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<b>Thursday Dec 31: </b>Neptune may rise again; lotto winner hunted; MBE for Beth and cat does woman's head in

Published on December 31st 2009.

PLANS to restore the dilapidated Neptune Theatre have been submitted by its owners, Liverpool City Council.

The 400-seater amateur dramatics venue closed in 2005 for refurbishment, but remained untouched after a rent row between the council and landlord Hanover Estate Management.

A private operator is being sought to take over the running of the Grade II-listed venue and councillors say it is hoped the theatre will be open again by September.

A WINNING Lottery ticket worth £446,240 remains unclaimed after it was bought in Liverpool.

The search is on to find the owner who matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the main Lotto draw on Saturday, December 16.

The winning numbers were 2, 20, 34, 35, 40, 44 and the bonus ball was 49.

A spokesman said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings."

WORLD champion gymnast Beth Tweddle has been made an MBE in the Queen's New Year’s Honours List.

The 24-year-old, from Liverpool said she was “amazed and pleased”.

Former St Helens rugby league player Steve Prescott was also honoured with an MBE for services to rugby league and charity.

A WOMAN called 999 to say her cat was “doing her head in” because it was playing with string.

Manchester Police released audio footage of the call to remind people that the 999 service should not be abused.

Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, GMP said it received 1,377 999 calls, but only a fraction were genuine emergencies.

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