Lanterns tribute for missing April

Ealing Times: Five-year-old April Jones went missing in Machynlleth, mid Wales, last Monday Five-year-old April Jones went missing in Machynlleth, mid Wales, last Monday

Poignant tributes have been paid to the memory of missing five-year-old April Jones as Chinese lanterns were released into the sky.

Well-wishers lit candles and released the symbolic glowing lights at around 7pm on Monday after the girl's parents asked for her to be remembered one week on from her disappearance.

It is believed Coral Jones, 40, and husband Paul, 44, released their own Chinese lantern from their garden in Machynlleth.

Their private remembrance came several hours after the five-year-old's alleged killer was remanded by magistrates. A police van carrying former lifeguard Mark Bridger was attacked and he was sworn at by an angry crowd as he was taken to and from Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The 46-year-old cried in the dock as he was remanded for the alleged murder and abduction of the schoolgirl. He will appear by videolink on Wednesday at Caernarfon Crown Court.

He also faces charges of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

April was last seen near her home on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in the mid-Wales town of Machynlleth last Monday evening. Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for April's body goes on.

The five-year-old was last seen getting into what is believed to have been a Land Rover Discovery last Monday evening. Mr and Mrs Jones had allowed her to play out late as a treat for receiving a glowing school report that day at a parents' evening, which Bridger also attended.

Bridger, who owns a Discovery, was arrested last Tuesday afternoon and was charged on Saturday.

The case sparked an outpouring of support for April's parents, with hundreds of people joining in the search and offering their assistance.

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