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Grandparents' floral tribute 'in loving memory' of April

A floral tribute in memory of April Jones outside St Peter's Church, Machynlleth. Credit: PA Wire

Pink floral tributes were placed at the entrance of St Peter's Church by well-wishers, carrying heartfelt messages of sympathy for April Jones and her family.

One stated simply: "Fly high little angel, forever in our hearts, lots of love, Lorna, Boyd, Connie, Ella and Ewan."

Another pink bouquet carried the message: "In loving memory of April. From Nan and Grandad."


Carefree and smiling April pictured on Order of Service

The Order of Service showed a picture of April Jones on the beach. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Order of Service pictured a carefree and smiling April Jones on the beach wearing a bright orange top and shorts.

Her devastated mother sobbed audibly in grief as she walked slowly into the funeral service for her murdered daughter.

After the service, the funeral party left the church for a private burial.

The funeral service for April Jones was held at St Peter's Church in the market town of Machynlleth. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Funeral for April Jones to take place in Machynlleth

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The five-year-old disappeared from outside her home in October last year Credit: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

The town of Machynlleth will come to standstill today as people pay their last respects to April Jones.

April disappeared when playing outside her home on the Bryn-y-gog estate in Machynlleth on 1st October last year.

She was never seen again and despite one of the biggest police searches ever mounted her body has never been recovered.

Mark Bridger was found guilty of her abduction and murder earlier this year. The 47-year-old paedophile is currently serving a whole life sentence.

A horse-drawn hearse will carry her coffin through the town before a service is held at St. Peter's Church. Local people, many of whom took part in the search to find her, are expected to line the main street.

April's parents, Paul and Coral Jones, have asked people to wear pink - her favourite colour - as a way of remembering her.


April Jones' family expected at inquest on Monday

April Jones was five years old when she was abducted last October. Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

The family of April Jones are expected to attend an inquest into the murdered schoolgirl's death next week.

A hearing will be held in Welshpool on Monday, in preparation for a full inquest in the town at a later date.

Mark Bridger, 47, was given a whole life sentence in May, after being convicted of her abduction and murder.

April was last seen on 1 October 2012, playing outside her home in Machynlleth. Her body has never been found, despite the largest search in British policing history.

Powys coroner Louise Hunt is expected to adjourn the hearing on Monday, after receiving a brief update on the current situation from police.

A spokesman for the coroner's office said a number of April's family would be attended the hearing.

Prisoner admits attacking April Jones' killer in jail

Mark Bridger, pictured after he was given a whole life sentence for abducting and killing April Jones in May. Credit: PA

A prisoner has admitted attacking Mark Bridger - the man convicted of the murder of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones - inside Wakefield Prison.

Juvinai Ferreira, 22, pleaded guilty to wounding Bridger when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court via video-link this morning.

He will be sentenced on 2 October.

Meet Cerist and Clarach the osprey chicks

Two osprey chicks born at earlier this year have been named. Cerist and Clarach are now five and a half weeks old and staff at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, near Machynlleth say they are doing well.

Clarach and Cerist are now five and a half weeks old Credit: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Last month, we reported how the parent ospreys, named Monty and Glesni, became a breeding pair for the first time this year after Monty’s previous partner of two years, Nora, did not return from her African migration. As a result of the late pairing, the two eggs were later than average.

The ospreys chicks in their nest Credit: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Emyr Evans, from Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Staff and volunteers are delighted that the birds are doing so well and have given both chicks names.

"Following a previous theme of naming the chicks after local rivers where the ospreys catch their food, the chicks have been named Cerist and Clarach.”

The chicks are expected to fly for the first time around the 20th August and will stay in Dyfi until late September before migrating to Africa.

Proud parents - Glesni, left, and Monty in flight Credit: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
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