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Port Talbot Tata steelworks: Police attend ‘blast’


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The steelworks is one of the main employers in the local area

Police are at Tata’s Welsh steelworks following reports of a blast at the plant in the early hours.

Residents living near the Port Talbot plant spoke of hearing a “massive” blast shortly after 03:30 BST.

Images posted on social media show flames at the site and plumes of smoke. Helicopters were reported to be circling overhead.

Police said they are “aware” of an incident at the steel plant and emergency services are attending.

A Tata Steel spokesman said the company was working with emergency services following an “incident” at the site.

He said: “We can confirm there has been an incident at our Port Talbot site.

“Emergency services have attended and are working with our on-site services.

“We will provide an update as soon as we know more.”

The spokesman was unable to comment on reports that at least one explosion was heard at the steelworks.



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