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


Hospital staff in Hull are given an extra day off for getting the flu


jab. I am trying to thank staff for taking that right decision.


The council flights abroad which cost Lincolnshire taxpayers almost


�43,000. Charity shops hit back over claims


town centres would be improved if some of them were to close. Quite


often, once we have opened our shops, independents come in,


they're like the fact that we bring in extra foot fault.


And 100 years after Houdini came to Hull, we find out if this man can


recreate his famous tricks. Will it be any better tomorrow? I


will have the forecast later. It's a jab offered every winter to


certain groups of people - those over 65, people with serious health


conditions, pregnant women, and health workers. And for hospital


staff in Hull, if they choose to get the flu jab, this year they'll


also get an extra day off work. It's an idea that's come from the


Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, to try and encourage more of their


workers to protect themselves from the virus. With 8,000 employees,


that could mean an extra 8,000 days off, as Gemma Dawson reports.


Preparing to have the flu jab. Jon Leyne Wedd said Castle Hill


Hospital and will get an extra day off for having the vaccine. -- Je


one works at Castle Hill Hospital. That is the bonus, but it is for


protection rather than getting the day off. Be able do not want flu.


If you are more informed, they want to protect patients. -- people do


now -- people do not want flu. hospital trust employees Nevin and


1,000 employees. 3,000 have had the vaccination so far this year.


Hospital bosses denied they are bribing staff to have the job.


trying to thank staff for taking that decision to do the right thing.


It works out for those that if a member of staff is off with flu, it


is four or five days. It is more economical for them to have the flu


jab. At this Lincoln surgery, Charlotte is having a flu jab for


the first time. She is pregnant, which is one of the other high risk


groups. I want to protect myself so there is no risk of me going into


hospital whilst I am pregnant. is what Charlotte is protecting


herself from. As well as pregnant women, the NHS recommends people


over 65, those with serious health conditions and health workers


should all have the vaccine. Hospital bosses back in Hull will


have to see if offering an extra day off in exchange for the flu


jabs saves them money. And Ray Gray from the area's UNISON


Union is in the studio for us now. This is difficult? It is. I


appreciate what they are trying to achieve. The more people who have


the flu jab, the less chance of infection spreading and less people


going off sick, but we think giving a day's clear is too much. 8,000


staff could be 8,000 days off. The Trust is trying to save money. Is


it wise? They have got to claw back �95 million over the next five


years. This could cost a lot of money. There are other ways to


reward staff. We think it has gone too far. If they will take fewer


days off having sick leave, that is a good thing. I do not dispute that,


but they rap other ways of rewarding staff. Do medical staff


made an incentive to protect themselves? Why do they not just do


it anyway? It needs to be voluntary. Not all staff will volunteer to do


it. I think the idea of an incentive that is good, but the


incentive itself I have a problem with. It is obviously working


because more people are coming forward. Yes, it is working. I do


not think the incentive idea is wrong, but we think the incentive


could be easier. What is the other way you were hinting at? Other ways


they could have rewarded staff is by giving them vouchers, giving


them some extra money. There is other ways they could have done it.


As well as a person be enough, they have to be replaced at work. Given


a voucher is the same. It is a lot cheaper than a day's LEA. What do


things staff are thinking? -- cheaper than a day's leap. There


really are mixed views. Thank-you very much. It is interesting. Let


me know your thoughts. To support the idea? -- do you support the


idea? Do you think it will mean fewer sick days? Is it a bit of a


In a moment: It's coming up this weekend, but these haunting


costumes are not just for Halloween. A man's been arrested after an


incident reportedly involving a crossbow in Lincoln. A section of


Goldsmith Walk was cordoned off earlier today, after reports of a


weapon being fired from an upstairs window. Noone's been injured.


A body's been found on playing fields near Gainsborough.


Lincolnshire Police were called to Willingham by Stow around 9.30 this


morning. 85 posts are under threat at Hull


College after cuts to its funding. An appeal's been made for


volunteers, but compulsory redundancies haven't been ruled out.


