Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 5, 2008

1,700 North Energy Jobs on Offer
MORE than 1,700 energy jobs are available in the North East, according to a development agency. NOF Energy, the business organisation for the oil, gas and energy-related sectors, has announced the news following a study. According to research...
Aces with Pace to Torment Defences
Byline: By JOHN GIBSON WHEN Kevin Keegan first exploded upon Newcastle as England skipper and double European Footballer of the Year it was inevitably different to all that had gone before. Sure, Keegan took a tired old club by the scruff of...
Angling: Boat Fishing on the Up with Good Catches; SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THE boats have been able to get offshore over the past few days and at last sport has picked up. Less than a mile offshore between Cresswell and Hauxley, daylights and hokis have been taking good bags of cod between 3lb...
Angling: Tuck in Luck as He Reels in a Monster; FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK IT WAS the turn of Stonebridge Trout Lakes to produce the fish of the week when Ashington's Jim Tuck landed a monster rainbow weighing 23lb 4oz and followed up with another weighing 17lb 12oz. The massive rainbow was...
Armed Gang in Attack on Home; RESIDENT HURT AFTER RAIDERS WITH METAL BARS BURST IN
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A GANG armed with metal bars burst into a home and attacked the householders. The terrifying incident happened at a property in Main Crescent, in Wallsend, at around 4.45pm yesterday. The drama unfolded when police...
Athletics: NE Stage Is Jewel in Cycling's Crown
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL CYCLING'S top names will descend on the North East for the year's hottest race in Britain. The Tour of Britain is back in Newcastle and Gateshead for the first time since 1999 - and organisers and racers reckon the one-day...
Athletics: One Giant Step Up for Harriers; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: By BILL McGUIRK GATESHEAD Harriers go into unknown territory on Saturday when the club's senior squad makes its debut in the British Athletics League Division One. Gateshead have surprised everyone with their tireless efforts, especially...
Athletics: Time to Start Celebrating for Top Quartet; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: By BILL McGUIRK THERE was one final duty to perform before this year's successful North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships were put to bed. After the concluding event had finished, a small team had the task of selecting four...
BACK TO SCHOOL; Former Pupils Flocking to Reunion
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR FROM Canada to Africa and New Zealand to Morocco, reminiscing former pupils are causing a village tourist boom. More than 1,000 people are converging on Bellingham, Northumberland, for the Brownrigg Camp School gettogether...
Beach Boys; AND GIRLS ENJOY PLAYTIME IN THE SAND
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR OH we do like to be beside the seaside in Jesmond. Children from West Jesmond Primary School, Newcastle, got a taste of the seaside when a beach made up of 10 tonnes of sand washed up on their playground. Using buckets...
BONGO IS BANGED UP; Busker's Drum Confiscated
BANNED bongostyle drummer Graeme Conway has been busted. The busker was spotted yesterday in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, and shop staff called the police. Officers seized the instrument as he sat entertaining crowds opposite Fenwick's department...
Boxing Coach Is Firm's Ringleader; Construction Expert Lands a Top Job with the Chronicle's Help I Got My Job Thanks to the Chronicle
RECREATIONAL boxing coach Ted McKenzie is delighted to have landed a new job with Meldrum Construction Services thanks to the Chronicle. Ted, from Washington, has joined the full service construction company as team leader, and for his first role...
CHESS: By the Bishop
THERE are 20 possible first moves for white and after black's reply there are 400 different opening positions. After a few more moves the number rapidly becomes enormous. Almost all the 400 possibilities have opening names attached to them, although...
Cricket: Breese Blows Outlaws Away; History Repeats Itself for Hero Gareth in Durham Thriller
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM are just one step away from a return to Lord's in the Friends Provident Trophy - but they did their best to throw away victory in yesterday's nerve-shredding one-wicket quarter-final win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws....
Cricket: Colpack Ruling Is Just Not Cricket
MICHAEL VAUGHAN has expressed concern about the number of Kolpak players flooding county cricket and reducing the pool of players available to England's selectors. The England Test captain has become frustrated at the number of players, mainly South...
Cricket: Vaughan out as Kiwis Get in Swing
SKIPPER Michael Vaughan's was one of two early wickets to fall after England were put in by New Zealand in the third npower Test at Trent Bridge. Vaughan was dismissed by Iain O'Brien as the New Zealanders took advantage of considerable swing and...
Crowd-Puller Hits the Road
A MAJOR North Northumberland crowd-puller starts this Sunday when artists taking part in the ever popular Art Tour will be opening their studio doors to visitors for the 13th year in succession. This is the foremost open studio event in the region,...
