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Police make CCTV witness plea in Nikitta Grender murder investigation

The couple and two men were captured on CCTV in the early hours of Saturday morning

Officers investigating the murder of 19-year-old Nikitta Grender, in Newport, want to trace four people captured on CCTV.

The couple and two men were captured on CCTV in the early hours of Saturday 5 February in and around the Broadmead Park, Moorland Park and Pontfaen areas.

Detectives investigating Miss Grender’s murder say they could hold vital information.

Nikitta’s body was discovered following a fire at her flat at 51 Broadmead Park, Newport . Nikitta was heavily pregnant at the time of her death. Her body was discovered in the bedroom of her flat. Nikitta died of two stab wounds.

Police are continuing to search for a weapon, believed to be a knife. Forensic work is continuing to establish the type of knife.

Police have arrested, and are currently questioning, a 26-year-old man from the Newport area on suspicion of murder. Officers say he is not from the Broadmead Park area, Moorland Park or Pontfaen areas.

Image 1 is taken from the back of Moorland Park Community Centre and shows a couple walking toward the bridge /new road between Moorland Park and Broadmead Park at 3.41am

Image 2 is taken from the same location and shows a male (who is possibly carrying a bag with a reflective strip on it). The male is again walking toward the new bridge/ new road between Moorland Park and Broadmead Park at 5:56am

Image 3 shows a male walking on Fosse Road, Pontfaen at 5:59am

Investigating officer Detective Superintendent Geoff Ronayne said:

“CCTV is just one line of enquiry we are following. These people captured could have important information for us, may have seen something that to them is irrelevant however it could be a vital piece of information we need.

“We are continuing with forensic analysis and house to house. We are grateful for the help we are being given from the local community however we still need people who knew Nikitta, who have been to her flat and for people who have private CCTV in the area of Broadmead Park, Moorland Park and Pontfaen to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact us in the major incident room on 01443 865562 or alternatively call 01633 838111 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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