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Brecon soldier death: Two men still being questioned

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Police are continuing to question two men in connection with the death of a soldier in Brecon.

Pte Matthew Boyd, from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found injured and unconscious on Lion Street at about 01:00 BST on Sunday and later died.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder while a 22-year-old has also been detained in connection with his death.

Both men remain in custody.

Pte Boyd and his family lived in Gibraltar but he was originally from Northern Ireland, where some of his relatives still live in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Pte Boyd was wearing civilian clothing when he was found and the 23-year-old who was arrested was not a serving soldier.

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Pte Boyd's commanding officer, Lt Col Ivor Lopez, said the whole regiment was "devastated" to learn about his death.

He said: "He was an outstanding soldier with a bright future ahead of him. The regiment has lost a great soldier and a close friend."

Childhood friend and fellow soldier, Pte Scott Wylie, 20, said: "We were in the same class at school, joined the Army at the same time and still had so much still to do together.

"He was meant to be my best man and my first child's godfather. He was more like a brother than a best friend."

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