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The Texel Sheep Society has paid tribute to a Welsh breeder who died in a chainsaw accident while erecting a fence.

An inquest which opened at Ruthin on Monday (19 January) into the death of father-of-three Aled Lloyd Jones, was told he might have slipped while using a chainsaw to cut a branch.

In addition to running a pedigree Texel flock, he also worked as a fencing contractor.

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Iolo Prys Jones, regional board director of the Texel Sheep Society, described Mr Jones, a respected Texel breeder who lived at Peniel, near Denbigh, as a “gentleman in every respect”.

He added: “You could not have known a nicer lad.”

Mr Jones, 48, was erecting fences at Bryn Llys, Llandyrnog, when the incident happened on 14 January.

He was discovered by the owner of the property, Amanda Dickinson, in a field a short distance from the house.

The inquest was told that pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson had deferred a decision on the cause of death.

The office of the coroner of North Wales East and Central, John Gittins, said the inquest had been adjourned for a full hearing on a date to be set.

The Health and Safety Executive, which is investigating the incident, last week published the latest figures for agriculture-related deaths in the UK.

These showed that, across the UK, there were 27 fatal injuries in agriculture and 292 major injuries.