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Police are continuing to question a 15-year-old girl over the death
The younger girl was found by police with life-threatening injuries
in the Woodthorpe area of the city yesterday afternoon.
She was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
Tonight, North Yorkshire Police have named the young victim
as Katie Rough, a pupil at a nearby primary school.
Her family are said to be devastated.
Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death continue.
Alness Drive is normally a quiet residential road.
Today, though, it was far from that, as police teams investigated
Katie Rough, a pupil at Westfield Primary School
A woman ran up the street, it was obviously the mother
of the daughter, she was shouting, "Help, call for an ambulance!"
So I put my shoes on and went up the alleyway, about halfway up,
and I could see a body lying in the field.
But the police were already there, attending.
Police were called here yesterday afternoon and found the little girl
on the footpath that leads to a playing field.
Since then, a 15-year-old girl has been arrested and is now
Specially trained officers are supporting the victim's family
at this extremely difficult time for them.
Clearly, the circumstances require the investigation to be conducted
For most of the day, a police tent has covered the area
where Katie was found, with the investigation
at one stage moving to an address half a mile away.
One local councillor says support will be given
I spoke to the local vicar this morning and he will see what he can
organise to have the church open for a couple of days,
to make sure there is somewhere local for local people to go
and just have a cup of tea or have a chat, and just somewhere
if they've got any problems or anything they want to talk
about, they can get it off their chest privately.
Throughout the day, meanwhile, friends and local residents have
She was a very close friend to my daughter,
and she was a unique, beautiful little girl.
Respect the family. Beautiful family.
Both involved are so young, and it's such a shame,
because she's not even started her life, has she?
The community has been badly shaken by the death of this little girl,
described today as a "darling princess" by her grandparents.
It was an awful accident in which a man's body remained
undiscovered in a car in the middle of a busy roundabout for seven days.
It happened last August at junction 58 off the A1
Today an inquest into Darren Stephenson-Bennett's death
Husband and father Darren Stephenson-Bennett was last seen
at a party on Saturday the 27th of August last year.
He was reported missing the following Tuesday.
His body was discovered in his car on
this roundabout seven days after his disappearance.
Darren's vehicle had crashed into a tree and remained
CCTV footage from passing buses was examined.
It showed just before 10pm, there were ten
of these black and white chevrons and after 11pm
there were eight, so the crash happened in that hour.
Then it raised the grim question, had he been
conscious for any length of time after the accident?
Witnesses had seen Darren drink Jack Daniel's and beer
The coroner said there is a high probability he was over
the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.
He suffered a serious brain injury as a result of the collision.
The coroner said he died in the hour soon after or possibly straightaway
A verdict of accidental death was given.
Back in August, the police faced criticism at the time for not
It has been quite a difficult investigation
The car was almost perfectly concealed inside
the motorway interchange inside the junction.
It was very difficult for us to discover it.
And if Darren Stephenson-Bennett had been reported missing
a little bit earlier, we potentially might have found
the vehicle and his body a little bit sooner.
But I don't necessarily think that would have affected the outcome.
At the end of the inquest, Darren's family thanked the police
Darren Stephenson-Bennett leaves behind three children.
A man's appeared in court accused of holding four people hostage
at the Coral bookmakers in Jarrow on Sunday night.
Alistair Gallow, who's 39 and from Jarrow, appeared before
South Tyneside magistrates charged with nine offences, including false
imprisonment and possession of a firearm with intent
He was remanded in custody and will appear at Crown Court next month.
Police in Cumbria are investigating suspicions that a small number
of saline bags were tampered with
at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
The NHS Trust says security measures have been increased.
Our health reporter Sharon Barbour sent this report from the hospital.
Yes, it was the 4th of January, just under a week ago,
that a member of staff here at the Cumberland Infirmary
in Carlisle suspected that a saline bag or some saline bags
They immediately contacted their senior clinical managers,
who contacted the trust management, who contacted the police
We understand that no patient has been adversely affected,
although they continue to be monitored.
Security measures here have been strengthened and all medicines
The Hospital Trust say any patients with any concerns can contact them
on a telephone number which is on the trust's website.
