Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 14, 2008

A Festival of All That Is Green! GO GREEN
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A FESTIVAL to promote green living will be held on Tyneside. The first Greener Gosforth show aims to show how people living in the area can help the environment, save money and make the Newcastle suburb...
Benefits Staff Are Taking the Michael; Private Details Sent in Error
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THEY share a name, and now intimate details thanks to the latest benefits blunder. Two Michael Robinsons on Tyneside are at the centre of another Government postal gaffe. Michael Robinson, of High Heaton, Newcastle,...
Biking Can Be a Breath of Fresh Air; Go Green STEVE EMSLEY Writes about His New-Found Love for Cycling
Byline: STEVE EMSLEY I STARTED using my bike regularly 18 months ago now and have cycled around 2,000 miles in that time. It was one of the easy things to do to reduce my impact on the environment. Many cyclists are younger, but at 56 years old...
BLACK IN BUSINESS; Face to Face with North East Sporting Guru Steve Black Who Has Been Busier Than Ever since Leaving Falcons of Course, Steve Has Never Really Been Away
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SINCE he left the Newcastle Falcons amid total silence and considerable conjecture, Steve Black has, to a large extent, fallen from public view. Or at least it seemed that way - though those of us who know the genial Geordie...
Bogie's Target Is the Top-Six Spot
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD will move into the top six of the Blue Square North if they win tonight's rearranged game against cash-strapped Workington in Cumbria. The Reds players and staff have had to take a 10% wage cut after an early...
Call Girl 'Hired for Sex Treat' Court Told of Night with Prostitute Paid for by Killer
AN ESCORT girl told the corruption trial of Northumbria detective John Jones how she was hired for a pounds 250 sex session at a London mews apartment. Prosecutors claim the 48-year-old married detective constable was being treated to a night of...
Chippy Chappy Batters His Fish Shop Foes; HOTSPOT NAMED REGION'S BEST IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG IT'S not just the fish that this chippy has been battering. Colman's of South Shields has been named the North East's best in the national Fish and Chip Shop of the Year competition. It comes out on top from hundreds...
Don't Ruin Young Lives in a Flash; Today as Emergency Services Come Together in an Attempt to Make Bonfire Night Safer, SOPHIE DOUGHTY Reports on How Firefighters, Police and Paramedics Prepare for One of the Busiest Nights of Their Year
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY IT IS supposed to be a night of fun and celebration. But every year lives are ruined, and sometimes ended, on November 5. Today Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Services has teamed-up with Northumberland Fire and Rescue...
Down Your Way
GROUP ON SONG A CONCERT will celebrate four great composers. The Priory Singers are starting their new season with a concert featuring pieces by Puccini, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saens. The concert will be performed, accompanied by...
Down Your Way
CENTRE CLOSURE WYLAM Library and Falcon Centre is shortly to close for up to five weeks to undergo essential upgrading works. A firm date has not been fixed but it likely that the library will close on Wednesday, October 22. A TASTE OF EUROPE...
Every Penny She Pilfered, She's Spent; Victim Won't Get Anything Back
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter FRAGILE 95-year-old Olive Turnbull will never get compensation from the jailed carer crook who ripped off her pounds 10,000 savings. Miss Turnbull, who suffers from dementia, is unaware the woman she trusted...
Falcons Exit So Painful for Me
STEVE BLACK has admitted that he left Newcastle Falcons because he had "a different philosophy to owner Dave Thompson". Blackie has consistently refused to talk about his shock departure since it occurred last season and sparked off a domino effect...
Follow the Salmon Trail; Go Green Now's the Time to See Migrating Fish
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter NATURE puts on one of her finest shows for us every autumn. With the leaves turning orange and red, autumn is the perfect time to get out and enjoy your local environment. Now is also the time to spot...
Former Rock Chiefs in Clear; Ex-Directors Escape Legal Action
Byline: By DAVID OLD NO LEGAL action will be taken against Northern Rock's former board. Former chief executive Adam Applegarth and other directors were investigated as part of a review of the bank's collapse. However, they will escape negligence...
From Zero to Hero as Burns Battles Back
Byline: By ZOE BURN GEORDIE Superbike star Chris Burns turned his luck around on Sunday to end the worst weekend of his racing career with his best result of the year. The 19-year-old from Newburn suffered a torrid weekend as the British Superbike...
Gun Terror; Petrol Station Cashier Faces Armed Raiders
Byline: BY KATY SIMPSON LOOKING down the barrel of a gun, a petrol station cashier saw his life flash before him. A night-shift turned into a terrifying nightmare for Gavin Bage when he was threatened by armed raiders at Petrol Express in South...
Harland Ready to Fly Flag for the Region
Byline: JOHN GIBSON NEWBIGGIN'S C Harland led the parade of North East champions in the Junior Novices Championships at Wingate. Harland outpointed Horsley Hill's R Palmer 19-7 and now moves on to face the North West winners in the national competition...
