Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 12, 2007

Basketball: Midgley Injury Setback Rocks Eagles
Byline: PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles' Great Britain star Richard Midgley has aggravated his knee injury and could miss the start of the season (writes PAUL NILSEN). The Chronicle can exclusively reveal Midgley's problematic knee could mean him...
Beacon of Hope over 10 Years; How Centre Helped Turn Estate Around
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A PIONEERING centre launched to make sure the Meadow Well riots never happened again is celebrating its 10th birthday. The North Shields estate hit the headlines in the early 1990s after hundreds of youths wreaked havoc...
Bill Jacobs in the House
RONNIE Campbell's holiday in Malta took an unusual turn when he ran into an old friend - Catholic priest Father Mintoff - brother of the George Cross Island's former Socialist Prime Minister Dom. The two had visited Iraq together to see Saddam Hussein...
CRACKING DOWN ON TRUANCY; More Youngsters in the Region Missing out on Lessons
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR EDUCATION officials on Tyneside were today reassuring parents they are cracking down on truancy. Government figures released yesterday show the number of youngsters skipping lessons in Newcastle is rising. The percentage...
Cricket: Brad Day at the Office as Sad North Crash
LONG-serving Northumberland professional Bradley Parker surveyed the wreckage of a heavy Minor Counties play-off final defeat against Cheshire and admitted his side had flopped on the big occasion. Northumberland played second fiddle throughout...
Cricket: Cowgate Chop-Ped Right Down to Size! LATEST FROM THE LEAGUE CRICKET SCENE AS THE SEASON DRAW TO A CLOSE Defeat Puts Champagne Back on Ice Three Counties Northumberland League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL COWGATE let the Three Counties Northumberland League Premier Division title run away from them for one more week after slipping to a shock defeat at Chopwell. Having failed to win at Chopwell for the last four seasons, Cowgate...
Cricket: Honours Head South after Last-Day Drama; Northern Rock North East Regional Premier League
Byline: LEE RYDER SOUTH Northumberland chairman Clive Goatman believes retaining his club's league crown will become even more difficult next season. The South North chief's side were pushed every inch of the way this season by Sunderland, the...
Cricket: Records Bowled over by Gibson; All the Latest Top-Class Cricket Action
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM all-rounder Ottis Gibson broke more records as the Riversiders slugged it out with LV County Championship title rivals Sussex in an absorbing first day at Chester-le-Street, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Gibson was again Durham's...
Cricket: Victorious Burnmoor Are Feeling Just Champion; LATEST FROM THE LEAGUE CRICKET SCENE AS THE SEASON DRAW TO A CLOSE Foster's Durham Senior Lg
Byline: CHRIS WEST THERE were sore heads in the Burnmoor area on Sunday morning as championship-winning celebrations started early on Saturday afternoon and extended long into the night. For club servant and secretary Ian Linsley, victory over...
Entertaining a Town's Film Fans for Seven Decades; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST over the Years, Many Cinemas in the North East Have Been Forced to Close Their Doors. MITYA UNDERWOOD Has the Details of an Old Cinema That Is Enjoying a New Lease of Life
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD THE Forum Cinema in Hexham opened its doors to the public in 1937, 70 years ago this summer. At the time it was an elegant and luxurious establishment, boasting 1,000 seats and the latest sound and projection equipment....
Exactly Why Was He Free to Kill Her? Probe into How Stalking Danger Man Was Able to Strike at Ease
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY EXACTLY how a jilted man was able to batter his ex to death is being probed. An investigation has been launched into how stalker David Summers, jailed for harassing his ex-lover, was able to kill her in her own home....
Fit for a Queen; Volunteers Give River a Clean Ready for QE2
Byline: By AMY HUNT THE banks of the Tyne were given a spring clean ready for the arrival of a special visitor. Volunteers spruced up a riverside grot spot to ensure the Tyne will be pristine when the QE2 sails up the river on Sunday. The...
Foot and Mouth Fears over Farm
THE threat of foot-and-mouth disease returned today after a suspected outbreak in the Egham area of Surrey. A temporary control zone was set up around a farm, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said. The farm is 10 miles away...