The group, which runs sites in Hull, Goole and Harrogate, employs 2,000


people. Lincolnshire County Council says


it's tightened its rules after tens of thousands of pounds were spent


by staff on overseas flights. New figures have revealed more than


�42,000 has been spent on overseas travel over the last two years,


more than any other authority in the Midlands. On one occasion, more


than �6,000 was spent on a trip to America. Siobhan Robbins reports.


This was the reaction when Lincolnshire County Council


announced it was having to cut millions of pounds from its budget


earlier this year. Day centres like this one in Grantham could see it


severs is reduced. So news that ten of thousands has been spent by the


council on flights hasn't been well-received. Those people are


there to represent us. Between 2009 and 2011, Lincolnshire


County Council spent �42,000 on flights, the highest amount in the


That includes a �6,000 business class trip to the USA. All this at


a council which now has to save �125 million in the next four years.


It is an abuse. That individual is no longer with theirs. I cannot


justify it. I would not attempt to drive. Sadly, people do abuse


positions of trust and that is what happened here. We started when we


found out that we have rules in place to make sure these things do


not happen again. Tokoyo, New Zealand and Canada were


also on the list of buiness or world class destinations. The group


behind the research says authorities need to be more frugal.


When there is not much money, do not travel business-class. Look for


the best deal, and if possible, do not take the flight.


Council leaders say the system's been tightened up to stop further


abuse, but it's little comfort to those who's services may be cut.


Why was it allowed to go on for two years?


Workers at BAE systems in Brough have staged a protest today against


the loss of up to 900 jobs. Union members binned company "fair play"


leaflets outside the main plant, claiming that BAE had treated staff


badly in it's handling of the announcement. - - its handling. The


focus now is whether the site itself can be saved. We will carry


on pushing and saying they should be work coming on this site. We


have the work force and the capability, and the right sort of


people who can build anything. This facility is fantastic. We do not


want to lose it. We will keep pushing the company to put work on


this site. We will continue to follow that story.


Lincolnshire's famous Vulcan is being honoured this evening as one


of the UKs best engineering achievements. The bomber was a


familiar sight in the county's skies during the Cold War. It joins


the likes of Tower Bridge and the Channel Tunnel in getting the


Engineering Heritage Award. Shoppers and businesses in Lincoln


have called plans to route more trains through the city centre as


"ridiculous." This is currently the scene in Lincoln for up to 40


minutes an hour, as the level crossing shuts to allow trains


through. But now, because of work elsewhere on the rail network, an


extra 42 trains will also be routed through Lincoln. It will happen for


the next three Saturdays. It means the barriers could close for up to


90 times a day. On this I'm joined from Lincoln by David Mitchell,


who's the secretary of the Lincoln small business action group. David,


good evening. A barriers be insured for up to 90 times a day. What


impact could this have on the city centre? Good evening, Peter. First


and foremost, they are being shut for the next four weekend. They


will be 80 trains going through when you include the local services


and the 42 diverted trains. We also have major roadworks in Lincoln.


The City has been gridlocked since last Friday. It is going to be


disastrous. This work has to be done. A few mutterings through


Lincoln, are you worrying it will affect businesses -- a few more


trains through Lincoln. I am also concerned about passengers, people


who will be taken from Lincoln to Newark Castle, taken on a bus to


new work Northgate, then get a train to London, which will come


back to Lincoln. We know what a lovely city it is, but people do


not want to see it two or three times. I came on Saturday from


Doncaster on a journey which took two hours. There was a family with


a two-year-old boy, and they had been travelling since half past two.


If these trends were not going straight through, you would change


your true. -- trains. If a few were stopping, they would be bringing


people and I would change my train, yes. When I spoke to you at


lunchtime, the gentleman from the council was excellent. He said they


possibly would not have done the road works at the same time as the


rail works. There is no co- ordination at all. Here at Lincoln


Central Station, to their shame, they have not even got a poster


warning people that they could get to court abandoned. We are second


rate here. I said at lunch time we are bottom of the dustbin.


Mitchell, thank you. Another one you might want to comment on.


Still ahead tonight: Calls to cap the number of charity shops on the


high street. And he was the world's most famous


escapologist who visited Hull 100 Tonight photograph was taken of a


flock of geese at Witton in of Lincolnshire. A stunning picture.


