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Preparations start for inquests into 30 Britons killed on Tunisian beach

Published 17/11/2015

Flowers left in tribute to those killed in the Tunisian beach massacre outside Fulham Public Mortuary in London
Flowers left in tribute to those killed in the Tunisian beach massacre outside Fulham Public Mortuary in London

Legal preparations for the inquests of the 30 Britons who were killed in June's Tunisia beach terror attack are to begin.

Crown court judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, who has been appointed as coroner, is to hold a pre-inquest review hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

He will aim to give directions so that the official investigations into deaths of the UK victims of the mass killing in the Mediterranean resort town of Sousse can begin.

The bloody attack by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui claimed a total of 38 lives, with terror group Islamic State claiming responsibility.

Judge Loraine-Smith, who usually sits at Southwark Crown Court in south east London, was nominated to take on the role by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, after consultation with the Lord Chancellor, Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

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