Blackpool gang arrested after drugs and quantity of cash seized

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Three men were arrested after cannabis and a quantity of cash was seized in Blackpool.

 

Officers investigating the activities of organised criminal gangs in the town stopped a Vauxhall Vivaro van at around 1am today (December 1).

After finding equipment used in the cultivation of cannabis inside the vehicle, police conducted further investigations and attended a property in Ormond Avenue.

A number of cannabis plants and a quantity of cash was seized once officers gained entry to the address.

Three men were arrested after cannabis and cash was seized in Ormond Avenue, Blackpool

Three men were arrested after cannabis and cash was seized in Ormond Avenue, Blackpool

Three men from Blackpool – aged 32, 32 and 29 – were subsequently arrested on suspicion of money laundering and an offence under the Immigration Act.

They all remain in custody at this time.

 

 

Petrol near me: The cheapest places to buy fuel in Blackpool today, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Texaco and Esso station prices ranked

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These are the cheapest places to buy fuel in Blackpool as prices hit record highs.

 

The Government has authorised British oil companies to release up to 1.5 million barrels from their strategic reserves to ease pressure on energy prices, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that it was part of a co-ordinated international move by major energy users, led by the United States – which is releasing 50 million barrels.

Here is a round up of the cheapest places to buy fuel in and around Blackpool according to petrolprices.com (Wednesday, December 1, 2021).

These are the cheapest places to buy fuel in Blackpool as prices hit record highs.

These are the cheapest places to buy fuel in Blackpool as prices hit record highs.

ASDA | CHERRY TREE ROAD, FY4 4PF | Unleaded 145.7p (28/11/21) | Diesel 148.7p (28/11/21)

MORRISONS | SQUIRES GATE LANE, FY4 2AY | Unleaded 145.7p (28/11/21) | Diesel 148.7p (28/11/21)

SHELL | PRESTON NEW ROAD, FY3 9TN | Unleaded 146.9p (28/11/21) | Diesel 149.9p (24/11/21)

TESCO BLACKPOOL CLIFTON EXTRA | CLIFTON ROAD, FY4 4UJ | Unleaded 146.9p (24/11/21) | Diesel 149.9p (24/11/21)

TESCO MARTON BLACKPOOL EXPRESS | WHITEGATE DRIVE, FY3 9JW | Unleaded 147.9p (24/11/21) | Diesel 150.9p (24/11/21)

ESSO PRESTON NEW ROAD | PRESTON NEW ROAD, FY4 4XQ | Unleaded 147.9p (24/11/21) | Diesel 149.9p (25/11/21)

ESSO CENTRAL DRIVE | CENTRAL DRIVE, FY1 5HZ | Unleaded 148.9p (23/11/21) | Diesel 151.9p (24/11/21)

ESSO DEVONSHIRE ROAD | DEVONSHIRE ROAD, FY2 0AJ | Unleaded 148.9p (24/11/21) | Diesel 151.9p (25/11/21)

ESSO YEADON WAY | YEADON WAY, FY1 6BF | Unleaded 148.9p (26/11/21) | Diesel 151.9p (26/11/21)

 

 

Former Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn says he ‘can still represent residents’ despite moving nearly 300 miles away

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Blackpool’s former council leader says he can still represent residents in the town despite moving nearly 300 miles away to Devon.

 

Coun Simon Blackburn announced in March he would step down from politics and relinquish his Brunswick seat at the next local elections in May 2023, and has since relocated to the West Country.

The national Labour party had suspended him in June 2020 following a ‘serious allegation’, which was never publicly revealed.

A year-long investigation by the party was dropped once Coun Blackburn left Labour when his membership lapsed in April.

Coun Simon Blackburn

Coun Simon Blackburn

Now questions have been raised about his ability to represent his ward from 280 miles away in Devon, for which he receives the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,480 a year.

Fellow Brunswick councillor Gary Coleman, who is now an Independent after his own fall-out with Labour, said: “I have no doubt that if any other (opposition) councillor had moved to Devon, Coun Blackburn would have been saying how ridiculous the situation was.

