Investigation into death of 89-year-old driver killed in lorry crash in Cleveleys

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An investigation will take place into the death of an 89-year-old driver who was killed after crashing into a lorry in Cleveleys.

Preston Coroner's Court

Preston Coroner’s Court

Jean Holgate was travelling southbound on the A585 Amounderness Way in a Nissan Micra when she collided with a Ford transit van at the turn-off to Anchorsholme Lane at 11.15am on Monday, May 10.

She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where she died later that day.

As a result of the crash, the Ford van veered off the road and clipped a pedestrian, a 67-year-old woman from Fleetwood, who suffered minor injuries. The van driver was not hurt.

Mrs Holgate’s family said: “Jean was a wonderful person and very much loved by all that knew her.

“She leaves behind her husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, all of whom miss her immensely.

“We are heartbroken to have lost her and we appreciate every single one of the well-wishes and messages of condolence we have received since her death.”

An inquest to determine the exact circumstances of Mrs Holgate’s death will take place on September 27 at Preston Coroner’s Court in Fulwood. It is expected to last the afternoon.


Lytham St Annes High School to be demolished as new school plan is approved

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A Fylde high school is set to be demolished and replaced  after proposals submitted to the council were given the green light by planning officials.


Lytham St Annes High School on Worsley Road in Ansdell had lodged proposals with Fylde Council to build a new large two-storey teaching building and a new sports centre at the site .

As part of the plans to erect the new buildings, the school would also then demolish the existing ones that it has replaced.

After being submitted in April, planning officials at the council have allowed the development to go ahead.

How the new school may lookHow the new school may look

As well as the new buildings, the school will also relocate a car park and as two sports courts as part of the large redevelopment.

In a flyer handed out to residents and parents earlier this year, the school said: “The proposals will ensure continuity of provision for the school and for community users during the build process, without the need for any temporary teaching accommodation.”

Among the 59 separate documents that were submitted to Fylde Council for the project, it states that the redevelopment is expected to be funded by the Department for Education as part of its ‘School Rebuilding Programme’ which was announced last year.

The school is expected to be moved further away from Worsley Road and it says that a two-storey building is required.

The plan states: “The development of the site layout has been informed by a number of factors; the constraints and setting of the site and the operation of the school.

“It also allows the building to be placed at a considerable distance from nearby residents.”

Fleetwood girl perfects amazing hair-hanging act for Circus Mondao in Thornton

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Circus performer Suzy Snee’s routine in the ring is literally hair-raising.

Suzy Snee's hair-hanging act has kept audiences in suspense

Suzy Snee’s hair-hanging act has kept audiences in suspense

Suzy, 20, of Northfleet Avenue, Fleetwood, joined Circus Mondao more than three years ago and quickly established herself as an acrobat with Troupe Agadir, of Morocco.

But when the pandemic lockdowns closed the circus, she had to go back to Fleetwood and soon grew bored.

Suzy ended up teaching herself a new routine, a dramatic hair-hanging act in which she is lifted far above the audience by her hair.

Suzy Snee  practises hanging from a tree by her hairSuzy Snee practises hanging from a tree by her hair

And when she started practising by hanging from a tree in her home town, it caused quite a stir!

She said: “There wasn’t enough room to do it at home so I had to go outside a find a tree.

“I started practising next to a care home and there were people looking out of the window and groups of people coming up to watch me.

“It didn’t really bother and over the months I managed to perfect the routine – you need strong neck muscles and you have to let your scalp get used to taking your weight.

“At first it really hurt but now I’m used to it and I don’t feel any pain.”

Incredibly, Suzy learnt the routine from YouTube and, now the circus is up and running again, it’s part of the show.

Suzy abandoned a performing arts course to join the circus full time in 2018 and she hasn’t looked back.

She said: “I love it, it’s the best thing I could have done.

“The thing I love most is the audience reaction each night you perform, you never get tired of it.

“It is hard work, though, there’s always a lot to do behind the scenes.

“Some people think you just do a couple of shows each day and that’s all you have to do, but we’re always busy with something.”

Circus Mondao has set up the Big Top at the Norcross Lane car boot field in Thornton until September 5.

Skip goes up in flames at Blackpool industrial estate

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A skip went up in flames at a commercial property in South Shore this afternoon (Tuesday, August 17).


One fire engine from South Shore attended the scene at the Sycamore Trading Estate in Squires Gate Lane at around 2.20pm.

Firefighters used one hose reel and one fog spike to douse the flames.

Crews then removed the fire-damaged material from the skip.

One fire engine from South Shore attended the scene at the Sycamore Trading Estate. (Credit: Google)One fire engine from South Shore attended the scene at the Sycamore Trading Estate. (Credit: Google)

No injuries were reported.

Crews were at the scene for approximately one hour.

Lancashire infrastructure firm bought by Blackpool haulier

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A Blackpool-based haulage company has moved to snap up another Lancashire firm in a bid to expand its services.


