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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.

Concerns Bridger's home won't be demolished

The house where police believe Mark Bridger murdered April Jones may be put up for rent. People living in nearby Machynlleth say they want the house to be demolished. However, authorities say they can't buy it to tear it down, because it's privately owned.

Powys County Council: "As the property is a private dwelling the county council has no remit."

Bridger, 47, abducted the five-year-old as she played with friends near her home in on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, in October last year. Alexandra Lodge reports.

Police given award for April Jones investigation

Dyfed-Powys Police officers investigating the abduction and murder of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones have been given an award for their work.

The force was the inaugural winner of the Policing Excellence Award from the Police Federation National Detectives Forum (PFNDF).

Welsh police officers have been recognised for their 'truly outstanding' work in the April Jones investigation. Credit: PA

More than 100 detectives and specialist police staff and officers from around the country were drafted in to support the investigation, after five-year-old April disappeared in October 2012.

Despite the biggest search in UK policing history, her body has not been found.

Local man Mark Bridger was convicted of her abduction and murder in May, and given a whole life sentence.

A funeral was held for April Jones in Machynlleth last week. Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

The PFNDF said the investigation was "one of the most sensitive, meticulous and high profile in recent years", with the rural area "presenting a raft of other challenges caused by the extremities of the location."

PFNDF Secretary Paul Ford said: “This investigation brought out the very best in true team working to deliver justice for April, her family and the local community."

“PDNDF wish to recognise the truly outstanding policing excellence displayed by Dyfed Powys Police, the wider police family and those who supported this investigation and helped in the delivery of justice.”

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