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 March 13, 2008

Al's Chain Gang
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG TOON hero Alan Shearer set off today on his biggest challenge since striking for glory at St James's Park. Deadly from any distance, the former Newcastle United goal machine is no stranger to finishing. But his finishing...
AL'S CHAIN GANG; AS UNITED OWNER MIKE ASHLEY GIVES Pounds 100,000 TO SPORT RELIEF, SOCCER LEGEND SHEARER GETS IN THE SADDLE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG TOON hero Alan Shearer set off today on his biggest challenge since striking for glory at St James's Park. Deadly from any distance, the former Newcastle United goal machine is no stranger to finishing. But his finishing...
AMAZING LENGTHS; Pensioner Swims for Cancer Care Campaign
Byline: By KIMBERLEY JACKSON IF YOU don't help people then who is going to? That is the attitude of pensioner Mabel Fowlie, 73, of Walker, Newcastle, who has done a sponsored swim to raise cash for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre. The Chronicle...
A Passion to Succeed Really Does Add Up; CAMPAIGN AIMING TO FIND REGION'S BEST BUSINESSES the If We Can You Can Challenge
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN WHEN Nigel Mills was at school he was told he would be best suited to a career in engineering. Instead, he trained as an accountant and now runs Mills newsagents, employing 1,150 staff, running 75 retail outlets, 45...
A SWEET SURPRISE FOR JACK; Mystery Well-Wisher Lifts Spirits GIVE JACK A CHANCE
Byline: BY LISA HUTCHINSON LITTLE Jack Close has had his first taste of chocolate after his transplant operation - thanks to a mystery Chronicle reader. The eight-year-old touched the heart of a man who saw him featured in our pages. We told...
Athletics: All the Lads 'N' Lasses Sign Up; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL MCGUIRK WHAT is it about the Blaydon Race that saw 2,000 electronic entries received in less than 24 hours and a further 600 received through the post two days after the entry form was published in our sister paper, The Journal?...
Athletics: Team Aiming to Make It Count; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL MCGUIRK THIS weekend's Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Nottingham sees the region take their strongest available line-ups for the 10-race live TV programme. After a disappointing English Schools' Championships...
Athletics: TRACK SHORTS; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL MCGUIRK ELSWICK Harriers' annual Good Friday Road Races at Newburn Riverside Park, Lemington, which this year are supported by One North East, take place next Friday. The under-13 girls event opens proceedings at 11am with the...
Attacked by Racist Thugs; Councillor Falls Victim to Pair Who Were Abusing Asians
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CITY councillor was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone when he tried to summon help after he witnessed a street disturbance. Dipu Ahad was punched and threatened with a bottle and his mobile was...
Baby Trapped in Car; Mum's Ordeal as Youngster Gets Locked Inside for 40 Minutes
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A BABY sparked a bizarre rescue operation involving a hammer and a garden rake when she locked herself in the family car. The 11-month-old girl was trapped in the BMW saloon, parked in a garden centre car park when she...
Barton's in the Dock; NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER APPEARS ALONGSIDE BROTHER ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Byline: By ALISTAIR CRAIG TOON player Joey Barton has been back in court on assault charges The midfielder made no plea when he appeared before magistrates in connection with an alleged attack on two people in Liverpool city centre. The 25-year-old...
Basketball: Hy Time the Fans Showed Patience
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN SHOOTING ace Jeremy Hyatt has demanded patience after the Eagles inched closer to the BBL league championship with a comfortable 91-82 win against Sheffield Sharks last night. Having been doubtful for the game with another...
Bird Attacker Back in Court after Fist Fight; TEEN WHO BIT PIGEON'S HEAD OFF ADMITS BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BIRD biter Christopher Davidson is in trouble with the law again. Just hours after he appeared before magistrates accused of biting a pigeon's head off, Davidson got into a fight in a Morpeth fish and chip shop. He...
Blues Show Real Bottle to Cheer Boss
BIRMINGHAM boss Alex McLeish praised his side's spirited performance after they went down 4-2 at Fratton Park last night. The Blues, who are next up for Newcastle United at St Andrews on Monday night, hit back from going two goals down to equalise...
