Police probe after death suspects named in connection with murder of Pontypool cyclist John Reeder
11:02am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
POLICE are hunting for the creators of a web page which named and put pictures up of four people allegedly arrested in connection with the murder of John Reeder in Pontypool.
The site referred to the people who “killed” Mr Reeder as “heroes” and published pictures of the alleged attackers.
The creators could now in contempt of court as proceedings in the case are “active.”
That became the case when the three men, and one woman, were arrested last week and means that no information should be given which could potentially prejudice any future trial.
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the page and we are making enquiries to identify the originator of the page.”
The site appeared after repeated appeals from the police for people not to name any suspects on social media sites.
Four people were arrested last Thursday ( August 8) on suspicion of murder after 63-year-old Mr Reeder was found face down on the A4043 near George Street at 6am last Wednesday (August 7).
Mr Reeder, who had been riding his black mountain bike along the road, was taken to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries, but later died of his injuries.
Three men, aged 18, 19 and 23 and a 19-year-old woman all from the Pontypool area have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Many responding to the site were reacting with fury.
One branded the creators “sick, twisted, vile, disgrace,” while another blasted them as “sick freaks.”
Another response read: “Heroes are our soldiers, do not use the name heroes for these scum.”
Police are still trying to track down Mr Reeder's family, who was originally from Yorkshire but was living in Tan-y-Coed’s next of kin.
They are also still appealing for anyone who may have been on the road around the time of the incident, particularly anyone near the entrance to the Pontenewynydd Industrial Estate between 6am and 6.10am to come forward by calling 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.