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Three arrested after bodies of two babies found in house in south Wales

Two babies were found dead in a house on an estate on the outskirts of Bridgend at the weekend.

South Wales police said two men, aged 37 and 47, and a 29-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of concealing the birth of a child after the distressing discovery in Wildmill, a 55-year-old Radburn estate.

On Monday, the force said Merthyr magistrates court had granted a 36-hour extension to the suspects’ detention. Officers are continuing to question the men and woman and are awaiting results of postmortems and forensic examinations to determine the cause of the deaths.

Residents expressed their shock and dismay at the fate of the infants – reportedly twins – but little appears to be known about the detained suspects, who live in the three-storey property in Maes-Y-Felin.

A police cordon restricted access to the house where the babies were found and a heavy police presence remained throughout Monday. Forensics officers in white overalls and face masks were seen entering and exiting the property, while a small tent was erected to the rear.

A van from Precious Petals florists arrived with a delivery of flowers.

Steven Bletsoe, an independent councillor for Bridgend Central who was born and raised in Wildmill, and who was at the scene, said: “It’s distressing. I’ve just been speaking to South Wales police and the basis of what they’ve already released is distressing for the residents.

“We don’t know any more. We are asking the public not to speculate because it’s a very distressing and delicate situation and gaps don’t need filling in by members of the public. We’re asking the police to be given the time and the breathing space to conduct a very intricate and delicate investigation here, that will allow the facts to be borne out and to be made public in the right time.”

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