Boy (15) denies Clitheroe rape claim

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A 15-YEAR-OLD boy accused of rape has denied the charge against him.

The youngster, who cannot be identified due to his age, pleaded not guilty at a Preston Crown Court hearing to an allegation of rape, concerning January 14th this year.

He also entered a not guilty plea to a second charge alleging sexual activity with a child under 16.

The case has been set down for a trial on August 8th. The hearing is expected to last around three days.

The boy was remanded in custody following his appearance before Judge Norman Wright.