Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 24, 2007

Abuse Charges Are Dropped against Pervert Preacher; Prosecutors Claim No Public Interest in Pursuing Allegation
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A PERVERT ex-prison officer will not face fresh sex abuse charges - because it is not in the public interest. But the decision not to prosecute Neville Husband has been slammed by MPs and victims after it emerged...
A Case of Des Res to Death Res; House to Become Chapel of Rest
Byline: By KERRY WOOD THIS house is about to undergo a makeover which you wouldn't even find on Changing Rooms. That's because the living quarters of this detached home will soon be transformed into a chapel of rest. David Forster has been...
A Collector's Item; CLASSIC CARS with IAN JOHNSON This Week: Bentley Continental R-Type
Byline: IAN JOHNSON SOME years ago I nearly drove one of the world's most desirable classic cars. I say nearly because the opportunity was denied to me by a woman driving a Vauxhall Astra. A generous collector had loaned me his 1952 Bentley Continental...
Affordable ...but Ugly
Byline: By STEVE ORME IT'S been announced that over the next five minutes house prices will rise to a percentage akin to the rate of inflation in pre-Nazi Germany. This is in spite of Government promises to take unproductive lakes and rivers,...
Airport's Braced for Bank Holiday
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter RECORD numbers of jet-setters are flying out of the Toon this weekend. A record 85,000 passengers are expected through Newcastle International Airport this bank holiday as people search of the sun....
Andrew Was Loved during His Day of Life; Baby Starved of Oxygen after Problem during Birth
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THEY should have been bringing their new baby home, but instead Deborah and Michael Johnston laid their beloved son to rest. Andrew lived for less than a day, following a horrific complication during labour that left...
Boys Did Well Too
OVER the past two weeks, we've extensively celebrated the exam achievement of North East youngsters. Lots of smiles marked the culmination of much hard work by everyone involved. We sat back thinking we'd done a good job until Roy Elwood, from...
Brewing Up Jobs at Old Bottle Plant; Hotel Project Wins Council's Backing
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor MULTI - MILLION pound plans to breathe new life into the old Tyne Brewery creating around 2,000 jobs are set to win council backing. Members of Newcastle City Council development control committee will...
Celebrate the Moment When Years of Hard Work Pays Off
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter nicola.juncar@ncjmedia.co.uk Photographs by Andy Commins, Leanne Holcroft, Tony Hall and Dave Charlton IT'S official - our students are a class act. GCSE results released by North East...
Celebrating Character; Artist's Work Will Raise Charity Cash
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN IT'S the final line-up of anyone who's anyone in the land of North East celebrity. Jack Charlton, Ant and Dec, Glenn McCrory and Kevin Whately, are but among the 10 caricatured celebrities brought together for a calendar...
Cinema: Action Star Falls for Gunslinging Western
HE'S the first to admit his disappointment at not getting one more shot at the James Bond role, but a defiant Pierce Brosnan has emerged with all guns blazing. The former 007 hero is starring in his first Western, Seraphim Falls, and says it's a...
Cinema: Bloodthirsty Rivals Bent on Revenge
SERAPHIM FALLS (15, 111 mins) Western/Thriller. Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Anjelica Huston, Michael Wincott, Robert Baker, Ed Lauter, John Robinson, Tom Noonan, Kevin J. O'Connor. Director: David Von Ancken. ***** THE thirst for revenge...
Cinema: Lusty Laughs All the Way
KNOCKED UP (15,129 mins) Comedy/Romance. Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Martin Starr, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Alan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig. Director: Judd Apatow. ***** KNOCKED Up...
Clowning around; the Locals the North East Local Music Scene
WITH the local music scene awash with "here today, gone tomorrow" indie bands, it's refreshing to see a group rooted firmly in writing quality songs with high production values to match. That, in a nutshell, sums up Drums For Clowns. The band,...
Cold Comfort for Tenants; Pensioners Claim Boiler Work Has Left Them without Hot Water
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY ELDERLY tenants as old as 90 say they have been left short of hot water and heatiZng for more than three weeks. The pensioners of Pilgrim's Court, a sheltered housing complex in Jesmond, say they have had to wash in...
Councils Challenge Shake-Up in Court; Legal Move Launched over Plan to Create Single Authority
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A LEGAL challenge was made today against the creation of a single unitary council in Northumberland. Four of the six district councils in the county are issuing judicial review proceedings over the Government decision....
