Boss’s tribute to tragic head chef

Police outside Chicken Express in Caunce Street, Blackpool

Police outside Chicken Express in Caunce Street, Blackpool

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HEARTFELT tributes were today paid to a chef who died after a violent incident in a Blackpool takeaway.

Ricky Guest-Binns, from Poulton, head chef of the Sands Venue on the Promenade, lost his fight for life in hospital after violence broke out in Chicken Express, on Caunce Street, Blackpool.

The owner of Sands Venue, Peter Swann, today described the 44-year-old as a “highly valued and well-liked member” of the team and said staff were devastated to hear of his tragic death.

Mr Swann, who also owns Gainsborough Trinity FC, dedicated last Saturday’s win 1-0 win against Halifax Town to Mr Guest-Binns.

He said: “We were devastated to hear of this tragic incident and our thoughts are with Ricky’s family, friends and work colleagues at this difficult time.

“Ricky was a highly valued and well-liked member of our team at the Sands Venue and his contribution as head chef helped build our reputation for great food there.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

“After news of Ricky’s death, I couldn’t contemplate going to this game but felt the dedication to Ricky was the right way of expressing our deepest condolences.”

His mother, Valerie Guest-Binns, from Marton, said: “He was still so young and myself and other family members are still in shock and trying to come to terms with what has happened.”

An incident broke out at the takeaway in the early hours of last Saturday.

Police and ambulance crews attended at around 1am but Mr Guest-Binns died a short time later at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A Home Office post mortem has revealed Mr Guest-Binns died from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is bleeding and pressure to the brain.

A police spokesman said: “A Home Office post mortem states he has received a blow or knock to the head. It has caused a blood vessel to become broken or ruptured, causing bleeding and pressure to the brain.”

Allan Glenny, 23, of Clinton Avenue, Blackpool, has been charged with manslaughter.

He also faces a separate charge of common assault relating to a second incident which allegedly took place on nearby Milbourne Street later that night.

Glenny was released on bail and will appear at Preston Crown Court on May 31.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses as they try to piece together what happened during the incident.

Contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.