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Police: Paige murder was 'cold and callous'

The murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers was "cold and callous" according the officer that lead the case to bring her killer to justice.

Paige Chivers has been missing since 2007 Credit: Lancashire Police

Robert Ewing was sentenced to life in prison for Paige's murder on Tuesday.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Andy Webster said:

“This sentence clearly reflects the cold and callous nature of this murder. Paige was an extremely vulnerable 15 year old girl who was targeted and groomed by Ewing to feed his sexual motivation.

“Cases that start as a missing person enquiry and end as a homicide investigation are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute. In this case it was compounded by the fact that we have never recovered Paige’s body. Over the eight years the enquiry team has had to piece together the evidence generated from over 8,100 actions and 29,000 documents.

“We have established beyond any doubt what happened to Paige and who killed her. This has been a challenging and complex case for all of those involved. For nearly eight years we have worked tirelessly to bring Paige’s killer to justice and today’s sentence represents the culmination of that investigation.”

– Detective Superintendent Andy Webster from Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team

CPS: Paige's family now have justice

The Crown Prosecution Service say the family of murdered Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers finally have justice.

In a statement Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said:

“At the time of her disappearance Paige had very little stability in her life and Robert Ewing took advantage of this. He was a middle-aged man who befriended her, not for any charitable reasons, but because he had an inappropriate sexual interest in her.

“Neither of the defendants has ever shown any remorse and over the years since Paige went missing they have done everything they could to cover their tracks, to divert enquiries away from them and try to put the blame on other people.

“Because Paige’s body has never been found this has been a very complex case, firstly to prove that Paige was dead, not just missing, and then to prove that Robert Ewing murdered her.

“My sincere sympathies are with the family of Paige Chivers. Despite the outcome today the trial has been a difficult and painful time for them. I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst have now received justice.”

– Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit

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Robert Ewing jailed for life for Paige Chivers murder

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.

Paige Chivers has been missing since 2007 Credit: Granada Reports

Robert Ewing has been given a life sentence, and will serve a minimum of 33 years, for murdering the 15-year-old.

Ewing has been sentenced to life Credit: Lancashire Police

Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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March in Blackpool against plans to close nurseries

A march will take place in Blackpool over proposals to close two Sure Start nurseries in the town due to budget cuts.

Grange Park and Talbot & Brunswick are two nurseries which are under threat.

Last week's protest in Blackpool Credit: ITV Granada

Parents and children staged a protest last week against the proposals.

97 children attend the nurseries which are in one of the most deprived areas in the UK.

The council says there is adequate provision in the private sector and in other areas in Blackpool, but parents say it is not accessible and demand will be too high.

Blackpool tattoo parlours to be rated like restaurants

New tattoo ratings for Blackpool parlours Credit: PA Images

Tattoo and piercing parlours in Blackpool are to get hygiene ratings just like restaurants.

The scheme is thought to be one of the first of it's kind in the UK.

It's being brought in after the council was alerted to a number of people who suffered health problems after visiting certain establishments.

The Blackpool Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme will allow consumers to check the rating of premises online at on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

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