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 November 16, 2007

ANGER AT FLATS PLAN; Objection to Home for Youngsters
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA FAMILIES are opposing plans to house homeless young people in their neighbourhood. Residents say they have suffered anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and verbal abuse from young tenants of various housing associations...
Anger over Village Green Bid; Tories Accused on Seaside Plan
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY IT MAY look like just an anonymous piece of land in front of an eyesore pub. You might think people would be happy if something was built to block out the derelict pub. In fact that's just what council chiefs planned...
Are You Ready for Winter Roads? BENFIELD Motor Group's Ian Jarvis, of Benfield's Kia Dealership in Portland Road, Offers Advice on Preparing for the Winter Ahead
Byline: Ian Jarvis AS THE weather turns colder, it is important to ensure your car is safe to drive before the weather becomes an obstacle. Ian Jarvis says: "Firstly, you must check that your car has been well-maintained and serviced. "Don't...
A Sunday Lunch That Had It All; Eating Out
Byline: JENNIFER BRADBURY IT'S in an ideal location, this place. Just off the A1, so easy to get to by car, but far enough removed from the hustle and bustle to give it an out-in-the-country feel. The pub-cum-restaurant is surrounded by rolling...
Basketball: Wolves Can Be Very Dangerous; Eagles Forward Warns Team-Mates
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN EAGLES forward Lynard Stewart has issued a warning to his team-mates to be on their guard when they host struggling Worcester Wolves tonight. For the Eagles will be fully expected to pick up a comfortable win, continue...
Black Cats Hoping for Better Things as Injury Cloud Lifts; Trio's Return Is Boost for Boss Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE is looking forward to a selection headache next week after watching a trio of players return to action in last night's 1-1 draw at Falkirk. The Black Cats boss saw skipper Dean Whitehead, striker Andy Cole and...
Car Share Lane Gets the Thumbs Down
Byline: By DAVID WHINYATES NEW schemes being trialled by the Government in an attempt to cut congestion have been greeted with contrasting enthusiasm by motorists, according to recent surveys undertaken by car supermarket Motorpoint. A majority...
Celebrating 100 Years of Building Girls' Characters; Brigade Is a Century Old on Tyneside
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS IT'S been around for 100 years, but the Girls' Brigade is still alive and kicking on Tyneside. The 1st Gateshead Girls' Brigade celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend. And to mark the event the company will meet...
Champion Babies ...and Dancers
I MUST say, what a terrific looking bunch of little 'uns are out there. Being cursed with my ratboy sons (like their mum, they're not blessed in the looks department) it was a real eye-opener for me to see how your lot looked in our Baby Idol supplement....
Christmas Shopping; Your Shout
Byline: BRIAN COWEY AS CHRISTMAS once again draws near The dreaded thoughts of what to do, And what to buy? Those nagging fears Eventually get through to you. And as the stores set out their stall The signs say Merry Christmas...
Cinema: Also Showing
THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (12A) Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker and Maria Bello are among the cast in this adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's best-seller, contrasting the romantic dalliances of five unfulfilled Californian women with those of Austen's most...
Cinema: Denzel Shows a Dark Side
HE'S KNOWN as one of Hollywood's good guys, a doting family man with an unblemished track record, so film fans might be surprised at Denzel Washington's latest choice of role. He plays an evil drug dealer and notorious mobster in American Gangster....
Cinema: Good Cop's Fight to Root out a Drugs Empire
AMERICAN GANGSTER (18, 156 mins) Thriller/Drama. Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr, Josh Brolin, Rza, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Clarence Williams III. Director: Ridley Scott. ***** DURING decades of social, economic...
Cinema: Love Story That Stirred Feelings of Unrest
BRICK LANE (15, 101 mins) Drama/Romance. Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Harvey Virdi, Lalita Ahmed, Naeema Begum, Lala Rahman, Zafreen. Director: Sarah Gavron. ***** SINCE its publication in 2003, Brick Lane by...
Climate Brainstorm; Youngsters to Give Green Ideas
Byline: By HELEN RAE BRIGHT young things are getting their heads together to safeguard the region's future. Youngsters are being given the chance to help councils plan future environmental policies when they attend a debate on climate change....
