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Korean ferry capsized. That's all from the BBC News

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

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shortage of sperm donors is forcing some couples to wait longer for

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fertility treatment. We've got one donor who's currently donating at

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the moment. We don't have anybody else coming forward, so that means

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we will reach critical point soon. Two children are seriously injured

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after a car crashes into a ditch in North Lincolnshire. A swan is shot

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with an airgun in an attack that's been described as "blatant animal

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cruelty". The Lincolnshire lawn that's been voted the best in

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Britain. And after another lovely day, I'm afraid things take a turn

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for the worse tomorrow. I will be back with forecast later.

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Hello. Consultants at a Hull IVF clinic say there's such a shortage

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of people willing to donate sperm that they've had to turn to using

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imports from abroad for some patients. The clinic usually gets 15

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enquiries a month from potential donors but says recently there's

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been none. It means couples are having to wait longer and get much

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less choice during their treatment. Vicky Johnson reports. Having a baby

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is something many of us take for granted. But Aisha certainly

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doesn't. Every day is just a blessing. Every

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single day is just wonderful, having him here. She and her partner Lorna

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needed a sperm donor to help start their family.

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He's the most wonderful man in the world. He's given me someone so

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precious, so joyous, and all I can say to him is thank you. But the

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number of men offering help to the Hull IVF clinic is dropping. The

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unit here used to receive up to 15 enquiries a month from potential

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sperm donors, but recently they've had none, which means the situation

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is becoming critical. We don't have a particularly

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ethnically diverse range of donors available, and the area within Hull

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is becoming increasingly diverse, so we have on occasion had to seek

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donations from abroad. Many potential donors have been put off

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by changes in the law which means any resulting children can ask for

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identifying information once they're 18. This donor admits he was

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initially worried. It sort of put my mind at rest when

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I realised there's no legal recourse or there's no financial obligations.

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And on the whole, if you choose to meet with any resulting children,

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then it's quite a positive experience, so I'd urge people not

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to let that hold you back. Most egg donations come from women

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undergoing IVF treatment themselves, but this

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child, to experience what so many of us take for granted, is just the

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best thing you can give to someone else. An altruistic donor can donate

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to two recipients, so that automatically treats two patients,

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whereas an egg sharer only treats one, so the more altruistic donors

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that we get, the shorter the waiting list becomes quite quickly. The Hull

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clinic is one of the most successful in the country, but to help more

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people experience the joy of family life, they very much depend on the

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generosity of others. see it differently when they

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understand it. It was not threatening. Clinic staff are very

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friendly. There is a lot of support available. Very interesting to chat

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with you. Thank you for your time. What would put you off coming

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forward to donate? Are you a couple going through IVF? What would you

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say to encourage more people to come forward?

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In a moment: Another state school in Lincolnshire is to take boarders,

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saying there's a growing demand. Two children are in a serious

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condition in hospital after the car they were travelling in left the

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road and went into a ditch in North East Lincolnshire. It happened on

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South Marsh Road in Stalingrad. The road is closed. `` starling borough.

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Humberside police have just opened the road. It has been closed for a

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number of hours. Six people wearing the car. A six`year`old boy has been

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taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital. His injuries are thought

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to be serious. The four`year`old girl has been taken to Leeds General

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Infirmary and she was taken by air ambulance. It is understood her

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condition is also serious. The rest of the party have been taken to Hull

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Royal infirmary. It is not their injuries are not life`threatening.

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As you would expect, Humberside police has launched an investigation

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to establish how and why that can't let the road.

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Thank you. We will let you know we get any development on that.

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The funeral of a GP from Lincolnshire who drowned off the

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coast of Tenerife has taken place this afternoon. Doctor Barathi

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Ravikumar died along with another woman when they were swept out to

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sea. It's thought they got in to difficulty as they attempted to

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rescue two children. There's been a rise in the number of

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people out of work in our region. The figures for the last three

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months show unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is at

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238,000, that's up by 3,000 compared to the previous quarter. In the East

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Midlands, which covers Lincolnshire, the jobless total is 163,000, up by

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14,000. A Lincolnshire head teacher says more parents are wanting to

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send their children to state boarding schools. King Edward VI

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Grammar school in Louth will take up to 40 sixth form boarders from

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September next year after demand from parents. State run boarding

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schools have free tuition, but accommodation has to be paid for.

