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 30, 2008

Angling Show a Great Success; SEA ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THE first North East Sea Angling and Boat Show was a huge success, with visitors from as far afield as Edinburgh and Wales. All the exhibitors who were present this year have re-booked for next year's show. This will...
Armed Cycle Mugger Hunted; Woman Threatened before Bag Theft
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A WOMAN was robbed by a youth who is believed to have been carrying a gun. Police are appealing for witnesses after the youngster rode up to the 54-year-old on a bike, as she walked along Walker Road in Walker, Newcastle....
ATHLETICS in Brief
THE National Trust/Friends of Gibside, in association with Blackhill Bounders, promote the 12th Fruit Bowl Seven Trail Race in the grounds of Gibside Estate this Sunday at 10am. Postal entries have closed but Joy Bell has late information on (01207)...
Basketball: Eagles Set the Standard Insists Rival Coach Smith
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles have been paid a glowing tribute by the man charged with denying them their first piece of silverware this season. Cheshire Jets coach Paul Smith has spoken of his admiration for the Eagles ahead of tomorrow...
Bonfire Night Sparks Safety Campaign; Firefighters to Visit Schools Warning Pupils
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter FIREFIGHTERS are to visit schools to warn children about the dangers of playing with bonfires and fireworks. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service hopes their road shows will reach more than 37,000...
Bump Gave Me the Hump
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A DISABLED driver is seeking compensation for damage to his car after a run-in with a road hump. Alan Gardner, 55, of Dinnington, Newcastle, ended up with a pounds 270 bill for repairs to his eight-year-old...
Can Cleaner Coal Be the Answer? Wind Farms, Solar Energy and Wave Power Have Cast a Dark Shadow over "Dirty" Coal-Fired Power Stations. with a New "Clean Coal" Plant Planned for the Northumberland Coast, AMY HUNT Looks at the Debate GO GREEN RECYCLE REFUSE REDUCE A CHRONICLE CAMPAIGN
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter AS COLD, dark nights set in, lights in homes across the region are switched on and boilers fired up. But beyond the confines of our cosy front rooms a war is raging over where our power comes from. ...
Children Deck the Halls of New Wards; Arty Youngsters Make Great Effort for Art Competition
Byline: By PAUL CLIFFORD CRAFTY kids made artwork to brighten up the wards of a Newcastle hospital. Young patients and visitors from children's wards across Newcastle created the colourful creations to be posted along corridors at the under-construction...
Comedy Song Will Make Serious Cash; OPERA TREAT FOR SIR BOBBY'S CANCER FUNDRAISER
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON GEORDIE opera singer Graeme Danby is sure to get the knight off to a great start when he sings his specially adapted song for Sir Bobby Robson at a party bash. He is getting ready to surprise his hero with a special...
Could It Be Magic Now; Take That Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Band Member Jason Orange
Byline: GORDON BARR TAKE That's Jason Orange hit out today at criticism over the band opening their summer stadium tour next year in the North East, The 38-year-old singer told the Chronicle he was thrilled to be coming to Sunderland and hoped Geordies...
Cricket: Stay on as Skip, Benks; Durham Make Appeal to Dale
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DALE BENKENSTEIN could be persuaded to captain County champions Durham for one more year - though the final decision will be the Zimbabwean's. Benkenstein has captained Durham for three years, a period that has brought...
Curtain Falls on Salmon Season; FRESHWATER ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK THE curtain comes down on the salmon fishing season on English rivers tomorrow. Angling on the Tyne, Coquet, Wear and Border Esk comes to a close after a pretty good season. Tyne anglers have been spoilt with some...
Death-Ride Taxi Driver Charged; OFFICERS DISCOVER KNIFE IN CAB
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A TAXI driver whose passenger jumped to his death from his vehicle following a row over a fare will appear before the courts charged with possessing a knife. Anthony Purvis, 55, was driving Jamie Waite, home from a night...
Doctor Recalled; Cleared Medic Now Accused of Lying in His Evidence
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A DOCTOR has been called back before the medical watchdog, after being accused of lying in an earlier trial. More than a year since Dr James Dibdin was cleared of making 111 diagnosis and testing mistakes at South Tyneside...
Dozens Arrested in Crackdown; SUSPECTS HELD ACROSS THREE TOWNS
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL SUSPECTED lawbreakers can expect an unwelcome knock at their door today as an operation to crack down on rising crime figures continues. A total of 22 people at 16 properties in Northumberland were arrested yesterday...