Cyber Vandals Go to Toon on Web Abuse; Probe as Online Encyclopaedia Edits Traced to Council Computers
Byline: By MATT SANDY A CYBER vandal went online to brand Geordies as "scum" - using Newcastle taxpayers' time and money. The abuse, posted from a Newcastle City Council computer, had led to an immediate investigation. The Chronicle has discovered...
Dog Owner to Fight Noise Fine; AS ONE IRRESPONSIBLE PET OWNER HITS OUT AT CONVICTION
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A DOG lover whose noisy 10 bull mastiffs got her in trouble with the law is bidding to have her court conviction overturned. Lawyers acting for Angela Gobin are to make legal representations about the bill of pounds 535...
DOPE BUST; Lifting the Lid on Illegal Drugs Farms in Region
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter TO PASSERS-BY, they're just front doors on average Tyneside streets. But inside you won't find a three-piece suite or a plasma TV and while the occupants are certainly greenfingered, there won't be a garden...
Drunken Tears of a Toon Fan; ALCOHOLIC FACING STADIUM BAN
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A DRUNKEN Toon fan faces a stadium ban after being found slumped in a urinal clutching a bottle of vodka. Gary Faill was discovered sobbing in the toilets of St James's Park during the Magpies' clash with Reading...
End of an Era for Pals; Pair Part after 40 Years
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Editor Reporter THEY were school pals and then work buddies for almost 40 years, but now they are going their separate ways. Colin Anderson, 65, has worked at architectural firm Browne Smith Baker (BSB) with Les Hodgson,...
Europe Tells Rock: Get Rid of More Jobs; Bosses Try to Reassure Bank Staff Northern Rock
Byline: By ADAM JUPP MORE Northern Rock jobs could be at risk as a result of a Brussels probe into the crisis. The European Commission is pushing for the Geordie bank to be downsized more aggressively than is currently planned by Governmentinstalled...
Feathers Fly over Chickens; COUNCILLORS IN A FLAP OVER MOVE TO BAN BATTERY-FARMED EGGS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Reporter A MOVE to ban batteryfarmed eggs from council kitchens led to a bust-up today after protesters demonstrated outside Newcastle Civic Centre. The Liberal Democrat-run city council is being urged to adopt...
Football: BEYE TARGETS TOP-SIX SPOT; We Need to Show Real Ambition Insists Habib
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE is refusing to think about anything other than a top-six finish next season with Newcastle United. The Senegal international has been rested by his country over the summer, with the Lions of Teranga mid-way through...
Football: Hughes Will Step Up Chase for Jo and Ronaldinho
BRAZILIAN striker Jo is set to follow Mark Hughes to Manchester City - and Ronaldinho may not be far behind. City held off completing any new signings until Hughes' approval was gained following the Welshman's decision to quit Blackburn. But...
Football: Toon Coach in the Frame for Everton Move
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED could find themselves shorthanded on the coaching front when pre-season training begins on July 7 with Steve Round a target of Everton boss David Moyes. The former Middlesbrough and England coach joined United's...
Gripped by First Opera; YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/09
Young reviewer Sam Patterson reviews Opera North's interpretation of Verdi's Macbeth at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle AS A first time opera-goer, I felt a pang of fish-out-of-water syndrome as I approached the Theatre Royal to review this production....
His Name Will Stay in History; ROW OVER STREET SIGN SETTLED
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A HISTORIAN'S name will live on - despite attempts to stop a street being named after him. A new development in Birtley was named Letch Mews in remembrance of historian Harry Letch, who devoted his life to researching...
HOAX DEATH PROBE; Police Investigating Hit and Run Claims on Internet
Byline: By LIZ LAMB A INTERNET memorial dedicated to a North East woman allegedly killed in a hit and run has been reported to the police. The page, on Gone- TooSoon.co.uk is being investigated as a hoax and claims 20- year-old Carla Mcguinness...
HOME THAT WAS FIT FOR A KING; HIDDEN TYNESIDE in the Latest in Our Occasional Hidden Tyneside Series, LIZ LAMB Takes a Peek Inside the Private Home of the Dean of Durham
Byline: LIZ LAMB AS FAR as pads go, the Deanery of Durham is a pretty impressive home. Not only does it have one of the hottest postcodes in the North, but when you step outside the front door you can see the magnificent cathedral towering above....
Horse Racing: Lush to Lash His Epsom Rivals
JIM BOLGER can get a flying start to the Classic meeting at Epsom tomorrow as Lush Lashes looks a likely candidate for Juddmonte Oaks glory. Much has been said about the Irish trainer's late decision to run New Approach in the Vodafone Derby but...