He's Just like an Amazon Bullfrog; TEACHER DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION BY BOYFRIEND'S SNORING
Byline: By LIZ LAMB HIS snoring has been compared to the booming sound of an Amazon bullfrog. But teacher Ian Pippin's night-time disturbances could soon be over after driving his long-suffering girlfriend to despair. Partner Louise Thompson...
Horse Racing: Look Hughes Clinched a Super 1,880-1 Treble
RICHARD HUGHES produced a minor miracle on the way to a sparkling 1,880-1 treble at Windsor. His best work came aboard Opera Prince (10-1) in a rough-looking Reading FC Handicap, where he had to hang on very tight as his rivals closed around him...
I'LL GIVE IT MY BEST SHOT; 'I Will Tackle Job as If I Had a Three-Year Contract'
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United interim boss Joe Kinnear has insisted he is carrying out the job at St James's Park as if he had been handed a three-year contract. Kinnear was appointed at United on the basis that his contract would last...
JOE'S MISTER MOTIVATOR; Everyone Might Hate Magpies, but It'll Be Great for Fans
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United I could become a team that everybody loves to hate. Or at least that is the verdict of 'one of Joe Kinnear's former coaches Stewart Robson, who believes that the former Wimbledon manager's proposed short...
Jonny Has the Mental Strength to Overcome Latest Injury
JONNY WILKINSON will rise from his personal bed of nails, never far away from his broken body, to resume his mantle as the finest English rugby player ever. That's the unwavering opinion of his loyal friend and mentor Steve Black despite the fact...
Land Army United in Medal Fight; Women Battling to Honour the Dead
Byline: By RAY MARSHALL THEIR hair may be whiter, their constitution not quite what it was - but they're determined their voices will be heard. Now these brave girls are lining up alongside the Evening Chronicle in their fight for justice for...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Questions for Metro Bosses
I FEEL I need to reply to Huw Lewis's letter, October 6. He says that "Metro's track maintenance system will not be subject to market testing". Once again, he is only telling half of the story. Readers will no doubt welcome the fact that Metro do...
My Leap of a Lifetime; GRATEFUL DAD JUMPS 12,000FT AFTER BABY DEFIES ODDS
Byline: By PAUL HOBBS BORN three months premature, tiny Georgia Hudson's life hung in the balance. But the resilient baby, who weighed 2lb 4 1/2 oz, overcame all the obstacles, going from strength to strength with the help of specialist care,...
Mystery Caller May Hold Clue to Killings; POLICE APPEAL FOR CHINESE MAN TO CONTACT THEM AGAIN
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A MYSTERY Chinese man called a hotline saying he knows the savage killers of a young graduate couple. The call was revealed by the Northumbria Police detective heading the hunt for the killers of Xi Zhou,...
Neighbours Rally to Save Cockerel from the Chop; BIRD SERVED WITH EVICTION NOTICE AFTER ANONYMOUS COMPLAINT
Byline: By LIZ WALKER HE'S known as the Wandering Whickham Cock. And this feathered friend has got housing bosses all in a flap. Basil the cockerel has won the hearts of neighbours in Henderson Avenue, Gateshead, since he was found in a garden...
Nervy England to Win through; We Had a Kick Up the Backside, Tayls
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR will flag for Newcastle United again tonight as he leads out England Under-21s at Villa Park in their crunch European Championship qualifier against Wales. The 22-year-hold and his team-mates hold a slender...
New Centre Leads Way in Cancer Care; UNIT TO GIVE NORTH PATIENTS THE BEST TREATMENT
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter IT'S been hailed as a lifesaving unit and Northern Centre for Cancer Care has opened its doors to its first radiotherapy patient. Helen Ellison, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year after...
New Life for Old Cemetery; PLAN TO RESTORE GRAVEYARD WITH A FAMILY HISTORY FOCUS
Byline: By SALLY HIND EFFORTS are being made to breathe new life into a crumbling grave-yard. The cemetery of St John's Church in Wester-hope, Newcastle, is in danger of being closed to the public as it has fallen deeper and deeper into disrepair....
Nip the Religion Rumour in Bud
BLACKIE would like the world to know that Jonny Wilkinson has not become a Buddhist as a consequence of searching for inner peace during his long injury breaks and relentless pursuit of perfection. In his new book, titled Tackling Life and co-written...
Quinn Praises Keane's Talent
SUNDERLAND chairman Niall Quinn has hailed his manager Roy Keane and believes their relationship is key to the Black Cats' success. Quinn and Keane are both former players, and the chairman insists that their footballing background means they are...
