Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 15, 2008

A Horrid Appeal for Young; Playwright John Godber Has Adapted Horrid Henry for the Stage. It Is at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle from Today until Saturday
Byline: John Godber WRITER director John Godber has turned his hands to something new and quite surprising - adapting a popular series of books for the stage. Horrid Henry, for the uninitiated, is the hero of a phenomenally popular series of...
Amble Sampling Home Comforts; Division Two
AMBLE United are still in pole position with South Shields United, Wideopen and District and Wallsend Boys Club their nearest challengers. Wideopen were lying idle while their top-of-the-table rivals had mixed fortunes. Amble United went six...
Ammonia Attack Arrest; CHEMICAL SPRAYED ON DAD AND TODDLER
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of squirting ammonia on a two-year-old girl and her dad. Joseph McDonough was with little Grace when a thug attacked him with the chemical. Now police have arrested a 31-year-old...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG COMETH the hour, cometh the man. At least, that's what Prime Minister Gordon Brown's supporters are saying. He certainly looks rejuvenated as he takes centre stage amid the global financial crisis. Opponents say voters won't...
Are We Really Dirty Up North? Geordies Hit Back at Being Branded Unclean
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON IT stinks - Geordies have been branded the dirtiest people in the country. Bugs from the toilet are three times more likely to be found on the hands of people in Newcastle than anywhere else in the country, according to...
Award Richly Deserved; Teacher Is a Class Act at Top Ceremony
SPRING Gardens Primary School teacher Richard Stephenson is celebrating being top of the cricketing class. Stephenson, from Whitley Bay, claimed the Teacher of the Year award at the annual Chance to Shine dinner at The Oval cricket ground in London....
BEYE: IT'S ALL TO PLAY FOR; United Right-Back Is Fit and Raring to Go
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE is confident Newcastle United can turn their season into a success, despite their turbulent campaign so far on and off the field. The Senegal international is back from an Achilles injury that has blighted his...
Blyth Get the Job Done in the End
BLYTH Spartans overcame a 1-0 half-time deficit to score four second-half goals to beat nine-men Northern Alliance outfit Heaton Stannington in the Northumberland Senior Cup last night. Underdogs Heaton had taken a 35th-minute lead through Alan...
Bogie's Fury as Gateshead Miss Top Six
GATESHEAD'S hopes of moving into the top six of the Blue Square North were dashed at a saturated Borough Park last night, when they went down 4-2 at Workington. It was the Tynesiders' worst defensive effort of the season and a reverse of the scoreline...
Brothel Boss Facing Prison; MAN AND HIS THAI PARTNER SET UP SEX DEN
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A SEEMINGLY respectable Tyneside businessman is facing jail after setting up a brothel with his Thai mistress. Wealthy management consultant Stephen Hodgkiss, 44, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, funded the County Durham...
Brother-in-Store; IDENTICAL TWINS RUN SHOPS NEXT DOOR TO EACH OTHER
Byline: By CLARE HUTCHINSON SHOPKEEPERS Ken and Dave Lowther are the original two-for-one offer. The identical twins each run a shop next door to the other, leaving customers not knowing if they are coming or going. The brothers Ken and Dave...
Byker Riding Clear at Top of the Table
WITH a number of outstanding matches still to be played in the Disabled League, defending champions Byker PTE (59) are still setting the pace by nine points. St Luke's (50) and Washington SC (42) come next, followed by Wallsend Supa Snooker (35), who...
Cab Row Tragedy; Man Jumped to His Death from Taxi after Night Out
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A FUN loving young man who dreamed of being a police officer jumped to his death from a moving taxi thinking he did not have enough for the fare. No-one will ever know exactly what was going through Jamie Waite's mind when...
Call Girl Party Allegations; Claim Escorts Were Sent for Detective
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY CORRUPTION case cop John Jones turned down a "threesome" with call girls at a gangster's London pad when he realised it would cost extra, the jury heard. Prosecutors claim the 48-year-old Northumbria detective had been...
