Blackpool stab death - man named

Police and CSI at the scene in Bedford Road, Blackpool

Police and CSI at the scene in Bedford Road, Blackpool

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A MAN has made his first appearance in court charged with murdering a man with a single stab wound to his back.

37-year-old John Needham was charged with murder following the death of Darren Hilton, 33, of Bedford Road, Blackpool.

Mr Hilton was stabbed in the resort’s Cromwell Road on Sunday.

Despite his wound he managed to get to a nearby shop and ask for help. However paramedics were unable to save him.

Needham was arrested later that day.

Blackpool Magistrates remanded Needham in custody until Thursday when he will appear at Preston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing at which he can make a bail application.

Three other people were arrested following the victim’s death.

A 34-year-old woman who was questioned in connection with assisting in a crime has been released on police bail.

A man and another woman were released without being charged