Football: A Bold Approach Pays off in Style; ALL THE ACTION FROM THE SATURDAY LEAGUE FOOTBALL SCENE Wearside League
TWO successive victories have lifted Boldon CA into second place, just three points behind leaders New Marske. A lone-goal victory at Guisborough Black Swan was followed with a more emphatic result in the South Tyneside derby with Harton and Westoe....
Football: Coach's Joy at Carroll's Strike
NEWCASTLE United Academy director Joe Joyce could not contain his delight today after Geordie striker Andy Carroll marked his international bow with a goal against Belarus at Notts County last night. The 18-year-old Gateshead lad took just 15 minutes...
Football: Defeat Leaves New Boys Feeling So Low; ALL THE ACTION FROM THE SATURDAY LEAGUE FOOTBALL SCENE Sportsworld North Northumberland League
LOWICK have not yet settled into life in Division One. They followed up last week's draw with a home defeat to Stobswood welfare. Josh Hay and David Curtis notched for Stobswood, Anthony Murray netting for Lowick. Acklington had Michael Murphy...
Football: Fabulous Baker Boys in Top Form; AROUND THE GROUNDS PAUL DIXON'S NON-LEAGUE COLUMN
Byline: PAUL DIXON NEWCASTLE Benfield enjoyed a successful season last year, finishing fifth in the league, having a great runs in both the FA Vase and FA Cup as well as winning the League Cup. This term has seen Paul Baker and his team carry...
Football: Farewell Tributes to a Footballing Legend
SUNDERLAND was in mourning today after the death of the man whose goal produced one of the great FA Cup final shocks. Ian Porterfield, who fired the then Second Division Wearsiders to victory over the mighty Leeds at Wembley in 1973, died at a hospice...
Football: Favourites for Title Meet Their Match; Wade Associates Northern Alliance Premier Division
ONLY a month into the season there are no surviving unbeaten records in the Premier Division, promising a lot of competition for the title this time. Last weekend, two of the most-fancied sides - Alnwick Town and Gateshead Leam Rangers - hit the...
Football: Flexibility Is Key to Success - McClaren
STEVE McCLAREN is looking for a few flexible friends to ensure England gain a vital European Championship victory over Russia at Wembley. McClaren knows a win would see his side take a mighty stride towards next summer's finals in Austria and Switzerland....
Football: Joyce: Geordies Are Still Our No 1 Target; United Academy Coach Hits Back at Brooking Claims
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIES are still high on the wish list of Newcastle United - despite talk that UK football club Academies are in decline. The FA's Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking revealed his fears that the amount...
Football: Not A Good Start for Whitley; Division One
WHITLEY Bay A are still pointless and propping up the early table after seven outings in the First Division. At least they showed some spirit in their narrow 3-2 defeat by powerful hosts Wark. Ian Lee and Gavin Hattrick netted for the Bay, but...
Football: Richardson Is out for Three Months
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND have been rocked by two new injury blows with wingers Kieran Richardson and Carlos Edwards both due for an extended stay on the sidelines, (writes JAMES HUNTER). Richardson is out of action for three months after...
Football: ROZ TO CZECH OUT GUNNERS; United Star Set for Cup Clash with Pal Rosicky
Byline: By LEE RYDER DAVID ROZEHNAL today revealed how he has been picking the brains of close pal and Czech Republic teammate Tomas Rosicky during the international break - but only to help dump the Eastern European star and his Arsenal team out...
Football: Top Treatment from the RVI! ALL THE ACTION FROM THE SATURDAY LEAGUE FOOTBALL SCENE Tyneside Amateur League
NEWCASTLE RVI Lochside went top of Division Two with a 3-2 win over MDT Newcastle. Steven Dodds (2) and David Rowland scored for Lochside, with Dan Bearn netting both MDT counters. New York beat previous leaders Killingworth YPC Town 6-0. ...
Four Sacked in Porn Probe; Hospital Staff Disciplined over 'Revolting' Photograph
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter FOUR members of staff at a Tyneside hospital have been sacked after a probe into graphic porn images. The sackings follow the suspension of nine workers earlier this summer at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS...
