Parents' anguish over April

April Jones' parents have admitted the "pain doesn't get any easier" at a news conference, 10 weeks after she went missing in Machynlleth, Wales. Local man Mark Bridger has been charged with the five-year-old's murder.

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April's parents thankful for messages of support

The parents of missing April Jones released a statement today, which can be viewed in full on the Dyfed-Powys Police website:

It has been ten weeks since April, our beautiful little girl, was taken from us and the pain of our tragic loss doesn’t get any easier to bear.

The messages and support from all over the world have continued and we remain grateful that we are in people’s thoughts and prayers. The empathy shown towards us by not only local people but those from afar has shown us that people really do come together during difficult times.

The dedication and determination shown by the search teams who have come from all over the UK has been truly amazing. We take comfort to think that they will be returning to their families to earn a well deserved rest over the Christmas and New Year period.

We understand that Christmas will be a particularly difficult time without April being amongst us but as parents of Harley and Jazmin we will obviously acknowledge the festive season as best as we can. We sincerely hope that families around the world will enjoy a peaceful and loving Christmas.

– Coral and Paul Jones

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