“It seems hard to imagine he will be making weekly 560 mile round trips back to Blackpool for council and ward business during the next 18 months, especially when he has publicly stated he is buying a home in the West Country and pursuing new career and business interests.

“I think the whole situation is not just embarrassing for Coun Blackburn and his friends in the Labour group, but it is also sad he lives closer to Guernsey, Jersey and France than he does to the residents of Brunswick ward who elected him.”

Coun Coleman said a by-election could have taken place in Brunswick at the same time as other by-elections were held in Blackpool in May, but it suited the Labour group politically for Coun Blackburn to remain on the council.

After his Labour membership lapsed, Coun Blackburn opted to become a non-aligned Independent member on the council.

The move meant Labour lost overall control of the council – but Coun Blackburn has continued to support his former party in the council chamber.

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservative group on the council, said: “I’m not sure how anyone can effectively represent the people who voted for them when they are living nearly 300 miles away.

“Coun Blackburn is now an independent councillor ,receiving a councillor’s allowance from Blackpool Council.

“It’s up to the people of Brunswick ward to decide as to whether or not they are getting adequate support and representation from one of their councillors and if they are happy with this long distance arrangement. “

But Coun Blackburn said he was able to continue representing his constituents and he regularly travelled to Blackpool.

He said: “I’m proud of my 100 per cent attendance at council meetings, and intend to keep that up.

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that most tasks can be done via email, phone and video conferencing, and that’s largely how I’ve done my Brunswick casework for many years anyway.

“The residents of Brunswick, who voted for me, will continue to be fully and robustly represented by me, as they have been since 2007, until the next election in May 2023.”

He said when he announced his decision to step down from the council he had “made it clear that we had bought our dream home in the West Country.”

He added: “My children live in Blackpool, my parents in the Ribble Valley, and my partner and I have family in Birmingham and Shropshire.

“One of the joys of being almost entirely retired, is that we can split our time between all of those places as and when required. ”

The Labour group on Blackpool Council did not respond to a request for a comment.

Coun Blackburn currently has a 100 per cent attendance record having attended meetings of the full council in September and November. He is not a member of any committees.

 

 

Car trouble brings out kindness writes Andy Mitchell

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This week I want to tell you about a random act of kindness (well TWO actually) to warm the heart as we embark on the festive season.

 

Now you may know I have to travel quite a bit further to read the news on the radio these days, those halcyon years of dashing to Mowbray Drive and doing battle with Carleton Crossing now just a distant memory.

Mrs M has invested in a little car to get to work, so as any good husband would do, I borrowed that one so as not to run down the petrol in my own.

The car broke down on Amounderness Way (pictured), and there I was, as an out of condition 58 year old, attempting to push the smallest of cars around the roundabout, and making a right mess of it.

Andy Mitchell was stranded when car broke down

Andy Mitchell was stranded when car broke down

Enter stage left, a gladiator clad in a Fleetwood Town hoodie. “want some help mate?”

I glanced round and was never so grateful to see this man mountain grinning from ear to ear and ready to help me push the car into a side street. In a flash he was gone, but I couldn’t have thanked him enough.

Just as we got the car to its resting place, another voice shouted across “do you need a lift anywhere?!” It was a young mum unloading shopping from her car. “Oh that would be so kind of you..yes please!” I replied.

It turns out my second saviour was a delightful lady by the name of Natalie. “Ah I know your voice don’t I?!” she said. We had a delightful chat as Natalie drove me home to get my own car and then head off to work.

These two random acts of kindness in troubled times shone out like a beacon on a snowy Sunday afternoon, and I can’t thank both people enough.

It just made me think that however uncertain our times are at the moment, and heaven knows we’ve all been through more than enough in the last two years, instant human caring, just when it’s needed can make everything ok again.

So, thank you to Natalie near Freeport in Fleetwood, and our unnamed muscle man in the Fleetwood Town hoodie. Random acts of kindness like that are worth their weight in gold.

 

 

Lancashire haulage group launches drive to go electric

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A Blackpool haulier is doing its bit to combat climate change, but starting the process to cut emissions by using electric powered trucks.

