Missing 46-year-old man from Fleetwood found ‘safe and well’

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A missing 46-year-old man from Fleetwood was found following a public appeal.

 

Patrik Krejci had last been seen at his home address in Fleetwood at around 7.30am on Thursday (January 20) when he was reported missing.

An urgent appeal was launched to find the 46-year-old, with police saying they were growing “increasingly concerned for his welfare”.

Officers later confirmed he was found “safe and well” following the appeal.

“Earlier today we appealed for help finding Patrik Krejci missing from Fleetwood,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

“We are pleased to say he has now been found safe and well.

“Many thanks for all your support.”

 

 

Five Lancashire areas where KFC wants to open new restaurants

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The fast food giant is targeting locations across the county

 

A pensioner has hit out at KFC and Smart Parking for receiving a £100 fine for overstaying his welcome at the restaurant while catching up with friends who he and his wife hadn't seen due to Covid
KFC wants to open in five areas of Lancashire

KFC has revealed it is planning to open at least five new restaurants across Lancashire.

The fried chicken giant wants to continue its expansion across the UK and Ireland and named Lancashire county towns and villages on its list of target locations – the areas where it’s looking to open restaurants.

The American company is actively seeking sites to open sites at its “live targets” but says it will also consider other areas, EssexLive reports.

In Lancashire, it wants to open drive thru restaurants in Rawtenstall, Ormskirk, Darwen and Mellor Brook.

It is also hoping to open a restaurant without a drive thru facility at Lytham.

According to the company, drive thru sites are its most popular type and can be fit into vacant sites of more than 0.3 acres. Existing building conversions will also be considered.

Meanwhile, its restaurant options are considered where drive thrus cannot be accommodated.

On top of the Lancashire sites, it also wants to open a drive thru in Kendal and relocate its Eastbank Street site in Southport.

Full UK list of places KFC could open a restaurant

  • A1 – Biggleswade, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Colsterwoth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Doncaster to Pontefract, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Morpeth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A1 – Tranent to Dunbar, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A10 – Hertford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A11/ A47 – Norwich Services, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A13 – Stanford-le-Hope, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A132/ A130 – South Woodham Ferrers, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A14 – Stowmarket, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A19 – Thirsk, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A2 – Aylesham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A2 – Faversham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A23 – Bolney, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A24 – South Horsham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A240 – Tadworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A259 – Littlehampton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A27 – Lewes, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A3 – Cobham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A303 – Ilminster/ South Petherton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A34 – Newbury Tothill to Sutton Scotney, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A34 – Stone, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A38 – Buckfastleigh, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A38/ A446 – Bassett Pole/ Coleshill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A421 – Milton Keynes to Bedford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A460 – Shareshill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A465 – Merthyr Tydfil, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A47 – Norwich East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A5 – Atherstone, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A5/ A38 – Weeford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A50/ M1 – Kegworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A505/ A10 – Royston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A505/ A11 – Sawston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A6075 – New Ollerton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A64 – Tadcaster, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A690 – Houghton-Le-Spring, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • A82 – Balloch, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aberdeen South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aberdeen West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Abergavenny, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Abingdon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Acocks Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Acton High Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Addiscombe Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Airdrie East / South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Aldgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Alton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Altrincham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Alvaston South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Amersham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Angel Islington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Arnold, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ashford South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Avonmouth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Baguley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bangor Flagship Centre FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Bangor, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bansted, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Barking, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Barnsley Stairfoot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Barnstaple Rst, Proposed,High Street
  • Basildon Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Basingstoke North East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bathgate, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bedford North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Beeston, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Belle Vale, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Belper, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Berkhamstead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Berwick on Tweed, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Beverley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bicester, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Billericay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bilston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bingham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Birmingham Aston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Birmingham Bullring, Proposed,Food Court
  • Birmingham City University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Birmingham Grand Central, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Birmingham Snow Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Boldon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bolton East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bond Street Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Boston, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bramley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bridgnorth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bridgwater, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Bridlington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighouse, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighton East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Brighton North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Bromley South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Broughton Shopping Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Buckingham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Burntwood, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Buxton, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Byres Road, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Caernarfon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Camberwell, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Cambridge City Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cambridge North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cambridge South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cannon Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Canterbury West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cardiff Bay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cardiff Culverhouse Cross, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Carlisle North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Carlisle South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chancery Lane, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chandlers Ford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Cheadle, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chelmsford Town Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chelsea, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cheshunt / Hoddesdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chessington – A243, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chessington World of Adventures, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Chester East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chingford 2, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Chippenham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Chistlehurst, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Clay Cross, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Clerkenwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Clevedon Portishead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Covent Garden, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Coventry Alvis, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Coventry Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Coventry University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Cramlington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crawley, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Cribbs Causeway FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Cromer Sherringham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crosby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Crouch End, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Croydon Whitgift Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Cwmbran, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Darwen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Daventry, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Deal, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Derby West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Didcot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Didsbury, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Droitwich, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Dulwich, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Durham University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • East Grinstead, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • East Sheen, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Eastbourne Centre, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Eastleigh Centre, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Edgbaston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Edinburgh Fountain Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Edinburgh Royal Mile, Proposed,High Street
  • Elephant & Castle, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Elland Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Emersons Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Enfield Ponders End, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Epsom, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Erdington, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Esher, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Eston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Euston, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Exeter East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Exmouth, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Falkirk North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Falmouth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Felixstowe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Feltham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Flint, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Folkestone, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Forest Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Formby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Galashiels, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gateshead Metro Qube Rst, Proposed,Drive To
  • Glasgow Bearsden Milngavie, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Buchanan, Proposed,Food Court
  • Glasgow Finnieston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Fort, Proposed,Drive To
  • Glasgow Maryhill, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Robroyston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glasgow Silverburn SC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Glenrothes, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Glossop, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Goole, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gosforth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Gravesend, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Great Barr, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Great West Road – Brentford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Green Park, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Greenwich, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Grimsby South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Guildford, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Handforth Dean, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Handsworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hanworth, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harehills, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harlow South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harrogate, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Harwich, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hastings North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Haverfordwest, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hayes End, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Headington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hebburn, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Heckmondwike, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hemel Hempstead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hemsworth, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hendon, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Hertford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hexham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • High Wycombe North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Hillingdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hitchin, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Holborn, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Horsham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hounslow East, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Hove, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Hoxton, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Hucknall, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Inverness FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Ipswich Felixstowe Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Isle of Man, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Keele University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kendal, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kensington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kentish Town, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kenton Park Parade, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Kettering North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kidderminster, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kings Cross North, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kings Cross West, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Kings Heath, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Kingston North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Kingston Park, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kingsway London, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Kirkby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Kirkintilloch, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Knightsbridge, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Ladbroke Grove, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Leamington Spa, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leatherhead, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leeds Rail, Proposed,Express
  • Leek New Road, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leek, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leicester Fosse Park, Proposed,Food Court
  • Leicester West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Leith Docks, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Lewisham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Lichfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Lincoln Central, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Lincoln South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Liverpool City Centre, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Liverpool Tuebrook, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Livington Designer Centre, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Llanishen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Llantrisant, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Locks Heath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • London Bridge, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • London Harringay, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • London Vauxhall, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Longbridge, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Longwell Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ludgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Luton North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Luton South, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Lymm Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Lytham, Proposed,Restaurant
  • M1 J28 McArthur Glen Outlet, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Macclesfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maesteg, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maidenhead, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Maidstone West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Maldon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Malvern, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Manchester – Picadilly Station, Proposed,Food Court
  • Manchester Eastlands, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Manchester Piccadilly, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Manchester Victoria Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Marble Arch, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Market Harborough, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Meadow Head, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Medway Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Medway Tunnel, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Melksham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mellor Brook, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mere Green, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Midsomer Norton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mildenhall, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Milton Keynes East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Mitcham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Mold, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Moorgate, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Muswell Hill, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Neasden, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Neath, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Netherfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • New Rayners Lane, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • New Street Birmingham, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Newbury, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Newcastle Under Lyme South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newmarket, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newport Crindau, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newquay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Newton Abbot, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Newton Aycliffe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Norbury, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • North End, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • North Hyde, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • North Orpington, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • North Stockton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Northfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Northfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Norwich Riverside, Proposed,Drive To
  • Norwich South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Nottingham Broadmarsh Centre, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Nottingham Castle Marina, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • O2 Arena, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Oldham West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ormskirk, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Botley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Circus, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Oxford Cowley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Oxford Summertown, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Palmers Green, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Park Royal 2, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Parkstone, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Partick, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pembroke, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Peterborough North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Peterborough Queensgate Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Petersfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pimlico, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Plumstead, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Plymouth New George Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Plymouth Saltash, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Plymouth South, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Pontadawe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Portobello Road, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Portswood, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Potters Bar, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Prescot, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Purley Way North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Queensferry, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Quinton, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Reading South West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Reading Woodley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Redditch Kingfisher SC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Retford, Proposed,Restaurant
  • Richmond, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Rickmansworth, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Rotherham, Proposed,High Street
  • Rugby Services, Proposed,MSA
  • Rugeley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Russell Square, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Ryde, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Ryton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sale, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Salford Gateway, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Salisbury, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Scarborough, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sedgley Coseley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selly Oak, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Selsdon, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sevenoaks, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Shadwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Shaftesbury Avenue, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Sheffield Hallam University, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Shoreham East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Shrewsbury South West, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Sidcup, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Silverlink, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Silvertown, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Skipton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Slough East, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Slough West, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Smith Down, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Snodland, A228 “, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Soho, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Solihull, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • South East Derry, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • South Harrow, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • South Kensington, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • South Tottenham / Seven Sisters Tube, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southall, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southampton – Above Bar, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Southampton West Quay FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Southbank, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southend – High Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Southfields, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Southgate, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Southport – Eastbank Street, Relocate,Restaurant
  • Southwark Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Spalding, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Albans, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Georges, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St Helens North, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St James Park Newcastle, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • St James’s, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • St Paul’s, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • St. Andrews, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Staines, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Stalybridge, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stamford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stanley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stanstead Airport, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stechford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Stockwell, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Strand, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Stratford on Avon, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Streatham, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Stroud, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sunderland South East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Sutton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swadlincote, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swanscombe, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Swindon North, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Swinton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tamworth East, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Taunton, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Team Valley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Telford Shopping Centre, Proposed,Food Court
  • Thetford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tilbury Corringham, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Tooley Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Torquay, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Toryglen, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Tottenham Hale, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Totton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Towcester, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Trinity Leeds, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Truro, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Tunbridge Wells Food Court, Proposed,Food Court
  • Tyldesley, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Uckfield, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • University of Brighton, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Edinburgh, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Exeter, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • University of Sheffield, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Upton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Valley RP/ASDA, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Victoria, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Wakefield Road, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Wallasey, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Wallsend, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Walsall Park Street, Proposed,High Street
  • Walthamstow FC, Proposed,Food Court
  • Walthamstow, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Warminster, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Warren Street, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Warwick, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Waterloo West, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Waterlooville, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Watford North, Relocate,Urban Small Box
  • Wellingborough, Proposed,Express
  • Wembley Park, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • West Bromwich, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • West Denton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • West Wick, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Weybridge, Proposed,Urban Small Box
  • Whitley Bay, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Wigston, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Willenhall, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Willerby, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Winchester, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Winsford, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Winton, Relocate,Drive Thru
  • Witham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Witney, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Woking West, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Wokingham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Wolverhampton Mander Ctr Rst, Proposed,High Street
  • Wolverhampton Tettenhall, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Woolaton, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Worksop, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Wrexham, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • Yate, Proposed,Drive Thru
  • York East, Proposed, Drive Thru

