10-year-old boy in coal bunker case goes to trial

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A COUPLE accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy to live in a coal bunker have had their case committed to crown court.

The converted coalbunker, described by police as a “cell” is said to have had a lock on the outside and to have contained a soiled mattress, a potty and dirty clothing.

The boy is alleged to have been forced to live there between January 1, 2010 and January 25 last year.

The boy’s mother, who is in her 30s, and a man in his 40s, both from the Mereside estate, Blackpool, are charged with ill-treating the boy and neglecting him. Neither defendant entered a plea to the charges.

An order banning the identification of the boy was made by Blackpool magistrates

The couple were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on April 19. They must not have any contact with the boy or any child under 16 as conditions of their bail.