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<b>News of the day in so many words: (06/07/09)</b> Parr Street studio blaze, hungry chimps and more

Published on July 6th 2009.


ARSONISTS could be to blame for a blaze which gutted Parr Street Studios at the weekend.

The fire destroyed thousands of pounds worth of equipment and spread to an adjoining builders’ merchants and garage. At one point the flames were just feet away from Alma De Cuba in Seel Street.

It, Parr Street, Slater Street and Fleet Street were cordoned off by the emergency services at 4.10pm on Saturday.

CHESTER Zoo had to evacuate more than 5,000 people yesterday as 30 chimpanzees escaped from their enclosed area. The animals found their way into a nearby keepers' area, where their food is usually prepared, at around midday, Chester Zoo said. Many visitors were kept in the café area “as a precautionary measure” while the zoo’s workers tried to contain the chimps.

POLICE have begun a murder investigation after a man was killed by a car. Francis Molyneux, 33, was walking along Holt Road on Thursday, close to his home in Kensington, when a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery hit him. Before the incident police say the Liverpool FC fan was involved in a confrontation with a gang of youths, with four men later arrested released on police bail.

MERSEYSIDE'S economy could be £200m worse off by 2020 unless action is taken to tackle climate change. A new report by Research for The Mersey Partnership claims 90,000 of city region jobs are in the sectors most likely to be affected by regulations to cut carbon emissions.

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