Robin Hood TV star Jonas Armstrong arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Lytham

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TV star Jonas Armstrong – who played Robin Hood in the BBC One series – has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly on a night out in Lytham.

 

The 40-year-old actor, who lives in the town, was arrested outside the Lytham House pub in Henry Street at around 10pm last night (Wednesday, August 25).

Lancashire Police said he was released after being hit with a £90 fine for disorder.

The Dublin-born star, who shot to fame in 2006 playing the title role in the BBC series Robin Hood, moved to the Fylde coast as a young boy and now lives in a £1 million house in Lytham.

The 40-year-old actor, who lives in Lytham, was arrested outside the Lytham House pub in Henry Street at around 10pm last night (Wednesday, August 25)The 40-year-old actor, who lives in Lytham, was arrested outside the Lytham House pub in Henry Street at around 10pm last night (Wednesday, August 25)

He also had roles in Tom Cruise flick Edge of Tomorrow, hit police series Line of Duty, Channel Four comedy Teachers, and The Bay, which is set in Morecambe.

In a statement this morning, Lancashire Police said: “A 40-year-old man from Lytham was arrested on Henry Street in the town shortly after 10pm on Wednesday, August 25 on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

“They were later given a penalty notice for disorder (£90).”

Lytham House has been approached for comment on the incident.

In 2016, Armstrong was arrested following an incident at the Mount Royale Hotel in York in the early hours of the morning. At the time, it was the actor’s third alcohol related conviction.

He was alleged to have rowed with the hotel’s night porter, a man in his 60s, who claimed he was assaulted by the actor.

Armstrong had been filming in York alongside Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt for the TV mini series Dark Angel at the time of his arrest. Armstrong had to pay his victim £345 compensation.

He was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community and 10 hours rehabilitation with the probation service.

But Blackpool Magistrates revoked the punishment after they were told that he had already undertaken unpaid work as a gardener and grass cutter. They were also assured that he had sought help from a counselor for his drinking.

According to the Probation Service, Armstrong “accepted he has a drink problem” and had taken steps to deal with it, including working with the Inspire agency to address his alcohol misuse.

Weekend of events at four venues in memory of Lytham skater Ralph

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A skating-themed weekend fund-raiser is to be held in memory of a young Lytham man who died suddenly earlier this year.

 

The Live Like Ralph Weekender will celebrate the life of talented skateboarder and artist Ralph Roberts with skate competitions, art, music and family fun.

The event is being held across four locations, Lytham’s Park View 4U, close to where he grew up and where he first started skating, the Plant Skatepark and Dirty Blondes Skate Bar and Nightclub in Blackpool and Moor Park, Preston, where he also enjoyed skating.

The celebrations are in Lytham and Blackpool on Saturday, September 4 and Preston the following day and will include skate competitions, music, art and a family fun day.

Ralph RobertsRalph Roberts

Lytham community park tribute urges skaters to ‘Live Like Ralph’

It was only after his shock death that it was discovered he had sarcoidosis, a rare throat condition which resulted in breathing complications.

The breathing problems caused Ralph to book a Covid-19 test and immediately isolate until the result was known, but it came back negative, only for him to die from what a post-mortem examination revealed to be sarcoidosis shortly afterwards.

His parents Neil and Fiona Bayntun-Roberts said he was renowned among family and friends for his smile and how much he cared about others.

An artistic tribute to Ralph at Park View 4U, LythamAn artistic tribute to Ralph at Park View 4U, Lytham

They launched a JustGiving appeal to raise money to help others in Ralph’s memory and last month, a graffiti weekender was held at Park View 4U to give the skate park there a distinctive revamp in his memory, including images of Ralph and the motto ‘Live Like Ralph’.

Neil and Fiona are now hoping the tribute weekend attracts a bumper turnout. Neil said: “This weekender is a positive celebration of Ralph’s life and incorporates the themes that were important for him with skate competitions, music and art.”.

The Park View 4U family day event will run from 10:30am to 5pm on September 4 and include skate competitions, skate lessons for children,

an exhibition of Ralph’s artwork, other contributions and memorial room/book, with tribute to Ralph.

Ralph's dad Neil with some of the artists who work on the tribute images at Park View 4U.Ralph’s dad Neil with some of the artists who work on the tribute images at Park View 4U.

