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01/07/2015 20:17 BST | Updated 01/07/2016 06:12 BST

29 British Massacre Dead Identified

All but one of the 30 Britons believed killed in the Tunisian beach massacre have been formally identified, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said after the first bodies were repatriated to the UK.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee, he said the others would be brought home "over the coming days".

Relatives wept and comforted each other as the C-17 military transport aircraft, which left Tunis airport earlier today, landed at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The coffins of Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites were adorned with white flowers and were carried off the plane by members of the armed forces.

They were among the 38 people shot dead by student Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday.

"I can confirm that the number of Britons killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack who have been positively identified has now reached 29," Mr Hammond said.

"One victim now remains who we believe is British but police require further time to confirm the identity.

"All of our injured are home and all bar one of the 30 who we believe are British have now been positively identified. The first RAF flight to repatriate the bodies of those killed in the attack returned eight of the victims to their loved ones.

"The remaining bodies will be flown back to Britain over the coming days."