April Jones: Bridger arrested on suspicion of murder and searchers told to stand down

MARK Bridger, the chief suspect in the disappearance of April Jones, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said Bridger  remains in custody at Aberystwyth Police Station where he continues to be questioned.

Bevan said the arrest “does not detract from our efforts to find April and we remain committed to finding her”.

Her family has been informed of the development, and are being supported by a family liaison officer.

Bevan described the development as “significant”, and again appealed to the public for information which may help them find April.

“We are looking to trace the movements of Mark Bridger between 6.30pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday and any sightings of him between these times.

“We also need information regarding the movements of the blue Land Rover Discovery registration L503 MEP between these times.”

Superintendent Ian John said the police want were “extremely grateful” for the efforts of community volunteers who have supported the professional searchers in trying to locate April.

He said they have been a “vital part of our team throughout this search operation”. “Quite frankly, their commitment has been an inspiration to us all.”

John said that the “dynamics of the search” have now changed and due to the passage of time and the developments within the investigation it is “no longer appropriate” for the police to expect untrained members of the public to continue the search.

He said: “Now we only require professional searchers to be involved in the ongoing search which continues in and around Machynlleth”