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Police begin in-depth search of showground for James

 
Created on 28/07/2017 @ 16:02
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Police have today begun more in depth searches of the Royal Welsh Showground and Young People's Village for missing James Corfield as traders and visitors leave the area.

Police had asked volunteer searchers to stay away today so that more targeted searched by the police, mountain rescue and other professionals can take place.

Hundreds of people had travelled from Newtown, Montgomery and Welshpool to help with the search since James, from Montgomery, went missing in the early hours of Tuesday.

Yesterday his mum, Louise, issued an emotional appeal for help and urged people to share photos of him in the hope someone might remember seeing him before he went missing from the White House public house in Builth Wells where he was last seen.

A Dyfed Powys Police statement said: “A secondary search is being conducted at The Royal Welsh Show showground and the Young People’s Village now that the show has concluded and there are less people and vehicles around.

“The search along the river is continuing with the use of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s drone.

“Volunteers have been advised not to attend at the search site today due to the specialist nature of the search and for their own safety.”

Superintendent Jon Cummins said: “While we fully understand the concern from the community and the desire to assist in the search for James, it is vitally important at this stage that we have only specially trained officers and our partners out there looking for him.

“Staying away is the best possible assistance the public can give us today and of course reporting any new information they may have to us by calling 101 immediately. Thank you for your support in sharing our appeals so far.”

James was last seen at the White Horse public house, Builth Wells, at around midnight on Monday 24 July 2017.

He is described as being 6ft 2 inches tall, of slim build, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue Abercrombie and Fitch shirt and jeans.

James was reported missing shortly before 2pm on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, after failing to meet his family at the Royal Welsh Show, where he had been camping with friends.

 

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