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Thomson cancels Bristol flights to Tunisia

Thomson has cancelled all flights to Tunisia Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Holiday operator Thomson has cancelled its flights from Bristol Airport to Tunisia. Tomorrow's 0700 flight to Enfidha and Wednesday's 0630 service will not run.

In a statement, Thomson and First Choice said all flights to Tunisia would be cancelled for the next week. The company has confirmed that some of the victims of yesterday's massacre were its customers.

Holidaymakers due to fly to Tunisia are being offered alternative holidays in Rhodes, Gran Canaria and Cape Verde. Further details here.

60 people fly from Bristol to Tunisia

Thomas Cook is continuing flights from Bristol to Tunisia Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Sixty people flew from Bristol Airport to Tunisia this morning, according to an airport spokesman. The holidaymakers were on the 0630 Thomas Cook flight to Enfidha.

Thomas Cook's flight tomorrow to Enfidha at 2220 is also to scheduled to run as normal. A spokeswoman said customers were being given the choice of whether to fly or to obtain refunds.

The spokeswoman said no Thomas Cook customers were staying in the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel, which was at the centre of yesterday's massacre. But its holidaymakers do stay in the surrounding resort of Sousse. See here for the latest information from the tour operator.


Bristol man tweet's pictures of aftermath in Tunisia

A man from Bristol who witnessed a fatal attack on tourists in Tunisia has tweeted pictures of the aftermath.

Gary Pine from Kingswood was on holiday in the resort of Sousse with his family, when gunmen stormed the hotel killing dozens of guests.

Bristol tourist in Tunisia attack describes 'mass panic'

A tourist from Bristol caught in the attack on a Tunisian hotel has told ITV News, "My heart was racing".

Describing the scene at the El Mouradi Palm Marina hotel in Sousse, Gary Pine said, "People started to run quite quickly to get off the beach and what sounded like firecrackers."

Keep calm and curry on?

There are 15,000 curry houses in Britain. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

There are 15,000 curry houses in Britain, but the industry is in crisis, say some restaurateurs. An immigration cap means some are struggling for staff, while second generations of Bangladeshi immigrants are deciding against working in the family business.

A conference has been held near Bristol for leading industry members to swap ideas and get advice.

Here is Robert Murphy's report.


Rare dove born at Bristol Zoo

The bleeding-heart dove chick born at Bristol Zoo is a sign of hope for the threatened species Credit: Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo has welcomed the birth of a rare chick.

The Mindanao bleeding-heart dove is native to the Philippines. It is one of many species in the area threatened by the loss of 95% of the country's forests.

Bristol Zoological Society has been working on the islands for two years to stop the decline. It aims to make local people aware of the value of conserving the species and their habitats.

Death row grandmother appeals to Sir Richard Branson

Lindsay Sandiford is hoping Sir Richard Branson will back her last-ditch appeal against her death sentence Credit: PA

A woman from Cheltenham who is on death row in Indonesia for drug-trafficking, has written to Sir Richard Branson in a desperate bid for backing for a last-ditch final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford, who is 58, is facing death by firing squad after being convicted for drug offences in 2012. She has started saying her goodbyes after running out of money for further appeals and following the recent executions of eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, by the Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay Sandiford, seen here after her arrest in 2012, says she longs to see her grand daughter who was born afterwards Credit: PA

You can read the letter to Sir Richard Branson here:

Lindsay Sandiford's letter to Sir Richard Branson

Red Cross fly to Nepal from South Gloucestershire

Red Cross teams from South Gloucestershire are flying out to Nepal today with aid for the earthquake victims. The kits include tents, water treatment tablets and camp beds.

Packs including tents, water treatment equipment and camp beds were packed up at the Warmley warehouse over the weekend. It's thought to be the last time the west country team is involved in an international emergency before the base is moved to Northamptonshire.

Stroud woman rescued from Nepal says "huge thank you"

Ingrid Chiene said the village where she was staying was almost entirely destroyed. Credit: ITV News

A Stroud woman reunited with her children after being caught up in the devastation in Nepal has spoken of her relief and gratitude.

Ingrid Chiene was celebrating her fortieth birthday in a small village near Kathmandu, and had been in the country for less than a week when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck.

She said the village where she was staying was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake, and that she could not believe the generosity of the local people, who reached out to stranded tourists despite their own homes being turned to rubble.

She also had nothing but praise for British embassy staff, and has said she wants to go back to the country to help.

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