South West Wales

Trooper Robert Griffiths: Soldier found hanged while on home leave

Trooper Robert Griffiths
Image caption Trooper Robert Griffiths, 24, of the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - known as the Welsh Cavalry - was driving a light tank when it set off a roadside bomb last year

A 24-year-old soldier who survived a roadside bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan last year has been found hanged while on leave near Swansea.

Trooper Robert Griffiths of the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - known as the Welsh Cavalry - was driving a light tank when it set off the bomb.

He was one of three soldiers who walked away from the explosion unharmed.

Trooper Griffiths was found hanged at his home in Bishopston, near Swansea, on Saturday evening.

A police spokesman said the soldier's death was not being treated as suspicious, and his family had been informed.

He served in the regiment which had a base in Paderborn, Germany, and was on home leave for Christmas and staying with his parents Paul and Mary.

An Army spokesman said: "Police are investigating the death of a soldier who was serving with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

A police spokesman said: "South Wales Police in Swansea are investigating the unexplained death of a 24-year-old man. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances."

The regiment returned from a seven-month tour of Helmand Province last April.

They marched in Swansea as part of their Freedom of the City last May to mark their return from operations.

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