Blackpool-based paranormal group keen to hear of UFO sightings

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A Blackpool-based society well known for its ghost-hunting exploits is keen to hear about any UFO sightings too.

Janet Walkey is hoping to hear about UFO sightings

Janet Walkey is hoping to hear about UFO sightings

The paranormal group has now changed its name from LAPIS (Lancashire Anomalous Phenomena Investigation Society) to Lancashire UFO & Paranormal to encourage people to get in touch.

From its formation back in the 1980s, the club has always been interested in UFOs, as well as other phenomena such as ghosts, time slips, mystery animals, and ancient sites.

But the UFO aspect of the group has not really resonated with the wider public.

The group, which has contacts throughout Lancashire, hopes the new name will change that.

Long-time member Janet Walkey, from Poulton, said: “People have been keen to get in touch with us about ghosts and similar phenomena, but we would also like to hear more about UFO sightings.

“We have always taken a keen interest in that but for some reason people don’t seem to associate us with UFOs.

“We’re keen to hear more and would love people to get in touch.”

Over the years, members have conducted a varied range of paranormal investigations.

In 2001, the group investigated a case that became known as The Fleetwood Lights, when local residents began reporting strange lights flying in formation.

LAPIS, as it was then known, organised a meeting in the town’s Rossall Tavern pub – later to be jokingly referred to as the Roswell Tavern after the famous American UFO incident in 1947 – and a National UFO magazine became involved.

Janet said: “We had our suspicions about the nature of these lights though which were proved right, they were in fact Chinese lanterns, very popular a few years ago, not so much now and back in 2001 were hardly known.”

The group has also been organising conferences in St Annes every November for several years, inviting various guest speakers, although this year’s event has been postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

Lancashire UFO & Paranormal meets at the Guards Club on Whitegate Drive on the first Thursday of each month.

 

 

Blackpool face mask warning as Covid cases keep on rising

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Blackpool’s infection rate is up by almost 20%

 

Blackpool’s top doctors are recommending people wear face coverings in busy public places as Covid infections continue to rise in the resort.

In the week to October 15, there were 741 cases identified in Blackpool which has a rate of 535 cases per 100,000 people – up 18.4 per cent compared to the previous seven days.

Although it is not mandatory to wear masks, medics are recommending people take the precaution where they can.

Blackpool Council’s director of public health Dr Arif Rajpura said: “I have been recommending that everyone wear a face covering in indoor spaces where they may meet people from outside their household and on public transport all along.

“I’ve also been recommending that people work from home where they can”.

In his latest Covid update, Dr Jim Gardner, medical director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, also urged people to continue with guidance including hygiene and wearing face coverings where they feel vulnerable.

He said: “We’re seeing less and less mask wearing in public places, but it is still a very important part of public protection so if you feel worried in a public place then I’d absolutely urge you to have the confidence to put a mask on.”

He added the “usual protection of hand washing and distancing remain important.”

Dr Gardner also urged people to get their booster vaccinations as this was “a fundamental part of keeping everybody safe”.

The latest figures show 71 per cent of people in Blackpool aged over 12 have had both doses of the vaccine.

Dr Gardner said there were currently six people in critical care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with Covid, 54 hospital patients who had had a Covid diagnosis within 14 days and 25 patients with a diagnosis beyond 14 days.

Blackpool currently has a vaccine centre on Yeadon Way car park, while the council’s vaccine van is visiting different sites five days a week offering first, second and booster jabs.

 

 

 

Lancashire’s ‘most dangerous town’: What it’s really like to live in Blackpool

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Blackpool is statistically more dangerous than Liverpool and Birmingham, according to a new study

 

Blackpool looking stunning in the sunshine
Blackpool looking stunning in the sunshine

Blackpool has been revealed as the third most dangerous major town in England and Wales because it “attracts people likely to commit crime”, a leading councillor has said.

National crime website CrimeRate reveals that with a crime rate of 131.15 per 1,000 people, the seaside town is statistically more dangerous than major cities Liverpool and Birmingham.

The statistics show that of Lancashire’s major towns and cities, Blackpool has the highest crime rate followed by Fleetwood and Accrington. Blackpool’s crime rate is 45% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents.

In August, nine crimes relating to violence or sexual offences were recorded in Blackpool with seven resulting in no further action because of an inability to prosecute the suspect or because it was deemed to not be in the public interest to prosecute. Two took place in a playground area.

