‘It’s a great day’: Luton Town boss Nathan Jones delighted to dampen Blackpool’s ‘euphoria’

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Luton Town boss Nathan Jones was full of praise for his players following their 3-0 win at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.

 

Blackpool’s troubles in front of goal continued as they succumbed to a second straight defeat.

The Seasiders failed to find the back of the net for the third game running as the Hatters took the points with a goal in either half, before adding a third late on.

Critchley’s side squandered three good chances in the opening 45 minutes, only to be punished by Sonny Bradley’s header on the stroke of half-time.

Elijah Adebayo doubled the visitor’s lead shortly after the interval, but Pool still had their chances to get back in the game following a barrage of second-half pressure. But their end product was found wanting once again.

Their misery was compounded in stoppage time when the visitors added a third through the lively Jordan Clark.

The Seasiders, who are winless in their last six, have only managed to score twice during that barren run.

Luton boss Nathan Jones

Luton boss Nathan Jones

The Hatters, meanwhile, were left to celebrate their first win in five thanks to some clinical finishing.

Speaking post-match, Luton boss Nathan Jones said: “We were outstanding today.

“We defended the box superbly well. Apart from a few shots and a few scrambles, I thought we were comfortable in the first-half.

“Ironically, everything we worked on we had to do today in terms of defending, being compact, blocking shots and so on.

“It’s been apocalyptic since we’ve been up here with the wind and the rain, so we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“This is a tough place to come. They’ve beaten Blackburn here, they should have beaten QPR, so it’s tough with the way they play.

“But tactically we were spot on in terms of our pressing because we limited them to very little.

“In fairness, we could have scored more if we showed a bit more composure. But to come away here and win 3-0 with the conditions, with the euphoria and momentum they have from coming up, it’s a great day.”

 

 

Person cut out of vehicle after car involved in ‘collision with fallen tree’ in Blackpool

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A person had to be rescued from their vehicle before being rushed to hospital following a collision “involving a fallen tree” in Blackpool.

 

A car was “involved in a collision with a fallen tree” at the junction of East Park Drive and Weymouth Road at around 4.05pm today (December 4).

Three fire engines from Blackpool, South Shore and Bispham as well as the urban search and rescue team from Chorley rushed to the scene.

Firefighters used cutting and stabilising equipment to extricate one casualty from the vehicle.

They were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the fire service.

North West Ambulance Service has been approached for comment.

A car was involved in a collision with a fallen tree at the junction of East Park Drive and Weymouth Road

A car was involved in a collision with a fallen tree at the junction of East Park Drive and Weymouth Road

Neil Critchley pinpoints where Blackpool went wrong during their home humbling to Luton Town

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Neil Critchley was disappointed with Blackpool’s lack of quality in both boxes during his side’s home defeat to Luton Town.

 

Blackpool’s troubles in front of goal continued this afternoon as they succumbed to a second straight defeat.

The Seasiders failed to find the back of the net for the third game running as the Hatters took the points with a goal in either half, before adding a third late on.

Critchley’s side squandered three good chances in the opening 45 minutes, only to be punished by Sonny Bradley’s header on the stroke of half-time.

Elijah Adebayo doubled the visitor’s lead shortly after the interval, but Pool still had their chances to get back in the game following a barrage of second-half pressure. But their end product was found wanting once again.

Their misery was compounded in stoppage time when the visitors added a third through the lively Jordan Clark.

The Seasiders, who are winless in their last six, have only managed to score twice during that barren run.

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

“The game is decided in both penalty areas and we’ve not done enough in both today,” Critchley said.

“We created some good opportunities in the first-half and played some really good football.

“The keeper has pulled off some really good saves and we’ve hit the post, which was a bit of misfortune because it ricochets off the fella’s heel and rolls onto the post. If that goes in and you’re 1-0 up, maybe it’s a different game.

“The disappointment is the goals we conceded and for some really good approach play and getting into the final third in good areas, we failed.

“We need to do better at both ends of the pitch.”

Luton’s first two goals both came from deep crosses, where Blackpool’s defending was found wanting.

Chris Maxwell, meanwhile, was perhaps a little hesitant dealing with the deliveries on his return to the side after a two-month injury lay-off.

“In the first-half we were the better team,” Critchley added.

“We played some good stuff, we played with energy, we were on the front foot and built the play from the back well and got into the final third often and created some good chances.

