Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from April 16, 2012

Adams Finds Sand Dancer Race Anything but a Breeze
STRONG winds put paid to Luke Adams' attempt to break the Sand Dancer 10k multi terrain course record along the Leas at South Shields. The in-form South Shields athlete took an early lead and was never headed. However, the out-and-back course,...
A Passion for Fashion since I Was a Youmg Girl; MUM-OF-THREE Julie Tocker Launched Her Own Fashion Label Last Year at the Age of 39. She Tells MADELEINE BOWDEN How Overcoming Dyslexia and Juggling a Hectic Family Life Hasn't Stopped Her Achieving Her Dream. myLife
Byline: MADELEINE BOWDEN HAVING a passion for fashion is something designer Julie Tocker has never been able to shake off. So after taking time out from her career to raise three children and at the age of 39, she decided to take the plunge and...
'Axe' Pair Are Now in the Clear; Accused Brothers Not Guilty
A CASE against alleged axe attacker Trevor Harrison has collapsed. Prosecutors claimed the 26-year-old - said to be "feared in the West End of Newcastle" - had stormed his ex-partner's house after a row over their child. During the alleged attack...
Cabaye: We'll Just Concentrate on What We're Doing
YOHAN CABAYE has revealed he won't waste any energy analysing the results and form of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea as the season hits fever pitch. Newcastle United can move into fourth place for a couple of hours at least in the Premier League...
Charity Rats. 0 Good Guys 1... Thanks to Eric; Samaritan Steps in to Save the Day after Raiders Strike
Byline: SARAH SCOTT A GOOD Samaritan has come to the rescue of a pub hit by charity rats. Charity co-founder Eric Duffield is giving Villa Victoria manageress Diane Rogers a helping hand after thieves took money punters had raised for Marie Curie...
Courts in Brief
A selection of offences from the magistrates'' courts Raymond Boyle, 25, Chesnut Avenue, Cowgate. Driving a car on December 12 along Etal Lane, Newcastle, without a handbrake in good and efficient working order and with an inappropriate tyre. Had three...
[c]TWEETS & POSTS
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages BRAVE soldiers made an emotional return to the North East to be awarded operational service medals for their recent tour in Afghanistan. Caroline Moses said: "God keep them...
Deaths
ADDISONSMITH (Whitley Bay). Peacefully in hospital on 10th April, aged 82 years, June. June will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Friends please meet for service at St. Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton on Friday 20th April at 9.30am, followed...
Delight for North Boss after Promotion; Northern League
TEAM Northumbria made history on Saturday when they clinched promotion to the STL Northern League First Division. And now the pressure is off they aim to go up as champions, and give Newcastle United Reserves a good game when the sides meet in the...
Eagles Starlet Keeney's England Career Developing Very Nicely
LUCY KEENEY has been playing basketball since the age of nine after starting out in the Newcastle Eagles Foundation Hoops for Health programme. Now, 13, she is part of the England development squad and is looking to represent her country at the...
Falcons Breach the Castle and Fight on; Away Win Shows Newcastle Have Plenty Spirit for a Battle
Byline: MARK SMITH Gloucester ............ 20 Newcastle............. 29 NEWCASTLE Falcons proved once again that they are not going down with a whimper, buying themselves a crack at Aviva Premiership survival with a rare away win. While pre-match...
Families Say No to Homes on Farmland; Young and Old Join Together to Protest against New Housing 'Too Close to Nature Reserve'
Byline: SONIA SHARMA YOUNG and old marched in protest against plans to build 366 executive homes on farmland in Tyneside. Carrying banners and waving placards, nearly 100 people walked from West Moor, in North Tyneside, to the Weetslade nature...
Ferguson Grateful to Pardew for Chance to Shine on Big Stage
Byline: LEE RYDER SHANE FERGUSON has thanked Alan Pardew for his big chance on the first-team stage with Newcastle United. Ferguson will come into contention for this weekend's encounter with battling Stoke City after playing his part in recent...
FGun Times in the Spring. Sunshine; Families Enjoy a Weekend of Events in the Park
Byline: KATE O'NEILL ENJOYMENT is etched on every face as these families celebrate Spring. The Springtime Show at Saltwell Park, now in its seventh year, was organised by the Gateshead Council The park was full of youngsters with lions and tigers...
Five Games Left and 15 Points to Play for ... Where Do Our Expert Panel Think the Toon Will Finish Up?
UNITED just need to keep rolling along the way they have been. They've achieved their target of a top-10 finish with five games to spare and are more or less assured of a Europa League place. The only question is whether they take a Champions...
