Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 7, 2008

A Moment's Thought Could Save Your Life; Shock Statistics Have Revealed the Number of Pedestrians Being Killed and Injured on Roads in the North East. ADAM JUPP Takes a Closer Look at the Figures
HUNDREDS of pedestrians are being killed or injured on the region's roads. Figures accessed by the Chronicle reveal for the first time the tragic toll of non-driver casualties. An average of nearly 800 people are hit by vehicles as they wander...
A Poem to Civilians; Remember When
Byline: By JS Inglesfield 25 Platoon Written following a Communication Skills session on 'Conflict through the eyes of a Soldier' The army is my life my world, it's not just my job, I've trained to be an infantryman, transformed from a simple yob....
A WALL OF SILENCE; Bent Cop Accusation
MURDER detectives faced a wall of silence in the David 'Noddy' Rice killing because the chief suspect 'had a copper in his pocket', a court heard. Mr Rice was gunned down at a North East beauty spot in 2006, sparking a huge manhunt. But the senior...
Backtrack on Fat Cats; Labour Accused of U-Turn
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor LABOUR has been accused of a U-turn over calls for fat cat council bosses to be sacked and made to re-apply for their jobs at a reduced salary. The proposal was due to be debated at a meeting of the Liberal...
Boxing: Broken Hand but Craig Nicks Win
Byline: JOHN GIBSON A BRAVE and victorious effort by Craig Nicholson completed a clean 4-0 sweep for High Fell at Consett. Nicholson was outstanding against an undefeated southpaw opponent, K Dick of the local club. He broke a metacarpal in his...
Boys' Club Is Safe for Future North East Football Stars; FACE TO FACE Wallsend Boys Club Chairman Steve Dale on the Development at the Famous Football Hotbed
Byline: JOHN GIBSON THE fact that Wallsend Boys Club has produced superstar footballers over four decades is little more than a miracle. While England internationals Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick are the headliners, they are...
Brewery Gag Proves a Hit with Toon Fans
A BREWERY has been inundated with orders for an ale that pokes fun at the troubled Toon. Boss Dave Roberts was drinking with some disgruntled fans in his Fuggles bar in Bedlington when they came up with the tongue-in-cheek idea. And it was not...
Bungling Burglar Loses Gift Haul; Dad's Stolen Birthday Presents Go Missing
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE stole a stash of presents on his daughter's birthday. But drunken dad Anthony Hall's plan was foiled when the goodies he took disappeared from his secret hideaway. The unemployed dad rifled through a crate of parcels...
Bungling Car Thief's Plea to Be Locked Up; DRIVER WHO STOLE CAR WITH BABY IN IT IS SHUNNED
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A SOCIAL outcast for his crimes, he begged to be sent back to prison. John Henry Taylor is loathed by his close knit community after drunkenly taking a car with a baby strapped in the back. He was jailed for that,...
City Calls Time on the Drunk and Disorderly; New Powers in Fight on Booze Yobs
Byline: By KERRY WOOD ON-STREET boozers have been banned from a city in a move to curb drinkfuelled violence. For the first time a blanket ban has been placed on the city centre of Durham, popular with tourists because of its world heritage site...
City Calls Time on the Drunks
ON-STREET boozers have been banned from a city in a move to curb drink-fuelled violence. For the first time a blanket ban has been placed on the city centre of Durham, popular with tourists because of its world heritage site status. In the past...
City in Revival after Rocket
DURHAM City came from behind to win their FA Trophy preliminary round replay at Curzon Ashton and stretch their unbeaten run to 14 games. City's players, however, had been on the wrong end of a half-time blast from manager Lee Collings before they...
Closing Doors Heralds End for Temple; for 120 Years the Newcastle City Temple of the Salvation Army Has Shone like a Beacon Not Only to Those in Dire Need, but Also to the Young of the City, Who Were Either Looking for Direction or an Escape from the Pressures of Life. but at the End of This Month the City Temple Will Close Its Doors for the Last Time as the Congregation Moves, Temporarily, to a New Home
IT HAS served the city for nearly 120 years and has been an open door when people have faced their greatest trials. The Salvation Army City Temple, in Newcastle's Westgate Road, has stood as a place of worship and sanctuary for all. But depreciation...
Dancing Up a Storm over Mansion Plans for Disco Parties; NEIGHBOURS OBJECT TO CIVIC BOSSES' BID TO LIFT NOISE LIMITS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS to allow disco dancing at the official residence of Newcastle's Lord Mayor have upset neighbours. The historic Mansion House in Jesmond is popular for private parties such as wedding receptions. ...
Down Way. Go Green
GRAB A BAG TRENDY reusable shopping bags are on sale in the Chronicle's reception. The ourNewcastle shopping bags cost just pounds 1 each from the front desk of our Groat Market HQ. The bags, which are made from environmentallyfriendly jute,...
Down Your Way
DELVE INTO HISTORY A HISTORY society is appealing for more enthusiasts to come forward. Westerhope History Society is hosting a lecture on the famous North East industrialist Lord Armstrong, who formally gave Jesmond Dene to the city of Newcastle....
