Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from April 23, 2008

All at Sea on the Holiday from Hell. HEATHROW LOST LUGGAGE RUINED COUPLE'S DREAM CRUISE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG IT was a dream cruise to celebrate 40 years of marriage, but it turned into a three-week nightmare. Ron and Pam Britton were left all at sea when their luggage was lost in the Heathrow Terminal Five baggage chaos. ...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG MIDLANDS MP Lorely Burt has upset some people over remarks about Tyneside, but she tells me no slur was intended. The Lib Dem MP for Solihull came under fire after she warned the West Midlands could end up an "economic backwater"...
Asylum Seeker Jailed for Attack; HIV Man Bit Police Officer on the Head
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON HIV asylum seeker Mlungisi Moyo has been jailed for biting a police officer. The 31-year-old, was under arrest for driving offences when he lunged forward from the back of a police car and sunk his teeth into the driving...
Attack Victim's Head Battered with Ornament; ANGRY COMPANY BOSS CARRIED OUT ASSAULT IN THE STREET
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A COMPANY boss left a man needing 24 stitches after battering him over the head with a garden ornament. Philip Bowden picked up an earthenware plaque bearing the words "Welcome to my garden" and struck Martin Burness with...
Basketball: Brawl Rival Tribute to Eagles Coach
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN WORCESTER Wolves player-coach Skouson Harker has identified his old foe Fab Flournoy as the Eagles' danger man ahead of their BBL play-off quarterfinal. The Canadian, who had an infamous brawl with his counterpart several...
Basketball: Saints Go Marching in to Hoops Decider
THE line-up for Friday's eagerly-anticipated 2008 Hoops4Health Champions of Champions is complete after South Tyneside's top team clinched the final place. St Aloysius Junior School will join sides from across the North East at Newcastle's Metro...
Bat's the Way as New Event Takes to Field; Junior League Cricket Preview
AN exciting new competition for junior cricketers -the Durham Cricket Board Youth Championship - is launched this summer and will culminate in a grand final at the Riverside on August 31. The under-15 competition has been introduced as part of the...
Bewitched by a Magical Trio; JESSICA THOMAS Reviews the Witches of Eastwick, Which Is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday
Byline: JESSICA THOMAS A CREEPY little girl singing forlornly while riding a scooter across the stage, is how the Witches of Eastwick begins. Leading me to think this could be much darker than I expected - but boy was I wrong. This show is...
Big Blow to the Hart; Wearside League
NEW Marske are favourites to clinch the title after Harton and Westoe became the latest side to suffer defeat against the Seasiders. The South Tynesiders held out until just before the interval but, once Shaun Mackin broke the deadlock with a clinical...
Big Hit from Tyneside to the Palladium; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST How the Region Produced One of the First Boy Bands
Byline: RAY MARSHALL FORGET the Beach Boys, Bay City Rollers, Take That, Boyzone or Westlife. When it comes to boy bands, Tyneside once had one that blew away all competition. "Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, we are Mr and Mrs Smith's five...
Boardroom Showdown; Teens Vie for Job Apprentice-Style
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN YOU'RE HIRED. Five candidates, one role. It's the North East's very own Apprentice. As the BBC's latest series of The Apprentice gets into full swing, one North East company is gearing up for its very own search for...
Buckleheads; Pictures Expose Foolish Drivers Flouting Seatbelts Law
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THOUSANDS of motorists are putting their own lives at risk by driving without seatbelts on. Figures accessed by the Chronicle reveal more than 450 people a month are being fined for not buckling up. And...
Burns Shock at Top Finish
Byline: By ZOE BURN NEWCASTLE'S Chris Burns started the 2008 British Superbike Championship on a high by taking a podium in the opening race at Thruxton. The 27-year-old former MotoGP pilot has returned to Superbike racing with STP Motorsport,...
Cartoon Memories; MUSEUM CELEBRATES GEORDIE SATIRIST OF 1930s
Byline: By NEIL COLLINS HIS cartoons brilliantly conveyed how odd we are. The gentle jibes and drawings of Newcastle-born Graham Laidler, known as Pont, helped define an age. He was most famous for drawing The British Character - a series...
Cinema Pledges Tyne of Your Life; CLASSIC 80s MOVIE SETS SCENE FOR REVAMPED FILM THEATRE
Byline: BY GORDON BARR Showbusiness Editor BLOCKBUSTING 80s movie Dirty Dancing is to take to the streets of Newcastle. The hit film, starring Patrick Swayze, will be given a free outdoor screening at Grey's Monument on May 4. Hundreds of...
