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Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 16:25 GMT
Neighbours' disbelief at murders
Parry Street
The street where the murder happened was sealed off
People living in the south Wales village where a mother and her 10-month-old daughter were murdered in their home have expressed their shock at the tragedy.

Neighbours in Parry Street, Tylorstown, where the bodies of Louise L'Homme, 23, and her baby Tia Roberts could not believe what had happened.

Parry Street sign
A number of young families live in Parry Street

The terraced street is home to a number of young families.

Rosanne Pinches, 22, a mother-of-three who lives near the house, said the news was "terrible".

"It's awful, I can't believe it," she said, adding that Ms L'Homme was well-known in the street.

"People are very shocked - you just don't expect it to happen.

Tylorstown
Tylorstown has a handful of shops

"I can't imagine it happening to my kids - I really feel for her family.

"You always see kids in the street - it's really friendly and quiet," she added.

Tylorstown is a former mining village in the Rhondda valley, predominantly made up of streets of terraced houses.

The nearest towns are Porth to the south and Maerdy to the north.

Since the demise of the coal industry, the village has suffered economic decline with high levels of unemployment.

Police in Parry Street
Police investigated the murder scene

In the 1990s, it was placed in the top 10 of the most deprived wards in Wales.

A supermarket and a handful of local pubs and shops are located about half a mile from Parry Street.

The village is famous for being the home of the flyweight boxer Jimmy Wilde, who was world champion between 1916 and 1923.

An incident room has been set up at Pontypridd, and detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 01656 655555 or via Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555111.


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