Hughes Handed Chance to Light Blue Touch Paper
MARK HUGHES begun his tenure as Manchester City boss today charged with recruiting new talent and securing the futures of several current first team players. Hughes was due to be unveiled to the media this morning after agreeing a three year deal...
Human Chain; Runners Will Carry Water from Irish to North Sea
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON FROM oldest to youngest, these runners are on their marks for a relay big challenge. More than 50 members of Birtley Athletics Club are about to set off on a coast-to-coast challenge. And they will be carrying out an...
I AM Trying to Find
I AM trying to find John Sibbald of Chamber Street in the Teams, Gateshead. We met many years ago when I was about 18. My name is Margaret and we were going out together. I hope if he sees this he will give me a call on (0191) 478 3209. DID you...
Ice Hockey: Whitley Delight as Trio Re-Sign
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors' coach Simon Leach has re-signed three more of last season's English National League Championship-winning squad. Bryan Dunn, Dale Howey and Andrew Tindale will again turn out for the Warriors in the coming...
Instant Justice Handed out to Drunks; POLICE USE ON-THE-SPOT FINES TO DEAL WITH THEFT AND DISORDER
Byline: By MATT SANDY DRUNKEN yobs and shoplifters are facing the threat of instant justice like never before. North East police have hugely increased their use of on-the-spot fines as a quick way of dealing with offenders. Nearly 17,000 of...
IT'S BEAT LOAF; Your Chance to Score a Penalty against Rock Legend Who'll Do Anything to Help Raise Cash for Charity
Byline: By GORDON BARR Entertainment Editor ROCK star Meat Loaf proved today he has a big heart too by backing two North East charities supported by the Chronicle. He is to give something back to the region after cutting short his last gig here...
I've Still Got More of My Life to Live; A Dying Grandad Is Losing His Fight for Life and His Battle with the NHS. Reporter KERRY WOOD Speaks to Colin Glease about His Campaign to Get the Drug That Could Give Him a Few More Precious Months with His Family
Byline: KERRY WOOD TIME is running out for Colin Glease. Lying in his hospital bed, the cancer sufferer is clinging on to the hope that a wonder drug could prolong his life. But the grandfather knows he is living on borrowed time as the NHS...
Knife-Carriers Will Face Court; PM WANTS MORE TEENAGERS PROSECUTED
GORDON Brown today urged prosecutors to take more 16 and 17-year-olds to court if they are caught carrying a knife. At a breakfast meeting, Mr Brown urged that a "presumption to prosecute" in cases of knife crime is applied more widely. Currently,...
Man Is Held over Terror Airgun Attack; FAMILY HOME IS TWICE PEPPERED WITH PELLETS
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A SUSPECTED sniper was today in police custody after terrorising a Tyne side family. Police were called to Ellison Villas in Gates head yesterday afternoon, to hunt for a gunman who had peppered a house in a quiet neighbourhood...
Musical Tribute to a Top Teacher; PUPILS SING, DANCE AND RAISE MONEY IN TUTOR'S MEMORY
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Repoter CHILDREN sang their hearts out to remember a teacher who brought music and laughter to their school. Pupils at Thomas Walling Primary, in Blakelaw, Newcastle, paid a fitting tribute to their former teacher,...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP GUESS who's back, back again? AJ's back, tell a friend. While it's true I have spent the last two-and-a-half weeks immersing myself in American culture, readers need not worry that I've turned myself into Whitley Bay's answer...
Our Huge Loss; Rocked Family Fear They Lost Third Loved One to Demon Drink
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A FAMILY torn apart by booze fear they have lost a third member to the demon drink. Des Brydon is believed to have met the same fate as his brother and father when he died at the age of 38 after years of alcohol abuse. ...
Painting Way into the Arts
NORTH East paint company Jotun Paints (Europe) Ltd is carving a name for itself in the arts world. The company, which has offices in Newcastle, is supplying renowned wood sculptor Robert Koenig with high-performance stain for his latest project....
Peak Rescue; Air Cadets Help Save Stricken Walkers from Mountain
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A GROUP of young air cadets have become heroes after they saved the lives of seven climbers. The team of six recruits and two staff were adventure training in the eastern Pyrenees, in France, when they spotted seven...
Pothole Accident Kills Gran; WOMAN TRIPPED ON ROAD REPAIR AFTER PLAYING THE BINGO
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A GRANDMOTHER on her way home from her favourite bingo hall died when she tripped and fell crossing the road. A coroner is asking a council to review its working procedures after an inquest into Alice Harrison's death...
Pounds 700m CITY OF SCIENCE; MASTER PLANS FOR THE OLD TYNE BREWERY SITE DETAIL SKYSCRAPERS, ACCOMMODATION AND THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG A MASTER plan to transform the old Tyne Brewery into one of Europe's leading science quarters, creating thousands of jobs, was unveiled today. The pounds 700m scheme follows a year of consultations on options for the future...
