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 28, 2008

999? THAT'S FINE, FINE, FINE; Phone Pest Is Hit in Pocket
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A SERIAL 999 pest faces a pounds 455 bill for his latest prank call. Francis McWilliams avoided prison for breaching an Asbo which bans him from contacting the emergency services. But he was given a community order and...
A Million Tears after My Own Daughter Fleeced Me; Pensioner's Heartache over Pounds 8,000 Swindle
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON SHE was heartlessly fleeced by her own daughter, but disabled pensioner Patricia Tait still has the compassion to forgive. The 80-year-old told of her heartache for the first time today since being swindled out of pounds...
Arsonist Torched His Own Home; Sleeping Neighbours Put at Risk
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A FIRERAISER torched his home and risked the lives of sleeping neighbours after snorting so much cocaine he became psychotic. Former RAF Engineer James Oxley was already suffering insomnia and depression following a split...
Basil Is Crowing about New Home in the Country; MUCH-LOVED COCKEREL MOVES TO PECKINGHAM PALACE!
Byline: BY SARA NICHOL HE refused to be henpecked, but today is in his new home. Basil the Whickham Wandering Cock is now at "Peckingham Palace" after his 14- day eviction notice came to an end. Residents of Henderson Avenue, Gateshead, waved...
Battle for Places Is Great for Us - Zog
Byline: By LEE RYDER CHARLES N'ZOGBIA believes competition for places at St James's Park can boost Newcastle United as they look to drag themselves out of the relegation zone. The Frenchman was left out of Joe Kinnear's side at Sunderland, and...
Benwell Triumph, but Dismay for Ismay
THERE were mixed fortunes for a trio of Tyne boxers in North East Area title fights. While North Benwell pair Danny Oldham and Anthony Dillon triumphed on their club show, Birt ley's Rob Ismay sacrificed his belt at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston....
Broad's Bowling Boost
STUART BROAD has been pleasantly surprised by the bowler- friendly conditions of the Stanford Super Series. England all-rounder Broad profited from his ability to bang the ball into the pitch to finish with figures of one for 13 from four overs...
Car-Jack Trauma; VICTIM LEFT VEHICLE ENGINE RUNNING
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A WOMAN had her car stolen in a car-jacking ordeal. The 54-year-old had left her car unattended with the engine running in Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, last night and was returning to it when she was knocked out of...
Cinders Skates on Thin Ice
Byline: GORDON BARR Cinderella on Ice is at Sunderland Empire from tonight. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details WHEN the skaters in Cinderella on Ice take to the stage tonight they will make the production look so easy. But more...
Collings Takes It One Step at a Time
DURHAM City will attempt to earn a first-round FA Cup tie against League One side Swindon Town on Saturday week by winning tonight's final qualifying round replay against Histon in Cambridge shire. UniBond League outfit Durham outgunned their Blue...
Dealer Bids to Reclaim Bard's Book
A BOOK dealer arrested over the theft or a rare literary work has launched a legal bid to get it back. Raymond Scott is demanding that Durham University hand back the Shakespeare first folio so he can prove it is not a copy stolen from the university...
Down Your Way
SCOOT ALONG A SCOOTER club will raise cash for a North East charity. The Tynesiders Scooter Club is holding an event, hoping to raise pounds 1,000 in aid of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. The all-day event will take place at the...
Driven Round the Bend by School Parking; RESIDENTS LEFT FEELING FRUSTRATED BY BLOCKADE OF CARS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PARENTS on the school run are accused of riling residents by blocking them in with their cars. One shift worker said he frequently has to wait to leave home as parents drop off and collect their children...
Dunn Wants Players to Focus on League Issues
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans' boss Harry Dunn has told his side to put the FA Cup on the back burner as they look to pick up their first Blue Square North away point of the season at lowly Vauxhall Motors tonight. The Spartans will entertain...
FIGHT TIME; Shay: This Is No Time to Feel Sorry for Ourselves
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SHAY GIVEN has warned Newcastle United that they will be courting disaster if they go into tonight's game with West Brom at St James's Park feeling sorry for themselves after the derby defeat at Sunderland....
Football: Ameobi Aiming to Get St James's Rocking
Byline: By LEE RYDER SHOLA AMEOBI has revealed he and his team-mates must get the St James's Park crowd back on their side tonight against West Brom. The in-form striker has shrugged off his recent good form and underlined the importance of three...
Football: Be Greedy for Goals, Oba; Joe: Birthday Boy Can Fire United to Victory
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has ordered his birthday boy Obafemi Martins to have his cake - and eat it - in tonight's crucial game with West Bromwich Albion at St James's Park. The Newcastle United striker celebrates...
GAME DAMES; Pantomime Stars Help Encourage Attendance
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter OH YES they did! Three pantomime dames paid a visit to children at a Tyneside school. North East comedians Brendan Healy and Maxie and Mitch took time out of rehearsals to surprise pupils at Our...
