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Arrests after 16-year-old girl’s unexplained death in South Wales

Written by on 05/03/2021

Two men have been arrested after the unexplained death of a teenager in South Wales.

Officers were called to Baglan Street in the Rhondda Valley at around midday after reports of a stabbing.

The 16-year-old girl was found dead.

The street has been closed off and a cordon has been erected around a takeaway restaurant, the Blue Sky, with a small tent outside the premises.

Barriers at the scene in the village of Ynyswen in Treorchy, Rhondda after a serious incident. Picture date: Friday March 5, 2021.
Image: A cordon has been erected outside the Blue Sky takeaway

John Belgrove, a builder, who lives on Baglan Street, said he was in his shed when his barking dogs alerted him to emergency services just after midday.

He told the PA news agency: “I came out and I counted over the next half an hour about 31 different emergency vehicles.

“I saw what looked like a Chinese lady, probably in her 20s, crying uncontrollably and she had blood on her front.

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“There was one elderly Chinese man who was walking wounded with his head all bandaged up and they put him in the back of an ambulance.”

Another younger man was seen being treated by paramedics, he said.

It is not clear what exactly has happened but Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhondda, said he is aware of “disturbing events on Baglan Street” and said his thoughts go out to all those affected.

Mavis Wakeford, 79, lives nearby and said she had seen “quite a few police cars” arrive in the area and knew it must be “something serious”.

She added: “I’ve lived here all my life and nothing like this has ever happened before.”

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford tweeted that news of the incident was “deeply concerning”, adding: “I’m being kept informed of developments and my thoughts are with everyone in the community during this worrying time.”

South Wales Police said: “Police units are currently dealing with a serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at approximately midday today.

“Ambulance crews are also in attendance as the incident involves a number of casualties.”

Local media reported that two air ambulances were at the scene and the Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed it had also sent a rapid response vehicle, three ambulances and the hazardous area response team.

Police have said any witnesses to the incident should call 101 immediately and give reference *077519.

They also warned people not to post speculation on social media, adding: “We will release further information when appropriate to do – your support is appreciated.”

 Sky News

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