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 29, 2010

An Electric Saving
Byline: WILL GREEN MOTORISTS will benefit from grants of up to pounds 5,000 to buy electric cars - it has been confirmed. The Government grant will be available from next January and should help car-maker Nissan, which is launching the Leaf in...
Artist's Work Is Paying off; A Former IT Trainer Turned Artist Has Her Latest Work on Show at a North East Attraction Next Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR THIS time last year Naomi Walker gave up life as an IT contractor and became a full-time artist. It had been an ambition of hers since school. However, she spent the majority of her education being told that there was 'no...
Arts Cuts May Stifle Region's Evolution; LEADING FIGURES VOICE FEARS OVER PLANS
Byline: VICKY ROBSON FUNDING cuts could spell the end of the North East's evolution into a cultural hub, according to leading figures in the arts world. Among the big names stepping out in support of bosses of some of the region's main cultural...
Building on Skills
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX ACONSTRUCTION company's plans to be one of the major public-build contractors in the North Eas have been boosted by the appointment of Louise Buckton as its associate regional director. Southdale, which specialises in...
Carry on Working after the Age of 65; Retirement Rule Change
BUSINESS and pressure groups today welcomed a Government announcement to phase out the retirement age of 65. The move will happen by October 2011 to encourage people to work for longer. Currently employers can make staff retire at 65 regardless...
Cheryl Is out and about for a Coffee Break; FIRST OUTING AS STAR IS ON THE MEND
Byline: RUTH LAWSON POP princess Cheryl Cole has been spotted out for the first time since she was struck down with malaria. The Newcastle singer has been bed-ridden since she contracted the tropical disease earlier this month. But she was...
Cleverley and Javier Having a Ball in Houston
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Javier Hernandez's pace could be a crucial weapon after the Mexico striker scored in his opening game for the club. Hernandez, who linked up with the squad for the first time this week after arriving...
Cowan Powers into Title Picture
Byline: TIM TAYLOR WESTERHOPE'S George Cowan could be in line for a late 30th birthday present after helping to set the pace at the Powerade PGA Assistants' Championship. Cowan, who represented the Bellingham club when he won the 2006 Northumberland...
Dear Dr Maths, My [...]
Dear Dr Maths, My nine-year-old son asked me why we count in 60s or 12s with a clock, but with numbers we count in 10s? I could not think of a reason and wondered if you could help? Ali, via email. We live in an ever-changing culture of new knowledge...
Deaths
ALLON (Pelton Fell). Suddenly on 22nd July, aged 63 years, Gilla (Gilbert), dearly loved husband of Sheila, loved father, devoted grandfather and great grandfather. Wonderful man who will be sadly missed by all his loving family and many friends. Friends...
Dedication and Skill Reward
NHS South of Tyne and Wear celebrated great success in the Healthcare 100 annual awards, coming second overall among the best NHS healthcare employers in the UK and winning two other categories. The awards highlight the 100 best NHS and independent...
Diamonds Enjoy Sparkling Night; Great Danes Inspire Team to First Premier Trophy Success
Byline: BARRY WALLACE GREAT Danes Kenni Larsen and Rene Bach won three races apiece as awesome Newcastle Diamonds clinched the Premier Trophy for the first time in their history. Team boss George English promised in last night's Chronicle the...
Event Still Blossoming
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS ONE of the region's biggest crowd pleasers opens tomorrow for a three day feast of flowers. The Gateshead Summer Flower Show grew out of the success of the 1990 National Garden Festival. And over the years the show has...
Finding Spark of Inspiration; Schoolchildren Win Song Contest
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR YOUNGSTERS at a North East school ended the summer term on a high note after they were announced as regional winners of a song contest. Hollie Elliott, 12, Vicky Dodds, 11, Hannah McMahon, 12, Becky Brierley,12, and Jessica...
Forgotten Man Makes Silver Mark
MARK Lewis-Francis was today celebrating "the biggest comeback ever" after his shock silver medal in the European Championships in Barcelona. Lewis-Francis upstaged British team-mate Dwain Chambers to snatch second place in the 100 metres final...
