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Colleague's death rocks Port Talbot's Tata steel plant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

Police outside the house in Nottage Porthcawl

Police outside the house in Nottage Porthcawl

WORKERS at Port Talbot's Tata steel plant have been rocked by the suspected murder of a popular and long-serving colleague.

Tributes have been paid to 50-year-old Paul Trevelyan, who was found dead at his home in Porthcawl earlier this week.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the death, believed to be Mr Trevelyan's son, but have been unable to interview him as he is in Morriston Hospital.

Mr Trevelyan worked in the Port Talbot plant for more than 30 years and news of his death has sent shockwaves around the site.

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Steel worker and Neath Port Talbot councillor Tony Taylor said: "I didn't know him personally but a lot of the boys did and they have been really shaken by what happened. They just cannot believe it — it beggars belief.

"From what they have told me, he worked in the hot mill for many years and he was a nice fellow, quiet, and kept himself to himself.

"The steelworks is a big place but we are like a family here. Whenever there is a tragedy we band together, because that is what families do.

"If someone is hurt we all hurt together. We're all in shock."

Police were called to a home in Nottage Meadows in Nottage at around 12.20am on Sunday.

Mr Trevelyan's body was discovered, and detectives later revealed the incident was being treated as murder.

As well as carrying out house-to-house inquiries, police cordoned off the scene and carried out forensic work.

South Wales Police confirmed they had arrested a man in connection with the incident and made an appeal for witnesses.

Earlier this week a force spokesman said: "We are investigating the death of a 52-year-old man following an incident at a property in Nottage Meadows, Nottage, Porthcawl.

"Police are treating the death as murder and an incident room has been set up at Bridgend police station.

"A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody."

Neighbours have named the arrested man as Mr Trevelyan's son, Richard.

The dead man was married to Christine. The couple also have a daughter, Swansea University student Esther.

Neighbour Mike Brett said: "I have lived next door to them for 25 years and they are perfect neighbours.

"Everyone around here liked Paul. You would always see him out on the drive washing his car."

A Tata spokesman said: "Paul worked here for 34 years and was a very well known and popular member of the team.

"His kindness and generosity will be remembered by anyone who knew him.

"We have sent our sympathy and condolences to Paul's family and friends."

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