Bedfordshire man shot dead in Venezuela

A MAN from Bedfordshire has been shot dead while on holiday in South America.

Venezuelan police say that Thomas Ossel, 28, from Cople, was shot and killed during a robbery.

Officers say Mr Ossel was shot in the jaw and that his brother, Jack, also was wounded.

Mr Ossel has been described by friends as a popular man who was close to his family. He was working in London as a firefighter, and had previously worked at Oasis Beach Pool in Cardington Road as a student.

The Times & Citizen understands that the two brothers had been travelling together.

More will appear on this story later.

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