|Name: April Jones|
|Last Seen: MACHYNLLETH|
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Statement from Coral and Paul Jones - Dyfed Powys Police web site
Thu 01 Nov 2012
It is four weeks since April was taken from us, as a family we are obviously devastated and our lives have been torn apart. Since 1st October we have received messages, flowers and cards from across not only the UK but the world and we have taken comfort knowing that people are thinking of April and us. Thank you for all your kind words and sentiments.
We have been continually updated about the investigation and the search for April. We are overwhelmed by the massive amount of resources being used and we are extremely grateful that so many search teams are still out there, every day, looking for our beautiful daughter.
Searches continue in and around Machynlleth over the weekend
As time passes and we work through the detailed plan, we will of course conclude our searches in particular areas. Whilst we have almost completed the searches in the town centre area, outside this small vicinity there is still a lot to do.
The search continues at the same level of intensity that we have seen all last week. We have a number of areas and locations identified that require a detailed, methodical forensic search.
To give an idea of the scale of the search, the area searched last week alone would take one person 8.9years to comp
lete on their own. We have expert teams from all over the UK assisting us, and this will continue whilst we have viable lines of enquiry to follow.
We are continuing to support April’s family at this difficult time with our specially trained officers and we are keeping them up to date on the search operation to find their daughter.
Notes to editor
While the searches continue it is difficult to provide any further detailed information. The force is committed to continuing the search until we have completed the planned work and have exhausted all lines of enquiry.
Reporting in some media this morning gave the impression that the search was scaling down – this is not the case.
The man suspected of abducting and murdering April Jones appears in court looking "tearful and tired"
Mark Bridger has appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court to face charges of abducting and murdering April Jones.He was led into the dock wearing a black sweatshirt by two security guards, where he confirmed his name and address and the charges were read out.
The 46-year-old, who is also accused of perverting the course of justice, was remanded in custody. He will next appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.
It is now a week since five-year-old April was seen playing near her home in Machynlleth before she got into what is believed to be a Land Rover Discovery.
In a Facebook post this weekend, her mum Coral, 40, wrote: "April has still not been found, I am not giving up hope that she will come home, so please keep looking for my baby girl April, she's our world, the whole family are in bits as we don't know where she is."
Man charged with the murder of April Jones
“The Crown Prosecution Service has been in close contact with Dyfed Powys Police as their extensive investigation into April’s disappearance has developed. In particular, we have been offering advice and guidance to the police since the suspect Mark Bridger was arrested last Tuesday.
“My role is to examine the evidence that is currently available and advise the police in respect of charges.
“I now have to advise that, having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by Dyfed Powys Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Mark Bridger with the murder of April Jones, and that it is in the public interest to do so.
“I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the defendant with attempting to pervert the course of justice and child abduction.
“Accordingly, I have authorised Dyfed Powys Police to charge him with these offences and he will appear before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.
“I realise that this is an incredibly difficult time for April’s family, friends and the community. My thoughts are with them – and indeed with all those affected by this week’s events.
“The huge public and media interest in this case is understandable. I would just like to stress that, whilst Mark Bridger stands accused of serious criminal charges, he retains the right to a fair trial. I would therefore ask that nothing is placed in the public domain that may undermine the criminal justice process.”
Notes to editors:
Details of the charges laid against Mark Bridger are as follows:
Murder, contrary to common law
Attempting to pervert the course of justice, contrary to common law
Child abduction, contrary to Section 2 of the Child Abduction Act, 1984
STATEMENT - Chief Constable Jackie Roberts
Our thoughts are very much with April’s family, friends and those who know her today.
The last few days has seen us deal with one of the most complex and fast moving enquiries in the history of our Force and one our communities have never had to face before. It has been marked by the coming together of people from across the country with one aim in mind, to return April to her family.
The community of Machynlleth and the surrounding areas turned out in force using social networks to get the message out and appeal for April’s safe return. To see so many people give up their time freely was truly humbling for everyone involved.
I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous effort that has gone into trying to find April Jones this week. I have spent time with the family, and they are overwhelmed with the number of people who wanted to help in any way they possibly could.
The search teams have faced an enormous challenge with the hostile terrain, the adverse weather and the logistics of searching such a beautiful but remote landscape. Everyone was working toward the same goal – to find April safe and well and reunite her with her family.
I would like to express my gratitude to the volunteers from the community and those who have worked and provided support behind the scenes, the agencies who have taken part, expert advisers, all of my staff and staff from forces all over the UK, there are far too many to mention here today. Finally my thanks to you, the media for the way you have supported this inquiry.
People have worked around the clock to search for April, to investigate the crime and to keep her disappearance in the public eye.
Now that Mark Bridger has been charged with this horrific crime it is time to let the judicial process take its course and time to let the family come to terms with what has happened over the last week. In the meantime our efforts to find April will be as meticulous as they have been from the outset of this enquiry until we have exhausted all available options.
Statement from Superintendent Ian John
I can now give you a brief update on the search operation which continues in Machynlleth.
This morning, we have deployed 10 specialist police teams who are conducting a systematic and methodical search in and around the town.
We continue to have the support of a whole range of search and rescue teams who are using specialist equipment as we continue our efforts.
We will be keeping April’s family fully updated on progress of the investigation.
Mark Bridger has been charged with the murder and abduction of five-year-old April Jones and perverting the course of justice.
The 46-year-old has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and could now appear in court on Monday.
A statement from Iwan Jenkins, district crown prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: "I now have to advise that, having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by Dyfed Powys Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Mark Bridger with the murder of April Jones, and that it is in the public interest to do so.
"I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the defendant with attempting to pervert the course of justice and child abduction.
"Accordingly, I have authorised Dyfed Powys Police to charge him with these offences and he will appear before Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.
Iwan Jenkins of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by Dyfed Powys police I have come to the conclusion there is sufficient evidence to charge Mark Bridger with murder and it is in the public interest to do so."
The decision came just an hour before detectives reached the maximum 96 hours that they could hold Mr Bridger before charging or releasing him.
Searches are still continuing in and around the town of Machynlleth in mid Wales for the missing girl.
The primary school pupil was reported missing on Monday evening after she was seen getting into a vehicle near her home at around 7.30pm.
Ever since the community has rallied behind the efforts to find the youngster, many insisting that until she is found they still hold out hope of April still being alive.
Wearing a pink ribbon that has come to symbolise the search, Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Jackie Roberts said: "Today our thoughts are very much with April's family, friends and those that knew her."
She added: "To see so many people give up their free time was truly humbling to all those involved.
Did you see this vehicle between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon? Did you know Mark Bridger? Did you see him Tuesday pm
The registration of Mark Bridger's Land Rover is L503 MEP
A statement from April's Family will be read out at the Police Press Conference at 9:30.
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