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 March 30, 2012

All I Want to Do Is to Put This All Behind Us - We Have Both Been through Hell ... Ex-Cop and His Wife Tell of Relief at Being Cleared of Supplying Cocaine
LIFE tastes good for cocaine-taking police officer Paul Thompson and his successful wife Susan as they celebrate being cleared of a drugs plot. Minutes after the jury foreman at Newcastle Crown Court cleared the couple, the former detective sergeant...
Angelina Raises Serious Dough; Cupcake Queen's Bumper Batch of Buns Is Charity Treat
THIS little cupcake queen has cooked up hundreds of tasty treats for her classmates. Budding young baker Angelina Bennett, seven, is raising money for charity with her bumper batch of 500 cupcakes at Newburn Manor Primary School, in Newcastle. ...
Become for 2012/13 Reviewer
EVERYONE has something to say about the last film they saw, show they took in or CD they bought. Now, for the ninth year, we are giving our younger readers the chance to share their views in print. Our exciting Young Reviewers 2012/13 scheme...
Birthday Girl Jane's Secret to along Life; 'I Loved to Go Dancing and I'm a Hardworking Woman'
BOOGIE nights are the reason dancing fan Jane Huebner celebrates her 104th birthday today. Jane, of Springfield Park Care Home, in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, is celebrating the landmark birthday and she says the trick to a long and healthy life...
Book Reviews
The Good Father by Noah Hawley is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, priced pounds 12.99. Available March 29. Workaholic American film and TV producer Noah Hawley has produced three novels, as well as worked on shows such as Bones...
Brilliant BA Deserves to Get in Goals Again
Byline: John GIBSON IF I am allowed to express a genuine hope for what may be on the menu come Sunday lunch, it is that the man with the shortest surname in football, Demba Ba, scores his 17th goal of a memorable debut season. Oh, of course,...
Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 Vcdi Ltz Exec Auto
WITHIN a comparatively small range, the Chevrolet Cruze has a big appeal. Initially launched as a saloon and last year followed by a hatchback, the Cruze runs to 14 variants in three trim levels with a choice of 124bhp and 141bhp 1.6 or 1.8-litre...
Cisse Has Them on Red Alert; YOU BET
AFTER last Sunday's excellent performance at the Hawthorns, Liverpool will have one warning ringing in their ears ... beware Cisse. United's Senegalese striker has been in exceptional form since his transfer in the January window, notching five...
Coach Carver's Delighted as Squad Show Its Strength
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United assistant manager John Carver has backed James Perch to underline the Magpies' squad unity in Sunday's clash with Liverpool. The Geordie coach has heaped praise on Newcastle's squad members throughout the season,...
Court in Brief
A selection of offences from the magistrates' courts Neil Liddle, 37, Doddington Close, West Denton Park, Newcastle. Pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed taxi and driving without insurance in Newcastle on July 23. Given six points and told...
[c]TWEETS & POSTS
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages REVAMPED pub The Bay Horse in Dinnington welcomed a mere five customers in a week. Locals have boycotted the pub saying the new owners are trying to change the pub too much....
Dad 'Paid a Pittance in Bootleg Booze Con; 32-Year-Old Acted as Delivery Man and Warehouse Worker
Byline: DAN WARBURTON PEDDLING alcohol for a criminal empire, delivery man Avtar Singh was lured into the murky underbelly of Tyneside's gang culture. And when detectives orchestrated a raid on an alcohol warehouse in Birtley they discovered a stash...
Death Horror on the Road; Tragedy as Frantic Efforts to Save Pensioner Stuck underneath the Wheels of a Bus Fail
Byline: PHILIPPA GOYMER THIS is the aftermath of a horrifying road smash in which a pensioner died under the wheels of a bus. The victim, who has not been named but was in his 70s, was killed when he was hit on a busy Tyneside road. The tragedy...
Deaths
BAKER (Shrewsbury). Originally Lynemouth. Passed away at the Severn Hospice on 26th March, aged 77 years, Ernest William, a beloved husband to the late Rita, a cherished dad to Diane and partner John and a much loved grandfather to Stephen. Funeral...
