Wetherspoons 99p: These are the pubs in Morecambe, Lancaster, Fylde, Wyre, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Leyland, Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley and Colne taking part in the offer

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JD Wetherspoon has put 99p pints back on the menu despite costs rising across the UK’s pub industry.

 

These are the Wetherspoon pubs near you that will be offering pints for 99p

These are the Wetherspoon pubs near you that will be offering pints for 99p

The company said it will slash the prices on a range of drinks throughout November as it continues its efforts to attract more punters back to pubs following pandemic lockdowns.

It said its 671 pubs across England, including 17 in Lancashire, will sell three alcoholic drinks for 99p each: a pint of Ruddles Best, a bottle of Beck’s and a 25ml measure of Bell’s whisky with a mixer.

All hot drinks will also cost 99p, with free refills, as part of its price cuts.

Chairman Tim Martin said: “Our pubs are known for their excellent choice of drinks at value-for-money prices at all times.

“Throughout November our customers will be able to choose from a great choice of drinks and save themselves some money too.”

These are the Wetherspoon pubs near you that will be offering pints for 99p.

The Eric Bartholomew

The Eric Bartholomew / 10-18 Euston Rd, Morecambe LA4 5DD / 01524 405860

The Sir Richard Owen

The Sir Richard Owen / 4 Spring Garden St, Lancaster LA1 1RQ / 01524 541500

The Thomas Drummond

The Thomas Drummond / London St, Fleetwood FY7 6JE / 01253 775020

The Jolly Tars

The Jolly Tars / 154-158 Victoria Rd W, Cleveleys FY5 3NE / 01253 856042

The Poulton Elk

The Poulton Elk / 22 Hardhorn Rd, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7SR / 01253 895265

The Velvet Coaster

The Velvet Coaster / 501-507 Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1BA / 01253 362180

The Trawl Boat Inn

The Trawl Boat Inn / 36-38 Wood St, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1QR / 01253 783080

The Railway Hotel

The Railway Hotel / Station Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5DH / 01253 797250

The Grey Friar

The Grey Friar / 144 Friargate, Preston PR1 2EJ / 01772 558542

The Twelve Tellers

The Twelve Tellers / 15 Church St, Preston PR1 3BQ / 01772 550910

The Leyland Lion

The Leyland Lion / 60 Hough Ln, Leyland PR25 2SA / 01772 643990

Sir Henry Tate

Sir Henry Tate / New Market St, Chorley PR7 1DB / 01257 248470

The Commercial Hotel

The Commercial Hotel / 1 Church St, Accrington BB5 2EN / 01254 300140

The Wallace Hartley

The Wallace Hartley / 35-37 Church St, Colne BB8 0EB / 01282 857990

The Old Chapel

The Old Chapel / Railway Rd, Darwen BB3 2RJ / 01254 778700

The Postal Order

The Postal Order / 15-19 Darwen St, Blackburn BB2 2BY / 01254 676400

The Boot Inn

The Boot Inn / 18 St James’s St, Burnley BB11 1NG / 01282 463720

 

 

Sheffield United 0-1 Blackpool: Keshi Anderson magic seals memorable win and sends the Seasiders into the play-off spots

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Keshi Anderson’s superb solo effort secured a memorable away win against Sheffield United to move Blackpool up to SIXTH in the Championship.

 

The Seasiders had to survive large swathes of pressure from the home side, who rattled the Blackpool bar, had a goal ruled out for offside and were denied by a series of fine Dan Grimshaw stops.

But Neil Critchley’s men stayed in the game and got their reward late on when Anderson beat the offside trap before curling home into the top corner – sending Blackpool’s 2,000 visiting supporters into bedlam.

Blackpool’s third straight win and their seventh from their last 10 means the newly-promoted Seasiders now move into the play-off places.

Critchley surprised us all an hour before the game by naming an unchanged side for just the fifth time in the 66 league games he’s taken charge of.

It meant Kenny Dougall was fit to continue in midfield despite taking a knock to his ankle during last week’s derby win against Preston.

Gary Madine, meanwhile, led the line for the second game running having scored his first goal in nine months in his last outing.

Keshi Anderson celebrates his winning goal for Blackpool

Keshi Anderson celebrates his winning goal for Blackpool

It was a reunion with the Blades for the striker, who enjoyed a brief loan spell at Bramall Lane having previously made over 100 appearances for their rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Chris Maxwell (torn quad), Matty Virtue (ACL), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Grant Ward (achilles) and Shayne Lavery (hamstring) all remain sidelined.

Daniel Gretarsson (concussion), Reece James (foot) and CJ Hamilton (also foot) are all back available, but didn’t travel.

Sheffield United, who started the day three points adrift of the Seasiders, made one change from their 3-2 win against Barnsley last Sunday.

The referee for the game was Tony Harrington, who officiated Blackpool’s play-off final win at Wembley back in May.

Backed by over 2,000 Seasiders in the away end, the visitors made a confident start, getting hold of possession nice and early.

A weak back header from former Preston man Ben Davies was almost pounced upon by Madine in the second minute, but keeper Robin Olsen just nipped ahead of the striker to claim.

Jerry Yates was flagged offside a couple of minutes later after being slipped through by Jordan Gabriel, despite it looking like an incredibly tight call.

Sheffield United’s first foray forward ended with Oliver Norwood firing over from the edge of the box after the hosts had worked the ball well from the left-hand flank.

Iliman Ndiaye had the ball in the back of the net for the Blades, heading home from John Fleck’s right-wing cross following a short corner, only for the ‘goal’ to be ruled out for offside.

It took a while for the home fans to realise Ndiaye’s header had been chalked off, the celebrations finally dying down.

The Seasiders retaliated with a great chance of their own, as Jerry Yates – at full stretch – poked agonisingly wide of the upright from James Husband’s pullback.

While Critchley’s men were more than holding their own, they were struggling a little to get to grips with the home side’s one and two-touch interplay and clever movement.

This was the case on one such occasion, when full-back Enda Stevens combined well with Ben Osborn, who got behind Jordan Gabriel and into acres of space, only for his final ball to let him down.

Pool, meanwhile, threatened again when Josh Bowler’s inswinging free-kick almost beat everybody, only for Olsen to claw it off the goalline at the final second.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were still causing Pool plenty of problems though and the visitors were given another let-off on 25 minutes.

Ndiaye showed Richard Keogh a clean pair of heels to surge past him, pulling it back for strike partner Lys Mousset who could only shoot straight at Grimshaw from 10 yards out.

The Seasiders continued to live dangerously, as Mousset fired a low ball across the face of the six-yard box, but no teammate was there to take advantage.

The Blades continued to pile on the pressure towards the end of the half, Ndiaye somehow managing to fire wide from point-blank range seven minutes before the interval after latching onto Morgan Gibbs-White’s clever through-ball.

The second-half began in the same vein, the Blades almost scoring inside the first 10 seconds as Gibbs-White’s first-time effort from the edge of the box was well saved by Grimshaw.

