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Tunisian security 'delayed their arrival' at attack hotel

Local investigators criticised police for a slow response to the killing in front of the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel. Credit: PA

Tunisian police "deliberately and unjustifiably" delayed their arrival to the scene of the Sousse terrorist attack in which 30 Britons were killed, the inquest into the June 2015 massacre has heard.

Samantha Leek QC, counsel to the inquest, said a report by Tunisian Judge Akremi had identified failings by local units that could have ended the slaughter earlier.

Police arrived and shot extremist Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi dead after he had claimed the lives of 38 tourists on the beach outside the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

The hearing packed with relatives of the victims at the Royal Courts of Justice in London heard an unnamed interior minister had told the judge some Tunisian security officers stalled on purpose.

He said the units that should have intervened in the events deliberately and unjustifiably slowed down to delay their arrival at the hotel.

They had the ability to put an end to the attack before the police arrived but wasted a considerable amount of time in getting to the hotel.

– Samantha Leek QC, counsel to the inquest

Statue of Cilla Black unveiled in Liverpool

A bronze statue of the late presenter Cilla Black has been unveiled outside Liverpool's famous Cavern Club.

The sculpture was commissioned by her three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, who are donating it to the city in memory of their mother, who died in 2015.

After the unveiling on Mathew Street, Robert said: “We were asked by the mayor if we wanted to do something, sort of memorial and he suggested a statue.

“And we thought that that would be a fitting to her, but also if we commissioned it and if we donated it to the city it would be a small gesture of gratitude to the wonderful people of this great city and how they responded after our mother died and the love and support that gave us.”

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Minute's silence held at reopening of Tunisia inquest

A minute's silence has been held at the reopening of the inquest into the Tunisia terror attacks.

Thirty-eight people were killed when terrorist Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, Sousse, in June 2015.

The hearing will examine what happened to the 30 Britons who died in the atrocities.

Relatives arrive for 'answers' over Tunisia beach massacre

The grieving family of attack victims Janet and John Stocker have said they are 'looking for answers' at the inquest. Credit: PA

The families of 30 British tourists killed in 2015's terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia have arrived at London's Royal Courts of Justice for the inquest into their deaths.

The inquest will attempt to determine how much the UK government and travel firms knew about the risk of an attack on tourists holidaying in the area.

Some 38 people were killed when Islamist gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, Sousse, in June 2015.

The terrorist attack in Sousse remains the deadliest on British citizens since the July 7 London bombings in 2005. Credit: PA
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