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Appeal to identify man found dead on Blackpool beach

Artist's impression of man found dead on beach
Image caption The man had two distinctive tattoos and was wearing a gold ring

An artist's impression of a man found dead on Blackpool beach has been released by police.

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 28 October.

Police are urging anyone who believes they might know who this man to come forward.

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

One of the tattoos is of a swallow on the base of his thumb and the second is 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.

Hotelier appeal

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

An e-fit of the man has already been released, but despite a search of the missing person's database, his identity is still not known.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: "Unfortunately, despite carrying out numerous inquiries, we have still not been able to identity this man.

"I would appeal to the public to take a close look at this image and consider the man's description and if anyone has any inkling of who this man could be I would urge them to contact police.

"This man will have family and friends who aren't aware of what has happened and it's very important that we inform them as soon as possible.

"I would also like to reiterate our appeal to hoteliers in the Blackpool and Fylde area - if you have had a guest who resembles this man who checked in prior to 28 October but failed to return then please come forward."

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