Police deny involvement in Mortensen statue removal

The Stan Mortensen statue was removed on Tuesday
The Stan Mortensen statue was removed on Tuesday
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Lancashire Police insist the decision to remove the statue of Stan Mortensen is ‘nothing to do with us.’

The statue, situated outside of the club’s North Stand, was removed on Tuesday, just days before it was set to be used as the focal point of fans’ protest.

There has been no confirmation that the statue’s disappearance is linked to the planned protests, although Blackpool FC are yet comment on its removal.

This afternoon Lancashire Police were quick to shoot-down claims it was removed on their advice.

“The removal is nothing to do with Lancashire Police,” a spokesperson told The Gazette.

“We have had no involvement at all in the process and the decision was solely that of Blackpool FC.

“Our only involvement is to ensure the peaceful passing of Saturday’s planned protest.”

A timetable for Saturday’s protests released by the Blackpool Supporters Trust and the Tangerine Knights named the statue as a gathering point before Saturday’s lunchtime match against Huddersfield.

Steve Smith, spokesperson for the Tangerine Knights said: “We met with the police on Monday and were told we couldn’t hold any form of demonstration on club land, including the area around the statue.

“We were told if we planned to lay any memorabilia around the statue there was a possibility Karl Oyston would take out a civil trespassing injunction before Saturday.

“That would in theory allow him to pick out named individuals who go near the statue through the civil courts.

“We feel the removal of the Mortensen statue is all too coincidental.

“I’m sure Blackpool fans will be making their own minds up until there is an official explanation from the club.”

The statue was erected in 2005 outside the stand named in honour of the legendary Pool striker, who scored a hat-trick in the 1953 FA Cup final.