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 July 15, 2010

Acknowledgements
BROWN (Blyth). The family of the late Joan wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for all the kindness, sympathy, support, cards and beautiful floral tributes received. Special thanks to all staff of Ward 8, Wansbeck Hospital for all their...
A Day in the Life
KAYLEIGH Kennedy, of Cramlington, is employed as an office manager by Colette Stroud Solicitors in Ponteland. 7.30am: The alarm rings, and after getting showered and ready, I am straight out the door in time to be on the road by 8.30am. 8.50am:...
Allot More Land Needed; 42,000 PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE ON A SLICE OF THE GOOD LIFE
Byline: AMY HUNT THE demand for allotment spaces in Newcastle could stretch to tens of thousands, a report shows. The city's new allotment strategy shows a potential pool of 42,000 people interested in maintaining their own allotment. But...
Always There to Help Folk; 'TRUE GENT' IS NOMINATED FOR OUR GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARD
Byline: RUTH LAWSON Nominate your neighbours for an award at: www.chroniclelive.co.uk/goodneighbourawards A HELPFUL chap has been hailed a "true gent" by his neighbours. Malcolm Brydon has earned a reputation as a kind-hearted handyman on his...
Angling Catches on for Children
Byline: DAVID CARRICK OVER 30 youngsters from a Tyneside school took part in a trout fishing 'try it' day at Northumbrian Water's Derwent Reservoir. The year six pupils had a great day under the instruction of the Environment Agency instructors...
A Spring in Step of Darts' Top Stars
Byline: LEE RYDER WHILE football's World Cup has dominated the sporting calendar from South Africa over the past month, Houghton-le-Spring's Rainton Meadows Arena will be the focus of the darting equivalent later this year. Professional Darts...
Back at the Crash Scene; Survivor Returns to Spot Where He Was Impaled on Stake
Byline: ROB PATTINSON SURVIVOR Raymond Curry has returned to the site of the horror smash which almost killed him. The driver, 20, said he wanted to return to the Northumberland road to help come to terms with the crash in which he was impaled...
Bard Book's Back; Shakespeare's Stolen Folio Returns to University
Byline: TOM MULLEN A UNIQUE Shakespeare collection has been returned to its rightful home, more than 10 years after it was stolen. The Folio, considered perhaps the most important printed work in English literature, has been returned to Durham...
Becks Backs Capello but Backs off Boss Talk
DAVID BECKHAM insists he has no plans to become a manager, and does not expect to ever be tempted by the England role. Beckham has laid the blame for England's dismal World Cup campaign at the feet of the players and insists boss Fabio Capello did...
Career on Menu; Head Waiter and Chef Join One of City's Newest Restaurants
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX ANEW Newcastle restaurant has recruited a strong team of staff thanks to the Evening Chronicle. LuigiKhan's restaurant, situated in the new Best Western Ryokan Hotel on Westgate Road, has been inundated with job applications...
Carlisle or Man Utd - I Just Want to Play; Mike's Itching for Action
Byline: LEE RYDER IT may not be the Theatre of Dreams - but Mike Williamson is as hungry to get out and compete at Brunton Park on Saturday as he is to take on Manchester United in front of 76,000 fans. The Toon defender just wants to compete...
Cats' Danny Bid Wel Advanced; Wearsiders Closing in on Reds Striker
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND are in advanced talks to sign Manchester United starlet Danny Welbeck on loan. Steve Bruce is a big admirer of the 19-year-old striker and he is understood to be the player the Black Cats boss was alluding to when...
Cav in Need of a Tour Miracle
ERIK ZABEL believes it will be a "miracle" if Mark Cavendish wins the Tour de France green jersey in Paris on July 25. With three probable sprint stages - including today's 184.5-kilometre 11th stage from Sisteron to Bourg-les-Valence - and one...
Children Learn about Those Not So Fortunate; SHOCKED YOUNGSTERS HEAR OF POVERTY IN UGANDA
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS YOU could hear a pin drop as Tyneside youngsters were told how children their age fight for survival in an African orphanage. Only kids who are sponsored by someone in another country eat on a daily basis in the Hands of...
Children Tee off; FIVE AND SIX-YEAR-OLDS INTRODUCED TO THE GAME OF GOLF
Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL YOUNGSTERS have been getting into the swing of things with a golf champion. As some of the best golfers in the world line up at St Andrews to contest one of the most prestigious titles in the sport, Tyneside youngsters...
'Council Cash Will Not Cover Our Costs' WARN OF MORE PROBLEMS
Byline: HELEN RAE A ROW over care home fees in has seen many homes in Newcastle refuse to sign a new contract. The city council has been involved in a longrunning dispute with Care North East, which represents private care homes for elderly and...
