A man has appeared in court charged with having sex with the corpse of a missing teenage girl.
The 15-year-old girl, Paige Chivers, was from Bispham in Blackpool and was last seen in August 2007. Despite numerous appeals, there have been no corroborated sightings of her since then.
Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, appeared before magistrates in the resort accused of sexual penetration of a corpse, assisting an offender and intending to pervert the course of justice.
Co-defendant Robert Ewing, 59, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, is charged with Paige's murder and intending to pervert the course of justice.
Both were remanded in custody to next appear at Preston Crown Court on September 30.
Blackpool Zoo has said it is "absolutely delighted" that four of the five monkeys stolen from their enclosures have been found safe and well but saddened that the baby was not among them.
Two female cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were returned to the zoo after they were found abandoned in Bradford overnight.
Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at the zoo, said: "We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby cotton-top Tamarin has not been found."
The zoo joined Lancashire Police in thanking the public help with the search, while officers appealed for more help in their ongoing investigation into Tuesday's planned theft.
This is a terribly tragic incident where a little girl has sadly lost her fight for life and I am determined to find out exactly what has happened to her and how she has come to acquire injuries so serious that they have proven fatal.
I personally encourage anyone who may have any information about little Kasey and the days leading up to her death to come forward to help us in what has now developed into a murder investigation.
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A two-year-old girl has died after suffering a number of serious injuries, Lancashire Police said.
Police were called by the ambulance service to a house on Granby Avenue, Blackpool, on Thursday where Kasey Hambleton was reported to have been found unresponsive.
She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but was later transferred by air ambulance to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where she died yesterday.
Connor Gibson, 23, of Melrose Avenue, Blackpool has been charged with murder and will make his first appearance at Blackpool Magistrates Court tomorrow.
A 23-year-old woman from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been bailed until Tuesday 8 July.
Police have arrested four people over the death of a toddler in Blackpool.
Emergency crews were called out to the town's Jameson Street, late last night, amid reports a 2-year-old girl had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Detectives are now questioning two women, aged 29 and 65, and two men, aged 40 and 60, on suspicion of child neglect
Detective Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said:
"This is a tragic incident where a little girl has lost her life.
A full investigation is underway to try to establish exactly what has happened.
Specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family.”
Watch ITV News reporter Damon Green describe the incredible winds and severe conditions battering the Blackpool seafront.
Martha Fairlie reports from Colwyn Bay in Wales where drivers have had to pull over and are being cared for by the Red Cross because of the extreme weather.
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Blackpool beach was closed today and the was seafront deserted as high winds lashed at the holiday town.
Another shot from our first floor crew room window. Please stay safe ? (c) RNLI/Phil Denham http://t.co/zoX5mSqNAc
View from our 1st floor crew room window at high tide today! Stay safe & be vigilant by the sea (C) RNLI/D Warburton http://t.co/h6Zo6107Df
Gary Barlow has said that he should be able to announce at midday whether he will be able to play a last-minute slot at Blackpool Illuminations concert tomorrow.
Should know by midday if we can hit Blackpool tomorrow night ! Rounding up my live band, technicians, production
The singer and X-Factor judge made the offer to play when he heard that The Script had pulled out due to a family illness.
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