Book Review
PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF Rick Riordan Puffin pounds 5.99 Percy Jackson, only 12 years old and already expelled from six schools, is no ordinary boy. Son of a Greek god, he's half boy, half god and only finds out about his superpowers...
Booted out; STALL EVICTED FROM CENTRE AFTER SELLING WEAPONS TO YOUNGSTER
Byline: ROB PATTINSON THE stall which sold a schoolboy a stash of weapons has been shut down. Birthday cash was enough for 12-year-old Adrian Gascoigne to get his hands on a pellet-firing replica gun, lock-knife and laser pen during a trip to...
Boy, 3, in Glass Shock; 'HEALTHY' SNACK LEAVES YOUNGSTER WITH A SORE MOUTH
Byline: BY ALASTAIR CRAIG LITTLE Connor Dickson got the fright of his life when he tried to munch on his favourite snack. Eating his packet of pomegranate seeds, the toddler started crying in pain after a supermarket trip with his mum. Panicked...
Boy, 4, Draws on Love of Mam; Portrait Wins Pounds 500 Shopping Vouchers
Byline: By TOM MULLEN WITH his cute portrait, little Cameron Jennings showed just how much he loves his mam. Cameron is the latest winner of the Chronicle's Why I Love My Mam competition. The four-year-old, of Pendower, in Newcastle's West...
Building Blocked; Developer to Appeal as Council Rejects Flat and Office Plan
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor ONE of Tyneside's longest running planning battles will end up with Ministers after councillors threw out a multi-million pound flats and office complex bid. Builder George Wimpey is appealing against the...
Business Brain for Bank
GARY Chapman has been appointed as a director of Lloyds TSB in its North East office. Mr Chapman will focus on corporate finance transactions in the latest development in expansion and investment in the North East by the bank. Mike Mullaney,...
Business Leaders and Voters
THE PENSIONER JOHN Berry, 73, of South Shields said despite announcements made by the Chancellor to increase winter fuel allowance and lower income tax, he was not too impressed. Before the Budget he said the main problem to be addressed was...
CHESS: By the Bishop
THE Northumberland individual Championships have reached a crucial stage afterfive of the seven rounds have been completed. In the Open competition for the Zollner Trophy, Roger Coathup leads with four and a half points out of five, followed by Dean...
Cricket: Cook Is Set for African Taster
HEAD coach Geoff Cook has admitted expectations of more success wll be high at the Riverside as Durham embark on another campaign. Cook's men prepare to head off for their preseason trip to South Africa still basking in the glory of their Friends...
Cricket: I Am So Excited Admits Hero Tim
TIM AMBROSE "got a bit too excited" in trying to complete his hundred after spearheading an England fightback in the second Test against New Zealand. The Warwickshire wicketkeeper finished unbeaten on 97 having dominated a 155-run partnership with...
Darling Budget Fails to Woo Region; CHANCELLOR'S SPEECH RECEIVES A LUKEWARM RESPONSE FROM
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling's first Budget has got a mixed response from the people of Tyneside. Mr Darling delayed an increase in fuel tax but increased the price of cigarettes and alcohol. In his first Budget Mr...
'Dead' Canoeist Admits He Lied
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG BACK-from-the-grave canoeist John Darwin today admitted deception, more than five years after he was declared dead. Former Durham teacher Darwin, 57, and his wife Anne, 55, have been accused of a string of fraud charges...
Denman Looks Pure Gold
IT IS time for the talking to stop as the bell finally sounds for the show down the racing world has been waiting for - Kauto Star versus Denman in the tote sport Cheltenham Gold Cup. A real heavyweight contest this most definitely is, the swift...
Dogs Were Left Starving; Court Bans Mum from Having Pets
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A MOTHER-of-three who starved her pets when things got too much for her has been banned from keeping animals. Lady, a tan-coloured terrier, and black Labrador Bracken were only rescued when a neighbour, concerned by their...