 

New scheme aims to help Lancashire growing businesses get ready for investment or sale

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Small business owners in Lancashire can get help and advice about scaling up their business ready for sale or investment.

 

A new support programme has been launched, Scale to Sale, a first of its kind collaboration between Lancashire’s scaleup support service, Two Zero, which is led by Lancashire County Council, and Sales Geek, an award-winning sales training consultancy firm based in Blackburn.

The programme is specifically targeted to scaleup businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year (staff or turnover) over each of the past three years with a minimum of 10 staff. Over a six-month period, they will work with Sales Geek’s experts to grow their firm in a sustainable way and plan for their future.

They will also learn what makes a company attractive to both investors and investees and implement this knowledge.

Richard Few of Sales Geek which is supporting the Scale to Sale programme in Lancashire
Richard Few of Sales Geek which is supporting the Scale to Sale programme in Lancashire

This programme is two thirds funded by Lancashire County Council, which will contribute £2,000. Businesses are expected to contribute the remaining £1,000. The application deadline for the programme is February 14.

Amin Vepari, programme manager at Two Zero, said: “Scaleups are vital to the growth of Lancashire’s economy and need different support to achieve their full potential. For some of these businesses, the owner’s ambition may be to attract external investment or sell completely, allowing a different management team to help take the company to another level of growth.”

Richard Few, founder of Sales Geek, said: “Sales Geek has worked with thousands of business owners across the UK to grow by developing their sales and marketing strategies. However, we find that while growing their firm, many do not consider or discuss their long-term goal, whether that is sale, investment or another option.

“Scale to Sale provides a unique opportunity to scaleup owners to receive support to help them grow in a structured way, assess their future options and make their firm attractive to investors and investees.”

Scale to Sale aims to help businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year over each of the past three years to get ready for investment or sale

Scale to Sale aims to help businesses which have grown at least 20 per cent per year over each of the past three years to get ready for investment or sale

or more information, eligibility criteria and to apply for the programme, please visit: https://www.twozerolancs.com/programmes/scaletosale/

Sales Geek is itself a scaleup business and benefitted from Two Zero’s Scaleup Resurgence programme. last year. The firm has since won a succession of business awards including Scaleup Business of the Year at the BIBAS 2021.

Richard added: “Benefitting from Two Zero has highlighted to us how valuable business support can be for fast-growing businesses and we’re delighted to now be working with Two Zero to deliver Scale to Sale.

“For scaleup owners and founders considering their future, we think this programme is a no brainer.”

Amin Vepari of Lancashire County Council's Two Zero scheme

Amin Vepari of Lancashire County Council’s Two Zero scheme

Beryly Lubala recounts working at Amazon warehouse after Blackpool FC suspension following rape charge

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Blackpool FC’s Beryly Lubala denies raping an 18-year-old woman

 

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Beryly Lubala (Image: Getty)

A Blackpool FC footballer accused of rape cried in court as he described having to work at an Amazon warehouse to support his pregnant girlfriend after being suspended by the club.

