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 October 1, 2008

A DISGRACE; Vandals in Court after Damaging Gravestones
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter TEEN vandals who damaged war veterans' graves have been ordered to clean up their act. Scores of headstones in St James Parish Church, Benwell, Newcastle, were daubed with graffiti. Officers arrested three...
AIRPORT'S WRANGLE FOR CHIEF'S Pounds 6m
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A FORMER airport boss is set for a High Court showdown with his old employers over a multi-million pound bonus row. Newcastle International Airport will lock horns with ex-chief executive John Parkin later...
Angel of Mercy's New Aid Mission; WOMAN'S FUNDRAISING BID FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS ON BOXING Day 2004 Sally Marshall saw something that was to change her life. Like millions of others, she watched images of the devastation caused by the Asian tsunami. Sally, then an 18-year-old nursery nurse, responded...
Angry Coach Left to Sweat on Wilkinson Injury
FALCONS boss Steve Bates faces a nervous few days as he waits to learn the extent of Jonny Wilkinson's latest injury. The England fly half was helped from the field 25 minutes into Newcastle's defeat at Gloucester after being cleared out at a ruck...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG WILL Gordon Brown reshuffle his Cabinet and who will walk the plank? Insiders reckon Chief Whip Geoff Hoon could be shuffled off to Europe if the Prime Minister decides to freshen up his team. If Mr Hoon goes, the obvious...
ARREST THE YOB; Toon Fan Fails to Turn Up at Court for the Third Time
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A WARRANT has been issued to arrest the Toon Army fan who hurled a bottle at Cristiano Ronaldo - but was spared a stadium ban. Liam Thompson was not barred from soccer grounds even though he admitted throwing...
Asylum Seekers Trapped by Blaze; Firefighters Rescue Three from Refuge
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON TERRIFIED asylum seekers today ran for their lives after a fire broke out in their home. Three were trapped by dense smoke and had to be rescued by firefighters, while 11 others managed to escape before the fire service...
Back on Her Feet; Horror-Smash Youngster Joins Her Friends for Fun at School
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON STRIDING to school with a huge smile on her face, little Libby Clement has no idea she is a medical marvel. The four-year-old from Gos-forth has made an incredible recovery after suffering potentially paralysing injuries...
Back to Basics; Travis Is at Newcastle University Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Lead Guitarist Andy Dunlop about the Gig, Busking and the New Album
Byline: GORDON BARR THE Scottish rockers of Travis have gone back to basics with their latest album. Ode To J Smith finds the band heavier than it has been in more than a decade - giving guitarist Andy Dunlop the chance to come to the fore. ...
Back to Basics; Travis Will Be at Newcastle University Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Lead Guitarist Andy Dunlop about the Gig, Busking and the New Album
Byline: GORDON BARR SCOTTISH rockers Travis have gone back to basics with their latest album. Ode To J Smith finds the band heavier than it has been in more than a decade - giving guitarist Andy Dunlop the chance to come to the fore. Travis...
Bail-Out Plan Goes to Vote; BANKS PROSPER AS RESCUE BID RETURNS
THE US Senate will tonight voting on an pounds 385 billion rescue package for the nation's economy in a surprise bid to get the rejected plan passed. The plan to put the package in front of the Senate was announced today by Senator Harry Reid, leader...
Boys in Seventh Heaven; Percy Park, Alnwick Are Triumphant in Tourney JUNIOR RUGBY PICTURE SPECIAL FOCUSING ON THE NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY UNDER-17 AND COLTS SEVEN-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
PERCY PARK and Alnwick teams claimed the honours in the annual Northumberland Under-17 and Colts Seven-a-Side Tournament. The competition, hosted by Alnwick RFC, saw 11 clubs provide 17 teams and 175 players. Over the course of the day, 182 tries...
Brothers in Arms; Soldier Who Lost Leg in Blast Returns to Front
Byline: By TOM MULLEN REAL life action man Anthony Makin is back on the frontline where he lost his leg. Soldier Makin, who battled back to fitness with a prosthetic limb, arrived in Helmand Province with his brother Paul. Standing shoulder...
