Missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool found ‘safe and well’

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An appeal was launched to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool.


Melanie Law, from Blackpool, was reported missing on Friday morning (January 14).

Police said her disappearance was “worrying” and launched a public appeal to help find her.

Officers later confirmed the 13-year-old had been found “safe and well” and thanked residents for their help.

A missing girl, 13, from Blackpool was found "safe and well" following a police appeal

A missing girl, 13, from Blackpool was found “safe and well” following a police appeal

Historic Kirkham pub declared unviable and set for housing conversion

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The former Black Horse has been empty since March 2019


The former Black Horse pub in Kirkham
The former Black Horse pub in Kirkham

A 19th century pub which is considered “unviable” is to be converted to housing.

Fylde Council has approved plans which will see the former Black Horse pub in Kirkham converted into three apartments.

The pub’s history dates back to at least 1848, when it was first included on an OS map, but it has lay empty since closure in March 2019. The plans will also see extensions and outbuildings cleared and four semi-detached cottages built on the current car park.

According to estate agency Jenics, which handled the sale of the building, the Black Horse had struggled to operate in recent years and went through four landlords in as many years. It was listed for sale between March 2019 and August 2020 at a guide price of £225,000 plus VAT but no hard interest was found in the retaining its previous use.

Jenics stated: “During the marketing period there were 11 viewing parties, the majority of whom were looking at the site for alternate use. The premises attracted a small number of viewings of parties looking to use the premises for its existing use.

“The viewings did not however result in any formal offers.

“Reasons offered for the lack of interest included the level of investment required to improve facilities, particularly the ground floor kitchen area, which is not fit for catering purposes.”

It added: “It is our experience within the market that this type of venue would need to generate a net turnover of a minimum of £5,000 per week for it to be sustainable. Given the information provided by the pub company regarding barrelage and industry standards, we can demonstrate that The Blackhorse is not sustainable as a wet led community public house.”

With planning permission now granted, the long history of usage as a public house looks set to be over, with applicant LAB Property Developments now able to begin the conversion to housing.



January’s Lancashire mobile speed cameras: These are the Lancashire enforcement vehicles locations in Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster

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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 December

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

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

Fishergate Hill








These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, January 10 – Friday, January 14, 2022

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


** Man jailed for attacks on partner **

A Blackpool man has been jailed for six months following two drink and drug fuelled assaults on his partner.

Gary Wolstenholme was also made the subject of a two year restraining order forbidding him from contacting the woman.

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Blackpool Magistrates heard how forty one-year-old Wolstenholme, of Lytham Road, South Shore, had taken crack cocaine and heroin and drunk gin before one if the assaults.

He dragged the woman clad only in her socks down a corridor into his flat.

The court heard he was subject of a suspended sentence order a the time .

Hugh Pond, defending, said: “This is a toxic on off relationship between two people who abuse drink and drugs. I told my client he is better off without her .”

** Brave the shave’ charity fund-raiser stole cash from cancer research group fundcharity **

A man who staged a Brave the Shave charity event whisked away all the money.

Fifty -year-old William McInally raised around £300 when people had their heads shaved at Blackpool’s New Road Inn on Talbot Road .

The money was due to go to McMillan Cancer Research for which McInally was a registered fund raiser.

But they cash was never placed into the McMillan account despite a series of promises from McInally .

He did pay it over in the end but only after criminal proceedings had begun against him Julian Jones prosecuting told Blackpool magistrates.

The defendant who now lives in Gourlay Street, Glasgow admitted theft, and fraud by abuse of his position with McMillian .

Sentence was adjourned pending the preparation of pre sentence reports .

The prosecution told the court that the fundraiser was staged in June 2019.

Mr Jones said: “Criminal proceedings were started by the charity which provides specialist care through fundraising by the public and the defendant’s action put at risk the trust placed in that fundraising system.”

He said McMillan received complaints that their donations had not been passed on by McInally .

He said a figure if £300 was estimated to have been raised but it could have been more .

At one stage an ex girl friend put McInally’s picture on Facebook stating he had stolen the money .

Two years after the event he paid the money back but by then it was too late to stop proceedings.”

Steven Townley defending said McInally had suffered mental health problems . he accepts what he did was wrong “

** No licence driver ban **

A Fleetwood man has been banned from driving for six months .

James Houton, 42, of Hazeldene Road, admitted driving without a licence and without insurance. He was banned under the points totting up procedure by Blackpool Magistrates.

His lawyer Mitch Sarangi told the hearing:”The car was not his and he used it to go a short ride to the shops .”

Houton was stopped by police because he was not wearing a seat belt.

** Ex-Pool striker denies assaulting doormen **

A former Blackpool FC footballer has made his first appearance at court charged with two assaults.

Lee Thorpe, 45, who played as a striker in an 18-year career as a professional is charged with assaulting two club doormen at Blackpool’s Trilogy bar on July 31, 2021.

He appeared before Blackpool Magistrates alongside a co accused Calum Holmes, 35, who is accused assaulting another member of the bar staff causing actual bodily harm .

Thorpe, of Lennox Gate, Blackpool, and Holmes, of Dalewood Avenue, also Blackpool pleaded not guilty and asked for their cases to be dealt with by magistrates .

