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April Jones' family launch new appeal to stamp out online abuse images

The family of murdered schoolgirl April Jones have started a petition calling for all sex offenders to remain on the register for life.

Five-year-old April Jones was murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger in 2012. Credit: Family photo

The family hope to gather 100,000 signatures backing April's Law, after the author of a previous petition proved impossible to track down.

Five-year-old April was murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger after being abducted from outside her home in Machynlleth in October 2012.

Before the abduction, Bridger, who had more than 500 indecent images of children on his computer, had been looking at horrific child pornography.

We were told the old April's Law was too long, so we've shortened it. We have now decided to have three simple points: calling for all sex offenders to remain on the register for life no matter the crime; for service providers and search engines to be better policed regarding child abuse images; and harder sentences for those caught with indecent images of children. If we can save one child, then it will have been worth it.

– Coral Jones, April's mum

Three years ago, the previous petition received more than 70,000 signatures.

The new petition needs 100,000 signatures before it can possibly be discussed in Parliament at Westminster, but the family hope the 70,000 original signatories will also sign it.

April's mum Coral is hoping the new petition gets over 100,000 signatures. Credit: PA

In 2013, the Jones family met with Prime Minister David Cameron and Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was killed by Roy Whiting in 2000.

Coral said they are disappointed that, in the years since, "nothing more has been done".

Sarah's Law came into being in 2011, allowing parents and guardians to ask the police to tell them if someone has a record for child sexual offences.

Sara Payne took 10 years to get her law. We would like to thank everyone who has signed and shared the petition regarding April's Law. The support has been so overwhelming. Unfortunately, we cannot locate the person who originally published the petition...So we have spoken as a family and decided to create a new government petition. I hope that all the people that have signed and shared the other petition will hopefully sign this one. Let's get it over the 100,000 signatures so April's law can be discussed with the government.

– Coral Jones, April's mum

The NSPCC says sex offenders should remain on the register until it is decided they no longer pose a threat to children.

“It should not be forgotten that every sex offender has committed horrendous abuse and left victims in their wake.

“Before anyone comes off the sex offenders' register they should undergo a risk assessment and if they still pose a threat to children they must remain on it.

“We also believe those on the register have to be strictly monitored and this should include regular visits from the police.”

– NSPCC Cymru