Youth in court on Newcastle hostel arson charge

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A WEARSIDE teenager has appeared in court accused of starting a fire at a youth hostel.

Flames ripped through the Tyneside Foyer, in Westgate Road Newcastle, causing residents to flee their bedrooms into the street.

A 17-year-old, from Sunderland, has now appeared before magistrates in Newcastle charged with arson.

The court was told that because of the seriousness of the charges – arson with intent to endanger life and an alternative charge of arson being reckless as to endanger life – the case would be heard at the city’s crown court.

No pleas were entered by the teenager.

He was granted bail and is due to appear for a committal hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on October 11.

The Tyneside Foyer supports and trains 16 to 25-year-old homeless and vulnerable people.

The fire at the building happened on January 21.