Tragic beach body named

The area on Blackpool beach where the body was found.
The area on Blackpool beach where the body was found.
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A MAN whose injured body was found half buried in sand on Blackpool beach has been named.

Leslie Bertram, 44, from Blackpool, was discovered in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two men accused of murdering him appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Colin Dugdale, 27, of Lytham Road, South Shore, and Paul Thompson, 43, of Woodfield Road, also South Shore, are charged with murdering Mr Bertram in the early hours of Saturday.

The defendants spent one minute in the dock and only spoke to give their names, ages and addresses.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, asked for the case to go direct to crown court.

Gary McAnulty, defence lawyer for Thompson, and Imran Majid, defending Dugdale, did not oppose the application.

Blackpool magistrates sent the case straight to Preston Crown Court and Dugdale and Thompson were remanded in custody to appear at the higher court on June 20.

Mr Bertram’s injured body was found half-buried in sand by council staff in the early hours of Saturday midway between Central and South Piers opposite the Lyndene Hotel.

His former neighbours, from central Blackpool, today described their shock at his tragic death.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I remember him living opposite me. It’s scary to think something has happened. It’s shocking.”

Another woman added: “It must be a shock for his poor family. How awful.”

Read how the Gazette broke the story:

Pair charged over beach body find

Murder probe update: victim was ‘beaten’

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