Corsair Was Not a Classic; CLASSIC CARS with IAN JOHNSON This Week: Ford Corsair
Byline: IAN JOHNSON IN THE early 1960s Ford was exploring the gentle art of creating models to fill market gaps - a strange area for the unwary. But Ford got it right with the Classic - a lavishly styled roomy car to fit between the Cortina and...
Court Won't Let Us Shame Asbo Lout; Banning Order Protecting Teen
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL HE'S a foul-mouthed teen terror who holds the law in contempt. But despite breaching an interim Asbo three times and being banned from the streets he's tormented for months, we can't tell you who he is. Magistrates...
Crackhouse Drugs Trial; Couple Booted out of Their Den
Byline: By MATT CASEY A MUM-of-two who turned her home into a crack den has admitted possessing drugs. Angela Watson, 51, who was forced to leave her home under a police clampdown on crackhouses, admitted the offences when she and her husband,...
Craig Eyes Euro Glory
SUNDERLAND keeper Craig Gordon has vowed to go on a Brazilian-style celebratory run if he saves a penalty against Italy in the Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden Park tomorrow. Scotland need a win against the World Cup winners to ensure qualification...
Crash, Bang, Wallop! STEVE HUGHES Reports on the Dramatic Re-Enactment of a Road Crash to Highlight the Potentially Fatal Results of Common Errors Behind the Wheel
Byline: STEVE HUGHES ALEADING UK fleet and fuel management specialist has highlighted the potentially fatal results of common errors behind the wheel with a dramatic reenactment of a road crash. Arval re-created a 35mph crash between a car and...
Cricket: England's Wait over Harmison; Star's Chance to Prove His Fitness
ENGLAND are giving Steve Harmison every chance to prove his fitness before deciding whether to include the Durham paceman in their party for the tour to Sri Lanka. Harmison is currently playing South African domestic cricket and it is yet to be...
Cricket: No Coll to Take a Lead in Tests
ENGLAND one-day captain Paul Collingwood insists he has no immediate ambitions to take on the role full-time. Durham all-rounder Collingwood led England to one-day series victory in Sri Lanka last month, but is now back in the ranks as they return...
Crossing into New Territory
Byline: By ROBIN ROBERTS LAUNCHING a new model is always a gamble, but introducing a model which is part of a family means the odds are stacked against you. Mitsubishi, Citroen and Peugeot joined forces to make a crossover model which is built...
Determined Student Returns to Class Following 70ft Fall; Man Fell from Fifth Floor Balcony While on Holiday
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON WITHIN weeks of losing the use of his legs, balcony fall victim Craig Willis has moved home and returned to student life. The 22-year-old fitness fanatic from Northumberland was left paralysed from the waist down after...
Diesel Do Nicely! Lexus Launches Oil-Burning Rival to Challenge BMW
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES LEXUS is aiming to knock BMW off its junior-executive perch with its first diesel model, an impressive oil-burning IS saloon. The 2.2-litre model costs from pounds 23,000, which makes the IS220d slightly less expensive...
Doc's out to Cure All; Music the Saw Doctors Are Coming to the Region. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR IT'S just what the Doctors ordered. The Saw Doctors begin a UK tour next week with a gig at Durham's Gala Theatre. The Irish act has just returned from a month-long coast to coast tour of the USA to play 16 shows over here....
Doctor Tells of Her Antarctic Adventure
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG AS OPERATING theatres go, they don't get much more remote. Intrepid medic Vicki Mot-tram has just returned to Tyne-side after 18 months in freezing Antarctica. She swapped a North East hospital for the most desolate...
Driver Is Robbed by Knifeman; Terrified Woman Threatened with Six-Inch Blade
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN and LISA HUTCHINSON WITH a knife-wielding robber by her side, terrified Pauline Longstaff was told to keep her mouth shut and drive. The shop assistant had no choice but to obey orders as the thug jumped into her car...
Fair Say for All Readers? Airwaves TONY HORNE THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Tony Horne in the Morning Is Now on Air Weekdays from 5am on Metro Radio and Sundays from 10am
Byline: TONY HORNE I have just broken one of my golden rules in life. I have visited an internet forum. I never frequent these places and in radio we always say that 'normal' people don't frequent them. They are full of people who know best. ...