Crime hotspot: A tram in Blackpool
Crime hotspot: A tram in Blackpool

Comparing Blackpool to other locations in Lancashire reveals that Bamber Bridge is 250% safer than Blackpool, according to the site, while Preston is 29% safer and Blackburn is 48% safer.

In Blackpool itself the, central area has the highest crime rate followed by South Promenade and Seasiders Way, North Shore and North East Centre. Squires Gate and St Anne’s North are the safest neighbourhoods in Blackpool.

In December 2020, Blackpool had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Blackpool residents, when it was Lancashire’s most dangerous area for burglary, recording 107 crimes at a rate of 0.73 per 1,000 residents.

Blackpool recorded 175 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences, with 9,015 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 62. This is seven per cent lower than 2019’s figure of 9,605 offences and a difference of 4.05 from 2019’s crime rate of 66.

Blackpool’s least common crime is robbery, with 159 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38 per cent from the 219 crimes recorded in 2019.

Police vehicles in Blackpool
Police vehicles in Blackpool (Image: James Maloney)

Councillor Tony Williams, who is leader of Blackpool’s Conservative group and has lived in the seaside town since the 1960s, said that although he feels safe living in Blackpool he accepts that the town has “a lot of stabbings and a high drugs rate”.

“Nobody is walking around shooting people like in the Wild West but I know that we have a lot of stabbings and we have a high drugs rate and one of the reasons for that is that people who are likely to commit crimes are attracted to Blackpool,” he told LancsLive.

“People may come from elsewhere in the country because they want to escape and see Blackpool as an attractive place. They might be vulnerable and sometimes get in with the wrong people because they have no alternative.”

Councillor Williams said one of the biggest issues in Blackpool is a recent spate of car break-ins with residents and visitors failing to lock their vehicles.

He said: “I moved to Blackpool from Durham when I was 13 and we came here because we had enjoyed so many holidays here. It was like moving to the Costa Del Sol; and Blackpool was incredibly safe then. It’s a shame that Blackpool keeps getting this bad rep because we get millions of visitors a year and they are all safe here.”

Margaret Watson was born in Blackpool and “will die in Blackpool”.

The 74-year-old, who lives in North Shore, said she didn’t recognise the town as being dangerous.

“It’s a load of nonsense,” the retired cleaner said.

“Blackpool is no more dangerous than the next town. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve always felt safe. I used to walk home from work at 10pm and I’ve never felt scared.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said statistics should always be taken in context.

“With such a busy town centre and nightlife, with so many visitors, Blackpool will always have a complex picture of crime that is likely to be higher than average,” he told LancsLive.

Comment: Paul Maynard
Comment: Paul Maynard (Image: House of Commons)

“But I doubt residents would recognise the tag ‘Lancashire’s most dangerous town’ based on a website which is data driven, and provides no context at all.

“At the same time, we all understand some of the social pressures Blackpool faces, and I do know that many residents would like to see more visibility from the police on the street. The police work hard to keep us all safe, but face some very challenging conditions in the town centre.”

 

 

Plans for Starbucks drive thru to be built on Blackpool car park

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The outlet is set to be the third new Starbucks in the south side of Blackpool

 

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Developers are hopeful the plans will be passed this time

Development at a Blackpool leisure park looks set to be kickstarted after plans were revealed for a Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop on the site.

Preston-based company Austringer Capital Ltd has applied for planning permission for the scheme at the 8.5 acre Festival Leisure Park on Rigby Road.

The outlet – set to be the third new Starbucks in the south side of Blackpool – would be built next to the existing Frankie and Benny’s restaurant on land currently used for parking.

Other tenants on the site include the Odeon Cinema, Bannatyne’s Gym and a Macdonalds restaurant.

Construction work stopped on a £7m new Club 3000 bingo hall last year but is expected to resume.

It was granted planning permission on appeal in 2019 along with a drive-thru restaurant, after the council had refused the application.

But the latest blueprint is seeking permission for detailed designs related to the Starbucks brand, and amendments to the car park and circulation routes.

A new vehicle entrance to the site is set to be built from Rigby Road and if the latest development goes ahead, it will mean the total number of parking spaces on the site is 497 compared to the original number of 604.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The proposal is to provide a new Starbuck drive thru building with surrounding car park and access road around the building, designed in line with the brand standards.

