South East Wales

Missing pensioner Derek Pontin: Body found in Pontllanfraith

Derek Pontin
Image caption Mr Pontin was last seen on 7 November

A body found in Caerphilly county is believed to be that of missing 81-year-old man Derek Pontin, say Gwent Police.

Mr Pontin, from Blackwood, near Caerphilly, was last seen on Bridge Street between 15:30 and 16:00 GMT on 7 November.

He was last seen wearing a trilby hat, a khaki-coloured coat and carrying a rucksack.

Formal identification of the body, which was found in the Pontllanfraith area, has yet to take place.

Officers say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Police had been concerned about Mr Pontin's welfare due to his age and the current cold weather conditions.

He was said to be interested in nature and was known to walk in the countryside around the Blackwood area.

In a statement issued via Gwent Police, his family said: "We desperately need your help to find a loving brother and uncle.

"Our uncle is kind, deaf and vulnerable, and the family are getting more and more concerned as the days go by.

"Your help and many pairs of extra eyes would enable our search to reach its potential."

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