North Yorkshire Police has apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile and one of his friends after concluding officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men when they were alive.
Drier and clearer conditions developing across the area, with a few blustery showers expected, these mainly over the Pennines.
Widespread frost developing, fairly early in sheltered areas. Winds increasing again, locally strong over high ground, after midnight. Minimum Temperature -1C.
Police have charged a man with a rape in Seaton Delaval.
A 31-year-old man from the Longbeton area of Newcastle has been charged with rape and is due to appear before magistrates tomorrow.
This follows reports that a woman was raped in Seaton Delaval on Sunday 15 September.
Workers at a Barbour warehouse in Gateshead today began a six-day strike.
The staff at the jacket-maker's factory, in South Shields, are not on strike. The action in Gateshead is over changes to working conditions. According to the Unite union, it comes after changes to the workers' contracts that mean they now have to work until 11pm without any longer receiving an unsocial hours payment.
Staff are striking from 7.30am to 1.30pm today, Friday 19 December, Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Monday 5 January and Tuesday 6 January.
Barbour have not yet commented on the strike.