Mid Wales

April Jones: Mark Bridger denies murder at Mold Crown Court

April Jones
Image caption April Jones was on her bike when she disappeared last October

The parents of missing five-year-old April Jones were in court as a man denied her abduction and murder.

Mark Bridger, 47, also denies attempting to pervert the course of justice following her disappearance in Machynlleth, Powys, in October.

April went missing on 1 October, and her mother and father, Coral and Paul, were at the plea and case management hearing at Mold Crown Court on Monday.

Dyfed-Powys Police still have 16 teams involved in the search operation.

The defendant, of Machynlleth, also denies a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice which refers to the unlawful disposal and concealment of a body.

Image caption Mark Bridger denied the charges when he appeared at Mold Crown Court

Last week, April's mother posted a Facebook message saying: "Come home so my heart can be fixed."

She said she missed her "like hell" and wants her back in time for her 41st birthday.

That is later this month, and is just before April's brother Harley turns 11.

April went missing while playing on her bike outside the family home.

Her disappearance sparked one of the largest police searches in UK history.

Officers are still scouring the countryside around the town for her.

The charge faced by the accused man of attempting to pervert the course of justice refers to the unlawful disposal and concealment of a body.

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