Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from June 4, 2007

200 Jobs Go as Travel Giants Merge
Byline: By Nick Whitten Hundreds of jobs are being axed with the closure of a Tyneside call centre. The Airtours Direct call centre in King's Court, Royal Quays, North Tyneside will close with the loss of up to 200 jobs. Bosses took the decision...
A Day with the Force's Horses
Byline: By Mitya Underwood Northumbria Police pride themselves on having one of the best mounted police units in the country and one of the oldest. Mitya Underwood went along to meet the uniformed riders and their four-legged colleagues Weighing...
A Pillar of the Community ( but I Can't Help at Youth Group
Byline: By Peter Young A council is at the centre of a row after a volunteer helper was excluded from a youth scheme. Mary Shearer, 50, who has never been in any trouble, was told not to return to the play scheme until her background was checked...
Author's Support for Maddy
Author JK Rowling is considering putting bookmarks bearing the face of missing Madeleine McCann in copies of her final instalment about the world's favourite boy wizard. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and last book in the series,...
Barton's Joy at Trophy Success
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle United Masters retained their trophy at Newcastle Arena last night with former Toon star Warren Barton admitting it was great to be back in a black-and-white shirt. Barton skippered United to glory and confessed...
Beating No-Car Lane Confusion
Byline: By Peter Young They help keep buses moving but are a headache for car drivers. Now, transport chiefs are trying to sort out confusion over the proliferation of bus priority lanes across Tyne & Wear. Drivers are faced with a variety...
Beginners' Guide To
MRSA What is MRSA? MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. It is a variety of a common germ called Staphylococcus Aureus, which lives completely harmlessly on the skin and in the nose of about 30% of people. It is resistant...
Big Sam Pledge on Toon Squad
Byline: By Lee Ryder Sam Allardyce has admitted he is committed to getting the maximum out of the players he has inherited at St James' Park. For while the new boss is preparing to plunge into the transfer market, he will also be working with...
Debut Display Cheers Shippen
Gateshead Harriers women's team made their debut appearance in the UK Athletics League Division Four at the International Stadium but they couldn't emulate the men's success in Wales. However, third place was a satisfactory result behind a strong...
Diamonds Shine in Sparkling Win
Byline: By Barry Wallace Newcastle Diamonds roared up to third spot in the Premier League after a convincing 57-36 victory over bottom club Berwick Bandits. The Diamonds supplied the race winner in 12 of the 15 heats, leaving the visitors few...
Don't Fall Victim to a Heart Attack
If you assumed it was mainly overweight, over-stressed middle-aged men who were most at risk of heart attacks, think again. In the UK, almost 600 sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and friends lose their lives every day to heart and circulatory disease...
Dowson Rests Easy after Cup Triumph
Byline: By Nick Purewal Phil dowson started a well-earned rest today after helping England Saxons to the Churchill Cup. However, it will not be a long break, because he will shortly be back and chasing more silverware! The Newcastle Falcons...
Dr Scott's Surgery
Many modern drugs are derived from naturally occurring substances that are found to have therapeutic qualities. Aspirin from willow bark and digoxin, a heart drug, from foxgloves are two examples that spring to mind. Last week I learned about...
Empire Tunes Up for Musical
Byline: By Mitya Underwood Hit musical The Producers arrives in the North East tomorrow. Mitya Underwood reports Starring Joe Pasquale, pictured, Russ Abbot and Cory English, hit show The Producers opens at the Sunderland Empire tomorrow. ...
Family May Sue Trust for Loss
Byline: By Gareth Deighan and Sophie Doughty A family say they may take legal action against a hospitals trust following the death of their teenage daughter. Alexandra Brass, 17, who suffered from severe cerebral palsy, died at Newcastle General...
Form for County Not Side Issue
Ryan Sidebottom will take his place in England's line-up for this week's third Test against West Indies having been held up as a shining example of the rewards for performing in county cricket. The 29-year-old left-arm seamer could have been forgiven...