Beryly Lubala was earning £1,800 a week at Blackpool FC when police charged him with raping an 18-year-old woman over a year before, while he was still playing for Crawley Town.

24-year-old Lubala denies rape and says the sex was consensual – but the court heard the woman claims he grabbed her hair, told her to keep quiet and “be a good girl”.

At his trial, jurors heard Lubala was interviewed just days after the alleged rape in September 2019. He was charged at the end of 2020.

Lewes Crown Court, sitting at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, heard that by then he had been signed by Blackpool in a £300,000 deal, after creating a “buzz”, scoring five goals in five games at Crawley. After telling Blackpool he was due in court, he says he was immediately suspended for two weeks by the CEO.

Giving evidence, Lubala’s voice broke and he began to cry as he told the jury he had to work at an Amazon warehouse packaging up deliveries and as a care worker taking people to appointments.

He told jurors: “My wage had gone up from £600 to £1,800 a week and at that stage it was enough for me to help my mum back home. When the charge came through I was panicking, stressing, I didn’t know what to do.

“I was told by my agent it was fine and he had looked at it and said I will continue playing until it gets sorted. But I got called in and got given a letter straight away by the CEO and he said ‘you are suspended for two weeks’.

Beryly Lubala
Beryly Lubala (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

“I just didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know if I was going to get paid anymore. My missus was pregnant with my baby and I just didn’t know what to do. I researched stuff and I went to work at Amazon. I packed the bags, I packed up trainers. I also got another job as a caretaker, dropping people to different places.

“My first thought was I just have to get out of it and make as much as possible, and that’s what happened. I have not played professional football since.”

Lubala also said Blackpool took him to court as they wanted to terminate his contract for being dishonest and not disclosing he had been interviewed by police before signing. He told the court he was able to beat the case with the help of the FA and he is still in a contract with Blackpool – but with strict conditions.

Julia Smart QC, defending Lubala, said there is still an ongoing dispute between Crawley Town and Blackpool, who say his former team should have informed them about the allegations.

Lubala said: “If I lost my contract that would have been it really. I am still technically signed by Blackpool but I am not being played. They made me sign a safeguarding contract where I can’t shower at the training ground, I have got to be chaperoned around the stadium, if there’s a female in the room I have to leave the room. With the under-18s I can’t play unless the whole of the team is there and I can only play friendly games.”

Jurors previously heard Lubala and the alleged victim met twice before the alleged rape.

The court heard Lubala met the woman on the day he arrived in Crawley from Birmingham City after she liked a series of photos on his social media. She came to his hotel and they had sex, the court heard, and on the second occasion she had sex with him on a sofa at his friend’s house.

They didn’t speak for around a month after that as she told him she was in a relationship, it was said.

Lubala claims the woman then sent him a nude photo and he deleted her from a social media app, but two weeks later invited her to his new house.

She came over and Lubala said after the pair had sex he went to the bathroom and came back to find her putting her clothes on.

The woman said she had to be up early in the morning and needed to drive home, he told the court.

Yesterday jurors heard voice messages allegedly recorded as the woman was driving home.

Jurors heard the teenager crying as she recorded herself saying: “I drove up to my friend’s house. We’ve been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past. We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn’t want him to. I told him I didn’t want him to. I’m just driving home in the dark, I can’t stop crying.”

The trial continues.

 

 

Blackpool FC’s Beryly Lubala rape trial: Footballer claims he didn’t want to have sex day before match

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Beryly Lubala is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman after inviting her over to ‘Netflix and chill’

 

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Beryly Lubala (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

A Blackpool FC footballer accused of raping an 18-year-old woman has said he didn’t want to have sex with her that night because he had a match the next day.

Seasiders forward Beryly Lubala allegedly met the woman after she liked a series of photos on Instagram, leading him to inviting her to his hotel to ‘watch Netflix and chill’.

The woman claims he grabbed her hair and told her to keep quiet and “be a good girl” before raping her at a home in September 2019, following a number of previous sexual encounters.

24-year-old Lubala, known as ‘Bez’, denies rape and said the allegations are a “big shock” as he was on a “good buzz” with his career at the time.

Lewes Crown Court, sitting at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, heard the pair had met twice before the alleged rape and had engaged in sexual activity on both occasions. Lubala had just moved to Crawley at the time to join Crawley Town FC from Birmingham City, the court heard.

In a police interview played to jurors, Lubala said: “I moved over to Crawley on June 23, the first day I was doing testing at the football club. I’m on Instagram, on social media. She found me on social media and she liked a few pictures in a row. I thought she showed interest so I looked at her page, saw she was very nice and beautiful.

“From there we got each other on Snapchat. In a short space of time she said where she was from and I said I had just moved to Crawley. She said ‘yeah I can come up after work, I can come straight there’.”

Lubala, who grew up in Leicestershire, said she came to his hotel that evening and the pair “watched TV and made love quite a few times throughout the night”.

On the second occasion, Lubala said he was staying at a friend’s house with several other young footballers from the team when the woman asked to meet up. She came to the house and chatted with his friends before they both spent the night on the sofa, again having sex.

The footballer said: “I remember a few times she messaged me like ‘Can I come over?’. This time it was me and I said ‘What are you doing, do you want to come and see me?’ and she said ‘No I can’t come and see you, I’m seeing someone now’.

“She said she has got a boyfriend. It was a bit of a surprise. I just backed off. Not being big-headed but I thought if she wants to do that well, I don’t lack in that area. We didn’t speak for like four weeks and then out of the blue she sent me a Snapchat, a nude of herself, showing me her new tattoo.”

Lubala said he told the woman not to message him again and deleted her from the app. He then messaged the woman around two weeks before the alleged incident asking if she wanted to meet. The pair didn’t meet but arranged for her to come over on September 13.

He said: “She said ‘yeah I can come around and chill but I can’t have sex’. That was the first time she had ever said something like that. My response was ‘what are you talking about we don’t have to have sex, we can chill’.

“It was on a Friday, I don’t like to have sex before match day. My legs can feel achy and low on energy. My idea was to watch a movie. I didn’t have any TVs upstairs, only downstairs. She said, ‘no let’s go straight upstairs, I just want to lie down and we will watch something on your iPad’.”

He said after the pair had sex he went to the bathroom and came back to find her putting her clothes on. The woman said she had to be up early in the morning and needed to drive home.

He said: “It was a bit random. This was around half 1. She said ‘I have got to go’. I felt it wasn’t safe for her to drive home but I had football the next day. She has gone home and that was it really. I told her to message me when she got home to let me know she had got home safe. I never got a reply.”

Speaking about his arrest the day before the interview, he added: “It’s all a big shock to me. I haven’t got anything against her as a person. I thought she was nice and good with me. The word rape – it’s a massive shock. And she knows I’m not that type of person. I’m on a good buzz with my football career. I had just moved to Crawley.

“My football career was going well. And it’s all a big shock to me from someone I thought was a nice person. I really don’t [know why she has accused me]. I don’t know. It can’t be from anything I have done. So I don’t know why she has. I really don’t know.”

He said the pair had discussed being in an exclusive relationship but they had agreed to “see how things go”.

Yesterday jurors heard voice messages allegedly recorded as the woman was driving home.

