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MH17 Twitter comments case dropped

Tributes were placed outside St James' Park to Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder Credit: PA

A teenager accused of posting offensive tweets about two Newcastle United football fans who were killed on Flight MH17 has had the charge against him dropped.

18-year-old Mitchell Tace Chapman from Sunderland, was due in court today but the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to discontinue the case.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were flying to New Zealand to watch Newcastle play a series of friendly games when the plane went down over eastern Ukraine.

298 people died in the crash.

Two fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Sunderland

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht Jager at 4.40pm yesterday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.


Stunning pictures capture rare cloud phenomenon

Images of what has been described as a "rare natural phenomenon" have been captured on Sandburn beach outside Sunderland.

These clouds are only visible when tiny crystals on the edge of space are illuminated by sunlight while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth's shadow.

It may look like dawn is about to break but this picture was taken at 2am. Credit: SWNS
These clouds are only visible when tiny crystals on the edge of space are lit up by the sun. Credit: SWNS
The stunning photograph was taken on Sandburn beach outside Sunderland early yesterday morning. Credit: SWNS

The clouds are described as "noctilucent", meaning 'night shining' in Latin.

Photographer Mat Robinson said: "They happen in the summer months between May and August when the sun doesn't set too far below the horizon.

"There weren't any recordings of them before 1885, so they are a relatively new phenomenon and could be linked to global warming."

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Final score: Sunderland 1 - 3 Manchester City

It all started well for Sunderland.

Fabio Borini put the Black Cats 1 – 0 up after just nine minutes with a goal set up by Adam Johnson.

Manager Gus Poyet celebrated from the touchline, arms outstretched.

But, in the second half, two Manchester City goals in two minutes ended the dreams of bringing a major trophy back to Wearside for the first time in 40 years.

Yaya Toure scored at 54 minutes with a shot 30 yards from the goal into the top corner.

Two minutes later, Samir Nazri put Pellegrini’s men ahead.

And in the 89th minute, Jesus Navas sealed the win for the favourites.

Final score: Sunderland 1 – 3 Manchester City.


Sunderland lead Man City at half-time in cup final

Sunderland are 1-0 up against Manchester City at half-time in the Capital One Cup final thanks to a Fabio Borini strike.

Sunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring their first goal of the game. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
Sunderland fans celebrate in the stands after Borini scores. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Man City and Sunderland fans arrive at Wembley

Manchester City and Sunderland fans are arriving at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Capital One Cup final this afternoon.

A police officer takes a picture of Sunderland fans outside Wembley. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Manchester City and Sunderland fans on Wembley Way. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Sunderland fan's Mark Walker and Jamie Walker outside Wembley. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
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