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Cannibalism linked to murder of young woman at homeless hotel

Suspect Matthew Williams then dies after being Tasered by police.

The Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Blackwood, south Wales.
The Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Blackwood, south Wales.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE IN WALES are investigating after a woman was murdered and the suspect later died after being Tasered by police.

Police arrived at the scene of a hotel for the homeless in Blackwood yesterday morning to find Matthew Williams (34) attacking a 22-year-old woman.

The woman was found with injuries at the scene and later died.

Gwent Police fired a 50,000 volt Taser at Williams to restrain him and he was arrested.

Police say that, while under arrest at the scene, he became unresponsive and despite first aid being administered he died.

The South Wales Evening Post as well as Sky News and BBC News report that the woman was killed in an act of cannibalism.

The pair are believed to be in relationship with police saying that they are not looking for anybody else in connection with the murder investigation.

Blackwood deaths Police were called to the temporary homeless shelter early yesterday morning. Source: Benjamin Wright

Locals told BBC News at their shock as police vehicles descended on the town early on Thursday morning.

“It’s not something you see everyday. There must’ve been half a dozen police vehicles the you know. It was quite a shock to see that this morning, especially when they said that it was a murder,” according to local man Roger Edwards.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to open a separate investigation into the death of Williams.

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