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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