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 March 20, 2008

A BRIGHTER FUTURE; Lib Dems Launch Election Campaign with Promise of Help for Region
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor LIB Dem leader Nick Clegg launched the party's local election campaign in the North East today with an attack on plans to set up two super councils. A controversial shake-up will sweep away district councils...
A Cracking Place to Enjoy an Egg; GIBSIDE ESTATE AMONG NATIONAL TRUST SITES IN THE REGION LAYING ON EASTER CHOCOLATE TRAILS
Byline: By SARA NICHOL AN EASTER extravaganza is coming to National Trust sites across the region this weekend. Chocolate giant Cadbury and the National Trust are teaming up to offer a free egg to all children who complete one of their Easter...
Ailing Pups Sold by Pet Shop; Dogs Died Soon after Purchases
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA THEY should have been pets for life. But sick puppies died soon after they were taken home from a dodgy pet shop. Steven Nicholl, who ran the Paws and Claws shop in High Street East, Wallsend when members of the public...
Angling: Government Axe Licence Plans; SEA ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THE Government has sensationally abandoned plans to impose Sea Fishing Licences. The move follows several years of campaigning by the National Federation of Sea Anglers to convince successive Fisheries Ministers that,...
Angling: Samson Makes a Strong Start; FRESHWATER ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK NORTHUMBRIAN Water Reservoirs got the season off to a flying start despite the cold conditions. Anglers averaged between 3.5 fish per visit at Grassholme and up to 5.7 at Font-burn, while Derwent Reservoir also did well...
ATHLETICS in Brief
GATESHEAD Harriers' final indoor meeting of the winter takes place tonight in the new indoor facility at the International Stadium. There are 60m, 60m hurdles, high jump, pole vault and shot putt competitions for male and female athletes, with a...
Athletics: So Close - and Yet So Far for Hudspith; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK IAN HUDSPITH was denied a place in the GB team for the World Cross-Country Championships by a matter of inches after finishing ninth in the trials in Nottingham last weekend. With the new electronic chip system now in...
Athletics: Sponsorship Gives Harrier League Winning Start; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK THE curtain has almost closed on the cross-country season, so it was presentation time for prizewinners of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League. Many of the successful athletes gathered at the Start Fitness Newcastle...
Baptism of Fire for Young Actor; Alfie Allen - Brother of Lily - Stars in Equus at Newcastle's Theatre Royal Next Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Finds out More
Byline: GORDON BARR THERE must be easier ways of making your first professional appearance on stage than by playing Alan Strang, the highly complex, deeply disturbed teenage boy at the centre of Peter Shaffer's play Equus. However, Daniel Radcliffe...
CHESS: By the Bishop
Byline: Bishop THE Northumberland Junior Championships were held at Astley Community High School in Seaton Delaval on March 8. The event was well attended by 66 children, who, judging by the noise, enjoyed themselves. The prizegiving included a...
Church Rises from Ashes; RESTORED HISTORIC BUILDING REOPENS TWO YEARS AFTER IT WAS ALMOST BURNED TO GROUND
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter A HISTORIC church that almost burned to the ground two years ago will reopen today. After constant and dedicated hard work, St Michael and All Angels Church in Newburn, Newcastle, will open be opening...
Collections and Creations
Byline: DR MATHS DEAR Dr Maths I am reading a book called Chanel: Collections and Creations, by Danielle Bott, and on the inside cover of the book is a repeating pattern design of a camellia. After reading your column about Alhambra Palace, Granada,...
Council Press Tycoon to Fix Up Hall; Plans for Renovation of Mansion
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor BUSINESS tycoon Sir John Hall has been set an April deadline to start repairs on a rundown mansion - or face possible legal action. Council planning officers have delivered the ultimatum after concern about...
Cricket: Hoggard Hurt at Being Axed
DROPPED England seamer Matthew Hoggard admits his omission from the side for the second Test against New Zealand "hurt like hell" and feels the decision was "harsh". After a comprehensive defeat in the first Test, bowlers Hoggard and Durham's Steve...
Dawn Raids Net Pounds 100,000 Haul of Cannabis Plants; DRUGS FACTORIES HAVE LINKS TO VIETNAMESE CRIME GANGS
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS and SARA NICHOL THIS is the haul of more than 600 cannabis plants recovered by police following raids on Tyneside. Police hunting organised crime gangs with Vietnamese links carried out simultaneous raids on two properties...
