UPDATE: Blackpool assault victim dies

Friday, July 26, 2019

Detectives investigating the death of a man following an assault in Blackpool have launched a murder investigation.

Police were contacted by the ambulance service around 2am on Sunday (July 21) following a report a man had been assaulted outside Razor’s barber shop on Lytham Road.

The man, named as Gary Williams (pictured), 31, from Blackpool, was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital but sadly died on Tuesday (July 23).

A post mortem examination has since been carried out and found Mr Williams died as a result of significant head trauma.

William Beattie, 47, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool had earlier been charged with the assault of Mr Williams on Monday (July 22). He was remanded in custody to appear before Preston Crown Court on August 21.

Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police, said: “This is an incredibly sad and tragic set of circumstances and my thoughts are very much with Gary Williams’ family and friends at this difficult time.

“Following Mr Williams’ post mortem, a causal link has been established between the assault and his death. Given this information, we are now treating his death as a murder investigation.

“While we have made an arrest and charged a man with assault, I would continue to encourage anyone with information about what happened to come forward.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call us on 101 quoting log number 0166 of July 21st or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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