Liverpool comedian John Bishop has come face to face with his own likeness today in Blackpool. The funny man from Merseyside is the latest to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds.
The stand-up comedian has been captured smiling in his trademark casual on-stage pose, and will take up permanent residence at the seaside attraction. He'll be in the company of other British comedy stars such as the recently inducted Paddy McGuinness as well as the two Ronnies, Russell Brand, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.
The murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers was "cold and callous" according the officer that lead the case to bring her killer to justice.
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.”
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.”
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.
Robert Ewing has been given a life sentence, and will serve a minimum of 33 years, for murdering the 15-year-old.
Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.
His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.
After eight months AWOL, Nile Ranger has finally reported back for training at Blackpool this morning.
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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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.
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.
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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.