Man suffers ‘facial injury’ after burglar breaks into Blackpool home

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A man was hospitalised with a “facial injury” after a burglar broke into a home in Blackpool.

 

A man broke into a home in Charles Street before stealing “a number of items” at around 7am on December 16, 2020.

During the incident an occupant, a man in his 30s, suffered a facial injury which required hospital treatment.

Police have now released an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their investigation.

Police want to identify this man following an incident in Blackpool where a man was attacked. (Credit: Lancashire Police)Police want to identify this man following an incident in Blackpool where a man was attacked. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Anyone with information can call 101 or email 4912@lancashire.police.uk, quoting log number 0183 of December 16.

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

Joey Blower’s daughter in tears as the Blackpool comedian performs his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment

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This was the emotional moment Joey Blower’s young daughter joined him on stage at his last show before cancer treatment.

 

The 58-year-old comic will fly to Prague on Monday after poignantly performing at Viva in Blackpool earlier today.

Both were clearly overwhelmed by the occasion, with four-year-old Olivia in tears as the pair hugged in front of the crowd.

Speaking to The Gazette last week, Joey said leaving his wife Nam and young daughter while he spends a month in the Czech Republic would be tough.

He said: “I have taken Olivia to nursery and picked her up every day for the last year and that time, honestly, has been so special.

“She has known Daddy is not well and I have to go away, but she thinks it is a few nights and being away for four weeks is going to be the hardest part.

“It’s heartbreaking but kids are resilient and I’m doing all this to ensure I have many years ahead with her.”

Joey, who spent years entertaining holidaymakers on North Pier and has clocked up 27 summers working the crowds, is having proton beam therapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

Olivia, four, was in tears as her dad, the resort comic Joey Blower, 58, welcomed her on stage at Viva Blackpool, at the end of his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)Olivia, four, was in tears as her dad, the resort comic Joey Blower, 58, welcomed her on stage at Viva Blackpool, at the end of his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)

He conceded his impending treatment is his “last and best chance” of recovering.

And he tweeted today: “I have no words for the crowd and team [at] Viva Blackpool this afternoon. I’ll see you in five weeks.

“Olivia coming on stage at the end will be my forever memory of my pre-treatment show.”

He added: “Not ashamed to say I shed a bucket full of tears today at the last show before I start treatment. The support has been remarkable and the awareness we are creating for Prostate Cancer UK is having an effect.”

Joey Blower, 58, performed his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, at Viva Blackpool on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)Joey Blower, 58, performed his last show before flying abroad for cancer treatment in Prague, at Viva Blackpool on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (Picture: Martin Bostock for The Gazette)

 

Five people rescued from sea in Blackpool just hours after England football victory

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Blackpool RNLI and the Lytham Coastguard were called out to the coast in the early hours of this morning over reports of people stranded in the sea.

 

Volunteers rushed to the coast at approximately 1 am this morning, July 4, just hours after England’s football victory against Ukraine.

Coastguards received reports of people stuck out at sea opposite the lifeguard station in Blackpool

The RNLI crew then waded out to assist the casualties from the water and passed them into the care of the Lytham coastguard.

RNLI volunteers and the Lytham Coastguard were on the scene this morning. Pic by RNLI BlackpoolRNLI volunteers and the Lytham Coastguard were on the scene this morning. Pic by RNLI Blackpool

Casualties were walked off the beach before being treated by the North West Ambulance service.

It is understood that three of them were intoxicated following the success of the Euros quarter-final football game.

A spokesperson from Lytham Coastguard said: “We were called out at 00.57 in the early hours of this morning to reports of two people in the water, possibly in difficulty around the Central area of Blackpool.

“Our volunteers arrived on scene and found five people in the water, we requested the assistance of RNLI Blackpool and they quickly arrived at the water’s edge. The crew then waded out to assist the casualties from the water and passed them into our care.

“To make sure there were no other people in the water, we set off an illuminating rocket flare to illuminate the area, after determining all people were accounted for, we walked the casualties off the beach.”

