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Somerset pensioner came face to face with gunman who killed 38 tourists in Tunisia

Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha from Highbridge, was caught up in the Tunisian terrorist attack Credit: ITV News

A Somerset pensioner has spoken exclusively to ITV News West Country about the moment he came face to face with a gunman in the Tunisian terrorist attack in which 38 holidaymakers died.

Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha from Highbridge, risked his own life when he ran towards the gunfire to see how he could help those being shot. He says there was a second gunman firing at tourists.

Mr Hawkes said: "All of a sudden there was three or four very loud bangs. I recognised these bangs as gunshots straight away having experienced it many, many times during my army service. I looked down across the pool and I could see people running towards us."

"Everybody then got up and started to run. I grabbed hold of my wife and we both took cover behind a wall."

"I looked round and saw a man with an AK47 rifle slung across the front of his body. He wasn't actually looking at me, he was looking down at a phone that he had in his hand. Someone shouted that he was another gunman."

"There was an injured person just to our right and we were talking to him, telling him to keep quiet and not to move."

"Then there was another loud bang and he'd fired a shot in the reception area. We were just so, so lucky. The bullets came in our direction. I know that because we were immediately below the glass doors"

"I looked down to my left and I saw there was a man with his head in his hands who was sobbing. He told me he had just lost his wife. He said they just shot her through the neck and what could I do? I just had to console him. That's all I could do."

"I then went down to the swimming pool and picked up some towels and began to cover the bodies."

Granddaughter of Wiltshire woman missing in Tunisia issues online plea for news

The granddaughter of Eileen Swannack, who is still missing in Tunisia after Friday's terror attack, has turned to social media to help find her.

Lucie Marie has been tweeting for news of her grandmother and her grandmother's partner, John Welch.

The Wiltshire couple were staying at a hotel at the beach resort where the attack took place.

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Man arrested after stabbings in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a man attacked a number of people with a knife in Yeovil.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive last night where three people had reportedly been attacked with a large knife.

One man has been arrested.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told ITV News: "A male was walking along the street and suddenly stabbed a young 17 year old girl very seriously in the back. He also attacked another lady who was just in her driveway cleaning her car out. He tried to stab a third man who was getting into his car. That gentleman wrestled him to the ground, took the knife off him and detained him."

Teenage girl stabbed in the street in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl and a passer-by have been stabbed in the street in Yeovil.

The knifeman went on the rampage in King Arthur Drive on Sunday evening, leaving the 17-year-old girl in a critical condition in hospital.

A 29-year-old woman sustained arm injuries.

The attacker was eventually detained by a member of the public, who pinned him to the floor.

Mum-of-two Sarah Hale, 39, who lives on King Arthur Drive said: "My neighbour was washing his car or something and his little son was in the car.

"He managed to get him down on the floor until the police came. It took five of them to get him into the van."

The 17-year-old girl remains in hospital in a critical condition following emergency surgery.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Shearlock, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street.

"I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived."

The clean up begins as Glastonbury festival goers head home

Campers pack up their tents and head home from Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The major clean-up operation to turn the 1,000 acre setting of the Glastonbury Festival back into a farm has started.

With the party officially over, campers have until 5pm today to leave the farm and allow the clean-up operation to get into full swing.

Litter pickers begin the major clean up after Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

A litter picking crew of around 800 will spend up to six weeks clearing the 1,200-acre site, which has been left carpeted in rubbish.

Roads around the site are extremely congested, with bad traffic on the A303 around Stonehenge and on the A37 between Shepton Mallet and Bristol.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis described the festival - which has been particularly diverse and controversial this year with a last-minute cancellation from the Foo Fighters, a stage invasion during Kanye West's headline performance and a visit from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - as the best yet.

Meanwhile Avon and Somerset Police said it recorded one of the lowest crime figures it has seen in recent years, with 216 crimes reported compared with 246 last year.

Man arrested after knife attacks in Yeovil

A man has been arrested in Yeovil after attacking a number of people with a knife, including a 17-year-old girl who is in a critical condition in hospital following emergency surgery.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil just before 7.30pm last night, Sunday 28 June where a man had been detained by a member of the public.

The road will remain closed while investigations continue.

This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street. I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived.

A second man should also be commended for taking the most seriously injured victim to hospital.

– Det Insp Lindsay Shearlock, Avon & Somerset Police

A 29-year-old woman who sustained an arm injury was released from hospital after treatment.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

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Wedding fears after bridal shop closes down

The Mystia bridal boutique in Gloucester has closed down Credit: ITV News West Country

Customers of a bridalwear shop in Gloucester which has closed down suddenly are concerned it may affect their wedding plans.

Mystia Bridal Boutique has ceased trading, with a number of brides-to-be with orders in place. It is a member of the British Bridal Retail Association, has issued the following statement about the closure of Mystia Gloucester.

Here at the BBRA we would like to express our regret that this has happened to one of our members. We have no information around the closure nor how may brides are affected as the member is not returning our calls or requests for information. Thankfully, as a member retailer they should have offered their brides our free insurance. Brides who got this were required to call our insurance partners to activate the free cover and to register their purchase. Those that did will be covered and should contact the insurers on the telephone number provided on their policy. Those that did not register will not be covered. If you paid by credit or debit card you should contact the issuer to make a claim. I apologise for the distress that our member has caused so many. Our membership will work hard to help those affected.

– British Bridal Retailers Association spokesperson

The British Bridal Retailers Association says its members are on standby to do all that they can to assist brides that have been affected. You can find a member nearest to you here.

Police Chief Constable faces gross misconduct hearing

Nick Gargan has been suspended on full pay since May last year Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police faces a long-awaited gross misconduct hearing today.

Nick Gargan has been suspended on full pay since May last year following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female colleagues.

The location of the hearing is being kept secret. It's expected to last 10 days.

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