Swansea City boss Russell Martin provides measured assessment of his side’s draw with Blackpool

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Swansea City boss Russell Martin was disappinted with his side’s second-half performance during today’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

 

Keshi Anderson netted his third goal in his last five games four minutes from time to earn Neil Critchley’s side a deserved draw.

The Swans, who had won their last four home games prior to this afternoon’s encounter, looked to be heading for another win courtesy of Joe Piroe’s stunning first-half strike.

But the visitors struck at the death to level and even had a chance to win it in dramatic fashion in stoppage time, with Anderson having a similar effort headed off the line.

“We would have been relieved if we had got there, I think,” Martin told Swansea’s official website.

“We were really disappointed with the second half.

“In the first half I thought we were really good against a very aggressive press. They were really well organised and you could see why they have such good away form.

Swans boss Russell Martin

Swans boss Russell Martin

“I thought we would weather the storm for that 10 or 15 minutes and come out with a bit more energy, but we did not do enough in that period to have any control.

“We played some great stuff through the press and gave the ball up way too easy, we tried to force things and got a bit anxious I think.

“The best thing about the first goal was the patience we showed, we had a lot of passes before the goal.

“We gave Joel the time and space to do what he did, but it felt a little flat after that.

“We should have had two penalties which would have changed the game, but I don’t want to blame the referee for drawing the game. We conceded a really poor goal, and that’s not on him, that’s on us.

“It was really frustrating second half, it feels like we have lost even though we haven’t.

“But we have to be better, the game swung completely the other way in the second half and that should not happen.

“They had far too much ball and we did not have enough energy and intensity, and as a coaching group I think we have to take responsibility for that and maybe we worked the guys too hard this last couple of weeks.

“It was the last chance we had to put some work into them and we might have gone too far as we lacked energy today.

“But we have a point, we are unbeaten in a long time at home and we have a chance to put things right on Wednesday.”

 

Neil Critchley provides his verdict on Blackpool’s battling draw against Swansea City

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Neil Critchley was delighted with the character his Blackpool side showed to grab a late equaliser during today’s hard-fought draw against Swansea City.

 

Keshi Anderson netted his third goal in his last five games four minutes from time to earn Critchley’s side a deserved draw.

The Swans, who had won their last four home games prior to this afternoon’s encounter, looked to be heading for another win courtesy of Joe Piroe’s stunning first-half strike.

But the visitors struck at the death to level and even had a chance to win it in dramatic fashion in stoppage time, with Anderson having a similar effort headed off the line.

“Swansea play a unique brand of football, they’re the best footballing side in the division and their home record is outstanding,” Critchley said post-match.

“We decided the best way to combat that was to change our shape today and we gave them a real problem without the ball in the first-half.

“Other than the lad striking one in the top corner from 25 yards, they didn’t really get near the goal.

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

“In the second-half, we showed real courage on the ball and we got on top of them and we made them do what they don’t want to do, which is defend. At times we were in control of the game and that takes real bravery and ability.

“We didn’t threaten the goal enough, but we were growing into the game all the time and in the end I don’t think anything can begrudge us of our point.”

The Seasiders could have even stolen the win at the death, when Anderson had a similar effort headed off the line in stoppage-time.

“I thought it was a really good goal from Keshi,” Critchley said.

“It looked like it was maybe a scuffed finish but he controlled it really well and it would have been easy to smash it over the bar.

“I’m not sure we would have deserved to score at the end to make it 2-1, but we were fully deserving of a point.

“Our character is never to be doubted though, we have it in abundance.

“The togetherness and the work ethic, you need it here because there are times when they’ll send you a little bit dizzy with the football they play.

“We said that before the game, so we told the players there will be long periods where they don’t see the ball and we’ve got to stay together and not get frustrated.

“We had to remember the game is about scoring goals and you have to remember where the goals are.

“Our goalkeeper has had very little to do and neither has theirs, but they’re one of the best sides in terms of limiting chances against them because of how well they play.

“But for us to come here as the away team, and I’ve seen a lot of their games where they’ve won 3-0 and scorelines like that, we’ve been more than a match for them today.”

Critchley added: “I thought Keshi was outstanding today.

“His work ethic and his running back and back tackling from behind and picking up second balls was brilliant.

