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 14, 2007

8,000 New NHS Dental Slots as Practice Grows; Pounds 1m Expansion Makes Surgery Second Largest in Country
Byline: By JANE PICKEN THOUSANDS more patients in the North East will be offered NHS discounted dental care, thanks to a pounds 1m surgery expansion. Dean Road Dental Practice, in South Shields, is now believed to be the second largest dental...
A Grand Day out for Pals; Old School Friends Meet Up Again after 57 Years
Byline: By LIZ WALKER CLASSMATES relived their schooldays when they met up after half a century. The class of 1945 could not return to their former alma mater, Blaydon Grammar School, as the school was closed in 1998 and the stone buildings demolished....
Asbestos Site to Fall at Last; Houses, Shops and Offices Will Be Built
Byline: By MATT CASEY AN INDUSTRIAL eyesore which has been at the centre of deadly dust contamination is finally coming down. Work on demolishing the derelict Cape Insulation factory in Washington, clear the site of asbestos contamination and...
Bar My Offer; Cut-Price Booze Promotions Condemned as Dangerous
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter BAR wars has sparked cheap drink promotions and pounds 10 all-you-can-down offers. As pubs fight for custom, drinks are being sold for as little as 70p, while some bars are running pounds 10 all-you-can-drink...
Basketball: Fans Lure Smith Back to Eagles; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN CHARLES Smith has revealed that his special relationship with Newcastle Eagles fans was a pivotal factor behind his decision to return to Tyneside. The returning favourite, affectionately nicknamed "Prince" by supporters,...
Charity Is Put in the Frame; Royal Artist's Works to Be Auctioned for Churches
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HE started his working life at the Chronicle and went on to paint for Royalty. Now, James Alder's art is set to go under the hammer to benefit churches across the region. James, who died in June aged 86,...
Children and the Threat of Cyber Danger; Parents Want to Keep Their Children Safe but Often Forget That with the Popularity of Blogging and Chatrooms, Paedophiles Are Only One Click Away. NICOLA JUNCAR Reports How Families Will Soon Get Help
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR SENDING your child off to big school for the first time is an emotional milestone thousands of families will reach next month. It is a sign your little one is growing up, but while he or she may think they know what is best...
City Policies on Health Are Criticised; Council Given Two Stars out of Four by Inspectors
Byline: By ??? ??? Reporter COUNCIL bosses were urged to improve their performance today after independent inspectors highlighted weaknesses in tackling major problems around health, housing and the economy. A disappointing corporate assessment...
Congestion Tolls Ruled out for City; Council Leader Pledges Not to Introduce Charges
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A LONDON-STYLE congestion charge for drivers entering Newcastle was ruled out by the city council leader today. The pledge will please thousands of motorists and city centre businesses concerned that charges...
Coroner to Look at Lad's Fatal Fall; Family Prepare for Inquest into Building Site Death
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN AFTER more than a year of grieving, the family of tragic fall victim Adam Tiffin have been given a date for his inquest. The seven-year-old had been playing with friends on the roof of a flat near his estate in Glebe,...
Cricket: Durham Race to Establish a Lead
DURHAM were on course for a useful secondinnings lead today as they took control in their LV County Championship match against Surrey at the Riverside. Geoff Cook's side cleaned up the Surrey batting in double quick time this morning, and then openers...
Cricket: Mixed Fortunes in a Riverside Drama
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM hit back with the ball as 17 wickets fell on an eventful opening day of their LV County Championship match against Surrey at the Riverside, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Geoff Cook's side had a day of fluctuating fortunes as...
Cricket: Vaughan Is in Fighting Form after Series Loss
MICHAEL Vaughan has shrugged off losing an unbeaten home Test series run - and believes the development of his new-look England side can be accelerated by defeat to India. Yesterday's battling draw at Brit Oval, when England defiantly resisted India's...
Dampening Down the Firestarters; Campaign Sees a Reduction in Nuisance Blazes
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A TEAM set up to tackle nuisance fires is proving a runaway success, figures have today revealed. The campaign in Derwentside has seen a marked increase in the number of evening patrols by police and firefighters. Together...
Fare Hike Fury as New Firm Moves in; More Trains and Security Pledge, but Annual Increase in Fares
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter RAIL users face fare hikes after National Express clinched the deal to run trains from the North East. Train passengers face increases on the cheapest advanced fares to London of around 80p while standard...
FARMER LEFT IN COMA BY STAMPEDE; Man Mown Down by Cattle Herd Has Head Injury
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A FARMER mown down by his stampeding cattle was lying in a coma in hospital today. But friends and family are hopeful that Hilary Hutchinson, of Bellingham, Northumberland, will pull through despite his serious head injury....
Firebugs Team a Success; Patrols Have an Impact
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A TEAM set up to tackle nuisance fires is proving a runaway success, figures have today revealed. The campaign in Derwentside has seen a marked increase in the number of evening patrols by police and firefighters. Together...
