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 5, 2008

Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG LOCAL Tories may have been taken by surprise with the announcement that Shadow Minister for Tyneside Alan Duncan is to enter into a civil partnership, often described as a gay wedding, in the summer, but they've been quick to...
Athletics: A Fer Effort as Mary Proves League Apart
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK NORTH of England junior cross-country champion Mary Ferrier brought the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League programme to a close with victory in Prudhoe. The Gateshead athlete has been in fine form all winter and...
Back in the Swim Again; Balcony Plunge Lad's Amazing Courage after Being Paralysed
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON LENGTH by length balcony fall survivor Craig Willis grows in strength. The 22-year-old fitness fanatic was left paralysed from the waist down after falling 70ft from a Majorca villa balcony last summer. Now, after...
Basketball: Eagles Can Still Swoop for Title
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN THE man who masterminded Newcastle Eagles' BBL Trophy defeat last season has offered words of comfort in the wake of their similarly disastrous performance in this year's final. Plymouth's Geordie coach Gary Stronach watched...
Basketball: Eagles Squad Is Flying So High; ALL THE LATEST FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE BASKETBALL SCENE
THE Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence's teams suffered mixed National League fortunes. The Under-18s pulled off an impressive 96-88 overtime Premiership victory over Stockport Falcons. After trading basket for basket for 40 minutes, the teams...
Basketball: North's Girls on a Rhon! ALL THE LATEST FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE BASKETBALL SCENE
WOMEN'S I National League Division One pacesetters Rhonda Rebels visit Tyneside on Saturday. They will face a Team Northumbria side in buoyant mood after a 64-52 win against London Towers. TN coach Deirdre Hayes insists she has every confidence...
Boy May Have Op after Dog Attack; Nine-Year-Old Left with Serious Facial Injury
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A SCHOOLBOY is to see specialist surgeons today after having his face ripped by a dangerous dog. The nine-year-old has serious injuries after being mauled by a Staffordshire-type bull terrier. He had been playing...
Building on Its Success; 100 EXCITED WORKERS MOVE INTO FIRM'S NEW OFFICES
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THE first of around 500 staff have started at Newcastle Building Society's new offices. Last week we reported the business' end-of-year results showed they were bucking the credit crunch with profits up 52% and gross...
Classic Tale Is Brought; A Swinging Time Is Promised at a Newcastle Theatre during the Eater School Holidays. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: Editor GORDON BARR THE king of the swingers will be descending on Newcastle next month. Popular children's classic The Jungle Book will be brought to life at the Journal Tyne Theatre for the Easter school holidays. It follows on from...
Confident Catch for Fish Quay
WORK will start soon on a million pound scheme to boost the regeneration of a fish quay. North Tyneside Council's project to revitalise North Shields Fish Quay has already brought historic old buildings back into business use, resulting in new jobs....
COPPED - in a Travel Agent; PC Rapped for Being 'Distracted'
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY CAUGHT on film in a travel agents - this PC has been rapped. The bobby was caught on camera chatting to a member of staff at the shop, while his car was parked on the footpath outside. And after admitting he had become...
Cricket: England Moore Than Satisfied!
COACH Peter Moores says the late dismissal of in-Brendon McCullum on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand had swung the form momentum in England's direction. The hosts were progressing nicely, with McCullum and Ross Taylor forging...
DIATTA GIVEN TOON CHANCE; Free Transfer Defender Set to Join United
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is ready to add 32-year-old Senegal international defender Lamine Diatta to his Newcastle United squad on a free transfer. And the much-travelled defender, who is used to winning the French...
Football: Briggs Is Key for Bay Wembley Bid
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY manager Ian Chandler will turn to Hillheads legend Perry Briggs as he bids to take his Northern League side to Wembley. Whitley have landed a two-legged semi-final clash with Lowestoft Town, who are the only team...
Football: Cesc Looks to the Double
CESC FABREGAS sees no reason why Arsenal cannot now go on to complete a Champions League and Barclays Premier League double after knocking out European Cup holders AC Milan. The Gunners produced a near-perfect display last night en route to recording...
Football: DIATTA GIVEN TOON CHANCE
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is ready to add 32-year-old Senegal international defender Lamine Diatta to his Newcastle United squad on a free transfer. And the much-travelled defender, who is used to winning the French...
Football: Don't Let Your Guard Drop Warns Bogie
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie has warned his side not to be complacent when they take on bottom club Lincoln United at the International Stadium tonight. The Tynesiders are 18 places and 27 points ahead of the Whites and...
Football: Rafa Wants to Claim Fourth Spot
RAFAEL BENITEZ has stressed Liverpool's players must lift themselves above the club's current off-the-pitch turmoil to secure success on it. The current intrigue over the future ownership of the club could easily distract the team for tonight's...
Football: Shay Pinning His Hopes on Belgian Docs
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United keeper Shay Given jets to Belgium tomorrow determined to finally sort out his niggling groin problems. And before leaving, the 31-year-old keeper insisted: "All this stop-start business...
