Young Blackpool XI defeat non-league neighbours Squires Gate in pre-season friendly

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A Blackpool XI defeated non-league neighbours Squires Gate 7-0 at their Brian Addison Stadium last night.


It was a Blackpool side made up of outstanding youth team players, that included the likes of Rob Apter and Ewan Bange, who have both appeared in the first team.

Gate started strongly as Dean Ing’s deflected effort forced keeper Charlie Monks into a fine first-minute save and home captain Josh Westwood headed narrowly over from a corner just two minutes later.

Gate keeper Matty Garrett was called into action for the first time on seven minutes, saving at his near post after being dispossessed by Bange.

Wing-backs Jacob Ridings and Jake Higham threatened for the hosts but it was Blackpool who opened the scoring on 22 minutes, James Harrison taking advantage of a goalmouth scramble.

Luke Evans’ men looked to hit back but were denied an equaliser as Monks made several brilliant close-range saves to thwart Ing.

Blackpool made it 2-0 on 35 minutes, when Luke Mariette found the bottom corner from distance after a well-worked short corner

Picture courtesy of Squires Gate FCPicture courtesy of Squires Gate FC

Ing headed over from a tight angle and Blackpool had a goal ruled out for offside as the first half ended 2-0.

A less frantic start to the second half saw Ryan Riley hit a free-kick over the bar from 25 yards for Gate.

Just as the North West Counties League club looked to be gaining a foothold in the game, a brilliant lob from Arnold Matshazi made it 3-0 on 57 minutes.

Gate introduced former Blackpool striker Keigan Parker, who received a warm reception from the supporters, and thought they had pulled one back on 70 minutes.

Ing rounded the keeper and found the net after fine work by Ridings but was denied by the offside flag.

And to compound the blow for Gate, Blackpool added their fourth a minute later when Dannen Francis headed home from close range.

Blackpool wrapped the game up with three goals in five minutes, starting with a Bange penalty.

Prince Yelegon made it six with a clever header before Francis’ second completed the scoring.

Report by James Ashton

St Annes jeweller offers £1,000 reward for safe return of stolen Rolex watch

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A jewellery shop in St Annes offered a £1,000 reward for the safe return of a stolen Rolex watch.


Police are asking the public to keep their eyes open for the distinctive Rolex watch. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Police are asking the public to keep their eyes open for the distinctive Rolex watch. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

The “distinctive” watch was stolen from Claytons Jewellers in St David’s Road on July 9.

Claytons Jewellers offered a £1,000 reward for the safe return of the watch, but have now confirmed it has been found.

“Fantastic news. The St Annes neighbourhood policing team have safely returned our stolen Rolex,” a spokesman said.

Three suspects have been arrested in relation to the burglary.

Anybody with information about the incident has been asked to call 101, quoting LC-20210709-0869.

Don’t overload us with 999 non-emergencies this weekend say Lancashire Police

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Police in Lancashire say they have been receiving a high volume of 999 calls which aren’t emergencies.


Lancashire Police have appealed to the public not to overload the switchboard with non-emergency 999 calls

Lancashire Police have appealed to the public not to overload the switchboard with non-emergency 999 calls

And they are asking the public to contact them in other ways, to free up the service more serious incidents.

But after police made the request on their Facebook page on Saturday, some people said they wouldn’t resort to using it if the 101 response was faster.

On their social media page, the police stated: “We are currently experiencing a very high volume of calls in to our control room are asking that you only use 999 in an emergency.

“Non-emergency incidents can be reported online here:”

But one disgruntled man posted: “If you didn’t have to wait hours to get through on 101 by which time the non urgent crime has take place and the offender is long gone to then be told you are too busy to attend then people wouldn’t use the emergency number.

“People are sick of reporting and nothing happening.”

Assistant Chief Constable Pete Lawson, of Lancashire Police, said: “We have had a huge number of calls in to our control room already today, and we are expecting thousands more before the end of the weekend.

“We are now asking people to think about how best to get in touch with us, and to use the online reporting facility if appropriate.

“Our control room operators do a brilliant job, working efficiently and professionally to help keep everybody safe, but please do your bit and only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.

“We know a lot of people (including us!) will be looking forward to the football tomorrow – maybe with a few drinks – or getting out and about with friends or family this weekend. But please also be mindful of keeping yourself and others safe to help reduce demand on emergency services.”

£10,000 boost for Blackpool Food Bank

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Blackpool Food Bank has been given the welcome boost of a £10,000 grant as it continues to expand its work in the area.


Neil Reid of Blackpool Food Bank receives the cheque from Nationwide representatives

Neil Reid of Blackpool Food Bank receives the cheque from Nationwide representatives

The foodbank, which is a registered charity, will use the money to convert a recently acquired van into a refrigerated vehicle to allow it to transport food supplies safely.

With the amount of food the amenity provides still increasing, the refrigerated van is seen as crucial to its work.

Although the total project will cost £20,000, the rest of the cash has been match-funded from other sources.

He said: “We are thrilled with the help they has given us.

“Without the incredible support from individuals and corporate businesses, we would not be able to function.

“During the pandemic the demand has tripled for our services and with that we have had to upscale our acquisition of food.

“We move in excess of 10 tonnes of food across our network every week and have a team of 50 volunteers.”

Blackpool has eight out of the top 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in England within its boundary, according to recent government figures.

The foodbank, located on Cornwall Avenue, is the only one of its kind in the UK which acts as a full-time distribution centre.

It sends out food parcels to more than 70 organisations, from Fleetwood to St Annes, but Neil added: “Without the donations we couldn’t do it.”