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 June 3, 2011

Acknowledgements
BAINS (Chapel Park). Norma and family of the late Norman wish to thank all relatives and friends for the beautiful flowers, cards and donations in lieu, to Prof. Manos Liver Research at The Freeman Hospital, pounds 308+. Sincere thanks to Dr. Coates,...
A Focus on Efficiency
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS THE Focus has been an enduring success for Ford and it's poised for still greater things with the arrival of the company's EcoBoost petrol engines. Built in Bridgend in Wales, the new 1.6-litre petrol engines' clever design...
At the Cinema
June 3-9 CUSTOMS HOUSE, SOUTH SHIELDS Mill Dam (0191 454 1234) Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (12A): Sat/Sun 11am, 2pm, 7pm, Mon 7.30pm Water For Elephants (12A): Mon-Wed 1.30pm, Thu 7pm EMPIRE THEATRE, CONSETT Front Street (01207 218171)...
Behave, or Get Booted fr4om Town; Yob's Final Warning from Court
Byline: SONIA SHARMA SERIAL menace Tyron McMurray has been given a final warning to clean up his act - or face being banned from his own town. The pest, who has a history of anti-social behaviour, could even be jailed if he slips up again in...
Blown Away by Scirocco
Byline: BRUCE BOOTH IN 1992, Volkswagen ended production of the well-loved Scirocco, leaving the way clear for the new but unpopular Corrado in the sports coup sector. However, three years ago, VW unveiled a third-generation Scirocco at the Geneva...
Blue's the New Green
Byline: MIKE TORPEY BLUE, it seems, really means green these days. More car companies seem to be adopting the name for their most environmentally friendly models - like Volkswagen BlueMotion and Mercedes Blue EFFICIENCY. Now Hyundai has joined the...
Boss Will Catch a LuaLua Eyeful; LuaLua ' S Optimistic about the Future
Byline: LEE RYDER KAZENGA LUALUA is confident of catching the eye of Alan Pardew next season - in a black-and-white shirt. The Congo-born young gun donned the blue and white of Brighton and Hove Albion last term while on loan at the south coast...
Carlton House Is Given the Go-Ahead; RACING DIGEST
THE Queen's Carlton House is set to take his place in the Investec Derby at Epsom tomorrow after showing positive signs following an injury scare. Connections of the colt, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, issued an upbeat bulletin last night after...
Cats Rubbish Lee Link with Anfield
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND today rubbished reports of a pounds 10m bid from Liverpool for skipper Lee Cattermole. Claims this morning that the Reds had made a formal offer for Cattermole have been strongly denied by the Wearsiders. Liverpool...
City Could Oust Reds as Top Dogs, Insists Johnson
ADAM JOHNSON has warned Manchester United that Manchester City could soon become the leading club in the city. The England and City winger acknowledges United's years of dominance but believes it "could all change" in the next 12 months. City...
Cutting Fuel Costs and Keeping Emissions Low
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW VAUXHALL'S answer to economy running for family and business people is the 2.0-litre diesel ecoFLEX estate version of the Insignia. Although not quite as capacious as its predecessor the Vectra, the Insignia is still...
Daz Can Rise to Challenge, Tait
Byline: MARK SMITH NEWCASTLE Falcons boss Alan Tait has backed Darren Fearn to challenge for game-time next season, with the prop-forward today signing a new contract to stay at Kingston Park. The 22-year-old made five appearances from the bench...
Deaths
ARCHIBALD (Fenham). Formerly of Scotswood and Benwell. Peacefully on the 28th May, aged 90 years, Ida, a much loved mam of Harry, Yvonne, Sue and the late Nicky, a loving nana of Tony, Elaine, Nicola and Steven and their partners Lisa, Ed, Alan and...
Deaths
SIMMONS (Burnopfield). On May 30th, aged 97 years, Syd, dearest husband of Margaret and the late Edna, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, also much loved member of Margaret's family. Friends please meet for service in St. James Church,...
Downloading Exam Success; Business Releases Podcasts to Help Students Learning
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL IT'S a nail-biting time for thousands of students across the North East as they cram in last-minute revision for their GCSE exams. However, a Newcastlebased business says it's possible for students to ditch the mountain...
