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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn.
First-time buyers and people in housing need who are struggling to
get on the property ladder are being offered a helping hand in
Leicester. Ten flats at the Phoenix Square arts complex have gone up
for sale with the offer of a government-backed loan to cover 20%
of the asking price. Rob showed me the two-bedroomed
flat he has just bought at Phoenix Square in Leicester. His flat cost
�140,000. He has a five-year interest-free loan backed by the
government to help him pay 20% of the cost. It is called FirstBuy.
It has worked for me and I am sure it all work for other people. I
think FirstBuy is a great scheme for people looking to get on the
property ladder who are struggling to find finance to do it.
10 flats at the Phoenix Square complex went on sale as part of
FirstBuy. The cost of the interest free loans is being shared by the
government's Homes and Communities Agency and the developer. The it is
a regeneration company owned by the agency.
There is a lot of desire from first-time buyers, particularly
young professionals. While they can afford to fund the mortgage while
they have got it, they cannot raise the deposit.
At Rob's flat, a homely touch, artificial grass on the balcony. --
artificial grass. It's emerged that a gospel church
in Nottingham has been fined after people living nearby complained
about its services being too noisy. Nottingham City Council brought the
prosecution against the New Generation Church in Basford
following four years of complaints and no sign of improvement. From
nearby homes they recorded the level of singing, music and
preaching coming from the church and found it was over acceptable
levels - often for as long as three hours at a time. The church was
fined �360 by magistrates and ordered to pay legal costs of �600.
A study from the University of Nottingham has made a major
breakthrough in the treatment of appendicitis. A team of scientists
at the Queen's Medical Centre analysed the results of four
patient trials. They found that people with uncomplicated
appendicitis could be treated successfully with medicine. In the
long run it could mean fewer patients needing invasive surgery.
An appendicectomy is one of the most commonly performed operations
in the UK, obit -- over 40,000 people a year have it. And we could
prevent 65% of patients from having this operation, and would be
freeing up a theatre space. Thousands of people gathered in
Leicester earlier today to witness the Passion of Christ. The annual
open-air presentation has been taking place since 2003 and sees
the cast make their way through the city centre, ending at Humberstone
Gate. It costs around �40,000 a year to put on, but regularly
attracts 10,000 spectators - making it one of the biggest performances
of its kind in the country. With the spring lambing season well
under way, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust says this year it's selling
its lambs to local pubs rather than to wholesalers. Selling its own
livestock direct is a simple move, but one that the trust believes
will help it raise more money for local conservation projects.
When Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said they would deliver effective
habitat conservation on a plate, this may not have been what people
had in mind. But fear not, this is not the end for the Hebridean sheep,
but a way of the trust earning some extra cash.
We have to sell some cheap to maintain a balance, and hopefully
what we intend to do is see a little more money coming back to
offset the cost of running the programme.
The sheep I used to manage habitat. The trust has 600 of them in total,
and it is thought to be the largest flock in the world.
Over the last 10 years, we have changed some of the site. This used
to be dominated by young tree seedlings, the sheep have really
changed that quite a lot, and some of the sites are now looking a lot
better than they were 10 years ago. You may soon be able to order a
plate of Hebridean in your local, but for Nottinghamshire Wildlife
Trust, the regeneration of the county's heathland will still be as
important as ever. An unusual military ceremony took
place in Nottingham earlier today to mark the 200th anniversary of a
famous battle. Troops from the Mercian Regiment, the city's lord
mayor and the regimental mascot gathered to remember Badajoz Day,
the day - In 1812 - that Nottinghamshire troops finally
conquered the Spanish town. Without a Union Flag, they ran a British
Army red jacket up the flagpole instead - an event they re-enacted
today. Being the only infantry unit,
regular or TA, in Nottinghamshire, we certainly feel a strong
connection to it, which is why my platoon is called Badajoz platoon.
It is all about history and remembering where we have come from
and holding that dear to us. On to football, and ahead of a
weekend of Championship action, Notts County have been in League
One action today. The Magpies scored three goals in the second
half to win at Leyton Orient. Vitally, the three points mean they
maintain their push for a play-off place. I'll have those goals for
you in our bulletins here tomorrow. And in tomorrow's other games,
Derby County are at home to Ipswich, Leicester City play Doncaster at
the King Power Stadium and Nottingham Forest host Bristol City.
And Nottingham Forest footballer Garath McCleary goes into
tomorrow's game having been named as the Npower Championship player
of the month. The winger scored four goals in the Reds' 7-3 win
over Leeds at Elland Road last month and has played a key role in
the club's revival in fortune. Forest's manager praised the team
and the 24-year-old's performance. If you go in to a game and you know
you have got goals in the locker, which we know we have, for three
months we did not have a clean sheet and a goal, we could not buy
a clean sheet and a goal, and now we know we have got both. It is a
good recipe, and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.
If your Easter weekend plans depend on the weather, let's check the
Still plenty of snow on the ground in parts - these shots taken
earlier by our cameraman Mark show the scene in Wessington in the
Amber Valley area of Derbyshire. No more snow this weekend, but the
cloud we've had today is going to be sticking with us tonight. It'll
bring a little rain in parts as lows drop to 4 Celsius. Tomorrow
will see any rain or drizzle clearing. It'll be dry with some