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April Jones

April Jones murder suspect “tearful” in court

Mark Bridger, 46, appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of the missing girl.

MARK BRIDGER, the man suspected of murdering five-year-old April Jones, appeared in court today as police continued to search the young girl’s home town.

Sky News said that Bridger, 46, was “tearful” during his appearance at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Police had said there was enough evidence to bring Bridger to court on a number of charges.

“Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence provided 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,” said District Crown Prosecutor Iwan Jenkins.

“Accordingly, I have authorised Dyfed-Powys Police to charge him with these offences and he will appear here at Aberystwyth Magistrates? Court on Monday morning,” he added.

Around 100 police officers are searching for the missing girl around her home town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales.

Bridger was arrested on Tuesday, the day after the schoolgirl disappeared, and was originally held on suspicion of abduction but investigators on Friday revealed he had been detained on suspicion of murder.

Jones was last seen on Monday in Machynlleth getting into a vehicle. The search has been played out in the glare of television cameras, with every stage being followed closely by the media who have descended on the Montgomeryshire town.

Police have revealed that April needs regular medication for cerebral palsy, further increasing fears for her wellbeing.

Pink ribbons have appeared on houses across the town after April’s mother asked people to wear pink, her daughter’s favourite colour, in solidarity.

- © AFP, 2012

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