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 February 24, 2018

5 Minute Briefing
Sean Cunningham PS1m pilot death fine ONE of the world's top ejector seat manufacturers was fined PS1.1 million after a breach of health and safety law led to the death of a Red Arrows pilot. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was fatally injured...
Abuse Hell Revealed - in the Victims' Own Words; Charity Chief Praises the Courage of Women Who Gave Evidence
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty HARROWING accounts of the Operation Sanctuary sex abuse have today been revealed in the victims' own words. Experts have revealed that the vulnerable women and...
A Few Rules to Help You Pass as a Wine Expert
THE Wine Show presenters Amelia Singer and Joe Fattorini have partnered with luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises to decant some of their wine wisdom on buying, serving and tasting. Here are their tips to make your friends think you're a wine buff......
Airport a Real Success Story; Passenger Numbers Hit 10-Year High
Byline: MIKE KELLY Reporter mike.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk @MIKEJKELLY1962 AVIATION Minister Baroness Sugg yesterday hailed Newcastle International Airport as one of the region's great success stories after passenger figures hit a 10-year high. In...
An Age-Old Need for Speed; LINDSAY SUTTON Has His Eye on the Starting Grid at Daytona for One of the World's Most Famous Car Races
Byline: LINDSAY SUTTON IT started with moonshine makers wanting to outrun the law. Mountain men from the Appalachians souped-up their vehicles, and left the cops behind as they delivered cargoes of illicit hooch. These Southern-state speed merchants...
"And the Oscar for Best Director Goes to a Man" Only One Woman Has Ever Won Film-Making's Highest Honour in 89 Years
Byline: ALICE CACHIA HE OSCAR for best director is seen as the crowning glory for any filmmaker. TYet exclusive analysis shows only five women have ever been nominated for the award, compared with 425 men. Greta Gerwig awards Original Only...
A Royally Good Fashion Week
Byline: EMMA JOHNSON SO THERE I was thinking, 'London Fashion Week, hmmm, nothing to see here...' Vogue editor Edward Enninful threw a glitzy bash featuring Naomi, Alexa et al; Peter Pilotto tramped guests to, er, Tramp nightclub and there were...
Balancing the Books Will Hit Thousands of Us
Byline: KALI LINDSAY Reporter kali.lindsay@trinitymirror.com @KALIALINDSAY DURHAM County Council has signedoff on its budget for the year ahead. Councillors on the cabinet agreed on a range of projects that'll benefit from an extra PS117 million...
Benitez Adamant Lascelles Destined for Greatness
RAFA Benitez believes that Jamaal Lascelles WILL play for a "top side" one day - but is refusing to rule out the idea Newcastle United could eventually reach that level. Magpies chief Benitez is highly ambitious and hopes that his board - or potentially...
Bookies'View
Byline: Charlie McCann ABERDEEN entertain Celtic tomorrow in the game of the weekend with the latter having been knocked out of the Europa League by Zenit St Petersburg. Brendan Rodgers's side are 7-10 at BetVictor to bounce back from their Russian...
Boss Wants His Falcons to Hit Next Gear; RUGBY UNION
NEWCASTLE Falcons welcome back club captain Will Welch for today's Aviva Premiership trip to Harlequins. The flanker returns from a head knock, with fellow back row man Mark Wilson also fit after recovering from a hamstring problem. Fit-again...
Burglar Stole Twice from Bedridden Man; Serial Criminal Struck Twice in a Matter of Weeks
Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt A DESPICABLE lowlife raided the home of a bedridden pensioner twice in the space of a few weeks - then forced him to give evidence to a court from his bed. Callous...
Car Dealers Issued with 'Warning' over False Advertising
Byline: IAN ROBSON Reporter ian.robson@trinitymirror.com A LEADING North East car dealership has been given what officials say is a written warning over alleged mis-selling to a customer. Richard Hardie has been given "guidance" by trading standards...
CINEMA Listings
CINEWORLD NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE The Gate, Newgate Street (0871 200 2000) Black Panther (12A): Fri-Thu 10.45am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 3.15pm, 4pm, 4.45pm, 6.15pm, 7pm, 7.45pm, 9.15pm Black Panther 3D (12A): Fri-Thu 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.40pm Coco...
Cobra Is Targeting Festival
COBRA De Mai could be headed for the Cheltenham Festival after winning on his first start since a wind operation at Warwick. Trainer Dan Skelton has the Close Brothers' Novices' Handicap Chase in mind for the six-year-old following his win in the...
Deaths
BAILEY DOREEN (WHITLEY BAY) Peacefully on 4th February 2018 aged 90 years. Doreen, beloved wife of the late Jim. Much loved mum of Alasdair and mother in law of Anne-Marie. A loving grandma of Alex. Doreen will be sadly missed by all her family and...
