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Police concern for missing Blyth woman

Jacqueline Davis failed to return home from work on Friday Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police have appealed for information about a missing woman from Blyth.

Jacqueline Davis, 43, was reported missing on Friday, 27th February, after she failed to return home from work in the Newburn area.

Ms Davis is described as white, 5ft tall, and of slim build with long, blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a dark coloured knee length skirt.

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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.

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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

£1.2m funding to preserve Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle. Credit: National Trust

Government funding of £1.2m has been secured to preserve Lindisfartne Castle for future generations.

The castle, on Holy Island, is deteriorating due to its exposure to salt, wind and sea.

The exposed location of the castle on the Northumberland coastline puts the fabric of the building under constant pressure from the elements.

As a result the building suffers from penetrating damp which in some areas puts the Castles contents at risk. There are also many leaking historic windows.

Lindisfarne Castle is a popular tourist destination, with nearly 100,000 visitors each year. Built in around 1550, it now has Grade 1 Listed status.

The National Trust is delighted to secure funding towards the future of Lindisfarne Castle. Northumberland welcomes nearly 9 million visitors each year, who contribute over £700 million to the local economy, so this investment in one of the region’s most iconic attractions is greatly welcomed. The Castle suffers because of its exposed coastal location. This project to enhance the Castle will ensure the long term stability and future of this iconic landmark that is loved by so many people. The funding is great news for Northumberland, for tourism, for heritage and for Holy Island and we are grateful of the support offered.”

– Simon Lee, general manager for the National Trust on the Northumberland Coast

Work will begin this summer to trial conservation techniques for the castle, with a view to project work beginning in 2017.

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