Country Pub's Got the Recipe; Eating out THE COOK AND BARKER INN Newton-on-the-Moor, Felton, Morpeth. Tel: (01665) 575234 ***
Byline: ANGELA UPEX HOLIDAYING in Lucker, Northumberland, we decided to return to a country pub we last visited quite a few years ago. If memory serves me right, the food then was pretty good but we decided to see what it was like to dine with...
Cricket: Coach Backs Broad
PETER MOORES was backing young fast bowler Stuart Broad to overcome the controversy his move to Nottinghamshire and perform for England in today's second match of the NatWest Series. The 21-year-old fast bowler confirmed yesterday that he would...
Cricket: Dynamic Caddick Destroys Durham
FORMER England strike bowler Andy Caddick rolled back the years to dent Durham Dynamos' NatWest Pro40 promotion hopes in a high-scoring game at Taunton . The 39-year-old took five wickets, including a match-winning 4-24 from four overs in his second...
Cricket: No-One Can Bank on Title; but Double-Header Results Are Crucial Northern Rock North East Premier League
Byline: By LEE RYDER SOUTH NORTH skipper John Graham is taking nothing for granted as his side go into the Bank Holiday weekend knowing they could emerge from the double-header with one hand on the championship trophy. Graham's men travel to...
Cricket: Season Is over Early the Phili Pro; Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST CLUBS face a double set of fixtures tomorrow and Monday - but for Philadelphia's overseas pro Gerry De Bruin the English league season is over. Phili chairman Malcolm Pratt said: "Gerry was injured when fielding as a substitute...
Cricket: Stage Set for Big Showdown; Foster's N'land and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: JAMES HUNTER LEADERS Tynedale face title rivals Lintz tomorrow in the game of the day in the NTSL. Tynedale and Lintz are two of the four clubs fighting it out at the top of Division A1, with just three points separating the quartet....
Cricket: Vale Toil but Remain Upbeat; Three Counties N'land League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL DAVE GREENER has steeled his Clara Vale side for four consecutive cup finals as they look to avoid relegation. Vale went into the season as champions, but were well aware of their tricky position after losing eight players...
DADS LEARN TO ENJOY FAMILY LIFE; Launch of Drop-In for Male Carers
Byline: By LAURA CAROE DOTING dads learnt about the finer aspects of looking after their toddlers at a family centre. The Barnardo's-run SureStart scheme for Newcastle East and Fossway hosted a Dads' and Male Carers Event at the Monkchester Road...
Double Take; TWO DRIVERS... ONE CAR
Byline: Alistair Coull & Val Jessop CITROEN, Fiat and Renault have all managed to carve out a successful niche for themselves with their van-based Berlingo Multispace, Doblo and Kangoo MPVs. The problem is that, ultimately, they are all scuppered...
Far East Cars Coming Closer; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up This Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES THE winds of change are blowing though the UK's mainstream car market. There has been something of a status quo for several years now, with the family sector largely dominated by Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot and co. ...
Fire Crews Tackle Blaze at Nightclub; Venue Was at Centre of Controversy over Opening Hours
Byline: By KERRY WOOD and MATT CASEY A NIGHTCLUB at the centre of a controversy over opening hours went up in flames today. Fire swept through Decades nightclub in Front Street, Consett, after the blaze broke out in the roof space just after...
Firm Gives Digital Aid to Africa
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter COMPUTERS are being saved from landfill and sent to be used in Africa. Bosses from energy efficiency provider eaga plc are shipping off their used PCs to benefit schools, hospitals and community projects...
Football: AWOL Stokes Not For-Given
Byline: JAMES HUNTER ANTHONY STOKES has been left out of the latest Republic of Ireland under-21 squad following his no-show this week - despite an attempt by Sunderland boss Roy Keane to smooth things over, (writes JAMES HUNTER). Under-21 chief...
Football: Battle of Strikers Will Decide Derby; THE FRIDAY FILE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON NEWCASTLE are bracing themselves for their first Premiership derby match of a new season which all Geordies hope will end up being a Sunday afternoon stroll down by the Riverside. A tad optimistic? Yeah, but why not? Forget...
Football: Chopra Is Put on a Red Alert
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER HOTSHOT Michael Chopra knows Sunderland have to take points off the Premiership big boys if they are to succeed in the top flight. The Black Cats face their first test against one of the so-called Big Four tomorrow lunchtime...
Football: Cole Is Set to Sign for Cats
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE expects Andrew Cole to be a Sunderland player by the end of today. The one-time Newcastle striker was due to have a medical today and, assuming he comes through that without a hitch, the 35-year-old will sign...
