Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 16, 2007

A Clear Road to Success; Scheme Helps Students Follow Their Dreams
EMOTIONS always run high on exam results day. While many students will be jumping for joy, others will be wondering what to do next if they didn't get the grades they were hoping for. The key thing to remember, however, is not to panic as all...
Action Team Set for Any Disaster; Terror, Floods or Plane Crash - the Experts Are Ready
Byline: By ROB PATTISON ATTACKS by terrorists, flu pandemics, planes falling from the sky, are all the stuff of Hollywood disaster movies. But looking out over the city from the top of the Civic Centre a dedicated team are planning how Newcastle...
AMAZING FIND IN A QUIET STREET; Million Pound Pot Farm Discovered in Suburban Semi-Detached
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter FROM lounge to loft, this home-grown cannabis factory had a potential to earn more than pounds 1m. The hash farm was discovered behind the door of a modest semi in Banbury Way, North Shields, and the Chronicle...
Angling: Nightshift Works for Local Rod Bill; FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK FISH have been moving up the River Tyne this week with a good run witnessed on early Monday morning on the main river. However, sport has been patchy with some anglers locating fish and others missing out. On NERAC Waters,...
Angling: Piers Away If You Pick Right Method; SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THIS week there have been fair quantities of mackerel, coalfish and the odd plaice from piers along our coast. A variety of methods have taken fish. For mackerel, spinners, float fishing, feathers and daylights. Coal fish...
Angling: Where the Fish Are and How to Catch 'Em
Byline: DAVID CARRICK AND SAM HARRIS BLACKTON RESERVOIR 57 anglers landed 219 trout with rainbows to 3lb 8oz and blues to 2lb 8oz weighed in. K James had the best catch for 171b. Hoppers, mini Orange lures, Heather Fly and Bibio were all good...
Athletics: Atlantic Crossing Is Swell
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK TAKING up a sports scholarship in America attracts more than its share of doubters. On the surface there are many advantages of going to the States and while there are many who support the idea there is an equal amount...
Athletics: In Brief - Tartan Games Track
JARROW and Hebburn have come up with a new event to take the place of their Riverside Challenge. On Monday, in association with Jarrow Brewery, the club will host the inaugural Robin Hood 10k commencing at 7.15pm which will be preceeded by a junior...
Athletics: Susan Bows out with a Real High
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK SINCE the turn of the century Susan Deacon has been Scotland's leading lady as far as sprinting is concerned, but after winning the Scottish 100 metres title for the fifth time has decided it's time to hang up her spikes....
A World of Opportunity; So Many Routes to a Great Career
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR IF YOU'RE picking up your A-level results today you might be thinking that to get on the career ladder your only option is university. But you'd be wrong. Here, Ian Ferguson, the Learning and Skill's Council's "exam doctor"...
Boss Is Quizzed on Theft Claim
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A COUNTY Durham former engineering executive has been arrested after an investigation found an alleged pounds 1.5m hole in his company accounts. Doug Brown, 59, of Chester-le-Street, was questioned over claims of theft...
Breakdown Blues for OAP; Expat's Three-Month Wait for French Garage to Fix His Car
Byline: By HELEN RAE A PENSIONER whose car broke down abroad is still without his motor - three months after putting it into a French garage. Fed-up Colin Jenkins had the journey from hell when he tried to drive home to Menorca in Spain after...
Bunk That's Actually Art; an Exhibition of Collages and Prints by an Artist Regarded as One of the Founders of the British Pop Art Movement Is on Show at Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery. JENNIFER BRADBURY Has the Details
Byline: JENNIFER BRADBURY BUNK! is a series of prints and collages, by the late artist Sir Eduardo Pao-lozzi, which are made mainly from magazines given to the artist by American ex-servicemen. They show Paolozzi's fascination with popular culture...
Catalogue of Complaints
ALLEGATIONS upheld by the General Medical Council against Dr Ghosh: While at Bondicar Dr Ghosh sought to form a close relationship with registered patients and practice clerk Samantha Hudspith by inviting her to meals, buying her a printer, taking...
CHESS: By the Bishop
Byline: Bishop WITH some dazzling, adventurous chess Newcastle's Charlie Storey enjoyed a remarkable British Championship to earn himself his first nine round International Master Norm. His round one win over a 2426 was featured last week, and...
Clearing Case Studies
SAM Shepherd went to Coquet High School, in Amble, Northumberland, and gained a B in A-Level English and a D in A- level history. The 19-year-old, from Widdrington Station, near Morpeth, had originally applied to study a BA in history at Northumbria,...