Blackpool’s goal continued to live a charmed life, as Mousset rattled the bar after Grimshaw had made an exceptional stop to deny Gibbs-White.

Chris Maxwell’s understudy almost went from hero to zero a moment later when his clearance was charged down by Ndiaye, but thankfully the ball went behind for a goal kick.

On the hour mark, Critchley turned to the bench to make a double change, introducing Demetri Mitchell and Sonny Carey for Josh Bowler and Jerry Yates.

It was at this point in the game that Blackpool, albeit tentatively at first, began to grow in confidence.

Keshi Anderson went close, seeing his fierce left-footed drive – which took a slight deflection – tipped behind by Olsen.

Even with Pool’s nemesis Billy Sharp coming off the bench, you got the feeling Blackpool knew this game was there to be won, with the home side tiring after their dominant exploits up to this point.

With 14 minutes remaining, Keshi Anderson got the goal to put Pool’s noses in front.

What a goal it was too, the midfielder scoring for the second game running having beaten the offside trap to latch onto Grimshaw’s long ball forward.

Anderson showed poise and patience to pull the ball back onto his left foot, before picking out the top corner with aplomb.

It sparked wild scenes of celebrations among the Blackpool fans housed behind the goal, with limbs flying over. A small group of supporters even made their way onto the pitch as the excitement got the better of them.

With four minutes remaining, the Seasiders made their third and final change, replacing goalscorer Anderson with Luke Garbutt.

The Blades, who had already made all three changes, were forced to end the game with 10 men after Davies limped off with a knock.

It meant they had very little left to give in the dying stages, as the Seasiders held out for a memorable, special day in South Yorkshire.

TEAMS

Sheffield United: Olsen, Baldock, Stevens, Davies, Egan, Ndiaye, Osborn (McGoldrick), Fleck (McBurnie), Norwood, Gibbs-White, Mousset (Sharp)

Subs not used: Foderingham, Basham, Hourihane, Norrington-Davies

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Keogh, Husband, Dougall, Wintle, Bowler (Mitchell), Anderson (Garbutt), Yates (Carey), Madine

Subs not used: Moore, Sterling, Connolly, Dale

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 28,304

 

 

Blackpool half term fun for Tuesday October 26 from Ascarium at Sea Life Centre Blackpool to Evolution of Magic at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Lightpool

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There’s lots of fun things to do for families in Blackpool over the school break.

 

If you’re visiting the resort and are on the hunt for things to do with the kids, from mystery solving at Blackpool Zoo to magic shows and musical fun and comedy madness there’s no shortage of things to do.

We’ve pulled together a list of activities across the region for tomorrow for all ages to enjoy.

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Mystery at Blackpool Zoo

Mystery at Blackpool Zoo

Lightpool Festival

The award-winning Lightpool Festival returns for October half-term until October 30. A myriad of indoor and outdoor spaces will come alive with large-scale light installations, larger than life projections, music and performance. Visitors can look forward to 16 new artworks, nine world premieres and one UK premiere, showcasing an unforgettable experience.

It’s two weeks of pure magic, music and illuminated magnificence – and it’s all free.

DO NOT MISS Illuminated Tram Parade Featuring Spark!, on Central Promenade, from 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 October

Elf the Musical at Blackpool Opera House

Elf the Musical at Blackpool Opera House

Back by popular demand and for one night only, the illuminated tram parade features a battleship, trawler and Great Western train travelling in convoy, joined by the high-impact drumming and superb choreography of the Spark! LED drummers, Lumidogs and a cast of illuminated giant puppets.

Around the World in 80s Days

Showtime 7.30pm

The hit musical comedy, an in-house production exclusive to The Grand Theatre and written by local writer Ian McFadden is back for a second run until November 5.

Around the World in 80s Days at Grand Theatre

Around the World in 80s Days at Grand Theatre

A mash-up of 80s hits and a journey around the world based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel,

Tickets for the show, which start at 7.30pm throughout the week and 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, cost £18 or £15 for over-65s, under-18s, and 1894 Club members.

The show will run until Friday, November 5.

Evolution of Magic

Illuminated Tram Parade at Lightpool Festival on Wednesday

Illuminated Tram Parade at Lightpool Festival on Wednesday

Showtime 7.30pm.

The Evolution Of Magic show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe is open to audiences until October 30.

The Evolution of Magic is a fast-paced, thrill riding and thoroughly entertaining show!

Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of Magic and Entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown.

You may recognise Elizabeth who has recently appeared and performed on the popular ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage!

Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed!

Elf the Musical

Showtime 7.30pm. Matinee show on Wednesday at 1pm.

Hit Christmas show and West End spectacular Elf The Musical – based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie featuring Will Ferrell – will bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to Blackpool Opera House next week.

With a sleigh full of laughs and a real spectacle of a production, the show brings to life some early magic to the festive season.

What dates will Elf the Musical be showing?

The production is opens at the Opera House, Winter Gardens until October 31.

Evening shows start at 7.30pm with matinees at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday dates.

Tickets are priced from £15 – visit http://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/whats-on/elf-the-musicalsSpookfest at Blackpool Zoo

Back by popular demand, Blackpool Zoo is staging Spookfest during half-term, challenging visitors to unravel the mystery of the missing pilot as parts of the park are eerily transformed, reflecting the days when the zoo was the site of an aerodrome.

The story goes that a newly built aircraft took off from Stanley Park Aerodrome on Thursday 31st October 1940 on its inaugural journey to Squires Gate Airport before tracking of the plane was lost….with the pilot and aircraft never seen or spoken about since…..

Wannabe super sleuths will arrive to find 1940s newspaper cuttings, signage from a bygone era and much more, with clues on hand to help solve the ghostly myth.

 

 

Rock star pupils to perform for deputy mayor

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Youths showcase new lockdown skills at Blackpool Music School’s 15 year anniversary concert

 

Aspiring musicians will make their debut at a show attended by the deputy Mayor.

The variety concert marks 15 years since Blackpool Music School opened its doors, and will raise funds for the community-focused academy.

The Rock Star And Youth Project has helped disadvantaged youths to turn their lives around through music. The concert is a chance for them to show what they’ve learnt since sessions moved online during the pandemic.

Young musicians at the academy playing at variety show on 23 October 2018

Young musicians at the academy playing at variety show on 23 October 2018

John Shaw, owner of Blackpool Music School, said: “I’m so proud of these young artists giving up their time to raise money.”

The rock band project was set up with help from the Police & Crime Commissioner in 2017 to get kids off the street who were going down the wrong path. Mr Shaw, 72, said: “Music has really turned them around. One of them has played drums and guitar in the group since it started. He now has a job and has taken a real interest in music technology.”

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Other performances come from vocal/sax duo, Hip Hip Two Rays, and Chloe Hart and Caroline Cooper, both tutors at the school. Caroline, 26, was previously a student at BMS and went on to complete a degree at the Leeds College of Music. She composed film scores before returning to her home town of Blackpool.

The headline act is South Shore indie rock quartet, Alright, who released their debut single Lover’s Game earlier in 2021.