Growing Toll of Young Road Deaths
Byline: By Adam Jupp Reckless rookie drivers are to blame for more road deaths than ever before. Figures reveal the number of fatal smashes involving young motorists has tripled over the last five years. And despite making up less than a tenth...
Guide to Life
Byline: By Jayne Goldstone Some months ago my darling parents-in-law treated all of us to dinner at a local pub. They had been to this pub before and had really liked the place, food and service as well as the great value for money. This particular...
High-Rise Block for Students
Byline: By Peter Young A big new student flats complex could help ease a shortage of accommodation on Tyneside. The development, up to 15 storeys high, would provide about 800 bed spaces close to Newcastle city centre. A planning application...
How Can Closures Be Good Move?
Unfortunately our resident government spokesman Nichol Wilson has put his foot in it yet again. Would he like to explain to me how closing 2,000 post offices is going to benefit the elderly who do not have bank accounts or people who do have this...
Lampard Praise for Beckham
Frank lampard has hailed David Beckham's England return and described him as the "best set-piece taker in the world" ahead of Wednesday's crunch Euro 2008 qualifier with Estonia in Tallinn. Beckham ended an 11-month exile from international duty...
Let's Respect Our Heroes
Byline: By Rob Kennedy They are supposed to be symbols of respect for those who have lost their lives for their country. War memorials around the North East pay tribute to the brave men and women who died fighting wars. But many of them have...
Losing Weight Makes Us All Feel on Top of the World
Byline: By Jane Picken Male slimmers can be just as determined as their female counterparts to ditch the dodgy diets and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Health reporter Jane Picken talks to male slimmers to find the secrets of their success The...
Man, 59, Groped Teen in Cinema
Byline: By Gareth Deighan A sleazy man groped a teenager in a cinema. Muhammad Tufail, 59, of Milvain Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle, admitted sexually assaulting the girl as she tried to watch a film, Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard. The 16-year-old...
Man Held as Girl Fights for Her Life
Byline: By James Watson A high-flying businessman is in police custody today after a two-year-old girl was left fighting for her life with head injuries, police confirmed. The man was named in reports as Alberto Izaga, 36, a senior executive...
Missing ( Where Are They Now?
Byline: By Sophie Doughty These are the people who have disappeared from their Tyneside homes without a trace. While the plight of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann continues to touch hearts around the world, a missing persons' charity is...
Nic Hint
France striker Nicolas Anelka claims he has no plans to leave Bolton, but admits he "could not say no" to an offer from Manchester United. Anelka denied any contact with the Old Trafford club but said he would have to consider an offer if it materialised....
North Trophy Hopes Are All Washed Out
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Northumberland have relinquished their grip on the MCCA Trophy after rain again played a part in their downfall in their four-game group campaign. Robbed of victory at Cheshire due to the weather and competition rules,...
Oz Adventure Will Be Wizard for Young Footballer
Byline: By Tom Mullen Teenage soccer whizzkid David Raey is taking his skills Down Under in a footballing trip of a lifetime. The 19-year-old is jetting away after answering Australian soccer club Port Douglas United's international appeal through...
Pals Killed in Bike Tragedy
Byline: By Rob Kennedy and Brenda Hickman A lad and his school pal died after hitting a lamp-post when he took his dad's powerful motorbike out for a spin. Ross Leggate, 16, lost control of the 750cc machine and he and his pillion passenger Conor...
Paramedic Bikers Ride to Help the Air Heroes
Byline: By Jane Picken Paramedics save lives both on and off the job as Jane Picken reports By day they save the lives of accident and illness-stricken people across the North East. But out of hours paramedics and technicians from the North...
Pet Watch
Byline: By Sharon Newman All our four-legged residents and staff send a big thank you for all the tinned food and soft bedding you have donated. We do still urgently need tinned food donations and bedding such as towels, duvets (not feathered...
Promotion Hopes as Harriers Go Top
Gateshead Harriers stormed to the top of the British Athletics Division Two after a magnificent victory in Swansea. The Tynesiders followed up their second place in the opening fixture at Chelmsford and now head the table at the halfway stage of...
