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Ainsley Harriott opens Southport Flower Show

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott opened the event Credit: ITV Granada

The Southport Flower Show has been opened by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott this morning. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual event at the resort's Victoria Park. It's being billed as the largest independent flower show in the country.

Ainsley, of Ready, Steady, Cook fame, is one of Britain's best-known cooks after a glittering 25-year TV career.

He'll be performing two cookery demonstrations in the Food Village.

There will also be special guests, TV gardening expert Carol Klein and beauty queen Elizabeth Grant, the newly crowned Miss England.

Ainsley spoke to Paul Crone.

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Watch: Murderer Quy could soon be back on the streets

Mitchell Quy murdered his wife Lynsey before hiding her body at an amusement park in Southport.

He spent 18 months protesting his innocence, even going as far as to claim his wife had left him for another man.

Now Lynsey Quy's father has been sent a letter saying his daughter's killer could soon be back on the streets.

In his only television interview, Peter WiIlson spoke to our correspondent Ann O'Connor.

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Reports of stabbing spark police response in Southport

The pub has been cordoned off after reports of a stabbing. Credit: Google Maps

A major police response has been sparked after reports of a stabbing in Southport.

A cordon is in place around The Coronation pub on King Street.

The victim is believed to have tried to escape into the Subway branch on the corner of King Street and Eastbank Street. Credit: Google Maps

Forensic officers have been seen inside the Subway branch on the corner of King Street and Eastbank Street after reports the victim tried to escape inside.

At least one person is believed to have been taken to hospital.

A police helicopter has been seen above the area. It is not known if the perpetrator has been caught.

CCTV appeal after house burgled in Southport

Merseyside Police are keen to speak to these men after a house was burgled in Southport. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a home was burgled in Southport.

The unknown men forced entry to a house on Silverthorne Drive which they searched before leaving on foot.

Police have viewed CCTV from the nearby area and are keen to speak to the men pictured.

Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact Liverpool CID on 0151 777 4060 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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