The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from July 2, 2004

Abortion Survivors Need Proper Care
Byline: By Lyndsay Moss Babies born alive after an attempted abortion should be given the same care and treatment as other infants, doctors said yesterday. The British Medical Association's annual conference in Llandudno, North Wales, heard that...
Acute Skills Shortage Highlighted by Survey
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The building industry in the North-East has shown some of the strongest growth in the UK this year but companies have had a huge problem recruiting skilled workers, a survey found. More than half of construction firms...
Anger at TV Show's Race Slur on Police
Byline: By Paul James North police officers last night reacted angrily after learning a new TV drama will show a black detective encountering racist colleagues on the streets of Newcastle. They warned that BBC drama 55 Degrees North, starting...
Another Beauty by Shrek
In the Academy Award-winning, computer-animated fairytale Shrek, the beautiful princess didn't get her Prince Charming. Instead, she ended up with a hygienically challenged ogre and his donkey sidekick. And they all lived happily ever after... until...
Arena Team Set to Run Opera House
Byline: By David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Newcastle Opera House, which closed abruptly last month, could reopen in the autumn with the owners of the Metro Radio Arena stepping in to run the historic venue. The Adderstone Group, owner...
Art Is the Big Draw
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby New figures suggest that the North-East is reversing the historic "brain drain" for a "brain gain". In the first of a Journal series highlighting what the region has to offer skilled workers, Arts editor David Whetstone...
Attack Left Grandad with 118 Stitches
Byline: By Helen Cook Horrified grandad Bill Grainger told how a Japanese Akita fighting dog left him needing 118 stitches after a savage attack. Recovering in hospital, Mr Grainger, 64, suffered deep gouge wounds to his wrist after the animal...
Barman Makes a Bolt for Brussels
Byline: By Hilary Clixby An assistant pub manager tried to flee abroad with thousands of pounds from the safe after struggling to balance the books, a court was told yesterday. David Murray, 22, had only six weeks' training when he was left to...
Big Boys' Toys
Byline: By David Williamson Too old to start a professional football career, too young to go on a Saga holiday? These gadgets will help you through this difficult stage. Ultimate BBQ SENECA, that Roman dude, said: "Fire is the test of gold;...
Bomb Alert Hits Pupils
Byline: By Helen Cook A school was evacuated after a nine-year-old girl brought in an artillery shell to show her classmates. The youngster's primary class had been doing a project on the war and she thought her contribution would help. But...
Boy Hurt in Car Accident
A boy suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car in Newcastle. The incident happened just after 6pm on Wednesday in Hillsview Avenue, Kenton. The 10-year-old is now recovering in the paediatric intensive therapy unit at Newcastle...
Bright Moll Steps out in Style for Punters
Bright Moll followed up a fine effort in Group Two company at Royal Ascot with an impressive victory in the European Breeders Fund Novice Fillies' Stakes at Haydock Park yesterday. The Michael Bell-trained youngster finished a seven-length fifth...
Chairman Checks out as Profits Take a Dive
Byline: By Iain Laing Supermarket giant Sainsbury announced a shock profits warning yesterday and said its chairman, Sir Peter Davis, was quitting. The beleaguered company said Sir Peter, who joined the group four years ago, was stepping down...
Childcare Revamp
The Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble has been revamped after receiving a pounds 500 cash boost from the North Eastern and Cumbrian Co-op. The centre, in The Close, provides care arrangements for children between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday....
Cleared of Burglary
A man accused of taking part in a night-time raid on an occupied house was cleared of burglary yesterday on the direction of a judge. Amos Pollock, 24, was alleged to have been one of three men who broke into David Lamb's home in Perth Square, Sunderland,...
Company Back in Profit after `Return from Dead'
Byline: By Guy Anderson Hartlepool Fabrication ( the company which built the Angel of the North ( has returned to profit less than six months after coming out of administration. The engineering group collapsed in December with the loss of 70...
Dangerously Cute
Byline: By Eileen Condon Spanish sex symbol Antonio Banderas is a pussycat at heart, as Eileen Condon discovered when she met one of the stars of Shrek 2. If you don't already think swarthy Spanish star Antonio Banderas is a pretty cool cat,...
Decent Thriller Develops into a Bit of a Monster
In January 2003, the US-based Clonaid organisation, which was established by the Raelian religious sect, announced the births of two cloned children to the world's media. Scientists immediately cast doubt on these bold claims while religious leaders...
Divide Emerges across the Tyne
Byline: By Ross Smith Squabbling councillors are threatening to wreck the Newcastle-Gateshead partnership which has been the catalyst for the rebirth of the North-East, it was warned last night. It emerged yesterday there has been no direct contact...
