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Beach gunman 'wasn't there to shoot Tunisians'

The gunman responsible for Friday's Tunisia beach massacre reportedly told locals who tried to confront him that he "wasn't there to shoot Tunisians".

The gunman runs up the beach away from the sea Credit: Sabra FM

Faycal Mihoub, who organises trips on the beach, told ITV News correspondent Duncan Golestani that he joined other locals in trying to stop gunman Seifeddine Rezgui but the shooter turned and stated he was not there to hurt them.

He said: "What he had in his heart I don't know. He wanted to shoot tourists, nothing else."

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Government is ready to repatriate Tunisia victims' bodies

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the government is ready to start helping to arrange the return of the Tunisia terror attack victims' bodies if that is what their families want.

Speaking on the BBC's Radio 4 programme Cameron said: "There are all sorts of other arrangements being put in place but I am keen that, as a nation, we show respect and our condolences ... and if they would like for us to try and bring back the bodies of their loved ones with dignity and respect that is something we can do."

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Home Secretary Theresa May heads to Tunisia

Home Secretary Theresa May is heading out to Tunisia today along with Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood, the Prime Minister confirmed this morning.

Home Secretary Theresa May is heading to Tunisia. Credit: Press Association.

David Cameron confirmed May was flying out to have meetings with government ministers to talk about security and how to combat terrorism as well as to to go to Sousse and see firsthand what has happened.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme Cameron also confirmed the government would be sending out an RAF C17 to help with the evacuation of casualties and potentially repatriate bodies.

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PM: Islamic State poses an existential threat to UK

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has said he believes that the "so-called" Islamic State group poses an "existential threat" to the UK and the world as a whole.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4's Today Programme he said: "It is an existential threat because what's happening here is the perversion of a great religion and the creation of this poisonous death cult that is seducing too many young minds in Europe, in America, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

"This is I think going to be the struggle of our generation and we have to fight it with everything that we can."

Police search for witnesses after man punches security guard

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a security guard was attacked at an Oldbury supermarket.

Police are searching for witnesses after an attack in Oldbury. Credit: West Midlands Police

The 44-year-old man was ushering a group of young people out of Sainsbury’s in Freeth Street when one of them made a racist comment and punched him in the face.

Police want to talk to a man regarding the incident, who is described as black, around 5ft 6ins tall, aged 17 to 18, medium build with short cropped black hair, clean shaven and spoke with a local accent.

This was a completely unacceptable attack on a man who was just trying to carry out his job.

“Crimes like this will not be tolerated and we need members of the public to come forward and help with our investigation.

“If you recognise the young man pictured or if you were at the shop at the time and witnessed what happened please call us now on 101.”

– Detective Constable Luke Stephens, from Sandwell Police

The attack happened at around 5.45pm on Saturday 23 May.

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