Man hospitalised with ‘head injury’ after assault on Blackpool’s Central Drive

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A man was rushed to hospital with a “head injury” after an assault in Central Drive today (August 5).


Officers were called to reports someone had been attacked in Central Drive, near the junction with Palatine Road, at around 2.40pm.

A man in his 50s was found with a “head injury” when emergency services arrived, police said.

He was taken to hospital for treatment.

A man in his 50s was found with a “head injury” following an assault in Central Drive on August 5. (Credit: Google)

No details of any arrests have been released at this stage.

Anyone with information or CCTV footage has been asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 0765 of August 5.

You can also report it online by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Dirty Dancing performances at Blackpool Opera House cancelled due to Covid-19 cases

Performances of Dirty Dancing at Blackpool Opera House have been scrapped after two positive Covid-19 cases.


A confirmed case of Covid-19 has put a stopper on tonight's performance of Dirty Dancing at Blackpool Opera House.

A confirmed case of Covid-19 has put a stopper on tonight’s performance of Dirty Dancing at Blackpool Opera House.

In accordance with UK Government track and trace legislation, the producers have had to suspend all performances of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage at the Winter Gardens Blackpool up to and including Friday. August 13.

The show will then continue to run from Saturday August 14 until Saturday August 28.

Production bosses identified two positive Covid cases who work in the backstage team and said that while other company members remain Covid-negative, they must follow the Government’s legislation that close contact workforce must isolate for ten days ‘rendering it impossible’ for the show to go on.

Anyone who has bought tickets for the cancelled performances will be issued a full refund from their original point of purchase. Advance dates from August 14 currently remain on-sale.

Producer Karl Sydow said “We opened to a rapturous welcome in Blackpool on Tuesday. We are deeply sorry to have to cancel shows and disappoint patrons, but we look forward to being back on stage on Saturday, August 14 with this brilliant new production of Dirty Dancing- The Classic Story on Stage.”

Michael Williams, managing director, Winter Gardens said: “We are so disappointed for the cast and company after an amazing first night, but the safety and wellbeing of performers, staff and audience must always come first and as a Covid secure venue we look forward to welcoming everyone back safely to the Opera House on the August 14”.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage will then continue its UK and Irish tour, concluding in Castlebar on Saturday December 18

Produced by Karl Sydow in association with Lionsgate, Magic Hour Productions and Triple A Entertainment Group, and written by Eleanor Bergstein – script writer of the popular 1987 film – the production features the characters and original dialogue from the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey film, as well as exciting extra scenes.


Investigation into death of man in Blackpool police custody will likely go before jury

The inquest for a father of five who died shortly after being pulled over by police in Blackpool will probably be heard by a jury, according to the coroner.


Ronald Robinson

Ronald Robinson

Ronald Robinson, 56, was driving a hire car on Knowle Avenue, North Shore, on March 11 when he was stopped.

Officers claimed he put a “small ball-shaped item into his mouth before he was arrested”, the Independent Office for Public Conduct (IOPC) said.

He collapsed in the street shortly after, and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he died.

The issue of police body cam footage, which captured the moment of Mr Robinson’s arrest and susequent collapse, will also be discussed.

An investigation into the incident was carried out by the Independent Office for Public Conduct (IOPC). However, Mr Powell told the court that, so far, Mr Robinson’s family had only been provided with the post-mortem report, which contained several redacted names.

“The second item is the North West Ambulance Service records regarding the incident on March 11 2021. These records I think are very important to your investigation.

“The third item is the medical records on admission to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. As you know, that is the hospital to which he was taken following the treatment he was given by paramedics. These records are obviously important on understanding the injuries that were sustained and the treatment that was given at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“The fourth item on the list is the GP records.

“The fifth item… The version of the post mortem we received was redacted in a few places. It would be helpful to see an unrestricted version, if available. There are a few names which have been omitted that we would like to see.

“The sixth item is the toxicology report.

“The seventh item is the pictures of Mr Robinson’s body and the swallowed package that was mentioned in the post mortem report. I understand these pictures were seen by Dr Armor (the pathologist) and are not routinely disclosed to the family, but in this case it would be helpful to see them.

“The eigth item is the IOPC report. I understand there has been an investigation by the IOPC. It would be usual for that to be disclosed.

“The only other point to address is whether there was any other evidence that was in police possession regarding this incident. If there are any other contemporaneous records or incident legs, it would be helpful to see these as well.”

A further hearing was arranged for October 22. A full inquest will take place the week starting February 21 2022.


Amounderness Way closed by police following crash near Fleetwood

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A large section of Amounderness Way was closed following a collision on Wednesday.


The closure was put in place between Eros Roundabout and Bourne Way at approximately 3.50pm.

Heavy congestion was reported in the area, with traffic also building on surrounding roads including Fleetwood Road and Rossall Lane.

Police said the incident involved two-vehicles and a minor injury had been reported.

The closure was in place between Eros Roundabout and Bourne Way.
The closure was in place between Eros Roundabout and Bourne Way.

In an update posted at 5.20pm, officers announced the closure had been lifted and the road was clear in both directions.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach has got talent: here are all the shows to keep families entertained in the 125th anniversary season

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been thrilling fun seekers with high speed and wild rides for 125 seasons but boss behind the world famous amusement park Amanda Thompson loves to show off talent.


The 125th anniversary season is no exception with performers from the world stage back in the spotlight for an action packed summer.

And Amanda Thompson said: “Have we got a line up this summer!

“After months of lockdowns and restrictions, our shows really are a fantastic opportunity to get out with the family.

Hot Ice Euphoria at Blackpool Pleasure Beach ArenaHot Ice Euphoria at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena

“Our performers are so talented and there is something for everyone, from magic and illusions to stunning singing and dance routines from some of the world’s best.

“We can’t wait for the season ahead and to welcome guests, old and new.”

TV personality and stage ventriloquist Paul Zerdin said after a year of highs and lows, he was ecstatic to be back in the home of entertainment with his family of puppets for his new family show.

He will be appearing at the Horseshoe on selected dates until August 28, he said: “It’s just so much fun to be back in Blackpool, I’ve done many seasons now and after such a long time off stage it’s just wonderful to be on stage at all.

Paul Zerdin at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe until the end of AugustPaul Zerdin at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe until the end of August

“But Blackpool, the Pleasure Beach they are very special.”

From Paul’s vocal wizardry to the magic of Craig Christian and Britain’s Got Talent Elizabeth Best in the Evolution of Magic.

The dazzling duo and their team will present their show until Saturday October 30.

And not forgetting the jewel in the crown at the Pleasure Beach Arena Hot Ice – the world’s longest-running ice show.

Evolution of Magic at the Horseshoe until OctoberEvolution of Magic at the Horseshoe until October

Euphoria opened last month and will run until Saturday September 11 – featuring skating from some of the best performers from across the globe, including four Olympians.

Other exciting shows taking place at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this season include The Gatsby Summer Dinner Show is the perfect evening of glitz and glam. Running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August in the Paradise Room

Ken Webster, the Outrageous Comedy Hypnotist who is returning for his 33rd season, Horseshoe Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, and Majesty – A tribute to Queen.

For show timings and tickets