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Blackpool fans in bid to buy club

Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston Credit: PA Images

Blackpool fans will make a move to buy the football club today. They're unhappy at the way the club is currently being run by the Oyston family.

It's been a turbulent few months for the relegated club, the manager Lee Clarke quit after they went down to League One. The fans have protested a number of times and even invaded the pitch on the final game of the season to show their disdain for the owners.

Last month Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston was been banned from all football activity for six weeks and fined £40,000 for sending abusive texts to a fan.

Today the Blackpool Supporters' Trust will deliver a bid to the club and hold a press conference later this morning.


Memorial for North West 7/7 victims

22 year old David Foulkes

A memorial will be held in the North West to mark the 10 years since the London terror attacks, Marie Hartley from Lancashire and David Foulkes from Oldham both died in the 7/7 blasts. The peace centre in Warrington who do work to educate against extremism will fall silent to remember the victims.

Marie Hartley from Lancashire

Mrs Hartley, 34, from Oswaldtwistle was one of 13 people killed in the bus explosion and left behind husband David and two sons.

22-year-old David from Oldham had moved to London to start a new job, was one of six people killed on the Edgware Road train.

Police statement as inquest finds taser use 'inappropriate'

Firstly I would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Mrs Begley and her family who have been left devastated by Jordon’s death.

Today, a jury has returned a narrative verdict into Jordon's death following very detailed consideration of evidence heard during a five-week Inquest.

That narrative verdict has raised a number of serious concerns, including the way the Taser was used, the use of force by the officers after the Taser was deployed and about the communication between the officers who attended Jordon’s home.

Given the gravity of those concerns, we will now need to take time to examine the jury's findings in detail, and liaise with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who carried out an independent investigation into Jordon's death, before it would be appropriate to make any further public comment.

In considering the circumstances of Jordon's death, the jury have raised some troubling concerns. We will ensure that these are thoroughly examined and that every possible lesson is learned from this tragic case.

In the interim, I have decided to restrict the operational duties of the officers involved in the Taser discharge and restraint until we have had time to fully consider the Coroner's comments and have further dialogue with the IPCC.

– Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley


Jordon Begley's mother delighted to finally hear the truth about his death

The mother of Jordon Begley has talked about her delight at finally hearing the truth about how her son died.

Speaking to ITV Granada Reports Dorothy Begley said Jordon's treatment by Greater Manchester Police officers had been "horrific and horrendous".

The 23-year-old factory worker died after being tasered at home in Gorton almost exactly two years ago on July 10th 2013.

Witness says Hillsborough victim was still alive as he was carried across pitch

A police officer has told a court he believed a 16-year-old victim of the Hillsborough disaster was alive as he carried him across the pitch.

The inquests in Warrington heard how Nick Hewitt and his older brother Carl both lost their lives.

The witness said he made his assumption based mainly on the colour of Nick's skin.

From the special coroner's court, our Hillsborough Correspondent Andy Bonner reports.

Jordon Begley's family welcomes jury's conclusion that taser should never have been shot at him

Jordon Begley

The family of Jordon Begley, who died at home after being tasered by a police officer, have welcomed a jury's conclusion that the use of a taser was "inappropriate".

Jordon's mother Dorothy had earlier cried tears of relief in court as she listened to the findings in court.

Outside court Mrs Begley described the jury's conclusions as "fantastic" and called for all police officers to wear body cameras.

"After two years of fighting everybody, fighting the system, Jordon's day has come. That is all I ever wanted. The last two years have been hell. Those officers should not be patrolling the streets."

– Dorothy Begley

Mark McGhee, her solicitor, said: "The jury's decision is very far-reaching and raises issues that go well beyond the death of this individual."

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the incident effectively cleared all the officers involved.

The IPCC has yet to publish the report of its inquiry.

Mrs Begley said of the IPCC: "They are incompetent and badly let us down."

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