Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 7, 2008

40 Children Stopped in Booze Blitz Week
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY THIS haul of drink was I seized from schoolchildren at half-term. A police blitz saw 40 children stopped in one week and alcohol taken off them, a Officers also visited 147 off licences, urging staff not to sell liquor...
A British Classic; CLASSIC CARS
Byline: IAN JOHNSON NO MATTER what the European and eastern manufacturers come up with, there can never be a substitute for the true British car. Many have tried to copy this country's pure, classic approach to everyday driving but have failed,...
Balamory Star Lands New Role
WHAT'S the story in Balamory? Well, we'll tell you the story - congratulations are in order for the children's TV show's Penny Pocket, alias wor very own Kim Tserkezie. Gateshead-born Kim, 33, has tied the knot and is loving every minute of married...
Basketball: Sort It out Blake Warns Eagles Flops; Trophy Display Blasted
Byline: By PAULNILSEN EAGLES chief Paul Blake has warned the club's players they need to put things right when they make a return to action against Scottish Rocks tonight. Blake also revealed that he met with Flournoy and the players earlier...
Battlers Pick Up the Beat; the Locals the North East Local Muisc Scene
Byline: GARY BECKWITH IT'S been a busy old month here at The Locals, what with the launch of our Battle of the Bands competition. In conjunction with Byker-based recording studio Blast Recordings and Ace Copydisc, we are offering a week's worth...
Blyth Are Ready for Bruising Battles; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH Spartans will be close to full strength and prepared for a physical battle when they face Redditch United in the Midlands tomorrow. While Blyth's eight-game unbeaten run was cruelly ended in injury time against Stalybridge Celtic last week,...
Bodice Ripper Is Bathed in Pomp; Cinema Dodging the Undead Again
B DIARY OF THE DEAD 94 mins) Horror/Thriller. Josh Close, Michelle Morgan, Philip Riccio, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol, Shawn Roberts, Scott Wentworth, Chris Violette, Tatiana Maslany. Director: George A Romero. ***** You just can't keep a good zombie...
Brave Jack; Parents Longing to Give Youngster a Kiss and Cuddle
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON LIKE most sick children little Jack Close would love a big kiss from his mum and dad to brighten his day. But while he is in isolation at Newcastle General Hospital he can't pucker up to his parents because of risk...
Brilliant Monolith Makes Super Recovery
THE Elite Racing Club run horses at venues the length and breadth of Britain and completed a famous National Hunt set when Monolith (right), trained for the group by Len Lungo, gained a remarkable success under Wilson Renwick in the Longtown Beginners'...
Care Worker Stabbed Pal's Violent Ex; Man Wounded with Steak Knife after Confrontation
Byline: By MATT CASEY A CARE worker could lose her job after stabbing her friend's violent ex-partner. Fearing for the safety of her pal Claire Hallwood, Cheryl Kirkup armed herself with a steak knife. She raced to her friend's house in Esh...
Cashing in with the Qashqai; ANDY RICHARDS Drives the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Tekna (4X4) Automatic. This Is His Verdict
Byline: ANDY RICHARDS HOP behind the wheel of Nissan's award - winning Qashqai and you soon realise what makes it so special and why it has captured drivers' imaginations. It is driver friendly and family focused and yet stylish and sophisticated...
Community in Drug Fear; Estate Residents Tell of Worries
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON FAMILIES in the estate where a teenager took a near lethal cocktail of drugs have revealed their fears of drugs in the community. As previously reported, a 14-year-old boy was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday...
Cricket: Piet Defends England Go Slow Tactics
KEVIN PIETERSEN insisted England "batted brilliantly" after going on the defensive throughout the third day to prevent New Zealand taking control of the third Test. The tourists, who had resumed 383 runs behind on 87 for two, lost only four wickets...
Cup Hopeful Is a Decent Little Chap; NEW DANCE STEPS
PAUL NICHOLLS is facing a huge seven days with Kauto Star and Denman set to do battle in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next Friday. Although that encounter is sure to be the cause of sleepless nights, Chapoturgeon can ease the nerves a little by taking...
Dad Puts Son in Jail in Bid to Mend His Ways; Addict Told He Is Not Welcome Back Home
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS HIS tough love has put his wayward son behind bars, but a dad hopes it will cure him of his drug problems. Andrew Craig is on remand after his father refused to let him back home. The sad life of the 20-year-old who...