From 5.30 to 8pm that evening at the Plant indoor skatepark off Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, there will be a skate competition, bar and music, while from 8.30pm, Dirty Blondes in Back Church Street, Blackpool, will host music and celebration of Ralph, with food and drink.

The Sunday event at Moor Park Preston will run from noon to 6pm and and include a skate competition, live music, a barbecue and more tributes to Ralph.

In Ralph’s memory, the Live Like Ralph aims to help build and repair skate parks, provide skate equipment to underprivileged kids, encourage more females to skate with confidence and support creatives

More details at www.livelikeralph.com

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Giant sand art on Blackpool beach is ‘love letter’ to times lost to Covid-19

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A pair of enormous hands, along with the words ‘back together safely’, were etched into the sand near Blackpool’s North Pier this morning.

Members of the public contribute personalised messages to their loved-ones on a 40-metre sand drawing by artists ‘Sand in Your Eye’, which has been created by hygiene brand Carex to encourage people to get back together safely, Blackpool. Picture by Kestral-Cam

Members of the public contribute personalised messages to their loved-ones on a 40-metre sand drawing by artists ‘Sand in Your Eye’, which has been created by hygiene brand Carex to encourage people to get back together safely, Blackpool. Picture by Kestral-Cam

The artwork, called ‘Love Letter in the Sand’, was created by beach-goers with the help of artists from sand art company Sand In Your Eye, commissioned by Carex.

isitors and Blackpool residents young and old drew pictures and messages in the sand to their nearest and dearest, resulting in a beautiful piece of temporary artwork that was washed away by the incoming tide.

Craig Gridley said: “There was a team of four people from Sand In Your Eye who arrived on site just after 5am to start setting up. The template of the hands was finished by 9:30am when we invited passers-by to come and join in. There was some fantastic local engagement from people of all ages.

Members of the public contribute personalised messages to their loved-ones on a 40-metre sand drawing by artists ‘Sand in Your Eye’, which has been created by hygiene brand Carex to encourage people to get back together safely, Blackpool. Picture by Anthony Devlin/PA WireMembers of the public contribute personalised messages to their loved-ones on a 40-metre sand drawing by artists ‘Sand in Your Eye’, which has been created by hygiene brand Carex to encourage people to get back together safely, Blackpool. Picture by Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

“There was a great response from passers-by especially the children we saw on the beach who were all keen to get involved. We’re absolutely thrilled with the end result and the images really speak for themselves.”

Carex marketing director Megan Harrison said: “With many people opting to stay closer to home for their summer holidays, we wanted to champion the great British stay-cation as well as an iconic location, which is why we chose Blackpool for our sand art experience.

“Everyone has missed something over the last 18 months, so we want to encourage friends and families to get back together safely, by carrying a pocket sanitiser on the go, no matter where you are.”

Houndshill phase two to start – but drivers warned of congestion around the Blackpool shopping centre

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Work will begin next month on the £20m extension to the Houndshill Centre to bring a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and a new Wilko store to Blackpool.

 

The development, which secured planning permission four years ago, is due to be completed in 2023.

Go ahead for phase two of Blackpool’s Houndshill Shopping Centre as council sign…

Drivers are being warned to expect congestion around the Houndshill during construction with part of Coronation Street being shut from Monday September 6 until December next year.

Artist's impression of Houndshill phase twoArtist’s impression of Houndshill phase two

The extension will be built on the site of the Tower Street car park which will close at the end of this month.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said: “Construction is soon set to start on this key development, which will help to transform the town centre, create jobs and improve our retail and leisure output.

“In order for work to be carried out safely, the site and access to it requires that half of the carriageway must be closed.

“We will be installing temporary smart lights which are very effective at detecting congestion and keeping traffic flowing as efficiently as possible, but we want people to be aware there’s a major project taking place here, which means access might be affected at busier times.

Tower Street Car ParkTower Street Car Park

“Naturally, there will be some occasions where there’s a build-up of vehicles, so please plan your journeys and consider alternate parking where appropriate. “

Debbs Lancelott, centre manager at Houndshill Shopping Centre, said the centre would be open as usual throughout construction.

She added: “Ever since the detailed plans were revealed, we’ve been excited to see the project progress.

“The Houndshill car park is a popular choice not just for shoppers, but for theatre goers and visitors to the Illuminations too.

“With that in mind, we expect there may be some delays when exiting the car park at peak times as the sheer volume can sometimes cause delays.