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Supporters say they can help provide a stable education to children who's

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parents work long hours or move frequently but critics argue it

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hampers emotional development. Leanne Brown reports.

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At De Aston Cchool in Market Rasen there are 80 students that not only

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study but sleep here. There are currently 36 state

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boarding schools in England. Sometimes, they could have elderly

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parents. We get students were parents are working abroad, in the

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forces with companies. Three are in Lincolnshire, but at the moment

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there are none in East Yorkshire. At state boarding schools education is

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free, but students have to pay between ?9,000`12,000 a year to

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stay. A private boarding school can cost three times that, at an average

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of ?27,000`?30,000 a year. And it's the cost that means for decades many

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people have viewed boarding schools as just for the privileged, but

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would parents in East Yorkshire use boarding schools if they had the

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option? Possibly. There is more concentration on the education. You

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like to put your kids to bed, don't you? It is not cost thing. Education

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is important, but being with your family is important as well.

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But back in Lincolnshire there's high demand, and from next year

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students will be able to stay at King Edward VI school in Louth.

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These our new facilities for sixth form students. The plan is to have

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the same standards in the boarding house. There is a plan for a fitness

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suite. It will add to the county's growing demand for bed and board.

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Hilary Moriarty is the director of the Boarding Schools' Association. I

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asked her what benefits there are to state boarding schools.

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I think for many parents these days, a state school offering boarding

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places at substantially less than would be the case in an independent

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school means that they can find appropriate boarding for a child

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which is affordable. Yes, I mean, this isn't private education, but it

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is still for the elite. It costs ?10,000 a year per pupil. It costs

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?10,000 per year per pupil, but for many families, that is the price of

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a good holiday. I wouldn't say that it's elitist at all. What about

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those that are saying it's parents dumping their children for the week

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while they both go off and earn plenty of money? I very much doubt

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if parents would agree with that. I think parents, particularly where

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both are working and maybe working long hours and with overseas trips,

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may well think that a child is better off in a boarding environment

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than coming at three o'clock and, parents not until seven, what are

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they doing in between? Somebody said to me today, if you can't be

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bothered to look after your children at tea`time then don't have

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children. Is that too harsh? You might say that anybody who puts a

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child in a nursery at six weeks of age. If you're going to put them in

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a nursery at six weeks of age, don't bother having them at all. The group

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Boarding Concern say that boarding school pupils find it difficult to

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develop emotional intimacy in adult relationships. Is there everything

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in that? Not in my experience, and I think that's far more evidence to

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the contrary than there is in favour of that. There's been a rise in the

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number of state boarding school places. Why is demand going up? I

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think because of the changes in society, that mean this business of

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parents working and children with nothing to do after school. If the

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Government is asking... That's a glorified nursery, then. It is about

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looking after the children. There is a crossover, isn't there? Boarding

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is about the after`school and the before`school, rather than the

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education. The education is a state education. Boarding allows so much

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more. You have facilities, time, staff, there is time for music and

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drama and sport, and far more than is possible in a normal school day.

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This Government is chasing every state school to provide more of

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that, opening at eight in the morning and closing at seven. It is

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an interesting one to talk about. We could talk about it for hours. What

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do you think of this one ` are boarding schools glorified

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nurseries? Would you pay ten thousand pounds a year to send your

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child to a state boarding school? Perhaps your children go to a

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boarding school, what do they get out of it? A swan is recovering

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after surgery to remove a pellet lodged in its neck after it was shot

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with an air rifle. The male bird is one of a nesting pair on a canal

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near Crowle in North Lincolnshire. It's being cared for by the

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Yorkshire Swan Rescue ` which has described the shooting as an act of