Fire Safety Saves Lives; Project Praised
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A HOME safety drive has led to a dramatic reduction in fire casualties. Calls to the Tyne & Wear Fire Service are down by 14% in a year and the number of people injured in house fires has fallen by...
Gift-Ed Penny Is Hard to Stop
PENNY'S Gift has shown a good level of form all season and should take plenty of stopping in the EBF Igloos Bosra Sham Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket. The daughter of Tobougg established herself as one of the best juveniles around in the early part...
Help Us Stay on the Ball; TEAM HAS HELPED TEENAGERS OVERCOME PROBLEMS Wish Cash for Your Community Newcastle Building Society
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON NOTHING can stop these determined footballers from reaching their goal. The youngsters at Walbottle Rhinos have all overcome individual hurdles to take to the pitch, including learning difficulties and autism. Despite...
I Am So Hungary to Learn - Kadar
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United young gun Tamas Kadar has revealed he aims to keep on learning from senior stars such as Habib Beye, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini. The Hungarian teenager is back from a troublesome knee injury which...
Ice Hockey: Signing Coup Gives Vipers Ed Start
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson was today celebrating a major coup after finally capturing former NHL star Ed Courtenay. That's the news that came fresh from the locker room today ahead of Newcastle's big clash with...
I Feared for My Life as They Took All My Savings; PENSIONER ROBBED BY THUGS WHO BARGED THEIR WAY INTO HOME
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON AN 82-year-old today told how he feared for his life as his home was raided in a brutal attack. Vulnerable Alan Ramsey of Benwell, Newcastle, has been left penniless after thugs stole his lifesavings of pounds 2,500 in...
Lapdog Leads Driver to Court; MOTORIST DROVE WITH TINY CHIHUAHUA PEERING OVER JEEP DASHBOARD
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter PINT-sized pooch Perry landed this driver in the dock. The tiny Chihuahua was caught on camera sat on the lap of Alan Lowther as he drove down one of Tyneside's busiest roads. The 43-year-old tattoo artist...
Lawn Tennis: Murray in Real Hurry to Win
ANDY MURRAY has played down fears his hectic tournament schedule over the past few weeks could catch up with him at the Paris Masters. Britain's No 1 came to the French capital on the back of title wins in Madrid and St Petersburg, and has made...
Learning Horrors of the Past; STUDENTS SEE THE HELL OF THE HOLOCAUST IN MOVING VISIT TO CONCENTRATION CAMP
Byline: By JOANNE BUTCHER AT THE end of the railway line that carried 1.5 million people to their deaths, teenager Andrew Straughan places a candle. He can barely begin to take in what he has seen. The 17-year-old, from St Joseph's RC Comprehensive...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Tories Head in the Wrong Direction
Byline: COUN WENDY TAYLOR WHAT a lot of hot air and bluster from ex-councillor Barry Phillipson concerning the West Road (Your Shout, October 27). The facts are simple. Newcastle City Council officers have looked at a number of possible sites...
Light at the Start of the Tunnel; DIGGER MOVES IN TO BEGIN WORK ON NEW CROSSING
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY TRANSPORT chiefs' tunnel vision has paid off. Digging a mound of earth from the banks of the river was the first step in the development of the new Tyne Tunnel and dignitaries gathered in Jarrow yesterday to mark the occasion....
Marton: We Didn't Deal with Threat
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER MARTON FULOP says Sunderland paid the price for losing the physical battle against Premier League new boys Stoke. Sunderland's feel-good factor at winning the Wear- Tyne derby at the weekend evaporated at the Britannia...
Moncur: Barton and Co Can Save United
Byline: By LEE RYDER LEGENDARY Newcastle United captain Bob Moncur is confident Joe Kinnear will continue to climb the Premier League table - as long as the current crop of Toon stars keep on living up to their big reputations. Moncur understands...
Morris Breezes into Windy City; IN SIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIK AFTER an athletics career spanning 20 years, Michael Morris decided it was time to stretch his legs over the marathon distance and lined up in the Chicago race a couple of weeks back. With numerous track racing successes...
Nice Day for a 999 Wedding; POLICEMAN'S COMPETITION PRIZE IS ICING ON CAKE
Byline: By TOM MULLEN EMERGENCY number 999 usually sends policeman Ben Mitchell speeding to a crime scene. But today the Toon bobby is dialling three nines for love as he prepares to marry his fiance on a date he'll find hard to forget. Ben,...
