Body found on beach

The beach near the coastguard station at St Annes

The beach near the coastguard station at St Annes

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A MAN’S body has been found washed up on a Fylde coast beach.

A dog walker made the grim discovery on the sand close to the Coastguard Station off Clifton Drive North, St Annes, at around 10.30am yesterday.

Police have named the man as Steven Shuttleworth, 24, from Coventry, who had travelled to Blackpool by train.

Detectives have ruled out any suspicious circumstances but are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Mr Shuttleworth before he entered the water.

Det Insp Tony Baxter, of Blackpool CID, said: “Mr Shuttleworth was reported missing from his home city of Coventry on Saturday. He had travelled to Blackpool by train but we do not know if he had booked into a hotel or not.

“He could have gone into the sea at Blackpool or St Annes, so we are asking anyone who thinks they may have seen him to contact us with any information.

“He was fully clothed and had his train ticket and his money on him.”

Mr Shuttleworth, who was found on the sands opposite the junction with Highbury Road, was wearing a black top and jeans, and black shoes, and had red hair and a goatee beard.

The body was taken to the mortuary at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. His family has been informed of his death.

A spokesman from HM Coastguard said: “We received a call from a dog walker who saw the body on the beach. We immediately called the police and some members of the team went to stay near the body until emergency services arrived.”

A workman, who did not wish to be named, said he saw the emergency services taking the body away.

He said: “The police and ambulance service were at the scene.

“The body was found quite a long way down the beach towards the water line. The police put a white tent up around the site while they carried out their investigations.

“The body was then put in a vehicle and driven away.”

The coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected to open in due course.

Det Insp Baxter added: “We are not treating the death as suspicious or looking for anyone else in connection with it.”

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