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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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Exclusive interview with Blackpool FC president Valeri Belokon

With Blackpool facing their second successive relegation, moves are underway to try to bring the Oyston family and the fans together.

But some are looking hundreds of miles away to the east, and the club's president Valeri Belokon, who helped take them into the Premier League just six years ago. He rarely gives interviews, but spoke to our correspondent Ashley Derricott who travelled to Riga in Latvia:

Pensioner comes face to face with burglar who broke into her home

'Meeting my enemy'

A pensioner has bravely met up with the burglar who broke into her home in Blackpool. It's what's known as a restorative justice meeting - which gives a criminal the chance to confront the reality of their crime and the victim the chance to move on.

Sandra Hearne was at home with her mother during the break-in. Sandra agreed to meet the burglar, just before he was jailed, to help ease her fears.

Cameras from ITV's Tonight programme had exclusive access to witness the meeting as our correspondent Rob Smith reports:

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Watch: Woman proposes to her boyfriend at the top of Blackpool Tower

Louise Forder proposed to her boyfriend Robert Green 380 ft up Blackpool Tower this morning, February 29.

The proposal was written in huge letters in the sand on the beach below.

Robert had no idea Louise was about to pop the question .. And of course he said yes!

The happy couple have been together for 14 years but Louise has finally taken the initiative and popped the question to Robert.

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