“But you know with their height it only takes one moment. Our defending from set pieces recently has been very good. Against Birmingham and West Brom we were excellent.

“But in that one moment we didn’t deal with it and their big fella at the back post heads it in.

“In the second-half, the second goal is the real one because we’ve had enough time (to deal with it).

“The ball seemed to be in that corner from a long throw, it got cleared back out and we had enough time to deal with the situation before it was crossed back into the box and we didn’t.

“It was a great cross from the boy. They produced quality that we didn’t, because it was a great cross and a good moment for them at the back post and they put it in.

“We didn’t produce those moments and that’s why they’ve won the game and we haven’t.”

 

 

Lytham St Annes hospital’s invaluable cancer care centre opens

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The Holistic Needs Assessment clinic has been launched at Clifton Hospital

 

The clinic is ran by Macmillan Skin Cancer co-ordinator, Michelle Forsyth
The clinic is ran by Macmillan Skin Cancer co-ordinator, Michelle Forsyth

A new clinic proving invaluable to cancer patients has been set up in a St Annes hospital.

The Holistic Needs Assessment clinic has been launched at Clifton Hospital.

It is set up to support anyone who has had a skin cancer diagnosis and may need additional help and advice in the aftermath of what can be very shocking news.

The clinic is ran by Macmillan Skin Cancer co-ordinator, Michelle Forsyth.

She said: “Once someone has been dealt with a cancer diagnosis, they very often don’t take in much information, so this clinic acts as a safety net.

“I contact the patient and speak to them or their carer to talk through the next steps and explain anything they may not have understood at first.

“I can also help with other issues such as transport to and from appointments, referrals to other services and practical help such as arranging a falls button.

“It has gone really well so far and patients are finding their treatment journeys a little easier.”

On receiving a cancer diagnosis, usually only 20% of the information given following this is retained by a patient. Because of this, Michelle contacts the patient by phone, Microsoft Teams or by letter, depending on what technology the patient has access to, and talks through the next steps.

The clinic has proved so popular that it is now filled up until the New Year.

One recent carer, Anne, from Cleveleys, finds the service invaluable.

She said: “Both my husband and I are 80 years-old and it can be quite an anxious time as I am looking after my husband Tom who has squamous cell carcinoma on his scalp.

“It can be hard to keep track of appointments at different places, especially when you are under emotional pressure, but Michelle helps with any questions and I know she will get back to me and do everything she can to help.

“Michelle knows how emotional it can be in our situation and understands completely. She puts my mind at rest knowing she genuinely cares and that she is always there when I need her.”

Michelle added: “Having this patient-focussed service has really helped so many of our patients and I am really proud that it makes a very difficult time a little easier.”

 

 

Blackpool 0-3 Luton Town: Troubles in front of goal continue as Seasiders succumb to second straight defeat

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Blackpool’s troubles in front of goal continued as they succumbed to a second straight defeat.

 

The Seasiders failed to find the back of the net for the third game running as the Hatters took the points with a goal in either half.

Neil Critchley’s side squandered three good chances in the opening 45 minutes, only to be punished by Sonny Bradley’s header on the stroke of half-time.

Elijah Adebayo doubled the visitor’s lead shortly after the interval, but Pool still had their chances to get back in the game following a barrage of second-half pressure. But their end product was found wanting once again.

Their misery was compounded in stoppage time when the visitors added a third through the lively Jordan Clark.

The Seasiders, who are winless in their last six, have only managed to score twice during that barren run.

It sees the tangerines drop down into the bottom half of the table to 15th.
The Seasiders have scored just twice in their last six games

The Seasiders have scored just twice in their last six games

The Seasiders were given a major boost for today’s game with the re-emergence of number one keeper and club captain Chris Maxwell.

The 31-year-old, who has been sidelined for two months with a torn quadricep, replaced Dan Grimshaw in goal for the Seasiders.

It was one of three changes from last weekend’s setback at St Andrew’s, with Ryan Wintle and Jerry Yates also returning to the fold.

It saw Callum Connolly and Gary Madine drop down to the substitute’s bench.

There was a further fitness boost with the return of Richard Keogh to the Blackpool bench after an injury lay-off with a calf strain.

But Oliver Casey (ankle), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL) and Grant Ward all remain sidelined.

The likes of Daniel Gretarsson, CJ Hamilton, Tyreece John-Jules and Gary Madine were not involved.

