Second man charged with murder over 'bubbly' 22-year-old man's death

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Ryan David Harvey
Ryan David Harvey

A second man has been charged with murder after the death of a 22-year-old.

This evening (June 30), detectives have charged Thomas Heaney, 32, of Cross Street, Fleetwood, with murder following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is due to appear before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday, July 1).

He is also charged with Sec 47 assault.

Paul Atherton, 36, from Knowsley Crescent, Thornton Cleveleys, was arrested on the scene and has since been charged with murder, section 18 wounding, section 47 wounding, two section 39 assaults and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He appeared before Blackpool magistrates on Monday and was remanded into custody.

Police were called to Central Drive in Blackpool at 5.33pm on Saturday (June 25) to a fight where they found Ryan David Harvey with a serious head injury.

Ryan, from Walsall, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but he never recovered and was sadly pronounced deceased on Tuesday morning (June 28).

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of Ryan’s death was blunt head trauma.

Temporary Det Chief Insp Rach Higson, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “A young man has lost his life following this incident and my thoughts remain with Ryan’s family and friends at this time.

“While we have now charged two people in connection with our investigation our enquiries are very much ongoing.

"I am really grateful to everyone who has helped with our investigation up to now and I would continue to appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward and contact us.

“I would ask anybody with information or CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage which could assist our enquiries to come forward as soon as possible.

“This happened on a busy street in the middle of the day where there were lots of people and traffic around.”

Anyone with information or footage is asked to email forcecontrolroom@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log number 1127 of June 25.

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