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Channel 4 orders safety review after Olympic gymnast injured during filming

Channel 4 has asked its producers to review safety procedures after the Chester gymnast Beth Tweddle suffered a serious neck injury while filming the entertainment show The Jump.

The programme features celebrities competing in a variety of winter sports, including ski jumping.

The athlete has undergone surgery on fractures to her neck.

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Anti-fracking protesters stand firm as police and bailiffs move in to evict them

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Police officers and bailiffs have moved in to an anti-fracking site near to Chester to enforce an eviction order issued by the High Court.

Police officers out in force at the Upton anti-fracking camp Credit: ITV News

The site, leased by fracking company IGas Energy, is situated on Duttons Lane, in Upton, Cheshire, and is the longest running anti-fracking camp in the country.

It has been fortified with tunnels, tree houses and a moat.

The move by police and bailiffs comes two months after protesters were ordered to leave so drilling could begin.

The protesters have now locked themselves in tunnels and on high platforms to slow down the eviction process.


Father of former solider jailed in India speaks of 'massive shock'

Paul Towers

The father of a man from Bootle, who's been jailed for five years in India, says the sentence has come as 'a massive shock.'

Paul Towers was one of six former soldiers detained after weapons were found on a ship.

Mr Towers and another man from the North West, Ray Tindall, from Chester were working as anti-piracy security guards. They've been held in the country since 2013.

The Foreign Office say there is a 90 day window for an appeal.

Mr Towers' father Don has been speaking to ITV News:

Exotic birds given a helping hand at North West zoo

They may look like ordinary baby birds but these are rare starling chicks who need a special helping hand at Chester Zoo.

The vide shows one of six grosbeak starlings which has received some intensive care by keepers. The birds which are native to Indonesia, have been successfully hand-reared for the last five weeks.

The birds started out each weighing just a few grams and helping such tiny little chicks to eat requires a high degree of patience and lots of gentle encouragement. “We use delicate little tweezers to deliver food to them and then it’s really important to keep track of their development along the way. To do this we pop them on to a mini set of scales and check their weight every day – making sure they’re getting everything they need.

“For a good few months it’s a time consuming process and life does tend to revolve around the chicks’ feeding schedule but it’s ever-so-rewarding to see them go on and fledge.”

– Bird keeper Leanne Lowton
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