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 29, 2008

A Son from Hell; TV CRITIC
Byline: LIZ LAMB DAVID the devil child's evil knows no bounds. This time it's mum on the receiving end after the Corrie psycho pushed her down the stairs and left her for dead. Dim-witted Gail has obviously had a knock on the head as she believes...
Basketball: Defoe Gets the Eagles Soaring; Eagles Ace Hails Influence of Young Star
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN Eagles 82 MK Lions 68 IN-FORM Lynard Stewart paid tribute to his understudy Darius Defoe after the pair combined to get titlechasing Newcastle Eagles firmly back on track with a hardfought victory. Stewart recorded...
Beating the Drop Will Be the Black Cats' Finest Feat
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NIALL QUINN says last season's Championship winning campaign would pale into insignificance if Sunderland win their Premier League survival battle this term. The Black Cats were relegated two years ago but bounced straight...
Benchmark for Struggling Duff
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer DAMIEN DUFF returns to London tomorrow knowing that the best he can hope for is a place on the Newcastle United bench for the game with Spurs at White Hart Lane. And this just about sums up how badly...
Car Share Lanes in the Pipeline; Transport Study Reveals Future of Region's Roads
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CAR share lanes where lone drivers are banned could be introduced in Tyne & Wear. The idea is one of several that will be explored to help tackle traffic congestion on the local roads network. However,...
Clubs to Benefit in Cash Windfall
RUGBY UNION in the North East has received a major boost with the news that funding for four new projects - totalling over pounds 830,000 - has recently been approved. Player development in the Northumberland and the North East has long been at...
Fashion: Perfect for a Special Occasion; SUHAINE STEVENS Reports on a Makeover with a Difference
Byline: SUHAINE STEVENS NOWADAYS exclusive to the rich and famous, they are available, affordable and can give people a real boost of confidence! Julie Ridley, 39, from South Shields won pounds 2,000 of cosmetic enhancement treatments from local...
Final Say for Cup Hero Law; NORTH EAST SUNDAY LEAGUE
IN A close-fought Harry Oxley Cup final, Wallsend Coronation came out on top against Turks Head, with Colin Law's last-minute winner sealing a 3-2 victory. David Hope opened the scoring for Wallsend, but Malcolm Murien equalised and Law restored...
Football: Kev's Backing Spurs Harper
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER NEWCASTLE United keeper Steve Harper returns to one of only two grounds where he has made a mistake tomorrow - with the firm backing of his manager Kevin Keegan. The amiable 33-year-old keeper has finally topped over 100...
Football: WE'LL DO IT MY WAY: KK; Keegan to Decide on Midfielder's Future
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United midfielder Charles N'Zogbia goes to White Hart Lane tomorrow with a warning from Kevin Keegan that he will decide whether or not the Frenchman leaves St James's Park at the end of the season....
Forest Send the Feathers Flying; Hall Step Up to the Plate for Extra-Time Win TYNESIDE SUNDAY LEAGUE
FOREST Hall had regular scorers Jay Smart, Kevin Westphall and Shaun Carter on target in their 3-1 win against Gateshead Feathers in the League Plate Second Round. Gateshead Feathers' lone strike came from Chris Whyle as the home team secured their...
Francis Wood Church Matters
NOT QUITE SAFE SO EASTER is over for another year. Jesus died and rose to save us all and we've sung and prayed about it. So is everything all right now? We've been saved, so there can't be much to worry about. Well, not quite. We still...
Gardens: Leafing through Garden Greats
IF you're looking for inspiration as the warmer weather beckons, try leafing through some of the excellent books out this spring, bringing you advice on everything from growing fruit and veg to design and practical tips. There's a plethora of new...
Gazza Joins Chain Gang; Star on Road to Recovery with Bike
Byline: By TOM MULLEN TROUBLED Paul Gascoigne is hoping to ride his way back to fitness. Gazza, 40, stunned staff at a Newcastle bike shop when he called in to buy a racer. The former footballer, from Dunston, is recovering from a mental breakdown...
Harper Keen to Axe Pal Woody
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER says he will reserve his face-to-face with Jonathan Woodgate until kick-off time tomorrow at White Hart Lane. The Toon keeper is good pals with the former Real Madrid defender but, with United fighting for survival...
He Always Said He Was Bulletproof, So to Die in a Crash Is Even More Tragic; THE DANGERS OF LIFE IN WAR ZONES BROUGHT HOME AS TWO FAMILIES MOURN DEAD LOVED ONES Comrades Gather for Ex-Para's Funeral
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON AS a paratrooper he dodged bullets and bombs in Iraq. But in a cruel twist of fate Liam Carmichael was killed in a road accident as he led a security convoy. He had toured as a soldier with the 1st Battalion Parachute...
HONOURED ... AT LAST; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST 60 Years after WWII, Bevin Boys Are Recognized
Byline: RAY MARSHALL AT long last those young men who went down the coalmines to help Britain's war effort have been recognised. No-one who has ever been near a pit can think Bevin Boys took the soft option - indeed, they had no option. I...
