Man arrested and two people hospitalised after ‘assault’ in Blackpool

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Two people were hospitalised and a man was arrested following reports of an assault in Blackpool.

 

Police attended Crossland Road after an assault was reported at around 10.25am today (Friday, November 5).

Two men were injured in the incident and were taken to hospital for treatment.

A 45-year-old man from Blackpool was also arrested on suspicion of assault.

Two people were hospitalised following reports of an assault in Crossland Road (Credit: Google)

Two people were hospitalised following reports of an assault in Crossland Road (Credit: Google)

“[He] remains in police custody at this time,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

 

 

Bid to site LED sign near Blackpool Illuminations thrown out

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Proposals for an LED advertising sign close to the point where Blackpool Illuminations begin in South Shore have been turned down by Blackpool Council.

 

Don Keady had submitted an application for planning permission on behalf of Fylde Coast Radio Station.

Approval was being sought for two back-to-back illuminated displays measuring 6.4 metres by 3.4 metres within the tram loop at Starr Gate which was previously occupied by a mini golf course.

But town hall planners refused the application using delegated powers with concerns including that the signs would be too close to nearby residential properties.

Planning document showing where the sign would have been place

Planning document showing where the sign would have been place

They ruled the signs would be “obtrusive” and have a “detrimental impact on the quality of the street scene.”

A planning report adds: “The site is within a highly traversed location; at a relatively large junction where the boundaries of Blackpool and Fylde meet and where the Blackpool Illuminations begin.

“As such, advertisements in this location would be highly visible and the visual impacts on the street scene would be particularly significant.

“It is understood that these elements are likely the very reason that the applicant desires a large advertisement in this location, however the

advertisement that is proposed does not take into account the wider context of the location and the potential negative impacts of the advertisements.”

 

 

Neil Critchley says Blackpool players will welcome busy schedule after another international break

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The international break which follows Saturday’s home match against Queens Park Rangers will be the last for four months – and Neil Critchley says that’s welcome news for his Blackpool players.

 

This is the third successive month to include a two-week gap between Championship fixtures because of internationals and Critchley says the Seasiders squad are looking forward to a less disrupted campaign.

He told The Gazette: “Yes, this will be last international break until the middle of March, so you get a really good period of games where the squad will be tested.

Blackpool have only a three-day turnaround between the Stoke (above) and QPR games but then face a two-week break

Blackpool have only a three-day turnaround between the Stoke (above) and QPR games but then face a two-week break

“We were used to that last season, though the physicality and intensity of the games this season in the Championship is greater.

“But ask any player and they will tell you they want to play games.

“The breaks have been handy in some ways to refresh the players physically and mentally, but if we have a game every week and in midweek we are more than happy with that.”

But of course more games means less time to work on the training ground. This week has seen a three-day turnaround between the home fixtures against Stoke City and QPR.

Critchley explained: “We had a recovery day on Thursday and will do a bit of work on Friday, but in terms of developing the team from game to game it’s difficult with the limited time.

“Maybe you can do some video work and speak to players individually, but you do rely on the consistency of the message, the intelligence of the players and their ability to pick things up.

“The experienced players can help too but we should take a lot of encouragement from our performances.”

Blackpool aim to go into the break with another positive performance today against a QPR side who won 1-0 at Cardiff City on Wednesday, while Pool were losing to Stoke by the same scoreline.

Critchley said: “We were disappointed to lose and rightly so but we were more than a match for a good Championship club with a really good squad and aspirations of playing in the Premier League.

“Similar to Stoke, QPR started very well. They didn’t quite sustain it but have picked up again recently.

“They have very good attacking players and are one of the highest-scoring teams.

“What a great challenge for us against teams like this, who have a really good way of playing. It’s at home and live on Sky, so let’s go for it and try to put on a show for the viewers.”

And Critchley says the unusual 5.30 kick-off time won’t affect Pool’s preparation greatly.

He added: “It’s somewhere in between the kick-off times we’re used to but you just shift everything back a couple of hours.

“We trained a little bit later on Friday, so it’s only a bit different.”

 

 

Blackpool Supporters’ Liaison Officer column: Brilliant backing can make all the difference

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Blackpool Supporters’ Liaison Officer column: Brilliant backing can make all the difference

 

Support from the fans has been absolutely fantastic as well, as the manager and players have acknowledged.

In a league where it appears anyone can beat anyone else on their day, it is vital that we as fans can continue to show that passionate level of support to drive the players on.

