Parents of Blackpool crash biker give update on son, 19, who was airlifted to hospital last night

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The parents of a teenage biker have provided an update on their son who was airlifted to hospital after a crash in South Shore last night (Monday, June 7).


Speaking to the Gazette, the parents of 19-year-old Leo Sadler said their son is “lucky to be alive” but remains in a serious condition in Royal Preston Hospital.

Leo, from Squires Gate, came off his bike at around 5pm after a crash with a car at the junction of St Anne’s Road and St Martin’s Road. The car then reportedly lost control and crashed into a wall, police said.

He was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital where he was admitted to the major trauma ward for emergency treatment.

Leo Sadler, 19, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance after sustaining serious injuries in the crash in St Anne's Road at around 4.50pm on Monday (June 7)Leo Sadler, 19, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance after sustaining serious injuries in the crash in St Anne’s Road at around 4.50pm on Monday (June 7)

His parents, Joe and Laura Oliver, say their son is now stable but has suffered potentially ‘life-changing’ injuries.

This morning, Leo’s dad, Joe, said: “He has broken his back in two places, broken his jaw, ankle, nasal passage and his eye socket.

“We are just waiting for the surgeons to determine if he has to have his back plated and pinned.”

Asked whether his son is expected to make a full recovery, Joe said: “At this point we don’t know to be honest. They have said it’s not life threatening but can be life-changing. But it could have been a hell of a lot worse.”

St Anne's Road was shut by police whilst emergency services - including the air ambulance - attended the scene at around 4.50pm on Monday (June 7)St Anne’s Road was shut by police whilst emergency services – including the air ambulance – attended the scene at around 4.50pm on Monday (June 7)

Leo’s mum, Laura, says her son is “lucky to be alive” and has thanked those who cared for him after the crash.

She said: “It’s the worst phone call you can get, to be told your child has been in an accident.

“But I want to say thank you to the man who sat with him and for helping him and everyone else who has helped him so far. He is so so lucky he is alive and not in a more serious condition.”

St Anne’s Road was closed for more than an hour whilst emergency services treated Leo at the scene and arrangements were made to airlift him to hospital.

An ambulance spokesman said: “Two ambulances, an air ambulance and an advanced paramedic went to the scene after a 999 call at 4.50pm reporting a road traffic collision between and car and motorbike

“The motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries.”

Lancashire Police has been approached for comment.

Blackpool crash between car and motorbike sees air ambulance rush to scene

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St Anne’s Road in Blackpool remains closed as a result of the crash

The scene of the crash on St Anne's Road in Blackpool

The scene of the crash on St Anne’s Road in Blackpool (Image: BPL Bible)

A road is closed in Blackpool after a collision involving a car and a motorbike this afternoon (June 7).

The incident happened at around 4.50pm with Lancashire Constabulary officers closing St Anne’s Road between St Martin’s Road and St Luke’s Road soon afterwards.

North West Air Ambulance and North West Ambulance Service were both called to the scene.

It is understood that a motorcyclist came off their bike and a car has crashed into the wall during the incident.

The ambulance service and air ambulance have been contacted regarding the nature of any casualties.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We have have had a road traffic collision on St Anne’s Road in Blackpool.

” We are asking for people to try and avoid the area so that we can deal with this ongoing situation. We will update once the incident is dealt with, thank you for your patience.”

Lancashire Constabulary was not able to give an estimated time for the road reopening.

Blackpool haulage firm to be told it can’t operate due to ‘horrendous noise’

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A report to councillors also sets out concerns about the “horrendous noise of the crusher in operation”

Town hall officials are recommending the application is refused

Town hall officials are recommending the application is refused

A Blackpool haulage firm looks set to be told it cannot operate from a site close to residential properties after complaints were made about the ‘horrendous noise’ of a concrete crusher on the land.

Fox Brothers (Lancashire Ltd) is seeking planning permission from Blackpool Council to use land at Squires Gate Industrial Estate on Squires Gate Lane for the storage of up to 67 wagons, a workshop and a concrete mixing plant.

But town hall officials are recommending the application is refused when it goes before the council’s planning committee later today (June 7).

More than 40 objections to the contractors depot, which is already operating, have been received mainly from residents of nearby Oakwood Close, but also from Common Edge Road and businesses on Amy Johnson Way.

Evidence against the scheme from residents includes photographs of sand covered windows, with further issues including the risk of air pollution and environmental contamination.