DVD Reviews
Hugo (Cert U, 120 mins, Entertainment In Video, Drama, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/3D Blu-ray pounds 24.99). Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Frances de la Tour, Richard...
Family at Heart of Music; the Debut Single from Hardworking Collective the Lake Poets Sees Them Delve into the Roots of Their North East Upbringing, RUTH LAWSON Talks to the Man Behind the Heartfelt Music Numan to Head North
Byline: RUTH LAWSON [c] ELECTRONIC music legend Gary Numan is heading back to the North East to play a selection of his greatest hits. Gary will be cherry-picking the best songs from his 33-year career. The 12-date UK jaunt coincides with...
Final Defeat Won't Take Any Glory Away from Season
Byline: MARK SMITH DURHAM University director of rugby Alex Keay insisted his side's season had still been a success despite this week's Twickenham trip ending in defeat. The Palatinates were beaten 45-20 at Rugby HQ in the final of the British...
Food to Thai For
Byline: GORDON BARR WHAT an absolute find this turned out to be! If it was possible to give six stars out of five then I would have no hesitation in awarding Orangegrass that very accolade. It rates as the best Thai dining experience I have...
Fury at Plan to Axe Child Care; Petition against Proposals for Overnight Stay Supported
Byline: HELEN RAE THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition in protest over plans to axe overnight hospital stays for children in parts of the region. Controversial proposals have been put forward to end long-term inpatient paediatric care at...
Granny Says 'Locks Away' Long Hair Cut off for Worthy Cause
GRANDMOTHER Maureen Armstrong said goodbye to her long locks - but all in the name of a good cause. Her grandson Richard Hunter was struck down with meningitis in June 2010 when he was just 11 months old. Doctors were forced to amputate two-year-old...
Gymnasts Left without Facility; Youngsters Can't Train on School Site
Byline: RUTH LAWSON YOUNG gymnasts may be forced to quit their sport after a club's current training facilities were withdrawn. Children who use Newcastle City Council's Impulse Fitness based in Kenton School learned just under two weeks ago...
Hebburn Target a Return to Top Flight; Northern League
Byline: MALCOM PRATT AFTER a decade in the Second Division, Hebburn Town now have their sights set on a return to the STL Northern League top flight. But despite being only three points behind leaders Team Northumbria with a game in hand on their...
Heed May Need Help from Rivals; Blue Sq Bet Premier
Byline: STEVE BROWN IAN BOGIE believes Gateshead CAN still make the play-offs - but admits that, with little room for error, they may need a helping hand. The Tynesiders stand ninth in the Blue Square Bet Premier, three points below the crucial...
He Had a Knife. I Was Worried for My Baby; Mum-to-Be Tells of Her Horror as Knifeman Raids Shop
Byline: DAN WARBURTON A MUM-TO-BE feared for her life and that of her unborn child when a masked knifeman targeted her store. Heavily pregnant Fazila Akhtar was rushed to Newcastle's RVI after the raider targeted the family shop in Wallsend,...
Honda Civic Es
WHEN Honda launched the eighth generation of the Civic in 2006 it was a culture shock for the traditionally conservative buyers of the model. Gone was the style of car they had become accustomed to, a car that had evolved and improved over the years,...
Hundreds of Jobs Face the Axe; Workers Tell of Shock at Closure
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG FAMILIES are today facing job loss heartache after hundreds of workers at a food factory were told their posts could be gone as a result of work being moved elsewhere. Irish food giant Kerry Foods, in Durham city, plans...
I Can't Wait to Hit Ice Again
Byline: GORDON BARR Dancing On Ice kicks off its national tour in Newcastle next month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR meets up with 2011 champion Sam Attwater HE WAS the unrivalled star of last year's Dancing On Ice and Sam Attwater is back...
In Memoriam
DUNN (Leam Lane). In loving memory of my dear mam, Alice. One year has passed since we sat by your bedside, with tears we watched you sinking, we saw you fade away and though our hearts were breaking, we knew you could not stay. So sadly missed by...
