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 October 22, 2008

Anyone Can Train to Be a Success; FORMER REFUGEE'S INSPIRING MESSAGE AT ACADEMY LAUNCH
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS HE FLED tyranny and found friendship and opportunity. Now, decades after arriving on Tyneside as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, George Loble is once again putting something back. The son of an affluent Jewish...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG AS THE US Presidential race heads for its climax, Labour and Liberal Democrats in Newcastle are backing Barack Obama. Both will be holding election-night parties on November 4 as the results come in. The Lib Dems will be at...
Appeals Fail to Catch Culprits; CO-OP ARSON ATTACK REMAINS A MYSTERY
Byline: By KERRY WOOD NO ONE has been caught more than four months after a petrol bomb attack ravaged an historic landmark. For over 100 years the Victorian former Cooperative premises in Stanley, County Durham, stood as the focal point in the...
Barton Will Not Lose Plot Again, Says United Boss; Black Cats Hitman in Frame for Return to First-Team Action, as Wayward Toon Midfielder Eyes Derby-Day Comeback
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR has hailed the "character" of Toon bad boy Joey Barton after the midfielder got through 80 minutes against Middlesbrough reserves at Billingham last night. And Kinnear has promised that Barton "won't lose the...
Battles . . . and Five Rotten Refereeing Decisions; It's Ref Justice
ASTON VILLA 4 NEWCASTLE 2 August 28, 2004 WITH the scores locked at 2-2 at Villa Park, Craig Bellamy tried to waltz past Thomas Sorensen, but the big Dane took out the fiery Welshman with what looked like a professional foul. Mike Riley...
BELTING SUCCESS; GB Call for Wear Judo Pair as North Tyne Club Celebrates a First
TWO of the region's young judoka have been selected to represent Britain at an international tournament in Belgium. Washington Judo Club's James Stephenson and Jade Hamilton will team up with the rest of the BJC squad on November 14 for the following...
Big but Far from Boastful; Lee Evans Is Arguably Britain's Most Popular Comedian. We Catch Up with Him as He Prepares to Return to Newcastle for a Record-Breaking Run
COMEDIAN Lee Evans returns to Newcastle on Saturday. It will be the second of three nights he is playing there as part of his latest jaunt around the country. On his last tour, Lee became a record-breaker. He entered The Guinness Book of Records...
City Enjoy Rich Pickings in Trophy Replay
DURHAM City's magnificent unbeaten start to the season continued when a second-half Steve Richardson goal gave them a 1-0 FA Trophy firstqualifying round win at Halesowen Town. The two sides had shared eight goals at the weekend, but the rematch...
Drunk Driver's Chase Leads to Jail and Ban; High-Speed Street Pursuit Put Others' Lives at Risk
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A DRUNK driver put lives on the line as he led police on a high-speed 20-minute chase. Gary Richards was almost three times over the booze limit when he left the Robin Hood pub in North Shields and got behind the wheel...
Firefighters Rescue Man from Blaze
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A MAN was rescued from his home after a blaze. Firefighters and paramedics were called to Sutherland Avenue in Fenham, Newcastle, at around 3.10pm yesterday, after the fire broke out in the lounge at the two-storey home....
Four Let off after Bungle
CHARGES against three men and a youth accused of affray were dropped because of a paperwork bungle. John Long, 35, of Cowpen Road, Gilbert Barton, 19, of Beaumont Street, Jamie Pugh, 18, of Trevelyan Avenue, and a 16-year-old, all of Blyth, were...
Fury at Secret Airport Deal; DISPUTE ABOUT Pounds 8.5M PAYMENTS TO BOSSES SETTLED OUT OF COURT
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A STORM erupted today over a secret deal to settle a dispute over huge bonus payments to two former airport bosses. A dramatic out-of-court settlement was reached just hours before a High Court case was...
Game, Set and Match to Bogie; Armstrong's Double Gives Gateshead Derby Honours
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON A SECOND-HALF double from top scorer Graeme Armstrong, the second an injury-time winner, gave Gateshead a 2-1 Setanta Shield derby win at Blyth Spartans. Armstrong's two close-range bullet headers were enough to earn Gateshead...
