Arson accused teen in court after van and home torched in Stockton carnage

A Teesside teen has been charged following a night of carnage in Stockton.

The 17-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Monday accused of arson, criminal damage and driving offences. The male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not enter pleas to the five charges and is set to appear at Teesside Crown Court on June 12.

He is accused of arson with intent to endanger life, arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered and criminal damage on Hawthorne Road on May 2. It is alleged that “without lawful excuse, he destroyed windows to the unknown value belonging to another”.

Court documents reveal that the arson charges relate to a fire at a property and a van on Hawthorne Road. The teen also allegedly drove whilst disqualified on Hawthorne Road on the same date, and without third party insurance. It is alleged that the teen rode a Honda motorcycle.

Teesside Live previously reported on drama happening in Myrtle Road, Hawthorne Road and Faraday Drive areas of Stockton with officers responding to numerous incidents on the evening of Thursday, May 2. The force previously linked incidents on Faraday Drive - where a house and car were set alight - and on Myrtle Road - where three vehicles were torched - however, no charges have been brought for these incidents so far.

Officers confirmed a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were initially arrested. However, the force confirmed to Teesside Live that nobody else has been charged. The 17-year-old has been remanded into custody until he appears at Teesside Crown Court next month.