Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 30, 2007

Airport Halts Cigarette Smugglers; 250,000-Strong Haul Seized from Flyers over Just Two Days
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MORE than 250,000 cigarettes were seized from air passengers arriving on Tyneside over two days. More than 220,000 were recovered from passengers and discarded luggage from a flight from Tenerife which touched...
Anger as Play Area Blocked by Benches; Action to Stop Ball Games
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL managers are under fire over measures to stop children playing with balls in a playground. Workmen have installed around 30 seats, planters and bins to prevent the youngsters kicking balls around....
Angling: Blaydon in Good Nick for Opener
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL BLAYDON start their National League Two adventure this Saturday against the side promoted at Tynedale's expense. The Crow Trees men make the trip down to Westcombe Park eyeing a win at the first opportunity in what they...
Angling: Rainbow Record So Nearly Went; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK DERWENT Reservoir was so close to a record rainbow this week when Graham Johnston from Craghead landed the fish of a lifetime. The 18lb 11oz rainbow, taken on Yellow Powerbait, fell 11oz short of the record. With a...
Angling: Success on Boats When They Get out; HOOKED SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS WHEN boats have been able to get out, there have been some reasonable fish taken. The Coronation Club AC Wallsend had a trip out with Tony Avis on the Tyne Charter boat Mistress. In all, they took 46 fish for a total...
Athletics: Bumper Entry for Tynedale; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK LIKE the majority of clubs in the region, Tynedale Harriers come across numerous obstacles when the time comes around to promote their annual 10-mile Jelly Tea Road Race. Each year the complications to hold the popular...
Athletics: Katarina Shows a Sporting Spirit; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK LAST week the headline news coming out of Liverpool was extremely depressing, following the horrific shooting of a young sports-mad boy. However, at the weekend I had the privilege to come across Katarina Thompson, a young...
Athletics: Les Shows Fellow Seniors Up in Style; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK LESLIE RICHARDS is giant in stature and his presence at the Inter-Counties Championships in Hull was a sight to behold. The Teessider won both the shot and discus competitions with ease, despite having competed at Crystal...
Bank Raider Found Dead in Jail Cell
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A SAFE-CRACKER caught by DNA left on a cigarette butt five years after tunneling into a Tyneside bank has died in jail. William Stuart Laidlaw, 39, was part of a gang who hammered and drilled their way through...
Basketball: Stewart Yearns for More Glory
Byline: PAUL NILSEN LYNARD Stewart has assured Newcastle Eagles fans he is hungry for more success after becoming the club's latest impressive acquisition, (writes PAUL NILSEN). Having already lured Charles Smith back to the fold, the club have...
Carnival Splendour; Young Reviewer MELISSA JORDAN Was in Carnival Mood at Newcastle's Dance City. Here She Reveals All
Byline: MELISSA JORDAN DANCE City was taken over for a whole day on Saturday by the sights and sounds of carnival. The centre was packed with people in costume and dance students taking the opportunity to try out the various workshops put together...
Cars Destroyed in Arson Spree; Three Vehicles Set Alight within Minutes
ARSONISTS set three cars on fire within minutes of each other today. The fire spree started at 4am in Budle Close, Gosforth, when a Rover 214 was destroyed. Flames also scorched a nearby Vauxhall Calibra. Firefighters were putting out the car...
Centre Is to Celebrate Its 75 Years; Community Plans a Fun Day and Reunion
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA THESE prized pictures chart the history of a school that has been at the heart of a community for 75 years. The Linskill Centre in North Shields is celebrating that anniversary in September. Celebrations will begin...
CHESS: By the Bishop
THE new season is nearly upon us and already the Congress diary is filling up. Graham Marshall has just sent out details of the opening event for the 2007-2008 North-East Rapidplay Circuit. The venue is the popular Hillcarter Hotel, opposite the...
Children Get Close to Nature; Youngsters Build Dens and Make Stew in Special Play Day
Byline: By TOM MULLEN CHILDREN got to grips with some eco-friendly activities in a special play day. Youngsters from around Newcastle joined in an afternoon of fun and games at the city's Exhibition Park, which was held to teach them all about...
Couple Plagued by Sickness Misery; Holiday Bug Lingers
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter A YEAR after visiting an illness-hit hotel in the tropics a Tyneside couple are still feeling the effects of their nightmare stay. Heather and Paul Wood, from Seaton Delaval, were struck with a stomach bug...
