Mid Wales

Llanidloes murder: Police get more time to quiz suspect

Police have been given more time to question a 20-year-old man held on suspicion of murdering of a teenager in a flat in Llanidloes, Powys.

Lewis Clarke, 19, from Newtown, was flown to hospital in Shrewsbury after a reported assault on Saturday lunchtime at Plynlimon House, Long Bridge Street.

He died on Saturday evening. A man was arrested the same day.

Dyfed-Powys Plice have been given another 36 hours and are appealing for witnesses following the incident.

Local people say the murder has left them shocked.

"You hear of similar incidents in large cities and conurbations but thankfully it's a rare occurrence in a small market town in mid Wales," said former Llanidloes mayor David Jones.

The arrested man is also from Newtown.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out on Monday.

Meanwhile, the property remains cordoned off.

Det Ch Insp Shane Williams, who is leading the investigation, said: "Although we have made an arrest we are still keen to speak to anyone who has information that could help the investigation into the tragic death of this young person.

"We would especially like to speak to anyone who was in the flat yesterday morning."

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 101 (01267 222020 from outside the force area) or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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