Road closure due to alleged building collapse in Blackpool

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A main road through Blackpool has been closed this evening following reports of a ‘building collapse

 

A Tweet by Blackpool Transport shortly before 6.30 said: “Due to a collapsed building near the metropole hotel police have closed the tramway. We are operating Starr gate to Tower and Cabin to Fleetwood”

Traffic is beginning to queue following the closure shortly after 6pm today, November 26.

According to AA, a closure is in place due to an “unsafe building on A584 Promenade both ways from Springfield Road to Talbot Road (Talbot Square / North Pier).”

The Promenade is closed off this evening

The Promenade is closed off this evening

It is not known which building it is at this point.

More updates to follow.

 

Five Blackpool men arrested after smash-and-grab raid on Boots in Lytham

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Five men have been arrested after perfumes and aftershave were stolen into a smash-and-grab raid on Boots in Lytham this morning (Friday, November 26).

 

The burglary happened at around 5.50am when masked thieves sprang out of a vehicle and smashed their way inside the shop in Clifton Street.

The gang looted the store, stealing hundreds of pounds worth of perfumes and aftershaves, before making off from the scene in a car.

The getaway car was later traced to a home in Blackpool, which police raided and arrested five people in connection with the incident.

Around 5.50am today (Friday, November 26) police were called to a report of a burglary at Boots in Clifton Street where several people had got out of a vehicle and smashed their way inside the shop, stealing perfumes and aftershaves. Pic: Google

Around 5.50am today (Friday, November 26) police were called to a report of a burglary at Boots in Clifton Street where several people had got out of a vehicle and smashed their way inside the shop, stealing perfumes and aftershaves. Pic: Google

Lancashire Police said some perfumes and aftershaves have also been recovered.

Two men aged 50 and 42, and two men aged 36, all from Blackpool, as well as a fifth man, aged 32, of no fixed address, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and are in custody.

Ch Supt Karen Edwards, West Divisional Commander, said: “This was a fantastic policing response and has led to five suspects being arrested.

“We recognise such offences can cause concern in the community and I hope our swift action has helped to reassure many residents.

“If you have any information which can assist our investigation please come forward and contact police immediately.”

If you can help police, you can call them on 101 quoting log 0162 of November 26.

 

 

Vulnerable siblings who faced being split up in Blackpool foster care have now been separated

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Three siblings who faced being split up and sent to Manchester after Blackpool Council could not find anyone to look after them have now been separated – but will remain in Blackpool for the time being.

 

‘Abigail’, five, ‘Zoe’, three, and ‘William’, two, were taken into care in March, and were sent to live with their 69-year-old paternal grandfather.*

They were then placed with a foster couple, where they remained until early October when one of their carers suffered a heart attack, and they were moved to emergency accommodation. From there, they were sent to live with another foster couple, who also became unable to look after them due to health troubles.

It was suggested that Abigail would be split up from her sister and brother and sent to live in Manchester due to a lack of available foster carers in Blackpool.

'Abigail' has now been separated from her siblings, 'Zoe' and 'William', due to a lack of carers in Blackpool

‘Abigail’ has now been separated from her siblings, ‘Zoe’ and ‘William’, due to a lack of carers in Blackpool

 

Now, their grandmother said, the siblings have indeed been separated – but will remain living in their home town for the foreseeable future.

“On Thursday I received a phonecall to say the kids had been put into care with someone else. I asked if they were together, and they said no,” she said. “‘There was nothing we could do’ was what I was told.

“At least they are still in Blackpool – that’s something.

“I don’t know where to go from here. I think it’s disgusting that they have been put through all this yet again. I’m just devastated for them.

“These kids have been pulled from pillar to post and I just feel sorry for them. They have got no stability at all in their lives. It’s like they are just another number. I can’t imagine what must be going through their little heads.

“I would like to see them all together, because at the end of the day I simply don’t agree with them being separated. They have always been together. Social services are trying to say it’s in Abigail’s best interests, but I don’t buy that at all.”

*Names have been changed to protect the children’s identities

 

 

West End producer Jon Conway, who directed Elf the Musical at the Opera House, will oversee Viva Blackpool’s Christmas show Santa’s Magical Workshop – showtimes and ticket information

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West End producer Jon Conway will host Viva Blackpool’s festive production Santa’s Magical Workship next month.

 

Boss Martin Heywood said staff at the town centre venue are ‘thrilled’ to be working with Jon because of his ‘considerable experience in writing and directing major pantomimes’.

Jon, who recently directed Elf the Musical at the Opera House and co-produced Illuminasia when it held in the resort, will again oversee two of the show’s stars, Jordan Conway and Kelly Banlaki, who will perform in Santa’s Magical Workshop, which will run from December 18-24.

He will also help develop future shows.

Jon Conway, who co-produced Illuminasia, will oversee Viva Blackpool's Christmas production, Santa's Magical Workshop, next month (Picture: Rob Lock for The Gazette)

Jon Conway, who co-produced Illuminasia, will oversee Viva Blackpool’s Christmas production, Santa’s Magical Workshop, next month (Picture: Rob Lock for The Gazette)

Youngsters can play hide and seek, help an elf hunt for Santa, write letters to the North Pole, and stand, dance, and participate during the show.

