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Five bodies found in Snowdonia missing helicopter search

The helicopter was flying from the Luton area to Dublin, with the search focusing on the Snowdonia area

North Wales Police have confirmed that the crash site of the missing helicopter has been found, along with the bodies of the five people on board.

The aircraft crashed in the Rhinog mountain range near Trawsfynydd.

North Wales Police ask public to report missing helicopter sightings

Coastguard helicopters have been involved in the search

North Wales Police are leading the search for the missing helicopter and its passengers in the Snowdonia area.

The aircraft took off on Wednesday afternoon, but failed to arrive at its destination in Dublin.

We are also appealing for help from the public and local communities and so I’d ask if anyone who has sighted the aircraft flying over Snowdonia yesterday and thinks they may know of its whereabouts to contact North Wales Police.

– North Wales Police

Police urge anyone with information to use the live web chat service or call 101.


Land search for missing helicopter to continue in Snowdonia

North Wales Police have taken charge of the ground search for the helicopter that went missing on route from Milton Keynes to Dublin.

The search will continue in the Snowdonia area today.

Juliet Dunlop is in Caernarfon Bay:

An extensive search of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia was launched at around 4.15pm yesterday, after the Distress and Diversion system lost radar contact with the helicopter.

Two UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopters based at Caernarfon and St Athan were scrambled to scan the area, with all vessels on the Irish Sea route at the time also asked to report sightings.

The coastguard later said the overnight search had been scaled back due to poor conditions.

The weather continues to hamper the search, with poor visibility meaning the air search is still suspended.

We've had some reports of less than 10 metres visibility in areas so the search teams really are being hampered by poor weather conditions.

No air assets have been sent out by the Coastguard. That said, we are still looking to support North Wales Police in any way we can.

We will do that when the weather provides us with that opportunity.

– Coastguard spokesperson

North Wales Police are co-ordinating ground searches with mountain rescue teams, and working with the Coastguard and the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (ARCC) to continue looking for the missing helicopter.


Police appeal after 21-year-old man goes missing

Jonathon Edwards left his home just after midnight on Sunday. Credit: North Wales Police / family photo

North Wales Police are asking for the public’s help in their search for missing Caernarfon man Jonathon Edwards.

The 21 year old has not been seen since leaving his home in Caernarfon shortly after midnight on Sunday 19th March 2017.

Despite the efforts of Jonathon’s family and friends, local officers, Coastguard and the RNLI who have been searching the Upper Bangor and Menai Bridge areas, Jonathon has not been found.

Inspector Llinos Davies at Caernarfon Police Station said police are particularly interested to speak to anyone who may have seen Jonathon or a person matching his description, in the area of the Antelope Public House or in Menai Bridge town.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or via the web live chat quoting Missing Person Ref 17665.

Poppies at Caernarfon Castle captured in stunning drone footage

The Weeping Window exhibition at Caernarfon Castle has been captured in stunning drone footage.

Video credit: Cadw

The Weeping Window exhibition contains several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, seen pouring from a high window to the ground below, which are on display in the castle grounds until 20 November 2016.

The iconic poppies were originally displayed at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014, as part of an exhibition which attracted five million visitors.

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