South East Wales

Cwmbran fire: Carl Mills charged with murder

Kim Buckley, Kayleigh Buckley and Kimberley Buckley
Image caption Three generations of the Buckley family died in the fire

A man has been charged with three counts of murder following a fire that killed three generations of the same family at a house in south Wales.

Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley died in the fire at Cwmbran.

Gwent Police said 28-year-old Carl Mills had been charged with their murders. He will appear at Caerphilly Magistrates' Court later.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the Coed Eva estate on Tuesday.

Police said neighbours tried to save the family but were beaten back by flames.

'Profound shock'

Nicola Rees, of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: "Having carefully examined a file of the evidence gathered so far by Gwent Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Carl Anthony Mills with three counts of murder."

Det Supt Pete Jones, of Gwent Police, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley at this difficult time."

Police have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as officers had been called to the address on other occasions.

A candlelit vigil in memory of the family was held at the Parish Church of St Gabriel's in Old Cwmbran on Friday.

A book of condolence has also been opened.

Father Michael Phillips, rector of Cwmbran and area dean of Pontypool deanery, said there was a "profound sense of shock, loss and sadness" in Cwmbran following the deaths.

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