Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 15, 2007

Alex to Step Up His Top 100 Bid
British young gun Alex Bogdanovic is confident he will break into the world's top 100 by the end of Wimbledon if he maintains his Artois Championships form. The 23-year-old picked up crucial ranking points with his charge into the third round, and...
Alnmouth Set for a Charge
Byline: By Nick Purewal Alnmouth are aiming to kick-start their campaign on the back of a rousing win. Hosting struggling champions Clara Vale, captain Tom Vickers and his team are fully-charged to start climbing the table. And after last...
And He Said He Was Lucky
Byline: By Adam Jupp Holed up in his cell, VAT rat Peter Glover seems to have run out of luck. The former hypnotist is beginning a five year jail term for his part in an pounds 85m mobile phone tax scam. It marks the end of the line for the...
A Right Royal Mix-Up over Prince's Photo
So then dear reader, I'm back from my jollies (thanks for asking, but no, it rained a lot and Italy is wasted on the Ratboys) refreshed and raring to go for our weekly media melee. But hey, what's all this? Instead of the expected bumper bag of...
Arresting Behaviour
The following shows extracts from Northumbria Police reports into football-related disorder at matches involving Newcastle United and/or Sunderland. Premier League ( Highbury, Saturday, November 5, 2005. Arsenal 3 ( 1 Sunderland. Attendance:...
Billionaire Eyed Toon for Months
Byline: By Nick Whitten Megarich Mike Ashley kicked off his Toon takeover dream months ago. The billionaire began snapping up Newcastle United shares long before he bought the Hall family stake for pounds 55.3m in May to kick-start his takeover...
Captain's Call a Big Decision for Allardyce
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sam Allardyce has identified one of his big priorities before the start of the season ( finding a new captain. Scott Parker's move to West Ham means that United have lost their third inspirational skipper in a couple of...
Ciggie Ban Spells Ruin for Clubs
I will never again enter a non-smoking bar or club ( because this draconian ban has gone beyond the 'Nanny State'. Let me tell you the damage it has done in Aberdeen ( 12 pubs, three social clubs, one bowling club lounge, and the oldest caf have...
City Park Races Open Weekend of Cycling Action
Byline: By Nick Armstrong Region gears up for its big brake Newcastle and Northumberland are gearing up for the region's largest festival of cycling. A packed programme of events appealing to novices and Olympians alike will see the North...
Classic Case of Fulfilling a Dream
Byline: By Ian Wilson Norman builds up collection of sought-after cars Norman Scott always wanted to own a classic car or even just a car for that matter. But when he left Buddle School in Wallsend in July, 1949, it was all just a dream ( although...
C-Max Is the Best in Its Class
Byline: By Steve Hughes Ford are continuously updating their models and the Ford C-Max has not been left out as it joins the latest line-up behind the Galaxy and S-Max. Given the success of the Ford Focus it was almost a foregone conclusion that...
Double Take (Two Drivers One Car) - Caddy Mixes Styles
Byline: By Alistair Coull and Val Jessop When I was growing up, the word Cadillac conjured a vision of a monster of a vehicle, usually in candyfloss pink, with huge tailfins and acres of highly-polished chrome. Later, teenage fantasies might...
Drink Drug Link to Health Crisis
Youngsters face sexual health risk The link between drugs, alcohol and risky sexual behaviour among young people is "fuel for a sexual health crisis", a report warned today. The increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and high levels...
Driven Out
Byline: By Tom Mullen Dad is forced to flee home A one-man protest has ended in failure. Defiant Scott Denholm was the last tenant in a block of flats set for demolition. Despite watching all his neighbours move away Mr Denholm was determined...
Escort Ads at the Jobcentre
Byline: By Laura Caroe An escort agency specialising in dominatrixes advertised for girls at Jobcentres. The ad was placed in the Gateshead and Byker branches by escort agency Raw Angels saying the girls would be paid pounds 200 a shift and training...
Ferrie over Par as Nick Earns His Dough
Kenneth Ferrie was six shots off the lead after the first round of the US Open in Oakmont. The Ashington-based golfer, who only made his US Open debut last summer, fired a two-over-par score of 74. That left him with considerable ground to make...
Former United Target Glad to Be Singing the Blues
Tal Ben Haim insisted every player in the world wants to join Chelsea after he turned down Newcastle United to move to Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old Israeli international rejected the chance to sign for Sam Allardyce, who brought him to Bolton...
Full Monty Appeals to Pietersen!
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Kevin Pietersen is backing Monty Panesar to overcome recent criticism about his enthusiastic appealing and become the best spinner in the world. Northamptonshire's left-arm bowler came under attack for his appealing during...