Tickets are £20 for children and £10 for adults.

 

 

Blackpool’s Christmas festivities – including Star Flyer ride – called to a halt as Storm Arwen blows over ‘snow-topped’ trees on Promenade

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Strong winds saw the temporary halt of Blackpool’s festivities on the Prom – with the new Star Flyer ride and ice rink shut as organisers battened down the hatches.

 

Gusts of around 60mph were expected on the Fylde coast as Storm Arwen swept into the country today.

The resort escaped major damage, though, as Scots were warned not to travel under any circumstances as the Met Office issued a rare red warning – putting parts of Scotland and the north of England on maximum alert.

Temperatures were set to fall with the storm too, with the forecaster warning that the north west – including the Fylde coast – will experience cold weather until Monday.

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Will Land, head of civil contingencies, said: “The UK will see temperatures drop to below average in the coming days, as cold air is drawn in from the north. This is coupled with the strong winds associated with Storm Arwen, which means it will feel especially cold in the wind.

“Areas in the north will see temperatures below freezing overnight, with daytime maximum temperatures only getting into the low single figures.

“It’s important to note that strong wind speeds, in excess of 65mph in exposed locations, will exacerbate the cold temperatures we’ll be seeing over the weekend.

The UK Health Security Agency issued a cold weather alert, and Agostinho Sousa from the service urged people to keep an eye on older neighbours and relatives, saying: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

“It’s really important to keep checking on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or those who have serious illness.”

 

 

Bird flu confirmed in Stanley Park as 15 swans die of deadly virus

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Fifteen swans at Blackpool Stanley Park have died in one week after a bird there tested positive for bird flu.

 

The lake in the award-winning park remains cordoned off by Blackpool Council, and staff were seen bagging up dead birds over the weekend.

The area was restricted on Monday, November 11, after two swans and one Canada goose were believed to have died there due to bird flu. The birds were sent to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which confirmed the diagnosis.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “Unfortunately one of the swans that died at Stanley Park last week has tested positive for Avian Influenza. Sadly 15 birds have now died with similar symptoms.

Stanley Park lake remains closed

Stanley Park lake remains closed

“We know that many people love visiting Stanley Park and will find this upsetting news. We can assure you that the birds are well fed and we are keeping a close eye on them.

“Although the risk to the general public’s health is very low it is vitally important visitors to the park follow the signage that is in place. Please respect the cordon. Don’t walk by the lake or let dogs in the water. Do not touch any injured or deceased birds

“Our team has been specially trained and has appropriate PPE to handle the birds to minimise any risks.

Blackpool’s Christmas festivities – including Star Flyer ride – called to a halt as Storm Arwen blows over ‘snow-topped’ trees on Promenade

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Strong winds saw the temporary halt of Blackpool’s festivities on the Prom – with the new Star Flyer ride and ice rink shut as organisers battened down the hatches.

 

Gusts of around 60mph were expected on the Fylde coast as Storm Arwen swept into the country today.

The resort escaped major damage, though, as Scots were warned not to travel under any circumstances as the Met Office issued a rare red warning – putting parts of Scotland and the north of England on maximum alert.

Temperatures were set to fall with the storm too, with the forecaster warning that the north west – including the Fylde coast – will experience cold weather until Monday.

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Will Land, head of civil contingencies, said: “The UK will see temperatures drop to below average in the coming days, as cold air is drawn in from the north. This is coupled with the strong winds associated with Storm Arwen, which means it will feel especially cold in the wind.

“Areas in the north will see temperatures below freezing overnight, with daytime maximum temperatures only getting into the low single figures.

“It’s important to note that strong wind speeds, in excess of 65mph in exposed locations, will exacerbate the cold temperatures we’ll be seeing over the weekend.

The UK Health Security Agency issued a cold weather alert, and Agostinho Sousa from the service urged people to keep an eye on older neighbours and relatives, saying: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

Picture: Dan Martino for The Gazette

“It’s really important to keep checking on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or those who have serious illness.”

 

 

Controversial SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton ‘couldn’t resist’ trip to see Blackpool Illuminations

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The SAS: Who Dares Wins star enjoyed a run around the lights while in town

 

Ant Middleton enjoyed a trip to Blackpool Illuminations
Ant Middleton enjoyed a trip to Blackpool Illuminations (Image: Ant Middleton/Facebook)

SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton said he couldn’t resist a trip to Blackpool Illuminations after hosting a show in the town.

The adventurer and former soldier brought his Mind Over Muscle Tour to the Winter Gardens on Friday night and took the chance to explore the iconic attraction.

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While most enjoy the lights in a car, on a tram or during a light stroll, the best selling author took things one step further and enjoyed a run around the illuminations.

Afterwards, he took to Facebook to share a picture stood in front of the iconic Big One.

He captioned it: “Loved Blackpool last night…

“Great reception, great people and a great town! Had to get out after and run around for a bit… It’s the lights, I couldn’t resist!”

The Mind Over Muscle show was billed as bringing the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound and set to “recreate what mental strength it took behind the scenes for Ant to complete his recent SAS series and his huge Everest challenge”.

It also included Ant giving audience a ‘motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery’.

