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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.

North Yorkshire fire service consultation starts

A consultation has been launched today over changes to North Yorkshire fire stations.

The fire service says the number of incidents it attends and the level of risk has fallen over the last ten years, and that in some areas there is an over provision of resources.

The fire stations where changes are proposed are:

  • Harrogate
  • Malton
  • Northallerton
  • Ripon
  • Scarborough
  • Tadcaster
One of the smaller Tactical Response Vehicles which may replace some larger fire engines in North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

More details are expected later today with one of the proposals expected to be fire engines being replaced by fire vans.


Video: Friend of Liam Sweeney pays tribute to him and John Alder, victims of MH17

Sid Nott, a friend of Liam Sweeney's, has paid tribute to him and John Alder, the two victims of the MH17 disaster who came from the North East.

He said: "We're just trying to keep their memory going today and raise some money for Liam's charities. It's just another chance to unify everybody and take in his memory."

Flowers laid at memorial for MH17 victims at St James Park

Members of the public have laid flowers at a memorial garden at the Newcastle United ground in memory of John Alder from Gateshead and Liam Sweeney from Newcastle, who died in the MH17 crash a year ago.

Both were fans of Newcastle United, and were on their way to a pre-season tour in New Zealand when their plane came down in Ukraine.


Supermarket staff remember MH17 victims

Staff at a supermarket on Tyneside, where MH17 victim Liam Sweeney used to work, have been remembering him and his friend John Alder on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Morrisons in Killingworth today.

Staff at Morrisons in Killingworth, are hosting fundraising events today in Liam's memory.

Before today they had already raised over £6,000 in his memory.

They have donated that to the Marie Curie Hospice's Pay for a Day initiative.

It will pay for a hospice's running costs for one day.

Staff at the store wear Newcastle kits in memory of Liam Sweeney, who loved the club. Credit: ITV News
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MH17 disaster memorial service held in Australia

Grieving relatives of 38 Australians flying on the Malaysian jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine have gathered for a memorial service one year on.

It saw the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Credit: APTV
MH17 disaster memorial service held in Australia. Credit: APTV
The service took place in Canberra. Credit: APTV

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott unveiled a permanent memorial to the victims in the nation's capital Canberra.

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Tony Abbott: 'We owe it to dead' to bring guilty to justice

The Australian prime minister has paid tribute to the Australian vicitms of the MH17 air disaster, as part of commemorations one year on from the tragedy.

Speaking at a memorial in Canberra, Tony Abbott said:

"We owe it to the dead to bring the guilty to justice. So now we owe it to the living to work for a more just and humane world."

Mr Abbott also unveiled a plaque inscribed with the names of Australian victims, which is set in soil that a police officer brought back from Ukraine.

Hammond: 'justice must be delivered' for MH17 victims

The airliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory. Credit: Reuters

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said "justice must be delivered" as the anniversary of the MH17 disaster which killed 298 people was marked.

"A year ago today, 298 people, including 80 children, lost their lives on MH17. Justice must be delivered for the 298 innocent people who lost their lives. That requires an international tribunal, backed by a resolution binding all UN member states, to prosecute those responsible. Any attempt to undermine this process would deprive the victims of justice and cannot be tolerated.


Newcastle Utd fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were among ten Britons who were on the Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight when it was brought down by a missile over Ukraine a year ago.

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