Arrest After Body Found In Pontypridd

25 April 2015, 07:15 | Updated: 25 April 2015, 11:38

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Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at a flat in south Wales.

A body discovered at a flat in south Wales yesterday is that of a missing 47-year-old woman, police have confirmed. 

The woman, who is from the Pontypridd area, was last seen by family at about 12.45pm on Tuesday and was reported missing the following day. 

Inquiries into her disappearance revealed that she left a pub, the Skinny Dog Public House, with a 50-year-old man on Tuesday evening. 

Officers searched the man's flat, at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig, and discovered the woman's body. 

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody at this time. 

South Wales Police are appealing for anyone at the Skinny Dog between 9pm and 11pm on Tuesday, or those living near the suspect's address, to come forward. 

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, where 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. `

`The victim's family is receiving support from specially-trained officers during this traumatic time. `

`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.''

Swarms of officers descended on Pontypridd on Friday, prompting shock and surprise as well as speculation from locals. 

Officers were seen searching undergrowth and the force's helicopter has been spotted hovering overhead. 

At one stage at least four police vans and around 10 officers were seen between Sardis Road and Lanelay Crescent as well as a cordon around a block of flats. 

Dominic Goddard, landlord of The Merlin pub close to Sardis Road, said everyone was worried about what was going on. `

`With social media everyone is hearing more and more but we don't actually know the full story,'' he added. `

`If someone from the area is involved then it's going to hit us hard.''

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.''