April Jones' birthday marked

April Jones' family and friends released balloons and presented a cake in Machynlleth to mark the missing schoolgirl's sixth birthday.

'A chance to celebrate and remember April Jones'

The Machynlleth community has turned out to celebrate and remember April Jones on her sixth birthday.

Reverend Kathleen Rogers told ITV Cymru Wales: "April's parents want this to be a celebration of her birthday. She's not here with us - but it is a celebration."

April's mother Coral has adorned the Bryn-y-Gog estate with pink bows and banners - April's favourite colour - for her daughter's special day.

Tonight balloons will be released into the sky with messages for April - as our correspondent Carole Green reports.


Pink ribbons for April Jones on her sixth birthday

The family of April Jones have paid tribute to her on her sixth birthday with a host of pink ribbons and banners - April's favourite colour.

Later this evening they will release balloons into the sky from Machynlleth and have invited well-wishers across Wales to do the same.

April's mother Coral ties a pink bow to a tree outside the family home to mark her daughter's sixth birthday
April's family and the Machynlleth community are paying tribute to April with a host of colourful pink ribbons
The family will release balloons tonight for April and have invited well-wishers to do the same

Search for April Jones nears end

The search for April Jones has been one of the largest in police history.

The search for missing Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones is due to come to an end this month.

Dyfed-Powys Police said last week that searches of specific areas of land it has identified should be completed by the end of April.

A reactive team of specialist officers will stay in the town to respond to any new information that is received.

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Balloons for missing April Jones' birthday

April Jones
April Jones was last seen near her home on 1 October 2012. Credit: Family photograph

Friends and family of April Jones will gather today to mark her sixth birthday.

The Machynlleth schoolgirl went missing in October last year.

Balloons will be released this evening on Bryn-y-Gog Green.

Her family are asking people to put a tag on their balloons saying where they are from and sending a message to April.