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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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Brecon company to expand with 55 new jobs

A Brecon company plans to expand - creating 55 new jobs.

BVG-Airflo Group at Brecon currently has 300 staff. Credit: Welsh Government

The BVG-Airflo Group company plans to move from the Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate to a new building on the Brecon Enterprise Park.

A Welsh Government grant of £147,000 is to help the company expand.

The business specialises in the sale and distribution of clothing and footwear, home and garden products, fishing tackle and equipment and sports nutrition products.

The company is a very important employer in the region and this expansion, subject to planning approval, would create a significant number of new jobs locally and bring benefits to the local economy. BVG-Airflo, which currently employs over 300 people of which 184 are located in Brecon, has increased revenues by over 70% and profits by nearly 300% in the last five years.

– Economy Minister Edwina Har

Major search operation underway after person spotted in river

A major search operation is underway this evening after reports a person was spotted in the river Usk.

Police were called to the scene near the Usk bridge in Brecon at 18.30pm on Monday evening.

There are thought to be more than 10 fire crews in attendance, as well as mountain rescue teams, police and a rescue helicopter.

The incident is ongoing.

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