The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from April 8, 2006

Aaron Case Prompts Tougher Safeguards
Byline: By Guy Basnett A series of better measures to identify children at risk is being brought in by a North-East council after an investigation into how a father battered his baby son to death. Paul O'Neil, 33, of Kenton, Newcastle, was jailed...
After 14 Years in Jail, Inmate Has Chance to Clear Name
A convicted murderer still protesting his innocence after 14 years in jail has been given a date for his case to be heard at the Court of Appeal. Andrew Adams was just 21 when he was jailed for life for shooting Tyneside science teacher Jack Royal...
A Lock It or Lose It Drive
Motorists in Gateshead who leave their cars unlocked will get letters from the police advising them to change their ways. Police community support officers and traffic wardens who see a car which is insecure or has items left out on display will...
Andrew Wants New Members
Byline: By Hayley Beattie As one of the smaller clubs in the county Tritlington has been struggling to attract members, so treasurer Andrew Manners has made it his mission to attract new recruits. At the moment there are 25 members on the books,...
Arngrove Northern League
North Shields are hoping history repeats itself when they visit Consett this afternoon. The last time the Robins played at Belle Vue Park was during the 1987-88 season when they won 2-0. Manager Wilf Keilty and current player Mark Cass both played...
At Best, This Is Tiny Shaft of Grey in Very Black Cloud
Byline: By Hume Hargreave Faced with the debacle at the Rural Payments Agency, UK farmers can be forgiven for envying their French competitors. France took advantage of an EU dispensation and deferred the introduction of the Single Payment scheme...
BAE to Sell 20% Stake in Airbus
Byline: By Howard Walker Airbus has moved to calm fears for the future of thousands of its workers in the UK after aerospace firm BAE Systems announced it was selling its stake in the aircraft builder. The company said now was the right time...
Ball Eyes Home Comfort for Cats
Byline: By Stuart Rayner The only team yet to win at home in the Premiership meets the only side without an away success at the Stadium of Light this afternoon ( but Sunderland manager Kevin Ball is refusing to overplay the importance of today's...
Beat the Bookie
Byline: By Neil Harnett A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend: WITH the Premiership season nearing its conclusion, there are some huge games in prospect this weekend. The fight for fourth place now seems to involve the two...
Blair the Survivor Faces a New Test
Byline: By Paul Linford Over the past three years, there have been a number of occasions on which the people who want to get Tony Blair out of Number 10 Downing Street might conceivably have got their wish. The first serious possibility of the...
Blaze Hits Bedroom
A man was rescued from the bedroom of his home yesterday after a fire. Fire crews were called to Whitehall Street in South Shields at about 11.20am after a fire broke out in a first-floor flat. The owner was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital...
Blizzard Adds to Fixtures Backlog
Byline: By Andrew Dalby Newcastle's backlog of Premier Trophy fixtures grew again last night when a snow flurry 90 minutes before the scheduled start of their fixture at the Edinburgh Monarchs at Armadale sealed the fifth postponement among their...
Boro Must Be Local Heroes
Byline: By Paul Gilder They have become increasingly well known on the Continent but George Boateng has warned his Middlesbrough team-mates that their European exploits will count for little if they are unable to win battles at a local level. ...
Boss Puts Success Down to the A-Team
The boss of Tees Valley Company of the Year says his staff are the A-team. Avecia Biologics, of Billingham, which employs 495, took the title at the Tees Valley Business Awards, part of the North East Business Awards organised by The Journal and...
Brian Back to Pedal Power after 47 Years
Byline: By Julia Kennard A millionaire who last rode a bike 47 years ago as an errand boy is finally climbing back into the saddle to cycle hundreds of miles for charity. Brian Burnie, who owns Doxford Hall in Northumberland, last pedalled for...
Calendar Girls Face Up to Fame
The Calendar Girls yesterday launched their 2007 offering, in which they pose naked for a third time. Six members of Rylstone and District Women's Institute, who tastefully posed nude six years ago to raise money for Leukaemia Research, have done...
Call to Prevent `Eyesore' School
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Opponents of a new school on the coast are appealing to the Government to block the development. The plans for a pounds 15m secondary school in Whitburn were approved by South Tyneside's planning committee yesterday....
