Men wanted in connection with Blackpool hotel disorder

Detectives investigating violent disorder at a Blackpool hotel have released an image of two people they want to speak to.

Officers were called at around 11.15pm on July 5th to a hotel on Queens Promenade, Blackpool, to reports of a public order incident. When they arrived they discovered that a group of approximately seven men, in possession of weapons including machetes, had attacked another group of men before making off from the area.

Three people were taken to hospital for treatment but have since been discharged. We believe all parties involved are known to each other.

Following initial investigations, three males from Preston, one aged 17, one aged 18 and one aged 36, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

The 36-year-old - Patrick Gavin, of Leighton Street, Preston - was charged with violent disorder and appeared before Preston magistrates on July 22. The other two males were released on bail.

Detectives have now released images of two other men they want to speak to in connection with the incident, who both have links to Preston.

Andrew Price, 26, (pictured on the left)  is described as a white male approximately 6 foot tall, of stocky build, with short brown hair which is shaved at the sides and long on top

Francis Dinnegan, 25, (pictured on the right) is described as white, approximately 6 foot tall, of large build, with short red hair.

DC Danny Farrell, of Blackpool Police, said: “Although we have made some arrests and one man has been charged our investigation remains very much ongoing. We want to speak to the two men pictured as part of our enquiries and would urge anybody with information on the incident or their whereabouts to contact us straight away. Similarly, we would ask the two individuals to get in touch with police if they see this appeal.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting log 1614 of July 5th, 2020.

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