Gardner Giving Blyth the Blues; Football Pools Trust Kill/wth Mini League
BLYTH Rangers and Forest Hall Blues played out a terrific 2-2 draw in the Amberley Under-Nine Autumn League. The Blues took an early lead when Connor Gardner pounced in the box, only for Blyth to reply with two firsthalf goals from Nathan Foster...
Getting Tough on the Truants; Figures Showing How Many Pupils in Our Region Are Skipping School Have Been Released. Education Reporter NICOLA JUNCAR Reports on What Councils Are Doing to Get Students Back into the Classrooms
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR IN THE same week a North East mum failed to turn up to court for the 10th time to answer charges of allowing her son to skip school, Government truancy figures for the North East have been published. Linda Davison's failure...
Healthy Goal; Surgery Survivor's Footballing Dream
Byline: By CLAUDIA TANNER HE USED to have a hole in his heart, but now it's filled with dreams of becoming a Premier League star. Football-mad schoolboy Jordan Brock-bank had keyhole surgery earlier this year at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital....
Helping Robbie Battle Back to Health; Dad's Work Pals Raise Pounds 3,000 for Meningitis Survivor
Byline: By DAVID OLD A MENINGITIS survivor's dad got a big surprise when he returned to work yesterday. Wayne Jones had been off since August when his two-year-old son Robbie contracted the illness. But on his return he was given a pleasant...
I'm So Lucky to Be Alive; FARMER TRAMPLED BY COWS WANTS TO GET BACK TO WORK
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A FARMER who survived after he was mown down by a herd of cattle is looking forward to getting back to work. It has been more than a year since Hilary Hutchinson suffered horrific head injuries when he was trampled by...
Individual Honours Go to Victorious Dobey
GORDON DOBEY defeated Alan Davie to win the CIU Northumberland Individual Tournament hosted by Bedlington Station WMC. Top players represented their local CIU clubs in the event, with Dave Gradwell (Scotswood), Mark Towart (Seaton Terrace), Davie...
I WILL REPAY PEOPLE I'VE LET DOWN; 'I Want to Start Justifying My Fee' BARTON EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOEY BARTON today broke his silence on being released from jail and vowed to repay his transfer fee to Newcastle United. In his first interview since spending 74 days in Strange-ways for assault and affray, the 26-year-old...
I Wish I'd Met Her 15 Years Ago - Our Time Was Too Short. She Was Everything to Me; MAN'S TRIBUTE TO HIS WIFE OF JUST THREE WEEKS
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THEY were to have just weeks together as husband and wife before tragedy robbed them of their happiness. Despite being doomed by cancer, courageous Helen Boon, 32, was determined to walk down the aisle. And just three...
Joey: I Will Never Forget KK's Loyalty; Black Cats Hitman in Frame for Return to First-Team Action, as Wayward Toon Midfielder Eyes Derby-Day Comeback
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOEY BARTON has paid tribute to departed Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan for sticking by him during his darkest hours. It is understood that United were prepared to offload the troubled star on transfer deadline day to...
Jones Set to Stake Claim; Black Cats Hitman in Frame for Return to First-Team Action, as Wayward Toon Midfielder Eyes Derby-Day Comeback 3 Days to the Derby
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER KENWYNE JONES could make a late bid for a place in this weekend's Wear-Tyne derby as he prepares to make his long-awaited comeback in the reserves tonight. The powerful striker has been out of action for four months after...
Last Stand for the Lego Men; Council in Talks over Artwork's Future
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor ONE of the region's most controversial artworks may finally be removed after years of dithering. Council leaders are considering getting rid of the sculpture at Newcastle's Haymarket, nicknamed the Lego...
Medical Records Go Missing, Are Lost or Misplaced
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON PRIVATE medical records blunders has seen patients put at potential risk, a probe reveals today. Cases of mislaid doctors' notes, lost patient files, and child protection reports going missing have been recorded over...
Medical Records Go Missing, Are Lost or Misplaced
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON PRIVATE medical records blunders have seen patients put at potential risk, a probe reveals today. Cases of mislaid doctors' notes, lost patient files, and child protection reports going missing have been recorded over...
Modern Jobs for Famed Shipyard; Area Could Thrive Again
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY HUNDREDS of jobs could be created on the banks of the Tyne in a scheme to breathe new life into former shipyards. The area around the famous Swan Hunter yard would be swarming with workers in its heyday. But a decline...