Thorpe played for nine Football League clubs in his career which ended at Fleetwood Town and AFC Fylde .

His last post in the game was as a lead coach at Blackpool’s Youth Development section.

Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, said that The Crown would show CCTV of the incident . The duo were both bailed until their trial which was fixed for May 9.

** Woman was five times over limit **

A woman was almost five times over the drink drive limit when she was arrested .

Beverley Riches had originally been a passenger in a car.

The driver had run off when he realised police had seen him jump a red light in Cleveleys town centre.

Whilst officers were involved in that incident, 52-year-old Riche,s of South Promenade, Cleveleys, moved seats and drove off.

She was later found at the wheel in a car park .

Riches admitted drink driving when she appeared before District Judge Jane Goodwin at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Steven Townley defending said his client had since sold the car and been to alcohol concern group Inspire for help.

She had impressed Inspire so much they were now funding her going through a college course so you can assist others.

Sentencing her the judge said: “You were many times over the limit and the starting point would have been 12 weeks prison

“I accept that there were issues with your relationship at the time and that you may have been self medicating with drink

“But you have taken positive steps and shown you are willing to learn a lesson.”

Riches was banned from driving for three years and given an eight week jail term suspended for a year .

She must pay £213 costs and go 15 rehabilitation days.

** Judge refuses plea for prison sentence **

A judge refused a man’s demand to be sent to prison.

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, heard how Edward Fox, 55, had threatened staff and damaged property at Blackpool’s probation offices on Coronation Street .

He had done it in a deliberate attempt to be put behind bars rather than continue with his drug taking life on the streets .

Fix admitted breaching the peace but when the judge said she was not imprisoning him he shouted: “I am warning you I am going to hurt someone to get back inside,”

He was bound over for a year to keep the peace in the sum of £150.

** Tailgate driver was over drink drive limit **

A man was over the drink drive limit when he tail-gated other drivers on the M55.

Stuart Hammond’s erratic driving was notified to police . Hammond, 27, of Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, was pulled up on Amounderness Way .

He was over the limit for the second time in his driving career .

Blackpool Magistrates heard that Hammond who had driven from Coventry had been drinking the night before .

He admitted the offence.

Hammond was banned from the road for three years, and ordered to do unpaid work and rehabilitation days.

** Neighbours’ row ends up in courtroom **

A neighbours’ spat ended in a woman being taken to court .

Tracy Flynn admitted assaulting her female neighbour on Edmonton Place, Blackpool. Flynn, 55, also admitted criminal damage to her neighbour’s hi viz jacket.

Flynn was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £10 compensation.

Steven Duffy, defending, at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court said Flynn has a perception that her neighbour “ruled the roost” on their estate .“ The neighbour has cameras around her home and us said to tell other people what to do and when to do it. The neighbour is one if the longest serving residents in the area.”

The court heard the women clashed over where and when she parked her mobility scooter.Flynn slapped the woman, grabbed her hair and her arm . Police had to intervene after Flynn said: “I will have you, youbitch, you rat.”

Mr Duffy said his client was being moved to Whitegate Drive which would end the disputes.

** Bus yobs case axed**

Four youths accused of failing to leave a double decker bus when ordered by the driver have had court proceedings ended.

The four aged 14 15 and 16 are all from Blackpool . They were being prosecuted at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court under the rarely used Public Service Vehicle (Conduct of driver’s conductors and passengers) Regulations . They were alleged to have caused a nuisance on the bus causing issues to the driver by ringing the bell opening the doors and forcing the bus to stop .

Sue Mugford defending two of the four said that following discussions between the prosecution service and defence it had been decided to reach an out of court disposal .

Prosecutor Peter Bardsley withdrew the charges .


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Mental health of kids in Blackpool improved with dogs, horses and therapy

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Blackpool was one of six areas in the country chosen to take part in the programme


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

A multi million pound project to boost the mental wellbeing of Blackpool children has improved outcomes for thousands of youngsters, according to a new report.

The HeadStart programme is due to come to an end in July this year after being awarded £10m of National Lottery funding in 2016.

Operating under the banner of the Resilience Revolution, it has forged partnerships with all 44 schools in the town, and worked with another Lottery funded scheme BetterStart which is aimed at pre-school children.

Blackpool was one of six areas nationally chosen to take part in the programme to develop a community approach to supporting mental health among young people.

Since its inception, HeadStart has provided nearly 77,000 opportunities for youngsters aged between 10 and 16 to take part in resilience building activities.

These have ranged from providing therapy dogs in schools, using horse riding to improve self esteem and walk and talk therapy to provide an alternative form of counselling to children at risk of self-harm.

The scheme has also seen the launch of the Blackpool Beating Bullying campaign which has gained national recognition.

A report being presented to a special meeting of Blackpool Council’s children and young people’s scrutiny committee on Wednesday (January 12), says it was ” found that young people who are engaged in activities fare better than

This includes those “facing complex disadvantages” who have benefited from targeted intervention.

Outcomes have included better support for children who self-harm, and fewer pupils being excluded from school.

