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Cerys Marie Yemm Named As Victim Of Cannibal Matthew Williams

07/11/2014 13:21 GMT | Updated 07/11/2014 17:59 GMT

UPDATE: Family Of Cannibal 'Devastated' By Death Of Victim

This is the first picture of the woman found murdered in south Wales by a man who was allegedly seen “chewing on her face”.

Cerys Marie Yemm was reportedly being attacked by suspect Matthew Williams, 34, who had apparently “eaten” half of her face and one of her eyeballs when police arrived.

Police burst in on the couple in the early hours of Thursday morning, firing a 50,000 volt Taser at Williams.

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Cerys Marie Yemm has been named as the victim of 'cannibal' Matthew Williams

He was handcuffed and taken from the room, but became unresponsive. First aid was given by police and paramedics but Williams was later pronounced dead.

Yemm, 22, had met Williams hours earlier in a bar during a night out, the Mirror reports.

It writes the Next worker was invited back to Williams’s room in Argoed, where she was attacked.

A source told the paper: “He persuaded her back to the hotel and said he’d get her a taxi home. Once he got her back in the hotel he must have invited her up to his room and that’s where he attacked her.”

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Matthew Williams, who is suspected of eating part of Yemm's face

Officers were called to the former bed-and-breakfast in Argoed, Blackwood, now believed to be operating as a hotel for homeless people, at around 1.20am.

Gwent Police said in a statement that the pair were both local to the area and confirmed they are treating Yemm's death as murder. They added they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

But while the force has refused to comment on the specifics of the incident, sources confirmed she had received substantial facial injuries.

Neighbour Jill Edwards told the Mirror: "This animal was eating this girl to death. He murdered her so police stopped him - good on them.

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Yemm is believed to have met Williams just hours before her death

"Security said they told him no girls in his room and he didn't answer, when they opened his door he was eating her face."

Local resident Lyn Beasley said she had been told Williams "went Hannibal Lecter on the woman".

"He gouged her eyeball out, ate them and ate and half her face. He had just been released from prison and was high on coke."

June Trace, secretary of Argoed Baptist Chapel next door to the hostel, told the broadcaster the former Sirhowy Arms had been converted into accommodation for vulnerable people, with a "fluctuating population" of people.

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The former bed-and-breakfast where the attack took place

"There's never been any trouble or anything."

"What has happened has hit the community for six, knocked the stuffing out of the village," local councillor Leon Gardiner told the BBC. "I have lived here all my life - 80-odd years. I feel very upset about this."

"This is the worst tragedy that has happened for us as a village," he told AP.

A police spokeswoman said: "We were called at 1.23am after a reported that a man was attacking a woman in the Sirhowy Arms Hotel.

"On arrival both the male and female were still at the location.

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"A Taser was discharged and a man was arrested. The woman was located with injuries and has since been pronounced deceased.

"While under arrest, the man became unresponsive. Officers and paramedics administered first aid but he has since been pronounced deceased."

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "The IPCC is independently investigating an incident overnight in Blackwood in which a man and a woman have died. Gwent Police referred the incident to the IPCC early this morning."

A spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said that up until now, there have been no deaths attributable to Taser use recorded in the UK.

"There have been deaths where Taser has been used, but inquests have revealed these people have died from other injuries or reasons," Acpo said on its website.

Cannibal Killer Victim Cerys Yemm