Flanker Parling Rejects Man of the Match Plaudits
BATTING back the plaudits, Geoff Parling might have accepted his man of the match award - but he did so with a heavy heart. Hailing the performances of team-mates John Rudd and Steve Jones, Newcastle Falcons flanker Parling said he felt he turned...
Football: Gateshead Prepare to Face Their Bogie Side; UNIBOND PREMIER
GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie is determined his former Preston North End team-mate Nigel Jemson will not become the first manager to complete a league double over the Tynesiders this season. Jemson's Ilkeston Town produced a shock result at the start...
Football: Knockout Clash for League's to Two; FA VASE
CONSETT and Durham City - two clubs at the top of the Arngrove Northern League's First Division - come together in the second round of the FA Vase tomorrow. The clash, which takes place at City's Archibald Stadium, was immediately billed as the...
Football: Life's a Beach for Blyth Boss; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON BLYTH Spartans boss Harry Dunn is looking for a seaside special when his side attempt to arrest a three-match losing run at Blue Square North rivals Southport tomorrow. The Sandgrounders are one of only two clubs still unbeaten...
Football: OWEN SIMPLY THE BEST; EXCLUSVE Mac Backs Toon Star despite His Lean Spell
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN lines up for England tonight without a goal for club and country in six matches - but with the full backing of Steve McClaren. Owen will be lifted after the England boss described him as...
Football: Stars Not So Good, Sam; Owen Down to 98 in Premier League Ratings
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN will spearhead England's attack in Austria tonight - but the Newcastle United striker only just scrapes into the top 100 of the best players in the Premier League so far this season. Owen...
Football: Time Catches Up with Sir Bobby; Former United Boss Set to Retire from Coaching
SIR BOBBY ROBSON has revealed his days working with players on the training ground are almost certainly over due to ill health. Former Newcastle manager Robson will step down from his role as the Republic of Ireland's international football consultant...
Football: Wilkins Blasts England Stars for Poor Work Ethic
RAY WILKINS believes a poor work ethic has left England's players technically inferior to their rivals. Steve McClaren's men enter the decisive stage of qualification for Euro 2008 knowing their destiny is out of their hands, with all eyes trained...
Games: Happy Anniversary for Lara
Byline: NIGEL DOBSON TITLE: Tomb Raider Anniversary PSP. FORMAT: PSP. DEVELOPER: Eidos. PRICE: pounds 29.99. Somethings are better left well alone. Imagine a movie remake of The Godfather or someone redesigning the Tyne Bridge - how...
Games: You Can Be a Rock Legend!
Byline: GARY BECKWITH TITLE: Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock (Released on November 23) FORMAT: Xbox 360 DEVELOPER: Neversoft Entertainment PRICE: pounds 49.99 NOT that I need a reason to slip into some leather pants and rock my socks off,...
Great to Be Back Says Ace Deano
Byline: By JAMES hunter DEAN WHITEHEAD returned to action last night - just three months after the Sunderland skipper feared his season was over. The midfielder made his comeback from knee ligament damage, playing an hour of the Black Cats' 1-1...
Horse Racing: Proven Runners Can Strike Gold
CHELTENHAM'S Paddy Power Gold Cup always tempts a fascinating list of pot-hunters out of their stables - and this year's renewal looks every bit as competitive as usual. In what has proved a mini-nightmare for ante-post punters, with many fancied...
Horse Racing: Treble Triumph Is Evan Sent!
TRAINER Evan Williams was the man to follow at Ludlow as he sent out a hat-trick highlighted by a double for rider John Flavin. Flavin scored aboard Soviet Sceptre and Brenin Cwmtudu to complete his comeback from a fractured skull and cheekbone...
Jetta Has Little Appeal; VW Saloon Is Up against Some Tough Opposition ANDY RICHARDS Drives the Powerful Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 SE TSI Four Door. This Is His Verdict
Byline: ANDY RICHARDS EVERY Volkswagen I have driven has left me impressed. But the Jetta is a strange affair. It's neither as sporty as the Golf nor as good looking as the Passat. To me, it looks a little middle-aged and slightly frumpy. ...
