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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.


Farmers warn of food price rises as a drought is declared in East


Yorkshire. We are live in the Yorkshire wolds,


where some waterways are already bone dry.


Measures to save fuel are put in place as motorists prepare for a


tanker strike. Students in Grimsby petition


against plans to force them to finish their A Levels at a new


college. They are not giving us a chance to explain ourselves. They


are saying there straightaway. -- saying no.


Still attracting funseekers. Coningsby in Lincolnshire has had


its warmest March day on record. Join me later for the forecast.


Students at the Grimsby Institute are shocked after being told they


will have to finish their A-levels at another school. The institute


will focus on vocational courses, and says it will stop teaching the


A-level curriculum at the end of the Summer Time. It is also


scrapping some GCSEs. Crispin Rolfe has more.


Christina and Georgia. Just months away from finishing the first year


of their two-year A-level courses at the Grimsby Institute. Today's


petition is calling for the college to complete their education before


changing the curriculum. Both are worried they would have to restart


their courses if they move to a college with a different exam


boards. We might have to start over again and do when the two years,


which will hold us back from university. They should compromise,


but they are not listening to us. They're not giving us the chance to


explain our cells. They are just saying no straightaway.


institute is defending his decision to move to more vocational courses,


and says it is doing all it can to help students complete their


education elsewhere. There is the local and regional made to ensure


our students are prepared for work force Opportunities, related to the


renewable industry, which we know will become available. It is about


a range of other students whose skills we need to develop so that


we are responding to industry requirements. Over 70 students will


be immediately affected by the end to A-levels here. Those courses


will be replaced by a National Diploma, the equivalent of three A-


levels, and should allow them to progress to university, all go


directly into work. The government hopes they will be more eligible


for the work force. Be Grimsby Institute has admitted the change


will be an upheaval for those whose courses are being discontinued. But


with the education sector facing funding cuts, this college believes


others are better placed to deliver academic courses, was it refocuses


on North East Lincolnshire's workforce needs.


I am sure you will have a view on this one, especially if you are a


student. Is the Institute right to focus on vocational qualifications


and train people in areas like green energy? If you are a student


or a parent, do let me know. Hull is one of the worst places in the


country when it comes to school truancy. Latest figures show that


almost one in 10 youngsters in the city regularly skip school. The


authority is the third worst performing county in the country.


Emma Massey has the details. Persistent truants are those who


were absent more than 15% of the time. Figures for the last school


year show that in Hull, the percentage of students who fall


into this category was more than 9%. It is not the first time Hull has


performed badly. In 2008, it was the worst performing a authority in


the country, and last year, the second worst. Figures for the East


Riding, Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire around the national


average of six per 1%, while North Lincolnshire is one of they best


performers in the country -- national average of six by 1%.


Hull City Council has declined to comment, but we did talk to the


government. Here is what the schools minister said. Our job is


to send a message to parents that school does matter, education


matters. We are producing a lot of highly qualified, highly educated


people. It is also about instilling in young children, primary school


children, the importers of attending school every day. There


are still some children not attending primary school, and they


take those habits on to secondary school. Now, some more and years.


The redundancy process at the BAE factory in East Yorkshire is to be


suspended for three weeks to allow fresh talks to place -- fresh talks


to take place. Unions representing workers at the site say it follows


a constructive meeting with management. The meeting was called


at a very high level in a company. They have effectively reset the


clock, Alawi knows more time -- allowing us more time to consult. I


think it is encouraging. A shopping centre in Spalding is to


be sold to a cottage -- she sold to a college. The multi-million-pound


Red Lion Quarter was meant to show kids Lincolnshire produce, but


struggled to make money. South Holland District Council is


expected to hand over the site to Boston College next week.


Campaigners fighting to save Hornsea's Floral Hall will meet


with businesses next week to work out how to restore the building.


East Riding Council said a community group could run the venue,


saving it from demolition. They need to raise at least �100,000. 10


new flood rescue boats have been unveiled a Lincolnshire. They will


be shared by fire stations across the county and will be crewed by


specially-trained water rescue teams. They will help us to deal


with any major flooding event, and any other specialist water rescue


within the county. They are available for national deployment


as well. A farmer has warned prices could


rise after Hull and East Yorkshire were declared to be officially in


drag. Some farmers are changing the watering methods, or even growing


crops in other parts of the country, to try to maintain the mat they can


grow for consumers. The news of the drought spreading to this area


comes a week before the hosepipe ban comes into effect in


Lincolnshire. Anne-Marie Tasker is in East Yorkshire. So we are


officially in drought. How low our water levels? In an average match,


you would expect this waterway could befall to the brim. --


average March. You can see there is not a single drop of water. This is


particularly worrying for farmers. High in the Yorkshire Wolds, the


soil is as dusty as in high summer. As they plant potatoes here,


farmers pray for rain to feed this thirsty crop. They say a few good


downpours could fix the problem, but if soil stays like this, it


will put paid to profits. If the crop is short of water,


particularly if it is a processing crop, it is not suitable when it is


have a state for making chips out of bomb-making crisps out of. They


will not be acceptable. This farm is irrigated using water from this


Paul Hall. Normally, at this time of the year, you would only have to


go down two metres to find water, but you need to go down 12 metres


right that. That picture is repeated across the county.


