Boys deny arson after Leyland school blaze

The aftermath of the fire at Leyland St Mary's

The aftermath of the fire at Leyland St Mary's

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FIVE boys have appeared in court in connection with a fire which devastated Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College.

The boys, who can not be named for legal reasons, sat in the dock to enter pleas of not guilty to charges of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Fire swept through the school in Royal Avenue, Leyland, on September 1 destroying large parts of the school building two days before the school was due to reopen for the Autumn term.

At the height of the blaze, 125 firefighters with 25 fire engines battled to bring the flames under control.

Repair costs are estimated at £10 million.

A temporary school was set up in Ribbleton to accommodate classes where pupils were taught until Christmas. They have since been taught in temporary classrooms on the site.

The boys, now aged between 11 and 16, will stand trial at Preston Crown Court on October 22.