Give Them a Little Respect
Byline: GORDON BARR ERASURE, Carling Academy Newcastle. IT IS probably fair to say the Carling Academy usually plays host to young, hip, teens and twentysomethings eager to see the latest hot young group or up-andcoming band. Last night it...
Going Small in the City; MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE Looks at Three Trendy Runabouts
IN TOWN halls up and down the country, the debates about introducing congestion charges, toll roads and emissions-related tariffs continue. In London, the debate is simply 'How much can we get away with increasing the charge by?' Of course, the...
Golf: Pupils Putt in Effort to Be Top of the Class at Golf
A JOINT year-long project between Blyth Golf Club and the Blyth-Bedlington School Sport Partnership has got budding golfers in the Blyth area in the swing. Three one-hour in-school coaching sessions organised by Rookie Golf were held for year four...
Heroes of the North; Family Events
AN EXCITING new exhibition looking at the North East since 1945 will open at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, this month. Showcasing the region's leading fashion designers, artists, photographers, filmmakers and architects, Looking North captures...
Horse Racing: ON THIS Day in 1985
ON THIS day in 1985 . . . jockey Greville Starkey enjoyed a memorable day at Salisbury. On a marathon nine-race card, he scored on Zahdam (12-1), Fintry Hills (6-1), Daring (6-1) and Pactolus (6-4) for his trainer Guy Harwood plus Ala Mahlik (7-2)...
Horse Racing: Trainer Admits Turbo Linn May Have Met Match
ALAN SWINBANK admits fairytale filly Turbo Linn faces an uphill task when she bids to extend her unbeaten run to nine in the Goffs/DBS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster tomorrow. The four-year-old has been one of the major success stories of this season,...
Horse Racing: Turbo Linn May Have Met Match
TURBO Linn's fairytale season surely has to come to an end in the Group Two Goffs/DBS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster tomorrow. Alan Swinbank's filly has made amazing progress from bumpers to Pattern races but, in attempting to concede Aidan O'Brien's...
I Didn't Run Away, I Feared for My Life; Traveller in Court over Gun Attack on Site
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A TRAVELLER who denies shooting three rivals at an illegal Tyneside camp told a jury he fled to Ireland in fear of his life. Prosecutors claim Thomas Cleary opened fire with a handgun during the late-night attack at a...
If Necessary We Will Lock You Up for a Long Time; Words Many Want to Hear: JP's Warning to Robert Webber
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SERIAL nuisance Robert Webber is to be slapped with an Asbo. The revelation came as the man who was in the car which killed pensioner Jimmy Mulligan was in court yet again. Persistent offender Webber was back in the...
Jamming of Top Quality; Young Reviewer STEVEN MILLER Caught Unkle Jam at the Carling Academy Newcastle Exhibitions/young Reviewers
ELECTRO Soul act Unkle Jam warmed up my evening with their sheer enthusiasm and funky beats. Playing in the very intimate Carling Academy 2 in front of a crowd of around 150, the trio played a fantastic blend of indie rock and roll and funky 80s...
Job Loss Fears in ITV Shake-Up; Proposal to Reduce Number of Regional Service Sites
Byline: By GORDON BARR Entertainment Editor STAFF at Tyne Tees feared jobs cuts today after being told of a major shake-up at the television channel. TV executive Michael Grade has announced far-reaching plans for ITV regions across the country,...
Judge Handed Maddy Dossier; Evidence May Take Weeks to Study
Byline: By SAM MARSDEN IT COULD take a Portuguese judge weeks to go through the 4,000-page dossier of evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents, a family friend said today. Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, a public prosecutor based in Portimao...
Judge Handed Maddy Dossier; Evidence May Take Weeks to Study
IT COULD take a Portuguese judge weeks to go through the 4,000-page dossier of evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents, a family friend said today. Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, a public prosecutor based in Portimao in the Algarve, yesterday...
Lawn Tennis: David Proves a Table Topper
DAVE GODBOLD regained his over-40s veteran singles title in sensational style at the North-East Masters Tournament at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre. Godbold came from two games down to eventually beat Lancashire's Steve Turner 3-2. In his semi-final,...