The teenager could be heard crying as she said: “I drove up to my friend’s house. We’ve been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past. We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn’t want him to. I told him I didn’t want him to. I’m just driving home in the dark, I can’t stop crying.”

The trial continues.

 

 

Popular Fleetwood Iceland store worker Judith set to retire after 32 years

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For 32 years Judith Whitehead has been a friendly face at Fleetwood’s Iceland store – but this month she is set to retire.

 

Judith Whitehead is retiring from Iceland in Fleetwood after 32 years.

Judith Whitehead is retiring from Iceland in Fleetwood after 32 years.

Judith, who works as a cashier at the Lord Street branch, has been there since the store opened in late 1989.

During that time she has seen various shops come and go on the high street and she has certainly seen plenty of customers.

In fact, some of the youngsters who used to come in with their mums are now parents themselves.

Judith Whitehead is pictured with colleagues Paul Barker and Josie Birtwhistle.

Judith Whitehead is pictured with colleagues Paul Barker and Josie Birtwhistle.

Judith, 70, of Grange Road, Fleetwood, is all set to finally retire from the food store on Friday January 28

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, over the years.

“It’s the staff that make a place and we have been like family here at this store, and can honestly say I’ve enjoyed working with everyone.

“I’ll still be dropping in to see them all, once I’ve retired.”

Judith has always seen the job as more than just selling food to customers.

She says: “I always have a chat and a laugh with customers and I think that’s important.

“Not only does it mean they’ll want to come back, but I think in these times it’s more important than ever that people have someone to talk to.

“Some of our older customers may not see anyone all day, so when they come here they see a friendly face and have a bit of a chat. Most people need that, don’t they?”

Judith is married to retired joiner Michael, 78, and the couple have two daughters, Joanne Rowe and Sarah Bowker, and four grandchildren.

Once she is retired Judith will have more time to relax but she still hopes to keep in touch with her colleagues.

Josie Birtwistle, the store’s duty manager, said: “Jude is a very popular member of staff and the customers love her.

“She s always involved in our charity events and bakes us cakes too!

“She will certainly be missed but we’ve told her to pop in and see us whenever she can.”

 

 

Fleetwood teen accused of murdering ex’s dad was ‘found in hysterics after break-up’

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Levi Westhead, 18, was seen ‘crying like a child’ when the relationship ended in July

 

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

A jury has heard how a teenager accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s father reacted ‘very badly’ when he was told the relationship was over.

Levi Westhead, 18, denies murdering Mark Webster, 50, who died after suffering multiple stab wounds at his home in Carsluith Avenue, Blackpool, on July 23 last year.

Westhead had been in an 18 month relationship with Mr Webster’s 15-year-old daughter but it had been on and off for some time, the court heard. He is accused of inflicting the fatal stab wounds upon Mr Webster after calling at the family home unannounced and demanding to see the girl.

Witnesses in the trial at Preston Crown Court described Westhead as ‘crying’, ‘distressed’ and ‘not himself’ in the weeks before Mr Webster died.

On July 7, PC Adam Bond spoke to Westhead on the telephone following an allegation he had assaulted his ex-girlfriend on the beach at Blackpool. The officer told him he must cut contact with the girl – or risk being arrested for harassment.

PC Bond told the court: “He was emotional – I could hear his voice breaking and he seemed upset. He said he was struggling as he had no-one to talk to.”

Westhead told the officer he lived with his nan in Fleetwood and did not feel able to speak to her about his troubles. He had lost contact with his friends over the course of his relationship, he said. The officer ended the call by telling Westhead he had his mobile number and could call him back if he was still struggling but did not hear from him again, he said.

On July 15, Shaun Morris, his manager at Coral Island Arcade, said he found the defendant “crying hysterically” to two colleagues.

Mr Morris said he thought something serious had happened, such as a death, but soon learned Westhead was upset as he had broken up with his girlfriend.

He said: “I was in disbelief at his reaction. It was disproportionate.”

Mr Morris said he gave Westhead a pep talk and explained this was something which happens to everybody. However he had to send the youngster for a cup of tea before he was able to go out into the arcade to do his job.

John Ballantyne, a team leader at the arcade, also witnessed Westhead’s distress on July 15.

He said: “Shaun and myself agreed we should sit him down and talk to him about how we could help him. Shaun told him he was only young and everything would be okay in the long term. He reminded him that his work was also important and he should concentrate on that. I remember Levi worked his socks off that shift and there were no more incidents of concern.”

On July 23, Ricky Moore said he saw Westhead at a family barbecue at the home of Katie Westhead, the defendant’s aunt. Mr Moore said he had known Levi for a couple of years and he was always polite and well-mannered.

But during the barbecue, Mr Moore said Westhead sat alone in the living room while the others sat outside, saying: “He seemed sad. He wasn’t engaging well, no matter how we tried and Katie tried, he didn’t join in.”

Mr Moore said he offered Westhead a beer to try and help him relax but the teenager declined the offer.

“He came outside to have something to eat. It was a really hot day. I said ‘come on, sit down, take your jacket off, tell me your issues’,” Mr Moore said. “He just wasn’t himself.”

Mr Moore said Westhead went back inside the house and did not return to the gathering. It was only when Mr Moore went to leave that he realised Westhead was no longer there, he said.

Westhead, of Flakefleet Avenue, Fleetwood, denies murder.

(Proceeding)

 

 

Concern growing for welfare of missing 46-year-old Fleetwood man

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An urgent appeal has been launched to find a missing 46-year-old man from Fleetwood.

 

Patrik Krejci was last seen at his home address in Fleetwood at around 7.30am this morning (January 20), police said.

The 45-year-old is described as 6ft 2in tall, of slim build, with short dark hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jumper, a black body warmer and a black and grey backpack.

Patrik was also carrying a Home Bargains bag.

“We are getting increasingly concerned for his welfare,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

If you have seen Patrik or know where he is, call 101 quoting incident reference number 584 of January 20.

Have you seen Patrik Krejci, 46, from Fleetwood? (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Have you seen Patrik Krejci, 46, from Fleetwood? (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Blackpool Tower to illuminate this Friday for little girl who needs £200,000 cancer treatment

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Blackpool Tower will be lit up tomorrow evening (Friday) for six-year-old Isabelle Grundy from Cleveleys who needs £200,000 worth of life saving treatment following a cancer diagnosis.

Isabelle, from Cleveleys, a pupil of Anchorsholme Primary, was diagnosed in July last year as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children.

Parents Louisa Moss, 33, and father Blaine Grundy, 35, need to raise £200,00 to gain access to life-saving treatment for their little girl in the USA that is not readily available in the UK.

Since diagnosis, which has a 50 percent survival rate, she has undergone intensive treatment, ranging from high dose chemotherapy to blood transplants.

Little warrior - Isabelle Grundy.

Little warrior – Isabelle Grundy.

Katie Earlam and Pete Murray, parents of Emily Murray who is a school friend of Isabelle’s in the same class who have paid for the tower to be lit up said: “It’s very heartwarming to be part of the community that have all come together and made such a huge effort to help Isabelle.

“We hope by doing this it will not only raise awareness of Neuroblastoma, but also encourage people to donate to help raise the funds for Isabelle to get the life saving treatment she needs in America.”

