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Phone held no clues about schoolboy’s death



William Thomas, 16: His phone had no infomation about his death

William Thomas, 16: His phone had no information about his death

THE FAMILY of 16-year-old William Thomas requested experts to unlock his Apple iPhone to see if it held any information about his death, an inquest has heard.

He was found dead just days before he was set to receive his GCSE results last August.

His father, David, pleaded with a coroner to go through the contents of his phone, which could not be unlocked without William’s 4-digit pin code.

Mr Thomas said he the family were ‘clutching at straws to find out what happened.’

A team of forensic communication experts were able to unlock the phone without requiring the help of Apple, however the contents of the phone held no clues into the events leading up to his death.

There was no referencing to bully or suicidal thoughts, the family were told.

Malcolm Thompson, the coroner’s officer, said: “The phone has been accessed but what is on it is irrelevant.”

The Carmarthenshire coroner, Mark Layton, added: “The interrogation of his mobile phone has not suggested he was troubled by anything. This may have been a cry for help.

“But there is no suggestion he suffered from a depressive illness and no note to suggest what his intentions were.”

The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging.

He had a passion for sports and was an excellent rugby player, having been selected to train with the Llanelli Scarlets. He had also played in his schools’ cup final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff last year.

Mr Layton summed up the hearing by saying: “William was a keen sportsman, very popular in school and greatly missed by his family and friends, but his intentions remain unclear.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea



A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment



DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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