“The application also incorporates redesign of the surrounding car park to serve the new building and to improve the existing circulation around the site, including access for delivery vehicles.”

Town hall planners will now consider the application.

 

Gary Madine: No way will gaffer let Blackpool players get carried away

There’s no chance of Blackpool’s players getting carried away by their impressive run of form.

 

Last weekend’s derby win against Preston North End means the Seasiders have won six of their last nine Championship games.

During that time, only league leaders Bournemouth have picked up more points. While Neil Critchley’s side sit 11th in the table, they’re level on points with Luton Town in fifth place ahead of Saturday’s visit to Sheffield United.

Goalscorer Gary Madine didn't realise how big the Blackpool v Preston derby was until Saturday

Goalscorer Gary Madine didn’t realise how big the Blackpool v Preston derby was until Saturday

The players are delighted with how things are going, but derby goalscorer Gary Madine says they’re keeping their feet planted firmly on the ground.

“We won’t get carried away – the gaffer won’t let us,” the striker told The Gazette. “We asked for Monday off and he said no. He told us there’s no rest yet – we’ll get one when the time is right.

“At the end of the day, we’ve just come up from League One so the main goal was to stay in the league. Anything more is a bonus.”

Madine is loving life at Bloomfield Road, having signed a fresh deal during the summer.

The forward is also striking up a real bond with the tangerine faithful. “The fans were unbelievable (against Preston) but do you know what? They always are,” Madine said.

“Even in the games we’ve not won, they’ve always stuck behind us and it’s a real passionate club, which is why I wanted to be part of it. It’s why I wanted to sign my new contract.

“I even took a pay cut to stay here because I love everything about this club – the gaffer, the fans… it’s just a great place to be.

“My sponsor owns the bar over the road where all the fans drink, so there was a lot of pressure on this game. I’m just grateful I could be the one to slot in the goal in front of the kop end and top off a great day.”

Having played for both Sheffield clubs among others, Madine has plenty of experience of big derbies. And the 31-year-old says the Blackpool/Preston rivalry is right up there.

He said: “I might have been a bit naive because I didn’t realise how big it was, then last week I’m getting every man and his dog messaging me.

“The atmosphere was great and the fans were brilliant for the whole match.”

 

 

Blackpool hotel that could be yours for less than £35,000

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The Osprey Guesthouse is available to buy at a bargain price of just £34,949.

 

The Osprey Guesthouse
The Osprey Guesthouse (Image: Google)

The cheapest hotel that is currently available to buy in Blackpool on Rightmove is a nice eight bedroom guesthouse on a highly regarded holiday trading road.

The Osprey Guesthouse is available to buy at a bargain price of just £34,949.

The eight bedroom property is located on Charnley Road close to the Winter Gardens, shopping centre, Blackpool Tower and beaches.

According to the listing, the hotel enjoys a strong returning customer base and good connections with leading booking websites has resulted in a strong set of trading accounts with a number of years available to view.

Set over four floors, the ground floor has an inviting entrance and hallway with a bar lounge located in the bay window which includes upholstered seating.

Double doors lead through to the breakfast/dining room with a selection of dining tables and chairs on laminate flooring.

The kitchen has a range of catering equipment for the provision of bed and breakfast and is fitted with a range of wall, base units and worktops.

Private accommodation can also be found on this level in the form of a rear lounge and three piece bathroom suite.

Located on a lower ground floor are two bedrooms and a double bedroom, single bedroom and two family bedrooms on the first floor which are all en suite.

On the second floor is one triple bedroom, two family bedrooms, and a double bedroom with each guest room having TVs, room refreshments and fridges.

Car parking is available to the front and side and there is also a yard to the rear.

To find out more about Osprey Guesthouse, please visit the Rightmove listing here.

 

 

Sorry Blackpool, you’ll have to wait for McDonald’s McPlant vegan burger to arrive in restaurants

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Earlier this month McDonald’s launched its new McPlant vegan burger in 250 restaurants across the UK.

 

McDonald’s launched its vegan Big Mac alternative on Wednesday (October 13) in 250 of its takeaways nationwide — but none of them are in Lancashire.

The bad news is, Blackpool and Fylde coast residents will have to wait until 2022 for the McPlant.

