A GIRL aged 16 has died and several other people were reportedly wounded in a knife rampage in a Chinese takeaway in Wales.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the lunchtime bloodbath in the small town of Ynyswen, near Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales Police confirmed.
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Officers described the death as "sudden" and said the cause of death had not yet been confirmed.
A post-mortem examination will take place to help establish how the 16-year-old died, police said.
Emergency services were called to a takeaway restaurant in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at approximately midday today to reports of a stabbing.
Police arrested two men who are currently in hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries.
The victim's family is being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers and efforts are continuing to contact other relatives.
Meanwhile, Baglan Street remains closed as a forensic examination of the area continues.
It is understood that those involved are known to each other, police said.
The incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack.
Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Superintendent Rich Jones, from South Wales Police, 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 to 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."
Eyewitnesses said the village restaurant was "covered in blood" and more than 30 emergency vehicles were at the scene.
The victims were flown to hospital by air ambulance after the incident.
Screams were heard coming from the Chinese takeaway shortly after midday in the village.
Local residents saw paramedics giving one victim CPR.
What we know so far:
- Police responded to a 'major incident' in the village of Ynyswen
- A 16-year-old girl died and a post-mortem examination will take place
- Two people have been arrested and are being treated for serious injuries in hospital
- It is understood that those involved are known to each other
- The horrific incident unfolded around midday today
- The incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack
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 men who worked at the takeaway, which was sealed off by police.
I helped the police block off the road, I heard them say that one person was dead and several others badly hurt
He said: "The restaurant owners haven't been there very long – they did a swap with another Chinese restaurant nearby.
"As far as I know there is a connection between the two businesses.
"It’s shocking, it’s such a quiet village. I counted 31 emergency vehicles here and two air ambulances."
The restaurant had been open for business despite lockdown.
Police have erected a cordon around the restaurant and a white police forensic tent could be seen outside the takeaway after the horrific attack today.
One victim was in a car outside the restaurant, a local resident said.
Neighbour John Evans, 70, said: "There was a lot of blood at the scene, it was a major incident with multiple victims.
"This is normally a quiet village I don’t know what’s happened to cause this."
Another neighbour said: "A woman was heard screaming but I don't think she was one of the injured.
"She saw what happened which must have been awful. There was a lot of blood."
Nextdoor neighbour Terry Barnes said: "It is a terrible shock.
"There was a body under a white sheet outside after the police had been there."
Mavis Wakeford, 79, said: "It's quiet, nothing like this has ever happened. I've lived here all my life and nothing like this has ever happened before."
She added: "It's something serious, obviously, it's got to be, hasn't it?"
'NUMBER OF CASUALTIES'
Around 20 to 30 emergency vehicles rushed to Baglan Street at midday on Friday.
South Wales Ambulance dispatched a rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances and the Wales Air Ambulance.
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant referred to the incident as "an attack".
He 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."
He later added: "The police have confirmed there are a number of casualties.
"Please do contact the police if you witnessed the attack."
Councillor Andrew Morgan, the leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, has thanked the emergency services for the "significant attendance" at the scene.
He said: "My thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident but please avoid the area until emergency services leave the location."
Several police cars were parked in the village and the air ambulance
landed on nearby Baglan Field, beside Penyrenglyn Primary School.
A police spokesman said: "Police units are currently dealing with a
serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at
approximately midday today (5 March, 2021).
"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."
Local resident Linsey Simmonds said: "I was coming past the Baglan
Field and saw the Air Ambulance land there, and in the past 20 minutes
there's been up to 30 police and ambulance vehicles.
"You can't walk past there or drive up the valley."
Another resident said: "As I come around the corner there was loads of sirens getting passed and I saw four police at the bottom with guns telling people they couldn’t come down the hill.
"They were saying can you get back.
"Then a couple of minutes later I saw someone getting stretchered off into the back of an ambulance literally outside the Chinese by the hill."
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