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Accidental death verdict for rugby fan Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson was described as a 'kind and loving' husband by his wife Jo. Credit: South Wales Police

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded for a Pembrokeshire man who went missing after going to a Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, and was found in the River Ely in Cardiff more than a month later.

Ben Thompson, who was 34 and from Haverfordwest, was last seen in Cardiff city centre on the evening of Saturday 2 February.

The inquest heard he then tried to walk back to his hotel, after a day of drinking, but fell into the river.

His body was found on Tuesday 12 March, after an enormous search involving friends and family.

Ben Thompson's family pay tribute to him

Ben Thompson's wife has paid tribute to her 'kind and loving' husband.

Police have confirmed the body found in the River Ely on Tuesday was that of the missing rugby fan.

Losing Ben has left us all devastated but finding him on Tuesday has answered many unanswered questions and given us the chance to say our goodbyes.

Somehow we must now move on with our lives and ask to be allowed to grieve in peace for such a kind and loving man.

We wish to thank Ben’s friends and colleagues for their support and South Wales Police for their efforts in searching for Ben.

– Jo Thompson

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Body identified as missing rugby fan Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson was reported missing on February 2nd Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ely on Tuesday is that of 34-year-old Ben Thompson from Haverforwest.

The identity of the body was confirmed today, and police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Ben Thompson was reported missing on February 2nd, after he'd been to the Wales v Ireland Six Nations game at the Millennium Stadium.

A search operation involving up to 50 officers, including detectives and specialist search teams, spent many hours searching the Leckwith area of Cardiff where he was last seen.

Chief Inspector Eddie Ough, from South Wales Police, said: “At times like this the people of Cardiff really come together and South Wales Police would like to thank local residents, businesses and the media for their co-operation during our investigation.

“We wanted to find Ben alive and well but sadly that was not to be. We hope now at least that his friends and family have an element of closure and can be allowed to grieve in peace.”

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A month since rugby fan Ben Thompson went missing

Ben Thompson is described as 5ft 9in tall, with short brown hair and blue eyes Credit: Family/ South Wales Police

It has been a month since Ben Thompson went missing in Cardiff.

The 34-year-old disappeared on February 2nd after watching the Six Nations game between Wales and Ireland.

Mr Thompson was captured on CCTV walking down a lane at the end of Lawrenny Avenue towards wasteland at 7:17pm that night.

Despite continued efforts by South Wales Police and an ongoing campaign by friends and family, he has yet to be found.

Mr Thompson is described as 5ft 9in tall, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing brown leather lace-up boots, blue jeans, and a white shirt with blue thin stripes.

Police scale back search for missing Ben Thompson

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

Police say they have scaled back their hunt for Haverfordwest man Ben Thompson, who went missing in Cardiff exactly one month ago tomorrow.

The search has involved up to 50 officers, including detectives and specialist search teams, who have been focusing on the Leckwith area of the city and the River Ely.

Chief Inspector Eddie Ough said: "Despite the skill, professionalism and best efforts of everyone involved, we have unfortunately been unable to find Ben.

“Although daily searches of the river are no longer taking place, we will continue to do our best to find Ben with periodic searches over the coming weeks and months.

“Ben’s family have been updated and our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.”

The 34-year-old vanished from the city centre on February 2nd, where he had been watching the Wales v Ireland Six Nations game.

He was last seen on CCTV crossing Leckwith Road into Lawrenny Avenue at 7.17pm that day. Images capture him minutes later walking down a lane at the end of Lawrenny Avenue towards wasteland.

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