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Nearing the end of questioning from his defence barrister, Mr Bridger said: "I obviously was involved, I don't ever deny being involved with April's death.
"I didn't run. I didn't hide, I didn't go anywhere. I didn't know what to do.
"Initially I really thought I would have been charged with either death by reckless driving or death by drink-driving.
"I did not expect to be on a murder charge."
As questioning concluded, Mr Bridger denied abducting April Jones, saying there was 'no intention' of doing so.
He also denied having any form of sexual contact with her that night, or deliberately killing her.
When asked if he recalled cleaning his house of evidence, Mr Bridger replied: "I don't remember any clean-up but I would like to say if that night there was blood dripped on the bath where I have washed my jumper I would, if I had seen it, I would have automatically wiped it.
"But it was not to try and hide anything. It would have been an automatic thing to do."
He also denied cleaning up the interior of his car.
When asked if he knew anything about 'skeleton' fragments allegedly found in his wood-burner, Mr Bridger said: "No. I don't believe I could have done that."
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: "We were called a 2.20pm to reports of an incident at John Wilson Street.
"We sent two responders in cars, three ambulance crews, two duty officers and London Air Ambulance were called out.
"We still have staff at the scene."
London Air Ambulance confirmed a doctor and a paramedic were sent to the scene at 14.27pm and are on site.
London Ambulance Service was also called to the scene.
Further details regarding casualties were not yet available.
Police are dealing with a "serious incident" after responding to reports of an assault.
Officers were called to John Wilson Street in Woolwich, south east London, at around 2.20pm today and the immediate area was shut down.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers have responded to an incident in John Wilson Street at 2.20pm today.
"We believe at this stage officers were called to reports of an assault."
Twitter user @M_ATLEY shared this picture of a police helicopter arriving on the scene in Woolwich.
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Police have been called to reports of an assault in Woolwich, south London.
Police helicopters said they had been called to deal with a "serious incident".
Mark Bridger has told the court: "The only other recollection I have is holding April in my arms and laying her down on the carpet (in the living room)."
The judge asked Bridger to clarify when he had had this recollection. He said in the last couple of months it had come to him.
Mark Bridger's evidence has included his movements on the days before April's disappearance.
On Saturday September 29 he picked up two of his children and took them for a walk in the hills before returning home where he cooked them a chicken for their evening meal.
Bridger told the court he cooked the food in a pot and a wok inside the log wood burner, something he did regularly.
He said anything left over "gets thrown in the fire".
The prosecution claim bone fragments later found in the wood burner were those of April - a claim disputed by the defence.