Councils to Stop Wheel Clamping; New Guidelines Shake Up Parking Rules
Byline: By DAVID HUGHES COUNCILS will be banned from using wheel clamps as a money-raising measure under new guidelines, it emerged today. As part of a shake-up of parking regulations, the Department for Transport guidance states that councils...
Cricket: Durham Must Be in with a Chance
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM ended another rain-affected day at the Riverside in a match-winning position against Surrey in the LV County Championship First Division, (writes JEFF BOWRON) An impressive second-innings display with the bat saw them...
Doctor of Disgrace in Surgery Shenanigans; Family GP Faces Yet Further Censure as Experts Hear of His Behaviour
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter FAMILY GP Dr Jayanti Ghosh was in disgrace today for a series of shameful surgery shenanigans. The GP was already rapped by the General Medical Council in 2002, but now, after a lengthy hearing, experts...
Doing a Grand Job to Save World. Eco-Friendly Elderly Show Youngsters How It's Done
Byline: By AMY HUNT GREEN grandparents are showing the youngsters how to save the planet. Residents at a sheltered housing complex in Newcastle have introduced a raft of eco-friendly measures. And their green efforts are helping to save energy...
Flight Delayed by Fire Scare; Smoke Forces Evacuation
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter SCORES of air passengers were removed from a plane early today after the captain spotted smoke in the cockpit. Drama struck the KLM flight to Amsterdam from Newcastle shortly after 6am. The Boeing 737 had...
Football: Ando Backs Fan Scheme
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOHN ANDERSON today backed Newcastle United fans in their bid to Bring Back the Noise to St James' Park. Ando - who will be meeting supporters and former team-mates on the eve of the home opener against Aston Villa at the...
Football: Goal Hero Michael Is a Real Happy Choppy!
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND goal hero Michael Chopra is happy to keep taking stick from his Geordie mates - as long as his scoring streak continues, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Black Cats frontman grabbed his second goal in as many games for...
Football: I'm Sho Up for the Cup This Year; United Striker Ameobi Targets Carling Cup Success
Byline: By LEE RYDER SHOLA AMEOBI today underlined Newcastle United's determination to make a real go of the Carling Cup - and hopes that his side can bag a "nice" tie in tonight's second round draw. With United failing to qualify for Europe,...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Last Night's Draw at Birmingham
GORDON MABON THIS was a cracking advert for Championship football with both teams scrapping away at each other with no real skills on display, bar our first equaliser. However, to come back twice shows we have a never-say-die attitude which,...
Football: Repeat Performance Should See off the Villa Challenge; MONCS' TACTICS BOARD
IN his new weekly column, United legend Bob Moncur looks ahead to this weekend's clash with Aston Villa to see where the game could be won and lost NEWCASTLE United can go into their first home match of the season with confidence high and in the...
Football: UNITED AWAIT DYER SWITCH; Hammers Expected to Rubber-Stamp Kieron Swoop
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United were finally hoping to complete the pounds 8m transfer of Kieron Dyer to West Ham today. But they were again left sweating with reports coming out of Lancashire that West Ham were ready...
Football: Wearmen Made of Stern-Er Stuff; Cats Fail to Purr - but Show Character to Twice Fight Back as Last-Gasp John Makes Crucial Point
Byline: James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS Birmingham City 2 Sunderland 2 ROY KEANE believes Sunderland's 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' performance against Birmingham was only to be expected. The Black Cats twice came from behind to earn a point...
Geared for Motorbike Menace; Police Team Up to Seize Illegal Cycles
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA OFF-road bikes have been seized from riders in a new crackdown by police. Officers in North Shields took action in response to calls from residents about the number of noisy motorbikes being ridden in the grounds of the...
Get Set to Hunt for Your Heroes; NUFC Collect Countdown TOON HEROES A NEW BREED
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THOUSANDS of fans clamoured to get their hands on their Toon Heroes back in 2002. The Chronicle had given fans the chance to collect their Toon heroes old and new, including players like Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne...
Golf: Jesper Is the Master Blaster
JESPER Parnevik will know exactly who to complain to if anything goes wrong in this week's Scandinavian Masters - and he might even get a sympathetic hearing. Parnevik is acting as tournament host this year in a bid to boost the event's profile,...
Hockey: Whitley Unveil Extra Team
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors will ice an extra team next season. This follows the decision of the English Ice Hockey Association to drop the age limit of junior players to 18, with the new Whitley side set to play in the English Cup....
Hounding out Drugs Threat; Sniffer Dog Dibley's the Latest Zero-Tolerance Weapon to Help Combat Substance Abuse in the Region's Workplaces
Byline: By KERRY WOOD SNIFFER dogs searched a young people's training centre in a new drugs-busting project. Bosses at Skills Training Ltd, Derwentside, had called for the checks as part of their zero-tolerance policy. Durham Police patrolled...
