Murder probe over pregnancy death

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Police launch a murder probe after a pregnant 17-year-old died during a fire in Newport

Police looking into the death of a heavily pregnant teenager who died in a flat fire have launched a murder investigation.

Following a post-mortem on 19-year-old Nikitta Grender, who was reported to be eight months pregnant, police said the death is now being treated as “suspicious”.

Officers from Gwent Police and South Wales Fire Service were called to reports of a blaze in a flat in Broadmead Park in Liswerry, Newport, at 7.50am on Saturday.

Firefighters entered the heavily smoke-logged property wearing breathing apparatus and using thermal imaging camera. They found the body of Ms Grender inside the first floor flat.

A spokewoman from Gwent Police said: “As a result of the post-mortem and further inquiries, Gwent Police are now treating the death of Nikitta Grender as suspicious and have begun a murder inquiry.

“Forensic investigations continue and specially trained officers are continuing to support the family.”

Police appealed for anyone was in Broadmead Park between 11pm on Friday 4 February and 8am on Saturday 5 February to in touch with police on 01633 838111 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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