Emma Robinson, who is a good friend of Isabelle’s mother has tirelessly campaigned with various fundraisers including a JustGiving page, raffles, a cold water dip and sponsored walks to help raise the money needed.

She said: “Being the lead on raising the funds for Isabelle has been a huge privilege. Anyone who knows me well knows that once I’m on a mission there is no stopping me and I will give 110% until we hit target.

Isabelle Grundy, 6, was diagnosed in July as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children.

Isabelle Grundy, 6, was diagnosed in July as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children.

“When speaking to Katie over lunch last week about how I would like to light up the tower for Isabelle she was straight on the phone to her husband Pete and together they have made this event on Friday happen, through their kindness and generosity.

“With the amazing army behind me made up of of family, friends, Anchorsholme School staff, children and families, the wider community and local businesses it’s been so heartwarming to see how everyone has come together and has given me so much hope and faith that we will do this.

“As mummy to Theo, one of Isabelle’s best friends and class mates, I will reap the rewards when Isabelle gets on that plane and one day rings that bell when this nightmare is over. And I will be so happy for the day life returns to a new normal for them all and she will be back at school with her friends and we will have Louisa back with us in the playground.”

The JustGiving page for Isabelle, which singer Olly Murs has donated to, currently stands at £132,810.

Blackpool Tower will be lit up on Friday evening for Isabelle.

Blackpool Tower will be lit up on Friday evening for Isabelle.

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Isabelle with her mother Louisa.

Isabelle with her mother Louisa.

Isabelle with her friend Theo who sent her gifts and a Christmas video while she was in hospital.

Isabelle with her friend Theo who sent her gifts and a Christmas video while she was in hospital.

Fleetwood ‘coward’ viciously attacked ex-partner and used frozen pizza as a weapon

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“If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here”

 

Timothy Nylan was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court
Timothy Nylan was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court

A thug who viciously beat his ex-partner days after she dumped him and used a frozen pizza as a weapon during the terrifying ordeal has been jailed.

Timothy Nylan, from Fleetwood, walked into her bedroom at 3am as she was asleep and snatched the phone out of her hand before ‘kneeling on her legs to restrict her movement’.

He then grabbed her hair, punched her to the face and headbutted her three times before threatening to ‘put duct tape on your mouth, tie you up and kill you’ if she didn’t stay in the room and ‘stop screaming’.

He then told her: “If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here.”

Nylan, 39, was branded ‘a coward’ by a Crown Court judge as she sentenced him to just over 18 months in prison.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Nylan was dumped by his ex a few days before the incident, on August 27, the M.E.N reports.

“They remained in text contact until after 2.30 am on the Friday morning,” prosecutor Josh Bowker said.

“By 3am, [the victim] was asleep in bed, but was awoken by a noise on the landing and the bedroom door opening. The defendant walked into the bedroom and said “oh did I wake you?”

“He walked towards the side of the bed, before leaning over her and snatching her phone out of her hand, and kneeling on her legs to restrict her movement.”

When she tried to sit up, Nylan ‘grabbed her by the hair and punched her to the face’, Mr Bowker added.

He continued: “The defendant then struck [the woman] with the mobile phone underneath her right eye, and headbutted her three times.”

When the victim tried to escape, Nylan told her he would ‘put duct tape on your mouth, tie you up and kill you’ if she didn’t stay in the room and ‘stop screaming’.

After locking the pair in the bathroom, Nylan continued his tirade of violence by dragging his victim by the arm downstairs to the kitchen.

“He took a frozen pizza from the fridge, and put it under her eye and asked her to tell him the truth,” Mr Bowker continued. “She said that she was, and the defendant’s response was to push the pizza harder into her face, and say “I know the truth so just tell me, you’re just a s*** like the rest of them.

“As he pushed the pizza harder into her, she said “ow,” and the defendant told her to stop saying that.”

Fortunately, the woman — who had activated the emergency SOS feature on her phone at this point — was able to squeeze past Nylan.

He then gave a chilling warning to her.

“If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here,” was the message the court heard, before officers did arrive and arrest him.

Nylan, of Kingfisher Way, Fleetwood, appeared before Recorder Tania Griffiths QC at Minshull Street Crown Court last week (January 12).

He was represented by Kay Driver, who said in mitigation her client had suffered ‘life changing injuries’ after a car crash, leaving him anxiety and depression.

She also said that his drinking had increased as a result of those mental health troubles, but accepted it was not an excuse for her client’s behaviour.

Nylan also had a history of violent offending, she accepted.

Sentencing Nylan to 573 days — or just over 18 months in prison — Miss Griffiths QC branded him a ‘coward’.

She said: “This was a prolonged assault of significant planning and pre-meditation, given that you knew what you were going to do and she was vulnerable.

“Fortunately the physical injuries were not serious but her victim personal statement showed that this went on far beyond the physical.

“Your impact on women is very, very significant and you seem completely unable to control yourself. You are a coward, Mr Nylan.

“The court has got your number. The next time you are back, the sentence will get longer and longer.

“Curb your temper in your own interest, and everyone else’s.”

Nylan admitted causing actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.

He is subject to a restraining order, and must pay a victim surcharge.

 

 

School staff crisis forces Revoe nursery to close “until further notice”

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A Blackpool pre-school has been forced to close as staff are needed to cover for Covid-related teacher absences

 

A Blackpool nursery was forced to close for the week amid an ongoing staff crisis in schools.

The latest data shows 8.6% of teachers and school leaders were absent – and 4.9% were absent because of Covid, up from 3% on 16 December 2021.

Revoe Learning Academy opened for spring term on the fourth of January 2022. Staff absences due to Covid led to nursery staff being redeployed to cover classes in other parts of the school. 16 staff were absent on Monday; 15 were Covid related.

Revoe headteacher, Dayle Harrison

Revoe headteacher, Dayle Harrison

Headteacher, Dayle Harrison, decided to close the nursery for the week beginning 10 January so that other classes could remain open.

Mr Harrison said: “We had to prioritize to ensure safe provision. We made the decision to deploy staff that are healthy and fit for work to enable us to stay open for statutory age children.”

Schools across England have been reporting teaching-staff absences of more than 20% and the government itself is planning for 25% staff-absence rates.

Rates of teacher absence were slightly higher in primary schools than in secondaries, where face masks are now required for pupils in class.

The education secretary says he’s making contingency plans as schools struggle with staff absence.

Revoe nursery is set to reopen on Monday 17th January 2022, but Mr Harrison said it’s impossible to plan as Omicron is transmitting so rapidly.

“We have staff due to return this Friday, but we’re juggling it every day. As soon as one teacher comes back, another goes off.”

He said that closing for the week was fairer to parents, as it allowed them to make short term plans while the nursery is closed.

Laura Potts had considered keeping daughter Lily at their home on Caunce Street as she saw Omicron cases rise over Christmas. But she sent her back to Revoe nursery when term started.

She said Lily misses the routine and is eager to go back and see her friends.

“The school is trying their best to control the spread, and keep as many kids in class as they can.”

She said the same thing happened when the school reopened in September 2021 and had to close due to staffing levels.

“The nursery is a breeding ground for illnesses. I sometimes notice a break where they don’t get ill because they are not picking up bugs from school but as soon as they go back infection rates blow up again.”

National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Paul Whiteman said staff absence in the first week of term was significant and likely to worsen.

