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Parents make plea for candle tribute

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

PARENTS of the abducted schoolgirl April Jones last night asked people across the country to light a candle in memory of their daughter.

Coral and Paul Jones were due to release a Chinese lantern from the garden of their home in the Mid-Wales town of Machynlleth exactly one week after April was abducted.

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court yesterday accused of the abduction and murder of the five-year-old as well as unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Bridger cried to himself as he confirmed his name, age and address, and that he understood the charges.

There were angry scenes outside the court as the police van Bridger was in was punched and kicked while members of the crowd shouted "Scum" and "F****** kill him".

During the four-minute hearing Bridger, who wore a blue jumper, was remanded in custody to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court tomorrow.

The unshaven 46-year-old did not make eye contact with anyone.

He answered "yes" when asked if he had understood each charge.

He also confirmed his date of birth as November 6, 1965, and his Mount Pleasant farmhouse address in the village Ceinws.

Neither district crown prosecutor Iwan Jenkins, nor John Hedgecoe, defending Bridger, was called on to speak during the brief hearing.

April was last seen near her home on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in the Mid-Wales town of Machynlleth last Monday evening.

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