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April Jones Murder Accused Mark Bridger To Appear In Court

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The man accused of murdering missing five-year-old April Jones will appear in court on Wednesday.

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 46, is accused of abducting and killing April, who was last seen near her home on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in the mid-Wales town of Machynlleth more than a week ago.

Bridger also faces charges of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

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Police have admitted they may not find April despite continuing to search for the five-year-old

He will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court after being remanded in custody earlier this week by magistrates in Aberystwyth, when the police van carrying him was attacked and he was sworn at by an angry crowd.

The defendant, who cried when he appeared before magistrates on Monday, will not be present at court. He will appear by videolink from prison in Manchester.

April vanished last Monday night and Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for her body continues.

She had been allowed to play out later than normal as a treat for a glowing school report she received.

The news of April's disappearance saw hundreds of concerned members of the public and well-wishers quickly scramble to help the authorities in the search.

Welsh Secretary David Jones hailed the "tremendous community spirit" of the people of Machynlleth for their tireless efforts to help find April.

But after the initial hunt failed to turn up clues police asked members of the public to stand down as experts from across the emergency services and the RNLI focused on the hunt.

They were joined by mountain rescue teams from across the United Kingdom and used a range of state-of-the-art equipment in the painstaking search for April, a cerebral palsy sufferer.

Speaking after Mark Bridger made a tearful appearance in court, charged with the abduction and murder of April, police Supt Ian John said: "We have to prepare for the time when we accept that we might never find April. But we are optimistic that the work we are doing is going to give us the best possible chance."

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Blackpool Tower was lit pink in tribute to the missing schoolgirl. Pink was April's favourite colour

A series of high-profile personalities joined the appeal for information about April's whereabouts including Prime Minister David Cameron, who described her disappearance as "every family's nightmare".

As a sign of solidarity and hope Machynlleth residents responded to April's mother Coral's request to wear pink ribbons.

The ribbons, in the girl's favourite colour, were a material sign that nobody had given up hope.

But hopes that April would be returned to her family faded with the news that Dyfed Powys Police had launched a murder inquiry.

On Monday night, a week after she vanished, residents of the market town where she lived released Chinese lanterns in her memory.

Her parents Coral 40, and husband Paul, 44, released their own Chinese lantern from their garden in Machynlleth in a private remembrance.

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