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Body found on Blackpool beach still not identified

The identity of a man whose body was found on Blackpool beach on Friday is still unknown.

The body was found by a dog walker on the sands opposite the Imperial Hotel in North Shore about 07:30 BST.

Police have appealed for information to help identify the man, believed to be in his 40s.

He is described as having two tattoos - a swallow on the base of the thumb of his right hand and a dagger or crucifix with a scroll on his right forearm.

Appeal to hoteliers

He is white, around 6ft (1.8m) tall, with blue eyes and a shaved head.

Police said he was wearing what is believed to be a gold wedding band on his right hand ring finger.

He was dressed in a black zip-up jacket with a blue shirt and brown jumper underneath. He was wearing dark trousers and dark shoes.

The cause of his death is still unknown but police are not treating it as suspicious.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: "Despite our best efforts we have not yet been able to identity this man. He has got a relative who isn't aware of what has happened and it's obviously important that we inform them as soon as possible.

"We don't think he has been in the water a long time and if anyone recognises these features or anyone is concerned about someone who went out on Thursday night and didn't come home, please contact us.

"In particular I'd also be keen to speak with any hoteliers in the Blackpool and Fylde area who've had any guests that match this man's description check in but fail to return."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Blackpool Police.

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