Man Arrested Over Caravan Park Murder

13 March 2015, 11:30 | Updated: 13 March 2015, 15:48

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering 18 year old Conner Marshall from Barry.

The teenager was found with serious injuries at the Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Conner was taken to the University Hospital of Wales but he died yesterday (Thursday). 

South Wales Police say Conner had been staying in the caravan park with friends and they spent the evening on Saturday 7th March in bars in and around Porthcawl. 

The group returned to the caravan before midnight when detectives believe Conner decided to walk to the beach. 

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley said: 

"We have a distinct time line of midnight to 7am on Sunday morning and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen anything during these hours to come forward. Connor was wearing a purple shirt, black skinny jeans, grey Adidas trainers, a blue/grey jacket and was carrying a grey Nike shoulder bag. 

"Our officers are continuing to conduct inquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened however we have identified a suspect and arrested a local South Wales man in Scotland. 

"I would like to stress that this suspect was not part of the group of friends staying in the caravan with Conner that evening. 

"I would like to reassure residents and visitors to Porthcawl and Trecco Bay caravan park that this appears to be an isolated incident on a well-managed site. Parkdean Trecco Bay Management are continuing to work closely with South Wales Police. Our thoughts are with Conner's family and all those affected by this tragic incident. 

"This was a brutal attack and I believe the suspect may have shared information with friends, relatives or neighbours."

Conner's family has issued a statement paying tribute to him:

"As a family we take great comfort knowing that Conner was a unique, caring and compassionate young man with a warm, infectious smile complete with a cheeky wink! 

"We draw strength in the knowledge that Conner was and is brave, protective and loved unconditionally by all his family and friends. 

"We are immensely proud that Conner chose to help others in his belief that life goes on? by deciding to donate his organs."