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Midlands Memories: The One Direction of their day !

One Direction, widely recognised as the world's biggest boyband, played a concert in front of thousands of fans in Birmingham last night.

ITV News Central will have more from our exclusive chat with the guys, including Liam Payne from Wolverhampton at 6pm tonight - but before that, take a look below at our latest Midlands Memories update - and it's crowds again queuing up to see the world's biggest boyband ahead of a concert in the Midlands - but this time back in the 1960's !

The Beatles were becoming a huge name and our 1963 archive video below shows scores of queues of fans at Coventry Theatre trying to get tickets for their next big gig.

Nowadays those waiting scenes are replicated online as websites crash under the amount of fans trying to buy tickets for their favourite bands and artists !

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Airlines and Ukraine blamed over MH17 crash 'failures'

The rebuilt fuselage is displayed at the Dutch Safety Board press conference.

Dutch investigators have criticised both the Ukrainian authorities and airlines for flying over the country during a period of conflict in which flight MH17 crashed.

The Dutch Safety Board said airlines flying over the area should have recognised the dangers of flying over the east of the country amid fighting between Ukrainian loyalists and pro-Russian separatists.

The investigators also said Ukraine should have closed airspace in the region before the plane was brought down.


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Rebuilt MH17 fuselage on display as report released

The fuselage of the plane is on show in the Netherlands. Credit: Emma Murphy/ITV News

The rebuilt fuselage of flight MH17 has been displayed as a report into the cause of the disaster is set to be published by Dutch investigators.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports that the remains of the outer body show shrapnel puncture marks centred around the cockpit.

It is understood that the report will state that a Russian-made Buk missile struck the plane above and to the left of the cockpit, causing it to come down in eastern Ukraine last year.


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Buk manufacturer denies missile brought down MH17

The press conference watches a film of a demonstration. Credit: APTN

A Russian manufacturer has refuted claims that its Buk missiles were the cause of the MH17 air disaster.

ITV News understands that a report released by Dutch investigators will say that a warhead typically associated with the missile system hit the plane, causing it to come down over eastern Ukraine in July last year.

However, in a press conference shortly before the report's release, the Almaz-Antey manufacturer insisted its own results "completely disprove" such a conclusion.

Citing an "experiment" carried out by the state-controlled company, general director Yan Novikov claimed that if the plane was indeed shot down by a missile, it would have come from the Zaroshenske, a village Russia says was under the control of the Ukrainian government at the time.

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MH17 report finds plane hit by Russian-made missile, ITV News understands

Flowers are laid at the scene of last year's MH17 disaster Credit: Reuters

A report into the MH17 air crash will show that the plane was hit by a warhead of the type used on a Buk missile system, ITV News understands.

It is understood that the report by Dutch investigators will also show the missile hit above and to the left side of the cockpit, and those on board did not feel anything on its impact.

Buk missiles are developed in Russia, and have allegedly been used by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, where the plane came down.

The missile's manufacturer has already challenged investigators' view of events leading to the disaster.

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