Pupils Learn to Cook Tasty Treats
Byline: By Jane Picken Young chefs on Tyneside have been cooking up a healthy treat for their families and teachers. Health Reporter Jane Picken finds how they conquered the kitchen Children in Walker could teach the adults a thing or two about...
Resistance Training Part 1
Byline: By Steven Swanson In my opinion resistance training is the way forward. By this I mean it will help you with anything you are trying to achieve. Increase fitness, burn fat, tone up, build muscle or increase endurance, it will do it all....
Sad Messages to Tragic Youngsters
Tributes were today pouring in to the two teenagers. A number of internet sites were flooded with emotional messages from fellow youngsters. The popularity of the boys was clear yesterday, when 300 friends turned up for a mass vigil at the site...
Shearer Backing for Owen
United legend Alan Shearer has backed Michael Owen to hit the goal trail again soon. The former Newcastle skipper says ex-United team-mate Owen is looking sharp after recovering from almost a year out with a knee injury. And Shearer feels the...
Still a Long Way to Go in Latest Drama
Byline: By John Gibson Who is the captain on the bridge of the good ship United? Mike Ashley? Or Freddy Shepherd? Who is lurking with intent just outside the door? Sir Tom Hunter, Scotland's richest man? And a consortium from foreign parts? ...
Styris and Mustard Tyke All the Plaudits
Byline: By Jeff Bowron A magnificent 98 off 85 balls from new overseas signing Scott Styris and 77 from opener Phil Mustard earned Durham a vital derby win over Yorkshire ( and increased their hopes of a first Lord's appearance, (writes Jeff Bowron)....
Take a Green Prescription
Byline: By Jane Picken Discovering local parks and countryside can be a perfect tonic if you are feeling under the weather. Jane Picken finds out about getting healthy the natural way WHETHER it's Pilates in the park or ball games on the beach,...
Threat to Crush Souped-Up Cars
Boy racers face being slapped with Asbos in a bid to stop the carnage on our roads. And those who repeatedly break road rules face having their motors seized from them and crushed. Police say yob drivers are making families' lives a misery by...
Toshack Comes out Fighting as Giggs Bows Out
For a manager who claims he is "vulnerable", John Toshack refuses to shy away from the tough realities Wales now face in the wake of Ryan Giggs' retirement. Their best performance in the Euro 2008 group D campaign, in front of 30,000-plus fans in...
Tributes to Tragic Soldier
Byline: By Helen Rae Poignant messages to a tormented soldier who took his own life rather than return to Iraq have been posted on the Chronicle's website. Martin Packer had dreamed of becoming a soldier since he was a boy, but a week ago the...
United in Joey Cash Wrangle
Byline: By Lee Ryder Sam Allardyce was today hoping to tie up the signing of Joey Barton from Manchester City. The England midfielder has a pounds 5.5m clause in his contract that will trigger his release from the Eastlands club, with United...
Vent Your Spleen
I would like to ask M of Felling why it should be of any relevance to him or her or anyone else as to where pensioners come from to board buses at 9.30am? As a bus driver I can say many of them travel at that time in order to enjoy the town and the...
Win Goes Down a Storm with Thunder Coach
Byline: By Nick Purewal Dave woods reckons the season is up and running now his Gateshead Thunder players have won two games on the spin. Garnering much-needed momentum with a hard-fought 28-18 win over Blackpool Panthers, Woods hailed his men...
Yard Wins Licence despite Concerns
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A firm will be allowed to dismantle ships at its Tyneside yard after councillors ruled the activity was lawful. A&P Tyne has been granted a certificate of lawfulness for the recycling of ships and other marine structures...
Your Questions Answered
Well it is time to call it a day on what seems to be the most controversial sports question I've had. Which three football players who played for Newcastle (2004-2005 onwards), but have only ever scored against them? Even Mr Lackenby describes it...
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