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Man drowns after going into sea at Blackpool

A man has drowned after going into the sea at Blackpool.

Police were called last night at around 9pm to reports that a 26-year-old man was unconscious in the water.

The Coastguard pulled the man from the sea near to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and brought him to the shore.

He was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he later died.

The man has been named as Ashley West, aged 26 from Blackpool.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Man convicted of Paige Chivers murder

A paedophile's been convicted of murdering a Blackpool teenager who disappeared eight years ago. Preston Crown Court heard Robert Ewing, who's 60, groomed 15 year old Paige Chivers who disappeared after she left her home following an argument with her father. The jury was told Paige was troubled and vulnerable and that her body has never been found.


Crown Prosecutors issue statement about Paige Chivers murder conviction

Paige Chivers Credit: Lancashire Police

At the time of her disappearance Paige had very little stability in her life and Robert Ewing took advantage of this. He was a middle-aged man who befriended her, not for any charitable reasons, but because he had an inappropriate sexual interest in her. Although we will never know the exact circumstances, the jury in delivering their guilty verdict have found that soon after Paige went missing he killed her in his flat. Gareth Dewhurst knew about the murder and helped Robert Ewing dispose of her body. Neither of the defendants has ever shown any remorse and over the years since Paige went missing they have done everything they could to cover their tracks, to divert enquiries away from them and try to put the blame on other people. Robert Ewing in particular has attempted to lay false trails and obstruct the police investigations through a series of concocted explanations about the evidence. The CPS and the police have remained determined throughout to uncover the truth and to bring justice for Paige. We have worked closely from the outset of this investigation, painstakingly piecing together hundreds of items of evidence and hundreds of witness statements to build a strong case and enable the jury to see through the defendants’ lies.
Because Paige’s body has never been found this has been a very complex case, firstly to prove that Paige was dead, not just missing, and then to prove that Robert Ewing murdered her. My sincere sympathies are with the family of Paige Chivers. Despite the outcome today the trial has been a difficult and painful time for them. I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst will now receive justice.

– Joanne Cunliffe, reviewing lawyer from CPS North West

Man found guilty of Paige Chivers murder

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