Newport murder investigation: Everything we know so far

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Police are continuing their enquiries into a suspected murder in the Alway area of Newport after a 26-year-old man died.

Gwent Police confirmed he died after what they described as a “serious assault” in Balfe Road at around 9.05pm on Thursday, June 10.

Officers from Gwent Police attended after reports of a man unconscious and unresponsive, along with paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service, who pronounced him dead.

Balloons, flowers and apples have been left for the victim of Thursday night’s attack who has been named locally as father-of-one Ryan O’Connor.

Officers remained at the scene throughout the day on Friday, where tributes in the form of balloons, flowers and apples were left for the victim of the attack who was affectionately known as ‘Apple’.



Tributes to Ryan O’Connor, who was affectionately known as ‘Apple’ by those close to him



Friends gathered at the roundabout on the Balfe Road/Aberthaw Road junction in Alway to pay their respects



Flowers, balloons and apples were left at the scene



A note left at the scene following the death of Ryan O’Connor

A murder investigation has been launched and five people – three men, aged 18 and 19, and two 17-year-old boys, remain in police custody.

You can follow live updates on the incident throughout Friday here.

A large police presence and a cordon in Pentwyn was connected to the investigation, a spokesperson for Gwent Police confirmed.

Photographs taken by a Pentwyn resident yesterday show police cars and vans at an address in Pentwyn. A number of other residents in the area reported seeing a large police presence on Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.



Car being removed from the large police presence and cordon in Pentwyn



The area of concern for police in Pentwyn on Friday afternoon

A spokesperson for Gwent Police said that officers remained both at the scene in Pentwyn and in Newport on Friday afternoon.

On Friday a large group of people gathered opposite the roundabout at Balfe Road to pay their respects.

“We’re in shock, we grew up with him – knew him since we were babies,” one of Mr O’Connor’s friends said at the scene.

“He was a quiet lad and extremely popular – very well known in the area. You can see by the tributes already this morning what people thought of him.”



One of the tributes at the scene in Alway on Friday afternoon



Ryan, who died following an alleged murder on Thursday evening, had a one-year-old son

Some residents raised concerns about repeat offences in the area.

Among them was Damien Budny, who moved into a block of flats which overlooks the roundabout last year.

“I have three children. It’s very dangerous here,” he said. “It happens too often. It’s really awful. I came back from my night shift to see all this.”



Police search the scene on Aberthaw Road, Alway, Newport, where Ryan O’Connor was allegedly stabbed



Police carrying out a fingertip search of the scene on Friday afternoon

Police patrolled the cordoned off area at the roundabout on Friday afternoon, carrying out a fingertip search of the roundabout at the Aberthaw Road junction.

They are appealing for anyone with information to call 101, quoting log reference number 2100203630. You can also send them a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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