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National minute of silence to remember Tunisia victims

A national minute of silence will be held at 12pm today to remember the victims of the terror attack in Tunisia.

Credit: Wales News Service

The bodies of nine British victims of the massacre, including Trudy Jones from Blackwood, were flown home yesterday, as the final UK death toll was confirmed at 30.

In Trudy's hometown of Blackwood, the council has arranged a remembrance event to coincide with the minute silence at the Dragon Circle in the town's centre.

More: Tributes to Welsh grandmother killed in Tunisia shooting

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Body of grandmother killed in Tunisia returns today

The bodies of nine British victims of the Tunisian beach massacre were this afternoon being flown home, as the final UK death toll was confirmed at 30.

Among the dead being flown into Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire will be Trudy Jones from Blackwood.

Trudy Jones was killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia last Friday. Credit: Gwent Police / Family Photo

The 51-year-old grandmother was described by residents at the Blackwood care home where she worked as an "absolute angel".

More: Tributes to Welsh grandmother killed in Tunisia shooting

Eight Britons killed in the terror attack were brought back to British soil on Wednesday, further flights are expected tomorrow and Saturday.

British nationals made up the majority of the 38 killed by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui when he opened fire on holidaymakers on a beach in the resort of Sousse on Friday - along with three Irish nationals, two Germans, one Belgian, one Portuguese and one Russian.

Welsh man shot in Tunisia attack 'will be in hospital for two more weeks'

Mathew James and Saera Wilson Credit: Facebook - Saera Wilson

Two Welsh survivors of the Tunisia beach massacre have thanked everyone for their support.

Mathew James and Saera Wilson have also said that it would be "disrespectful to be talking openly about how lucky we are, when other families have lost so much."

We both feel its inappropriate to speak to the media about our ordeal until all of the British victims have been formally identified and repatriated back to the UK. We think it would be disrespectful to be talking openly about how lucky we are, when other families have lost so much.

– Mathew James and Saera Wilson

Mathew is expected to be hospital for a further two weeks.

Welshman shot in Tunisia attack nominated for life saving medal

A Welsh tourist who was shot three times during a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach has been nominated for a Life Saving Medal by St. John Cymru – Wales.

Credit: Facebook - Saera Wilson

Matthew James, 30, a gas engineer from Trehafod, near Pontypridd, used his body as a human shield to save his fiancée, Sarah Wilson .

Matthew, who is now back in Wales in hospital in Cardiff was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip.

St John Cymru – Wales has announced that they are nominating Mr James for a Life Saving Medal for his act of bravery.

St. John has a number of Awards that recognise outstanding bravery, and from what has been reported, Mr James’s actions certainly warrant recognition. We will be asking our Honours and Awards Committee to nominate Mr James for consideration of the Order’s Life Saving Medal for his actions

– Keith Dunn, Chief Executive of St John Cymru Wales

Watch: Abertillery man explains why he's staying in Tunisia

Many Welsh holiday makers have come back early from the resorts in Tunisia, but some have stayed on, determined that the terror attack won't drive them out.

ITV News Correspondent Richard Gaisford has been speaking to Ron Boden from Abertillery, who was on the beach as the attack took place.

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PM confirms national minute's silence for Tunisia victims

David Cameron: '"I know the whole country will want to share in a moment of remembrance'. Credit: ITV Wales

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that there will be a national minute of silence on Friday at 12noon to remember the victims of the terror attack in Tunisia.

Eighteen Britons are confirmed to have died in the attack, including Trudy Jones from Blackwood, and the final death toll is expected to rise.

Colleagues pay tribute to Tunisia victim

Colleagues of a Blackwood killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia last week have paid tribute to her.

Trudy Jones worked at a care home in Blackwood. Staff there say she 'had a smile for everyone'.

Trudy Jones was killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia last week Credit: Family photo

She was meant to be back in work tomorrow, and we were all expecting her to be back. I am speaking to the residents and the staff and they're all in shock.

She had a joke for everyone, she had a smile for everyone, she had time for everyone. It is a great loss to us. It's not a work colleague we have lost, it's a family member.

– Shawkat Khan, Care home manager

Prayers will be said in her memory this afternoon.

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Security patrols increased on Sousse beach

Security patrols have been increased in the Tunisian resort ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May's visit today.

Good Morning Britain's Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford tweeted pictures of security personnel on quad bikes patrolling the coast where Friday's attack took place.

"She was a rock" - Family pay tribute to Tunisia victim

The family of a woman from Blackwood killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia last week have paid tribute to a caring person, who was always willing to help others.

Trudy Jones was killed in the terror attacks in Tunisia on Friday. Credit: Gwent Police

Although formal identification has yet to take place, it's believed 51-year-old Trudy Joneswas among the 38 people who died following the attack by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui on Friday.

Ms Jones family have released the following through their family liaison officer:

“Our mother of all people didn’t deserve this, such a caring person who put everyone else before herself. Always willing to help others, she loved everyone around her including all of the people she cared for at work. She’ll be missed by so many people. She was the rock of our family and kept us all going. None of us have a clue how we’re going to cope without her. We are all devastated and would appreciate if everyone can respect our privacy. Please leave us grieve our beautiful mother”.

– Trudy Jones' family
Trudy Jones was a mother and a grandmother. Credit: Wales News Service

Elsewhere Matthew James, a 30-year-old man from Trehafod, has returned home and is recovering in hospital after being shot three times whilst trying to protect his girlfriend from the gunman.

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