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  1. #16
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    Feb 2005
    Missing April: Rain Hampers Search For Girl
    The mayor of Machynlleth, Gareth Jones, said rain in Wales was making it more difficult for rescuers, focusing on 20 sites in the area.
    A press conference will be held at 11am and is expected to reveal more details of the investigation, Dyfed Powys police have confirmed.
    April's godmother Mair Raftree, 41, said that the little girl has cerebral palsy and will be in desperate need of her medication.
    Video included...

    April Jones: Kidnap suspect Mark Bridger 'was weapons collector’
    Mark Bridger, the man suspected of kidnapping five-year-old April Jones is a keen weapons collector who kept samurai swords and deactivated guns in his home, a neighbour has disclosed.

    Suspect 'not in a position' to help in search for April Jones
    THE MAN arrested for questioning about the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones near her home on Monday evening has told police he is “not in a position” to help with the search, which now covers 20 separate locations outside the Mid-Wales town of Machynlleth.
    April’s distraught mother Coral Smith yesterday broke down in tears when she appeared before a police-organised press conference. “It’s been 36 hours since April was taken from us. There must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her,” she said.
    Yesterday police officially named the local man arrested as Mark Bridger, and released a picture of him. They urged the public to come forward with any information about his movements on Monday. “If you did [see him], please don’t assume that somebody else has contacted us,” said Det Supt Reg Bevan.

    Is this her kidnapper? April Jones police probe film of mystery man spotted near swollen river
    Police hunting missing April Jones were last night studying this picture of a man by a river near where kidnap suspect Mark Bridger was arrested.

  2. #17
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    'I want our beautiful princess home'
    Anxious Jasmine, 16, said: “Knowing April still isn’t found is making me sick and knowing someone knows something but won’t say it makes me feel even worse.

    “I just want our beautiful princess home now - It’s been too long.”

    It was also revealed that April's anguished dad has been unable to join in the search - because he fears he’s going blind, it was revealed today.
    Paul Jones, 43, has been struck by failing sight due to a degenerative eye disease - stopping him joining volunteers hunting for April.

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...#ixzz28O6Wgb9N

    April Jones: Police in plea for information on Mark Bridger's Land Rover
    POLICE yesterday issued a picture of former soldier Bridger – and a photo of a blue Land Rover Discovery he is believed to own.
    The 4x4, number plate L503 MEP, was found in a repair garage on the outskirts of Machynllech shortly after Bridger was arrested while walking along a nearby road.

    April Jones abduction: Call for volunteers to help new search
    Around 450 responded to a call for people with "good local knowledge" to search villages around Machynlleth.
    On Wednesday night police were given an extra 12 hours to question Mark Bridger, a local man arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of abduction.
    David Cameron called it every family's nightmare and asked anyone with information to speak to police.
    Detectives have confirmed April has cerebral palsy and would be in pain without her daily medication.

  3. #18
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    April Jones search: Volunteers to scour 15 villages outside Machynlleth
    Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/20...#ixzz28O7fofN5
    Dozens of volunteer searchers are once again arriving at Machynlleth Leisure Centre this morning as the hunt for April Jones continues.

    Teams of civilian searchers are set to scour 32 hamlets within a 15-mile radius of the town as they look for signs of the five-year-old who vanished from outside her home on Monday evening.

    Intense Hunt For April Jones
    Police hunting for missing April Jones say they do not yet have a full picture of what may have happened to the five-year-old.

    Mark Bridger Well Known As A 'Ladies Man' Around Machynlleth
    Mark Bridger, the only suspect in the case of missing April Jones, is well-known to many in the close-knit community of Machynlleth.
    On the estate where April lives, he is on nodding terms with many and is thought of as a bit of a "ladies man".
    In a close-knit market town of 2,000 people, even those who mind their own business are well-known to others.

    Missing girl: Suspect's private life revealed
    The complex private life of the British man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping five-year-old April Jones has begun to emerge.

    Unemployed Mark Bridger has a colourful love life and long line of failed careers.

    Born in Sutton, Surrey, the 46-year-old was known to April's parents Coral, 40, and Paul, 43, after his move to Wales in the 1980s.
    It has been previously suggested that he is a former soldier but there is no record of him ever having been employed by the Ministry of Defence.

