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April Jones tribute repeatedly stolen from Machynlleth

April Jones was abducted in 2012 Credit: Family Photo/Dyfed Powys Police

A tribute to murdered schoolgirl April Jones has been repeatedly stolen from Machynlleth's town centre.

The pink ribbon was tied to railings ever since the five year old was abducted by Mark Bridger in October 2012. In 2013 Bridger was given a whole life sentence for her abduction and murder.

But in recent months the ribbon has repeatedly been taken, leaving April's family upset:

Please, whoever it is that keeps taking April's pink bow off the railings by the clock please stop.

It is upsetting sometimes that some people can be cruel.

– Coral Jones, April's Mother

Dyfed Powys Police have told ITV News that officers are aware.

The news comes in the same week that April's family have launched a new appeal to stamp out online abuse images.


Councillor: We're relieved 'house of evil' has gone

Councillor Michael Williams said Mark Bridger's rented house had served as a painful reminder of the loss of April Jones, until the property was demolished today.

The scene after Mark Bridger's rented cottage - believed to be where April Jones was killed - was fully demolished today. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

Everyone in the Machynlleth area will be relieved. It will especially be a huge relief for Coral and Paul and the rest of April Jones' family and the people living in the village of Ceinws.

It [was] the house of evil.

– Councillor Michael Williams
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April's parents: Bridger home is 'House from Hell'

April Jones' parents have told me how important it is to be here today for the final demolition of her killer's house.

It's opened my wounds up again - it's the House from Hell. Bad memories will always be here in your heart, but it will help the other people to heal, and the community looking onto the evil house - it'll be gone.

We just take each day, each hour, each minute as it comes.

We'll always remember April as a happy, energetic girl - smiling, singing - that's how we'll remember her.

– Coral Jones, April's mother

For now, this is one chapter closed.

Our local community has been brilliant. To be honest, without them, I don't know how we could have done it.

I don't see how we could move anywhere else - if we start running, when do we stop?

– Paul Jones, April's father

Mr and Mrs Jones also said they did not want the house to be a 'memorial site' to their daughter.


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Family and locals unite as Bridger home demolished

April Jones' family are watching the final stages of the demolition in silence. April's brother and sister are here too, standing near their parents.

The family have walked hand-in-hand to join locals standing at the top of the hill overlooking the cottage to watch it be destroyed.

Some local residents are in tears as they quietly watch. The final work is expected to take two hours.

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April's parents witness Mark Bridger house demolition

The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones, Paul and Coral, are present to see the demolition of the house where Mark Bridger lived in Ceinws, Powys.

Work to tear down the home of Mark Bridger, who was jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones, is almost complete. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

A Cardiff demolition team have been working on the site for days.

It is understood the Welsh Government bought the property for £149,000 so it could be destroyed.

Demolition work due to finish on April killer's house

The house where Mark Bridger is believed to have murdered April Jones is being demolished Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Demolition work is due to finish today on the house where it is believed Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones was murdered.

The house - situated in Ceinws, Powys - was the home of Mark Bridger, who was found guilty of killing the five-year-old.

It was bought by the Welsh Government following his trial.

April Jones Credit: Family photo

Demolition starts on April Jones 'House from Hell'

Work has begun to tear down the former home of Mark Bridger, who was jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones.

The cottage will be fully demolished on Monday. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

On Friday workmen began removing the roof of the cottage at Ceinws, Powys, where it is believed Bridger murdered April after snatching her from a street near her home in Machynlleth.

April's blood was found under the carpet in front of the living room fire where small fragments of burned skull were recovered by police.

The house will be fully demolished on Monday.

Credit: Athena Picture Agency

The parents of the murdered schoolgirl say April's "spirit can be free".

The Welsh Government paid the owner of the cottage £149,000 for the property, the same sum he had paid for it in 2008, after pleas from April's family for it to be demolished.

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