UPDATE: Body found on beach

Michael Cartwright found the body on Queens Promenade, Bispham

Michael Cartwright found the body on Queens Promenade, Bispham

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Police investigations are continuing today after a fisherman found part of a body on a Blackpool beach.

The torso was discovered near Bispham on Sunday morning.

Body Found on Queens Promenade, Bispham

Body Found on Queens Promenade, Bispham

Officers were called to the incident, close to the junction of Cavendish Road and Queens Promenade, at around 8.45am.

Police were unable to confirm if the body was a man or woman.

Michael Cartwright, 60, of Powell Avenue, South Shore, made the discovery.

He told The Gazette: “It was like a torso.

“I am not sure if it was male or female.

“It was next to the sea wall.

“I spotted it and asked a young lady to call the police.

“A dog walker also helped. We did not want any children going past to see it, or for any dogs to go near the body.”

Mr Cartwright said four police cars and two police vans attended the incident, as well as detectives.

Coastguard teams were also present.

He added: “It’s a very rare thing.

“It looks like they have been in there (the sea) for a very long time.

“We do tend to see quite a few things similar to this, but this was very unusual.”

Derek Lowde, 46, from Manchester, was fishing along the same part of coastline.

He said: “Officers were here until at least 10.30am, They had to be fairly quick as the tide was coming in.

“A black van – presumably a private ambulance – came to pick the body up.

“It could have been anyone. From finding the body and taking it away, it was not much more than an hour.”

Mike Charlton, force incident manager at Lancashire police, said officers could not yet confirm if it was a man or woman.

He added: “We had reports there was possibly a body on the beach.

“Officers attended. We can confirm it was a body.

“Officers are still investigating.

“We have no more information at this time.”

Det Con Emma Shuttleworth, of Blackpool CID, added: “We do not know who it is at this stage.

“It was found by members of the public.