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Alternative Technology Centre celebrates 40th year

The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth is forty years old this year.

For the last four decades, it has been promoting alternatives to mainstream energy sources as well as making people more aware of their responsibilities to the environment.

It's also become quite a tourist attraction having had around two million visitors through its doors as Kevin Ashford reports:

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

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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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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.”

Judge: Murderers can't appoint themselves investigator

Juvinal Ferreira was originally jailed for life for rape and murder in 2009. Credit: Custody photograph

Mr Justice Coulson, who sentenced Juvinal Ferreira for attacking Mark Bridger over a videolink, said the motive for the attack was no mitigation.

"Convicted murderers cannot appoint themselves as unpaid investigators of another crime, no matter how serious. They plainly cannot do that by themselves committing violent crime to do so."

Leeds Crown Court heard that he used a makeshift knife to slash Bridger from temple to chin, severing an artery.

Robin Frieze, defending, said Ferreira did not attack Bridger to enhance his own status in prison, for reward or because he was incited to do it.

"He was under the impression that if he put the complainant in a state of fear then it was more likely it would achieve closure for the family of his victim," Mr Frieze said.

Bridger abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones on 1 October last year. Her body has never been found.

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