DIRTY TRICKS; Crooked Window Cleaner's Con to Mop Up Folks' Cash
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A WINDOW cleaner fleeced residents by pocketing cash without even wetting his chamois leather. Christopher Hagan, 30, blitzed the Rowlands Gill area of Gateshead, telling people he was their new cleaner. He collected...
Drugs Raids after Boy, 14, Collapsed
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS POLICE today raided the homes of suspected dealers in the area where a 14-year-old boy was found collapsed from a cocktail of drugs. More than 30 officers swooped on three homes in Lansbury Drive, Rosewood Terrace and...
Drugs Raids after Boy, 14, Collapsed; Police Busts as Teenager Recovers from Overdose
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS POLICE today raided the homes of suspected dealers in the area where a 14-year-old boy was found collapsed from a cocktail of drugs. More than 30 officers swooped on three homes in Lansbury Drive, Rosewood Terrace, and...
Eating Out: Finding Quay to Great Taste; RAVAL Kent House, Church Street, Gateshead Quays 0191 477 1700 *****
Byline: LIZ LAMB FOR a restaurant that was once home to a draper's firm, it's apt that Raval has bags of style. After a pounds 1m makeover you'd hope so. Its home is Kent House, on Church Street, which briefly belonged to the Snowballs drapery...
Eight Students Are Shot Dead; British Government Condemns Attack
THE Government has condemned a gun attack at a seminary in Jerusalem which left eight people dead. A man armed with an assault rifle and a pistol opened fire in the library of the Mercaz Harav rabbinical college, where around 80 students had gathered...
Elderly Residents Face Home Move
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HOUSING bosses are accused of forcing vulnerable elderly people out of their homes on Tyneside to provide accommodation for the homeless. Most residents of a Newcastle sheltered housing complex, run by...
Embracing Digital Age; Airwaves
Byline: TONY HORNE On Tuesday I had a special visitor on the Tony Horne In The Morning radio show. Ok, I am lying, it was the editor of this column and all things entertainment at the Chronicle, Gordon Barr, pictured far right. After 153 columns...
Fancy Dress Done by the Book; Children Get into Character
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter YOUNG bookworms dressed up as their favourite literary characters. There was the Cat in the Hat, several Alice in Wonderlands and the Ugly Sisters. And the pupils at Our Lady & St Anne's RC Primary...
Fistful of Dollars; Cowgirls Who've Raised over Pounds 1m for Good Causes
Byline: By SARA NICHOL STRUTTING their stuff on the dance floor, these Wild West cowgirls know how to rustle up a few bob. At the age of 82 and 69, fun-slingers Margaret Law-son and Olive Cook have spent the past 35 years braving the bars and...
Football: A Mission of Mersey for Anfield Old Boys; Can Keegan and Owen Bridge Class Gap with Liverpool?
Byline: John Gibson IF Liverpool are Premier League under-achievers, then what the heck are Newcastle United? The Scousers are moaning about being a whopping 12 points behind leaders Arsenal. Skipper Steven Gerrard rails on about being sick...
Football: Dean Banking on Home Comforts
SUNDERLAND captain Dean Whitehead is confident the feelgood factor at the Stadium of Light will be enough to inspire the Black Cats to top-flight safety. Roy Keane's side put in a below-par display last weekend to claim a disappointing goalless...
Football: Debutant Is S9 Pleased with Victory
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED'S teenage debutant Ole Soderberg was delighted to mark his Toon bow with a win over Northern League champions Whitley Bay in the nPower Northumberland Senior Cup. The clash at Whitley Park, Longbenton was...
Football: Defeat Is Ever on Keane's Mind
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE insists time has proved no healer when it comes to getting over Sunderland's crushing 7-1 defeat at Everton. The Wearsiders were thrashed at Goodison Park in November - and Keane admits that defeat will haunt...
Football: Harps out to Erase a Nightmare
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HARPER aims to wipe out one of the worst moments of his career when he returns to Anfield for tomorrow's game with Liverpool. The 32-year-old Newcastle United goalkeeper has now chalked up more...
