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Family fear the worst for missing Wiltshire couple

The grandson of a Wiltshire man missing in Tunisia says he fears the worst for him and his partner. Nothing has been heard of John Welch and Eileen Swannack since the massacre in Sousse.

Dan Welch told ITV News his grandfather, who is from Corsham, was a regular visitor to Tunisia along with Eileen.

Wiltshire couple missing in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch are missing in Tunisia Credit: Dan Welch

A couple from Wiltshire who were on holiday in Tunisia remain unaccounted for following yesterday's terrorist attack. John Welch and Eileen Swannack were staying in the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse which was at the centre of the massacre in which 39 people are now known to have died.

John Welch is a retired plumber who lives in Corsham. His partner lives in Biddestone. John's grandson Dan Welch, from Swindon says the couple are regular visitors to the resort, making twice-yearly trips for the past eight years.

The pair had flown out of Bristol last Wednesday with holiday operators Thomson. Early this morning Thomson flew most of their holidaymakers back from Sousse on special flights, but neither John nor Eileen were among them.


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.

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