Search for missing 45-year-old woman with links to Blackpool

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Police in Blackpool are on the look-out for a missing Staffordshire woman who might have travelled to the resort.


Tina Daniel was reported missing from her home in Stone on Saturday, June 14 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Staffordshire Police have alerted their colleagues in Lancashire to her disappearance due to Tina having links to the Blackpool.

She is described as 5ft 4in tall, with brown hair and a medium build.

Tina Daniel, 45, is described as 5ft 4in tall, with brown hair and of a medium build. Pic: Lancashire PoliceTina Daniel, 45, is described as 5ft 4in tall, with brown hair and of a medium build. Pic: Lancashire Police

If you think you might have spotted Tina in the resort, or have any information on her whereabouts, you can contact police on 101 quoting LC-20210615-0059.

A police spokesman said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 45-year-old Tina Daniel, who is missing from her home address in Staffordshire being last seen on June 14.

“We are now concerned for Tina’s welfare and are appealing for your help to find her.

“If you have seen Tina or have any information, please call us on 101.”

Blackpool Zoo stays silent on future of elephant breeding programme amid potential plans to ban new elephants in UK zoos

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Blackpool Zoo has refused to comment on the future of its planned elephant breeding programme in light of news that the endangered animals are likely to be banned from UK zoos by the Government.


Blackpool Zoo in 1979

Blackpool Zoo in 1979

It comes as the Government is set to receive the results of a report about the welfare of captive elephants, which is understood to advise against keeping the animals in zoos in the future.

Elephants already living in zoos around the country will be allowed to live out the rest of their years in captivity – but bringing in new elephants will be banned under the recommendations.

Yesterday, Blackpool Zoo declined to comment about what the plans could mean for the future of it Project Elephant breeding programme.

Blackpool Zoo's elephantsBlackpool Zoo’s elephants

The zoo welcomed its first male elephant, Emmett, to its all-female herd in October 2019, and it was hoped he would become the father to a new generation of Asian elephants.

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith told the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had no plans to introduce a total ban on elephants in UK zoos, but did not say whether new elephants

He said: “Defra has no plans to ban the keeping of elephants in UK zoos. However… the Government commissioned an extensive piece of work to examine the conditions in which the elephants are kept, and to make reccommendations as to if and how those conditions can be improved.

“Elephants are iconic, thoughtful and highly intelligent animals, and deserve to be looked after in environments that reflect that. We have been clear that all zoo elephants must enjoy the highest possible welfare standards, and that is why we commissioned the 10-year-long report from the UK Elephant Welfare Group.

“The group has been given free reign to explore the issue and deliver whatever final recommendations they see fit, and their report will be completed this year and then considered by the UK’s Zoos Expert Committee.

“The Government will respond early next year. At this stage, I do not know what the recommendations are likely to be, but I have assured the committee that the Government will take these recommendations very seriously. In addition, and in the event that the recommendations include significant measures, the Government would consult widely with stakeholders before agreeing to them.”

Mark Jones, from international animal welfare charity Born Free, said: “There are many species that don’t belong in zoos, elephants are very much one of those species.

“It should be phased out, the needs of these very wide roaming, very complex social animals cannot be met in a captive environment.”

Blackpool Zoo is currently home to six Asian elephants: Kate, Tara, Minbu, Noorjahan, Esha and Emmett.

The £5m Project Elephant base camp, which opened in March 2018, was the biggest investment in the history of the zoo. Its indoor area is the largest elephant enclosure in the UK, with s while the outdoor area comprises of sanded areas, a bathing pool and a landscaped grass paddock.

In total, there are 51 elephants in 11 zoos in the UK, including Woburn, Whipsnade, Colchester and Chester. It has been illegal for circuses to keep elephants since January 2020.

No Lytham Club Day but funfair is back

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Lytham Club Day, traditionally held this coming weekend, is off for a second year running because of the Covid restrictions – but there will still be plenty happening to keep the spirit of the historic event alive.


The Club Day committee has issued an invitation for townsfolk to get involved in a number of features being held virtually – and the popular funfair is happening even though it is all quiet as far as the traditional procession, crowning and afternoon celebrations are concerned.