The report says since HeadStart was launched, 99.5 per cent of
young people receiving a targeted Resilience Revolution (RR) intervention have not been permanently excluded from school.

In addition 82 per cent of young people have not returned to A&E with self-harm injuries or risks since receiving specialist support from the resilience coaches.

The report adds: “Our report shows a wealth of evidence that all
aspects of life – family, friends, school, and career – have been transformed
with enhanced relationships, renewed aspirations, and increased learning

It is now hoped to continue the work started by Headstart once the funding ends.

The report says: “Our next challenge, in the final phase of the HeadStart programme, is to build a legacy that will enable the successful areas of the RR to continue once the funding has ceased.”




Concern growing for missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool who may have travelled to Preston

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An appeal was launched to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool who police believed may have travelled to Preston.


Melanie Law, from Blackpool, was reported missing earlier today (Friday, January 14), police said.

The 13-year-old girl is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with brown hair, styled in a bob.

She was wearing blue jeans, white trainers with glitter heels and a black fur coat with a hood at the time of her disappearance.

Melanie – who has links to Blackpool and Kirkham – may have travelled to Preston.

PC Georgia Boyle, of Blackpool Police, said: “Melanie’s disappearance is worrying and we are concerned for her welfare.

“If you know where she is, please come forward with information.

Melanie Law, 13, from Blackpool, was reported missing on January 14 (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Melanie Law, 13, from Blackpool, was reported missing on January 14 (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“I would also ask Melanie, if she sees this appeal, to get in touch and let us know she is safe and well.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

In an emergency call 999.



Washing machine goes up in flames inside Cleveleys commercial building

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Four fire engines were called to extinguish a washing machine after it went up in flames in Cleveleys.

Firefighters from Bispham, Blackpool, and Fleetwood were called to a commercial building in Warren Drive at around 3.35 am today (January 29).

Crews discovered a washing machine well alight inside the storeroom of the property when they arrived.

Firefighters equipped with four breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish the flames.

Four fire engines were called to extinguish a washing machine in Warren Drive

Four fire engines were called to extinguish a washing machine in Warren Drive

The fire service reported no injuries.

Crews were at the scene for approximately 40 minutes.



Stanley Park lake will not be reopened after swan found showing symptoms of bird flu

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Blackpool Council’s plans to reopen Stanley Park lake have been postponed indefinitely after a swan was found showing symptoms of bird flu there.

The council had hoped to reopen the park soon, as no bird deaths had been reported since December 20 2021.

However, reports of a sick swan sighted in the 260-acre park today means the cordon, which has been in place since November following a confirmed outbreak of bird flu, must remain in place.

So far, 25 Stanley Park swans and two geese have died from suspected bird flu. A further three swans, all believed to be showing symptoms of the deadly disease, have been killed by foxes, taking the total death count to 30.

The number of swans in Stanley Park has fallen by 40%

The number of swans in Stanley Park has fallen by 40%

The total number of swans in the park has fallen by more than 40 percent – plummeting from 68 to 40 in less than three months.

The lake must remain closed, Blackpool Council said

The lake must remain closed, Blackpool Council said

Run down Blackpool property full of potential is now up for auction

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Would you take on this property and give it a new lease of life?


Blackpool property in need of some TLC
Blackpool property in need of some TLC

Just streets away from Blackpool’s seafront is this unsuspecting property that could be the beginnings of a new venture.

Tucked away just off of the Promenade is the run down property, formerly a commercial unit but now, without any owner, the property is in need of quite a bit of work.

Along Clarendon Road, down a side street, is the two storey detached workshop unit, still filled with the evidence of its once thriving days.


The exterior of the building, whilst probably the most intact part of the property doesn’t fill onlookers with much hope for its future, but upon closer inspection, this small shed-like unit could be a real gem.

One of two office spaces inside this run down unit
One of two office spaces inside this run down unit

Currently on the bidding market, prices for this property start at £60,000 with the auction date scheduled for later this January.

Inside, the unit briefly comprises ground floor open plan workshop which is accessed via double doors – this is quite the selling point for the property and could make for a brilliant studio or an enhanced workshop space.

Up on the first floor, there is a great opportunity for office spaces for a smaller company with reasonably sized rooms and even a small kitchen space for those all important brew breaks.

Spacious workshop on the ground floors of the property
Spacious workshop on the ground floors of the property

From the work shop there is separate access to the first floor where the two offices, kitchen, store and toilets can be found.

Both office rooms have ample amounts of space for desks, chairs printers and storage furniture making it and ideal place to work.

The kitchen is big enough for two people to use at one time so again, for a smaller company in need of an office, this space is truly ideal.

Small kitchen space inside this unit
Small kitchen space inside this unit

While it may seem the obvious option to use the building as a work shop and office, there is still room for so much more.

The entire building could be converted into small flats, perfect for single individuals looking for a local place to live.

It could be used as a salon with each room ideal for beauty treatments- for £60,000 this could be an investor’s dream.

The auctions has been scheduled for January 20 at 12pm- more details can be found on the website.



These are the faces and stories of 17 Blackpool and Fylde coast criminals locked up in 2021

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From rapists to murderers, child abusers and stalkers, criminals from across the region were jailed in 2021.


