A man who died in a suspected murder in Cardiff has been named as a "much-loved" father-of-seven. Colin Richards, from Grangetown, died after emergency services were called to the Ely area on Sunday night.

South Wales Police said 48-year-old Colin died and a murder investigation has been launched. Emergency services responded to reports of an incident in the Heol-Y-Berllan and Heol Trelai area of Caerau shortly before 11.30pm on Sunday, April 7. Three women – two aged 43 and one aged 28 – who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released under investigation.

South Wales Police say Mr Richards' family, who continue to be supported by specially-trained officers, have released the following statement: "Colin was a much-loved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and an all-round family man. He leaves behind seven children who will miss him greatly as he was very active in their lives.

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“Though the loss is deep the power of love and friendship will always stay alive. He will always be in our minds and forever in our hearts.”

A man poses for the camera. He has short black hair and a light black goatee beard and is wearing a grey T-shirt
Tributes have been paid by his family

An incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station and detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Detective superintendent Darren George, of the force's major crime team, said: “Extensive inquiries are continuing as we establish the tragic events which took place on Sunday night. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Colin Richards.

“Police cordons are still in place and I would like to thank the community for their continued support and understanding while we progress the investigation. We are appealing for anyone who would have been in the Heol-Y-Berllan and Heol Trelai area of Caerau between 11pm and midnight on Sunday night to please come forward with information no matter how insignificant they may feel it is.”

A police officer wearing a high-visibility jacket stands inside a police cordon which covers part of a road and a small grassed area
There are cordons that remain in place

Information and footage and can be submitted online here. Alternatively you can call South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference 2400112146 or email swp101@south-wales.police.uk. It's also possible to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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