Champions Crash to Defeat
If ever there was a classic case of `after the Lord Mayor's show' then this lazy Newcastle performance was it. Four days after lifting the British Basketball League Championship title, the domestic game's most powerful force allowed bottom club Birmingham...
Clarke Right at Home in Masters Mix
Byline: By Mark Garrod Darren Clarke made a superb job of trying to treat the Masters as a holiday rather than the tournament that could take his career to a new level. While Colin Montgomerie missed the cut for the fifth event running, Clarke...
Craig's Reef Will Catch Environmental Tide
Byline: By Tony Henderson Marine scientist Dr Craig Rose is taking the plunge with a venture aimed at bringing multiple benefits to the North-East coast. Craig, who is managing director of S.E.A Consultants (Special Environmental & Archaeological...
Crouch a Beacon for Stead Lift-Off
Byline: By Stuart Rayner He was the lanky Premiership centre-forward who became a laughing stock after more than 20 games for his new club without managing to repay any of his multi-million pound transfer fee with a goal. But whereas Peter Crouch...
Dalesman Could Spring Surprise
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Ferdy Murphy's partner Janet is Welsh, so you can understand why her ambition is for the stable to win a Welsh National to add to the Scottish and Irish versions and a few others that have already come the way of the Wynbury...
Different Way to Vote
Details of new voting methods for May's local elections will be publicised from Monday. The elections in Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland will mix traditional polling stations with postal votes and early voting stations. Information...
Discovery Is in a Class of Its Own
Byline: By Steve Hughes Land Rover built its reputation on ruggedness and originally most of its owners bought into the brand for that reason. Then everyone else jumped aboard the bandwagon and these days the world is awash with so-called SUVs offering...
Disgust and Dismay at Return of Smoking
I am an expat who follows NUFC home and away, and therefore I am a regular visitor to the centre of Newcastle and shopper in the Grainger Market. I wish to register my disgust and dismay at the reintroduction of smoking into cafes in the Grainger...
Don't Despair at National Pick
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The Irish took our most prestigious chasing prize back with them after War Of Attrition captured the Cheltenham Gold Cup and it could be the same story at Aintree today when they deliver a formidable challenge for the John...
Falcons Aim to End Season on High Note
Byline: By Alan Hedley Young gun Andy Buist is determined Newcastle Falcons will end the season on a high note ( but he knows it has to start with the right result at Bristol tomorrow. Buist moves back to the second row from No.8 ( a position...
Family Homes Are Built with Versatility in Mind
With a budget for pounds 300,000, you could choose from a four-bedroom detached home or a five-bedroom townhouse within easy reach of Newcastle, a substantial family home in County Durham or a luxurious conversion apartment in a Victorian country house....
Farmers Urged to Sing Own Praises
Bayer CropScience and Farm Life magazine are searching for Britain's most beautiful farm, in a competition designed to celebrate the contribution the farming community makes to maintain beautiful landscapes. But so far there have been no submissions...
Ferguson Gets Scent of Blood
Byline: By Simon Stone Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced victory over old rivals Arsenal can propel Manchester United towards the most unlikely Premiership title imaginable. At the start of last month, United trailed Chelsea by 18 points. Now the...
Festival Hits the Right Note with Top Bands
Byline: By Hannah Davies Four friends from Northumberland are behind a major music festival that will see thousands of rock fans descend on a North racecourse this summer. The Gosforth Gathering will take place on August 5 and 6 at Newcastle...
Fifth Charity Cycle in Memory of a Great Father
Friends of a father-of-two who died from cancer are getting on their bikes for a charity cycle ride in his memory. The team of seven will ride 200 miles from Edinburgh to Tynemouth to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. It is the fifth year the...
For Me Crisp Was the Moral Victor
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Jockeys have been known to say a little prayer when they face the most formidable challenge to horse and rider. It's a race apart. So unpredictable, so demanding. And you need a lot of luck. We could be forgiven for thinking...
Growing Season Is Tough on Gardeners
Byline: By Bill Weeks Spring appears to be in full bloom now, with the arrival of all that sleet, slush, rain and hail! The snowdrops have just about finished and those hosts of golden daffodils so beloved of Willy Wordsworth are slowly emerging...
