2015年4月26日星期日

Pontypridd police search rugby ground after body of Tracey Woodford is found in 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 said.

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

Her body was discovered with 'massive injuries' at the property around 3pm yesterday afternoon, prompting police to launch a murder investigation. A 50-year-old man has been arrested.

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A dismembered body discovered at a flat in Wales has been identified as Tracey Woodford (above) who has been missing since Tuesday, police revealed

A dismembered body discovered at a flat in Wales has been identified as Tracey Woodford (above) who has been missing since Tuesday, police revealed

Ms Woodford was last seen by her family around 12.45pm on Tuesday. 

She was reported missing and her body was discovered after police received information she was with the suspect at the Skinny Dog pub on Tuesday evening and left the premises with him.

A police spokesman said: 'Police officers then visited the suspect's address 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 described the events surrounding her death as 'tragic'.

In a press conference he said: 'The events have had a profound effect on her family and the wider community, especially given the harrowing circumstances of her death. 

Her body was discovered with 'massive injuries' at the property (above) yesterday afternoon, prompting police to launch a murder investigation 

Her body was discovered with 'massive injuries' at the property (above) yesterday afternoon, prompting police to launch a murder investigation 

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

'There are well established communities in the South Wales Valleys. I know those communities will rally around Tracey’s family.' 

He added that police want to speak to anybody who thinks they may have information that can help the investigation. 

They are particularly interested in those who noticed anything suspicious near Andrews Court, Rickards Street, or near the rugby ground.

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

'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.' 

Police at Pontypridd flat where dismembered body was found

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.' 

Reverend Michael Gable, a local vicar, also paid tribute.

He said: 'It's a tragic situation. The community will be upset and concerned by this news. We send our thoughts and prayers to those involved.'

Ms Woodford's next of kin have been informed but have not yet commented. 



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