Body on the beach - man named

Police and Coastguard at the scene opposite the Imperial Hotel, North Shore
Police and Coastguard at the scene opposite the Imperial Hotel, North Shore
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A MAN whose body was found dead on Blackpool beach has finally been identified.

Terence Waite was discovered washed up on the beach by a dog walker in October sparking a massive police inquiry lasting more than a month.

The 49-year-old’s inquest was officially opened by Blackpool coroner Anne Hind and the court heard Mr Waite died from drowing.

It is not yet known how Mr Waite, who was of no fixed address, but is believed to be from Ramsgate, Kent, ended up in the water.

Coroner’s officer PC Helen Leeson said: “He was only in the water for a very short time.

“A post-mortem has been carried out and we’ve had the full report through which confirmed the cause of death was drowning.

“We need to do more inquiries to establish the circumstances.”

PC Leeson said an appeal in The Gazette helped identify the man, after an artist’s impression of Mr Waite was published two weeks ago in the paper.

His body was found on a stretch of beach close to the Imperial Hotel, North Shore, at around 7.30am on October 28.

Police spent weeks canvassing people in the local area but did not find any leads until the artist’s impression was released.

It is not known what Mr Waite was doing in Blackpool.

Mrs Hind said: “I adjourn this inquest for further inquiries to find out about his background and history.”

Police and six members of the Lytham St Annes Coastguard headed to the scene after the body was found and went down onto the beach to help move it from the sands.

A red cover was placed at the scene while police carried out their investigations, but they concluded there were no suspicious circumstances.

The inquest will reopen at a later date.