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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.

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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

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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.

'Despicable' thief posing as good Samaritan steals from woman in wheelchair

An image of the man police want to speak to. Credit: Lancashire Police.

A thief posing as a good Samaritan stole a disabled woman's purse as he helped her cross the road in her wheelchair.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the "despicable" offence committed in Blackpool, Lancashire.

The 42-year-old victim was approached by the man at the junction of New South Promenade and Harrow Place in South Shore at about 3pm on Thursday July 7.

Map shows Harrow Place close to its junction with New Promenade. Credit: Google Maps.

A short time later the woman realised her purse was missing from her handbag.

Her bank card was used in several shops in the South Shore area before it was cancelled.

The suspect is described as tanned, with short dark hair and stubble. He was wearing dark clothing and carrying two white carrier bags. He also had a cut eyebrow.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Lancashire Police.

"The victim is a vulnerable person who was taken advantage of in a despicable and shameful manner. "We have released images of a man we want to speak to in relation to the offence and I would urge anyone who recognises him to contact police immediately."

– Pc Michelle Nelson, Lancashire Police
  • Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting crime reference WA1610161, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Fire devastates Blackpool guest house

Fire crews in Blackpool are dampening down at the scene of a huge fire at a guest house in the town.

Engines were called to Palatine road last night to find the building well alight, crews had to break into a car blocking a fire hydrant so they could tackle it. Information had been passed to firefighters that the property was under renovation but although no-one was expected to be in the building firefighters ensured that no-one was trapped inside.

The two neighbouring properties on either side were unoccupied but police evacuated homes further down as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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
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