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Cardiff City Hall lights up in the colours of Belgian flag

Cardiff City Hall has been lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Cardiff City Hall has been illuminated in the colours of the Belgian flag Credit: ITV Wales News

At least 31 people were killed and around 270 people injured in a series of bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State.

Downing Street have said that four Britons are among the injured, three of whom are in hospital. It added that it is concerned about one missing British national.

Welshman describes moment he heard explosions at Brussels Airport

Anthony Barrett was in his room in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel when a blast ripped through an airport terminal opposite.

Mr Barrett works for the Wales Audit Office and is in Belgium for a work conference.

He told ITV Cymru Wales: "I looked out of the window and I could see windows blown out of the terminal building, people fleeing from the building and at that point I saw at least one person lying on the ground."


'Increased police presence' in Wales after Brussels attack

Police forces across Wales are increasing their presence at key locations following the attacks in Brussels.

Wales' four forces will see more officers deployed at transport hubs.

Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels following this morning’s horrific attacks.

“As a precaution forces across Wales have increased policing presence at key locations, including transport hubs, to protect the public and provide reassurance.

This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.

“The number of officers deployed will be regularly assessed. These additional officers are deployed as part of reassurance measures. The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

– South Wales Police ACC Jon Stratford

The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The public and businesses are being urged to be alert and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

First Minister: 'Appalled by Brussels attacks'

Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones says he is "appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels".

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I am appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels.

I would like to express my sympathy and solidarity with the Belgian people and the international community which works in the city.

The scourge of terrorism must be opposed everywhere and we must resist the threat to our way of life.

We have received confirmation that all Welsh Government staff, and other occupants of Wales House in Brussels, are safely accounted for.

We are working closely with the UK Government and receiving regular advice on the situation in Brussels.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Cardiff Airport 'operating normally'

Cardiff Airport says it is "operating normally" following the explosions in Brussels this morning.

Security in Brussels. Credit: PA

Following the events at Brussels Airport this morning we would like to reassure those travelling to and from Cardiff that the Airport is operating as normal and the safety and security of our passengers and staff remains our number one priority.

Our police and security teams remain vigilant and customers may notice an increased presence in the terminal.

The Department for Transport keep aviation security under constant review and will update all UK airports as necessary.

– Cardiff Airport

As Brussels Airport is currently closed passengers due to be travelling to Brussels from Cardiff via a connecting service should contact their airline for more information.


Plan launched to help refugees rebuild their lives in Wales

A delivery plan to help refugees and asylum seekers rebuild their lives in Wales has been launched.

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The three year plan will support all refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, including Syrian refugees who have arrived since December as part of the UK Government’s Syrian Resettlement Programme.

As part of the plan the Welsh Government has committed to:

  • Helping refugees have access to a suitable home.
  • Providing access to free advice services on debt, housing, employment, benefits and discrimination.
  • Helping unaccompanied asylum seeking children to be safe and supported in order to prevent isolation and social exclusion.
  • Develop guidance to ensure asylum seekers and refugees get the healthcare services they need.
  • Provide support into employment and training opportunities.
  • Ensure access to educational opportunities
  • Tackle bullying in schools against asylum seeking and refugee children.
  • Raise awareness of support for victims of hate crime.

This plan sets out how we will work with partners to help refugees and asylum seekers make their transition to Welsh life and our culture and customs an easier one. Many of the asylum seekers and refugees living in Wales have experienced terrible atrocities and had their lives torn apart by war.

It is vital we provide them with all the help and support they need to rebuild their lives. It is also crucial we recognise the wide variety of skills asylum seekers and refugees bring to Wales and the valuable contribution they make to our society.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Questions remain over Welsh soldiers' crash deaths

Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas both died in a helicopter crash in April 2014. Credit: MOD/Family photos

The family of a Welsh soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan two years ago says questions remain unanswered after a coroner recorded an narrative verdict.

Captain Thomas Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge and 26-year-old Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who was born in Brecon, died alongside two others when the Lynx helicopter they were in crashed in southern Afghanistan in April 2014.

A coroner recorded a narrative verdict at the conclusion of an inquest into the four men's deaths on Monday.

In a statement released after the verdict, Captain Clarke's family said 'significant question marks' remained over the cause of the crash. Lance Corporal Thomas's family said they felt let down.

Read more on this story on the ITV News national site.

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