Drugs Sons, Don't Leagalise Them; Rock Star Sting Has Joined a Chorus of Calls for Possession of Drugs to Be Decriminalised. ROBERT WEATHERALL Spoke to Both Sides of the Debate
ROBBED of both her sons by drugs, Pat Mitchell knows the devastating impact they can have on young lives. The 56-year-old lost her boys within five years after they were gripped by addiction. That's why, unlike some, she is not backing calls...
Early Leaders Aim to Tame Champs; Dukes North East Regional Premier League
ALL eyes can be forgiven for being cast on Chester-le-Street against Blaydon, but there is plenty more to see in the NEPL tomorrow. The reigning champions play host to the early summer's league leaders at Ropery Lane, with just 12 points between...
Eatery's Courting a Warm Welcome; FIRENZE
Byline: ANGELA UPEX The Courtyard off Holly Avenue West, 7 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 2AE. For more information go to www.firenzenewcastle.co.uk or call 0191 281 2136 to make a reservation. IT was late Friday afternoon and the rowdy...
England Skipper Strauss Wary of Sri Lanka Quality
ANDREW STRAUSS is wary of the world-class ability still lurking in a Sri Lanka batting line-up which is high on quality, if lacking in depth. The tourists were set to carry on at Lord's today with a team balanced only six-five in favour of batsmen,...
Festival Hoping for Day of Fun; 4,000 Visitors Set for Event
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS A SUMMER festival is bringing community spirit to the East End of Newcastle. More than 120 volunteers have worked with Newcastle City Council and local businesses to organise a fun-packed day in Heaton Park. Organisers...
Gadgets
blowing the budget this Father's Day. Peter Jenkinson selects six of the best retro playthings with a 21st Century upgrade High Tech Blower Sagemcom Sixty Cordless Telephone - pounds 99.99 from www.firebox.com All the curves of a classic home phone...
Gaming for Grown-Ups
ASSASSINS OF KINGS Platform: PC. Price: pounds 34.99 In a world that's dominated by incredible console conquests these days, it's great to see the platform fight back with the kind of exclusive RPG that once made it the only choice for those wanting...
Hart Dismisses England Keeper Doubts
JOE HART has rejected the theory that England are suffering from a lack of topquality goalkeepers. With Ben Foster and Paul Robinson opting not to make themselves available for international duty, and doubts over Robert Green's long-term commitment...
Haunted by Memories of Warfare; Former Soldier's Civvie St Torment
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER HAUNTED by his army memories, John Taylor struggled to cope with civilian life. The horrors of war left him with post-traumatic stress as he tried to adapt after more than a decade in the services. But the 33-year-old...
Have Your Ay over Heart Unit; Appeal to Join Consultation
Byline: HELEN RAE FAMILIES are being urged to have their final say on the future of Newcastle's children's heart unit as the countdown begins to the end of the public consultation. There are just four weeks to go until NHS Safe and Sustainable...
Heartless Pair Stole Pounds 400 from Pensioner Instore Scam; 87-Year-Old Was Targeted after Visit to the Bank
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER THESE pictures unmask the suspected thieves who stole hundreds of pounds from an elderly man. The pair pretended to help 87-year-old Stanley Wallace as he shopped for groceries in his local store. But while he thought...
Hill Adds Weight to Bahrain Boycott; MOTOR RACING
DAMON HILL has thrown his weight behind a petition calling on the World Motor Sport Council not to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar this year. The 26-man WMSC stand to make a decision on the thorny issue that has plagued...
Is It the End of Monty's Career? GOLF
COLIN MONTGOMERIE had virtually resigned himself to missing the halfway cut in the Saab Wales Open even before he teed off at Celtic Manor today. And such was the weariness in the 47-yearold Scot's voice after his opening 78 that it could have far-reaching...
I Still Feel the Same Pain I Felt All Those Years Ago
HER voice shivering with emotion, Elsie Logan today launched another bid to find her son's killer. Takeaway delivery driver Paul was clubbed to death after being lured to a remote farm nearly 18 years ago. But time is no healer for his parents,...
