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Historic Blackpool hotel goes under the hammer

The Empress Hotel

One of Blackpool's historic buildings, The Empress Hotel will go under the hammer today. It'll go up for sale at Savills London and National auction with a guide price of £170,000.

The hotel which hosted former UK Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath stopped trading in June last year. The Empress Hotel was built in 1847 and is included in the council’s local listings in recognition of its historic merit.

The Empress Hotel, Blackpool will be up for sale at Savills London and National auction on 17th February 2015 (Lot 162). The former hotel and public house of over 15,000sq ft comes with planning permission for conversion to nine self contained flats and a retail unit.

Police looking for the body of Paige Chivers dig up field in Bispham

Police investigating the murder of Paige Chivers are digging a filed in Bispham Credit: Granada reports

Police investigating the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers are searching an area of land in Bispham. Officers say they've been given new information about a possible location of her body. The 15 year old disappeared in 2007, no trace of her has ever been found.

Police have received information on the possible whereabouts of Paige's body Credit: Granada reports

Police search field for Paige Chivers

Paige Chivers

Police investigating the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers are searching an area of land in Bispham. Officers say they've been given new information about a possible location of her body. The 15 year old disappeared in 2007, no trace of her has ever been found.

The area of land police are now investigating is focussed on a field off Faraday Way at Bispham. Paige's family are aware of this development and are being kept fully informed.

Two men have been charged in connection with the murder of Paige Chivers and will be tried in April.

Blackpool FC owners suing online fan forum for libel

Owen Oyston Credit: PA

Blackpool Football Club owners Owen and Karl Oyston are suing an online fan forum for libel over derogatory comments posted on the site.

The Oystons are seeking £150,000 in damages from the Back Henry Street website.

Papers were served on 5th February over six alleged defamatory comments made in 2014. It is the latest in a series of actions against fans.

The club has confirmed the legal action but has not commented further.

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Blackpool FC fan sued by Oyston familly

Blackpool fans came to support David Ragozzino who is being sued by the Oystons Credit: Granada reports

Blackpool fans paraded through Manchester on their way to court where the club's owner and directors are suing a fan for defamatory comments he allegedly left on a message board.

David Ragozzino, 32, is being sued for up to £150,000 by Karl and Owen Oyston, after he allegedly posted defamatory information about them online.

The case is being heard at the Small Claims Court at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Bridge Street.

Defiant David Ragozzino is being sued for up too £150,000 Credit: Granada reports

Salford has worst record for cancer caused by obesity

Salford has been named as having the worst record in the country for cancer caused by obesity.

And it's estimated that well over half of us in the North West are either obese or overweight.

But there are people out there working hard to educate us about healthy eating and lifestyles.

And to mark National Obesity Week, Tim Scott visited one programme in Salford, which is helping people get active and make healthy choices:

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