The variety show is at the Stanley Ward Conservative Club, Blackpool on Thursday November 4 from 7 – 10pm. Tickets are £5 from blackpoolmusicschool.org or call 01253 695398

 

 

Sister of Blackpool man Ronald Robinson says official version of events ‘does not add up’ as police officers are cleared over his death in custody

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A jury will rule on the death of a Blackpool man in police custody, his sister said as she continued to question the official version of events.

 

Dad-of-five Ronald Robinson, 56, was driving a hire car when he was pulled over in Knowle Avenue, North Shore, in March.

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

He collapsed in the street shortly after and died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, with the IOPC, which oversees the police complaints system in England, investigating before clearing the arresting officers of any wrongdoing.

Ronald Robinson, 56, who died after being arrested by police in Blackpool in March (Picture: Robinson family hand-out)

Ronald Robinson, 56, who died after being arrested by police in Blackpool in March (Picture: Robinson family hand-out)

Mr Robinson’s sister, Mandy Robinson, from Luton, said: “It does not add up. None of it – how he died, and how he got all those injuries from getting out of the car.

“My brother should still be here.”

Mr Robinson’s death was caught on cameras worn on the chest of officers at the scene, as well as one mounted to their vehicle.

Unlike in the States, where clips are routinely released to the public in the name of transparency, the video may only come out during the inquest into Mr Robinson’s death.

Mandy Robinson continues to dispute the official version of events and say they 'don't add up'

Mandy Robinson continues to dispute the official version of events and say they ‘don’t add up’

Mandy added: “It will be hard for me to see my brother in the footage.”

Mr Robinson’s sister-in-law, Judy Robinson, an ex-guns cop with the Met, described a number of injuries on his body.

She said: “He had cuts to his chin that needed stitches, skin missing off his forehead, cuts on his ears, and a large wound on the back of his head.

“He had gashes by his ears, his neck was black and blue, and skin was missing from his fingers.”

Those wounds, while still officially unexplained, did not play a part in Mr Robinson’s death and may have resulted from a struggle during the arrest, one source close to the investigation said.

Two officers arrested the former tram driver, who had been in rehab for a drug problem and lived on the Prom, with a third arriving to help give CPR.

All three were treated as witnesses and not suspects, with the IOPC probing the circumstances rather than their individual conduct.

“We obtained dash-cam [footage] from a police vehicle and body-worn video footage of the incident, as well as toxicology and forensic reports and statements from the officers involved in restraining Mr Robinson prior to him becoming unresponsive,” a spokesman for the IOPC, which sent specialist investigators to the street to quiz witnesses and gather evidence, said in a statement.

“The actions and decisions of the officers … were analysed in accordance with the relevant policies, procedures, and training.

“During the investigation there was no indication any police officer may have behaved in a manner that would justify the bringing of disciplinary proceedings or committed a criminal offence.

“Our findings have been shared with the coroner and will help to inform Mr Robinson’s inquest, which we hope will help his family get answers to their questions surrounding this tragic incident.”

Family lawyer Jade Brown said “conflicting accounts” had been given about Mr Robinson’s death.

She added: “The family are particularly concerned about the restraint used by the officers during the road traffic stop and the medical care that was rendered – or lack thereof.”

Christine Howarth, 69, of Knowle Avenue, said she saw a police car and presumed somebody was being “told off for breaking lockdown rules”.

“I didn’t realise someone had died,” she said.

And Geoff Forshaw, 59, of nearby Argyll Road, added: “At first it was just the police and then more sirens coming.

“All of a sudden it was like something off the TV.

“We found out a man had died when police came to make their enquiries.”

Lancashire Police was asked a number of questions, including whether the officers involved were back on duty and what the “small ball-shaped item” was, but did not answer them.

The force said: “First and foremost our sincere condolences and thoughts remain with Mr Robinson’s family.

“The IOPC has conducted its investigation and the coronial process needs to take place, which we will cooperate with fully.

“Due to these proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”

Inquests are held to determine exactly how and why somebody died.

Most are concluded by a coroner but Mandy said a jury will be selected for her brother’s hearing, which has been scheduled for next June.

Blackpool Coroners’ Court said: “We can confirm the matter will be returned to court in January for a pre-inquest review on a date to be confirmed, and that the final inquest is expected to take place in the week of June 20, although this will be discussed at the hearing in January.”

 

 

Mum reveals traumatic incident after falling through Central Pier in Blackpool

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A mum has revealed how she was left embarrassed and traumatised after falling through a wooden plank on Central Pier in Blackpool.

 

Cherelle Buckley, 26, from Newton-Le-Willows, was in the resort for the weekend but things took a bad turn on Sunday when she got stuck in part of the pier.

Cherelle said: “I couldn’t believe it at all. I was just in shock that it had actually happened but then it was the reaction as well.

“One woman apologised initially but then a worker tried to saw away part of the wood to free me even though the fire service had been called. He got quite rude about it as well.”

The gap in which Cherelle fell through on Central Pier

The gap in which Cherelle fell through on Central Pier

Cherelle said it was all the more worse because her seven-year-old daughter saw the whole incident.

She said: “A lot of people were walking past and looking at me stuck in the pier so it was really embarrassing. I think it was even more traumatic for my daughter to see everything happen and she was really upset.”

Passers by also came to the rescue after Cherelle’s daughter sounded the alarm.

Cherelle added: “It was thanks to others that the ambulance and fire service came out. It is really unsafe for this to happen.

Central Pier

Central Pier

“It is half term this week and children will be up and down the pier so it could be even worse if someone small would fall through the gap.

“What was also scary is that when I was freed by the firefighters, the pier staff just put another piece of wood over the hole. They just covered it up without investigating it by the looks of it.

“My leg is still in pain and my anxiety is through the rood and I’m still a little shaken but I’m going to listen to the doctor and rest as much as possible.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said that they have been informed about the incident.

They said: “However, we have received a report of an incident from a member of the public and our health and safety enforcement team will be looking into the matter.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that they a crew from South Shore were called out at 1.32pm to a report that someone had got their leg trapped in wooden decking.

A spokesman added: “The crew used small tools, such as a saw, to release the casualty and were at the scene for five to ten minutes.”

North West Ambulance Service also confirmed they were called out to an incident involving someone trapped at the pier.

A spokesman added: “A rapid response vehicle was sent out at 1.16pm and paramedics assessed the woman at the scene but they did not require taking to the hospital.”

The Blackpool Pier Company, which owns the resort’s three piers, was approached for comment.

 

 

Poulton sex assault update as patrols increased across the town

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Officers are appealing for any eye witnesses who were there at the time or anyone with access to CCTV footage and or dashcam footage.

 

Police in Jean Stansfield Memorial Park following the attack
Police in Jean Stansfield Memorial Park following the attack (Image: BPL Bible / LancsLive)

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to a sexual assault on a woman as investigations remain active and increase patrols are introduced.

Officers were called to the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Vicarage Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, after reports of a woman being followed by a group of men before being attacked.

