Bez Lubala trial: “I didn’t expect sex,” says Blackpool FC footballer accused of rape after inviting woman for ‘Netflix and Chill’

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A professional footballer denied inventing details to back up his story after a teenage woman accused him of rape.

Blackpool FC forward Beryly ‘Bez’ Lubala, 24, said the case against him was a complete lie.

He invited the woman, then aged 18, to visit him at his home to watch Netflix, a court heard.

She arrived at his home in Horsham, West Sussex, at around 2222 in the evening on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Blackpool FC Footballer Beryly Lubala denies rape

Blackpool FC Footballer Beryly Lubala denies rape

Later, she recorded two harrowing voice notes as she drove home from the house in Horsham, West Sussex.

They were played to the striker on his second day in the witness box.

Her mother, sitting in the public gallery, covered her ears as the woman was heard sobbing into her phone.

In two voice notes, she described being attacked by the player.

Richard Hearnden for the prosecution asked him: “Do you have an idea how she got in that state?”

Lubala, who lives in Lytham, told a jury in Brighton: “I’m devastated to hear her like that.

“When we were together she was fine.

“I’ve never made any human feel like that.

“The person she’s talking about is not me.

“It’s a complete lie.”

The player joined Crawley Town FC in June and the court heard he had sex with the woman on the only two occasions they had met before the incident.

“You expected her to have sex with you on the 13th and when she said ‘no’ you you forced her,” Mr Hearnden told the player.

He replied: “I disagree.

“I didn’t expect sex the first time.

“The second time, I didn’t think she was going to stay.

“I never talked to her about sex.”

The jury has been shown a Snapchat selfie taken by the woman, now 20, in his bedroom which the player said was taken after they had sex while he was in the bathroom.

Mr Hearnden told him: “You say it’s relevant because she doesn’t look upset.

“She doesn’t look like someone who has just been raped, does she?”

“No one has been raped in that photograph,” the player said.

“I agree, because she took it before you and she had sex,” Mr Hearnden said.

“While you were in the bathroom, she’s done her hair, posed and put the lights on and taken the photo?”

“The time I was with her, the lights were off,” the player said.

Mr Hearnden accused the player of changing his story to say the lights were off.

“I’m not here inventing things,” the player said.

Mr Hearnden challenged the player on his recollection of the incident.

“The reason you can’t remember is your recollection is fairly limited and you have added in details such as lights being off.

“You have lied to this jury,” he said.

“That’s completely false,” the player replied.

The court heard Beryly Lubala, who was transferred to Blackpool FC in August 2020, has not played football for more than a year.

He was suspended on full pay by the club as soon as they were found out he had been charged with rape in December 2020.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (FPA) represented him when the club tried to terminate his contract.

Jurors heard the player’s Congolese father brought his family to the UK from the DRC when he was three and they settled in Leicester.

Beryly Lubala denies raping the young woman at his home in Horsham on September 13, 2019.

The trial at Lewes Crown Court in Brighton continues.


These are all the diversion routes for the weekend M55 closure between Preston and Kirkham

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The M55 will shut today (Friday, January 21) and will remain closed over the weekend between Preston and Kirkham.

The motorway will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project.

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed.

To allow the footbridge to be demolished safely, the motorway will be closed in both directions between junction 1 at Broughton and junction 3 at Kirkham.

The M55 will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project

The M55 will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project

Drivers planning to travel between Blackpool and Preston over the weekend when the motorway is closed are being advised to plan their journeys, check traffic conditions before setting out and use alternative routes if possible.

But National Highways said the motorway might reopen sooner if the work goes smoothly and is completed ahead of schedule.

Diversion routes

Westbound – Drivers heading westbound will need to take the southbound A6 Garstang Road from junction 1 – joining the westbound A5085 and A583 Blackpool Road and A583 Kirkham Bypass before heading northbound up the A585 Fleetwood Road to re-join the M55 at junction 3.

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed

Eastbound – Drivers heading eastbound away from Blackpool will use the same route.

How to access M6

Over the weekend, M6 to M55 access will only be available from the northbound M6.

With the southbound M6 to M55 link road closed, drivers on the southbound M6 seeking to join the M55 to get to junction 1 and/ or join the diversion route will need to do so via the northbound M6 from junction 31.

What is the new M55 junction?

Work on the new M55 junction started in October 2019 and the new road and motorway link are due to open in early 2023.

Brian Smith, senior project manager for National Highways, said: “The new motorway junction is a vital component of the PWDR project, supporting the local economy and relieving congestion at other junctions along the motorway.

“We’ve been working closely with the county council and Costain to keep drivers on the move along the M55 during the junction build but next month’s carriageway closure is needed to ensure the bridge can be removed safely.”

He added that the motorway closure will be subject to a final weather check and a clearly-signed diversion will be in place throughout the weekend.

What is the Preston Western Distributor?

The PWD scheme is being constructed on the west side of Preston from the M55 motorway to a new junction with Blackpool Road at Lea.

Funding for these new roads is coming from the Department for Transport and the Lancashire Growth Deal, managed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

A new junction 2 is being constructed between Swillbrook and Higher Bartle, as part of the £207 million Preston Western Distributor partnership project led by Lancashire County Council.

As part of special ‘designated’ funds to support the generation of new jobs and building of new homes, National Highways, which operates the M55, is contributing £25 million.

Further funding comes from National Highways and the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, with the PWD the biggest new road programme in the City Deal.


Blackpool’s Salvation Army helped three times as many people as before Covid as poverty grows

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Blackpool’s Salvation Army team has been helping a record number of people as cost of living rises, job cuts due to coronavirus and universal credit cuts bite.


The organisation put together more than 2,000 Christmas present parcels for children and vulnerable people and handed out 420 food hampers to help people in poverty in Blackpool last month.

The corps in Raikes Parade, exceeded 2020’s Christmas Present Appeal figures of 1,700 in late November as families struggled to make ends meet from being pushed further into poverty due to job losses and reduced income.

The number of referrals in 2021 almost tripled compared to the pre-pandemic Christmas of 2019 when 750 children were supported.

Captain Naomi Clifton from Blackpool's Salvation Army

Captain Naomi Clifton from Blackpool’s Salvation Army

Captain Naomi Clifton, joint leader of The Salvation Army in Blackpool said: “We are seeing that people are depending more and more on charity to help get them through day to day life with many living hand to mouth.

“Low paid jobs, zero-hour contracts, and the cost of living increasing are all factors that affect many within our town, especially those that rely on seasonal work.

“The pandemic has affected Blackpool tourism tremendously and we will continue to see the effects long into this year when those most vulnerable within our local community will need support from charities more than ever.”

