Mid Wales

Llanidloes car reservoir victims named by police

The family who died after their car plunged into a Powys reservoir have been named.

Driver Denise Griffith, 55, of Pontypridd, managed to get out of her Peugeot 807 and swim to the edge of Llyn Clywedog, near Llanidloes.

But her husband, Emyr, 66, died along with their foster sons, Peter Briscome and Liam Govier, both 14, and her mother Phyllis Hooper, 84.

A man has been bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Dyfed-Powys Police have appealed for witnesses to an incident between the Peugeot and a Ford Mondeo on Wednesday afternoon.

The family, from the Pwllgwaun area of Pontypridd, had been on holiday in the area.

'Deeply saddened'

The victims' bodies were recovered with the help of the fire service, a diving team and RAF helicopters.

Earlier on Thursday, a minute's silence was observed at county hall in Llandrindod Wells.

Llanidloes councillor Gareth Morgan said the deaths "touched people on many levels".

Mr Morgan said: "A place like Llanidloes is very small and close-knit and people have been deeply saddened by the deaths.

"It is a great tragedy to have four people wiped out in this terrible way and for the driver to be left without her husband, mother and teenaged foster boys."

Image caption Skid marks show where the family's Peugeot 807 left the road

"What happened yesterday has touched everybody's hearts.

"It is a great, great tragedy."

In Pontypridd, neighbour Shirley Williams said: "I can't get over it."

Cardiff City fans

She described the couple as good neighbours and very nice people. Others said the couple had been long-term foster parents to the two boys and had fostered other children.

They said the couple were involved in their local church and keen sports fans, playing bowls as a family.

They were also Cardiff City fans, attending home games, and Mr Griffith was a member of Pontypridd's Taff Ely Indoor Bowls Club.

Secretary David Evans called Mr Griffith a lovely man who would help anyone.

"He liked Cardiff City and all the family used to go down every Saturday when there was a home game," he said,

Mr Evans said Mr Griffith used to play bowls at the club up to four times a week, taking his wife on Tuesdays and the two boys would also attend.

Barbara Brown, who played bowls with Mr Griffith, said the deaths had devastated all their friends.

"I was speaking to a lady this morning and she just burst into tears.

"That's how people will be about it for a long, long time," she said.

"And he will be talked about for a long, long time. The world is very cruel because he did so much good."

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