 

Fox Group said it has placed a landmark order which is expected to see it become the first tipper operator in the UK to begin the transition from diesel to electric vehicles.

It is to buy two Volvo FE Electric 6×2 tippers, from North West-based Thomas Hardie Commercials.

The new trucks are expected to enter service in March next year and will be used for local operations in mainly urban areas – taking maximum advantage of their ability to operate both quietly and cleanly.

One of the new Volvo trucks  to be bought by Fox Group

One of the new Volvo trucks to be bought by Fox Group

Paul Fox, managing director of family-run Fox Group, said: “Placing this order marks the start of the electrification of our fleet. We believe we are the first company in the UK to invest in electric tippers – and one of the first in Europe.

“We are strongly committed to playing our part in the UK’s push to reach net zero and we will be making more of our fleet electric in the future.

“This milestone is just the beginning of the journey, and we believe if the country is serious about substantially reducing carbon emissions, the construction sector needs to join the party – and we are proud to be playing our part and leading from the front.”

Both trucks will be built with a day cab, have Thompsons tipper bodywork, hydraulically-steered rear axle and plated at 27-tonnes; with the additional one-tonne allowance helping to compensate for the additional weight of the vehicle’s batteries.

Charging will be carried out on-site overnight, with each full charge offering a projected range of around 150km – perfect for local urban work.

The FE Electric powertrain consists of two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox, with power being generated by an electric motor with an output of 400 kW and 850 Nm of torque. It’s a solution used by Volvo in thousands of electrified buses used worldwide.

Neil Crook, customer solutions manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, said: “Without doubt this is one of the most exciting new truck orders I’ve ever taken! Paul and the team at Fox Group recognise that the future is electric, and we can help them to start making that a reality for their business right now.

“Placing the order drives home the message that series production electric trucks are available today to help the UK meet its net zero targets.”

Thomas Hardie Commercials is supplying the trucks backed by a comprehensive Volvo Gold Contract. All scheduled maintenance will take place at the firm’s Preston dealership, where Thomas Hardie Commercials is investing in equipment necessary to maintain the new vehicles on a six-weekly maintenance schedule.

Paul Fox added: “We recognise the changes we need to make as a business won’t happen overnight but, along with introducing two electric trucks in the fleet, we are actively looking at other aspects of the business where we can reduce our carbon footprint even further.”

Based in Blackpool and operating from eight locations, Fox Group specialises in the supply and haulage of aggregates, recycled materials, muck-shift, earthworks and civil engineering projects. Fox has a fleet of more than 90 vehicles.

In 2020, Fox acquired Clive Hurt (Plant Hire) and this year JJ O’Grady, to create the largest provider of haulage and plant hire services in Lancashire, the Fox Group now has a combined 205-strong fleet of trucks and more than 400 items of plant and machinery.

 

 

Beach lessons for hundreds a big hit at Lytham’s Park View 4U

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More than 300 people  had the opportunity to learn more about the Fylde coast thanks to a project delivered by the Park View 4U Beach School team at Lytham in conjunction with Totally Rotary FY8.

 

The aim of the project was to inspire the next generation of coastline custodians, helping them to learn how to protect and maintain this important environmental habitat.

Ten sessions were delivered over almost five months to home-educated families, school groups and the public with activities including surveys along the strandline to look for evidence of marine life, identifying plants and wildlife in the sand dunes and rockpools, and looking at careers from education to conservation.

Park View 4U education manager, Julie Norman, said: “We were delighted when Totally Rotary FY8 asked us to engage with young people through Beach School and to encourage them to find out more about how they can protect this important wildlife habitat.

A Park View 4U beach school lesson about creatures on the sands

A Park View 4U beach school lesson about creatures on the sands

Record £33,000 donation to fund vital work at Lytham’s Park View 4U

“It was the biggest project we had done of its kind.

“The feedback we have received has been incredible, families who attended our rock pooling sessions said that even though it was raining, it was still the best activity they had done all summer.

