Search for April Jones

The search for missing Machynlleth five-year-old April Jones continues. A fund set up to assist the search operation has so far amassed over £60,000.

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Counselling service for Machynlleth

A counselling service set up in Machynlleth after the disappearance of April Jones has been 'well-used.' The Churches Counselling Service in Wales extended its free listening and counselling service to the town in November, after the five-year-old disappeared on 1 October.

Hundreds of people have been on processions and to church services in Machynlleth Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire / Press Association Images

The drop-in centre is at the Parish Office on Penrallt Street and open between 2 and 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It offers 'informal talk and support', information about local services and referral to free confidential counselling.

There's also a helpline - 0845 6035525 - available between 5 and 8pm, Wednesday to Friday. A flyer advertising the services has been printed in pink, which is April's favourite colour, and distributed around Machynlleth.

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Photo released showing April's last Christmas at home

April, five, has been missing for more than two months and her devastated parents are preparing for the first Christmas without her. Credit: Wales News Service

The family of missing school girl April Jones have released a picture from her last Christmas at home.The 5-year-old is photographed smiling and wearing her favourite purple dress in front of a Christmas tree with a stack of lovingly wrapped presents.

Coral Jones sends Christmas message to missing daughter April

The mother of missing 5-year-old April Jones has posted a heart-rending message to her daughter on Facebook as they face Christmas without any news of their daughter who has been missing for more than two months.

Baby April,

We just want you home for Christmas. It's so hard, you not here, running around asking how long before Father Christmas is coming. And you trying to open your presents and trying and to help us wrap presents for family and friends.

Please come home.

– Coral Jones, Mother of April Jones

Officers, who are still scouring the countryside for her will take a fortnight's break to be with their families over Christmas before returning to the hunt.

April's family have asked well wishers to decorate their trees with a pink bauble for the missing school girl.

The villagers of Machynlleth are trying to enjoy Christmas despite knowing that April is still missing.And amongst the town centre's festive decorates there is a giant pink star in memory of the missing five-year-old.

The town would like to make the Christmas run-up as normal as possible under the circumstances...Some of the Christmas celebrations will be going ahead, as long as it's done with some sensitivity.

– Glenda Jenkins, Councillor

Home Office could grant Dyfed Powys Police more than £2 million to support the investigation into the search for April Jones.

The five-year-old went missing 10 weeks ago from outside her home in Machynlleth

The Home Office says it could grant Dyfed Powys Police more than £2 million to support the investigation into the search for the missing five-year-old girl April Jones.

The Home Office says it has agreed in principle for a special grant application and it would be scrutinised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) before being approved.

The Home Office says the anticipated cost of the search investigation will be between £1.8 million and £2.4 million.

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