These are 17 Blackpool and Fylde coast criminals that were jailed in 2021:

Fire outside Blackpool hotel as four fire engines rush to the scene

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene on Lord Street


Four fire engines have rushed to a fire on Lord Street, in Blackpool
Four fire engines have rushed to a fire on Lord Street, in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

Four fire engines have rushed to a fire outside a hotel in Blackpool.

The blaze involves a bin compound on Lord Street and emergency services were called just before noon today (January 14).

According to witnesses, the bin compound reportedly belongs to Trades Hotel.

Firefighters attended as there was a risk of the blaze spreading to a commercial building.

They extinguished the blaze and are checking the building for any damage.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire could be seen billowing smoke up into the sky and was visible from the other side of the town.

Firefighters at the scene on Lord Street, in Blackpool
Firefighters at the scene on Lord Street, in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to an incident on Lord Street in Blackpool.

“There is a bin compound on fire next to a property.

“There was a risk of spreading to a commercial building. We were called 36 minutes ago.

“We have got four fire engines there.

“Firefighters extinguished the fire in the compound and are checking the building now.”



William Regal Comments On WWE Departure

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The Longtime Wrestler And Administrator Was Let Go Wednesday


William Regal has commented on his release from WWE, taking to Twitter to express his gratitude for his two decade tenure with the organization.

Regal wrote, “Thank you to @WWE for a wonderful 21 year run. You gave a lad who was happy and in wonderland wrestling on a carnival have a charmed life for 21 years. No complaints and please no one waste time replying as I won’t have a bad work said against the company. I will add that @WWE saved my life in 1999 when they didn’t need to, kept my family fed and took me all around the world. You have my gratitude forever. You allowed me to live a charmed life.”

After a brief stint in 1998, Regal re-signed with WWE in 2000. A former Intercontinental, European, and Tag Team champion, Regal was perhaps more memorable as an on-screen administrator, whether he was commissioner of Raw in the Attitude Era, or the GM of NXT over these preceding years.

At the time of his release on Wednesday, Regal had been working as a scout for WWE developmental. Along with Regal, several other NXT principals were let go, including Road Dogg, Samoa Joe, and others.




The best cafes and coffee shops on the Fylde coast that everyone should try, according to TripAdvisor

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From ‘beautiful’ brunch spots to ‘lovely’ spots for a brew – there’s lots of hidden gems to explore


The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire
The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Whether you fancy a walk with your dog or a quick trip out to see the sea, the Fylde Coast is a beautiful place to be.

According to travellers on Tripadvisor, its also one of the best places to pop in to an independent cafe for a coffee or pot of tea – or even a bite to eat.

There are a lot of coffee shops on the Fylde coast, so much so, working out where to pick up your hot companion for your winter walk can be a little tricky.

One way to find out where’s good is to hear from people who have been there before, and travellers on Tripadvisor are there to do exactly that.

Here are the highest rated cafes on the Fylde Coast, including coffee spots from Fleetwood, Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.

Curiositea at 23

Curiositea at 23 is rated #6 of 449 restaurants in Blackpool and boasts a five-star rating following 200 reviews left by previous guests.

The Layton Road cafe serves breakfast, lunch and brunch and has only 13 reviews below ‘excellent’.

Curiositea cafe on Layton Road, Blackpool
Curiositea cafe on Layton Road, Blackpool (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Of its 187 ‘excellent’ reviews, those who have previously visited the cafe have said it is a ‘beautiful place’ with ‘great food’.

One guest named Donna wrote: “What an amazing coffee shop. Nothing was too much trouble for us. The lady who owns it had so much knowledge on gluten free as he dad has it and she took her time to tell us things which were gluten free(which was most of the menu) and even said she had different mayonnaise in the back.

“The portion sizes are huge and the homemade coleslaw is so fresh. The staff are so lovely and chatty and nothing was too much trouble for them. Honestly it is worth 10 and more. Do not come to this area without stopping in you will not be disappointed.”

Curiositea at 23 is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9am until 4pm.

The Lytham Kitchen

The Lytham Kitchen, in Lytham St Anne’s, is rated #6 of 115 restaurants in the area. It is rated 4.5 stars overall following 568 reviews left by previous guests on Tripadvisor.

422 of those reviews rate the Lytham Kitchen as ‘excellent’ with many praising the cafe for its varied menu.

Graham W said the cafe is ‘reliably good’ and wrote: “Always a great experience here – friendly staff, great service, and food always on form. Everything you’d want in a small cafe/restaurant.”

The Lytham Kitchen is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am until 4:30pm. On sunday it is open from 10:30am.


Mojo in Bispham is rated #1 of two coffee and tea shops in Bispham. It has a five-star rating following 79 reviews from previous guests and is yet to receive a review below ‘very good’.

76 of its 79 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’ with many customers simply stopping by to pick up a coffee or a bite to eat.

One user described it as a ‘lovely little coffee shop’ and wrote: “My partner and I stopped off at this little gem on a recent day out in Blackpool. We ordered a couple of lattes and both agreed that these were delicious.

