Brecon soldier death: Male recruit dies in 'unexplained circumstances' after collapsing in town centre

The man was found in Brecon at about 1am on Sunday morning

Adam Lusher
Sunday 08 May 2016 18:20
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The Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons

Police are investigating the “unexplained” death of a soldier in the Welsh town of Brecon.

The male soldier died in hospital after being found unconscious and injured in Lion Street, Brecon, at about 1am on Sunday morning.

Members of the public reported seeing forensic tents being set up in the town centre and a heavy police presence in Brecon throughout Sunday morning.

The Army’s 160th Infantry Brigade has its headquarters at Brecon, and soldiers from nearly every British infantry unit can expect to visit the area at some stage for training on the Brecon Beacons.

Members of the SAS also regularly use the Brecon Beacons for training and selection – three reservists died on an SAS selection march on the Beacons on an unusually hot day in July 2013.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the man found dead in Brecon town centre was a soldier, in a brief statement which read: “We are aware of an incident involving the death of a soldier in Brecon. Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

A statement from Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Police are investigating the death of a man in Brecon.

“Officers received a report of an unconscious and injured male discovered on Lion Street at around 1am this morning (Sunday, May the 8th).

“He was conveyed to hospital by ambulance but sadly has since passed away.

“The death is being treated as unexplained at this time and a police investigation is on-going. The scene has been preserved as part of the investigation.

“Police in Brecon are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of Lion Street, Bethel Square, Tredegar Street and High Street between 12.30am and 01.30am or has any information that could assist with the inquiry.”

Kirsty Williams, the Liberal Democrat Brecon and Radnorshire AM, has described the incident as “shocking” and said she would be keeping in touch with the local police.

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