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12-year-old boy who raped sister walks free from court

A 12-year-old schoolboy who raped his seven-year-old sister after he watched hardcore pornography on the internet has walked free from court.

Social workers will now work with the youngster to return him to the family home in the coming months.

Blackburn Youth Court heard the boy had viewed pornography before he gained "a desire to try it out".

He committed a number of sexual offences against his sister between March and May last year.

The boy, now 13, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

District Judge James Prowse said he thought it "highly improbable" that the boy would reoffend in this way.

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RSPCA: We are extremely saddened by death of baby

RSPCA have released a statement after the death of Ava Jayne Marie Corless, who was killed by a dog last night.

They said:

"The RSPCA was contacted about a cat which had been attacked and died after going into a garden at this address in March 2012.

"There was no suggestion that the incident was anything other than an accident and no further action was taken.

"Later that year the RSPCA was again contacted regarding concerns for the health of a litter of puppies at the address.

"An officer attended and the dogs were all under veterinary care and receiving the treatment they required.

"Two puppies were signed over to the RSPCA, which were subsequently found new homes."

"There were no children living at the address."

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Killer dog 'aggressive and dangerous'

The dog that mauled a baby to death in Blackburn has been described as "very aggressive and dangerous" by a neighbour, who said the animal had previously entered his garden by breaking the fence.

Locals have claimed they reported dangerous dogs at the address of the killing to police.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell said Lancashire Police are making inquiries to see whether there have been previous issues with the dog, but that "at this moment it would be too early to speculate on that".

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