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Plans of Chester's theatre, cinema and library revealed

Artist impression of the former shop units on Northgate Street brought back to life as a library

Details of Chester’s new theatre, library and cinema complex are being revealed in a public exhibition, which starts today.

For more information on the exhibitions, click here

Artist impression of 'cultural centre'

Members of the public will be able to view the plans which will see the former Odeon cinema on Northgate Street turned into a 'cultural centre'.

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Rooney and Gerrard: Penguins named after footballers

A baby penguin weighting just 87 grams has hatched in Chester Zoo.

Rooney, named after England forward Wayne, was one of the first Humboldt penguins to hatch at the zoo this year.

The penguin keepers are naming this year’s clutch after past and present superstars of the football World Cup.

Chester Zoo funds a penguins conservation initiative Credit: Chester Zoo
A baby penguin makes its way out of the egg. Credit: Chester Zoo

Rooney has already been joined by Gerrard, named after current England captain Steven, Banks, after 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon, and Moore after 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby.

Baby Humboldt penguin Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo funds conservation initiatives in the penguins’ homeland to help them in their natural habitat, where they are faced with many pressures including over fishing of their food and habitat loss.

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12 people treated after chemical incident in Flintshire

The Welsh Ambulance service say 12 people needed treatment after a chemical incident in Flintshire.

Two of those have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

We were called at 9.34am today, Wednesday April 9, to an incident at a commercial property on River Lane Industrial Estate, Saltney. We sent two rapid response vehicles and four emergency ambulances to the scene, where 12 people required treatment. Of the 12, two people have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a stable condition, two people have been discharged at scene and eight people remain at scene.

– Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson
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Emergency services deal with chemical incident in Flintshire

Emergency services are currently dealing with a chemical incident at a factory in Saltney, Flintshire.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service believe that two cleaning agents have been mixed, which has released toxic vapour.

Thirteen people are believed to have inhaled the chemicals, and some have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Families of jailed ex-soldiers present their petition at Downing Street

The relatives of six former soldiers who've been jailed in India after protecting ships from pirates, took their campaign to Downing Street today.

Ray Tindall, from Chester, and Paul Towers, from Bootle, were among those providing security for ship crews, when they were arrested and charged with taking weapons into India's territorial waters.

Paul's father, Don Towers, called on the government to do more to secure the men's release.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.

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Detained security guard petition goes to Number 10

Ray Tindall jailed in India Credit: ITV

Supporters of a security guard, jailed in India after protecting ships from pirates, will take a petition to Downing Street today.

Ray Tindall, from Chester, is one of six guards who were arrested last October and charged with weapons offences.

The petition, with more than 140,000 names, urges the Prime Minister to step in and get the men released.

According to the six, Indian authorities claim the vessel entered Indian waters illegally with weapons on board, despite their employer's insistence that the ship had the correct papers.

They were granted bail in December but after objections from Indian officials, are yet to be released.

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