All stories for 21 Apr 2012

Middlesex v Durham: Day three close

GRAHAM Onions bowled Andrew Strauss for the second day running at Lord's, but Durham will need some quick wickets tomorrow morning to have any real chance of their first County Championship win this season.

Middlesex v Durham: Day three tea

DURHAM closed in on a first-innings lead at tea on day three of their County Championship game against Middlesex at Lord's, but it seems unlikely they will be able to win it without batting again.

Middlesex v Durham: Day three lunch

DURHAM made a bright start as they set about replying to Middlesex's 188 all out at Lord's this morning.

Newcastle mayoral "blackmail" accusations aimed at Government

THE Government has been accused of trying to “blackmail” the people of Newcastle into having an elected mayor after suggestions that a “No” vote would hit the North East’s economy.

NUFC loud crowd is crucial says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has appealed for the support and understanding of the Tyneside public as his Newcastle United side look to take a giant step towards European football.

Martin O'Neill: Aston Villa went sour

MARTIN O’Neill yesterday just about managed to stop himself from spilling the beans on why he really quit Aston Villa two years ago.

Newcastle Falcons 3 Saracens 9

NEWCASTLE Falcons will be glued to their radios this afternoon, knowing that a London Wasps win at Bath would relegate them from the Aviva Premiership.

Police close in on Durham Oriental Museum raiders

POLICE say they are confident the net is beginning to close over a gang responsible for a daring raid at a North museum after a third car was seized.

Mike Williamson: Competitive cooking proves team spirit is strong

NAPOLÉON Bonaparte once said an army marches on its stomach. In the case of Newcastle United’s unlikely tilt for a Champions League slot this season, that has certainly proved to be correct.

Newcastle Eagles 81 Cheshire Jets 96

NEWCASTLE Eagles fell to a third loss on the bounce when they were downed 96-81 by Cheshire Jets at Sport Central after once again opting to leave three of their star players on the side-lines.

David Miliband given petition over the pasty tax

A PETITION against the so-called “pasty tax” will be presented to Chancellor George Osborne after 7,000 North East savoury customers joined growing protests.

Heaton vicar died after bike hit by moving car

A RESPECTED North East vicar died after his bike was clipped by a moving car, an inquest heard.

Roman artefacts at Epiacum churned up by moles

EARTH burrowing moles are responsible for digging up some of Roman Britain’s deepest secrets in a remote corner of West Northumberland.

Acklington prison inmate Carl Wilson cut fellow inmate’s throat

A PRISONER at a Northumberland jail tried to murder a fellow inmate as he gave him a neck massage.

Newcastle Falcons team-mates gear up for Virgin Money Cyclone

THE end of the season doesn’t mean the end of the hard work for these rugby boys from Tyneside.

Northumberland council workers get their jobs back after contract wrangle

LOYAL council workers left in limbo have returned to their jobs – after their plight saw town hall bosses have a change of heart.

Ex-Pegswood councillor Jim Burley guilty of sending racially abusive letters

A FORMER parish council chairman has been convicted of sending racially abusive letters to his former lover after she started a relationship with a Nigerian man.

Dr Tim Brennan in the running to raise charity funds

A RESPECTED North East artist has put himself in the frame for the challenge of a lifetime.

Ryton dentist takes on role in Calamity Jane musical

THE double life of a North East dentist will be revealed on stage in front of hundreds of thrilled next week.

Lord Ridley remembered by hundreds at memorial service

HUNDREDS gathered yesterday to pay tribute to a “truly great man of Northumberland”, Lord Ridley, who died last month.

Newcastle easyJet announces flights to Amsterdam

LOW-FARE airline easyJet has announced a series of new routes including one from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Mount Oswald Golf Club sees third attempt by Banks Developers to build on site

THE company behind £200m plans to build on a well-established North East golf course are hoping it will be third time lucky when they apply for planning permission later this year.

Cornhill windfarm campaigner tries to halt turbines

AN anti-wind campaigner in Northumberland is gearing up to take on council bosses in what could be a landmark case.

Government urged to reform tax on air passengers to help North East economy

SCOTLAND could be banned from setting a cheaper passenger tax rate in a bid to protect North East airports.

