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 7, 2007

Advertisement Feature - Improving Standards
Byline: By Colin MacKay When you think about the professions, what images come to mind? Doctors, dentists, solicitors, accountants, teachers even; each group with its own stereotypes and each projecting a solid, pillar-of-society image. Perhaps...
Advertisement Feature - Steve Cram Shares His Passion for Ther North East England
Where is your favourite place in the region? Kielder Forest ( it's peaceful and beautiful but plenty to see and do. What's your favourite thing to see or do in the region? Going to watch my beloved Sunderland playing at the Stadium of Light....
A New Beginning
Byline: By Nick Whitten Billionaire Mike Ashley is set to take Newcastle United off the Stock Market after today buying out Freddy Shepherd. The billionaire sports tycoon is expected to gain 90% of the club allowing him to take the club back...
Athletics in Brief
Byline: By Bill McGuirk Newton Aycliffe's 3M-supported 10km road race takes place on Sunday, June 17, at 10am. The race starts and finishes at Greenfield College where there is ample parking. However, athletes and spectators are warned to arrive...
Aureate Ready to Show His Class
Aureate should feel the benefit of his seasonal bow when he lines up in the Thomas Eggar Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow. The three-year-old will be having just his second start in handicap company after plying his trade to some effect in juvenile maidens...
Book Review
Book reviews this week are by youngsters from Cramlington High School MONTMORENCY ON THE ROCKS Eleanor Updale Scholastic pounds 5.99 MONTMORENCY is a criminal in Victorian times who leads a double life and uses the drains below the London...
Boy Beaten Up outside School
Byline: By Rob Kennedy Teen pair locked up for attack A boy of 14 was beaten up outside his school by a gang of 15 thugs in a bungled revenge attack. The youngster was kicked, beaten and left in the gutter in a case of mistaken identity. ...
City Festival Here Again
Byline: By Amy Hunt Families can enjoy an outdoor haven in the centre of the city at a free festival this weekend. The Newcastle Green Festival will take place in the city's Leazes Park this Saturday and Sunday and will mark the culmination of...
Company Doubles Workforce
Byline: By Nick Whitten A major North East business communications provider has doubled the size of its workforce after creating 14 new highly-skilled jobs. Washington-based Knowledge IT has grown from just nine employees in 1991 to 65 today,...
Dr Maths
Byline: By Steve Humble Dear Dr Maths, My family and I were watching Dr Who and he made references to maths. Is there a calculation to show a shape can be bigger on the inside than on the outside, like the Tardis? Juliet and family, Newcastle...
Durham Grateful for a Wise Head
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Durham were today looking to take the final Lancashire wickets cheaply with the second new ball only nine overs old. The visitors went into the second day of the LV County Championship First Division clash at the Riverside...
Ex-Diamond Ace in Horror Smash
Byline: By Barry Wallace Former Newcastle Diamonds rider Garry Stead has been paralysed from the waist down after a horrific track crash. Stead, who rode for the Byker-based club in 1993 and 1994, will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest...
Exotic Dancing Bid Is Opposed
Byline: By Peter Young A lap dancing bar is proposed in the heart of Newcastle. A licence application has been submitted to the city council for the venture in Mosley Street, yards from St Nicholas' Cathedral. The plan was criticised by one...
Fans Back Top Man at the Toon
Fans today welcomed the news of Mike Ashley's Toon takeover. The billionaire sports tycoon today announced to the Stock Exchange he has bought out Freddy Shepherd to take complete control of Newcastle United. Malcolm Dix, who campaigned for change...
Floating on Air
Byline: By Adam Jupp Firm's staff to get big payouts Workers are celebrating after the flotation of a Tyneside firm sparked a cash bonanza for all its staff. Up until its admission into the London Stock Exchange today, the Eaga Partnership,...
Garry's Seizing Second Chance
Garry O'Connor believes home victories over Lithuania, Georgia and World Cup winners Italy will be enough to take Scotland to Euro 2008. The Lokomotiv Moscow striker thought he was "finished" in the international game when he was ostracised for...
Gateshead Complete Swoop for Hotshot Armstrong
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead have further underlined their ambitions for the 2007-8 season by paying pounds 5,000 for top Northern League striker Graeme Armstrong, (writes Jeff Bowron). Armstrong,23, has signed a one-year contract with a...
Geared for New Career
Byline: By Nick Whitten A young Tyneside man is focusing on a turbulence-free career, thanks to help from the Chronicle. For the past six years, Chris Dickson, 24, of Boldon, has worked as a flight crew attendant for British Airways. That...
Gold Award for Fireman
Byline: By Peter Young A firefighter who dived into the icy waters of the river Tyne to rescue a drowning man will receive a bravery award. Carl Latimer was hailed a hero after he dragged the man, who was trapped under the Swing Bridge, to safety....
