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‘Jewellery and bunch of house keys’ stolen from Cleveleys bungalow after burglar ransacks home

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A burglar stole “a quantity of jewellery and a bunch of house keys” after breaking into a bungalow in Cleveleys.

 

A man was caught on CCTV making his way to the back of a property in Holmefield Avenue at around 12.30pm today (Monday, January 10).

The offender proceeded to smash the bathroom window of the bungalow before attempting to kick down the back door.

He then smashed a glass panel on the back door to gain entry before making an “untidy search of two bedrooms”.

A burglar stole a "quantity of jewellery and a bunch of house keys" after breaking into a bungalow in Holmefield Avenue, Cleveleys (Credit: Google)

A burglar stole a “quantity of jewellery and a bunch of house keys” after breaking into a bungalow in Holmefield Avenue, Cleveleys (Credit: Google)

Police said the man then fled the scene with “a quantity of jewellery and a large bunch of house keys”.

Officers urged anyone who found a set of keys on the street to hand them into Fleetwood Police Station in Church Street.

Residents who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area were asked to call 101, quoting LC 20220110-0613.

You can also report any information online at doitonline.lancashire.police.uk.

For lots of useful tips and advice to keep your home secure, visit www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/property-safety/burglary.aspx.

 

 

Blackpool streets sealed off after group attacks near Home Bargains

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A police cordon was set off on Hopton Road at the junction of Lytham Road next to Home Bargains

 

Police cordon on Hopton Road
Police cordon on Hopton Road (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

Several streets were cordoned off in Blackpool following an incident near Home Bargains.

Police were called to Hopton Road, off Lytham Road, last night (January 9).

It followed reports of assaults in the area by a group of offenders.

Pictures from the scene showed a police cordon in place on Hopton Road from the junction with Home Bargains and extending into Blundell Street.

At least two police vans were parked in the area and Hopton Street was taped off to pedestrians and motorists.

Lancashire Constabulary told LancsLive the incident involved ‘an assault or a couple of assaults involving a group by Home Bargains’.

They resulted in ‘relatively minor injuries’ and no arrests have been reported.

North West Ambulance Service has been contacted for comment.

 

 

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 .

 

WATCH: The shocking moment a north west driver sped past at 100mph – on the wrong side of the road

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This is the shocking moment a driver allegedly sped past at 100mph – on the wrong side of the road.

 

Onlookers said the driver sped past in a no-overtake zone and barely made it back onto the right side of the road in time.

The incident took place on December 31 on the A590 between Dalton-in-Furness and Lindal-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Connor Chapman, 22, a food delivery driver, filmed the incident on his dashcam while driving his girlfriend home from work.

The incident took place on December 31

The incident took place on December 31
Hair-raising footage shows banned Lancashire driver leading police on 100mph cha…

“It could have easily caused a crash.”

 

 

Blackpool thief ransacked homes then fled on electric scooter with £25k in jewels and cash

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Stephen Brady was living in Blackpool after being released from prison and fell back into heavy drug use after being asked to move

 

Stephen Brady was jailed for four and a half years
Stephen Brady was jailed for four and a half years

A gem thief grandad raided homes of innocent victims before fleeing on an electric scooter with £25,000 worth of jewellery and cash.

Stephen Brady snatched high value items to fund his £200-a-day drug addiction.

The 54-year-old was living in Blackpool after being released from prison and had made efforts to turn his life around, a court heard.

However his ‘progress was undone’ when he was asked to move and fell back into heavy drug use.

The career criminal, who has 33 previous convictions for burglary offences and a rap sheet dates back to the 1980s, used an electronic scooter to flee from the scene of his crimes.

Brady had racked up a hefty drug habit – which he funded by targeting the homes of innocent victims.

In one cruel raid in Prestwich, the crook made off with more than £12,000 in valuables, the M.E.N reports.

Prosecutor Brian Berlyne said on July 2 last year, a man returned to his house at around 2.50pm to discover it had been broken into.

