Stabbing death leads to IOPC referral

South Wales Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after a man was stabbed to death in a supermarket.

May 6, 2020
By Tony Thompson

The victim, who was in his sixties, was stabbed in a branch of the Co-op supermarket in Pen Y Graig, Rhondda Valley at around 1.45pm on Tuesday (May 6). At least three others were injured during the incident.

South Wales Police arrested a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of murder. She is currently being held at Merthyr Tydfil police station.

The force did not give a reason for making a referral to the IOPC.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, who is leading the murder investigation, said police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbings.

“This is a very tragic incident and one man has died and his family is being supported by specially trained police officers,” he said.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim’s family at this very sad time. This incident will have understandably caused a lot of shock in the local community and I want to reassure residents that a full investigation has been launched.”

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