Good Luck Mr Ashley
So it has finally happened - Freddy Shepherd has sold his shares and a new era dawns for Newcastle United. It has been a remarkable few weeks which has brought real change at all levels of the club which now looks as if it has the financial muscle...
Hit Man Owen's Mac in Business
England coach Steve McClaren today hailed Michael Owen's return to the job he does best ( putting the ball in the back of the net. The Newcastle United striker's goal in the 3-0 win over Estonia in Tallinn was his first in competitive football since...
I Am Wary and Nervous but I'll Fight
Byline: By Linda Richards Relief sums up how mugging victim Rachel Hogarth feels now the brute who attacked her is caged. As reported in later editions of last night's Chronicle, drug hungry Stephen Slater was jailed for nine years for the "cowardly...
I Face Losing Sight in One of My Eyes
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A kind-hearted pizza shop owner could go blind in one eye after a noxious liquid was sprayed in his face. Mansoor Pour had gone out of his way to deliver a pounds 20 takeaway to a customer who had begged him for food on...
Injured Andy Won't Make Murray at Queen's Club
Injured Andy Murray has pulled out of next week's Stella Artois Championships, casting further doubt on his chances of spearheading the British challenge at Wimbledon. The best-case scenario for Murray is that he will begin his Wimbledon campaign...
I Owe My Life to Those Firefighters
Byline: By Vince Gledhill Grateful Nigel Bradley says he owes his life to firefighters who woke him from slumber and carried him from his blazing flat. "If it wasn't for them I'd have been a goner by now," said Mr Bradley, 51, who only just escaped...
I Want Joey to Weigh in with Goals: Big Sam
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sam Allardyce is looking to Joey Barton to bring his goals to Newcastle United, (writes Alan Oliver). Barton was expected at St James' Park today to complete his pounds 5.5m move from Manchester City to United. And,...
Less Choice Leads to a Healthy Rise in Dinners
Pupils take up school meals' fixed menus A new fixed-choice menu means more and more pupils are munching on school meals. Lingey House Primary School in Gateshead has moved to a set menu option and has seen the numbers of people going for school...
Licence at Risk
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A hotel could lose its licence amid accusations of being at the centre of drink-fuelled crime and disorder. Police say 44 incidents have originated at The Carville Hotel in Wallsend since it was given permission to stay...
NUFC Honour for Stabbed Teenager
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Lad's ashes to be scattered at ground A teenager stabbed to death will have his ashes scattered at the home of his beloved football team. Mark Smith's grieving family revealed they have been given permission by Newcastle...
Off the Cuff
Byline: By Adam Jupp As a modern man, I have been pleased to note the steady demise of one particular branch of chauvinism ( the builder's wolf-whistle. The days of smutty outbursts tripping off the tongues of construction workers as an attractive...
Old Comrades
Today 7.30pm, Newcastle branch, RAF Assn, Companions Club, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle; 7.30pm, Elswick All Arms Association, 203 Bty (V) 101 Reg Sgts Mess, Cowpen Road, Blyth; 8pm, Chester-le-St branch, DLI Assn, Greenbank Club, Picktree Lane,...
Passport Hitch Stops Take-Off for Long-Jumper Chris
Byline: By Bill McGuirk British long jump record-holder Chris Tomlinson was not happy after he was grounded at Exeter Airport when bound for Holland. The Tyneside-based athlete was on his way to Amsterdam to compete in an international meeting...
Pervert Has Appeal Bid Thrown Out
Byline: By Paul McMillan Bath snatch paedophile Peter Voisey has had his bid to appeal against his life sentence thrown out. Three judges at London's Criminal Court of Appeal threw out the application to have his jail term, for the kidnap, rape...
Playing Field Besieged by Illegal Camp
Byline: By Sonia Sharma Families are hoping a group of travellers camped illegally on a playing field near their homes will move out by next week. The caravans appeared at the King George V field, off Prince Consort Road, in Hebburn, South Tyneside,...
Prize Pigeons among 38 Birds Killed in Blaze
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Devastated Alan Walker saw his prize pigeons go up in smoke today after his cree was engulfed by flames. Mr Walker, 57, held back tears as he saw his life's work destroyed by suspected arsonists. And in the cree...
Protest over Offices near St James'
Byline: By Peter Young Plans for a new office block in Newcastle close to St James' Park have led to protests. Developers want to demolish an electricity sub-station and build a new five-storey block providing jobs for around 115 people. The...
Rainbows Reeled in at the Castle
Byline: By David Carrick Witton Castle Lakes produced some whopping rainbows again this week. Geoff Wharton from Spennymoor landed a massive 18lb rainbow on a Black Buzzer fished New Zealand-style under a CdC on a 3lb leader. John King from...
