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 July 8, 2010

Acknowledgements
ARKLE (Dinnington). The family of the late John Arkle wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for the kindness and sympathy shown to them during their recent bereavement, also for the cards, letters of condolence,...
Aid Chipped in; Casino and Golf Group's China Trip
Byline: ADAM JUPP FIFTY children in one of the poorest parts of China will now enjoy an education, thanks to a gift sent all the way from Tyneside. A group of five people from the Newcastle Chinese Golf Association travelled out to a mountain village...
Analyst Now Sees Both Sides
A NEWCASTLE accountant is seeing the business investment process from a new angle after joining business investor NEL Fund Managers. Helen Ross has taken up a financial analyst role with the firm, which is the regional fund management firm responsible...
Arrest over Terror Plot; POLICE SWOOP ON BOMB SUSPECT
Byline: ADAM JUPP A SUSPECTED al-Qaeda terrorist has been arrested in the North East. Abid Naseer, alleged to have hatched a plot to bomb Manchester, was picked up as part of moves to extradite him to America. Pakistan-born Naseer, 24, was...
Before the Shooting Spree
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY CALMLY browsing the aisles of a DIY store, Raoul Moat goes shopping just hours before the shooting spree that sparked the biggest man-hunt Tyneside has ever seen. The Chronicle can today reveal that Britain's most wanted...
Blameless Man Beaten in Home; Chef Guilty of GBH for Attack Cover-Up
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A CHEF covered up CCTV cameras so his pal could dish out a beating. Brendan Walker ended up being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm, despite not laying a finger on the victim. Blameless Lee Common was left with...
Butcher Hooks Week's Top Fish
Byline: SAM HARRIS BOB BUTCHER landed the fish of the week - a super 25lb ling. Fishing an offshore wreck aboard Alan Skinner's Sarah JFK, Bob, of Stanley, tempted his hefty catch with mackerelbaited daylights. Also in the catch were other...
Care Home Owns Up to Failings; BOSSES VOW TO IMPROVE SERVICE
Byline: KERRY WOOD HOME bosses have held their hands up to failings after an investigation revealed a string of substandard services. It's emerged tenants' safety was put at risk by Newcastle-based Home Group, who failed to carry out routine...
Children on Song; PUPILS FROM 83 SCHOOLS JOIN FORCES FOR SINGATHON
Byline: VICKY ROBSON THOUSANDS of youngsters from across the North East came together and sang their hearts out at a special event. Almost 4,000 children from schools throughout the region took part in the Big Sing 2010, an annual music project...
Chirpy Robin Is Seeking a Place in History
ROBIN VAN PERSIE knows his Holland team-mates have the chance to become immortal on Sunday. Victory over favourites Spain in the World Cup final at Soccer City would finally erase the bitter taste of defeat from 1974 and 1978. Yet the Total Football...
Crying out for a Big O Tribute; TWO Tribute Shows Take to the Stage of the Journal Tyne Theatre This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR IT is hard to believe that it is now 21 years since Roy Orbison passed away. To mark this occasion The Journal Tyne Theatre presents a special anniversary show tonight featuring the best loved hits of 'The Big O' together...
Cueto's Tribute to Moody Skipper
MARK CUETO insists new England captain Lewis Moody's commitment to the cause has earned the respect of team-mates. Moody has replaced Steve Borthwick in the role after the Saracens lock, who had led England in 20 of their last 23 Tests until March,...
DAN'S THE MAN; United Track Free Agent Star Gosling
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United are understood to be facing a Tyne-Wear tussle with Sunderland to land Dan Gosling. Toon boss Chris Hughton woke up to national headlines this morning linking him with the 20-year-old, with Gosling reportedly...
Deaths
ARMSTRONG (Craghead). Peacefully in hospital on July 5th, aged 73 years, Sylvia (nee Sheavills), beloved wife of Guy, loving mother to Paul and Stephen, mother-in-law of Karen and Felicity, dear grandma to Graeme, Rebecca-Emily, Christopher Daniel...
Diamonds Steeled for Tough Night; Sheffield to Pose Stern Test
Byline: BARRY WALLACE FEW teams get any reward from a trip to Sheffield, and Newcastle Diamonds will have to hit top form in tonight's Premier League match at Owlerton Stadium if they are to buck the trend. The Tigers seem to relish visits by...
Dix Home Run Is a Rush Job
THE Eastern European air has certainly put a spring in the step of Blaydon Harrier Hester Dix. Since returning to her North East base after a spell studying in Russia, Hester has lined up in three races inside seven days and proceeded to show a...
