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Man survives being shot as iPhone takes brunt of blast

A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast.

The man's iPhone bears the scars of the attack Credit: Cheshire Police

The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called.

Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July

The shotgun was found wrapped in clingfilm during a police search of the area Credit: Cheshire Police

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No place like gnome for Chester lottery winners

A couple from Chester are celebrating today after winning £1,069,748 on last week’s EuroMillions Mega Friday draw.

The top of their shopping list is a new home with a garden big enough to house their beloved gnome collection.

Trish and Craig, 51, immediately handed in their notices. Credit: Camelot
The couple are also planning a dream holiday. Credit: Camelot
Trish has a real love of gnomes. Credit: Camelot

I just could not believe it. I checked my ticket on the television and it matched – I just screamed – I have never screamed so loudly in my life. Craig really thought something bad had happened – and then I told him ‘no, no, we have won the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw and we have banked more than £1m!'

– Trish Tuft screamed so loudly when she discovered she had won her husband


£3m art collection up for sale

Sir Peter Blake – The Party

An art collection worth £3 million is going on display in Chester this weekend.

Pieces by Salford artist LS Lowry and Sir Peter Blake will make up the exhibit as part of the Chester Art Fair which spans 40 galleries. A painting of John Lennon will also go up for auction to raise money for a children's charity. Full details here.

LS Lowry - The Professor

Chester Restaurant celebrates 25 years at the top.

`Chef Simon Radley Credit: Chester Grosvenor

While Manchester and Liverpool are still without a Michelin star between them - the Chester Grosvenor is celebrating its 25th in a row.

‘Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor’ is one of only four other English restaurants to ever have been awarded one or more Michelin stars consecutively for so many years, and sits alongside industry greats like LeManoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Le Gavroche.

Executive chef Simon Radley said: “Twenty five years is an important landmark for us. It’s a great reward for all the hard work we’ve put in over the years.”

Simon Radley joined the team at The Chester Grosvenor in 1986 he handpicks suppliers, mentors young chefs through the Simon Radley Kitchen Academy and is an integral part of the hotel’s senior management team.

Managing director Jonathan Slater said:“This is a fitting tribute to Simon Radley and his superb teams both in the kitchen and on the restaurant floor. It is due to Simon’s loyalty to our wonderful hotel, his consistent leadership and his creative vision that has kept us our star for so many years.”

Other restaurants in the North West to be awarded stars are L'Enclume in Cartmel in Cumbria which gets two, Birkenhead's Fraiche, Ambleside's The Samling and Northcote Manor in Langho in Lancashire.

Camilla opens Chester Country Park today

Duchess of Cornwall in Chester to open country park Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall, will be officially opening a new park in Chester today.

Camilla will open the Countess of Chester Country Park which is next to the city's hospital and will unveil a plaque and sculpture to mark the occasion.

She will be entertained throughout with a performance by The Queen’s Lower School choir.

The park will be managed and maintained by the Land Trust, a national charity dedicated to looking after open spaces for public benefit.

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