Man’s body found on Fylde coast beach after five-hour sea search

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A man’s body has been found on a Fylde beach following a five-hour search at sea by emergency services.

 

Although still to be formally identified, it is thought to be that of a 19-year-old man from Bolton who was reported missing from Rossall Beach, between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, around 3.30pm on Saturday,

Coastguard crews from Fleetwood and Knott End, RNLI volunteers from Blackpool and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter joined police in the search and were stood down shortly before 9pm when the body was found close to where the man was reported missing.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “The circumstances are not thought to be suspicious and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.”

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Blackpool woman forced to cancel reunion with family after UK enforces 10-day quarantine on travellers to France

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A woman from Blackpool whose daughter and grandchildren live in the French Alps is having to put their family reunion on hold after the UK said travellers to France must quarantine for 10 days on their return to Britain.

 

Debbie Wainwright, a receptionist at Vets4Pets in Warbreck, said she has waited a year to visit her family in Chamonix, a ski resort at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps.

She had hoped to make the 14-hour drive to spend some quality time with her daughter Suzie, 32 and her two grandchildren, Harley, 10 and Izzy, 8.

But today, Debbie was dealt a cruel blow when the UK government announced that those returning to England and Wales from France will still have to quarantine for 10 days.

Left to right: Debbie with her granddaughter Izzy, son-in-law Stuart, grandson Harley and daughter Suzie skiing in Chamonix in the French Alps. Pic: Debbie WainwrightLeft to right: Debbie with her granddaughter Izzy, son-in-law Stuart, grandson Harley and daughter Suzie skiing in Chamonix in the French Alps. Pic: Debbie Wainwright

She said the new quarantine requirement has made it ‘impossible’ for her go to France because she wouldn’t be able to book an extra 10 days off work on her return.

The new restriction came as a shock because from Monday (July 19), adults who have been double jabbed in the UK will not need to isolate for 10 days when returning from amber list countries.

But the government said the easing would not apply to France due to “persistent” cases of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa.

It said the decision to keep quarantine in place for those arriving from France is due to concerns vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant

Debbie and her granddaughter Izzy enjoying the slopes at the base of Mont Blanc last year. Debbie hasn't been able to see her family since due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Pic: Debbie WainwrightDebbie and her granddaughter Izzy enjoying the slopes at the base of Mont Blanc last year. Debbie hasn’t been able to see her family since due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Pic: Debbie Wainwright

But Debbie, who has had both jabs, says the move is ‘ludicrous’ because the Beta variant reportedly only accounts for around 10% of new infections in France itself.

But high numbers of Beta cases in the remote French overseas territory of Reunion – 5,500 miles away near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean – are inflating France’s case figures.

“It’s just crazy,” says Debbie, who has eagerly saved her holiday leave for a long-awaited reunion with daughter Suzie and her two grandchildren.

“Enough is enough. They tell us if we are double vaccinated we can travel to amber countries without quarantine, so I’ve isolated from work for 10 days due to a Covid outbreak.

“I’ve used my annual leave to do this because I didn’t want to risk being pinged and having to self-isolate before we set off for France.

“I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me during these lockdowns. I’ve followed all the rules and I’ve had both jabs and I’ve had my heart set on finally seeing Suzie and the kids after nearly a year.

“It’s heartbreaking. We had to cancel our visit earlier this year because of the travel restrictions, but I really thought this time we were going to make it.

“If we were just going on holiday, then I could accept it more. But it’s not just a holiday. It’s being with family that we haven’t seen in nearly 12 months. We miss those kids so much.

“And it’s not like we were going to be on a plane or at an airport with hundreds of other people. We were taking the tunnel and driving all the way.”

Debbie said the government’s last-minute announcement means she is unlikely to see her daughter and grandchildren until later this year.

She said: “I work at a small vets practice and the other girls have young children and they need to take some time off this summer. So I won’t be able to reschedule until after the school holidays now. It just seems wrong the way they mess with people like this, especially when they have people flying into England from all over Europe for the football.

“And it’s bizarre that they have singled out France when most of these Beta cases are thousands of miles away on an French island in the Indian Ocean!”

Art celebration of Blackpool FC great Morty presented to Boris Johnson

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Artwork celebrating one of Blackpool’s greatest No 9s could soon be adorning the walls of No 10.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was presented with artwork specially commissioned by lifelong Seasiders fan Chris Hull to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bloomfield Road legend Stan Mortensen earlier this year.

Chris, who grew up in Poulton, worked for the Football League when it was based at St Annes and now runs his own public relations business in the Cotswolds, took the opportunity to make the presentation while on a recent visit to Downing Street.

He issued the PM with an invitation to join him at a match at Bloomfield Road and said he hoped his party will be the first to return conference trade and awareness to Blackpool “our iconic town”.

Chris Hull presents the Morty celebration artwork to Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside No 10 Downing Street.

Chris Hull presents the Morty celebration artwork to Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside No 10 Downing Street.

100 years today, Blackpool’s FA Cup legend Morty was born

He has already handed copies of the Morty art to several leading football figures and said he was delighted to have the opportunity to promote Blackpool to the Prime Minister.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my working life to travel the country and the world through my role in sport and the media,” said Chris.

“Everywhere I go I always tell everyone about our great town of Blackpool.

“In the last month alone, I have been with Sir Geoff Hurst, Bryan Robson, Tony Adams and actor Ray Winstone among many others.

“I always leave them with a small gift to remind them of Blackpool and its brilliant people and community.