Ice Hockey: Don't Take Your Foot off Gas: Carter
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors players were today warned they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. With a place in the English National League Championship final already secured, Whitley bid to make it six wins out of six in the play-offs...
Ice Hockey: Play-Off Nightmare Must Be Banished
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers captain David Longstaff says he wants to erase memories of last year's Elite League play-off nightmare by seeing off Belfast Giants this weekend. Vipers clash with Giants in Dundalk tonight for the first...
Keane Wants Team to Attack
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE has discovered that Sunderland's best form of defence is attack. The Black Cats boss admits he has made the mistake of setting up his side to be too cautious at times this season by using a lone striker, most...
Killer Locked Up after Stabbing Man in Flat; ALCOHOLIC LAUNCHED AN UNPROVOKED ATTACK
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A KILLER has been jailed indefinitely after fatally stabbing a dad. Gary Doyle had sat drinking with Ian Fullerton after turning up at the 54-years-old's home in Newcastle. But in the middle of the night, he attacked...
Let's Have Some Real Excitement
Byline: Alan Oliver THE owner reportedly wanted to "get naked and have a party". The chairman grinned with delight. And the rest of us mere mortals were left to dance in the streets. Yes, Newcastle United had beaten mighty Fulham 2-0 at...
Martins Aiming to Net for the Toon
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE striker Oba Martins says there is no reason why the goals won't continue to flow for Newcastle United at White Hart Lane. In keeping with his reputation for attacking football, Keegan has switched to a 4-3-3 formation...
Neighbour's Car Terror; Woman Threatened for Parking in Man's Usual Slot
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A MAN told his neighbour he would 'cave her head in' after she parked her car in his usual spot. Joseph Iceton launched a foul-mouthed tirade on Jo Perry-Milburn, last Christmas Eve, a court heard. The 23-year-old...
Northumberland
A HOTEL has been prosecuted for a its poor fire safety record. The Station hotel, Hexham, was found to have no smoke detector, no risk assessment and alarms were not being tested. It was first issued with an enforcement notice by inspectors,...
Owen Roaring on; Grassroots Round-Up of Junior Football Leagues Killingworth Datastor Mini League
IN THE United U10's Winter League, Longbenton Lions remain top following their close win over FC Cullercoats thanks to a single goal from Owen Clark. Northburn Wanderers remain in second spot after a comprehensive 7-0 win against Cramlington Blue...
Parents Seek Pupil Places; Other Schools Help out la Sagesse
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PARENTS at a doomed private school are anxiously trying to find new places for their children. Earlier this week, La Sagesse, in Jesmond, Newcastle, announced it was closing in summer due to falling...
Parking Mad over Ticketing Blunder; Payment Hotline Recorded Two Minutes Not Two Hours
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A MOTORIST was left furious when she was fined after a new parking system gave her a ticket for two minutes instead of two hours. Joan Bedlington used Newcastle City Council's new telephone payment system...
Pervert Banned from Anywhere near Children Found Lurking Metres from Girl of Seven; Sexual Predator Breaks Order after Just Weeks
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HE WAS banned from hanging around children, but weeks after being released from prison he was back. Jeremy Hicks, 45, was jailed for two years in 2005 after admitting performing a sex act while sitting next to a seven-year-old...
Pounds 100,000 Arthritis Sufferer Wins Compensation after Surgeons Botched His Knee Op
Byline: By JANE PICKEN FAMILY man Eddie Morrison has been awarded more than pounds 100,000 after a series of medical blunders left his leg locked permanently straight. The 60-year-old, from Dun-ston, Gateshead, was forced to prematurely end his...
PUTTING THE BEAT POLICE AT HEART OF COMMUNITY; Scheme Driving Down Crime
Byline: By SARA NICHOL FROM six-month undercover drug operations to answering calls on the Scottish weather - it's all in a day's work for neighbourhood policing teams. Now familiar faces among the communities they serve, no day is the same for...
Quartet to the Four in Race for the Championship; GATESHEAD & DISTRICT LEAGUE
THE First Division title race is really hotting up, with four teams still in with a real chance of winning the championship. Two of the teams met at the weekend. Travellers Rest hosted Duke of Cumberland and Travellers were in the driving seat at...
Race Is on for Charity Run Places
Byline: By SARA SHANNON A NORTHUMBERLAND Sports club are expecting their 10K fun run to have double the entrants this year. This is the second year Red Row Sports Club have staged the Druridge Bay 1 0K Run, with proceeds going to the British...
Ready for Rocket's Blast-Off; Housing Chiefs' Plans to Demolish One of Tyneside's Tallest Buildings
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THESE images show the vision for the future of Dunston without its famous Rocket. The heart of the Gateshead village is set to undergo a multi-million-pound revival. Last October the Chronicle revealed that Owen Luder's...
Red Row Are over the Lyne; MORPETH SUNDAY LEAGUE
RED Row Brick Club, fresh from their semi-final win in the NFA Sunday Cup last week, reached another final with a 4-3 win over Lynemouth in the Lewin Cup. John Ramm, Marc Richardson and Anthony Wade netted for Lynemouth, but goals from Ali Turvey,...