England Expects Just a Bit Too Much
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield From the England football team to Tim Henman and one-day cricket, English sport has had a bad week. Graeme Whitfield asks are we just a nation of quarter-finalists? The last rites have been read for English sport so...
Expanding Business Wins Queens Enterprise Award
Byline: By Graeme King Manufacturing company domnick hunter has won yet another Queen's Award in recognition of its outstanding export performance. The Process Filtration operation of the Birtley-based company, which specialises in the manufacture...
Families Horrified as Massive Landfill Site Approved
Disgusted residents last night said they were considering lodging an appeal after a third massive tip was approved near their homes. Gateshead Council has approved plans by waste company SITA UK to develop the Path Head Quarry landfill, which will...
Friday Forum
Byline: By Andrew Gillespie Academics have in the past been accused of being confined to their `ivory towers'. When we did engage with `real world' issues, sometimes the criticism was heard that we were `too academic', meaning that our reports...
Grannies Get a Life ( and a Computer in the Parlour
Byline: By Beverley Addy Say `granny' and most us think `cuddly old woman baking cakes'. But, as Beverley Addy finds out, grannies are adventurous and web-wise ( and lots of them are in the market for romance. Twin sets and pearls have no place...
Great Dane Is at the Valley
Byline: By Alistaie Ponton Denmark winger Dennis Rommedahl has signed for Charlton from PSV Eindhoven in a deal worth pounds 2m. Rommedahl, 25, has agreed a four-year contract at The Valley after featuring in the Danes' run to the Euro 2004 quarter-finals....
Greek Gods Enter a Seventh Heaven
Byline: By Simon Rushworth So the final of Euro 2004 will, after all, play host to many of the biggest names in European football. The Galacticos of Spain, England and France may have fallen by the wayside but Sunday's climax to a thoroughly...
Hardy Interest in Laurel Collection
Byline: By Alison Dargie A generation since his hey-day, the Hollywood comedy legend Stan Laurel can still pull in the crowds in his native North-East. A collection of memorabilia of the comic legend caused "the biggest stir in recent times"...
Help for Disabled
A conference is being staged at Hepscott Park next week to help severely disabled people live independently at home rather than move into residential care. Organised by Northumberland Care Trust, the Independent Living 1993 Fund event is the first...
Home Truths
Byline: By Jane Hall My son's school likes to get parents involved, normally in parting with money. For like most schools these days, the official budget is never enough to meet its needs. From new books to computer equipment, we always seem...
I Am Saddam Hussein the President of Iraq
Byline: By James Lyons Defiant Saddam Hussein rejected war crimes and genocide charges at his first court appearance yesterday in Iraq, saying: "The real criminal is Bush." The former dictator was unbowed in the dock, telling the judge to call...
Industry Continues Its Slow Growth
The uk manufacturing industry continued to grow last month, although at a slightly slower pace, a survey showed yesterday. The closely-watched CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index, which draws together data from a series of separate indices to measure...
Jazz Has the Seaside Syncopating
A laid-back air of jazz descended on Tyneside yesterday as musicians from all over the region ( and the rest of the world ( began tuning up for a weekend of good times. The Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival begins today, featuring 25 bands...
Jobs Fear as M&S Plans to Cut Pounds 100m
Byline: By Graeme King Hard-pushed Marks & Spencer suppliers were threatened with an even tougher regime yesterday as chief executive Stuart Rose promised to cut pounds 100m more costs from the business. The company's decision to end its...
Landscape at Risk from Animals Loss
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie The future of the countryside is under serious threat from a combination of European policy and economic circumstances, according to the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). In a report due to be launched...
Lawyer Claims Millar Took EPO
David Millar, one of Britain's best hopes for an Olympic medal this summer, could be prevented from competing in Athens after he was reported to have admitted taking EPO. The time-trial world champion was formally placed under investigation for...
Love Thy Neighbour
Every relationship has its ups and downs, but when two sides in what has been a major success story for the region fall out, the consequences could be very damaging indeed. That is why it is imperative that a squabble between councillors in Gateshead...
LTA Calls on Government to Help Find Stars of Future
Byline: By Jim van Wijk The Lawn Tennis Association have called upon the Government to help fund their "revolution" of the game and find Wimbledon champions of the future. Following Tim Henman's disappointing exit in the quarter-finals at the...
Major Task on Housing Stock
Construction and housing have never been as closely linked. With the Government's agenda to bring social housing up to the Decent Homes Standard by 2010, housing providers are examining their stock to see how ( and if ( this can be done. For...
Maureen Logs on to All Her Missing Links
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Website of the Week with Daniel Thomson. Mother-of-four Maureen Rumfitt had never used the internet before when she logged on for the first time. But within seconds of entering her father's name into a search engine,...