Farewell to a Grand Old Lady of Tyneside; FUNERAL AT CARE HOME FOR LAST SURVIVING PERMANENT RESIDENT WHO DIED AGED 103
Byline: By LAURA CAROE A FUNERAL was held at a care home for one of Tyneside's oldest residents. Margaret Young, who was the last surviving permanent resident of Harehills Resource Centre, Kenton, Newcastle, died on March 7 aged 103. Margaret,...
Firm Fined Pounds 90,000 over Worker Deaths; DAD TELLS OF HEARTACHE AFTER PALS WERE ELECTROCUTED
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON THE father of a worker who was electrocuted six years ago says he can finally move on now the company responsible has been fined. John Crimmins and work-pal Fred Cook were killed by a 20,000 volt power surge when a lighting...
Football: Bay Up for the Cup, Says Burke; Town Gripped by Vase Fever
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY keeper Terry Burke says that the Seahorses need no motivation when it comes to this Saturday's FA Vase semi-final first-leg tie with Lowestoft Town. Bay manager Ian Chandler has noted some nervous energy among...
Football: Becks Is Set for a Recall
DAVID BECKHAM is set to earn a recall to the England squad. Fabio Capello omitted the 99-cap midfielder from his first squad but has been strongly considering choosing him for the game with France in Paris next week. Capello is expected to name...
Football: Brayson Return a Boost for Bogie
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON' GATESHEAD begin the Easter weekend with an important home game against Cumbrians Kendal Town tomorrow afternoon. Kendal are just above the relegation zone in the UniBond Premier Division, while Gateshead are fourth and...
Football: I Av Not Given Up on Title - Grant
CHELSEA boss Avram Grant vowed to keep fighting in the Premier League title race after losing vital ground following last night's thrilling clash at Tottenham. Robbie Keane struck on 88 minutes to earn Spurs a 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane, leaving...
Football: Keane's Friendly Fire; Cats Boss' Anger at Caribbean Duo's Trip
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE admits he has no choice but to let Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones travel to the Caribbean next week. The Black Cats duo have been named in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for Wednesday's friendly against Jamaica...
Football: Positive Attitude Will Help United
Byline: BOB MONCUR IT JUST goes to show what happens when you're positive, eh? Well that was the approach of Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham and I have to say it paid off. Perhaps not entirely, but a 1-1 draw...
Football: Record-Breaking Wing Man Can Do No Ron!
CRISTIANO RONALDO'S stunning free-kick left Bolton players wondering just how the Portuguese winger does it. The 23-year-old last night fired home a dead ball from 30 yards which appeared to defy the laws of physics as it dipped and swerved over...
Football: Tait Set to Stay at Star
DIRECTOR of Football Bob Morton insists that Michael Tait is a Newcastle Blue Star player until the end of the season. There has been speculation that Tait, on-loan from Gretna, was wanted back at the beleaguered Scottish Premier League club, but...
Football: We Have Got a Long Way to Go; Beye: Recovery Has Only Just Started
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE says that Newcastle United are still far from safety after Monday night's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. It was Beye's last-gasp header in the reverse fixture earlier in the season that separated the two sides...
FRESH WAVE OF INTEREST IN POOL; in Another of Our Occasional Hidden Tyneside Series, TOM MULLEN Brings You a Glimpse Behind the Doors of a Piece of Forgotten Toon History
Byline: TOM MULLEN IT WAS a place of laughter and games, splashing and diving, fitness, fun and frolics for generations of Geordies. But now, the former Byker Swimming Pool is on a dark list of buildings lying dormant, echoes of modern urban...
HOMES PLAN AT LAST; Prime Site Is Set for Development
Byline: By PETER YOUNG PLANS to build houses on a prime site which has stood empty for five years despite a desperate shortage of affordable homes were revealed today. Council leaders are hoping to clinch a deal with Miller Homes to build 138...
Hot-Footing It into New Year; Celebration for Iranians
Byline: By LIZ WALKER WE'RE used to seeing the New Year in with fireworks and a verse of Auld Lang Syne - but what about leaping over bonfires? Today is the start of the Iranian New Year and Iranian families on Tyneside gathered to celebrate...
