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ITV Tyne Tees: Best News Programme

Ian Payne, Pam Royle and Ross Hutchinson pick up the awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

ITV Tyne Tees has been named Best News Programme by the North East Royal Television Society.

Tyne Tees picked up the award, at the regional RTS ceremony last night, for its Tour de France Special programme.

Presenter Pam Royle was also named Presenter of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

Sunday - Blustery start to March

Some sunshine in the mix to start the new month. Welcome to March and the Met Office Spring! Credit: TRACEY LAING

A chilly morning with gales and frequent showers over the Pennines.

Fewer showers further east with more in the way of brighter intervals.

Winds easing slightly by dusk, but dragging in colder air.

Afternoon highs 5-7°C

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Police search for rogue traders

Police are appealing for witnesses after rogue traders targeted an elderly resident in Gateshead.

The first incident happened on Thursday, February 26, when three men knocked on the door in Highfield, Birtley and offered to carry out roofing work. The resident agreed and money was handed over.

The men returned to the address the following day and claimed additional work was needed. The men encouraged the resident to hand over money, but the work was not carried out.

The first is described as a white man, aged 30, 5ft 10" tall of large build and with brown hair. He was wearing a navy baseball cap and had an Irish accent.

The second man is described as being in his 30's, 6ft tall with short dark hair and with a Liverpool accent.

The third is described as being in his 20's with short red hair, freckles of a slim build and a Liverpool accent.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Pam Royle

Pam Royle

Pam Royle, the face of ITV Tyne Tees for more than 30 years, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

The annual Glass Slipper Awards honours the achievements of exceptional women in the North East.

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund provides specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East, and Pam Royle is a patron of the charity.

Two arrests over house fire on Tyneside

Police are investigating a fire at a house in North Tyneside, which left two people requiring hospital treatment.

It broke out at around 12.40am Friday in Horton Avenue, Shiremoor, North Tyneside.

Two people were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and have since been discharged.

Police say considerable damage was caused to the inside of the property and an outhouse.

It's believed the fire was started deliberately and police are treating the incident as arson.

A 45-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson and are in police custody.

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