Luton, who had picked up just one point from their last four games heading into this, made a bright start to proceedings.

Jordan Clark was involved in their early pressure, thwarted by James Husband in the eighth minute before seeing another shot deflect just wide a moment later.

Just prior to that in the sixth minute, all four stands took to their feet to break out in applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, following the youngster’s tragic death.

The Hatters continued to look the more likely to score early on and they almost did exactly that in the 16th minute when they broke at speed after a Blackpool attack came to nothing.

They picked out the imposing Elijah Adebayo, who thought he had done enough to beat Chris Maxwell at his near post only for his low drive to crash into the side netting.

For all of Luton’s bright early play, it was Blackpool who came closest to scoring when Demetri Mitchell came inches away from breaking the deadlock.

The winger surged into the box to meet Reece James’ dangerous drive across the face of

goal, poking the ball towards the opposite corner only to be denied by the foot of the post.

Mitchell was involved in the thick of the action once again a few minutes later following a deep Owen Dale cross.

Dale’s delivery was headed back into the danger area by Dujon Sterling towards Mitchell, who was crowded out by two or three Luton men before he could scramble the ball home.

Shea came to Luton’s aid in the 28th minute to superbly tip Ryan Wintle’s 25-yard piledriver over the bar as the hosts continued to pile on the pressure.

Pool were denied by Shea once again as the shot stopper reacted well to turn Dale’s close-range header around the post after a deflected cross swirled around in the blustery wind.

For all of Blackpool’s good work, a goal escaped them as has so often been the case in recent weeks.

As we know, teams in the Championship punish you if you’re not clinical in front of goal and that’s what transpired three minutes before the break.

It was a real cheap goal to concede for the Seasiders, with the returning Maxwell being caught out by a deep corner that gifted Sonny Bradley a free header – the defender nodding home off the underside of the crossbar.

Pool almost made the perfect response five minutes into the second-half when Jerry Yates sent a swerving first-time effort just over the bar.

Their resilience didn’t last a great deal longer though, as the Hatters doubled their lead just eight minutes into the second period.

It was another cheap goal to concede and one that arrived in a similar manner to the first, with a deep cross appearing to take the Seasiders by surprise again.

This time Adebayo was the man to take advantage, nodding back across goal and into the far corner.

Pool kept at it but they were crying out for some end product. On the hour-mark, Critchley turned to the bench to replace the ineffective Mitchell with Josh Bowler.

Shayne Lavery followed shortly afterwards, perhaps a bit later than expected.

The hosts were piling on the pressure at this point in a desperate attempt to get back in the game, but clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

Reece James tested Shea with a deflected effort that looped up towards goal, but once again the Luton man saved well.

A moment later, Lavery produced his first shot in anger as a clearance fell kindly for him but the Northern Irishman’s drive was blocked narrowly over.

Blackpool’s last roll of the dice off the bench was Sonny Carey, who entered the fray in place of the more defensive Kenny Dougall.

It was too little too late though for Blackpool, who failed to muster much of a fight in the dying stages.

Luton, a little frustratingly at times, saw out the game in a professional manner, winding the clock down with some clever game management.

They were rewarded with a late third, as Jordan Clark side footed past the hapless Maxwell.

The game ended in bizarre circumstances, with the stewards being given the runaround by three young fans who decided to run onto the pitch, which temporarily halted the ending of the game.

TEAMS

Blackpool: Maxwell, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Husband, James, Dougall (Carey), Wintle, Mitchell (Bowler), Anderson, Dale (Lavery), Yates

Subs not used: Grimshaw, Gabriel, Keogh, Connolly

Luton: Shea, Bree, Naismith, Bradley, Bell, Mendes-Gomes (Muskwe), Burke, Campbell, Lansbury (Mpanzu), Clark, Adebayo (Hylton)

Subs not used: Isted, Pereira, Onyedinma, Osho

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 11,366

 

 

 

Fleetwood nursery gets positive rating but downgraded from outstanding

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Toddle Inn could improve, the inspector noted, by strengthening staff interventions during small group experiences

 

Toddle Inn Nursery in Fleetwood
Toddle Inn Nursery in Fleetwood

A Fleetwood nursery has been given a ‘good’ rating across the board by Ofsted after its latest inspection.

The Toddle-Inn Nursery, on Lofthouse Way, Fleetwood, had previously been given ‘outstanding’ rating after an inspection in 2017.

