Three arrests after woman, Emma Jones, murdered in Penygroes, Gwynedd

Villagers said they were 'in shoock and subdued' after news reached them of the murder

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A murder investigation has been launched in the Gwynedd village of Penygroes after the death of a woman, named locally as Emma Jones.

North Wales Police said the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday in the Trem y Wyddfa area.

Ms Jones, who is believed to be in her early 30s, was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead.

Three people have been arrested and are in police custody. An appeal for witnesses has also been issued.

Local councillor and leader of Gwynedd council, Dyfed Edwards, said: "It is not an incident that happens in a place such as Penygroes,"

"But we have to deal with it - and the way to do that I think, is to offer support to those that need support."

S4C programme

Forensic experts have spent the day at what is believed to be the home of the victim, a block of flats in Trem y Wyddfa.

The area has been sealed off while a detailed search continues.

The death came as the whole village was due to celebrate its Christmas fayre, with preparations for the community event filmed for the S4C programme, Mel a Nia.

The scene of the murder at Trem y Wyddfa Police are investigating at the scene in Trem y Wyddfa, Penygroes

Those attending on Saturday said it had hit the festivities hard.

Elwyn Jones Griffith, a community councillor who was helping to organise the event, said: "The whole village is in shock.

"They are very, very subdued about the whole affair. Nothing like this has happened before."

Local resident Jean Hefina Owen added: "It's a terrible thing to happen in a village like this.

"We know the families, we know the grandparents, both sides of the families. It's terrible that such a thing can happen.

Mrs Owen said she knew the victim Ms Jones, and described her as "a lovely young lady".

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