20/04/2017 Look North (Yorkshire)


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Good evening, and welcome to the late Look North.

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Thousands more shoppers in Leeds, but business isn't booming

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for all stores in the city's new retail centre.

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The Harrogate Flower Show gets underway, with visitors asked

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It's a fairly cloudy story over the next few days. But high pressure is

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in charge. I will have the full forecast shortly.

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Tonight, is Yorkshire's newest flagship shopping centre failing

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It's six months since Victoria Gate opened in Leeds.

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It was dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North.

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But although the number of shoppers in the city centre

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has increased by 3%, there are signs that trade for some

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outlets in the development hasn't been as brisk as hoped.

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Here's our Business Correspondent, Danni Hewson.

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Thursday morning, and things are pretty quiet.

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But Victoria Gate has always been about quality, not quantity.

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And management insist they are happy with footfall.

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We feel very comfortable with the customer numbers that we're

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Typically we have a higher spend and slightly lower volume

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of customers to what you'd find in a typical shopping centre.

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That's totally to be expected, given the line-up and mix

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Probe a little, and it's clear not all shops are making the kind

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Now the novelty has worn off, even high-end retailers are facing

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Competition from online, yes, but also rising inflation eating

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I don't know, I feel like we've already got shops we can use,

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You know, because obviously it's big, and obviously you can go

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Sometimes you just look in to see if there's

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Because obviously that's what we do nowadays.

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It's really nice to go there, but I really don't

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There's not much retailers can do about the cash in your wallet.

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But shoppers can be tempted from their couches

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By the summer, the rooftops of Victoria Gate will be home

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to D London's third and fourth Leeds hotspot.

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Both a Japanese eatery and a New York bar.

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Leeds has got a very young scene, it's got a very music scene.

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It's got a big food and beverage offer now inside Leeds,

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which thousands upon thousands of people coming to Leeds every

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As for online shopping, most brands have a digital presence.

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Shops have become primarily a window to be dressed to impress.

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Bricks and mortar retailers, the key focus they've got to look

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at is making sure that customers get something extra when they

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You can't just have transactional retail any more, where it's pick

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You know, every single sector from luxury to high street

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really needs to focus on what they are doing in stores

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to make their customer connect with the brand and to make them keep

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wanting to come back to the high street.

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Catherine Shuttleworth is a retail analyst from Leeds.

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I asked her why some of the stores could be struggling.

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Well, it's a brand-new centre, it's only been going for six months.

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And some of these stores in this centre are brand-new.

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Not just to Leeds, but to a lot of shoppers in the region.

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So I think it'll take them a bit of time to find their feet.

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And also, since Christmas we've been tightening our belts financially.

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Not spending quite as much on luxuries and the things

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And these are the sort of stores that suffer straightaway when times

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As interest rates have got a bit higher, a lot of people have found

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But is this not a blow to the centre, then?

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There's been so much investment there, hasn't there?

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There's still developments upstairs on the roof

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It is a kind of iconic centre in the city, and it's

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So I don't think there will be panic yet, but there'll be a little bit

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of unsettled feeling that it's perhaps not taken off as quickly

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Yes, a 3% increase in the number of shoppers.

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Should that not be higher, considering some big names have

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I think it's difficult to judge it, because it opened just before

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Christmas, which is traditionally a time when we're all

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out on the high street and we are spending more

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So the high street in general has seen about a 1.3% increase

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And it does show that things are slowing down a little bit.

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I think we need to give this centre about a year or two before we can

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How much is political uncertainty a factor, do you think?

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I think it's a huge factor at the moment in terms

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We're all a little bit concerned about what's going to happen over

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That's been exacerbated this week by the announcement

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And we're just being really careful about what we spend

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We want value, whether we're spending ?500 or ?5.

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Do you think Leeds has now reached a limit in terms of new shops

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Leeds is one of the premier retail centres in the UK,

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I think it's fantastic we've got these different centres.

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We've got Trinity, we've got the market, we've got Briggate.

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It's always difficult to say, isn't it, whether we've got too much.

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Because the retail space keeps growing and people

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But there will be a point where we've kind of topped out.

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I don't think we are quite there yet.

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The Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has said he's quitting Parliament.