Expense Is Food for Thought; Council Spends Pounds 1.5m on Hospitality and Meals
Byline: BY PETER YOUNG Political Leader A COUNCIL has spent nearly pounds 1.5m on civic hospitality along with meals and snacks at business meetings in four years. The costs include working lunches, civic receptions and tea and biscuits during...
Father Is Locked Up for DVD Racket; Fake Discs from the Far East Were Sold Via eBay
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY HE BOUGHT bogus DVDs on the cheap from the Far East then sold them on eBay. But the money-making scam of Simon Keenan came to a shuddering halt when his dodgy business was rumbled. The married dad had been raking in...
Finding Smarter Ways to Work; Training & Education Teamwork Helps Construction Firm Achieve Quality Standard
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter A NORTH East construction company has called in a neighbouring manufacturing and business consultant to invest in its staff and help it achieve one of the highestquality marques in its industry. Birtley-based...
Football: Bogie's Men Caught Napping
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD'S outside chance of winning the UniBond League Premier Division title all but evaporated at the International Stadium last night. A goal in each half gave leaders Witton Albion a deserved 2-0 victory as they extended...
Football: Milner out of Crunch Games: KK
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JAMES MILNER has given Kevin Keegan a new injury headache after it was revealed today he could be out of action for three weeks. Keegan confirmed that the midfielder had been ruled out of Monday's crunch...
Football: TOON CHIEF SPLASHES OUT FOR CHARITY; AS UNITED OWNER MIKE ASHLEY GIVES Pounds 100,000 TO SPORT RELIEF, SOCCER LEGEND SHEARER GETS IN THE SADDLE
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter NEWCASTLE owner Mike Ashley helped close pal Louise Redknapp with her charity challenge - to the tune of pounds 100,000. The billionaire sports tycoon agreed to do his bit for Sport Relief. Former pop star...
Football: UNITED SWOOP FOR KID VOKES; Toon Ready to Pay Pounds 250,000 for Young Gun
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United are hoping to tie up a pounds 250,000 deal for Bournemouth's exciting teenage striker Sam Vokes. I am told that plans are well advanced to bring the 18-year-old to St James's Park -...
Furious Southgate to Talk to Refs' Supremo
MIDDLESBROUGH boss Gareth Southgate is to contact referees' supremo Keith Hackett about Steve Bennett's performance during the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. Southgate was particularly unhappy with Bennett's decision to award Villa a controversial late...
Helping Company Build on Success; Family Man Joins North East Firm in Time for Exciting Expansion Plans
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter DELIGHTED Michael Baker is building on an already successful career with his move to join the JT Dove team on the back of an advert in the Chronicle. Mr Baker brings with him experience gained through...
HOOKED: Only Nightshift Have Success; SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS SPORT is still very quiet all along our coast but there have been a few small codling caught from beaches at night. The Lyneburn has also produced a few cod with the best reported at 4lb. From the same venue there has also...
HOOKED: Reservoirs Ready for Big Weekend; FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK LOCAL anglers will head for Northumbrian Water Reservoirs on Saturday when they re-open for trout fishing. Reels should scream throughout the region with fisheries such as Derwent Reservoir, Fontburn, Hury, Kielder Water...
Horse Racing: Denman to Be the Festival Golden Boy
IT IS time for the talking to stop as the bell finally sounds for the showdown the racing world has been waiting for - Kauto Star versus Denman in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. A real heavyweight contest this most definitely is, the swift and...
Horse Racing: Wylie's Arkle Hero in Great Shape
TIDAL BAY, owned by Newcastle businessman Graham Wylie, has been given a clean bill of health following his Arkle romp at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Crook trainer Howard Johnson's charge quashed concerns over stable form and his ability to jump at championship...
I Just Have to Look at Stephen Smiling to Make Me Feel Better; One in 10 People Suffer from a Form of Kidney Disease. on World Kidney Day, LAURA CAROE Speaks to a Family Who Have Had to Face Up to Kidney Transplants
Byline: LAURA CAROE IJTLE Stephen looks like he 't have a care world. Yet his parents have been sick with worry as the four-year-old has been facing a life-threatening disease since he was just 16 months old. The youngster suffers from renal...
