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A father's journey to hear how his son died over a foreign land

The families of 298 people who were killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 have been told the plane crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Barry Sweeney's son Liam died - along with his friend John Alder - when they were travelling to Newcastle United's pre-season tour of New Zealand last year.

A report into the disaster was published in the Netherlands, from where Gregg Easteal sent this report:


SSI coal supplier to make 150 redundancies

Hargreaves to make redundancies Credit: ITV News

One of SSI's main suppliers of coal is to make around 150 redundancies as a direct result of the Redcar steelworks closing.

It's understood Hargreaves, which had staff at the SSI site, is having to make the cuts.

The Hargreaves workers who are based at the Redcar plant will lose their jobs.


Pre-tax profits rise at Newcastle housebuilder

New home for sale Credit: Bellway Homes

Housebuilder Bellway said it would build up to 10% more properties this year.

It sold a record 7,752 homes in the 12 months to the end of July compared to a year ago, helping pre-tax profit jump 44% to £354.2 million.

The Newcastle-based business, which employs 2,000 staff, said its average selling price lifted by 5% to £223,800 in the period.

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Iconic Yorkshire images adorn Heathrow buses

Come and visit Yorkshire Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Iconic images of Yorkshire will greet millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport in a bid to attract even more international visitors to the county.

Bolton Abbey, York Minster and the North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes are just some of the images to adorn one of Heathrow’s fleet of scheduled buses that provides passengers with the essential link between Heathrow’s five terminals and the 25 airport hotels.

With more than 73 million passengers a year currently using Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, Welcome to Yorkshire sees this as a great opportunity for the eye catching buses to inspire visitors to discover Yorkshire.

Catching eye of visitors Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What better way to spread the word about Yorkshire than at Europe’s busiest airport. We hope that when these stunning images catch the eye of millions of world-wide travellers they will be inspired to come and spend time in God’s Own County and see for themselves how beautiful Yorkshire is. The Tour de France promoted Yorkshire to a global audience of millions and this ambitious campaign will promote the county to many more visitors from around the world.

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
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