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Bridger 'slashed from temple to chin' in jail attack

Mark Bridger was attacked while in Wakefield jail Credit: PA

A life prisoner slashed child killer Mark Bridger from temple to chin, severing an artery, in an attempt to get him to reveal where April Jones's body was hidden, a court was told.

Convicted murderer and rapist Juvinal Ferreira attacked Bridger with a knife made from a razor at top security Wakefield Prison in July.

He was sentenced to a second life sentence at Leeds Crown Court and had five years added to his minimum term, meaning he will not be released before 2036.

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Family of April Jones bids a final farewell

The family of April Jones said a final farewell as the town that shared their grief came to a standstill.

The tiny white coffin carrying her remains was borne through the streets of Machynlleth in a horse-drawn hearse as the community stood in silence or followed behind, all wearing pink in tribute to the schoolgirl.

Paul Davies reports:

Grandparents' floral tribute 'in loving memory' of April

A floral tribute in memory of April Jones outside St Peter's Church, Machynlleth. Credit: PA Wire

Pink floral tributes were placed at the entrance of St Peter's Church by well-wishers, carrying heartfelt messages of sympathy for April Jones and her family.

One stated simply: "Fly high little angel, forever in our hearts, lots of love, Lorna, Boyd, Connie, Ella and Ewan."

Another pink bouquet carried the message: "In loving memory of April. From Nan and Grandad."

Carefree and smiling April pictured on Order of Service

The Order of Service showed a picture of April Jones on the beach. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Order of Service pictured a carefree and smiling April Jones on the beach wearing a bright orange top and shorts.

Her devastated mother sobbed audibly in grief as she walked slowly into the funeral service for her murdered daughter.

After the service, the funeral party left the church for a private burial.

The funeral service for April Jones was held at St Peter's Church in the market town of Machynlleth. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Rev: For a five-year-old April touched a great many lives

April Jones' parents, Paul and Coral, and her brother Harley arrive at St Peter's Church. Credit: PA Wire

Reverend Kathleen Rogers told the congregation: "We have come together to remember April in the presence of God. We have come to celebrate her short life and grieve together, to say goodbye.

"It's a bittersweet moment. Our hopes and dreams have changed because April has been taken from us.

"But you know, we come also with a sense of thanksgiving for the many ways that April touched our lives and those with whom she came into contact.

"For a five-year-old she touched a great many lives ... for Paul, Coral, Jazmin and Harley, April was and is extra special.

"But she touched us all and we think and feel differently because of the difference she made to us.

"Today, here in this place, she is linking us all together in grief. Yet, grief goes hand in hand with love.

"In whatever way we express our grief, it shows our love for April.

"And surely that is the most important thing for any human being of whatever age, simply to be loved."

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April's emotional parents walk tiny coffin into church

April Jones' parents, Coral and Paul, prepare to say goodbye to the five-year-old.

The emotional parents of April Jones accompanied her tiny coffin into St Peter's Church where they will bid a final farewell to their daughter a year after she was killed.

Hundreds of mourners in the mid-Wales market town of Machynlleth also gathered to pay their respects to the five-year-old.

The tiny coffin is carried into St Peter's Church.

Hundreds of mourners follow horse-drawn hearse

The horse-drawn hearse travels from the Bryn-y-Gog estate to St Peter's Church.

April Jones' parents, brother and sister followed the horse-drawn hearse on the one mile journey from the Bryn-y-Gog estate to St Peter's Church in a car.

They were joined by hundreds of mourners on foot, with many wearing the schoolgirl's favourite colour pink.

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