Funeral of April Jones takes place in Wales

Thursday 26 September 2013 18.57
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April Jones was taken from the Bryn-y-Gog estate on 1 October last year
April Jones was taken from the Bryn-y-Gog estate on 1 October last year
Machynlleth came to a standstill as the funeral cortege travelled through the town
Machynlleth came to a standstill as the funeral cortege travelled through the town
Mourners wore pink in memory of the five-year-old
Mourners wore pink in memory of the five-year-old
Just 17 tiny pieces of bone were recovered from the fireplace of Mark Bridger's cottage
Just 17 tiny pieces of bone were recovered from the fireplace of Mark Bridger's cottage
The April Jones Memorial Garden in the Bryn-y-Gog estate where she lived
The April Jones Memorial Garden in the Bryn-y-Gog estate where she lived
Donations made at April's funeral will be used to sponsor a five-year-old girl in a village in Uganda
Donations made at April's funeral will be used to sponsor a five-year-old girl in a village in Uganda

The funeral of murdered Welsh schoolgirl April Jones has taken place in her home town of Machynlleth, a year after she was killed.

The funeral service came five days before the first anniversary of her murder and ten days after an inquest released her remains to her family.

Mourners wearing pink stood in silence as April's white coffin was taken from her home in a horse drawn hearse to St Peter's Church.

Her parents, Coral and Paul Jones, and sister and brother, Jazmin and Harley, followed by car as the cortege made its way through the town.

April was taken from the Bryn-y-Gog estate on 1 October 2012.

Paedophile Mark Bridger, 47, was convicted of her murder in May, after a trial at Mold Crown Court, and was sentenced to a whole life term in prison.

He insisted he had knocked down April accidentally in an alcohol-fuelled haze and had no memory of what he did with her body.

Search teams had previously searched the area around the town for more than six months looking for a trace of April without success.

Just 17 tiny pieces of bone, fragments of her skull, were recovered by detectives from the fireplace of Bridger's cottage.

An inquest into her death, which concluded on 16 September, allowed a death certificate to be issued so April's funeral could take place.

After the service, the funeral party left the church for a private burial.

The funeral was attended by members of Dyfed Powys Police.

Donations made at April's funeral will be used to sponsor a five-year-old girl in a village in Uganda.