The call to police made around 10:40pm on Friday (October 22). The victim in her 20’s had been followed into the park by a group of four or five men , described as being in their 30’s, before one of the men attacked her.

No arrests have been made at this point but police enquiries are still ongoing as officers are appealing for eye witnesses. Anyone with CCTV cameras in the are and anyone with dashcam footage that could help with investigations.

Police patrols have increased in the area officers telling residents not to be alarmed.

A spokesperson for the force tonight (October 25) said: “The Police are continuing to actively pursue enquiries following a report of a woman being the victim of a serious sexual assault in Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, Vicarage Road, on Friday night.

“We were called at around 10:40pm to a report that the woman – aged in her 20s – had been followed into the park by a group of four or five men, before one of the men attacked her.

“The men are described as being aged in their 30s. At this time, no arrests have been made.

“We are taking this report extremely seriously and the Police presence in the area has been increased whilst investigations are ongoing. Don’t be concerned if you see officers patrolling – we’re out to keep you safe.

“Please work with us – if you have any information, report it to us on 101 (quoting incident number LC-20211022-1667). Alternatively, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We would be very keen to hear from you if you have CCTV or dashcam footage from that area between 9pm-10:20pm (Friday, 22 October). Thank you.”

 

 

Blackpool’s play park with over 100 trampolines and a ninja assault course

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The massive trampoline park will keep you occupied this half-term

 

Ascent Trampoline Park
Ascent Trampoline Park (Image: James Maloney)

It’s half-term week, which means you’re probably looking for something to do which will occupy the kids before Halloween.

Ascent Trampoline Park in Blackpool has an all-in-one ticket that will help you and the kids fill the time while having tonnes of fun.

Ascent isn’t just about trampolines. In fact it hosts 10 different features – from a giant air bag where you can practice your flips and tricks, to a Ninja Assault Course that will surely make a Gladiator out of the little ones – here’s everything you need to know about the trampoline park that will keep you busy this half-term.

The trampoline park is open from 10am to 8pm from Monday to Thursdays during school holidays, on Friday and Saturday it is open until 9pm. Its Sunday opening hours are 10am – 6.30pm.

Ascent Trampoline Park has a soft play centre, caving, a climbing wall, an air bag, ninja assault course, dodgeball, a flip zone, pits, a slam dunk section and a café – as well as over 100 trampolines.

The Flip Zone is a three-lane space dedicated to flipping and tumbling like a gymnast. Similarly the pits, made up of soft foam cubes, give families the chance to experience the feeling of jumping ‘onto candy floss’.

The caving experience at Ascent Trampoline Park features multiple chambers, special effects, a squeeze chamber, fossil hunting, stalactites and a ball pit for just £6.95 per person for an hour session.

The entrance sign for Ascent Trampoline Park
The entrance sign for Ascent Trampoline Park (Image: James Maloney)

Participants must be over the age of 4 and will get a hardhat fitted with a torch to help them navigate through the tunnels. Adults accompanying toddlers through the experience are free of charge.

For those looking to take on the popular climbing wall, it is included in the all-in-one ticket, as well as the open jump sessions, meaning there’s no additional cost.

During the holidays, Ascent is also running a ‘Kids Holiday Camp’ for ages 5-12, priced at £19.95 per day or £80 per week.

For the little ones, aged 1 to 4, toddler sessions including access to the trampolines and soft play area, costs only £5.95 for one adult and one toddler.

An all-in-one ticket gives guests access to all park features, including the cave, meltdown and climbing wall. It costs £9.95 for an hour, and £12.95 for two hours.

You can book online here.

 

 

This is the Hallowe’en weekend weather forecast for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre as young ghouls, goblins and vampires look forward to going trick or treating

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If your youngsters are champing at the bit to don their best scary outfits and hit the streets of the Fylde coast this weekend – but you’re more worried about the weather – here’s everything you need to know.

 

SATURDAY

The threat of rain will lift by lunchtime when cloud will begin to break and it will turn dry. Sunny spells for much of the afternoon with temperatures peaking at 12 degrees Celsius, 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are doing your trick or treating a day early, then you will be glad to know that there is a dry evening in store with some cloud cover keeping things feeling fairly mild. Temperatures will dip no lower than ten degrees Celsius during the course of the evening, that’s 50 Fahrenheit.

The Hallowe'en weekend weather for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

The Hallowe’en weekend weather for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Police break up youths’ Hallowe’en house party in Leyland which was thrown while…

SUNDAY

Rain will move in overnight making for a wet start to Hallowe’en across the Fylde coast, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain in the hours before dawn which could lead to localised flooding. Those heavy showers will begin to clear by mid-morning, allowing some sunshine to break through – but the threat of rain remains for much of the day, becoming highly likely once again by late afternoon.

Temperatures will be similar to Saturday, reaching 12 degrees Celsius, 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hallowe’en evening is not looking promising, with a good chance of heavy showers throughout, particularly around Blackpool. Lows, once again, of ten degrees Celsius during the course of the evening, that’s 50 Fahrenheit.

 

 

Man rushed to hospital after stabbing outside Blackpool house

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A man in his 30s suffered stab wounds to his back

 

Police parked on nearby Baines Avenue
Police parked on nearby Baines Avenue (Image: BplBible/LancsLive)

A man has been rushed to hospital following a stabbing outside a house in Blackpool.

Police and paramedics were called to Carleton Avenue at around 7pm on Sunday (October 24) after receiving reports of an assault.

Pictures sent to LancsLive showed a heavy police presence in the area with numerous police vehicles parked on nearby roads.

Lancashire Constabulary confirmed this afternoon that a man in his 30s was stabbed by another man outside an address in Carleton Avenue.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment on stab wounds to his back.

North West Ambulance Service has been contacted by LancsLive for further details on the man’s injuries and condition.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is underway.

Police said an investigation is underway and enquiries are ongoing
Police said an investigation is underway and enquiries are ongoing (Image: BplBible/LancsLive)

A police spokesperson told LancsLive: “We were called around 7pm yesterday (Sunday, October 24) following a report of an assault in Blackpool.

“Officers attended after a man was stabbed by another man outside an address in Carleton Avenue.

“The victim, a man in his 30s, suffered stab wounds to his back and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“An investigation is underway and enquiries ongoing. No arrests have been made.

“Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or forcecontrolroom@lancashire.police.uk quoting log 1279 of October 24.”

 

 

See inside Blackpool’s new bourbon-style whiskey distillery

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Blackpool’s bright and breezy sense of youthful fun and its bright future following millions of pounds worth of investment has proved the perfect blend for England’s newest distillery.

 

The Bankhall Distillery has officially opened at Burton Road bringing a taste of Kentucky to the sea side.

The company behind it says it is the first bourbon-style whiskey producer in England and with the drink’s profile appealing to a younger and fun loving customer base, rather than the mature connoisseurs of the single malt whisky drinking fraternity, Blackpool was the perfect place to build its stills.

The building has three stills which have already produces two distinct liquors – Rebellion, launched this summer and Sweet Mash, which has come out now for the official opening.