Stanley John Cubbins, whose family has been bringing the fair to Lytham for the best part of a century, is delighted to be back – and is offering NHS workers free admission on production of the appropriate ID at tonight’s opening session.

“We love coming to Lytham and it was so sad to be missing last year,” he said. “It has been a long time quiet for us all but we were back in Garstang a few weeks ago and that went very well.

Cubbins funfair being set up in the shadow of the Windmill on Lytham GreenCubbins funfair being set up in the shadow of the Windmill on Lytham Green

Lytham Club Day parade cancelled for second year due to Covid-19

The fair is again at the section of Lytham Green close to the Windmill it moved to as work on the sea defences began.

It will be open Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as afternoon and evening on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Club Day @Home features – which people can get involved in via social media – will include a best decorated front garden competition, with pictures uploaded to the Club Day Facebook site. Selfie frames have also been issued so pictures of celebrations at home can be submitted.

The fair will be on The Green from Thursday to SundayThe fair will be on The Green from Thursday to Sunday

Rose Queen Aisha Berry will lay a wreath at the war memorial at 11am on Saturday.

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Permanent exit from Arsenal not ruled out for Blackpool’s loan star Dan Ballard amid growing interest from Championship clubs

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A permanent move away from Arsenal for Blackpool’s loan star Dan Ballard hasn’t been ruled out.


The 21-year-old is due to meet with Arsenal officials this week to discuss his future, according to football website Football Insider.

A number of clubs in the Championship, including the Seasiders, are keen to seal a loan move for the defender.

Blackburn Rovers are one of the other clubs credited with an interest.

But it’s been claimed the Gunners would also consider a permanent transfer for the Northern Ireland international, who is unlikely to force his way into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.

Nevertheless, a season-long loan move appears to be the most likely option for Ballard, who still has two years remaining on his contract.

Ballard, who has yet to make his senior bow for the Premier League side, finds himself behind the likes of Rob Holding and Gabriel at the Emirates Stadium.

Ballard celebrates Blackpool's recent play-off triumphBallard celebrates Blackpool’s recent play-off triumph

According to reports, Arsenal are also interested in signing Brighton and Hove Albion and England centre-back Ben White, which would force him further down the pecking order.

Ballard made 38 appearances under Neil Critchley last season and was a key member of their promotion-winning side.

The Seasiders have already strengthened in the centre of defence this summer, bringing Oliver Casey in from Leeds United on a three-year deal.

Ballard clearly enjoyed his season-long spell at Bloomfield Road, something that could work in the Seasiders favour in their bid to bring him back for a second campaign.

“Thank you to all the staff, players and fans at Blackpool for making me feel so welcome during my time here,” Ballard posted to his Instagram page after the conclusion of his loan spell.

“I loved every moment and it was even more special to finish with a win at Wembley.

“Thank you.”

Solar energy plan for Lytham farm fields

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A solar energy company wants to site a major environmentally-friendly power source in Lytham.


Lightsource bp says its solar installation proposed for Lawns Farm, Ballam Road, would provide enough clean renewable energy to power 7,674 homes, saving 6,171 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 3,402 large family cars off the roads.

The 20MW solar installation would be built on 69 acres of land and Lightsource bp, which has a global presence, sees it as a key part of its mission to rapidly accelerate the transition to a low carbon future.

As well as generating clean energy, Lightsource bp says its solar installations are designed so that they also act as a haven for local wildlife.

The intended site for the proposed solar installation, at Lawns Farm, Ballam Road, LythamThe intended site for the proposed solar installation, at Lawns Farm, Ballam Road, Lytham

A bespoke biodiversity management plan would be developed in conjunction with the planning application, says the company, to ensure that the plan enhances the site as much as possible for local wildlife.

Lightsource will be outlining their proposal to fund, develop and build the installation at an online question and answer session on Wednesday, June 30, at 7.30pm and is inviting residents from the surrounding area to join the session via the internet.

A brief video outlining the proposals for the solar project will be shown and feedback gathered.

Penny Laurenson, the company’s director of environmental planning and sustainability, said: “We want to ensure that local communities in and around the proposed location have all the information they need about this project.”

