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April Jones killer Mark Bridger 'attacked' in jail

Child killer Mark Bridger, who abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones, has been attacked in prison.

Bridger, who is serving a life sentence, was slashed across the face with a makeshift blade by a fellow inmate at HMP Wakefield on Sunday, as he walked along a gangway, The Sun has reported.

Mark Bridger was sentenced to a whole life term for the murder of April Jones. Credit: Press Association

Prison officers intervened in the attack and prevented Bridger from being injured further. He was later taken to a local hospital where he was given stitches, the newspaper said.

Bridger kidnapped April Jones before sexually abusing her, murdering her and then disposing of her body last October. Her body has never been found.

He was sentence to a whole-life term in May after a jury took four hours to find him guilty following a month-long trial.

April had been playing with friends close to her home on the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales when Bridger enticed her into his car.

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April Jones' family speak of their anguish

April Jones' parents have spoken of their fear that her killer Mark Bridger may never reveal the location of their daughter's body.

In a video interview with the Sun, Paul and Coral Jones said Bridger has "put a hole in our heart".

ITV News' Wales correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

April's grandparents have also described their anguish in an interview with Welsh television channel S4C.

April's grandparents' anger towards Mark Bridger

April Jones' grandparents Dai and Linda Smith have told of their anger towards Mark Bridger, during an interview with Welsh television channel S4C.

Bridger, 47, has been jailed for life after being found guilty of killing the five-year-old in a sexually motivated attack.

Read: Parents fear Mark Bridger may never reveal location of April Jones' body

April Jones plays on a beach shortly before her death

Images of April Jones playing on a beach a few weeks before the five-year-old's death have emerged.

The photographs were taken by her grandparents Dai and Linda Smith in Wales

April Jones on a beach just weeks before she was murdered. Credit: Dai and Linda Smith / S4C
The five-year-old jumps in the sea in Wales Credit: Dai and Linda Smith / S4C

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Bridger has 'taken the innocence' out of Machynlleth

Ann-wen Morris who co-ordinated the search for April, and was an old friend of Mark Bridger's, said that Bridger has "taken the innocence out" of Machynlleth.

Speaking about Bridger she said:

He was everyone's mate, everyone knew him, he was the gentleman that everyone thought he was, and then something like this happens and it's hard to believe that someone like this can actually have lived amongst us for so many years.

April Jones' parents: Bridger has 'put a hole in our hearts'

In an interview with the Sun Aprils Jones' parents have spoken about the impact of the five-year-old's death after Mark Bridger was sentenced today to life in prison for her murder.

Although both Coral and her husband Paul never use his name, they both label Mark Bridger "evil."

Carol told the paper: "He's put a hole in our heart. He's ripped a happy family apart.

Paul and Coral Jones called Mark Bridger 'evil'.
Paul and Coral Jones called Mark Bridger 'evil'. Credit: The Sun

"We don't talk about him, because he's not worth our breath. He's just evil. He's wrecked our family as it is. We've got a family wrecked. Our friends our neighbours have all been hurt by this.

"And he's not just wrecked our lives, he's wrecked our children, my mum, my dad, my brother hasn't seen her since she was born. It has hurt loads of people."

Paul added that moving on has proved difficult for the family; "we're a strong family, but even so it is very very difficult.

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