Rugby fan's body identified

South Wales Police says the body found in the River Ely on Tuesday is that of missing Haverfordwest man Ben Thompson. The 34-year-old went missing in February after going to a Six Nations game in the capital.

Sonar equipment used in Ben Thompson search

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Ben Thompson has been missing since February 2nd Credit: South Wales Police

Search teams looking for missing rugby fan Ben Thompson will use specialist sonar equipment on a stretch of the River Ely today.

The 34-year-old from Haverfordwest went missing in Cardiff on February 2nd, the day of the Six Nations game between Wales and Ireland.

Ben was captured on CCTV walking down a lane at the end of Lawrenny Avenue towards wasteland at 7:17pm that night. There have been no further confirmed sightings of Ben since he was seen on CCTV and there has been no activity on his mobile phone.

South Wales Police said yesterday that they are now focusing their efforts on the river and ground searches are understood to have stopped 'subject to any new information'.

Search teams focus on River Ely

Search teams have been out looking for Ben Thompson in the Cardiff area Credit: ITV News

South Wales Police says that search teams looking for missing rugby fan, Ben Thompson, are focusing their efforts on the River Ely. Ground searches are said to have stopped, "subject to any new information".

The 34-year-old from Haverfordwest went missing in Cardiff on February 2, the day of the Six Nations game between Wales and Ireland.

7.17pm on Saturday and images capture him minutes later walking down a lane at the end of Lawrenny Avenue towards wasteland.

There have been no further confirmed sightings of Ben since he was seen on CCTV and there has been no activity on his mobile phone.

Specialist sonar equipment will be used tomorrow on the stretch of river between Leckwith Hill bridge and the mouth of the River Ely near Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.

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Search for rugby fan enters second week

The search for missing 34-year-old Ben Thompson from Haverfordwest is now entering its second week.

Ben Thompson was in Cardiff city centre on Saturday for the Wales v Ireland Six Nations game. He attended the game at the Millennium Stadium and was seen by friends in Mill Lane at around 6.30pm.

CCTV footage was released by police showing Ben crossing Leckwith Road into Lawrenny Avenue at 7.17pm on Saturday and images capture him minutes later walking down a lane at the end of Lawrenny Avenue towards wasteland.

Search teams continued their efforts in this area over the weekend particularly the woodlands, the River Ely and the banks of the A4232.

There have been no further confirmed sightings of Ben since he was seen on CCTV and there has been no activity on his mobile phone.

The search is continuing and Ben’s family, who are understandably desperately worried, are being updated on progress of the search by family liaison officers.

– Chief Inspector Eddie Ough

Ben Thompson search enters second week

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Rugby fan Ben Thompson has not been seen since February 2nd Credit: South Wales Police

The hunt for a missing Haverfordwest rugby fan continues this week following an intensive search of woodlands and the River Ely over the weekend.

It is now nine days since 34-year-old Ben Thompson went missing in Cardiff.

He was in the capital to watch the Wales v Ireland Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 2 February.

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Search for Ben Thompson in Cardiff: One week on

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34-year-old Ben Thompson has now been missing for one week Credit: South Wales Police

A rugby fan who disappeared after watching the Six Nations action in Cardiff has now been missing for one week.

Ben Thompson, 34, had been enjoying the Wales v Ireland rugby international with friends shortly before he vanished.

CCTV footage shows Ben walking at the end of Lawrenny Avenue in the Leckwith area of Cardiff on Saturday night.

Officers say there have been no further confirmed sightings of Ben since, and there has been no activity on his mobile phone.

They have confirmed their search will continue this weekend and into next week.

Ben's devastated family have been putting up posters and handed out leaflets in a bid for information.

At a press conference last week, his wife Jo described her husband as "kind and loving", and "loved by everyone who knows him."

Search for Ben Thompson 'will continue over the weekend'

Police searching for missing Haverfordwest man Ben Thompson are to continuing to examine areas near to where he was last seen on CCTV.

Search teams are continuing to focus their efforts in this area particularly the woodlands, the River Ely and the banks of the A4232.

There have been no further confirmed sightings of Ben since he was seen on CCTV walking at the end of Lawrenny Avenue and there has been no activity on his mobile phone.

The search and rescue operation will continue in this area over the weekend and into next week.

Ben’s family are desperately worried and continue to be supported and updated by family liaison officers.

– Chief Inspector Eddie Ough, South Wales Police

Search for missing Ben Thompson continues for sixth day

A police search team travels by boat Credit: Richard Morgan/ITV News

Police have been searching the River Ely and the surrounding area as the hunt for missing rugby fan Ben Thompson enters its sixth day.

The 34 year old was last seen on CCTV cameras in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, shortly after 7pm last Saturday.

Ben, from Haverfordwest, had been in Cardiff for the Wales v Ireland rugby international.

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