Inspectors on the latest visit were positive about the nursery, which has 82 youngsters on its roll, and said there were many things it did well, including staff wellbeing and listening to the views of parents.

Although in August, Ofsted was alerted that Toddle Inn needed to improve its fire safety schedule, the watchdog was satisfied that the nursery had taken the appropriate action by the end of that month.

Ofsted issued its latest report after inspectors visited the site in October.

Inspector Charlotte Bowe noted: “The inspiring manager values her whole staff team.

“She prioritises staff’s wellbeing and provides them with access to resources, such as useful relaxation techniques and weekly motivational quotes.

“This contributes towards staff’s positive energy within the nursery.

“Staff undergo regular supervision sessions. They source a wide range of training to extend their good knowledge and skills.

“Partnerships with parents are good. Staff keep parents informed about their children’s learning and progress and share ideas with parents, such as counting everyday items and observing numbers in the environment, to build on children’s mathematical skills at home.

“The well-qualified staff place a sharp emphasis on supporting children’s communication and language development.”

The report said parents reported that staff listened to their views and took on board their aspirations for their child’s future development.

It added: “Overall, staff plan a broad range of fun and challenging experiences for children to engage in, that build on their knowledge and skills.”

Toddle Inn could improve, the inspector noted, by strengthening staff interventions during small group experiences and providing more ways for children to explore freely and lead their own learning.

The inspector stated: “During the small group tasks, staff intervene too often and hold too many discussions about a variety of different aspects.

“This results in children becoming a little overwhelmed and limits their ability to lead their own learning and concentrate fully on what they are doing.”

Toddle Inn did not wish to comment on the latest report.

 

 

‘Kind and friendly’ Blackpool pensioner killed by driver as he was crossing the road

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Matthew Jackson will be sentenced in January for causing Paul Baker’s death by careless driving

 

Paul Baker died after being struck by a car on the zebra crossing in Kincraig Road
Paul Baker died after being struck by a car on the zebra crossing in Kincraig Road (Image: Google)

A driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a pensioner by careless driving.

Paul Baker, 70, suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a grey Honda Civic driven by Matthew Jackson, 58, as Mr Baker crossed the road outside his flat in Blackpool.

Witnesses described the pensioner being thrown through the air during the collision.

Mr Baker, described by friends as ‘a Jack the lad’, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but never recovered from his injuries and died two weeks later.

Jackson denied he was driving carelessly when he struck the pedestrian in Kincraig Road on September 22, 2018.

He told police he did not see the pedestrian on the crossing, which was outside a primary school.

Witnesses said Mr Baker stepped on to the crossing without looking. But the jury found Jackson guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Mr Baker, a father-of-four, was described as a “nice, friendly person” who was well known in the community.

Jackson, of Briarwood Close, Blackpool, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on January 21 next year.

 

 

Blackpool skating rink forced to shut today due to high winds

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The skating rink on the Tower Festival Headland has been forced to close only a week after shutting due to Storm Arwen

 

The skating rink is the centrepiece of Blackpool's Christmas By The Sea village
The skating rink is the centrepiece of Blackpool’s Christmas By The Sea village

A popular outdoor ice skating rink in Blackpool has been forced to close again today (December 4) only a week after shutting because of safety fears due to Storm Arwen.

Blackpool’s Christmas By The Sea village skating rink is not open this afternoon due to ‘high winds’.

Organisers said they are monitoring the weather and will try to reopen the 40-metre long synthetic rink if the weather improves.

Visit Blackpool said in a statement: “Due to high winds, the use of the skating rink on the headland is currently suspended and it will not be able to open as planned at midday.

“We are closely monitoring the weather and will try to reopen the rink later today if conditions improve.”

The Met Office say this weekend will be wet and windy, with hail “possible” with “snow over the highest ground”.

Experts have predicted “frequent” showers and “longer periods of rain” today (Saturday), and it will feel cold in strong and blustery northwesterly winds.

There is a 90% chance of rain until 4pm today, dropping to 10% with winds easing from 6pm tonight.

Conditions are likely to ease on Sunday, but it will remain windy – with further rain expected on Monday.

Organisers confirmed last Sunday that the ice rink would reopen after taking a battering from Storm Arwen.

The popular attraction was forced to shut last Friday due to safety fears as the coastline was battered with gusts of wind of up to 80mps.