“Callum Connolly coming into the team as well after not playing football for a long time, he was fantastic. It was an outstanding performance from him.”

 

 

Metropole Hotel confusion over finding Blackpool homes for asylum seekers

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Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard has said “the process of dispersal to other areas has commenced” while Home Office refuses to confirm any change in circumstance

 

Metropole Hotel, Blackpool
Metropole Hotel, Blackpool (Image: JThomas / Geograph)

Confusion is rife in Blackpool with one of its MPs saying the process of re-housing asylum seekers from a resort hotel has begun – despite the Home Office refusing to confirm this.

For seven weeks, 324 asylum seekers have been waiting in temporary contingency accommodation at the Metropole Hotel ahead of a move into more permanent premises in communities across the town.

The first asylum seekers arrived at the Metropole in late September after Serco stated that it had “no alternative” but to place them in here.

The move sparked much debate over the suitability of the accommodation with Blackpool Council stating that the hotel had to apply for the correct planning permission before housing any asylum seekers, as per the Home Office’s request.

And last month, the hotel received a one star food hygiene rating with “Major Improvement Necessary” due it inspectors identifying major issues with food hygiene and safety.

Many areas of the kitchen and restaurant, including a meat slicer which was found to have ‘meat residue’ on it, despite inspectors being under the impression it had been cleaned. Also listed in the report was dirt on a fridge, a freezer, a walk in freezer, the kitchen radio, the soap dispenser and the bonzer can opener.

Metropole Hotel, Blackpool
Metropole Hotel, Blackpool (Image: LancsLive)

The decision to temporarily house asylum seekers at the Metropole was also met with opposition from the town’s MPs who view the move as putting strain on services in an already deprived area.

Now, fresh enquiries from LancsLive regarding the re-housing process have seen Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard confirm that the process to move them from the Metropole and into the community has begun.

Mr Maynard also hit out at hotels being used in the first place, saying they were “deeply inappropriate” locations.

He told LancsLive: “I understand that no further asylum seekers have been accommodated at the Metropole, that no further hotels are planned to be used, and that the process of dispersal to other areas has commenced.

“This process must continue, as the hotel remains a deeply inappropriate place to house those applying for asylum in this country.

“I welcome the fact there are no further plans for Blackpool to be used for accommodation, but this must be monitored very carefully”.

However, when LancsLive approached the Home Office to reaffirm Mr Maynard’s words the government department refused to say if any of them had been re-housed yet.

Instead, it issued LancsLive with a generic statement that was weeks old.

LancsLive also understands that the impression at Blackpool Council is that asylum seekers remain in the Metropole waiting for a community to move to.

Thee Home Office statement said: “Due to unprecedented demand we have had to use temporary accommodation such as hotels to manage demands on the asylum estate.

“We’re working at pace to find permanent accommodation for asylum seekers across the UK and encourage all local authorities to volunteer their support and work with us to help achieve this.”

LancsLive re-approached the Home Office for further clarity but none was provided.

 

 

Swansea City 1-1 Blackpool: Keshi Anderson continues his fine scoring run with late equaliser in tight encounter

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Keshi Anderson continued his fine scoring run to rescue Blackpool a late point against Swansea City.

 

The winger netted his third goal in his last five games four minutes from time to earn Neil Critchley’s side a deserved draw.

The Swans, who had won their last four home games prior to this afternoon’s encounter, looked to be heading for another win courtesy of Joe Piroe’s stunning first-half strike.

Keshi celebrates after scoring for the third time in his last five games

Keshi celebrates after scoring for the third time in his last five games

But the visitors struck at the death to level and even had a chance to win it in dramatic fashion in stoppage time, with Anderson having a similar effort headed off the line.

Critchley sprung another surprise with his team selection, making four changes in total from their last outing, the 1-1 draw against QPR, and switching things up by playing three centre-backs with wing-backs.

Dujon Sterling made his first start since the start of October, lining up on the right-hand side of the back three alongside Marvin Ekpiteta and James Husband.

Jordan Gabriel and Reece James, the two wing-backs, retained their places in the team, while Callum Connolly came in for Kenny Dougall in central midfield.

The Australian, who has just returned from international duty in his homeland and in the United Arab Emirates, began the game on the bench.

