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Appeal set up for April Jones's family

April Jones went missing at 7pm on Monday from her home in Machynlleth Photo: Dyfed-Powys Police

Police continued to search for April Jones through the night despite heavy rain and poor weather conditions. It has now been more than 72 hours since she disappeared from her home in Machynlleth.

Yesterday it was announced Dyfed-Powys Police had a further 36 hours to question Mark Bridger, the man suspected of abducting the five-year-old. The investigation team will continue to try to piece together the 46-year-old's movements between the hours of 1830 on Monday to 1530 on Tuesday.

Mark Bridger is being questioned over the disappearance of April Jones Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in contact with Mark Bridger during this time or since, whether it be face-to-face, on the telephone or via social media. Anyone with information is being asked to call 0300 2000 333.

Police have released an image of Mr Bridger and of his Land Rover Discovery with the registration plate L503 MEP Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police
Volunteers and the emergency services continue to search areas of land around Machynlleth Credit: ITV News

Yesterday people around mid Wales tied pink ribbons to their homes in support of the search.

The owner of a fabric shop in the town, Sam Wheeler, is giving out ribbons to anyone who wants them. He said: "I wanted to do something and this is all I can do. I have more stocks coming in tomorrow, everyone can take what they need."

I wanted to do something and this is all I can do.

– Sam Wheeler, fabric shop owner
Pink ribbons have been tied to the fence outside the home of missing 5-year-old April Jones in Machynlleth. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Meanwhile, pupils, staff and parents at Ysgol Gynradd Machynlleth created a special area in the school foyer to demonstrate their support for April.

Pupils and staff at Machynlleth Primary School have shown their sympathy and support to the family Credit: Machynlleth Primary School

An appeal fund for April Jones's family, called MTC April's Fund, has now been set-up by Machynlleth Town Council.

Joanna Simpson reports.