Defoe Injury Takes the Shine off Big Eagles Win
Byline: SIMON RUSHWORTH THE BBL fixture list can rarely have been kinder to Newcastle Eagles. As the under-pressure hosts sought to arrest a three-game Sport Central losing streak, who better to face than a Leeds Force team with one win in 21...
Don't Have a Midlife Crisis over Your Diet; Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice, Authors of the Midlife Kitchen, Tell ELLA WALKER Their Thoughts on Cooking, Eating and Living Well as the Years Tick By
THE key to really eating well, and not forcing yourself to eat sad salad after sad salad - particularly when you hit the mid-life stage - is to focus on taste and flavour. Well, this is what cookbook authors Mimi Spencer, 50, and Sam Rice, 48, believe:...
Double Handful
Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with THE same oft-used phrases get trotted out when it comes to the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle like "gruelling test" and "staminasapping marathon". You can add "highly competitive,"...
Families in Poignant Trip to Scene of 1918 Sinking; Trawler Tragedy Is Marked 100 Years On
Byline: TONY HENDERSON @Hendrover FAMILIES took an emotional boat trip to mark the centenary of the sinking of a trawler which hit a mine off the Tyne. The 97-ton North Shields steam trawler Reaper struck the mine, laid by the German submarine...
Family's Fortunes Are Mixed in Cup Clashes; SCHOOLS FOOTBALL
IT has been a very important week for Newminster Middle School and the McConnell family. Morpeth-based Newminster and the McConnell triplets were in action in the ESFA's under-13 competitions. Lucy was playing for the under-13 girls against the...
Fightback
Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com A FIGHT is on to to save a closurethreatened village school. Whittonstall First School in Northumberland will close under plans to overhaul the county's struggling school system. The...
Fightback All in Vain for a Defeated Heed; UNDER-19S FOOTBALL
GATESHEAD Under-19s fell to a 4-2 defeat at home to North Shields Athletic in the Northern Alliance. After trailing 3-0 at half-time, goals from Matty Halliday and Brandon Studholme gave the Heed youngsters hope before the visitors grabbed a fourth....
Gear CHANGE; Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris Return for a Second Series at the Helm of Top Gear - and This Time around They're Feeling More Confident. They Tell GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about Steering the Show in a New Direction, Their On-Screen Dynamic and Upcoming Stunts
THE Top Gear presenters are having a discussion: who's the worst at laughing while filming? Chris Harris admits he struggles because Matt LeBlanc "always sets him off" (Matt jokingly replies that his funniest stuff doesn't make it into the show). ...
Great-Grandad to Take a Leap of Love for Charity
Byline: SONIA SHARMA Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com HE'S scared of flying and is 86 years old - but Joe Robison is up for a challenge. The great-grandad is planning to jump out of a 10,000ft-high plane in memory of family members who...
Greyhounds
PELAW GRANGE 7.30 (435m): Inislosky Sigrun, Hannahs Hand Bag, Daddy Said So, Dalton Daley (M), Simple Girl (M), Quarterland Samy (W). 7.47 (435m): Elusive Chick, Shinetimescolari, Riverside Tune, Galboola Hatter (M), Bonito Boss (M), Road To Rome...
Grooming Victims 'Treated Inhumanly'
TRAUMATISED victims who gave evidence against a grooming gang were "disgusted" by the court process and some had to have mental health treatment after being quizzed by lawyers, the author of a serious case review has said. The treatment of young...
Help Us Haven; CITY SLICKERS AND FLAT DWELLERS DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF ROLLING LAWNS AND SPACE FOR BIG ORCHARDS... BUT A SMALL GARDEN CAN BE PERFECTLY FORMED
Byline: YOUR GARDEN With David Domoney WE'RE INCREASINGLY living in cities where space is at a premium, so it's no surprise there has been a boom in compact urban gardens. Creating an urban oasis in a small space is an art in itself - but the...
HE'S SIMPLY DEELIGHTFUL; O'Brien's Progressive Chaser Can Master His Rivals at Kempton Vinnie Won't Duck Issue in Muddy Eider
Byline: GARRY OWEN GET yourself out of the red with Master Dee in another fiercely competitive Betdaq Chase at Kempton. Useful for Donald McCain, the gelding has improved markedly over fences for Fergal O'Brien since opening his account in decisive...
How Pav Saw Dubravka as a Future Star
MARTIN Dubravka has revealed that former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek predicted he would one day play in the Premier League. During his time as a goalkeeper coach for Sparta Prague, the late Srnicek also tried to convince Dubravka to...