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blatant animal cruelty. Jessica Lane reports. This report shows images of

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the Swan's injury. Recovering after surgery to remove the pellet from

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its neck. Staff at the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital shocked but not

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surprised, as they say shootings are on the increase. Swans are a target

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because they are so visible. They are quite friendly to people. They

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are so used to people feeding them. Usually when they see a person, they

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will naturally go up to them. The swan was found near Crowle. People

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who use the canal are worried about the attack John found another swan a

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few weeks ago This is a mobile phone video of the rescue Swans are

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protected and property of the crown So injuring one is criminal damage

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as well as animal cruelty Still ahead tonight: it had a fishing line

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round it. It is very sad. It is a nasty thing to do. I don't

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understand it. This is a mobile phone video of the rescue. Swans are

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protected, and the property of the Crown, so injuring one is criminal

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damage as well as animal cruelty, and could mean a court appearance.

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The swamp that was shot is one of the nesting, breeding pair that

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lives on the canal. Staff hope it can recover, leave the reserve and

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return to its made in the next month.

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Thank you for watching. Still ahead: The group claiming success in an

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attempt to get more teenagers into theatres.

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The green`fingered couple from Lincolnshire who've won a nationwide

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gardening award. Sunset taken from South Ferriby be

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Lee Wilson. `` by Lee Wilson. Another one tomorrow. Possibly the

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last word about the trip to London. Tell her to give me a call any

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time. That is from when in Lincoln. Just send the numbers through,

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Peter. You are incorrigible.

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You have to get them first. We will seize on changes in the weather. We

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have had a lovely day. Temperatures got up to 16.2. Tomorrow will be

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cooler. A week weather front passing down from the north. I pressure is

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still in charge but it will slip to the East for a time to allow this

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week weather system to bring some patchy rain possibly. For most

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places, a lot more cloud. The be a breezy night. We will not have

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problems with Frost. We start with the sun rising just before 6am, and

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setting just after 8pm. A lot more cloud around compared with today.

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The spot of light rain. Most places, it will be dry. Temperatures not

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doing as well as they have today, getting up to around ten. 13 is 55

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Fahrenheit. It will feel cooler than that. Friday and Saturday look like

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the better days of the weekend, with plenty of sunshine. Sunday will be a

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bit soggy. 's Wayne has been back in touch

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saying, we will go undercoat and stop at Peterborough on the way. You

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are in there. Thanks, Peter. I will find you a

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date and we will go together. Teenagers have taken over the

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running of many of Lincolnshire's theatres this week as part of a plan

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to try to get more young people interested in the arts. They've been

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looking after the venues, booking acts and sorting out the lights and

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sound. The group behind it says 500 young people

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Here's Anne`Marie Tasker. Teenagers learning to dance at Stamford Arts

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Centre. But this course wasn't organised by the venue, but by seven

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young people who've taken over the centre for two days. They're

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offering technical lessons too, like sound mixing, hoping to give young

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people the skills to put on future showsand attract people in who

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wouldn't usually come to theatres. I've only been a couple of times

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before. I'll probably come back again, definitely, cos with this,

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I've learnt a lot. I didn't think things would be appealing to my age

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` more like older. The takeover is part of a two`year youth project

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being run by ten arts centres in Lincolnshire. They says it's brought

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a third more under`25s into their theatres. It's seen more than 1,000

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young people involved in programming events. And it's brought 500 new

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young performers and artists into its centres for the first time. It's

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really about training up the next generation, so making sure that

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things going on in the arts centres are relevant to young people and

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that they are going to keep coming to the arts centres for years to

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come. The participation of these young people doesn't end this week,

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though. Year`round, they're helping book professional acts here, and the

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theatres say that's increasing ticket sales. People tend to think

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because it's an old building, that it's only the old audiences, and we

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only run events for that, but we don't. So, it is nice to encourage

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young people. But it's not just about ticket sales. Young performers

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are starring in shows at the end of the takeover days. Building not just

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audiences, but the talent of the future too.