The free to use ice rink, which can hold up to 160 skaters per session, is open from Thursday to Sunday until December 27 and then daily (except Christmas Day) until January 3.

 

 

Woman ‘finds poo’ on unused loo roll at Blackpool hotel now changing management

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“It was dirty. The cups were dirty, the toilet roll was half used and had poop on it. I felt it wasn’t clean or hygienic.”

 

Garvey's Promenade Hotel, Blackpool
Garvey’s Promenade Hotel, Blackpool (Image: Google)

A hotel in Blackpool has come under fire after a series of damning reviews from guests – including allegations of faeces on an unused toilet roll.

One woman, Michelle Emmerson, said her experience staying at Garvey’s Promenade Hotel was ruined by apparent stained floors, stained mugs, smells and what she said was poo marks on an unused toilet roll.

Michelle and her husband decided a well deserved break was needed after a hard year that saw their child in hospital since May.

Having looked at the hotel website, the couple decided that Garvey’s seemed like a good spot to book for two nights while they enjoyed their time in the seaside town.

The pair booked themselves in for two nights from August 31 for £89. But after enjoying their day out they said they were left shocked after checking in.

Michelle found, what she believed to be poo stained toilet roll in her room
Michelle found, what she believed to be poo stained toilet roll in her room

Michelle said: “It’s been a stressful year so we wanted a couple of days break away but I felt so upset when we entered the reception area.

“When I entered I was taken aback by the smell. It was unwelcoming and the reception area itself was gloomy.

“We were devastated when we entered the hotel. We spent all day and night out and only went in late to go to bed and we were up early to get out.”

After checking in, with concern etched on their minds, the couple went to their room only to find conditions that worried them carried on upstairs.

Carpets around the hotel were covered in stains
Carpets around the hotel were covered in stains

Michelle says the only word she could describe the overall feel of the room was ‘dirty’.

“It was dirty. The cups were dirty, the toilet roll was half used and had poop on it. I felt it wasn’t clean or hygienic,” She said.

“The stairs were covered in food, the spindles covered in dust, carpets throughout were scruffy.”

Michelle and her husband decided that having paid nearly £90 for their stay, they would make do with that they had despite feeling disappointed.

Upon arrival, stained mugs were left to use in the room
Upon arrival, stained mugs were left to use in the room

Garvey’s has been given a 3.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor with 97 ‘terrible’ reviews left from various guests. It also has 118 ‘excellent’ reviews.

The most recent reviews give the location a ‘terrible’ rating, with one guest saying: “The horror walking up the stairs on the dirty carpets to our rooms. We were shocked as we opened the door, the smell was appalling.”

A spokesperson for Garvey’s told LancsLive it was aware of ‘some poor experiences’ with complaints ‘currently in hand’.

Floor covered in large patches of stains at the hotel
Floor covered in large patches of stains at the hotel

They also said management was changing at the hotel with actions in place to ‘rectify some issues’.

A full refurbishment is also taking place in the winter.

They said: “We are aware that some of our guests had a poor experience at the hotel and these complaints are currently in hand, each on a case by case basis.

“The hotel is undergoing a change of management and feedback has taken onboard and actions taken to rectify some of the issues they have raised.

“Nobody is perfect, we try our best to deliver a comfortable stay and quality customer service. The hotel will undertake a full refurbishment over the winter season.”

 

 

Blackpool Illuminations extended run is paying off for resort

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Early indicators show Blackpool’s decision to extend the Illuminations this year is paying off.

 

Public donations to the Lights and use of car parks have both increased, according to a council report, following the move to keep the display shining until January 3.

The report says: “Over the first two weeks of November (when the Illuminations would normally be switched off), parking patronage was almost double the level seen in the same period in 2019.

“The anecdotal evidence from accommodation businesses (both in the self-catering and serviced sectors) is that the high level of bookings over the remainder of this year has been fuelled by the extension of the Illuminations and greatly-enhanced Christmas offer.

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations

“During those first two weeks of the extended Illuminations season, there was a significant increase in public donations at the collection points at the southern and northern gateways on the Promenade

“As a result, by mid-November, the total public donations had reached more than £105,000, ahead of the previous four years.”

The total (up to November 14) is £11,000 ahead of the same time last year, and compares to £102,000 collected in 2019 and £97,000 collected in 2018 (when the Illuminations only ran until the start of November).

