SOUTH WALES, U.K. - A man collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. The man, 65, was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.  He was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help the man but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor. They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

A witness said: ‘I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.  ‘The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

‘The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful. ‘We were all very shook up, it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

An ambulance spokesman said: ‘We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’ A DWP spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.’ (FA)