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 23, 2007

A Better Future
EMPLOYER research carried out by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) shows that close to three quarters of recruiters think it is now vital for jobseekers to have at least two A-levels or a vocational equivalent before entering the workplace. ...
A Day in the Life:
Byline: NICK WHITTEN NEIL DAWSON, 39, is the director of project development and design at Meldrum Construction in Birtley. 8am: After grabbing a cup of coffee, I plan out my day, and look at what is pressing on our planning and design portfolio....
All's Well That Ends Well for Portrait; Drawing of Pitman Poet Is Donated to Shakespeare Trust
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE WAS the pitman who became one of England's finest poets. This is a rare portrait of John Skipsey, the miner from Percy Main, North Shields, who was chosen by some of the biggest names in literature to become the guardian...
Athletics: Mora Glee as Shaun Makes Up for Lost Time; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK SHAUN MORALEE'S enforced late start to the season is beginning to pay handsome dividends. The Durham City athlete's 2007 campaign was left in the starting blocks due to an injury received during the indoor season, but...
Athletics: TRACK SHORTS; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK GATESHEAD Harriers host their popular end-of-season Tartan Games track and field meeting on Saturday. The programme contains a full range of events for athletes of all ages. Entry details are available from club secretaries,...
Baltic to Welcome "Terrorist" Violence Is Focus of Display
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A CONTROVERSIAL artist is exhibiting skulls and burning cars at a Tyneside gallery. South African Kendell Geers has made a name for himself as an "aesthetic terrorist". The themes of fear, violence, danger and sex...
Boy Stabbed in the Back; 17-Year-Old in Hospital after Being Attacked in Street
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A BOY suffered a collapsed lung after being stabbed repeatedly in his back. The 17-year-old was found in an address at Sovereign Court, Newcastle, last night. He suffered five puncture wounds following an...
Builder's Sale Gurus
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter NEW homes builder Bellway has enhanced its North East regional office with two promotions to sales manager level from within the company. Tracy Jackson and Jan Pounder will work managing the national home-builder's...
Chart Star's on the Road; A Host of Newshows Have Been Announced forNewcastle's Journal Tyne Theatre. GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR THERE'S something for everyone in the new season at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle. A packed schedule is on the cards and a handful of new shows have just been announced. Leading the way is a gig by Newton Faulkner, who...
CHESS: By the Bishop
THINGS keep getting better for Charlie Storey. Not only did he achieve a nine round IM norm and won a Rapidplay at the British, but he has also been given two extra prizes. Malcolm Pein awarded Charlie the Battle Chess' award for the best fighting...
Cricket: Benk Not Hot on Mustard for England
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM captain Dale Benkenstein has poured cold water on the increasing clamour to fast-track Riversiders wicketkeeper/batsman Phil Mustard into the England setup, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Both players were key performers in...
Cricket: Moores Stays Cautious over Flintoff Return
ENGLAND coach Peter Moores has urged patience with Andrew Flintoff as the key all-rounder continues his international comeback in the NatWest Series against India. The 29-year-old Lancashire player made his first England appearance of the summer...
Cricket: Notts Take a Broader View on Ace Swoop
ENGLAND pace bowler Stuart Broad has agreed to leave Leicestershire and join Nottinghamshire - the county where his father Chris once plied his trade. Broad's future has been the subject of intense debate for much of the summer, and the 21-year-old...
Cricket: Summer Is Finished for Injured Harmy; Pace Ace Ruled out with Back Problem
ENGLAND paceman Steve Harmison could be sent abroad to get some bowling under his belt ahead of this winter's Tests. Harmison, 28, will miss the remainder of Durham's domestic action after a torn muscle in his back ruled him out for six to eight...
DVD Pirate Given Tag and Curfew; Man Caught Selling Fake Films at Car Boot Sale
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A DVD PIRATE who claimed he was too ill to work has been electronically tagged and slapped with a curfew. Despite receiving Incapacity Benefit for five years because of a back injury, Anthony Bartell, 34, was caught...