Hancock to Close Soon
There is only a fortnight to go before one of the region's best known museums closes for three years for major refurbishment. The Hancock Museum in Newcastle will close on April 23 to allow for its pounds 26m transformation into the Great North...
Hi Cloy Wins Again
Byline: By William Hayler Hi Cloy took his third Grade One prize of the season when leading home an Irish-trained one-two-three in the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree. The hard-working gelding put a disappointing run at the Cheltenham Festival...
Hotline Deluged in Bird Flu Alert
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A bird flu hotline was deluged with calls yesterday after it emerged three dead birds from the North-East were being tested for the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease. Tests on nine birds being checked for avian flu in...
How to Sow 100 Acres of Grass in Single Day
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie High output coupled with first-rate seed coverage, producing a good grass mat, is the key to the successful grassland service provided by Scottish farm contractor DW Agriculture. The company, of Kirkpatrick Fleming,...
In My View
Byline: By John Harrison North Tyneside is a beautiful place. It is a jewel in the North-East crown and its strength is its people. I'm proud to lead the borough and I'm proud that we have so much to look forward to. We have just agreed a budget...
It's No Holiday If You're Hoggard
Byline: By Richard Gibson Matthew Hoggard began the one-day series in India with earache, picked up stomach ache along the way and then got a pain in his neck. The England fast bowler, one of the heroes of the drawn Test campaign, was meant to...
Joy and Sorrow on the JH Drive-In
Byline: By Tim Taylor February 20 Third session with JH turns out to be a reality check. Bounce in to Matfen Hall's academy imagining golf swing is smoother than it has been for a long time following latest tip from nearest low handicapper on...
Kevin Finds Career Path
Outdoors enthusiast Kevin Vigars has walked into a new job devoted to providing a better paths and cycleway network in Tyne and Wear.. As the new access development officer in Tyne and Wear, 41-year-old Kevin is working to fill in the missing links...
Knife Killing: Man Held
An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of the nurse Cheryl Moss, police announced last night. The arrest followed the discovery of a blue bag in a road close to St George's Hospital in Hornchurch, Essex, where the 33-year-old...
Leaving Labour of Love for Sunny Spain
In search of a new challenge, Janet and Trevor Beston moved to a charming Northumberland village eight years ago to run the shop and post office. Hit by the effects of the foot and mouth crisis, the business, which was located within their family...
Marts
BORDER Week ending March 31 Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week ending March 31 marketed 1,027 sheep and 190 cattle. Strong demand pertained, numbers being short of requirements. Standard weight hoggs (15-21kg) Continental x sold to 285p...
Miller's Tale of a Changing Scene
Byline: By Tony Henderson In almost 30 years David Miller has tracked the greening of County Durham. Since the 1960s, 18 square miles of derelict land ( the size of a substantial town ( has been reclaimed as the county has adjusted from the run-down...
Mixing Practicality and Elegance
The Glenmuir, a substantial and elegant family home, is full of thoughtful and practical touches. The dining room, for example, has double adjoining doors into the living room not only provide an impressive entrance, but they allow you to create an...
Murray's Ready to Join the Fray
Byline: By Phil Casey Greg Rusedski told British fans what they wanted to hear after the spoils were shared on the opening day of the Davis Cup clash with Serbia and Montenegro. Rusedski defeated Janko Tipsarevic in the opening singles rubber...
Nation Races to the Were-Rabbit's Rescue
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin An animal lover has vowed to travel the length of the country to save a rabbit in danger of being shot by angry allotment-holders. The monster, dubbed the Were-Rabbit after the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit film,...
Newcastle BS Chief to Step Down in June
Byline: By Graeme King The chief executive of the Newcastle Building Society, Robert Hollinshead, announced yesterday that he is to take early retirement due to poor health. Mr Hollinshead, 51, has presided over a period of phenomenal growth...
New Lexus Takes Market by Storm
Byline: By Ian Johnson For some years I kept a small notebook of daring and often ill-considered quotes from car company bosses. Frequently, these related to products of their opposition, and so often they have fallen under the category of `famous...