The group said alongside the Christmas Present Appeal the church and charity put together and distributed 420 food hampers as the fallout from changes to Universal Credit, among other challenges, continue to make numbers of those in need soar.

The team at the Salvation Army's base in Raikes Parade

The team at the Salvation Army’s base in Raikes Parade

Captain Clifton added: “The local community helped us put smiles on the faces of over 2,000 children, and many more family members, and whilst this is a wonderful feeling it reinforces the stark truth that there is an enormous amount of need amongst us; all year round, not just at Christmas which we will sadly continue to see well into this year.”

The Salvation Army Blackpool said it was continuing to support some of the families it helped at Christmas with further food parcels as the rise in the cost of living and reduced incomes over the winter months continue with fuel bills due to rise in April.

Capt Clifton outside the Grade 2 listed Citadel building in Blackpool where the Salvation Army works

Capt Clifton outside the Grade 2 listed Citadel building in Blackpool where the Salvation Army works

Opinion: Blackpool find themselves in a curious league position with four months of the season remaining

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Only time will tell if Blackpool’s unscheduled week off will work in their favour.

The general consensus is that the postponement of the Barnsley game probably came at a good time for Neil Critchley’s men.

Unlike most other clubs in the Championship, the Seasiders managed to fulfil their hectic schedule over Christmas and New Year, even when their squad was stretched right to the limit.

That clearly began to take its toll and injuries and positive Covid-19 cases were mounting up, so a weekend off might have even been welcomed by Critchley and co.

The counter-argument, of course, is that Barnsley are bottom of the table and have only won two league games all season, so it was arguably the perfect game for the Seasiders to get back to winning ways after their FA Cup humbling the previous week.

It leaves Critchley’s side in a curious position heading into the final four months of the campaign.

Out of all the cups, nine points off the play-offs and 14 points ahead of the bottom three, you could argue there’s very little to play for between now and the end of the season.

Neil Critchley's side take on Millwall at Bloomfield Road tomorrow

Neil Critchley’s side take on Millwall at Bloomfield Road tomorrow

Critchley obviously won’t be adopting that attitude and, by extension, the players won’t be either.

Nevertheless, while it’s a shame to be out of the cup at the first hurdle, it’s a nice position for Blackpool to be in given this is their first season back in the Championship.

Compare their situation to Peterborough United, who are facing the prospect of a return to the third tier at the first attempt despite beating the Seasiders to automatic promotion last term.

Last season’s title winners Hull City, meanwhile, are facing a relegation battle of their own as they’re only seven points better off than Darren Ferguson’s team.

Having seen both sides in action this season, they’ll do well to avoid the trapdoor.

Barring a shaky start, Blackpool – meanwhile – have never really looked in danger, have they?

A period of adjustment at the beginning of the season was to be expected, especially when you factor in the injury and Covid issues that plagued pre-season as well.

Since then, the Seasiders have looked at home and even threatened a play-off push at one point.

While their form tailed off over Christmas, they’re still well positioned in the table and a top-half finish would certainly represent a fabulous first season back in the second tier of English football.

This weekend, Blackpool face a Millwall side in the midst of a mini-slump having lost their last three games.

The Lions are level on points with Critchley’s men, but sit a place higher owing to their superior goal difference. Gary Rowett’s side have also played a game fewer.

Unfortunately I wasn’t at the reverse fixture at The Den as I had Covid at the time but, by all accounts, Blackpool performed well and were unfortunate not to hold on for a draw despite being down to 10 men.

Blackpool will want to put that result right back on home turf, where form has generally been good, helped by an electric atmosphere at Bloomfield Road.

It’s a shame Dan Ballard isn’t available because he would have got a richly-deserved healthy reception from the home fans on his return to the Fylde coast.

The defender is on loan at Millwall from his parent club Arsenal, who were in touch with the Seasiders this week to recall Tyreece John-Jules from his unsuccessful loan spell.

Being brutally honest, I was surprised the 20-year-old didn’t return sooner.

There is plenty of ability there but he failed to find the back of the net and was clearly out of Critchley’s plans, having not taken to the pitch since mid-October.

An England Under-21 international, you can’t question if the forward has the ability but, for whatever reason, it just didn’t work for him at Blackpool.

One suspects John-Jules will have to drop back down to League One, where he previously enjoyed more fruitful loan spells with Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City, if he wants to get his career back on track.

Elsewhere, it was also fascinating to see Blackpool recall Ethan Robson from MK Dons.

In one respect it wasn’t much of a surprise, given Blackpool’s lack of options in his position.

Up until this week, everything pointed to the Seasiders using the transfer market to bolster their ranks in central midfield, rather than bring back a player deemed well down the pecking order at the start of the season.

Saying that, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a strong spell in League One this season and, by all accounts, has been one of MK’s standout performers in helping Liam Manning’s side to fifth place in the table.

If his chance arises back at Bloomfield Road, fingers crossed he grasps it with both hands.


Blackpool woman rushed to hospital after being hit by Tesla on Common Edge Road

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The woman, in her 60s, suffered a head injury


Police van blocking access to Common Edge Road, in Blackpool
Police van blocking access to Common Edge Road, in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

A woman has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car in Blackpool.

The incident took place on Common Edge Road at around 8.25am today (January 14).

The crash involved a Tesla and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Emergency services remain at the scene and a road closure is in place at the junction with Squires Gate.

The collision took place near to the Shovels Pub.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We were called at around 8.25am today (January 14) to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a Tesla car.

“The incident happened on Common Edge Road, Blackpool which is currently closed at the junction with Squires Gate.

“A woman in her 60s has been taken to hospital to be treated for a head injury.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact 101 quoting log number 0247 of today’s date.



These are the Lancashire mobile speed cameras locations in Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and Burnley for January

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have revealed speed camera locations for January.

In Lancashire 54 sites have been identified in major roads and areas of concern, including 48 which speed camera vehicles can visit at any time during January, as well as two fixed locations and four motorways.

Enforcement vehicles monitor areas across the county seven days a week, including locations in, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, South Ribble, Fylde and Wyre.

Regular checks are also planned along some of the region’s motorways, including the M6, M61, M55, M65.

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during January

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during January

A spokesman from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our cameras use highly accurate laser technology to detect speeding motorists but they are also used to identify other offences, including drivers not in proper control or not wearing a seat belt.

“All our mobile sites are risk assessed for safety and we vary how often we attend different locations with sites based on casualty data, known speeding concerns, where a report has been made directly by a member of the public concerned about speeding issues in their area along with any location that has a fixed roadside camera.”