Dyer Given Brush-Off; Former Player's Image Removed from Club Store Window
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THIS is the last time Kieron Dyer will get stripped at St James' Park. But instead of pulling on a black and white shirt, the out-going midfielder's image was being wiped off the Magpies' club store wind o...
Firm Investing in a New HQ; Financial Company's Move Improves Its Road and Air Links
Byline: NICK WHITTEN BUSINESS partners Michael Carrick and Steven Johnson are investing pounds 250,000 in a new office move for their rapidly growing financial management firm. The bumper cash injection comes just five years after they took the...
Football: BRIT OF GOOD FOR-TOON; EXCLUSIVE Passport Wrangle Rules Geremi out of Japan Trip
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United skipper Geremi has missed out on an energy-sapping 12,000-mile trip to Japan - because he is becoming a British citizen. And the amiable Cameroon international hopes to feel the benefit...
Football: Determined Etuhu Is on a Mersey Mission
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DICKSON ETUHU is desperate to get the Wigan woes out of his system after admitting Sunderland's first defeat of the season has ruined his week. Sunderland turned in a poor performance at the JJB Stadium as they lost...
Football: Gateshead's Top Show Is Just Wright
Byline: JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD are joint top of the UniBond Premier Division after they beat bogey side Whitby Town 2-1 in front of a near-300 crowd at the International Stadium last night, (writes JEFF BOWRON) The Tynesiders are on six points...
Football: No Case for the Defence
STEVE McCLAREN has insisted England's defence must take collective responsibility for the horror goal which helped Germany on their way to a 2-1 friendly win at Wembley last night. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson appeared most at fault as he palmed Bernd...
Football: Owen Confident He's Close to His Best Again
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICHAEL OWEN today gave Newcastle United fans a massive boost ahead of their trip to Middlesbrough when he declared: "I'm getting sharper by the game." Owen may not have netted in the 2-1 defeat by Germany last night, but...
Football: Owen Goals Will Flow Again: Big Al; in Association with GNER Shearer Verdict as Toon Pair Lead Line for England for the First Time since He Paired Up with Les Ferdinand
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United and England hero Alan Shearer today hailed close pal Michael Owen - then insisted Toon fans will see the glut of goals they want from the pounds 17m man. Toon legend Shearer knows all about leading the line...
Football: Tayls Sets His Sights on the Senior Squad
Byline: LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR says he was still feeling sky high today despite his role as an unused sub in England's friendly defeat against the Germans at Wembley, (writes LEE RYDER). The Toon defender only got as far as the touchline as...
Football: Viduka's Return Could Hurt Boro; Toon Legend Bob Moncur Speaks to Lee Ryder about What Lies in Prospect When Newcastle Travel to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday for the Tyne-Tees Derby
Byline: BOB MONCUR Q Even though we are only three games into the season, how important is it for Newcastle to keep up the momentum at Boro? A Well, I think it is important for Newcastle and Big Sam not to lose this one. A draw would be good...
Formula One: Peace Breaks out in the Pits
IT WILL be business as usual this weekend as McLaren try to put the Hungary horrors firmly them, insists team boss Martin Whitmarsh. Lewis Hamilton's win in Budapest was the only saving grace from a turbulent time, which culminated in the young...
Galaxy of Sport Stars Aid Charity; Glittering Event at Riverside
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THEY have interviewed some of the world's most famous, but tiny TV stars Little Ant and Dec are set for their toughest challenge yet. Millions have been glued to their screens as the pint-sized presenters have...
Golf: Langer Ready to Tee off with His Son
BERNHARD LANGER is confident of maintaining family bragging rights when he returns to action in the KLM Open which gets under way in Zandvoort today. Langer was forced to pull out of the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship in Hamburg last month...
Good Golley We're Happy; PR Firms Recruits Pair with Drive to Help It Expand I Got My Job THANKS TO THE Evening Chronicle
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter THE Golley Slater PR consultancy has appointed two new junior account executives thanks to the Chronicle. Richard Hall and Jill Laverick join the Newcastle-based consultancy as it expands following...