Football: Crocked Skipper Whitehead Facing Spell on Sidelines
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND skipper Dean Whitehead will be missing for more than a month after tweaking a ligament in his knee. The influential midfielder is wearing a knee brace after picking up the injury in a practice game a week ago....
Football: Derby Win Would Be So Special for Lee
MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Lee Cattermole has set his sights on a first home win of the season as Newcastle make the short trip south this weekend. Boro had the 19-year-old Teessider to thank for their first Barclays Premier League points of the season...
Football: Geremi Hopes for a Repeat Performance
NEWCASTLE United skipper Geremi heads back to Middlesbrough on Sunday looking to do what he did the last time he played in a Tees Tyne derby - by scoring the winning goal (writes ALAN OLIVER). That was back in his only season with Middlesbrough...
Football: Let's Show the Reds No Mersey: Keane; JAMES HUNTER
ROY KEANE believes Sunderland's clash with Liverpool will be a test of faith for his side, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Black Cats take on Rafa Benitez's Reds at the Stadium of Light tomorrow lunchtime with Sunderland looking to bounce back from their...
Football: New Target for Spartans; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH SPARTANS have targeted Sheffield Wednesday reserves striker Jason Bradley after they missed out on Whitley Bay front man Phil Bell, (writes JEFF BOWRON) Bell joined UniBond newcomers Newcastle Blue Star for a four-figure...
Football: NO ROOM FOR SENTIMENT: VID; I Want to Score against My Old Club but I Won't Celebrate Too Much: Mark
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MARK Viduka makes an emotional return to Middlesbrough on Sunday promising Newcastle United fans they have yet to see the best of him. And the Aussie striker has made a pledge to the Boro fans that he...
Football: Playing War Game Holds No Fears; SAYS TOON ACE ROZEHNAL
Byline: By LEE RYDER DAVID ROZEHNAL is bracing himself for "war" in Sunday's Tyne-Tees derby clash with Middlesbrough. And he confessed he is living the dream as a Newcastle United player. The Czech Republic international ace - who played his...
Football: Street Ahead of Last Season; ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT CHESTER-LE-STREET aim for the big five when they take on Spennymoor Town in tomorrow's Arngrove Northern League First Division game at the Brewery Field. Following a largely disappointing season during which they flirted...
Football: Up and Howay to Extend Run: Harps
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER wants Newcastle United to keep up their unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign in style against Middlesbrough on Sunday - by bagging all three points at the Riverside. The Toon keeper says United are looking...
Games: Mission in Murky Sea City
Byline: DOUGLAS YOUNG TITLE: Bioshock FORMAT: Xbox 360 PUBLISHER: Microsoft PRICE: pounds 44.99 ***** FOR those in the know, Bioshock has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles for the Xbox 360 this year. Luckily it's...
Go-Ahead Opens Door for Builders; 550 Homes Boosts Jobs on Stella Site
Byline: By NICKWHITTEN Industrial Reporter A PROJECT to build 550 homes has finally been given the go-ahead. Work will begin on the Stella South site in Blaydon, Gateshead in the next couple of months after the successful sale of a 30 acre site...
Golf: Tiger Tim to Play a Part
TIM Henman hopes to play a major role in improving British tennis after his retirement. The former world No 4 last night announced he would retire after Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia at Wimbledon next month. Although the 32-year-old...
Graffiti Yobs Give It Some Elbow Grease; Offenders Made to Clean Their Tags off Buildings and Walls in an Effort to Educate Them about the Impact of Their Crime
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS VANDALS are helping clean up graffiti they have daubed over property on Tyne side. This week some of the young culprits are rolling up their sleeves to remove the unsightly mess defacing walls, subways and fences in...
Handball: Eagles Ace Baba Is Home to Roost; Star Forward Commits Future to Tynesiders
OLU BABALOLA - the man who produced a game-winning performance to help secure Newcastle Eagles their Play-Off Championship trophy - is staying on Tyneside, (writes PAUL NILSEN). The club had feared that they might lose the enigmatic forward after...
HELP US FIND OUR BABY'S KILLER; Parents of Murdered 11-Year-Old Make Emotional Appeal
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY THE heartbroken mother of murdered 11-year-old Rhys Jones has begged for help in finding the killer of her "baby". As detectives today continued the hunt for the teenager who shot Rhys in the back of the neck as he played...
