Mother's plea over missing April
on 03/10/2012 12:49:14
The little girl was last seen on Monday evening near her home in Wales.
Coral Jones, who was accompanied by her stepfather, April's step-grandfather, Dai Smith, sobbed as she said: ''It's been 36 hours since April was taken from us.
"There must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her. We are desperate for any news.
"April is only five years old. Please, please, help find her."
After her plea, she broke down in tears, holding her head in her hands, and was comforted by Mr Smith as Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan made a further appeal for information.
Police investigating her abduction have confirmed a man they have arrested is 46-year-old Mark Bridger.
He was wearing a camouflage jacket and black boots.
Earlier detectives also released an image of his dark blue Land Rover Discovery.
Mr Bevan said: "We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and Mark Bridger is one of them.''
He urged anyone who may have seen the Land Rover Discovery, or Mr Bridger, between Monday evening and yesterday afternoon to get in touch by calling the Child Rescue Alert line on 0300 2000333.
"Do not assume somebody else has already contacted us with information. Even if you feel yours is trivial, it may be the vital piece that we are missing."
He said more than 50 volunteers are helping mountain rescue teams in the search for April and police have details of many more who are able to help.
"We are extremely grateful for their help in this search and their support has been vital," Mr Bevan added.