It's now time for the weather. you have a nice lunch time? Dave


spotted you looking at a bigger book about airplanes. When is he


back? It can't be too soon for me! You can't do a single things -- a


Mist is going to clear first thing tomorrow and will see plenty of


sunshine. It is not going to be a breezy day at all. All the cloud


we've had, it has been given as spots of rain. It won't be long


before the rain clears out into the North Sea and the cloud will break


as well. We will have light winds and clear skies overnight. This is


a risk of a touch of ground frost across parts of each -- East


Yorkshire. The sun will rise tomorrow morning at 750 3am and


will set at 5:36pm. It will be a chilly start tomorrow and there


will be some dense mist and fog in places. It will list -- lift in the


morning and the rest of the day will be dry and fine. Light winds,


variable nature and temperatures are going to be just below average.


As we head through the weekend, Saturday sees the best of the


bright this at first but cloud will I showed three pictures or a rather


than the usual one and that did the damage. See you tomorrow.


A charity in Lincolnshire has hit back at suggestions that capping


the number of charity shops would help revitalise town centres.


Retail expert, Mary Portas, is advising the Government on


improving our high streets and says that's one way to breathe life into


them. Across the whole of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire,


there are currently 339 charity shops. In Hull city centre alone,


there are 44, while in Lincoln there are 26. Anne-Marie Tasker


reports. Lincoln's High Street is home to


some of the city's 26 charity shops. And they all get a discount in


their rates, boosting the charity's coffers. But one charity says its


23 shops in Lincolnshire aren't damaging town centres, but helping


them. Charity shops bring foot fall into an area that is generally


quite quiet. We take over units that have been empty for a number


of months and was the have opened our shops, we have found that other


independent shops come in. But the role of charity shops is being


questioned by this retail guru, Mary Portas. I could not imagine


anybody buying anything of those shelves. She's famous for boosting


businesses, even charity shops themselves. And now the


Government's asked her to do the same for the High Street. One of


her suggestions is capping the number of charity shops to allow


other businesses to prosper. But do shoppers think it would really make


a difference? It is a difficult one. Charities need the money anyway. I


don't really buy into that. I would spend it elsewhere if the charity


shops did not exist. It helps the local people. But charity shops


don't seem to be doing any harm here. Louth has 10 of them, but is


still busy and bustling. And the town centre manager says giving


other businesses rate relief would be more useful than limiting


charity shop numbers. That would lead empty units in certain towns.


That is not getting rid of the problem. We need to look at


business support for all sectors of businesses. Those that are starting


up and doing well. That need to be looked at. Another idea is to


shorten charity shop leases, so towns aren't overrun by them for


years at a time. But in these hard economic times, not all shoppers


think that's a bad thing anyway. I'm joined on this now by Tim


Danaher, the editor of Retail Weekly magazine. Charity shops on


our high streets keep money in the local economy and often take the


place of shops which have been standing empty. They're surely a


good thing for our high streets? Charity shops to a great job but if


there are too many of them, there's a problem because any high street


needs a good mix of retailers. The key issue here is that there is not


a level playing field. If somebody wanted to start a new shop, he has


to pay the full rates, whereas a charity shop could be run by an


enormous international organisation like Oxfam and it only has to pay


20 %. The danger is, if you have lots of charity shops, it might


reduce the attractiveness of a high street shoppers and get in the way


of independent businesses run by local people on a commercial basis.


But if you take away the charity shops, you will have even more


boarded and vacant shops? But if you create the conditions where


people can start entrepreneurial retail services. If somebody was


told, you can have this shop for a few years and pay a fraction of


business rates, maybe those people may be encouraged to going to those


empty shops instead. To you think people are scared to say there are


too many charity shops? Charity shops to a brilliant jobs and there


are a lot of shops that are unattractive mix on the high street


but the key thing is having that next. We want a variety of shops


and our high-street. What can be done to stop the number of boarded-


up and bacon chops? -- vacant shops? We need to reduce the risk


and encourage people to be entrepreneurial and help them out


with a business costs. And this might be another one you


want to comment on as well. Do you think that too many charity shops


are bad for the high street? Text and e-mail us in all the usual ways.


