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Tunisia massacre survivor being treated in Birmingham

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has confirmed it is treating one patient airlifted from Tunisia.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Credit: PA

The hospital is one of the region's major trauma centres with expertise in treating the most seriously injured patients, including service personnel wounded during the conflict in Afghanistan.

A patient has been admitted to the QEHB following medical evacuation from Tunisia. The patient arrived at 12.45am today following transfer from Birmingham International Airport and is being assessed by the hospital's multi-disciplinary team to determine their ongoing care pathway. The team is being coordinated by Professor Sir Keith Porter, the Trust's clinical lead for trauma.

– University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Earlier today an RAF plane brought four Britons injured in Friday's gun attack back home for treatment.

More: British survivors arrive in UK on RAF flight

Government issues heatwave health warning to elderly

The heatwave is set to carry on into the weekend Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

There could be more deaths than usual this summer, with a heatwave set to grip the UK this week.

Dr Angie Bone, of Public Health England, said it seemed "likely" that the Met Office would issue a level 3 heatwave alert - which requires community support for at-risk groups, media alerts about keeping cool and a review of safety at public events.

She added: "We know that high temperatures do have an impact on health, particularly on older people and young children and people with chronic diseases."

Vulnerable groups including the elderly, young children and people with breathing difficulties have been urged to stay cool as the hot weather pushes across the UK from Europe.

Extreme heat could disrupt trains, Network Rail warns

Tracks can buckle in intense heat Credit: Chris Radburn / PA Archive

With temperatures set to soar into the mid 30s this week, train companies are warning that the heat could interfere with Britain's rail network.

Commuters are being told to check their journeys ahead of time for ristricted services, as the heat is predicted to get so fierce that it could buckle rails.

"As rails are made out of steel, they expand as they heat up and are subject to strong compression," Network Rail said on its website.

"This expansion has to be managed to reduce the risk of track buckling. If the track does buckle, the line must be closed and the track repaired before services can resume, causing considerable disruption."

First Great Western services in the Thames Valley area will be subject to speed restrictions from midday to 8pm today - meaning there will be fewer fast trains.

Air force plane 'crashes into houses' in Indonesia

An air force Hercules C-130 plane has reportedly crashed into houses in a residential neighbourhood in Indonesia.

The state radio network of Indonesia has tweeted and image of the wreckage:

The national television network showed images of the aircraft in flames in the city, but as yet there has been no confirmation of casualties. Local radio station El Shinta reported that the plane hit houses.

The crash happened just before before noon after the plane took off from a Medan airport, in Sumatra, an air force spokesman said. He added that a rescue effort was under way.


'Realistic' mock terror attacks staged in London

A "very realistic" mock terrorist firearms attack is being staged in London today and tomorrow to test the emergency services' response.

A mock terrorist firearms attack is being staged in London today Credit: Met Police

The exercise has been in the planning since January and will involve a number of locations, the Metropolitan Police said.

Deputy assistant commissioner and director of the exercise Maxine de Brunner said the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the hostage-taking siege in Sydney had an "influence" on the test.

Exercising is a vital part of our preparedness to respond to any major incident in London.

It helps us to ensure that we and all our partners are (as) ready as we can be for whatever might happen.

...We've carefully planned the live play elements of this exercise to make sure that any disruption to the public is kept to a minimum.

– Deputy assistant commissioner Maxine de Brunner

The Met said the test was in no way connected or prompted by the massacre in Tunisia last week.

More than a thousand officers from the Met will participate, but policing levels across London will remain unaffected by the exercise.

Some activity will be "highly visible and audible" to the public, as elements will be "noisy," the Met said.

Tunisian police question seven over beach massacre

Eyewitnesses have claimed the Tunisian beach massacre may have been carried out by more than one attacker as authorities continue to quiz seven suspected associates of the gunman.

Tunisian interior minister Mohamed Gharsalli announced the arrests of several nationals allegedly linked to attacker Seifeddine Rezgui. They were arrested in at least three different cities and taken for questioning in the capital Tunis.

Authorities say Rezqui acted alone during the rampage in the resort of Sousse but had accomplices who supported him before, providing him with weapons and logistical support.

However, British tourists staying in the north African country claim they saw a second man carrying a gun and roaming the resort.

Warm and sunny for much of the UK

Thundery showers could arrive later today Credit: Met Office

It will be a dry and mainly sunny day for most of the UK today.

The far north and west will be rather cloudy at times, with some isolated light rain possible too.

There will be clear blue skies in the south this morning, which will steadily spread northwards, however, the odd heavy thundery shower is likely to develop across northwest England and southern Scotland into the evening.

It will be very warm or locally hot, with highs of 30 Celsius (68 F) in the southeast.

British survivors arrive in UK on RAF flight

An RAF transport plane carrying Britons seriously injured in the Tunisia shooting landed at Brize Norton, after a brief stop at Birmingham Airport.

The Royal Air Force C17 landed at Brize Norton early on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

The RAF C-17 transport plane landed in the early hours carrying four people accompanied by "medevac" teams experienced at bringing injured service personnel back from operations overseas.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the plane had landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, after dropping one patient off at Birmingham Airport.

"Patients have now been transferred over to the care of NHS England," a spokesman said.

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