POLICE have confirmed that they are investigating the “sudden and unexplained death of a 16-year-old girl” and that her family is being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

It follows the incident at the Blue Sky chinese takeaway, which happened in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at around 1200 HRS on Friday (Mar 5).

The police have released a statement.

Superintendent Rich Jones, from South Wales Police, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident which has caused significant shock and concern for both the local and wider community.

“We have a dedicated team of detectives working hard to establish the exact circumstances that have led to the tragic death of this young girl.

“While the investigation is still in its early stages, we can confirm that those involved are understood to know to each other and we are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“There will be significant police presence in Baglan Street over the weekend but we will reopen the road at the earliest opportunity.

Officers respond to incident. Image: Darren Harries/Herald

“In the meantime, the support and understanding of the local community is very much appreciated.”

Witnesses or anybody with information is urged to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously quoting occurrence *077519.

Builder John Belgrove witnessed events – he told reporters: “I came out and I counted over the next half an hour about 31 different emergency vehicles. I saw what looked like a Chinese lady, probably in her 20s, crying uncontrollably and she had blood on her front.

“There was one elderly Chinese man who was walking wounded with his head all bandaged up and they put him in the back of an ambulance. There were also treating another, younger man.”

Police have asked for people to avoid the area.