Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 26, 2008

5 Missing as Building Falls; Rock-Slide Hits Norway Apartment Block
FIFTEEN people were injured when a six-storey apartment building collapsed in Norway early today, police said. Five other people were missing after the incident in the west coast city of Aalesund. Aalesund Police operations leader Magne Tjoennoey...
A Bitter Taste Left by Crowd; THE SUGABABES Newcastle City Hall
Byline: GORDON BARR THIS audience is lethargic!" So said my good mate, who is usually a bit of a party animal and disco bopper, as he yawned mid-way through this sold-out Sugababes gig. I had to agree. Something was missing at the City Hall last...
Al Samha Can Make His Mark
MARK JOHNSTON'S Al Samha made a very pleasing debut and looks capable of following up in the Dine In Style At Horizons Handicap at Wolverhampton. A well-bred son of Elusive Quality, he cost a pretty penny, and doubtless connections have loftier...
Andre Set for Giant Contest
Byline: By LEE RYDER ANDRE PAYETTE is determined to make sure that Newcastle Vipers will be at the Elite League play-off weekend next month. The rugged Canadian is certain to go toe to toe with Belfast Giants enforcer Carlyle Lewis at some stage...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG BLAIRITE ex-minister Stephen Byers, once tipped as a future Labour leader, is proving to be a thorn in Gordon Brown's side. The Tyneside North MP used his position as one of the Commons' most senior backbenchers to support...
At Fault over Rock Crisis; BANKING WATCHDOG ADMITS IT MADE KEY ERRORS
Byline: By ALISTAIR CRAIG A BANKING watchdog today admitted failings in its handling of the Northern Rock crisis. The Financial Services Authority said its supervision of the Geordie lender "was not carried out to a standard that was acceptable"...
At Fault over Rock Crisis; BANKING WATCHDOG ADMITS IT MADE KEY ERRORS
Byline: By ALISTAIR CRAIG A BANKING watchdog today admitted failings in its handling of the Northern Rock crisis. The Financial Services Authority said its supervision of the Geordie lender "was not carried out to a standard that was acceptable"...
At Fault over Rock Crisis; BANKING WATCHDOG ADMITS IT MADE KEY ERRORS
Byline: By ALISTAIR CRAIG A BANKING watchdog today admitted failings in its handling of the Northern Rock crisis. The Financial Services Authority said its supervision of the Tyneside lender was not carried out to a standard that was acceptable...
Baby Firms Step in to Help New Mums; VICTIMS OF PRAM SHOP'S DEMISE OFFERED A MASSIVE BOOST
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter FAMILIES hit by the demise of a Tyneside pram firm have been thrown a lifeline. The Chronicle told how the Newcastle Pram and Nursery Company crashed, leaving hundreds of families in the lurch. Mums-to-be...
Bars Facing Action over Cheap Drinks; Owners Blamed for Encouraging Boozy Louts
Byline: By LIZ WALKER and SONIA SHARMA CUT price booze bars could be held responsible for their drunken customers. Both police and medics have expressed concerns at the pounds 1 a drink, and two-for-one venues which encourage binge-drinking....
BATTLE OF THE BANDS; Evening Chronicle Competition
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner...
Birtley Club's Race for Cash
Byline: BY BILL MCGUIRK THE Norwich Union Community Sports Fund is up and running for another year, giving the public the chance to make a difference to sport in their community. Anyone can vote for a local sporting initiative which could help...
Blaydon Just Miss out on Double
BLAYDON coach Allan Worthy had high praise for his side even though they fell at the final hurdle in the National Indoor Finals at Lord's. The Tyneside outfit battled with clubs from around the country to reach the finals. That was an achievement...
Burns Don the Business! GRASSROOTS SPORT TWO-PAGE MARTIAL ARTS PICTURE SPECIAL
Byline: BY MICHAEL GRADY A NORTH Tyneside martial arts school floored the opposition at a tournament in Doncaster. The Burns School of Blackbelts (BBSB) were in knockout form in the North of England Championships earlier this month. BBSB took...
