A man accused of starting the fire that wrecked the roof of the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds has pleaded not guilty to arson charges.

Stuart Jefferson, 32, of Broadlee Street, Bramley, denied two counts of arson at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

The blaze at the Grade II-listed building in City Square broke out on 30 September, and at its height was tackled by 75 firefighters, including crews from Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Elland, Batley and Cleckheaton.

Crews worked overnight to stop the fire, on the second floor of the building, from spreading.

The nightclub shut several years ago and the building had recently undergone refurbishment, with plans to open a leisure venue.

Click below to watch firefighters tackling the blaze

Video thumbnail, Fire rips through former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds - video by John Baron
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The fire-damaged roof of the nightclub was removed in November.

Mr Jefferson was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the same court for trial on 30 March.