Page last updated at 14:26 GMT, Friday, 22 August 2008 15:26 UK

Worker search continues at dump

search for missing man
The search continues for David Leyland, last seen on Thursday

The search is continuing for a man who went missing at a landfill site in County Antrim.

David Leyland, who works at Biffa Waste site in Mallusk, was last seen beside machinery at about 1400 BST on Thursday.

The 23-year-old has only been married a matter of months.

A search started on Thursday night but had to be called off because of the hazardous conditions including lying water from the recent flooding.

The search resumed at 0900 BST on Friday.

Ken Leyland, the brother of the missing man, said it would be out of character for David to leave the site.

"David's worked there since he was 17 years old, he's now 23 - he's site supervisor," he said.

"They work six days a week and he's always been there on site, he's never late for work, he's the most reliable person there.

"His locker was full of his clothes, his trainers, his jacket, his bag, his keys."

The family said they had spent an agonising night and have asked why the alarm was not raised sooner.

Ken Leyland, David's brother, speaking to the BBC's Laura Lyon

Newtownabbey area commander Chief Inspector Paula Hilman said the PSNI was first alerted at about 1950 BST on Thursday and then immediately launched a missing person's enquiry.

"Officers from a PSNI tactical support group along with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service searched the area, with the help of the PSNI helicopter and a dog unit," she said.

"Despite hazardous conditions in the area, which included substantial amounts of water from recent rainfall, officers searched until the early hours.

"However, as the search area became more hazardous, that search had to be halted until a further briefing this morning."

The site is currently closed with lorries being turned away.



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