Mass brawl with weapons in Blackpool sees five rushed to hospital

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The incident happened near the Layton on Tuesday morning

 

A general view of police at the scene of an incident
A general view of police at the scene of an incident at night

Five people were injured in a large brawl just after midnight on Tuesday morning.

Officers were called shortly after midnight on Tuesday (July 6) following reports that a group of people had been seen fighting close to The Layton Institute and Social Club. on Westcliffe Drive There were also reports of weapons being used.

Four men and a woman sustained injuries in the incident. All were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries, some of which were consistent with a blade. One man, with head injuries, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 19-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of an offensive weapon and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

DC Cherie Hall of Blackpool CID said: “It is believed that this disturbance will have been witnessed by various members of the public and we are appealing for anyone with information or footage of this incident to come forward and assist officers in establishing the events that unfolded.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or email 8659@lancashire.police.uk quoting log number 0031 of July 6th.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Blackpool man charged and named after stabbing near Ma Kelly’s in North Shore

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A man has been charged by police after a stabbing near Ma Kelly’s in North Shore on Monday (July 5).

 

Lancashire Police said a man in his 40s was found suffering from a neck wound when officers were called to the scene, at the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road, at around 12.52am.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged.

The force said Jamie Wetton, 26, of Chester Road, Blackpool, was arrested and has since been charged with section 18 wounding/grievous bodily harm.

The man, aged in his 40s, was stabbed in the neck near Ma Kelly's, at the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road in North Shore, shortly before 1am on Monday (July 5). Pic: GoogleThe man, aged in his 40s, was stabbed in the neck near Ma Kelly’s, at the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road in North Shore, shortly before 1am on Monday (July 5). Pic: Google

He has also been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in public (a kitchen knife) and a separate charge of causing a second man actual bodily harm during incidents in Dickson Road, North Shore on July 5.

At Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday, July 6), Wetton indicated that he intends to plead guilty to each of the offences.

“I understand that guilty pleas will be rendered in these cases,” said District Judge Jane Goodwin, which would render a trial unnecessary.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Preston Crown Court on August 4.

Three men flee after large cannabis factory discovered in Blackpool

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A large cannabis factory was discovered after police were called to an address in Blackpool, causing three men to flee.

 

Police were called to an address in the resort at around 11.50am on Tuesday (July 6) after a gas safety warrant was executed,

Three men reportedly ran from the premises as officers arrived, with police uncovering cannabis plants in every room of the property.

The drugs and growing equipment were seized and the site was cleared.

The drugs and growing equipment has since been seized. (Credit: Lancashire Police)The drugs and growing equipment has since been seized. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Blackpool man charged and named after stabbing near Ma Kelly’s in North Shore

Electricity Northwest also attended to make the premises safe.

Officers have now released pictures of the factory to “highlight the dangers of these cannabis farms and the fire risk they pose”.

The force has not yet disclosed the location of the farm.

A large cannabis factory was discovered by police in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police)A large cannabis factory was discovered by police in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

The Blackpool Gazette has approached Lancashire Police for more information.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach protestor scaled The Big One over his ‘homelessness plight’ and he plans to climb Blackpool Tower as well

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A man climbed Britain’s tallest roller coaster as a protest about his ‘homelessness’ plight.

 

A court heard how David Little scaled The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and was remanded in custody after he threatened to climb up Blackpool Tower.

Little, 49, originally from Scotland but has lived in the town for 29 years, admitted causing a public nuisance on Monday (July 5) at around 7.30pm.

The court heard how he had caused emergency services to attend, hindered the public and forced Pleasure Beach bosses to bring in a specialist safety team to check the 213ft tall ride before it could be put into operation again.

The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure BeachThe Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, asked the Crown Prosecution Service to produce a full break down of the financial cost of Little’s action.

She had already been told how it cost the fire service £2,000 to attend the incident and that three out of the four fire engines on duty across the Fylde coast had to be drafted in.

The police and Blackpool Pleasure Beach have yet to submit reports on their financial impact.

The court heard that Little did not realise he had put himself in danger and had planned his climb for three weeks.

In a statement to police, he said he was also planning to climbing the town’s iconic Blackpool Tower because he was fed up of having no home.