Blackpool's fans roared their side to a derby triumph over Preston

Blackpool’s fans roared their side to a derby triumph over Preston

If the spine-tingling atmosphere that was generated during the local derby against Preston North End can be reproduced on Saturday against QPR and later in the month against West Bromwich Albion, it will be brilliant.

There are still matchday tickets available for QPR at home tomorrow at £20 a time. Kick-off is at 5.30. Let’s make it another noisy night!

Of course it is important that this tremendous passion stays on the right side of legal.

On Wednesday night against Stoke City, coins and bottles were thrown on to the pitch from the North Stand.

Such incidents are unacceptable for they bring Blackpool FC into disrepute with the EFL and FA, lead to fines and potentially worse sanctions against the club, not to mention potential banning orders for anyone involved.

It’s a problem we don’t want and we don’t need.

In addition, fans are kindly asked not to stand on seats or jump up and down on them during games.

Many seats have been damaged in recent weeks and it takes time and money to replace them.

Please respect the stadium and if you see anyone standing or jumping on seats kindly ask them to step down.

We can all help to prevent this behaviour. It’s all about enjoying the game responsibly, isn’t it?

Simon Sadler and his stadium manager are very keen to make Bloomfield Road a ‘greener’ place.

It’s an objective I’m sure we can all buy into, given what we know about the impact of plastics, pollution and waste upon our environment. Here’s how you can help.

As the crowds on matchday increase, so does the amount of rubbish left behind.

Of course it’s fantastic to have bigger crowds, but after every game the Volunteers Group spends a few days clearing litter as well as cleaning seats.

On average they collect 40 large bin bags full of what we all throw away in the concourses or under our seats.

They not only spend hours collecting it up, they also now sort it for recycling – and last month 62 per cent was recyclable.

Recently, rubbish bins with signage have been installed in the West and South concourses (with the North to follow) and I strongly encourage you to use them.

Think of the time and effort that could be saved if we all get into the habit of helping to keep our stadium tidy by putting our rubbish into bins on the way out.

Many small steps make a big difference. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

The Volunteers Group is also always looking for new members.

If you live locally and can spare a few hours occasionally to help with the ongoing cleaning and maintenance work around the stadium, please contact: bfcvolunteers53@gmail.com to get on board.

If you wish to contact me for any reason to do with supporter issues or have queries or suggestions, feel free to do so.

You can email me at slo@blackpoolfc.co.uk or message me: @BFCSLO on Facebook or Twitter. It’s what I’m here for.

UTMP!

 

 

Push to get Blackpool folk fit after Covid

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Blackpool Council has appointed a specialist marketing service to promote its leisure services as they bounce back from the impact of Covid.

 

Oldham-based Cornerstone Design and Marketing has been chosen to work with the authority for two years, with the option to extend for a further year.

It will work to promote Active Blackpool, the council’s leisure services department, which wants to encourage more people to get involved in exercise especially those who are most inactive.

A recent performance report for the council’s leisure services predicted a year-end deficit of £350,000 on the department’s annual income target of £3.36m due to Covid.

Blackpool Sports Centre

Blackpool Sports Centre

But over the previous 12 months the department has also secured an additional £571,000 in external funding to deliver outreach and community programmes as well as supporting the Covid-19 response effort.

The report says: “The challenge for the leisure service is re-engaging the community to participate in activities post Covid, particularly in health and fitness, group exercise and swimming as these are significant income generating areas. ”

It says the challenges include re-engaging previous customers and “promoting the breadth of activities available, as well as targeting new customers who have not previously used our service. ”

Among the priorities will be to encourage people who do not take part in any exercise, to seek out council facilities.

The report says: “Evidence shows that getting someone who doesn’t move at all to move just a little will have a greater impact on their health and wellbeing than getting someone who already moves to move more.

“Therefore, the service is keen to work collaboratively with local partners to engage those local residents that are inactive, which is a key role of the active lives development team moving forward.”

 

 

Historic Blackpool buildings protected as mast plan thrown out

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Campaigners have won their battle to prevent a 15 metre high communications mast being installed alongside historic buildings in Blackpool.

 

Preston-based IX Wireless had applied for permission from the council to locate the mast at Sparrow’s Park on Raikes Parade, near to the Grade II listed Salvation Army Citadel.

The area also includes locally listed sites at eight and 10 Raikes Parade, the former Methodist Church on Raikes Parade, the Regent Cinema on Church Street and Stanley Buildings to the west and is adjacent to the Raikes Hall Conservation Area.