Cricket: Durham Fail to Grab Advantage
WICKET-KEEPER Phil Mustard and talismanic allrounder Ottis Gibson both reached landmarks on a day of fluctuating fortunes for Durham against Worcestershire at the Riverside, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Mustard took four catches to pass 200 in the championship,...
Cricket: Tail Wags Thanks to England Ace
THE Durham tail did its job on the second day of the Riversiders' County Championship top flight clash with Worcestershire. Starting the morning only 19 runs ahead, Durham battled back to close their first innings on 297 - a lead of 115 over their...
DITCH THE MOTOR; Why Readers Should Leave Their Cars at Home
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter THE countdown to your Chronicle's Leave Your Car At Home Day continues. Today we want to give you a few reasons to ditch your car on September 26 and try an alternative way to get to work, school or college....
Dream Career Thanks to TA; Territorial Qualifies as Junior Doc
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter Nick.whitten@ncjmedia.co.uk SANDRA Bailey was able to achieve her dream of a career in medicine, thanks to the Territorial Army. The 36-year-old from Westerhope, Newcastle, has started work at...
FAMILY ESCAPE BLAZE; Mum and Five Children Saved by Smoke Alarm as Fire Swept Home
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A MOTHER and five children had a lucky escape when fire ripped through their home. Janet Cooper, 42, believes she and her children would have been killed had they not been woken by a smoke alarm set up just a few months...
Flawless Beauty of Princess Di; the Nation Was United in Grief after Princess Diana's Death in a Car Crash in Paris on August 31,1997. on the Eve of the 10th Anniversary of Her Death, Readers Tell LIZ LAMB about the Day They Met the People's Princess
Byline: IRENE ALLAN AS DIVISION commissioner of the Walker Girl Guides, Irene Allan and 30 excited youngsters lay in wait to greet Princess Diana when she visited St Peter's Basin marina in August, 1992. Hundreds of people from the North East...
Flying High! Museum Event to Raise Cash to Restore and Protect Plane
Byline: By TOM MULLEN AN AIRCRAFT museum is raising funds to mend a classic fighter bomber which was vandalised by yobs. Volunteers at the North East Aircraft Museum are furious after vandals repeatedly damaged their prized 1960s Vulcan Bomber....
Football: A Barns-Storming Show by Hit Men; Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver's Newcastle United 2 Barnsley 0 WITH five minutes to go Sam Allardyce must have been happy enough. It hadn't been vintage Newcastle United but they had done a professional job and were on their way to Saturday's third-round...
Football: FANTASHTIC; EXCLUSIVE New Toon Owner's Delight after Watching Big Sam's Men Notch Carling Cup Victory
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley made his first public appearance at St James' Park last night - and he loved it. Indeed in his first comments about United since taking over the club in May, Ashley...
Football: Geremi Refuses to Get Carried Away
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED captain Geremi today revealed he was taking it step by step when it comes to leading the Magpies to Carling Cup glory after seeing off Barnsley in round two, (writes LEE RYDER). The Toon skipper told the Chronicle...
Football: Goal King Martins Says United Are on a Roll
Byline: By LEE RYDER OBA MARTINS today admitted that the morale was high in the Newcastle United camp after progressing in the Carling Cup against gritty Yorkshire outfit Barnsley. The United No 9 was disappointed to come off for Michael Owen...
Football: Happy Owen Back to Plying His Trade
Byline: ALAN OLIVER MICHAEL OWEN made no attempt to disguise his delight after he grabbed only his second goal at St James' Park as a Newcastle United player, (writes ALAN OLIVER). His 57th-minute goal in the 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Barnsley,...
Football: Headery Eahdery Ehadery
SUNDERLAND boss Roy Keane believes he has found the missing ingredient in his side with the signing of pounds 6m striker Kenwyne Jones from Southampton. Jones, 22, was one of three players to arrive at the Stadium of Light yesterday as Keane strengthened...
Football: Jones Is Just the Man We Need: Keane; Black Cats Boss' Delight at Day's Dealings
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROY KEANE today revealed he is not expecting a "red carpet" to welcome him at Old Trafford on Saturday and says there will no "hugs and kisses" for his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Keane will still get a tremendous reception...
