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 6, 2008

4 Children Plucked from Fire in Home; TWO SUSPECTED OF NEGLECT
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A CHILD neglect probe was launched after four young children had to be rescued from a blaze-hit home. The youngsters, a six-month-old baby, two four-year-olds and a five-year-old, all girls, were carried...
A CELEBRATION OF CULTURE; A World-First Project to Celebrate the Heritage of African and Caribbean Families in the North East Has Been Launched. LIZ LAMB Chats to Two Families Who Are Taking Part
FATHER-OF-SIX Augustine Gill suffered racial hatred when he moved to England from the West Indies in 1961. A talented singer, he came to the UK when he was in his late 20s after winning a place at a school in Hexham affiliated to the Royal College...
A DAY IN THE LIFE: Roger Candy; Working Life
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN ROGER Candy manages Enterprise Campus, a student and graduate enterprise start-up and skills programme at Northumbria University 6.30am: Greet the dawn by going for an early-morning swimming session. Afterwards I tend to...
A French Connection; Business Graduate Lands Dream Job
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter FLICKING through the pages of the Chronicle, Jane Emmerson discovered her dream job. After graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in international business management with French, Jane...
Athletics: Heaton Title Is Just the Start; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK IT has been some time since Heaton Harriers has had something to celebrate - but last weekend the Newcastle East End club recaptured some of its former glory with a fantastic all-round performance in the Start Fitness North...
ATHLETICS in Brief
ELSWICK Harriers' annual Good Friday Road Races at Newburn Riverside Park, Lemington, which this year are supported by One North East, take place on March 21. The under-13 girls' event opens proceedings at 11am with the senior men's and vets relay...
Athletics: Put in Picture by Shot Star Capes; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK GEOFFREY LEWIS CAPES retired from competitive athletics in 1980 - but at the weekend he was on Tyneside to pass on his knowledge to the region's leading throwers and their coaches. Despite most of his time being taken...
Basketball: Smith Injury Rocks Eagles; Ace Charles May Be out for Season
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles have been left shell-shocked by the news that Charles Smith could be out for the rest of the season. The influential forward complained of pain in his knee after Sunday's BBL Trophy final in Plymouth. ...
Blaze Drama as Power Surge Hits
A STREET was lit up when a power surge caused digital TV boxes to burst into flames setting fire to houses. Firefighters had to run from house to house in Cotswold Street, Washington, as properties caught fire. Sharon Stubbs, 37, was out helping...
CHELTENHAM QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge with Our 30 Teasers on the Famous Festival
1. Name the four JP McManus-owned horses to win at the Festival last year. 2. Which Festival race is the oldest steeplechase in the racing calendar? 3. How many Cheltenham Festival winners has champion trainer Paul Nicholls had? 4. Who was...
CHESS: By the Bishop
AT THE start of the season, I predicted that Division 1 of the Northumbria League would lie between the two Kings teams, Jesmond Knights, Tynemouth Trojans and Leam Lane Aces. The latter two teams lost crucial encounters by narrow margins and look...
Cocktail of Drugs Horror of Lad of 14; Heroin and Valium Fear
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A BOY of 14 nearly died after taking a cocktail of drugs. Today he is recovering in hospital after he collapsed and his parents were told he might die. His parents told of their anguish and spoke out, although they...
Could You Tell If It's Real? Fake Gun Used in Metro Train Terror Ordeal Is Seized by Police
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIS imitation handgun was seized after a Metro driver allegedly had a weapon put to his head. Police today showed the realistic BB toy gun seized from a house in North Shields. It follows an incident...
Cricket: Strife of Ryan as Kiwis Make 470
PACE ACE Ryan Sidebottom said England allowed New Zealand to reach a bigger total than expected after they piled up a major first-innings score in the opening Test. The tourists had hoped to finish off New Zealand early on the second day at Seddon...
Dance with the Stars; Ballroom Lovers Are Being Asked to Hot-Foot It along to Newcastle Civic Centre Next Week to Dance Alongside Two of the Stars of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Gets the Lowdown from Anton Du Beke
Byline: Editor GORDON BARR THAT'S the thing about dancing, it's a great fun thing to do." So says Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke, who is bringing his moves with dance partner Erin Boag to Newcastle next week The city's Civic Centre is hosting...
Diatta Talks Himself out of Kev Deal
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SENEGAL international Lamine Diatta has talked himself out of a move to Newcastle United. But the good news for United fans is that Geordie boy Steven Taylor has insisted he is 100% committed to the...
