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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


needed a sperm donor to help start their family.


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


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


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


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


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


is becoming critical. We don't have a particularly


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


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


donations from abroad. Many potential donors have been put off


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


undergoing IVF treatment themselves, but this


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


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


to two recipients, so that automatically treats two patients,


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


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


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


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


generosity of others. see it differently when they


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


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


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


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


say to encourage more people to come forward?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


As you would expect, Humberside police has launched an investigation


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


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


The funeral of a GP from Lincolnshire who drowned off the


coast of Tenerife has taken place this afternoon. Doctor Barathi


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


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


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


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


months show unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is at


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


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


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


send their children to state boarding schools. King Edward VI


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


September next year after demand from parents. State run boarding


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


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


parents work long hours or move frequently but critics argue it


hampers emotional development. Leanne Brown reports.


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


study but sleep here. There are currently 36 state


boarding schools in England. Sometimes, they could have elderly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


asked her what benefits there are to state boarding schools.


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


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


school means that they can find appropriate boarding for a child


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Boarding Concern say that boarding school pupils find it difficult to


develop emotional intimacy in adult relationships. Is there everything


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


This Government is chasing every state school to provide more of


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


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


do you think of this one ` are boarding schools glorified


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


return to its made in the next month.


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


attempt to get more teenagers into theatres.


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


gardening award. Sunset taken from South Ferriby be


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


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


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


Peter. You are incorrigible.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bit soggy. 's Wayne has been back in touch


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


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


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


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


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


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


sound. The group behind it says 500 young people


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


audiences, but the talent of the future too.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


times have followed but the Scunthorpe faithful are due a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


poster? They are a husband and wife team


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


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


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


more. This is Malcolm. He likes his garden


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


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


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


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


preference is meadow`like as nature intended.


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


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


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


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


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


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


manicured versus wild has itself propagated success. They now own


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


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


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


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


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


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


and regional headlines. Hundreds of schoolchildren are feared dead after


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


week. Thank you for watching. See you




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