He told the court: “Entry was gained by smashing a rear window.

“Around £330 worth of jewellery was stolen.

“Brady was later identified by a police officer as a result of CCTV footage, despite wearing a face mask and gloves.”

In a victim statement, the homeowner said his wife, who is on her own at home during the day, has become ‘very nervous’ since the burglary took place.

Mr Berlyne told the court the victim was worried that Brady would come back and steal their Christmas presents before he was eventually caught.

The second burglary took place on Northbrook Avenue on July 16 when the victim returned to his house to find a rear window had been smashed.

“Around £6,800 worth of jewellery and clothes were stolen,” Mr Berlyne told the court.

“Blood stains were left in the house and the DNA matched the defendant. CCTV footage showed him arriving on an electric scooter.”

In a statement, the victim, who had lived in the house for 51 years, said he no longer felt safe there and was considering moving.

On August 31, one victim had left his home on Edenfield Road to go out with his wife and young children.

The court heard that a neighbour raised the alarm after spotting Brady on the front driveway, appearing to be in a ‘hurry.’

When the homeowner arrived home, he noticed that his back door was open and phoned the police.

“CCTV footage shows the defendant climbing on to the flat roof at the side of the house,” Mr Berlyne told the court.

“Whilst on that roof he used a brick to smash a bedroom window.

“Jewellery and cash worth £6,420 was stolen.”

In a victim impact statement, the man said the items which had been stolen had sentimental value, and that his daughter felt too scared to live in the house afterwards.

The final burglary took place on September 24 on Sheepfoot Lane in Prestwich, with jewellery estimated to be worth £12,000 stolen from the property.

A glass panel in the back door to the house had been smashed by Brady to gain access, the court heard.

The female victim said in an impact statement that the jewellery stolen included irreplaceable heirlooms she intended to give to her children.

“My 10-year-old son now sleeps in bed with me due to being so scared the burglar will come back,” she said.

“He is scared when he hears noises.

“All of the possessions were very sentimental. Some of them have memories I won’t be able to get back.”

Brady was jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court
Brady was jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court

Defending, Victoria Lewis said her client had made efforts to turn his life around after he was last released from prison.

“He was released from prison in July 2020 and was able to start building a more positive and happy life,” Ms Lewis told the court.

“This was made possible by stable accommodation in Blackpool. He was able to work and come off drugs completely. He made contact with his family again.

“That progress was then undone when he was asked to move and given no other options.

“He fell back into heavy drug use which was costing him between £100 to £200 a day.

“His mental health deteriorated significantly after his last prison sentence. He has also been diagnosed with emphysema and he struggles with that.”

Brady, of Moss Bank, Manchester was jailed for four and a half years after admitting four counts of burglary of a dwelling.

Sentencing, Judge Andrea Neild said: “You are no stranger to these courts.

“This was no spur of the moment venture. You had arrived at these houses on an electric scooter which allowed you to be easily hidden and escape quickly.

“You took property which had significant financial value and in one case personal value.”

 

 

 

 

Four Blackpool teenagers arrested after thieves target homes, cars and sheds in St Annes and Lytham

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Four teenagers from Blackpool were arrested after homes, cars, garages and sheds were reportedly targeted by thieves on the Flyde coast.

999 was called after a group of people allegedly attempted to break into a property in Woodlands Road, Ansdell at around 10.40pm on Wednesday (January 5).

Police said they then received further reports of several people attempting to break into sheds, garages and houses in the same area.

Several officers searched the area and a boy was arrested after a moped and iPhone, both believed to be stolen, were recovered.

Four teenagers from Blackpool were arrested after a crime spree on the Flyde coast

Four teenagers from Blackpool were arrested after a crime spree on the Flyde coast

Bolt croppers were also found inside a bag, police said.

Two boys were also arrested later in the evening following an attempted break in on Hall Park Avenue, with a fourth boy later apprehended in Blackpool.

