Search for April shifts from town
POLICE looking for five-year-old April Jones say they have almost completed their search in the Welsh town where she went missing 12 days ago.
They say they have almost finished the operation in Machynlleth and they have are now preparing to look further afield.
Officers from all over the UK have joined in the hunt for the missing little girl, while volunteers from the ambulance service and the Coastguard are also continuing to search.
Superintendent Ian John, who is leading the search for Dyfed Powys Police, said yesterday: "What we've had today is an influx of officers from other parts of the UK as we had to send our search teams home to get some rest.
"They've worked extremely hard over the last few days so we've got some new search teams with us and they're concentrating their search in finishing off in the Machynlleth town.
"We've nearly completed our searches here and we're now focusing our search operation today in the Ceinws area and for the rest of the weekend if we shouldn't find April today, throughout this weekend in and around the surrounding towns and villages."
Mr John said his search teams remain committed to finding the little girl as fears grow that she may never be found.
He said the search plan was developed between the force's own police search advisers and the national police search centre, who have consulted worldwide with others with similar experience.
Mr John also paid tribute to the hundreds of members of the public who helped in the initial search for April, who vanished from outside her home as she played with other children in the mid Wales town of Machynlleth on October 1.
He added: "It's really been very inspiring to see the people, who have delivered food, they've delivered clothes. Some of the food that we had, we thought it would go off and so somebody delivered a whole load of fridges.
"I've never seen anything like it and nobody that I've spoken to has seen anything even approaching this level of community spirit. But it's not just Machynlleth, it's from all over the country."
Mark Bridger, 46, appeared in court on Wednesday accused of abducting and murdering April, and of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.