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 February 12, 2009

100 Offences but Car Thief Escapes Jail; Anger at Sentence for Roads Menace
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A ROAD menace who has clocked up more than 100 driving offences has escaped prison despite being caught redhanded. Reckless roadster Ian Lambert took his tally of convictions to 37, for a total of 101 driving offences...
A DAY IN THE LIFE; Working Life
Byline: David Old During the day, Sharon Egan, 41, from Newcastle, works as an anaesthetic nurse, administering patient care at Freeman Hospital. However, on weekends and evenings, Sharon takes on her second nursing role - for the Territorial Army...
A Final Farewell to Tragic Kathryn; BRUTAL ATTACK LEFT MUM IN COMA
Byline: By NEIL MCKAY DOZENS of mourners attended the funeral yesterday of tragic mum Kathryn Cook who died after being attacked by her brutal ex-lover. Mother-of-one Kathryn's funeral was held at St Joseph's RC Church in her home town of Stanley,...
A Helping Hand Proves a Winner; Firm Scoops Award for Its Aid to Others Working Life
Byline: David Old A GATESHEAD-based firm has landed a top award for delivering innovative business solutions. ITPS scooped the UK Mid Market Business Partner Award for its work helping mid-market sized companies. The company turns over pounds...
All Promises but Action Speaks Louder Than Words, United
Byline: JOHN GIBSON It will take more than platitudes and pledges to appease fans but they will forgive if Ashley and Co deliver Over the last few days, the Chronicle and our sister paper The Journal have run a series of articles highlighting the...
Athletics: Nick Finds Spark in Race for Turin; INSIDE TRACK
NICK McCORMICK ran the second-fastest 3,000 metres of his life at the Sparkassen Cup in Stuttgart. More importantly, his time of 7min 52.74secs was well inside the 7:55 qualification time required for next month's Turin European Indoor Championships....
Athletics: Nott a Bad Line-Up as North East Teams Selected; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: By BILL McGUIRK TEAM managers Steven O'Gara and Val Gill, after much deliberation with fellow selectors, have managed to put together strong North East teams for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Wollaton Park, Nottingham...
At Last Justice Is So Close; PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT A BREAKTHROUGH FOR OUR PLEURAL PLAQUES CAMPAIGN
Byline: By JOANNE BUTCHER ALASTAIR CRAIG & WILLIAM GREEN THEY were a forgotten legacy - condemned to a bleak future by the our industrial past. But today hope has emerged for pleural plaque sufferers, denied justice by a Law Lords ruling...
Basketball: Eagles Ace Is Sidelined; Stewart Facing Knee Surgery
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles chief Paul Blake has admitted the club has been rocked by the news that their influential star forward Lynard Stewart needs a knee operation. The American, who picked up the BBL player of the year accolade...
Bobby Moore Famous Than Me: Becks
ENGLAND midfielder David Beckham last night equalled Bobby Moore's record for caps by an outfield player - but he refuses to be compared to the country's World Cup hero. Beckham made his 108th cap with a second-half appearance in the 2-0 defeat...
Book Reviews
Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant) by Derek Landy. Harpercollins. pounds 6.99 Just when Skulduggery and Valkyrie think they've got rid of Ser-pine by shooting her, Baron Vengeous comes along having made his escape from prison. Dead bodies...
Brickie Builds Himself Career; Apprentice Sean Gets Tips from Firms's Top Tradesman Training Courses and Education
Byline: By DAVID OLD AN APPRENTICE bricklayer has been given the chance to build a successful career with one of the region's leading construction groups. Sean Crosby, 18, from Newcastle, has joined Dorin Construction and has already been taken...
Change Brings Fears
WORRIES over the need for a specialist emergency hospital in the North East have been raised by doctors and union leaders. The North Eastern British Medical Association said district general hospitals worked well in the region and patients needed...
Chippy Batters the Rest; FAMILY PROUD OF VICTORY SIX MONTHS AFTER OPENING SHOP
Byline: By LAURA CAROE IT'S not just the fish this chippy has been battering. Family-run Gormans, on Redburn industrial estate, Westerhope, Newcastle, beat thousands of contenders to win an award for the standard of its chips. Hundreds of...
Church Roof Is Hit by Copper Thieves; DAMAGE BILL AT Pounds 2,500
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA ANOTHER church has been hit by thieves who stripped copper from its roof. Caretakers at St Columba's RC Church, Carville Road, Wallsend, discovered the theft on Monday. Copper and metal flashing had been ripped off...
Cold Brings Sport to a Standstill; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK SALMON sport on our local rivers is pretty much at a standstill, with no more fish reported on the Tyne or the Coquet. Both rivers were in fine condition early this week, but water temperatures are very low indeed. ...