Here is the full list of locations where enforcement vehicles could be stationed during January:

Lancashire mobile speed camera sites:

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A678 Burnley Road, Nr St. James C.E. Primary School (30mph), Altham

B5268, Fleetwood Road South,Victoria Road East To Norcross Roundabout (30mph) Thornton

A682 Rawtenstall By Pass (40mph), Rawtenstall

A585, Amounderness Way, Victoria Rd West To Eros Roundabout (40mph), Cleveleys

A5147 New Street (30mph), Halsall

A6, Main Road, Nr Orchard Close (30mph), Slyne

A6, Preston Lancaster Road, Cabus Nook Ln To Lancaster Rd (50mph), Cabus

A59 Sawley (60mph), Sawley

A681 Bocholt Way (30mph), Rawtenstall

A678 Blackburn Road, Nr Dunkenhalgh Hotel (30mph), Rishton

A679 Blackburn Road (30mph), West End

B6241 Tom Benson Way (40mph), Preston

B6243 Preston Rd, From Whittingham Lane To Near To Alston Lane Primary (30mph), Grimsargh

A59 Myerscough/Smithy Road (50mph), Mellor Brook

A59 Liverpool Road/Causeway Lane (30mph), Rufford

A6 Garstang Rd, From Watling Street Rd To Moor Lane (30mph), Preston

A59, Clitheroe By-Pass (60mpn), Chatburn

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A59 Preston New Road (Eastbound) (50mph), Samlesbury

A6 Garstang Rd, From Jepps Lane To James Tower Way (40mph), Broughton

A5085 Blackpool Rd, From Preston West To A5072 Tulketh Rd (30mph), Preston

A570 Rainford Road (60mph), Bickerstaff

A6 Garstang Rd, From Lfrs Headquarters To Watling Street Rd (30mph), Preston

A6 Lancaster Road, Nr Beaumont Gate Farm (30mph), Lancaster

A565 Southport New Road (50mph), Banks

A679 Accrington Road (30mph), Hapton

Speed Management;

Barton Road (30mph), Lancaster

St Vincents Road (30mph), Preston

North Park Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Simonstone Lane (30mph), Simonstone

Birch Green Road (30mph), Skelmersdale

Clifton Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Blackburn Road (30mph), Edgworth

M65, Between Junctions 7&8 (70mph), Altham Lane

A584, Promenade/Fleetwood Road (30mph), Blackpool

B5258 Warren Drive (30mph), Thornton Cleveleys

A586 The Avenue (30mph), Churchtown

Inner Promenade (30mph), St Annes

A6177, Haslingden Road, Nr Hospital, Blackburn

A675 Hoghton Lane (30mph), Higher Walton

A586 Blackpool Rd (30mph), St Michael’s

A59 Guildway / Golden Way (40mph), Preston

A673 Bolton Rd (30mph), Anderton

Roman Road (30mph), Blackburn

Whalley Old Road (30mph), Blackburn

Fixed mobile speed camera locations:

A586 Garstang Rd East, Poulton

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Blackpool MP says Boris Johnson must ‘do far better’ at getting investment to the North

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Tory Scott Benton said his constituents “expect to see spades in the ground” more quickly.


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Boris Johnson (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire)

Boris Johnson needs to “do far better at getting money out of the door to communities” across the North, one of his 2019 Red Wall MPs has said.

Blackpool South MP Scott Benton said his constituents “expect to see spades in the ground” and investment going into public services more quickly.

Mr Benton said in the months ahead the government had a real challenge in demonstrating to communities like his what levelling up means.

In an interview with the Northern Agenda podcast he said: “I’m afraid if you ask most members of the public what levelling up means they can’t quite articulate response.

“In fact, I’m not sure how many Conservative MPs can hand on heart tell you what levelling up means either.

“That’s the government’s challenge here.”

He added: “We’ve probably heard the prime minister say levelling up on hundreds if not thousands of occasions since the last general election, but what does this actually mean to the average person on the streets in Blackpool or Burnley?



Blackpool Peter Rabbit attraction opening date confirmed

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The attraction will be located on the Promenade next to Madame Tussauds


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A new £1m Blackpool attraction based on Peter Rabbit is set to open next month.

The new space will be based on the Peter Rabbit television series and will be located on the Promenade next to Madame Tussauds.

The project has been proposed and carried out by Merlin, who already operates Madame Tussauds.

The attraction will be housed within a former candle shop and souvenir shop, and some space which is part of Madame Tussauds.

Plans for the attraction were submitted to Blackpool Council in November last year.

A blueprint for the new complex shows a burrow exploration area, ‘Mr McGregor’s Garden’ and ‘Jeremy Fisher’s Sensory Pond’.

The application stated that the scheme will attract thousands of new visitors to Blackpool and support the council’s “development plan and vision for the resort.”

An overview of the Peter Rabbit plan
An overview of the Peter Rabbit plan

Kate Shane, regional director for Merlin Entertainments, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such an icon to Blackpool.

“Peter Rabbit is a well-loved household name for young and old and is globally renowned. We are delighted that this new attraction concept will be created here in Blackpool first.”

It has now been confirmed that the attraction will open to the public in February.

A post on the ‘Peter Rabbit: Explore and Play Blackpool’ Facebook page said: “Opening February 2022 in Blackpool.

“Follow us to hear all of the latest updates.”



Brett Ormerod column: I don’t see why Blackpool would sell Josh Bowler to Nottingham Forest

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Unless Nottingham Forest come in with a ridiculous offer that can’t be refused, I don’t see why Blackpool would want to sell Josh Bowler.

I don’t think he’s shown his full potential yet but that’s also a good thing, because it means there’s a lot more to come from him.

It wouldn’t be a sidewards step because Forest are a big club at this level, but I just think he’s better off at Bloomfield Road for now.

If he wasn’t playing or not involved, I could see why he would want to move but, like I said, I don’t see why Blackpool would even consider letting him go.

It’s been a busy week of transfer news.

Tyreece John-Jules went back to Arsenal, which probably wasn’t a major surprise as the move didn’t really work for him.

He came in at the start of the season and he did alright to begin with, but Neil Critchley has a good, competitive squad and it didn’t work out how the lad would have wanted it to.

Bowler continues to be strongly linked with a move to Nottingham Forest

Bowler continues to be strongly linked with a move to Nottingham Forest

It’s probably best for all parties involved that he goes back to Arsenal and perhaps goes out on loan to another side.

Ethan Robson has come back to Bloomfield Road after having his loan spell at MK Dons cut short early.

I must say, I like Ethan. He’s a good player. He didn’t get a good run in the team last season for whatever reason, but he’s a good player so hopefully he can come back and make an impact.

Given the lack of options in midfield, there’s every chance Robson will become an important member of the squad – but I did like what I saw from him last season.

It’s been another week of transfer speculation with Blackpool, which is what you get with the January transfer window.

