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Permanent memorial to victims of Tunisia shootings

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The family of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia shootings will be consulted about the design and location of a new memorial.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl from gunfire in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse just over a week ago.

The Prime Minister announced a permanent memorial to all of the victims will be created.

David Cameron also said a special service will be held in the autumn dedicated to all those caught up in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.

Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity.

It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Tunisia eyewitness pays emotional tribute to attack victims

Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were saved by a local man who hid them in his home. Credit: Facebook

A man from Weymouth who was caught up in the Tunisian hotel attack has paid an emotional tribute to those who died and those who tried to save them.

20-year-old Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were staying in the holiday resort of Sousse when a gunman opened fire on the beach.

They were saved by a local Tunisian man who hid several tourists in his home.

"Many lives were lost and ruined. My love and deepest sympathy are with those people, together we stand united and won't let terrorism win. Thanks to all the brave locals and emergency services who risked their lives to save others. I am thinking of every single person who lost their lives - and their families. Today my thoughts are with you all."

– Macauley Arnold, eyewitness to the attack in Tunisia

His words come on the day that a minute's silence was observed at noon around the country, in memory of those lost.


Family of Tunisia victim thank Cornish town for support

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

The family of a man who died trying to save his wife in the attack on a Tunisian hotel have paid tribute to his hometown.

The Cornish town of Bodmin has rallied around the family of 59-year-old Stephen Mellor.

A church service was held earlier this week in tribute to Mr Mellor and in support of his wife Cheryl, who is recovering in hospital after losing her hand in the massacre.

"The sons and family of Stephen Mellor would like to express their thanks for all the support and good wishes they have received from the Bodmin community.

“In this most difficult of times it gives the family great support to know that Stephen was loved by so many in the local area.”

– The Mellor family

A minute's silence was observed across the country at noon today, in memory of those lost in the attack.

A minute's silence for Tunisia victims

Cheryl and Stephen Mellor Credit: SWNS

A minute's silence has been held across the country in memory of those who were killed in the Tunisia beach attacks.

Among them was Stephen Mellor from Bodmin, whose wife Cheryl was injured, losing her hand in the massacre. The community paid tribute to them in their local church earlier this week.

Cornish town rally around family of man killed in Tunisia

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

A Cornish town has gathered together in support of the family of Stephen Mellor, who was murdered in the massacre in Tunisia.

He did shielding his wife Cheryl, who lost her hand and suffered severe gunshot wounds. She has since been brought back to the UK for treatment in hospital.

Candles were lit and prayers were said at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin, in tribute to the family.

'He was one of us': Bodmin mourns man killed saving wife in Tunisia

Children have been leaving handmade sympathy cards for the Mellor family. Credit: ITV News

There have been emotional scenes in a Cornish church today, as the town of Bodmin remembers a man killed in Tunisia saving his wife's life.

Stephen Mellor was killed on the beach as he shielded his wife Cheryl from the gunman. His body was returned to the UK today, while Cheryl is being treated for serious gunshot injuries in a British hospital.

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

A service for the couple is being held at St Petroc's Church this evening, but earlier children left handmade sympathy cards and tributes were paid by Revd. Canon Graham Minors, the Team Rector of Bodmin, and local MP Scott Mann. They spoke to Jacquie Bird.

Stephen Mellor's body returns home. Credit: ITV News


Memorial for Cornish man killed saving wife in Tunisia

Stephen Mellor's wife Cheryl remains in hospital in Sousse.

A service is taking place today in memory of a man from Cornwall killed in the Tunisian beach attack.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor died trying to shield his wife Cheryl during the shooting on Friday. She was injured and remains in hospital in Sousse.

The service will be held at St Petroc's church in Bodmin at 7 this evening.

South Devon couple stranded in Tunisia

Jayne Bostock Tapper and her husband Paul in Tunisia Credit: Jayne Bostock Tapper

A couple from South Devon say they've been left stranded in Tunisia with no information from their tour operator about when they'll be able to fly home. Jayne Bostock Tapper and her husband Paul say they're among more than 200 British tourists at the Royal Kenz Hotel in Sousse.

Jayne and Paul, from Newton Abbot, were on the beach when the massacre occurred close by on Friday.

"We ran for our lives with the gunshots behind us. It was all so upsetting. I've been unable to sleep at night.

"All we want to do is come home. Thomson keep giving us times for updates, but nothing is happening. All the tourists from other countries have gone, it's just British tourists left"

– Jayne Bostock Tapper

ITV News has contacted Thomson for information about when the couple will be flown home. At time of publication, the company had yet to reply.

Cornish man feared dead in Tunisia massacre

A man from Bodmin is missing and feared dead following the massacre in Tunisia. Stephen Mellor, 59, was holidaying with his wife Cheryl. She suffered gunshot wounds and is recovering in hospital.

Mrs Mellor told the Sunday Mirror that her husband slumped motionless in front of her while trying to shield her from the killer. Full details here.

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