City Kicboxing Starlets Prove to Be Real Belters!
Byline: By LISA TWEDDLE TWO young kickboxing starlets have become the first members of their club to achieve black belt status since it changed coaches last year. Callum Dillon, 11, from North Shields and Wesley Dryden, 11, from Cullercoats, are...
Cricket: Durham Lose Star Plunkett
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM were dealt a hammer blow ahead of their LV County Championship opener at home to Surrey today when England seamer Liam Plunkett pulled out with a side strain. The Teessider had bowled well in Sunday's narrow Friends...
Cricket: Phil Ready to Cut Mustard
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM'S wicket-keeper Phil Mustard put county before country ahead of the Riversiders' first LV County Championship game of the season against Surrey, which began at Chester-le- Street today. The 25-year-old Wearsider...
Football: Mean Streak Joy for Kevin
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN believes he has turned the clock back for Newcastle United after the fourth clean sheet in the last five games. And in typical Keegan fashion he joked that he should apologise after Sunderland...
Football: TAYLS YOU WIN; Mort in Pledge on Deal for Ace Defender
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United defender Steven Taylor's long-running contract saga should be resolved soon. That was the pledge today from United chairman Chris Mort, who feels he can concentrate on players' contracts...
Football: Unbeaten Finish Would Beye Ace; Toon Full-Back's Hungry to Extend Run
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE is hoping that Newcastle United's injection of confidence from Kevin Keegan will be enough to continue their unbeaten run until the end of the season. United face two testing trips - to West Ham and to take on...
Horse Racing: Bowder's a Beauty
MARK TOMPKINS has started the season in great nick and looks set to have another winner with Bowder Stone at Beverley tomorrow. Whenever Tompkins decides to send runners to his native Yorkshire he is worth noting, and the Newmarket handler turns...
How Proud Are You of St George? His Heroic Antics Are Legendary. but as the Region Celebrates St George's Day, ROB PATTINSON Asks What Relevance St George Has to the Modern-Day North East
Byline: ROB PATTINSON WE SHARE him with Moscow, Georgia, Aragon, Barcelona, Bavaria and Beirut. And it's unlikely he ever visited our country. But that hasn't stopped the English claiming St George as their own. From symbol of the Crusaders...
Ice Hockey: Host of Big Names in Tribute to Ice Duo
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS and Whitley Warriors idol Karl Culley is hoping to bring down the curtain on his playing career in real style on Sunday when he takes on close pal and fellow coach Andrew Carter in the pair's glittering testimonial....
I Saw My Brother Die; Murder Trial Told of Collapse
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A PLUMBER has told a court how his brother was stabbed to death while he sat next to him in a van. Christopher Richardson told Newcastle Crown Court his brother Robert Richardson had been trying to flee trouble when he...
It's Payback Time for Crime Lords; GET-TOUGH POLICY SEES POLICE SEIZE Pounds 12M FROM CRIMINALS
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A POLICE unit has seized more than pounds 12m by tackling organized crime. Northumbria Police's get-tough policy has also led to more than 100 arrests. Today, as Chief Constable Mike Craik announced...
I've Got a Gun, Warned Robber; Man Escaped with Hundreds in Betting Shop Raid
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter HOODED and menacing, this betting shop bandit vaulted over a counter after claiming he had a gun. The dramatic scenes were caught on CCTV at Betfred bookmakers in Newcastle. The robber went into the...
I Will Fight on; SHAREHOLDER TAKES TO STREET IN NORTHERN ROCK BATTLE
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter FORMER Northern Rock worker Dennis Grainger is taking to the streets to gather support for the nationalised bank's small shareholders. Mr Grainger, 61, of Cramlington, Northumberland, worked at the...
Loss Leaves Welfare Red-Faced; Division One
WITH only one game left to play, Red Row Welfare are occupying fourth place - but they were beaten 3-2 at Wallington as their hosts improved on the earlier draw between the two sides. Ross Donnelly (2) and Peter Southern netted for the hosts with...
Marriott in Running for Medal Honours
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK COLD and windy conditions did not deter athletes from turning out in the Cleveland Land Services Gateshead Open Medal Meeting at the International Stadium. The season's opener still produced promising performances, with...