Counting on Team's Success
A TEAM of young Procter & Gamble (P&G) apprentices is set to swap the Tyne for the Thames as they head to London to compete in the finals of a national accountancy skills competition. Twenty-year-olds Lori Douglass, Jessica Smailes and Mark...
DEAR Dr Maths, in These Times[.]
Byline: Dr Maths DEAR Dr Maths, In these times of low interest on savings accounts are we more likely to gain financially by investing in Premium Bonds? Kate, via email This is certainly an interesting thought. For many of us our first experiences...
Deaths
ARNOTT (Whitley Bay). Patricia (nee Marshall). Suddenly in hospital on Friday 9th July, much loved and sadly missed mum, nana, sister and aunty. Service at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Monday 19th July at 11.15am. All welcome. Family flowers only, donations...
Dinsey Dream; PUPILS WITH 100% ATTENDANCE AIM FOR ICE TREAT
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR PUPILS in Newcastle are being given an extra incentive not to miss a day of school. Children who achieve 100% attendance for the second half of the summer term will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win tickets...
Early Birds Take Advantage of Calm
THE early starters were today trying to make the most of a calm morning as the 139th Open Championship got under way at St Andrews. Former champion Paul Lawrie, winner at Carnoustie in 1999, struck the opening shot at 6.30am, with no sign of the...
Emma's Gift Can Wrap Up Victory
EMMA'S GIFT was unfortunate to bump into a truly top-notch performer at Royal Ascot, but compensation awaits at Newbury. Winner of a Bath maiden, trainer Julia Feilden opted to pitch her in at the deep end in the Albany Stakes where she was beaten...
Fab Set for French Scouting Mission?
ENGLAND Under-19 coach Noel Blake is waiting to discover whether he will have the support of Fabio Capello at the forthcoming European Championship finals in France. Capello made it clear he will look to introduce young talent into the underachieving...
Families Facing Defeat in Care Homes Battle; ELDERLY PEOPLE COULD BE FORCED TO MOVE AS COMPANIES
Byline: KERRY WOOD THE axe is close to falling on seven council-run care homes, despite months of desperate protests. A report has revealed Durham County Council's cabinet is being advised to approve the controversial closure of the homes in...
Fergie's Backing Roo to Recover
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney will soon shake off the frustration of his World Cup performance. But Ferguson recognises that Rooney, who was far from his best in England colours, will be disappointed he has missed...
Festival Opens Gates to Idol; GARETH Gates. Remember Him? He's Heading for Tyneside, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports
Byline: GORDON BARR Or are YOU Call NOW on or email MUSIC and theatre performer Gareth Gates is heading to the North East after being named as the latest addition to the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2010. Gareth, who was runner-up in the first...
Funding Pledge for Moat Manhunt Costs
A PLEDGE has been made to help Northumbria Police pay the bill for hunting Raoul Moat as the force braces itself for a funding cut. The promise to discuss the matter was made by Police Minister Nick Herbert after he knocked back a request from MPs...
Gunman Was Unpredictable, Manipulative & Dangerous
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON BLINDED policeman David Rathband today revealed he had a previous run-in with cop-hating killer Raoul Moat. Last year Moat was collared by the traffic policeman he blinded with a shotgun, who revealed: "If it had of kicked...
Harper Will Be Vital Us: Chris
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON says that Steve Harper's experience for Newcastle United in their return to the Premier League will be "vital", with the big kickoff now just a month away. The Toon boss is expected to field both Tim Krul and Fraser...
High Praise for Colleges; NEWCASTLE AND GATESHEAD ARE RATED EXCELLENT
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR TWO of our colleges have been praised in a new report. Gateshead College and Newcastle College's Intraining Group are among just 12 centres to have been judged "outstanding" by Ofsted inspectors. The colleges are praised...
How to Handle Winter
A SERIES of recommendations has been made on how Durham County Council can improve its response to winter weather. An internal report says the council coped well tackling the problems associated with last winter's severe weather, but an overview and...
Injured Falcon Can Soar Again; Tait Backing Wilson to Beat Injury Woe
Byline: NICK PUREWAL CROCKED Falcons flanker Mark Wilson will miss the start of the season - but Alan Tait is banking on him having a big impact come the end of September. Former Blaydon back-rower Wilson picked up a Gilmore's Groin injury on England...
In Memoriam
BALL (Greenside). Loving memories of our precious daughter, Stephanie Lillian (Steph), very special sister to Adam, who fell asleep one year ago today, aged just 20 years. A brave little soul who never asked why, now our special Angel in the sky. This...
It's Flown over; AIRPORT CELEBRATES 75 YEARS
Byline: ADAM JUPP IT STARTED out as a single grass runway and now sends millions to all four corners of the globe. Newcastle Airport has changed dramatically since the first aircraft took-off on July 26, 1935. Now, a programme of events to...
