Rubbish-strewn 'cell' where child was forced to sleep

Converted coal-bunker Credit: Lancashire Constabulary/PA Wire

This is the converted coal bunker where an 11-year-old child was forced to sleep by his mother and stepfather. The rubbish-strewn room had no heating, a bare lightbulb and concrete walls and floor.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left to sleep on a dirty mattress with a sleeping bag for a blanket.

The couple in their 40s, who also cannot be named, both admitted a single charge of cruelty by wilful neglect at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.

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Couple jailed over bunker boy

A mother and stepfather who forced their 11-year-old son to live in a filthy converted coal bunker have each been jailed for two years.