BEN CAPLAN SEARCH: One week since Newport man went missing

South Wales Argus: Ben Caplan with his son Jude, stepson Evan and wife Danielle Caplan Ben Caplan with his son Jude, stepson Evan and wife Danielle Caplan

TODAY marks a week since Newport man Ben Caplan went missing.

Mr Caplan, 30, was last seen on Saturday December 7, in Caerleon after a night out with friends. His wife, Danielle Caplan, reported him missing the next day when he failed to return home.

Mr Caplan, who works in circulation for the South Wales Argus, lives in Bond Street, Newport with his wife and six-month old Jude and five-year-old stepson Evan.

Over the past week there have been a number of reported sightings around Gwent, but none have been confirmed.

Mrs Caplan has viewed CCTV footage, but none was clear enough to determine whether it was her husband or not.

“It’s frustrating,” she said.

“I’m trying to keep strong. I’ve got family with me all the time so that helps and knowing everyone is supporting me really helps too.”

Severn Area Rescue Association has continued to search the river. Mervyn Fleming, area commander for SARA West, said: "We are aiming to do another sweep today or Sunday in the light and when the tide will be low, exposing the river banks."

The South Wales Argus is now asking organisations and business around Gwent to join the search and help find Ben, alongside the growing social media campaign. Editor Kevin Ward has also made appeals on local radio stations in a bid to get people to help.

Mrs Caplan said: “I can’t believe the amount of people trying to help. It’s overwhelming.”

Posters which can be downloaded from the Argus website, have already been put on notice boards around the Civic centre and in all Newport buses.

A loudspeaker announcement appealing for information will be played at half time at today’s  match between Newport RFC and Cardiff RFC at Rodney Parade. Posters will also be displayed around the ground.

Posters and flyers are in a number of pubs in Caerleon, including The Hanbury Arms and Bolero’s Bar, where Ben was last seen.

Michelle Waterhouse, owner of The Goldcroft, said: “We’ve got posters up and a lot of flyers as well. There’s been a lot of talk about it.”

The Kingsway Centre also has posters on display at the car park mall entrance and in the mall itself.

Ben is described as white, 5’9” tall, of a slight build with shoulder length straight brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms as well as his back and chest. He is originally from Glasgow and has a Scottish accent.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “We continue to urge anyone who thinks they may have seen Ben after 11pm in Caerleon on Saturday 07 December to contact us on 101 quoting log 295 08/12/13.”

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