Our Parks Are Tremendous
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Saltwell Park in Gateshead and Leazes Park in Newcastle are among the best urban green spaces in Britain, a new guide says. The accolades comes a day before the free Saltwell Park Show, set to attract thousands of people...
Outsiders Who Carry North Hopes
Byline: By Doug Moscrop It's five years since Red Marauder, trained in all but name by Richard Guest and ridden by him, ploughed through an Aintree mudbath in what was a triumph of survival and endurance. Owner Norman Mason was officially recognised...
Owner Keen to Save Blaze-Hit Warehouse
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A meeting to help decide the future of a fire-devastated Victorian building earmarked for a pounds 30m redevelopment will be held on Monday. Sub-contractors and building specialists have spent the past week examining...
Passport
Britain's theme parks are re-opening with a bang ( particularly at Thorpe Park, Surrey, with the unveiling of Stealth, a pounds 12m "white knuckle" ride to stand proudly alongside the already notorious rides of Colossus and Nemesis. With a 200ft...
Performance Pack for Impreza
Byline: By Steve Hughes If your Ferrari-style Subaru Impreza is a tad too slow, fear not ( help is at hand. The UK importer has introduced a new "chip and pin" performance pack that chips the engine management system so that you will be pinned to...
Play-Off Clashes Excite Koenig
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Trevor Koenig is looking forward to sampling the excitement of the Elite League play-offs final weekend as he bids to end his first season in British ice hockey by lifting a trophy. Newcastle Vipers play Belfast Giants...
Postie Looted Sacks of Mail
Byline: By Rod Minchin A postman who hid thousands of letters at home because his bag was too heavy for him was yesterday jailed for four months. Christopher Meek, 19, who is 5ft 5in tall and weighs less than 10st, admitted hoarding 13,819 postal...
Pounds 82m Aids House Crisis
Byline: By Hayley Beattie The North-East has been given almost pounds 82m to help build more than 1,500 affordable homes. Tyne and Wear received the largest share of the Government's pot with pounds 24.3m to fund 490 new homes across the area....
Reducing the Risk of Buying Old Cars
Byline: By Chris Russon Buying an old car need not be a risky venture, even though a new survey has revealed most breakdowns involve vehicles more than five years old. The study, by International Breakdown, shows that the probability of a car...
Reivers Battle to the Bitter End
Brave Borders failed by a whisker to pull off their best ever Celtic League triumph at Netherdale. Title-chasing Leinster were hot favourites in the wake of their Heineken Cup success against holders Toulouse. But the Reivers made them toil more...
Rival Teams Face Grim Record
Fulham manager Chris Coleman is desperate for his side to avoid the unwanted record of going through the entire season without an away victory in the Premiership. Coleman (pictured left) admitted: "I would be gutted. It would be something that we...
Roeder Wants to Spoil McClaren's Party
Byline: By Paul Gilder Glenn Roeder will not allow Middlesbrough's European heroics to affect his preparations as he attempts to lead Newcastle to the derby triumph which would ensure that a momentous week on Teesside has a sour conclusion. United's...
Seychellesa00-Heaven
Byline: By James Tapsfield Think of James Bond and you think of action, adventure, awe-inspiring landscapes and exotically beautiful women. So perhaps it's only natural that one of the suave British superspy's favourite spots was the Seychelles,...
Showhomes Designed to Attract Attention
The results of The Journal/Evening Gazette 21st Century Living Awards will be announced at the end of the month. The awards, sponsored by Grange Interiors, recognise the quality of new homes in the North-East. This week, Homemaker looks at a random...
Starting out Is Not as Difficult as It Was in the Old Days
With many incentives and special deals for first-time buyers, finding a new starter home is easier than ever. Homemaker finds out what's available for buyers taking their first-steps on the property ladder. Newcastle and Gateshead George Wimpey...
Student Design Makes the Right Impression
Byline: By Dave Black Student Donna Wearmouth's design talents will make a lasting impression on thousands of visitors to a new, pounds 16m heritage and learning centre in Northumberland. Donna, 18, has designed special T-shirts which will be...