Chief Supt Karen Edwards, West divisional commander, said: “This was a fantastic policing effort and I believe prevented further offences taking place.

“Such offending and the nature of such crimes shows a blatant disregard for the impact on the victims.

“I am grateful to the members of the public who came forward with information, reporting the incidents and allowing us to make a number of significant arrests.”

Two 16-year-old boys and two 15-year-old boys, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and theft of a motor vehicle.

They remained in custody for questioning on Thursday evening (January 6).

Officers said they were investigating a number of offences linked to the group, including:

– Damage to a vehicle in Woodlands Road, Ansdell.

– Theft from a vehicle in Warton Street, Lytham.

– Burglary in Victoria Road, St Annes.

– Theft from a garage in Salcombe Road, St Annes.

– A shed break-in in St Albans Road, St Annes.

“We know how emotive these crimes are. The impact of burglary or theft isn’t just financial; it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security,” Chief Supt Karen Edwards added.

“I would like to reassure residents all these reported crimes will be fully and thoroughly investigated.

“While we know of some reports, we would encourage people living in these areas to check their property, including cars, garages and sheds.

“If you suspect you have been the victim of a crime, please call 101 immediately.”

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Blackpool teenagers arrested as homes, cars and sheds targeted in St Annes and Lytham crime spree

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Incidents on Woodlands Road in Ansdell, Warton Street in Lytham and Victoria Road, Salcombe Road and St Albans Road in St Annes

 

Homes, cars, garages and sheds were targeted as thieves went on a late-night rampage on the Flyde coast.

Four teenagers from Blackpool have been arrested by police following alleged thefts and attempted thefts across Ansdell, St Annes and Lytham.

Officers were called to a report of people trying to break into a property in Woodlands Road, Ansdell, at around 10.40pm yesterday (January 5).

Police then received further phone calls of several people attempting to break into sheds, garages and houses, in the same area.

A boy was arrested following a search of nearby roads and a moped and iPhone, both believed to be stolen, were recovered along with a bag containing bolt croppers.

Later in the evening a further report was made to police of an attempted break in on Hall Park Avenue, with two boys arrested. A fourth boy was later arrested in Blackpool.

Officers are investigating a number of offences linked to the group, including;

  • Damage to a vehicle in Woodlands Road, Ansdell
  • Theft from a vehicle in Warton Street, Lytham
  • Burglary in Victoria Road, St Annes
  • Theft from a garage in Salcombe Road, St Annes
  • A shed break-in in St Albans Road, St Annes

All the offences were reported to police on Wednesday night with officers appealing for information and urging residents to be vigilant.

Two boys aged 16 and two boys aged 15, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and theft of a motor vehicle. They remain in custody.

Ch Supt Karen Edwards, West divisional commander, said: “As I would expect in these circumstances, my officers deployed immediately to the initial reports and quickly made several arrests and recovered property.

“This was a fantastic policing effort and I believe prevented further offences taking place.

“Such offending and the nature of such crimes shows a blatant disregard for the impact on the victims. I am grateful to the members of the public who came forward with information, reporting the incidents and allowing us to make a number of significant arrests.

“We know how emotive these crimes are. The impact of burglary or theft isn’t just financial; it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security.

“I would like to reassure residents all these reported crimes will be fully and thoroughly investigated.

“While we know of some reports, we would encourage people living in these areas to check their property, including cars, garages and sheds. If you suspect you have been the victim of a crime, please call 101 immediately.”

 

 

‘Tiny’ 13-year-old boy appears at court in connection with shooting in Morecambe

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A tiny 13-year-old boy who could hardly see over a court dock wall has appeared at court charged with attempted murder.

 

The youth from Morecambe, Lancashire is alleged to have been the third person involved in a alleyway shooting in November last year .

It was the boy’s first court appearance at Blackpool Youth Court where District Judge Jane Goodwin halted proceedings against him .

