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Police given more time to question suspect in murder case

South Wales Police has been given a further 36 hours to interview a man held on suspicion of the murder of Tracey Woodford.

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The 47-year-old's dismembered body was discovered in a flat in Pontypridd on Friday where a 50-year-old man was arrested.

A post-mortem examination will take place later today.

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Vicar sends thoughts and prayers to Tracey Woodford's family

A local reverend in Pontypridd has told ITV News his thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tracey Woodford after her body was found dismembered at a property in the town.

Revd. Michael Gable, Area Dean of Pontypridd and local vicar said despite assurances from police, it is inevitable the community will be shaken by the news.

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

– Revd. Michael Gable

Police name woman found 'dismembered'

Police have named the body of a woman found in a flat in Pontypridd as 47-year-old Tracey Woodford.

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South Wales Police has also confirmed her body was found dismembered.

Her next of kin have been informed.

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

The suspect’s address and other identified scenes are now subject to the police investigation.

Tracey was last seen leaving a pub in the town on Tuesday evening. She was found at a block of flats on Andrews Court in the Graig area of Pontypridd on Friday.

Police said Tracey's family is receiving support from specially trained officers.

Police confirm body found is missing woman

Police investigating a murder in Pontypridd have confirmed that a body found yesterday evening is that of a woman who was reported missing.

A police officer found the body at a flat at Andrews Court Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The 47 year-old woman, who is from the Pontypridd area, was last seen by family on Tuesday 21st of April.

Following the missing person report, police received information that the deceased was with the suspect, at the Skinny Dog Public House on Tuesday evening and left the premises with him.

The deceased was last seen leaving the Skinny Dog pub Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

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 with police enquiries.

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.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley

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Murder investigation after body found in flat

A murder investigation has been launched by South Wales Police following the discovery of a person’s body at an address in Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig, Pontypridd.

The discovery was made just before 3pm on Friday by a police officer. Investigations are ongoing to confirm the identity of the body.

As part of the investigation, a police cordon is in place near the Sardis Road rugby ground in Pontypridd, and at the flat where the body was discovered.

A 50 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is currently in police custody.

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Police would like to hear from anybody living near Andrews Court on Rickard Street, Graig, Pontypridd, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the past few days.

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.

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

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley
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Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference *140670 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police now close road under railway station

Road going under Pontypridd Railway Station now closed. Credit: ITV Wales News

ITV Wales' hannah Thomas reports from the scene that police have now "sealed-off an area under the railway bridge in Pontypridd. We don't know whether it is connected to the ongoing incident in the Sardis Road area of the town."

Mobile Policing Unit arrives at Pontypridd investigation. Credit: ITV Wales News

Rugby club tells members 'no access' to site

In a statement on its website Pontypridd Rugby Club says there is no access to its site.

Police near Pontypridd Rugby Club on Friday evening. Credit: ITV Wales News

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.

– Pontypridd RFC
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