I Would like to Have, Erm, a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Have a Word; TYNESIDE SHOOTINGS: AFTERMATH
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON ; PHIL DOHERTY A MAJOR review is to be held into a council's contact with killer Raoul Moat. The probe was ordered today after it emerged he had begged for psychiatric support before his deadly gun rampage. Today the...
Jury Hears of Inmate's Final Hours; WARDER TELLS HOW PRISONER FEARED HE'D BEEN GIVEN WRONG DOSAGE
Byline: ADAM JUPP A PRISON warder told an inquest of an inmate's fears he'd received an overdose of chemotherapy. Senior officer John Warwick, who has more than 30 years' experience, was on "bed watch" after armed robber James Yarnell was taken...
Legal Help for the Seriously Ill; SOLICITOR AIMS TO SET UP SERVICE FOR THOSE ON LOW INCOMES
Byline: HELEN RAE SERIOUSLY ill patients in the North East could soon be able to seek free legal advice and support. Tyneside solicitor Margaret Kirby is setting up the charity Legacare (UK) Ltd for those who have a life-limiting condition and...
Local Favourites in 1930s TV Drama; Robson Green Stars in Series
Byline: HOLLY LONGSTAFF A NEW TV drama set in 1939 Tyneside is due to hit our screens in September. Joe Maddison's War has its roots set in the North East. Written by the late Alan Plater, the Jarrow-born writer who sadly lost his battle with...
Moment of Madness: A Lifetime of Anguish; VICTIM OF A ONE-PUNCH ATTACK TELLS OF HIS HELL
Byline: KATIE DAVIES ; ROB KENNEDY A MOMENT of madness has left one punch attack victim Paul Spivey facing a lifetime of anguish. Paul Saint is today behind bars for the attack which left the family man needing life-saving surgery. Mr Spivey...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP BACK at school, as part of GCSE geography, I learned all about Spearman's Rank. For those of you not in the know, it is a correlation coefficient, in other words, a way of measuring whether two trends could be said to be linked...
On Course for a First-Class Career
JOBLESS Maria Green has just been awarded a first-class honours degree in tourism as she strives to create a new future for herself. The Peterlee mother-of-three wanted to study what she loved most - tourism - and decided to go to the University...
Our Boys Deserve a Tribute of Their Own; FAMILIES RAISE CASH FOR NEW MEMORIAL
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER FAMILIES of soldiers killed on the frontline have come together to launch a new military memorial. The loved ones of four Gateshead heroes are raising cash for a new memorial in their home town. It is hoped the monument...
Performing Pupils Really Living Dream; Students' Trip to Meet Stage Stars
PUPILS from Newcastle's Excelsior Academy have been staging their very own high school musical. Talented actors and dancers from the academy in the city's West End put on two sell-out performances this week of the hit Broadway and London's West...
Probe on as Bully Case Papers Left in Hotel Bar; INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS LEGAL DOCUMENTS ARE DISCOVERED BY MAN
Byline: TOM MULLEN PRIVATE papers at the centre of a police bullying trial were left lying in a hotel bar. A member of the public was stunned to discover two files containing confidential information at the Marriott Hotel in Gosforth, Newcastle....
Renewed Build Bid Decision; SCRUTINY FOR HOMES PLAN
Byline: TONY HENDERSON A SECOND bid to develop a tract of land near a countryside park for hundreds of homes will be up for decision today. The application by Bellway Homes and Gladedale Ltd for 330 homes on land off the Great North Road at Wideopen...
Rings of Fortune for Rare Osprey Chicks; FIRST FAMILY IN THE REGION FOR 200 YEARS IN EXCELLENT HEALTH
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS THREE rare ospreys in Northumberland have been ringed to help experts keep tabs on their fortunes. The birds are the offspring of a pair which last year raised the first osprey family in our region for at least 200 years....
Scheme to Keep Creative Talent within the Region
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX BUDDING stage managers, lighting technicians, sound engineers and set designers no longer need to leave the region to get the training and experience needed to start their career. The Sector Skills Council for creative and...
Shaw in Belated Debut as Bogie Bags Two More
Byline: JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD fans will finally get the chance to see former Sheffield Wednesday and Rochdale striker Jon Shaw in action tonight - eight months after his scheduled home debut. Shaw will lead the Gateshead line against Scottish...
Shore Are a Lot of Competitions
Byline: SAM HARRIS THERE are plenty of open shore competitions this weekend. On Saturday the Whitley Bay AS Open Summer League Match is being fished at Craster. Fishing is 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Meet at the Craster car park beforehand. This...
Singer Set to Shine; NEW SINGLE FOR WANNABE
Byline: KERRY WOOD A SCHOOLGIRL singing wannabe is about to become a fully-fledged pop sensation. This month the nation is about to hear a lot more about County Durham teenager Chantelle Readman with the release of her debut single Good Times....