Distillery manager Vince Oleson with one of the US-made barrels which give the Bankhall spirits a distinct flavour

Distillery manager Vince Oleson with one of the US-made barrels which give the Bankhall spirits a distinct flavour

Strict rules don’t allow it to be called whiskey until it is three years and a day old, or bourbon unless it is made in the US itself, but the spirits are made by a noted US expert, Vince Oleson who hails from Arizona.

Vince worked at a top New York boutique distillery before crossing the Atlantic to set up the distilling operation in Blackpool.

The sweet mash style spirit is being aged exclusively in charred American oak casks that have been seasoned in Blackpool since being were made by US coopers in autumn 2020.

Halewood Artisanal Spirits, the company behind the distillery and which also has Crabbie’s Whisky, Dead Man’s Fingers rum and also Whitley Neill gin, said the sweet mash process allows the true flavour to come out as the spirit is aged in the oak barrels for eight months.

Inside the Bankhall Distillery

Inside the Bankhall Distillery

Andy Wallace, international marketing manager for whiskey at Halewood said it was a case of American spirit meeting Northern soul.

He said: “We are very excited indeed to be doing this in Blackpool.

“The original Bankhall distillery which closed down many years ago (between the wars) was in Liverpool, near the docks. It was huge. There were originally five English Whisky distilleries but for a lot of reasons they closed. We wanted to have our distillery in the North West for historical reasons and the perfect space became available in Blackpool.

“I think it is a great fit. Blackpool has a great sense of fun and is seeing a lot of impressive investment at the moment so it has a big future and here is a real feeling of positivity among many of the people we have met there and if we can contribute to that in some small way then that would be marvellous.

Vince rides to work on his motorbike

Vince rides to work on his motorbike

“We think that sense of fun is perfect for our spirits. When we were putting together the promotion packs for Bankhall we included a little stick of Blackpool rock with a dash of our 71 per cent new mix spirit in.

“Vince has had photographs done on his motorbike on the Prom and near the Tower and having fish and chips on a tram. He loves it.

“It has a youthful atmosphere and bourbon-style whiskey has a younger profile than Scotch.

“Younger people are more likely to drink bourbon and to mix it, whereas there is a reluctance to use single malts for mixing. So it is a fun drink.

Bankhall is a spirit which works well with mixers

Bankhall is a spirit which works well with mixers

“Blackpool is well positioned to benefit from the staycation boom. The lockdown have made us all reappraise and look closer at what there is on offer close to home.”

He said the distillery’s latest brew, called Sweet Mash, after the particular process of distillation, gave a spirit that had a “creamy custard, toasted coconut, baked apples and brown sugar on the palate, and is perfect sipped neat, over ice, or with a mixer”.

The distillery was founded in 2019 and the first production began in March 2020.

He said: “The sweet mash process means you have to clean out all the equipment thoroughly each time, unlike the sour mash process used by some US bourbons, It is time consuming but it lets the flavour of the oak casks come through giving it a distinct character.

“The recipe is a “high rye” recipe with more than 20 per cent rye grain. It has corn in it, over 51 per cent. We are following all the rules, even the tiny ones for producing it, Its a great juxtaposition of the English and the American, so it is quite ironic that our first spirit was called Rebellion! We launched on the fourth of July (American Independence day) here in the motherland. We all had a good giggle at that.

“We have a sense of humour about the place, in our marketing pack we called it Kentucky by the sea, but we are serious about the product.

Vince is from Arizona but worked in New York before coming to Blackpool

Vince is from Arizona but worked in New York before coming to Blackpool

“Vince is a brilliant distiller in terms of vision of what he wants to do with a serious passion for his work.

“It’s very important to us to work with the local community, and with local businesses. We have met some fantastic people, such as Dirty Blondes who have great food and are into cocktails and whisky and they are excited that there is a new spirit made just around the corner.”

Distillery manager Vince Oleson said: “Blackpool is a perfect place to craft our Whiskey. Sea air, irreverent energy and raw spirit. The Northwest is a special part of England and I’ve found a warm welcome here.”

The distillery team celebrated the launch with a meal in town and a trip to Coral Island.

Andy added: “We had a great time. Blackpool is a fantastic place to have our distillery, It is very accessible and loads of fun.”

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Inside the distillery

Inside the distillery

The spirit will have to wait three years and a day before it can officially be called whiskey

The spirit will have to wait three years and a day before it can officially be called whiskey

The distillery's 1000th barrel

The distillery’s 1000th barrel

This is where to get the cheapest petrol in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre as prices reach all-time high

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Prices at the petrol pumps reached an all-time high at the weekend, with the average UK price hitting 142.94p

 

The latest price increase beats the former record, set in April 2012, by 0.46p.

Meanwhile, diesel prices reached 146.5p a litre on Sunday, short of its all-time high of 147.93p.

In Blackpool today (Monday, October 25, 2021) prices range from 138.9p to 146.9p at petrol stations according to petrolprices.com.

This is where to get the cheapest petrol in Blackpool as prices reach an all-time high.

This is where to get the cheapest petrol in Blackpool as prices reach an all-time high.

These are the latest prices at petrol stations across Blackpool:

Texaco / 113A Poulton Road, Blackpool FY3 7JJ / Price as of Oct 20, 138.9p

Morrisons / Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool FY4 2AY / Price as of Oct 20, 139.7p

Sainsbury’s / Talbot Road, Blackpool FY1 3QX / Price as of Oct 24, 139.9p

Woodlands Service Station / Fleetwood Rd North, Thornton FY5 4BL / Price as of Oct 23, 139.9p

Asda / Cherry Tree Road, Blackpool FY4 4QH / Price as of Oct 22, 140.7p

Tesco Extra / Clifton Retail Park, Sandhams Way, Blackpool FY4 4UJ / Price as of Oct 20, 140.9p

Esso / 333 Central Drive, Blackpool FY1 5HZ / Price as of Oct 19, 141.9p

Esso / Preston New Rd, Blackpool FY4 4XQ / Price as of Oct 20, 141.9p

Morrisons / Amounderness Way, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 3TS / Price as of Oct 20, 141.9p

Esso / 159-163 Devonshire Rd, Blackpool FY3 8BQ / Price as of Oct 24, 142.9p

Esso / Collingwood Ave, Blackpool FY3 8BZ / Price as of Oct 22, 142.9p

Shell / Preston New Rd, Blackpool FY3 9TN / Price as of Oct 20, 142.9p

Esso / 557 Devonshire Rd, Blackpool FY2 0AJ / Price as of Oct 23, 142.9p

Esso / Fleetwood Road, Achorsholme FY5 1LZ / Price as of Oct 23, 142.9p

Applegreen Skippool / Mains La, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7LJ / Price as of Oct 25, 143.8p

Texaco / 133 Church Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 3SY / Price as of Oct 24, 143.9p

Shell / Heyhouses Ln, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 3RQ / Price as of Oct 21, 143.9p

Shell / Talbot Rd, Blackpool FY1 3QX / Price as of Oct 24, 145.9p

Shell /Garstang Rd E, Little Singleton, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7SX / Price as of Oct 24, 146.9p

 

 

Blackpool can’t keep going under the radar given their exceptional form, warns top pundit

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Blackpool fans have been warned their side can’t continue to keep going under their radar by a top EFL pundit.

