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Ultra rare lobster arrives in Manchester

Theodore the albino lobster Credit: Sea Life Manchester

A one-in-a-hundred-million albino lobster is to make his home at Sea Life Manchester. Theodore, as he's been named at the centre, was due to end up in a cooking pot before being spared that fate by Sea Life staff.

Credit: Sea Life Manchester

The lobster, which was found off the coast of Weymouth, has an absence of colour due to a lack of melanin. This extremely rare phenomenon causes the white colouring.

New centre for people with autism

A new high-tech home for people with severe autism is to open on Merseyside. The million pound development, on Wirral Autistic Society's Raby Hall site in Bromborough, has been funded by a two-year long appeal. The opening, on world autism day, will be carried out by dignitaries and Everton old boy, Graham Sharp.

The centre has taken 2 years to complete Credit: Wirral Autistic Society

We're deeply grateful for the enthusiasm the community has shown fundraising for us. There's a desperate need for this type of accommodation, so that people with autism can be placed close to their loved ones.

– Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Wirral Autistic Society


ITV Leaders’ Debate to take place at MediaCityUK

Political party leaders will meet for their only head to head clash of the general election tonight in Salford. The leaders of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, will argue their prospective cases at studios in MediaCityUK.

The NHS, the economy and immigration are all on the agenda. The seven-way debate is being hosted by ITV's Julie Etchingham. People said it was about time this type of debate was held in the North West..

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Party leaders arrive in Salford ahead of leaders' debate

Party leaders have been arriving at hotels near the venue of tomorrow's ITV leaders' debate - which was tonight revealed to be the studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Hosted by presenter Julie Etchingham, the debate will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm, and streamed through the website.

Read: Revealed: Set and location for political leaders' debate showdown

ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship reports on the build up to - and the risks of - tomorrow's event:


Sterling says "I'm no money-grabber"

Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling insists he is not "a money grabber" after talks on a new contract with the club were put on hold until the summer. The 20 year old player has been made an offer, believed to be in the region of £100,000 a week, but talks have stalled.

Raheem Sterling says he just wants to focus on football Credit: pa

In an interview with the BBC he said all the speculation over his new deal had all been "a bit much" and he just wants to focus on football at this time. He said 'I keep hearing I've rejected all sorts of contracts. Me, the club and my reps have spoken about it and put talks on hold until the end of the season, so it's frustrating to hear the contract situation keep going on and on."

Sterling says he'll give guarantees when the season finishes Credit: PA

The player went on "I just want to get through this season helping the club do the best we can do and hopefully at the end of the season be proud of what we have achieved".

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