When I played, I didn’t make too many moves during the January window, so I can’t comment too much, but it depends on your situation as a player.

When you’re not involved, it’s a good chance to sort that out and get a move, but if you’re playing really well and there’s a lot of interest in you, it can be distracting.

I just got on with my performances and, if there was speculation, try to put it to the back of my head.

If something was going to happen, I was of the mindset that whatever will be, will be.

If you dwell on things like that too much, it can get in your head and affect your performances. You just have to get your head down and keep working hard.

Football moves so quickly. They say a week is a long time in football and I know players that have been out, not involved in the team and looking to move then, all of a sudden, the manager changes, a new man comes in and suddenly they’re back involved, playing and everything is rosy again. That’s just the nature of the game.

It was a shame Blackpool’s game against Barnsley was postponed last week but, by the same token, it might have been welcome in terms of the timing of it, because they have got a few players out with injury.

Blackpool had a hectic Christmas schedule. They were probably one of the busiest sides in the Championship.

Aside from Huddersfield Town, I think they were the only side to play all their games.

Hopefully they’ve been able to get two or three players back fit and they can go again against Millwall this weekend.

I haven’t seen too much of Gary Rowett’s side this season, although I did watch a bit of them in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace the other day.

They’re 13th in the table and just above Blackpool, so they’re a decent team, but they all are in this league.

They’ve lost their last three in all competitions, but sometimes form doesn’t even matter that much in the Championship because anyone can beat anyone.


Your input wanted as Fylde launches survey into affordable housing need

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A housing survey is being launched by Fylde Council to help provide an understanding of affordable housing needs in the borough over the next five years.


The survey, to be conducted by Justin Gardner Consulting and CNB Housing Insights between January 17 and February 13, will invite residents to explain their current housing circumstances and any future housing intentions.

It also provides opportunity to highlight any additional support needs or concerns they may have.

A postal survey questionnaire will also be sent to a random sample of households living in the urban areas of the borough along with all households in rural parts.

The survey will be open from Monday and paper versions are also been posted out to a number of households

The survey will be open from Monday and paper versions are also been posted out to a number of households

Reduction in housing need prompts change to Fylde Local Plan

Coun Tommy Threlfall, chairman of the Environment, Health and Housing Committee, said: “It’s comforting to know that we’re doing all we can to help people much in need of affordable housing, and I welcome the fact that Fylde Council have this issue high on their agenda.”

The survey can be found at

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These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, January 17 – Friday, January 21, 2022

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These are the latest round-up of cases from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court


** Drunk in police rooftop stand-off **

A young man’s decision to come drinking in Blackpool ended in a hour long rooftop stand off with police.

Tyler Tunnah threw bricks and rubble at officers using shields for protection.

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

He hit one officer with rubble and damaged a parked car before he was persuaded to come down from the roof on Park Road.

Tunnah, 20, of Monks Lane, Bolton, admitted affray, criminal damage and assaulting Inspector Peter Hammon.

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, sent him for sentence at Preston Crown Court and remanded him in custody until he appears there on March 18.

The court heard Tunnah was on licence from prison.

The judge was told how he had been drinking in Blackpool with a frien .

They had fallen out and scuffled .

Police were called and gave chase to Tunnah which ended with the stand off.

** Son jailed for breach **

A man who persistently broke a restraining order designed to protect his mother has been jailed for six months.

Over a month, he constantly phoned and called at her home in Wesham.

Michael Buckley, 30, of Rawcliffe Drive, Preston, admitted the breaches when he appeared before District Judge Jane Goodwin at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Jailing him, she said: “You have a history of breaching court orders and paying lip service to probation.”

** Shop thief comes clean **

A man stole four vacuum cleaners from a shop

Aiden Riches also targeted the store to steal alcohol and cleaning fluid .

Riches, 24, of Lingfield Road, Fleetwood, admitted seven thefts in all totalling £466 when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Sentencing him District Judge Jane Goodwin said only an excellent report from the probation service had persuaded her not to activate a suspended sentence order. Instead she gave him a two year community punishment with 30 rehabilitation days and a one year ban from entering B and M Bargains .

He must pay compensation to the store .

** Visit to soup kitchen put man before bench **

A visit to a soup kitchen put homeless Reginald Brown in the dock .

He broke a criminal behaviour order which had been imposed on the 46-year -old .

Brown of no fixed address admitted the breach at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

The court heard that he had gone into an exclusion zone .

Sue Mugford defending said: “He went to where he thought there was a soup kitchen but it had not arrived .”

“He waited and was arrested for the breach .”

He was given a one year community punishment with 35 rehabilitation days and must pay £185 costs.

** Man facing justice after four-year delay **

A man on the wanted list for four years was finally arrested and brought to justice .

Begaj Blerim, 31, was awaiting being called into court from the cells beneath Blackpool Magistrates Court .

But when the defence , prosecution could find no paper work relating to the defendant, District Judge Jane Goodwin ordered his release.

However, two hours later a charge sheet was found revealing he had been due to face charges alleging that he was behind a cannabis farm found in Blackpool in 2018.

He had also been charged with illegally using £22,400 of electricity to grow cannabis .

Brett Chappell, defending said: “When there was no paperwork concerning him the judge quite rightly ordered his release from custody”

He said his client had been arrested on the 2018 warrant on his return to Luton airport from Albania .

Mr Chappell said he believed Blerim had an address in Sutton, Surrey.

Magistrates agreed to adjourn the hearing until February 2.

The Crown did not object .

** Man sentenced to jail for stalking ex **

A Blackpool man has admitted stalking his former partner.

Peter Lawrence, 39, of St Chads Road, committed the offence in breach of a suspended prison sentence .

Magistrates imposed the suspended term and added a further four weeks making it 12 weeks jail in all.

He was made the subject of a one year restraining order and must pay £128 costs .

Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said that Lawrence had turned up several times at the bar where his victim worked .

He also went to her home in the aerate hours several times and bombarded her with internet messages . Brett Chappell defending said that his client had been addressing a drink problem.

** Man on fuel theft charges**

A Blackpool man has been accused of four thefts of car fuel worth £433.

Railway worker Carl Hindle, 34, of Hull Road, also faces charges of using cloned and false number plates on the car .

Hindle is further accused of driving without a licence and without insurance.

He was bailed by Blackpool Magistrates pending his trial on May 19.



Firefighters tackle Blackpool flat blaze

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The fire was caused after a pan was left on the hob


Two fire engines from South Shore and Blackpool were called when the fire broke out earlier today on Park Road in Blackpool.
Two fire engines from South Shore and Blackpool were called when the fire broke out earlier today on Park Road in Blackpool. (Image: Google Maps)

Firefighters had to be called when a fire broke out in a first floor flat in Blackpool when a resident left a pan on the hob.

