UPDATE: Police conduct enquiries following Blackpool death

Monday, February 5, 2018

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Blackpool have been carrying out enquiries in the area over the last few days.

Police were called around 2.15am on Monday 15th January following reports of a sudden death in Clinton Avenue, Blackpool. A 63-year-old man was found with head injuries and sadly pronounced dead at the scene. He has since been named as George Crawley.

Geoffrey Howard, 63, of Clinton Avenue, Blackpool, has been charged with Section 18 - wounding with intent and has been remanded in custody.

Uniformed officers were in the Clinton Avenue, Rigby Road, Ashton Road and Woolman Road areas on Friday where they began house-to-house enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis of Lancashire Police, said: “It is important to stress that we are not looking for anybody else in connection with our investigation. The purpose of our recent enquiries in the area is to establish if anyone heard or saw anything in the hours leading up to and following Mr Crawley’s death, or knows someone who might have done.

“We’ve received a report that a loud bang and the voices of four or five males were heard in the back alley between Woolman Road and Clinton Avenue at about 10:50pm on the evening of Sunday 14th January. The males were shouting and appeared to be concerned about something. We cannot say whether they headed towards Ribble Road or Ashton Road. 

“It’s also been reported that at 01:30 hours on Monday the 15th, a witness heard a noise and saw two people running down Clinton Avenue towards Costcutter. The witness believes at least one of the people was male, but both had their faces covered with hoods. They are unable to describe them further.

“The people described in the witness statement were potentially in the area at a crucial time and we’d urge them to contact police. Any information they have could prove useful to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0069 of the 15th January.

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