“Many of the adults said they had been as engaged as the children and had a new understanding of the different habitats and wildlife along the Fylde coast.

“During our strandline survey the children discovered fascinating clues of wildlife on our shores and we also looked at careers and explored the opportunities for the children to work along our coast when they are older.

“The children voted on which job they would most like to do, invariably they wanted to work with our Beach School partners Lancashire Wildlife Trust to protect our shores.”

Pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School in St Annes were among those taking part.

Julie added: “Our final sessions were with pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School and home educated families who looked at the damage litter causes to our marine habitats and then created some incredible artwork to reflect the message from Fylde Council – ‘Leave Only Footprints’ using natural materials.”

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3, 2021

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

 

We will update this story each day with the latest from court.

Veteran punk rocker identified by his multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Veteran punk rocker Ronnie McLeod, 58, of Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, appeared in court to admit nicking £400 of car batteries from the tip in Bispham – after his seven multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes led to him being recognised on CCTV.

Stood in the dock in a black leather jacket and tartan trousers adorned with zips, he pleaded guilty and was told to pay £200 compensation.

Defending, Patrick Nelligan said: “As well as being a veteran of the punk scene, he is no stranger to recycling.”

The court was told McLeon and another man damaged a fence to get onto the site.

Blackpool man admits having 7,000 indecent images of children

Gary Allen, 38, of Empress Drive, Blackpool, admitted having almost 7,000 indecent images of children when he appeared before magistrates.

He was bailed before an appearance at Preston Crown Court in January, when he will be sentenced.

Blackpool man accused of voyeurism, harassment and a revenge porn offence

A resort man made his first appearance at court on Monday after being charged with sex offences.

Anthony Scott, 33, of Mayfair Road, is accused of voyeurism by watching a private sex act – and a revenge porn offence, namely threatening to publish footage of his alleged female victim, who he is also accused of harassing.

Scott is also accused of sending a second woman explicit photographs, stalking her by relentlessly sending her messages, and intimidating a female witness with the intention of perverting the course of justice.

Defending, Brett Chappell said his client denied all the charges.

Scott was remanded in custody by District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, and was sent for a trial at Preston Crown Court, where he is due to appear on Monday, December 20.

Neither of Scott’s alleged victims can legally be named.

Drunk electrician flattened wall

Uninsured sparky James Elliot, 36, of Peter Street, Blackpool, flattened a town centre garden wall while drink-driving, magistrates were told.

He pleaded guilty and was banned from the roads for 18 months and told to pay £622 in fines and costs.

The court was told Elliot was found in his crashed van by police.

DNA evidence traps Blackpool car thief

Brian Horan, 43, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, admitting stealing from a car after being trapped by DNA on gloves he left.

He took keys and cash worth £50 to top-up his electricity meter, the court was told.

Horan was ordered to pay £249 in fines and costs.

Drink driver was seen wandering across the road followed by a cow after ploughing through a hedge

Drunk-driver Joshua Pearman, 28, of King George Avenue, Blackpool, lost control taking a country road corner and crashed his VW into a tree, resort magistrates were told.

Witnesses saw him wander away from the wreckage in Hall Lane, St Michael’s, followed by a cow before refusing a breath test.

He was banned and fined by magistrates.

Blackpool man admits production and possession of cannabis

A cannabis grower was caught by accident – after someone mistook his telephone conversation for a domestic row.

Flat owner Todd Turner, 35, of Blackpool Road, Poulton, was caught with the class B substance and the tools needed to grow it, including a tent and heating.

His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, told Blackpool Magistrates’ Court the police bust came as a result of good fortune.

“There was no domestic,” he said.

“Just my client talking to his mother on the phone.”

Turner pleaded guilty to producing and possessing cannabis.

He was given a one-year community punishment with 25 rehabilitation days.

He must also do 60 unpaid hours’ work and pay £180 costs, magistrates ruled.

Mr Coyle added: “He has suffered mental health issues and is now writing a book about it.

“He did not supply drugs to anyone else.