Two fire engines from South Shore and Blackpool were called when the fire broke out earlier today on Park Road in Blackpool.

Crews used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a Positive Pressure Ventilation to extinguish the fire after a person left a pan on the hob.

No injuries were reported and crews were in attendance at the scene for about 20 minutes.



World Horse Welfare Penny Farm celebrates record-breaking year for rehoming

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World Horse Welfare Penny Farm has broken its own record for the number of horses and ponies rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed for the second year running.

The charity, on Preston New Road, Blackpool, rehomed 87 ponies in 2021, continuing a trend of increased interest in animal adoption since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Zoe Clifford, Penny Farm’s visitor centre officer, said: “During the pandemic, a lot of people reassessed where they were and there was quite a lot more interest in people having more leisure time, and that has probably contributed. At the same time, it has always been the case that the rehoming scheme is not taken for granted. When we rehome, we’re not trying to sell off a pony, we’re trying to match up the right pony with the right person.

“We spend a lot of effort so there’s that confidence in our rehoming process.

Picture by World Horse Welfare

Picture by World Horse Welfare

“People also understand now thatnot only are they giving a pony a better life, they are freeing up space we need to help other ponies.

“Generally, all our ponies come to us in a poor state. They’re nearly always emaciated, with worms and overgrown feet.

“It’s difficult to say goodbye as during the time they’re here we do get very attached, but we know they are going to a one to one home where they can get all the attention they will possibly need. It’s nice knowing we have done our job, made the horses better and seen them off to a good life.”

In total, World Horse Welfare rehomed 378 horses and ponies through its Blackpool, Aberdeen, Norfolk and Somerset farms during 2021.

Picture by World Horse Welfare

Picture by World Horse Welfare

This smashes the charity’s previous record of 357 in 2020, and continues a positive trend of more people offering horses and ponies a new home and a new life.

Tony Tyler, deputy Chief Executive at World Horse Welfare said: “It is our aim to rehome all the horses and ponies that come into our care once they are fit and ready. Each one that is rehomed helps two horses as it releases a space at our farms for another equine in need but none of this could happen without our incredible rehomers who offer them a vital second chance.

“Anyone rehoming one of our horses or ponies not only receives the full honest facts about them and a lifetime of support, but the rewards of knowing that they are giving that horse perhaps its first ever loving home – while making space for another vulnerable horse to receive the care it needs.”


Missing 46-year-old man from Fleetwood found ‘safe and well’

Home | Blackpool Gazette

A missing 46-year-old man from Fleetwood was found following a public appeal.


Patrik Krejci had last been seen at his home address in Fleetwood at around 7.30am on Thursday (January 20) when he was reported missing.

An urgent appeal was launched to find the 46-year-old, with police saying they were growing “increasingly concerned for his welfare”.

Officers later confirmed he was found “safe and well” following the appeal.

“Earlier today we appealed for help finding Patrik Krejci missing from Fleetwood,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

“We are pleased to say he has now been found safe and well.

“Many thanks for all your support.”



Five Lancashire areas where KFC wants to open new restaurants

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The fast food giant is targeting locations across the county


A pensioner has hit out at KFC and Smart Parking for receiving a £100 fine for overstaying his welcome at the restaurant while catching up with friends who he and his wife hadn't seen due to Covid
KFC wants to open in five areas of Lancashire

KFC has revealed it is planning to open at least five new restaurants across Lancashire.

The fried chicken giant wants to continue its expansion across the UK and Ireland and named Lancashire county towns and villages on its list of target locations – the areas where it’s looking to open restaurants.

The American company is actively seeking sites to open sites at its “live targets” but says it will also consider other areas, EssexLive reports.

In Lancashire, it wants to open drive thru restaurants in Rawtenstall, Ormskirk, Darwen and Mellor Brook.

It is also hoping to open a restaurant without a drive thru facility at Lytham.

According to the company, drive thru sites are its most popular type and can be fit into vacant sites of more than 0.3 acres. Existing building conversions will also be considered.

Meanwhile, its restaurant options are considered where drive thrus cannot be accommodated.

On top of the Lancashire sites, it also wants to open a drive thru in Kendal and relocate its Eastbank Street site in Southport.

