Wales

Death of pub landlord Kenneth Phoenix 'not suspicious'

The death of a landlord whose body was found in his own pub is not being treated as suspicious, say police.

Kenneth Phoenix's death was initially treated as "unexplained" by officers but they have since confirmed they are no longer investigating.

Officers were called to the Bluebell Inn on Castle Street, Conwy, in the early hours of Thursday.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Phoenix, 63, who was said to be a well-known character in the town.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: "Police are no longer investigating the death of a 63-year-old man at a pub in Castle Street, Conwy.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been updated."

Graham Roberts, landlord at the George and Dragon pub which is next door to the Bluebell, said: "He [Mr Phoenix] was a former biker and he was into his live music and loved his real ale.

"He was well known around all the pubs. He used to pop in - he was a frequent visitor here."

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