She told the Crown Prosecution Service to prepare what she called “a proper summary” of the case against the boy and if required review the charges he faces .

Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The boy is alleged to have attempted to murder Scott McIver in an alley off Skipton Street, Morecambe in November 15.

McIver suffered life changing injuries when he was shot in the head with a homemade pipe gun.

The boy is further charged with possessing the gun with intent to endanger life and is also charged with a wounding offences.

Two co accused adults Joshua Giles (18) and Levi McCandlish (26) are due to appear before Preston Crown Court both charged with the attempted murder of McIver.

Defence lawyer John Greenwood told the Youth Court judge that he shared her misgivings about the Crown’s case .

Prosecutor Liz Hayton maintained it was a joint enterprise by all three defendants who were seen on CCTV.

The judge bail the 13-year-old until January 18 and gave the Crown until January 13 to case review .

She told the boy :” I am not happy about some information given to the court and have asked the prosecution to look at this .”

 

 

Blackpool man charged with murder of 76-year-old Malcolm Frary as cause of death confirmed

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A Blackpool man has been charged with the murder of Malcolm Frary who was found dead at his home on New Year’s Day.

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1).

A post-mortem examination later found Mr Frary died from strangulation, police said.

Two men, aged 51 and 43, both from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of murder following his death.

Detectives today (January 5) confirmed Ian Dunne, of Withnell Road, Blackpool, was charged with murder following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 43-year-old is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (January 6).

The 51-year-old man was released under investigation pending further enquiries, officers added.

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “In respect of the earlier press appeals concerning a mobile phone and jacket, detectives no longer need the public’s help to locate these items.

“We are also continuing to appeal for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street, as well as the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, on New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 1276 of January 1.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police also encouraged anyone with dashcam footage to use the Major Incident Public Portal via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020121W10-PO1.

 

Public warned not to approach wanted man with links to Blackpool

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Police urged the public not to approach a wanted man with links to Blackpool.

 

Christopher Averkiou is wanted in relation to an investigation into threats to kill, assault and harassment.

The 37-year-old is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with short brown hair.

Averkiou has links to Blackpool and the Droylsden and Audenshaw areas of Greater Manchester.

Christopher Averkiou is wanted in in relation to an investigation into threats to kill, assault and harassment (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Police warned the public not to approach Averkiou but to report any immediate sightings by calling 999, quoting log number 0661 of October 26, 2021.

Email 4557@lancashire.police.uk or call 101 for non-immediate sightings.

 

 

Malcolm Frary: Blackpool murder investigation update as police seek two key items

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The dad-of-four was found in the doorway of his home on New Year’s Day and two men remain in custody on suspicion of murder

 

Malcolm Frary
Malcolm Frary

Detectives investigating the murder of a widower who was found dead on New Year’s Day are appealing for the public’s help in identifying two items which could potentially be significant to their inquiry.

Malcolm Frary, 76, was found “slumped” in the doorway of his Blackpool home on January 1 and his death is now being treated as murder following a Home Office post-mortem examination.

Mr Frary, a former engineer, was a father-of-four who had lived in the house for at least 40 years, The Sun reports.

Two men from Blackpool, aged 43 and 51 from Blackpool, have been arrested on suspicion of Mr Frary’s murder and remain in custody tonight (January 4) after detectives were given more time to question them.

Now Lancashire Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a camouflage style jacket and a Redmi 9 mobile phone (both pictured below), possibly green in colour.

Camouflage style jacket
Camouflage style jacket

The phone could be in a case and so may not appear as it does in the photograph.

Detectives are also continuing to appeal for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Officers are also appealing to anyone living in the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, who saw any unusual behaviour, to come forward.

Redmi 9 mobile phone
Redmi 9 mobile phone

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts remain with Mr Frary’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“Although we have made two arrests, our investigation is very much ongoing.

“I am now appealing for help from the public in locating the two items described above, which we believe could assist us in better understanding the circumstances in which Malcolm Frary died.

