Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 29, 2008

1 in 10 of Us on DNA Database; Police Defend Using Samples
Byline: By LIZ WALKER ONE in 10 people on Tyneside, including many who have never committed a crime, now have their DNA stored on a police database new figures reveal today. The amount of data stored on individuals in the Northumbria Police force...
30 Years for Student Killer; MEREDITH'S FAMILY WELCOME VERDICT
Byline: By ROSA SILVERMAN A UNIVERSITY town drifter started a 30-year prison sentence for the of exchange student Meredith Ker-cher. Rudy Guede, 21, originally from the Ivory Coast, was sentenced last night for the killing in Perugia, Italy,...
A Claws Encounter of the Bird Kind; VISITORS FLOCK TO SEE SPECTACULAR VULTURE
Byline: By MATT CASEY SHE'S a scavenger not usually seen in the region's skies. Hills the Griffon Vulture is among the latest batch of newcomers to the UK's largest bird of prey centre. And the six-year-old will make a spectacular sight for...
A Fairy Successful Fundraiser
PUPILS from a Tyneside stage school took time out of rehearsals for their Christmas show to lend their support to a breast cancer campaign. Ten young dancers from the Tyne Theatre Stage School turned out to perform as Pink Rose Fairies at a fundraising...
Airport Ready for Take off after First Success; NORTH EAST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP LEAGUE
AIRPORT Church claimed there first win of the season at Ryton Churches. In blustery conditions, neither team managed a breakthrough in the first half. But minutes after the restart, following a goalmouth scramble, Andy Douglas got the last touch...
Amble Stay Top despite a Draw; NORTHERN ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO
AMBLE United remained four points clear at the head of the Second Division table, despite only managing a 2-2 draw with mid-table visitors Forest Hall. United scored first and last through Ross Gair and Shaun Black, but in the interim Thomas Faid...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG CONSERVATIVES quashed speculation that one of their leading North East candidates tried to switch horses in mid-stream after the safe Hexham seat came up for grabs. One theory is someone is trying to make mischief after an intriguing...
Battle-Ing Displays Rewarded; MARTIAL ARTS PICTURE SPECIAL
BATTLE Hill Judo Club returned with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals from the International Judo Federation's Scottish Open Judo and Sombo Championships. Striking gold for the North Tyneside-based club were Frazer Burns (under-40 kgs),...
Bay Go Four Up but Still Lose out; NORTHERN ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE
LAST Friday night at Hillheads, First Division leaders Whitley Bay 'A' took a break from league duties to take on Chopwell Officials in a re-arranged first-round tie in the Longhorn Hardware League Cup. And the Bay, leading 4-0 at half-time, were...
Both Have Needs, So Why Does One Receive More Help? Blind and Partially-Sighted Folk Are Living in Isolation and Poverty Because of Mobility Benefit Rules, According to a Tyneside Charity. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Asks Why
Byline: HELEN RAE BLIND and partially-sighted people in the region are calling for fairer mobility benefit payouts. Those with a visual impairment are excluded from claiming the disability living allowance (DLA) higher-rate mobility component....
Burning Issue
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THESE gruesome makeovers show how fireworks and bonfires can wreck lives forever. Expert make-up artists have given models an unwelcome new look as part of a campaign to encourage people to stay safe this November 5....
Chasers Can't Make Up Ground on Park; RE/MAX NORTHERN ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
DESPITE being on County Cup duty, Gillford Park retained their three-point lead at the head of the Premier Division as Shankhouse and Peterlee Town both faltered. Gillford beat visitors and league colleagues Northbank 2-1 in the second round of...
Conditions Fail to Blow Michael off Victory Course
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK JUNIOR athletes had their first big test of the cross-country season when they lined up in the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield races at Temple Park, South Shields. Despite the windy conditions, and a testing course put...
Craigie Chalks Up a Super Performance
ROOKIE professional Stephen Craigie had a fine run in Prestatyn to reach the last eight of the latest Pontins World-Pro event. Having received a first-round bye in the 91-strong field, Walkerville cueman Stephen opened his account with a crushing...
Cricket: Kevin's Healthy Demand
ENGLAND captain Kevin Pietersen insists his players will be honest about their health for this weekend's EUR20m showdown after a warm-up victory disrupted by illness. Pietersen's team overcame the effects of a stomach bug sweeping through their...
Crucial Win Is in the Bag at Last; A Tale of Two Halves as Magpies Have to Fight to Hold on and Secure Joe's First Three Points Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion. 1 THEY finally did it, didn't they? Picked up a vital second victory of the season. But not before Newcastle United nearly let the water in. After a sparkling first half, things...
