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Victoria's North West stars chat to Lucy Meacock ahead of new series

Chester's Tom Hughes and Blackpool's Jenna Coleman star in ITV's epic period drama Credit: ITV Granada

The hit ITV drama 'Victoria' returns to our screens this weekend, with two north west actors in pivotal roles.

Jenna Coleman from Blackpool plays the Queen and Tom Hughes from Chester is Albert.

They've been talking to Lucy Meacock ahead of the start of series two.

If walls could talk - Chester's history revealed

Some of our famous buildings have been given a voice to help tell their stories from the past.

Its an unusual project where 26 walls across Chester are being brought to life with the help of some famous voices. It's hoped it'll bring more tourists into the city and encourage them into places they might not otherwise visit.

Our very own Lucy Meacock has a starring role telling the story of Chester's new theatre the Storyhouse. The project goes live tomorrow. Right now - Sarah Rogers can tell us how it works:

More information from raid in Chester

Cheshire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West have in the early hours Monday, 29th May they searched an address in Chester.

Monday's search was part of the on-going investigation following the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, 22nd May. Officers would like to reassure local communities that there is currently no direct threat to the public of Cheshire and there are extra officers on the streets to provide visible reassurance.

This morning’s activity will understandably cause concern within the local community and I want to reassure residents that as part of the on-going investigation there will be an increased police presence in the area.

Officers will be visible in Chester over the next few days providing reassurance and if any members of the community have any concerns then I would encourage you to speak to local officers.

We will continue to work closely with our communities by carrying out patrols over the coming weeks and addressing any concerns they may have.

– Detective Superintendent Aaron Duggan, Head of Crime at Cheshire Constabulary
  • You can report any suspicious behaviour to the Anti-Terror hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency call 999

Record breaker for Chester Zoo as it tops the tourist league again

Top attraction: the elephant enclosure at the zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo's been named as the UK's most visited tourist attraction outside London.

It caps off a record breaking year for the zoo, which welcomed 1.9 million visitors - more than any other year in its 85-year history.

"Almost 1.9 million people visited us last year and every one of them played a key part in helping us protect endangered animals around the globe. We can't thank them enough.

"Visitors now are looking for more than just a day out. When people come to the zoo, not only do they have a great time but they are also making a difference and discovering how all of us, as individuals, can act for wildlife. We think this is key to our success."

– Jamie Christon, the zoo's chief operating officer


WATCH: Man jailed for stealing religious painting from Chester Cathedral

A man who stole a religious painting from Chester Cathedral has been jailed for nine months.

The judge said the actions of Vassily Apilats were like 'the instinct of a magpie."

Chester Crown Court heard he was obsessed with religious artefacts and had many at his home in Crewe.

Rob Smith was at today's hearing:

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