A CHESTER schoolboy accused of attempted murder has not applied for bail saying he feels safer in secure accommodation in Nottingham.

The 15-year-old, who attends Queen’s Park High School, appeared at Chester Magistrates Court this afternoon (Monday, June 24) before a district judge.

With his parents in court, he entered no plea and spoke only to confirm his name and age, and also to confirm he did not wish to apply for bail.

Adam Antoszkiw, defending, told the court his client felt safer at a secure unit for young people in Nottingham and wished to return there after today’s hearing.

District Judge Nicholas Sanders sent the case to Chester Crown Court where a case management hearing will take place on July 8.

The defendant cannot be identified for legal reasons.

* The hearing comes after a 14-year-old boy from Queen's Park High was left with serious injuries in a knife-related incident in Handbridge on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police confirmed this morning that the boy remains in a serious but stable condition at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.