It's Three and Easy! Young Footy Stars Go Unbeaten in 76 League Games since 2008
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG THEY'RE the Untouchables - the team who have gone an astonishing three seasons without losing a single game. The young stars of Felling Magpies started as Under-8s in the Gateshead Youth League Castles Division 2008/2009....
It Was like Something You Expect to See on a Safari; Staffies Attack Family Pet Pups
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG DOG owners were put on alert today after two bull terriers attacked a woman and her puppies. Kay Stewart-Johnson said the Staffies were like "lions tearing at a gazelle" as they attacked her and her pups. Plastic surgeons...
Loss of a True Racing Spirit
SENNA (12A, 106 mins) Documentary. Director: Asif Kapadia. Contains swearing and violence. IN THE high-speed world of Formula 1 racing, German driver Michael Schumacher is considered by many to be the greatest athlete on four wheels, winning the...
Marcus Is a Child of Courage; Boy, 5, Is Guest of Honour
Byline: TOM MULLEN BRAVE Marcus Rutherford played a starring role at a special party held to salute the courage of children coping with cancer. Five-year-old Marcus Rutherford, from North Shields, was a guest of honour at the Little Star Awards...
Minnie Bludgeoned to Death
SHE was found lying in a pool of blood after being bludgeoned to death. Yet more than 80 years on, her murder remains unsolved. Minnie Lawson was clubbed to death in her cottage in Ogle, Northumberland, on August 11, 1935. The widow, 58, was...
Mosaics Mark Potter's Past; Residents Get Creative with Their Own Public Art Project
Byline: EMMA KING MOSAICS inspired by an estate's pottery past will brighten up the newly-refurbished East End. Thirty residents of Pottery Bank in Walker, Newcastle, have been getting creative with their own public art project. They came...
Murton Coach Laments Bad Run; 3D Sports Durham Coast League
IT'S fair to say Murton haven't had the Durham Coast League start they were hoping for, having lost all six games played so far. Selector Ian Graham puts a lot of the problems down to player availability issues But just when things were looking...
Nature Reserve Arson Risiking Lives; Warning to Fire-Raisers
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS FIRE pests are putting lives at risk with repeated attacks at a Tyneside nature spot. Youths are blamed for starting grass fires on Ryton Willows in Ryton, Gateshead. Fighting five blazes in less than a week has tied...
New Boys Kimblesworth Are Up and Running; Warmseal Durham Senior League
SENIOR League newcomers Kimblesworth have wasted little time acclimatising to their new surroundings, surging to third place in the table with only one defeat from six games. After promotion from the Durham County League, secretary Malcolm Bartle...
New Leads in Search for Missing Pensioner; Chronicle Appeal Helps with Ten-Day Search for OAP
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY POLICE hunting missing pensioner Alexander Miller are today trawling through information received from the public after an appeal in the Chronicle. The search for the 76-year-old, who vanished after enjoying a pint in his...
Oil Refinery Blast That Killed Four a Tragic Accident; Urgent Inquiry into Cause of Massive Explosion
AN oil refinery blast in which four people were killed appears to have been a tragic industrial accident, police said today. The blast at Chevron Refinery, Pembroke Dock, South Wales, shook the surrounding area around 6.20pm yesterday. Chief...
Opera on Stage at the Sage
THE enterprising Opera North company makes The Sage Gateshead its base this weekend for two classical masterpieces that take freedom as their theme. In previous years Newcastle's Theatre Royal has been the Tyneside venue on the Leedsbased company's...
Origins Revealed in First Class Film
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (12A, 131mins) Sci-Fi/Action/Romance. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jason Flemyng, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Alex Gonzalez....
Other DVDs
GLEE Encore (Cert PG, 100mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 9.99, Musical) Fans of the E4 teen comedy drama are encouraged to shell out more money for old musical rope with this compendium of 24 backto-back performances courtesy...
Other Releases
LAST NIGHT (12A, 92mins) Massy Tadjedin writes and directs this intimate portrait of a marriage in crisis. Joanna Reed (Keira Knightley) and her husband Michael (Sam Worthington) attend a party where Joanna glimpses an intimate exchange between her...