Evidence of recovery is supported by think tank Centre For Cities whose research measuring high street footfall shows so far this year, Blackpool has the highest level of recovery in the UK at 114 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

Work has also begun in anticipation of a £4.5m cash injection for the Illuminations being confirmed this month, according to the report going before the tourism, economy and communities scrutiny committee next Wednesday.

The funding is part of the Blackpool Town Deal with the business plan expected to secure government approval in December.

Investment will be made in new displays with talks already starting with boffins at Lancaster University about how new technology can be harnessed.

Apprentices will also be taken on and further specialist roles within the Illuminations team are being advertised.

New sponsors have also come on board this year, while the team has had commercial success supplying its expertise to other lights festivals.

It has put on Christmas displays for Chorley, Lytham, Lancaster and Morecambe and worked with the Duchy of Lancaster to light the Christmas tree in Lancaster Castle.

Future plans also include the possibiity of providing behind-the-scenes tours of the Illuminations Lightworks HQ.

 

 

Man charged with nine counts of sexual assault at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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A man has been charged with sex offences in connection with investigations related to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

 

In November 2018, police began investigating allegations of mistreatment and neglect on the hospital’s stroke unit.

Enquiries led to the identification of other offences, including the murder of a 75-year-old woman from Blackpool and alleged sexual offences against patients and staff at the hospital.

In March, a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder, two offences of rape and one offence of sexual assault. He was rearrested in connection with further offences of rape and sexual assault in July. The man was suspended by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

A man has been charged in relation to allegations connected to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A man has been charged in relation to allegations connected to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Today (Wednesday, December 1), following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Hernando Puno, 51, of Layton, Blackpool, has been charged with nine counts of sexual assault related to seven women.

The charges are alleged to have occurred at the hospital between November 2012 and March 2021.

Puno has been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on January 4, 2022.

This inquiry is not linked to the ongoing investigation into allegations of mistreatment and neglect. The murder investigation into the death of Valerie Kneale continues.

Anyone with information in connection with the investigation can contact police on 101 or report online at: https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk quoting log 0757 of December 1.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Lancashire areas could be underwater in 10 years including parts of Preston, Blackpool and Morecambe

World leaders gathered at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow at the start of this month

 

New data has revealed which areas of Lancashire could be underwater in less than a decade’s time.

A map, produced by Coastal Central, clearly outlines the parts of the county that are in danger of being permanently flooded with no going back.

It comes four weeks after world leaders gathered at the COP26 climate summit; an event that is being described as the ‘last hope’ for humanity to avoid devastation.

With extreme weather events such as flooding and forest fires, the effects of global warming have become more apparent in recent years.

One of the major impacts of global warming is the melting of ice caps and subsequent rise of sea levels – and this is something that threatens coastlines around the UK.

This is concerning as Lancashire is home to a number of bodies of water.

The parts of Lancashire that are in danger by 2030:

Preston and West Lancashire

Parts of West Lancs and Preston that could be underwater
Parts of West Lancs and Preston that could be underwater (Image: Climate Central)

Preston, West Lancashire and Southport could be badly affected if the water levels continue to rise.

The red areas on the map show where the water level is expected to rise 1.0 meters above the high tide line.

Areas underwater include Rufford, Banks, Tarleton, and the vast majority of Southport.

At Preston, Avenham Park would be submerged as well as parts of Penwortham and Walton-le-Dale.

Blackpool and Fylde

The Fylde Coast
The Fylde Coast (Image: Climate Central)

The Fylde Coast could be devastated.

The map shows vast swathes of Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, and Thornton-Cleveleys in real danger.

And starkly, all of Fleetwood could be underwater.

Large areas of the Wyre district including Pilling, Knott End and St Michael’s on Wyre.

The red areas on the map show where the water level is expected to rise 1.0 meters above the high tide line.

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay (Image: Climate Central)

Quite a lot of Morecambe Bay would also be affected, according to the predictions on the map.

Morecambe could be totally submerged along with low lying land at Lancaster along the River Lune.

Heysham would become isolated and an island in its own right.

The red areas on the map show where the water level is expected to rise 1.0 meters above the high tide line.

 

 

 

Blackpool man’s ‘Nazi scum’ rant at German neighbour after car left scratched

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Paul Darren Marr was angry when his usual parking spot was taken and his car got scratched

 

High Street, Blackpool
High Street, Blackpool

A racist thug called his German neighbour ‘Nazi scum’ and threatened to burn his face in a row over parking, a court heard.

