People living in Llanidloes have been left shocked after a murder investigation was launched following the discovery of a 34-year-old woman's body in the River Severn.

Some residents had been aware of police presence a few miles north of the town but many said they were unaware of the circumstances until news broke on Tuesday (May 30) when a police appeal was launched for more information to help with the investigation which has been named Operation Wenlock.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s just shocking to know that things like this are going on. This is quite a quiet community. It makes you think, doesn’t it?

“I knew there was something going on Sunday because there were a lot of helicopters and police, and then Sunday night it was sealed off with police in the fields.


“It’s all been quiet really. It’s only through social media that anybody has known anything.”

Another local resident said: “I’ve heard nothing about it. Dear, dear, in a quiet town like this you wouldn’t think anything like this?”

Llanidloes county councillor Cllr Gareth Morgan said: “We’re not used that sort of thing in Llanidloes. Isn’t that a shock?”

County Times: The River Severn between Llanidloes and DolwenThe River Severn between Llanidloes and Dolwen (Image: Anwen Parry/County Times)

After police released a statement two days after the woman’s body was found, it was the first time that many residents were alerted to what had happened over the weekend.

Staff at a local shop said on Wednesday morning: “We’ve only just heard but we were shocked. You never know what’s happening in Llani.

“It’s awful news. It’s never nice to hear. It’s horrible.”

County Times:

Police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the 34-year-old woman’s body in the River Severn at around 4pm on Sunday (May 28) with a 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder that same night.

The man remained in police custody as the Powys County Times went to print on Wednesday evening.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with their investigations.