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Reward offered in missing Blackpool teen investigation

by Matt O'Donoghue

Police are offering a £30,000 reward for information about missing teenager Paige Chivers.

The 15-year-old from Blackpool disappeared almost seven years ago.

The case turned into a murder investigation but her body has never been found and no one has ever been convicted over her death.

Paige Chivers was 15 when she disappeared. Credit: Press Association

Police are using confiscated criminal money to encourage people to help with the investigation.

Detectives say 3,000 people have been spoken to in the seven years since she disappeared.

Twenty officers are part of team hunting Paige's killer.


Family pay tribute to Blackpool man killed on motorway

The family of a man from Blackpool who died while walking along on the M61 in Lancashire have paid tribute to him.

Stephen Hayes was hit by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway on April 11th.

Steven Hayes Credit: Lancashire Police

It is thought that he was walking along the motorway after visiting Rivington Services and was struck by a lorry.

His family said: “Steve Hayes was a caring and loving dad who will be sadly missed by his daughters, son, grandson and friends.”

A police investigation has been launched and traffic officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Murder charge after two year old girl dies

A man's been charged with murder after the death of a two year old girl in Blackpool.

Kacey Hambleton had suffered a number of serious injuries.

Police were called by the ambulance service to a house on Granby Avenue, Blackpool, on Thursday where Kacey was reported to have been found unresponsive.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but later transferred by air ambulance to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool in a critical condition.

She died there yesterday.

Connor Gibson, 23, of Melrose Avenue, Blackpool has been charged with murder and will make his first appearance at Blackpool Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A 23 year old woman from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been bailed until Tuesday 8 July.

“This is a terribly tragic incident where a little girl has sadly lost her fight for life and I am determined to find out exactly what has happened to her and how she has come to acquire injuries so serious that they have proven fatal.

“I personally encourage anyone who may have any information about little Kacey and the days leading up to her death to come forward to help us in what has now developed into a murder investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilbert, Lancashire Police

Two held as toddler fights for life

A two year old girl is critically ill in hospital after she and her one year old sister were found injured at a house in Blackpool.

Police were called to Granby Avenue where they found the toddler 'unresponsive'. She was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then airlifted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Her 1 year old sister was found with bruising and remains at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A man and a woman, both aged 23 have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, assault and neglect. They remain in police custody.


Murder investigation launched after man dies following Blackpool assault.

A murder investigation has been launched after a 44-year-old man died in hospital two weeks after being assaulted in Blackpool.

Anthony Roberts, who is from the town, was assaulted outside Walkabout on Queen Street at around 3.20am on Wednesday, March 26.

Mr Roberts suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but was later transferred to Walton Hospital where he died yesterday.

Lancashire Police said a post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Following the death of Mr Roberts, we are now treating this as a murder investigation.

I would appeal to anybody who witnessed the incident outside Walkabout to contact police. I would also urge anybody who has any information at all about this incident which they think could be relevant to the investigation to come forward.

Mr Roberts’ family is now being supported by specially trained officers at this incredibly difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilbert, Lancashire Police

Benjamin Gayton, 26, of Bond Street, Blackpool has been charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent.

Appeal for witnesses after M61 death

A 68 year old man has died while walking along on the M61 in Lancashire.

Stephen Hayes, from Blackpool, was hit by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway, just north of Rivington Services between junctions 6 and 8 at around 1.30am.

It is thought that he was walking along the motorway after visiting Rivington Services and was struck by a lorry.

A police investigation was launched and traffic officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

We are still trying to piece together exactly what has happened and why Mr Hayes has come to be on foot on the motorway.

I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have any information to come forward.

We have informed Mr Hayes’ next of kin and specially trained officers have been with the family and continue to offer their support through this very sad and difficult time.

– Sgt Finn Quainton, Lancashire Police

The motorway was closed at the scene but has now reopened.

The lorry driver was not arrested.

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting motorway log 66 of April 11.

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