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Pc found hanged, inquest is told
Pc Lance Williams (picture: Dyfed-Powys Police)
Pc Lance Williams was found dead on Monday
An inquest has heard how a Powys policeman was found hanged to death at his home.

Colleagues of Pc Lance Williams, 38, found his body at Oxford Road, Llandrindod Wells, on Monday at about 1700 BST.

A woman, 36, thought to be his wife Wendy, was treated in hospital for hand lacerations but was later released.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Brecon Police station. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Opening the inquest, deputy coroner for Powys, Peter Maddox, said father-of-two Pc Williams died of "pressure to the neck in keeping with hanging".

His body will now be released for his family to plan funeral arrangements, and the hearing was adjourned.

Meanwhile, witnesses have been describing the scene around the house on Monday.

Some neighbours said they comforted the couple's two children together with a visiting school friend after they were found screaming in the street.

He was conscientious and obviously loved his kids...He was a lovely lad
Neighbour Anne Griffiths

A local woman looked after the boy and girl, aged about 11 and nine, until police arrived at the scene.

Police said Pc Williams' family had asked to be "left in peace to grieve," adding that the officer would be "sorely missed by friends and colleagues".

Officers initially described the officer's death as "unexplained".

Divisional commander in Powys, Chief Supt Gwyn Thomas, said: "It was sad to hear about the death of Pc Lance Williams.

"He will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

'Conscientious'

Neighbours described Pc Williams, a police dog handler, as a well-liked unassuming character who appeared to be a happy family man.

Neighbour Anne Griffiths, said: "We are all just in a state of shock. It seems unbelievable.

"They were a lovely family. He was nice and quiet and would always give you a wave when he passed.

"He was conscientious and obviously loved his kids. There is really nothing bad you could say about them. He was a lovely lad."

She added: "Wendy was a nice person and they were an unassuming family."

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: "They were a very quiet family who kept themselves to themselves."

Well-wishers have left bouquets of flowers on the fence of the home's front garden.




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