Daily news summary

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Deaths on Czech roads fall in September

There were 47 deaths on Czech roads in September, five fewer than during the same month a year earlier and the lowest number since statistics have been kept in recent times.

Since the start of the year, 376 people have been killed in road accidents. That is 19 less than in the first nine months of 2016. The figures are still preliminary with police due to release the official results during the next week.

The worst September according to recent figures was in 1997 when 149 died on the roads.

Viktoria Plzeň consolidate position at top of Czech league

Czech top football league leaders, Viktoria Plzeň, turned around their home match against Bohemians 1905 to win 2:1.

The ninth win in a row equals the start of the season winning run of Sparta Prague in 2011.

Plzeň’s win gives them a 10 point lead over second placed Olomouc, who were due to play later on Sunday.

Offers of Czech historic buildings outstrips demand

Offers of historic buildings, castles and stately homes in the Czech Republic outstrip potential interest, according to the Czech News Agency after sounding out real estate agents. Many would be buyers are deterred by the considerable reconstruction work and costs that would be required, real estate agents said.

Conservation restrictions on what changes can be made are also a problem with buyers intending to carry out major changes and transformations. Most of the interest in such buildings comes from abroad, mainly from France and Russia, the report added.

The KPMG consultancy said around 1100 castles and stately homes are registered in the Czech Republic but their transformation into tourist accommodation or other uses is not expected to increase significantly in the short term.

Škoda Octavia becomes third best selling European car

Škoda Auto’s mid-range Octavia model was the third most popular model sold in Europe in August.

It is the first time that a Škoda model has appeared in the top three of the most popular European models. In July, it was the fourth most popular model.

Registrations of new cars in Europe rose by 5.4 percent in August. Volkswagen’s Golf was the most popular model in Europe followed by Renault’s Clio. Octavia sales totalled 15,857 sales during the month.

Sparta Prague fail to make up on league leaders after draw

In football, Sparta Prague drew in a goalless match against Dukla Prague.

It is the fourth time in a row that Sparta have failed to win away this season and further distances the club from the league leaders. Sparta’s Jan Holenda came closest to opening the score when he hit the post.

Sparta are in fourth position in the league with 15 points, nine adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzeň who play on Sunday.

Cold and rainy start to October

Temperatures are set to fall in October with maximum daytime temperatures not exceeding 15 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech weather office.

Temperatures at the start of the month are predicted to be slightly lower than normal. Maximum daytime temperatures at the end of the month will not be more than 10 degrees Celsius. Minimum daytime temperatures will be around zero.

It is forecast to rain mostly at the start of the month.

Weather

Monday is set to be overcast with rain in the west of the country but sunny in the centre and east. Top temperatures will range between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.