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Coroner: Tunisian police response 'shambolic' and 'cowardly'

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The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of the 30 Britons killed in the Sousse beach terror attack in Tunisia has branded the response of the country's police as "shambolic and at best cowardly".

They also praised the victims' families saying "throughout these inquests you have shown a quite dignity which your loved would have been proud of".

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The coroner added that the CCTV footage of security authorities responding to the attack was never passed to him and the hotel owner never provided a statement, meaning some questions remained "unanswered".

He also warned he would not be able to make a verdict of unlawful killing with a contributing factor of neglect.

ITV News' Geraint Vincent and Becky Kelly are at the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the verdict of the inquest.

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Tunisia attack inquest: Families arrive at court

Relatives of those killed arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice. Credit: SWNS

The relatives of the 30 Britons killed in the Tunisia beach terror attack in June 2015 have arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear the inquest deliver its findings.

Families of those killed have called for a "neglect" verdict arguing travel firms failed to protect their loved ones.

Andrew Ritchie QC, counsel to the families of the victims, said Tunisian authorities had taken the terror risk to tourists seriously, but that hotel operators had not.

The inquest, which began on January 16, seeks to determine how much the UK government and travel firms knew about the risk of an attack on tourists holidaying in the area.

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