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Two charged over Blackpool chairman harassment

Lancashire Police have confirmed two men have been charged as part of their investigation into claims of harassment against Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.

Stephen Reed and David Ragozzino have each been charged with harassment and bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates Court in November having originally been arrested and released on police bail back in August.

Karl Oyston is not popular. Credit: PA

Ragozzino has previously been the subject of defamation action commenced by Oyston earlier this year, and Lancashire Police revealed they launched this investigation into allegations the Seasiders chairman was being harassed by text message back in March.

Oyston, who has experienced a strained relationship with the Blackpool fanbase in recent years, was banned by the Football Association for six weeks over the summer following a foul-mouthed text-message exchange he had with another supporter in 2014.


Blackpool winless streak continues

Blackpool have not won a game since January 31, losing again on Tuesday night at home to Burton Albion.

The Seasiders took the lead through Jack Redshaw in the first-half, but this was overturned by a Abdenasser El Khayati double in the second period, ensuring Blackpool have not won in their last 21 games.

Henry Cameron is getting used to losing. Credit: PA

Manager Neil McDonald later admitted chairman Karl Oyston suspension from football for sending abusive texts has not helped his transfer plans.

“I hope the chairman coming back can make a big difference for us. We have lots of problems off the pitch and it’s been difficult.

“It’s been difficult trying to bring players in without the chairman being around.

“There’s no point moaning, though, and hopefully we can move forward now."

Decomposed body found on Blackpool beach

The body was found about two miles from Blackpool Tower. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a decomposed torso was found on a beach in Blackpool.

Fisherman Michael Cartwright made the grim discovery near Bispham on Sunday morning.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: “It was like a torso. I am not sure if it was male or female. It was next to the sea wall."

Police confirmed a body was found on the beach but it was yet to be identified.

Blackpool fined £50k over pitch invasion

The game against Huddersfield was cut short. Credit: PA

League One Blackpool have been fined £50,000 and severely warned over their future conduct by the Football Association after their final game of the season was abandoned due to a pitch invasion.

The match against Huddersfield in May was stopped when fans entered the pitch to protest against how the Oyston family run the club.

The FA have also the club to play a game behind closed doors if similar happens again in future.

Blackpool striker claims club told him to leave

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Blackpool striker Nile Ranger says he was turned away by the club after return to Bloomfield Road following eight months of absence.

The former Newcastle forward had failed to report for training for eight months, but did arrive on Tuesday, only to be asked to leave by manager Neil McDonald. Ranger wrote on Instagram: "How can I report for training in Blackpool and get told to get in my car and drive back to london by the manager. Shambles. PFA PFA PFA PFA PFA PFA PLEASSEEEEE!!!"


Blackpool match postponed over pitch invasion

It's more bad news for Blackpool. Credit: Twitter/Will Watt

Blackpool's opening pre-season friendly of the summer has been abandoned after a pitch invasion in protest against the club's chairman Karl Oyston.

The League One club were leading 3-1 against Lancaster City at the tim.

A pitch invasion during the club's final game of the season caused the abandonment of their game with Huddersfield, as tension between fans and the club's hierarchy worsen.

Man found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Paige Chivers

Paige Chivers went missing in 2007. Credit: Lancashire Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Paige Chivers despite her body having never been found.

Robert Ewing, 60, was unanimously convicted by a jury at Preston Crown Court.

His co-defendant Gareth Dewhurst, 46, was found guilty of helping dispose of her body. Both men were also convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Paige went missing in Blackpool in 2007 after a row with her father about missing money. It is believed she fell victim to a gang of paedophile gangs in the area.

The court heard Ewing developed an "inappropriate sexual interest" in Paige before beating her to death. Her blood was later found in his flat.

And Ewing's friend Dewhurst was overheard saying he used his car to dump the teenager's body.

The case echoes that of that of 14-year-old Charlotte Downes, who disappeared from the Lancashire seaside resort in 2003. She has also never been found.

Ewing and Dewhurst will be sentenced on July 28.

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