Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from May 27, 2010

A Chance Discovery on a Bus Is the Key to a Child Porn Ring; A VILE NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF PAEDOPHILES IS: EXPOSED AFTER A LOST MOBILE PHONE IS FOUND
Byline: ADAM JUPP LOST on a bus, this mobile phone held the key to the smashing of a nationwide child porn ring. The handset was found on a service travelling from the Metrocentre to Newcastle and was handed to the driver. After checking it to...
Acknowledgements
BROOKS (Walker). The family of the late Michael would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kindness, sympathy, cards of condolence, floral tributes and all donations to Marie Curie, thanks to Dr. Ian Jackson, Mary, Dorothy,...
A Day in the Life
DAVE Hall is the director of workbased learning at City of Sunderland College. His primary role is to develop the college's apprenticeship provision so every working day is certain to be a busy one. COLLEGE - Dave Hall 8am Arrive at work. The...
African Trip Leads to Dream Teaching Career
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX DENISE Sims has become a biology lecturer at Gateshead College after spending 12 years teaching in Africa. The mother-of-two landed the role after gaining her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Gateshead...
A Prayer for World Peace; FAITHS TO JOIN TOGETHER AT EVENT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ARMED FORCES
Byline: LAURA CAROE AN event to promote peace and pay tribute to the armed forces is coming to Tyneside. Hundreds of people will come together with civic, faith and military leaders to recognise the service and sacrifice at a conference at Newcastle...
A Victory for the Children; TEENAGE ASYLUM SEEKER WELCOMES MOVE TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION RULES
Byline: KATIE DAVIES A FAMILY of asylum seekers have welcomed immigration proposals highlighted in the Queen's Speech. Kamo and Nonna Manukyan have lived in Wallsend, North Tyneside, for two years with their children Lusi, 19, and Arsen, 20....
Behave or Face Being Kicked out; NUISANCE NEIGHBOURS WARNED
Byline: SONIA SHARMA UNRULY yobs whose thuggish behaviour has made neighbours' lives hell got a rude awakening when police and council officers paid them a visit. Eight troublemakers in Wallsend were woken up with a doorstep warning - to mend...
Birthday Memories
GRAHAM (Washington). Formerly of Appleby, in Cumbria. Happy Birthday Jennifer. Miss you more each passing day, tears and pain will never go away, your ever loving sister Marion, special friend Brenda and all family, friends and work mates in Appleby,...
Bogie Targeting Six More after Double Delight
Byline: JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD have made a breakthrough in the transfer market with a double swoop which has left Ian Bogie delighted. The Gateshead boss has had his patience rewarded by the signing of strikers Jon Shaw and Jonny Allan from Mansfield...
Book Reviews
STOLEN by Lucy Christopher. Chicken House. pounds 6.99. STOLEN is about a girl called Gemma who goes on holiday with her parents. When they arrive at Bangkok airport, Gemma wanders off and ends up meeting a boy called Ty. But what Gemma doesn't...
Brave Meningitis
Byline: KERRY WOOD SHE was robbed of her legs and hand by a killer disease, but survivor Vivienne Bell is staying strong and hoping for a happier future. Now two years after her life was devastated by meningitis and septicaemia, the 58-year-old...
Brother Is Charged over Sister's Death; COURT DATE SET FOR SIBLING, 54, ACCUSED OF MANSLAUGHTER
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER A RIDDLE over a woman's death in her Tyneside home took a new twist as her brother was charged with her killing. John Morris Barrass, 54, from Central Avenue, North Shields, will appear before North Tyneside magistrates...
Catches, but Not in Great Numbers
Byline: SAM HARRIS THERE has been very little improvement in shore angling in the area. Anglers are still catching flatfish from the rivers and beaches, but not in great numbers. The rivers are producing the odd sizeable fish, but are also full...
Cats in Pounds 2m Bid for Ace Angeleri Cut and Be Part of the Final 23-Man
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND have made a formal pounds 2m bid for defender Marcos Angeleri, according to the player's agent. The Black Cats have spoken to the Argentina international rightback's representative Miguel Pires, who says the offer...