Graffiti Grumble
Byline: By Peter Young Council chiefs were involved in a new graffiti row today after plans to spend pounds 5,000 on another paint-spray arts project were revealed. The proposal, for shops at Kenton in Newcastle, was branded "graffiti" by local...
Hamas Hold Gaza Strip
Israel will not respond militarily to the takeover over of the Gaza Strip by the Islamic fighters of Hamas, an Israeli Cabinet minister said today. "There is no intention to re-enter that swamp, Gaza, in this situation. At this point, Israel has...
Hollywood Icon Whips Up a Storm
Jessica Alba stars in Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, in cinemas from today Not content with being one of the sexiest women on the planet, actress Jessica Alba wants to be a female icon too. The stunning star reckons reprising her...
In Memory of Daniel
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A plaque will be unveiled in memory of a talented North East graduate who was found dead in a river. Daniel Bolger, 21, of Billy Mill, North Shields, was discovered in the River Cam in Cambridge on December 7 last year....
In on the Act
Byline: By Steve Hughes Honda is aiming to take on the big boys in the sports saloon market by launching a rival to the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The German car makers currently rule the roost leaving mainstream models such as the Ford...
It's Fay's Way
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Girl power could help England lift a World Cup trophy. Fay Stevenson is the only female in the England squad in the first World Cup tournament of power chair football. The 17-year-old only tried the sport six months...
It Was So Wonderful to Bring Him Home and See Him Lying Next to Us
Byline: By Jane Picken It's all smiles for little Jenson Carter after a gruelling 17 weeks in hospital receiving specialist care. Up until a few weeks ago the five-month-old had been confined since birth to intensive care and recovery wards at...
Leaving the Children Was So Difficult
Byline: By Kerry Wood A nursery nurse who quit her job and jetted off to help young victims of the south east Asian tsunami has returned home. As she watched the horrifying images of the 2004 Boxing Day disaster on her TV screen, Sally Marshall,...
Moore Bounces Back with Treble
Champion jockey Ryan Moore advertised his skills when posting an incredible 1,733-1 treble at Newbury, highlighted by Darrfonah's victory in the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes. The 23-year-old only returned to the saddle last week following a spell...
MP's Pledge to Pupils at Failing School
Labour mp Jim Cousins today said he would fight to save a closure-threatened school. Parents, staff and governors are to be consulted on the possible closure of Montagu Community Full Service School in Cowgate next year. The go-ahead for the...
Owners Facing Pounds 4,000 Charge
Byline: By Peter Young Home owners who bought flats from Newcastle City Council face big bills for improvements to their blocks. Housing bosses say they have no choice but to pass on charges for the modernisation programme to leaseholders. ...
Pantomime Will Be Truly Spec-Tacular
Byline: By Gordon Barr Audiences at this year's Theatre Royal pantomime in Newcastle are going to be boggled by the antics on stage ( Bogglevisioned, in fact. In a first for the theatre, which this Christmas is staging Aladdin, pantogoers will...
Picasso Has It Down to a Fine Art
Byline: By Peter Keenan There's more glass than a greenhouse, enough space for a herd of wildebeest, and with the likely discount on price the Citroen C4 Picasso can only be described as an extremely tempting package. Climb into the seven-seater...
Police Probe Double House Fire
Byline: By Brenda Hickman and Liz Walker Tests are set to reveal what caused a fierce house blaze which left a couple in hospital. Robert Elder, 42, is fighting for life in intensive care after he was pulled badly burned from the fire. His...
Prestige for Pounds 7000
Byline: By Matthew Timbridge Some of you will have been on a motorway when it happened. Or sitting in an inner-city traffic jam. There just comes a time when you are tired of sitting in a basic 'everyday' car. All around you, there seem to be...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
The Rockcliffe Arms is tucked away in a back street in Whitley Bay but is well worth searching out because it is one of the town's hidden gems. Pub: The Rockcliffe Arms, Algernon Place, Whitley Bay. Question Master: Andy. Day and Time of Quiz:...
Quinn Relishing 'Colossal' Clash
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is relishing the return of his team's "colossal" derby rivalry with Newcastle United. The Irishman knows all about the pride at stake in the fixture, having scored in both the Black Cats' famous 2-1 victories at St...
Race for Lead Is Hotting Up
The title race lived up to its pre-programme billing last week as it delivered outstanding games, tight finishes, surprise results and a new dark-horse contender. Leaders Tynedale had a narrow win despite scoring a mammoth 275, while Swalwell got...
