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April Jones Case: Mark Bridger Cries As 999 Call Played

30/04/2013 16:32 BST

The man accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones wept when he heard a desperate 999 call made by her mother.

Mark Bridger wiped tears from his eyes and took deep breaths as the court was played the harrowing call by Coral Jones.

Mrs Jones could be heard saying: "Please...please my daughter has been kidnapped...my daughter."

The call was then taken over by a neighbour who said: "Apparently what happened...she has gone off in a car with somebody. Somebody has picked her up in a car or something. I have not seen anything, I have just been told."

The neighbour then tells the police operator that April was taken in a "big grey car that a man was driving".

She said April's mother, father and a neighbour were out looking for her.

The operator then asks to speak to Coral again and there is a series of long pauses in which people can be heard crying and hyperventilating in a state of distress.

As the call was played some members of the jury appeared physically upset by it.

Bridger shook his head, holding back tears.

He took a deep breath and wiped tears from his eyes.

Bridger, of Ceinws, denies abducting and murdering April, and unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.