Bellway to appeal in Whitehouse Farm site row

A HOUSEBUILDER which lost a planning bid this week for a development of executive homes has confirmed it will lodge an appeal.

Centre for Life supports North East School Awards

ONE of the region’s leading attractions has pledged its support for our annual campaign celebrating the hard work of our schools.

Milestone reached in funds for grassroots green projects

A CASH gift to help rescue a wood has taken a North East fund’s donations to grassroots green projects past the £1m mark.

I had a difficult act to follow, admits Alex McLeish

ALEX McLeish has confirmed how difficult an act Martin O’Neill was to follow.

Bogie’s side may clean up in Bath

AMID April’s showers, beware Bath. Come clean there, Ian Bogie says, and Gateshead might yet clean up.

Darlington FC priority is to get one more win

DOWN but not, yet, out of business, Darlington have been challenged to end the season with a long-overdue win.

Martin O'Neill managing nicely in aim for top-10 placing

MARTIN O’Neill’s abilities as a manager can perhaps be best judged on what happens to football clubs after he leaves them.

Wearside League

WITH only a single point separating the pair, the outcome of next Wednesday’s game between leaders Redcar Athletic and Ryhope CW will be crucial.

Northern Alliance

THE Shankhouse pitch is a concern ahead of their clash with title-chasing Heaton Stannington.

Greg Abbott is left with difficult decisions

CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott will be hoping his team can maintain their bid to reach the League One play-offs – especially after the week he’s had.

Evo-Stik First Division North

DICKIE Ord insists Durham City have learnt valuable lessons this season which will stand them in good stead next year.

Boro are powerless if play-offrivals win

BY the time Middlesbrough kick off against Southampton later today, next season’s Championship status could well be secured.

STL Northern League

PERRY Briggs will attempt to plot the downfall of his former team when Newcastle Benfield line up against championship contenders Spennymoor Town at the Sam Smiths ground this afternoon.

Euro qualification leaves question mark over pre-season

ALAN Pardew admits the uncertainty over European qualification is playing havoc with Newcastle United’s pre-season plans.

Neale Cooper wants Hartlepool United to hurt more

NEALE Cooper has demanded a response from his players after accusing them of not hurting enough after last week’s defeat against relegation candidates Chesterfield.

Cramlington residents invited to public meeting

Town meeting

Haltwhistle woman past the first post on India rickshaw charity ride

NORTHUMBERLAND mum Fiona Lees-Millais has come first in a 3,000-mile charity rickshaw ride across India.

Morpeth shop owner Jane Rutherford claims trade up despite roadworks

ALEADING business owner in a Northumberland market town claims trade is up on last year, despite major roadworks and the recession.

Ian Lavery promises ministerial meeting over reopening of Blyth and Tyne line

CAMPAIGNERS calling for the reopening of a rail line in Northumberland have been promised a ministerial meeting.

Author Ann Cleeves to sign books at Morpeth Chantry

A POPULAR author whose work inspired a hit TV series will make a special appearance in Northumberland next weekend.

Northumberland puts brakes on new speed warnings

ROAD bosses in Northumberland have come under fire over their apparent reluctance to use signs to combat speeding.

Blyth beach to host Beach Bash Bosh charity fundraising event

TWO charities will benefit from a fundraising party to be held on the Northumberland coast next weekend.

Busy weekend ahead for North East’s racers

NEWCASTLE Diamonds and Berwick Bandits both face two matches in two days, culminating in tomorrow’s North East derby.

Fresh start for Northumberland as they take on Cheshire

NORTHUMBERLAND’S brave new world gets underway tomorrow as they take on Cheshire in their opening Minor Counties Knockout Trophy match at South Northumberland.

John Graham as hungry as ever for glory

JOHN Graham begins his tenth year as captain of South Northumberland with his ambition undiminished despite a decade of unprecedented success.

Inspirational Graham Onions steals limelight from Strauss

IT started with the focus on one captain’s search for form and ended with another finding his, but the abiding memory of a frustrating Lord’s day was the performance of Graham Onions.