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Monday, 23 December, 2002, 13:39 GMT
Footballer denies firework charge
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A Shrewsbury Town footballer has pleaded not guilty to injuring a teenage girl in an alleged incident involving a firework.

Luke Rodgers appeared before a judge at Warwick Crown Court charged with causing bodily harm to the girl.

The 21-year-old, who is one of Shrewsbury's leading goal-scorers, is alleged to have thrown a lit firework, which hit the 16-year-old student as she was walking near her home in Castle Bromwich on 10 October.

The girl was treated in hospital for serious burns.

An order has been imposed banning the media from naming the girl.

During a brief hearing on Monday, Mr Rodgers, from Hodge Hill, Birmingham, denied the charge.

The case was adjourned until 21 January and Mr Rodgers was granted bail.


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