 

The newly-promoted Seasiders moved up into the play-off places yesterday following their magnificent 1-0 win against Sheffield United.

Keshi Anderson was Blackpool’ s match-winner, scoring his second goal in as many games, latching onto Dan Grimshaw’s pinpoint ball before cutting back and picking out the top corner.

Neil Critchley’s men have now won three on the bounce and seven of their last 10 games.

“Sorry Blackpool fans, you can tweet me all you want but you can’t keep going under the radar with this type of form,” Colin Murray said on Quest’s EFL highlights programme.

“Their goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw even got an assist! It was only his fourth league start, the young lad.”

Replying, fellow pundit Jobi McAnuff said: “He’s not only content with keeping clean sheets.

Keshi Anderson scores Blackpool's winner

Keshi Anderson scores Blackpool’s winner

“It’s a bit of a punt up field, let’s be honest. I’m not sure how much he knew about that in terms of the assist.

“But Neil Critchley goes out and gets good young players from those top academies and he’s just another one in that long line of recruitment process. It’s working really well for them.

“But even the older guys, people like Richard Keogh. Him and Marvin Ekpiteta have been really solid which you have to be going away to places like Sheffield United.

“They had to dig out a result one and a real good one. They’re in really good form with only one defeat in eight.”

 

 

‘This is a special team led by a special boss’: Matt Scrafton’s verdict on Blackpool’s magnificent win against Sheffield United

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Time almost seemed to stand still as the ball left Keshi Anderson’s left foot.

 

It was like one of those movie scenes, where the lighting dims and the audio lulls while the scene plays out in slow motion to build up the tension and enhance the drama, while those spectating impatiently held their breaths.

Only this wasn’t an action move, this was real life. And this is real life for Blackpool now, beating top sides on a regular basis.

Nevertheless, all that tension and drama reached a crushing crescendo as the ball flew into the top corner, sending 2,000 delirious Blackpool fans into raptures.

The away end was a mass of assorted limbs. Looking on from afar, it was difficult to pick out one body from another. Others, meanwhile, got a little over-excited and decided to scale the advertising hoardings and celebrate on the pitch with the players.

On this occasion, you can forgive them for getting a tad carried away, because you sense something special could be happening.

Even when they’re not quite at their free-flowing best, the Seasiders still manage to find a way.

Time stood still as Keshi Anderson let fly for the top corner

Time stood still as Keshi Anderson let fly for the top corner

Let’s be frank here, Blackpool probably ought to have been beaten on Saturday. Ignore their lowly position of 17th, which has caused restlessness among the fanbase, Sheffield United are a very good side.

Blackpool’s goal lived a charmed life at times, especially in the first-half. The Blades had a goal ruled out for offside, they rattled the crossbar and were denied by the fabulous Dan Grimshaw on multiple occasions.

Grimshaw, only making his fourth league appearance of his career in England, let’s not forget, has been exemplary since replacing the injured Chris Maxwell.

The goalkeeper produced another solid display in South Yorkshire, dealing well with the barrage of pressure that came his way. One stop in particular, from the impressive Morgan Gibbs-White, was eye-catching.

In front of him, Richard Keogh and Marvin Ekpiteta were kept busy but remained rock solid, while the two full-backs James Husband and Jordan Gabriel were in colossal form.

It’s very rare I say this, but Blackpool struggled to get to grips with their opponents at times. They looked a little out of ideas while Critchley cut an animated figure on the sideline. It’s not like they were performing poorly, they were just finding it tough going against a top, top side.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men, up until the final third, were probably the best side Blackpool have played this season. Their movement and interplay was a joy to behold at times. Even Critchley admitted he enjoyed watching some of their fine football.

They should be a good side though, let’s be honest. They’ve just dropped down from the Premier League and they have an embarrassment of riches in their squad.

Just take a look at their bench, you have former Seasider Chris Basham, Conor Hourihane, Oli McBurnie, David McGoldrick and Blackpool’s historical nemesis Billy Sharp. I dread to think what they take up in wages.

But reputations mean little to this Blackpool side, who showed character to stay in the game and put their bodies on the line to keep the Blades at bay.

Once we reached the hour-mark, with the game somehow still goalless, you could see the confidence sip out of the home side. Perhaps tiredness had set in, too.

Blackpool were finally able to put some moves together to force themselves up the pitch and exert some long-overdue pressure. It’s almost as if a switch turned on and, all of a sudden, they realised the game was there to be won.

They didn’t let the opportunity go amiss, either, Anderson curling home with aplomb with his second goal in as many games to secure yet another priceless three points for the Seasiders.

That’s now three straight wins for Blackpool but, more significantly, it’s seven wins in 10.

Any side in the Championship can enjoy a short-term upturn in form, but a run of 22 points from a possible 30 – with a draw also included – is a sign of consistency. It’s the sort of spell we saw Blackpool enjoy from February/March time onwards in League One last season.

Key to their latest win was their spirit and steel, which was somewhat fitting given they were playing in the Steel City.

Prior to Saturday’s encounter, Blackpool hadn’t won at Bramall Lane since 1977, but Critchley has proven again and again during his tenure that records like that mean absolutely nothing. They’re there to be broken, after all.

Indeed, it’s not just three games on the spin Blackpool have won, it’s also three consecutive games where they’ve made history.

The marvellous comeback win against Reading was the first time they had beaten the Royals away from home in 41 years. Last week’s derby triumph, meanwhile, was Blackpool’s first victory against PNE at Bloomfield Road since 1997.

It’s proof, as if we needed it, that this is a special team, led by a special boss. Enjoy this while you can, because Critchley is destined for the very top.

It didn’t go unnoticed that Pool’s head coach appeared to wipe away a tear after joining in with Blackpool’s post-match celebrations, which included his now trademark fist pumps.

That’s what impresses me most about Critchley, not his tactical acumen, not his man management, his attention to detail or the way he communicates. But the fact he ‘gets it’. He knows what it’s all about.

We’re barely a third of the way through the season but Critchley’s newly-promoted side already find themselves on 24 points from their 15 games, leaving them in sixth. Even the most optimistic of supporters couldn’t have seen this coming.

As for the doom and gloom, glass half full merchants, they’ll no doubt be thinking about how the Seasiders are nearly halfway there to reaching that magical 50-point mark.

We don’t need to be worrying about that though, do we?

 

 

Slavisa Jokanovic unable to explain how his Sheffield United side were beaten by Blackpool

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Slavisa Jokanovic admits he was “unable to give an explanation” how his Sheffield United side lost 1-0 to Blackpool.

 

The Seasiders had to survive large swathes of pressure from the home side, who rattled the Blackpool bar, had a goal ruled out for offside and were denied by a series of fine Dan Grimshaw stops.