Burglar in Court for Raid on Flat; Sisters in Their 90s Left in Trauma
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A RAIDER left two sisters who are in their 90s in hospital after ransacking one of their homes. Burglar Michael Burke broke into a 90-year-old woman's home in Gosforth when she was in the flat downstairs caring for her...
Burns Profits as Rival Is KO'd
Byline: By ZOE BURN GEORDIE Superbike sensation Chris Burns was promoted to Superbike Cup race winner after a controversial race at Silverstone. Despite crossing the line in second place behind Gary Mason, the STP Motorsport rider was later handed...
Cape Toon; SOUTH AFRICAN CONSORTIUM IN 'TAKEOVER BID'
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter KEVIN Keegan will be offered a stake in Newcastle United worth millions if he returns as manager, the Chronicle understands. A consortium of British-based South Africans are lining up a bid for the club, which...
Catch Him; Pounds 500 Reward Is Offered for Cat Killer
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY ANIMAL-LOVERS who fear their pets may have been poisoned by a seaside cat-killer are offering a reward to help catch the culprit. Around 40 residents from three streets in Cullercoats attended a meeting where they all...
Cocks of the North! Gosforth Club Celebrates Twenty20 Glory
Byline: By LEE RYDER SOUTH North skipper John Graham has hailed his side after they lifted yet another piece of silverware in the Cockspur Club Twenty20 Championship in Cardiff. Victory over Stanmore CC in the glittering final showpiece meant...
Cutting out the Booze; LETTERS GO OUT TO PARENTS IN YOUNG DRINKERS CRACKDOWN
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter WE'RE cracking down on drunken youth disorder. That's the message local councillors were given when they saw neighbourhood police in action at first hand. Officers on disorder patrol in one area of...
Dale Strikes with a Treble; ALL LAST NIGHT'S NON-LEAGUE ACTION Hat-Trick Seals Spartans' Cup Victory
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans became the fifth North East club to progress to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after an action-packed replay victory over Whitby Town. Robbie Dale claimed a hat-trick in a game of seven goals, two...
Defeat Waiting in Wings for Falcons; MATCH ANALYSIS
Gloucester 39 Newcastle Falcons 23 IT WAS back down to earth with a bump for the Falcons last night, with a five-try defeat at Gloucester and another injury for Jonny Wilkinson. The star fly half limped off in the 25th minute of this Guinness...
Delve into the Darkness
Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, Northern Stage Until October 11, 2008, Box Office (0191) 230 5151. I WAS first introduced to Angela Carter as a teenager by watching the film of The Company of Wolves. Here Little Red Riding Hood, one of the...
Drug Is a Light in Our Bleak Tunnel; Trial Brings Hope for Family of Boy with Muscular Dystrophy
Byline: By HELEN RAE HE has spent his short life coping with a debilitating muscle-wasting disease. But there is a glimmer of hope for youngster Lee Armstrong as he has become one of the first youngsters in the world to take part in a new drug...
Drugs Hero; Dedicated Worker in Line for Top Award
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE IS one of the unsung heroes in the war on drugs. David Winter had never worked with addicts before when he took on the role of project manager on a scheme aimed at getting ex-prisoners back into work. But just...
Football: BEYE WATCH FOR KINNEAR; Interim Boss Hoping for More Good News on Injury Front
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR is convinced Newcastle United's luck is changing after revealing that Habib Beye has a 50-50 chance of returning for Sunday's game with Everton. And this after the United caretaker boss yesterday...
Football: Task Is Heaven Sent for Me: Joe
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR insists his SOS from Newcastle United's was "a call from heaven" - and he is undeterred by all the flak which has already come his way since his appointment as interim manager on Friday lunchtime....
Hockey: Club's Cash Bid Sticks!
NORTH Shields Hockey Club is celebrating a pounds 50,000 cash boost from the Norwich Union Community Sports Fund. Against very strong competition from across the region, the coast club secured the Fund's top regional prize with a stunning final...
