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 16, 2008

A Cursed Love Triangle
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER Blood Wedding People's Theatre, Heaton BATHED in red light, the stage sweltered under the oppressive heat of the Spanish summer. It was the perfect setting for Blood Wedding, Federico Garcia Lorca's play of passion, pain,...
A DAY IN THE LIFE: Working Life
STEVE Laverick is the Technical Services Manager at Croft Technology. Steve has worked at Croft for 20 years and manages a department that ensures all the technical and network projects are delivered efficiently and effectively. 6.30am: My alarm...
Angling: Keeble Super Catch Is No Feeble Effort; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK ANGLER of the week was undoubtedly Paul Keeble from Ponteland, who caught a superb 29lb fresh run and sea-liced salmon on the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters on the Tyne. The fish was taken on a No 8 Garry Dog,...
Angling: Wait Goes on for an Upturn; HOOKED SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THERE has been very little improvement in shore angling from last week. There are reports of a few cod to 2lb from the Cullernose and Dunstanburgh areas. Simon Todd travelled to Eyemouth and, using a cocktail of crab,...
Arrivederci Roma; Owner to Close Oldest Restaurant in City after 43 Years in Business
Byline: By DAVID OLD HE'S a pasta-master in the restaurant business. But Pascal Fulgenzi is closing the oldest Italian restaurant in the city. Roma shuts its doors after a 43-year reign at the heart of Newcastle. The Italian restaurant...
Athletics: Emma Takes the Central Role in Win; It's a Real Family Affair for Chester-le-Street's Waterhouse
Byline: BY BILL McGVIRK EMMA WATERHOUSE is the latest Chester-le-Street recruit to taste success after posting the fastest time in the Scottish Athletics East District Cross-Country Relay Championships in Prestonpans. Competing for her Stirling-based...
Athletics: It's Time for Our Athletics Officials to Take Bow
Byline: BY BILL McGVIRK THE Great North Run has been and gone for another year. But for the timekeepers and other officials who were called on to help over the two-day athletics extravaganza, it was just another weekend, albeit a hectic one,...
Award Winners; Working Life
Byline: By DAVID OLD Industrial Reporter TWO Newcastle firms are celebrating after scooping a host of awards for their creative talents. Different grabbed two golds and two bronzes at the Fresh Awards, held in Manchester. And communications...
Axemen Pounce on Trader; Bandits Flee with Cashbag
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter ROBBERS confronted a jewel trader with hatchets before escaping with thousands of pounds in cash. The street attack in a secluded car park happened when the 25-year-old was getting out of his car parked...
Beach Romp Couple Jailed; COUPLE APPEAL THREE-MONTH SENTENCE
A BRITISH pair jailed for three months today for having sex on a Dubai beach will appeal against the verdicts, their lawyer said. Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south east London, and Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, were found guilty during...
BIKER DEATH CRASH CHAOS; Diversions as A1 Is Closed after Accident
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THERE was commuter chaos on Tyneside's roads today after a biker was killed in a crash. A motorcyclist was riding along the busy A1 when he was involved in the crash near the MetroCentre at around 5.45am. Commuters...
BRIGHT School Children
BRIGHT school children who designed a machine to make the perfect hot drink have won a competition to find inventors of the future. The device named the Robo-Kett and Muganator was designed by Year Five pupils at Marden Bridge Middle School, in...
Cheryl's Wrong about Drug Use; Councillor Hits Back at Claims
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor POP star Cheryl Cole has upset people in her home city with claims about drug taking in the neighbourhood where she grew up. Labour councillor Henri Murison has written to the Girls Aloud singer from Heaton,...
Children Stretch the Imagination; MILES OF ELASTIC FOR KIDS TO PLAY IN
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter YOUNGSTERS got tangled up in six miles of elastic when they became the first in the region to explore an unusual piece of art. Called Stretch, the sculpture is made up of lots of fine strips of elastic...