But Neil Critchley’s men stayed in the game and got their reward late on when Anderson beat the offside trap before curling home into the top corner – sending Blackpool’s 2,000 visiting supporters into bedlam.

Blackpool’s third straight win and their seventh from their last 10 means the newly-promoted Seasiders now move into the play-off places.

The Blades, meanwhile, languish down in 17th.

“We must be disappointed with this kind of situation after a defeat,” Jokanovic said.

“It’s simple – we created good things for 72 minutes and then one big mistake. Then the reaction after the goal we did not have the mentality to change the game. That’s not acceptable.

Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic

Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic

“I don’t remember being in trouble before the goal. We created a lot of things I cannot give you an explanation of how we have lost this game. I believe we were better than Blackpool.

“We are in some kind of the process but this process is some months and we have not found enough so far.

“For 72 minutes we were at a good level and play a good game but unfortunately we didn’t make it a good thing and be more clinical to score the goals.

“I don’t remember being in trouble, of course they get one kick and cause trouble this is normal.

“I try and justify the defeat and talking when people are not satisfied I defend this situation by saying look at the 72 minutes and after we lose the game it’s not enough for the Sheffield United supporters, I can accept.

“But from another side the process cannot stop I must force it and the main responsibility is coming from myself.

“But for another side I expect we can show more reaction and play a complete game not like some part of the game today or like few games this season not be able to start and finish one complete game from first game to last minute.

“A good game is not giving up, concentrating and giving the opposition some small present.”

 

 

Neil Critchley speaks of delight after Blackpool claim another win in their ‘toughest’ game of the season against Sheffield United

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Neil Critchley spoke of his delight after his Blackpool side picked up yet another win in their “toughest” game of the season.

 

The Seasiders moved up to sixth place in the Championship with a hard-earned 1-0 win against Sheffield United this afternoon.

Pool had to survive large swathes of pressure from the home side, who rattled the Blackpool bar, had a goal ruled out for offside and were denied by a series of fine Dan Grimshaw stops.

But Critchley’s men stayed in the game and got their reward late on when Keshi Anderson beat the offside trap before curling home into the top corner – sending Blackpool’s 2,000 visiting supporters into bedlam.

Blackpool’s third straight win and their seventh from their last 10 means the newly-promoted Seasiders now move into the play-off places.

“When you win 1-0, keep a clean sheet and score a goal like we scored, you’d have to say it was a perfect away performance,” Critchley said.

“We knew we were facing a very good team today and a lot of Sheffield United fans will go home unhappy, but I’ve got no doubt this team – if they keep playing the way they’re playing – will be up there this season.

Neil Critchley celebrates with the Blackpool fans at the full-time whistle

Neil Critchley celebrates with the Blackpool fans at the full-time whistle

“In preparation for this game, I was saying to the staff and I obviously speak to the analyst and I honestly thought this was our toughest game this season.

“The way they play, the positions they take up on the pitch and how they control the game gives you real problems.

“We rode our luck a little bit at times, the goalkeeper makes a magnificent save, they hit the crossbar, they miss a big chance in the first-half, so it’s that fine line.

“We’ve scored a magnificent goal to win the game and after that, I have to say we were quite comfortable. They didn’t really threaten the goal or create many chances.

“If anything, I felt we probably looked more likely to get the second goal.”

Blackpool’s winning goal came with 15 minutes to spare, when Dan Grimshaw beat Sheffield United’s high line with a pinpoint ball over the top.

Anderson took it down superbly before cutting inside and unleashing a curling effort into the top corner of the net.

“It looks like a big boot down the pitch, which it was, but it’s something we had highlighted before the game,” Critchley added.

“They push up very quickly and they play a high line, so if we got the timing of the run right and we get the right delivery, then we knew we could get in behind.

“Keshi shows great presence of mind and great intelligence because he times the run perfectly and then he takes the ball out of the sky, cuts back inside and unleashes a fantastic strike off his left foot into the top corner.

“It was a goal fitting to win this game.”

While the home side were unable to get the goal their play arguably deserved, they did cause the Seasiders plenty of problems with their fluid movement and one and two-touch interplay.

While Slavisa Jokanovic’s side currently languish in 17th place, Critchley has no doubt they will rise back up the table sooner rather than later.

“They’re excellent and I’m not saying that because we’ve won. They’ve got Premier League players. Look at their squad, look at their bench,” Critchley said.

“They caused us a lot of problems today and we won the game, great, but as ever we’ve not done everything right.

“We’ve got a good feeling now but that doesn’t mean we got everything right and Sheffield United could easily have won this game and I’d be standing here feeling different and speaking different.

“The games are decided on moments and the moments didn’t go for them today and they did go for us.”

 

 

Lancashire Police officer investigated over “racist and homophobic” slurs

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A serving Lancashire Police officer is being investigated over claims she used racist and homophobic slurs in text messages.

The officer is accused of using a number of obscene and offensive terms in text messages, which have been reported to both Lancashire Police and the Independent Office for Police Conduct

The officer is accused of using a number of obscene and offensive terms in text messages, which have been reported to both Lancashire Police and the Independent Office for Police Conduct

The officer is accused of using a number of offensive terms in text messages, which have been reported to both Lancashire Police and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The force said it is investigating allegations made anonymously against an officer, who has been removed from front-line policing and placed on “alternative duties” until its enquiries are completed.

Messages allegedly sent by the officer included offensive terms for people of Asian backgrounds and gay men.

The IOPC – which oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales – said it is aware of a complaint against the officer and has asked Lancashire Police to investigate.

A police spokesman said: “We have received an anonymous report alleging that inappropriate text messages had been sent by an officer.

“We are looking into those matters and the officer is currently on alternative duties.

“Due to the nature of the allegation the matter was referred to the IOPC who determined that a local investigation should be carried out.”

Preston police officer racially abused by 12-year-old

Lancashire Police has not said which division the officer was working for when the allegations were made.

 

 

Work on A585 at Skippool Road north of Blackpool has finished two days early

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The people behind the bypass work on the A585 north of Blackpool have been praised for getting a key road open again ahead of schedule.

 

County councillors have praised the way National Highways has delivered a key phase of work in the £150m Windy Harbour to Skippool project.

The organisation, formerly Highways England, is bypassing Little Singleton village with a new dual carriageway, linked to new junction arrangements along the existing A585 at Windy Harbour and Skippool. This project, due to be completed in 2023, aims to ease congestion, support the economy and improve safety around Poulton-le-Fylde.

Work is taking place to remodel Skippool junction, where the western end of the new bypass will tie into the existing road, by replacing the roundabout there with a signalised crossroads.

Keir construction manager, Dave Cooper with enivronmental advisor Daphning Pierre at the Skippool Road junction on the A585

Keir construction manager, Dave Cooper with enivronmental advisor Daphning Pierre at the Skippool Road junction on the A585

As part of that work it needed to close Skippool Road, a local road north of the roundabout, for six weeks and that road reopened two days ahead of schedule on Friday, October 22.

