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Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo

Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

A rare parrot is being hand-reared by keepers at Chester Zoo.

The hyacinth macaw chick was hatched in an incubator four weeks ago.

Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

The chick, which is described as looking like a “cross between a dinosaur and a plucked chicken”, is so small that it is being kept in a Tupperware tub.

Keepers have given the youngster the unisex name Jessie, as it will be some time until it develops feathers that they can send away for DNA analysis in order to sex the youngster.

Eight charged after Cheshire police raids

250 officers were involved in the raids.

Eight people have been charged as part of a drugs operation by police in Cheshire.

The six men, one woman and one juvenile are all due to appear before Chester Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

They were all arrested today as part of a series of dawn raids targeting organised crime and illegal drugs.

They have been charged with drug offences including supplying Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Following the execution of the warrants, local neighbourhood officers have been carrying out high-visibility patrols to offer reassurance to local residents.

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Cheshire raids - arrest total rises to 32

A further 10 people have been arrested this morning as part of Operation ImpACT, a high-profile operation targeting organised crime and illegal drugs.

It brings the total number of arrests today to 32 - the 27 men and five women are currently helping police with their enquiries.

Warrants were executed at a number of properties in Blacon, Hoole and The Lache, as well as addresses in Merseyside and North Wales.

Massive operation against criminals in Cheshire

22 arrested in Chester drugs raids

Twenty two people were arrested in Cheshire today during police raids targeting organised crime and illegal drugs

Around 250 officers were involved in Cheshire Police's Operation ImpACT - one of the largest ever undertaken by the force.

Raids were carried out at properties in Blacon, Hoole and The Lache.

The suspects were taken into custody for questioning.

The strike phase this morning is the culmination of many months of work focusing on a number of individuals suspected of being involved in illegal drugs.

"Over that period intelligence and evidence has been gathered and this has culminated today in these high-profile raids.

"Operation ImpACT reinforces the commitment that the police and partner agencies have in targeting those people that undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs."

– Superintendent Paul Williams, Merseyside Police

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Armed police drawn into Chester neighbour dispute

Oldfield Drive, Vicar’s Cross. Credit: Google Street View

Armed police were called a neighbour dispute in Chester after reports a man had a gun.

The incident happened in Oldfield Drive, Vicar's Cross, on Friday night.

Cheshire Police took a call shortly before 10pm from a member of the public who alleged he had been assaulted by his neighbour.

Early reports to police suggested a firearm had been seen and the force's Armed Response Unit was deployed along with a negotiator.

An air weapon was subsequently recovered nearby and a 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

He's since been bailed.

Moving wartime scenes bound for North West stations

Emotional wartime scenes will be brought to life at 21 rail stations in the North West this September.

Over By Christmas will feature more than 300 people of all ages accompanied by musicians. It's a choral work to mark the departure of Cheshire soldiers for the Western Front.

It captures the optimism of soldiers leaving their loved ones, perhaps never to see them again.

A community choir of ‘soldiers’, ‘nurses’ and their families will recreate these poignant stories and children from more than 20 schools will be involved.

Over by Christmas is created by Theatre in the Quarter’s Writer-in-Residence Helen Newall, and the company’s founder and Artistic Director, Matt Baker.

The free event is part of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Project.

Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer said: "This is about remembering the sacrifice local people made and the journey that began at their local station. It’s reminds us of the importance of the stations, as communities played their part in this world-changing event."

Critically endangered chicks hatch at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo keeper handles the very rare chick Credit: Chester Zoo

Some of the world’s rarest chicks have hatched at Chester Zoo.

The northern bald ibis chicks are classed by conservationists as being critically endangered, meaning they face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.

Northern bald ibis is classed as being critically endangered. Credit: Chester Zoo

Lead keeper Steve Williams said: “Some consider to them to be one of the zoo’s uglier species but given that they’re so rare, we think they’re real beauties.”

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