Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A daily newspaper and online news service serving the Teesside, Middlesborough, and North East England areas. Provides up-to-the-minute news of politics, sports, crime, business, and entertainment. Sports stories focus in particular on the Middlesborough Football Club.

Articles from April 18, 2003

Abuded Animals Need Justice Too
Byline: By Matthew Pardo Evening Gazette About a million people live in Teesside and County Durham ... just 2pc of the national population. Yet our corner of the country routinely ends up near the top of the nation's animal cruelty tables. ...
A Grand Response
Byline: Michelle Ruane Shoppers calling for a pharmacy within a South Bank store are to get their views passed on by their MP. Asda at South Bank wants people to support the Office of Fair Trading's stance on competition among pharmacists. ...
Ape the Bunny
Walk with cavemen and walk for Easter eggs as the holiday fun hots up while the weather cools down this weekend. You can also travel back six million years or travel down activity trails closer to home over the something for everyone days ahead....
Backing the Bill for Law Change
A Teesside MP seeking to plug a legal loophole that allows child killers to escape justice is also now calling for a review of how children caught up in crime are dealt with. Redcar MP Vera Baird wants changes to the Criminal Justice Bill to make...
Battle for Bronze in the Melting Pot
Byline: Adam Steel Billingham's nip-and-tuck tussle for third spot in the Northern League takes another twist tomorrow. Synners, currently third, and fifth-placed Town are both in away-day action, with respective ties against Newcastle Blue Star...
Blair: I Was Ready to Quit
Tony Blair was ready to quit his job as Prime Minister if he had lost MP's support over war with Iraq, it was revealed today. The Prime Minister disclosed he instructed officials to prepare for his resignation if he lost a crucial Commons vote on...
Bound to Have a Big Impact
The election battleground in Middlesbrough on May 1 has a new shape. Boundary changes affect most wards and the number of seats the 109 candidates are fighting for has been cut from 53 to 48. Four years ago Labour remained in command in Middlesbrough...
Burning Hills Drama
Byline: Lyndsay Emmett And Ron Livingstone Devastating blazes that left a pall of smoke over Teesside and tied up half of the area's firefighting resources for six hours were being blamed on children today. About 50 firefighters were needed to...
Car Deals Sale of the Century
Car prices have plunged to their lowest levels for decades as the major motor manufacturers attempt to buy themselves out of an impending crisis. Serious over production leaves them with the choice of either scaling-down and making redundancies,...
Celica Takes out the Curlers
Children, it is being claimed, will be put off using trains not because mum has an agreeable RAV4 up the driveway or that every so often one will go through a north London station sideways but because they watch too much Thomas the Tank Engine. ...
Champagne on Ice for Pool Fans
Byline: Barry King And Andrew Wilkins0n Hartlepool go to play-off hopefuls Scunthorpe tomorrow needing just a draw to secure promotion to Division Two. Mike Newell's side who have led Division Three for the majority of the season are almost there,...
Champs Won't Faze Us
Byline: Philip Tallentire Steve McClaren believes his injury-hit side can beat the champions tomorrow despite being forced to field a makeshift midfield. The Boro boss is set to go into the eagerly-anticipated Riverside clash with Arsenal without...
Chart Stormers to Take Centre Stage at Event
The first acts booked to play Middlesbrough Music Live have been announced. With just five weeks to go until the free, ten-hour music spectacular, promoters have started to book the entertainment. Today the Gazette can reveal that Junior Senior,...
Check before Scooting Off
New scooter riders are being urged to give their bikes a thorough check over to make sure they are not breaking the law. Cleveland Police warn some new scooters are being sold without a number plate light - which is against the law. One example...
Dance Greats Tribute on Tap
Dance is the great lure when the Forum at Billingham says it's time to TURN ON THE TAPS on Wednesday. Johnny Tudor and four female dancers will be on hand to pay tribute to the superstars of musical dance from Gene Kelly to Fred Astaire, Ginger...
Dutch Treat
Questions were asked when the new album from The Amsterdam Film Company landed on my desk. People wanted to know if the elaborately packaged DVD-like offering called Night Vision was a seedy porn film from an anonymous sounding Dutch production...
Familiar Friend Fulfils Taller Order
The Mazda2 supermini is the second of four new cars being introduced in an 18-month revitalisation spell by the Japanese manufacturer, following the acclaimed Mazda6. Behind the resurgence is a sharper appreciation of European tastes and expectations,...