“The barista was very friendly and informative about the products. The drinks were great value and the added touch of a little Lotus biscuit on the side was very welcomed. We would 100% recommended this coffeeshop to anyone looking for a well made coffee and wanting to support local businesses.”

Mojo is a place ‘for coffee lovers’ and is open every dau from 9:30am. It closes at 4:30pm every day except Friday and Saturday, where it closes at 10pm.

Beach Cafe Fylde

Beach Cafe Fylde is rated #5 of 31 quick bites in Lytham St Anne’s. Prices range from £6 to £11, its veggie friendly and has gluten free options.

Situated on the South Promenade, its the ideal spot to pick up a hot drink on a coast walk.

Previous customers have said it is ‘worth a visit’ with others saying they serve a ‘great cuppa in safe environment’.

Carolyn B said it is an ‘excellent place’ and wrote: “Great food, spotlessly clean and we felt very safe. The scrambled egg was perfect and the toast was lovely, not just warmed up bread. To crown a lovely all day breakfast they serve Rooibos tea. 10/10 for that. We will be back.”

Beach Cafe Fylde is open every day from 9am until 5pm.


Katie’s in Fleetwood is rated as #1 for desserts in Fleetwood and has five-stars on Tripadvisor.

The cafe is in the Affinity Lancashire shopping centre (?) and is said to be ‘excellent’ by those who have visited before.

Katie's at Affinity retail park in Fleetwood, Lancashire
Katie’s at Affinity retail park in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

One customer reviewed the cafe last week and wrote: “Greeted by, polite well dressed staff who show you to a table. Lovely clean restaurant. Plenty of choice on the menu, I had the special, southern chicken on a ciabatta with salad and fries, dad had a full breakfast. Both severed in a timely manner and the food was delicious, both plates went back empty. Will definitely recommend and we will return.”

The cafe was established in 2018 and is open every day from 10am until 4:30pm. On Sunday it opens at 10:30am.

Compass cafe bar

Compass Cafe Bar of Birley Street in Blackpool is rated as #1 of 124 Quick Bites at the resort. It is rated five-stars overall following reviews from 235 customers on Tripadvisor.

215 of its 235 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’ with some guests branding Compass cafe bar as ‘the best’.

Helene D said: “Been here twice in a row for breakfast and it can’t be beaten on price, quality or friendliness of the team working here. They are lovely and welcoming the place is spotless and the food beautiful!”

Compass Cafe Bar is open every day from 9am until 4pm, on Saturday it closes at 5pm.

Carol and Jason’s The Eating House

The Eating House in Fleetwood is rated #2 of 53 restaurants in Fleetwood and boasts a five-star rating following 112 reviews.

The Adelaide Street cafe has been described as a ‘very homely and cosy little place to eat’ by previous customers.

The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire
The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Detlev M wrote: “5 out 5, very friendly family run eatery. We ordered a small all day breakfast and a coffee, and not only was the food lovely, but the portion was more than we expected. well worth it . lovely small place were you can eat relaxed.”

Carol and Jason’s The Eating House is closed on Monday, Sunday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday it is open from 8am until 3pm and promises a good breakfast.

Fresh Cafe

Fresh Cafe in Lytham St Anne’s is rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor with previous customers praising the ‘excellent cafe’.

Its dog-friendly and is highly thought of for its cakes and afternoon tea.

One user left a shining review in December and wrote: “Lovely cafe, great service & an excellent breakfast, great value and staff very welcoming pleasant and attentive. Used two days in a row as we were visiting family and they remembered the previous days order.

“Dogs welcome and they received a sausage each which helped keep them quiet. We will definitely be returning.”

Fresh cafe is open every day, except Monday and Sunday, from 10am until 4pm.

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar in Cedar Square, Blackpool, has a five-star rating built up from 223 reviews from previous customers on Tripadvisor.

The cafe has been praised for its ‘great value’ and ‘amazing’ breakfast by many happy guests.

One user, lynnereay78, said they serve a ‘great breakfast with quality ingredients’.

They wrote: “Saw this place reviewed by a vlogger the macmaster and he rated this place as exceptional so we gave it a go, we ordered the breakfast special which as £12 for 2 people, it came with a very good quality sausage, 2 bacon, mushrooms, fried egg, beans in a separate pot, 2 toast and a tea or coffee.

“The food was delicious and hot, the service was fantastic and the place is spotlessly clean. We will definitely going back every visit to blackpool. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.”

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar is closed on Wednesday and Sunday, but it is open from 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Cafe Royal

Fleetwood’s Cafe Royal is also among the highest-rated cafes on the Fylde coast.

It has 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor following 345 reviews left by previous customers, 233 rate Cafe Royal as ‘excellent’.

Cafe Royal in Fleetwood, Lancashire
Cafe Royal in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

One guest said Cafe Royal is ‘Fleetwoods best kept secret’ after visiting in October.

The user, Shay2589, wrote: “This was our first visit after being recommended by a freind and it definitely lived upto our expectations. We visited last Sunday and upon arrival we were made to feel really at ease (especially with all the do’s and dont’s at the moment).

“We were greeted by a bubbly staff member and asked to sanitise, fill the track and trace and wear our mask to the table until we were seated at the table which was being sanitised just as we walked in. We opted for the 3 course roast dinner and it was delicious, the beef was tender and tasty and the chips were the real deal – home cooked!!

