A member of the congregation pays his respects during the funeral of lifelong Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney as it takes place at St Mary"s Cathedral on August 21, 2014 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
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Hundreds farewell MH17 victim Liam Sweeney in Newcastle

Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Newcastle for the funeral of MH17 air disaster victim Liam Sweeney.

The service at the city's St Mary's Cathedral heard that 28-year-old Sweeney was a "family man and a gentle giant".

Sweeney was on his way to New Zealand to watch Newcastle United play, when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine in July.

Andrew Hartley reports.

  • 21 Aug 2014
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