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UKIP 'taking advantage of Labour's weakness in Wales'

As Wales prepares for its National Assembly elections on May 5th, a political wind of change may be sweeping through the country.

UKIP is beginning to take advantage of a sense among some people that traditional parties - especially Labour - are not delivering.

UKIP's support has grown largely based on its campaigns around the EU and immigration, leaving spectators wondering what the outcome of the vote will be.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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Three people in hospital after gas explosion in Newport

Three people have been taken to hospital after a house was partially destroyed in an apparent gas explosion in Newport, Wales.

At least four fire engines were called to the incident in George Street, Newport. Credit: Google Maps

An eyewitness told the South Wales Argus that he pulled a man from the rubble of the building shortly after the blast on George Street.

Jordan Reynolds said he and a woman dragged the man out of the front window.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews were called to the blast at 7.32pm.

He added: "The cause of the incident is subject to an ongoing investigation by the Police and Wales and West utilities. Three people were taken to hospital".

People in the nearby area were evacuated shortly after the 'serious incident' but it is believed that they are now being allowed to return to their homes.

We were alerted to reports of a gas explosion at a house on George Street in Newport and immediately sent Emergency Engineers to the scene.

We are working alongside the fire service and police to first make the gas supply to the house safe and then to investigate this incident. However, at this early stage it appears to be related to internal gas pipework and not our gas network.

The mains gas network and the supply of gas to other homes and businesses in the area has not been affected by this incident.

– Wales & West Utilities Head of Emergency Service, Clive Book

Reports of 'serious incident' in Newport town centre

At least 25 firefighters and four fire engines are reportedly attending a 'serious incident' in Newport town centre.

According to reports a house has been cordoned off after an apparent gas explosion and people nearby have been asked to leave the area.

South Wales Fire Service said crews were called to the scene at 7.32pm this evening.

It is not known if there are any injuries.

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