Firm to Go with 61 Job Losses
Byline: Helen Logan A computer and microwave oven components manufacturer on Teesside is shutting down with the loss of 61 full-time jobs. Stunned workers were facing a Long Good Friday today after being told that the Young Shin (UK) Ltd factory...
Forget the Rest, Creighton Is Simply the Best
Teesside's Mr Memory is celebrating a quarter of a century in the recall game - and another world record. Creighton Carvello, who lives in central Middlesbrough, faced 50 testing questions in London this week to take the Pi Matrix world record....
Goathland, Beck Hole and Hunt House
While railway enthusiasts and Heartbeat viewers flock to this delightful moorland setting, a network of footpaths offer walkers the chance to explore some splendid countryside nearby. Starting from the car park in the centre of Goathland, we walk...
Here Is the News " Suchet Must Pass
Ludwig von Beethoven has become the latest casualty of the war in Iraq. John Suchet was due to bring his acclaimed show about the great composer - THE LAST MASTER - to Middlesbrough Theatre tomorrow. Because of the continuing war in the Gulf...
Heroic Movie Buffs ?
Hell is for heroes must like it up North ... they were last here in January, promoting last single You Drove Me To It with an explosive show at Middlesbrough Town Hall. With new single Retreat on the horizon, the five-piece's latest tour kicks off...
Hobson's Choice
Residents are to be given a choice over the regeneration of Billingham town centre - take it or leave it. Townsfolk expecting consultation on the "Gateway" plan will be disappointed but the Partnership Board says it can't offer a choice because...
I Thought I Was Permanent
Former Boro TV presenter Bernie Slaven was not a permanent employee of NTL a tribunal heard. The soccer legend claims he was axed unfairly in December 2002 after a row over irregular payments and is suing the firm for unfair dismissal. But the...
'It's Failed Them'
Byline: Sandy Mckenzie The "system" failed 21 Middlesbrough children who have been told there is no room at a new school, a local councillor has claimed. And Councillor Eddie Dryden said consideration should be given to compensating families....
It's Time to Get Tough on Cruelty
Efforts to clamp down on animal abusers are failing - because sentences being given by the courts are often "too soft" according to the RSPCA. Neil Mitchell, Chief Inspector for Teesside and County Durham, explains why he feels there is a problem......
It's Time to Get Tough on Cruelty
Byline: By Matthew Pardo Evening Gazette Efforts to clamp down on animal abusers are failing - because sentences being given by the courts are often "too soft" according to the RSPCA. Neil Mitchell, Chief Inspector for Teesside and County Durham,...
Kiefer's Top Voice Over
Kiefer Sutherland looks startlingly like his actor father Donald Sutherland, with that same square face and piercing eyes. "I do see my father in me every day, I see his acting style and I see his looks," concedes the 36-year-old Canadian. "I am...
Latest Smart Is a Smoothie
At first glance you would be hard pushed to see any visible difference between the new generation of smart city-coupe and cabrio and the old. Mainly because - apart from the badge - there isn't one. But make no mistake about it, changes there...
Norton's a Real Anti
Central characters in serious Hollywood movies may not always be whiter than white ... but there can't have been too many who were foul-mouthed, bad-tempered, drug-pushers. Enter Monty Brogan, who seems to have all the warmth and charisma of an...
Now Chere
After treating a lucky handful of Teesside fans at an intimate show in Leeds last month, ex-Spice Girl Melanie C kicks off a 15-date tour to support her second solo album Reason at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday night. Having already played...
On the Beat
Imagine a very young Jack Dee seated at a piano, tinkling the ivories in a decidedly lacklustre fashion and against his better judgment launching forth into a song about Delia Smith. Perhaps "launching" is too strong a word for the hilariously self-disparaging...
Our Hall of Quality
Ormesby Hall is truly the jewel on our doorstep, our only National Trust property, a real home close to home. For nearly 400 years the hall - which dates largely from the 1740s but contains an earlier edifice - was the home of the Pennyman family....
Party's over for Misery Tenant
Byline: Sarah Stack A tenant who has lived in a Grangetown flat for just four months has already been evicted. Coast and Country Housing has successfully obtained a possession order to evict David Brown from Northampton House in Caldicot Close....
