Boy 'engulfed by flames' in Blackpool firebomb attack

Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard the boy was burnt in the attack
Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard the boy was burnt in the attack

A man accused of burning a teenager when he firebombed a shop with an incendiary device filled with inflammatory liquid has made his first appearance at court.

Daniel Lyttle, 31, of no fixed address, is charged with arson at a convenience store on Dickson Road, Blackpool, with intent to endanger life.

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He is also accused of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a 14-year-old boy who was in the shop at the time and suffered a burnt neck after being enveloped in flames.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard Lyttle behaved in a racially aggravated threatening manner towards the shopkeeper during the incident at around 9.15pm on July 21.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said the case must be heard at crown court.

Defence lawyer, Robert Castle, did not ask for bail for Lyttle and said his client would not indicate pleas to the offences at that stage.

Lyttle was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 22 by Blackpool magistrates.