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Tribute paid to 'much loved and highly valued colleague' killed in Tunisia attack

Northern Rail has paid tribute to Christopher Bell from Leeds, after he was confirmed as one of the victims' in last week's Tunisia beach massacre.

Mr Bell and his wife Sharon were among 27 Britons killed in Tunisia.

Adrian Thompson from Northern Rail described Mr Bell as a 'much loved and highly valued colleague'.

We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear that our colleague Christopher Bell and his wife Sharon were among those killed in terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

Christopher was a much loved and highly valued colleague and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

– Adrian Thompson, HR Director, Northern Rail


Employer pays tribute to Tunisia victims from Leeds

Christopher and Sharon Bell

The employer of Sharon Bell, who was killed in the Tunisia beach massacre last week, says the care worker and her husband Christopher will be 'greatly missed'.

Sharon & Chris, you will be greatly missed by all family, friends, colleagues and clients alike. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time

– Avanta Care

Tunisia victims: Bodies of Carly Lovett and John Stollery to be repatriated today

The bodies of two of the six Britons from Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire killed in the Tunisia beach massacre will be repatriated today.

An RAF plane carrying bodies of eight victims, including Carly Lovett from Gainsborough and John Stollery from Newark will land at Brize Norton later.

PM: 27 Britons killed in Tunisia beach massacre

Prime Minister David Cameron today told MPs that 27 Britons had been confirmed dead in the Tunisia beach massacre.

Six of the confirmed fatalities are from Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire:

  • Carly Lovett (Gainsborough)
  • Claire Windass (Hull)
  • Bruce Wilkinson (Goole)
  • John Stollery (Newark)
  • Christopher Bell (Leeds)
  • Sharon Bell (Leeds)


Rain warning issued for Yorkshire and the Humber

The Met Office has issued a warning of rain in Yorkshire and the Humber region this afternoon.

It comes in a week of sweltering heat with temperatures rising above 25°C in parts of the Calendar region.

Isolated heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon across parts of Northern England and Southern Scotland. Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards. The public should be aware that there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption.

– Met Office

According to the Chief Forecaster, storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and hail of up to 1cm in size. Twenty-to-30 mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 60 mm possible in 3 hours.

Couple from Leeds killed in Tunisia attack

Christopher and Sharon Bell

A couple from Leeds have been named as the latest victims of the terror attack in Tunisia last week.

The family of Christopher and Sharon Bell say they are 'deeply saddened' by the deaths.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of both mum Sharon and dad Christopher who were taken from us during the terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

– Family statement

Dangers of 'cooling off' in open waters

cooling off Credit: PA

As temperatures soar, the Royal Life Saving Society is asking people not to risk their lives by cooling off in the region's rivers and dams.

The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer's tragedies when many people lost their lives in open water.

Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2014. Figures show the age group with the highest number of fatalities (27) in 2014 were men aged between 20 and 24. Meanwhile, 0 to 19-year-olds accounted for 11 per cent of deaths (38), of which more than half were teenagers aged 15 to 19 (21).

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