Police release artist’s impression of body on the beach

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POLICE are appealing for the public’s help in trying to identify a body which was found washed up on the beach at Bispham.

The man’s body was found at 6.50am on Monday 11 April on the sands at Queens Promenade, opposite the junction with Layburn Avenue.

The death is not thought to be suspicious, but, despite numerous enquiries, police are yet to identify him and are appealing for anybody with any information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Rebecca Smith said: “We believe the man was only in the water for a short time, but unfortunately he had no identification on him

“We haven’t had anyone reported missing who matches his description, so as yet we have been unable to identify him and it is highly possible that he wasn’t from Blackpool.

“We have produced an artist’s impression of the man and would urge anybody who may recognise him to come forward so that we can contact his loved ones and let them know what’s happened.”

The body was that of a white man described as being between 45 and 55 years old, around 5ft 11in tall, with grey hair and an unshaven complexion. He also had a grey and ginger moustache and a prominent nose.

He was wearing a black patterned shirt underneath a short black cotton jacket and dark jeans. He also had on black shoes or cross trainers and a brown belt.

He had a distinctive white string necklace around his neck with three St Christopher pendants attached to it.

DI Smith added: “If anybody recognises this man’s description then we would ask them to come forward as a matter of urgency. His necklace was quite distinctive and I’m sure anybody who knew this man would recognise it.”