Blackpool Gazette

Former Blackpool striker Nile Ranger jailed for 8 months

Former Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has been jailed for eight months for an online banking fraud after fleecing a woman out of more than £2,000.

The 25-year-old appeared at Wood Green Crown Court for sentence this afternoon after he previously admitted conspiracy to defraud alongside ...

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Lancashire shows solidarity with Manchester bomb victims

Here are detail of the vigils taking place.

yesterday 18:07 open_in_new
Blackpool man jailed after drugs ring smashed

A Blackpool man has been sentenced to five years in jail after police smashed a multi-million pound drugs empire.

William Skillen, 31, of Seafield Road, Blackpool was yesterday given five years and eight months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

He ...

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UPDATE: 8 year-old Tarleton schoolgirl confirmed dead in 'terror attack' at Manchester Arena

Chris Upton, Headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School, said: "News of Saffie's death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert ...

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Wembley’s no more than Blackpool deserve, says goal hero Gnanduillet

Armand Gnanduillet believes Blackpool’s trip to Wembley is just deserts for the hard work they have put in this season.

The striker played a crucial role in the Seasiders’ play-off semi-final win over Luton Town, coming off the bench to bring his side level on aggregate at ...

yesterday 13:41 open_in_new
Donnelly’s vision for Fleetwood academy

Fleetwood Town’s new academy supremo Ciaran Donnelly has stressed the need for long-term goals in his bid to provide a pathway of progress for young players at Poolfoot Farm.

Ex-Fleetwood player Donnelly has returned to Town after orchestrating a league and Lancashire FA Youth Cup ...

yesterday 13:41 open_in_new
£20m sea defence project go-ahead

Here is a look at how south Fylde sea defences will look following the completion of a £20m Government project which is set to get under way later this year.

The work at Fairhaven and Church Scar, overlooking what is affectionately known at Granny’s Bay at the mouth of the River ...

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'It shook my whole body' - Blackpool mum caught up in 'explosion' at Manchester Arena

Stacey Wright, 24, from South Shore, reported a huge 'bang' at the venue shortly after US singer Ariana Grande's gig finished at around 10.30pm yesterday (Monday).

At least 22 people have been killed, including children, and more than 50 have been injured, police said, with officers ...

yesterday 12:35 open_in_new
MANCHESTER BOMBING: Everything we know so far

:: 22 people have been killed and 59 have been injured in the blast

:: Children are among the dead

:: The attack was carried out by a lone male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device. He died at the arena

:: Police are investigating whether he acted alone ...

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Cowdy believes final is a fitting reward for Seasiders’ efforts

Blackpool chief executive Alex Cowdy has called for one last push from players, staff and supporters alike to get the club back to League One.

The Seasiders are just 90 minutes away from an instant return to the third tier of English football, with Exeter City the team standing in their ...

yesterday 08:11 open_in_new
Staff threatened with 'iron bar' in bookmaker raid

Police were called to the BetFred store in Red Bank Road, Bispham at around 11.10am on Monday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We were called to the BetFred bookmakers this morning following reports of a robbery.

"A man has entered the shop with what appears to be an iron ...

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Latest polls show Labour cutting gap on Conservatives

Labour has closed the gap on Conservatives following the publication of party manifestos for the General Election, according to a series of opinion polls.

As Jeremy Corbyn claimed his message was "getting through" to voters, four polls for the Sunday newspapers put Labour between 35% and ...

2017-05-22 15:29 open_in_new
Mellor: Pool’s persistence paid off

Kelvin Mellor says Blackpool’s heart, team spirit and desire has been a key factor in getting the Seasiders to Wembley.

Gary Bowyer’s men came from behind in both legs of their League Two play-off semi-final clash against Luton Town to eventually triumph 6-5 on ...

2017-05-22 14:23 open_in_new
Rowe backs Coasters to make their mark

AFC Fylde striker Danny Rowe believes his side can put pressure on the National League’s top clubs next season.

The Coasters were crowned champions of the National League North last month and look forward to a first season in the top tier of non-league football.

While admitting ...

2017-05-22 14:23 open_in_new
Sharks upped my £2,450 loan to £100,000

As a new project launches to help raise awareness of the misery caused by loan sharks, STEF HALL speaks to a grandma whose life was ruined by aggressive money lenders.

A Blackpool pensioner who battled unscrupulous loan sharks for 20 years has praised a scheme to give back their ill-gotten ...

2017-05-22 13:17 open_in_new
Tragic death of Fleetwood teen

Officers were called to reports that a "boy had been found hanging" at an address on Medlock Avenue at around 5pm on Thursday May 18.

The 15-year-old, who has been named on social media as Keelan Groves, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and later transferred to Manchester ...

2017-05-22 12:11 open_in_new
Lancashire set to enjoy highest temperatures since last September

Britons should be able to bask in the hottest temperatures since September when a wave of warm air moves across the country in the coming days, forecasters have predicted.

The working week will be book-ended by the best of the weather, with highs of up to 24C expected in Lancashire on ...

2017-05-22 11:05 open_in_new
Majority of Blackpool fans to boycott Wembley final

That's according to The Gazette's poll, which as of this morning showed that 68% of almost 3,800 voters say they will not be attending the match.

Meanwhile 24% of those polled say they will attend the game, with 8% still undecided.

Blackpool will walk out at Wembley next Sunday for ...

2017-05-22 09:59 open_in_new
Exeter fans snap up 10,000 tickets in just 24 hours

Exeter City supporters have snapped up an impressive 10,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of sales for their Wembley play-off final against Blackpool.

The Grecians booked their place in the final thanks a dramatic injury-time winner in their semi-final second leg, which gave them a 6-5 ...

2017-05-21 19:41 open_in_new
‘Loan sharks destroyed 20 years of my life’

A Blackpool pensioner who battled unscrupulous loan sharks for 20 years has praised a scheme to give back their ill-gotten gains to community projects.

Jeannette Sharratt, 75, of Grasmere Road, was chased and threatened for two decades as illegal money lenders she turned to in the 1980s ...

2017-05-21 17:29 open_in_new
Big screen to air Blackpool's play-off final for boycotters

Plans are being put in place to air Blackpool's Wembley play-off final against Exeter City on a big screen at AFC Blackpool's ground.

It will provide an alternative opportunity to watch the final for those who are boycotting Wembley as a way of starving the Oystons of more income.

It ...

2017-05-21 16:23 open_in_new