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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story, the great housing market


price drop. As property values hit the bottom, we meet the homeowners


who can't sell. I bought the property five years ago and it has


been on the market six months. I haven't been able to sell it yet.


Plus, a second day of strike action by some teachers in Nottingham.


Campaigning against plans for a five term school year. Also tonight,


we are in Japan, with adventurer Sarah Outen. It is cold, it is wet,


and she is in training to become the first woman to row the north


Pacific oaks. And from a shoe factory to Holloway Prison. How


Alice Hawkins helped change history. Hello. Good evening, welcome to


Tuesday's programme. First tonight, the dramatic fall in house prices


here in the East Midlands. Some homes in our region have lost more


than a quarter of their value since the economic downturn and it is


people in the cheapest homes who are facing the biggest losses if


they want to move up the ladder. Dominic has the statistics that


show how the housing bubble has burst. Well, Easter, traditionally


signals a surge in house buying but the last five years have been far


from traditional. Let us take a loot at what has happened in that


time. -- look. Here in 2007, the market was riding high, of course


the downturn hadn't yet started. Then, the average price of a house


in the East Midlands was �143,000. Today, according to the Land


Registry that has fall into �124,000. A drop of just over 13%.


Now within that drop, some types of home have fared worse than others.


For data on that we can turn to the Halifax, which issued its latest


figures the East Midlands a few days ago. These are average price.


Detached houses have seen the smallest drop in five years, at 9%.


A semi has seen prices drop by 17%. Bungalow, they have gone down by


about the same. Flats and maisonettes are down by more, round


21%. But over the last five years the biggest drop by far, has been


in the value of terraced houses. A staggering 26%. Serious number, but


what does it mean for homeowners? Hello I am Hayley, and I am a


schools arts administrator. This is my two bedroom property. I bought


the property five years ago. It has been on the market six months and I


haven't been able to sell it yet. I bought the property five years ago


and paid �138,000. I have been forced to put it on offers round


�130,000. This is my estate agent Mark. Mark, is my situation


unusual? Unfortunately it is not. Like yourself, a lot of people


bought five to six years ago at the peak. Now we are at the bottom so


people are struggling to get back their initial investment. Do you


see any improvement in the market? We are seeing early signs of


improvement. There is more buyers round than last year, and the sales


prices are beginning to increase but nothing substantial at the


moment. I would like to sell the house as soon as possible, because


me and my partner will looking to buy a house together. But I do


worry if I have to drop the price any lower I will fall into negative


equity. Well only today the Office for National Statistics said there


had been zero increase in East Midlands house prices in the past


12 months so what is being done to stimulate the market? Our reporter


has been to the unveiling of a scheme which uses tax payers' money


to get things moving. The town of ar nold. Buying a property here


will probably cost a first time buyer round �100,000. Now the


council's teamed up with a bank to offer first-time buyers a helping


hand. Help with one of the biggest hurdles. The deposit. And offer


this first time buyer has snapped up. When we found out we could get


this whole scheme involved, we had to go for it because there is no


way we could have done it. council has borrowed �1 million


from the Government. It will lodged with Lloyds and eastern money from


the council. First time buyer also have to get a deposit of 5%, up to


a limit of �120,000. The council will then guarantee up to 20% of


the cost. What it will give when you are saving and you think I just


need that little bit extra, that bit extra to give me the do po it


is. So where is it coming from? This this case you can turn to the


council is there a chance. I wouldn't be able to afford one. It


is nice for people to get a helping hand. It is council money. It


should be spent on other things. The only way I managed to get on


the ladder was with some inheritance, other than that I


would have found it very difficult. We recognise the challenges people


face, a lot of people will call on their parents, or just they might


be renting and are trying to save, and it is difficult to raise the


standard 10% deposit. There will be a big demand from first-time buyers


and there is only enough top help round 45 of them. -- to help. A


short time ago I spoke to Josh Miller. He is a senior economist,


at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. I began by asking him


whether the house prices were good or bad for the region. It depends


on who you are talking about. For those who are wishing to get on the


housing ladder it is probably a good thing, because it makes house


morgue accessible. For those wishing to get off the housing


ladder it is not such a good thing. When they sell they won't


necessarily receive as much. So it is more about a distribution of


wealth. Does this mean the market is static because nobody wants to


sell? I don't think the market is that static. It is certainly more


static than say at the peak of the boom, but sales levels have


recovered somewhat. But is it a reflection of the whole country or


are we worse. The trends have been similar over the last four years so


house prices are down about 20% below their 2007 peak and that is


the same for the UK as a whole. Over the last few years, in both


the UK and the East Midlands house prices have been bumping along the


bottom. That is how I would characterise it. What do you think


for the next 12 months? I think over the next 12 months we will see


more bumping along the bottom. The riskedst are skewed to the down


side. Beyond the next 12 month, I think that the picture is a bit


brighter. The economy should have gained a bit more traction, that


should feed through to the labour market and in turn the housing


market. Well, light at the end of the tunnel. That is a good place to


leave it. Thank you. Still to come. The ups and downs of the weather..


