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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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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.

Two arrests over Valentine's Day stabbing

An altercation happened outside Casa Antonio restaurant in Benton. Credit: ITV News

Two people have been arrested in connection with an attack outside a Tyneside restaurant on Valentine's Day.

Police said a man, aged 20, was stabbed outside the Casa Antonio restaurant on Whitley Road in Benton, North Tyneside, between 7.30pm and 8.15pm on Saturday February 14.

Danielle Thompson, 34, of Dene House in Walker has been charged with affray and threats to kill and John Bell Saint, 35, also of Dene House in Walker has been charged with causing GBH with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Both appeared before magistrates this morning.

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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