Given and Taylor Fight for Armband
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR will make a late decision on who will lead Newcastle United out in tonight's home game with West Brom. Former skipper Geremi is out of the frame, leaving United's interim manager admitting...
Goalie Switch Started Career
IT WAS dad who turned a young Andrew Verner from a defenceman into a goalie and shaped an international career. "Everyone skates in Canada from an early age but I wasn't on blades until I was six years old," said Andrew. "There were six teams...
Guest Looking Good
GUESTOFTHENATION ran a fine race in defeat at Ayr last time and can bounce back to winning ways in the Malton Nursery at Great Leighs. The Mark Johnston-trained juvenile did not enjoy the smoothest of passages when fifth at this venue on his debut...
He Would Have Been Happy He Died in the Stadium of Light; Fan's End Moments before KO
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY IT was something he had waited 28 long years to see. Alan Thompson was just 90 minutes away from watching his beloved Sunderland beat rivals Newcastle United at home for the first time in almost three decades. But...
Hunted after Street Horror; POLICE RELEASE IMAGES OF WANTED MAN
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THIS is the man police are hunting after a one-punch horror attack. A 30-year-old victim was left with serious facial injuries after he was smashed in the face outside Heaton Bingo on Heaton Road, Newcastle. Today police...
Inspiring Travellers to Be Friendlier; Green Artwork Is Praised
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter CREATIVE powers of a pupil from Newcastle won her a green competition. Lydia Nicholson, 12, came up with an art design of what she thought a sustainable landscape should look like, in the hope of encouraging...
In the News
A HOST of the region's top up-and-coming bands play the Oxjam All-DayeratThe End bar in Newcastle on November 23. Its launch in the city takes place this Friday at the Tyne Bar. ANDREW FENWICK is one of the organisers Can you tell me a bit about...
It's the Old Cats and Dogs Story for Sad Liam
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DEAN WHITEHEAD says his pal Liam Lawrence is devastated at missing out on the chance to face his old club Sunderland tomorrow. Stoke winger Lawrence is out of action with an ankle injury suffered in bizarre circumstances...
It's Time to Act for Disabled Folk; Calls for Businesses to Be More Accessible
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A WHEELCHAIR campaigner has launched a petition urging businesses to improve access for disabled people. It was four years ago that the Disability Discrimination Act brought in laws to make shops, bars and restaurants more...
I Was Terrified, I Just Thank God She's Survived; MOTHER FINALLY GETS ROOF-FALL DAUGHTER BACK HOME
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY ROOF-fall schoolgirl Danielle Bell is finally on the mend. Three weeks after fracturing her skull, shoulder and piercing her lung in the plunge, she is back home and recovering. Ten-year-old Danielle was left fighting...
KINNEAR GOES ON THE ATTACK; Toon Boss Takes Positive Steps to Halt Slide
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR will try to dispel the doom and gloom hanging over Tyneside by sending out the most attacking team Newcastle United have fielded this season for tonight's game with West Bromwich Albion at St...
Knock It Down
RESIDENTS have welcomed the plans and agreed the money should be aimed at creating more facilities for children and teenagers, improving security and structurally upgrading the Byker Wall. Eddie Hawkins, 65, has lived in Raby Gate, within the Wall,...
Living a Boyhood Dream as I Represented My Country
ICE HOCKEY dominates the life of every young Canadian lad in the way football is the driving passion over here - and therefore to wear the jersey of your country more than 100 times is a huge honour greatly treasured. So are the two World Championship...
Markets in Meltdown? Not at the Grainger One; as the Country Slips into a Recession Many Shops Are Preparing for a Tough Christmas. but Traders at Newcastle's Grainger Market Are Enjoying an Increase in Visitors as People Try to Stretch Their Pennies. DAVID OLD Spoke to Firms Enjoying a Boom amid the Bust
Byline: DAVID OLD FED up with sky high food prices shoppers are turning to markets. Many supermarkets have seen a drop in trade as families tighten their belts. But while the global markets are in turmoil, smaller traders are enjoying a return...
Night of Madness as Cars Wrecked; 22 Vehicles Targeted on the Streets
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY TWENTY two cars were wrecked during a night of mayhem. Families in Longbenton, North Tyneside, woke to find their vehicles slashed and dented. Today police were stepping up efforts to find the culprits and appealed for...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Tonight's Game with West Brom
GRAHAM BREWIS IT WAS very interesting to hear Harry Redknapp make a statement that there will be no technical director at Spurs now he's in charge. What a lovely thought. I'll remember that as they overtake us on their progress to the top half of...
Putting Our Energy into Solving the Crisis; This Week STEVE EMSLEY Enters the Big Debate on How We Get Our Energy
Byline: STEVE EMSLEY I WENT to a debate on Sustainable energy at Northumbria University. I was pleased everyone agreed that climate change is being caused by humans burning and using fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transport and industry....