An indication of how the installation would look if it goes ahead, with this picture supplied by Lightsource bp of a similar project elsewhere in the countryAn indication of how the installation would look if it goes ahead, with this picture supplied by Lightsource bp of a similar project elsewhere in the country

The company added that the proposed layout for the solar installation at Lawns Farm has been designed so that most of the open grassland on the site will be suitable for grazing small livestock, allowing it to retain the potential for agricultural use. The proposed fields are well screened by established vegetation and woodlands, which would limit any surrounding views of the installation.

Anyone unable to join the online session is alternatively being encouraged to call 0333 200 0755 or write to the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Team, at Lightsource bp, 7th floor 33 Holborn, London, E1CN 2HU.

Lytham St Annes RNLI looking to identify sender of mystery letter

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Fylde RNLI volunteers have appealed for help to identify the sender of a charming but intriguing note which was dropped off at the lifeboat souvenir shop in St Annes while it was closed.


A colourful drawing and thank you message to the lifeboat crew was pushed under the door of the shop next the lifeboat house on South Promenade and found by the shop volunteers the next time they opened up.

The thanks were from Megan, complete with charming childhood drawings, including of a lifeboat, a lifebelt on a post and what appeared to be a princess wearing a crown, with the message “For saving my dad….” but with no further details.

The note has taken pride of place on the noticeboard in the crew room at the station but the volunteer crew have no idea who, what or when the thanks refer to – and are keen to find out.

Lytham St Annes RNLI station coxswain Tom Stuart with the mystery letterLytham St Annes RNLI station coxswain Tom Stuart with the mystery letter

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“Of course, we are more than happy to have been of service and it’s lovely that someone has taken the time and trouble to put together and drop off such a note.

“Our lifeboats are ready for emergencies 24 hours a day and numerous services occur, especially in the summer months.

“This letter has intrigued the crew but we wonder which rescue it refers to. Who is Megan?”

A close-up view of the the mysterious Megan's letter

A close-up view of the the mysterious Megan’s letter

Anyone who can help can contact the Express and we will pass the details on.


Operators in row over Blackpool lap dancing club licence

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A dispute over the future of a Blackpool lap-dancing club has triggered a battle over who has the right hold its license.


David Moseley, who owns the premises on Queen Street occupied by Eden One, has applied to the council to have the club’s sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence transferred to his company Pool Construction Ltd.

Blackpool sex club dispute to be decided at town hall meeting

But Mark Newton already holds the licence through his company AA Recreation 1 Ltd and objected to the transfer.

The Queen Street premises
Mr Newton, who already holds two SEV licences including for Sinless on Central Promenade, and Mr Moseley failed to reach an agreement on the tenancy of the building.

Barrister Sarah Clover, representing Mr Moseley, said her client had had tenants for 11 years who had “operated the SEV satisfactorily”.

Mr Moseley had offered a similar tenancy agreement to Mr Newton but he had turned it down in order “to hold Mr Moseley to a commercial ransome”, she said.

Ms Clover also suggested Mr Newton’s ultimate goal was to hold all four SEVs currently available in Blackpool.

Mr Moseley argued the licence should remain attached to the building which he owns, and he had lined up an experienced manager to take over the running of the lap dancing club.

But Mr Newton told the committee he could not agree to the terms of the lease offered to him by Mr Moseley because it meant he would have to give up his business interests in Eden One if he handed in the licence.

He said he had bought the business from its previous operators and planned to relocate it to neighbouring premises on Queen Street if he could not lease the property owned by Mr Moseley.

Mr Newton’s solicitor Richard Williams said Mr Moseley was not suitable to hold the SEV licence due to previous transgressions relating to his business interests.

Mr Williams told councillors: “In terms of your policy, David Moseley is totally usuitable to be a licence holder regardless of what was going on behind the scenes regarding business negotiations.”

The meeting was adjourned to allow the sub-committee to consider its decision.

Eden was stripped of its SEV licence in July 2019 after a 25-year-old man on a stag do was torched by a dancer wielding an aerosol can and a lighter – leaving him in hospital suffering from second-degree burns to his torso.

However the club has not opened since Mr Newton took over the licence due to Covid lockdowns.

