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Tyneside rail line 175 years old

Railway enthusiasts have been celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Newcastle to North Shields railway line.

Charity match

Charity football fund raiser

A charity football match on Tyneside has raised money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.

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Fire on board fishing trawler

Fire crews met the trawler as it was brought into the Tyne Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A fishing boat with six crew has been escorted to the River Tyne after a fire broke on board. The trawler, Replenish, was fishing for prawns 30 miles off the Northumberland coast.

The fire broke out in the galley of the boat Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A lifeboat from Amble went out to Replenish but the crew had managed to put the fire out. She was escorted to North Shields and met by fire crews to make sure the blaze was completely extinguished.

Fire crews vented the boat of smoke using powerful fans Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

The six fishermen were fed and looked after by the Fisherman’s Mission.

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Wedding plans shattered by venue closure

The New Exchange Brasserie in North Shields has begun liquidation proceedings Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Couples who had booked wedding receptions at The New Exchange Brasserie and Bar in North Shields say they've been left in the lurch after the venue closed without notice. Most only discovered the closure when they couldn't get through to the venue, then saw a notice pinned to the building.

The Brasserie has begun proceedings to go into liquidation. Most couples had paid a £200 deposit and say they feel they've been abandoned by the company which hasn't contacted them or returned calls.

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Flood Warning: Areas at risk in North and South Shields

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the Tyne Estuary at North and South Shields.

The following areas are expected to be affected between 3pm and 5.45pm: Fish Market, Bell Street, Clifford's Fort, Union Road, Union Quay, Clive Street, Duke Street, Ferry Mews, Liddell Street, Corporation Quay, South Shields Ferry Landing, Wapping Street and River Drive.

Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date information, or go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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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