Celebrating a Year of Doing It by the Book; 500,000 ITEMS BORROWED IN FIRST YEAR
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR MORE than half a million books, DVDs and CDs have been borrowed from Newcastle's new Central Library in its first year. The figures were revealed as the library prepares to celebrate its first birthday on June 7. Visitors...
Changes in Equality; Advertisement Feature
THE Equality Bill received Royal Assent on April 8 and became the Equality Act 2010. It will bring together different areas of discrimination within a single piece of legislation, and it's expected that the main provisions of the Act will come into...
CHRIS IS TONIC INSISTS ACE GIN; 'Good Times Can Roll Again under My Pal Hughton'
Byline: LEE RYDER DAVID GINOLA has backed Chris Hughton to continue his "miracle working" in the Premier League with Newcastle United. The flamboyant Frenchman knows from firsthand experience how the good times can roll on Tyneside. But with...
Classroom Debate on Academy Plans; MIXED RESPONSE TO NEW BILL ALLOWINGSCHOOLS TO GO THEIR OWN WAY
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR PLANS to encourage more schools to become academies has sparked a mixed response in the North East. Education chiefs and teaching unions are not convinced it would be a success, while the heads at two North East academies...
Coal Face Mystery; Picture Holds Vital Clue to Family Tree
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THE smiling faces in this photo could hold the key to a woman's family tree. The old photograph was discovered by 73-year-old Bette Hampton after the death of her uncle. She said: "This was found after my uncle died two...
Dancing towards Showbiz Dreams; INCREDIBLY TALENTED YOUNGSTERS SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS
Byline: NIMESH PATEL THESE twinkle-toed stars are a step closer to their stage dreams. From musical theatre performers and solo singers to dancer duos and groups, talented youngsters from across the North East showcased their entertaining skills...
Deaths
BAKER (Wallsend). Formerly of the West End of Newcastle. Peacefully in Meadow Park Residential Care Home, Bedlington, on 15th May 2010, aged 89 years, Barbara (nee Worrall), beloved mother of Deborah, loving grandmother of Alison and Peter also great...
Deaths
TAYLOR (Gosforth). Brunton Park. Peacefully on May 23rd, aged 85 years, Norman, beloved husband of the late Doreen, dearly loved dad of Susan, dear father-in-law of Stuart and much loved grandad of Hannah. Funeral Service at the West Road Crematorium...
Diversity Brings Benefits to Work
orientation, religion or belief. Employers who treat employees fairly and flexibly will be best placed to recruit and retain staff in an increasingly diverse and competitive labour market. Many employers have found that making adaptations to...
Drought Causing Havoc in Rivers
Byline: DAVID CARRICK WITH local rivers a pitiful sight due to the drought, game anglers will be looking to the region's stillwaters for their sport this weekend. Northumbrian Water Reservoirs continue to provide great sport for both fly and...
England Duo Pass Test with Strauss
ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss is confident he has at least two batsmen in his team who can wrest the initiative from any opposition. The gifts of a back-to-form Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan - in line for a Test debut at Lord's today - may be...
Expert Advice for You and Your Family; Advertisement Feature
We all want to do the best for our loved ones, no matter how big our family, and making the right financial decisions can make a real difference to the quality of life we all have. So this week, Nicola Hall is answering your questions on how to do...
Firefighters Who Stand Ready to Take the Plunge; TEAM TRAINED UP FOR RESCUES FROM: OUR DANGEROUS WATERS
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER SPEEDING down the Tyne, these firefighters know only too well the dangers of the waters below. While most firefighters are more used to dousing flames with water than jumping into it, Tyne and Wear's Swift Water Rescue...
Flying Doctor Taking Plunge to Help Charity; FORMER GLADIATOR QUELLS FEARS TO TACKLE 10,000FT PARACHUTE JUMP
Byline: KATIE DAVIES A TYNESIDE doctor is swapping her stethoscope for a parachute to jump more than 10,000ft for charity. Dr Zoe Williams, who works at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, has previously starred on the television show Gladiators...
