Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from August 22, 2007

Abuse Drove Mum to Stab Cruel Partner; Knife Victim Admits to Violence in Relationship
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A MUM who stabbed her partner was spared jail after he confessed his catalogue of abuse had driven her to the edge. Joanne Sutherland sank a 10-inch kitchen knife into Martin Urwin's chest during another drink-fuelled...
A Crushing Blow for Illegal Bikers; Police Blitz on Nuisance Scramblers
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS THEY were being used to tear around fields. Now these nuisance bikes have been reduced to twisted metal. Community safety chiefs launched an operation against anti-social bikers at the start of the summer holidays...
A Familiar Tale of Summer Washout; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST Weather Was Bad but Stripper Kept the Ladies Smiling
Byline: RAY MARSHALL WE seem to be under siege on the weather front these days. In the past few weeks floods have hit the country and in the North East we're enduring a really lousy summer. But things could be worse weather-wise. Rewind to...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG LABOUR MP Sharon Hodgson jumped to the region's defence after Sunderland manager Roy Keane's claim that some players are steering clear of the North East because the shops aren't good enough for their wives and girlfriends. Mrs...
Are You Counting Cost of Uniforms? Stores Are Enticing Families with Their Back-to-School Offers. but Are Parents Paying Too Much for Uniforms? Education Reporter NICOLA JUNCAR Reports
IT may only seem like yesterday you were buying your child a school uniform. But the chances are they will have grown three inches over the summer and scuffed the knees of the trousers beyond repair, making your trip to the shops an inevitable one....
Boating: Boat King Emery Full of Eastern Promise!
OARSOME Kieren Emery is the new golden boy of North East - and national - rowing. The 17-year-old from Denton Burn, Newcastle, struck gold for Great Britain with the men's coxless fours crew at the World Junior Championships. The squad claimed...
BOWLS: Excellent Progress!
BOWLS in the region is making excellent progress at grassroots level - as one north club can testify. Newcastle-based Benfield Community Bowling Club runs a School of Excellence aimed at encouraging children as young as eight to take up the sport....
Cabaret in the Garden
Byline: GORDON BARR CABARET comes to one of the region's top tourist attractions this weekend. A great line-up of comedy and entertainment is promised at Alnwick Garden on Friday, skillfully hosted by compere Mike Hancock, with a little bit of the...
Call for Jail Probe; Review Demanded after Inmate Stabbed
Byline: By MATT CASEY A CALL was made today for a Government review of prisons after violence among inmates at a North East jail. Colin Moses, leader of the Prison Officers Association (POA), said he wants Justice Secretary Jack Straw to hold...
Carnival Comes to Town
PICTURES: KATIE LEE THE streets of Alnwick will be alive with a carnival beat as Brazilian musicians and dancers showcase their talents in a grand parade this weekend. Internationally-acclaimed artists will be accompanying local students in a...
CD Reviews. Music
PARAMORE: HALLELUJAH Fronted by flame-haired vixen Hayley Williams, pop-punk quartet Paramore have gained a legion of loyal fans with their dynamic take on emo music, and their popularity is shooting up by the second, with a string of recent UK...
Chip Workers Hope for Deal; Factory Sale Talks May Save 800 Jobs
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter A MICROCHIP giant is in talks to sell its Tyneside plant giving 800 workers hope their jobs will be saved. The Atmel plant in Silverlink, North Tyneside, which employs around 800 people, is on the market...
CIA Blasted for Al Qaeda Blunder; Spy Boss Missed Chance to Beat Terrorists
CIA chiefs failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al Qaeda and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to September 11, the agency's own watchdog said in a scathing report. Completed...
Cricket: Benk Warns Glory Boys
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM captain Dale Benkenstein is confident his side can refocus following their record-breaking exploits at Lord's last weekend when they face a pivotal period in their NatWest Pro40 League campaign, (writes JEFF BOWRON). ...
Cricket: Champions Finish off in Style; LATEST REPORTS FROM THE REGION'S LEAGUE CRICKET SCENE Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League Junior Division
CHAMPIONS Blaydon rounded off their season with style with an impressive eight-wicket win over Shotley Bridge. It was the Shotley lads who made first use of the betting track to record 112-7. Philip Miller claimed 4-20 but Joseph Reynolds snapped...
Cricket: Colly's So Jolly after Victory
PAUL Collingwood has urged his new England line-up to use their stunning opening NatWest Series performance as a benchmark for the future. England's new one-day captain was delighted with his side's brilliant 104-run triumph over India under the...