Football: No Guarantees for United Cup Heroes
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE has warned Newcastle United that no-one is guaranteed their place for Saturday's Premier League game with Wigan Athletic at St James' Park. And this includes Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins,...
Grieving Family Call for Answers; Mum Asks Why Doctors Didn't Diagnose Illness
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter ONE year on, the devastated family of tragic teenager Laura Gibbons are still waiting for answers about her death. The 19-year-old, from Washington Village, died on September 8 after six months in hospital....
Heart Attack Kills Army Chef at 40; Family's Shock at Death of Dad-of-Three at German Base
Byline: By HELEN RAE SMILING on a night out, Army chef Michael Southern was the life and soul of any party. But the hard-working dad-of-three died in his sleep after suffering a fatal heart attack. Mr Southern, who was 40, went to bed following...
HERO FEVER SET TO SWEEP TOON; Countdown Continues
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN NEWCASTLE United' s players are getting behind our Toon Heroes. The countdown continues to the launch of the Chronicle's Toon Heroes collection and the club themselves say they are getting as excited as the fans. ...
Hospital Ship Treats Its First Patients; Africa Mercy Gives Vital Service
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A SHIP transformed into a floating hospital at a Tyne shipyard has treated its first patients in one of the world's poorest countries. It took eight years for workers at the A & P Shipyard in Hebburn, South Tyneside...
I Go beyond What the Doctors Say; Second Baby for Woman Told She Couldn't Be a Mum
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A WOMAN who was told she would never have children has confounded the medical fraternity for a second time - by giving birth to a bouncing baby boy. Katharine Locke, of Blyth, hit the headlines in 2001 when she gave birth...
It's a Fair Way to Help You Find Work; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Sector1.net AND Fish4
SOME of the region's biggest employers are coming together to host a Jobs Fair at Newcastle United's St James' Park. Sponsored by Newcastle Futures, an organisation established to improve employability in Newcastle, the fair will match job skills...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Muddle over Free Fares Perplexing
I M in agreement with the correspondent who raised the issue (Your Shout, August 25) concerning the free travel unfairness. This has been an ongoing bone of contention since the free travel scheme for pensioners was introduced. It beggars belief...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - There Is a Land of Opportunity
Byline: AP I HAVE been reading with interest a number of media articles on immigration to and from Britain. Apparently, almost 600,000 people have arrived in Britain over the past 12 months; that equates roughly to the combined population of...
Mum's a Star Learner; Mother and Daughters All Take Same Diploma to Run Nursery Business Working Life
Byline: NICK WHITTEN A NORTH East mum has followed in the footsteps of her twin daughters after receiving a diploma in management development from Newcastle Business School, part of Northum-bria University. Denise Roberts, 52, is company secretary...
Mum's Health Hazard Hedge; Syringes Dumped Where Children Play
Byline: By TOM MULLEN FAMILIES fear junkies are putting their children's lives at risk by dumping used syringes in a hedge. Karen Taylor-Steward, of Kenton, Newcastle, says drug-takers and underage drinkers continually dump broken bottles and...
Mum Slims Down for Dream Day; Exercise Regime Helps Bride Lose Weight to Fit Wedding Dress
Byline: By HELEN RAE IT was the perfect wedding Donna Duffy had always wanted - standing beside her beloved husband in her dream wedding dress. But she feared it might not happen after the mum-of-three almost sold her chosen gown for a bigger...
Music's Plain Fantastic
THE Plain White T's travelled all theThe way from Chicago to the Carling Academy in Newcastle to raise the roof with their distinctive music - and they did just that. After waiting two hours, and listening to the music of two supporting acts, All...
No Action on Chant Claims; Police Will Not Pursue Accused Fans
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN NO FURTHER action is likely to be taken against Newcastle fans who allegedly subjected Middlesbrough striker Mido to racist abuse in the Tees-Tyne derby. The Egyptian striker, who signed from Tottenham earlier this month,...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP So, ANOTHER year, another set of GCSE results. And what comes with GCSE results? Yes, that's right, the age-old media debate about are they too easy? "Are we just giving away qualifications these days," talk radio presenters...
