North Sea ferry fire

Seven people were airlifted to hospital after a fire aboard a North Sea ferry.

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Full report: Court appearance following ferry fire

A man has appeared before North Tyneside magistrates accused of starting a fire that caused more than eight hundred thousand pounds worth of damage to a ferry.

The King Seaways ship between North Shields and Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.

Six people had to be winched to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland is charged with arson with intent to endanger life and affray.

Lucy Taylor reports.

Pictured: Man charged with setting fire to cabin on North Sea ferry

Boden Hughes leaving court. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

26-year-old Boden George Hughes appeared before North Tyneside magistrates charged with committing arson with intent in that 'he damaged by fire cabin 568 of the King Seaways DFDS ferry to the value of approximately £815,000'.

The charge also stated that Hughes allegedly intended 'to destroy property or damage by recklessness as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and intending by the damage to endanger the life of another'.

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Man appears in court charged with ferry arson

King Seaways ferry. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man charged with arson after a ferry bound for Amsterdam caught fire allegedly caused £815,000 worth of damage to the vessel. 26-year-old Boden George Hughes is accused of setting fire to a cabin while onboard the DFDS boat King Seaways during the weekend.

The ferry, travelling from Newcastle to Holland, never reached its destination and was forced to turn around after the blaze on Saturday night (December 28).

At North Tyneside Magistrates Court Hughes, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland was charged with committing arson with intent in that he had 'damaged by fire cabin 568 of the King Seaways DFDS ferry to the value of approximately £815,000.'

The charge also stated that Hughes allegedly intended 'to destroy property or damage by recklessness as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and intending by the damage to endanger the life of another.'

Hughes, who wore a grey sweatshirt and was sporting a black eye in the dock, spoke only to confirm his age, date of birth and address. He is also charged with affray in that he threatened 'unlawful violence towards another.'

There was no application for bail and Hughes was remanded in custody.

Hughes will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 14.

Full report: Man charged with arson following ferry fire

Police have charged a 26 year old with arson reckless to endangering life and affray following the outbreak of fire on a North Sea ferry on Saturday night (December 28).

Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, as Gregg Easteal reports, passengers have finally set sail for Holland.

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Ferry hit by fire due to sail for Holland

Passengers on board a ferry struck by suspected arson are due to set sail again for Holland, later today (december 30).

The ship had to return to North Shields after the blaze broke out on Saturday night.

A 26-year-old man remains in custody, while a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been bailed.

Gregg Easteal has been at the North Shields ferry terminal.

Stranded ferry passengers transferred to Hull

Passengers stranded after a fire on board a ferry from North Shields to the Netherlands are being transferred to Hull to catch another ferry.

Around 250 passengers will travel from Hull to Rotterdam this evening on a P&O ferry.

Another 9 are travelling to Zeebrugge in Belgium.

There were 946 passengers and 127 crew on board the DFDS Seaways ferry when a fire was discovered in a cabin on Saturday evening.

Two men are still being questioned by police.

DFDS is paying for the alternative transport on P&O ferries.

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