“While schools will do everything they can to manage the situation, there is a reality that needs to be acknowledged here.”The staff absences will have a serious impact on schools’ ability to remain open, particularly in primaries, where there is usually one teacher per class.

 

 

These are the incidents Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service crews have tackled on the Fylde coast this week – Monday, January 17 to Friday, January 21, 2022

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Here is the latest round-up of incidents that crews from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have tackled this week.

We will update this story each day with the latest from the fire service:

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

– Road traffic collision in Ansdell

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines from Lytham and St Annes attended a road traffic collision involving two cars in Worsley Road at around 5.15pm.

Firefighters made the scene safe and gave first aid to one casualty who was taken to hospital by ambulance.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

No incidents reported.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

No incidents reported.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

– Domestic property fire in Blackpool

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Four fire engines from Blackpool and South Shore attended a domestic fire in Withnell Road at around 2.35am.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel and a ventilation unit to extinguish the flames and clear the smoke.

One causality was treated for smoke inhalation by ambulance crews.

Crews were in attendance for one hour and ten minutes.

 

Father and daughter handed licence ban after video shows pets being hit at Lancashire dog day care centre

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A father and daughter who were involved in the running of a Lancashire doggy day care centre have been sentenced after videos emerged on social media showing dogs being hit and smacked.

 

Lauren Walker, 31, and her father, 69-year-old John Walker, pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences following an investigation by the RSPCA into Mucky Pups Doggy Day Care.

Both have now been banned from holding a council animal welfare licence so are unable to run a similar business. John Walker was given a 10-year ban on holding such a licence and Lauren Walker a five-year ban.

Hyndburn Borough Council previously revoked Mucky Pup’s licence in February 2020, while the RSPCA carried out a full investigation into the abuse allegations.

A still from a video shown to court which appeared to show John Walker, from RIshton, striking dogs at the Mucky Pups Doggy Day Care centre in the town, near Burnley. John Walker and his daughter Lauren have been sentenced after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences.

A still from a video shown to court which appeared to show John Walker, from RIshton, striking dogs at the Mucky Pups Doggy Day Care centre in the town, near Burnley. John Walker and his daughter Lauren have been sentenced after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences.

Burnley Magistrates Court previously heard how the day care business for pets, on Harwood Road in RIshton, near Burnley, was run by Lauren and she employed her father to work at the centre.

But a complaint was made to the animal welfare charity on December 24, 2019 by a former employee who had taken video footage of dogs at the centre being hit and smacked by John Walker. The videos emerged on social media and were subsequently shared.

John Walker, of Greenhill, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals, namely seven dogs, by the inappropriate use of physical force, between September 10, 2019 and November 19, 2019 and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the needs of the animals were met between August 1, 2019 and December 18, 2019.

Lauren Walker, of Knowles Street, Rishton, pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable steps to prevent unnecessary suffering by her father John Walker to protected animals.

RSPCA Inspector Adam Dickinson, who led the investigation, told the court how following the videos appearing on social media and reports in the local press the owners of the dogs shown on camera came forward to provide witness statements.

“In the first video, for example, the adult male individual restrains a black Labrador type dog by holding the dog’s collar with his left hand while he strikes the dog three times with his right hand. The dog vocalises and the male throws the dog away using the collar. The body language of the dog is fearful submission with no aggression.

“In my opinion the actions of the adult male individual have been sufficiently influential on the welfare of some of these animals to the extent that has caused them to experience suffering.”

As well as the ban on holding a licence at a sentencing hearing held at Blackpool Magistrates Court yesterday, John Walker was given a 12-month community order, including 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a 26-week curfew from 7pm to 7am. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Lauren Walker was also given a 12-month community order, including a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and must serve a five-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am. She was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Following the sentencing, Inspector Dickinson said the case highlighted how important reward based training is for dogs.

He said: “The RSPCA only promotes positive, reward-based training methods and does not condone this sort of behaviour in order to train dogs or to tell them off.

Training dogs is important to help them learn to behave appropriately and to make it easier to keep them under control.

“Reward based training which includes the use of things that dogs like or want for example. Toys, food and praise is enjoyable for the dog and is widely regarded as the preferred form of training dogs.

Training which includes physical punishment may cause pain, suffering and distress. These techniques can compromise dog welfare, lead to aggressive responses and worsen the problems they aim to address.”

 

 

Fleetwood man arrested after suspected arson attack in Thornton bailed

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A Fleetwood man who was arrested following a suspected arson attack in Thornton has been released on bail.

 

A 37-year-old man from Fleetwood was arrested on suspicion of assault (GBH), criminal damage and arson endangering life on Tuesday morning (January 18).

He was taken into custody after police raided homes in Poulton Road and Chatsworth Avenue in Fleetwood, as well as Allen Close in Cleveleys.

Officers today (January 20) confirmed the man was “bailed to February 14”.

A Fleetwood man who was arrested following a suspected arson attack in Thornton has been released on bail

A Fleetwood man who was arrested following a suspected arson attack in Thornton has been released on bail

Police said the raids were in response to a number of incidents in the area, including a suspected arson attack at a home in Mill Close, Thornton, in November 2021.

No one was injured in the incident.

 

 

Blackpool NHS worker given 12 months to live says she isn’t done yet one year after diagnosis

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‘I try to stop thinking about what might happen, but it can be very hard, especially on big family occasions’

 

Zara Taylor
Zara Taylor

It has been one year since a Blackpool woman was given a year to 18 months to live.

Zara Taylor was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – an aggressive brain tumour – on January 12 last year.

The diagnosis came after the NHS worker suffered from several seizures.

Typically, GBM has an average survival prognosis of 12 to 18 months. However, Zara is determined to the one of the people to go onto live six – or even 10 – more years.

The 31-year-old had been working at Blackpool Victoria Hospital until she was diagnosed and now has an NHS admin role working from home.

She said: “Since my diagnosis, I have undergone surgery, as well as six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which I completed last October. It was a big relief to finish as the treatment literally knocked me for six. I felt so sick and couldn’t eat, ending up losing around 20kg.

“I know my prognosis is poor, but I have heard of some GBM patients surviving for six, or even 10 years, and I am determined to be one of them. I try to stop thinking about what might happen, but it can be very hard, especially on big family occasions, particularly birthdays.

“My husband Jordan and I had only been married just over a year when I had the seizures which led to my diagnosis. We have two lovely Shar Pei dogs, Lola and Tia, whom I very much hope to outlive. For now, I am focusing on making memories, although the pandemic isn’t helping our plans to travel.”

Zara Taylor and her dogs
Zara Taylor and her dogs

Since completing her treatment, Zara has set up Zara’s Appeal for a Cure, a fundraising group under the umbrella of national charity Brain Tumour Research.

The money raised is used to help fund research to bring about better outcomes for brain tumour patients and ultimately a cure.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Having already raised more than £4,000 through taking part in Brain Tumour Research’s Jog 26 Miles in May Challenge last year, Zara has signed up to take part in the charity’s Walk 10,000 Steps in February challenge.

Zara after her brain surgery
Zara after her brain surgery

She is planning to complete this with her friend Adele Broadley who works in the Costa at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Zara said: “I am looking forward to getting together with Adele as I don’t see her so much now that I am working from home. We will probably do most of our walking round Stanley Park and enjoy having a good chat. Sometimes I’ll be walking with Lola and Tia. It will be a great way of keeping fit and enjoying some fresh air while keeping up with what’s going on at the hospital.”

