Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 28, 2007

ALWAYS IN PAIN; Man Says Bosses Were Unsupportive over Headaches
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG BITTER Keith Lowe says his life has been devastated not once, but twice. He was diagnosed with a debilitating brain illness two years ago which has left him in near-constant pain. And he claims 18 months later he...
Amazing Surgeons Saved Our Baby
A BABY who nearly died from a devastating spine and lung infection has been saved by surgeons. Jam ie Davies was just six weeks old when he caught a cold before quickly developing pneumonia and septicaemia. But less than two-months later - and...
Angling: Bates Our X Factor: Fletch
JOHN Fletcher hopes Steve Bates can be the missing coaching link as Newcastle Falcons finalise preparations for the new Premiership season, (writes NICK PUREWAL). The Falcons travel to Glasgow on Friday night before the Development side take on...
Back to Roots for Golden Day; Former Councillor and Wife Return for Celebration
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A FORMER Tyneside councillor returned to the area he loves best to celebrate his golden wedding anniversary. When exiled Geordies Ronnie Campbell and his wife Kathy decided to have a knees-up to mark their special event,...
Boxing: Geordie Battler Dav Was the REAL Rocky; FACE TO FACE the 'Rags to Rags' Story of the Streetfighter Whose Heroics Took Him to Pinnacle Only to Have His World Title Dream KO'd
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SYLVESTER Stallone wasn't Rocky Balboa. John Davison was. Sly just dreamed up the story but Davison actually lived it. The kid from nowhere who became a somebody, a champ with flashing fists. An ace drinker and back street...
Boxing: Robbed as Rival Was Hit by HIV Virus
WHEN world champion Ruben Palacio was sensationally smuggled out of the country and back home to Colombia after testing positive for HIV, boxing's global village was stunned. HIV and AIDS were seen as a new plague, a potential epidemic of biblical...
Counting Up Stocks Is a Fishy Business; Sponsored by Environment Agency Anglers' Competition Proves Success for Everyone
Byline: By AMY HUNT MORE than 80 anglers braved wet and windy conditions to net a big catch and help survey fish stocks in the Tyne. The Tyne Championship, held on August 19, attracted fishing enthusiasts from all over the North East who, as...
Cricket: Breese Cool on Title Push
DURHAM moved into pole position in the Nat West Pro40 League Second Division with two games to play after they crushed derby rivals Yorkshire at the Riverside yesterday, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The Dynamos cruised to a nine-wicket win inside 16 overs...
Cricket: Colly in Tribute to 'Fearless' England
ENGLAND skipper Paul Collingwood toasted his side's newfound fearless attitude as India were downed by 42 runs at Edgbaston. Despite heading into the match without injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and losing Dimitri Mascarenhas to a jarred thumb...
Danger Drivers Caught on Film; Mobiles at the Wheel
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MORE danger drivers have been caught using phones behind the wheel. As killer texting motorist Rachel Begg launched a bid to slash her jail term, we today expose those still using mobiles while driving. ...
Elderly Dog Walker's Fall Ordeal; Woman Stuck Down Embankment for Eight Hours
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY and VINCE GLEDHILL A PENSIONER told today of her eight-hour ordeal after collapsing on a remote pathway. Unable to move, Dorothy Irving could do nothing but wait for help after she fell while out while walking her dog....
Elderly Woman Falls in Ravine; Major Search Finds for Dog Walker Safe
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL AN ELDERLY woman lay in a ravine for almost eight hours before searchers found her early today. Dorothy Irving, 82, had been walking her dog Broadie on a track near Hexham Golf Course when she became dizzy and fell....
Evil Lurks Behind Halloween Face Mask; No Remorse from Child Rapist Who Protests Innocence
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HIDDEN by a Halloween mask, this is convicted child rapist Robert King. The snap shows King sitting in a pal's lounge. Behind his outward demeanour, the 56-year-old was a predator, preying on his young, defenceless...
Families Gather to Search Roots; Show Venue Offers DNA Tests to Establish Emigrants' Links
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL FAMILY stories from both sides of the Atlantic were swapped when descendents of a group who emigrated more than 170 years ago returned to their Northumberland roots. Up to 170 people from Canada, America and Australia,...
Football: ALL CHANGE FOR CUP CLASH
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United will have a new look strike force of Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi for tomorrow's Carling Cup tie with Barnsley at St James' Park. And just for good measure United will have a new fullback...
Football: BIG SAM TO RING CHANGES; Strike Duo of Owen and Shola Defenders Set for First Start
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United will have a new-look strike force of Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi for tomorrow's Carling Cup-tie with Barnsley at St James' Park. And just for good measure, United will have a new fullback...
Football: Carver's out for Revenge; Sunderland Face Former United Coach at Luton with Some Injury Concerns for Boss
Byline: By LEE RYDER LUTON Town's Geordie coach John Carver has revealed that the Hatters have been plotting revenge in tonight's Carling Cup clash with Sunderland. The former Toon assistant manager - who helped Sir Bobby Robson deliver Champions...
