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 December 31, 2007

2007 GOOD OR BAD? as 2007 Draws to a Close, Many People in the North East Have Been Left Asking Was It a Good or Bad Year. Industrial Reporter NICK WHITTEN Looks Back at the Winners and Losers over the Last 12 Months
Byline: NICK WHITTEN Newcastle United BILLIONAIRE Mike Ashley completed a sensational pounds 134m takeover over in the summer with former majority shareholder Sir John Hall netting pounds 55.3m. Glen Roeder resigned one game before the end...
A Month on the Hoy All Paid for! Star Tests Booze Dangers
Byline: By HELEN RAE GEORDIE pop sensation Michelle Heaton spent a month as a binge drinker to highlight the problems of too much booze. The former Liberty X star spent four weeks over-indulging in alcohol for the ITV1 programme, The Truth About...
Backing for Uni Project; Hopes for Teaching Complex
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor MULTI-million pound plans to build a new teaching and residential complex for foreign students at Newcastle University look likely to win council backing. The major scheme on the university's city centre...
Basketball: Eagles Pull out the Stops to Bring in Defares
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles are locked in a race against time to get new signing Bryan Defares into the country ahead of Friday's BBL Trophy clash with Scottish Rocks. Having tied up the deal and registration for the guard late on...
Cabbies Slam Rogue Drivers; Calls for Tougher Taxi Enforcement
Byline: By TOM MULLEN CABBIES have called for tougher measures to be enforced against rogue taxi drivers. As reported in Saturday's Chronicle, police and council officers blitzed Newcastle city centre to track down drivers putting lives at risk...
Crackdown Sees Violent Crime Fall
VIOLENT crime is on the way down thanks to a hard-hitting police initiative. Police in Gateshead are reporting good results as they reach the half-way point of a campaign aimed at reducing incidents of violence. Each of the area's five neighbourhood...
Falcons Hoping to Stay Rock Steady; Rugby Ground Sell-Off Fears as Bank Undergoes Review
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter NORTHERN Rock's crisis has left a question mark hanging over the future of the Newcastle Falcon's home. The troubled Geordie bank owns Kingston Park stadium which it leases to the North East's premier...
Football: Blue Moan Day for Big Sam as Officials Drop a Major Clanger; Controversial Late Blow Rocks Allardyce's Men after an Improved Showing against Chelsea MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1 SAM ALLARDYCE was quite naturally furious when he trooped dejectedly out of Stamford Bridge. His gallant Newcastle United had been cheated out of a point by a terrible decision by referee's...
Football: MORT BLASTS SAM AXE TALK
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer CHAIRMAN Chris Mort has claimed that "there is no truth" in talk that Newcastle United are looking for a new manager. While Mike Ashley enjoys a holiday, Mort was at Stamford Bridge on Saturday where...
Football: 'Offside' Goal a Shocker: Taylor
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVEN TAYLOR believes Newcastle United "stood up to be counted" in Saturday's undeserved defeat by Chelsea. And the United central defender who marshalled the back four well called Salomon Kalou's "offside"...
Football: We Were Robbed, Says Frustrated Given
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United keeper Shay Given says his side were robbed at Stamford Bridge after Salomon Kalou's controversial late strike handed all three points to Chelsea. The Republic of Ireland stopper could do little to stop the...
Gateshead's New Year Resolution! UniBond League
GATESHEAD will enter the New Year in a strong position after wins over Guiseley and North Ferriby United strengthened their standing in the playoffs. The Tynesiders' 3-1 victory over Ferriby on Saturday saw them consolidate fourth spot, four points...
Ice Hockey: No Panic Buys, Insists Wilson
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS bowed out of 2007 in the worst possible fashion after being humbled 7-3 at Murrayfield - but Rob Wilson has insisted he will not be rushed into making any panic signings. The Canadian has been boosted by...
I'll Fight to Keep My Son's Killer in Jail; Mum Launches Petition over 18-Month Sentence
Byline: By LAURA CAROE THE heartbroken mum of slain teenager Mark Smith is petitioning for a longer sentence for her son's killer. Grieving Margaret Smith expected justice, but was "disgusted" when she heard how the youth who took his life will...
It's Something You Do Always Worry about, and It's an Edgy Time. but I'll Be Looking Back at 2007 as a Great Year for Peter; EVERY Year Has Its Ups and Downs but for Some Families on Tyneside, 2007 Changed Their Lives. LIZ LAMB Looks Back at Some of the Stories That Tugged at Our Heartstrings
Byline: LIZ LAMB LAMPORT FAMILY For the Lamport family of South Shields, 2007 has been a year they will never forget. In the summer, the Chronicle reported how mum Lisa, 29, was desperately waiting for a transplant for her six-year-old son...
I Was Blown Away by Michelle's Transformation, She Is Looking Amazing; Slimming Mum to Help Others
Byline: By LAURA CAROE WHEN Michelle Emmerson struggled to play with her children, she knew something had to change. The 35-year-old's weight made it difficult for her to play with her children and even fit into her size 24 clothes. The teaching...
I Was Tesered Three Times by Police; Grandad Hits out after His Arrest during Street Fracas
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A GRANDAD has criticised police after they shot him with a taser gun. Trevor Dial, 60, says he was told by police he was the "first person in Dunston to be tasered" when he was arrested for a public order offence. But...
Live Cables Crash Down to Ground; Householders Warned to Stay Indoors after Street's Power Lines Snap
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR RESIDENTS had a lucky escape after live power cables snapped in a street and came crashing to the ground. Police, fire and ambulance vehicles rushed to Glassey Terrace, Bedlington, Northumberland last night. Residents...