“Our staff are on hand to assist shoppers during these times, ensuring we maintain our services to the highest standard possible.”

Planning permission for the work was granted in September 2017, with the project receiving a boost last August when it was awarded £5m from the Government’s Getting Building Fund to kickstart development.

Blackpool Council is funding the remaining balance of the scheme.

Enabling work started in the spring, but people can expect to see more visible progress in coming months.

Deals were signed in February to bring a new Wilko store to the site, and an IMAX-style cinema and multi-media entertainment centre.

The phase two extension is also due to include two restaurants, although operators have not yet been revealed.

Tower Cinemas (Blackpool) Ltd, trading as MMC Cinemas will have 850 seats across nine digital screens including a giant PLF (Premium Large Screen Format) IMAX-ready central screen, set to be the largest in the North West, within a 40,500 sq ft unit.

Screens will be able to double up as conference venue spaces, and there will also be an e-sports cafe.

Wilko, formerly located at the old Fine Fare building on Talbot Road, will take a 15-year lease with the council on the new, purpose-built 22,500 sq ft unit.

Main contractor Grahams is due to begin work on September 6, prior to which hoardings will be installed.

From Monday September :

The section of the northbound carriageway of Coronation Street which runs adjacent to the development site at Tower Street Car Park will be closed to traffic

A temporary three-way signal system around the junction of Coronation Street and Adelaide Street will control traffic past the site, ensuring that access to and from Houndshill Car Park, the M&S collection point and the staff entrance to the Winter Gardens is maintained

The measures are expected to remain in place until December 2022, after which point the main hoardings will either be removed or moved back so the highway is safe to fully reopen.

The council says it will be working closely with the Houndshill to ease any potential congestion.

A council spokesperson said: “Houndshill Car Park sees an increased volume of visitors during seasonal periods such as Christmas, as well as when major events take place in and around the town centre.

“As a result of the temporary changes, anyone using the car park or accessing nearby areas (including the M&S collection point and Winter Gardens staff entrance) may experience increased congestion on entry and exit.

“Both Blackpool Council and Houndshill Shopping Centre will continue to monitor the situation and advise town centre visitors that there may be some delays in the area, particularly during the busier periods.

“Reminders will also be in place inside the shopping centre, including at all entry and exit points as well as on the large internal screen. Retail tenants will be notified of the temporary measures, as will delivery services who need access to the nearby area.”

Timeline:

September 2017 – Planning permission granted for Houndshill phase two

November 2019 – Blackpool Council buys the Houndshill Centre for £47m

August 2020 – the project is awarded £5m from the Government’s Getting Building Fund

February 2021 – Deals signed to bring in an Imax-style cinema complex and Wilko store

Spring 2021 – Enabling work begins on the site

September 2021 – Construction begins

2023 – opening

Fleetwood shooting suspects bailed after being held on suspicion of attempted murder

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Four suspects arrested after last week’s shooting in Fleetwood have been bailed.

 

Detectives arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of attempted murder after a man in his 20s was shot at whilst walking in Wansbeck Avenue on Tuesday, August 17.

Two men were seen making a quick getaway in a dark-coloured vehicle after opening fire on the man, who managed to escape uninjured.

Just 24 hours after the shooting, Lancashire Police arrested two men, aged 22 and 28 and a woman aged 24, all from Fleetwood.

Lancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting on August 17, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid "growing tensions" between two rival groupsLancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting on August 17, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid “growing tensions” between two rival groups

They were taken into custody and held on suspicion of attempted murder before being bailed to Thursday, September 16.

A fourth suspect, a 50-year-old man from Fleetwood, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has also been bailed until September 16.

Lancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid “growing tensions” between two rival groups.

A mobile police station has been parked on Chatsworth Avenue since the weekend when police issued a 24-hour dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminality in the area.

Drugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks in Fleetwood as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicionDrugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks in Fleetwood as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion

Drugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion.

Fleetwood shooting suspects bailed after being held on suspicion of attempted murder

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Four suspects arrested after last week’s shooting in Fleetwood have been bailed.

 

Detectives arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of attempted murder after a man in his 20s was shot at whilst walking in Wansbeck Avenue on Tuesday, August 17.

Two men were seen making a quick getaway in a dark-coloured vehicle after opening fire on the man, who managed to escape uninjured.

Just 24 hours after the shooting, Lancashire Police arrested two men, aged 22 and 28 and a woman aged 24, all from Fleetwood.

Lancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting on August 17, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid "growing tensions" between two rival groupsLancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting on August 17, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid “growing tensions” between two rival groups

They were taken into custody and held on suspicion of attempted murder before being bailed to Thursday, September 16.

A fourth suspect, a 50-year-old man from Fleetwood, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has also been bailed until September 16.

Lancashire Police have maintained a visible presence in the Chatsworth Avenue area of Fleetwood since the shooting, with the force ramping up patrols in the neighbourhood amid “growing tensions” between two rival groups.

A mobile police station has been parked on Chatsworth Avenue since the weekend when police issued a 24-hour dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminality in the area.
Drugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks in Fleetwood as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion
Drugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks in Fleetwood as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion

Drugs and a weapon were seized during stop checks as officers were given the power to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion.

Swan that was savaged by dog in St Annes is mistakenly released miles from mate and four cygnets – and cannot be reunited

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A swan survived a deadly dog attack in St Annes – only to end up separated from its life-long mate and cygnets after the RSPCA put it back in the wrong place.

The male swan. Picture by Alison Allen

The male swan. Picture by Alison Allen

The male swan needed vet treatment after it was viciously attacked in Ashton Gardens in July, and underwent rigorous rehabilitation at the Stapely Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.

But when it was finally well enough to be released last Thursday, instead of being reunited with his mate and four cygnets, he was mistakenly taken to Lancaster Canal in Kirkham.

Tragically, UK wildlife laws mean the bird cannot be recaptured and brought back to his family.

One of the cygnets at Ashton Gardens, which has been left fatherless after one of its parents was mistakenly released in Kirkham. Picture by Alison AllenOne of the cygnets at Ashton Gardens, which has been left fatherless after one of its parents was mistakenly released in Kirkham. Picture by Alison Allen

Mel Greenhalgh, of the Brambles Wildlife Rescue in South Shore, said: “We intially thought that he was released at Fairhaven Lake, but it turned out to be the Lancaster Canal. Meanwhile, his mate and his babies are in Ashton Gardens.

“Swans mate for life, as many birds do. So I think it’s incredibly sad on both sides, both for the little family which will be wondering where it is, and for the swan itself which will be very distressed.

“The RSPCA has apologised for it, as far as I’m aware, but have not been helpful in trying to locate the swan and reunite it with its family. I think trying to find it now will be like finding a needle in a haystack. It could have gone anywhere. It could have flown.

“As if it wasn’t bad enough that it was attacked by a dog in the first place, now it is lost.”

The male swan and cygnets at Ashton Gardens. Picture by Alison AllenThe male swan and cygnets at Ashton Gardens. Picture by Alison Allen

An RSPCA spokesman said the mix-up was a ‘genuine mistake’.

Mel said: “Of course we’re all human and mistakes can happen, but I would like for them to really put the effort in to see if they can relocate the swan instead of just issuing an apology.”

St Annes resident Alison Allen, who has been keeping a keen eye on the Ashton Garden swans since the dog attack, said: “As you can imagine I am so angry and upset about this, not just for myself but for all the residents of St Annes, plus mama and the cygnets. I have put so much into this with great communication between myself and the sanctuary, just to be let down at the final hurdle by an RSPCA inspector.

“I can only hope that he will be able to find his way back to his family. Please everyone keeps your eyes peeled for him. I know he’s not ringed, but he may be recognisable by the healed injury on his right wing and chest.

“The positive out of all this is that he survived the attack and is still alive and whilst I’m devastated that he is not home, I’m so grateful that he pulled through.”

People have been warned not to try to find the swan and take it back to its family, as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 forbids the taking of any wild bird unless it is sick or injured and their sole purpose is to nurse it back to health and then release it.

Alison added: “Sadly, legally there is nothing we can do. We can’t go and pick him up and bring him back because that would be against the Wildlife Act. I really do feel bad; I have bent over backwards to try and get him home, but I’m not breaking the law.

“If the RSPCA can get permission to catch him and return him, then they should try, but we can’t force them to do so and I don’t know if they would even be allowed.”

THE RSPCA SAID…

“We rescued and rehabilitated a swan which had been found bleeding with an injured wing in St Annes after it was believed he was attacked by a dog.

“Unfortunately when it came to his release back into the wild the swan was taken to an area a few miles away from his original home. This was a genuine mistake and we have addressed the situation with those involved to avoid this happening again.

