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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

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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.

Bridger attacked to reveal where April's body hidden

Mark Bridger was given a whole life term in May for murdering Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones. Credit: PA

April Jones' killer, Mark Bridger, was slashed with a knife fashioned out of a razor at Wakefield Prison.

His attacker Juvinal Ferreira, 24, had five years added to his existing term, at Leeds Crown Court today.

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The premeditated attack happened three days after Bridger was allowed to associate with other prisoners.

Ferreira and other life prisoners had talked about attacking Bridger to make him reveal the whereabouts of April's body, police were told.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said: "He said that Bridger's crime had been discussed, and he claimed people had suggested that if Bridger was attacked, rather than say befriended, Bridger would then be more likely to reveal where April Jones's body was."

Bridger needed more than 30 stitches to the face wound, which required surgery under general anaesthetic. He will be scarred for life.

He also suffered a cut to his arm as he tried to defend himself.

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