North East Aces Tipped to Master Rivals in Wales; IN SIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIK ONCE again North East athletes are well represented in the various England teams that will contest the Masters Cross-Country International which is being held in Singleton Park, Swansea, in two weeks' time. England team...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP APATHY is a dangerous thing. And it seems it is intrinsically linked to karma. There are so many things in life other people seem to make a real song and dance about but are easy to ignore. But do this at your peril, because...
PARENT TO PARENT; Top Class
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON TYNESIDE-BASED national charity Parentline Plus welcomes and supports national recommendations published recently to engage parents more in the drugs and alcohol education of their children. The Advisory Group on Drug...
Pensioner Tells of Attack Ordeal; COURT TOLD WOMAN, 81, FEARED SHE WOULD BE MURDERED
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY AN 81-year-old woman has relived her ordeal at the hands of a burglar. A jury at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday watched a recorded 94-minute police interview in which the victim told how she thought she was going to be...
Pip Never Complained. She Was an Inspiration to Everybody; BUBBLY 10-YEAR-OLD LOSES HER CANCER BATTLE
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BRIGHT and bubbly Philippa Callaghan has lost her long battle with cancer. The 10-year-old youngster was diagnosed with a kidney tumour two-and-a-half years ago. Since then she has won bravery awards and had her courage...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Defeat Away to Stoke City
GORDON MABON AFTER the euphoria of Saturday it was back down to earth with a bump as we failed to show up on the pitch against a very poor Premier League team. Don't get me wrong - fair play to them for their win, they truly deserved it. But...
Reunited
WOULD Elsie, Bob and Sean get in touch with Molly of Whitburn, (Sadie's friend), as I have lost your address. I sent a Christmas card last year but it was returned. MOLLY WILSON, 9 Frederick Terrace, Whitburn, SR6 7EP. Tel 529 4645. I WOULD like...
Rewarding Great Effort; Bosses Can Show Gratitude to Their Staff Cipd 2009 HR&D AWARDS
FIRMS can pay tribute to the staff who put their heart and soul into their work. Great companies rely on employees who are willing to put in the effort to help drive things forward. Now bosses can show their gratitude by putting them up for a...
Rivals Unite to Pay Last Respects; TRIBUTES AFTER FAN'S STADIUM DEATH AT DERBY
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY NEWCASTLE and Sunderland fans are uniting to pay tribute to a true football fan. Today, as lifelong Black Cats supporter Alan Thompson, who collapsed and died at the Stadium of Light at the derby game, is laid to rest,...
Rugby Union: Bates Urges Cup Re-Think
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES believes the EDF Cup group stages should be switched to the Autumn international window next season. Falcons rugby director Bates leads his players into Sunday's Kingston Park Gloucester clash (kick-off 3pm)...
Rugby Union: Dave's Home at the Dome
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL GATESHEAD Thunder have agreed a threeyear deal to continue playing at Gateshead Stadium. Dave Woods' men will not have to look beyond the Thunderdome as they start preparations in earnest for their National League One...
Rugby Union: Home Record on the Line
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL BLAYDON secretary Jim Huxley reckons the Crow Trees men must defend their proud home record against Cornish tough guys Launceston on Saturday. Huxley believes Nick Gandy's troops must man the trenches to take whatever...
Rugby Union: Thompson in Shares Scoop
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE THOMPSON has been successful in his bid to land 99% of the Newcastle Falcons shareholding. Falcons chairman Thompson got the backing he needed from the Newcastle Gosforth Rugby Football Club Shareholders' Association...
Scolari Hails Lampard after Hull of a Show
ENGLAND midfielder Frank Lampard took centre stage last night as Chelsea returned to winning ways with a convincing Premier League win at Hull. Lampard put the Blues on the way to their 3-0 success with a sublime opening goal as he delicately chipped...
Sharing Secrets of His Success; Author's Top Tips Revealed Top Class
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR AN award-winning writer and illustrator shared his creative secrets during a special workshop with young, budding authors from our region. Simon Bartram, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, popped into Seven Stories, in Newcastle's...
Star through but Only after Robins Test; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
NEWCASTLE Blue Star eventually defeated North Shields 3-0 in the first round of the Northumberland Senior Cup - but not before they were given a difficult game by the Robins at Ralph Gardner Park last night. It was not until the 57th minute that...