Football: If You Go to Anfield Expecting Nothing That's Exactly What You Will Get; We've Got to Be Positive Insists Keegan Ahead of Big Reds Test
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United make tomorrow's rather daunting trip to Anfield under strict orders from Kevin Keegan to stay positive. It is Keegan's first trip back as United manager to the club where he made his...
Football: It'll Be Tough, but Keegan Will Get Things Right
Byline: By LEE RYDER EX-NEWCASTLE and Liverpool star Alan Kennedy says he has sympathy for the Toon Army ahead of the trip to Anfield tomorrow. But he has backed his fellow Kop legend Kevin Keegan to get things right. Both Kennedy and KK know...
Football: Jose Targeting Spanish Highs; Spain Stars Will Be a Threat, Warns Enrique
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOSE ENRIQUE is hoping he is the only former La Liga star left smiling come the end of tomorrow's clash with Liverpool at Anfield. The Newcastle defender will be one of five Spanish stars on show, with Liverpool set to field...
Football: Kevin: Cup Second Leg Will Be Different Ball Game
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER KEVIN BALL believes Sunderland are down but not out after they lost the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester City. City ran out 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light last night, leaving the Wearsiders...
Football: Pav: This Is a Special Game for Special K
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer PAVEL SRNICEK has urged Newcastle United to remember this is a "special match" for Kevin Keegan when he takes his side to Anfield for tomorrow's game with Liverpool. And this has nothing to do with that...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game at Anfield Tomorrow
GRAHAM BREWIS MY mind drifts back, it's 1996, I think, it's hazy, small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, isn't it? Mmmm, marvellous. It's starting to clear now, the beautiful game, match of the decade, Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3 (first time...
Football: Repeat of 1994 Would Be Love-Lee
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ROB LEE is hoping Newcastle United follow in the footsteps of the class of 94 when they go in against Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow. It was back on April 16, 1994, on the fifth anniversary of the Hillsborough...
Football: Revenge Call from Danny; It's Pay-Back Time for Wearsiders
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM claims Sunderland are out to put the skids under Everton's Champions League bid this weekend as revenge for the Black Cats' Goodison Park humiliation. Roy Keane's men suffered a 7-1 hammering on Merseyside...
Football: Taylor's on Red Alert at Anfield; Our Bad Luck at Liverpool Has to Change Soon THE FRIDAY FILE Liverpool V Newcastle United Anfield Saturday, March 8, 2008. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR is praying Newcastle's terrible bad luck at Anfield comes to an end tomorrow. United have often been second best in the fixture since winning on Merseyside in 1994, when goals from Rob Lee and Andy Cole sealed...
Free School Breakfasts Bid Approved; BUDGET MEANS FAMILIES FACE 3.5% COUNCIL TAX HIKE
Byline: By PALOMA KUBIAK FREE school breakfasts ill be rolled out across North Tyneside but families face a 3.5% Council tax hike. Despite objections from both he Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, Elected Mayor, John Harrison's budget...
Fun Way to Downsize; Steve Hughes on Hyundai's I10
WITH car costs spiralling ever upwards, the latest cheapie from Hyundai seems like an attractive proposition at first glance. For a start it costs from just pounds 6,495, incurs an annual road tax of a mere pounds 35, is free to use in London and...
Geneva Motors Go for Green; Manufacturers Show Eco-Friendly Cars
Byline: STEVE HUGHES reports on the Geneva Motor Show THE Government may stand accused of abandoning green issues on the grounds of cost, but the same certainly can not be said for motor manufacturers Billions of pounds is being poured into research...
GLADIATOR STILL FIGHTING FIT; as Hundreds of Fitness Fanatics across the Region Auditioned for TV Show Gladiators, LAURA CAROE Spoke to Ex-Contestant Roddy Mackay about What Life Is like after the Show
IT'S been nearly 10 years since Gladiators was last shown on ITV. It sees members of k the public pitched against "gladiators" in physical games and tasks. Former international gymnast Roddy Mackay, who competed against the stars in 1993 and...
Going into Battle to Save War Bunker; Campaigners Want Base to Be Turned Unto a Museum
Byline: By TOM MULLEN PART of Tyneside's secret past could have a bright tomorrow. The hidden war bunker, from where Tyneside's fight against the Nazis was plotted, could be transformed into a museum. The RAF command centre, which lies underground...