Great-Great Gran Turns 109 Today; Oldest Resident Celebrates Milestone Birthday with Family
Byline: By HELEN RAE AT the grand old age of 109 Eunice Bowman was all smiles as she celebrated her milestone birthday today. Officially the region's oldest inhabitant the great-great gran is a testament to healthy living as she has never smoked,...
Hard Work Reaps Top Grades; HARDWORKING YOUNGSTERS TICK ALL THE BOXES WITH EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS ACROSS THE REGION
LAUREN Sawyers and Gary Bennett were among those to gain top marks at Whitley Bay High School. The pair said they had worked very hard for their results and hit out at any suggestion the exams were getting easier. Lauren, 16, of Redhouse Farm,...
He's a Market Leader
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter A LEADING manufacturer of health and beauty products in the North East has seen its chairman awarded fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). David Vickers of Rand Rocket was given...
Hockey: Vipers Tough Guy Czechs In
JUST days after confirming his retirement as a player, Mobilx Vipers' coach Rob Wilson has secured the signature of his final import defenceman. Giant Czech Petr Kratky will wear the yellow and black of the Tyneside club this season after spending...
Holiday Festival Fun and Dance; Revellers Set to Take to the Streets for Shows, Parades and Parties
Byline: By TOM MULLEN BONGO beats, barbecues and dancing will all feature in a weekend of Bank Holiday fun. Revellers will take to the streets for festivals, shows and street parties across the region. The Newcastle Mela, held in the city's...
HOOKED: Boat Fishing Is Too Dangerous; SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS BOAT angling has again been very difficult for North East rods over the last few days because of the rough sea conditions. Even when the boats have been able to get out, sport hasn't been good with the majority of fish caught...
HOOKED: Simply the Best! FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK THE 'best fishing ever' was the verdict at Northumbrian Water's Fontburn Reservoir this week after anglers fishing the popular North East reservoir averaged a fantastic 6.8 fish per visit. This is an excellent rod average...
How We Are Putting the Yobs to Flight; North East Leading Way in Helping Re-Offenders Stop
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA NOISY abusive youths, nuisance behaviour and parties raging until the early hours. While they might not be the most serious of crimes, they are ones which affect people's quality of life and are a thorn in the side of...
I Stole from Pensioners to Buy a Headstone for My Dead Son
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A GRIEVING mum has been spared jail after she stole money from two pensioners to buy a gravestone for her dead son. Joanne Morgan stole pounds 300 from the women in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, when she worked as a cleaner....
Letter: Your Shout - Rights Act Is Putting Villains First
Byline: JM WHY does it not surprise me that the murderer of Phillip Lawrence has been allowed to stay in this country under the Human Rights Act? Judges ruled against the Home Office demand that Learco Chindamo, pictured, who was convicted...
Life Imitates Art in New Play
Byline: by Billy Elliot PITMEN painters are about to take centre stage in a new play written by Billy Elliot's creator. Writer Lee Hall's latest work will be performed at Newcastle's new-look Live Theatre. After an ambitious pounds 5.3m redevelopment,...
Linking Up by Mobile
TEENAGERS need now go no further to access the latest training possibilities, job vacancies and advice as a new, on-the-move service is launched. Connexions Tyne and Wear, the support service for young people aged 13 to 19, has launched a new service...
Murderer Found Hanging in Cell; Man, 20, Was Jailed after Kicking Tramp to Death
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN PRISON chiefs have launched an investigation after a man who kicked a tramp to death was found hanging in his cell. Staff found Stephen Wright, 20, in his cell at Moorland prison, Don-caster, shortly after 5am on Tuesday....
Natalie Finds a Winning Formula
NATALIE ROE has been in athletics for 17 years and in that time has had moderate success. However, since testing the water on the Border Games series of handicap events the Morpeth sprinter has come into her own, and in the past seven days has tasted...
