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 10, 2008

A Wooden Performance; Young Reviewers 2007/08
Byline: SEAN THOMPSON The Adventures of Pinocchio, Opera North Theatre Royal, Newcastle I HAD no idea what to expect from this adaptation. For me the words opera and Pinocchio simply did not mix. Luckily I ended up enjoying myself, and memories...
Back from the Brink; PREMATURE BABY WHO TWICE STOPPED BREATHING ON THE MEND
Byline: By HELEN RAE THESE are the cuddles parents Jack and Amanda thought they would never have. Baby Arthur Jack Johnson is lucky to be alive as he was born two months early - weighing just 4lb 13oz - and stopped breathing twice. Jack and...
Basketball: Diamonds Sparkle after Edging Close Contest
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE ended a 10-year wait and regained the Tyne-Tweed Trophy, but only after two very close matches with Berwick Bandits. Both were won by the away team, with the Diamonds scraping home 90-89 on aggregate. On...
Basketball: Double Vision Spurs Conner
TEAM Northumbria can lay down a marker for this weekend's play-off semi-final against Loughborough by doing the double against top four rivals Mavericks. That's the verdict of veteran campaigner Natalie Connor as Denise Egan's side wrap up their...
Basketball: Eagles Ready to Grasp the Title
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles have one hand on the BBL title after reigning league champions Guildford Heat suffered shock successive defeats over the weekend. While the Eagles followed up their vital victory against Scottish Rocks...
Blyth's Crisis Is Really Striking! BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: BAD DAY: Blyth boss Harry Dunn BLYTH Spartans are facing a striker crisis after giant frontman Phil Bell suffered a bad injury in the 1-0 defeat at Redditch United. Bell fell awkwardly early in the game after contesting a high ball, and...
Cancer Trial Could Help So Many Women; Scientists in Newcastle Are Starting the First UK Trial of a Drug Which Could Beat Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Investigates
Byline: JANE PICKEN Health Reporter WOMEN with advanced forms of breast and ovarian cancer, and who also have a particular gene fault which makes them susceptible to the disease, will be asked to take part in groundbreaking work. Experts at Newcastle...
Cricket: Moores Threatens Changes for Second Test
ENGLAND have asked selector James Whitaker to delay his return home to stay with the squad as they ponder changes to their line-up for this week's second Test against New Zealand. Whitaker, who witnessed the tourists' dismal 189-run defeat in the...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
WE ALL have different ways of understanding how other people feel. Doctors are people too and have different ways of trying to understand their patients' experiences and making sense of what they are being told. Some rely on a systematic, scientific...
Families Win Licence Battle; PIZZA CHAIN'S ALCOHOL APPLICATION IS TURNED DOWN
Byline: By POLITICAL EDITOR Political Editor RESIDENTS have won another victory in a long-running battle against boozy revellers. City councillors turned down an application by the Pizza Express chain for a licence to turn the old Gresham Hotel...
Focus on Eye Tests; in Association with the NHS A New Eye Treatment Is Being Launched in the North East Which Could Save Patients' Sight from a Devastating Condition. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN EXPERTS believe thousands of people in the North East could be at risk from glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the UK today. The condition can be present for many years without a person being aware of...
Football: Curse of Anfield Strikes Again for Harper
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HARPER was left bemoaning the curse of Anfield as Newcastle United crashed to their usual defeat at Liverpool. Last season the 32-year-old keeper had an excellent game in the red half of Merseyside,...
Football: Geremi: We Must Battle for the Fans
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United midfielder Geremi has expressed his sympathy for the Toon Army - and says the players must get out of the current mess for the fans. The Cameroon international branded United a "big disgrace" when Liverpool...
Football: Keane's Men Ever Deeper in Trouble; One Mistake So Costly as Vital Points Go Down the John James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter ROY KEANE knows one sloppy mistake was all it took to deny Sunderland their just desserts against Everton. One defensive slip was the difference between a welldeserved point from a hard-fought goalless draw and a single-goal...
Football: Keegan Unhappy at Uniteds Negative Reaction
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN was far from happy at the way Newcastle United reacted to conceding that fluke goal to Jermaine Pennant in the 3-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield. It came in the 43rd minute, and the United...
Football: Kieran Not Yet in His Rich-Est Form
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER KIERAN RICHARDSON knows he must find his form if Sunderland are to win their survival battle. Yesterday's home defeat against Everton leaves the Black Cats just two points and two places above the relegation zone - but...