Down Your Way
TAKING TO THE STAGE AN HOUR-LONG show of songs, stories and poetry inspired by video games is being staged on Tyneside. Called Infinite Lives, the event is being held at Northern Stage, Newcastle, on October 9 from 7.30pm. The evening will feature...
Drink Driver Banned
A DRINK driver escaped prison after getting behind the wheel while five times the limit. Grief-stricken Sandra Scott drowned her sorrows in a bottle of vodka then drove to work. Gateshead magistrates have been considering jailing the 47-year-old...
Families' Fears over Unit for Troubled Teens; RESIDENTS START PETITION TO OPPOSE NEW CARE HOME
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA WORRIED families are protesting at council plans to open a unit for troubled children at the bottom of their street. A petition has been started by residents in Hartley Avenue, Monkseaton, North Tyneside, against proposals...
First-Team Spot Incentive for United Youngsters
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's stand-in reserve-team coach Richard Money says he will continue to dangle the carrot of "life with the first-team squad" in front of his Toon young guns in tonight's clash at Wigan. United's teenagers have...
Flying to Rescue; BID TO HELP STRICKEN SEABIRDS CAUGHT UP IN OIL SLICK
Byline: By LAURA CAROE EFFORTS are under way today to find out who was behind the North Sea oil spill. As a clean-up operation got going, attempts were being made to find the guilty party. Around 150 seabirds have been found washed up on beaches...
Football: Capello's Snub Not the End for Owen; Barnes: Michael Can Show His Class for United
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOHN BARNES has dismissed claims that Michael Owen's England career is over. Like Owen, Barnes played for United, Liverpool and England with distinction, in an illustrious career which brought Championship medals and FA Cup...
Football: ENGLAND'S LOSS IS OUR GAIN; Kinnear's Verdict on Ace Owen Cap Snub
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has told England boss Fabio Capello that leaving Michael Owen out of next week's World Cup qualifiers is England's loss - and Newcastle United's gain. The United interim boss does not want...
Football: Kieran's Making Up for Lost Time
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER KIERAN RICHARDSON wants to make up for lost time this season after his first year on Wearside was wrecked by injury. The Sunderland midfielder suffered a persistent back problem that restricted his appearances last term,...
Football: Money as Well as Pride on the Line
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie is keen for his side to continue their winning ways on their travels tonight when the region's top two non-league clubs go head-to-head in the Conference League Cup, the Setanta Shield. The Tynesiders...
Football: United Skipper Deserves Much Better, Says Evans
NEWCASTLE striker Michael Owen has not reaped the rewards he deserves so far - according to former Liverpool manager Roy Evans. Owen has been left out of the England squad to face Kazakhstan and Belarus in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, despite...
From Pitman to Parliament and Life in between; MP Writes New Fiction Based on His Childhood on Tyneside
Byline: By LIZ LAMB A PITMAN turned MP and barrister has penned a new novel about his childhood on Tyneside. Stuart Bell was born and raised in High Spen, Gateshead, where he lived with his parents in a street of colliery houses called The Old...
Get Carter ...as You've Never Seen It Before
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THEY'VE lain hidden in archives for more than 30 years. But now, never-before-seen photos of film legend Michael Caine on the set of Tyneside film Get Carter have been discovered and are being published for the first time....
Getting Tough on Fare Cheats; COURTS SET TO INCREASE SIZE OF PENALTIES
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor TOUGH new guidelines will see Metro fare dodgers facing bigger fines. It follows advice to magistrates on the size of penalties to be dished out to offenders. Fines depend upon earnings and for fare...
Girl Fighting for Life after Falling through Skylight; 10-YEAR-OLD HAD BEEN PLAYING WITH FRIENDS ON PUB ROOF
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A SCHOOLGIRL is fighting for life after she plunged through a skylight at a busy social club. The 10-year-old who has been named locally as Danielle Bell is lucky to be alive after she fell while playing with pals on...
Golden Oldies Return to the Silver Screen; PUPILS CELEBRATE CINEMA'S HISTORY WITH NEWSREEL PROJECT
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter CHILDREN from across Tyneside became film stars to make headlines. For most youngsters a trip to the cinema involves watching a movie while munching on popcorn. But pupils from North East primary...
Harper's Keeping Pressure on Shay
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER has revealed he aims to keep up the pressure on Shay Given for the Newcastle United No 1 spot by maintaining his own excellent standards between the posts. Harper, who has remained loyal to United throughout...
Horse Racing: Jimmy Is Due Good Fortune
JIMMY FORTUNE suffered a nightmare with Red Jade at Nottingham last week, but can ease the pain of a 10-day ban with victory back at the same track. The rider was penalised for dropping his hands close home aboard the juvenile in an average event...
Horse Racing: Mangham's Got Lincoln in His Sights
DAVID BROWN revealed plans for an assault on next season's William Hill Lincoln after Mangham's pillar-to-post triumph at Pontefract. The Paul Mulrennan-ridden three-year-old (11-1) showed plenty of pace from the head of affairs to easily defeat...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Still on Talent Quest
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROB WILSON has revealed he must go back to the drawing board in order to find a new defenceman. The Newcastle Vipers head coach flew back to his native Toronto last week for talks with potential new signings to cover for...