Keeping It Real; North East Inns Are Tops in the New Pub Guide Bible
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG CHERS! A string of North East inns have been listed in the new Real Ale Pub Guide. It singles out top spots for a traditional beer in Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland. More than 100 pubs have made the grade...
Mazda Tempts Firms with 6
Byline: By DAVID WHINYATES HE fleet's coming in for Mazda as the Japanese maker sets out to lure company car drivers behind the wheel of its all-new Mazda6 when it hits UK showrooms at the end of December. Bigger and betterequipped than the hugely...
Metro Fares Up by 4%; Bosses Announce January Rise
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor METRO passengers are facing a fares hike from January. Plans for increases in ticket prices averaging 4% were revealed today. But the rise will be much bigger for many pass holders. Members of the...
More Bodies Could Lie in Horror House; Grim Search as Teenager's Remains Found
POLICE continued to search a house today where the remains of a missing teenage girl were found. Investigators are scouring the property in Margate, Kent, where the body of Scottish schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton was discovered in the garden on Monday....
Mother's Fury over Nappy Row; Children's Club Staff Refuse to Clean Up Severely Autistic Boy
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter A MUM is furious with kids' club staff after they refused to continue changing the nappy of her severely autistic child. Eight-year-old Matthew Close, from Cramlington, has never been able to use a toilet...
Motor Racing: Verdict Due on F1 Fuel Case
LEWIS HAMILTON was unlikely to be waiting with bated breath for today's verdict on the final destination of this year's Formula One World Championship. If the four judges at yesterday's FIA Court of Appeal hearing rule in favour of McLaren, and...
Mum Unable to Visit Crash Victim; Bug Picked Up on Trip Away Means Couple Cannot Go to Hospital
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter AGAINST all the odds, family man Paul Smith has clung on to life after an horrific motorbike accident left him with a damaged heart. But today, as the 45-year-old lies recovering in Newcastle General Hospital,...
Office Project Unveiled
PLANS to regenerate Newcastle city centre by attracting new investment and jobs got a boost today. Developers have unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound office scheme which could employ around 500 people. The building, up to four storeys...
Our Right Royal Celebration; Couple Who Wed on Same Day as Queen and Prince Philip Are Diamond Anniversary Guests
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BOTH brides looked stunning in their flowing gowns, and the grooms in their military uniforms were handsome and dashing. And both wedding parties, in their own ways, brought a smile to austere post-war Britain when the...
Pack Provides the Punch for Falcons; MATCH ANAYSIS
Byline: Nick Purewal Falcons 25 Brive 19 SICK of the sight of Kingston Park, how Brive must wish they do not have to return here next season. All-but empty-handed, bested by a below-par Falcons outfit, they were taunted and teased with...
Palace Date for Fundraiser's Son
THE 10-year-old son of charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson collected his late mother's CBE in a moving ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Steven Tomlinson received the accolade from the Prince of Wales in the grand ballroom, watched by hundreds of investiture...
Pedestrian Future; Roads May Be Blocked off as Part of City Centre Regeneration Plan
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor DRIVERS face a big traffic shake-up under multi-million-pound plans to transform Newcastle's main shopping centre. Roads could be blocked off, buses rerouted, and new pedestrian zones created. Consultations...
Preparing for a Terror Attack; since September 11 2001 Britain Has Been Warned of the Inevitability of Terrorist Attacks. as a Result North East Organisations Have Been Put through a Series of Mock Explosions to Prepare Them If the Situation Was to Arise
Byline: HELEN RAE reports. JUST imagine a bomb blast at St James's Park, or a suicide bomber in the MetroCentre. These are the kind of frightening situations which business managers in Tyneside have to prepare for. Terrorism is something which...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
It's a rarity, but a Friday night quiz was attended by Woz and it turned out to be a worthwhile visit with every effort being made to attract a wide audience. PUB: The Beehive Inn, Mile End Road, South Shields. QUESTION MASTER: Dave DAY AND TIME OF...
Reunited; Your Shout
IN RESEARCHING my family tree, I have come across a four times great uncle. He became an alderman, JP and in 1908-9 Lord Mayor of Newcastle. His name was John James Forster, born North Shields in 1845, and died Newcastle in 1931. He was the son...
