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Watch: Aftermath of Blackpool 'gas explosion'

The aftermath of a 'gas explosion' in a former guest house in Blackpool can be seen in the footage above.

The guest house has suffered Credit: UKNIP

A man and a woman had to be freed from the rubble by firefighters.

The pair were trapped after the blast at about 5.55pm on Saturday in Charles Street, in Blackpool, Lancashire.

The aftermath of a 'gas explosion' in Blackpool Credit: UKNIP
Debris litters the street in Blackpool Credit: UKNIP

A number of people have been treated by paramedics at the scene and two people who were rescued have been taken to hospital.

– Lancashire Police
The street was cordoned off by emergency services Credit: UKNIP

Missing Stoke man Gerald Frost may be in Blackpool area

Police are appealing for information for missing Gerald Frost, who may be in Blackpool Credit: Staffordshire Police

Police are continuing to search for Gerald Frost and investigating the possibility he is in the Blackpool area.

Gerald, aged 58, went missing from Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent on Monday 18th September.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a beard. He was last seen wearing a purple jumper, a maroon coat, blue/grey trousers, a flat cap and dark shoes.

He was last seen in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 1pm on Tuesday 19th September. It is possible he is still in North Staffordshire but he has connections in the Blackpool area.

  • Anyone who has seen Gerald or anyone who knows his whereabouts should ring Staffordshire Police immediately on 101, quoting incident number 311 of 19 September.


DJ Jazzy Jeff says playing in Blackpool was one of the greatest moments his life

Credit: PA

DJ Jazzy Jeff has described the moment he performed in Blackpool alongside Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith, as one of the greatest moments of his life.

The pair re-united at Livewire Festival over the weekend to play for a 20,000 strong crowd. It was the first live concert from the duo since 2005.

After the concert, DJ Jazzy Jeff took to social media to say that there were those who had their doubts about the show.

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Victoria's North West stars chat to Lucy Meacock ahead of new series

Chester's Tom Hughes and Blackpool's Jenna Coleman star in ITV's epic period drama Credit: ITV Granada

The hit ITV drama 'Victoria' returns to our screens this weekend, with two north west actors in pivotal roles.

Jenna Coleman from Blackpool plays the Queen and Tom Hughes from Chester is Albert.

They've been talking to Lucy Meacock ahead of the start of series two.


Concern growing for missing man

Credit: Lancashire Police

We are appealing for help locating a missing 34-year-old man from Blackpool.

Qaiser Hussain, who also goes by the names Saf and Safraz, was last seen on April 28th at an address on Hornby Road, Blackpool.

There have been no confirmed sightings of him since and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

DC Rebecca Herbert, of Blackpool Police, said:

Qaiser Hussain has not been seen for several weeks now. If you have seen him or you think you know where he may be, we would ask you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Similarly we would urge Qaiser himself – if he sees this appeal – to contact us to let us know he is safe.

– DC Rebecca Herbert

He is described as:

  • Asian
  • Around 5ft 7ins tall
  • Of medium build
  • Receding black hair
  • A scar on his chin

He is thought to have links to Manchester and may have travelled there.

  • Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 01253 607 368 or 101, quoting log number 353 of June 29th.
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