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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Sentence for April Jones Facebook posts

April Jones was last seen on 1st October Credit: Family/Dyfed Powys Police

A teenager has been given a suspended prison sentence following a series of offensive comments about five-year-old April Jones, which he posted on Facebook.

Sam Busby, 18, was arrested after posting the remarks on the social networking site on the same day a man was charged with April's murder.

The court was told Busby's initial post on Facebook was a "joke" about April obtained from another website. Although other Facebook users urged Busby to stop writing inappropriate comments he continued to do so, prompting a woman who has two young daughters to contact West Mercia Police.

After his arrest he admitted he was responsible for the comments and told officers he thought they could only be seen by his friends on Facebook.

Busby, from Worcester, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of sending an indecent and offensive message.

His solicitor said he was now likely to lose his job and was extremely sorry and ashamed.

Magistrates said they had taken into account Busby's early guilty plea and remorse and passed a six-week jail term, suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and to keep a 7pm-7am curfew for eight weeks.


Police: April Jones search will go on 'until we're satisfied we've done all we can'

Police searching for five year old April Jones say there's no let up in the operation to find her. April has been missing for more than three weeks. She was last seen playing near her home in Machynlleth.

Meanwhile a local singer/songwriter is about to release a song in tribute to April, the proceeds of which will go to April's family, and those searching for her.

Kevin Ashford reports.


April Jones search: 'Officers don't want days off - they want to find April'

Seventeen search teams are part of the operation to find missing five-year-old April Jones.

Earlier today, Insp Gareth Thomas from Dyfed Powys Police discussed the search with our reporter Kevin Ashford.

"It's an incredibly difficult searching environment" he says. "We've got steep mountain sides, dense forestry, and fast-flowing rivers, as well as mineshafts and quarries".

"In this inquiry, I've never seen anything quite like it. Everybody's motivation is incredible. I've been speaking to officers who've not wanted to go on leave, or take rest days, because they want to be involved in the search".

April Jones: Machynlleth clock tower to be lit pink

April Jones was last seen playing near her home on 1st October Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Tonight the clock tower in Machynlleth will be lit in pink to mark three weeks since the disappearance of April Jones.

The five-year-old disappeared from a street near her home on 1st October.

Mark Bridger is charged with her murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice and will appear in court on 11th January. In Machynlleth Dyfed Powys Police continue to search for April.

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