Police 'scale back' search for missing Ben Caplan

Gwent Police say they will cease daily searches of the River Usk in the search for missing Newport man Ben Caplan.

“Our last confirmed sighting of Ben was around 11:45 on Saturday December 7th. Sadly as there has been no confirmed sightings of Ben since then, and following extensive enquiries, it does seem highly likely that he entered the river Usk on that night.

As part of our investigation into his disappearance we have obtained CCTV showing a figure, who we believe to be Ben, heading in the direction of Caerleon Bridge at the time Ben was last seen. Whilst we don’t see him entering the water the CCTV does capture the water being disturbed

As a result Gwent Police has now taken the decision to scale back search efforts. Ben’s family, who have been kept informed throughout our search operation, have been notified and specialist liaison officers remain in close contact with them.

– Chief Inspector Martyn Smith, Gwent Police

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