South East Wales

Maesteg murder: Police progress in hunt for double-stab killer

Thomas Sutton
Image caption Thomas Sutton died in hospital

Detectives say they are making progress in the hunt for a double-stabbing killer in south Wales.

Emergency services were called to Nantyffyllon near Maesteg on Tuesday night after a man and a teenager were found with stab wounds.

Thomas Sutton, 20, died in hospital. A youth, 17, is in a critical condition.

"I wish to reassure them that everything is being done to arrest the person responsible," said Chf Supt Liane James.

Police named the dead man as Thomas Sutton, 20, from Victoria Street, Caerau.

The injured teenager has been named locally as Kyle Harris, 17.

He is being treated at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Mr Sutton's mother, Joanne, 42, told Wales Online: "He would have done anything for me.

"He had a heart of gold. We are just numb today."

A neighbour said the area was shocked by the death.

"It's a bit sad - a 20-year-old boy - a waste of a life," he said.

"I grew up with him since he was about three or four. I know his father well. I was in school with his father. It's just sad isn't it?"

Floral tributes have been left near the scene.

An incident room was set up at Bridgend police station.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hurley, who is leading the inquiry, said emergency services were called in at around 21:00 BST to a report of a serious incident on Tonna Road, Maesteg.

"Officers immediately attended the scene where they tended to the victims before they were taken to hospital by ambulance where one of the men sadly died," said Chief Insp Hurley.

"We have already made considerable progress in our investigations.

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the Tonna Road area between 7pm and 9.30pm and saw anything suspicious or who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with any further information to contact us."

Chief Supt James added: "Our sympathy is with Mr Thomas' family who have our full support during this terrible time.

"It is understandable that the people of Maesteg will be shocked and worried that such a serious incident taken place."

South Wales Police said witnesses or anyone with information should contact the incident room at Bridgend Police Station on 01656 306099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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