Man arrested in connection with missing five-year-old April Jones

April Jones
April Jones

A MAN has been arrested in connection with the abduction of a five-year-old girl in Wales.

April Jones, of Machynlleth, went missing at about 7pm last night (Monday) after being seen getting into a light-coloured van which then drove off.

And Dyfed-Powys Police, who launched a nationwide campaign urging people to help find April, announced this afternoon that a 46-year-old man had been arrested in the Machynlleth area.

April had been playing on her bicycle with friends near her home in the Bryn y Gôg estate when she was abducted.

Det Supt Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We made the arrest just outside Machynlleth and we are hopeful that this individual will assist us in locating April, who is still missing.

“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.

“Witnesses describe the vehicle as small at the front and large at the back, so it could be interrupted that this could be something similar to a Ford Connect type van or a Landrover.

“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 are following expert advice and research which says that in situations like this you concentrate your searches in the immediate area and then widen it out. This is what we are doing.

“If you were in the area of Bryn y Gôg yesterday evening at around 7pm or you recognise the additional information about the van we have provided please call the incident room on 0300 2000 333. And please get in touch if you have any footage which may assist in our inquiries. If any pieces of information trigger something please get in touch.”

Police have urged anyone with any information to call them on 101.