Super yacht Captain returns to the Tyne

A mysterious super yacht has been talk of the Toon since it arrived at the Port of Tyne. Captain Dale Smith is delighted to be back home.

Iraqi students demonstrate against terrorism

Protest against terrorism

Iraqi students, who are all studying in the North East, have held a demonstration to highlight the ongoing turmoil in their home country.

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NE1's Restaurant Week returns

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."


Bob Moncur meets NUFC fans and lays wreath

Bob Moncur has been speaking to Newcastle United fans in New Zealand. He lay a wreath in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney,


Nice touch from colo pards and bob moncur laying reefs on john and liams seats,rip lads always in our hearts..


#NUFC ambassador Bob Moncur has been meeting fans ahead of today's fixture with @sydneyfc in New Zealand.



Sir John Hall speaks to the family of Liam Sweeney at St James' Park memorial event

Sir John Hall with Liam Sweeney's family
Sir John Hall with Liam Sweeney's family Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Life president and former chairman of Newcastle United Sir John Hall speaks to the family of Liam Sweeney at St James Park.

A memorial event has taken place for Liam and John Alder - two fans killed when travelling to New Zealand to watch their beloved NUFC - at St James' Park.

A minute-long applause has taken place in their honour.

Sunderland fans raise more than £20,000

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Credit: Go Fund Me

The total raised by Sunderland fans has risen to more than £24,000.

The founder of the page set it up in order to raise £200 for a floral tribute from Sunderland fans but the figure has risen to a five-figure sum over the last few days.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were going to watch their team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand. They were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine.

"We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games."

– Sunderland fans' Go Fund Me page
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