Diego Boost for Gutierrez; Maradona Can Make Me Even Better
Byline: By LEE RYDER JONAS GUTIERREZ believes the prospect of playing under Diego Maradona can help him become an even better player for Newcastle United. Gutierrez starred for United in the 2-1 win over West Brom, before leaving the field to...
Durham Glory Run Is Halted; FA CUP 4th QUALIFYING ROUND
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM City's magnificent 19-game unbeaten start to the season ended in Cambridgeshire last night when they crashed out of the FA Cup to Blue Square Premier top-four side Histon. At a rain-lashed Glass World Stadium, City...
Early Morning Wake-Up Call; Police Target Suspects in Bid to Tackle Crime Rise
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL SUSPECTS got an early wake-up call today as police carried out a series of dawn raids. Teams of officers mounted Operation Conquest, the first in a six-month campaign to tackle a recent rise in crime in the county. ...
First Victory Makes Kinnear Eager to Earn More Glory
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR'S first win as interim manager of Newcastle United has whetted his appetite for the hot seat at St James's Park. He tasted victory for the first time in his four-match reign when United edged...
Goals Galore as Tynesiders Win Thriller; EMERGENCY SERVICES LEAGUE
IT was Meredith Trophy Cup action this week, with the three ties producing 24 goals. The Hartlepool v Newcastle tie topped the bill, with the Tynesiders winning again, this time by 7-5. An early own goal put the Tynesiders in front, but 'Pool...
Golf: Gunning for Scots Victory; Vipers Coach All Fired Up
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson has urged his side to come out all guns blazing once again when Edinburgh Capitals visit the Metro Radio Arena tomorrow night. However, Wilson will have to do it without his talisman...
Grade-A Young Citizens; PUPILS SCOOP AWARDS
Byline: By EMMA ANDREWS AT 6.30am on the dot every morning, teenager Jack Hocking walks through the gates of Consett Community Sports College. Fifteen-year-old Jack is a valued member of the caretaking team, where he juggles his duties with his...
Guided to Success by Sir John Hall
SIR John Hall shaped the Newcastle Falcons into its current form as early as 1995 when Rugby Union's professional revolution took hold. Gosforth Football Club was the first incarnation in 1877, the side finding its eventual home of Kingston Park...
Hall Right Now for Double Joy
TEAM Northumbria women's team put a smile on head coach Deirdre Hayes' face at the weekend when they came away with two victories. The team had opened the Division One National League season by defeating Nottingham Wildcats and last weekend were...
He Did Not Think about the Danger; FAMILY OF MAN SHOT DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN TELL OF TORMENT
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY LOVED ones of a Tyneside dad shot dead in Afghanistan have spoken of their heartache. David Giles, 42, from Newcastle, was gunned down by a security guard on Saturday in Kabul where he was working as an operations manager...
Hornets Stung as Phoenix Continue to Set Pace; CENTRAL VENUE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
IN Division One (Under-18s), Team Phoenix cruised to a 68-6 win over Cardinal Hornets, taking them to a 4-0 record as they continue to set the pace. Hornets are still to win a game this season and have the opposite record. In the division's other...
If It Could Happen to Him, It Could Happen to Anyone. Taxi Drivers Should Have a Duty of Care to Passengers; FAMILY WANTS ANSWERS OVER SON'S FALL FROM CAB
Byline: By LIZ WALKER HIS life ended in a moment of madness. But for the family of Jamie Waite, the agony of his death will last forever. And their pain has been made worse as they feel they have no justice for the 21-year-old, who died when,...
I'm Not a Yob, I'm Just a Fan. Pitch Invader Avoids Ban after 'Mad Moment'
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A PITCH invader has escaped a match ban. Toon fan Richard Bartle stormed the St James's Park turf because he was so angry at the team's performance. But he has escaped a football banning order, despite calls...
Irish Driving Licence Used by 50 People; TRAVELLER ADMITS FAKED DOCUMENT CHARGES
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A FAKE Irish driving licence used by dozens of rogue motorists was found in the North East. Traveller Danny Sweeney had a problem when he was asked to show police his driving licence - they found he shares it with 49...
I Will Shift This Lot for 8 Cans of Cider; Milkman Paid in Booze to Dispose of Shop's Rubbish
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MOUNDS of garbage blight a Tyneside street. This is the mess left behind by rogue binman John Wardle - all for a few cans of booze. Wardle claimed to be properly licensed when he arranged to take rubbish...
Joe Is Looking Up after Big Win
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR never wants to see Newcastle United back in the bottom three of the Premier League, after finally guiding the Magpies out of trouble with a 2-1 win over West Brom. And the United boss feels that with stars like...
