Two men from Preston wanted after seaside hotel machete brawl

Posted on - 27th July, 2020 - 2:44pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Police want to trace Andrew Price and Francis Dinnegan

Police have released pictures of two men they want to speak to after a violent fracas at a hotel in Blackpool.


Officers were called to the hotel in Queens Promenade at around 11.15pm on Sunday July 5 to reports a group of around seven men armed with weapons including machetes, had attacked another group of men before fleeing the scene.

Three people were taken to hospital for treatment but have since been discharged. We believe all parties involved are known to each other.

Following initial investigations, three men from Preston, one aged 17, one aged 18 and one aged 36, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

The 36-year-old – Patrick Gavin, of Leighton Street, Preston – was charged with violent disorder and appeared before Preston magistrates on July 22. The other two men were released on bail.

Detectives have now released images of two other men they want to speak to in connection with the incident, who both have links to Preston.

Andrew Price

Andrew Price, 26, (above)  is described as a white male approximately 6 foot tall, of stocky build, with short brown hair which is shaved at the sides and long on top.

Francis Dinnegan

Francis Dinnegan, 25, (above) is described as white, approximately 6 foot tall, of large build, with short red hair.

DC Danny Farrell, of Blackpool Police, said: “Although we have made some arrests and one man has been charged our investigation remains very much ongoing.

“We want to speak to the two men pictured as part of our enquiries and would urge anybody with information on the incident or their whereabouts to contact us straight away.

“Similarly, we would ask the two individuals to get in touch with police if they see this appeal.”

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