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Family of Scott Bessant, who spent six months in a coma, say they've been 'let down' by police

Scott Bessant's been in hospital for six months. Photo: Family

The family of a rugby player who was found with serious injuries near a bridge in Abersychan near Pontypool say they've been let down by the police.

Rugby player Scott Bessant has been in hospital for six months - and his family still don't know what happened to him.

He was a doting dad, an amazing brother and an amazing son. We're all devastated. Someone must know what happened and we just want them to come forward.

– Sian Chere, sister
Scott Bessant was a rugby player and family man. Credit: Family

An internal investigation by Gwent Police raised concerns that officers treated the scene as a an accident rather than a crime. A document stated that officers failed to keep an 'open mind'.

Scott Bessant's family say it was left to them to gather evidence at the scene, and have appealed to the police watchdog over Gwent police's handling of the investigation.

We don't believe this was an accident. There is no way that his injuries were caused by falling. Everything at the scene should have been seized until the decision was made that they weren't important to the investigation. None of that was done, and that was because the officer had made a decision at that point.

– Neil Chere, brother-in-law

A spokesperson for Gwent Police told ITV News, "Gwent Police has completed its investigation into the complaint and a report has been sent to the family of Mr Bessant. The family has decided to appeal the findings and, in line with normal procedures, the appeal has gone to the IOPC therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."

Read more: Scott Bessant was found in the early hours of the morning on August 13 last year.

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