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Five boys in court charged with arson attack on school

Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College had to be demolished after the fire Credit: Granada Reports

Five boys aged between 11 and 15 are due at Preston Crown Court charged over a fire at a school in Leyland last September.

Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College had to be demolished and extensive re-building is still needed.

The building, which was built in 1957, had no sprinklers.

At a hearing earlier this month, all five pleaded not guilty.

Huge fire at St Mary's Catholic Technology College Credit: Granada Reports

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Five in court charged with school arson attack

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Five boys aged between 11 and 15 are due in court charged over a fire at a school in Leyland last September. Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College had to be demolished and extensive re-building is still needed.

The building, which was built in 1957, had no sprinklers.

Lancashire police released a statement confirming the boys from Leyland, have been charged with "arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered and arson with intent to endanger life."

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Man, 83, pushed to ground and forced to hand over cash

A man armed with a knife who pushed an 83 year old man to the floor and forced him to hand over cash is being hunted by police.

The attacker knocked on the door of the elderly man's house in Leyland then pushed his way in.

He searched him cutting his hands before forcing him to hand over cash.

The offender is described as a white man, in his late 30s, 6ft tall and heavy build. He spoke with local accent and was wearing a balaclava.

“This is a horrific crime in which a vulnerable old man has been targeted in his own home. He was left very shaken by his ordeal and was taken to Royal Preston hospital for treatment to cuts to his hands. He is being cared for by family and neighbours but it is vital this man is caught and we need the public’s help."

– Detective Sergeant Lee Anfield, Leyland CID

Students return to classes after school blaze

Students are returning to classes at Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College on Monday 30 September, a month after the school was devastated by fire.

Years eight and nine will continue in their temporary home at Ribbleton Hall Drive in Preston.**

It is hoped the whole school will be reunited on the Royal Avenue site by the start of the new year term. **

Officers from the county council are currently looking at bringing in a demolition team to start the removal of those parts of the school which were destroyed by fire. **

"It's great to know that so many pupils from St Mary's will be back on site just a month after the fire. **

"I know our teams at County Hall are pulling out all the stops to support the school as much as they can, and a lot of work has already been done. **

"There's a very strong community spirit at St Mary's and I feel sure this will carry them through these extraordinary times." **

– County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson

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