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Councillor: We're relieved 'house of evil' has gone

Councillor Michael Williams said Mark Bridger's rented house had served as a painful reminder of the loss of April Jones, until the property was demolished today.

The scene after Mark Bridger's rented cottage - believed to be where April Jones was killed - was fully demolished today. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

Everyone in the Machynlleth area will be relieved. It will especially be a huge relief for Coral and Paul and the rest of April Jones' family and the people living in the village of Ceinws.

It [was] the house of evil.

– Councillor Michael Williams


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Family's relief as home of April killer razed to ground

The parents of five-year-old girl April Jones say they are relieved the 'House from Hell' - where it is believed their daughter was murdered - has been demolished.

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April's parents: Bridger home is 'House from Hell'

April Jones' parents have told me how important it is to be here today for the final demolition of her killer's house.

It's opened my wounds up again - it's the House from Hell. Bad memories will always be here in your heart, but it will help the other people to heal, and the community looking onto the evil house - it'll be gone.

We just take each day, each hour, each minute as it comes.

We'll always remember April as a happy, energetic girl - smiling, singing - that's how we'll remember her.

– Coral Jones, April's mother

For now, this is one chapter closed.

Our local community has been brilliant. To be honest, without them, I don't know how we could have done it.

I don't see how we could move anywhere else - if we start running, when do we stop?

– Paul Jones, April's father

Mr and Mrs Jones also said they did not want the house to be a 'memorial site' to their daughter.

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Family and locals unite as Bridger home demolished

April Jones' family are watching the final stages of the demolition in silence. April's brother and sister are here too, standing near their parents.

The family have walked hand-in-hand to join locals standing at the top of the hill overlooking the cottage to watch it be destroyed.

Some local residents are in tears as they quietly watch. The final work is expected to take two hours.

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April's parents witness Mark Bridger house demolition

The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones, Paul and Coral, are present to see the demolition of the house where Mark Bridger lived in Ceinws, Powys.

Work to tear down the home of Mark Bridger, who was jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones, is almost complete. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

A Cardiff demolition team have been working on the site for days.

It is understood the Welsh Government bought the property for £149,000 so it could be destroyed.


Demolition work due to finish on April killer's house

The house where Mark Bridger is believed to have murdered April Jones is being demolished Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Demolition work is due to finish today on the house where it is believed Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones was murdered.

The house - situated in Ceinws, Powys - was the home of Mark Bridger, who was found guilty of killing the five-year-old.

It was bought by the Welsh Government following his trial.

April Jones Credit: Family photo

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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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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