Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 23, 2008

Ace David Runs into Super Form
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK IT HAS been a superb two months for Alnwick Harrier David Kirkland in which he has not finished outside the top two in six races. An injury-free spell started on August 9 when he won the Haddington Half-Marathon, and from...
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A Fitting Tribute; Metro Train to Be Named after Devoted Councillor
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A METRO train is to be named after a former Tyneside councillor who devoted much of his political life to improving public transport. Danny Marshall was chairman of the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport...
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Appetite for Band Is Strong; Rock Band Feeder Are Back in Newcastle Tonight Following the Release of Their Latest Album. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR AT A TIME when most bands come and go almost too quickly to even notice, Feeder are a welcome, all-too-rare exception to the norm. First formed an incredible 16 years ago, they appear stronger today both in creative terms...
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A Real Feather in Your Caps. MINISTER'S PRAISE FOR REGION'S RED KITE CONSERVATION
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter EFFORTS to re-establish Red Kites on Tyneside were praised today. Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies was visiting the flagship Northern Kites Project in the Derwent Valley. And as he joined an...
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Beers on Wheels; GANG OF LOUTS TURN STOLEN CARAVAN INTO MOBILE DEN FOR BOOZING
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A CARAVAN was turned into a mobile pub by yobs on a Tyneside estate. A gang of more than 20 troublemakers pulled the caravan by hand around North Shields, stopping at frequent intervals to drink alcohol. They spent up...
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Carroll Hopes to Strike It Lucky with Derby Place
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIE boy Andy Carroll has revealed he will take his derby chance with both hands - if Joe Kinnear offers him a slice of action at the Stadium of Light. The teenager from Gateshead needs no briefing going into the Tyne-Wear...
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Cats Will Be Ready for Big One: Nos
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NYRON NOSWORTHY believes big-game experience is the key to a Sunderland victory in this weekend's Wear-Tyne derby. While Roy Keane's summer buys will be preparing for their first Sunderland-Newcastle clash, the new boys...
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Chiefs Fined over Bin Lorry Death; SAFETY INADEQUATE, SAYS JUDGE
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A COUNCIL whose safety lapse left tragic pensioner Brian Kindred crushed to death by a bin lorry has been fined pounds 40,000. The 66-year-old charity volunteer from Allanville, Camperdown, was hit by the reversing wagon...
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Commuter Chaos after a1 Accident; at a Stop
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY MOTORISTS were today caught up in a commuting nightmare. Accidents on the A1 Western Bypass caused chaos this morning for anyone travelling in or around Newcastle city centre and Gateshead. Major routes were brought...
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Cumbrian a Tough Nutt to Crack
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK JUDITH NUTT lined up in the Great Cumbrian Run expecting to face a course which would produce a fast time. However, it did not quite turn out the way the Elswick athlete expected, with the organisers changing the route...
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DAY IN THE LIFE; Working Life
Byline: david old PETER Martin is the manager of Terry Laybourne's Bistro 21 restaurant in Durham. 10am: My day starts at my desk checking e-mails and the bookings diary. We ring up to confirm any big bookings. The kitchen staff will already...
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Don't Be Thrown to the Wolves!
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN FAB FLOURNOY has warned his Eagles players they cannot afford to repeat the mistake of last year when they suffered a shock loss at lowly Worcester. The New Yorker will come face to face again with his nemesis Skouson Harker...
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Families Ignore Risk of Deadly Gas Poisoning; HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOUSES GOING UNCHECKED
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HUNDREDS of thousands of North East families are at risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Research has found that more than 850,000 householders in the region are risking their lives by not taking the right precautions...
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Gazza May Be Made Bankrupt; Tax Debts Are Examined
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS TROUBLED Toon legend Paul Gascoigne is facing bankruptcy over tax debts. The fallen soccer star's finances will be put under the microscope at a court hearing next month. The November 6 hearing at London's High Court...
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Get June; Great-Gran Recalls Weeks She Spent as a Stand-In for Cult Film's Female Stars
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY MICHAEL Caine told her she would be in the Chronicle - and more than 35 years later she is. When June Pearson auditioned to be an extra in Get Carter she had no idea she would be playing a part in a cult classic, or...
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Good Read Transfers Well to Stage
Byline: GORDON BARR FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD English Touring Theatre at Northern Stage, Newcastle until Saturday THOMAS Hardy was one of the few authors I truly adored as a youngster. It is fair to say, though, I have not revisited any of his...