Join in and Step into Spring; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
THIS spring, English Heritage is unlocking the castle doors, sprucing up the flower beds and getting the kettle on, ready to open fully to the public on March 31. And that's not all, it also has two exciting new exhibitions opening at Housesteads...
Kia Optima 1.7 Crdi 2 Luxe
Byline: ALISTAIR COULL WATCH out Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Vauxhall Insignia. Kia's new Optima flagship saloon, hailed by industry watchers as "the best car yet to come out of Korea" is about to hit the streets of Britain. The Optima has already...
KK Too Tough to Follow for Kenny
Byline: Robert LEE IF NEWCASTLE United fans were offered a place in the Champions League or a place in the FA Cup final this season I'm quite sure they would take it. Unfortunately for Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle, it wasn't enough for him to...
Lights, Camera and Action for First Time
AS plans are unveiled for a pounds 25m redevelopment of the Tyne Tees Television's former home we look back at the history of the iconic building. The fledgling North East TV station was first mooted in 1957, with hopes that an initial broadcast...
Live Theatre Is Comiing Alive
alive [c] iscomiing Live Theatre NEWCASTLE'S Live Theatre is looking forward to presenting an exciting programme of new work in partnership with some of the country's leading theatre companies between April to August this year. Getting things off...
Liz Walker
[c] My two daughters couldn't be much more different. If one didn't look like the double of her dad and the other a mini me, I would doubt they were related. In musical terms, Charlotte, aged three, is a bit of chilled-out folk, and Katherine, 18...
Making Our World Better; Pupils Are Getting to Grips with the Appliance of Science
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL CHILDREN joined Tyneside scientists to come up with ideas on how we can look after our planet better. Almost 150 pupils from across the region took part in workshops with the scientists at the Centre for Life in Newcastle....
Mazda6 2.2d Estate Mzr-CD Sport
Mazda6, which came with stylish good looks and proved fun to drive. With 21 Mazda6 models on offer in hatchback and estate styles, there are six engines, three petrol and a trio of diesels, plus four kit levels from which to choose with an attractive...
My House Means 'Big Love' in Maori
After many years as a travel guide in Europe and living in New Zealand, Louise Thorpe, 40, has settled near her roots in Low Fell. She shows us her pride and joy - The Orange Room - a vintage haven that's been put together with the help of family and...
New Games This [C] Week
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13: Masters Collector's Edition Platform: PS3 Tiger Woods may be still on the climb back to the top of the real-world golfing tree, but when it comes to console fairways and greens, he's the man. This year's release boasts a number...
O'Neill Hopes to Have Rich Pickings for City Encounter
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MARTIN O'NEILL is hoping Kieran Richardson will be fit to face Manchester City this weekend. The defender has been out of action since picking up a calf injury in the Tyne-Wear derby at the beginning of the month. But...
Panic Is at a Minimum for Drivers in Region; We Escape the Madness
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN SOME Tyneside petrol stations were pumped dry last night, but the region largely escaped the panic buying that has gripped Britain. Despite chaotic scenes at some garages and most reporting they were busier than usual, managers...
Perch Is Relishing Chance to Take on Andy
Byline: LEE RYDER JAMES PERCH admits he is facing a battle as he prepares to go face-to-face with his former team-mate Andy Carroll. The Liverpool striker has scored six goals this season, and Perch says he is relishing the challenge to grapple...
Peugeot 3008 Hdi 150 Allure
A CAR for all seasons is probably the most appropriate description for Peugeot's classy-looking crossover vehicle the 3008. Most folk, and families in particular, have long cast adrift the old notions of cars being anything other than capable of...
Pounds 30m Venue Is Jobs Boost for Region; Pounds 30m World-Class Conference Centre Gets Pounds 10m Grant
Byline: KATE PROCTOR A WORLD-CLASS conference centre at The Sage Gateshead is set to bring hundreds of jobs to the North East. Employment hopes were lifted yesterday as the pounds 30m project was earmarked for a pounds 10m grant from the Arts...
