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Blackpool Police appeal for help identifying a man related to a theft offence

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The police want to speak to him about an incident that happened in Bispham.

 

Blackpool Police have asked for help in identifying the pictured man.

Blackpool Police have asked for help in identifying the pictured man.

Blackpool Police have issued an image of a man they wish to speak to, asking for help identifying him.

The police wish to speak to the man in relation to a theft offence which occurred in the Red Bank Road area of Blackpool on October 1.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed the incident involved a theft from a cash machine.

He is shown to be a white male over the age of 40, with dark grey hair.

The police ask anyone who recognises the man to e-mail 3869@Lancashire.police.uk or alternatively call them on 101, quoting log reference: lc-20211001-1131

 

 

Blackpool man jailed for 4 years for making and sharing indecent images of children

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A Blackpool man has been jailed for four years after being found guilty of making and distributing indecent images of children.

 

Keith Buchanan, 26, of Warley Road, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, and three counts of distributing indecent images of children.

On Friday October 1, Buchanan appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court where he was jailed for four years.

He was placed on the Sex Offender’s register for life, and handed a 15-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Keith Buchanan has been jailed for four years for making and sharing indecent images of children. Pic: Blackpool Police

Keith Buchanan has been jailed for four years for making and sharing indecent images of children. Pic: Blackpool Police

Buchanan was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

 

 

Blackpool man wanted on suspicion of drug dealing

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A 24-year-old Blackpool man is wanted on suspicion of drugs offences across the Fylde coast area.

 

Police are trying to trace Paul Ashcroft in connection with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre between October 2020 and June 2021.

His last known address was Derby Road, North Shore but detectives say the 24-year-old might be staying in the Preston area.

He is described as 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with blue eyes and mousey hair.

Paul Ashcroft is wanted in connection with Class A drugs offences in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre between October 2020 and June 2021

Paul Ashcroft is wanted in connection with Class A drugs offences in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre between October 2020 and June 2021

Detectives are appealing to anyone with information about his location to come forward immediately.

Previous convictions

In 2016, aged 18, Ashcroft was handed a 12-month sentence after he admitted stealing an £18,000 Rolex Submariner, along with high value jewellery and an iPad, from the home of a Fleetwood seaman.

A guilt-ridden Ashcroft handed himself over to police and later told Preston Crown Court that he panicked and threw the watch in the sea when he couldn’t find anyone who wanted to buy it on the local black market.

If you can help police, you should call 101 or email; forcecontrolroom@lancashire.police.uk

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

 

‘Poison dwarf’ jailed in Blackpool after ‘throwing her own poo at police and kicking female sergeant – and telling someone on Facebook she would burn their black friends’

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A woman known to her victims as the ‘poison dwarf’ chucked her own poo-covered clothes at police and kicked a female sergeant – after telling someone online she would burn their black friends, a court was told.

 

Jamie Lunn, 33, Warley Road, North Shore, didn’t go quietly as she was jailed for 44 weeks, with proceedings at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court being halted midway through because of her constant verbal interruptions.

Before being sent down today, Lunn had been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment, kicking a female police sergeant, and throwing her faeces-coated garments at the sarge while inside the police station.

She was also found guilty of sending a threatening Facebook message.

Jamie Lunn, 33, of Warley Road, North Shore, was jailed for 44 weeks on Monday, October 11, 2021, after being found guilty of a string of offences at Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Jamie Lunn, 33, of Warley Road, North Shore, was jailed for 44 weeks on Monday, October 11, 2021, after being found guilty of a string of offences at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Prosecutor Peter Bardsley told the court: “She told one victim, ‘You are dead. I will burn you. My threats are not empty. I will also burn your black friends. They will be crisps in the morning.'”

Mr Bardsley said victims of Lunn, who also walked past someone’s window making a gun sign, had branded her a “poison dwarf”.

Representing herself, Lunn told magistrates, who branded her threats “vile”, that being sent to prison was “sending me down a spiral”.

 

 

Robber gets away with cash after threatening staff at Fleetwood amusements

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Two staff members have been left ‘traumatised’ after they were threatened by a man who robbed an amusements arcade in Fleetwood.

 

The terrified women were threatened by the man who stormed into Sovereign Gaming in Lord Street demanding cash shortly after 8pm on Friday (October 8).

No one was injured in the raid, but the pair were left shaken by their encounter with the robber.

Police say the man made off with a “quantity of cash” and has not yet been found.

Two staff members were threatened by a man who stormed into Sovereign Gaming in Lord Street, Fleetwood demanding cash shortly after 8pm on Friday (October 8). Pic: Google

Two staff members were threatened by a man who stormed into Sovereign Gaming in Lord Street, Fleetwood demanding cash shortly after 8pm on Friday (October 8). Pic: Google

Lord Street was closed for around an hour whilst officers flooded the area to search for the suspect without success.

A description of the man has not been provided by Lancashire Police, but the force said “enquiries are ongoing”.

A police spokesman said: “We were called around 8.10pm on Friday (October 8) to a report of a robbery in Fleetwood.