Fishing: Chief Backs Farrell
SARACENS boss Alan Gaffney has hailed Andy Farrell's World Cup selection, claiming: "I know he will be a great asset to the England squad." Farrell, who is just four Tests into his international rugby union career, will be among a 30-man England...
Fishing: Fletcher's Sadness as Flood Returns to Falcons
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN FLETCHER welcomed Toby Flood back to Kingston Park with open arms - but wished he did not have to. The Newcastle Falcons director of rugby arrived at work to see Flood kicking goals in anger after being told he was...
Football: Greg Looking Hal Right for Sunderland Debut; Defender Set to Start as Cats Seek a Second Win
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER GREG HALFORD is set for his Sunderland debut at Birmingham tomorrow after recovering from injury. The pounds 2.5m summer signing from Reading missed out on the opening-day win over Spurs with a hamstring injury-but has...
Football: Joey Can't Wait / to Play Part in Toon Glory Bid; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOEY BARTON watched Newcastle United beat Bolton on Saturday and declared: "I cannot wait to be a part of this team." And Barton hopes to be part of United sooner rather than later after finally discarding...
Football: Moves: Better Leiqh-T Than Never
DAVID MOYES believes he will have pounds 6m new boy Leighton Baines ready for action in a week. The former Wigan full-back returned to training for the first time yesterday after sitting out Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener against his...
Football: Moyes: Better Leigh-T Than Never
DAVID MOYES believes he will have pounds 6m new boy Leighton Baines ready for action in a week. The former Wigan full-back returned to training for the first time yesterday after sitting out Saturday's Premier League opener against his former club...
Football: Owen's Eyeing Up Plus Points; United Striker Raring to Go after Injury
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICHAEL OWEN today revealed he can't wait to get back into action - and chasing Premier League points for United. Owen made his first appearance in a black-and-white shirt since the preseason clash at Hartlepool on July 17...
Football: Shola's Delight at Double Blast
Byline: By LEE RYDER Newcastle Blue Star 0 Newcastle Reserves 2 NEWCASTLE United hitman Shola Ameobi has revealed he feels like a new player with his hip injury nightmare now a thing of the past. Ameobi bagged a brace against newly-installed...
Football: Spartans Hoping to Gain Another Win
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans will bid to build on Saturday's opening-day win over Alfreton Town when they take on Gainsborough Trinity at the Northolme tonight, (writes JEFF BOWRON) The Lincolnshire outfit lost 3-0 at former Football League...
Football: Spurs Young Guns Jol-Ly Good!
TOTTENHAM boss Martin Jol believes youth could be the key to ensuring his side do not repeat last season's dismal start to the season. Jol's insistence that Spurs can crack the top four this season already looks uncertain given the manner of their...
Football: SUPER MARIO DEAL HITCH; Wrangle over Colombian Defender
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM Allardyce has hit a double snag in his bid to land Paris St Germain defender Mario Yepes. The United boss has identified Yepes - nicknamed Super Mario - as the additional defender he would like to...
Get Angling and Help Our Rivers; Sponsored by Environment Agency Contests Will Assess Stocks and Habitats
Byline: By AMY HUNT KEEN anglers can bag big prizes at two competitions this summer by helping assess fish stock levels. The Environment Agency is holding a competition on the river Wear as well as the annual Tyne Championships to give fishing...
Grandmother's 100 Full Years Are Celebrated; Centenarian's Son Flies in from Canada to Be at Her Birthday Party
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON CATHERINE Forster has joined the ranks of the North East's of centenarians. The former shop assistant from Gateshead has lived through the two world wars, man's first steps on the moon and the fall of Communism. But...
Great Show Full of Stars; Annual Variety Extravaganza to Be One of the Best
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A HOST of North East stars are gearing up for this year's Stars on a Sunday show. The Journal Tyne Theatre is once again playing host to the annual Sunshine Fund event, which this year promises to be one of the best...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Signing Is Very Good Storey
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers coach Rob Wilson today revealed his delight at signing a player of "top calibre." Wilson has added Ben Storey to his lineup as one of the star turns in the Canadian's proposed defensive rearguard. Thirty-year-old...
In the News
Byline: GRAHAM ROBSON DRIVING instructor Chris Goodband's years of teaching road awareness might be hitting The Wall, but his rock and roll career is on course for the darker side of the moon. The 45-year old Pink Floyd fanatic from Church Street,...
