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April Jones's mum: "Please, please help us find her"

Mother makes tearful appeal to public to help bring forward information that will help find her five-year-old girl.

April Jones's mother Coral with April's step-grandfather Dai Smith at the press conference this morning.
April Jones's mother Coral with April's step-grandfather Dai Smith at the press conference this morning.
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

THE MOTHER OF missing five-year-old girl April Jones made a tearful appeal for help at a press conference this morning.

Coral Jones, April’s mother, sat beside Dai Smith, April’s step-grandfather as she read a brief statement to reporters. She said that someone must know something about what had happened to April in the hours since she disappeared from Machynlleth in Wales on Monday evening. She said:

April is only five years old. Please, please help find her.

(Det Supt Reg Bevan showing a picture of suspect Mark Bridger and his Land Rover Discovery. Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

The distraught mother then broke down in tears and Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan took over, again appealing for anyone with any information about the movements of a man who has been arrested in relation to April’s disappearance.

He asked specifically for information “however trivial it might seem” about the movements of Mark Bridger, the 46-year-old local man arrested, or his blue Land Rover Discovery. Former soldier Bridger was arrested walking towards Machynlleth at 3.30pm yesterday and his Land Rover was found in the Old Station Road area of the small town.

If you are reading this in Wales, the number to call with any information is 0300 2000 333. Det Supt Bevan said: “Do not assume someone else has already contacted us with information. Even if you feel yours is trivial, please contact us.”

The registration plate on Mark Bridger’s blue Land Rover Discovery is L503MEP.

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