Soldier Is Accused of Theft; 'Army Equipment Sold'
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A DECORATED soldier stole military equipment and sold it on eBay to pay off debts, a court heard. Sgt John Gardiner had risen through the ranks, having served his country for more than 15 years. But when his finances hit...
Speer's All Set to Look Sharp; Vipers' Recruitment Drive Continues
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers have added Canadian forward Dan Speer to their roster as the Elite League season edges ever closer. Danny Stewart's latest recruit from Lakehead University rejected a more lucrative offer from another Elite...
Stacey Targets Home Comfort
MIDDLE distance ace Stacey Smith is coming into form on the eve of this weekend's England Athletics Championships at Gateshead International Stadium. Smith was out of action early in the year after being diagnosed with anaemia. However, the Gateshead...
Stormy Times at the Seaside; VILLAGE REVAMP ROW
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG REVAMP plans for an ancient harbour were revealed at a public meeting. Beadnell Harbour Fishermen's Society is bidding to build four luxury homes on land it owns and use the proceeds to maintain the historic inlet. Artist's...
Success on a Plate; Pupils Give School Meals a Resounding Thumbs Up
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR SCHOOL lunches have been given a big thumbs up in North Tyneside. Over the last school year, uptake for children staying at school for their dinner has risen by as much as 14% in some primary schools. Since September,...
Taxi Terror for Holiday Family; Driver Dies at Wheel and Cab Crashes
Byline: SARA NICHOL A TAXI driver died as he drove a family to catch an early-morning flight in one of two separate accidents on the same stretch of road. The man, believed to be in his early 60s, suffered health problems at the wheel as he drove...
The Phantom Elements Were No Problem! Phil Refuses to Play the 'Blame Rain' Game
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS DURHAM Dynamos skipper Phil Mustard says his side will only have themselves to blame - and not the rain - if they do not qualify for the knockout stage of the Twenty20 Cup after last night's washout against Derbyshire Phantoms....
Thieves Put Lives at Risk; Rescue Kit Is Stolen
Byline: DAVE BLACK THIEVES are being accused of putting lives at risk by targeting vital rescue equipment along the region's coastline. A warning was issued yesterday after ropes attached to lifebelts and lifebuoys in Northumberland were taken...
Time Called; End of an Era as Car Park and Pub Will Soon Be Gone
Byline: ADAM JUPP D-DAY is looming for the Get Carter car park. Developers have announced demolition of the giant structure will start on July 26, as part of a revamp of Gateshead town centre. It is making way for a leisure complex and a supermarket,...
Track Shorts
THE fifth round of fixtures of the North Eastern Athletics League takes place at Monkton Stadium on Wednesday, July 28 with a 7pm start. Included in the programme are races over 100m, 200m and 1,500m as well as hurdles races for under-17s upwards....
Traitor Manhunt; SEARCH CONTINUES FOR AFGHAN SOLDIER WHO KILLED TROOPS
THE hunt for a rogue Afghan soldier who killed three British troops will intensify today as tributes were paid to his victims. Maj James Joshua Bowman, Lt Neal Turkington and Cpl Arjun Purja Pun, all of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were...
Triathlon Challenge to Raise Cash; SPREAD A LITTLE SUNSHINE INTO LIVES OF NEEDY CHILDREN
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THRILL-SEEKING fitness fanatics are being invited to take part in the ultimate endurance test on Tyneside. This year's Sunshine Fund Triathlon promises to push even the most hardy to their limits when the race gets underway...
Warming to Region's Training Capability
ONE of the UK's largest colleges is celebrating its introduction of renewable energy and sustainability courses as the first wave of learners successfully gain their new qualifications. David Salmon, technical engineer for Bishop Auckland-based...
Watson Enjoys a Good Day All Round
ALL-ROUNDER Shane Watson is confident Australia can hammer home their advantage over Pakistan on day three of the first Test at Lord's. Watson took his first fivewicket haul in Test cricket as Pakistan, replying to Australia's first innings total...
Why Not Help out on the Metro? TRANSPORT BOSSES LOOK FOR VOLUNTEERS TO KEEP TRAIN SYSTEM CLEAN
Byline: AMY HUNT METRO bosses want volunteers to help them keep stations clean and safe. Following a 100-day comprehensive clean-up of the transport system, bosses at Metro are now looking at ways of keeping it spick and span. They are looking...
Workers Waiting on Plant Decision; THREAT TO 96 JOBS
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN THE future of 96 jobs at a threatened local hitech plant could be decided soon. German manufacturing giant Siemens has told managers at Trench UK, based in Hebburn, that it will review its plans to shut the plant ahead of...
Youngsters Given Gift of Experience; Shop Owner's Delight at Student Apprenticeship Successes
NORTH Tyneside students are getting a taste of life outside the classroom thanks to a shop in Whitley Bay. Karen Goldfinch, chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade and owner of Made to Treasure, has been taking on young apprentices to work in her...