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The Director General of the BBC has been in Hull today to meet

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representatives involved with the city's successful bid to be City of

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Culture. Tony Hall, seen on the right, met those involved in

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promoting Hull over the next three years. There are hopes major events

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like Radio 1's big weekend could come to Hull in 2017.

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Hull Trains will put on an extra service to bring Hull City fans back

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from Wembley after the FA Cup final. It'll leave Kings Cross at 09.11.

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East Coast Trains will also run extra services to and from the

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capital. Sunday evening, we was emailing, requesting for trains to

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be hired in. We've had to go to extreme lengths to get signallers to

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stay on, boxes to open. It's been pretty challenging but that's going

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to go into the system tomorrow. They're world record breaking and

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sitting at the top of League Two. This weekend if results go their way

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Scunthorpe United will be heading back up the Football League. Two

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wins will guarantee them promotion after what's been a remarkable

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season for the club. Amanda White has been looking at their chances.

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Happy days. In 2009, the Iron were heading to the Championship. Tough

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times have followed but the Scunthorpe faithful are due a

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celebration. You walk past and the big pictures are on the walls in the

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tunnels. They are very special moment that a lot of players never

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get. To hopefully be a part of that this season will be very special.

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United are seven points clear of the play`offs, with four matches

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remaining. Two wins will make them uncatchable, but if they win on

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Friday and Fleetwood lose then they could be promoted on Saturday if

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Burton Albion lose. But better still would be a victory over Oxford on

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Easter Monday to seal promotion in front of a home crowd. We need to

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get back to championship. That is the aim of the club. I think it is

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going really well. I am happy. It's thanks to this man, manager Russ

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Wilcox, who's stepped out of the shadows and into the record books

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this season with 26 games unbeaten. The feeling around the town is great

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for me to see. It has been three tough years. Three really tough

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years, so it is important we get over that line and make it special.

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Russ Wilcox has been here before. These pictures from 2005. Wouldn't

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it be wonderful if come next Tuesday, they had to order a new

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poster? They are a husband and wife team

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with very different views on what makes the perfect lawn. His half is

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perfectly manicured, hers a wild meadow. But together their garden

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has been named the Best in Britain. Simon Spark has been to find out

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more. This is Malcolm. He likes his garden

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to look pristine and organised. I like to see stripes in my lawn,

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cos it takes my eye to somewhere else. Lovely, nice edges, clean. The

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lawn is the backdrop for any garden, so to me, it sets everything off.

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That's the base that you start from. And this is Sandra. Her garden

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preference is meadow`like as nature intended.

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As you can see, this is the spring meadow. Malcolm likes his stripes

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and everything very neat and tidy. I like things to be a little bit more

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on the wild side, let nature take its course, you know, with the

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butterflies and the bees and that sort of thing. But when you have a

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married couple with two different tastes, what you end up with is a

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tale of two halves. But between themselves, this combination of

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manicured versus wild has itself propagated success. They now own

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Britain's best lawn, and today they were toasting their recognition.

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We've been running this competition for nine years, and we've always

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looked for contrast within a single entry. We've never had a his and

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hers entry! That's quite unique. It's proof indeed that even together

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our individuality needs space to grow. If you have a story you think

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we should know about, get in touch. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. Hundreds of schoolchildren are feared dead after

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a ferry capsizes off the coast of South Korea. Consultants in Hull set

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a shortage in sperm donors mean people are going to have to wait

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longer for fertility treatment. On the subject of sperm donation,

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Sarah e`mails saying, following IVF twins, I enquired about becoming a

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donor as I wanted to help other women in a similar situation, but

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the change in the law has stopped me, because I don't want subsequent

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children tracing me when they are 18. We talked about that change in

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the law. Also, boarding, state boarding. Dean in Beverly says, the

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cost works out at ?192 a week. Who can afford such a price in Yorkshire

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when the wages are so low? Some people don't even earn that much per

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week. Thank you for watching. See you

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tomorrow.

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