Probe into Rise of Electric Shock Therapy; Fears for Mental Health Patients
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter A CONTROVERSIAL form of psychiatric treatment is on the increase in the North East. There were 1,529 administrations of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) in 2007, compared to 1,069 the year before, according...
Rugby Union: Thunder Roll on with Super Win
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS today told his Gateshead players to strike for the fantastic four on Sunday. Hailing his battle-hardened Thunder troops for securing their third win eight days after they saw off Oldham 32-18 at Gateshead Stadium,...
Rugby Union: Tu's Company! Tane Deal Sealed by Newcastle
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NEWCASTLE Falcons have wrapped up a three-year deal for Junior All Black Tane Tu'ipulotu. Poised to announce the deal in the next 24 hours, Newcastle have finally cemented their first major signing of the summer. An...
School Visits Add Up; Children Learning There's Fun in Maths
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter SCHOOLCHILDREN across the North East have been learning there is more to maths than number crunching. A programme of handson activities is being staged at the Centre for Life, Newcastle, throughout...
Second Blow for Blaze Mum; SHE FACES CARRYING SCARRED CHILD UP STAIRS OF COUNCIL FLAT
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A HOMELESS mum and daughter left burned and scarred by a near fatal house fire were dealt a second blow when council chiefs said they would only rehouse them in a second floor flat. Jane Carver suffered burns to her arms...
Serial Thief Spared Jail for Beating; Raider Hit out Fleeing from House
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A SERIAL raider who lashed out with a truncheon when he was caught fleeing a home has been spared jail. David Bates had already burgled one house in Blyth when just hours later he saw his chance to sneak inside another....
Stars Set to Shine; AWARD SCHEME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND CARERS RETURNS
Byline: SARA NICHOL YOUNG stars who live with a disability are to be honoured with the return of prestigious awards. Following the success of last year, The Stars Awards are being launched again. The awards are designed to honour the bravery...
Student Banks on Bright Future; Eagerly Looking Forward to Placement with Goldman Sachs
A STUDENT beat off stiff competition to get a placement at one of the world's biggest banks. Kathleen Edwards, 22, a student at the Newcastle Business School - part of Northumbria University - will spend her third year at the Goldman Sachs offices...
Telepathic Strike Pair So in Toon; PARTNERS IN TYNE Highlighting Two Partnerships Which Both Featured Beardo the First Linking with Keegan and Later Alongside Cole
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HOWEY says that the telepathy between Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley spread throughout Kevin Keegan's team with their style of play eventually leading to the nickname: The Entertainers. The former Toon defender excelled...
Terrier Is Left to Rot in Filth; Another Is Hunted over Cruelty
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY THESE are the appalling conditions in which a dog was abandoned to rot in its own dirt. The cruel owner of the dog fled his house but left the pet to live on its own in utter squalor. Now police and the RSPCA are trying...
Thanking You for the Music; RECORDING STUDIO GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG SOME of the country's top bands have been through its doors. But it looks like the end for Newcastle's Blast Recording Studio in Byker. The venue once used by charttoppers Arctic Monkeys and Keane has hit financial...
Top Class:Blazing a Trail in Fire Safety; PUPILS' DESIGNS USED ON FIRE ENGINES TO HIGHLIGHT DANGERS
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR CHILDREN put their artistic talents to the test to spread the word about the importance of fire safety. Pupils from St Lawrence Roman Catholic Primary School and Byker Primary School in Newcastle's East End were set a challenge...
Top Class:Help Make It Short and Snappy; READERS URGED TO COME UP WITH A NAME FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S FESTIVAL
PLANS to stage the biggest ever festival exclusively for children and young people in our region are under way. The season of events, which will span September through to November and run across several North East venues, is being organised by Newcastle...
Top Class:PARENT TO PARENT
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON MANY parents would like more activities to be available to their teens to stop them being tempted into risky behaviours such as binge drinking, drugs and underage sex, according to a new report by national, Tyneside-based...
Vent Your Spleen
"Bring back hanging, bring back corporal punishment. I will gladly, gladly put in for the job as hangman and I would hang the whole lot of them. Why should this country have such an easy law system so people can get away with murdering other people?...
We All Have Faults, but Gazza Has So Much to Offer; PHOTOS FROM PAUL'S CLOSE PAL SHOW TROUBLED TOON ICON AT HIS BEST
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON GAZZA may be facing his darkest days yet. But fans in the North East have not forgotten their hero. And as friends and family rally round him, we have taken a look at the happier moments that made Gazza the legend he...
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