Woman arrested after elderly man dies in Co-op stabbings

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an elderly man died and three others were injured during a knife attack in a village Co-op in south Wales. Ravi Raj, 35, manager at the Pen Y Graig post office, said: “There was a woman attacking four different people with a knife. “I saw one of the men bleeding from his neck and one of the women from the side of the neck.” Another man is in a stable condition in hospital and two other people have suffered non life-threatening injuries. But I don’t know whether she worked for the NHS or not.” Another witness, who was sitting in a car outside the Co-op, said she saw an injured man in a van next to her being attended to by medics. Businesses in the village were told to lock their doors as armed police and ambulances arrived at the scene. People spoke of their shock at the incident, in an area which has colourful banners draped along Tylacelyn Road in support of the NHS. Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said: “You can’t get more normal and ordinary than the Co-op in Pen Y Graig. “My thoughts are with the staff in the Co-op as well who must have been traumatised by events there this afternoon.” Andrew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved in this awful incident.” Police were appealing for witnesses to come forward, as well as anyone who had mobile phone footage. Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, leading the murder investigation, said: “This is a very tragic incident and one man has died and his family is being supported by specially trained police officers. “This incident will have understandably caused a lot of shock in the local community and I want to reassure residents that a full investigation has been launched.