Blackpool Gazette

Third prisoner goes missing from open jail

Officers have issued an appeal to trace David McConnell, 34, from Liverpool who is serving a sentence of nine years and six months after he was convicted of drugs and burglary offences at Liverpool Crown Court in October 2014.

He absconded from on July 11th.

He is described as ...

2017-07-18 21:15 open_in_new
UPDATED: Blackpool sign highly-rated midfielder

The 20-year-old becomes the Seasiders' ninth signing of the summer, with goalkeeper Ryan Allsop being announced as their eighth earlier today.

Cooke is another player with links to Crewe Alexandra, having enjoyed a fruitful loan spell there last season. He netted four times in 17 ...

2017-07-18 21:15 open_in_new
Social media reaction to Blackpool's double signing

Here's how the news went down on social media:

2017-07-18 21:15 open_in_new
Ship suspected of 'releasing' crude oil as beach-goers are urged to 'stay away'

Samples of the black tar-like substance has been sent to Edinburgh for testing, with results that will give a more definite answer expected back tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "There was an incident that resulted in the release of crude oil from a ...

2017-07-18 20:09 open_in_new
Blackpool spoilt for choice in defence

Blackpool may have lost their “warrior” centre-half Tom Aldred but their defensive strength in depth will more than make up for his absence.

That’s according to Peter Hartley, who appears to be the natural replacement for Aldred having made the move from Bristol Rovers last ...

2017-07-18 17:57 open_in_new
Fleetwood snap up former Blackpool youngster

The 20-year-old defender, who came through the youth system at Bloomfield Road, will initially link up with Fleetwood's development squad.

An energetic left-back, Higham made three appearances for the Seasiders last season with all three coming in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He was later ...

2017-07-18 17:57 open_in_new
Road blocked as anti-fracking protesters 'lock on'

Police shut Preston New Road, between Peel and Kirkham, when four campaigners lay down in the carriageway.

The group Reclaim the Power said the protest had been in ‘solidarity’ with residents of a village in Italy who are battling against the construction of a gas ...

2017-07-18 17:57 open_in_new
Season ticket sales boom shows Fleetwood bond with fans

Fleetwood Town have sold more season tickets than for 2016-17 and Uwe Rosler says that as long as his players fight for the badge they will always have a special relationship with the fans.

Rosler was delighted to see 70-plus members of the Cod Army at Kossen last Saturday, having made ...

2017-07-18 15:45 open_in_new
UPDATE: Sea at Bispham and Cleveleys off limits and ferry service suspended after oil spill

Oil and tar balls were seen in the tide and on the sand between Red Bank Road and Norbreck Castle in Bispham on Sunday, and have since been spotted as far north as Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Knott End, and the River Wyre, and as far south as North Pier.

As reported by The Gazette yesterday, ...

2017-07-18 13:33 open_in_new
Every Blackpool player has vital role says coach Kyle

Every member of Blackpool’s squad will have a vital role to play this season, says first-team coach Richie Kyle.

His comments come after the Seasiders clinched the first win of their pre-season campaign 3-1 at Southport on Saturday.

Kyle, who took over press responsibilities ...

2017-07-18 11:21 open_in_new
Readers react to the stand-off between netballers and the council

Netball players were shooting from the hip as they combined to condemn a decision by Blackpool Sports Centre to stop them playing indoors.

The council has spent thousands of pounds on anti-slip surfacing on the Stanley Park courts and said it now wants teams in the Fylde Netball League to ...

2017-07-18 11:21 open_in_new
Museum plan axed at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens

The curtain has fallen on £26m plans for a museum of Blackpool’s entertainment heritage at the Winter Gardens.

But the council, which said that an £8m funding shortfall was to blame despite the chance of getting a £15m Heritage Lottery grant later this year, said it might not ...

2017-07-18 10:15 open_in_new
Movement founder’s inspirational hospital speech

The founder of a heart-warming movement that put a teepee in Blackpool Victoria Hospital has given a talk to staff there.

Maff Potts, from Camerados, was invited to speak at the hospital’s Grand Round a weekly staff presentation on various topics.

He talked about the movement’s ...

2017-07-18 08:03 open_in_new
UPDATE: Biker dies in crash at busy junction

The motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a car at the junction of Squires Gate Lane and St Annes Road.

Police said a Keeway motorbike had been in collision with a Vauxhall Astra car at around 4.20pm

The westbound side of the road was blocked while paramedics fought to save ...

2017-07-17 23:13 open_in_new
Heartbroken family's wait to find out who brought down Flight MH17

A whiteboard in the 49-year-old’s Swiss flat contained a long list of names of people he wanted to attend a party in both Geneva and London.

There, on September 21, revellers were to mark the 50th birthday of Glenn and his twin sister Tracey, the coming of age of Tracey’s ...

2017-07-17 22:07 open_in_new
‘Violent’ man on the run from HMP Kirkham

A ‘violent’ criminal is on the run from Kirkham prison.

Dean Kerr, 29, formerly of Stonegarth, Carlisle, went missing from HMP Kirkham on Saturday.

He is the second prisoner to have absconded from the open prison last week, after 27-year-old Lee Leatherbarrow disappeared ...

2017-07-17 20:59 open_in_new
Biker injured in crash at busy junction

The incident happened at around 4.20pm today in Squires Gate Lane at the junction with St Annes Road.

Police said a Keeway motorbike had been in collision with a Vauxhall Astra car.

The westbound side of the road is currently blocked while medics attend to the injured ...

2017-07-17 19:51 open_in_new
Blackpool legends to feature in Offside Trust charity match

Blackpool favourites Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Trevor Sinclair are among a long list of former players who will feature in a match to raise funds for the Offside Trust.

On Sunday, August 20, a host of household names will take part in the fundraiser at Curzon Ashton Football Club.

The ...

2017-07-17 16:33 open_in_new
Black blobs of oil washed up on the beach sent to anti-pollution experts

A black oil-type substance that washed up on the beach at Bispham has been sent to counter-pollution specialists.

A sample of the spillage, which has left black ‘globules’ on the sand between Red Bank Road Road and the Norbreck Castle, was collected and sent off by Coastguard officers ...

2017-07-17 16:33 open_in_new
Teen singer JoJo to join SlimeFest bill

Teenage singer JoJo Siwa will be performing at Nickelodeon’s SlimeFest being held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach later this year.

She will sing her hit single ‘Boomerang’ for the first time in the UK, as well as two new songs.

The 14-year-old said: “I’m so super excited to ...

2017-07-17 16:33 open_in_new
COMPETITION: Your chance to meet star Olly Murs!

We have two fantastic tickets to meet and greet pop superstar Olly Murs ahead of his headline Lytham Festival performance on August 2!

It’s easy to enter, all you need to do is collect the coupons which will be in The Gazette each day from Monday to Friday next week.

Send them into ...

2017-07-17 13:15 open_in_new