Rees Is Up and Running Again
Byline: By Bill McGuirk As a teenager, Ceri Rees was unbeatable as his athletics talent took him to the pinnacle of the sport and to numerous National titles. Now, after more than a decade away, he's picked up his racing shoes, and the enthusiasm,...
Reunited
Is your surname Passman? Or do you know anyone with that surname? I am doing family tree research and Passman is from my mother's side of the family. If you have any information, please contact me Mrs Jane Guy at janeguy28@hotmail.com or telephone...
Safety Campaign Motoring Ahead
Byline: By Adam Jupp The North East's biggest car dealership today backed the Chronicle's Road Respect campaign. Our campaign was launched to raise awareness of the perils of danger driving. Someone is killed on our roads by a criminal motorist...
Serbian Bid for an Ace Double
Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic were looking to set up an all-Serbian finale at the French Open when they played their respective semi-final clashes today. Jankovic, the fourth seed, was due to take on reigning champion Justine Henin, while seventh...
Stadium Special to Mark Big Day
Byline: By James Hunter Sunderland are making plans for a prestige friendly this summer to mark the 10th birthday of the Stadium of Light, (writes James Hunter). The Black Cats are rumoured to be looking at inviting a top Italian side to Wearside...
State and Faith Schools Unite
Byline: By Linda Richards Primaries under the same roof History has been made in the North East with the opening of England's first state school and catholic school under the same roof. Highfield Community Primary and St Joseph's Primary share...
Taylor's Pride at England Honour
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor was "honoured" to wear the captain's armband for the England Under-21 team which beat Slovakia 5-0 in a friendly at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. After notching the third goal to...
Terror Suspect Detention Bid
Byline: By David Barrett Steps to extend time limit are defended The Home Secretary John Reid today defended new steps to extend the period terror suspects can be detained without charge by police. He said: "We face the biggest threat from...
The Beefcake Battler Who Starred with the Famous
Byline: By Mitya Underwood He has danced with Sophia Loren, dated Diana Dors and dined with Frank Sinatra. Here, Geordie Joe Robinson tells his extraordinary story to Mitya Underwood Once described as one of the finest hunks of blond beefcake...
The Smoke Ban Is Being Taken Too Far
In responce to the letter from Ailsa Rutter, pictured, of the Fresh anti-smoking group (May 31), surely by now everyone is aware of the dangers of second-hand smoke. Her comments do nothing to explain why smoking will still be allowed in hotels,...
Tortoise Man Avoids Shelling Out
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson A man arrested after a rare tortoise went missing from a Northumberland pet shop has accepted a police caution. Terry Barclay was charged with stealing or handling three-year-old Dally, a valuable Indian star breed....
Trophy Is Big Target for Fletch
Byline: By Nick Purewal John Fletcher reckons silverware is on the cards for his Newcastle Falcons and he will push hard to make it happen sooner rather than later. Falcons director of rugby Fletcher was frustrated at the end of last term by...
Vaughan Fred Row Just Won't Go Away
Michael Vaughan's bid to become the most successful England captain in history is under threat by the on-going controversy over his criticism of Andrew Flintoff's late-night World Cup antics. The Yorkshire batsman needs to win the third npower Test...
Vent Your Spleen
We live in Shiremoor and are very annoyed and inconvenienced by the change of buses, the Nos. 343 and 344, which no longer go through Shiremoor itself as they have been re-routed through West Allotment. This means we can only rely on the No.59 bus...
Vid's Top Marksman
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sam Allardyce flew to London today to tie up the signing of Aussie striker Mark Viduka on a three-year deal. And before boarding his plane at Newcastle Airport early this morning, the new United manager told me: "Our front...
We'll Be Top Dogs!
Byline: By Rob Pattinson When these Tyneside lads planned to head to a festival this summer they never dreamed they would be playing. But the four members of Dogtanion will be rubbing shoulders with superstars including the Who, the Killers and...
We Will Fight on for This Revamp
Byline: By Gareth Deighan A family say they will not give up the fight to restore a city cemetery where their relatives are buried. Flora Anderson, 59, together with sister Edith Billingham, have contacted Newcastle City Council several times...
Who's Made You Smile?
Byline: By Alastair Craig Have you come across a bar worker, waiter or taxi driver who made your night on the town? If so, we want you to let us know and reward our hospitality heroes. The Chronicle is looking for the cream of the service...
Why Did We Lose out on the Lotto?
Byline: By Paul McMillan North East groups were knocked back for Lottery grants which totalled more than pounds 343.2m last year, a Chronicle probe has revealed. The National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund turned down 785 applications last year from...
Young Dad Crashed Birthday Motorbike
Byline: By Rob Pattinson Vehicle was a present A young dad crashed the motorbike given to him as a present just days before his 21st birthday. Benjamin Skipper died after he lost control and hit a concrete wall on the A1058 Coast Road, near...
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