Sunderland man grins as he leaves court, accused of £815,000 DFDS ferry arson

Boden George Hughes, 26, from Sunderland, who has been charged with arson.

Boden George Hughes, 26, from Sunderland, who has been charged with arson.

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This is the Sunderland man accused of causing £815,000 damage to a ferry.

Boden George Hughes, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, allegedly set fire to a cabin on board a DFDS Seaways ferry bound for Amsterdam on December 28.

The King Seaways passenger ferry which was diverted back to the Port of Tyne terminal in North Shields, North Tyneside during the early hours of Sunday morning after seven passengers were airlifted to hospital from smoke related injuries following reports of a passenger setting fire to a cabin on board the Amsterdam bound ship

The King Seaways passenger ferry which was diverted back to the Port of Tyne terminal in North Shields, North Tyneside during the early hours of Sunday morning after seven passengers were airlifted to hospital from smoke related injuries following reports of a passenger setting fire to a cabin on board the Amsterdam bound ship

The 26-year-old was at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today charged with arson being reckless as to causing damage and intending to endanger life.

He is also charged with affray.

No pleas were entered and magistrates sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court, where he will appear on January 14.

Hughes as remanded in custody until then.

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