Minister Defends Academy School; Protests Response
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter SCHOOLS Minister Ed Balls has defended controversial plans to build an all-age academy in the North East. Construction work has begun on Bede Academy in Blyth after a lengthy consultation process involving...
Mohawks End Season with a N-Ice Win
WHITLEY Mohawks completed their English Under-14 North Division One League season in a creditable third place with a 3-1 win over Manchester Phoenix at Altrincham Ice Dome. Andrew Cook's pass from the left was deflected in by a Phoenix defenceman...
North's Thirds Making Point
NORTH'S third team concluded their Victor-Sports Inter-County Championship Division 5A season by gaining a point in a 9-6 defeat at home to Cheshire Thirds. The result was an excllent one, the team having lost 14-1 to the same opposition in January....
Pool: A Team Edge the Top Spot
THE only two 3-0 wins in the final matches of the Ashington Vets League both came from the Bomarsund teams. The A Team's (52) full house against Lynemouth took them to the top of the table in the billiards, and earned them the title by one point...
Pool: Stephen Denied by Old Foe Sam
NEW European Under-19 champion Stephen Craigie suffered his second consecutive defeat by Sam Baird in the final of the Pontins Businessland under-21 event at Prestatyn. Craigie earned his place in the last-32 knockout stages after turning in an...
Positive from the Negative; MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE Looks at Three "Soft-Roaders' That Are Worth Considering
Byline: MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE MOST of us don't live in London, but to read the national press you would think we do. For the millions outside the M25, even if Ken Livingstone decides to tax the residents of Chelsea for breathing while driving, our...
Priceless Victory for Ever Rigg
EVER RIGG did not recoup much of her enormous price tag with victory in the maiden at Kempton, but in the long term it was a case of 'job done'. The daughter of Dubai Destination cost connections 360,000 guineas and after showing a bit of promise...
Prince Touched Down in North; William Flew RAF Chopper to Wedding
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY and BILL JACOBS PRINCE William used an RAF helicopter to fly to Northumberland on his way to a wedding party. He landed in Hexham on April 4 before travelling to the bash in Kelso in the Scottish borders. He attended...
Protests Go on at Youth Centre Plans; Care Home Bid Is Third Attempt to Redevelop Site
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CARE home bosses are facing objections following a new bid to redevelop the site of a former youth centre. The plan is to build a two-storey, 72-bed residential home for older people in Newcastle where...
Ref Gets Rafa Blast for Late Equalizer
LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez believes his side can overcome their Stamford Bridge hoodoo and still reach the club's third Champions League final in four seasons. The Reds have never scored at the home of Chelsea under Benitez, but they know...
Reunited
I AM trying to trace any descendants, with an interest in their family history, of William Robert Langlands, born August 20, 1889. In the 1940s he was living in Leazes Terrace, Newcastle, and was employed by Hoults Furniture Removals. He had a son...
Rugby Union: Park's Sunday Best
PERCY Park Under-17s have claimed the Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria Under-18 Sunday League title with a 26-13 victory over Darlington Under-18s. Darlington, top of the Yorkshire Under-18 League, started off playing into the wind and piled the...
Rugby Union: Woods Hoping for Lucky Break
BEN WOODS is hoping he has healing hands ahead of the biggest game of Newcastle Falcons' season. Woods broke a bone in his hand in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Castres, but reckons he might just make it back in time for Friday's...
Sax on the Beach
JAZZ legend Courtney Pine swapped the inner city for a rural shoreline to inspire a new song. To celebrate England for St George's Day, top artists from all over the country took a trip into a different world from their own to discover what a land...
Schools out; Parents Left in Dark until Last Minute as 300 Close
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter THOUSANDS of classes will grind to a halt tomorrow as teachers stage the first national walk-out in 21 years. More than 300 schools in the North East will be hit by the walk-out, causing disruption...
Seasiders in Rough Water against Jes; Division Two
FOURTH-PLACED Jesmond all but ended the promotion hopes of visitors Amble United, only two points above them in the pecking order. Jesmond beat the Seasiders 2-1 and Dave Fairless got them off the mark within 10 seconds of the kick-off. Shaun...
Senators Are off to a Valley Good Start
GATESHEAD Senators began the defence of their Northern Championship crown with a 26-14 victory over Clyde Valley Hawks. Senators took the first possession of the ball and marched steadily upfield behind excellent blocking by the O Line of Dearden,...