Freya's Game for Double Challenge
IN A few days' time Scotland will announce their athletics squad for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. And Chester-le-Street's flying Scot Freya Murray has her fingers crossed that her name will be there, not once but twice. Murray, bypassed...
Future Still Looks Healthy for Hospital; BUILDING TO GO AHEAD, DESPITE CUTS
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN SPENDING cuts will not affect plans for a controversial new hospital in Cramlington. The Government has confirmed development work is continuing on the pounds 75m new specialist emergency care hospital in Northumberland,...
Gunman's Victim Can Finally Be Laid to Rest; POLICE RETURN MOAT MURDER VICTIM'S BODY TO HIS FAMILY FOR FUNERAL
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS THE FAMILY of murdered karate instructor Chris Brown can soon lay him to rest. Gateshead Coroner Terence Carney has opened an inquest into the death of gunman Raoul Moat's first victim. He heard that Mr Brown, 29, was...
It's Dead Interesting! REALISTIC DUMMY HELPS STUDENTS
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR TEENAGERS uncovered a gruesome discovery at a Tyneside college - but it was all to help their science studies. Students attending Newcastle College's summer school became the first in the world to have access to a new prototype...
It's Sol to Play for Even at 35; Hughton Insists Campbell Can Play Key Role
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON today insisted that Sol Campbell can still cut it in the Premier League. The 35-year-old made 13 appearances for Arsenal last season in the Premier League and starred twice in the Champions League, grabbing a goal...
JFK Crewman Jimmy Reels in the Top Cod
Byline: SAM HARRIS TYNE wreck boat Sarah JFK, skippered by Alan Skinner, has taken some good fish this week. The best cod was 22lb taken by crewman Jimmy Cassidy. Two excellent ling of 18lb were taken by Alan Black and Brian Warren from an...
Leading Duo in Medal Delight
SUNDERLAND Harriers' 5km road race registered a number of firsts last week when both the men's and women's winners received their first-ever North Eastern Counties senior championship medals. Morpeth's Matthew Nicholson and Hester Dix, of Blaydon,...
Libranno Can Prevail; Hannon's Colt a Top Recruit
HIGH-CLASS twoyear-olds tear up the Sussex Downs for the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow, in which the unbeaten Libranno can prevail. Marlborough maestro Richard Hannon has his string in excellent order, particularly his juveniles,...
Looking to Build a Future on Tyneside; 200 JOBS IF FIRM MOVES NORTH
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON would result in new jobs. In a message to staff, finance director Duncan Magrath said: "If established, new roles would be created in Newcastle and existing employees would be encouraged and supported in applying for them....
Make a Splash to Help Charity; ENTRIES OPEN FOR TRIATHLON EVENT
Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL FITNESS fanatics and fundraisers are being encouraged to try a new challenge. People who enjoy swimming, cycling and running are being reminded that a deadline for entries to the Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund Triathlon...
Mark's Party with Royalty; VOLUNTEER TELLS OF 'AMAZING' DAY WHEN HE HAD TEA WITH THE QUEEN
Byline: IAN JOHNSON AN UNSUNG hero has told of his "amazing" day when he had tea with the Queen. Mark Taylor, 42, from Beaconside, South Shields, and his wife Karen, were guests at Her Majesty's Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace as representatives...
More Streets to Be Lit Up; 149 DAYS TO GO BUT CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER THE shopping rush is yet to begin, children aren't excited yet, and the goose is still on the slim side - but the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Christmas gets earlier every year, but with 149 days to go to...
Mum Relives Opening Tragic Note from Son; FAMILY DISTRAUGHT AS BODY FOUND IN WOODS
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON DEVASTATED mum Jean Harrington today recalled the moment she was told her son had been found dead. Christopher, 20, and his friend Kieran Kenny, 19, were found hanged in woods in Cramlington on Tuesday. Jean, of Byker,...
My Caring Husband Always Had a Smile; WIDOW GRIEF STRICKEN AFTER MYSTERY M-WAY ACCIDENT
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER HE called to wish his son goodnight and tell his wife he would be home soon. But just hours later, Raju Gurbaksh Singh was killed in a mystery accident. The 28-year-old died after being hit by at least four cars on the...