Environment Agency says the whole of the East Yorkshire is now


officially in drought and farmers need to co-operate to make supplies


last. The rivers might start to dry up and we would have to put


restrictions on. We are looking for people to come and talk to us, look


at the timings of when they take water, work with their neighbours


to enable the water to go further. While businesses face possible


restrictions, Yorkshire Water says domestic supplies are not under


threat. It is moving water pipe underground pipes from West


Yorkshire. It says restrictions are unlikely if customers do their bit.


We are asking customers to only use what they really need, when they


really needed. Restrictions may be necessary in future if we do not


get demand under control. We cannot control where the ball we can


control how much water we years. Lincolnshire, the problem only


worsens. The Environment Agency began moving fish out of perilously


low tributaries here on Monday. A hosepipe ban comes into force soon.


Bad news for lodgement holders. It would have a devastating effect on


me. I will have to fill paths opined use watering cans, walk all


the way up and fill them up. It will be rather tiring. Here in


Caistor, they are finding ways to cope as the village prepares for


Britain in Bloom. We have had to be clever about things. You can died


aged our water and bath water, used the grey water -- divert. This farm


near Goole is growing some crops in Lancashire, where water is


plentiful. Just one way of stopping their business drying up. This


drought is now affecting the whole of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.


Why are people in the Yorkshire wolds specifically so worried?


problem is that the wall to lay on chalk, and it is fast draining.


Because of that, one farmer said that groundwater levels are at


about half of what they would expect from this time of year. For


residents, this is not so much of a problem. Yorkshire Water have told


us that a hosepipe ban is not likely. It is not such bad news for


livestock farmers. At this time of the year, they would normally be


battling chilling wings and sodden fields -- chilling winds. Thank you.


A number of petrol stations in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are


reporting higher than normal sales of petrol, ahead of a planned


strike by tanker drivers over pay and conditions. One station has


told Look North it has sold 10 days' worth of fuel in three days,


while another is now only selling diesel to the emergency services to


avoid running out. The government has held an emergency meeting this


afternoon and insists there is no need to panic buy.


It is a helping hand that get her out and about at least once a week.


Joyce is 83 and lives in a village about five miles from Grimsby.


have an appointment, I bring dial a ride. I do not know what I would be


without it. They are concerns that if the strike by fuel tanker


drivers goes ahead, this service may struggle. If petrol dries up,


dial a ride cannot operate. It would be terrible. Some of these


people only get out of the house when we take them. It is not just


medical related journeys. It is journeys to visit friends, to lunch


clubs. They go on over the place. It is hoped a crisis will be


averted. I can only pursue a 10am. Some garages like this one are bulk


-- at some garages like this one, the bulk buying has began. People


are panic-buying. 8,000 litres of petrol usually lasts for 10 days


here, but this week, it has run out after three. At the independent


garages I have spoken to, they say it is panic-buying that makes them


run dry. People that normally put �5 in a �10, they are putting �20


or �30 in. One man was filling up cans. They will be another delivery


of petrol here tomorrow. Diesel is still flowing. At this place in


Boston, no supplies -- low supplies means it is restricted to the


emergency services. They get priority. Drivers from the armed


forces are being trained to drive tanks, should there be a strike.


Unions would have to give seven days' notice of any action, so the


government is saying there is no need to queue at the Proms. --


pomps. I would like to know your thoughts on this. Maybe you have


started to buy already. Your thoughts on this. And we were also


talking about Grimsby Institute. Let us know your sort. -- thoughts.


Still ahead: Proposals to ban vehicles from a site in


Lincolnshire that is a haven for nature. And celebrations at the


park that has been enjoyed by sun- Scott Balfour is a Humber pilots


and he took this photograph yesterday morning at 7am, at Spurn


Point. What is stunning picture. Thank you for that. Evening, young


man. Brian says, will you ask Paul


Hudson how deep and offshore his temperatures for Bridlington are?


It is a standardised Met Office site. It is close to the sea so it


is cooler than inland. We could talk about this all night if you


want! We would rather not.


Let's have a look at the temperatures, which is more


exciting. Special mention for Bridlington. It has been much


warmer. It is the warmest March day since records began. The last time


we had a baby swarm in Coningsby was in 1990. -- a baby this a


warming Coningsby. The set alight picture is not very interesting, to


say the least -- the set alight picture. Low life in rural areas


A chilly start in places, but once again, temperatures will clamp --


climb quite sharply. The sunshine could be a little hazy at times,


but effectively it is a day of unbroken sunshine. Inland, that is


where the top temperatures will be. 21 degrees. Another nice day on


Friday, but feeling colder by Someone says, it was only last week


he upset the ice-cream seller. I am a married man in Bridlington!


The absolutely! -- I am a marked man in Bridlington.