I Get Annoyed with People Who Say 'Urgh, Benidorm'. Prepare for More Sun, Sand and Sangria as ITV Sitcom Benidorm Celebrates Its 10th Birthday with Another Season at the Solana Hotel. Nottingham-Born Star Sherrie Hewson, 67, Tells GEMMA DUNN of the Show's Magic PICK OF THE WEEK BENIORM ITV, Wednesday, 9pm
Benidorm is 10 years old! What's the secret to its success? NOT many sitcoms last that long, but it is to do with Derren Litten, who writes brilliantly and who writes new characters. That's why - because it keeps evolving all the time with new people...
I Have a Longer Story to Tell - the Story of Strike and Robin Themselves; AS HARRY POTTER CREATOR J K ROWLING'S LATEST MURDER MYSTERY COMES TO THE SMALL SCREEN SHE GIVES US A FEW CLUES ABOUT HER CHARACTERS
TV DRAMA Strike returns this weekend, based on the best-selling crime novels written by JK Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Private Dectective Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) and his assistant Robin (Holliday Grainger) debuted in the BBC1...
JUNIOR SHORTS; Grassroots Junior Football
THE Pin Point recruitment Junior League stages its annual North of England Tournament at the Cramlington Sporting Club this summer. The first weekend of the event is on Saturday, June 30 (under-11 and under-13 boys and under-10 and under-11 girls)...
Kone Can Play a Key Role in Cats' Relegation Fight
Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports Writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @Stu_Rayner CHRIS Coleman has been delighted by the attitude Lamine Kone has shown since the transfer window shut - because he thinks the Ivorian will be a key figure in the remainder...
Latest Titles
THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton, Raven Books, priced PS14.99 (ebook PS12.99) HHHH H A MAN wakes terrified in a forest, with no memory of who he is, a glimpse of a woman chased through the trees, a gunshot and a single name on...
Lending Service a Real Game-Changer
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE Reporter david.whetstone@trinitymirror.com AT a time when council budgets have been squeezed and libraries have had to prove their worth, it might come as no surprise to see that Newcastle City Library is launching a game...
Long Arm of the Law Helps Our Charity
Byline: KATIE COLLINGS Reporter katie.collings@trinitymirror.com STAFF from a leading law firm got to meet the children they helped with a charity donation. Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP donated PS550 for specialist equipment for disabled children...
LONG SHOTS NEED TO ACT; A 7-1 Gers & Dons Double Will Give Celts a Title Fright
Byline: MRFIXIT PAUL JAIN@MRFIXITSTIPS IT'S some time since we had a Premiership title race but it could be game on tomorrow. Wins for Rangers and Aberdeen would see both close the gap on Celtic to six points and give Brendan Rodgers food for...
Masterminds
1. Which takeaway giant has closed some outlets in the UK after delivery problems meant it ran out of chicken? 2. Europe saw a 400% surge in cases of which viral illness in 2017, after some parents shunned childhood vaccinations? 3. What was the name...
Must-See Shows
John Torode and Gregg Wallace Ant & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY Tonight, ITV, 7pm THE boys are back with a new series of their award-winning show. According to reports, there'll be no little Ant & Dec this time, but many of the other features...
Nobody Can Afford to Relax - Benitez; MAGPIES MUST KEEP BATTLING UNTIL END
Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.com @lee_ryder RAFA Benitez has summed up the intense relegation battle in the Premier League by pointing out the fact that 10th-placed AFC Bournemouth still aren't safe from the drop! ...
No Warm Weather Break - but Rafa's Glad That the Heat Was off His Players; MAGPIES MUST KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @Lee_Ryder RAFA Benitez is pleased his Newcastle United squad has swerved any negative headlines during its enforced break in the fixture list. After being knocked out of the FA...
Peonies Will Be Making Their Markle This Year
THE dazzling flowers of peonies are apparently a favourite of Meghan Markle, inset, and you too could have peonies flowering in your garden come early summer, says Hannah Stephenson. Some could even be at their best around the time of the royal wedding...
Quad's Gone but Treble on; Pep Set to Open His Silverware Account for City
DON'T know what was the worse result in midweek - Manchester City losing at Wigan or Arsenal being beaten at home by Ostersunds. To be fair to City they were down to 10 men in the first half while the Gunners were complacent after winning 3-0 in...
Sanctuary Scandal; We Spoke to One in Prison and There Was No Acceptance of What He Had Done Was Wrong. He Said the Victims Were to Blame
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty SEXUAL exploitation of vulnerable women and girls is continuing on Tyneside despite the Operation Shelter grooming gang being jailed, a damning report into the abuse...
