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Ashley Talbot died 'accidentally' concludes jury

A jury in the inquest of a schoolboy who died after being hit by a minibus driven by a teacher has concluded his death was accidental.

Ashley Talbot, 15, a student at Maesteg Comprehensive in Bridgend, died at the scene in December 2014.

No police charges were brought against teacher Christopher Brooks, with the inquest at Aberdare Coroner's Court hearing he would have had no warning before the accident.

The jury returned a majority verdict.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills one young person a fortnight in Wales

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A young person, under the age of 35, dies every fortnight in Wales from sudden cardiac death, often because of an undiagnosed or undetected inherited heart condition.

British Heart Foundation Cymru are investing £2.3 million in Swansea University research to help reduce the number of premature deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

The research is focused on better understanding the faulty genes that cause inherited heart conditions.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters in Wales, we are able to fund this vital research that looks to prevent the premature deaths of children and young people. We urgently need to fund more research to better understand these heart conditions, make more discoveries, develop new treatments and save more lives.

– Ruth Combs, Head of BHF Cymru
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