THREE men have been charged over failing to ensure the security of a derelict former school building in Tong.

Yorkshire Martyrs School in Westgate Hill Street, has been beset by arson attacks since the former Roman Catholic school closed in 2010 after a restructuring by the Leeds Catholic Diocese.

The joint owners Atsham Ul-Haq, of Highfield Lane, Keighley; Azhar Ul-Haq, of Crosby Street, Keighley; and Imran Ul-Haq, of St John Street, Dewsbury, are now being prosecuted by Bradford Council.

The trio are all charged with six counts of failing to comply with community protection notices over the dilapidated building (pictured).

Five of the charges cover periods of time in February and September last year where a deadline to ensure the continuing security of the building against unauthorised entry was missed.

The final charge relates to a failure to submit a written demolition plan to the Council by September 17 last year.

In February 2017, 25 per cent of the ground floor was damaged after a fire was thought to have been started deliberately.

The site had also been targeted in 2016 and 2011.

The case at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court was adjourned until June 7.