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Public urged to be 'extra vigilant' ahead of UEFA Champions League finals in Cardiff

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis of South Wales Police at Tuesday's press conference

South Wales Police says it is is reviewing its current security arrangements and monitoring updates from Greater Manchester Police following the Manchester bombing.

A spokesperson said that while there is "no specific threat to this region", the public are urged to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said police visibility will increase in certain areas, such as crowded places and "iconic locations" across the South Wales Police force area.

He added that "detailed safety and security planning and preparation" for the UEFA Champions League finals in June has been happening for months.

Extensive searches and installation of security measures for the Champions League finals have been taking place in Cardiff during the past week and will continue in the run-up to the event.

Access to areas around the stadiums on event days will be extremely limited, and ticket-holders can expect to be subject to rigorous security checks. Measures will also be taken to restrict vehicular access to a number of areas within Cardiff.

– ACC Richard Lewis


'What I am now, I owe to him' - Carwyn Jones leads tributes to Rhodri Morgan

Rhodri Morgan congratulates Carwyn Jones on succeeding him as Welsh Labour leader in 2009 Credit: PA

First Minister Carwyn Jones has opened tributes in the Senedd to his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan, who died last week. Mr Jones recalled how he'd been appointed to the Welsh cabinet by a man he regarded as a father figure.

What I am now, I owe to him. He was a hugely intelligent man, with a fine mind but he could get on with anybody.

We've lost one of our nation's giants. He may be gone but his name is written into our nation's history.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Assembly to fall silent amid day of tributes

The National Assembly responds to Manchester attack

The First Minister and Presiding Officer will make statements this afternoon to Assembly members on the Manchester attack. There'll also be a vigil in the Senedd along with tributes to the former Rhodri Morgan.

Following the statements AMs will observe a minute's silence and then pay their tributes to the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan who died last week.

The tributes will be led by the First Minister and party leaders and end with the Llwydd. All who want to speak will be called and no time limit has been set. The session will end with another minute's silence.

The sitting will be suspended for a 15 minute break followed by First Minister's Questions and other scheduled business.

But Assembly business is now due to finish by 1715. From 1730 there'll be a vigil for victims of the Manchester attack and their families. The vigil, organised by Churches Together in Wales, will take place on the steps of the Senedd.


Walking festival urges people of all ages to get active

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Organisers of the annual Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival are urging people of all ages to get their walking boots on and join them for a weekend of guided walks around the area.

The festival has something for everyone with a series of themed walks designed for all abilities, from a gentle amble around the gardens of Prestatyn to a vigorous 21 mile jaunt along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.

The festival, which is now in its 14th year, continues to attract more and more visitors who travel to the area from all over the UK.

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