Collins to Fight for His Place
SUNDERLAND defender Danny Collins is prepared for a battle to hang on to his place in the Black Cats line-up. Nyron Nosworthy is expected to be fit again for this weekend's trip to Fulham, giving Collins competition for a back-four berth. Collins...
Determined Pont Go Down Fighting; Football Pools Trust Kill/wth Mini League Wear Deaf Festival Ready for Kick Off
PONTELAND United Raposa gave joint Under-10 Autumn League leaders Coast Soccer a real fright before eventually going down 3-2. Raposa had gone 1-0 down to an early first-half penalty from Coast. They managed to bring the scores level, only for...
Drastic Plastic; COSMETIC SURGEON ACCUSED OF FAKING QUALIFICATIONS
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A LEADING Tyneside plastic surgeon has been accused of faking his qualifications. Dr Ashisha Dutta of Newcastle's Aesthetic Beauty Centre is under investigation by the General Medical Council, and will face a hearing later...
Fabio Needs More Time to Form Bond
FABIO CAPELLO admitted he is still striving to fully find out about the England players who will be hoping to create a slice of World Cup history by defeating Belarus tonight. Victory in the Dinamo Stadium would mean England winning the opening...
Following the Expresso Star
JOHN GOSDEN's Expresso Star looks the one to follow in the Flint Bishop Handicap at Nottingham. The Newmarket handler has enjoyed another great year with QEII hero Raven's Pass laying claims to be the top miler and Rainbow View emerging the best...
FULL HOUSE; 2 Parents, 11 Children, 4 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom between Them. the Family Who Crave a Bigger Home
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY CRAMMED into a council house this family of 13 are living on top of each other. With 11 children between them, there is no room for privacy in Michelle and Robert Neasham's home. The couple's brood, aged from two...
Gutierrez Gives a Robinho Warning
Byline: By LEE RYDER ARGENTINE star Jonas Gutierrez says he is relishing a potential encounter with his fellow South American Robinho if he is fit to face Manchester City next week. The flying winger is hoping to make his return from a troublesome...
Hart's Not in It! Wearside League
TEESSIDE Athletic head the table following Harton and Westoe's resignation from the league. Harton's six results were deleted, leaving Teesside in pole position - and with a free weekend. But second-top Coxhoe Athletic were unable to take full...
Hats off - JPs Ban Him from the Match; YOB SQUIRTED LIQUID AT POLICE
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A SOCCER yob who squirted liquid in a police officer's face has been banned from a stadium. Christopher Brannan was part of a 300-strong Magpies' mob who caused trouble after the Toon's derby day victory over...
Horror Attack; Caustic Soda Is Thrown in Face of Ex-Partner
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A JILTED boyfriend took horrific revenge when he scarred his ex with caustic soda. Fazil Sorbat, 39, was heard to shout "no man will ever look at that face again" after he splashed the burning liquid onto Tanaiwe Mewonedzo....
House Explosion Was All My Fault
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A POSTMAN who suffered severe burns in a house fireball has admitted causing the blast. Sean Cavens, 27, cheated death when his home in Blyth, was flattened in an explosion in April last year. Neighbours managed to...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Starlet Jez Earns GB Call-Up; Wilson Delighted at Lundin Selection
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson has revealed his delight for his ace defenceman Jez Lundin after the player was called up to the Great Britain squad. The 20-year-old has been in fine form for Newcastle this season,...
Jobless Levels on High; Worst in Nine Years
Byline: By DAVID OLD THE region has seen a sharp rise in the number of people out of work as UK unemployment levels hit a nine-year high. The North East had 96,000 people unemployed between June and August - 7.7% of the workforce. The figures,...
JUST FLOOR-MIDABLE; North's Golden Girls and Boys Celebrate World Medal Glory
A FABULOUS floor show has brought international medal delight for Tyneside gymnastics starlets. Following success at the British Schools Gymnastics Championships at Newcastle's Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence, Grace Imeson and Lara Wilson...
