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Appeal for missing man in Blackpool area

John Spencer has been missing from his home in Stoke-on-Trent but could be in the Blackpool area. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information about a missing man who could be in the Blackpool area.

John Spencer has been missing from Hewitt Street, Chell, Stoke-on-Trent, since Saturday October 11.

The 69-year-old is described as 5’6” tall, with a thin build, short grey hair and walks with a limp.

He was last seen wearing black trousers, black leather jacket and having a walking stick.

We don’t believe he has his prescription medication with him and we are concerned for his welfare. Searches are underway to locate him and we would ask that anyone who has seen him, had any contact or know his whereabouts, to get in touch.

– Spokesperson for Staffordshire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101.


Parents of murdered nurse in tribute to victims of domestic violence

The parents of murdered nurse Jane Clough are to remember the victims of domestic violence at a special fundraising event this weekend.

John and Penny Clough, from Barrowford in Lancashire, will open and close the two-day Karaoke and Charity Abseil event.

Jane Clough murdered by her partner Jonathan Vass Credit: ITV Granada

The couple are raising money for the Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative (PDVI), and plan to release 104 balloons to remember every victim of domestic violence killed each year.

Jane, 26, was stabbed 71 times at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where she worked, by her ex-partner Jonathan Vass in July 2010.

Vass was on bail awaiting trial for thirteen rape and assault charges when he murdered the young mother.

Jane's parents have gathered over 100,000 signatures on an e-petition calling for a stalkers register.

Video: Father's call for Stalker's Register after daughter's murder.

Report: People from all corners of the globe gathered to remember a man taken too soon

Tributes have been paid in Lancashire today at the funeral of Glenn Thomas.

The World Health Organisation worker killed when an airliner was shot down in Ukraine.

Glen who was from Blackpool was one of nearly 300 passengers who lost their lives when their plane crashed in the summer.

Our reporter Amy Welch was at today's service:


Vintage Blackpool airport

Rare 1960s footage of Blackpool and its airport has been released by the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The film, which is more than 50-years-old, shows the resort from the air and the landing at the airport.

Viewers see the passengers' view in the approach from the north, including the Tower, Central Pier and of course the beach.

After landing, the De Havilland Ambassador aircraft pulls up alongside the terminal and the tourists disembark the flight.

Click below to watch the footage:

End of an illustrious era at Blackpool Airport

Pioneering aviator Amy Johnson, pictured in her aircraft in 1930. Credit: PA

Blackpool Airport - which has roots in the infancy of aviation - closes to the public today.

There's still hope a new owner will be found to resurrect commercial aviation at some stage in the near future, but for now it's the end of long and proud history at the airport which was formerly known as Squires Gate Airfield.

The empty terminal has become a familiar sight. Credit: PA

According to, Squires Gate Fields was chosen as the site for the resort's first aerodrome.

The first aviation meeting was held there in 1907, attracting 200,000 spectators.

The site was occupied by other uses, including a convalescent hospital for the The King's Lancashire Regiment, until after the First World War.

Flying resumed in the 1920's and from 1933 Squires Gate flew regular services to Liverpool and the Isle of Man but airline operations were later moved to Stanley Park on the other side of town.

During the Second World War, both Squires Gate and Stanley Park airfields were aircrew training and bomber manufacturing sites.

A Vickers Wellington Bomber, thousands were manufactured in Blackpool during the Second World War. Credit: PA

Thousands of Wellington bombers were built at sites all over Blackpool to assist in the war effort.

It's been claimed the pioneering aviator Amy Johnson flew her last flight from Blackpool and it is said she often flew in to visit her sister who lived in the resort.

Amy Johnson and the famous Gypsy Moth aircraft in 1930. Credit: PA

In recent years the airfield was transformed into Blackpool Airport, a modern International airport serving domestic and European routes.

But after losing a number of airlines the business struggled to make money and owners Balfour Beatty announced it would close last month.

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary announcing new routes in 2003, but the airline's relationship with Blackpool was not to last. Credit: PA

The last flight comes in from the Isle of Man shortly before 5pm tonight and the final departure, heading to the Isle of Man, will take off shortly afterwards.

The scene at Blackpool Airport's terminal today. Credit: ITV News
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