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 April 4, 2012

Acknowledgements
LIDDLE (Throckley). The family of the late Sadie, wish to express sincere thanks to their relatives and friends for the love and support during their recent sad bereavement. Special thanks go to all at Denecroft for their sensitivity and care and to...
A Royal Visitor Spreads Delight; Beacon Opens in West End
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL A ROYAL visit marked the opening of a pounds 6.5m office, conference and community centre in the West End of Newcastle. HRH the Duke of Kent met tenants, staff and the design and construction team of the Beacon, on Westgate...
Ast to Be a Loser as Mac Pockets a Win
PAUL McHUGH turned in one of his best performances to date to win Newcastle SC's one-day handicapped event. The Walkergate cueman beat Gateshead's former national under-19 champion John Astley 3-1 in the final. Astley inched home a 71-58 winner...
Bus Wars Erupt in Fury over Changes; Companies Threaten to Take Drastic Action
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON DEFIANT bus bosses today vowed to fire all staff rather than let councils "steal" their routes. The claim was made during crunch talks between council transport bosses and bus companies such as Stagecoach and Go North East....
Cassidy: Win Has Come Too Late to Save Us
Byline: STEVE BROWN TOMMY CASSIDY admits Blyth's 2-1 home win over Solihull Moors last night has come "too late" to spare Spartans from relegation. But the Croft Park club boss was delighted by his side's second-half performance. And hopes...
Champions League? Anything Is Possible with United
Byline: Nobby SOLANO CAN NEWCASTLE United gatecrash the party and snatch a Champions League place? the question a lot of Geordies are asking as the season reaches a dramatic climax. I believe Alan Pardew will feel his team can do it. They...
Cisse Can Do the Number Nine Justice
EVER since Alan Shearer hung up his boots and pulled off his captain's armband one final time after scoring a penalty at the Stadium of Light, Newcastle United have been on the lookout for a player to do the number 9 shirt justice. There is only...
Club Steeled for Summer Action
THE newly-formed Consett Steelers hope to steal the limelight this summer in their inaugural season in the North East Men's League. The new club are based at Consett RFC and will compete against teams across the North East including Ashington-based...
[C] Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages A SECRET war of words broke out between NUFC's Derek Llambias and the city council over renaming St James' Park, after members of the council passed a motion criticising club...
Deaths
ALLISON (Tantobie). Formerly Chopwell and High Spen. Peacefully on 29th March, aged 69 years, Ruth, beloved mother of Richard, Christopher, Derek and Alison, much loved nanna and great nanna of all the family. Friends please meet for service in Craghead...
DELIVER EUROPE; Fans Right to Have Dreams
ALAN PARDEW feels that his top-six Newcastle United side have given the Toon Army the right to "dream" of the Champions League. But the Toon gaffer has handed his side a simple brief in the final seven games of the campaign by telling his players...
Durham's Onions Is Hungry for an England Test Recall
WHILE England's bowlers toiled away in sticky Sri Lanka yesterday, Graham Onions sat at snowy Chesterle-Street with a warning. The Low Fell fast bowler wants his Test place back - and that hunger can only help Durham to win the trophies he believes...
Families Feel Safer in Their Homes and on Their [...]; Chief Constable Praises Staff and Community
Byline: sophie doughty OUR streets have been growing safer over the last 12 months as crime has continued to fall. End of year figures released by Northumbria Police today show that crime fell by more than 8% between April 2011 and the end of...
Geordie Boy to Upset Graham Will Try Toon's Euro Bid; Striker That Got Away Now Set to Cause Trouble for Newcastle
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED fans may well have been fearing the worst at the possibility of Geordie-born striker Andy Carroll coming back to haunt them. It didn't come on Sunday against Liverpool as the pounds 35million man mis-fired,...
Getting Back Up May Not Be So Tough for Falcons
NEWCASTLE Falcons could face a less arduous route back to the Aviva Premiership if they are relegated at the end of the current season. The Falcons are favourites for the drop as they sit eight points adrift at the foot of the table with three games...
Grand Tyneside Centurion Dies at Age of 106; 'She Still Wanted a Game of Hockey - Even in Her 100s'
Byline: SARAH SCOTT HER zest for life never faltered and even in her 100s Doris McKenzie's only wish was to play a good game of hockey. But sadly the great-grandmother-of-six, one of Tyneside's oldest Centurions, has passed away at the grand...