Record Profit for Oil Giant; BP Rakes in EUR10bn While We Feel the Pinch
OIL giant BP today soared to mammoth third-quarter profit of pounds 6.4bn as the firm reaped the benefits of record prices. The company's huge haul for the July to September period is a whopping 148% above the same period last year. Its profits...
Relight My Fire; Superstars Take That to Open Their UK Tour in Region
Byline: By GORDON BARR Show business Editor POP group Take That today announced they are to play their firstever North East stadium show. They will be the first act to perform a full concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light when they open their...
Reunited
A TOUCH of Blackhill Nostalgia. Eileen Willis, formally Regan and Jean Duncan, formally Smith, are organising an grand evening of nostalgia for all to go along and enjoy. Did you live in Bessamer Street, Roger Street, Court Street or St Aidens Place...
Rugby Union: All Black Tane's Early Debut Call
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TANE TU'IPULOTU could yet make his Newcastle Falcons debut against Gloucester in the EDF Cup on Sunday. The Junior All Black's Falcons contract starts on Saturday, just one week on from the end of Wellington's abortive...
Rugby Union: Ref's 'Sorry' after Error
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NICK GANDY has received a personal apology from the referee who cost Blaydon a potential National League Two win on Saturday. Trailing Wharfedale by a solitary point, Blaydon fly-half Charles Raynor lined up a penalty...
Sammy Joins in on Ameobi Sho; Toon Star's Brother Fires Goal Double in Cup
Byline: By LEE RYDER Hartlepool Res 1 Newcastle Res 2 NEWCASTLE United coach Richard Money has hailed the "Ameobi show" currently in progress at St James's Park. However, Money was not only referring to Shola Ameobi, who has netted twice...
Social Outcast Gets Yet One More Chance; SERIAL OFFENDER STILL OUT THERE ON THE STREETS
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL SOCIAL outcast John Henry Taylor, shunned after stealing a car containing a baby, was given another chance. Sex offender Taylor, 35, is loathed in his close-knit home town after drunkenly stealing and crashing a car...
Sweaty, but So Funny. YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/09
Byline: VICTORIA WATSON LEE EVANS, METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE, ALSO TONIGHT IT is testament to Lee Evans' popularity that he sold out the Metro Radio Arena three times in the space of a week, before moving on to four dates at Wembley Arena,...
Team McCrory Is All Set to Go Pro; Seconds Out
TEAM McCRORY is now ready to launch professional boxing on Tyneside in a link-up with top London promoter Frank Warren. Glenn McCrory, the former IBF world cruiserweight champion, has received his trainer's license, while Gwil Williams was officially...
The Man They Call Magic's So Happy to Weave His Spell Here on Tyneside; FACE TO FACE He's Travelled the World Showing off His Skills between the Pipes - Now Andrew Verner Has Proved a Real Net Gain for the Vipers
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WHEN his nickname is Magic you know you're not about to be confronted by a nondescript lost in the middle of the pack. Andrew Verner stands out in a crowd, an ice hockey netminder with more than 100 caps for Canada who has...
Thrills on Tap as Toney Takes Off
Byline: By PAULNILSEN 'BIG TAP' Tafari Toney is loving life with the Newcastle Eagles and, having turned on the style at Worcester, he is now warning there is a lot more to come. As with most players who come straight out of college, a rookie...
Tragedy Almost Strikes Again; WIDOWER TELLS OF NARROW ESCAPE FROM FLAMES
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL FIRE tore his life apart when his wife died in a ball of flames. Now, just months later, Jack Goodall has come close to the same fate. In March last year Mr Goodall, 74, was at home in Fallow Park Avenue, Blyth, when...
Vent Your Spleen
IN reply to the anonymous pensioner who says pensioners will freeze to death this winter. Could she tell me how, when every pensioner is eligible for pounds 200 heating allowance rising to pounds 250 this winter? So what does she spend that money on...
We Must Stop the Slide Now; MIDWEEK MATCH Newcastle United V West Bromwich Albion St James's Park Tuesday, October 28, 2008. Kick-Off 7.45pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United star Habib Beye says that the Magpies must "wake up" if they want to stop people from talking about relegation to the Championship. Beye has always maintained United have enough quality to stay up. But...
When Women Meet
WESTERN WI: MEMBERS were welcomed to our meeting by our President Dorella Addinall. The guest speaker this month was Robin Ramsay who gave an interesting talk about making a will. It was explained well and a lot of questions answered. Next...
WIN; Tickets to Watch Falcons
YOUR Chronicle has teamed up with EDF Energy, one of the UK's largest Energy companies, to offer the chance for five readers and a friend each to win tickets to watch Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester in Round Three of the EDF Energy Cup on Sunday (3pm)....
WONDER WALL; Byker Estate Could Be in Line for Pounds 80m Transformation
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A LANDMARK council estate built when Tyneside's slums were cleared could be in line for an pounds 80m facelift. Newcastle's Byker estate, including the world famous Byker Wall, designed by Ralph Erskine,...