A report to councillors also sets out concerns about the “horrendous noise of the crusher in operation” as well as “severe noise pollution in the form of heavy plant machinery manoeuvring around the site”.

It adds: “The eastern site boundary is within 100 metres of residential housing on Oakwood Close.

“Since site activities commenced last year, the Environment Agency (in addition to the council) have received a significant number of complaints about noise and dust from local residents, and continue to do so.”

It is also feared the closeness of the depot to the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone would jeopardise its ability to attract “new, modern, hi-tech companies and their staff into the area.”

Planners say: “The adverse environmental and social impacts of the proposal are considered to outweigh the economic benefits.

“As such the proposal does not represent sustainable development and refusal of permission is recommended.”

In its application submitted last October, Fox Brothers said securing the site would protect up to 100 jobs.

The company pledged to use special barriers to reduce the potential noise impact on surrounding residential properties.

It said the crushing plant was 290-300 metres away from the nearest properties in Oakwood Close which was an “acceptable distance away to preserve occupants’ amenities and to ensure there is no detrimental impact because of the development proposed.”

Blackpool schoolboy Jordan Banks to get the recognition he deserves so much

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The nine-year-old has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award for his fund-raising efforts


Jordan Banks with his characteristic 'cheeky grin'Jordan Banks with his characteristic ‘cheeky grin’

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A Blackpool schoolboy who touched the hearts of his community by raising money and awareness for a mental health charity has been nominated for a national award following his death.

This autumn, the Pride of Britain Awards will return for its 22nd year and the nation can nominate anyone of any age for a single act of courage, a long-lasting battle against the odds or for their inspirational campaigning.

The Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year award is a chance to honour a young person aged 15 or under for their inspirational charity work.

Chair of Trustees for Blackpool’s Counselling In The Community, Chris Webb, has now nominated nine-year-old Stanley Primary School pupil Jordan Banks who was killed by a lightning strike on Tuesday (May 11) whilst at football training.

Chris, who is also a driver and fundraiser for Blackpool Food Bank, said: “I’ve nominated Jordan because he was an inspiration to us all. At such a young age he showed immense compassion for others and wanted to make a difference.

“His fundraising for us at Counselling In The Community has helped us open a new community hub where locals can receive mental health support. His legacy will live on and we’re all incredibly proud of him.”

At the beginning of the year, Jordan’s family were discussing how to mark the 30th birthday of his step-uncle Reece who had sadly taken his own life due to mental health issues.

As the brother of his step-dad, Daniel Banks, 35, Jordan was very close to Reece and overheard the adults talking about what to do given the fact that they were quite restricted in ways to mark the occasion due to Covid-19.

An LFC fan and player for the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, Jordan was a football fanatic, however to their surprise he suggested running a marathon.

The middle child of three, Jordan had never been a runner in particular however he was determined that this is what he wanted to do.

After being told by his mum, 38-year-old Danielle Begg, that a marathon consists of 26 miles, Jordan stated he wanted to run extra and run 30 to mark Reece’s 30th birthday.

His step-dad Daniel had become friends with the founder of Counselling in the Community, Stuart Hutton-Brown, after Reece’s passing.

Solely reliant on donations with no government funding, the CiC has seen an overwhelming increase in demand for counselling during the pandemic whilst operating on a very small budget with 50 volunteers seeing around 110 clients a week.

This was Jordan’s chosen charity and Stuart not only hailed him as a hero but praised Danielle and Daniel for being excellent advocates for mental health.

Jordan has always displayed a massive amount of empathy from a young age with even the mum of his school friend buying him a gift after he helped her child through a particular tough time.

His runs to complete his 30-mile challenge could at times be difficult, even slipping over on ice at one point, however he showed the same kind of determination that he displayed on the football pitch which earned him the nickname ‘mini-Milner’.

After persevering, he smashed his target and raised £3,000 which got the attention of the Liverpool vice-captain himself who sent him a video congratulating him on his determination and told him he’ll never walk alone.

Even after Jordan’s passing last month, the nine-year-old has managed to help save the lives of three other children after his parents made the decision to donate his organs after he expressed previously that that would be a way that he would want to help other people.

In order to initially nominate a child under 15, the person has to get permission from the parent or guardian.

Jordan’s Mum Danielle is thrilled to have her son nominated and has thanked those who have voted so far.

She said: “We thought this was amazing and knew Jord would be so excited, so we’ve asked our family and friends if they can nominate him too.

“We would be thrilled if he could get to the finals. He deserves this so much. Jordan did so much for the local community and charity. If people can vote for him it’s very much appreciated.”

