Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 11, 2008

Alert over Agency; Firm Heading to Tyneside Is under Investigation
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A CASTING company accused of exploiting fame-hungry punters is heading for Tyneside. But watchdogs today warned families to steer clear of 1stClass Images after a Chronicle probe unearthed its links to rogue...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG AS ANIMAL welfare campaigners paraded outside Newcastle Civic centre dressed as hens, I can reveal that inside the building some councillors were tucking into chicken. The protesters were calling upon Newcastle City Council...
Bird Experts Mourn Death of Rare Chick; YOUNGEST OF SIX HEN HARRIERS DISAPPEARS FROM NEST
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A RARE hen harrier under 24-hour surveillance in Northumberland has died. The bird was the last to hatch in a nest of six youngsters at a secret location in North Tynedale. It vanished from the nest it shared with...
Bowlers Make the Area Final
THE Northumberland County jj Bowling Association had a comfortable win over Lancashire on Saturday in Kirkbymoorside. And the success means the side progressed to the area finals stage of the National Bowls England Inter-County Top 2x4s. The...
Brockwell Courting Success
CRAMLINGTON'S Brockwell Middle School beat off 13 challengers to win the Under-13 Northumberland Badminton Championships at Cramlington Sporting Club. Daniel Rogerson from Prudhoe Middle School won the boys' singles, an event which attracted 64...
City Legends; FAMILIES AND FRIENDS MOURN TWO COUNCIL STALWARTS
Byline: PETER YOUNG Political Editor MOURNERS will say a final farewell on Friday to two former civic leaders and council colleagues who died within days of one another. Family and friends will gather at Newcastle's West Road crematorium for...
Coughlin's Century Takes Centre Stage; LATEST REPORTS FROM THE REGION'S JUNIOR CRICKET SCENE
Byline: WARMSEAL DURHAM SENIOR LEAGUE JUNIOR SECTION WITH the first phase of the DCB Youth Championship now only three weeks from its conclusion, the pressure intensified on clubs throughout the three league sections as they vied for the key positions....
Cricket: All Change as Birbeck Inspires Lyons; WARMSEAL DURHAM SENIOR LEAGUE
IT was all change at the top again in the Warmseal Durham Senior League as Hetton Lyons powered to a comprehensive victory over Felling, and Burnmoor were surprisingly held by South Hetton. Skipper Shaun Birbeck was once again the inspiration for...
Cricket: Derby Doom for Poor Newcastle; NORTHERN ROCK NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE
IT appears as if there is nowhere to turn for Newcastle as an eighth straight defeat left them 23 points adrift at the foot of the Northern Rock North East Premier League. The gloom deepened when they crashed by seven wickets in the Tyne-Wear derby....
Cricket: Ryhope Pounce to Take the Lead; 3D DURHAM COAST LEAGUE
THERE are new leaders in the 3D Durham Coast League after an attritional draw between Castle Eden and Murton allowed Ryhope to take over at the top. Ryhope's latest victory over one of the principal challengers, Seaham Park, perfectly illustrated...
Cricket: Skipper Hails Wonderkid Scope after Super Hat-Trick; THREE COUNTIES NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUE
Byline: NICK PUREWAL COLIN THORNTON hailed 16-year-old John Scope's stellar hat-trick as Bomarsund bludgeoned Stocksfield to jump up to third in the Three Counties Northumberland League. The off-spinner's season bow could hardly have gone better,...
Cricket: Unbeaten Swalwell Winning Title Race; ALL THE CRICKET LEAGUE ACTION WITH A NEW SEASON IN FULL SWING WELLSTREAM NORTHUMERLAND & TYNESIDE SENIOR LEAGUE
THIS year's NTSL title race is in danger of turning into a procession as Swalwell continue to sweep all before them. Swalwell brushed aside second-placed Sacriston at the weekend to keep up their 100% record in Division A1 and extend their lead...
Debutants Have Twenty20 Vision
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM Dynamos include South African signings Shaun Pollock and Albie Morkel tonight when they get their Twenty20 Cup campaign under way against Debyshire ' Phantoms at the Riverside. The Dynamos' determination to become...