More Rush-Hour Delays Hit Metro; FAULTY CABLING CAUSES SECOND DAY OF PROBLEMS FOR COMMUTERS
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY METRO passengers today faced delays for the second morning in a row. Problems with cabling in the Gateshead Stadium area caused disruption throughout the system, with hold-ups of around 30 minutes at some stations. ...
Murray Earns GB Call-Up for Trip to Japan
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK FREYA MURRAY'S impressive performance in last weekend's National Road Relay Championships has quickly been rewarded. She is included in the Norwich Union GB and Northern Ireland team announced today for the Chiba International...
Not Bad for Starters; North Squad Begins League Season in Style with Win
NORHUMBERLAND'S first team got their Victor Sports ICC campaign off to a flying start with a resounding 12-3 victory over visitors Lancashire Seconds at Newcastle's Benfield Centre. North's thirds also secured a three-point success with a 10-5 victory...
Owls on Form to Thwart Eagles
NEWCASTLE Eagles wheelchair team began their Super League season with a trip to the North West to play one of the League favourites, Oldham Owls. From the opening exchanges it was clear that Owls intended to make sure there was not going to be any...
Petrol Price Cuts Fuel Car Price Hikes; MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE Gives Advice on Buying a Budget Family Car, Posing the Question Is Petrol Becoming More Economical Than Diesel Now Fuel Price Are Falling?
SUPERMARKETS started it and now all the oil companies have joined in. Petrol prices are coming back down and if the trend continues then petrol-engined family cars will be more popular again and that will push prices up. Car buyers have started...
Phoenix Teams Really Rising to the Challenge
IT SEEMS we have a new powerhouse in the world of junior basketball with Team Phoenix blazing a trail in the Central Venue League. They lead the way in Divisions One (U-18), Two (U-16) and Three (U-14) of the Eagles Comnunity Foundation-run leagues....
Ponteland Find Loss So Hard to Accept; Longhorn Hardware League Cup
OVER the years Ponteland United have appeared in six League Cup finals - and finished as losers each time. They will not go that far this term after crashing out in the first round, losing 2-0 at home to last term's cup winners Walker Central. ...
Refreshed Noon Is Buzzing Again; Falcons Ace Relishing Wasps Cup Meeting
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JAMIE NOON is looking forward to two new starts this week - both welcome, but one more unexpected than the other. Admitting he had not anticipated pairing up in midfield again with fellow Academy graduate Tom May, Newcastle...
Remember When: On the March after 120 Years; End of the Line for Salvation Army's Temple
Byline: RAY MARSHALL THE Salvation Army City Temple makes its final bow this weekend as it closes its doors for the last time after nearly 120 years of serving those in need. In its heyday the purpose-built temple was frequently packed to the...
Reunited
WE ARE looking for any Burgen born of Thomasina (or Ina or Ena) between 1930 and 1952, anywhere in the area of Cramlington, East Hartford, Hartford Colliery, Gilsland, Brampton, Blyth, Newcastle, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear and possibly Hexham or Morpeth...
Serial 999 Pest Faces Jail after Latest Call; HOAXER CALLED TO COMPLAIN OF BROKEN HEART
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY HE JUST couldn't help himself. Twisted 999 menace Francis McWilliams is facing jail after breaching an order banning him from contacting the emergency services. McWilliams, who claims he used to be in the RAF, was given...
Sex-in-Park Yob Flouts His Asbo; PRISON WARNING FOR LOUT
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A SERIAL offender is facing prison. Graham Snowball was served with a two-year antisocial behaviour order in December 2006 after being caught having sex in Gateshead's Saltwell Park in front of members of the public,...
Simm Top of the Bill; Tyneside Amateur League
BILLY SIMMONS scored all five of New York's tally in their 5-2 Division Two win over Newcastle Diggers. Matt Hayton and Craig Appleby replied for Diggers. Red Star Benwell carried on their rich vein of form and goalscoring with a 8-2 victory...
Starlet Slessor Proves a Real Tour De Force!
GATESHEAD snooker starlet Elliot Slessor has moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a top-line professional. The 13-year-old came through a strong field of 38 youngsters to claim first prize in the first of a series of five EASB...