Jordan’s family also encouraged attendees of his memorial service to donate to Brian’s House Children’s Hospice.

Nominations close on August 13 at 11:59pm.

Blackpool to get new ambulance station but four in area set to close

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NWAS proposes to introduce a ‘hub and spoke’ structure which it says will modernise the service

Plans for new ambulance station in Blackpool

Plans for new ambulance station in Blackpool

A new ambulance station to serve the Fylde coast is a step closer after Blackpool Council granted planning permission for the scheme.

Town hall planners approved the application by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) using their delegated powers.

It means the current outdated base on Waterloo Road in South Shore, which was built in 1980, will be demolished and replaced with a new three storey facility.

NWAS proposes to introduce a ‘hub and spoke’ structure which it says will modernise the service, but it will also mean the eventual closure of ambulance stations in Fleetwood, Thornton, Lytham and Wesham.

The new facility would employ 263 members of staff in addition to up to 15 training staff/students on a typical day, representing an increase of 116 on current staffing levels.

But shift systems mean they would not all be present on site at the same time.

A temporary station is due to be created on the site of the former Devonshire Road Hospital for use while the new base is under construction.

Planners noted “the current ambulance station is no longer fit for purpose, it has a very dated appearance and is in need of extensive renovations.”

In a report setting out their decision they added: “NWAS have decided due to the good road and transport links to the existing site this offers the best solution for the new ambulance station, which would provide a modern response base, patient transfer unit and Make Ready suite.

“Alternative sites were considered as part of their original business case, but were discounted due to cost, traffic congestion and size.”

A Make Ready suite is where ambulances are re-equipped and cleaned in preparation for attending call-outs.

The new station will act as the main Fylde hub, with crews elsewhere on the coast operating from ‘spoke’ sites such as health centres, fire stations and police stations.

The model has already been adopted in other parts of the region after it was found ambulances are rarely at their station when they are despatched on a call.

Work set to start on long-awaited M55 link road

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The long-awaited M55 link road is set to move a crucial step closer on Monday, June 14, when construction of the earthworks compound begins, following on-site discussions between the contractor, landowners and Lancashire County Council.


The first shovel in the ground to signal the start of the earthworks themselves is then expected to follow a week later on June 21, according to Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Contractor DUO has been on site in the past week looking at setting out and making arrangements with local businesses and landowners and will have further meetings this week ahead of the compound for the £27m road being installed on Monday.

Lancashire County Council’s archaeologist will liaise with DUO throughout the process.

The new road will link Cypress Point, Ansdell, pictured here, with Peel, where the work is set to startThe new road will link Cypress Point, Ansdell, pictured here, with Peel, where the work is set to start

Green for go at last for Fylde’s road to prosperity

“It has been incredibly frustrating these past few weeks knowing the earthworks constructor has been appointed and on site – yet we have seen no visible evidence of their presence.

“I am pleased to know they have been on site and talking to the various landowners along the road regarding their works programme.

“More importantly, the earthworks programme is now scheduled to begin one week following the start date for the compound, on June 21.

“After campaigning and raising funding for this road for years, I wanted to see immediate action on sight after the contract was awarded. However, I understand the need to do everything correctly and I look forward to seeing DUO in action. Not until we see full construction taking place will I stop pressing for this road.”

The link road deal was finally signed in March with all landowners agreeing to sell land and give access where needed for the construction of the road.

The scheme became one of ten ‘shovel-ready’ projects to be funded in Lancashire by the Government’s Getting Building Fund, after Mr Menzies lobbied the Prime Minister and Chancellor to replace funding Growth Deal funding and funds withdrawn by Homes England. Lancashire County Council and Fylde Council both increased their funding to ensure the scheme went ahead.

DUO will ‘preload’ the ground for the new road and construction will follow when the ground has stabilised. The link road project is expected to take around 30 months to complete. United Utilities and Electricity Northwest have already completed work at the site to protect and divert existing utilities.

The single track Moss Road which was closed will be reopened as part of the scheme, as a bridleway, cycle path and pedestrian route away from the new road.

Signs detailing the road scheme will be placed at either end of the project in the next few days.

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Lytham schoolgirl, 15, still missing after 3 days

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A search is ongoing for a 15-year-old Lytham girl who has been missing for three days.


Police are looking for Katie Aitchison, who was last seen in Blackpool town centre at around 11am on Friday (June 4).

She was reported to police as missing when she failed to return home that day.