Football: United Coach Is on a Mission
Byline: By LEE RYDER TOON coach Chris Hughton says Newcastle United's trip to Anfield on Saturday is far from "mission impossible." The former Spurs and Eire star is still getting his feet under the table at St James's Park but Newcastle put...
Football: Waghorn Key to Youth Cup Glory
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER HOT prospect Martyn Waghorn could be the key to cup glory for Sunderland's youth side, says skipper Jack Colback. Sunderland take on Manchester City in the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final at the Stadium of Light...
Gas Blast Victim on Arson Charge; MYSTERY AFTER POSTMAN IS ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING LIFE
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A RIDDLE over a gas blast which blew two homes apart took a new twist today as one of the residents was charged over the explosion. Postman Sean Cavens cheated death when his home was flattened in the incident. Neighbours...
Get Tough on Knives; Police Chief's Plea for Tougher Sentences on Those Caught Carrying Blades
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY KNIFE crime should be punished with prison, a senior police officer said today. Pleas have been made for tougher sentences for people caught carrying blades in public as it was revealed fewer than one in 10 found with...
Gun Suicide Image Shock for Visitors to Quayside; Artwork in Window of Gallery Causes Controversy
Byline: By SARA NICHOL POLICE have visited an art gallery after receiving complaints of a disturbing image. Splashed across the window of the Lazarides Art Gallery on the Quayside, Newcastle, is a chilling painting of a man holding a gun to his...
Here's to the Future; Music/battle of the Bands
Byline: YASMIN ROSS THE FUTUREHEADS Northumbria University, Tuesday, March 3. On arriving at Northumbria University, I realised I felt slightly fearful of how the evening would pan out. After being dropped by their record label in 2005,...
Horse Racing: Calculating Winner Should Be So Easy
WOLVERHAMPTON fly the all-weather flag tomorrow and Calculating can take full advantage of competing in slightly easier company at Dunstall Park. Mark Usher's charge was unfortunate to run into Buster Hyvonen at this track last time, going down...
Horse Racing: Noble Reward for Punters
NOBLE ALAN drifted from 4-9 to 8-11 before the Saltwell Signs "National Hunt" Novices Hurdle at Newcastle yesterday - but those who kept faith were rewarded as he ran out a decisive winner. Tony Dobbin's mount stuck to his task well to see off the...
Ice Hockey: Defending Nott Good Enough: Shields
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers top scorer Colin Shields knows he and his team-mates must tighten up at the back if they are to succeed in the forthcoming Elite League playoffs. The 29-goal centreman could only watch in horror last night...
Ice Hockey: Lady Vipers Find Revenge over Comets So Sweet
NEWCASTLE Lady Vipers are back to winning ways in the Women's Premier League after a 5-2 victory at Cardiff Comets avenged Cardiff's 4-2 success on Tyneside. Teresa Lewis made a welcome return to the line-up and scored twice, putting the visitors ahead...
Individuals Who Give That Bit Extra; Sharon Hay Practitioner of the Year Newcastle College
SHARON is employed by EDF Energy at Sunderland's Doxford Park. She joined in 1996 and moved into HR in 1997. She is now responsible for all HR-related issues within her client area, which includes around 400 staff and 36 managers. In September...
JUST GROW UP; What Magistrate Told Lout Robert Webber When He Appeared for Stealing a Sat Nav
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS JUST hours after being tagged, serial pest Robert Webber was caught stealing again. Webber,25, of Wardle Gardens, Felling, Gateshead, was arrested on Saturday. A day earlier he had appeared in court for trying to draw...
King of Fashion; KEEGAN SWAPS DUG OUT FOR CATWALK IN CHARITY SHOW
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG KING Kev swapped his manager's coat for some designer gear last night. The Toon boss joined players to strut their stuff on a different stage at a charity fashion show. The Fashion Kicks catwalk show, in aid of the...
Life after Lan Paisley
SENIOR Democratic Unionists are hopeful today there will be a seamless hand over from the Rev Ian Paisley to the next leader of his party following his decision to stand down after 37 years. Mr Paisley announced yesterday he would quit as leader...
LOVELORN LAGS; Prisoners Use the Internet to Look for Romance
Byline: By TOM MULLEN ONE'S a serial fire-starter who launched arson attacks on pensioners' homes, the other's a notorious armed robber jailed for life. But Tyneside crooks Neil Oates and Thomas Larvin don't seem to think their violent past will...
Man Smashes Wrong Car in Revenge Plot; Addict Armed with Hammer Bungles Retaliation
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL ANGRY Bruce Heaman armed himself with a hammer and went looking for revenge after his car was torched. He had the name and address of a man who claimed to have carried out the attack and when he arrived he vented his...
MERCY MISSION; Family's Work in Africa Inspires Schoolchildren Back Home
Byline: By MATT CASEY A FAMILY'S adventure of a lifetime has led to children helping some of the poorest people in the world. Engineer Rob Cairncross, his wife Anne and their three children left their Tyneside home in August 2006 to join a charity...