Well, it is a watery, salty, sugary solution, harmless,
which is used to hydrate or rehydrate patients,
but it can also be used to mix medicines, to give those
The police are saying very little, they say the investigation
We don't know how many saline bags may have been affected,
but the police say they are working closely with the Hospital Trust.
The majority of lessons at a high profile Cumbrian academy
were cancelled today as teachers took industrial action.
Members of the NASUWT went on strike at Whitehaven Academy,
a school placed in special measures by Ofsted, where teachers
and parents continue to raise concerns about the charitable trust
Unhappy union members in front of a near-empty school building.
A building they say is not up to scratch.
You go into a classroom, is it fully resourced?
Is it going to be the sort of place where you can
carry out a lesson where kids will be attentive from the beginning?
If they're's cold, if it's not well lit and not well resourced,
their learning is not going to be the best.
This dispute is not just about the teaching environment.
Staff and parents say they are frustrated by years
of mismanagement and bad communication from
the BrightTribe trust which runs the school.
In November last year 70 staff members signed a letter
calling on the Government to remove the trust.
Three teaching unions have balloted on strike action
and today's picket is not expected to be the last.
Only year 11s are being taught in school today,
meaning all other pupils have had an extra day off, meaning extra
No striking teachers wanted to speak to us
directly today but the union representatives
I think the whole community, the parents, the politicians even
have spoken up about the conditions in this school.
In response, BrightTribe said it was disappointed
by the industrial action, but determined to continue
At Whitehaven Academy, the students are amazing,
and that school has underperformed for years and years,
Now, under BrightTribe's watch, things haven't improved yet,
although certainly, in the knowledge of Ofsted, there are lots of green
shoots now finally, and sometimes these things do take 18 months
Teaching unions and the trust are expected to meet for further
Megan Paterson, BBC Look North, Whitehaven.
The Ken Loach film I Daniel Blake, shot largely on Tyneside,
has picked up five BAFTA nominations.
Ken Loach himself has been nominated for Director,
Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay
and Supporting Actress for Hayley Squires.
Time for a look at the weather now with Paul Mooney.
Paul, the big question, will we get snow?
There will be snow for some of us, but the drop in temperatures and
strength of wind is probably just as important. A weather front crossing
the region tonight, that will bring some rain. As that clears way, it
leaves behind clear spells and some blustery showers. Very gusty wind.
As the winds down from Weston North West, we could see gusts of around
60 mph, blowing right across what of the main roads, very blustery
conditions on trans-Pennine routes. If you're out tomorrow morning
especially, some difficult travelling conditions with those
very gusty winds. It will only very slowly and slightly ease as we had
through the days. Sunny intervals and scattered showers, passing
through quickly, some of those will start to turn wintry over the high
ground as the day draws on. At lower levels, temperatures peaking around
seven Celsius. You can see the wind is still very gusty, even by the end
of the day. The wind stays strong as we had through tomorrow night. And
into Thursday as well. North-westerly. Then by Freddie, a
strict northerly coming down from the Arctic. There will be variations
on where the risk of any snow showers will fall over the next few
days, there are a couple of Mac office warnings for Cumbria on
Thursday and for Cumbria and the North East on Friday. So Thursday
will have a bottle showers, turn increasingly wintry, perhaps
settling down in lower levels, still a very cold wind as well. Friday
will see the wood tree showers becoming more confined to eastern
areas. I will leave you of the week, and to start the
weekend as well. For more on that snow situation, over to Jay Wynne
now. Quite a lot going on over the next
few days. The strong north-westerly wind will drag some really cold
Arctic air across our shores full stop that will be with us for the
next few days. And there will be some wintry weather and it will be a
cold end to the week. In the short-term, the strong winds pushing
the rain away from Scotland. The winds really picking up in the north
and west with frequent showers following into Scotland and Northern
Ireland, some of them wintry over the higher ground. It will be
particularly cold in the wind, which will be a key feature of things
tomorrow. Travel disruption is certainly possible across the
northern half of the UK, with winds up to