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Man in hospital after explosion at Blackpool home

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A man's being treated in hospital after an explosion at a house in Blackpool.

Part of the building collapsed after the blast in the Normoss area. The fire service says the possibility of a gas explosion is being investigated.

The semi detached house was found both the first and ground floor bay windows missing.

Neighbours had bravely climbed through the damaged windows to rescue an elderly man.

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School pays tribute to Manchester attack victim Jane Tweddle-Taylor

The principal of South Shore Academy in Blackpool has paid tribute to Jane Tweddle-Taylor, another victim of the attack at Manchester Arena.

We are devastated at this sad news. Jane was a well-loved member of staff and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this terrible time. Jane was a truly wonderful friend and colleague to all of us at South Shore Academy. As our receptionist, she was in many ways, the public face of the school and she represented us amazingly in this role. We have received numerous messages of condolences from parents, students, community members and colleagues across Blackpool for which we are very grateful. All of them say the same things about our lovely Jane.... bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous..... the list goes on. Our thoughts are also with her family at this dreadful time and in particular her three daughters. In our school family and theirs ...... she is irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten.

– Jane Bailey - Principal, South Shore Academy

Boy, 16, arrested after attack leaves man 'critically ill'

Map shows Exchange Street in Blackpool. Credit: Google Maps.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following an assault which left a man fighting for his life.

The 47-year-old victim suffered significant head injuries in the attack outside the Costcutter convenience store in Exchange Street, Blackpool, at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The victim is thought to have been involved in an argument with a group of people outside the shop prior to the assault.

It is believed he had previously been inside Costcutter and had also used a telephone kiosk in Exchange Street close to its junction with Cocker Street.

The teenage suspect from Blackpool is being questioned on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

"We believe several people will have seen the victim shortly before the incident occurred - perhaps in the shop or using the telephone box, or will have seen the incident itself.

"Whatever you saw, we would urge you to get in touch.

"The victim is in critical condition in hospital and we are determined to piece together exactly what occurred."

– Detective Inspector Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire Police's major investigation team
  • Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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.
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