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April Jones: Bicycle photo of missing girl released

April Jones on her pink and purple bicycle
Image caption April Jones was playing on her pink and purple bike when she disappeared last October

The parents of April Jones have released a photo of her on the bike she was playing on when she disappeared last October.

April is photographed on the bike - later found abandoned against a fence - on the green near her home in Machynlleth, Powys.

A family friend said: "April loved her bicycle and was always riding it around the estate with her pals."

April was last seen on 1 October last year.

Her parents Coral and Paul had let her stay out late after she received a good report at her school parents evening.

April's disappearance sparked one of the largest police searches in UK history. Officers are still continuing to search the countryside around the town.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "Currently there are 16 search teams involved in the operation.

"This consists of police search advisers, 16 dog teams and a Dyfed-Powys Police search cell of eight members of staff, which drives the logistical support."

* Mark Bridger, 47, from Machynlleth who has been charged with April's murder and perverting the course of justice, is to appear in Mold Crown Court on Monday.

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