From Dire Straits to Untold Wealth
Byline: MIKE KELLY NAMED after their perilous financial situation, Dire Straits were formed 35 years ago and would go on to become one of the richest and most successful of rock bands. They sold 120 million albums, had countless hits and turned...
Gold Praises Fellow Coaches after Memorable Victory
GARY Gold was quick to credit his fellow coaches as Newcastle Falcons surged to a memorable 29-20 triumph at Gloucester. The South African director of rugby landed at Kingston Park in January to embark on their remarkable rescue mission, bringing John...
Heed Still in Play-Off Hunt; Blue Sq Bet Prem
Byline: LEE RYDER IAN BOGIE has told his Gateshead players they are good enough to secure a historic place in the Blue Square Premier Bet Conference play-offs following their 1-0 win over Forest Green. The Heed are now four points off the pace...
Here I Was Stood Next to Gazza. He's Such a Legend; Geordie Superstar Describes Toon Ace as 'One of the Best Young Players I've Seen'
Byline: LEE RYDER IF YOU could pick two footballing greats to teach you the arts and skills of the beautiful game - then for many the legendary former England star Paul Gascoigne and current United talisman Hatem Ben Arfa would be right at the top...
Ice Show Is Cracking Fun; JENNIFER GILROY Reviews the Dancing on Ice Tour, Which Started at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle at the Weekend
HERE for three days, this was always guaranteed to be a success. Coming back for the tour were some of this year's dancers including the winner Matthew Wolfenden, 2011's winner Sam Attwater and, of course, the legendary Torvill and Dean. Alongside...
In Memoriam
EVANS (North Shields) Late of Howdon. Treasured memories of my darling husband Bob who died one year ago today. They say it's a beautiful journey from the old world to the new, and some day I'll make that journey which will lead me straight to you....
It's Time for Museum to Win Award; Shortlisted for Living History Experiment
TIME travellers in a Big Brother living history project could help a museum scoop a national award. Woodhorn museum and archives centre near Ashington has been shortlisted in the annual Museum and Heritage Awards for best educational initiative...
JAN THE MAN FOR PARDEW; Toon Boss Runs Rule over Pounds 10m Ajax Ace Pardew Mission
NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew made the most of his free weekend by running the rule over Ajax skipper Jan Vertonghen. The Chronicle understands that Pardew jetted out to the Dutch capital yesterday lunchtime to check on the pounds 10m-rated...
Joe Is Back from Brink and Full of Beans Again; after a Four-Year Fight against Rare Cancer, He Is Finally in Remission
LITTLE Joe Johnson is in the clear after a four-year battle with cancer. The seven-year-old is now in remission - thanks to the magic of Newcastle medics, who have made his tumour disappear. And proud mum, Carla, 41, said: "It is a miracle that...
Kim's World
[c] THE long list of things still to do before we tie the knot is now slightly smaller, as this week we've been shopping for wedding rings. We went to the Metrocentre and managed to sort it out in record time, even though our trips there are often...
Living in Gear over Breast Implants; My Agony at Discovering PIP Implant Has Ruptured
Byline: HELEN RAE DAZED Jenny Glover fears a toxic timebomb is ticking inside her after faulty breast implants ruptured. Jenny thought that was bad enough, but the 26-year-old was also told a tumour could be growing in her right breast. Further...
L of a Nuisance; Locals Claim They're Being Driven Mad by Learner Drivers
Byline: ESTHER BEADLE Heaton is a hotbed of learning DOZENS of learners practise parallel parking and three-point turns on Heaton's roads. In less than an hour on Saturday afternoon, three schools were spotted taking clients for a spin. This...
Miner's Memoirs Are Finally Published; Mum's Birthday Surprise at 'Secret' Chapter of Dad's Life
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THE untold story of a Tyneside miner has been published almost 30 years after he died, thanks to his grandson. Samuel Herbert's memoirs charting his tough life growing up in Elswick in the 1920s looked destined to remain unread...
Moat Helpers Won't Appeal Life Sentences; Pair Convicted of Conspiracy to Murder
Byline: ROSA MCMAHON RAOUL Moat's sidekicks have abandoned their appeals amid fears of poor public support after the suicide of blinded victim PC David Rathband. Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan helped Moat on his way to become Britain's biggest fugitive...
Nesbitt Title Hopes Are in the Balance!
Byline: MATT COBB A 13-YEAR-OLD from Durham will be representing Great Britain in the World Gymnastics Championships in Florida later this week. Millie Nesbitt, who trains at the Deerness Gymnastics Academy, won a silver medal at the European...
Noth Squads Put in a Relay Good Effort!