Struggling Bohs Hit Rock Bottom; Re-Max Northern Alliance Divisions One and Two
HAVING had three points deducted from their total in the First Division, Gosforth Bohemian Garnett have sunk into the basement - and were not helped by their 2-0 defeat at home to Chopwell Officials. Still without a home win, the Bohs went down...
Styles Won't Back Down
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ROB Styles will NOT rescind the decision he made to send Habib Beye off in Monday's game with Manchester City. And that leaves the Newcastle United right-back really sweating on Saturday's derby clash...
Tait Tournament Tens to Be a Big Success!
HUNDREDS of youngsters sought glory on the rugby pitch in a tournament designed to hone the next generation of players. County Durham's Barnard Castle School played host for the fourth year to the Tait Tens, a rugby festival named after old boys...
That's All, Folkes
DAREH showed plenty of promise on her debut at Folkestone and looks the likely winner of the New Holland Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Great Leighs. The Godolphin inmate is clearly not one of the stable's leading lights, but after being slowly into...
The BUC Stops Here!
TEAM Northumbria's rugby season is up and running on four fronts as the university's men and women tackle national league and college competition. The new BUCS campaign is under way, with universities across Britain battling for the chance to run...
The City Slickers; Girls Make a Splash in Darlo Meet
Byline: By IAN OLIVER CITY of Newcastle duo Rachel Haigh and Jess Thielmann claimed top honours at the Darlington Open Meet. The event had an extra edge to it at senior level with the involvement of Loughborough University. Haigh showed her...
Three Netted over Fishing Rods Theft; Pounds 20,000 Haul Partly Recovered
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIEVES found a pounds 20,000 haul of stolen upmarket fishing rods too hot to handle. Prestigious angling equipment firm Hardy and Grey's of Alnwick, were soon on the thieves' trail when a cargo of new-to-the...
Too Busy for My Pet; 19-YEAR-OLD BANNED AFTER ADMITTING SHE NEGLECTED DOG
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY STARVED to within an inch of her life, neglected pooch Candy is lucky to be alive. The dog was so emaciated, RSPCA officers were amazed she had survived. Cruel owner Natalie McEvoy admitted failing to feed her pet and...
UNITED IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY - MENFIVE TOON 10-MEN; THE 10-MEN TOON Black Cats Hitman in Frame for Return to First-Team Action, as Wayward Toon Midfielder Eyes Derby-Day Comeback FOLLOWING Rob Styles' Decision to Send off Habib Beye in Monday's 2-2 Draw with Manchester City, LEE RYDER Takes a Look Back at Five Famous Occasions When United Battled on with 10 Men, and Five Times When the Referee Got It Wrong against the Magpies
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE 1 EVERTON 0 December 16, 1995 UNITED were top of the table going into this one. After going 1-0 up through Les Ferdinand, it looked like another cricket score for Kevin Keegan's men. But John Beresford...
Van Terror; Robbers Smashed Vehicle Window at Traffic Lights
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter TERRIFIED staff told of the moments daylight robbers snatched tens of thousands of pounds in cash after smashing into their van. The occupants, two men and a woman, were showered with glass as a pair of...
Vent Your Spleen
I HEARD my first firework of the year today, which is much later than I heard the first one last year. Perhaps the Government has got something right for a change, and their legislation on the sale of fireworks is beginning to take effect. The...
Vipers Sweat on Campbell Fitness
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson is preparing to battle on in this weekend's double header with Hull Stingrays and Basingstoke Bison without one of his star men Derek Campbell. The Ottawa-born left winger injured his...
We Can't Claw Back Our Money; TICKET AGENT USED BY FAMILY SHUT DOWN BY POLICE
Byline: By DAVID OLD A SURPRISE trip to see the Pussycat Dolls ended in heartache for a teenage fan after a booking agent was closed down by police. Thirteen-year-old Lauren Walker's parents had planned to surprise her by taking her to see the...
Wildcats Tamed after Late Scare
TEAM Northumbria Women's Division One National League team opened the season with a win an 86-82 win over Nottingham Wildcats. This game looked like it could be a tricky affair, especially when last season's Division One Women's Player of the Year...
Winning Vipers Prove a Menace to Mercian
NEWCASTLE Under-14 Vipers returned from Coventry Skydome Arena with both points after defeating Mercian Menace 13-3 in English Under-14 North Division One. Their 100% record remains intact after Luke Shanks and Luke Milner gave the Vipers a 2-0...