Part of our rural heritage is being destroyed by off-road drivers. That


is a claim from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which is leading a


petition to ban vehicles from a stretch of Lincolnshire's Viking


Way. The track at Great Ponton near Grantham is a Site of Special


Scientific Interest, but vehicles have every right to be there. Jo


Makel report. Emerging Sweet Violetta, the


circling red kite. Some of the wildlife here. The drift is also


officially a public highway. As we see today, trail bikes can legally


use it. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says that is causing damage.


This is an example of the scale of the damage to this thoroughfare.


The damage is spreading and accumulating. We believe we have


lost a species. A wild flower that was one of the principal reasons


this site was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


trust is now petitioning to ban recreational vehicles from the lane.


Offloading groups point to schemes in places like the Peak District,


where drivers have gone entirely avoided sensitive routes. The trust


does not believe voluntary action is enough. Lincolnshire County


Council says an outright ban would be complicated. It is a very


difficult legal process we would have to go through to close it


completely. What we are looking at at the moment is a Traffic


Regulation Order, closure during the winter periods and open during


the summer period. Any decision made here could prove to be a test


case for the rest of the country. Closing the later vehicles would


entail having a costly public inquiry. The trust argues it is


worth it to save a grassland habitats which is part of


Lincolnshire's heritage. It is also a lane everyone is entitled to


enjoy. Resolution will not come easily.


Thank you for getting in touch about the story of Boston's growing


demand for housing. The town is expected to see the biggest growth


in population anywhere in the country outside London over the


next eight years. The government wants to simplify planning laws to


make building new homes easier, but in Boston, there are still


questions over how the town will Thank you for all of theirs.


Now, the manager of Hull City has apologised to fans after the city's


third defeat in a road. Nick Barmby's comments came after the


Tigers's 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth last night. As Simon Clark reports,


their play-off hopes are not over yet.


When Nick Barmby promised a reaction last night, this was


probably not what he expected. Portsmouth wreaked havoc in the


Tigers's box before Chris Maguire slotted home. Nick Barmby


apologised afterwards to the fans who had made the trip, and conceded


that the home side were the better team. Although it is five matches


since they last won, they are only two points away from the play-off


zone. If Barmby can work his magic against Coventry City, they could


return to the play-off zone. Perhaps they could return to happy


scenes like this again. It is a tight, unpredictable division.


have a feeling we could get in the top six and hopefully win.


Hopefully make it into the Premier League again. It is assuming the


other teams above us will fail, and they are not looking like that at


the moment. And we are not playing well. They can do what they can to


get to the top and get the Premiership again. To do that, they


need to pick up points in the forthcoming games. Otherwise, the


city hall balcony will be quieter game at the end of the season. --


quite a game. Better news for Lincoln City, who


eased their relegation worries with a 2-1 win. Grimsby Town drew 1-1 at


Tamworth. We have all seen ball high


temperatures today, and some of us are lucky enough to have a job


outdoors to enjoy the weather. One of those people is Stuart Macdonald,


a park ranger at East Park in Hull. Simon Spark has been to meet him to


find out how the good weather brings out pupils's nostalgia of


Hull's most historic pack -- pupils's.


It is easy to forget how many years East Park has been here. It will


shortly be celebrating its 125th anniversary. Stuart Macdonald has


been here for over 40 years. This was a maze. You could walk through


wet. You could walk through to the old Avery. This is a splash boat,


which will hopefully be going in April. It started in 1929. We're


hoping to doer penny a ride when we open it again. -- we are hoping to


do it a penny a right. I have seen children growing up. I see people


pass with their grandchildren. It is nice to have a natter. They


always say that magical thing, are you still here?! This gentleman


comes in most days and fits the squirrels. Cyril the squirrel. I do


not think he likes dogs. At 22 degrees, East Park comes


alive now as much as it ever did. used to go fishing and the lakes in


the 1980s. I is to come and play with the motorised boats on a pond.


Now it is a day out to bring my knees. It is lovely. You used to


love going on the boat. That was always nice. We come and feed the


ducks. So life in East Park. Families, ice-cream, football and


nature. Seems like things have not changed here that much at all.


There we are. Simon got the top job today. Fantastic. If you have a


story you think we should know about, senders and e-mail. Let's


have a recap of the headlines. The government tells motorists to keep


their tanks topped up ahead of a possible strike.


Farmers one of food prices as a drought spreads from Lincolnshire


into Yorkshire. It could be more bad news on the way. Restrictions


may be necessary in future if we do not get demand under control.


The forecast for Thursday: Another fine and very warm day for the time


of the deer with long spells of sunshine. -- at the time of the


Year. Response on the subject of Grimsby


Institute. Someone says, I study at Grimsby Institute and think it is


round the way they are treating us. They should let us finish our A-


levels. Helen says, this would seem to be a sensible desire to become a


technical college offering vocational qualifications. I am


sure there are excellent schools in Grimsby that can offer the A-level


student places. On the subject of petrol and a tanker drivers propose


strike, by and says, if these drivers are not satisfied with


their pay and conditions, why don't they leave the job and give someone


else a job? Chris says, it is not the drivers are should be on strike,


it should be us, why should we have to pay stupid prices for fuel?


Finally, he motorist should be allowed to fill the times when they


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