Hatem Has Got to Grips with Life in the Premier
HATEM BEN Arfa has now grasped life in the Premier League - according to his delighted manager Alan Pardew. The dark days of being an unused substitute are now seemingly behind the 25-year-old with the playmaker one of the reasons why Newcastle have...
Hope of Jobs for Alcan Workers; Careers Fair Opens Doors for Staff as Site Winds Down
WORKERS who face the axe from one of the region's biggest private employers have been offered hope of finding new jobs. Rio Tinto Alcan is shedding up to 515 jobs at its aluminium smelter at Lynemouth with the site to close in stages over the coming...
Hundreds of Children Fall Victim to Sex Offences; Charity Calls for Action
Byline: COREENA FORD MORE than 600 children were victims of sexual abuse in the North East last year, the Chronicle has learned. Campaigners at the NSPCC obtained figures showing 632 child sex offences were reported in the Northumberland, Tyne &...
Killer Note: Keep Quiet If You Want to Help Me; Black Widow Killer's Letters Provide a Chilling Insight into Her State of Mind
Byline: SARA NICHOL UNSEEN letters from Black Widow killer Christina Button can today be revealed. Button, who was jailed for life with her obsessed nephew Simon Tannahill for bludgeoning her husband George to death so they could cash in on his...
Let's Bring Back the Glory Days; Traders Launch Bid to Rejuvenate City Street
IT WAS once dubbed Newcastle's Carnaby Street, and now it is hoped TV's Queen of Shops, Mary Portas, can make High Bridge swing again. Store owners have banded together to form the High Bridge Tenants' Association in a bid to rejuvenate the once...
Light Touch on Movie History; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reviews Travelling Light, Which Is at the Theatre Royal Newcastle until Saturday
Byline: GORDON BARR PLAYWRIGHT Nicholas Wright has used a lot of artistic licence in this look at the beginnings of the movie industry. It's purely fictional, but at its heart does lie a grain of truth - that it was Jewish culture that led to the...
Love Bords Back at Kielder Nesting Site
Byline: TONY HENDERSON A PAIR of ospreys have returned to their North East breeding nest for the fourth year in a row. Forestry Commission rangers confirmed yesterday that the birds - the first to breed successfully in the region for at least...
Moment a Life Was Saved .. Rescuers Manage to Pull Woman of 79 from under Wheels of a Bus
Byline: SARA NICHOL THESE dramatic pictures capture the moment emergency crews saved a pensioner from under the wheels of a bus. The operation to save her life unfolded in front of horrified shoppers in Newcastle city centre. The 79-year-old,...
Newcastle for Once Can Look Upwards Instead of Down
NEWCASTLE United can go into the last seven games of the season looking firmly up rather than down. I've been cautious for most of the season because I think that a top-10 finish would have been acceptable to many Newcastle fans given the expectations...
Residents Get Behind Bar in Saving Old Vic; Race to Get Pub Listed before Appeal
Byline: MICHEAL BROWN CAMPAIGNERS trying to save a community pub say they face a race against time to have the historic hostelry listed before a planning appeal. Tesco wants to turn the Victoria and Albert pub in Seaton Delaval into an Express...
'Running Helped Me after Mystery Virus'
A YEAR ago Elizabeth Fenwick was struck down with a mystery virus that left her seriously ill. The 58-year-old had been suffering from severe headaches and flu-like symptoms when she suddenly took a turn for the worse and was rushed to hospital...
Seeking a Magical Bet
SEEKING Magic is one of the more interesting runners on show at Folkestone and could do well in the Live Pool Information At totepool.com Handicap. Clive Cox does well with his sprinters, and this lightly-raced four-year-old showed enough last season...
Snow Storms Bring Power Misery for Thousansds; What a Difference a Week Makes When It Comes to Our Weather
FROM sunbathing to snow flurries, what a difference a week makes to the region's climate. Just seven days ago the North East was basking in temperatures which, at one stage, made Newcastle and Durham city among Europe's sunshine hotspots. But...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL Tonight's fixtures (7.45pm unless stated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL SECOND LEG: Chelsea v Benfica, Real Madrid v Apoel Nicosia. STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (7.30): Norton and Stockton Ancients v Consett, Shildon v Billingham...
Steps Returning to the Glory Days
Byline: GORDON BARR STEPS kicked off their Ultimate Tour this week following their reunion 10 years after they split. They are set to play two gigs at the Metro Radio Arena this month with the first show this Sunday. It will see the chart-toppers...