Cold Comfort for Winning Duo
ROBERT WINSTON and Duran Fentiman ended up benefiting from a faulty sauna at Pontefract. Both riders picked up spare rides as the intended jockeys of Winthorpe and Collateral Damage were unable to make the weights due to an electrical malfunction....
Cricket: Vaughan Praises Resilient England; Captains Unite to Hail Key Man Ryan
MICHAEL VAUGHAN praised England's character after they completed an impressive turnaround to claim a 121-run victory in the final Test against New Zealand and seal their first overseas series triumph in three years. The England captain singled out...
Don't Set Him Free; Victim's Family Speak out in Protest over Cut to Murderer's Sentence
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS TWO sisters tormented since their mother's murder, have a new nightmare to face. Donna and Louise Fryer almost died in a fire started by John Kerton to cover his tracks after he strangled their mother Eileen Clarke when...
Football: Annfield Men Leave It Late to Book Spot; WEARSIDE LEAGUE LATEST REPORTS FROM THE AREA'S SATURDAY LEAGUES Cup Semi Goes Right to the Wire
ANNFIELD Plain reached the semi-finals of the Wearside League Cup - but not before they were taken to the wire by Cleadon SC at Jack Clark Park. The North West Durham side made a dream start, scoring after just four minutes as Jonathan Kemp converted...
Football: Capello: My Stars Will Play for Pride
FABIO CAPELLO insists his most important challenge is to restore pride to English football. The England manager, who took over in December after Steve McClaren's sacking, has guaranteed David Beckham his 100th cap against France tonight at the Stade...
Football: Captain Rio Is Keane to Lead
RIO FERDINAND has hailed Roy Keane as the perfect captain as he prepares to skipper England for the first time in tonight's friendly international with France in Paris. Ferdinand has first-hand knowledge of Keane's leadership skills at Manchester...
Football: Cats Duo in the Clear after Row; Ban Threat Lifted as Dispute Is Resolved
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND have resolved their row with the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation - meaning Kenwyne Jones and Carlos Edwards could play for the Black Cats this weekend after all. Sunderland were at odds with T&T...
Football: Fletcher Boosts Burley for First Game
GEORGE BURLEY insists Darren Fletcher will be an integral part of his Scotland team - even though the midfielder cannot find a regular spot at Manchester United. Burley's first squad has been hit by the withdrawal of seven players ahead of his first...
Football: Gallas: Clash Is More Than a Friendly
WILLIAM GALLAS maintains France are treating tonight's match against England as more than just a friendly. The clash at the Stade de France will be Les Bleus' last before coach Raymond Domenech names his 23-man squad for this summer's European Championships....
Football: Geremi Named as a Top Player
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United midfielder Geremi has earned a place alongside Premier League top guns Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba in the Actim Index team of the week following a sparkling display against Fulham. Geremi laid on...
Football: OWEN'S HEA FOR HEIGHT; He's Only 5ft 8in Tall but Toon Skipper Is High Flier
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN is ready to keep rising to the occasion - to help Newcastle United stay in the top flight. Owen, of course, made sure that Kevin Keegan picked up his first victory since returning to St...
Football: Patient Parish Stage Fight-Back to See off Rivals; N EAST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: SCHOOLS FOOTBALL
PETER SUTHERLAND opened the scoring in the first half for Ryton Churches in their League Cup clash at Jesmond Parish Athenians. But Tom Maskell, Nigel Martin and Gilbert Okai hit back for Athenians to see them progress to the next round. Kevin...
Football's Greats Line Up to Back Sir Bobby; Big Names Lend Support to Cancer Foundation
Byline: By SARA NICHOL EMOTION was etched on every face as sporting giants outlined their reasons for backing Sir Bobby Robson's cancer foundation. Speaking of their admiration and respect for the former England and Newcastle United manager,...
Football: Shola's Chance to Impress Boss
Byline: By LEE RYDER SHOLA AMEOBI will continue his bid to win a place in Kevin Keegan's first-team roster in tomorrow night's reserve team clash with Manchester United in Northwich. However, United may not risk Andy Carroll due to the Toon young...