    April Jones, missing five-year-old in Wales: day four as it happened
    • Police dig up paving slabs at suspect's cottage
    • Volunteers 'turned away' from search
    • David Cameron: disappearance 'every family's worst nightmare'
    • Police now have until 5pm on Friday to question Mark Bridger
    • TV crew may have caught suspect on film
    • Godmother: wear a pink ribbon [video]

    I'm sick with fear: April's sister begs abductor to come clean about whereabouts as it's revealed their father can't help with the hunt because his eyesight is failing
    The mounting desperation engulfing April Jones’s family was laid bare yesterday by the missing girl’s elder sister.

    In an emotional intervention, 16-year-old Jazmin Jones urged April’s abductor to come clean about her whereabouts.

    ‘Knowing April still isn’t found is making me sick and knowing someone knows something but won’t say it makes me feel even worse,’ she said. ‘I just want our beautiful princess home now – it’s been too long.’

    April Jones search goes on as volunteers defy police advice
    The police had – very politely – requested members of the public not to join the search for April Jones. But residents of Machynlleth and the surrounding areas were having none of it.
    By lunchtime hundreds of people, many of whom had taken the day off work or been given leave, had defied the police and were out in the hills, valleys and forests around the town in mid-Wales.

  4. #19
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    Missing April - Police search house and garden of Mark Bridger
    Police are searching the home and garden of April Jones abduction suspect Mark Bridger.
    Activity at Mr Bridger's white farmhouse intensified as officers were given until 5pm tomorrow to question the 46-year-old.
    Teams searched the rented home and outhouses and forensic officers combed the garden in the hamlet of Ceinws by the Dyfi river in mid-Wales.
    Officers also attended a guesthouse where Mr Bridger is understood to have worked recently.

    April must have daily medicine for cerebral palsy warns mum
    MISSING schoolgirl April Jones suffers from cerebral palsy and needs daily medication, her family have revealed.
    As they desperately begged for their little girl back, the five-year-old's relatives now fear that if the Welsh girl is alive she could be in serious pain.

    Her worried godmother Mair Raftree (41) explained: "She was diagnosed with the condition when she was small.

    April Jones' sister pleads for return of 'our beautiful princess'
    April Jones' sister has made a heartfelt plea for the return of her younger sister.

    As the family faced a fourth day of anguish since the abduction of the five-year-old, Jasmine, 16, said: "Knowing April still isn't found is making me sick and knowing someone knows something but won't say it makes me feel even worse.

    "I just want our beautiful princess home now - it's been too long."

    Villagers shaken from 'quiet life' amid search for missing girl
    Residents in the Welsh village where abduction suspect Mark Bridger lived for the last month believe missing April Jones has never been there.
    Police forensic teams are continuing their minute examination of the farmhouse where Mr Bridger has lived since early September.
    Expert searchers with long batons were slowly and methodically walking in the garden and land around the house prodding the ground.
    Outside, officers stood guard at the entrance to the property but activity appeared to be continuing inside.
    The village of Ceinws is home to about 80 mostly-retired residents who have come in search of a “quiet life”.

  5. #20
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    Timeline of the April Jones abduction
    Monday 1 October just before 7pm
    April Jones, her sister and their mother, Coral, arrive home from the girls' school, Coral goes into the house to make tea
    Monday 1 October 7pm
    April Jones last seen getting into a light-coloured grey van at her home in Machynlleth
    Monday 1 October
    Alarm raised immediately and Dyfed-Powys police launch a search. They are joined by hundreds of volunteers, search continues through the night
    More... Video included...

  6. #21
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    Feb 2005
    April Jones search: Appeal fund set up for family of missing girl
    An appeal fund has been set up for missing April Jones and her broken-hearted family.

    Machynlleth town council will manage the fund, which has been set up following requests from members of the public.

    Town councillor Mike Williams, also a county councillor for Machynlleth, told WalesOnline: "The town council received numerous requests by local people and people right across the UK to set up an 'April fund'.

    "The town council will hold the fund until such time as we can, with April's family and the community, all come together to decide what to do with that fund money."

    April's mum: Someone must know where my little girl is
    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...#ixzz28OETz3nn
    THE devastated mother of missing five-year-old April Jones tearfully begged for information on her daughter's whereabouts saying "we're desperate".
    Heartbroken Coral Smith, who was joined by April's step-granddad Dai Smith, made the emotional appeal at a press conference this morning.

    Bridger at April’s school parents’ evening
    Mark Bridger, the man being held over the abduction of April Jones, attended the same school parents’ evening as the five year-old’s mother and father in the hours before she was kidnapped.

