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Full report: MH17 family meets with Prime Minister

Barry Sweeney (red shirt), father of victim Liam Sweeney, is among those meeting the PM.
Barry Sweeney (red shirt), father of victim Liam Sweeney, is among those meeting the PM. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The family of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney - who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash - has met the Prime Minister David Cameron today to discuss the investigation into the incident.

Barry Sweeney, Liam's father, together with his mother and other family members, left for London from Newcastle Central station early this morning for this afternoon's meeting.

They were also representing the family of John Alder, another fan who died on the flight.

Our correspondent Gregg Easteal joined the Sweeney famliy and has the hour-by-hour story of what was a difficult and emotional day.

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MH17: First victim is formally identified

Forensic experts have formally identified the first of 298 MH17 victims, AFP reported.

A woman whose daughter who is thought to have died on flight MH17 weeps at the site of the disaster.
A woman whose daughter who is thought to have died on flight MH17 weeps at the site of the disaster. Credit: Reuters

A statement from the Dutch Government said: “The first victim of the flight MH17 disaster was identified.

"It's a Dutch citizen and the victim's family and mayor of where they lived have been informed.”

A team of 200 specialists are involved in the identification process but it could take months for it to be completed.

The Dutch are in charge of identifying all the victims from the July 17 disaster over rebel-held Ukraine, 194 of whom were Dutch nationals.

So far 227 coffins with the remains of people from 17 countries have been flown back.

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

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.

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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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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

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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