South East Wales

Tracey Woodford murder: Christopher May appears in court

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Media captionChristopher May was led away from his two minute hearing in Merthyr Tydfil

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a woman whose body was found dismembered in a flat in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Tracey Woodford, 47, was found dead in Pontypridd on Friday, three days after being reported missing.

Christopher May, 50, spoke only to confirm his name and address during the two minute hearing in Merthyr Tydfil.

Magistrates remanded him in custody to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Image caption Tracey Woodford's family are being supported by police

Areas of the town were first cordoned off on Friday evening following the discovery of Ms Woodford's body in a flat in Andrews Court, Rickards Street.

There has been a major police search of the ground surrounding Pontypridd rugby club. The club is open again this morning.

Police are still working at the flat where the body was discovered.

Image caption A search has focused on woodland in the area over the weekend
Image caption Pontypridd RFC's Sardis Road ground remained closed while searches were carried out

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