“I believe both items were discarded in the Blackpool area between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 6pm on Sunday, January 2.

“If you have any information on their whereabouts or you have any information which could assist our enquiries I would ask that you contact the police as soon as possible. I would like to reassure members of the public that any information they give will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

Alternatively information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We would also encourage people to report information and upload any dashboard mounted camera footage that may be relevant from Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens on these two dates using the Major Incident Public Portal here.

 

 

Blackpool hospital healthcare worker faces multiple sex charges

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A hospital healthcare worker has made his first court appearance charged with sexually assaulting women at his place of work.

 

Blackpool vic staff member Hernando Puno arrives at court

Blackpool vic staff member Hernando Puno arrives at court

A hospital healthcare worker has made his first court appearance charged with sexually assaulting women at his place of work.

Hernando Puno, 51, of Onslow Road, Blackpool, faces nine allegations involving seven women dated between 2012 and 2021.

He denied all the offences during his four minute stay in the dock.

Blackpool Magistrates sent Puno for trial at Preston Crown Court and bailed him to the higher court where he will appear on February 2.

Each charge alleges Puno sexually touched women at Blackpool Victoria Hospital without their consent.

His arrest happened as Lancsashire Poluce were involved in two major investigations at the hospital .

The first involved allegations of poisoning the stroke Ward and the second an allegation of murder involving an elderly female patient Valerie Kneale.

They are not connected with the Puno case.

Puno was bailed on condition he does not take health care employment and does not enter NHS premises apart from receiving clinical treatment .

He must not leave the UK without police permission and must not contact witnesses.

 

 

Anger at damage to St Annes beach huts

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The owner of a prime Fylde attraction is calling for CCTV to be installed on St Annes Promenade after being angered by another vandalism spree at his property.

 

One of St Annes Beach Huts had wooden panels smashed as an apparent attempt was made to break into it just hours into a new year, which will see the huts business celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Stuart Robertson, who runs the award-winning seafront feature with his wife Zoe, quickly repaired the damage, which follows a run of damage to windows at the huts in recent months – but says CCTV in the area would be a big help in a bid to prevent repeats.

“It’s certainly a disappointing start to the New Year,” said Stuart. “Clearly the vandals were trying to get into one of the huts by removing the back panels.

The damage to the beach hut at St Annes

The damage to the beach hut at St Annes

“I always knew the beach huts would get a certain amount of vandalism when I came up with idea for the business so I try not to let it upset me too much but some CCTV on the promenade would be a great deterrent.

“We’ve had a lot of smashed windows over the last few months. To combat this I’ve been doing my best to drop the security shutters as soon as the huts are vacated and no longer in use.

“It’s not easy as we often have a few huts in use even through winter, with guests leaving at all different times of the day and night.

“I’ve also stocked up on replacement windows as we often have bookings the following day in the damaged huts, so repairs are needed really quickly.”

PSCO Damian Rowe, of St Annes Police, said: “We are increasing patrols in the area, including having as many officers out on foot in key areas at the key times. We are scanning and analysing data to find out where this anti-social behaviour is happening too.

“We know most of the locations, we know who the majority of the group involved are and we are addressing this with parents, schools and local youth co-ordinators as well.

“AFC Fylde are currently running a divert youth programme through the local community trying to assist with 11-17 year olds through a recruitment campaign to try and address some of these issues with some of these youngsters too.

“The increase on foot is our main proactive engagement and we will continue targeting the key areas at key times. All local neighbourhood police team staff are aware of these issues and we are working together to target those involved.

“The offending and anti-social behaviour is forming part of a specific policing plan for St Annes. Working with community beat managers will give us a better chance to try and catch these offenders and take appropriate action.

“We would encourage anyone with information about the offending to call police immediately on 101. In an emergency all 999.”

The first of the Robertsons’ huts were installed between the mini-links golf course and the shore in 2012.

