Brother’s tribute to ‘much-loved’ man, 62, who dropped dead in Job Centre – The Sun

A MAN today paid tribute to his brother after the 62-year-old collapsed and died in a Job Centre.

David Bevan, was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker's Allowance when staff heard a snorting noise and went over to check on him.

It was then they realised he wasn't breathing  – desperately using the centre's defibrillator in a vain attempt to revive him.

But despite their best efforts, David tragically died at the scene.

Today, his younger brother Simon, 40, paid tribute to the hard-working rugby fan.

He said: "David was a well-known character in the seaside village of Burry Port, near Llanelli, South Wales, where he had worked as a bin man and a road layer.

"His great loves were his two-year-old German Shepherd called Wally and watching his local team play rugby along with supporting his beloved Wales."

And he said he would always hold onto the memories of his brother coming along to his rugby games to cheer him on.

It had been claimed David died after being ruled fit to work, but Simon denied this.

He said: "He hadn’t told me that, as far as I know there wasn’t a problem.

"When he got there on Friday he was chatting away with people, he seemed fine."


Simon had rushed to the centre after hearing what happened on Friday.

Ex-rugby player Simon said: "They took me to one side when I got there, they were still working on him.

"They did everything they could but it was one of those things, when you’re number’s up. you’re number’s up.

"I’m not blaming anyone and neither would Dai, he wasn’t the sort to do that.”

Simon was told David died of a heart attack but he is waiting for a post mortem report from the Carmarthenshire coroner.

He said: “I don’t want people to make a political thing out of it because he died in a Job Centre. I can only praise the staff there for doing everything they could.”

Two-minutes since was held in David’s honour on Saturday at Burry Port RFC’s match against local rivals Kidwelly.


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