Llanelli shoppers stunned by tragic car park death
A WOMAN has died after apparently falling from a busy multi-storey car park in Llanelli town centre.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed the 41-year-old died yesterday afternoon.
Officers had closed Murray Street in the town at around 1.40pm yesterday after "an incident", with the road remaining shut until 4.15pm.
It is understood the woman was found by market traders on the service road behind the car park, with council workers closing the area just after 1pm.
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The woman is believed to have been a well known figure among market traders in the town, but her identity has not been revealed.
The spokeswoman for police added: "Officers are in tracing the next of kin and inquiries continue."
Witnesses said they saw helicopters landing on top of the multistorey and police surrounding the area.
Paul Sheppard, 62, landlord of the Double Dragon, opposite the car park, said the helicopter was making quite a noise.
He added: "There were police cars everywhere so you knew something big was happening, loads of people were outside looking on.
"It was not something I expected to see today.
"The whole situation is a real shame, I have been saying for years that there should be a safety fence on top of the car park."
Keith Rogers, 65, of Trinity Road said: "Ambulance and police workers went up the side of the building and the police cleared the top floor so that the helicopter could land.
"Some people went around the side to try to have a look but it was all blocked off."
Shoppers and shopkeepers in Llanelli were left shocked and saddened on hearing the news.
"It is a real tragedy to hear that something like this has happened in the middle of town," said Kirsty Payne, 24, who was out shopping with her baby at the time.
A spokeswoman for Wales Air Ambulance confirmed a crew was called to an incident in Llanelli, at 1.40pm on Monday, but added: "We were stood down and did not convey anyone to hospital."