Man with Creswell and Notts links killed in Brussels terror attacks

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A man with links to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire was killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Government has confirmed.

David Dixon had not been seen or heard from after an explosion on a train at Maalbeek metro station and two blasts at Zaventem Airport in the city on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old's family said they had received 'the most terrible and devastating news about our beloved David'.

"At this most painful time our family would gratefully appreciate it if we could be left alone to grieve in private," they added in a statement.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the Government's thoughts were with the family, who are being supported by embassy staff.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am deeply saddened to hear David Dixon was killed in the Brussels attacks. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family."

Mr Dixon lived in Brussels for the past ten years with his partner Charlotte Sutcliffe - who is originally from Creswell - and their seven-year-old son.

The family, who have a house in the Mapperley area of Nottingham, were due to visit over Easter.

National newspaper reports suggest Mr Dixon texted relatives confirming he was 'fine and safe' before boarding the train where a suicide bomber blew himself up.

Mr Dixon, originally from Hartlepool, was described by friends as 'a lovely guy' and 'an amazing man'.

The bombs killed at least 34 people and left about 200 more seriously injured.

The FCO said it is aware of seven Britons who were injured in the attacks, three of whom are still being treated in hospital.

The group calling itself Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Mr Cameron previously said: "These are appalling and savage terrorist attacks and I’ve spoken to the Prime Minister of Belgium to give our sympathies and our condolences to the Belgian people.

"We need to stand together against these appalling terrorists and make sure they can never win."