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19-year-old goes missing at Royal Welsh Show

19-year-old James Corfield was last seen at the White Horse pub. Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

Concern is growing for missing 19-year-old James Corfield.

The teenager from Montgomery was last seen at the White Horse pub in Builth Wells at around midnight on Monday.

He was reported missing just before 2pm on Tuesday, July 25 after failing to meet friends at the Royal Welsh Show where he had been camping.

He is described as being 6ft 2, of slim build with short brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue Abercrombie and Fitch t-shirt and jeans.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they wanted to thank the public for their offers of support and have asked locals to check their gardens, sheds and any outbuildings for signs of James.

Officers are now following all possible lines of enquiry and are being assisted by specialist search teams at a number of locations around Builth Wells.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.


Safety call after Ogmore river mouth rescues

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RNLI lifeguards and Penybont Surf Lifesaving Club members have issued a safety warning to visitors of a Vale of Glamorgan beach after a series of multiple casualty rescues in a river mouth.

Lifeguards and the surf lifesaving club have rescued more than 20 people from the river at Ogmore beach over the last two weekends, including three young children who became stranded on Sunday.

An area next to the river at Ogmore by Sea, which is usually rocky, has become covered by sand and there have been higher than normal numbers of visitors using this section of the beach to base themselves. Many are being tempted to swim in the river, unaware of the depth of the water or the unpredictable currents running in the water there.

Anyone visiting Ogmore by Sea or any of beach with RNLI lifeguards should always swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been identified by lifeguards as the safest place to swim and is supervised by lifeguards at all times.

– Ross Gribble, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

Hen harrier numbers down in Wales

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An RSPB survey says the number of breeding pairs of Hen harriers has fallen by almost a half. In 2012 there were 57 pairs but by last year the number had fallen to 35.

Hen harriers are the most threatened birds of prey in the UK due to illegal killings and destruction of heather moorland and forestry, their natural habitat.

The latest figures back up a continued trend that we have seen for more than a decade - hen harrier numbers are on the decline throughout the UK.

The illegal killing of this bird of prey is a significant factor behind the diminishing numbers and a large barrier stopping their recovery.

Without purposeful action from all, including governments across the UK and the shooting industry, we may see hen harriers once again lost from more parts of the country

– Martin Harper, RSPB conservation officer


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