Ben Thompson search: Body found in Cardiff river

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Media captionBen Thompson was last seen on the day Wales played Ireland

Police searching for a Wales rugby fan who has been missing for over a month say a body has been found in a river.

Ben Thompson, 34, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, has not been seen since 2 February, when he watched Wales' game against Ireland in the Millennium Stadium.

Police said on Tuesday that a body had been found in the River Ely in Cardiff but formal identification had not taken place.

Mr Thompson's family has been informed.

Police said in a statement: "South Wales Police can confirm that a body has this afternoon been found in the River Ely near Penarth Road.

"Formal identification has not taken place.

"The family of missing man Ben Thompson, aged 34, from Haverfordwest, has been informed and are being kept updated by family liaison officers."

Police said earlier this month that the search for Mr Thompson had been scaled down.

Up to 50 police had searched daily in the Leckwith area for him, as well along the River Ely in Cardiff Bay.

Mobile phone

Mr Thompson had travelled to Cardiff for the international match with a friend, staying near Cardiff airport, after winning tickets for a hospitality box in the Millennium Stadium.

Afterwards he called his wife Jo but police said there was no more activity on his mobile phone after that.

He was seen by friends in Mill Lane in the city centre at about 18:30 GMT and then the last known footage of him captured on CCTV showed him crossing Leckwith Road into Lawrenny Avenue at 19:17 GMT, near Cardiff City stadium.

A few minutes later he was again spotted on camera walking down a lane at the end of that road towards wasteland.

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