A MAN has been arrested and bailed by police following a major search for a missing person.
The River Dee at Shotton and Deeside was scoured in the three-day operation involving lifeboat crews, an RAF Sea King helicopter, paramedics and police.
Footwear along with a suicide note are believed to have been left on Hawarden bridge, sparking the multi-agency operation.
However, the search, which began last Thursday, was called off on Saturday after a man in his twenties was found safe and well.
North Wales Police have now confirmed that a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time.
Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “We can confirm a 26-year-old man from Deeside was arrested on suspicion of wasting police time and bailed.”
An investigation into the incident is now underway.
The footbridge was closed temporarily by police and bridge maintenance staff as the search took place with the search centering on the area nearby.
A police helicopter also took part in the operation which involved Flint Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.
Flint RNLI volunteers confirmed their in-shore lifeboat and crew became involved in the search at 2.45pm last Thursday following reports of a missing person.
Richard Polden, press officer for Flint RNLI, confirmed an estimated cost of £1,000 for each time the lifeboat is launched. He said the lifeboat had taken to the water once during the search.
Liverpool Coastguard reported an “ongoing incident” at the same time.
According to passers-by, a pair of trainers and a note had been found on the bridge but police have not commented further on the matter.
During the search Flintshire councillor for Sealand, Christine Jones, paid tribute to the efforts of the organisations taking part.
She said: “Once again we must acknowledge our amazing emergency services for their hard work and dedication.”