Ben Thompson: Body of missing rugby fan identified

Ben Thompson Rugby fan Ben Thompson was last seen after Wales v Ireland last month

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Police have confirmed the body found in Cardiff's River Ely on Tuesday is that of missing rugby fan Ben Thompson.

Mr Thompson, 34, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, was found on Tuesday after being missing for more than a month.

South Wales Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and an inquest will be held in due course.

Mr Thompson's widow, Jo, said she could at last grieve for her "kind and loving" man.

"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," she said.

"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."

Wasteland

Mr Thompson had travelled to Cardiff with a friend for Wales' Six Nations match against Ireland on 2 February, staying near Cardiff airport, after winning tickets for a hospitality box in the Millennium Stadium.

Afterwards he called his wife but police say 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 was captured on CCTV which showed him crossing Leckwith Road into Lawrenny Avenue, near Cardiff City stadium at 19:17 GMT.

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

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

But earlier this month, they said the search for Mr Thompson had been scaled down.

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