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'Irreplaceable' owl sculpture stolen from art trail

A community is appealing for thieves to return a two-foot tall owl sculpture from an arts trail in Cheshire.

Locals say Ruby the owl is "irreplacable".

She was installed at Meadow Park in Ellesmere Port just a few months ago, as part of a series of animal sculptures by the chainsaw artist Simon O’ Rourke.

The owl sculpture is two feet tall and heavy. Police are appealing for information.

The sculpture was taken from Meadow Park between 2pm on Monday and 4pm on Tuesday.

We need her back! We are a community project and she is completely irreplaceable...

Please help us get Ruby back home!

– Helen Moran

The artist behind the trail has also appealed for her return:

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MP's anger over Government 'failure' to protect car workers in Ellesmere Port

The 250 job losses at the Ellesmere Port Vauxhall factory in Cheshire is a devastating blow for workers and their families according to the town's MP. Justin Madders is accusing the Government of failing to act to protect jobs. He says there's an urgent need for car component suppliers to be encouraged to move to the area. He spoke to Lucy Meacock.

Unions call for government help to save jobs at Vauxhall

Union want a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies Credit: PA

Union leaders at Vauxhall are calling for top level talks to try to avoid compulsory redundancies at the Ellesmere Port plant.

They want meetings with the government and parent company PSA.

Four hundred people - nearly a quarter of the workforce - have been told their jobs are to go.

The car manufacturer is blaming falling demand for the Astra model which is made at the plant.

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We have lift off: Massive operation to raise barges from canal to repair them

Some of the boats stretch back more than 100 years

Eleven historic narrow boats are being lifted out of a canal in Cheshire later in a massive operation.

The boats, some more than a- hundred years old, had been stored at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port

The aim is to refloat exhibits at the Boat museum in Ellesemere Port
Some of the boats need extensive repairs

It'll enable conservation work to be carried out, so that the exhibits can re-floated.

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