Police name sea's victim
A MAN who was swept into the sea in gale-force winds, leading to a search operation involving the Duke of Cambridge, has been named by police.
Paul Morris, 41, from South Shore, Blackpool, was walking near the resort's Promenade with his dog and two friends when he and another man were swept into the water just after midnight on New Year's Day.
Prince William, an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot, was called out with crewmates from his base at RAF Valley on Anglesey to help locate the man after his friend managed to climb out and raise the alarm.
The Duke used the lights from his Sea King helicopter to help RNLI and Coastguard crews from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes look for the dog walker in the water. No body has been recovered.
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DRIVERS are facing fresh upward pressure on their car insurance premiums following sharp increases to insurers' own costs.
Brokers have put the rising costs down to increasing concerns by reinsurers over the way in which people are being compensated for accidents.
ENERGY customers on standard tariffs could be facing average quarterly bills of £530 in coming months following a spate of price rises coinciding with the start of winter.
Consumers typically use around 40% of their annual energy consumption during the winter months, according to a study by MoneySupermarket.com, with the next average quarterly standard bill likely to hit well over £500.
TWO men have been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, Scotland Yard said yesterday.
A 53-year-old was held in Hampshire at around 8am and a 59-year-old in west London at around midday, both on suspicion of sexual offences.
The allegations are not directly linked to Savile, the Metropolitan Police said.