Police had 'prior contact' with man whose disappearance sparked major search

An aerial view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen
-Credit: (Image: PA)


Police have confirmed they had "prior contact" with a man whose disappearance sparked a major search. Emergency services were called to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct last Thursday afternoon amid "an incident concerning the safety of a man".

Roads were closed, and a major search operation involving helicopters, fire crews and police was launched. Police have today confirmed the man, who has not been named, remains missing.

They also confirmed they had referred themselves to the police watchdog due to "contact" with the man prior to his disappearance. A spokesperson said: "There continues to be a police presence in the area of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct again today (Monday, June 3rd) as searches are ongoing to locate a missing man.

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"As there had been police contact prior to the man going missing, as required in these circumstances, we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC). Thank you to community for their continued assistance and support as searches continue."

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