A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an elderly man was stabbed to death in a South Wales Co-op.
The victim, in his 60s, was knifed in the throat inside the store on Tylacelyn Road, Pen Y Graig, Rhondda Valley, around 1.45pm on Tuesday. At least three others were injured in the attack, with witnesses sharing how they had seen a man and a woman bleeding from wounds to their necks.
One man is in a stable condition in hospital, while two others suffered non life-threatening injuries in the incident.
South Wales Police arrested a woman, 29, from Porth, who is now being held at Merthyr Tydfil police station. The force has also referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, but did not say why.
One witness, Ravi Raj, 35, who is manager at the Pen Y Graig post office, said he saw a woman attacking ‘four different people with a knife’. He continued: ‘I saw one of the men bleeding from his neck and one of the women from the side of the neck.’
Kenan Bastug, who was working in his brother’s kebab shop, also said a woman had run into their shop after being knifed in the neck.
He said: ‘There was no blood but we could see like a one-and-a-half centimetre wound. She was shocked and didn’t talk. She was crying.
‘She was trying to stop the girl stabbing the guy, and then she got stabbed as well, I think. That’s what she said. She had a badge on that said NHS. But I don’t know whether she worked for the NHS or not.’
Another witness saw an injured man being treated by medics in a van next to her at the scene. She said he had been ‘stabbed repeatedly’ and was then placed in an ambulance.
Paramedics and armed police attended the scene, which was draped in colourful banners in support of the NHS. Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said ‘you can’t get more normal and ordinary than the Co-op in Pen Y Graig’.
He continued: ‘This feels horrific and extraordinary. My heart goes out to those who’ve been directly affected and my thanks goes to the police and NHS.’
Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Rhondda, said: ‘This is the shop that is my local grocery shop, it’s the shop that my family use to do most of our shopping in. I know the staff there, I know most of the regular shoppers there and it’s a high street that is different to no other in Wales.
‘It’s really shocking news. My heartfelt sympathy goes to all of those who are affected, all of those who have been harmed by the incident and their extended families. My thoughts are with the staff in the Co-op as well who must have been traumatised by events there this afternoon.’
Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, leading the murder investigation, said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbings.
He continued: ‘This is a very tragic incident and one man has died and his family is being supported by specially trained police officers.Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim’s family at this very sad time.
‘This incident will have understandably caused a lot of shock in the local community and I want to reassure residents that a full investigation has been launched.’