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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.