ITV News at Tyne Tees and Border has once again joined forces with the Daily Mirror to find the individual you think deserves to be crowned our Local Hero 2013.
A very visual reminder of the awards passed through the region today - the Pride of Britain bus.
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New law will protect the dignity of both men and women, the Government says.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has survived a vote of no confidence, amid claims his credibility will "never recover" .
Mark Smith has confessed to killing 38-year-old Jillian Grant, whose body was discovered in North Shields on December 25 last year.