It has been one of those days where the brolly has been up one minute


and down the next. We have more rain to come this week, with slow-


moving showers for tomorrow. More for you towards the end of the


programme. In other news, eight people have admitted taking part in


an outbreak of violence that included the firebombing of a


Nottingham police station. Today 21-year-old Reiss Wilson pleaded


guilty to an arson attack, another man has admitted taking petrol


bombs to the building at Canning Circus. The six Hoare others who


admitted involvement include these men, Lucas Stapleton and Ashton


Alexander. Nottingham City Hospital has been ordered to pay at least �6


million in compensation to a boy left brain damaged. He was starved


of oxygen at birst. He can't be named for legal reasons. He suffers


from cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and problems with


speech and feeding T high court heard the hospital made a full and


unreserved apology. Plans to create a new football backed free school


in Derby will be discussed tonight. Derby County has been given the go-


ahead to run the academy along with Derby Moor Community School. It


will take up to 50 pupils who have been excluded from other schools.


Yuenjiens nearby referral units could suffer if peoples follow the


lure of football. Striking teachers in Nottingham marched into a


council's HQ demanding a meeting with councillors. Members of the


National Union of Teachers are angry about plans to introduce a


five term school year. The City Council insists that the move will


improve education. A second day of strike action by teachers unhappy


with plans for a shorter summer break in Nottingham, with a five


term academic year. The City Council say the strike closed 15


schools and affect my Lord than 30 others. -- affected more.


believe it would be a terrible thing for the schools. I am


concerned that the terms will be so long, they will be eight or nine


weeks, and we had an eight week half-term before Christmas, and the


children were so tired, it was a waste of time them being there.


They were beyond it. Parents are divide on whether a five term year


is a good thing. One problem for some families is the surrounding


council has no plans to adopt the same system, which could cause


problems for some. We think people, this is a better work life balance


for both those working in schools and for those learning in them.


you have any up-to-date evidence that is a good thing? We have


evidence from a number of places that the summer holiday is too long,


particularly for children in homes where there isn't a lot of money


round to go on holidays and children often spend the whole of


it in the street where they live, not being stimulate and go


backwards in their learning. Earlier there had been pickets at -


- pickets at school gates. Only two NUT members were on this picket


line before they joined the larger protest. They decided to go into


the council offices. In fact the councillor in charge of education


wasn't there. I don't think piling into reception is necessarily going


to make the case for them. Both sides in the dispute are due to


meet tomorrow. Next tonight motorists in Leicestershire and


Rutland are being warned to ex paegt -- expect delays ahead of a


rer her sal for the Olympic torch relay. It will take place on Friday


morning and simulate what will happen when the torch arrives here


for real in July. Victoria join us from the National Space Centre in


Leicester. Good evening Victoria. Good evening. It is all very quiet


here tonight, but at 7.10 on Friday morning, things will be really


different. Because this is where it will all begin. The rehearsal for


the him -- Olympic torch relay. Let me give you an idea of what things


will look like. There will be a rolling convoif 15 vehicles. Up to


450 Olympic organisers will come here and there will be more than


100 people who will walk or run with the flame over the 80 stretch.


