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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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The mother of April Jones says she still wants her daughter's killer, Mark Bridger, to tell her where he put her body. Coral Jones made the comments on ITV's This Morning programme. Both Paul and Coral Jones, have been speaking about how their coping with life without their little girl.


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April's parents: House demolition 'weight off our minds'

Coral and Paul Jones Credit: ITV Wales

The parents of April Jones say the plans to demolish the house where it's believed their daughter, April, was murdered is a "weight off our minds".

"The Welsh Government has bought the house in Machynlleth connected to the death of our daughter, April. This is a huge weight off our minds, as it can now be demolished. The loss of our beautiful daughter was bad enough, but the house has been a constant reminder of the tragic events. Our family want to thank the Welsh Government for listening to us and for understanding our need to see the house demolished."

– Coral and Paul Jones

House where April Jones murdered to be demolished

The home where it's believed April Jones was murdered Credit: ITV Wales

The house where it's believed April Jones was murdered is to be demolished. The property has been bought by the Welsh Government.

“After discussions with the family, the Welsh Government has purchased the property in Machynlleth connected to the death of April Jones. The Welsh Government will now work with the local authority, the Jones family and the local community on the most appropriate future for the site, following demolition of the property. The house was purchased at a commercial rate. No further comment will be issued on this matter.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson
April Jones Credit: Family/Dyfed Powys Police
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Bridger appeal bid was due on 24th January

April Jones' body has never been found. Credit: Police

It was originally thought that Mark Bridger's appeal bid would be heard by leading judges at the Court of Appeal in London on January 24.

Bridger, a father of six, snatched April near her home in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, on 1st October 2012. Her body has never been found.

Sentencing Bridger in May, Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: "There is no doubt in my mind that you are a paedophile, who has for some time harboured sexual and morbid fantasies about young girls."


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April Jones' murderer abandons sentence appeal

Mark Bridger was handed a whole-life term after being convicted of the murder of April Jones. Credit: Police handout

Mark Bridger, who was convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones, has abandoned his application for permission to appeal against his whole-life tariff, the Judicial Office confirmed today.

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Mark Bridger continuing to 'torture' April Jones' family

The mother of murdered schoolgirl April Jones has said her family continues to be "tortured" by Mark Bridger.

Bridger, who was convicted for the five-year-old's murder, has launched a legal appeal.

Coral Jones said she continues to be "tortured" by Bridger, jailed for life in May.

Mark Bridger has launched an appeal bid. Credit: PA Wire

She claimed that Bridger had tried to claim compensation following an attack by a fellow inmate while at the top security Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, earlier this year.

"It's disgusting. He's in prison where he belongs and he should stay there," Mrs Jones told The Sun.

"He's just torturing my family with these legal battles. It's like he's taunting us, like he wants to show he's got the upper hand."

April fund pays out £80,000

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

A fund set up in memory of murdered 5-year-old April Jones has given around £80,000 to 23 charities and local groups.

Among the beneficiaries are April's former primary school, some of the search and rescue teams who helped search for her when she went missing and the Wales Air Ambulance.

Mark Bridger, 47, abducted the five-year-old as she played with friends near her home in the Bryn-y-Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, in October 2012.

He was jailed for her murder in May and given a whole life sentence.

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