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A teenager has appeared in court
charged with the murder of a seven-year-old girl in York.
Katie Rough was found with fatal injuries
on a playing field on Monday and died later in hospital.
A 15-year-old girl was today remanded into secure accommodation,
and with possession of an offensive weapon.
The family of Katie Rough at court this morning.
The first sorrow filled duty of life without the seven-year-old.
Katie seemingly had so much of her life still ahead
She died here on Alness Drive, in the Woodthorpe area of York.
The court heard today that she'd suffered significant lacerations
Police investigations continued at the scene,
with a metal detector used to search nearby undergrowth.
Meanwhile, the pile of floral tributes grows.
Four miles from the scene, the teenage girl accused
of killing Katie appeared in court for the first time.
The accused, who is 15 years old, nodded to show that she understood
Members of Katie's family were also in court and some were visibly upset
The teenager is charged with murdering Katie Rough
on Alness Drive in York on Monday, and also
with possession of a weapon - namely a knife.
Outside Katie's School, the feeling remains one of shock.
One of my good friend is really friends her mum,
and she's taken it really hard, and so have her daughters,
Tributes were paid here in York, and also in the House of Commons.
I'm sure the whole house will join in
heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the tragic death
of seven-year-old Katie Rough in York earlier this week.
I also join the right honourable gentleman in expressing condolences
to the family and friends of little Katie, who died so tragically.
A fundraising page to support Katie's family has been set
She didn't know the family, but says she wanted to help.
It isn't just me. People all over are UK donating.
It's in the heads and hearts of so many people.
There's so much love for the family right now,
Katie's family weren't speaking today.
They already know the pain of what they've lost, but not why.
A clear-up is continuing tonight after 70mph winds
Thousands were left without power
and buildings were damaged by the gales.
Forecasters say more gales and snow are on the way.
The winds had been enough to keep people awake,
The cars parked beside the gable end were buried beneath the rubble.
We've been awake nearly all night with the wind.
With it being fenced, I can't get in to have a look and see
This happened at Pelton in County Durham.
In Newcastle city centre, there was disruption after damage
to a roof had scattered debris across a street,
And at their peak, the gusts had hit 75 mph.
In the control room at Northern Power Grid near Sunderland,
they battled to restore electricity to homes across the North.
Over the course of the day, the staff here have dealt with
more than 40,000 customers who have been without power.
Gradually they whittled that number down so they've now restored
all but more than a couple of thousand of them
Now the work goes on to make sure everybody else gets
We have to ramp up significantly for events like this.
We're well versed and well practised in terms of the impact
that the weather has on our power network across our region.
But, yes, extra resources deployed across the entire organisation.
And many people working outside of their primary roles to support
those customers getting back on supply.
On the west coast near Whitehaven, huge waves could be seen
And at County Durham, a sign of just how bad things have been.
A turbine unable to cope with the power of the wind.
And we'll have a full weather forecast with Paul shortly.
An American company that manufactures valves for
the oil and gas industry in Gateshead is threatening
to make 140 workers redundant, blaming the slump in the oil price.
NOV Mission Products on the Team Valley Trading Estate
made 180 redundancies in November and has now said it will cease
manufacturing altogether later this year,
putting a further 140 people out of work.
The father of Claudia Lawrence has won his battle to allow families
of people who have gone missing, to deal with their financial affairs
Claudia, who was 35 and was from York,
The bill was championed by Claudia's father, Peter.
Dubbed Claudia's Law, it was given the go-ahead
in Parliament today, without opposition.
We've just about got to the stage that we're at.
You've got to remember, it's 22 months ago that the government
committed to this bill, and it's taken a private member,
Kevin Hollinrake, one of our local MPs,
for Thirsk and Malton, to bring it forward himself.
And as we know, it's got government support now.
A Sunderland man is calling for smear tests to be made
available for the under-25s following the death of his sister.
Josh Cliff says Amber asked to be screened,
She was eventually diagnosed with cervical cancer
You have a normal Christmas, everything was really nice.
So happy, just laughing, making jokes.
You've either got to do something about it, or...
You've just got to sit and grieve,
Amber Cliff died just a few days ago.
which spread to her lungs and throat.
Her brother said she had had the symptoms for two years
But doctors had blamed it on other health issues.
She'd also requested a smera test to rule out cancer,
--smear test, but despite repeated visits to the doctor
she had been told she was too young.
Eventually private tests revealed she had a tumour.
Now her family are campaigning for smears to
The problem is, there are no guidelines.
The GPs who have said I would have given a smear test.
Unfortunately, her GP did not give her a smear test
We need a law right across the board so that if somebody
is coming in with certain symptoms they can have a smear test.
Public Health England said the reason why women under 25
aren't routinely screened is because changes in their bodies often give
false test results, and that can lead to procedures
Josh has started an online petition to get the subject
But he says the publicity around his campaign
has already made other women look to get screened.
The amount of people commenting on Facebook
They don't like the idea of going for one.
But that 30 seconds or however long it takes,
and stop your family going through this.
That's what I'm trying to get across,
Well, elsewhere, plans for a new ?10 million cancer centre
in North Yorkshire have gone on display.
It would mean that more people could be treated
at Northallerton's Friarage hospital, avoiding the journey
to Middlesbrough's James Cook for appointments.
The building would be named after Sir Robert Ogden,
who's jointly funding the project with Macmillan Cancer Care.
When you think of what you're going through, the psychological effects
of all the things, you've been in dull rooms,
waiting for results and waiting for scans
and things like that, to try to get a facility
that's got as much going as this has,
to make you feel a lot better about, you know...
It's not going to change what's happening
but it can make you feel a lot more positive.
We saw what the gales did last night.
Those disrupt their wings have eased slightly but there are still win,
ice and snow to add that the problems over the next couple of
days -- Bosz disruptive wins. We have a severe weather warning for
Cumbria and the North East for the risk of snow over the next few days.
There's a covering of snow in places. Especially across parts of
Cumbria, the uplands of Northumberland and County Durham.
Temperatures close to freezing leading to icy patches. Not as windy
as it was but still a brisk westerly. Sunshine and showers
tomorrow. Sleet and snow and amongst those bringing a further covering in
some places. But those showers become fewer and further between as
we head through the afternoon. Temperatures struggling up four
Celsius at the very best. And a brisk westerly wind feeling cold.
Starting tomorrow evening dry, then we have this area of cloud coming
from the north, possibly bringing further snow to parts of the
north-east and Yorkshire as we head through the night tomorrow night.
Temperatures again hovering round about just below freezing, so some
icy stretches to watch out for as we head Friday. The game, the odd sleet
or snow shower in eastern areas, things becoming a little bit milder
as we head into Sunday. I'll leave you with the
potentially leading us into a chilly start to the weekend. Time for the
national weather prospects if you are on the move.
Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,
numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel
plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be
windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers
with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some
wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night
for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I
see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher
ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further snow to take us into
tomorrow. It may