How a Simple Test Saw Ethan Beat the Odds; MUM WANTS CHECKS ON ALL BABIES AFTER SON'S HEART DEFECTS FOUND
Byline: By KERRY WOOD LITTLE battler Ethan Lloyd was born with three hidden heart defects. But he has beaten the odds and is now back home with his grateful mum and dad. And Ethan's parents Sam and Dean have thanked doctors for saving their...
Ice Hockey: Ace Andre Pays Wilson a Tribute; Vipers Star Happy to See Coach Back on Ice
Byline: By LEE RYDER VIPERS ace Andre Payette believes having head coach Rob Wilson back as a player is like having a new signing on the roster. The former Philadelphia Phantoms star knows Newcastle have been short of defencemen in recent times...
I Found Two Iranians Next to My Engine; Stowaways Hide in Coach on Euro Disney Trip
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HE WENT all the way to Paris and all he came back with were two illegal immigrants. David Rowland thought all he had to contend with was a coach-load of sixthform students on his trip back from the French capital....
Jail Has Let Us Down; Judge Slams Governor for Delays in Trial of Family's Alleged Killer
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A JUDGE has slammed a North East prison over delays in the case of a man accused of killing four members of his family. Neil Crampton was due to enter a plea at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, 16 months after he allegedly...
Lawn Tennis: Murray's Glory Chance Haas Gone
ANDY MURRAY threw away a one-set lead to crash out of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells to Germany's Tommy Haas. The British No 1 cruised through the opening set - but his first serve deserted him in the second and the German pounced to wrap...
Motor Racing: Deliqhted BBC Find Winning Formula
FORMULA ONE motor racing will return to the BBC from the 2009 season after the corporation secured a five-year television rights deal. Twelve years after ITV won the rights and began broadcasting the sport, the BBC has managed to bring Formula One...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I FEEL like I featured in very own Alfred Hitchcock movie this week. There I was, watching the first Grand Prix of the season on fast-forward (I'd spoiled it for myself by seeing the result online by mistake), when I decided...
Our Drug Raid Nightmare; Mum Speaks after Police Bust
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON A FAMILY targeted in police drug busts have broken their silence. Mum-of-six Linda Reay returned to her Lansbury Drive home, in Birtley, Gateshead, to find it turned upside down. She could only look on as a sniffer...
Oz Paedophile Is Deported to UK; Man Sent Back from Australia
Byline: By PAULA FENTIMAN A SERIAL paedophile arrived in the UK today after being deported from Australia following a 12-year jail sentence. Raymond Horne, 61, was met by police when his flight from Brisbane landed at Heathrow Airport. He...
Pals Have Lofty Idea for Area
A PIECE of forgotten Toon history is climbing high for the future. The former Byker Swimming Pool in Newcastle is to be transformed into a huge climbing centre. Three Tyneside lads have clubbed together for the quarter-of-a-million pound venture...
Parent to Parent
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 like sex and relationships, according to research by Parentline Plus. Because contact...
Pupils Who Never Miss a Minute of School
MEET the super students... These young people haven't missed a single day of school in at least three years - with six students even managing to clock up a perfect attendance record for a whole decade. The young people, from primaries and secondaries...
Racists Beat Me Up, Claims Teenager; Asian Boy, 15, Targeted in Unprovoked Bus Stop Attack
Byline: By HELEN RAE AN ASIAN teenager who was beaten up believes he was the victim of a racist attack. Adam Hamilton, 16, was standing with his girlfriend, Laura Fox, 17, at a bus stop near The Red Lion pub, in Birtley, Gateshead, when they...
Reunited
IN 1968 a band of eager young women left North Riding College of Education, Scarborough, and headed off into primary school to begin their teaching careers. Forty years on, I have become something of a Miss Marple trying to find them to let them know...
Revealing the Extent of Our Benefits Trap; Parts of Tyneside Have More Than Half the Adults Living Entirely on Benefits. LAURA CAROE Speaks to Faimilies Living in One of the Jobless Blackspots, Kenton, Newcastle
Byline: LAURA CAROE It's hard to find work MUM of three Ella Lee disagrees that people on benefits have more money. Ella says people find it difficult to find jobs, as all the job centres are in the cities and people on benefit cannot afford...
Rugby Union: Ashton Still the Man for Dan
DANNY CIPRIANI would welcome Martin Johnson's appointment to the England management team - but insists Brian Ashton has the players' full support. Twickenham's director of elite rugby Rob Andrew is believed to be keen to appoint Johnson as England...
