South East Wales

Capitol car park in Newport demolished

A car park in Newport has been demolished in a series of explosions to make way for a city centre revamp.

An exclusion zone was set up around the Capitol car park before the planned blasts on Sunday morning.

The demolition of buildings in John Frost Square marks the first phase of the Friars Walk development.

One of the car park's walls had been the site of the city's Chartist mural which was controversially demolished in October sparking angry protests.

The 1978 35m (115ft) artwork depicting the 1839 uprising was pulled down to make way for a £100m redevelopment of shops and restaurants.

The city council said the development would take Newport "another step closer to a regenerated city centre".

The car park was sealed before the planned explosions
An exclusion zone was set up around the site
The blasts began on Sunday morning
The building could be seen crumpling floor by floor
Dust filled the air as the car park fell to the ground
Moments later, the car park was completely destroyed

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