Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 17, 2008

Banned from City's Streets; Court Serves Asbos on Unruly Louts Who Have Shocked and Terrorised Innocent Bystanders
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter SMEARING excrement on shop windows, smashing bus stations and hurling drunken abuse at passers-by. That's all in a days work for this rabble, who have tormented Newcastle city centre for years. But now the...
Basketball: Hutton's Agony as Northumbria Miss Key Players
VETERAN Kiwi Megan Hutton revealed Team Northumbria's crushing loss against Loughborough was "gut-wrenching" as she was forced to watch her team's biggest game of the season from the bench. The Tynesiders were forced to face this season's title-winners...
Basketball: Worried Coach Grounds Eagles
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN FAB FLOURNOY has blasted his Newcastle Eagles side for a lack of consistency, despite collecting a crucial 97-83 win over Cheshire Jets. Speaking after an 11th straight league victory, the player-coach was delighted with...
Battle Stations for That Crucial Win
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIE defender Steven Taylor is confident Newcastle have the battling qualities needed to see off Birmingham City in the battle for survival. Taylor has fond memories of St Andrews after netting a goal in the FA Cup third...
Charity Triumphs in the Den; in Association with the NHS One North East Charity Has Impressed Political Advisors and Health Experts in a Dragon's Den-Style Competition. JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN THERE are rarely any winners on hit TV show Dragon's Den, with the judging panel of entrepreneurs proving difficult to impress. But a charity that supports carers has walked away with a top prize after becoming a finalist...
Chess: Jason King of Byker
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE A SUPERB hat-trick of maximum 5-1 heat wins by Josef Franc and Jason King ensured Newcastle took the Premier Trophy points as they defeated Stoke 51-42 at Byker last night. King's regal performance, in which he was beaten...
Civil Servants on Strike over Wages; 8,000 Taking Action in Pay Dispute
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter CIVIL servants across the North East began a two-day strike today causing disruption to services. More than 8,000 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employees in the region last week voted to...
Cricket: Vaughan Hails a Winning Side
MICHAEL VAUGHAN saluted England's resilience after they bounced back to win the second Test against New Zealand - but admitted they were still some way from becoming "a proper team". The England captain celebrated only his side's second overseas...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
I HAVE always believed that the most testing task a doctor can perform is caring for someone who is dying. These days we try to do this as a team, and there is no doubt that the most important members of the team are the nurses. When people are...
Family Assist Police Probe; Shannon's Mum Leaves with Officers
THE mother of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews left her home with police officers today as detectives continued to piece together what happened to the youngster in the 24 days she was missing. Karen Matthews, 32, left her home in Moorside Road, Dewsbury...
Football: Angry Bogie Slams Players; UNIBOND PREM
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON GATESHEAD ended a week that promised so much on a low note with defeat at Hednesford Town following a lacklustre performance in the midlands. Manager Ian Bogie was left angry and frustrated by a below par performance that...
Football: Baker Left Feeling Blue as Star Suffer Late Agony; UNIBOND FIRST
COACH Paul Baker can't believe how Newcastle Blue Star returned home from their UniBond League Division One North game at FC United of Manchester empty-handed. The Tynesiders, who trailed by two goals from the 12th minute, staged a magnificent rally...
Football: Boss Keane to Squash Bust-Up Rumours
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE has blasted rumours he dropped key players for disciplinary reasons at the weekend. Kieran Richardson, Michael Chopra and Daryl Murphy were all left out of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea - and did...
Football: Desperate Day for Shambolic Falcons; Nick Purewal's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Nick Purewal Newcastle 8 Bristol 28 IF TURMOIL was a dirty word at the start of last week, by the close it was pretty accurate. Desperate, disparate, disappointing - and downright disheartening - that is the only way to describe...
Football: Dunn Blasts His 'Amateur' Side; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON ANGRY Blyth Spartans boss Harry Dunn blasted his side for the inept performance that brought a 2-1 home defeat against relegation-threatened Hucknall Town. The defeat - Blyth's third in a row - was hard to take as the visitors,...
