Search for Welsh child is postponed until daylight tomorrow

Monday 08 October 2012 18.22
Police will continue in their search efforts, until they have exhausted all available options
Police will continue in their search efforts, until they have exhausted all available options

The search for missing girl April Jones has stopped for the night in Wales.

Earlier, former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 46, was charged with the murder and abduction of the five-year-old, and with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

District Crown Prosecutor Iwan Jenkins said: "Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Mark Bridger with the murder of April Jones, and that it is in the public interest to do so."

Mr Bridger will appear before Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said that they will continue with their efforts to find April, until they have exhausted all available options.

She said that the investigation is "one of the most complex and fast moving inquiries in the history of our force".

April went missing on Monday and was last seen getting into a vehicle near her home in Bryn-y-Gog estate, Machynlleth.

Her parents, Coral and Paul Jones, had attended a parents' evening in the nearby primary school less than one hour before she disappeared.

Mr Bridger also has children at the school and it was revealed today that he was there around the same time.

Machynlleth will come to a stop tomorrow when hundreds of people are expected to attend a church service in honour of the missing child.

Residents from her home estate will lead a slow procession through the town.

Police will close the main road through the centre of the market town while the massive show of solidarity and support takes place.

It will be the second such display within days after the community donned pink ribbons earlier this week in symbolic hope that April was still alive.

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