Police divers return to Welsh canal as search for missing man intensifies

Anthony, who has gone missing
-Credit: (Image: North Wales Police)


A canal is being searched once again as "concerned" police continue their efforts to locate a missing man. North Wales Police has issued a renewed appeal for help to locate Anthony, who was first reported missing on Wednesday, July 3.

Police say the 62-year-old's belongings were discovered near the canal along Chirk Aqueduct on Sunday, July 7, leading to an initial search of the water in the area. A second search commenced in the same location on Wednesday, July 10, near the marina.

Officers have asked the public to avoid the area of Chirk Marina and the footpath leading up to it whilst searches are carried out. Police have also released a description of Anthony in the hope it will encourage anyone with information as to his whereabouts to come forward. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

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A statement from North Wales Police read: "Have you seen Anthony? We have concerns for the 62-year-old who was reported missing on Wednesday, July 3. An initial search was carried out by the underwater search team along the Chirk Aqueduct on Monday, July 8, after Anthony's belongings were discovered near to the canal on Sunday, July 7.

"A further underwater search is being carried out in the same location today, near to the marina. The last confirmed sighting of Anthony was in Chirk on Friday, June 28 at 3pm. He is described to be around 5ft 10, of a large build, has short grey hair and was last seen wearing the clothes in the image."

Detective inspector Dean Jones said: “A team of specialist officers are continuing searches for Anthony today, whilst other lines of enquiry are being followed to help locate him. Anyone who thinks they might have seen him since 3pm on Friday, June 28, is urged to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

“I am also asking residents with CCTV in the Chirk area, near to the canal, to check their footage from June 28 onwards for sightings of Anthony. We would be grateful if people could once again avoid Chirk Marina and the footpath leading up to, and through the tunnel leading to Chirk Aqueduct whilst underwater searches are ongoing.

"Thank you to the public for their continued patience and understanding. Anyone with information to contact us via the website, or by calling 101, quoting itrace reference 47761.” Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.