Football: KK: You Make Your Own Luck; Toon Boss Won't Look for Excuses
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN refused to blame Lady Luck for Newcastle United's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool on his old Anfield stamping ground on Saturday. And the United boss warned his side that they will have to make...
Football: Not So Friendly Exchange over Cats Duo
SUNDERLAND boss Roy Keane has been warned not to try to stop Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones playing for Trinidad and Tobago at the end of this month. Keane has questioned the selection of Edwards for a friendly in Jamaica on March 27, with the...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the 3-0 Defeat at Liverpool
GRAHAM BREWIS IT speaks volumes when our man of the match by a mile is our keeper in a 3-0 defeat. Fabio Capello was there too. Is it too late for Steve? They say keepers get better with age. I've been looking at the Championship table to check...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel's Views on the Black Cats' Home Defeat by Everton
GORDON MABON AGAIN we came up against a Premier League team whose league position belies their quality. We failed to overcome them - partly due to the fact we showed them too much respect. Roy Keane berated his players after the Portsmouth...
Football: Red Faces and One White Flag; Travelling Toon Army Are the Only Ones to Come out with Any Credit from Dismal Anfield Trip Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0 WELL Newcastle did it, didn't they? Stopped Liverpool striker Fernando Torres from scoring his third hat-trick in a row at Anfield in the Premier League, that is. But that was all they...
Football: Sadler Happy with Progress of Young Guns
Byline: By LEE RYDER ADAM SADLER says he is delighted with the progress being made by his Toon kids as they go into tonight's clash with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Premier Reserve League. Sadler and United face a trip to Morecambe to take on...
Football: TOON TEXTS
DUFF is exactly what it says on the tin-duff. GIGANTIC DAVE, Marden. IT'S been emotional, goodbye Premier League - thanks for the memories. KEV, Low Fell. CANT wait for end of season. We don't deserve to stay up, but it was always going to...
Freedom in Bag for Broken Tag Lag; PRISONER IS OUT AFTER FOOTBALL TACKLE APPEAL
Byline: By KERRY WOOD JAILED amateur footballer Neil Lowden has won his appeal to be released. The Coundon Conservative Club midfielder was returned to prison in November when his electronic tag came off during a tackle in a cup tie against Sunderland...
Geremi: We Must Battle for the Fans
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United midfielder Geremi has expressed his sympathy for the Toon Army -and says the players must get out of the current mess for the fans. The Cameroon international branded United a "big disgrace" when Liverpool...
Girls Sell Themselves for Food and Shelter, Report Reveals
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter SEEDY secrets of Tyneside's sex industry are today revealed. Research shows young girls are being trafficked into Tyneside to work as sex slaves. Other disturbing findings include evidence of desperate prostitutes...
Guide to Life
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE SOME days I feel overwhelmed by the amount of e-mails I receive and how to make time to reply to them all, however sometimes I'm lucky enough to have friends who send me sweet and inspiring messages. Here is another one sent...
He's Clocked at 101mph, with Unrestrained Children Hanging out of His Window, How Idiotic!
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THIS idiot driver is caught on camera breaking the speed limit with two children dangling out of the windows. Colin Goodall was snapped by a speed camera doing 101mph on the A189 Spine Road at Cramlington....
Horse Racing: Repeat Show for Super Sub
THE Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle roll of honour is littered with multiple winners and Sublimity can add his name to that list. In recent times the likes of See You Then, Istabraq and Hardy Eustace have all reserved their best for Prestbury Park...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Set for One Final Push; Rob's Men in with Chance of Play-Offs
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS head coach Rob Wilson was just glad to end his outfit's cold streak against Hull Stingrays, but the Canadian's side have now given themselves the chance to into the play-offs in fine form. Newcastle were...
Ice Hockey: Warriors Left in Seventh Heaven
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors were in seventh heaven after a devastating double over the weekend. The Warriors downed defending champions Sheffield Scimitars 7-2 in their opening ENL Championship play-off fixture on Saturday, before...
I Feel So Ashamed; WOMAN APOLOGISES FOR RAPE CLAIMS
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A WOMAN has apologised for accusing a string of innocent men of rape. Tracy Brooks blamed mental health problems for causing her to believe she had been attacked. The 26-year-old, of Northumbrian Way, North Shields,...