Oh No Hugh Don't as Jamie Nicks It; MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Nick Purewal Saracens 19 Falcons 22 IN the tale of two Newcastle Falcons captains, it was the current armband owner who had the last word. Jamie Noon's last-gasp try sealed a first Falcons Premiership away win in more than a year...
One Game at a Time, Insists Star's Boss; UniBond One North
NEWCASTLE Blue Star have claimed just one point from their first two holiday fixtures. However, manager Tommy Cassidy intends to take every game as it comes as he attempts to claim a play-off position in the UniBond League Division One North. ...
Pensioner's Phone Cut off over 16p; Shortfall in Bill Payment Sees Him Lose His Line
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A PENSIONER had his phone line cut off after forgetting to pay 16p of his bill. Roy Ramsey, 73, has been with phone company Talk Talk for the past three years, and received a bill for pounds 17.16 just before Christmas....
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman WE hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during 2007 and past years and for opening up your homes to the thousands...
Physio David Has Winning Formula
HE SPENDS his working days helping people to heal. But physiotherapist David Brown is preparing to pummel his opponents on his way to victory in his chosen sport. The 26-year-old from Gateshead is gearing up to compete in the British Taekwondo...
Police Probe Toddler Death; Officers Quiz Neighbours after Mauling Tragedy
Byline: ATTACKED: Archie Lee Andrew Hirst, who died after he was savaged by a rottweiler; INVESTIGATION: Police at the scene of the child's death in Wakefield with flowers laid by well-wishers POLICE investigating the death of a 13-month-old-boy...
River Tyne Search after Car Plunge; Divers Scour River for Driver
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A MASSIVE search was carried out after a car was spotted plunging into the River Tyne. Police divers, traffic officers, a helicopter and a crew from Tynemouth RNLI helped in the search near the South Shields ferry landing...
SHOWBIZ Gossip
He may be one of the biggest power players in Hollywood, but WILL SMITH'S kids Jayden and Willow have to audition to appear in movies like everybody else. "We make our kids audition and all that - we don't do the nepotism thing," says Will, whose daughter...
Sick Falcons Prove They Are a Game Bunch
JOHN FLETCHER reckons his Newcastle Falcons have got over their personality complex - and revealed a novel way of going about it. Falcons director of rugby Fletcher breathed a sigh of relief when his captain Jamie Noon crashed over to score the...
Son Punched Mum in Face; Depressed Man Is Spared Jail after an Unprovoked Attack
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A MAN who launched a frenzied attack on his own mother has been spared jail. Jason Lee, 40, repeatedlypunchedSon punched his mother June about the head until she was forced to the ground after a row at her Newcastle home...
Stars
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO Capricorn Dec22-Jan 20 DON'T let a nasty face from your past ruin what can and should be your best new year yet. A fresh approach to a travel problem can be found by joining forces with fellow Call my Capricorn line...
Sven Next in Line to Test United; STRAIGHT FROM THE SHOULDER
Byline: JOHN GIBSON UNITED must stagger on like some New Year's Eve drunk towards their next obstacle when Manchester City come first-footing at St James's Park. Beaten by referee's assistant Mike Cairns as much as the trusty boot of Salomon...
The Spice Girls Have Given Me Everything; Geordie Director Bob on Filming the Fab Five
Byline: By LIZ WALKER AWARD-WINNING Geordie documentary maker Bob Smeaton is definitely smitten after his latest project spiced up his life. Tonight the world's most famous all-girl group the Spice Girls will tell all for the first time in a...
Toon Texts
NOW I'm confused. Why do we raise our game against top teams like Chelsea and Arsenal, but don't against the lower teams like Derby and Wigan? DAVY FLANNIGAN, Gateshead. WE were robbed. Chelsea's player was four yards offside. Money needs to...
Tribute to Old King Nat; the Unforgettable Nat King Cole Is Remembered at a Show in the North East This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR NAT King Cole has long since passed away, but his music lives on. Now a new concert called Unforgettable, at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, will tell the story of the legendary entertainer. Nat King Cole, famous for his smooth...
Who's Looking after Your Glass? New Figures Reveal the Worrying Menace of Drink-Spike Rape
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter DRINK-spiking rapists are preying on one person every week in the North East. As tens of thousands gear up for a New Year's Eve night on the town, worrying figures reveal the number of revellers being drugged...
WIN A NIGHT TO REMEMBER; Evening Chronicle Competitions ICE SKATING AND DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - THE ICE TOUR!
YOUR Evening Chronicle has joined forces with Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour and the popular ice rink Skating@Life to offer a cool night out for 10 of your friends or family on January, 30, 2008. Enjoy a whirl around the ice at the 600...
Your Health: New Year Filled with Promises; in Association with the NHS North East with 2008 Just around the Corner, People across the North East Are Making New Year's Resolutions to Lead Healthier Lifestyles. Reporters JANE PICKEN and HELEN SAVILLE Spoke to Those Who Are Determined Not to Break Them and the Experts There to Help
Byline: JANE PICKEN and HELEN SAVILLE PART ONE - KEEPING FIT HE might be a mature 72 but that doesn't stop great-grandad Bill Todd putting in a one-hour stint on the running machine. Bill has been keeping his body in peak physical fitness...
Your Questions Answered? Your Shout
ANSWERS to some questions posted a while ago continue to roll in. John Routledge, of North Shields, wrote in with an answer to Jimmy Lackenby's question about the first footballer to earn pounds 100 a week in wages. The answer, of course, was...
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