Elsewhere, Demetri Mitchell replaced Josh Bowler on the right wing while Jerry Yates, a tireless worker that presses from the front, spearheaded the attack in place of Gary Madine.

The returning Shayne Lavery, who has missed the last seven weeks with a hamstring injury, was named on the bench alongside the likes of Daniel Gretarsson, Owen Dale, Bowler and Madine.

Chris Maxwell (quad), Richard Keogh (achilles), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL), Grant Ward (achilles) and CJ Hamilton (foot) all missed out through injury.

Pool made a bright enough start to the game, almost creating an opening inside the first two minutes as Keshi Anderson overhit a through-ball to Jerry Yates.

Defensively, the Seasiders were lining up in a 5-4-1 formation, with the wing-backs James and Gabriel pushing up high whenever the Seasiders looked to aggressively press.

The game’s first shot came from Swansea’s Olivier Ntcham, who brought a fairly routine save out of Dan Grimshaw from 20 yards.

Grimshaw was called into action once again on the 10-minute mark, rushing off his line to thwart Swansea talisman Joel Piroe who had made a clever run off the back of Marvin Ekpiteta.

Pool’s first shot in anger of the afternoon came via lone striker Yates, who shot straight at goalkeeper Ben Hamer after being set free by a smart flick from Demetri Mitchell.

The Seasiders were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty just before the half-hour mark.

It came after Ethan Laird, a player linked with the Seasiders during the summer, went down in the box under pressure from Reece James.

It looked like a close call for referee Keith Stroud, but fortunately for Pool the man in the middle waved away the appeals.

There was very little to split the two teams, who were beginning to cancel each other out such was the tactical nature of this battle.

But that all changed 10 minutes before the interval when the home side took the lead in spectacular fashion.

Pool will be disappointed with the lack of pressure on the ball, but sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you’ve conceded a great goal.

Piroe, Swansea’s top scorer, was the man to get it, shifting the ball onto his right foot 25 yards from goal before sending a swerving effort into the top corner, giving Grimshaw no chance.

Despite the game’s opening goal, there was still a real dearth of goalmouth action, with Swansea dominating the lion’s share of possession without ever doing a great deal with it.

That almost changed at the start of the second period when the home side patiently worked the ball into the danger area, where fortunately for Pool Marvin Ekpiteta was on hand to make a vital interception just as Laird was about to pull the trigger.

After the hour mark, Pool finally began to pose more of an attacking threat, as Callum Connolly’s dragged shot was charged down after Keshi Anderson’s route into the Swansea box was blocked.

The Seasiders still needed an attacking spark though and Critchley looked to his bench to find it, introducing Josh Bowler for Mitchell in a like-for-like replacement.

A second change soon followed, as the returning Shayne Lavery replaced Yates for his first action since the start of October.

The Seasiders remained neat and tidy in possession of the ball but there was little punch to their play. Indeed, the Swans seemed fairly happy to let Blackpool have the ball in front of them.

In danger of letting the game slip by, Critchley turned to the bench for the third and final time by introducing impact sub Owen Dale. Connolly was the man to make way.

Whatever changes Blackpool made, they struggled to exert sustained pressure on Swansea, who were pressing high up the pitch and protecting their goal well.

Just as it looked as though Swansea would see out the remainder of the game with relative ease, Pool levelled things up with a goal out of nowhere.

With just four minutes left on the clock, Keshi Anderson volleyed home after a Blackpool corner had been partially punched away by Hamer, the winger scoring for the third time in his last five outings.

Both sides ploughed ahead in search of a late winner in the five minutes of stoppage time, Kyle Naughton volleying over from the edge of the box for the hosts.

Pool, meanwhile, went even closer as Anderson almost added a copy-cat second, only this time a Swansea defender was there to head off the line.

The game ended in bizarre fashion, with Swansea fans fighting amongst themselves, causing a slight delay before the referee blew his final whistle.