Blackpool mum’s hotel disgust at ‘hole in the wall’ and freezing room

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The Henson Hotel said they don’t use misleading pictures “at all”

 

Henson Hotel
Henson Hotel (Image: Street View)

A Blackpool hotel has refuted claims that pictures being used online are “misleading” for prospective guests after clients said they experienced what they described as “disgusting” visits.

Last week, one guest said the Henson Hotel had ruined their birthday after a “shambolic stay” where they claim to have found “bogeys” on the walls.

LancsLive contacted management at the Henson Hotel who declined the opportunity to comment at the time due to a change in management, meaning they were not present for this particular stay.

Now, two more guests have shared their experiences of the hotel retrospectively, both claiming the pictures advertising the hotel are “misleading” for prospective guests.

But management at the Henson have told LancsLive that they don’t use misleading pictures “at all” and some times guests confuse images of other rooms with those that they book.

Anne Marie Baxton, from Whitehaven, stayed at the Henson Hotel for the weekend of October 22 with her daughter and grandchildren, aged five and three.

They had gone to see the Titanium Fireworks of the World Fireworks Championship in the seaside resort and Anne booked the Henson in hopes it would provide a “good experience” for her grandchildrens’ first hotel stay.

“It was very misleading,” Anne claimed. “It was very basic. There was a hole in the wall and the blinds weren’t clean.”

She did commend the “clean” towels and bed sheets, as well as the “pleasant girls” on shift, but said the list of issues found at the Henson led her to request a refund. Anne had booked two rooms for the family’s stay at a total cost of £460, with breakfast included.

Anne photographed a "hole in the wall" of her room in the Henson Hotel
Anne photographed a “hole in the wall” of her room in the Henson Hotel

In her daughter’s room, an alleged broken window was said to have left the room “freezing” with Anne saying her daughter used towels to block out the draught.

Anne said she took her complaints to the staff at reception and was asked about issues she had with the rooms, to which she said she replied: “What is right?”

She told LancsLive she found room doors “wouldn’t shut” as well as “dust, cobwebs, and something splattered” across the wallpaper. During breakfast, she claims she saw “dirty plates.”

Anne also said her daughter could not use the shower because she said it was “unclean”.

“I’m not posh, but I expect cleanliness,” Anne said. “Choosing to stay there was the biggest mistake of my life.”

After leaving the hotel, she said she “sat and cried” and her youngest daughter, who has asthma, became “poorly” and had to start using her inhalers again.

Gail Wood also stayed in the Henson, opting for a ‘corner room’ with blue-striped wallpaper at the Henson Hotel in November 2019. She paid £29.52 for a standard double room.

The bath of the ensuite in Anne's room
The bath of the ensuite in Anne’s room

Gail contacted LancsLive over the weekend following last week’s initial piece about ‘bogeys on the wall’. She said: “The photos on the website look nothing like it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Gail described the hotel then to be “three houses joined together” and said during her stay “the curtains fell down” and the “double bed was equivalent to a mattress on the floor”.

During her stay, Gail said “even a lick of paint wouldn’t have fixed it, it was the most horrific place.” Gail said that her and her husband “never” took their shoes off during their stay, aside from when they went to bed, due to the “filthy carpet”. They also said they put “towels on the bed” because of how “bad” it was.

Gail claimed the room was “dirty” and “freezing”, and also said people in the surrounding rooms were constantly “arguing”.

Like Anne, Gail said the sheets were “clean” but would have left the hotel had alternative accommodation not been booked out.

Prasad Purandare from The Henson Hotel told LancsLive that they don’t use misleading pictures “at all” and said that “at times, guests look at images of big family rooms and book a double or single room and expect the same room. However, on Booking.com each category has specific pictures of room types and they are all accurate”.

He also said: “All our mattresses are hotel grade and are changed on every two years. We also use mattress toppers on all our mattresses.”

The Henson Hotel confirmed Anne’s stay on October 22 and said: “After having spoken with the manager and cross checking with our system I can confirm that they were given room number 52 for Family 3 (double bed plus single bed) and room 23 (double bed) for Double.

