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Mavis Bran death: Man, 70, arrested as woman, 69, dies following severe burns at chip shop in Wales

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A man has been arrested following the death of a 69-year-old woman who suffered serious burns at the chip shop she owned.


The woman, named locally as Mavis Bran, sustained her injuries at The Chipoteria in Hermon, Wales, on October 23.

She owned the chip shop with husband Geoffrey Bran, 70, in the small village of Hermon, Carmarthenshire, where she suffered her injuries at about 1.30pm.

However, she died at Morriston Hospital, in Swansea, on Monday.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a 70-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident.

He was released on police bail while the investigation continues.

The gated entrance to the premises was pictured shut, with a sign reading: “Closed due to illness.”

Furun Zhou, owner of The Blue Bell Inn Chinese restaurant in the nearby village of Cynwyl Elfed, bought his business premises from Mrs Bran two years ago, and described her as a “lovely lady”.

He said: “She ran the Blue Bell for a long time as a pub. When I bought it from her two years ago she was very helpful, she was a lovely lady. But I haven’t seen her since around then.

“She owned a few businesses in the area over the years.

“Customers have come in to speak about what happened and they’re shocked.

“Hermon is a very peaceful and quiet village. It’s very shocking.”

Dyfed-Powys Police have urged anyone who visited the chip shop between noon and 3pm on Tuesday October 23 to contact officers by calling 101.

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