  7. #22
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    April Jones abduction: Police receive over 2,500 calls
    Timeline included...

  8. #23
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    'We saw man with bin bag near the river': New clue in search for missing April Jones
    Two women claim they spotted a man carrying a bin bag to a river the day after April Jones was snatched.
    They told police he scrambled down a bank not far from where the five-year-old vanished.

    Police comb house of April Jones suspect
    WELSH POLICE yesterday carried out an inch-by-inch search of the house owned by Mark Bridger, the man arrested on Tuesday in connection with the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones.
    The search of the cottage and an outbuilding in Corris, where the little girl went missing on Monday night after she got into a vehicle, began as police were given a further 36 hours to question Mr Bridger.
    Paving and concrete slabs were removed by officers around the two-storey house 10 miles from Machynlleth. They also cut away undergrowth in the lands surrounding the dwelling.
    As officers yesterday searched the River Dyfi close to Machynlleth, Powys, one of the women, Carwen Sheen, 36, said: “I’ve told the police what I saw. It’s up to them now.”
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  9. #24
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    Feb 2005
    Missing April Jones: Search Enters Fifth Day
    Specialist search teams have endured torrential rain as they worked through the night in the hunt for missing April Jones - and police are to give an update on the search at 10.30am.

    Attempt to lure two children into a car 24 hours before April Jones went missing
    AN attempt was made to lure two children into a car 24 hours before little April Jones went missing, it emerged last night.

    Search for April Jones - Man arested for murder 05.10.12
    5th October 2012

    Statement from Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan

    I would like to update you on developments in our investigation.

    Mark Bridger has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of April Jones.

    He remains in custody at Aberystwyth Police Station where he continues to be questioned.

    The arrest does not detract from our efforts to find April and we remain committed to finding her.

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    April Jones: Police launch murder inquiry after giving up hope of finding her alive
    Police investigating the abduction of April Jones have launched a murder inquiry after giving up hope of finding her alive.
    Det Supt Reg Bevan said they had arrested the main suspect Mark Bridger on suspicion of her murder.
    Supt Ian John called on the hundreds of volunteers to stand down and leave to trained officers as the hunt moved away from a rescue mission to one of finding her body.
    Police have already called in dogs trained to locate dead bodies.
    Officers have until 5pm tonight to either charge Mr Bridger or let him go.
    Locals said that the news was the "confirmation of their worst fears" as they reluctantly gave up the search.

    April Jones: Family reveal she has been on fishing trip with murder suspect Mark Bridger
    The missing girl April Jones went on a summer fishing trip with Mark Bridger – the man suspected of murdering her, it has been revealed.
    April was taken crabbing with Mr Bridger's two children in his blue Land Rover which police believe was used to abduct the five-year-old, her family has revealed.
    The crabbing trip in August means April had been in Mr Bridger's vehicle at least twice before she was abducted while playing outside her home.
    Bridger was a frequent visitor to the Brynygog Estate in Machynlleth where April's family live close to his ex-girlfriend.
    Two of his own children Sophie, nine, and Connor, 13, live in the street and their stepsister Erin, four, was one of April's best friends.
    Relatives confirmed former lifeguard Bridger, 46, took Sophie and Connor crabbing – and asked April to join them.

    Now it's MURDER: Police arrest Mark Bridger on suspicion of killing April as hunt 5-year-old continues at 20 different locations
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz28QqniF9s
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    Don't blame April's parents for letting her play outside
    This week, Machynlleth became the place that refused to give up hope. Almost since the moment she went missing, hundreds of residents of the Welsh market town joined the police search for five-year-old April Jones. All anyone knew was that a man had taken April away in a van — a terrifying scrap of information.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz28Qr6fsVy
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    April Jones police search scene of 'black bag' man sighting
    Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/20...#ixzz28Qs9zrV9

  12. #27
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    April Jones: map of key locations and events in Machynlleth, Wales
    This interactive map charts the key locations in the search for five-year-old April Jones, who has been missing since Monday evening.

  13. #28
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    April Jones: teachers and pupils still hopeful five-year-old will be found alive
    Teachers and pupils at the school attended by missing April Jones are refusing to give up hope that the missing five-year-old will be found safe and well despite the investigtion being upgraded to a murder inquiry.
    Video included...

