'Suicide not linked' to teenage deaths

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Another teenage girl is thought to have hanged herself in a county blighted by suicide, it emerged today.

The 19-year-old was found at a house in Nantymoel, Bridgend, South Wales, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

There have been a further 13 suspected suicides in the Bridgend county in the past 12 months.

A South Wales Ambulance Service spokeswoman said paramedics were called to a property in Commercial Street at about 12.55am on Monday.

The teenager was unconscious and was not breathing when they arrived, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The spokeswoman said: "We believe it was a hanging."

Police said they are not linking the death to other apparent suicides of young people under the age of 26 in the area.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the sudden death of a 19-year-old woman in the Nantymoel area of Bridgend at around 1am on Monday, February 4.

"There were no suspicious circumstances and an investigation is being carried out on behalf of the coroner.

"The death is not linked to other recent sudden deaths in the area."

Mark Adams, coroner's officer for the Bridgend area, said an inquest into the death is to be opened on Friday.