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Suspected drink-driver crashes car over barrier

North Yorkshire Police released this picture of a car balancing on a roadside safety barrier after crashing at a roundabout at junction 44 of the A1(M).

Below the wooden fence is a steep drop onto the motorway below.

Police released this picture of the car via Twitter Credit: N. Yorks Police Roads Policing Unit

The Roads Policing Unit also released a second picture of the scene showing how the car had come off the road.

The driver has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside breath test, according to police.

The crash happened on a roundabout near Bramham Credit: N. Yorks Police Road Policing Unit

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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.

East Coast trains back in private hands

Trains between London, the North East and Scotland return to private hands Credit: Martin Keene/PA

Trains on the East Coast Main Line are back in private control today, as services are taken over by a consortium involving Virgin Trains and Stagecoach.

The line, which links the North East with London and Edinburgh, was brought into public hands in November 2009. It has since been run by a company under the control of the Government.

From this morning, trains will operate under the name Virgin Trains East Coast. Services carrying the new livery will be unveiled tomorrow, Monday 2nd March.

The decision to re-privatise East Coast has been criticised by the rail union, the RMT, and some North East Labour MPs, who said the arrangement had been working well for passengers and taxpayers.

The eight year deal includes a promise of new trains, more services and extra seats.

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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Speeding penalty for Savage, but no red card

Robbie Savage was clocked at 99mph Credit: PA

Former Premier League footballer and TV pundit Robbie Savage has escaped a driving ban after being clocked at 99mph on the A1 in North Yorkshire.

He was driving his luxury hand-built Bentley Mulsanne, and told poloce that he was on his way back from an Alan Shearer charity bash on Tyneside, and was in a hurry to see his sons.

Northallerton magistrates handed Savage the maximum six penalty points for speeding. He was also ordered to pay a £600 fine, £85 court costs and a £60 surcharge.

Presiding Magistrate Graham Perrin said: "We have heard this chap was just 3mph over the ACPO guidelines where he would have got a £100 fine and a ticket.

"However, it is only 1mph away from us inviting Mr Savage into court for a possible disqualification."

The night before the offence, fellow pundit Alan Shearer had hosted a charity ball at the Hilton in Gateshead featuring a performance by Gary Barlow.

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.

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