All this week we have been celebrating the kindness and commitment of all the finalists for our ITV Local Hero award.
Dr Joseph Chandy, Eleanor Houliston, Beryl Winter and Alex Waters were among those nominated by you for making a real difference in their community.
A tough decision for our judging panel, which included Paralympic and World Championship swimming gold medallist Josef Craig, from South Shields.
ITV News Tyne Tees presenter, Pam Royle, broke the news to this year's winner.
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Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Houghton.
As inquiries into recent Billingham shootings continue, a man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage recklessly endangering life.
32-year-old Paul Foster was last seen leaving an address on Burbank Street in the town on Wednesday (August 16).