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Backpacker 'hanged' himself in Thailand

A Welsh backpacker travelling in Thailand hanged himself from the air conditioning unit in his hotel room, an inquest heard. Jack Davies, 21, from Llanelli, West Wales, died suddenly while living in the Southeast Asian country.

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was found dead while travelling in Thailand Credit: Wales News Service

Friends found his body in a guesthouse on the island of Ko Phi Phi off the coast of Phukhet. Police in Thailand said his death was "not suspicious" and sent a file to the UK for his inquest at Llanelli town hall.

Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton said he could not be satisfied that Jack intended to kill himself.

Jack suspended himself by a ligature from an air conditioning unit in a room in Thailand where he was residing. He was found by a friend who had been out drinking in town with him and came back to find Jack hanging there. The question of intent remains unclear

– Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton

His parents Christina and Jonathan Davies did not attend the inquest of Jack, a former pupil of Old Road Primary School, Bryngwyn Comprehensive and Coleg Sir Gar, In a statement last year they said: "Jay was a lovely boy and everybody loved him."

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Weather warnings in force

Credit: Ian Lang/ITV Cymru Wales

Yellow, be aware, warnings for ice and snow are in force for much of Wales along with one warning of strong winds for South and West Wales.

Snow has closed the The A542 Horseshoe Pass between Llangollen and Llandegla.

In Powys the B4355 is closed in both directions because of ice and snow between Dolfor and Felindre.

The Llangynidr Mountain Road is also closed because of snow between Llangynidr and Ebbw Vale.

The warnings are valid until 11.00am but there are more warnings of snow for Sunday and Monday.


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Parents and pupils celebrate St Davids school reprieve

Hundreds of parents and pupils turned out this morning to protest against controversial plans to close the only secondary school in the city of St Davids.

Ysgol Dewi Sant was under threat, as part of plans to reorganise education and improve performance in Pembrokeshire.

But, the council then offered the school a reprieve - in an unusually quick victory for people power.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

Concern grows for 25-year-old not seen for a week

Concern is growing for a 25-year-old woman who has been missing for a week.

Khandra Hassan, 25, was last seen on Thursday 22 January.

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of 25-year-old Khandra Hassan. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Ms Hassan is described as black, 5ft 4 and of a slim build, with dark hair, usually tied back.

She was wearing skinny jeans, ballet pump style shoes and a white jacket, and was carrying a black shoulder bag.

Ms Hassan has links to the Swansea, Bristol and South West London areas.

Dyfed Powys Police asks anyone with information to contact the force using the 101 number.

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