April Jones: Mark Bridger in court on murder charge

  • 8 October 2012
  • From the section Wales
Media captionThe van carrying Mark Bridger arrives at Aberystwyth magistrates' court

A man has arrived at court charged with the murder of missing five-year-old April Jones who was last seen outside her home in Machynlleth, Powys.

Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested on Tuesday - a day after the schoolgirl, who has not been found, disappeared.

He has also been charged with child abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He is appearing before magistrates in Aberystwyth, where there is a large police presence at the court.

A total of 100 police officers remain involved in the search for April.

Image caption Mark Bridger has been charged with April's murder

On Sunday, around 1,000 people took part in a special church service.

Prior to the service, around 600 people took part in a silent procession from near April's home through the town to the packed church.

Supt Ian John from Dyfed-Powys Police said the operation to find April had moved to a new phase and mountain rescue search efforts had been scaled back in favour of 18 specialist police search teams involving 100 officers.

The focus of the search is mainly on the town and the River Dyfi.

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