Football: KK: We've Got a Premier Pair; Birmingham City V Newcastle United St Andrews Monday, March 17, 2008. Kick-Off: 8pm Keegan Hails Keepers Harper and Given
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HARPER has received massive backing from Kevin Keegan as he lines up on one of his least favourite grounds when Newcastle United go to Birmingham City tonight. And in typical Keegan fashion, the...
Football: O'Donovan Keen to Strike Up a Scoring Partnership; Roy: I'm the Boy to Keep Up with Jones
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY O'DONOVAN believes he can form a deadly partnership with hitman Kenwyne Jones - and help keep Sunderland in the Premier League. Irish striker O'Donovan returned to action on Saturday after a month on the sidelines...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Home Defeat by Chelsea
GORDON MABON HAVING looked forward with anticipation all week to this match, I managed to contain my excitement and stay in during the week. Alas the rumour was that not everybody followed suit! It was a fantastic occasion as my daughter Alice...
Football: Roy Targets Toon as Fulham Hunt for Away Win
Byline: John Gibson FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with yesterday's 1-0 win over Everton which boosted their hopes of escaping relegation from the Premier League. A goal from Brian McBride, a player who spent three months on loan at...
Football: Terry's All Goal! James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS Wearmen Put on a Stirring Show - but It Is Still a Blue Day
Byline: James Hunter Sunderland 0 Chelsea 1 ROY KEANE believes Sunderland will survive - despite seeing his side come up short against title-chasing Chelsea. John Terry's early goal gave the Blues a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light, but...
Football: Time for United to Earn Their Stripes!
Byline: John Gibson ONLY those with stout hearts and iron wills need bother to attend St Andrews tonight in the jousting colours of black and white. When Newcastle United enter Birmingham's hottest of houses Big 'Eck and his Brummie bashers will...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE AS I think about daily challenges and issues people face, I often allow myself to dream about the world we could live in, if we only allowed ourselves the time and space to develop who we are and who we could be. If we...
Havers Spies a Winner; I (Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR) Spy with My Little Eye a Cracking Comedy in Newcastle This Week
Byline: GORDON BARR ONE of Britain's finest actors is returning to Newcastle's Theatre Royal this week - three years after his last sell-out performance there. Nigel Havers, who most recently appeared at the Royal in the acclaimed play Rebecca,...
Heart-Swop Girl Is Home; Teen Fights Back after Second Op
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter SECOND swap-op survivor Leanne Nicholson's new heart means she's enjoying good health for the first time in years. The 18-year-old, from Choppington, Northumberland, needed surgery last month when her first...
Help Is at Hand for Those with Problems of the Mind; in Association with the NHS A Unique Mental Health Service Has Been Launched in the North East This Year by One Former Patient Who Knows the Pitfalls of Problems Affecting the Mind. KATE DAVIDSON Finds out More
Byline: KATE DAVIDSON FOR 36-year-old Stephen Thomas, his New Model Advocacy Service project is something he never dreamed would happen. His unique way of supporting people with mental health problems has not only helped others, but it helped...
He's Been So Brave He's the One Who Has Kept Us Going; YEARS AFTER INJURING LEG IN A SKATEBOARD FALL, SURGEONS FORCED TO AMPUTATE
Byline: By HELEN RAE HE may have lost a leg to cancer but Christopher McKitten is still standing tall. The brave nine-year-old is learning to cope after having his right leg amputated from the thigh in a six-hour operation. And despite having...
Horse Racing: Royal Seal of Approval
KEMPTON punters able to keep their powder dry until the lucky last should reap the reward tomorrow. Having shown up very well in a better race last time, the James Fanshawe-trained Royal Fantasy looks a cracking proposition in the Free Evenings...
Ice Hockey: Resilient Warriors Show Their Fighting Spirit to Win
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors coaching duo Andrew Carter and Karl Culley praised their side's resilience after they snatched a 5-3 victory away to Nottingham Lions last night to stay on course for a place in the English National League...
Ice Hockey: Wilson Hits out at Ref as Vipers Shine
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS head coach Rob Wilson tasted a bitter-sweet weekend at the Newcastle Arena after going through a roller-coaster of emotions. Wilson stepped out of semi retirement once again to star against Coventry Blaze...
