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Man arrested after police officer 'knifed' in supermarket

An man has been charged after a police officer was slashed with a knife at supermarket in Ellesmere Port.

Asda store in Market Place, Ellesmere port evacuated following the incident Credit: Twitter: @rachel_zan

Shoppers were forced to evacuate the Asda store in Market Place yesterday after reports that a man with a large knife was throwing wine bottles.

Asda store in Market Place, Ellesmere port evacuated following the incident Credit: Twitter: @rachel_zan

A police officer received a deep cut to his hand while a member of shop staff was taken to hospital after reportedly getting glass in their eye.

A 59-year-old man was charged with wounding, common assault, affray and criminal damage. He is due before Chester Magistrates Court later today.

Council reassures residents over Syrian weapons waste

Cheshire West Council has reassured residents of their safety after it was revealed a firm in Ellesmere Port is to destroy chemicals from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.

Veolia environmental services will incinerate 150 tonnes of the chemicals known as "B Precursors".

In a statement the authority insisted the waste was not weapons and did not include explosives.

It said the destruction was not due until the end of February and it would be seeking approval from health protection experts before going ahead

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Council statement on Syrian chemicals at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire West and Chester Council has released a statement following the announcement that Syrian chemicals will be destroyed at a plant in Ellesmere Port.

The council says the chemicals are not weapons, and contain no explosives.

Councillor Lynn Riley said:

“We have asked Veolia whether we can have a list of such chemicals for disposal so that we can independently have those reviewed by Health Protection England to satisfy ourselves that the materials will provide no increased risk to the public.

“I understand that any treatment of such chemicals will not take place until the end of February which will provide us sufficient time, once aware of the materials themselves, to seek the expert observations of independent Health Protection Specialists.”

– Councillor Lynn Riley

Syrian chemicals to be destroyed in Ellesmere Port

Around 150 tonnes of chemicals from Syria will be destroyed at a processing plant in Ellesmere Port.

The "B Precusor" chemicals are similar to those used in the pharmaceutical industry, chemicals that are destroyed routinely at the plant.

Plant owners Veolia said:

"We are pleased to have been selected by the British Governmentto support this important initiative which will see our Ellesmere Port facilitydirectly involved at the start of the implementation of the internationalmission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons programme.

“We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Defence andrelevant UK authorities to ensure the safe destruction of these chemicals inline with our high environmental, health, safety and operating standards.”

– Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement Executive Vice-President

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PCSOs deliver baby in back of car

PCSOs Sarah Duffy and Claire Whomes with Nick, Harry, Claire and baby Francis Cushing Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Two PCSOs delivered a baby in the back of a car after being flagged down by an anxious dad.

Claire Whomes and Sarah Duffy were stopped around 7.30pm on Saturday night by Nick Cushing, because his wife Claire was giving birth in the back seat.

PCSO Whomes spoke to paramedics on Nick's mobile, while PCSO Duffy helped mum Claire in the back seat.

Baby Francis was delivered in the back of the car a few minutes before the ambulance arrived and took the family to Arrowe Park Hospital.

PCSO Sarah Duffy with baby Francis Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada
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