Reunited
I AM trying to find three of my bridesmaids as we are celebrating our golden wedding on October 18. Elizabeth Oglivie used to live in Fisher Street, Walker, before she got married. June Henderson used to live in Heaton and worked at Laurie's egg...
Revealed: City's Most Crime-Hit Suburbs; CALL FOR MORE CASH TO BE TARGETED AT DEPRIVED AREAS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CRIME is costing Newcastle a staggering pounds 111m a year. This was revealed today along with details of some of the city's worst crime hotspots. The cost includes bringing criminals to justice, the...
SACKED; Former Newcastle Rider Who Launched Bike at Diamonds Ace Is Booted out by His Club
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE FORMER Newcastle rider Ben Powell has been sacked by Scunthorpe in the wake of Sunday's appalling incident at the Byker track. Onolookers were horrified when Powell launched an attack on Danish Diamond, Kenni Larsen....
SEARCH ON FOR THIS YEAR'S BABY IDOL; Evening Chronicle Competition Chronicle Baby Idol 2008
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...
SHOWBIZ Gossip
RICKY GERVAIS has been named one of the funniest people on the planet by Hollywood veteran Dick Van Dyke. "He's one of the funniest human beings alive," said Dick, who stars in the upcoming film sequel Night At The Museum Two: Battle Of The Smithsonian,...
Spartans Sights Are Set on Return to St James's
BLYTH Spartans hit the cup trail again tonight with the first of three cup ties in three different competitions in a 12-day period - which also includes a Conference North trip to Redditch on Saturday. The Spartans take on underdogs Heaton Stannington,...
Sullivan Was Right to Accept Russian Offer: Fab
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN EAGLES coach Fab Flournoy has given his blessing to Andrew Sullivan's money-spinning move to Russia. The New Yorker, who had to tear up his pre-game plans when Sullivan received confirmation of his transfer en route to...
Taking Things to a New Level; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Level 42's Mark King, as the Band Prepare for a Show at Newcastle City Hall Tonight
Byline: GORDON BARR "WE are just doing what we do best." That is the reply from Level 42's Mark King when I ask him why he thinks the band has had such longevity. The group, who sprang to worldwide fame in the mid '80s, are at Newcastle City...
The Marriage of Nigel Cowley and Sonsoles Crespo
A CHANGE in career led to their paths crossing in a foreign country. And now, Nigel Cowley, 41, and Sonsoles Crespo, 30, from Spain, who met through a mutual friend while working in France, tied the knot in the romantic San Jose Church in Madrid...
Thief Doused Driver in Fuel; Robber Jailed after Vicious Threats
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A CAR-JACKER threatened to "roast" a good Samaritan alive after dousing him with petrol and flicking the flame of a burning lighter. Musician Peter Oberman was on his way to meet band mates when his nightmare began. ...
Three Men Charged over Party Stabbings; BURGLARY LED TO CONFRONTATION
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter TWO men have been bailed by police probing a series of stabbings during a party in riverside flats. Both men suffered superficial stab wounds during the incident and were arrested after being released...
Toon Army's Welcome Is a Boost for Joe
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR has revealed he has been "touched" by the welcome he has received from the Geordie nation. The initial response on Tyneside was underwhelming for the former Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon boss, and his Newcastle...
Toon Deal Is on the Horizon; SEVERAL BIDDERS INTERESTED SAYS BANK
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THE man charged with selling Newcastle United is confident a deal is getting closer. Seymour Pierce chairman Keith Harris says several groups have registered an interest in buying out Mike Ashley. Mr Harris...
TURFED OUT; Families Give Up Fight for Annexed Plot
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A FENCING match has ended with families giving up a plot of land they annexed. A turf war broke out on a quiet cul-de-sac when four residents took over a plot of publicly-owned land at the back of their homes and fenced...
Unbeaten Start Leaves City League Games Behind
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM City are in danger of paying the price for success as they continue to fight on all six fronts after an unbeaten start to the season. City host Wearside League strugglers Boldon in the Durham Challenge Cup tonight...
Vent Your Spleen
"Surely now we should withdraw our troops from this no-win situation and let some other country have a try." PW from Hebburn's comments about pensioners splitting up for financial gains should be compelled to divorce. My parents divorced when I...
Watch Calli Flower
CALLIGRAPHER boasts worthy designs on the News International EBF Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. Trained by the white-hot Michael Jarvis, the son of Rahy must have every chance of supplementing a recent Pontefract success with victory in Surrey....
Welcome Break; Club Gives Disabled Children Place to Go
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THEY treasure their time together. For these disabled youngsters, it is vital to be able to meet up and share their experiences at the Welcome Club in Gosforth, Newcastle. The teenagers and adults enjoy social evenings...
Wilson: Make Mine a Double
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson is hoping his side can maintain their momentum after clinching their first weekend double of the season. Wilson had been concerned by Newcastle's slow Sunday service until Edinburgh...