And thanks for your response on the views to the changes to North East


Lincolnshire's recycling scheme. The council wants to charge �25 a


year to anyone who's got a brown garden waste bin. The authority


currently collects 50,000 brown bins. We had an enormous response


on this. John tweeted, "I thought the council wanted people to


recycle more! Charging �25 to collect bins is not going to make


people use them". Trish got in touch with her view. "I think it is


disgusting, wanting to charge us for recycling our garden waste. The


council get money from the garden waste we recycle and still want to


charge us!" And Nathan texted, "Why not use what would go in the brown


bins as compost? Save yourself a bit of money and grow your own


veg." Hull City's unbeaten run comes


under threat this weekend against Nottingham Forest, who haven't lost


since they changed their manager. The Tigers themselves are unbeaten


in eight league games following their dramatic win over Watford,


which included a first goal at the KC for Aaron Mclean. It is good


form and we need to keep that going. All we can do is worry about


ourselves. We just need to make sure that we keep the consistency


and keep the performances and will be fine.


It all started when a North Lincolnshire woman couldn't find a


Halloween costume to flatter her curves. But now, Dawn Lancaster


from Winterton has turned a dress making hobby into a successful


business. With Halloween and Whitby's Gothic Weekend looming,


she says she's never been busier. Amanda Thomson has more.


They look like they've stepped through time, but these gowns have


been created in a North Lincolnshire conservatory. Dawn


Lancaster's gowns are all one offs and they can be found at every


medieval pageant, historical re- enactment and even the famous


Whitby Gothic, due to take place this weekend. It has been really


crazy. October is the best month for me but it's the busiest. I am


constantly sewing and doing stuff. I have been inundated for


Hallowe'en costumes and Gothic Austens. I have been really busy


but I have enjoyed every minute of it. What started as a hobby eight


years ago is now an online business, satisfying a demand for dresses for


all occasions. I feel really good in it and the fact that nobody else


will have a dress like this makes me feel better. I phoned me and


asked her to her and make one for me and raised some money for the


local castle. It is wonderful and I really feel the part. It is amazing.


Dawn's now looking forward to the end of October and a well earned


rest. Amanda Thomson, BBC Look North, at Winterton near Scunthorpe.


Tonight marks a rather unusual anniversary. It's exactly one


hundred years to the day since the famous escapologist, Harry Houdini,


first performed in Hull. He had strong ties to the city, even doing


one stunt when he jumped, shackled, into the Humber! Tonight, a group


from the Magic Circle will be attempting to re-create one of his


famous routines. Simon Spark has the story.


As far as escapologists go, Houdini is the undisputed icon. But he also


had strong links with hell. This film even finch -- featured the


city. The Magic Circle are celebrating 100 years since he came


last to hell. He started off as a king of cards. It was the


sensationalism of his escapes. Despite worldwide fame, Harry


Houdini performed here in Hull five times during his career and each of


those performances will have been near to where I'm standing now near


the Palace Theatre. The theatre was demolished in 1966 and it has now


disappeared into the Deeney style. For tonight's celebration, a modern


Houdini will himself be challenged to escape Houdini style. He just


doesn't know what's in store for him yet. Houdini said never get


into something you can't get out of. That is my motto was well. I am


really hoping that my skills will rise to the challenge. This is a


straight jacket used to restrain the criminally insane. I am going


to be put inside of this and the difficult part is getting out.


100 years on and Houdini's legacy and association with Hull and as


tight as ever. -- are as tight. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines. Relief as European leaders strike a last


minute deal to tackle the debt crisis.


And hospital staff in Hull are given an extra day off for getting


the flu jab. And tomorrow's weather: Mist and


fog will slowly clear to leave a dry day. Plenty of sunshine, top


temperatures of 13C. Tracey has said, I work for the NHS


and do not need -- need in the centre to have a flu jab. If staff


don't have the flu jab and are off sick, why don't you stop this sick


pay? Michael says staff should look after their own health. Ryan on


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