Pupil Power Wins Gold; Tyneside Youngsters Will Test the Olympic Running Track
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL CHILDREN at a Tyneside school have been given the huge honour of staging their very own 100m race in front of 20,000 cheering fans at London's Olympic Stadium. Pupils at Gosforth Central Middle School in Newcastle will...
Respect
Byline: LEE RYDER ANDY CARROLL has vowed NOT to celebrate if he scores against Newcastle United - as a mark of respect to the Toon Army. The Teams lad will return to St James' Park for the first time since leaving United in January last year....
Seat Exeo St Estate
Byline: STEVE HUGHES THE executive class 2012 SEAT Exeo is now available in the Spanish brand's UK showrooms nationwide with even more style, economy and refinement available to savvy saloon and estate buyers. Priced from pounds 19,480, SEAT's...
Silent End to Gory Days; Bytesize [c]The Latest Game News
THE age of the digital gaming download has finally reached a tipping point, following news that digital downloads now represent more than half of all PC games sold in the UK and United States. This figure is only likely to increase as the focus...
Skoda Ramps Up the Urban Style
Byline: MIKE TORPEY SKODA has style-savvy drivers in its sights with the arrival of a limited-edition version of its compact SUV, the Yeti. Named the Yeti Urban, it is based on the popular SE trim, but features up to pounds 2,450 worth of added...
Team Cannot Wait for Next Season to Arrive
NORTHUMBRIA University Rugby League can tackle the game's big guns next season after a confidence-boosting cup win underlined the club's massive potential. That's the verdict of coach Jason Payne after his students overcame a sluggish start to the...
Theatre Preview
Byline: GORDON BARR EVER wondered what it would be like to be confined to your bedroom by sickness your whole life? This is what life is like for 17-year-old Lillie Lee in The Heights, a play by Lisa McGee (Jump!) which will take to the stage at...
The Grass Is Not Always Greener, Is It Enrique?
Byline: LEE RYDER REMEMBER the day when Jose Enrique lost the plot amid an American heatwave? I do - as if it was yesterday. On Sunday, Enrique will return in the red of Liverpool on the hallowed turf of St James' Park, but he began planting...
The Perfect Place to Bounce Back
Byline: JAMES HUNTER LEE CATTERMOLE says this weekend's visit to Manchester City is the ideal game to get Sunderland's FA Cup disappointment out of their system. The Black Cats' FA Cup run fizzled out with a poor performance and a 2-0 defeat...
Tips on Insurance for Young Drivers
THE cost of insurance is still the biggest issue for young drivers aged under 24, with the average cost of insurance for a new driver at pounds 3,000, which is often more than the value of their car. Now What Car? magazine is urging more insurance...
Urs in Tune with Life; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Il Divo's Swiss Tenor Urs Buhler Ahead of the Group's Long-Awaited Gig at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle
Byline: GORDON BARR CITY GIG For Il Divo and Urs Buhler, second from right FOUR years ago almost to the day, Urs Buhler, one fourth of Il Divo, was in the North East at a show with just 120 in the audience. When he arrives here next week with...
Vickers Back to Join Sharks Hunt; Falcons Hooker Returns to Boost Survival Mission
Byline: MARK SMITH ON THE day that he signed a new two-year contract to stay with the club, Newcastle Falcons hooker Rob Vickers returns to their starting line-up for tonight's visit of Sale Sharks. The 30-year-old's inclusion is one of just...
We Face Being Trapped in Flats; High Rise Tenants Left without Lift Service to Their Homes
Byline: KATIE DAVIES HIGH rise tenants claim they could be trapped in their homes for weeks as workers carry out repairs to a lift. St Cuthbert's Court residents in Gateshead say they are forced to struggle up narrow steep stairs with pushchairs,...
YOU TELL US; as Drivers Flock to Forecourts across the Country to Stockpile Petrol amid Fears of a Strike, RUTH LAWSON Went to Newcastle's Quayside to Find out If Tynesiders Have Been Doing the Same
Byline: RUTH LAWSON PANIC buying has set in this week after fuel tanker drivers voted in favour of a walkout in a dispute over terms and conditions and safety. Reports of queues and police presence at some petrol stations in the region have surfaced...
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