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Bionic eye helps Fleetwood man see grandchildren for the first time

Keith Hayman can see for the first time in 20 years with bionic eye Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A man from Fleetwood who lost his sight 20 years ago says he can now see after being fitted with a bionic eye.

Keith Hayman, 65, had the experimental surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - one of the first centres in the world to offer the revolutionary device, which restores some sight to blind patients.

It uses a camera and video processor mounted on sunglasses to send images wirelessly to a tiny receiver on the outside of the eye. The hospital is about to take part in the second wave of the trial.


Thieves tunnel into newsagent's in Fleetwood

Thieves have tunnelled into a newsagent's shop in Fleetwood after removing bricks from the wall of a cafe next door.

The break-in happened around 5.50am on Monday 16 June.

CCTV shows an intruder squeezing through the hole on his stomach.

He then grabs items from the shelves before escaping with cash from the till.

Police want anyone with information on the crime to contact them.

Biker dead following Fleetwood crash

A biker has died following a crash in Fleetwood today.

Shortly before 1.20pm a motorcyclist riding a Suzuki collided with a Jaguar X-Type Estate on the A585 Amounderness Way in Fleetwood, between the Nautical College and Morrison’s supermarket.

The motorcyclist, a local man in his late 40s, died at the scene. The driver of the car received minor injuries and was treated for shock.

Police are contacting the motorcyclist’s next of kin and specially trained officers will be offering them support.

This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly lost his life.

I would like to thank those who tended to both the motorcyclist and the driver of the car prior to the arrival of the paramedics.

I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to get in touch with police.

– Sergeant Dave Hogarth, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101 quoting log number 0575 of Friday, April 11th.

£1.5m to improve the seafront at Fleetwood

£1.5m of funding has been granted to Wyre Council to improve the coastline at Fleetwood.

Bosses say every penny from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will be spent in the town enhancing the waterfront and creating new reasons for people to visit.

Work will now start on a project to design a chain of attractions. A further £63m for strengthening sea defences at Rossall is also creating a much more modern promenade.

Funding has been awarded for a scheme to divide the coast into five zones, starting with:

  • An enhanced Euston Park. More will be made of the rich heritage in the area, including the restoration of the park's Grade II listed drinking fountain and new landscaping.
  • Two leisure zones will be created near the existing sports centre, bringing together facilities for all ages.
  • Marine Lake area which could see improvements to the level and quality of the water, building refurbishments and a new entranceway.
  • An ecology zone around Rossall Point will raise awareness of the area's biodiversity.

Artwork and street furniture will also be installed at various points along the seafront and in order to make the most of the new look, an exciting events programme will be introduced including arts, culture, food and drink, a unique world record attempt and a large scale community festival.

We're so excited to be able to provide five new projects for Fleetwood. It means we can really make the most of Fleetwood's foreshore and realise a part of the vision set out in the Fleetwood Seafront Masterplan.

Combined with the developments at Cleveleys, Rossall Point and Marine Gardens, plus the forthcoming sea defence scheme at Rossall, this is shaping up to become a remarkable coastline. The economic benefits of having something physical like this is to show off to visitors and investors are endless."

– Councillor Gordon McCann

Police appeal to public over Fleetwood body

Police are trying to trace the movements of a man whose body was found on a beach near Fleetwood. 53 year old Michael Leahy was discovered off Rossall last week. A post mortem was inconclusive and additional tests are being carried out. He was reported missing two weeks ago.

“Following the circulation of an Evofit to other forces, Michael Leahy was identified by Northamptonshire Police. His family have now formally identified him and but we still need the public’s help to piece together his last movements and find out where he was staying.

Michael left home with a suitcase of belongings so it is likely he may have been staying at a local B&B. I would appeal to people, particularly local hoteliers, to look at Michael’s photo and contact police if they have any guests matching his description who have not returned or left unexpectedly."

– Detective Inspector Bev Foster, Lancashire Police


Appeal after stewards assaulted at Morecambe v Fleetwood game

Police are appealing for information after some trouble the Morecambe vs Fleetwood derby match yesterday.

Disorder broke out when 15 people challenged stewards, which resulted in a number of stewards being assaulted.

Four people have been arrested so far but officers are looking to identify others that were involved.

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart said:

“The behaviour of those concerned was unacceptable and we will continue to make enquiries to trace all of those involved.

“We are currently examining a number of CCTV images and I am confident we will be able to identify all of those involved."

– Chief Inspector Ian Sewart
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