“Thanks to the hard work of our team, the swan is fit, healthy and able to fly. The swan could choose to stay at the release site or he may go back to his original home. There are examples of swans returning over large distances to former territories so we are hopeful the swan may reappear at the lake at Ashton Gardens.”

Killer punches partner on Blackpool trip and said he would ‘murder her’

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“She knew you had a conviction for manslaughter… that sort of obnoxious threat was intended to maximise fear and distress”

The pair went to Brannigans and Ellis became abusive and spat in her face

The pair went to Brannigans and Ellis became abusive and spat in her face

A convicted killer who repeatedly punched his girlfriend on a trip to Blackpool told her that ‘next time’ he would murder her

Anthony Ellis went to the seaside town with his partner in June – around a year after his licence period came to an end – and after having recently rekindled their relationship

The pair went to Brannigans and after taking a phone call about her dog mistakenly eating some tablets, the victim got upset, a court heard.

Ellis, 34, then became abusive and spat in her face while standing outside the bar.

The woman ended up on the pavement but Mr James told the court that she does not remember what exactly happened. Some women then intervened.

While on the train home, Ellis started acting aggressively towards members of the public but after failing to get a reaction, he punched the woman in the head ‘several times’, the M.E.N reports.

They missed their stop at Wigan and upon leaving the train at Salford Crescent station, Ellis was caught on CCTV punching the victim a number of times, causing bruising to her jaw and ear.

After initially leaving the station, she begged staff to not let Ellis return to the platform.

He also moved his head towards hers in a ‘domineering’ manner, Mr James said.

Anthony Ellis
Anthony Ellis

Ellis, of Chesham Road, Bury, then fled the scene and in a ‘volley of offensives’ text message to the victim, the court heard that he said: “Next time I will murder you, you f****** w****”.

He was found by police at a house in Stockport six days later.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said that Ellis had been abusive throughout their relationship and that she feared him.

Anthony Ellis was convicted of manslaughter in 2014, following the death of 18-year-old John Muldowney at a party in Wythenshawe, in 2010.

Defending, Louise Cowen told the court that Ellis pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault at the earliest opportunity.

Ms Cowen also said that despite a number of previous convictions, he has no domestic violence offences on his record.

The judge, Recorder Matthew Maher deemed Ellis to be a ‘dangerous’ offender and issued him with an extended sentence.

Imposing a total sentence of four years, including at least two years in custody, he said: “It is clear from facts that you treated your former partner with utter contempt that night.

“The return journey home was a powerful illustration of just what a short fuse you have.

“She was so desperate that she asked the ticket staff not to let you back onto the platform but that request was in vain because the ticket inspector hadn’t seen the previous violence.

“I’ve seen you move your head towards her face, it’s not a headbutt as such but it’s a move meant to dominate and control her.”

Referencing the abusive text messages, he added: “She knew you had a conviction for manslaughter and in my judgement, that sort of obnoxious threat was intended to maximise fear and distress.

“Your violent and controlling behaviour has clearly taken its toll on her.”

Recorder Maher also imposed a restraining order, banning Ellis from contacting the victim for five years.

 

Blackpool Range gets set to open in-store Iceland

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Staff from supermarket brand Iceland are making the final preparations to open its latest Blackpool store, inside The Range.

 

The store will launch its new Iceland department on Friday, September 3, providing the community with fresh and frozen food alongside their everyday essentials.

The in-store offer will include brands such as Greggs and Slimming World in the Iceland section, alongside fresh fruit and veg, meat, dairy and store cupboard staples.

The Range building has been extended to increase its floor space to 40,000 sq ft and it will be expanding its offering in the town. The lighting, kitchen and dining plus home décor departments will see new collections introduced.

The Blackpool Range store pictured at its opening in April, 2018The Blackpool Range store pictured at its opening in April, 2018

The outdoor garden centre will be moving from its temporary location to the original bigger garden centre in the store too.

The move is part of an ongoing partnership between the two retailers which began in 2018 and there are now more than 90 branches of The Range with an Iceland in-store.

A spokesman for Iceland said: “Iceland and The Range is an ideal partnership offering customers an innovative shopping experience that brings both concepts together under one roof.”

Iceland has not said if any of its Blackpool stores, such as the nearby outlet in Waterloo Road are likely to be closed as a result of the move.