Rugby Union: Flood Happy to Put off Surgery; Falcons Star Determined to Play
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD will play through the floating cartilage tomorrow night - but not through as much pain as initially feared. The Newcastle Falcons inside back returned from England duty to watch his club side bomb out 28-8 against...
Rugby Union: Starting Line-Up Puzzles Woods
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL AGONISING over the team-sheet, Dave Woods has set his sights on three wins from Gateshead Thunder's first three league matches. Head coach Woods is pleased but perplexed in equal measure to be wrestling with selection...
Spring Clean Planned for North Tyne; Free Travel Move to Catch Litter Louts and Careless Dog Owners
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY TOWN hall spies are to be planted on the Metro to help catch litter louts and careless dog owners. A deal struck between North Tyneside Council and Nexus will see council officers patrolling the system to gather evidence....
THE EYES HAVE IT! Butt: When I Look around the Dressing Room I Know We Have the Players to Survive
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER NICKY BUTT insists Newcastle United will fight their way out of the relegation battle - because he has seen it in the eyes of his colleagues. Butt's battling performance was one of the reasons for United's second-half comeback...
Their Fair Share; Rock Shareholders Threaten Action against Government Northern Rock
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter ANGRY Northern Rock shareholders have told the Government they will take legal action against them if they do not receivefairTheir fair compensation. They say they want payback for the compulsory...
Thief Raided Building Site; Teen Caused Pounds 7,000 in Damage
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A PETTY thief left a trail of havoc and misery behind him - for pin money from the scrap trade. Sean Tiffin, 18, of Hodgsons Road, Blyth, cut live cables on a building site to sell them on as scrap. He thought he might...
Thousands Search for Easter Sun; Geordies Jet off on Holidays
Byline: By TOM MULLEN EASTER is here and thousands of Geordie holidaymakers are jetting away to sunnier climes. From Belfast to the Balearic Islands, the Bank Holiday weekend will see sunseekers from across the North East escaping the gloomy...
Top Class Gardening Skills Sprouting Forth; Pupils Enjoy Growing Their Own Potatoes
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR WHETHER you boil them, mash them, roast them or chip them, the humble potato is one of the most versatile staple foods going. Now children from a North East school have been getting to grips with a variety of potatoes so...
Tributes Paid to Much-Loved DJ; Music Lover's Talent Took Him to Classic TV Show
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HE HELPED shape Tyneside's nightlife. Tens of thousands of revellers danced the night away to tunes played by John Harker over the years. John made his name as the D J at nightclub Julies nightclub on Newcastle's...
TURNING TO THE WIND; NISSAN Turbine Power at Car Plant
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter THEY will soon be harnessing the wind to power a car plant. But engineers had to hang on through the gales and wait for a calm day to put up their latest wind turbines - as they can't be installed if it...
United's England Stars to Get Rest
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United duo Steven Taylor and James Milner know that when they get through the next eight vital games for their club they will finally be able to put their feet up. Taylor and Milner have not...
Vent Your Spleen
AS usual, as a resident of Newcastle I've just received my City Life magazine for March/April 2008. Quite frankly, as a council taxpayer, I feel I am being short-changed. In relation to Bridging Newcastle and Gateshead, Scotswood residents, as usual,...
War Heroes Honoured; Tyneside Nurses Who Work on the Frontline Are Recognised
Byline: By HELEN RAE NURSES from Tyneside who risk their lives to work on the frontline have had their efforts recognised at a special event. More than 150 defence nurses who work in Iraq and Afghanistan were honoured at a ceremony at the Royal...
Was Call from Missing Girl?
Byline: By TOM MULLEN POLICE are today investigating a phone call believed to be from missing schoolgirl Sian Craig. Sian, 16, has been missing for almost two weeks after meeting friends in South Gosforth, Newcastle, where she was last seen on...
We Have by Far the Worst Level of House Fires. We Must Get It Sorted; NEW CHIEF PLANS TO CUT HIGH NUMBER OF HOME BLAZES
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor TYNESIDE is the country's worst house fire hotspot. But the new fire chief at Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service is determined to change that. Iain Bathgate today unveiled his plans to get rid of...
You Can Be Hot Property Just like Me
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter PROPERTY entrepreneur Mike Brown is one of the first entrants in our new business competition. Mike, 26, owner of letting agency CityPadz, is one of the first people in region to enter our If We Can,...