Blackpool attempted murder update as nine men from London released under investigation

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A man was left in a serious but stable condition after being stabbed multiple times outside of a nightclub in Blackpool

 

Police outside Ma Kelly’s on Talbot Road, Blackpool, in the early hours of Wednesday, September 29
Police outside Ma Kelly’s on Talbot Road, Blackpool, in the early hours of Wednesday, September 29 (Image: BPL Bible / LancsLive)

Nine men who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have been released under investigation.

The arrests and now subsequent release comes after a man has been stabbed multiple times outside of a bar in Blackpool.

The incident took place outside Ma Kelly’s in Talbot Road in the early hours of Wednesday (September 29). Police were called to reports of a fight.

During the incident, a 19-year-old from the town suffered a number of stab wounds and was taken to hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Nine men, aged between 19 and 36 from London, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and are currently in custody.

They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries, police have confirmed.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage of the incident to come forward.

Det Insp Abi Finch-Hall, of Blackpool CID, said: “This incident has left a young man with some serious injuries and while we have made a number of arrests our enquiries are very much ongoing. I would appeal for anyone who has any information or who witnessed the incident itself to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 0001 of Wednesday, September 29.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

 

The Blackpool café that 2,000 people say is the best in the resort

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Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro on Abingdon Street got over 70% of the votes

 

Emily Jane's Cafe and Bistro on Abingdon Street, Blackpool
Emily Jane’s Cafe and Bistro on Abingdon Street, Blackpool (Image: Emily Jane’s Cafe and Bistro)

A family run café and bistro in Blackpool received more 2,000 nominations in a competition set up to celebrate the easing of lockdown.

Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro on Abingdon Street has won a ‘Top Restaurant and Café award 2021’ as voted for by Blackpool residents.

The competition was set up by Blackpool South MP Scott Benton and saw entries from a huge number of venues.

The nominations were then then tallied to find the top five restaurants and pubs.

Emily Jane’s, which offers a selection of homemade breakfasts, lunches, cakes and afternoon teas, came top in the first category.

After opening the Thursday before the first UK national lockdown in March 2020, the cafe has been a labour of love for Ian and his son Allan.

“We opened and before we knew, Boris Johnson said we all had to close again on the Friday,” said Ian. “That was a chance to do the place up. Most of our business tends to come from local people rather than holidaymakers. We were over the moon when we found out that we’d gotten over 70% of the vote.”

“When I employ people I always say, it’s not just about serving coffee, it’s about acknowledging people, asking how they are, and communication. Don’t just take their order make them feel welcome.

“We have a lot of different type of people come in here, the LGBT community know that this is a safe place for them. We also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for people.

“It’s not just about serving food, we try to give the whole package.”

The outdoor seating area of Emily Jane's Cafe and Bistro implemented in April 2021
The outdoor seating area of Emily Jane’s Cafe and Bistro implemented in April 2021 (Image: Emily Jane’s Cafe and Bistro)

The four runners up were The Amazing Graze Food Court, Mr Basrai’s, Italio and The Beach House.

In terms of pubs, The Gallant Pioneer took winning place followed by The Spen Dyke, Number 13 Bonny Street were in the top five.

Mr Benton has paid a visit to both establishments to congratulate the winners.

The Blackpool South MP said: “Huge congratulations to Ian and all of his team at Emily Jane’s. It’s an incredibly popular café and it was a pleasure to meet the team this week to give them their award. Over 1,100 votes were cast in the best Café or Restaurant category with Emily Jane’s finishing first, the Beach House second and Amazing Graze’s food court finishing third.

“It was great to see so many people taking part in the competition which celebrated over brilliant local restaurants and cafes and I hope that people are able to explore everything Blackpool had to offer. ”

To find out more about Emily Jane’s Café and Bistro, please visit the Facebook page here.

 

 

Head shave and raffle at Blackpool’s Sun Inn

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A South Shore pub is staging a sponsored head shave and raffle for two good causes this evening.

 

The Sun Inn in South Shore, Blackpool

The Sun Inn in South Shore, Blackpool

The Sun Inn, on Bolton Street, will see pensioner Norman Carlton having his head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Support and the North West Air Ambulance .

After this there will be a raffle, with a wide range of prizes on offer.

Members of the public are welcome to call in and support the events from 6pm onwards.