Full UK list of places KFC could open a restaurant

  • A1 – Biggleswade, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Colsterwoth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Doncaster to Pontefract, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Morpeth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Tranent to Dunbar, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A10 – Hertford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A11/ A47 – Norwich Services, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A13 – Stanford-le-Hope, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A132/ A130 – South Woodham Ferrers, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A14 – Stowmarket, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A19 – Thirsk, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A2 – Aylesham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A2 – Faversham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A23 – Bolney, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A24 – South Horsham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A240 – Tadworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A259 – Littlehampton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A27 – Lewes, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A3 – Cobham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A303 – Ilminster/ South Petherton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A34 – Newbury Tothill to Sutton Scotney, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A34 – Stone, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A38 – Buckfastleigh, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A38/ A446 – Bassett Pole/ Coleshill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A421 – Milton Keynes to Bedford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A460 – Shareshill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A465 – Merthyr Tydfil, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A47 – Norwich East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A5 – Atherstone, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A5/ A38 – Weeford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A50/ M1 – Kegworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A505/ A10 – Royston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A505/ A11 – Sawston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A6075 – New Ollerton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A64 – Tadcaster, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A690 – Houghton-Le-Spring, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A82 – Balloch, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aberdeen South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aberdeen West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Abergavenny, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Abingdon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Acocks Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Acton High Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Addiscombe Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Airdrie East / South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aldgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Alton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Altrincham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Alvaston South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Amersham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Angel Islington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Arnold, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ashford South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Avonmouth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Baguley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bangor Flagship Centre FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Bangor, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bansted, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Barking, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Barnsley Stairfoot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Barnstaple Rst, Proposed,High Street
  • Basildon Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Basingstoke North East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bathgate, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bedford North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Beeston, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Belle Vale, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Belper, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Berkhamstead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Berwick on Tweed, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Beverley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bicester, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Billericay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bilston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bingham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Birmingham Aston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Birmingham Bullring, Proposed,Food Court
  • Birmingham City University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Birmingham Grand Central, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Birmingham Snow Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Boldon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bolton East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bond Street Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Boston, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bramley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bridgnorth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bridgwater, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bridlington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighouse, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighton East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighton North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bromley South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Broughton Shopping Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Buckingham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Burntwood, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Buxton, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Byres Road, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Caernarfon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Camberwell, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Cambridge City Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cambridge North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cambridge South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cannon Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Canterbury West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cardiff Bay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cardiff Culverhouse Cross, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Carlisle North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Carlisle South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chancery Lane, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chandlers Ford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cheadle, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chelmsford Town Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chelsea, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cheshunt / Hoddesdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chessington – A243, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chessington World of Adventures, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chester East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chingford 2, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chippenham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chistlehurst, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Clay Cross, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Clerkenwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Clevedon Portishead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Covent Garden, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Coventry Alvis, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Coventry University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cramlington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crawley, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Cribbs Causeway FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Cromer Sherringham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crosby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crouch End, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Croydon Whitgift Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Cwmbran, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Darwen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Daventry, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Deal, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Derby West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Didcot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Didsbury, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Droitwich, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Dulwich, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Durham University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • East Grinstead, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • East Sheen, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Eastbourne Centre, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Eastleigh Centre, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Edgbaston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Edinburgh Fountain Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Edinburgh Royal Mile, Proposed,High Street
  • Elephant & Castle, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Elland Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Emersons Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Enfield Ponders End, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Epsom, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Erdington, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Esher, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Eston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Euston, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Exeter East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Exmouth, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Falkirk North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Falmouth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Felixstowe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Feltham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Flint, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Folkestone, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Forest Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Formby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Galashiels, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gateshead Metro Qube Rst, Proposed,Drive To
  • Glasgow Bearsden Milngavie, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Buchanan, Proposed,Food Court
  • Glasgow Finnieston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Fort, Proposed,Drive To
  • Glasgow Maryhill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Robroyston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Silverburn SC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Glenrothes, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glossop, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Goole, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gosforth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gravesend, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Great Barr, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Great West Road – Brentford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Green Park, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Greenwich, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Grimsby South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Guildford, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Handforth Dean, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Handsworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hanworth, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harehills, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harlow South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harrogate, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harwich, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hastings North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Haverfordwest, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hayes End, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Headington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hebburn, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Heckmondwike, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hemel Hempstead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hemsworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hendon, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Hertford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hexham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • High Wycombe North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hillingdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hitchin, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Holborn, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Horsham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hounslow East, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Hove, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hoxton, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Hucknall, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Inverness FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Ipswich Felixstowe Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Isle of Man, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Keele University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kendal, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kensington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kentish Town, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kenton Park Parade, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Kettering North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kidderminster, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kings Cross North, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kings Cross West, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Kings Heath, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Kingston North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Kingston Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kingsway London, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kirkby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kirkintilloch, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Knightsbridge, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Ladbroke Grove, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Leamington Spa, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leatherhead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leeds Rail, Proposed,Express
  • Leek New Road, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leek, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leicester Fosse Park, Proposed,Food Court
  • Leicester West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leith Docks, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Lewisham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Lichfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Lincoln Central, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Lincoln South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Liverpool City Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Liverpool Tuebrook, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Livington Designer Centre, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Llanishen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Llantrisant, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Locks Heath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • London Bridge, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • London Harringay, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • London Vauxhall, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Longbridge, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Longwell Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ludgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Luton North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Luton South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Lymm Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Lytham, Proposed,Restaurant
  • M1 J28 McArthur Glen Outlet, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Macclesfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maesteg, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maidenhead, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Maidstone West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maldon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Malvern, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Manchester – Picadilly Station, Proposed,Food Court
  • Manchester Eastlands, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Manchester Piccadilly, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Manchester Victoria Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Marble Arch, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Market Harborough, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Meadow Head, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Medway Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Medway Tunnel, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Melksham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mellor Brook, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mere Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Midsomer Norton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mildenhall, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Milton Keynes East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mitcham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Mold, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Moorgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Muswell Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Neasden, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Neath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Netherfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • New Rayners Lane, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • New Street Birmingham, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Newbury, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Newcastle Under Lyme South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newmarket, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newport Crindau, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newquay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newton Abbot, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Newton Aycliffe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Norbury, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • North End, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • North Hyde, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • North Orpington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • North Stockton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Northfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Northfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Norwich Riverside, Proposed,Drive To
  • Norwich South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Nottingham Broadmarsh Centre, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Nottingham Castle Marina, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • O2 Arena, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Oldham West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ormskirk, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Botley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Circus, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Oxford Cowley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Summertown, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Palmers Green, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Park Royal 2, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Parkstone, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Partick, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pembroke, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Peterborough North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Peterborough Queensgate Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Petersfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pimlico, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Plumstead, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Plymouth New George Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Plymouth Saltash, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Plymouth South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pontadawe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Portobello Road, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Portswood, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Potters Bar, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Prescot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Purley Way North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Queensferry, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Quinton, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Reading South West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Reading Woodley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Redditch Kingfisher SC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Retford, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Richmond, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Rickmansworth, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Rotherham, Proposed,High Street
  • Rugby Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Rugeley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Russell Square, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Ryde, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ryton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sale, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Salford Gateway, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Salisbury, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Scarborough, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sedgley Coseley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selly Oak, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selsdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sevenoaks, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Shadwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Shaftesbury Avenue, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Sheffield Hallam University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Shoreham East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Shrewsbury South West, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sidcup, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Silverlink, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Silvertown, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Skipton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Slough East, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Slough West, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Smith Down, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Snodland, A228 “, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Soho, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Solihull, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • South East Derry, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • South Harrow, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • South Kensington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • South Tottenham / Seven Sisters Tube, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southall, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southampton – Above Bar, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Southampton West Quay FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Southbank, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southend – High Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Southfields, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southgate, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Southport – Eastbank Street, Relocate,Restaurant
  • Southwark Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Spalding, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Albans, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Georges, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Helens North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St James Park Newcastle, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St James’s, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • St Paul’s, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • St. Andrews, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Staines, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Stalybridge, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stamford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stanley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stanstead Airport, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stechford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stockwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Strand, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Stratford on Avon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Streatham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Stroud, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sunderland South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sutton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swadlincote, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swanscombe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swindon North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Swinton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tamworth East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Taunton, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Team Valley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Telford Shopping Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Thetford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tilbury Corringham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Tooley Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Torquay, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Toryglen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Tottenham Hale, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Totton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Towcester, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Trinity Leeds, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Truro, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tunbridge Wells Food Court, Proposed,Food Court
  • Tyldesley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Uckfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • University of Brighton, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Edinburgh, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Exeter, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Sheffield, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Upton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Valley RP/ASDA, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Victoria, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Wakefield Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Wallasey, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Wallsend, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Walsall Park Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Walthamstow FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Walthamstow, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Warminster, Proposed,Drive Thru
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New scheme aims to help Lancashire growing businesses get ready for investment or sale

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Small business owners in Lancashire can get help and advice about scaling up their business ready for sale or investment.


