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Mother of April Jones makes emotional appeal

April's mother Coral Jones has made an emotional appeal for information about her missing daughter.

Accompanied by April's grandfather Dai Smith, she broke down as she said the family was 'desperate for news'.

April vanished from Machynlleth in Powys, mid-Wales, at around seven o'clock on Monday evening.

A 46-year-old man, named by police as Mark Bridger, has been arrested.

It's been 36 hours since April was taken from us. There must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her. We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old. Please, please help find her.

– Coral Jones, April's mother

After her plea she broke down in tears, holding her head in her hands, and was comforted as Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan of Dyfed Powys Police made a further appeal for information.

Meanwhile April's godmother Mair Raftree has praised the reaction of the local community since the five-year-old went missing on Monday.

She said the family was 'devastated' but described the response from people in Machynlleth and Aberystwyth as 'amazing'.

Dyfed Powys Police have requested that the search operation is left to trained teams due to the 'challenging conditions'.

But the force praised the local community's continued support as officers search for April.

Appeal posters have been distributed in the area Credit: Rui Vieira /PA Wire

At a press conference this afternoon, Dyfed Powys Police officers outlined to journalists the scale of the ongoing search operation to locate April.

They said they are 'in no way scaling back' the search for the five-year-old and remain 'completely focused and committed' to finding her.

Officers revealed they have received more than 400 messages from the public since an appeal earlier today.

They are focusing on over 20 areas including houses, outbuildings, open areas and riverbanks.

The search comprises:

  • 100 mountain rescue volunteers
  • More than 100 police-trained search officers
  • 20 dog handlers
  • Two RNLI vessels
  • A team of kayakers
  • Dyfed Powys Police marine unit

Three UK experts have also been drafted in to help with the hunt.

Asked what he thought the likelihood is of finding April Jones alive, Superintendent Ian John of Dyfed Powys Police said:

Our efforts are completely focused on doing that and we will continue to do that. I don't want to speculate and put any kind of time limit on that.

Police officers continue to search Machynlleth and surrounding areas for missing April Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire

Anyone with information is urged to call the Child Rescue Alert line on 0300 2000 333.

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