“It was reported a man had entered Sovereign Gaming in Lord Street and threatened staff before taking a quantity of cash.

“No one was injured in the incident with the man making off from the scene.

“An investigation is underway and enquiries ongoing.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1465 of October 8.

Paula Gowen, who works at Sovereign Gaming, said her two staff members were left ‘traumatised’ after being threatened by the man.

She said: “Can I just say thank you to everyone that has sent good wishes to my staff after what happened on Friday night at Sovereign Gaming, it means a lot. But someone must know who did it.

“Two defenceless women were threatened and left traumatised by what had happened, so please, if anyone has any information – or even better a name – please can you come forward and let the police know.”

 

 

Blackpool train window smashed by yobs whilst travelling through Leyland at 90mph

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A train driver’s window was cracked by an object hurled at the Blackpool service as it passed through Leyland at 90mph over the weekend.

 

The driver was left “very shaken”, said British Transport Police, who are investigating the incident.

The Northern service had been passing through Leyland on its way to Blackpool North at around 9.45pm on Saturday (October 9) when the driver heard a “loud bang”.

An unknown object had struck the train, piercing the window and causing hundreds of pounds in damage.

The train had been passing through Leyland on its way to Blackpool North at around 9.45pm on Saturday (October 9) when the driver heard a "loud bang". An unknown object had struck the train, piercing the window and causing hundreds of pounds in damage.

The train had been passing through Leyland on its way to Blackpool North at around 9.45pm on Saturday (October 9) when the driver heard a “loud bang”. An unknown object had struck the train, piercing the window and causing hundreds of pounds in damage.

British Transport Police has shared a picture of the damage and say the train driver was lucky not to be injured in the incident.

No one has been arrested at this stage, but officers are investigating.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “This train was passing through Leyland Station at 90mph at 2145 hrs last night.

“In the darkness an object was thrown, the driver heard a loud bang, and this is the damage to the train.

“The driver was very shaken, but fortunately not injured.”

A spokesman for Northern said: “This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and dangerous to our staff and those travelling on our trains – the railway will not let this carry on.

“We will do everything we can to help British Transport Police to find the individuals who did this.”

 

 

Blackpool man wanted in connection with Class A drugs supply

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A 23-year-old man from Blackpool is wanted in connection with an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs.

 

Police wanted to speak to William Welsh in connection with an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

The 23-year-old is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with blue eyes and dark brown cropped hair.

He is known to have links to the Blackpool, Thornton-Cleveleys and Fleetwood areas.

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A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “If you have seen him or know where he is, please make contact with us at your earliest opportunity.

“If Welsh sees this appeal, we would urge him to do the right thing and attend the nearest police station as he is only making matters worse for himself.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting incident number 225 of September 18.

William Welsh (pictured) is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with blue eyes and dark brown cropped hair (Credit: Lancashire Police)

William Welsh (pictured) is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with blue eyes and dark brown cropped hair (Credit: Lancashire Police)

You can also report any information online at doitonline.lancashire.police.uk.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

 

Brothels closed down to protect Blackpool children from exploitation

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Take-aways, off-licences and b&bs are among the businesses being targeted as part of a crackdown on child exploitation in Blackpool.

 

A £40,000 pilot scheme has seen a specialist team set up to protect children, including those missing from home, who are vulnerable due to being out on the streets at night and weekends.

Powers have been used including closure orders on two brothels and a crack house, while there have been 87 visits to premises where children were believed to be at risk, with local authority powers of entry used to gain access to some properties.

The three month pilot was set up in May with funding expected to be secured in order to continue with it.

The project is aimed at tackling child exploitation

The project is aimed at tackling child exploitation

Jeanette Richards, assistant director of children’s services at Blackpool Council, told councillors the authority was taking a “zero tolerance” stance on the criminal and sexual exploitation of children.

She said: “The nature of that coercive relationship is often hidden from the public eye.

“This is why we have to get out into the community to keep an eye on areas of concern and identify hotspots.”

In a presentation to the tourism, economy and communities scrutiny committee, Ms Richards said a town-wide approach had been taken involving workers from the council, police and health services who shared intelligence from the community on a daily basis.

The additional funding had helped to pay for out-of-hours patrols to target the times when vulnerable children were most at risk.

She added: “We have visited parks, piers, take-aways and home addresses and the focus and source of intelligence for these visits is numerous.”

Ms Richards warned the process needed to be relentless because “If we disrupt activity at one take-away, we might see it at another.

“So it is about constant surveillance and taking a zero tolerance approach.”

Action has included the serving of closure notices, civil injunctions, use of licensing powers and 19 community protection warnings.

A council report says: “In terms of problem places, outreach targeted the night time economy, hotels, bed and breakfasts, airbnbs, ‘party’ houses, taxi firms, off licences and take-away shops in which young people are vulnerable to exploitation.

“Creating a visible presence, raising awareness and forming relationships with staff, proprietors and young people.

“These businesses can be the eyes and ears in deprived neighbourhoods and are ideally located to potentially identify concerns regarding child exploitation.”

