April Jones: Bridger charged with abduction and murder of April Jones

MARK Bridger has been charged with the abduction and murder of April Jones, who went missing from outside her home in Machynlleth on Monday evening. He is also being charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Bridger, 46 years old, was arrested on suspicion of abduction on Tuesday afternoon by police investigating April’s disappearance.

On Friday afternoon, Bridger was also arrested on suspicion of April’s murder. Police had applied for permission to extend his detention until the maximum permitted duration, which had been due to expire at 4:50pm this afternoon.

He is expected to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court on Monday morning for his first appearance.

Police were keen to stress that, despite today’s announcement, the momentum of the search is being maintained and April’s family are being continually updated on search efforts. Currently, ten specialist police teams are being involved in the search for April, with the support of search and rescue teams and specialist equipment.

District Crown Prosecutor Iwan Jenkins said:

“My role is to examine the evidence that is currently available and advise the police in respect of charges. I now have to advise that, having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by Dyfed Powys 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. I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the defendant with attempting to pervert the course of justice and child abduction.”

Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said:

“The last few days has seen us deal with one of the most complex and fast moving enquiries in the history of our Force and one our communities have never had to face before. It has been marked by the coming together of people from across the country with one aim in mind, to return April to her family.”