Murder investigation launched in Magor, Monmouthshire

Thursday 23rd December 2021 2:04 pm
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A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Magor, Monmouthshire.

Gwent Police received a call shortly before 2.30am on Monday 20 December, reporting a fire in a caravan at The Beeches Residential Caravan Park, Grange Wood, Knollbury.

A 52-year-old local man was taken to hospital for treatment, however, died from his injuries on Monday morning.

He can now be named as Richard Grenfell Thomas.

A 42-year-old man from Monmouthshire was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Mr Thomas’ family are being supported by specialist officers.

They have released the following tribute to him:

“Our dearly beloved Richard Grenfell Thomas, who was known by his nickname Shrew, was one-of-a-kind. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

“Mum and Dad, brothers, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins are all very much shocked by his sudden passing.

“Richard made and took his own chances in life, living it to the full – there was never a dull moment with him. He was a strong character, well-known and a lively person, with an eclectic circle of friends and interests.

“Rest in peace Richard, we know even in death you will still be your own free spirit.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Nicky Brain, senior investigating officer, said: “Our thoughts and condolences remain with Mr Thomas’ family at this difficult time.

“As our investigation continues, there will be ongoing police activity in the area. We would like to thank local residents for their support and assistance with the investigation to date.

“We are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to call 101, quoting reference 2100441814 or send us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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