Dope Stash Seized in Ferry Swoop; MAN, 60, IS ARRESTED OVER Pounds 5,000 POT HAUL
Byline: ADAM JUPP THIS hash stash was seized from a passenger sailing into Tyneside. UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers swooped on the man as he got off a ferry from Amsterdam to North Shields. The cannabis, more than one kilo in weight, was found...
Double Delight as Simon Wins Again
CAP: Cap words SIMON ROBINSON from Whickham won the International Rivers Championship fished on the Upper River Tees. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland had five-man teams in the competition fished over four sessions. The England team won comfortably,...
Fleeting to Show Winning Spirit
FLEETING SPIRIT can become the first horse since 1958-59 to win back-to-back renewals of the Darley July Cup. Not since Right Boy struck many moons ago has this unique Newmarket double been completed. But Jeremy Noseda's exemplary mare is no...
Girls Guide the Way to Welcome Tall Ship; YOUNGSTERS CELEBRATE THEIR CENTENARY BY SAILING: VESSEL UP THE TYNE FOR A SLEEPOVER WITH PALS
Byline: LIZ WALKER BUDDING cabin girls got a taste of the seafaring life when a Tall Ship sailed up the Tyne. Thousands of youngsters gathered in Baltic Square, Gateshead, to welcome the Lord Nelson and celebrate Girlguiding UK's centenary. The...
Grieving Broad Is Still Set to Play
ENGLAND kicked off their three-game NatWest Series against Bangladesh this afternoon, with seamer Stuart Broad expected to be involved despite the death of his step-mother yesterday. Chris Broad, himself a former England international and now a...
Growing Team of Design Talent
A NORTH East design company has taken on three new staff thanks to the Chronicle's jobs pages. Restaurant Design Associates Ltd (RDA) is growing its workforce as part of an expansion which saw the company move into new offices at Apollo Court, Monkton...
Historic Structure Targeted in Blaze; FIRE CREWS BATTLE TO SAVE RELIC
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS AROUND 50 firefighters have been tackling a suspected arson attack on one of Tyneside's greatest industrial landmarks. Crews along with the fire boat were called to historic Dunston Staithes in Gateshead at around 6pm yesterday....
Hughton Confident Stars Will Sign Deals
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON still expects to tie down three of his key squad members as he looks to rebuild Newcastle United. The Toon boss is undaunted by fresh talk linking Steven Taylor with a move away from St James' Park, with Liverpool...
Idowu Will Cop Tough Tyne Test
REIGNING world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu is preparing to face tough international competition on Tyneside this weekend. Idowu, second at the recent SPAR European Team Championships, will use the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on...
If It Wasn't for the Doctors, Lily Wouldn't Be Here; MUM OF GIRL BORN WITH RARE CONDITION FEARS FOR HOSPITAL'S FUTURE
Byline: RUTH LAWSON SHE may only have half a heart, but little Lily Mooney is full of life - thanks to surgeons at the Freeman Hospital. As fear looms over the future of the children's heart unit at the pioneering hospital, Lily's mum said her...
In-Form Ravi Is Raring to Win an Ashes Recall
RAVI BOPARA is hoping his spell with the England Lions will help earn him a recall to the senior side. And the Essex all-rounder is hoping to get the opportunity to bat higher up the order to press his claims during today's Triangular Series final...
In Memoriam
DOBSON (Byker). In loving memory of a dear dad, Tommy, died 8th July 2009. Sadly missed, always remembered by son George, daughter-in-law Irene, grandchildren and great grandchildren.xx DODD (Newcastle upon Tyne). Evelyn. In loving memory of our...
I've Struck Lucky with Cats - Bent; Ace Having a Darren Good Time
Byline: STEVE BROWN DARREN BENT has described his Sunderland career so far as a "fairytale" - despite initial doubts. The 26-year-old joined the Black Cats in a pounds 10m move from Tottenham a year ago. He went on to score 25 goals last season,...
Jobseekers Geared Up for Success
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX ANEW training initiative could help hundreds of unemployed people to secure jobs at Nissan's North East plant. The initiative, which is being backed by Gateshead College, has already led to dozens of people being taken...
Lad's Sharp Skills Earn Games Place; Fencer Will Compete with Country's Best
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR A YOUNG fencer from our region has been selected to compete in the 2010 UK School Games. The Games are being held in the North East for the first time and 17-year-old Matthew Henderson is the first local athlete to be officially...