Ahead of the show, he said: “I am so excited to take my brand new show on the road. I want to bring my recent journeys to life and show how mental strength can help overcome huge challenges. The mind is stronger than muscle and I promise to take audiences on an incredible journey”

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26, 2021

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Here is the latest round-up of cases from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

 

Toddler put up for adoption after mum seen with child’s violent father

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

A resort toddler was put up for adoption after her mum was seen with the tot’s violent dad, court documents revealed.

The girl, who cannot be identified, was put in foster care shortly after birth, with a judge agreeing she wouldn’t be safe around her drug addict dad, who has a history of domestic abuse and mental illness.

Her mum tried to stop the move, saying she was no longer seeing her partner, but the family court was told she had been seen with the dad, with CCTV footage also capturing a long telephone call in which she condoned his drug use and made arrangements to meet him.

“Unfortunately the destructive influence of the father continues,” judge Ross Duggan said in his judgement earlier this month.

“[The girl’s] welfare does demand that she be placed for adoption. Nothing else will do.”

Man admits attacking woman

John Ormerod, 25, of Riversleigh Avenue, Lytham, had his case adjourned for pre-sentence reports during an appearance at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday (November 22), when he admitted attacking a woman.

Man ordered to live and sleep on a boat

A man must live and sleep on his boat, resort magistrates ordered yesterday.

Neil Howard, 61, is accused of attacking his ex-partner – a charge he denies.

His case was adjourned until Wednesday, January 12 next year, with the court hearing the terms of Howard’s bail arrangements.

Magistrates agreed that the defendant, formerly of Clark Street, Morecambe, must now live on the boat, which is in a back yard off the street and has a toilet and power.

He will be monitored by a tag, the court was told.

Man in breach of suspended sentence admits resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker

Police officers watched in horror as a suspect dived out of a first-floor window ‘Superman style’, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

But brickie Aaron Harper, 33, of Maitland Avenue, Cleveleys, only fell two feet onto a flat-roofed shed – before legging it.

He was later found in a neighbouring home and had to be Tasered by cops, who were blasted with abuse by Harper’s pals, the court was told.

The thug, who was wanted for questioning over criminal damage, then kicked out as he bundled into the back of a police van, injuring a female officer’s arm.

Harper, who was also in breach of a previous suspended prison term, admitted resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker.

He was given a further 10 weeks’ suspended jail time, and was also ordered to pay £328 in costs and compensation. He was given a community punishment with 10 rehabilitation days, and 150 hours’ unpaid work.

His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, said: “What he did sounds like Superman but he dropped just two feet, although the police were not aware of that.

“When he was shown a video of what he did to the officer’s arm he admitted what he had done.

“He did not want to be put in the police van because it was bloodstained from some previous incident.”

Harper had found work during the pandemic and had kept his job for a year, Mr Coyle added.

Man denies witness intimidation and two counts of assault

Ryan Whiteside, 30, of Dingle Avenue, Grange Park, appeared in court after being charged with witness intimidation and two counts of assault.

He denied all three alleged offences and was bailed pending a trial.

He must not go into Poulton.

Woman attacked appropriate adult helping her in police custody

A woman punched a man trying to assist her in police custody, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Bethany Pirie, 26, of London Street, Fleetwood, was under arrest when she attacked the appropriate adult helping her.

Her lawyer, Robert Castle, told the court Pirie lashed out because was under emotional stress and had not targeted the man.

Pirie was given a one-year community punishment with 40 rehabilitation days.

She must also pay her victim £175 compensation.

Appropriate adults help vulnerable people who are suspected of a crime by making sure they are treated fairly and are able to participate properly in the police investigation.

Man accused of stabbing neighbour

Aaron Hayden, 42, of Lewtas Street, North Shore, was remanded in custody by magistrates after being accused of stabbing a neighbour in the back and shoulder.

He is also charged with having a knife in public.

He will remain behind bars until an appearance at Preston Crown Court next month.

Man accused of attacking his ex

Jason Gerrand, 47, of Grange Street, Salford, was in the dock in Blackpool accused of attacking his ex at her resort home.

He was bailed until a trial in January and must avoid the town.

 

 

These are the incidents Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service crews have tackled on the Fylde coast this week – Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26, 2021

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Here is the latest round-up of incidents that crews from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have tackled on the Fylde coast this week.

 

We will update this story each day with the latest from the fire service:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22

– Commercial building fire in Blackpool

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines from Blackpool and South Shore attended a commercial building fire on Co-op Street, Blackpool.

Firefighters used one hose reel, scene lighting, and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

They were in attendance for approximately forty-five minutes.

– Road traffic collision in Thornton

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines from Fleetwood attended a road traffic collision on Fleetwood Road, Thornton.

The incident involved two vehicles.

Firefighter released one casualty from their vehicle. Crews used a hearth kit and scene lighting.

They were in attendance for approximately half an hour.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

– Domestic building fire in Fleetwood

Two fire engines from Blackpool and Bispham attended a domestic building fire on Yew Court, Fleetwood. The incident involved the kitchen of a domestic property.

Firefighters used one hose reel, a hearth kit, and a positive pressure ventilation unit to extinguish the fire. They were in attendance for forty minutes.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25

– Domestic building fire in Blackpool

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended a domestic building fire on Clifford Road, Blackpool. The incident involved the kitchen of a domestic property.

