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Police pub search finished

It is being reported that the search at a pub in York by detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence has finished.

The Acomb Pub in York
The Acomb Pub in York

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen in March 2009.

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Sunderland man charged over 'malicious MH17 tweet'

Tributes are placed for Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney.
Tributes are placed for Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire

A man has been charged with posting an offensive tweet about the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster.

Northumbria Police said Mitchell Tace Chapman, 18, of Pegwood Road, Sunderland, will appear before magistrates in the city on August 11.

He is charged with making a malicious communication, which police said is in connection with "remarks posted on Twitter relating to two of the men who died" on flight MH17.

It is understood the two men were Newcastle United football fans John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, who were flying to New Zealand to watch their team play pre-season friendlies.

Barry Sweeney leaves wreath at Schiphol Airport

Liam Sweeney's father Barry has placed a wreath outside of Schiphol Airport in memory of his son and fellow Newcastle United fan John Alder. Both men were killed on flight MH17 on their way to support their beloved team.

Barry Sweeney
Barry Sweeney Credit: ITV
Tributes outside of the airport
Tributes outside of the airport Credit: ITV
Remembering Liam Sweeney and John Alder
Remembering Liam Sweeney and John Alder Credit: ITV

South Shields college "devastated" by death of student in Tanzania

The head of a South Shields college says the death of one his students in Tanzania has left the community "devastated".

Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher of Harton Technology College, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".

We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania. We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned."

– Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher, Harton Technology College

Tributes left at Schiphol Airport after MH17 flight disaster

Tributes have been left at Schiphol Airport to those who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Barry Sweeney, father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, will be laying a wreath here later. Barry says he is also there as a representative of John Alder's relatives.

Schiphol Airport
Schiphol Airport Credit: ITV
Schiphol Airport
Schiphol Airport Credit: ITV
Flowers left at Schiphol Airport
Flowers left at Schiphol Airport Credit: ITV

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Claudia's father hopes arrest is 'vital piece in jigsaw'

The father of Claudia Lawrence hopes today's arrest of a 46-year-old man by police investigating her disappearance "is another vital piece in the jigsaw", his spokesman said.

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence.
Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Peter remains very grateful for all the hard work that North Yorkshire Police are continuing to put in to finding Claudia.

It is to be hoped that this is another vital piece in the jigsaw of information that needs to come in to the police: it is much better if people volunteer information than wasting valuable police time in them having to find it out for themselves and then come looking for people.

– Martin Dales, spokesman for Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s father

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Enquiries to continue into student's death in Tanzania

Enquiries are set to continue today after an 18-year-old student from South Shields was found dead whilst on a school trip to Africa.

The student, from Harton Technology College in South Shields, was in Tanzania on an expedition.

A spokeswoman from South Tyneside Council confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”

– South Tyneside Council spokeswoman

Weather: Today

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Today's forecast Credit: Joseph Sheridan

Mist and cloud will gradually recede back to the coast during the morning to leave a warm and sunny day inland.

Staying cloudier, misty and much cooler near coasts. Maximum temperature 22 °C.

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