Cricket: Low on a High after Victory; Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST EPPLETON'S David Lowther came agonisingly close to his maiden first-team century. Lowther led his team to a dramatic three-wicket victory over Hetton Lyons with a superb unbeaten 97 after it looked as though the Hetton outfit...
Cricket: Strugglers Vale Draw on Spirit in Drop Fight; LATEST REPORTS FROM THE REGION'S LEAGUE CRICKET SCENE Three Counties Northumberland League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL FIGHTING to the death to avoid relegation, Clara Vale's players can be forgiven for having mixed emotions about their rain-affected draw at the weekend. Champions to also-rans in a matter of months - the result of eight close-season...
Cricket: Superb North in a Final Flourish
Byline: JEFF BOWRON NORTHUMBERLAND will play Cheshire in the Minor Counties Championship play-off final - after they won the Eastern Division title for the time in their history after a final day of high drama, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Northumberland...
Cycling: Victor Kay Puts in Sam Ride!
THE Sam Walton Memorial Border Trophy Road Race is the oldest running race in the North East, dating from 1902. This year's event attracted a quality field of riders and was held over a 65-mile course around Bellingham in Northumberland. The field...
Cycling: Wet Conditions Sout the Latest Series Winner
RACE nineteen of the 2007 TLI North East Pursuit Series at Wallridge Cross was run in heavy rain, which meant only 29 hardy riders turned out to brave the conditions. With the small turnout setting off to tackle the four seven-mile laps as one group,...
Davy on the Mark to Clinch Trophy
A FABULOUS night of top-class darts was a fitting way to celebrate the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy grand finals night. The tournament's 16 top players fought it out for the new trophy, the pounds 1000 first prize and the title of the Mark Williams...
Dream of an Event; Young Reviewers
Byline: KELLY HUSCROFT A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Linden Hall Hotel, Northumberland THE Chapter House Theatre Company have already cancelled a number of performances due to the weather, but Linden Hall Hotel transformed one of its reception rooms...
Football: Alnwick Toon Tie Is One to Savour
ALNWICK Town are currently the early pacesetters, sitting top of the Northern Alliance, after picking maximum points from their first three games. Manager Mac Belisle could not have wished for a better start after dropping out the Northern League....
Football: David Has Ed for Heights
Byline: By LEE RYDER DAVID EDGAR wants to put his disappointing summer behind him by making his senior debut for Canada in Iceland tonight. The Toon defender burst on to the scene by scoring against Manchester United last season after making...
Football: Dunston Begin Bid for Backing in Bid to Step; AROUND THE GROUNDS PAUL DIXON'S NON-LEAGUE COLUMN
Byline: Paul Dixon IT'S been a busy few months at Federation Park the home of Dunston Federation Football Club. Bobby Scaife departed as manager in the summer after ten years in charge, being replaced by the young management team of Perry Briggs...
Football: Gateshead Boss Happy to Make It Same Again
Byline: JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie has had no hesitation in naming an unchanged side for tonight's UniBond Premier Division home opener against Whitby Town, (writes JEFF BOWRON) Bogie was delighted with the opening-day win over newly-promoted...
Football: Howey the Lad Says Old Boy Steve; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HOWEY is backing Steven Taylor to follow in his footsteps into the England team - and win more than the five caps he picked up as a Newcastle United defender. Of course, Jonathan Woodgate played...
Football: Hy Hy Hy
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT A BIG gate is expected when Newcastle Blue Star stage their first-ever game at Kingston Park tonight, (writes MALCOLM PRATT). After gaining admittance into the UniBond League Division One North at the end of last season...
Football: Hy Hy Hy Hy
CARLOS EDWARDS has spoken of his frustration at missing Sunderland's double-header against Liverpool and Manchester United through injury. The Black Cats winger is set to be out of action for a month with a hamstring injury he picked up towards...
Football: Leaders Find It Plain Sailing! Wearside League
ANNFIELD Plain made it three wins out of three and are joint top after inflicting a narrow defeat on newcomers East Durham United, one of five sides yet to gain a point. The Plain clinched victory with a first-half goal by Barry Lindoe. Thereafter...
Football: Penrith Are the Leaders of the Pack; Division One
PENRITH United are leading the First Division pack, with Wark and Murton in close attendance. Murton won 3-0 at home to Gosforth Bohemian Garnett thanks to a Paul Harbisher spot-kick, a second-half strike by Michael Walton plus an own goal. Early...
