Lancashire man safe after attacks in Brussels

Simon Haley

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A Lancashire-based rural business adviser - in Brussels for a conference - reassured anxious relatives at home that he was safe and sound.

Simon Haley said the city was obviously on high security alert after terrorist attacks this morning at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station.

Simon, from Preston, was among a delegation attending the Forum For The Future Of Agriculture in Brussels.

The forum featured a full agenda of keynote speakers and panellists debating sustainable agriculture and environmental challenges.

The conference went on as planned today despite the chaos in the city.

Simon, who runs the online farming discussion forum Agrichat, said: “We’re at a conference at The Square in the centre of Brussels.

“Didn’t see or hear anything, thankfully nowhere near and not affected.

“City obviously on high security alert and people are glad to be reassuring loved ones.”

Earlier he had tweeted followers : “Fyi happy to say #iagrm16 group all safe here in Brussels”.

Simon was part of a group of 16 farming experts from around the country attending the conference.

He said luckily they had not used public transport today.

Simon added: “We walked, good decision that was!”