Welsh 'cannibalism' victim named

The suspected attacker of Cerys Marie Yemm, who was reportedly murdered in an "act of cannibalism", died after he was Tasered by police (AFP Photo/Ethan Miller) (Getty/AFP/File)

London (AFP) - A woman reportedly murdered in an "act of cannibalism" in Wales was named on Friday as 22-year-old Cerys Marie Yemm as Gwent police announced a post mortem.

Yemm died from her injuries early on Thursday at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, near Blackwood.

Her suspected attacker died after he was Tasered by police when they arrived following a report a man was attacking a woman at the hotel, the Gwent force said in a statement.

"A Taser was discharged and a man was arrested.... Whilst under arrest, the man became unresponsive," it said.

The BBC reported that Yemm was "murdered in an act of cannibalism", and had been in a relationship with the 34-year-old suspect, named in other reports as Matthew Williams.

The Gwent police statement added: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Cerys’ family are currently being supported by specialist officers."

Local councillor Leon Gardiner said Argoed was in a state of shock, adding: "This has hit the community for six.

"I have lived here and represented Argoed for over 30 years and this is the worst tragedy that has happened for us as a village."

Once a popular pub, the Sirhowy Arms was converted into a bed and breakfast and was used by the council to temporarily house homeless people.

Some villagers said there had previously been trouble at the hostel, the BBC reported.

A spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said up until now there have been no deaths attributable to Taser use recorded in Britain.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which handles complaints against the police.

Gwent police said the post mortem for Yemm would start on Friday, although it may take some time to complete.

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