April Jones: man held as police probe earlier 'snatch attempt'

April Jones

Police are looking at possible links between little girl's disappearance and separate incident last week

LAST UPDATED AT 11:00 ON Wed 3 Oct 2012

POLICE are looking at possible links between the disappearance of April Jones on Monday and a separate incident last week, in which a vehicle was seen "acting suspiciously" in the Aberystwyth area. They have also arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of abducting April and are carrying out forensic tests on a car.

Five-year-old April vanished while playing outside near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, Wales, on Monday night. April was last seen by another child getting into a grey vehicle, believed to be left-hand drive, at about 7pm.

According to The Daily Telegraph, there had been a report of a vehicle seen "acting suspiciously" near the Welsh village of Machynlleth a week before.

The Daily Mail describes the incident as an "attempted abduction" and claims that a young boy, who escaped unhurt, was the target. However, the vehicle was reportedly a different colour to the one described in the current case.

Police say it is too early to know if any link exists and that the incident is one of many lines of inquiry.

April's parents, Paul and Coral Jones, issued a statement last night begging for help to bring home their "beautiful little girl", as police held a 46-year-old man on suspicion of abduction.

The suspect is thought to be Mark Bridger, a former soldier and lifeguard with a daughter April's age. Bridger, who is known to April's family but is not a relative, was reportedly being questioned by officers over her whereabouts.

Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said that locating the suspect "had been top of the list" of priorities since soon after her disappearance. He added that police were "hopeful that this individual will assist us in locating April".

Bridger was found walking near the town and arrested on suspicion of abduction. Police have also recovered a Land Rover Discovery at a different location. Forensic tests were being carried out on the vehicle last night.

Bevan said the Land Rover, with a left-hand drive, could match the description of the vehicle in which April was snatched. · 

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