It's Easy to Find Designer Fashion
TOURISM Tyne & Wear has just published a comprehensive shopping guide for the North East. It points out the region is home to the largest shopping centre in Europe, and has a reputation for having some of the most accessible and varied shopping...
Jailbird Found Life in Jesus; Preacher to Issue Video
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A REFORMED self-confessed "raving lunatic" who swapped prison for preaching hopes his new video will help his message reach a wider audience. One-time Byker hardman Dougie March thought he was destined to live and die in...
Joy at School Exam Boon
DELIGHTED Chris Foxon today found out his four As were taking him to Oxford. Chris, 18, of Dumpling Hall, Lemington, Newcastle, arrived at Gosforth High School to find out he'd got straight As in English Literature, History, RE and Government and...
Keane Is Left Sweating on Edwards Injury
Byline: JAMES HUNTER CARLOS EDWARDS was set to undergo a scan today on the hamstring injury which saw him limp out of Sunderland's 1-1 draw at Birmingham City, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Trinidad and Tobago international pulled up six minutes...
METRO MISERS; Ticket Dodgers Pay the Price as Courts Hand out Cash Penalties TODAY the Chronicle Names and Shames People Who Have Appeared at Court after Dodging Metro Fares. All Failed to Pay the Standard Pounds 20 Penalty within 21 Days or Were Prosecuted for Repeat Offences
ARTHURS HILL Jan Cina, 25, of Avison Court, pounds 80; Abdel Zamine, 19, of Beaconsfield Street, pounds 80; Jing Zhok, 34, of Douglas Terrace, pounds 80. BACKWORTH Joseph Billings, 22, of Killingworth Avenue, pounds 170; Siobhan Ritchie, 20,...
Moments before the Death Smash
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A DRIVER accused of killing a pal in a horror smash admitted making a mistake in the lead-up to the crash. Karl Blackett died when the sports car driven by his friend Simon Larsen, careered into a lamp-post and tree. ...
Music and Dancing Can Go on; Neighbours Back Disabled Centre
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A CENTRE for disabled people which Alan Shearer helped fund has been given the go-ahead to lay on music and dancing-with safeguards for neighbours. City councillors decided to place conditions on the licence after some...
My Agony over Little Brother's Tragic End; Conwoman's Tears of Anguish
Byline: By LIZ WALKER CHEATING Emma Golightly broke down and wept as she heard how her only brother died when his heart suddenly stopped beating. Craig Golightly was just 19 when he collapsed at work in a Newcastle supermarket in front of colleagues....
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP THIS week I emerged from the footballing wilderness. After a nine month injury lay-off I dusted off my boots (more like indoor trainers) and took to the turf (more like wooden floor boards) once again. I used to be a half-decent...
Reunited
I AM arranging a reunion of former Birtley St Joseph's School class leavers from 1962, 1963 and 1964 on Saturday, November 3, at the St Joseph's Parish Centre in Birtley at 7pm. I have already informed 80 per cent of the former pupils but I still...
Rugby Union: Fletcher Ready to Plug Squad Gaps
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JAMES GRINDAL will spin the other side of the half-back coin on Sunday against Doncaster as Newcastle Falcons' pre-season preparations step up a gear. Scrum-half Grindal will sport the No 10 shirt in the first of director...
Rugby Union: New-Look Blaydon Set for Big Test
Byline: NICK PUREWAL BLAYDON have been preparing for life in National League Two with a summer signing spree, capturing eight new players for their toughest-ever season, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Director of rugby Nick Gandy has wasted little time...
Rules of Road There for Reason; Chronicle Reader Snaps Council Van Flouting Law
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A RED-faced council worker has been caught flouting parking rules she was employed to enforce. This North Tyneside Council van was parked in the wrong direction on a one-way street in North Shields. A Chronicle reader...
Samaritan Is Victim of Double Sex Attack; Two Men Lure Victim into Their Trap
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter TWO men lured a good samaritanSamaritan into a sex trap. More details of the terrifying assault emerged today as the 24-year-old woman was left traumatised. Detectives on Tyneside have stepped up inquiries...
Sea Scenes May Fetch Pounds 65,500; Tyneside Artist's Work Up for Auction
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN PAINTINGS of the North East's maritime past are expected to fetch thousands of pounds when they go under the hammer. A series of four oil paintings by Newcastle-born artist John Wilson Carmichael and an old-time cigarette...