New Year Trial Date; GROUP FACE 17 CHARGES FOR ALLEGED SCAM THAT NETTED THEM A FORTUNE
Byline: GARRY WILLEY SUSPECTS at the centre of an alleged laundering scam which netted a fortune in criminal cash will not stand trial until the New Year. Anthony Leach and Mark Rowe - together with Rowe's father, sister, and business partner -...
No Payouts for Pleural Sufferers; MINISTER WON'T COMMIT TO DATE
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER LESS than 10% of people with pleural plaques will get compensation for their illness under a new scheme, it is feared. Justice Secretary Jonathan Djanogly this week told Parliament he expects around 6,500 people to claim...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP THEY were the glory days. Hitting sixth form was one of the best things that ever happened to me. All of a sudden, you could wear your own clothes to school and had loads of free periods. It created an impression of independence,...
On Course for a Sporty and Fun Day; Golf Taster Session for Youngsters Is a Hit
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR NORTH East youngsters are on course to tee off with professionals at a golf festival next month. A golf camp was held at Ponteland High School in Northumberland yesterday for children aged seven and over. Organised by Ponteland...
Parent to Parent
WHETHER you're returning to work, starting a course, or just feel it's time for them to interact with other children, finding suitable childcare is a big decision. There are different types of childcare available. You need to go over all the options...
Performance Fit for Queen; TYNESIDE CHOIR SINGS ROCKBAND MEDLEY FOR TV TALENT SHOW
SINGERS from Tyneside are on their way to the final rounds of a TV contest. The Sing Live choir wowed judges with a rendition of Queen's greatest hits to make it through the first stage of the Channel Five talent show Don't Stop Believing. Now...
PERVERT SHARED CHILD PORN; Vile Images He Took Put Online
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE PREYED on young girls and shared sick pornographic pictures of them with thousands of fellow perverts across the world. Vile paedophile Paul Andrew Smith targeted vulnerable teenagers on Tyneside, but his doctored depraved...
Pounds 400k Investment Drive
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX GATESHEAD College is investing pounds 400,000 in a new Auto Skills Centre to improve the standard of training available to people who assess and repair damaged vehicles. The investment has been made by the college as...
Profile - Diane Dunn
Name: Diane Dunn Age: 46 Job title: Single point of access co-ordinator/nurse practitioner Where do you work? Newcastle General Hospital, employed by Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health What does your job involve? We are a single point of...
RACIALLY ABUSED WAITING FOR BUS; Police Keen to Trace Man
Byline: TOM MULLEN THIS man is being hunted by police in connection with a violent racist attack. CCTV images were released after a man was racially abused and physically assaulted at a bus stop. The 56-year-old victim stood up for himself...
Rain Delivers a Bumper Bounty
Byline: DAVID CARRICK THE recent rainfall has improved salmon and seatrout fishing on most of our local rivers. The Tyne saw runs of fish steaming through the lower river beats and then being caught in the upper main river and lower beats and...
Right-Hand Man; GROUP OF: GRATEFUL PENSIONERS NOMINATE RICHARD FOR AWARD
A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY handyman has been hailed a helpful hero by his neighbours. Richard Lunn has made such an impression on the elderly residents at Theresa Russell House, in Byker, Newcastle, that they have nominated him for the Chronicle's Good Neighbour...
Roy's Faith in Anfield Youth
LIVERPOOL boss Roy Hodgson has urged his young players to grasp their chance to impress tonight. Hodgson is putting faith in youth for his first competitive match in charge, having chosen not to risk a number of senior stars for their Europa League...
Skipper Strauss Backs Rusty Star Not to Pieter Out
ANDREW STRAUSS is confident Kevin Pietersen is reporting for England duty ready to produce his best again - irrespective of the rights and wrongs of his local difficulties with Hampshire. Thanks to the mercurial middle-order batsman's absence from...