Krul Targets Loan Move, but Only after Injury Crisis
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's promising Dutch Under-21 international Tim Krul admits he is keen for a loan move to a Football League side. But the young shot-stopper has revealed he is equally committed to the Magpies at the moment...
Leaders Enjoying a Stroll in the Park! Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division
WHILE second-placed Harraby Catholic had their home game against Heddon postponed, neighbours Gillford Park opened up a three-point lead at the top. The Park retained their unbeaten record by beating visitors Peterlee Town 3-2. Only a fortnight...
Living the Life of Riley! North Squad on Cue for Success in Manchester
WALLSEND'S Dave Braddick was the North East's only individual group winner at the Disability Sport Events' National Championships at the Riley's Snooker Centre in Manchester. However, there was good news at the conclusion of the event for the overall...
Madonna and Guy to Split
POP STAR Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie are to divorce, it was reported today. A national newspaper said the couple will announce the split imminently. Film director Ritchie, 40, and Madonna married seven years ago at a lavish ceremony in...
Matt Finish Too Good for Rivals; Focus on the Newcastle Table Tennis Grand Prix
HAMPSHIRE'S Matt Ware was the star of the show at the Newcastle Grand Prix tournament, winning both the men's singles and the under-21 men's singles. In the men's event he was seeded fourth but reached the final after a hard-fought and close match...
Megan Enjoys Rich Pickings
THE North East round of the Badminton England Under-15 Tournament circuit took place at Gateshead Leisure Centre. The 55 entrants, who had travelled from as far north as the Scottiosh Highlands and as far south as Staffordshire, produced an excellent...
Meltdown Meeting over Iceland Banks; SHOWDOWN OVER LOSS
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A MILLION pounds of North East taxpayers' cash was put into a doomed Icelandic bank just weeks before it collapsed. Northumberland County Council had already deposited pounds 6m in the bank and at the time it still had...
Murder Victim Stabbed in Chest; Woman, 59, Had Multiple Knife Wounds
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter MURDER victim Ulrike Ireland suffered multiple stab wounds it was revealed today. The 59-year-old was discovered in the hallway of her home in Elizabeth Diamond Gardens in South Shields on Tuesday morning....
Our Brave Boys; Writer's Tribute to War's Miners
WHEN Derek Hollows decided to pay tribute to fellow Bevin Boys for their vital service during the Second World War, he turned to the Chronicle for help. After his appeal through our letters page, ex-Bevin Boys got in touch to help him put together...
Pilot Episodes; Flying Medics Star in Documentary Series
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THEY are the unsung heroes of the skies. But now the Tyneside doctors who save lives by performing advanced medical procedures on roadsides, mountains and farms are preparing for television stardom. The pilots, paramedics...
Pounds 7m Revamp Boost for Town's Green; Lottery Funding to Transform Park Back to Its Former Glory
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR THEIR proud past has crumbled like the shipyards nearby. In days gone by, the parks of Wallsend were a peaceful haven away from the noise and pollution of the town. But over the years they have declined to the point...
Reunited
I'M not sure if you can help me but I am in the process of researching my family history and would like to ask your readers if they can recall the Early family of Tyneside. I'm not sure exactly where they lived but I think they at one time lived in...
Rugby Project Is Top of the Class
THOUSANDS of children across the North East are set to pick up a rugby ball for the first time as the third season of the EDF Energy National Schools Rugby Programme gets under way. Newcastle Falcons is one of the clubs which has helped introduce...
Rugby Union: Falcons to Get Up and Adam!
NEWCASTLE Falcons will welcome back fit-again flanker Adam Balding for tomorrow night's European Challenge Cup trip to French club CA Brive Correze (7.45). Balding returns after the head injury sustained against Gloucester two weeks ago, and joins...
Runners Raise Roof for Charity; CENTRE APPEAL TO BENEFIT FROM Pounds 27,000 MAMMOTH EFFORT
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter SCORES did the run of their lives to raise more than pounds 27,000 for our Maggie's Centre Campaign. More than 100 people - including a team from Newcastle Building Society - donned their running shoes to...