“Service was superb, really well run under what we can only imagine must be difficult circumstances for them. Thankyou ladies we will definitely be back soon”

Others have said ‘you will not find better homemade chips’ than those at Cafe Royal.

Cafe Royal is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm.

Bistro St Annes

Bistro St Annes of Orchard Road in Lytham St Annes has a five-star rating on Tripadvisor and is rated as #4 of 115 restaurants in the area.

Of its 218 reviews, 185 of them consider the cafe ‘excellent’ with many citing its ‘great’ and ‘tasty’ food.

One customer wrote: “We had two large breakfasts and a breakfast barm. Everything was excellent and served by lovely friendly staff. I would highly recommend this place. The tea was good too. The decor is nice with plenty of space between tables and the food is thoughtfully presented.”

Bistro St Annes is open from 10am until 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Number Five

Also in Blackpool’s Cedar Square is Number Five who have 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor.

Of its 349 customer reviews, only 18 rated it below ‘very good’ – 263 rated it as ‘excellent’.

The cafe is praised for its paninis, cakes, coffee and ‘pleasant atmosphere’ frequently in its reviews.

One customer said it is a ‘great cafe’ and added: “Stopped off here for Coffee & Cake. Great quick service, nice coffee, nice cake & good price. Is nicely situated with a view over the square.”

Number Five is open every day from 9:30am. It closes at 4:30pm from Monday to Wednesday, and at 5pm from Thursday to Sunday.

The Black Sheep Tea Room

The Black Sheep Tea Room in Lytham St Anne’s is rated 4.5 stars overall by previous guests on Tripadvisor.

123 of its 162 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’.

It is generally praised for its ‘lovely food and great service’ with other previous customers sharing its ‘amazing afternoon tea’.

One customer said: “I recently went with a girlfriend to the black sheep tearoom. We ordered an afternoon tea. The staff were fantastic Very friendly. The food was all so fresh and delicious, I will be back again very soon.”

The Clifton Street gem is open every day. It opens at 9:30am from Monday to Friday, but opens at 10am on Sunday.



Blackpool handed fresh injury blow ahead of Barnsley clash – but there is better news elsewhere

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Blackpool have been handed yet another injury blow ahead of this weekend’s game against Barnsley.

Neil Critchley’s squad has been depleted by injuries and positive Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, missing as many as 10 players at one point.

Those concerns have only been added to this week with news that James Husband and Keshi Anderson will now also be missing for a “number of weeks”, according to Pool’s head coach.

It comes after the pair both suffered hamstring injuries during last week’s FA Cup defeat to Hartlepool United.

“They will both be out for a number of weeks,” Critchley said.

“We’d probably expect Keshi to be out a little longer than Hubby.

“It’s a blow because they’ve been good players for us, but we had injuries last year and we’ve had injuries this year. Keshi missed a lot of last season unfortunately.

Keshi Anderson suffered a hamstring injury during last week's cup tie

Keshi Anderson suffered a hamstring injury during last week’s cup tie

“We’ll just get on with it and do the best we can as we always do, because it creates opportunities for other people in the squad.

“I think we’ve got good competition for places and we’ve got a good, strong squad, so hopefully we will see the benefit of that in the second half of the season.”

There is better news elsewhere though, with Critchley revealing Kevin Stewart is back in training.

The midfielder has endured an injury-hit campaign this season, making only three appearances in total.

His potential return is timely given Critchley is without a number of options in central midfield and is having to rely on Callum Connolly and Kenny Dougall as his only two fit performers in that position.

“There’s positive news with the fact Kev Stewart has been training this week,” Critchley added.

“He started joining in towards the back end of last week so that’s a positive for us.

“We saw Luke Garbutt back on the pitch last week which was a positive for us as well.

“Reece James, we’re hoping he starts doing some running either today or tomorrow which would be a positive step in the right direction for him.

“Sonny Carey is waiting to have an operation on his foot. He had Covid last week so unfortunately he couldn’t have his operation.

“We’re still waiting on Chris Maxwell, but Matty Virtue has started joining in a little bit of training which is fantastic news for him. It’s really good to have him back around the group.

“It’s much too soon and early to be contemplating involving him in the squad, but that’s great news for him.

“Grant Ward is a little bit further behind.”

Stewart is unlikely to be thrown straight back into the starting line-up given his injury problems.

But given Pool’s lack of depth in that position, Critchley is delighted to have the 28-year-old back in contention.

“When you look at him and see him doing his running, you wouldn’t think he’d been out injured,” he said.

“He’s very diligent in the work he does, he’s very conscientious looking after himself and he has been a miss for us. We miss his presence and experience on the pitch.

“To go without him for virtually the first half of the season has been a loss to us.”

When asked if Stewart is in contention for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley, Critchley replied: “He’s training, so that puts him in contention yes.

“You don’t have to be Einstein to work out at the moment our midfield options are slightly light, so if he is available would be a bonus to us at this moment in time.”