Nurse to Help World's Most Needy People; Gran Fulfils Dream of Volunteering in India
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY AS a child Shirley Hall dreamt of helping vulnerable people in some of the world's poorest countries. And now, at the age of 49, the nurse is finally ready to make her dream become a reality. Shirley, from Wallsend,...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I ABSOLUTELY love nicknames. I truly believe you can judge the tightness of a group of mates based on how elaborate the nicknames they have are. Take a set of people who have only just met and they will only refer to each other...
Pair Held after Boy Shot Dead; 11-Year-Old Gunned Down as He Played Football
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY TWO teenagers were being questioned by police today on suspicion of murdering an 11-year-old boy who was shot dead in a pub car park. The youths, aged 18 and 14, were arrested in connection with the shooting of Rhys Jones,...
Pilfering Postie
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON A CROOKED postman stole cash from birthday cards he was supposed to deliver. George Hopgood, of Crud-das Park, Newcastle hunted through packages at the Royal Mail's Newcastle Delivery Office looking for cash or goods...
Please Help Me to Play out; Girl's Fundraising Effort to Buy Motorised Wheelchair
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A GIRL with cerebral palsy is taking her future in her own hands and raising money for much-needed equipment. When Mollie Burns, now six, was just two her family raised more than pounds 3,000 to buy a soft playing surface...
Pupils on Track for Success; Training Courses and Education
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter ENTERPRISING students from two Northumberland schools are celebrating receiving a windfall from a funding pot. Firstly, a group of pupils from Hirst Park Middle School in Ashington are delighted to...
Quality Information, Advice and Guidance
In today's rapidly changing society where flexibility has become a keyword, more people than ever are having to make important decisions about learning and work. You may be looking at upgrading old skills, learning new ones or making a complete change...
Record Breakers Top of Their Class; Hardworking Youngsters Tick All the Boxes with Excellent Gcse Results across the Region
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR, GARETH DEIGHAN and MATT CASEY NORTH East teenagers have notched up another year of record GCSE results. Newcastle schools have seen their pass rate of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades improve for the seventh...
Record Breakers Top of Their Class; Hardworking Youngsters Tick All the Boxes with Excellent Gcse Results across the Region
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR, GARETH DEIGHAN and MATT CASEY TEENAGERS in the North East are top of the class. Schools threw open their doors today for thousands of anxious students to pick up their GCSE results. But cries of excitement could soon...
Rugby Union: Blaydon Looking Forward to Tough Task Ahead
NEARING full strength for Saturday's round-robin tournament, Blaydon are ready to step up pre-season preparations. After a weakened side struggled at Currie last weekend, the National Two debutants now host Edinburgh's Stewart's Melville RFC and...
Rugby Union: Fresh Falcons out to Impress
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN FLETCHER will run the rule over a strong Falcons Development side on Saturday, watching closely for anyone staking a first XV claim. Richard Metcalf's side face Wharfedale at Tynedale Park (3pm), with the match having...
Rugby Union: Thunder Chief in Warning to Fans
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL GATESHEAD Thunder fans have two choices - support their team or lose it forever. That is the bullish view of CEO Steven Garside, who is fighting to keep the club alive off the pitch and is desperate for the fans to show...
Second Shops Battle Looms; Developer Has Designs on Centre Again Following Knock-Back
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A BATTLE is looming after developers unveiled new plans to extend a shopping centre in a residential area suffering major traffic problems. The owners of Kingston Park Centre in Newcastle say they want...
Set to Kick off Toon Heroes Cards; Countdown to Launch of Collection Chronicle TOON HEROES A NEW BREED
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THE countdown to the launch of our Toon Heroes continues. Big Sam and his black and white army kicked off their St James' Park campaign last weekend against Aston Villa to a rapturous reception from the Geordie faithful....
Shipyard Is Hit by Blaze; Nightshift Workers Escape Injury
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A MULTI-MILLION pound crane was destroyed in a shipyard fire today. The blaze broke out at A&P Tyne, on Waggonway Road, in Hebburn, at 12.40am. The emergency services were called after a member of the public in...