TEAMS

Swansea: Hamer, Laird, Naughton, Cabango, Manning, Bidwell, Grimes, Downes, Ntcham (Smith), Paterson, Piroe (Obafemi)

Subs not used: Benda, R. Williams, Latibeaudiere, Walsh, Cullen

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Husband, Gabriel, James, Connolly (Dale), Dougall, Mitchell (Bowler), Anderson, Yates (Lavery)

Subs not used: Grimshaw, Gretarsson, Dougall, Madine

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 16,886

 

 

Depraved sex offenders brought to justice after decades of hiding their crimes

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Following the conviction and imprisonment of monster Frederick Wilding, here are some other vile predators recently brought to justice decades after their crimes

 

Six faces of paedophiles brought to justice after decades of evading justice
Six faces of paedophiles brought to justice after decades of evading justice

Lancashire paedophile Frederick Wilding was finally brought to justice this week after abusing his position looking after vulnerable children at a Preston children’s home in the 1970s.

The stooped old man standing in the dock finally faced the horrors of the abuse he made young girls endure; young girls he was supposed to be caring for at Harris Park children’s home.

It a story only too familiar to the courts – a frail looking pensioner hobbling into the courtroom to face the heinous crimes he committed as a younger man.

For years they have walked free while their victims have lived with the anguish and pain of what happened to them when they should have been protected.

Recent years have seen a rise in reports of historic sexual abuse after high profile cases such as Operation Yewtree resulted in a number of celebrity paedophiles being put behind bars.

Media reporting has given some victims the courage to come forward, after seeing justice served decades later.

The reasons for delays in reporting are many: some victims fear they will not be believed, others do not fully understand what happened to them and some simply try to block it out. Tragically, many victims are chosen because they are vulnerable – making it less likely they will report their abuser.

In each case the abuser has manipulated them for their own depraved sexual gratification.

Every victim deserves justice and we make no apology for naming and shaming the abusers who destroy lives, relationships and futures for their victims.

Lancashire Constabulary encourages anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse to come forward.

A spokesperson said: “We would encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse no matter how long ago or who the alleged perpetrator to come forward and report it to us confident in the knowledge we will investigate with professionalism and sensitivity.”

Reports can be made by calling 101, using Lancashire Police’s online reporting facility or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The children’s home house parent who raped and abused girls in his care

Frederick Wilding, 81, of Windmill View, Wesham
Frederick Wilding, 81, of Windmill View, Wesham (Image: LancsLive / James Maloney)

A Preston paedophile house father who raped and sexually abused three children at a historic Preston children’s home has been jailed for nine years.

Frederick Wilding, 80, targeted the extremely vulnerable girls while they were at Harris Park Children’s Home more than 40 years ago. Two girls were raped by Wilding, who looked after children in Holly House on the complex, and another was indecently assaulted.

All three girls were in their teens when they were subjected to Wilding’s “lustful” abuse, Preston Crown Court heard. They cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Wilding, of Windmill View, Wesham, was convicted of four counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault during the trial at Preston Crown Court.

Handing down a term of nine years imprisonment, Judge Medland QC said: “For about seven years you exercised your sexual lust on children in your care. They were not directly in your care in the sense that it was your wife who was the house parent but you lived there and you took advantage of the situation to enable you to sexually abuse in a very serious way these vulnerable girls.

“There is no remorse in this case to look at whatsoever. I tell you bluntly: if you had been a younger, fitter man the sentence would have been much longer.”

Wilding will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

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Paedophile who ‘used child like a sex toy’

Keith Barry Murphy
Keith Barry Murphy (Image: Lancashire Police)

A paedophile who ruined a woman’s life has been jailed more than 20 years after he groomed and abused her as a child.

Keith Barry Murphy, 73, was sentenced to nine years behind bars at Preston Crown Court on Monday (November 8).

Richard Howarth, prosecuting, told the court Murphy, of Cheddar Avenue, Blackpool, abused the child at two houses in the resort over a three years period in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The abuse started with kissing but progressed to sexual touching, Mr Howarth said.

Murphy denied the abuse but was convicted of 17 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child following a trial in which the woman had to give evidence against him. He continued to protest his innocence during the proceedings but the jury found him unanimously guilty.

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Brave woman’s childhood torn apart by sick abuser who tricked her into silence

Exterior of Preston Crown Court
Exterior of Preston Crown Court

Karl Hindley, 56, sexually abused a youngster at a house in Skelmersdale and in his car for around five years.

Hindley is not pictured in this article as he attended his interview on a voluntary basis. As he was not arrested a mugshot was not taken by Lancashire Constabulary.