Fylde landmarks Light Up Blue to mark NHS 73rd birthday and thank staff for contribution during pandemic

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Fylde landmarks feature among dozens of sites set to be lit up blue today to mark the anniversary of the founding of the NHS and the huge contribution of health service staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Blackpool Tower; Blackpool Illuminations Arches; Blackpool Pleasure Beach Big One; Blackpool Hampton By Hilton Hotel; The Blackpool Winter Gardens Dome; Blackpool Victoria Hospital; Lytham Windmill/ and Marine Hall Theatre, Fleetwood are all part of the initiative.

The move comes as events are held across the country today to remember NHS workers who have lost their lives to the virus, ahead the NHS’s 73rd anniversary on Monday.

A small number of NHS staff from the North West will attend a memorial service at the London Blossom Garden this afternoon, in memory of the NHS workers who died while caring for patients during the pandemic, and in dedication to the way the health service – backed by key workers and the public throughout – has worked together to care for 400,000 Covid patients in England’s hospitals.

The garden, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, was planted as a living memorial and is a place to reflect, remember those who lost their lives, and pay tribute to key workers.

Later in the evening more than 20 famous regional landmarks will light up blue, including sites that have been part of the world-leading vaccine roll out that has seen more than 65 million life-saving jabs delivered so far.

Some of the region’s most well-known landmarks and event spaces have been transformed in to vaccination centres since the world’s first approved jab was delivered on December 8, and those services lighting up blue will include St Helens Rugby ground and Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Landmarks were encouraged to light up in solidarity with the NHS for last year’s 72nd birthday, and this year vaccination sites are also being encouraged to take part to acknowledge the vital role they have played for the NHS and the country.

Dr David Levy, Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North West said: “Each of the colleagues who sadly died while caring for and protecting patients, represents an irreplaceable gap in a family and a workplace.

“While the memorial service is a private event for families and some NHS colleagues, I encourage everyone to take a moment on Saturday to reflect and remember.

“It is no exaggeration to say that health service staff have helped to keep the country going during the pandemic, and while NHS staff have rightly been celebrated for their contribution, we know that the role played by other key workers – people keeping supermarkets open, refuse collectors, child carers and other public services – as well as the resilience of the general public, has helped ensure we can start to move forward.

“The best way for everyone to say thank you to NHS staff and other key workers is to join the tens of millions of others who have so far had their first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, and book your jabs today.”

Bill McCarthy, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North West said: “It has been an extremely challenging year for our region and for NHS staff in particular and it is important we reflect on our achievements with pride, and recognise the dedication and commitment of our amazing people who have made huge sacrifices, especially those who sadly lost their lives.

“It has also been a year of hope with the success of our world-leading vaccination programme now in its final push, and our 73rd birthday is a chance to celebrate that and say a huge thank you to our staff, our army of volunteers, and our local communities for working so hard to deliver the extraordinary rollout.

“This is a moment not only for the country to record gratitude for the NHS, but I think for all of us in the NHS to say thank you to everybody who has helped us, help you.”

Coastguard turns out to South Shore and Anchorsholme incidents

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Lytham Coastguard were called to to reports of a person in the water around the South Pier area, possibly in distress late last night.

The Coastguard in attendance at the South Pier incident

The Coastguard in attendance at the South Pier incident

They tweeted that after a shoreline search alongside Blackpool RNLI and Blackpool Police it was later determined that the person had returned back to their hotel.

A short time later they reacted to reports of shouts for help heard on the beach in the Anchorsholme area and carried out a search with Lancashire Police.

It turned out to be ‘a false alarm with good intent’.

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Court ruling welcomed by Blackpool hoteliers group after man’s nightmare stay

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A Blackpool hotel has been slammed after a visitor took the owners to court following a nightmare overnight stay.

 

Trading Standards are investigating after the Chaplin’s Hotel in Albert Road was ordered to pay the man £100, plus £6.70 interest and £25 court costs.