I'M LOOKING for Dorothy
I'M LOOKING for Dorothy Joblin who married Joseph Joblin in 1941. They lived in Crucible Place, Newcastle. Dorothy Joblin, nee Taylor, was born to John Taylor, Theresa, nee Daglish, nee Francis. Dorothy and Joe had three daughters that I can remember:...
Individual Honours Go Way of Lilley
HIGH Howdon SC's Gary Wilson had home advantage and won the opening frame against David Lilley in their National CIU Individual Snooker Championship clash. However, it was the Elmfield SC visitor who eventually came through a hard-fought contest...
Jarrow Are on the March; Wearside League
PRIDE of place went to Jarrow, who defeated Skilltrainingltd Northern League side Sunderland RCA in the preliminary round of the Durham Challenge Cup. It was the Wearsiders, though, who struck first after only eight minutes when Lee Owens volleyed...
JOE KIN DO IT; Bez: We Need Results NOW and Kinnear Can Turn Things Around
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOHN BERESFORD is convinced new Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear already has a relegation battle on his hands. However, the popular former Toon full-back believes the ex-Wimbledon boss will instill a siege mentality which...
Latimer Leaves It Late to Strike; Datastor Killingworth Mini League
COAST Soccer secured their first three points of the season in the United Under-10 Autumn League. A late strike from Lee Latimer eventually proved enough against a well-drilled Blyth Spartans. With the game evenly balanced following goals from...
Making an Entry; UNEARTHED WAR DIARIES TAKE BOOK WORLD BY STORM
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR IT WAS a find that led to an amazing trail of discovery - and now a bestseller. When Shaun Sewell spotted a set of old red diaries at a house clearance sale in Morpeth, he fell in love with their beautiful illustrations...
Many City Schemes Are Still on Target
PROGRESS on major regeneration projects across Newcastle includes: ELSWICK AND DISCOVERY QUARTER: Plans and funding approved for the six-year pounds 100m redevelopment of Cruddas Park flats. Work under way on improvements to homes in Arthur's Hill...
New Aussie Outfit Target Viduka as Key Signing
Byline: By LEE RYDER INJURED Toon striker Mark Viduka is the target of prospective Australian side Melbourne Heat. Heat are expected to join the Hyundai A-League and are looking for a marquee signing. United hitman Viduka is sidelined with...
New Contract on Cards for Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NIALL QUINN has confirmed that Sunderland have opened talks with boss Roy Keane over a new contract. And the Black Cats chairman says it is refreshing to talk over a deal that does not hinge on wages. Keane is in the...
New Look for Town Centre Unveiled; DEVELOPMENT CHIEFS SAY DESIGN WILL ATTRACT SHOPPERS
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS HERE is a glimpse of how Gateshead's new town centre could look. The famous Get Carter car park will be bulldozed to make way for a modern shopping mall to help the high street compete with the Metro- Centre and Newcastle's...
Our House Full of Fun; Young Reviewer MILES MORGAN Puts on His Baggy Trousers to See the Hit Madness Musical Our House YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/09
Byline: MILES MORGAN MY all-time favourite musical - a must see again and again was one of many comments accompanying a YouTube clip of this show that I watched prior to seeing it myself. I was later treated to this promise and left the theatre...
Patients' Victory as Ward Reopens; Campaigners Thrilled to Hear Day Unit Will Stay
Byline: By KERRY WOOD CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep a community hospital's wards from closure are celebrating a victory for patients. Last year the future of Shotley Bridge Hospital was thrown into uncertainty when one of its two day surgery wards...
Peterlee Bosch Bid Runs out of Power! Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division
PETERLEE Town followed up their FA Vase success against Billingham Town by collecting another Northern League scalp in the Durham Challenge Cup. They beat Seaham Red Star 6-2 with goals by Karl Lilley (2), Nathan Liddell (2), Damien Gee and Peter...
Protests against Campus Housing; Old University Buildings Could Be Replaced
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS to clear part of a university campus on Tyneside and build houses have led to protests from residents concerned about traffic. Northumbria University is seeking permission to build up to 200 homes...