A spokesman for the burger giant said: “The McPlant is being trialled in over 250 restaurants across the country from today after initial trials in Coventry and Nuneaton.

The Fylde coast will have to wait for the McDonald's McPlant to hit the city in 2022.

The Fylde coast will have to wait for the McDonald’s McPlant to hit the city in 2022.

“The locations were chosen for multiple reasons, including supply chain and operational purposes. We will be rolling out McPlant nationwide from January 2022.”

If you are desperate to try one now, Manchester is the nearest location to the Fylde coast serving the McPlant.

The McPlant looks like a regular burger but it’s 100 percent vegan.

McDonald’s describes the McPlant as “a vegan burger made with a juicy plant-based patty co-developed with Beyond Meat featuring vegan sandwich sauce, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and vegan cheese in a sesame seed bun.”

“McDonald’s UK has spent three years on research and development to bring a delicious plant-based offering to customers.

“Every element of the McPlant was designed with taste and quality top-of-mind – from the plant-based patty co-developed with Beyond Meat, to innovative vegan cheese based on pea protein that tastes just like McDonald’s iconic cheese slices, and a new vegan sauce.”

Vegans don’t have to pay extra, either. The McPlant is £3.49 on its own or £4.89 as a meal.

Michelle Graham-Clare, chief marketing officer for McDonald’s UK and Ireland said: “We are always looking for different ways to innovate and meet our customers’ needs, and with McPlant we have a delicious plant-based burger that will appeal to everyone.

“Whether you’re vegan or just fancy a plant-based patty, we’re confident you will enjoy the McPlant.”

 

 

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley discusses Sheffield United’s transition under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic

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Neil Critchley has been intrigued by the transition Blackpool’s upcoming opponents Sheffield United have made under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

 

The Blades enjoyed a memorable five years under former boss Chris Wilder, who led them from League One to a top-half finish in the Premier League.

But the South Yorkshire side now find themselves back in the Championship with Jokanovic, formerly of Watford and Fulham, now at the helm.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, the Blades have recovered somewhat and now sit in 14th, three points adrift of the Seasiders.

On Sheffield United’s different approach under Jokanovic, Critchley said: “It has changed.

“To take them from League One to the Championship, then take them up into the Premier League and keep them there…what an unbelievable achievement that was.

“I was only thinking about this the other day, I’ve seen how hard this division is and for them to get promoted and stay in the Premier League, that’s as good as Manchester City winning the league or Liverpool winning the Champions League.

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

“You’d have to say it might even be better because you’ve got to do it over 38 games in the Premier League or 46 in the Championship. It was just an incredible feat.

“There are a lot of players that are still there from Chris’ time, but the new manager has brought in a different way of playing and a different system. It does take time for the players to adapt.

“I totally understand why Chris would play the way he did and he had great success with his way of doing it with three at the back. You could say he invented the underlapping outside centre-backs joining in and it caused teams a lot of problems.

“The system has changed now, but what I would say is they’ve got a very good group of players and their possession stats are one of the best in the league and you can see why with the quality they’ve got.”

Blackpool, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their rich vein of form when they make the trip to Bramall Lane this weekend.

Their 2-0 derby win against Preston on Saturday means Critchley’s side have now won six of their last nine games in the Championship, leaving them level on points with fifth place.

“It’s not just the Preston game, it’s the other games as well. This has been building for a while,” Critchley said.

“But when you win a big derby game like that at home, it can’t fail to have a positive effect on the group as a whole.

“There’s a good atmosphere and there’s a good environment we work in at the moment and we aim to keep that going this weekend.”

 

 

“This will be something completely new” – Blackpool’s Golden Mile Centre £2.3m new attraction will be ‘an exclusive brand to Blackpool'”

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A new £2.3m attraction based round a popular children’s character is set to open on Blackpool Promenade next summer after council chiefs gave the go ahead to the deal.

 

Merlin, which already operates Blackpool Tower, the Sea Life Centre and Madame Tussauds in the resort, is set to transform part of the council-owned Golden Mile Centre into the new attraction.

Precise details of the scheme are being kept under wraps while property rights are agreed – but it is set to be an exclusive brand to Blackpool when it first opens.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said: “Merlin Entertainments already successfully operate a number of internationally known brands in Blackpool and I’ve no doubt that this new attraction will be equally as popular.”