Sting's Old School Now an Academy
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL NEWCASTLE'S St Cuthbert's Catholic High School has converted to academy status. The oldest Catholic boys' school in the country, it is rated outstanding by Ofsted. The 130-year-old school - which counts Sting and...
Students Enjoy a Super Weekend of Success in Eights
TEAM Northumbria triumphed in their latest double-header with both the men's and women's teams sailing through to the Super Eights semis. The fired-up hosts dominated both matches, bagging 3-0 victories against London Lynx and Swiss Cottage. ...
Stuetel's Old Club to Test TN in Plsy-Offs; Men's Basketball
MARC Steutel's former club stands between the Team Northumbria playcaller and a play-off final place after the EBL Division Two title winners maintained their pursuit of a trophy double. TN easily disposed of Eastside Eagles in their play-off quarter-final...
Taxi Accident Ruined My Life; Man Hit by Cab Speaks out as Driver Walks Free from Court
THE driver of a taxi that hit a lad as he crossed the road has been cleared of criminal charges. Lee McCurry was left with serious head injuries after he was struck by the car being driven by Kenneth John West Brown in Whitley Bay last year. Mr...
There's More to Come from Cats Wing Wizard; but James Must Stay Humble - Keith
Byline: STEVE BROWN JAMES McCLEAN has played a "key role" in Sunderland's resurgence under Martin O'Neill. But Black Cats reserve team boss Keith Bertschin insists there is "definitely more to come" from the 22-year-old - so long as he remains...
There Was No Affair, Sats Twin; Darren Rathband Says Brother's 7/7 Friendship 'Platonic'
Byline: KATIE DAVIES THE brother of PC David Rathband has denied that his twin planned to start a new life in Australia with 7/7 bombing survivor Lisa French. The policeman, who was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010, spent 10 weeks Down Under...
The Scribbler
[c] POWER corrupts, but luckily there are some sensible checks and balances to limit this. And some not so sensible checks. Lord Beecham, the former leader of Newcastle City Council, uncovered the latest example of this when speaking in parliament...
Three Days after Being Unveiled, Thieves Hit Memorial to Miners; Criminals Planned to Sell Miners' Statue on for Scrap Money, Officers Say
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH A MONUMENT to our mining past was targeted by metal thieves in a crime likened to digging up a grave. The attempted theft of part of the Miners' Heritage Memorial came just days after it was unveiled at Front Street,...
Travel Firm Sales Surge to a Record; Holidays Abroad Proving Popular
GLOOMY British summers have helped drive sales at North East holiday giant Hays Travel to a record pounds 500m. The company said the tough holiday market has held back profits but bookings are still growing in part because of the cold. The country's...
Walton Scot a Full House; Wear Swimmer Lucy Claims Gold, Silver and Bronze in Her Home Pool
Byline: IAN OLIVER SCOTLAND'S Age Group National Championships are being staged at Sunderland this week - and already the area's swimmers have enjoyed medal success. City of Sunderland swimmers excelled in their own pool, with 14-year-old Lucy...
We Won't Bin Rubbis Cuts; Councils Say No to Reintroducing Weekly Collections
Byline: TOM ROWLEY COUNCILS which scrapped weekly bin collections will not bring them back - despite Government funds to help them. Gateshead, which binned weekly pick-ups last month, only plans to bring them back for food waste. And Durham,...
Why I This Man Free? Shock, Disgust and Fear as Man Who Killed Woman's Daughter Is Back in Court
DAZED Beryl Lovatt today told of her fears after her daughter's killer was issued with a restraining order to prevent him harassing another woman. Craig Sexton was handed the injunction after the woman, who met him while he was on day release from...
Women's Ear Bitten off as Pair Wrestle in the Street; Punches Thrown and Metal Chair Used as Weapon
Byline: MICHEAL BROWN ROLLING in the middle of the road, two women brawl in broad daylight in a city centre street. The scene unfolded in Newcastle when two couples clashed. One of the women had half her ear bitten off. Shoppers also saw...
Youngsters Game for Sporting Action in Olympics Event
YOUNG sportsmen from across the North took their inspiration from this year's Olympics as they battled it out for glory. Hundreds of students from four schools in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation went head to head in a challenge of sporting prowess....
You Tell Us
JUST last week sun-seekers were making the most of glorious sunshine, but yesterday temperatures in the region dropped to freezing. KATIE DAVIES asks what you think of the weather and if it affects your mood. SLEET blew across Tyneside yesterday...
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