Terror

In the wake of the attacks in Belgium, the BBC reports that local police have arrested six suspects.

Belgian police have arrested six people in Brussels as a major investigation continues into attacks that claimed 31 lives in the city on Tuesday.

The arrests were made in the Schaerbeek district. There is no word yet on the identities of the suspects or their possible connection to the attacks.

Separately, in France, a suspect who was plotting an attack has been arrested near Paris, officials said.

The Brussels bombings have been linked to last November’s Paris attacks.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed the attacks in both Paris and Brussels.

The Sun reports that the suicide bombers were planning a nuclear attack.

THE brothers who blew themselves up in the Brussels massacre were stalking a top scientist in a doomsday plot to cause a meltdown at a nuclear plant.

Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who killed 31 on Tuesday, put a hidden camera in the home of Belgium’s leading nuclear energy physician.

Cops believe they planned to kidnap him and use him as a Trojan horse to gain access to one of the country’s two nuclear power stations.

The radiation cloud from a uranium meltdown would wipe out millions within a 50-mile radius and blight western Europe for decades.

After the Chernobyl plant exploded in the Ukraine in 1986, 9,000 British farms were placed under meat-selling rules that lasted 27 years.

The Mail has a similar story.

The Brussels terrorists may have been plotting to make a radioactive bomb after it emerged 11 nuclear power plant workers have had their site access revoked amid fears of ‘insider help’.

Jihadi brothers Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui had secretly filmed the daily routine of Belgium’s nuclear programme chief, before they blew themselves up at Brussels airport and on a Metro train.

It is thought the brothers’ spying operation was possible preparation for a kidnap plot to force him to let them into one of Belgium’s two atomic facilities. However, it is likely they switched targets to the less well-guarded airport and Maelbeek Metro station after authorities became suspicious.

It emerged last night that 11 workers at the Tihange nuclear power plant, 40 miles south-east of Brussels, have had their access badges withdrawn – leading to speculation the bombers may have been seeking insider help.

And the BBC reports on a security debate following the Brussels attacks.

The Brussels terror attacks have heightened the intensity of debate over whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU, ahead of the referendum.

Former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove said EU-based security bodies were of “little consequence” and that leaving the EU could boost Britain’s security.

But Europol chief Rob Wainwright said the argument “doesn’t stand scrutiny”, saying intelligence sharing was vital.

And the Express reports on the expected delays to Britons trying to get away for Easter.

TRAVELLERS heading for the Easter getaway have been warned to expect delays because of the increase in security at transport hubs following the attacks in Brussels.

There has been an increased police presence at ports, airports and train stations in the UK as well as enhanced border checks since Tuesday’s suicide bombings.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “Travellers over the Easter weekend may experience delays to their journey and should check the advice of travel companies.”

Brexit

Sky News reports that according to a former CIA director, Brexit would not harm security here.

A former CIA director has told Sky News he does not think leaving the European Union would damage the UK’s national security.

General Michael Hayden was agreeing with remarks made earlier by ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove.

Writing in Prospect magazine, Sir Richard said: “Whether one is an enthusiastic European or not, the truth about Brexit from a national security perspective is that the cost to Britain would be low.

“Brexit would bring two potentially important security gains: the ability to dump the European Convention on Human Rights … and, more importantly, greater control over immigration from the European Union.”

And prospective US Presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks Brits will quit the EU, says the Star.

OUTSPOKEN US presidential hopeful Donald Trump reckons “it’s time” Britain quit the EU because of immigration “craziness”.

The controversial billionaire believes voters would back Brexit because migrants are “pouring in all over the place”.

The tycoon said the wave of foreigners would trigger an “out” vote in the referendum in June.

In a no-holds barred interview, tycoon Trump said there was “unrest” in Britain over the issue.

And he insisted “thousands and thousands” of Britons backed his controversial comments on banning Muslims entering the US.

He added: “I think that Britain will separate from the EU.

Academy schools

The BBC reports that Conservative councillors have criticised the plans for academy schools.

Plans to turn every state school in England into an academy have been criticised by Conservative councillors.

Several have called for the policy to be reversed, including the councillor responsible for education in David Cameron’s Oxfordshire constituency.

Melinda Tilley warned small village schools could be at risk if academy chains decided they were unviable.

The government said it plans to ensure every English school is committed to becoming an academy by 2022.

Party leadership

The Guardian reports that a major Tory donor has called for a leadership contest after the EU referendum.

A major Conservative donor has called for David Cameron to face a leadership contest immediately after the EU referendum, whatever the result.

Alexander Temerko, who has given the Tories more than £300,000 since 2012 and supports Boris Johnson, said he believed the London mayor would be the right candidate to reunite the party after a divisive EU referendum campaign.

Temerko is supporting the campaign for Britain to stay in the EU, in contrast to Johnson, who is one of the highest-profile leave campaigners.

However, he suggested the party needed a new leader regardless of whether Britain stays in or out of the EU, and endorsed Johnson as the best person for the job.

And the Labour Party is under the same pressure over Jeremy Corbyn, says the Mirror.

How have we managed to turn one the worst ever weeks for David Cameron’s Tory government into another humiliation for the Labour party?

The Government’s own Work and Pensions Secretary said the budget was “deeply unfair” as he spectacularly resigned 48 hours after it was unveiled.

With unusually fortuitous parliamentary scheduling, the convention of reporting to MPs after a European council meant the prime minister had to face the leader of the opposition on the floor of the House of Commons the day after his former minister had roasted him in an incendiary television interview.

Then the last prime minister’s questions before the Easter recess made Cameron a sitting duck for interrogation about the most disastrous budget in living memory.

And yet parliament breaks up for Easter after the humiliating spectacle of the Tory leader holding court at the despatch box, taunting the Labour benches opposite as his MPs roared with laughter.

NHS

The Telegraph reports that the NHS is being pressured by government to “fiddle the figures”.

NHS trusts are being placed under pressure from Government to change the way they report on their finances, in what critics described as a desperate attempt to reduce a looming health service deficit.

The health service is currently forecasting a deficit of £3bn by the end of this month – the highest in the history of the NHS – amid widespread failures by NHS trusts to cut their spending.

But documents seen by The Daily Telegraph disclose that the Department of Health has embarked on a national programme to change current accountancy practices, and to encourage trusts to be more optimistic about their financial problems.

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