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Police officers injured after brawl in Blackpool

Blackpool Credit: PA

Police are continuing to question twelve people after a brawl involving up to 500 youths broke out in Blackpool.

Police were pelted with missiles, including cans, as they responded to reports of disorder in Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street on Friday night.

Three officers received minor injuries with police eventually bringing the situation under control after an hour.

Twelve people, aged 13 to 22, have been arrested for a variety of public order offences.

Police are negotiating with 'man with a gun'

Man 'with gun' in flat

Lancashire Police are currently negotiating with a man believed to have a gun at a flat near Blackpool. Officers were called to Norbreck Road, Thornton Cleveleys at about 11.30pm following reports a man was armed. The road is currently closed and there is some disruption in the area.

Officers say the situation is contained and there is no danger to residents in the area, however they are asking people stay away from the location at this time. There has been a small number of people evacuated from nearby premises. There is a cordon in place.


Police believe missing Leeds woman may be in Blackpool

Elizabeth Cooper Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Andrew Thomas is Elizabeth Cooper's former partner Credit: West Yorkshire Police

"We are very concerned for Elizabeth's welfare, as are her family, and we urgently need to trace her to ensure she is safe. We believe she is willingly with Mr Thomas who is wanted by police in Cheshire for recall to prison.

"We think they may be staying in bed and breakfast accommodation in the main seafront area. I would appeal to anyone who has seen them or who has any information that could assist in tracing them to contact us immediately."

– Acting Detective Inspector Marc Bowes, of Leeds District CID

Police concern for missing woman

Elizabeth Cooper Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Andrew Thomas Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman from Leeds who has gone missing and is thought to be in Blackpool. 41 year old Elizabeth Cooper from Farnley is believed to be with her ex-partner Andrew Thomas who is wanted by police in Cheshire on recall to prison for breaching his parole licence conditions. Ms Cooper is described as white, of medium build, with brown hair. Mr Thomas is 34 years old, white, 6ft tall, and has short dark brown hair.

Blackpool gets stamp of approval

Blackpool Pleasure Beach stamp Credit: Royal Mail

Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.

The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day. Among six special stamps is Blackpool pleasure beach.

Royal Mail said all of the attractions have been newly photographed to mark the "resurgence of interest in the British seaside" in the past two decades.

Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."

All ten stamps can be bought in a presentation pack for £10.05. The miniature sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.

Burton manager Gary Rowett rejects Blackpool FC job

Burton manager Gary Rowett Credit: PA

Burton manager Gary Rowett has rejected the chance to become Blackpool manager - despite Jose Riga still being in charge.

The League Two leaders gave Rowett permission to speak to the beleaguered Championship side, who have lost all five league matches this season.

However, following discussions with Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston, Rowett has opted to stay at the Pirelli Stadium.

Rowett said in a statement on his club's official website: "Following discussions with Blackpool, I have decided that I will remain at Burton Albion for the foreseeable future.


Walker's march provides much-needed help for Help for Heroes

We're continuing our run down of Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year finalists and today we meet Christian Nock.

After leaving the army, Christian ran a B&B in Blackpool - but lost everything all and ended up homeless.

Determined not to let it beat him Christian put his best foot forward and decided to walk the coast of Britain - all 8,500 miles thousand miles of it in aid of Help for Heroes.

Sarah Rogers went to meet him:.

Del Boy's pal Boycie on why he loves Stockport

The actor John Challis who played Boycie from Only Fools and Horses is bringing his new one man show to the North West.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore went along to his favourite theatre, the Stockport Plaza, to find out more about the show and meet the man behind that famous laugh:

Click here to find out more about Only Fools and Boycie, An Evening with John Challis

The show can be seen at Viva Blackpool on September 27 and Stockport Plaza, on October 18.

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