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Police appeal after young woman robbed in Blackpool

Grand Theatre on Church Street Credit: Google Maps

We are appealing for information after an 18-year-old woman was robbed in Blackpool.

The robbery happened in the early hours of Tuesday, September 6 when the victim was approached by two men near to the Grand Theatre on Church Street. They pushed her over and slapped her before stealing cash from her handbag.

The two men were described as wearing dark clothing with their hoods up. DI Gareth Willis of Blackpool CID said:

The victim has been left extremely shaken by her ordeal and we would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and has any information that could assist with our enquiries to contact us as soon as possible.

In light of this incident, we have stepped up reassurance patrols in the area and we would also urge other women to make sure they remain vigilant and keep safe when walking in the town centre and wherever possible try to avoid walking on their own.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WA1613798.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

– DI Gareth Willis of Blackpool CID


Memorial to hero Lancashire police officer, 45 years after he died tackling a jewel thief

Superintendent Gerald Richardson, who was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend Jewel robbers. Credit: Press Association.

A memorial stone is being unveiled 45 years after the death of a police officer who died tackling a gunman in Blackpool.

Superintendent Gerry Richardson was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend jewel robbers on 23 August 1971.

He remains the most senior policeman in the UK to lose his life on duty.

Supt Richardson's widow Maureen will unveil the memorial stone at Aspire Academy, the school which occupies the site of his former school, Blackpool Grammar. Sarah Rogers has the story:

The officer was killed after assisting in a car chase of a gang of five armed robbers who had attacked a jeweller's shop in Blackpool.

As the gang split up and attempted to escape on foot, he and Pc Carl Walker chased one of the raiders - 'Fat' Fred Sewell, down a dead-end alleyway.

Sewell shot Pc Walker in the thigh before Supt Richardson tackled the gunman and attempted to persuade him to surrender his weapon.

However, Supt Richardson was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

His funeral was attended by around 100,000 members of the public and he was poshumously awarded the George Cross the following year.

Pc Walker was also awarded the George Cross, one of the nation's highest awards for gallantry.

The unveiling of the memorial stone later will be attended by his family and friends as well as civic dignitaries and former and present members of the Lancashire police force.


Police appeal after 150 watches found in Blackpool

The watches were found by police on Hull Road on July 25 Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire are appealing for information after more than 150 watches were found by officers in Blackpool.

The items were found by patrols on Hull Road on July 25.

Several of the watches included distinctive price labelling on the rear Credit: Lancashire Police

Watches from brands including Accurist, Dunlop, Buccino, Citizen, Pulsar, Gucci and Armani were discovered.

Several of the watches included distinctive price labelling on the rear (pictured).

Detectives are appealing for information and want to find the owner.

Detective Constable Daniel Cassidy, of Blackpool CID, said:

We want to re-unite the items with the original owner of the watches and are asking for anyone with information to contact us.

If you can help, please contact police.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WD1604633.

– Detective Constable Daniel Cassidy

Missing: Anthony Holder from Blackpool

Missing: Anthony Holder from Blackpool Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire are appealing for help to find a 14-year-old boy who is missing from Blackpool.

Anthony Holder went missing from an address on Argosy Avenue on July 26. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and a grey and white North Face jacket.

He is thought to be in the Thornton Cleveleys area.

A police spokesperson said:

It has been two weeks since Anthony went missing now and we would urge anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to get in touch so that we can make sure he is safe and well.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact police on 101 quoting log 777 of 26th July.

– Lancashire Police

Fears for welfare of missing Leslie, 89, who is missing from home

Leslie Atkinson. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly man from Blackpool.

Leslie Atkinson, known as Les, 89, was last seen at his home on Bright Street last night.

His family and friends haven’t heard from him since.

Les has links to the Leeds area and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.

“We are especially worried for Mr Atkinson given his age and vulnerability.

"On top of that he isn’t dressed for the especially warm conditions and is in receipt of regular medication which he needs but we don’t believe he has in his possession.

"He may also appear to be confused. “If you have seen him or know where he is, please get in contact with us immediately.”

– Sergeant Nat Cox, Lancashire Police
  • Anybody who sees Les should contact Lancashire Police on 101.
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