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Memorial to hero Lancashire police officer, 45 years after he died tackling a jewel thief

Superintendent Gerald Richardson, who was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend Jewel robbers. Credit: Press Association.

A memorial stone is being unveiled 45 years after the death of a police officer who died tackling a gunman in Blackpool.

Superintendent Gerry Richardson was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend jewel robbers on 23 August 1971.

He remains the most senior policeman in the UK to lose his life on duty.

Supt Richardson's widow Maureen will unveil the memorial stone at Aspire Academy, the school which occupies the site of his former school, Blackpool Grammar. Sarah Rogers has the story:

The officer was killed after assisting in a car chase of a gang of five armed robbers who had attacked a jeweller's shop in Blackpool.

As the gang split up and attempted to escape on foot, he and Pc Carl Walker chased one of the raiders - 'Fat' Fred Sewell, down a dead-end alleyway.

Sewell shot Pc Walker in the thigh before Supt Richardson tackled the gunman and attempted to persuade him to surrender his weapon.

However, Supt Richardson was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

His funeral was attended by around 100,000 members of the public and he was poshumously awarded the George Cross the following year.

Pc Walker was also awarded the George Cross, one of the nation's highest awards for gallantry.

The unveiling of the memorial stone later will be attended by his family and friends as well as civic dignitaries and former and present members of the Lancashire police force.

12 year old who died in Lancashire is named by police

Paige Daughtry Credit: Lancashire Police

Police say there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was taken to hospital from a holiday park in Lancashire.

She has been named as Paige Daughtry, from Oldham in Greater Manchester.

Officers say they were called at around 9.40pm on Monday, July 18 to the Cala Gran Holiday Park in Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood.

The Ambulance Service had contacted police after Paige was found unresponsive at the scene by paramedics.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment but died a short time later.

Police say a post mortem examination has been carried out and while the exact cause of death has not been ascertained, there are not thought at this stage to be any suspicious circumstances.

A file will be sent to the Coroner.

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Fears for welfare of missing Leslie, 89, who is missing from home

Leslie Atkinson. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly man from Blackpool.

Leslie Atkinson, known as Les, 89, was last seen at his home on Bright Street last night.

His family and friends haven’t heard from him since.

Les has links to the Leeds area and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.

“We are especially worried for Mr Atkinson given his age and vulnerability.

"On top of that he isn’t dressed for the especially warm conditions and is in receipt of regular medication which he needs but we don’t believe he has in his possession.

"He may also appear to be confused. “If you have seen him or know where he is, please get in contact with us immediately.”

– Sergeant Nat Cox, Lancashire Police
  • Anybody who sees Les should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

Man charged with murder after body found in reservoir

A man has been charged with murder after police recovered the body of a man from Yarrow reservoir in Hodge Brow in Lancashire.

Candido Pereira has been charged with the murder of Darren McMinn.

The two men aged 34 and 29 arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed pending further police enquiries.

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