OWEN'S TOON BLAST 'SOUR GRAPES' You Were a Flop and You've Disrespected Fans - Moncs
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED legend Bob Moncur today hit back at Michael Owen by telling the former England international: "You were a failure at St James' Park." Owen has caused fury on Tyneside by branding the Magpies a "poor team" via...
Owners Blasted by New Suitor
TONY FERNANDES has hit back at West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold after his bid to buy the club was criticised. Fernandes, the Malaysian businessman behind AirAsia and the Lotus Formula One team, announced yesterday he had submitted an...
Paying the Price for Lack of Coins
Byline: STEVE HUGHES DRIVERS across the UK are being forced to waste a fortune as they become victims of rip-off parking operators. Councils, hospitals, airports and a host of others operating parking places are stooping to increasingly devious...
Perfect Family Package
Byline: PETER KEENAN THE Peugeot 3008 compact crossover is designed to appeal to people who want the driving dynamics of a saloon, the flexibility of a people carrier and the rugged good looks of a sport utility vehicle. Opening the split tailgate...
Pop Party of the Summer; Metro Radio Live Is Back. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with a Former Pussycat Doll to Talk about the Pop Spectacular
Byline: GORDON BARR ONE of the biggest line-ups of live music will return to the Metro Radio Arena on Thursday next week with another must-see show for any pop fan in the region. The final confirmed acts for this year's Metro Radio Live are headliners...
Porterfield Made Durham Ace Sick
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS DALE BENKENSTEIN admitted he was "sick of the sight" of swashbuckling William Porterfield after the Warwickshire Bears' big hitter returned to haunt his sloppy Durham Dynamos. Porterfield's superb knock of 83 consigned the...
Princess Reveals Her Secret Childhood Back Op
NEWCASTLE student Princess Eugenie has told how surgeons saved her from developing a hunched back. The Princess, a second-year English literature, history of art and politics student at Newcastle University, was speaking during a visit to the Royal...
PROM (U, 103 Mins) Aimee [...]; Drama/Romance/Comedy
PROM (U, 103 mins) Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Kylie Bunbury, Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan, Yin Chang, Jared Kusnitz, Nicholas Braun, Dean Norris, Faith Ford. Director: Joe Nussbaum. Contains violence. ...
Pub Quiz
WE ARRIVED at The Kittiwake expecting the usual buzz that quiz nights bring to this pub and found it almost empty. Pub: The Kittiwake, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. Question master: Johnny. Day and time of quiz: Thursday, 8.30pm. Price: pounds...
Railway Project Brings Stables Windfall; Arena Gift 'Amazing'
Byline: TONY HENDERSON A MAJOR pounds 10m project to strengthen a historic railway bridge has brought a welcome windfall for a horse riding charity. Network Rail will be working until the end of next March on the 1839 Grade II-star listed Ouseburn...
Recital Fine Tuned for Derby Date
KIEREN FALLON'S decision to side with Recital can be vindicated in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Fallon caused quite a stir earlier in the week when the six-times champion jockey snubbed Native Khan in preference for Aidan O'Brien's colt. There...
Riding out for Poorly Children; 100 Scooter Group Members Set to Raise Charity Cash
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH MORE than 100 scooter-mad fundraisers will set out on a marathon ride for poorly children. The 2Toots Scooter Club will launch its annual 60-mile big ride from Ashington QE II Lake to Bamburgh, Northumberland, at noon...
Room 101 Murder of Businessman in 1980 Continues to Baffle Police; the Chronicle Has Joined Forces with Police to Launch an Appeal to Catch Killers Who Got Away with Murder. Investigations Reporter ANDY HUGHES and KATIE DAVIES Today Look at Three More Cases Which Remain a Mystery
Byline: ANDY HUGHES;KATIE DAVIES THE notorious Room 101 murder baffled detectives. Businessman John Welch was bludgeoned to death while he was staying in the Swallow Hotel in Newcastle city centre. The 45-year-old's battered body was found...