Family Affair Crowns Hexham Success
HEXHAM'S biggest ever Regatta was a roaring success at the weekend. And in this, their 130th anniversary year, Hexham Rowing Club's success was crowned when a home crew won the women's novice coxed quad sculls event. This crew is something of...
Firebugs Won't Keep Me out of Business; FISH BAR OWNER'S VOW AFTER SHOP WENT UP IN FLAMES
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A FISH and chip shop owner has been left fighting to fry again by yobs. George Sanghera has served up battered treats to patrons of his Moby Dicks Fish Bar in Bedlington town centre for more than 20 years with no bother....
First Class Duo to Rescue
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON FORMER Durham pair Graeme Bridge and Marc Symington helped Northumberland save the day as their opening Minor Counties Championship game against Norfolk petered out in a tame draw. The pair blasted Norfolk out of another...
FLIGHT OF FANCY; Up, Up and Then They're Away for Good - the Final Journeys of the DC-3 Dakotas
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THEY transformed air travel and became kings of the clouds. But fans of the Douglas DC-3 Dakotas are bidding them a fond farewell in their final passenger flights. Around 300 Chronicle readers are descending on Newcastle...
Football: GUNNERS EYE SHAY; Toon's Super Keeper Is Top Gunners Target
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger is ready to test Newcastle United's resolve to keep keeper Shay Given at St James's Park. And United have responded by checking out Rangers' Scottish international keeper...
Football: Hat-Trick Hero Villa Pays Tribute to Torres
SPAIN hat-trick hero David Villa paid tribute to strike partner Fernando Torres following last night's 4-1 drubbing of Russia, even though the Liverpool man again failed to get on the scoresheet for his country. Immediately after slotting the ball...
Football: Let's Go and Get Bentley; You're the BOSS
Byline: RICHARD WEARMOUTH Today it's the turn of RICHARD WEARMOUTH, of Newcastle in the hot seat WHICH PLAYER WOULD YOU SIGN THIS SUMMER? I THINK we need to have a creative midfielder with a good delivery and who has a defence-splitting pass,...
Gay-Hate Horror; Attacker Locked Up
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON HOMOPHOBIC Karl Duggan is behind bars after kicking his victim's head like a football. Cheered on by an cruel gang, the 23-year-old stamped on Paul Parkin as he lay helpless on the Redheugh Bridge. Innocent Mr Parkin...
Girls Stick in to Earn High Marks; GRASSROOTS SPORT PICTURE SPECIAL FOCUSING ON HOCKEY
CENTRAL Newcastle High School's senior hockey team dished out the stick - to end the season with four trophies. The girls squad claimed the Under-18 County Tournament Championship, the Senior Team Championship, the County Knockout Cup and the Tyne...
Grassroots Noticeboard
THE Sunderland AFC Foundation is launching a new five-a-side league at Washington Millennium Centre. The big kick off is Tuesday, July 1 and follows a pounds 600,000 investment from Barclays Spaces for Sport in partnership with the football club's...
Halford Keen on Addicks Switch
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND defender Greg Halford could return to Charlton this summer with the Addicks understood to be weighing up a pounds 500,000 bid. Halford failed to make the grade with Sunderland last season and spent the final...
Horse Racing: Durcan's Delight at Three out of Three Success
TED DURCAN was in cracking form at Redcar as he struck with three winners from his only three rides of the day. Henry Cecil's No 1 jockey got 2-9 favourite Timetable home without much fuss for his boss in the Redcar Conference Centre Median Auction...
Horse Racing: Get Your Skates On
ANNIE SKATES can finally claim the decent prize her consistent efforts have deserved in the Lord Weinstock Memorial Race at Newbury. Trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam, the three-year-old only has one win to her name in six starts, but since her maiden...
Ice Hockey: Andre Yes to Vipers Return
Byline: By LEE RYDER ANDRE PAYETTE has nailed his colours to the Newcastle Vipers' mast again for the forthcoming Elite League campaign. The move for the the Canadian completes a busy fortnight for head coach Rob Wilson, who also signed Rob Rankin...
Judo Stars Battle to Win Medals
BATTLE HILL Judo club took five of their Judoka to the Northern Area Open Junior Championships in Redcar and came back with a haul of medals. Competitors took part in 17 contests, winning 16 of them, and returned with an amazing four gold awards...
