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A local search team is calling for more volunteers in the hunt for a five-year-old girl believed to have been abducted.
April Jones was playing with friends near her home in the Mid Wales town of Machynlleth at around 7pm on Monday when she went missing.
She was last spotted by another child getting into a van wearing a purple knee-length coat with grey fur around the hood, a white polo top and black trousers, said police.
Missing April Jones: Search Intensifies
Press conference over
That was it for the press conference: Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan of Dyfed Powys Police said a 46-year-old man was arrested in the Machynlleth area within the last hour and is being questioned at Aberystwyth police station. They hope he will help police locate her, but can give no more details. Police then helped everyone helping with the search, but took no questions
More police news
DS Bevan has been speaking to Sky News. He said the arrested man is local and was one of a series of inquiry lines, in part because he had a similar vehicle to the one described. Police were "actively looking for him". The man was arrested while walking on the side of the road just north of Machynlleth. Police have now recovered his vehicle. Bevan said:
We are still searching for April. We are pursuing this as if she is still alive.
Originally posted by Suspiria
As much as I hope to high heaven April is found safe, I do wonder what the hell she was doing age 5 playing out in the streets when it's essentially dark now at 7pm, village or no village. Sorry I had to say it.
Originally posted by ladyteeny
you have to wonder why a 5 year old is out at 7pm at night, and in truth i wonder too... but the whole atmosphere in Mach is different, .. with such a small community there, everybody knows each other, everybody usually looks out for one another.. (i used to live near mach and visited frequently, esp on wednesday market days).. it's nothing like in Cardiff where i live now, in terms of general overall attitude Mach is 20 years behind Cardiff... It simply wouldn't occur to anybody that somebody would take a child from there.
from my own personal experience dyfed powys police are not only corrupt, but incompetent. i wouldn't bank on the guy they arrested being anything to do with it.
i hope they find her soon though, as time goes on hope tends to fade.
Originally posted by 3Dplus
...I've noticed some "discrepancies" in the case. First reports were that she got into a light colored transit van...now they got this fella with a dark blue landrover, and they took him in because his vehicle matched the description
Light colored van
or was it a dark blue landrover?
I know as the investigation goes on, certain facts will come to light. But this is an important bit of information. She got into a vehicle...surely they have to be sure exactly which vehicle.
Hope you don't feel me insensitive for bringing this matter up, as I realise this is a very tragic thing to happen, and my thoughts are with her family and with April.
Originally posted by thedoctorswife
Yeah, your right, something in the back of my mind concerning the car has been bugging me since the beginning. They did say a van in the beginning and then it became a landrover. I dont think a landrover can be called a van, can it?
The police are going to be searching the guys house this afternoon. It seems April's cerebral palsy causes her legs to give way at anytime, also she has IBS, and needs constant painkillers for it.
This is just becoming a nightmare.