    'Insensitive bordering on cruel': Sky News presenter Kay Burley slammed for breaking news of April Jones' 'murder' live on air
    Sky News presenter Kay Burley has been branded 'insensitive bordering on cruel' by Twitter users after she broke the news of April Jones' alleged murder to volunteers on live television.

    Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of April Jones this morning suggesting detectives are now looking for the five-year-old's body.

    The development was announced to the media at a police press conference shortly after 10.30am.
    But as the news broke Burley, who has been reporting from Machynlleth since April was reported missing, asked two members of the community for their reaction.

    April Jones: More time to quiz murder suspect Mark Bridger
    Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested the day after April went missing from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales, on Monday evening.
    Earlier on Friday police confirmed he had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
    He appeared before magistrates at Aberystwyth on Friday afternoon where an extra 24 hours was granted.
    Meanwhile, it has emerged he had attended Ysgol Gynradd Machynlleth at the same school parents' evening as April's parents hours before she went missing.

    April Jones: 'No Stone Being Left Unturned'
    Detectives say "no stone is being left unturned" in the search for five-year-old April Jones as officers are given a final 24 hours to question the murder suspect.
    Speaking at a news conference, Superintendent Ian John said eight teams of more than 60 specialist officers were now scouring the remote countryside in Mid Wales for the little girl.
    He added: "All of the blue light services are involved in the search, including the fire service, ambulance, coastguard, RNLI as well as the RAF mountain rescue service and some 150 members of the Mountain Rescue service from across the UK.
    Last edited by imamaze; 10-05-2012 at 01:36 PM. Reason: added link

  14. #29
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    April Jones missing: Tears flow at Machynlleth church service
    CANDLES were lit for five-year-old April Jones tonight and placed on the altar of her local parish church as a town expressed its collective grief.

    Scores of people turned out for the specially-held service at St Peter's Parish church in Machynlleth which gave many a moment to reflect and was also attended by members of the Dyfed Powys police force.

    Vigil held for April Jones
    Some pics of the vigil

    Is this Mark Bridger's baseball cap?
    POLICE have been seen bagging up evidence near to the spot where the man suspected of murdering April Jones was arrested.

    A County Times team was on the scene as officers combed the woods between Mark Bridger's home in Ceinws and Machynlleth this afternoon.

    The search to find April Jones: A timeline
    Police officers, mountain rescue teams and volunteers are combing acres of woodland and thick forest as the search for missing five-year-old April Jones enters its fifth day.
    April has been missing since Monday evening, when she was seen getting into a vehicle at around 7pm. She had been playing with a friend near her home in Machynlleth, Powys.

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    Anguish in Machynlleth at news of April Jones murder suspicion arrest... but still they bravely search on
    It was the moment everyone had been dreading – when police said the hunt for missing April Jones was now a murder inquiry.
    Men and women of all ages stood around in stunned disbelief.
    Some sobbed openly while others tearfully hugged friends and loved ones, seeking a shred of comfort in their darkest hour yesterday.

    "A driver kept cruising up and down the road": Distraught witness tells of moment he saw April Jones kidnapper's car speed away
    A pensioner saw a car speed away from the spot where April Jones vanished.
    The distraught 70-year-old said moments earlier he had seen her playing with pals but she suddenly disappeared.
    As the hunt for April, five, yesterday became a murder probe, he added: “I’m kicking myself that I did not raise the alarm.”
    The pensioner told how he was filled with anguish at what he saw. He has been ­interviewed four times by police

    Prayers for April as search goes on
    Private prayers have been said for April Jones as the desperate search for the schoolgirl continues.
    Hope turned to despair as prime suspect Mark Bridger was arrested for murder and the prospect of finding April alive receded.

    April Jones: More time to quiz murder suspect Mark Bridger
    Police have been given a further 24 hours to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering five-year-old April Jones.
    Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested the day after April went missing from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales, on Monday evening.
    Speaking on Friday afternoon, Dyfed-Powys Police said the focus remained on finding April.

    Search for April Jones becomes murder inquiry
    FOR FOUR days they had searched, but yesterday the people of Machynlleth, a small town in mid-Wales unknown to many before last Monday, began to accept that five-year-old April Jones is not coming home.
    The decision by Welsh police to arrest local man Mark Bridger on suspicion of killing April came after they received the results of overnight forensic tests on material taken from his home on Thursday.
    The arrest of Mr Bridger on suspicion of murder was “significant”, said Det Supt Reg Bevan, but it “does not detract from our efforts to find April and we remain committed to finding her”.

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