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 August 9, 2005

17 North Police on `Gardening Leave'
Byline: By Guy Basnett Seventeen North police officers are suspended on full pay after allegations including possessing drugs and indecent assault, The Journal can reveal. They include four constables accused of perverting the court of justice,...
A Debt of Pounds 100,000 Is Quite Common
Byline: By Jane Hall With Britons owing more than pounds 1 trillion, it's time we all started tackling debt. Jane Hall looks at a charity that is helping people do just that. An eye-catching hand-made card in the style of an expensive Persian...
Airlifted to Hospital
A woman was airlifted to hospital after a car crash which left four people injured. The smash happened near Birtree Caravan Park, Birtree, near Darlington at 10.41am on Sunday. When fire crews arrived one woman and a girl had been taken to Darlington...
Alderton Scents His Big Chance
Byline: By Roger Guttridge Hartlepool's European junior medallist Chris Alderton staked his claim for senior international selection with a silver-winning display at the Commonwealth Games trials in Sheffield last night. Alderton, 18, who won...
Allotments Hit by Fire-Raisers
Byline: By Julia Kennard Arsonists caused thousands of pounds worth of damage yesterday when they set fire to allotment sheds on Tyneside. Last night gardeners at Monarch Terrace allotments in Blaydon, Gateshead, were counting the cost of the...
Aussies Rocked by Blow to Lee
Australia have been left reeling with the news that pace bowler Brett Lee is set to miss the third Test at Old Trafford. Lee, who very nearly guided Australia to victory in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday with a heroic unbeaten 43, is hospitalised...
Biker Suffers Head Injuries
A motorcyclist suffered head injuries in a crash with a car. The man in his 40s, who was driving a Yamaha bike, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead after he was hit by a Peugeot at the junction of Lobley Hill Road and Beechwood...
Bricks Fell on Builder
Byline: By Neil Mckay A workman's hard hat saved him from almost certain death when 100 bricks fell on to him as he descended a ladder on an unsafe building site, a court heard yesterday. Michael Mordey, 47, was working as a joiner for a County...
Building Society to Cut 100 Jobs in Shake-Up
Byline: By Iain Laing Newcastle Building Society yesterday revealed plans for a shake-up which will see 100 jobs cut with the closure of more than a third of its branches. The Tyneside-based mutual says it is axing 19 under-performing sites in...
Cahill Signs New Deal at Everton
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has committed himself to staying at Goodison Park by signing a new five-year deal. The 25-year-old Australia international arrived at the club for the start of last season. And he was a key figure in David Moyes'...
Charges Ruled Out
A police officer captured on CCTV cameras kicking a handcuffed black man will not face criminal charges, it was announced yesterday. Delbo King, 33, complained after he was arrested for smashing up a bus shelter in Manchester city centre in June...
Club Hit by Vandals
Vandals have struck at Berwick Rangers' Shielfield Park Stadium, causing damage likely to run into thousands of pounds. Toilets in the main stand were targeted with electrical equipment ripped out, advertising boards hauled down and damaged, and...
Don't Run Risks with Your Feet
Byline: By Kate Waldren Podiatrist Kate Waldren writes for The Journal on how you can train, jog happily and even possibly improve your technique and race time before this year's Great North Run on September 18. For many the Great North Run is...
Dudek Woe Continues
Liverpool's Champions League final hero Jerzy Dudek dislocated his right elbow in training yesterday. The Poland goalkeeper will be out of action until November, ruling out any prospect that he might be sold before the transfer deadline. Dudek has...
Emre's All Fired Up for Gunners
Byline: By Paul Gilder Emre will draw on the memories of a momentous night in North London as he attempts to get his Newcastle career off to a spectacular start by inspiring the Magpies to open their Premiership challenge with a flourish. Having...
Ex-Pit Community Given a Pounds 7m Helping Hand
A jobs-hit former coal mining stronghold has secured a further pounds 7m in Government funding to help continue efforts to tackle unemployment, poor health and housing and other social and economic problems. The cash, from the Office of the Deputy...
Farrell Goes Straight into England Squad
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Andy Farrell has been handed a place among English rugby's playing elite ( just five months after switching codes and with his union debut still to come. Former Great Britain rugby league captain Farrell joined Saracens...
Ferguson in Call for the Fans to Keep Tempers
Byline: By Simon Stone Sir Alex Ferguson has called for a united front at Old Trafford as a summer of discontent threatens to boil over tonight. Instead of the carnival atmosphere usually reserved for the first home game of the season, the Theatre...
Ferrie Decides to Play Northern Rock Event
Byline: By Jack Pickering Kenneth Ferrie has given the Northern Rock NorthEast Masters a boost by confirming his entry for the 54-hole tournament which starts at Matfen Hall tomorrow. The 27-year-old, who won the Smurfit European Open at the...
