26 Jan

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Police investigating the death of well-known drag queen, Darren Moore in Cardiff city centre have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of manslaughter.

The unnamed male remains in custody at this moment in time, and Mr Moore's family have been informed.

Darren Moore, 39, a popular drag queen from Newport, was found dead in a lane close to Windsor Park and Park Lane in Cardiff on Sunday evening (January 22).

A post-mortem has been conducted and further examinations are now on-going to establish the cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Raikes, from South Wales Police said:

"Initial investigations have so far not revealed or confirmed any obvious cause of death, however extensive enquiries are continuing to establish the cause and circumstances of Mr Moore’s death.

"I would like to thank the community for the excellent support they have provided to this investigation so far, which has helped enormously, and I would appeal for anyone with information to please come forward.

"I would also again like to respectfully ask people to refrain from speculating on social media about what has occurred and please let the police investigation take its course."

Darren Moore - Credit: South Wales Police

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who may have seen Darren In Cardiff city centre during the early hours of Sunday to please come forward with information.

The are very keen to speak to people who were in the vicinity of Park Lane and Windsor Place between 3am and 7am.

Darren was last seen at around 5am dressed in drag and was wearing full face make-up, a luminous green dress, a blonde wig, diamante heels and a matching clutch bag.

On Tuesday, Mr Moore's family gave a tribute, saying:

"Darren Moore was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend.  He was always the life and soul  where ever he went, he was our social butterfly. He made sure he had a lot of time for people, and never judged others.

"Darren’s husband and family want to thank everyone for their support but now need time to grieve and respectfully request privacy at this time."

An incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station and specially trained family liaison officers are supporting and updating his family.

An incident room has been set-up at Cardiff Central Police Station - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Superintendent Michelle Conquer, Head of Operations at Cardiff and Vale BCU, said:

"We understand there is shock and upset in the local and wider community following the death of Darren Moore who was a well-known drag artist in Cardiff.

"While an investigation is on-going, our Neighbourhood Policing Team as always will continue to provide a visible police presence in the city centre.

"South Wales Police is proud to represent and protect all communities that it serves.

"Cardiff has a long and proud tradition of recognising, celebrating, and protecting equality and diversity. Anyone who has concerns is asked to please contact South Wales Police in confidence."

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