SHE'S THE ONLY ONE; Baby Proving to Be a Medical Miracle Who Could Help Others
Byline: BBy ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter GENE samples from the parents of a sick baby may help others with the same illness. Georgina Whinham became the first child in the world to be born with both a rare heart and lung condition. And she was...
Signature Stood the Test of Time; Inscription Writer Tracked Down after Appeal
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN IT WAS a war-time clocktower mystery which has stood the test of time. Tradition dictated that those who ventured to the top of the tower, in Maesteg, South Wales, signed their name inside. Generally they'd be local...
Son's Tribute to His Father
A TEENAGE son paid tribute to the father he dubbed the 'best in the world'. Fourteen-year-old Gary Madgin's dad, also called Gary, died in a crash on Monday, just 12 days after his niece Samantha Mad-gin was knifed to death in a Wallsend street....
Still Think It's Clever? They Are All Fined; Rogue Drivers Hit in the Pocket and Licences Endorsed
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter FLICKING two fingers, driving with no hands and gazing at maps. These are just some of the motor menaces blighting our roads. But the danger drivers have now all been hit with three penalty points and fines...
Success Lined Up; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Sector1.net AND Fish4 PR Graduate Lands Dream Role at Agency
KIRSTY Dunn has her dream job working for the Jesmond-based creative agency Alkaline Creative Communications. The 22-year-old from Northumberland Park was able to find this fantastic job opportunity thanks to the Chronicle. Kirsty, who was an...
Summit on the Toon's Future; Minister for the North and Club Chairman in Talks
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN TOON chairman Chris Mort and Minister for the North East Nick Brown have met to discuss Newcastle United's importance to the region. Mr Mort called the meeting with the Tyneside MP to talk through the new regime's plans...
Top Cop Is in the Firing Line; Detective Helps International Effort in War-Torn Country
Byline: By MATT CASEY A TOP detective is fighting crime in a country torn apart by war, guns and gang culture. Det Insp Dave Scott, of Durham City CID, took up his new appointment less than a fortnight after receiving an invitation to work with...
Training Venture on Right Track; Range of Courses Available
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter A NEW chapter in the North East's economic resurgence has begun with the opening of a new Pitman Training Centre in Newcastle. Founded by husband and wife team, Jill and Dave Stevens, the centre will...
Trouble at Mill as Thieves Steal Cash; Store Was Raided
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A REMOTE, picturesque shop was targeted in a lunchtime raid. Staff at the Otterburn Mill tourist attraction in Northumberland found a safe had been cracked after being forced from a wall. Cash and a...
Vent Your Spleen
"When I was young, you travelled for coppers and the transport was always full." IT really makes me angry to think that when my daughter went with her children to the baths and she presented tokens from a healthy cereal, the local swimming baths...
WAGs You Don't Know What You're Missing! Sunderland's Manager Roy Keane Claims Footballers Are Steering Clear of the North East Because the Shops Aren't Good Enough for Their WAGs. MITYA UNDERWOOD Finds out More
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD ROY Keane's scathing attack on henpecked Premier League stars will come as no surprise to many football critics. For years, there has been widespread condemnation about the shallow-ness of those involved in The Beautiful...
WE'VE ALL DONE OUR LEVEL BEST; Teenagers Celebrate Another Year of A-Level Achievement as Exam Results Bring Joy to the North East's Schools
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter HUNDREDS of anxious teens were picking up their A-level grades today as schools and colleges across the North East reported another great year for results. Early indications show that, from across the...
WIN ONE OF FIVE KIDS' BIKES; Evening Chronicle Competition
YOUR Chronicle has five state-of-the-art children's bicycles to give away, to celebrate the launch of the new Sunny D Florida Original, which now has 12% less sugar. Sunny D has been asking kids and parents to nominate their top twelve experiences...
Yakubu Is Not Heading South
GARETH Southgate insists pounds 10m-rated striker Ayegbeni Yakubu remains an important part of his plans-at least while he is still a Middlesbrough player. Egyptian forward Mido was completing the formalities of a pounds 6.8m move from Spurs today...
YOU'RE BANNED; Tough Action Is Taken against Abusive Girl of 14
Byline: By KERRY WOOD THEY'RE meant to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice. But a foul-mouthed girl of 14 has been banned from part of her home town after a series of abusive outbursts which have turned the air blue. So bad is Shauna...
YOUR SPORTS CLUB COULD WIN Pounds 5,000! Evening Chronicle Competition
YOUR Chronicle has got together with Norwich Union to give one sports club in the region pounds 5,000 cash! Whether you're a member of a football team, bowls club, canoe club or any other type of sporting club in the North East, you could put your...