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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.

– FOREIGN SECRETARY PHILIP HAMMOND

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.

Families and friends of Newcastle 'superfans' gather at stadium one year on

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation of Lady Elsie Robson (left) and John Alder's sister, Joyce Robbins. Credit: PA

Friends and the families of two football superfans who died in the MH17 disaster will gather at the stadium where they spent some of their happiest times.

John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were friends who were travelling to New Zealand to watch their much loved team play in a pre-season tour when they were killed one year ago.

The club built a memorial outside St James' Park for the fans whose memories have been kept alive by fans applauding in the 17th minute of every game.

Liam's father Barry travelled to Holland this week to meet other bereaved families.

t was very emotional. All went well from start to finish. I have met lots of nice people out there. We will be in touch forever.

– Liam's father Barry

Mr Alder's family will also be at the memorial. He had had missed one Newcastle match in 40 years and was the first to person buy a Platinum Club membership at the stadium.

An anonymous friend has pledged £5,000 to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to take over the bond which gives fans enhanced membership.

The last year has been a rollercoaster really. It's difficult to explain. Sometimes I've felt like we were living someone else's life. We've had so much to do and become so involved with John's life, even though he wasn't here, that it's been like walking in his shoes. We became his representative. It's been very difficult, and extremely painful at times, but we've had fantastic support from so many people, from football fans, Newcastle United, and so many strangers, too many to name. And by helping the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation we feel like we're doing something positive. It's been a focus on something good in a bad situation and that's really made a difference for us all.

– John ALDER'S SISTER JOYCE ROBBINS

Sir Bobby's widow Lady Elsie joined her at John's seat in St James' Park ahead of the memorial, and said: "It's impossible to understand what John and Liam's family and friends have been through in the past year."

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Security workers detained in India expected to face new charges

Nick Dunn Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Six Britons detained in India for 21 months over alleged weapons offences have been told this morning that they will go on trial.

One of the men is Nick Dunn from Ashington.

He was part of a crew providing security for shipping - which also included Paul Towers from York and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick.

Police in India have successfully appealed an earlier decision to drop the charges.

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