The depraved paedophile told the little girl not to tell anyone or he would go to prison. Recorder Richard Archer sentenced Hindley, now of St Mary’s Court, Ellesmere, Shropshire, to 13 and a half years, consisting of 162 months custody and a 12 month extended licence.

He said the offences were “extremely serious sexual offences” which had caused his victim “severe psychological harm.” Hindley will be on the sex offenders register for life.

The woman said: “As much as I am very relieved that this court case finishes today, the work isn’t done for me. I am going to have to start the healing process, which is going to be a long and emotional road.”

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‘Ruthless’ predator got 12-year-old girl pregnant before arranging an abortion

Timothy Read was jailed for 17 years
Timothy Read was jailed for 17 years (Image: Lancashire Police)

Timothy Read has been jailed for 17 years after sexually exploiting a child and getting her pregnant when she was just 12 years old.

Read showered the girl with lavish gifts and paid for her when they went out together before having sex with her in his car.

Preston Crown Court heard the predator, now 39, was in his early 20s when he “brainwashed” the girl into believing they were in a genuine relationship.

Read, of Turton Street, Golborne, will be on the sex offenders register for life and barred from working with vulnerable children and adults.

Judge Robert Altham also made an indefinite restraining order to protect the victim.

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Sex predator who raped young girl jailed for 19 years

Peter Coleman
Peter Coleman

A ‘sexual predator’ who raped and sexually abused a young girl nearly a decade ago in currently serving a 19 year jail sentence.

Peter Coleman was arrested in June 2018 after the victim reported the offences, committed between 2011 and 2012, to her family.

A police investigation found the victim had been targeted by Coleman between the ages of seven and eight.

He committed a number of rapes and incited the girl to engage in sexual activity, detectives said. Coleman, 46, of Beach Road, was charged with the offences but pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court.

He was found guilty after a trial and sentenced to 19 years in prison. He must also sign the sex offenders register.

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Scout leader who ‘painted boys’ bodies’ before sexually abusing them on camp and in his garage

Aaron Blake, 69, was jailed over the abuse of three boys while he was a scout leader in the 1980s
Aaron Blake, 69, was jailed over the abuse of three boys while he was a scout leader in the 1980s (Image: Lancashire Police)

A former Scout leader who painted boys’ bodies before sexually abusing them has been jailed for five years and two months.

Aaron Blake, 69, took photographs of the boys on a Polaroid camera and kept them for more than 30 years, Preston Crown Court heard.

One of Blake’s victims was so distressed by what had happened he refused to let his own child join the scouting movement. Another came forward after seeing an episode of Hollyoaks, the court heard.

Blake, of Crofts Close, Kirkham, has previous convictions for indecent assault and making indecent images. He was arrested in December 2018 after he told someone he wanted to play Father Christmas in local schools.

One of his victims had reported the abuse a month earlier, but as a result of his arrest two more victims were identified.

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Paedophile pensioner who raped ‘extremely young’ girl is finally jailed

James Knowles carried out a "campaign of rape" against a little girl
James Knowles carried out a “campaign of rape” against a little girl (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A paedophile pensioner who raped a little girl dozens of times in her childhood has been jailed for his historic crimes.

And for terminally ill 78-year-old James Knowles, the prison sentence of 25 years means he was told he will probably die behind bars. Knowles carried out ‘depraved sexual acts’ on the ‘extremely young’ girl several decades ago, Liverpool Crown Court heard today (July 26).

The victim went to police in the 1990s but she said she was told nothing could be done “because it happened years ago”. But she returned to officers in 2018 – which has today led to her abuser being jailed for a quarter of a century.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Knowles “your evil past has now caught up with you”, with him now “likely to die in prison”, the ECHO reports.

 

 

Blackpool’s Christine McGuinness on her tragic childhood blighted by rape and alcohol

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Christine McGuinness was born in Blackpool before enduring a childhood most could not even imagine

 

Paddy McGuinness and Christine McGuinness
Paddy McGuinness and Christine McGuinness (Image: WireImage)

Blackpool’s Christine McGuinness has revealed the tragic circumstances she had to endure in her childhood including sex abuse, rape, bullying, poverty and anorexia.

Christine started her life in the Lancashire seaside resort before moving to Halewood where she spent years on a council estate.

