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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.

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The headlines tonight: The couple who earned �200,000 from

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selling counterfeit DVDs over the internet.

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With house prices expected to go up, fears a whole generation will be

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excluded from the housing market. When you're renting, you never know

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when somebody is going to tell you you have to move. It is difficult.

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Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung given clearance to visit the UK as

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he awaits trial on money laundering charges in Hong Kong.

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And setting their sights for 12 months' time, the Paralympics

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hopefuls take aim. I could be walking into that arena at the

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opening ceremony in London knowing Welcome to Tuesday's Midlands Today.

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A factory worker's been jailed for 21 months for making thousands of

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fake DVD's at his home in the Black Country. Simon Evans sold pirate

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copies of Hollywood films over the internet earning more than �200,000

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in a six year period. His wife laundered the profits which paid

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for expensive foreign holidays, a house extension and even a family

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wedding. Giles Latcham reports. In the dark jacket, avoiding the

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camera, Simon Evans, whose counterfeiting raked in tens of

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thousands but ultimately cost his his liberty. If you just like to

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come in... In a lock up in West Bromwich, the tools of his illicit

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trade, computer equipment... could probably burn off a DVD and

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about 20 minutes, so you can do a considerable number in a small room.

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And the DVDS. From Hollywood blockbusters, to childrens films,

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pornography, computer games, which brought in not far off a quarter of

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a million pounds in six years. Sales were conducted on the

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internet from an elaborately disguised website. This particular

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gentleman was using a website which had been set up to look like a

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fishing call. There was a level of security, and a level of deception.

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-- a fishing pool. They turned their house and recount the tin

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factory. Simon Evans admitted all the charges against him and his

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wife admitted laundering the profits. Despite what people

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thought, Judge said that copyright theft was not a victimless crime

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and the counterfeiting had amounted to Horsell fraud on a commercial

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scale. He jailed Simon Evans the 21 months and gave his mark -- and if

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his wife a 36 weeks suspended sentence plus 100 hours of

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community work. In the dock, she wept as a husband was taken down.

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In the UK, the market for pirated DVDs is reckoned to be worth �200

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million a year and plenty are attempted. I am sure there are

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people out there like that family, but the sense that is wrong message

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to them that if you're thinking about it, think twice, because you

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are certainly going to end up in prison. The counterfeiting paid for

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Well, we're joined now from London by Kieron Sharpe, the director

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general of FACT, the Federation Against Copyright Theft. Good

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evening. First of all... Can you give us a sense of the scale of the

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problem across the UK? It is a huge problem and it gives but as

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technology improves. People are taking from content from the

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internet for free and selling it to others, and it is causing a massive

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problem for the audio-visual industry in the UK. The trouble is,

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many people attempted as it seems a bargain to buy. That is the first

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sign that you shouldn't be buying it, because if it is a big bargain,

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it cannot be legitimate. sentences given out today, 36 weeks

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in jail for 20 What -- and 21 months. Are they enough of a

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deterrent? They and the -- sending somebody to prison is a good

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deterrent. What are you doing to tackle this problem? We are looking

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at those people making those films and TV content available and

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distributing them. That is the area we are attacking. Thank you for

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joining us. Good to have you with us this

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evening here on Midlands Today. Later, the new school, just about

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A surgeon from Staffordshire who travelled to his Libyan homeland to

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treat casualties during the revolution says he plans to set up

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two charitable hospitals. Ramadan Atewah helped save dozens of lives

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in Misrata and Benghazi. He's now returned to work as a cardio-

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thoracic surgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and

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has been speaking to our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.

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All smiles, back home with his family in North Staffordshire,

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Ramadan Atewah made four trips this year to Libya. Here he is at a

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hospital in Misrata dealing with casualties from the frontline.

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injuries I have seen, I have seen everything you can imagine. It is

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really horrifying. And very innocent people. These people are

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not fighting him. Maybe he disagrees with the fighters, but

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these people, they were in their homes and cities. And as these

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pictures from Tripoli show, there's still a desperate need for doctors'

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skills. Mr Atewah plans to return to lend his support again. We are

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looking to re-establish a state of order. And a state of science and a

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state of fairness. These are pictures Mr Atewah took himself

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whilst in Misrata. He was formally thanked by the rebel forces for his

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help. His family are also proud of the contribution he made. Everyone

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thought of it with apprehension because it wasn't safe at the time

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when he went. But we always knew that, like, it was something he

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wanted to do. We were not going to stop him because he wanted to go.

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There was a feeling of pride through the family. When you see

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these pictures, it breaks your heart. It was a stressful time. But,

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I mean, there is still atrocities going on, but it is all for the

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best, and it is all paying off, hopefully, and getting better.

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family, following the revolution, is both reunited and relieved.

