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Suffolk shooting victim critical after five hours of surgery

Allison Heathcote Credit: Simon Boon

It's emerged that Felixstowe woman Allison Heathcote is in a critical condition in hospital in Birmingham after undergoing a five hour operation.

Mrs Heathcote was one of the Britons injured in the Tunisia beach massacre. She was flown back last night after being shot five times during the beach attack.

A spokesman for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said the 48-year-old had undergone five hours of surgery after suffering multiple wounds - three to her torso and two to her right arm and shoulder.

"Following surgery, Allison was transferred back to the Critical Care Unit and remains in a critical but stable condition, under sedation. Family members were visiting her this afternoon."

– Spokesman, Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mrs Heathcote's husband Philip, who was 53, died in the shootings. The couple had gone to Tunisia to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this week.

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Injured wife due to be flown home tonight

Allison Heathcote, who is due to be flown home tonight Credit: Simon Boon

The injured widow of a man killed in the Tunisian attacks is due to be flown home tonight.

Allison Heathcote was shot five times on the beach and was seen being carried on a sun bed to be treated. She's said to be in hospital in an induced coma.

The pair should have been celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this week.

Philip Heathcote, killed in Tunisia Credit: Archant

Northamptonshire family re-live beach massacre

A family from Northamptonshire have been re-living the horror of hiding in a cellar to escape a gunman on the rampage at their holiday hotel in Tunisia.

The Scott family from Irchester were caught up in the attack, which happened on Friday at a popular resort in Sousse in the east of the country. Tourists were targeted on the beach at the Imperial Mahaba Hotel.

The official British death toll currently stands at 18, although it's expected to rise to more than 30.

Watch our full report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper:

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