William Hampson from Croydon took owner Mr Zhelez Petkov to the county court, complaining the hotel displayed three-star Visit England accreditation and a good breakfast award on its website and on the front of the building – when it did not have such status anymore.

Stay Blackpool welcomed the court’s finding in Mr Hampson’s favour and said any hotel displaying misleading or out of date signage should be punished.

The Chaplin's Hotel in Albert Road was taken to court by one disgruntled customer after a nightmare stay, for having out-of-date accreditationThe Chaplin’s Hotel in Albert Road was taken to court by one disgruntled customer after a nightmare stay, for having out-of-date accreditation

The problem began in July 27 last year when Mr Hampson arrived for a four day visit to Blackpool in memory of his late parent, who had brought the family to Blackpool for their summer holidays for many years.

Mr Hampson, a hotel manager for 23 years but who has now got a potentially life-limiting chronic illness, wanted to recreate an old photo he had of his grandad sat with the Tower in the background.

He said he wanted the good old fashioned Blackpool B&B experience like he had when he was a child and chose Chaplin’s as it apparently had three star accreditation.

But when he arrived, he was told by the owner that they had had to change his room to one on the third floor which had three beds in it.
William Hampson who endured a horrendous night at Chaplin's Hotel
William Hampson who endured a horrendous night at Chaplin’s Hotel

He said the beds were crammed in and blocked the door to the bathroom, which he said was a safety problem.

He said: “The room was damp with peeling wallpaper, and contained mould throughout.

“With a chronic illness relating to my immune system, my consultant can confirm this level of hygiene leaves me vulnerable to opportunist infections.

“The walls were so thin I could hear everything going on in the next room.

Blood stains on the sheets in Mr Hampson's room

Blood stains on the sheets in Mr Hampson’s room

“From 10pm on the first night to 6am, I could hear the guest next door fighting for several hours with a prostitute he was refusing to pay. This left me feeling vulnerable and fearful as I could hear physical, verbal, and emotional violence.”

He said he heard the man drag the girl out of the room by her hair and throw her out.

He tried to contact the hotel owner online but failed and said he was too afraid to call in case he was overheard.

“At 11pm, I pulled back the duvet to discover a blood stain on the sheet that had also stained the duvet, indicating the bedding had not been changed,” he said.Out -of-date signage on Chaplin's Hotel website. Visit England has confirmed the hotel is n longer accredited since it changed hands in 2019

Out -of-date signage on Chaplin’s Hotel website. Visit England has confirmed the hotel is n longer accredited since it changed hands in 2019

“At 2am I contacted booking.com with whom I booked, who stated this was not acceptable. They too could not reach the defendant. They said I should be entitled to a full refund in the amount of £100.”

Mr Hampson left the hotel without eating breakfast and contacted Stay Blackpool, which found him an alternative place to stay – the Chorlton Hotel.

He later brought an action in the civil court against Mr Petkov to get his cash back and supplied the court with a bundle of evidence.

He said: “The Deputy District Judge of Croydon County Court, quoting from several sections of my bundle and claim, showed he had reviewed my claim fully and he stated, ‘I am satisfied you had the most horrendous experience at this hotel who deliberately misrepresented itself with Visit England accreditation.

“‘Had they not deliberately misrepresented itself with Visit England accreditation via the booking website, needless to say you would not have booked with them.’”

Chaplin’s Hotel has generally favourable reviews on online booking sites and was taken over by Mr Petkov in March 2019.

The third bed in Mr Hampson's room blocking the bathroom doorThe third bed in Mr Hampson’s room blocking the bathroom door

Mr Petkov spoke to The Gazette after the court hearing, which he did not attend because, he claimed, he had not received notification from the court, and said the signage was left on the website and hotel merely by oversight.

He refuted Mr Hampshire’s version of events and said: “If you check our reviews they are good but sometimes people say bad things.

“I submitted documents (to the court) but afterwards no-one got back to me. When I have tried to contact the court it has been very busy.”

