Picture appeal in beach body probe

Artists impression of the man found dead on a Blackpool beach
Artists impression of the man found dead on a Blackpool beach
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POLICE have released a new artist’s impression of a man found dead on a Blackpool beach.

Detectives are still without a name or a cause of death for the man, who was found on the stretch of beach opposite the Imperial Hotel, Bispham, by a dog walker at around 7.30am on October 28.

Police are urging people to take a close look at the latest picture, and if they believe they know who this man was they should come forward.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: “Unfortunately, despite carrying out numerous inquiries, we have still not been able to identity this man.

“I would appeal to the public to take a close look at this image and consider the man’s description and if anyone has any inkling of who this man could be I would urge them to contact police.

Police have canvassed various people in the area and still have no leads which could lead to the identify the man.

Det Insp Smith added: “This man will have family and friends who aren’t aware of what has happened and it’s very important that we inform them as soon as possible.

“I would also like to reiterate our appeal to hoteliers in the Blackpool and Fylde area – if you have had a guest who resembles this man who checked in prior to October 28 but failed to return then please come forward.”

Information about the man – believed to be in his 40s – has previously been released, including details of his tattoos, in the hope a relative or friend may recognise them.

He has a tattoo of a swallow on his right hand on the base of his thumb and a dagger or crucifix tattoo with a scroll around it on his right forearm.

The man was also wearing a gold ring on his right hand and is described as white, 6ft tall with blue eyes and a shaved head.

He was found wearing a black zip-up jacket, dark trousers, blue shirt and brown jumper.

Anybody with any information can contact Blackpool Police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.