Firefighters used gaining entry equipment and a triple extension ladder at this incident. They were in attendance for twenty-five minutes.

 

 

Test purchases of knives in Wyre welcomed – but a few stores fail test

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Police in Fleetwood and Wyre worked with young volunteers who attempted to buy knives from several stores as test purchases.

 

While the majority of stores passed the test by refusing to sell the knives, “a few” failed.

The minority of stores that were prepared to sell knives will be tested again, say police.

The stores which failed have not been named.

Although the latest statistics appear to show that knife crime has fallen, it is higher than it was 10 years ago and there is great public concern about this kind of offending.

The Ben Kinsella Trust, set up by the family of knife victim Ben Kinsella, says there has been a 15 per cent decrease in knife crime in England and Wales on the previous 12 months to March 2021,.

The statistic also show that knife crime has now fallen for four quarters in a row.

However, police in England and Wales still recorded 221 murders involving a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months to March 2021, and knife crime has continued to occur across the Fylde coast this year.

Last month a joke shop in South Shore was found to be selling Rambo-style knives/

Efforts to reduce knife possession further are ongoing and on the Fleetwood Area Police Facebook page, residents who posted were broadly in favour of police using the “test purchase” method to test stores.

One visitor to the Facebook page stated: “Very good idea Fleetwood Area Police, completely agree with using underage volunteers to help tackle knife crime.

“Keep up the good work.”

However, others considered that the police were too lenient on the stores that failed and suggested they should be shut down.

One said: “Don’t re-test them! Ban them from selling those lines.”

Another stated: “Knives should be banned. Full stop. You can easily cut things up with a butter knife, there’s no need for big sharp knives.”

 

 

Late night crash at ‘second most dangerous roundabout in Lancs’ as police appeal for witnesses

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Airbags were deployed as both vehicles sustained significant damage

 

Late night crash at Amounderness Way at Norcross Roundabout
Late night crash at Amounderness Way at Norcross Roundabout

Two cars were badly damaged in a crash at a notorious accident hotspot.

Emergency services attended on Friday night when the cars collided at Norcross Roundabout near Thornton-Cleveleys.

Pictures taken in the aftermath of the car showed extensive damage and airbags deployed in both vehicles.

 

An appeal for witnesses or information is now under way.

Writing on the Thornton Cleveleys and Poulton Police Facebook page, a representative for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We have just attended a Road Traffic Collision on Amounderness Way at Norcross Roundabout. If you or anybody you know has dash cam footage or were a witness to the collision please get in touch on 101 or online and quote log number LC-20211119-1430.

“Thank you Blackpool North Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

Last year, the roundabout was ranked as the second most dangerous in Lancashire according to official government statistics from the Department for Transport.

 

 

 

Birmingham City v Blackpool: Team news, predicted line-up and pre-match quotes from Neil Critchley

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Blackpool head to the second city this weekend looking to claim their first win in five.

 

The Seasiders held high-flying West Brom to a goalless draw on Tuesday night, picking up a point for the third game running.

It leaves Neil Critchley’s men in 11th place in the Championship and four points adrift of the top six.

This weekend’s opponents Birmingham City, meanwhile, languish in 17th, having lost two of their last three.

Lee Bowyer’s men stopped the rot in midweek with a draw against neighbours Coventry City, who sit in a play-off place.

The Blues have won three of their nine home games this season, drawing twice and losing the other four.

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Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer

There’s an outside chance Richard Keogh could come back into contention for Blackpool tomorrow.

The defender has missed Blackpool’s last few games with a calf injury he sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

The 35-year-old was due to return to full training yesterday though, giving him a slim chance of appearing in this weekend’s trip to Birmingham City.

Reece James (back) and Gary Madine (ankle) suffered knocks during Tuesday night’s goalless draw against West Brom, but they’re not thought to be too serious.

Elsewhere, Chris Maxwell (quad), Richard Keogh (calf), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL) and Grant Ward (achilles) are all sidelined.

Birmingham, meanwhile, are also expected to be without a host of first-team players.

Both Ryan Woods and Gary Gardner are suspended following recent red cards, while Marcel Oakley, Maxime Colin, George Friend, Jordan Graham, Tahith Chong and Kristian Pedersen are all out injured.

Neil Critchley’s pre-match comments

“Our form away from home is good. It’s not too dissimilar to our home record. We try to be the same team home and away and approach each game the same.

“Our away record has been slightly better, but if you asked me why I wouldn’t be able to give you the answer because our approach is the same. Perhaps it’s how the opposition approach the game being at home.

“We go to Birmingham full of confidence off the back of a good result away from home at Swansea, which is another tough place to go.

“We’ll have to think carefully about what team we pick and the formation for this game.

“They’re a physical team who get the ball quickly and get the ball into the box a lot.

“It’s a team full of men, full of experience but they’ve got some quality in the right areas of the pitch.

“At home, I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce back from the run of results they’ve had.

“The league table is so tight they’ll be thinking if they win this game they can kickstart and jump back up the table.

“It’s another tough game away from home against a big club.”

Opposition view

“It’s another tough game,” manager Lee Bowyer said.

“They’re a good side, they’re well organised, difficult to break down and they try and play at the right times.