Paul Addison
Boro's game at Manchester City was hardly a classic. In fact, in the last-ever Saturday game at Maine Road, before they move to their new stadium, most of the crowd had dropped off to sleep by the end! Still, all points count and the unbeaten...
Praise for the Litter Beaters
Students at Manor College of Technology in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool have been praised for their contribution to keeping the town clean. Pairs of students take it in turns to patrol the college grounds and pick up litter after lessons have finished....
Punishment Can Vary So Much
Despite similar animal cruelty offences coming before magistrates, offenders don't always get the same treatment. Last year Gordon and Tina Pollack, who at the time lived in Wrensfield Road, Stockton, and were 40 and 38 respectively, appeared before...
Rabbit on about Bard, Ships and Petal Power
Middlesbrough Little Theatre Juniors turn the clock back 30 years and 400 years from Wednesday. The long jump back in time comes about because they have opted for their next production to perform Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The first...
Ransome Stepping Down as Chairman
Byline: Eric Paylor Teesside table tennis stalwart Alan Ransome will carry on his role at the forefront of the sport despite relinquishing his chairmanship of the sport in England in June. The 56-year-old is stepping down from the chair of the...
Robson's Pep Talk to Faltering Mags
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson will not lose faith with his players as they attempt to bounce back from their mauling by Manchester United. The Magpies were still very firmly in the race for the Premiership title until the 6-2 debacle at St James'...
Rock and Blues Music
The critically acclaimed Illegal Eagles are back in the area at Darlington Civic Theatre on Wednesday. As their name suggests, the band play the music of the influential American country-rock legends. Since their first national tour back in autumn...
Selectors Tough Call
Nasser Hussain believes the England cricket selectors are spoilt for choice when it comes to naming a new international one-day skipper. The 35-year-old will stay on as Test captain but stepped down as leader of the limited overs team when they...
Siblings Space Invaders
The laughing will be heard all over Teesside when the perpetually popular Chuckle Brothers light sabre their way through the Civic at Darlington with STAR DOORS - THE CHUCKLES STRIKE BACK, on Thursday. An assortment of intergalactic oddities help...
Slow Progress
Reading an article in the Gazette about the handsome bonuses to steel bosses as workers worry about their livelihoods reminds me of what my father once said: "One day the working class will wipe away the scales before their eyes and remove the parasites...
Something's Fishy Down on the Farm
Fish look like providing a North Yorkshire farmer with a new line. John Seymour has farmed in the Stokesley area for more than 50 years. For the past 30 years he has owned Dromonby Farm, near Kirkby-in-Clevleand. Until now he has depended...
Special Way to Derail Villains
Teesside train conductors are being urged to sign up as special constables to help derail crooks. Arriva Trains Northern wants to beef up security on its trains to combat football thugs, drug-related crime and vandals. The company has joined...
Sport in Brief
Byline: SARAH TAYLOR A brief look at other local sport Football Tributes have been paid to Stockton soccer stalwart Norman Howells, who has died at the age of 60. Stockton West End chairman Keith Maude said: "I played football both with...
Strong Measures
Byline: Mike Underwood Police are targeting gangs of men who are plying young teenagers with booze. Middlesbrough's squad of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) discovered the worrying trend after catching men in their twenties buying drink...
The Bell Is Ready to Toll for Japan
Motogp is not the most alluring of names for bike racing's blue riband series, but the new format for the Grand Prix series is terrific. It was ironically fitting that the opening round in Japan was an indication that the bell is tolling for that...
Top Green Campaigner Says Plan Is Just 'Insane'
Plans for an animal incinerator on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors are "insane", claims a green campaigner. Until two weeks ago Charles Secrett was the UK executive director of pressure group Friends of the Earth, stepping down after ten years...
Tuono Turns Up the Power
Aprilia are getting their money's worth out of their big 60 degree V twin engine. It started life in the RSV Mille roadbike, and as well as powering a successful World Superbike race bike, it can be found in various states of tune in the CapoNord...
Wage Threat to Marinelli Transfer
Carlos Marinelli's wage demands could scupper a long-term move to Torino. According to reports from Italy, the Argentinian playmaker is in dispute with the Serie A strugglers. Marinelli is on loan with Torino until the end of the season and has...
Warming to an Icon of Cool
If retro is modern 'cool' then it's hard to think of a car which could be fresher than the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. In dealerships now, there are two basic versions, the 102bhp 1.6 or 2.0-litre developing 115bhp and available with the optional...
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