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Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to 'Tea Cosy Pete'

Hundreds of people have turned out in Swansea's Castle Square to pay tribute to a much-loved homeless man known affectionately as 'Tea Cosy Pete'.

Local man Pete, who was in his 60s, passed away recently in hospital.

Photographs of him were shown on a large screen in the square, speeches were read and a minute's silence was observed in remembrance.

Flowers were left in Castle Garden where Pete spent a lot of his time

Locals have described Pete as a quiet, educated and proud man, who chose to live the life he led. Many recalled that while he would accept a coffee or a sandwich, he politely refused offers of financial help - and in fact returned any money he found, sometimes walking miles to reunite lost purses or wallets with their owners.

One message described Pete as Swansea's 'truest gentleman'


Two boys 'forced into vehicle' was false alarm

Two boys who were reported to have been forced into a vehicle in Swansea last night appears to have been a false alarm, police say.

The incident was said to have happened just before 4pm yesterday afternoon, when two women saw three men get out of a vehicle and were seen to force the boys into a car.

South Wales Police say the pair have been located safe and well and thank the public for their assistance.

Two boys "forced" into a vehicle in Swansea

Police are appealing for witnesses after a report of an altercation that led to two young boys being forced into a vehicle in Morriston.

The vehicle was seen driving down Cwmbath Road. Credit: Google Maps

The incident happened just before 4pm this afternoon, when two women who were walking along Parry Road saw three men get out of a silver, saloon type vehicle.

The men became involved in the altercation with the boys, who it's thought were wearing uniforms from Bishop Vaughn school.

The boys were then seen to be forced into the vehicle, before it drove off along Cwmbath Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

“We are investigating this incident and want to the any of the male occupants of the vehicle or the two boys who are believed to be involved in this altercation to get in touch. We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have information to assist our enquiries.”

– Detective Sergeant Carl Morris, Neath CID


Teacher cleared of underage sex with girls

A primary school teacher has been cleared of having underage sex with teenage girls.

Jonathan Norbury denied all charged against him. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Jonathan Mark Norbury sobbed in the dock as the jury of nine women and three men acquitted him of all 14 charges.

The 33-year-old had been accused of sexually touching the 15-year-olds as well as inciting them to engage in sexual activity a decade ago.

Norbury admitted romances with the pair, but only when they were above the age of consent.

His trial at Swansea Crown Court heard one of the girls became obsessed with the law graduate and began "stalking" him after he ended their relationship, while the court was told the other was looking for "revenge" after learning he had got married and settled down.

More: Swansea teacher denies teenage sex charges

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."

More: Llanelli backpacker found dead in Thailand

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