“Jerry Yates up top, I like him. I think he’s a good striker. His movement is very good, he can finish and he wants to run in behind.

“Their wide men are tricky, they get good deliveries into the box, they play two strikers which is something I obviously like to do, so it’s going to be tough.

“Whenever teams come up from League One, the other teams underestimate them and I know that from the side I brought up before (Charlton Athletic).

“But they’re a good side. They finished four or five places before whoever just stayed in the league last year, so there’s not much in it.

“They have good players and there’s teams in League One with good players and they score goals. There’s a lot of players playing in League One that should be playing in the Championship.

“But they choose to stay in League One because of the wages they get there.

“They’re a good side, Blackpool. Their manager has done well, he tries to play a certain way and he’s put a good group together with some experience and some youth.”

Pool’s predicted line-up (442): Grimshaw, Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Husband, James, Dougall, Wintle, Mitchell, Anderson, Lavery, Madine

 

 

Birmingham City v Blackpool: Team news, predicted line-up and pre-match quotes from Neil Critchley

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Blackpool head to the second city this weekend looking to claim their first win in five.

 

The Seasiders held high-flying West Brom to a goalless draw on Tuesday night, picking up a point for the third game running.

It leaves Neil Critchley’s men in 11th place in the Championship and four points adrift of the top six.

This weekend’s opponents Birmingham City, meanwhile, languish in 17th, having lost two of their last three.

Lee Bowyer’s men stopped the rot in midweek with a draw against neighbours Coventry City, who sit in a play-off place.

The Blues have won three of their nine home games this season, drawing twice and losing the other four.

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Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer

There’s an outside chance Richard Keogh could come back into contention for Blackpool tomorrow.

The defender has missed Blackpool’s last few games with a calf injury he sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

The 35-year-old was due to return to full training yesterday though, giving him a slim chance of appearing in this weekend’s trip to Birmingham City.

Reece James (back) and Gary Madine (ankle) suffered knocks during Tuesday night’s goalless draw against West Brom, but they’re not thought to be too serious.

Elsewhere, Chris Maxwell (quad), Richard Keogh (calf), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL) and Grant Ward (achilles) are all sidelined.

Birmingham, meanwhile, are also expected to be without a host of first-team players.

Both Ryan Woods and Gary Gardner are suspended following recent red cards, while Marcel Oakley, Maxime Colin, George Friend, Jordan Graham, Tahith Chong and Kristian Pedersen are all out injured.

Neil Critchley’s pre-match comments

“Our form away from home is good. It’s not too dissimilar to our home record. We try to be the same team home and away and approach each game the same.

“Our away record has been slightly better, but if you asked me why I wouldn’t be able to give you the answer because our approach is the same. Perhaps it’s how the opposition approach the game being at home.

“We go to Birmingham full of confidence off the back of a good result away from home at Swansea, which is another tough place to go.

“We’ll have to think carefully about what team we pick and the formation for this game.

“They’re a physical team who get the ball quickly and get the ball into the box a lot.

“It’s a team full of men, full of experience but they’ve got some quality in the right areas of the pitch.

“At home, I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce back from the run of results they’ve had.

“The league table is so tight they’ll be thinking if they win this game they can kickstart and jump back up the table.

“It’s another tough game away from home against a big club.”

Opposition view

“It’s another tough game,” manager Lee Bowyer said.

“They’re a good side, they’re well organised, difficult to break down and they try and play at the right times.

“Jerry Yates up top, I like him. I think he’s a good striker. His movement is very good, he can finish and he wants to run in behind.

“Their wide men are tricky, they get good deliveries into the box, they play two strikers which is something I obviously like to do, so it’s going to be tough.

“Whenever teams come up from League One, the other teams underestimate them and I know that from the side I brought up before (Charlton Athletic).

“But they’re a good side. They finished four or five places before whoever just stayed in the league last year, so there’s not much in it.

“They have good players and there’s teams in League One with good players and they score goals. There’s a lot of players playing in League One that should be playing in the Championship.

“But they choose to stay in League One because of the wages they get there.

“They’re a good side, Blackpool. Their manager has done well, he tries to play a certain way and he’s put a good group together with some experience and some youth.”

Pool’s predicted line-up (442): Grimshaw, Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Husband, James, Dougall, Wintle, Mitchell, Anderson, Lavery, Madine

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Arwen in Blackpool: Friday’s hour-by-hour weather forecast as Fylde Coast braces for gale force winds

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A yellow weather warning is in place for Lancashire today (Friday, November 26) with Storm Arwen expected to bring gales of up to 65mph to Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

 

The storm is forecast to bring a weekend of very strong winds and cold weather to the UK, with Blackpool braced for a particularly blustery Friday.

There might be some sunny spells in the morning, but the Met Office says it will be mostly wet and windy throughout the day, with blustery showers and strong gusts later on.

Gale force winds are likely, says the forecaster, with the wildest winds expected between 4pm and 8pm, when gusts of up to 65mph could sweep along the coast.

The Christmas skating rink on the Tower Festival Headland has confirmed it will stay shut this Friday evening due to the high winds, say organisers.

Met Office Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds and it will likely bring gusts of up to 65mph in some coastal areas.

“It brings with it the risk of disruption to travel, power cuts and potential damage, especially within the amber area and near the coasts, where large waves could see material thrown on to coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.”