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Help Children Grow Up in Happy Families; CENTRE BIDDING FOR CASH TOKENS TO RUN SUPPORT SESSIONS
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THEIR smiles make all the fundraising worth it. But it is no mean feat to raise enough money to keep the Byker Sands Family Centre afloat. Although the community building at Raby Cross, Byker, Newcastle, is partly funded...
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Help Us with a Final Wish; FAMILY WANT PINK HEADSTONE FOR HORSE-LOVING YOUNGSTER
Byline: By KERRY WOOD WHEN she was riding her horse she felt like any other 12-year-old. Unlike her friends, Charlotte Purdy couldn't run around in the garden or play in the street because of terminal lung disease. But taking to the saddle...
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Hola Senor Chips; Guatemalans Welcome Tyneside Fish Shop Owner to Queen's Birthday
Byline: By DAVID OLD HOW'S this for a long-distance takeaway? They may have been 5,000 miles away, but were given a taste of Tyneside for the Queen's birthday celebrations. Officials in Guatemala dined on fish and chips cooked to an award-winning...
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Horrific Scene Was All in Name of Art; VOLUNTEERS MADE UP TO LOOK LIKE HOSPITAL PATIENTS AND STAFF GET TO SEE FINAL MASTERPIECE
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS THEY posed in bandages and blood and now they will feature in a Tyneside gallery. Last month people sacrificed their good looks to volunteer for an extraordinary photo shoot. This month the hospital scene created...
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Horse Racing: Striker Torres Due Glory
STRIKER Torres has improved steadily with each run and he looks to have a great chance of breaking his duck in the Society Lifestyle And Leisure Magazine EBF Maiden Stakes at Doncaster. Trained by Bryan Smart, the two-year-old arrived at Haydock...
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Hunt Is on for Top Firms; Cipd 2009 NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND BRANCH HR&D AWARDS
Byline: By DAVID OLD Industrial Reporter THE search is on for the firm which brings the best out of its employees. Training programmes, mentoring schemes or other innovative ways to help staff carve out a career path will all be taken into consideration...
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I Can't Believe I've Got Cancer Again; Leukaemia Hits Schoolboy Twice
Byline: By HELEN RAE A TEENAGER is fighting cancer for a second time. Uche Obasi, 16, was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and after months of treatment was looking to the future - only to be given the devastating news that his condition had...
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It's 28 Years of History on Toon's Side in Trips to Enemy Territory; We Take a Look Back at United's Remarkable Run of Success on Wearside Ahead of Saturday's Clash NEWCASTLE United Head for Sunderland on Saturday Boasting an Amazing Record of Not Having Lost Away to Their Arch-Rivals for 28 Years. Here LEE RYDER Looks Back on Five of Their Most Memorable Sucesses on Wearside - and One Trip They Will Want to Forget
Byline: LEE RYDER 5 Derbies to remember SUNDERLAND 1 NEWCASTLE 4 April 17, 2006 THIS one could hardly have been stage-managed any better from a Toon fan's point of view. Alan Shearer may disagree, but the script was significantly...
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I'VE NO FEARS BARTON; I Have Complete Faith and Trust in Joey Insists Boss Kinnear
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR insisted today that he would have no fears at plunging Joey Barton into Saturday's white-hot derby with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Newcastle United interim boss added that he...
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Left in the Dark; Villagers Prisoners in Their Homes
Byline: By MATT CASEY SCARED pensioners became prisoners in their homes when a village centre was plunged into darkness every night. The street lights in the centre of Ayton Village, Washington, stopped working six weeks ago. Despite calls...
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Let Us in on Airport Spending; COUNCIL SHAREHOLDER CALLS FOR END TO SECRECY SURROUNDING DEAL
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor ONE of the council shareholders in Newcastle Airport is calling for an end to the secrecy surrounding a deal which settled a dispute over bonuses for two former bosses. Liberal Democrat-run Newcastle City...
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Life's a Beech for Building Planners; Chiefs Says Ancient Tree Must Be Saved When Nursing Home Is Built
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS for a new nursing home are set to go ahead - on condition a 150-year-old beech tree is protected. Council officers are recommending that the scheme, which involves demolishing an existing residential...
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LIFT-OFF FOR BUSINESS PARK JOBS; Airport Site Traffic Fears Eased
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS for a new business park at Newcastle Airport expected to create up to 1,500 jobs are set to be approved following efforts to resolve a traffic row. People in Woolsington are concerned the move will...
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Man Is Found Dead in His Shed; POLICE SUICIDE THEORY OVER DEATH
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A MAN reported missing has been found dead with a gunshot wound in a garden shed. The area was cordoned off and scenes of crime officers arrived at the house in Bowfell Avenue, Kenton, Newcastle, on Tuesday....