Style That Infused Lifetime's Creativity
Byline: By David Whetstone Memories of wartime bombs and the swinging Sixties were stirred at Baltic this week as the finishing touches were put to twin exhibitions opening today. Ian Stephenson was a distinguished abstract artist who was born...
Successful Improvement for Mazda6
Byline: By Peter Keenan If it ain't broke don't fix it is a saying almost as old as I am ( and it was clearly stamped on the foreheads of designers and engineers when it came to revamping the Mazda6. The latest model clearly needed to maintain the...
Surging Carlisle Say the Fans Come First
Byline: By Stuart Rayner First meets second in League Two at Brunton Park today but home player-manager Paul Simpson views promotion as just part of the long-term picture for Carlisle United. The Cumbrians dropped out of the Football League in...
Tax Change Will Not Hit Middle Incomes
Byline: By Nicky Burridge People on middle incomes with life insurance policies will not be hit by a new tax on trusts, but millions could still need to review their wills. The Government yesterday said straightforward life insurance policies,...
Three Hurt in Car Crash
Three people were taken to Wansbeck General Hospital following a two-car collision on the A189 Spine Road, near the turnoff for the Asda store in Blyth, just before 5pm yesterday. Two fire crews from Blyth attended the incident. Impressionists...
Three Swans Found Dead in North-East Sent for Tests
Two dead birds found at a Northumberland beauty spot were last night being tested for the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu. The swans were discovered at Linton Lane Wildlife Reserve, near Morpeth, Northumberland, by a member of the public and their...
Time to Think about the Great Outdoors
Winter's high winds and low temperatures have probably wreaked havoc with your patch of garden, whether it's postage stamp or football pitch size. So now is a good time to be thinking about how you would like it to look in those crazy, hazy, lazy...
Time We Dolled Up the Home
Byline: By Tony Henderson An architect has turned to designing doll's houses to ram home his message over how towns and cities are developing today. Pierre d'Avoine claims that housebuyers are not being offered a wide enough choice of home designs....
Trainer with Pedigree and a Runner with Potential
Byline: By Doug Moscrop He's a chip off the old block, so Nicky Richards can be expected to have a good idea of what it takes to win the Grand National. His late father Gordon twice won the Aintree prize, with Lucius in 1978 and Hallo Dandy in...
Two Are Savaged by Dog, but Case Dropped
Byline: By Dave Black A mother was furious last night after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case against the keeper of a dog which savaged her son and his grandmother. Five-year-old Carter Bailey needed 37 stitches in wounds to his...
UniBond League
Blyth Spartans, up to third position in the Unibond League Premier Division following their midweek victory over North Ferriby United, will have the former Newcastle United midfielder Jamie McClen back in the side for the visit of Ilkeston Town to...
United Can Learn a Lot from Boro
Byline: By Paul Gilder To have suggested three years ago that Middlesbrough could usurp Newcastle as the leading lights of North-East football would have been to have risked certain ridicule. The Magpies had just contested a hugely-promising...
Uptide Tactics Bring Cracking Catches
Byline: By Alan Charlton Some cracking fish are being taken just off Seaham and Ryhope to anglers using uptide tactics with worm cocktails doing the business. Maurice and Keith Ford, fishing off Seaham in their boat Utopia, had taken a few cod...
Veteran Duo Lead the Way
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Two veterans will be showing the way when the Tynedale Challenge gets under way today. The 25-mile trek through the Northumberland hills has become an annual event for 69-year-old Marjorie Wilkinson ( who has finished...
We're Still Top Dog ( Ramage
Byline: By Paul Gilder As he revealed Newcastle's players have cast an envious eye towards Middlesbrough's stirring European exploits, Peter Ramage admitted last night United would gladly swap places with their Tees-Tyne derby rivals. But, as...
Wigan Sink to New Low
Rugby league: Woeful Wigan's season sunk to new depths as they were crushed 40-14 at fellow strugglers Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to remain marooned at the bottom of engage Super League, with the prospect of title favourites St Helens next up at Knowsley...
Yorkshire Trips Set to Test Thunder
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder face a tough opening to their LHF Healthplan National League Two campaign with consecutive trips to Yorkshire. The Tynesiders kick off at Featherstone Rovers tomorrow followed by Hunslet Hawks in Leeds...
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