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Fallon: 'There are more British dead' in Tunisia

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said "it looks sadly as if the number of victims is going to rise" after Friday's beach attack in Tunisia.

"There are a number who haven't been formally identified but there are more British dead and more British casualties", he told ITV News.

He also said all thoughts are with the victims' family and friend after the "appalling murders"

"These murders are a stark reminder that we can never take security for granted", he added.

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First wave of Thomson flights bring tourists from Tunisia

Six of ten Thomson Airways flights bringing approximately 2,500 Thomson and First Choice customers back from Tunisia has arrived in the UK.

A team of Thomson representatives were on hand to greet passengers as they entered the arrivals hall at the airport's Terminal 2 building.

The planes rescue flights at set to arrive at four UK airports including Manchester today Credit: PA Wire

Some people were reportedly visibly distressed as they were led away by staff within the airport.

The airport's co-ordinating chaplain, the Rev George Lane, was on site, along with a visible police presence.

Additional flights were scheduled to arrive from Gatwick, East Midlands and Doncaster airports.


Armed Forces Day events

Armed Forces Day

There are many events taking place today to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the region. Here are some:

  • BERWICK-UPON-TWEED - A weekend of exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and historical re-enactments celebrating the centuries-old military heritage of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • CATTERICK - Catterick Garrison Families Day - aimed to celebrate the work of the Armed Forces and strengthen the bond between the military and civilian community.
  • COLDSTREAM - Honour Our Troops will help you paint your very own Poppy Jars for Armsitice Night.
  • HARROGATE - In partnership with Bettys, the Petal to Pot Summer Garden Party celebrates the quintessential tradition of tea and cake.
  • RIPON - the whole of the Ripon market square will be filled with static displays from veterans and cadets of all three Services; a Sea Cadet marching band, breach a minefield with the Army Cadets, a Drill display by the Air Cadets.
  • SCARBOROUGH - North Sea Yacht Race from Scarborough - an event paying tribute to veterans of World War Two.
  • SEAHAM - Seaham Armed Forces Day will be held in Seaham Town Park.
  • STOCKTON-ON-TEES - Castle Street will be closed off for a military parade.
  • SUNDERLAND - Military Parade and Union Flag Waving Concert.
  • WIDDRINGTON near MORPETH - Marching the Royal British Legion Standard accompanied by a Piper from Widdrington Barracks.
  • YORK - events at the Black Bull Hotel including bouncy castle, face painting, hook a duck and tombola.

Tunisia eyewitness: My friend shouted 'Gun. Run!'

A woman from North Yorkshire, on holiday in Tunisia, has spoken of the moment a gunman opened fire - at the start of a killing spree that would claim dozens of lives - and how she had to flee for her life.

Ellie Makin, from Ripon, said she was on a beach when her friend suddenly shouted out just two words "Gun. Run!"

In an incredible account of survival, Ellie, seen here with her friend Debbie Horsfall, told ITV News what happened next when arrived at their hotel's reception:

Tall ship and young crew arrive in Blyth

Stavros S Niarchos. Credit: ITV News

The majestic sight of a tall ship arriving at port has been filmed by ITV Tyne Tees in Blyth, Northumberland, this afternoon.

The Stavros S Niarchos has been crewed by pupils from Emmanuel Schools, Gateshead, during a ten-day voyage from Southampton.

The majestic sight at the Dun Cow Quay, Blyth. Credit: ITV News

The adventure was organised by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, and our very own Ross Hutchinson was there to greet the ship's arrival.

You can see more on our evening programme at 6pm on ITV.


Man's ear bitten off in Berwick

A man's ear was partly bitten off during an incident in Berwick.

Police say that at around 9.10pm on Friday, June 19, two men were involved in an altercation outside the Farmfoods store on Northumberland Road.

During the incident a 23-year-old man had part of his right ear bitten off and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Royal Navy crew to march through Morpeth today

HMS Northumberland. Credit: Ministry of Defence

More than 160 service men and women from the county's adopted warship, HMS Northumberland, will march through the streets of Morpeth today to re-affirm its Right of Freedom of the County of Northumberland.

Musicians from the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland dressed in scarlet tunics, bearskins and kilts will lead an armed guard, colour party and the ship's company through the town.

The parade will start in Coopies Lane at 1.30pm, marching down to Mafeking roundabout and following the A197 down over the Bridge, turning left on to Bridge Street.

The parade will halt outside Morpeth Town Hall for a short ceremony where the scroll awarding the honour of freedom to HMS Northumberland, will be presented to the Commanding Officer, Commander Trish Kohn, Royal Navy.

Temporary road closures will be in place in the immediate area of the parade. The closures will be rolling and once the parade has passed the road will immediately reopen. Spectators are asked to get into the town early to avoid any congestion.

HMS Northumberland, built in Wallsend by Swan Hunter, was first granted its Freedom of Northumberland in 2004.

It is an immensely exciting time for both the Ship's company and I to bring HMS Northumberland back home. Launched on the Tyne, 23 years ago, the Type 23 Frigate has been the backbone of the Naval Service for some 21 years deploying across the world in response to any given tasking, and HMS Northumberland continues to protect us and our country to this day. I know I speak on behalf of the Ship's Company when I say we are very much looking forward to our visit and the program of events across the weekend".

– Commander Trish Kohn, HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland is currently berthed at Northumbria Quay, North Shields, and will be open to the public on Saturday 27th June between 11am and 4pm.

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