The Golden Mile Centre

The Golden Mile Centre

Kate Shane, regional director for Merlin Entertainments, added: “At Merlin we have some exciting global partnerships that we will be announcing in the coming months, which will firmly support Blackpool’s overall ambition to be the UK’s number one family seaside resort.

“By adding more globally recognised brands, delivered with Merlin’s world class guest experience, we know this will provide compelling new reasons for visitors to come to Blackpool.”

Claire Smith, president of hoteliers group StayBlackpool, also welcomed the investment.

She said: “Merlin is known for its quality attractions which are open year round, and a serious amount of money is being put into this, so it is great news for Blackpool.

“It is aimed at the youngest children who are the market of the future – if we can get them here enjoying themselves at that age, they will then progress onto the Pleasure Beach rides and other Merlin attractions.”

Redevelopment, which has been approved by the council’s executive, will be of the south end of the site on the ground floor between Golden Mile Amusements and Funland.

The building is currently occupied by Graffiti Golf with a number of stalls at the front of the premises.

Their leases are due to expire at the beginning of November and will not be renewed.

Alan Cavill, director of communications and regeneration at Blackpool Council, said the new attraction would be aimed at children aged under seven, and would be “based around a popular children’s character.”

He said when the council went out to tender for a new operator for the Golden Mile Centre last year, it was to seek “a world class attraction.”

He added: “This will be something completely new for Blackpool and will be aimed at the younger age group.”

The council will fund the £2.3m cost of the scheme by lending the money to Merlin, which will repay the money out of revenue from the attraction, before moving onto a profit sharing scheme with the council.

The council bought the Golden Mile Centre in 2010 as part of a £40m deal which also included the Tower and the Winter Gardens.

Since then Merlin has worked with the council to operate the Tower and other attractions including Madame Tussauds and the Blackpool Dungeons.

Investment currently underway on Central Promenade also includes the construction of the Sands Resort Hotel which will include the council-backed Showtown museum, while the £300m Blackpool Central leisure development has also just received planning permission.

Coun Williams said: “It is vitally important that Blackpool continues to develop and offer visitors new and different reasons to visit.

“Any new attraction will help the local economy in terms of job creation and increased visitor numbers so should be welcome news for local residents as well.

Ms Shane added: “We are delighted to further evolve our strategic relationship with Blackpool Council by adding even more reasons to visit to our already strong Blackpool cluster of attractions.

“The local community are at the very heart of these strategic plans, with the goal to deliver further jobs and economic benefit to both the town and the wider region.”

 

 

Blackpool head coach believes Sheffield United are looking sharp again

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Neil Critchley believes Slavisa Jokanovic is doing a fine job in turning around Sheffield United’s fortunes.

 

Following last season’s relegation from the Premier League, the Blades got off to a slow start in the Championship, failing to win any of their first six games.

The South Yorkshire side are slowly but surely creeping back up the league table, currently sitting 14th and three points adrift of Critchley’s men.

“He’s done a good job at previous clubs in this league and he’s obviously got experience in this league of getting teams out of it with Watford,” Pool’s head coach said of his managerial counterpart.

Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley discusses Sheffield United’s transition under new …

“You can see the team are well-coached and have a clear way of playing. That’s credit to him.

“The team has improved and they’ve picked up, so it will be a tough game for us, but a really good one.

“We’re playing well, so why can’t we go there and try and get something from what should be a great occasion, similar to Nottingham Forest?

“I’d imagine there will be lots of supporters there and we’re taking a great following again, so hopefully we can give our supporters something to smile about on the way home.”

 

 

The legacy of Jordan Banks as Blackpool mental health service given official status

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A man who accessed Counselling in the Community’s services is taking on a mammoth bike challenge to raise funds

 

Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool last week after he was reportedly struck by lightning.
Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool last week after he was reportedly struck by lightning. (Image: Lancs Live)

The legacy of a Blackpool schoolboy who died after being struck by lightning has been realised after a Blackpool mental health service was given charity status.

Counselling in the Community offers its services, a one hour session, in exchange for a donation and helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance misuse.

Operating as an entirely donation-based service, the hub receives no government funding and around 50 dedicated volunteer counsellors, including some students, offer their services.

