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Good evening - you're watching Thursday's Look North.
Thousands more shoppers in Leeds -
but business isn't booming for all stores in the city's
Can exercise benefit our mental health?
We'll meet the West Yorkshire runner taking on a marathon challenge,
Harrogate flower show gets under way, with visitors asked
Joined me for the latest weather forecast.
It's six months since Leeds' new shopping centre,
Victoria Gate, opened - bringing thousands more shoppers
But though footfall has increased by 3%, there are signs that trade
for some shops has not been as brisk as hoped.
The centre was dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North
But with rising inflation and political uncertainty,
the retail sector as a whole is facing a difficult time.
Our business correspondent, Danni Hewson, joins us
Last month the centre was named to the number one centre in the world.
The arrival of Victoria Gate has helped propel us up the retail
ranking, leapfrogging Manchester and Birmingham to make as number three
in the country behind on the Leeds and Glasgow. Lots of new names
coming here but it is not all good news. We can only spend a pound once
and post-Christmas the inflationary pressures are certainly affecting
some of the shops here. Thursday morning and things are
pretty quiet. But Victoria Gate has always been about quality not
quantity and management insist they are happy with fruitful. We are
comfortable with the customer numbers we are experiencing,
particularly with higher spend and more volume. That is to be expected
given the mix of retail that we have. Probe also more and it's clear
not all shops are making the kind of profits they would like. Even high
and retailers are facing High Street problems. We have changed the way
that the shop sold 95% of us no shop online, that is one way of
controlling your finances. What is challenging us, how do people get
back in here and start spending money at a time as we go into a
period of general election when we are focused on the concerns the
economy? There's not much retailers can do
about the cash in your ward but shoppers can be tempted from the
coaches with bars and restaurants. Riders are some of the rooftops of
Victoria Gate will be home to a Japanese restaurant and a New York
bar. I do not know anybody who sits and 87 meals at home. Most of my
friends and people I work with are out once or twice a week and Leeds
gives them that flexibility of what they would choose to eat at all
different price points as well. As for online shopping most brands have
a digital presence. Shops have become primarily a window to be
dressed to impress. Bricks and mortar retailers, the key
focus they have got to look at is making sure that customers get
something extra when they come into the store. You cannot just have
transactional retail anymore predators picked this and pop it
through the till. Every sector from luxury to High Street D2 focus on
what they are doing installed to make that customer connect with the
brand and make them keep wanting to come back to the High Street. New
names, saying challenges. It is not just new names that are
struggling. We have heard the news from high-street department store
Debenhams today that they are looking to cause about ten of their
stores, and some of the warehouses and distribution centres. They have
not said precisely where but they say they want to focus, as Victoria
Gate is doing, on experience went shopping. It is all about tempting
people of their sofas onto the High Street. Come and have a drink, spend
your money, and experience as well as shop.
Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of a woman
who lived in Micklefield, East of Leeds, have been carrying
40-year-old Svitlana Krasnoselska, known
to her friends as Lana, has not been seen for two and a half
weeks and detectives say they're extremely worried about her as it's
totally out of character for her to go missing.
Police officers were back in Micklefield this
They were searching a half mile radius
around her home checking bushes, shrubs and water.
The 40-year-old Ukrainian has not been seen since
5.30 in the morning on Monday April the 3rd.
She is known to have links to York and the Halton area of Leeds.
Police hope someone somewhere knows where
She leaves behind a husband and a daughter
and they have no idea of
where she may have gone and why she might have gone.
It is all this that really raises our concern about where
We deal with missing people on a daily
And there is always something to go on.
It is completely out of character for Lana.
We just do not know where she has gone to.
Detectives are working to build a picture of Lana's life style
across Yorkshire and the people she knew.
She's been in this country about 12 years.
I would appeal to any Ukrainian communities within
Leeds or even further afield that may know Lana,
that may know anywhere that she might go to, to give us a
ring, just speak to us, just give us any bit
of information that might
Despite extensive searches the police remain baffled by this
Detectives say it is as though Lana has disappeared off the face of
Her bank accounts have not been touched.
There's no sign yet of foul play but what happened to
Later on Look North: Keeping Yorkshire talent in the north.
Can this derelict mill put Wakefield on the musical map?
The leader of Leeds City Council is calling for clarity
from the Government over the future of transport funding.
The city was promised ?170 million
following the cancellation of the Trolleybus scheme.
This week's announcement of a general election
has potentially called that into question.
Phil - Leeds is desperately in need of a solution to its travel chaos?
Yes, and people of Leeds could be forgiven for thinking they have
heard this before. We have been talking about a solution to the
traffic problem for 30 years. At the turn-of-the-century edit that things
were on track with a super tram scheme and then potentially
Trolleybus. I know we're on the brink of more uncertainty.
Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool.
Then there's Leeds, the largest city in Europe without one.
In 2001 Labour gave a 500 million Supertram scheme the
In 2005 it was cancelled because of costs.
