‘No Suspicious Circumstances’ Following Death Of Mary Percival In Blackpool Yesterday

A postmortem has concluded there are no suspicious circumstances following the death of Mary Percival (pictured) who very sadly died following a public order incident in Blackpool.

Lancashire Police have tonight (Monday 16th October) said ‘We were called at around 5.15 p.m. yesterday (Sunday, October 15th) to reports of a disturbance at Bar 19 on Queen Street, Blackpool.

We attended and found an altercation had broken out inside the premises. Immediately afterwards a 61-year-old woman collapsed and was taken to hospital, where she sadly died a short time later.

Enquiries have been ongoing to establish if there is a link between the altercation and the woman’s collapse. However a postmortem carried out today (Monday, October 16th) has established that there is no connection between the two.

The woman’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Two men – aged 55 and 41 and from Blackpool – were arrested at the scene on suspicion of manslaughter, but have since been de-arrested.

Both are now under arrest on suspicion of affray in relation to the public order incident in the bar.’

Detective Chief Inspector Tracey McMurdo, of Lancashire Police’s West Division, said: “Enquiries have been ongoing to establish if there was any connection between this lady’s collapse and the disturbance in the bar, which occurred almost simultaneously. However a postmortem carried out today has concluded that the woman’s death is not suspicious and that there is no link between the two events.

This is still a heartbreaking time for the woman’s family and friends and we send them our deepest condolences.

Our enquiries are now continuing into the affray and we ask anybody with information or mobile phone footage showing the incident to get in touch.

 Anybody with information can call 101, quoting log 1068 of October 15th.’

A spokesperson for Bar 19 this morning (Monday 16th October) paid a heartfelt tribute to Mary Percival, ‘Bar19 is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Percival yesterday, and we offer our sincerest condolences to her husband Jim and family in this difficult time.  Mary was an incredibly loving and compassionate woman, with a heart of gold that touched the lives of everyone who knew her. Her kindness and generosity were truly remarkable, and she will be missed by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with her. We ask that everyone respects the privacy of Mary’s family during this challenging period of mourning. We kindly request that rumours and speculation be avoided, and that we take this opportunity to reflect on the life of Mary, her selflessness, and the positive impact she had on those around her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.’

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