A yellow weather warning is in place for Lancashire today (Friday, November 26) with gale force winds forecast for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast in the afternoon and evening

A yellow weather warning is in place for Lancashire today (Friday, November 26) with gale force winds forecast for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast in the afternoon and evening

Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for Blackpool and Fylde today (Friday, November 26) from 9am to midnight…

9am – Strong winds and light rain showers / 8°C (feels like 5°C) and 32% chance of rain

10am – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 8°C (feels like 5°C) and 16% chance of rain

11am – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 8°C (feels like 5°C) and 13% chance of rain

Storm Arwen is forecast to bring a weekend of very strong winds and cold weather to the UK, with Blackpool braced for a particularly wet and blustery Friday (November 26)

Storm Arwen is forecast to bring a weekend of very strong winds and cold weather to the UK, with Blackpool braced for a particularly wet and blustery Friday (November 26)

12pm – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 8°C (feels like 5°C) and 8% chance of rain

1pm – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 8°C (feels like 4°C) and 3% chance of rain

2pm – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 8°C (feels like 3°C) and 1% chance of rain

3pm – Strong winds and sunny intervals / 7°C (feels like 3°C) and 1% chance of rain

4pm – Gusty winds and partly cloudy / 7°C (feels like 2°C) and 2% chance of rain

5pm – Gusty winds and partly cloudy / 6°C (feels like 2°C) and 5% chance of rain

6pm – Gusty winds and partly cloudy / 6°C (feels like 2°C) and 12% chance of rain

7pm – Gusty winds and partly cloudy / 6°C (feels like 1°C) and 23% chance of rain

8pm – Strong winds and light rain showers / 6°C (feels like 1°C) and 34% chance of rain

9pm – Strong winds and light rain showers 6°C (feels like 1°C) and 44% chance of rain

10pm – Strong winds and light rain showers 6°C (feels like 1°C) and 55% chance of rain

11pm – Strong winds and light rain showers 5°C (feels like 0°C) and 64% chance of rain

12am – Strong winds and light rain showers 5°C (feels like -1°C) and 64% chance of rain

 

 

Blackpool developer won’t give up plan to demolish Woolworth’s for car park

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The building on Bond Street was also occupied by Hartes for 25 years

 

The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road
The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road

A developer is appealing against a council decision preventing him from bulldozing a former Woolworth’s store in Blackpool to replace it with a car park.

Howard Plant was refused permission for the scheme to demolish the building on Bond Street in South Shore, which was occupied by Hartes for 25 years until it closed down in January 2019.

The property, which is locally listed, is in a poor state of repair – which Mr Plant says was already the case when he and his business partner bought the site two years ago.

They want to redevelop the land to provide a 43-space car park which they say will serve nearby businesses and boost trade in the neighbourhood.

Their application was turned down by town hall planners because bats are believed to be nesting there, rather than because of the building’s locally listed status.

A decision notice says approval was not given because “the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the method of demolition proposed would adequately safeguard protected species and so prior approval must be refused.”

An appeal has now been lodged with the planning inspectorate and will be determined by an independent planning inspector.

 

 

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley backs opponents Birmingham City to beat injury crisis

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Neil Critchley believes Birmingham City are more than capable of coping with their current injury crisis.

 

Lee Bowyer could be without as many as eight players for Saturday’s encounter at St Andrew’s, six through injury and two suspended as a result of recent red cards.

Ryan Woods was dismissed in midweek during the Blues’ goalless draw against high-flying neighbours Coventry City, which came on the back of two straight defeats.

Lee Bowyer could be without eight players when his Birmingham side face Blackpool on Saturday

Lee Bowyer could be without eight players when his Birmingham side face Blackpool on Saturday

With Gary Gardner also suspended and Marcel Oakley, Maxime Colin, George Friend, Jordan Graham, Tahith Chong and Kristian Pedersen all likely to miss out through injury, Bowyer will be short on options this weekend.

Critchley thinks they will be able to cope, telling The Gazette: “They’ve got a good squad of players.

“You look at their team, their experience and the profile of players they’ve got, they’re a good team irrespective of who they’ve got on the pitch.

“Injuries are part and parcel of football, we’ve got a few ourselves, but at the start of the season and as you go on you prepare for the future and you think about the make-up of the squad and are you preparing for the what-ifs?

“We’ve got more than a couple of injuries ourselves at the minute and it’s not affected us, so it’s about how you deal with those moments inwardly as a group that can make the difference.”

Chris Maxwell (quad), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL) and Grant Ward (Achilles) are all sidelined for the Seasiders.

Richard Keogh, meanwhile, has only just returned to training after a spell out with a calf injury.

Whoever takes to the pitch for the Seasiders will need to be primed for another tough battle, similar to the game against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.

“They’re a physical team who get the ball forward quickly and get the ball into the box a lot,” Critchley said.

“It’s a team full of men, full of experience, but they’ve got some quality in the right areas of the pitch.

“At home, I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce back from the run of results they’ve had.”

 

 

The ‘must visit’ Blackpool Indian restaurant with award-winning chef that could be crowned best in UK

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The owner of Baby Kingfisher was recently crowned Chef of the Year in both the Asian Curry Awards and in the National Curry Association competition

 

The buttered chicken dish at Baby Kingfisher restaurant in Blackpool
The buttered chicken dish at Baby Kingfisher restaurant in Blackpool

A renowned Blackpool curry house which has rave reviews has been shortlisted for a major national culinary award.

