Tunisia attack: 15 Britons confirmed dead in bloodbath

Fifteen British people have been confirmed dead in the Tunisia attack, with a warning that the toll could rise.

Tunisia attack: 15 Britons confirmed dead in bloodbath

Tributes have poured in for them as communities across the UK come to terms with their deaths.

Among those confirmed dead are Patrick Evans, believed to be aged 78, his son Adrian, and his 19-year-old grandson Joel Richards. Joel’s brother Owen, 16, survived.

Adrian worked for Sandwell Council in the West Midlands as a manager in the gas services department.

Council leader Darren Cooper said Adrian was a “very popular and long-serving employee” adding: “We are absolutely devastated for Adrian’s family, friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with them and all those affected by this tragedy.”

Joel, believed to be a student at the University of Worcester, was described as “a young, talented referee with the world at his feet” by the Birmingham County FA.

Birmingham-based Gaelic football club James Connolly’s GFC also paid tribute to an “exceptionally-talented footballer”.

The University of Worcester’s vice chancellor and chief executive, David Green, added: “Our whole university community has been shocked by these tragic reports.

“At Worceste, Joel has shown himself to be a highly intelligent, talented young man and an all-round outstanding person with a truly bright future ahead.

“Since joining the university, he has become very popular with his fellow students, team-mates and with the many staff that have taught him throughout his time with us.”

Bruce Wilkinson, 72, from Goole, East Yorkshire, was among the dead. His family issued a statement through local MP Andrew Percy paying tribute to the grandfather, reported to have been a retired power station worker.

They said: “We are devastated at the loss of Bruce, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

“Bruce was a loving family man, and in his working life worked to support the care of others. He was a kind and compassionate man, with a dry sense of humour. He was fun-loving, and will be deeply missed by friends and family alike.”

Another victim was Lisa Burbidge, from Whickham, Gateshead. Her grand-daughter Chloe Thompson left a tribute on the Newcastle Chronicle’s Facebook page, saying: “My angel, my bestfriend love you always grandma, rest in peace.”

Fashion blogger Carly Lovett, 24, from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire was also confirmed as one of the victims. Friends and fellow bloggers paid emotional tributes to the former University of Lincoln student on social media.

Engineer Stephen Mellor from Bodmin in Cornwall was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl on the beach. The nurse told The Mirror: “I was screaming at people to check him and someone looked and they said he had no pulse. They said he was gone.”

A neighbour close to their home in Cornwall, who asked not to be identified, said today: “I knew them both through my kids. We have lived here for three years and knew them to talk to, we would always wave and say hello to each other.

Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley were on holiday together in Sousse. Ms Davey’s son Conor Fulford, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, reported she had died.

He tweeted last night: “Hi Everyone, Sorry to tell you we lost my mother Sue Davey tonight but I want to thank everybody that tried to help me & my family.”

Mr Chalkley’s son Ross Naylor described his father as a “loving, typical bloke”.

Mr Naylor from Derby said: “Tonight me and Brad lost our Dad, unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attacks in Tunisia and is no longer with us.”

Trudy Jones, 51, was described as their “rock’’ by her grieving family. The divorced single mother of four was on holiday with friends.

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