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Man Made Petrol Bomb Threat to Ex; CAMPAIGN OF HARASSMENT CULMINATED IN SINISTER PHONE CALL
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A JEALOUS ex threatened to petrolbomb his former girlfriend's home. Possessive Andrew Beaton did not take it very well when his three-year relationship with Rebecca Gosling turned sour. The 20-year-old accused his...
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MS Drug Gave Me New Hope; TEENAGER HAILS EFFECT OF TREATMENT
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THE only child in the UK to have taken a potential wonderdrug to treat MS has told how it gave her new hope. Patsy Peebles is the only person under the age of 18 to have been given alemtuzumab to fight against multiple...
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Player's Wheels in Motion for Babies; UNITED PLAYER HANDS OVER CHARITY CASH
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter TOON ace Steven Taylor has given his support to a fundraising event for a Special Care Baby Unit. The Newcastle United defender was at Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington yesterday to present the ward with...
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Prepare for Rules; Working Life Bosses Warned to Be Flexible
Byline: david old BOSSES are being warned to prepare themselves for new guidelines for flexible working. From next April, the right to request flexible working is extended to parents with children up to the age of 16 after changes to the Employment...
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Quigley Aims to Net the Top Honours
ROCHELLE QUIGLEY insists she is the best of enemies with her Team Northumbria colleagues. Last season's most improved franchise prepares to kick-off the 2008/9 campaign in style in tonight's Super League opener at Northern Thunder. Towering goal...
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RAIL TICKET OFFER; Evening Chronicle Promotion
London pounds 9 single/pounds 18 return (pounds 29 single First Class) Edinburgh pounds 6 single/pounds 12 return (pounds 15 single First Class) Your Chronicle has teamed up with National Express to bring you an amazing rail offer this autumn...
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Railways Anglers Are on Right Track; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK IT WAS the turn of the North Eastern Railways Angling Club members to get among the big fish on the Tyne this week. Top angler was Mark Brown from Dunston, with a cracking 27lb salmon caught at Melkridge on the South...
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Reel Up for the Big Sea Show; HOOKED SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THE first North East Sea Angling and Boat Show takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Nissan Sports and Social Club. Opening times are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is pounds 3 - under-12s...
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Revamped School Is a Class Apart, Say Pupils; FORMER HEADTEACHER IS SPECIAL GUEST AT RE-OPENING
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR A NEW-LOOK school will be officially re-opened tomorrow by its former headteacher. Dame Mavis Grant held the top post at Canning Street Primary in Newcastle's West End for 10 years before retiring in the summer. She...
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Ruby Shines on Her Trike; Sunshine Fund 80TH ANNIVERSARY CHARITY DONATION BOOSTS FOUR-YEAR-OLD'S CONFIDENCE
Byline: By STACEY DOUGHERTY THERE'S no stopping little Ruby Ruvino now. Ruby was delighted when she received pounds 690 from the Sunshine Fund to buy a new trike. The four-year-old, of Wallridge Drive, Holywell, North Tyneside, has cerebral...
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Rugby Union: Cinders Sure to Make It Hot for Us
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN SHOTTON feels that Saturday's trip to Cinderford could be one of Tynedale's toughest National Two tests yet. Tynedale chairman of rugby Shotton has spent the week assessing a lengthy injury list once again, and crossing...
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Rugby Union: Falcons Funding Bid Gets Backing
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN GRAY reckons Newcastle Falcons need outside investment to compete with the Guinness Premiership's big boys. In his first public backing of Falcons chairman Dave Thompson's move to capture 99% of the club's shares,...
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Sex Lessons for Primary Pupils; Basics Set to Become Compulsory
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PRIMARY school children should be given basic sex education lessons. This is what a Government review, supported by a Tyneside education chief, said today. Jackie Fisher, principal and chief executive...
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Sex Lessons for Primary Pupils; Children to Be Taught the Basics
PRIMARY school children in England should be given basic sex education lessons, a Government review was expected to conclude today. It was likely to recommend a shake-up of lessons to combat concerns that current teaching of the subject is too patchy....
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Take a Leaf out of Becks' Book
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICKY QUINN has warned Joey Barton that his nightmare is just beginning after the Toon midfielder revealed he was ready to make a clean break. But the former Newcastle United favourite feels his fellow Scouser can bounce...
