The Mirror (London, England)

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Articles from May 19, 1999

999 RAPE CALL BY COP MURDER CHARGE WIFE; Tape of Her Claims Played to Jury
A STUNNED jury yesterday heard a harrowing tape of a 999 call from a woman claiming she had been raped, her policeman husband shot to death and her home set on fire. But the family doctor, who was first on the scene, cast doubt on her story by saying...
As I Quizzed Boss on Lesbian Sex Claim, She Groped Me Too; LECTURER IS ACCUSED OF 2ND ASSAULT
A COLLEGE boss demanded lesbian sex with a colleague then molested another female lecturer who was probing the assault claim, a court heard yesterday. Kirsty Ewing said she was groped by department head Mary Collins after challenging her over allegations...
Barry McGuigan's Column: Tyson's Ready to Roll and He's Not Past Cell by Date
FASTEN your seatbelts, it's Mike Tyson time again. Boxing's biggest draw could be back among us in a fortnight when his jailers in Maryland are expected to set him free. It may be that Tyson's liberty is conditional and that he must fulfil certain...
CAMOUFLAGE KILLER; Loner Gets Life Sentence for Strangling Claire, 13
EVIL Craig Smith was jailed for life yesterday for the "callous and brutal" murder of schoolgirl Claire Hart. Smith - who wore camouflage clothing as he stalked woodlands near his home - beat the 13-year-old, shot her with an air rifle and strangled...
Celebrity Money - Phil De Glanville: Rugby Hero Plays It Safe; SECURITY IS THE GOAL FOR PHIL
Name: Phil de Glanville. Age: 30. Who is he? Former England Rugby Union captain, who plays centre for Bath. Off the pitch: He is a sales and marketing executive for Druid, management consultants in Staines, Middlesex. Lives in: Georgian...
Compassion, Tolerance, Freedom and a Sense of Humour.That's My Britain
I SEE the beautiful, rugged east coast of Scotland through a mist of rain. Now the sun is shining intermittently through the clouds, casting rays of bright light on the yellow fields of rapeseed. They look iridescent and incongruous among the green...
CRICKET: ENGLAND'S NASSASSINS; Kenya Feel the Force as Hussain and Hick Ease to Victory
NASSER HUSSAIN and Graeme Hick put brave little Kenya to the sword yesterday as England strolled to a nine-wicket victory in the World Cup at Canterbury. They thundered out a stand of more than 150 after skipper Alec Stewart went early on for just...
Dear Jo: Readers Letters
No need for us all to suffer THE churchgoing reader who disagreed with the acquittal of Dr Moor is entitled to his view (Dear Jo, May 17). Euthanasia should not be forced on people. But why deny it to those who do not share his opinion, follow...
DISABLED: WE ARE PRISONERS IN OUR HOMES; Transport System 'A Form of Apartheid'
HUNDREDS of disabled people brought traffic to a standstill yesterday - claiming the country's public transport has made them prisoners in their own homes. The wheelchair-bound community vented their fury in Dublin at being unable to use most of...
DOUBLE PAY BONUS; Watch out for Budget Tax Cuts in Your Wages
YOUR next pay packet should contain the tax cuts promised in the Budget. And it is backdated to April 6 so you should have a double bonus this month. So what can you expect to be taking home in future? Almost everyone will have a slightly bigger...
Eton Pupil in Drugs Swoop
AN ETON schoolboy has been expelled for trying to buy cannabis - just days after Prince Charles learned his godson had taken cocaine. It is the sixth drugs expulsion from the school - where Princes William and Harry are pupils - in three years....
EUROPE AT WAR: THE VICTIMS SPEAK: BLAIR HORROR-STRUCK BY TALES OF SERB BRUTALITY; He Hears Heartbreak Story in Refugee Tent
SOMBRE Tony Blair sat inside a tent deep into Albania yesterday to hear a harrowing story unfold. Frail 72-year-old Miftar Mazrekha told the Premier how gun-toting Serbs robbed him and forced him to strip naked in front of his village. He was...
FIND MY KILLER; Crimewatch Appeal Uses Tapes of Jill
MURDERED Crimewatch star Jill Dando's own words were broadcast last night in a bid to track down her killer. A Crimewatch special screened old tapes of Jill asking for witnesses. They were from the first and last times she fronted the show. As...
Football: Dunc Ready to Wreck Fergie's Treble Dream; FA CUP FINAL COUNTDOWN
FERGUSON verses Ferguson might well decide the outcome of the FA Cup Final. It might sound like a Scottish divorce case but it will turn Saturday at Wembley into judgement day. Many on Tyneside see Duncan Ferguson as the man to upset namesake...