Katie is described as a white, 5’4″, slim build, with long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing white and grey gym leggings, a black tube top, a dark blue scarf and beige trainers.

Katie Aitchison, 15, is described as a white, 5'4", slim build, with long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing white and grey gym leggings, a black tube top, a dark blue scarf and beige trainersKatie Aitchison, 15, is described as a white, 5’4″, slim build, with long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing white and grey gym leggings, a black tube top, a dark blue scarf and beige trainers

She had also been carrying a large black shoulder handbag.

For immediate sightings, police are asking the public to call 999.

Any information on her whereabouts can be reported to police on 101 quoting log number LC-20210604-1842.

Snap decision by Blackpool Council to remove newborn from disabled mum was ‘unfair’, says court

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A newborn baby was unfairly taken away from his disabled mother based on a last-minute decision by Blackpool Council.


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A judge ordered that the baby, known as Baby O, should be removed from his 21-year-old mother, known as V, and put into foster care on May 19 after the authority argued that it was not safe for him to stay with her.

This decision was made during a two-hour meeting that day, prior to which the council proposed that the decision should be made during a hearing in two weeks’ time.

V’s lawyers appealed the decision.

He said: “I don’t think that the hearing was fair to V. It wasn’t set up to decide about O’s removal – that was only put on the table… the night before. No one wrote down the arguments for and against taking O away or gave V the chance to put her side of the story. The local authority changed its mind at the very end of the hearing and it isn’t clear who took that decision or why. All of that would be difficult for any parent to face, and V is not just any parent. She is someone with learning difficulties and it is only last week that her baby was born.”

The court heard that, during V’s pregnancy, good plans were not put in place for what would happen when O was born.

Blackpool Council arranged somewhere for them to be together, supervised by two or three adults at all times.

Court proceedings began on May 11, and continued until May 14, during which O’s social workers said they did not think V could cope, and that they would find somewhere for mother and baby to be assessed. However, this did not happen.

On the night of May 18, Ms C, the guardian appointed by the court to advise on O’s welfare, filed a document saying that she felt that it wasn’t safe for O to stay with V. She said that V might hurt O without meaning to because of clumsy handling, and that V wasn’t following advice. She also thought that O wasn’t getting enough warmth and close care from his mother.

She told the court that O needed to be separated from his mother immediately and looked after by a foster carer until better plans could be made.

However, Blackpool Council did not ask for immediate seperation when the hearing began at 2pm the following day.

But at 3.50pm, when the two hour hearing was nearly over, it changed its position and asked for O to be put into foster care that day.

Explaining his decision, the judge said: “My conclusion was that for O to remain in his present milieu would leave him at risk of physical harm, albeit partly ameliorated by a team of carers, but also at risk of emotional and developmental harm by missing out on close, one to one parental care.

“No suitable placements have been found that would accept O and V. The guardian, in her experience, was of the view that was because they do not exist. The present plan… is not a viable one in the medium to long term.

“With this terrible sense that V was being set up (unintentionally) to fail, along with the risks identified in relation to O, I took the view that his immediate removal was necessary for his safety.”

REPORT: Blackpool children getting better care as report hails improved performanceBut V’s lawyers said the decision was unfair, as V had not been given the opportunity to give her side of the story, and it would be impossible to properly assess whether she was able to look after O if the baby was taken from her.

Ruling that the appeal could go ahead, Lord Justice Males said: “I do not think that the situation on (May 19) was so bad that the Judge needed to take a decision there and then. As I say, I agree that there were risks that could lead a court to make that decision after a fair hearing. I also agree that the arrangements, with so many other people trying to help V look after O cannot continue much longer – they are only a holding position. However, once a baby has been removed from his mother in this sort of situation, it can be very hard to put them back together. So I think that V ought to have been given a chance to put her side of the story, even if that meant making the decision as little as a day or two later.

“In a nutshell, the risks for O weren’t so bad that V should not have been allowed a normal hearing. None of this is a criticism of anybody, including the Judge, but I think that in making his decision he did not give enough thought to whether what was happening was fair all round.”

Emergency roadworks to start in Blackpool tomorrow

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Emergency roadworks are due to start in Blackpool town centre tomorrow with closures and diversions to be put in place.

The roadworks are to be carried out at the junction of Queen Street and Abingdon Street near to Blackpool Central Library.

It’s expected that the work will take four days to complete up to Saturday, June 12, however Blackpool Council said work will be completed and the road reopened to traffic as soon possible.

