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Officer who led response to Tunisia terrorist attacks to be honoured by Queen

Sir Boyd Tunnock will also be made a Knight Bachelor by the Queen during the investiture ceremony.

Detective Superintendent Mark Gower with his OBE (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Detective Superintendent Mark Gower with his OBE (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent

A senior police officer will be awarded an OBE after leading the UK response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Sousse, Tunisia, where 30 British nationals were killed.

Detective Superintendent Mark Gower will receive the honour from the Queen during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony for services to policing.

The honour also recognises his efforts leading the response to the 2017 terrorist attack at Finsbury Park and heading the investigation to find the Parson Green bomber the same year.

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Sir Boyd Tunnock will be knighted on Thursday (John Linton/PA)

Confectioner Sir Boyd Tunnock will be made a Knight Bachelor by the Queen during the ceremony for his services to business and charity.

Sir Boyd runs the family-owned Scottish company Tunnock’s and is the inventor of the popular Tunnock’s Teacake.

Speaking when the knighthood was announced he said: “When you get to my age, very few things surprise you but this certainly did and I am deeply honoured and grateful to Her Majesty the Queen.”

Also being recognised is Christie Spurling, the founder of the charity N-Gage, which aims to help students re-engage with education, who will be awarded an MBE.

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