The MP for Brecon and Radnorshire has criticised plans to close the barracks at Brecon in 2027, following an announcement from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.
Sir Michael said the closures, which also affect 55 sites across the UK including two others in Wales, was due to cost, adding the latest batch of closures paving the way for a more modern military.
But Chris Davies MP says the closure at Brecon, which has been the base for the army in Wales for over 200 years, would hit hard due to its "economic and emotional attachment" to the area.
Brecon has been the base for the army in Wales since 1805, and I want things to stay that way. There are 60 civilian staff based there today, and 80 servicemen. Plans to close this site are abhorrent. The economic and emotional attachment of this barracks to Brecon is immense. Brecon has delivered to this country in military terms time and time again, and now it's time for the Defence Secretary and the British Army to give something back to Brecon. I've asked the Defence Secretary to visit the barracks with me in light of this news so that he can see just how important it is to the town of Brecon, and I hope he'll accept my invitation.
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A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of soldier Private Matthew Boyd.
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. "
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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.
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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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.
Two men, aged 22 and 23, are currently being held on suspicion of murder.
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.
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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.
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