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Inside amazing [pounds sterling]1 homes on Britain's cheapest street a year after owners move in; Camera crews returned to Britain's cheapest street, in Liverpool, to catch up with homeowners a year after they bought [pounds sterling]1 properties from the council.

Byline: Matthew Dresch

The proud owners of homes sold for [pounds sterling]1 each have caught up with camera crews a year after buying the properties.

The residents took part in a Channel 4 series, called The [pounds sterling]1 Houses: Britain's Cheapest Street, last year in Liverpool.

In the programme, Liverpool Council sold dilapidated homes to first-time buyers in the hope that they would transform the properties into proper homes, theLiverpool Echoreports.

The first series was a roaring success and took viewers through the highs and lows of the project - including some remarkable transformations and some serious frustrations with the city council and others.

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Last night, the series returned to see how some of the residents were getting on a year later - while also introducing some new [pounds sterling]1 homeowners.

The council scheme - launched five years ago - is way behind schedule because of legal issues and red tape and at the time of filming last autumn, just 34 of the allocated 138 [pounds sterling]1 homes had been finished.

One of these belongs to childhood sweethearts Mel and Rob Hilton, who were prominently featured working to transform their [pounds sterling]1 house.

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The first series also showed them dealing with some of the anti-social issues surrounding the area - including finding a bullet on their doorstep and witnessing a woman defecating in the street outside their home.

In the first episode of the new series, which airs on Channel 4 at 8.30pm tonight, viewers can see the remarkable progress Mel and Rob have made on their home.

Where they were once surrounded by collapsed floors and rubble, they now have a beautiful family home for their two children.

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But some of the issues that faced them in the local area have not gone away.

In the first series, the childhood sweethearts made the shocking discovery of a bullet on their doorstep and saw a woman defecating in the street outside their home.

And it looks like some of those anti-social problems are still taking place as we catch up with the couple in series two.

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One scene filmed on the infamous 'mischief night' on October 30 shows large groups of youths firing fireworks and causing problems around the Webster Triangle, with Mel and Rob talking about the effect it can have on their family.

This series will also feature new [pounds sterling]1 house residents who have just taken on the huge challenge of restoring one of the dilapidated buildings into a home to be proud of.

One of these is 29-year-old mum of one Ibby, who is looking to move out of her mum's house in Toxteth and create her own forever home to live in with her daughter.

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Homeowners taking part in the Channel 4 programme (from left to right) Sarah and Ste with family, Ezzy, John, Sam, Victoria, Debbie and Ste, Mel and Rob, Ibby and family and Yousef.

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Ibby and family and Yousef outside one of the homes

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Homeowner Victoria on 'Britain's cheapest street'

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The dilapidated homes were in desperate need of improvement

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Some of the residents completely transformed their homes

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One of the renovated properties featured this impressive bedroom
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