Woman’s amazing transformation after she ‘didn’t fit’ on Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Antonia knew something had to change after a seat belt wouldn’t fasten around her at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and she was turned away from two rides


Antonia Mulvaney, 28, from Whiston, pictured before her incredible weight loss
Antonia Mulvaney, 28, from Whiston, pictured before her incredible weight loss (Image: Echo)

A woman has lost seven stone after she was turned away from two roller coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Antonia Mulvaney, 28, struggled with her weight from a young age and as she got older, lost control of her diet, which led her to weighing over 20 stone, LiverpoolEcho reports.

Antonia, from Whiston, said her diet had mainly consisted of takeaways and convenience foods before she realised something had to change.

Antonia was turned away from The Big One and Revolution roller coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach before she decided to lose weight.

Recalling the experience, she told The Echo: “They’ve got these tiny little entrance ways to get into the rides. I was struggling to go through the turnstiles and then basically, when I got to the ride the bar came down but I’ve got a seat belt and basically, the seat belt didn’t go anywhere near me.

“They come down and check to make sure everyone is strapped in and I hadn’t even noticed the seat belt at first, I just got in and pulled the bar down.

“It was the most humiliating experience of my life. I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up.

“I tried to go on another ride and the same thing happened – I couldn’t go on that.”

Antonia said: “It was sort of the first real time that my weight had stopped me doing something, it had stopped me going on these rides that I wanted to go on.

“I’d never been to Blackpool before, I always wanted to go and the time I went I couldn’t go on any of the rides, so I was just like ‘no I can’t go on like this.’

“I went to the doctor and they told me I was pre-diabetic. That was also another motivation for going back to Slimming World.”

Antonia had previously been a member of Slimming World and had made the decision to try and follow the plan independently.

When this proved unsuccessful, she returned to a Slimming World group in Huyton where her friend was also a member.

Antonia has lost seven stone since joining Slimming World
Antonia has lost seven stone since joining Slimming World (Image: Antonia Mulvaney)

In the space of six months, Antonia has lost seven stone and dropped six dress sizes.

She now weighs 13st 3lbs and wears size 12-14 in clothes.

Antonia said: “I’m really proud of myself and happy because people who haven’t seen me for ages notice and they’re like ‘oh my, don’t you look well, haven’t you lost weight’ – and honestly, that’s better than any takeaway could ever taste.

“The way I dress has completely changed as well. I’ve gone from wearing leggings and really big baggy t-shirts to dresses and skirts and stuff like that.

“My wardrobe has completely changed because of how I feel in myself.

“I cook all my own food now. I don’t think I’ve bought something ready done – unless it’s a Slimming World ready meal – in I don’t knows how long.”

Antonia added: “I’d say for anyone who’s wanting to join, who’s a bit nervous, to take the plunge because everyone is in the same boat there.

Antonia Mulvaney pictured before and after her incredible weight loss
Antonia Mulvaney pictured before and after her weight loss (Image: Echo)

“Everyone has their ups and downs with it and everyone has their good weeks and bad weeks and if it is a gain everyone will support you.

“They will give you ideas maybe of how you can jig up your weekly menu and give you recipe ideas. When you do have a bad week there’s always that support in group.”

Antonia’s typical diet before she lost weight


McDonald’s breakfast – sausage and egg McMuffin with two hash browns


Thick white bread sandwich with crisps and a fizzy drink


Takeaway pizza or an Indian or Chinese takeaway

Antonia’s typical diet now


Bran flakes


Chicken salad or an omelette


Homemade spag bol or chilli or a Slimming World ready meal


Blackpool finally announce the permanent signing of Crewe Alexandra winger Owen Dale

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Owen Dale’s switch to Blackpool has finally been made into a permanent one.

The winger returned to Crewe Alexandra during the week after his loan spell at Bloomfield Road expired.

Dale initially joined the Seasiders on September 1 with a view to making the move permanent this month.

However, that was thrown into doubt when Crewe boss David Artell released a statement claiming the Railwaymen would “endeavour” to do all they could to get him back “fit and available”.However, contrary to reports, it’s understood a permanent move was always on the cards and it was just a case of finding a resolution between the two clubs.

Dale has agreed a two-year deal with the Seasiders, with an option to extend by 12 months.

Head coach Neil Critchley told The Gazette: “The agreement of the loan was always due to run out in January and then it was about finding an agreement – like with any transfer – between two clubs, which can take a bit of time.

“We found that resolution and both clubs came to an agreement, so he now becomes a permanent Blackpool player.

Dale's loan spell with the Seasiders has now ended

Dale’s loan spell with the Seasiders has now ended

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Owen back to the club on a permanent basis.

“Owen is someone I’ve known for a very long time. I’ve seen him have a very good upbringing and education at Crewe.

“I thought he had a fantastic season last season in a good Crewe team and this has always been our plan to bring him here permanently.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to find a resolution with Crewe to come to an agreement.”

Dale scored on his Blackpool debut in the comeback win at Reading in October but only managed another six further appearances, last featuring in the defeat at Derby County on December 11.

The winger’s loan got off to a delayed start as an issue with his foot emerged during his medical, meaning he didn’t make his Blackpool bow for another seven weeks after joining.

Despite his stop-start time at Bloomfield Road to date, Critchley is excited about what the future holds for his latest recruit.

