Malcolm Frary: Blackpool murder investigation update as police seek two key items

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The dad-of-four was found in the doorway of his home on New Year’s Day and two men remain in custody on suspicion of murder

 

Malcolm Frary
Malcolm Frary

Detectives investigating the murder of a widower who was found dead on New Year’s Day are appealing for the public’s help in identifying two items which could potentially be significant to their inquiry.

Malcolm Frary, 76, was found “slumped” in the doorway of his Blackpool home on January 1 and his death is now being treated as murder following a Home Office post-mortem examination.

Mr Frary, a former engineer, was a father-of-four who had lived in the house for at least 40 years, The Sun reports.

Two men from Blackpool, aged 43 and 51 from Blackpool, have been arrested on suspicion of Mr Frary’s murder and remain in custody tonight (January 4) after detectives were given more time to question them.

Now Lancashire Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a camouflage style jacket and a Redmi 9 mobile phone (both pictured below), possibly green in colour.

Camouflage style jacket
Camouflage style jacket

The phone could be in a case and so may not appear as it does in the photograph.

Detectives are also continuing to appeal for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Officers are also appealing to anyone living in the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, who saw any unusual behaviour, to come forward.

Redmi 9 mobile phone
Redmi 9 mobile phone

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts remain with Mr Frary’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“Although we have made two arrests, our investigation is very much ongoing.

“I am now appealing for help from the public in locating the two items described above, which we believe could assist us in better understanding the circumstances in which Malcolm Frary died.

“I believe both items were discarded in the Blackpool area between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 6pm on Sunday, January 2.

“If you have any information on their whereabouts or you have any information which could assist our enquiries I would ask that you contact the police as soon as possible. I would like to reassure members of the public that any information they give will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1276 of January 1.

Alternatively information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We would also encourage people to report information and upload any dashboard mounted camera footage that may be relevant from Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens on these two dates using the Major Incident Public Portal here.