Darwin's Ale Is Top of the Hops; SCIENTIST CELEBRATED
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter WHAT better way to celebrate a British genius than with a pint? Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the pioneering scientist Charles Darwin. To mark the occasion, organisers behind...
Dr Maths
Byline: DR MATHS Dear Dr Maths, A spectator selects any card from a deck, counting Ace as one, Jack as 11, Queen as 12 and King as 13. Double the value of the card, add three, multiply by five. Then if the selected card is a club add one, diamond...
Dynamic Duo Join College; I Got My Job Thanks to the Chronicle
A COLLEGE has strengthened its management team after placing an ad in the Chronicle. Gateshead College has brought in Tim Poolan and Kevin Mott in a bid to continue its recent success. Tim has taken over as head of creative industries while Kevin...
England Facing Real Test: Colly
DURHAM all-rounder Paul Collingwood is hoping recent history rather than a recent hit will dictate England's performance in this week's second Test against the West Indies. The surprise - but comprehensive - defeat in Jamaica last weekend has left...
Fed and Ben Take Their Goalden Opportunities
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT DUNSTON Federation and Newcastle Benfield scored nine goals between them when they romped into the fourth round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup with emphatic victories last night. The Fed just edged the scoring stakes,...
Five-Year Plan - but You Don't Have That Long to Win Fans over, Mike
Byline: MARK JENSEN, editor of The Mag fanzine, gives his verdict on the Derek Llambias interview THE club have now broken their silence, but have stated a number of things they think people want to hear. Yes, it is welcome they are finally coming...
Fly-Tipper Snared by Own Waste; Girlfriend's Prescription Dumped
Byline: By LAURA CAROE A FLY-TIPPER who dumped rubbish in a park was caught after leaving behind some incriminating evidence. Decorating waste, a deck chair, a tyre and a quantity of prescription medicine including penicillin and antibiotics...
Football: Agony of Defeat Drives on Picton; Bay Captain Is out to Erase Bad Vase Memories
Byline: By STEVE BROWN WHITLEY Bay captain Lee Picton has revealed how the enduring pain of last season's ultimately ill-fated FA Vase campaign is spurring his side into going one better this year. The Seahorses reached the competition's semi-finals...
Football: Keeper Should Prove a Good Signing
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD have signed former Hartlepool United and Bury goalkeeper Jim Provett - and the 26-year-old is set to make his debut at Burscough on Saturday. Provett became the first player to leave troubled Harrogate Town, whose...
Football: WE'LL KEEP TOON AFLOAT
Byline: By LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE UNITED caretaker boss Chris Hughton is confident that he and first-team coach Colin Calderwood can keep the Magpies afloat in the Premier League in the final 13 games of the season. The former...
For Sale or Let - a Once Thriving Seaside Town; It Is Estimated That One in 10 Retail Units Currently Stand Empty on High Streets across the Region, with Figures on the Rise Almost Daily. ZOE BURN Visited the North High Street Determined to Weather the Storm - despite an Alarming Rise in Empty Shops
Byline: ZOE BURN IT WAS once a bustling high street and thriving seaside resort. But now almost 30 premises stand empty, windows are boarded up and For Sale and To Let signs are becoming more commonplace. It's a far cry from Whitley Bay's heyday,...
From Metro Travel to Afghan Battles; CIVIL SERVANT'S KABUL JOB SWAP
Byline: By TOM MULLEN THE deserts of Afghanistan are a world away from Gary Davis's office block. The civil servant has signed up for a year's work placement in the country's capital, Kabul. Gary, from Low Fell, Gateshead, took seconds to...
Harrier Ashley Revels in US
THE American way of life is suiting Elswick Harrier Ashley Gibson down to the ground. The 22-year-old is in the first of a two-year project studying for a Masters in Physical Education and last weekend took a break from her studies at the University...
Husband Battered Friend in Pub Attack; HE SUSPECTED AFFAIR WITH WIFE
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A HUSBAND took violent revenge when he feared his wife was cheating with his own longtime friend and business partner. Michael Belford had known Steven Porter for 20 years, as well as the pair working together. But...
HUT PROPERTY! Families Queuing Up to Rent Bright New Seaside Chalets
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR FORGET about the freezing cold summer is on its way! As if to prove it, a band of joiners have started installing the brightly-coloured chalets, which will soon be a new feature of a popular stretch of beach. Blyth...
Ice Hockey: Whitley Send Vipers Down
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors bounced back from defeat in Nottingham on Sunday to pick up a 7-2 victory at the Newcastle Arena last night confirming the relegation of the ENL Vipers to English National League Division Two. However, Warriors...