Now, the mum of three has opened up to The Mirror for the first time about years of pain and how she has haunting visions of her traumatic past.

Christine, 33, is a well known reality TV star whose husband is Top Gear and Question of Sport host, Paddy.

Until now, only those closest to her were aware of her tragic upbringing.

In exclusive extracts from her book A Beautiful Nightmare, she reveals she was raped by a schoolboy when she was 13-years-old.

She also says a family friend abused her between the ages of nine and 13, while also making her watch explicit videos and footage of murders.

Christine developed anorexia at the age of eight and spent secondary school without eating a proper meal. Then, in her teenage years, she turned to drink where booze became a crutch to lean on to cope with bullying by girls at school.

Poverty was such an issue for her family that she resorted to shoplifting school shoes.

Yet now, despite everything, she now enjoys life with Paddy and their kids and says: “Nothing could knock me back down.”

Christine, who was a dancer and model before appearing on TV’s Real Housewives of Cheshire, says: “I’m a mum to three children I adore, I’m in a happy marriage, my career is reaching new heights and I feel more capable than I have ever done.

With mum, brother and sister, right
With mum, brother and sister, right (Image: Claire Brown Marketing & Communications Manager www.reachsport.com)

“I’m proud to be Patrick’s wife. But I am Christine and want people to know about my life – before and after I took my husband’s name.”

Christine’s mum Joanne was a cleaner and dad Johnny was an engineer. They had Christine and Billie-Jo, a year older.

They split up and Joanne later had Christine’s half-brother Jamie. She writes: “Times were hard and mum was juggling cleaning jobs just to be able to afford to have the heating on and put food on the table. Coming up to Christmases and birthdays, she’d be exhausting herself working so that she could buy presents.

“I attempted to take a pair of shoes from Asda. My school shoes had holes in and I was bullied about it. Much to my horror, I got caught and the police took me in a back room… They called my mum in.

“The shop assistant spotted my battered loafers. I wailed to this complete stranger, ‘I’m getting bullied and I’ve got holes in my shoes’. My mum said, ‘I can’t afford new ones for her’. Seeing how little we had, they let me keep them. My childhood was a difficult one – no two ways about it.

“I had anorexia for years and if I’m honest, it still can be a problem now, but I’m getting better. I don’t think it’s something you ever fully get over. I always felt like I didn’t fit in. The dining hall was a social experience I couldn’t deal with. Queuing for food used to give me major anxiety. I didn’t know where to sit or who to sit with.”

Christine McGuinness nine months pregnant with daughter Felicity
Christine McGuinness nine months pregnant with daughter Felicity (Image: Claire Brown Marketing & Communications Manager www.reachsport.com)

Christine says Paddy has helped her eat more normally. They met when she was 19 and on a modelling job. She admits she was scared about moving in with him as he would see how little she ate. But Paddy gently stepped in to try change her eating habits after they struggled to conceive.

Christine, now mum to twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and Felicity, five, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which affected her fertility. To get pregnant, she needed to gain weight to restart her periods.

You can read the full story with Christine here.

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Two sentenced and deported over Blackpool £950,000 cannabis farm

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Two Albanian nationals have been sentenced and will be deported to Albania, Blackpool Police have confirmed

 

"Heavily fortified" cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool
“Heavily fortified” cannabis farm uncovered on Coronation Street, Blackpool (Image: Lancashire Police)

Two Albanian nationals have been sentenced and will be deported to their home country after police raided a cannabis plant worth almost £1million.

The cannabis farm with plants worth £950,000 had been uncovered by Lancashire Constabulary on September 13 after Blackpool Central Neighbourhood team, Blackpool Neighbourhood Taskforce and Blackpool Council executed a drugs warrant in Coronation Street, Blackpool, based on the community information.

At the time, two Albanian nationals were arrested for the production of cannabis and immigration offences. They have now been sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

The premises has been placed under a prohibition order by Blackpool Council.

Electricity North West were in attendance as the premises had been connected illegally to the mains electric supply on Hull Road, Blackpool.

This resulted in the mains electric being disconnected for one side of Hull Road in order to fix it. Around 950 plants were removed from the premises in total.

