Man pleads not guilty to abduction, murder of April Jones

Monday 14 January 2013 19.29
Searches continue for April Jones, who went missing in October
Searches continue for April Jones, who went missing in October

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger has pleaded not guilty to the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones, who went missing in Wales last year.

Mr Bridger, of Mount Pleasant farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, near Machynlleth, will stand trial later this year.

April was last seen playing out on her bike on Machynlleth's Bryn-y-Gog estate, where she lived, on the evening of 1 October.

Mr Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for the girl's body goes on.

April's parents Coral and Paul Jones were at Mold Crown Court today as Mr Bridger, 46, entered not guilty pleas.

The case sparked an outpouring of support for the Jones family, with hundreds of people joining the search.