It's Evan as Enlightenment Wins on Flat Debut
EVAN WILLIAMS' experiment of running chaser Enlightenment on the all-weather paid dividends when the nine-year-old made a winning Flat debut at Lingfield. The Llancarfan trainer was desperate to get a run into the gelding in preparation for the...
It's Poetry in Motion for New Library; ROYAL WORDSMITH WILL LEAD VISITORS AROUND BUILDING
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter POET Laureate Andrew Motion will lead a tour of a new pounds 40.2m library. The official Royal poet will join Newcastle's lord mayor and council leader at the handover of the City Library on New Bridge...
Methaaly's Eyes Are Firmly on the Prize
METHAALY made a pleasing return to action at Wolverhampton last month and can come out on top as he returns to Dunstall Park. The six-year-old has been given a relatively easy time over the winter by Mick Mullineaux, having had just two runs, but...
Methaaly's Eyes Are on the Prize
METHAALY made a pleasing return to action at Wolverhampton last month and can come out on top as he returns to Dunstall Park. The six-year-old has been given a relatively easy time over the winter by Mick Mullineaux, having had just two runs, but...
Mother's Horror at Street Fight; BRAWL INCHES FROM GIRL
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A MOTHER-to-be has told of her terror after violence erupted in front of her and her daughter as she walked in a normally quiet suburb. It was only 6pm last Sunday when around eight men began brawling inches away from...
New Director Adds Wealth of Experience to Marketing Firm
A MARKETING agency has strengthened its board with the acquisition of a non-executive director. Peter Bauckham has joined the board at PR, Marketing and design agency Rowntree Gordo. Peter is founder and managing director of one of Europe's largest...
Norway Back for Prica; Rosenborg Offer Lifeline to Forgotten Man Rade
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NORWEGIAN giants Rosenborg could be ready to offer misfit Rade Prica an escape route from Sunderland. Rosenborg are managed by Erik Hamren, who was Prica's old boss at Danish side Aalborg. Reports in Scandinavia have...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I RECENTLY went on a training course and was presented with one of those awkward situations. You know the score. You're all sat round the room, wondering what the day ahead with hold and the trainer bounds in and fires up his...
ON CALL FOR TOP CARING; New Pounds 75m Unit for Emergency Patients
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter AN EMERGENCY hospital is to be built in a pounds 200m package of health services. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has unveiled proposals to build a pounds 75m Specialist Emergency Care Hospital,...
Parent to Parent
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON AS YOUNGSTERS look forward to the half term break next week, it can be a difficult time for parents - particularly when they are bringing up children alone. Complicated childcare arrangements, financial pressures and trying...
Reunited
WE ARE searching for any lads who left Cowgate or Firfield Senior schools between 1958-60 for our reunion on March 25. From a list of about 150 names we can remember, we have found some 60 who say they will be there. We need now to find others such...
Rugby Union: Samson Is Given Half a Chance
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN SHOTTON expects Tynedale to be at full strength against Southend on Saturday - apart from scrum-half Ross Samson. The Scottish youth international is playing for Edinburgh A against Leinster on Friday night, and rugby...
Rugby Union: The Inside Line from Ace May; Falcons' Mr Versatile Plans His Next Move in Association with Jolly Fitness
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL VERSATILE Tom May would rather have taken No 12 - but is happy to shift inside for the returning Jamie Noon. Winger back May has quickly turned into a utility back this term after taking a full-back seat for much of last...
Samson Is Given Half a Chance
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN SHOTTON expects Tynedale to.. ii be at full strength against Southend on Saturday - apart from scrum-half Ross Samson. The Scottish youth international is playing for Edinburgh A against Leinster on Friday night,...
School's out! Half-Term Holiday Fun Days Top Class
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR IT ONLY seems a minute ago that our children were returning to school after the Christmas holiday. But this weekend marks the beginning of the half-term break. Help is at hand, however, for the many parents who will be...
Shore Is Quiet for Sea Anglers; HOOKED SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS SHORE sport this week has been on the quiet side, with very few decent fish taken. Jimmy Richardson fished Seaham North Pier and, using mackerel and sandeel intended for whiting, landed a cod of 8lb. Roker pier has given...
Singer Karen's Song for Obama; CONTEST WINNER HOPES TO MEET US PRESIDENT
Byline: By NEIL MCKAY SINGING sensation Karen Harding used music to beat teenage bullies who tried to make her life a misery. Now the 17-year-old has recorded a song for US President Barack Obama and hopes it will win her an audience with him....
