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Suffolk/Essex: Dog teams on standby to help in search for April Jones

PUBLISHED: 16:23 04 October 2012

People searching for missing girl  April Jones , Machynlleth.

People searching for missing girl April Jones , Machynlleth.

SEARCH teams from East Anglia have been put on standby to help in the hunt for April Jones.

It is four days since the five-year-old went missing from Machynlleth, Powys.

A 10-15 mile area around 32 villages, concentrating on about 15 communities, is currently being searched by teams made up largely of local people.

Specialist teams are also searching around the River Dyfi, the Dyfi forest and mine shafts.

Kevin Waterson, search manager of East Anglian branch of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), said a team of 15 people and seven dogs were standing by to take the five hour trip to Wales .

Mr Waterson, of Bury St Edmunds, added: “We are trained to do a job and if we are needed then we will be there.”

The search manager, whose team helped locate one of the victims of Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright, said he was expecting more information tonight.

The trained “air scenting” and “trailing” dogs, which are a mixture of Border Collies, German Shepherds and Springer Spaniels, would join NSARDA teams from Dartmoor and Lake District who are already on site.

Meanwhile police have renewed an appeal over suspect Mark Bridger’s movements, as they are given until 5pm on Friday to question him.

Detectives have said they are dealing with a “vast amount of forensic analysis”.

At a news conference on Thursday, Det Supt Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We need information from the public which may help us find April.

“In particular we are looking to trace the movements of Mark Bridger between 6.30pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday and any sightings of him between these times.

“We want to ensure that we do all we can to find her, and at the same time do nothing to jeopardise the effort to locate her”

“In addition, if anyone had contact with him between these times, we would urge you to come forward.

“By contact I mean any contact - including face to face, telephone, text or social media.

“We also need information regarding the movements of the blue Land Rover Discovery registration L503 MEP between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.”


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