The business won visitor experience of the year at the Lancashire Tourism Awards in 2016 as well as regularly being rated Fylde’s No 1 attraction on the Tripadvisor travel website.

Ten huts installed in 2018 took the total there to 36 and the Robert have planning permission for 10 more. All have been built by Ecologic Developments, specialist carpenters based in Dorset.

Fylde Council was contacted for a comment regarding the plea for CCTV.

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Blackpool murder victim Malcolm Frary pictured for first time after two men arrested by police

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The victim of a suspected murder in Blackpool has been pictured for the first time by police.

 

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1).

The cause of his death has not been revealed by police at this stage, but a murder investigation was launched following a post-mortem examination.

Two men, aged 51 and 43, both from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody on Monday evening (January 3).

Detectives urged anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street on New Year’s Eve (December 31) and New Year’s Day (January 1) to come forward.

Officers also appealed to anyone living in the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, who saw any unusual behaviour, to get in contact.

Det Chief Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “I would like to thank the public for their assistance so far but would ask anyone living and passing through these areas on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to think long and hard – did they see any unusual activity or persons acting suspiciously between these dates?

A picture of Malcolm Frary was released for the first time by police as a murder investigation continued in Blackpool (Credit: Lancashire Police)

A picture of Malcolm Frary was released for the first time by police as a murder investigation continued in Blackpool (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“Any information, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that any information they give will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 1276 of January 1.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

Police also encouraged anyone with dashcam footage to use the Major Incident Public Portal via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020121W10-PO.

 

 

Blackpool drivers too busy racing to notice police car on their tail – it didn’t end well

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Lancs Road Police stopped the two cars and seized them

 

Blackpool racers have cars seized after failing to notice police recording them chasing each other
Blackpool racers have cars seized after failing to notice police recording them chasing each other (Image: LancsRoadsPolice)

Two divers in Blackpool have had their cars seized by police after being caught racing each other right in front of officers.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary stopped the two drivers who were racing each other after driving behind them and recording them breaking the law.

Police said they were ‘too busy racing each other’ to notice the fully marked up BMW police car trailing them.

Both drivers were reported and their cars – a black Skoda Fabia and a red Vauxhall Corsa – were seized.

A spokesman for Lancs Road Police said on Twitter: “The drivers of these two cars in Blackpool were too busy racing each other to notice the fully liveried Police BMW behind them recording their every move.

“Both drivers reported and both cars seized under section 59 due to the manner in which they were being driven.”

A date in court now awaits those behind the wheels.

 

 

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP tells people to ‘get vaccinated’ as she recovers from Covid

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Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid after revealing she currently has the virus.

 

Ms Smith, who is fully vaccinated, said on social media that she had contracted Covid-19 over Christmas.

And she said she was “wiped out” by the “nasty” virus, which had left her feeling too tired to walk upstairs.

“Please get vaccinated and take up the booster. I’m young(ish), I eat healthy, I exercise and Covid has wiped me out,” Ms Smith said on Facebook.

Cat Smith MP.

Cat Smith MP.

“Without vaccinations I dread to think how sick I would be right now, so please take up a vaccine even if you feel superhuman because this virus is nasty.”

I’m managing at home but I’ve not got dressed in days & I can’t walk up stairs without having a nap. I dread to think how sick I might have been without 2 jabs & booster #GetVaccinated”

 

 

Second man arrested on suspicion of Blackpool murder

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Detectives have arrested a second man on suspicion of murder after the death of a pensioner in Blackpool on New Year’s Day.

 

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1).

Police have not revealed the cause of death at this stage, but a post mortem examination has taken place and his death is now being treated as murder.

On New Year’s Day, a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1)

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1)

And last night (Sunday, January 2), a second man – aged 51 and also from Blackpool – was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The pair remain in custody this morning (Monday, January 3).