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Meanwhile, a Libyan hospital doctor, who lives in Warwickshire, has

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returned to his homeland to help with the treatment of people caught

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up in the revolution. Earlier, I spoke to Dr Khaled Sherlala, who's

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using his annual leave from University Hospital, Coventry, and

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he began by telling me about discovering a massacre of Colonel

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Gaddafi's prisoners. I was told about the scene in a brigade. There

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were burnt bodies of the prisoners. That was horrendous. You went

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there? I went there myself. I took voters from my camera. We saw the

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burnt bodies. That was very shocking and distressing. Prisoners,

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the guards burned them. The people who escaped told us that when the

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guards left, they shot them, the guards shot them, and burned them.

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It is shocking. I have never seen anything in movies like that, even

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if. What about supplies like water and food and medical supplies?

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biggest problem at the moment is water. There is no water in lots of

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places. That is causing problems. I mean, and people are getting water

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from outside. That is a problem that should be sold shortly. I

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stressed to any people that were lacking services that I would do

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best to get what are back to them because of the hygiene and so on. -

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- to get water back to them. have been inside Colonel Gaddafi's

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compound, have you not? Yes. And the hospital compound. Although it

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was damaged at that time because it is so big. It was very well-

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equipped. The rooms were very high class rooms. Whereas the public

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hospitals lacked lots of things. He kept everything for himself and

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gave the people very little. wish you well and thank you for

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talking to us. Thank you very much. The Birmingham City owner Carson

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Yeung will be allowed to travel to the UK next month while he waits to

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go on trial on money laundering charges in Hong Kong. A judge has

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doubled his bail to over $1 million so he can travel to Birmingham

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between September 15th and 19th. He's previously been denied

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permission because of concerns he might abscond. Our Correspondent

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Andrew Wood was at today's hearing in Hong Kong. His report contains

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some flash photography. Carson Yeung had been expected to

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plead guilty or not guilty in court today to those five charges of

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money-laundering but in the end the district court judge said that he

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didn't have to do that. His lawyers took the opportunity to ask the

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judge to change the conditions of bail so that Carson Yeung, who

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cannot leave Hong Kong, could travel to Britain from the 15th-

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19th September. He had tried to get a change in conditions of bail in

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order so that he could be at Birmingham City's first game of the

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season which was refused. The judge was more sympathetic this time and

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his lawyers said he had to be there because he had to -- he had a duty

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to shareholders and the fans, and the players, and wanted to consult

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with them. So, he now has to deposit an extra �400,000 in cash

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with the court within seven days. He will be allowed to go back to

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Britain just for this four day trip. The main trial is expected now to

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start early next year, probably February. Two more men have been

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arrested for the killing three men. They died on Dudley Road earlier

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this month. A 29 and a 30-year-old from Birmingham were arrested by

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detectives this afternoon on suspicion of murder. Five other men

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have already been charged with murder.

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The number of homeowners in the West Midlands could fall by 9% in

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the next decade, according to a report out today. The National

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Housing Federation say that without investment in affordable housing,

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prices in the region will rise by 15% in the next four years. And

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average private sector rents could rise by 20%. So just how tough is

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it for people looking to climb on to the property ladder? Ben Sidwell

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has spent the day in Worcester trying to find out.

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Building the homes of the future in Worcester. This development by the

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River Severn began in 2004. When work is completed in seven years'

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time, there'll be 455 new apartments and houses on this site.

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I would like to find out about... This family is finding it tough

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making their first upon to the property ladder. Because we are

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renting and we are spending a certain amount of money on a

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regular basis monthly to pay the rent, we are not able to save 20%

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of the value of the house or any property, really. It is very

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difficult. Richard as property here is �145,000 for it on the

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department which means that potential first-time buyers are

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likely to need at around �30,000 deposit before they are even given

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a mortgage. The biggest problem is deposit levels. The culture of

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saving for deposits has not always been there. They have are now

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finding it quite difficult. Worcester City Council say that the

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number of affordable houses built has fallen slightly. That is

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expected to rise of the next to make years, though. They say that

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in partnership with the homes and communities agency, they

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endeavoured to fulfil their full quota of affordable housing. Andrew

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Grant has been an estate agent in the City for 40 years. It is up.

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The average age of the first-time buyer will probably be 388 -- 38

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years old. The number of people wanting to buy houses is enormous,

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greater than five years ago. They all want it on to the ladder but

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don't know how to do it and may need help from the banks, who are

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really making life very difficult for them. With house prices

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expected to start rising soon, people wanting to buy their first

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house in the City look like they will need to start saving.