Still Helping So Many Youngsters; JOSIE CHARITY IN NEW APPEAL
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HER brave fight against cancer inspired many. Now the legacy of leukaemia victim Josie Grove is helping other terminally ill youngsters. A charity set-up in Josie's name has started giving cash gifts to children and...
Supporters in Boycott Pledge; Toon Fans United in Bid to Play Part in Club's Future
Byline: By DAVID OLD MEMBERS of a new Toon supporters' club have vowed to keep up a boycott to force chairman Mike Ashley out. Around 50 of the Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC) who turned out at its first public meeting agreed to continue...
THANKS FOR SAVING MY TOON CAREER; Ameobi on His Debt to United Boss
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SHOLA AMEOBI has thanked interim manager Joe Kinnear for salvaging his career with Newcastle United. The 27-year-old striker is enjoying a new lease of life in a black-and-white shirt as the early season...
The Great Longbenton Leek
UP IN Longbenton lives a chap and Bobby is his name, his aim in life is growing greet big leeks to bring him fame. He'd heard that Chinese elephant dung made leeks grow big and strong, and so he bought a sackful while on holiday in Hong Kong. ...
Time for Jaws to Bite Back; Look-Alike Hits Red Carpet
Byline: By LIZ WALKER BOND is back - and that means Tyneside's very own Jaws is in demand. The release of the latest 007 film means it is time for one Geordie giant to polish his metal teeth as he prepares to step into character again. Gary...
Top-Attender Pupils Enjoy Their Arena Treat 100%; They Are Rewarded with a Night of Sport Action Top Class
A CELEBRATION was held at the Metro Radio Arena recently to praise pupils who hadn't missed a day of school in a whole year. More than 1,300 pupils from across Newcastle attended the event with their families. They got to see the Newcastle Eagles...
Top Class: DR MATHS
DEAR Dr Maths, My son and I were interested to read your last column about patterns in the times tables. Can you tell us any other interesting number patterns? Dave, via-email There are a great variety of patterns which have been discovered over...
UNHAPPY MEDIUM; Church She's Attended for Years Bans Her in Row over Readings
Byline: By LIZ LAMB MEDIUM Amanda Molloy admits she never saw it coming... Rapped by a spiritualist church for being so spot-on in her readings, the mum-of-two has been left dazed. Amanda, whose clients include Cheryl Cole and murdered Jamie...
US Trial Looms for Former Diplomat; Extradition Papers Signed
Byline: By MATT CASEY A FORMER diplomat based in the North East has been ordered out of the country to face charges in the United States of trying to smuggle military equipment to Iran. But Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is now considering an appeal...
Vent Your Spleen
ALL the hue and cry about the price of heating with gas or electricity. What about oil? People in rural area have no choice but to have oil and in the last few years it has gone from 18p a litre to more than 50p, a rise of 300%. EJ, Rowlands...
We Choked at Stoke: Keane
Byline: James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS Stoke City 1 Sunderland 0 TALK about coming back down to earth with a bump! Just five days after Sunderland were on top of the world following their derby win, the Black Cats hit the ground with a resounding...
Wenger Fury at Young Starlets
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger was furious with his players after Harry Redknapp's magic touch led to rivals Tottenham earning a 4-4 draw at the Emirates. The hosts were two goals ahead with a minute to play of the Premier League clash before Jermaine...
We've Got Big Plans; MAJOR STORE IN PIPELINE
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A BIG new store is proposed in the heart of Newcastle following the closure of an historic market. Developers have revealed what they plan to do with space earmarked for a new Greenmarket in the pounds...
Why Enrique Got Joe's Vote for Toon Recall
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has admitted he "went for broke" in Tuesday night's vital victory over West Bromwich Albion. And that's why the Newcastle United boss brought in Jose Enrique as his left-back - just a couple...
Working Life: DAY IN THE LIFE
CARRIE Brookes, from North Shields, works at Voluntary Organisations' Network North East (VONNE) in Newcastle as Information and Communications Manager. Carrie is currently organising the inaugural Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Awards, set...
Working Life: Plea to Value Older Staff
COMPANY chiefs are being urged to think twice before laying off older workers when cost-cutting. With many firms thinking about restructuring their workforce amid the looming recession, people approaching retirement age are often seen as obvious...
Worship the Past; CHURCH TRANSFORMED INTO VISITOR CENTRE CHRONICLING TOWN'S HISTORY
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS IT'S had a colourful 900 year history. So what better place to house a heritage centre? Built in medieval times, St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, has had more lives that a proverbial cat. Now following a...