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April Jones: What we know about Mark Bridger

by | 2nd, October 2012

APRIL Jones, 5, is missing from the mid-Wales town of Machynlleth. Police have arrested 46-year-old Mark Bridger, Sky News r eports. What do we know about him?

UPDATE: Mark Bridger has been charged with the murder of April Jones.

Well, right now the entire British media is searching Facebook for him. You pity all people named Mark Bridger.

He lives near to the missing girl.

He was born in Surrey.

He was arrested while walking along the side of the road a couple of miles outside the mid-Wales town of Machynlleth.

Police say he has a vehicle similar to the one described by witnesses who saw April’s abduction. Police have the vehicle.

Is he known to the missing child’s family? Says Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, from Dyfed Powys Police:

“It’s very early stages. He is clearly a local man, it’s a small community, I wouldn’t like to speculate further, but I may have some more information later on.”

Don’t want to speculate. Sky News named him. The BBC passed it on as fact. Speculation will be rife.

Update: Police have confirmed that the arrested man is called Mark Leonard Bridger.

“We are still pursuing all lines of inquiry with a view that April is still alive and we will continue to do so until we find her.”

Sky News says Mark Bridger is father to two young children, one of whom was said to have been playing with April yesterday.

The Mail says he’s an ex-soldier.

A reader suggests that Bridger’s partner is qualified in child care.

Right now he is an innocent man. We do not know where April Jones is. He has not been charged with any crime. Still on Twitter, the righteous are out for blood. In naming Mark Bridges has Sky News placed him in danger? Get a load of the enlightened:

As we say, there is no poof that April Jones has been harmed, let alone killed.  Mark Bridger must be presumed innocent. Police say all lines of enquiry remain open. The arrested man has not been charged with any crime. Still, over on the  Telegraph’s front page, there’s a photo of him.

The paper says:

Mr Bridger, a father-of-six who had been the police’s prime suspect… Neighbours said he was a former soldier who had worked as a lifeguard, a welder, and at a slaughterhouse. He had two vehicles, one of which was a left-hand drive Land Rover Discovery made in Spain. Police had earlier said that April was seen getting into the driver’s side of the vehicle, which they suggested could mean a left-hand drive vehicle was used in the abduction.

Indeed, Det Supt Bevan said:

“Furthermore April has been described as getting into the driver’s side of the vehicle. This may be because she got in with the driver or that it is left hand drive vehicle. We still believe that the van is grey or light coloured, but again these things can be affected by failing light and street lamps. The indications are that she got into the vehicle willingly… There’s nothing to suggest at this stage there was a struggle.”

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