Keep the Faith and Get More Children out of Poverty Trap; A NEW Government Study Has Shown Poverty Levels among North East Children and Pensioners Are Falling, Bucking the National Trend. but Charities Are Warning There Is Work Still to Be Done, as ALASTAIR CRAIG Reports
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG OUR children and their grandparents are fighting their way out of the poverty trap. In the North East, a new Government study shows 28% of children live in a "poor" household if you exclude housing costs, a drop of 4% since...
Killer Crash Car's Black Box Mystery; POLICE'S IN-CAR RECORDER NOT WORKING AT THE TIME
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A BLACK box recorder which could hold the key to the police car death of Hayley Adamson was not working. Vital information about the moments leading up to the deadly crash, could therefore be lost. GCSE student Hayley,...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - How Do Taxi Drivers Get Away with It?
Byline: DK I RECENTLY took my 14-year-old daughter to the pictures at The Gate, pictured, something that we do regularly. We then went to Pizza Hut for a meal. When we came out, time was getting on so we decided to return home to Ponteland...
Medical Raiders Are Targeting Our Hospital Wards; SHOCKING FIGURES SHOW EXTENT OF THEFT FROM THE NHS
Byline: By DAVID OLD THIEVES have stolen more than pounds 50,000 worth of equipment from Newcastle hospitals. Crooks have helped themselves to computers, pagers and cameras since 2005, grabbing what they could while doctors and nurses were busy...
Murder Suspect Denies Couple's Kidnap; MAN ACCUSED OF ABDUCTING PAIR AT KNIFEPOINT
Byline: By MATT CASEY A MURDER suspect who wanted to confess to an elderly North East couple abducted them at knifepoint. He took them to London after they refused to keep his terrible secret, a court was told. Daniel Breaks is accused of...
Officer Failed to Notice Drugs Kit; INQUEST INTO MAN'S DEATH CRITICISES RETIRING SERGEANT
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A POLICE officer has been criticised for not realising a young man's death could have involved drugs. Sgt Thomas Morris, who was on nightshift, was sent to the scene after Barry McKenna, 22, was found dead at a friend's...
On the Sick; Council Staff May Be Vetted for Absences
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HEALTH professionals may be used to vet council staff calling in sick in a bid to reduce levels of absenteeism. New figures reveal there is a particular problem on Mondays and Fridays. The move to call...
Police Call off Club-Fall Murder Probe; NO CHARGES FOR MEN ARRESTED OVER DEATH
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THE death of a dad who fell down stairs at a Newcastle nightclub is no longer being treated as murder. David Charlton, 41, from Cram-lington, Northumberland, was found unconscious at Grey's Club last September. At...
Police Hunt On-the-Run Paedophile; FUGITIVE SEX OFFENDER MAY HAVE SETTLED IN NORTH EAST
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter HE'S wanted for sick sex offences after grooming children more than 40 years. This is one of the UK's most dangerous paedophile fugitives, and he could be in the North East. Today, police involved in...
Ready for Action; NEW EMERGENCY UNIT WILL SAVE LIVES AT OUTSIDE EVENTS
Byline: By FRAN INFANTE A LIFESAVING emergency response unit has been launched here on Tyneside to improve the safety at major public events. Packed with the latest technology the pounds 50,000 British Red Cross Emergency Response Unit is specifically...
Remember When: How Starsky Became a Star; the Show with a Seedy Side Took Us by Storm A BLAST THE PAST
Byline: GORDON BARR WITH the news that Starsky (aka Paul Michael Glaser) is heading to the North East in panto this Christmas, today we take a nostalgic look back to the days of one of the most famous and popular TV police shows ever. When Starsky...
Rise in People out of Work as Wages Fall; MORE EVIDENCE OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IS REVEALED
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter UNEMPLOYMENT rates have increased, figures showed today. The Office for National Statistics also revealed there has been a dip in average earnings and the number of manufacturing jobs nationally has...
Stars
Byline: CLAIR PETULENGRO Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 DON'T let the pessimistic attitude of a close one stop you from doing what you want, your way. You had a plan and it was a successful one, so you must stick to it. CALL MY CAPRICORN LINE...