Showing She Has Uploads of Skill
DATAWRIGHT marketing manager Melissa young has Microsoft licensing sales expert accreditation under her belt only two months after joining the Washington company. She is one of only a handful of people in the region to reach this level of competency...
Soap Stars Speak Up for Skills; Young Actors Underline the Importance of Qualifications
WE'RE told everyone needs a minimum set of qualifications to get on in life, such as at least five good GCSEs or the vocational equivalent. But almost half of 16-year-olds are not expected to meet this mark today when results are released. To...
Study Won't Mean Debts; Higher National Diplomas Present a Viable Option
FOR those who want to study, work towards a career and not end up in debt at the same time, Btec Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) may provide the answer. Ian Fleming, the higher education manager for exam board Edexcel, explains what they are and...
Symphony Inspired by North East; Musical Memories of Region
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN EXPAT part-time composer David Straker has turned his memories to music in a four-part symphony about the region. Mr Straker has lived in Seal Beach, California, for almost 20 years but says he has never forgotten the...
The Man Who Forget He Had Pounds 60,000
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A BENEFIT cheat claimed to have forgotten he had more than pounds 60,000 stashed in secret bank accounts. Graham Illingworth told Gateshead magistrates he suffered from ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, which had affected...
The Rise of the Super-Fan; It Might Be a Band, a TV Programme or a Celeb, but Most of Us Are Fans of Something. Here MITYA UNDERWOOD Meets Two Men Who Have Both Taken Their Fan Status to Another Level by Setting Up Their Own Clubs
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD WHEN Alan Taylor isn't working as a lead technician for a tyre company, he is indulging in his favourite hobby - Mungo Jerry. The dad-of-two, from Fen-ham, Newcastle, is the man at the top of the Mungo Jerry fan club tree....
"Thinking about the Future Is Great. ...Doing Something to Change It Is Better." Welcome to Northumbria University's Part-Time Courses Supplement Northumbria UNIVERSITY Great Learning Great Experience Great Future
We all think about the future all of the time - things both big and small from what to have eat tonight to where do I want to be in five years. If you don't like what's in the fridge the future is easy to change - you just need to pick something up...
TO ALL from the Generator Department
TO ALL from the generator department, C & A, Parsons (now Siemens). Our old friend Norman Cochrane is coming over in September from Canada and will be at the Station Hotel, Killingworth, on Monday, September 19, at 1pm to see old friends. Thanking...
Vent Your Spleen
I'D JUST like to say something about the saga about pensioners who obviously put in a lot to society to get to the stage they are at in life now to get something back out of society. I am still at work, aged 62, and every day I see young, fit people...
Viduka's Return Could Hurt Boro; Toon Legend Bob Moncur Speaks to Lee Ryder about What Lies in Prospect When Newcastle Travel to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday for the Tyne-Tees Derby
Byline: BOB MONCUR Even though we are only three games into the season, how important is it for Newcastle to keep up the momentum at Boro? Well, I think it is important for Newcastle and Big Sam not to lose this one. A draw would be good but...
WALLS OF SHAME; New Wave of Graffiti Attacks Prompts Police to Appeal to Parents for Help
Byline: By KERRY WOOD THIS is the gallery of shame left by vandals in a wave of spray paint attacks. Police are urging people to speak up and put a stop to the tags and offensive language being scrawled across homes, windows and fences. In...
Welcome for Queen of the Sea; Red Carpet and Fireworks on Tyne
Byline: By REBECCA MOLYNEUX FIREWORKS, music and a virtual red carpet will create a welcome fit for a Queen when the QE2 docks in the Tyne next month. The river will be transformed by the three-phase celebrations that begin with a pyrotechnic...
What a Load of Rubbish; Travellers Left Almost Three Tonnes of Waste at Car Park
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON TRAVELLERS who camped in a seaside town car park left almost three tonnes of rubbish in their wake. A group staying in caravans left Briardene car park on The Links in Whitley Bay on Monday afternoon under threat of ejection...