Footballer's House Was a Drugs Farm
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A man and a woman yesterday admitted conspiring to grow illegal drugs after a massive cannabis farm was found at a luxury house owned by former Newcastle United player Steve Watson. Andrew Deacon and Julie French were...
Four in Court Accused of Plot
Byline: By Nick Allen Four men accused of plotting to murder passengers on London's transport network in the July 21 failed suicide attacks appeared in court for the first time yesterday. The alleged bombers were brought to court amid one of...
From the Deep Blue ( to Being Totally Green
After 22 years on the high seas, a former Royal Navy submariner has come ashore to start up his own recycling business. Peter Moody, from Wideopen, Newcastle, has launched his own business, Matrix-Direct Recycle, and is aiming to improve the environment...
Geraint Catches out His Doubters
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Geraint Jones has revealed how he battled back from one of the toughest weeks of his England career to take the crucial catch which silenced a vocal band of critics among the Edgbaston crowd. The England wicketkeeper...
Harper the Key to Boa Morte Deal
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Steve Harper holds the key to Newcastle's hopes of signing Luis Boa Morte before the start of the new Premiership season. Fulham expressed an interest in Shay Given's understudy over the weekend after making it clear...
Home Truths
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Ever since they elected a complete boob to be their president, it has become fashionable to say that Americans are stupid. A fairly dimwitted person in my office ventured this opinion recently and I could only raise...
Horror of Bed Deaths Revealed
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Two sisters were trapped by a fold-away bed for four days as they slowly suffocated in a freak holiday accident, it emerged yesterday. Alice Wardle, 68, of Bensham, and Mildred Bowman, 62, of Low Fell, both Gateshead...
How to Budget
Having a budget that details all your income and expenditure will help you to maintain control of your finances. It will also help to illustrate the problems you may be having with creditors. * Keep a record of everything you spend money on to...
Increased Demand for North Breeding Ewes
Byline: By Anna Lognonne North farmers with breeding ewes for sale are looking forward to the autumn sales following reports of increased demand for breeding ewes from arable farmers in the South. According to the North of England Mule Sheep...
It's a Family Affair for Cats Target
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Twenty years to the week after his father, Frank, signed for the club, Andy Gray (left) looks set to end Sunderland's summer-long search for another striker. Black Cats manager Mick McCarthy signed centre-forwards Jon...
Karen Bartlett Column
Byline: By Karen Bartlett Should we ban the hijab, tolerate it or celebrate it? The debate about the headscarf worn by Muslim women has now become so heated that one simple piece of cloth is as symbolic and sometimes as demonised as the stars...
Keeping It Legal
Byline: By Suzanne Kemp The Pensions Act 2004 has arrived and with it a new Pensions Regulator. This new body was mentioned in my last update in April. That update noted the Pensions Regulator's role in benchmarking good pension scheme management,...
Lacy's Style Just Made for Me, Says Calzaghe
Byline: By Tony Kelshaw Joe Calzaghe admits he was impressed by Jeff Lacy's destruction of Robin Reid in Florida over the weekend, but is still confident of beating the American star. Lacy, defending his IBF super-middleweight title, dominated...
Land of the GI-Ants
Byline: By Robert Brooks Forestry workers have been left stunned after discovering a man-sized ant-hill in a Northumberland wood. The creepy crawly colossus was spotted while they were logging near Holystone, up in the wilds of the Coquet Valley...
Littlewoods Trade May Go to M&S
Shoppers faced with the loss of long-established chain Littlewoods are more likely to switch to Marks & Spencer than new owner Primark, according to a new report. The boost for M&S came from market-research firm TNS as it forecast the beneficiaries...
Liz Smith Column
Byline: By Liz Smith The recent announcement by Newcastle Airport that they have secured direct flights to New York is excellent news for the region. The North-East has always looked beyond its regional boundaries for new markets and opportunities....
Lots of Thrills and Plates of Spills on Offer
Circus skills which have thrilled Big Top fans for centuries were passed on to excited youngsters yesterday as part of a popular Northumberland summer festival. More than 20 local schoolchildren were taught the basics of juggling, plate spinning,...
Malcolm Flat out to Put Troubles Behind Him
Christian Malcolm will launch his World Championship bid today when he competes in the heats of the 200m in Helsinki. The 26-year-old will be joined by Marlon Devonish and the pair will be looking to ensure there is at least one Briton in the final....
Malmaison on the Lookout for Historic Building
The search is on for an historic building in Durham to house the latest outlet in the Malmaison chain of hotels. Chief executive Robert Cook, from Northumberland, wants to bring the company's Hotel du Vin chain to the North-East to complement the...
Marconi Confirms Talks Underway about Tie-Up
Marconi has revealed that it is in talks about possible business tie-ups, but stopped short of confirming takeover interest from Chinese firm Huawei. The UK group ( formed out of industrial conglomerate GEC ( confirmed it was in the early stages...