Lawn Tennis: Volley Good Show by Five-Star Amy! Ace Claims a Quintet of Titles of North Titles
AMY HOBURN courted success not once but FIVE TIMES at the annual Northumberland County Closed Championships. Despite being only 13, Amy, a member of the Jesmond-based Northumberland Tennis Academy, won the 14 and under and 16 and under girls...
Life's a Beach; Ordered to Tear Down Bright New Fencing
Byline: By TOM MULLEN BROWNED off boss John Potts has been ordered to tear down his colourful new fence. His colourful paintings landed him in a shed load of trouble with the local council. A row erupted after Mr Potts, who owns a shed store...
Line Up for Long Event; the Biggest Exhibition Ever to Be Seen in the North East Is Being Built. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details Exhibitions/young Reviewers
Byline: GORDON BARR ON YOUR marks, get set, go - for the longest exhibition ever in the region. Work is under way to construct a 13.1-mile photographic display as part of a series of events tying in with the Great North Run. The Running Line...
Little Tilly Is Crowned Princess of Disneyland; Give Tilly a Hand a Chronicle Appeal Meningitis Girl's Joy on Charity Trip to Paris
Byline: By LAURA CAROE IT promises to be the place where dreams come true. And that's what happened for Tilly Lockey and her family on a fairytale break to Disneyland. Tilly, 22 months, touched the region's hearts when the Chronicle told the...
Massive Drugs Haul Is Seized; Fourteen Arrested in Series of Co-Ordinated Police Strikes
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A CRIME syndicate dealing in massive amounts of drugs has been smashed. Strikes by police on depots, lorry and container yards and other premises have led to 14 arrests and the recovery of more than pounds...
Mine's a Pint of Perfection; GOOD BEER GUIDE SHOWS BAR IS A STAR
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter IT'S been pick of the pubs for more than three decades. Regulars at the Star Inn are raising a glass today after it was named in a special guide for beer buffs for the 35th time. The pub, at Netherton, near...
Mum Denies She Was a Bigamist Bride
NO-ONE suspected Angela Kelly was anything more than a radiant bride as she walked down the aisle. She said "I do" and tied the knot with fiance Garry Stockdale at a happy church ceremony. But a court heard today the bride was hiding a terrible...
Murton Race to Storm Castle; 3D Durham Coast League
Byline: TONY HODGSON MURTON did not waste any time snuffing out Castle Eden's title challenge as they convincingly retained their championship crown. The last-day-of-the-season clash of the titans had been billed as a close, nerve-jangling affair...
No Matter What, He Had a Smile on His Face and Wouldn't Let Anything Get Him Down
Byline: By KERRY WOOD HE had almost finished a gruelling three-year course of chemotherapy. But 16-year-old Graeme Gaines died unexpectedly from pneumonia just weeks before finishing his cancer treatment. His body was left weakened by leukaemia...
Play Your Toon Heroes Cards Right; Pub's DJ Launches Game for Fans to Have Their Season Ticket Paid For
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON TOON Heroes cards are already being put to an imaginative use by a city centre bar. After months of anticipation, this year's collection was launched in your Chronicle on Monday. And already Newcastle bar, the City...
Pounds 1.8m Coke Stash Found in Rucksacks; Poles Deny Illegally Importing Drug into Britain
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A HUGE haul of cocaine was found in rucksacks being carried by ferry workers arriving on Tyneside, a jury heard. Customs officers discovered pounds 1.8m of the class A drug when they recovered the bags, which had been...
Rowing: We're Rowing and Growing; New Pounds 1m Clubhouse for Durham
DURHAM Amateur Rowing Club - one of the country's oldest and most successful rowing clubs - is officially opening the doors to its new pounds 1m community clubhouse. The pounds 1m project opens on Friday, and among the VIP guests will be Durham...
Rugby Union: Ashton Is Set to Hold Back Flood
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD will not be flying out to France this week to answer an England distress call. The Newcastle Falcons fly-half is first on Brian Ashton's standby list should any of England's backs be ruled out of the tournament....