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road, Blackpool after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

The body of Malcolm Frary, 76, was found at his home in Eccleston Road, Blackpool after emergency services attended at around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1)

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made two arrests, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

 

Neighbours in shock after ‘quiet, unassuming’ widower found murdered in Blackpool home on New Year’s Day

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Neighbours of an elderly widower who was found ‘slumped in the doorway’ of his Blackpool home have spoken of their shock after two men were arrested on suspicion of his murder.

 

Police on Eccleston Road this morning January 3

Police on Eccleston Road this morning January 3

Malcolm Frary, 76, was found dead at his home on Eccleston Road, South Shore, at around 4.35pm on Saturday, January 1.

Police have not revealed his cause of death at this stage, though a neighbour who was questioned by officers said he was informed that he had suffered a serious head injury.

“The first police officer who came round asked me if I had seen anything suspicious, and they said the window had been kicked in, and they found him slumped on the floor with a head injury at the back of the door,” the neighbour, who did not want to be named, said.

Eccleston Road this morning, January 3

Eccleston Road this morning, January 3

On New Year’s Day, a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

A second Blackpool man, was also arrested on suspicion of murder the following day.

Police remained at the scene this morning, with several houses and part of the footpath being taped off.

Police tape could also be seen covering a broken window in the front door panel of one of the homes.

Mr Frary’s neighbour said: “The police have been here day and night for three days now. On Saturday there must have been seven or eight police cars, and police walking up and down. There have been police in boiler suits going in and out.”

Mr Frary, a former engineer, was a father of four who had lived on Eccleston Road for at least 40 years, according to his neighbours.

One 67-year-old woman who lived on the street said: “He has lived down here for over 40 years. He was a very quiet, unassuming man. He kept himself to himself, especially after his wife died. He enjoyed his model boats.

“When we went out on New Year’s Day, we had seen his door open, and we saw some activity down the street. When we came back we saw the police and Malcolm’s house was taped off.

“We assumed it was a break-in. It was the next day we went to ask if Malcolm was all right, and that was how we were told.

“We’re still in shock. The fact that we were in our homes and he was in such frightening circumstances. What an awful way for his life to end.”

She added: “This was such a family-friendly street, and all our kids played together. One of his lads was particularly close with my own boys. I just can’t wrap my head around it.”

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire police’s major investigation team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made two arrests, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

 

Murder investigation launched in Blackpool following death of man, 76

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A murder investigation is under way following the death of a man in Blackpool.

 

Police were called around 4.35pm on New Year’s Day to a report of a sudden death at an address in Eccleston Road.

Police have launched a murder investigation in Blackpool

Malcolm Frary, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene with his death now being treated as murder following a post mortem.

A 43-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

Detectives are also appealing for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Frary’s family at this sad and very difficult time.

“A murder investigation has been launched and we are keen to identify as many witnesses as possible.

“While we have made an arrest, we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Eccleston Road area between the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, overnight into New Year’s Day? If so, please come forward. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

 

Blackpool man pinned to floor by police before being put in back of van

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Police were seen across Blackpool during last night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

 

Police pinning a man to the floor in Blackpool on New Year's Eve
Police pinning a man to the floor in Blackpool on New Year’s Eve (Image: BPL Bible / LancsLive)

Police in Blackpool pinned a man to the floor on New Year’s Eve after he was reportedly kicked out of a town bar.

There was a heavy police presence in the Queen Street area of the resort with revellers out enjoying themselves to see in 2022.

But the night turned sour early on for one individual after being pinned to the pavement by a group of officers.

The man in question could be seen on the floor on Queens Square at around 9.30pm.

Onlookers told LancsLive that the man had been asked to leave Dusk bar prior to the incident.

The same man could then be seen being put in the back of a police van in Queen Street, outside Walkabout bar.

Some five officers could be seen surrounding the man as he was put in the police vehicle.

It is not know if the man was arrested at this stage.

LancsLive has approached Lancashire Constabulary for further information on the incident.

The man being put in the back of a police van
The man being put in the back of a police van (Image: BPL Bible / LancsLive)