Leeds & West Yorkshire

Majestyk nightclub fire: Man pleads not guilty to arson

Damage to roof of Majestyk nightclub Image copyright West Yorkshire Fire Service
Image caption Dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub

A man has pleaded not guilty to starting a blaze at a former Leeds nightclub.

Stuart Jefferson, 32, of no fixed address, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with arson.

He was initially granted unconditional bail, but the prosecution appealed against the decision and he was then remanded in custody.

Fire crews were called to the Majestyk nightclub in City Square on Tuesday evening.

Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to tackle the blaze at the Grade II listed building, the home of the Majestic cinema in the 1920s.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said the roof partially collapsed but the "iconic" building had been saved.

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