Football: STEVE Howey Is Backing; EXCLUSVE
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE Howey is backing Steven Taylor to follow in his footsteps into the England team - and win more than the five caps he picked up as a Newcastle United defender. Although Jonathan Woodgate played...
Football: TAYLOR: MY DEBT TO ACE BECKS; EXCLUSVE Toon Young Gun's Joy as He Savours Prospect of Senior England Debut
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer DAVID BECKHAM has taken Steven Taylor under his wing ahead of the Newcastle United defender's full international call-up in tonight's friendly with Germany at Wembley. And Beckham's successor as England...
Football: The Early Pace Set by Alnwick and Leam Lads; Wade Assoociates Northern Alliance League Premier Division
AFTER three games in the new campaign, only two Premier Division sides have not dropped a point and they are setting the early pace. Alnwick Town are just edging it against Gateshead Leam Rangers on the basis of goal difference. The Town had...
Give Us a Fighting Chance; It Has Been Revealed the UK Has Some of the Worst Cancer Survival Rates in Europe and This Has Been Partly Blamed on British Sufferers Being Diagnosed Too Late. MITYA UNDERWOOD Meets a Group of Women Calling for Changes to the System
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD KAREN Diamond was just 36 when she was diagnosed with a cancerous lump in her breast 14 years younger than the standard NHS screening age. Now 38, she is cancer-free but desperate to see the rules on breast screening changed....
GOODBYE SAMANTHA; Sad Day as Family and Friends Gather for the Funeral of 'A Beautiful Person Who Had a Zest for Life'
Byline: By HELEN RAE LOVED ones stood in tears as the pink coffin of stab victim Samantha Madgin was brought to church surrounded by flowers in her favourite colours. Hundreds gathered inside and outside St Bernadette's RC Church, in Wallsend,...
Ground Laid for Second Tunnel; Tests at Site of Crossing
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA GROUND tests are taking place to prepare the way for the second Tyne tunnel. Before detailed construction plans can be drawn up for the new tunnel, preferred bidder Bouygues Travaux Publics needs to find out exactly what...
Gun Shock for Victim of Car Cloning; Vehicle Implicated in Shooting
Byline: By LAURA CAROE STUNNED Iain Harris was quizzed over a shooting after his car was cloned by criminals. Mr Harris, of Heaton, realised his new car, a black Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch, had been cloned and was seen leaving a shooting at...
HAVING A FLING; UK's Oldest Judo Champ Still Gets Kick out of His Sport
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter AT 84, he's no karate kid. But while most pensioners are reaching for their pipe and slippers, John Hearn, known as Jack, is still hurling opponents around as Britain's oldest judo champ. He has been practising...
Horse Racing: A Paris Date Is Authorized
PARIS in October and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the next stop for Authorized after his brilliant victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. The Vodafone Derby hero's defeat at the hands of Notnowcato in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes...
How Clothes Prices Match Up
ALL prices of uniforms are "from..." and were taken from the store websites. The prices were correct at the time of printing and do not take into account discounts or special offers ASDA Two pack polo shirts - pounds 2 (Five pack - pounds 4.75);...
It's Hall to Play for as North Land Loui
TEAM Northumbria women's basketball team have made their first new signing for the forthcoming season. The new recruit is 6ft forward Ellen "Loui" Hall, from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Hall led her Division One team, averaging 14 points...
Letter: Your Shout - Invite Gordon to Your Kitchen
Byline: EMILIE TOURNIER I AM writing on behalf of the London-based TV production company Optomen Television, which produces series such as The Great British Menu, The F Word, and Mary Queen of Shops. We are currently working on a new series of...
Metro Cash Secured for Pounds 50m Revamp; Bosses Say First Phase of Work Will Be Finished by 2010
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor METRO passengers got a boost today after bosses revealed that cash for the first stage of the 20-year modernisation of the railway is now in place. It follows yesterday's announcement by Transport Minister...
Mighty Fine Skills on Show; Young Reviewers Young Reviewer CHRIS CONWAY Enjoyed Newcastle's Hip Hat Hooray International Busking Festival, as He Reports Here
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY PEOPLE of many different nationalities have no doubt walked down Northumberland Street, but seldom were so many in one location all working together. On Saturday, international circus, juggling and acrobatic acts gave the...
On the Crest of a Wave; Royal Honour and Palace Date for Dedicated Life Brigade Volunteers
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA UNSUNG heroes who risk their lives saving others have been given special recognition by the Queen. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, which started in 1864, has been awarded the Queen's Award For Voluntary Services...
