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Sea Life rename shrimp with lightning fast punch after Anthony Joshua

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A shrimp with a lightning fast punch is the latest tiny creature to gain boxing fame after being renamed Anthony Joshua.

The mantis shrimp joins butterflies and bees in being associated with a world champion boxer, catching aquarium visitors' eyes with its speedy jab.

The pint-sized crustacean at Sea Life Blackpool, which only measures three inches high, even has his own boxing ring, made of reinforced perspex as he keeps breaking the glass on a normal tank.

It has the fastest jab of any creature on the planet, travelling as fast as a speeding bullet to knock out its prey.

Just like the new world heavyweight champion Joshua - who is 26 times its height - it uses lightning speed to overcome its prey.

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The mantis shrimp is an amazing creature. It seems so small and placid, but can suddenly unleash a ferocious, high-speed jab, which knocks out its prey. When some guests taking a tour around the aquarium saw its astounding punch, they asked us to rename him Anthony Joshua and we were happy to oblige. He certainly packs a punch like the new world champion."

– Matthew Titherington, Sea Life Blackpool

If a human could accelerate their arm just 10% as quickly as a mantis shrimp, they would be able to throw a cricket ball into space. Additionally, it can strike so quickly that it makes the surrounding water boil. This produces destructive bubbles that quickly collapse, releasing energy in a process called cavitation.

It can kill prey even when the mantis shrimp's jab misses and can crack ship propellers.

Aquarists believe cavitation helps the mantis shrimp to break apart prey, such snails.

Shrimp is a term used to describe any small crustacean. But the flyweight mantis shrimp fights massively above its weight. It has impressive forelimbs, which grow from both sides of its mouth, that a mantis shrimp wields to knock out prey."

– Scott Blacker, head aquarist at Sea Life Blackpool
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Anthony Joshua established himself as the world's leading heavyweight by adding the WBA belt to his IBF title with a dramatic 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in front of an estimated 90,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Blackpool Prom fire 'being treated as suspicious'

Blackpool Promenade was closed to traffic after the blaze. Credit: Google Maps.

Police are appealing for information after a fire at holiday flats on Blackpool Promenade.

Emergency services were called to the Brereton holiday flats shortly before 4am today.

A number of people were evacuated from the property but none were hurt.

The Promenade was closed for a number of hours while the incident was dealt with.

A joint investigation is underway and the cause of the fire is currently being treated as suspicious.

“Fire officers remain on scene and a thorough examination is being undertaken to ascertain how the fire started.

"At the moment we are treating the fire as suspicious.

“I would ask anybody who may have knowledge of the incident or saw anything suspicious to contact police.”

– Detective Sergeant Neil Smith, of Blackpool CID
  • Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

15-year-old Blackpool boy missing

A 15-year-old boy has gone missing from home in Blackpool.

Kyle Sedgwick was last seen at a house on Saturday night on Delaware Road in the town at around 6:20pm.

He left the house a short time later and his family haven’t seen or heard from him since.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.

This is very out of character for Kyle and so, combined with his age and the length of time he has been missing, we are very concerned for his wellbeing.

If you have seen him or know where he is, please make contact with us immediately.

Similarly if Kyle himself sees this appeal, I would like to reassure him that he isn’t in any trouble and to contact the police or his family so we know he is safe.

– Sgt Mark Macintyre, Blackpool Police
Kyle Sedgwick Credit: Lancashire Police

Anyone with information can call us on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20170408-1534.


CCTV appeal after man's jaw broken in bar attack

Police ask for help in tracing men at the bar Credit: Lancashire Police

Police have released cctv images of two men they want to speak to after a 21 year old man was attacked in a Blackpool bar.

The victim had several teeth knocked out and suffered a broken jaw.

The incident happened on January 28 at Scrooges Wine Bar, Milbourne Street.

“We believe someone must recognise these individuals and if you do I would urge you to contact us immediately.”

– PC Jeanette Ashurst

Council by-elections in Blackpool and South Ribble see wins for the Tories

Wins for the Tories in Lancashire council by-elections. Credit: Press Association.

The Conservative Party have regained a council seat vacated by an independent councillor who had previously been elected as a Tory.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Andrea Ball as a South Ribble councillor after she fell out with her party last year.

Carol Chisholm easily won the seat back in the contest in the Walton-le-Dale ward. Turnout was 22%.

Elsewhere the Conservatives held the Warbreck ward seat in Blackpool. Michele Scott was elected with 54.82% of the vote. Turnout was 27.23%.

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