Steven Duffy, defending, said that Little, currently of no fixed address, had lived in Blackpool for nearly three decades and had been homeless for the past seven months.

Mr Duffy said: “He has worked on the sea defences in Blackpool and worked on the tram tracks and after 29 years considers himself a local who should get local help. All he has been offered is a hostel in Preston.

“He feels estranged by the local authority.”

The judge adjourned sentence pending the financial impact statements and a probation report on Little and warned him she may send him to be sentenced at Crown Court.

Remanding him, Judge Goodwin said: “If I was to bail you there is a risk of re-offending and I have heard how you intend to climb another building.”

Blackpool trams and buses face mask policy expected to be dropped for 19 July

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Bus and tram users in Blackpool will not be expected to wear any face coverings from July 19, with the policy being made a recommendation for residents and tourists.

 

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week to relax Covid-19 regulations for the so-called ‘Freedom Day’.

Blackpool Transport has said it has already drafted its intentions for July 19 and if a Government briefing on Monday confirms the date will go ahead it, the firm will roll out the new policy.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said capacity on the resort’s buses and trams will be increased.

Face masks will not be required on buses and trams soonFace masks will not be required on buses and trams soon

The said: “On buses, we will start to use all forward facing seats which will increase capacity close to 100 per cent.

“On trams, we will increase capacity but we will still place ambassadors at the majority of our busier tram platforms to help with queue management and avoid overcrowding. This means that in the short term, tram capacity will increase but we will still monitor the number of people trying to board.”

Face coverings will become a recommendation in line with government guidance but should this change, the company ‘will react accordingly’.

The spokesman added: “Our teams will continue to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces when not behind a safety screen as part of company policy to continue to do our bit to protect our teams and others around us.”

The frequency of Blackpool’s trams will also be increasing to up to every seven minutes from this Sunday between Starr Gate and Little Bispham.

Trams to Fleetwood will still be running every 15 minutes for the time being.

The spokesman said this means Blackpool will have more trams available ‘to keep the resort moving’ as more visitors arrive ahead for the summer holiday season.

New Blackpool tourism boss as part of cabinet changes

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A cabinet shake up at Blackpool Council has seen new roles handed out to senior councillors.

 

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams, who has added the tourism portfolio to her duties, said the changes were aimed at rebuilding the resort following the Covid pandemic.

She said: “I am excited about Blackpool’s future, and felt after the difficulties of the last year we needed to reassess and ensure how each of our cabinet member’s responsibilities can best meet the needs of our residents and communities.

“I believe it is crucial that executive member areas of responsibility reflect the challenges and opportunities for our residents and our town as we move forward, and I believe the changes I have made do just that.

Town hall shake upTown hall shake up

“We have so much we want to achieve over the next few years for the people of Blackpool– and we’re looking forward to it.”

Coun Williams added tourism recovery was a key priority which she had decided to take personal responsibility for.

She said: “As leader, I intend to use all available means to support the recovery of tourism locally, but also use my position to continue to advocate for support for the sector regionally and nationally. “

Special focus will be put on young people at risk of being left behind and business recovery.

Coun Lynn Williams
Coun Lynn Williams

This has seen Coun Gillian Campbell, who was previously cabinet member for tourism, given a new role as cabinet member for inclusion, youth and transience.

Coun Williams said the council had to address the impact of Covid on young people.

She said: “We need to work with them to best prepare them for adult life, supporting their professional development but also their mental health, and creating opportunities.”

Coun Neal Brookes has been moved from housing to enforcement, public safety, highways and transport to boost business support.

Coun Williams said this would help “support businesses collaboratively wherever they need it, from planning support to enforcement and licensing advice.”

Coun Jim Hobson has been given the key role of cabinet member for children’s social care as the council’s children’s services department continues its improvement journey.

New cabinet positions

Coun Lynn Williams – Council leader and cabinet member for tourism and culture.

Coun Ivan Taylor – Deputy council leader and cabinet member for partnerships and performance.

Coun Kathryn Benson – community engagement, aspirations and community assets.

Coun Neal Brookes – enforcement, public safety, highways and transport.

Coun Gillian Campbell – inclusion, youth and transience.

Coun Jo Farrell – adult social care and health

Coun Jim Hobson – children’s social care and schools

Coun Jane Hugo – cabinet member for climate change