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WATCH: Timeline of events in Liam Lyburd case

Jonny Blair recalls the events that took place in the time leading up to Liam Lyburd's arrest in November 2014.

The 19-year-old has this afternoon been convicted of planning mass murder at Newcastle College, after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on 25th September after a psychiatric report has been prepared.

Liam Lyburd found guilty of plotting mass murder

Liam Lyburd Credit: Tom White/PA Archive

Liam Lyburd, 19, has been convicted of planning mass murder at Newcastle College, following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on 25th September after a psychiatric report has been prepared.

"You will appreciate only a very substantial sentence in custody is appropriate in this case."

– Judge Paul Sloan QC

Liam Lyburd had admitted nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs, two home-made explosive devices, possessing a handgun and ammunition and CS gas.

A jury found him guilty of eight charges of possessing those items with an intent to endanger life at Newcastle College. He had denied all eight charges.

"The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and we would like to thank Northumbria Police, who we worked closely with throughout the incident."

– Newcastle College

The 19-year-old made a gesture with his fingers to his head as if he was shooting to himself as he was taken away from court.


Barry Sweeney: Russia's veto of UN resolution on MH17 is "cruel"

Barry Sweeney in Rotterdam Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The father of one of the victims, killed when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine, has told ITV News Tyne Tees that Russia's veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution is "cruel". He said, the move "stops families getting the desperate closure they need."

"If they've got nothing to hide, why are they blocking it?"

– Barry Sweeney, father of Liam Sweeney

Liam Sweeney, 28, from Newcastle, was travelling on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border, killing all 298 people on board.

Liam Sweeney Credit: Family photo

The Malaysian Airlines plane is suspected to have been shot down by Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine last year. Liam Sweeney was travelling with fellow Newcastle United fan John Alder. The pair were on their way to watch a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

PICTURES: Rugby World Cup trophy in arrives Newcastle

The Rugby World Cup trophy is on a tour of the UK ahead of the tournament which begins in 50 days Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Web Ellis trophy has arrived in Newcastle as part of its nationwide tour, which has began in the North East on Thursday (30th July).

The Webb Ellis Cup arrives on Newcastle quayside Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees


British Transplant Games begin on Tyneside

The British Transplant Games are due to begin on Tyneside today.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the four-day event which will see more than 20 sporting events taking place at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the event Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The opening ceremony will be held in Newcastle City Centre this evening. The event, which runs until Sunday, was last held on Tyneside in 2000.

Some events will take place at the Gateshead International Stadium Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

"The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life."


Webb Ellis Trophy visit marks 50 days to Rugby World Cup

The Webb Ellis Trophy begins its five day journey across the North East today, marking 50 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The Web Ellis Cup Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The trophy began its journey at Hadrian's Wall at 6.00am. Today it will pass through Hexham and Newcastle on its way to Alnwick tonight.

The trophy will spend the next three days around Tyneside before visiting West Hartlepool and Darlington Mowden Park rugby clubson its way to Yorkshire.

St James' Park will host three group matches on 3rd, 9th and 10th October. Current world champions New Zealand are among the teams that will play on Tyneside.

Funeral of North East musician to take place

The funeral of North East musician Dave Black, 62, from Whitley Bay, is due to take place in Cullercoats later today.

Dave Black was killed by a train on the Tyne and Wear Metro on 18th July. His body was found on the line approaching Cullercoats station.

Musicians and performers including Andy Taylor from Duran Duran, Ray Laidlaw, John Miles, and comedian Brendan Healy have paid tribute to the former Goldie guitarist.

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