Increasing Care; in Association with the NHS
NAME: Rachel Turnbull AGE: 29 JOB TITLE: Project officer for the Diabetes Year of Care WHERE DO YOU WORK? Commissioning Department, NHS North of Tyne Centre for Advanced Industry, North Shields. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? My job...
Learning to Put Others First; Youngsters on Tyneside Are Doing Their Bit to Raise Funds for Cancer Care the Fun Way. YASMIN ROSS Has the Details
Byline: YASMIN ROSS NEARLY everyone is touched by cancer at some stage in their lives, whether personally battling the disease or losing loved ones to the illness. No-one knows this more than school dinner lady Sasha Hamilton, from Kenton, Newcastle,...
Let's Build a Stadium for the Whole Community SAYS TOON LEGEND MALCOLM MACDONALD; THE North East's First Eco-Friendly Football Stadium Could Be Built If Plans Are Given the Green Light. Toon Legend Malcolm Macdonald Tells SONIA SHARMA Why He Thinks a 10,500-Seater Sports Stadium in North Shields Would Be Such a Boost to the Area
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A NEW stadium in North Shields could become a sporting landmark for future generations. That is what former United striker Malcolm Macdonald believes, and that is why he is throwing his weight behind the bid. The North...
Man Admits Taking Digger to Forest; 63-Year-Old Tells Court He Had Permission for Work
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A MAN who damaged an ancient woodland with a digger has been hauled before the courts. Magistrates at Bedlington Law Courts were told today that Alexander Swan, who owns a bungalow next to the woodland, insisted that...
Museum Delves into Family Past
FAMILY mysteries were unravelled at a special history event. Woodhorn Museum, at Ashington, Northumberland, was the venue for a get together of around 100 family tree researchers on Saturday. The centre is also home to the Northumberland Archives,...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman OUR cat numbers are still quite low at the moment. These include the six young queens, who, with the help of staff and volunteers, are making some progress towards overcoming their nervousness. During February we rehomed 88...
Police Cop Blast from Angry Paul; UNIBOND CHALLENGE CUP
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD player-coach Paul Thompson believes there was an over-reaction to an incident in his side's UniBond League Challenge Cup semifinal defeat at Skelmersdale United on Saturday. The Tynesiders drew 1-1 after 90 minutes,...
Red Faces over Gift of Brown; BEER PRESENTATION AT COUNCIL FOLLOWED DRINK-DRIVE SHAME
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Poilitical Editor A MAYOR dished out special bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale to councillors - shortly after a colleague was disciplined for drink-driving. It happened at a meeting of Newcastle City Council when members were...
Rugby Union: Boss Puts Thunder under the Cosh
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS hauled his players back in for 9am training on their day off yesterday - little more than 12 hours after their 26-24 Challenge Cup defeat to French side Pia. The Gateshead Thunder head coach blasted his charges...
Rugby Union: Fletcher Slams Falcons-In Plain Language!
JOHN FLETCHER blasted his Newcastle Falcons players for failing to get at least a point out of Saturday's trip to Bath. Falcons director of rugby Fletcher gave his men a short, sharp shock in verbal form in the bowels of The Rec after their 22-11...
Rugby Union: Hit and Miss Show by Shadow Squad; MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Nick Purewal's Bath 22 Newcastle Falcons 11 IF EVERY gardener had his prize marrows cherrypicked just as they began to ripen nice and sweet, there would be outrage across England's green and pleasant lands. Nobody seems to throw...
Rugby Union: Wilko's Critics Talking Rubbish
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL MATHEW TAIT has hit back at Jonny Wilkinson's critics after England's dismal Murrayfield defeat. Wilkinson came in for more stick in the wake of England's second Six Nations defeat this campaign, leaving clubmate and friend...
Ruined Manor Steeped in History; in the Latest Instalment of Our Occasional Hidden Tyneside Series, LIZ LAMB Looks at a Medieval Manor House on the Edge of the Derwent Valley That Has Been Plagued by Vandalism
Byline: LIZ LAMB IT WAS once a house of grandeur that provided a roof over the heads of some of the North East's most well-known and historical families. Today Old Hollinside has no roof, is a virtual ruin and has been desecrated by vandals....