SEARCH ON FOR THIS YEAR'S BABY IDOL; Evening Chronicle Competition ELDON SQUARE SHOPPING
EVERY proud parent thinks their baby is the bonniest and here's your chance to prove it as the Evening Chronicle launches its search for the North East's Baby Idol 2008, in association with Eldon Square. It is absolutely FREE to enter and there are...
South Face a Trophy Test; Schools Football
SOUTH Tyneside Schools' FA executive have a full complement of association teams this season from under-12 to under-16 boys - and are also fielding an under-14 girls team. The girls have excelled so far with two fine victories over South Northumberland...
Sting Stung as Vipers Go Clear at Top
NEWCASTLE Under-10 Vipers moved two points clear at the top of Under-10 North Division Two after a 9-1 victory at Sutton Sting. New rules brought in this season see games halted when a team has an eight-goal lead - but this match continued its course...
Student Squad Quite a Four-Ce!
TEAM Northumbria travel to Wales this weekend on the brink of making the Final Fours of the Patrons Cup for the fourth year on the bounce. Back-to-back wins against Birmingham Aston and the University of Birmingham leave Greg Modzelewski's men with...
Terry's Sick as a Chip. Reality TV Chef Tells of Business Struggle
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HELL'S Kitchen winner Terry Miller has turned his back on Britain after his dreams were shattered by the credit crunch. After winning the ITV reality show with celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, he hoped for a successful restaurant...
Toon's New Owner Will Be a Foreigner; NEWCASTLE United UNITED REVEALS CLUB ALMOST CERTAIN TO BE SOLD ABROAD
Byline: By, ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter NEWCASTLE United will end up in foreign ownership, according to the banker charged with selling the club. And Keith Harris said today none of the seven interested parties have said they want to bring Kevin...
TRUSTED AGAIN ... BUT AT WHAT COST? Ten Months after the Government Bailed out Northern Rock, the Bank Now Looks to Get Rid of Its Bad Debt. but Many Customers Will Still Lose Their Homes on the Way. DAVID OLD Considers the Future of the Bank
Byline: DAVID OLD IT HAS been a turbulent year for Northern Rock and its customers. Saved at the brink by a Government rescue package worth almost pounds 27bn, the troubled lender has gone through a tough restructuring. Some 1,300 staff have...
United Juniors' Senior Service
Byline: By LEE RYDER Prudhoe Town 1 Newcastle Res 4 RICHARD MONEY is convinced that Newcastle United's future at youth level is in good hands if his fledgling squad continues to churn out performances like last night's Northumberland Senior...
Vent Your Spleen
AFTER reading in the newspapers about an Afghan woman, with a family of seven, living in a million pound plus house and getting pounds 170,000 a year in benefits, it really upsets the taxpayers and pensioners of our country who have paid their taxes...
Veteran Tim Able to Cope with Pressure
MERSEYSIDE'S Tim Cope showed his experience to win the the men's singles title at the Yehlex Northumberland Satellite Tournament. The event, part of the Badminton England satellite circuit, was held at Newcastle's Benfield Centre. Cope, although...
Vicious Attack by Yob Gang; TEEN KNOCKED OUT
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR HE WENT to the park for a kickabout with his pals. But teenager John Justice was beaten unconscious when he was set upon by a gang of yobs. In an unprovoked attack the 17-year-old was kicked and punched by up to eight...
Which One Lights Your Fire? FINAL OPTIONS FOR FIRE STATION'S CONVERSION ARE REVEALED
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS to breathe new life into an old fire station were unveiled today. Council chiefs invited bids and the original 30 have been narrowed to six, with proposals including health projects, a radio station,...
Xisco Ready to Stake His Claim; Spanish Star Determined to Find the Net
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United striker Xisco has vowed to have the Toon Army shouting his name by grabbing his chance under Joe Kinnear with both hands. The pounds 5.7m man arrived on Tyneside just before the storm which erupted following...