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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.



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'. 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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