Sensitively Handled Storyline; Book Reviews
The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell is published in trade paperback by Century, priced pounds 12.99. Available now. LISA Jewell, best-selling author of Ralph's Party and Vince & Joy, returns with a story that moves up a gear from her usual contemporary...
Si Senior, It's Time to Take a Big Siesta; Geordie Shore Cast Head to Spain for Summer Knees Up
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER EL TV Hell is about to make Spain reel in pain. The cast of Geordie Shore are packing their suitcases and getting ready to film two summer specials on Majorca. After shocking TV audiences with their antics, the group...
Sleek and Sexy Beast
Byline: LEE GIBSON IF ANY car exemplifies the meteoric rise in the fortunes of Korean car makers Kia it has to be the Sportage. Boasting a trophy cabinet crammed to overflowing with industry awards and a sharp new look, it is the latest in an increasingly...
Spanish City Dances Again; Dome to Be Hub of Entertainment
Byline: SONIA SHARMA SPECTACULAR plans have been unveiled to transform the Spanish City site into a major tourist attraction that will pump millions of pounds into the economy. North East firm Robertson has put together proposals that will create...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL Tonight's fixtures (7.45pm unless stated) EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING GROUP A: Austria v Germany (7.35pm), Belgium v Turkey. QUALIFYING GROUP C: Faroe Islands v Slovenia (6.30pm), Italy v Estonia (at Alberto Braglia). QUALIFYING GROUP...
Still Showing
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES (U) BASED on Jeff Kinney's bestselling book, David Bowers's sequel continues the trials of wise-cracking tyke Greg Heffley. Seventh grader Greg (Zachary Gordon) thinks all of his problems are solved now he has...
Trio's Trip Provides a Rare Treat; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL OUT OF THE BOX Yo La Tengo CULT New Jersey band Yo La Tengo roll into town for a gig at The Sage Gateshead's Hall 1 next Tuesday. The Hoboken three-piece are not frequent tourers, so this is a rare opportunity to catch them....
United Striker Hoping to Return to His Best and Be Re-Born in the USA; Pre-Season Trip Cannot Come Quickly Enough
Byline: LEE RYDER LEON BEST has revealed how he hopes to be re-born in the USA with Newcastle United. The Republic of Ireland international's return from ankle ligament damage - frustratingly for Best - coincided with the end of the Premier League...
Waste of Court Time; Judge Criticises Toon Skipper over Driving Ban Appeal
Byline: ANDY HUGHES TOON skipper Kevin Nolan has been criticised by a judge for wasting court time after he withdrew his driving ban appeal just hours before the hearing. The Newcastle United midfielder was due to have his appeal heard at Newcastle...
What a Load of Rubbish! Feedback with Mick Smith
RECENTLY a Vent Your Spleenist... Spleenist? Spleener? Whatever. Anyway, someone called L May wrote in to VYS to complain. "Why oh why," he wondered, did he have to pay pounds 10 to Gateshead Council to have "rubbish collected such as old beds...
Will Festive Season Get Merrier? Licence Extension in Spotlight
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER OUTDOOR Christmas parties could go on longer into the night if organisers get their way. Festive shindigs held in a large marquee have become popular in Newcastle City Centre in recent years. The Centre for Life has now...
Workers Battle Factory Blaze; Machine Explosion Probed
Byline: EMMA KING STAFF at a plastic packaging factory that went up in flames have described their battle to quell the blaze. Thick black smoke billowed from Thermopac in Albany Road, Gateshead, as emergency services fought to put out the fire,...
Young and Old Donate the Precious Gift of Their Bill of Just over Pounds 12m to Foot. Time to Help Others; Each Year Volunteers Week Celebrates the Fantastic Contribution Millions of Volunteers Make to Communities across the UK. LIZ LAMB Speaks to Volunteers in the North East about Their Dedication to the Cause
Byline: LIZ LAMB IT'S the one week of the year when volunteers across the region are celebrated for giving up their free time to help others. Volunteers Week, which takes place this week, aims to raise the profile of the millions of volunteers...
Your Stars
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO I BET you can't believe that June has arrived already. You still haven't got over the events from April and May yet. Phone calls received this week proved you made good choices. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470...