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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after soldier's death in Brecon

Published 08/05/2016

Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating the unexplained death of a soldier found injured in Brecon
Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating the unexplained death of a soldier found injured in Brecon

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a soldier in a Welsh town centre.

The serviceman, from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found injured and unconscious on Lion Street in Brecon, Powys, at about 1am on Sunday.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "It is with great sadness and regret that the MoD can confirm a soldier from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment died in Brecon in the early hours of this morning.

"Dyfed-Powys Police are currently investigating and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further on the circumstances. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and the regiment asks that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: "Today in Brecon a 23-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the death of a man who was a serving member of the armed forces.

"He is being held in custody on suspicion of murder and the investigation is ongoing."

The area in Brecon town centre was cordoned off as police investigated the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Lion Street, Bethel Square, Tredegar Street and High Street areas between 12.30am and 1.30am to get in touch.

Kirsty Williams, the Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, described the incident as "shocking".

She tweeted: "Clearly very shocking incident unfolding in Brecon town centre this morning. Will be keeping in touch with local police."

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