UPDATE: Teen appears in court after death of man

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A 14-year-old boy appeared in court today charged with manslaughter after the death of a man in Blackpool on New Year’s Day.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before magistrates at Blackpool charged with the manslaughter of Paul Walker.

The youth, from the Dumbartonshire area of Scotland, is alleged to have hit Mr Walker with a single blow from behind.

Mr Walker, 52, of Normoss Avenue, was found lying unconscious in Sutton Place in the resort at about 2am on January 1. He sadly died in hospital.

A post mortem examination showed the cause of death was head, face and neck injuries.

An application for bail made by the teenager’s defence lawyer Martin Hillson was rejected by magistrates, with the boy remanded in secure accommodation pending his next appearance at court which will be at Preston Crown Court on January 14.

The 14-year-old and a 17-year-old male were arrested on suspicion of murder on New Year’s Day and the 14-year-old was charged with manslaughter yesterday.

The 17-year-old was released without charge.