Newtown man found in river took fatal amount of drugs

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A man from Newtown who was found in the River Severn died from a drug overdose, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Alan Watkins, aged 34, was reported missing in April 2021 and was found floating in the river on April 20 near St Giles Golf Club.

The inquest at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on March 14 was told that Mr Watkins had a long history of drug abuse and had taken a fatal amount of amphetamine.

The cause of death was related to the drug overdose rather than submersion in water.

The assistant coroner, Rachel Knight, concluded that it was not possible to determine Mr Watkins' intention in taking the drug or how he came to be in the water.

No remarkable injuries were found on Mr Watkins' body that would not have been consistent with being in the water for an extended period.

The police had appealed for the public's help in sharing any information about Mr Watkins' whereabouts and had asked people to check their outbuildings.

This article first appeared on the Powys County Times here and has been re-written by AI for publication.

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