Rugby Union: Jones Looking to Fly Again
STEPHEN JONES may be set to replace James Hook as Wales fly-half for Saturday's crunch World Cup clash with Australia, but he insisted last night: "We are all in this together." Wales will confirm their team selection for the pivotal Pool B game...
Rugby Union: Rugby Night Ready to Go
PONTELAND Rugby Club are staging a mixed touch rugby six-a-side tournament at the town's Sports Centre on Friday (6.00). The tournament is part of the club's involvement in this year's RFU GoPlayRugby campaign, the biggest recruitment drive launched...
RUNNING HIGH; Fitness Trainer to Endure Everest Marathon Challenge
Byline: By TOM MULLEN IT'S the highest marathon on Earth, in the biggest mountain range. Fitness trainer David Wilkinson is gearing up to face rugged cliffs and jungles for a charity race around the awesome Mount Everest. The 22-year-old will...
School's Cool; Eagles Scheme Excellent Says Olu
NEWCASTLE Eagles star Olu Babalola has welcomed the club's decision to establish a School Of Excellence on Tyneside. The new initiative will not only provide opportunities for young hopefuls to progress into National League teams at under-15, under-16...
Seek out the Latest Exhibition; Family Events
JOIN a crew of intrepid explorers aboard the spaceship Lifeseeker in the Centre for Life's latest autumn show, which was launched this week. It takes place in the Centre for Life's state-of-the-art 65-seater theatre with a 165 domed overhead screen....
Snooker: Campbell Makes It Two out of Three
AFTER making the short trip to Stanley on Saturday for the ninth in the series of Supa Snooker 16s-and-under ranking tournaments, Wallsend's Craig Campbell turned in a top-class performance to come away with his second success out of the last three...
Still Swal to Play for in Title Chase; Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SWALWELL are in pole position after their victory over title rivals Leadgate. The division's top two sides met on Saturday in a game which was viewed by both clubs as a virtual title decider. Swalwell emerged victorious...
Street Paved in Gold for Second Time; Neighbours Win Postcode Lottery Twice in a Few Weeks
Byline: By LIZ WALKER LOTTO luck has left families in the same street quids in - for the second time in weeks. Families in Sycamore Grove, Prudhoe, are now thousands of pounds richer after their address came up in the Postcode Lottery for a second...
Studio' Got It All Sussed; the Locals A Recording Studio Run from a Farm Set in Beautiful Countryside Is Gaining Popularity among Bands in the North East. GARY BECKWITH Finds out More
Byline: GARY BECKWITH AS MOST bands will tell you, getting a gig in the North East is not a problem, what with the vast array of venues available. Finding a recording studio which offers help and guidance as well as a quality service is a tad...
THE MAGNIFICENT MAN AND HIS FLYING MACHINE; John Builds 'UFO Plane'
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON A TYNESIDE technician has helped build a recordbreaking plane of the future. John Bennett started by tinkering with arcade machines as a boy. Now the 28-year-old research associate, of Denton, Newcastle, has built...
TO RON and Christine Best
Byline: LANCE LIDDLE TO RON and Christine Best, Newcastle, whom we met in Hotel Piccolo, Mondo, Torbole, Lake Garda in August, 2005. Please contact Joe and Lily Murray from Ireland (as we have lost your address). We are staying at Jury's Inn Hotel,...
Unholy Row Breaks out over Bus Pass; Pupil Refused Free Travel Because He Hasn't Been Baptised
Byline: By MATT CASEY A SCHOOLBOY has been refused a free bus pass because he has not been baptised as a Roman Catholic. Elliott Stewart, 11, secured a place at a high-performing Catholic secondary school in Durham City, to begin last week. ...
Vent Your Spleen
"They could complain about gun crime, knife rime, anti-social behaviour, muggings etc, but their low mentality only allows them to have a dig at pensioners I HAVE read in the press and seen on TV our Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is a Scotsman,...
Vipers Hit Their Rivals for Six
NEWCASTLE Under-18 Vipers started their North Division One Season by defeating Flintshire Avalanche 6-2 at Newcastle Arena. Vipers got off to a good start when Scott Cooper put them ahead after five minutes. Avalanche hit back and six minutes...
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