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Visitor numbers up at Cardiff Airport

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Cardiff Airport says passenger numbersin September were up by a fifth.It says over 25,000 more customers flew through Wales’ national Airport last month compared to 2014.

The level of growth has not been seen since 2006 and, it says, is set to continue into 2016.

The past four months have seen notable growth which is set to continue. The success of the new Flybe base plus strong load factors for airlines including KLM, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Thomson are also very encouraging.

– Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman, Cardiff Airport

Visitors up 'because of the Ball in the Wall'

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Cardiff Council says the Rugby World Cup 2015 has seen visitor numbers to the capital soaring and with Cardiff Castle enjoying particular popularity.

Since the tournament kicked-off on Friday 18, September a giant Rugby World Cup 2015 replica ball has been embedded in the side of the castle.

The Council says the ‘ball in the wall’ has been a social media phenomena travelling as far as Singapore and Australia and has been picked up by media across the globe.

As a result the castle has enjoyed an increase of 8,000 visitors compared to the same time last year with 2,100 visitors through the gates on October 2nd which saw New Zealand take on Georgia in the Millennium Stadium.

Rugby World Cup has yet again put Cardiff on the map showcasing what we have on offer and I have no doubt the ‘ball in the wall’ will continue to be talked about for a long time yet.

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff Council


Cardiff Central Library 'incident' resolved

South Wales Police say an ongoing incident at Cardiff Central Library which resulted in an area around Mill Lane being cordoned off and evacuated has now been 'successfully resolved'.

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Although no further information is available, police say there were no injuries and that no arrests were made.

Read more: Reports of city centre library area being evacuated

Anscombe ready to take World Cup chance

Gareth Anscombe has admitted he thought his World Cup dream might have been snatched away due to injury.

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New Zealand-born Anscombe, whose mother is from Cardiff, suffered an injury during pre-tournament training and then did not make Wales head coach Warren Gatland's 31-man World Cup squad.

(Injury) was a tough pill to swallow, particularly after 11 weeks of hard work in Switzerland, Doha and at the Vale. It's tough to think your World Cup dream is sort of snatched (away) when so close to selection

– Gareth Anscombe

Anscombe was recalled to the squad after Scott Williams and Hallam Amos were sidelined in Wales's 28-25 win over England.

Read more on this story on ITV's Rugby World Cup site.

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