Paul Darren Marr, 50, ranted at Norbert Letsch and said he would stab him after his car was scratched on their shared driveway.

Preston Crown Court heard today (November 30) that in June 2019 the two men lived in the same block of flats with an agreement Marr could park in front of the garage.

But on June 15, another car was parked in Marr’s usual spot so he left his car on the driveway. The following morning Marr hammered on Mr Letcsh’s front door, ranting that his car had been damaged.

He called his neighbour racist names and warned: “I will do you.”

On June 26 Mr Letsch had a visitor, who parked in front of the garage. Once again, Marr launched a racist rant, calling his neighbour a ‘German b******’, ‘German q****’ and saying he would batter Mr Letsch.

Marr went into Mr Letsch’s flat, saying “where’s that German b******? I’ll kill you”. Mr Letsch ordered him to leave but was left shocked and shaking at the intrusion.

Later that day, Marr took to Facebook, saying: “I’ve never felt hatred this bad.”

He then called his neighbour a “German c***”.

Marr, of High Street, Blackpool, was arrested on June 26 and denied using racist language, saying he had called the police about scratches to his car.

However he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment, putting a person in fear of violence and appeared at Preston Crown Court to face sentence.

Judge Richard Gioserano, sentencing, said: “You overreacted to whatever this issue was about parking. Not only did you overreact, you committed quite a serious criminal offence. You understand why the court can not tolerate any offending which is aggravated by this sort of racist language.

“It matters not whether the abuse is based on someone’s ethnic origin or country of origin. You subjected this man to this tirade over effectively nothing.”

The judge accepted there have been no further incidents since the offences in 2019 and understood Marr now has commitments caring for his partner who has significant health problems.

He handed him an 18 month community order with 20 rehabilitation days and a six month curfew from 9pm to 6am.

 

 

Is the Omicron Covid variant in Blackpool and the Fylde coast? Interactive map shows where coronavirus strain has been detected

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The are currently 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the UK, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid warning that community transmission is “likely”.

 

The number of Omicron cases confirmed in the UK so far has risen to 22, the Prime Minister has said.

Thirteen cases of the variant, which may be more infectious, have been found in England with a further nine in Scotland, Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Health chiefs fear existing vaccines could be less effective against the new mutation.

The scenes in Blackpool yesterday

The scenes in Blackpool yesterday

While there have been no confirmed cases of the new variant in Blackpool or across the Fylde coast, one case have been confirmed in the North West.

He told the press conference: “The cases that we identified at the start of the weekend, we were able to confirm quickly that they were linked to travel to South Africa. They were also part of one sort of family cluster.

“The recent cases that we’ve confirmed today, we’re not able to say whether or not, at this point … we don’t know, we’re doing that work right now at speed to determine whether they all have a link to South Africa or not.

“Is there likely to be community transmission? I think we have to be realistic, there is likely to be, as we’re seeing in other European countries.”

UK Health Security Agency chief Dr Jenny Harries updated Cabinet on Tuesday morning on the latest coronavirus developments, along with England’s chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser (CSA) Sir Patrick Vallance.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “While further time is needed to study the characteristics of this variant and with work ongoing at Porton Down to assess it, both the CMO and CSA emphasised that getting a booster vaccine was the best way to gain protection against new and existing variants.”

The Prime Minister told Cabinet that the Government had taken “decisive and proportionate action against the new variant to slow the seeding and potential spread of Omicron and that our most important defence remains vaccinations and boosting our booster programme”, the spokesman said.

Booster jabs are to be offered to all over-18s in the UK, as part of efforts to bolster the vaccination programme, with children aged 12 to 15 invited for a second jab.

 

 

Blackpool Zoo reveals plans for new Big Cat House

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Lions and tigers living at Blackpool Zoo are set to get a new home after the attraction revealed plans to build a new Big Cat House.

 

Proposals have been submitted to Blackpool Council seeking permission to partially demolish the existing enclosure at the zoo on East Park Drive and build a new single storey building with 5.3 metre high security fencing.

Design features will prioritise the welfare of the animals and the safety of the public.

The new structure would provide about 100 metres square of additional paddock space, and include a viewing area for visitors.