Let Me See My Old Pal Norman; Friend Fears He Will Not Meet Veteran Star Again
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THE best pal of honorary Geordie Sir Norman Wisdom is worried that he will never be allowed to see the comic legend again. The 92-year-old veteran funnyman has been close friends with Patrick Dickinson, of Fenham, Newcastle,...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Ashamed of Modern Society
I FELT I had to write to you after an incident which took place whilst I was cycling home at tea-time. I was going up a slip road and passing a parked car when a young woman driver coming up behind me angrily sounded her horn, implying that I had...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - VENT YOUR SPLEEN
"To think that this pensio without her pension for her pensioner had to do five weeks it's another disgrace REGARDING this pensioner, Miss Gray. To think she has had to do without her pension for five weeks. It's another disgrace when others...
National Alliance against Tolls; Councillors in Newcastle Are Being Asked for Their Views in the Road Pricing Argument. AMY HUNT Spoke to Two Local Campaigners to Find out What They Think about Congestion Charging
Byline: AMY HUNT AGAINST Stan Smith, North East representative for the National Alliance Against Tolls, who campaigned against charging to use the Tyne Tunnel. "CONGESTION charging is just another tax on cars and will not do any good. "There...
On Guard for Illegal Cigs; Customs' Stark Warning to Holiday Tobacco Smugglers
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HOLIDAY-makers have had more than 500,000 cigarettes seized from them in the last month. Scores of sun-seekers have been caught trying to sneak tobacco into the region to sell on the black market. Customs...
Porn Lies Hit School; Staff and Parents Horrified over False Allegations Made Online
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR A SCHOOL has fallen victim to an internet spoof claiming its website contains pornography. Gosforth High School in Newcastle has been targeted by the Net Authority site, which is believed to have been set up by a teenager...
Protest over Bar's Bid for Late Licence; Residents Fear Disturbance from Art Gallery Revellers
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Crime Reporter PLANS to serve alcohol until 1am in a cafe bar attached to a new art gallery in a Tyneside suburb have led to an outcry. More than 60 people supported by a local councillor are objecting to the proposal which...
Rescuers Haul Man from Tyne at 3am; Rescue Boat Is Launched
Byline: By HELEN RAE A MAN was lucky to be alive today after he was hauled from the Tyne by rescuers. The man, thought to be in his 50s, was spotted in the water opposite Spillers Wharf, Newcastle, just before 3am this morning. He said he...
Rugby League: Shock as Ace Rutherford Quits Thunder
Byline: JEFF BOWRON LONG-serving former captain Stephen Rutherford, who made over a century of appearances for Gateshead Thunder, has quit his local club following a dispute, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Only fellow local products Steven Bradley and...
Sat Nabbed; Police Sting Snares Thieves
Byline: By ADAM JUPP CAUGHT redhanded, these are the kiddie car crooks snared in an undercover probe. The youngsters were captured on film smashing into cars to steal satellite navigation systems. But the equipment they made off with had been...
SAVAGE; Angry Brute Smashed Puppy's Front Legs
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BRUTE Bradley Bell hurled his girlfriend's pet puppy into a radiator, smashing both of its front legs. The terrified pup, just weeks old, squealed in agony when police and an RSPCA inspector tried to help her. When...
She's Still My Belle of the Ball; Devoted Couple Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A CHANCE trip to the pub led to 60 years of married bliss for this happy couple. Tom and Belle Hewison of Sunniside, County Durham, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this month. It was February 1946 when Tom...
Spurs Young Guns Jol-Ly Good!
TOTTENHAM boss Martin Jol believes youth could be the key to ensuring his side do not repeat last season's dismal start to the season. Jol's insistence that Spurs can crack the top four this season already looks uncertain given the manner of their...
Tim Is Hit by Back Issue
TIM HENMAN revealed his back continues to trouble him after losing in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters yesterday. The former British No 1 was defeated by Argentinian Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4 3-6 6-3 - a second...
TRAGEDY STRIKES FAMILY AGAIN; EXCLUSIVE Murdered Girl's Uncle Killed in Smash
Byline: By HELEN RAE TEEN murder victim Samantha Madgin's family was rocked by a second tragedy today. The young mum's uncle has died in a road accident. Gary Madgin, 41, of Burn Avenue, Forest Hall, was killed in a crash last night. Mr...
We've Had Tragedy but as Soon as Eva Was Born My Fears Disappeared; Baby Joy for Couple Who Lost Three-Day-Old Son Two Years Ago
Byline: By HELEN RAE WHEN tiny Joseph McNally died from a bacterial infection, his family almost gave up hope of having a healthy baby. At just three days old, tragic Joseph lost his life to group B streptococcus. Up to 700 babies become ill...
Why You No Longer Need Perfect Looks to Become a Model; A Former North East Model Has Set Up a Modelling Agency Celebrating All Shapes, Sizes and Ages. LIZ LAMB Speaks to the Mother-of-Two, Who Is Keen to Sign Up the Ordinary as Well as the Extraordinary
Byline: LIZ LAMB WITH his grey hair and bald patch, granddad-of-two Bill Pickard might not be the image you conjure up of a male model But despite being 60 years old, the retired policeman has just signed to Bono Models, a new agency that is...
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...