Going to High Calibre; JONATHAN SMITH Takes to the Road in the Dodge Caliber 2.0D SXT Sport
Byline: JONATHAN SMITH WHAT is it that grabs us about off - roaders ? Whether you are male or female, an office worker or a brickie, a young mum or a grandad, there seems an inevitable attraction toward the chunky, go-anywhere looks of jeeps...
Golf Vandals Strike Again; Second Club Targeted in Orgy of Destruction
Byline: By MATT CASEY VANDALS have gone on a wrecking spree at a second North East golf club. News of the attack comes just a day after we reported how vandals struck at Tyneside Golf Club, Ryton, in Gateshead. Durham Police are today appealing...
Have the Last Laugh; Stage NEWCASTLE GATESHEAD COMEDY FESTIVAL 2008
The Newcastle Gateshead Comedy Festival wraps ups this weekend. Festival director and eclectic stage performer Warren Speed tells us about one show not to be missed. "The festival's closing show is titled 'Northern Glory' and features six of...
Hunt for Arsonists; POLICE BRING IN DOG HANDLERS AFTER FIRE ATTACKS IN STREETS
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A POLICE manhunt was sparked after serial arsonists targeted neighbouring streets. Dog handlers and other officers were sent to the Hirst area of Ashington after the fire attacks began. They combed an area of former...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - You Showed the Real Gazza
Byline: BRIAN HODGSON AFTER reading your letter from Goffy in the Chronicle last week, I felt I must also write to you personally as regards to the real Paul (Gascoigne). First of all I am so pleased a large newspaper group like yourselves took...
Millionaire's Benefit Claims; Rich Property Developer Collected Thousands with Fraud
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HE'S a sports-car driving property developer. But that didn't stop millionaire William Collard claiming thousands in benefits. Collard, of Horsley Banks Cottage, Horsley, Northumberland, applied for income...
Models Oozing with the X-Factor; CHRIS RUSSON Drives the Latest Version of the Mitsubishi Lancer. This Is His Verdict
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON X MARKS the spot where muscle machine meets stylish new sports saloon. Mitsubishi has finally got everything right with its latest Lancer. For years the standard Lancer played second fiddle to the mighty Evo X. Now their...
Morton Not Blue over Star Turn; FIRST DIVISION NORTH
NEWCASTLE Blue Star's fixture with Harrogate RA at Kingston Park tomorrow has been overshadowed by the decision of the club to resign from the UniBond League Division One North at the end of the season. The news has sent shock waves reverberating...
Mum-to-Be Is Spared Jail for Race Attack; COURT HEARS HOW WOMAN TURNED HER LIFE AROUND
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A MUM-to-be was spared jail for a racial assault after turning her life around. In the nine months since Natasha Robley carried out the unprovoked attack on an Asian woman, she has given up drugs. Gateshead magistrates...
My Heart Stopped Twice in Surgery, the Doctors Had to Bring It Back to Life; STAB VICTIM TELLS OF ORDEAL AS LOVE RIVAL STRIKES
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG KNIFED through the heart, Darren Rowe died twice in surgery when a love grudge flared into violence. Jealous Craig Reil-ing's frenzied attack left him fighting for life after plunging a blade into his chest. With...
Old Favourites; Snaps of the North East Area Proving to Be a Worldwide Hit
Byline: By MATT CASEY MEMORIES are flooding back for expats worldwide. Photographer Dave Foster launched the Old Photo Forum-complete with blog and discussion board - for anyone to show and share their old photographs, postcards and memorabilia....
On Way to Join Legends; Jazz, Blues and Roots/classical ALAN NICHOL Has a Round-Up of the Local Roots Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL NOW and again an act comes along with the ability to jolt even the most blase music fan. The revision of values which result in adjectives from good to great is usually rare. The blues is one field where titans - men like...
PHARMACIST ACCUSED OF DRUG ERRORS; Hearing over Prescription Mistakes
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter A PHARMACIST is facing disciplinary action after being accused of a string of errors, including messing up a child's prescription. Zainuddin Mohaedbhai, of Eston Court, Blyth, Northumberland, suffered from...
Pounds 16,000; Employee Fired Due to Her Age
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG WITH her pounds 16,000 compensation payout, Leanne Wilkinson has celebrated making legal history. The 20-year-old is the first young worker in the UK to win damages under new age discrimination laws introduced in 2006....