McCarthy Steps Up Striker Search
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy will today step up his search for the striking talent he needs to strengthen Sunderland's promotion challenge after the club pulled out of a deal to extend Darren Byfield's career at the Stadium of Light. ...
Militants Arrested
Six Muslim militants thought to have played a role in the bombings of two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali and the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta have been arrested in Indonesia, police said. National Police Chief General Da' Bachtiar insisted...
Muqbil Looks All Set for Quickfire Double
Byline: By Anita ChambersThe Journal Muqbil should be spot on for the Gala Stakes today after a confidence-boosting victory last time out. Trainer John Dunlop sent the four-year-old to Doncaster, where he won a conditions event by five lengths,...
Nicholas Craig Column
Byline: By Nicholas Craig Commuting ( it's the one aspect of the daily grind that is guaranteed to provoke an opinion. Congested roads, overcrowded trains and packed buses: it's been said that if travel broadens the mind, commuting shrinks it....
No Action over Kilroy
No action will be taken against former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk for possible incitement to racial hatred after he attacked Arabs in a newspaper article, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday. Police had referred the case after Mr Kilroy-Silk...
North Marines Set for Arctic Adventure
Byline: By Dave Black Two Royal Marines from the North-East will call on their ultra-tough survival training when they set off on an expedition to retrace the epic journey of a renowned Arctic explorer 175 years ago. Marine Corporals Barry Campbell...
Pair Are Spared Jail after Attack on Running Star
Byline: By Hilary Clixby And Megan Bolam Two teenagers who played a leading role in a mob attack on an Olympic star have been spared jail by a judge who branded their behaviour disgraceful. Craig Winter and Ross Young were among 25 youths who...
People on the Move
Thompsons Solicitors has appointed a new solicitor CLAIR LIDDLE to join the team at its new office in South Shields. Clair, from Hunwick, County Durham, began as a trainee with Thompsons in 1998 and moved to another Tyneside firm before returning...
Postiga Sends Spurs a Warning
Byline: By Maartyn Ziegler Portugal striker Helder Postiga yesterday warned Tottenham's new manager Jacques Santini he only wants to return if he is given a proper chance to prove his worth. Postiga suffered a wretched season in his first year...
Pounds 50,000 Fine for Death by Scalding
Byline: By Paul Watson A health trust was yesterday fined pounds 50,000 for the death of a woman patient with severe learning difficulties who was lowered into a bath of scalding water. Catherine Hourie, 39, died five days after suffering severe...
Press Cuttings from Portugal
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle managers past and present are everywhere as Euro 2004 nears its gripping conclusion with Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit the latest to join Sir Bobby Robson in the Portuguese sun. Gullit, preparing to return...
Rakti Hit by Bad Draw for Maktub
Those looking for a chink in the armour of Coral-Eclipse favourite Rakti received something of a boost yesterday when his stablemate Maktub, who is expected to set the pace, was handed an unfavourable stalls position. Rakti himself has drawn a plum...
Rape-Charge Child May Evade Action
Byline: By Karon Kelly A boy of 10 who has been accused of raping an even younger boy may not be fit to stand trial. The alleged attacker is thought to be one of the youngest suspects to be charged with serious sex offences in the country. ...
Relaxed Grosjean Feels No Pressure
Byline: By Warren Barner Sebastien Grosjean insists he is under "no pressure" as he attempts to achieve mission impossible and defeat reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in today's semi-final. Tenth seed Grosjean defied the gloom to secure...
Scaffolding Poles, Donkey Poo, Loads of Laughs
Byline: By Graeme King Ross Noble, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday. (Sold out.) Sometimes theatre reviewers don't seem to know whether they liked or disliked what they have been to see. With Ross Noble, there's no problem saying...
School's in Business
Jarrow's Epinay Special School has become one of the UK's first specialist business schools, thanks to sponsorship from the Co-operative Group. The school for pupils with learning and behaviour difficulties is one of five in the country which will...
Scientists Protected
Researchers who carry out experiments on animals are to retain their right to anonymity to protect them from extremists, it was announced yesterday. But other details about the procedures are to be made available to the public for the first time,...
Speed-Dating for Business Is Bringing Mutual Satisfaction
One of the County Durham Development Company's aims for its InterTech 2004 event is to attract investment to the North-East and encourage international partnerships for our technology-based SMEs. One organisation hoping to make the most of the event...
Spinster Murdered for Her Life Savings
A "remorseless and cold-blooded" financial adviser was jailed for life yesterday for fleecing and murdering an elderly client. Peter Crittenden, 64, who was compared to Coronation Street's murderous con artist Richard Hillman by the prosecution,...
