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April Jones in the purple coat she was believed to be wearing

The mother of missing April Jones (picture above) broke down into tears as she appealed for information.

“It’s been 36 hours since April was taken from us and there must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her,”  said Coral Jones (pictured below) during a police appeal.

“We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old – please, please help find her.”

April went missing from near her home in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, at 19:00 BST on Monday. She is believed to have accepted a lift from a man in a van whilst playing with friends.  Detectives said they are focusing on over 20 scenes from houses, river banks, outbuildings and open areas.Police are continuing to interview Mark Bridger (pictured below) arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Det Supt Reg Bevan, who is leading the inquiry, said they had received over 400 calls from member of public since his earlier appeal for information on the whereabouts of Mark Bridger between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

“We are actively working through that information,” he said.

He went on to say: “We are focusing on over 20 scenes. We have searched several of them in the Machynlleth area. These searches are continuing.”

Mark Bridger and his blue Land Rover Discovery - registration L503MEP