Police continue to quiz April murder suspect
POLICE were last night continuing to question a man being held on suspicion of murdering April Jones.
Mark Bridger was initially arrested on suspicion of child abduction the day after the five-year-old from Machynlleth went missing on Monday.
Yesterday morning police confirmed the 46-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of murder — hours later he appeared before magistrates who granted detectives more time to quiz him.
Police will be able to hold him until around 5pm today when they will have to charge or release him.
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Meanwhile, it has emerged Bridger had attended Ysgol Gynradd Machynlleth at the same school parents' evening as April's parents hours before she went missing.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday evening, Dyfed-Powys Police superintendent Ian John said their investigation was "continuing apace".
And he thanked members of the public for their help and support, including donation of food and drink for the army of searchers.
He said: "We have been completely overwhelmed by the support of the community. There have been so many acts of kindness, not just from this community but from people across the community."
Eight teams of specialist search officers along with ambulance, fire, coastguard, RNLI and mountain rescue experts resumed the search for April this morning.
Meanwhile, Wales football manager Chris Coleman said the thoughts of the national team were with the child's family.
He said: "I'm a father of four myself, with one son and three daughters.
"I can't imagine what her parents are going through, it's an unthinkable situation.
"All my players and staff send our love, prayers and thoughts to her family."