Gearing Up for a Cycling Challenge
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX A TEAM from Northern Rock are preparing to take on this year's Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge ride to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The 12 members will ride the 63-mile circular route together from...
Getaway Driver Tearful in Dock; 'I WAS PRESSURED INTO IT' SAYS CROOK
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A GETAWAY driver narrowly avoided prison after he was caught ferrying villains from crime scenes. John Collinson had fallen in with a bad crowd and claimed he was pressurised into breaking the law. He transported others...
Golden Era in Toon by Kenny Ended
Byline: LEE RYDER DAVID GINOLA has pointed the finger at Kenny Dalglish for dismantling the legendary Entertainers. The Frenchman was one of the sparkling gems of Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United side that came within a whisker of winning the...
Gutierrez a Fitness Worry for Argentina
Byline: LEE RYDER JONAS GUTIERREZ will be "wrapped in cotton wool" by Diego Maradona after concerns about a muscular problem for the winger grew today when he sat out Argentina's latest training session. News emerging from the Argentina camp...
Harry Now the Monza Maestro
Byline: ZOE BURN HARRY Vaulkhard took his first World Touring Car Championship Independents Trophy victory in just his third outing in the highprofile series. The Newcastle driver crossed the line second in the first of two races at the famous...
Heed Old Boy Rejects Blyth
BLYTH Spartans, still to bring in a new face this summer, have missed out on one of their top targets Graeme Armstrong. Demand for the former Gateshead front man's signature has been high after he turned down a fulltime offer at the International...
Help Change Someone's Life Write-On Way Using the; Letters Link Sponsor Kids
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR EXCHANGING letters, written by hand, can have a positive impact on child development, yet almost half the children surveyed in our region have never received a letter, according to children's charity, World Vision. The study...
Hudspith and Heslop Are in the Running Again
BLAYDON Race organiser Bob Houston is delighted both Ian Hudspith and Justina Heslop will be back to defend their titles on June 9. The 30th running of the renowned run along Scotswood Road, this year sponsored by Start Fitness, has Houston dreaming...
Infection Outbreak at Care Home; RELATIVES' ANGER AFTER ILLNESS STRIKES: RESIDENTS AT RESIDENTIAL CENTRE FOR ELDERLY
Byline: LAURA CAROE A CARE home company criticised over a number of blunders is at the centre of a second infection alert. Three residents of St Mark's Court care home, on Split Crow Road, Deckham, Gateshead, have been diagnosed with scabies....
In Memoriam
DEAN (Leam Lane). In loving memory of my dear wife, Mollie, died 27th May 1998. Still loved and missed by husband Bob, son Bobby and daughter Eileen and all the family. Always in our hearts and thoughts. GILLENDER (Swalwell). In loving memory of...
Jamie C: Fab C Will Have Plan B
JAMIE CARRAGHER believes Fabio Capello's proven track record gives England genuine hope of achieving World Cup glory this summer. The Liverpool defender has returned to the international fold after a self-imposed three-year absence and was used...
Kelly's Eye on Starlet Hurst
ELSWICK'S Phil Hurst enjoyed a dream athletics masterclass with double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes as part of his preparations for this year's England Under-23 Championships. Hurst, 19, was among 54 rising athletes invited to attend a day...
Kindness Repaid with a Burglary; Drunk Raider Is Locked Up
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A BURGLAR repaid the kindness of a stranger who fed him by breaking into his house. Raider Terry Tyler, 19, had been to victim Christopher Johnson's home to buy a bike from him. Mr Johnson had felt sorry for him and gave...
Mall Facing Demolition; SIXTIES SHOPPING CENTRE WOULD BE SWEPT AWAY IN Pounds 200M SCHEME
Byline: TONY HENDERSON A SIXTIES shopping centre is set for demolition in a pounds 200m scheme. Planners are advising Newcastle city councillors on June 4 to back a plan to flatten the Newgate Street shopping centre. It is considered that...