Sol Skips Armband as Krul Signs On
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON today confirmed that Sol Campbell will NOT be appointed captain at Newcastle United. And this leaves the door open for Kevin Nolan or Alan Smith to step into the breach that has been left vacant since Nicky Butt...
Some Pizza & Quiet Please! POLICE WANT HOURS CUT AT TROUBLE HOTSPOT TAKEAWAY
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A PIZZA shop could have its opening hours cut because of crime and disorder at the premises. Police have been called to Upper Crust, in Avon Avenue, Meadow Well, North Shields, numerous times over the past six months to deal...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL TONIGHT (7.45 unless stated) FRIENDLIES: Club America v Man City (1.00), Kendal Town v Darlington, MLS All-Stars v Man Utd (at Reliant Stadium, 1.30), Wycombe v Chelsea, Tottenham v Villarreal (8.00), Tow Law Town v Annfield Plain (7.30)....
Steelmen Maintain Unbeaten Summer; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT CONSETT, aiming to improve on last season's middle-of-thetable rating, are gearing up nicely for the new campaign. They remain unbeaten in their friendlies programme following last night's 2-0 victory over Morpeth Town with...
Teens Tag along for Fun; TALENTED YOUNGSTERS DECORATE SUBWAY TO SPREAD ANTI-CRIME MESSAGE
Byline: TOM MULLEN GRAFFITI artists decorated a subway, but they didn't get in bother for it. The passageway, in Washington, has been given a colourful new lease of life, thanks to a team of talented teenagers. A "comic book" design was sprayed...
Theft Fails to Derail Birtley
BIRTLEY Athletics Club's charity relay from Edinburgh to their base at Lord Lawson School hit problems even before the first runner set off from under the shadow of the Castle. With minutes to go before the start it was found that one of the support...
The Times They Are A-Changing; Gateshead Shows Its Ages
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS SAMUEL Johnson once described Gateshead as the "dirty back lane leading to Newcastle". And over the years it has often been portrayed as the poor relation of its more glamorous neighbour across the Tyne. But in recent...
They're Free Times a Lady. FEMALE TRIPLETS MAKE HISTORY
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL WELCOMING women to the Freemen of Newcastle was thrice as nice yesterday. These triplets broke free of tradition to be sworn in as inequality was swept aside. The sisters were taking advantage of a new law that changed...
Thug Stalks Ex-Girlfriend; Wife-Beater Returns to Terrorise Victim
Byline: GARRY WILLEY But a judge at Newcastle Crown Court gave him a last chance to keep his freedom by suspending his jail sentence. Michael Rose, prosecuting, told the court how Carson, of Upper Elsdon Street, went round to Miss Sisterson's...
TOON'S TAYL OF WOE; Defender Is Ruled out for Three Months: Tayls KO
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's worst fears were realised today as Steven Taylor was ruled out until the end of October. The bitter blow for United has been softened by the arrival of Sol Campbell, who is currently working around the clock...
Tributes to Teacher; Pupils and Friends' Heartfelt Messages
Byline: ADAM JUPP MOVING tributes have been paid to a Tyneside teacher found dead at home. Pupils of Andrew McNally have left bouquets of flowers at the gates of Canon Slade School, in Bolton, where he worked. Andrew, 28, grew up in Fenham,...
United Old Boys Turn out for Tilly; Golf Day to Boost Charity
Byline: VICKY ROBSON TOON old-boys will be teeingoff in a special competition to raise money for brave meningitis victim Tilly Lockey. Former players, including Mick Martin, Tom Cassidy, John Cowan and David Craig, are among volunteers all set to...
We Will Fight on; Care Home Protest
Byline: KERRY WOOD A LAST-ditch attempt by protestors to save several care homes has failed to change the fate of more than 100 elderly residents. Shouts of "shame on you" greeted Durham County councillors yesterday morning as they arrived at...
You Have the Power to Stop Drink Scourge; PUBLIC TO BE GIVEN SAY ON LOCAL LICENSING DECISIONS
Byline: HELEN RAE ALCOHOL-misuse experts have welcomed plans to provide more powers for communities to influence licensing decisions. Proposals for tough new measures to crack down on problem premises selling alcohol and to allow residents to...
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