Rebirth Is Put at Risk; Riverside Facelift Cash Gap
Byline: By PETER YOUNG and ALASTAIR CRAIG A HUGE regeneration scheme including hundreds of badly needed new homes for Tyneside has run into trouble. A funding gap in the pounds 430m scheme to redevelop Walker Riverside in Newcastle was revealed...
Savings to Be Had; MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE Gives Advice on Buying a Buck Family Car a the Credit Crunch Pushes Some Second-Hand Favourites into the Bargain-Basement Price Range
YOU don't see a Volkswagen depreciate heavily very often. And the BMW 3-Series is always so popular, its price stays firm if the car is looked after. But these are funny times just now and so there are bargains available on both badges. Study depreciation...
Scan Reveals That Wilko Has Dislocated Knee
JONNY WILKINSON today underwent a scan on his left knee following the injury which forced him from the field in last night's match at Gloucester. The scan confirmed a dislocation of the knee, and Wilkinson will now receive further specialist advice...
So Brave an Effort against Leopards
TWO contenders for the National Under 18 Championship title met at Hillheads on Sunday. The North Division One encounter between Whitley Braves and Nottingham Leopards was a see-saw game which ended 4-4 and which saw Dave Lawrence in the Braves'...
Tee-Time Treat as City Are Swinging
HOME advantage proved decisive as City of Newcastle romped to an 11-shot win over Northumberland in the City of Newcastle GC Players' Championship. City finished with a three-under-par score of 213 - led by a superb four-under-par 68 from 2008...
Three-Way Tie at Top of the Table; Tyneside Amateur League
ONLY goal difference now separates the Winlaton Vulcan Inn, Killingworth Town YPC and Blyth Thoroton Hotel at the top of Division One. The Vulcan ran out 2-1 winners over Wallsend Town Reserves with strikes from Chris Holt and Stephen Spoors. ...
Thumbs Up for Flat-Rate Fare; Youngsters Sign Up for Travel Deal
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor THOUSANDS of youngsters have signed up for concessionary travel in Tyne & Wear following the launch of a new pounds 1-a-day flat-rate fare. The new deal gives unlimited travel on the buses, Metro and...
Town's Dreams of Trophy Glory Go to the Wall; Division Two
IN first-round ties in the Pin Point Recruitment Amateur Cup, the biggest surprise was Wallsend Town's 4-2 defeat at home by Hexham. Last term's losing finalists had Stephen Dodd and Paul McCutcheon on target, but Warren Dobson opened Hexham's account...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the report on September 29 in The Chronicle, saying that you always hear what is given to single mothers for free with children. Well, those benefits are only given to the people who are on the dole that get free milk, free fruit and veg...
VERGING ON THE ILLEGAL? Driver Snaps Police Vans
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THEY are supposed to be making roads safer but these speed camera vans were snapped parked in spots that would land other motorists in trouble. However, officers insist they are not breaking any laws by pulling on to grass...
Wenger Focus Is Switched to Cats
ARSENE WENGER fired a warning to Sunderland after he savoured Arsenal's finest performance of the season. Porto were crushed 4-0 in the Champions League to dispel the gloom that had descended over the Emirates Stadium since Saturday's humbling defeat...
We're Bay-Ing for Cup Glory; Old Boy Longstaff Relishes Whitley Date
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIE boy David Longstaff is banking on the partisan atmosphere of Whitley Bay Ice Rink to get Newcastle Vipers' Elite League Challenge Cup campaign off to a flying start when they take on Manchester Phoenix this weekend....
Whitley Continue to Keep Rivals at Bay; Division One
WITH first-round ties in the Pin Point Recruitment Combination Cup taking pride of place, only two league games were played. Whitley Bay A increased their lead at the top of the table to six points with a 6-1 victory at Red Row Welfare. The Bay's...
Wingwalker Ready to Take Flight
WINGWALKER is already as short as 16-1 with some bookmakers for next year's 2000 Guineas, and he can take a successful next step down the Classic path at Newmarket tomorrow. Henry Cecil's colt has gained quite a reputation and he has certainly been...