South East Wales

Body of Ben Caplan thought to have been found in river

Ben Caplan Image copyright Gwent Police
Image caption Ben Caplan was last seen on a night out with friends in Caerleon

A body pulled from the River Usk in Newport on Thursday is believed to be that of a missing newspaper worker, Gwent Police have said.

Ben Caplan, 30, was last seen on 7 December at a pub in Caerleon. Police searched the Usk after reports of someone entering the river that night.

Searches for Mr Caplan, from Newport, a worker for the South Wales Argus, were scaled back after Christmas.

Formal identification is yet to take place.

The father-of-two was on a night out with friends before he disappeared.

Police officers worked with colleagues from the air support unit to carry out searches in Caerleon, while the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) searched the River Usk.

Several sightings of Mr Caplan were reported, including one in Cwmbran where a man matching his description was seen getting into a green Mondeo car.

The South Wales Argus, where Mr Caplan worked in the circulation department, was also active in the search.

Posters featuring his picture were published on its website and the editor appealed for information.

Newport Bus also displayed posters featuring his disappearance on some buses.

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