Body found on Blackpool beach

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AN investigation has been launched after a body was found on the beach.

The grim discovery was made by a dog walker opposite the Imperial Hotel in North Shore at around 7.45am today.

An eyewitness said a cordon had been placed around the body which had been covered by a red blanket.

He added: “There are a lot of police down here and tape up - but the tide’s coming in so they will have to move the body quickly.”

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said coastguard and police officers remained at the scene and steps had begun to try and identify the man

The investigation is being led by Blackpool CID.