Mosquito Nets a Classy Line in Clothing
A new designer menswear retailer aims to put the buzz into Whitley Bay's fashion scene with a fresh mix of clothing labels new to the town. Mosquito Clothing has just opened its doors in the restored entrance area of the former Coliseum Cinema in...
New Hotel and Office Plan for Riverfront
Byline: By By Graeme King A new hotel and office complex on the north bank of the River Wear in Sunderland will provide space for up to 660 workers, as well as creating 35 jobs directly. The ambitious pounds 10m scheme is being promoted by Newcastle-based...
No Panic at Pool Insists Manager
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Martin Scott insists there will be no panic from Hartlepool after their opening-day defeat to Bradford City. Pool lost 2-0 to the Bantams on Saturday but the manager is determined that will not puncture the mood of optimism...
Northgate Makes New Gain in Spain
Byline: By Howard Walker Van rental company Northgate is well on the road to operating its second Spanish business after snapping up almost half of Record Rent. The Darlington-based company has paid pounds 37.2m for a 49% share of Record Rent,...
Now East Goes West like the Rest
Byline: By Phil Casey Michael East, Britain's only male track finalist in the Athens Olympics, failed to repeat the trick in the World Athletics championships in Helsinki. East trailed in 11th out of 12 runners in his semi-final of the 1500m...
Premier Life New to Me ( Kelvin
Byline: By Stuart Rayner New Sunderland goalkeeper Kelvin Davis admits he will feel like he should be wearing L-plates when he takes to the field at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Davis was at Wimbledon in their final season in the Premiership,...
Quarter of Drink Licences at Risk
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin More than 1,700 late-night businesses in the North-East could lose their licences because they missed the deadline for renewing them. Council workers staffed their offices all weekend to collect applications sent in...
Retail Therapy
Some of our local hairdressing salons have been recommended for wedding hair by the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. The president, Richard Thompson, says that "these days, brides want to look like themselves, only better". The current wedding-hair...
Since You Ask
Byline: By Peter Rutherford Mr A T from Low Fell asks: I called into my bank the other day and I spoke to one of their advisers. He gave me a mound of confusing paperwork, which he said was mandatory as it explained the types of services they...
Small Firms `Don't Bother on Crime'
Byline: By Ross Smith Small firms in the North-East do not bother to report 40% of crimes against them despite losing thousands of pounds each year, it was revealed yesterday. Business leaders say managers do not believe the police will catch...
Spencer to Take a Step Nearer Crown
Byline: By Doug Moscrop You never know what's around the corner as title-chasing Robert Winston discovered to his cost at the weekend. Leading the championship and going great guns, his dreams were shattered by a horrifying fall at Ayr. Just...
The Enigma That Was the Great Brando
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson A new biography of Marlon Brando threatens to reveal the naked truth about the legendary actor. Hannah Stephenson spoke to Brando's friend and biographer George Englund. He went from screen icon in A Streetcar Named...
Time to Change the Law
Byline: By Denise Robertson The most beautiful picture of the week was, for me, also the most poignant. It showed two women, one white, one black, united in grief. One was the mother of Anthony Walker, the black teenager axed to death in a Liverpool...
Train Travel Price Slashed
Byline: By Ross Smith Rail passengers in the North will get the chance to buy cut-price tickets in a drive to fill off-peak trains and meet tough government revenue targets. The move has been announced by GNER, which runs services from London...
Warne Back Where Ashes Trail Began
Byline: By John Curtis Shane Warne returns to the scene of his spectacular Ashes debut this week 12 years after famously bowling Mike Gatting. Warne introduced himself to the England batsmen at Old Trafford with a viciously spinning leg-break...
Wind Power Generation of Electricity Is a Costly Delusion
It is time for Tony Blair to get off the fence, and set up an unprejudiced committee to sort out facts on wind turbines. The members would have to have no financial tie ups with the industry, as the figures quoted are for maximum outputs and bear...
`Worst Season for 55 Years'
Byline: By Robert Brooks Country estates in the North are bracing themselves for a potential multi-million-pound blow, as experts forecast this year's grouse-shooting season will be the worst in England since 1950. Hoteliers, pubs, garages and...
Youngsters Keep Run Going for Barker
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The bubble hasn't burst yet for David Barker who is enjoying an amazing run with his sprinters. While his older speed merchants have been doing him proud, it was the turn of one of the younger brigade to show her paces...
Zimbabwe's Humiliation
Cricket: Zimbabwe cricket slumped to a new low yesterday when they were humiliated by New Zealand, who wrapped up an innings victory inside two days in the first Test. New Zealand declared on their overnight score of 452 for nine and Zimbabwe collapsed...