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Oyston asked to explain calling Blackpool fan a 'retard'

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been asked by the Football Association to provide his observations about insulting text messages he sent to a supporter.

Oyston has been urged to resign by the club's president Valeri Belokon after he called a supporter a "retard".

He engaged in a series of foul-mouthed text messages with Blackpool supporter Stephen Smith and Oyston also told him to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

Karl Oyston is not well liked by Blackpool fans. Credit: PA

An FA statement said: "Having only recently come into possession of all the relevant material, the FA has sought the observations of Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston in relation to text messages he is alleged to have sent to a third party. Mr Oyston has until Thursday 15 January 2015 to respond."

In a statement issued through the club in December, Oyston apologised and said he was "challenging some of the abuse, harassment and threats" he had received after his mobile phone number was made public on a website.


Police probe death of four-week-old baby boy

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a four-week-old baby boy in Blackpool.

The child was pronounced dead at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being taken by ambulance from a house at around midday on Boxing Day.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and child neglect, Lancashire Police said.

The pair, a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, have been bailed until June.

Police are treating the death as "unexplained" - a post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow.

Blackpool hotel reimburses couple after 'bad review' fine

A Blackpool hotel that issued a £100 fine to unhappy guests after they condemned it as a "filthy stinking hovel" in an online review has withdrawn the charge.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson were told they were being hit with the extra credit card charge because they had broken the hotel's "no bad review site" with their negative posting on review site TripAdvisor.

The Jenkinsons said they discovered the £100 charge on their credit card statement a few days after their stay at the Broadway Hotel. Credit: Google Street View

Blackpool Council said the hotel is understood to have reimbursed the couple, as well as scrapping the policy.

Our trading standards team became aware of this issue last week.

As a result, we have spoken to the hotel owner and asked for the policy to be removed, which has now happened.

This is a unique case and not one that we have come across before.

– Gillian Campbell, cabinet member responsible for public protection


Man charged with having sex with corpse of missing girl

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.

Paige Chivers was last seen in August 2007 Credit: Lancashire Police

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.

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Zoo delighted at monkey returns but baby still missing

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.

The four adult monkeys have been checked and reintroduced back into their group, but the baby remains missing. Credit: Lancashire Police

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.

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