Owen Boost for Club and Country
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER is happy to see Michael Owen back where he belongs - in action for both club and country. The Toon keeper is aware Newcastle United fans face a nervous evening watching Owen in action for England in the friendly...
Parking Charge Hypocrisy Claim
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A COUNCIL which provides free car parking for many staff and councillors was accused today of trying to clobber residents with higher charges. As revealed in yesterday's Chronicle, consultants are proposing...
Peep Behind the Curtains of Family Life; Young Reviewers
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY Meet the Zet Family, Little Jewel Peephole Cinema, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle MARTIN Zet, a Czech film-maker and installation artist and his family, chose Newcastle as the location to screen the latest offerings of his almost-documentary-style...
Pounds 8,000 Bill after Sat Navs Swiped; Boss Left out of Pocket after Thieves Break into Vans
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A BUSINESS ground to a halt after thieves stole pounds 5,000 worth of sat nav equipment. Barry Dent, who runs a leaflet distribution company in Gateshead, returned from a summer holiday in Madeira to find his five vans had...
Racist Yobs Hounding Me out of Home
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A SCOTSMAN says he is living in fear after a spate of racially-motivated attacks on his home. Scott Wright, 24, who lives in Hexham House, Walker, Newcastle, says he has had racist taunts daubed on his front door, cigarettes...
Rozy's United Approach to Czech Friendly
Byline: By LEE RYDER DAVID ROZENHAL wants to put Newcastle United first tonight by requesting to his national team coach Karel Bruckner to play just one half of the Czech Republic's friendly with Austria. Rozehnal will hope he is back in Vienna...
Rugby Union: Falcons Swoop to Conquer! Team Ends Irish Tour with a Win
NEWCASTLE Falcons Under-18s ended their tour of Ireland with a well-deserved 60-0 victory against Munster. Straight from the kick off Grant Beasley set the tone for the game with a huge tackle which resulted in early pressure from the Falcons and...
Snooker: Event Ranks among Best
NOW in its 25th year, one of the longest-running proams in the country, the North East Rankings, breaks off at 11.00 on Sunday at Gateshead Snooker Centre. This is the sixth event in this season's series of 12. With a total prize fund of pounds...
Snooker: Potting Starlet McHugh Is Just in the Most Supa Form; LATEST ON THE AREA'S SNOOKER SCENE
IN THE final of Saturday's Stanley Supa Snooker 16s and under ranking event, Walkergate's Paul McHugh registered his third win of the current series after outscoring Wallsend's Danny Fodden 3-0 in the final. Conceding a massive 42 points a frame...
THE Annual Reunion of Former Pupils and Teachers
THE annual reunion of former pupils and teachers of Jarrow Central School, which closed in 1975, takes place on Thursday, October 25, at Aln Street Masonic Hall, Hebburn. The lunchtime get together starts at noon and teachers and pupils from all years...
The Boss of Jazz; Music Another Big Name Has Been Announced for the Boss Sounds Festival on Tyneside This Year. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Exclusive Details
Byline: GORDON BARR REMEMBER the classic ditty My Boy Lollipop? It's one of the most recognisable songs from a golden era in music, and came courtesy of a man named Ernest Ranglin. Not that he sang it - that honour was bestowed to Millie - but...
The Pick of the Bunch of Used MPVs
AT CH RISTMAS they advertise Easter Eggs. At Easter you get the summer holiday offers. So as you pack for your summer holiday you won't be surprised to see "back to school" adverts everywhere. As a little chap, a new uniform and pencil case was...
They Told Me That If I'd Been There for 10 More Minutes I'd Have Died; Teenager Impaled on Bike Handlebar Tells of Ordeal
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A TEENAGER was impaled on the handlebars of his bike in a freak accident. Today, Patrick Bramley, 16, told how he was speared by the bike and severed an artery. He was saved by three passers-b y. The fall caused...
Thousands Will Get a New Life; Arthritis Sufferer Hails Drug Decision
Byline: By HELEN RAE AN ARTHRITIS suffer has welcomed the Government's move to offer patients with the crippling condition the right to free treatment with a "smart" drug. The decision to approve NHS cash for the drug MabThera has been hailed...
Vent Your Spleen
I'VE just been listening to a debate on the radio with David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, and he's actually stated that he's going to put taxes up on all things that cause pollution. He is going to use the money raised from this so-called...