A 23-year-old woman has become the latest young person to hang herself in Bridgend, South Wales, the centre of a cluster of suicides.

The woman, who has not been named, died in the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend on Tuesday when her life support machine was switched off three days after she was found hanged from a drainpipe.

The woman, who came from Cardiff, is thought to have rowed with her boyfriend, with whom she was staying. Lavina Harvey, a neighbour of the boyfriend, said she had tried to comfort the woman after the row. Less than ten minutes later she was found hanged from the drainpipe behind her boyfriend's house. Ms Harvey, 38, said: "She was in my house for 20 minutes and when she left seemed to have calmed down. I didn't think she would do something like this."

The hanged woman was found by two schoolboys who attempted to hold her up until adults arrived on the scene. The latest death is not being linked to the 17 other apparent suicides that have been investigated by police since January last year.