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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

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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