Baby Kingfisher restaurant in Blackpool has made the shortlist of the prestigious 11th Asian Curry Awards 2021 in association with Just Eat.

The celebrated awards are due to take place tomorrow (Sunday, November 21) from 6pm at the Grosvenor House in London.

Yet the popular restaurant, situated on Highfield Road, has already notched up accolades after its owner was recently crowned Chef of the Year in the Asian Curry Awards in Manchester in August, and bagged the National Curry Association’s ‘Chef of the Year’ award in London.

Owner Mohammed Iftekher Hussain, 47, said he was ‘very happy’ with being shortlisted for the latest award.

Baby Kingfisher owner Mohammed Iftekher Hussain (right) pictured with his sons, Ayaan Zaffar Hussain (centre) and Khamran Hussain (left)
Baby Kingfisher owner Mohammed Iftekher Hussain (right) pictured with his sons, Ayaan Zaffar Hussain (centre) and Khamran Hussain (left)

He said: “As a business, I always try to improve, and as long as you’re moving forward with small steps, that’s a good thing.

“We have been here for five years. I was born into restaurants and I literally lived above a restaurant. I’m very happy – what can I say?”

Renowned for its succulent Indian dishes and mouthwatering delicacies, Baby Kingfisher’s staff boasts more than six decades of experience in the Indian catering industry.

With invaluable expertise and a perfect understanding of how to create unique dishes, the team uses the freshest and the finest ingredients.

And they offer a host of deliciously rich and diverse dishes that have attracted praise and rave reviews.

Their mouthwatering array of dishes include traditional favourites such as chicken tikka and rogan josh as well as hotter offerings such as vindaloo and madras.

Their heavenly-looking list of side dishes includes saag aloo, made of spinach and potatoes, mushroom bhaji, mango and popadom chutney and spiced papadoms.

Meanwhile, their takeaway and online menu also offers a host of succulent, spicy dishes, from seafood specials to retro food and traditional, Indian dishes.

Baby Kingfisher in Blackpool
Baby Kingfisher in Blackpool

Topping their list of delicious looking chutneys are mango, onion, mint sauce, lime pickle and chilli sauce, to name but a few.

It may come as no surprise to discover that the award winning, culinary expertise of this renowned Indian eatery has attracted heaps of praise on Trip Advisor, where It notched up a rating of 4/5.

A reviewer named ‘Phillip B’ was full of praise, stating: “Best Indian ever beautiful decor fantastic service and the food amazing the best Indian food I’ve ever had massive menu the food was absolutely brilliant.”

Similarly, Vijayk195 said: “We are from Leicester, curry capital. Enjoyed all the dishes made – superb; it beats 5 star. One has to go and try the food at Baby Kingfisher to understand what I am saying. It’s a must visit restaurant – will surely be making a trip to Blackpool again soon just to enjoy the cuisines at this place.”

Meanwhile, a reviewer called ‘sctd421’ said: “Stumbled across this lovely restaurant whilst researching places online. It isn’t in the centre of town but still fairly easy to access. It is one of the best Indian meals I’ve had, excellent quality food, which was very delicious, the service was also excellent too, I would certainly return and would highly recommend.”

The 11th Asian Curry Awards are open to professional chefs working in Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.

Organised by the Asian Curry Foundation, The 11th Asian Curry Awards will take place on November 21 from 6pm at Grosvenor House in Mayfair in London.

 

 

Couple call for Blackpool’s Norbreck Castle Hotel to be ‘condemned’ after stay with dead flies and hair in bath

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The guests at the Britannia Hotel owned venue complained of ‘grim’ and ‘dirty’ conditions as well as wind whistling through ‘taped up’ windows

 

Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool (Image: Google)

A couple have called for a Blackpool hotel to be “condemned” in a scathing review.

The pair stayed at Norbreck Castle earlier this month after being transferred there from a sister hotel at the last minute.

They claimed this was due their rooms being ‘overbooked’ at the hotel they had originally selected – which they say were secured three months prior to arrival.

On the journey to the hotel, on Queens Promenade, the pair claimed that ‘even the taxi drivers and locals we spoke to took pity on us’.

Dead flies on windowsills and in lights, hairs in the bath, dirt and dust were just some of the things they complained about.

They claimed that they had issues sleeping as the wind whistled through the ‘taped up’ windows during the night – as well as hearing conversations of other guests.

Overall, they described the hotel as a ‘health hazard’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’.

They took to review website, TripAdvisor, to share their experience.

The hallway of the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
The hallway of the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive)

A review, titled ‘this hotel should be condemned’, said: “Absolutely shocking hotel!

“We had the misfortune of being transferred here from a sister hotel in the group as they had overbooked our rooms (that we booked 3 months prior). Even the taxi drivers and locals we spoke to took pity on us as soon as we mentioned this awful hotel.

“I have never stayed in such a run down, dirty, grim place! No towels in rooms, dirt and dust everywhere, dead flies on the sills and in the lights, hairs in the bath, disinterested scruffy staff, squeaky beds, dated, dilapidated furniture.

