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Funeral takes place of Blackpool couple killed in Tunisian massacre

Order of funeral service of Denis and Elaine Thwaites Credit: ITV Granada

The funeral is taking place of a Blackpool couple who were killed in the Tunisia beach massacre.

The service for Denis and Elaine Thwaites is being held at Fairhaven United Reform Church in Lytham St Annes

Fairhaven United Reform Church in Lytham St Annes Credit: ITV Granada

The funeral service is taking place


Fleeing holidaymakers vow to return to Tunisia

Hundreds of holidaymakers told to leave Tunisia have landed back at Manchester Airport. They are following government advice to return home immediately after intelligence revealed a second terror attack was "highly likely."


Blackpool couple still missing after Tunisia attack

There's still no official word about a couple from Blackpool who've been missing in Tunisia since a gunman went on the rampage and killed 38 holidaymakers.

Elaine and Denis Thwaites were staying at the hotel in Sousse where guests came under attack on Friday. It's thought up to 30 Britons may have been killed.

In the last few hours, the Prime Minister has declared a national minute of silence for the victims on Friday.

Many of those who survived have been talking of their ordeal. Our correspondent Rob Smith has the latest:

Cameron announces national minute of silence

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A national one minute's silence to commemorate the victims of the Tunisia beach attack will be held at midday on Friday, David Cameron has told the House of Commons.

It is believed around 30 Britons may have been killed in the attack, though only 18 British deaths have so far been confirmed.

Earlier Tunisian authorities said they had detained a group of suspects believed to be associated with gunman Seifeddine Rezgui - the first arrests since Friday's beach massacre.

All Tunisia wounded to be home in 24 hours

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All British nationals injured in the terror attack on a Tunisian beach will be returned to the UK for treatment within the next 24 hours, Downing Street said, as the official toll of UK deaths rose to 18.

Officials confirmed that the total number of Britons killed when a gunman opened fire on sunbathers in the resort of Sousse is expected to reach "around 30", and said that the UK was pressing the Tunisian authorities to ensure swift access for British experts who have been sent to help identify remaining bodies.

Four of those needing treatment are being flown back to the UK on board an RAF C17 plane with "medevac" teams experienced at bringing injured service personnel back from operations overseas, said Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokeswoman.

The developments came as Home Secretary Theresa May visited the scene of the massacre to lay flowers and observe a period of silence.

Mrs May and Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood have travelled to the country to pay their respects and take part in talks with the Tunisian government on addressing the extremist threat.

A total of 38 people perished after a gunman opened fire on a beach in the resort on Friday.

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