Lewis Tipped to Press Jenson's Buttons
RED Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner feels one incident is all it will take for the "love in" between Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to fall apart. The McLaren duo have so far developed a solid relationship in the wake of Button's arrival...
Michelle Was an Inspiration. We'll Make Her Proud; BRAVE BUSINESSWOMAN LOSES FIGHT AGAINST CANCER AFTER 14 YEARS
Byline: LIZ WALKER SHE believed she had been given an amazing life and was determined to live it to the full. But unknown to many, inspirational businesswoman Michelle Gordo was suffering from a rare form of cancer. And now family and friends...
Moat Police in Bullet Blunder
Byline: DAN WARBURTON A BLUNDER saw armed police leave high velocity bullets in a family home they searched for fugitive Raoul Moat. Officers left a magazine clip containing 20 copper tipped 5.56 calibre bullets - capable of piercing steel. ...
Murder Accused in Court; TEENAGER CHARGED WITH STABBING 21-YEAR-OLD AFTER ROW AT HOUSE
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A TEENAGER has made his first appearance before a crown court judge charged with murder. Lee Cherry is accused of stabbing 21-year-old David Johnston to death in an attack. The victim died after being knifed during a disturbance...
Musical Tour Hits the Road Tyne Tees TV Studio on; TYNE IDOLS BUS WILL TAKE IN SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CITY
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON RED bus tours of the region's hotspots are usually top of the to-do list for tourists, but a new addition to the route is just the ticket for local people too. Tyne Idols Tours, taking in musical and film locations across...
My Attack Hell; 66-Year-Old Tells of Ordeal at Hands of Thug in Own Home
Byline: LAURA CAROE A PENSIONER has spoken of his ordeal at the hands of a vile thug who battered and bit him in a home raid so savage it even shocked his own brother. Serial offender Darren Creighton targeted Peter Conn, even though the widower...
Neighbours Saw Figure in Hedges
Byline: TOM MULLEN RAOUL Moat's next-door neighbours claim the fugitive may have slipped back to his home under the cover of darkness. Danielle Atkinson says she saw a man in hedges behind Moat's house while the police hunt was focused elsewhere....
Nursing Chiefs' Warning on Jobs; LEADERS FEAR NHS MAY BE SENT BACK TO BAD OLD DAYS
Byline: HELEN RAE NURSES' leaders have warned thousands of NHS jobs are going to be cut in the North East, despite Government promises to protect frontline services. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has claimed more than 2,300 posts will be...
Officers Accused of Arrest Deceit; MISCONDUCT IS DENIED
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A POLICE officer got his junior colleague to claim an arrest even though she was not at the scene, a court heard. PC Linda Swan and PC Mark Durkin had been called to a domestic dispute in Cramlington, Northumberland, after...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I AM a sucker for special offers. In my cupboard you will find four footballshaped cereal bowls and in my garage are six branded energy drink water bottles. All of them have been acquired by bulkbuying products I kind of...
Parent to Parent
WITH thousands of teens and their parents anxiously awaiting exam results next month, Tyneside-based national charity Parentline Plus is offering some stress-busting tips. It can be a fraught time for all the family in the build-up to going to collect...
Police Hunt Teen Rape Suspect; ATTACKER CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Byline: AMY HUNT CAUGHT on camera, a rape suspect flees from the scene of a terrifying attack. Police hunting the attacker, who struck while a teenage runner was enjoying an earlymorning training session at a Newcastle running track, have today...
Prime Chip Shop Raid Suspect
FUGITIVE Raoul Moat is the prime suspect in the Seaton Delaval chip shop raid. Det Chief Supt Neil Adamson said they "had reason to believe" it was the dad-of-three who robbed the shop at gunpoint. Two male members of staff, including the owner,...
Revamp Will Cost Us Dear; SHOP OWNERS WANT COMPENSATION
Byline: AMY HUNT TRADERS claim a council's plans to revamp their shops will leave them out of pocket. Shopkeepers in Newbiggin Hall have been given letters by Newcastle City Council warning they may have to shut their doors for three days for...
Row over Pay Rates
A POLITICIAN has hit out at a cut in youth workers in Newcastle. Coun Nick Forbes, leader of the city's Labour group, claims the post of youth worker has been downgraded in a new pay structure. But bosses at the council say they have reached...
Safe for Now; JOURNAL TYNE THEATRE OFF AT-RISK LIST, BUT OTHER BUILDINGS UNDER THREAT
Byline: TONY HENDERSON A HISTORIC theatre was the stage for the latest roll call of heritage buildings which are under threat in the North East. English Heritage used The Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle to reveal its new register of Grade I...