Motor Racing: Thunder Bolt
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL BILLY BOLT is hoping to blaze a trail and blitz the YMSA and British Trials C Class championships - but he could do with somewhere to train. After two Youth Motorsport Association wins in races around North Derbyshire...
Police Raid Nets Huge Haul
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY CHOPPED down and drying out, this cannabis was destined for the streets of Tyneside. But just days before it would have been ready for sale, a police raid netted the lot. Three hundred large skunk cannabis 'buds' and...
Postie Stole Mail to Fund Cocaine Habit; TRUSTED WORKER SOLD ON PLUNDERED GOODS
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A COCAINE snorting postman plundered currency and phonecards from the Royal Mail to fund his hidden addiction. Gary Conway became hooked as his life "fell apart" and his marriage crumbled. He started stealing from the...
Pounds 95m New Homes for Tyneside; Massive Boost for Area
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor MILLIONS are to be spent transforming rundown areas of Tyneside. Communities Minister Iain Wright announced pounds 95m over three years for Bridging Newcastle- Gateshead which is spearheading the Government's...
Remember When: Fusilier Refused to Bow to Enemy; Death of Brother Had Led Hero to Enlist for Korea
Byline: RAY MARSHALL IT WAS a boyhood vow of loyalty which became an adult act of wartime gallantry. Fired up with rage at the death of his brother, Derek Godfrey Kinne signed up and ultimately became the proud recipient of the George Cross for...
Rugby League: Absent Fans Are Missing out, Claims Garside
GATESHEAD Thunder boss Steve Garside reckons the fans were conspicuous by their absence once again for Sunday's Northern Rail Cup win. Thunder beat York City Knights 26-18 at Gateshead Stadium in a pulsating end-to-end encounter - but only 389 people...
Rugby League: Fletcher Delighted as Perry Signs Up; New Deal Keeps Falcons Lock at Club until 2010
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL FORMER Royal Marine Andy Perry has jumped to attention to sign a new two-year Newcastle Falcons deal. The 33-year-old former Plymouth Albion and Exeter Chiefs lock ratified the deal yesterday, ensuring he will stay at...
School and Shop Plan for Homes Site; Village-Style Centre for Great Park Is Approved
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A MILESTONE has been reached in one of Tyneside's biggest housing and business projects. Plans for the first stage of a new village-style centre at Newcastle Great Park with shops, a restaurant, and low-cost...
Seating Company Driven to Success; DICKINSON DEES Business of the Year EDF Energy
EDF says there has been lots of exciting HR developments at its Doxford Park site this year, including training, progression, development, sickness levels and the introduction of the HR business partner model. Initial training is a vital goal for...
Snooker: All Rhodes Lead Back to Top Spot for Cue Ace Astley
JOHN ASTLEY ended the present series of North East ranking tournaments on a high. Having lost the No 1 seed's position to last month's winner Michael Rhodes, he was delighted to regain top spot with a hard-fought victory over Rhodes in the final...
Table Dance Club Bids for Extra Hour; Councillors Hit out at Plan
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A TOPLESS dancing club is facing protests after seeking an extension which would allow customers to drink and watch the entertainment for an extra hour. Table dancing venue For Your Eyes Only in Newcastle...
THE Queen of Byker; She's Been a Royal Lookalike for More Than 30 Years Now
Byline: By LAURA JONES LONG live wor Queen - it's reet royal lookalike Violet Pate, the Queen of Byker. And while her robes are fashioned from curtains and her crown homemade, the 93-year-old certainly gets our Royal seal of approval. Violet,...
Town Bids Farewell to Mega-Machine; DISUSED GIANT MINING EXCAVATOR BOUND FOR AMERICA
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THESE pictures show how a big piece of mining history is being taken apart piece by piece. Ace of Spades, a giant dragline excavator, has stood idle since its retirement from active service in 2002. But during the...
Trawler's Crewman Feared Lost at Sea; Victim Fell Overboard
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL HOPE is gone for a fisherman who fell into the North Sea. Today, if the weather allows, police, air and lifeboat teams will return to the spot, two miles off Blyth, where the 27-year-old prawn fisherman went overboard....
Triple Choice in the Budget-Buy Small Car Arena; MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE Gives Advice on Choosing from Three Popular Runabouts Which Will Not Break the Bank
Byline: MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE FAVOURED FEW - from top, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and Mini One WHENEVER I sit down to write this column, I rack my brain, trying to think of three interesting and worthy used cars. Cars that are overlooked and...
Vent Your Spleen
I AM writing on behalf of residents in Brisbane Court to complain about Gateshead Council. We live in high-rise flats with seven floors. The intercom system has not been working and we have put in numerous complaints. ML, Gateshead. REGARDING...
Waghorn Key to Youth Cup Glory
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER HOT prospect Martyn Waghorn could be the key to cup glory for Sunderland's youth side, says skipper Jack Colback. Sunderland take on Manchester City in the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final at the Stadium of Light...