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April Jones: Mark Bridger charged with her murder and abduction

46-year-old Bridger was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Police in Wales say they remain committed to searching for April.

MARK BRIDGER, THE man arrested in connection with the disappearance of April Jones, has been charged with murder, abduction of a child, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

At a press conference this afternoon, a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales said there was sufficient evidence to charge 46-year-old Bridger with the three offences, despite the ongoing search for the 5-year-old child.

“It is in the public interest to do so,” said Iwan Jenkins.

Bridger will appear before a magistrate’s court in Aberystwyth on Monday morning.

Chief constable Jackie Roberts of the Dyfed Powys police said that the investigation had been “one of the most complex and fast-moving cases” in the history of the force.

A police spokesman said the momentum of the search will continue despite the announcement of the charges, and said that police remain totally committed and focused to finding April.

April Jones went missing from near her home in Machynlleth on Monday evening. She was last seen getting into a van in the estate where she lives. Bridger was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the case.

Iwan Jenkins said that Bridger retains the right to a fair trial and asked that nothing is placed in the public domain that could undermine the criminal justice system.

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