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Well, joining me from a housing development in Birmingham now is

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Gemma Duggan, lead manager for the National Housing Federation in the

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West Midlands. Just how serious is the situation? We are calling it a

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housing crisis for reason. It is very serious. Every one of your

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viewers will probably know somebody who is struggling with housing

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costs, whether it is the housing crisis or rent prices, although

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it's a magazine of the social housing waiting lists. We have seen

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some examples in the reports we have shown of how difficult it is

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to get on a ladder. Deposits are the big problem, it seems. Yes, it

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is a big problem. They are around 20% on average. Most families

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cannot afford that whilst also paying rent. Rents will increase

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further over the next five years by around 20% in the lowest Midlands -

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- in the West Midlands which will price people out of buying a house

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and the rental market, which leaves a whole generation of people with

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very few options. It is a very frightening thought, so what is

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your advice to people tried to get onto the housing ladder? We are

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working with housing associations to try to get more supply on the

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ladder. -- onto the housing market. The key is to get people into home

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ownership and to increase supply. Then we can decrease costs. Thank

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you for talking to us. Still to come this evening:

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Remembering Tamworth's forgotten hero, a courageous survivor of the

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Charge of the Light Brigade. And a hint of autumn today but what

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has Hurricane Irene got to do with this weekend's weather? All will be

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The first Sikh-ethos free school in the country is preparing to open

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its doors here in the Midlands. The Nishkam Primary in Birmingham will

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be in the first batch of just 24 free schools across the country to

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begin teaching children this September. Free schools are state-

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funded, but operate outside local authority control, which has

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sparked some controversy. Our political reporter Susana Mendonca

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has had an exclusive preview of the new school.

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The desks are in, so are the books. As are a couple of keen new pupils.

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They'll be among 174 four to seven- year-olds in class here in a few

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days' time. And this is what they'll be wearing, the kind of

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uniform you'd see at any school. But this is not just any school.

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It's a free school which, much like the Labour government's academies,

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are funded by central government but not run by the local authority.

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In this case, it will be run by the Sikh community. This is the man is

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leading the way. So you're going to be one of the first free schools,

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the coalition's bigger deer, getting communities involved in

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running schools. What do you get out of it? We get the opportunity

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to extend the curriculum to ensure it is a richer curriculum for

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children and we also get the buy-in of the community contributing to

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establishing a school, contributing to what is taught in this school.

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It is this committee that paid to turn this building around, but some

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say that privately set up schools like this should not be getting

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cash. The running costs of the school will be money that should

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have gone to other local schools as well. If it attracts pupils, they

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will be taken from other schools in this area. With pupils going,

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monikers as well. The government is already planning more free schools

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with 300 applications nationwide with around 30 of those from the

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Midlands. The first wave will see 24 open across the country next

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week. While Birmingham City Council supports the Nishkam Primary, its

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concerned about the proliferation of three schools. That will create

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division and has to city rather than the fairness of we have -- the

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philosophy we have of inclusive of tea. Inclusivity is a word this

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school wants to embrace, although so far it has struggled to attract

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non-Sikh pupils. We have a Caribbean member of staff, a Sikh

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member of staff. But we also have other members of staff. What it is

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is a free school and its challenge now will be to prove the

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government's argument that they can push up standards.

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Well, Susana's with us now. Labour are accusing the government of a

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lack of transparency over free schools, aren't they? The Shadow

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education secretary, Andy Burnham, is questioning how the Government's

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allocating the money, and he is accusing the government of giving

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money to the projects they like and taking money away from mainstream

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schools. The Building Schools for the Future programme cancelled last

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year as a result of the cuts. There's nothing untoward the wake

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of the government is allocating funds, it says, and the new schools

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network is doing its job. So, are we likely to see more of these

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caused? It is a certainty. At the end of September, the government

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will announce the next round of these free schools. They to see

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these schools as a way to improve standards. Will it do that? Labour

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says there is no evidence to support it, but education is a long

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game and it takes a long time to work out whether the policy is

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implemented now will reap the results of thereafter.

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2012 is not just about the Olympic Games. It's about the Paralympics

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as well. For many of those taking part, it will be a story of triumph

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over adversity. Nick Clitheroe reports. I've come to

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Buckinghamshire where the modern Paralympics began as a

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rehabilitation programme for British war veterans with spinal

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injuries. It's home to the British

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Paralympics shooting team and Pamela Grainger from Shifnal in

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Shropshire. Nine years ago, she lost the use of her right arm in a

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motorbike accident. Now she's hoping to go to London 2012.

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never thought I'd get to the Olympics. I love sport, but I've

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never been the best at anything, so to find a sport you are a good at

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and passionate about, and you might actually get the Olympics and be

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that we a country, and stand on that podium and have the national

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anthem played in London... That's Mike rain. -- that is my dream.