Storyteller Returning; YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/09
Mike Batt: Railway Hotel. HAVING researched Mike Batt, who first experienced fame writing songs for the Wombles, I came to the conclusion that he is like the Simon Cowell of the easy listening world. He created the all-girl strong-quartet Bond and...
Teen Tipple Cleared from Shop Shelves; ACTION AFTER YOUNGSTERS TARGET SHOP STAFF TO BUY BOOZE
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter SHOP shelves have been cleared of cheap booze to stop underage drinkers targeting it. Bottles marked with special stickers to trace them to where they were sold repeatedly led police to Clayton Street News...
Terror Vote on a Knife Edge; MPs SPLIT OVER 42-DAY DETENTION PROPOSAL
Byline: By BILL JACOBS Parliamentary Reporter TYNESIDE MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband has flown back from the Middle East to vote for the government's controversial 42-day terror detention plan tonight. He was ordered back from the occupied...
That's Canny Impressive! FIRST GLIMPSE AT 'OUTSTANDING' SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter HERE'S what the future of education looks like on Tyneside. Your Chronicle was invited to join excited children at a Newcastle primary this week when they got their first glimpse of their new school....
The Kid's Back in Town for A Night; Eighties Pop Star Kid Creole Returns to the Region Tonight in Oh! What A Night. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports
Byline: GORDON BARR THERE seems to be no keeping Kid Creole from the region. After a three-year absence, he's back for the second time in less than six months with the smash hit musical Oh! What A Night. Kid Creole will again lead a young...
This Man Has Made the Lives of People in This Area a Misery; RELIEF FOR SHOPKEEPER AS DRUNKEN YOB IS JAILED
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A VICIOUS race-hate attack was the final insult for terrorised shopkeeper Ali Awan. The trader, who was threatened with a huge rock by a notorious drunken troublemaker, says he was made to feel like a victim for months....
Tigers Move Not Due to Fletcher Exit - Flood
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD has rejected claims that John Fletcher's Newcastle Falcons exit signalled his own move to Leicester Tigers. Leicester finally announced the deal to bring Flood to Welford Road today, almost six weeks after the...
Tuncay Focused on Swiss Showdown
TURKEY forward Tuncay Sanli insists he feels no pressure ahead of tonight's Group A showdown with co-hosts Switzerland. Both sides go into the encounter in Basel in need of a win after losing their opening games. Turkey lost 2-0 in their meeting...
Vent Your Spleen
THERE'S not a day goes by when some sort of tax is put on the motorist. Today it is Manchester thinking about congestion charges. It is the motorist who gets it every time and people say we'll go on to public transport. Public transport is that...
We Want Toy Craze to GoGo Away; School Bans Plastic Figures after Rows
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THEY'RE the latest craze to sweep across playgrounds. But these troublesome toys are causing chaos in the classroom. And now one school has gone as far as to ban the children's toy GoGos from its grounds. The tiny...
What a Night for Bobby's Boys; United Come Back from the Dead to Clinch a Spot in the Champions League Second Group Stage Part Three of ALAN OLIVER's European History Sees Him Revist That Famous Night in the DeKuip Stadium When the Magpies Won a Dramatic Game against Feyenoord in the Final Seconds
IT all got off to a bad start. For while I was tucked up in our Rotterdam hotel having an afternoon kip, my Press colleagues were on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing from our Dutch counterparts in a rather one sided football match. To rub salt...
Why Is the Price Right? MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE Looks at Three Small Cars That Still Have Warranty on Them
Byline: MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE MAIN dealers can get unfair criticism for being overpriced. Quite often, what they sell is not overly expensive but they don't bother to tell you why the car is worth the price they are asking. There are hundreds...
Win No Plain Sailing
THE third event in the North East Youth Traveller Series supported by Trident-UK was held at Derwent Reservoir SC at the weekend when sunshine but little breeze greeted the 22 young sailors. The first race set off in a steady but light drift and...
World of Listeners on Web; the Locals the North East Local Music Scene
Byline: GARY BECKWITH A NEW and novel way to give unsigned bands and solo artists a crack at the big time has emerged on the web. Global Icon, a social networking site similar to Myspace and Facebook, aims to help up and coming artists get their...
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