Delays on the road are inevitable so let me give you an idea the


route it will take. From here, it will travel along the golden mile,


and head up to the great central railway where it will travel to


Quorn. From Quorn, it will head to Loughborough and on to the


university. Then, it is on to Melton, Oakham and across Rutland


Water by boat. The torch relay will head to Uppingham. Arriving at


Burghley House before finishing in Peterborough by Friday evening. Now


this is the only rehearsal of the torch relay taking place across the


country. The reason it is here is because of the complexities of the


route. It is a chance for the organising committee to put two


years of planning to the test.. have a range of transport modes


that are taking place and we pass through 12 communities along the


route before we arrive into Peterborough. So we have a train


moment taking place on the great central railway. We have a flame


exchange happening on Rutland Water and we are on the people in valley


rail way. It is challenging and there is a lot for us to be exposed


to. So look out for the yellow signs along the route warning about


delays and avoid them if you can. There won't be a flame on the day


and organisers are not encouraging people to line the route. It is a


rehearsal. We will cover the event and we will cover the event for


real when it happens on July 3rd. Traders in Market Harborough have


been given fresh hope they may not be forced to move. There have been


widespread protests about the council's plans to release the


market hall to a large retailer and to move traders out doors. Now a


report commissioned by the council says there maybe scope to keep the


market where it is, if it is made more commercially viable. Work is


getting under way to rebuild two schools in Leicester at a costing


of �48 million. They are Crown Hills Community College and the


city of Leicester school. The City Council is one of a handful to


secure the cash from the former Building Schools for the Future


programme. The UK's biggest industrial auction has been taking


place in less shire today. In total almost 700 lots have been going


under the hammer. Equipment on sale included trucks, forklift and other


plant equipment. Buyers have been coming to the sale from all over


the world. Extraordinary sight really. You are watching East


Midlands Today. An Sarah Outen is one year into her epic expedition


travelling round the world by bike, kayak and rowing boat. The Rutland


rower is in final preparation for the most dangerous part of the


voyage. She is about to row solo across the north Pacific


association oaks. She has been training in Japan and will set off


later this week. Sarah teal travelled to Tokyo to meet her. One


woman, and heroing boat. This is sar Sarah Outen at her happiest.;


just out for a paddle in rougher stuff which is good fuf fun. The


26-year-old is in final preparations for her record


breaking attempt to solo row the north Pacific Ocean from Japan to


Canada. 4 300 nautical miles of dangerous seas. Rowing night and


day it will take her up to six months. Bye! This is one of Sarah's


training days and as you can see it is windy it is werbgts it is cold.


And these are just some of the conditions she is going to have to


face out at sea on her voyage. is choppy here, we got a sense of


seeing you out there. You are up and down, what is going to be like


all the way out at sea? Different to that. This is like small chop.


You will get rolling waves as big as the trees, and then on top of


that you will get wind waves which can be much smaller. But still as


tall as a three storey building, and it is when they start crashing


they get tricky. That today, no problem. The one question everyone


asks is why she wants to do it? I do it because I love the challenge,


the excitement, the adventure, the new opportunities. That feeling of


not quite knowing if you are going to make it. Sar Rees attempting to


loop the globe from London to London using only human power.


Cycling, kayaking and rowing, all the way round the world. The first


leg saw her cycle 11,000 miles to reach Japan. The second leg, the


Pacific Ocean is treacherous. Only two men have ever bn before rowed


this ocean, no woman has ever attempted it. This is incredibly


dangerous. Others have failed, others have died. How much do you


think about that before you set off? You are out in an ocean, which


is changed and dynamic and volatile and dangerous at times. So, I try


not to think about the scary stuff, or you know the chance of things


going wrong. I have looked at it. Dealt with it for now. There will


be times when I have to face it out there, when I am face to face with


a dangerous situation, but... You know, just hope for the best.


Without a doubt Sarah knows she is facing her most daunting challenge


to date. Out there it will be tough. Not just because of the wind but at


times it will be cold, I am going to be by myself and that has


challenges and so on. I am expecting the Pacific to be the


toughest thing I have done. Tomorrow night more from Sarah as


we find out how she has helped victims of Japan's tsunami and why


she is being mobbed by Tokyo school-children. Wow. She is


extraordinary. I would be tempted to catch a plane! Still to come.


Why you should use your vote. How Alice Hawkins suffered in her


campaign to get equal rights for women. Time for the sport. Here is


Colin. It is short and sweet from me tonight. We look ahead to the


football tonight. We will start with Forest who can confirm they


will be in the Championship next season. Victory at Reading or a


defeat forCoventry would be enough for safety, but no-one is about to


throw a party. I don't think anybody would be celebrating, it is


a case of making sure it is not a disastrous season, and as soon as


it is done, put it to bed and look towards the next season, because it


has been a terrible season, a club like to shouldn't be in the


position we are in. The sooner we get it done the better. Leicester


season is likely to come to its final destination tonight. Only a


miracle would see them into the play-offs now but all they can do


is keep winning. There for us at the match is Paul Bradshaw. They


are plea places and six points off the play offs with three games left.