In January this year the council’s licensing committee agreed a new policy which would permit only one sex shop to trade, and set a zero limit on lap dancing clubs.

The resort’s existing four clubs can continue operating under their ‘grandfather rights’ but once existing licences lapse, for any reason, they would not be renewed.

Blackpool MP urges support for beleaguered travel sector

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Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has joined calls for the Government to support the long-term future of UK airlines and their staff.


Mr Maynard met air crew members as part of a travel industry demonstration in Westminster over the restrictions imposed under coronavirus measures and made clear his view that the sector needs help now to ensure it is positioned to support local and national economic recovery.

He called on the Government to give airlines the certainty they need amid growing anger and impatience over testing and isolation policy.

Mr Maynard made clear a firm plan was needed not only to support airlines and their staff but those whose incomes rely on the travel sector, including taxi operators and school travel firms, who he has been supporting during the pandemic.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard talks to members of the travel industry at Westminster as a protest over the Government's traffic light travel system takes placeBlackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard talks to members of the travel industry at Westminster as a protest over the Government’s traffic light travel system takes place

He said: “In my constituency, not only are there many people employed in travel agents, but taxi and chauffeur services who rely on airport runs, airline cabin crew, pilots in training, and the largest educational travel provider in the country.

“All are suffering. As the former aviation minister up until just before the pandemic began, I know how crucial they are to the economy, and to our recovery from Covid.

“It’s not just about restarting holidays, it’s about the jobs both locally in this area, but the wider economy.

“The sector needs predictability rather than the stop/start situation we have now.

“And if they can’t operate for reasons of public health, which might be the case, they need the support from government to get through to the other side.”

Travel industry body Abta estimates that 195,000 travel jobs have been lost during the coronavirus pandemic or are at risk.

It said ministers were failing to deliver a restart to travel, by “undermining” the traffic light system, with no viable major tourist destinations on the quarantine-free green list, and the Government urging people to avoid holidays to locations on the amber list.

Abta wants to remove testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers on green and amber location flights, plus financial support for struggling companies.

Former heavyweight boxer Brian London – known as the Blackpool Rock – dies aged 87

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Former boxer Brian London, known throughout his career as ‘the Blackpool Rock’, has sadly passed away, The Gazette understands.


Brian London has passed away at the age of 87

Brian London has passed away at the age of 87

The last of Blackpool’s sporting royalty from the 1950s and 1960s, a generation that included Jimmy Armfield and Sir Stanley Matthews, London dies aged 87 following a bout of ill health.

His untimely passing comes just four days on from his birthday.

London – born Brian Harper – enjoyed a 15-year boxing career as a heavyweight, fighting 58 times.

Also known as the British Bulldog, London was one of a quartet of British boxers, with Henry Cooper, Joe Erskine, and Dick Richardson, who dominated the British boxing scene throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Born in Hartlepool, County Durham in 1934, London moved to Blackpool when he was 16 years old and remained there up until his death.

His father Jack London won the British heavyweight title in 1944 while his brother, Jack Junior, also fought as a light-heavyweight.

London fought as an amateur before turning professional in 1955, going on to win the opening 12 bouts of his career.

He finally lost when he came up against Henry Cooper in May 1956, Cooper stopping him with a technical knockout in the first round.

The Blackpool Rock claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with an eighth-round knockout of Welsh fighter Joe Erskine in June 1958.

In January 1959, London lost his titles in a second fight against Cooper, losing by a points decision after 15 rounds.

He challenged for the world title on the first of two occasions in May 1959, when he challenged title holder Floyd Patterson in Indianapolis.

Unfortunately he returned to the UK empty-handed after being knocked out in the 11th round.

He fought Cooper for the third time in February 1964 when he challenged for his British and Commonwealth titles, as well as the vacant European title.

The fight took place in Manchester and Cooper won on points once again after 15 rounds of boxing.

In August 1966, not long after England’s famous World Cup win, London challenged for the world title for a second time at the age of 32.

The sport’s greatest fighter of all time Muhammad Ali was his opponent in a bout staged at Earl’s Court in London.

Ali, aged just 24 at the time, put on a masterful performance, eventually securing a knockout in the third round.