Many Laws to Protect Staff; Advertisement Feature
RACE DISCRIMINATION: DISCRIMINATION on the grounds of race became unlawful with the introduction of the Race Act 1976 (RRA). The Act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the grounds of nationality and colour, or ethnic, racial or...
New Chief Aims to Take Hotel to the Top in Region
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX AN experienced hotelier, David Hunter has been appointed general manager of the recently sold multimillion pound Doxford Hall Hotel. Born and raised in Morpeth, Mr Hunter has spent his entire career working for some of...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP AT THE time, I didn't really give it much thought. It's not that I wasn't bothered Mrs J was heading overseas for a full week, it was just that I knew I didn't want to stand in her way. Let's face it, if I was offered a week...
Olympic Torch to Visit North East on UK Tour
THE Olympic torch will come to the North East as part of a nationwide relay before the 2012 Games. The flame will tour the country for 80 days and will spend at least four of them in the region in a bid to boost support and involve communities in...
Ouch! That's Just Not Fair; Marathon Man in a Setback
Byline: DAN WARBURTON MARATHON man Mark Allison's bid to conquer America suffered a blow when he broke an ankle during a bike ride. The 38-year-old is currently at the halfway point of a two-year training regime to run 3,100 miles cross America...
Partent to Parent
SO, your teen has asked if they can go with their mates to one of the top music festivals this summer. You've agreed, but are now starting to have second thoughts as you begin to think about the reality of them going. The main worries of parents...
Penny's Sunny Nature Is Just Right
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX A NORTH East veterinary practice has appointed a new receptionist at its Hebburn branch, after receiving hundreds of applications from across the region. Penny Todner, 39, from South Shields, beat over 200 applicants...
Pervert with a Long History of Offending
IT started with a chance find but led to the unravelling of a wicked web weaved by a network of paedophiles. In his bedroom, Michael Fraser had stockpiled mobile phones packed full of vile images of youngsters, which he was being sent by fellow...
Probes Expose a Series of Flaws
Byline: LAURA CAROE A SCABIES outbreak at a care home run by Southern Cross is the latest crisis to hit the firm. The healthcare provider, which has more than 80 homes in the North East and 730 nationally, has been condemned over a series of...
Real Shocker; Song Turns Station's Airwaves Blue
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON A RADIO disc jockey and his bosses have apologised after playing a racy version of a song which turned the airwaves blue. Listeners across the North East were gobsmacked when they heard a string of swear words on a day-time...
Roads to Close for Two Tribes; Police Agree to Closures
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY DETAILS are out today of road closures when two rival protest groups hold marches in Newcastle on Saturday. A huge police operation has been planned to prevent clashes between supporters of the English Defence League and...
Second Time Lacked Magic; Players Weren't Good Enough during Ill-Fated Spell: Says Ginola Who Loved Playing under King Keegan
Byline: LEE RYDER DAVID GINOLA feels that Kevin Keegan needed better players and not more time during his second and ultimately ill-fated nine month spell at St James' Park. The former Paris St Germain winger will be back on Tyneside to promote...
'Serial Killer' Student Held; MAN QUIZZED OVER PROSTITUTE DEATHS STUDIED MURDERERS
A MATURE student who researched serial killers is being quizzed over the murder of three prostitutes. Stephen Griffiths, 40, who is studying at Bradford University was arrested on suspicion of the murders of missing Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage...
SERIAL THIEF COMES CLEAN ON STEALING; Bathroom Store Raider Blames Kleptomania
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A SERIAL thief who claims to be a kleptomaniac was found hoarding hundreds of pounds of bathroom equipment at his house. Obsessed Kevin Hawkins claims he feels uncontrollable urges to steal things he doesn't even need. ...
Snooker Loopy; Legend Takes on His Fans
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER THEY say never meet your hero. But several lucky snooker players didn't just get to meet him - they got to take him on at a frame. Sporting legend and people's champion Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White breezed into Westfield Social...