Five years later Labour said OK to a ?250
That was then put on hold by the new coalition
Two years on Trolleybus is restarted after the coalition agrees
After a planning inspector ruled that Trolleybus
didn't provide enough public benefits Leeds was allowed to keep
?173.5 million for other public transport investment.
However with a general election looming could
that funding potentially be in jeopardy?
We are waiting for the Treasury to sign off the final
And the general election came from nowhere for all of us so
we've been asking everyone to have conversations with the Department
for Transport to see if we could get the letter to us before the weekend.
But we're just waiting to have a response back to see
Despite the setbacks three new rail stations have been opened in
the last 18 months and there are plans for more including at
But public transport campaigners say clarity is
I personally think that that money needs to be campaigned for to be
retained, but it is not the whole picture, and there is much wider
The Department for Transport told us ?173.5 million is being retained
But when asked if that money was being ring fenced
following the announcement of a general election
Three decades ago a BBC report about the subject concluded with
While Leeds ponders its transport future
30 years later it seems little has changed.
A motorcyclist who died in a collision in Sheffield over
the Easter weekend had been on his way to a charity event in aid
20-year-old Sam Pickering is thought to have lost control of his bike
on Langsett Road North early on Sunday morning.
He was a regular supporter of the annual Easter Egg Run,
which involves hundreds of bikers riding through the city centre
and over 15 years has raised tens of thousands of pounds
The former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has confirmed he is not
standing in the constituency of Morley and Outwood.
The Labour MP lost his seat in 2015 to the Conservative MP
Andrea Jenkyns in one of the shock results of the last election.
Since then he's taken part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing
programme in which he became famous for his own brand of dad dancing.
Three people have been arrested in Leeds on suspicion
of intimidating jurors during a trial.
In February three men were jailed for killing 88-year-old Betty Laird
They deliberately drove into the car she was travelling
in so they could make fake compensation claims.
During the trial jurors reported being offered bribes.
Today two men and a 15-year-old girl were arrested in Beeston
and Harehills on suspicion of conspiracy to intimidate jurors
We know how much creative talent comes from Yorkshire -
but the key is keeping it here as many singers
and musicians are lured by the bright lights of London.
Well, a company from the capital is trying
to reverse that trend by using the derelict mills
Tileyard Studios is the biggest venue in Europe housing people
Amy has been for a look at their plans for a new site in Yorkshire.
Talk me through what you are thinking.
Paul and Nick, Southern luvvies with a big vision for the North.
To convert 100,000 square feet of derelict mills in Wakefield
We're going to see a hotel, we're going to see studios,
music studios, we're going to see a very exciting event
space and lots of spaces for creatives to work together.
Tileyard Studios in London is the largest community of its kind
in Europe housing people in film, graphics and musics
including the likes of Tinchy Stryder, and Mark Ronson.
Wakefield will become its northern sister, a direct link with London.
A place to retain some talent where it originated.
I think, for us, it's about having a site that's a complement
to what we've got in London but we have an appetite to tap
Rather than drag them down to London, why not build something
that can become very much a community in its own right?
A vision from the South wants to breathe fresh
It could be a perfect spot right next to the world
renowned Hepworth Gallery, but how likely is it that the likes
of Tinchy Stryder and Mark Ronson are really going to
Mark Ronson is obviously a very well-known client of ours in London.
He is spending a lot of time in LA at the moment but he's driven
If there was something up here that got him excited, for sure,
The man behind Corrine Bailey Rae's biggest hits has always believed
He is first on the list for a studio here.
Not just for the people who are already working
within the industry but for the kids coming through to see that
there's a place they can go and work like-minded people.
Remember this number one by Sheffield band, Olive?
The creator has collaborated with the likes of James Morrison
and Taio Cruz but he always comes back to Yorkshire.
Leeds and Wakefield, there's bags of talent up
here so there's no reason why we can't have a Northern Powerhouse
and take some of that control from London.
Rutland Mills will be open for arty types from 2018.
This Sunday thousands of runners will take part
Among them will be Sam Tewari from West Yorkshire.
He's one of ten runners affected by mental health issues
His story features in the BBC TV programme Mind Over Marathon
During the filming Sam has met both Princes Harry and William
who are trying to break the taboo around mental health.
Let's hear a bit about of the programme.
It is estimated one in four adults will need professional help for
mental health problems at some stage in their life. Chances are we all
know someone who is suffering. I don't want sympathy or empathy. Just
a bit of understanding. That is all. No, ten volunteers have agreed to
try something different, a running programme. Exercise can help with
mental health issues. Most definitely. From personal
experience. Talking about mental health issues on national TV, and
running a marathon, two massive challenges. What did you decide to
take part? One of my friends was a producer on the programme and he put
something about it on social media. Running and mental health are two
things that, running has been a part of my recovery from mental health
conditions, know I am in a state where I am happy with my mental
health, it felt like time to give back, and the next thing I was at
the boot camp and starting the training. It's all kind of spoils.