Spartans Eager to End Jinx
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans manager Harry Dunn wants his side to enjoy the occasion tonight - and bring back the trophy. Blyth take on Newcastle reserves in the Northumberland Senior Cup final at St James's Park - a competition they...
Street Booze Ban to Be Extended
A BOOZE ban introduced to help crack down on disorder on Tyneside streets is to be extended. The order makes it an offence to have an open container of alcohol in Gateshead town centre or on Gateshead Quayside. Since it was introduced as a pilot...
Suspect Held in Hunt for Harry's Attacker; Retired Army Captain Still Fighting for Life
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A SUSPECT appeared in court today following an attack which left an 89-year-old retired Army captain fighting for life. Frail Harry Lindley suffered a series of serious injuries when he was battered in...
Suspect Held in Hunt for Harry's Attacker; Retired Army Captain Was Left for Dead
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN AND LISA HUTCHINSON HANDCUFFED and led to a prison van, this is the suspected attacker accused of beating up and robbing an 89-year-old retired Army captain and leaving him lying in a pool of blood. Michael Stephenson...
Teams Facing a Final Reckoning; LATEST FROM THE REGION'S SATURDAY JUNIOR FOOTBALL SCENE Schools Football
NEXT week the Northumberland Schools FA host the annual County Cup finals at Newcastle's Cochrane Park. These two nights see the culmination of the county events this season - and three finals have already been played because they lead to places...
The Croon Army; United Chairman Belts out Blaydon Races at City Club
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HE MAY be Toon chairman, but that didn't stop Chris Mort loosening his tie, getting on stage and belting out a victory version of the Blaydon Races. An ecstatic Mr Mort sent a city centre nightclub into raptures with his...
Toll Axed after Bones Dug Up; Gas Workers Find Bodies under City
Byline: By MATT CASEY HUMAN remains found underneath a busy thoroughfare have brought an unexpected bonus for drivers - the suspension of Britain's first mainland toll. Experts were today examining the human bones uncovered by gas workers while...
Toll Axed as Bones Are Found; Discovery Puts Paid to Road Charge
Byline: By MATT CASEY HUMAN remains found underneath a busy thoroughfare have brought an unexpected bonus for drivers - the suspension of Britain's first mainland road toll. Experts were today examining the human bones uncovered by gas workers...
TOP OF THE CLASS! North Squad Takes Schools Gym Crown
FOUR starlets from the City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy (CNGA) were top of the form at a prestigious competition. Grace Imeson, Lara Wilson and Sophie Keating were part of the squad representing the northern region at the British Schools Championships....
VENT YOUR SPLEEN; the Queen and the Queen Mother May Have Set an Example to the World, but When Our Queen Dies, Who Is Fit to Take Her Place?
THERE is a simple solution for Tara and Stuart Holloway who live with their enlarged family in their cramped council home with five sons and three daughters. Start using contraception and stop having children when you don't have anywhere to put them...
Walker Are Putting in Three-Mendous Effort; THE LATEST ACTION FROM THE AREA'S SATURDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUES Wade Associates Northern Alliance Premier Division
ENTERING the closing straight, Paul Bennett's Walker Central side aims to finish on a high. Their three ambitions are to remain unbeaten at their Monkchester fortress, secure their second Premier Division title and also lift the Longhorn Hardware...
We Owe the Fans Admits Cats Star
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NYRON NOSWORTHY has pleaded with the Sunderland fans to get behind their team as they look to bounce back from derby defeat. The Black Cats' Tyne-Wear loss on Sunday has overshadowed all else this week, but Sunderland...
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Worth a Bit More Waiting
FANS of guitarist Albert Lee will have to wait a little longer than expected to see his next gig in the region. The entertainer was due to play with Hogan's Heroes at Pelaw Social Club on May 14, but has fallen and broken his wrist in Paris. ...
Yobs' Mum Accused of Pounds 85,000 Swindle; SHE ALLEGEDLY PRETENDED TO BE HER SISTER FOR BENEFITS
Byline: By ADAM JUPP A MUM booted out of her home because of her family's yob antics is in the dock herself - accused of staging an pounds 85,000 benefits swindle. Dawn Shackleton has appeared in court charged with obtaining pounds 85,000 in...
Young Guns' Coach Warns His Toon Cup Hopefuls
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United reserve team coach Adam Sadler has been rubbing shoulders with one of the best coaches in world football in the last week or so. But that doesn't mean he'll be underestimating the dangers of Harry Dunn's...
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