Football: Consett Storm to the Top; ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE
CONSETT are the new leaders of the Arngrove Northern League First Division following a 2-0 victory over Tow Law Town at Belle Vue Park, (writes MALCOLM PRATT). Steven Brown fired in from 20 yards on the stroke of half-time and, just before the end,...
Football: Dunn Steps Up New Faces Search after Setback; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH Spartans crashed to their second Blue Square North 2-0 defeat in three days as Workington scored in each half at Borough Park. Former Penrith striker Michael Reed fired the Reds ahead after 31 minutes, and then Johnny Wright scored to give...
Football: Keane: Wear Down to the Bare Bones
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROY KEANE admits that the rough and tumble of the Premiership is already posing difficult questions of his Sunderland squad ahead of the potential banana-skin trip to Luton Town in the Carling Cup. Keane has both Dean Whitehead...
Football: Ronaldinho Will Stay, Say Barca
BARCELONA sporting director Txiki Begiristain remains "totally convinced" Ronaldinho will not leave for Chelsea or any other club as rumours persist they are keen to sign Blues target Daniel Alves from Sevilla. Begiristain shrugged off rumours Chelsea's...
Football: Skiper Is Secret of Charles' Success; Sam Hails Influence of Geremi on United Young Gun
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE has pinpointed the reason for Charles N'Zogbia's excellent start to the new season - Newcastle United captain Geremi. Geremi has stepped in as N'Zogbia's mentor - a role previously filled...
Green Teen Takes Battle National; Sponsored by Environment Agency
A TEENAGER from Newcastle has joined a national group to encourage young people to help tackle climate change. Nick Dowson, 16, is now part of the 20-strong steering committee of the C-Change Project, which aims to think of ways to mould the youngsters...
I Might Be Blind but I Can Still Help Others; Great-Grandmother Holds Fundraising Sale for Guide Dogs Charity
Byline: By LAURA CAROE THIS inspirational great-grandmother is donning her apron and clearing out her cupboards to help others. Nell Moore, a great-grandmother of nine and grandmother of nine, lost sight in her left eye recently. But instead...
Lad Won't Tyre of His Tricycle; Joy for Nine-Year-Old Who Struggled to Ride a Bike Sunshine Fund Enhancing the Lives of Disabled Children
Byline: By TOM MULEN LITTLE Billy Rooney has a new favourite toy, thanks to the Sunshine Fund. Billy, nine, now has a new source of fun and freedom in this special tricycle. The youngster, who has Down's syndrome and autistic spectrum disorder,...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Gateshead in 1904
I AM trying to contact anyone who knows of the family/descendants of John Little, aka Jack, who was born in Gateshead in 1904. He was the son of William Little and Mary Jane, nee Etherington, and had a brother William Baden Little born in 1900....
Lotto Cash for Green Corridor; Riverside Is All Set for a Pounds 500,000 Makeover
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A RUN-DOWN corner of Tyneside is set for a green makeover. Walker Riverside, in Newcastle's East End, will benefit from pounds 500,000 of Lotto cash, which will be used to create a green corridor. It...
Motor Racing: Revenge Is Sweet for the Diamonds
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE'S top trio of Christian Henry, Josef Franc and Carl Wilkinson took the chequered flag 11 times between them as the Diamonds avenged Sunday's mauling by Glasgow. The Diamonds won last night's Premier League match...
MY SNAP DECISION; Super-Slimmer Drops 10 Dress Sizes
Byline: By KERRY WOOD UNFLATTERING snaps spurred Janes Hodgson to become a super-slimmer and ditch the pounds to get hitched. She had always battled her weight, but seeing family photos while weighing in at 18st 11lb was the kick start she needed...
North Has Worst Alcohol Problem
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON THERE are more than 115,000 booze-related deaths in the North East every year. Shock figures today reveal the worrying scale of alcohol abuse in the region. An official report, seen by the Chronicle, reveals half a...
Pathway Tribute to Council Visionary; Track Named after Woman Who Fought Hard for It
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A COASTAL attraction has been named after the councillor who championed it in the face of angry opposition. Signs were unveiled at a ceremony to launch the Eve Black Coastal Walkway by the sister of the late Blyth Valley...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views after the 2-2 Tyne-Tees Derby Draw
GRAHAM BREWIS I NEVER really think of the Boro games as derby matches, and it looks like their fans take the same view, judging by so many empty seats. I thought we edged it, but probably a draw was a fair result. There were some good performances...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views Ahead of Tonight's League Cup Clash at Luton
GORDON MABON ON the face of it, a midweek trip to Luton doesn't sound the most appealing prospect. But it could be just what we need to restore some confidence after two straight Premier League defeats. I can't see a repeat of the same scoreline...
Removing My Stomach Has Saved My Life; Mum's Pioneering Pre-Cancer Op
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG IT WAS an agonising decision but it saved this mum's life. Just weeks after drastic surgery to remove her stomach, brave Donna Martin has made an incredible recovery. Donna was one of the first people in the country...