Prolific fundraiser Big Ryan Smith, who has staged many fundraisers in the town, is also supporting the event.

 

 

Blackpool cafe celebrates World Vegetarian Day with a touch of cool jazz

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One Blackpool cafe is hoping people will tune in and get in harmony with the planet as it celebrates World Vegetarian Day 2021.

 

With some 14 per cent of the UK population now said to be vegetarian and a rise in the popularity of vegan food over the past two years, the owner of the Cosy Jazz Cafe in Lytham Road is encouraging everyone to consider swapping chicken for chick-peas to help the environment

Musician Josh Samuel who opened the cafe a year ago said there were so many benefits to vegetarianism, form health and wellbeing to being more environmentally friendly.

World Vegetarian Day was founded on October 1 in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society who said that plant-based diets can help reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer as well as helping the planet by the more efficient use of land to grow plants instead of cattle which are a major source of green-house gas emissions.

Cafe owner Josh Samuel and staff member Tom Hickman at Cosy Jazz Cafe, Blackpool, thought to be the only plant-based, vegan jazz cafe in the world, Lytham Road, Blackpool.

Cafe owner Josh Samuel and staff member Tom Hickman at Cosy Jazz Cafe, Blackpool, thought to be the only plant-based, vegan jazz cafe in the world, Lytham Road, Blackpool.

It added that the cutting down of rainforests to provide pasture for cattle and the meat industry was a major issue and that growing crops preserved fresh water, fertile topsoil, cut pollution from cattle slurry and also saved animals from slaughter.

According to the UK’s Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK soared from 150,000 in 2016 to around 600,000 in 2019.

Josh Samuel said: “I would most certainly encourage everyone to look into vegetarian and vegan diets. Especially people concerned about the environment and also those concerned about their health.

“One of my customers is an established doctor here in Blackpool and he often refers patients to the cafe.”

The cafe offers all vegan treats, coffee, teas and smoothies

The cafe offers all vegan treats, coffee, teas and smoothies

Josh, who renovated the formerly empty unit himself as well as doing the interior decor and most of the paintings said the jazz theme complemented the vegetarian ethos.

He said: “Before this I was on the cruises in the Mediterranean, playing music for six years. I love jazz and a bit of funk, nice and relaxing. There are so many different genre’s within jazz. People are surprised by the music in here. They tell me they find it relaxing and soothing. We also do music events and improvisations.

“I opened the cafe in the middle of the pandemic so business has been a bit up and down, but it is going well now. I don’t think there is another vegan cafe in town and I am told this is the only jazz vegan cafe in the world. It actually opened on the great Charlie Parker’s birthday, August 29, which I thought was very appropriate.

“I am getting some great reviews. I think people are surprised by how good and different the menu is and at the moment people are interested in health matters because of the pandemic. I have incorporated healthy smoothies and health-boosting ingredients into the menu.”

Josh renovated and decorated the cafe all by himself

Josh renovated and decorated the cafe all by himself

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Mush of the artwork has been done by Josh

Mush of the artwork has been done by Josh

The music theme is based on Josh's love of Jazz and his years of being a musician.

The music theme is based on Josh’s love of Jazz and his years of being a musician.

Blackpool man charged with drug dealing goes on the run to avoid trial

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A Blackpool man charged with dealing drugs has gone on the run after failing to show up at court this week.

 

Tony Singh was due to appear at court on Monday (September 27) charged with possession with intent to supply class A and Class B drugs.

​The 40-year-old of no fixed address, is also wanted in connection with affray (fighting in public) in Blackpool in July.

He is described as around 5ft 6in, with an average build and short black hair.​ Singh is also known to have links to Manchester.​​​

​Tony Singh, 40, is wanted after failing to appear at Blackpool Crown Court charged with possession with intent to supply class A and Class B drugs. Pic: Lancashire Police

​Tony Singh, 40, is wanted after failing to appear at Blackpool Crown Court charged with possession with intent to supply class A and Class B drugs. Pic: Lancashire Police

DS Chris Hammond, of West CID, said: “We need to trace Tony Singh as part of our on-going investigation into the affray and now a bench warrant has been issued in relation to the fail to appear at court.

