Boy, 11, on sexual assault charges

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A boy aged just 11 has appeared at court charged with sexual assault and robbing a pensioner of her handbag.

The youngster appeared at Youth Court at Blackpool.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford heard how the boy is accused of robbing a woman pensioner of her handbag containing £300.

He is further accused of two allegations of sexually assaulting two girls.

A 12-year-old Blackpool boy is jointly accused with the robbery and one of the assault charges.

Both boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were bailed by the judge after they denied the offences.

A trial will now take place on a date yet to be fixed.