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ITV News correspondent wins Journalist of the Year

ITV News Tyne Tees and Border correspondent Kenny Toal has won Journalist of the Year at the RTS North East/Border Awards ceremony. This adds to his win earlier in the evening for Scoop of the Year.

Kenny won the Journalist of the Year award for a compilation of pieces on flooding in Morpeth, Darlington FC, and an investigation into Olympic security.

Read: Kenny's award winning story and watch his report.


  1. Kenny Toal

Police promised they will be reimbursed

The head of the security firm G4S has promised Northumbria Police the force will be completely reimbursed for covering a shortfall in security staff.

Officers had to step in after only a handful of G4S staff turned up for work at at hotel being used by Olympic football teams playing at St James' Park.

Now some officers have had their leave cancelled and are preparing to pick up the pieces of the Olympic security fiasco.


  1. Helen Pearson

Police drafted in after G4S shortages

Police officers have been called in to boost Olympic venue security in Newcastle, only days after troops were drafted in to fill gaps in London because of G4S staffing shortages. Newcastle will host Olympic football in just ten days.

Local officers from Northumbria Police have been called in to help the security firm G4S after only a fraction of its staff showed up to protect teams arriving in the North East at the weekend.

Northumbria Police to be repaid by G4S

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has told MPs that police forces will be reimbursed by the private security firm, G4S. They will receive money for any additional costs incurred by local services as a result of failings by G4S.

Theresa May was responding to the former Minister for the North East, Nick Brown. The Newcastle East MP told the House of Commons that, over the weekend, Northumbria Police had to step in to the breach after only 10 out of 58 G4S staff turned up on Tyneside to help secure Olympic sites.

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