National Highways and lead constructor Kier have now been praised by local Lancashire County Council members for the way the closure was handled.

Councillor John Shedwick, county councillor for Thornton and Hambleton, said: “Firstly, the works were scheduled for 12 weeks and I am grateful that National Highways listened to myself and Councillor Clempson and reduced it to six weeks.

“Another key to this has been the way the closure has been communicated with the public and the signage has been informative over the whole area. I understand this work was not foreseen in the original planning and I do hope there will not be any more surprises which will further inconvenience local residents and the traveling public.”

The work on the road was part of the bypass project designed to improve traffic flow on the A585

The work on the road was part of the bypass project designed to improve traffic flow on the A585

Councillor Alf Clempson, county councillor for Poulton-le-Fylde, said: “I can only echo councillor Shedwick’s comments. These works were unavoidable and were to upgrade and divert the essential local water supply. I will continue to work with Coun Shedwick and National Highways and Kier Highways to minimise future disruption for our local residents and all road users during the remainder of the project.”

Councillor Shedwick singled out David Whitelow, Kier stakeholder manager, for particular praise. David has become one of the project’s ‘familiar faces’ in the area since the project started last year.

Councillor Shedwick said: “I would particularly like to thank David because I know he’s been running around our roads as well, dealing with any problems we might have had. His commitment to communicating the closure of Skippool Road has been key.”

National Highways project manager Tristram Bardrick said: “We’d like to thank everyone affected by the closure of Skippool Road for their patience and support over the last six weeks.

The overall project is due to end in 2023

The overall project is due to end in 2023

“We are grateful and heartened by the comments from councillors Clempson and Shedwick. We’ve been committed to an ongoing conversation with local people right from the start of the project and it’s encouraging to see our approach paying off.”

The main construction work got under way in February and progress so far includes:

Completing the removal of the roundabout island at Skippool junction ahead of its replacement with a signalised crossroads at the end of the new bypass

Starting to widen the bridge and carriageway at Skippool Bridge and Skippool Bridge junction with a fortnight’s piling work which was completed in September.

The work is by National Highways with Keir as main conctractor

The work is by National Highways with Keir as main conctractor

Starting excavations and other preparations to construct the new bypass itself. This includes the section crossing the A586 local road where a new Poulton junction will be provided with the new bypass and at Lodge Lane where a bridge will be constructed to carry the local road over the new bypass.

Work to begin on removing roundabout as first major construction on A585 bypass …
Skippool Road opened two days early

Skippool Road opened two days early

Work at the nearby roundabout

Work at the nearby roundabout

Blackpool boss backs Sheffield United striker to come good

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Rhian Brewster’s struggles at Sheffield United are proof that not all talented youngsters can elevate themselves right to the top.

 

The 21-year-old has scored just once in 38 appearances since signing for the Blades for a £23m fee last year.

The striker, who hasn’t featured in Sheffield United’s last six games, was coached by Blackpool boss Neil Critchley during his time coming through the youth ranks at Liverpool.

While it’s unlikely Brewster will start against the Seasiders at Bramall Lane tomorrow, Critchley admits he’s looking forward to reuniting with his former player.

Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster

Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster

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“I coached him for quite a few years in Liverpool so I know him well,” Pool’s head coach told The Gazette.

“He’s a great boy to work with and I’ll be looking forward to seeing him and speaking to him.

“His best quality is scoring goals, he’s a natural goalscorer. Hopefully he doesn’t hit the back of the net against us.

“I just think he’s going through a period of his career many young players go through, where not everyone takes the elevator to the top easily. Sometimes you have to take the stairs.

“It might be a little bit up and down and there’s very, very few players, like a Trent Alexander-Arnold, where they break into the team and stay there.

“A lot of young players now have to find a different pathway, they have to go out on loan and it might take them a little bit longer.

“There’s no doubting Rhian’s qualities, both as a player and a person. I fully expect him at some point to show the quality he’s got, I just hope it’s not on Saturday.”

Brewster, a star of England’s Under-17s’ World Cup win four years ago, has recently been linked with a loan move to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

There he would be reunited with Steve Cooper, under whom he played during a fruitful spell at Swansea City.

During the 2019/20 season, he found the back of the net on 11 occasions in 22 appearances to help fire the Swans to the play-off final.

 

 

Drivers urged to stop driving through work site as Peel Road remains closed due to major gas leak

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Gas engineering firm Cadent has apologised to residents for the delay in repairs to a major gas leak underneath Peel Road, one of the main routes between Lytham and Blackpool.

 

Engineers had initially hoped that work to bypass the leak by creating an extra section of gas main would have finished last week, but bad weather and further complications mean the road

will remain closed for several more weeks as the team now has to replace around 100 metres of pipe.

Cadent is asking drivers not to drive through the work area following instances of motorists ignoring the road closure, which the firm says is “extremely dangerous”.

Engineers fixing a gas leak on Peel Road gave an update  (Credit: Cadent)

Engineers fixing a gas leak on Peel Road gave an update (Credit: Cadent)

A Cadent spokesman said: “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, added complications coupled with bad weather have meant we’ve not been able to carry out the repair in the way we’d

hoped to.

“We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this is causing to both residents and commuters.

Engineers fixing gas leak on Peel Road between Blackpool and Lytham give update …

“This is a hugely challenging project, particularly as we are next to an electricity substation and underneath a pylon, which present major hazards.

“Our efforts – out of sight – so far have managed to keep gas flowing safely to 30,000 homes this pipe feeds.

“The only option open to us now is to replace around 100 metres of pipe. This will take some time – several weeks – and we must keep the road closed during that.”

Cadent says access for residents and businesses along Peel Road, near Ballam, can be maintained – but it cannot be used as a through road due to the huge excavation over half of the

road.

The spokesman added: “We can maintain access only, as we have to date, for residents and businesses along that road.

“We cannot though let vehicles pass the work area safely, so it cannot be opened as a through road.

“We are taking steps to install fixed barriers as we have had instances of cars ignoring the road closure and driving through.

“This is extremely dangerous as there is a huge excavation covering half of the road and vehicles passing alongside this could cause the excavation to collapse or otherwise endanger the

safety of our workers, who are not expecting any traffic.

“We’re continuing to keep gas flowing too.

“We are doing everything we can to resolve this as fast as we can and would ask that you bear with us. The safety of the public and our teams is our number one priority.”

Mark Menzies, Fylde MP, said he has asked Cadent to keep Fylde residents updated on the work.

He said: “I appreciate the frustration of people in Fylde at the extended closure of Peel Road and know the works are not only an inconvenience for residents and

commuters but put pressure on alternative routes.

“The major gas leak at Peel Road means these works are unavoidable and the location, next to high voltage power lines, makes the task all the more challenging for those on site.

“I have asked Cadent to keep Fylde residents updated and to ensure the repairs are completed as soon as possible.

“In the meantime I would echo the request made by Cadent that people do not try to drive through the work site.

“Doing so is dangerous and only delays the reopening of the road to all users.”