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Man charged with murder after Brecon soldier death

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of soldier Private Matthew Boyd.

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Private Boyd, 20, who was originally from Northern Ireland served in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

He was found injured and unconscious in Brecon town centre last weekend.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with affray.

Both are due to appear at Brecon Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Mr Boyd's family has asked for 'time and space' to come to terms with the news.

We would like to thank the community of Brecon for their thoughts and condolences. It has given us such strength as a family at this horrendous time. Matthew was a kind and popular young man, and it has been wonderful to see his warm and kind personality being replicated through the kindness of complete strangers.

"The people of Gibraltar have been fantastic to us, and we are grateful for their support.

"We are particularly grateful for the support from those currently in Brecon from Matthew's regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, who have gone out of their way to support us. "

– Family of Private Matthew Boyd

Soldier who died in Brecon was from Northern Ireland

Private Matthew Boyd, 23, who died after being found injured and unconscious in Brecon town centre was from the County Antrim village of Greenisland, near Belfast.

Pte Boyd was serving in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Credit: Ministry of Defene

He had served in the Army since joining in 2012 at just 17 years of age.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Soldier who died in Brecon named as Matthew Boyd

Matthew Boyd was found injured and unconscious in the early hours of Sunday morning in Lion Street in Brecon. Credit: Wales News Service

Dyfed Powys Police says a soldier who died in Brecon in the early hours of Sunday morning was Matthew Boyd.

He was found injured and unconscious in Lion Street in the town centre at around 1am yesterday.

We would very much like to thank the Military Personnel and local community for all their continued support during this investigation and what is a truly tragic circumstance.

There is nothing to suggest that Matthew Boyd being a soldier was a motivation for this assault, nor is there anything to indicate any links to terrorism.

Our deepest thoughts go out to Matthew’s family, friends and regiment.

The military are very much a part of the Brecon community and we will continue working together to maintain this.

– T/INSPECTOR JACQUI LOVATT

Two men, aged 22 and 23, are currently being held on suspicion of murder.

Read more: Second arrest made in investigation into soldier's death

Private Boyd died in hospital yesterday. Credit: MOD

Second arrest made in investigation into soldier's death

The soldier was found injured and unconscious in Lion Street in Brecon yesterday morning. Credit: ITV News

A second arrest has been made over the death of a soldier in Brecon.

Dyfed-Powys Police says a 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 23-year-old man arrested yesterday remains in custody.

Officers received a report of an unconscious and injured man in Lion Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. He died later in hospital. The MOD has since confirmed he was a member of Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

Read more: Brecon soldier death - what we know so far

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of Lion Street, Bethel Square, Tredegar Street and High Street between 12:30am and 1:30am on Sunday to contact 101 quoting reference number DP-20160508-024.

Police investigating the death of a soldier in Brecon

Police are investigating the death of a soldier in Brecon town centre.

Officers received a report of an unconscious and injured man discovered on Lion Street in the early hours of this morning.

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Police say he was taken to hospital by ambulance but 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.

An Army spokesperson said: “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.”

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 1.30am to call 101.

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