A new support programme has been launched, Scale to Sale, a first of its kind collaboration between Lancashire’s scaleup support service, Two Zero, which is led by Lancashire County Council, and Sales Geek, an award-winning sales training consultancy firm based in Blackburn.

The programme is specifically targeted to scaleup businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year (staff or turnover) over each of the past three years with a minimum of 10 staff. Over a six-month period, they will work with Sales Geek’s experts to grow their firm in a sustainable way and plan for their future.

They will also learn what makes a company attractive to both investors and investees and implement this knowledge.

Richard Few of Sales Geek which is supporting the Scale to Sale programme in Lancashire
Richard Few of Sales Geek which is supporting the Scale to Sale programme in Lancashire

This programme is two thirds funded by Lancashire County Council, which will contribute £2,000. Businesses are expected to contribute the remaining £1,000. The application deadline for the programme is February 14.

Amin Vepari, programme manager at Two Zero, said: “Scaleups are vital to the growth of Lancashire’s economy and need different support to achieve their full potential. For some of these businesses, the owner’s ambition may be to attract external investment or sell completely, allowing a different management team to help take the company to another level of growth.”

Richard Few, founder of Sales Geek, said: “Sales Geek has worked with thousands of business owners across the UK to grow by developing their sales and marketing strategies. However, we find that while growing their firm, many do not consider or discuss their long-term goal, whether that is sale, investment or another option.

“Scale to Sale provides a unique opportunity to scaleup owners to receive support to help them grow in a structured way, assess their future options and make their firm attractive to investors and investees.”

Scale to Sale aims to help businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year over each of the past three years to get ready for investment or sale

Scale to Sale aims to help businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year over each of the past three years to get ready for investment or sale

or more information, eligibility criteria and to apply for the programme, please visit:

Sales Geek is itself a scaleup business and benefitted from Two Zero’s Scaleup Resurgence programme. last year. The firm has since won a succession of business awards including Scaleup Business of the Year at the BIBAS 2021.

Richard added: “Benefitting from Two Zero has highlighted to us how valuable business support can be for fast-growing businesses and we’re delighted to now be working with Two Zero to deliver Scale to Sale.

“For scaleup owners and founders considering their future, we think this programme is a no brainer.”

Amin Vepari of Lancashire County Council's Two Zero scheme

Amin Vepari of Lancashire County Council’s Two Zero scheme

Beryly Lubala recounts working at Amazon warehouse after Blackpool FC suspension following rape charge

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Blackpool FC’s Beryly Lubala denies raping an 18-year-old woman


Beryly Lubala
Beryly Lubala (Image: Getty)

A Blackpool FC footballer accused of rape cried in court as he described having to work at an Amazon warehouse to support his pregnant girlfriend after being suspended by the club.

Beryly Lubala was earning £1,800 a week at Blackpool FC when police charged him with raping an 18-year-old woman over a year before, while he was still playing for Crawley Town.

24-year-old Lubala denies rape and says the sex was consensual – but the court heard the woman claims he grabbed her hair, told her to keep quiet and “be a good girl”.

At his trial, jurors heard Lubala was interviewed just days after the alleged rape in September 2019. He was charged at the end of 2020.

Lewes Crown Court, sitting at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, heard that by then he had been signed by Blackpool in a £300,000 deal, after creating a “buzz”, scoring five goals in five games at Crawley. After telling Blackpool he was due in court, he says he was immediately suspended for two weeks by the CEO.

Giving evidence, Lubala’s voice broke and he began to cry as he told the jury he had to work at an Amazon warehouse packaging up deliveries and as a care worker taking people to appointments.

He told jurors: “My wage had gone up from £600 to £1,800 a week and at that stage it was enough for me to help my mum back home. When the charge came through I was panicking, stressing, I didn’t know what to do.

“I was told by my agent it was fine and he had looked at it and said I will continue playing until it gets sorted. But I got called in and got given a letter straight away by the CEO and he said ‘you are suspended for two weeks’.

Beryly Lubala
Beryly Lubala (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

“I just didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know if I was going to get paid anymore. My missus was pregnant with my baby and I just didn’t know what to do. I researched stuff and I went to work at Amazon. I packed the bags, I packed up trainers. I also got another job as a caretaker, dropping people to different places.

“My first thought was I just have to get out of it and make as much as possible, and that’s what happened. I have not played professional football since.”

Lubala also said Blackpool took him to court as they wanted to terminate his contract for being dishonest and not disclosing he had been interviewed by police before signing. He told the court he was able to beat the case with the help of the FA and he is still in a contract with Blackpool – but with strict conditions.

Julia Smart QC, defending Lubala, said there is still an ongoing dispute between Crawley Town and Blackpool, who say his former team should have informed them about the allegations.

Lubala said: “If I lost my contract that would have been it really. I am still technically signed by Blackpool but I am not being played. They made me sign a safeguarding contract where I can’t shower at the training ground, I have got to be chaperoned around the stadium, if there’s a female in the room I have to leave the room. With the under-18s I can’t play unless the whole of the team is there and I can only play friendly games.”

Jurors previously heard Lubala and the alleged victim met twice before the alleged rape.

The court heard Lubala met the woman on the day he arrived in Crawley from Birmingham City after she liked a series of photos on his social media. She came to his hotel and they had sex, the court heard, and on the second occasion she had sex with him on a sofa at his friend’s house.

They didn’t speak for around a month after that as she told him she was in a relationship, it was said.

Lubala claims the woman then sent him a nude photo and he deleted her from a social media app, but two weeks later invited her to his new house.

She came over and Lubala said after the pair had sex he went to the bathroom and came back to find her putting her clothes on.

The woman said she had to be up early in the morning and needed to drive home, he told the court.

Yesterday jurors heard voice messages allegedly recorded as the woman was driving home.

Jurors heard the teenager crying as she recorded herself saying: “I drove up to my friend’s house. We’ve been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past. We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn’t want him to. I told him I didn’t want him to. I’m just driving home in the dark, I can’t stop crying.”

The trial continues.



This is what happened at the misconduct hearing after Lancashire police officer accused of leaking information

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A Lancashire officer accused of leaking sensitive information from police databases was brought before a misconduct hearing.


Connor McHugh was accused of gaining access to police computer systems and disclosing some of the information to ‘third parties’.

Lancashire Police said such alleged actions would amount to gross misconduct and a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour of Confidentiality and Discreditable Conduct.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations against him, the force has arranged for a misconduct hearing to take place.

Connor McHugh was accused was accused of leaking sensitive information from police databases (Pic credit: Shutterstock)

Connor McHugh was accused was accused of leaking sensitive information from police databases (Pic credit: Shutterstock)

Overseen by Chief Constable Chris Rowley, McHugh was dismissed from his role during the hearing at Leyland Police Station in Lancastergate on Monday, January 17.

