North West Wales

Llanberis New Year's Day death 'not suspicious', police say

A police car on Maes Padarn

The death of a 70-year-old man in Gwynedd is no longer being treated as suspicious and police have released a 20-year-old man they had been questioning.

Dafydd Hughes collapsed outside his home at Maes Padarn in Llanberis in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Due to initial concerns surrounding the death, a local man was taken into custody.

But detectives said on Monday Mr Hughes died from natural causes.

Det Ch Insp Brian Kearney said the 20-year-old local man had "fully co-operated with the police" throughout the investigation.

"Following extensive enquiries by a team of detectives along with a post-mortem completed by a Home Office Pathologist on Sunday 1st of January 2017, North Wales Police is now satisfied that the death of Dafydd Hughes is not suspicious," he added.

"As a result, the 20-year-old male, has been released unconditionally and he is no longer under any investigation."

The coroner for north west Wales Dewi Pritchard Jones has been given details of the police inquiry and "is satisfied that the death is due to natural causes", police said in a statement.

"The family of Dafydd Hughes are being supported by family liaison officers, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time," added DCI Kearney.

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