Before his tragic death, Stanley Primary School student Jordan Banks ran a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018, raising around £3,000 to support the service.

A highly empathetic and altruistic boy, Jordan understood the important work of Counselling in the Community and wished to donate the funds to their services.

This was one of the kinds gestures he made before he was sadly struck by lightning while playing football in Blackpool in May of this year.

The former community interest company (CIC) has worked hard to become an officially registered charity which is was granted last month.

Set up by counsellor Stuart Hutton-Brown around five years ago, the numbers of people accessing its services continues to grow and grow.

Its waitlist of two to four weeks still remains shorter than NHS lists for mental health services.

Furniture created by House of Concrete, Blackpool for Counselling in the Community
Furniture created by House of Concrete, Blackpool for Counselling in the Community (Image: Counselling in the Community)

Stuart told LancsLive: “It’s been five years in the making and the application was a long and arduous process.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be an official charity now however and it does change a lot of things.

“It gives us a lot of kudos in terms of who will work with us and some places will only work with you once you have that registered status as you’ve been through the vetting process. ”

“I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported and our fantastic volunteers.”

The now official charity always needs funds however as the demands on its services grows and grows which means it has to adapt constantly.

Many people who have benefited from the service have volunteered to try and raise as much money as they can to help keep it going.

Liam James in his Counselling in the Community hoodie
Liam James in his Counselling in the Community hoodie (Image: Go Fund Me)

This includes Blackpool resident Liam James who is partaking in a mammoth cycling challenge next month on a circular route around 400 miles from Blackpool to Bedford.

This will be done in three stages from Blackpool to Halifax, Halifax to Bedford then Bedford to Blackpool.

This will be one of the biggest mental and physical challenges Liam has ever done however he is determined to raise money for a course very close to his heart.

Stuart added: “Both Liam and his fiancé have accessed our services as often when a couple contact us we check to see if their partner is ok too.

“Generally there is still a stigma around men and mental health and it often females who are willing to engage with us before males.

“That’s why we always make sure to go back to females and ask ‘How are you?’ as supporting someone with mental health issues can be very challenging.

“We’re very grateful to Liam for what’s he doing as we’re always in need of financial help. We rely on donations, even more so now as up to 60% of referrals are from NHS Pathways and some people can have quite complex needs.

“We haven’t always got counsellors available who are qualified to deal with particular needs. Say if a female needs help from a female counsellor between 9am and 11am on a particular day to talk through particular issues it may be hard to get one there and then.

“This is why although the wait list is around two to four weeks, it can longer for other depending on when we can get people in.

“Currently, our waitlist has gone down from 100 to 60 people however a way to get this down faster would be to be able to pay staff, so this is why we need to try and get as much money as possible when we can.”

To donate to Liam’s mammoth bike challenge, please visit here.

 

 

Tight table means every single point counts for Blackpool as they prepare to take on Sheffield United

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The closeness of the Championship table means every point matters according to Neil Critchley.

 

Blackpool’s 2-0 victory against rivals Preston last weekend, their sixth win in their last nine games, elevated them up to 11th place in the Championship.

But more significantly, Critchley’s side are one of seven currently on 21 points, leading up to Luton Town in fifth place.

With few points separating the sides at the bottom end of the division, Critchley knows every point counts.

“Without wanting to sound like a broken record, the margin is so fine in the division,” Critchley said.

“I know Barnsley are on a bad run and Derby have their situation, but Derby are on a good run and they’re a good team with good players.

“I was at the Barnsley v Sheffield United game last weekend and there was nothing in the game until Sheffield United scored.

Last week's win means Blackpool are now level on points with 5th place

Last week’s win means Blackpool are now level on points with 5th place

“The goal deflated them and Sheffield United scored a quick second goal, so within the space of two or three minutes the game was taken away from them.

“To Barnsley’s credit, they rallied. They were 3-0 down at home and the crowd were grumbling, but I thought they showed great fight, great spirit to get it back to 3-2 and nearly got something out of the game.

“That’s Barnsley who are struggling in this division, but I saw them play against Reading before we played Reading and Barnsley could have easily beaten them.

“I just think it’s an incredibly difficult league and to win a game of football in this division, you have to be so good and spot on with everything you do.

“If you have an opportunity to win a game and don’t and you miss it, like we did at Hull and which is why I was so angry, you can’t miss those opportunities.