Football: Students Learn a Costly Lesson; WADE ASSOCIATES NORTHERN ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
NEWCASTLE University and Northbank have become isolated on the bottom rung of the Premier Division ladder on 10 points each, and face a real threat of relegation. And the University's decision to pick their teams exclusively from current students...
Football: There's No Way We're Giving Up on Wembley without a Major Fight; Whitley Striker Lee Kerr's FA Vase Pledge
Byline: BY LEE RYDER WHITLEY Bay hot-shot Lee Kerr is refusing to write off the coast club's Wembley dream. And he insists he will be sharpening his shooting boots for the second leg of the FA Vase semi-final against Lowestoft Town at Hillheads...
Football: United Target Sam Forced to Wait for Move
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer WELSH Under-21 international Sam Vokes has given up on joining Newcastle United - until the close season. The 18-year-old Bournemouth striker was ready to fall into line with United's plan to sign him...
From Newcastle to Cambridge in a Boat; Rower Takes His Seat in Famous Race
Byline: By HELEN RAE A NEWCASTLE University graduate will be donning the famous light blue jersey of Cambridge as he takes part in the annual Boat Race against Oxford. Henry Pelly, who is now studying for an MPhil in Environmental Design at St...
Funding Deal Set to Keep Metro's Future on Track; Nexus Bosses Secure Increase in Grants
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CASH deal has secured the future of the Metro for the next two years until Ministers decide whether to back pounds 600m modernisation plans. Bosses at Nexus, which runs Metro, today revealed an increase...
I Wish It Had Been Me; Num Tells of Her Grief after Son Is Battered to Death in Motiveless Attack
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON and BRENDA HICKMAN A MOTHER told of her heartbreak today after her caring son was battered to death. It has emerged 19-year-old Ross Davidson, a brickie for a local builder's firm, could have been innocently caught...
Killy Go Nearer the Title; NORTHERN ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO
HOME games involving Amble United, Hexham and Wideopen were casualties of the weather in the Second Division. But unbeaten leaders Killingworth YPC came out on top in their crucial game at Cullercoats, beating their secondplaced title rivals 5-1....
Laid to Rest 68 Years on; Aircraft Detectives Trace Remains of RAF Wartime Bomber That Crashed on Tyneside
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR THEY perished in a fireball as their Royal Air Force twin-engined bomber crashed on Tyneside But now more than 60 years later, four crewmen can finally be laid to rest after an incredible piece of timeline detective work...
Moter Racing: Andrew's Got One Rough Year Ahead
A NEWCASTLE-based codriver is set to embark on a hectic 2008 programme which will see him compete both in the UK and on the other side of the world. Andrew Roughead (21) is to compete in the British Rally Championship campaign alongside Melis Charalambous...
Murders Rock the Community
FOUR murders in less than a year has left a close-knit community in shock. The attack on teenager Ross Davidson is the latest killing in the Newcastle suburbs of Byker and Walker. Today, residents across the close-knit suburbs say they are scared...
MY Fellow Class Mate Richard Dacey
MY fellow class mate Richard Dacey and I are organising a class reunion, the class 4A dating back to 1955 at the Bewick/Richardson Dees School in Wallsend. Bewick Junior School was on the ground floor and the Richardson Dees was on the first floor....
Rugby Union: Stop Giving Up the Ball: Bates
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has told his Newcastle Falcons troops not to make the same mistakes three games running. Interim Falcons rugby director Bates reckons his new charges coughed up too much ball in defeat to both Leeds and Bristol,...
Rugby Union: Woods' Treble Chance Warning
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS has warned Gateshead Thunder they must improve to make it third time lucky for the second time this season. Thunder entertain Hunslet Hawks at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday looking to make it three from three...
Sam's Treble Bid
WHILE most players would have been more than happy to have held a national title in their careers, not so Walkerville's talented Sam Craigie. Craigie, who with the under-11 and under-14 titles already under his belt, will be targeting a hattrick...
