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Judo sisters have high hopes for an Olympic future

The London Olympics saw Team GB achieve its best medals haul in over a century. Much of that success has been put down to athletes getting started from a very early age.

So after two sisters from Haltwhistle in Northumberland achieved some remarkable success, they are raising high hopes for future Olympics Games. Richard Wilson reports.

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Top cats nominated for hero pet awards

The finalists for the Cat of the Year Award have been announced, and two of the brave felines come from our region.

Alfie, from Hartlepool, has been nominated for the Best Friend Award for his constant companionship to owner Bethany Groom. Bethany has been forced to spend long periods at home as she lives with an autoimmune disease.

The second nominee is Charley, from Haltwhistle, who is in the running for a Hero Award after being put forward by her diabetic owner Susan Marsh-Armstrong. Charley ran for help when Susan collapsed in a hypoglycaemic attack that could have been fatal.

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