Competition Is Hotting Up: Joe
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR believes that the return to full training of several of his big guns has enhanced the level of competition at Newcastle United ahead of their return to Premier League action. The Toon boss welcomed back hot-shot...
Crews Target Young and Old in Blaze Set; Firefighters Want Children to Pass Message on to Grandparents
Byline: By KERRY WOOD IN minutes your family home can become a burning inferno. An unwatched cooking pan, an unattended candle or a simple electrical fault could all cause the spark that quickly becomes a blaze, taking hold of your home. With...
Death-Cheat Pilot Returns to the Skies; SURVIVOR MAKING A RECOVERY
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY TRIPLE deathdefying pilot Jim Martin has been back in the skies less than a year after the plane crash that nearly killed him. And the air ambulance chopper pilot, who has cheated death three times, is now looking forward...
Death Crash PC Appears in Court; OFFICER THEN GETS TRAPPED IN LIFT
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A POLICE officer today appeared in court charged with causing the death of schoolgirl Hayley Adamson. PC John James Dougal, 40, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during the hearing at Newcastle...
Dreaming of Justice
Byline: SAMANTHA PATTERSON Geoff Dead: Disco For Sale Live Theatre until Saturday, November 8. BETWEEN 1995 and 2002 four young people tragically lost their lives at Deepcut Army Barracks, Surrey. The Army claimed, despite questionable evidence,...
Emotional Memories of Brave Father Set to Live on Forever through Book; My Dad Was the Only One to Survive War Disaster
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON IT'S a survival story of bravery and bloodshed, which will now be remembered for generations to come. The daughter of a North East war hero has written a book to record her father's escape from one of Britain's worst naval...
Famous Faces a Brive Threat; Star Players Await Falcons
NEWCASTLE will face familiar faces when they take on European Challenge Cup opponents Brive tonight. Waiting for the Falcons at the Stadium Municipal in southern central France will be England World Cup winners Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson, former...
Fears Mount as More Jobs Go; LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES POINT TO A WORRYING INCREASE IN REDUNDANCIES ACROSS THE REGION
Byline: By DAVID OLD THOUSANDS more are joining the dole queues as unemployment rises in the North East. The number of unemployed in the region rose by up to 20,000 to about 96,000 in the year to August. And the figures released by the Office...
Firms Home in on Helping Staff; PUBLIC SECTOR
EMPLOYERS are being urged to consider smarter working ways for their staff. Work Wise North East (WWNE) believes providing flexible working can promote cost savings for businesses. One way to boost morale is introducing working from home. ...
Football: David Pledges Heal Score a Lot More Goals
DAVID HEALY is determined to build on his debut goal in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers when Northern Ireland's campaign resumes in February. The province have a second successive match against San Marino and will be confident of back-to-back wins...
Football: Dunne's Able to Ward off Cyprus
GIOVANNI TRAPPATONI saluted his "wardrobe" after seeing the Republic of Ireland survive a concerted fightback to claim three more World Cup points with a 1-0 victory over Cyprus. Trapattoni was indebted to the heroics of central defender Richard...
Football: Let's Win Every Game: Rooney
WAYNE ROONEY has challenged his England team-mates to maintain their 100% record on the road to South Africa after scoring twice to secure victory over Belarus in Minsk. Rooney's second-half double at the Dinamo Stadium earned a 3-1 win and ensured...
Futures Bright for Starlets
PROMISING North East athletes Jessica Read and Rebecca Liddell have been given a master class in what it takes to become an elite competitor. Jessica, from Cramlington, and Rebecca, from Ponteland, two of the country's top junior athletes, are attending...
Give Boffins a Hand to Understand; Why Are Geordies So Unclean?
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON SCIENTISTS want to do more research into why they say Geordies are grubbier than anyone else in the country. Toilet germs are three times more likely to be found on the hands of people in Newcastle than anywhere else in...
