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Man from Wooler hailed a hero of Tunisia gun attack

A man from Northumberland is being hailed a hero this morning for helping to save the lives of some of the tourists targeted by a terrorist gunman in Tunisia.

Paul Short from Wooler, an ex-Territorial soldier, was on holiday with his wife. They were in their hotel room when he heard what he knew to be gunfire.

In his own words he he tells us what happened next:

Bodies repatriated of ex-footballer and wife who were among Tunisia victims

Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine.

The bodies of a Stockton-born former footballer and his wife who were gunned down in the Tunisian terror attacks have arrived back in the UK.

A convoy of ambulances took the bodies of eight Britons, including Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine, to Tunis Carthage military airport this morning ahead of an RAF flight back to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The C-17 military transport aircraft touched down at Brize Norton this afternoon in the first of several repatriation flights to take eplace in the coming days.

The former Birmingham City football star and his wife have been named as the latest British victims of the Tunisian beach massacre.

Denis Thwaites, 70, originally form Stockton-on-Tees, and his wife Elaine, 69, had not been heard from since the attack, leaving their family fearing the worst.

In a message posted on their son-in-law Danny Clifford's Facebook page, their daughter Lindsey said: "Mum and Dad were the kindest, caring, loving parents any daughter could wish for. Rest in peace now my angels."


'Outpouring of emotion' over Tunisia terror death

The Rector of Whickham, Gateshead, has spoken of the shock felt by the community over the death of grandmother Lisa Burbidge, who was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia.

Her local church, St Mary the Virgin, will be open every morning to allow people time for prayers and contemplation.

People are also being invited to lay floral tributes on the Green outside the church.

The Rev Barry Abbott spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees:

Metro passenger subjected to a racist assault

Police are investigating a racist incident on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

It happened at around 6.30pm on Sunday, June 28, when a man travelling on the Metro from Central Station made racist comments towards another man who was travelling on the train.

The offender then threw a can of lager over the man as he left the train at Wansbeck Road Metro Station.

He is white, aged around 30, and was wearing a blue polo shirt, shorts and white trainers.

Police say the incident was reported to them by a witness, and they areicers are keen to trace and speak to the victim.


Family pay tribute to 'beautiful, amazing, caring' grandmother

Lisa Burbidge. Credit: Family photo

The family of Lisa Burbidge, who was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia, has paid tribute to her, describing her as 'the most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives.'

The grandmother-of-four is one of 15 Britons now known to have died when a gunman opened fire in the holiday resort of Sousse.

"We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts. "She leaves behind many family members including four fantastic grandchildren who were her world and will miss her tremendously. "We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences but now would ask that we are left to grieve privately to come to terms with our sad loss."

– Lisa Burbidge family statement

Neighbours 'in shock' over death of Gateshead woman in Tunisia

Neighbours of a holidaymaker from Gateshead who was killed in a terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia have described their 'shock' at the news of her death.

Lisa Burbidge, in her 60s, from Whickham, was one of 15 British people killed in Friday's terror attack on a beach in Sousse.

One neighbour, Paul Taylor, 45, said:

"Lisa was a lovely lady, absolutely beautiful.

"It was awful for Lisa's daughters when her husband Bill died so this will be especially hard for them.

"The family are very close and this will be devastating for them all.

"We are in total shock."

– Paul Taylor, neighbour of Lisa Burbidge
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