South East Wales

Tributes to 'lovely couple' found dead in Cwmbach bungalow

A police car outside the couple's bungalow
Image caption The deaths are being treated as unexplained by police

Tributes have been paid to a "lovely couple" who were discovered dead at a bungalow in the Cynon Valley.

The bodies of a 71-year-old man and a woman, 58, named locally as Barry and Kath Haberfield, were found by concerned neighbours in Cwmbach in Aberdare on Tuesday.

South Wales Police said they were treating the deaths as "unexplained". Post mortem examinations are due to be carried out.

Next of kin have been informed.

The bodies of Mr and Mrs Haberfield were discovered by neighbours who became concerned after seeing a downstairs light on in the morning.

It is believed they had not been dead for a long time when they were discovered.

'Strong community'

Another neighbour, Dilys Evans, said: "They were lovely people - both of them had been unwell but we just don't know what has happened.

"They lived there alone but were very much part of the strong community we have here."

Neighbours Ken and Marlene Davies said the deaths had shocked the local community.

Mrs Davies, 73, said: "We only saw them two days before Christmas Eve and they seemed fine.

"Kath had been ill but she had been going to see the doctor and appeared to be managing OK.

"They were both lovely people and very good neighbours. It is strange to think we will not ever see them again."

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "A 71-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were discovered at a property in Cwmbach in Aberdare on Tuesday.

"At the moment we are treating the deaths as unexplained."

South Wales Fire Service said it sent crews to the home on Tuesday morning to check for carbon monoxide.

A spokeswoman said: "During that time they did not detect any carbon monoxide."

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