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Blackpool Zoo

It would be the latest major investment at the zoo since the multi-million pound Project Elephant Base Camp opened in March 2018.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The proposed development comprises the demolition of the existing big cats building, a larger and improved replacement building and an increase in the size of the associated paddocks.

“The proposal is part of an ongoing investment in the zoo to improve facilities for the animals in line with current standards for animal welfare in zoos.

“The location of the new building is set by the requirement to be central to the paddocks either side of the building which cater for different animals, currently tigers and lions.

“It will therefore be the same width as the existing building but with an increased front to back dimension to give a footprint approximately 100 metres square larger than the existing.”

The plans show two public viewing dens, pens for looking after the animals, and accommodation for keepers plus an area for deliveries.

A covered veranda would be created at the front of the building to provide a public sheltered area for views into the pens and to the paddocks.

The Big Cat House design would be themed following the completion of building work with signage and information about the animals.

Only zoo staff and animal welfare operators would be allowed inside the building, where the “overriding consideration will be for the safety of the public”.

 

Blackpool nurse with tumour ‘wrapped round her heart’ dies just weeks after her wedding

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Neonatal nurse Rachel Turner, of Blackpool, died only three months after her wedding and two years after being diagnosed with skin cancer in summer 2019 and her family are holding a fundraising Christmas fair in her honour

 

Gavin Turner, Oliver Turner and Rachel Turner on Gavin and Rachel's wedding day
Gavin Turner, Oliver Turner and Rachel Turner on Gavin and Rachel’s wedding day

The family and friends of a ‘lovely and caring’ young nurse who tragically died from stage 4 cancer are organising a Christmas fundraising event to help her step-children grieve.

Rachel Turner, 30, died three months after her wedding in April this year to husband Gavin Turner.

Rachel, a dedicated neonatal nurse at Royal Preston Hospital, had battled cancer since she was diagnosed with stage three melanoma in the summer of 2019.

Despite surgery and a year of immunotherapy treatment, CT scans subsequently revealed that the intensive care worker from Blackpool had a lot of tumours on her spine, chest and heart, including a six centimetre growth wrapped around her heart.

The beautiful nurse, who was Rachel Walmsley to everyone prior to taking Gavin’s name, died in July.

Her step sons, Oliver and Will Turner, aged 11 and 8, are heartbroken – and their mum, Catherine Day, says Rachel is hugely missed by everyone who knew her.

Catherine, from Blackpool, said: “We became very close. She was so young – it was just tragic. She was lovely – really caring and really fun. She had everything to live for. Rachel was a neonatal nurse at Royal Preston Hospital, and she took children on like they were her own.”

Since Rachel’s death, step sons Oliver and Will have struggled to come to terms with her tragic loss, which occurred only days after young Oliver left primary school.

Rachel and Gavin
Rachel and Gavin

Catherine said: “Oliver is struggling a bit and he has been able to have some counselling, thanks to his school, Montgomery High School, which arranged it. Will is autistic and doesn’t express himself as much. We all talk about her and talk about all the lovely times we had when Rachel was part of our lives.

“She married Gavin in April, and it was such a moving ceremony. We knew what the outcome was going to be, so it was a very touching and very special time. She had been given six months to live by then – but unfortunately, she died around three months later. She was just so young and healthy, apart from the cancer.”

Despite undergoing treatment at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital, and at Rosemere Cancer Centre on Sharoe Green Lane in Fulwood, Rachel lost her battle with cancer.

Now the community that loved and supported Rachel is running a fundraising Christmas fair in Blackpool on Saturday (December 4) in her memory to help raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation that looked after her.

Rachel Turner when she turned 30
Rachel Turner when she turned 30

Catherine and Oliver have organised prizes, a Santa’s grotto, tombolas and stalls at the fun event which will take place this Saturday.

It is taking place at First Bispham Scouts Hut on Devonshire Road, FY2 0JT, between 10am and 3pm.

The fun event will feature a bottle tombola, a toy tombola, a mixed tomola, a ‘massive cake stall’ and prizes up for grabs including a family ticket to a musical at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens as well as a sign language course.

Catherine said: “I am hoping that this will help Oliver to cope. I have explained that we will be helping other families that are going through what we have been through, and he knows how hard that is. He’s a bit nervous. At first, he thought everyone was going to be really sad on Saturday, but I’ve explained that everyone’s going to be really happy because it’s a fun day and it will help other people at the same time.”