“When you have a chance to win the game, you have to win it because two points dropped or a point dropped adds up and there’s not a lot between the teams, as the table suggests.

 

 

Crime property on Blackpool’s Grange Park closed to protect vulnerable residents

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A property on Blackpool’s Grange Park has been shut down by a Closure Order after it was believed an organised crime group was taking advantage of vulnerable people there.

 

A property in Grange Park, Blackpool, has been shut down via a Closure Order

A property in Grange Park, Blackpool, has been shut down via a Closure Order

Police said the activities at the property were related to Class A distribution and the order was the result of agencies working together.

The Order will last three months with an option to extend it should there be further issues.

Police said: “This was the result of the Councils Public Protection Team, Blackpool Coastal Housing’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and the Neighbourhood Policing team working in partnership to tackle anti-social behaviour and the exploitation of vulnerable people in the community.”

Chief Supt Karen Edwards recently reiterated her commitment to keeping people safe and not tolerating criminality or anti-social behaviour and will work with the local community to bring to justice those who insist on causing harm to good law abiding citizens.

The Closure Order proceedings began on Tuesday (Octover 26).

 

 

The Lancashire streets where homes are selling for less than £20k

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The cheapest property on the list is a two bedroom house with a guide price of £5,000

 

A general view of Blackpool from above
A general view of Blackpool from above (Image: Getty)

Getting onto the property ladder can be difficult

But it is possible to grab a property in Lancashire for £20,000 and under.

Some of these homes are for sale by estate agent, others via auction.

This means that you could secure yourself a Lancashire postcode for under £30,000.

The majority of the homes are in East Lancashire – with one in Blackpool.

We’ve rounded up just some of the homes on the market around Lancashire:

Grange Street, Burnley

A two bedroom house, on Grange Street, in Burnley is on the market for a guide price of £5,000 at auction
A two bedroom house, on Grange Street, in Burnley is on the market for a guide price of £5,000 at auction (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A two bedroom house, on Grange Street, is on the market for a guide price of £5,000 at auction.

It is a mid terrace property which ‘requires modernisation’ according to the listing.

It is for sale by public auction on October 27 which will be held online.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.

Dall Street, Burnley

A two bedroom house, on Dall Street, in Burnley, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction
A two bedroom house, on Dall Street, in Burnley, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A two bedroom house, on Dall Street, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction.

It is a mid terrace property and ‘requires some updating’ according to the listing.

It is for sale by auction on October 27, 2021.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.

Scarlett Street, Burnley

A two bedroom home, on Scarlett Street, in Burnley is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction.
A two bedroom home, on Scarlett Street, in Burnley is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction. (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A two bedroom home, on Scarlett Street, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction.

It is a mid terrace property and ‘requires refurbishment’ and ‘modernisation’ according to the listing.

It is for sale by auction on October 27, 2021.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.

Chapel Street, Nelson

A two bedroom house, on Chapel Street, in Nelson, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction.
A two bedroom house, on Chapel Street, in Nelson, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction. (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A two bedroom house, on Chapel Street, is on the market for a guide price of £10,000 at auction.

It is a mid terrace property and ‘requires updating’ according to the listing.

It is for sale by auction on October 27, 2021.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.

Dukes Brow, Blackburn

A house on Dukes Brow, in Blackburn, is on the market for a guide price of £15,000 at auction
A house on Dukes Brow, in Blackburn, is on the market for a guide price of £15,000 at auction (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A house on Dukes Brow is on the market for a guide price of £15,000 at auction.

The mid terrace property ‘requires modernisation’ according to the listing.

It is also double fronted.

It is for sale by auction on October 27, 2021.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.

Troughton Crescent, Blackpool

A two bedroom house, on Troughton Crescent, in Blackpool, is on the market for a guide price of £20,000 at auction
A two bedroom house, on Troughton Crescent, in Blackpool, is on the market for a guide price of £20,000 at auction (Image: Taylor James Auctions LTD)

A two bedroom house, on Troughton Crescent, is on the market for a guide price of £20,000 at auction.

The end of terrace house ‘requires updating’ according to the listing.

It also has a driveway and a rear paved garden.

It is for sale by auction on October 27, 2021.

If you are interested, you must pre-register to bid no later than 8am on the day.

For more information, click here.