Mark Bridger Conviction Statement by the Dyfed-Powys Police and …

May 30, 2013, 5:03 pm

Today an evil man faces the rest of his life behind bars. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who put him there.

In this small community, one unimaginable crime has produced a thousand acts of unexpected kindness. The support and generosity we have seen over the past few months have supported the police and family through these difficult months.

I would like to pay tribute to April s family, to the Machynlleth community and to the police officers who have all worked so hard over recent months.

They have worked as a team in the most demanding of circumstances.

Paul and Coral Jones have endured an horrific ordeal. They have remained dignified and unified throughout the search for their daughter and during the trial. I can only imagine how April s disappearance has shaken their lives.

The loss of someone so young and so loved is something that nobody should have to endure. They and their family liaison officers are an incredible team. They have been a real rock to all involved in the investigation.

The people of Machynlleth revealed what many of us already knew; they form a powerful and caring community.

They have been thoughtful, considerate, energetic and compassionate. Such qualities will help the Jones family through the coming months and years.

When elected Police and Crime Commissioner in November I knew that Dyfed-Powys Police had exceptional talent and specialist skills within its ranks. The search for April and the investigation into her disappearance were well planned, thorough and utterly professional.

This verdict is proof of that. The officers I applaud include senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Andy John and family liaison officers Sergeant Hayley Heard and Detective Constable Dave Roberts.

I thank all the people from across the country who helped with the search and the investigation; your efforts were valued and important in all sorts of ways.

Mr and Mrs Jones must continue to benefit from our support, respect and consideration. Their ordeal is not over.

They must be allowed time and space to recover at their own pace.

Dyfed-Powys Police and the people of Machynlleth will be there to help in any way we can.

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