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Sunday Life scoops a fantastic four at the UK Regional Press Awards

Your favourite Sunday newspaper swept the board with reporter Patricia Devlin named the Reporter of the Year and winner of Scoop of the Year.

By Tony Allen

Published 15/05/2015

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen collects the Making a Difference award at the UK Regional Press Awards.
Sunday Life editor Martin Breen collects the Making a Difference award at the UK Regional Press Awards.
Sunday Life reporter Patricia Devlin collects the Scoop of the Year award at the UK Regional Press Awards in London.
Making a Difference: How Sunday Life lifted the lid on illegal puppy farms.
Scoop of the Year: Patricia Devlin's world exclusive interview with drug mule Michaella McCollum, locked up in a Peruvian jail.

You already knew it but now it's official, Sunday Life is the best regional newspaper in the country.

Northern Ireland's favourite Sunday read took a stunning four awards at the prestigious Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on Friday.

At the glittering gala ceremony in London Patricia Devlin was honoured with the Reporter of the Year award, beating dozens of top journalists from across the United Kingdom.

The judges said that: "She found brilliant stories that created compelling front pages, drove sales and gave readers a special reason to buy the newspaper.

"Patricia wrote with insight, character and humour and even persuaded her editor to send her to Peru in pursuit of a huge story.

“She boasted brave reporting on top of a courageous investment by her editor. It certainly paid off producing an astonishing exclusive. Many other reporters would have been extremely jealous that Devlin got there first.”

The result in full:

- Best Daily/Sunday newspaper over 25,000 circulation: Sunday Life

- Reporter of the Year: Patricia Devlin

- Scoop of the Year: Patricia Devlin

- Making a Difference: Patricia Devlin for her puppy farm campaign

Patricia's fearless reporting from Peru also earned her the Scoop of the Year award with her world exclusive interview with Dungannon drug mule Michaella McCollum, jailed in a south American prison, winning over the judges.

Our readers were also backing Patricia all the way as her hard hitting expose of the sick puppy farming industry took the public vote Making a Difference Award.

To cap it all off Sunday Life was named the best regional newspaper in the entire United Kingdom - circulation over 25,000.

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen said: “We are delighted to have enjoyed such success on a national level.

“To win four categories at these prestigious awards is a remarkable achievement for Patricia and rest of the team and testimony to the hard work they put in.

“I would also like to thank our readers and everyone who voted for us in the Making A Difference section.

“Patricia’s investigation into puppy farming showed real commitment and determination and it is satisfying to know that the public appreciated what she did.”

Read the award winning stories:

Michaella McCollum confesses: 'I took drugs in Ibiza'

Puppy farmer exposed: Tyrone woman sold sick and dying dogs to animal lovers across Northern Ireland

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