I'm Fit to Face Blues: Edwards
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CARLOS EDWARDS has declared himself fit to face Chelsea this weekend after coming through his first game since December. The winger made his comeback from a broken leg last night, playing an hour of Sunderland reserves'...
It's Game on; FOOTBALL CLUB UNVEILS MODERN Pounds 1.1m GROUND
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR ONE of the North East's most famous non-league clubs is celebrating after work was completed on a modern pounds 1.1m ground. Ashington AFC has a new home at Hirst Welfare with grandstands, floodlighting, car parking, fencing,...
It's Ruff Justice; BUSINESS OWNER SAYS DOG BARKING FINE IS TOO HIGH
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A BUSINESSMAN whose barking dog had neighbours at the end of their tether is now pounds 1,500 out of pocket. Adrian Hughes says he tried everything to shut up his two-year-old German short-haired pointer. The company...
Kylie Has Wow Factor; Kylie Minogue Is to Make History on Tyneside This July
Byline: GORDON BARR POP princess Kylie Minogue is set to break another record in Newcastle by announcing a FOURTH show at the city's Arena for this July. Tickets for the extra date, on July 24, will go on sale at 9am tomorrow, making the Aussie...
Man Robbed after Attack; Teenager to Appear in Court after Stealing Councillor's Phone
Byline: PETER YOUNG A CITY councillor was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone when he tried to summon help after he witnessed a street disturbance. Dipu Ahad was punched and threatened with a bottle and his mobile was kicked out of his hand...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I SET a dangerous I precedent this week. After a week of man flu, I was really struggling by Sunday night. It all started on the Tuesday, the morning after my usual Monday night football run out. My body was aching and my chest...
Parents Take School Fight to Lawyers; Concern at Claims Council 'Closed Door' to New Pupils
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PARENTS fighting to keep a special school open have won backing from a North East law firm to step up their campaign. Mums and dads at The Cedars, in Low Fell, Gateshead, are protesting at plans by...
Parent to Parent
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON PARENTS can feel helpless when their children fall out with friends at school, with many reluctant to make a fuss because they fear making the situation worse. Charity Parentline Plus is hearing about the problem affecting...
Patients Trial Bug-Busting Yoghurt Drink; Hospitals' New Idea to Fight Disease
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter TASTY probiotic drinks are the latest weapon being used by North East hospitals to fight danger bug clostridium difficile. The yoghurt drinks are being handed out to patients in North Tyneside General and...
Postal Sector Vacancy Boom
COMPETITION in the postal industry has created 3,300 jobs in the past four years and the figure could be doubled by 2016, according to a report today. Research commissioned by TNT Post found that the economic benefit to the UK economy of opening...
Quick-Thinking PC Saves Pensioner; Officer Gave Man CPR on Street
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A LIFESAVER police officer was praised today for helping to revive a dying man. Quick-thinking PC Tony Stephenson came to the aid of 81-year-old George Maughan who had collapsed outside Sinners Bar, Newgate...
Ramos Spurs Beaten Players
JUANDE RAMOS has told his Tottenham players to regroup and impress him for the rest of the season after getting knocked out of the UEFA Cup on penalties by PSV Eindhoven. Ramos' hopes of a hat-trick in the competition ended at Philips Stadium, where...
Reunited; Your Shout
WE would like to hear from pupils and teachers from the years of 1949 to 1959 who went to Westoe Infants, Laygate Juniors, Mowbray Road Juniors and Westoe Senior Schools. Reunions are held each year for Westoe Infants School. Years are between 1949...
Roaring Lion Boosts United
Byline: By LEE RYDER LAMINE DIATTA will prove to be a fine asset for Newcastle United - according to Cameroon legend Geremi. The African stars have jostled for their respective countries in Senegal and Cameroon. And having played against Diatta...