Pounds 2.7m Payback; Blunder Cash Is Refunded
Byline: By PETER YOUNG and BILL JACOBS MINISTERS have handed back pounds 2.7m paid to the wrong Newcastle after a blunder by civil servants in London. The refund has now been banked by Newcastle City Council - but Lib Dem leaders revealed that...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
A first visit for Woz and C. to this surprisingly big pub i South Shields where if Northumberland is a dese for trivia challenges, Shielc is a hotbed. They seem to be on every corner. PUB: The West Park, South Shields, South Tyneside. QUESTION...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Visit of Everton on Sunday
GORDON MABON READING the Everton fans' messageboards, they see this as an easy three points and the chance to rack up goals - which is very arrogant to say the least. Everton will no doubt be hurting following last night's UEFA Cup defeat and...
Royal Accommodation Pleases Richard
IF The Good Life actor Richard Briers ever falls on hard times, he's always got free lodgings in the Toon - by his own admission. It's very unlikely the 74-year-old star of stage and screen will ever be without work - even at his grand age - but...
Rugby Union: Tait's Not Fazed by Bath Test
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL HARD-hitting but no head case, Alex Tait reckons inexperience will count for nothing at Bath tomorrow. Newcastle Falcons take on third-placed Bath at The Rec (kick-off 1pm) aiming to grab just their second Guinness Premiership...
Scouting out the Great Outdoors; BILL McCARTHY Takes to the Road in the Four-Wheel Drive Skoda Octavia, a Beefed-Up Version of the Successful Octavia Estate. This Is His Verdict
Byline: BILL McCARTHY THE Scout movement's motto is Be Prepared. Skoda appear to have adapted this for their four wheel drive Scout version of the excellent Octavia. And it appears to be prepared to take all but the very roughest of terrains....
The Magic of Laughter; Stage Comedian Patrick Monahan Comperes Two Nights of Magic Next Week. GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him
Byline: GORDON BARR EVER wondered why the audience on Jonathan Ross's BBC chat show always seem to be in good spirits? One of the reasons could be down to comedian Patrick Monahan, the warm-up man for the show who keeps the crowd in jovial mood...
The Rock Stuck in a Soft Place; Cinema
THE GAME PLAN (U, 110 mins) Family/Comedy. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez, Morris Chestnut, Hayes Macarthur, Brian J White. Director: Andy Fickman. ***** ALTHOUGH the setting and underlying themes...
Thriller Misses the Point; Cinema
VANTAGE POINT (12A, 89 mins) Action/Thriller. Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Said Taghmaoui, Edgar Ramirez, Eduardo Noriega, Ayelete Zurer, Richard T Jones, Bruce McGill. Director: Pete Travis....
Vent Your Spleen
WHEN is this Government going to have the courage to have a referendum. I've just been listening to the news and not once was Great Britain mentioned, they mentioned Britain, but never Great Britain. Britain was great when a person committed a crime,...
VW's Coupe Storms Back Again; the New VW Scirocco Has Been Revealed at He Geneva Motor Show. DAVID WHINYATES Reports
Byline: DAVID WHINYATES MORE than 30 years since it first appeared, Volksw agen's Scirocco is storming back. Named after a warm African wind, the original Scirocco coupe arrived in the UK along with the iconic Golf GTI in 1974 and continued in...
We Will Break the Grip of the Troublemakers; POLICE AND HOUSING CHIEFS SAY EVICTION DOES WORK
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THEIR yob antics led to them getting the boot. But when nightmare neighbours are kicked out of their homes, do they just become someone else's problem? Yesterday, we told how a clan from three rowdy families...
We Will Rise to the Challenge; UNIBOND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD begin a big week with a trip to Lancashire as they attempt to reach their second cup final of the season ahead of Wednesday's title crunch at home to leaders Witton Albion. The Tynesiders take on UniBond First...
What the Company Says
IN a statement, Home said: "Andrew Court is currently a sheltered housing scheme for older persons managed by Home's older persons services team. It was built and opened in 1977 and originally housed 23 people in a mixture of bed-sits and one-bedroom...
WIN A WEEK IN A RECORDING STUDIO; Evening Chronicle Competition BATTLE OF THE BANDS
UNSIGNED groups and artists are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The competition is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner will receive...

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