April Jones: orchestrating grief and the Bad Samaritans
APRIL Jones: The search for the missing five-year-old in the news:
The Daily Star leads with the command: “WEAR PINK FOR APRIL.”
In Machynlleth, Powys:
THE distraught sister of missing April Jones last night covered her town in pink ribbons to show how much she is missed. Jasmine Jones handed out the symbols of hope in the five-year-old’s favourite colour to friends and neighbours…
Well-wishers across the UK also donned the ribbons in a national show of support as word spread of the campaign on Twitter.
Does it help the missing child to wear a pink ribbon in Plymouth, Liverpool or Glasgow? Has the hunt for missing child turned into an orchestrated show of grief? No. The Star’s command to wear pink is not a nationwide campaign. It is based on a request by April Jones’s closest relatives for other locals to display a symbol of their love and concern for April. It is a personal appeal made by people fraught with worry. The sane can sympathise with their situation, but we who do not know the family nor the neighbourhood cannot pretend to share their pain. The paper then tells us:
Jasmine, 16, who attends a Christian club at her local church in Machynlleth, Powys, said: “Knowing April still isn’t found is making me sick. And knowing someone knows something but won’t say, it makes me feel even worse. I just want our beautiful princess home now.”
The Christian club is noteworthy because..?
Thousands of people changed their Facebook pictures to pink ribbons in honour of April, who needs daily medication for mild cerebral palsy.
What the mother actually asked for was for people in April’s home town to show that they are thinking of the child by tying a pink ribbon to their front door, gate or clothes. It’s hard to believe they are thinking of much else. A child is missing and local man Mark Bridges is under arrest. Police can hold him until 5pm today.
The Daily Mirror leads with “I saw man with bin bag by river”.
One woman had been standing by a road chatting with a friend on Tuesday when the man appeared with the black bag. Two women claim they spotted a man carrying a bin bag to a river the day after April Jones was snatched.
We hear from Carwen Sheen, 36:
“I’ve told the police what I saw. It’s up to them now.”
A man adds:
“My daughter and a friend saw a man, they know him well.”
We also learn that Superintendent Ian John, of Dyfed Powys Police, has taken to wearing a pink ribbon “in a personal show of solidarity”.
The Sun leads with “April: 2 kids in ‘kidnap’ drama”:
AN attempt was made to lure two children into a car 24 hours before little April Jones went missing, it emerged last night. The sinister twist to the hunt for April, five, came as pink ribbons were worn as a gesture of hope by her community in Machynlleth, Mid Wales.
A man and woman were involved in the feared earlier abduction attempt in Minera, 90 minutes’ drive from April’s home, on Sunday.
The was “feared” abuduction attempt 56 miles from where April Jones went missing.
The mother of the two youngsters, aged seven and 11, told a friend they were playing in the rain when a car pulled up. The male driver and a woman passenger offered them a lift because it was wet. When they refused the female told them to get into the back — but the children “hurried away”.
To put it another way: community minded local couple help kids in public transport deprived area.
A source said: “It raises the possibility that another individual may hold the key to where April is.”
It does? The Sun , as with all papers, says April Jones was kidnapped. The chance that this kidnap involved another person is pretty high.
April Jones has been missing since Monday.