Monday 16 December 2019

Watchdog probes south Wales police after Taser deaths

Police in UK investigate murder
Police in UK investigate murder
Two people have died after an incident in south Wales in which police fired a Taser stun gun (Getty Images)

Claire Duffin

Two people have died after an incident in south Wales in which police fired a Taser stun gun.

Officers were called to the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, Blackwood - which was being used as temporary accommodation for homeless people - at about 1.20am following reports that a man was attacking a woman.

A police spokesman said a Taser was discharged by officers and a man (34) was arrested. He later became "unresponsive" and died at the scene.

The woman, who was injured, also later died. Her death is being treated as murder.

The incident has been referred to the British police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, and an investigation is under way."

A spokeswoman for the Welsh Ambulance Services confirmed that the man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

In 2009, people living in the village protested against plans to turn the former pub into accommodation for homeless people, fearing an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.

However, the then-owner, Mandy Miles, said it was not viable to keep the pub open because it was not making a profit.

The road outside the hotel remained closed yesterday morning. One resident said: "Police are here all of the time. The village didn't want it [the halfway house]." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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