Arson accused guilty

A UK passenger has pleaded guilty to arson on a DFDS ferry after drunkenly trying to light a cannabis bong.
King Seaways

King Seaways

Boden Hughes accidentally set fire to a pile of clothes in his cabin on the 31,800-gt King Seaways (built 1987) on 28 December last year while the ship was in the North Sea heading to Amsterdam.

The blaze sparked a major rescue operation that saw six people airlifted to hospital.

Hughes, 26, also admitted affray on Monday.

He will be sentenced in September.

Judge James Goss QC, at Newcastle Crown Court, told Hughes: “Be under no illusions as to the seriousness of the crimes you have admitted today.

“This was a very serious offence which will attract a substantial sentence of imprisonment.”

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