Teenager facing rape charge

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A 17-YEAR-OLD Clitheroe teenager has appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in the town.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was directed to be dealt with at the Crown Court after District Judge Peter Ward ruled the offence a “grave crime” which could not be dealt with in the Youth Court.

The boy was remanded in custody and will be brought back to the magistrates court for committal in December.