HOTEL PLAN FOR RUNDOWN HALL; Sir John Aims to Save Historic Property from At-Risk List
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor BUSINESS tycoon Sir John Hall today revealed multi-million pound plans to convert a rundown estate into a luxury hotel and golf complex. The man who built the MetroCentre and was the majority shareholder...
How Is Your Brake Fluid Holding Up?
RESEARCH has revealed that more than half of the cars on our roads have dangerously poor-quality brake fluid. This can be a serious problem, with the risk of complete brake failure a real possibility. This week, Mike Clarke at Benfield Nissan on Portland...
Howzat for a Summer! Airwaves THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE OH DEAR, that bank holiday weekend is here, after which there is no return, and it becomes full steam until Christmas. Damn, I mentioned the C word. Normally the 'August Bank Holiday column' and radio show would be dominated...
Keeping Up Appearances; Nissan Hopes New Luxury Brand Will Keep Buyers Happy Infiniti, Nissan's Luxury Brand in the United States, Is Preparing to Launch a Series of New Models in the UK. STEVE HUGHES Looks at What We Can Expect
Byline: STEVE HUGHES A CAR which can keep its paintwork looking as good as new is to be launched by Nissan's new luxury brand Infiniti. On sale next year, the stylish 'crossover' model will line up alongside a swish saloon and coupe plus a successor...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Elvis Wasn't a Patch on My Idol
Byline: MALCOLM VEALE I CAN appreciate the emotions of all the Elvis Presley fans on the 30th anniversary of his death. But to call him the greatest? The greatest what? He certainly couldn't act, or maybe was never given the opportunity to act...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - We Lib Dems Are Pleasing the Public
Byline: COUN WENDY TAYLOR READING Coun Higgins's letter ("Council lacks ambition", August 16), I did wonder for a moment if it was April Fool's Day! Does the "wonderful improvement" to our city and its services under 30 years of Labour include...
Lifeline for Disabled Soldiers; This Week We Reported How Soldier Anthony Makin Lost His Right Leg in Afghanistan but Is Back with the Army. TOM MULLEN Finds out More about the Plight of Soldiers Who Have Lost Limbs in Combat
Byline: TOM MULLEN DEADLY roadside bombs, snipers and landmines are the unseen enemies for our troops in the Middle East. The conflict in Hel-mand province, Afghanistan, and across Iraq has brought the death toll for British troops to 238, with...
Millennium Mission; Priest Takes Part in Ethiopia Run
Byline: By MATT CASEY CATHOLIC priest Andrew Downie will compete against some of the world's best runners on a mission to Africa during which the calendar will turn back. He is off to Ethiopia which has its own calendar and September 12 this...
Mum Hopes to Find Peace; New Life in Sun
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A MUM haunted by the death of her teenage son has quit her home town to start a new life in the sun. The body of trainee joiner Michael Cardill, 18, was found lying between a rubbish container and a wall at an allotment...
My Care Was So Good I'm Training to Be a Nurse; Mum Who Recovered from Superbug Is Inspired by Carers
Byline: By TOM MULLEN SHE could be forgiven for never wanting to set foot inside a hospital again. Priscilla Peart and her new-born baby daughter Soshone were both struck down by a dangerous super-bug in Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital....
MY SWEET DAYS WITH THE JAM; Photographer Neil Tinning, Right, Was the Jam's Official Photographer in Their Final Year. Now He Has Published a Collection of Unseen Photos, 25 Years after They Split. He Told His Story to MFTYA UNDERWOOD
Byline: MFTYA UNDERWOOD IT WAS a dream come true for me. I was 21 years old sitting in fantastic hotels being driven around in a coach with The Jam. "I was allowed to photograph whatever I liked, it wasn't staged or contrived like it can be today,"...
Pervert Evades New Prosecution; Molestation Case Is Not Deemed to Be in the Public Interest
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A PERVERT ex-prison officer will not face fresh sex abuse charges - because it is not in the public interest. But the decision not to prosecute Neville Husband has been slammed by MPs and victims after it emerged...
Pirate DVD Sellers Pay the Price; Eight Sentenced after Raid
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter adam.jupp@ncjmedia.co.uk CAR BOOT sale bandits ran a sophisticated phoney film racket. Officers raided the Tanfield Lea sale, in County Durham, where they seized more than 12,000 counterfeit items. ...
Police to Probe Blaze at Nightclub; 30 Firefighters Needed to Put out Roof Fire
Byline: By KERRY WOOD and MATT CASEY A NIGHTCLUB at the centre of a controversy over opening hours went up in flames today. Fire swept through Decades nightclub in Front Street, Consett, after the blaze broke out in the roof space just after...