Great to Be Back in Action; HERO IS BACK ON THE FRONTLINE WITH HIS NEW FALSE LEG
Byline: By TOM MULLEN FRONTLINE firefights with the Taliban have driven on action man Anthony Makin. The hero soldier, who lost a leg fighting during his first tour of Afghanistan, has seen action just days since his return to the country with...
He Is the Most Prolific Thief We Have Ever Seen; Police Get Order Banning Him from Country's Car Parks
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter TYNESIDE'S most prolific thief has been banned from every car park in the country. Michael Tumilty has targeted hundreds of cars, shops and other premises, netting swag worth tens of thousands of pounds. ...
He Was Best Son a Father Could Have; DAD'S SHOCK AT BIKER'S DEATH
Byline: By MATT CASEY HE WAS a hard-working son who was looking forward to marrying his beloved fiancee. But instead of planning their wedding, Nicola Raine is preparing for partner Jamie Wilkinson's funeral. The 23-year-old was killed when...
In Brief: ATHLETICS
DERWENTSIDE AC's Hellhole 10k multi-Terrain race takes place on Sunday. The race, which is preceded by a 3k fun run, starts at 11am close to the race headquarters at Tanfield School, Stanley. Late entries will be accepted on the day. THE National...
It's Just the Ticket; GO BY BUS, CYCLE OR WALK TO WORK - GREEN SHOW ORGANISERS SAY
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter GREENER transport is the best way to save yourself money. And firms should be doing more to get their workers out of their cars, that's the message as travel bosses meet in Newcastle today. They are...
James Loving Life at United
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's teenage winger James Marwood is hoping he can continue catching the eye in Richard Money's second string this season. The Academy product was praised by United reserve-team coach Money after this week's...
Kinnear Blow in Bid to Lure New Coach; GERRY 'NO' TO TOON ROLE
Byline: By LEE RYDER GERRY FRANCIS will not be coming to St James's Park as coach. Newcastle United interim manager Joe Kinnear had wanted the experienced former Premier League manager to help bolster his paper-thin coaching roster. But the...
Mum's Grief as Vandals Trash Grave; PLOT HIT WEEKS AFTER BABY'S DEATH
Byline: By KERRY WOOD STILL reeling from the loss of her baby, heartbroken mum Ann McNally has been left devastated after vandals trashed her daughter's grave. The tiny plot had become a haven for Ann, 20, and her partner who would visit little...
Nursery Nurses Find Dream Role
TWO nursery nurses have landed full-time jobs after signing up to an agency they spotted in the Chronicle. Nichola McGregor, 20, and Gemma Surley, 19, were both qualified to work with children, but needed to build up their experience through supply...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I HAVE talked before about how much we are creatures of habit, something that affects all of us, although some are more plagued by it than others. And I love a good routine. OTC regulars will remember me talking them through my...
On the Road to Trouble over Traffic Scheme; COUNCIL OBJECTS TO PLANS FOR NEW ROUTES IN PEDESTRIAN AREA
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A BUS battle is looming following plans for more services around Newcastle Quayside despite traffic controls. The city council banned through traffic on The Side leading to the Quayside four years ago following...
OWEN IN NEW INJURY SCARE; United Skipper Could Be out for Month: Kinnear
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICHAEL OWEN has emerged as a "big doubt" for Newcastle United's clash with Manchester City on Monday night. And he could even miss the derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light a week on Saturday. The in-form...
Paedophile Back in Jail; FORMER FOSTER CARER BEHIND BARS AGAIN AFTER SAFETY FEARS
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter FREED paedophile Frank Murphy is back behind bars after he was suspected of grooming children. The 50-year-old former foster carer was staying in Newcastle when he was detained and taken back to jail....
Pioneers Focus on New Skills; Top Class TEENAGERS ON NEW DIPLOMA COURSE MAKE DVD ABOUT ACADEMY
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR NEW qualifications to help teenagers prepare for the world of work have got off to a flying start in the North East, thanks to a series of induction days for students. RAF Boulmer, The Sage Gateshead, Sir Robert McAlpine's...