On Yer Bikes to Aid Nathaniel; Riders Help Burns Boy's Fund
Byline: By AMY HUNT GENEROUS cyclists took on a gruelling bike challenge to raise money for child burns victim Nathaniel Smith. David Hodgson and a team of 20 riders completed a 140-mile coast-to-coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland...
Parent to Parent
NEXT week a new school term starts and for many families it could mean the first day at primary or secondary school. A recent study for Tyneside-based national charity, Parentline Plus, revealed the biggest worry for parents with children starting...
Police to Launch Taser Squads; More Officers Trained in Use of Stun Gun in Tricky Situations
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter MORE police are being trained to deploy Taser stun guns to take down violent suspects. Units will now operate in each of the six Northumbria force command areas on 24-hour standby. At the moment, the...
Prison Officer Strike Ends
PRISON officers who staged strikes at North East jails have gone back to work. Workers at all the region's prisons walked out yesterday amid a bitter pay row with the Prison Service and the Government. The action left a handful of senior managers...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game against Barnsley
GRAHAM BREWIS JOB done. Good to see Owen score at last and equally good to see Obafemi come on and score within a couple of minutes. Let's hope he's not snatched away from us. Will we ever see them play together? I don't know whether it was...
Pupils Past and Present Say a Final Farewell; Special Ceremony and a Party as School Closes for Last Time
NEXT month will mean a brand new start for some pupils after they waved goodbye to their school this summer. Kramel First School, in Cramlington, Northumberland, closed its doors for the last time this month as part of reorganisation plans across...
Rugby Union: Blaydon in Good Nick for Opener
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL BLAYDON start their National League Two adventure this Saturday against the side promoted at Tynedale's expense. The Crow Trees men make the trip to Westcombe Park eyeing a win at the first opportunity in what they expect...
Rugby Union: Stewart Yearns for More Glory
Byline: PAUL NILSEN LYNARD Stewart has assured Newcastle Eagles fans he is hungry for more success after becoming the club's latest impressive acquisition, (writes PAUL NILSEN). Having already lured Charles Smith back to the fold, the club have...
SETTING SAIL AFTER 25 YEARS; She's Been an Attraction for More Than a Quarter of a Century, but Now Tyne's Floating Club Is to Weigh Anchor
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS IT HAS been a sight on the Tyne for more than 25 years but the river's floating nightclub is closing. The Tuxedo Princess will up anchor after Christmas to make way for a pounds 10m office and restaurant development....
Steve Burbridge
A STROKE of luck secured Steve Burbridge's meeting with the princess. As an eight year-old schoolboy Steve was one of the lucky few at West Walker Primerly school to have his namee picked out of the a hat to win a place to see the Royal visitors...
Stumping Up the Cash; Sport and Showbiz Stars Get Set for Charity Cricket Match
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter STARS of sport and showbiz are gearing up for a charity cricket clash. The latest leg of the Prince's Trust Challenge Trophy, which is seeing the North and South of the region go head to head, is taking place...
Toxic Toys Are Taken off Shelves; Sets Contained Lead
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA TOYS imported from China have been removed from a North East shop after they were found to contain excessive lead. Officers at North Tyne-side Council's trading standards department discovered the toys at store The Works...
Travellers Move Back on to Field; Residents Infuriated by Camp
Byline: By TOM MULLEN TRAVELLERS have returned to a Tyneside estate, ignoring a metal barrier and infuriating residents. Five caravans are camped on a field, off Low Heworth Lane, Gateshead. Fed-up locals say they are being terrorised by noise...
Vent Your Spleen
ON OUR online forum, readers have been discussing the legacy of Elvis and other singers and also the cultural status of Newcastle and Gateshead. To join in log on to chroniclelive.co.uk/haveyoursay milkhope1: This year also marks the birth 150...
Why Billy? He Was a Gentle and Good Man; Friends Flood Website with Their Tributes
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE was a devoted dad, and loved by everyone who knew him. Still struggling to come to terms with the street attack that left father-of-three Billy Fellows dead, loved ones have been flooding our website with online tributes....
WIN BERGHAUS KIT FOR TWO; Evening Chronicle Promotion
YOUR Chronicle is celebrating the North East England-based outdoor clothing and equipment giant Berghaus opening its first flagship store this weekend in the MetroCentre, by giving one lucky reader the chance to win a full set of Berghaus kit for two...
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