School Shorts
NORTHUMBERLAND Schools FA have rearranged their Under-15 Girls Tournament for Thursday after it was postponed last month due to snow. The action starts at 4.15 at Newcastle University's Longbenton Ground. | THE Northumberland Under-13 Girls Pre-Season...
Slim Margin for Error - and Deal Is Not Working; GAMBLE ON UNFIT FORWARD BACKFIRING
Byline: JOHNGIBSON I MEAN, how unlucky can you be? It's like getting jabbed in the eye by a stick just when you think you can see clearly. Rafa Benitez and the fans have been crying out for a decent centreforward to fire United to safety - then...
Squads Put Their Fut in in a First for Foundation; FUTSAL
OXCLOSE Academy and St Bedes RC Comprehensive were victorious in the SAFC Foundation of Light's inaugural EFL Girls Futsal Tournament. More than 60 youngsters from schools across the North East competed in the event at Hetton School, many experiencing...
Striking Gold in Sacramento. California's State Capital Is Such a Rush, and Oscar Season Is about to Put It in the Spotlight. RICHARD MCCOMB Reports
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB HAVEN'T even seen the El Dorado hills yet but I've already got the fever - gold fever. "Get the panning equipment. Get lots of it!" I tell my erstwhile guide, Nick. "There's gold in them thar hills. Our luck's a-changing!"...
Tireless Fight to End Prison Hell in India Is Recognised with Award
Byline: KALI LINDSAY Reporter kali.lindsay@trinitymirror.com @KALIALINDSAY FREEDOM fighter Lisa Dunn was given the surprise of her life at a ceremony recognising outstanding women. Lisa, of Ashington, Northumberland, fought tirelessly for four...
Today's Quotes
TODAY'S QUOTES "I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was younger. There is an enormous freedom in living as long as I have" Ex-Bond girl, Jane Seymour who is posing for Playboy aged 67. "I'm still ticking - so why not? Age doesn't worry...
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DUA LIPA PICKING up the awards for Best Female and Best Breakthrough Artist at this week's Brit awards, the 22-year-old Londoner, right, could not have been cuter bringing her little brother and sister up on stage to share in the 'magic'. BOURNEMOUTH...
TV Films of the Week
1 PHILOMENA Tonight, BBC2, 10pm LEE (Anna Maxwell Martin) discovers her mother Philomena (Judi fell pregnant as a teenager in 1952 Ireland and was forced to give baby to the sisters at Roscrea Abbey. Jane pitches the story to Martin Sixsmith (Steve...
TV SOAPS; Billy's Addiction Sets Summer Up for a Fall CORONATION STREET ITV
POOR Billy has got himself into a terrible state. He's now hooked on methadone and needs another fix. Lee is the only one who can help him, but is he willing to do so? It's terrible seeing Billy in such a mess, but the really sad part of his predicament...
U23s Aren't Bottom of the Pile after Draw
LUKE Molyneux scored on his return from injury to ensure Sunderland did not finish bottom of Group H in their final Premier League Cup game. The 19-year-old came off the bench at Eppleton to make his comeback from the knee injury that had sidelined...
United Are Dangerous, Says Howe
EDDIE Howe has warned his players they are facing a "dangerous" side in the shape of Newcastle United at the Vitality Stadium. The AFC Bournemouth manager feels that the Magpies - who are still just two points above the drop zone - have been rejuvenated...
We Have a Keeper Who Could Help Keep Us Up; DUBRAVKA LOOKS TO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE MAGPIES' NUMBER ONE
Byline: SUPERMAC Shooting from the lip WHAT I'll be looking for this afternoon is confirmation that Newcastle United have got themselves a quality keeper who can go a long way to helping secure Premier League safety. I couldn't fault a single...
We Should All Go to Therapy Once a Week; AS HIS LATE SISTER'S BLOG BECOMES A BOOK, ACTOR GREG WISE TELLS HANNAH STEPHENSON HOW COUNSELLING 'SAVED' HIM
Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON GREG WISE has just returned from a few days' holiday in Scotland with his wife, the actress Emma Thompson, ready for a round of publicity - in which the actor faces the unenviable task of recalling the last months of his...
What Now Needs to Happen to Stop This
THE fight against sex exploitation on Tyneside is today continuing. Operation Sanctuary revealed an organised gang of predators were taking advantage of some of the most vulnerable girls and women in Newcastle. But despite 18 being jailed for...
Work Coming along Nicely; ROUNDABOUT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com @seddonnews MOTORISTS have been given a boost - works on one of Tneside's busiest commuter routes are ahead of schedule. As a result of extending lane closures on the A184 at Heworth, Gateshead,...
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