Probe after body found on beach

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POLICE are trying to identify a body found on the beach.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 40s, washed up on the sands at Bispham and was found by a local walker.

Detectives have already discounted any suspicious circumstances but have not had anybody reported missing, so are appealing for hoteliers who may be missing a guest to come forward.

Det Sgt Paddy Dowling, of Blackpool CID, said: “It would appear he has been in the water for a very short time and he had absolutely no identification on him.

“We haven’t had anyone reported missing who matches his description and so we think he could be someone visiting Blackpool.

“We’re appealing for any hoteliers who may have noticed a guest who has not come back to the hotel and may not have put two and two together.

“We don’t have any idea who he is and would just be guessing as to his identity so we want anyone who may recognise the description as someone they know to come forward.

“They might be able to provide a vital clue which will help us track down this man’s loved ones and let them know what’s happened.

“Although it is not good news I’m sure they are worried about what has happened to him and would want to know.”

The body was discovered at around 6.50am on Monday by a man walking on the beach at Queens Promenade – opposite the junction with Layburn Avenue.


The body as described as that of a white male.

He was described as being between 45 and 55 years old, around 5ft 11in with grey hair and an unshaven complexion.

He also had a grey and ginger moustache.

Police said he was wearing a black patterned shirt and black jeans.

He also had on black shoes or cross trainers and a short black cotton jacket.

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

It is this necklace which police believe someone may recognise as one worn by the man and could help lead to them discovering his identity.

Det Sgt Dowling added: “It is quite a distinctive necklace and if you knew someone who wore one matching the description of it then it might be something you would recognise.

“We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances attached to the death but he does not appear to have been in the water long so may have gone missing relatively recently.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackpool Police on (01253) 293933 and quote log number 0227 of April 11.

Alternatively they can report any information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.