FOOTBALL: FERGIE'S THE LAST OF THE LONG RANGERS; Says His Ibrox Pal GORDON DURIE
RANGERS star Gordon Durie reckons Ian Ferguson will be the last Ibrox star to be awarded a testimonial. The veteran striker believes the Bosman Ruling has finally brought the curtain down on the lucrative money-spinners - making Fergie's July 21...
Football: Harps Feel Entitled to Mohan
TOM MOHAN thought he had finally clinched the FAI Cup for Finn Harps - but then his worst nightmare came to life in front of his disbelieving eyes on Saturday at Tolka Park. The Harps winger, who found a lot more space to show off his skills in...
Football: Jaap: My Dream Is Alive
JAAP STAM last night refused to let his Wembley dream die in a final race to be fit in time for Saturday's spectacular. He will give himself until the morning of the FA Cup Final before deciding whether he is ready to face Newcastle. Four days...
FOOTBALL: KEANE FINAL FLING; Fergie Stands by His Captain after Arrest
MANCHESTER United last night gave Roy Keane their full support in leading the treble-chasers to FA Cup glory on Saturday. The Republic of Ireland midfielder will remain as captain against Newcastle at Wembley after United acted immediately to close...
Football: Paul's Done His Tyne
HEARTS last night admitted that they have lost the battle to keep Scotland defender Paul Ritchie at Tynecastle. Jambos boss Jim Jefferies revealed he will listen to offers for the pounds 2million-rated defender after talks involving the player,...
Football: Pounds 3m Seth Is Derby's Pride N' Joy; Johnson Snubs Kop for Smith
JIM SMITH broke Derby's transfer record last night with the pounds 3million capture of Crewe midfielder Seth Johnson. And Johnson revealed that the lure of first-team football persuaded him to move from Crewe to Derby rather than Liverpool. Johnson...
Football: Replay That Will Never Be
The Westmeath-Carlow Leinster football championship replay will not now take place. In a dramatic but not unexpected turn of events the most powerful arm of the GAA, the Management Committee, decided to uphold the Westmeath appeal against the Leinster...
Football: Shut Up and Get on with It, Anelka Is Urged
MOODY Nicolas Anelka has been ordered to stop moaning by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. And Wenger has launched his bid to stop the French youngster quitting Highbury by warning him that life will be even tougher at a big European club like Real Madrid...
Football: This Shear We Will Do It for Our Fans
ALAN SHEARER last night revealed how the shame of having to face 300,000 crestfallen Geordies 12 months ago has increased his desire to lift the FA Cup. The Newcastle and England captain will become the first Tynesider in 75 years to lead the Geordies...
Football: Walt Wants to Firm Up His Back Four
EVERTON boss Walter Smith is going back to the Old Firm to make a swoop for troubled Celt Alan Stubbs. Smith has already captured former Gers captain Richard Gough on a one-year freebie, and now he wants to team him up with the wantaway Parkhead...
Football: WEMBLEY? JUVE BETTER BELIEVE IT; Swans Boss Hollins Takes an Italian Lesson to Scunthorpe
JOHN HOLLINS has urged his Swansea players to be as mean as Arsenal when they protect their play-off lead at Scunthorpe tonight. The Swans manager is a huge admirer of his former club and wants his young cygnets to show the Gunners' fighting spirit...
Football: We're Going to Make This One Tough for You Fergie. Really, Really Tough; NEWCASTLE V MAN UTD: FA CUP COUNTDOWN
RUUD GULLIT has warned Alex Ferguson that he intends to get Newcastle to kick Manchester United out of their stride on Saturday. Gullit, synonymous with sexy football, wants Newcastle to play with a snarl and a snap in the FA Cup final. He said:...
FOOTBALL: WHY GERMANS ARE THE SPOT KINGS; Jurgen: No Practice Makes Sense
JURGEN KLINSMANN has exploded one of football's greatest urban myths - by revealing that the Germans never practise penalties. But before Alex Ferguson starts getting cocky ahead of next Wednesday's showdown against Bayern Munich, it is probably...
FULL SPEED AHEAD; Bus Chief's Pension Is Just the Ticket
THE biggest single investment most people make is their pension - and transport boss David Stephenson is on the road to a good pay-out. The 29-year-old is putting pounds 75 a month into a Co-operative Insurance (CIS) personal pension - a fund with...
GARDA'S GUN TERROR; Siege Man Was 'Out of Control' on Beer and Pills
A MAN who was "out of control" on beer and sleeping tablets escaped being shot only because the armed Garda he was pointing a gun at knew him. David Quinn threw away his gun at the door of his house just as Detective Garda Denis Kenny was about...
Girl Aged Five Who Beats the Taxman; AZARA'S FUTURE IS HER BOND
AZARA Frederick is only five, but she's already looking forward to a tidy, tax-free nest-egg. It will come her way when she's 18, courtesy of her parents and the Family Assurance Friendly Society's Junior Bond. Mum Sharon and dad Peter, from...