I'm G-Owen for Glory!
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN makes his 300th start in English League football when he leads Newcastle United out against Birmingham City at St Andrews tonight. And Owen heads for The Midlands praying that he can come...
I'm Terrified of Violent Yob; Victim of Bottle Attack Hits out at Sentence
Byline: By SARA NICHOL and LIZ WALKER THIS scared schoolgirl is the latest victim of thug Kerry McLaughlin. The yob smashed a bottle over the head of 13-year-old Jordan Leigh Ramsay. McLaughlin, 22, was already behind bars for attacking a...
IT SEEMS We Are All in a Muddle over the Building
IT SEEMS we are all in a muddle over the building behind the city baths. A couple of weeks ago Ronald Scott of Blakelaw wanted help to identify the old building in Vine Lane and we've had a great response from our readers. The popular consensus...
Just Some of the Treasures in Boxes
1) The Meduana ship on the Tyne after it capsized on November 23, 1920. "This photograph won't have been published before because Swans wouldn't have wanted it in the public domain," says Colin Boyd, who is helping to sift through the archive. ...
Keagan: Let's Not Take It to the Wire
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN has warned Newcastle United he does not want the club to be involved in another relegation dog-fight which goes right to the wire. The United boss headed for Birmingham tonight remembering...
Kev Sets United Up to Win Their Mini-League
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN has set Newcastle the task of winning the mini-league at the bottom of the Premier League. United travel to fellow strugglers Birmingham at St Andrews tonight knowing a first victory under...
Ladies Just out of Running
THE region's senior women's team just failed to take their place on the podium after finishing outside the medals in fourth spot. A top-three placing always looked possible until Alyson Dixon had to drop out due to a stitch when running in 30th...
Leading the Fight against Dangerous Drinking; Health in Association with the NHS North East Alcohol Experts and Crime Fighters from the North East Have Come Together to Tackle Drinking. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN THE NEXT steps to be taken in combating excessive drinking in the region were mapped out at an event in County Durham last week. Raising the Bar - Tackling Alcohol Misuse in the North East took place in Sedgefield and was...
Make or Break for United Insists Geremi
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United midfield man Geremi says the Magpies' task tonight at Birmingham is very much a make or break clash. The former Chelsea man said United have no excuses if they fail to beat one of their survival rivals at...
Making a Big Difference to People's Lives; Health in Association with the NHS North East
NAME: Judith Coulson AGE: Older than I would like to be! JOB TITLE: Public Health Nurse WHERE DO YOU WORK? I'm based at Meadow Well Clinic in North Shields, but my job remit covers the whole of North Tyneside. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?...
McLeish: We Have No Fears
ALEX McLEISH believes his Birmingham players are showing no signs of fear in their battle to stay in the Premier League. And the Blues boss has called on his side to repeat the level of performance shown in recent home games against Chelsea, Arsenal...
Mile of Fun; Runners Unite to Help Poor
Byline: By TOM MULLEN THOUSANDS of runners braved biting winds in a mile-long race for charity. More than 3,500 people donned their trainers for the Gateshead Mile for Sport Relief at Saltwell Park. The flagship event was one of 23 races up...
No Excuses as Bates Gets off to Losing Start
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES refused to allow a turbulent week to account for Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park Bristol capitulation. After Tuesday's departure of John Fletcher and Peter Walton, emotions have been running high at the club,...
Nott a Bad Finale as North Take the Team Award
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK AFTER four hours of competition and nine races of the programme completed, the North East had nothing to show for their efforts at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. However, the...
Pair Are Fittest of Friends; in Association with the NHS from Couch Potatoes to Fit Chicks, Two North East Slimmers Have Improved Their Appearance as Well as Their Health. JANE PICKEN Finds out More
Byline: JANE PICKEN SELF-confessed lazybones Anne Evans, 24, and Claire Garbutt, 28, have given their lives a dramatic overhaul and lost more than two stones each in a bid to boost their health. Before taking control of their lives through exercise...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman THE strong winds are still causing damage to our shelters. However, the kennel block, which was damaged previously by winds, has now been repaired, and the dogs returned to their original kennels. A number of the dogs have...