Dr Maths
Byline: DR MATHS DEAR Dr Maths, I visited Alhambra Palace, Granada, in southern Spain and was stopped in my tracks by the wondrous art decorations in the halls and courts on the walls, ceilings and panels. They say in the visitors' guide for...
End of the Line after a Decade of Study; Working Life Metro Man Achieves Ambition of Earning Chartered Engineer Status
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter METRO engineer Malcolm Irving has seen 10 years of dedicated study come to fruition with the award of chartered engineering status. Malcolm, 29, who works in the Technical Services Section at Metro's...
European Showcase; Pupils Perform at Germany Theatre Festival
DRAMA students from a Tyneside school have been chosen to perform at an international theatre festival in Germany. The eight pupils, from St Mary's RC Comprehensive, in Benton Park Road, Newcastle, are taking part in the event in Gelsenkirchen....
Families in the City Will All Be in It to Bin It; NEW WHEELIE BINS TO BE ISSUED IN HUGE RECYCLING MOVE
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A HUGE shake-up in bin collections for thousands of Tyneside families will get under way next month. And from June new wheelie bins will be dished out in a bid to increase recycling rates. The changeover,...
Family Risked Their Lives to Get over Here
MOTHER-OF-THREE Connie Yabantu and her husband Ell liotfled their home country of South Africa fearing for their lives. It was the mid-70s and South Africa was in the grip of Apartheid. Black people were given Inferior medical care and education,...
Football: Benitez Blasts a Warning to Toon; Rafa: We're Gunning for United
LIVERPOOL boss Rafael Benitez has warned Newcastle that his side are finding their form at a crucial time. United travel to Anfield on Saturday desperate to pick up their first Premier League win since December. But although Liverpool have had...
Football: I Won't Think of My Injury - Just the Three Points; Alan Smith on His First Visit to Anfield since Horror Blow
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ALAN SMITH makes his first return to Anfield since he suffered horrific injuries two years ago when Newcastle United go in against Liverpool on Saturday. But the 27-year-old England international insists...
Football: Late Show Joy Delight for Bogie
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON LATE goals from Steve Salvin and Paul Brayson saw Gateshead boost their UniBond Premier Division promotion push with a hard-earned victory over Lincoln United last night. Lincoln, bottom of the table, got 10 men behind the...
Football: Moncur: Let's Not Lose Our Heads
Byline: By LEE RYDER BOB MONCUR has urged the Toon Army to keep cool ahead of the daunting trip to Anfield on Saturday. The Fairs Cup-winning captain is still convinced United have enough about them to stay afloat in the Premier League, despite...
Football: Pushing to Keep Euro Dream Alive
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER RADE PRICA is determined to force his way into the Sunderland side - and keep his Euro 2008 dream alive. The Swedish international hitman joined the Black Cats in a pounds 2m deal from Danish side Aalborg in January but,...
Football: Reserve Coach Says It Will Be Tough against Bay
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED reserve team coach Adam Sadler has vowed to give Whitley Bay the respect they deserve in tonight's Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final. The Northern League champions go into the game on something of a high...
Football: We Can Go All the Way Now; Cats Kid Jordan Is Ready for Final Bid
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER TEENAGE star Jordan Henderson says Sunderland take on Manchester City in tonight's FA Youth Cup semi-final believing they can go all the way in the competition. The Black Cats face City at the Stadium of Light (7pm) in...
Fury at VAT on Garages
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HUNDREDS of drivers have been hit by a "garage tax" on housing estates in Newcastle following an Inland Revenue ruling. City council officials have been told they must charge VAT on garages rented to 2,000...
Goalie Jailed for Glass Attack; Former Man United Starlet Smashed Drink into Rival's Face
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY HE ONCE held fame and fortune in his talented hands as one of the country's brightest young goalkeepers. But a freak training injury ended Manchester United starlet Anthony Clark's footballing dreams. And now a 12-month...
Golf: Top 10 Gives Nick a Boost
ENGLAND'S Nick Dougherty got off to a sensational start at the Maybank Malaysian Open today, firing a 10-under-par 62 to take the early lead at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club. The 25-year-old, who started on the back nine at the 6,979-yard...
Good Sport on Way; HOOKED
Byline: DEVID CARRICK AND SAM HARRIS AFTER last week's gales the stillwater trout fisheries should now produce some good sport for North East rods with mild weather on its way. Anglers are spoilt for choice with some topclass rainbows to be caught...
