Friends' shock after farmer's tragic death
TRIBUTES have been paid to a "quiet but friendly" farmer, who died following an incident involving a bull last week.
David Stephens, was airlifted to Morriston Hospital on Tuesday, after he was injured while he was testing the animal for TB, it has been revealed.
Police were called to the farm at 9.54am on Tuesday and Mr Stephens was taken to hospital by Wales Air Ambulance, but later died of his injuries.
The 55-year-old farmed at Coed y Brain in Llandyfaelog, near Kidwelly.
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He leaves a wife and three children, one of whom, a son, also works on the farm.
Mair Stephens, county councillor for the ward, said Mr Stephens was a very good neighbour, who she had known since childhood.
"David was a very quiet, efficient, but very friendly man, and a very good neighbour," she said.
"I was devastated when I heard the news, as was all the community, absolutely devastated. I think the whole community is thinking of the family at this time, for someone who worked quietly in the background, and will be sorely missed within the community."
The Rev Roger Morley-Jones, of St Mary's Church, Kidwelly, said: "It goes without saying that the community is absolutely shocked and devastated at the loss of a young life and there's deep concern for all of the family.
"Everyone is anxious to do what they can to help them."
He said a service was held in Kidwelly and Llandyfaelog on Sunday morning, where Mr Stephens was remembered and prayers were said for the family.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "The Swansea coroner has been informed as well as the Health and Safety Executive."
The HSE said it was investigating the incident in partnership with the police, while a spokesman for the Swansea Coroner said an inquest was expected to be opened during this week, following the results of a post mortem examination.