Police Defend Shannon Hunt; Chief Denies Officers Were Tipped Off
POLICE have defended the length of time taken to find schoolgirl Shannon Matthews. Officers are continuing to question the man suspected of abducting her. Michael Donovan, 39, was arrested on Friday after the nine-year-old was found hidden in...
Police Defend Shannon Hunt; Chief Denies Officers Were Tipped Off
POLICE have defended the length of time taken to find schoolgirl Shannon Matthews. Detectives were today given more time to continue questioning a 39-year-old man suspected of abducting the nine-year-old. Michael Donovan made a brief appearance...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Tonight's Visit to St Andrews
GRAHAM BREWIS PRAISE the Lord - our prayers have been answered. Viduka may be fit to play unless he pulls a ligament in his sock or some other similar setback. Who could ask for more? Emre, did I hear? Now that's asking too much. Excuse my cynicism...
Rugby Union: Jonny Praises Cipriani Show
JONNY WILKINSON has described Danny Cipriani's full England debut as "a joy to watch". Cipriani was handed the No 10 role at Wilkinson's expense as England rounded off their RBS 6 Nations championship with a 33-10 win over Ireland on Saturday. ...
Rugby Union: Thunder Ready for Big Start
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS reckons LJFJ7 Gateshead Thunder can storm National Two after their early-season cup exploits. Thunder head coach Woods watched on in frustration as Featherstone Rovers outclassed his men 24-48 at Gateshead Stadium...
Scares in Air Are Laid Bare; 276 North East Security Alerts Logged in Five Years
FROM smoke in the cockpit to bomb hoaxes, the scale of aviation scares in North East airspace has been revealed. A special report, obtained by the Chronicle, lists all on-board safety threats reported by pilots of commercial airliners over the last...
Screening Is Vital to Catch Diseases Early; in Association with the NHS Twenty Years Ago, the First Women Were Screened by the NHS for Breast and Cervical Cancers. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Speaks to Medics and Patients in the North East about These Vital Routine Tests
Byline: JANE PICKEN SINCE 1988, a staggering 70 million women across the country have been screened for illnesses which can have devastating consequences. But thanks to smear tests and mammograms, countless women have survived, as the cervical...
SHOWBIZ Gossip
IT seems BRITNEY SPEARS has proved a surprising hit in the TV world. People.com reports she's apparently earned rave reviews from the cast of TV series How I Met Your Mother, in which the star is making a guest appearance as doctor's receptionist...
Squaddie's Assault Is Caught on Camera; Cctv Used to Convict Gang of Street Attack
Byline: By TOM MULLEN THIS is the horrific moment a soldier stamps on a man's face in a drink-fuelled attack. The CCTV image shows fusilier Robert Steele's ferocious assault in Newgate Street, Newcastle, as his mob of friends look on. Steele,...
Teen's Home after Drugs Horror; Police Raids on Suspect Dealers
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A SCHOOLBOY almost kiled after a cocktail of drugs is out of hospital and recovering at home. The 14-year-old was found in a house in Rosewood Terrace, Birtley, Gateshead, after he collapsed on March 5. Police and...
Vent Your Spleen
I'D LIKE to voice my opinion of Radio Newcastle along with the huge amount of criticism they have been getting. I've never heard such a load of rubbish spouted out and after having been a regular listener since it first started, I've heard enough and...
WEDDING BELLE; Joy as She Wins Her Dream Big Day at Our First Exhibition
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BEAMING bride to-be Hollie Boyes is a real life wedding belle. Hollie, from Dudley, North Tyneside, won her dream wedding at the Chronicle's first wedding exhibition, at the weekend. The competition was the highlight...
Win; a Fantastic 42 Inch Digital Plasma TV
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YOU ALL GET FULL MARKS FROM ME; Glass Attack Teacher Helped by Cards and Messages
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter PUPILS have lifted the spirits of glass attack teacher Ben Segni. Recovering from the patchwork of jagged scars on his face and neck, the 26-year-old thanked the youngster and staff at his school for their...