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Paul Crone visits the world famous Blackpool Tower Circus

Retro: Blackpool Circus poster Credit: ITV

It's World Circus Day on Saturday, and we're visiting the famous Blackpool Tower Circus which opened way back in 1894.

Times have certainly changed for those working in the business.

In Granada Reports we'll be meeting the Endresz family celebrating 25 years at the Tower.

Blackpool Tower today Credit: Paul Crone

And we'd like to hear your memories of when you first went to the circus as a child. Email us on or send a message to our Facebook page.


Ten arrested over Blackpool man's murder

Caunce Street in Blackpool

A murder investigation is underway in Blackpool after a man was found dead.

Police were called to Caunce Street in the town at around 10pm yesterday after the 31 year old man was found dead inside the property.

His death is being treated as suspicious.

Ten people, three women and seven men, aged between 37 and 60 years old, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

Police appeal to find missing teen Harry

We are appealing for help to find a missing teenager thought to be in Preston.

Harry Ashby, 16, was last seen at an address in Birmingham on the evening of 15th March.

Harry Ashby, 16, was last seen at an address in Birmingham Credit: Lancashire Police

He is described as white, of slim build, with short, brown curly hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue Adidas tracksuit and black Adidas trainers. He was carrying a grey Superdry jacket.

He also has links to the Blackpool area.

Officers are appealing for information leading to his whereabouts.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We are concerned about Harry and would appeal to anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be to contact us.

“We would also urge Harry to get in touch if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe.”

Anyone with information can call us on 101 quoting log 0048 of March 16.

Appeal over missing teenager who police say could be in Blackpool

Police searching for a missing teenager from the West Midlands say they believe she may be in the Blackpool area

Chloe Hayes left her home in Walsall on Wednesday 16 March and concerns are now growing for her safety.

The 19-year-old is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall and slim with long straight brown hair.

Man jailed for 'sickening' assault he filmed on his mobile phone

Stuart Brierley Credit: Lancashire Police

A jail term of nine years and seven months has been handed down to a man from Lancashire, who subjected a woman to a violent attack which he filmed on his mobile phone.

Stuart Brierley, 37, of Raikes Parade, Blackpool, was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and was given an indefinite restraining order relating to the victim.

Preston Crown Court heard Brierley attempted to have sex with the victim, who'd agreed to go to his home address, and who was in and out of consciousness. She was punched and pinned down by Brierley who knelt across her arms.

While unconscious, he carried her to bed and sexually assaulted her.

The victim fled the address when she woke up the morning after.

The attack was filmed by Brierley on his mobile phone which was later seized by police who found the footage of him committing the sexual offences.

“Brierley committed a brutal and sickening attack on the woman, sexually assaulting and hitting her repeatedly.

“I commend the victim for her bravery in coming forward and hope that today’s sentencing will provide her with some type of closure so she can start to move forward with her life.”

– DC Rick Bartlett
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