His Royal Fryness; TYNESIDE FISH AND CHIPS FOR QUEEN AND 500 SPECIAL GUESTS
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA GUESTS at a South American Royal garden party are to tuck in to a taste of Tyneside. The Queen's birthday in Guatemala will be celebrated with a posh bash at the British Embassy. There, 500 guests will toast Her Majesty...
Horse Racing: Cool Operator Ready to Cruise
NEWCASTLE businessman Graham Wylie was adamant trainer Howard Johnson's string would return to form in time for the Cheltenham Festival after his welcome winner at Catterick yesterday. The well-regarded Cool Operator cruised home by five lengths...
How Did Our Loving Son Lose His Life? More Tests to Be Held into Man's Death as Family Hold Funeral
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A DAZED family must wait several months to find out how their son died. Anthony Case, 27, died while staying with his brother at his home at Exeter Street, Shipcote, Gateshead, last Thursday. Ian, 30, made the tragic...
HOW TO BUILD A CAR IN 1 1/2 HOURS; Nissan Behind the Scenes
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter FROM an empty shell to a finished car - these pictures show how a new runaround can be assembled in just an hour-and-a-half. As previously reported, 800 new Nissan workers start their jobs later this...
Ice Hockey: We Must Stand Firm against Steelmen
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS head coach Rob Wilson has demanded his team put in a full shift when they head to the House of Steel on Saturday night. The Canadian coach was furious with his troops on Tuesday night in Nottingham after...
It's like Being at Her Funeral All over Again; MUM OF TEENAGE MURDER VICTIM'S COURTROOM DIARY
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY SAMANTHA Madgin's family came face-to-face with her killer during a harrowing trial at Newcastle Crown Court. Every day the public gallery was packed full with her parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and other loved...
Jack Touches All Our Hearts; CARDS FLOOD IN TO WISH BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT SCHOOLBOY WELL
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON SCHOOLBOY Jack Close has touched the hearts of the North East after he told of his bone marrow transplant. More than 40 people have sent cards to Ward 23 at Newcastle's General Hospital after seeing the brave eight-year-old...
Jealous Ex Spared Jail
Byline: By MATT CASEY A SWORD-wielding man who went into a rage after accusing his partner of being unfaithful has been spared jail. Brandishing an ornamental sword, William Stuart Watson threatened to kill Louise Young and her father, who he...
Lads Land Themselves Trainee Mechanic Roles; Training Courses and Education
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter TWO budding young mechanics are celebrating the first ever Apprenticeship Week after securing apprenticeships working on Land Rover vehicles. The Gateshead College apprentices are the first to be...
Lad's Pic of Mum Draws in the Votes; FOUR-YEAR-OLD IS FIRST WINNER OF OUR COMPETITION
Byline: By TOM MULLEN LITTLE Hashim Zulfiqar loves him mam - and what better way than this to let her know? Hashim's portrait has scooped first prize in the Chronicle's Why I Love My Mam competition. The four-year-old, of Jarrow, was chosen...
Lib Dem Facing Pressure to Resign
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CITY councillor banned twice for drink driving in less than two years faces the boot by party colleagues. Members of a disciplinary panel recommended that Tony Rounthwaite is expelled from the Newcastle...
Millionaire Was a Benefit Cheat; Jag-Driving Landlord Admits He Claimed Income Support Unfairly
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY and ADAM JUPP A PROPERTY millionaire was convicted of a benefits swindle today. William Pearcy Collard owns houses worth more than pounds 3m and drives a pounds 32,000 Jaguar. But that didn't stop the 38-year-old claiming...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I'M AFRAID I have a confession to make. But, before I lay bare my wicked ways, let me set the scenario. I'm stood in our bathroom and I yell through to the future Mrs Jupp: "Did you not clean this soap dish?" Before you...
Old Comrades
TO NIGHT 7.30pm, Newcastle Branch RAF Assn, Companions' Club, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 7.30pm, Elswick All Arms Association, 203 Bty (V) 101 Reg Sgts Mess, Cowpen Road, Blyth. 8pm, Chester le St Branch, DLI assn, Greenbank Club, Picktree Lane,...
OWEN: I'll Be Proud to Lead Toon out at Anfield
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICHAEL OWEN today revealed that he isn't daunted by Newcastle United's crunch trip to his former club Liverpool this weekend. The England striker and United captain will lead out the Magpies at Anfield where he endured a...