Sat' Nav' Raid Was Spotted a Mile Away! PAIR FILMED AS THEY FALL FOR POLICE TRAP IN A BAITED TAXI
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter CONTEMPT etched on his face, this crooked loser leaves court. Gasping on a fag and flicking the Vs, Joseph Knight's just been exposed as not the brightest of villains. It had all seemed to much different...
Save Our Surgery; Petition as Centre Faces the Axe
Byline: By EMMA BLACK HUNDREDS of patients have signed a petition amid fears a surgery is about to be axed. The Park Medical Group has two Newcastle surgeries, one in Fawdon Park Road, Fawdon, and the other in Kingston Park Avenue, Kingston Park....
Stay Sharp with These Top Tips; in Association with the NHS Our Brains Need Just as Much Care and Attention as Our Bodies, Say Experts. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out How to Boost Brain Power
Byline: JANE PICKEN FROM today, health experts across the country will be marking Brain Awareness Week and telling people how to make sure their lifestyles help sharpen their minds. It's one of the body's most vital organs, but the brain often...
STORMY MONDAY; Wild Weather Batters Much of Britain
WINDS of more than 80mph brought down trees and damaged houses today as a severe storm lashed Britain. Travellers faced delays and thousands of people in the West Country and South Wales woke to find they were without electricity after falling trees...
The Best Sexual Health Advice, from One to One; in Association with the NHS A State-of-the-Art Sexual Health Centre Is Now Open for Business in North Tyneside. JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN PEOPLE in North Tyneside will now benefit from a leading sexual health centre which has recently opened its doors in Shiremoor. The One to One centre - North Tyneside's sexual health service - has moved from Hawkey's Lane,...
There Was No Funding for Us - If We Can, We'd like to Help Others; Balcony Death Fall Family's Cash Pledge
Byline: By TOM MULLEN BALCONY fall victim Christopher Rochester's death will leave a lasting legacy of hope. Christopher's parents, who could win up to pounds 100,000 in compensation, have pledged to set up a new trust fund with the cash to help...
The Riviera Touch; Pounds 100,000 to Buy Beach Huts for Blyth
Byline: By CHRIS HAVERGAL WITH deckchairs and beach huts, it plans to recreate the English Riviera. Yes, welcome to sunny Blyth. The seaside industrial town's council leaders plan to splash pounds 100,000 to transform it into one of the region's...
This Unit Saves Lives; Mum Tells of Her Disgust at Special Care Baby Ward's Closure
Byline: By HELEN RAE A MOTHER who owes her son's life to a Tyneside special care baby unit said she is disgusted a decision has been made to close the service. In December 1995, Samantha Wright's son Daniel was born 10 weeks prematurely after...
TOON'S INJURY BLUES EASEE; Milner and Give Cheer
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JAMES MILNER has a fighting chance of being fit for Newcastle United's crucial relegation battle with Birmingham at St Andrews a week today. That's the good news the Chronicle can reveal tonight. ...
Woman Goes Free after Knife Crime; Police Discovered Four-Inch Blades on Shoplifter
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY SHE went out carrying dangerous knives and told police she was not afraid to use them. But drug addict Emma Hagan has walked free from court despite admitting having the four-inch Stanley knife blades to use for protection....
Yazoo to Play for Only You; Eighties Electro Duo Yazoo Are Reuniting for a Toon Gig. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
WHEN Alison Moyet performed at The Sage Gateshead last month, she revealed she was hitting the road again this summer with former Yazoo cohort Vince Clarke. There were gasps from the audience, then sighs when fans realised there were no Tyneside...
You Are All Stars, Says New Boss Baker after Draw; UNIBOND FIRST
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT PAUL BAKER took charge of Newcastle Blue Star for the first time on Saturday following a traumatic week for the Kingston Park club. He paid tribute today to the players for the professional way they went about their task...
You Can Find a Way to Give Up That Suits You; in Association with the NHS A New Campaign Is Urging People across the North East to Ditch the Cigarettes for Good in Time for This Week's No Smoking Day. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Speaks to Those Who Have Risen to the Challenge
Byline: JANE PICKEN FOR husband and wife Dawn and Neil Armitage, there is a big incentive to give up smoking for good. The couple, from Kenton, Newcastle, are expecting their first baby together in June and are determined to bring the tiny tot...
Your Questions Answered?
LAST week Ronald Scott, from Blakelaw, Newcastle, posed a couple of questions and I'm pleased to say readers have been able to help. Ronald is a regular at the city swimming baths and wants help to identify the old building behind the city baths...