South East Wales

IPCC probes Gwent Police after Leonard Hill's death

Gwent Police is being investigated after the discovery of a murdered man who may have been dead for two weeks.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating after Leonard Hill, 64, was found dead on June 25 at a house in Rhymney.

Mr Hill was reported as a high-risk missing person on 21 June after he had failed to attend a local day centre since 14 June.

A 64-year-old man has been charged with Mr Hill's murder.

A statement by the IPCC said Mr Hill was designated a high-risk missing person because of his age, and his disappearance was out of character.

Police officers went to a house next to Mr Hill's and found his body.

A post mortem examination was carried out which revealed that Mr Hill may have been dead for two weeks.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: "My condolences go to Mr Hill's family and friends for their loss.

"The IPCC investigation will be focussed on how Gwent Police dealt with the circumstances leading up to the discovery of Mr Hill's body."

David Cook, 64, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday, charged with Mr Hill's murder and was remanded in custody. The case was adjourned until 9 September.

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