Kicking into Touch! Sage Charity Tourney Takes to Field
TOUCH rugby teams from Glasgow, Stirling and London joined North East sides to take part in the annual Sage charity tournament at Rockliff RFC. Teams progressed through two league stages to the knockout rounds in the afternoon. Victory eventually...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Being Short I Changed by Pub Chains
Byline: NEIL HARVEY MAY I say thank you for printing the article 'Short-changed by a head' - I had a very interesting time with your reporter trying to find a full pint in Newcastle! I have to say, however, the comments made by your readers in...
Life Is Hebburn for Old Pals Act; AROUND THE GROUND
THE HEBBURN partnership of Tony Robinson and Vin Pearson are two of the longest-serving managers in the Northern League - and their passion for the game is as strong as ever. Robinson joined the Northern League Second Division club from Gateshead...
Mac Legend Plays Blues
Byline: KATY SIMPSON MORE than 40 years since his first tour, Mick Fleetwood is hitting the road again. The legendary co-founder of Fleetwood Mac is heading to Newcastle City Hall tonight with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. Their sound pays tribute...
Makin Plans to Crown a Queen
PETER MAKIN has endured a frustrating season with his smart mare Harvest Queen, but he has found her an ideal opportunity in the EBF Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield. The five-year-old has been a solid performer in decent races over the...
Man Convicted of Pet Cruelty; COURT BANS OWNER FROM KEEPING ANIMALS FOR A YEAR
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A MAN has been convicted of cruelty after allowing his pet to suffer with a serious skin condition. John Baldwin took his English bull terrier Maisie to the PDSA and a private vet for treatment, but stopped going because...
Modern Take on Romance; Thoroughly Modern Millie Is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal Next Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR A TASTE of the Big Apple comes to Toon next week. Newcastle Musical Theatre Company is performing Thoroughly Modern Millie at the city's Theatre Royal in a high spirited romp which gets all New York dancing to the beat of...
No End to Blyth's Travel Woes; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH SPARTANS, the region's only non-league representatives in the first round of the FA Cup, slipped into the bottom six of the Blue Square North after a 2-1 defeat at lowly Vauxhall Motors last night. Without the services of five players, Blyth...
Not So Supa as Byker Pair Clinch a Final Berth
SUPA Snooker's Terry Patterson and George Scott had little or no luck in their semi-final of the Disabled League's Doubles Championship against Byker PTE's Andy Divers and Jeff Branson. Getting no run of the balls and conceding 10 points a frame,...
Oba's Pledge to Win Back Toon Faithful
Byline: By LEE RYDER OBA MARTINS has promised that the hard work is only just starting as he and his team-mates look to win back the respect of the Toon Army. The Nigerian favourite was hurt after losing the Tyne-Wear derby, but bounced back...
Oh Baby - They're All Beautiful; TIME RUNNING OUT TO ENTER Baby Idol 2008
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter THESE are just a few of the gorgeous girls and bonny boys in Baby Idol. We launched our annual appeal to find the North East's cutest children earlier this month and, once again, we've been overwhelmed....
PAYBACK TIME: JOEY; That Goal Was for All the People I Have Let Down, Insists Barton
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOEY BARTON grabbed his first goal for Newcastle United at St James' Park and insisted: "That was for all the people I have let down." The controversial midfielder went into last night's game with West...
Plastic Surgeon Warned over Ops; Doctor Was Not Familiar with Latest Surgical Techniques
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON HEAVILY CRITICISED: A GMC panel ruled Dr Ash Dutta's technique was irresponsible and inappropriate A PLASTIC surgeon has been given a warning over two operations. Dr Ash Dutta, who owns Aesthetic Beauty in Newcastle's...
Players Kick out at the Hidden Killer; TEAM OF TRADESMEN TARGET ASBESTOS THREAT
Byline: By DAVID OLD A FOOTBALL team has linked up with a former Premiership star to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos. South Tyneside's Hebburn Colliery FC joined former Arsenal and England star Ian Wright in a...
Protesters Put Brakes on Bus Lane Plans; FEARS DRIVERS WOULD USE RESIDENTIAL STREETS AS RAT-RUNS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CONTROVERSIAL plans for new bus priority measures on a busy Tyneside commuter route have been dropped following an outcry. Officers will now look at alternatives for Newcastle's West Road following warnings...
Pulis Worthy of Gratitude; Stoke City V Sunderland Britannia Stadium, We Dnesday, October 29, 2008. Kick-Off 7.45pm
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NYRON NOSWORTHY owes Stoke boss Tony Pulis a huge thank-you for putting him on the path to the Premier League. But the Sunderland defender insists there will be no room for sentiment when the Black Cats take on Stoke tonight...
Punters Panel
GORDON MABON AS NEWCASTLE proved last night, teams that are fighting relegation have to bounce back after comprehensive weekend defeats, and we will have to be on our guard tonight to avoid the same fate. Keano will have to get the tactics right...
