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Newcastle United memorial for fans killed on MH17

Families joined by Rev Canon Glyn Evans
The families of John and Liam were joined by Rev Canon Glyn Evans

Newcastle United Football Club has unveiled a permanent memorial to supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were among the 298 passengers killed when the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine.

The Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden, which has been constructed in front of the main Milburn Stand at St. James’ Park, will stand as a lasting tribute to John, Liam and all Newcastle United supporters who have sadly passed away.

Club officials including former captain Bob Moncur were joined by the families of John and Liam for a private ceremony with a blessing of the memorial garden made by Newcastle United’s club chaplain, Rev Canon Glyn Evans.

Barry Sweeney blesses the garden
Barry Sweeney, father of Liam, blesses the garden
Bob Moncur joined the families
Bob Moncur joined the families

John and Liam were on their way to watch the team’s pre-season fixtures in New Zealand when they lost their lives.

The two, who were well known to many of the club’s staff, players and supporters, were remembered at Newcastle United’s first home fixture of the 2014/15 season against Manchester City, with wreathes laid by their families, captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany and representatives of Sunderland AFC prior to a minute’s silence.

Read More: Newcastle holds minute's silence in memory of MH17 victims

Families of John and Liam gave readings at the memorial
Families of John and Liam gave readings at the memorial

As well as forming a focal point for remembrance, families and friends of supporters who have passed away will also be able to lay flowers and spread ashes at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden.

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Police appeal after North Tyneside pub robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a public house was robbed on North Tyneside.

It happened at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth, at around 4am on Monday. Three men wearing masks forced their way into the premises and demanded that the occupant opened the safe. The offenders then left with a quantity of cash.

The occupant, a woman in her 40s, was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Masked robbers forced their way into the Salutation Hotel in Tynemouth Credit: Bing

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The one-vehicle crash happened at around 3:10am on Harrogate Road at High Bridge, in Knaresborough. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Harrogate, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Any witnesses are being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Police appeal to find missing Newcastle man

Arsene Matota Arlumba
Missing Newcastle man Arsene Matota Arlumba Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information to help trace a missing man from Newcastle.

Arsene Matota Arlumba, 24, has been missing from the Gosforth area since August 13. He's described as being 5ft 11 inches tall, of muscular build and with braided hair.

Anyone who may have seen Arsene or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 and quote reference 751 130814.

'We need closure' says father of plane crash victim

Ahead of Liam Sweeney's funeral today his father, Barry, has spoken of his heart going out to the "298 families" who are mourning their loved ones who died in the MH17 plane crash.

Liam died alongside fellow supporter John Alder in the Malaysia Airlines crash. His family and friends are gathering at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle today.

Read More: Minute's silence impeccably observed for Newcastle United fans who died in MH17 plane crash

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'We're going to celebrate his life, not look to his death'

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees yesterday (Wednesday, 20th August), Barry Sweeney reiterated his hopes that Liam's funeral would be a celebration of his life and not focused on his death.

Liam died alongside fellow supporter John Alder in the Malaysia Airlines crash. His family and friends are gathering at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.

Read More: Minute's silence impeccably observed for Newcastle United fans who died in MH17 plane crash

Funeral of MH17 plane crash victim to take place today

Liam Sweeney
The funeral of Liam Sweeney will take place today

The funeral of one of two Newcastle United fans killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine will take place today.

Liam died alongside fellow supporter John Alder in the Malaysia Airlines crash. His family and friends are gathering at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.

His father Barry says the support they have received from around the world has been "phenomenal" and he hopes the funeral will be "a celebration of Liam's life."

Prince Charles sends letter to Newcastle fan's father

Prince Charles has written a personal letter to loved ones of MH17 crash victim, Liam Sweeney.

The 28-year-old’s father Barry said he was "very grateful” to receive the signed letter from the Price of Wales and his wife Camilla.

The Prince has offered his condolences to the 52-year-old and his family, who live in North Tyneside.

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Prince Charles offers his condolences Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Personal letter from Prince Charles
The letter offers condolences to the Sweeney family Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Fathers of students stabbed in Malaysia identified their bodies after they were flown home

The grieving fathers of two British medical students stabbed to death in Malaysia identified their sons' remains after they were flown home, an inquest has heard.

Newcastle University students Aidan Brunger, of Kent, and Neil Dalton, of Ambergate, in Derbyshire, were killed in Sarawak, while on a placement on 6th August.

Today an inquest into their deaths was formally opened by deputy coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire, Louise Pinder.

Adjourning the inquest, Mrs Pinder said: "The investigation, both locally and abroad, continues and by 30th September we'll hopefully have further information and some decisions can be made."

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