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Tributes left at Schipol Airport after MH17 flight disaster

Tributes have been left at Schipol 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.

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Schipol Airport Credit: ITV
Schipol Airport
Schipol Airport Credit: ITV
Flowers left at Schipol Airport
Flowers left at Schipol Airport Credit: ITV

Anxious wait for family of plane tragedy victim

There's an anxious wait tonight (July 23) for the father of one of the two Newcastle United fans killed aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which was downed in the Ukraine last Thursday. Barry Sweeney has travelled to Einhoven to see if the body of his son Liam, and that of John Alder, were among those flown back to the Netherlands this afternoon.

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Marc Sweeney, brother, and Barry Sweeney, father, in Eindhoven Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Marc Sweeney and Barry Sweeney in Eindhoven Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Crowds gather as bodies arrive in the Netherlands

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Bodies from eastern Ukraine have been arriving in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines disaster in eastern Ukraine have been arriving in the Netherlands.

Crowds have been gathering to pay their respects near the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

The family of Liam Sweeney, the 28-year-old Newcastle fan who died in the incident, travelled to Eindhoven today (Wednesday 23rd July). 63-year-old Magpies fan John Alder was also killed in the suspected attack.

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The family of Liam Sweeney, who died in the disaster, travelled to Eindhoven in the Netherlands today. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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Hearses with bodies from eastern Ukraine have been arriving in the Netherlands. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The bodies will be identified at a Dutch military base near Eindhoven. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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MH17: 'Around 60 bodies' expected in first flights

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning.
Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning. Credit: Reuters

About 60 coffins containing victims of the MH17 disaster are expected in the Netherlands on the first flights from Kharkiv, a Dutch government spokesperson has said.

Two military transport planes, one each from the Netherlands and Australia, are currently flying the bodies to Eindhoven Airport.

There was some confusion about how many of the 282 corpses the rebels said they had found were on the train which arrived yesterday in Kharkiv.

A Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.

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Plane carrying MH17 bodies leaves for Netherlands

A plane carrying the bodies of some victims of the MH17 air disaster has departed for the Netherlands from Ukraine.

A guard of honour was formed by the Ukrainian air force, as representatives from many of the nations mourning victims watched on.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports:

Latest updates: MH17 victims' bodies flown to the Netherlands

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NE1's Restaurant Week returns

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The Broad Chare Credit: NE1

NE1's Restaurant Week is back from August 4 - 10 where across Newcastle you can get two courses from £10.

You can dine out at some of the city's best restaurants for a fraction of the price including The Broad Chare, Malmaison and Cafe 21.

The scheme was launched in 2011 and is modelled on a similar initiative that takes place in New York.

Find out more here.

John Alder's friend: Family cannot grieve until his body is returned

A close friend of John Alder has told ITV News Tyne Tees that his family will not be able to grieve until his body is returned to the UK.

63-year-old John Alder and 28-year-old Liam Sweeney were both travelling to watch Newcastle United play a friendly in New Zealand when their Malaysia Airlines flight came down over eastern Ukraine.

Malcolm Pegg, from Gateshead, knew both men well. He is a close friend of the Alder family. He said: "I spoke to his sister yesterday... She cannot grieve until she gets him back. And that is important, it is important for everybody, especially the family."

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