Sport Shorts
Greyhounds: Droopys Shearer, part owned by the Newcastle United striker Craig Bellamy, shattered the 480m track record at Brough Park last night ( and may have set a new world record for the distance. The 1-5 fav led all the way to win the top division...
Sport Shorts
Bradford City administrators have revealed that they are in talks with a number of new investors who could be poised to save the club. A deadline of 10am yesterday had been set for Valley Parade landlord Gordon Gibb to accept a plea for the Bantams...
TA Man Serves in Iraq but Misses out on Bonus
A territorial Army soldier who risked his life in Iraq was told he did not qualify for a bonus because he had not completed enough training hours. L-Cpl Steve Johnson, 32, of 100 Pioneer Squadron left his barracks last July for a six-month stint...
Tan Firm Boss Is Browned Off
Byline: By Megan Bolam A single mother who built up her own sunbed business has accused one of the country's biggest firms of threatening her livelihood. Angela Rowan, 36, spent more than two years jumping through hoops to open her tanning business,...
This Is My Special Moment ( Serena
Byline: By Phil Casey Defending champion Serena Williams last night hailed the "most special moment" in her career after reaching her third straight Wimbledon final with a thrilling victory over Amelie Mauresmo. Williams lost the first set and...
Thornber Hits the Matfen Heights
Byline: By Alan Hedley Ryan Thornber and Paul Fairley both hit top form in the second heat of the Lycetts Journal Golf Classic at Matfen Hall. Thornber had an amazing score of 45 points ( he shot 79 for a nett 60 off 19 ( and even off the 13...
Time Is Running out, Yes, Really!
Byline: By Bob Cuffe I'm 44. Time is running out. Since I turned 40 God has put his finger on fast forward. Remember how long a day lasted when you were a child? I'm now having breakfast every 10 minutes. How can a life be both monotonous and fast?...
Tourist Railway Gets on the Wrong Track
Byline: By Neil Mckay A tourist railway which is supposed to pump new life into a depressed rural economy has got off on the wrong track. People living in Bond Isle Way, Stanhope, County Durham, were incensed to discover a six-foot breeze-block...
Tourists on the Move
Two seasonal bus services are ready to hit the road to outstanding North Pennines countryside. The X85 Durham to Alston service gets under way tomorrow and runs every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday until September 25. It leaves Durham bus station...
United Squad Taking Shape
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle United's transfer dealings continue to gather momentum with the Magpies now expected to try to step up their interest in Marc Overmars and Sidney Govou. With James Milner due to sign from Leeds United for pounds...
U-Turn on Akhtar Has Durham Hopping Mad
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham last night reacted angrily to the news that Shoaib Akhtar has been handed a shock recall by Pakistan for the Asia Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board had told Durham only at the weekend that Akhtar would not be required...
Vaughan Salute to England Hero Harmison
Michael Vaughan lauded the "outstanding" Steve Harmison who kept England in the NatWest Series with another man-of-the-match display. Durham paceman Harmison, man of the series in both Test series victories against New Zealand and West Indies this...
We Always Had Belief, Says Greek Match-Winner
Defender Traianos Dellas may have failed to make his mark at Sheffield United but he still left an indelible imprint on Euro 2004 last night as he headed outsiders Greece into the final with a dramatic winner. The man of the match declared: "I know...
Wear Now Online with Broadband
Byline: By Howard Walker Thousands more Sunderland businesses now have the chance to access broadband technology as part of a pounds 10m scheme rolling out across the North-East. Work has just finished to upgrade the Hylton telephone exchange,...
Wedding Album
Joanne McCormack & Jason Smith A Christmad Day proposal led to customer service advisor Joanne McCormack walking down the aisle with her beau, car maker Jason Smith. Jason, son of Alan and Patricia of High Heworth, Gateshead, proposed to...
We're in Danger of Being Swamped by Housing
There was an article in The Journal (June 23) about the excessive number of houses supposed to be needed in this area. Our council ( formerly Consett ( has housing mania. Every amenity in the area is gradually being covered with houses. At No...
Why Leon Has Been Going Up in the World
Byline: By Francesca Craggs After enrolling on a specialist forklift truck and warehousing management training course with PP Training Ltd, Leon Mohammed showed so much potential and enthusiasm he was offered a full time job. However for Leon,...
Why Our Kids Are Not out of Pocket
Byline: By Alison Dargie Parents in the North give their children more pocket money than anywhere else in the country, a survey has revealed. Youngsters in the region are handed an average of pounds 3.47 a week compared to the national average...
Wonderful Journey Is Tasty Treat
Byline: By Geoff Laws I cycle to work most days, smugly skimming past traffic-jammed cars. My companion is a fair-weather cyclist and, on balmy summer evenings or wind-free warm days, I'll often find myself pedalling along country lanes or cycle...