E-fit released of man found dead on Blackpool beach

E-fit released by police
Image caption Anyone who recognises the man is being urged to contact police

An e-fit of a man found dead on Blackpool beach has been released by police in Lancashire.

The man, who is believed to be in his 40s, was found by a dog walker on the sands opposite the Imperial Hotel in North Shore at 07:30 BST on Friday.

He is white, about 6ft (1.9m) with two tattoos and a shaved head. A quantity of cash was found in his pocket.

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

Lancashire Police said the man has two distinctive tattoos - a swallow on the base of the thumb on his right hand and a dagger or crucifix with a scroll around it on his right forearm.

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

He had what is believed to be a gold wedding band on his right hand ring finger.

Appeal to hoteliers

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: "Despite our best efforts we have not yet been able to identity this man so I would appeal to the public to take a close look at this image and consider this man's description and if anyone has any inkling of who this man could be I would urge them to contact police.

"This man 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 him 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 resemble this man who checked in but failed to return."

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