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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.

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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

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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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