Glenn's a DI-Fly Expert
BUSINESSMAN Glenn Murray has his head in the clouds after building his own aeroplane from a DIY kit. Glenn, 52, was determined to beat the traffic jams which ruined his weekend trips to France Now he can arrive at Vannes, in Brittany, just 90...
Has the Spark Left Marks?
STORE TRAWLERS verdict on why M&S is facing cash crisisTIME was when a garment had only to carry a St Michael label for it to be grabbed from the racks by eager buyers in search of value and quality. But now it all seems to have gone wrong for...
Haughey's Pounds 300k for Deal That Never Was
LOVE cheat Charlie Haughey was paid pounds 300,000 for a deal which never went through. The Moriarty Tribunal heard yesterday Haughey had organised a bizarre land for stud farm deal but in the end he got pounds 300,000 for nothing. As part of...
HELL ESTATE DROVE MY DAUGHTER TO SUICIDE; Tormented Mum's Agony
A HEARTBROKEN mother sat among the ruins of her home last night and said: "This hell-hole neighbourhood drove my daughter to her death." Mona Clarke was so tormented by the attacks on her family's home in Drogheda's notorious Moneymore estate that...
Home Is Where the Cash Is as Interest Rates Drop
FALLING interest rates are good news for homebuyers and other borrowers - but bad news for retired people living on a fixed income. But older people don't have to suffer because of the sharp drop in the amount their savings can earn. If you own...
HURLING: KINGDOM FORGOTTEN; Kerry Ignored as Country Gets Set for Titanic Tipperary-Clare Clash
JUNE 6, Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipp and Clare. Since last November the dateline has been firmly etched in the minds of anyone with even the slightest passing interest in hurling. The day when the world will spin on its axis, the heavens are sure to collide...
Indiana Branson Stars in Raider of the Last Building Society ( Opens Nationwide Today ); the Last Round-Up as Carpetbaggers Gear Up for the Windfall War
TYCOON Richard Branson has scared the wits out of Britain's building societies. They fear he could cause their destruction. Society chiefs meet in Harrogate today for their last annual conference of the 20th Century - but the main topic of discussion...
'I See Little of the Christ I Believe in on the Hill at Drumcree' DR EAMES ON THE GARVAGHY ROAD CRISIS
THE Church of Ireland last night called on the withdrawal of an invitation to the Orange Order to use Drumcree Parish Church. The motion, against the invitation which has dated back more than 170 years, was passed on the first day of the Church's...
I'VE TOTTED UP Pounds 500 IN PIGGYBANK; Young Savers Rate Serious Interest
THE building society saving habit is paying off handsomely for Luke Neill - at the tender age of five he already has a pounds 500 nestegg. But mum Louise, 28, worries that he is perhaps becoming just a bit too keen on his Yorkshire Building Society...
I WAS STABBED THEN LEFT TO DIE BY MUGGERS; Comic Graham Tells of Terror on Street
FUNNYMAN Graham Norton told yesterday how he was nearly stabbed to death by two muggers. The gay television chat show star who was born in Dublin and grew up in Cork is due back in Ireland next week to host a glittering ceremony that represents...
Matthew Wright's Column: Mel's Baby Victory; PHOENIX CAUGHT IN TUG-OF-LOVE
CRISIS hit Spice Girl Mel G is set for an emotional reunion with her daughter Phoenix Chi as she battles to save her marriage. The star and husband Jimmy Gulzar have begun an extended separation after falling out in a tug-of-love over the future...
Money Questions and Answers
EVERY week a panel of Mirror Money's team of independent advisers will answer your questions. This week's advisers are John Stewart from PMI, John Cooper of Weston Financial Services and Ian Alcock of Grange Financial Management. QI HAVE pounds...
MPs TO DECLARE FREEMASONRY
THE Welsh Assembly will become the first UK Government body to force politicians to declare membership of the masons. And campaigners hope the House of Commons and the new Scottish Parliament will soon follow suit. At present there is no bar...
NATO Has Already Lost Morally and Politically; Mikhail Gorbachev, Former Leader of the Soviet Union, Writes for the Mirror on the Air War against the Serbs
FOR almost two months the world has witnessed a huge humanitarian tragedy. And a crime against human rights. Two thirds of the world's military might is crushing a small European state. Yugoslavia's economic infrastructure has been practically destroyed....
NOW IT'S DONALD'S YOUNG, YOUNG TEAM; the Cabinet's Junior Line-Up
SCOTLAND'S second-11 team of junior ministers was unveiled by Donald Dewar yesterday. The First Minister gave two more important posts to the Lib Dems as a reward for their coalition deal. But he gave further snubs to Labour loose cannons Malcolm...
