Police have charged a 26-year-old man in connection with a fire started on a North Sea ferry on Saturday night.
Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland has been charged with arson reckless to endangering life and affray.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear before North Tyneside magistrates tomorrow morning (December 31).
More top news
A new owner is sought for a collection of historic buildings and land in Gateshead.
Thursday could be the warmest day of 2017 so far, with temperatures of 22C (72F) forecast, double the average for March.
The son of the founder of the Greggs Bakery company will be sentenced today for abusing four boys over three decades.