229
Average Price Dec 2021 £211,954 £118,979 £154,308 £219,294 £351,887
Wales All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 21.90% 11.70% 25.10% 21.20% 24.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £36,917 £11,570 £30,111 £34,639 £62,688
Average Price Dec 2021 £205,579 £110,318 £149,966 £197,768 £319,492
North East All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 14.40% 14.30% 19.80% 11.80% 15.50%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £20,162 £11,527 £20,071 £17,666 £37,373
Average Price Dec 2021 £159,694 £92,214 £121,187 £166,876 £278,863
South East All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 13.10% 7.40% 13.70% 13.80% 15.40%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £43,298 £15,502 £38,704 £49,203 £78,220
Average Price Dec 2021 £374,454 £223,610 £320,944 £404,648 £586,781
Yorkshire All Flat Terraced Semi-Detached Detached
% Change (since Mar ’20) 16.50% 4.30% 15.40% 17.00% 18.30%
Price Change (since Mar ’20) £27,192 £4,708 £19,442 £29,624 £50,192
Average Price Dec 2021 £192,210 £114,535 £146,081 £203,805 £324,581
Source: Halifax/IHS Markit         

North London estate agent Jeremy Leaf said: ’Soaring demand for detached homes is not surprising as we are seeing buyers prepared to stretch themselves to purchase properties which they regard as for the longer term, rather than settling for smaller houses or flats. 

These buyers are often using money saved during lockdown by not going on holiday or other spending, to contribute towards their deposit. They are also taking advantage of continuing low interest rates even though the threat of higher repayments and inflation is looming.

‘Detached homes have long been the pinnacle in terms of what people aim for when buying property. They are popular because they offer flexibility, privacy, control and independence, which isn’t always the case with semi-detached or terraced properties where there is an element of shared space or boundaries, increasing the risk of conflict.

‘Price growth has been strongest in Wales because often affordability is greater in those markets in the first place. We have noticed the drift from the centre of towns and cities to the suburbs, country and coastal areas as people get more accustomed to hybrid working and not having to spend as much time in the centre. They are looking for higher-quality outside space and the ability to work comfortably from home.’

Separate research by Coutts found that demand has also been high for luxury leafy lodgings in the capital.

It said that sales for super prime homes worth £10million or more jumped from 56 in 2020 to 106 in 2021.

Peter Flavel, of Coutts, said: ‘For many investors these prime and super prime properties provide the opportunity to put funds into assets that offer the space they need as hybrid living continues to influence lifestyle choices.’

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Lisa Smith travelled to Turkey to study under Isis propagandist, court told

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Lisa Smith, a former Defence Forces member who denies membership of Islamic State (Isis), travelled to Turkey to become a student of a famous Islamic convert who wrote Isis propaganda, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for Ms Smith, read out a message exchange in 2013 between his client and an American Islamic scholar John Georgelas, who was living in Egypt at the time.

Counsel said Mr Georgelas asked Ms Smith to travel to Egypt to study under him and said he would pay her to help his wife, Tania Joya, take care of their children.

Ms Smith replied: “I wouldn’t dream of accepting any money for looking after your children. If I can get the benefit of your knowledge as your student that would be more than enough payment for me.”

Mr Georgelas left Egypt with Ms Joya and arranged to meet Ms Smith in Turkey.

Ms Joya, giving evidence for a second day, told Mr O’Higgins that her husband was clever and manipulative and in 2013 was communicating with Ms Smith every day over the internet.

She said he was a respected scholar who could “overwhelm” people with his knowledge of scripture. She told Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, that Georgelas wrote for magazines Dabiq and Rumiyah that publish Isis propaganda

Ms Smith (39), from Dundalk, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful terrorist group, Islamic State, between October 28th, 2015 and December 1st, 2019. She has also pleaded not guilty to financing terrorism by sending €800 in assistance, via a Western Union money transfer, to a named man on May 6th, 2015.

Her trial is continuing in front of Mr Justice Tony Hunt, Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Cormac Dunne at the three-judge, non-jury court.

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Rioja Estates and TORG International partner for two outlet village projects

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TORG International has partnered with leading UK outlet developer Rioja Estates for the development of two new outlets in Sweden and the UK, Malmo Designer Village and Grantham Designer Outlet Village. Both schemes have already secured planning consent, with Grantham being under construction with the opening scheduled for Autumn 2023. The Malmo outlet is expected to open in Summer 2025.

 

Conveniently located in close proximity to the Danish border, Malmo Designer Village benefits from a significant catchment area. The scheme is expected to rank in the top 25% of outlet centres in Europe in terms of traffic and is predicted to generate above-average sales density.

 

Grantham Designer Outlet Village is located on the country’s third most travelled motorway, the A1 connecting London with Northern England, and is projected to attract 3.5 million visitors annually. A lack of retail competition in the immediate area means that Grantham Designer Outlet Village will achieve significantly greater penetration of its catchment than the UK outlet industry average of 3%, namely for Phase One 7.7% and for Phase Two 8.5%.

 

Says Robert van den Heuvel, Partner Development & Leasing TORG International: “It was at Mapic 2021 that we established this new collaboration with Giles Membrey and his team at Rioja Estates, whom we have known for many years. We were impressed by the quality of their two latest developments in Sweden and the UK and are therefore delighted to be able to share our enthusiasm with the tenant community and industry at large.“

 

Adds Barbara Horatz, Partner Marketing & Retail TORG International: “We feel that both developments meet all the key criteria for a successful future outlet – the strategic location on a major motorway axis, important catchment, strong tourism potential, significant size, qualitative and sustainable architecture. There are not many strategic spots left in Europe for outlet developments and we definitely consider Malmo and Grantham as two of them.”

 

Concludes Giles Membrey: “We see Malmo and Grantham as the beginning of a great collaboration for our two companies –  there are many more opportunities for joint outlet developments that we see ahead of us and that we are already discussing, be it in Europe or in any of the other major markets globally.”

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