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Uefa aware of Welsh travel woe but won't delay kick off

Uefa is "monitoring" delays that have held back Wales fans travelling to this evening's quarter-final with Belgium but has refused to delay the kick off.

Numerous supporters heading to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille fear missing their national team's biggest match since the 1958 World Cup due to delays on the Eurotunnel.

Wales are bidding to reach a semi-final with Portugal with victory against Belgium. Credit: PA

A spokesperson for European football's governing body recognised the difficulties but said they were not yet on a scale to push back the game's starting time.

Uefa is aware of the current delays in the Eurotunnel and has gathered further information from the Welsh FA, local authorities and the tunnel operator.

It appears that the vast majority of fans with tickets will arrive on time at the stadium in Lille.

The match is therefore scheduled to go ahead as planned with a kick-off time of 9pm CET (8pm BST).

Uefa will continue to closely monitor any developments around this situation.

– Uefa spokesperson


Euro 2016: Party mood for Wales v Belgium showdown

Welsh and Belgian football fans have been enjoying a festival atmosphere in the French city of Lille ahead of their sides' Euro 2016 quarter final.

There is a party atmosphere in Lille ahead of the Wales Belgium match Credit: RTV
Welsh and Belgium fans take selfies together ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter final Credit: RTV

Fans have been singing and dancing in the streets, with what appears to be a friendly atmosphere, with Welsh and Belgian fans chatting and taking selfies together.

This will be the first time the two sides meet in a major tournament, having faced each other in qualifiers and friendlies before this.

Friendly scenes between the Welsh and Belgian fans Credit: RTV

Some missing children found after Brecon Beacons search

The Brecon Beacons National Park. Credit: PA

Rescue teams have located a group of missing schoolchildren in the Brecon Beacons and a helicopter has landed with them, but police are unable to confirm that the pupils are accounted for.

The children remain on the mountain with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team while the operation continues.

Dyfed Powys Police said: "We cannot confirm that all in the group are accounted for."


Missing schoolchildren spotted from helicopter

The group of missing schoolchildren has been spotted from a helicopter, Brecon Mountain Rescue have said.

Mountain rescue volunteers are making their way to the site on foot as the helicopter is unable to land, they said.

A spokesman said: "I can confirm that three South Wales mountain rescue teams have been called to search for a group of 20 missing school children in the Dan yr Ogof area.

"A recent update from incident control has advised that the MCGA rescue helicopter from St Athan has spotted the group and is unable to land but that mountain rescue volunteers are making their way to the site on foot."

Police confirm search operation for missing children

Police have said concerns were raised about the missing children because of the weather conditions.

A police spokesman said: "Dyfed-Powys Police were made aware of a group of children missing in the Llyn y Fan Fach area at approximately 1pm.

"Concern was expressed for their welfare due to the inclement weather.

"Mountain Rescue Team are leading the search activity and the UK Coastguard helicopter is also assisting.

"The number of children in the group has not been confirmed."

Some of missing children 'found' in Brecon Beacons

Credit: Google Map

Some of the schoolchildren lost on the Brecon Beacons have been found, a local landlord has told ITV News.

Andy Maglaras said mountain rescue had told him around 14 children had been found and were being brought to his pub, the Tafarn-y-Garreg, to recover.

Mr Maglaras said there had been a large rescue operation taking place since around 12.30pm.

"I think they found 14 kids and are bringing them down to the pub," he said. "A member of the rescue team asked if they could bring them here to get warm.

"There's about 10 rescue people over the road. The car park is full and a helicopter landed in a field behind me."

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