Treorchy ‘stabbing’: Everything we know as girl, 16, killed in village ‘knife attack’


Investigations are continuing into the death of a schoolgirl killed in a suspected knife attack, which police are describing as “sudden and unexplained”.

The 16-year-old girl – who is yet to be formally named – died following a “serious incident” on Friday around midday in Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon Taf near Treorchy, South Wales Police confirmed.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident in Baglan Street and are currently in hospital receiving treatment.

A huge number of emergency teams worked through the afternoon following initial reports, with a forensics tent erected outside the Blue Sky Chinese takeaway and the road shut off.

Tia Warren, 17, said her tragic friend was an A-grade student who lived above the restaurant, having previously worked there.

Floral tributes have been placed at the scene.

“I am devastated at what has happened – she was lovey, an A-grade student who could have achieved anything in life,” Tia told the Daily Mail.

Police officers are expected to remain in the area for most of the weekend.

Residents described the scene as a “bloodbath”, while some witnesses claimed to have heard screams coming from the restaurant.

The teenager’s family is being supported by specially-trained liaison officers.

Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to contact other relatives.

In a statement, the force confirmed the incident is not being treated as a terror attack, with those involved understood to be known to each other.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, it added.

Superintendent Rich Jones said: “This is clearly a very serious incident which has caused significant shock and concern for both the local and wider community.

“We have a dedicated team of detectives working hard to establish the exact circumstances that have led to the tragic death of this young girl.

“While the investigation is still in its early stages, we can confirm that those involved are understood to know each other and we are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“There will be significant police presence in Baglan Street over the weekend but we will reopen the road at the earliest opportunity.

“In the meantime, the support and understanding of the local community is very much appreciated.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said they had sent one rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances, the hazardous area response team and the Wales Air Ambulance to the scene.