A man has denied being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control after an 11-year-old boy was bitten in Blackburn.

Tashkin Ali, 28, of Whalley New Road, entered a not guilty plea to that charge. At Preston Crown Court on Tuesday (July 2), he did plead guilty to possessing an offensive weapon - a baseball bat.

Ali maintained the plea he entered at Blackburn Magistrates' Court on June 4 with regard to the dog offence.

It is alleged the XL Bully was dangerously out of control during an incident in Cedar Street, Blackburn, on November 18 last year, which resulted in injuries to the child.

The hearing at Blackburn Magistrates' heard the child was playing with a friend in the street when he was grabbed from behind by the animal.

Witnesses managed to get the boy away from the dog and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

Ali was granted conditional bail until a mention hearing at Preston Crown Court on August 5, where it is expected a date for his next appearance will be set.