“They are both en-suite rooms with central heating and come with additional electric heater too as central heating is on timer. Room 53 was refurbished in 2019 itself and room 23 was freshly painted just before we reopened in May 2021.

“We have had many happy customers who have stayed with us in those rooms and continue to do so. You can see room 53 on my Booking.com profile with dark purple wallpaper with a pic of a family and grey headboard and purple cushions. We had to take all the cushions away due to COVID and photo of the room without cushions is also there on Booking.com.”

They also confirmed Gail’s stay on October 2 (2019). They added: “You can see this room on Booking.com profile too under double room category with blue stripe wallpaper.

“As you can see from Henson profile that we have rooms with various themes/wallpapers as inherited when hotel was purchased. We are carrying out refurbishment during midweek, one room at a time where we are stripping away all the wallpapers and rooms are being painted with one theme only so all the rooms will look alike. We have also started rendering from outside the building, weather permitting, we should be able to finish by March.”

 

 

These are the incidents Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service crews have tackled on the Fylde coast this week – Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3, 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 29

– Investigation launched after car bursts into flames in Blackpool

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

One fire engine from Blackpool was called to extinguish the car in Brooklyn Avenue at around 4.30am on Monday (November 29).

Firefighters equipped with one breathing apparatus used two hose reels to douse the flames.

No injuries were reported, the fire service said.

An investigation into the cause was opened, it added.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1

– Kitchen fire in Preesall

Two fire engines from Preesall and Bispham were called to a kitchen fire at a house on Sandicroft Avenue at around 7.10pm.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a ventilation unit to extinguish the flames.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

No injuries were reported.

– Road traffic collision in Singleton

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended a two-vehicle collision in Mains Lane at around 7.40pm.

One casualty received treatment from crews before being placed in the care of ambulance personnel.

Firefighters used a trauma pack before working to make the scene safe.

They were in attendance for one and a half hours.

– One person rescued after fire breaks out in kitchen of Blackpool home

Three fire engines from Blackpool and Bispham rushed to the home in Shenstone Road shortly after 11.55pm on Wednesday (December 1).

One casualty was rescued from the building and received treatment from fire crews and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) personnel.

Firefighters equipped with four breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet and one positive pressure ventilation unit to extinguish the flames.

Crews were in attendance for around one hour, the fire service said.

An investigation into the cause of the kitchen fire was opened, it added.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

– Fire breaks out in front room of home in Thornton

Two fire engines from Bispham and Fleetwood attended the property in Mill Close at around 10.30pm on Thursday (December 2).

Firefighters equipped with two breathing apparatus used one hose reel and one positive pressure ventilation unit to extinguish the flames.

An investigation into the cause was opened, the fire service said.

Fire crews were in attendance for approximately one hour and 40 minutes.

– Fire breaks out in first floor flat in Blackpool

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended the flat in Peter Street at around 11.40pm on Thursday, December 2.

The fire involved a first floor flat approximately 5x10m in size.

Firefighters equipped with two breathing apparatus used one positive pressure ventilation unit, a hearth kit, lighting, and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the flames.

One casualty received precautionary checks.

Crews were in attendance for approximately two hours.

 

 

Veteran punk rocker Ronnie McLeod identified by his multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes during tip theft

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Stood in the dock in a black leather jacket and tartan trousers adorned with zips, he pleaded guilty and was told to pay £200 compensation.

Defending, Patrick Nelligan said: “As well as being a veteran of the punk scene, he is no stranger to recycling.”

The court was told McLeon and another man damaged a fence to get onto the site.

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Fire breaks out in first floor flat in Blackpool

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One person received “precautionary checks” after a fire broke out inside a flat in Blackpool.

 

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended the flat in Peter Street at around 11.40pm on Thursday, December 2.

The fire involved a first floor flat approximately 5x10m in size.

Firefighters equipped with two breathing apparatus used one positive pressure ventilation unit, a hearth kit, lighting, and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the flames.

One casualty received precautionary checks.

Crews were in attendance for approximately two hours.