Papa Is a Rolling Stone; LUCIANA GIVES BIRTH TO MICK'S LOVE CHILD
LUCIANA MORAD gave birth to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger's love child on Monday night. The Brazilian beauty whose affair with the rocker led to the collapse of his marriage to Jerry Hall delivered a healthy, 7lb 1oz baby boy in New York. Friends...
PREGNANT EXEC GETS Pounds 6,000 FOR CHIEF'S OBSCENE TAUNTS; Daily Jibes Were Unbearable
THE government faces a pounds 6,000 compensation bill after a civil service boss was found guilty of sexual harassment and making obscene remarks to one of his pregnant executives. The discrimination by the regional manager of the large government...
Rugbu Union: I Fear English Stars Flooding in Says Henry
GRAHAM HENRY last night warned Welsh clubs not to stock up on English players who are flooding the transfer market. Welsh clubs have been bombarded by letters and faxes from players in England who are losing their contracts or being made part-time....
SEND US ALL BACK; as the Row Erupts over Customs Quizzing Visiting Asians about Cricket Knowledge, We Reveal That White British People Would Fail the Test Too
A CRICKET quiz designed to trap bogus fans from Asia caught out a squad of Britons yesterday. The Brits failed the kind of test faced by Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans who who say they have travelled here to see cricket World Cup matches. ...
Serial Sex Offender: My Mirror Trauma
A CONVICTED sex attacker suing The Mirror for ruining his reputation yesterday claimed staff at Broadmoor Hospital and The Mirror caused him "psychological trauma". Psychopath Peter Oates attacked the integrity of the sources for The Mirror's story...
SHEDDING Pounds Pounds Pounds S OFF YOUR LOAN; Mutual Deal Beats Banks
BUILDING societies beat the banks hands down when it comes to mortgages. It's a fact that has become blurred in the past few years by all the special deals - discounts, fixed rates, cashbacks - that most lenders offer to pull in customers. But...
SO DEPRAVED; at That Time of Night There Are Girls around in Short Skirts. I Was Looking, Yes, I Was Looking
SEX fiend Richard Baker told yesterday how he was driven by his sickening lusts to prey on innocent girls - and admitted he needed help. Telling of one night at the coast in which he allegedly raped a 15-year-old, he said: "It was exciting and I...
STRAW TO END RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY; Lawyers Rage at Lost Choice
THOUSANDS of defendants are set lose their right to trial by jury. Home Secretary Jack Straw will today announce plans to ban crown court hearings for many people. The move covers charges where there is an option between a magistrates' hearing...
Tale of TWO Wives TWO Husbands TWO Mistresses; Affairs That Went to the Heart of the Nation
IT has long been said that behind every great man there has to be a great woman. But in the case of two of modern Ireland's most influential men there were two - each. The tale of two Taoisigh, their wives and their lovers shatters the myth that...
The Girls Asked Roy to Buy Them a Drink. When He Ignored Them He Was Smashed in the Face with a Glass. They Were Ejected
THE final whistle at Old Trafford on Sunday signalled the start of a marathon drinking spree by Roy Keane and his team-mates. Manchester United had the Premiership title in the bag. And manager Alex Ferguson told his players to enjoy themselves....
The Windfalls of War; BUILDING SOCIETIES GEAR UP FOR A BATTLE TO KEEP MONEY GRABBERS AT BAY
AS THE battle over building society conversions rages, carpetbaggers already have the next targets in their sights. Portman Building Society has been forced to stop taking new savings accounts at its offices in major cities in a bid to hold back...
Travel to Glasgow from Just Pounds 9 Return; GET ON BOARD A FABULOUS FERRY BARGAIN OFFER FROM STENA
FOLLOWING the phenomenal success of our last Stena Line promotion in March, your big value Mirror has done it yet again! Yes, we've teamed up with leading ferry operator, Stena Line to offer four more incredible deals to Scotland. As over 10,000...
UNITED..AFTER 16 YEARS; the Astonishing Story of How Andy Gray, TV's Mr Soccer, Rediscovered Love with the Fiancee He Had Dumped.Who Then Introduced Him to the Son He'd Never Met
STANDING on the doorstep, about to meet for the first time the teenage son of his new girlfriend Sara, Andy Gray had every right to feel nervous. Jamie was 15. A difficult age, the sports commentator concedes. But the butterflies in his stomach...
Why Jack's Got It Wrong
BRITAIN this morning is a little less of free than it was yesterday. Jack Straw's plan to cut the right to trial by jury - a right dating back to 1166 - for offences including grievous bodily harm, theft, drugs and indecent assault, will have a...
Your Problems: Miriam Stoppard's Advice Column
LETTER OF THE DAY Chaotic love life's tearing me apart I'M in such I mess I just don't know what to do. Six months ago I split up with the father of my two sons after a five-year relationship. I fell in love with a friend of my best mate...