St Moritz on a High
ST MORITZ can build on a promising comeback run at Newmarket with victory in the Edmondson Hall Solicitors & Sports Lawyers Handicap back at Headquarters. The four-year-old will be having just his fifth career start here after an interrupted...
Sun Shines on Your Pictures; Outstanding Photos Flood in From
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS OUR readers' pictures have a sunset and water theme this week as more super shots coming flooding into our website. Chronicle reader Arnie Brunton sent in a wonderful snap to www.chroniclelive. co.uk of the sunset from...
The Big Bin Drop Begins; 87,000 HOUSEHOLDS TO GET STUCK INTO RECYCLING
Byline: AMY HUNT THE first families have been welcoming their new recycling bins in Gateshead. Gateshead Council will be wheeling out a total of 87,000 bins to homes over the next six months. Although two-thirds of households in the borough...
The Home of Stunning Landscapes; PHOTOGRAPHER'S ADDRESS BOOK CAPTURES OUR SCENERY AT ITS BEST
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL THE North East boasts some of the country's most spectacular views - and now a new book is showcasing the finest examples. From the retreating tide at Alnmouth to a dramatic stretch of Hadrian's Wall, photographer Jason...
THE Northumberland Hussars, the Queens [...]
THE Northumberland Hussars, The Queens Own Yeomanry, are holding their annual reunion dinner on Saturday, June 12, at Fenham Barracks, Newcastle, starting at 7.30pm. Anyone not on the mailing list who requires tickets or further information should...
Third Time Unlucky! SPRINTER KILTY YET AGAIN ROCKED BY EARLY-SEASON INJURY
FOR the third year in a row, sprint ace Richard Kilty has been dogged by an early-season injury. Hopefully, however, the Gateshead Harriers' hamstring tightness is not too serious and he will be back on the blocks in a few days' time. After producing...
Top Apprentice Dale Enhances His Skills
A TEENAGER is hoping to speed along his career path after completing an advanced apprenticeship designed to increase the skills of people working in the motor trade. Dale Ellis, 19, from Newton Aycliffe has gained a technical certificate and qualification...
Tributes for Car Crash Teacher; DAD DIED IN SMASH ON JOURNEY TO WORK
Byline: NEIL MCKAY TRIBUTES have poured in for a popular schoolteacher who was killed when his car ploughed into a tree as he drove to work. Anthony McElrue, 37, from Deepdale Crescent, Consett, County Durham, was driving to his job as an English...
United Legend Moncur Concerned about Lack of Defensive Depth for Toon's Premier League Return
Byline: LEE RYDER BOB MONCUR has unveiled his concerns over the lack of depth in the Newcastle United defensive ranks. United still romped to the Championship title last season despite the limited numbers in Chris Hughton's backline, but they...
We've Made a Profit but Face the Axe; 100 JOBS TO GO WITH CLOSURE
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER GERMAN industrial giant Siemens is again at the centre of a job loss scandal on Tyneside today. Almost 100 employees face the dole after it announced it is looking to close its Trench UK plant in Hebburn next year. The...
WHO'S UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Chronicle and Rok Ready to Lend a Hand
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A CALL is going out to all community groups in need of a helping hand sprucing up their facilities. The Chronicle has teamed up with North East builders Rok to launch this year's Community Challenge which aims to help worthy...
Wilko to Be Fit for Lions' Oz Tests
ENGLAND will assess Jonny Wilkinson this weekend - but expect him to be fit for their tour to Australia and New Zealand. A scan revealed the former Newcastle Falcon did not suffer a broken rib during Toulon's Amlin Challenge Cup final defeat against...
Yelling's Back to Take on 10k Run
COMMONWEALTH bronze medallist Liz Yelling will compete in the 10-kilometre Bupa Great North Road Race in Sunderland on Sunday, July 18. Yelling is no stranger to the Wearside venue. She was a regular competitor in the Bupa Great Women's Run,...
Your Stars WITH CLAIRE PETULENGRO
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO YOU don't like making apologies, but for once you're going to have to put your proud nature to one side. Say sorry to the person you've upset. Why? Because it's your last chance. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904...
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