Rain Won't Dampen Our Spirits for This Top Test
Byline: By Mitya Underwood As the final England v West Indies Test Match begins today, Mitya Underwood takes a sneak peek behind the scenes at Durham County Cricket Club to see how preparations, for the biggest match in its history went Summer...
Reader's Poem
Think of the children Look at that mother on the street, Pushing her pram with three kids by her side, She's twenty three or summat like that but she looks forty five, Racing to get to the local payphone, She's ringing up to see if she...
Scouting out the Outdoors
Byline: By Chriss Russon Be prepared is likely to become the new motto for Skoda as the Czech car maker launches a range of beefy-looking models called the Scout. Appearing as heavy duty versions of the Octavia estate and Roomster compact MPV,...
Secrets of the CCTV HQ
Byline: By Liz Walker Hidden away, the secret HQ of the eye in the sky sees all. The CCTV camera operators scour their screens for signs of trouble. To their expert eye a clenched fist or a even a "suspicious" walk could be signs a crime is...
Sex Offender Caught Due to Camera
Twisted Thomas Flinn was behind bars today for his latest sex attack. CCTV operators watched as Flinn, pictured, approached a16-year-old, who suffers from learning difficulties, at a bus stop and led her down Gateshead High Street at midnight. ...
Snap Up Half Price Deals
Byline: By Steve Hughes Almost two-and-a-half million new cars will be registered in the UK this year, thanks partly to the newer models that the public feel they must have. As with all new technology, the rate of change is accelerating and even...
Stylish, Sophisticated and Quality Performer
Byline: By Robin Roberts To those in the know, the Suzuki Swift Sport is one of the bargain hatches of all time. Suzuki has a little-known but enviable reputation in rallying and a wider acknowledged expertise on two wheels. Essentially, this...
Summer Specials
Byline: By Steve Hughes Mazda is effectively slashing the price of its two best-selling models by up to a whopping pounds 3,000 by offering a pair of summer specials with loads of kit. Based on the five-door hatchback TS models, the Mazda3 Tamura...
Switch to Two Wheels Urged
Byline: By Chris Russon Commuters could save up to three hours a week by changing from four to two wheels, says the RAC Foundation. Its analysis of the latest Government statistics shows that in almost every region of the UK motorcycle and scooter...
Taylor Is Man to Skipper Toon Says Moncur
Byline: By Alan Oliver Bobby Moncur is probably one of the greatest captains in the history of Newcastle United. Indeed, with Alan Shearer, the Scot is without doubt United's top skipper in recent times. Not surprisingly, the man who led out...
Toxic Site Is to Be Cleaned
Byline: By Amy Hunt Clean-up work has finally begun on an area of toxic land on the banks of the Tyne. An area at Saltmeadows, on Gateshead's riverside, has been out of bounds to the public since March 2005 when cancer-causing chemicals were...
Tyneside Man Held with Star
Byline: By Brenda Hickman and Nick Whitten Tv star Michael Barrymore's former Tyneside lover is one of two other men being held for questioning on suspicion of murder. The trio were arrested yesterday over the pool party death of tragic Stuart...
Vent Your Spleen
I totally agree with Mr and Mrs Thomas, of Shiremoor, with regard to the withdrawal of the 343 and 344 buses through Shiremoor. I am a senior citizen and do not have a car or a fortune to pay for a taxi every time I have to visit the hospital at...
Viduka Debut Delay Fear
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sam Allardyce has admitted he expects his new striker Mark Viduka to miss the start of the season. This is the bad news coming out of St James' Park today ( just as Newcastle United were celebrating finally tying up the...
'Vulnerable' Durham in a Confident Mood
Durham City go into this weekend's matches with heads held high despite not winning a game and languish in 11th place. Their current problems follow closely on from a number of lean years for the famous old club, but officials are certain better...
VW Is Ready to Roll
Byline: By Steve Hughes Volkswagen says that its forthcoming Tiguan SUV model is now in its final stages of testing and will be an unusually capable off-road contender. The arduous testing is being carried out in Africa, where the vehicle's advanced...
Windies Aim to Turn It Around
Daren Ganga's West Indies are prepared for a shortened final npower Test against England at Chester-le-Street. Wet weather is forecast during the five days but the stand-in captain is remaining positive the tourists can belie their awful recent...
Would Ewe Believe It!
Byline: By Nick Purewal Rugby ace Johnny Williams is hoping his unorthodox extra training sessions will turn him into a wolf in sheep's clothing come the start of the new season. The Falcons academy product has proved there is more than one way...
Young Guns Battle Slump
South Shields' followers may be scratching their heads at the club's current mini-slump ( but no-one at Wood Terrace is too surprised at recent results. Shields got off to a flyer in their inaugural NEPL season with three wins off the belt, but...
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