Frrok Zefi, 42, and Aldi Gjetani, 27, both of no fixed address, have now been sentenced to two years for the production of cannabis. They have both have received a Section 32 UK Borders Act notice, meaning they will be automatically deported to Albania.

Blackpool Police tweeted: “Good news. Frrok ZEFI and Aldi GJETANI have now been sentenced at Preston Crown Court on 20/10/21 for two years for production of Cannabis and a Section 32 UK Borders Act notice (automatic deportation to Albania).”

 

 

Brilliant adult-themed dog treats company that may raise some eyebrows

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“It’s all one big excuse for me to play with dogs.”

 

Honey and Alfie from the Anchorsholme Park Group
Honey and Alfie from the Anchorsholme Park Group (Image: Basic Bxtch)

Operating from what is known as its “shedquarters” down the road from the beach on the Fylde Coast is a dogs treat company with a bit of a bite.

‘Basic Bxtch’ provides naughty treats for good dogs with an adult-theme.

Products include the ‘bxllock lolly’ for dogs – which is airdried beef testicles “shoved on a stick”, ‘send nudes’ which is air dried beef head skin and ‘deep throat’ which air dried cut beef trachea.

That’s not forgetting ‘Muff Munchies’ which is rabbit/lamb skin/hair mix that comes in a retro X-rated movie VHS case.

The quirky company is owned by Kelly Robinson who lives in Cleveleys by the beach with her partner and 12 year old stepdaughter.

She also has two cats, tortoise and a pugalier called Honey.

She told LancsLive: “Inspired by the lockdown we decided to turn sustainably sourced air dried animal bits into novelty raw dog treats with a tongue-in-cheek ‘adult’ theme.

“Around Christmas last year, I was kicking off that someone on Facebook Marketplace was shoving pieces of Terry’s Chocolate Orange onto lollypop sticks and charging £2 a go.

“A friend that I had met through the HundHaus/Anchorsholme Park walks, worked for a raw treat supplier, and a friend I had met through the BasicBxtch group also produces dog treats.

“After having a gab with them and making sure that I wasn’t being a crank and stepping on anyone’s toes, I became self-employed in April of this year.

'Muff Munchies' dog treats in a retro X-rated movie VHS case
‘Muff Munchies’ dog treats in a retro X-rated movie VHS case (Image: Basic Bxtch)

“I’m now elbow-deep in air dried beef testicles at our ShedQuarters, selling our infamous B*llock Lolly along with a few other naughty treats.”

In summer 2020, local park, Anchorsholme Park, was about to reopen after years of being rebuilt.

Kelly spotted a message by the local councillor Paul Galley asking for volunteers to coordinate dog walks and activities at the park – so she put her name down, and started up daily dog walks down at the park.

This became the HundHaus/Anchorsholme Park group and it managed to get sponsored by Webbox which sent treats for the dogs and enabled them to have a small Christmas event.

Jasper with a Basic Bxtch 'Bxllock lolly'
Jasper with a Basic Bxtch ‘Bxllock lolly’ (Image: Basic Bxtch)

Kelly said: “It got a little regular community going there, and now, just this week, we’ve started to add evening walks along the prom – with the idea that a few aren’t keen to walk their dogs alone in the dark.

“It’s all one big excuse for me to play with dogs.”

‘Basic Bxtch’ is also a Facebook group which was set up in spring/ summer of 2020.

It was designed to be the home of dog sharing, people swearing, meet ups, chat, giveaways and the weekly Sh*tty Prize Challenge. for those who love dogs.

Kelly added: “This groups is where it would be ok to slag your dog off if it had peed all over the couch, you get them chicken nuggets from Maccies or dress them in pyjamas and treat them as if they were your first born child.”

Christmas event with Nicola and Sherlock, the rough Collie
Christmas event with Nicola and Sherlock, the rough Collie (Image: Michael Shepherd)

“From this, we’ve had meet ups, although very limited due to covid restrictions, but now things are settling down a bit, looking to head out with the gang for shopping, cocktails and parties with the gang.”

To find out more about Basic Bxtch Treats, please visit the website here and the Facebook group here.

To find out more about the Hund Haus Facebook group, please visit here.

 

 

Neil Critchley makes FOUR changes to his Blackpool side for trip to Swansea City

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Neil Critchley has sprung yet another surprise with his team selection for today’s trip to South Wales.