Royalty of the Jamaica Scene; Jazz, Blues and Roots/locals
Byline: ALAN NICHOL WITH just over a week to go before the start of the third Boss Sounds Reggae Festival at the Carling Academy, anticipation for Sunday night headliner Prince Buster is running high. Buster was born Cecil Bustamente Campbell,...
Rugby Union: OWEN SIMPLY THE BEST; EXCLUSIVE Mac Backs Toon Star despite His Lean Spell
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN lines up for England tonight without a goal for club and country in six matches - but with the full backing of Steve McClaren. Owen will be lifted after the England boss described him as...
Rugby Union: Rugby Ready to Embrace New Era
CLUBS chief Mark McCafferty says "the real work now lies ahead" after a new eight-year agreement governing English professional rugby was unveiled. Starting from July 1 next year, the agreement between the Rugby Football Union and Premier Rugby...
Rugby Union: Viduka's Cap Future Still in the Balance
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MARK VIDUKA has taken a break from playing for his country - so that he can fire on all cylinders for Newcastle United. But the 32-year-old striker insists he has made no decision on his international...
Shopping Centre Bars Rowdy Pupils; Blanket Ban Imposed on Youngsters from Two City Schools
PUPILS from two schools have been banned from a shopping centre. The blanket ban on youngsters from Gosforth High School and St Mary's RC School in Longbenton has been imposed by Monument Mall in Newcastle city centre. Over the past eight months,...
Sit Back and Enjoy the Drive
Byline: By JONATHAN SMITH MOST of us are taught from a very early age not to waste things. Parents persuade us to clean our plates of food, they advise us to buy the toys we will play with and check we don't fritter away our money. So what do...
Soldier's Bravery Is Rewarded; Corporal Saved Three Colleagues
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN COMMANDO Michael Cowe has collected the Military Cross after helping to save three soldiers whose vehicle was blown up in Afghanistan. The Royal Marine Corporal, 35, received his award from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham...
Takeover Bids to Be Put on Table for Rock; Deadline Is Set as Eight Parties Show Interest Northern Rock
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter UP to eight bids are expected for Northern Rock. The Geordie bank and its advisors Blackstone, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch set a deadline today for suitors to throw their hats in the ring. Four players...
The Force Is with Them; Tyneside Bobbies Up for National Awards
Byline: By NICK.WHITTEN Industrial Reporter TWO top Tyneside police officers are in the running for national awards. Fintan Fitzpatrick and PC Brian Simpson are flying the flag for the North East at the Jane's Police Review Gala Awards next week....
They All Know about Their Older Siblings. the Little Ones Kiss Their Photos; Mum of Tragic Children Has Happy Family Again
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON THEIR lives were ripped apart by a devastating house fire. Now, six years on, Judith and Darren Braine finally feel their family is once again complete. The couple lost daughters Leah, six, Demi, three, and five-year-old...
Tories Vowing to Win Back Seats; Cameron Looking to Conference
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor DAVID Cameron is calling for a big improvement by the Conservatives in the North East as the party's spring conference heads for Tyneside. The Tories have only one MP in Labour's North East heartland -...
TOY WITH DRUG LINK RECALLED; Children Ill after Eating Beads
Byline: By HELEN RAE A POPULAR children's toy has been recalled from several stores in the region after a substance linked to the date-rape drug GHB was found in toys in Australia and America. Fenwick and John Lewis, both in Newcastle, and Asda...
Vehicle Shapes Keep on Shifting; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES WE ARE quickly nearing what will probably turn out to be the most significant year in the motor car's 110-year history. Although the industry appears to be in turmoil due to crippling legislation coming at it from all directions...
Vent Your Spleen; Your Shout
A RECENT TV statement on mobility disabled scooters showed people on scooters on the roads in traffic. These disabled people are irresponsible and should not be allowed use of scooters. I am disabled and use a scooter but only on pavements at the...
Victim, 56, Was Tortured; Killer Had Evil Eyes Says Witness
Byline: By GARY WILLEY A GIRL told a murder jury how a killer with 'evil eyes' led a torture attack on tragic William Ripsher. The 56-year-old, known as Billy Buck, was kicked, stamped and strangled during a sadistic onslaught in his own home....