“On my visit to Downing Street, I managed a very small effort on behalf of the levelling up the country movement when I had a short moment with the Prime Minister.

“I understand the art is now in the PM’s office and I hope he comes to see the progress and further potential in Blackpool and further hope his party sets the tone by being the first to return its main conference trade and awareness to our iconic town,

“I am completely apolitical and my beliefs are always in positivity, good causes, good people, progress and making life better for everyone.

“I love my town and would do anything Blackpool ever asked of me.

“Built on the town’s crown jewels and heritage – complemented by modern business, innovation, thinking and architecture – I think Blackpool can be truly great again.”

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Police search for missing man with links to Preston, Blackpool and Chorley

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A search is under way for a 54-year-old man reported missing in Chorley.

 

William McGroaty, who likes to be called Liam, was last seen in the Chorley area at 12.15am on Saturday, July 10.

He is described as 6ft tall with a Scottish accent. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey hoody, blue jeans and grey trainers.

Police say he has links to the Chorley, Preston and Blackpool areas.

William McGroaty, who likes to be called Liam, was last seen in the Chorley area at 12.15am on Saturday, July 10. He is described as 6ft tall with a Scottish accent. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey hoody, blue jeans and grey trainers. Pic: GoogleWilliam McGroaty, who likes to be called Liam, was last seen in the Chorley area at 12.15am on Saturday, July 10. He is described as 6ft tall with a Scottish accent. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey hoody, blue jeans and grey trainers. Pic: Google

A police spokesman said: “We are concerned for the welfare of 54-year-old William McGroaty. If you have seen William, or have any information about his whereabouts, please call 101 quoting investigation reference 04/113871/21.”

 

Man stabbed in stomach during ‘shocking’ robbery in Blackpool town centre

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A man in 50s was stabbed in the stomach after he was approached by a person on a bike in Blackpool.

 

The victim was near Shoe Zone in Bank Hey Street when he was approached by a man on a bike at around 3.10am.

The cyclist threatened the man before stabbing him in the stomach and stealing his mobile phone.

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

No arrests have been made and officers have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

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DC Dan Knowles, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a shocking incident and it is only through luck rather than judgement that the victim was not more seriously injured.

“Our investigation is very much ongoing and we now need to speak to the man in the CCTV still who we believe can help with our enquiries.”

Police want to speak to this man after a stabbing in Blackpool town centre. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Police want to speak to this man after a stabbing in Blackpool town centre. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Anyone who recognises the man has been asked to email forcecontrolroom@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log number 0152 of July 15.

Lancashire roads supremo takes first-hand look at notoriously potholed Fylde road

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Lancashire County Council’s roads supremo has taken a first-hand look at a notoriously potholed Fylde road.

 

Fylde MP Mark Menzies and Lytham County Councillor Tim Ashton have both highlighted Rossall Road, Ansdell as among several roads which they feel must be urgently resurfaced.

The pair met with the County Council’s cabinet member for highways Charlie Edwards to show him several areas of concern – including Rossall Road along with the Beach Street area of Lytham, and Cropper Road at Whitehills, where County Coun Edwards and Mr Menzies were joined by County Coun John Singleton..

Mr Menzies said: “There are patches on patches on patches on Rossall Road and it simply is not good enough. I won’t stand for it, and the residents should not have to either. We must have the road resurfaced.

County Coun Charlie Edwards (second left) at Rossall Road with (from left) Mark Menzies MP, County Coun Tim Ashton and Fylde Ansdell ward councillor Richard Redcliffe.County Coun Charlie Edwards (second left) at Rossall Road with (from left) Mark Menzies MP, County Coun Tim Ashton and Fylde Ansdell ward councillor Richard Redcliffe.

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“I’ve sent County Hall pictures of the hundreds of potholes and patches on Rossall Road. It is not cost effective to constantly try and repair it.

“I have also raised the issues around Beach Street for some time.”

County Coun Ashton added: “I pledged to get this road resurfaced during the recent county council election and we will get it done.”

County Coun Edwards suggested the Local Deterioration Fund could be used to improve many of the issues raised and reported on each of the areas raised to officers during the visit.

Rossall Road runs between Woodlands Road, in the centre of Ansdell, and Worsley Road and borders Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club.

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Lancashire Police’s newest horse named in memory of Jordan Banks

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Lancashire Police have unveiled their latest recruit – a horse named after Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning in Blackpool.

 

Officers named their latest recruit ‘Banks’ after 9-year-old Jordan Banks, who was killed while he was playing football at Common Edge playing fields on Tuesday, May 11.

Banks, formerly known as Fred, joined the team from a home in West Yorkshire and has already proved to be a popular member of the Mounted Branch.

He is still in training but the force said Banks has been doing brilliantly and will be allocated a police officer soon.

“Jordan had touched the hearts of many of our officers after anonymously leaving sweet treats on police cars to cheer them up at the start of the pandemic,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

“We managed to track him down and had intended to reward his kindness by inviting him into our Mounted and Dogs units for a visit, but sadly this was never able to happen.

“Instead, and to pay tribute to him, we now plan on naming our newest police horse Banks in his memory.”

The name also follows Lancashire Police’s tradition of naming their horses after places across the county.

Lancashire Police have named their latest recruit after Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police_Lancashire Police have named their latest recruit after Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police_

Banks has been described as kind, friendly and laid-back and apparently loves getting attention from his human colleagues.

He also likes the occasional mint as a treat, police added.

Temp Chief Supt Wendy Bower, of the Lancashire Police TacOps team, said: “We hope this lets Jordan’s family know how much we appreciated his kindness last year.”