“I would urge anyone with information on where he might be to get in touch with us. I would also ask Singh himself to do the right thing and contact us if he sees this appeal.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1033 of April 4 2019 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

Blackpool hotel owner’s savage response to customer over ‘six-minute’ delay claims

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‘If you feel you shouldn’t have to wait like everyone else, don’t bother coming’

 

Owner of Peek-a-Booze hit back at claims staff were rude during their visit this year
Owner of Peek-a-Booze hit back at claims staff were rude during their visit this year

A Blackpool hotel owner has hit back at claims customers were made to wait ‘six minutes’ to be seated during a visit this summer.

Blackpool is renowned for it’s illuminated streets, but behind it all is a rich history of cabaret and entertainment.

Cybil DuVaux’s bar and hotel, Peek-a-Booze, is rated ‘very good’ on TripAdvisor for exactly that. Out of 258 reviews, 158 of them rate the cabaret hotel as ‘excellent’.

The venue is described as ‘Blackpool’s leading cabaret bar and hotel with a mixed clientele welcoming the LGBT community and live shows 4 nights a week’.

The owner, Miss Cybil DuVaux, hosts the ground floor cabaret bar with karaoke, live acts and drag artists every week.

They offer two floors of accommodation above the entertainment on a ‘room only basis’ from £25 per night.

They advise visitors to ‘expect a loud night out in a fun atmosphere’ and warn that noise disruption should be expected for the rooms above.

TripAdvisor user, Jon T, left a one star review for the cabaret bar and hotel in July this year titled ‘rude staff’ after he visited ‘with a friend’ to ‘enquire’ staying at the accommodation for one night.

Jon T wrote ‘we didn’t even get that far’ and pointed out that a ‘sign’ at the door had told visitors to wait for a staff member before entering the venue.

They said: “We did this for 6 minutes as two staff (woman with red hair and another) chatted about life behind the bar. They weren’t serving anyone and in the end went to go and ask about staying and grabbing food.”

Jon then claimed that ‘the woman with the red hair BARKED’ at the pair, to which he replied ‘we have for 6 minutes and you have done nothing.’

They added: “After a year and a bit of no hospitality and working in the industry myself I would sack any of my staff for speaking so disgustingly never mind ignoring potential custom…… specially during this time! Was looking forward to coming and seeing the cabaret act but won’t be entering this venue”

The adult-only accommodation is found on Blackpool’s Dickson Road and serves food and drink to its guests. It also offers a two for £10 deal on Sunday Roast Dinners, every sunday from 12.30-8pm.

The owner, Miss Cybil DuVaux, hit back at the claims that staff were rude.

Miss DuVaux wrote: “It’s a shame that you feel that the rules that are restricting the entire UK don’t apply to you.”

They claimed that they ‘don’t have any red headed staff’ working at the venue, ‘but that aside, even if you did wait at the door for an entire 6 mins, I find it hard to know how you could hear any sort of conversation that was taking place behind the bar simply because of the distance from the front door to the bar.’

Miss DuVaux said: “Regardless of what the conversation was about, the ONLY reason that both our floor staff would be behind the bar would to serve other people already in the venue.”

The owner explained that staff that aren’t serving behind the bar would have been serving on the floor of the venue instead.

They continued: “As you’ve stated there was a five foot sign at the door that said WAIT HERE TO BE SEATED! so why didn’t you? why would you think that rule didn’t apply to you? you feel a six minute wait was too long? , you obviously have never visited any venue when people are waiting an hour to be seated.”

‘After a year of not earning a penny,’ Miss DuVaux said, ‘we are more that willing to welcome any customer that is happy to follow the rules that have been set by UK Government. If you feel you shouldn’t have to wait like everyone else, don’t bother coming.’

 

 

Plans submitted for 25m tall Vodafone 5G mast next to Lytham St Annes High School

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Plans to build a 25m tall telecommunications mast next to a high school in Ansdell have been submitted with Fylde Council.

 

Vodafone has lodged plans for the 5G mast to be built next to Lytham St Annes High School and Ansdell Medical Centre on Albany Road.

The land where the mast could be built is part of a car park for the former Lytham Sixth Form College. Four car parking spaces would make way for the mast.

The proposed installation will include a telecommunications base station which consists of a 25m lattice tower supporting three antennas, two 30cm dishes, and two cabinets.

Where the mast may be erected

Where the mast may be erected

Williams Acquisition Ltd, working on behalf of Vodafone, have already sent letters to councillors and the headteacher of the high school explaining why the mast is ‘necessary’.