MORPETH and Gateshead Harriers lined up depleted squads in the National 12-Stage Road Relay Championships in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. Nevertheless, neither team was disgraced as they finished 17th and 20th respectively. The Northumbrians...
Now We're Back Together Again; Family Reunited after 15 Years, Thanks to Chron
Byline: RUTH LAWSON DENISE McLernon spent 15 years searching for the family she had longed to meet since childhood. Kept from contacting her father's Tyneside relatives by her mother, she feared she would miss out on knowing her North East family....
Parishioners Raise the Roof at Church; Sponsor-a-Slate Idea Will Pay for Vital Repair Work
Byline: TONY HENDERSON PEOPLE can write their names, a message or dedication to loved ones on slates from a church roof to raise cash for vital repairs. As part of the Raise the Roof campaign at St James' Church in Benwell, people are invited...
Pervert's Obsession Led Him to Spy on His Ex-Partner; Woman Shocked to Find Hidden Camera in Bathroom
A JILTED lover set up a webcam to spy on his ex-partner as she undressed in her own home. Twisted David Cummings got kicks out of filming Susan Gascoigne as she got in and out of the shower and changed clothes. And when the hidden camera was...
Pitch Tribute to a Great Lad; Emotional Match F or Player's Friends
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL TEARS were shed as players took to the pitch in memory of a promising young footballer who took his own life aged just 18. In an emotional tribute, friends and team mates of James Fraser yesterday staged a memorial match...
Rapist PC Victims Get Their Payouts; Force Begins to Settle Claims from Women
VICTIMS of rapist police officer Stephen Mitchell have finally started to receive compensation for their horror ordeal. The Northumbria Police constable was jailed for life last year after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard he had preyed on at...
Reds' Win Boosts Magpies' Prospects; WHAT'S UP FOR GRABS
NEWCASTLE'S chances of playing Europa League football increased after Liverpool's win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final. The Reds have already qualified for the Europa League having won the League Cup and their opponents seem also likely to...
Shane Chasing World Cup Spot with Northern Ireland
SHANE FERGUSON is delighted to have committed his future to Northern Ireland - and is now dreaming of pulling on the famous green jersey in Brazil in the next World Cup. The Newcastle United player is praying he gets the chance to show his raw skill...
Shattered Cats Look Far from Wander-Ful
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND'S exertions over the last four months have finally caught up with them. That can be the only conclusion after this tired, end-ofseason performance. Because a team which has come within an ace of beating title-challengers...
The Factors That Could Make or Break United's Quest to Quality for Euro Spot; Special Report on Newcastle's Champions League Chances as the Season Heads towards a Nerve-Tingling Conclusion
Byline: LEE RYDER WE'RE under starter's orders, and the starting gun for the race for the fourth spot and the Champions League is about to be fired. But the question now is can Alan Pardew and his players romp home to deliver a place at Europe's...
Thug Broke Tourist''s Cheekbone
A THUG has been jailed after punching a reveller so hard, he needed facial reconstruction. Robert Wilson, 26, was out with friends in Newcastle city centre in the early hours of September 25. A group of lads visiting the city from Ireland asked...
Time Shows That Mike and Derek Are Getting Things Right
Byline: John GIBSON WHISPER it ever so gently, but Public Enemy No 1 Mike Ashley and his sidekick Derek Llambias are beginning to get things consistently right, are they not? Now we didn't think we would ever say that, did we? However let's not...
Treasures Found, but Where Are Suspects? Ten Days after Raid, Pounds 2m Artefacts Have Been Recovered
STOLEN treasures seized in an art heist have been found - but the hunt for two prime suspects continues. The pounds 2m treasures taken from Durham University's Oriental Museum 10 days ago are with the police. Thieves smashed through the building's...
Wearsiders Must Keep Going in Final Straight: Mignolet
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SIMON MIGNOLET says Sunderland must not let up in the home straight if they are complete back-to-back top-10 finishes. The Black Cats dropped two points as they fought out a dire home goalless draw against basement side Wolves....
Why Won't They Light Up Our Lives? Fight Is on for New Street Lights
Byline: SONIA SHARMA TRADERS are fighting for street lights to be installed in their neighbourhood. Shopkeepers off Addington Drive in Hadrian Park, Wallsend, say that a lack of lighting outside their stores is jeopardising the safety of their...
You Tell Us
Byline: ROSA MCMAHON Driving practice in residential areas is getting some people honking their horns in anger, whilst others feel we should cut the learners some slack. ROSA MCMAHON took to the streets of Newcastle to find out what opinions really...
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