Teenager in court on murder charges

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A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with murdering four siblings in a house fire.

Dyson Allen’s mother watched as her son was remanded in custody by magistrates in Blackpool to appear in Preston Crown Court on Monday.

Undated handout photo of (left to right) Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith and Jordan Smith, whose funerals will take place today after they were killed in a house fire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 16, 2012. The siblings all died from smoke inhalation after the blaze at their family home in Freckleton, Lancashire, last month. See PA story FUNERAL Siblings. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire 
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Undated handout photo of (left to right) Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith and Jordan Smith, whose funerals will take place today after they were killed in a house fire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 16, 2012. The siblings all died from smoke inhalation after the blaze at their family home in Freckleton, Lancashire, last month. See PA story FUNERAL Siblings. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Allen, from Lytham, has recently been living in Liverpool.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who wore a grey sweater and white shirt, denied the murder allegations and would do so during the trial.

Allen is charged with murdering Reece Smith, 19, his twin sisters Ella and Holly Smith, four, and their two-year-old brother, Jordan.

All four died in a fire which swept through the bungalow on Lytham Road, Freckleton, on January 7.

The fire started in a bedroom on the night of the 36th birthday party celebrated by the children’s mother.

Joanne Cunliffe successfully applied for the remand on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Allen was re-arrested in Liverpool this week after being on police bail for the last 11 months.

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