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Fears for welfare of missing Leslie, 89, who is missing from home

Leslie Atkinson. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly man from Blackpool.

Leslie Atkinson, known as Les, 89, was last seen at his home on Bright Street last night.

His family and friends haven’t heard from him since.

Les has links to the Leeds area and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.

“We are especially worried for Mr Atkinson given his age and vulnerability.

"On top of that he isn’t dressed for the especially warm conditions and is in receipt of regular medication which he needs but we don’t believe he has in his possession.

"He may also appear to be confused. “If you have seen him or know where he is, please get in contact with us immediately.”

– Sergeant Nat Cox, Lancashire Police
  • Anybody who sees Les should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

'Despicable' thief posing as good Samaritan steals from woman in wheelchair

An image of the man police want to speak to. Credit: Lancashire Police.

A thief posing as a good Samaritan stole a disabled woman's purse as he helped her cross the road in her wheelchair.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the "despicable" offence committed in Blackpool, Lancashire.

The 42-year-old victim was approached by the man at the junction of New South Promenade and Harrow Place in South Shore at about 3pm on Thursday July 7.

Map shows Harrow Place close to its junction with New Promenade. Credit: Google Maps.

A short time later the woman realised her purse was missing from her handbag.

Her bank card was used in several shops in the South Shore area before it was cancelled.

The suspect is described as tanned, with short dark hair and stubble. He was wearing dark clothing and carrying two white carrier bags. He also had a cut eyebrow.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Lancashire Police.

"The victim is a vulnerable person who was taken advantage of in a despicable and shameful manner. "We have released images of a man we want to speak to in relation to the offence and I would urge anyone who recognises him to contact police immediately."

– Pc Michelle Nelson, Lancashire Police
  • Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting crime reference WA1610161, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Fire devastates Blackpool guest house

Fire crews in Blackpool are dampening down at the scene of a huge fire at a guest house in the town.

Engines were called to Palatine road last night to find the building well alight, crews had to break into a car blocking a fire hydrant so they could tackle it. Information had been passed to firefighters that the property was under renovation but although no-one was expected to be in the building firefighters ensured that no-one was trapped inside.

The two neighbouring properties on either side were unoccupied but police evacuated homes further down as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police called to 'baby dolphin' washed up at Blackpool

Police have been called to Blackpool beach following reports a baby dolphin had washed up and was still alive on the sand opposite the Norbreck Castle.

A number of dolphins had been seen recently off the coast at the seaside town but this little fella turned out to be a harbour porpoise. After help from British Divers Marine Life Rescue team they managed to get the baby to swim back out to sea.

Picture from Blackpool Police

Brave Rick's new challenge is 'The Big One'

Rick's charity, a Soldier's Journey, has so far raised more than £20 000. Credit: ITV News

A former soldier, who lost both legs whilst serving in Afghanistan is taking on one of his biggest challenges yet.

Sgt Rick Clement, will abseil down The Big One in Blackpool later, to raise money for the soldier's charity.

He'll undertake the abseil with the help of a specially-modified climbing harness

Rick, 35, completed the Great Manchester Swim earlier this year and was also photographed by the Canadian singer Bryan Adams, with the images appearing in an exhibition on wounded servicemen and women.

His charity, a Soldier's Journey, has so far raised more than £20 000.

Rick speaks to Prince Harry at the launch of the wounded servicemen photographic exhibition. Credit: Press Association.


Police appeal after woman in Blackpool injured in cigarette attack

Blackpool Police are keen to speak to this man in connection with the attack Credit: GMP

Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a 24-year-old woman in Blackpool was spat on and injured with a lit cigarette.

They are keen to speak to the man, pictured, in connection with the attack and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.

The woman had been out with friends when an argument started with a group of men nearby.

One of the men approached the woman and spat on her, before pushing a lit cigarette towards her face and damaging her eye. The men then ran away.

She was taken to hospital and treated for a damaged cornea and impaired vision.

"This was a cowardly and despicable assault which has left a woman requiring hospital treatment.

"The nature of the attack was particularly shameful and we want to find the person responsible.

"If you recognise the man pictured, please contact police immediately."

– PC Matthew Pearson, Blackpool Police

Blackpool beach rated one of the best in the country

Summer's nearly here so there's no better time to be heading to the seaside. Especially Blackpool as the town's South beach is now officially rated as one of the very best in the world.

Blackpool is the proud new owner of a Blue Flag after it was classed last year by the Environment Agency as having "excellent sea water quality". The flag will fly from the top of the tower for the next month.

What a shame the weather wasn't as impressive for our windswept reporter Sarah Rogers:

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