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Boy, 6, dies after farm incident in Carmarthenshire

Dafydd Wyn Bowen
Dafydd was happiest helping on his family's farm, said his head teacher

Tributes have been paid to a six-year-old boy, who died in an agricultural incident in Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire.

Villagers said Dafydd Wyn Bowen's death left a "wave of grief". His head teacher called him a "wonderful little boy" who was happiest on the farm.

A Christmas Eve midnight service at the Bethlehem chapel has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Police and safety experts say the death, thought to involve a tractor, is not being treated as suspicious.

Sian Evans, head of Llangadog Primary School, where Dafydd's mother is a teacher, said he was a "wonderful little boy".

"Everybody got on with him and he got on with everybody else. He was one of these that you were lucky to have known him," she said.

Dafydd's headteacher Sian Evans said she was lucky to know him

"I remember his smile now - I can see his smile in front of my eyes as we speak. I'll never forget that."

She said Dafydd was happiest helping his family on the farm.

"I know he was happy in school but I also know his heart and his total enjoyment was back home on the farm working, helping his father looking after the animals," she said.

"I know that's where he enjoyed life to the full and I know that he had a wonderful childhood on that farm."

She added: "It's a dreadful tragedy that's happened and I don't know how his parents are coping.

"I know they're doing their best. I want them to know that the whole community is behind them in this."

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the accident had involved a tractor.

"The situation is so terrible and, of course, coming so close to Christmas just makes it worse," she said.

'Happy little boy'

"I know that he was involved in some sort of accident with a tractor. His parents are inconsolable.

"The community is in a very sad state. Everyone is thinking of the family. People have been phoning one another and talking about it."

She said neighbours were rallying round with village youngsters taking over milking at the farm for the child's father.

"Of course, his mother will have organised everything for Christmas. Dafydd had two younger brothers, aged three and four," she said.

"It will be a terrible time for them but they will have to carry on for the other young children.

"Dafydd was such a happy little boy. This is a small community and he was well known."

Local community and county councillor Huw Morgan said: "The feeling of the people of Llangadog this morning is very sad indeed.

"It's not going to be easy on the family, even the whole community feel this.

"The feeling with people, they're speechless. What can you say, it's a tragedy."

Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire
The village of Bethlehem was in a "very sad state" said one resident

A Christmas Eve midnight service at Bethlehem Chapel has been cancelled as a mark of respect to the family.

"The family are regular chapel-goers, and the great uncle and aunt and the boy's grandparents were all expected to attend," she added.

S4C said a recorded programme from the village, Seren Bethlehem, would be broadcast as planned on Thursday evening as a tribute to the boy, who features as part of a schools choir.

Bethlehem has been featuring in a series on the village's preparations for its nativity play.

The broadcaster said his family had requested that the programme, which also features some of his relatives, should go ahead.

Dyfed-Powys Police said next of kin and the coroner had been informed, and there were no suspicious circumstances.



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