Rogue Trade Grackdown; Firms Who Flout Fire Safety Regulations Facing Tough New Action
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter FIRMS flouting fire safety rules are risking lives. Nearly five North East firms are being issued with warning notices every month, with half being on places where people sleep. Immigrants bedding down in...
Rugby Union: Battle Your Way In: Woods
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS has told his Gateshead Thunder outsiders to fight their way into the National Two party. Woods mixed things up in the Northern Rail Cup to decipher his first 13, but since then has fielded a settled side for...
Rugby Union: Eyes of the Tigers on Fletcher Swoop
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL LEICESTER Tigers have stepped up their pursuit of John Fletcher - but the former Falcons director of rugby has an RFU job offer on the table too. The East Midlands club have made a firm offer for Fletcher's services as...
Ruthless Newcastle Sink Crewe; Reay Goes Nap in Newcastle's Super Victory Latest News from the North East Women's Football Scene
NEWCASTLE United put the final nail in the coffin of Crewe Alexandra's bid to stave off relegation with a six-goal blast at Coach Lane. Needing a victory, Crewe started off in a positive manner with the wind at their backs, going close on a couple...
Super Legacy for Sir Bobby; GIBBO'S WORLD
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WE'VE all known that Wor Bobby has been fighting cancer for 15 years with as much vigour and bloody-minded determination as he has shown in a distinguished life given over to football. I first talked with Sir Bobby Robson...
Super Mac: Take a Chance to Win This One
Byline: JOHN GIBSON MY MESSAGE to United as they look for capital gain tomorrow is simple. When you're chance comes, make sure you take it. Spurs play attractive football. They get forward quickly with a series of good, quick passing movements,...
Taylor Can't Wait to Tackle Spurs
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR says he is champing at the bit to take on Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at White Hart Lane after being rested by England Under-21s in midweek. The young Three Lions skipper hasn't missed any action for two years...
Travel: It's a Fair Bet You Won't Go Hungry in Vegas; TONY LARNER Takes a Trip to Las Vegas, and You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar It Was a Journey to Remember
Byline: TONY LARNER HIS cunning snake-like eyes were staring me down from across our Las Vegas table. I could smell a poker bluff from miles off - but this time I wasn't so sure. I felt a tiny trickle of perspiration on my brow. "OK. Let's...
Travel: Monopolised by Capital's Magic
Byline: PETER TAYLOR IT WAS an invitation no lifelong Monopoly fan could refuse. The chance to stay at 1, Park Lane - just over the road from Hyde Park, you know - proved irresistible. The invite was from the Intercontinental London Park Lane...
Tributes Flow for Tragic Teen; Family, Friends and Strangers Touched by Youth's Death
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON TRIBUTES have come flooding in for murdered teenager Ross Davidson. Dozens of friends, family, workmates, former teachers and people who never knew him have pledged their thoughts on the Chronicle's condolences and...
TV Star Matt Is Back with a Bang; Former Blue Peter Presenter Matt Baker Talks to Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR about Family Life, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and His Hopes and Plans for the Future
Byline: GORDON BARR THERE'S little doubting the delight on Matt Baker's face. The 30-year-old grins broadly as he talks of his plans to move back to his beloved North East. Next month the County Durham-born TV personality starts a seven-week...
Tyne and Wear
THERE are currently four prohibition notices in force. One has been imposed on a three-storey house on Heaton Park Road, in Newcastle's East End. Inspectors were concerned after learning five people were living there but there was only one exit....
Urgent Repair Calls to Sir John; Mansion Row
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor SIR John Hall has been urged to press ahead with repairs to a rundown mansion as quickly as possible. City council planners are concerned about the condition of historic Wools-ington Hall which one councillor...
VENT YOUR SPLEEN; "The Justice System in This Country Stinks. Lenient Sentences Are Doing Nothing to Stop Criminals
I'VE just read the article, euthanasia, the comments made by Conservative Councillor Hugh Jackson. I am lost for words it's the first time in my life I have been lost for words. This is absolutely disgraceful. This man should be forced to resign,...
Vital Link Butt Has Eye on a Winner
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United flew down to London today with experienced midfielder Nicky Butt warning them that they are playing for one of the biggest prizes in football - their Premier League status. Butt of course...
We'll Bring Back That Blithe Spirit; Town Bids to Tempt Tall Ships to River
Byline: By CHRIS HAVERGAL STARS of the high seas are set to return to the North East this summer. Plans are being drawn up to bring a fleet of majestic tall ships to Blyth for a weekend in June. The ships will be the centrepiece of a maritime...
Whitley End in Style with Unbeaten Record Intact; Latest News from the North East Women's Football Scene
AFTER winning the league title three weeks ago, Whitley Bay completed their season with a 3-1 win against Spennymoor. This victory kept up their 100% League record, having won every game since their campaign started way back in August. During...