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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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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.

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.

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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'.

Man appears in court charged with ferry arson

King Seaways ferry. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man charged with arson after a ferry bound for Amsterdam caught fire allegedly caused £815,000 worth of damage to the vessel. 26-year-old Boden George Hughes is accused of setting fire to a cabin while onboard the DFDS boat King Seaways during the weekend.

The ferry, travelling from Newcastle to Holland, never reached its destination and was forced to turn around after the blaze on Saturday night (December 28).

At North Tyneside Magistrates Court Hughes, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland was charged with committing arson with intent in that he had '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.'

Hughes, who wore a grey sweatshirt and was sporting a black eye in the dock, spoke only to confirm his age, date of birth and address. He is also charged with affray in that he threatened 'unlawful violence towards another.'

There was no application for bail and Hughes was remanded in custody.

Hughes will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 14.

Full report: Man charged with arson following ferry fire

Police have charged a 26 year old with arson reckless to endangering life and affray following the outbreak of fire on a North Sea ferry on Saturday night (December 28).

Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, as Gregg Easteal reports, passengers have finally set sail for Holland.

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