 

The Seasiders make their return to action after the 14-day international break by taking on Russell Martin’s Swansea City.

Critchley has made four changes to his side from Pool’s last outing, the 1-1 draw against QPR.

He’s also opted to switch things up by playing three centre-backs with wing-backs.

Dujon Sterling makes his first start since the start of October, lining up on the right-hand side of the back three alongside Marvin Ekpiteta and James Husband.

Jordan Gabriel and Reece James, the two wing-backs, retain their places in the team, while Callum Connolly comes in for Kenny Dougall in central midfield.

The Australian, who has just returned from international duty in his homeland and in the United Arab Emirates, begins the game on the bench.

Dujon Sterling starts for the first time in seven weeks

Dujon Sterling starts for the first time in seven weeks

Elsewhere, Demetri Mitchell replaces Josh Bowler on the right wing while Jerry Yates, a tireless worker that presses from the front, spearheads the attack in place of Gary Madine.

The returning Shayne Lavery, who has missed the last seven weeks with a hamstring injury, is named on the bench alongside the likes of Daniel Gretarsson, Owen Dale, Bowler and Madine.

Chris Maxwell (quad), Richard Keogh (achilles), Luke Garbutt (knee), Kevin Stewart (ankle), Matty Virtue (ACL), Grant Ward (achilles) and CJ Hamilton (foot) all miss out through injury.

TEAMS

Swansea: Hamer, Laird, Naughton, Cabango, Manning, Bidwell, Grimes, Downes, Ntcham, Paterson, Piroe

Subs: Benda, R. Williams, Latibeaudiere, Walsh, Smith, Obafemi, Cullen

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Husband, Gabriel, James, Connolly, Wintle, Mitchell, Anderson, Yates

Subs: Moore, Gretarsson, Dougall, Bowler, Dale, Lavery, Madine

Referee: Keith Stroud

 

 

Star Flyer ride: Europe’s tallest white knuckle ride goes back up in Blackpool after a change of location

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Europe’s tallest fairground ride was going back up in Blackpool today, not far from the site where it was taken down yesterday.

 

The 260-foot white knuckle Star Flyer is being relocated to the Tower Festival Headland after talks between council officers and the ride’s operators.

The move followed a crisis meeting when Town Hall chiefs ordered the huge structure to be dismantled because of concerns it was too big for its original site in St John’s Square.

It is now being shifted to the Headland in front of the Tower, next to the 40-metre long Promenade Ice Rink which is the centrepiece of the resort’s Christmas By The Sea Village and is free to use.

The Star Flyer is almost half as tall as Blackpool Tower.

The Star Flyer is almost half as tall as Blackpool Tower.

A council statement released today said: “We have been working with the ride’s operators to find a suitable alternative site.

“We are pleased to be able to announce that this ride will now go ahead at its new location – the Tower Festival Headland.

“The ride will be positioned next to the ice rink and will give the rider spectacular views across the town.

“It’s new position will compliment the Winter Garden’s Wonderland and Christmas By The Sea village and all the wonderful Christmassy things they have to offer to all our residents and visitors.”

The view from a Star Flyer ride in Sheffield.

The view from a Star Flyer ride in Sheffield.

Work began today to erect the ride in its new location. It has not yet been announced when it will open to the public.

The Star Flyer is almost half the height of the Tower. But when it was built in St John’s Square this week council officers admitted they hadn’t realised how big it would be.

“We had received no technical specification for the ride prior to its arrival,” said a spokesperson.

“When it arrived in the square, it was clear the overall footprint would have increased significantly when vehicle mitigation measures (safety bollards), which are always required for these sort of attractions, were put in place.

“Hence the view was taken that it would not be safe to operate so close to what is a public highway.”

Blackpool Promotions, the firm responsible for bringing the white-knuckle ride to the resort as part of the Winter Gardens Wonderland festivities, said the setback would delay the opening of the markets.

“We hope to open very soon and will keep you all up to speed on the latest opening dates/times, ” it said.

“We remain committed to creating the best possible experience for everyone in Blackpool and the many thousands of visitors to the resort this Christmas.

“We are more than confident that the Winter Gardens Wonderland will be a huge success and it will still be a magical experience for everyone involved.”