In a post-career media interview, London said: “He’s big, fast and he could punch, whereas I was smaller, fatter and couldn’t punch.

“He stopped me in three rounds and that was it, I don’t think I hit him.

“It was good money and I got well paid for it – that’s all I fought for. Every fight I ever had I always had a go, but with Muhammad Ali I thought don’t get hurt Brian, and I therefore didn’t try, which was wrong, totally wrong.”

London enjoyed the last win in his career in 1967 with a points victory against the talented American Zora Folley, who had lost a world title fight with Ali earlier that year.

He competed in a further six fights, his career eventually coming to an end in 1970 following a defeat against up-and-coming young fighter Joe Bugner at Wembley.

He ended with a record of 37 wins (26 by knockout), 20 losses and one draw.

In 2004, the British Boxing website listed London at number eight in a list of the top 10 post Second World War British Heavyweight boxers

Following his retirement, London became a businessman in Blackpool, owning several nightclubs.

Blackpool children lose both parents to sepsis as mum’s death rocks family weeks before her wedding

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Michelle Moore, 40, was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer last year but died earlier this month after developing sepsis


Michelle Moore at Glastonbury festival in 2010
Michelle Moore at Glastonbury festival in 2010

A Blackpool woman described as the “life and soul of the party” has been remembered by her sister after her sudden death rocked the family.

Michelle Moore, was diagnosed with stage four gallbladder cancer last September and after finding out it was terminal, she and her family began planning her last 12 to 24 months of life.

But they had no idea that their time together would be cut so much shorter.

On June 4, Michelle’s 17-year-old daughter called an ambulance as she saw her mum becoming progressively ill. She was admitted to hospital where she died the following night after developing sepsis.

Her three children, Brooke 20, Ellie-Mae, 17 and youngest, LJ, 12, had only started to come to terms with the loss of their dad – Michelle’s ex-partner – who also died from sepsis two years ago.

As the oldest of 12 siblings, 40-year-old Michelle shared a close relationship with her family and her abrupt death was a shock to them all as they weren’t able to visit her during her last night due to Covid restrictions.

Her sister, Stephanie Jefferson, 36 said: “ We’re heartbroken and the whole family is just in shock.

“We definitely understood the diagnosis, and what was going to happen we just didn’t expect it to have gone like that.

“We didn’t expect her to get sepsis, go to hospital and nobody would be able to see her.”

During her final hours, it was only her mother who could be there to say goodbye to her daughter.

After receiving her diagnosis, Michelle was able to come to terms with it quickly and began making arrangements for the rest of her year.

Michelle and her fiancé Ash were due to be married in August after five years of being together but the couple never got their chance.

As well as plans for the funeral and her wedding, Michelle had to plan how her three children would be looked after after she was gone.

Michelle, fiancé Ash and her three children pictured in 2020
Michelle, fiancé Ash and her three children pictured in 2020

The children, Brooke, Ellie-Mae and LJ, who had also lost their dad to sepsis two years ago now live with auntie Stephanie who says they never really came to terms with what happened to him.

“They’ve not dealt with their dad yet,” she said. “It feels like they just need to be able to deal with some stuff.

“When their dad died, we went into Covid and now it’s almost like they’re not in touch with the reality of everything that’s happened yet.”

Being the oldest sibling meant Michelle was there for all of her brothers and sisters.

Stephanie said: “She was really protective. She was so protective of everybody.”

Michelle’s funeral, held on June 22 showcased her love for festivals with balloons, garlands and wristbands handed out to each guest.

As part of her funeral, to symbolise Michelle’s life in Blackpool, the family were able to get the tower lit up in honour of her and as a perfect way to display her humour, Michelle picked ‘Fire’ by Kasabian as her last song.

Blackpool Tower lit up in honour of Michelle Moore and gallbladder cancer awareness
Blackpool Tower lit up in honour of Michelle Moore and gallbladder cancer awareness

More than two hundred guests turned up to pay their respects to the family and say goodbye to Michelle but due to Covid, they weren’t able to go inside the crematorium.

The family, along with Michelle set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help support the family which helped pay for a large amount of the funeral costs and to raise awareness of gallbladder cancer in hopes that others may recognise it sooner. The page is still active to accept donations.