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Gavin Henson releases unnerving CCTV footage after his pub gets marked out by man

By Ian Cameron
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Former Wales star Gavin Henson has taken to social media after his pub was marked with an ‘X’ by a man travelling on foot in a strange incident caught on camera.


The former Welsh playmaker turned pub landlord saw the mark on The Fox pub in St Brides Major in Wales and immediately resorted to his security camera system to investigate it further.

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Henson was left dumbfounded by what he found: sinister CCTV footage, which shows a man with a scarf obscuring his face mark an ‘X’ across the door.

The footage shows a middle-aged, suspicious-looking man dressed in dark clothes with his face semi-obscured by a scarf scrawling the symbol across the window pane of the door.

Henson tweeted: “Anyone know who this is or what it means? Drawing an X on the pub front door![?]’


Many Tweeters suggested it was a technique used to mark a property as a potential target for organised crime gangs.

One Tweeter who appeared to have a background in law enforcement wrote: “Believed to be indicative of a good target for a burglary but would usually be a little more discreet in where it’s put

“Also thought to be used if you’ve got a nice pedigree dog – to be stolen. All in all it’s suspicious and worth being vigilant.”


Henson then Tweeted a picture of the man in question, saying: “Anyone know him?”

Henson took over The Fox pub after his retirement from professional rugby in 2019. He made 18 Dragons appearances and scored 103 points, although his final two years were dogged by injury.

It was the end of a storied career for the colourful Henson. Henson reportedly attended a one-day training course on becoming a pub licensee and was required to pass an exam after he purchased the freehold of the pub.

St Brides Major is near where Henson grew up before going on to have a circuitous club career, the Welsh international featuring at Swansea, Ospreys, Saracens, Toulon, Cardiff Blues, London Welsh, Bath and Bristol before Bernard Jackman gave him a chance at Dragons.


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