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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Man arrested by police hunting missing girl

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The BBC and other media are reporting that a 46-year-old man has been arrested by police searching for a five-year-old girl abducted from her street in mid Wales.

April Jones was with friends near her Machynlleth home when she "willingly" got into a van at 7pm on Monday.

Police said they are continuing their search in order to bring her home to her family.

"We knew who we were looking for," said Det Supt Reg Bevan, who is leading the inquiry, told the BBC.

Speaking at a news conference in Aberystwyth, Det Supt Reg Bevan said: "Within the last hour we have arrested a 46-year-old man from the Machynlleth area who has been detained at Aberystwyth Police Station.

"We made the arrest just outside Machynlleth and we're hopeful that the individual will assist in locating April who is still missing."

He said that the man arrested was being sought by police and was stopped while he was walking along a road outside the town. His vehicle has now been recovered.

"We knew he was in the area, we've been anxious to trace him and speak to him," he added.

Det Supt Bevan added: "We're still pursuing all lines of inquiry with the view that April is still alive and will continue to do so until we find her."

When asked if police were looking for anyone else, he said: "It's a very early stage. He is a local man and it's a small community. I wouldn't like to speculate further."

Meanwhile, a 12 mile stretch of the A487 from Machynlleth to Cross Foxes near Dolgellau has been closed in both directions due to a "police incident".

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