Parent to Parent
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON AS SCHOOLCHILDREN count down to their long Easter weekend, it can be a difficult time for parents - particularly when they are bringing up children alone. Complicated childcare arrangements, financial pressures and trying...
Pupils' Plans for Floating Club; Students Design Refit for Vessel
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR ITS presence on the Quayside may attract differing views, but recently the Tuxedo Princess was the subject of a design challenge devised to help youngsters develop enterprise skills. More than 140 Year 10 pupils, aged 14...
Purse Thief Behind Bars; DRUG ADDICT BREACHED HIS ASBO
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A THIEF banned from Newcastle for stealing money from handbags in restaurants has been jailed after breaching his Asbo. Steven Wastell targeted customers in restaurants and cafes by pilfering money from their handbags to...
Right Note for Your Wedding; GET IDEAS FOR YOUR BIG DAY AT THE CHRONICLE'S EXHIBITION
Byline: By KIMBERLEY JACKSON THE perfect first dance can make your big day. But choosing the right music and entertainment for your wedding can be as nerve-racking and stressful as taking to the dance-floor in front of your friends and family....
Rugby Union: Beating Scots Is a Vain Hope!
NEW BOY Lesley Vainikolo has a message for anyone who might doubt his credentials after three tryless matches for England. "You ain't seen nothing yet," said the winger, who lines up for England against Scotland at Murrayf ield in the RBS Six Nations...
Rugby Union: Gandy Makes Point on Key Trip
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NICK GANDY reckons it is the points not the maths which bother Blaydon as they travel to Manchester looking to tie up their National Two status. Blaydon have grown stronger every game in their National Two debut, most...
Rugby Union: Young Guns Are Ready for Bath Time
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN FLETCHER has backed his Newcastle Falcons fledglings not to shy away from pressure at Bath on Saturday. Director of rugby Fletcher has plumped for the same midfield which pushed Gloucester so hard two weeks ago, with...
Show Helps Attract New Trade
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter MORE business will be on its way to Newcastle after a conference held in London. The NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau is set to bring even more conference and business meetings to the region,...
Smiles Better out in Africa; Dentist Helps Poor
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter A DENTIST has put pulling out teeth in Northumberland on hold as he restores the smiles of needy patients in Africa. Dad-of-two Alistair Bartlett, from Darras Hall, Ponteland, has travelled thousands of...
Swayze in Cancer Fight; DIRTY DANCING ACTOR HAS TREATMENT
Byline: By WESLEY JOHNSON DIRTY Dancing star Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his agent confirmed today. But his doctor Dr George Fisher said reports in the US that the American actor had just five weeks to live were...
They're Putting the Old into Archib-Ald; School Is Set to Celebrate Its Centenary
FROM gas shelters to air raids, this school has seen it all. And the memories are flooding back as it prepares to celebrate its centenary this summer. Archibald First School, in Gosforth, Newcastle, has been based in the same building since 1908...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the criminal damage at the old shipyards in Wallsend, has common sense in relation to crime prevention gone out of the window? Why can't the council or the authorities employ a security officer or at the very least place a camera somewhere?...
WASTING NO TIME IN VAN CRACKDOWN; Refuse Cowboys Get Warnings
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR WHITE VAN Man faces a crackdown on transporting waste without a licence. Nine vehicles operating without licences were served with enforcement notices across Newcastle by environmental health and police officers. City...
We're Snap Happy; Youngsters Frame Future
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter TINY tots armed with disposable cameras created a snapshot of their lives which will go before the Government. The youngsters, aged between two and four, from Cruddas Park Early Years Centre in Scotswood,...
Where the Fish Are and How to Catch 'Em; HOOKED
ALDIN GRANGE LAKES (0191) 384 6090/07957 831711 FISH are again on the take after the battering from the gales. Ron Mould caught nine fish on Bloodworm. Other effective patterns were: Blobs, Egg Flies, Buzzers, Fritz. Anglers have averaged 3.5 fish...
WIN YOUR DREAM WEDDING IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR WEDDING THE EXHIBITION; Evening Chronicle Competition
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Yob Families Facing Boot; Caught on Camera - the Moment This Lot Was Warned Behave or Get out of Here
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THEIR faces say it all - time is finally running out for this lot. They're a mob of armed robbers, car crooks, drug dealers and drunken louts, who have racked up nearly 300 criminal convictions between them....