Rising Tide Traps Couple in Van; Pair Stranded on Flooded Causeway
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL TWO more people have ignored the dangers of high tide on Holy Island's causeway and become the latest statistic on a growing list of rescue missions. A man and a woman set out to cross from the island to the mainland...
Sam's Racing against Clock
Byline: ALAN OLIVER NEWCASTLE United held a "bonding" barbecue at their training ground yesterday - but it was Sam Allardyce's mobile phone which was sizzling, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The United manager's need for a right-back is now bordering...
The Nurses Were Amazing. We Laughed and We Cried Together; It Is One of the Largest Fundraising Events in the UK, and Last Year the World's Biggest Coffee Morning Raised More Than Pounds 6m to Help People with Cancer and Their Families. LIZ LAMB Finds out How Macmillan Cancer Support Helps Those in the North East
Byline: LIZ LAMB AS A SINGLE mother with a teenager to support, Maggie Bratton knew she would struggle to pay her mortgage while she was off sick. The 51-year-old personal assistant had been diagnosed with mouth cancer and needed to take a month...
The People Who Did This Have No Idea How They've Torn My World Apart; Daughter of Street Attack Victim Tells of Family's Devastation
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THE daughter of a loving father who died in a random street attack today spoke of her family's heartache. Popular club owner Billy Fellows, 51, was on his way home to his wife, Marian, and three teenage...
Three Charged with Murder of 'Gentle Giant' Victim's Family in Court to See Trio Accused
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A MAN and two teenagers have been remanded in custody accused of murdering a 23-year-old man with learning difficulties. Brent Martin died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday after being found with multiple injuries...
Turn in Killer, Urge Parents; Rhys' Mum and Dad Make a New Plea
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY RHYS Jones' family said they blame the parents of their son's killer and urged them to do the right thing by turning him in. Melanie and Stephen Jones, in their second heart-rending appeal for help to catch the person who...
United Racing against Clock
Byline: ALAN OLIVER NEWCASTLE United held a "bonding" barbecue at their training ground yesterday - but it was Sam Allardyce's mobile phone which was sizzling, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The United manager's need for a right-back is now bordering...
Vent Your Spleen
GLASS bus shelters and telephone kiosks. How long will it take for the so-called boffins to realise the need to reduce the amount of glass used in these shelters? Because they are at the mercy of vandals I would suggest using plastic coated aluminium...
Video of Attack Brings Thug to Justice; Knuckleduster Battering Filmed
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A THUG who had himself filmed as he beat up his cowering victim was caught when the sickening footage was spread around a Tyneside estate. Christopher Lowther had made sure a pal was capturing the preplanned onslaught,...
We All Won with the Chronicle
pounds 1,000 ROOM MAKEOVER A Cubby of Gateshead MUSEUMS POSTER MODEL A Leech, of Jarrow SNAP-HAPPY COMPETITION CRUISE WINNER D Smith of Chester-le-Street. SUNNY D BIKE COMPETITION L Cassidy, of Gosforth; C Wilbum, of South Shields; T Naples,...
WE'RE DRINKING OURSELVES TO DEATH; Bid to Change Party Image
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL leaders want Newcastle's "party city'' image ditched. They are worried that the city's boozy reputation is putting off families and older people, particularly at night. Newcastle was tagged "party...
Wheelchair Gift Is Icing on the Cake; Birthday Wish Comes True for Youngster Who Wants to Play
Byline: By HELEN RAE A YOUNG girl who has cerebral palsy could not have asked for a better birthday present when she was donated a motorised wheelchair. Last week, the Chronicle highlighted the plight of little Mollie Burns who was taking her...
WIN ONE OF FIVE PAIRS OF DESIGNER SUNGLASSES; Evening Chronicle Promotion Vision Express What Would You like to See
HELPING to keep you safe in the sun, your Chronicle and Vision Express are offering five lucky readers a pair of designer sunglasses worth up to pounds 200. For most of us sunscreen is a summer essential, but worryingly, many Brits don't pay as...
Witness Plea on Clubber Death; Test Results Awaited
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter MEDICAL evidence and more witnesses could help a police investigation into a man's death outside a strip club. Officers were due to talk to the victim's family on Tyneside today. But they need more...
Work Landed Us in a Hole; Leak Turns into Pond as Natural Water Spring Is Uncovered
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG ANGRY residents were stunned when a minor leak became a pond. Families in Wark-worth Street, in Leming-ton, Newcastle, watched as workmen turned up to mend the leak by digging a hole. They left an 8ft by 8ft void...
YOBS' Pounds 100k RAMPAGE; Two Coach Companies Targeted
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL RAMPAGING wreckers ran amok and caused more than pounds 100,000 of damage to a fleet of coaches on North Tyneside. The trail of destruction left a dozen coaches with broken windows and televisions, five cars damaged...