A 15-year-old schoolboy has made his first court appearance charged with rape.
The youth from Blackpool – who cannot be named for legal reasons – appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at the resort’s magistrates court.
The youth is charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in Blackpool in February this year.
He was granted bail by the judge until his next appearance at court, which will before Preston Crown Court on November 5.
Conditions of his bail forbids him from using Facebook and having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.