Photo appeal in body on beach case

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POLICE are appealing for members of the public to come forward if they recognise the man in this picture, whose body was discovered on Blackpool beach.

The grim discovery of the man, believed to be in his 40s, was made by a dog walker on the sands opposite the Imperial Hotel, North Shore, at around 7.30am on Friday.

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Police have yet to identify the man and produced this computer generated Evofit image in the hope somebody would recognise him and come forward.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: “Despite our best efforts we’ve not yet been able to identity this man so I’d appeal to the public to take a close look at this image and consider his description and if anyone has any inkling of who it could be I’d urge them to contact police.

“This man has got a relative who isn’t aware of what has happened and it’s obviously important we inform them as soon as possible.

“We don’t think he has been in the water a long time and if anyone recognises him or anyone is concerned about someone who went out on Thursday night and didn’t come home, please contact us.

“In particular I’d also be keen to speak with any hoteliers in the Blackpool and Fylde area who’ve had any guests that resemble this man who checked-in but failed to return.”

The man was described as being white, around 6ft tall with blue eyes and a shaved head.

He had two distinctive tattoos; a swallow on the base of his thumb on his right hand and a dagger or crucifix with a scroll around it on his right forearm.

He was also wearing what is believed to be a gold wedding band on his right hand ring finger. He was dressed in a black zip up jacket with a blue shirt and brown jumper underneath and wore dark trousers and dark shoes.

The cause of his death is still unknown but police are not treating it as suspicious.

Anyone with information can call Blackpool Police on (01253) 293933.