Prepare for the Worst of Weather; MOTORING MATTERS with MIKE WATERS, Head of Market Analysis at Arval, Europe's Leading Fleet and Fuel Management Company
Byline: MIKE WATERS THE recent horrendous weather conditions have forced us to realise just how quickly we can get into difficulty while driving and just how big an impact weather can have on our transport network. A number of drivers were caught...
Pub Quiz; Uncovered
This was ton-up time for Woz and Co, and for their 100th visit to a pub quiz they descended upon Winlaton at the behest of Chronicle reader, avid quizzer and quiz master Clarkie. PUB: Rose and Crown, Winlaton QUESTION MASTER: Harry DAY AND...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Sunday's Tyne-Tees Derby
DAVID COULSON IN the first of four derbies this season we take on the Smoggies looking to take all three points and keep our crown of the north. Newcastle, with no new injuries, travel to Teesside looking to put last week's 0-0 draw behind them....
Reggae Outfit Easy to Enjoy; Jazz, Blues and Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL OVER the last couple of years Newcastle has become something of a reggae-centric city, building an international reputation on the strength of two hugely successful annual festivals held at Northumbria University. The third...
Rugby Union: Falcons Looking to Smooth out the Rough Edges
JOHN FLETCHER reckons Newcastle Falcons' pre-season has been built around testing perceived weaknesses as well as strengths, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Falcons director of rugby Fletcher watched his first XV see off National One opponents Doncaster...
SIMPLE GIFT CAN SAVE LIVES; the National Blood Service Constantly Need New Whole Blood Donors, but Now They Also Need Another Very Special Type of Donor. MITYA UNDERWOOD Reports from the Frontline
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD THIRTY-nine-year-Steve Skoyles Prudhoe has donating blood for more than 20 years and has now completed hundreds of sessions. As a regular whole blood donor, nurses took samples from him on a routine session to assess the...
Skoda's New MPV Will Be a Winner; Double Take Plays Rough with Skoda's Roomster Scout
Byline: VAL JESSOP SKODA'S venture into the mini 'vanmobile' market is truly inspirational. With its Roomster it has taken a French idea and turned it into a very sensible lifestyle option which will see it do well in the British and European markets....
Spot the Best In-Car Diversions; Jackie Violet Plays I Spy in Association with Chevrolet
Byline: By MARK CLEMENTS OUR cars may be bristling with DVD players to entertain the little ones, but new research proves the classic in-car family game of I Spy is far from dead. Seventy years after the first recorded report of the game, a survey...
Stab Victim Staggered to His Home; Boy, 17, Suffered Collapsed Lung after City Centre Attack
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A TEENAGE stab victim managed to stagger the mile-long journey to his home after being attacked in a street. The 17-year-old suffered multiple wounds to his back and side on Diana Street, Newcastle, which led...
THE FRIDAY FILE; Middlesbrough V Newcastle Riverside Stadium Sunday, August 26, 2007. Kick-Off: 1.30pm
OPPOSITION MIDDLESBROUGH set to put faith in their homegrown talent on Sunday knowing the youngsters will give it everything they've got. Against Fulham, the average age of Gareth Southgate's team was 22, with youth products Andrew Davies, David...
Tragic Mum Is an Inspiration; Loved Ones Raise Cash for Cancer Charity
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter INSPIRED by their heartache, family and friends of a tragic mum have raised thousands in her memory. Mellissa Banks, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, died just 36, in January after battling kidney cancer for...
UP IN SMOKES; Suspected Cannabis Farm Destroyed
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A SUSPECTED cannabis farm went up in smoke today in a large house blaze. Fire engulfed the property in Meldon Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle, as dawn broke. Neighbours were evacuated as fire crews from the Fossway and Colby...
Vauxhall Aims for New 4x4 Success; CHRIS RUSSON Puts Vauxhall's New Soft Roader, the Antara through Its Paces
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON VAUXHALL is making its comeback on the 4x4 trail with a new model called the Antara. Since the Frontera was withdrawn more than three years ago the brand has been absent from this booming part of the market. Despite being...
White Lie over Going Green; Public Telling Porkies about Ethical Lifestyle to Ease Their Consciences
Byline: By AMY HUNT AND REBECCA MOLYNEUX GUILT about not living a green lifestyle is pushing people to lie about what they do to help the environment. A survey has found 80% of people in the region admit to telling porkies to make out they live...

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