Mr Petrov said the hotel removed the Visit England accreditation on Thursday, but the logo was still on the Chaplin’s website at the time of going to press.

“He said there were aggressive people in the next room but he was on the third floor and we live on the ground floor,” he said.

“We did not hear and nobody informed us. I have the phone records that no-one called us.

“When he said he was afraid to speak in case they hear him. That is ridiculous.

“There were a lot of people staying here at that same time and nobody else complained.

“I didn’t leave the signs because I wanted to give false advertisement, I just didn’t notice.

“When I got an email from the agency about this, I have removed these things.”

A spokesman for Visit England said: “I can confirm that the Chaplin’s Hotel, Albert Road, Blackpool, is not part of the Visit England assessed hotel scheme.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “We are aware of this issue which is being dealt with by the council’s Trading Standards team. We always look into any reports of concern wherever possible.”

Claire Smith from Stay Blackpool said the group was delighted the judge had found against the hotel and said it should act as a warning to others.

She said: “To achieve and maintain any form of accreditation takes a huge commitment to quality and a significant financial outgoing.

“When a property blatantly displays illegal signage either physically or online, it is at the very least misrepresentation but in fact fraud as prospective guests are being deliberately misled.

“There is no case for oversight. We are all accountable and must take responsibility for the signage we display.

“This is a huge win for all those quality accommodation providers in Blackpool that work extremely hard to provide the best facilities and the best experience they can so their guest’s go home having had a fabulous time in Blackpool.”

Mr Hampson said he was satisfied with the result and it would not put him off returning to Blackpool.

He said: “Things did not work out as expected, despite having limited expectations.

“The Chorlton Hotel was the saving grace of my visit, so much so I will be returning at the Chorlton this year with friends.

“I think I saw and ate everything available in Blackpool. I visited the spot my Grandfather had a snap taken on the Prom by the Tower and spent the morning in the Pleasure Beach riding the rides that were either new or I was too small to ride [back then].

“ I even took a piece of the [former wooden ride] Wild Mouse home with me which is displayed in my mini retro Blackpool themed dining corner.”

Amazon’s new Cinderella trailer starring Pierce Brosnan reveals spectacular scenes in Blackpool Tower Ballroom

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It appears the world-famous dancefloor was used for Cinderella’s enchanting ball

The stage in Blackpool Tower ballroom which has the inscription "Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear" above it was used for the Sony Pictures film adaptation of 'Cinderella'

The stage in Blackpool Tower ballroom which has the inscription “Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear” above it was used for the Sony Pictures film adaptation of ‘Cinderella’ (Image: 2021 – Amazon Prime Video)

One of Blackpool’s most iconic landmarks has become the setting of an enchanting new Amazon remake of the classic tale Cinderella.

Speculation was rife early last year when Hollywood actors were spotted on the Promenade wearing elaborate costumes.

A teaser trailer released yesterday (July 1) has now revealed Blackpool Tower ballroom was used to host scenes in the Sony Pictures new adaptation of ‘Cinderella’ streamed by Amazon Prime.

It has now been confirmed by Blackpool’s tourism board that the world-famous dancefloor was used for Cinderella’s enchanting ball.

Hollywood actors on the mahogany, oak and walnut dancefloor of Blackpool Tower ballroom

Hollywood actors on the mahogany, oak and walnut dancefloor of Blackpool Tower ballroom (Image: Screenshot of teaser trailer for ‘Cinderella by Sony Pictures – 2021 – Amazon Prime Video)

Written and directed by Kay Cannon, the film stars Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Nick Galitzine, Missy Elliot, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, John Mulaney, Romesh Ranganathan along with James Corden.

The musical comedy re-imagines the traditional ‘Cinderella’ story in which the heroine is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow.

Billy Porter makes an entrance as the gender neutral fairy godmother to help her achieve her dreams.

Five years ago, director Tim Burton filmed much of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in and around the Tower buildings.

To view the teaser trailer for Cinderella, set to be released on February 5, 2021, please visit YouTube here.