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Death 'not connected' to suicides

Angie Fuller
Angie Fuller was found hanging at her home in Nantymoel

South Wales Police are investigating another young death in a community blighted by suicides.

However, police said the death of Angie Fuller, 18, in an apparent hanging at a house in Nantymoel, Bridgend, was not linked to 13 local suspected suicides.

Paramedics were called to a house in Commercial Street at about 0055 GMT on Monday. An inquest will open on Friday.

A taskforce is already examining suicides in Bridgend county since 2004.

The Wales Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the teenager was unconscious and was not breathing when they arrived, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The spokeswoman added: "We believe it was a hanging."

Ms Fuller had recently become engaged to her boyfriend shortly and was described as having "everything to live for".

Her fiance Joel Williams, 21, found her hanging from the bannister of the three-bedroomed terrace home they had shared for five months.

There were no suspicious circumstances and an investigation is being carried out on behalf of the coroner
South Wales Police spokeswoman

Her family travelled from the Midlands to identify her body at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Police said they are not linking the death to other apparent suicides of young people under 26 in the Bridgend area over the last year.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "There were no suspicious circumstances and an investigation is being carried out on behalf of the coroner.

"The death is not linked to other recent sudden deaths in the area," she added.

A separate investigation is underway into the other deaths of young people in the area, the last of which was that of 17-year-old Natasha Randall, at her home in Blaengarw, near Bridgend on 17 January.

Local MP Madeleine Moon has secured an adjournment debate among MPs in the Commons on Thursday on suicide prevention.

Ms Moon has raised concerns that social networking sites on the internet could be "romanticising" suicides.

A special taskforce has been set up to examine other "so-called copycat suicides" in Bridgend since 2004.

South Wales Police have stressed there is no evidence of a "suicide pact" involving the earlier deaths nor anything to suggest a link between the 13 deaths.

The Bridgend coroner has also he said he does not believe there was such a phenomenon as a "cluster" of suicides.


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