First it is Burnley. Is there anything left to play for? They


have left it a bit too late, and hopefully, if we can win the last


three games and other teams mess up stranger things have happen. Keep


the faith. Fingers crossed. Keeping the faith there. Is it a case of


inconsistencies costing you dear? Very much so. If you look at


performances against the bigger side, we are have played well and


fallen flat on the sides we should beat. It is looking to next season,


getting it right and it will work out for the best. So fingers


crossed but this season is done for me. We will, yes, the Foxes needing


a win and relying on teams above them to slip up. Speaking of slip


ups Derby could do Leicester a big favour. They are at Cardiff. Scar


dif are in one of the play off spots. The Rams are delighted that


a top half finish is well in reach. Just the achievement getting into


the top half after last year, struggling. Near the bottom and


fighting for your lives. It is nice to go into games, like relaxed kind


of thing but wanting tho do the best you can wanting to do the best


you can. As well as football this is a big Olympic week. We have


heard about the torch relay but tomorrow we have a special


broadcast to mark 100 days to go to the games. Here is a taster. Sam


Oldham is back after an injury. His battle to join Team GB starts again


this weekend. Here is his Olympic dream. I am Sam Oldham. A gymnast.


My Olympic dream is to win a medal as a team at the Olympic Games and


hopefully make the all round final. I can remember the first day after


we won the bid for the Olympic Games. I can remember hitting the


running track at 6.45 thinking this is it. Six years now. For most of


us we have been working sort of ten, some of the older guys 20 years


just for in sort of moment, competing in a home games is going


to be like nothing I have experienced before. Make sure you


are tuned in tomorrow. Plenty more Olympic stuff and we think and


Kirsty due to be out and about as we celebrate 100 days to go.


Speaking of Anne the football results and action on the late


bulletin. I am becoming affiliate fod the sports department! An


honorary member! Now then, what terms and average law-abiding


citizen into a law breaker? In the first of John hom's new series of


historic homs he's visits Leicester to learn about a woman who


spearheaded one of the biggest reforms the country has seen. The


suffragette movement was formed as an action group campaigning for


votes for women. By 1907 it was having an impact on our lives. 44-


year-old Alice Hawkins journeyed to London and became involved in a


pitch battle with police. She was arrested for disorderly conduct


outside the gates of the House of Commons and spent 14 days in


Holloway Prison alongside 28 other women, including Emily Pankhurst.


But Alice was unlike most, who were very middle class, she was lower


class, living here in Leicester at 18 Mantle Road where she worked at


a nearby shoe factory. My great- grandmother Alice was aggrieved at


her lot in life. Alice and other women were paid one third the going


rate the men were earning for doing to same job. So for Alice, becoming


a revolutionary was about putting bred on the table for children.


About getting better pay and conditions. -- bread. The vote was


a route to that. But the shoe factory was different. It was a


workers' co-operative, encouraging women like Alice to join political


organisations. She founded a Leicester branch of the women's


union. In November the battles took place in London. The police beat up


the suffragettes. A Alice was given 14 days. A year later she met the


Prime Minister Lloyd George at the houses of Parliament to plead her


cause. She died aged 83, and was laid the rest at Welford Road


cemetery. She was buried in a pauper's grave. She was the last


one in. There is five others here. She was buried in 1946. Why hasn't


it got a grave stone on it? I think the family lacked income at the


time she died, so it has never had a headstone. Myself and other


members of the family are joining forces and we will put a headstone


up to commemorate her. Alice fought all her life for equal rights. She


was a determined lady, standing up for what she believed in. A


lifelong motto, always use your vote, we suffered for it. There you


are. The Dowty Alice haur kins.. What a womanment. What a hat! And


What a womanment. What a hat! And what weather. Yes. Interesting


weather. Yes a wet week. It will be on and off. We will see showers and


another band of rain coming through tonight. One new arrival who isn't


too fussed about this was captured by Steve today. So thank you for


that Steve. Enjoying a bit of a drink there. We have seen a wind.


It has been helping the showers move through quickly and we have


seen a bit of sunshine in between those shower, and we still have a


few to go now. Before they will start to die away overnight. They


could contain hail and there is a chance of hearing thunder. The


cloud starts to increase again through the early hours of the


morning so the coldest temperatures will be in the far north, down to


about 3C before the cloud starts to increase again. This is the first


signs of a band of rain pushing up from the south, that will be


joining us tomorrow morning and it is going to be quite slow-moving as


well. It pivots round across the East Midlands as it is working


northwards, giving rain for a period of time. As that starts to


clear away, we have got heavy slow- moving showers coming in behind it.


They are going to contain hail and they could be thundery. It will


feel cooler tomorrow, very lacking in sunshine with all the rain round


but the daytime temperature no higher than nine C. It lab breezy


south-easterly wind and thu, although the wind is starting to


die down we have showers round. On Friday as well, our area of low


pressure becomes more flaby, so not producing the wind, but it will


give us again very slow-moving showers and they will be heavy and


they could contain hail and be thundery. It will be quite a wet


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