Belgium police failed to secure flat containing chemicals during Brussels terror alert

Belgian police have come under fire from British security experts after it was revealed that they failed to secure a flat containing chemicals and tools that could be used to make home-made bombs in the middle of an unprecedented terror alert in Brussels.

Police also released the man who lived in the flat in the capital’s Molenbeek immigrant area – where several of the Paris attackers lived – just a day after they detained him when a SWAT team burst into the four-storey building and took all its residents in for questioning.