Spain Will Reign against the Dutch, Insists Low
SPAIN will be crowned world champions for the first time in their history on Sunday, according to German coach Joachim Low. Low watched his side go down 1-0 in the second semifinal courtesy of a powerful second-half header from Spain defender Carles...
Spreading a Little Extra Sunshine ... Runners Make Real Difference
Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL HUNDREDS of fitness fanatics and fun runners pounded the streets of Tyneside to raise charity cash. More than 300 people pulled on their trainers, shorts and t-shirts to take part in the Chronicle's annual Sunshine Run....
Tait: Micky Was the Only Choice; Ward Tipped to Shine as Player-Coach
Byline: NICK PUREWAL SELFLESS Micky Ward was Alan Tait's first choice for the Newcastle Falcons scrum coach role. Falcons boss Tait toyed with bringing another fresh face to his Kingston Park coaching staff, but settled on handing Wallsend-born...
Talking to the Other Side; More and More People Are Turning to Mediums in an Effort to Contact Deceased Relatives or to Discover What the Future Holds. Even Cheryl Tweedy Is Reported to Be a Fan. LIZ LAMB Reports
Byline: LIZ LAMB IN THE last few weeks it's been reported that Geordie songstress Cheryl Tweedy has been seeking help from a medium over her turbulent love life. It isn't the first time the X Factor judge is rumoured to have consulted mediums...
The Wheels of Fortoon; Care Home Residents' Fundraising Trip to St James' Park
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS THESE nursing home residents went Toon barmy. They used wheel power to take them from South Chowdene Care Home in Low Fell, Gateshead, to St James' Park, for a sponsored walk with a difference. Staff from the home pushed...
Topping off Lots of Hard Work
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX DOMINO'S Pizza franchisee Mike Racz has scooped a prestigious Acorn award for young people in the hospitality industry. The Acorn awards scheme is run by Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine and recognises the outstanding...
Uncle's Plea to Fugitive
Byline: LAURA CAROE FAMILY of suspected gunman Raoul Moat have made an emotional plea to turn himself in. The 37-year-old is the subject of a police manhunt after he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, her new partner and a police officer....
Uncle's Plea to Fugitive Gunman
Byline: LAURA CAROE FAMILY of suspected gunman Raoul Moat have made an emotional plea to turn himself in. The 37-year-old is the subject of a police manhunt after he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, her new partner and a police officer.Now...
United Duo Are a World Apart! Divided Loyalties for Spanish Ace and Dutch Star
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United may well be heading to Ireland for a preseason bonding trip - but for 90 minutes at least Jose Enrique and Tim Krul will be very much operating in split camps. European champions Spain made it into Sunday's...
Wenger Delight as Kos Signs On
ARSENE WENGER feels in Laurent Koscielny Arsenal have signed a "fighter" ready to help them battle for the Barclays Premier League title. Koscielny has been on Wenger's radar for some time as he impressed in the French domestic league, and is understood...
WHEEL NEED HELP; Mum of Young Victim Appeals for Charity Bike Riders
Byline: KERRY WOOD A MOTHER whose twin boys have faced cancer is urging North East residents to jump on to one of seven saddles for the cause close to her heart. With a bicycle made for more than two, Gill Dixon hopes people will pledge to use...
With All the Trimmings! NEW RESTAURANT AFTER HAIRDRESSERS' BAR BID WAS REFUSED
Byline: AMY HUNT HIS plans for a transforming hair salon and bar were given the chop. But a businessman has been given the go-ahead for his new venture - a restaurant. John Snell, owner of Saints salon on Collingwood Street, Newcastle wanted...
Working's Just the Ticket for Bus Driver, 70; OAP TAKES A DAY OFF TO CELEBRATE 55 YEARS OF WORKING
Byline: ROB PATTINSON TALK about workaholic -jack of all trades Terry Hall is still going strong at 70. The pensioner, who still drives for Stagecoach North East, celebrated his birthday yesterday with a welldeserved day off, after 55 years of...
Youngster Has Garden Logo Down to a T-Shirt; Schoolgirl's Cheerleading Carrot Impresses Judges
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR SCHOOLGIRL Amber Hope got back to her roots when she came up with the winning design for a logo to promote a green project. Digging deep into her fertile imagination, the eight-year-old pupil at Rowlands Gill Primary School,...
Your Stars WITH CLAIRE PETULENGRO
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO THE transits see you in two minds as to what you should do with your life. Why bother asking? You'll know what you want when you see it. Relax and start enjoying what is coming. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470...

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