Man arrested after appeal

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A man has been arrested after a Gazette appeal following an alleged attack outside a town centre takeaway.

A 27-year-old Blackpool was arrested by police on Monday, after images were published of a man allegedly attacking a teenager.

He has been arrested and bailed, pending further enquiries, until November.

Victim Mike Rossall, 18, appealed through The Gazette after he was left with injuries following an incident in the early hours of August 16, on Dickson Road, Blackpool.

PC Chris Hill, of Blackpool Police, said: “A 27-year-old local man, upon seeing The Gazette appeal, was arrested.

“He has been bailed for further enquiries until November. I would like to thank Gazette readers who have responded to the appeal for information. As ever we appreciate the public’s support.”

Images published in The Gazette showed the victim, alone outside a takeaway, apparently being befriended by a group before allegedly being attacked by a man.

The incident, which lasted seconds, left the Blackpool and The Fylde College student with a fractured eye socket and needing regular doctors appointments, eye tests and counselling.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number LC-20140816-0278.

The images of Mr Rossall allegedly being attacked led to calls for the resort’s council owned CCTV system to be manned 24 hours a day again.

Politicians, landlords and attack victims have united in their pleas after the staffing of the system was cut due to Blackpool Council’s funding cuts.

Council bosses asked for suggestions on how the system could be manned again following publication of The Gazette’s appeal.

But Coun Tony Williams, leader of the opposition, said: “We have seen too many deaths and serious injuries on our streets, the next incident could be another senseless loss of life.

“I want this Labour council to stop wasting time in asking the people of the town for suggestions, do the job you were elected to do and get those cameras manned now.”