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “The junction will be temporarily closed and diversions will be in place, so please plan ahead for your journeys over the next few days. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we carry out these works.”

The closures will start tomorrow in BlackpoolThe closures will start tomorrow in Blackpool

They added: “An area of the carriageway in the junction mouth of Queen Street requires urgent repairs. We had already been monitoring the issue with a view to carrying out repairs, but it has progressed to the point where work needs to be carried out more urgently.”

Brave Blackpool girl beats the odds to celebrate fifth birthday – after rare cancer with 75% mortality rate caused her stomach to swell like a balloon

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A little Blackpool girl who was given just a 25 per cent chance or survival after an aggressive tumour caused her stomach to swell to the size of a beach ball defeated the odds – and celebrated her fifth birthday.

Cleo with her sisters Emelia and Ellie-Mae

Cleo with her sisters Emelia and Ellie-Mae

Cleo Keenan was diagnosed with stage three adrenal carcinoma in April 2019 when she was just two-years-old.

The rare disease, which is caused by cancerous cells in the adrenal – or hormone – glands, has a mortality rate of up to 75 per cent.

Now, three years later, fighter Cleo is in remission, and on Tuesday celebrated the birthday her parents feared she would never see.

Cleo and her mum ShannonCleo and her mum Shannon

Her mum Shannon Latham, 25, said: “Cleo has been amazing. She had a few scares last year, but between ourselves and the doctors we have managed it. She’s doing really well, her hair is growing, and she’s started going to school.

“She’s in remission from all the previous cancer. She’s on steroids and will be for the rest of her life, because she had to have an adrenal gland removed, but we’re just getting on with it and taking it day by day.

“After everything she had been through, and the constant ups and downs, we never thought she’d be here today. We were the ones who were scared, not her. She was always smiling and getting on with things, the way she always does.”

Doctors first suspected the telltale swelling in Cleo’s stomach was caused by a hormonal imbalance when her mum took her to Layton Medical Centre in February 2019.

Cleo shortly after having surgery to remove her tumourCleo shortly after having surgery to remove her tumour

But in March the toddler suffered from a stomach ache and was taken by Shannon to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E department, where a CT scan discovered the enormous tumour in her abdomen.

Since then, Cleo’s life has been a rollercoaster of devastating ups and downs.

Rushed into Manchester Children’s Hospital away from her mum, dad Ryan, 28, and sisters Emelia and Ellie-Mae, she underwent a seven hour operation to remove the tumour, her appendix and one of her adrenal glands.

In September 2019 tragedy struck, she suffered an adrenal crisis and went into cardiac arrest.

Shannon said: “I just remember about 20 doctors piling into the room and shouting ‘we need to start chest compressions’, then the resus trolley got brought in. Then (we) were dragged out the room. What felt like three hours was 10 minutes of waiting and crying in a panic on the phone to (Cleo’s) nanny, crying so hard she couldn’t make out what I was saying.

“The doctors finally came in the room and it was just like in the movies when two doctors come in and tell you to take a seat. We thought she was gone, we thought we were never going to see or speak to her again, but when the doctor said she was trying to breathe on her own a massive sense of relief just hit us.”

Cleo was eventually diagnosed with Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), a genetic disorder resulting in a predisposition to rare cancers. Tragically, this means her chances of developing another tumour in the future remain high.

READ: Brave little Blackpool toddler Cleo Keenan has a tumour the size of a grapefruit and is facing an epic cancer battleShannon said: “Cleo has been in and out of hospital for the past two years. She’ll be on cancer watch for the rest of her life. But I definitely think she will get through it. She’s strong, and has beaten everything that has come her way.

“After her cardiac arrest, it was very scary. We knew if anything went wrong, she would get worse and worse, and there were times when we thought we would lose her.

“All we want now is to try to get back to a normal life. There will always be limitations and things she can’t do – anything high-adrenaline, like rollercoasters at theme parks and certain sports, she will have to avoid – but we will just have to get on with it.

“She has to take steroids every six hours, four times a day, and she’s really good at dealing with it herself now. She even tries to remind me about her medications.

“Cleo has grown into such a strong little girl. She loves being the centre of attention, TikTok, Roblox, and her tablet. She’s at that age where her interests are changing every day.

“The past year, with Covid-19, living with a severely immunocomprimised child has been difficult. Our other children have struggled as well, because they couldn’t understand why we were never there, because we were constantly in and out of hospital. We’re now looking forward to our family being a family again. We’re spending more time together as a whole.”