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Welsh Government 'alert' to terror risks and working closely with UK Government

Following the attacks in Paris last week, the Welsh Government says it's working closely with the UK Government, the emergency services and community groups to try to head off any similar events here. A spokesperson said:

Counter-terrorism matters are non-devolved however the UK’s threat level has been at ‘Severe’ for some time so like other areas, heightened security measures are already in place across Wales.

We are alert to the risks of extremism and work closely with Home Office to support the delivery of the Prevent Strategy in Wales.

We also work closely with the police and emergency services as well as other statutory partners and community and faith groups to ensure that community safety policies and services are responsive.

By working together, we can establish a united front against all forms of extremism and help protect our communities from harm.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Huge crowd gathers in Cardiff to remember Paris victims

As many as a thousand people have turned up outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay this evening in a silent vigil to those killed in the terror attacks in Paris.

17 people were killed earlier this week in separate attacks, including 12 people in and around the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices.

Flags are being flown at half mast and the event is being attended by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.

Credit: ITV Wales News
Credit: ITV Wales News
Credit: ITV Wales News


Senedd flags at half-mast in support of Paris victims

Flags outside the Senedd in Cardiff are flying at half-mast in support of victims of the recent terror attacks in Paris.

17 people were killed in the attacks, including 12 at the Charlie Hebdo offices - a controversial satirical magazine.

The move was made ahead of a silent vigil which is due to take place outside the Senedd later this evening.

Flags flying at half-mast outside the Senedd. Credit: ITV Wales News

Welsh Secretary in support of Paris attack vigil in Cardiff

Stephen Crabb will be at the vigil this evening. Credit: PA

The Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has spoken out in support of the gathering in Cardiff later to honour those killed in the Paris terror attacks.

In a tweet from his official account, the MP said he was "standing with the French community in Wales."

Hundreds are expected to gather outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay in a silent vigil this evening. Flags at the Senedd will also be lowered to half-mast at 5pm as a mark of respect.

Gathering in Cardiff to honour Paris terror attack victims

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Cardiff later to honour the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Those killed have been remembered across Europe. Credit: Poree Audrey/ABACA/Press Association Images

Seventeen people, including cartoonists and journalists from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, were killed in two terror attacks in the French capital

The silent demonstration, which is taking place at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, has been organised by French ex pats living in Wales. Over 300 people have confirmed their attendance so far.

Flags at the Senedd will also be flown at half-mast from 5pm as a mark of respect.

“I’m sure everyone in Wales was appalled to hear the news of the killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday...As a mark of respect to those that lost their lives and to show our solidarity with the people of France, flags at the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay will be flown at half-mast on Sunday.”

– Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales
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