A spokesman for the firm said: “The site provider at Blackpool & The Fylde College has served the operator with a notice to quit. In order to avoid a situation where there is no coverage for Vodafone in this busy location, there is an urgent need to provide replacement coverage as soon as possible, as the operator’s customers will soon be unable to utilize their handheld devices in this cell area, once the existing site is decommissioned contrary to the operator’s legal requirements to provide a service and the customers reasons for purchasing their handheld devices.”

A spokesman for Vodafone said: “As part of Vodafone’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a replacement installation at this location to provide equivalent and improved 2G, 3G and 4G coverage, ensuring this area of the Fylde coast maintains access to the latest technologies.

“It later added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has created unparalleled demand and pressure on the operator’s network while people try to keep life and the economy moving through isolation and containment measures, with people working from home or remotely.

“This is a perfect example of why the operator must continue with its rollout as streamlined as is possible.”

The plans will now be considered by Fylde Council’s planning officers

 

 

Medical advice reiterated after anti-vacc protest outside Lytham St Annes High School

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Fylde Council’s leader has reiterated the advice of leading medical officers following the anti-vaccine protest outside Fylde’s biggest school on Thursday.

 

Campaigners against the Covid vaccine waved placards bearing their message and in some cases approach pupils as they left at the end of the school day at Lytham St Annes High School in Ansdell.

Fylde Council leader Coun Karen Buckley said of the incident: “While people have the right to peacefully protest and express their views, this demonstration occurred at a very busy time of the day, which posed an additional safety risk to school children and staff, road users and other members of the public.

“Staff at Lytham St Annes High School managed the situation extremely well.

Fylde Council leader Karen Buckley

Fylde Council leader Karen Buckley

Head’s statement after anti-vacc protest outside Lytham St Annes High School

“The UK’s Chief Medical Officers all agree that while Covid-19 is usually mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some.

“They have also agreed that one dose of the vaccine will provide a good level of protection against severe illness and hospitalisation, help to keep children in classrooms and reduce the spread of the virus within schools.”

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Blackpool driver led police on high speed chase before hedge crash

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David Everton was given a chance to “put things right”

 

Low Moor Road
Low Moor Road where the chase came to an end

A dangerous driver doubled the speed limit, drove the wrong way round a roundabout and jumped a red light before crashing a car into a hedge.

David Everton, 29, led police on a high speed chase through the streets on Blackpool on April 11 2020.

But although Everton, of Wyreside Close, Garstang, has a string of previous convictions which include taking a vehicle without consent and failing to provide a roadside specimen, he was spared jail after a judge noted he had “changed his attitude” in the time since his arrest.

Preston Crown Court heard police were called to a domestic incident when it emerged Everton had fled in a VW Golf which did not belong to him.

He did not have a licence and was not insured to get behind the wheel.

Officers set out to find him and came upon the VW Golf at the junction of Talbot Road and Devonshire Road.

They recognised Everton and began to follow the vehicle- calling for backup in case there was a pursuit. The car turned onto Mansfield Road, where Everton accelerated to 40mph in a 30mph zone.

At this point, police turned on their lights and sirens to signal the driver to stop.

Instead of stopping, Everton accelerated to 60mph, doubling the speed limit in the residential area and driving with all four wheels on the wrong side of the road as he negotiated a bend.

He turned back onto Devonshire Road – overtaking vehicles at 60mph, before going the wrong way round a roundabout onto Warbreck Hill Road.

The chase continued through a red light with Everton overtaking cars at high speed before turning into Low Moor Road – a dead end with hedgerows either side. The police pulled up alongside the Volkswagen, but Everton put the car into reverse and hit a hedge.

Realising he had no escape, he left the vehicle and was arrested.

Everton pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. A pre-sentence report said he had made significant progress on a previous community order which showed a marked change in his attitude.

Judge Richard Gioserano said he had “personal experience of his attitude and aggression” and noted a previous judge had called him “obnoxious”.

But after reading the report he said: “I want him to see that this change in attitude is going to be recognised by the court. I am not going to send him to prison.”

He handed him an 18 month community order with a drug treatment requirement, saying: “I hope this is not just some flash in the pan progress because you were worried about today.

“I am hoping it is a genuine, long term effort by you to put things right. I genuinely hope you do it, not just for your sake but for the sake of your children and the general public. You are nearly 30. It is time for lasting change. It is up to you.”