Prove You're Fine Company; PUBLIC SECTOR
THE search is on to find the best companies to work for in the region. The annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have teamed up with the Chronicle to find the North East's human resource champions. Now in its third year,...
Real Heroes Get Their Night in the Spotlight
CHRONICLE athletics writer Bill McGuirk has a distinguished track record in his beloved sport - and now his devotion to duty has been recognised with a top award. Bill was one of 18 winners of Sport Newcastle's Unsung Heroes of Sport Awards, who...
Reunited
WHAT memories or connections do you have with the old 1928-2004 Gosforth Grammar/Gosforth Central Middle School buildings, now sadly demolished? I have produced a nostalgia/charity computer CD, giving information on the buildings and former staff....
Rogue Trade Crackdown; Pioneering Plan Hits Pedlars
Byline: By PETER YOUNG A CRACKDOWN on rogue street traders pioneered successfully in Newcastle could be copied across the country. Parliament will be asked to back proposals by some of the country's biggest cities including Manchester, Leeds...
Speaking Her Mind; VICTIM'S MUM ON SHOW ABOUT VIOLENCE
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THE mum of murdered teenager Samantha Madgin will appear on a national television programme about violent women. Alison Madgin will feature on ITV's Tonight programme on Monday, when the current affairs show will focus...
Stars
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 YOUR family has not been fair to you but it would be far better to back away than get into a confrontation. Time will prove where your strengths lie. Romance requires a risk. CALL MY CAPRICORN...
They Are Driving Us out of Work; TRADERS CLAIM PARKING RULES KILL BUSINESS
Byline: By VIKKI WHITE SLUMP hit traders claim they are being driven out by the yellow peril. Already struggling with the credit crunch, shopkeepers on Durham Road in Low Fell, Gateshead, have now faced 14 months of frustration over a parking...
Tilly near to Dream; PROSTHETIC HANDS FOR YOUNGSTER
Byline: By KERRY WOOD BRAVE meningitis survivor Tilly Lockey is weeks away from choosing her new hands. Next month she will travel to Leeds with her mum Sarah, 29, for the final stage in a long process that will give the plucky two-year-old her...
Time for Change; as an Aid Worker, DOREEN HUDDART Was in Bosnia during the Bitter Conflict of the 1990s. the Ex-Nurse - Who Is Now a Newcastle Councillor - Has Been Back to Help Monitor Elections and Found a Country Slowly Recovering from the War
THE first thing I noticed flying over Bosnia and into Sarajevo were the lights - street lights, house lights, traffic lights and offices were all gleaming brightly. During the conflict there was an enveloping greyness because of the dank fog which...
Trainees Start out at Law Firm; PUBLIC SECTOR
THREE trainees are looking forward to a career in law after landing contracts at a legal firm. Stephanie Coulson, Sarah Parish and Giles Kerrush have all started their training with Sintons LLP. And they are already getting stuck into case files...
Underneath the Arches - a Hotel; GLIMPSE AT PLANS FOR OLD RAILWAY ARCHES NEAR CITY STATION
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THIS is how a historic corner of Newcastle is set to be transformed into a new hotel. Railway arches on Westgate Road, near Central Station, will go from disused to dazzling when it is made into a 95-bedroom hotel next...
United Ace Owen New Injury Scare
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED skipper Michael Owen is facing a race against time to be fit for Monday's match with Manchester City. For United interim manager Joe Kinnear revealed today that the litle striker has tweaked his groin in...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the new Tesco on the West Road. On that road there are already lots of takeaways and estate agents. There is a need for these shops, but there are people in the Fenham area who would like to have a choice of other places to shop. There...
Wilson Is Steeled to Face Old Team
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROB WILSON has warned his old club Sheffield Steelers there will be no warm welcome when they roll into the Metro Radio Arena this Sunday. The former Steelers captain won eight trophies during his six years at the club and...