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did she get here? Well, Pamela is an RAF corporal. She was chosen for

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the Battle Back scheme set up by the forces to use sport to

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rehabilitate injured personnel. Two years ago, she went to a

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Paralympics Talent ID. And a talent was exactly what they found. While

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Pamela is hoping to make it to her first games, one of Britain's

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finest Paralympians is grateful his own 2012 dreams are still alive.

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Lee Pearson from Cheddleton in Staffordshire has won nine dressage

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golds across three games but he can't even get on a horse at the

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moment after fracturing three vertebrae and crushing another in

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his back. If I had gone from the excellent to the hospital and they

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said you have broken your back, I would have been mortified, but we

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carried on for two weeks after. I am not paralysed. My plan is to

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come out in London 2012 like, here I am, and hopefully they threw good

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scores at me. Here is Mr famous himself. Not me. Although he'll

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miss September's European Championships, Lee will be back

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competing later this year and it's made him even more determined to

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keep his golden run going in London. That is a brave guy. The River

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Stour in Worcestershire is one of the most improved in the country,

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according to the Environment Agency. The Stour, which in recent years

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has seen the return of salmon and otters, was one of ten highlighted

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by the report that looked at rivers across the UK. The report says that

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work with farmers and businesses to reduce pollution and improve water

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quality had paid off. Firefighters have reminded visitors to the

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Malvern Hills in Worcestershire that camp fires are banned after an

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unattended fire was discovered. It Reach the fire after they were

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alerted by a walker yesterday near the summit of Midsummer Hill.

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He's been called "Tamworth's Forgotten Hero". Samuel Parkes was

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the oldest recipient of the Victoria Cross for acts of valour

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during the Crimean war in the 1850s. You might have heard of the Charge

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of the Light Brigade. Well, Samuel survived it and saved the lives of

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his comrades. Now, after more than 150 years, finally, a memorial has

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been built in his place of birth in Staffordshire. Ben Godfrey has the

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When 1930s Hollywood told the infamous story of the Charge of the

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Light Brigade, for some, Errol Flynn's gritty performance failed

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to capture the harsh realities of the Crimean war. But in the small

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village of Wigginton in Staffordshire, this obelisk

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memorial tells a new story, free from artistic license. This is the

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only known image of Samuel Parkes, a painting of the local lad from

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the 4th Light Dragoons, who saved at least two lives when the cavalry

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rode into a hail of bullets in 1854. I believe that he was born in one

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of these cottages we are walking past. Peter Elkin's the great,

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great, great nephew of Samuel Parkes. He's pieced together the

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history and even has Samuel's sabre. Wigan has only just outside

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Tamworth. That is why he is Tamworths forgotten hero. Nobody

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knew anything about him. He has been a forgotten man, until now.

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But the memorial wouldn't have been possible without the people of

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Wigginton, who raised more than �14,000. It will also carry the

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names others who lost their lives during War. We had an abbot evening,

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a greasy evening, a curry evening, people did so on Said What --

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people that sponsored walks... It is a statement of village community.

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Remembrance and pride. Samuel Parkes was the oldest recipient of

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the Victoria Cross, he later joined the Police force. Tamworth's

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forgotten hero was just 49 when he died. It is so sad that for so many

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years he was not known about. This is the absolutely ultimate memorial

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for him. Locals are even toasting for Samuel Parkes beard. Samuel

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Parkes died a hero in 1864 but was buried in an unmarked pauper's

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grave. Today, here, people will know his name and his act of

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Never-to-be-forgotten again. He had that Saber! In those days, people

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would not known any of those details about war. We get instant

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details. The world has a small There is a stillness to the weather

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which could be rattled into the weekend as we see some rain. We

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will be sitting in some tropical air by that time so although it

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feels autumnal, by Friday it will feel very summery with temperatures

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rising to 23 possibly. This is why. We have high pressure dominating

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which is going to move off. This is the remnants of Hurricane Irene.

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But without the damaging effects. It will bring some rain as the

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front moves North South eastwards. -- moods North eastwards. Will get

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some freezing showers tonight. Where the cloud bricks, we are

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beginning to see some late sunshine but right now. That indicates where

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the brakes will be. It comes in and goes once again. So, temperatures

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could drop to about 8-9 in the coolest spots. In the morning

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tomorrow, a dull start, but unlike today, we will see some brighter

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spells during the afternoon. It is largely dry, with the odd shower

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cropping up along the North of the region but temperatures rise to

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about 18, which is slightly higher than today. It will still feel cool.

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Then those winds move round to suddenly, drawing and warm air. It

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is a dry air with some sunshine with temperatures rising to 20. By

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So, summer is not over just it! Tonight's main headlines:

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A generation locked out of the housing market. Home ownership's

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heading for its lowest level for nearly 30 years.

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And a husband's jailed for 21 months and his wife's given a

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