Search Stepped Up for Missing Miner; Appeal on Sixth Anniversary of Disappearance
Byline: By KERRY WOOD POLICE have today stepped up their hunt for suspected murder victim Eddie Donnelly, who has been missing for six years. For years Durham officers have been unable to find the former miner, who was reported missing from his...
Six Years since Disappearance
POLICE have today stepped up their hunt for suspected murder victim Eddie Donnelly, who has been missing for six years. For years Durham officers have been unable to find the former miner, who was reported missing from his Sacriston home in 2002....
Sounds of the Sixties; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST Reader's Find Offers a Glimpse into Rock History
Byline: RAY MARSHALL WHILE the Battle of the Bands is raging on the Chronicle website the discovery of a number of business cards takes Remember When tumbling back to another Battle of the Bands, this time 1960s-style. When Chronicle reader Eddy...
Staff and Pupils Feel Fire Impact; Shock for Students Returning from Break
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS STAFF and pupils returned to school after the Easter break to face thousands of pounds of damage. As the hunt for the arsonists was stepped up, the full impact of the blaze at Whickham School, in Gateshead, was being...
Still Plenty at Stake in Invitation Play-Offs
STILL up for grabs before the end of the season is the North East Ranking top 32 pounds 1,000 Invitation play-offs. Matches commence on Sunday (11am) at the usual Gateshead SC venue. The top eight seeds will be competing for a prize fund of pounds...
The School with an Army Uniform; A Teachers' Conference This Week Will Look at Whether Military Recruitment Should Be Banned in Schools. the Debate Comes Less Than a Year after a North East Secondary Became One of the First to Host a Ministry of Defence Cadet Training Centre
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR reports MOST schools have just the one uniform. At Walker Technology College, in Newcastle, however, things are a little different. While all of the students have the traditional uniform comprising of a blue shirt, house...
Tories Pledge to Attract City Votes; Party Unveils Local Election Campaign
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CONSERVATIVE S today unveiled plans to persuade voters to back their bid to win council seats in Newcastle after 12 years in the political wilderness. Buoyed by the party's recent spring forum on Tyneside,...
Tributes for a Great Friend
TRIBUTES have poured in for Ross and his family. Dozens have left messages of condolence on an online tribute site, sharing memories of the popular teenager. A page set up on the Gone Too Soon website has already attracted more than 780 visitors...
Vent Your Spleen
It's an absolute disgrace that the Government has overruled its own laws about corruption so it can change them in the House of Commons IN REPLY to AB of Kenton in the Chronicle referring to the Scotswood lot being in the City Life again. If...
Wark Heading for the Summit; N ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE
ONLY four games escaped the late winter squalls in the First Division and, with leaders Murton out of action, second-placed Wark improved their title chances. In their last three league and cup games the Tyne Valley outfit have banged in a staggering...
What Do You Think of This? the Chronicle Today Launches Its Young Reviewers 2008/9 Competition - and You Could Be Part of It. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
EVERYONE has something to say about the last film they saw, show they took in or CD they bought. Now, for the sixth year, we are giving our younger readers the chance to share their views in print. Today we launch our exciting Young Reviewers 2008/9...
When Can I Get My New Hands Mum? Tilly Set to Be Fitted with Prosthetics
Byline: By LAURA CAROE TILLY Lockey has been asking her parents when she can get her new hands. The youngster, who captured hearts across the nation when she lost her hands to meningitis last year, is just starting to realise that she is different...
Which Is the Best Bargain? MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE Looks at Three Used Mini People Carriers
Byline: MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE IF I WERE you, I would buy an estate car. They tend to be cheap as chips and offer as much, if not more practicality than a mini MPV. However, as you and all the car buyers in the land will tell me, an MPV is what you want....
Window Cleaner Raided Home; Judge Jails Man
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A WINDOW cleaner set up a Christmas raid at the home of one of his customers. Christopher Anderson had already served time for a knife-point burglary when he began his round in Northumberland. The chatty 24-year-old...