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Murder probe begins after body find

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at a flat in south Wales.

Officers said a 50-year-old man has been arrested and enquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of the deceased.

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 found.

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."

Swarms of officers descended on Pontypridd today, prompting shock and surprise as well as speculation from locals.

Officers were seen searching undergrowth and the force's helicopter has been spotted hovering overhead.

At one stage at least four police vans and around 10 officers were seen between Sardis Road and Lanelay Crescent as well as a cordon around a block of flats.

A statement issued on Facebook by Pontypridd RFC said police were investigating something "major".

It said: "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."

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