South East Wales

Barry street death: Tribute to ex-soldier Thomas Sloman

Thomas Sloman Image copyright South Wales Police

Family of a former Welsh Guardsman who died after a disturbance in an alley have said he was "looking forward to the next chapter of his life".

Thomas Julian Sloman was found after police were called to a lane near Broad Street in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, at 04:00 BST on Saturday.

Officers are still questioning a 42-year-old man.

His family said he was "a loving son, devoted father and boyfriend, brother, grandson, uncle and nephew".

They added: "He was deeply loved by all his family and friends. It had been his honour to serve his country as a member of the Welsh Guards (Prince of Wales Company) - he served in Afghanistan.

"He had recently left the Army and was looking forward to the next chapter of his life.

"He was a good guy with a heart of gold and will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him."

Image caption Police cordon at the scene near Broad Street

South Wales Police said his death was being treated as unexplained and officers were trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened.

Mr Sloman - described as a keen Welsh sports fan - went out with his friends on Friday night to watch Wales beat Belgium 3-1 in their Euro 2016 quarter final match.

He was found near the Sir Samuel Romilly pub and despite the efforts of police and paramedics at the scene, he died shortly afterwards at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and officers are now awaiting further tests to determine the cause of death.

No further action is being taken against a 29 year-old man who was also arrested.

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