Inquest adjourned as suspect is held

Ian Dollery was stabbed to death outside his home in St Annes.
Ian Dollery was stabbed to death outside his home in St Annes.
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Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in St Annes are still waiting to interview the suspected killer as doctors continue to assess his mental health.

An inquest into the death of Ian Dollery, 51, outside his York Road home was adjourned.

Coroner Alan Wilson told the latest hearing the suspect is now being held under section three of the Mental Health Act, extending the time he can be detained.

As he adjourned the inquest for a further eight weeks, he also issued a public apology to Mr Dollery’s family for an “administrative” error following his death. Although he did not elaborate further, he mentioned “inconsistencies” that led to an error in communication.

Mr Wilson said: “I want to publicly acknowledge there was an error. I want to publicly apologise.”

Mr Dollery was found with multiple stab wounds outside his home on June 18. He was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The arrested 47-year-old man, of no fixed address, remains detained.