Punters Panel
GRAHAM BREWIS AFTER a promising, at times exhilarating, first half and two goals to the good, we fell away alarmingly and ended up hanging on. At times in the first period Gutierrez was wonderful to watch, and we were direct, with Barton and Guthrie...
Remember When: Bank Raid Ends in Double Death; Raider Shot Manager, PC and Himself
Byline: RAY MARSHAL IT started just like any other day but ended like no other in bloodshed and death. On Wednesday, June 7, 1961, the Mosley Street branch of the National Provincial Bank in Newcastle was hit in an armed heist. And the raid...
Rugby Union: FALCONS SAVED FROM CLOSURE; LAST-DITCH DEAL KEEPS RUGBY CLUB FROM BEING WOUND UP BY THE TAXMAN
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A LAST-ditch deal was struck to stop Newcastle Falcons being wound up by the taxman. HM Revenue & Customs applied for a winding up petition against the rugby club with the Royal Courts of Justice. The...
Shear Hard Work Being Rewarded
AFTER a turbulent year, Washington manager Keith Sheardown believes the club is moving forward and ready to push for promotion. The club came close to folding last season and suffered relegation to the Northern League Second Division, but Sheardown...
Super Shay Basks in That Victory Feeling
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SHAY GIVEN led Newcastle United to their first victory for more than two months and admitted: "We had forgotten what it was like to win." Joe Kinnear handed the popular keeper the skipper's armband,...
Swing Low; Young Golfing Prodigy Has Drive to Succeed
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS HE is still under four feet but is proving a big shot on the course. Despite being only eight, rising star Jack Walling is making a name for himself in the golfing world by beating under 21 players. This summer his...
Teacher Union Strike Threat; BALLOT UNDER WAY
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PARENTS may have to brace themselves again for hundreds of North East schools closing due to teachers walking out over pay. There's been a lot of backing for another teachers' strike, despite a warning...
Toon Texts
NEWCASTLE made hard work of a game they were totally in control of. JAMES LACKENBY, Gateshead. IF we had lost we would have been in big trouble and looking at relegation. ARTHUR CLOWES, Teams. AT last, we've won a game - and it's a long time since...
TRIUMPH ANT; Quay-Plunge Biker Gets Back on Her Ride to Pass Test
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A WOMAN who cheated death in a motorbike lesson has overcome the trauma to pass her test. Michelle Tilley is now queen of the road on her Triumph Bonneville 800cc machine, which she enjoys riding on the rural stretches...
United in Bid to Save Our Club; FANS PLEDGE ACTION
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter TOON fans are being urged to attend the first public meeting of the club's new supporters' club. The Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC) was set up in the wake of Kevin Keegan's St James's Park exit. ...
Vent Your Spleen
I WOULD like to comment on the Argos shop in West Street, Gateshead. I had an occasion to go in there twice last week and I found the young people who work there were absolutely excellent. In this day and age, you only get moans and groans about...
Veterans Serve Up a Classic Show to Maintain Standards
WITH no fewer than six current European champions on display, North's annual Veteran Challenge maintained its high quality standard last weekend at the newly-refurbished Louisa Centre in Stanley. For the first time in three years the England-Ireland...
Vipers Find the Scots Too Hot
NEWCASTLE Vipers travelled to Fife to play under-14 and under-16 challenge games against the Kirkcaldy club. However, the Scottish Club proved their strength with two victories. Luke Shanks netted the Under-14 Vipers' lone strike in Kirkcaldy...
Wash and Go for Road Success
A BRACE apiece from Geoff Salter and Mark Shingler, plus the doubles, were the main reasons for Washington getting a 6-4 win at Cramlington Venture Portraits. Neil McMaster (2) did his best for the losers, but it wasn't enough to avoid a Northumbria...
We Can Look after Ourselves Now: Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE says his Sunderland side have no reason to fear Stoke's physical approach. The Black Cats take on newly-promoted Stoke at the Britannia Stadium this evening as they look to build on their weekend derby win against...
Why Small Will Always Be Beautiful. MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE Gives Advice on Buying a Small Car That Not Only Holds the Road, but Holds Its Price as the Larger Family Motors See Their Prices Tumbling
Byline: MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE SMALL cars usually have very low depreciation because they are made in small numbers compared to bigger cars bought by fleets. Plus they remain popular with all age groups. But in the current climate, dealers seem to...
Will at Double in Vital Victory
TYNEMOUTH took on Durham in a top-of-the-table clash which was sure to be a great test to Tynemouth. The first five minutes was played at a very high tempo, with Tynemouth passing and moving with reliable and sustained precision. The deadlock...
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