Super Trains Could Bring Work for 500; Factory May Be in Region
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MORE than 500 jobs could be coming to Tyneside with the announcement a fresh fleet of "super express" trains are to be built. The Government today unveiled pounds 7.5bn plans to replace the East Coast Mainline's...
Teenager with Lots to Live for; FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO A LOVING DAD FOUND DEAD IN HOUSE
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY HE WAS a loving dad, son and brother who will be missed by everyone who knew him. Tributes were paid today to teenager Jamie Lee Cameron who was found dead at a house in Gateshead on Monday. Friends of the popular...
The Boys Are Back in Toon; PREMIER LEAGUE'S GREATEST EVER MATCH TO BE RESTAGED AT ST JAMES'S PARK
Byline: By JOHN GIBSON THE Entertainers are coming to town to strut their majestic stuff. No, Mike Ashley is not making a massive transfer market plunge in the close season to return us all to the grand old days. It's the original Entertainers...
The Boys in Blue; A Hit in Vegas, the Blue Man Group Is Coming to Toon, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Explains
Byline: GORDON BARR IF IMAGE is everything, the Blue Man Group cannot go wrong. Already a huge hit in the USA, the multimedia show makes its UK premiere at the O2 in London on Sunday amid much speculation. The good news is The Blue Man Group...
The Inside Line from Ace May; Falcons' Mr Versatile Plans His Next Move in Association with Jolly Fitness
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL VERSATILE Tom May would rather have taken No 12 - but is happy to shift inside for the returning Jamie Noon. Winger May has quickly turned into a utility back this term after taking a full-back seat for much of last season....
Trains on Track for a Major Overhaul; Pounds 7bn Will Create Jobs and Slash Time
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter JOURNEY times in and out of the region will be slashed thanks to a pounds 7.5bn rail investment. The Government today announced plans to build a new generation of Super Express trains that will run on the East...
Tree-Mendous
Byline: By DAVID OLD WORKERS at a Tyneside timber firm are celebrating after a buyout saved dozens of jobs from the axe. Robert Duncan (Timber) limited, in Felling, Gateshead, went into administration on January 30 - leaving 44 workers facing...
Tributes to Brave Mayor
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG SHE was a wonderful mum and an incredible mayor. That was glowing tribute paid today to Coun Maureen Chaplin by her family, after she lost her battle with cancer. Gateshead Mayor Coun Chaplin passed away peacefully...
Vent Your Spleen
There is no help of any kind for people who work full time, with no kids, and pay full for everything PLEASE, please, please can anyone out there tell me what is happening in this country of ours. Senior MPs on the fiddle, failed bank managers...
Weather Chaos Hits More Fixtures; Woe for Footy Clubs
Byline: By BEN GUY WATERLOGGED pitches and the possibility of more snow mean yet another weekend of fixture postponement disappointment is in store for the region's amateur footballers. Last month, the Chronicle reported how more than 1,000 games...
What Joe Faces on the Operating Table; Newcastle United Boss Joe Kinnear Could Be out for the Season after Being Told He Must Have a Heart Bypass Operation. KATY SIMPSON Talks to Professor John Dark about the Procedure
HE vowed to be back in the dugout for Newcastle United's match with Everton. But now Joe Kinnear has a more important battle ahead. The Toon boss has been told he must have a heart bypass operation this week and will need at least six weeks'...
Why We're in Race for Life; SURVIVORS IN TRAINING TO RAISE CASH FOR CANCER FIGHT
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR A PAIR of cancer survivors are urging others to run for their lives and help more people survive the disease. Inspirational Emma Duncan, from Northumberland, and Christine Hill, from Washington, were first off the starting...
Working on New Skills; Students Get Taste of Diploma
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PUPILS have been finding out about the array of study options available to them. A special interactive event was staged this week to give young people on Tyneside a taste of the Government's new diploma....
Xisco out, but Martins Set for Everton Return
Byline: By LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE UNITED caretaker boss Chris Hughton was the recipient of mixed news on his first day back in the Toon hot seat. Hughton, put in charge of first-team affairs until further notice by Mike Ashley...
Your Very Good Health; Business Boss Andy Expands to Help Small Firms Comply with Safety Legislation
Byline: By DAVID OLD A JARROW-born businessman with a passion for health and safety has expanded his business by opening up two new offices in Glasgow and Leeds. The expansion brings the number of people employed by his firm up to 15. Andy...
Youth Policy Is the Right Way to Go
Byline: By LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer TOON managing director Derek Llambias has insisted Mike Ashley is determined to make sure Newcastle United are competing to bring the best of local and global talent to St James's Park. Llambias this week...
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