Ward councillors Mark Smith and Jane Hugo, Blackpool South MP Scott Benton and 16 residents had objected to the proposal claiming it would damage the setting of the historical buildings.

Coun Jane Hugo and Coun Mark Smith at  the site of the proposed mast in Sparrow's Park

Coun Jane Hugo and Coun Mark Smith at the site of the proposed mast in Sparrow’s Park

Town hall planners have refused an application for prior approval for the mast saying it would be “highly visible” and cause “material harm to the value and significance of the conservation area as well as nearby heritage assets.”

Coun Smith said: “We’re not against technology and progress but I don’t want to sacrifice an iconic area for the sake of technology.

“These companies must work with communities to find locations where there is no visual impact.

“I’m pleased on this occasion the views of residents and councillors were listened to because people did not want this mast next to listed buildings in the heart of the Raikes Hall Conservation Area.”

It is the second victory for campaigners after successfully blocking proposals from CK Hutchison, trading as Three UK, for an 18 metre high mast on Whitegate Drive, at the corner of Leeds Road, which would also have been in the Raikes Hall Conservation Area.

In recent months there have been dozens of applications from different companies to install phone masts around Blackpool as part of a national drive to boost advanced 5G mobile phone and internet coverage.

Masts do not always need full planning permission as applicants may only need to seek ‘telecommunications prior approval’. This means the application is covered by national policy because it is deemed to be part of vital infrastructure.

 

 

Shopping best deals: This is how to save money when visiting Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and M&S in Blackpool this week

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The Blackpool Gazette has compared prices across the area’s major supermarkets this week to help our readers save money.

 

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Shoppers across Blackpool are spoiled for choice with a number of major stores to choose from. Every week we compare prices across a range of items found in a typical weekly shopping basket to help you decide where you’ll get the best value.

How did the supermarkets compare?

There are some great offers available this week across all the major supermarkets listed. Sweetcorn 325g a bargain at 35p at Tesco, you can grab olive spread 500g at 79p from Aldi and at Sainsbury’s tomato sauce 460g for only 37p

These are the bargains you can pick up at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Aldi and M&S.

These are the bargains you can pick up at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and M&S.

Which supermarket had the best-value basket this week?

Check out our handy graphic to check how much items cost at different supermarkets. Prices are correct as of Thursday, October 14.

As our table shows, overall, the most affordable place to buy this week’s shopping basket was Aldi, which has stores in Oxford Road, Waterloo Road and Blackpool Retail Park. There are also stores in Poulton-le-Fylde, Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Our 19-item price comparison basket came in at just £20.55

Asda, Iceland and Lidl were unable to participate in our price comparison this week.

 

 

Motorcyclist in his 20s suffers “severe injuries” in Bispham Prom van crash

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A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash with a van this afternoon ( Friday, October 29).

 

The accident happened at around 11.30am close to Sandhurst Avenue tram stop in Queen’s Prom, Bispham, close to the junction with Montpelier Avenue.

The rider, a man in his 20s, has suffered “severe injuries”, say the ambulance service, and was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston Hospital.

An air ambulance was mobilised and landed near the scene, but it is not clear whether the casualty has been airlifted to hospital or taken by road.

Pictures from the scene show the stricken motorbike in the road next to a van with damage to its nearside.

The pictures also show serious damage to the concrete fencing between the road and tramway, with two panels smashed and debris scattered on the tracks.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “We’ve responded to an road traffic collision involving a van and a motorbike.

Police are at the scene of a serious crash involving a car, van and motorcyclist in Queen's Promenade, close to the junction with Montpelier Avenue, in Bispham today (Friday, October 29). Pic credit: Danny Cronin

Police are at the scene of a serious crash involving a car, van and motorcyclist in Queen’s Promenade, close to the junction with Montpelier Avenue, in Bispham today (Friday, October 29). Pic credit: Danny Cronin

“The rider, a man in his 20s has suffered severe injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

“An air ambulance was also involved in the response, but I’m not sure whether the patient was airlifted. I think they were taken by road.”

Queen’s Promenade remains closed both ways this afternoon and Blackpool Transport is diverting its no. 1 service down Shaw Road, Norcliff Road and Red Bank Road in both directions until further notice.

A police spokesman added: “We are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision involving a car and motorcyclist in Queens Promenade, Blackpool, close to the junction with Montpelier Avenue.

Blackpool Transport has diverted its no. 1 service down Shaw Road, Norcliff Road and Red Bank Road in both directions until further notice. Pic credit: Danny Cronin

Blackpool Transport has diverted its no. 1 service down Shaw Road, Norcliff Road and Red Bank Road in both directions until further notice. Pic credit: Danny Cronin

“The road is currently blocked and emergency services are at the scene.

