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Murder investigation: Council says 'such events are a rare occurrence'

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have released a statement in relation to the ongoing murder investigation in Pontypridd.

They say while local people in the area are understandably concerned, the event must be put into the 'wider context.'

Today 50-year-old Christopher May appeared in court charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford.

The news of this shocking incident will understandably cause anxiety and concern for local residents, but must be placed into the wider context that such events are a rare occurrence in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Following the updates I have received from the local police, I am confident they are doing all they can to support the local community as part of the investigations.

Everyone's thoughts are I am sure, with the victim's family, and I hope the community will do all they can to assist the police with their investigations and bring forward any information they may hold.

– Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Man appears in court charged with Pontypridd murder

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Pontypridd.

Christopher May spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth Credit: Wales News Service

Christopher May, 50, is accused of killing 47-year-old Tracey Woodford, whose dismembered body was found at a flat in the town.

Police are awaiting the results of further forensic tests after Tracey Woodford's death. Credit: Family photograph / South Wales Police

Mr May spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at a brief hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court.

He was wearing a grey jumper and had glasses on his head.

He is due to reappear at Cardiff Crown Court tomorrow morning, charged with a single count of murder.


Police re-appeal for information following murder charge

South Wales Police has made a re-appeal to anyone who has any information relating to Tracey Woodford's whereabouts from the evening of Tuesday 21 April to get in touch.

I would like anybody who hasn’t already come forward to get in touch. I am keen to establish Tracey’s movements over the past week.

“We have received significant support from the public who have no doubt been traumatised by what has unfolded. I would like to thank them for this support and assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to find out exactly what happened to Tracey."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, South Wales Police

Man, 50, charged in connection with Pontypridd murder

South Wales Police has charged a 50 year-old man in connection with the murder of Tracey Woodford.

He is due to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A post mortem has been carried out but officers are awaiting the results of further forensic tests to determine the cause of Tracey’s death.

Her body was found dismembered in a flat in the Graig area of the town on Friday.

Officers investigating the incident are continuing their appeal for witnesses.

Family of murdered woman pay tribute to her

The family of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found at a flat in Pontypridd on Friday have paid tribute to her saying she was a "kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone".

Credit: South Wales Police

Tracey was liked and loved by all of her family and friends. She was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We are thankful for all the support we have received to date. We ask all to respect our wishes for privacy and to be left alone to grieve at this very difficult time.”

– Family of Tracey Woodford

South Wales Police is continuing its appeal for witnesses.

In particular they would like to establish Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday.

They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45pm on Tuesday. In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm on 21 April.

Tracey is around 5ft 7 inches tall with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan at the time she was last seen.

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.

Credit: South Wales Police

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.


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.

Credit: South Wales Police

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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