The report adds “activity has increased around a number of takeaways following intel of young girls potentially being groomed” while “one food establishment was reportedly employing young girls who were sexually harassed by the manager and his friends. ”

Queen Street, which is a focus for Blackpool’s night scene, has also “seen an increase in young people frequenting the area” while other areas of concern are “drug dealing at some hotels; drug criminality and underage young people purchasing rooms.”

 

 

Lytham bar Capri to pay almost £20,000 over gas leak threat and dirty kitchen

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CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lytham, pleaded guilty to 11 breaches of EU Hygiene Regulations including dirty kitchen appliances, packaging cooked and raw meat on the same machine, and potential gas leaks

 

Capri in Lytham
Capri in Lytham (Image: Google)

A Lytham bar has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 after admitting to a raft of hygiene regulations including a potential gas leak.

CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lythaminitially pleaded not guilty to a total of 11 charges concerning non-compliance with EU Hygiene Regulations.

Preparations were under way to take the matter to trial only for Capri to U-turn and change its plea to guilty for all charges.

The charges were filed against Capri after an environmental health visit from Fylde Borough Council on April 24, 2019.

At the Dicconson Terrace venue, officers found general dirt and debris in a chest freezer in the dry store area, as well as an accumulation of brown debris, dust and black dirt.

They also said Capri was vacuum packing cooked and raw foods on the same machine despite the machine having a label explicitly saying it was for ‘raw meat only’.

A white food mixer in the kitchen was also encrusted with food debris, spillages and splashes, brown grease and black dirt.

When the staff toilet was checked it was blocked, dirty and out of service.

Back in the kitchen, food had been decanted into plastic containers but without the original labelling transferred over. Individual frozen portions of fish were also no labelled in the freezer.

In the cellar, CO2 cylinders – some empty and some full – were stood up and not secured. The prosecution said that if any connected cylinder were to fall over and become disconnected, it could cause a leak and a build-up of gas in the cellar.

Capri was fined £13,500 at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on September 28. This included a 25% reduction for the guilty plea.

It was also ordered to pay costs of £5,854 and a victim surcharge of £5,854.

 

 

Man secretly remortgaged his partner’s house and ran up £126,000 of debt in her name

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Ms Davis said the anxiety was so great she continues to have nightmares and has taken a toll on her physical and mental health.

 

Grant, of Lockgate place, Wigan, has been jailed for 40 months
Grant, of Lockgate place, Wigan, has been jailed for 40 months (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A man who remortgaged his partner’s house without her permission has been jailed for fraud.

Christopher Grant, 42, ran up £126,000 of debt in the woman’s name including payday loans, credit cards and a mortgage on the Blackpool home she owned outright.

At one point Grant even impersonated the mum-of-one to fraudulently claim tax credits.

 

His partner Jodie Davis was left “fending off bailiffs” and was warned she could go to prison if she did not pay back what was owed.

She feared her home, which she inherited in 2012, would be repossessed and she and her daughter would be homeless.

Grant, of Lockgate place, Wigan, has been jailed for 40 months after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation and theft.

Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said Grant’s explanation of what he had done was “breathtakingly arrogant and completely lacking in remorse.”

The court heard in 2011 Ms Davis discovered her partner had stolen £2,500 from her by using her bank card without her permission.

However she forgave him and the pair moved into a house in Blackpool which she inherited from a family member.

The pair took out a joint bank account and went on to have a child together, but in 2018, Ms Davis removed her name from the account after discovering loans had been taken out and cash siphoned to her partner’s account.

She then learned Grant had made a fraudulent tax credit claim of £12,000 and had taken out a £40,000 mortgage against her house.

In total Grant borrowed £126,211. 61 – of which £114,000 is still unpaid.

Judge Lloyd said: “The effect of the financial crimes on Ms Davis have been devastating.

“She was particularly upset when she found out you had taken out a loan on her home, to take money from that, and she now lives in fear of her home being repossessed – when in reality she should have security.

“She is potentially liable for the debts you had amassed.

“At one point she was told, rightly or wrongly, that she would go to prison for the debts you owed.

“Whether that is right or wrong is irrelevant – what is relevant is the stress and strain she was under. ”

In a victim personal statement Ms Davis said the anxiety was so great she continues to have nightmares and has taken a toll on her physical and mental health.

She has had to take on extra hours at work and worries she will not be able to get a loan if times become difficult, as Grant has ruined her credit score.

Grant no longer has contact with his daughter and has been shunned by his family, since they learned of his crimes, the court heard.

Judge Lloyd said: “These offences comprise of fraudulent and planned predatory behaviour which appear to have spanned a significant period of time.

“It was a criminal and gross breach of trust and from all I have read about you – including the fact that you did not tell your present partner about your crimes – I agree that there is a significant risk of exploitation and serious psychological harm of her and other women.”

The judge also said she found Grant’s admission that he had set up a hidden camera to track his ex following their separation “extremely worrying” although he had not been charged in relation to that behaviour.