One person feared dead and others injured in ‘knife attack at Chinese takeaway’ in Treorchy, South Wales

Michael HowieFri, 5 March 2021, 3:49 pm

Police tape (PA)
Police tape (PA)

One man is feared dead and others injured following a reported knife attack in a village in south Wales.

South Wales Police said officers are responding to a “serious” incident in Treorchy, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, involving a “number” of casualties with armed units scrambled to the scene.

Forensic officers are trawling an area near a Chinese takeaway and a crime scene tent has been set up.

Neighbours reported seeing injured people and the business covered in blood.

A police statement said: “Police units are currently dealing with a serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at approximately midday today.

“Ambulance crews are also in attendance as the incident involves a number of casualties.

“The street has been closed off and people are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

“Updates will be released when they are available.

“Anybody who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact 101 immediately and give reference *077519.”

Neighbour John Belgrove 46, said: “I was in my workshop when I heard sirens and saw police everywhere.

‘There was a Chinese girl sitting on a pavement – she was in her pyjamas and they were covered in blood.

I could see she was sobbing and in a terrible state.

“I helped the police block off the road, I heard them say that one person was dead and several others badly hurt.”

Builder Mr Belgrove said he believed the casualties were Chinese and worked at the takeaway in Baglan Street which was sealed off by police.

He said: ‘”The restaurant owners haven’t been there very long – they did a swap with another Chinese restaurant nearby called Yummy Yummy.

“As far as I know there is a connection between the two businesses.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Trust has confirmed they were called to the scene at noon today but couldn’t say how many people have been taken to hospital. They said that one rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances and the air ambulance were sent to the scene.

A statement said: “We attended scene with one rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances, our hazardous area response team and the Wales Air Ambulance.”

A resident who lives nearby told Wales Online: “I just came outside my house and I could see the first responder and then they all rushed and armed police came then.

“First of all it was like ‘what’s happening?’, and then there was the armed response. It’s not something you see in Ynyswen. That was around midday.”

Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda, tweeted: “I’m aware of disturbing events on Baglan Street in Treherbert/Ynyswen.

“My thoughts go out to all those affected and thanks to @swpRCT and @WelshAmbulance who are in attendance.”

Councillor Andrew Morgan, the leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “I have been informed of the major incident in Ynyswen and want to thank the emergency services for the significant attendance which is ongoing.

“My thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident but please avoid the area until emergency services leave the location.”

Police also sent out a tweet calling on the public not to speculate on the details of the incident while they were investigating.

They added: “We will release further information when appropriate to do – your support is appreciated.”

Anybody who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact 101 immediately and give reference *077519.