Mr Chris Rowley said: “The actions of this officer had the potential to undermine trust and confidence in the constabulary, and the police in general.

“The public quite rightly expect us to maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour and we are committed to ensuring this.

McHugh was dismissed from his role during a misconduct hearing at Leyland Police Station in Lancastergate (Credit: Google)

McHugh was dismissed from his role during a misconduct hearing at Leyland Police Station in Lancastergate (Credit: Google)

“We will take action whenever the behaviour of our staff falls below the high standards expected and which are adhered to by the vast majority of our officers and staff.”

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Blackpool FC’s Beryly Lubala rape trial: Footballer claims he didn’t want to have sex day before match

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Beryly Lubala is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman after inviting her over to ‘Netflix and chill’


Beryly Lubala
Beryly Lubala (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

A Blackpool FC footballer accused of raping an 18-year-old woman has said he didn’t want to have sex with her that night because he had a match the next day.

Seasiders forward Beryly Lubala allegedly met the woman after she liked a series of photos on Instagram, leading him to inviting her to his hotel to ‘watch Netflix and chill’.

The woman claims he grabbed her hair and told her to keep quiet and “be a good girl” before raping her at a home in September 2019, following a number of previous sexual encounters.

24-year-old Lubala, known as ‘Bez’, denies rape and said the allegations are a “big shock” as he was on a “good buzz” with his career at the time.

Lewes Crown Court, sitting at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, heard the pair had met twice before the alleged rape and had engaged in sexual activity on both occasions. Lubala had just moved to Crawley at the time to join Crawley Town FC from Birmingham City, the court heard.

In a police interview played to jurors, Lubala said: “I moved over to Crawley on June 23, the first day I was doing testing at the football club. I’m on Instagram, on social media. She found me on social media and she liked a few pictures in a row. I thought she showed interest so I looked at her page, saw she was very nice and beautiful.

“From there we got each other on Snapchat. In a short space of time she said where she was from and I said I had just moved to Crawley. She said ‘yeah I can come up after work, I can come straight there’.”

Lubala, who grew up in Leicestershire, said she came to his hotel that evening and the pair “watched TV and made love quite a few times throughout the night”.

On the second occasion, Lubala said he was staying at a friend’s house with several other young footballers from the team when the woman asked to meet up. She came to the house and chatted with his friends before they both spent the night on the sofa, again having sex.

The footballer said: “I remember a few times she messaged me like ‘Can I come over?’. This time it was me and I said ‘What are you doing, do you want to come and see me?’ and she said ‘No I can’t come and see you, I’m seeing someone now’.

“She said she has got a boyfriend. It was a bit of a surprise. I just backed off. Not being big-headed but I thought if she wants to do that well, I don’t lack in that area. We didn’t speak for like four weeks and then out of the blue she sent me a Snapchat, a nude of herself, showing me her new tattoo.”

Lubala said he told the woman not to message him again and deleted her from the app. He then messaged the woman around two weeks before the alleged incident asking if she wanted to meet. The pair didn’t meet but arranged for her to come over on September 13.

He said: “She said ‘yeah I can come around and chill but I can’t have sex’. That was the first time she had ever said something like that. My response was ‘what are you talking about we don’t have to have sex, we can chill’.

“It was on a Friday, I don’t like to have sex before match day. My legs can feel achy and low on energy. My idea was to watch a movie. I didn’t have any TVs upstairs, only downstairs. She said, ‘no let’s go straight upstairs, I just want to lie down and we will watch something on your iPad’.”

He said after the pair had sex he went to the bathroom and came back to find her putting her clothes on. The woman said she had to be up early in the morning and needed to drive home.

He said: “It was a bit random. This was around half 1. She said ‘I have got to go’. I felt it wasn’t safe for her to drive home but I had football the next day. She has gone home and that was it really. I told her to message me when she got home to let me know she had got home safe. I never got a reply.”

Speaking about his arrest the day before the interview, he added: “It’s all a big shock to me. I haven’t got anything against her as a person. I thought she was nice and good with me. The word rape – it’s a massive shock. And she knows I’m not that type of person. I’m on a good buzz with my football career. I had just moved to Crawley.

“My football career was going well. And it’s all a big shock to me from someone I thought was a nice person. I really don’t [know why she has accused me]. I don’t know. It can’t be from anything I have done. So I don’t know why she has. I really don’t know.”

He said the pair had discussed being in an exclusive relationship but they had agreed to “see how things go”.

Yesterday jurors heard voice messages allegedly recorded as the woman was driving home.

The teenager could be heard crying as she said: “I drove up to my friend’s house. We’ve been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past. We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn’t want him to. I told him I didn’t want him to. I’m just driving home in the dark, I can’t stop crying.”

The trial continues.



Popular Fleetwood Iceland store worker Judith set to retire after 32 years

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For 32 years Judith Whitehead has been a friendly face at Fleetwood’s Iceland store – but this month she is set to retire.


Judith Whitehead is retiring from Iceland in Fleetwood after 32 years.

Judith Whitehead is retiring from Iceland in Fleetwood after 32 years.

Judith, who works as a cashier at the Lord Street branch, has been there since the store opened in late 1989.

During that time she has seen various shops come and go on the high street and she has certainly seen plenty of customers.

In fact, some of the youngsters who used to come in with their mums are now parents themselves.

Judith Whitehead is pictured with colleagues Paul Barker and Josie Birtwhistle.

Judith Whitehead is pictured with colleagues Paul Barker and Josie Birtwhistle.

Judith, 70, of Grange Road, Fleetwood, is all set to finally retire from the food store on Friday January 28

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, over the years.

“It’s the staff that make a place and we have been like family here at this store, and can honestly say I’ve enjoyed working with everyone.

“I’ll still be dropping in to see them all, once I’ve retired.”

Judith has always seen the job as more than just selling food to customers.

She says: “I always have a chat and a laugh with customers and I think that’s important.

“Not only does it mean they’ll want to come back, but I think in these times it’s more important than ever that people have someone to talk to.

“Some of our older customers may not see anyone all day, so when they come here they see a friendly face and have a bit of a chat. Most people need that, don’t they?”

Judith is married to retired joiner Michael, 78, and the couple have two daughters, Joanne Rowe and Sarah Bowker, and four grandchildren.

Once she is retired Judith will have more time to relax but she still hopes to keep in touch with her colleagues.

Josie Birtwistle, the store’s duty manager, said: “Jude is a very popular member of staff and the customers love her.

“She s always involved in our charity events and bakes us cakes too!

“She will certainly be missed but we’ve told her to pop in and see us whenever she can.”