Family’s plea over murder

Blackpool beach and promenade opposite the Lyndene Hotel) looking North.
Blackpool beach and promenade opposite the Lyndene Hotel) looking North.
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THE family of a man whose body was found on a Blackpool beach has pleaded for the public to contact police with information which could help in a murder probe.

Blackpool man Leslie Bertram, 44, was discovered half buried in sand on the beach between Central and South Pier.

His brother, Brian Bertram said: “This is a devastating time especially under the circumstances of our brother’s death.

“On behalf of the family at this very difficult time I would like to say we appreciate the help and advice we have received from Lancashire Police.

“We would ask if anybody has any information which may help the police with their enquiries then please don’t hesitate to contact them.”

The 45-year-old, from Chorley, added: “We would also ask at this moment for people to respect family members and loved ones and give the grieving time that this situation deserves.”

Police were called at about 4am on Saturday, June 16 to a report that a body was lying on the beach opposite the Lyndene Hotel.

Two men have been charged with murder and have been remanded in custody. Colin Dugdale, 27, of Lytham Road, South Shore, and Paul Thompson, 43, of Woodfield Road, South Shore, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday. They spoke only to give their names, ages and addresses during the brief hearing.

The case was sent directly to Preston Crown Court, where the defendants are due to appear today.

Anyone with information should call police on new non-emergency number 101.