Leyland school fire: Five youths charged with arson

Fire at St Mary's College Leyland At its height, 125 firefighters were dealing with the incident at St Mary's Catholic Technology College

Five youths have been charged with arson after a large fire at a Lancashire school.

Sections of St Mary's Catholic Technology College, in Leyland, were demolished after the blaze during the summer holidays last year.

At its height, 125 firefighters were dealing with the fire.

The boys, aged 11, 12, 15 and two 13-year-olds, have been bailed to appear before Preston Youth Court on 4 February.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "The boys have all been charged with being reckless as to whether life was endangered and arson with intent to endanger life".

Pupils were taught at the site of Ribbleton Hall High in Preston while work was carried out following the fire, on September 1.

They have since returned to lessons at the site.

The school said it was aiming for new buildings to be open by September 2015.

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