Unsolved Murders

Hannah Haworth

Age: 55

Sex: female

Date: 11 Aug 1944

Place: Norcliffe Road, Bispham, Blackpool

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Hannah Haworth was shot whilst walking along the street with her husband and daughter.

It was later determined that she had been shot by a bullet from an aeroplane and a verdict of death by misadventure was returned.

She had lived in Aubigny Drive in Cadley, Preston and had been visiting Blackpool with her husband and daughter at the time, staying in a private hotel in Queen's Drive.

They had been walking along Norcliffe Road in Bispham when they heard a 'plop' sound like an airgun and Hannah Haworth cried out, 'Something has hit me', and put her hand to her shoulder to find that she was wounded.

She then collapsed.

Initially the police said that they were looking for any possible airgun clues and suggested at the time that they thought that it might have been caused by an accidental ricochet shot.

The police said that they later found bullets in a street behind the tower and also a bullet-hole in the back-room ceiling of a house.

At her inquest it was stated that it was known that aeroplanes and been engaged in target practice that afternoon.

At the inquest the Chief Constable said that he had communicated with the Regional Commissioner who had taken steps to ensure that such incidents would not recur.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 11 August 1944

see Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 26 August 1944