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.
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.
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.
A wanted man has been arrested after escaping onto the roof of a property in Hull.
A police cordon was put in place in the Cyprus Street area soon after 5.30pm on Sunday (15 January), after the man climbed on top of the building.
He remained on the roof for more than five hours, before the incident was brought to a 'safe conclusion' shortly after 11pm.
Incident in Cyprus St, Hull, was brought to safe conclusion at just after 11pm. The man came off roof, was arrested + remains in custody
Inquests into the deaths of the 30 Britons killed in the Tunisia beach attack of 2015 will begin today.Read the full story ›
A couple who were found guilty of child cruelty after the death of Poppy Widdison will be sentenced in Hull this morning. The 4-year-old died from a cardiac arrest in 2013, after being fed a cocktail of drugs.
Poppy's mother Michaela Pyke and her former partner John Rytting have been told to expect 'substantial' prison sentences.
Gas supplies have been restored to Withernsea after an outage that lasted 28 hours left 3,000 homes without heating. Engineers with Northern Gas Networks have repaired the network and the pipework system now has gas flowing again.
The firm says householders can start using gas again, following the instructions in the following guide that it has issued.
Make sure all the gas appliances in the property are turned off (boiler, cooker, fire, and so on) before you try to turn the gas supply back on.
Open some doors and windows in your property for ventilation. Turn on your gas supply − give the emergency control valve (a spanner-style handle close to the gas meter) a quarter turn in either direction, setting it in line with the gas pipe. Some pipes have yellow tape to help guide you. There may be a slight hissing noise as the meter re-pressurises.
If you smell gas, turn the emergency control valve off again and call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 immediately. Do not try to turn any appliances back on.
If you cannot smell gas, continue with the following steps.
Turn on your gas appliances one at a time according to the manufacturer’s instructions (many boilers and fires will have instructions on the inside of a drop-down flap near the controls). Start with your gas hob if you have one. It may take a little longer than usual for the gas to reach appliances and light.
If you successfully turn on your gas supply and gas appliances, you don’t need to do anything else.
If you cannot turn your emergency control valve on, or you are having difficulty turning your appliances back on, you must turn everything off again (including the emergency control valve) and call us for help on 0800 040 7766 followed by option 5.
Thousands of residents in a Yorkshire seaside town face a second night without heat or hot water after their gas was cut off. It's thought Friday night's storms have damaged Withernsea's supply pipeline.
Locals have packed an emergency incident room today for information
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Withernsea residents are queuing outside the sports hall this morning to find out why gas supplies to their town have been cut off.
Around 6,000 homes, businesses and care homes have been without gas, hot water and central heating since 5pm last night. Northern Gas Networks have not yet confirmed why the supply has been interrupted although it is thought water may have entered the main gas pipeline.
Northern Gas Networks has confirmed that the gas supply to the whole town of Withernsea, East Yorkshire, has failed. Engineers are working to solve the problem.
“We’d like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and we will be working hard to restore the gas supply to all customers affected as soon as possible and will be providing customers with regular updates on our progress.
“We may need access to all of the properties affected to turn the gas back on and will let customers know if we need to enter their homes.
“We are working to identify any vulnerable customers in the area and ensure that they are looked after as a priority.”
A temporary incident room has been set up at the sports hall, Hull Road, HU19 2EE, where residents can drop in and ask any questions surrounding alternative heating and cooking arrangements.
Anyone with any questions or concerns is being asked to speak to an engineer on site, drop into the sports hall or contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766.