North of England is preferred option for Sousse terror attack memorial

A MEMORIAL TO victims of the Tunisian terror attacks in 2015 may be built in the North of England, a minister has revealed.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 11th July 2016, 10:12 am
Updated Monday, 11th July 2016, 11:16 am
Sharon Bell, from Leeds, died in the attack.
Sharon Bell, from Leeds, died in the attack.

Junior Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said the location would be decided after consultation with families of victims.

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But he said the fact that many of the victims were from the North meant it made sense to locate the memorial in that part of the country.

Meanwhile, in a separate move, a memorial for British victims of terrorism overseas is to be created at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Mr Ellwood –whose brother Jonathan died in the 2002 Bali bombings – said: “This has been in the planning for some time. We want to dedicate a memorial to the victims of overseas terrorism.”

The attack in Sousse in Tunisia 2015 was the worst incident of terrorism involving British citizens since the 7/7 attacks in London. The victims included Chris and Sharon Bell, from Leeds. Mr Ellwood said families of the victims were in favour of a memorial and that a site in the North seemed to be a favoured option.