It is marvellous the entire process. One in four people suffers from
mental health issues. How did you know you had depression? If you look
back to my childhood there were certain moments where I felt
different or did not quite connect with others, as I saw other people
doing. Daydreaming at school, all those kind of things. Following on
from my dad was like I had a breakdown about three years ago. --
following on from the death of my father. At the time it was scary. I
did not know what was going on. I did not have a BBC programme with
young people taking part two I could relate to. These conversations were
not happening at the time. I had to find my own way. It has taken a
while and I have tried failures different things. Ultimately it has
been the most rewarding experience of my life. I wonder by running? How
is it helping you? I was running before I came into the programme. I
was a step ahead. Sharing the experiences with ten other people.
We have got this common thread of mental health. We all came to the
first boot camp. We instantly were able to connect with each other and
support each other. And you met with royalty. Yes. How was that? That was
a crazy day. We met with him a couple of times. They came down to
St Mary 's University in London. They did some training with us. Then
we broke up and had chats, we had a couple of the boys with the
programme, we sat down with Harry, he shares his experiences. It was
amazed to see how engaged they are the subject. They have all got
personal experiences. We have seen a lot of that in the press recently.
You could tell they were genuinely affected by it and they wanted to
help our cause. Quickly, what will your time be? Hopefully under four
hours. That is a cracking time. And Mind over Marathon is on BBC One
tonight at nine o'clock. Thousands of people have been
heading to North Yorkshire for the first day of
the Harrogate Spring Flower show. They've been treated to eye popping
displays of the best blooms If there's a plant
you fancy, chances are Cathy Killick is there
for us tonight. Look who has just arrived? All part
of the magic. It has been a busy first day of the show. The
stallholders are busy restocking their stance because this is one of
the busiest selling shows in Yorkshire. If few arrived early
enough you did get something for free, a flower to wear for the day.
More on that the moment, but first here are some of the highlights of
show. There is only one phrase for it.
Blooming marvellous. The havoc it Spring flower show has a gorgeous
celebration of what is to come. Florals are in fashion. What about
these leafy waistcoats? And these amazing floral costumes all the way
from New Zealand, especially for this show. Some of them take three
months to me. I had to do this one and a hurry. This is meant to be the
York rose. I was still working on it at four o'clock the night before we
left. In the end, put it in the suitcase, and go. But edible what's
months of work can achieve, but how about eight days? This was one of
the show garden plots last week. Look at it now.
# Some say love it as a river. It is to be a memorial garden. The
military wives choir was on hand. Seeing it come to life has been
fantastic. We will have two deconstruct and reconstructed in
camp for the soldiers and their families for years to come. It has
been a great collaborative effort and I am pleased with the result.
It's one gold and Best in show. It is remarkable what you can do with
plants. The floral street displays are inspiring. Thousands have
enjoyed them today and will until the show closes on Sunday.
If you thought having small children meant your clubbing days were over,
A baby rave has been taking place in Wakefield this afternoon.
Sheffield's internet sensation, Matt Coyne.
He's made a name for himself with his parenting blog.
It was to launch his new book. I wonder why people bother reading it.
But that is such a common experience. Someone, at three
o'clock, how difficult it is, people can appreciate the empathy. It is
hopefully funny. Hopefully people sit down and laugh.
And this story has a happy ending. A terrier found himself stuck in
ageing pipe in Barnsley. He had been there for more than 20 hours. This
afternoon after a lot of digging and coaxing firefighters managed to get
him to safety. Let us move on to the weather.
What is your weather station predicting? Not store.
I know you cannot predict snow. It is going to be a wintry northerly
next week, more fat than a minute. Some of the pictures you have sent
be in the last 24 and worse. And this was the sunset last night.
That picture came in on Instagram. The rooftop Kamara, C what is
happening on our panoramic view. -- rooftop camera. Temperatures are
hovering around 15 degrees. Eight males feel at the moment. Headlines
for tomorrow, -- it is mild at the moment. Headlines for tomorrow.
Sunshine and showers. Heel and thunder. Even snow down to lower
levels. Night frosts. Gardeners beware. At the moment the cloud are
coming in from the West or north-west. But this way they have
been breaking up. Quiet this evening. Variable overnight. That
possibly thick enough for drizzle in the West. Further it will stage I.
Frost three. A lot of close to come. That East,
West split. Light drizzle the showers, but on the East of the
Pennines, towards Scarborough, it will be a pleasant day with some
bright or sunny spells and it will also be dry. The blues will pick up
pushing round to the West or north-west but that will not stop
mild temperatures. A call to front will bring patchy rain on Friday
night. Saturday is a Calderdale batted brighter one. Sunday is a
bright start. Went three showers for much of next week.
A cold snap to come. What panoramic view of your trip would you like to
see? Shadwell or York.
Scarborough. We are always doing Scarborough.
Nothing wrong with that. Goodbye.