“The collection of glasses left on the hallway floor on check in were still there at check out.

“The wind whistling through the taped up windows alongside the clearly audible conversations from other guests’ rooms ensured minimal sleep and the mould and damp on the walls are a complete health hazard! Absolute disgrace.

“Would not have eaten here if you’d paid me… and judging by the number guests eating from pizza boxes in the grim, silent (except for the bingo caller who sounded like he was half asleep), atmosphereless cash only bar area, neither would most people!

“If [you] have any standards, dignity and/or self respect, avoid at all costs!”

Norbreck Castle Hotel is owned by Britannia. LancsLive approached Britannia Hotels for comment.

 

 

The bargain Blackpool hotels you can stay in for under £50 a night

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If you’re looking for a bargain and a place to crash while you’re seeing the sights, then here are some of the cheapest room rates in Blackpool

Renters could find a haven in Blackpool where the average rent for rooms is below £400.

There are some bargains on offer in Blackpool this month (Image: Getty)

So much is going on in Blackpool at the moment with Christmas festivities running all the way through until January 3.

Blackpool’s Tower Headland has been transformed in the first event of its kind – complete with the Illuminations as a backdrop.

The much-loved Blackpool Tower is coming alive each evening with Frost Fairies which is a newly-created 3D light projection show.

Known for its theatre and entertainment, there are always shows and performances on at the likes of Blackpool Winter Gardens and Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Or, you may just want to sample the town’s lively nightlife.

Luckily, Blackpool has hundreds of B&Bs and guesthouses to choose from.

There are currently several hotels that have room rates that are ridiculously cheap if you need somewhere to crash while you’re away seeing the sights.

Here at LancsLive, we took a rooms that can booked next weekend (Saturday 27th November) for under £50.

Tres Bon Hotel

The Tres Bon Hotel on Trafalgar Road, Blackpool
The Tres Bon Hotel on Trafalgar Road, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

Tres Bon Hotel is located on Trafalgar Road close to Blackpool Promenade Beach and Coral Island.

The guest house features family rooms, a bar and is non smoking throughout.

All rooms are equipped with a kettle and every room has a shared bathroom with a bath.

A full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

No parking or Wifi is currently available.

A stay on Saturday 27th November will set you back just £34 for a standard double room with shared bathroom.

Coco Beach Hotel

Coco Beach Hotel on Lonsdale Road, Blackpool
Coco Beach Hotel on Lonsdale Road, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

Coco Beach hotel on Lonsdale Road is a beach front hotel located 150 yards from Blackpool Football Club and 350 yards from the sea front.

The establishment is a family run business and the rooms are located over two floors.

Each room feature tea/coffee making facilities as well as a TV with Freeview channels.

There is a shared lounge and a games room with a pool table free of charge.

Public parking is possible at a location nearby and costs £12 per day. Reservation is not possible.

The property enjoys a private check in/check out area and designated smoking area.

No internet access is available.

A stay for one night on Saturday 27th November costs just £36.

The New Alvon Hotel

The New Alvon Hotel on Coronation Street, Blackpool
The New Alvon Hotel on Coronation Street, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

In an excellent location in central Blackpool, The New Alvon Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the Blackpool Tower and Houndshill Shopping Centre.

The guest house has free WiFi in most rooms and serves a full English breakfast each morning with evening meals provided at an additional cost.

Each room has a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and tea and coffee facilities with each having the use of an en suite or shared bathroom.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.7 for a two-person trip.

There is a shared lounge/ TV area and the establishment is non smoking throughout.

A night next weekend for a budget twin room is £40.

My Roomz Hollingdales Hotel

My Roomz Hollingsdale Hotel on Tyldesley Road, Blackpool
My Roomz Hollingsdale Hotel on Tyldesley Road, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

Right in the heart of Blackpool, My Roomz Hollingdales Hotel is on Tyldesley Road within 0.9 miles of Blackpool Promenade Beach and less than 0.6 miles of Coral Island.

The hotel has a bar, shared lounge and free wi-fi.

All rooms are non smoking and there are family rooms available.

There is currently no onsite parking.

A stay on Saturday 27th November will set you back just £42 for a standard twin room

Orchid Hotel

The Orchid Hotel on Palantine Road, Blackpool
The Orchid Hotel on Palantine Road, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

The Orchid Hotel on Palatine Road is just 1.2 miles off Blackpool Promenade Beach and 650 yards from Coral Island.

The guest house offers accommodation with a garden and there is free Wifi throughout the property.

Every room includes a shared bathroom and there are family rooms available.

On site parking is not available.

It’s just £44 to stay on Saturday 27th November in a double room with shared bathroom.

Northern Pearl Hotel

Northern Pearl Hotel, Blackpool
Northern Pearl Hotel, Blackpool (Image: Booking.com)

Northern Pearl Hotel is just 100 yards away from the beach on North Shore.

It is also just 0.9 miles from North Pier and one mile from Blackpool Winter Gardens Theatre.

Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and come with a private bathroom and bed linen.

All rooms are non smoking and the property’s upper floors are only accessible by stairs only.

Street parking is available and there is a private check in/checkout area, however no internet access is available.

A stay at the Orchid Hotel on Saturday 27th November will cost just £44.