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Terrified Pensioner Caught in Bus Brawl; Woman Left Scared to Travel
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A PENSIONER is scared to travel by bus after being punched when a fight broke out between youths. The 81-year-old was hurt when a blow aimed at one of the group missed and hit her in the face. She was not seriously...
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Top Class: Last Show before Young Actors Bow out; PUPILS STAGE GUYS AND DOLLS AFTER A MONTH OF REHEARSALS
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR PUPILS from a North East girls' school proved their dedication - and talent - to music and drama after staging a musical with only four weeks' preparation. Students at Church High School, in Jesmond, Newcastle, gave up their...
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Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON DADS who only see their children at weekends fear they will jeopardise their relationship if they talk to them about difficult subjects such as sex, according to research by Parentline Plus. As contact is often limited,...
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Top Class: Prize-Winning Pupils
CHILDREN from a North East primary who mastered new technology to broadcast the importance of caring for the environment have won a major national award for their work. Pupils and teachers from St Hild's College Primary School, in Gilesgate, Durham...
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Top Class: PROFESSOR SCIENCE
DEAR Professor Science, why does cold weather make my nose run? At this time of year quite a lot of us are suffering from drippy noses. Snot, or mucus, does an important job - it filters the air we breathe in. Dirt or micro-organisms, such as bacteria...
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Top Class: Students Say Willkommen to German Teenagers; Girls Get to Compare Education in England
FIVE German teenagers have taken a break from their sixth form studies in Stuttgart to see how English schools compare. The girls, aged 16 and 17, from St Agnes' School in Stuttgart, have joined Central Newcastle High School to test out our region's...
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Tough Test in Store for Brits
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK WITH just three weeks to go before the Gateshead International Cross- Country, the first fixture of the McCain UK Cross Challenge series, entries are already up on last year's figures. The international races promise to...
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Try to Help Us; Council's Rugby Row
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor FANS are urging council chiefs to ditch a planning condition which prevents rugby league matches being played at the Newcastle Falcons stadium. At present the use of the ground is restricted to rugby union,...
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Two Tribes Go to War; NEIGHBOURS CLASH ON FILM
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON THIS fracas landed feuding neighbours in court after they were caught on camera. Joanne Wigham, Lindsey Logan, Lee Doran, and Grant Chambers were all prosecuted after police found footage of their street-spat posted on...
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United's Amazing Sporting Heroes; A Group That Helps Disabled Supporters Enjoy Matches at St James's Park Today Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary. SOPHIE DOUGHTY Looks Back on a Decade of Achievements by the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY TEN years ago a trip to St James's Park for a disabled Newcastle United supporter meant struggling to watch the match from a small shelter shoved in the corner of the ground. But facilities for the disabled Toon Army have...
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Vent Your Spleen
We want someone in government that is going to support our own people for a change ACCORDING to reports, at the time the analogue signal is switched off for the region covered by Borders, viewers who invest in Freeview equipment will find that only...
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Victors Consett Show Their Steel
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT CONSETT leapfrogged West Allotment Celtic to move into second place in the skilltrainingltd Northern League following a 4-0 win at Seaham Red Star. Jonjo Dickman gave them an early lead before three goals in a 12-minute...
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Vipers Have Raised Game; Steelers Win Proves a Turning Point
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE general manager Jaimie Longmuir says the Vipers have raised their level of performance both on and off the ice after the win over Sheffield Steelers on Sunday night. More than 3,000 spectators packed into the Metro...
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Wajaha Enjoys a Great Victory
JOHN GOSDEN already has Rainbow View to look forward to in the Classic fillies' department in 2009 - and added another string to his powerful bow as Wajaha registered a smooth success at Great Leighs. The Newmarket handler jetted out to California...
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Wear Homing in on Derby Glory; Keane Seeks an End to 28-Year Hoodoo
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE says it is about time Sunderland put an end to their 28 years of Wear-Tyne derby hurt. That is how long the Black Cats have had to wait for a win over fierce rivals Newcastle on home territory. With the Magpies...
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Wilson Back after Injury
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL KIWI flanker Brent Wilson starts his Newcastle Falcons season all over again tomorrow night. Openside Wilson has finally recovered from the broken hand he sustained in the season-opening 14-9 Kingston Park defeat to Sale...
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Yob Facing Jail for Sick Hen Killings; THUG SLAUGHTERED TWO BIRDS
Byline: By KERRY WOOD SICK Gary Maxwell savagely killed two hens in a drug and drink-fuelled frenzy. Now the 21-year-old, who five years ago killed a Mallard duck, could face jail after admitting causing the unnecessary suffering of the birds....
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