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Search resumes for missing kayaker in Powys

Search crews were scouring the banks along the River Usk on Sunday Credit: Viewer's picture

The search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk in Powys yesterday will resume this morning.

The man had been out kayaking with a group at the time of his disappearance.

An aerial search is expected to take place this morning, while a decision is made whether to resume the river search.

A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said: “Yesterday we searched an 11 mile stretch, and today we are bringing up officers from our marine unit in Pembrokeshire and specialist dogs who we hope will help us narrow down the search area.

“With recent wet weather conditions both the river and its banks are extremely hazardous at the present time, so we have to proceed with caution."


Search and rescue operation underway in River Usk

A report was received earlier this afternoon that a kayaker had got into difficulty in the River Usk.

Dyfed-Powys Police is dealing with an incident in the Llangynidr area on the River Usk. A report was received at 1pm today that a kayaker had got into difficulty in the river whilst kayaking with a group and had not been seen since.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers including specialist searchers and the force helicopter are at scene, as are Mountain Rescue, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and a Search and Rescue helicopter.

The missing kayaker is believed to be a man in his thirties and his family have been informed. Weather conditions are said to be very difficult and challenging at the scene and all efforts are being made in the on-going search and rescue operation.

Police are advising people to stay away from the scene for their safety due to the conditions.

Tributes to Ceredigion teenager killed in A487 crash

Gwenno Fflur Tudor's family said the 18-year-old 'always had a smile on her face'

Tributes have been paid to an 18-year-old girl killed yesterday in a crash on the A487 between Llanrhystud and Llanon.

Gwenno Fflur Tudor, from Llanilar in Ceredigion, was a student at Llysfasi Agricultural College.

Her family said: "Gwenno was a lively, bubbly girl who always had a smile on her face.

"She enjoyed taking part in sports and played football for Penrhyncoch and hockey for Tregaron. She also enjoyed taking part in Young Farmers activities. She loved to spend time outdoors, and spent a lot of her time outdoors on the farm.

"Gwenno will be very deeply missed by family and friends."

Dyfed Powys Police family liaison officer Helen Yelland said: “This is a tragic incident that has had a heartbreaking impact on Gwenno’s family and a very close-knit community, who have come together in their grief following the tragedy.”


Concern for missing 15 year old from Pembrokeshire

Crystal was last seen yesterday morning in the Johnston area of Pembrokeshire. Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

Dyfed-Powys Police are concerned for the welfare of missing 15 year old Crystal Haynes-Wharton from Pembrokeshire.

Crystal was last seen in the Johnston area at about 11am yesterday. It is believed that she may have travelled out of Pembrokeshire.

She was known to be wearing a red and white striped hoodie with a black coat, blue jeans, red and white canvas boots and carrying a neon pink Nike bag.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen or had any contact with Crystal to get in touch immediately by calling 101.

Dyfed-Powys policing centre to keep rural areas safe

A new Centre for Rural Policing and Justice in Dyfed-Powys will help to keep rural communities safe from crime.

It's thought the centre will provide a network to develop and share information, best practices and approaches to rural policing.

Understanding what are the key policing problems and priorities for people living in Dyfed-Powys, and then how they can be most effectively tackled, will be the focus for this new partnership.

Using leading-edge data analytics and research, we will be looking to identify what works, what doesn't and what's promising in making communities safer.

– Professor Martin Innes, UPSI Cardiff University

Dyfed-Powys Police receive £44,000 to tackle rural crime

Policing in rural areas is the biggest challenge for Dyfed-Powys Police. Credit: ITV Wales

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon have received almost £44,000 to launch a new centre to tackle rural crime.

The grant from the College of Policing will see the two collaborate with the Cardiff-based Universities' Police Science Institute and others to develop new expertise in keeping rural communities safe from crime.

The Centre of Rural Policing and Justice will improve policing and behaviour in rural areas - the biggest challenge faced by Dyfed-Powys Police.

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