In the News with Reggae Star Natty
UP-AND-COMING reggae star Natty is one of the headliners at this year's Boss Sounds Festival in Newcastle ARE YOU BUSY IN THE STUDIO? Not at the minute, I'm just brushing my teeth and getting dressed then going to the studio. IT'S BEEN A CRACKING...
Ireland Puts on Show of Talent; Irish Eyes Will Be Smiling on Tyneside from This Weekend. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR LOCAL, national and international excellence in Irish Culture - that's the premise of this year's Tyneside Irish Festival. Established in 1985, the event, which runs from this Sunday to October 26, is the country's largest...
It's the Wheel Deal for Eagles
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles have announced a further extension to their already impressive set-up after announcing that the club will have a wheelchair team this season. The franchise has confirmed their entry into the Great Britain...
Laser Danger Pilots Call for More Security
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG SECURITY is being beefed up to stop laser pen attacks on planes at Newcastle Airport. It comes after a safety plea from air crews and the British Airline Pilots' Association. In the latest incident in Britain, a pilot...
LAST-ING MEMORY; Valiant Duo Conquer Great North Run Challenge
Byline: By TOM MULLEN DRESSED as medieval knights and wielding swords, these two charity fun-runners look ready for any challenge. But pals Joe McConnell and Simon Rod-den were the very last to cross the finishing line in the Great North Run....
Local Produce Is a Tasty Treat; GO GREEN
SATURDAY and Sunday were quite exciting days for foodies who like good organic food in Newcastle. Gil and I went to look at the various stalls set out in old Eldon Square on Saturday. We like to find local produce because it is good for the local...
Mascots Mix It Up for Cash; GO GREEN Relay Racers Set Pace for Charity
MASCOTS went head-to-head in a charity challenge. The Ringtons teapot mascot squared up to Mr Hearty, the British Heart Foundation mascot, Newcastle Falcons' Flash the Falcon and Mencap mascot Dennis the Menace for a relay challenge. The race,...
Mrs Brown Back Again
EVERYONE'S favourite Irish Mammy is back in Toon. For the Love of Mrs Brown is at the Journal Tyne Theatre until Saturday, having first played there in January this year. The creation of Brendan O'Carroll, who again takes up the title role, even...
Mum Spared Jail for Pounds 26k Benefit Scam; FRAUDSTER LIED ABOUT LIVING WITH TAXI DRIVER
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A MUM-of-three has escaped jail after she admitted lying to pocket pounds 26,000 in benefits. Jill Grant gleaned pounds 120 a week between March 2002 and October 2005. By telling officials she was a single parent,...
My Pal the Drugs Boss; Detective on Trial
A DETECTIVE allegedly given cash, cocaine and call girls by a gangland killer said he had been a fool to let their friendship develop, a court heard. Northumbria Detective Constable John Jones told investigators he liked Allan Foster - a drug baron...
Save Us from Credit Crunch; PLEA TO BANK OF ENGLAND AND CHANCELLOR:
Byline: By ALAN JONES BRITAIN is now in a recession with business confidence, profits and turnover at record lows and unemployment set to rise by up to 350,000 in the next year, says to a report out today. An authoritative survey of 5,000 firms...
Shock as Opencast Pit Gets the Nod; Hundreds Lose Fight to Halt Proposals
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL CONTROVERSIAL plans for an opencast mine next to a town were given the go-ahead today. Hundreds of people objected to UK Coal's plans to dig up 600 acres of open land at Potland Burn, north of Ashington. But members...
That Was Not a Bad Start, Joe; Bob Moncur Looks at Kinnear's Impact
Byline: BOB MONCUR JOE KINNEAR asked for one thing and one thing only when he shocked the world of football to take over Newcastle United. It wasn't a wheelbarrow full of cash to come and do the job, it wasn't a fivestar stay in town while he...
Toon Fans Target Sponsors
A NEWCASTLE fans group is calling for club sponsors and advertisers to cut their ties with Mike Ashley. The newly-formed Newcastle United Supporters Club wants main backers Northern Rock and kit supplier Adidas to sever their business relationship...
United Takeover Bid Left in Doubt
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THE future ownership of Newcastle United remains in doubt despite reports of a bidding deadline today. A takeover by a South African consortium has been hit by key investors pulling out. But Newcastle's interim manager...
Wallsend Picked Me Up after Rejection - Beardsley
UNBELIEVABLY, considering his immense talent and the scouts who have always descended upon Wallsend like a swarm of bees, Peter Beardsley found it difficult to break into top football. He was famously rejected by both Gillingham and Oxford United...
When Women Meet
WI MICKLEY MICKLEY'S members laughed and chuckled their way through the evening at the tales and exploits described by speaker Keith Anthony. Charabanc outings and annual chapel ones (by steam train, to the delight of the children) took place to popular...