FUND TO SUP­PORT IN­JURED EX-RUGBY PLAYER

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - MAR­CUS HUGHES Re­porter mar­cus.hughes@waleson­line.co.uk

A FUNDRAIS­ING page set up for a for­mer rugby player who was found with “life-changing” in­juries will pro­vide “strong sup­port”, his fam­ily has said.

The crowd­fund­ing page is rais­ing money for ex-Wales Dragon­hearts full-back Scott Bes­sant who was dis­cov­ered with se­ri­ous in­juries in a lane by a passer-by on Sunday, Au­gust 13, af­ter leav­ing the Lit­tle Crown pub in Wain­fe­lin in Pon­ty­pool.

The Go Fund Me page, which was set up by fam­ily friends and aims to raise money to sup­port Mr Bes­sant and his fam­ily, has raised more than £750 in its first three days.

It is not known how the 34-yearold fa­ther of two sus­tained his in­juries, and his fam­ily and Gwent Po­lice have ap­pealed to the pub­lic for in­for­ma­tion.

A £3,000 re­ward has been of­fered for any de­tail which could help po­lice with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Speak­ing about the fundrais­ing, Mr Bes­sant’s brother-in-law Neil Chere, 47, said the money would pro­vide much needed sup­port for Mr Bes­sant’s fam­ily who are vis­it­ing him daily at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales in Cardiff.

“We know that it’s go­ing to give some strong sup­port to the fam­ily or for Scott’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion when he does get bet­ter,” he said.

“At the mo­ment we are very un­cer­tain about what is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Mr Bes­sant was found ly­ing next to a bridge in Pen­twyn Lane, Abersy­chan, at about 5.15am on Sunday Au­gust 13. He was last seen in the Lit­tle Crown pub in Wain­fe­lin at about 1am. CCTV images show Mr Bes­sant en­joy­ing him­self be­fore leav­ing with a friend at the end of the night.

Mr Chere said the fam­ily have re­ceived pos­i­tive sup­port from friends and the wider com­mu­nity.

“He is such a loved per­son and ev­ery morn­ing me and my wife wake up to 200 Face­book mes­sages with sup­port and of­fers ask­ing what they can do to help,” he said.

“He’s a dot­ing dad with two lovely kids and at the mo­ment we are just look­ing for an­swers.”

Mr Bes­sant has pre­vi­ously played for the New­port Ti­tans and Torfaen Tigers and was capped by the Wales Dragon­hearts.

He was once in con­tention for a place in the Celtic Cru­saders squad but was only thwarted due to ill­ness at the time, but went on to coach the Ti­tans and has more re­cently been on the Tigers coach­ing staff.

Gwent Po­lice has asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call them on 101 quot­ing log num­ber 136 of Au­gust 13 or to call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Do­na­tions can be made go­fundme.com/4cmt1nk

Dad found se­ri­ously hurt in lane

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Scott Bes­sant, 34, was dis­cov­ered with ‘life-changing’ in­juries in a lane by a passer-by

WALES RUGBY LEAGUE

Scott, left, play­ing for the Wales Dragon­hearts against Ireland in 2009

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