A fire broke out in a flat in Peter Street, Blackpool

A fire broke out in a flat in Peter Street, Blackpool

‘Awful’ Blackpool flat leaves tenant’s belongings ‘covered in mould’

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Ryan Condy has shared photographs he says show mould in the flat and rubbish on the outside steps

 

The one-bedroom apartment is situated at 6 Woodfield Road
The one-bedroom apartment is situated at 6 Woodfield Road

A man from Blackpool has hit out at the condition of his former flat after claiming the place left his belongings covered in mould and only fit for the bin.

Ryan Condy had lived in a one-bedroom flat in Woodfield Road, Blackpool, from April until October where he paid £325 a month to live there.

But Ryan has hit out at his landlord and the state of the apartment, claiming the flat’s steps were left covered in rubbish and claiming there was black mould within the flat.

Ryan rented the property through Blackpool estate agent, Topping Street-based Let My Homes.

In photographs shared with LancsLive, Ryan showed the steps of the Woodfield Road flat covered in waste as well as images of the alleged mouldy carpet.

The flat, which is part of the Midway Apartments complex, previously ran as a tourist accommodation according to reviews left by guests on TripAdvisor in 2019. It is now privately let.

In a public post shared to Facebook, Ryan wrote: “Do not give [Let My Homes] your money! Awful living conditions.”

He told LancsLive that the issues began ‘as soon’ as he moved in.

Ryan said: “The issues started as soon as I moved in. The ‘refurbishment’ was awful, the floors weren’t glued down properly, toilet was leaking and when I started to clean to move out, my stuff was covered in mould.”

Rubbish left on the stairs outside of the apartment on Woodfield Road
Rubbish left on the stairs outside of the apartment on Woodfield Road

Ryan shared an image showing outdoor steps covered in rubbish. He also showed pictures claiming to be of damage to the furniture of the furnished apartment, such as significant wear on the side of the sofa.

“The agency are appalling,” he said, “They are the most unsupportive people that I have ever come across in my life.”

Ryan had signed a fixed-term contract, meaning he was obliged to remain at the property for the specified period of April through to October.

Black mould on the side of a cupboard
Black mould on the side of a cupboard

Photographs Ryan says are from inside the property at Woodfield Road show that black mould had grown on the side of a cupboard.

He says this was as well as in the bottom left corner of a window and among the bathroom pipes.

On the exterior of the building, he photographed the deterioration of the external walls.

Ryan shared a photograph of the deterioration of the apartment's external walls
Ryan shared a photograph of the deterioration of the apartment’s external walls

Ryan said that he would have “a million per cent” left the flat had he not been in a fixed-term contract.

When moving out of the property in October, Ryan said he had to throw away “£500 worth of suit jackets, towels, bedding and shoes” due to mould growth on his belongings.

Let My Homes declined to comment when contacted by LancsLive regarding Ryan’s allegations.

 

 

Blackpool ‘murder victim’ died from natural causes, tests find as inquest is cancelled

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A woman whose death sparked a murder investigation died from natural causes, it was revealed.

 

Mandy Love, who was in her 50s, was found dead in the doorway of her Clayton Crescent home in South Shore at around 10.15am on Wednesday May 5, with a 61-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of killing her.

She was later released pending further enquiries – and then without charge.

An inquest was due to be held at Blackpool Town Hall tomorrow to determine exactly how Ms Love died.

Police outside Mandy Love's bungalow in Clayton Crescent, South Shore, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Picture: The Gazette)

Police outside Mandy Love’s bungalow in Clayton Crescent, South Shore, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Picture: The Gazette)

But it was called off after tests shown the ‘death was due to natural causes and no inquest is therefore now required’, the coroner’s office told The Gazette.

A post-mortem examination conducted in the days after Ms Love’s death failed to reveal a cause, but further tests were awaited and ruled out foul play.

Police had been called to Ms Love’s bungalow home after getting a ‘concern for safety’ call.

A neighbour said she saw Ms Love, who had only recently moved in, talking on the phone outside her front door shortly before her body was found.

“She was on the phone outside,” they said.

“She went back in the house and the next thing we knew she was dead.”