After a successful first challenge a year ago which raised nearly £1million to support vital research and campaigning, Brain Tumour Research’s 10,000 Steps a Day in February Challenge is back.

The charity is calling for people to step up to the Facebook challenge and make it even bigger and better in 2022. Participants will receive a free emoji t-shirt and fundraising pack when they receive their first donation and a special medal if they raise £274 or more.

Matthew Price, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “The best part of the 10,000 Steps a Day in February Challenge is that you can fit your steps in with your everyday life. That could be having a coffee and catching up with friends at your local park, walking your commute or school run instead of driving, getting off the bus a few stops earlier or walking around your house whilst on the phone. You could even team up with friends or colleagues and complete your steps together!

“We are very grateful to Zara for her ongoing support and to Adele too for signing up to take part in 10,000 Steps a Day to fund vital research to find a cure for brain tumours. Less than 12% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.”

Zara’s Appeal for a Cure will be holding a charity dinner event in April, although details have not yet been confirmed.

To sponsor Zara’s 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge and donate to Zara’s Appeal for a Cure, click here.

 

 

Fleetwood ‘coward’ viciously attacked ex-partner and used frozen pizza as a weapon

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“If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here”

 

Timothy Nylan was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court
Timothy Nylan was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court

A thug who viciously beat his ex-partner days after she dumped him and used a frozen pizza as a weapon during the terrifying ordeal has been jailed.

Timothy Nylan, from Fleetwood, walked into her bedroom at 3am as she was asleep and snatched the phone out of her hand before ‘kneeling on her legs to restrict her movement’.

He then grabbed her hair, punched her to the face and headbutted her three times before threatening to ‘put duct tape on your mouth, tie you up and kill you’ if she didn’t stay in the room and ‘stop screaming’.

He then told her: “If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here.”

Nylan, 39, was branded ‘a coward’ by a Crown Court judge as she sentenced him to just over 18 months in prison.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Nylan was dumped by his ex a few days before the incident, on August 27, the M.E.N reports.

“They remained in text contact until after 2.30 am on the Friday morning,” prosecutor Josh Bowker said.

“By 3am, [the victim] was asleep in bed, but was awoken by a noise on the landing and the bedroom door opening. The defendant walked into the bedroom and said “oh did I wake you?”

“He walked towards the side of the bed, before leaning over her and snatching her phone out of her hand, and kneeling on her legs to restrict her movement.”

When she tried to sit up, Nylan ‘grabbed her by the hair and punched her to the face’, Mr Bowker added.

He continued: “The defendant then struck [the woman] with the mobile phone underneath her right eye, and headbutted her three times.”

When the victim tried to escape, Nylan told her he would ‘put duct tape on your mouth, tie you up and kill you’ if she didn’t stay in the room and ‘stop screaming’.

After locking the pair in the bathroom, Nylan continued his tirade of violence by dragging his victim by the arm downstairs to the kitchen.

“He took a frozen pizza from the fridge, and put it under her eye and asked her to tell him the truth,” Mr Bowker continued. “She said that she was, and the defendant’s response was to push the pizza harder into her face, and say “I know the truth so just tell me, you’re just a s*** like the rest of them.

“As he pushed the pizza harder into her, she said “ow,” and the defendant told her to stop saying that.”

Fortunately, the woman — who had activated the emergency SOS feature on her phone at this point — was able to squeeze past Nylan.

He then gave a chilling warning to her.

“If the 5-0 knock on, as soon as I hear that door I’m going to kill you, I will tie you up and slit your throat from here to here,” was the message the court heard, before officers did arrive and arrest him.

Nylan, of Kingfisher Way, Fleetwood, appeared before Recorder Tania Griffiths QC at Minshull Street Crown Court last week (January 12).

He was represented by Kay Driver, who said in mitigation her client had suffered ‘life changing injuries’ after a car crash, leaving him anxiety and depression.

She also said that his drinking had increased as a result of those mental health troubles, but accepted it was not an excuse for her client’s behaviour.

Nylan also had a history of violent offending, she accepted.

Sentencing Nylan to 573 days — or just over 18 months in prison — Miss Griffiths QC branded him a ‘coward’.

She said: “This was a prolonged assault of significant planning and pre-meditation, given that you knew what you were going to do and she was vulnerable.

“Fortunately the physical injuries were not serious but her victim personal statement showed that this went on far beyond the physical.

“Your impact on women is very, very significant and you seem completely unable to control yourself. You are a coward, Mr Nylan.

“The court has got your number. The next time you are back, the sentence will get longer and longer.

“Curb your temper in your own interest, and everyone else’s.”

Nylan admitted causing actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.

He is subject to a restraining order, and must pay a victim surcharge.

 

 

Tributes paid to visionary former Blackpool Council chief executive

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Tributes have been paid to a former boss of Blackpool Council who was instrumental in the development of the resort during his 24 years working for the local authority.

Derek Wardman, who died on December 9, aged 88, after suffering from cancer, joined the local authority in 1969 as deputy borough treasurer before becoming chief executive in 1985, a post he held until his retirement in 1993.

Born in Barrow, he settled on the Fylde coast where his vision saw him involved in key projects which transformed Blackpool during the 1970s and 1980s.

These included the Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool Zoo, the Houndshill shopping centre, new housing at Heron’s Reach and The Village Hotel and golf course at Heron’s Reach.

Derek Wardman

Derek Wardman

He also played a key role in the financial rescue of the Norbreck Castle Hotel – with the council stepping in to buy the property in the late 1970s, before selling it for a profit once it was back on a firmer financial footing.

During the mid 1980s he also negotiated a deal with then owner First Leisure to retain conference facilities at the Winter Gardens which were key to Blackpool’s hospitality industry.

Derek’s son Graham said: “He found working in Blackpool fascinating, more so than in other local authorities , because of the range of issues the council faced.

“He was involved in many significant projects with the council over the years, including, the financial rescue of the Norbreck Castle Hotel and conference centre in 1975 and later the Sandcastle complex.

Sandcastle Water Park

Sandcastle Water Park

“Also the development and opening of Blackpool Zoo, the development of the Houndshill complex and later of the Heron’s Reach housing complex, the Village Hotel and golf course with public access footpaths and bridleways.”

Derek was also a Russian speaker, having learned the language during his national service, and put his talent to good use to help a Russian visitor who had arrived in Blackpool speaking no English.

Graham added: “He was committed to local government throughout his career and was prepared to put his job on the line in pursuit of what was right.

“He felt that mistakes should be owned up to and not covered up.”

Former head of tourism at the council Barry Morris, who worked with Derek and whose friendship with him continued into retirement, said: “Tremendous improvements were made to Blackpool while he was at the council.

“He realised it was a seaside resort and visitors did matter, but he also found money for projects such as upgrading the outdoor sports facilities at Stanley Park.”

Businessman Michael Prendergast, who knew Derek through his work in the hospitality industry, added: “He had an incredible propensity of being able to fund projects with great imagination which others could not.”

Derek was also presented with the golden pin of honour by Blackpool’s twin town Bottrop in recognition of his service and commitment to town twinning.

In his spare time he was a keen runner and continued running into his mid eighties.

He leaves his widow Muriel, three children and three grandchildren.