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He won the seat for Labour in 2010, but was sacked

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from the Shadow Cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn last year.

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He's said he wants to "make a difference in life

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Meanwhile, the former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls,

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who lost his seat in 2015, has confirmed he is not standing

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Mr Balls hasn't ruled out contesting a seat elsewhere.

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Three people have been arrested in Leeds on suspicion

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of intimidating jurors during a trial.

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In February, three men were jailed for killing 88-year-old Betty Laird

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They deliberately drove into the car she was travelling

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in so they could make fake compensation claims.

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During the trial, jurors reported being offered bribes.

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Today two men and a 15-year-old girl were arrested in Beeston

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and Harehills on suspicion of conspiracy to intimidate jurors

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The Proms - one of the biggest music events in the world,

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They'll travel to Hull this summer, leaving London

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Three open-air concerts are being held in July.

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It's part of the city's UK Capital of Culture programme.

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Thousands of people have been heading to North Yorkshire

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for the first day of the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

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They've been treated to eye-popping displays of the best blooms

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If there's a plant you fancy, chances are you'll find it there.

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There's only one phrase for it - blooming marvellous.

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The Harrogate Spring Flower Show really cocks a snook at the winter

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with a gorgeous celebration of what's to come on the gardening

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And, especially for this show, these amazing floral costumes,

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Some of them take about three months to make.

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I had to do this one in a hurry because this is actually meant

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And I was actually sort of doing the statements at about 4pm

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Yes, that was sort of popped in the suitcase and came.

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Incredible what months of work can achieve.

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This was one of the show garden plots last week.

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It is going to be a memorial garden for the Royal Logistics Corps,

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And the Military Wives Choir was on hand to fill this

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# That leaves your soul to breathe #.

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Seeing it come to life has been fantastic.

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We'll have to deconstruct and then reconstruct it on camp

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for the soldiers and their families for years to come.

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It's been a great collaborative effort.

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And I'm really pleased with the result.

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To have won gold and Best in Show is just outstanding.

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It's remarkable what you can do with plants.

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The floristry displays are inspiring.

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Thousands have enjoyed them today, and will

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Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield has broken a British record.

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The 22-year-old won the 400m individual medley

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at the British Swimming Championship this evening in his home

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His time guarantees him a place at this summer's

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First thing is first, is your microphone working?! You hearing me

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loud and clear? Technical problems, live telly, that's why we love it!

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High-pressure is in charge of the next few days. It is good if you

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will be pretty cloudy. We set the will be pretty cloudy. We set the

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scene for tomorrow in the same way. Overnight, a dry picture for most of

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us. Cloud gets a bit thicker in northern and western parts, could

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squeeze out a bit of light rain and drizzle on higher ground maybe. Look

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at the temperatures, overnight lows, 8-9dC. We will not have to worry

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about frost tomorrow morning. Early-morning brightness across

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parts of East and north Yorkshire, some sunshine. Further west, thicker

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cloud, maybe some light rain or drizzle on higher ground on the

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Pennines. Temperatures tomorrow, look at this, 14 or 15 Celsius. That

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will feel pleasant if you are out and about. You can see some gaps

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where we could see some drizzle in the often noon, and a westerly

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breeze. We have high pressure in charge, and if we come to the

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pressure chart, alas, here is the high pressure. In the weekend,

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Saturday is looking OK. Introducing thicker cloud and maybe some light

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rain and drizzle across western parts. But we noticed this cold air

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flooding down from the north later this week. We could see some wintry

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showers, yes, I said wintry showers. I

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week for much of the UK and for more about that and the UK outlook, Helen

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Willetts. The sunshine make such a difference

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this time of year, only 12 or so degrees under the cloud today but 19

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in eastern Scotland not far away from St Andrews. Also in north-east

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England, where we had the majority of the decent sunshine. Even under

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cloud it was dry for the most part. We have this week whether forgiving

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showers in the south. This weather front starting to pep up in the

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North, it'll change the feel of the weather for all of us in the coming

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36 hours. Through the night very little changes, cloud comes and

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goes, there will be missed a shallow fog south of the M4. Possibly the

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odd pocket of ground frost here and there. You can see the rain

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