Mark Bridger remanded in custody over April Jones murder charge

April Jones
April Jones went missing from her hometown of Machynlleth one week ago today Photo: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

It's now one week since April Jones vanished from her hometown of Machynlleth.

The five-year-old disappeared from the Bryn-y-Gog estate at around seven o'clock last Monday evening.

46-year-old Mark Bridger has appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones. He also faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Bridger spoke only to confirm his name and address and that he understood the charges.

Magistrates remanded Bridger in custody and he will next appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mark Bridger
Mark Bridger has been charged with the murder of April Jones Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

April remains missing despite an intensive and ongoing hunt.

The search operation has involved all blue-light services, including the fire service, ambulance crews, coastguards, the RNLI and RAF mountain rescue teams, as well as individual experts.

Dyfed Powys Police officers have renewed their appeal for 'any scrap of information' that might help detectives.

Hundreds wore pink ribbons for April as they walked to a church service in Machynlleth yesterday Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Yesterday a special service was held for April at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth.

Hundreds marched through the town in a silent show of solidarity before attending the service on Penrallt Street.

Many wore pink ribbons - April's favourite colour - as a symbol of hope for the missing girl.

April's loved ones have urged the Machynlleth community to bear pink ribbons as a symbol of hope Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The service, conducted in both Welsh and English, was held by Reverend Kathleen Rogers and the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John.

Prayers were offered to April's parents Coral, 40, and Paul, 44, who were not present at the service.

The service was held by Reverend Kathleen Rogers and the Bishop of Bangor Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A pink candle was lit for April and a 'Book of Hope' carried to the altar, which was then blessed by the Bishop.

Hundreds of people packed into St Peter's Church for the service Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The congregation sang hymns including 'Morning Has Broken' and 'All Things Bright and Beautiful', and Reverend Kathleen Rogers read a touching poem on behalf of April's mother, called 'Mum'.

The Mayor of Machynlleth Gareth Jones says he believes hope has not yet faded for the missing girl.

He has highlighted the need to continue supporting the local community after an 'extremely difficult' week.

"It's important that there's support in place for everybody, obviously April and her family and the general community at large as well," Mr Jones said.

"There's still hope for April."

Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Meanwhile a man from Chorley has been jailed under the 2003 Communications Act after posting 'grossly offensive' comments about April Jones online.

20-year-old Matthew Wood pleaded guilty in court this morning and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison. Magistrates said his comments were so abhorrent he deserved the longest sentence they could pass.