Rugby Union: Blaydon out to Restore Some Pride
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL BLAYDON are desperate to avoid another top-of-the-table hammering at Blackheath this weekend. The National Two new boys have grown in confidence, stature and league standing since Christmas and are all but safe for next...
Rugby Union: Flood of Tears over Fletcher Departure; Falcons Ace Admits His Club Are in Real Turmoil
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD admits Kingston Park will not be the same without John Fletcher and Peter Walton. The England ace has let off serious steam over the departure of director of rugby Fletcher and forwards coach Walton, labelling...
Rugby Union: Hogan: My Business Is Selling a Winning Team
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NEWCASTLE Falcons have the fifth-largest player wage bill in the Guinness Premiership - and their commercial director does not believe results balance out with investment. Mick Hogan is the man charged with getting bottoms...
Schools Moving Up in the World; GCSE Results See Dramatic Improvement
FIVE Newcastle schools are celebrating this week after being named among the most improved in the country. The secondary schools - Benfield, Heaton Manor, Kenton, St Cuthbert's RC High and Walbottle Campus - have all been singled out for their outstanding...
She Loved Life So Much. I Am Glad She Has Been Able to Give Life to Others; EXPAT GRAN'S DEATH HELPS CHANGE TURKISH ATTITUDES TO ORGAN DONATION
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A TYNESIDE grandmother is being hailed as a heroine in Turkey after her death saved the lives of three people. Smiling in the picture above with husband Paul, Dale Punton was living her dream after the couple swapped their...
Sign of the Times
Byline: By LAURA CAROE FINDING it hard to communicate with your baby? Maybe what is needed is a crash course in sign language! Babies are being taught how to make signs with their fingers to show they are tired, hungry or in pain. Laughter...
Super Change of Scenery for Life Swap Pupils; Schoolgirls to Get a Taste of Rural Living
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR PUPILS from a busy city school are swapping places with peers from a small, rural setting for an exchange trip with a difference. Year 4 pupils, aged eight and nine, from Newcastle Church High School, in Jesmond, welcomed...
Third Held over Beach Murder
A THIRD person was arrested today by police investigating the rape and murder of a British teenager found dead on a beach in Goa. The person, who has not yet been identified, was arrested earlier today according to the lawyer acting for the mother...
Trapped Family's Helicopter Rescue; Air and Sea Operation at Beauty Spot
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR AN AIR and sea rescue was launched after a family drove into trouble at a North East beauty spot. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer was scrambled to rescue the four day trippers who were stranded by a rising tide...
Vent Your Spleen
So many parents these days totally ignore what their children are up to, hence the reason we see so many yobs on the streets I WOULD like to Vent My Spleen, I have just read an article in Live It magazine from Bianca Gascoigne saying that she is...
Very Grave Matter; Military Site Now Safe from Vandals
Byline: By TOM MULLEN SMASHED headstones of brave Second World War soldiers will get a vandal-proof makeover. Four military graves of soldiers killed in action were desecrated by yobs in Walker Cemetery, Newcastle. The graves, one of them...
Weather Brings Misery for Rail Travelers; GALES FELL EAST COAST POWER LINES
Byline: By LIZ WALKER RAIL travelers were hit by more misery today after gales brought down power lines blocking a stretch of the East Coast Main Line. Hundreds of frustrated commuters found their trains cancelled with just one train an hour...
Wild about Weddings; Let Firm Plan Stag or Hen Do
Byline: KIMBERLEY JACKSON THE perfect stag or hen party will help you see out your single life in style. But how do you begin planning what should be the wildest night of your life? Thankfully the Chronicle's first-ever wedding exhibition...
Working Life: Law Firm Courts Sportier Workers
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN LAW firm Mincoffs is putting practical measures in place to encourage a healthy lifestyle among staff. Millions of days are lost to sickness every year and research shows fit employees perform better, which has led to Mincoffs...
Wor Spitfire; Parts of Plane Wreck Unearthed by Historian
Byline: By SARA NICHOL BURIED beneath thick bog in the heart of the countryside, Spitfire P8563 hadn't seen daylight for more than 60 years. The Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force fighter had plummeted to the ground near Blanchland in...