“We are advising motorists to avoid the area and will update you in due course.”

More to follow…

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash involving a motorbike, van and car this afternoon (Friday, October 29). Pic credit: Danny Cronin

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash involving a motorbike, van and car this afternoon (Friday, October 29). Pic credit: Danny Cronin

Blackpool boss says Sonny Carey learned tough lesson against Stoke

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Neil Critchley believes Wednesday night’s disappointment against Stoke City will be a great learning curve for Sonny Carey.

 

The 20-year-old got little change out of an experienced Stoke midfield on what was his first home league start for the Seasiders.

But Carey, who made the move from non-league side Kings Lynn Town during the summer, kept plugging away.

Wednesday’s match against Stoke will be as tough a game as Sonny Carey has played in says boss Neil Critchley

“That’s as tough a game as Sonny will have ever played in with the calibre of some of the Stoke players,” head coach Critchley said.

“But what Sonny doesn’t do is he doesn’t go missing. He’s there and kept going right until the end.

“It was a tough game for Sonny but I was pleased with him. He doesn’t shirk any responsibility, he doesn’t go hiding on the pitch and he always wants the ball.

“That will be a great learning game for him.”

Carey came into the side in place of Gary Madine, who was dropped to the bench despite his impressive display in the weekend win against Sheffield United.

It saw Pool revert to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Carey playing just off frontman Jerry Yates, who was isolated at times, especially during the second half.

When asked if the decision to opt for Carey over Madine was motivated by a desire to give Madine a rest or wanting to switch things around tactically, Critchley added: “A bit of both really.

“Sonny deserves to play and he almost scored in the first half, when Jerry cuts the ball back, but it’s really good defending with a great block.”

Despite the Stoke setback, the fans stayed with the team and often ramped up the noise levels when their side came under pressure.

Critchley said: “The crowd appreciate the efforts and we appreciate the crowd getting behind us, and they stayed with us right until the end.

“It would have been nice if we had got the ball in the box a little bit more, had more shots and tested the keeper but we didn’t do that.

“Our play in the final third wasn’t good enough in the second half but credit to Stoke because they defended the goal very well.”

 

 

 

 

These people have raised more than £34,000 for charity including Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s ICU, Home Start, the RNLI, Anchorsholme Academy and local cancer charities

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Here’s a round-up of the people who have been raising funds for good causes in Lancashire

Staff and pupils from Anchorsholme Academy who dressed up for Halloween

Staff and pupils from Anchorsholme Academy who dressed up for Halloween

Completed half marathon in dad’s memory

Veterinary student Heidi Wilson ran the Liverpool Half Marathon to raise money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s intensive care unit. She raised more than £2,000, smashing her target. It was all in memory of her dad, Paul Wilson, who died in August this year at the hospital’s ICU following complications of Covid-19. She said: “I wanted to not only support an incredible department that had gone above and beyond for my dad, but to show other young people that we can find healthy outlets and support in communities.”

Huge fundraiser for chancer charities

Heidi Wilson who ran the Liverpool Half Marathon to raise money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital's ICU in memory of her dad

Heidi Wilson who ran the Liverpool Half Marathon to raise money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s ICU in memory of her dad

Leyland Trucks workers have raised £25,000 for local cancer charities with a series of challenges including a truck pull and a 125-mile bike ride.

Marathon run for Home Start

A former Cleveleys man has raised hundreds of pounds for one of the town’s charities in a marathon. Phil Hargreaves, 34, who now lives in Manchester, ran in the Manchester Marathon to raise money for Home-Start Blackpool Fylde and Wyre. His fundraising efforts raised £1842 for the charity which specialises in helping families with young children.

RNLI fundraiser

The re-creation of a key event in RNLI history which took place following a major tragedy off the Fylde coast raised more than £5,000 for the lifeboat charity’s funds.

The Mexico disaster, which took place 135 years ago this December, remains the greatest loss of life of lifeboat crew in RNLI history. The tragedy inspired the world’s first charity street collection in Manchester in 1891, and 130 years on, crowds flocked to the city’s St Ann’s Square to witness the re-creation of it.

Pupils raise money for school funds

A Hallowe’en-themed non-uniform day at Anchorsholme Academy – with pictures featured in The Gazette and on its website last week – raised £500 for the Parent, Teachers, and Friends Association (PTFA), parents were told in a newsletter.