Dale becomes Blackpool’s second signing of the January transfer window, following in the footsteps of striker Jake Beesley from Rochdale.The Seasiders are also keen to strengthen in central midfield, where their options have been depleted by injuries and the recall of Ryan Wintle to Cardiff City.


From winter walks to getting closer to nature – these events across Wyre explore the great outdoors

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January has kicked off with every opportunity to get out and about in Wyre, blow off the cobwebs and keep moving as the winter draws on.

Wyre Council has launched its activities for the great outdoors and there’s a packed agenda with something for everyone.

On Monday, join a team of enthusiastic beach cleaners to give Rossall Beach a tidy-up. It’s a rewarding morning looking after the environment. No need to book for this one – meet at Rossall promenade, Cleveleys near the flag pole at 9.30am.

There’s a long walk planned for January 14 across the fields and lanes of the Wyre Estuary. It starts at 10.30am at River Road and takes in the views of the river as it meanders up stream. You will have to book and it’s £4, £3 for concessions. Call 01995 602125 or email garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk.

Beach cleans such as this are part of a host of outdoor events in Wyre this January

Beach cleans such as this are part of a host of outdoor events in Wyre this January

On January 16, there’s a winter bird watching event at Rossall Point Tower. This takes place from 10am to 11am.

The Walking Wyre group is out and about frequently throughout January including on the 22nd with a stroll in Fleetwood along the seafront. This is an afternoon event starting at The Esplanade at 1.30pm.

Also on January 22 is an Ecology Day with Dr Alan Bedford. It’s an introduction to invertebrates including identification and recording, photography and microscopy. It’s £5 for RSB members and £10 for non members, children can go free accompanied by an adult. It’s in Thornton and more details will be given when booking – email elisabethallouis@hotmail.co.uk Price includes use of equipment, refreshments and buffet lunch. It takes place from 10am to 5pm.

The Big Garden Birdwatch rounds off an active month on January 29 and 30 and in between there are science workshops at The Mount in Fleetwood, conservation days and lots of almost daily activities. Visit the activities listings HERE


Owen Dale vows there’s a lot more to come from him in a Blackpool shirt after sealing permanent switch

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Owen Dale vows there’s a lot more to come from him in a Blackpool shirt.

It comes after the winger’s permanent switch to Bloomfield Road was finally completed after his loan spell from Crewe Alexandra had expired.

The 23-year-old returned to Gresty Road earlier in the week, throwing doubts over whether he would join the Seasiders permanently as initially advertised.

Dale initially joined Blackpool on September 1 with a view to making the move permanent this month.

However, Dale has now finally become a Blackpool player, agreeing a two-year deal plus a 12-month option for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be below the £500,000 that had previously been reported.

Now his future is resolved, Dale believes his permanent switch will give him the “freedom” and “momentum” to perform well on a more consistent basis.

He scored on his Blackpool debut in the comeback win at Reading in October but only managed another six further appearances, last featuring in the defeat at Derby County on December 11.

Dale has now joined Blackpool on a permanent basis

Dale has now joined Blackpool on a permanent basis

The winger’s loan got off to a delayed start as an issue with his foot emerged during his medical, meaning he didn’t make his Blackpool bow for another seven weeks after joining.

“I’m happy to now be here as a permanent player and I’m ready to really crack on,” he told the club’s official website.

“This will give me a lot more freedom.

“I’ve done fine so far, but there’s definitely a lot more to come from me and I can now kick on and show that.

“In football you always want to gain some momentum and that’s something I’ve not quite been able to do yet.

“Now I can get that momentum, help the team and show what I’m here to do.”


Walking crime wave leaves Blackpool after joining ‘feral’ gang

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A one boy walking crime wave has escaped life behind bars.

A one boy walking crime wave has escaped life behind bars.

The youth who cannot be named for legal reasons was not sentenced to detention because his family of six are to move from Blackpool.

The 16-year -old who comes from central Blackpool made his latest appearance at court .

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

He has built up a string of convictions in a one year period . These include the theft of high class cars to order, criminal damage and assault crimes.

He has convictions for breaching court orders including removing his tag so he could go out at night in defiance of his curfew .

Police have branded the slightly built teen feral and out of control .

Brett Chappell, defending, told Blackpool Youth Court: “This young man, a child by definition, faces losing his liberty .

“I have dealt with every case . Blackpool has many positives but it also has a litany of negatives.

“He has massively gone down the wrong path and become engrossed in a gang based criminality “

“Police say it is a feral group without justification and out of control .

“His family has taken the huge step to move and from Monday they will begin a new life in the West Midlands

“They want to break all ties with Blackpool where his offending is fuelled by influences .”

“Away from this group he is a pleasure to deal with .”

“but it is Jekyll and Hyde when he is back with them

“Both he and his family have faced threats , pressure and duress .

“Twelve months ago he had not seen the inside of a court – his decline has been rapid .”

“The family decision to move lock stock and barrel is his final chance to avoid detention.”

He was given a 18 month rehabilitation order with intensive supervision and surveillance.

He will have 92 activity days and a three month curfew to be served in his new address at Wolverhampton .