Fox Brothers which has two sites in Blackpool, has acquired Lostock Hall-based J J O’Grady Ltd as it looks to grow the business further.

It is the second recent acquisition from the Whitehills-based company, known for its blue trucks, after the purchase of Leyland plant hire firm Clive Hurt last year.

Established in 2006, J J O’Grady Limited offers infrastructure and highways maintenance works, including street lighting.

Blackpool-based Fox Brothers has bought JJ O'Grady of Lostock Hall

Blackpool-based Fox Brothers has bought JJ O’Grady of Lostock Hall
It has a track record of working with local authorities, housing developers and civil engineering contractors. Under the terms of the deal J J O’Grady Limited will continue to trade under its own name.

Fox director John Flood said: “The acquisition makes perfect strategic sense for our business as J J O’Grady Ltd adds a number of different services and different customers, including local authorities.

“It has an excellent reputation, and we believe it has a great deal of potential to grow. That’s our aim, to want to continue to build and grow the business by taking advantage of synergies across the wider Fox Group.

“In practical terms it’s a deal that makes solid business sense. We will be able to offer clients a more complete solution from site preparation through to highways and street maintenance. Our focus is on providing a single source solution for local authorities, housebuilders, infrastructure, construction and civils contractors.”

Fox Brothers' trucks with their distinctive blue liveryFox Brothers’ trucks with their distinctive blue livery

Founder Seamus O’Grady will stay in the business, the firm will continue under its existing brand, and day-to-day operations will be carried out from its base at Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall.

John Flood said: “We would like to thank our non-executive director, Owen McLaughlin, for his support through the acquisition process.”

Fox was advised by Hill Dickinson LLP and J J O’Grady Limited was advised by Brabners.

In September 2020 Fox acquired Clive Hurt (Plant Hire) Limited to create the largest provider of haulage and plant hire services in Lancashire, with a 180-strong fleet of wagons and over 400 items of plant and machinery.

John Flood added: “We will continue to look for other opportunities to expand our services.”

Gunmen open fire on Fleetwood man in attempted drive-by shooting

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An investigation is under way after an attempted drive-by shooting in Fleetwood this morning (Tuesday, August 17).


Two men made off in a dark-coloured car after opening fire on a man walking in Wansbeck Avenue at around 12.30am, say police.

Police were flooded with calls from worried residents after gunshots were heard coming from the street.

The shots were fired at a man in his 20s before two men made off from the scene in a dark-coloured vehicle. Officers say the man was not injured in the gunfire.

Police were called around 12.35am (Tuesday, August 17) after gunshots were fired at a man walking in Wansbeck Avenue, Fleetwood. Pic: GooglePolice were called around 12.35am (Tuesday, August 17) after gunshots were fired at a man walking in Wansbeck Avenue, Fleetwood. Pic: Google

It was reported a weapon, possibly a handgun, had been fired towards a man walking in the street,

No arrests have been made at this stage, but detectives are eager to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the shooting and those with information about the gunmen.

Patrols have been increased in Fleetwood following the incident and the Lancashire Police say a “substantial police presence” will be seen in the area in the coming days.

Det Supt Becky Smith, of Blackpool Police, said: “We have launched an investigation following a suspected firearms discharge in Fleetwood.

“The weapon, believed to be a hand gun, is thought to have been discharged towards a man in Wansbeck Avenue. It was reported two men then made off from the scene in a vehicle.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the gun being discharged or a vehicle leaving the area at speed after the incident.

“If you have any information about those involved, or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Wansbeck Avenue area around the time of the offence, please come forward.

“Incidents of this nature are extremely rare, the police take them very seriously and we have a dedicated team of detectives working on the investigation.

“Patrols have been increased in Fleetwood and you should expect to see a substantial police presence in the area in the coming days.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0031 of August 17. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Thieves use ‘explosives’ to steal ATM from Bispham SPAR convenience store

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Explosives were used to steal cash from an ATM at the SPAR store in Bispham.


The thieves blew apart the ATM machine during a raid at the SPAR store in Kincraig Road at around 3.50am today (Tuesday, August 17).

Pictures shared on social media show the surrounding wall and roof of the convenience store suffered significant damage in the blast.

No injuries were reported but officers said the offenders fled the scene with a “quantity of cash”.

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Thieves used ‘explosives’ to steal an ATM from the SPAR store in Kincraig Road, Bispham

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We were called around 3.50am today following an incident in Kincraig Road, Blackpool.

“It was reported an ATM machine close to the Spar store had been damaged following a small explosion.

“An investigation is underway and enquiries ongoing.”

Police investigate attempted drive-by shooting in Fleetwood
Detectives have cordoned off the area while the scene is examined.
Detectives have cordoned off the area while the scene is examined.


Anyone with information has been asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 0170 of August 17.

You can also report it online by clicking HERE.