Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real Teamwork

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real Teamwork

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

Footballers have been in the press of late for all the wrong reasons, so it makes a refreshing change to hear of two positive stories from the Newcastle squad.

Olivier Bernard made it a French lesson with a difference for the pupils at Thomas Hepburn Comprehensive School in Felling, Gateshead, when he joined them last Friday. Fielding questions in French, Olivier chatted to the students about his life as a child in France and, of course, shared his views on the Premiership. Meanwhile, Hugo Viana had reason to be very grateful to young Matthew McPherson who found his wife's missing wedding ring on the Town Moor while out sledging. The ring was inscribed "Hugo" and it not being that common a name, the seven-year-old sleuth rang the club to see if the ring had any connection with Viana. Indeed it did, and Matthew was suitably rewarded with tickets for the UEFA tie, a signed shirt and a chance to meet an extremely grateful Hugo. That's what football in the community is all about; nice one fellas!

Fans' cars in focus

Coun Nick Forbes certainly grabbed the headlines last week when he suggested Toon Army fans who park illegally around the ground on match days could lose their season tickets.

His proposed scheme would penalise any fan who collected more than three parking tickets in a season. While there is no denying that illegal parking creates massive problems for both local residents and emergency vehicles, surely the solution is to tow offending vehicles away and impound them? Mind you, whatever becomes of Coun Forbes's scheme, he's certainly managed to raise the profile of this issue and that's got to be seen as a local councillor doing his job really well.

Back on the beat

The news that an extra pounds 4.4m is to be spent putting bobbies back on the beat will be greeted with delight by communities throughout the region.

A visible police presence is such an obvious deterrent to all forms of anti-social behaviour, one can only wonder why it has taken so long for the Home Office to realise our streets are safer when they are policed than when they are not.

Apart from the deterrent effect, putting the police back into communities helps to foster stronger ties between the public and the police. …

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