2015年4月25日星期六

Police search near rugby ground after body found in South Wales flat

  • Body discovered in Pontypridd flat identified as Tracey Woodford, 47
  • Police have cordoned off area surrounding nearby rugby ground 
  • Officers now appealing for anyone with information to come forward  

A dismembered body discovered at a flat in Wales has been identified as Tracey Woodford, police revealed. 

The 47-year-old is believed to have been attacked in woodland in Pontypridd by a man she left a pub with on Tuesday, officers said. 

Her body was discovered with 'massive injuries' at the property yesterday afternoon, prompting police to launch a murder investigation. A 50-year-old man has been arrested.

A murder investigation has been launched after a body was discovered in a South Wales flat, pictured

A murder investigation has been launched after a body was discovered in a South Wales flat, pictured

Police have cordoned off an area surrounding Pontypridd Rugby Club, near to where the body was found

Police have cordoned off an area surrounding Pontypridd Rugby Club, near to where the body was found

A police spokesman said: 'She was with the suspect at the Skinny Dog Public House on the evening of Tuesday 21 April - and left the premises with him.

'Police officers then visited the suspect's address at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig and following a search of the property discovered a body and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder.

'A 50-year-old man remains in police custody and is assisting police with our enquiries.'

After discovering the body police cordoned off an area surrounding nearby Pontypridd Rugby Club's Sardis Road stadium and officers were seen searching the undergrowth.

At least four South Wales Police vans and one helicopter took part in the operation, prompting speculation from local residents.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, said: 'We would like to speak to anybody who thinks they may have information that can help our investigation. 

'No matter how insignificant the information may seem, we would like people to contact us.

'In particular, we want to speak to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of Andrews Court, Rickards Street, were the body was found, and also to anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the rugby ground on Sardis Road in the past couple of days.

'We have a team of detectives and the support of specialist resources working on this inquiry and while we understand it will alarm the community, this is an isolated incident and we do have somebody in custody.' 

A 50-year-old man was arrested after police found the body at a property in Pontypridd. Above, an officer and a sniffer dog search nearby

A 50-year-old man was arrested after police found the body at a property in Pontypridd. Above, an officer and a sniffer dog search nearby

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Above, an officer near the scene

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Above, an officer near the scene

A statement issued on Facebook by Pontypridd RFC said police were investigating something 'major'.

It said: 'Supporters, partners and neighbours of Pontypridd RFC are advised that the Sardis Road stadium is currently not accessible.

'This is due to a police investigation into a major incident in the vicinity.

'The club will keep all concerned informed regarding access to the Sardis Road stadium as further information is received from the relevant authorities.'



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