 

Well-being garden part of Blackpool Vic’s new green plan

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Hospital chiefs have pledged to do their bit to help save the planet by signing up to a new Green Plan.

A strategy including to reduce energy use and cut down on waste has been agreed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (BTH) which operates Blackpool Victoria Hospital (BVH) and Clifton Hospital in St Annes.

The target is to reach net zero emissions by 2040, with the current plan covering initiatives up to 2025.

A report to the BTH board of directors says: “As one of the largest organisations and employers across the Fylde Coast we have a significant impact but also an important opportunity to make a positive difference in both carbon emissions and population health.

“We generate large amounts of waste and emissions from our clinical service provision.

“The journeys needed to deliver goods and services and move staff, patients and visitors impacts on local air quality.

“Having a clear and intentional plan will allow us to focus on and manage our impact on the environment, whilst improving quality and access to services for those who need them. ”

Hospital chiefs switched to renewable energy in April 2021 and have installed new technology at BVH and Clifton to provide more efficient generation of electricity and heating.

Lighting has been replaced with more efficient LEDs across large portions of sites, with controls in place to prevent electricity being wasted.

Other initiatives include: –

* Working with groups such as wildlife trusts and beekeepers to improve biodiversity at NHS sites.

* Promoting health and well-being by offering staff and patients opportunities to take part in food growing, beekeeping and other physical activities in nature. This will include creating an edible wellbeing garden at BVH for staff and patients.

* Introducing electric charging points in all car parks and offering reduced car parking charges for those using more environmentally friendly vehicles. Encouraging cycling to work, use of low emission vehicles and car sharing.

* There are already monthly meat free Mondays in the staff restaurant, with catering contracts requiring maximum use of fresh and seasonal food to minimise transportation. Biodegradable takeaway cartons, disposable cups and drink stirrers are used and 71 per cent of suppliers are local.

* Food waste can be reduced by sending it to make animal feed, for conversion into energy or to make compost.

 

Civic Society determined Lytham Green will stay a no parking zone

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Lytham St Annes Civic Society is vehemently opposed to the use of Lytham Green for parking.

 

Society officials have stressed to Fylde Council how strongly they feel on the issue in the wake of a consultation by the council into future parking in the town.

The consultation offered further parking use of parts of The Green as an option, although a leading councillor has since given a firm assurance that that would only be temporarily on the grass for special events.

After speculation on social media took that offer to mean The Green could be given a hard surface for parking in some areas, Coun Roger Small, chairman of the council’s operational management committee, was quick to stress that would not be the case, but the Civic Society is determined The Green, on Lytham’s foreshore, should be kept as a recreation area.

Vehicles parked on Lytham Green for a previous event

Vehicles parked on Lytham Green for a previous event

‘No plans to tarmac parts of Lytham Green for car parking’

“There are proposals for extra car parking every 10 years or so. Without our resistance there would just be a built up area and a few strips of grass in between.

“We regard the triangle of land opposite the YMCA field as part of Lytham Green. Making it into a car park is an unwanted urbanisation of the area.

“Lytham Green is our major and most unique asset and no parking should ever be allowed on the current grassed areas either.

“A wider investigation should take place, including pressure for increased rail services, better use of what we have (there are town centre locations with no restrictions at all), better signposting for long and short stays, restrictions on overnight stays etc.

“Any large events held on The Green whether for the Festival, Lytham Hall, or Lowther Pavilion must make their own arrangements for parking, usually park and ride elsewhere, and not use The Green. It is not a car park.

“Besides this, residents are fed up with The Green being fenced off for three to four weeks.

“The Green belongs to the community, please leave it alone.”

The consultation into parking in Lytham, which closed last Sunday, is now being considered by council officials.

Following fears expressed on social media that it could result in the Green being surfaced, Coun Small, who is also the council’s deputy leader, said: “The consultation was purely inviting views on all aspects of parking in Lytham to help us plan for the future.

“It’s a completely open agenda, with all views welcome from all those affected.

“But surfacing on The Green is categorically not an option. We actually couldn’t do that if we wanted to, as it is covered by a covenant, but there is certainly no desire to do that anyway, and this consultation is not a ‘back door’ attempt to bring that about.”

 

 

New era for historic Grade II listed Blackpool hotel

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A historic Blackpool hotel is set for a new era in 2022 after a £400,000 refurbishment saw its crumbling facades repaired.

 

Heritage guardians had raised concerns about the condition of the Grade II listed former Clifton Hotel in Talbot Square back in 2016.

Repair work eventually began at the start of last year after the council contributed a £178,300 grant towards the improvements, with the rest coming from the property’s owner Juniper Overseas Ltd.

The council funding came from the Quality Corridors Property Improvement Fund (PIF), which is part of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Fund and the Local Transport Fund.

The newly refurbished Forshaw's Hotel

The newly refurbished Forshaw’s Hotel

The 90-bedroom hotel, which had been operating as part of the Ibis brand, has now been renamed Forshaw’s Hotel in a throwback to the original property on the site.

In its heyday as The Clifton, Frank Sinatra stayed there while in Blackpool to perform at the Opera House in the 1950s.

Joan Humble, chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust which had originally raised concerns over the neglect of the landmark, said she was pleased with the work which had been done.

She said: “It is looking so much better now. There was a lot of external work on the upper floors which needed doing, and a delay with the lower floors.

The hotel has been renamed

The hotel has been renamed

“But now it is really looking good. It is a prime site in Blackpool, and a historic building ad we’re really pleased it has been refurbished and it can take pride of place once again in this key location.”

Mrs Humble said members of the Civic Trust had monitored progress while work was being carried out, and would continue to keep an eye on the building.

She added: “Having made such a good job of it, it is important to maintain the building into the future.

“So I hope the hotel remains in good condition for many years. As work is needed it should be done promptly.

“The building had deteriorated into a shocking condition, and we don’t want to see that happen again.

“And it is also pleasing to see it renamed Forshaw’s Hotel, harking back to the origins of the building and reminding people of the history of that important Blackpool site.”

Images from 2016 showed cracks had appeared in the frontage of the hotel, there was peeling paintwork, a smashed window and a boarded up window.

Independent councillor Maxine Callow also highlighted the poor state of the structure, warning a meeting of the council in June 2019, it was “getting tattier and tattier by the day.”

Work has included essential repairs to the external facade and structure including full redecoration plus re-rendering to a significant area.

Timber has been repaired, brickwork and stonework repointed at high levels, and new drainage infrastructure installed. The work also included replacement of slate and flat roof areas.

The hotel, which was granted listed status in 1974, stands on the site of the Forshaw’s Hotel, one of four of the oldest inns in Blackpool dating from the 1780s.

According to English Heritage the original Forshaw’s was a Georgian building.

When the Clifton Arms Hotel was built around 1865, it was entered through the original Forshaw’s building from the seafront.

The Georgian Forshaw’s block on the western side of the building was demolished and rebuilt by the following summer in an Italianate style by 1876.

Features include decorated arched windows and a Tuscan porch.

The hotel’s more recent history includes being taken over by Yorkshire-based Brook Leisure in 2008, which invested around £9m in the property.

The property was operated as a Travelodge until 2013 when it became an Ibis Styles as part of a franchise agreement.

Ground floor premises, which previously housed Che Bar and CoCo Club have remained empty for many years.