06/04/2012 East Midlands Today


06/04/2012

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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn.

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First-time buyers and people in housing need who are struggling to

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get on the property ladder are being offered a helping hand in

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Leicester. Ten flats at the Phoenix Square arts complex have gone up

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for sale with the offer of a government-backed loan to cover 20%

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of the asking price. Rob showed me the two-bedroomed

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flat he has just bought at Phoenix Square in Leicester. His flat cost

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�140,000. He has a five-year interest-free loan backed by the

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government to help him pay 20% of the cost. It is called FirstBuy.

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It has worked for me and I am sure it all work for other people. I

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think FirstBuy is a great scheme for people looking to get on the

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property ladder who are struggling to find finance to do it.

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10 flats at the Phoenix Square complex went on sale as part of

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FirstBuy. The cost of the interest free loans is being shared by the

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government's Homes and Communities Agency and the developer. The it is

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a regeneration company owned by the agency.

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There is a lot of desire from first-time buyers, particularly

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young professionals. While they can afford to fund the mortgage while

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they have got it, they cannot raise the deposit.

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At Rob's flat, a homely touch, artificial grass on the balcony. --

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artificial grass. It's emerged that a gospel church

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in Nottingham has been fined after people living nearby complained

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about its services being too noisy. Nottingham City Council brought the

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prosecution against the New Generation Church in Basford

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following four years of complaints and no sign of improvement. From

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nearby homes they recorded the level of singing, music and

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preaching coming from the church and found it was over acceptable

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levels - often for as long as three hours at a time. The church was

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fined �360 by magistrates and ordered to pay legal costs of �600.

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A study from the University of Nottingham has made a major

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breakthrough in the treatment of appendicitis. A team of scientists

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at the Queen's Medical Centre analysed the results of four

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patient trials. They found that people with uncomplicated

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appendicitis could be treated successfully with medicine. In the

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long run it could mean fewer patients needing invasive surgery.

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An appendicectomy is one of the most commonly performed operations

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in the UK, obit -- over 40,000 people a year have it. And we could

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prevent 65% of patients from having this operation, and would be

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freeing up a theatre space. Thousands of people gathered in

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Leicester earlier today to witness the Passion of Christ. The annual

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open-air presentation has been taking place since 2003 and sees

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the cast make their way through the city centre, ending at Humberstone

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Gate. It costs around �40,000 a year to put on, but regularly

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attracts 10,000 spectators - making it one of the biggest performances

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of its kind in the country. With the spring lambing season well

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under way, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust says this year it's selling

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its lambs to local pubs rather than to wholesalers. Selling its own

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livestock direct is a simple move, but one that the trust believes

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will help it raise more money for local conservation projects.

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When Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said they would deliver effective

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habitat conservation on a plate, this may not have been what people

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had in mind. But fear not, this is not the end for the Hebridean sheep,

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but a way of the trust earning some extra cash.

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We have to sell some cheap to maintain a balance, and hopefully

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what we intend to do is see a little more money coming back to

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offset the cost of running the programme.

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The sheep I used to manage habitat. The trust has 600 of them in total,

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and it is thought to be the largest flock in the world.

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Over the last 10 years, we have changed some of the site. This used

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to be dominated by young tree seedlings, the sheep have really

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changed that quite a lot, and some of the sites are now looking a lot

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better than they were 10 years ago. You may soon be able to order a

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plate of Hebridean in your local, but for Nottinghamshire Wildlife

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Trust, the regeneration of the county's heathland will still be as

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important as ever. An unusual military ceremony took

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place in Nottingham earlier today to mark the 200th anniversary of a

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famous battle. Troops from the Mercian Regiment, the city's lord

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mayor and the regimental mascot gathered to remember Badajoz Day,

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the day - In 1812 - that Nottinghamshire troops finally

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conquered the Spanish town. Without a Union Flag, they ran a British

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Army red jacket up the flagpole instead - an event they re-enacted

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today. Being the only infantry unit,

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regular or TA, in Nottinghamshire, we certainly feel a strong

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connection to it, which is why my platoon is called Badajoz platoon.

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It is all about history and remembering where we have come from

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and holding that dear to us. On to football, and ahead of a

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weekend of Championship action, Notts County have been in League

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One action today. The Magpies scored three goals in the second

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half to win at Leyton Orient. Vitally, the three points mean they

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maintain their push for a play-off place. I'll have those goals for

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you in our bulletins here tomorrow. And in tomorrow's other games,

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Derby County are at home to Ipswich, Leicester City play Doncaster at

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the King Power Stadium and Nottingham Forest host Bristol City.

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And Nottingham Forest footballer Garath McCleary goes into

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tomorrow's game having been named as the Npower Championship player

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of the month. The winger scored four goals in the Reds' 7-3 win

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over Leeds at Elland Road last month and has played a key role in

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the club's revival in fortune. Forest's manager praised the team

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and the 24-year-old's performance. If you go in to a game and you know

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you have got goals in the locker, which we know we have, for three

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months we did not have a clean sheet and a goal, we could not buy

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a clean sheet and a goal, and now we know we have got both. It is a

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good recipe, and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.

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If your Easter weekend plans depend on the weather, let's check the

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Still plenty of snow on the ground in parts - these shots taken

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earlier by our cameraman Mark show the scene in Wessington in the

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Amber Valley area of Derbyshire. No more snow this weekend, but the

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cloud we've had today is going to be sticking with us tonight. It'll

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bring a little rain in parts as lows drop to 4 Celsius. Tomorrow

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will see any rain or drizzle clearing. It'll be dry with some

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